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Obituaries: Reardon, Heller, Simone-Kramer


Muriel Gaddis Reardon (1915 – 2014)

HUDSON—Muriel Gaddis Reardon, 98, of Livingston passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014.

Born September 14, 1915 in New Rochelle, she was the daughter of the late Gordon Grant Westover and Helen (Terwilliger) Westover.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, S. James Reardon; two sisters, Helen Westover and Doris Thorpe; a sister-in-law, Mary Karic and five brothers-in-law, Thomas Reardon, William Reardon, Fred VanTassell, Edward Lynn and Herbert Thorpe.

She is survived by: her devoted daughter, Maureen Helen Gardner and son-in-law, George F. Gardner, Jr.; two granddaughters, Katherine Maura Gardner and Megan Rose Gardner; her sister, A. Ruth VanTassell Lynn, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

She moved to West Taghkanic with her family at age 14. She graduated from Hudson High School in 1934 and pursued a career in nursing at the Columbia Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She completed the established course of instruction and practice in the School of Nursing and fulfilled her dream of becoming a registered nurse in 1937. Her education involved training at the Hudson River Psychiatric Center in Poughkeepsie and the Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, NJ. Her work experience included Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, Tuxedo Memorial Hospital in Tuxedo, and Brookwood Secure Center in Claverack. She retired from Coxsackie Correctional Facility in Coxsackie in 1982, after dedicating 45 years to the nursing profession.

Mrs. Reardon’s most important roles were devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed 44 years of marriage with her husband, James. They were both members of the Taghkanic Senior Citizens Club in West Taghkanic. They shared many interests including gardening, and most importantly, a love of family. She was a faithful parishioner of Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson.

Calling hours are Thursday, May 22, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson. Services will be conducted Friday, May 23, 11 a.m. at Christ Church Episcopal. Burial will be in the Chatham Rural Cemetery in Chatham.

Donations may be made to Christ Church Episcopal, 431 Union Street, Hudson 12534.
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Frank Mathias Heller (1936 – 2014)

SCHENEVUS–Frank Mathias Heller, 77, passed away Good Friday, April 18, 2014 at home with his family by his side, after a short illness with cancer.

He was born December 9, 1936 in Germantown, the son of Gaza and Elizabeth (Boytos) Heller.

He was raised on the family fruit farm in Germantown. He graduated from Germantown Central High School and Simmons Institute of Funeral Service, Syracuse, class of 1963.

He was a United States Army veteran.

Mr. Heller married Sharon L. King, August 10, 1963 in Mattydale.

He owned and operated the Heller Funeral Home in Schenevus since 1967. In 1995 he bought the E.J. Skinner Co. Funeral Chapel in Worcester, where he enjoyed working side by side with his daughter, Kathleen and son-in-law, John Pietrobono. Mr. Heller also owned and operated the Heller Construction Co. for many years. A jack of all trades, he could make any project look easy.

He was a parishioner of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Worcester, was the Otsego County coroner for many years and the president and trustee for the Schenevus Cemetery Association for 46 years. Over the years he sponsored and supported many sports teams and local organizations.

Mr. Heller was a hard-working and dedicated man. His generosity and kindness shown towards others was never for the recognition, it was simply because it was the right thing to do. He enjoyed helping the community and his neighbors, especially if it involved using his Kubota. He refused payment, however the sweets that were left were much appreciated.

He is survived by: his wife of 50 years, Sharon Heller of Schenevus; children, Deborah and Thomas Makofske of Schenevus, Richard and Tammy Heller of Murfreesboro, TN, Kathleen and John Pietrobono of Oneonta, and Michael and Sandra Heller of Murfreesboro, TN; grandchildren, Victoria and fiancé, Andrew, Amanda, Teryn, Bryce, McKenna, Alyssa and Hunter; brother, John and Cecelia Heller of Rhinebeck; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Alexander and wife, Tootsie Heller.

A funeral Mass was conducted at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Worcester with the Reverend Ronald Green, MM, as celebrant, April 23. Interment with military honors followed at Schenevus Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Schenevus Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 346, Schenevus, or the Tri-Town Baseball, c/o Tom Snyder, 111 County Highway 34, Schenevus 12155.

Arrangements were with the Heller Funeral Home, 25 Arch Street, Schenevus. Expressions of sympathy may be made at

Ruthanne Simone-Kramer (1948 – 2014)

CROTON-ON-HUDSON—Ruthanne Simone-Kramer, 65, a former resident of Pine Plains passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Skyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born June 4, 1948 in Peekskill, the daughter of Dorothy (Bauer) Simone of Yonkers and the late Joseph Simone.

Ms. Simone-Kramer was employed as a receptionist for Dr. Bruce Janelli in Canaan, CT.

A free spirit, she enjoyed classic movies, the music of Engelbert Humperdinck, trips to Atlantic City and was a big fan of Betty Boop.

Surviving besides her mother are her sons, Ernest Luciano and Marc Luciano, both of Hudson. She also leaves a sister, Pamela Campana of Yonkers and a brother, Joseph Simone of Florida.

She was predeceased by her son, Edward Luciano in 1983.

Friends are invited and may call at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, South Main Street, Pine Plains, Tuesday May 27, 2014 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Reverend William Mayhew of the Faith Bible Chapel officiating. 
Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery, Pine Plains.

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