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Obituaries: Bowes, Silvernail, Krambeck, Mellan


Dorothy Bowes (1931 – 2013)

HUDSON—Dorothy Bowes, 82, of Philmont died Sunday, December 29 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Born Dorothy Anne Yerick, January 10, 1931 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late William E. Yerick, Sr., and Lillian May Kilmer Yerick.

She met her future husband, Robert B. Bowes, while they were working on the Chatham American Legion toy drive. They were married December 26, 1959.

Mrs. Bowes graduated in 1948 from Philmont High School and in 1951 from the Union University of Nursing, which is now the Albany Medical Center School of Nursing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in school nurse teaching from the New York State Teachers College at Plattsburgh.

She worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (formally Peter Brigham Hospital) in Boston for three years before returning to Columbia County, where she worked as a school nurse/teacher at Chatham Central School District until she and her husband started a family.

Later, she became school nurse at the Ockawamick building of the Taconic Hills School District during the 1970s. She then worked as a nurse at Pine Haven Home and at the Firemen’s Home in Hudson, retiring in 1993. She volunteered at Columbia Memorial Hospital as a member of the hospital auxiliary.

Countless Philmont residents past and present were comforted by Mrs. Bowe’s compassionate care and support during times of illness or sorrow. A trusted friend and companion, she always went the extra mile to ease the burden of neighbors in need, any hour of the day.

Mrs. Bowes was a former trustee of the Philmont Public Library. Among community projects that benefited from her leadership were creation of the Philmont Village Green, the Philmont Toy Drive and planting of memorial trees along Maple Avenue. She was on the original board of the Philmont Hearth and formerly was a religious education teacher. She was a communicant of St. James Church in Chatham.

Surviving in addition to her husband, are: four children, Jean Calvin (Jim) of Valatie, William Bowes (Chantalle Edmunds) of Poplar Grove, IL, Mary Cremo (Michael) of Scotia and Patricia Bowes (Robert Sitser) of West Ghent; four grandchildren, Brian, Thomas and Joseph Cremo and Amanda Calvin; many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her two brothers, Robert Yerick and William Yerick, Jr.

Family will receive friends Wednesday, January1 at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham, from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, January 2, 10 Saint James Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Philmont Public Library, P.O. Box 816, Philmont 12565, or the American Cancer Society. For directions or to convey an online condolence visit

Kevin W. Silvernail (1956 – 2013)

GT. BARRINGTON, MA—Kevin W. Silvernail, 57, of Copake Falls passed away Sunday, December 29, 2013 at Fairview Hospital.

He was born March 28, 1956 in Great Barrington, MA, a son of the late Wallace and Helen (Campbell) Silvernail.

Mr. Silvernail was employed for 30 years as a millwright at the Ancram Paper Mill, Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. While there, he served his fellow workers as vice president of the union committee.

He was a member of the West Copake Reformed Church, served on the consistory for five years and was a loyal attendee of the Monday night Men’s Group.

Mr. Silvernail was active in his community as a member of the Hillsdale Lodge #480 Free and Accepted Masons, a member of the Oxbow Club, the Roe Jan Boat Club and a member and past chief of the Copake Falls Fire Company. As pitmaster for several community fundraisers, he and his wife Dale-Marie were presented the “Good Neighbor Award” by former State Senator Stephen Saland and current Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro.

Survivors include: his beloved wife, Dale-Marie (McNaughton) Silvernail; his children, Jennifer Silvernail and Denise Dysard and her husband Gary. He leaves his grandchildren, Christopher Filli, Abigail Filli, Seth Silvernail and William Fontanet; his siblings, David Silvernail and wife Irene, Rodney Silvernail and wife Ann and Linda Scott and husband Stan. He also leaves his father- and mother-in-law, Donald and Ann McNaughton, along with numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law.

He was pre-deceased by his daughter, Ashley C. Silvernail and a sister, Kathleen Faulkner.

Friends are invited and may call at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22, Copake, Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the West Copake Reformed Church with the Reverend Dr. Robert Charnin, former pastor, officiating.

A celebration of Mr. Silvernail’s life will be held immediately following at the Copake Community Center, Copake.

Private interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Richard Alan Krambeck (1956 – 2013)

CHATHAM—Richard Alan Krambeck, “Ricky,” 57, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, Wednesday, December 25, following a long illness.

Born January 18, 1956, he is survived by his mother Elizabeth Krambeck and brothers Harold (Wayne) Krambeck, Jr., and wife Catherine, Ronald Krambeck and wife Gina, his father, Harold Krambeck, Sr., and his wife Viola, as well as several nieces, nephews, step-brothers, step-sisters, grand nieces and nephews.

Mr. Krambeck was a joy to everyone who met him and he touched their hearts. He will always be remembered for his sweet smile and his love of hats.

The family sincerely thanks the doctors and staff at Columbia Memorial Hospital and the staff at Columbia Greene Dialysis Center and Dierkes Transporation. He always enjoyed his rides.

Relatives and friends may call at the M. Grimaldi Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Saturday, January 4

from 4 to 6 p.m. A service will be held at 4:30 p.m.

Earl Hugh Mellan, Sr. (1956 – 2013)

HILLSDALE—Earl Hugh Mellan, Sr., 57, of Route 22 in Hillsdale passed away Monday, December 30, 2013 at his residence.

He was born December 28, 1956 in Niagara Falls, the son of Mary Jean Mellan and the late William Mellan, Sr.

Mr. Mellan was a resident of the Hillsdale area since 1974 and was employed for 36 years at the Ancram Paper Mill, Schweiter-Mauduit International, Inc.

He was devoted to his chocolate lab, Mischka and his four cats.

Mr. Mellan was a loving and devoted father and grandfather. Outspoken, he was not afraid to speak his mind and enjoyed sharing a funny story. He was well known, loved for his outgoing personality and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Survivors include: his mother, Mary Jean Mellan; five sons, Earl Mellan, Jr., Louis Mellan, Matthew Mellan, Chris Stalker and George Stalker, Jr. He also leaves his grandchildren, Louis Mellan, Jr., Dean Mellan, Anthony King, Dylan Mellan, Kelsi Mellan, Chase Mellan, Hannah Stalker, Nathanial Mellan,  Aaliyah Stalker, Jocelyn Stalker and Chase Stalker. In addition he leaves his brothers, Dennis and Thomas Mellan along with several nieces and nephews.

He was pre-deceased by his wife, Betty Stalker Mellan, his father, William Mellan, Sr., and brothers, William, Jr., Dennis and Timothy Mellan.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 10 a.m. from the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22, Copake.

Friends are invited and may call Friday, January 3, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be in the North Hillsdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

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