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Obituaries: Harling, Lemanska, Costa, Kubek


Melvin Harling (1930 – 2012)

KINDERHOOK—Melvin “Bud” Harling, 82, of Kinderhook passed away July 22, 2012.

He was born June 20, 1930 on Fair Lane Farm in Kinderhook, the son of James Percefull and Elisabeth (Saul) Harling.

He was predeceased by his wife Barbara J. Harling.

He was past president of the Columbia County Firemen’s Association, a life member of the Stuyvesant Falls Fire Company and the Glencadia Rod & Gun Club. He was a devoted 42-year employee of the Fort Orange Paper Company.

Mr. Harling was the beloved husband of Helen “Tootie” Harling and is survived by his brother, Earl Harling; five children, Melinda Harling, Michael Harling, Marc Harling, Matthew Harling and Michele Harling; two step-children, Stacey Roth and Joseph Pinkowsk, II,; a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Contributions in Mr. Harling’s memory may be made to the Stuyvesant Falls Fire Company.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

Anna Lemanska (1913 – 2012)

VALATIE—Anna Lemanska of Valatie passed away June 25, 2012 at Barnwell Nursing home.

Born October 23, 1913 in Schenectady, she was the daughter of the late Stanislaw and Eva (Grzybicka) Lemanski.

At age 20 while working at General Electric in Schenectady, as a mail girl, she began drawing and was told she had a great talent in art. She worked in the General Electric art department and then moved to  New York City to attend Columbia University and develop her art to the fullest. In 1952 she toured Europe’s fine art museums in France, Spain and Italy with her long time friend, Anna E. Magee.

During their two-month group tour they also visited the Lourdes Shrine in France, had an audience with Pope Pius the XII in Rome, and sailed to Gibraltar. Ms. Lemanska graduated Columbia University in 1959 after attaining a BFA and an MFA. She also studied at the Arts Student League in NYC, where some of her paintings are in their permanent collection and where she was a lifetime member. As an artist she worked at Norcross Greeting Cards, but after they closed their NY location she became a freelance artist creating greeting cards, fabric designs and other commercial art, such as illustrations for book jackets. Painting was her great love, using acrylics and oils. Her canvases slowly developed from realistic portraiture to large abstracts, many in private collections.

She was a devout Catholic and long- time communicant at the Church of The Epiphany in NYC. She was a caring, selfless person who always put others first. She will be deeply missed.

Ms. Lemanska is survived by her niece, Theresa (Dalby) Argyroudis; nephews, Daniel and James Dalby; grandniece, Anna Argyroudis; grandnephew, George Argyroudis, and great-grandnephew, Vaughntele Ryan, Jr.

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday August 18, 11 a.m., at Saint James Church, Chatham.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham. For condolences visit

Patricia Costa (1943 – 2012)

HUDSON—Patricia E. Costa, 68, of Claverack, passed away Monday, July 23, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born in Brooklyn, August 31, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Regina (Shannon) Dooghan.

Mrs. Costa was employed for more than 15 years with the Columbia County Treasurers’ office.  She was co-owner of Costa’s Grocery Store in Mellenville and also worked for BOCES in Castleton, Turkey Hill Farm in Red Hook and Chatham Frozen Foods. She loved painting and spending her winters in Lakeland, Florida.

Surviving are: her husband, Mario Costa; her daughter, Mary (B.J.) Cantele of Hudson; her sons, Joseph (Christine) Costa of Churchtown and Thomas (Sheila) Costa of Philmont; her brother, Brian Dooghan of Washington; six grandchildren, James Cantele of Claverack, Mario and Gino Costa, both of Churchtown, Meagan Cantele of Hudson, and Thomas Costa, Jr. and Michael Costa, both of Philmont, and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

Prayers will be held at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, July 26 at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson.

Interment will be in the Mellenville Union Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

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Dorothy Kubek (1920 – 2012)

GUILDERLAND—Dorothy S. Kubek, 91, a long-time resident of East Chatham, died Sunday, July 22 at Our Lady of Mercy Nursing Home.

Born October 20, 1920 in Detroit, MI, she was the daughter of the late Benedict and Rose (Kunath) Sobczynski.

She was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II, attaining rank of corporal.

In 1947, she married the late Frank Kubek, who died in 1990.

She was employed with IRS in Detroit for one year before coming to East Chatham in 1953, where she resided since.

Mrs. Kubek was employed with Albany V.A. Medical Center in the administration department and later on as supervisor for 35 years.

She retired in 1980. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in New Lebanon.

Mrs. Kubek is survived by: two daughters, Shirley M. Kubek Casatelli and Geraldine Kubek, both of Albany; brothers, Roman and Paul Sobczynski both of Detroit, MI, and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a brother, Leonard.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, July 27, 10 a.m. from the Immaculate Conception Church, Route 20, New Lebanon. Interment will follow in the Canaan Cemetery.

Calling hours are Thursday evening, July 26, 6 to 8 p.m. from the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza #405, Albany 12205 or the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534. To send online condolences visit







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