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Obituaries: Gardner, Wallace


George F. Gardner, Sr. (1927 – 2012)

WINTER PARK, FL—George F. Gardner, Sr., 84, formerly of Claverack, died November 1, 2012 in Winter Park, FL, after a long illness.

Born November 26, 1927 in Stottville, he was the son of the late Charles Fritz Gardner and Josephine (Geirer) Gardner.

He was predeceased by his wife, Virginia Ann (DeCrosta) Gardner, whom he married October 5, 1952 in Hudson; two step-brothers, Edward and Charles Gardner and a sister, Gloria Gardner.

Mr. Gardner is survived by: his son, George F. Gardner, Jr., and daughter-in-law, Maureen Reardon; his daughter, Mary Kim Gardner Sawicki; five grandchildren, Katherine M. Gardner, Megan R. Gardner, Stephen J. Sawicki, Sara E. Sawicki and Adam J. Sawicki; two sisters-in-law, Christine (DeCrosta) Herzog and Phyllis (Smith) DeCrosta; a brother-in-law, Eugene De Rose;many loving nieces and nephews.

Mr. Gardner was raised in Stottville and graduated from Hudson High School in 1949, where he majored in accounting. He was first man on his tennis team for two years and earned varsity letters in both basketball and baseball. He was an avid golfer and sports fan. Mr. Gardner was a family man who was devoted to his children and grandchildren.

After graduation in 1949, he became associated with his family’s ice cream business, Gardner’s Ice Cream in Stottville. He served two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict in the 271st Regimental Combat Team.  He earned his business degree from Albany Business College.

In June of 1964, Mr. Gardner joined the staff of Hudson Savings and Loan Association as administrative assistant. He was promoted to secretary-treasurer of the association in January 1970 and elected to the Board of Directors. He was later appointed president of the association. At the time of his retirement he was a vice-president at TrustCo Bank.

Mr. Gardner became involved in adult Boy Scouts as a neighborhood commissioner. In 1968 he was appointed assistant district commissioner.  The council presented him with the 1969 “Scouter’s Key” adult scouting’s highest award. It represented completion of training courses, plus three consecutive years of outstanding service as assistant district commissioner.  Because of his dedication, and in recognition of his outstanding volunteer contributions to the community and to the Boy Scouts of America, he was awarded the American Legion Citation of Honor plaque. The next year he was presented Scouting’s highest award—the Arrowhead Honor.  He was appointed district commissioner in October 1970.

Mr. Gardner is a past exalted ruler of the Hudson Elks Lodge 787, a member of the Hudson Lions Club and a member of the A.B. Shaw Fire Company in Claverack. In the early 1970s, he served on the Hudson City School Board. He was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Hudson and St. Margaret Mary’s in Winter Park, FL.

Calling hours are 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, November 8 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 9 at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson.

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 429 East Allen Street, P.O. Box 323, Hudson 12534.

Arlene L. Wallace (1935 – 2012)

HUDSON—Arlene L. Wallace, 77, of Rothermel Avenue, Kinderhook died November 5, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born May 31, 1935 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth H. and Camilla J. (Hallenbeck) Avery.

Mrs. Wallace was a health aide at Ichabod Crane until her retirement and was actively involved with the Marion Stegmann Fund for many years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She enjoyed quilting and especially loved spending time with and watching her grandchildren growing up.

She is survived by: her husband, Glenn C. Wallace; her daughter, Linda Wheeler (Robert) of Valatie; a son, Mark Wallace (Maria) of Florida; a brother, Richard Avery of Orlando, FL; three grandchildren, Sean Wheeler, Sarah Wheeler and Nicholas Wallace; several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, November 8 at St. John the Baptist Church, Valatie with the Reverend Robert DeLeon officiating. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 811 West Evergreen Avenue, Chicago, IL  60642.

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




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