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Obituaries: Voelbel, Knox, Payson, Thompson, Hanson


Madeline F. Voelbel (1925 – 2013)

ALBANY—Madeline F. Voelbel of Chatham died peacefully June 7, 2013 at Albany Medical Center after a short illness.

She was born in New York City in 1925, the daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Susbeck Koller, formerly of East Chatham.


She attended Chatham High School and after moving to Manhattan, worked as a secretary at the Bank of New York on Wall Street for many years.

She returned to Chatham in 1959.

She was a communicant of St. James Roman Catholic Church and was active in their religious education program for many years. She worked as a legal secretary for the law offices of Shanahan and Cappozzo for several years and was also active in the former Woman’s Club of Chatham.

She is survived by: her daughter, Lorraine (Edwin) Martin, III; a son, Frederick M. Voelbel; two granddaughters, Diana (Jacob) Dumesnil and Katherine Martin; a great-grandson, Cole Dumesnil and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick and her sister Rose Cappozzo.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, June 12 by the Reverend Gary Gelfenbien at Saint James Church, Chatham.  Interment followed at the Saint James Cemetery, Ghent.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society in her memory. Condolences may be conveyed at

Charles H. Knox (1927 – 2013)

HUDSON—Charles H. Knox, 85, of Copake passed away Friday June 7, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He was born August 29, 1927 in Copake, the son of John E. and Myra (Ostrom) Knox.

Mr. Knox was a graduate of Roeliff Jansen Central School class of 1946. Upon his graduation, he served with the United States Army from 1946 to 1948.

Mr. Knox retired from the United States Postal Service in 1990 after serving as postmaster in Copake for 25 years. Previously he worked at Central Auto Parts in Hudson and along with his brother and father in the family construction business.

He was an avid collector of miniature oil lamps and a member of the Night Light Club. Mr. Knox was also a member of the Antique Auto Club of America and served on the board of directors of the Copake Cemetery Association.

On April 21, 1956, he married Jane Grube at the Church of St. John in the Wilderness in Copake Falls.

He is survived by: his wife of 57 years, Jane Knox of Copake; a son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Rose Knox of Ghent and his granddaughter, Ashley Knox of Ghent; his brother and sister-in-law, Ernest and Shirley Knox of Copake; a sister, Janet Davis of Sun Lakes, AZ, and a sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Walter Johnson, also of Sun Lakes, AZ, and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Roberts of Chandler, AZ.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Roberts and a brother-in-law, David Davis.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from the Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Route 344, Copake Falls. The Reverend John Thompson, rector, officiated.

Interment followed the services in St. John’s Cemetery on the church grounds.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Community Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 327, Copake 12516 or the Roe Jan Food Pantry, Hillsdale 12529.

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

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Marcus A. Payson, Esq. (1968 – 2013)

COPAKE LAKE—Marcus A. Payson, Esq., passed away May 30, 2013.

He was born March, 27, 1968 in Hudson, the son of Ronald and Karen (Luning) Payson of Copake Lake.

Mr. Payson enjoyed vacations and water parks with his daughters, Cape Cod and all-you-can-eat lobsters, Disneyland and roller coasters.

He was proud to be a Columbia County deputy sheriff prior to a disability. He then pursued a law degree at Notre Dame.

He was a member of the New York State and Wisconsin Bas and was general counsel for Morgan Recreational and Oshkosh Trucking. He was instrumental in establishing a Native American Club at Notre Dame. He served as second lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1986 to 1990. He loved being active in various Legion Posts.

Besides his parents, he is survived by: his daughters, Reagan and Magdalena: sister, Angelique Bernstein and Karissa Payson, both of Craryville; step-brother, Ronald Payson, Jr., of Vermont; step-sister, Melinda Payson of Pittsfield, MA; brother, John Gauthier of Arizona, and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service with military honors will take place Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m. at the West Copake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Benevolent Association, 85 Industrial Park, Hudson 12534 or to the Shriners’ Hospital for Children of Springfield-Donations, 516 Careu Street, Springfield, MA 01104. Arrangements are under the direction of the M. Grimaldi Funeral Home, Chatham.

Frances Fabiano Thompson (1925 – 2013)

HUDSON—Frances Fabiano Thompson, 87, of Hudson, died Friday, June 7 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born in Greenport, August 12, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Grace (Lonberger) Fabiano.

Mrs. Thompson was a certified nurse’s assistant for many years with the Firemen’s Home on Harry Howard Avenue in Hudson. She and her late husband, Edward T. Thompson, Jr., who died May 18, 2010 after 65 years of marriage, were members of the Hudson Power Boat Association.

Mrs. Thompson leaves behind: three nephews, Tait and (Katherine) Wheeler, Lance and (Gail) Wheeler and Glenn and (Lynn) Wheeler; several cousins and a longtime dear friend Gary Stoerzinger.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by one sister, Mary Fletutor.

Graveside funeral services take place Thursday, June 13, 3 p.m. at Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson. Pastor Ken Coddington of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Greenport, will officiate. There are no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to Animalkind, P.O. Box 902, Hudson 12534. Funeral arrangements are with the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, Greenport.

James B. Hanson (1966 – 2013)

CANAAN—James B. Hanson, 47, of Canaan died Sunday, June 9 in Canaan.

He was born January 20, 1966 in Hudson, the son of William A. and Judith (Hatch) Hanson, both of Canaan.

He graduated from Chatham High School in the Class of 1985. He was employed with Chester Municipal Light in Chester, MA, as head of the line department for six years, then he worked for the Western Massachusetts Electric Company, division of Northeast Utilities, as lineman foreman for nine years.

Mr. Hanson was member of the IBEW #455 and a member of the Canaan Rifle Club. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing.

Besides his parents, William and Judith Hanson of Canaan, he is survived by: his wife of 25 years, Natalie (Buhler) Hanson of Canaan; daughter, Morgan A. Hanson; sons, Garrett R. and Christopher J. Hanson, all of Canaan; brother, Kenneth and wife Brenda Hanson of Great Falls, MT; sister, Elizabeth and husband Jeffrey Keefner of Canaan; his maternal grandmother, Margaret Hatch of Canaan; mother-in-law, Carol Hargis and her husband Jim of New Lebanon; father-in-law, Charles R. Buhler and wife Rita of Cincinnati, OH.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 14, 10 a.m. from St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church, Spencertown. Calling hours will be Thursday evening, June 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. from the Wenk Funeral Home Chatham.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Chatham Central School (for James B. Hanson Scholarship) ATTN: Treasurer, 50 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham 12037.

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