Schoharie limo crash victims honored with touching tribute

May 22, 2019 11:40 PM

AMSTERDAM - "This is how I remember Abby and Adam. A fun loving couple, loving parents and always willing to sacrifice an out for a laugh," Coach Brenden Cetnar said.

Abby and Adam Jackson's daughters, Elle and Archer walked and threw the first pitch at a tribute varsity softball game held in honor of their parents who were teachers in the Amsterdam school district.  

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"I was extremely lucky to have coached Ally and Amy," Mark Miller said, Former Varsity Amsterdam Softball Coach.

Coach Mark Miller admits that sisters Amy Steenburg and Ally King were not only two of his favorite players but also people.

"Amy started a nickname for me, she called me coachie instead of coach. Amy started coachie and Ally picked it up also so whenever they met me it was always, hi coachie," Miller said.

Amy also played soccer and was described by Coach Miller as a 'tough cookie.' He says Ally usually had her face buried in a math book and former teammate, Marie Vergona says she was the loudest on the field.

"Mary was definitely a born leader, an absolute goofball off the field and on, but when it came time we were lining up behind her," Vergona said.

Coach Donna Nevulis remembers Mary Dyson as a "jokester" but says she was serious when she needed to be. She was a Captain in the Army, serving in Iraq. 

"They set a great example when they played for me. They were great people on and off the field," Nevulis said.

"I think that was the goal here today, that if you didn't know them you should, you should know them now," Vergona added.


Karen Tararache

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