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Obituaries: Skabowski, Spragis, Rifenburgh, Hubert


Joseph A. Skabowski (1949 – 2013)

STOCKPORT—Joseph A. Skabowski, 63, passed peacefully at home March 20, 2013.

Born May 7, 1949 in Linlithgo, he was the son of the late Joseph and Helen (Bogucki) Skabowski.

He was loving husband to Sandra (Myers) Skabowski and loving father to Ann Schrader and Joseph Skabowski.

Mr. Skabowski attended St. Mary’s Academy Hudson. He attended college at Marist and Murray State University in Kentucky, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business and science and was a partner and CPA in the accounting firm of Karp, Ackerman, Skabowski, and Hogan in Hudson.

He was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer. He spent many years enjoying those pastimes with his family and friends. He was a member of the Roe Jan and Furgary Boat Club and of the NRA.

Mr. Skabowski was a man of great faith, wisdom and honesty. He was a family man devoted to his wife, children and adored his grandchildren. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s (Holy Trinity) Church in Hudson.

Survivors include: his wife, Sandra (Myers) Skabowski; a daughter, Ann (Aaron) Schrader of Ghent; a son, Joseph (Dana Filli) Skabowski of Churchtown; two brothers, Robert Skabowski of Churchtown and Michael Skabowski of North Blenheim; five sisters, Emilia Hogencamp of Chatham, Helen Skabowski of Hudson, Margaret Kennedy of Stonybrook, Frances Wilcox of Philmont and Anna Manzella of Florida; eight grandchildren, Aaron and Charlie Schrader, Kendall, Krysta, Alexandra, Joseph, IV, Ava and Adalyn Skabowski; several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, March 23 at St. Mary’s Church, Hudson. Burial followed at Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville 12211. Arrangements were with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Lori A. (Broast) Spragis (1960 – 2013)

HUDSON—Lori A. (Broast) Spragis, 52, of 209 Main Street, Catskill died suddenly at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born in Hudson, October 25, 1960, she was a daughter of the late James and Phillis Gaschel Broast.

Survivors include: a son, Darick Duarte of Ghent; two daughters, Brittany Skelley of Hillsdale and Katy Shelley of Hillsdale; two brothers, Gregory Broast of Tivoli and John Broast of Tivoli; three sisters, Karen Broast of Tivoli, Ladonnis Rifenburg of Tivoli and Melissa Salerno of Comack; five grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a brother, Scott Rifenburg.

A Mass was celebrated at the Church of the Resurrection, Saturday, March 23. Burial followed at the Red Church Cemetery in Tivoli. Arrangements were with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Reginald Rifenburgh (1926 – 2013)

HUDSON—Reginald Rifenburgh, 86, of Germantown died Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He was born July 20, 1926 in Hudson to the late Foster and Delia (LaValle) Rifenburgh.

He served in the U.S. Army with the occupying forces in Japan during World War II. He was employed for 31 years at IBM in Kingston, retiring in 1986. He was a 65-year member of American Legion Post #346 and a member of the IBM Quarter Century Club.

Mr. Rifenburgh is survived by: his wife of 62 years, Lucy (Lasher) Rifenburgh, who he married October 7, 1950 at the Reformed Church of Germantown: also survived by his sister, Margaret Reese of Hudson; three daughters, Gail (Peter) Setaro of Poughkeepsie, Alice Palumbo of Front Royal, VA and Sandra (Bruce) Bohnsack of Germantown; two sons, Ronald (Susan) Rifenburgh and Randall (Tammara) Rifenburgh of Germantown; 10 grandchildren, Jeremy and Joshua Gaschel, Bradley and Andrew Gatton, Amanda Bohnsack, Lucy Matthews, Brittany DuFresne, Daniel and Kelli Rifenburgh and Garret Rifenburgh; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Germantown, Wednesday, March 20, with the Reverend David Tipple officiating. Burial followed at the Reformed Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

Estelle Vera Mickle Hubert (1925 – 2013)

PLATTSBURGH—Estelle Vera Mickle Hubert, 87, of Plattsburgh, formerly of Germantown, died Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Meadowbrook Healthcare of Plattsburgh.

She was born September 25, 1925 in Germantown, the daughter of Grover and Ruth (Moore) Mickle.

She was the sister of Alma Mickle Rogers and Sherwood Mickle.

She was a graduate of Germantown Central School and Oneonta State Teachers’ College. After a couple of years teaching in Cobleskill, she returned to Germantown and married John Hubert in 1948. She became a teacher at Germantown Central, mostly second grade, and taught until her retirement in 1981.

Mrs. Hubert was an active member of the Reformed Church of Germantown and of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary society of women educators. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed gardening. She volunteered at Columbia Memorial Hospital, and she and her husband delivered Meals-on-Wheels for many years

Mr. and Mrs. Hubert lived on Northern Boulevard in Germantown from 1948 until 2008, when they moved to Pine Harbour Assisted Living in Plattsburgh. Mrs. Hubert was predeceased by her husband, sister and brother. She is survived by her daughter, Elaine Hubert and husband Bill Harwood of Burlington, VT; son, Paul Hubert and wife Kathi Sheer of Ashland, NH; three grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; nieces and nephews.

Burial will be private in the Reformed Church Cemetery of Germantown.  A memorial service will be held at a future date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Reformed Church of Germantown, P.O. Box 115, or the Germantown Student Education Foundation, P.O. Box 533, both in Germantown 12526.

Arrangements were with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Germantown.



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