Horst C. Enders
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:
  • Middleburgh Library
    PO Box 670
    Middleburgh, NY 12122

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“Deb, Butch and Families, Horst was in many ways responsible for helping to form the personalities that each of us have today. His patience, dry wit...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Joe Shufelt - Ballston Spa, NY

“Middleburgh has lost an icon, and those who knew Horst have lost a friend. I was one of those privileged to have him in my home to tune my piano...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Charis (Haskin) Cummings - Wilton, NY

“Debbie, Rick, Butch and families, So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. He was such a nice person. Always treated me fairly but firmly. ...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: John Shufelt - Oneonta, NY

“Deb and Butch, I am sorry for the loss of your Father. He lived a full life. I also did not know that your Mom had passed in 2008. My condolences...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Brad Fick - FL

“DEAR DEB, SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR DAD. HE WAS SUCH A GREAT MAN. HE WILL BE MISSED. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ND YOUR...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: MEG AND BILL CORRADINO - NY

“Deb , Rick and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. You did a great job in caring for your dad and you are to be commended. I am sure...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Kathi Michel-Hayes - Raleigh, NC

“Debbie, Dennis and families Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. May you find comfort in the memories. My prayers and sympathy are with you at...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Sandra West - Dunn, NC - friend

“Debbie and family, so sorry for your loss. Your Father was such a nice man and he brought so much joy to others with his music. So glad to have know...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Candy Holt - Newington, CT

“DEBBIE AND FAMILLY, SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR DAD. HE WAS A VERY KIND AND GENTLE MAN AND WILL BE MISSED BY THE WHOLE COMMUNITY. OUR PRAYERS ARE...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: BONNIE & BUTCH INGRAHAM - NY

“Debbie: Sorry to hear about your dad. He was a great person and tuned my piano a few times. He sure knew what he was doing. The first time I...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Steve & Anne LaMont - Middleburgh, NY


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Middleburgh- Horst C. Enders was born July 27, 1921 in Deesbach, Germany and passed away July 27, 2013 at Robinson Terrace Senior Living Center.

He immigrated with his parents to the United States in 1926 spending his youth in NYC. In 1939 Horst and his parents purchased a farm on the Hauverville Road, Town of Broome., where they operated the Quiet Valley House until 1974. Horst attended Middleburgh Central School for one year and graduated with the Class of 1940.

In 1942, he enlisted in the Army and was deployed to the South Pacific with the 4025th Signal Service Corp and decorated with the American Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, OD Conduct Medal – Philippines Liberation Ribbon with one star and the World War II Victory Medal. Upon his honorable discharge from the service, Horst returned to the family farm where he resumed work while attending piano tuning school. A gifted musician, he also became affiliated with a local band at Echo Glen where he met his future wife, Patricia McCabe Southard.

Married in 1951, Horst proudly became instant father to Dennis "Butch" Southard. Two years later, Horst and Pat welcomed their daughter, Deborah Enders Magee and soon after settled in a home on Main Street in Middleburgh.

For over 50 years, Horst was a piano/organ salesman and also provided music for many area weddings, family events and community fundraisers. He enjoyed collecting sheet music, continued to tune pianos through the age of 91, and often provided nightly entertainment at Robinson Terrace Senior Living where he resided. He especially enjoyed getting to know the families of the pianos he tuned, watching the Yankees play, and spending time with his family.

Besides his parents, Horst was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Patricia, in 2008.

He is survived by his daughter: Debbie (Rick) Magee of Westerlo; his son: Dennis Southard (Sue) of Puyallup, Washington; grandchildren: Jennifer (Erik) Nicholsen, Kristy Magee, Susan (Harry) Reed, Kristine (Tami) Southard, Michael (Lisa) Southard; great-grandchildren: Callum Nicholsen, Gage Nicholsen, Stephen Reed, Conner Reed, and Daniel Southard; and his dear friends: Marilyn and Richard Snow.

Special thanks to the wonderful and caring staff at the Robinson Terrace Senior Living Center in Stamford.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Palmer & Shaylor Funeral Home, 134 River St., Middleburgh with Rev. Carol Coltrain of the Huntersland United Methodist Church officiating. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be private in Middleburgh Cemetery with military honors.

An avid reader with great appreciation for the Middleburgh Library, a donation in Horst's memory is suggested to Middleburgh Library, PO Box 670, Middleburgh, NY 12122.