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OBITUARIES: Bowker, Timmis, Killeen, Vispo, Golden, Lake, Malarchuk, Vaval, Conte, Allen, Hunt


Carl E. Bowker, Sr. (1948 – 2018)

GHENT—Carl E. Bowker, Sr., of Ghent passed away peacefully surrounded by his family January 27, 2018.

Born in Walton, July 15, 1948, he was the son of the late George Bowker and Irma Bowker.

He was predeceased by his sister, Ruth Clapper and daughter-in-law, Elaine Bowker-Kuhnen.

Mr. Bowker was a long-time truck driver and well-known for his generosity and kindness to those he encountered throughout his lifetime.

He is survived by: his beloved wife of 39 years, Gloria Bowker; five sons, Karl Jr., Carlou (Susan), Keith (Jessica), Shannen (Tanja) and Shawn; three daughters, Naomi (Douglas) Griffin, Tammie (Arthur) Collins and Carrieann (Robert) Sharpe.

“Poppy” will be fondly remembered by his 14 grandchildren, Tyler, Emily, Tamra, Katrina, Korbin, Keith, Keshia, Ashley, Austin, Alicia, Zoey, Rylee, Tanner and Nathan Fiero, along with five step-grandchildren, all who he loved dearly.

He had many special friends. He will be forever missed by Gary Hawk, his best friend since kindergarten, and Dusty Heinz and a very special niece, Holly Lentz.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham.

Ardis B. Timmis (1930 – 2018)

ALBANY—Ardis J. (Burroughs) Timmis, 87, of Guilderland passed away January 2, 2018 at St. Peter’s Hospital after a bout with pneumonia.

Born in Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Elizabeth (Silber) Burroughs.

Valedictorian of her high school class, she began her college career at Dennison University and graduated from NYU with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. When all her children were in school, she earned a master’s degree in special education from Russell Sage College.

Mrs. Timmis taught special education for many years at Rensselaer High School. She treasured the job and sharing her love of learning with her students gave her tremendous joy.

She was the best mother and grandmother a family could ask for—funny, smart, interesting, warm, welcoming and loving. She always had time to share a story or to scout out chocolate desserts. She believed having fun and laughing with children was more important than a tidy home. Mrs. Timmis loved jazz, games, books, movies, doing crossword puzzles, gardening, watching the Boston Red Sox, and playing bridge with her weekly bridge group. Her favorite activity, however, was spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include: her children, Robert of Guilderland, Andrew (Ann Lewis) of Hanover, MA, Kate (Lee Jackson) of Ghent, and Laurie (John Bilyi) of Clifton Park; grandchildren, Rosemary (Chris Involdstad) Wright, Alexander Timmis, Andrew Timmis, Elizabeth (Doug) Faulkner, Olivia Timmis and Spencer Timmis and great-granddaughter, Mollie. She was predeceased by her sister, Sarah Burroughs; daughter, Carolyn and husband, James.

A reception and sharing of memories for friends and family was held January 20, 2018 at the Riverview Funeral Home, 218 Second Avenue, Troy. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Downs Syndrome Aim High Resource Center (

Patricia M. Killeen (1927 – 2018)

COHOES—Patricia M. Killeen, 91, of Nassau passed away peacefully at Eddy Village Green, January 19, 2018.

Born in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Grace Germond.

She was a registered nurse, having graduated from Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in 1948.

Mrs. Killeen practiced nursing in various capacities, retiring in her 70s as head nurse at Barnwell Nursing Home, Valatie. She loved spending time with her family and being of service to others. She volunteered throughout her life for many organizations including the North Chatham Library, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Castleton Elementary School and Barnwell Nursing Home following her retirement.

Mrs. Killeen loved to read and was always sure to have a book nearby.

She was predeceased by her husband, Hugh J. Killeen.

She is survived by: her sons, John D. (Susan) Killeen and Christopher (Jackie, deceased) Killeen; daughters, Mary K. (Tom) Donnelly, Amy T. (Bill) Callan; grandchildren; Kelly A. Killeen, Katie Donnelly Gibson, Casey Donnelly Gicewicz, Tristan W. Callan and Zachary S. Callan; great-grandchildren, Patrick and, soon-to-be-born little sister Margaret. The family extends a heartfelt thanks to the staffs at both Hawthorne Ridge, where she lived for five years, and Eddy Village Green, two years, for their kindness and dedication. A funeral Mass was offered at St. Mary’s Church in Nassau, January 22. Interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Nassau.

Arrangements were with the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home, 11 Elm Street, Nassau. Online condolences may be offered at

Vivien Vispo (1927 – 2018)

CANAAN—Vivien Vispo passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family, January 20, 2018, after a brief illness.

She was born November 27, 1927 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, to David and Alice (Orchard) Forsyth, and fondly remembered her childhood in Prince Albert.

She studied and practiced nursing in Montreal, where she married Dr. Raul Vispo. The family eventually settled in Canaan, where she will be remembered as an ardent participant in town meetings, which she attended regularly until the end of her life.

Other than that, Mrs. Vispo was a very private person, who enjoyed being with her family, and spending time in nature, gardening and reading. She was also a talented artist, who created a number of beautiful woodcarvings over the years. She was a meticulous housekeeper, and a loving and tolerant mother, mother-in-law and grandmother.

Mrs. Vispo was predeceased by her husband of more than 50 years.

She is survived by: her son, Conrad Vispo; her daughter-in-law, Claudia Knab-Vispo; her grandson, Vincent Otter Vispo; her brother, George Forsyth; her extended family in Canada; and her cat, Whiskers.

The family will celebrate her life in a private ceremony.

Helen E. Golden (1927 – 2018)

VALATIE—Helen E. Golden of Chatham passed away January 28, 2018 at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell. She was born March 2, 1927 in Hudson, the daughter of the late Enos and Ninabelle Behren Wilber.

She was a longtime member of the Ghent VFW Ladies Auxiliary and an avid bowler and golfer.

She loved her family, especially her five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Golden was predeceased by her loving husband, Harold “Babe” Golden; daughters, Roberta Rose and Bonnie Lowheit; sister, Jean; brothers, George and Alan Wilber and grandson, John Swartz.

She is survived by: grandchildren, Donna Herbert (Thomas), Peggy Cedri, Michael Rose (Kelly), Melissa Rose and Jeramey Rose (Alyssa); son-in-law, Wayne Rose; great-grandchildren, Cindy, Julia, Michael Jr., Matthew, Kacey, Emily, Charles, Jennifer, Amelia, Eliza, Adrienne, Jacqueline and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Wednesday, January 31 from 3 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Mrs. Golden’s name would be appreciated to the Chatham Lions Foundation, P.O. Box 216, Chatham 12037. For directions or to convey a condolence visit

William J. Lake (1963 – 2018)

PITTSFIELD, MA—William J. Lake, 54, of Pittsfield, MA, passed away January 24, 2018 at his home, after a long illness. He previously lived in Stuyvesant Falls and Albany.

Born May 4, 1963, he was the son of Patricia Kelley Lake and the late Robert Lake. He was a graduate of Taconic High School and Siena College where his passion was pitching for their baseball teams. He was also an avid golfer who participated in various charity tournaments.

Mr. Lake worked for the State of New York as an auditor for 20 years, then in the charter school community, first as vice president of finance at the Charter School Institute and then as chief financial officer at the Brighter Choice Foundation.

He is survived by: his mother, Patricia Lake; his brother, Kenneth Lake; his nieces and nephews, Edward (Melissa), Eddie, Lilianna, Jessica, Devon and Joseph Ferris and Rebecca (Robert) Navin, all of Pittsfield, MA; his soulmate of 25 years, Patricia Engel of Chatham and a step-daughter, Kira Hunt-Parker. He was a much loved “Grampa Billy” to Dylan, Haukin and Liam Parker. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by his sister, Karen Ferris.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

There will be an informal memorial luncheon, Saturday, February 3, 1 p.m. at the Elks Club, 2750 State Route 9H, Kinderhook. All are welcome.

Arrangements are with the Dery Funeral Home, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. To share a memory or condolence with the family visit

Chad M. Malarchuk (1971 – 2018)

HUDSON—Chad Michael Malarchuk, 46, of Hillsdale passed away suddenly Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He was born August 18, 1971 in Rhinebeck, the son of Alexander (Mike) and Pamela J. (Roche) Malarchuk of Millerton.

He was a hairdresser for 29 years in Millerton, and for the past 13 years owned Chad’s Hair Studio. He was also enrolled at Hudson Valley Community College in the mortuary science department. He was scheduled to graduate in May of this year.

He served as a volunteer firefighter for the past 15 years with the Hillsdale Fire Company #1.

Mr. Malarchuk was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ancram and served as a council member for several years.

On October 13, 2012 in Hillsdale, he married Richard H. Briggs, who survives him at home.

Besides his husband and parents, he leaves: a stepson, Bradley Briggs and a stepgrandson, Deyton of Valatie; also his siblings and their spouses, Andrea and James MacArthur of Millerton and Joshua and Lyndi Malarchuk and their children, Zachary and Dominic of Wake Forest, NC; also his paternal grandmother, Jeanette (Filipini) Malarchuk of Millerton; along with a large extended family including aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws.

Friends are invited and may call at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22 in Copake, Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 2, 2018 at 11 a.m. from St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1273 County Route 7 in Ancram, with Vicar Jackie Jefferson officiating.

Interment will follow in the Hillsdale Rural Cemetery, Hillsdale.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hillsdale Fire Company #1, 9387 Route 22, Hillsdale 12529 or St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1273 County Route 7, Ancram 12502.

To send an online condolence visit

Edouard Vaval (1951 – 2018)

SPENCERTOWN—Edouard Vaval, 66, died unexpectedly January 11 at his home in Spencertown.

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, March 19, 1951, he moved with his mother to the United States in December 1970 to join the rest of his family. After settling in Manhattan, he worked for several years in the advertising industry, while continuing to pursue his twin loves of woodworking and photography.

In 1985, Mr. Vaval left New York City to join his partner, Eve Zatt in Spencertown. He worked as a commercial cabinetmaker until 1995, when he joined the staff of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA, as woodworking instructor in the activities program. This job, which he held at the time of his death, provided him with the perfect way to combine his love for the woodworking craft, his patience as a teacher, and his compassion for people.

Mr. Vaval bright smile will be missed by everyone who knew him. He loved his family and his many friends, as well as fine food and drink, especially when paired with good conversation. He was known for his elegant, yet unconventional, attire; was a serious practitioner of yoga; and enjoyed “messing about in boats,” especially wooden ones and sailboats. He was also a board member of the Chatham Education Foundation.

Mr. Vaval is survived by his longtime partner, Eve Zatt of Spencertown and her son, Chelan Babineau Z of Bozeman, MT; as well as five brothers, Gerard (Gladys) Vaval, Luc (Mireille) Vaval, Armand, Maxim and Daniel Vaval and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 17, 1 p.m. at the Spencertown Academy. Details to follow. An account has been set up at Partners in Health in Mr. Vaval’s name. Gifts may be given in his memory online at or by mail at Partners in Health, P.O. Box 996, Frederick, MD 21705. Arrangements are with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Condolences may be conveyed at

Louis J. Conte (1936 – 2018)

GREENPORT—Louis J. Conte, 81, of Greenport passed away Saturday, January 27, 2018.

Born April 29, 1936 in Hudson, he was the son of John and Anna (Casaregola) Conte.

Mr. Conte was a retired accountant with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance in Albany. He was a true outdoorsman, who loved hunting, fishing and gardening. His memberships included the Philmont Rod and Gun Club, Sons and Daughters of Italy, and Hudson Elks Lodge #787.

He is survived by: his wife, Maureen Colwell; son, Steven Conte of Denver, CO; son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Ashley (Varner) Conte of Tucson, AZ; a sister, Margaret Jennings; a brother, John Conte; several nieces and nephews. Mr. Conte was predeceased by: his wife, Georgianne (Jacque) Conte, and siblings Vincent, Fred, and Joseph Conte, Mary Abate, Antoinette Jablonski, and Anna Hafner.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, February 5 at noon from St. Mary’s Holy Trinity Parish in Hudson. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. Visitation at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson will precede the funeral from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Memorial contributions in Mr. Conte’s name may be made to the American Red Cross or the Columbia Land Conservancy, 49 Main Street, Chatham 12037

Dorothy Allen (1930 – 2018)

PHILMONT—Dorothy Bogardus Allen, 87, died Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

She was the daughter of Harold and Viola (Johnson) Bogardus.

Ms. Allen was a resident of Philmont all of her life. She graduated from Philmont High School and then went on to work at McKechnie Plastics in Philmont for 32 years as a quality control inspector until her retirement.

Ms. Allen is survived by: her one daughter, Kathy King of Hudson; two granddaughters, Ashley Faulkner and Brittany Faulkner of Kingston; four great-grandchildren, Ryan Faulkner, Mel Shawn Taylor Davis, Marcus Mitchell and Sanaia Harris. She was predeceased by her two very close friends, Shirley Perry and Rita Marsters.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 2 p.m. at Mellenville Union Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society in Ms. Allen’s memory.

Ileen F. Hunt (1925 – 2018)

ALBANY—Ileen F. Hunt, 92, of Hudson went home to the Lord with her family by her side, Friday, January 26, 2018 at Community Hospice in Albany Memorial Hospital.

Born in Inman, South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Georgia (Ashford) Fletcher. Mrs. Hunt was employed for many years at the Universal Match Company in Hudson. She was an active member, communicant and usher at Shiloh Baptist Church for more than 30 years.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Arthur W. Hunt; daughters, Cassandra (Arthur) Clark, Deborah Hunt, Gwendolyn (Robert) Smith, Jacqueline (Roy) Godfrey; nine brothers and sisters of the Carr family; eight loving grandchildren; many great-grandchildren as well as great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by 12 brothers and sisters. A calling hour will be held Friday, February 2, 11 a.m. to noon, at Shiloh Baptist Church, 14 Warren Street, Hudson. Funeral services will follow at noon at the church with Reverend Ronald Grant officiating. Following the services, a repast will be held at the Hudson Elks Lodge. To leave online condolences visit:

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