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Obituaries: Kudla, Wenk


Elizabeth Kudla (1924 – 2013)

KINGSTON—Elizabeth Kudla, 89, formerly of Germantown, died Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Healthalliance Hospital after a long illness.

Born March 9, 1924 in Scotia, she was the daughter of the late William and Sarah (Genesky) Stark.

A resident of Germantown since 1973 and more recently of Home Sweet Home of Catskill, she was the owner of The DollCrafter on Church Avenue, where she repaired and assisted people in restoring dolls.

She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection, Germantown.

Survivors include: two sons, Stephen of Toronto, Canada, and Phillip of Red Hook and four grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond who died February 9, 2001.

Calling hours will be 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, October 24 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home in Germantown.

Services will be 9:30 a.m. Friday, October 25 from the funeral home and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Resurrection, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.

Interment will be in the St. Sylvia’s Cemetery in Tivoli.

Patricia M. Wenk (1951 – 2013)

CHATHAM—Patricia M. Wenk of Chatham died Monday, October 21 at her residence following a long, courageous battle with breast cancer with her family at her side.

She was born May 3, 1951 in Albany, the daughter of the late Wilfred and Ida (Cole) VanBuren.

She graduated from Cologna Beauty School in Albany and then started her 45-year career as a beautician.

After working in several beauty salons in the Albany area, she owned and operated the Beauty Nook in Chatham for 20 years, managed Faircut in East Greenbush for six years and then owned and operated Faircut II in Schodack for the past eight years.

She put her heart and soul into her long list of customers. She had a passion for her work, even while going through cancer treatments.

Her true passion was her children. She was named Woman of the Year in 1993 for her crusade to draw the attention of the State Legislation to the awareness, prevention and education of lead poisoning in children. Her efforts lead to New York State’s first universal lead screening law, which mandated that all children under the age of six be tested for lead.
At the age of 16 months, her youngest child was missed diagnosed. Her determination and perseverance took him to MA, where he was finally diagnosed with severe lead poisoning.

Mrs. Wenk’s other passions included gardening, baking and decorating cakes, dancing with her husband (the jitter bug) and later line dancing with friends as well as vacationing on the Maine coastline and the Jersey shore with family and friends.

Mrs. Wenk is survived by: her husband of 30 years, Peter L. Wenk of Chatham; children, William C. Wenk of Elgin, IL, Kristin M. Wenk of Chatham and Peter A. Wenk of Chatham; sister, Winnie Middleton and her husband William of Grafton; many nieces and nephews; her loving Dachshunds, Charlie, Hansel and Gretel.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 25, 10 a.m. from the First Reformed Church of Chatham with the Reverend Gary DeWitt, pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in the Ghent Union Cemetery.

Calling hours will be Thursday evening, October 24, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham.

Memorial donations may be made to the Chatham Central School for the Patricia M. Wenk Scholarship Fund, 50 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham 12037 or the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534. To send online condolences visit







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