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Obituaries: Mesick, Wallentine, Konosky, Thatcher


Regina Mesick (1922 – 2012)

HUDSON—Regina Mesick, 90, a longtime resident of Ghent died Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

She was born November 9, 1922 in West Park, the daughter of the late Gustav and Hazel (Ackert) Schmidt.

She earned a teaching degree from New Paltz College and for more than 40 years was a school teacher in the Ghent School until her retirement and the school closed in 1985.

She and her husband, the late Beebe Mesick (2006) attended the kick-off of the school bell restoration project in 2005. She was quoted as saying, “I probably still would be teaching as long as the school was open. Every year was different and every year was good. We had very nice children and nice classes.”

A couple of months later, when the bell restoration was completed and a dedication ceremony was held, Mrs. Mesick was presented the first membership card for the Ghent Alumni Association. She was also a charter member of the Ghent Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary in 1958. She was a communicant of St. James Roman Catholic Church, Chatham.

Besides her husband of 50 years, she was predeceased by her brother, Gustav Schmidt. She is survived by: her nieces, Cynthia and husband Elise Muaau of Leesburg, VA, Cheri and husband Harry Brown of Malta; nephew, Steven Schmidt of Newark, NJ; many great nieces, nephews, cousins and dear Marnie Beers of Ghent.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 28, 10 a.m. from the St. James R.C. Church, Chatham. Interment was in the St James Cemetery. Arrangements were with the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham. For directions or to send online condolences visit

Marjorie Wallentine (1929 – 2012)


LIVINGSTON—Marjorie Wallentine, 83, of Linlithgo died November 22, 2012 at Livingston Hills.

Born May 22, 1929 in Lynbrook, she was the daughter of the late George and Marjorie (Campbell) White.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a bookkeeper for many years at the former Germantown Co-op in Clermont.

Survivors include: her daughter, Cheryl Ann and son-in-law, Gary Liesendahl of Linlithgo; grandson, Gary, Jr.; two sisters, Lillian Grace of Missouri and Georgette Perata of Texas; two nephews and four nieces.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles, who died in 2008.

Services were Monday, November 26 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Germantown, followed by interment in the Linlithgo Rural Cemetery.

Genevieve Konosky (1918 – 2012)


GHENT—Genevieve Konosky died the morning of her 94th birthday in Whittier Nursing Home.

She was born in Carbondale, PA, November 17, 1918, the fifth of nine children. Three sisters and four brothers died previously. She was predeceased in death by her husband, Paul Konosky.

She is survived by: a daughter, Mary Baer of Port Charlotte, FL; one sister, Rose Lauer of Schertz, Texas; three granddaughters, Susan Baer of Ghent, Heather Rozelle of North Port, FL and Emily Baer of Stuyvesant; four great grandchildren, Gavin and Darah Miller and Ashlyn and Hayley Rozelle; numerous nieces and nephews.

She lived in New York City, Ridgefield, NJ, and Lake Havasu City, AZ, prior to moving to Columbia County. She loved to travel and drove cross country by herself several times. The quintessential lifelong volunteer, she volunteered in New Jersey for the Red Cross, March of Dimes and was president of the Ridgefield NJ High School PTA. In New York she helped found the Widowed Persons Service in Columbia County and assisted with the Edith Casey Stocking Fund for many years. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society and the women’s auxiliary of the Washington Hose Company.

In her early days, she ran PK Purveyors with her husband, which was a wholesale meat business delivering to fine restaurants in New York City. When she was in Arizona she was a real estate agent for Caravan West and managed the Casa Blanca Apartment Complex. Then she worked at the Hudson Day Care Center as their bookkeeper until she was 80 years old.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Hudson Day Care Center to honor her love for children.

A luncheon in celebration of her life will be held Sunday, December 9, 2012 between 1 and 4 p.m. Friends and family are invited to drop in at the home of her granddaughter, Susan Baer in Ghent. Call for directions at 518 822-1673. Arrangements are with the Bates and Anderson – Redmond and Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson.

Robert E. Thatcher (1930 – 2012)


SEBRING, FL—Robert E. Thatcher, 82, of Sebring, Florida, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, November 21, 2012 in Sebring.

He was born February 2, 1930 to William and Hazel (Crocoll) Thatcher in Saratoga Springs.

He was a resident of Sebring since 1988, when he moved from New York. He was a truck driver and the owner of Stuff N Things auction in Hudson.  He was of the Lutheran faith. He was a life member of the NRA and a member of the Churchtown Fire Company. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, served on the USS Coral Sea and in Korea.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Arlene Thatcher of Sebring, FL; a daughter, Jeanette Kenneally of Schenectady; grandson, John P. Jangrow of Claverack; two brothers, Henry Thatcher of Bluffton, SC, and Harold Thatcher of Brandon, FL; one sister, Edna Gamello of Valatie; also several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carol Thatcher. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements were entrusted to Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, Sebring, Florida.



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