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Mabel Mergenthaler (1929 – 2016)

RHINEBECK—Mabel Dorothy Mergenthaler, 87, a longtime Red Hook resident, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2016 at the Northern Dutchess Hospital.

Born February 20, 1929, in Red Hook, she was the daughter of the late William and Lottie (Feller) Pulver.

She married Fred Mergenthaler September 25, 1948 at the United Methodist Church, Red Hook. He predeceased her November 6, 1994.

She is survived by her loving family, including: her children, Fred Mergenthaler of Saugerties, Robert Mergenthaler of Potsdam, Stephen Mergenthaler of Tivoli, Sarah Wentzel of Germantown, Deborah Mergenthaler of Philmont and Dorothy Funk of Hudson; a sister, Louise Breazzano of Bradenton, FL, along with many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. Mrs. Mergenthaler was predeceased by her son, Donald Mergenthaler; her sisters, Katherine Bruggenann, Evalena Hanlon and Jean Coons; her brothers, Arnold, Raymond and Sylvester Pulver.

There will be no calling hours.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, November 19, 2016, 1:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Red Hook, 4 Church Street, Red Hook. The Reverend Nikki Edleman will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook.

Edith Mae Kelch (1919 – 2016)

SALEM, OR—Edith Mae Staples Kelch died November 8, 2016 in Salem, Oregon.

She was born in Beacon December 21, 1919 and lived in Newburgh, Germantown, Albany, Pittsburgh, PA, and Williamsville before moving to Salem, Oregon in 2010.

Mrs. Kelch graduated from the Albany Hospital Licensed Practical Nursing Program, and was a longtime member of Christ Lutheran Church, Albany. She spent most of her adult life volunteering for many organizations. She served as a Girl Scout leader, Sunday school teacher, delivered Meals on Wheels, assisted with American Red Cross blood drives and the Christ Lutheran Church’s Women’s Association.

She was a member of AARP, active with the Albany Chapter; and the Young-at-Heart senior citizens. Her many hobbies included playing bridge and pinochle, bowling, square dancing, quilting and traveling.

She was the beloved wife of the late Herman H. Kelch for 62 years. She leaves: her daughters, Gail Kelch Steck (Calvin) of Salem, OR, and Katherine Mae Ley (late Charles) of Pittsburgh, PA. Mrs. Kelch was the proud grandmother of triplet grandchildren, Marcus Kelch Steck (Michelle) of Newfane, Rachel Kingsman Steck and Catherine Faye Hayden, both of Salem, OR; sister, Abigail Kingsley Grow (Brian); great-grand daughters, Kaitlin Kingsley Grow and Sarah Maeve Grow of Mahopac. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Betty Kelch Lasher (Jack) of Elizavillle; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Kelch was preceded in death by all her siblings and their spouses, Marguerite Miller (Walter), Dorothy Krezmin (Joseph), Daniel Staples (Helen), Ralph Staples (Elizabeth) and Frank Staples (Marie).

A memorial service will be held at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown with burial in Viewmont Rural Cemetery, Clermont at the convenience of the family. Arrangements in Oregon are with Virgil T. Golden Funeral Services.

The family thanks the staff of Brookstone Alzheimer’s Memory Care Center and Willamette Valley Hospice for their professional and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be to Willamette Valley Hospice, 1015 Third Street NW, Salem, OR 97304 or online at

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