Obituaries from the Daily Mail
March 2009

Transcribed by May Wake
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Dr. Robert Chaloner                     

Practiced in Coxsackie for 41 years. 

Coxsackie—Dr. Robert Gardner Chaloner Jr. MD, 76, of Coxsackie, died Feb. 27, 2009 at his residence. He was born March 8, 1932 in Schenectady and was the son of the late Robert G, and Millicent M. (Finch) Chaloner Sr. 

Doc Chaloner was a life-long Coxsackie resident and graduated valedictorian from Coxsackie-Athens Central School class of 1949. He later attended and graduated from Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School Phi Beta Kappa, and Rufus Choate Scholar class of 1953. Doc then attended and graduated from Albany Medical College class of 1956. He served In the U.S. Army Medical Corps as a Captain from 1957-1961. Bob (Doc) came back to Coxsackie and started his private medical practice on Lafayette Street for 41 years until his retirement in 2001 due to illness. He served as Medical Director for the Department of Corrections at Coxsackie Correctional for 10 years, also as Public Health Officer for the town and village of Coxsackie, town and village of Athens, and town of New Baltimore. Doc was a member of the Riverside Cemetery Association and also an active member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Albany. He was past president of the Coxsackie-Athens School Board, a past member of the New York State Medical Society, past president of the Greene County Medical Society, a member of the Coxsackie-Athens School Board for approximately 20 years, past president and member of Coxsackie-Athens Rotary Club, past Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Trustees of the National Bank of Coxsackie, past Senior Warden and former member of Christ Church Episcopal in Coxsackie, and a past member and medical officer for Hose 3 and D.M. Hamilton fire departments. Doc also loved football and was an avid New York Giants and Dartmouth College fan. 

Dr. Chaloner is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Margaret Ann (Houghtaling) Chaloner of Coxsackie, his son Robert S. Chaloner of East Hampton, three daughters Deborah A. Chaloner of Coxsackie, Claudia L. and her husband Dr. Thomas Bruno of Athens and Jennifer R and her husband Gavin Clark of Hannacroix, two sisters and their husbands Carolyn E and Gerald Dow of San Francisco, and Barbara and Rudolph Knakal of Hyde Park; seven grandchildren, Emily and Zachary Chaloner, Thomas, Gregory and Sarah Bruno and Myles and Mathew Clark; and many nieces and nephews. 

Doc was loved by his community and he will be sorely missed by all those that had the pleasure to meet him. 

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to call at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie today from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 4 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral mass will be held Thursday, march 5 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, State Street, Albany at 10:30 a.m. with Father Paul Hart, rector, officiating. Interment will take place in the family plot of the Riverside Cemetery, Coxsackie. 

In lieu of flowers donations in Dr. Chaloner’s memory may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 107 State St., Albany, NY 12207 or the Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty St. Catskill, NY 12414.
 


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Judith A. Dingman 

Judith A. Dingman, 69 of Columbiaville, died Sunday, March 1, 2009 at Kingston City Hospital. 

Born Feb. 12, 1940 in Hartford, Conn., she was the daughter of George and Agnes Waltermire. 

Judith was a homemaker and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. 

She enjoyed spending time with her family. 

She was an avid gardener, quilter, and bird watcher. 

Surviving are her husband, Royal Dingman of Columbiaville; her son, David Dingman of Kinderhook; her daughter, Bonnie Merritt of Columbiaville; two grandsons, Nathan and Austin Dingman both of Columbiaville, and two cousins Betty Oakes and Anna Mae Jastrombeck, both of Hudson. 

Visiting hours are 5-7 pm today (Tuesday) at the Bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. 

Services will be held at 10 am Wednesday at the funeral home. 

Spring burial will be in the Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery. 

Donations may be made to the Columbia Green Humane Society. 125 Human Society Road, Hudson, 12534. 


Tuesday, March 3, 2009 

Alfred T. Jantzen 

Alfred T. Jantzen, 82, of Clermont and a longtime area resident, died Monday, March 2, 2009 at his home with his family at his side. 

For many years, Mr. Jantzen was the owner and operator of Cedar Hill farm in Clermont. He also ran the family real estate business. 

Al was a member of St. Christopher’s Church in Red Hook, NY and served in the United States Army during World War II. 

Born on November 28, 1926, in Mount Vernon, NY he was the son of the late August and Mary (McKenna) Jantzen. A member of the Mount St. Michaels Academy, Class of 1944, Mr. Jantzen also attended St. Barnabus. He received his secondary education from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. 

Alfred married Julia Marshall on June 25, 1955 in Red Hook, NY and she survives at home 

In addition to his wife, Julia Jantzen, he is survived by his children: Ann O’Connor of Tivoli, Thomas Jantzen of Clermont, Linda Gall of Clermont, Virginia Perkins of Hamilton, MA, Sheila Dietrich of Austin, TX, Alfred J. Jantzen of Tivoli and Patricia Quinones of Monroe, NY and thirteen grandchildren: Kayley O’Connor, Kyle O’Connor, Thomas Jantzen, Ryan Jantzen, Liam Jantzen, Sarah Gall, Emily Gall, Daniel Gall, Julia Perkins, Kimberly Perkins, Phillip Perkins and Emma Quinones. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00 AM on Thursday, March 5th, 2009 at St. Christopher’s Church, Red Hook, NY. The Rev. Thomas J. Curley will officiate. Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne. 

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes on Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. 

Memorial donations may be made in Al’s memory to the Hospice Foundation, Inc., 374 Violet Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & white Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY. 

For directions, or to sign the online guestbook, please visit www.Burnett-White.com
 


Tuesday, March 3, 2009 

Willard G. Roseboom
Army veteran 

Willard G. Roseboom, 70, of Hunter, passed away March 2 at his residence. 

He was born Oct. 15, 1938 in Cooperstown Hospital, son of Margaret Hanson Barker.

He was employed at Bushes restaurant in Brooklyn for several years, and for Jeff & Lee Prince. 

He also served with the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne. 

He is survived by his mother, a brother Christopher Banker of Anchorage, Alaska, a sister Bernice Stand of Grand Gorge, two nephews, three nieces, a great niece, two great nephews, an uncle, William Hanson of Florida, and several cousins.

He was pre-deceased by a half-brother, Edward Barker.

Friends and relatives may call at The Aston-Basagic Funeral Home.
 


Tuesday, March 3, 2009 

Grace Marie Tessitore 

Grace Marie Tessitore on March 2nd at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Born August 6, 1924 in the Bronx, NY she was the daughter of the late Cosimo and Marianna Adamo DellGrottaglia. 

Grace was educated at PS 89 and Christopher Columbus HS. She later met her husband and they were married June 1, 1946 at St. Lucy’s church on the Bronx. They would move to Spencertown, NY a short time later. 

Grace was very active at Saint James Church as a former member of the Altar Rosary Society and having taught religious instruction there for over 36 years. Her interests after church were her family. 

She was predeceased by her loving husband Michael Sr., her granddaughter Stephanie Lynn, her sisters: Rose Vieni, Angelina Vieni, Josephine Hess, Antoinette DiMuro and her brother Frank Grottaglia. 

She is survived by her daughter Antoinette (Edward) Bratton of Hudson, her sons: Michael Jr. (Peggy) and Cosimo (Shari) both of Spencertown, Her grandchildren; Mike, Matt, Brittany and Brandon Tessitore and Edward Bratton Jr., her brother Albert (Karen) DellGrottaglia of Tucson, AZ and many nieces, great nieces and great great nephews. 

Family will receive friends Wednesday, March 4 from 4 to 8 pm at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Religious services will be Thursday at 11 am at Saint James Church; interment will follow at St. James Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to Saint James Church or to the American Heart or Lung Association in Grace’s memory. For directions or to send an online condolence, visit www.frenchblasl.com
 


Tuesday, March 3, 2009 

Ruth Weisenburn
Obstetrics nurse 

Athens—Ruth Catherine Weisenburn, 93, left us to join her beloved husband of over 50 years, Dr. Elwood G. Weisenburn.  Also predeceased by mother and father, Earl and Catherine Mull, brother Richard Mull, nephews Richard and Robert Mull. 

Ruth was born in Albany on March 12, 1915, and was educated in Albany—graduated from Albany High School, where she played violin in the orchestra, attended Albany Bible School, and received a Registered Nurses degree from Albany Medical Center Hospital. She practiced her profession in Albany and Rochester, specializing in obstetrics, before coming to Coxsackie with her husband in 1943. 

She was a member of Second Reformed Church in Coxsackie and First Reformed Church in Athens. She was a 65-year member of Coxsackie Garden Club, winning many awards, and was president from 1954-1956 and 1973-1975 and several times Vice President of the club. Ruth was a member of the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society, AARP and National Wildlife. 

She is survived by her son Bradford (Karen) of North Carolina and daughter Lorraine (Herbert) Tiffault of Ballston Spa. Five grandchildren, Robert Weisenburn, and Amy Lynn Jones, both of North Carolina, Melissa Gilcrist and Michael Peck of Alabama and David D. Peck II of Clifton Park. Also survived by three great grandchildren, Christopher and Nicholas Tarras of Alabama and Joshua Jones of North Carolina, and several step-grandchildren. 

Also survived by her sister-in-law Margaret Mull of Albany, brother-in-law Gerald Weisenburn (Susan) of South Bethlehem, sister-in-law Carol Weisenburn of Selkirk and Vera Weisenburn of South Bethlehem, Cousins Herbert Carl, Alice Rounds and niece Pamela Kirker of Rhinebeck and several other nieces and nephews. 

Ruth was know(s) as the “Bird House Lady”, painting and giving bird houses to all her friends, neighbors and family. She loved her gardens. 

Funeral services will take place Saturday, March 7, 2009, at 10 a.m. at Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St, Athens, with Rev. William Hunter of Kingston to officiate. Relatives and friends are invited to call at Richards Funeral Home, Athens, on Friday, March 6, 2009, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Interment will take place in the family plot of the Bethlehem Cemetery, next to her late husband Dr. Elwood G. Weisenburn who predeceased her on Dec. 9, 1993. 

Contributions in her memory may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Northeastern New York Chapter, 9 Columbia circle, Albany, NY 12203.
 


Wednesday, March 4, 2009 

John S. Abrams 

John S. “Jack” Abrams, 80, of East Chatham, NY died March 2, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson, NY following an acute illness. He was born on January 27, 1929, in Albany, NY, the son of the late William F. Abrams, Sr. and Honora Frances (Whalen) Abrams of Chatham, NY. He attended Chatham public schools, later transferring to Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, graduating with the class of 1946. He attended college at McGill University (Montreal), and University of Missouri (Columbia, MO), leaving to serve in the Army during the Korean War era. He served as Operations Section Chief for the 42nd Infantry Division stationed in Germany. Being fluent in Spanish, he was recruited to serve as a translator within the service, both in Europe and stateside. He was honorably discharged in 1952 at the rank of corporal, and remained in the Army Reserve through 1956. 

Following military service he worked for several years at the family-owned Abrams & Boright car dealership in Chatham. He later spent many years as new car sales manager at Marsh Hallman Chevrolet in Albany. His last employment before retirement was as senior title examiner and title closer for Trinity Abstract, Inc. in Rensselaer, NY. 

He is survived by his loving wife of over 54 years, Marcia P. (Van Fleet) Abrams, and their four children: Shawn P. Abrams (June) of Latham, NY Deborah Abrams Southard (James) of Hancock, MA, Mary Abrams Moon (Terry) of East Chatham and Stephen P. Abrams also of East Chatham. Also surviving him are ten grandchildren, one great-grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by one son: Timothy W. Abrams, and three grandchildren: Ja[s]son D. Jackson, Courtney Lynn Moon and Amanda Lynn Moon. Also predeceasing him were his brother, William F. Abrams, Jr. (Anne C. Latham, NY), his sister, Patricia Abrams, Query (Paul G., Tolland, CT), and a nephew, Daniel W. Query. 

At the family’s request there will be no calling hours. A memorial Mass at St. James R.C. Church, Chatham, and memorial celebration for family and friends will be announced later this spring. Interment will be at the Cemetery of the Maples, East Chatham. Funeral arrangements are with French Gifford Preiter and Blasl, 25 Railroad Ave., Chatham, NY 12037. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to Cemetery of the Maples, in care of the funeral home. To send an online condolence, visit www.french-blasl.com
 


Wednesday, March 4, 2009 

Peggy Ann Parks Bulen
Born in Catskill 

Greenville—Peggy Bulen, 63, formerly of Greenville, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009 at her home in Garden Grove, Calif. 

She was born in Catskill, the daughter of John C. Parks and Elizabeth (Jansen) Parks. 

She is survived by her mother, Elizabeth Parks, of Athens; her sister, Shirley Cameron of Greenville; her brother, John Parks of Oregon; many nieces and nephews; and the love of her life, Buddy Anderson. 

She was predeceased by her beloved father, John C. Parks; and a niece, Deborah Lake. 

Arrangements were with Heritage Memorial of Huntington Beach, Calif. 

Rest in peace, “sweet sissy.”
 


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Judith A. Dingman 

Judith A. Dingman, 69 of Columbiaville, died Sunday, March 1, 2009 at Kingston City Hospital. 

Born Feb. 12, 1940 in Hartford, Conn., she was the daughter of George Waltermire and Agnes Traver. 

Judith was a homemaker and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. 

She enjoyed spending time with her family. 

She was an avid gardener, quilter, and bird watcher. 

Surviving are her husband, Royal Dingman of Columbiaville; her son, David Dingman of Kinderhook; her daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and James Merritt of Columbiaville; two grandsons, Nathan and Austin Merritt both of Columbiaville, and two cousins Betty Oakes and Anna Mae Jastrombeck, both of Hudson. 

Services will be held at 10 am today (Wednesday) at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. 

Spring burial will be in the Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery. 

Donations may be made to the Columbia Green Humane Society. 125 Human Society Road, Hudson, 12534.
 


Wednesday, March 4, 2009 

Geraldine Gross Garafalo 

Geraldine Gross Garafalo, 60, of Kinderhook, passed away February 28th at her home with her family. She was born January 21, 1949, daughter of the late Gerard P. Gross and Mary Jane (Kunz) Gross. 

Geraldine was an avid reader enjoyed traveling, cross-stitching and tending to her flowers. She loved the beach where she spent every summer with her family and friends. Geraldine graduated with her bachelors from SUNY Oneonta and masters degree in education from the College of Saint Rose. She worked as a fifth and sixth grade teacher at Ichabod Crane Middle School for 35 years where she served as a cheerleading coach, student council and yearbook advisor, and a mentor to all her students. 

Geraldine is survived by her husband John J. Garafalo Jr. of 39 years; daughter, Allison A. Garafalo; sister-in-law Barbara Dwyer and brother-in-law Francis X. Dwyer; nephews Daniel (Kate) Dwyer, John (Deidre) Dwyer, and Sean (Amy) Dwyer; 7 great nieces and nephews; cousins Robert, Kingsley, Deborah, Geoffery, Diana Gross and their spouses and children. She is pre-deceased by her uncles Cyril Gross, Gene Gross and Gordon Kunz, aunt Helen Gross and her mother and father-in-law John and Barbara Gross. 

Geraldine will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and the community. In honor and memory of her life please make contributions to the Susan G. Kome for the Cure, PO Box 224523, Dallas, TX 75222 and/or the Ichabod Crane Booster Club, PO Box 820, Valatie, NY 12184. 

There will be no calling hours and burial will be at the discretion of the [a] family. 
 


Wednesday, March 4, 2009 

Pauline E. Shove
Enjoyed golf and bowling 

Coxsackie—Pauline E. Shove, 78, of Robert Hill Road, West Coxsackie, died March 3, 2009, at Albany Medical Center. Pauline was born in Kalaheo, Hawaii, and was the daughter of the late Salvador and Alice (Brown) Sevilla. She had been an area resident since 1951.  She enjoyed golfing and bowling. During her years of employment, she was employed at the Atlantic Cement Company in Ravena. Her husband, Lloyd H. Shove, predeceased her on June 23, 2004. She is survived by four sons, Lloyd Shove, Jr., of West Coxsackie, Jeffry Shove of West Coxsackie, Brian Shove of Georgia and Nathan Shove of Hawaii; her daughter, Zora Shove of Hawaii; two brothers, Milton Mendoza of Hawaii and Richard Sevilla of Hawaii; four sisters, Christine Adams of Hawaii, Sonia Leonard of Texas, Ding Kennedy of Colorado and Leona Otani of Hawaii; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie on Sunday, March 8, 2009, from 3 to 6 p.m. Private cremation will take place at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pulmonary Center at Albany Medical Center, E-Wing, New Scotland Avenue, Albany, N.Y. 12208.
 


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Ruth C. Weisenburn 

Funeral services 

Athens- Funeral services will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2009, at 9:30 a.m., at Richards Funeral Home, 28 N. Vernon St., Athens, instead of at 10 a.m.
 


Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Albina A. Borten 

Cairo—Albina A. Borten, 91, of Main Street, Cairo, died March 3, 2009, at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.  She was born in Brooklyn, Feb. 13, 1918, and was the daughter of the late Frank and Katherine (Jacewicz)  Pogiernitsky. Graveside services will take place in the springtime at the family plot of the Cairo Cemetery next to her late husband Walter J. Borten. She has been an area resident for the last 30 years, and was a member of the Cairo Crafters Group, a communicant of the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo, an avid reader and craftmaker. She is survived by her daughter Mrs. Kenneth (Joan) Goetz of Cairo. Also surviving are grandchildren Erika and husband Connor Alexander of Connecticut, Kristin and husband Micah Raffo of Cairo, and her great-grandson Korben Raffo. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2009.
 


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Ernest Clark, Jr.
Helped build the George Washington Bridge 

Vero Beach, Fla.—Ernest Clark, Jr., 74, a lifelong resident of Catskill, passed away in Vero Beach, Fla., on Feb. 25, 2009. 

He was on vacation with his beloved partner, Virginia Post, and her daughters Leslie and Stacy Post. He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Clark of Catskill: two sisters, Joan DiStefano and Barbara (Robert) Schlenker, also of Catskill; along with many nieces and nephews. 

He was born on Sept. 14, 1934, and was the son of the late Ernest Clark, Sr., and Julia (Glynn) Clark. 

In his younger years, Ernest was an iron worker and helped construct many bridges in New York State, including the George Washington Bridge. Later on, he was a used car dealer who specialized in heavy equipment. 

Many will remember him as a man who could fix everything. He was an avid hunter and sportsman and enjoyed watching old war movies. He will be missed by many.
 


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Frank P. DeLouise

Leeds—Frank P. DeLouise, 78 of Leeds died on Wednesday, March 4, 2009.  He is survived by Gloria DeLouise, his three children, Dan DeLouise and wife Mary Ann, Camille Thiesen and husband Robert Thiesen and Frank DeLouise, Jr. and Charles Leib, five grandchildren, Corinne DeLouise, Maria Thiesen, Robert Thiesen, Stephanie Thiesen and Joseph Thiesen. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Richards Funeral home, 29 Bross St., Cairo. Viewing hours are Friday, March 6, 2009 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Cairo, with Rev. Fr. Jeremiah Nunan, pastor, the celebrant. 
 


Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Gerldine Gross Garafalo 

Geraldine Gross Garafalo, 60, of Kinderhook, passed away February 28th at her home with her family. She was born January 21, 1949, daughter of the late Gerard P. Gross and Mary Jane (Kunz) Gross. 

Geraldine was an avid reader enjoyed traveling, cross-stitching and tending to her flowers. She loved the beach where she spent every summer with her family and friends. Geraldine graduated with her bachelors from SUNY Oneonta and masters degree in education from the College of Saint Rose. She worked as a fifth and sixth grade teacher at Ichabod Crane Middle School for 35 years where she served as a cheerleading coach, student council and yearbook advisor, and a mentor to all her students. 

Geraldine is survived by her husband John J. Garafalo Jr. of 39 years; daughter, Allison A. Garafalo; sister-in-law Barbara Dwyer and brother-in-law Francis X. Dwyer; nephews Daniel (Kate) Dwyer, John (Deidre) Dwyer, and Sean (Amy) Dwyer; 7 great nieces and nephews; cousins Robert, Kingsley, Deborah, Geoffery, Diana Gross and their spouses and children. She is pre-deceased by her uncles Cyril Gross, Gene Gross and Gordon Kunz, aunt Helen Gross and her mother and father-in-law John and Barbara Garafalo. 

Geraldine will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and the community. In honor and memory of her life please make contributions to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, PO Box 224523, Dallas, TX 75222 and/or the Ichabod Crane Booster Club, PO Box 820, Valatie, NY 12184. 

There will be no calling hours and burial will be at the discretion of the [a] family.
 


Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Susan M. Jackowski 

Susan M. Jackowski, 42, of Kinderhook, died Monday, March 2, 2009 at her residence. 

Born Aug. 2, 1966 in Hudson, she was the beloved daughter of Edward Jackowski (Mabel Miller) of Columbiaville and Judith (Rowen) Van Warner (Donald) of South Carolina. 

Susan was a corporate compliance specialist with New Visions in Slingerlands. Her work was very important to her.

She loved the NY giants, the NY Yankees and Nascar. 

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her grandmother, Agnes Rowen of Hudson, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Ann and James Finck of Greenport, NY and Jill and Timothy Langan of Endicott, NY; her four beloved nieces, Tara and Morgan Libruk of Greenport and Piper and Zoe Langan of Endicott, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Visiting hours are 4-8 pm Friday at bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green St., Hudson, 12534. 

Services will be held at 11 am Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Cedar Park Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the New Visions Foundation, in memory of Susan M. Jackowski, 334 Krumkill Road, Slingerlands, NY 12159.

 


Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Spradling—Paul Leroy Spradling, age 76, died December 25, 2008. He formerly lived in Ghent, N.Y. (Omi) and was a noted landscaper. He moved to Odenville, Alabama in 1998. Donations may be made to: Our Brothers Keeper Foundation, P.O. Box 1872, Albany, NY 12201.
 


Friday, March 6, 2009

Joan Busener
Employee of NY Telephone 

Catskill—Joan Busener, 78, of 174 Hickory Hollow Road, Palenville, died Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at home after a long illness. She was born Aug 29, 1930 in Brooklyn, the daughter of the late James and Marjorie (McDermott) Devlin. Joan was an employee of New York Telephone prior to her retirement. Formerly of Woodhaven, Joan had been a Palenville area resident since 1988. She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Palenville. Joan enjoyed travelling on vacations and crocheting. 

Mrs. Busener is survived by her husband, Henry Busener of Palenville; six children, Henry, Marge, Stephen, Frank, Kristine and Keith; four grandchildren, John, Christine, Frank and Samantha. 

Relatives and friends may call at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill today from 4-8 p.m. 

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday from the funeral home, followed by a noon Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Palenville. Father Anthony Motta will be officiating. Cremation will be performed at Park View Cemetery in Schenectady. 
 


Friday, March 6, 2009

Thomas Byrne
Born in Ireland                 

Cairo—Thomas Byrne, 81, a longtime resident of Acra, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on March 4, 2009. 

Born in Corley, County Cavan, Ireland, Thomas after living in England and Canada eventually settled in the United States.  He was employed with the Carpenter’s Union. He was a communicant of the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo and a member of the Knights of Columbus. 

Thomas is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Julia, originally of Lavighilduff, County Monaghan, Ireland, now of Acra, his three sons, Patrick (Nancy), Thomas Jr. and Peter (Tara), his three daughters, Ann (Michael), Theresa (Lou) and Julie (Roger). Thomas was pre-deceased by all of his brothers and sisters. He will be sorely missed by his grandchildren Cian, Darragh, Niall, Michaela, Brady, Ian, Avery, Logan and Raegan, as well by several nieces and nephews. 

Thomas was held dear by those who knew him and are indebted to his willingness to help at any time. 

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo on Sunday, March 8, 2009, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 9, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Cairo, with Rev. Father Jeremiah Nunan, pastor, the celebrant. Interment will follow in the family plot of the St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Catskill. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Thomas’ memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes research foundation, 45 Crown St, Kingston, NY 12401.
 


Saturday-Sunday, March 7-March 8, 2009

Vincent M. Appa
Arrangements incomplete 

Athens—Vincent M. “Vinnie” Appa, 77, passed away on March 6, 2009, at Kaaterskill Care, Catskill. Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens are incomplete at this time and to be announced.
 


 Saturday-Sunday, March 7-March 8, 2009

Albert H. Esselstyn 

Albert H. Esselstyn, 71, of Claverack, died Friday, March 6, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Visiting hours will be 5-8 pm Tuesday at the Bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeper Funeral Home, 110 Green St., Hudson. Services will be held at 11 am Wednesday at the funeral home. A full obituary will run in Tuesday’s Register Star.
 


Saturday-Sunday, March 7-March 8, 2009 

Henry Herman Koester 

Henry Herman Koester, 78, of Shellbark Ave., South Bend, formerly of Hudson, New York, passed away at his home on Friday, March 6th. He was born on October 4, 1930 in Avon, South Dakota to Angelus and Marie Koester who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor of 51 years, and his daughters, Eileen (David) Shingledecker of Mishawaka and Emilie (Victor) Thierfelder of West Palm Beach, Florida. Also surviving is a son, David (Lisa) Koester of South Bend, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Two brothers from Frankenmuth, Michigan and many nieces and nephews also survive, He was preceded in death, along with his parents, by two sisters. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving honorably in the Army and being discharged in 1956.  Mr. Koester was a retired Carpenter and as very active in his church, Peace Lutheran Church of Granger. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at Peace Lutheran Church, 16791 Cleveland Road, Granger, Indiana with Rev. Steven Mischke officiating. Friends will be received for one hour prior to the services at Highland Cemetery, South Bend. The family wished that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to be made to the Peace Lutheran Church. Bubb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
 


Saturday-Sunday, March 7-March 8, 2009 

Adela F. Kurzyna

Livingston—Adela F. Kurzyna, 86, of Livingston, died Friday, March 6, 2009 at the Thompson House in Rhinebeck. 

Born March 9, 1922 in Jersey City, NJ she was the daughter of Adam and Apolonia (Sychowski) Dabrowski. 

She graduated from Henry Snyder High School of Jersey City and the Packard School in New York City. She had been employed at Prudential Insurance Co. of NYC and Koster Realty Co. in Jersey City and for 25 years at the First National Bank of Red Hook [with] became Key Bank. 

Mrs. Kurzna was a communicant of St. Christopher’s RC Church of Red Hook. 

Surviving are her son Rev. Andrew E. Kurzyna of Verplank, daughters, Diane P. Kiel of Livingston, and Irene M. Clum of Germantown. Grandchildren Daniel, Peter, Russell, Clum, Jessica and Juliana Keil. 

She was predeceased by her husband Henry A. Kurzna who died May 30, 1998. 

Time and day for calling hours and for a Mass of the Christian Burial at St. Christopher’s RC Church of Red Hook will be announced by the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown. 

Interment will follow in the Cedar Park Cemetery of Hudson. 

Memorial donations are requested to the Germantown Library, 32 Palatine Park Road, Germantown, NY 12526. 

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


 Saturday-Sunday, March 7-March 8, 2009

Gertude Pulver Malasky 

Gertrude Pulver Malasky, 88, of Charleston, West Virginia passed away on Tuesday, October 14, 2008, at home at Edgewood Summit. A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 25, 2008 at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Charleston, with the Rev. William Carl Thomas officiating. Burial will take place at the Salisbury [c]emetery, Salisbury, Connecticut on May 2, 2009 at 1 pm. Information regarding the internment may be obtained by contacting her daughter, Sherry Peregrin at speregrin@gmail.com

Gerry was a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Charleston and had been a member for many years of Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson, New York. 

Gerry was born in Millerton, N.Y. and was the only daughter of the late Frank and Maude Pulver. 

She attended the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York and Babson College in Boston, Mass. Gerry lived for many years in Claverack, New York. She was an avid golfer and member of the Columbia County Country Club where she was Woman’s Champion in 1957, 1960, 1964 and 1965. Gerry was also an active member of the New York State Women’s Golf Association. During her hears in Claverack, Gerry volunteered with her friends Mrs. Janet Noerling and Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Spencer at the then, newly formed Women’s Auxiliary at Columbia Memorial Hospital. 

Gerry is survived by her daughter, Sherry Peregrin of New York City, N.Y.; son David and his wife Laura Pray of Charleston; grandchildren, Christopher and Michele Peregrin of New York City, N.Y. and Josh and Judy Pray of Independence, Ky.; and great-grandchild, Zoe Pray, also of Independence, Ky. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1001 Kennawa Drive, Charleston, WV 25311. 
 


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Vincent M. Appa 

Vincent M. “Vinnie” Appa, age 77 years, of Athens, died March 6, 2009, at Kaaterskill care where he has been a patient since 2002. He was born in Athens, NY, March 21, 1931, and was the son of the late Louis and Virginia (Almindo) Appa. Mass of the Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday, at 10:00 AM, at St. Patrick’s Church, Athens, interment will follow in the family plot of Mt. Hope Cemetery, Athens. He is survived by a sister Marie R. Matson of Athens, a nephew Gary Matson and wife Karen of Athens, a nephew Anthony and wife Anna Appa of Mass, and a great niece Samantha Matson of Athens. Besides his parents, he is pre-deceased by a brother in law Herbert Matson, a brother Anthony “Tony” Appa, and a niece Drena Matson. Vinnie was a very friendly and lovable person. People will remember his favorite saying “don’t take any wooden nickels.” His two favorite places to be were Hagars Harbor, where he met a lot of people who became his friends. The other place was Sleepy Hollow where he walked every morning to visit the girls in the office. Vincent collected hats and had many of them. Always wearing a hat, he loved walking around the village talking too everyone he would meet. At Kaaterskill care, he was very popular. He entertained the other residents showing them his treasures and musical toys and just talking to them, putting a smile on their faces. Everyone, the staff, residents, and visitors loved him. He will be greatly missed by all. Vincent was a sweet, gentle, lovable man and was so very special. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon Street, Athens, from 4-8 PM, Tuesday. Contributions in his memory may be made to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY 12414 or to Kaaterskill Care, 161 Jefferson heights, Catskill, NY 12414.
 


Tuesday, March 10, 2009 

Waltraud C. “Trudy” Armstrong 

East Durham—Mrs. Waltraud C. “Trudy” Armstrong, 71, passed away Friday, March 6, 2009 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany after a long illness. Trudy was born in Kamen, Germany, and came to America at age 16 with her family. They lived in Nebraska and Manhattan before settling in Cornwallville. She and her husband have resided on Shady Glen Road for over 30 years. In earlier years Trudy worked as a cook in the Cairo-Durham schools. More recently she was a homemaker and a devoted Bingo player. Trudy was a member of the Eastern Star, Susquehanna Methodist Church and the Town of Durham Volunteer Ambulance Squad. 

Trudy is survived by her husband of 52 years, Herbert J. Armstrong; two children, Deborah (Kevin) Maikis and David (Maureen) Armstrong; four grandchildren, Troy, Heidi, Amy and Adam; many nieces and nephews. Trudy was predeceased by her parents, George and Erna Neuman Heidemann, and her brother, Helmut Heidemann. 

Calling hours will be held at Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, on Tuesday, March 10 from 7 until 9 p.m. The funeral will be Wednesday March 11 at 10 a.m. at Cunningham Funeral Home, followed by burial in Cornwallville Cemetery. 

Memorial donations to the town of Durham Volunteer Ambulance Squad, 1 Milk Run Road, East Durham, NY 12423 will be appreciated. 
 


Tuesday, March 10, 2009 

Joseph A. D’Armiento, Jr. 

Gallatin—Josepeh A. D’Armiento, Jr., 54, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2009. 

A former Bronx resident Joe moved to Gallatin in 1970. 

Joe was a Supervisor for Taconic DDSO and a self-employed carpenter. 

He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spending time with his children and at the ocean.  He was a member of the Ancram Landowners Assoc. and a 30 year member of the Ancram Fire Co. 

Born July 25, 1954 in the Bronx he was the son of Joseph A. D’Armiento, Sr. of Naples Fl. and the late Maryann (Peppe) D’Armiento.

On June 25, 1977 in Astoria he married Virginia M. Carpanini. 

In addition to his wife he is survived by three children, Joey, Danny and Ashley Rose of Gallatin; eight brothers and sisters and their spouses, Sandy and Freddy DeFalco, Anthony and Leslie D’Armiento, Joanne and Billy Capone, Rosemary and Harold Hoyt,  Francis D’Armiento, Michael and Carolyn D’Armiento, Thomas and Christina D’Armiento, and John Paul and Stacy D’Armiento; a sister and brothers-in-law Alice and Pat Boice brother-in-law Danny Carpanini; mother and father-in-law Dante and Alice Carpanini; and several nieces and nephews, including Jennifer , Christopher, Matthew, Alicia, Maryann, Chris, Bobby, Jackie, Anthony, Shalia, Johanna, Seandell, Shaquell, Zelda, Patrick, and Nolan. 

Calling hours are Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 3 to 8 PM, at the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, South Main St., Pine Plains. Members of the Ancram Fire Company will conduct services at 7 pm; and prayers will be offered during calling hours. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, 11 AM, at St. Bridget’s Church, Route 22, Copake Falls, NY. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. 

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

Arrangements are under the directions of Peck & Peck Funeral Home, Pine Plains. 
 


Tuesday, March 10, 2009 

Helen A. Davi 

Helen Adele Davi, 84, of Hudson died on March 7, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Born February 23, 1925 in New York City, she was the beloved daughter of Frank and Helen (Gabric) Kobilica owners of Daisy Hill Poultry Farm. 

Helen graduated from Hudson High School in 1943. She was employed as a dental assistant for Dr. Koweek where she later met her future husband Joseph F. Davi. They were married on August 5, 1951 in Hudson, NY and raised four children. Helen was a devoted mother and wife. 

Helen and her husband Joseph moved to Las Vegas in 1991 and spent the last 18 years enjoying time with their children and grandchildren.  She also made frequent visits to Hudson during the summer months to visit family and friends. 

She is survived by her husband of 57 years Joseph F. Davi of Las Vegas, Nevada; son and daughter-in-law, Joseph T and Kim Davi of Las Vegas, son Mark Davi of Rensselaer, New York, son Stephen Davi of Las Vegas, son and daughter –in-law, Richard and Ruth Davi of Hudson; grandchildren, Ryan Davi of Hudson, Stephanie and Nicole of Las Vegas and great grandchild Mylah Davi of Las Vegas; nephew Joseph Kobilca Sr and niece Paula Kobilca both of Hudson. 

Helen was preceded in death by both her parents and brother Frank Kobilca, Jr. 

Helen will be dearly missed by her family, friends and pets. 

Visiting hours are 5-8 pm Friday at Bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street in Hudson, New York. 

Services will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson on Saturday at 10 am. 

Burial will take place at Cedar Park Cemetery. 

She often spoke of the enjoyment she had working with her mother, brother and father. 
 


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Albert H. Esselstyn 

Albert H. Esselstyn, 71 of Claverack, died Friday, March 6, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. 

Born Aug. 3, 1937 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Albert and Edith (Hisco) Esselstyn. 

Albert was a senior motor equipment operator for over 37 years with the Columbia Highway department. 

He served in the US Navy for 1956 until 1959. 

Albert was a life long area resident. 

He was a member of the Deer Run Lodge and enjoyed hunting and fishing. 

Surviving are his wife Elvina (Race) Esselstyn; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Paul Douglas and Erica Esselstyn of Hudson and Timothy Esselstyn of Elizaville, one grandson, Tyler Douglas Esselstyn of Hudson, his brother James Esselstyn of Mass., his sister, Jane Viviano of Conn., and several nieces and nephews. 

Visiting hours will be 5-8 pm today (Tuesday) at the Bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green St., Hudson. 

Services will be held at 11 am Wednesday at the funeral home. 

Burial will be in the Reformed Dutch Church Cemetery in Claverack. Bearers will include George Yates, Bob Otty, David Proper, George Whitbeck, George Washburn and Andy Taggard. 

Donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 99 Troy Road, Suite 200, East Greenbush, NY 12061-1027.
 


Tuesday, March 10, 2009 

Beatrice M. Granato 

Cornwallville—Beatrice Minton Granato went to be with her Lord and those who passed before her on Saturday, March 7, 2009. 

Bea was the first daughter of Claude and Lois Minton. She was born April 6, 1917 in Bangs, Texas. She was the oldest of five children and it was her job to look after the younger siblings. She left home after graduation and took secretarial training, and retired after 40 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  She met and married Henry E. Granato, the love of her life, in 1949.  They enjoyed being with family and friends more than anything. They enjoyed traveling, gardening and time spent at their farm in the Catskills. Henry predeceased her in 2001. 

She leaves behind nieces and nephews, Sherrye Coleman (Larry), Tommie Lynn Brogan (Tom), Thomas Granato (Mary Jo), Rochelle Papagni (John), Charles Minton (Regina), Laurie Driscoll (Tim), and several other nieces and nephews, and a host of other friends including dear friends Gene and Claudia Every. Bea was preceded in death by all five siblings, C.A. Minton, Claudia Haley, Jo Ann Fonville, Alton Minton and Tommie Minton. 

Calling hours will be held at Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, on Wednesday, March 11 from 6 until 9 p.m. The funeral will be Thursday, March 12 at 9 a.m. at Cunningham Funeral Home, followed by burial in Cornwallville Cemetery. 

Memorial donations to Candlelight Church of Christ, 4215 Watonga Blvd, Houston, TX 77092, or the charity of one’s choice will be appreciated.
 


Tuesday, March 10, 2009 

Richard W. Hendricks

Richard W. Hendricks, age 51 of Catskill, died Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital’s hospice unit where he had been a patient since February 28. 

Mr. Hendrick’s was born in Catskill on November 25, 1957 to the late Ralph “Bucky” Hendricks and Lillian Lewis Hendricks. He was a graduate of Catskill High School and employed as a trucker for Package Pavement in Ravena prior to his illness. A special thank you to his cousin Arlene Hendricks who has been there every step of the way with him. 

He is survived by his wife, Carmela Bloom Hendricks, of Catskill and their two children: Richard R. (Lauren) Hendricks and Christine Hendricks, both of Catskill; grandson Gavin Hendricks, “son” Dan Braden of Cairo, four brothers: Thomas (Lyn) Hendricks of Palenville, Harry (Diane) Fox of Freehold, Joseph (Kim Simpson) Hendricks of Catskill, and William (Cathy) Hendricks also of Catskill; as well as several nieces and nephews. 

Friends and relatives are invited to call at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A committal service will be held on Wednesday at the former Catskill Rural Cemetery following a brief service at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice at 47 Liberty Street in Catskill. Electronic condolences may be posted at www.millspaughcamerato.com.
 


Tuesday, March 10, 2009 

Paul Edward Kipp 

Macon, GA—Paul Edward Kipp, age 66, died Friday, March 6, 2009 at home after a lengthy illness.  Formally of Niverville, NY. He was predeceased by parents Robert J. Kipp and wife Virginia Joann Kipp. 

He is survived by a sister Doris (Steve) Gibson of Niverville, NY. A brother Allen (Laura) Kipp of Niverville, NY. Six children: Deborah Kipp of Birmingham, AL. Deborah J. (Wayne) Everidge of Lizella, GA. Naomi L. (Mark) Peterson of East Greenbush, NY. Bobby J. (Michele) Kipp of Lilburn, GA. Dorothiea Dallas (dd) (Roger) Martin of Macon, GA. Richard Paul (Stacey) Kipp of Macon, GA. Ten grandchildren, four great grandchildren, several nephews and one niece. A companion Juanita. 

The family has requested that those who wish to remember Paul, please make a contribution to the American Cancer Society. 
 


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Adela F. Kurzyna 

Funeral services for Adela F. Kurzyna, 86, of Livingston who died Friday, March 6, 2009 will be held 11 am Wednesday from the Funeral Home and 12 noon at St. Christopher’s RC Church of Red Hook where Mrs. Kurzyna’s son Rev. Andrew Kurzyna will celebrate a Mass of the Christian Burial. 

Calling hours are 6 to 8 pm Tuesday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown. 

Interment will follow in the Cedar Park Cemetery of Hudson. 

Memorial donations are requested to St. Christopher’s RC Church 7411 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 609 PO Box Verplanck, NY 10596 or the Germantown Library, 32 Palatine Park Rd, Germantown.
 


Tuesday, March 10, 2009 

Agnes M. Mela 

Freehold—Agnes Montagnino Mela, 83, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2009 at the Community Hospice Inn of St. Peter’s Hospital Albany after a brief illness. Originally of West New York, New Jersey, Agnes and her husband have made their home in Freehold for over 30 years. 

Agnes is survived by her beloved husband, Anthony Mela; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Her parents, Louis and Antionette Montagnino, and two brothers, Anthony and Joseph Montagnino, predeceased her. 

Relatives and friends may call at Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, NY 12083 on Thursday, March 12 beginning at 12 noon, and are welcome to remain for the funeral at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Freehold Cemetery. 
 


Tuesday, March 10, 2009 

Thomas A. Pagan 

Thomas A. Pagan, age 55 years, of Old Plank Road, Greenville, died March 5, 2009, at his residence. He was born in Brooklyn, NY September 22, 1953, and was the son of Teresa Smith Pagan of Acra, and the late Louis Pagan. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, 11:00 AM at The Sacred Heart Church, Cairo. Interment will follow in the family plot if St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Catskill. Thomas was a Correctional Officer at the Hudson Facility, and recently retired on January 15, 2009. He was employed by the N.Y.S. Correctional Dept. for 25 years. He loved to build models. He is survived by a son Robert of Germantown and daughter Melissa Pagan also of Germantown, two brothers, James of Freehold, George of Palm City, Florida, a sister Teresa DiChristina of Staten Island. Also surviving are four grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to call at Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross Street, Cairo, on Wed. from 7-9 PM.
 


Wednesday, March 11, 2009 

Victor R. Armstead
Arrangements incomplete 

Coxsackie—Victor R. Armstead, 18, of Catskill passed away suddenly March 9, 2009. 

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


Wednesday, March 11, 2009  

Watraud C. “Trudy” Armstrong 

East Durham—Mrs. Waltraud C. “Trudy” Armstrong, 71, passed away Friday, March 6, 2009 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany after a long illness. Trudy was born in Kamen, Germany, and came to America at age 16 with her family. They lived in Nebraska and Manhattan before settling in Cornwallville. She and her husband have resided on Shady Glen Road for over 30 years. In earlier years Trudy worked as a cook in the Cairo-Durham schools. More recently she was a homemaker and a devoted Bingo player. Trudy was a member of the Eastern Star, Susquehanna Methodist Church and the Town of Durham Volunteer Ambulance Squad. 

Trudy is survived by her husband of 52 years, Herbert J. Armstrong; two children, Deborah (Kevin) Maikis and David (Maureen) Armstrong; four grandchildren, Troy, Heidi, Amy and Adam; many nieces and nephews. Trudy was predeceased by her parents, George and Erna Neuman Heidemann, and her brother, Helmut Heidemann. 

Calling hours will be held at Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, on Tuesday, March 10 from 7 until 9 p.m. The funeral will be Wednesday March 11 at 10 a.m. at Cunningham Funeral Home, followed by burial in Cornwallville Cemetery. 

Memorial donations to the town of Durham Volunteer Ambulance Squad, 1 Milk Run Road, East Durham, NY 12423 will be appreciated.

 


Wednesday, March 11, 2009 

Harley F. Edwards
Worked for U.S. Postal Service 

Greenville—Harley F. Edwards, 85 of Freehold, formerly of New York City, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2009 in the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany. He was born in Mitchell, Ind., on Feb. 1, 1924, son of the late Harley and Lillybelle (Terry) Edwards. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper. Harley was employed by the U.S. Postal Service in NYC until his retirement 25 years ago. He and his wife Marie then moved full-time to Freehold to enjoy their retirement years. Harley was predeceased by his beloved wife Marie (Parente) Edwards in 2004. 

Surviving are one brother, Paul McClatchey, his nephew, Michael Libretti and his niece, Patricia Rence. 

Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Rout 81, Greenville on Friday, March 13 from noon to 1 p.m. As to his wishes Harley will be cremated at the Albany Rural Cemetery.
 


Wednesday, March 11, 2009   

Thomas J. Fox, Jr.

Thomas J. Fox, Jr., 83, formerly of Claverack, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at Kaaterskill Care in Catskill. 

Born July 30, 1925 in the Bronx, he was the son of Margaret and Thomas J. Fox, Sr. 

He was an alcohol counselor for the Rhinebeck Lodge for Successful Living. 

Thomas served in the US Navy during WWII, earning the Asiatic Pacific medal with 3 starts, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 star, the Victory Medal, and the American Theatre medal. 

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Hudson. 

Surviving are ten children, Thomas Fox III of Claverack, Dolores Neils of Mill Spring, NC, Linda Higgins of Holmes, NY, Kathleen Higgins of Brewster, NY, Marilyn Decker of Catskill, Patricia Harper of Arkport, NY, Denise Fox Donley of Craryville, Sharon Fitzpatrick and Teresa Roberts both of Germantown, and Richard Fox of Cairo; his brother Robert Fox of Chicago; his sister, Jean Doyle of Golden Bridge, NY 25 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren. 

He was predeceased by his wife, Anna C. (Bassett) Fox. 

Visiting hours are 6-8 pm Thursday at the Bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 am Friday at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson.  

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
 


Wednesday, March 11, 2009  

Helen A. Latimer (Nabozny) 

Helen A. Latimer (Nabozny), 96, of Hudson passed away on March 7, 2009 at Barnwell Nursing Home in Valatie, NY. Born November 16, 1912 in Hudson, the daughter of the late Lawrence Nabozny and Mary (Kolbuszowski) Nabozny, Helen was predeceased by three sisters; Sophie Brown formerly of Fort Lauderdale, Sally D’Inguillo and Christine Nabozny of Hudson and six brothers: Joseph Nabozny of Claverack, John Nabozny of Kinderhook, Anthony Nabozny, Lawrence Nabozny, Frank Nabozny and Andrew Nabozny of Hudson. She was also pre-deceased by her husband, Milton Latimer of Cortland. 

Helen is survived by: one brother, Rev. Peter Nabozny of Rensselaer, two daughters, Karen Latimer of Albany and Patricia (Michael) Hart of Poughkeepsie, two grandchildren, Lindsey (Jason) Wessels of Lagrangeville and Christopher Hart of Manhattan, as well as many nieces and nephews. 

Helen was a graduate of Albany Business College in Albany. She worked for many years for W.B. Winchell Inc. in Cortland, New York. She also lived in Marilla, New York for many years before returning to her home town of Hudson. She was a long time member of the Hudson Trippers Club and a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Hudson. There will be no calling hours. A memorial mass will be celebrated on Friday, March 13th at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Church, 429 E. Allen St., Hudson. A private interment will be at the convenience of the family in Cortland, New York. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson, New York, 12534. Arrangements are with McDonald Funeral Home, Hudson.
 


Thursday, March 12, 2009 

Linda A. Bailey
Enjoyed backyard gardening

Catskill—Linda Ann (Ventura) Baily, 65, of Route 146, Clifton Park, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy. She was born Dec. 3, 1943, in Catskill, the daughter of the late Frank and Irene (Purdy) Ventura. Linda was an employee of Verizon in Albany prior to her retirement. She was also a member of the CWA Union Local 1118. Linda enjoyed backyard gardening at home. She was pre-deceased by a sister, Helen Thompson. 

Mrs. Bailey is survived by her husband, Emmett L. Bailey of Clifton Park; a son Herman Diller III; two brothers, Frank Yannone and Thomas Yannone; a grandson, Herman Diller IV; a great-grandson, Julace Diller; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Relatives and friends may call at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill. 
 


Thursday, March 12, 2009 

Paul E. Morini 

Paul E. Morini died March 11th at the Whittier Nursing Home. He was born January 20, 1914 in Lawrence, Ma. And was the son of the late Menotti and Rose Grasso Morini. 

Paul work[ed] as a machinist for the Veterans administration in the Bronx until he retired. 

He is survived by his loving wife of over 72 years, Wanda Dottavi Morini and his son Randolph both of Ghent. 

A graveside services will be offered on March 13th at Saint James Cemetery at 11 am. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral home, Chatham. For directions or to send an online condolence visit, www.french-blasl.com
 


Thursday, March 12, 2009 

June Goodrich Yankowski Swart
Avid sportswoman 

Clifton Park—June Goodrich Yankowski Swart, 80, of D&R Village and formerly of West Bridge Street in Saugerties for over 15 years died March 10, 2009 at the St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy after a sudden illness. Born June 19, 1928 she was the daughter of the late John and Marguerite Murray Goodrich. 

She was a graduate of Hunter Central High School. She was an avid sportswoman, loving to hunt and fish. One the local level she was a member of Saugerties Bowlers Club and also president of Woodstock Junior Bowling Association. 

She continued her success in the sport by joining the National Women Bowling Association and bowled in various state tournaments around the area. She went on to become an officer of the American Bowling Congress.

June also enjoyed swimming. She taught swimming lessons at the Saugerties Beach. She was an accomplished entertainer/singer and performed at many local venues including the former Salvucci’s Restaurant where she was accompanied by Wayne Cusher. 

She was predeceased by two husbands: Edward Yankowski and William Swart, a brother, Roger Goodrich, and a daughter Donna Marie Naccarato. 

Survivors include five sons: Dennis S. Yankowski of League city, Texas, Douglas J. and his wife Ingrid Yankowski of Boiceville, Blake W. Swart and partner Robert of Kinderhook, Wally E. of Houston, Texas, and Marcus and his wife Gina Swart of Glenmont; five daughters: Darlene A Foucher of Manchester, Vt., Dale M. Chase of Saugerties, Kirsten J. Wirth of Houston, Ragan L. and her husband Kyle Graves of Perth, Australia, and Stacy M. and her husband Monty Weeks of League City, Texas; 11 grandchildren: Charles, Perri, Jennifer, Denise, Katherine, Devon, Zachary, Faith, Chase, Taylor and Tyler; six great-grandchildren: Melody, Jonah, Sammi, Nicholas, Cassandra and Angelina and one niece, Marguerite. 

Her funeral service will be held 9 a.m. Saturday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., corner of John & Lafayette streets with the Rev. Deacon Henry Smith officiating.
 


Thursday, March 12, 2009  

Loretta Poulin, 85, of Ralph Vedder Road, Saugerties. Funeral procession will form 9:15 a.m. Friday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets, thence to St. John the Evangelist RC Church. Burial in Blue Mt. Cemetery.
 


Friday, March 13, 2009 

Victor Armstead
Class president at Catskill High School 

Coxsackie—Victor Roy Armstead, born on Sept. 14, 1990, was tragically killed in an automobile accident on March 9, 2009. 

Victor was the son of Ernest and Jan Armstead. Victor was a senior and the class president of Catskill High School. 

Viewing will be held today at the Second Baptist Church located on Main [s]treet, Catskill, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a second viewing on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 10 a.m. and funeral services will begin at 11 a.m., also at the church. There will be a repast at Catskill High School immediately following the services. 

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


Friday, March 13, 2009

Kenneth E. Bovat Sr. 

Kenneth E. Bovat, Sr., 83, of Claverack, died Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at Whittier Nursing Center in Ghent. 

Born June 21, 1925 in Swanton, Vermont, he was the son of the late Paul and Amelia (Shore) Bovat. 

Ken was employed by the Department of Public Works of the Village of Philmont until his retirement. 

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Beverly (Tatro) Bovat of Claverack; five children, Linda (John) Rogers of Minneola, Florida, Susan (Eugene) Smith of Catskill, Kenneth (Barbara) Bovat, Jr. of Claverack, Cynthia (Sean) Morgan of Portland, Oregon, and Lisa (Jeffery) Barton of Groveland, Florida; seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. 

Services will be held at the Bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.
 


Friday, March 13, 2009 

Raymond A. Ogden 

Raymond A. Ogden, Sr., 67, of Firehouse Rd, Stottville, NY, died Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2009, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. 

Born in Hudson, NY, Mar. 18, 1941, he was the son of the late Floyd and Emma (Bender) Ogden. Mr. Ogden was a self-employed carpenter in the area for many years. 

He is survived by his wife Sondra (Randall) Ogden, a daughter, Valerie L. Ogden of Chatham, 2 sons Raymond Ogden, Jr. of Valatie and David W. Ogden Sr. of Kinderhook, 2 sisters, Joan Jansson of CT and Jean Ogden of Hudson. 

He was predeceased by his son Aaron C. Ogden, and his sister Shirley Ogden. 

He is also survived by three grandchildren. 

A graveside service will be held Monday at 11:00 am in Kinderhook Cemetery with Rev. Michael Lindsey officiating. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to The Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY 12414.  

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Valatie. 
 


Friday, March 13, 2009 

June Goodrich Yankowski Swart
Calling hours 

June Goodrich Yankowski Swart, 80, of D&R Village and formerly of West Bridge Street in Saugerties, died March 10, 2009. Friends may call Friday (today) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., corner of John and Lafayette streets, Saugerties.
 


Saturday-Sunday, March 14-March 15, 2009 

Margaret “Peggy” Seymour Simpkins
Life member of the Greene County Ladies Auxiliary 

Cairo—Margaret “Peggy” Seymour Simpkins, 87, of Cairo, passed away March 13, 2009, at Kaaterskill Care, Catskill. 

She was born on July 16, 1921, in Schuyler Falls and is the daughter of the late Felix H. and Sarah (Jabot) Seymour. 

Funeral services will take place on Monday, March 16, 2009, at 11 a.m. at The Cairo United Methodist Church, Main street, Cairo, with Rev. Retta Lykens, Pastor of the Cairo United Methodist Church, officiating. 

Interment will follow in the family plot of The Catskill Town Cemetery, next to her late husband Sherwood “Woody” Simpkins, who predeceased her on Sept. 13, 1987. 

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross Street, Cairo, on Sunday, March 15, 2009 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. 

During Peggy’s days of employment, she was employed at Van Buren Theatres in Cairo, Bingels Hardware in Cairo, and also The American Thermostat in South Cairo, retiring at the age of 65. Peggy had been an area resident of Cairo since 1940, previously living in Schuyler Falls, Plattsburgh and Mississippi. She was a member of The Cairo United Methodist Church, a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary to The Cairo Hose Company and also a life member of the Greene County Ladies Auxiliary, Peggy married her husband Sherwood “Woody” Simpkins on Oct. 21, 1939; the couple met in Plattsburgh while “Woody” was in Service. 

She is survived by her daughter Thelma “Cathy” and her husband Lyle Jeune of Cairo, her brother Gordon Seymour of Plattsburgh, and sister in law Ann Vammen of Florida, her granddaughter Margaret “Marlo” and her husband John Parker of Cairo, and her great grandsons Joshua John Donahue of Cairo and Seth Parker of East Nassau. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins. 

Besides her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by two sisters, Hazel Rouleau and Ethel Whitehouse, and six brothers, Devoice, Larney, Clarence, Emerson, Roger and Clark Seymour. 

Contributions in her memory may be made to The Cairo United Methodist Church General Fund, PO Box 552, Cairo, NY 12413, Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414 or to Cairo Hose Company and Auxiliary, Cairo, NY 12413.
 


Tuesday, March 17, 2009 

Paul E. Eagen 

Paul E Eagen, 93, of Route 203, Valatie, died Saturday March 14, 2009 at the Columbia Memorial Hospital Hudson. 

Born September 3, 1915 in Albany, he was the son of the late George and Annette (Duffy) Eagen. He graduated from Christian Brothers Academy. 

He was part of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and during World War II served in the Army.  He worked for many years as a purchasing agent for the New York State Office of General services, retiring in 1978. A lifelong sports fan, he was proud to have served as a coach for the Niverville Little League. He was also a harness racing and basketball enthusiast. 

His wife of 64 years, Elizabeth R. Eagen, predeceased him on January 26, 2009. 

He is survived by a son, Richard (Lillian) Eagen of Valatie; two daughters Kathleen (Greg) Johnson of Peekskill and Ann (Jim) Louden of Troy; two granddaughters Kerrie (Rune) Williams of East Greenbush and Elizabeth Louden of Troy; and three great-grandsons Evan, Tyler and Adam Williams. 

Funeral services and burial will be at a later date. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to Columbia-Greene Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.
 


Saturday-Sunday, March 14-March 15, 2009 

David R. Heath 

David R. heath, age 61, of 1087 Route 23A, Catskill, died Sunday, March 15, 2009 at home, after a long illness.  He was born November 28, 1947 in Catskill, the son of the late Wyman and Rebecca (Monroe) Heath. 

As a young man David served in the United States Air Force in Germany and after his discharge settled in Denmark where he met his future wife, Lisbeth Hummerlur Heath. 

While in Denmark David was employed as an entertainer and professional basketball coach. In 1996, David moved his family back to United States. He was a graduate of Columbia-Greene Community College, and later was employed as an Athletic Director and Basketball Coach.  David was active in the NAACP, United Way, Kiwanas, and was an active community volunteer.

David was predeceased by two brothers, Samuel and Ruben Heath; and a sister, Luella E. Dickson. 

Mr. Heath is survived by his wife, Lisbeth Heath of Catskill; three sons, Damond Heath and Derrick Heath of Sweden; four brothers, Wyman F. Heath of Catskill, Eugene T. Heath of Catskill, Philip D. Heath of Cairo and James P. Heath of Upper Marlboro, Maryland; two sisters, Dorothy Jordan and Rebecca Shields of Catskill; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Calling hours will be held 10:00 to 11:00 AM Monday, March 23, at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. Memorial services will follow 11:00 AM Monday at the funeral home. Private interment will be at the Town of Catskill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY 12414.
 


Saturday-Sunday, March 14-March 15, 2009 

Melissa Kreeber 

Beloved daughter of Fae (Seems) Kreeber and the late Clarence W. Kreeber passed away Sunday, March 15, 2009. 

Melissa Kreeber was a graduate of Hudson High School and attended Northampton Junior college and Dutchess Community College. Melissa was employed by Columbia County Social Services for 30 years as a Senior Account Clerk from which she retired. 

She was a member of Emanuel St. John’s Lutheran Parish and a member of the Church Council. Before its closing, Melissa was very active in St. John’s Lutheran Church serving as a Sunday School teacher and superintendent, president of the Church Council and treasurer of the St. John’s/St. Thomas Lutheran Parish. She was also a member of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and served as a past publicity chairman of the Auxiliary Board of Directors. Melissa loved Cape Cod, gardening and decorating both outside and inside. 

She is survived by her mother and predeceased by her father and beloved sister Lynna Kreeber Schreffler. She is also survived by her aunt and uncle, Roland and Philomena Kreeber, her aunt Lillian Kreeber, and her cousins, Bonnie Rooney, Larry and Richard Burch and Thomas Kreeber. 

There will be no calling hours. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. A memorial service will be held at Emanuel St. John’s Lutheran Parish, 20 S. Sixth St., Hudson on Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m. Donations may be made in memory of Melissa Kreeber to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers, www.cancer.org tel. 1-800-ACS-2345. Arrangements are with McDonald Funeral Home, Hudson.
 


Saturday-Sunday, March 14-March 15, 2009 

Rose Doris Martin 

Rose Doris Martin, of Catskill, passed away March 11, 2009 in Catskill. Rose was born July 27, 1927 in Catskill, and was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Dorothy (Hood) Ricci. 

Rose is survived by her husband Nicholas J. Martin; a son, Gerard Martin; and a daughter, Gina Woodruff and her husband Leslie Woodruff. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Nicholas, Matthew and Ethan Martin; and Mariah and Jason Woodruff; two sisters, Grace Rogers of Catskill and Jacqueline Glennon of Ravenna; also many nieces and nephews. 

A lifelong resident of Catskill, Rose worked at the Jefferson Heights Pharmacy for a number of years and previously to that at Mike’s Catskill Point. 

The family would like to thank the nursing staff at the Pines at Catskill and Community Hospice for their attentive and loving care throughout her illness. 

There are no calling hours. Cremation was performed with memorial services and Spring interment being planned for a later date as yet to be announced. Donations may be made in Rose’s memory to St. Judes Children’s Hospital. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Traver & McCurry Funeral home, Catskill. 
 


Saturday-Sunday, March 14-March 15, 2009

Calvin John Park 

Grand Gorge, NY—Calvin John Park, 69 of Grand Gorge died on March 15, 2009 at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, NY. 

He was born on March 13, 1940 the son of Floyd and Margaret (Jennings) Parks in Jewett, NY. He is survived by his loving wife Joan (Smith), his step-children Lester and Bonnie Chase and Cheryl and Mike Leppig. He is also survived by several grandchildren, nieces and nephews as well as relatives throughout the area. 

Calvin was employed by Catskill Craftsman in Stamford, NY. He also worked for the NYS Bridge Authority as a toll collector at the Rip Van Winkle Bridge many years ago. He was known for his custom wood products that he created as a wood craftsman. 

A graveside service will be conducted on Thursday March 19, 2009 at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery , Ashland, NY at 2:00 pm. Pastor Richard Lenz will officiate. 

In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the St. Jude’s Children Hospital or the American Cancer Society. 

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Decker Funeral Home, Windham, NY. 
 


Saturday-Sunday, March 14-March 15, 2009

Josiane Uhrik
Chateau Belleview Restaurateur 

Josiane Uhrik, 61, passed away March 13 surrounded by her family at her residence. She was co-owner of the Chateau Belleview Restaurant in Tannersville. Calling hours will be Tues., March 17 at The Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, Main Street, Hunter from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A [M]ass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wed, March 18 at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Haines Falls. Interment to follow in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery in Elka Park. 
 


Wednesday, March 18, 2009 

William David O’Neil 

Lifelong Hudson resident passed away February 16, 2009. 

The son of Alice M. and Daniel J. O’Neil, he was a graduate of Hudson [h]igh [s]chool and SUNY at Farmington. He served four years in the U.S. Navy stationed in Newfoundland and Key West. He was a past exalted ruler of B.P.O.E 787. He is survived by a brother, Daniel J. O’Neil of Mesa, Arizona, a sister Betty J. Bickel of Pawley’s Island, South Carolina, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Frank O’Neil, and a sister, Jane Miller, both of Hudson. Inter[n]ment will be at the convenience of the family.
 


Wednesday, March 18, 2009 

James Propst 

James Propst, 82, formerly of Hudson, died Monday, March 16, 2009 at Barnwell Nursing Home. Arrangements with the Bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home will be announced.
 


Wednesday, March 18, 2009  

David W. Zeigler

Arrangements incomplete 

Coxsackie—David W. Zeigler, 59, of Coxsackie passed away suddenly March 16, 2009. Funeral arrangements under the direction of W.C. Brady’s sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie are incomplete at this time and are to be announced.
 


Wednesday, March 18, 2009  

Rose D. Martin 

Catskill--Rose Doris Martin of Catskill passed away March 11, 2009 in Catskill. Rose was born July 27, 1927 in Catskill, and was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Dorothy (Hood) Ricci. 

Rose is survived by her husband Nicholas J. Martin; a son, Gerard Martin; and a daughter, Gina Woodruff and her husband Leslie Woodruff. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Nicholas, Matthew and Ethan Martin; and Mariah and Jason Woodruff; two sisters, Grace Rogers of Catskill and Jacqueline Glennon of Ravenna; also many nieces and nephews. 

A lifelong resident of Catskill, Rose worked at the Jefferson Heights Pharmacy for a number of years and previously to that at Mike’s Catskill Point. 

The family would like to thank the nursing staff at the Pines at Catskill and Community Hospice for their attentive and loving care throughout her illness. 

There are no calling hours. Memorial services will be held 9:15 a.m. Saturday, March 21 at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. Father Jeremiah Nunan will be officiating. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill. 
 


Wednesday, March 18, 2009 

William E. Collins
Retired Bank President

William E. (Bill) Collins, age 83, passed away on March 17, 2009, at home in the Town of Kinderhook surrounded by family after a long battle with cancer. The family would like to thank the Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene for the support that allowed Bill to be cared for at home during his illness. 

Bill was born April 26, 1925 in New York City to William Collins and Agnes (Harkin) Collins; his beloved older sister Anne (Nancy) Rudolf died 2 years ago. He grew up in the Queens section of Floral Park, NY. 

Bill served in the U.S. Army Air Force as a tail gunner in the Pacific during WWII.  He told the story of being stationed on the island if Tinian near the end of the war when everyone was talking about a plane that was being set up to carry just one bomb; the young soldiers thought the idea of a plane carrying a single bomb was crazy.  They later found out that this single bomb, dropped on Hiroshima, was instrumental in ending the long war. 

Upon returning from the service in 1945, Bill attended Hofstra University and after graduation went to work for the FDIC. He married the love of his life, Joan F. Lawler, in 1954 and they had four children. The family moved from Long island to Kinderhook in 1966 when Bill became a supervisor for the NYS Banking Department. While working for the Banking Department, Bill completed his Master[‘]s Degree in Finance at SUNY Albany. After retirement from the State in 1980, Bill was asked to become the president of Hudson City Savings Institution. At the time the bank was involved in merger talks with another bank, but Bill felt he could make the bank profitable without the merger and save many local jobs. A few years after he took the helm, HCSI was one of the most profitable savings banks in the state. Bill retired from the bank in 1990 and lived in Florida most of the year, be he remained on the board of HCSI through its change to Hudson River Bank & Trust, and the merger with First Niagara. After the First Niagara merger, he retired from the board. 

Bill and Joan lived in North Chatham for many years when not in Florida and worked at restoring their historic cottage. Two years ago they moved to Brookfield Farm Lane in the town of Kinderhook where Bill spent many hours on various projects in his workshop when not vacationing in sunny Florida. 

In 2003, Bill and Joan became an integral part of starting a Christian school in Valatie, the Academy of Christian Leadership. Their generosity provided the seed money necessary to begin the school, where the mission is to provide a classical Christian education option to the community. Bill was always interested in helping people; he spent many years on the board of Columbia Memorial Hospital where he was committed to improving care to benefit local residents. 

Bill is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joan Collins and his four children: Patricia Cavagnaro and son-in-law Larry Cavagnaro; Ann (Nancy) Schwartz of Charlotte, NC; Joan Collins and son-in-law George Yellot of Pottsdam; and William R. Collins and daughter-in-law Debbie Sutherland Collins of New York City. He has seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews and extended family. 

Visiting hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 20th, at Bond funeral Home in Valatie, followed by a memorial service from 6 to 7 pm. Long time friend and deacon of St. James Church in Chatham, Peter Trawinski will officiate. Interment will military honor guard will be Saturday at 10 am at the North Chatham Cemetery on Route 203. 
 


Wednesday, March 18, 2009  

Paul E. Hinkein 

Paul E. Hinkein 77 of Clermont died Saturday, March 14th at the Ferncliff Nursing Home of Rhinebeck. 

Mr. Hinkein was born February 23, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan the son of the late Walter and Mary (Kunkel) Hinkein. 

Prior to his retirement he had worked for General Electric Co. of Detroit Michigan for many years. He was a Korean War Veteran having served with the US Army from 1950-1952. 

He was a member of Jennings Willet American Legion Post of Germantown. 

Survivors include his brother: Ralph Hinkein of Clermont and Jerry Hinkein of Rhinebeck, one sister: Sharon Kline of Livingston and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his brothers: Richard and Donald. 

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 pm Sunday, March 22 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown. 

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations are requested to the Salvation Army, 40 South 3rd Street, Hudson, NY 12534. 

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


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Nancy B. Dunn
Worked for Dunn Builders Supply 

Catskill—Nancy B. Dunn of Catskill passed away March 18, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.  Nancy was born in Yonkers and was the daughter of the late Ronald and Julia Bogle, who later moved to Wappingers Falls. 

Nancy graduated from Skidmore College and shortly after married Carlos P. Dunn Jr. of Poughkeepsie. In 1946 they moved to Catskill. She was predeceased by her husband, Carlos, and a brother, William P. Bogle of Poughkeepsie. 

Mrs. Dunn is survived by two sons, Carlos (Turk) Dunn and Stephen Dunn, and daughters-in-law Diane Dunn and Jacqueline Dunn all of Catskill. 

Nancy worked for Dunn Builders Supply and was a past member of the board of directors of the Catskill Public Library, the Fortnightly Club and Gretchen’s Club, and was a supporter of Cedar Grove in Catskill. She enjoyed tennis, golf and her flower gardens. 

As per her wished, Nancy will be cremated. Relatives and friends may call at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill on Tuesday, March 24, from 4- to 7 p.m. A private interment will be at the convenience of the family. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation, 71 Prospect Ave., Hudson, NY 12534. She will be missed. 
 


Thursday, March 19, 2009 

Nancy Gail Jennings Blaise 

Cairo—Nancy Gail Jennings Blaise, 45, passed away suddenly March 15, 2009, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. 

She was predeceased by her father Herbert Jennings Sr. and a daughter Angela Marie Jennings. Surviving are her mother Helen Jennings of Hudson; four children, April Lynn Hayes of Pittsfield, Mass., Robert Paul Jennings of New Lebanon, Nikita Nicole Shook of Schenectady and Jenna Marie Acors of Plattsburgh; seven brothers and sisters: Dorothy Higgins (Vernon) of Philmont, Herbert Jennings Jr. of Valatie, Daniel Jennings (Marie) of Hudson, James Jennings (Vicki) of Hudson, Charles Jennings (Debbie) of Willard, MO., Rose Maruer (Thomas) of Orlando, Fla., and Paul Allen Jennings (Theresa) of Leesville, S.C.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Funeral services will be Sunday, March 22, 2009 at 1 p.m. at Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo. 

Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
 


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Donald K. Pells 

Donald K. Pells, 73, of Center Hill Road in Hillsdale, NY passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, March 17th, 2009. 

Don was born on May 31, 1935 in Gt. Barrington, MA the son of the late Cortez and Fannie (Kendall) Pells. 

Don had a true passion for the outdoors and built his home overlooking the original family farm, where he could enjoy the land and watch the deer in the pasture. He was a lifelong sportsman, early on, enjoying softball and bowling where he proudly once bowled a perfect 300 game. His favorite pastime was deer hunting. He hunted frequently out west and in Massachusetts, but his favorite hunt was his own land where he enjoyed spending time with his hunting buddies who he hosted every season. 

A graduate of Roeliff Jansen Central School, Don grew up working on the family dairy farm. He once owned a marina on Copake Lake before later working in the construction field for many years with his brother Frank, who predeceased him. 

Don is survived by his wife of 27 years, Christiane Kienzler Pells, who was the love of his life, and their pal, Percy the cat. He is also survived by his loving nieces and nephews, Rhonda Lee and Edward Staats of Troy, NY; David and Rosanne Pells of Hillsdale, Renea and Robert Garon of Copake, NY; Dean and Colleen Pells of Speigeltown, NY and Dale and Molly Pells of Palmyra, PA. He is also survived by ten great nieces and nephews and one great gt nephew in the United States as well as four-in-laws and three nieces and nephews in Europe. 

Friends are invited and many call on Friday, March 20, 2009 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Route 22 in Copake, NY. 

A Service of Remembrance will be offered on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 10:00 AM from the West Copake Reformed Church, 2692 Rt. 7 in Copake, NY. The Rev. Dr. Robert C. Charnin, pastor, will officiate. 

Private interment will be held in the West Copake Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be offered to the West Copake Reformed Church. 
 


Thursday, March 19, 2009 

David W. Zeigler
Train operator for CSX 

Coxsackie—On March 16, 2009, David William Zeigler, 59, of Coxsackie, went to be with the Lord as a result of a tragic motorcycle accident.  

David was born Nov. 18, 1949, in New Haven, Conn., the son of Michael and Grace (Lovig) Zeigler. 

David is survived by his wife of 26 years, Susan (Bober) Zeigler and three children: Lenny Marie of Albany, Rebecca Grace of Coxsackie, and Benjamin Thomas at home, and one grandchild, Sadie Nicole. He is also survived by a brother, Michael Zeigler of Southport, N.C., and sisters Diane Zeigler of Hamilton, Ohio and Carol (Zeigler) Smith of St. Clairsville, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews and friends. 

David was a graduate of Woodsfield High School in Woodsfield, Ohio, and Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio. He was a train operator for CSX Railroad. 

An accomplished musician on many instruments, David enjoyed many styles and genres of music, in particular gospel and bluegrass. Playing music with friends and family was one of David’s greatest passions. He was an active band member of the Stillhouse Rounders. 

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 79 Mansion St., Coxsackie on Friday, March 20, 2009, from 2 to 4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday evening at 7:30 at the funeral home with Pastor Ernest Fink officiating. 

Private cremation will follow at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the City Harvest Family Church, PO Box 3206, Albany, NY 12203.
 


Friday, March 20, 2009   

Melissa Kreeber 

Beloved daughter of Fae (Seems) Kreeber and the late Clarence W. Kreeber passed away Sunday, March 15, 2009. 

Melissa Kreeber was a graduate of Hudson High School and attended Northampton Junior college and Dutchess Community College. Melissa was employed by Columbia County Social Services for 30 years as a Senior Account Clerk from which she retired. 

She was a member of Emanuel St. John’s Lutheran Parish and a member of the Church Council. Before its closing, Melissa was very active in St. John’s Lutheran Church serving as a Sunday School teacher and superintendent, president of the Church Council and treasurer of the St. John’s/St. Thomas Lutheran Parish. She was also a member of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and served as a past publicity chairman of the Auxiliary Board of Directors. Melissa loved Cape Cod, gardening and decorating both outside and inside. 

She is survived by her mother and predeceased by her father and beloved sister Lynna Kreeber Schreffler. She is also survived by her aunt and uncle, Roland and Philomena Kreeber, her aunt Lillian Kreeber, and her cousins, Bonnie Rooney, Larry and Richard Burch and Thomas Kreeber. 

There will be no calling hours. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. A memorial service will be held at Emanuel St. John’s Lutheran Parish, 20 S. Sixth St., Hudson on Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m. Donations may be made in memory of Melissa Kreeber to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers, www.cancer.org tel. 1-800-ACS-2345. Arrangements are with McDonald Funeral Home, Hudson. 
 


Friday, March 20, 2009   

George L. Saulpaugh 

George L. Saulpaugh, age 70 of Clifton Park, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at St. Peters Hospice in Albany. 

He was born April 18, 1938 in Hudson. The son of the late Laverne Saulpaugh, he was pre-deceased by a brother, Alan Saulpaugh. 

For over 30 years, George worked in the marketing department for CMP Industries, a dental manufacturing company in Albany. He was a member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran church in Clifton Park, and he volunteered at St. Claire’s Hospital in Schenectady. He served in the United States Army from 1961-1963. 

He is survived by his mother, Leona Saulpaugh of Clermont, NY, one sister, Joyce and her husband Kenneth Hawkins of NH, and a sister in law Janet Saulpaugh of Elizaville, NY. He is also survived by numerous cousins and one niece and one nephew. 

Calling hours will be held Sunday afternoon, from 1-3 p.m. with the service at 3 p.m. in the Catricala Funeral Home Inc., 1597 Rte. 9, Clifton Park, NY. There will be a graveside ceremony Monday at 11 a.m. in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Red Hook. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 4 Northcrest Dr., Clifton Park, NY 12065 or the American Cancer Association. 

Arrangements by The Catricala Funeral Home, Inc., 1597 Route 9, Clifton Park, NY 12065.
 


Friday, March 20, 2009    

Craig M. Vosburgh
Greenville High School graduate 

Coxsackie—Craig M. Vosburgh, 18, of Coeymans passed away March 16, 2009. 

Craig was born on Oct. 3, 1990 in Hudson. He is survived by his mother Melissa A. Porter of Earlton and step-father David, and his father Glenn Vosburgh of Coeymans. 

A memorial service will take place on Monday, March 23, 2009 at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Funeral services will take place at the funeral home at 5:30 p.m. with Rev. Fr. John Moyna pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Coxsackie officiating. 

Private cremation took place at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands. 

Craig was a graduate of Greenville High School. His hobbies included playing the guitar, video games, motorcross racing and motorcycling. 

At the time of his death Craig was employed at the Flack Construction Company of Coxsackie. 

Besides his parents, Craig is survived by the following grandparents: his paternal grandfather Wayne Vosburgh of Saugerties, paternal grandmother Jeanne A. Cary of Florida, paternal great-grandmother Jeanne L. Cary of Coxsackie, maternal grandmother Robin Durlack of Arkansas and maternal grandfather Anthony Rufo of North Carolina. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles and cousins.
 


Friday, March 20, 2009    

James Propst 

James Propst, 82, of Hudson, died Monday, March 16, 2009 at Barnwell Nursing Home. Calling hours are 6-8 pm Sunday at Trinity Church. Services are 1 pm Monday at the church.
 


Saturday-Sunday, March 21-March 22, 2009 

Lillian M. Kowalski 

Lillian M. Kowalski, 68, of McCagg Rd., Valatie, NY, died Thursday, March 19, 2009 at her home. 

Born in Hudson, NY, Dec. 6, 1940, she was the daughter of late Norman and Emma (Cole) Melius. Mrs. Kowalski was a homemaker, a member of the Columbia-Greene humane Society and a former member of the Northern Columbia Lioness Club. 

She is survived by her husband Henry S. Kowalski, a niece, Eileen Amash (Joseph) of Saratoga Springs, NY great nieces and nephew, Bethany, Abigail and Nathaniel, her cousins Mary Melius and Virginia Winne, a lifetime friend Carol Lubus and her loyal and beloved Cassie. 

Funeral services will be held Monday at 11:00 am from the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie with the service conducted by Deacon Charles O’Neil. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Stuyvesant Falls. Friends may call Monday from 10-11 am at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Rd., Hudson, NY 12534. 
 


Saturday-Sunday, March 21-March 22, 2009 

James Propst 

James Propst, 82, of Hudson, died Monday, March 16, 2009 at Barnwell Nursing Home. 

Born April 7, 1926 in Clermont, he was the son of James and Edith Propst. 

Jim was raised by his grandparents, James Lasher and Annie Van Etten. 

He served in the US Air Force during WW II. 

James was a truck driver with the Schwermans’s Trucking Company in Greenport. 

He was an active member of Trinity Methodist Church and the Men’s club. 

Surviving are 3 sons, Richard of Stottville, Jon of Penn., and James of Craryville; his daughter, Patricia Ann of Albany, 8 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his wife, Joan (Shook) Propst. 

Calling hours are 6-8 pm Sunday at Trinity Methodist Church in Greenport. 

Services are 1 pm Monday at the church. 

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson with military honors.
 


Saturday-Sunday, March 21-March 22, 2009 

Mary E. Thatcher 

Mary E. Thatcher, 93, formerly of Hudson, died Thursday, March 19, 2009 at the Good Samaritan Health Care Center. 

Born Jan. 2, 1916 in Hudson, she was the daughter of William and Elizabeth Dallas. 

Mary was a homemaker and devoted to her family. She had also been employed as a cook. 

She was a member of the Hudson Moose Lodge. 

Surviving are two sons, LeRoy W. Hanlon of New Baltimore and Martin J. Hanlon of Hudson; one daughter, Katherine E. Campoli of West Coxsackie; one sister, Ida May Dallas of Virginia; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husbands, LeRoy and Raymond. 

Calling hours are 6-8 pm Monday at Bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. 

Services are 11am Tuesday at the funeral home. 

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.
 


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Richard G. Hoffman 

Richard G. Hoffman, 75, of Livingston died Sunday, March 22, 2009 at the Northern Duchess Hospital of Rhinebeck. 

Mr. Hoffman was born December 5, 1933 in York, PA the son of the late: Lutheran and Caroline (Hoover) Hoffman. 

Prior to his retirement he had been a salesman for T &T Ford of Rhinebeck for more than 20 years. He was an avid golfer, hunter and fisherman who was a former member of the Germantown Sportsmen’s Club and Red Hook Rod and Gun Club. 

Survivors include his wife Virginia (Gurreri) Hoffman of Livingston, a son: Rick Hoffman of Hyde Park, three daughters: Joyce Mandel of Livingston, Rosalie LaTore of Saugerties, and Virginia Blas of Florida. Three brothers: Robert Hoffman of PA, Joseph Hoffman and John Hoffman both of North Dakota. 9 Grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. 

Calling will be 6 to 8 pm Thursday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown. 

Services will be 8 pm Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Winston Bath officiating. 

Interment will be at the convenience of the family. 

Memorial donations are requested to the American Cancer Society. 

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


Tuesday, March 24, 2009 

Patrick Doherty Jr.
Worked at Serta Mattress Co. 

Catskill—Patrick Leo Doherty Jr., 53, of Catskill passed away at his residence surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, March 21, 2009. Patrick was born on June 15, 1955, the son of Patrick and Eileen (Curry) Doherty in Queens. He was predeceased by his father and his brother Brian. He is survived by his loving wife Marie, his mother Eileen, his children William and daughter-in-law Stacie Cornelison and George and daughter-in-law Annmarie Ross, his grandchildren Aidan, Abigail and Andrew Cornelison and Lucianna Ross, his sisters Christina and brother in law Marc Smith and Carleen Doherty, his brother Timothy and sister in law Linda Doherty, nieces and nephews, Stephen and Ian Smith, Nicholas, Molly and Brady Doherty. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Pat worked at the Serta Mattress Company in West Coxsackie where he was a receiving manager. 

Calling hours will be at Decker Funeral Home, Windham on Thursday March 26, 2009 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Friday, March 27, 2009 at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa’s R.C. Church, Windham. Interment will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in in his memory to the Jr. Diabetes Association, 120 Wall St., N.Y., N.Y. 10005-4001.
 


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Evelyn M. Daly
Former New Baltimore town clerk 

Coxsackie—Evelyn M. Daly, 86, of Medway died March 21, 2009 at her home. 

Evelyn was born in Jewett on Feb. 6, 1923 and moved to the Coxsackie are in 1948 where she worked at American Valve in Coxsackie. In later years she worked for New York State at the Albany campus and retired after 30 years of service. After her retirement she became the town clerk of New Baltimore working out of her home office for many more years. She then stopped working to devote her life to her family and her husband of 67 years, Tom, at their home in Medway. Evelyn then had time to enjoy her sewing, gardening, needlework, birds and her loyal companion Daisy. 

She was a member of the Medway Congregational Christian Church where she served as a Sunday School superintendent for years, and was also a member of the church consistory. Evelyn was also a co-founder of the Medway-Grapeville Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and remained active. Evelyn was well known for her baked beans that she continued to supply for the Election Day dinner. Evelyn assisted her husband Tom with the girls softball team, the Pink Panthers, by making all of the uniforms for the players and attending the games as an avid supporter. 

She was predeceased by her husband Tom who passed away in June 2007. She was also predeceased by her brother William Finch and two brothers-in-law, Frank Swan and Lon Boehlke. She is survived by two daughters, Catherine (Daly) Frank and husband Robert of Coxsackie and Margaret (Peggy Daly) Snyder and husband Paul of West Athens; five grandchildren, Donald Frank and Jennifer of Chesapeake Beach, Md., Heidi McGarry and Brian of Kingston, Bridget (Snyder) Sutta and Joshua of Palatka, Fla. And SSgt. Thomas Snyder and Rena of 29 Palms, Calif.; four great-grandchildren, Charles and Abigail Frank of Chesapeake Beach, Md., Amanda Frank of Kingston, Dylan Snyder of California; and her beloved dog Daisy. Also surviving are her sisters Betty (Finch) Boehlke of Latham, Ruth (Finch) Swan of Coxsackie, Marion (Finch) Schwebler of Hannacroix, Dorothy (Finch) Britton of Selkirk and Agnes finch of Coxsackie,  brothers Alan Finch of Coxsackie and Edward Finch of East Greenbush; and cherished nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends. 

For those wishing to celebrate Evelyn’s life, calling hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie on Tuesday, March 24, 2009. 

Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Richard Pruiksma will officiate. Interment will follow in the Medway Congregational Christian Church Cemetery, Route 26, Medway. 

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Medway-Grapeville Volunteer Fire Company. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. 

Arrangements are under the direction of W.C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie, NY 12051.
 


Tuesday, March 24, 2009 

Kurt P. Eilfer
Devoted to his family 

Cairo—Kurt P. Eilfer, 61, of Roosevelt Avenue, Cairo, died at St. Peter’s Hospital, March 21, 2009. 

He was born in Glen Cove, L.I., Nov. 16, 1947 and was the son of the late Kurt P. Eifler Sr. and Annabella Withersoon Eifler. 

Memorial services will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. at Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo, with Rev. Retta Lykens, pastor, officiating. 

Private cremation services will follow at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands. 

He has been an area resident since his 8th birthday, he loved fishing, cooking and was deeply devoted to his family.  His family was his whole life. He was a member of the Carpenters Local Union # 19 for 42 years. 

He is survived by his wife Arlene (Austin) Eifler of Cairo; two daughters, Colleen and husband Joseph Glaser of Cairo and Stacy Kihlmere and husband Kevin of Poughkeepsie; a sister, Ann Cummings and her husband Robert of Acra; five grandchildren, Ashley, Gary, Nicholas, Allyson and Allyssa, Also surviving are nieces and nephews Bradley and Kelly Cummings, Michael and Michelle Bulich, and great-nieces and great-nephews Tyler, Carly, Jeremy, Will and Caitie. 

Relatives and friends are invited to call at Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. 

Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Peter’s Hospice, 315 Manning Boulevard, Albany, NY 12204.
 


Tuesday, March 24, 2009 

Mary L. Feely
Former Coxsackie resident

Coxsackie—Mary L. (Enright) Feely, 82, of Johnston, R.I. and formerly of Coxsackie, passed away at home Friday, March 20, 2009. 

She was born in Providence, R.I., daughter of the late Joseph and Sarah (Newton) Enright. 

She was the wife of the late Thomas W. Feely. 

She is survived by three sons, Thomas J. Feely, Steven Feely and loving partner Mary Anne Petrizzo, and Russell and Tammy Feely; one daughter, Linda L. Feely; brothers Raymond, Melvin and William Enright; sisters, Margaret Rini and Juanita Hawes; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

She was predeceased by a brother, Edward Enright, and sister, Helen Gervais. 

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie, on Wednesday, March 25, from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. 

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, at 8:45 a.m. at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Coxsackie, with Rev. Fr. J. Moyna, pastor, the celebrant. 

Interment will follow in the family plot of St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Coxsackie, next to her late husband, Thomas.
 


Tuesday, March 24, 2009 

Robert J. Morey
Antique Car Enthusiast 

Cairo—Robert L. Morey, “Jigger,” 70, of LaCorte Road, Catskill, died suddenly March 21, 2009 at Hudson Hospital. 

He was born in Palenville, June 9, 1938, and was the son of the late Charles and Catherine (Dittrich) Morey. 

Funeral services will take place on Thursday, at 11 a.m. at Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo, with Rev. Retta Lykens, pastor, of the Cairo United Methodist Church officiating. 

Private cremation will follows at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands. 

Robert was a heavy equipment operator and was employed by Dan Riozzi Company of Saugerties. 

He was a lifetime area resident and served as a mechanic in the U.S. Army from 1955-1961. 

He was very proud of his antique car and attended many car shows with his 1918 Dodge. 

He is also a member of the Palenville Fire Company. 

He is survived by five daughters, Bonnie Killinger and her husband John of Palenville, Robin Maiuri and her husband Vincent also of Palenville, Michelle Morey of Cairo, Tammy Rohr and her husband Sean of Round Top and Bobby Jo Morey of Kingston; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving is a dear companion, Barbara Buono, and Sally Patterson of Cairo who is the mother of his five daughters. 

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Judson Morey and George Wilkens, and a sister Lillian MacDowell. 

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Oncology department of the V.A. Hospital in Albany. 
 


Tuesday, March 24, 2009  

Joseph A. (Big Joe) Nangle
World War II veteran 

Tannersville—Joseph Aloisious (Big Joe) Nangle, died Thursday, March 19, 2009 after a short illness of lung cancer and Alzheimer’s at Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Livingston. Prior to his illness, Joe lived with his son and daughter-in-law in Tannersville. 

He was born Nov. 13, 1922 in Philadelphia, the son of the late Edward Nangle and Mary (Mimi) Begley. About 1928, he moved to Tannersville with his mother, two brothers and sister. 

A veteran of World War II, he served in Luzon, New Guinea and the Philippines. He received many citations including the Bronze Star for exemplary conduct against the armed enemy during the Luzon Campaign in the Pacific Theater of Operations while assigned as Private First Class in the 149th Infantry Regiment. 

He worked at Alpha-Portland Cement Company for 30 years as a truck driver and mill worker. He loved hunting and fishing. 

Surviving are his son Richard E. and daughter-in-law Susan Nangle of Tannersville; three grandchildren, Joanne Nangle of Palenville, Jennifer Demorest of Kerhonkson and Lewis Hartum II of Mount Marion; and several great-grandsons. He was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Anne Owen Nangle; a son, James Nangle; two brothers, Edward and William Nangle; a sister, Rosemarie Beach. 

Funeral services are private. Arrangements are under the directions of Buono Funeral Service, Inc., Main Street Chapel, Saugerties. 
 


Tuesday, March 24, 2009 

Craig M. Vosburgh 

Coxsackie—Craig M. Vosburgh, 18, of Coeymans passed away March 16, 2009. 

Craig was born on Oct. 3, 1990 in Hudson, New York. He is survived by his mother Melissa A. Porter of Earlton and Step-Father David, and his father Glenn Vosburgh of Coeymans. 

A memorial service will take place on Monday, March 23, 2009 at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie from 4:30 PM  to 5:30 PM. Funeral service will take place at the funeral home at 5:30 PM  with Rev. Fr. John Moyna pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Coxsackie officiating. 

Private cremation took place at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands. 

Craig was a graduate of Greenville High School. His hobbies included playing the guitar, video games, motor cross racing and motorcycling. 

At the time of his death Craig was employed at the Flack Construction Company of Coxsackie. 

Besides his parents, Craig is survived by the following grandparents: His Paternal Grandfather Wayne Vosburgh of Saugerties, Paternal Grandmother Jeanne A. Cary of Florida, Paternal Great-Grandmother Jeanne L. Cary of Coxsackie, Maternal Grandmother Robin Durlack of Arkansas and Maternal Grandfather Anthony Rufo of North Carolina. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles and cousins.
 


Tuesday, March 24, 2009 

David W. Zeigler 

On March 16, 2009, David William Zeigler, 59, of Coxsackie, went to be with the Lord as a result of a tragic motorcycle accident.  

David was born November 18, 1949, in New Haven, CT, the son of Michael and Grace (Lovig) Zeigler. 

David is survived by his wife of 26 years, Susan (Bober) Zeigler and three children: Lenny Marie of Albany, Rebecca Grace of Coxsackie, and Benjamin Thomas at home, and one grandchild, Sadie Nicole. He is also survived by a brother, Michael Zeigler of Southport, NC, and sisters Diane Zeigler of Hamilton, OH and Carol (Zeigler) Smith of St. Clairsville, OH; and many nieces and nephews and friends. 

David was a graduate of Woodsfield High School in Woodsfield, OH, and Ohio University, in Athens, OH. He was a train operator for CSX Railroad. 

An accomplished musician on many instruments, David enjoyed many styles and genres of music, in particular gospel and bluegrass. Playing music with friends and family was one of David’s greatest passions. He was an active band member of the Stillhouse Rounders. 

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 79 Mansion St., Coxsackie on Friday, March 20, 2009, from 2 to 4 and 6-8 PM. Funeral services will be held on Friday evening at 7:30 at the funeral home with Pastor Ernest Fink officiating. Private cremation will follow at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the City Harvest Family Church, PO Box 3206, Albany, NY 12203
 


Wednesday, March 25, 2009 

Amelia G. Faggella
Loving Mother 

Amelia G. Faggella, 93, of Claverack, died Monday, March 23, 2009 in Greenport, surrounded by her family. 

Born Nov. 5, 1915 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Francisco and Luisa DeBenedictis. 

Mrs. Faggella was a homemaker and devoted to her family. She was a strong, independent, caring woman. 

She was a bookkeeper for the Hudson Cold Storage in Greenport before retiring. 

Amelia was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Hudson and a volunteer with Community Hospice. 

She is survived by her son, Michael J. Faggella, Jr. (Laura) of Wakefield, R.I.; her daughter and son-in-law, Lu Ann and Antonio Merante, Jr. of Greenport, and four grandchildren, Christopher Frederick of Greenport, Peter and Daniel Faggella, both of Rhode Island, and Jennifer Frederick of Albany. Amelia was “grape-grandma” to her great-granddaughters, Emily and Molly Frederick of Greenport. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Michael J. Faggella, Sr. 

Visiting hours are 5-7 pm today (Wednesday) at the Bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. 

Prayers will be held at 9:30 am Thursday at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson. 

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. 

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


Wednesday, March 25, 2009 

William Lent 

William Lent, 70, of Chatham died March 23 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. He was born October 24, 1938 in Peekskill and was the son of William and Mary Walsh Lent. 

William was educated and grew up in Peekskill and would marry Nancy Stoll there in 1962.  After their marriage they moved to Mahopac where they would raise their family. He worked as a truck driver for Elmsford Interstate and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamster Local 456 in Elmsford, NY. William enjoyed antique cars and Atlantic City with all its Slots. He moved to Chatham after he retired. 

He is survived by his loving wife Nancy, his son; William [j]r of Brooklyn and Scott E. (Karen) of Chatham his grandson Christopher S. of Somers, his sister Barbara Marallo of Wildwood, NJ and several nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his brothers; Francis and Jack. 

A memorial service will be celebrated at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia Greene in William’s memory. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham. To send an online condolence visit www.frenchblasl.com
 


Wednesday, March 25, 2009 

Daniel J. Lucente
Durham Justice of the Peace 

Greenville—Daniel J. Lucente, 81, of Durham, passed away on March 23, 2009 in the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany. He was born in Corona in Sept. 28, 1927, son of the late James and Ethel (Stuckey) Lucente. Daniel served his country in the US Navy during World War II.  He was a meat manager for Grand Union in both Albany and Greene County stores.  He was a member of the Durham Valley American Legion Post # 1416 and the Kedemah Lodge #693 F & AM in Cairo. Daniel was justice of the peace in the town of Durham for 18 years. He was the longtime proprietor of Talk About Woodcraft. He loved good food, traveling, dancing and his annual pig roast for family and friends. Besides his parents he was pre-deceased by his beloved wife Constance (Ruelke) Lucente in 1995.  

Surviving are his two sons, Andrew (Jeanette) Lucente of Dingman’s Ferry, Pa. and Daniel E. (Emily) Lucente of Albany, two daughters, Janice S. Lucente of Catskill and Jennifer L. Moon of Guilderland, eight grandchildren, Matthew, Jayson, Joshua and Ethan Lucente, Kerrin and Benjamin Moon and Susan and John Daniel Falotico, a great-grandchild, Jasmine Lucente, a brother James (Mildred) Lucente of Tampa, Fla., five nephews and 2 nieces and his devoted companion, Margaret Scully. 

Funeral service will be Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 10a.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. The Durham Valley Post # 1416 will conduct a service at the funeral home on Friday evening at 7. Burial with military honors will be in the Greenville Cemetery. 

Those who wish may contribute in Daniel’s memory to the VA Hospice Care, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12208.
 


Wednesday, March 25, 2009  

Robert L. Morey

Calling hours 

Cairo—Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours at Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. for Robert L. “Jigger” Morey who passed away on March 21, 2009.
 


Wednesday, March 25, 2009 

Scott A. Rifenburg 

Scott A. Rifenburg, 39, of Clermont, NY, died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at the Northern Duchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY. 

Born May 22, 1969 in Hudson, NY, he was the son of Alexander (Wayne) and Phyllis (Gashel) Rifenburg of Tivoli. He attended Taconic Hills Schools, and graduated from Troy High School. 

Scott married Patricia F. Hughes on September 28, 1996 in Linlithgo, NY. 

In addition to his wife and his parents, he is survived by his children: Caitlyn and Daniel of Clermont, his brothers and sisters: Gregory Broast of Stottville, NY, Karen Broast of Clermont, Lori Spragis of Catskill, John Broast of Clermont, Ladonnis Rifenburg of Tivoli, and Melissa Salerno of Kings Park, NY. 

Scott is also survived by many nieces and nephews, great nephews, a great niece and his pup, Dozer. 

Scott was a Class A-CNC Machinist employed at North Park Metal Works in Rhinebeck. He was considered to be an expert at his craft, was highly respected by his peers and lived his job. 

Scott was an accomplished carpenter, electrician, and plumber. Scott was near completion of his home that he had built single handedly from the ground up. 

Scott enjoyed playing poker with his friends and family, hunting, fishing, NASCAR, the Pittsburgh Steelers and all sort of music especially Metallica and Godsmack. He loved an ice cold beer on any day that ended with a “y”. 

Most of all he loved his wife, his children, his parents and all the member of his family. 

Scott was the guy to go to, the man for the job, the friend to have in your corner, the brother you would want, the son you could be proud of, the father you needed and all the husband you could ask for. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, March 27th at Burnett & White Funeral Home, 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook. Burial will be at Red Church Cemetery, Tivoli. 

Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. 

For directions, or to sign the online guest book, please visit www.Burnett-White.com.
 


Wednesday, March 25, 2009 

Charles Everett Roberts Sr.
Electrician 

West Coxsackie—Charles Everett Roberts Sr., 82, of Roberts Hill, West Coxsackie, passed into eternal peace on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at Albany Memorial Hospital. 

Born in New Baltimore on Nov. 30, 1926, he was the son of the late Jacob T. and Elsie (Stellges) Roberts Sr. He was married to Helen (Rauh) who survives at Kaaterskill Cares, Catskill. 

He is also survived by his son, Charles E. Roberts Jr. He was predeceased by his brother Jacob T. Roberts Jr. 

Everett was an electrician with the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 724 of Albany and a member of the B.P.O.E. of Catskill. 

Services were held March 13, 2009 at Riverside Cemetery, Coxsackie with Rev. Carolyn Lewis officiating. 

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


Thursday, March 26, 2009 

Stella Buturla
“Grammy” 

Catskill—Stella Buturla, 86, residing in Catskill and formerly of Albertson, died Wednesday, March 25 after a brief illness. She was born Aug. 7, 1922 in Clarksburg, W. Va., the daughter of the late John and Marcella Jankowski Chmielewski, Stella was predeceased by her husband Carl Frank Buturla, her son-in-law James Calabrese and her brother Frank Chmielewski. 

Stella is survived by two daughters, Marcella Buturla of Hampton Bays and Carol Calabrese of Catskill; a brother, Alex Chmielewski of Georgia; two grandsons, Scott Calabrese and fiancée Darlene Rosenberg of Catskill and Greg Calabrese and fiancee Bonnie Scott of Phoenix, Ariz.; three great-grandchildren, Sam and Seth Calabrese and Emily Rosenberg; and many nieces and nephews. 

Relatives and friends may call at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. 

Funeral services will be held 9:45 a.m. Saturday at St. Aidan’s Church, Williston Park. Interment will follow at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury.
 


Thursday, March 26, 2009  

Sally DiStefano 

Sally DiStefano, 63, of Philmont died Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at her home after a long illness. 

Sally was born September 2, 1945 in New York City the daughter of the late: Anthony and Helen (Janeskewiz) DiStefano. 

She had graduated from Columbia Greene Community College with a degree in Science and taught art at the Hawthorne Valley School of Ghent where she worked in oils, pastels and water colors. Sally enjoyed gardening and she had a passion for assisting other with community gardens. 

Surviving are her loving sons: Joseph and his wife Lisa DiStefano of Elizavelle and Philip John Boyles III of Philmont. Two brothers Anthony  DiStefano of Oregon and Charles DiStefano of Middles Island, NY, one sister; Linda DiStefano of Germantown and a granddaughter: Jessica. 

She was predeceased by a sister, Joann Distefano and brother, Joseph DiStefano. 

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 pm Friday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral home of Germantown. 

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family
 


Thursday, March 26, 2009   

Mary Hotaling 

Mary Hotaling, 95, of New Marlborough MA, died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Fairview Commons Nursing & Rehab Center in Great Barrington, MA. 

Born in Russia, Nov. 11, 1913, she was the daughter of the late William and Katherine (Keil) Heintz. Mrs. Hotaling was a homemaker and a former member of the West Ghent Grange and the oldest member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Stuyvesant Falls, NY. 

She is survived by a daughter: Daphane Johnson of Tigard, OR, a son: John E. Hotaling (Joan) of New Marlborough, MA, one brother: William Heintz of Rensselaer, NY, 16 grandchildren, and 9 great great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Clinton A. Hotaling, her children: William S. Hotaling, Andrea Palen, Joan Hotaling and Clinton C. Hotaling, and 3 brothers and 3 sisters. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00 pm from the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Rout 9, Valatie with the service conducted by Rev. James Slater. Burial will be in Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery, Friends may call Saturday from 12:30-2 pm at the Funeral Home. For those who wish, contributions may be made to either Emanuel Lutheran Church, Stuyvesant Falls, NY, New Marlborough First Responders, P.O. Box 239, Southfield, MA 01259 or Hospice care in the Berkshires, 369 South St., Pittsfield, MA 01201.
 


Thursday, March 26, 2009   

George Clifford McDarby 

George C. McDarby, 67, of Stottville, died March 24, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital following a long illness. 

Born Dec. 22, 1941 in Hudson, he was the son of Margaret McDarby of Stottville and the late, Clifford McDarby. 

He was educated in local schools and attended Hudson High School. 

George was the former owner of A & G Autobody in Greenport. 

He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and trapper. He was a former member of the Stottville Rod & Gun Club, and achieved the rank of star scout with the Stottville Boy Scout Troop 110. 

In addition to his mother, surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, James and Hope McDarby and his grandson, Connor, all of Stuyvesant, his aunt, Arlene Brown of Hudson, his uncle, Raymond McDarby of Hudson, a close friend, Mark Morgan of Calif., with whom he used to mine for gold, and many nieces and nephews, and special friends. 

He was predeceased by his father, Clifford, a brother, Allen McDarby, and a nephew, Lee Asa McDarby. 

There will be no calling hours. 

A memorial service will be held later this spring at the convenience of the family. 

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


Thursday, March 26, 2009   

Dorothy Coons Millington 

Dorothy Coons Millington, 93, of Niskayuna, passed away Tuesday, March 24th surrounded by her loving family. 

Born in Germantown, she was the daughter of the late William and Laura Coons.  

She was the devoted wife of the late George Edward Millingto[w]n, and the proud mother of Richard George Millington (Judy) of Charlotte, NC, and Arlene Millington Jameson (Gerardus) of Niskayuna. 

She was the grandmother of 6 grandchildren, Sandy, Cindy, David, Gerardus, Elizabeth and Carter, 6 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. 

Dorothy enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family playing cards and reminiscing about her fond memories of living in Germantown, with friends and family and how proud she was of her children and grandchildren. 

A private viewing will be held at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown followed by a graveside funeral services at 2 pm Friday at the Reformed Church Cemetery of Germantown that friends are welcome to attend. 

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


Thursday, March 26, 2009   

William L. Neander 

William L. Neander, Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather, of Kinderhook, NY, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at his home. 

Born August 25, 1934 in Albany, he was the son of the late Edgar and Jennie (Lobdell) Neander. Before his retirement, Mr. Neander was in the Construction business and owned and operated W.L. Neander Inc. in Kinderhook. He was a former member of the Ichabod Crane School Board for 15 years, 9 of them as President and a 46 year member and past Exalted Ruler of the Kinderhook Elks Club and past Elk of the Year. He was very active in both the Valatie and Kinderhook communities, serving on various [B]oards. He was also an avid [H]unter and [F]isherman. 

He is surviving by his wife of 54 years, Marilyn G. (Hoogkamp) Neander, a daughter: Wendy Hahn (Paul) of Shelton, CT, a grandson, Spl. Peter Allison III stationed at Fort Campbell, KY with the 101st Airborne Div., 3 nieces, 2 great nephews, and 2 great nieces. 

Funeral Services will be held Saturday at 9:30 am from the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Route 9, Valatie with Rev. James Slater officiating. Burial will be in Kinderhook Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday from 6-8 pm at the Funeral Home. For those who wish, contributions may be made to either the American Lung Assoc., 155 Washington Ave. Suite 210, Albany, NY 12210 or the Kinderhook Elks Building Fund. 
 


Thursday, March 26, 2009   

John J. Schneider 
Truck driver for Miron/Cranesville 

Cairo—John J. Schneider, 62, of South Cairo, passed away on March 24, 2009, at Benedictine Hospital, Kingston. 

John was born on Sept. 14, 1946, in the Bronx and is the son of the late Harry and Eileen (Hourigan) Schneider. John was the youngest of six children. 

John served his country in the U.S. Navy from September 1963 to September 1969, serving on the U.S.S. Valley Forge. He attended Cambridge High School. 

He had been an area resident for the past 26 years, and lived most of his childhood at Murry Hollow, NY/V[t] border. He was employed at Miron/Cranesville Rapid Mix in Kingston as a driver, retiring in 1999, and the Teamster Local 294, also as a driver. 

He is survived by his wife Linda of South Cairo; his daughter Brandi L. Schneider of South Cairo; his sisters Carol Moore of Estelle Manor, N.J., and Eileen Bounds of Pownal, V[t]. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. 

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Mary Anne LeBarron and his brothers Harry and William Schneider. 

Relatives and friends are invited to call at Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo, on Sunday, March 29, 2009, from 3 to 5 p.m. Funeral services and honor guard services will be held at the funeral home the same day. Rev. Kenneth Coddington, pastor of the Trinity U.M. Church of Hudson, will officiate. Private cremation will follow at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands.
 


Friday, March 27, 2009 

Patricia A. Coffey 

Patricia A. Coffey passed away at her home, surrounded by friends and family on Thursday, March 26, 2009. 

Patricia was born October 2, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, daughter of the late William and Agnes Hammond. 

She was a graduate of Valley Stream Central High School. She held several administrative positions, such as special events coordinator for a prominent New York public relations from, and chief executive officer for Long Island business publication. 

She was experienced in the legal and courts system, both as a legal secretary and as court clerk for the Town Justice of Gallatin and Taghkanic. 

Patricia was executive secretary of the New York State Courts Clerks Association, and for several years, edited its publication, “The Docket.” She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was an accomplished seamstress and bred prize-winning canaries. 

Patricia is survived by her husband of thirty-five years, John F. Coffey, sisters Elizabeth Grey and Agnes (Dolly) Balacz, son, James G. Warren; stepdaughters Denise Stuart, Andrea Hebets, Janine Conahey, and Barbara Jerviss, as well as grandson Randall Warren and several stepgrandchildren. She was predeceased by daughter, Dale (Muffy) Murray and stepson John M. Coffey. 

A private memorial service is planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The community Hospice of Columbia/Greene.
 


Friday, March 27, 2009 

Sally DiStefano 

Sally DiStefano, 63, of Philmont died Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at her home after a long illness. 

Sally was born September 2, 1945 in New York City the daughter of the late: Anthony and Helen (Janeskewiz) DiStefano. 

She had graduated from Columbia Greene Community College with a degree in Science and taught art at the Hawthorne Valley School of Ghent where she worked in oils, pastels and water colors. Sally enjoyed gardening and she had a passion for assisting other with community gardens. 

Surviving are her loving sons: Joseph and his wife Lisa DiStefano of Elizavelle and Philip John Boyles III of Philmont. Two brothers Anthony  DiStefano of Oregon and Charles DiStefano of Middles Island, NY, one sister; Linda DiStefano of Germantown and a granddaughter: Jessica. 

She was predeceased by a sister, Joann Distefano and brother, Joseph DiStefano. 

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

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family.
 


Friday, March 27, 2009  

Myrtie Lemon Kilgour 

Myrtie “Ann” Lemon Kilgour, 62, East Taghkanic, NY, entered into eternal rest on March 24, 2009 surrounded by her loving family.  

Born in Rhinebeck, she was the daughter of Jospehine (Shook) Lemon and Percy E. Reid. 

Myrtie was an avid cook crafter and a sewing genius. 

She enjoyed NASCAR and as a huge fan of the Earnhardt’s. She was also a devoted fan of Willie Nelson. 

Myrtie was a longtime resident of Tivoli and attended the Tivoli schools. She was a member of the ladies auxiliary at Harris Smith Post 524 American Legion in Tivoli and at Red Hook Post #7765, VFW, Red Hook. 

For many years she worked as a cook with Meals on Wheels and COARC. 

Myrtie is survived by her husband; Robert A. Kilgour, a daughter; Desiree (Joe) Quinlan, a step daughter, Beth (Alan) Parks, three grandchildren; Henry Persons, Ryan Parks, and Corey Parks, two sisters; Virginia (James) Miller, and Evelyn (Louis) Ossip, a sister in law; Margaret Lemon, two brother in laws; James (Shirley) Kilgour and Glenn (Susan) Kilgour, 13 nieces and nephews, and 16 grand nieces and nephews. Many cousins and close friends also survive. 

She was predeceased by two brothers; Wallace and Art Lemon, a step daughter, Bobbie Rae Kilgour, a step son; Bruce Kilgour, her mother in law; Barbara Kilgour and all of her aunts and uncles. 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on April 1, 2009 at Burnett & White Funeral Homes, red Hook, NY. The Rev. Thomas Theilmann will officiate. Interment will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook, NY. 

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 from 11 am to 1 pm. 

Memorial donations may be made in Myrtie’s memory to the Cavell House, 69 Prospect Av., Hudson, NY 12534. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett 7 White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY. 

For directions, or to sign the online guest book, please visit www.Burnett-White.com.
 


Friday, March 27, 2009  

Mary Bernadette Newkirk 

Niverville, N.Y.—Mary Bernadette (Bunny) Newkirk, passed away following a period of brief failing health and was reunited with her beloved husband of 59 years, Tom and her daughter Mary Jean and son Billy Ray.

She was born March 8th, 1923 to the late Mary and Henry Van De Wal in Schodack landing New York. She was married to Thomas E. Newkirk on November 22nd, 1942. He predeceased her on April 15th, 2000. 

Bunny was a loving and devoted mother to her extended family.  She worked at Reilly Mills in Valatie for over 30 years. She was an active 4H leader for many years. She loved to cook and bake. Her home was known for the great baked goods always ready to share. She loved to tend her flower and vegetable gardens. She was an accomplished seamstress always making fine items for her family and friends. 

She is survived by her children, Thomas Newkirk of Freehold, NY; David Newkirk (Debbie) of Hudson, NY, Veronica Turner (Roger) of Whitehall, NY; George Newkirk, (Debbie) of Niverville, NY, Michael Newkirk (Christine) of Weybridge, Vt.; Elizabeth Holton of Clifton Park, NY. She is predeceased by a [D]aughter Jeanie Carpenter of Schenectady, NY in 2003 and a son Billy Ray Newkirk who died in infancy. She is survived also by a sister V. Catherine Cunningham of Albany, NY, 15 grand children, 17 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren. 

Bunny was a member of the Church of the Assumption in Schodack Landing, NY for many years. For the last 30 years she was an active member of the St. John the Baptist church in Valatie. 

Funeral services will be held Monday at 11:00 am from St. John the Baptist Church with Rev. John Molyn officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Route 9 Valatie. For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 1414.
 


Saturday-Sunday March 28-March 29, 2009 

Mary F. Karwowski 

Mary F. Karwowski of Chatham, NY (formerly of East Meadow, NY) died March 27, 2009. Predeceased by her beloved husband Kazimierz (Casey). Devoted and loving mother to John, Chatham and Paul and Linda, of East Meadow, NY. Loving grandmother of Michelle. Cherished Aunt to Lee Haliniewski and Lynn Baker of Union, NJ. 

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Mary was a homemaker for most her life, and upon retirement moved to Chatham, NY with her husband. 

The family will receive friends, Monday 7-9 PM at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Ave., Chatham. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday by the Reverend Gary Gelfenbien at 10 am in saint James Church. Interment will follow at the red Rock cemetery. 

For directions or to send and online condolence, visit www.frenchblasl.com

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be sent to The Community Hospice Foundation on her memory.
 


Saturday-Sunday March 28-March 29, 2009   

Linden L. Merwin
Retired lineman 

Hunter—Linden L. Merwin, 66, of Westkill passed away March 25 at his residence. 

He was born in Catskill on Dec. 3, 1942, the son of Leonard M. and June Vredenburgh Merwin. 

Mr. Merwin was a retired lineman for the New York State Power Authority at Gilboa-Blenheim. 

Survivors include his wife Elinor Merwin of Westkill; his mother, June Merwin of Albany; one son, Lynn Merwin of Binghamton; one brother, Larry and his wife Pam of Albany; stepchildren Nathan and Brad, Cheryl and Cathy; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his father, Leonard; and his son Patrick.

Friends and relatives may call at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, 7742 Main St., Hunter on Monday, March 30 at 1 p.m., with services at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Elliot Oakes. Interment will follow in the Maplewood Cemetery, South Jewett. 

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in his memory.
 


Saturday-Sunday March 28-March 29, 2009  

Freda Peck
Graveside services 

Maplecrest—Freda Peck, 86, of Maplecrest died on March 27, 2009 at her residence. She was born on Jan. 8, 1923, the daughter of Eli and Leota (Dolan) Lane of Ashland. 

She was predeceased by her husband Lawrence E. Peck on March 30, 2001.  

She is survived by her son Lawrence Peck Jr. and her daughter Diane Baker. She is also survived by her grandson Corey Baker and her brother Clifford Lane and her sister Amelia Layman. 

A graveside service will be conducted at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland on Monday, March 30, 2009 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Barry. Lowe officiating. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Decker Funeral Home, Windham.
 


Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

Jane B. Clark 

Jane B. Clark passed away peacefully on March 28, 2009, surrounded by her loving family, at her home in Medusa, NY. Jane was the daughter of Margaret P. and Benjamin J. Bulger. Jane began her life on Yates Street in Albany, NY on May 22, 1918. Jane graduated from Milne High School in 1936 and began working at the National Commercial Bank on State Street in Albany. She was also a talented artist and spent many happy hours helping her aunt Lillian Bulger design scenery and stage sets for plays that were held at the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany. Jane was baptized as an Episcopalian into God’s one, holy, Catholic Church the Cathedral of All Saints and was a faithful Christian throughout her entire earthly life. She married The Rev. Richard B. Clark of Canton, Ohio, on August 13, 1938 and was predeceased by her beloved husband and friend on July 12, 1988. Together they raised a family of four children who were blessed with limitless joy and never failing support. Jane was also predeceased by her loving brother John (Jack) M. Bulger and her cousins and best friends, Elizabeth (Betty) Homiller and Susan Sullivan. 

Survivors include her four children, Margaret (Lou) Curschmann of Catskill, NY, Richard Clark of Greenville, NY, Sally Bogardus of Halifax, N.S. and William (Kathleen) Clark of Medusa, NY. She is also survived by her 10 grandchildren, Katie Burbas, Joshua O’ Halloran, Liz Clark, Andrew Clark, John Bogardus, Michael Bogardus, Janie Bogardus, Ben Bogardus, Richard Clark and James Clark. Also surviving is a great-grandchild, Aryanna Jane Burbas. 

Jane was a devoted wife and loving mother who spent her life in service to the Lord Jesus and all who were fortunate enough to know her. She loved her husband and children dearly and was proud to be a wife and mother. She was truly one of God’s angels and her life was a living testament to God’s unconditional love. Jane was a faithful member of Christ Episcopal Church in Greenville, NY for 59 years. One of her real joys was to offer her service to God as a member of the altar guild at Christ Church and she helped many others come to know Christ through that ministry. 

A private service was held at her home by her family at the time of her death and new life. A memorial service is planned and will be held at The Christ Episcopal Church at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Christ Church Altar Guild Fund PO box 278, Greenville, NY 12083.
 


Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

John H. Crosby Sr. 

John H. Crosby Sr., 87, of Old Hudson Turnpike, Canaan, died Saturday at his residence following a lengthy illness. Mr. Crosby, born, September 19, 1921 in Canaan, is the son of the late Frederick and Barbara (Thomas) Crosby. He attended Canaan School and Chatham High School. Mr. Crosby was a veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1942-1946 attaining rank of Machinistmate 1st Class. Following his military duty, he attended several technical schools and for 31 years Mr. Crosby was a Senior Forestry Technician for the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation from Saratoga Springs and Catskill retiring in 1980. Mr. Crosby served on the Chatham Village Police Dept. as patrolman and later Chief. Mr. Crosby was employed with the Town of Canaan Highway Dept. He was a member and past Chief of the Canaan Protective fire Co. Commander of the Canaan V.F.W. Post #8266. He served as first President of the Canaan Democratic Club Inc. Mr. Crosby is survived by his wife of 58 years Kathryn (Bailey) Crosby Canaan, Son John H. Crosby, Jr. and wife Robin if Canaan, daughter Tammy Flaherty and husband Gary of Canaan. Survived also by grandsons Brandon and Bryce Navom and great-granddaughter Iris Navom. He was predeceased by his daughter Nancy Navom, 2003. Funeral services are Thursday 11:00 am from the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham. Interment will be in the Canaan Cemetery with military honors. Calling hours are Wednesday 5-8 pm from the Wenk Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Canaan V.F.W Post #8266 c/o Quartermaster, 84 Old Hudson Turnpike, Canaan, NY 12029.
 


Tuesday, March 31, 2009  

Anne L. DeWitt 

Anne L. DeWitt, of Leeds, passed away Friday, March 27, 2009, after a long illness. 

Born April 19, 1940, in Schenectady, she was the daughter of the late David and Virginia Kernaghan. 

A graduate of The State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Anne spent her career helping others. As a long time public servant of The Greene County Department of Social Services and volunteer at The Sacred Heart Church in Cairo she touched the lives of many. 

Anne is survived by her husband of forty-eight years Richard A. DeWitt. Surviving are her loving children Robert and his wife Marlena DeWitt of Cairo, Deborah and her husband Wade Neels of Baltimore, Laurel and her husband Sean Semanick of Catskill, and Marcia and her husband Dean Raville of Malone. Her legacy continues through her four grandchildren Erika DeWitt Mackenzie Semanick, Brendan and Haley Raville. Anne will be missed by her brothers David and his wife Vicki Kernaghan and Jeffery and his wife Becky Kernaghan. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends also survive. 

A private memorial service will be held for the family. For those who wish, contributions may be made to The Susan G. Komen Fund. 

Private cremation took place in Menands. 

Funeral arrangements under the directions of Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross Street, Cairo.
 


Tuesday, March 31, 2009  

BillyJoe Thomas 

BillyJoe Thomas, 41, of Niverville died Saturday, March 21st while enjoying the great outdoors on the  “Long trail” in Woodford, Vermont. Born the son of Robert A. Thomas, Sr. and Joyce M. Trevorrow he was an avid outdoorsman, a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 47 in Valatie, N.Y. and a member of Friends of the New Leaf Club in Hudson, N.Y. 

BillyJoe is survived by his; mother, Joyce M. (Trevorrow) Oleski and stepfather, Ed Oleski of Niverville, NY; brother, Robert A. Thomas Jr. of Nicaragua; sister, Tamara L. Devarney of Barre, VT; nephew, Thayne A. Devarney; and niece, Aria P. Devarney. He was predeceased by his father Robert A. Thomas Sr. 

A service for BillyJoe was Monday, March 30th, 7:00 pm at the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home LLC, 11 Elm St. Nassau. Friends and relatives called at the funeral home Monday prior to the service from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Green Mountain Club, 4711  Waterbur[r]y-Stowe Road, Waterbur[r]y Center, VT 05677 in BillyJoe’s memory.
 


Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

E. Jayne Tigner
High school teacher 

E. Jayne Tigner, 91, of Rensselaerville, N.Y., passed away at Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home in Albany, N.Y. of causes incident to age. Jayne was born in Cohoes, N.Y. on Nov. 9, 1917 daughter of the late John G. L. & Ethel P.N. Heltzen. She taught Mechanical Drawing at Berne Knox Westerlo High School for many years and had many cherished memories of her beloved students who honored her a few years ago with a banquet and party. 

Her husband James Lee Tigner of Rensselaerville, N.Y., a second cousin, James Michael Kordell of Ca. and many nieces & nephews on her husband’s side, survive her. 

Funeral services will be held Wed. April 1 at 6 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Chapel located in Greenville Center, N.Y. Interment will be on Thurs. April 2 at 1 p.m. at the Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, N.Y. 

Arrangements by the A.J. Cunningham Funeral Homes, Inc. 4898 SR81, Greenville, N.Y. 12083.
 


Tuesday, March 31, 2009  

Hilford T. Willis 

Hilford T. Willis, born April 8, 1915 in Marilla, New York to Hattie (Trigg) and William N. Willis, passed away March 28, 2009 at Pine Haven Home after a lengthy illness. He had been a resident of Jutkofsky Mobile Park in Claverack. 

Mr. Willis was a graduate of Lancaster High School and a graduate of University of Buffalo and Alfred Tech. 

He was a 60 year Mason with the Yates Lodge F & AM, Niagara Orleans district and held a dual membership with Widow Suns Lodge in Livingston. He was a past master of the Pomona Grange and the Subordinate Grange in Orleans County. Mr. Willis was active in Boy Scouts of America for 25 years and served as master and chairman of his Boy Scout troop. 

Mr. Willis was associated with several school districts in New York State as Supt. of Buildings and Grounds and Clerk of the Works of many local projects, including Columbia Memorial Hospital. He retired from the Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency and Director of Construction in 1980. He worked during his retirement as consultant for the City of Hudson. 

Mr. Willis served as chairman of the Board of Assessors in the Town of Taghkanic for four years before moving to Claverack. He was also a member of the West Taghkanic Methodist Church. 

Hilford was noted for his woodcrafts and unusual witty crafts and enjoyed going to craft shows in his retirement. 

Mr. Willis was predeceased by his wife Cecilia Madge in 1987, a daughter in law Anna Robinette Willis and a son James Willis and two brothers. 

He is survived by his beloved companion, Ruth Lynch of Claverack, a son William Willis USAF Lt. Col. Ret., Austin, Texas, two nephews Judge Gordon Willis and Raymond Lux of Depew, New York, nieces Joan Warda, Sally Saraniecki, and Joanne Ernst of Depew, many great nieces and nephews, a sister-in-law Alice Madge, Rapid City, South Dakota and a host of friends. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Columbia County Health Care Consortium, 325 Columbia Street, Hudson, New York 12534. 

Visiting hours are 6-8 pm today (Tuesday) at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. 

Services will be held at 10 am Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial is in Livingston Cemetery.
 


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