Obituaries: Collins, Tator, Reardon, Waldron


Dorothy Collins, 89, longtime Kinderhook resident

VALATIE—Dorothy Beatrice Collins, 89, a resident of the Barnwell Nursing Center in Valatie died there Tuesday, May 17.

She was born in Brimfield, MA, December 21, 1921.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Collins. Mrs. Collins lived in Kinderhook for more than 40 years and was a loving mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by: her five children, Joseph Sampson, Jr. of MA, Richard Sampson of FL, David Sampson of Schenectady, Cindy Gay of Valatie and Linda Sauca of Stockport; 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Graveside services were held May 21, 2011 in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Valatie, with the Reverend Stark Jones officiating.

Arrangements were with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Route 9, Valatie.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, ATTN: Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.

Daniel Tator, 53, Army vet, mechanic

CASTLETON—Daniel E. Tator, 53, of Route 20, Castleton, died Tuesday May 17, 2011 at his residence.

Born in Hudson, April 28, 1958, he was the son of Jeannette (Williams) Tator of Chatham and the late Henry B. Tator.

Mr. Tator was a US Army veteran and a diesel mechanic for Mangiardi Trucking in Castleton.

Besides his mother, he is survived by: a daughter, Melanie Tator of Castleton; three brothers, David B. Tator of Rensselaer, Joseph E. Tator of Nassau and Robert L. Tator of Stuyvesant; one sister, Deborah Tator Ostrowski of Chatham Center; two grandchildren, Madison and Joshua Hearne of Castleton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Nancy Irene Tator.

Relatives and friends may call Tuesday, May 24 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in North Chatham Cemetery at the convenience of the family. For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Nassau American Legion Post.

Mary Reardon, 56, behavior specialist, active in community theater

HUDSON—Mary Patrice Reardon of Valatie went home to be with the Lord on May 20, 2011. She died at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born February 17, 1955, she was the daughter of Kathryn Reardon of New Mexico, and the late Thomas Reardon.

She is survived by: three brothers, Thomas (Jan) Reardon of Iowa, Timothy (Kay) Reardon of New Mexico and Gerard Reardon of Hudson; two sisters, Katherine (Wendell) Cook of Hudson and Colleen Klose of New Mexico; nieces and nephews, Jessica Dinger and Cassandra Reardon, Melissa and Michael Pollack, Erin Cook Bornt, Caitlin and Sean Reardon, Lauren, Thomas and Zachary Klose, and Matthew, Shannon and Samantha Reardon.

She was predeceased by her nephew, David Reardon. She was their “Crazy Aunt Mary.” She also leaves behind her beloved canine companions, Max and Hercules.

Ms. Reardon graduated from Hudson High School, State University College at Buffalo and SUNY Albany. She worked for Belvedere, Inc. of Albany as a behavior specialist working with survivors of traumatic brain injuries. Prior to that, she was employed at Residential Opportunities, Inc./Center for Disability Services.

Ms. Reardon was active in many local organizations including the MacHaydn Theatre, Upstage Productions, the Ghent Playhouse, Coarc, Homeward Bound Dog Rescue and St. James Parish.

Family will receive friends Monday, May 23 from 5 to 8 pm at the Saint James Church in Chatham. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated there, Tuesday, May 24 at 10 a.m.

Memorials in Ms. Reardon’s name may be made to Homeward Bound Dog Rescue of Albany, NY, St. James Church or the Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham. For directions or to send and online condolence visit

Raymond Waldron, 73, liked to work with farmers

HILLSDALE—Raymond “Peter” Waldron, 73, of Hillsdale, passed away Friday, May 20, 2011 at his residence with his loving family at his side.

He was born December 2, 1937 in Sharon, CT, and was the son of the late Pauline (Wilhoite) and Ray Unite.

A dedicated husband, father and friend, he worked for Agway for 30 years and enjoyed working with all the farmers. He later worked for Carovail for nine years.  After retiring, he enjoyed gardening, photography and spending time with his family.

He is survived by: his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Waldron;  two daughters, Kim (Craig) Keil of Hudson and Kathleen (David) Britton of CT;  three sons, Art Rice of NC, William (Anne) Rice of MD and Christopher (Vallarie) Rice of Philmont; three siblings, Yvonne “Pat” Laken of Hyde Park, Shelda Unite (Bill Tourjee) of CT, and Carlos (Cindy) Unite of CT; 12 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and several in-laws.

In a statement, Mr. Waldron’s family said, “We will miss you more than words can say and you will be with us every step of our journey until we meet again. We love you.”

Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 4, 2011 at the Mellenville Union Cemetery with Deacon Mark McDarby officiating.

Donations may be made in his name to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene. Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson. To leave online condolences go to

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