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Obituaries: Clunis, Golden, Glover, Macheski, Poucher


Michael R. Clunis (1943 – 2013)

GHENT—Michael R. Clunis, 70, of Chatham passed away at the Whittier Nursing Home, October 14, 2013 after a lengthy illness.

He was born March 25, 1943 to the late Durlard “Guy” Clunis and Mary Elizabeth Tighe Clunis.

Mr. Clunis lived a life of service to his country and his community. He was a Vietnam War veteran having served in the United States Air Force from 1961 to 1971.

He was honored to have served as an officer in the following police departments: Topeka Police Department, Waterford Police Department, Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department, Columbia County Sheriff’s Department, Chatham Police Department and the Stratton Veterans Administration Hospital in Albany, where he served as chief of police. He also was past commander of American Legion Post 42 of Chatham.

Mr. Clunis is survived by: a daughter, Nicole Williams; a son, Matthew Clunis; two grandsons; a sister, Mary Patricia Clunis and many caring friends and companions.

He also leaves behind his beloved German Shepherd, Shep.

A Mass will be held Tuesday, October 22 at 12:30 p.m. from the St. James Roman Catholic Church, Chatham. Interment will follow in the Saratoga National Cemetery with military honors. Calling hours will be Monday evening, October 21, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham. Donations in Mr. Clunis’ memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2 Pine West Plaza, Suite 204, Albany 12205. To send online condolences visit

Edward W. Golden (1922 – 2013)

CHATHAM CENTER—Edward W. Golden, a local Chatham businessman, passed away peacefully October 17, 2013 at his home in Chatham Center. At the time of his death, he was with loved ones, Tracy “Tuffy” Crandall, William “Billy” Gile and caregivers from Visiting Angels of Latham.

He is survived by his close friend, Lynn Crandall and his nephew, Peter Curry. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen Curry Golden; his parents, Mabel and Elmer Golden and a nephew, Patrick Curry.

Mr. Golden owned and operated the Golden Acres Mobile Home Sales and Court. Prior to the operation of the mobile home park he owned Golden Acres Farm and during his younger years worked for General Electric in Pittsfield.

He enjoyed collecting antique cars and tractors and having them restored. Mr. Golden participated in many local car shows over the years.

He was a lifetime member of the Chatham Fire Department and the Chatham Rescue Squad. He was also a member of the Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association and served on the Board of the Chatham Center Cemetery. He was also an active member of the Columbia County Republican Committee for many years.

Calling hours will be Monday, October 21, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

Funeral services will follow at the Chatham Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414 .

For directions or to convey an online condolences visit

James Glover, Sr. (1932 – 2013)

PHILMONT—James Glover, Sr., of Chatham, passed away October 15, 2013 at Pine Haven Nursing Home at the age of 81.

He was born in Comer, Alabama, June 1, 1932.

He was married to Arlene VanAlstyne for 55 years.

He leaves behind: a daughter, Nadine Bray; two sons, James Glover, Jr., and Zachary Glover; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and his close friend, Corinne Summers.

Mr. Glover enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved all sports.

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Helen Macheski (1922 – 2013)

RHINEBECK—Helen Macheski, of Hudson, passed away Thursday, October 17, 2013 in Rhinebeck.

She was born in Fort Smith, a tiny outpost in Canada’s North West Territories. After an adventurous few years up north, the family moved to Alberta, where she grew up and later met Andrew Macheski, an American soldier stationed on a training base during World War II. They married and moved to Brooklyn, New York, where they lived for many years and raised four children.

Mrs. Macheski worked as a professional seamstress, and enjoyed making clothes for her family and herself.

After she was widowed, she moved to Hudson and became an active member of St. Mary’s Church, joining the Christian Service committee and the Catholic Daughters of America. She spent her final years at the Thompson House in Rhinebeck, receiving attentive and personal care.

She is survived by a sister, Mary, and three of her children, Sylvia, Cecilia and Arthur Macheski.

She will be greatly missed.

A wake will be held Sunday, October 20 from 2  to 5 p.m. at Bates and Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Monday, October 21 at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson, followed by burial in Cedar Park Cemetery. In the place of flowers, friends are asked to make donations to local food pantries.

Edith L. Poucher (1925 – 2013)

HUDSON—Edith L. Poucher, 88, of Livingston, passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born July 20, 1925 in Livingston, she was the daughter of the late William and Dora (Scheffer) Lyke.

Mrs. Poucher was employed as a nurse’s aide at the Adventist Nursing Home before retiring.

She is survived by: her sister, Ella Anderson of Germantown; six nephews, John and Elwood Anderson, Socks, Terry and Ricky Tompkins, and Raymond Hotaling, and her niece, Gladys Goesch.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Harold Poucher, and a niece, Gloria Narocki.

There are no services scheduled at this time.








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