Obituaries from the Daily Mail
January 2009

Transcribed by May-Lyn Wake
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf


Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009

Richard W. Akin
Korean War Veteran 

Richard W. Akin of Stottville died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 at his home. He was 74. Born on July 3, 1934 in Chatham. He was raised by his mother, the late Myrna Pultz. Richard was a graduate of Chatham High School class of 1951 where he excelled as an athlete.  Mr. Akin was an Army Veteran during the Korean Conflict from 1953-55, he was a Mason for over 40 years with Local 2 Brick-layers and Allied Craftworkers, member Hudson Elks Lodge #787. He was an avid bowler, golfer, fisherman, hunter and skier. He was a coach to the Stockport Little League teams for several years and was a lifelong Green Bay Packer and Boston Red Sox Fan and attended games at their home stadiums. 

He is survived by his wife, Clare O’Connell Akin; four sons, Gary Akin of Plattsburgh, Glen and (Penny) Akin of Elizabeth City, N.C., Richard C. Akin and fiancée Katy of Kingston and Tom Akin of Lakewood, Colo.; one daughter, Karen and (David) Gunderson of Valatie; one brother, Donald and (Nancy) Akin of Chatham; one sister, Ann and (Gary) Davis of East Chatham; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and six step-children.

Calling hours will be from 5- 8 p.m. Friday at Valenti and Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive in Hudson and 11 a.m. to noon Saturday with funeral services at noon. Following the services, family and friends are invited to gather at 1 p.m. at Meadow-greens Restaurant, Route 9H in Ghent. Burial will be private in Saratoga National Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Adirondack Mountain Club, 814 Goggins Road, Lake George, NY 12845; or Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, 12414. 
 


Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009

Jennette Whiting Bergman
Receptionist 

Jennette Whiting Bergman, 88, of Chatham, died Dec. 30, at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Born Nov 4, 1920 in Niverville, she was the daughter of the late John F. Pultz Sr. and Jennette W. (Tompkins) Pultz. 

She was a graduate of Chatham High School, Class of 1938 and th[a]n attended business school before her employment for close to 20 years Berkshire Mutual Insurance Company in Pittsfield, Mass. 

She returned to Chatham after her marriage to Berkeley Bergman in 1962 and was employed as a receptionist for Dr. Charles Mesick, DDS for many years until her retirement. 

Surviving family members include her stepson, Richard Bergman of Valatie; step-daughter, Joyce (Rodney) Eggleston of Ghent; niece, Ann (Gary) Davis of East Chatham; five grandchildren, Ryan, Darren and Amy Legere of Ghent, Jackie Bergman of Elizaville, and Yodhi Bergman of Australia; three great-grandchildren. 

Predeceased by her husband, Berkeley R. Bergman, a brother, John F. Pultz Jr., and stepsons Edward E. Bergman and Raymond E. Bergman. 

Jennette was an avid bowler and enjoyed watching all sports. She also held a special place in her heart for underprivileged children and animals and enjoyed gardening and traveling. 

Family will receive friends from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl funeral home, 25 Railroad Ave., Chatham. Religious services will follow at 4:30. 

Memorial contributions can be made to Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene or the Columbia/ Greene Humane society. For directions or to send an online condolence, visit www.french-blasl.com
 


Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009  

Philip C. Northrup
Arrangements incomplete

Cairo—Philip C. Northrup, 93, of Mountain Avenue, Purling passed away suddenly at his residence on Dec. 31, 2008, New Year’s Eve.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo are incomplete at this time and are to be announced.
 


Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009  

Susan M. Fila Paap 

Susan M. Fila Paap, 52, of Greenport, died suddenly Dec. 23, 2008 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, surrounded by family and close friends. 

Born in Bennington, Vt., and a graduate of Chatham Central High School, she was the daughter of the late John F. Fila and Marion L. Fila, whom survives in Chatham. 

For years, Susan worked in health care. Before falling ill, she was actively pursuing a career in nursing, with a specialization in home dialysis. She received high honors for academic excellence. Susan was involved in a variety of causes that touched many people lives. She was an active member of the Lupus Foundation of America and the American Pain Foundation. She was successful in helping to pass recent legislation regulating pain management. Susan was a staunch advocate for the mentally ill and frequently gave lectures and conducted group meetings around Columbia County on their behalf. 

She was the sister of Dr. John C. Fila of Santa Monica, Calif., G. Frank Fila of Chester, N.J., Nancy M. Fila of Chatham and New York City, and Sandra J. Fila of Canaan. She is also survived by her cherished nieces and nephews, Amy Bryant, Geoffrey and Katherine Fila, Adam and Sarah Hanlon, and Nicole and Gregory Dadazio and her fiancé, Augie Crocco of Stephentown. 

Family will receive friends at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 10 at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl funeral home, 25 Railroad Ave., Chatham. Mass of Christi[na] Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. James Church, Route 66 and Route 203 in Chatham. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Susan may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America or the American pain Foundation. For directions or to send an online condolence, visit www.frenchblasl.com

The family would like to thank the dedicated staff in the ER and Intensive Care Unit at Columbia Memorial Hospital. 

Susan was a warm, sensitive, intelligent and loving person who was loved by many. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
 


Friday, January 2, 2009 

Richard W. Akin
Korean War Veteran 

Richard W. Akin of Stottville died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 at his home. He was 74. Born on July 3, 1934 in Chatham. He was raised by his mother, the late Myrna Pultz. Richard was a graduate of Chatham High School class of 1951 where he excelled as an athlete.  Mr. Akin was an Army Veteran during the Korean Conflict from 1953-55, he was a Mason for over 40 years with Local 2 Brick-layers and Allied Craftworkers, member Hudson Elks Lodge #787. He was an avid bowler, golfer, fisherman, hunter and skier. He was a coach to the Stockport Little League teams for several years and was a lifelong Green Bay Packer and Boston Red Sox Fan and attended games at their home stadiums. 

He is survived by his wife, Clare O’Connell Akin; four sons, Gary Akin of Plattsburgh, Glen and (Penny) Akin of Elizabeth City, N.C., Richard C. Akin and fiancée Katy of Kingston and Tom Akin of Lakewood, Colo.; one daughter, Karen and (David) Gunderson of Valatie; one brother, Donald and (Nancy) Akin of Chatham; one sister, Ann and (Gary) Davis of East Chatham; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and six step-children. 

Calling hours will be from 5- 8 p.m. Friday at Valenti and Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive in Hudson and 11 a.m. to noon Saturday with funeral services at noon. Following the services, family and friends are invited to gather at 1 p.m. at Meadow-greens Restaurant, Route 9H in Ghent. Burial will be private in Saratoga National Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Adirondack Mountain Club, 814 Goggins Road, Lake George, NY 12845; or Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, 12414.
 


Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009

William Patrick Braden, Jr.
“Grandpa” 

Round Top—William died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008. He is most known for his kind heart, love of the craftsmanship and the outdoors. 

He is survived by his three beloved children, Christina Braden of Kingston, William Braden III of Woodstock and LeAnn Nerone of Glasco. Most important to him, he is survived by his two precious granddaughters Shana Nerone of Glasco and Mikayla Short of Kingston. He also leaves behind many siblings, nieces and nephews. 

Friends may call at the Meyers Funeral Home, 741 Delaware Ave., Delmar on Sunday from 1-3 p.m. 

Contributions in his memory may be made to the grandchildren in care of LeAnn Nerone.
 


Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009  

Nancy Griffin
Memorial Mass 

Coxsackie—Nancy Griffin, nee Giamattei, of Syosset, formerly of West Coxsackie, died of leukemia and kidney failure on Dec. 24, 2008. She was 85. 

She is survived by two sons, David of Huntington and Glenn of Phoenix, Ariz., and four grandchildren, David, Emily, Phillip and Maggie Griffin. 

A Memorial Mass will be held Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Coxsackie. Burial of ashes will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Coxsackie.
 


Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009  

Thomas M. Miller
Truck driver 

Greenville—Thomas M. “Bucky” Miller, 65, of Freehold, formerly of Rensselaer, passed away at his home on Dec. 28, 2008. He was born in Rensselaer on July 15, 1943, son of the late Thomas and Ann (Bishop) Miller. He was a truck driver with Ashland Chemical in Rensselaer. 

Surviving are his children, Pamela Corbett and Thomas, Jeffrey and Brian Miller, and four grandchildren. He is also survived by his good friend Wayne Nelson. 

As to his wishes, he was cremated and there will be no funeral services or calling hours. Arrangements are by the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.
 


Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009  

Patricia A. Smith 

Catskill—Patricia A Smith, 65, of 2 Depot St., Catskill, died Dec. 28, 2008. Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. today at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. Cremation at Park View Cemetery.
 


Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009  

Zola M. Whitworth
Building management supervisor 

Greenville—Zola M. Whitworth, 96, of Bates Hollow, formerly of Brooklyn, passed away on Dec. 31, 2008 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. She was born in Brooklyn on Nov. 28, 1912, daughter of the late Clarence and Lida (Shires) Whitworth. Zola worked as a building management supervisor for Bell Atlantic Telephone Co. in Brooklyn for more than 50 years. She was a member of the Potter Hollow Grange 1555 (now dissolved) and a current member of the Hiawatha Grange 1480 in Dormansville. 

Surviving are her nieces and nephews, Lorraine Wachler of Charlotte, N.C., Gussy Hansen and Nancy Purdy, both of Massapequa Park, and Michael Latini of Largo, Fla; seven great-nieces and great nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. 

There will be no funeral services but friends are invited to call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville on Monday, Jan. 5, 2009 from 11 .a.m. to noon. Burial will follow in the Potter Hollow Cemetery.
 


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Dora L. Graziano
Homemaker 

Dora L. Graziano of Valatie and formerly of Greenport, died Wednesday, December 31 at Barnwell Nursing Home in Valatie. She was 87. Born in Hudson, NY she was the daughter of the late Guido and Dominica Ugolini Lippera. Dora was a homemaker and was a member of the Columbia County Sons and Daughters of Italy. She was also a communicant of Holy Family [c]hurch Stottville, and Nativity/St. Mary’s Church Stuyvesant Falls. She was a communicant of the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Hudson and was formerly a member of Ladies of the Moose Lodge # 787 Hudson. 

Survivors include 2 sons: Frank J. Jr. (Julia E.) Graziano of Myrtle Beach, FL, and Richard M. Graziano of Franklin, VA, 3 daughters: Kathleen Ann (Walter) Cooley of Greenport, Donna Marie (John) Florio of Stottville, Debra Lynn (Timothy) Melanson of Old Chatham. She is also survived by 4 sisters Ada Grand and Mary Davi both of Hudson, Frances Stone of Columbiaville and Anna Barone of Hudson as well as 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Dora was pre-deceased by her husband Frank J. Graziano Sr. in 1989 as well as a brother Nickolas Lippera and sister Giacomina Barone. A visiting hour will be Saturday morning from 9-10 am at Valenti and Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson. Funeral services will follow at 10 am at the funeral home with Fr. Frank O’Connor officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to the American Heart Association, 1 Union St. # 301, Robbinsville, New Jersey 08691-418.
 


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Philip C. Northrup
Ran the S&S Sport Shop

Cairo—Philip C. Northrup, 93, of Purling passed away quietly at his home on Dec. 31, 2008. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Sadie Northrup, his mother and father Elizabeth and Charles Northrup, his sister Luella Ristau and his brother Herbert Northrup. He leaves behind his daughter, Jane E. Longstaff of Bethany Village, West Coxsackie; granddaughters, Susan Kliese of Coxsackie and Elizabeth Shevlin of Alpharetta, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Megan and Thomas Shevlin of Alpharetta, Ga.; son-in-law Brian Longstaff of Ferncliff Nursing Home, Rhinebeck; sister Marguerite Sutter of Albany; brother-in-law Henry Ristau of east Greenbush; nieces Lillian Wetzel of Albany, Marion Weber and Ruth Ann Rappold and nephews Herbert Northrup and Henry Northrup, all of Rensselaer. 

Phil was a proud member of the Cairo Hose Company and also served as fire police. He was a genuine hero of World War II, having served in the 95th Infantry Division. He was recently the honored parade Marshall of American Legion Post 983 of Cairo. He spoke briefly during the war and being among the first infantrymen who rode atop tanks to breach the “impenetrable Siegfried Line in German defenses during World War II.” Phil was an area resident for 50 years where he and his wife Sadie ran the S&S Sport Shop in Purling for many years before retiring and closing the shop’s doors. He was also an active member, with his wife Sadie, of the Cairo Elks Lodge 2630. Philip was also a member of the VFW Post 7229, American Legion Post 983, Purling Rod and Gun Club and the Stumps Jumpers Club. 

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross Sr., Cairo on Monday Jan. 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Retta Lykens of the United Methodist Church Cairo officiating. The Cairo Elks 2630 will be conducting their services at 6:15 p.m. and the Cairo Hose Company at 6:45 p.m. 

Interment will take place in the spring in the family plot of the Round Top Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cairo Hose Company, Railroad Ave., Cairo, NY 12413.
 


Saturday, January 3, 2009  

Marion Smigel
Former Catskill Resident 

New York City—Marion Smigel, 86, of New York City and a former Catskill resident, died Dec. 30, 2008. Mrs. Smigel is survived by five children, Mary Melita, Marion Danzi, Robert Kelly, William Kelly and Stephen Kelly, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Calling hours are 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5 at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.
 


Sunday, January 4, 2009  

Edith M. Aschoff
Operations specialist in bonds and securities 

Saugerties—Edith M. Aschoff, 94, of 155 Main St., and formerly of Ulster Avenue, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 at her residence. Born May 30, 1914 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Elizabeth Woodrow Ronkette. An area resident since 1993 she was a former resident of Glendale. She was employed for over 27 years at Bankers Trust in New York City as an Operations Specialist in bonds and securities, retiring in 1984. She was a member of the Saugerties Senior Citizens Club. 

Edith was predeceased by her husband, Walter E. Aschoff in May of 2003. Survivors include three daughters, Evelyn Machovec and Elizabeth Beckmann of Florida and Elaine Scull of Catskill; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a nephew. She was predeceased by a brother, George Ronkette. 

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., at the corner of John and Lafayette streets in Saugerties. Interment will follow in Lutheran Cemetery, Queens. Visitations will be held Monday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friends are invited to light a candle in Edith’s memory at SeamonWilseyFuneralHome.com
 


Sunday, January 4, 2009

Ruth M. Becker
Former teacher in Chatham 

Kingston—Ruth M. Becker, 76, of beech Court and formerly of Ghent, NY died Friday, January 1, 2009 at the Lutheran Care Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. Born December 3, 1932 in Hudson, New York she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Florence Shea Thomas. An area resident for many years, she was employed as a school Teacher at the Chatham Central school and later as a Customer service representative at the Poughkeepsie Savings Bank in Poughkeepsie. She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Poughkeepsie. She was a former member of the Ladies Aide Society of the Church and a former bowler in the IBM Poughkeepsie Bowling League. She served as a volunteer delivering meals for the Office of the Aging in Dutchess county. Survivors include her husband, Richard C. Becker, with whom she recently celebrated her 53rd Wedding Anniversary. 2 sons: Randolph C. of Poughkeepsie and Robert S. Becker of Berwyn, Pa. 1 daughter: Roxanne L. Owens of Milton. 7 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. She was predeceased by a [S]ister: Ethel Everett. A service of Remembrance will be held 11:00 AM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 55 Wilbur Blvd. Poughkeepsie with the Rev. Daniel B. Ward, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the [S]pring in the Ghent Union Cemetery, Ghent. Family suggests donations in her memory be made to the Lutheran Care Center, Rte. 44, Poughkeepsie. Friends are invited to light a candle in Ruth’s memory at www.SeamonWilseyFuneralHome.com

Arrangements are under the direction of the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., 45 John Street, Saugerties, New York.
 


Sunday, January 4, 2009 

Claude A. Burdick, Jr.
Former owner, Valley View farm 

Claude A. “Sonny” Burdick Jr., 89 a former resident of Clinton Corners, NY and Hillsdale, NY died on Sunday, December 28, 2008 at Geer Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Canaan, CT. 

He was born on March 31, 1919 in Clinton Corners, a son of Claude and Margaret (Lane) Burdick Sr. 

Mr. Burdick had lived in Clinton Corners until 1980 where he operated the Valley View Farm. Along with his late wife Rebecca they then moved to Hillsdale in Columbia County where they resided until 2000. While living in Hillsdale he was employed at the Hillsdale Transfer Station. 

He was an avid hunter and fisherman and thoroughly enjoyed many expeditions to Newfoundland, Canada, the Catskills and Long Lake, NY. 

Active in his communities he was a life member of the East Clinton Fire Company, a member of the Schultzville Masonic Lodge, past president of the Upton Lake Cemetery Association, former member of the Millbrook Board of Education, a member of the Friends Community Church and a committeeman for the former GLF, now known as Agway. 

On September 16, 1939 in Gardner, NY he married Rebecca J. Ferris Burdick who predeceased him on July 5, 2004. He was also predeceased by a sister, Marie Dodds and two great-great grandsons, Hunter Claude Decker and Killian Chase Decker. 

He is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Joan and Donald Cahill of Claverack, NY and Nancy and Paul Dellea sr. of North Hillsdale. Also surviving are his grandchildren and spouses, Paul and Tina Dellea of Copake, NY; Philip and Christina Dellea of Hillsdale; Marc and Heather Dellea, of Craryville, NY; Neil and Darby Dellea of Copake; Bryan, of Rochelle and Victor Dellea, all of Hillsdale; Donna Cahill of Canaan, CT, Doreen Fowler of Eagles Mere, PA and Denise and Michael Claire of Dover, NY. 

Additionally his great grandchildren, Joshua and wife Marybeth Decker of Hudson, NY; Arikka Jacob and Nicholas Dellea all of Copake; Bradley and Tyler Dellea of Craryville; Derrick and Ciara Dellea of Copake; Don Cahill Sr. and wife Rebecca of Canaan; Erin and Kyle Fowler of Eagles Mere, PA and Mike and Alyssa Clair of Dover. Also his great-great grandchildren, Michaela Decker of Hudson and Don Cahill, Jr. and Saige Cahill both of Canaan. 

Mr. Burdick is also survived by a sister and brother in law, Doris and Chet Marcey of Hudson and a brother and sister in law, Douglas and Betty Burdick of Interlachen, FL along with several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. 

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 11 AM at the Upton Lake Cemetery in Clinton Corners, NY. 

Calling hours are private. 

Memorial contributions may be offered to the National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136-1494. 

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Copake, NY. 

To send an online condolence please visit peckandpeck.net.
 


Sunday, January 4, 2009 

Mabel Matilda Robinson
Army surgical technician 

Windham—Mabel Matilda Robinson, 93, died Jan. 1, 2009 at Columbia-Greene Medical Center Hospice in Hudson. She was born to the late Valentine Biegel and Elizabeth Roth Biegel on April 9, 1915 in Brooklyn. The family moved to Ashland when Mrs. Robinson was a young woman, and she attended Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School. 

She was predeceased by six brothers and sisters: William W. and Valentine Biegel, Elizabeth (Betty) Budrow, Matilda (Matty) Van-Rooyan, Margaret Apjorson and Rose Brennan. 

Mabel and Edmund H. (Robin) Robinson were married on June 24, 1950. He r beloved husband of 32 years predeceased her on Oct. 11, 1982. 

Surviving are two brothers, Richard R. Biegel of Ashland and Charles L. Biegel (Mabel) of Olean; granddaughters Judy (Michael) Bonney of Roanoke, Va., and Kathy Snyder of Medusa; great-grandchildren Shawn Snyder of Ballston Spa and Krystal Snyder of Roanoke, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Mabel served from 1944-1946 for the Army during World War II as a Medical and Surgical Technician at Fort Crowder, MO., and received the American Service Medal World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. 

She was named “1989 Woman of the year” at Overgaard, Ariz., where she lived at the time. Her primary contribution to the community was service to the needy and sick. She also assisted in obtaining funds for energy assistance, had worked with the Timber Lioness Club to obtain clothing and food for the needy, helped establish the Blood Drive in Overgaard, as well as the “Feed My People” program there. She was also instrumental in establishing the AARP Program for the Overgaard Area. She has always worked for the betterment of the community she has lived in. 

Calling hours will be Monday, Jan. 5, 2009 from 2-4 and 7-8:30 p.m. with the funeral service at 8:30 p.m. at Decker Funeral Home in Windham. A private cremation will follow.
 


Sunday, January 4, 2009 

John B. Severance
Arrangements incomplete 

Cairo—John B. Severance, 77, formerly of Athens, died January 3, 2009 in Queensbury. Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home are incomplete.
 


Wednesday, January 7, 2009  

Elizabeth M. Bush
Avon Representative 

Elizabeth “Betty” M. Bush, 95, of Hudson, died peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. 

Born June 3, 1913 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Johanna (Tautkaitis) Grigalaitis. 

Mrs. Bush was a homemaker and an Avon Representative for many years. 

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, a member of the Trippers Club, and a member of the Hudson Golden Agers. 

Mrs. Bush is survived by her God daughter, Carolyn Gurny of Hudson, and her devoted friend, Genevieve Bartolotta of Red Hook. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Henry G. Bush in1990; her brother, Joseph Grigalaitis, and her niece, Elizabeth (Betty) Navagansky. 

There will be no calling hours. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church, 429 E. Allen St., Hudson. 

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.
 


Wednesday, January 7, 2009  

Thomas E. Denton
Grateful Dead fan 

Greenville—Thomas E. Denton, 40, of Greenville passed away suddenly on Jan. 3, 2009. He was born in Albany on Dec. 13, 1968, son of mark and Barbara (Meyn) Denton Sr. Tom was an excellent cook and worked in Key West, Fla., and Hawaii, and had also worked in Albany at Maxie’s on Fuller Road. A lover of nature and the outdoors, he traveled all over the United States. A fan of the Grateful Dead, he would go to see them whenever he could. He was also interested in geology. A friend to all, he would help anyone in need and ask nothing in return, He lived by his own rules. “Live the life you love.” He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. 

Surviving besides his parents are his wife, Cristina (Cerza) Denton; his daughters, Crystal and Brittany Denton; a brother, Mark Denton, Jr. (Jill); and his nephews, Mark and William Denton. 

Funeral services will be Friday, 7 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, 4 to 7 p.m., prior to the services. Spring interment will be in the Westerlo Rural Cemetery. 
 


Wednesday, January 7, 2009  

Donald “Elmer” L. Mabb
Truck driver 

Donald “Elmer” L. Mabb, 52, of Stockport, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. 

Born July 28, 1956 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Doris Margaurite (Turner) and Osborne E. Mabb Sr. 

He was a truck driver for LKQ Broadway Salvage Auto on route 9 in Stuyvesant. 

Elmer enjoyed stock car racing. 

Surviving are his son, Jason (Shirley Gulf) Mabb of Columbiaville, his daughter, Heather Mabb of Albany; two granddaughters, Shantel Sage Mabb of Columbiaville and La’Kaia Hollaway of Albany; two brothers, Brian (Brooke) Mabb of Stockport and Joseph Mabb Sr. of Kinderhook; four sisters, Donna Jostlin of Stockport, Theresa Clark of Columbiaville, Margaret (Joe) Ingham of Niverville, and Karen Buffa of Hudson, and many nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his brother, Osborne E. “Ozzie” Mabb Jr., and his sister, Linda Dedrick. 

Calling hours are 6-8 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green St., Hudson. 

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 

Burial will be in the Kinderhook Cemetery.
 


Wednesday, January 7, 2009  

Funerals 

John Edward Kraft 

John Edward Kraft, 70, of Kraft Lane in Mellenville, died Sunday, Jan. 4, at Columbia Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. Visiting hours will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Valenti and Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall drive in Hudson. Funeral mass will follow at 1 p.m. at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hudson with Fr. Stepan Bilyk officiating. Burial will be in the Veteran section at Cedar Park Cemetery.
 


Monday, January 5, 2009    

Craig A. Hall
Vietnam veteran 

Craig A. Hall, 60, of Canaan, passed away on Jan. 1, 2009 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn in Albany after a courageous battle against cancer. 

Craig was born on Oct. 4, 1948 in Hudson, son of Thelma Wambach Hall and the late J. William Hall. He was a 1966 graduate of Chatham High School and married Susan Hoffman of Canaan on Nov. 28, 1969. 

Craig was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1967-1971. In 1972 he became a New York State Trooper and received numerous commendations from the superintendent throughout his career. He was later promoted to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and retired in 1994. After retiring from the force, Craig joined the Travelers Insurance Company as an investigator and was working as a senior investigator until the time of his passing. 

Craig loved his work and also enjoyed playing cards and cultivating hostas.  He had a special love of Disney World and Ogunquit, Maine, where he spent many days, with his wife, children and friends eating fresh lobster, sipping fine wines, sunsets and the ocean. Even greater than his love these things was his love for his family. 

He is survived by his wife, Susan, of Canaan; his son, Sean M. Hall and his companion Nicole Bomer, of Brooklyn; his daughter, Leah Hall and her companion Rick Casucci of Pittsfield, Mass, and his first grandchild, due to Leah and Rick in May 2009. He is further survived by his mother, Thelma of Chatham; his sister, Jacqueline Deverell and her husband Bruce of Oxford, Ga., several nieces, nephews and friends. 

Craig and his family would like to give special thanks to their friend Sue Earle for guiding them through this difficult passage with love, humor and dignity. 

Calling Hours at Dwyer Funeral Home, 776 North St., Pittsfield, Mass., will be held from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with a memorial service beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

Craig’s family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Community Hospice Columbia/Greene care of the Dwyer Funeral Home or that a hosta be planted in Craig’s memory.
 


Wednesday, January 7, 2009  

Ruth Austin Becker
Homemaker 

Ruth Austin Becker, 95, of Williams Street, Valatie, went home to be with her savior early Sunday morning Jan. 4, 2009. 

Ruth was born in Niverville on July 5, 1913. She was the daughter of the late Chester R and Bessie E. (Lape) Austin. Mrs. Becker was a homemaker, Sunday School teacher, a former Deputy Town Clerk in the town of Kinderhook and Valatie Village Registrar. 

She is survived by five grateful children, William C. Becker, (Sally) of Valatie, Bonnie C. Dunham (Jim) of Kinderhook, Russell A. Becker (Linda) of Old Chatham, Nicholas S. Becker (Virginia) of Valatie and Stephen P. Becker (Vivian) of Valatie; one sister, Lois Hoffman; 13 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband, William C. Becker, a daughter, Carolyn Ruth Becker, a sister, Mildred Bradley, and two brothers, Alfred and Norman Austin. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday from the Clearview Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 275 Schodack Drive, Castleton, with the service conducted by Pastor Nick Becker. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Valatie. Relatives and friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Rout 9, Valatie. For those who wish, contributions in memory of Ruth may be made to the Clearview Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 275 Schodack Drive, Castleton, NY 12033.
 


Wednesday, January 7, 2009  

Mary V. Burrows
Wife and mother

Catskill—Mary V. Burrows, a former Catskill resident now living in Croton, passed away on Saturday. She was 89. A lifelong Catholic, Mary was born in Morristown, N.J. on Dec. 22, 1919. On Oct. 10, 1947 she married George Burrows at St. Patrick’s Church in Huntington. Mr. Burrows died in 1978. Mary was a former member of the Catskill Senior Citizens. She is survived by three sons, Frank (Natalie), of Croton, George (Pam) of Bayside, and John of Gainsville, Fla. She also has four grandchildren, Melissa Potuzak, Michael Burrows, Sabrina Blumkin and Matthew Burrows.

Friends may call at Good shepherd Chapel, on Benedict Blvd. in Croton, on Tuesday from 9-10 a.m. where there will be a Mass of Christian Burial immediately following the visitation. Burial is in Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury. Arrangements by Edward F. Carter Funeral Home, 41 Grand St., Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.
 


Wednesday, January 7, 2009   

Mary V. Lindlau
Former clerk for NYS Police 

Greenville—Mary V. Lindau (67) of Greenville, passed away at her home on Jan. 4, 2009. She was born in Brooklyn on Sept. 24, 1941 daughter of August L. Kruzensk and the late Agnes (McGrath) Kruzensk. Mary was a former clerk for the NYS Police; having worked at the State Campus facility. A lover of nature, she enjoyed feeding her wild birds and tending her beautiful flower gardens. She also enjoyed reading. She will be remembered as a loving daughter, beloved wife and a caring mother to her children and grandchildren. 

Surviving besides her father is her husband, Roy Lindlau, a daughter, Mary Koelmel, two sons, Roy Lindlau (Penny), Joseph Lindlau (Jennifer) and three grandchildren. Michelle and Wally Koelmel and Jeremy Lindlau. 

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, with a Mass of Christian Burial 11a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Interment will be in Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.
 


Wednesday, January 7, 2009   

Death 

Mabb—Donald L. Mabb, 52, of Stockport, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. A full obituary will be in Tuesday’s edition. Arrangements are with Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.
 


Tuesday, January 6, 2009  

John W. Glen
Proud member of the Tottenville Masonic Temple 

John W. Glen, 85, formerly of Staten Island, died Dec. 31, 2008 at the Fireman’s Home. 

Born March 12, 1923 on Staten Island, he was the son of the late Alexander and Ella (Gough) Glen. 

John was a machinist at Raymond International and a member of the International Brotherhood of Operating Engineers Union. 

He served in the US Navy during World War II, earning several ribbons and the Victory Medal. 

John was a member and past president of the Oceanic Hook and Ladder Fire company # 1 in Staten Island; a member of the Freemasons, Richmond Aquehonga Lodge #66, Tottenville for 42 years, a member of the VFW Washington Citizens Club, and was the unofficial “Mayor” of Travis, where he lived all his life. 

Surviving are his daughter, Suzanne Preston of Boerne, Texas; his son, Daniel of Hobe Sound, Fla.; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

A Masonic Service will be held at 4:30 p.m. today (Tuesday) in the Fireman’s Home Chapel. 

Burial will be in the Fireman’s Home Cemetery. 

Donations may be made to the Firemen’s Home Chapel Fund, 125 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, NY 12534. 

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.
 


Wednesday, January 7, 2009  

Nancy Griffin
Memorial Mass 

Coxsackie—Nancy Griffin, nee Giammattei, of Syosset, formerly of West Coxsackie, died of leukemia and kidney failure on Dec. 24, 2008. She was 85. 

She is survived by two sons, David of Huntington and Glenn of Phoenix, Ariz., and four grandchildren, David, Emily, Phillip and Maggie Griffin. 

A Memorial Mass will be held Jan. 10 at 8:45 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Coxsackie. Burial of ashes will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Coxsackie.
 


Wednesday, January 7, 2009  

W. Keith Hedrick
Former Christ Church Episcopal priest

W. Keith Hedrick, 68, of Sarasota, Fla., died Dec. 10 of lung cancer. He was born Nov.5, 1940 of Robert A. and Mary Ann (Harlow) Hedrick in Carrollton, Mo. 

He graduated with a BA from Bard College in 1976 and from Nashotah House Seminary in 1979 with an MDiv. Ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1979, he served his entire ministry at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson, N.Y. until retirement on Dec. 31, 2002. 

He is survived by his life partner, C. Robert Lewis of Sarasota, Fla., a brother, Robert Hedrick of California, a sister-in-law, Florence Jordan of Nixa Mo., and a nephew, Donald Hedrick of Memphis, Tenn. 

The Neptune Society is handling funeral arrangements. No services are planned at this time in Sarasota. A memorial service will be at Christ Church Episcopal on Jan. 10 at 3 p.m. 

Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238, or a charity on one’s choice.
 


Wednesday, January 7, 2009  

John Edward Kraft 

John Edward Kraft of Kraft Lane in Mellenville died Sunday, Jan. 4, at Columbia Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was 70. 

Born in Chatham on April 21, 1938, he was the son of the late Fred Kraft and Theresa (McGeough of Larchmont) Kraft. John served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer while stationed in Germany from 1956-1962. He was a machine operator for COARC in Mellenville and formerly a salesman for Griffin Supply in Hudson. He lived life to the fullest, enjoyed nothing more than to make people laugh, and was a musician, artist and friend to all. He is survived by one daughter, Theresa R. Kraft and her husband Drew Desrosiers of Cohoes; three brothers, Alfred Kraft of Hendersonville, N.C., Art Kraft of Seattle, and George Kraft of Ghent; one sister, Dorothy of Cannan; four grandchildren, Tabetha Piche, Matthew, Allen and Adrienne Desrosiers; two great-grandchildren. Katriana and Paul Piche. He was pre-deceased by two brothers, Oscar and Richard Kraft, and two sisters, Betty Stall and Mary Hayes. Visiting hours will be Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Valenti and Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town hall Drive, Hudson. Funeral mass will follow at 1 p.m. at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hudson with Fr. Stepan  Bilyk officiating. Burial will be in the veteran section at Cedar Park Cemetery.
 


Wednesday, January 7, 2009  

Donald “Elmer” L. Mabb
Truck driver 

Donald “Elmer” L. Mabb, 52, of Stockport, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. 

Born July 28, 1956 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Doris Margaurite (Turner) and Osborne E. Mabb, Sr. 

He was a truck driver for LKQ Broadway Salvage Auto on Route 9 in Stuyvesant. 

Elmer enjoyed stock car racing. 

Surviving are his son, Jason (Shirley Gulf) Mabb of Columbiaville; his daughter, Heather Mabb of Columbiaville and La’Kaia Hollaway of Albany, two brothers, Brian (Brooke) Mabb of Stockport and Joseph Mabb Sr. of Kinderhook; four sisters, Donna Jostlin of Stockport, Theresa Clark of Columbiaville, Margaret (Joe) Ingham of Niverville, and Karen Buff of Hudson, and many nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his brother, Osborne E. “Ozzie” Mabb Jr., and his sister, Linda Dedrick. 

Calling hours are 6-8 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Bates & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green St., Hudson. 

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 

Burial will be in the Kinderhook Cemetery.
 


Wednesday, January 7, 2009  

Howard M. Rhodes
Educator 

Howard M. Rhodes, 88, of Philmont, died last Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. 

He was born on June 12, 1920, the eldest son of Raymond and Viola (Peters) Rhodes in Newburgh, where he attended Newburgh Free Academy. He graduated from New Paltz Normal School with a bachelor of arts degree and taught briefly at Arlington Elementary School. After an interval of four years (1942-1946), when he was stationed in India during World War II, he earned a masters degree from New York University.  

He is remembered as a man whose energy and interest were expressed in successful endeavors that spanned a lifetime. His professional career was dedicated to education—as a teacher, guidance counselor and high school principal. He retired in 1975 from Taconic Hills High School. For many years he served on the committees that led to the eventual merger of Ockawamick and RoeJan schools into the new Taconic Hills Central School Campus. His extra curricular activities included coaching for many teams and participating in the NYS Administrators’ Association and the Philmont Rotary Club. 

Swimming, basketball, and bowling all occupied his attention at various times, but golf was his passion. He was an avid player, a great coach and an expert on the technical aspects of what makes a great golf club. Using his talent for invention and his attention to detail he would reconstruct an antique club to its original glory—or even better. He had a real love of dogs and for his garden.

Howie is survived by his wife, Ellen E. (Moore) Rhodes; two daughters, Nancy L. Victora, wife of Randall Victora of Minneapolis, Pamela J. Hausman, wife of Michael E. Hausman of New York City; and four grandchildren; Colt Hausman, Chanielle Baker, Denise Victora and Michelle Victora. He is predeceased by his daughter, Susan Rhodes. 

Burial will be in Mellenville. Plans are being made for a memorial service in the spring.  Donations can be made to the Philmont Public Library, the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, or a charity of your choice.
 


Wednesday, January 7, 2009  

John Bean Severance
Army Veteran 

Queensbury—John B. Severance, 77, formally of Athens, NY, died peacefully in his Queensbury home Saturday, January 3, 2009. 

Born February 23, 1931 he was the son of the late John B. Severance Sr. and Elizabeth Grace Keyser Severance. John served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1953. He was a life member of the TMG 187 American Legion, and an exempt member of the William H. Morton Engine Company. John served as a Trustee for two terms for the Village of Athens. He was a retired New York State schoolteacher, having received his teaching degree at SUNY Oswego. 

John was a man of many skills and talents, which he used to help others. He had many interests and enjoyed socializing, boating, hunting, and fishing. John lived his family dearly. 

Survivors include: His wife of 54 years, Elizabeth Lorraine Reilly Severance of Queensbury, NY. Three children, Mary Lou Berry and her husband Gary Lee of Glens Falls, NY; John B. Severance III and his wife, Carrie of Athens, NY; and Randy W. Severance and wife Cindy of Queensbury, NY. Five grandchildren, Brandi L. Jollie and her husband Justin of Hudson, NY; John [P].B. Severance IV and Evan M. Severance of Athens, NY; Jennifer E. Berry of Glens Falls, NY; and Heather B. Severance of Queensbury, NY. A great granddaughter, Gabrielle Faith Jollie. 

John is also survived by three sisters: Sally Smetanka of Winter Park, FL, Sue Wormuth of Catskill, NY; and Linda Brooks of Amsterdam, NY and several nieces and nephews. 

Friends may call on Thursday, January 8, 2009 from 4 pm to 8 pm at Richards Funeral Home, 26 North Vernon Street, Athens, NY. 

Funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 9, 2009 at Richards Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Athens Rural Cemetery. 

The family would like to thank Craig Briggs, RN and the staff of Warren County Health Services for their care. 
 


Wednesday, January 7, 2009  

John W. Whitbeck
Musician, Army Veteran 

Preston Hollow—John W. Whitbeck, 73, passed away on Sunday, January 4, 2009 at his residence. John was born in Schoharie on January 7, 1935. John began piano lessons at age 5, and by age 7 could accompany his mother in piano duets. He taught himself to play accordion and learned guitar in the Army. John’s fiddle interest began while recuperating from a broken ankle. Out of boredom, he took a fiddle from the wall, and with his neighbor’s help, tuned it up and drove his family crazy for about a year, then began to “sweeten up”. Hilton Kelly and Stephan Grapelli have provided inspiration for John. John has played with several bands, including Peaceful Country, Big River Band, Country Kings, Mountain Rose Trio, and the Del-Se-Nango Fiddlers. He was an accomplished banjo, mandolin, keyboard and bass player, but his favorite spot was playing harmony to other fiddlers. 

John was an Army veteran and remained in the Reserves until 1962. He was the proprietor of Whitbeck’s Service Station in Cooksburg, founded by his father in 1947. John served as President of the Board of Education of Middleburgh Central Schools during the 1970s. He was a member of James M. Austin Lodge 557, Free and Accepted Masons, and a Scottish Rite 32nd Degree Mason. John was a master model builder and built over 400 WWII model aircraft. He was a WWII historian and member of the Rensselaerville Historical Society. John drove bus for the Greenville schools for the last 4 years and was loved by all. John will be remembered as a beloved husband and father. 

John is survived by five children, John Bill, Scott, Becky and Bridget; three grandchildren, Erin, Jayna and Nicole; one great-grandson, Dylan; one brother, Pete; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Catherine Sparrow Whitbeck in 1996. 

Calling hours will be held at Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81, Greenville, NY 12083 on Saturday, January 10 from 3 until 8 p.m. James M. Austin Lodge 557 will conduct a Masonic Ritual Service at 7:30 p.m. As to his wishes, John was cremated privately, and his ashes will be buried at a later date in Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations to Community Hospice of Albany County, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 will be appreciated.
 


Thursday, January 8, 2009 

Elizabeth M. Bush
Avon Representative 

Elizabeth “Betty” M. Bush, 95, of Hudson, died peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. 

Born June 3, 1913 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Johanna (Tautkaitis) Grigalaitis. 

Mrs. Bush was a homemaker and an Avon Representative for many years. 

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, a member of the Trippers Club, and a member of the Hudson Golden Agers. 

Mrs. Bush is survived by her God daughter, Carolyn Gurny of Hudson, and her devoted friend, Genevieve Bartolotta of Red Hook. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Henry G. Bush in 1990; her brother, Joseph Grigalaitis; and her niece, Elizabeth (Betty) Navagansky. 

There will be no calling hours. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church, 429 E. Allen St., Hudson.  

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.
 


Thursday, January 8, 2009

Viola Gonzalez
Pine springs reservation clerk 

Cairo—Viola Gonzalez, 98, reservation clerk of the Pine springs Resort in Freehold passed away on Jan. 6, 2009 at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany. 

She was born on Sept. 20, 1910, in Philadelphia, and was the daughter of the late Bartholomew and Carmella (Cavelieri) Buongermino.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at noon at the Sacred Heart Church, Cairo, with Rev. Fr. Jeremiah Nunan, pastor, officiating. 

Interment will follow in the family plot in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Catskill next to her late husband Salvadore, who predeceased her on July 18, 1987. 

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo, today from 7-9 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. 

Viola loved cooking and was well known at her place of employment at the Pine Springs Resort in Freehold and worked in the office and was a meeter and gre[a]ter at the resort. Viola is survived by her sister Eda Howard of Long island, several nieces and nephews, and a huge extended family.
 


Thursday, January 8, 2009 

Deborah E. Light|
Doctor of veterinary medicine 

Bowdoinham, Maine—Deborah E. Light, DVM, 53, of River Road, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009 after a long battle with lymphoma and MDS at the Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine. 

She was born on Sept. 8, 1955 in Albany, the daughter of Edward and Carolyn Light. While growing up on her family’s farm in North Chatham, she attended Ichabod Crane Central School, graduating with honors in June 1973. 

Deborah attended the University of New Hampshire for two years before transferring to the NYS College of Agriculture at Cornell University, earning her bachelor of science in 1977. She later received her masters of science degree in veterinary medicine from the CU Graduate School and her doctor of veterinary medicine from the NYS College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. 

Deborah was a practicing veterinarian in Columbia County for many years. It was there that she realized her life’s dream of having her own practice, when she created and operated her own small animal practice, Sheep Meadow Veterinary in Ghent. Unfortunately, ill health prompted the sale of her business in 1996 and her move to Maine. 

She was an accomplished equestrian, competing in Three day events, horse shows and was a member of the women’s varsity polo team for Cornell University. She enjoyed camping, visiting with friends, traveling and was an avid sports fan. 

Deborah is survived by her parents, of Chatham; her life partner, Lucille Morrison of Bowdoinham, Maine; brothers Thomas E. Light and wife Debbie of North Carolina, and Howard “Bud” Light and wife Patricia of Valatie; sister Barbara Light of East Greenbush; several nieces, nephews, two great-nieces, and her dogs, Ruby and Rosie. 

There will be a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24th at the United Methodist Church in North Chatham. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. 

In Deborah’s memory, donations may be made to the Leukemia Foundation and Lymphoma Society Donor Services, Po Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. 

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, ME 04357.
 


Thursday, January 8, 2009 

Elizabeth McCarty
Arrangements incomplete 

Coxsackie—Elizabeth McCarty, 93, of Hannacriox died Jan. 7, 2009 at her residence. 

Funeral arrangements are under the directions of the W.C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie are incomplete at this time and are to be announced.
 


Thursday, January 8, 2009 

Rosaria McKisic
Born in the Bronx 

Coxsackie—Rosaria (Sadie) McKisic, 72, of Molly White Drive, Coxsackie, died at the Pines Nursing Home, Catskill, Jan. 6, 2009 after a brief illness.

She was born in the Bronx to the late Peter and Grace (Strano) Gallo.  

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 from 3-7 p.m. 

Interment will take place in the springtime in the family plot of the St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Coxsackie, next to her late husband, Willard. 

Contributions in her memory may be made to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.
 


Thursday, January 8, 2009 

John B. Severance
Services Thursday 

Athens—Military and firematic services will be held this evening at Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
 


Thursday, January 8, 2009 

Funerals
Rudolph Stevenson 

Rudolph Stevenson of Hudson died Tuesday, Jan. 6, at his home. He was 77.  Calling hours will be from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at Valenti and Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson. Funeral services will follow at 11 at the funeral home with Rev. E. Alex Brower of the state Street A.M. Zion church officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. Complete obituary will appear in Friday’s edition.
 


Friday, January 9, 2009  

Maurice F. Cussen Jr.
U.S. Navy veteran 

Maurice F. Cussen Jr., 71, of Oakleaf Drive, Stuyvesant, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, at his home. 

Born in Boston on April 28, 1937, he was the son of the late Maurice F. and sally (Connelly) Cussen Sr. Maurice was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and worked for Empire Blue Cross in Albany as a claims representative. 

He is survived by his wife, Esther (Consalvo) Cussen; his daughter, Susan Cussen of Poughkeepsie; a sister, Marilyn Pace of Massachusetts; two brothers, David Cussen of Florida and Richard Cussen of Massachusetts. 

Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie. For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson, NY 12534.
 


Friday, January 9, 2009 

Thelma Susan Jane Halley DeFalco 

Thelma Susan Jane Halley DeFalco of Hillsdale, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, Mass. Surrounded by her loving family. 

Thelma was born in Gallapolis, Ohio on June 10, 1926, a daughter of the late John and Florence (Henry) Halley. 

In 1946 she married Elmiro DeFalco and settled in Mamaroneck. She and her husband raised their three boys there until they retired to their summer home in Hillsdale in 1972. 

Of the Roman Catholic faith, she attended St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church in Copake Fall and was a member of the Roe Jan area Young-at-Hearters. 

Mrs. Defalco was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Elmiro, on June 10, 2000. 

Survivors include her three sons, Lawrence DeFalco and his wife Marilyn of White Plains; Elmiro DeFalco and wife Eleanor of Monticello, and Robert DeFalco of Hudson. She also leaves her loving grandchildren, Danielle Camacho and husband Francisco and Mathew DeFalco along with her precious great-grandchildren, valentine and Sebastian Camacho. Additionally, she is survived by her brother, Richard Halley of Poughkeepsie, and several loving nieces and nephews. 

Friends are invited and may call from 5-8 p.m. today (Friday) at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Route 22 in Copake. 

Her funeral service will also be held at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Joseph Falletta of St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church officiating. 

Interment will follow in the Hillsdale Rural Cemetery. 

To send an online condolence, please visit peckanpeck.net.
 


Friday, January 9, 2009 

The Rev. W. Keith Hedrick 

The Rev. W. Keith Hedrick, former rector of Christ Church Episcopal, passed away in Sarasota, Fla. on Dec. 10, 2008. A Requiem Eucharist will be offered, celebrating the life and ministry of Father Hedrick at Christ Church, 431 Union St., Hudson, at 3 p.m. Saturday. The community is invited to attend.
 


Friday, January 9, 2009 

Linda Dibble Oona
Beloved wife 

Catskill—Linda Dibble Oona, 60 of Gansevoort, formerly of Catskill, passed away on Jan. 4, 2009 after a brief illness. 

Linda was born on Aug., 20, 1948. She was the daughter of the late Stanley and Eloise Dibble, residents of Catskill. Linda attended Catskill schools and was active in the Catskill United Methodist Church for several years. Linda married Hillar Oona Dec. 7, 1975, and they relocated to Saratoga County where they continued to live until her recent passing. 

She is survived by her beloved husband Hillar; her sister Betty (Mrs. Frank Mucich); her sister Dotti (Mrs. Randall Griffin), both of Catskill; her niece Marybeth (Mrs. James Hosinger) of the Capital District, her niece Ann Marie Krieg and life partner Chrissy Budzinski, both of Catskill, her nephews Tyler and Alex Griffin of Catskill; and her great-nephew James Hosinger. 

An intimate family gathering was held at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home on Thursday, Jan. 8, where family and friends celebrated Linda’s life. The memorial service was officiated by the Rev. J. Nadine Rumke of Germantown. 

Contributions may be made to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, NAMI of Greene County, in care of Patricia Feldman, PO Box 686, Catskill, NY 12414.
 


Friday, January 9, 2009 

Marjorie Rosengren
Dedicated school teacher 

Boiceville—Marjorie Rosengren, 97, of Beechford Drive, Boiceville and formerly of Pennsylvania Avenue, Palenville for over 50 years, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009 at the Benedictine Hospital, Kingston after a brief illness.

Born in Williamstown on March 1, 1911, she was the daughter of the late George and Carrie Rathbun Marshall. 

Marjorie was a dedicated school teacher and a loving mother and grandmother. She earned her teaching diploma from the Oswego Normal school, now known as the Oswego State Teachers College. Beginning in the Catskill Public Schools, she spent two years teaching in a one-room schoolhouse. She then continued on to Palenville where she spent the majority of her career and eventually retiring from the Rowena Memorial School in 1971 after 33 years of teaching. 

Her love for Palenville was strong. Marjorie was a long-time parishioner of the Palenville Methodist Church. She was an active member of the Palenville American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Retired Teachers Association. 

She was an avid bowler and golfer. She was a former member of the Rip Van Winkle Country Club. Marjorie loved to keep her mind active by doing frame games and reading and jumbles. She exercised everyday, keeping her physically fit and mentally strong. 

She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Richard Rosengren, in September 1996, and two sisters, Amy Marshall and Florence Mitchell. 

Survivors include her daughter Marsha and her husband Joseph Kraus of Boiceville; two grandchildren, Darin Byrne of Palenville and Stephanie Melick and her husband Patrick of Saugerties; four great-grandchildren, Tyler West, Dara, Dustin and Lea Byrne; great-great-grandchild Kassidy Ava Bryne; and nieces Eileen Fraleigh and Marie Anderson. 

Her funeral service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Seamon-Wilsey funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets, Saugerties, with the Rev. Carmille Tetaglia, pastor of the Palenville Methodist Church officiating. Visitation will be held 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home. The family suggests donations in her memory be made to the Palenville Methodist Church, Palenville fire Department or a charity of one’s choice. Interment will be in the Town of Catskill Cemetery in the spring. Friends are invited to light a candle in Martha’s memory at www.SeamonWilseyFuneralHome.com.
 


Friday, January 9, 2009 

Mildred A. Schmid
Born in Voorheesville 

Hunter—Mildred A. Schmid, 72, died unexpectedly on Jan. 7, 2009 at her residence in Hunter. 

She was born on March 18, 1936, the daughter of Edward and Ella May Chase in Voorheesville. 

She was predeceased by seven brothers and sisters; Ellen, Edward, Kenneth, Minnie, Clarence, Hulda and William. 

Mildred is survived by a sister Violet and husband Edward Finch; her son Raymond K. Schmid Jr; daughters Debra and Thomas Brooks and Carol and Thomas Murray. She is also survived by granddaughters Sabrina, Bridget and Heather Murray and Samantha Brooks, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be today at Decker Funeral Home, Windham from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 11a.m. Funeral services will be conducted in the funeral home at 11 a.m. with pastor Karen Monk officiating.  

In lieu of flowers contributions in Mildred’s memory to a charity of one’s choice would be greatly appreciated.
 


Friday, January 9, 2009 

Getty Jane Yakman
Home health care aid 

Betty Jane Yakman, 69, a resident of Avenue Nursing Home in Schenectady, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. 

Born in Schenectady Sept. 20, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Joseph D and Callie (Miller) Casey. Betty was a homemaker and home health care aid. 

She is survived by three daughters, Becky Casey of Hudson, Kelly Casey of Schenectady and Nicole Lipinsky (John) of Benson, one son, Thomas Casey (Penny) of Stuyvesant; one sister, Margaret Monty (Ed) of Colonie; one brother, Martin H. Casey (Pat) of Stuyvesant; 14 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several niece and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her sister, Francis Rogers and two brothers, Joseph D. and John A. Casey. 

Funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Monday from the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie, with the service conducted by the Rev. Edward VanKampen. Interment will be in Kinderhook Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. For those who wish, contributions may be made to either the Valatie Rescue Squad, PO Box 242, Valatie, NY 12184, or the Stuyvesant Fire Co. PO Box 146, Stuyvesant, NY 12173.
 


 Friday, January 9, 2009

Funerals
Jennette Whiting Bergman 

Chatham—Funeral services were held at French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home on Jan. 4, for the late Jennette W. Bergman. She had passed away Dec. 30. Donations made to the Columbia/Greene Hospice or Humane Society.
 


Saturday, January 10, 2009 

Josephine Blakeslee
Consummate baker and cook 

Windham—Josephine Nolan Blakeslee, 85, died New Year’s Eve., Dec. 31, 2008 at her home in Windham. She was born Nov. 23, 1923 in Washington, D.C. to Mary and Leo Nolan, the second of six children. Josephine Nolan was attending Mount St. Agnes College in Baltimore when her family was moved to Chicago during World War II as part of the relocation of treasury officials. In Chicago, Josephine worked as a volunteer nurse’s aide in the emergency room at Cook County Medical Hospital where she met a young doctor, Robert Norman Blakeslee. 

After Capt. Blakeslee’s service in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, they moved to his hometown of Windham, set up a medical practice, raised five children and at age 50, Josephine returned to college to get her degree. As a community volunteer, she was a mentor and role model. 

Among the organizations Josephine infused with her intelligence and abundant energy were the Girl Scouts of America, the Parent-Teachers Association, the Red Cross Blood Mobile, the Windham Town Planning Board and Architectural Review Committee, the New York State Ski Racing Association, Meals on Wheels, and the Greene County Memorial Hospital Women’s Auxiliary.  

At St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, she taught altar boys, prepared children for Holy Communion and was a lector and Eucharistic Minister. For over 30 years, she directed the Red Cross Swimming and Lifesaving Program. Josephine especially loved her work for the Greene County Historical Society and her years as an instructor for the people with disabilities in the Adaptive Sports Foundation Ski Program. 

To her friends and family, Josephine was known as a consummate cookie and bread baker, cook, partygiver, reader, gardener, hiker, golfer and skier into her eighties. She was also known for her avid faith in the Blessed Mother Mary and wore out at least nine rosaries praying for others regardless of the beliefs. After he husband Robert suffered a severe brain injury in 1995 she became his devoted caretaker. 

Josephine’s independent spirit and courage will be missed by her husband Robert, her children and their spouses, Carol Blakeslee and Jim Collin, Jeanne Blakeslee and Whit Drain, Kathleen Blakeslee and Eric Hamerstrom; her grandchildren Ben, Luke, Eleanor, Austin, Molly, Sarah, Martha and Hansen; her dog Tabby. Josephine Nolan Blakeslee donated her body to the Albany Medical College Anatomical Gifts Program.
 


Saturday, January 10, 2009 

Anthony J. Cozza
US Army Veteran 

Anthony J. Cozza, 68, of Route 9-J, Columbiaville, NY, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 at his home. 

Born in Hudson, NY, Dec. 16, 1940, he was the son of the late James and Thressa (Crispino) Cozza. Mr. Cozza was a US Army Veteran with the 3rd Infantry Division and was a graduate of the Non-Commissioned Officers Academy and also served with the US Army’s Honor Guard. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed tinkering in the garage. 

He is survived by his wife Marilyn (Campbell) Cozza, three sons: Anthony Cozza II of Stuyvesant, Gary and James Cozza , both of Columbiaville, two brothers: Dominic Cozza of Athens and James Cozza (Armetta) of Stottville, a sister-in-law, Marge Blum of Arizona, 2 nieces, 3 nephews and 5 grandnieces and grandnephews, all of Arizona. 

A memorial mass will be held today, Jan. 10, 2009 at 11:00 am from Nativity/St. Mary Church Stuyvesant Falls with Rev. Frank O’Conner officiating. Interment will be in Kinderhook Cemetery at a later date. There will be no calling hours. For those who wish, contributions may be made to The Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY 12414. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.
 


Saturday, January 10, 2009  

Vanealia “Vee” Joseph
Educator/volunteer 

Vandalia ‘Vee” joseph, 48, of Chatham, was received into the arms of the Lord Thursday at Albany Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer. 

Mrs. Joseph, born August 23, 1960 in St. Thomas Virgin Islands, is the daughter of the late Mario and Dorothy (Hendricks) Evans. Vee obtained her undergraduate degree from Miami Memorial College and her masters degree from Cambridge College. She spent much of her life dedicated to children as an educator and community volunteer. Most importantly, she was a faithful servant of the Lord who touched all she encountered with her selfless gifts. She will be missed by many. Vee is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, the Reverend Reginald Joseph, Pastor of Flatbrook Baptist Church. Four devoted children, Reuel, Rachel, Rekem and Rephael Joseph, sisters Voncelle Anthony and Aneiece Evans, brothers Preston and Deo Evans. Survived also by several nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be Sunday 2-5 pm from the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham and a Memorial Service to follow at 6:30 pm from the Calvary Assembly Atlantic Ave., Stottville, NY. Interment will be in Kennedy Memorial Garden, Ellenwood, Georgia. Memorials may be made to the Joseph Family educational fund c/o First Niagara Bank, Coleman St., Chatham, N.Y. 12037.
 


Saturday, January 10, 2009 

Alberta D. Shekalus
Homemaker 

Alberta D. Shekalus, 96, a former resident of Taconic Shores in Copake died on Friday, January 9, 2009 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, NY. 

A homemaker, she was born on February 28, 1912 in Minersville, PA. 

Mrs. Shekalus was an active communicant of St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church in Copake Falls where she served as a greeter and Eucharistic minister along with being a member of the Alter—Rosary Society. She also was an active member of the Roe Jan Area Young at Hearters. 

She was predeceased by her husband Stanley W. Shekalus in 1992, a daughter Phyllis DeCosta in 2006, a grandson Marc DeCosta and a sister, Marcella Kowal. 

She is survived by her son, William Shekalus of Mt. Kisco, NY; three grandchildren and a sister, Joan Harrington of Pennsylvania. 

Friends are invited and may call on Monday, January 12, 2009 from 1-4 PM at St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church, 8074 state Route 22 in Copake Falls, NY. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 11 AM at St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church. 

Interment will follow in New Bridget’s Cemetery. 

Arrangements are with Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Copake, NY. 

To send an online condolence please visit peckandpeck.net
 


Saturday, January 10, 2009 

Rudolph Stevenson
Teacher 

Rudolph Stevenson of Hudson died Tuesday, January 6th at his home. He was 77. Born in Martin Florida on May 10, 1931, he was the son of the late Hilliard and Ruth Williams Stevenson. Mr. Stevenson was a 1950 graduate of Fessenden Academy in Martin FL, and earned his Baccalaureate degree in Science and later his Masters degree in Education from Florida A & M University. He was a Teacher at Brookwood Secure Center for 30 years, was a member of the Hudson Moose Lodge, life member of State St. AME Zion Church, was involved in Operation Unite and was a life-long Free Mason. He is survived by 3 sons: Rudolph Stevenson II of Chatham, Vance Stevenson of Philmont and Marc Stevenson, U.S. Army, 1 brother Sylvester Stevenson of Orlando, FL, sisters: Ruby N. Debose of Interlachen, FL Ann Lee Mathis of Ocala, FL and Bernie Stevenson also of Florida, 3 grandchildren: Samone Stevenson, Stephen Jacobs and Jailyn Stevenson, one step grandchild Joshua Flouton, 3 sisters-in-law Elizabeth Stevenson, Leslie Stevenson wife of Robert, and Maxine Stevenson wife of Carlton as well as many-many nieces, nephews, cousins in Florida. He was pre-deceased by his wife Ruth (Smith) Stevenson in 1999, also pre-deceased by 3 brothers: Theodore, Robert and Carlton. 

Calling hours will be Tuesday, January 13 from 9- 11 am at Valenti and Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 at the funeral home with Rev. E. Alex Brower officiating. Burial will be in the family plot at Cedar Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions are requested in his memory to the State St. AME Zion Church in Hudson.
 


Sunday, January 11, 2009 

Katherine Ceryanek
Born in New York City 

Hubbardston, Mass.—Katherine Ceryanek, formerly of West Camp, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Mass. 

Born July 29, 1932 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late John and Betty Bremer Kohler. 

An area resident for many years, she was predeceased by her husband, John S. Ceryanek. 

Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Ceryanek of Los Angeles and Madeline Errishi of Leominster, Mass.; two sons, Stephen of Los Angeles and Philip Ceryanek of Hubbardston, Mass; and one brother, John C. Kohler of Vero Beach, Fla. 

Her funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets.  

Interment will follow in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Catskill. Visitation will be on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. 

Friends are invited to light a candle in Katherine’s memory at www.seamonWilseyFuneralHome.com.
 


Saturday, January 10, 2009 

Charles R. Francis, Jr.
Active in Round Top Fire Dept. 

Cairo—Charles R. Francis Jr., 64, died Jan. 9, 200[8] at the VA Hospital in Albany. 

He was born in Catskill Aug. 6, 1944 and was the son of Gladys Wagenbaugh Francis and the late Charles R. Francis. 

Graveside services will take place in the springtime in the family plot of the Round Top Cemetery. 

Prior to his retirement, he was a manager for the Miron Co. of Catskill for 26 years and also was employed at the Blackhead Mountain Lodge. 

Mr. Francis was an area resident for 41 years and was also very active as an engineer with the Round Top Volunteer Fire Department.  

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Carol A. (Helmedach) Francis; a son, State Trooper Charles H. (Chuck) Francis and his wife Kim; a daughter, Mrs. Tim (Connie) Vetter; two brothers; Gary Francis and Louis Francis; two sisters, Phyllis Coons and Joyce Francis; and two grandchildren, Emma and Ryan. 

Besides his father, he was predeceased by a sister, Judy Becker. 

Contributions in his memory can be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo.
 


Saturday, January 10, 2009 

Pauline M. Mynter
Long-time Columbia County resident 

Pauline M. Mynter, 91 of Mellenville, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 at Pine Haven Nursing Home. 

Born March 15, 1917 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late John and Lucy Walch. 

Mrs. Mynter was a homemaker and devoted to her family.  She especially enjoyed cooking and making crafts.  

She was an active member of Christ Church Episcopal a member of the Claverack Home Bureau, a member of the Golden Agers, and former treasurer for the Claverack School Board. 

Pauline, and her late husband, Kenneth H. Mynter were the owners and operators of the Old Indian Trading Post in Claverack. They were married for 59 years before his passing in 1995. 

She was the beloved mother of Barry Mynter, and his wife, Connie, of Northfield, VT, Eric Mynter of Remsen, NY and Kerry Mynter of Rochester, NY, and devoted grandmother of Douglas Mynter, Jennifer Cherkasov, Amy Richardson, and Mary Ellen, Gregory, Rebecca, Kyle, Colby, Mackenzie and Brandon Mynter. Also surviving are seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Eugene Walch, and her sister, Lois Peck. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date. 

Donations in Pauline’s memory may be made to Christ Church Episcopal, Box 411, Hudson. 

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.
 


Saturday, January 10, 2009  

Rudolph Stevenson
Teacher 

Rudolph Stevenson of Hudson died Tuesday, January 6th at his home. He was 77. Born in Martin Florida on May 10, 1931, he was the son of the late Hilliard and Ruth Williams Stevenson. Mr. Stevenson was a 1950 graduate of Fessenden Academy in Martin FL, and earned his Baccalaureate degree in Science and late are Masters degree in Education from Florida A & M University. He was a Teacher at Brookwood Secure Center for 30 years, was a member of the Hudson Moose Lodge, life member of State St. AME Zion Church, was involved in Operation Unite and was a life-long Free Mason. He is survived by his three sons, Rudolph Stevenson II of Chatham, Vance Stevenson of Philmont, and Marc Stevenson, U.S. Army, 1 brother Sylvester Stevenson of Orlando, FL, Sister: Ruby N. Debose of Interlachen, Fl, Ann Lee Mathis of Ocala, FL and Bernice Stevenson also of Florida, 3 grandchildren Samone Stevenson, Stephen Jacobs and Jailyn Stevenson, one step grandchild Joshua Flouton, 3 sisters-in-law Elizabeth Stevenson, Leslie Stevenson wife of Robert, and Maxine Stevenson wife of Carlton as well as many-many nieces and nephews and cousins in Florida. He was predeceased by his wife Ruth (Smith) Stevenson in 1999, also pre-deceased by 3 brothers: Theodore, Robert and Carlton. 

Calling hours will be Tuesday, January 13 from 9-11 am at Valenti and Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 at the funeral home with Rev. E. Alex Brower officiating. Burial will be in the family plot at Cedar Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions are requested in his memory to the State St. AME Zion Church in Hudson.
 


Monday, January 12, 2009  

Robert S. Kirwood
Restaurateur 

Robert S. Kirwood, 77, passed away Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at his home in Rhinebeck. 

Bob was a respected businessman in Rhinebeck who purchased Foster’s Coach House in Rhinebeck in 1964 and made it into a landmark restaurant of the Hudson Valley. He also operated Foster’s at the Fair. 

Born April 10, 1931 in Bronx, he was the son of John and Helen (Wegman) Kirwood. 

He is survived by his wife June (Mastro) Kirwood of Rhinebeck; five children, Stephanie Michaels of New Windsor, Mari and her husband, Michael Bird of Rhinebeck, Shelly and her husband, John Preston, of California, Phoebe and her husband, Steve Melley, of Rhinebeck, and Robert Kirwood of Rhinebeck; and eight grandchildren, Kyle, Kara, Ryan, Olivia, Benett, Hunter, Briceson and Beau. 

Calling hours are 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck. Memorial services and a time for sharing will begin at 6 p.m. The family wishes to invited friends to Foster’s Coach House following the memorial service for continued remembrance and fellowship. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Children’s Annex, PO Box 657, Lake Katrine, NY 12449. 

To sign the online register please visit dapsonchestney.com
 


Saturday, January 10, 2009 

Doris Angelo
CHS graduate 

Catskill—Doris Angelo, 81, of 248 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 at Kaaterskill Care in Catskill. A native Catskillian, Doris was born May 9, 1927, daughter of the late Charles and Bertha Simmons Yetter. 

Doris was a graduate of Catskill High school, Class of 1944; and the Mildred Elly Business School in Albany. She was a legal secretary for many years prior to her retirement; Doris was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Catskill. 

Doris is survived by her husband of 61 years, Patrick Angelo of Catskill; a son Richard Angelo of Guilderland; a daughter, Karen Levinn and her husband; Steven, of Gladstone, N.J.; and two grandchildren, Jason Levinn and Sarah Levinn. 

Relatives and friends may call at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. 

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Fr. David Sutcliffe, Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will be officiating. Interment will follow at the Town of Catskill Cemetery.
 


Saturday, January 10, 2009 

James “Jimmy” V. Grasso Jr.
Mill worker 

James “Jimmy” v. Grasso Jr., 66, formerly of Mellenville Square, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. 

Born Jan. 30, 1942 in Hudson, he was the son of Helen (Weir) Grasso of Columbiaville and the late James V. Grasso, Sr. 

He was employed as a mill worker at Allied Health Care in Stuyvesant Falls before retiring. 

In addition to his mother, surviving are his son, Joseph Grasso and his family, Dana Schmitt and her children, Martin, Willow and Lily Schmitt, all of east Taghkanic, and his brother Gordon Grasso of New Paltz. 

He was predeceased by his brother, Paul David Grasso. 

A calling hour will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green St., Hudson. 

Services will follow at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. 

Burial will be in Mellenville Union Cemetery.
 


Tuesday, January 13, 2009 

Winfred Bennett Sr.
Truck driver and equipment operator 

Athens—Winfred “Red” Bennett, Sr., 66, of Athens, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 at his home with his eldest son by his side. 

He was born June 2, 1942 in Troy, and was the son of the late Walter Bennett Sr. of Coxsackie and Winnifred Latta (Critchley) of Durham. 

“Red” worked for Wes Johnson Construction Co. in Coxsackie for many years as a truck driver and equipment operator. 

He is survived by three sons, Winfred Bennett Jr. of Athens, Darryl Bennett of Athens and Byron and his wife, Michelle Bennett of Oak Hill; a brother, Walter Bennett Jr., of Oak Hill; a sister, Maude Kent of Hannacroix; one grandchild, Dylan Bennett of Oak Hill; and several nieces and nephews. 

Other than his parents, Winfred was predeceased by his brother, James Bennett, and his sister, Rosemarie Bennett. 

A memorial service will be conducted in the spring at the Riverside Cemetery in Coxsackie. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home, 28 N. Vernon St., Athens, NY 12015.
 


Tuesday, January 13, 2009 

Mary Helen Garmus
Retired Registered Nurse 

Mary Helen Garmus, 88, of Hudson, died peacefully Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 at her residence. 

Born Feb. 2, 1920 in Greenport, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna Pauza. 

She attended St. Mary’s Academy and later graduated from Hudson City school of Nurses on Sept. 21, 1941. 

After becoming a registered nurse, she joined the US Army and served at an evacuation hospital in England. Honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant at the end of WWII, she lived and worked in NYC, where she met her husband, Joseph Garmus. A few years later she moved back to Hudson and worked at Columbia Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1985. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph, and her siblings, Anna Pauza, Peter Pauza, John Pauza, Bill Pauza and Helen Sapko. 

Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, JoAnn and Stanley McCagg of Hudson and Christine (Garmus) Ooi of Duarte, Calif.; two grandchildren, Alexis McCagg of Hudson and Joseph McCagg of Huntington, West Virginia, and many nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours. 

 Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Church, 429 East Allen St., Hudson. 

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, the Greenport Rescue Squad or St. Mary’s Church.
 


Tuesday, January 13, 2009 

Robert S. Kirwood
Restaurateur 

Robert S. Kirwood, 77, passed away Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at his home in Rhinebeck. 

Bob was a respected businessman in Rhinebeck who purchased Foster’s Coach House in Rhinebeck in 1964 and made it into a landmark restaurant of the Hudson Valley. He also operated Foster’s at the Fair. 

Born April 10, 1931 in Bronx, he was the son of John and Helen (Wegman) Kirwood. 

He is survived by his wife June (Mastro) Kirwood of Rhinebeck; five children, Stephanie Michaels of New Windsor, Mari and her husband, Michael Bird of Rhinebeck, Shelly and her husband, John Preston, of California, Phoebe and her husband, Steve Melley, of Rhinebeck, and Robert Kirwood of Rhinebeck; and eight grandchildren, Kyle, Kara, Ryan, Olivia, Benett, Hunter, Briceson and Beau. 

Calling hours are 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck. Memorial services and a time for sharing will begin at 6 p.m. The family wishes to invited friends to Foster’s Coach House following the memorial service for continued remembrance and fellowship. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Children’s Annex, PO Box 657, Lake Katrine, NY 12449. 

To sign the online register please visit dapsonchestney.com
 


Tuesday, January 13, 2009  

Eleanor T. Levancier
Loving Mother 

Eleanor LeVancier, 78, of Catskill, N.Y., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 after a long illness. 

Eleanor was born March 26, 1930. She was the daughter of the late Gussie (Stagat) Seiderer and Frederick Seiderer. Eleanor was a homemaker and spent her early years helping manage her mother’s resort, The Edgemere, in Catskill, along with her sister Helen Denniston. 

She is survived by three daughters, Heidi Shader (Michael) of Hudson, Kristi Hebert of Averill Park, and Stefi Hasenkopf of Stephentown; one sister, Helen (Bunny) Denniston of Catskill; eight grandchildren; one niece and two nephews. 

She will be remembered as a loving and caring mother and grandmother to her children and grandchildren. 

Cremation is under the direction of Traver-McCurry Funeral Home there will be no calling hours.
 


Tuesday, January 13, 2009  

Elizabeth McCarthy
Former owner of McCarty’s Farm 

Hannacroix—Elizabeth (Gordian) McCarty, 93, of Hannacroix, died Jan. 7, 2009. 

She was born July 5, 1915 in Johnstown, Penn., and was the daughter of the late John J. and Mary (Hudak) Gordian. 

Other than her parents, she was predeceased by her loving husband of 53 years, Francis Charles McCarty Sr., in 1985 and her two sons Douglas McCarty and Frank McCarty, Jr. 

Elizabeth loved many things which included babies, knitting, crocheting, sewing, gardening, flowers, chickens and eggs. She was an area resident for over 50 years. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church, Coxsackie and she and her husband owned and operated McCarty’s Farm in Hannacroix for many years. 

Survivors include her son, Eugene and his wife, Ellen McCarty of Tappan, her daughter, Irene and her husband, William Scott of Westerlo, three sisters, Helen O’Donell of Texas and Josephine Valleri and Margaret Vittorini, both of New Jersey. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to call on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the W.C. Brady’s sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Coxsackie at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2009 with the Rev. Fr. John Moyna, Pastor officiating. 

Burial will take place in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Coxsackie.
 


Tuesday, January 13, 2009   

Floyd H. McGhee
World War II Veteran  

Floyd H, McGhee, 82, of Old Town Road in Hillsdale, N.Y. died on Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 at his residence. 

He was born in the Town of Northeast Center (Millerton) N.Y. on Dec. 24, 1926; the son of the late Joseph and Jennie (Kilmer) McGhee. 

Floyd attended school in Millerton. He was a World War II veteran, having served as a corporal in the Army between 1945-1947 and was stationed in Japan. Upon his discharge he worked on the Lyle Farm in Millerton. He worked for Nelco Metals/Pfizer in Canaan, Conn. from 1950 until his retirement in 1994.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Celia (Stalker) McGhee; three loving daughters, Sandra (McGhee) Whiteman of Hillsdale and her friend Bill Whiting of Canaan, Conn., Kathy (McGhee) Grenon and her friend Mike Giulan of Ashley Falls, Mass., and Sally (McGhee) Herrick and her husband Phil of Austerlitz. He leaves four grandchildren, Scott, and Brandi Grenon of Austerlitz, John Grenon of Hillsdale, Amber Herrick of Austerlitz along with two step-grandchildren, Philip Herrick, Jr. and Steven Herrick of Maryland. Additionally, he leaves a great-grandchild, Harmony Grenon; a sister, Agnes (McGhee) Barton of Sharon, Conn. and his cousin and longtime friend, Sid Kilmer and his wife Beth of Claverack, NY. 

The youngest of four children he was predeceased by a brother, Joseph McGee, and as sister, Bertha (McGhee) Mylock. 

Friends are invited and may call on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009 from 5-7 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, route 22, in Copake. NY. 

His funeral service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 at 1 p.m. from the funeral home. The Rev. Juanita Middlebrook will officiate. 

Spring interment will be in the North Hillsdale Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Floyd’s name to assist families of wounded or deceased military personnel c/o Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Box D, Copake, NY 12516. 

To send an online condolence, please visit peckandpeck.net.
 


Tuesday, January 13, 2009 

Meribeth H. Smith Petricone
Germantown resident 

Meribeth H. Smith Perticone, Germantown, N.Y., formerly of Monroe, N.Y. died peacefully at her home on Jan. 10, 2009 at age 94. 

She was born in Morrisville, N.Y. on Aug. 25, 1014, the second child of Lyndon J. and Lila Bliss Howlett. She was educated at Morrisville High School, and the University of Chicago, and SUNY-Morrisville, graduating on 1935. She married Charles E. Smith on May 31, 1937 and moved to Windy Acres, the Smith farm located on Gilbert Street in Monroe, N.Y. They were the parents of three children. Mr. Smith died in 1987, three months after he and Meribeth celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. 

Meribeth was very active in the community, serving as Boy Scout den mother, Girl Scout leader, and as Chairman of the Girl Scout Committee. She also was active in Republican politics, serving as the Chairman of the Republican Committee and conducting fund raisers. In 1953 she was appointed as Assistant Assessor of the Town of Monroe, and in 1966 she became Assessor, a position she held until her retirement in 1987. After retiring, she served on the Monroe Planning Board for 10 years. 

In 1990, Mrs. Smith married Anthony Petricone, and they continued to live in Monroe, N.Y. Mr. Petricone died in 1992. In 2001, Meribeth went to live in a home on the property of her daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Douglas Dodge, in Germantown, N.Y. 

She is survived by three children and their spouses: sons Gilbert H. Smith and wife Paige of McLean, VA, Lyndon C. Smith and wife Lois of Charlotte, N.C., and daughter Sally Smith Dodge and husband Douglas of Germantown, N.Y., and by nine grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. She also leaves a sister, Marilyn H. Henry, three brothers, Myles R. Howlett, George S. Howlett, and Philip D. Howlett, and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition, she leaves a step-daughter, Toni Petricone Fallon and her husband Edward, and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Smith Post. She was predeceased by two brothers, Donald B. Howlett and Lyndon J. Howlett, Jr., by her youngest sister, Merilee H. Kime, her oldest sister, Marion Taylor, and in 2007 by her eldest granddaughter, Laurie Smith Nedrow. Meribeth had many names—Bub, Mom, Baba, Gram, G-gram, Great Grammy and G.G., she answered to them all with love and concern. 

Visiting hours are from 12 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 at Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 117 Maple Ave., Monroe, N.Y. The funeral service will begin at 2 p.m., with the Reverend Baron Ashfield presiding. Meribeth will be buried in the Smith plot at the Cemetery of the Highlands, Highland Mills, N.Y. following the service. 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 845-782-8185 or ssqfuneralhome.com.
 


Tuesday, January 13, 2009 

Virginia Post
Former aid at Grandview School 

Catskill—Virginia “Ginny” Post, 91, of Catskill, died unexpectedly Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 at the Pines at Catskill. 

Mrs. Post was born in Albany on Aug. 15, 1917 to the late John Schaeffer Bartlett and Clara Coleman Bartlett.  She graduated from Albany High School and Albany Business College. She worked as an aid at Grandview School for many years and was an active member and past-regent of On-Ti-Ora chapter NSDAR and the First Baptist Church in Catskill. She was active in the Catskill PTA, serving three terms as president and also the PTA Albany District Board as recording secretary and assistant director. She was a Scout leader for 17 years and served another 8 years training leaders and received the Silver Beaver Award and American Legion Scouter of the year to recognize her 25 years of service. Virginia was also a life member of the Hose Co. #1 Ladies Auxiliary. 

She is survived by three sons: David (Janice) Post, Richard (Ethel Anne) Post, and Harold (Anjte) Post, as well as her daughter, Mrs. Don (Sharon) Smith and former daughter-in-law Linda Post; 10 grandchildren: Debbie (Tom) Bevino, Kevin (Kelly) Post, Rebecca (Eddie) Liga, Sean (Collette) Post, Chris (Deana) Post, heather (Kevin) Tuey, Julie (John) Post-Goode, Charlie (Alex) Post, David Smith, and Sally Smith; 10 great-grandchildren: two nephews: Brian (Bea) Post and Paul Post; in addition to her brother John Bartlett, Jr., and brother-in-law Harold (Frieda) Post. She was predeceased by her husband, Lyle C. Post, on Sept. 14, 1979, grandson Patrick Post, and two sisters-in-law: Minnie Post Francis and Joyce Bartlett. 

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church at Grandview Circle in Catskill with Rev. Richard Snowden, Pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the former Catskill Rural Cemetery. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Members of the On-Ti-Ora chapter are requested to attend at 3 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church. Electronic condolences may be posted at www.millsoaughcamerato.com.
 


Tuesday, January 13, 2009 

Clyde E. Shook
Lifelong area resident 

Clyde E. Shook, 83, passed away Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 at the Fireman’s Home, where he had been a resident since August 2008. 

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Gertrude “Trudy” (Almstead) Shook; two children, Kathleen Jacque of Ashland, Ohio and Charles J. Shook, of North Richland Hills, Texas; three grandchildren; Sarah, Kristen and Kevin Jacque, all of Ohio, and several nieces and nephews.  

Hi[s] sister, Frances Stickles, also died on Jan. 10, 2009. 

Mr. Shook was a lifelong member of the St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Churchtown and also served on the church council and the cemetery board. 

He was a member of the Churchtown Fire Company for 68 years, serving as chief for 14 years. He was deputy coordinator for the Columbia County Fire Chiefs Association form 1974 to 1982 and served as treasurer from 1982 to 2000. In addition, he served as a representative to the Fire Advisory board. 

Clyde was a member of the Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association and served a[nd] president and then president emeritus. 

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Shook was employed by Harder’s Express as a mechanic and later as the fleet supervisor for 35 years. 

A memorial service will be held at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Churchtown on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 at 1 p.m.
 


Tuesday, January 13, 2009 

Frances G. Stickles
Lifelong area resident 

Frances G. Stickles of Churchtown, NY, died Jan. 10, 2009 with her three children at her side. The daughter of John and Virginia Shook, she was born on Feb. 2, 1921 in Hudson, NY, a lifelong resident of Columbia County, she graduated from Hudson High School in 1939, proud to be the class Salutatorian. She earned her RN degree from the Hudson City Hospital School of Nursing in 1942, having interned at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Her formal nursing career would prove to be rather short, but her choice of career reflected values of a lifetime—caring for others, always striving to do your best, and a willingness to go the extra mile for her patients, her friends and her family. 

Frances married Milton Stickles in 1943. There began a loving partnership that lasted over five decades, until Milton’s death in 1996. Frances thrived in the role of farmer’s wife and the mother of three children, all raised on one of the oldest family farms in Columbia County. She was an active member of the Dutch Reformed Church of Claverack, past President of the Ockawamick Central School PTA, lifetime Weight watchers consultant, and the informal “neighborhood nurse” to countless members of the Churchtown, NY community. 

An avid reader, she particularly enjoyed a good mystery. She loved to travel and well into their seventies, she and Milton drove cross-country. She also loved her sports; Baseball, football, trips to Saratoga to watch the horses, and most recently, NASCAR. 

But, what her family will remember her for the most [is] her simple acts of kindness, her loyalty to friends and her family, her keen sense of humor and her ability to give love unconditionally. She is a wonderful rol[l] model for all of us. We will miss her dearly, but she will always be with us. 

Survivors include her three children, Marilyn Bultman of Churchtown, NY, Catherine Brandon of Brimfield, MA and John Stickles of Chatham Center, NY.

Also six grandchildren, Jennifer Brandon of Seattle, WA, Patrick Brandon of Killingworth, CT, Catherine Bollwerk of Cumming, GA, Elizabeth Eicholtz of Dacula, GA, Ian Stickles of Summerville, SC, and Rebecca Bryant of Ridgeville, SC. Grandchild Emily Stickles predeceased her grandmother. Nine great-grandchildren also survive their beloved “G.G”, Great Gramma. 

Her brother, Clyde Shook of Hudson, NY, also died the same day. 

Following Frances’ wishes, a memorial service will be held in the late spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nursing School at Columbia-Greene Community College in memory of Frances Stickles, (Joan Koweek, c/o CGC Foundation, 4400 Rte 23, Hudson, NY 12534.
 


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Carl (Ronnie) Becker
Volunteer fireman 

Hunter—Carl (Ronnie) Becker, son of William (Jack) Becker and Mildred Brownhill, passed away suddenly Jan. 9, 2009 in Austin, Texas.  

He was a union carpenter until his retirement of Hunter. 

Ronnie is survived by Leita, his wife of 49 years; his four sons. William, carl, Keith and Craig; his daughter-in-law, Laurel; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two daughters of the heart, Maryanne (Delap) Miller and Julia (Delap); three siblings, Violet mead, Kenneth Becker and Patricia Synder; and several nieces and nephews. 

Ronnie was predeceased by his sister, Marion Miller. 

He was a U.S. Army Veteran and a volunteer fireman with Hunter Fire Company for more than 50 years. 

The last several years, he and Leita traveled the country visiting family and spending time with their children. 

An avid outdoorsman, Ronnie love “his” mountains. 

Ronnie enjoyed hunting and fishing in the Catskill, Oklahoma, Texas and Alaska. 

Ronnie will be missed for his quick wit, quiet demeanor and wonderful sense of humor. 

A memorial service will be held in Hunter at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hunter Fire Company or Kaaterskill United Methodist Church.
 


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Fricis Bumanis
Carpenter 

Fricis Bumanis, 90, a resident of the Pavilion in Catskill, formerly of Hudson, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. 

Born May 26, 1918 in Latvia, he was the son of Atis and Liba Bumanis. 

He was the co-owner of the Miller Construction Company in Merrick, N.Y., before retiring. 

Mr. Bumanis was an avid carpenter and enjoyed woodworking, His specialty was making lamps. 

Surviving are his wife, Zelma (Bucholes) Bumanis of Catskill; his nephew, Karlis Medins of Hudson, and several grand-nephews and grand-nieces.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today (Wendesday) at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home with the Rev. Roy Minnix officiating. 

Burial will be in the Latvian Memorial Park in Elka Park N.Y., in the spring.
 


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Honora Flanagan
Beautician 

Honora Flanagan, 91, formerly of Wortman Square in Greenport, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009 at Daughter of Sarah Nursing Center in Albany. 

Born Sept. 10, 1917 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Waclaw and Kamelia Nartowicz. 

Mrs. Flanagan was a self-employed beautician in the area. 

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church and enjoyed sewing. 

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and David Brown of Glenmont; her grandson, Christopher Brown, and his wife, Jessica, of Albany; a granddaughter, Kimberly Brown of Guilderland; a sister, Helen O’Brien of Hudson; two brothers, Adam A. Nartowiz of Greenport and Joseph C.P. Nartowitz of Stoney Point, N.Y, and several nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas J. Flanagan, and three sisters, Anna Pryshlak, Jane Balcerzewski and Dorothy Hester. 

Visiting hours are 4-6 p.m. Friday at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Church, 429 E. Allen St., Hudson. 

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.
 


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Mildred M. Grener
Stenographer 

Mildred M. Grener, 95, of Claverack, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. 

Born Jan. 10, 1914 in Claverack, she was the daughter of the late Willard and Louise (Proper) Swartz. 

Mrs. Grener was employed as an office stenographer with the Columbia County Department of Social Services in Hudson before retiring. 

She was an active member, and past president of the Stottville VFW 3320 Ladies Auxiliary and a member of the Rip Van Winkle Council. She was an active member of the A.B. Shaw Fire company Ladies Auxiliary in Claverack and a member of the Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack. 

Mrs. Grener is survived by her granddaughter, Cynthia Van Alphen, and her husband, Leonard of Claverack; her son-in-law, Charles Wloch of Claverack; two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Dustin VanAlphen, both of Claverack, many nieces and nephews, and her cousin, Sally Malinksi of California. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Floyd Grener; her daughter, Patricia Wloch; her grandson, Richard Wloch; her sister, Madeline Miller, and her brother, Walter Swartz. 

Visiting hours are 5-7 p.m., Thursday at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green St., Hudson.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.
 


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Elizabeth McCarty
Former owner of McCarty’s Farm 

Hannacroix—Elizabeth (Gordian) McCarty, 93, of Hannacroix, died Jan. 7, 2009. 

She was born July 5, 1915 in Johnstown, Penn., and was the daughter of the late John J. and Mary (Hudak) Gordian. 

Other than her parents, she was predeceased by her loving husband of 53 years, Francis Charles McCarty Sr., in 1985 and her two sons Douglas McCarty and Frank McCarty, Jr. 

Elizabeth loved many things which included babies, knitting, crocheting, sewing, gardening, flowers, chickens and eggs. She was an area resident for over 50 years. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church, Coxsackie and she and her husband owned and operated McCarty’s Farm in Hannacroix for many years. 

Survivors include her son, Eugene and his wife, Ellen McCarty of Tappan, her daughter, Irene and her husband, William Scott of Westerlo, three sisters, Helen O’Donell of Texas and Josephine Valleri and Margaret Vittorini, both of New Jersey. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to call on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the W.C. Brady’s sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Coxsackie at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2009 with the Rev. Fr. John Moyna, Pastor officiating. 

Burial will take place in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Coxsackie.
 


Wednesday, January 14, 2009  

Elizabeth Ada Hermance Shaw 

Elizabeth Ada Hermance Shaw of Route 66, Claverack, died Jan. 9 at Columbia Memorail Hospital. She was 87. 

Born April 26, 1921. She was the daughter of the late William T. and Ruth Ada (Vosburgh) Sottong, and the wife or the late Glenford Carl Hermance. 

A graduate of Albany Business College with an associate degree in business administration, she had been employed in the Community Theatre, Foster Refrigeration and WHUC radio, all in Hudson. She was a member of the Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack, and enjoyed dancing and traveling with the local senior citizen groups to which she belonged. 

Surviving are her daughter, Laura Beth Hermance Sedlock of Wilmington, N.C.; grandchildren Kelly Kehrer Al-Saed of Kuwait, Deborah (Gross) Drebitko of Raleigh N.C., Geoffrey Gross of Buffalo and Karl Hermance of High Falls, N.Y.; and great-grandchildren Nassar and Sultan Al-Saed of Kuwait, Alexander, Dylan and Eleanor Drebitko of Raleigh; Clara Gross of Buffalo; and Kyle, Rachel, Sara and Morgan Hermance of High Falls. 

A daughter, Glenda Ruth Hermance Gross, and a brother, William J. Sottong, died previously. 

Funeral services will be Saturday 11 a.m. at the Reformed Dutch Church, Rout 9H, Claverack, preceded by a viewing hour at 10 a.m. Spring interment is planned. 

Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.
 


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Clyde E. Shook
Lifelong area resident 

Clyde E. Shook, 83, passed away Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 at the Fireman’s Home, where he had been a resident since August 2008. 

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Gertrude “Trudy” (Almstead) Shook; two children, Kathleen Jacque of Ashland, Ohio and Charles J. Shook, of North Richland Hills, Texas; three grandchildren; Sarah, Kristen and Kevin Jacque, all of Ohio, and several nieces and nephews.  

Hi[s] sister, Frances Stickles, also died on Jan. 10, 2009. 

Mr. Shook was a lifelong member of the St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Churchtown and also served on the church council and the cemetery board. 

He was a member of the Churchtown Fire Company for 68 years, serving as chief for 14 years. He was deputy coordinator for the Columbia County Fire Chiefs Association form 1974 to 1982 and served as treasurer from 1982 to 2000. In addition, he served as a representative to the Fire Advisory Board. 

Clyde was a member of the Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association and served a[nd] president and then president emeritus. 

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Shook was employed by Harder’s Express as a mechanic and later as the fleet supervisor for 35 years. 

A memorial service will be held at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Churchtown on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 at 1 p.m.
 


Wednesday, January 14, 2009   

Frances E. Ziemba 

Frances E. Ziemba, 91 formerly of Hudson, died Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at Whittier Nursing Center in Ghent. 

Born March 23, 1917 in New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late John and Adeline MacCormack. 

Frances was employed as a clerk with the Columbia County Hea[l]th Department for 19 years. 

With her late husband, and a friend she formed the “Ziemba Trio”, a professional acrobatic team that performed throughout the state. 

Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Joan Ziemba of Fairfax, Va., and Barbara and James Naegeli of Greenport; two grandchildren, Dian Kipp, and her husband, Peter, of Claverack, and Michael J. Naegeli, and his wife, Melissa, of Stuyvesant; five great-grandchildren, Jason P. and Alex Kipp and Stephen, Daniel, and Andrew Naegeli, and many nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband, John J. Ziemba, and four brothers, John E. and Thomas, Everett and Warren MacCormack. 

Visiting hours are 3-6 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. 

Services will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. today at the funeral home with the Rev. Winston Bath officiating. 

Burial will be at the convenience of the family. 

Donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill 12414.
 


Thursday, January 15, 2009  

Mary E. Hinkein
Clermont resident 

Maary E. Hinkein, 99, of Clermont, died at Ferncliff Nursing Home of Rhinebeck, where she had resided since 1998. 

Born Aug, 27, 1909 in Greenview, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary Kunkel. 

Mrs. Hinkein was a homemaker who had worked for Orchard Hills of Red Hook many years ago. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her sons, Ralph Hinkein of Clermont, Paul Hinkein and Jerry Hinkein, both of Rhinebeck; her daughter, Sharon Kline of Livingston; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Walter Hinkein, who died in 1980, and two sons, Richard and Donald. 

Friends are invited to call 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown. 

Funeral services and interment in the Viewmonte Rural Cemetery will be at the conveniences of the family. The Rev. David Tipple officiating. 

Memorial donations are requested to the Salvation Army, 40 S. 3rd St., Hudson, NY 12534. 

Condolences may be expressed www.yadackfox.com.
 


Thursday, January 15, 2009 

Barbara K. Konig 

Barbara K. Konig, 76, of Kinderhook Street, Valatie, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, at Albany Memorial Hospital. 

Born in Schenectady Sept. 17, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Katherine (Sager) Lamboy. Mrs. Konig was a graduate of Vincentian Institute in Albany and the St. Peter’s Hospital School of Nursing. She was a housewife and for a time worked at St. Peter’s as a registered nurse. 

She is survived by her husband, Wayne D. Konig; two daughters, Deborah Small (Brian) and Katherine Maas (Douglas), both of Valatie; one son, Kevin D. Konig (Carolyn) of Castleton; a sister, Leona Cook (Edward) of Rochester; and a brother, John Lamboy (Patricia) of Nassau; six grandchildren, Nathan and Christopher Small, Katie and Justin Maas, Alex and Sarah Konig, and several nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. form St. John the Baptist Church, Route 9, Valatie, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. John Molyn. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc. Valatie. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. John the Baptist Church Youth Fund. The family would like to thank the nurses on the sixth floor and hospice staff at Albany Memorial Hospital for their kindness and caring during this difficult time.
 


Thursday, January 15, 2009 

Roderick McKenzie 

Roderick McKenzie, 78, formerly of 8th street in Hudson, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 in Birmingham, Ala. 

He was employed at the Universal Atlas Cement Company in Hudson in Leeds. 

Roderick was a member of St. Barnabas Church. 

Surviving are his wife, Marie (Gazzera) McKenzie; two daughters, Patricia McKenzie and Kathleen Wilson, and a granddaughter, Teresa Wilson. 

He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Lovendahl. 

Visiting hours are 4-6 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Bates & Anderson—Redmond 7 Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green St., Hudson. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church, 429 E. Allen St., Hudson. 

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.
 


Friday, January 16, 2009  

Helen M. Bordeaux
Homemaker 

Helen M. Bordeaux, 82, formerly of Greenport, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 at Pine Haven Nursing Home. 

Born May 10, 1926 in Hudson, she was the daughter of William and Minnie Jostlin. 

Mrs. Bordeaux was a homemaker and enjoyed watching TV, reading and doing puzzles. 

Surviving are her daughter, Marion Hamm of Philmont; her son, Paul Bordeaux of Hillsdale; three sisters, Marion Patrick of Hudson, Winifred Frier of Philmont, and Betty Weber of South Glens Falls; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grand-children, and two great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard D. Bordeaux Sr., her son, Richard Bordeaux Jr., and her daughter, Carole Chamberlin. 

Services will be at the convenience of the family. 

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.
 


Friday, January 16, 2009

Michael J. Dixson
Arrangements incomplete 

Coxsackie—Michael J. Dixson, 56, of Coxsackie died Jan. 14, 2009 at the Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany. 

Funeral arrangements under the directions of the W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie are incomplete at this time and are to be announced.
 


Friday, January 16, 2009

Herbert B. Johnson
Retired owner of All City Press  

Coxsackie—Herbert B. Johnson, 69, of Earlton died at his residence Jan. 14, 2009. 

He was born Dec. 5, 1939, in the Bronx and was the son of the late Frank E. and Ruth H. (Myer) Johnson.  

Private cremation will take place today at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands with a memorial services at the graveside at the family plot of the Dover Plains Cemetery in Putnam County at a later date. 

He is survived by three brothers, Walter Johnson of Earlton, Robert Johnson of Paterson, N.J. and Donald Johnson of Rome, N.Y. and many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Prior to his retirement, he was the owner and operator of All City Press in Manhattan, where he was a printer. 

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie.
 


Saturday, January 17, 2009  

Michael J. Dixson
Enjoyed fishing and hiking 

Coxsackie—Michael J. Dixson, 56, of Coxsackie, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn. Born in Catskill June 25, 1952 to Rose Campoli and Arthur E. Dixson Sr., Mike was a 1970 graduate of Coxsackie-Athens Central School. He is survived by his father, Arthur of San Diego; three sisters, Gloria (John) Wakewood of Albany, Jeri (Manny) Hotaling of Coxsackie and Connie Palmer of Hyde Park; a brother, Arti (Joanne) Dixson of Connecticut; two nephews, Frank (Luisa) Derico and Eric Hotaling; two nieces, Joelle and Alayna Dixson; and a loving friend, Holly Gervais, Mike was a very private man who loved to spend time helping friends and laughing. He enjoyed fishing, hiking, gardening and reading. He retired from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as a conservation operational supervisor. He was predeceased by his mother Rose who died Nov. 13, 1993, and his nephew Robbie Palmer who died in 1989. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday Jan. 19, 2009, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Coxsackie with Rev. Fr. John Moyna, pastor, the celebrant. Private cremation will follow at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands Interment will take place in the springtime in the family plot of St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Coxsackie. 

The family would like to thank the many special friends and staff from the fourth floor and Hospice Inn of St. Peter’s Hospital for their spiritual guidance, kindness and loving care during a very difficult time. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Hospice Inn, St. Peter’s Hospital, 315 Manning Boulevard, Albany, NY 12208.
 


Saturday, January 17, 2009 

Marie B. Mello
An excellent baker 

Catskill—Marie B. Mello, 84, a resident of  Home Sweet Home, Catskill, died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston. She was born Feb. 19, 1924 in Louisberg, N.C., the daughter of the late Oscar and Pearle (Faulkner) Bradford. 

Formerly of Island Park, Marie had been a Catskill resident since 1999. She enjoyed playing cards and was an excellent baker. Marie will be greatly missed by family and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph L. Mello on April 9, 1999. 

Mrs. Mello is survived by a daughter, Linda D. Perez; two brothers, Oscar L. Bradford Jr., and Ed Bradford; two sisters, Myrtle Cross and Dorothy Warren; and four grandchildren, Carlie Opitz, Merilee Bajnoci, Laurelin Perez and Peter Perez. 

Relatives and friends may call at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.
 


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Louis Parente
WWII veteran 

Louis Parente, 97, a resident of Valatie Woods, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009 at Whittier Rehabilitation Center in Ghent after a short illness. 

Born in Yonkers, NY, he was the son of the late Achili and Rose (Adelardo) Parente. Louis served in the U.S. Navy in both the Atlantic and Pacific during WWII and was an antiquarian book dealer throughout his life. 

He is survived by his son, Vernon Lee Parker of FL and was predeceased by his wife Mary (Divine) Parente and his daughter, Mary Lou. 

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be held at eh Kinderhook Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.
 


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Milton Watson Sr.
Employed by Dynabil 

Catskill—Milton Watson Sr., 72, of 10 Henry St., Catskill died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. He was born April 14, 1936 in Warrenton, GA., the son of the late Mattie Will Tarver. 

Milton served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve National Guard. He was an employee at American Valve in Coxsackie for 29 years and later for Dynabil Industries until his retirement in 1999. Milton was predeceased by brothers and sisters Catherine Cancer, Lewis Tarver, Randy Tarver, George Tarver, Charles Tarver and John Tarver. 

Mr. Watson leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Mrs. Carol G. Dixon Watson of Catskill; children, Tammy (James) Arrington, Milton, Jr. (Patricia), Felicia (Lucas) Quinones, Candace, Joseph (Catherine) and John Ford; siblings, Elnora Smith, Katie Cox, Marjorie Koonce, Annie Tarver, Willie Mae Perrin, Felicia Tarver, Willie B. Watson and David Tarver; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Calling hours will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Second Baptist Church, Main Street, Catskill. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Rev. Richard Turpin, pastor, will be officiating. Interment will follow in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.
 


Saturday, January 17, 2009 

William H. Young

Taghkanic Town Judge 

Taghkanic—Honorable William H. Young Jr. 77, passed away on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at Pine Haven Nursing Home on Philmont, NY. 

He was born on July 21, 1931 in Hudson, NH the son of the late William H. and Anna (Wittmer) Young sr. 

Mr. Young was owner and operator of William H. Young and Son Dairy Farm. He retired on December 31, 2008 from Taghkanic Highway department after 20 years of service. He is presently the Judge for over 20 years for the Town of Taghkanic. 

He is past chief and life time member of the West Taghkanic Fire Company, a member of the Columbia County Magistrate’s Association and a member of the Hudson Widows son Lodge 7 F&AM. 

On October 17, 1953 in Taghkanic, NY he married Elizabeth Betty (Remy) Young. She survives him at home. 

In addition to his loving wife, survivors include three daughters, Barbara Gaylord of Greenport, NY; Carolyn Sammons of Taghkanic, NY; Beverly Rochler of Taghkanic, NY; a son, William H. Young III of Valatie, NY, nine grandchildren, Ronald III, William, Nicole, Kent II, Stephanie, Stephen, Robert C., Matthew, Jacqueline; two great grandchildren, Landon, Caiden; and a cousin, Virginia Lawless of NJ. 

Calling hours are 1 to 5 pm on Sunday, January 18, at the Peck & Peck funeral Home, Rte 22 Copake, NY. 

Funeral service will be at 11 am Monday, January 19, from the funeral home with Rev. Barbara West officiating.

Interment will follow in the West Taghkanic Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are request to COARC Mellenville, NY 12544. 

To sign the online register please access www.peckandpeck.net.
 


Sunday, January 18, 2009  

John E. Mackey

Mr. John E. “Mac Attack” Mackey, 38, of Becker Street, entered into the arms of the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, at Ellis Hospital. John was born in Hudson, NY on June 1, 1970. He was the son of Elise Mackey and the late Melvin Lett. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife Pearl L. Mackey and his children; Dashon Hart of Schenectady, NY and Jahnessa Stevenson of Hudson, NY. His stepchildren, Oron Tucker of Schenectady, LaToya and Tiffanie Tucker of Albany; [A] sister, Kay Bowie of Albany; brothers Anthony and James Mackey and Nicolas Pratt of Albany; Andrew Mackey (Valerie) of Hudson; Melvin Lett, Jr., of Catskill, Sister-in-law; Dorothy Grimes, brothers-in-law; Gregory and Tony Johnson of Schenectady. John is also survived by five uncles and three aunts, many nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of extended family and friends. Calling hours will be held from 10-13 pm. A home going celebration will be held 12-2 p.m., Thursday, January 22, 2009 at the Mt. Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, 809 Strong Street, Schenectady, NY, Rev. Albert J. Holman officiating. Burial will be in Park View Cemetery, Schenectady. Memorial Contributions may be made in his memory to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Upstate NY Vermont Chapter, 5 Computer Drive—West, Albany, NY 12205. Arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton park, New York 12065; 518-371-5454.
 


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Dolores Pacanda
Registered nurse 

Dolores (Bernhoft) Pacanda, 94, a resident of Valatie Woods, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 at Barnwell Nursing facilities in Valatie. 

Born in Wilmont, WI, Oct. 1, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Catherine (Ihling) Bernhoft. Mrs. Pacanda was a Registered Nurse and was employed by Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, retiring on 1975. She was a member of EDA Chapter Order of Eastern Star and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kinderhook. 

She is survived by her daughter, Leslie Asterita of Valatie, two sisters; Muriel Pawlik of Valatie and Betty Wester of Chatham, 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grand-children and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Lesley Pacanda, and two brothers, Fred and Bill Bernhoft. 

A memorial service at St. Paul’s will be announced at a later date. Interment will be in St. Paul’s Columbarium. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Valatie. For those who wish, contributions in Dolores’ memory may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kinderhook, NY 12106.
 


Monday, January 19, 2009  

John E. Mackey
Loving father 

Mr. John E. “Mac Attack” Mackey, 38, of Becker Street, entered into the arms of the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, at Ellis Hospital. John was born in Hudson, NY on June 1, 1970. He was the son of Elise Mackey and the late Melvin Lett. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife Pearl L. Mackey and his children; Dashon Hart of Schenectady, NY and Jahnessa Stevenson of Hudson, NY. His stepchildren, Oron Tucker of Schenectady, LaToya and Tiffanie Tucker of Albany; [A] sister, Kay Bowie of Albany; brothers Anthony and James Mackey and Nicolas Pratt of Albany; Andrew Mackey (Valerie) of Hudson; Melvin Lett, Jr., of Catskill, Sister-in-law; Dorothy Grimes, brothers-in-law; Gregory and Tony Johnson of Schenectady. John is also survived by five uncles and three aunts, many nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of extended family and friends. Calling hours will be held from 10-13 pm. A homegoing celebration will be held 12-2 p.m., Thursday, January 22, 2009 at the Mt. Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, 809 Strong Street, Schenectady, NY, Rev. Albert J. Holman officiating. Burial will be in Park View Cemetery, Schenectady. Memorial Contributions may be made in his memory to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Upstate NY Vermont Chapter, 5 Computer Drive—West, Albany, NY 12205. Arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton park, New York 12065; 518-371-5454.
 


Monday, January 19, 2009

Dolores Pacanda
Registered nurse 

Dolores (Bernhoft) Pacanda, 94, a resident of Valatie Woods, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 at Barnwell Nursing facilities in Valatie. 

Born in Wilmont, WI, Oct. 1, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Catherine (Ihling) Bernhoft. Mrs. Pacanda was a Registered Nurse and was employed by Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, retiring on 1975. She was a member of EDA Chapter Order of Eastern Star and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kinderhook. 

She is survived by her daughter, Leslie Asterita of Valatie, two sisters; Muriel Pawlik of Valatie and Betty Wester of Chatham, 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grand-children and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Lesley Pacanda, and two brothers, Fred and Bill Bernhoft. 

A memorial service at St. Paul’s will be announced at a later date. Interment will be in St. Paul’s Columbarium. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Valatie. For those who wish, contributions in Dolores’ memory may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kinderhook, NY 12106.
 


Monday, January 19, 2009

George E. Gent
World War II veteran 

Valatie—George E. Gent, 81, entered into eternal rest at Community Hospice at St. Peter’s Hospital on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 surrounded by his family and friends. He was born in Philmont and was the son of the late Frank and Mary Giannattasio. 

George was a lifetime resident of Columbia County and served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He began his work career as a regional Collection Manager at JC Penney Company. He later served as Hospital Administrator at Glenridge Hospital and then worked for the NYS Higher Education from 1989 until he retired in 2001. 

George was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed gardening and taking vacations with his family. He loved entertaining his grandchildren with stories from his childhood and sharing with them his extensive knowledge of wildlife and nature. His cheerful outlook on life wi[th] be profoundly missed. 

George was the devoted husband of 54 years to Kathleen (Card) Gent; beloved father of Donna (Dick) Beebe of Schodack and Dean (Laurel) Gent of Guilderland; loving grandfather to Matthew, Caitlin, and Christopher Beebe and Alexander and Shannon Gent; dear brother of Reynold (Mary Lou) Giannattasio and the late Carney, Joseph, John and Frank Giannattasio and dear friend of John (Kathleen) McLaughlin. 

A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. at Sacred heart Church, 22 Stimpson Ave., Castleton on Hudson. There will be a reception following the mass. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Pancreatic Cancer Action network (www.pancan.com) or Community Hospice, 455 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205.
 


Monday, January 19, 2009 

Bertha C. Hoefer
Former dairy farm co-owner 

Bertha C. Hoefer, 90, formerly of Gallatin, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 at Livingston Hills Nursing Home. 

Born March 18, 1918 in Queens, she was the daughter of John L. and Catherine Hauck. 

She was a graduate of Julia Richmond High school in New York City. 

Mrs. Hoefer was the co-owner of the Hoefer Dairy Farm in Elizaville for many years and worked at the Universal Match Factory and Shatts Federal Bearing in Poughkeepsie. 

She enjoyed card parties, sewing, quilting, baking and reading. She crocheted lap rugs for VA Hospitals. 

Bertha was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church Manorton; a member of the altar guild, a former secretary for the Sunday School, and a member of the Elizaville Homemakers Ladies Aid. 

She married the late Charles E. Hoefer during World War II at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Manorton. They were married for 59 years before his passing in 2003. 

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Kathy Hoefer of Claverack and Paul and Diane Hoefer of Livingston; her brother and sister-in-law, William and Mia Hauck of Gallatin; a granddaughter, Tonya Hoefer of Livingston and four nephews. 

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brother, John Hauck. 

Visiting hours are 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green St., Hudson. 

Services will follow at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 

Burial will take place in the spring. 

Donations may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Community Hospice of Columbia Greene.
 


Monday, January 19, 2009 

Death 

Hutchings—Eileen M. Hutchings, 87 of Hudson died Sunday, Jan. 18 at the Firemans Home in Hudson. Calling hours and funeral services with Valenti and Richards Funeral Home in Hudson are incomplete and will be announced Tuesday.
 


Tuesday, January 20, 2009  

Pauline “Polly” A. Freer 

Pauline (Polly) A. Freer, 89 of Garden Street, Red Hook, died Jan. 18, 2009 at Northern Dutchess Hospital after a brief illness. 

Born May 16, 1919, in Poughkeepsie, she was the daughter of the late Gordon S. V. and Irene (Ham) Andrews. 

Pauline graduated from Pawling Central School, attended Cornell University and Krissler School of Business in Poughkeepsie. She was postmaster in the town of Clermont, an administrative assistant at the Clermont Fruit Packers, a clerk in the Columbia County Tax Collector’s Office and an administrative assistant at the NYS Volunteer Fireman’s Home in Hudson until her retirement in 1985. 

She was a 4-H Club Leader, involved with Columbia County Cooperative Extension, and a transporter for RSVP “Ride” program. She was a member and officer of the Southern Tier and the Red Hook Senior Citizens groups, a member and officer of the Hudson Christian Women’s group, coordinator of the local “55 Alive” Program, a Director of the Clermont Historic Community Center, a member and officer of the Clermont Fire Auxiliary, a member and on the parish council of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Red Hook, a member of the Columbia County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and the Northern Dutchess Hospital Auxiliary. For many years she was a blood donor, having given gallons throughout her life time. 

Pauline was predeceased by her husband, Douglas, who died May 23, 1995, and brother, James E. Andrews in 2008. 

Surviving are: four daughters and son-in-laws, Mary Ellen and Allen Kime, Canastota, Linda and Nelson Bink, Gansevoot, Patricia and Ronald Hearst, Orlando, Fla., and Diane and Glenn Markle, Rhinebeck; a sister, M. Roberta “Rosey” Andrews, Lagrangeville; [N]ine grandchildren, Christopher Beaudry, Nichole Evans, Robert Bink, Jennifer Kime, Cheryl Alpaugh, Heather Tarkos, Patrick Kime, Melissa Markle and Eric Markle; five great-grandchildren, Logan and Piper Evans, John, Kyle and Allison Bink, Payton Alpaugh and Kaleigh Kime’ as well as nieces and nephews. 

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Red Hook. 

Interment will follow in the St. Paul’s Cemetery. 

Memorial donations are requested to a fire company of choice or a charity of choice.
 


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

George E. Gent
World War II veteran 

Valatie—George E. Gent, 81, entered into eternal rest at Community Hospice at St. Peter’s Hospital on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 surrounded by his family and friends. He was born in Philmont and was the son of the late Frank and Mary Giannattasio. 

George was a lifetime resident of Columbia County and served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He began his work career as a regional Collection Manager at JC Penney Company. He later served as Hospital Administrator at Glenridge Hospital and then worked for the NYS Higher Education from 1989 until he retired in 2001. 

George was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed gardening and taking vacations with his family. He loved entertaining his grandchildren with stories from his childhood and sharing with them his extensive knowledge of wildlife and nature. His cheerful outlook on life wi[th] be profoundly missed. 

George was the devoted husband of 54 years to Kathleen (Card) Gent; beloved father of Donna (Dick) Beebe of Schodack and Dean (Laurel) Gent of Guilderland; loving grandfather to Matthew, Caitlin, and Christopher Beebe and Alexander and Shannon Gent; dear brother of Reynold (Mary Lou) Giannattasio and the late Carney, Joseph, John and Frank Giannattasio and dear friend of John (Kathleen) McLaughlin. 

A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. at Sacred heart Church, 22 Stimpson Ave., Castleton on Hudson. There will be a reception following the mass. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Pancreatic Cancer Action network (www.pancan.com) or Community Hospice, 455 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205.
 


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Eileen Mae Hutchings
Hudson High cafeteria manager 

Eileen Mae (Rockefeller) Hutchings of Hudson died Sunday, Jan. 18 at the Fireman’s Home in Hudson. She was 87. Born in Livingston on May 8, 1921 she was the daughter of the late Herbert Tiel and Jessie Rifenburgh Rockefeller. She was a cook and cafeteria manager for the Hudson High School and retired after 33 years. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Hudson, J.W. Hoysradt Hose Co. # 8 Ladies Auxiliary and was previously a Cub Scout Den Mother and enjoyed camping. She is survived by one son, Thomas and his wife, Juanita Hutchings, of Hudson; one daughter , Patricia E. Hutchings of Catskill; grandchildren, Heather, Christopher “Adam”, Steven and John Hutchings, Rebecca Madison and Donald Van Schaak, Jr. and Teri Ann Cronk; step-grandchildren, Kenny and Katherine Pierce, as well as 19 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband John H. Hutchings in 1982; one brother, Dewitt Rockefeller, and granddaughter, Roberta Pierce. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Fireman’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson. Funeral services will be on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Fireman’s Home with the Rev. Curt Morgan officiating. Burial will be in the family plot at Cedar Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions are requested to J.W. Hoysradt Hose Co. # 8 Ladies Auxiliary PO Box 168 Hudson NY 12534. Funeral arrangements [are] under the direction of Valenti and Richards Funeral Home, Hudson.
 


Wednesday, January 21, 2009  

John E. Anderson, Sr.
Electrical inspector

John E. Anderson Sr., 79, of Angel Hill Road, Austerlitz, died Tuesday at Community Hospice of Columbia Memorial Hospital. Mr. Anderson born Dec. 8, 1929 in Brooklyn[,] is the son of the late Charles and Mabel (Rabbitt) Anderson. He was an electrical inspector for 35 years with the New York board of Fire Underwriters in Westchester County. He was a 48-years Member of the Masons, for the past 24 years with the Columbia Lodge #98 F. & A.M. of Chatham. Mr. Anderson is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jeanne (Sharpe) Anderson of Austerlitz; children Jeanne and husband Randy Shubert of Chestertown, and John E. Anderson Jr., and wife Linda of Poughkeepsie; grandfather of Chrissy Custance of Pennsylvania, Jeffery Shubert of Albany, James Shubert of Chestertown, Eileen Bridenbecker of Florida, and Linda Jeanne Anderson of Poughkeepsie; great-grandfather of Danny Custance of Pennsylvania and Breanna Shubert of Glens Falls. A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced. Arrangements are with the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham.
 


Wednesday, January 21, 2009   

Eileen Mae Hutchings
Hudson High cafeteria manager 

Eileen Mae (Rockefeller) Hutchings of Hudson died Sunday, Jan. 18 at the Fireman’s Home in Hudson. She was 87. Born in Livingston on May 8, 1921 she was the daughter of the late Herbert Tiel and Jessie Rifenburgh Rockefeller. She was a cook and cafeteria manager for the Hudson High School and retired after 33 years. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Hudson, J.W. Hoysradt Hose Co. # 8 Ladies Auxiliary and was previously a Cub Scout Den Mother and enjoyed camping. She is survived by one son, Thomas and his wife, Juanita Hutchings, of Hudson; one daughter , Patricia E. Hutchings of Catskill; grandchildren, Heather, Christopher “Adam”, Steven and John Hutchings, Rebecca Madison and Donald Van Schaak, Jr. and Teri Ann Cronk; step-grandchildren, Kenny and Katherine Pierce, as well as 19 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband John H. Hutchings in 1982; one brother, Dewitt Rockefeller, and granddaughter, Roberta Pierce. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Fireman’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson. Funeral services will be on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Fireman’s Home with the Rev. Curt Morgan officiating. Burial will be in the family plot at Cedar Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions are requested to J.W. Hoysradt Hose Co. # 8 Ladies Auxiliary PO Box 168 Hudson NY 12534. Funeral arrangements [are] under the direction of Valenti and Richards Funeral Home, Hudson.
 


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Deaths

Sigler- Harvey E. Sigler, age 65, Chatham, N.Y. died suddenly Jan. 16, 2009. Survived by his wife, Susan Hogan, and his daughter Lily Coltrane Siegel. Services are private.
 


Thursday, January 22, 2009  

Andres Alvarez Sr.
Veteran of Korean Conflict 

Catskill—Andres Alvarez sr., 77, of Catskill died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. He was born Dec. 31, 1931 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, the son of the late Ernesto and Isabel (Acevedo) Alvarez. Andres served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. 

Andres was an employee of Sack and Sons of Ridgewood prior to his retirement. He had been a Greene County resident since 1992. Andres was predeceased by three brothers, Augustine Alverez, Alfredo Alvarez and Ramon (Kiko) Alvarez; and a sister, Monsita Alvarez. 

Mr. Alvarez is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mrs. Isabel (Camacho) Alvarez of Catskill; six children, Millie (Joseph) Dulik, Andres (Candace) Alvarez II, Raphael Alvarez, Rosa (Wilfredo) Lidia Cordova, Maritza (Anthony Forgione) China Alvarez and Mindy Alvarez; beloved grandfather of 22, Lizzette Batista, Lisa Alvarez, Andres Alvarez III, Laurie Ann (Joseph Fantauzzi), Raphael II (Desiree), Wilfredo II, Jessica Nora (Joseph Hoffmann), Victoria Ann (Patricoa Imbesi), Katherine (Anthony Pierce), Sireana, Joseph Walter, Manuel, Anthony (Heather), Ashley (Geroge Zeioner), Jason, Marcus, Adam, Kenneth, Amanda, Athena, Joel and Kasey; beloved great-grandfather of 14, Cassandra, Rebecca, Jonathan, Bryana, Jojoe, Amelia, Dante, Chloe, Avery, Sadie, Sidney, Jacob, Justin and Halley. 

The Alvarez family would like to give special thanks to the nurses of Hospice Center, Intensive Care Unit and Fourth Floor staff of Columbia Memorial Hospital for their compassion and the dedication to his care. Thank you with all of our hearts. 

Relatives and friends may call at Travers & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill on Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Private cremation will follow at Park View Cemetery. Spring interment of his cremains will be in the Town of Catskill Cemetery Veterans Section.
 


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Anna Bandura 

Anna Bandura, formerly of Springs Valley, died Jan. 16, 2009. She was 91. Born in New York City on Aug. 13, 1917 to Michael and Rosalia Oryszezyn Smolley. She is predeceased by her husband George, survived by her children George Bandura (Sandra), Eileen Brennan (Barry), and Rosann Antonovich (Larry Sheldon). Also survived by seven grandchildren. There will be a memorial service at St. John the Baptist Church, 1025 Kinderhook St., Valatie, on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m.
 


Thursday, January 22, 2009 

Ethelyn R. Bates

Devoted wife and mother

Greenville—Ethelyn R. Bates, 93, of Medusa passed away on Jan. 21, 2009 in The Pines of Catskill in Catskill. She was born in Medusa on April 27, 1915, daughter of the late Hector and Eva Mae (Alger) Roney. Ethelyn led a very active and community minded life, a lifelong resident of Medusa she was a member of the Medusa Vol. Fire Co. Auxiliary, a 60 year member of the Medusa United Church of Christ. She was active in the Tri County Pony Club, the Post Carriage Association of America, the Pittsford Carriage Association, the American Driving Society, the Columbia County Coaching Society and the Saratoga Driving Association. Ethelyn was also known for her rose garden and was a test person for Jackson & Perkins. She was a homemaker, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Ethelyn was married 59 years, to her beloved husband, Sumner Bates who passed away in 2001. Besides her parents and beloved husband she was predeceased by her five brothers, Malcolm, Floyd, Vincent, Allan and Hubert Roney.

Surviving are her son, Alan Bates (Carol) of Medusa; a grandson, Kevin Bates (DeEtte) of Clinton Park; nephews, Allan Roney (Brooke) and Brian Roney; a sister-in-law, Anne Roney, several great-nieces and great-nephews; and a good friend, Gene Smith of Medusa. 

As to her wishes there will be no calling hours. There will be a graveside service in the spring under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home, Route 81, Greenville. 

Those who wish may contribute in Ethelyn’s memory to the Medusa United Church of Christ, the Rensselaerville Ambulance or the Medusa Vol. Fire Co.
 


Thursday, January 22, 2009 

Betty Dubois Jornov
Nurse’s aide 

Betty J. DuBois Jornov, 79, of Dutch Village in Greenport, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Barnwell Nursing Home in Valatie. Born in Lafayette, N.J. on Feb. 18, 1929 she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Gertrude (Tator) DuBois. Betty was a nurse’s aide for Rhinebeck Hospital, Columbia Memorial Hospital and Eden Park Nursing Home until her retirement. She was previously a communicant of Christ Church in Red Hook. She is survived by her sons: Franklyn Jornov, Marvin and (Elaine) Jornov all of Hudson, Craig and (Terri) Jornov of Seaford, Del., Kevin and (Susan) Jornov of Niverville and Gary and (Susan) Jornov of Chatham; one sister, Alice Rockefeller of Tivoli; 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Marvin P. Jornov, whom she married Jan. 17, 1946 and who died Feb. 21, 2003. She was also pre-deceased by two daughters, Marvina Lee Jornov and Donna Marie Canino, one daughter-in-law, Marie Navins Jornov, and brothers and sisters: Charles, Benjamin, Ira, Edward and John DuBois, and Mary Briggs and Alida Simmons. Calling hours will be Thursday evening from 4-7 p.m. at Valenti and Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson. Funeral services will be Friday 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Spring burial will be announced in the Rhinebeck Cemetery.
 


Thursday, January 22, 2009 

Shirley L. Klein
Loving wife and mother 

Shirley L. Klein 78 of Spook Rock Road, Ghent, died Wednesday at Pine Haven Nursing Home. Mrs. Klein, born May 26, 1930 in Hudson, is the daughter of the late Harry D. and Ina M. (Kittle) Leggett. She attended a one-room schoolhouse in Ghent and graduated from Hudson High School Class of 1948. In 1953 [S]he married her husband, the late Anton Klein, 1990. Mrs. Klein was secretary to the commissioner of welfare for Columbia County for 12 years. She did private duty nurse’s aide for 10 years, and was a Register-Star carrier. She was a member of the Ghent Reformed Church, serving as Sunday School superintendent, Order of Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution. Amaranth, Ghent Ladies Auxillary and acted as foster parent. A loving wife and mother , she is survived by son Michael and his wife Rebecca Klein of Ghent; daughters Kimberly and her husband Henry Meade of Ghent, Patricia and her husband Anthony Hamm of Claverack; brother, Donald (Jim) Leggett of Ghent; sister Mildred Felpel of Niskayna. Survived also by grandchildren Michael Klein, Anthony Hamm, Tessa Meade, Hannah Klein, Austin Klein. She was predeceased by brothers Bill, Harold and Paul Leggett, sisters Dorothy Flemming, and Marion Mixa. Funeral service will be held Saturday 11 a.m. from the Ghent Reformed Church. There are no calling hours. Memorials may be made to the Ghent Reformed Church, Ghent, NY 12075. Arrangements are with the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham.
 


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Evelyn Robertson 

Evelyn Caroline (Stickles) Robertson, 87, of Philmont, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 at Columbia memorial Hospital. 

Born Nov. 6, 1921 in Philmont, she was the daughter of Floyd and Hazel (Shuts) Stickles. 

She was a resident of Philmont her whole life. 

Evelyn was a graduate of Philmont High School and Columbia Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. 

During World War II she was a nursing instructor at Columbia Memorial Hospital. 

Mrs. Roberson was the office nurse for Dr. Algrid White of Philmont for many years before retiring. 

She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Russell E. Robertson, in 2007. 

Surviving are her brother, Stanley Stickles of Philmont; two sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Cathy Robertson of Hudson and Craig and Shirley Robertson of Troy, and her grandchildren, Russell A. Robertson and Benjamin P. Robertson, both of Hudson. 

Visiting hours are 4-7 p.m. Friday at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green St., Hudson. 

Services will follow at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Dan Herrick officiating. 

Burial will take place in the spring. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Evelyn’s name to Dollars for Scholars of Taconic Hills Central School.
 


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Funerals
Eileen Hutchings 

Eileen Mae (Rockefeller) Hutchings, 87, of Hudson, died Sunday, Jan. 18 at the Fireman’s Home in Hudson. Funeral services 11 a.m. today at the Fireman’s Home Chapel with the Rev. Curt Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. Contributions requested to J.W. Hoysradt Hose Co., #8 Ladies Auxillary PO Box 168 Hudson, NY 12534. Arrangements with Valenti and Richards Funeral Home, Hudson.
 


Friday, January 23, 2009 

Linda H. Arnaud 

Linda H. Arnaud, artist and community volunteer, died peacefully on Jan. 21, 2009 at her home on Mercer Mountain in Canaan surrounded by her loving family and friends after a long illness. 

Born in New York city, Jan. 3, 1947, Linda attended the High School of Art & Design in New York City, studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris and later graduated from Queens college. 

As an artist, her successful career in the fashion industry began in 1969 at Simplicity Patterns’ then Vogue/Butterick, echo Scarves and IM International when she moved to London. In the late ‘70s she, along with some partners, founded TFS---The Fashion Service, a premier fashion forecasting agency based in London and New York. Their clients including major international fashion designers, department stores and manufacturers. 

She returned to New York in the early ‘90s, spending her time between Columbia County and Manhattan until 2002, when she became a full-time resident of Canaan. 

Linda was a dedicated and tireless volunteer to many local non-profit arts organizations. Among the groups to benefit from Linda’s boundless energy were The Olana Partnership, The Shaker Museum and Library, Close Encounters with Music, the Housatonic Valley Art League and most recently her work at The Columbia Council for the Arts. As a volunteer for Artswalk 2005, she was a co-founder of EAT FOR ART. In 2006 she co-chaired Artswalk and was named to the CCCA Board of Directors. In 2007 she chaired Artswalk.

A talented landscape artist in both watercolor and oil, her work was exhibited in shows in Columbia County and in the Berkshires. 

Those who were fortunate enough to dine at Linda’s home knew her talent at entertaining and most especially her cooking, having authored two cookbooks, “The Artful chicken” (2000) and “The Artful Christmas” (2002). 

She is survived by Michel, her devoted husband of 33 years; her brother, Robert Homan, Manu her step-son, Heidi, his wife and their son, Noah. Also surviving her are her dear sisters-in-law Beatrice of Maidstone, England and Carol of Chambery, France. 

Her gentleness, sprite of life, family sense and kindness to others will be greatly missed. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to: the CCCA—Columbia County Council on the Arts, Hudson. 

A memorial service to celebrate Linda’s life will be held in the spring.
 


Friday, January 23, 2009 

Ethelyn R. Bates
Devoted wife and mother 

Greenville—Ethelyn R. Bates, 93, of Medusa passed away on Jan. 21, 2009 in The Pines of Catskill in Catskill. She was born in Medusa on April 27, 1915, daughter of the late Hector and Eva Mae (Alger) Roney. Ethelyn led a very active and community minded life, a lifelong resident of Medusa she was a member of the Medusa Vol. Fire Co. Auxiliary, a 60 year member of the Medusa United Church of Christ. She was active in the Tri County Pony Club, the Post Carriage Association of America, the Pittsford Carriage Association, the American Driving Society, the Columbia County Coaching Society and the Saratoga Driving Association. Ethelyn was also known for her rose garden and was a test person for Jackson & Perkins. She was a homemaker, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Ethelyn was married 59 years, to her beloved husband, Sumner bates who passed away in 2001. Besides her parents and beloved husband she was predeceased by her five brothers, Malcolm, Floyd, Vincent, Allan and Hubert Roney.

Surviving are her son, Alan Bates (Carol) of Medusa; a grandson, Kevin Bates (DeEtte) of Clinton Park; nephews, Allan Roney (Brooke) and Brian Roney; a sister-in-law, Anne Roney, several great-nieces and great-nephews; and a good friend, Gene Smith of Medusa. 

As to her wishes there will be no calling hours. There will be a graveside service in the spring under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home, Route 81, Greenville. 

Those who wish may contribute in Ethelyn’s memory to the Medusa United Church of Christ, the Rensselaerville Ambulance or the Medusa Vol. Fire Co.
 


Friday, January 23, 2009 

Myrna B. Havrish
Document specialist 

Guilderland—Myrna B. Havrish, 70, died on Jan. 13, 2009. She was born in Binghamton on Aug. 29, 1938 the daughter of Walter Jennings and Ina Winifred (Robertson) Bell. 

She graduated the Guilderland Central School in 1956. In 1957, she graduated from the Mildred Elley Secretarial School. After 26 years of working as a document specialist she retired from the state of New York Department of Law. Myrna was an accomplished musician and entertainer performing in the Catskills. 

She is survived [by] her daughter Jeanette (Kevin) Spaulding; her son Michael Roberts; two brothers Malcolm (Rayola) and Roger (Marge) Bell; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews. 

A private cremation was handled by the Fredendall Funeral Home, Altamont, and a spring burial will occur in Fairview Cemetery, Guilderland.
 


Friday, January 23, 2009 

Shirley L. Klein
Loving wife and mother 

Shirley L. Klein 78 of Spook Rock Road, Ghent, died Wednesday at Pine Haven Nursing Home. Mrs. Klein, born May 26, 1930 in Hudson, is the daughter of the late Harry D. and Ina M. (Kittle) Leggett. She attended a one-room schoolhouse in Ghent and graduated from Hudson High School Class of 1948. In 1953 [S]he married her husband, the late Anton Klein, 1990. Mrs. Klein was secretary to the commissioner of welfare for Columbia County for 12 years. She did private duty nurse’s aide for 10 years, and was a Register-Star carrier. She was a member of the Ghent Reformed Church, serving as Sunday School superintendent, Order of eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution. Amaranth, Ghent Ladies Auxiliary and acted as foster parent. A loving wife and mother , she is survived by son Michael and his wife Rebecca Klein of Ghent; daughters Kimberly and her husband Henry Meade of Ghent, Patricia and her husband Anthony Hamm of Claverack; brother, Donald (Jim) Leggett of Ghent; sister Mildred Felpel of Niskayna. Survived also by grandchildren Michael Klein, Anthony Hamm, Tessa Meade, Hannah Klein, Austin Klein. She was predeceased by brothers Bill, Harold and Paul Leggett, sisters Dorothy Flemming, and Marion Mixa. Funeral service will be held Saturday 11 a.m. from the Ghent Reformed Church. There are no calling hours. Memorials may be made to the Ghent Reformed Church, Ghent, NY 12075. Arrangements are with the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham.
 


Friday, January 23, 2009 

Violet E. Smith
Clermont resident 

Violet E. Smith, 93, a longtime resident of Clermont, died Jan. 21 at Pine Haven Home of Philmont. 

Born Oct 14, 1915 in Edmonton, Canada; she was the daughter of the late: Frank and Jessie (McLeod) Robinson. She became a US citizen in 1960. 

Mrs. Smith had worked as a home care nurse for many years and known in her community as an avid gardener.  To her family she was known as the family photographer and historian. She was a world traveler, traveling to such countries as Scotland and Ireland. Over the past year Violet had moved to Whittier Adult Home in Ghent and was enjoying her new friends and acquaintances. 

Survivors include her care giver and granddaughter, Melonie Cousin of Hudson; her children, Marion Mueller of Little Falls, Stanley Fish of Syracuse, Richard fish of South Carolina, Glenn Fish of South Carolina, Glenn Fish of Hudson, Lillian Todriff of Kinderhook, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Jack Smith who died in 1984, son Ralph Fish, and Keith Fish. 

Funeral services and interment in Viewmonte Rural Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family. 

Condolences may be expressed www.yadackfox.com
 


Friday, January 23, 2009 

Frances B. Winnie
Operated Wheel Inn resort 

Greenville—Frances B. Winnie, 87, of Greenville passed away suddenly at her home on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009. She was born in New York City on Nov. 24, 1921, daughter of the late Louis and Florence (Sjogren) Young. Frances was a graduate of GCS. She was a very family-oriented person, her family being her main concern. She and her husband operated the Wheel Inn Resort, and when they closed in 1973 they converted it to apartments and it is now known as Cooper Estates. She was a member of the Greenville American Legion Auxiliary Unit 291 and a member for many years of the South Westerlo C.C. church. She will be remembered as having been a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was predeceased by her husband Harry H. Winnie in 2001; a son Garry Winnie; a brother Louis “Bud” Young; and two nephews. 

There will be a Memorial Service to celebrate her life on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the South Westerlo C.C. Church. As to her wished there will be no calling hours. Interment will be in the spring in the Greenville Cemetery at the convenience of the family. 

Those who wish may contribute in Frances’ memory to the South Westerlo C.C. Church (Parsonage Fund), 282 County Route 405, South Westerlo, NY 12083. 

Arrangements are by Cunningham Funeral Home Greenville.
 


Saturday, January 24, 2009 

Michael Appollonia Jr.
Assembled model cars 

Catskill—Micahel Appollonia Jr., 66, of Saugerties died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009 at Benedictine Hospital following a long illness. 

Mr. Appollonia was born in Jersey City on Sept 27, 1942 to the late Michael Appollonia Sr. and Sarah Purdy Appollonia. He married the former Mary Louise Petrianni on Nov. 8, 1970 and had been employed as a custodian for the Kingston Consolidated schools. He enjoyed painting ceramic statues and assembling model cars. 

Mike is survived by his wife, Mary Louise Petrianni Appollonia and his three sons; Thomas (Cassandra) Appollonia, Christopher (Sylvia) Appollonia, and Michael Appollonia; sister Angelina Pullilli of Catskill in addition to several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers; Arthur, Anthony and Lester Appollonia as well a sister Joanne Sawyer. 

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Heights in Catskill with interment following in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
 


Sunday, January 25, 2009 

Elmer Johnson
Born in Saugerties 

Saugerties—Elmer Johnson, 80, of West Saugerties Road died Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 at his residence after a brief illness. Born Sept. 24, 1928 in Saugerties, he was the son of the late Clinton and Edna Myers Johnson. 

Survivors include two sisters, Leona Arnold of Palenville and Laura Harris of Port Angeles, Wash.; one brother, George Johnson of Falmouth, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three sisters, Adeline Krom, Dora Krom and Vinnie Charbonneau; and a brother, Clinton Johnson. 

His funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette streets, Saugerties. Friends will be received Monday 204 and 7-9 p.m. Friends are also invited to light a candle in Elmer’s memory at www.SeamonWilsey-FuneralHome.com
 


Monday, January 26, 2009

Raymond Munson Bentley Sr.
Business owner 

Claverack—Raymond Munson Bentley sr., 70, of Claverack, formerly of Windham, died Jan. 24, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson. He was born on Feb. 22, 1938 in Catskill, the son of John and Inez (Roosa) Munson Bentley. He is survived by his beloved wife, Edith (Goettsche) Bentley of 49 years. They were married on May 9, 1959 in Windham. Raymond is the loving father of Raymond Jr., Cynthia Bentley Bell (Peter), Kimberly Anne Baynton and Amy Elizabeth Bentley. He is survived by his grandchildren, Nicole Marie, Kyle, Amanda, Matthew, Tyler, Jordan and Madison. He is also survived by his brother, John Ellis Bentley. 

Raymond was an excavator and timber contractor. He owned and operated RN Bentley excavating and Timber Co., located in Windham, for 30 years. After his retirement and during the last 10 years he truly enjoyed his passion of running and working his farm in Claverack. Mr. Bentley relocated from the Windham area in 1988 but he continued to love the Windham area and mountains where he was born and raised. 

Calling hours will be held at Decker Funeral Home, Windham, on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Lenz officiating. Interment will be at Windham Cemetery in the spring. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Christopher Reeve Foundation or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
 


Monday, January 26, 2009

Rose Z. McCarthy
Retired Marine Midland Bank employee 

Catskill—Rose Z. McCarthy, 90, of Catskill, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 at the Pines of Catskill. She was born March 22, 1918 in Catskill, the daughter of the late William and Nellie (Smith) Zindell. Rose was an employee of the Marine Midland Bank in Catskill prior to her retirement. She was a member of the Catskill senior fellowship and the RIPS. Rose was predeceased by a sister, Anna Burger; two brothers, William Zindell Sr., and Frederick C. Zindell; and a sister-in-law, Arlene Zindell. 

Ms. McCarthy is survived by a daughter, Kathy Clearwater of Catskill; a granddaughter, Chrysta McHale of Leeds; a great-grandson, Sheamus McHale of Leeds; a sister-in-law, Marjorie swart of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. 

Relatives and friends may call at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, on Tuesday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Church, Hudson. Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.
 


Tuesday, January 27, 2009  

Raymond Munson Bentley Sr.
Business owner 

Claverack—Raymond Munson Bentley Sr., 70, of Claverack, formerly of Windham, died Jan. 24, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson. He was born on Feb. 22, 1938 in Catskill, the son of John and Inez (Roosa) Munson Bentley. He is survived by his beloved wife, Edith (Goettsche) Bentkey of 49 years. They were married on May 9, 1959 in Windham. Raymond is the loving father of Raymond Jr., Cynthia Bentley Bell (Peter), Kimberly Anne Baynton and Amy Elizabeth Bentley. He is survived by his grandchildren, Nicole Marie, Kyle, Amanda, Matthew, Tyler, Jordan and Madison. He is also survived by his brother, John Ellis Bentley. 

Raymond was an excavator and timber contractor. He owned and operated RN Bentley excavating and Timber Co., located in Windham, for 30 years. After his retirement and during the last 10 years he truly enjoyed his passion of running and working his farm in Claverack. Mr. Bentley relocated from the Windham area in 1988 but he continued to love the Windham area and mountains where he was born and raised. 

Calling hours will be held at Decker Funeral Home, Windham, on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Lenz officiating. Interment will be at Windham Cemetery in the spring. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Christopher Reeve Foundation or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
 


Monday, January 26, 2009

Heather M. Boardman
CHS graduate 

Catskill—Heather MacKenzie Boardman, 54, of Warrington, Pa., died Jan. 22, 2009 in Warrington. She was born July 20, 1954 in Catskill, the daughter of Marion Glimour Boardman and the late Evan H. Boardman. Heather was a graduate of Franklin Peirce College, Class of 1974. Heather worked 25 years for Pharmacia prior to her retirement. She recently started Wejetset.com and Internet company dedicated to travel and accessories. Heather loved gardening, golf, family, travel, painting and the Adirondacks. 

Ms. Boardman is survived by her mother, Marion Boardman of Catskill; a brother, Evan W. Boardman of Warrington, Pa.; a sister, Tammy DiTaranto and husband Alexander, of Catskill; her long-time companion of 25 years, Patrick Reid; an aunt and uncle, Anna and Donald Glimour; a niece, Lauren Boardman; two nephews, Evan C. Boardman and Alexander DiTaranto: three cousins, Joanne Rodriquez, Mary Lou Knull and Donna Birrettilla. 

Relatives and friends may call at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Memorial services will be held 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 at the funeral home. Rev. Vicki Eastland will be officiating.
 


Monday, January 26, 2009

Martha A. Hauver
Artist 

Catskill—Martha A. Hauver, 87, formerly of Poughkeepsie and the Pavilion in Catskill, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 at Livingston Hills where she had been a patient since Aug. 30, 2007. 

Mrs. Hauver was born in Hyde Park on July 26, 1921 to the late Anthony and Betsy Price Gautier. She was the wife of the late Harold Hauver who predeceased her on July 9, 2004. She had been employed by Rotron in Poughkeepsie prior to her retirement and was also an accomplished artist. 

She is survived by her niece, Nina Lembke, and great-nephew Matthew (Alissa) Lembke of Climax. 

Private entombment in the Poughkeepsie Cemetery was conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 27 under the direction of the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill electronic condolences may be posted at www.millspaughcamerato.com
 


Monday, January 26, 2009

Walter W. Miller
State employee 

Walter W. Miller, 61, of Hudson, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 at his residence. 

Born July 7, 1947 in Albany, he was the son of Frances K. (Masters) Miller of Hudson and the late John H. Miller. 

He received a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Rose and was employed by the state of New York in Albany. 

In addition to his mother, surviving are three brothers, John J. Miller (Betty) of Stuyvesant, and Howard R. Miller (Mary) and Thomas M. Miller, both of Hudson; two; sisters, Darlene Butterwoth (Charles) of Hudson and Jerilyn Curtis (Richard) of Chatham, and many nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his brother, Lawrence Masters.  

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Cornerstone Fellowship Church, 62 Church St., Kinderhook.
 


Monday, January 26, 2009

Frederick A. Naegeli
World War II veteran 

Frederick A. Naegeli, 82, of Jarvis Lane, Kinderhook, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at the Veterans Hospital in Albany. 

Born in Shiloh, N.J., July 31, 1926, he was the son of the late Albert and Lenora (Mills) Naegeli. 

Fred worked for H&H Transportation for 20 years and Scherman, Mitchell Transport, and Matlock for another 20 years. He retired in 1989. He belonged to Teamsters Local # 294 from 194801989 and then joined the retirees club from 1989 to present. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army in World War II, where he served in the Philippines and was a lifelong member of the Stuyvesant Falls VFW Post # 9593. 

Fred was the loving husband of Mary L. (Brown) Naegeli, whom he married Dec. 1, 1962. He was the father of Trudy Epstein, Melissa Jordan and Susan Jefferson; the brother of Robert E., Thomas A., and James I. Naegeli, and the grandfather of Matthew Epstein, David and Billy Jordan, Andy McBride and several nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m. from the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Route 9, Valatie, with the service conducted by the Rev. Walcott Hunter. Interment will be in Kinderhook Cemetery in the spring. Friends may call Friday from 6-7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
 


Monday, January 26, 2009

Antoinette “Ann” Snyder
Beautician 

Antoinette “Ann” Snyder, 95, of Ghent, died Sunday at the Firemen’s Home, Hudson. Mrs. Snyder, daughter of the late Albert and Francis (Floreno) Navarra, was born March 20, 1913 in Chatham. She with her husband, the late George Snyder (1967), owned and operated the Navarra House in Ghent. She was a beautician with her sister, the late Josephine Walker, in Chatham and later from her home in Ghent. Mrs. Snyder was a communicant of St. James R.C. Church, having served on the Rosary Society, charter member of the Ghent Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary, treasurer of the Columbia county Women’s republican Club for 20 years and having been voted in 1992 as Woman of the Year. She was also treasurer of the Chatham, Ghent, Austerlitz Republican Club for 25 years. Mrs. Snyder is survived by a son, George A. Snyder of Ghent; daughter, Sallie Friedman of Ghent; grandmother of Melissa and her husband James Rose of St. Louis; Ms. Stacey and husband Ralph Graziano of Ghent, Rebecca and husband Mark Fawcett of Boston, Amy and husband Daryn McClean of Toronto, Scott and wife Michele Alexander of Plattsburgh, Jonathan and wife Dawn Robert of Valatie, and Todd and wife Sarah Matthew of Larchmont, sisters Francis Lacavarra of Virginia, Lillian Pooler of Naples, Fla., and Rosie Moller of Singer Island, Fla. Survived also by 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday 10 a.m. from the St. James R.C. Church. Interment will be in Ghent Union cemetery. Calling hours Wednesday 4-6 p.m. from the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham, visit www.wenkfuneralhome.com.
 


Monday, January 26, 2009

Madeline E. Thomas
Formerly of Hudson 

Madeline E. Thomas, 87, of New York City, formerly of Hudson, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 at the Kingsbrook Jewish medical Center in Brooklyn. 

Born April 13, 1921 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late William and Lettie (Hardnett) Ragsdale. 

Madeline was a typist for the Department of Immigration and Naturalization before retiring. 

She was a member of the State Street AME Zion Church in Hudson. 

Surviving are her daughter, Cheryl Thomas of Brooklyn; her son, William Thomas of Florida; her sister, Lillian Doolin of New York City; two granddaughters, Shayna Thomas of New Jersey and Fai Brooks of Connecticut; four great-grandchildren, and her niece, Letticia Doolin of New York City. 

She was predeceased by her brother, James Ragsdale. 

Calling hours will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green St., Hudson. 

Service will follow at noon Friday at the funeral home. 

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.
 


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Claudette Albert
Raised horses 

Claudette Albert, 71, of Clermont, died Jan. 26, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital after a long illness. 

Mrs. Albert was born July 7, 1937 in Lille, Maine, the daughter of the late Claude and Lucille (Dubby) Beaulieu. 

A resident of both Clermont and Lauderdale by the Sea, Fla., she had spent her childhood in Oxnard, and Channel Island, Calif. 

Prior to her retirement Mrs. Albert was self-employed as a fruit broker and owner of Thoroughbred horses that she raised, which was her passion for more than 28 years. She also owned and operated her own residential cleaning company. 

She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection of Germantown, a Charter member of the former Germantown Lioness Club and a long-time member of the Catskill Yacht Club. 

Surviving are her husband, Richard F. Albert, who she married Oct. 22, 1955 in Conn.; one son, Gary Albert of Clermont; daughter Deborah Albert Ferriere of Livingston; niece Barbara Miller of Maine; nephews Fred Albert of Pa., and James Albert of Maine; brother-in-law James Albert of Maine; sister-in-law Brenda Albert of Maine; sister-in-law Marilyn; brother-in-law, Norman Albert and his wife, Dolores of Maine; and several aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins. 

She was predeceased by her son, Darren; brother Paul Beaulieu; and sister Beverly Isom. 

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm Friday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown. 

Funeral services will be 9:30 am Saturday from the funeral home and 10 am at the Church of the Resurrection of Germantown where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. 

Interment will follow in the Reformed Church Cemetery of Germantown. 

Memorial donations are requested to either the Church of the Resurrection of Germantown or the American Cancer Society. 

Condolences may be expressed at: www.yadack-fox.com
 


Wednesday, January 28, 2009 

James J. Brennan
Fought in the Battle of the Bulge 

Catskill—On Jan. 4, James J. Brennan, “Uncle James,” passed away at home in Catskill where he had lived with his niece Terry Rowcroft for the past three years. Prior to his move to Catskill, James had been a lifelong resident of New York City.  

“Uncle James” was born in Manhattan on April 15, 1912. He was the second of eight children born to James Brennan and Elizabeth Walsh Brennan, both formerly of Ireland. James was predeceased by his siblings, Thomas, Francis, John, Edward, Elizabeth, Helen and Kevin. 

During World War II “Uncle James” served in the U.S. Army along with three of his brothers and his sister, Helen, and Army nurse. SSG James Brennan saw combat in Europe in the Battle of the Bulge. Among his awards was a Bronze Star with an Oak Leaf Cluster for meritorious service in combat. 

Before the war, James had worked in the fledgling movie industry then centered in Brooklyn. After World War II “Uncle James” worked as an accountant for the U.S. Lines and the Railroad Retirement Board. 

“Uncle James” is survived by 16 nieces and nephews, as well as the many friends he made in his adopted home of Catskill. He thoroughly enjoyed his final years in the Catskill community. His caregivers, Maureen Wank and Billiann Davis, gave James a quality of life that he deeply appreciated. Kathy Davi and the staff of HSBC, Pete and Bonnie at DiStefano’s, the Wilhelms, the Ambrosia Diner and the Hospice team were like family and he loved them all dearly. Moving to Catskill was not a late-life dislocation. It was a new lease on life that James cherished. 

Uncle James will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. He will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery with military honors where he will join his brother Kevin and his sister-in-law Therese, as well as Terry’s husband Michael Rowcroft, also of Catskill.
 


Wednesday, January 28, 2009  

Elizabeth A. Bustretsky
Teacher in St. Patrick’s Schools 

Cairo—Elizabeth C. Bustretsky, 61, of Willow Brook Farm Road, Catskill died Jan. 26, 2009 at her residence after a long illness.  

She was born in Quebec, Canada, March 14, 1947, and was the daughter of Theresa (Moloney) Caulfield of Catskill and the late Joseph Caulfield. 

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Cairo, with Rev. Fr. J. Nunan the celebrant. 

Interment will be in the family plot of St. Patrick’s Cemetery. 

She had been an area resident for 25 years and most recently was an elementary teacher for the St. Patrick’s School system in Catskill. 

She loved gardening, hiking, the outdoors and was and active nature lover and loved the animals. 

Besides her mother, she is survived by her husband of 24 years, Harry A. Bustretsky of Catskill; three brothers; eight sisters; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was also predeceased by a brother. 

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo on Thursday from 7-9 p.m.
 


Wednesday, January 28, 2009  

Elizabeth R. Eagan
Former General Electric employee 

Elizabeth R. Eagen, 89, of Route 203, Valatie, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 at her home. 

Born in Albany, Apr. 15, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Aura (Zweizig) Hilts, Mrs. Eagen was a graduate of Albany High School and during WW 2 she worked for General Electric in Schenectady. She later worked for Stahlman’s Orchards in Valatie and Sterling Winthrop in Rensselaer. She was a former President of the Niverville Home Demonstration and was an avid Harness Racing Fan. 

She is survived by her husband Paul E. Eagen, two daughters; Kathleen Johnson of Peekskill and Ann Louden of Troy, a son; Richard Eagen of Valatie, 2 grandchildren; Kerrie Williams of east Greenbush and Elizabeth Louden of Albany, 3 great-grandchildren: Evan, Tyler and Adam Williams, and a special friend, Lillian Werner of Old Chatham. 

Funeral services and burial will be at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Valatie. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Rd., Loudonville, NY 12211.
 


Wednesday, January 28, 2009  

Walter W. Miller
State employee 

Walter W. Miller, 61, of Hudson, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 at his residence. 

Born July 7, 1947 in Albany, he was the son of Frances K. (Masters) Miller of Hudson and the late John H. Miller. 

He received a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Rose and was employed by the [S]tate of New York in Albany. 

In addition to his mother, surviving are three brothers, John J. Miller (Betty) of Stuyvesant, and Howard R. (Mary) and Thomas M. Miller, both of Hudson; two sisters, Darlene Butterworth (Charles) of Hudson and Jerilyn Curtis (Richard) of Chatham, and many nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his brother, Lawrence Masters. 

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Cornerstone Fellowship Church, 62 Church St., Kinderhook.
 


Wednesday, January 28, 2009   

John J. Sapcoe, Sr.
Veteran of Korean War 

John Joseph Sapcoe, Sr., 77, of Stottville was called home to Our Heavenly Father on January 27, 2009. He was born June 17th, 1931 in Hudson, NY, son of the late Charles Sr. and Hedwig (Wrzachalski) Sapcoe. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, receiving the United Nations medal, the National Defense Service medal, The Korean Service medal and the Good Conduct medal. He was also awarded the 50th Anniversary Korean War medal. 

John was a lifelong Columbia County resident and had been employed by Lorbrook Industries, Columbia Memorial Hospital and Hudson city Bus Lines prior to a debilitating illness. He was a lifelong member of Washington Hose Fire Company # 3, a life member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the VFW. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. 

Mr. Sapcoe is survived by his children, John (Karen) Sapcoe, Jr., Tammy (Tom Jr.) Zyryi and Joseph Sacoe; brothers Charles, Jr., George and Michael Sapcoe; sisters Marie Alex and Gloria Fyfe. Grandsons Joshua Sapcoe, William (Tommy) Benjamin and Zachary Zyryi; step-grandchildren Pamela Rogers, Nikolas, Brandon and Monika Zyryi, and great granddaughter McKennzi Sapcoe. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by a brother James Sapcoe, as sister, Delores “Dolly” Bogardis and a son Charles Sapcoe. 

A calling hour will begin at 9:30 am Thursday at the Bates & Anderson Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am at St. Mary’s church in Hudson. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. 

The family would like to express our sincere gratitude to the staff of the VA Medical Center for making his last days comfortable. 

Contributions may be made to the National Instate of Neurological Disease and Stroke Foundation.
 


Thursday, January 29, 2009  

Elizabeth A. Bustretsky
Teacher in St. Patrick’s Schools 

Cairo—Elizabeth C. Bustretsky, 61, of 90 Willow Brook Farm Road, Catskill died Jan. 26, 2009 at her residence after a long illness.  

She was born in Quebec, Canada, March 14, 1947, and was the daughter of Theresa (Moloney) Caulfield of Catskill and the late Joseph Caulfield. 

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Cairo, with Rev. Fr. J. Nunan the celebrant. 

Interment will be in the family plot of St. Patrick’s Cemetery. 

She had been an area resident for 25 years and most recently was an elementary teacher for the St. Patrick’s School system in Catskill. 

She loved gardening, hiking, the outdoors and was and active nature lover and loved the animals. 

Besides her mother, she is survived by her husband of 24 years, Harry A. Bustretsky of Catskill; three brothers; eight sisters; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was also predeceased by a brother. 

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo on Thursday from 7-9 p.m.
 


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Lawrence Albert Polk
Lived most of his life in Hunter and Tannersville 

Hunter—Lawrence Albert Polk, 65, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 at his home in Tannersville. 

Born May 13, 1943 in Tarrytown he was the son of the late James C. Polk and Lillian Miressi Polk. 

Larry, as he was known to everyone, had lived most of his life in Hunter and Tannersville. 

He is survived by his sister, Marianne Jung of Woodbridge, VA; two nephews, Richard Jung of London, England and James Polk of New City; three nieces, Jackie Jung-Fonte of Rome, Italy, Shere Henrici of San Antonio, Texas and Dr. Donna Polk of Harford, Conn. 

Mr. Polk was predeceased by his brother, James F. Polk. 

A memorial service will be held at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, 7742 Main St., Hunter on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 at 11 a.m. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association in his name.
 


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hilda Pousont
Active in her church 

Windham—Hilda Pousont, 86, a lifelong resident of Windham, died on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009 at the Robinson Terrace Nursing Home in Stamford, She was born in Windham on Nov. 15, 1912, the daughter of William and Jenny (Knapp) Judd. She was predeceased by her husband Edward and her daughter Helen Pousont Miner. She is survived by her daughters Arlene MacDonald, and Janet Gooss, her grandchildren, Thomas MacDonald, Brett Gooss, Bradley MacDonald and Gabrielle Gonzales; her great-grandchildren, Kristopher, Tyler, Amanda and Kimberly. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. 

Hilda was a homemaker but she also worked at the Brainard Farm and the Sparta Manor many years ago. She was a lifelong member of the Windham United Methodist Church and was very active in the church throughout her life. 

Calling hours will be on Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 at Decker Funeral Home, Windham from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. 

A funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 at 111 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Richard Lenz officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland. 

In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to the Windham United Methodist Church.
 


Friday, January 30, 2009  

Richard Biegel
World War II veteran 

Windham—Richard Roth Biegel, 91, and World War II veteran passed away Jan.28, 2009, following a long illness. One of nine children, he was born in Manhattan Jan. 9, 1918 to Valentine and Elizabeth (Roth) Biegel. He spent his boyhood years in Coney Island, Brooklyn before moving to Ashland and graduating from Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942, attending Bombardier School in Childress, Texas. He was stationed in Africa and England, and was involved in battles and campaigns in Germany, Normandy and Western France—the Air Offense Europe. A 2nd Lieutenant, he graduated as Number two bombardier in the United States in 1943, and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant prior to his discharge from active duty in 1945. Lt. Biegel was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal, Three Oak Leaf Clusters and a Certificate of Valor from the Men in the 466 Bombardment Group., Heavy. He and his sister Mabel helped raise money to establish the VFW Post in Windham. He continued in the Air Force Reserve service until 1957. 

He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Marion Blanche Emma Hoover, in 2006. They raised 10 children together in Ashland, living in Frankfort, Del., and Tivoli. Following his early farming years, and working at Crandall’s Garage in Windham and Greendell Packing Plant in Prattsville, he was employed as a USDA government food and plant inspector in Millsboro, Del. and Red Hook until his retirement in the 1980s. 

Richard was well known as an accomplished musician and superb tenor. He called square dances in his younger years around the mountaintop, and was an avid collector of records. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, socializing and giving sound advice to his children. 

He is survived by his loving children: Barbara (Gary) Stutzky, Hunter; Roberta (Dennis) Shea, Cambridge, Mass; Marion (Frederick)Quenzer, red Hook; Richard Biegel Jr. and Marie Divinichi, Ashland; Margaret (Mike) Bush, Lexington; Kathryn Swann, Castleton; Elizabeth (Robert) Chura, Maplecrest; Jennifer (Robert) Scaboo, Prescott Valley, Ariz.; daughter-in-law Joyce Trudell Hardenburgh, Greenville; son-in-law Blaine Partridge, Ashland. Additionally, Richard is survived by sons-in-law Tom Hotaling of Castleton and Charles Montalbano of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; and one brother Charles Biegel (Mabel), Olean. He was predeceased by daughter, Fern Partridge, Ashland, and son Edward Trudell, Greenville; additionally deceased are seven brothers and sisters: William W. and Valentine Biegel, Elizabeth (Betty) Budrow, Matilda (Matty) Van Rooyan, Margaret Apjorson, Rose Brennan and Mabel Robinson. 

Richard will be deeply missed by his family including 21 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, in addition to many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. 

Calling hours will be 3 to 6 pm, Saturday, Jan. 31, with the funeral service at 6 p.m. at the Decker Funeral Home, Main Street, Windham.
 


Friday, January 30, 2009  

Patsy A. Caposssela
Member of K of C and Golden Ages Tannersville 

Tarrytown—Patsy A. Capossela, 99, died Jan. 19, 2009. He had been a tugboat pilot for the NYS Thruway Authority. Coffey Funeral Home, Tarrytown, presided over the recent services. Interment followed in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
 


Friday, January 30, 2009  

Helen Ole Gilbert 

Helen Oles Gilbert, 77, Mellenville Rd., Ghent, N.Y. died unexpectedly Wednesday at Albany Medical Center. A lifetime resident of Chatham, she was born August 30, 1931 to the late Donald and Marietta (Adams) Oles. Helen was [a] graduate of Chatham High School and a 1952 graduate of Columbia Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She was a social worker and Supervisor of Child Protective Services for Columbia County Department of Social Services. She was a lifetime member of the Columbia County Democratic Party. Helen was the Columbia County School Girl Queen in 1949 and was as beautiful the day she died as she was then. If you were to ask Helen to highlight her lifetime achievement, it would be her love and devotion to her family. She was a member of Maranatha Christian Church in Chatham. She is survived by four children: Glenn Gilbert of Canaan, Wendy Zwingelberg of Chatham, Kelly Bleichert of Latham and Jeffrey Gilbert of Ghent, along with their spouses, 8 grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Gilbert was predeceased by her husband Harold R. Gilbert, sister Doris E. (Oles) Davis, brother David J. Oles, Sr., and sister Marion Oles, Funeral Services will be held Sunday 1: 00 pm from the First Reformed Church., Chatham. Interment will be in the Ghent Union Cemetery. Calling hours are Saturday evening 6-8 pm from the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham. Memorials may be made to the Ghent Pantry, Ghent, N.Y. 12075 or the Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414. For online condolences, visit www.wenkfuneralhome.com
 


Friday, January 30, 2009   

Robert E. Kingman
Avid sportsman 

Coxsackie—Robert E. Kingman, 69, of Coeymans Hollow, formerly of Cairo, died Jan. 28, 2009 at his residence after a brief illness. 

He was born in Brooklyn April 1, 1939, and was the son of the late Eugene and Hilda (Newman) Kingman. 

Mass time will be announces at St. Patrick’s Church, Ravena on Tuesday Interment will be next to his late wife Donna, who passed away on Nov. 24, 2004, in the Catskill Town Cemetery with full military honors. 

He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and he served with the U.S. Army in the 82nd Airborne. He was an avid sportsman, loving father and grandfather and gun collector. 

He was a form police officer for the town of Haverstraw Police Department. At the time of his death, he was a lodge associate for Dick’s Sporting Store in Albany. 

He is survived by two sons Brian and his wife Debra Kingman of Coeymans Hollow, Gary and his wife Elaine Kingman of Catskill, his daughter Victoria and her husband Christopher Helmeset of Middletown, two brothers Richard of Cornwall-on-the-Hudson and Thomas of Cornwall, eight grandchildren four great grandchildren, several cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Calling hours Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie. 

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Feed the Children Foundation, PO Box 36, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73101
 


Friday, January 30, 2009

Herbert A. Matson
Last charter member of West Athens-Limestreet 

Athens—Herbert A. Matson, 84, of the Village of Athens died Jan. 28, 2009 at Kaaterskill Care, Catskill. 

He was born in Athens June 1, 1924, and was the son of the late William and Ethel (Cook) Matson. 

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, Athens. Interment will follow with full military honors in the family plot of the New Athens Rural Cemetery. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens, on Saturday from 4-8 p.m.  

He was a lifetime resident of Athens a member of the American Legion Post 178 TGM of Athens and was the last charter member of the West Athens Limestreet Fire Company. He loved hunting, fishing, playing pool and carpentry. 

During World War II he served with the U.S. Army in Greenland. 

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marie R. (Appa) Matson, a son Gary and his wife Karen of Athens, and a beloved granddaughter Samantha Matson of Athens. 

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved daughter Drena Matson, his brother William (Bud) Matson, and his sister Joan Talay. 

Contributions in his memory may be made to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.
 


Friday, January 30, 2009  

Hazel D. Mordy
Thruway Authority employee 

Greenville—Hazel Delores Morby, 65, of Freehold passed away at her home on Jan. 29, 2009 after a long courageous battle with cancer.  Hazel was born in the Bronx on March 7, 1943, daughter of the late Frederick and Emma C. (Boitano) Bahr. A graduate of Greenville Central School, she was employed by the New York State Thruway Authority in Albany in the Home Maintenance Department. She was known for having a perpetual garage sale and enjoyed her visit to the Sacandaga Lake. She was also a member of the Freehold C.C. Church. She was a loving wife and mother and will be missed by her family and many friends. 

Surviving is her husband of 46 years, Stanley Morby, a son Stanley T. Morby of Freehold, a sister Barbara Windelspecht (Allen) if Saugerties, two brothers Edward Bahr (Sandra) of Westover, Ala., Fred Bahr (Mary) of Kingston, a brother-in-law William Hendricks and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by an infant brother Arthur Bahr, a sister Alice Hendricks and step-sister Thelma Link. 

Funeral services will be Saturday, 4 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Route 81, Greenville. 

Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. prior to the service. Spring interment will be in the Freehold Cemetery. 

Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Columbia/Greene Community Hospice 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.
 


Friday, January 30, 2009

Isabel M. Perry
Second Reformed Church member 

Coxsackie—Isabel M. Perry, 90, passed away Dec. 17, 200[8] at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital. Born in Ravena, July 27, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Agnes s. Van Hoesen. She had been a resident of Coxsackie and a member of the Second Reformed Church for many years. She was married to Gerald Perry Sr., who passed away in 1971. 

She is survived by her son Clifford L. Gross with whom she made her home, and a son Gerald Perry Jr. and his wife Pearl of Ravena; grandson Ryan T. Perry and his wife Amanda and their son Jacob of Colorado; a granddaughter Lisa and her husband Derek Delardi and their daughters Morgan and Jordan of Castleton; a granddaughter Diane and her husband Eric Stoddard of Selkirk; a grandson Robert Andersen of Ravena and stepson David Perry and his wife Maria and grandson Nelson of Alcove. Many nieces and nephews also survive. She was predeceased by three brothers and four sisters. 

Mrs. Perry graciously donated her remains to the Anatomical Gift Program of Albany Medical College. 

A Celebration of Isabel’s life will be held 2 p.m. Saturday Jan 31, 2009 at the Second Reformed Church, Washington Avenue, Coxsackie. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Sopris-Murray funeral Home, Greenville.
 


Friday, January 30, 2009  

Minnie Ann Petrigliano
Loved to cook 

Coxsackie—Minnie Ann Petrigliano, 88, of Coxsackie, died Jan. 27, 2009 at the Pines Nursing Home, Catskill. 

She was born Oct. 10, 1020 in Catskill and was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lombardi. 

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Coxsackie. 

Springtime burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Coxsackie. 

She had been an area resident for over 50 years, a communicant of St. Mary’s Church, Coxsackie, a member of the Altar Rosary Society, loved to cook, play Bingo and she loved being with her family. 

She is survived by two sons, James of Coxsackie and Thomas and his wife Linda of Georgia; two daughters, Ann and her husband Robert Diaz of Arizona and Kathy and her husband Joseph Polach of Climax; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. 

Calling hours will be held at the W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m.
 


Friday, January 30, 2009  

Hilda Pousont
Active in her church 

Windham—Hilda Pousont, 96, a lifelong resident of Windham died on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009 at the Robinson Terrace Nursing Home in Stamford. She was born in Windham on Nov. 15, 1912, the daughter of William and Jenny (Knapp) Judd. She was predeceased by her husband Edward and her daughter Helen Pousont Miner.  She is survived by her daughters Arlene MacDonald and Janet Gooss, her grandchildren; Thomas MacDonald, Brett Gooss, Bradley MacDonald and Gabrielle Gonzalez, her great- grandchildren, Kristopher, Tyler, Amanda and Kimberly. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. 

Hilda was a homemaker but she also worked at the Brainard Farm and the Sparta Manor many years ago. She was a lifelong member of the Windham United Methodist Church and was very active in the church throughout her life. 

Calling hours will be today at Decker Funeral Home, Windham from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. 

A funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Richard Lenz officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Windham United Methodist Church. 
 


Friday, January 30, 2009 

Edna D. Stupplebeen 

Edna D. Stupplebeen, 79, of Craryville, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. 

Born Oct. 11, 1929 in Yonkers, she was the daughter of William and Margaret Hume. 

Edna was the owner and operator of the Dutch Treat in Craryville for 20 years. 

She is survived by her daughter, Gail Klee of Craryville; two sons, David Stupplebeen of Ancram and Paul Stupplebeen of Hudson; two grandsons, Gary Klee of Craryville and Cody Stupplebeen of Ancram; a nephew, Lawrence Proper of Copake and a niece, JoAnn Proper of North Carolina. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Seymour Stupplebeen, Jr., and her sister Lorriane Proper. 

There will be no calling hours. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 10th at St. Mary’s Church, 429 East Allen St., Hudson. 

Burial will be in the spring.

Donations in Edna’s name may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene or to the Copake Rescue Squad. 

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.
 


Saturday, January 31, 2009 

Richard B. Coleman 

Richard B. Coleman, 72, of Rudd Pond Road in Millerton, died on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Conn. 

He was born on Jan. 7, 1937 in Hudson the son of the late Harold J. and Florence May (Coons) Coleman. 

Dick was raised in the Craryville and West Copake area and attended the former Roeliff Jansen Central School. He then joined the United States Army in 1954 serving in Puerto Rico and the Panama Canal Zone until his discharge in 1957. 

A former resident of Pleasantville from 1957 to 2002, he began his career as an apprentice electrician with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #501 in White Plains in 1958. After his retirement on Aug. 1, 1998 he continued to reside in Pleasantville until moving to Millerton in 2002. 

Throughout his life Dick followed his passion for restoring vintage motorcycles, Model [ ]‘s and classic cars. While residing in Pleasantville he was a member of the Model A Ford Club. 

On Aug. 7, 1955 in Pleasantville he married the former Carole A. Metz who survives him at home. 

In addition to his beloved wife he is survived by a son, Richard Coleman Jr. of Millerton, and a sister, Patricia Thomas of West Copake. 

He leaves 3 nephews, 2 nieces and several great-nieces and great-nephews along with cousins and aunts. 

Friends are invited and may call on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Route 22, Copake. 

His funeral service will be held on Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 at 11 a.m. from the west Copake Reformed Church with Mr. Robert Burch officiating. 

Spring interment will be in the West Copake Cemetery. 

To send an online condolence, please visit www.peckandpeck.net.
 


Saturday, January 31, 2009

May C. Fink 

May C. Fink, 88, formerly of Catskill, died Jan. 28, 2009 in Deland, FL. May was born May 10, 1920 in Jersey City, NJ. She was the wife of Lawrence Fink who predeceased her in 1984, and a daughter Kathleen Fink. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Carol Fink of Deland, FL, and Paul and Debbie Fink of Columbus, Ohio. Also her 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She will be very much missed and loved.
 


Saturday, January 31, 2009 

Charlotte F. “Holie” Grammas
Home health aide 

Cairo- Charlotte F. “Holie” Grammas, 63 of Cairo passed away Thursday evening at Columbia Memorial, Hudson after suffering a catastrophic stroke on Jan. 18, 2009. 

Born Dec. 4, 1945 in Watertown, she was the daughter of the late Marion (Johnson) and Vincent Girillo. She was married May 17, 1980 in Coxsackie to Louis Grammas who passed away Aug. 19, 2005.  

Charlotte enjoyed spoiling everyone’s children and always doing for others and not worrying about herself. She spent many years as a home health aide caring for and touching a special place in the hearts of many families in the Hudson area. Charlotte rebounded after a battle with breast cancer in 2001. 

She is lovingly survived by her daughter Sherrie and her husband Jeremiah Donnelly of Coxsackie and three sons, Jason, Evan and Shawn; a son Michael Mead of Loudonville; her sisters Marion Byers of Pennsylvania, Selma Kastner of Catskill and Charliene Van Wormer of Hannacroix; brothers Tony Simpson of Albany and Howard JB Barnett of Catskill; and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and loved ones. 

Charlotte was loved and cared for by her sister Selma’s family and friends for the past several years and the family is thankful that she had someone to watch over her. She will be missed by her nieces Anna and Viktoria Anastasia as they loved her dearly. 

The family is also grateful to the Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital for their loving support through this difficult time and wish to request donations to the Community Hospice in Charlotte’s memory. 

A gathering of family and friends will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 at the A.J. Cunningham Funeral Homes, 4898 Route 81, Greenville. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Sopris-Murray Funeral Home, Greenville.
 


Saturday, January 31, 2009 

Robert E. Kingman
Notice of Mass 

Coxsackie—Robert E. Kingman, 69, died Jan. 28, 2009. Mass of the Christian Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Church, Ravena, 9 am Tuesday. Arrangements are by Brady Funeral Home, Coxsackie.
 


Saturday, January 31, 2009 

Herbert A. Matson
Last charter member of West Athens-Limestreet 

Athens—Herbert A. Matson, 84, of the Village of Athens died Jan. 28, 2009 at Kaaterskill Care, Catskill. 

He was born in Athens June 1, 1924, and was the son of the late William and Ethel (Cook) Matson. 

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, Athens. Interment will follow with full military honors in the family plot of the New Athens Rural Cemetery. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens, on Saturday from 4-8 p.m.  

He was a lifetime resident of Athens a member of the American Legion Post 178 TGM of Athens and was the last charter member of the West Athens Limestreet Fire Company. He loved hunting, fishing, playing pool and carpentry. 

During World War II he served with the U.S. Army in Greenland. 

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marie R. (Appa) Matson, a son Gary and his wife Karen of Athens, and a beloved granddaughter Samantha Matson of Athens. 

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved daughter Drena Matson, his brother William (Bud) Matson, and his sister Joan Talay. 

Contributions in his memory may be made to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.
 


Saturday, January 31, 2009  

Betty McHale
Bankers Trust employee 

Catskill—Betty McHale, 88, of Catskill died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 at Kaaterskill Care in Catskill. She was born April 21, 1920 in Brooklyn, the daughter of the late Samuel and Fannie (Jacobs) Pine. 

Betty was an employee of Bankers Trust in Manhattan prior to her retirement. She was predeceased by her first husband Nathan Rosler. Formerly of Ozone Park, Betty had been a Greene County resident since 1990. 

Mrs. McHale is survived by her husband Matthew M. McHale of Purling; nine children, Stanley Rosler, Sharon Voiron, Michael J. Rosler, Mark Rosler, Michael McHale, Francine Rosler Maureen Halfpenny, Philip Rosler and Anne Power; 19 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Monday at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. Rabbi Daniel Fried will officiate. Interment will follow at Stratton Saratoga National Cemetery.
 


Saturday, January 31, 2009  

Edna D. Stupplebeen 

Edna D. Stupplebeen, 79, of Craryville, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. 

Born Oct. 11, 1929 in Yonkers, she was the daughter of William and Margaret Hume. 

Edna was the owner and operator of the Dutch Treat in Craryville for 20 years. 

She is survived by her daughter, Gail Klee of Craryville; two sons, David Stupplebeen of Ancram and Paul Stupplebeen of Hudson; two grandsons, Gary Klee of Craryville and Cody Stupplebeen of Ancram; a nephew, Lawrence Proper of Copake and a niece, JoAnn Proper of North Carolina. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Seymour Stupplebeen, Jr., and her sister Lorriane Proper. 

There will be no calling hours. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 10th at St. Mary’s Church, 429 East Allen St., Hudson. 

Burial will be in the spring.

Donations in Edna’s name may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene or to the Copake Rescue Squad. 

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.
 


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