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Obituaries: Grant, Meyn, Sebulske


Willard Grant, 92, insurance man, fire company life member

HUDSON—Willard E. “Bill” Grant, 92, of Chatham passed away Thursday, October 20, 2011 at the Firemen’s Home in Hudson.

Born July 1, 1919 in Austerlitz, he was the son of the late Willard R. and Irene (Duggan) Grant.

Mr. Grant was an insurance salesman with Metropolitan Life in Hudson before retiring.

He served in the US Army during World War II and was a member of the Columbia County Draft Board during the Vietnam War.

Mr. Grant was a life member of the S.W. Smith Hook & Ladder # 1 in Chatham for over 60 years, a member of the St. James Roman Catholic Church, a member of the Columbia Car Club, and a member, and past president, of the Chatham Lions Club.

Surviving are: three children, Katherine (Chet) Gannett of Valley Center, CA, W. George (Ethel) Grant of Chatham and David J. Grant of Housatonic, MA; two grandchildren, Jennifer Gannett of Montclair, NJ and Benjamin Gannett of Valley Center; one great-grandson, Grant Otis Gannett-Len, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 1 p.m. Monday, October 24 at the St. James Roman Catholic Church in Chatham.

Burial will be in St. James Cemetery in Ghent. Following the burial, a gathering for family and friends will be held at the Whitestone Cafe in Ghent.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the S. W. Smith Hook & Ladder #1, Chatham 12037, or to the Firemen’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson 12534.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit

Thomas Meyn, 63, councilman, cabinet maker

EAST CHATHAM—Thomas Edward Meyn passed away October 20, 2011, at his home surrounded by friends and family.

He was born February 19, 1948 in Paterson, New Jersey, the son of the late Thomas William and Katherine J. Payne Meyn.

Mr. Meyn graduated Houghton College in Houghton with a BA in business administration. Later, after moving to East Chatham he started his own business, Hopper Cabinet. He enjoyed the restoration of classic cars and Triumph motorcycles. He served two four-year terms on the Chatham Town Board since 1998.

He is survived by: his sisters, Cathy Teeling of Butler, NJ and Elaine Smith of Allumuchy, NJ; nieces; Meghan Teeling of Clifton, NJ and Courtney Teeling of Montclair, NJ, and many close friends.

Family will receive friends at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Sunday, October 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. Religious services will be celebrated Monday, October 24, 10 a.m. at Saint James Church, Chatham.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

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Frances Sebulske, 76, claims manager, knitter

HUDSON—Frances E. Sebulske, 76, of Hudson passed away Friday, October 21, 2011 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born June 4, 1935 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Wanda (Ziemba) Sebulske.

Ms. Sebulske was claims manager at Travelers Insurance in Albany for many years before retiring. She was a former member of Sacred Heart Church and enjoyed knitting and sewing.

She is survived by: two nephews, Tracy Miller, Sr. of Rensselaer and Dave Miller of Schodack; a great-nephew, Tracy Miller, Jr. of Rensselaer, and several cousins including Paula Kobilca and Joe Kobilca, both of Greenport.

She was predeceased by her sister, Laura Ann (Sebulske) Miller and her aunt, Helen Kobilca.

Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 25 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

Prayers will be offered at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 26 at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

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