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Obituaries: Schermerhorn, Lippera, Mazal, Baldwin


Jacqueline T. Schermerhorn (1928 – 2012)

ALBANY—Jacqueline T. Schermerhorn, 83, of Kinderhook died Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at St. Peter’s Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

She was born December 29, 1928 in Montreal, Quebec, the daughter of the late Rodolphe and Jeanne (Labelle) Corbeil.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and had an uncanny ability to make each family member feel truly loved. She was fully devoted to her husband, Earl and they enjoyed spending time together and traveling. She also enjoyed playing bridge weekly with a special group of ladies.

She is survived by: her husband, Earl M. Schermerhorn; three sons, Michael Keleher of Denver, CO, Thomas (Nancy) Keleher of Syracuse and Patrick (Kerrie) Keleher of Peru; a step-son, Gary (Kathy) Schermerhorn of Melbourne, FL; two sisters, Gisele (William) Senso of Los Angeles, CA, and Monique Jenkins of Pointe Claire, Quebec; a brother, Pierre (Carol) Corbeil of London, Ontario; eight grandchildren, Erin Keleher, Meghan (Daniel) Berdelle, Ryan Keleher, Carolyn (John) Hammer, Jaclyn Keleher, Brandon Keleher, Jordon Keleher, Connor Keleher; a great-grandson, William John Hammer, IV; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Roger; sister, Magdeleine and her first husband, Donald S. Keleher.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, November 10, 2012 at St. John the Baptist Church, Route 9, Valatie, with the Reverend John Molyn officiating. Burial followed in the North Chatham Cemetery along with a reception at the church hall. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to St. John the Baptist Church.

The family extends its sincere appreciation and gratitude to the ICU staff at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany for the kind and loving care shown to Mrs. Schermerhorn.


Guido “Butch” Lippera (1941 – 2012)

HUDSON—Guido “Butch” Lippera, of Spencertown, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hospice Unit, after a long illness.

Born April 25, 1941 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Nicola Lippera and Martha Palkus Robie.

A graduate of Hudson High School, he went on to become a successful restaurateur.  He opened the original Pizza Den in 1964 at 25 Hudson Avenue in Chatham, which eventually became the Italian Delight in Ghent.

In 1987, he “retired” from the restaurant business and turned his sights to automobiles.  He owned and operated Lippera’s Pre-Owned Auto’s and Jensen’s Tire and Oil until 2001, when he decided to re-enter the restaurant business. In 2002, he opened Lippera’s Restaurant, while next door he painstakingly restored The Chatham House to its former glory. In 2005, renovation was completed at The Chatham House and Lippera’s Restaurant moved into its current location to great fanfare. Mr. and Mrs. Lippera were awarded the coveted Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Crystal Apple Award that same year.

Mr. Lippera served in the Army Reserve and was given an honorable medical discharge in 1966. He was a former member of the Washington Hose Fire Company in Hudson and the Kinderhook Elks Lodge, Kinderhook. He was a longstanding member of the Sons and Daughters of Italy and also a communicant at St. James Catholic Church in Chatham.

Mr. Lippera is survived by: his loving wife, Monica (Fedyk); his children, Donna Gedeon of Pomona, Tony Lippera of Los Angeles, CA,  Brian Kellogg of Austerlitz,  Lea (Robert) Harvey of Chatham and Nicole (Paul) Wrigley of Spencertown; his grandchildren,  Andrew and Christian Branley, Justin and Taylot Gedeon, Austin and Madison Kellogg and Lauren Wrigley; many nieces and nephews. He was brother to Patricia Sample, Toni Jean (Honey) Kellogg, Nina Pyronowski, Bonnie Eivella, Vicki La Mountain, Darlene Sturdevent, Alice Duquette, Sherry Colombari, Tony Robie, David Robie and George Robie all of Massachusetts and Maria Lippera of North Carolina.

Mr. Lippera will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother. A loyal friend to many, he was also a successful businessman and generous community member.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. James Church, 117 Hudson Avenue, Chatham, November 10. Interment followed at Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson.

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In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, DRF NE NY Chapter, 950 New Loudon Road, Latham 12110, or the Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.


Jane F. Mazal (1930 – 2012)

VALATIE—Jane F. Mazal, 82, a resident of Barnwell Nursing Center in Valatie died there Thursday, November 8, 2012.

Born September 17, 1930 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Nellie (Sitcer) Mazal.

Ms. Mazal worked for Rielly Mills in Valatie for 50 years from 1946 until it’s closing in 1996. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and watching Wheel of Fortune.

She is survived by: one daughter, Tracy Mattice (Edward Gage) of Hudson Falls; a nephew, Dennis Mazal of Ghent; several other nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service was held November 13 at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie, with the Reverend Nick Becker officiating. Burial was at the convenience of the family.


Lawrence E. Baldwin (1942 – 2012)

STEPHENTOWN- Lawrence Edgar Baldwin, 70, passed away peacefully at home Sunday, November 11, 2012 after a long illness.

Born May 5, 1942 in Troy, he lived most of his life in the Berlin-Stephentown area. Mr. Baldwin was a member of the Laborer’s Local #452 and #190 construction unions since 1962. He helped build many roads, bridges and buildings in the area. He lived life to the fullest, enjoying every minute. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening and his dogs.

Mr. Baldwin leaves: his wife of 40 years, Inez V. Baldwin; six children, Lawrence Jr., Daniel, Timothy, Heidi, Michael and Mary; four grandchildren, Josh, Nicole, Alex and Jade; brothers, Ted, George, Jack and James; along with many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Howard R. and Geneva M. Oatman Baldwin along with two brothers Howard and Billy.

Relatives and friends celebrated Mr. Baldwin’s life at the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 State Route 43, Stephentown, November 14. Cremation was in Bennington, VT.



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