GNH Lumber February 2024

OBITUARIES: Goller, Vanderpoel, Toomey, Hazel, Nero


Joan A.R. Goller (1934 – 2018)

GALLATIN—Joan Ann Rowe Goller died Wednesday, March 7, 2018, her 84th “heavenly” birthday.

She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Gilbert F. Goller, and her parents, Earle and Henny Rowe of Gallatin.

She is survived by: four children, Laura Scott and Allen, Lisa Gratrix and William, Krista Meriam, Douglas G. Goller; five grandchildren, Brittany Clark and Alexander, Tyler Scott, Colton, Ashton and Clayton Meriam; her sister, Vera Tappan; six nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Goller was a graduate of the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing as a RN and St. Joseph’s College with a BS degree in community health. She was an avid gardener, reader, sewer, and a very gifted artist.

Services will be held Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Gallatin Dutch Reformed Church at 1 p.m. with interment at the Vedders Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Gallatin Church would be appreciated.

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Inc., 209 Main Street, Germantown. Online condolences may be sent at

Wynant D. Vanderpoel (1939 – 2018)

PALM BEACH, FL—Wynant D. Vanderpoel of New York City, Palm Beach, FL, and Keene Valley died February 19, 2018 at his home in Palm Beach after a long battle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Barrie Osborn Vanderpoel, and his sister, Madeleine Findlay.

A distant cousin of James Vanderpoel (1787 to 1843) of Kinderhook and Albany, Wynant D. Vanderpoel was son of Wynant D. Vanderpool, Jr., and Madeleine McAlpin, he was born April 8, 1939 in Orange, New Jersey and graduated from St. Paul’s School and Princeton University.

In 1968 he formed the design and communications firm Vanderpool & Siegel, Inc. in New York, which subsequently became The Vanderpoel Group, expanding into the area of management consulting to small companies including Prototype Packaging. From 1976 to 1983 he served as vice president for the Center for Inter-American Relations in New York, a nonprofit institution chaired by David Rockefeller. In 1990, he became president of Lakeville Specialty Produce Company in Washingtonville, PA, the foremost hydroponic grower of mâche in the country. In 1996, he founded and became president of Melissa Peirce Enterprises, Inc. to further the professional career of Melissa Peirce, the Nashville country music songwriter, lyricist and singer. He served as adviser or trustee to numerous organizations, including The Frick Collection, The Purnell School, the Columbia County Historical Society, The Depot Theatre, The High Peaks Education Foundation, and in 1980 the Fine Arts Committee for the Lake Placid Winter Olympic Games.

He was an artist, avid skier, tennis player and golfer. For some years he held the St. Paul’s School half-mile record in track, and in 1991 laid claim to two Adirondack golfing firsts: having played all 22 of the Adirondack 18-hole golf courses, and breaking 90 on all of them. By 2012 he had broken 85 on all but four of them. In 2010, he published a novel entitled Enigma: A Literary Fable.

His wife requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the James Vanderpoel House, c/o the Columbia County Historical Society, 5 Albany Avenue, Kinderhook 12106.

The Vanderpoels and the E.B. Osborn Charitable Trust have been major supporters of the restoration of this early 19th century residence. A memorial service is planned this summer in Keene Valley.

Terence Toomey (1950 – 2018)

ALBANY—Terence Toomey, 67, passed away peacefully March 10, 2018 at the Stratton VA Medical Center.

He was born May 16, 1950 in Queens to Edward P. and Alice B. (Wagner) Toomey.

Mr. Toomey attended St. Clare’s School (Rosedale), Brooklyn Tech and graduated from Springfield Garden High School. After graduation he was drafted into the United States Army and served as a construction draftsman. After his honorable discharge from service he worked in the construction business, up until his death. He was the owner of TNT Construction in Chatham.

Mr. Toomey was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman. He had so much love for the shooting sports that he took the educator role. For 23 years he was a 4H shooting sports instructor and he taught hunters education for 10 years. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, a member of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association, and a member of the Chatham American Legion. Mr. Toomey was the current president of the Hudson Fish and Game Club, and was also on the Board of Directors. In his lifetime he enjoyed hunting and fishing all over the world.

Mr. Toomey is survived by: his best friend and partner, Patricia Williams and her family; his four sisters, Kathleen, Christine, Maureen and Jodi; his two brothers, Patrick and Richard; numerous nieces, nephews, step-children and grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated March 24, 2018, 11a.m. at St. James Church, 117 Hudson Avenue in Chatham.

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

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Heron Ben Hazel (1940 – 2018)

HUDSON—Heron Ben Hazel of Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson died March 11, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born February 13, 1940 in Guyana, he was the son of Caleb and Janet (Ben) Hazel.

Mr. Hazel was the consummate gentleman who took great pride in all that he did. He served as a police officer in Guyana, and worked in the housekeeping department at the Adventist Nursing Home. He was a dedicated member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness.

He was the husband of Eleen Ben Hazel; father of Derick and Sherell; grandfather of seven and great-grandfather of three. He is also survived by many brothers, a sister, an aunt and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services from the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson will be held Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m. A one-hour visitation will precede the funeral service. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Geraldine E. Nero (1926 – 2018)

PHILMONT—Geraldine E. Nero, 92, of Hudson passed away Monday, March 12, 2018 at the Pine Haven Nursing Facility.

Born February 22, 1926 in Plattsburgh, she was the daughter of George and Frances (Harvey) Wells.

For many years Mrs. Nero was a teller at the Hudson City Savings Institution. She was also a member of the Golden Agers and the Ladies of Mt. Carmel Shrine.

She is survived by: her daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Pater Marra; grandchildren, Nicholas and Steven Marra, Angela McCarthy and Lindsay Gajda; siblings, Veronica Light, Katherine Stone, Carol Buckley, Mary Collins, Charles, Reginald, Lawrence and James Wells.

She was predeceased by her husband, Louis Nero and sisters, Joan Harris and Sheila Snieder.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, March 16, 10 a.m. from the St. Mary’s Holy Trinity Parish in Hudson. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, March 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

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