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Obituaries: Williams, Schlegel, Broast, Goodrich


Thomas Williams, 69, Army vet, GE salesman

HUDSON—Thomas D. Williams, 69, of Ghent and previously Endicott died Friday April 6, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born in Hudson, July 14, 1942, he was the son of the late William F. and Elizabeth (Toth) Williams.

After graduating high school, Mr. Williams served in the U.S. Army and later was a salesman for General Electric in Menands and also in in Binghamton.

He is survived by: two sons, Bill and Robert Williams; one sister, Mary Ann Dwileski; granddaughter, Hana Williams; nephews, Mark, Jeffrey and Joseph Dwileski.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to noon followed by funeral services with Deacon Peter Trawinski officiating.

Burial will be in Mellenville Union Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

Audrey Schlegel, 91, homemaker, auxilian

PHILMONT—Audrey Mesick Schlegel, 91, a long time resident of Ghent died Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

Mrs. Schlegel was born November 4, 1920 in Valatie, the daughter of the late Ernest and Juanita (Roght) Mesick.

A homemaker most of her life, she was a member of the Ghent Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxillary.

She is survived by: daughter, Judy and husband Fred Engel of Eureka, MT; sons, David Schlegel and wife Patricia of Ghent and Gordon of Chatham; grandchildren, Wendy DellGrottaglia, Fred Engel, Jr., Crystal Yager, Chad, Justin and Jordon Schlegel; great grandchildren, Matthew DellGrottaglia, Michele Carr, Carrie Engel, Ethan Engel; great great grandchild, Wyatt Carr; brother, Jack Mesick and wife Fran of Chatham; sister-in-law, Regina Mesick; many nieces and nephew.

She was predeceased by her husband, Gustav; son, Bruce; brothers, Thomas, Richard, Harry, Robert, Beebe Mesick and sisters, Frances Wagar and Rebecca Benvenuto.

Funeral services were April 5 from the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham, Interment was in the Ghent Union Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ghent Volunteer Fire Company, Ghent 12075 or the Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414 For on-line condolences visit

Phyllis Broast, 73, took pleasure in cooking, gardening

HUDSON—Phyllis A. Broast, 73, of Germantown died Sunday, April 1, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born June 16, 1938 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late John and Nellie (Grater) Gaschel.

Ms. Broast was devoted to her family and took great pleasure in cooking, playing cards, Yahtzee, gardening and music. She also enjoyed working on her photo albums and crosswords and was an avid fan of NASCAR driver Mark Martin.

Survivors include: her love of 44 years, Alexander Wayne Rifenburg of Tivoli; two sons, Gregory Broast of Germantown and John Broast of Clermont; four daughters, Lori Spragis of Catskill, Karen Broast of Clermont, Ladonnis Rifenburg of Tivoli and Melissa Rifenburg Salerno of Kings Park; three brothers, John Gaschel of Livingston, Joseph Gaschel of Claverack and Michael Gaschel of Germantown; one sister, Nancy Gardner of MA, 17 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She will forever be our “Momma Love”.

She was predeceased by her son, Scott Alexander Rifenburg; her sister, Claire Griffin and her brother, Richard (Yubby) Gaschel. May she rest in eternal peace with her beloved Scottboy.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, April 10, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home in Germantown.

Funeral services honoring Ms. Broast’s life will be Wednesday, April 11, 9:30 a.m. from the funeral home and 10 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Parish Church of the Resurrection of Germantown, where a Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in the Red Church Cemetery, Tivoli.

Barbara Goodrich, 53, dedicated to family, quilter

ALBANY—Barbara Ann Goodrich, 53, longtime Chatham resident, passed away March 27, 2012 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital after a courageous, 15-month battle with cancer.

The youngest of four daughters and two sons, she was born December 16, 1958 on Long Island to the late Charles and Louise Robb.

She graduated from Chatham High School. She was dedicated to her family and home, career as a caregiver, and was an avid quilter, reader and gardener.

She is survived by her mother, Louise; husband, Donald Goodrich, Sr.; three children: Derek, Craig and Brittney Poole; grandson, Jaxon Poole; and her brothers and sisters.

At her request, and in lieu of a service, her family will host a celebration in her honor sometime in the summer, the date will be announced.

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