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Obituaries: Larkins, Clarke, Ploss, Montana


Raymond Larkins (1921 – 2012)

GERMANTOWN—Raymond A. Larkins, 91, of Germantown died Sunday, June 10, 2012 at his home after a long illness.

Born March 26, 1921 in Nassau (Rensselaer County), he was the son of the late Raymond J. and Bessie (Proper) Larkins.

He served as a corporal radio mechanic in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Before his retirement, he worked for 30 years as the superintendent of Buildings and Grounds at the Germantown Central School.  He was a member of the former United Methodist Church of Germantown and a member of the former Southern Columbia Ambulance Squad. He was also a past master and 64-year-member of the Hudson Widow’s Son Lodge F&AM of Livingston, and the Jennings Willet American Legion Post of Germantown.

Mr. Larkins played baseball for the Germantown Well Drillers Team of the Columbia County Twilight League.

Surviving are: his two daughters, Claudia (Charles) Ovalle of Germantown and Ruth Ann Smalley of Clifton Park; five grandchildren, Eric Ovalle, Tim Ovalle, Doug Smalley, Nancy Chura and Laura Smalley; and three great grandchildren, Gavin Chura, Emily Chura and Jack Smalley.

He was predeceased by his wife, Earline, who died December 20, 1997.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home in Germantown.

Members of Hudson Widow’s Son Lodge will conduct services at 7:30 p.m. and members of Jennings-Willet American Legion Post will provide military honors Friday, June 15 at the cemetery.

Services will be held noon Friday, June 15 at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Reformed Church Cemetery in Germantown.

Donations can be made on his behalf to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at

Jean Clarke

PHILMONT—Jean S. Clarke, 87, of Chatham, passed away peacefully at Pine Haven Nursing Home, Sunday, June 10, 2012.

Born in North Wales, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late John and Isabella Samtman.

Ms. Clarke was employed by Foster Refrigeration and then Questar in Castleton. She retired from Questar in 1984.

She was an avid bowler from the 1960s through the 1980s. Ms. Clarke loved being surrounded by her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include: two daughters, Susan Harmon of Claverack (Frank Martino) and Diane and Frank Lill of Canaan; nine grandchildren, Angela Jause Webster, Jason Jause (Jessica), Erin Harmon (Gregg), Michael Harmon, Stephanie Lill Arthur (Neville), Jennifer Lill (Matt DellGrottaglia), Christen Lill (Sean Vigue), Catherine Lill and Nicole Lill (Lauren); five great-grandchildren, Rylee Jause, Brayden Jause, Quincy Arthur, Jackson Arthur and Mackenzie Vigue; several nieces and nephews. She will be sadly missed by her lifetime friends, Ruth, Doris, Ida and Thelma.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Bernice and Doris.

There will be no calling hours.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 14 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Pine Haven Nursing Home or Community Hospice of Columbia Greene. To leave a message for the family go to

Nancy Ploss (1930 – 2012)

HUDSON—Nancy E. Ploss, 81, of Hudson, died June 6, 2012 at her residence.

Born in Hudson, November 20, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Ethel Gardinier.

Mrs. Ploss was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved horses and taking long drives in the country.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews including Louis Loomis, Krystal Addis, Shannon Williams, Rodney Schermerhorn, James Kerr and Charlanne Loomis.

She was predeceased by her husband, Roy U. Ploss.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Louise Montana (1915 – 2012)

VALATIE—Louise A. Montana, 97, recently of Barnwell Nursing Home and formerly of Maple Avenue, Claverack, died Monday June 11, 2012 at Barnwell Nursing Home.

Born in Claverack, April 19, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Sylvester S. and Clara Bell (Best) Whitaker.

Mrs. Montana was a partner with her late husband Paul R. Montana at the Paul Montana Company on Warren Street in Hudson. She was a member of the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Hudson, past-president of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, chairman at the School of Nursing and Board of Directors of Columbia Memorial Hospital. She was also a regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution in the Hendrick Hudson Chapter.

She will be lovingly missed by sons, Paul B. and (Carol) Montana of Stratham, NH, Gary L. Montana of Hudson; one sister, Marie Sheldon of Philadelphia, PA; five grandchildren and their spouses, Thomas H. and (Layla) Montana, Sarah Jane and (Allyson) Montana, Joseph P. Montana, Gary P. Montana and Joshua A. Montana; also great-grandchildren, Kane, Kameron, Gabriella and Joshua Montana and her loving friend, Linda Rote. She was predeceased by one brother, S. Clay Whitaker.

Funeral services will be Friday, June 15, 2 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport, with Fr. John Molyn officiating. Friends will gather beginning at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions are requested to the Columbia-Greene Community Foundation, c/o C-GCC, 4400 Route 23 Hudson 12534.

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