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Obituaries: Sherman, Potts, Sawyer, Jones


John Paul Sherman (1950 – 2014)

SHARON, CT—John Paul Sherman, 63, of County Route 3 in Ancramdale died Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Sharon Health Care Facility.

He was born July 15, 1950 in Sharon, CT, to the late Ralph and Hilda (Hoysradt) Sherman.


A lifelong area resident, Mr. Sherman was employed on the Rothvoss Farm in Ancramdale.

He is survived by: his siblings, Barbara Kelly of Copake, Raymond Sherman of Dover Plains, Steven Sherman of Copake, Ralph Sherman of Millerton, Kathy Sherman of Elizaville, Priscilla Murphy of Ancram and Michael Sherman of Craryville. He also leaves several nieces and nephews and an uncle, Alton Hoysradt of Clermont.

Graveside services will be held in the spring at the Copake Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Copake.

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Fora Ida Potts

FAYETTEVILLE—Fora Ida Potts of Fayetteville entered unto rest Sunday, January 12.

Born in Flushing, she graduated from Bayside High School, received her nursing degree from Lenox Hill Hospital and public health degree from Columbia University.

Mrs. Potts worked as a public health nurse for New York State in Gouverneur and Dutchess County. She married Clayton DeWitt Potts and they moved to Germantown, where she worked for the Red Hook Central School as a school nurse teacher until 1978.

Mrs. Potts was a member and past matron of the Eastern Star Beekman Chapter #496 and past president of the Germantown Garden Club. She was a member of the Germantown Reformed Church and after moving to Fayetteville in 2001, a member of the United Methodist Church of Fayetteville. She was a member of the Juliets and the YMCA.

She was predeceased by her husband, Clayton Potts; brothers, Albert Barge and Frederick Barge; and niece, Sally Barge.

She is survived by: daughter, Sarah (Randall) Cooke of Fayetteville; son, DeWitt (Joan) Potts of Albany; sister, Georgiana Benfer of Westminster, MD; grandchildren, Jonathan Cooke, Mary Lynn Cooke, Alida Cooke, Mary Potts and Elizabeth Potts; nieces and nephews, Albert Christopher Barge, Bruce (Kristen) Barge, Lisa Barge, Eric (Marisa) Barge, Richard (Karen) Benfer, Barbara Hoffer and William (Annie) Benfer.

A memorial service was held at the United Methodist Church of Fayetteville, 601 East Genesee Street, Fayetteville, Saturday January 25, 2014.

Contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, NY, NY 10163-4777, or the United Methodist Church of Fayetteville, P.O. Box 158, Fayetteville 13066.

Elisabeth B. Sawyer (1928 – 2014)

HUDSON—Elisabeth B. Sawyer, 85, of Stottville, formerly of Hudson, passed away Monday, February 10, 2014 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born September 24, 1928 in Heidelberg, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Karl and Elisabeth Morr.

She was a seamstress and sewing machine operator at the BIG A in Hudson for many years and then at L & B Products for two years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Hudson and enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

Surviving are: four children, John Sawyer of Snohomish, Washington, Inge Gohl of Sneed’s Ferry, North Carolina, Barbara LaValley of Fine and Patricia Sawyer of Kinderhook; her brother, Werner Morr of Germany; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Sawyer.

A calling hour will begin at noon, Monday, February 17 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson.  Funeral services are private.

Donations may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Society Road, Hudson 12534 or to Animalkind Inc., 721 Warren Street, Hudson.

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Arthur Stewart Jones (1931 – 2014)

GALLATIN—Arthur Stewart Jones, 81, of Gallatin and a longtime resident of Rhinebeck, passed away Sunday, February 9, 2014 at home after his courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Steuben, August 17, 1932, the son of the late Owen and Jane (Owens) Jones.

Mr. Jones was a dairy farmer and a devoted family man. He lived for his family.

He served with the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of American Legion.

On December 21, 1957 he married Norma A. (Meyer) Jones. She survives him at home.

In addition to his loving wife of 56 years, survivors include: two daughters, Lorraine Taylor and her husband Thomas of Rhinebeck and Linda Wesley and her husband Gregg of Pine Plains; six sons, Scott Jones and his wife Brenda of Milan, James Jones and his wife Baerdel of Lawton, OK, David Jones and his wife Ann of Pine Plains, Keith Jones and his wife Gail of Elizaville, Kenneth Jones of Pine Plains and Bruce Jones of Elizaville; four sisters, Edith Sexton, Marilyn Simons, Norma Harter and Ruth Walker; one brother, Marvin Jones all of Holland Patent.

He was also survived by 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Frances Minnig and three brothers, Milton, Richard and Robert Jones.

There are no calling hours.

Funeral service and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are requested to Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home.



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