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Thomas R.B. Campbell (1938 – 2019)

CHATHAM—Thomas Richardson Brown Campbell passed away March 25, 2019, after a fall.

He was born September 3, 1938 in Albany, the son of Dr. Eldridge Houston Campbell, Jr., and Eleanor Brown Campbell.

He is survived by: his wife, Barbara Hunt Campbell; children, Thomas E. Campbell (Ellen J. Harvey), John R. B. Campbell (Claude Wampler), Elizabeth H. Campbell (Thomas Evans); grandchildren, Leul, Asa, Raphael, Tobias, Eliza Sullivan, Finley Sullivan; sisters, Elizabeth Ashby, Jane Beaven and his beloved dog, Lily.

Mr. Campbell graduated from Philips Exeter Academy, Princeton University and worked at Brown Brothers Harriman and the Bank of Millbrook. He was a member of the Anglers Club of New York; St. Nicholas Hockey Club; the Ivy Club Princeton, and the Ausable Club. He was a former board member of St. Francis Hospital, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, Robert C. Parker School and the Boy’s Club of New York.

He was a Princeton hockey team co-captain and Lacrosse team captain.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Sunday, March 31 at St. James Church, 117 Hudson Avenue, Chatham. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Condolences may be conveyed at

“He was ‘gentle, quiet and dryly humorous. Wise and compassionate. We love and miss him.’”

Lois G. Hamm (1926 – 2019)

ALBANY—Lois G. Hamm, 92, of Valatie died Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born May 4, 1926 in Haverhill, MA, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Ann (Higgins) Skinner.

Mrs. Hamm was a seamstress for Rielly Mills in Valatie for many years and also worked for the former Grand Union until it closed. She was a 50+ year member of the Lafayette Chemical Co. Ladies Auxiliary.

She was a fun-loving, kind, caring woman with an infectious laugh, and an incredible sense of humor. She loved to bake and she could often be found in the kitchen making her famous blueberry cake or her chocolate chip cookies and she’d always have stock in the freezer to have on hand in case she had visitors. She loved her coffee and the Sunday paper, especially looking at the sales her favorite stores. Mrs. Hamm loved to tell stories especially about her jobs at the Grand Union and the mill and wasn’t afraid to tell you if she didn’t think you were listening. She cared deeply about her family and loved quality time with them. While she wasn’t afraid to let you know if she didn’t agree with your choices, at the end of the day she wanted nothing but those she cared about to be happy. She’ll be remembered for her flavored water she always had sitting on her table next to her chair, signing along to songs while watching movies, her love for Law and Order and Judge Judy, hiding her candy wrappers under the couch. She touched the lives of many. She truly had a heart of gold. She was an incredible, selfless, hard-working woman. She will truly be missed and never be forgotten.

She is survived by: two children, Diane Moore of Petersburgh, and David Hamm of Valatie; a sister, Marion Coburn of Albany; three grandchildren, Kevin Moore, Tasha Busha and Macie Hamm; six great-grandchildren and three great-great- grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond H. Hamm; her son, Walter Robinson and her sister, Jean Hayden.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 20, 1 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Valatie with Stanley Webster officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia / Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Cheryl L. Johnson (1946 – 2019)

ALBANY—Cheryl L. Johnson, 72, of Kinderhook died Thursday, March 28, 2019 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born December 24, 1946 in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Norman Edward and LaVerne (Quinion) Jones.

Mrs. Johnson graduated from Ockawamick High School in 1963 and from SUNY Cobleskill in 1965 with a degree in nursery education. She, along with her husband, Ed, was employed by Sterling-Winthrop in Rensselaer for many years. She was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Valatie, enjoyed traveling, reading books and listening to country music.

She is survived by: her husband, Frank “Ed” Johnson; two children, Tamara Johnson of Valatie and Randy Johnson (Denise) of Clifton Park; a sister, Kathy Rector of Mellenville; a granddaughter, Natalie Johnson; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also survived by her best friend, Gail Garcia and her godchild, Jennifer Garcia-Lis.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. A graveside service will follow at the Mellenville Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 1 Penny Lane, Latham 12110.

Alice G. Davis (1938 – 2019)

CASTLETON—Alice G. (Curtis) Davis, a long-time resident of Chatham, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2019 at her home in Castleton at the age of 80.

The widow of James “Blue” Davis, and sister to Daniel E. Curtis, both of Chatham, she was born December 23, 1938 at the Chatham Hospital to her parents Edwin B. and Alice F. (Delzell) Curtis.

Her wittiness, sense of humor, and her kind demeanor made her loved by all she touched.

She was known as a record breaker with her education at Chatham Union School, excelling academically by being the youngest in her class. She entered junior high school at the age of just 10 and went on to graduate high school at the age of 15.

Being an avid church-goer, she held many positions on the church’s vestry at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 12 Woodbridge Avenue in Chatham.

Mrs. Davis also spend many years as a member of The Eastern Star. She was matron on two different occasions. She was also a member of the Chatham Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by: her only son, Theodore and his wife Cathy; her grandchildren, Michelle, Bradley and Danielle; her loving nieces, nephews and numerous other relatives.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, April 2, 4 to 6 p.m. at the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 3, 10 a.m. from the funeral home. Interment will be in the Ghent Union Cemetery. For online condolences visit

Ann Ritz (1927 – 2019)

EAST GREENBUSH—Ann Ritz, 91, of East Greenbush died Saturday, March 30, 2019 at home.

Born April 20, 1927 in Babylon, she was the daughter of the late John and Linda (Lynch) Stachniak.

Mrs. Ritz was a homemaker.

She is survived by: her daughter, Linda Ritz of East Greenbush; her son, Martin J. Ritz of Rohobeth, DE; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Martin D. Ritz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, April 4, 10 a.m. at Holy Spirit Church in East Greenbush with the Reverend Gary Gelfenbein officiating. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

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