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Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home
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171 Elm Street
| Cobleskill, NY 12043
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Tel: 1-518-234-3549
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Janet Spink Putnam

Janet Spink Putnam

Licensed Funeral Director

Janet is a third generation Funeral Director. She was born in Allegheny, NY and grew up in Wellsboro, PA. She is the daughter of the late Joseph C. Spink and the late Noreen Donnellan Spink. She has four siblings, Linda West of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, Kevin Spink of Eagle River, Alaska, Dr. Damon Spink of Silverton, Oregon, and Karen Donnelly of Roseboom, New York. Janet first received her Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Services from the former Mansfield State College in 1982. She then went on to receive her Associates degree in Mortuary Science from Hudson Valley Community College, Troy NY in 1985. Wife of Richard and mother of Austin (Laura Fitzpatrick) and Cassie and Gigi to Odin Richard Fitzpatrick Putnam and Soren Carter Fitzpatrick Putnam, they have resided in Cobleskill, NY since purchasing Mereness Funeral Home from previous owner, Mr. Oliver Mereness in 1990.


Richard Putnam

Richard Putnam

Licensed Funeral Director

Richard is a first generation Funeral Director. He was born in Scotia, New York and is the son of Lewis Putnam of Palm Bay, Florida and the late Sheila (Menhinick) Putnam.  He has five siblings, Leslie Wood of Rotterdam, NY, Michael Putnam of Greensboro, NC, Lee Wade of Clifton Park, NY, Lori Steese of Middleburg, FL and Tracey Smith of Glenville, NY, and a brother Timothy, who died in April of 2017.  He became a licensed Funeral Director in 2000 after graduating from the Mortuary Science Program at Hudson Valley Community College located in Troy, NY.  He is the husband of Janet Spink Putnam, and father of Austin (Laura Fitzparick) Putnam of Delanson, NY and Cassandra Putnam of St. Petersburg, FL.  He is also the beloved Papa of Odin Richard Putnam and Soren Carter Putnam, both of Delanson, NY.


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