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Obituaries: Grecula, Gelhorn, Maas


Elisabeth Grecula, 90, nurse’s aide, raised horses

VALATIE—Elisabeth M. “Elly” Grecula, 90, formerly of Water Street in Livingston, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Barnwell Nursing Home.

She was born January 26, 1921 in Germany and was the daughter of the late John and Elisabeth (Huber) Strohmaier.

Mrs. Grecula was a nurse’s aide at Columbia Memorial Hospital for 10 years.  She was a former member of St. Mary’s Church in Hudson and a member of the Church of the Holy Cross (Our Lady of Hope Church).

She and her late husband, John Grecula, raised horses and loved to travel.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her daughter, Elka Lindner, and her siblings.

Surviving are her niece and nephew in Germany and several good friends, including Mary and Lou Giovannucci of Livingston.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 11 at Our Lady of Hope Church in Copake Falls with the Rev. Carl Johnson officiating.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are with the Bates and Anderson-Redmond and Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson.

Donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene or to Our Lady of Hope Church. To leave online condolences visit

Katherine Gelhorn, 76, homemaker, loved family

STUYVESANT—Katherine Irene Gelhorn, 76, of Stuyvesant died Monday June 6,2011 at her home.

Born in Valatie, April 10, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Edson William and Nettie (Stribeck) Folmsbee, Sr.

Mrs. Gelhorn was a homemaker who loved her family dearly.

She is survived by: one daughter, Pamela A. Rivera (Atilano) of Hopewell Junction; one son, Wayne R. Gelhorn (Jane) of Ballston Spa; two sisters, Nancy Bates of Germantown and Jean VanWagner of Valatie; a brother, Leon Folmsbee of Valatie; two grandchildren, Natasha and Jeramie Gelhorn; two great grandchildren, Hayden and Nayelly; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wesley R. Gelhorn; her son, Wesley M. Gelhorn; and siblings, Edson, Robert, Helen and Harold.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 10, 1 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Stuyvesant with Vicar Dan Cohn officiating. Interment will be in Firwood Cemetery, Stuyvesant. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, lnc., Valatie. For those wish, contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Route 26A, Stuyvesant 12173.

Robert Maas, 77, Navy vet, engineer

ALBANY—Robert E. Maas, 77 of Valatie died Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at Albany Memorial Hospital.

Born in Brooklyn, April 10, 1934, he was the son of the late Charles P. and Martha M. (Hobrecht) Maas.

Mr. Maas was a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy and an engineer for New York Telephone in Menands. He was a member of the New York Telephone Pioneers and enjoyed boating, skiing and especially his family.

He is survived by: his wife, Jean C. (Matzel) Maas of Valatie; three children, Douglas R. Mass of Valatie, Linda Jean Staszowski of Lenox, MA and

Donna M. Ciocci of Franklin, MA; seven grandchildren, Katie, Kristen, Brittany, Kendra, Justin, Evan and Breana.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 9, 1 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, lnc., Route 9, Valatie, with the Rev. John Molyn officiating. Interment will follow at Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands. Friends may call Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to the Albany Medical Center Parkinson’s Foundation.


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