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Charlotte Longe


Charlotte Longe 66, of Hudson, died Thursday, December 22. Predeceased by parents Kenneth Longe and Geraldine Secor, and brother Dale Longe. She is survived by siblings Calla Pulcher of South Carolina, Daniel Longe of Nebraska, Susan Branch of California, Keith Longe of South Carolina and Scott Longe of New York.

At her request there will be no services.



Norma Aggrippino

1946 to 2016

Norma Aggrippino, 70, of Hudson, died December 9, 2016 at the Pine Haven Nursing Home. She was born May 11, 1946 in Germantown, NY, the daughter of Alfred Rivenburgh and Ruth Saskey Christmond. Her parents pre-deceased her.

Norma is survived by sister Linda R. Baker, fiancé Francis Brennan, daughter-like niece Ruth Ann Schuster, nephews Randy and Chuck Baker as well as several great nieces and nephews, grandnieces and nephews, and several cousins.

She graduated from Germantown Central School in 1964. She loved crossword puzzles and spending time with her family.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 at Viewmonte Rural Cemetery at 11am in Germantown.



Peggy Ann Florence Langhirt

1955 to 2016

Peggy Ann Florence Langhirt, 61, of NYC passed away on December 1, 2016 at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC.

Born November 12, 1955 in Middletown, Ohio; she was predeceased by her mother Janet Williams and is survived  by her father Jim Williams, her sister's Florence Turek, Donna Nicklaw and a brother Tom Williams, a daughter Cheyenne Cody Lebre, and a son John Lettieri, and three granddaughters and her long time companion Brad Franklin. 

She loved her animals and they will surely miss her too. We love her very much and she will greatly be missed.   

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

Services will be 11 am Saturday at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in the Livingston Rural Cemetery.



Ellen Genevieve Baker Slonczewski

1926 to 2016

Ellen Genevieve Baker Slonczewski 90 of Germantown died November 29, 2016 at the Baptist Home of Rhinebeck.

Born January 24, 1926 in Caroline Co., Virginia she was the daughter of the late Herman and Etta (Hart) Baker.

Prior to her retirement she had been employed for many years as a secretary for S.H. Wyman for many years.

Survivors include her 3 brothers Bill Baker, Walter Baker and Allan Baker.

She was predeceased by her husband George Slonczewski who died October 29, 1997.

There are no calling hours.

Services will be 11a.m. Saturday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Burial will follow in the Reformed Church Cemetery of Germantown.



Thomas G. Bower Sr.

1931 to 2016

Thomas G. Bower Sr. 85 of Germantown died Friday at the Albany Stratton Veterans Hospital.

Born January 20, 1931 in Fishkill he was the son of the late; Leo Anson Bower and Vera (Baldwin) Bower.

Tom was a veteran of the Korean War having served with the US Army from 1952 to 1954. He was a member and past commander of the Jennings Willet American Legion Post of Germantown and Past Columbia County American Legion Commander. He was a member of the Church of the Resurrection of Germantown and had been part of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 122 of Germantown, for the past 50 years.

He had worked for IBM as a systems analyst for 33 years and had owned and operated Tom’s Tree Service in Germantown for many years and had served as chairman of the Germantown Zoning Board of Appeals.

Surviving are 2 sons: Thomas Jr. and David both of Germantown, a daughter Pamela Cursoe of Albany and sisters; Dorothy Bower of Livingston and Ruth Kinville of NH.

A celebration of his life will be held 1 to 2 pm Saturday November 26, 2016 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown with Services at 2pm. at the funeral home

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

Members of the American Legion will conduct services at the funeral home 12:30 Saturday at the funeral home.



Marguerite V. Riter

1925 to 2016

Marguerite V. Riter 91of Germantown died Sunday November 13, 2016 at the Ferncliff Nursing Home of Rhinebeck.

Born June21, 1925 in Poughkeepsie she was the only child of John Byron Hoffman and Jennie Gruntler Hoffman.

She was a graduate of the Germantown Central School.

As a young adult she lived and worked in NYC where she met her husband Michael Stephen Riter. They raised their children in the house that she grew up in in Germantown.

Mrs. Riter worked at Sears in Kingston in there receiving department for 20 years. After her retirement she became passionate about genealogy & local history. She served for 10 years as the Historian for the Town of Germantown. She was a member of the DAR of Hudson, former member of the Germantown Garden Club

Surviving are her children, Michael J.Riter of Greenport, Steven Riter of Germantown, Julie (John) Meacher and Susan (Michael) Bufi all of Germantown, 6 grand children, 10 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Michael Stephen Riter, son Byron Riter and daughter Diane Riter Fox.

She leaves us with the knowledge of her deep love for us and this truth; absent from the body, present with the Lord for those who love him.

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

Services will be11am Thursday at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in the Red Church Cemetery of Tivoli.



Edith Mae Staples Kelch


Edith Mae Staples Kelch died November 8, 2016 in Salem, Oregon.

Edith was born in Beacon, NY, lived in Newburgh, Germantown, Albany,NY

She spent most of her adult life volunteering for many organizations, serving as a Girl Scout leader, Sunday School teacher, Meals on Wheels, The Amereican Red Cross blood drive and Christ Lutheran Church’s Women’s Assiociation. She was a member of AARP, active with the Albany, NY Chapter, and Young at Heart Senior Citizens. Her many hobbies included playing bridge and pinochle, bowling, square dancing, quilting and traveling.

Edith was the beloved wife of the late Herman H. Kelch for 62 years. She leaves her daughter, Gail Kelch Steck (Calvin) of Salem, Oregon, and Katherine Mae Ley (late) Charles, Pittsburgh, PA. Edith was the proud grandmother of triplet grandchildren, Marcus Kelch Steck, (Michael), of Newfane, NY, Rachel Kingsman Steck (Catherine Faye Hayden), of Salem, and sisters OR and Abigal Kingsley Grow (Brian), and great-grand daughters, Kaitlin Kingsley Grow and Sarah Maeve Grow, Maopac, NY. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Betty Kelch Lasher (Jack), Elizavillle,NY and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

Edith was proceded in death by all her siblings and their spouses Marguerite Miller (walter), Dorothy Krezmin (Joseph), Daniel Staples (Helen), Ralph Staples (Elizabeth) and Frank Staples (Marie).

A memorial service will be held at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Germantown, NY with burial in Viewmont Rural Cemetery, Clermont at the convenience of the family. Arrangements in Oregon are with the Virgil T. Golden Funeral Services.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Brookstone Alzheimer’s Memory Care Center and Willamette Valley Hospice for their professional and compassionate care. In liew of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Edith to Walliamette Valley Hospice, 1015 3rd St. NW Salem, OR 97304 or on linie at wfh.org.



William Peter Smith

1937 to 2016

William Peter Smith 79 of Germantown died Tuesday November 8, 2016 at Health Alliance Center of Kingston.

Born July 23, 1937 in NYC he was the son of the late William and Margaret Smith

He had worked for the Hudson Valley Health Alliance of Kingston.

Survivors include his wife, Faythe Smith, daughter Marina (Brian) Hichman, two sons: William Smith, Christopher Smith, and 4 grandchildren. Two step children James Vincent and Ellen Vincent.

Calling will be 9:30am to 10:30am Saturday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

A Mass of the Christian burial will be celebrated at 11am at the Church of the Resurrection of Germantown.

Burial will follow in the Saint Columba Cemetery Chester, NY



Evelyn Clum

1919 to 2016

Evelyn Clum 97 of Livingston died Friday November 4, 2016 at Livingston Hills Nursing home of Livingston.

Born March 21, 1919 in Union City, NJ she was the daughter of the late Charles and Evelyn (Lanfare) Fenning.

Mrs. Clum had graduated from the Columbia Memorial Hospital school of Nursing in 1940 and had worked at the Hospital in Obstetrics for over20 years. She also worked at the Rip van winkle Clinic of Hudson for Dr. Bardwell.

After her retirement she assisted her husband with the operation of their farm in Livingston.

Survivors include her loving daughter in law: Barbara (Peter) Lasher of Livingston, grandchildren Kathleen (Nick) Guner, Cindy (Bob) Jennings, Rhonda (Ken) Alimonti, and Thomas (Julie) Lasher and 6 great grandchildren Ellie and Bryan Guner, Riley and Emma Jennings, Jeremey and Nick Lasher.

She was predeceased by her husband Kermit, son Kermit Jr., 2 sisters: Edith DiPeri, Dorothy Hampton and 3 brothers Hermance Fenning and Raymond Fenning and James Fenning.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 pm Sunday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Funeral services are 11am Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Livingston Rural Cemetery

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.



Joseph John Gunther

1926 to 2016

Joseph John Gunther, 90, passed away peacefully on October 20, 2016 at his home in Davenport, Florida with his loving wife by his side.

Born June 10, 1926, in Yonkers, New York, he was the fifth of seven children born to Martin and Anna Mary (Albert)Gunther.

In 1944 John entered the US Army and served in WWII as an MP in the Philippines and Japan until his discharge in 1946 at which time he returned to school to complete his high school education. He also worked as a mechanic and received his pilots license.

In 1951, he met the love of his life, Marilyn (Meyer) Gunther and they married in 1953 making their home in Germantown, New York.

John worked as a foreman for the Floweld Company in Germantown, New York and was a self-employed electrician for many years. Prior to his retirement he was a welding instructor at Brookwood Center and was instrumental in setting up the welding program.

After retirement, John and Marilyn enjoyed traveling the country in their RV having visited all 50 states and eventually settled in Davenport, Florida. Besides his love of flying, he spent many hours boating on the Hudson River. He also played guitar, accordion and harmonica, enjoyed dancing with his wife and friends at the American Legion, and making his metal figures (tin men)out of metal cans.

He was a lifetime member and past Assistant Chief of the Germantown Fire Department, a member of the Hudson Elks Lodge, American Legion and life member and past president of the Federation of Polish Sportsmen in Hudson.

Besides his parents,John is predeceased by three brothers, George, Phillip and Martin Gunther and two sisters, Mary Gunther and Eva Spellman. He was also predeceased by two sons, William Gunther and infant Michael Gunther and a daughter, Marilyn Sherlock.

Surviving is his wife of 63 years, Marilyn Meyer Gunther, son Thomas Gunther and wife Roberta of Germantown; brother William Gunther and wife Carol of Port Charlotte, Florida; six granddaughters Michelle (Ronald) Moore of Germantown, Cheryl (Dominick) Cinatti of Germantown, Amanda (Jamie) Adickes of Germantown, Erica (Jon) Thomas of Boston, Massachusetts, Kelly Sherlock of Chatham, NY and Valerie (Dillard) Slawson of Virginia; 11 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Thursday, October 27 from 5-8 PM at Yadack Fox Funeral Home in Germantown, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM at the Church of the Ressurection in Germantown.

Interment will be in the Church of the Nativity Cemetery, Linlithgo. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.



Linda Jean Wagner

1952 to 2016

Linda Jean Wagner, 63 of Livingston passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, October 17th. Jean was born on December 7, 1952 in Hudson, daughter of the late Joseph Edward Wagner and Elizabeth (Holmes) Wagner.

She was a 1971 Graduate of Red Hook Central School. She worked at Germantown Central School as a secretary for about seven years. She went back to school to receive a bachelors and master’s degree at Suny New Paltz for special education. She was a special education teacher at Taconic DDOS in Wassaic, NY for many years, where she retired in December of 2008. She was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Elizaville where she served as a council member and Sunday school teacher for many years.

Her hobbies included reading, traveling, and going to yard sales. She babysat for her great nieces and nephews during her retirement. A highlight of her life included attending all her nieces and nephew school concerts, dance rehearsals, sport games, family activities and many family vacations. She loved her family very much and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. We all knew her as “Aunt Jean.”

Survivors include her sister Elaine (Leonard) Albright of Livingston, her brother Robert Edward Wagner of Ancramdale and nieces Nicole Albright of Conway, South Carolina and Cheryl (Jason) Albright of Livingston NY along with great nieces and nephew Vada, Jason Jr and Addison and several cousins.

Funeral services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be offered to the St. John’s Lutheran Church Manorton 923 County Route 19 Elizaville, NY 12523.



David "Dave" J. Kellenbenz

1974 to 2016

David “Dave” J. Kellenbenz, 42, of Gilby, ND, passed away Monday, October 10, 2016 at Altru Hospita of Grand Forks, ND  after a long courageous battle with Melanoma.

Dave was born January 23, 1974, in Rhinebeck, NY, the son of Kenneth & Lorraine (Caragine) Kellenbenz. He grew up in Germantown, NY, where he graduated from Germantown Central School in 1992

Dave worked as a Meteorologist for the National Weather Service for 20 years.

Dave is survived by his wife, Karrie; son, Dawson; parents, Kenneth & Lorraine; brother, Kenneth (Tammi) Kellenbenz; sister, Kristen (Trevor) Speenburgh; nieces & nephews, Daniel, Andrew, Makenzie, Katie, Sophia & Trygve and several aunts, uncles, & cousins; grandmother, Fannie Caragine.,

A Celebration of his life will be held 6 to 8 PM Friday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

**In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family and will be used for his son Dawson’s education.



Helen Coons Henderson

1911 to 2016

Helen Coons Henderson 105 of Linlithgo died at her home surrounded by family and friends on Saturday October 15, 2016.

Helen was born September 25, 1911 in Germantown the daughter of the late James S. and Jessie (MacDonald) Coons.

After graduating Germantown High School in 1928 in a class of 10, she went to college and acquired a 2 year certificate for teaching due to the shortage of teachers from the war. Helen went on to complete her bachelors degree through correspondence courses. Helen's first job was in the one room schoolhouse in Linlithgo where she taught grades 1 through 8. Helen next moved to the 2 room school house known as Blue Hill and her final move to the recently completed Germantown Central School where she taught until she retired after teaching hundreds of third graders reading, writing ( in beautiful cursive) and arithmatic.

She was a member of the Columbia County Teacher’s Association, Germantown Historical Society, Greene County Historical Society, Germantown Garden Club, the Southern Tier Senior Citizens and volunteered at the Germantown Library.

Survivors include her nieces and nephews; Roberta (Phil Cronin of Washington DC, Richard W. (Debbie) Coons of Germantown, Philip A. (Tammy) Coons of Red Hook, Randall P. (Nancy) of Crescent Springs, KY, James S. Coons of Germantown, Jessie Brassel of Blairsville, Georgia, Joseph Coons of Berthoud, Colorado. As well as several grand nieces and nephews and special friends; Mary Howell, Sandra Crisco, Alvin Sheffer, Pat Hotaling and Dolores Sweet.

As per her wishes a grave-side service will be held 11 am Tuesday at the Valley View Cemetery Hover Ave. Germantown.



George Joseph Dembosky, Jr.

May 22, 1964 to October 7, 2016

George, known by all who loved him as “Bubby”, was an amazing man who enjoyed spending time with his children and family. George is survived by his two beautiful children, Samantha and George III, his wife, Jill Dembosky (Pugh), of North Carolina, parents Yvonne (Pillon) and George Dembosky Sr., brothers Bryan Dembosky and Dana Dembosky, sister Rhonda Pauli (Dembosky), brother-in-law Richard Pauli, and his nieces Shauna Korn and Hannah Pauli, nephews Noel Pauli and Connor Dembosky, great-nephew and niece. George will be missed for his laugh and sense of humor.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, October 11th from 6-8 p.m. at the Yadack Fox Funeral Home.

A Mass of the Christian will be Celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Resurrection of Germantown.



Ruth P. Van Nest

1919 - 2016

Ruth Patricia Quigley Van Nest was an Irish girl, born on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1919, in Washington Heights, New York City. She departed this life on Friday evening, September 30, 2016, at her home among the trees in Germantown where she had lived with her husband and children since 1952. Ruth was the daughter of Effie V. Lydecker Quigley and John Martin Quigley of New York City and later, New Jersey. Her husband, Reginald R. Van Nest, a carpenter and builder and master craftsman, predeceased her in 1981.

Survived by Priscilla (Randall) Albertson, and Elizabeth Van Nest, grandchildren, Samuel (Mayra) Albertson, and Alexis Albertson. Her nephew, Robert L. Van Nest, in Florida, several cousins living in New York City, Connecticut and New Hampshire, good neighbors and good friends also survive her. Her first grandson, David, predeceased her in 1977 as did her only brother, Gordon L. Quigley, in 2001.

Ruth worked for many years of her life and in many different capacities, first on her husband’s family farm in Milan, helping with the many aspects of their fruit and dairy farm. She also worked in Stewards Control within the Cost Accounting Department of the Royal Netherlands Steamship Company in New York City when it had moved its offices to the U.S. during World War II. She worked for several years at the Germantown Central School, and briefly, for the Germantown Telephone Company. For many years she was a Bookstore Assistant at the Bard College Bookstore, later managed by Barnes and Noble Bookstores, Inc. She loved books and was a life-long reader. She both loved and valued learning and was a perpetual scholar and a naturally gifted teacher of what she had learned.

A spiritual woman who loved and served God throughout her life, Ruth taught Sunday School at the Rhinebeck Dutch Church of Rhinebeck Flats and at the Reformed Church of Germantown, as well as Vacation Bible School for both churches. She was a member of the Missionary Society and the Ecumenical Reformed Society. For several years she taught evening sessions in spiritual principles to the residents of the New York State Training School for Girls in Hudson, and in more recent years, briefly taught in the Sabbath School of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Livingston.

At her home in Germantown, along with many cats who resided there over the years, all of whom she loved tremendously and who loved her just as much, she had the experience of having several goats in the earlier days. While at the beginning she was certain that she wouldn’t like those goats, she came to love them very deeply and cried for days when they were sold, making name tags for each. She also had healthy raccoons, possums and skunks that also received a place and sustenance under her watch, for she both knew and respected that they too, as God’s handiwork, had a right to be there. Simply put, Ruth gave to each one and to all who passed her way, in ample measure, fully and freely, and without expectation of return.

She said of herself and of her life, that on the whole, it was “the worst of times and the best of times,” and knew that God had seen her safely through it all. She also described herself as a “gleaner,” learning and taking something away from each step of life, and as she put it, “sometimes the hard way and sometimes the joyous way.”

Finally, Ruth visited Ireland twice, tread the sod her ancestors did, and loved it.

Calling hours are Wednesday 6 to 8 pm at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown. Services will be 2pm Thursday at the funeral home and burial will follow in the Reformed Church Cemetery of Germantown.



Irving Minkowitz

1926 - 2016

Irving Minkowitz, 90, a resident of Clermont, NY, passed away Saturday morning, October 1, 2016, at Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY.

He, and his twin brother, who preceded him in death, was born on July 23, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY. While in school, he worked at Whalen’s Drug Store as a soda jerk and fell in love with the restaurant business. His first restaurant was the Act IV on 44th and 8th Avenue, where he loved to welcome theater-goers and actors. He expanded his business to Washington, DC, where he owned The 50 States, and to the Jersey Shore, where he owned The Mac Embers.

He was weekender and frequently visited friends in Elizaville, NY, eventually purchasing a farm in Clermont and moving to the area, permanently, with his family. He loved to invite his friends to the “county” and to have a farm experience. In his retirement, he worked the land, growing as many as 1,800 tomato plants and gourmet vegetables, which he sold locally.

He is survived by his wife, Cherie Minkowitz, their daughter, Honey Minkowitz and many nieces and nephews. He loved his family and his life very much.

Graveside services are 11am Wednesday at the St. Luke’s Cemetery of Route 9 Clermont.



William W. Sigler Sr.

1947 - 2016

William W. Sigler Sr. 69 of Saugerties died September 30, 2016 at Health Care Alliance Broadway Campus in Kingston.

Born July 10, 1947 in Poughkeepsie he was the son of the late; Edward and Jessie (Johnson) Sigler.

Prior to his retirement he had worked as a oil burner Technician for Love Effron Oil Co. of Poughkeepsie for 20 years.

He was a member of the Saugerties Gun Club and the Saugerties American Legion.

Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, antique firearms and was a fan of Jeopardy, the Antique Road Show and boxing. He was a loving husband, father and friend to many and was known as a Mr. Fix it.

Surviving are his wife Marlene (Durant) Sigler, son: William W. Sigler Jr. (Susan) of Virginia, Christina Payne and her partner Richard Kretschmer of Saugerties, brother James Sigler of Pine Plains, two sisters; Jessie Phillips of Hyde Park and Margaret Calabro of SC, 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandsons.

He was predeceased by his daughter Denise Sigler Hughes

Calling will be 6 to 9 pm Monday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral home of Germantown.

Services will be 11am Tuesday at the funeral home.

Following cremation inurnment will be in the Mount Marian Cemetery of Saugerties.



James R. Melley

1952 - 2016

James R. Melley 64 of Red Hook died September 25th, 2016 at his home.

James was born September 21, 1952 in Rhinebeck the son of the late George Melley, Sr and Ellen (Funk) Melley

Jimmy, a member of the Honor Society in his senior year (1970) at Red Hook High School. While growing up adjacent to the Red Hook Golf Club, Jimmy became an avid golfer and played on the Red Hook High School Golf team, for three years running, from 1968 to 1970. After high school, Jimmy attended Marist College and later gave all of his energy to running Melley Auto Parts store, on South Broadway, in Red Hook, which operated from 1964 to 1985. Jimmy was the heart and soul of that auto parts store, and more than a few customers know how keen he was to serve his customers and how well he knew everything about the business and all its parts.

Jimmy is survived by six first cousins of the Frank and Margaret (Melley) Reardon family, Eileen, Mary, Sally, Geraldine, Marguerite, and John Reardon, of Canada; in the US, first cousins Steven Melley and Christopher Melley, along with Virginia (Madonna) Melley, of Red Hook

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his brother George Melley, Jr.

There are no Calling hours.

A private grave side service will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery of Red Hook.



Michael W. Martin

1963 - 2016

Michael W. Martin 52 of E. Durham, NY passed September 25, 2016 away at CMH in Hudson, NY surrounded by his family & loved ones. Michael was the son of the late Leroy T. Martin JR & Joan H. (Leno) Martin, Michael was born November 23, 1963 in Albany, NY

He is survived by his 6 children, Matthew Martin & his wife Colleen Martin of Walden, NY, Jessica Martin of Catskill, NY, Michael Martin JR of Catskill, NY, Sharon VanFonda & her Fiance’ Shaun Holt of Greenville, NY, Samantha VanFonda of E. Durham, NY & Shawna VanFonda of Yarmouth, ME. He is also survived by a brother Fred Martin of Gloversville, NY, a sister Dorothy (Doddie) Camp & her husband Mark Camp of Lempster, NH and a sister Linda (Martin) Knowlton of Berlin, NH. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews, Aunts, Uncles & cousins.

Michael worked as an oversize load escort until November of 2009 when illness forced his retirement. He enjoyed bringing his children with him on trips. He spent his life as an adult being an incredible father and creating millions of memories his children can carry with them for their life time. He touched the lives of so many and was a good friend to everyone he met. He believed that family was not just blood, but rather HEART.

The family will be holding a “CELEBRATION OF LIFE” for Michael on Sunday October 16, 2016. Please contact them for time & location.



Gladys Goesch

1933 - 2016

Gladys Goesch of Hudson passed away September 15, 2016/.

She was born November 22, 1933.

Gladys worked for Columbia County for over 25 years and was Clerk of the Board of Supervisors for many of those years.

She is survived by Thaddeus (Marina) Tompkins, Terry (Julie) Tompkins, Ricki (Beverley) Tompkins and one Aunt Ella Anderson.

She is also survived by her dearly loved nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends in New York and Kentucky.

Gladys will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her. Per Gladys’ wishes services will be private. Memorials can be sent to St. Thomas Lutheran Church at the Parish Office 923 County Route 19 Elizaville, NY 12523



Vincent M. Scotto

1936 - 2016

Vincent M. Scotto 80 of Dutch Village Hudson died September 4, 2016 at the Pines of Catskill.

He Born January 13, 1936 in Brooklyn.

Surviving are his constant companion Katharina Imor, 2 sons, Paul and Michael (Lisa), a sister Dora Schultz (Fred), grandchildren Vincent, Jessica, Michael and Michele, nephews Fred and Bob (Nikki) Schultz, niece Stephanie Dingman and children Charlie and Caitlyn.

Calling will be 1 to 3 pm Saturday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown. Services will follow at 3pm at the funeral home.



Fannie (DiCarlucci) Odierno


Fannie ( DiCarlucci) Odierno, 99, died peacefully at home on 9/1/2016 surrounded by her loving family. Fannie was born in the Bronx to Gaetano DiCarlucci and Lena Pinto and moved to Germantown in 1981 and resided there until 2004 before moving to Saugerties NY.

Fannie was predeceased by her husband Frank and her son Joseph as well as sisters Rita and Yolanda and brothers Edward, Joseph, Eugene and Thomas.

She is survived by her children Linda and Fred as well as her sisters Stella and Gloria and her grandchildren whom she considered her own children; Phyllis (Pete) Cotich, Lisa( Fred ) Alger, Joanne ( Mark ) Rockefeller , Charles Staats as well as Dorothy Bruce, Stephanie and Fred Odierno Jr, Her dedicated and loving great grand daughters Nicole Alger and Jennifer Bauhoff, Fred Alger, Tia Jones, Jordan and Devin Rockefeller, Breanna and Alexa Cotich, Tianna Klepacki, Alyssa Bruce, Aryanna and Henry Reis Jr , Jason Perez Jr and Many nieces and nephews

Calling hour are Friday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Yadack-Fox Funeral Home in Germantown

A Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated 10am Saturday at the Church of the Resurrection of Germantown.

Burial will follow at St Silvia’s Cemetery In Tivoli.



David C. Wagar

1960 - 2016 

David C. Wagar 56 of Lake Katrine died Sunday August 28, 2016 at the NE Special Care of Lake Katrine where he had been a resident since 2005 as a result of an auto accident.

Born June 26, 1960 in Albany he was the son of Albert and Barbara (Collen) Wagar.

He was a 1978 Graduate of Germantown Central School and received an Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia Greene Community College.

Prior to his accident he had been employued for many years as a head pressman with Vertis Inc. in Saugerties.

Surviving in addition to his parents are 2 sons; Collen Wagar and David Wagar, one daughter Tiana M. Wagar and 3 brothers Stephen C. Wagar, Eric C. Wagar and Mark C. Wagar.

Private grave side funeral services will be held at the Albany Rural Cemetery.



James H. Lewis


James H. Lewis, 60, originally from Germantown NY and then Monroe, NC passed away on 8/18/2016 as the result of a massive stroke. He was the son of the late Albert H. Lewis of Germantown NY and Jean P. Lewis of Siler City NC. He is also survived by a brother, Robert (Kathy) Lewis of Monroe, NC and a sister, Alberta (Scott) DeCicco of Siler City NC.

He married the love of his life, Shelley R. Wood on November 1, 1975. Together they created a wonderful family of two daughters, Allison (Scott) Broadway of Lake Mary, Florida; Jaimee (Brandon) Shaffer of Monroe, NC and a son, Branden (Caitlin) Lewis of Monroe, NC. He also has 7 grandsons, Scotty, Lucas and Landon Broadway, Andrew and Will Shaffer and Jeremy and James Lewis. He holds in his arms the soul of his granddaughter, Jennifer Anne Broadway to be born in early December. He has many nieces and nephews as well.

Jim loved his family, first and foremost, his work as a mechanic, antique cars and car shows and he loved cats. He was also an avid NASCAR fan. You couldn’t ask for a better, more sincere person to know. There are no funeral services planned, a memorial service was held at his home.



Marian Rutkowski

1940 - 2016

Marian Rutkowski 76 of Philmont died Sunday August 14th, 2016 at her home.

Born February 11, 1940 in New York City she was the daughter of the late: Ivan and Anna (Chakot) Rudik.

Before her retirement she had worked for the New York State Lottery as a data entry person in Albany. She was a member of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Hudson.

Survivors include: Two sons: Charles (Andrea) Rutkowski of Newtonville, David (Valerie) Rutkowski of Hannacroix, a daughter Marian Rutkowski of Hudson, 6 sisters: Sonia Arthur, Linda Murphy, Helen Jacobelli, Jean Kosta, Catherine Saracoglu and AnnAmadio; Grandchildren Melinda, David Katrina, Lenora and 2 Great Grandchildren Kodi and Cassidy.

She was predeceased by her husband Casimir who died March 17, 2003, son, Robert, daughter Kathleen, granddaughter Jennifer and a sister Anita DeCoursey

Services will be held 10 am Thursday at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Hudson.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm Wednesday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral home of Germantown.



Charlotte V. Shook

1931 - 2016

Charlotte V. Shook 84 formerly of Germantown died August 8, 2016 at the Van Rensselaer Manor in North Greenbush.

Born September 3, 1931 in Hudson she was the daughter of the late Harold and Caroline (Sharp) Westover.

Surviving are her daughter and son in law Ellen and Thomas Sage of Schaghticoke and son Leslie Fingar of Livingston

She was predeceased by her husband Raymond who died in 2010.

Grave side funeral services are 10am Saturday at the Livingston Cemetery.



Nancy Virginia Bodge

1946 - 2016

Nancy Virginia Bodge 69 of Catskill died at August 8, 2016 at the Health Alliance Hospital of Kingston.

Born July 12, 1946 in Keene, NH she was the daughter of the late Harold and Elizabeth (Buczala) Holt.

Nancy was a project manager for Forest Electric of NYC for many years and with Unity Electric also in NYC.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother who loved her dogs.

Surviving are her husband James who she married December 22, 1984 in Holyoke, Mass, 2 sons Richard (Ann) Jennings, John (Michele) Jennings all of Germantown. Grand children; Richard Jennings Jr., Kevin Jennings, Michael Jennings, William Jennings and Stephen Jennings, her step children Tracey Rechenberger of Mass, and Seamus Bodge of PA, Shawn Bodge of NC.

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

Services will be 11 am Friday at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in the Reformed Church Cemetery of Germantown.

Memorial donations are requested to the Columbia Greene Humane Society Humane Society Road Hudson, NY 12534



Charles J. Navins

1933 - 2016

Charles J. Navins 82 of Germantown died July 31, 2016 at Livingston Hills Nursing Home.

Born December 17, 1933 in Tivoli he was the son of the late James and Myra (Denegar) Navins.

Prior to his retirement he had been employed in maintenance at the Astor Home of Rhinebeck.

He enjoyed attending the functions at the Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association

Surviving are his son Peter Navins of Linlithgo daughter Catherine Rivenburg of Saugerties. Grand sons; Kevin Navins, Hunter Rivenburg, Devon Rivenburg and great grandson Jason Rivenburg.

He was predeceased by his wife Joan who died November 9, 1995 and a brother Robert Navins.

Calling will be 10am to 11am Monday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral home of Germantown. Graveside services will follow at the St. Sylvia’s Cemetery of Tivoli.



Edith M. Rogers

1927 - 2016

Edith M. Rogers a resident of Good Samaritan Nursing Home of Delmar and formerly of Germantown died Sunday July 31, 2016 at the Nursing Home.

Born January 29, 1927 in Brooklyn the daughter of the late Charles and Charlotte (Schweitzer) Graft.

Prior to her retirement she had been the Executive Secretary for the Civil Service Commission of Greene County for 19 years. She was active in the Reformed Church of Germantown and was a member of the Circle 8 Square Dancing club.

Survivors include two sons: Scott Moore of Schenectady and Darrell Moore of Florida, a daughter Donna Rich of Athens, her sister Laurie Singer of Chicago and 4 grand children.

She was predeceased by two husbands Mack Moore and Willard Rogers as well as a sister Charlotte Marriot.

Calling hours will be 1 to 3 pm Wednesday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown with services at 3 pm.

Burial will follow in the Reformed Church Cemetery of Germantown.



John “Jack” DeWitt

1922 - 2016

John “Jack” DeWitt 93 of East Kingston died July 15, 2016 at Ten Brook Commons in Lake Katrine.

Born July 21, 1922 in Cheviot (Germantown) he was the son of the late Sherman and Beatrice (Miller) DeWitt.

Before his retirement he had been employed for many years as a well driller with the Hugh McLean and Sons Well Drilling Company of Germantown.

He was an avid sportsman, a well known duck hunter, shad and herring fisherman.  He was also a Mets fan.

He was an honorary member of the Germantown Fire Company

Surviving are his long time companion and her daughter Marie and Cheryl Miller, daughter Valerie Farley of Stottville, three sisters; Elizabeth Takacs of Wappinger Falls, Sylvia DeWitt Brown of Warrensburg, Sally Ross of South Carolina, and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister Carolyn Livingston, 2 brothers: Elmer “Sonny” Moore and Edgar DeWitt.

There are no calling hours.

Grave side funeral services will be held 11 am Saturday July 23rd at the Cheviot Cemetery in Germantown.

In lieu of flowers donations are requested to the Germantown Fire Company.



Edward William Konow III

1961 - 2016

The family of Edward William Konow III (November 13, 1961- June 29, 2016) sadly announces his passing.

In keeping with his wishes there will be no calling hours and a private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.



Mark A. Carey

1969 - 2016

Mark A. Carey 46 of Germantown died June 12, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

Born July 5, 1969 in Poughkeepsie he was the son of Thomas and Candace (Smith) Carey.

Prior to illness forcing his retirement he had worked as a Supervisor for the Cleveland Construction Co. of Cleveland Ohio. Mark worked endlessly on his pride and joy a Dodge Charger.

Surviving besides his parents are one son Mark Carey of Ohio, two Brothers, Thomas E. Carey of Germantown and Eric Carey of Valatie, sisters Marie Carey of SC, Tammy Carey of Germantown and several nieces and nephews.

Calling will be 11 to 12 noon Saturday June 18th at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Services will be at 12 noon at the funeral home.

Memorial Donations are requested to the Carvell Cancer Treatment Center 69 Prospect Ave Hudson, NY 12534.



Frederick M. Slater

1936 - 2016

Frederick M. (two-finger Fred) Slater 79 of Gallatin died June 8th, 2016 at the Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehab Center in Livingston.

Born August 26, 1936 in Leicester, VT he was the son of the late Lyndon and Ada (Austin) Slater.

Prior to his retirement he had worked for the Taghkanic Orchards of Taghkanic for many years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Survivors include his daughter Wanda Anderson of Hudson, Sister Agnes (Aggie) Denis of Copake, one grand daughter Andrea Foley of Germantown, two great grand children Adrianna and Colton both of Germantown and his dog Pea Nut.

He was predeceased by his wife Elaine Burghardt Slater who died January 25, 2012, and several brothers and sisters.

A Celebration of his life will be from 1 to 4 pm Saturday June 11, 2016 at the Ancram Fire House.

Memorial Donations are requested to Ancramdale Neighbors Helping Neighbors Association, Inc. P.O Box 97 Ancramdale, NY 12503



Edith Nardone

1960 - 2016

Edith Nardone age 55 died peacefully May 31, 2016 in her home in Philmont, NY. Edith was Born September 11, 1960 in Hudson, NY to Natalie and Raymond Rockefeller. Edie was a graduate of Red Hook High School, and attended Columbia Greene Community College in Hudson, NY.

Edie was a vibrant and energetic person who loved life. She worked as a Registered Nurse in Columbia county, and spent her life working to make the lives of others better. Her caring and compassion impacted the lives of so many. More than anything else Edie loved her family, she spent every moment she could with her children, grandchildren, brother, and sisters. She was a proud and loving Mother and Grandmother, and will be deeply missed.

Edith was predeceased by her sister Patricia Graziano, and is survived by her brothers Jess and Ray Rockefeller, her sisters Dawn Russell and Coreen Rockefeller, her children Christopher Nardone and Harley Chadwick, and her Grandchildren Serenity, Damon, Benjamin, Madeline, Alexis, Cierra, and Emilie.

A memorial will be held for family and close friends at a date to be determined.

Donations can be made in Edith's memory to Autism Speaks by visiting http://events.autismspeaks.org/tributes/edith_nardone



Lawrence A. Nau, Jr.

1935 - 2016

Lawrence A. Nau Jr. 80 of Clermont died Saturday May 28, 2016 at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

Born September 10, 1935 he was the son of the late; Lawrence A. Nau Sr. and Marie Winzenburg.

Prior to his retirement he had been employed as a carpenter for more than 45 years. Many of these years were with Bard College of Annandale on the Hudson.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his daughter Tamara Connolly of Nevis and son Eric Nau of Germantown 4 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife Frances who died in 1996.

There are no calling hours

A celebration of his life will be 3 pm June 12th at the home of his daughter 1367 Route 9 Nevis.

Memorial donations are requested to: a charity of one’s choice.



Fred Boccia

1927 - 2016

Fred Boccia, who with his late wife Josephine Boccia owned and operated the former Nevis Deli, passed away Thursday April 14, 2016 in Hudson after a long and beautiful life immersed in his family. He was 88.

Fred was born on May 26th, 1927, in the Bronx, the son of the late Camille (Morottea) Boccia, and Ferdinand Boccia both of the Bronx.

Fred is survived by his four sons; Fred of Red Hook, Ronald of New Jersey, and Dennis and Joseph both of Elizaville; as well as two daughters, Kathy and JeriLynne both of Elizaville; 5 grandchildren, Raquel & Vincent, Nicholas, Joseph, and Fred; and one great grandchild, Carmine Joseph.

Fred was a dedicated and hard worker who committed himself to making the world a better place for his children, and their children, for years to come. He loved his wife with all of his heart until the day that God called them both home.

Fred served his country well in the Navy during WWII and then later as a foreman at Guilly’s coffee factory where he retired in the 1960s. Upon retirement he moved his family to Columbia County and began a new chapter. He established, owned and operated Nevis Deli where he worked along-side his family making a way to affect the lives of many.

In his later days, Fred could be found working on small wood-craft projects or spending time with his prized cat, Oscar. He was one in a million, and will be missed dearly by all who loved him.

Calling hours are Monday 4 to 8 pm at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Services will be 10 am Tuesday at the funeral home and burial will follow in the Linlithgo Rural Cemetery.



Dennis Dutcher

1951 - 2016

Dennis Dutcher 65 of Catskill died March 31, 2016 at the Livingston Hills Skilled Nursing and Rehab of Livingston.

Mr. Dutcher was born January 19, 1951 in Margaretville, NY

He had been disabled for many years.

Surviving are his many friends in the Catskill area as well as at Livingston Hills Nursing Home.

Services are private.

There are no calling hours.



Michael J. Lipari

1965 - 2016

Michael J. Lipari 50 of Elizaville passed away March 24, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

He was born December 29, 1965 in Mt. Kisco, NY the son of the late Joseph R. Lipari & Barbara J. (Hayes) Lipari. He will always be loved and remembered by his family and friends.

Michael graduated from Germantown Central School in 1985 and was self employed as a carpenter/painter. He was well known and would always go out of his way to help others. He will be remembered for his wit and jokes. Michael’s biggest joy was being an uncle to his niece and nephews and all the kids he ever knew, they all knew “Uncle Mike”.

Michael is survived by his siblings Scott & Bonnie Lipari, Kathleen Lipari & Anthony Scampoli, Joseph Lipari, Stacey & Roger Kilmer, and Anthony Lipari. His Niece and nephews: Victoria Kilmer, Christopher Scampoli, Ryan Kilmer, Nicholas Lipari, Wyatt Lipari, and Hunter Kilmer and his beloved dog Odie.

Services will be April 2, 2016 @ 3pm at Yadack-Fox Funeral home in Germantown.



John H. Otty, Jr.

1936 - 2016

John H. Otty, Jr , passed away at home on March 28th at home; surrounded by his loving family.

John was born on May 4th, 1936, in Greenport, the son of the late John H. Otty, Sr. and Mabel Rote.

John is survived by his wife of 37 years, Pauline (Kubisek) Otty, children John H. Otty, IV (Barbara), Judy O’Neil (Tim), Rick Otty, Sr. (Pam), Dawn N. Davi (Charles), step-children William Gordon III, Wendy Miller, Deborah Gordon, 13 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, close friends the Lenz and Esch families, brothers Robert Otty (Dotty), Richard Otty (Dina), sister Beverly Preusser (Ray) and was predeceased by sister Rose Ann Domkoski (Harold).

John loved his beloved dog, Harley.

John retired from the Town of Greenport Highway Department as a Foreman. John was a life member of the Greenport Rescue Squad, a 59 year life member of Greenport Fire Department #1, and a life member of Federation of Polish Sportsmen.

Calling hours are Thursday 4 to 8 pm at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Services will be 11 am Friday at the funeral home and burial will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Columbia Greene Dialysis or the Community Hospice.



Mary E. Stickle

1917 - 2016

On the evening of Sunday, March 20, 2016, Mary passed away peacefully of natural causes in Jacksonville, Florida. Mary was 98 years old.

Mary was born in Livingston, New York on June 15, 1917. She was the last born as a twin of 9 siblings to Carrie and George Schneider Sr. She was a loving wife to Harold who passed in 1991 and is survived by daughters, Margaret LaMonica of Florida and Beverly Pruett of Virginia, and grandchildren, Kelly Santo, Tracey Kirchain, Thomas Pruett and Michelle Rodriguez.

Mary was active in her church and community throughout her life and was a member of the Eastern Star. She also enjoyed hosting and cooking for many family events. She and Harold were avid gardeners and operated Stickles Cider Mill for several years.

A graveside service will be held at Linlithgo Reformed Church in Livingston on Saturday, March 26th at 1pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Community Hospice Earl B Hadlow Center For Caring 4266 Sunbeam Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32257



Frederick T. Lang

1938 - 2016

Frederick T. Lang 78 of Germantown died Thursday March 17, 2016 at Albany Medical Center.

Born January 9, 1938 in Urbau, Czechoslovakia he was the son of the late Thomas and Josephine (Vogel) Lang.

Mr. Lang retired after owning and operating his own dairy farm in Clermont for many years. He was a US Army veteran having served from 1960 to 1963 and was a 40+ year member of the Clermont Fire Company. He had served as Superintendent of Highways for the Town of Clermont as well as its tax collector and town assessor.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Inge (Mohr) Lang, 2 sons Michael (Karen) of Saugerties, Thomas (Lynn) of PA, one daughter Monika (Robbie) Disher of Clermont, a brother Helmut Wagner of Germany and 2 sisters Marie Richter and Alfreda Frey both of Germany. Grandchildren; Donald Beckwith, Chelsea Disher, Amanda Lang, Tommy Lang, Ryan Disher and a dear friend Betti Lucas.

There are no calling hours. Services will be convenience of the family at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Burial will follow in the Reformed Church Cemetery of Germantown.



George A. Salensky


George A. Salensky 90 of Elizaville died March 12, 2016 at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

George was graduate of New York Polytechnic University, Columbia University and held an honorary doctorate from Lehigh University. George worked well into his 80s as a research scientist with over 100 patents for organizations such as NASA, Union Carbide and Warner Lambert.

He was dedicated to promoting healthy living and eating for the past 50 years. He loved contra dancing and classical music and was an avid supporter of music at the Bard Conservatory.

George was a lecturer in the Catholic Church for many years and also attended Clermont Bible Church.

Recently, George worked tirelessly both publicly and privately to advocate for victims of unaddressed elder abuse and fraud in Columbia County. George's fight will continue through GEORGE'S JUSTICE, an organization that will provide free legal resources to county seniors and serve as a watchdog to ensure that local elected officials and law enforcement receives training and comply with state laws to protect county seniors from abuse and scams.

George is predeceased by his beloved wife Rita (Velten), sister Theresa and brothers Frank and Richard. George is survived by his sister Lillian Salensky Leccese of San Diego, his beloved service dog Ty, daughters Kathryn and Marianne, grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Calling will be 10 to 10:45 am Wednesday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral home of Germantown.

A Mass of the Christian Burial will be 11 am at the Church of the Resurrection of Germantown. Burial will follow in the Livingston Cemetery.



Gloria Mae Moore

1926 - 2016

Gloria Mae Moore died March 8, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born October 26, 1926 in Germantown the daughter of the late Roland and Laura (Ogden) Moore. She graduated from Hudson High School in in 1944. She married William D. Coons in 1947 in Hudson, he predeceased her.

Surviving are 2 sons: Bruce Coons of Copperas Cove, TX and Roger Coons of Wheaton, IL and several nieces and newphew.

Services are private and at the convenience to the family. Burial will be in the West Taghkanic Cemetery.



Byron W. “Moe” Riter

1948 - 2016

Byron W. “Moe” Riter, 67 of Germantown, died peacefully at the home of his dear mother on Northern Blvd. in Germantown, NY.  He was born November 7, 1948. 

Moe is predeceased by his wife, Laurel Murray Riter, father, Michael Stephen Riter, and sister Diane Fox, all of Germantown, NY.

He is survived by his wife Kathy Popp Riter of Philmont, daughter, Lisa Wood Snead and her husband Jeff, grandsons, Tyler Wood and Zachary Snead of Chesapeake, VA. Stepsons Jason Kassman, his children Dylan and Bailey of Chesapeake, VA, Nathan Kassman, his children Josh, Noah and Emily of Germantown.

Byron is also survived by his loving mother, Marguerite V. Riter, brothers Michael and Steven, sisters Julie Meacher (John) and Susan Bufi (Michael) as well as many nieces and nephews.

Moe served in the US Navy and was a graduate of RCA Institute in NYC.

He was a lifetime resident of Germantown where he enjoyed working as a mechanic, among other things. Moe was a unique individual who was very giving to his family and friends. There wasn’t a person he met that he wouldn’t go out of his way to help whenever needed. He was an avid hunter and could often be found somewhere near the railroad tracks along the Hudson River during duck season.

He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by many.

There will be a memorial service will be held at Yadack-Fox Funeral Home on March 12th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

A celebration of his life will immediately follow at the Reformed Church of Germantown.



John Francis Silkowski Jr.

1932 - 2016

Born in the Bronx, NY. John Francis Silkowski Jr. was a retired sheet metal worker, holding the position of shear and brake operator at Atlas Sheet metal Works and Terra Mechanical. After a long career he and his wife, Ethel, retired to his family home in Clermont, NY.

John was interested in farming and agriculture. A friend inscribed in his High School year book, “Just a farmer at heart”.

He enjoyed deer hunting with his sons, his John Deere tractor, mowing the lawn, growing tomatoes and especially puttering around his property.

John is survived by his devoted wife of over 60 years Ethel Silkowski; his sons and daughters-in-law: Eric and Pamela, John and Cynthia and Glenn and Ellen.

John was blessed with grandchildren: Raina and husband Charlie Cashdollar; Craig Silkowski and his fiancé Diandra Rosario.

John has step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren: Peter and Rose Chiavella, their son Brandon; Cherie Zeppenfeld; Amy and Stephen Holland, their daughter Liley; Kristen and Matt Michonski, their son Owen; Matthew and Natalie Zeppenfeld and their daughter Sophia, who is due on March 19th.

Also, his sister and brother-in-law: Marie and Richard Pawlak; his niece and husband: Candy and Calvin Ogdin, their son Ryan.

Calling hours are Thursday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Services will be 11am Friday at the funeral home followed by burial in the Red Church Cemetery of Tivoli.



Ronald L. Griffin

1941 - 2016

Ronald L. Griffin (“Griff”) died peacefully in his sleep after fighting a long battle with COPD. He lived in Wake Forest, NC with his wife Carole (Cort).

In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by his sisters Patricia (Griffin) Haraldsen of FL and Peg (Griffin) DeCheck of NY: his children Lisa Griffin-Thys and her husband Mike Thys of Wake Forest, NC and grandchildren Dr. Ryan Griffin Thys and wife Becky (Kochany) and expectant great granddaughter McCabe Elisabeth Thys of Wake Forest, NY, and his granddaughter Caitlin Griffin Thys of Durham; Ronald ”Buck” Griffin and his wife Jennifer Jordan Griffin, his grandsons Dakota, Tucker, and Sawyer Griffin of Clermont, NY; Erin C. Griffin of Wake Forest, NC and grand children Sierra, Kasey and Riley Griffin of Germantown, NY and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Margaret (Lasher) Griffin and his brothers Karl and John Griffin.

Ronnie was born on February 22, 1941 in Albany, NY to Charles and Margaret (Lasher) Griffin. He graduated from Germantown Central School in 1958 and enlisted in the US Navy. He traveled extensively with the Navy and was stationed in Cartagena Spain. After an honorable discharge from the Navy Ronnie worked as an iron worker for NY Central Rail road following in the footsteps of his father Charles and his brother Karl. He retired from Metro North Railroad after 38 years of service. In 1962 in married Carole Cort, also a graduate of Germantown Central. Ronnie and Carole lived in upstate NY for many years raising their three children Lisa, Buck and Erin. He spent most of his life teaching them the values of family, a strong work ethic and many skills that would serve them well in their life. His children remember him as a kind, supportive and driven father who encouraged them to pursue their dreams and goals.

He was an avid outdoorsman who taught his children how to fish, hunt and trap. He was very interested in Native American history and had an extensive collection of Indian artifacts that he uncovered along the Hudson River Valley. He was a Boy Scout Leader who enjoyed sharing stories, with his family, of the great adventures he and his scout troop experienced while camping in the Adirondack Mountains.

A celebration of his life will be March 18th from 6 to 8 pm at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown, NY

In lieu of flowers, please send donations, in his name to the Autism Society Hudson Valley 30 Denver Road Kingston, NY 12401 www.autism- society.org/chapter 512/



Robert D. Marston

1929 - 2016

Robert D. Marston, 86, of Livingston, died Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. He was born May 10, 1929 in Somerville, Ma, the son of the late Woodbury and Helen (Dalton) Marston. After graduating from Reading High School in 1947, Robert began a 50 year employment at the New England Memorial Hospital in Stoneham, Ma. It was there he met his future bride of 64 years, Marjorie Krueger. After serving in the army during the time of the Korean War, Robert graduated with high honors earning his degree in accounting at Atlantic Union College, S. Lancaster, Ma, while continuing employment at the hospital.

Robert is survived by his wife, Marjorie, of Livingston; his 3 children, son David Marston of Athol, Ma, daughter Margot Connelly (Peter) of Stoneham, Ma, son Robert W. Marston (Kathy) of Presque Isle, Me; 8 grandchildren, Gregory Marston, Shaun Marston, Briana Gordon, Mallory Archer, Michael Marston, Jenny Marston, Brad Connelly, Michael Connelly; 10 great grandchildren; one brother, Richard Marston of Roslyn, Pa., and many beloved nieces and nephews. And dear friends of community and church. The following short bio is in his own words:

Once upon a time, long, long ago……..that’s how many stories start, isn’t it? Well, this one begins at the height of the Great Depression, 1929, and that, friends, is a long, long time ago. The scene quickly changed from the suitcase factory next door to more pleasant suburban surroundings, where the author progressed through high school eventually.The need for employment (get a job, son!), after a prolonged session at home led to small hospital nearby, which seemed to satisfy the need as he remained on their payroll for the next fifty years. And as all good stories go, he soon observed a young student nurse running around, who, coincidentally, had arrived there the same day to begin her intensive training course of study. The author’s course of study was the young student, Marjorie. With luck and lack of competition his course reached a successful conclusion, and they were wed.

The Army soon summoned him – the Korean War raged on at the time – revising his destination at the last moment from the Far East to Germany, where he spent the next year. A year later he returned to the hospital to work, also commuting to college for four years as well while three children blessed the little family – and still do.

Services will be Sunday 12 to 1 pm at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home.

Burial will be Monday 11 am at the Brookside Cemetery of Poestenkill, NY



Graydon Kimbrough-Perry

1905 - 2016

Graydon Kimbrough-Perry died Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 at home in Germantown. He was born December 17th, 2005 at Northern Dutchess Hospital. He is survived by his sister, Nora Kimbrough-Perry and his parents David Perry and Christine Kimbrough, along with his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins as well as many friends. He attended Abilities First School in Red Hook, and recently started at Germantown Central School.

Graydon was a happy boy, with an infectious chuckle and a love of life. He enjoyed pumpkin pie, Scooby-Doo (especially Velma), and watching “How It’s Made” on the Science channel. He adored Harry Potter. His sense of humor was wicked.

Many people in the local community supported him in life, including numerous therapists, teachers and other professionals. The doctors at Albany Medical Center and Pine Street Pediatrics helped him stay with his family for as long as he did, and he had many virtual friends around the world who rooted for him every day.

His life was short, but it was good—he was very loved. His family will miss their Tatsie, and they won’t forget him.

A wake for Graydon will be held at 2pm Saturday, February 20th, 2016 at Central House on Main Street in Germantown. There will be food, wine and pumpkin pie. Donations to support the institutions that supported him in life can be made online at https://www.youcaring.com/menkes-foundation-germantown-firehouse-albany-medical-524146#.VsYPV1f3AAs.email.



Edgar S. Dewitt

1925 - 2016

Edgar S. Dewitt 91 of Germantown died Tuesday February 2, 2016 at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck.

Born January 20, 1925 in Germantown he waste son of the late Sherman and Beatrice (Miller) Dewitt.

Edgar served in the US Navy in the Pacific theater of operations during WWII, was a member of the American Legion of Germantown. He was also a 61 year member of the Germantown Fire Company.

Edgar had been employed for many years with Mclean Well Drilling of Germantown, had worked for the Highway Department Town of Germantown, for the Maintenance Department of Bard College and owned Dewitt Well Drilling of Germantown until his retirement.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law; Edward and Tracy Dewitt of Clermont, daughter; Theresa Vasile of Germantown, brother John (Jack) Dewitt of East Kingston, sisters Sylvia Brown of Warrensburg, Elizabeth Takacs of Wappinger Falls and Sally Ross of Wallkill, 3 grandchildren Brandon and Colton Dewitt, Tina Fusaro, and 2 great grandchildren Gianna and Lara.

He was predeceased by his wife Irene (Dembosky) Dewitt who died April 3, 2004 and brother Elmer Moore.

In keeping with Edgar’s request there will be no services. After cremation he will be laid to rest in the Viewmont Rural Cemetery



Helen Skabowski

1927 - 2016

Helen Skabowski died on January 26, 2016, at Columbia Memorial Hospital. She was born on February 6, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY to Stanley and Anna (Zebrowski) Bogucki. She is survived by her sons, Michael (Kim), Robert (Katie), and daughters Frances Wilcox (Stanley), Emilia Hogencamp (William), Anna Manzella (Paul), Helen Skabowski (Jim Schmolz) and Margaret Kennedy (John) and 18 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Helen was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Skabowski, her son Joseph Skabowski, and her brothers Walter Bogucki and Stanley Bogucki. She was a caring and generous person that touched the hearts of those she met and she will be missed.

Calling hours will be from 4 pm - 7 pm on Thursday January 28, 2016 at Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown, NY. Funeral services will be 9:30am Friday, January 28, 2016 from the funeral home and 10am at the Holy Trinity Parish Church of the Resurrection of Germantown where a Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in the Nativity Church Cemetery of Linlithgo.

In lieu of flowers donations are requested to Columbia-Greene Community Hospice 47 Liberty Street Catskill, NY 12424



Richard A. Ingersoll Sr.
1931 - 2016

Richard A. Ingersoll Sr., 84 of Livingston formerly of Mahopac, Putman County died January 20, 2016 at his residence Livingston.

Born August 16, 1931 in Mahopac he was the son of the late Alfus and Evelyn (Hill) Ingersoll.

Mr. Ingersoll served as a helicopter mechanic in the US Army during the Korean War and was a life member of the Mahopac VFW Post #5491.

He retired from the Mahopac Highway Department where he had worked as a Driver and vehicle mechanic for many years.

Survivors in clued his son Richard Jr. of Livingston, two daughters; Helen Harkins of Livingston and Susan Cino of Stockport, 3 brothers; James, Douglas and Milton Ingersoll. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family.



Bruno Tagliaferri
1977 - 2016

Bruno Tagliaferri 38 of Lawrence, Kansas  died in Lawrence January 14, 2016.

Born December 1, 1977 in Mineola, NY the son of Thomas and Silvana Tagliaferri of Germantown.

He was the founder/software developer of Perception Research Systems, Inc. in Kansas.

He was formerly a Senior Software Developer at Sackler Institute for Physchobiology at Cornell University, Software Developer at CUNY Graduate Center, and NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies in NYC.

Besides his parents he is survived by his wife Alison, daughter; Eliza both of Lawrence, KS and sister; Patricia Walter of Rhinebeck.

Calling will be 11 to 12 noon January 30th at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home in Germantown.

At 12 Noon Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated by Fr. Winston Bath at the Holy Trinity Parish Church of the Resurrection of Germantown.

In lieu of flowers donations to an educational fund for Mr. Tagliaferri’s daughter Eliza are requested to 



Seth D. Manning
1977 - 2016

Seth D. Manning, 38, of Germantown, NY passed away unexpectedly at his home on January 14th, 2016.  His memory lives on through his parents, David and Carol Manning of Douglas, MA, his forever partner Veronica Bentley and their daughter Tia Bentley, with whom he resided; his sister Rachel and her husband Kevin Caster of W. Hartford, CT; as well as many family members and friends (in both New York and Massachusetts).

Seth had a true passion when it came to caring for animals and was able to express that through his career as a Veterinary Assistant at the Rhinebeck Animal Hospital.  He very much loved his profession as well as his furry friends.

Another one of his true passions was music.  He grew up with a love for drumming and alongside his friends, wrote and recorded many albums for several of their bands.  Some of Seth’s fondest memories included the time he spent jamming with his friends, as well as performing many shows.  Music was life.

Seth was highly respected for his individuality, creativity, and his many talents.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.  Until we meet again…

A celebration of Seth’s life will be held on January 30th at 12noon at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home in Germantown, with a reception to follow.



Claudia Acer
1954 - 2016

Claudia Acer, lifelong resident of  Columbia County passed away at the Whittier Nursing and rehabilitation facility on January 5th 2016. She was surrounded by loving family, friends and staff of the facility when she passed due to cancer.

Claudia was born October 28th 1954 in Baumholder, Germany and was the daughter of the late Clifford and Delores (Roca) Coons of Philmont, NY. After the father’s service overseas the family came to reside in Philmont NY where Claudia lived most of her life. She Graduated from Taconic Hills Central School in 1972 where she graduated with a regents diploma. From 1973 to 1979 she lived in New York City where she married the late Paul G. Acer of Howard Beach, NY.  They divorced in 1979 and she relocated back to the area with their son Paul.

From that point on Claudia never left Columbia County which she loved to call home. She worked as a retail associate for The Jamesway Corporation...as well as a certified nurse’s assistant for Livingston Hills Nursing Home in Livingston, NY. All while assisting with charity for a vast amount of organizations.

Claudia will be known for her gentle, kind and giving spirit. She was very active in the Sacred Heart Church in Philmont, N.Y., teaching Sunday school as well as  being part of the various activities and groups of the Church. While at Jamesway she was very active in raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association every summer.  While raising her Son she was always active in his life through school activities, sporting events, and scouts where she also helped with activities.

Claudia is survived by her only Son. Paul B. Acer of Marlboro, NY. and many cousins. She was the sister of late Christine Bower.
A Funeral service will be held  Saturday January 9th at 1pm. at Yadack and Fox funeral home 209 main street Germantown NY.  In lieu of Flowers donations can be made to one of the following two organizations through their websites.

Kindness over Muscular Dystrophy #KOMD.       www.parentprojectmd.org/komd.

The Susan G. Komen  For the Cure.                  www.info-komen.org



Howard Edward Irwin
1958 - 2016

Howard Edward Irwin died on January 5, 2016, at Columbia Memorial Hospital.  He was born on December 8, 1958, in Mahopac, NY to Thomas and Barbara (Tompkins) Irwin.  He is survived by his loving family-wife, Virginia (Lee),  his sons, Howard, Jr. (Jennifer), Michael (Melinda), James (Jenna) and his grandchildren, Natalee, Howard III, Thomas, Jameson, expected Grandbaby, his father Thomas, sister  Lee, brother Myron  and several loving family members and friends.  He was predeceased by his mother and brothers, Thomas and Michael.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.  He was a talented mechanic who worked at Pat Zanchelli Inc. for many years whom he considered family.  Howard also loved riding his motorcycle.

Services will be held at Yadack Fox Funeral Home, Germantown, NY on January 12, 2016 3-5 pm.  

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made in his name to The Fireman’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, NY 12534, Att: Administration.


Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Inc.
209 Main Street - P.O. Box 146 • Germantown, NY 12526
518-537-6166 • 518-537-4305 FAX

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