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Obituaries: Almstead, Lugert, Hutchens


Edward Almstead (1938 – 2013)

CLAVERACK—Edward Almstead, 75, of Claverack, died Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at his home.

He was born October 17, 1938 in Greenport to the late Kenneth and Pearl (Hawver) Almstead.

Mr. Almstead graduated from Hudson High School. He was a manager at the Grand Union in Coxsackie for 24 years. He was also a ceramic maker and artist and was the owner of The Elms in Greenfield Center. He was a member of the Ceramic Artists Guild.

Surviving are: his sister, Lavina Fletcher of Livingston; his brother, Robert (Barbara) Almstead of Greenport; 23 nieces and nephews and his cat T.T. He was predeceased by two brothers, Martin and Kenneth, Jr.; his sister, Alice Decker and his companion, Ed Connors.

Funeral services were held Friday, December 6 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson. Burial was in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Paul E. Lugert (1927 – 2013)

GREENPORT—Paul E. Lugert, 86, of Greenport, passed away Thursday, December 5, 2013 at his residence.

Born October 15, 1927 in Hudson, he was the son of the late John and Agnes (Holtmier) Lugert.

Mr. Lugert served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the U.S.S. Piedmont.

He worked as a printer for more than 50 years with various newspapers including the Register-Star, the Chatham Courier and retired from the Albany Times-Union after more than 25 years.

He was a member of the Hudson VFW Post #1314, the Hudson Elks Club, Greenport Pumper Company #1, and the Elks Club Bowling League. He enjoyed bowling, skiing, traveling, gardening and loved the Giants and Mets.

Mr. Lugert is survived by: his wife, Jo-Ann (Floutin) Lugert of Greenport; two daughters, Carol Lugert (companion Daniel Schoonmaker) and Nancy Lugert and his brother, George Arthur Lugert.

He was predeceased by four brothers, John “Jack”, Harold, Alfred and Francis.

Services were held Monday, December 9 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson.

Burial was in Cedar Park Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Donna Marie Hutchens (1945 – 2013)

HUDSON—Donna M. Hutchens, 68, of Chatham died Tuesday, December 3 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born March 10, 1945 in Chatham, she was the daughter of the late Jalmer and Elizabeth (Ford) Delaney.

She graduated from Chatham High School and was a cook at the Payn Foundation and then worked several years at Chatco Molding.

She was a lifelong resident of Chatham and an absolute Elvis fanatic.

She is survived by: her loving husband of 51 years, Bob Hutchens; daughters, Julie Hutchens (Tim Hines) of Ghent, Audrey Berrios (Anthony) of Valatie; sister, Robin Delaney Cook of Hudson; brother, Kenneth Delaney; grandchildren, Renee Williams, Stephen Jennings, A.J. Berrios, Alan Cook, Christopher Cook; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother, Robert Delaney; her son, Robert Hutchens and her granddaughter, Candice Berrios.

Mrs. Hutchens wanted to be remembered as she was, at her request there will be no public services. There will be a private service with the immediate family.

Memorials may be made to the family c/o Donna Hutchens P.O. Box 54, East Chatham 12060 or the Ronald McDonald Charities, 139 South Lake Avenue, Albany 12208. To send online condolences visit


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