GNH Lumber-Outdoor Living-JUNE 2024

OBITUARIES: Jonas, Moore, Alger, Wassenhove, Haefner


Ferdinand E. Jonas (1938 – 2017)

CLOVIS, CA—Ferdinand “Fred” Eugene Jonas passed away May 14, 2017 at the Caring Heart in Clovis CA.

Born May 9, 1938 in the Bronx, he was the son of the late Ferdinand and Mina Ahlers Jonas.

He was a graduate of City College of New York (CCNY), where he studied civil engineering. He spent two years in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany, where he met and married, his loving wife, Barbel Ingrid Jonas.

Returning to the states, they settled in Long Island to start a family. In 1975 they welcomed Mark into their lives.

The family moved to Red Rock in 1978 and later to East Chatham in 1986.

Mr. Jonas loved his wife and family unconditionally, and considered upstate New York the best place on earth to raise a family.

He is survived by: his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Jennifer; his grandchildren, Madeline and Max; his brother, Erwin and sister-in-law, Joanne.

He was predeceased by the love of his life, his wife “Babs” in 2007.

Family will receive friends Friday, May 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

Contributions in Mr. Jonas’ name may be made to the Chatham Lions Foundation, P.O. Box 216, Chatham 12037

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Mary L. Moore (1940 – 2017)

GHENT—Mary L. Moore, 76, passed away May 13, 2017 at Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.

She was born October 1, 1940, to the late Samuel and Margaret (Hoffman) McCaffrey.

After high school she went on to become a seamstress, and later worked as an inspector at Charter Supply in Philmont until her retirement. She loved to spend time with her family, including barbecues, fishing, football and baseball. She was a passionate 49ers and New York Yankees fan.

Ms. Moore is survived by: her two children, Wayne Williams, and Darlene Moore; her six grandchildren, Wayne, Jr., and Timothy Williams, Christopher, and Jeffrey Moore, Brett Williams and Bradlee Moore; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Sammy McCaffrey.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017, 1 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the family.

Jesse W. Alger, Sr. (1956 – 2017)

HUDSON—Jesse W. Alger, Sr., 60, went home to be with Jesus Sunday May 14, 2017, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Hudson, the son of John C. Alger and the late Ruth Lentz Alger.

Mr. Alger is survived by: his daughter, Brigette (Jeremy) Steuhl; his son, Jesse (Rebecca) Alger; the loves of his life, his grandchildren, Christian and Alaina Alger and Makenzie Steuhl; brothers, John, Greg, Tim, Lenny, Lee, Ron, Matt, Fred, Randall; and sisters, Pat Alger and Nancy Barr.

He was predeceased by brothers, Joseph and Steven Alger.

Mr. Alger worked at Interpace, Chemetron and most recently at Albany Molecular Research, Inc.

He was strong in his faith and always gave God all the glory. One of his greatest hopes was that others would come to know the love and peace of Jesus and his gift of everlasting life.

His true love was being a “Pepaw” to his three beautiful grandchildren who meant the world to him. Mr. Alger was an avid sportsman, especially hunting and fishing, spending hours out scouting and loving the outdoors.

A funeral service will be conducted Thursday, May 18, 11 a.m. from the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Interment will follow at Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the family to benefit Mr. Alger’s grandchildren’s college funds.

Joan E. Wassenhove (1931 – 2017)

SHREVEPORT, LA—Joan Elizabeth Wassenhove, 85, passed away in Shreveport, Louisiana, after a long battle with cancer, April 10, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Louis Wassenhove and by daughter, Linda Coons.

She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and JoAnn Cardis of Hudson; her daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly Dolin and Brian Dolin of Germantown; her daughter and son-in-law, Deborah Wassenhove-McCarthy and Kevin McCarthy of Shreveport, LA; and son-in-law, Gerald Coons of Schoharie; three grandchildren, Debbie Ann Coons of Schoharie, Kaitlin (McCarthy) Sullivan (Captain Todd Sullivan) of Fayetteville, NC; and Casey Dolin of Germantown; her two nephews, Ronald Cardis, Jr. and Michael Cardis.

She was born August 22, 1931 to Steven and Mollie Cardis of Maspeth and in the early part of her life resided in Elmhurst and Floral Park. She attended St. Boniface Grade School and Sewanhaka High School. In the late 1940s she moved with her family to the town of Ghent. She graduated from Hudson High School and remained in the Upstate New York region for the majority of her adult life. She met her husband, Albert, in 1957. They shared 58 wonderful years of marriage, and lived with their children in a beautiful country home in the Hudson River Valley.

Mrs. Wassenhove worked as a physical therapy aide for the Pine Haven Nursing Home in Philmont. She and her husband were well-known community activists, working with others in the region to enhance the quality of life for residents within the Ghent, Philmont and Hudson communities.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 15, 2017 at Saint James Roman Catholic Church, 117 Hudson Avenue, Chatham, with Fr. George Fleming officiating. Interment followed at Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Mrs. Wassenhove’s life may be made to St. Joseph Indian School ( or to the Disabled American Veterans Association (

George J. Haefner, Jr. (1936 – 2017)

OLD CHATHAM—George J. Haefner, Jr., 80, of Old Chatham passed away at home May 14, 2017.

Born in Troy, he was the son of the late George J., Sr., and Mary (Thompson) Haefner.

Mr. Haefner proudly served his country in the United States Navy prior to going to work for Sterling Drug and later for EGCSD as a bus driver.

He loved boating, fishing and spending time with his family. Mr. Haefner was a member of the Chandler-Young VFW Post 8162, Melvin Rhodes American Legion Post 1231 and the Stuyvesant Falls Memorial VFW Post 9539.

He is survived by: his loving companion, Jeanette Reed; sons, David Haefner (Paula Matthews) of Austerlitz and Bryan Haefner (Shelley Delaney) of Old Chatham; daughter, Heidi (Daniel) Unwin of Austerlitz; stepson, Corey Kraft of New Lebanon; brother, Howard Haefner; sister, Patricia Reehl of East Greenbush; grandchildren, Hannah, Blake and Emma Haefner; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son, Robert Haefner and sister, Virginia Wark. Funeral services from the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home, 11 Elm Street, Nassau take place Wednesday, May 17 at noon. Relatives and friends are invited to call prior to the service from 10 a.m. to noon. Interment will be in the Nassau Schodack Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in Mr. Haefner’s memory may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534. Online condolences may be made at

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