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Obituaries: Gaber, Godfroy, Saunders, Brainard

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Morton Gaber, 87, jovial, generous, WWII vet

GHENT—Morton Gaber, 87, of New York City died Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.

Born May 18, 1924 in New York City, he was the son of the late William and Minnie Gaber.

Mr. Gaber was the owner of Eighth Street Liquors in New York City. He was a jovial person with a sharp wit and keen sense of humor. He was a very generous man who liked to make everyone laugh. He loved the opera and classical music. Mr. Gaber was very proud of his service in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

Surviving are: his beloved wife, Goldie (Himmelfarb) Gaber of New York City; his daughter, Evelyn (Mitchell) Bloom of Texas; two step-children, Risa (Lewis) Dimm of Livingston and Eric Fineman (Bernadette Leggiero) of Croton-On-Hudson; several grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery at a later date.

Donations may be made to Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, 1 Whittier Way, Ghent 12075, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Pine West Plaza, Building 4, Suite 405, Washington Avenue Extension, Albany 12205. To leave a message for the family go to www.batesanderson.com.

Carolyn R. Godfroy, 75, worked at service station, loved horses

LENOX, MA—Carolyn R. Dahl Godfroy, 75, of Route 22, New Lebanon died on Sunday, April 8 at the Providence Care Center after a long illness under the care of Hospice Care in the Berkshires.

Born September 7, 1936 in Chicago, IL, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Amanda Robinson Dahl.

She was the loving wife of Carl E. Godfroy, whom she married April 23, 1955 in DesPlaines, IL. She was a graduate of Main Township High School in Niles, IL and was of the Lutheran faith. Mrs. Godfroy was a resident of the New Lebanon area since July 1956. She worked for many years with her husband Carl and her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Lou and Betty Godfroy in the operation of Godfroy’s Service Station. She then worked at Ceramaseal in New Lebanon as an inspector, before she retired. She loved horses.

Survivors include: her husband of 56 years, Carl; two sons, John R. Godfroy of New Lebanon and William A. (Patricia) Godfroy of Niverville; three grandchildren, Sharri, William and Kyle; two great-grandchildren, Marie and Jacob; many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her faithful canine companion, Babe. She was predeceased by siblings Dorothy Myer and Paul Dahl.

Private graveside services were held in the Cemetery of the Evergreens in Lebanon Springs where the Reverend Trygve Tomlinson officiated. Memorial contributions may be made to the Renal Dialysis Unit at Berkshire Medical Center, 725 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Arrangements are under the direction of Hall & Higgins Funeral Home of Stephentown.

Robert F. Saunders, 86, union member, outdoorsman

PITTSFIELD, MA—Robert F. Saunders, 86, of Route 22, Berlin died on Sunday, April 8 at Hillcrest Commons, where he had been a resident for four years.

Born July 29, 1925 in Berlin, he was the son of the late Charles M. and Allene Maine Saunders. He was the husband of Elizabeth Bentley Saunders.

A lifelong area resident, Mr. Saunders attended school in Cherry Plain. He was a member of Teamsters Local #294, worked for Columbia Box and 7-Up in Poestenkill. He retired after 20 years of service at W. J. Cowee, Co., Inc. in 1988. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Surviving in addition to his wife are: two sons, John M. Saunders and William R. Saunders both of New Lebanon; two grandchildren, Joshua and Marcella Saunders; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Murry and Charles Saunders.

Relatives and friends are invited to the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 State Route 43, Stephentown, Friday, April 13 from noon until 2 p.m. for visitation. Burial will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the Berlin Baptist Cemetery.

Pamula Brainard, 48, loving wife and mother

ALBANY—Pamula L. Brainard, 48, of Lake Street, Valatie, died Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Albany Medical Center.

Born in Hudson, May 31, 1963, she was the daughter of Elizabeth (Simmons) Hamm and the late Ronald Hamm, Sr.

Mrs. Brainard was a loving mother, wife, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She was the wife of almost 15 years to Marshall Brainard.

Surviving are: two daughters, Tanya (Robert, Jr.) Mayo and Colleen (Tammy) Mayo; two stepsons, Jonathan and Brendon (Nicole) Brainard; one granddaughter, Kajlie Gile; one step-grandson, Robert, III; four brothers, Jason (Lynn) Hamm, Tony (Pat) Hamm, Bruce Hamm and the late Ronald Hamm, Jr.; one sister, Barb (Burt) Pulver.

She was aunt to many nieces and nephews and a good friend to many. Mrs. Brainard enjoyed being surrounded by her family and friends and she never missed the opportunity to brag about her granddaughter. She was a strong woman who tried to help everyone, but it was hard for her.

Now that she is flying high, she can help everyone whenever she wants. Mrs. Brainard was a wonderful woman who will be loved and missed dearly by her family and friends.

Funeral services and burial will be at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie. A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, April 29, 1 p.m. at Jackson’s Old Chatham House.

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