Obituaries: Hintze, Merritt, Thorpe, Scannell, Doty


Kathleen Hintze, 81, library clerk

ALBANY—Kathleen A. Hintze, 81, of Claverack, passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

Born November 28, 1929 in Queens, she was the daughter of the late Agustus and Catherine (Connley) Bailey.

Mrs. Hintze was a library clerk for many years at the Hudson Area Library.

She was predeceased by her husband, Arnold W. Hintze.

Surviving are two sons, Michael Hintze of Kingston and Steven Hintze of Albany and many close friends, including Janet Miller, Tina Santiago, and Barbara Teter.

Friends are invited to Kozel’s Sunday, November 27, 2011 from noon to 3 p.m. for a casual gathering to honor Mrs. Hintze. Call the Hudson Area Library for reservations at 518 828-1792.

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

Katherine Merritt, 74, telephone company supervisor, knitter

HUDSON—Katherine “Katch” M. Merritt, 74, of Valatie, passed away Thursday, November 17, 2011 at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Born January 24, 1937 in Syracuse, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Katherine (Sabourin) Fennessey.

She attended Oswego State College.

Mrs. Merritt was a supervisor for New York Telephone in Hudson and NYNEX in East Greenbush and retired after 28 years of service.

She was a member of the Hudson City School District Board of Education, the Business and Professional Women, the Junior Service League, St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie and the Pioneers of NY. She was a volunteer at the Hudson Day Care Center Railroad Snack Bar and the Columbia Memorial Hospital Snack Bar. One of her many talents was knitting and she made beautiful blankets and sweaters for her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed playing cribbage and Yahtzee.

She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Herbert S. Merritt of Valatie, whom she married May 25, 1984; five daughters and sons-in-laws, Kathy and Robin Steiner of Hartsdale, Mary Edith “Deet” and Timothy Keeler of Claverack, Julia and Stephen Graziano of Manlius, Heather and Michael Schopp of Canaan, CT, and Maureen and Greg Kronau of Poestenkill; her sister, Anne Duncan of Boston; her brother, Richard Fennessey of Potsdam; 15 grandchildren, Leigh and Allison Steiner, Seth and Eric Keeler, Elliot and MacKennan Graziano, Brooke (Andrew) Bishop, Fred, Ben, Colleen, Michael and Greyson Schopp, Emily, Abigail and Lillian Kronau.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Leo Fennessey.

Services were conducted Saturday, November 19 at St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie. Interment was in the St. John’s Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John’s Church, 1025 Kinderhook Street, Valatie 12184, or to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414. To leave a message for the family go to

Sophie Thorpe, 91, sales clerk, church member

HUDSON—Sophie K. Thorpe, 91, of Ghent passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born January 6, 1920 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Marian and Anna (Bania) Krasnoborski.

Mrs. Thorpe was a sales clerk at Marsh’s Department Store in Hudson and a member of St. Mary’s Church.

She was the beloved mother of James W. Thorpe, Jr. of Falls Church, VA, Anne Mary O’Reilly of Bronxville, and Rosemary Bonesteel of Ghent; devoted sister of Amelia Nabozny of Rensselaer; and loving grandmother of eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, James W. Thorpe, Sr., one brother, Clarence Krasnoborski and four sisters, Jennie Maiewski, Rose Thomas, Mamie Hester and Helen Kitchie.

Prayers were offered November 19 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Church, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson.

Interment was in Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Church, P.O. Box 323, Hudson 12534. Go to to leave a message for the family.

Elizabeth Scannell, 90, dedicated home health aide

PHILMONT—Elizabeth (Liz) H. Wurtzinger Scannell, the beloved wife of Robert J. Scannell for 67½ years, passed away November 18, 2011, at the Pine Haven Nursing Home.

She was born November 20, 1920 in Allentown PA.

Mrs. Scannell lived in Ghent for 66 years on Scannell Road. She opened the door to creativity and discovery for her children.

She is survived by: her children, Mary Anne Fricano (Joseph), Nancy Winegard, Marjorie Balder (Clifford), Elizabeth Drury (Jay), Robert Scannell Jr., Barbara Scannell and Joseph Scannell; her grandchildren, Melinda Rowley (David), Charles M. Losa, Joseph Fricano, Jr., Elizabeth Fricano, Leah Laviazar (Daniel), Andrew Scannell, Nicholas Scannell; her great grandchildren, Sorrel Rowley, Lyssa Losa and Skyler Losa..

She was predeceased by her beloved sister, Anna Salsille and her brother Frank Schnieder.

Mrs. Scannell worked at the foundling home in New York City and during World War II she worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. After raising her seven children, she became a dedicated home health aide until her retirement.

Mrs. Scannell was very active in the Mothers Club at the Ghent school and was a Cub Scout leader. She was a communicant of Saint James Church since she arrived in Columbia County.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated November 21 at the Saint James Church, interment followed at Saint James Cemetery, Ghent.

Arrangements were with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham.

Contributions in Mrs. Scannell’s name may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia/ Greene. To send an online condolence visit

LeRoy Doty, 94, interested in firematics, custodian

HUDSON—LeRoy Doty, 94, a resident of the Firemen’s Home, died Friday, November 18, 2011 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born November 14, 1917 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Peter and Tessie (St. James) Doty.

He attended Hudson High School and then went to work for Joslen’s Tobacco Company as a clerk. He then worked for the New York Central Railroad as a custodian for 15 years until he retired at the age of 62.

On November 8, 1947 he married Ruth Every. They were married for 51 years before her passing on June 28, 1999.

When he was 23, he joined the J.W. Hoystradt Hose No. 8 Fire Company on July 3, 1941. He had a strong interest in all things firematic. He was a life member of the Blue Vest, a member of FASNY for 50+ years, a member and delegate for the Columbia County Firemen’s Association, and a member of New York State Fire Chiefs’ Association. He has been to Firematic Conventions all over the state. He also liked to build model houses out of popsicle sticks.

He is survived by his sister-in-law and brother-in law, Katherine and Michael Martel, other relatives, and all of his friends at the Firemen’s Home and in the Hudson area.

Services are private and at the convenience of the family.

Donations may be made to the Firemen’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson 12534, or to Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 147 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. To leave a message for the family go to


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