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OBITUARIES: Broast, Christmas, Hopfenspirger


Bernard P. Broast (1948 – 2017)

ALBANY—Bernard P. Broast, 69, of Germantown died November 16, 2017 at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center.

Born February 18, 1948 in Hudson, he was the son of the late John and Mildred (Cross) Broast.

He was a 1966 graduate of the Germantown Central School, served with the U.S. Marine Corps during the VietNam War, served as the Clermont Justice of the Peace for 16 years, and as Clermont Town Supervisor for four years. He managed the former Germantown Co-op and was a member of the VFW.

Surviving are: two sons, Ryan and Cody; one brother, Ronald (Linda) Broast and his former wife of 20 years, Anita Broast.

Calling hours will be Sunday, November 19, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Services will be at the funeral home Monday, November 20 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in the Red Church Cemetery, Tivoli.

Memorial donations are requested to the Germantown Central School Booster Club, 123 Main Street, Germantown 12526

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Charlotte A. Christmas (1941 – 2017)

GERMANTOWN—Charlotte Ann “Bunny” Christmas passed away November 11, 2017 at the young age of 76 at her home in Germantown.

She was born June 16, 1941 in Manhattan.

She was predeceased by her beloved mother, Charlotte A. Walker and father, William J. Walker.

Ms. Christmas was a loving “Mommy, Grandmama, Great Grandmama” and sister.

She is survived by: her children, Robert (Lisa) Burka, William (Beverly) Burka, Charlotte “Chickie” Burka (Paul Edel) and Fred (Kristina) Christmas; her grandchildren, Trisha Planells (Llelwyn Boswell III), Robert Burka, Andrew Burka (Haley Kern-Smith), William Burka, Rebecca Burka, Stephen Burka, Samantha Christmas and Stephanie Christmas; great-grandchildren, Vance J. Burka and Harley Annan Boswell; sisters, Joan Stumbaugh and Louise Shaffer; nephews and nieces.

She will be greatly missed.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, November 21, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. Services will follow at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, Inc., 30 East 33rd Street, New York City 10016.

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Joseph W. Hopfenspirger (1925 -2017)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Joseph William Hopfenspirger was born in Minneapolis, MN, April 3, 1925. On November 16, 2017 God called him home at the age of 92; surrounded by members of his loving family.

Mr. Hopfenspirger enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at the tender age of 17, serving aboard the U.S.S. Columbia in World War II. He attended Cornell University and ultimately graduated from Siena College.

He is survived by: his devoted wife of 71 years, Jeanne Houghtaling Hopfenspirger; his sons, Joseph, Thomas, Marc, and Jack; his daughters, Suzanne Waters, Barbara Chesley (husband Paul), Anne Flemming and Kristin Davis (husband Ronald). He also leaves 26 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

He guided his family as a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a role model who inspired them in doctrine (what we believe), ethics (a way of life), spirituality (faith), good work habits and a love of God and country. Professionally, Mr. Hopfenspirger was a 40-year newspaper executive who successfully balanced career, family and numerous real estate achievements. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. In his memory “we gather to share our laughter, tears and support in celebration of a wonderful man.” Although his journey in life has ended, his quest for excellence will continue in heaven. He will never be forgotten.

Viewing hours will be Monday, November 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. The family will have a celebration of life service Tuesday, November 21, 10 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Nassau. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will be at the North Chatham cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Community Hospice, 2955 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903.

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