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Obituaries: LeBrecht, Blauuw, Ohl


Mary LeBrecht (1921 – 2014)

LENOX, MA—Mary LeBrecht, 92, of Lenox, MA, passed away May 7, 2014.

She was born September 2, 1921, in New York City, the daughter of the late Mary Evelyn DuVall Thompson Lewis and Clifton Thompson Lewis.

Ms. LeBrecht is survived by: her daughter, Lindsay LeBrecht of Craryville; her son, James LeBrecht and his wife Sara Bolder of Oakland, CA, as well as Ms. Bolder’s daughter, Tess; her niece, Linda McMeekin of Great Barrington, MA, and Ms. McMeeklin’s children, Heather (Kurt) Barbieri, Michael (Jayme) McMeekin and Andrew (Kelsey) McMeekin and their children, Haley and Nicholas Barbieri, Cole McMeekin and Elizabeth and Madison McMeekin.

She was predeceased by her sister and brother-in-law, Josephine (Otto “Duke”) Sutter and her brother and sister-in-law, Clifton (Lillian) Lewis.

Ms. LeBrecht attended Washington Irving High School and Hunter College. Her first job was working for IBM.

She moved to Hartsdale in 1954 to raise her children.  When her children were old enough, Ms. LeBrecht found employment at the White Plains Driving School and Whitaker’s Pharmacy doing clerical work.

A graveside service celebrating Ms. LeBrecht’s life will be held Tuesday, May 13 at 11 a.m. at Elmwood Cemetery, 90 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA, with the Reverend Richard Hayes officiating.

The family will receive friends Monday, May 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home in Great Barrington.

Memorial contributions may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires or the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund and sent to the funeral home, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230. Remembrances may be sent to the family at

Alice M. Blaauw (1934 – 2014)

ALBANY—Alice M. Blaauw, 79, of Mellenville passed away Friday, May 9, 2014 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born October 26, 1934 in Jamaica, Queens, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Alice Sharp.

Mrs. Blaauw graduated from Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park, class of 1952, where she was a member of the National Honor Society.

She also performed with the Rockettes in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Mrs. Blaauw graduated from the Brooklyn Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in 1955.  She worked at the Mineola Hospital, Sharon Hospital in Connecticut, and Columbia Memorial Hospital.  In 1960, she went to work as a part-time nurse at Pine Haven Nursing Home and then went full-time. Mrs. Blaauw moved up to director of nursing and then was appointed administrator of Pine Haven. As administrator she oversaw construction of the new Pine Haven Nursing Home 80 bed facility and eventually the addition of 40 more beds. Mrs. Blaauw served as administrator for 20 years before retiring in 1995.

She was a life member and treasurer of the Philmont Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary, a member of the Eastern Star, and a member of the Philmont United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Blaauw is survived by her husband of 57 years, William “Bill” Blaauw; three sons, Robert (Mary Jane) of Averill Park, James of Topeka, Kansas, and John of Philmont; five grandchildren, Robert (Carla), Erica, Andrea, McKenzie and Calista; and five great-grandchildren, Cameron, Madelyn, Tessa, Cody and Georgianna. Also surviving are two sisters, Elsie (Laddie) Crisp and Barbara Gonzales; several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours are Tuesday, May 13, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson.

Services will be conducted Wednesday, May 14, 1 p.m.  at the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Mellenville Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research.

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Emma Louise Ohl (1923 – 2014)

HUDSON—Emma Louise Ohl, 91, of Stuyvesant Falls passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Columbia Memorial Hospital.

She was born March 2, 1923 in Philmont, the daughter of the late Carl and Katherine Schaummann.

She was a homemaker and the wife of the late Lawrence Ohl.

She is survived by two sons, Randolph (Coleen) Ohl of Castleton and John Ohl of Ancramdale; two brothers, Carl (Ruby) Schaummann of Missouri and Boyd (Sylvia) Schaummann of Claverack; two grandsons, Travis and Austin Ohl; many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and parents Mrs. Ohl was also predeceased by a sister, Mary Delaney.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, May 13, 11a.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie. A calling hour will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia/ Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.



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