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Robert Jude Edlich 1941 – 2014

Robert Jude Edlich, formerly of Beacon died November 16, 2014 at the VA Hospital in Montrose.

Robert was born March 30, 1941 in Brooklyn the son of the late George and Maxine (Voche) Edlich. He served in the US Navy 1960-1962, had worked for the NYC Transit Authority as a sanitation worker before illness forced his retirement.. He enjoyed fishing and gardening, he loved going to church and loved his church family

He is survived by his son Robert Edlich Jr., brother George Edlich, several  nieces, nephews, grandchildren and of course his Shih Tzu Elvis who he loved dearly. He is predeceased by his wives Clara and Marie Edlich. A Celebration of  Robert’s Life will be held 1pm November 30 th at the Northern Dutchess Bible Church. Red Hook, NY.

Edward W. Groh 1928 – 2014

Edward W. Groh, 86, of Germantown died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at Whittier Rehab and Skilled Nursing of Ghent. Mr. Groh was born July 8, 1928 in N.Y.C. the son of the late Edward and Marie (Kubera) Groh.

He had served in the Navy during World War II. He retired from IBM of Kingston where was employed for many years as programmer prior to that he was a driver for Canada Dry of Hudson. He was a member of the Reformed Church of Germantown, the Jennings Willet American Legion Post of Germantown and the Tin Can Sailors.

Survivors include his son: Edward Groh of Macedon; daughters, Margaret (David) Rose, Helen (John) Balazs and Janet (Denis) Crawford all of Germantown; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Helen who died Sept. 25, 2011.

Calling hours will be 5 to 7p.m., Friday, at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown. Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the Funeral home with the Rev. David Tipple officiating. Interment will follow in the Reformed Church Cemetery of Germantown. Memorial donations are requested to: The Reformed Church of Germantown P.O. Box 115 Germantown, N.Y., 12526.

Dorothy Irving (Decker) Johnston 1921 – 2014

Dorothy Irving (Decker) Johnston went to Heaven on November 3, 2014. The daughter of Clyde E. and Resper I. Decker, she was born in Benton Maine on May 9, 1921. Dorothy was graduated from Coney High School in Augusta, ME, in 1938. She was graduated from Simmons College in Boston, MA in 1942. She trained at Children’s Hospital in Boston, and began her career as a Registered Nurse at the hospital. On September 23, 1951, she married Richard Johnston of Clinton, Maine, and they moved to Hudson, NY.

Dorothy was member of the First Reformed Church in Hudson, NY, from 1951 until her death. She was the church librarian, and for many years she was the Congregational Care chairperson and an active member of the Women’s Guild at First Reformed. Dorothy was also a member of the D.A.R., the Christian Women’s Club and the Fortnightly Club in Hudson. She worked at Columbia Memorial Hospital as its Historian, and also at the ARC in Hillsdale, NY.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 23 years, Richard Johnston, and by her parents. She is survived by her daughter Beverly (Mark) Seely and her son Richard (Karen) Johnston; by her grandchildren Amie Johnston, John (Michele McNeil) Fritze and Christine (John) Earl, and by six great-grandchildren.

A service of celebration of Dorothy’s life and burial next to her husband will be in Clinton, Maine, in the late spring of 2015.

Captain James A. Hatch 1926 – 2014

Captain James A. Hatch,  88 a long-time resident of Stephentown,  New York died this past week on October 25th, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida.

He was a graduate of Chatham High School in the Class of 1944, and following graduation, enlisted in the U. S. Navy.Jim, as he was affectionately known by his scores of friends and relatives, served in the US Navy both during World War II and Korea, where he developed his love of the sea, ships and boating -spending most of the remainder of his life in both professional and recreational boating; always looking for one or another way to be on the water.  He spent years running barges and tugs on the Florida coastal and intra-costal waterways, and while living and working in Columbia County, was constantly boating on the Hudson River, and active in numerous marine and waterway organizations, including the Catskill Yacht Club, where he served four terms as its Commodore,  as well as the Mohawk Hudson Council of Yacht Clubs where he was also Commodore.  Jim’s boating skills and marine knowledge was well known and respected:  He held a United States Coast Guard Captain’s license in the US Merchant Marine. 

Captain Hatch did not limit his involvements and interests solely to boating.  His enthusiasm and commitment to Veterans was wide-ranging. He was actively involved in several organizations, serving as Commander of the Columbia County, NY American Legion Post; and he was a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Hobe Sound, Florida, as well as  a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans in Port Lucie, Florida.  Jim was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, as well as a Mason, having been an active member of Masonic United Lodge Number 9 in New Lebanon, NY.  He was known for his gracious and generous treatment of all people, and his enthusiastic enjoyment of life.

He is survived by his three children, Jeffrey A Hatch of Roanoke, VA, James A. Hatch, Jr of Phoenix, AZ, and his daughter Jacqueline Agogliati of West Windsor, New Jersey, his brother Ward S Hatch of New Lebanon, NY as well as two grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In loving memory of our father, brother, uncle, and friend, we will miss you!

Services will be at the Church of Our Savior in New Lebanon on  2 p.m. Tuesday November 4, 2014. Burial will follow in the Flat Brook Cemetery of Cannon.

Susan Marie Dunderdale 1953 – 2014

Susan Marie Dunderdale, born on August 14th 1953, passed away from this life on October 24th 2014 in Livingston, N.Y. She was a long time resident of Beacon, N.Y. She was predeceased by her parents Robert and Margaret (Chizmar) Dunderdale, her brother-in-law Bruce Johnston and her beloved husband Namet. She is survived by her sister Barbara Johnston and brothers Thomas (Marianne) and Robert (Colleen) and by her nephews and nieces whom she always loved dearly- John Dunderdale, Robert and Eric Johnston; Nicole, Marissa and Cara Dunderdale; Sean, Sealy and Chelsea Dunderdale and her great nephew and niece Chad and Amanda Johnston.

Susan attended Beacon schools and graduated from Marist College, receiving her Masters in English from there. She was a substitute teacher in Beacon schools and had a great love of reading and words. She also spent many years in the retail business. Susan loved fashion, dance, travel and her family. She was loved and will be missed.

A memorial service is planned. In lieu of flowers, any contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association in her name.

Eileen Harkins 1935 – 2014

Eileen Harkins, 79, of Livingston died Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

She was born April 13, 1935 in Pelham Bay, Bronx, NY. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Marguerite (Kammerer) Tobin.  

Eileen was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed yard sales, country music, and NASCAR.  She and Calvin would have celebrated their 60 th anniversary this Wednesday, October 29, 2014.  

Survivors include her loving husband of 60 years, Calvin; children Rich (Angel) Harkins of Livingston, and Pat Harkins of Syracuse; brother, Robert (Marilyn) Tobin of Florida; sister, Ruth (William) McKeever of Clinton Corners; granddaughter Taura Harkins, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Frederick.

There are no calling hours.  

Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony’s RC Church of Pine Plains where a Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated.  

Burial will be private in the Raymond Hill Cemetery of Carmel.  

Richard A. von der Osten 1938 – 2014

Richard A. von der Osten 76 of Leeds and formerly of Germantown died Friday October 17, 2014 in Leeds.

Born July 7, 1938 in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Ulrich and Gertrude (Fellows) von der Osten.

He had served in the US Air Force from 1959 To 1963.

On March 3, 2007 he retired from NYS Dept. of Transportation where he had worked as a Motor Equipment Mechanic for more than 33 years.

Richard was a Life Member of the Germantown Fire Company, and a 20+ year member of the Fire Co. Board of Commissioners.

Survivors include his family: son Michael Schwartz and his wife Eron, of South Cairo, son Brian Schwartz and his wife Petra, of New Mexico, daughter SueAnne Schwartz of Leeds, sisters Barbara Korger of CO, Marjorie Metzler of VA, Gwendolyn Suesse of  NC and 2 grandchildren, Kira Pelton and Sean Daley of South Cairo.

He was predeceased by his wife Barbara who died in August of this year, and son Floyd Moore III.

Calling hours will be Sunday 6 to 8 pm at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.  The Germantown Fire Company will conduct services at 7 pm at the funeral home.

Services will be held 11 am Monday at the funeral home and interment will follow in the Viewmonte Rural Cemetery.

Memorial donations are requested to the Germantown Fire Company.

Jean H. Miller 1925 – 2014

Jean H. Miller 88 of Tivoli died Wednesday September 24, 2014 at the Thompson House of Rhinebeck.

Born November 7, 1925 in Pawtucket, RI she was the daughter of the late John and Wladyslawa (Stakelaha) Winkle.

She was a communicant of St. Sylvia’s RC Church of Tivoli, had worked on the Board of Elections in Tivoli for many years, had been employed at Taconic Farm of Germantown for many years and was an avid Yankees fan.

She and her husband Herbert Miller owned and operated the Sportsmens' Inn of  Tivoli.

Surviving are her daughter: Patricia Miller, a grandson: Jeffrey Miller of Rochester, daughter-in-law; Bette Miller of Elizaville and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Herbert R. Miller who died in 1995, 2 sons; John and Jeffrey Miller, 2 brothers; Larry and Walter Winkle and a sister Virge.

There are no calling hours.

A Mass of the Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Monday at St. Sylvia’s RC Church of Tivoli.

Interment will follow in the Red Church Cemetery of Tivoli.

David I. Ilchuk 1954 – 2014

David I. Ilchuk 60 of Hudson died at September 15,2014 at Columbia Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

Born July 9, 1954 in Manhattan he was the son of the late Frank Ilchuk and Grace (Cohen) Ilchuk of New York City.

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

Ronald A. Carlucci 1935 – 2014

Ronald A. Carlucci 79 of Germantown died Monday September 15, 2014 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born January 2, 1935 in Hudson he was the son of the late: Augusto and Sarah (Gasparri) Carlucci.

He had served with the US Army from 1954 to 1956.  Prior to his retirement he had worked for many years as a Field Engineer for IBM of Kingston.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Parish and the Jennings Willet American Legion Post of Germantown.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years  Florence Schmitt Carlucci, a son: James (Angela) Carlucci of Kinderhook, daughter Lynn (Michael) Mead of Germantown, 2 brothers Nicola (Naomi) Carlucci of Maryland, Vincenzo (Helen) Carlucci of Ghent, 2 sisters Angela Ferraro of Hudson and Julia (Ralph) Graziano of Greenport, two grand children Maria Carlucci and Anthony Carlucci.

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

Services will be 9:15am Friday from the funeral home and 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish St. Mary’s Church of Hudson where Fr. Winston Bath will celebrate a Mass of the Christian Burial.

Interment will follow in the Cedar Park Cemetery of Hudson.

Memorial donations are requested to either St. Mary’s Church 429 East Allen St. Hudson, NY 12534 or The Columbia Greene Humane Society 124 Humane Society Rd Hudson, NY 12534.

Ruth Decker 1922 – 2014

Ruth Decker, 92, of Germantown and Virginia died Sunday September 14, 2014 at Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center Hospice of Arlington, VA.

Ruth worked 55 years for New York State – 32 full-time and 23 part-time.  She started in 1943 as a clerk in the Public Service Commission in Albany; she left there in 1968 as Assistant Finance Officer.  She returned to NYS employment in 1970 as Payroll Clerk at the Division for Youth Brookwood Center in Claverack.  She was promoted in 1973 to Payroll and Assistant Personnel Officer at Taconic Region of NYS Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation in Staatsburg.  She retired in 1977 when Payroll and Personnel were transferred to Albany. 

From 1977-1984, Ruth worked as a tour guide at Olana State Historic Site near Hudson; from 1984-1989, she worked half-time as Grants Clerk for the Taconic Region; and from 1990-2001, she work half-time as Grants Clerk at Office of Parks in Albany.   

Ruth was a member of Christ Lutheran Church of Viewmonte, Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Vienna, Virginia, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Germantown History Department.  She loved history and genealogy, and she also served as historian for Christ Lutheran Church.

Born May 3, 1922 in Germantown, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Sophia (Engelbart) Van Campen.

Survivors include: a daughter, Nancy Decker, a grandaughter Sophia Decker, both of Virginia; a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Gloria Van Campen of Hudson NY; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Walter Decker who died in 2006.

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

Services will be held 11am Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church in Viewmonte.

Interment will follow in the Viewmonte Rural Cemetery.

A memorial service will also be held in Vienna VA at a date to be determined. 

Marion S. Best 1918 – 2014

Marion S. Best 95 of Livingston died Sunday at Pine Haven Home of Philmont.

Born September 28, 1918 in Germantown she was the daughter of the late Gordon and Caroline (Cox) Saulpaugh.

Marion was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Manorton.  Before her retirement she had worked as a Registered Nurse for many years at Eden Park Nursing Home of Hudson. Survivors include 2 daughters Mary Ann Gaschel of Hillsdale, Linda Wildermuth of Hudson, grandchildren Thomas, Alison and Christine and 5 great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Clifford who died in 1989, a daughter Caroline Ann Best and grand daughter Mary Jill Gaschel Hapeman.

There are no calling hours.

Graveside funeral services will be held 11 am Thursday at the St. John’s Cemetery in Manorton.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Pine Haven for the wonderful care given to Marion.

Ethel Potts 1917 – 2014

Ethel Potts 97 of Clermont died Sunday September 14, 2014 at Pine Haven Home of Philmont.

Born June 7, 1917 in Germantown, she was the daughter of the late Luther and Elva (Ham) Funk.

Ethel was a member of Christ Lutheran Church of Viewmonte, the Livingston Manor Grange, and the Clermont Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

Survivors include a son; James (Faye) Potts, daughter Carole Staats, sister Betty Jennings all of Clermont, grandchildren James Potts Jr., Susan (Ronald) Rifenburgh, Raymond (Jennifer) Staats, and 5 great grandchildren Garrett Rifenburgh, James Potts III, Amy Potts, Morgan Staats, Kyle Statts, 2 great great grandchildren; Zoe Bernstein, and Karlie Hunt.

She was predeceased by her husband Sherman Potts who died in 1998, and a brother Cecil Funk.

Calling hours will be held 5 to 7 pm Tuesday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Services will be held 11am Wednesday at Christ Lutheran Church in Viewmonte.

Interment will follow in the Viewmonte Rural Cemetery.

Memorial donations are requestd to either the Christ Lutheran Church or the Clermont Fire Company

Charles E. Smith 1939 – 2014

Charles E. Smith 75 of Elizabethtown, Essex Co., and formerly of Hudson died in Elizabethtown Tuesday September 9, 2014.

Charles was born March 1, 1939 in Craryville the son of the late George and Mabel Smith.

He had worked at L & B of Hudson and for many years at The Freeman Press in Albany. Charles loved spending time with his family, and friends and enjoyed fishing and NASCAR.

Survivors include two sisters Eleanor and Shirley; sons; David (Cindy) Smith, Ricky Smith and two daughters Kim Smith and Sandy Smith. In addition he is survived by his step children; Kathy (Paul) Hanway, Cindy (Jerry) Pulsifer, Beverly Pulsifer, Tim (Becky) Pulsifer, Bill Pulsifer, Robin Merrill, David Gough, Sheri Dominy, Dawn Roberts and Shirley Mae  (Jason) Mabb, 22 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife Shirley A. Smith, a brother Gerald (jerry) Smith and sister Barbara Russo.

A celebration of his life will be 1 to 3 pm Saturday September 20, 2014 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown with services at 3 pm.

Memorial donations in Charles’s honor may be made to the Columbia Greene Humane Society 125 Humane Society Road Hudson, NY 12534.

Louise A. Nicholos 1937 – 2014

Louise A. Nicholos 77 of Catskill died Thursday August 28, 2014 at Whittier Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center of Ghent.

Born March 15, 1937 in Athens she was the daughter of the late: Wesley and Ruth (Kellner) Brandow.

Louise had worked for many years as a driver for the Greene County Department of Social Services.  She enjoyed walking, camping, crocheting and knitting.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Steve Nicholos, 3 sons; Steve Nicholos, Harold Nicholos, Joseph Nicholos all of Catskill, 6 daughters; Diahann Forspbaur, Mary Nicholos, Laura Nicholas all of Catskill, Susanne Nicholas of Athens, Caroline Agustin of Coxsackie, Elizabeth Remley of Florida, two sisters Gloria Brandow of Troy and Joyce O’Brian of Athens.

She was predeceased by her son Tony Nicholos and brother Ralph Brandon.

A Celebration of her life will be held 11 am Sunday at the Wasana Thai Restaurant of Catskill.

Marie K. Snyder 1928 – 2014

Marie K. Snyder 85 of Livingston died Wednesday August 27, 2014 at The Pines of Catskill.

Born September 18, 1928 in Hudson she was the daughter of the late Spencer and Theresa (Rooze) Ham.

Prior to her retirement she had been a medical records clerk for the office of Dr. Heintz Salm in Hudson for many years. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Parish Church of the Resurrection of Germantown, and the Taghkanic Senior Citizens.

Marie hosted “Mary’s Helpers” an organization of Holy Trinity Parish that makes rosaries for those in the military and others. >From March of 1996 to June of 2012 she and her helpers had made 28,882 rosaries that had been given away.

Survivors include her two sons; Thomas of Livingston, David (Rosemary) of Germantown. One sister Gloria “Micki” Decker of Greenport, a granddaughter Linda Snyder, nieces; Judy Griffin and Patti Connolly, nephews Aaron and Ethan Snyder.  She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, David who died March 7, 2013..

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

Services will be 12:30 Sunday from the funeral home and 1 pm at the Church of the Resurrection where a Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Winston Bath.

Burial will follow in the West Taghkanic Cemetery.

Robert B. Rider 1925 – 2014

Robert B. Rider 89 of Germantown died August 27, 2014 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born in 1925 in Hudson, NY on April 20. He is the son of Esther (Eberlein) Rider and Weston M. Rider.  A fruit farmer nearly all of his life.  He graduated from Cornell University in 1950 after 3 years in the U.S. Navy. He fought in the Battle of Saipan during WWII. He was a member of the VFW. He served as President of the Germantown Central School District Board of Education and was on the Home Savings Bank Council.  He was also President of the Church Council for the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Viewmont, NY.  At Cornell University, he was a starting infielder for the Varsity baseball team, and was drafter for the NY Giants baseball team and was known as " Rapid Robert" and the "Fruittown star".  One day in 1951, this farmer fell in love with the local Home Economics teacher , Elizabeth Anne Rider, and gave her a basket of apples.  This resulted in a blessed 61 years of marriage, three children - David and his wife Kathy, Richard and his wife Renee, and Martha Sue; seven grandchildren - Kathleen, Colleen, David Jr, Elizabeth, Richard Jr., Erin and Jeannine; and five great grandchildren.

There are no calling hours.

Services will be 1pm Saturday at the Christ Lutheran Church of Viewmont.

Interment will full military honors will follow in the Reformed Church Cemetery of Germantown.

For those who wish memorial donations are requested to either the Christ Lutheran Church or a charity of one’s choice.

Doris E. Bathrick 1938 – 2014

Doris E. Bathrick 76 of Germantown died Saturday August 23, 2014 at St. Peter’s Hospital of Albany.

Born February 17, 1938 in Brooklyn she was the daughter of the late Milton and Elizabeth (Tracy) Newlands.

Doris was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed bird watching, reading and puzzles. She also enjoyed camping, the beach and Lebanon Valley Speedway with her family.

Survivors include her husband John M. Bathrick, 4 sons: Steven (Liz) Bathrick of Germantown, Frank (Caroline) Cipollino of Philmont, David (Betsy) Bathrick of Livingston, John R. Bathrick of Elizaville, 2 daughters; Debra (Joe) Finch of Florida, Lynne (Jim) Palmieri of Germantown, 2 brothers Robert Newlands of Calif, Richard Newlands of S. Carolina, a sister Ann Camier of Long Island 16 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a grandchild Griffin Bathrick.

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

Services will be 11am Saturday at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in the Reformed Church Cemetery of Germantown.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations are requested to the American Lung Association, 418 Broadway, 1st Floor, Albany, NY 12207

Barbara A. von der Osten 1934 – 2014

Barbara A. von der Osten, 80 of Germantown died Thursday at St. Peter’s Hospital of Albany.

Born March 22, 1934 in Mount Vernon she was the daughter of the late: Henry and Carrie (Grunthal) King.

Barbara was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed gardening, needlepoint and reading.

She had worked for many years as a legal secretary for the Columbia County Attorney’s office.

Surviving are her husband who she married in 1982, Richard A. vonderOsten, 2 sons: Michael (Eron) Schwartz of South Cairo and Brian (Petra) Schwartz of New Mexico, one daughter SueAnne Schwartz of Leeds, 2 brothers Donald King of Yorktown Heights, William King of Port Chester, 2 grandchildren, Kira Pelton and Sean Daily both of South Cairo.

She was predeceased by a son: Floyd Moore III, and sister Carol Larabee.

Calling will be 5 to 8pm Monday September 1, 2014 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Services will be held 11am Tuesday at the funeral home with burial following in the Viewmonte Rural Cemetery.

Memorial donations are requested to either the American Heart Association  440 New Kerner Road Albany, NY 12205 or The Breast Cancer Research Foundation   60 East 56th Street  8th floor  New York, NY 10022

Lillian O’Connell 1939 – 2014

Lillian O’Connell 75 of Livingston passed on peacefully Monday at the Health Alliance Hospital Broadway Campus of Kingston.

Born May 7, 1939 in Rhinebeck she was the daughter of the late Valentine and Esther (Spencer) Tyler.

Lillian had worked in the laundry department of Northern Dutchess Hospital for many years.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rhinebeck.

Surviving are three daughters;  Carrie Hill of Germantown,  Susan Lawson of Cairo, Cynthia O’Connell of Livingston and,  four sons; Thomas of Clermont, Paul of New Paltz, John of West Ghent and Daniel of Poughkeepsie, two brothers Buster Tyler and Duey Tyler, two sisters Esther Tyler and Nancy DeShane, 17 grand children and 22 great grandchildren. Predeceased by Grandson Brandon O'Connell.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 pm Thursday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown. Funeral services will be held 11 am Friday at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in the Livingston Cemetery.

Joan Chlebo 1941 – 2014

Mrs. Joan Chlebo passed away peacefully at her home in Germantown, NY on August 8th, 2014 after her battle with pancreatic cancer. Born on July 31st, 1941, she was 73 years old.
Joan is one of nine children born to Ludwig (Louis) and Elizabeth Sorensen (O’Connor) of Brooklyn, NY. Always a native New Yorker, she resided in the Germantown and Clermont area for over 55 years.

Joan was a loving, devoted wife and mother who was always put the needs of her children and grandchildren above her own. She was an advocate and supporter of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. She also supported the community at the Roe Jan Boat Club and the American Legion Post 346.

Joan is survived by her longtime companion Mr. Ed Fischer of Germantown, NY; her son Mr. Paul Chlebo, Jr of Colonial Beach, VA; her daughter Pamela Hoilund (Chlebo) of Germantown, NY; her brother George Sorensen of Jacksonville Beach, FL; her sister Alice Lawrence (Sorensen) of South Toms River, NJ; her brother Edward Sorensen of Staten Island, NY; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joan was predeceased by her husband, the late Mr. Paul Chlebo of Germantown, NY. She is also predeceased by her sisters Margaret and Gloria; and her brothers Louis, Robert and Vincent.

Joan epitomized the saying “Live well, Love much and Laugh often”.

Viewing and memorial services will be from 5pm- 7pm Friday, August 15th, 2014 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 on Main Street, Germantown, NY. Interment will occur at The Reformed Church Cemetery in Germantown.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made in memory of Mrs. Joan Chlebo to the Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Foundation by phone 1-877-272-6226 or on line: http://www.pancan.org/.

Barry J. Mahar 1953 – 2014

Barry J. Mahar, 61, of Hudson, passed away Monday, August 4, 2014, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson after almost a year-long battle with cancer. Born January 10, 1953, in Hudson, he was the son of the late Ray L. (“Jack”) Mahar of Central Square and MaryAnn (Yates) Mahar of Hudson. He was also predeceased  by his daughter, Amber Mahar.

Barry is survived by his devoted “significant other,” Mildred L. (Dolly) Pullen of Hudson; his step-mother, Rosemary Mahar of Central Square; one brother, Matthew (Tracy) Mahar of Hastings; two sisters, Debra (Mike) Guzzetta of Tarpon Springs, FL, and Sheilah (Brent) Mahar of Central Square; his good friend, David Charron of Chatham, who was like a son to him; one son, Barry J. Mahar Jr.; one daughter, Crista Mahar; and the mother of his children, Kathy Mahar of Central Square.

At Barry’s request, there will not be any services for him. He will be cremated and buried alongside his father in the West Ghent Cemetery, after which a memorial celebration will take place.

Gerald A. Smith Sr. 1942 – 2014

Gerald A. Smith Sr. 72, of Clermont died Sunday July 27, 2014 at his home.

Born March 10, 1942 in Richmondville, NY, he was the son of the late Walter and Pauline (Lent) Smith.

He worked at Orchard Hills Farms of Red Hook, delivered the Daily Freeman, the Bulldog News, and retired from Bard College where he worked in groundskeeping.

He was a member of the Red Hook Elks Lodge #6022.

On March 30, 1964 in Red Hook he married Helen LaPierre who survives, also surviving are his three children, Melissa Lacey, and Gerald Smith both of North Carolina, Richard Smith of Germantown, 9 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, 4 brothers: William of PA, Raymond of FL, Ronald of Cobleskill, Gordon of Milan, 4 sisters: Marjorie Sisson, Geraldine Bradley of Richmondville, Shirley Eiffert of Milan, and Marlene Bressett of NC.

He was predeceased by 2 brothers: Walter Jr. and Kenneth and a sister Carol Wilson.

As per Gerald’s request, there are no calling hours and services are private and at the convenience of the family.

Priscilla Stagias 1927 – 2014

Priscilla Stagias 87 of Germantown died Thursday July 17, 2014 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

Born March 23, 1927 in Peekskill she was the daughter of the late: Louis and Ruth (Moshier) Manderville.

Prior to her retirement she had been a nurse’s aide for more than 31 years with the Home for the Aged of Hudson.  She was an avid reader, enjoyed travel, people and good food.

Survivors include her husband of 24 years Charles Stagias, cousin; Connie Macintire, and many friends.

She was predeceased by her first husband Frank Roberts Sr. and son Frank Jr., brothers, George, Louis and sister Winifred Manderville.

Calling hours will be 5 to 7 pm Monday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Services will be 11 am Tuesday at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in the Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery.

Bernard “Alan” VanTassel 1930 – 2104


Bernard “Alan” VanTassel 83 of Germantown died July 11, 2014 at the Thompson House of Rhinebeck.

Born September 27, 1930 in Germantown he was the son of the late: Archie S. and Elizabeth (Whitney) VanTassel.

Prior to his retirement in 1990 he had been employed as a Train Master of the NY Central Rail Road for over 38 years.

Survivors include his son Roger Alan VanTassel of Vermont, two daughters: Katrina Arleen VanTassel of Ballston Spa, Klaudia Louise Frizzell of Staatsburg, two grandchildren and one great grandson.

He was predeceased by his wife Pauline (Bollinger) VanTassel who died April 25, 2010 and brother Roger VanTassel.

A celebration of his life will be 2 p.m. September 13, 2014  at his home on Northern Blvd. in Germantown.

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

 


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