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Obituaries: Craft, Simone, Arnold, Soules

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Chauncey Craft (1928 – 2012)
E. GREENBUSH—Chauncey A. “Junie” Craft, 84, a resident of Evergreen Commons in East Greenbush died September 17, 2012.
Born July 19, 1928 in Saugerties, he was the son of the late Chauncey and Kathryn (Norton) Craft.  He was a Korean War veteran in the U.S. Army and worked for Ichabod Crane Central School as a janitor for many years. He was a 54-year member of the Valatie Fire Department, a charter member of the Kinderhook Elks Lodge #2530, a member of the John W. McConnell American Legion Post #47 in Valatie and a former member of both the Clapp-Novak American Legion Post and the Valatie Rescue Squad. 
He is survived by: his wife, Barbara “Dollie” (Vedder) Craft; a daughter, Judy Ann Craft and a son, Dennis Craft both of Castleton; one brother, Albert Craft of Hudson; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Bill Craft and a sister, Rita Nero.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, September 21 at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Valatie, with the Reverend Nick Becker officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Stuyvesant Falls. Relatives and friends are invited and may call Thursday, September 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 242, Valatie 12184, the Valatie Fire Department, P.O. Box 473, Valatie or the Kinderhook Elks Lodge #2530.

Peter Simone
PHILMONT—Peter J. Simone, 56, passed away suddenly and peacefully at his home in Philmont, September 15, 2012.
He was the son of Alice (Crispino) Simone and the late Peter Simone.
He grew up in the family-owned Glencadia Inn in Stuyvesant Falls, where he really enjoyed all the customers while working in the family restaurant. He especially loved catering clambakes and chicken and steak barbecues with his father. He was a definite outdoors enthusiast and could spend hours swimming, boating and fishing, biking or just plain walking.
Surviving is: one sister, Regina (Simone) Mate and her husband Benjamin; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Pamela (Simone) Kardos.
A Mass was held at the Church of St. Joseph, Stuyvesant Falls, followed by interment in the catholic cemetery there. Memorials may be sent to The Philmont Hearth, P.O. Box HH, Philmont 12565. Arrangements were with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

Lois Arnold (1929 – 2012)
N. CHATHAM—Lois Evangeline FitzGerald Arnold, born October 29, 1929,  died restfully at home with her cat on the bed and dog on the floor, on September 18, 2012. 
Mrs. Arnold was a lifelong Vermonter, although a resident of North Chatham for the past 62 years. 
Born to a preacher, Roger W. FitzGerald and Villa V. McPherson, she was the third of four children and is survived by her youngest brother, Walter, currently of Clearwater, Florida. 
She was predeceased by two older brothers, Roger and John. 
Mrs. Arnold met her husband, the late Allan E. Arnold of North Chatham while her father was serving the United Methodist Church (NCUMC). She joined him in the dairy farm life. Mrs. Arnold remained active in the NCUMC as long as she was able. 
She always said she “took the one less traveled by.”
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold had five children, M. Victoria Wills, Terry, Timothy, Thomas and G. Tobias Arnold. She leaves behind seven grandchildren, Noam, Alon, Libby, Orion, Krista, Derek and Cortney and two great-granddaughters, Madison and Julia.
Mrs. Arnold graduated high school from Bellows Free Academy, VT, received her BS from the University of Vermont at Burlington and master’s degree in education from the College of St. Rose, Albany. She taught elementary school for 22 years at Donald P. Sutherland in Nassau, where she was known for her tough love which encouraged many children. Afterwards she was a Literacy Volunteer and read for RISE. Mrs. Arnold was an avid reader, supporter of theater and loved ballroom dance.
Her travels included trips to China, Israel, Ireland, Costa Rica, Russia and Alaska to name just a few. 
The family invites all to a memorial to celebrate Mrs. Arnold’s life on October 27 at 10 a.m. at the NCUMC. Donations may be given to the NCUMC.  In her honor, bring poem or prose to offer through word and on paper to be given to her for the road. Interment is private. Her family extends its heartfelt thanks to Hospice nurses/volunteers who provided companionship and care.

Perry Soules, Jr. (1925 -2012)
HUDSON—Perry H. Soules, Jr., 87, of Churchtown died Monday, September 17, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.
Born May 5, 1925 in Prattsville, he was the oldest son of the late Gladys (Maben) Soules and Perry H. Soules, Sr.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by three brothers, Munson, Bill and Walter, and three sisters, Mabel, Minnie and Virginia.
He is survived by: his wife, Shirley of Churchtown; his daughter, Terry Houghton of Churchtown; his son, David of Worcester; his grandson, Donald Mattesan of Churchtown; his granddaughter, Brittany of Richfield Springs; two brothers, Merritt of Rosendale and Garry of Worcester; many nieces, nephews and his Churchtown Fire Company “family.”
Mr. Soules served in the Army during the Korean Conflict as a medic and upon returning home worked on many local farms and drove trucks. He ran the Claverack Car Wash for more than 19 years and made numerous friends there. Even though he hasn’t lived on the mountain top for many years, he always considered that his home. He was a life member of the Churchtown Fire Company and a member of the Hudson Valley Old Timers’ Association.
Per Mr. Soules’ wishes, there will be no memorial service. There will be a celebration of his life on Sunday, September 23, 2012, 2 p.m. at the Churchtown Firehouse. He will be buried at a later date at the family plot in Prattsvillle Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Churchtown Fire Company, 2219 County Route 27, Hudson 12534. The family thanks the ICU staff at CMH, who took care of Mr. Soules during his illness. Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.
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