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Obituaries: Kells, Saulpaugh


Marilyn A. Kells (1933 – 2014)

LIVINGSTON—Marilyn A. Kells, 80, of Ancram died peacefully, Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born May 14, 1933 in Manhattan, the daughter of Irving and Marie (Weppler) McGough.

She was a graduate of Dominican Commercial High School and had worked for the Bank of Manhattan. After her marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Abram “Sonny” Kells, June 7, 1953, she became a homemaker and raised their three children. Later in life she worked as a schedule coordinator for a Plastic Surgeon’s Group in Garden City, Long Island.

Mrs. Kells was a full-time resident of Ancram for the past 20 years. The family built their retirement home there in 1975.

She was a communicant of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Copake Falls and along with her husband had previously led marriage encounter groups and Pre-Cana counseling. She was a longtime member of the Roe Jan Young at Hearters in Copake.

Survivors include: her husband, Abram “Sonny” Kells of Ancram; three children, Thomas Kells of Greeneville, TN, Patricia Kells of Smithtown and Steven Kells of Franklin Square; her eight grandchildren, Steven, Haley, Ryan, Owen, Wayne, Sean, Erin and Kevin.

Friends are invited and may call Sunday, January 12, 2014 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22, Copake.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, January 13, 2014, 10 a.m. from Our Lady of Hope Parish, 8074 State Route 22 in Copake Falls, with the Reverend George Brennan, pastor, officiating.

An additional period of visitation will be held Tuesday, January 14 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Krauss Funeral Home, 1097 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, Long Island.

Interment will be held Wednesday, January 15 at Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale.

To send an online condolence visit www.peckandpeck.net.

Gordon Saulpaugh (1921 – 2014)

E. GREENBUSH—Gordon Saulpaugh, 92, passed away unexpectedly at his home in East Greenbush, January 5, 2014 with his loving daughters at his side.

He was born July 17, 1921 on his family farm in Germantown, the son of Gordon and Caroline Saulpaugh. He was married for 69 years to his beloved wife, Edna, who survives him.

In addition to his loving wife, he is also survived by: his daughters and sons-in-law, Susanne Saulpaugh of East Greenbush and Boston, MA, Sandra and John Tuller of Honeoye Falls and Becky and Leo Hacker of Rensselaer; his grandsons, William, Robert and John Tuller; his sister, Marion Best; his sister-in-law, Imogene Salisbury; his cousin, Delores DuMond and three nieces.

He lived in Red Hook for nearly 60 years, where he raised his family and ran his trucking business. He was a man of integrity who was deeply committed to his family and friends. He had a strong attachment to his home and garage and an incomparable work ethic. In order to be nearer his daughter, in 2009 he moved to East Greenbush into a new home which he designed.

He was a Lincoln auto enthusiast and a skilled mechanic who willingly shared his time and talents with anyone in need. In 2000 he received a letter of appreciation from the Air Force Band for voluntarily repairing their bus which had broken down on his property. In 1990 he realized his dream to travel to Alaska with his wife, grandsons and daughter, Sue. He drove the Dalton Highway and spent a night north of the Arctic Circle.

Mr. Saulpaugh and his family will be forever grateful to their friend, Tom Manetta, for his many years of invaluable help and innumerable kindnesses.

Growing up on a farm gave Mr. Saulpaugh a lifelong love of animals. His three cats were a great source of comfort and company to him in his declining years.

Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to the Columbia–Greene Humane Society or the Cemetery Fund of the Dutch Reformed Church of Germantown.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The funeral service will immediately follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Germantown Reformed Church Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook.

For directions or to sign the online guest book visit www.Burnett-White.com.


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