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OBITUARIES: Gallup, Connelley, Bray, Clapp, Ouwerkirk


Bette B. Gallup (1935 – 2015)

ALBANY—Bette Baird Gallup, 80, of Hillsdale passed away June 12, 2015.

She was born in Suffern in 1935, the daughter of Stanley and Blanche Baird.

Mrs. Gallup graduated from Cortland State Teachers College and Russell Sage College, was married in 1957 and moved to Hillsdale in 1959.

She taught physical education classes in the Hudson City School District and later began a long career as an elementary teacher at the Roeliff Jansen school in the Taconic Hills School District. She was very beloved as an active volunteer serving the local community. She was a swim instructor at the Ancram community pool, coordinated the summer playground program in Hillsdale and loved waitressing at events at the Hillsdale firehouse. She has also dedicated countless hours to the Hillsdale Library with a special love of the children’s book room, coordinated many activities for the Roe Jan Food Pantry (always handwriting thank you notes) and was a devoted member of the Hillsdale United Methodist Church. Her many hobbies included gardening, cross-stitching, basket making, bird watching, camping, walking, baking and traveling. She was full of life and love for her family, friends and community. She will be missed dearly by her family and everyone whose lives she touched.

Mrs. Gallup is survived by: Roger, her husband of 58 years; her son, Scott and his wife Clair of Jonesville; daughter, Lauri Kent and her husband Kevin of Niskayuana; daughter, Linda Handrinos and her husband Nikos of Corfu, Greece; son, Keith and his wife Linda of Renton, WA. She will be missed by her grandchildren, Chris, Lindsay, Jameson, Kevin, Caroline, Jesse, Spyros and Petros and her great-granddaughter, Anastaisya. She is also survived by her sisters, Laurel Clapp of Ancram and Dorry Norris of Ithaca.

There are no calling hours. Donations in her memory may be made to the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, P.O. Box 669, Hillsdale 12529, the Hillsdale United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 217, Hillsdale 12529 or the Roe Jan Food Pantry, P.O. Box 343, Hillsdale 12529.

Joyce Connelley (1940 – 2015)

HUDSON—Joyce Elizabeth (Crapser) Connelley of East Taghkanic, born January 10, 1940, lost her courageous battle with cancer Sunday, June 14, 2015.

Her longtime friend and partner in life, Peter Karic, was by her side at the end.

Ms. Connelley was predeceased by her parents, Eldred and Edna Crapser of East Taghkanic and by her husband, John. She is survived by: her sisters, Leone Gentner and Melinda Dodds, both of FL; her son, David and his wife Amy of Stowe, VT, and her daughter, Donna Jacobs and her husband Seth of Dixon, CA. She is also survived by: five grandchildren, Charity, Shannon, Victoria, John and Jerry; 10 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren and step-nieces and nephews.

Ms. Connelley was a 1957 graduate of Roeliff Jansen High School and attended Oneonta State University Teachers College.

She had a love of her yard and pond and all creatures that passed through it. She enjoyed puzzles, reading and cooking for her family. She became an avid train lover, a passion which she shared with Peter, and she had taken many trips to California on the train to visit Donna. She enjoyed the ocean, in particular the cape, and had planned to visit one more time this summer. She was a lover of cats and after the loss of her beloved companion, Jasmine, she took to feeding the local feral cats. She loved watching the birds and fed them well.

She spent much of her working career as a waitress at the group of diners on the Taconic State Parkway. She taught the new “girls” how to do it right and how to treat a customer with respect. Her smile and laugh were always a welcome sight to the regulars who came into the diner to see her.

She will be missed by all, but never forgotten. The lives she touched ranged all across the country from her trips on the trains to the people she met at the diner. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Claverack Free Library, P.O. Box 417, Claverack 12513.

Interment in the Karic family plot will be Saturday, July 25, 2015, 11 a.m. in Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit to leave condolences.

Nancy “Meme” Bray (1946 – 2015)

CUMMING, GA—Nancy “Meme” (Clewell) Bray passed away after a long battle with illnesses June 15, 2015 in Cumming, GA, at the age of 68.

She is survived by her loving husband, Louis Bray; devoted daughter, Lianna Frantz (Keith) of Cumming, GA, and son, Anthony Valle. She also leaves behind six step-children, George Bray, Deborah Beck, Christine Thompson, Karen Shoemaker, Louise Bray, III, (Lea), Mary Fiacco (E.J.) of New York.

She was “Meme” to nine beautiful grandchildren and has 14 beautiful step-grandchildren that were the light of her life. She is also the aunt to 24 nieces and nephews and has several great-nieces and nephews. She has also been an honorary second mother to many of the women in her family.

She was born December 29, 1946 in Albany to Arnold and Marion Clewell. She is survived by six siblings who she was the baby sister to. They are: Arnold Clewell (Lynne), Joan Adams, Barbara Maio (Nicholas), Janice Clewell (Karen), Beatrice Mangine (Walt) and Paul Clewell (Arlene).

She enjoyed life and marriage to Louis C. Bray in 1990. After moving to Ball Ground, GA, she was an avid gardener and loved spending time with her best friend/husband, her grandchildren, Marlina, Katie and Mark and taking several vacations with her family.

Calling hours were Saturday June 20, 2015 at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Graveside prayers followed at Cedar Park Cemetery, 20 Columbia Turnpike, Hudson. Donations to help with the cost of Mrs. Bray’s services can be sent to Louis Bray at 206 South Mountain Brook Way, Ball Ground, GA 30107. To leave an online condolence visit

James R. Clapp (1934 – 2015)

ALBANY—James R. Clapp, 80, of Hillsdale passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at Albany Medical Center.

He was born June 26, 1934 and raised in Northampton MA, the son of Elmer and Maxine Rhoades Clapp.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he won national awards for livestock judging. He played baseball in high school and with his college fraternity and continued a lifelong interest in the sport. He was a trombone player and singer.

Mr. Clapp was predeceased in February 2015 by his beloved wife of 59 years, Ida Bradley Clapp. He is survived by: his son, Charles of Hillsdale; daughters, Diana McCarthy (Brian) of Delmar and Marjorie Linko (Adam) of Livingston Manor; brother, Richard (Laurel) of Copake; and his many cherished in-laws, nieces, nephews and their families. He was especially proud of his grandson and namesake, James Bradley Linko. He was predeceased by his siblings, Faith Clapp Fletcher (Earl), Elmer (Thelma), and Donald (Betty).

Mr. Clapp was a founding partner with his father, mother, Ida, Richard, and Laurel in the family’s dairy farm, Sunny Mead Farms, Inc. Later Charles joined the business and was an active partner. Mr. Clapp was known as a hard-working, innovative and honest farmer for more than 50 years. Their award-winning farm set milk production and crop records. He was closely involved with the New York State Farm Bureau, 4-H and Cornell Cooperative Extension. He patented a device for sealing plastic silos when they first were being tested and contributed to soil and water conservation, crop and farming technique tests. Mr. Clapp was the long-time chair of the Hillsdale Planning Board.

As a devoted member of the Craryville United Methodist Church for more than 50 years, Mr. Clapp was known as a kind, good-natured and faithful friend and lay leader. “Ida used to say if the world ever came to an end at 9 a.m. on a Sunday morning, Jim would be found singing at the Craryville Church.” His love of the Lord and church choir singing led to membership in ecumenical choirs and ultimately the Hudson Valley Choral Society, where he performed up until their latest concert in May 2015. Mr. Clapp’s other interests were in reading and learning. After his retirement in his 70s, he could often be found at the Hillsdale Public Library. His optimism and caring nature were a delight to friends and neighbors.

Private interment services will be held for both Mr. and Mrs. Clapp at the Hillsdale Rural Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society and on the Peck and Peck Funeral home website.

To send an online condolence visit

Elinor Ouwerkerk (1935 – 2015)

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Elinor “Ellie” K. Ouwerkerk, 80, of Spencertown passed away June 7, 2015 after a long illness, surrounded by her loved ones.

Born April 2, 1935 in Uniondale Long Island, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Martha Magdalinski Kelske.

She is survived by: her loving husband of nearly 62 years, Ron “Ski”; daughters, Cindy (Mike) Rainey of Clayton, NC, Brenda (David) Oakes of Spencertown and Lori (Ron) Diego of Delmar; grandsons, Ron, Joel, Mathew and Joshua Daigle, Greg Melanson, R.J. Diego; great-grandchildren, Emily, Austin, Nicholas, Andrew, Michael and Kyle; sister, Dot Thode; brothers, Ed (Ginny) Kelske of Long Island and Frank Kelske of Florida along with many nieces and nephews.

Born into a farming family Mrs. Ouwerkerk loved to garden and raise animals. She also enjoyed playing cards and Scrabble and the occasional scratch-off lottery ticket.

Mrs. Ouwerkerk was a homemaker and the bookkeeper for her husband’s construction business. She was also the manager of O’Neil’s Florist in Chatham and for six years and she was the secretary to the Town of Austerlitz Planning Board.

Family will receive friends at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Sunday, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. when a religious service will be officiated by the Reverend Drew Payton. Following the service, the family invites all to join them at the Spencertown firehouse, Route 203 in Spencertown, for a celebration of Mrs. Ouwerkerk’s life.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to the Spencertown Women’s Auxiliary or the Spencertown or Austerlitz fire companies. For directions or to leave an online condolence visit



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