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Obituaries: Smith, Gross, Walsh


Edith E. Smith (1936 – 2014)

PHILMONT—Edith E. (Bosley) Smith of Philmont entered eternal rest Wednesday, January 29, 2014.

She was born May 5, 1936 to the late William and Eleanora Bosley in Lancaster, PA.

On December 8, 1954 she married the love of her life, Stanley Smith, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Smith was employed as an office administrator for 30 years at Swiss Farms in Philmont and two years at Hudson River Bank and Trust.

She was the beloved mother of Colin (Lauren) of North Carolina, Paul (Ann Marie) of Elizaville, Charles (Rhonda) of Georgia, Steven (Denise) of Florida, Derek (Sophie) of Philmont, Douglas of South Cairo, Deborah Curry (Jim Vandenburgh) of Valatie and Michelle Smith (Mark Tanzillo) of Greenport; 19 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one on the way. Also surviving are two very special great-nieces, Shirley Mendoza of Lancaster and Deborah (Lester) Shea of Philmont, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is predeceased by an infant son, Stanley Smith, Jr.; a son, Lawrence Smith; three sisters, Dorothy Mullady, Grace Antonelli and Thelma Penn and her brother, Paul Koehler.

Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, January 31 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 1 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Mellenville Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene or the American Heart Association.

Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences.

Julia Gross (1927 – 2014)

ALBANY—Julia Gross of Chatham passed away January 29, 2014 at Albany Medical Center.

Born July 19, 1927 in Canaan, she was the daughter of the late Stanislaw and Mary Mazzar Gawron.

Mrs. Gross grew up in Canaan and attended  school there and in New Lebanon. She left school early to help the family by working for General Electric in Pittsfield, MA. After leaving GE she worked at the England Brothers store in Pittsfield as a receptionist at their hair salon. That is where she met the man should would later marry.

On November 20, 1950, she married Robert Gross in St. James Church in Chatham.

They moved to the Wappinger’s Falls in the late 1950s to accommodate her husband’s job at IBM. After his retirement in December 1981 they moved back to Chatham.

Mrs. Gross enjoyed cooking and growing plants and flowers. She also enjoyed her time at their summer home on Kinderhook Lake.

Mrs. Gross was a long-time member of the Chatham American Legion Post #42 Ladies’ Auxiliary, and served as its chaplain for several years

She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Robert and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Albert Gawron, Stanley Gawron, Jr., Veronica McCagg, Walter Gawron, Edwin Gawron and Mary Barber.

Family will receive friends Tuesday, February 4 at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham, from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, February 5 at 1 p.m. at Saint James Church. Interment will follow at St. James Cemetery, Ghent.

Contributions in Mrs. Gross’ name may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA  02241-7005. For directions or to convey an online condolence visit frenchblasl.com.

Michael J. Walsh, Sr. (1967 – 2014)

CLIFTON PARK—Michael J. Walsh, Sr., 46, of Clifton Park died January 30, 2014 at his home.

Born November 23, 1967 in Hudson, he was the son of John and Beverly (Ostrom) Walsh of Greenport.

Mr. Walsh worked for Doug Dingman in Valatie. He enjoyed Mighty Ducks hockey games, was an avid camper and a big Disney fan.

Besides his parents, he is survived by: his wife, Rebecca A. (Proniske) Walsh; five children, Michael Joseph Walsh, Jr. (Mary) of Stockport, Robert Michael Walsh of Valatie, Sarah Elizabeth LaBounty (Mitchell) of Stuyvesant, Brandon Merrill Walsh of Greenport and Krista Elizabeth Walsh of Chatham; six grandchildren, Michael Joseph Walsh, III, Nathaniel John Walsh, Alexander James Walsh, MacKenzie Lynn LaBounty, Zachary Thomas LaBounty and Nicholas David Walsh.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, February 4 at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie with the Reverend Ken Coddington officiating.  Burial will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Calling hours will be Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the humane society of one’s choice.



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