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OBITUARIES: Clause, Edelstein, Moran, Keyes, Erickson, Krizar, Dorresteyn, Bues


Gregory L. Clause (1988 – 2020)

HUDSON—Gregory L. Clause, 31, of Kinderhook passed away unexpectedly Saturday, July 4, 2020 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born December 30, 1988 in Denver, CO, he was the son of Gregory W. Clause of Kinderhook and Kristen (Kyle) Clause of Stuyvesant Falls.

He lived most of his life in Kinderhook, graduated from Ichabod Crane High School and received an associate’s degree in computer sciences from Columbia-Greene Community College. He was a partner with his dad in their landscaping business, Lookin Good Lawn Services. He loved fishing, hunting and golfing with his father and friends.

Besides his parents, he is also survived by: his paternal grandparents, Paul and Joan Clause of Kinderhook; maternal grandparents, Dennis Kyle of Las Vegas and the late Nancy Kyle; his aunts and uncle, Paula Beaudoin of Valatie, Holly Clause of Lehigh Acres, FL and Aaron Clause of Catskill; seven cousins, Vince, Rachel, Elyse, Yuchi, Elisha, Niah and Gavin.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, July 18, 2020, 11 a.m. in Kinderhook Cemetery. Social distancing and mask wearing is encouraged at the cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kinderhook Reformed Church. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Stephen T. Edelstein (1945 – 2020)

GALLATIN—Stephen T. Edelstein, 74, passed away unexpectedly at home Saturday, July 11, 2020.

He and his wife Frances, retired to their home in Gallatin from New York City several years ago.

He was a graduate of the SUNY Buffalo and received a master’s degree in computer science from SUNY Binghamton. For many years he and his wife worked for Oracle in the Silicon Valley before returning to New York City where they founded Relational Business Systems.

Mr. Edelstein authored several popular tutorial books on databases.

Born September 15, 1945 in New York, he was the son of David and Lillian (Teichner) Edelstein.

He is survived by: his wife, Frances of Gallatin; a brother, Dr. Arthur Edelstein; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services are Thursday, July 16, 1 p.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery, Pine Plains.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Peck & Peck Funeral Homes, Inc., 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains. To sign the online register visit

Linda Moran (1945 – 2020)

STAMFORD—Linda J. Moran, 74, of Kinderhook passed away Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Robinson Terrace Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Born July 22, 1945 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Louise (Dimmick) Van Alstyne. She was a lifelong Kinderhook resident and a graduate of Ichabod Crane High School. She received a master’s degree from SUNY Oneonta and taught elementary school at Ichabod Crane for more than 30 years. She was a long-time member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Valatie and a member of Winding Brook Country Club and its “Nine Hole Loose League.” After her retirement she enjoyed cruises and traveling, especially to Europe. She was an avid dog lover.

She is survived by: one son, Scott A. Moran (Rebekah) of Knoxville, TN; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Her husband, William J. Moran, Jr., died previously.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, July 16, 2020, 11 a.m. at Kinderhook Cemetery, with the Reverend Samantha Perret officiating. Calling hours will be Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534 or Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 242, Valatie 12184.

Leonard C. Keyes, Sr. (1944 – 2020)

GHENT—Leonard C. Keyes, Sr., 75, of Niverville died Friday, March 20, 2020 at Whittier Rehabilitation Center.

Calling hours for Mr. Keyes will be held Friday, July 17, 2020 at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie from 4 to 6 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 6 p.m.

A complete obituary for Mr. Keyes appeared in the March 26 print issue of The Columbia Paper and may be found online at

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Donald F. Erickson (1937 – 2020)

ALBANY—Donald Francis Erickson, 83, of Kinderhook passed away July 11, 2020 in Albany and is now with Christ Jesus whom he loved so much.

Known lovingly as “Tex,” “Don,” “Donny” or “Dad,” he was born June 10, 1937 in Hudson to William and Edna Erickson. He graduated from Hudson High School in 1956. He was a U.S. veteran who served nine years: in the Army National Guard (1954 to 1957), the United States Army (1957 to 1959), and the United States Air Force (1959 to 1963). He was active in various church communities throughout his life, notably Clermont Bible Church and Flat Brook Baptist Church, where he served as treasurer.

He was a professional busdriver his whole working life, with Mountain View Coach Lines in Coxsackie and various Columbia County public transport companies.

More than this, Mr. Erickson was a devout Christian who walked the way of grace and forgiveness in his life. He was “Dad” to six adoring children; 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren who looked to him as a good listener, humble hero, faithful servant, and wonderful father. He was also a loyal and steadfast friend, especially to the love of his life, Sharon.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, William and Edna Erickson; his stepmother, Flora Erickson, and his sisters, Janise Sweeda and Clair White.

He is survived by his beloved companion of more than 50 years, Sharon; children, Julie and her husband Eric Gregory, Donna and her husband Kenneth Wagner, the Reverend Don Erickson and his wife Holly Glenzer-Erickson, Gina Erickson, the Reverend Bill and his wife Daphne Erickson, and Pastor Brett Erickson; brother, Kevin Erickson; grandchildren, Eric, Jr., Justin, Ryan, and Jenna Gregory, Shane, Christopher, and Ashley Wagner, Corey Erickson, Gabrielle and Josiah Erickson; and great-grandchildren, Jordan and Edith Wagner and Luna and Penelope Wagner.

There will be a private service at Flat Brook Baptist Church in Canaan. Burial with military honors will be at Saratoga National Cemetery. Arrangements are by Wenk Funeral Home 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. Send online condolences at in Chatham.

Emil Krizar (1925 – 2020)

GHENT—Emil Krizar, 94, of Stockport passed away July 7, 2020 in Ghent.

Born August 10, 1925 in New York City, he was the son of Ludwig and Maria (Teutul) Krizar.

He graduated from Cornell University Class of 1951, and he was very proud to remain active with their Alumni Association. His career was in automotive sales, locally with Milroy Edsel, Voerg Lincoln Mercury, and Colonial Volkswagen. Upon retirement from the auto industry, he took in interest in real estate sales. In his younger years he traveled extensively throughout Europe and Mexico. Later years found him enjoying fishing, hunting and gardening, along with helping any animal in need with his kindness and compassion. Mr. Krizar, along with his wife, Ellie, were devoutly involved with local Boy Scout Troops #24 and #113.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Michael Krizar, Mark (Sheila) Krizar, Douglas Krizar, Dr. Stephen (Anne) Krizar, and Elizabeth Krizar; and grandchildren, Scott, Nicholas, Sarah, Catherine, Meghan and Joshua.

He was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor (Mazure) Krizar in 2011.

Graveside services will be held Monday, July 20, 2020 in Cedar Park Cemetery at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to Camphill Ghent or Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene. Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit to leave condolences.

David J. Dorresteyn (1955 – 2020)

GHENT—David James Dorresteyn passed away June 30 of heart failure in Ghent.

He was born September 15, 1955, the son of Steven and Clarisa Cochran Dorresteyn.

In 1973, he graduated from high school in Mahwah, NJ. He went on to work for 35 years as a computer expert at Metropolitan Life.

He is survived by: his two children, Leah and Avery. His heart was huge and kind. “Please share your feelings with him. We believe he will hear you.”

Arrangements are with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Condolences may be conveyed at

Philip Bues (1943 – 2020)

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL—Philip Bues, 76, of New Lebanon died Tuesday, March 3, 2020 after a brief illness at Flagler Hospital.

A Memorial Service for Mr. Bues will be held Saturday, July 25, 2020, 1:30 p.m. at the Tendai Buddhist Institute, 1525 Route 295, East Chatham. The service will be held outdoors under a tent to allow for physical distancing. Masks are required and will be provided if needed.

A complete obituary for Mr. Bues appeared in the March 12 print issue of The Columbia Paper and is available at or

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