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Charles O. Brown (1930 – 2018)

NEW LEBANON—Charles Owen Brown, 88, of New Lebanon passed away peacefully at home Tuesday morning, August 7, 2018.

Born in Pittsfield, MA, June 20, 1930, he was the son of the late Jay and Catherine Brown.

Mr. Brown grew up in Pittsfield until 1941 when the family moved to New Lebanon. He was a 1948 graduate of New Lebanon High and after graduation, he remained living and working there for the rest of his life. From a young age Mr. Brown started working on the family farm, a job he loved, and continued to enjoy into the later years of his life. When not hard at work on the farm, he enjoyed going to the stock car races with his friends at the Lebanon Valley Speedway. He enjoyed them so much, in fact, that he never missed a race there until this past racing season.

Mr. Brown is survived by: his three children, Donna Ast of Del Rio, TN, Cynthia (Michael) Miller of Daytona, FL, and Charles J. (Kimberly) Brown of Lebanon Springs; his four grandchildren, Brittany, Daniel, Amber and Travis; many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his three siblings, Fred Brown, Katie Hoctor and Veronica Michaels.

A funeral service took place Saturday, August 11 at the Hall and Higgins Funeral Home, 457 State Route 43, Stephentown. Interment followed in Cemetery of the Evergreens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be considered to a charity of one’s choice.

Nancy K. Kelly (1929 – 2018)

HUDSON—Nancy K. Kelly, 89, of Valatie died Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

Born January 16, 1929 in Poughkeepsie, she was the daughter of the late James and Bessie (Wright) Keller.

As a teenager, Mrs. Kelly babysat for the FDR staff during World War II in Hyde Park. She was a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a former kindergarten teacher with the Ichabod Crane Central School District for more than 20 years before working at the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance in Albany.

She was an avid golfer and member of the Winding Brook Country Club for many years, an active member of St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie and also belonged to several committees at the church. She volunteered with the Valatie Santa Claus Club and also enjoyed the Mac-Haydn Theatre. She was a former member of the Valatie ZBA, was a poll-watcher for local elections and was the grand marshal of the Valatie Winter Walk Parade in 2016.

Mrs. Kelly was an extremely independent woman and continued to live at home by herself right up until her recent illness. She loved spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren. The family extends special thanks to family and friends, Marjorie and Michael Sherman and Julia Levy and neighbors Leeanne Jones, Marion and Ralph Sitcer.

She is survived by: one son, Robert Kelly (Stacey) of Valatie; three grandchildren, Gabriel, Liam and Brady Kelly; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Francis Kelly; a sister, Jean McCarthy and a brother, Robert Keller.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, August 14, 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Valatie, with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Burial will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday, August 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 242, Valatie 12184 or the Valatie Santa Claus Club, P.O Box 601, Valatie.

Virginia M. Wilber (1925 – 2018)

SPENCERTOWN—Virginia Mae (Race) Wilber of Spencertown passed away Thursday, August 9, 2018. She was 92 years old.

She was born in Hudson, October 15, 1925, the daughter of Arlington Race and Mildred Peters Race.

She and her husband, Kenneth C. Wilber, spent a wonderful life together in Spencertown.

Educated at Spencertown Town School for grades one through eight, she graduated from Chatham High School, Class of 1945.

Her hobbies were crafts, needlepoint, knitting and painting, which she learned at art school many years ago. She also loved being surrounded by her family and friends, enjoyed cooking and baking, and most of all she enjoyed Christmas holidays together with family. She worked at Berkshire Farms as a secretary for 12 years.

She is survived by: her loving husband of 68 years, Kenneth; her sons, Richard (Dorothy) and Stephen (Carol); her grandchildren, Richard (Meg), Kristin (Patrick), Jason (Josephinea), Greta, and Amanda; her great-grandchildren, John, Kenneth, Josh, Madeline and Patrick.

Calling hour will be Monday, August 13, 10 to 11 a.m. with a service to follow at 11 a.m from the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. Immediately following burial at the Spencertown Cemetery, a gathering will be held at Stephen Wilber’s home on Big Woods Road, Spencertown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Wilber’s name to the Chatham Rescue Squad. Special thanks to the staff at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, MA. For online condolences visit

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