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OBITUARIES: Keil, Chizotti, Bertram, LaSalvia, Hodges, Stanton, Libruk, Kreutziger


Margaret L. Keil (1924 -2017)

STUYVESANT FALLS—Margaret L. (Turner) Keil, a lifelong resident of Stuyvesant Falls, passed away peacefully at her home Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the age of 92, surrounded by her family and her pastor.

Born in Stephentown August 29, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Grace (Rose) Turner. She was predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Daniel Keil. Mrs. Keil was a devoted wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose greatest joy was spending time with her family.

A former seamstress, she worked for more than 30 years at the knitting mills in Hudson and Philmont. She was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Stuyvesant Falls, a past president of VFW Post #9593 Auxiliary and County Council Auxiliary and a member of the Stuyvesant/Stockport Senior Citizens. She enjoyed traveling to Florida, doing jigsaw puzzles, playing cards, crocheting, and going to the racino.

Mrs. Keil is survived by: her daughters, Joyce Hoffer, Linda (Richard) Frick and Gayl (Jim Everett) Scheriff; grandchildren, Stephen Frick (Michelle), Brian Frick, David Frick, Tara Panetta (Franco) and Robyn Smith; great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Adam, Jared, Aidan, Preston, Lydia, Madeline, Cristina and Daniela; her brother, Walter Turner of Philmont; a sister-in-law, Elsie Turner of Kansas; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, Arthur and Russell Turner and her sister, Eleanor Heintz Eisler.

Services will be held Friday, April 14, 11 a.m. from the Emanuel Lutheran Church, Stuyvesant Falls, with Pastor James Slater officiating. Friends and relatives are invited to attend. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

The family thanks the wonderful caregivers from the Columbia-Greene Hospice—especially Grace, Melissa, Shannon, Agnes, Pastor Stanley and Dawn. “The compassion and love they had for mom is so greatly appreciated. Also a special thank you to Nicki, who shared a special bond with mom and always brought a smile to her face and to ours.”

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Columbia-Greene Community Hospice at 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414 or to the Emanuel Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 96, Stuyvesant Falls 12174.

John F. Chizotti (1945 – 2017)

POUGHKEEPSIE—John F. “Chuck” Chizotti, 72, of Kingston, passed away unexpectedly Monday, April 3, 2017 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

Born February 18, 1945 in the Bronx, he was the son of the late Alfred E. and Anna Veronica (Genzlinger) Chizotti.

He currently worked as a cab driver with Kingston Cabs. He also worked as a mechanic at Ron Prince’s Chevrolet and at various other auto dealerships in the area.

Mr. Chizotti is survived by: his daughter, Veronica (George) Chizotti-Shook of Philmont; a son, Thom (Beth) Chizotti of Red Hook; a sister, Barbara (Ed) Dannehy of Saratoga; his grandchildren, Emily Decker of Albany and Aria Chizotti of Cottekill; his nieces, Regina Bush of Rochester and Laurie Pavlov of Tallahassee, FL.

Friends will be received at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway in Red Hook, Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 4 to 6 p.m. Interment will be private.

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Stanley F. Bertram (1927 – 2017)

ALBANY—Stanley F. Bertram, 90, of Stuyvesant passed away April 7, 2017 at the Stratton VA Hospital.

Born March 12, 1927 in Stuyvesant, he was the son of the late Mary (Lauster) and George Bertram. Before retiring, he was an agent for the Prudential Insurance Company in Delmar. Mr. Bertram was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War ll. He was a member of the American Legion Post #47, Valatie, a 50-year member of the Stuyvesant Fire Company and the NYS National Guard.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 65 years, Lois A. (Fischer) Bertram; two sons, Gregg (Dotti) and Scott (Syndi) Bertram, both of Stuyvesant; four daughters, Wendy (Ray) Ponkos of Valatie, Cindy (Rudy) Arkenbout of Wellington, FL, Joy (Geoffrey) Bertram of Kinderhook and Marybeth (Steve) Bertram of Stuyvesant; a brother, James Bertram of Ghent; a sister, Marian Ozga of Chatham; 10 grandchildren, Matthew, Melinda, Daniel, Christina, Jesse, Leah, Ruby, Scottie Beckett, Hunter Rae, Haydon and three great-grandchildren, Vanessa, Zoe and Serena.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Bertram was also predeceased by a brother, Donald Bertram; two sisters, Helen Wheeler and Dorothy McCarthy and a granddaughter, Marleigh Rain Bertram. “We loved and laughed every step of the way.”

Funeral services will be for the family. Contributions may be made to the Kinderhook Reformed Church or the Stuyvesant Fire Company. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Theresa LaSalvia (1921 – 2017)

TAGHKANIC—Theresa LaSalvia, 95, a resident of Taghkanic for 38 years, peacefully went to join her beloved husband of 62 years, Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017.

Born September 14, 1921 in New York City, she was the daughter of Maria Immaculata and Pasquale Borrillo.

She was a wonderful mother, wife and homemaker, who loved to fill her days with laughter, cooking and singing.

She was a very active member of the Church of the Holy Cross in Taghkanic.

Mrs. LaSalvia is survived: by her son and daughter-in-law, Anthony P. and Agnes LaSalvia; grandchildren, Richard (Kerry), Susan (Carlou Bowker) and Thomas (Aynsley) LaSalvia, and Alfred, Diana and Michael (Holly) Burgazoli; her sister, Micheline Jimenez and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Anthony R. LaSalvia; son, Ralph; daughter, Lucille March; sisters, Teresina and Antonietta and Carmela Buchetta; brothers, Europa, Anthony, and Joseph.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, April 12, 11 a..m from St. Mary’s Church in Hudson. Interment will be in West Taghkanic Cemetery. Visitation hours at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street are Tuesday, April 11 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. LaSalvia’s name are welcome to be sent to Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Donald M. Hodges (1961 – 2017)

HUDSON—Donald M. Hodges, 55, of Hudson died Monday April 10, 2017 at his home with his loving family by his side. Born August 29, 1961 in Hudson, he was the son of Floyd and Rose (Buffa) Hodges, who predeceased him.

He grew up in Hudson, where he was a communicant, and altar server at Mt. Carmel Church under Father Cletus.

As a child, he played baseball and football, and his love of those sports continued into his adult years, playing baseball in the Firemen’s League and semipro football for the Twin County Vikings from 1983 to 1985. Mr. Hodges was a true outdoorsman. He loved camping with his son and his friends from April through September, inviting all who wanted to come along. He was a father figure to many friends of his son, Donald, they truly looked up to him. Embracing life and enjoying every moment to its fullest is what Mr. Hodges did best.

Whether it was helping a total stranger, bowling, boating, wood working, deep-sea fishing or helping his brothers work on their cars and trucks, Mr. Hodges always did everything with passion and commitment. His most fulfilling commitment in his life was his family. His wife of 30 years, Brenda, and his children, Haleigh and Donald were his priority. He was a great husband, father and provider for his family. He and his wife were the loves of each others’ lives.

Mr. Hodges’s career included working at Kaz Inc. for 19 years, WB McGuire’s, and as a truck driver for LKQ Keystone auto salvage. He made friends with everyone he came in contact with. Hard work was something he never turned his back to. He worked until he was no longer able.

He will be missed and forever loved by his wife, Brenda (Graziano) Hodges; daughter, Haleigh Rose Hodges; son, Donald James Hodges; brothers, Ronald (Dori), Gary (Julia), Dennis (Judy), David (Debbie) and Brian (Karen) Hodges; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his mother and father-in-law, Catherine and James Colfer. In addition to his parents, Mr. Hodges was predeceased by his brother, Floyd Hodges.

Funeral services are Thursday, April 13, 10 a.m. from the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. Visitation hours at the funeral home are Wednesday, April 12 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Mary Ann Stanton (1928 – 2017)

HUDSON—Mary Ann Zimmerman Stanton, 88, of Hudson and formerly of New York City, died peacefully Friday, April 7, 2017 at her home with her family bedside.

Born August 13, 1928 in New York City, she graduated from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in 1949, and then began her professional career followed quickly by starting a family.

Her professional endeavors ranged from magazine editor to creative director of a large public relations agency to tabletop boutique owner. While in public relations, she wrote a cookbook called, Picnics, Parties and Snacks Around the World, which was widely distributed at Tupperware parties. In the late 1960s, Mrs. Stanton opened a store called Tablerie (“everything for the table”) in New York City followed by a store in Pound Ridge, before morphing the business into a leased department in Bonwit Teller department stores. She returned to public relations work, where a major account was Ocean Spray.

Most recently, Mrs. Stanton, an indefatigable leisure traveler, started a tour business, first based in New York City and then, in 2007, in her new hometown of Hudson. Many of her tours focused on her passions for food, literature, Hudson and the surrounding area.

She will be missed by: her loving sons, Michael C. Zimmerman (and his wife Sandra Simonsen) of Brookline, MA, Peter Zimmerman of Chappaqua, Christopher Zimmerman (and his wife Emily Burch) of St. Louis, MO; and her grandchildren, Kate and Ted. She was predeceased by her husbands, Harry Edward Zimmerman and Edward Stanton.

To acknowledge Mrs. Stanton’s lifelong passion for food, donations to the Foodbank of the Hudson Valley would be appreciated. Alternatively, donations may be made to St. Patrick Center in St. Louis or The Greater Boston Foodbank.

There are no services scheduled at this time. Send online condolences at

Catherine Libruk (1933 – 2017)

GUILDERLAND—Catherine M. Libruk 83, of Colonie, formerly of Stottville, died Saturday, April 8, 2017 with her loving family by her side.

She was born July 21, 1933 in Ghent, the daughter of the late George and Catherine Edna (Seibert) Melius.

She was a 1951 graduate of Chatham High School, where she received a Regents diploma.

Mrs. Libruk also earned her bachelor’s degree from Empire State College in 1989. She worked for the Hudson City School District for several years in the 1970, and then served 36 years at Columbia-Greene Community College, Community Services until her retirement in 2015. While Mrs. Libruk worked at C-GCC, she also served as an AFSCME Union representative for as many years, and was secretary/treasurer for the Columbia Greene Federal Credit Union.

She will be greatly missed by her loving family including: her son, James (Elaine) Libruk of Latham; two daughters, Janice Libruk Panasuk of Colonie and Michele (Randy) Mueller of Colonie; grandchildren, James R. (Emily) Libruk, Michael Libruk, Laura Libruk, Michael Mueller and Jennifer Mueller; and great-grandson, William Libruk. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, James M. Libruk in 2008; her son-in-law, Robert Panasuk in 2011; one brother, George Melius and her sister, Helen Carlucci.

Mrs. Libruk was her grandchildren’s #1 fan at all their school sports events, which she braved adverse weather conditions for the last 15 years to attend. She also enjoyed shopping and dining out with friends and family. She and her late husband, Mitch loved to travel and made frequent trips to the casinos.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 13, 2017, 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Father Anthony Barratt of St. Mary’s Parish officiating. Burial will be immediately following the service at Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson. The family has requested contributions in Mrs. Libruk’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 78877 or online at

Arthur Kreutziger (1932 – 2017)

WEST LEBANON—Arthur J. Kreutziger, 84, of West Lebanon passed away peacefully at home, April 8, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Manhattan, he was the son of the late Arthur and Ann Kreutziger.

He was a man who was always busy doing something. He enjoyed gardening, tending to his horses and sheep, and at one time had 20,000 chickens on his farm. Most recently, Mr. Kreutziger worked for Goold Wells and Pumps as a service technician. He was employed there for 15 years before his retirement.

He is survived by: his loving wife, Joan Kreutziger; sons, Jay (Cherie) and Jeffrey (Lisa) Kreutziger; daughter, Lee Ann Kreutziger (Joe Saviano); grandchildren, Jay, Katherine, Jonathan, Jeffrey and Kristyn; great-grandchildren, Maddisyn and Jay, III. There will be no services at this time.

Arrangements are with the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home, 11 Elm Street, Nassau. Online condolences may be offered at

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