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Obituaries: Briggs, Engel


Richard Briggs, 82, street sweeper, Giants fan

HUDSON—Richard O. Briggs, 82, of Livingston passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at the Firemen’s Home.

Born November 20, 1928 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Harold and Beulah (Wildermuth) Briggs.

Mr. Briggs was a 1947 graduate of Roeliff Jansen High School in Copake, where he played on the baseball team for four years.

He worked for the Department of Public Works in Hudson as a street sweeper for more than 20 years. He was a member of the S.W. Smith Hook and Ladder Company in Chatham for 58 years and a member of the Hudson Moose Lodge for many years. He enjoyed his family and friends and was an avid fan of the Giants baseball and football teams.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Margie G. (Funk) Briggs of Livingston; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, many nieces and nephews and many friends, including his friends at the Firemen’s Home.

Mr. Briggs was predeceased by a brother, William Briggs; a cousin, Francis Brennan, Jr., and a sister-in-law, Beatrice Ross.

Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 11 in the Firemen’s Home Chapel, with funeral services at 7:30 p.m.

Burial will be in the Livingston Cemetery on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Firemen’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson 12534.

The family thanks the Firemen’s Home for the excellent care Mr. Briggs received there.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Visit www.batesanderson.com to send condolences.



Anna Engel, 95, postal clerk, co-owned gas station

HUDSON—Anna E. Engel, 95, a resident of Pine Haven, formerly of Ghent, passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born July 19, 1916 in Ghent, she was the daughter of the late George and Alberta (Stahlbush) Ham.

Mrs. Engel was a clerk at the Ghent Post Office until retiring. She was a life member of the West Ghent Reformed Church, a member of the Eastern Star, and a member of the West Ghent Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She was also the co-owner of Engel’s Gas Station with her late husband, Walter F. Engel.

Mrs. Engel was the beloved mother of Sylvia (Boyd) Schaummann of Philmont, Phyllis (James) Woodward of Niverville, Sally (Ronald) Charron of Ghent and Walter Gordon (Jean) Engel of Ghent; devoted grandmother of Peggy Sue (Chris) Boyle of Averill Park, Daniel (Annie) Schaummann of Nassau, Colleen (Steve) DeCarlo of Maryland, Charles (Deborah) Pulver of Pennsylvania, Pamela (Charles) Pulver Loomis of North Carolina, Ruth Ann (James) Burnell of Chatham, the Reverend Brian (Laurel) Engel of Mohawk, Wally (Kim) Engel of Ghent and Jay (Polly) Engel of Spencertown.  Also surviving are 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Calling hours are 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, November 12 at the West Ghent Reformed Church. Services will follow at 11 a.m. with Reverend Engel and the Reverend Dr. Nancy A. McClure-Long officiating.

Burial will be in the West Ghent Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Pine Haven Sunshine Fund, the West Ghent Fire Department, or the West Ghent Reformed Church.

To leave a message for the family go to www.batesanderson.com.

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