OBITUARIES: Hedin, Donahue, Zeliph


David W. Hedin, III (1982 – 2018)

GERMANTOWN—David W. Hedin, III, 36, passed away November 5, 2018

Born May 21, 1982 in Hudson, he was the son of Carolyn and Pete Jennings, and David and Jackie Hedin.

He is survived by: his wife, Brittany; his sons, Phoenix, 3, and Griffin, 1; his siblings, Michael (Nicole) Hedin, Tammy, Keith, Kevin, Missy, Jay and Jerry; grandparents, Irene and Charlie; mother- and father-in-law, Lydia and John Simmons; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and special brothers, Adam, Richie, Robbie, Jeremy, Steven and Terri (sister-in-law) and newfound family, Rob and Laura, Brad and Erin, Patrick and Ellie, and his Straight Edge Motorcycle Club family.

He was loved and admired by many, and will be truly missed by all. He had a heart of gold and loved helping people. His smile was contagious and he loved to crack jokes. He always walked in the house and said, “Good and you” and every conversation was ended with “I love you.”

A celebration of his life was held Sunday, November 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

A reception at Palatine Park Activities Building followed the service. Condolences may be expressed at

Marilyn E. Donahue (1939 – 2018)

HUDSON—Marilyn Elizabeth (Magee) Donahue went home to the angels Thursday, November 8 while surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Hudson to Edward and Annie Magee, she graduated from Hudson High School and briefly attended beauty school. After recovering from a serious automobile accident, she met and married her husband of 59 years, Robert J. Donahue.

Together they raised five children: Laura, Robert (Debbie), Daniel Donahue, Carolanne (Robert) McComb and Paul Donahue who died in December 2017.

Mrs. Donahue also leaves to cherish her memory: granddaughters, Mia, Deona and Taylor Donahue, Kirsten (Mike) Sultzbaugh and Alexis McComb; grandsons, Daniel and Edward Donahue, Justin (Bethany) Mottoshiski, Jordan McComb (Meghan); great-grandsons, Gavin and Parker Sultzbaugh and Tanner McComb; siblings, Nancy (Ralph) DelPozzo, Margaret Barbarisi and Edward (Kathy) Magee.

Mrs. Donahue provided daycare in her home for 18 years. She had a loving relationship with “her children,” who referred to her as Aunt Lynn or Lynnie. She worked for COARC, The Starting Place Day Care Center from the late 1980s until she retired to care for her ailing mother-in-law.

Mrs. Donahue was a devoted grandmother who never missed a school function, sporting or musical event, she was always visible as their biggest fan. She was also communicant of St. Mary’s Holy Trinity Parish, and a member of The Catholic Daughters of America. Mrs. Donahue was a warrior who lived life to its fullest, she will be deeply missed by all who loved her.

Visitation hours from the Bates & Anderson Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson are Sunday, November 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, November 12, 10 a.m. from St. Mary’s Holy Trinity Parish in Hudson.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Donahue’s name may be made to Bethany Ministries, P.O. Box 432, Middleburgh 12122-0432.

Alfred J. Zeliph, Jr. (1949 – 2018)

TIVOLI—Alfred James “Jimmy” Zeliph, Jr., passed away October 22, 2018 at home in Tivoli.

Born March 3, 1949 in Peekskill, he was the first born of Alfred James Zeliph, Sr., and Doris Alicia (Emaus) Zeliph.

He graduated from Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak in 1966. Soon after graduation he was drafted into the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of specialist 4, stationed in Korea. He reenlisted and again served in Korea. He was self-employed as a subcontractor.

Mr. Zeliph was “big brother” to Harvey Zeliph of Coxsackie, Ronald and his wife Eileen Zeliph of Germantown, Philip Zeliph of Catskill, and his sister and dedicated caregiver, Alberta Zeliph at home in Tivoli.

He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Jennifer and her husband Jeffrey Madigan, Jason and his wife Colleen Zeliph, Jeffrey and his wife Courtney Zeliph, and Michelle Zeliph and fiance’ Jesse; his great nephews, Zachery, Derek, Brett, Travis, Jacob, Ethan, Jason Jr., Tommy and Jack; one great niece, Christina; one aunt, Barbara Zoll of Erie, Illinois, and dozens of cousins throughout the United States. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Richard and Charles Zeliph.

In 1985, Mr. Zeliph suffered a near fatal accident and sustained head trauma. After spending months in the hospital and rehab, he came home to Tivoli to be cared for by his family. He was confined to a wheelchair and had little short term memory. He slowly got stronger.

Mr. Zeliph enjoyed telling stories of his past as well as some tall tales. He loved to hear the roar of a motorcycle and to see one on the road. He relished talking about race cars and watching races. He toured Daytona International Speedway in April.

Mr. Zeliph enjoyed spending time with family and friends. In his spare time he was content with a fresh deck of cards to play solitaire or dominoes. A simple ride in the car was enjoyed, and was even better if there was a stop for ice cream, which had to be vanilla.

He enjoyed traveling with family and friends: road trips to Florida, Maine and Virginia with his mother and sister; other trips with his niece, Michelle and sister to Iowa, Rhode Island and Long Island. He enjoyed cruises with family and friends and had been to St. George and Halifax, Canada, Bermuda, Bahamas and Florida. His last trip was to Ireland in August.

He attended meetings at the Red Hook Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He enjoyed learning of his creator and having a growing relationship with him and his son.

He attended Tenbrooke Common’s Adult Day Care in Lake Katrine. He will be missed by the staff, Nancy and Jill, as well as his friends in the program.

A memorial service is scheduled November 17, 1 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Red Hook. Burial will be at a later date at the convenience of the family.

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