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Obituaries: Pough, Bloomer, Guthrie


Julia Pough (1917 – 2012)

LIVINGSTON—Julia Ida Pough, 94, of Hudson, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2012 at Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born July 7, 1917 in Pine Plains, she was the daughter of the late John and Lulu (Teator) Race.

She was a machine operator at the Kadin Brothers Pocketbook Factory for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Mrs. Pough was the beloved mother and mother-in-law of Kathryn and Dennis Voigt of Hudson; devoted grandmother of Dennis Voigt of Macon, Georgia and David Voigt of Brockton, MA.  Also surviving are several nieces and nephews, four “adopted” daughters,  Donna Heath of Stuyvesant Falls, Peggy Meister of Hudson, Debbie Fiero of Hudson and Janet Briscoe of Stuyvesant, and her good friends, Hank and Babs Croteau and Jennie Fiero.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ralph W. Pough; her son, Robert Race and 12 brothers and sisters.

Services are private and at the convenience of the family.

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Kaiden Bloomer (2012 – 2012)

VALATIE—Kaiden Ryley Bloomer, of Valatie, died Thursday, July 5, 2012 at his home.

He was born February 22, 2012 in Hudson, the son of Corey and Sarah (Golden) Bloomer.

He is survived by his brother, Kolton Bloomer; his grandparents, Bonnie Osinskie, Lynda and David Matthews and Jaime Bloomer; a great grandmother, Joan Algie and several aunts, uncles, cousins and lots of loving family.

He was predeceased by his grandfather, Thomas Sandagato.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 8, 4 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Route 9, Valatie. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. A calling hour will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. prior to the funeral.

Viola Guthrie (1920 – 2012)

GREENPORT—Viola May Guthrie died peacefully in her home on July 6, 2012.

Born July 27, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Matthew Hardin Guthrie and Flora Hawthorn Taft Guthrie. She had one sister, the late Barbara Guthrie McDonald, formerly of Catskill.

Ms. Guthrie, known as Vee to her family and friends, was born in Fort Smith, AR, and moved to Baldwin with her family by the time she was two years of age.

While growing up on Long Island, she enjoyed many summers swimming and sailing in the ocean and was always happy to share the fine memories of her youth. She attended Baldwin Public Schools and upon graduation from high school in 1938, she went on to attend Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT, where she graduated with a degree in American Literature in 1942.  After graduation from college, Ms. Guthrie worked as an engineering aide for the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation in Bethpage during World War II.  In 1944, she joined the WAVES, a branch of the US Naval Reserves which was established by the US Congress to allow women to serve their country stateside during wartime. Ms. Guthrie was commissioned as a lieutenant on June 27, 1944 and served until the time of her honorable discharge on July 14, 1946.

From 1946 to 1948, she pursued her love of drawing and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. Upon completion of her studies, she began a career as a commercial artist and freelanced for many authors and publishing houses. Her illustrations for many books can still be found today and are cherished by her family. Ms. Guthrie went on to have her own children’s book published titled, “Animals from A to Z,” and also illustrated two children’s cookbooks written by her sister, Barbara Guthrie McDonald. Ms. Guthrie wrote the Animal Corner for the Register-Star and also enjoyed spending time reading to preschoolers during story hour at the Hudson Area Library.

Ms. Guthrie received her teaching certificate from the University at Albany and in 1968 she became a first grade teacher at Claverack Union Free School. She taught many students of the Hudson City School District until she retired in 1985. Many of her students will recall that her method of classroom instruction focused on kindness and respect to all living things. Ms. Guthrie felt that young children learn best in an environment that is calm and nurturing, as well as, one full of adventure and interesting learning opportunities. Ms. Guthrie enjoyed taking field trips with her students to the Albert Schweitzer Friendship House in Great Barrington, MA, where they learned about the works of the great humanitarian, Albert Schweitzer, and enjoyed a day exploring the beautiful grounds.

Since the time of her retirement, Ms. Guthrie spent many years painting watercolors of local landscapes, including Olana and the Catskill Mountains.  She also traveled to Scotland, the Cook Islands, specifically the island of Rarotonga in the Pacific, and New Zealand, where she created lovely works of art, some of which have been displayed in many local art shows.

Ms. Guthrie is survived by her niece, Barbara Ellsworth of Hudson; great-nieces, Jackie Murray of Silver Spring, MD, Stephanie Keyser of Claverack and Jennifer Dailey of Riverdale, and a great-nephew, Michael Ellsworth of Manhattan.

In memory of Ms. Guthrie and her wonderful life, contributions may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society and the Greene County Council on the Arts. To send online condolences visit

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