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Obituaries: VanWagner, Wildermuth, Staszko, Leggett, Varelli


Ann E. VanWagner (1937 – 2014)

ALBANY—Ann E. VanWagner, 76, of Stuyvesant passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014 at St. Peter’s Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. VanWagner was a resident of Stuyvesant for many years and was formerly a longtime Rhinecliff resident. She worked as a nurse’s aide at the Baptist Home, Rhinebeck; and as a clerk at Walmart in Greenport and Hannaford in Kinderhook.


She was a former member of the Rhinecliff Fire Company and was rescue captain in the 1970s and 80s.

She was a co-founder of the Patriots Fife and Drum Corps, and a communicant of the Good Shepherd Church in Rhinebeck.

Mrs. VanWagner enjoyed being outdoors and camping, especially at Fox Hill Campground in Spencertown.

Born November 6, 1937 in Woodhaven, she was the daughter of Vincent and Christina (Koferl) Willeburgher, Sr.

Mrs. Van Wagner is survived by: her husband, Richard VanWagner of Stuyvesant; her children, Roy ‘Skip’ Nelmes, and his fiancée Dorothy Hevessy of Stuyvesant, Christina Denu and her husband Richard of Rhinecliff, Wayne Nelmes, and his wife Christina of Hubert, NC, Laura ‘Lori’ Nelmes and her husband Jerry Plourde of Port St. Lucie, FL, and Kathleen Skabowski and her husband Robert of Hudson. In addition, she is survived by 12 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a brother, Vincent Willeburgher, Jr., and his wife Ann of Goshen; a brother-in-law, Ron Agesti of Blue Bell, PA; three nieces and two nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents; a daughter, Anna Whiteley and a sister, Margaret M. Agresti.

Following cremation private memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105

Arrangements are under the direction of the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 West Market Street, Rhinebeck. To sign the online register visit

Patricia L. Wildermuth (1957 – 2014)

VALATIE—Patricia L. Wildermuth of Valatie passed away April 22, 2014 after a long illness.

She was born February 8, 1957, the daughter of Joseph and Barbara McIntyre.

She attended Hartwick College and graduated from SUNY Albany with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English.    She spent the next 28 years teaching high school English at Hudson High School. She retired in 2010. For several years she served as chairperson of the English Department. She loved teaching and the thousands of students she taught. She always hoped she had influenced their lives in some positive way. She got tremendous enjoyment from her random encounters with former students and seeing them grow and thrive as adults.

Mrs. Wildermuth is survived by: her husband, Joe; her father, Joseph McIntyre and his companion Mary Nolan; her sister, Karen McIntyre and partner Sue McMahon; her brother, Joseph McIntyre, Jr.; her aunts, Ruth Meyer and Joan Minkler; her uncle, Tom McIntyre; her in-laws, Judy Wildermuth, Karen and Rich Barden, Laurie Viebrock, Jim Wildermuth and Larry Hoskins and Kurt and Ingrid Wildermuth; nieces, Brittany McIntyre, Kira Barden, Shannon Barden, Karin Wildermuth, Kate Viebrock; nephews, Adam and Nathan Viebrock, Erik Wildermuth and Josh Barden and many cousins.

Her mother, who was her best friend, predeceased her in 2005.

Mrs. Wildermuth was an animal lover and loved spending time with her dog, PJ and the cats that adopted her. She loved having fresh flowers brighten the house in the winter and she particularly enjoyed her summertime school break, spending time at the pool and tending her flower garden. She looked forward to spending a week in Key West each winter. During her illness, Mrs. Wildermuth remained as active as she could, upbeat and positive, and her spirit and determination were never broken.

Donations in Mrs. Wildermuth’s name may be made to Hudson Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 1048, Hudson 12534. The family will be making a contribution to support this program.

The family thanks Mrs. Wildermuth’s caregivers—Michelle, Rhonda and Lois—“We can’t thank you enough for the friendship, love and happiness you gave Pat. Special thanks to the Columbia Greene dialysis staff in Ghent and the wonderful care and respect you always showed Pat.”

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 25, 2014 at Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Valatie next to the funeral home. Burial follows at Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery, Albany Avenue, Kinderhook.

Margaret Staszko (1922 – 2014)

SIMSBURY, CT—In the late evening, Saturday, April 19, Margaret Anna Bahelka Staszko died. She was 92 years old.

She was born at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson, March 7, 1922, daughter to Stephen and Anna Topor Bahelka of Copake.

She attended Copake District Elementary School and graduated in 1940 from Roeliff Jansen Central School, Columbia County.

Mrs. Staszko taught typing in Boston Corners, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the 1930s. She attended night school at E.C. Goodwin Technical in New Britain, CT, where she studied advanced bookkeeping. She also took classes in court reporting.

As a young woman, Mrs. Staszko worked at Camp Copake as a waitress and nanny. During World War II, she volunteered with Lewis Doyle as a “spotter” for German aircraft in Ancram.

In 1945 she moved to Bristol, Connecticut, where she met the love of her life, Adam Staszko, who was her husband for 48 years. They married February 11, 1945.

They worked at Wallace Barnes, Division of Associated Spring. After leaving Wallace Barnes, Mrs. Staszko worked at a number of local businesses, including Metallics, Inc. Bristol Instrument Gears, Palmisano and Sons and Electro Machine and Tool. She was an office manager and executive assistant.

She leaves: her brother, Major USAF (ret.) Matthew S. Bahelka of Columbia, SC; her twin daughters, Joan Egbertson and Janet Spasiano; her son-in-law, Stephen Egbertson and three beloved grandchildren, Erik Adam Egbertson, Joy Anna Egbertson and Magda Antonia Spasiano.

She was recently predeceased by her much loved son-in-law, Anthony Spasiano, III. She was also predeceased by her special nieces, Jean Staszko Fearon and Baby Claudia Staszko.

She leaves godson, David Cichon of Colorado, a host of nieces and nephews and two sisters-in-law, Statia Staszko of Massachusetts and Dorothy Staszko of Connecticut. She also leaves cousins in Slovakia.

Visitation with the family will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville/Bristol until proceeding to St. Joseph Church, 33 Queen Street, Bristol for a Mass of Christian Burial at noon. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol.

In lieu of flowers, because Mrs. Staszko so loved her cats, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Animal Friends of Connecticut, Inc. P.O. Box 370306, West Hartford, CT 06137, ATTN: Judy Levy. Write: In memory of Margaret Staszko on the memo line. To leave an online message of condolence, share a memory or photo, visit Mrs. Staszco’s page at

Marion T. Leggett (1927 – 2014)

ALBANY—Marion T. Leggett, 86, of Kinderhook died April 23, 2014 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born in Hudson, December 19, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Teresa (Molinski) and Fredrick Bucci.

She is survived by: her husband, Charles Leggett; a son, Thomas Leggett (Lisa) of Greenport; daughter, Ann Mary “Mimi” Morrissey (James) of Kinderhook; six grandchildren, Stacy Leggett, Joseph Miller (Debora), Christopher Leggett (Kathleen), Michael Miller (Danielle Morris), Karen Leggett and Kyle Leggett; one great-grandchild, Owen; two sisters, Philomena Scalley of Hudson and Joan Turek of Boca Raton, FL; several nieces, nephews and her favorite pet, Buster.

Mrs. Leggett was a secretary for the Hudson High School in Hudson. She was a charter member of the Becraft Pumper Company #2 Ladies Auxiliary in Greenport and a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Valatie . She was an avid gardener. Mrs. Leggett was very helpful to all her grandchildren and family with her enthusiasm and positive outlook.

A funeral and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Contributions may be made to the Community Hospice Inn, St. Peter’s Hospital, 315 South Manning Boulevard, Albany 12208.

Thomas L. Varelli (1936 – 2014)

TAGHKANIC—Thomas L. Varelli, 78, of Taghkanic died Wednesday April 23, 2014 at home with his family by his side.

Born in Brooklyn, January 2, 1936, he was the son of the late Dominick and Edna (Gardner) Varelli.

Mr. Varelli was a 1953 graduate of Roeliff Jansen High School and later served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a carpenter with Kingston Local # 249, and later worked for 20 years with the U.S. Postal Service in Albany. He was a life member of the Hudson Elks # 787 and member of the Philmont American Legion.

Mr. Varelli was a sports enthusiast, loved the New York Mets and New York Giants and was a member of “Team 3”  Golf League in Copake Lake.

He will be greatly missed by: his loving wife, Frances  Amato of Taghkanic; son, Thomas S. and (Susan) Varelli; daughter, Dianne and (Roberto) Lugo, all of Taghkanic; grandchildren, Eric Varelli, Christina Shufelt, Ashlee Varelli and her fiancé, Cory Osterhoudt and Isabella Lugo; great-grandchildren, Brody and Anya Varelli.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Vivian Wheeler and Edna Dennis.

Calling hours will be Sunday, April 27 from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, April 28, 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church, Copake Falls with Fr. George Brennan officiating.

Burial will follow in the West Taghkanic Cemetery. Memorial contributions are requested to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675; the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414. To leave an online condolence visit:




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