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Ermina M. (Craig) Pincombe

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - Updated: 10:09 AM

August 18, 2014

Mrs. Ermina M. (Craig) Pincombe, 84, of Benson passed away August 18, 2014. She had been in declining health since February, 2013.

Born June 7, 1930, she was the first of three children of Otto L. and Isabella A. (Buyce) Craig of Wells.

She graduated from Wells Central School, Class of 1949.

She married Robert B. Pincombe in Wells, 21 June, 1958. They divorced in 1967. They had one child, David L. R. Pincombe who survives her. In 1977, she married Donald M. Skiff of Northville. He passed away in 1980. On his death, as his deputy, she was appointed Supervisor of the Town of Benson to fill his unexpired term.

Her career path had always been 'office oriented'; whether at the bank at Wells (she was clerking the day of the only bank robbery in Hamilton County) or in a general office setting being a full-charge bookkeeper and secretary. After working in the offices of several glove manufacturers, the last one being Mario Papa and Sons of Gloversville, she stepped into the political position as Supervisor. In that capacity, she served her town and sat on the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors until the end of 1985. Winning election again, she served from 2006 to 2013. Mrs. Pincombe loved serving her town and county representing them on various boards including the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board. She felt all of it was her civic duty.

Her passions were cameras and music. One of her proudest moments came when she was notified that she was to be the 2008 North Country Heritage Award recipient for music through Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY).

She was predeceased by both parents, her sister, Alicia C. Miller and her brother, Louis R. Craig. Besides her son, she is survived by three sisters-in-law, thirteen nieces and nephews, and many cousins and friends.

She will be greatly missed for her stories and knowledge of area history. On learning of her passing, comments came back running from "a treasure," "cool (sometimes) great Adirondack native lady," "knowing her was worth it" to her being "a stickler to have things in order" and "she lived life on her terms." This was a true "tradition bearer." When the time came, she closed her ledger book, laid down her pen and stepped away from her desk.

All are invited to share in the celebration of her life being held in Wells at St. Ann's Catholic Church on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Assembly will start with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial promptly at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Fr. Sony G. Pulickal.

This will be immediately followed by inurnment in the Wells Cemetery then back to St. Ann Parish Centre for a light fare reception.

Arrangements are by the Northville Funeral Service Inc.

Condolences may be made to the family online at


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