Obituaries: Kerr, Wahlers, Lees, Marks


James Kerr, 76, stock handler, liked arts and crafts

SANDISFIELD, MA—James M. Kerr, 76, formerly of Hudson, died Sunday, March 6, 2011 at the Berkshire Nursing Home.

Born September 13, 1934 in Hudson, he was the son of Robert and Verna (Fowler) Kerr.

He attended Hudson High School and served in the US Air Force during the Korean War.

Mr. Kerr was employed as a stock handler at the Universal Match Factory.  He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and a published poet. He enjoyed arts and crafts and genealogy research.

Surviving are: his son, James L. (Tina) Kerr and daughter, Charlanne Loomis, both of Hudson; five grandchildren, Justin, Jeremy and Zachary Kerr, Louis Loomis and Shannon Williams; and a great-grandson, Darrick Williams.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Charlene (Schermerhorn) Kerr, and his sister and brother-in-law, Harriett and Roy Drum.

Funeral services were March 9 at the Bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date.

Karl Wahlers, 78, company foreman, liked a good horse race

HUDSON—Karl Wahlers, 78, of Stottville, passed away peacefully with his loving family at his side, Sunday, March 6, 2011 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born in Hicksville, Nassau County, October 6, 1932, he was the son of the late Charles and Alice Wahlers.

Mr. Wahlers was a foreman at the Mephisto Tool Company in Greenport for more than 37 years.

He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War and was a member of the Stottville Fire Company. Mr. Wahlers was an avid bowler, loved playing horseshoes and cards and enjoyed a good horse race.

He is survived by: his son, Duane (Judy) Wahlers of Stottville; his daughter, Romona Wahlers of Hudson; his step-daughter, Debra Card of Hudson; his stepson, Leonard Hall of Ghent; his daughter-in-law, Barbara Wahlers of Stuyvesant Falls; his partner, Jean March of Claverack; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Mr. Wahlers was predeceased by his wife, Maria (Cesternino) Wahlers, his son, Stewart Wahlers, and his daughter, Karla Wahlers.

Funeral services were March 9 at the Bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Stuyvesant Falls, March 10. Memorial donations may be made to the Stottville Fire Company.


Eleanor Lees, 88, taught theatre arts

VALATIE—Eleanor M. Lees, 88, of Valatie, died Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Barnwell Nursing Home.

Mrs. Lees was predeceased by her husband, Robert B. Lees.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan David Frank and Kathy Frank of Poway, California, and two grandchildren, Daniel Joseph Frank and Rebecca Jean Frank.

Mrs. Lees was born in Chicago, October 31, 1922, to the late Gerald W. and Bessie Reve (Swartz) Sullivan.

She was a theatre arts teacher and a member of Congregation Anshe Emeth.

Services were held March 8 at Congregation Anshe Emeth in Greenport.

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.

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

Dr. Ira Marks, 76, pediatrician to many

OLD CHATHAM—Dr. Ira Marks died at home in Old Chatham Tuesday, March 8.

A Brooklyn native, Dr. Marks graduated from James Madison High School, Bethany College in West Virginia, and Harvard Medical School.  He served as president of his Harvard Medical School class.

Dr. Marks was an intern in medicine from 1959 to 1960 at North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill and completed his residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Boston. From 1962 to 1964, he practiced pediatrics as a captain in the Air Force at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, DC, earning the Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service.

In 1964, Dr. Marks moved to the Chatham area with his wife, Susannah, where he practiced pediatrics for more than 40 years, for most of those years in partnership with Dr. Lawrence Greitzer.

Dr. Marks began working at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson in 1964 and assumed the role of chief of the Department of Pediatrics from 1978 to 1989. He also worked from 1966 to 2000 at the Berkshire Farm Center for Youth; from 1975 to 2000 at the Brookwood Secure Center, a juvenile detention center for boys; and as the school physician for the Chatham Central School District for many years. In addition, he served as a member of the New York State Council for Graduate Medical Education Board from 1989 to 1992.

Outside of doctoring, Dr. Marks took an active role in local affairs. He participated as a member of the Town of Chatham Comprehensive Planning Committee and the Town of Chatham Ethics Board, and he helped lead efforts to prevent the establishment of a cement plant in Columbia County. He also served for a year as president of the Tri-Village Fire Company. His career included memorable roles in the musical “Annie” at the Chatham High School and in the play “Our Town” at PS21, and he was a member of the same monthly reading group for more than 30 years.

Dr. Marks is survived by Susannah, his wife of 49 years; their three children, Sarah, Ilana and Jared; their grandchildren, Matthew, Joshua, Isabel, Emily, Noah, Esme and Amelie; and his brother, Sidney.

According to Dr. Marks’s wishes, there will be no memorial service. Donations may be made to the Tri-Village Fire Company. On line condolences may be sent at

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