GNH Lumber-Outdoor Living-JUNE 2024

OBITUARIES: Coons, Wahlers, Wilson, Levy, Olson


Albert J. Coons (1924 -2018)

VALATIE—Albert “Jake” “Poppop” Coons passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family, January 23, 2018.

He was born September 22, 1924 in Valatie, to John and Rose (Stock) Coons.

He married the love of his life, Martina Allen, in 1946.

Mr. Coons served in the United States Army during World War II, in both the Europe and Pacific campaigns. He participated in North Africa, Sicily Italy and Anzio battles. Mr. Coons was awarded the American Defense Medal, American European Africa Medal, Middle Eastern Medal with Four Stars, Asiatic Pacific Medal, Philippines Medal and the World War II Victory medal. He was honorably discharged from service in 1945.

Mr. Coons enjoyed anything and everything he could do outdoors and spending time with family and close friends.

He is predeceased by his parents; his brother, Alfred A. Coons and his son, A. Joseph Coons.

He is survived by: his incredible wife of more than 70 years, Tina Coons; his son and daughter-in-law, John and Sharon Coons; his loving grandchildren, Shannon Frick (Richard), Joe, Staycie and Johnny Coons; and three great-grandsons, whom he absolutely adored, Gavin Frick, Carter Frick and Connor Coons.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 27 at the First Presbyterian Church, Valatie. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery. Arrangements were with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 267, Valatie 12184.

Linda Wahlers (1948 – 2018)

HUDSON—Linda Wahlers, 69, of Copake died Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born June 20, 1948 in Great Barrington, MA, she was the daughter of the late George and Eugenie (Peck) Ford.

Prior to her retirement she was a secretary for the Monahan Title Search Company in Hudson and several area attorneys.

Surviving are: her husband, Herman Wahlers of Copake and daughter, Heather Wahlers of Great Barrington, MA.

There are no calling hours.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. Condolences may be expressed at

John A. Wilson, Sr. (1937 – 2018)

CHATHAM—John “Jack” Alden Wilson, Sr., of Chatham passed peacefully at home surrounded by family Friday morning, January 26, 2018.

He was born in Hudson, July 31, 1937 to Crissy Wilson and Marjorie (Ridgeway) Wilson. He was a graduate of Hudson High School. Mr. Wilson served in the United States Army and retired from Columbia Memorial Hospital. He was a previous member of Chatham Reformed Church and present member of Ghent Reformed Church. Mr. Wilson was an avid sportsman and lifetime member of the Kinderhook Sportsmen’s Club.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Sandra Ainslie Wilson and sons, John, Jr., (Brenda) and Robert (Michelle). He was a loving grandfather “Poppy” to Riley Wilson and Hunter Wilson. He is also survived by his sisters, Linda Foster and Susan Reno.

Calling hours will be at the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham, Tuesday, January 30, 10 a.m. with services following at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia / Greene Counties, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414. For online condolences visit

Patricia R. Levy (1958 -2018)

GALLATIN—Patricia Robin Levy, 59, of Chino Valley, AZ, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018.

She was born in East Orange, NJ, and spent her youth in the Oranges. She spent weekends and vacations at the family home, Bluebird Hill in Gallatin.

She attended The Changes School and Bard College. “Patty,” as she was known to all, lived in Asheville and Phoenix and moved permanently to Chino Valley, AZ, two years ago.

She loved music; sang and wrote songs and shared the family love of animals and skiing.

She leaves behind: her daughter, Miranda Levy of Leicester, NC; her father, Ira A. Levy and stepmother, Elaine Levy of Gallatin; her mother, Ancie Manuel of Asheville; her brothers, Seth Levy of Housatonic and Kurt Rogers of Lake Forest, IL; nieces, Makiyla Levy, Sarah Rogers, Grace Rogers; nephews, Kiva Levy and Jackson Rogers.

A private funeral service takes place at the Levy home, Bluebird Hill Farm, Sunday, January 28, with a Shiva Open House Monday and Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m.

Bruce O. Olson (1937 – 2018)

HUDSON—Bruce Otto Olson, 80, of Philmont passed away January 24, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born April 9, 1937 to Mary and Otto Olson, he started school in Philmont and later graduated from Ockawamick in 1956 “Go Hornets!” He and Rhona Irene Quinion were married November 17, 1964. Mr. Olson was employed at IBM in Kingston until his retirement in 1992 and then spent 14 years as a busdriver for the Taconic Hills Central School District.

Mr. Olson was a life member of the Philmont Fire Company, where he served as secretary for 45 years. He was also a member of the Philmont Rescue Squad, a Village of Philmont police officer and a communicant of the Second Reformed Church of Claverack.

Mr. Olson was passionate about serving his community especially when it came to enhancing the lives of children and young adults. He spent countless years involved in Sunday school at church, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and coaching youth sports teams. He was instrumental in leading instructional training classes for young firefighters and rescue squad personnel throughout Columbia County. He was simply the man one could always count on to be involved.

Mr. Olson could be found out and about chatting it up in the neighborhood, usually with a camera in his hand. He enjoyed photographing community events and saving newspaper clippings. Between his photography and clippings, he left behind a very large collection of scrapbooks including volumes dedicated to each child.

In addition to his wife, Rhona, he is survived by: their children, Dawn Olson, Diane (Matthew) Perry and Bruce (Eileen) Olson. He was “Grandpa” to Marleah and Owen Perry and Haley and Luke Olson.

A memorial service was held Saturday, January 27 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Haven Sunshine Fund to support extra social activities for residents. Mail contributions to Pine Haven, P.O. Box 785, Philmont 12565.

His family thanks Pine Haven staff for their care; Greenport Rescue Squad, the staff of CMH and Community Hospice.

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