Esslie-Frenia Law June 2023 Leaderboard

OBITUARIES: Humbert, Krutzler, Bales-Howard, Wood


Donna L. Humbert (1964 – 2018)

ALBANY—Donna L. Humbert, 54, of Chatham, a longtime Red Hook area resident, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the St. Peters Hospital in Albany.

Born April 3, 1964 in Rhinebeck, she was the daughter of Gladys (George) Ostrom Angier of Red Hook and Richard Hosier of Leesburg, FL.

Mrs. Humbert worked for a number of years as a private home health aide in the Chatham area.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Eric Humbert of Chatham; her son, Justin (Linda) Angier of Red Hook; her grandchildren, Briana and Aiden Angier; her brother, Richard Hosier of Elizaville; her sisters, Cindy Hosier of Hudson and Carol Hay of Livingston; extended family and friends.

A memorial service was held Friday, June 15, 2018 at Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, with the Reverend Thomas L. Hartley officiating. Interment will be private.

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Rudolph Krutzler (1922 – 2018)

CHATHAM—Rudolph Krutzler of Chatham passed away June 12, 2018 at home.

Born September 11, 1922 in New York City, he was the son of the late Rudolf and Ottilia Krutzler.

He served in the Army during World War II and returned to work at Knickerbocker Brewery in Manhattan. Mr. Krutzler lived in Franklin Square and worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 35 years until he retired. He was a chairman for the Pack #94 Cub Scouts in Elmont and a Little League baseball coach. After retirement he moved to Chatham and enjoyed bowling, square dancing and traveling abroad with his beloved wife, Evelyn.

He was a loving husband, a wonderful father, father-in-law, and grandfather.

Surviving are: his sons, Kenneth (Randi) and Randy (Laura); his grandchildren, Emma, Chris, Kiley, Timothy and Bryan; friend and caregiver, Rodney Jones.

Family will receive friends Wednesday, June 20, 10 a.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated that day at noon in Saint James Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Saint James Cemetery, Ghent.

Contributions in Mr. Krutzler’s name may be made to Columbia / Greene Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414 or to Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1169 U.S. Route 9 Castleton-on-Hudson 12033-9646.

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Esther L. Bales-Howard (1962 – 2018)

GERMANTOWN—Esther (Lawlor) Bales-Howard, 55, of Germantown died June 14, 2018 at her home after along illness.

Born June 17, 1962 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Helen (Hendrickson) Lawlor and the late James Lawlor, Sr.

A 1981 graduate of Germantown Central School, she attended Columbia-Greene Community College and Ulster Community College where she received an associate’s degree in communications.

She was a member of the Germantown Fire Company’s Auxiliary and was employed as a supervisor at Taconic Farms in Germantown from 1998 until 2014.

Surviving in addition to her mother, are: her husband, Nicholas Bales-Howard; her daughter, Gwendolyn Lawlor; a brother, James (Wendy) Lawlor; sister, Mona (Bob) Engasser; two nieces, Sage and Sienna Engasser and her uncle, Arthur Hendrickson, Jr.

A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, June 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Private burial will be in the Reformed Church Cemetery, Germantown.

Memorial donations are requested to the Community Hospice of Columbia / Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414 Condolences may be expressed at

William A. Wood (1932 – 2018)

TROY—William A. Wood of Chatham passed away June 14, 2018 at Van Rensselaer Manor.

Born February 9, 1932 in Boston, MA, he was the son of the late Alfred H. and Jenette Agnes Snow Wood.

He grew up in Chatham and served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 till 1970. After the service he had worked as a deputy sheriff in Columbia County; was associated with the Amtrak and Berkshire rails and was active member and past president of the Ocean Fire Company #1 of the Chatham Fire Department. Mr. Wood was the oldest active member, serving for more than 50 years. He was a member of the Columbia County and Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association, FASNY, life-member and past commander of VFW Post 5933, past commander of American Legion Post 42, junior vice chairman and life-member of Disabled Veterans of

America Post 184, Fleet Reserve Association Branch 15, life-member of Chatham Rescue Squad, member of the Columbia Car Club, the Tin Can Sailors Association, and Kinderhook Elks Lodge 2530.

Mr. Wood is survived by: his companion, Rose Russell; sons, Michael Kowalik, Tom Kowalik, Fred Kowalik and John Kowalik, Robert Kowalik; daughter, Linda (Junior) Stevens; nieces; Lori Daigneault and Sandra Welsh; his granddaughter, Katie and many other grandchildren; great-grandchildren and several cousins.

He was predeceased by his wife of 19 years, Edith Wood.

Family will receive friends at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Monday, June 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. Services will be held Tuesday at the funeral home at 11 a.m.

Interment and military honors will follow at the Chatham Rural Cemetery.

Contributions in Mr. Wood’s name may be made to the Ocean Fire Company, 10 Hoffman Street, Chatham 12037. Condolences may be conveyed at

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