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OBITUARIES: Jenkins, Beinkampen, Wallace, Clark, Guzzi, Brady, Bell


Robert M. Jenkins (1955 -2019)

TUCSON, AZ—Robert Murray Jenkins was born October 30, 1955 to Dr. C. Murray and Barbara (Knapp) Jenkins in Great Barrington, MA. He went home to be with the Lord November 11, 2019, in Tucson, AZ, after an eight-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He attended public schools in the Copake area, graduating from Taconic Hills High School in 1974. He participated in Boy Scouts and various sports and dreamed of being drafted into the NBA. One of his greatest joys was riding calls with his veterinarian father. He loved all animals, especially horses, and cherished time spent with his dad.

Mr. Jenkins graduated from Northwestern College (Orange City, IA) in 1978 with a BA in art. He met his future wife, Lori Duncan, at Northwestern. They were married June 27, 1981, and were abundantly blessed with two daughters, Elizabeth and Rebekah.

He enlisted in the Air National Guard in 1983 and served 20 years. As a guardsman, he assisted in the rescue and recovery after a commercial airplane crash in Sioux City, IA, in July, 1989. The trauma and devastation changed him forever, resulting in PTSD and depression. This, combined with the untimely death of his father, inspired him to seek greater purpose for his life. He enrolled in North American Baptist Seminary (Sioux Falls, SD) and graduated with an MDiv degree in 1998.

Mr. Jenkins worked a variety of jobs throughout his life, yet fulfillment often eluded him. Always good with his hands, he enjoyed hobbies through the years, including photography, art, archery, water activities, “tinkering”, home remodeling, ping pong, ham radio, leather tooling, wood carving, playing harmonica, and his “famous” bird calls. Blessed with a kind heart and a generous spirit, he was often the first to offer help to friends, neighbors and strangers.

Grateful for sharing his life are: his wife, Lori; daughters, Elizabeth (Joshua) Gminski of Honolulu, HI and Rebekah (Jonathan) Palmer of Tucson, AZ; grandchildren, Ezekiel Gminski, Valhalla and Valkyrie Palmer; siblings, Martha (Steven) Wing of Holland, MI, George (Kendra) Jenkins of Parker, CO, Raymond (Candy Engelstad) Jenkins of San Diego, CA; many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Jenkins always wanted to be an organ donor but since that was not possible, his body has been donated for research to one day find cures for debilitating illnesses. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the family and will be directed to Adventure Bus, Agape Hospice, and Copper Canyon Employee Appreciation Fund.

Ursula E.I. Beinkampen (1925 – 2019)

NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH—Ursula Erika Irmgard Beinkampen of Park Village-Southside Nursing Home, New Philadelphia, OH passed away November 17, 2019 at the age of 94.

She was born to parents Marta (Nickig) and Otto Reichstein October 11, 1925 in Lomnitz Krs. Hirschberg, Schlesien, Germany (presently Jelenia Góra, Poland). She had many fond memories growing up in the quaint German river-town, surrounded by farmland, hills and beautiful mountains. She enjoyed singing in the Lutheran church choir, biking to and hiking in the mountains, skiing, sledding and picking wildflowers in the nearby fields.

During World War II, for her own safety, she fled her beautiful homeland to Wilhelmshaven, on the north coast of Germany. There, she met, and in 1948, married her husband of 46 years, Egon Karl Beinkampen. In 1949, a son, Klaus, was born. In 1954 the Beinkampen’s immigrated to the United State, settling in Craryville. There, they worked hard to establish themselves in their newly-adopted country. Mrs. Beinkampen found employment as a waitress and dental hygienist. She attended the Craryville United Methodist Church and was a member of the UMW, and also the Roeliff Jansen Central School PTA. She was known for her delicious German cooking, as well as her hard-working and helpful nature.

In 2010, Mrs. Beinkampen moved to Ohio, first residing at Walnut Hills Retirement Community in Walnut Creek, and later moving to Park Village-Southside in New Philadelphia.

She is survived by: her beloved son and daughter-in-law, Klaus and Karen Beinkampen of New Philadelphia, OH; granddaughter, Kara (John) Leck of New Philadelphia; five great-grandchildren, John, Susannah, Rosemary, Ezra and Aidan Leck, also of New Philadelphia; several nieces and nephews in Germany. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marta and Otto; her husband, Egon; and her older sister, Dorothea Thiel.

The family thanks all the compassionate doctors, nurses and staff of Cleveland Clinic/Union Hospital, Park Village-Southside and Community Hospice for the loving care she received.

In keeping with her wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Cremation care will be handled by Smith-Varnes Funeral Home of Sugarcreek, OH.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Beinkampen’s name may be made to Community Rescue Squad, 283 Mountain View Road, Copake 12516; Craryville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 473, Craryville 12521 or Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.

Patricia B. Wallace (1937 – 2019)

HUDSON—Patricia B. Wallace, 82, of Hudson, passed away November 12, 2019 at her home surrounded by family and friends.

Born February 25, 1937, daughter of George A. Hawver and Dorothy (Crosby) Hawver of Hudson, she graduated from Hudson High School in 1954. Throughout her childhood she was close to her cousin, the late Janet (Hawver) Slominsky. She had two younger brothers, George “Skip” Hawver of Black River and Charles “Chuck” Hawver of Hudson.

She was married to the late Vincent J. Wallace, Jr., January 25, 1957 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Hudson.

Mrs. Wallace held many jobs throughout her life, and began her 30+-year career as a physical therapy assistant at Barnwell Nursing Home in Valatie in the late 1960s. She became a registered physical therapy assistant in the 1970s, an accomplishment of which she was very proud. Throughout her career in physical therapy she also worked at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson and Pine Haven Nursing Home in Philmont, retiring from full-time employment in 2002.

She was also a waitress at Cedar Meadows Restaurant in the late 1970s.

Throughout her life, she resided in Hudson, Valatie, Claverack, and Greenport. She was active in the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Valatie and Claverack fire departments.

She enjoyed gardening and tending her flower beds. She took great joy in creating original pieces of jewelry and giving them as special gifts to her family and friends. Known for her generosity and sense of humor, she never missed a birthday or a special event, and she never missed an opportunity to tell a joke or send a funny card or gift.

She was a highly-dedicated and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a loyal friend to many.

Mrs. Wallace is survived by: her four children, Vincent G. (Ellen) Wallace of Hudson, Michael Wallace of Gorham, ME, Patricia K. Wallace of Hudson and Timothy Wallace of Williamstown, NJ; six grandchildren, Robert A. Rock, Jr., of Hudson, Kayln Rock Benton (Thomas) of Windham, Patrick Wallace of Portland, OR, Lauren Wallace of Waterbury, CT, Mason Burch of Hudson and Axel Burch of Hudson; two great-grandchildren, Anastasia Renkiewicz and Parker Benton; and her beloved dog, Ernie.

She was predeceased by her husband, Vincent J. Wallace, Jr., October 9, 2019; her father, George A. Hawver January 12, 1993, and her mother, Dorothy (Crosby) Hawver January 28, 2010.

She loved and mourned her pets as she would any friend or family member. In that respect, she is predeceased by her dogs, Teddy Bear, Sparky, Jakey and Chancey.

The Wallace Family extends a special thank you to the staff of The Community Hospice. Services were held November 17, 2019 from the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

In lieu of flowers donations in Mrs. Wallace’s name may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.

Harvey W. Clark, Jr. (1943 – 2019)

HUDSON—Harvey W. Clark, Jr., 76, of Hudson passed away Saturday, November 16, 2019.

Born October 25, 1943 in Hudson, he was the son of Harvey W. and Elsie (Rousseau) Clark. He was retired from Laborer’s Union #1000 of Poughkeepsie. He was a member of the Federation of Polish Sportsmen, and C.H. Evans Hook and Ladder Co.

Mr. Clark will be remembered as a kind soul with a gentle heart, who loved to socialize, and give his opinion on any subject, even if it wasn’t asked.

He is survived by: his brother, Gary (Coral) Clark; stepdaughter, Patricia (Don) Perry; grandchildren, David Perry and Diane Batista, and great-granddaughters, Samantha and Alexandra Batista. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Edith (Doty) Clark; stepchildren, Joan Alward and Robert Slater and brother, Bruce Clark.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, November 20, 1 p.m. from the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visitation hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the funeral service. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are encouraged to be made to Greenport Pumper Co. #2 (Becraft Firehouse).

Marie T. Guzzi (1921 – 2019)

LIVINGSTON—Marie Theresa (Dede) Guzzi, 98, of Livingston passed away of natural causes November 17, 2019.

She was the beloved wife to the late Alfonso “Al” Guzzi who preceded her in death November 13, 1991.

She was born April 16, 1921 in Brooklyn to the late James and Jessie Dede and was the middle of three children, Grace Monticello and the late Margaret Monticello.

She is survived by: two loving sons, James (Tina) Guzzi and John (Theresa) Guzzi, two grandchildren, Angela Guzzi and Anthony Guzzi, all of Livingston; many nieces and nephews also survive.

Mrs. Guzzi graduated from cosmetology school and became a hairdresser. She and her husband were the proud owners of Almars Country Road Meat Market, which operated for many years in the Town of Livingston. Most of all, she enjoyed being surrounded by her family—her number one priority. She also enjoyed roller-skating and roller-skate-dancing, knitting, sowing, snowmobiling, motorcycling, mini-biking, four-wheeling, camping, boating and making the most of every moment of her life.

Visitation hours will be Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson with a prayer service at noon. She will be buried in the Long Island National Cemetery next to her husband and daughter.

Shirley J. Brady (1937 – 2019)

ROUND TOP—Shirley Jean (Jacobs) Brady, 80, of Brady Road, Round Top, Greene County passed away November 8, 2019 following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was a resident of Round Top since 1985 having formerly lived in Greenport and Snyderville, Columbia County.

She was born on St. Patrick’s Day in 1937 in Waycross, GA, the daughter of Noah Curtis Jacobs and Phamie (Ford) Jacobs from Macon, GA. They predecease her as do her sisters, Faye Berard and Ann Oksa, and brother, Robert Jacobs.

Her family history includes a 5x great-grandfather, Zacariah Jacobs, who fought in the Revolutionary War with the North Carolina militia.

She worked at Universal Match Factory in Greenport until it closed. She later made jewelry at Lunch at the Ritz in Germantown, and enjoyed employment in the craft department of a local department store. Mrs. Brady was a well-versed artist and enjoyed a lifetime of artist pursuits. She was also an avid gardener and crafter. In her later years she enjoyed the world of steampunk and cosplay and was always an avid fan of Pink Floyd and many other genres of music. She hosted an annual family and friends Memorial Day Weekend campout for more than 38 years in Round Top.

She is survived by: her loving husband, Mark Brady of Round Top; her children, Jaymar (Chris) O’Connor of East Hampton, CT, Stella Hamm of Philmont, Elaine Cornacchia of Athens, Rocco (Terri) Cornacchia of Cairo, Leonard (Darlene) Cornacchia of Livingston, Tina Cornacchia of Copake and Jeremiah Levi Schermerhorn of Rancho Cucamongo, CA; her brother, Walter Jacobs of Jacksonville, FL; her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and a multitude of friends.

She asked that no services be held to mark her passing but rather that a celebration of her life take place at a later date this summer with her family and friends.

Arrangements were with the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

James W. Bell, Jr. (1937 – 2019)

HUDSON—James W. Bell, Jr., 82, of Germantown passed away Monday, November 11, 2019 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born July 31, 1937 in Catskill, he was the son of the late James Bell, Sr., and Dorathea (Arp) Bell. He was a graduate of Germantown schools. In 1955, Mr. Bell enlisted in the National Guard with Co. B 152nd Engineer Battalion based in Hudson, and served until 1965. He attained the rank of SSGT and was the mess steward.

He married Judy Bathrick September 27, 1958 at the Germantown Reformed Church. She survives at home.

For more than 50 years, Mr. Bell worked as the plant manager for BECO Manufacturing Company in Germantown. He also worked and served as a Town of Germantown Police Officer from 1971 to 1986, and was chief of police from 1975-1977.

Always active, he was a 50-year member of the Germantown Fire Company, and served as fire chief from 1982 to 1987. He also was a member of NESCOT and was a trustee for many years.

Since 1959, he enjoyed going to Lebanon Valley Speedway, where he made many wonderful lifelong friends. He also enjoyed following Germantown school sports programs and cheering for their teams…especially basketball.

When he was younger, he enjoyed snowmobiling, boating, and riding his motorcycle. He also enjoyed camping with his family and their yearly October trips to Syracuse and Middletown for the big year-end stock-car races.

In addition to his loving wife of 61 years, he is survived by: his two daughters, Tammy (Dave) Albright of Athens and Terry (John) Gaffken of Hurley; his grandchildren, Carina (Brian) Benson, Bryan (Vicki) Weaver, Kara (George) Augustine, William Gaffken, Cierra Albright and Christian Albright; his great-grandson, Tyler Benson; extended family, countless friends and colleagues.

Friends called at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, November 19 and the Germantown Fire Company conducted services that evening.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Reverend Ed Harkins officiating. Burial will be at Germantown Reformed Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675,

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