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Hattie B. Hotaling (1921 – 2019)

PHILMONT—Hattie B. Hotaling, 98, lifelong resident of Hollowville entered into eternal rest November 28, 2019 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

She was born February 15, 1921 to Clarence and Hattie (Whitbeck) Pulver. She and her five siblings grew up on a farm in Hollowville. She graduated from Roeliff Jansen School.

In 1941, she married Winfield L. Hotaling, and during World War II, they both worked in a defense plant in Connecticut. Following that, they purchased a home in Hollowville where she lived until her recent illness.

She was employed with the United States Postal Service for more than 30 years, starting out as a carrier and then as clerk and OIC.

She enjoyed gardening and spent hours making her sculpted gardens weed free. She was so proud of them, as they were admired by all who passed by. She was a beautiful seamstress and hand sewer. She created many beautiful items for the church bazaar. Cake-making was another hobby and she shared many all-occasion cakes and wedding cakes. Her cakes were recognized as “Hattie’s Cakes.”

Mrs. Hotaling taught baton twirling to students in the Ockawamick Central School and put on halftime exhibitions during basketball season. She was the drum majorette for the VFW 1314 Drum Corps in the late 1950s and early 1960s. She was a 50-plus-year member of the Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack. During that time she was a Sunday school teacher, and a member of the Consistory. She was also a Girl Scout leader for Troop #536, and a life-member of the Churchtown Ladies Auxiliary.

Mrs. Hotaling is survived by: her son, Winfield C. Hotaling and daughter, Phyllis (Robert) Mayo; her five grandchildren, Jennifer (Robert) Everhart, Joyce (Patrick) Gregory, Jeffrey (Lynn) Hotaling, James Mayo, Patrick (Tricia) Mayo; friend, Rosemarie Spinella; her five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Ellsworth, Franklin and Clarence Pulver, Bertha Falkner and Helen Michael, along with her beloved Pomeranian, Boots.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 4, 11 a.m. from the Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Although she loved flowers, in lieu of them, memorial contributions may be made to Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack, Drawer K, Claverack 12513, or Churchtown Fire Co. #1, P.O. Box 193, Claverack.

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

Michael Weiss

VALATIE—Michael Weiss, 84, of Valatie passed away November 29, 2019 in Valatie of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Born in Cib, Yugoslavia, he was the son of Michael and Katharina Weiss. He emigrated to New Rochelle in the United States from West Germany in 1955.

He was a machinist who founded and led Weiss Industries Incorporated, a manufacturer of precision machined parts, for more than 50 years. He loved playing and watching golf. He was a passionate and beloved youth soccer coach and he led many successful teams in Somers.

He is survived by: his wife, Melissa Dolan Weiss, of Valatie and his sister, Josephine Tschan of Echterdingen, Germany. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret S. Kathleen Weiss. He is survived by: his children, Brendan Weiss, Laura Weiss Rider, Sean Weiss and Brian Weiss; and grandchildren, Claire Weiss, Evan Weiss, Gavin Weiss, Declan Weiss and Delaney Weiss.

Funeral services will be held at St. John the Baptist Church, Valatie, December 5 at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, December 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be appreciated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Timothy Kay (1959 – 2019)

POUGHKEEPSIE—Timothy “Timmy” Kay, 60, of Millerton passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie under Hospice Care.

He was born January 3, 1959 in Ithaca, the son of Dr. Kent and Marilyn (Masterson) Kay.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Kay is survived by: his wife, Melanie (Farnham) Kay: his son, Alexander Kay; daughter, Alycia Kay; three brothers, Christopher Kay, Eugene Kay and his wife Jane and Clinton Kay. He also had numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, December 14, 11 a.m. at the American Legion Post #178 Hall, Route 44, Millerton.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Millerton Fire Department, 24 Century Boulevard, Millerton 12546, the Millerton American Legion Post #178, P.O. Box 22, Millerton 12546 or the Millerton Gun Club, 12 Gun Club Road, Millerton 12546.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake. To send an online condolence visit

Dianne K. Klinger

SPENCERTOWN—Dianne Kathryn Bass Klinger, nee Schmuckmier, passed away November 27. She was 85.

Born in central New York, she grew up on a dairy farm and graduated from high school at age 16. She received her BA from SUNY Buffalo in home economics in 1954. After marrying John Rodney Bass in 1957, she was an active Air Force spouse, living around the world and supporting the 13th Bomb Squadron. In 1964, newly widowed, she returned to her home in the Town of Marcellus, with her two young daughters and newborn son.

In 1965 she was recruited, endorsed by both parties, and elected as the town tax collector. Her service in that elected office launched a lifetime passion for politics and commitment to the Democratic Party. She served as poll watcher, managed voter registration drives, recruited volunteers, served on various committees, and organized campaign volunteer efforts around her kitchen table—including for Hillary Clinton’s successful Senate campaign in 2000.

She moved to Chatham in 1972 after marrying Daniel Klinger, a local architect and Air Force reservist, and renovating a house, called Rose Hill, on the edge of the village. She was a substitute teacher for two years until she joined the NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, where she was a case manager and advocate for more than 22 years. She was again widowed in 1984. After she retired, she ran the Rose Hill Bed and Breakfast when it suited her.

She volunteered for the Cooperative Extension, supported Borden’s Pond and the Columbia Land Conservancy, and was a great supporter of local arts. Most importantly, Mrs. Klinger knew everyone in the community, and her door was always open. One could usually find her sitting at her kitchen table chatting with friends and family. She embraced life and adventure, always engaging new friends, new experiences and new cultures.

She is survived by: two daughters, Kim Bass and Kristin Bass; a son, John Bass; daughter-in-law, Holly Holzer; a brother, Darryl Meiers; sister-in-law, Agnes Meiers; sister-in-law, Eileen Kennedy; beloved nieces and nephews, and countless self-adopted children and grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Friday, December 6, 2 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, 5219 County Route 7 in Spencertown. Donations in lieu of flowers should be directed to the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Fund for Columbia County

( For those who may not be able to make the service, the family welcomes visitors Friday after the service until 4:30 p.m. in the St. Peter’s fellowship hall. Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit to leave condolences.

Mary Ann Ingham (1934 – 2019)

STUYVESANT FALLS—Mary Ann Ingham, age 85, passed away peacefully Saturday, November 30 with her loving family by her side. She was born July 13, 1934 in Hudson to Anna (Paone) and Frank Buffa. She married Robert Ingham April 21, 1957 and they welcomed their only son, Robert “Skip”, March 20, 1966. He became the most important part of Mrs. Ingham’s life.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was an assembly-line worker, retiring from Kaz Manufacturing in 2002. In her retirement, she focused on caring for her family. She enjoyed watching her stories, drinking coffee with her sisters and playing the numbers.

Mrs. Ingham is survived by: her husband of 62 years, Robert; her son, “Skip” (Karen); grandsons, Joshua and Jason; sisters, Anna Osterhoudt, Marge Peters, Louise Harling, Diane Phelps; brothers, Frank Buffa, Donald Buffa and many nieces and nephews will deeply miss her.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Katherine Rocco, Lena Moore and Rose Hodges and brothers, Samuel, Joseph and Tony Buffa.

A funeral service is scheduled for Friday, December 6, 11 a.m. at the Church of Saint Joseph in Stuyvesant Falls. The Reverend George Fleming will officiate. Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit to leave condolences.

Norma Sitzer (1926 – 2019)

PHILMONT—Norma Sitzer passed away December 2, 2019 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

Born August 17, 1926 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Eugenia Burch Piester.

She grew up and was educated in Hudson. She would move to Chatham where she later met and married her husband, Harry and where they made their home.

Mrs. Sitzer was a communicant of the Reformed Church and was active in church activities. Her fondest memory was of traveling to California and visiting the Crystal Cathedral. She was an avid reader and thoroughly loved her time with her family.

She is survived by: her sons, Gary (Kathy), Keith (Lisa), Harry Jr., Jeffrey (Catherine) and Mark (Caroline); daughter, Lori (John) Bartholomew; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers, Harold Piester, Ronald (Mary) Piester; her sister, Jean Lanphear; many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harry Sitzer; son, Richard Sitzer; grandson, Justin Keller and sister, Janice Weaver.

A memorial service will held at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Saturday, December 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. with prayers at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Mrs. Sitzer’s name may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association or the American Heart Association. Condolences may be conveyed at

Charles H. Lotz, Sr. (1932 – 2019)

ALBANY—Charles Herbert Lotz, Sr., died Thursday, November 29, 2019 in Albany at the VA Hospital after a long illness.

Born in Yonkers, he was the son of the late Leonard and Beatrice Lotz. Mr. Lotz retired from Local 211 Plumbers and Steamfitters as a plumber after 65 years of dedicated service.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, who served from 1951 to 1953. He was recognized for being an accomplished scout dog handler. Mr. Lotz completed his training at the U.S. Army Europe Quarter-Master School in Lenggries, Germany to train dogs to be used in the reconnaissance and scouting missions.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 68 years, Annamarie; his children, Charles, Jr. (Deborah) Lotz of Old Chatham and Linda Kudlack of Ghent.

He was a devoted grandfather to Charles Lotz, III, Jason Kudlack, Steven Lotz and Andrea Heidelmark. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren.

The family thanks the wonderful staff at the VA Hospital in Albany.

Family will receive friends at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Wednesday, December 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. All are welcome to join the family after calling hours at the Whitestone Café.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the VA Medical Center, Albany. Condolences may be conveyed at

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