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2018 Obituaries


Roger A. Rekow

1940 - 2018

Roger A. Rekow, 77 of Germantown died Sunday February 4th at his home surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer.

He was born October 30, 1940 in Hudson, the son of the late Albert and Katherine (Hotaling) Rekow.

Roger proudly served in the United States Marine Corps for over 20 years retiring as a highly decorated Master Sergeant. He served in Vietnam, held top security clearance at the Pentagon, and was considered an expert marksman.

Roger was happily married to Cheryl “Lee” Dedrick Helsley for 39 years until her untimely death due to her own battle with cancer at age 59. He was a devoted family man and devoted to his community. He served as Assistant Supervisor for the Town of Germantown, the Town’s Police Commissioner, past President of the Germantown Fire Company, past Commander of the Jennings Willet American Legion Post, and member of the VFW and served on several committees of the Town.

He is survived by his daughter, Faydra Geraghty, son in law Micah Geraghty, granddaughter Auna Geraghty and sister Margaret (Peggy) Cisco, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Harold and Charles, sisters Susan Roller and Doris Roney.

Calling hours will be 5 to 8 pm Thursday Feb. 8th at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Services will be 11 am Friday at the funeral home followed by burial in the Reformed Church Cemetery of Germantown with full military honors provided by the US Marine Corps and Jennings Willet American Legion Post.

In lieu flowers Memorial donations are requested to the American Cancer Society 33 Elk St, Albany, NY 12207



Devin A. Burgett

1992 - 2018

A kind and caring soul has left our world. Devin Andrew Burgett,25,of Germantown NY passed away Sunday January 28, 2018 at Albany Medical Center surrounded by loving family and friends.

Born in Rhinebeck NY on November 3, 1992 Devin graduated from Germantown Central School.

Devin truly was one of a kind and loved by all. There was not a mean bone in his body and his kindness knew no limits. He always saw the best in people and would go out of his way to put a smile on your face.

Devin was passionate about his job as an exterminator and adored his boss and mentor Bennett Edelman (Chico) at Midstate Pest Control. He enjoyed his second job at Gulf which allowed him to meet new people and learn their stories.

Devin was a talented musician that was able to hear a song once and be able to play it on his guitar.

Above all else, Devin loved his family.

Devin is survived by his mother Tara(Curry) Burgett, his sisters Blair and Kelsey Burgett, his brothers Alex and Andrew Jr(AJ) Burgett, his nephews William (T-Will) Riley and Ayden Daniels, his grandmothers Kathy Curry Gardinier and Betty Burgett and his great grandfather Bernard Turek along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father Andrew Burgett, grandmother Diane(Broast) Lown and grandfathers Ronald J Curry and Clifford Burgett.

A celebration of his life will be held on February 10, 2018 from 3 to 5pm at Yadack- Fox Funeral Home 209 Main St Germantown NY



Linda Wahlers

1948 - 2018

Linda Wahlers 69 of Copake died Wednesday January 24, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born June 20, 1948 in Great Barrington, Mass she was the daughter of the late George and Eugenie (Peck) Ford.

Prior to her retirement she had worked as a secretary for Monahan title Search Company in Hudson and several area Attorneys.

Surviving are her husband Herman Wahlers of Copake and daughter Heather Wahlers of Great Barrington, MA.

There are no calling hours.

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



Doris Jane Roney

1936 - 2018

After a long full life, Doris Jane Roney was called home on January 20, 2018. She was born in Hudson, NY on September 2, 1936. She is survived by her brother, Roger Rekow, and sister, Peggy (Rekow) Cisco. She is also survived by her 6 children, Brian Roney, Christopher Roney, Glenn Roney, Kathleen Roney, Douglas Roney and Maureen (Roney) Graham. She was blessed to have 10 beautiful grandchildren and several great grandchildren as well as many loving nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her mother, Katherine Jane (Hotaling) Schleicher, her father, Albert Rekow, her brother’s Charles Rekow and Harold Rekow, and a sister, Susan (Rekow) Roller. Doris was an LPN and was an avid reader as well as a champion roller skater. She was an excellent seamstress and carried a love for the arts throughout her life. Per Doris’ wishes, there will be no calling hours and services will be at the convenience of her family.



June E. Desmond

1928 - 2018

June E. Desmond 89 of Claverack died Friday January 19, 2018 at Whittier Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center of Ghent.

Born August 12, 1928 in Germantown, she was the daughter of the late Percy and Harriet (Lasher) Simmons.

Prior to her retirement she had been employed for many years as a sales clerk at the former Jamesway of Hudson. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother that enjoyed singing, dancing, and spending winters in Florida and South Carolina.

Survivors include her loving husband of 70 years who was everything to her George R. Desmond, daughter Diane Popow (Ken), a son William (Maria) Desmond, Thomas (Tammy) Popow Jr., William (Karen) Popow, and Michael (Melissa) Desmond, David (Melissa) Desmond, 9 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sisters Marion Holmquist and Mae Smith.

There are no calling hours.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.



Michael David LaBelle

1956 - 2018

Michael David LaBelle 61 of Claverack died Saturday January 13, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born August 4, 1956 in Hudson he was the son of the late Stephen and Carol (Shufelt) LaBelle.

He was an electrician who owned and operated the MDL Enterprises of Claverack until becoming disabled.

Survivors include his son Jon LaBelle of Claverack and sister Sandy Johnson, two nephews and a niece.

There are no calling hours. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.



John Michael Meacher, Sr.


John Michael Meacher Sr., 87, of Germantown, New York passed away peacefully on Friday, January 11th at the site of his birth on Northern Boulevard. Born to Thomas and Sadie Meacher, he lived most of his life in Germantown with his loving wife of 65 years, Mary.

John was a devoted father and provider, as well as a true friend to many. He was especially talented at all aspects of building, completing a total of 6 homes for his family. John enjoyed traveling , spending family vacations camping along the East Coast , and visiting Hawaii. In 1982, John and Mary purchased a seaside retreat in Eastport, Maine and spent many of their retirement summers along the shores of the Bay of Fundy.

In the 1950’s, John was enlisted in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He served aboard the USS Helena and the submarine, the USS Blenny. He then went on to become a devoted employee of Verizon, with 32 years of perfect attendance.

Besides his wife, John is survived by a brother, Edward, a son, John Jr. (Julie), and daughters Melanie Betros and Maureen A. Meacher. He was predeceased by 9 brothers and sisters, and a son, James. John was grandfather to 12 grandchildren: Richard, Jason, and Robert Meacher, Lauren Williams, Rachel Ortiz, Dorothy and Anne Meacher, Laura, Andrew, Thomas, and Amie Betros and John Kappel. He had one step-grandchild, Carrie Underwood, and 10 great grandchildren. A mass and celebration of John’s life will be held on Saturday, January 20th at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson, New York at 10 o’clock.

The family would like to acknowledge the Community Hospice and Stratton VA Medical Center for their dedication, loving care and support.



Neal E. Burger

1932 - 2018

Neal E. Burger 85, passed away after a long illness on January 9, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was a resident of Germantown, NY for over 60 years. Born to Foster and Hattie (Rockefeller) Burger of Red Hook on April 30, 1932. Neal served in the United States Army in the 1950s stationed in Germany.

He graduated from Red Hook Central School, earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Plattsburgh State College and completed graduate work at New Paltz State College. Neal served as the Elementary Principal at Germantown Central School for 32 years. He was proud to have been an Eagle Scout, a former president of the Retired Teachers of Eastern New York. He was an active member of the community having served on the Planning Board, and History Department as well as a member of the Germantown Lions Club.

Neal was the beloved husband of Joan (Benton) for 61 years, devoted Father to Eric (Denise) Burger, Marc (Chris) Burger and Kate (Joe) Buttner. Cherished grandfather to T.J. and Chelsea Buttner, Emily Fleitz and Benton Burger. Survived by sister in law Mary Benton and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive their friends and families on January 13, 2018 to celebrate his life, at the First Dutch Reformed Church in Germantown New York at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association Northeastern New York 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205 or Community Hospice 47 Liberty Street Catskill New York.


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