GNH Lumber-Outdoor Living-JUNE 2024

OBITUARIES: Riter, Kauppinen, Hallenbeck, Gibson, Ellis, Gygax, Carr, Sigoski


Marguerite V. Riter (1925 – 2016)

RHINEBECK—Marguerite V. Riter, 91, of Germantown died Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the Ferncliff Nursing Home.

Born June 21, 1925 in Poughkeepsie, she was the only child of John Byron Hoffman and Jennie Gruntler Hoffman.

She was a graduate of the Germantown Central School.

As a young adult she lived and worked in New York City where she met her husband, Michael Stephen Riter. They raised their children in the house that she grew up in in Germantown. Mrs. Riter worked at in the receiving department at Sears in Kingston for 20 years. After her retirement she became passionate about genealogy and local history. She served for 10 years as the Town of Germantown historian. She was a member of the DAR of Hudson, former member of the Germantown Garden Club.

Surviving are: her children, Michael J. Riter of Greenport, Steven Riter of Germantown, Julie (John) Meacher and Susan (Michael) Bufi, all of Germantown; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Michael Stephen Riter; son, Byron Riter and daughter, Diane Riter Fox.

“She leaves us with the knowledge of her deep love for us and this truth; absent from the body, present with the Lord for those who love him.”

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, November 16, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Services will be held Thursday, November 17, 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in the Red Church Cemetery, Tivoli.

Condolences may be expressed at

Ann H. Kauppinen (1920 – 2016)

LIVINGSTON—Aune “Ann” Helena Kauppinen, née Kurri, passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2016, shortly after 6 p.m. at Livingston Hills with her daughter, Tarja (Kauppinen) Taylor, by her side.

Born March 11, 1920 in Kurkijoki, Karjala, Finland, she was predeceased January 12, 2015 by her beloved husband of 67 years, Leo Erkki “Erik” Kauppinen; also predeceased by younger siblings, brother, Eino and sister, Meeri.

Other surviving family members include: their son, Jukka and daughter-in-law Tuula of Tampere, Finland; granddaughter, Jane Taylor and fiancée Justin Miller of Ghent; grandson, Daniel Taylor currently of Tokyo, Japan; son-in-law, David Taylor of East Chatham; many nieces and nephews around the world from Finland to Australia. She is “ever loved and forever deeply missed.”

A memorial service will be held at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Saturday, November 26, 2016 during calling hours 4 to 7 p.m. Condolences may be conveyed at

Phyllis O. Hallenbeck (1929 – 2016)

VALATIE—Phyllis O. Hallenbeck, 87, of Hudson passed away Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the Barnwell Nursing Home. Born April 28, 1929 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Hazel (Silcock) Leiser and the wife of the late George W. Hallenbeck.

Before her retirement, she worked in customer service at the Berkshire Telephone Company in Kinderhook for 28 years. Mrs. Hallenbeck was a former member of the Kinderhook Fire Department Ladies Auxilary, a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stuyvesant and former president of it’s ladies aid. She also played organ for St. John’s Church for more than 25 years and enjoyed cooking, gardening and reading.

She is survived by: one daughter, Janet Cozzolino of Valatie; one son, Kevin (Bette) Drobner of Valatie; four grandsons, Don Dahlgren, Kevin (Karen) and Brian (Missy) Scheriff and Robert (Tracy) MacGiffert; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Hallenbeck was predeceased by a daughter, Donna Mac Giffert and a brother, Robert Leiser.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, November 16, 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stuyvesant. A calling hour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the funeral. Burial will be in the Kinderhook Cemetery following the service. Donations may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Stuyvesant, or the Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

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

Barbara Gibson (1937 – 2016)

ALBANY—Barbara Ann Gibson, 79, of Kinderhook passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Friday, November 11, 2016.

Born in Valley Stream Long Island June 21, 1937, she was the daughter of Louis and Marion Kolinski.

She married Robert F. Gibson, October 21, 1961. Mrs. Gibson will be deeply missed and remembered by many for her generosity, pure, kind heart, unwavering faith, constant optimism and exuberant spirit. Throughout her life she was active in St. John the Baptist Church. She was a big supporter of the Mac-Haydn Theatre, selling season tickets for a few years, and attending every show for many years. She was an avid lover of theater, movies, show tunes and animals. Recently, Mrs. Gibson was diagnosed with her fourth cancer, after beating three different cancers in the past. She went out a fighter, leaving her family heartbroken, but so proud.

She leaves behind: four children, Chris Gibson (Mary Jo), Kathleen Allen (David), Robert Gibson and Timothy Gibson (Beth); seven grandchildren, Katie, Maggie and Conner Gibson, Patrick and Matthew Allen, Sawyer and Riley Gibson. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert F. Gibson in 2008.

A Memorial Mass in her honor will be celebrated Sunday, November 20, 2016, 1 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 1025 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to WMHT or the Columbia-Greene Humane Society. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Forrest Roger Ellis (1939 – 2016)

VERO BEACH, FL—Forrest Roger Ellis passed away peacefully November 12, 2016 with his son and daughter by his side at Indian River Medical Center.

Born March 15, 1939 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Forrest M. and Sadie Harris Ellis.

Mr. Ellis was a harness driver and trainer from his high school years through the late 60s, traveling the east coast.

He was an avid hunter, enjoyed wintering in Florida and loved his time with his family.

Mr. Ellis was employed at Blue Seal Feeds in Chatham as a mill operator until his retirement.

He is survived by: his son, Wayne (Penny) Ellis of Ghent; daughter, Wendy (Patrick) Kerwin of Averill Park; his grandchildren whom he adored, Justin Ellis, Sadie Rose and Caitlin Kerwin, Zachary Ellis, KayLee and Gabbie McMann; several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Ellis was predeceased by his loving wife, Frances and his grandson, Brady Ellis.

Family will receive friends Friday, November 18 at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham from 5 to 7 p.m. Religious services will be conducted Saturday, November 19, 10 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow at St. James Cemetery. For directions or to leave an online condolence visit

Alice L. Gygax (1926 – 2016)

VALATIE—Alice L. Gygax, 90, of Valatie passed away suddenly at her home November 13, 2016.

She was the widow of Paul A. Gygax and was also predeceased by her brothers, Walter and Daniel.

She is survived by: her daughter, Nancy L. Crocker; her grandson, Ian Crimmins (Emily) and two great-grandsons, Daniel and Nathaniel.

Born and raised in Uruguay, she was the daughter of Cyril and Winifred Banks.

For most of her life Mrs. Gygax was a homemaker and gracious hostess. She also worked for General Foods upon emigrating to the United States. A world traveler, fluent in several languages, she loved people, and would eventually call home Mexico, Panama, Switzerland, France, New York and Connecticut. She especially loved her time in France. A caring mother, grandmother, and “bisabuela,” she will be missed.

A short ceremony will be held Monday, November 21, 2 p.m. from the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Valatie Rescue Squad or to a charity of choice.

Shirley Boyko Carr (1932 – 2016)

CLAVERACK—Shirley Boyko Carr passed away November 12, 2016 after a lengthy illness.

She was born November 13, 1932.

She is survived by: her husband, Joseph E. Carr; her sister, Linda Reilly (Tim); her six children, George (Jackie), David (Danielle), Mary (Tim), Janet, Nancy and Susan (Wes); seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 10 a.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport, with Pastor Howard Montague officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Claverack Free Library, 629 Route 23B Claverack 12513.

Helen C. Sigoski (1919 – 2016)

LIVINGSTON—Helen C. Sigoski, 97, of Hudson passed away Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Livingston Hills Nursing Home.

Born September 5, 1919 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Katherine (Stodulski) Turok.

Mrs. Sigoski was a homemaker and member of St. Mary’s/ Holy Trinity Parish in Hudson. She will be missed by her sisters, Pauline Cook of Hudson and Elizabeth Smith of Valatie; nieces, Paula Donovan, Michelle Hoffman, Susan Robinson and nephew, Thomas Smith, Jr.

She was predeceased by her husband, Fred Sigoski in 1992 and her son, Fred Sigoski, Jr., in 2004.

There are no calling hours or funeral services planned. Burial in Cedar Park Cemetery will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are with Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home,700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

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