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Obituaries: Jones, Kitsock, Disbrow, Dittmeyer, Thomas


Richard Jones (1932 – 2012)

ALBANY—Richard W. Jones, 80, of Route 22, Stephentown died Tuesday evening, May 8 at Albany Medical Center after a long illness.

Born April 26, 1932 in Needham, MA, he was the son of the late Amos W. and Ruth D. Colburn Jones. He was the loving husband of the former Glena Kemp, whom he married May 1, 1953 in San Antonio, TX.

A graduate of Needham High School, Mr. Jones joined the United States Air Force for four years during the Korean War serving as a radio operator on the B-17s. Upon completion of his service to his country, Mr. Jones worked as an engineer for Raytheon in Wayland, MA for more than 42 years. His hobbies included woodworking, camping, spending time with his family and flying model airplanes with his grandson Joe.

Survivors include: his wife of 59 years, Glena; a son, Richard W. Jones, Jr., of Glens Falls; a daughter, Terry Masula and her husband Dennis Baker of New Lebanon; grandchildren, Joe Masula and his wife Jennifer of Stephentown, Candice Horton of New Lebanon, Joshua Jones and his wife Rebecca of Levittown, PA; great-grandsons, Logan Horton and Brady Jones.

Following Mr. Jones’ wishes, there will be no calling hours and private services. Arrangements are with the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Stephentown Rescue Squad, c/o Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, P.O. Box 9, Stephentown 12168.

Anna Kitsock (1916 – 2012)

HUDSON—Anna Kitsock of Greenport and lifelong area resident, died Wednesday May 9, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. She was 95.

Born in Hudson July 22, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Roman and Mary (Nester) Wayda.

Mrs. Kitsock was a seamstress at the Hudson Sweater Factory and a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was a communicant of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hudson and member of the Ladies Sodality. She was the widow of the late Michael Kitsock, who died in 1988.

She is survived by: two sons, John and (Susan) Kitsock of Schenectady, Stephen and (Marie) Kitsock of Manchester, CT; one daughter, Mary Ann and (Jack) Nytransky of Greenport; grandchildren, Christine Zarecki, Todd Kitsock, Jennifer Rosney, Michael Kitsock, Jim Kitsock, Anne Lee, Michelle Bowes and Christine Baccaro and12 great-grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by brothers and sisters, Michael, John, Bessie, Catherine, Pearl and Julia Wayda.

Calling hours will be Sunday, May 13 from 5 to 8 p.m.; Panakhyda at 7 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

A funeral Mass will be Monday, May 14, 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Hudson, with Fr. John Jedrychowski officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Church, 206 Union Street, Hudson 12534.

Susan Disbrow (1925 – 2012)

HAGUE—Susan E. Disbrow, 86, of Split Rock Road, formerly of Copake, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at her home surrounded by her loved ones.

Born August 4, 1925 in Wappinger Falls, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Craft) Knight.

On March 16, 1945, she married her high school sweetheart, Winston Disbrow in Laredo, TX.

Her high school graduation yearbook read: Susan E. Knight- “She walks in light.” And she did “walk in light” her entire life. She was truly a beautiful woman inside and out, and her children feel blessed in so many ways to have had her as their mother. Her love of family was foremost in her life, although she had many talents; she worked alongside her husband, “Pinky,” handling the bookkeeping during his milk testing years, then also with the John Deere farm machinery business. In her later years, she worked tirelessly by his side managing Camp Waubeeka, a 150-acre campground in Copake. Sue loved the campground and that it became the “family gathering place.” The couple operated the campground for 25 years before retiring to Hague in 2002.

Besides her parents, Mrs. Disbrow is predeceased by her beloved husband of 58 years, Winston “Pinky” Disbrow who passed away November 20, 2004, and her brother, Bill Knight and his wife, Therese.

She is survived by her four daughters: Suzanne Savoy of Dover; Linda Baker and her husband, John of Hague, Diane Martino and her husband Gary of Hague and Gail Baird and her husband Ernie of Copake; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, who all adored her.

At Mrs. Disbrow’s request there will be no calling hours.

A memorial service to celebrate her beautiful life will be conducted at 2 pm, Sunday, May 20, 2012 at the Copake United Methodist Church, Church Street, Copake.

The family expresses a heartfelt thank you to her devoted caregivers, Annie and Pam, who affectionately knew Mrs. Disbrow to be their angel.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations in her memory to the High Peaks Hospice, 12 Tom Phelps Road, Mineville 12956 or the Hague Rescue Squad, Hague 12836.

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Dianne L. Dittmeyer (1959 – 2012)

PITTSFIELD, MA—Dianne L. Baumli Dittmeyer, 52, of Canaan Road, New Lebanon died Thursday afternoon, May 10 at Hillcrest Commons surrounded by her loving family under the care of Hospice Care in the Berkshires. She had resided there for the past four years.

Born June 1, 1959 in Pittsfield, MA, she was the daughter of June Smith Baumli of New Lebanon and the late Gregory L. Baumli.

Ms. Dittmeyer was a graduate of New Lebanon High School and Hudson Valley Community College. She was attending Siena College at the time of her illness. She worked at KB Toys in Pittsfield in the accounts department before retiring due to illness. She was a communicant of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in New Lebanon. Ms. Dittmeyer loved gardening and holiday decorating.

Survivors besides her mother, include: a daughter Rebekah Dittmeyer of New Lebanon; two brothers, Gregory L. Baumli, Jr. and Mark W. Baumli of New Lebanon and a nephew, Christopher J. Baumli.

A Liturgy of Christian Death and burial will be celebrated by the Reverend John L. Close, Tuesday, May 15 at 10 a.m. at the Church of Immaculate Conception, Route 20, New Lebanon. Cremation will follow.

Relatives and friends are invited to the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 State Route 43, Stephentown on Monday, May 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. for visitation.

Contributions in Ms. Dittmeuer’s memory may be made to the Shrine Maintenance Fund at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, P.O. Box 218, New Lebanon 12125.

Her family thanks Rita and Gail, who helped Ms. Dittmeyer at home before she went to Hillcrest; Unit 2 of Hillcrest Commons for their compassion and care and to Hospice Care in the Berkshires for their help and comfort care given to their beloved daughter, mother and sister.

Ralph Thomas (1934 – 2012)

HUDSON—Ralph A. Thomas, Jr., 78, of Stuyvesant died Friday, May 11, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He was born January 6, 1934 in Hudson, the son of the late Ralph A. and the late Florence (Raup) Thomas, Sr.

He was married to JoAnn Calvert. Until 1967, Mr. Thomas owned and operated Hickory Knoll Dairy Farm in Stuyvesant. For 32 years, he was employed in the parts department at Columbia Tractor, Claverack.

Mr. Thomas was a member of the Stuyvesant Town Board for 20 years and the Clearview Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.

He also was a retired chief of the Stuyvesant Volunteer Fire Department. He loved his family and all sports.

Besides his wife, he survived by: one daughter, Carolyn Gleason of Ghent; one son, Gregg Thomas of Stuyvesant; one stepson, Barry Calvert of Glendale, AZ; four grandchildren, Heather Avery, Dustin Calvert, Ashley Gleason and Becca L. Calvert.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Elaine Kennedy; stepdaughter, Debra L. Avery and his sister, Emily Ham.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, May 15 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Route 9, Valatie.

The funeral service follows with the Reverend Nick Becker officiating. Burial will be in Baltimore, Maryland. Memorial contributions may be made to the Clearview Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 275 Schodack Drive, Castleton 12033.

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