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Obituaries: Gentner, Dietter, Adair-Taylor


Linda J. Gentner (1948 – 2012)

PITTSTOWN—Linda J. Simpson Gentner, 64, of Tamarac Road died Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at the home of her daughter Jeanne surrounded by her loving family under the care of Community Hospice of Rensselaer County.

Born in Troy, March 15, 1948 she was the daughter of the late Charles and Estella McGuire Simpson. She was the wife of the late Dennis “Butch” Gentner who died December 1, 1998. They were married in Grafton on June 16, 1989.

Mrs. Gentner attended St. Joseph’s Grammar School in South Troy and graduated from Troy High School. She worked as a certified nurse assistant for many years at the Daughters of Sarah and Hallmark Nursing Home. She enjoyed bingo and playing card games with friends and family.

Survivors include: her five children, Franklin G. Etman, Jr., of Rensselaer, Jeanne M. (Bob) Fish of Green Island, Arthur J. (Marcia) Etman of Green Island, Jacqueline C. Duval (David Nichols) of Pittstown and Scott (Ptarmigan) Etman of Cambridge; her nine siblings, James (Darlene) Simpson of Troy, Judith (John Jr.) Kennedy of North Carolina, Robert (Carol) Simpson of Cohoes, Estella “Bunny” Simpson of Clifton Park, Mary Katherine (Ralph III) Crandall of Johnsonville, Donna Lee Simpson, Sandra Simpson and Joan Simpson of Watervliet, Keith (Sheila) Simpson of Mechanicville; along with 13 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter, Frankie (Katie), Justin (Jessica), Andrew, Brittany, Matthew, Zebedee, Jael, Rhema, Mikaela, Charis Etman, Kristin Duval, Jenna Leclair, Brandon Fish and Alivia Etman and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister, Jeanne M. St. Pierre and her grandson, Franklin Etman, III.

The Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial was celebrated by the Reverend James Sidoti, October 6 at St. Joseph’s Church, 416 Third Street, South Troy. Inurnment followed in the Meadowlawn Cemetery, Hewitt Road, Petersburgh, where the Reverend Trygve Tomlinson officiated.

Memorial contributions may be sent to The Community Hospice Foundation, 295 Valley View Boulevard, Rensselaer 12144 or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home of Stephentown.

John H. Dietter (1930 – 2012)

SALISBURY, CT—John H. Dietter, 82, of Route 22 in Millerton passed away Friday, October 5, 2012 at Noble Horizons.

He was born May 21, 1930 in Ancramdale, a son of Ernest T. and Anna B. (Lown) Dietter.

Mr. Dietter was employed as a machine operator at the former K & E Manufacturing in Millerton.

He often performed as clown for the benefit of the Shriner’s Children Hospital and other organizations.

Survivors include: his children, Brenda Maillet and Gregg Dietter both of Millerton, Martin Dietter of Massachusetts and Barry Dietter of Georgia; his grandchildren, Frank Maillet, Denise Manfro, Paula Maillet, Brian Dietter, Richard Dietter and Lauren Dietter.

Mr. Dietter was one of 16 children and is survived by 5 siblings, Barbara Hurn of Ancramdale, Olive Shook of Stanfordville, Janet Bartle of Winsted, CT, Avery Dietter of Ancramdale and Elwood Dietter of Millerton along with several nieces and nephews.

Services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Copake.

To send an online condolence visit www.peckandpeck.net.

Karen Adair-Taylor (1957 – 2012)

ALBANY—Karen Adair-Taylor, 55, of Stuyvesant Falls, passed away September 29 with her family at her side at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Albany, January 18, 1957, the daughter of Thomas and Marion Adair.

Ms. Adair-Taylor was the oldest of all her siblings, and was well-loved, respected as a role model, and helped nourish each of them. She graduated from Columbia High School in East Greenbush, class of 1976. She enjoyed life to the fullest, never wasting a moment and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was known as a mother to many, always baking, cooking and caring for others with an open door to her home. Ms. Adair-Taylor was an incredible person and was anxiously awaiting the arrival of her first grandchild due in December. She also had a huge love for animals, adopting several homeless pets over the years. She was a fan of NASCAR and the NFL’s Washington Red Skins. She also enjoyed cake decorating, crafting, camping, fishing, barbecuing and gardening. She had such a love for the outdoors; she spent the last several years working for Keil’s Pools in Stuyvesant.

Ms. Adair-Taylor was preceded in death by her beloved brother, Michael Adair of Menands. Survived by her cherished daughter, Melissa Taylor-Logrippo, (Domenico Logrippo, Jr.) and soon-to-arrive grandson, Domenico Logrippo, III, of Castleton; good friend and high school sweetheart, Glenn Taylor of Schodack Landing; parents, Thomas  and Marion Adair of East Greenbush; siblings, Mary and Kevin Fuerst of New Lebanon, Trish and Jay Ashley of Rensselaer, Alison and Steve Knapp of Rensselaer and Joanne Adair of East Greenbush; nieces and nephews, Nicole Knapp, Victoria Knapp, Matthew Knapp, John Ashley of Rensselaer.

Ms. Adair-Taylor’s family thanks the staff at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn and Dr. Morrissey’s staff for the care and compassion she received.

Calling hours were at the Holy Spirit Church, 667 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, Saturday, October 6. Interment was private.

Thomas and Marion Adair invited family and friends to their home afterwards to celebrate their daughter’s life.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534 and/or to Becky’s House in Albany, 296 Hackett Boulevard, Albany 12208.




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