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Donna C. Phillips (1946 – 2020)

SELKIRK—Donna Carol Phillips, 73, of Selkirk passed away July 25, 2020 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Albany to Leland Martin and Hazel (Minshell) Martin, October 16, 1946 and grew up in Elsmere.

She is survived by: her sister, Ilene Aranove of Lumberton, NC; her daughter, Pamela Butler of Norwood, MA; her sons, Kenneth Hallenbeck of South Chesterfield, VA, and Spencer Phillips of Voorheesville; two grandchildren, Amber Lee Bauer of Jamaica Plain, MA, and Rebecca Butler of Norwood, MA; several nieces and nephews, including Mark Martin and Paul Martin of Schenectady, who have always been there to help her over the years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Phillips, Jr.; brothers, Leland Martin and Charles Martin and a sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Stellwagon.

Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, ATTN: Office of Development, 2900 North Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607

Services will be private with burial at the Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery in Kinderhook.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street (Route 9), Valatie. To send online condolences visit

Georgia Forbes

Georgia M. Forbes (1944 – 2020)

HUDSON—Georgia Mary Williams Forbes, 75, of Hudson went home to the Lord peacefully Friday, July 24, 2020 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Affectionately known for decades as “Lady Forbes,” she was born December 28, 1944 in Blakely, Georgia through the marital union of Charlie Williams and Lorene Hall. One of her brothers, Charlie Williams, Jr., predeceased her, and the remaining siblings include: Addie Walker, Bennie Bostick, Albert Williams, Gloria Williams, JL Williams and Gregory Biggins.

She is survived by her husband of more than 50 years, District Superintendent Godfrey Daniel Forbes. Five children were produced out of this marital union, but three of the children predeceased Mrs. Forbes. The two children still living are Alex Daniel Forbes, who is a United States Army veteran, and April Lorraine Forbes, who is a licensed attorney. Mrs. Forbes also leaves behind three grandchildren: Michael, Alex and Adrianna; a 92-year-old aunt, Mary Lee Price; along with countless nephews, nieces, and extended family members.

She relocated from West Palm Beach County, Florida to Hudson not long after entering holy matrimony February 2, 1969 with Superintendent Forbes. In the early 1970s, she became a member, along with her husband, of a store front church in the city of Hudson known as “First Church of God In Christ” which was pastored by Elder Lee Jackson, but eventually taken over by the late Bishop Wilborn. Mrs. Forbes and her husband, worked faithfully under the leadership of Bishop Wilborn and were responsible for First Church relocating to a bigger facility at 64 North Sixth Street, Hudson. Upon the passing of Bishop Wilborn, June 26, 1974, Bishop O.M. Kelly appointed Superintendent Forbes as the pastor of First Church of God In Christ which is now known as Holy Temple. For more than 50 years, she faithfully and eagerly served Holy Temple, including hands-on involvement in every aspect of the life of the church. She was solid as a rock when it came to maintaining an unwavering dedication to the work of the Lord leaving no stone unturned as she was eagerly willing to work with a genuine smile on her face wherever help was needed, such as cleaning the church sanctuary, preparing meals to raise revenue for the church’s building fund, and transporting the youth to church conferences. Over the decades, she remained as a longstanding member of the church’s board of directors, along with serving in numerous positions: Women’s Department chair, Sunday school/Bible study teacher, and choir director. The calling on her life was recognized by the Church of God In Christ, Inc. denomination and she was licensed as an evangelist missionary in June 1975 under the late Supervisor of Women, Mother Creole Wallace. As an evangelist missionary, she was a fierce motivator of excellence. She had a provocative way of making bold and powerful statements, as she expounded on the Word of God, which were strategically designed to propel an individual beyond the limited confines of his or her comfort zone to experience growth to a heightened level of maturity. Up until the time of her passing, she served as the interim district missionary for the Upper Hudson District Church of God In Christ. Also, as the wife of Superintendent Forbes, she served as the First Lady of Galilee Pentecostal Church in Poughkeepsie. Further, she worked for many years in the healthcare industry before attending both Stratford Institute and Austin Beauty School. Spanning for more than a decade, she was the owner and operator of Aprile’s House of Beauty Salon in Hudson. She also was the joint owner of G&A Real Estate Co. along with her husband, which consisted of the management of investment properties. For the few years prior to her passing, she was retired and spent a considerable amount of time singing, writing, and enjoying her family. Mrs. Forbes will be sweetly remembered for many things, including the warm, loving, beautiful smile that shined brightly in any room she entered. She will be forever known for her powerfully inspiring and uplifting signature vocal cords which has ministered to countless lives for more than 60 years. Whether in the sanctuary, on the radio, charitable concerts, or any other venue, with every song she graced us with, the words she sang melodiously flowed from her heart, joyfully inspiring us to hope, trust, and expectantly wait upon God.

Calling hours will be held at Sacco Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport, Friday, July 31, 2020, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Masks must be worn by all attendees at all services. An outdoor Memorial Service will be held in her honor Saturday, August 1, 2020 9 to 10:30 .am. at the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, 1 Water Street, Hudson. The interment ceremony will be held at Cedar Park Cemetery, 20 Columbia Turnpike, Hudson,11 a.m., Saturday, August 1, 2020. Any cards or condolences for the Forbes family can be mailed to P.O. Box 876, Hudson 12534.

Deborah G. DiCintio (1952 – 2020)

HUDSON—Deborah “Debi” Gene (Proper) DiCintio passed away unexpectedly at her home, Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

She was born to Audrey (Meltz) Proper and Gifford “Sonny” Proper, Sr., June 20, 1952.

She truly enjoyed working and helping others. She had a wonderful work ethic which showed in everything she did. She will be greatly missed.

Mrs. DiCintio is survived by: her step-daughter, Temprance Fleiscman of Nassau; step-son, Chris DiCintio of Tupper Lake; two brothers, Gifford “Chug” Proper and spouse Melissa of Deer Isle, ME, Frank Proper and spouse Trish of Hammton, VA; a sister, Shelley Proper Duntz of Germantown; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and special friends, Florence Carlucci, Joanna and Michael Gerkman, Frank Rosa, Alfonso Sutter and beloved dog, Paco.

She was predeceased by: her parents, Audrey, Sonny; stepmother, Stella, and the love of her life and best friend, Joseph “Hank” DiCintio.

Graveside services in Cedar Park Cemetery will be held Friday, July 31 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are encouraged to St. Mark’s Lutheran Food Pantry, 200 Fairview Avenue, Hudson 12534.

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

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Christine Benton

Christine E. Benton (1948 -2020)

GHENT—Christine Elaine Benton of Chatham passed away peacefully at Ghent Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, July 28, 2020.

Born September 25, 1948 in Cortland, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Martha Warren Flaig.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Bruce Benton of Chatham; daughters, Yvonne L. Dellea of FL, Brenda Gilbert of Chatham; son, Kevin M. Martin (John Parker, Jr.) of Canaan; stepchildren, April Meredith (Jon) of Kinderhook, Heather Casey (James) of Valatie and Megan Russ of Chatham; her one special granddaughter, Alexandra Gilbert of Chatham along with 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild and her sisters, Suzy Attendorn (Joseph) and Claudia Kuzmiak.

She will be missed by all who loved her.

Calling hours will be held Friday, July 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Benton’s name may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

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