Gerard R. Popp
VALATIE—Gerard R. Popp, age 72, known as “Jerry” to his friends, was received in heaven July 28, 2014.
The son of the late Frank and Jane (Drayton) Popp of Troy, he grew up in South Troy along with his brothers, Karl (Theresa) Popp of Castleton, Mark Popp of Troy and his late sister, Jane (Robert O.) Wilhelm of Clifton Park.
Mr. Popp was married to Karyl A. Klee and lived in West Sand Lake, until her passing in 1990. He leaves behind their two children, Suzanne (Daniel) Bell of Averill Park and Kevin E. Popp, Sr., of West Sand Lake.
Mr. Popp then married his best friend, Barbara Stolp-Woodworth and lived in South Schodack before moving to Ocala, Florida in 2008, where they shared happy times and made many friends.
Mr. Popp welcomed into the family his step-children, Cynthia (Todd) Washburn of Colchester, CT, and Deborah (Dylan) VanDetta of Milwaukie, OR.
Always the proud “Poppy,” he loved his grandchildren. He leaves fond memories for Jennifer Seabury, Karyl Bell, Catie Bell, Kevin Popp, Jr., Amanda Popp-Houser, Joseph Popp and Emily Popp, as well as his step-grandchildren, Ethan VanDetta, Aeryn VanDetta, Claudia Washburn, Boone Washburn and Jax Washburn. He also leaves behind many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Mr. Popp spent a few years as an employee of the City of Troy Public Works Department before becoming a chief shift operator at the Niagara Mohawk Steam Station in Glenmont, from where he retired. Always an active member of the community, Mr. Popp was a life member of Sand Lake Ambulance, where he provided services for many years as a driver and an emergency medical technician. He was granted life membership status at the West Sand Lake Fire Department, where he gave many years of active service and leadership as president, lieutenant and captain of fire police.
Upon moving to South Schodack, he joined the South Schodack Fire Company, where continued his active status and commitment to the community.
A fan of racing, Mr. Popp offered his services as an EMT for many years at Lebanon Valley Speedway and Dragway. His life was not without his faith and Mr. Popp enjoyed being a part of community of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Castleton until he moved to Ocala, Florida to enjoy the sunshine, lack of snow and retirement.
Never one to let the grass grow under his feet, Mr. Popp adapted well to the Florida life and soon became a volunteer at Monroe Hospital in Ocala. He was also an active member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and an active member in the Foxwood Farms community where his infectious laughter and smile will be missed by many.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 9, noon at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, with Deacon Peter Trawinski officiating.
Calling hours will be Saturday, August 9 from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Stevens Johnson Syndrome Foundation, P.O. Box 35033, Westminster, CO 80032 (sjsupport.org), the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049 or the American Cancer Society, 1 Penny Lane, Latham 12110.
Marguerite E. Krupa (1930 – 2014)
HUDSON—Marguerite E. Krupa, 84, of Elizaville passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.
Born May 26, 1930 in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Julia Wajda.
For several years, Mrs. Krupa worked at the AT&T Telephone Company in addition to being a homemaker and working on the family farm. Her true devotion was to her family and her grandchildren.
She is survived by: her sons, Gerald Krupa of Elizaville, Ronald (Laura) Krupa of Oklahoma, and Robert (Tina) Krupa of Elizaville; three grandchildren, Hannah, Benjamin and Elizabeth Krupa; and two brothers, Paul Wajda of Clifton Park and Walter Wajda of Johnsburg. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward.
Visiting time will be Monday, August 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Tuesday, August 5, 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson. Burial will be in Livingston Cemetery.
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John E. Deane, Sr. (1919 – 2014)
PHILMONT—John E. Deane, Sr., was born in Hudson, September 14, 1919, and passed away August 3, 2014 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.
He was the fifth son of Rose (Morton) and George Deane. He lived on Robinson Street, Manorton, worked on the family farm and attended the one-room school in Manorton. He worked in construction and on several farms from Patchogue to Kinderhook.
He operated a farm in Claverack, had many side jobs and retired from Universal Match Corporation. He enjoyed bowling, camping, square dancing and bus rides to anywhere, especially the casinos.
For many years, he was a voting machine custodian for the Town of Claverack and served on the Zoning Board of Appeals. He regularly attended Sacred Heart Church in Philmont and St. Bridget’s in Copake Falls.
He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Skoda and his oldest daughter, Carolyn Jensen (Ron) of Hyde Park.
He leaves: a son, John, Jr., (Jane); a daughter, Elizabeth Biddlecome, (James); grandchildren, Ronald Jensen, Kate Watson, Christine Borrelli, Jennifer Anderson, Gregory Jensen and Taryn Hickey and 10 great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be at the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street in Hudson, Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 5 to 7 pm. The funeral will be Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. from the funeral home, followed by burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Philmont. The family thanks the entire staff of Pine Haven Home and hospice for their care and kindness.
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