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OBITUARIES: Payne, Kellner, Glass, Cobbins, Peters, Trattles, McClelland, Langlois


Jacqueline Payne (1949 – 2015)

CHATHAM—Jacqueline “Jackie” Elizabeth Payne, a lifelong Chatham resident passed away May 17, 2015 beside her loved ones.

Born in Hudson, October 6, 1949, she was a 1967 graduate of Chatham High School.

She enjoyed caring for her family and grandchildren, and would often make others smile by spreading her love and laughter, creating many unforgettable memories.

Mrs. Payne was predeceased by her mother, Mary Louise Van Alstyne-Grimes; father, King Johnson, Sr.; brothers, William Van Alstyne, Sr., Charles Van Alstyne, Sr.; sisters, Mary Ellen Travis and Arlene Glover.

She is survived by: husband, Vernon “VJ” Payne, Sr.; daughter, Simone Calkins; son, Vernon “Rocky” Payne, Jr. (Julie Pailley); grandchildren, Marcus Williams (Blythe Hinkley-Grady), Shay Calkins and Lauryn Calkins; siblings, Janice Murray, Patricia Bates, Louis Van Alstyne, Sr., Corinne Summers, King Johnson, Jr., and Perry Van Alstyne; many nephews and nieces.

A memorial service celebrating Mrs. Payne’s life will be held Thursday, May 21, 1 p.m. at the Payne AME Church, 6 High Street, Chatham. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society to help find a cure.

Arrangements are with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue,

Clara E. Kellner (1921 – 2015)

HUDSON—Clara E. Kellner of Germantown died peacefully May 18, 2015. She was 93.

Born in Vienna, Austria, Clara Elizabetta Balint eventually moved to Budapest, Hungary, where she met and married Paul J. Kellner. They were married for 67 years. Mr. Kellner died in 2009.

Mrs. Kellner was a graduate of Maria Theresa College in Budapest and during World War II, she worked for the International Red Cross and the United Nations Children’s’ Relief Organization. She, her husband, Paul and their son, George immigrated to the U.S. in 1947.

After settling in New York City, she co-founded Better Cravats and Formal Fashions, one of the largest neckwear manufactures in the country. She was also vice-chairman of the American Hungarian Foundation and a founder of the Children’s’ Blood Bank at New York Hospital.

The Kellners moved to Germantown in 1970, and soon became active in the community. Mrs. Kellner was chair of the Board of Trustees of Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation, member of the Advisory Board of Columbia-Greene Community College, president of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, vice president of Friends of Olana, member of the Advisory Board of the Hudson Opera House, board member of the Bard Music Festival and board member of Friends of Clermont.

Particularly interested in health services in her community, she generously underwrote the Kellner Wing and the Paul and Clara Kellner Café at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Kellner was selected to be Woman of Distinction by Senator Steven Saland in 2002.

She is survived by her son: George Kellner and his wife, Martha; two grandchildren, Peter Kellner and Catherine Kellner Avery and her husband Reuben; two great-grandchildren, Ewen and Viola Avery.

A celebration of her life will be held Thursday May 21, 2015, 3 to 4 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Columbia Memorial Hospital. Condolences may be expressed at

Mildred T. Glass (1921 – 2015)

ALBANY—Mildred Hunting Tebbutt Glass, 93, of Kinderhook and Thousand Island Park passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family and close friends May 15, 2015.

“Mid,” as she preferred to be known, was born in Albany July 8, 1921. She was the daughter of Marshall W. Tebbutt, Jr., and Ruth Hunting Tebbutt.

She graduated from the Albany Academy for Girls and Smith College. She was employed by the Ichabod Crane Central School District as a nurse’s/teacher’s aide.

She was predeceased by her husband, Walter L. Glass, Jr.; her son, Walter L. Glass, III; a daughter, Susan S. Glass; her brothers, Marshall W. Tebbutt, III, and John W. Tebbutt.

Mrs. Glass is survived by: three daughters, Ruth G. McKenzie (Morgan), Marsha A. Glass and Mary E. Glass; a daughter-in-law, Alayne Fenton Glass and her children Jillian Fenton, Erica Fenton Castillo and Karlyn Hinkley and their families. Her grandchildren are: Alexander R. McKenzie, IV, (Erica), Christopher M. McKenzie (Jenna), Brooke G. Manno (Jon Michael), Alisha G. Rogers and McCabe Glass. Her great-grandchildren are: Andrew, Claire and Whitney McKenzie; Annabelle, River and Liam McKenzie and Reagan Manno.

Other survivors are: a cousin, James Killough, III, (Donna), his children, James Killough, IV, Sarah K. Dhar (Vishal) and Hunting Killough (Angela) and their children; a niece, Joan T. Persing; nephews, John W. Tebbutt, III, and Charles M. Tebbutt.

Mrs. Glass enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, reading and listening to classical music. She was an avid Mets fan.

She treasured her time spent every summer at “The Iron Cottage” at Thousand Island Park, and especially liked sitting on the porch watching the St. Lawrence River.

She was a member of the Reformed Dutch Church, Kinderhook. She participated in local activities in both communities.

A memorial service will take place at the Reformed Dutch Church, 21 Broad Street, Kinderhook, Friday, May 29 at mid-day. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to the church would be appreciated.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Destiney S. Cobbins (2015 – 2015)

HUDSON—Destiney S. Cobbins, infant daughter of Jamel Cobbins and Nina Forbes, passed away May 16, 2015. She was born January 23, 2015 in Hudson.

Calling hours take place Thursday, May 21, 10 a.m. to noon at Rock Solid Church, 334 Union Street, Hudson with services following.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

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Charles “Fred” Peters (1935 – 2015)

ALBANY—Charles “Fred” Peters of James Street, Greenport died Sunday, May 17 at St Peter’s Hospice Inn. Born July 8, 1935 in Kanauga, Ohio, he was the son of the late Hernon and Doris (Logston) Peters.

Mr. Peters was a union laborer in the construction industry based in Albany. His work consisted mostly on bridge infrastructure throughout the Albany area. He also worked for the Hudson City School District in many capacities. Mr. Peters was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War. Community organizations he was a member of include the Elk’s Lodge #787, and Loyal Order of the Moose. Mr. Peters was an avid horse lover and enjoyed the races.

Survivors include: his wife, Marge (Buffa) Peters; sons, Charles (Carol) and Keith (Paula) Peters; daughters, Kim Horton, Lisa (Edgar) Dresdner and Anna Moon.

Mr. Peters is also survived by grandchildren, Bobby, Angela, Jeremy, Ashley, Mackenzie, Alexis, Ethan, Maria and Sara, along with six great-grandchildren; his brother, John also survives.

Mr. Peters was predeceased by: two brothers, Donald and Lanty Peters; and four grandchildren, Justin Keith, Lauren and Connor Peters and Haley Rose Decatur.

Funeral services are slated for Thursday, May 21, 10 a.m. from the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. Visitation hours are Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers consider a donation in Mr. Peters’ name to Community Hospice Foundation, 295 Valley View Boulevard, Rensselaer 12144.

Susan Ann Trattles (1941 – 2015)

SCHENECTADY—Susan Ann Trattles, 73, of Saratoga Springs and lifelong Saratogian, died Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Ellis Hospital.

Born in Saratoga September 23, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Angeline “Julie” Natale.

Mrs. Trattles was a graduate of Saratoga High School, and later owned and operated Susan’s Little Big Shop in Saratoga and worked for State Farm Insurance for many years. .

She is survived by: her loving husband, Michael R. Trattles at home; son, Matthew Trattles of Saratoga Springs; daughter, Kristyn C. and (Vito) Sacco of Kinderhook; grandchildren, Mason, Madeline and Molly Trattles, Julianna and Andrew Sacco, as well as several cousins.

Friends paid their respects Saturday May 16, 2015 at The Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the church with Fr. Thomas Chevalier officiating. Burial will be private at a later time at Saratoga National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 610 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa 12020. Arrangements are with Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

Roxanne McClelland (1962 – 2015)

MILLERTON—Roxanne Mathers McClelland, 52, a lifelong area resident died Sunday, May 17, 2015 at her home in Millerton, with her loving husband by her side.

Mrs. McClelland had a 32-year career with Taconic Developmental Disabilities Services Office in Wassaic, where she worked as a licensed practical nurse before her retirement in April 2013.

Born November 22, 1962 in Norwich, she was the daughter of the late Melvin W. “Bill” Mathers and Julia Ruth “Judy” Mathers of Millbrook.

She attended Webutuck High School in Amenia and received her LPN degree from New York State. On May 18, 2012, she married Ronald S. McClelland in Millbrook. Mr. McClelland survives at home in Millerton.

Mrs. McClelland was a longtime member of the Millerton Fire Company and Rescue Squad and was a New York State emergency medical technician. She loved to surf the web on her computer and enjoyed playing Farmville in her spare time. She will forever be remembered for kindness and thoughtfulness and for her love of her children and grandchildren which she adored. She also leaves behind her two playful ferrets, Gabby and Chooch.

In addition to her husband and mother, Mrs. McClelland is survived by: her beloved daughters, Kayla Mathers of Millerton and Stephanie Mathers of the Bronx; her beloved grandsons, Anthony Martucci and Alexander Kontogiannis; three brothers, Bill and Richard “Dutch” Mathers of Millbrook and Bobby Mathers of Millerton; two sisters, Cathy Cook of Millerton and Julie Mathers of Ancram; her mother-in-law, Judy A. Murphy of Millerton; several cousins; many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will take place Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton. The Millerton Fire Company will conduct services at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place at St. Peter’s Episcopal Cemetery-Lithgow, Deep Hollow Road/County Route 57, Millbrook, Friday, May 22, 2015 at 10 a.m. To send an online condolence visit

Janet K. Langlois (1949 – 2015)
On Saturday, May 9, 2015, Janet K. Langlois passed away after a more than two-year battle with breast cancer.  A loving husband, a cherished extended family, legions of friends and colleagues lovingly gathered over a lifetime, and a wonderful, caring community lost an incredibly special person in their lives.
Janet Kathleen Langlois of North Chatham was born on June 2, 1949 in Massena, New York to the late Learned J. Langlois and Kathleen (Tiny) Dutton Langlois. After her birth mother’s death just eight years later, her father married the late Anna May Illick, who lovingly cared for Jan and her siblings. She is survived by her devoted and loving husband, partner and best friend of more than 43 years, George H. Vollmuth.
Jan is also survived by her twin brother, Joel, and wife Terry; her five sisters, Joan Richardson and husband Joe of Slingerlands; Carol Long and husband Bill of Yulee, Florida; Barbara LaGrave and husband Bernie of Niskayuna; Lanna Langlois and Dell Langlois, both of Waterford; and her husband’s brother, Thomas W. Vollmuth and wife Wendy of Great River, New York. These families include a wide range of cherished nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, including three godsons and one goddaughter.
Jan was a 1967 honors graduate of Massena Central High School where she was also a cheerleader. She was graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics cum laude. She was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa and several other academic honoraries as well as ODK, a national service honorary. Jan was also a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority where she served as treasurer.
Upon graduation, Jan entered the credit training program of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, then a major money center bank in New York City, after which she became a lending officer to Fortune 500 companies. Five years later she became the youngest vice president in the bank’s history and went on to oversee strategic planning, branch location and community relations activities for the bank. While working at the bank, Jan earned a Master of Business Administration degree at night at New York University, where she was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honorary. She was the founding chair of the Manhattan chapter of the National Association of Bank Women and a trustee of its educational foundation. She also was a director of the WNYC Foundation and Counterpoint Theatre.
Jan left the bank to become the Chief Financial Officer of Adams & Rinehart, a public relations firm specializing in the financial industry. Upon its acquisition by Ogilvy & Mather, she became the CFO of the Ogilvy Public Relations Group. Jan retired for the first time not long after the merger. While working, Jan volunteered as the Board Chair of The Elder Craftsmen, a NYC based not-for-profit devoted to teaching crafts to seniors as a means of increasing their creativity and joy. When that organization found itself in need of a chief executive, she assumed that role and began her third career. She was thrilled to find the organization a wonderful new home with the Carter Burden Center for the Aging before she fully retired to focus on her other passions: community volunteer work and quilting.
Her volunteer efforts in North Chatham began after her first retirement, initially as a volunteer at the front desk of the North Chatham Free Library and then as a 20 year member of the Board of Trustees and long-time treasurer. Jan was also the treasurer of the Concerned Citizens (a group originally established to fight a proposed travel plaza near the heart of the hamlet), treasurer of the North Chatham Fire District, and a member of the Board and treasurer of the North Chatham Cemetery Association, Inc.
One of her greatest commitments has been to a place that transformed her life: St. Lawrence University. She served on the University’s Alumni Executive Council for several years before being elected to the university’s Board of Trustees, on which she served for 18 years, before retiring and being elected a Trustee Emerita. In addition, she took great pleasure in being one of the University’s representatives on the Advisory Board of North Country Public Radio. Jan has been an avid supporter of the University, its students, faculty and staff.
Jan’s other passion has been quilting. Over the decades she has succeeded in creating an extraordinary array of quilts, wall hangings, pillows and placemats as well as “cat mats” for local animal shelters. Jan created over 330 baby quilts to welcome new lives in the many families that were a part of her life, and she cherished each one.
There will be no calling hours or funeral. Jan will be inurned at the North Chatham Cemetery on Monday evening, May 18 at 6:00 pm. The family welcomes neighbors and friends if they wish to join them for this simple informal ceremony and small gathering afterwards. But more importantly, a memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate Jan’s full and rich life.
The family wishes to extend its deepest thanks to all those who provided Jan with such love, friendship, joy and support throughout this journey. Those were her most treasured gifts. For those who may still wish to make additional gifts in her honor, the family suggests contributions to St. Lawrence University for the Dutton-Illick North Country Scholarship or to the North Chatham Free Library. The family also extends its deepest gratitude to Memorial Sloan Kettering, the entire staff of the NYOH Albany Med office and Community Hospice for their compassionate care.
Janet Langlois was a beautiful, strong, smart, straightforward woman of many talents who has made a huge difference in the lives of her husband, family, friends, alma mater, employers, community and the many organizations she has served. All of them will miss her beyond measure.

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