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Paul J. Kuhn (1950 – 2023)

GHENT—Paul Kuhn died April 25, 2023 at Ghent Rehabilitation & Nursing Center after battling Parkinson’s disease.

He was born June 11, 1950 in Buffalo to Magdeline (Gerstner) Kuhn and John Kuhn. He attended St. Peter and Paul grade school and Bishop Neumann High School. He attended college at Niagara University, SUNY Buffalo, Dutchess Community College and Columbia University, where he received his master’s degree in physical therapy.

He worked at Taconic Developmental Center as chief physical therapist until his retirement.

Mr. Kuhn was a motorcycle enthusiast, who also wrote articles regarding body mechanics riding a motorcycle. His articles were published in the Motorcycle Consumer News magazine. He also held seminars at motorcycle events, and provided individual consultations to improve riding comfort.

He is survived by: his wife, Katherine Bainer of Taghkanic; his sister, Mary (Chris) Collins of Florida; his brothers, Steven (Kim) Kuhn of Virginia, and Jack Kuhn of Maryland; his nieces, Caitlyn Collins, Jill Kuhn, Jamie Kuhn and nephews, Cameron Collins and John Kuhn.

No formal services are planned. Memorial donations made be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534. Cards and condolences for the family maybe sent to the family, c/o Peck & Peck Funeral Homes, P.O. Box D, Copake 12516.

Kenny Baker

Edward K. Baker (1938 – 2023)

HILLSDALE—Edward “Kenny” Baker of Hillsdale “left us” peacefully, April 22. He was 84.

He was born July 25, 1938 in Hudson to the late Mildred (Andrews) and Edward Baker. He graduated from Roe Jan High School and then joined the Air Force, which took him to England and France. After his time in the service he came back home to Hillsdale, where he married Sandra “Sandy” Schmid, his beloved late wife of 61 years. His family takes great solace in knowing that he is with her. She died in November.

Mr. Baker was a long-time employee of Hudson City Savings Bank in Hudson, where he specialized in computers. He will be remembered for many things, but most of all his quick wit and stories. He spent the majority of his life in his cherished town of Hillsdale and was at his best whenever he weaved a good tale about his buddies and all of their hilarious adventures. He was a friend to all, an avid hunter and fisherman and was a lifelong member of both the Ox Bow Club and Rod and Gun Club. He was a wonderful cook, enjoyed woodworking and building, and was always quick to help friends with whatever projects they had.

He was dearly-loved and will be forever missed by: daughters, Cori Barbato (Carmen) of Hillsdale and Rachel LaRochelle (Robert) of Jensen Beach, FL; son, Kevin Baker (Erica) of Hillsdale; and grandchildren, Danielle, Tylar and Carmen.

His family sends a heartfelt thank you to his friends and extended family at Fairview Commons where he was loved and well-cared for.

A memorial celebrating his life will be held Saturday, May 6, beginning at Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22 in Copake. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a service of remembrance to begin at 1 p.m. The celebration will continue at the Hillsdale House from 2 to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Sanctuary or the Activity Program at Fairview Commons Nursing Center.

For directions or to share a favorite memory visit www.peckandpeck.net

Chuck Witthoft, Jr.

Charles M. Witthoft, Jr. (1927 – 2023)
FRESNO, CA—Reverend Charles “Chuck” Martin Witthoft, Jr., age 95, of Fresno, CA, died Sunday, January 15, 2023 at Sunrise Senior Living of Fresno.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Suzanne (Sue) Lora Kohn Witthoft of Fresno; his sister, Ruth Elizabeth Glass of San Jose, CA, and his brother, Herman Wellington Witthoft of Chatham.
He was born June 21, 1927 in the Bronx, son of Charles Martin Witthoft, Sr., and Florence Zula Shafer.

He was baptized January 8, 1928 at Calvary Lutheran Church in the Bronx by his father, pastor of the church.
He is survived by: sisters, Martha Adelaide Kopra, Doris (Peggy) Anna Maria Hatch and Florence (Flossie) Lois Hulsizer; and numerous nephews and nieces.
He graduated in June 1944 from Columbia High School, East Greenbush. In 1944, he enrolled at Wittenberg College, Springfield, OH. The summer after his sophomore year, he volunteered to be a cattleman to deliver 700 horses to Danzig, Poland, under the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Act (UNRRA), part of the United States Merchant Marines.
On September 20, 1946, he enlisted at Fort Dix, NJ, as a private in the United States Army. He was sent to Seoul, Korea, to serve in the Army of Occupation until he was discharged March 20, 1948.
He enrolled as a junior at Wittenberg College and graduated in June 1950 with a BA degree. He graduated from Hamma Divinity School in Springfield, OH, and graduated in June 1952 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree. He was ordained in New Haven, CT, June 2, 1953, by the United Lutheran Church in America (ULCA)-later, through mergers, renamed the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
He married Suzanne (Sue) Lora Kohn June 2, 1951. They served a parish in Honolulu, HI, and parishes in West Covina, Fresno and Kerman, CA.
In Fresno, Rev. Witthoft worked in community groups that served the mentally ill. From 1975 to 1978, he worked at King’s View Community Service (Mennonite) in Madera in their ministry to mentally ill persons. He served from 1982 to 2002 as a long-term care ombudsman for the California Department of Aging and in the Fresno-Madera Ombudsman program. As part of his pastoral duties at First English Evangelical Lutheran Church (later Trinity Lutheran Church), he organized the Ferger Thomas Friendship Club to provide social activities for the chronically mentally disabled.
He was awarded many honors for his work with the mentally handicapped and as a volunteer ombudsman-awards from the State of California, Office of Lieutenant Governor Leo McCarthy, State of California Legislature Assembly, City and County of Fresno, and from organizations that served the mentally handicapped.
In March 2014, Chuck and his wife Sue funded The Reverend Charles Martin Witthoft Sr. and Florence Zula Shafer Witthoft Endowed Scholarship at Wittenberg University in memory of his parents and in recognition of his parents’ five children who graduated from Wittenberg. The annual scholarships are awarded to one or more students whose major or minor is in religion or education.
On November 13, 2018, he moved to Sunrise Senior Living, the assisted-living facility in Fresno, where his wife lived before she died in August 2018.
His ashes will be interred with his wife’s in the Witthoft/Shafer family burial plot at Slate Hill Cemetery, Sharon Springs, Saturday June 10 at 2 p.m. For online condolences visit wenkfuneralhome.com

Dewey Henson

Dewey W. Henson (1963 – 2023)

PHILMONT—The family of Dewey Wayne Henson of Philmont is sad to announce his passing, Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at the age of 59 years.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 35 years, Betsy; his mother, Barbara Henson; his mother-in-law, Elda Sorokey; his brothers, David (Cindy) Henson, Kennedy Henson, Robert James (Tammy) Henson, Tony Henson; many nieces and nephews, along with many dear friends and acquaintances. He was predeceased by his father, Horace W. Henson, and brother, Horace E. Henson.

While he grew up in Georgia, he lived in New York most of his life. He served as an elder in the local congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and worked as a general contractor in the area. In these roles, he was well-known in the community for his kindness, his concern and generosity. He loved helping others. His hobbies were golf, baseball, hiking, biking, baking and traveling.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 6, 2:30 p.m. at the Red Hook Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 7 Old Route 199.

To attend via zoom use the following meeting ID and passcode: Meeting ID-872 4928 8481, Passcode-102271

His family thanks everyone for their loving support.

Leave condolences at www.batesanderson.com

Wheaties Kittell

Helen Kittell (1931 – 2023)

HUDSON—With sorrow and great admiration for a life well lived, her family shares the passing of Helen ”Wheaties” Kittell, April 28, 2023. She was a caring, generous and fun, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. A native Hudsonian, she was raised by Hungarian mother, Frances, and a German father, Paul with her three brothers John, Paul and Julius Ressler.

She married Martin “Marty” Kittell and had five children, which she would proudly tell people. A well-regarded local artist, she found her love of painting, when she said she had to find something meaningful to do besides running around chasing five kids. She took classes and discovered her medium of pastels. She was extremely generous in giving away her paintings to others. She also put her artistic talents to use as a florist, working at Rosery Florist during their busy seasons.

A fun loving mother, wife, and friend, she and her husband were part of a group of six neighborhood couples “the dirty dozen” who had a wonderful time throwing parties, going out and doing things collectively with their families.

Mrs. Kittell possessed a deep faith, always behaving with grace, and great strength in the face of life’s challenges, including the long illness and loss of her daughter, Connie.

The Kittells enjoyed their later years with a winter condo in Stuart, FL. She had great fun organizing parties and shows at the clubhouse, doing all the flowers for the community, and sitting by the pool playing her favorite game, Rummy Cube, with her friends .

She lived the end of her life with joy and kindness despite having dementia. Everyone who met her or was involved in her care, always commented, “She is so sweet.” She lived her life always doing small things for others with great love. She didn’t want a lot of fanfare when she passed. She wanted it to be simple, like “Goodnight Irene.”

Her family says, “Good Night Wheaties” with love from Martin “Bubby” (his wife Mary, daughters Kathleen, Rosemary and Rachel), Jeffrey, (his wife Roberta, son Matthew) and Christopher (his wife Kelley, son Connor, daughter Claire, daughter-in-law Shauna, grandson Maverick) and predeceased husband Martin, daughter Connie (husband Joseph and son, Michael.)

The family expresses deep appreciation for the care provided by Eileen Dolan and Teresa Ebling, and the nurses and staff at Van Rensselaer Manor. Donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 at https://www.alz.org/

Visitation hours will be held Thursday, May 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, May 12, 10:30 a.m. from Holy Trinity / St. Mary’s Parish in Hudson. A reception will follow the interment in Cedar Park Cemetery.

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