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Obituaries: Maben, Cohen, Randall, Hamilton, Lentz


Joseph Michael Maben (1976 – 2013)

HUDSON—Joseph Michael Maben, 36, of Hudson died suddenly Saturday, August 3, 2013 while playing in the New York State Firefighters Softball Tournament.

Born November 28, 1976, he was the son of Anne Tomaso Maben.

He was a 1994 graduate of Hudson High School, where he participated in football and baseball. He attended Columbia-Greene Community College.

Mr. Maben was most recently employed as a route delivery driver for Ginsberg’s Foods.

He was a loyal and devoted member of the Hudson Fire Department beginning his service at the age of 13 as a junior fireman and later served as captain. He was also named “Fireman of the Year.” With the help of the fire department, Mr. Maben was instrumental in organizing the annual submarine sandwich sale as a fundraiser for the Hudson Children’s’ Book Festival.

In addition to his love for softball, he was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and the New York football Giants. Besides softball, he loved participating in area bowling leagues and enjoyed many rounds of golf. He was proud of his extensive sports memorabilia collection and enjoyed his trips to Cooperstown and the New York Giants Training camp seeking autographs.

He is survived by his mother, Anne; uncles, David Brown (Judith), Marco Tomaso (Helen), Robert Tomaso (Trice); aunt, Denise Tomaso, several cousins and his beloved cats Lucky, Pumpkin and Lollipop.

He was predeceased by his grandmother, Frances Tomaso and uncle, Louis Tomaso.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, August 9 at Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, August 10 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to

Animalkind, P.O. Box 902, 721 Warren Street, Hudson or the Hudson Fire Department Eyes of Life Fund, 520 Warren Street, Hudson 12534.

Lawrence A. Cohen (1960 – 2013)

ALBANY—Lawrence A. Cohen, 53, of Craryville died unexpectedly Friday, July 26, 2013 at St. Peters Hospital.

Born January 1, 1960, in Rhinebeck, he was the son of Arden and Margaret (Feller) Simmons, Sr., of Red Hook.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his greatest joys, his two sons, Kyle Cohen and Vance Cohen of Hudson; three step-children, Amanda, Karl and Annie of Hudson; three sisters, Debra Cohen-Dann of Craryville, Rebecca Coons of Elizaville and Robbin Choinsky Sprossel of Red Hook; three brothers, Timothy Feller, Dennis Cohen and Arden Simmons, all of Red Hook; two grandchildren; many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Mr. Cohen enjoyed eating at Chinese buffets, loved window shopping and he loved drinking cream sodas. He also was an avid collector of old history magazines.

Graveside services will be held at noon, Tuesday, August 6 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, South Broadway, Red Hook. Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Home, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Tuesday from 11 to 11:45 a.m. before the service at the cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, 7404 South Broadway, Red Hook.

John E. Randall, Sr. (1923 – 2013)

VALATIE—John E. Randall, Sr., passed away Sunday, August 4, 2013 at the Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Valatie, January 25, 1923, he was the son of the late Leland G. Randall, Sr., and Elizabeth Brahm Randall. His wife of 54 years, Catherine J. Van Hise Randall passed away October 18, 2000.

He was a World War II veteran who served in the Army Air Force from February 1942 to November 1945. During this time he served in the China-Burma-India campaign as well as in the Western Pacific Theater.

Mr. Randall was an owner, trainer and driver of harness horses for 42 years, retiring in 1997.

He was a member of the United States Trotting Association, the Old Timers Harness Club, the New York Racing Association and was one of the original members of the Empire Driving Club.

One of the highlights of his life was when his horse Hortense Barmin was inducted into the Saratoga Harness Horse Hall of Fame. He was a past commander of the American Legion John W. McConnell Post #47 in Valatie and a rural newspaper carrier for the Times Union, retiring after 25 years.

He is survived by: his daughter, Joann Stever of Valatie; sons, John E. Randall, Jr., (Sally) of Waterford, MI, and Jay (Dawn) Randall of Ballston Spa; grandchildren, Timothy (Ashley) Stever of Niverville, John E. Randall, III, of Royal Oak, MI, Elizabeth Randall of Cincinnati, Ohio, Adam and Kaitlin Randall of Ballston Spa; great-granddaughter, Abigail Stever; niece, Sondra Odgen of Hudson and cousin, Iva Riordan of Troy. He was predeceased by a brother, Leland G. Randall, Jr.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral at noon, Wednesday, August 7, 2013 from the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Route 9, Valatie. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon immediately prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Valatie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Valatie Fire Department, Valatie 12184 or the Niverville Fire Department, P.O. Box 422, Niverville 12130.

Elizabeth C. “Bettie” Hamilton (1931 – 2013)

VALHALLA—Elizabeth C. “Bettie” Hamilton, 82, a lifelong resident of Ancram, passed away Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Westchester Medical Center.

She was born January 5, 1931 on Long Island, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Stiehle) Hamilton.

Ms. Hamilton previously owned the Little Store in Ancram for nearly 30 years. She also worked as a family care provider since 1976 up until her death.

Ms. Hamilton was an animal lover who bred German Shepherds for many years.

She is survived by her German Shepherd, Christmas Holly; her cat, No Name; two cousins, Glenda Watson of WA; and John Stiehle of Ancram; four nieces, Betty, Jackie, Barbara and Dorothy; six great-nieces and great-nephews, Elizabeth, Lucas, Samantha, Cybil, Jack and David; dear friends, Patsy Smith, Rosemary Gansowski, Nancy Margerum, Jane Moore and Ruth Weidenbaum, all of Ancram.

Memorial donations are requested to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

Friends are invited and may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Route 22 in Copake.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 1 p.m. from the Parish of Our Lady of Hope, 8074 State Route 22, Copake Falls. The Reverend George Brennan, pastor, will officiate.

Interment will follow in St. Bridget’s Cemetery.

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Thomas G. Lentz, Sr. (1946 – 2013)

HUDSON—Thomas G. Lentz, Sr., 67, of Germantown died Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born January 30, 1946 in Chatham Center, he was the son of the late Fredrick and Mildred Lentz.

Mr. Lentz was an auto mechanic for Johnson Ford in Kingston.

He is survived by: his wife, Linda (Bathrick) Lentz of Germantown; two sons, Thomas G. Lentz, Jr., (Wendee) of Schodack and Jeffrey S. Lentz (Corby) of East Greenbush; two daughters, Dawn Marie Michael (Kevin) of Philmont and Holly Lentz (Francis Comesanas) of Rhinebeck; his brother, James Lentz of Germantown; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by several brothers and sisters.

Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, August 7 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson. Services will follow at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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