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Obituaries: Hamm, Abatecola, Lewis, Collins, Higgins


Elizabeth Hamm (1934 – 2014)

VALATIE—Elizabeth May “Bitch” [sic] Hamm, 79, of Valatie died Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Barnwell Health Facilities.

Born September 24, 1934 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Delsia Simmons.

Mrs. Hamm was a homemaker and enjoyed playing cards and WordSearch.

She is survived by: four children, Barbara Pulver (Burt) of Old Chatham, Anthony Hamm (Patricia) of Hudson, Bruce Hamm of Old Chatham and Jason Hamm (Lynn) of Valatie; three brothers, Carl W. Simmons of Stottville, Carl “Punchy” Simmons of Elizaville and Edward Simmons of Hillsdale; three sisters, Kim McMann and Dorothy Santiago both of Hudson, Emma Bogucki of Germantown; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ronald E. Hamm and her children, Pamala Brainard and Ronald Hamm, Jr.

A memorial service will be held April 6, 2 p.m. at Jackson’s in Old Chatham. There will be no calling hours. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville 12211.  Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

Philip Abatecola (1928 – 2014)

PHILMONT—Philip Abatecola, 85, of Hudson and formerly of Sarasota, FL, died Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Pine Haven Home.

Born in Mount Vernon, July 23, 1928, he was the son of the late August and Angeline (Giampino) Abatecola.

Mr. Abatecola was the owner of the Nancy Ann Dress Company in Hudson for many years and was a member of the Hudson Elks Lodge #787. He was predeceased by his wife, Nancy M. (D’Amato) Abatecola, July 8, 1995.

He will be greatly missed by: his sons and daughter, Philip and (Monica) Abatecola of Lynchburg, VA, Richard and (Terez) Abatecola of Hudson, August and (Terry) Abatecola of Claverack and Judy and (Gustavo) Dobles of Chappaqua; a brother, Donald and (Stella) Abatecola of Cross River, as well as, several grandchildren.

A memorial Mass is scheduled for Monday, April 14, 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church/ Holy Trinity Parish, 429 East Allen Street in Hudson. Burial will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Sacco-McDonald-ValentiFuneral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

Kurt Anthony Lewis (1972 – 2014)

GLOVERSVILLE—Kurt Anthony Lewis, age 41, of Gloversville died peacefully in his sleep at his home Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

He was born in Guyana, March 21, 1972 to Carol and Gerome Lewis.

He spent long courageous years fulfilling lives with brightness and good graces.

Mr. Lewis is loved by all his family and friends due to his strong will to be family-oriented and keep his family together.

He has four children with Melissa Travis through whom he will continue to live in spirit, his daughter, Alondra and three sons, Zion, Quincy and Xzaiver Lewis. He is also survived by his beloved brothers and sisters, Sandra, Carmella, Alwyn, Simone, Gerol, Andre, Okeil, Clint and Alycia; loved and cherished by his nieces and nephews, Stephanie, Shavanyce, Monica, Jemol, Mikai, Aneeka, Trudy-Anne and Deandre; loved and respected by a multitude of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was employed as a welder with Hudson Upholstery in Gloversville.

Calling hours will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 24 at the Bates & Anderson Funeral Home, Hudson. Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.

Patricia T. Collins (1927 – 2014)

PORTLAND, ME—Patricia T. Collins, 86, of Portland, ME, formerly of Red Hook, passed away peacefully Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Barron Center.

Mrs. Collins was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2005 and managed to maintain dignity, class and humor throughout her 10-year affliction with the disease. She relocated to Maine in July 2005 to be closer to her son and daughter-in-law. She missed all of her friends dearly.

Born July 28, 1927 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late William and Virginia (Boyd) Hartigan.

A graduate of Chatham Union Free School, Mrs. Collins earned her college degrees in business and education from College of St. Rose in Albany.

Mrs. Collins’ teaching career began at Staatsburg. She then went to work for four years at the Keveny Academy in Cohoes and also taught for five years in the Chatham Central School District. She taught first grade for 16 years in the Red Hook Central School District and retired from there in 1988. She was a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association. Mrs. Collins left an incredible mark on a number of her students; many continuing to stay in touch with her throughout the years.

As a longtime communicant of St. Christopher’s Church, Red Hook, Mrs. Collins  was very active in the Red Hook community.

She was predeceased by: her husband, Paul A. Collins, Sr.; son, Peter A. Collins; brother, William B. Hartigan and sister, Virginia Griesau, who she called her best friend.

Mrs. Collins is survived by: son, Patrick Collins (Donnamarie) of Scarborough, ME; daughter, Catherine Henson (Christopher Carpenter) of Atlanta, GA, and a son, Paul Collins (Shelly) of Redlands, CA; her grandchildren, Patrick Henson, Ryan Collins and Michael Collins and numerous devoted nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at St. Christopher’s Church, Red Hook. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook.

The Collins family extends its deepest appreciation to the staff of The Barron Center. “We are most grateful for all your kindness, care and professionalism.”

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, March 31, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m.

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

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In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074.

Esther Higgins (1933 – 2014)

NEW YORK CITY—Esther Higgins, 80, a beloved member of the Red Hook community, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014. After battling a chronic heart problem with grace, unshakeable faith and humor, she died peacefully surrounded by her family at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

Born November 1, 1933 in Queens to Patrick and Margaret (Cambridge) Kavanagh, she was proud of her immigrant parents who came to the United States from Scotland. Raised in a loving home, her parents instilled in her a dedication to America and the Roman Catholic Church.

She married the love of her life, Martin Higgins, September 7, 1957 at St. Bartholomew Church in Elmhurst.

From the fourth grade and through 56 years of marriage, they demonstrated the type of union most dream about.

Active within her community, Mrs. Higgins worked for many
years as a teacher’s aide at the Linden Avenue School in the Red Hook School District. Her second career found her at the customer service desk at the Hudson Valley Mall in Kingston.

A faithful communicant of St. Christopher’s Church in Red Hook, she also was a member of the Altar Rosary Society.

She was loved by all those she met.

In addition to her husband, Martin, she is survived by: her children, Margaret Higgins of Newport, RI, James Higgins of Germantown and Kathleen Ward and her husband Mark of Needham, MA.

She joins her son, Martin Higgins in Heaven. She was a loving grandmother to Katherine, Grace and Gregory Ward; sister-in-law to Marion Higgins of Bayside and Joan Kavanagh of Freeport; aunt to Lyn Tobin, Patricia, Donna and Thomas Kavanagh.

Mrs. Higgins joined her brother, Patrick Kavanagh; her brother in-law and sister in-law, James and Marilyn Higgins; her nephew, James Higgins and her cousin, the Reverend Donald Kavanagh, all in Heaven. “Mama Es” is also survived by countless friends she called her extended family.

The family is grateful to the many medical professionals in Red Hook and at Northern Dutchess Hospital, Vassar Hospital and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital who offered Mrs. Higgins expert and compassionate care.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 27, 2014 at St. Christopher’s Church, Red Hook. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Christopher’s Church, 7411 South Broadway, Red Hook 12571 or to the St. Francis Bread Line, 135 West 31st Street, NY, NY 10001-3439 or

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

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