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OBITUARIES: Ferriere, Ulmer, Strobel, Martin, Pearsall, Holmes


Deborah A. Ferriere (1958 – 2017)

LIVINGSTON—Deborah Anne (Albert) Ferriere, 58, of Germantown died January 19, 2017 at Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Born July 26, 1958 in New Britian, CT, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Claudette (Beaulieu) Albert.

She was a graduate of Germantown Central School and attended nursing school.

Surviving are: her brother, Gary Albert of Clermont and cousin, Barbara Miller of Maine.

There are no calling hours.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, January 25, 11 a.m. at the Reformed Church Cemetery in Germantown. Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. Condolences may be expressed at

Sharon Ulmer (1948 – 2017)

RHINEBECK—Sharon Ulmer, 68, of Germantown died January 20, 2017 at the Thompson House after a lengthy illness.

Born December 10, 1948 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Otis Barringer of Germantown and the late Anna Boor.

A graduate of Germantown Central School she had retired from Taconic Farms in Germantown, where she had been employed for more that 35 years as inventory specialist.

She was a member of the Reformed Church in Germantown, past president of the Germantown Fire Company Auxiliary, and a member of the Jennings-Willets American Legion Auxiliary.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was well-known for her cooking and baking and catered many events in the Germantown/Clermont area. She enjoyed bowling on the Ladies’ League at the Route 9G Lanes in Red Hook years ago.

Surviving besides her father and stepmother, Otis and Evelyn Barringer, are: her husband, Robert, whom she married August 22, 1970; three daughters, Melissa (Mike) Ulmer, Rebecca Eaton and Roberta (Joe) Bennett; her brother, David (Sherry) Barringer; grandchildren, Peyton Bennett, William Bennett, Kili Eaton, Robbie Eaton and Alyssa Eaton; two great-granddaughters; several nephews, grandnephews and nieces.

Calling hours will be Thursday, January 26, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Services will be Friday, January 27, 2 p.m. at the funeral home followed by burial in the Reformed Church Cemetery, Germantown.

Memorial donations are requested to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th floor, Norwalk, CT 06851. Condolences may be expressed at

Gerhard A. Strobel (1926 – 2017)

NIVERVILLE—Gerhard “Gary” A. Strobel, 90, of Niverville passed away Friday, January 20, 2017 surrounded by his family. He is now at peace with his beloved wife, Mary Gene.

Mr. Strobel was a World War II veteran serving from 1944 to 1946 with the U.S. Army Aviation Unit. He was a life member of the Valatie Lodge # 362 F & AM and served as town councilman for the Town of Kinderhook. He was employed by the W.H. Smith Paper Company in Albany as a traffic-operation manager for more than 40 years. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his family

He is survived by: his sons, Alfred (Debbie) and Alan (Kelly) Strobel and his daughter, Mary Beth Thompson.

He was proud of his grandchildren, Paul (Mary Beth), Lauren and Katelynn Strobel, Jennifer (David) Kiser, Allyson (Bryan Syrett), Brian (Sarah Devito) and Kelly Thompson and his seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, January 28, 2017, 1 p.m. at Memory’s Garden, Colonie, with the Reverend Nick Becker officiating. Calling hours will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 242, Valatie 12184. The family give a special thanks to the ICU unit at Albany Medical Center and the Valatie Rescue Squad for all of their care.

Edwin J. Martin, Jr. (1928 – 2017)

CHATHAM—Edwin J. Martin, Jr., of Chatham passed away Tuesday, January 24 at home.

He was born October 22, 1928 in Mt. Vernon, to Edwin J. Martin, Sr., and Elsie Braun Martin. His family moved to Austerlitz in 1935. He graduated from Chatham High School in 1948 where he excelled at six-man football, track and baseball. He even tried out for the New York Yankees. After graduation, he worked as a mason until he began his career with Crellin Plastics, where he worked for over 37 years. After retiring from Crellin, he worked for the Executive Line (Chatco) for five years, retired and worked with Blasl Funeral Home until 2015.

Mr. Martin was a lifetime member of the Order of the Blue Vests, the Chatham Fire Department, and the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Kinderhook Elks and the Chatham Village Board, and a faithful communicant of the Catholic Church.

For years Mr. Martin was a Boy Scout leader. He loved taking his family on camping vacations and spending time with his family and friends. He was an accomplished musician, playing drums for multiple bands over the years.

Mr. Martin is survived by: his loving wife of 66 years, Marilyn (DeVane) Martin, with whom he had six children: Edwin Martin, III, (Lorraine), Cherylee Martin-Endryck, Paul R. Martin, Adam J. Martin (Rebecca), Ron Zucco and Meyer Meyerson. He is also survived by: his sister, Rosmary Doleski; his brother, James A. Martin; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two sons, Kevin E. Martin and Steven D. Martin, and an older sister, Beatrice Bruisie.

Family will receive friends Friday, January 27 at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, January 28 in Saint James Church at 11 a.m.

Contributions in Mr. Martin’s name may be made to St. James Church or the Chatham Fire Department. Condolences may be conveyed at

Rodney K. Pearsall (1945 – 2017)

GREENPORT—Rodney K. Pearsall, 71, of Greenport died Saturday, January 21 at his residence.

Born October 21, 1945 in Hudson, he was the son of Irving and Gloria (Tillson) Pearsall, who predeceased him.

Mr. Pearsall graduated from Hudson High School in 1964. He worked at Kadin Bros. Pocketbook Factory for 18 years, then his career brought him to Kaz Inc. for 23 years.

He was a member of Hudson Elk’s Lodge #787, and the Greenport Seniors. Mr. Pearsall was an avid NASCAR fan and especially favored Jeff Gordon. He was very social and outgoing, loved people and animals, most of all his cats.

Survivors include: his wife, Lynne (Azzinaro) Pearsall; cousins, Todd Oravetc, Denise and Donald Tillson and Linda and Paul Spanbour; aunt and uncle, Shirley (Tillson) and Earl Jackson; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, Nancy (Joseph) Favata, Wayne Azzinaro and Robert Granados; nieces, Natalie Wonders and Elaine Nelson.

Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family in the spring.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Margaret L. Holmes (1928 – 2017)

HUDSON—Margaret L. Holmes, 88, of Greenport died Sunday, January 22 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born November 3, 1928 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Henry and Florence (Decker) Feller.

Mrs. Holmes was employed by Mohawk Novelty for many years as a frame-coverer and later as a fruit-packer at Hudson Cold Storage. She was a devoted member of the First Reformed Church in Hudson, where she served on the Altar Guild, the Women’s Guild and taught Sunday School for many years.

Survivors include: her daughter, Linda (Ron) Hardy; Robert (Linda) Holmes; grandchildren, Michelle (Christopher) Kahler and Jonathan (Katie) Hardy; great-grandchildren, Justin, Asila and Gabriel Kahler, Dylan, Wyatt and Riley Hardy; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Holmes was predeceased by her husband, Stanley Holmes and siblings, Henry “Manny” Delmar, Arthur Feller and Irene Feller Begos.

Funeral services from the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson will be held Wednesday, January 25 at 11 a.m. One hour of visitation will precede the funeral service. Interment will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Greenport. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Holmes’ name may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society or a charity of one’s choice.

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