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OBITUARIES: Scalera, Fuchs, Moore, Leiser, Mabb, Helliwell, Currier, Merrill, Stupplebeen, Lynch, Kratt, Gregory, Smith


Andrew V. Scalera (1935 – 2018)

PHILMONT—Andrew “Andy” V. Scalera, 83, of Stuyvesant was called home by the Lord, Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at Pine Haven Home.

Born August 20, 1935 in Hudson he was the son of the late Generino and Helen (Mikos) Scalera.

Mr. Scalera served his country in the National Guard. He played the accordion professionally for many years and was a general contractor.

He is survived by: his wife of 23 years, Marjorie L. (VanAllen) Scalera; three daughters, Terry Horman (Yancy) and Debra Downs, both of Frederick, MD, Amanda Kaninenberg (Stephen) of Ghent; one son, Andrew Scalera, Jr., of Zephyr Hills, FL; his sister, Elizabeth Miller of Stockport; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his faithful companion, Chester.

Funeral services were held September 1 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Route 26A, Stuyvesant, with the Reverend Dan Cohn officiating. Burial followed in Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery. Arrangements were with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

William A. Fuchs (1967 – 2018)

WEST LEBANON—William A. Fuchs, 51, of West Lebanon passed away unexpectedly Monday, August 27, 2018.

Born in Albany January 2, 1967, he was the son of the late William G. Fuchs and Jane E. Thompson of East Nassau.

He grew up in West Lebanon and was a 1985 graduate of New Lebanon High. After graduation he joined the US Navy, serving as a machinery repairman aboard the USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41), which at the time of its maiden voyage was the largest amphibious ship in the fleet. Once returning home, Mr. Fuchs worked for several local companies while attending Hudson Valley Community College, including, Zwack, Inc., MC Mold and Tool, and the Watervliet Arsenal.

Once he earned his associate’s degree in machine technology, graduating at the top of his class, he put his degree to use and began working as a machinist at General Electric in Schenectady. When not hard at work, Mr. Fuchs could often be found doing what he loved most; riding the trails on his dirt bikes and snowmobiles. He was at his happiest with the freedom of an open trail in front of him.

Mr. Fuchs is survived by: his mother, Jane Thompson of East Nassau; his three siblings, Frederick (Michele) Fuchs of Greenport, Elizabeth (Tom) Pinkowski of Stuyvesant, and Jon Fuchs of West Lebanon; his dear nieces and nephews, Lauren, Tyler, Christopher, Emma, and Jackson, by whom he was lovingly referred to as “Uncle Zeeky.” He was preceded in death by his father, William G. Fuchs.

A service was held Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Hall and Higgins Funeral Home, 457 State Route 43, Stephentown.

Inurnment with military honors took place Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at the Gerald B.H. Solomon-Saratoga National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the State Line Riders, P.O. Box 237, Cropseyville 12052.

Raymond R. Moore, Jr. (1951 – 2018)

GERMANTOWN—Raymond “Ray” R. Moore, Jr. (Ray), 67, of Germantown passed away in peace Friday, August 17, 2018 after an extended battle with leukemia.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, September 8, 11 a.m. at the Germantown Reformed Church, 20 Church Avenue, Germantown. Food and fellowship will directly follow the service in the church hall.

He was born July 22, 1951, in Hudson to Raymond and Katherine (Wegfarth) Moore, Sr. He attended Germantown Central School graduating in 1969, at which time he enlisted in the United States Navy. Mr. Moore served honorably in various shipboard and overseas assignments from 1969 to 1977 as a machinist’s mate.

He married the love of his life, Nancy (Fox) November 8, 1975 and soon after moved to Syracuse, where he completed studies at Simmons Institute of Funeral Services, becoming a licensed funeral director. Although he maintained his license throughout the years working in the Bronx, Phoenicia and Germantown, in 1991 he began employment with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services at the Brookwood Secure Center in Claverack, from where he retired in 2013. Mr. Moore was an avid outdoors enthusiast and enjoyed salmon and deep-sea fishing, black powder and pistol shooting, as well as many family camping expeditions.

He was a good man, who loved his family. His love and his care, ever present, always unfailing, set the task of a lifetime to live up to his example as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

He is survived by: his wife, Nancy; his children, Stephanie R. Moore, Raymond R. Moore III, Jeremy R. Moore, Corey S. Moore; three granddaughters, Julianna, Eden and Arabel Moore; his siblings, Carol Fleming, Maureen Snyder, Barbara Lasher, Pamela Kline, Ronald Moore Sr.; plus, a very large and loving extended family.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Mr. Moore be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society online at or via mail to LLS, 1 Marcus Blvd., Suite 104, Albany 12205.

Arrangements were with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. Condolences may be expressed at

Edna M. Leiser (1931 – 2018)

GUILDERLAND—Edna Marie Leiser, 87, formerly of Stuyvesant, died Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center.

Born March 7, 1931 in Stuyvesant, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Edna May (Siter) Logan. She attended Martin Van Buren School and was the Stuyvesant town clerk for many years. She was a homemaker and had an upholstery business in her house. She was a former member of the Stuyvesant Senior Citizens, the New York State Town Clerks Association, the Town of Stuyvesant Republican Club and St. John’s Lutheran Church.

She is survived by: seven children, Barbara Jean Hatter of Downington, PA, Wayne Donald Leiser (Janet) of Montgomery, Dawn Marie Francis (David) of Clifton Park, Roger Paul Leiser of Chandler, AZ, Doris Ann Miner (David) of Saratoga Springs, Joyce Elizabeth Cleary (Kevin) of Albany, Larry George Leiser of Shrewsbury, MA; a sister, Jean Gurney of Pittsfield, MA; five grandchildren, Elysia Tomlinson, Evan Hatter, Lauren Downing, Karen Shier, Rachel Cleary and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald G. Leiser and her brother, Charles Robert Logan.

Funeral services will be private for the family. Burial will be in Kinderhook Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Memorials may be made to the Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 242, Valatie 12184. Arrangements were with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Rose Mabb (1924 – 2018)

CATSKILL—Rose (Frederick) Mabb, 94, of Stottville passed away Saturday, August 4, 2018 at The Pines Rehabilitation Center.

Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was the daughter of the late Olga (Razlof) and David Frederick. She was born March 27, 1924 in Brooklyn. At a young age she moved to Stuyvesant Falls where she lived until she married in 1941. After traveling with her husband while he was in the armed forces during World War II, she made their home in Stottville, where she resided for the last 70 years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick J. Mabb, Sr.; her first-born son, Frederick J. Mabb, Jr.; her brothers, Henry, Alex, Nate and Carl Frederick and her sister, Mary Beebe.

She is survived by: her children, John “Jack” Mabb (Penny) and Michael R. Mabb (Diana), both of Stottville, Carolyn C. Park (Robert) of Columbiaville and Trudy Bainer of Hudson; several nieces and nephews. She was blessed with 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Mabb loved being a homemaker and enjoyed sewing and crocheting. She was the kindest person one could ever meet. She opened her heart and home providing childcare to countless children over the years. After her husband’s death in 1967, she worked for a brief time at Gohl’s Store in Hudson and at L & B Products in Stottville, but she most loved raising her two young sons.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, September 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 7, 11 a.m. from the funeral Home. Burial follows in the Kinderhook Cemetery.

Phyllis E. Helliwell (1931 – 2018)

PHILMONT—Phyllis “Betty” Elizabeth Helliwell passed away peacefully September 1, 2018 at Pine Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at the age of 87.

Born in Pittsfield, MA, she was the daughter of Myrtle Winters and Kenneth W. Ford. Raised by her paternal grandparents, Flossie and Chester Ford, she grew up in Red Rock, where she lived her whole life. She attended the Red Rock School House and graduated from Chatham Central High School. She worked as a bookkeeper for Kenneth Ford Lumber Company for 13 years and for Chatham Motors for 17 years. She continued to work for other car dealerships in Hudson and Catskill and became the organist, bookkeeper and thrift shop manager for the Congregational Church in New Lebanon for 12 years. She was the secretary for the Red Rock Cemetery Association for many years, a Ford Family tradition.
She was predeceased by her grandparents, parents and step-mother, Audrey Ford, who she dearly loved.
She is survived by: her husband of 68 years, John T. Helliwell, who lovingly cared for her for many years. Other survivors include her siblings, Noreen Ford, Kenneth Ford, Nancy Ford and Diana Novosel; 11 nieces and nephews and 16 great-nieces and nephews.
She was an avid animal lover, having many house cats over the years. In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society (SPCA), 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.
Calling hour will be at 11a.m. followed by funeral services at noon, Friday, September 7, 2018 at Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. To send online condolences visit

David L. Currier (1936 – 2018)

NEW PORT RICHEY, FL—David Lester Currier, 81, departed this life August 30, 2018 in New Port Richey, Florida.

He was born in Albany, September 7, 1936 to Lester B. and Lavina (Akin) Currier. He graduated from Chatham High School in Chatham and Cortland State Teacher’s College in Cortland. He began his career at Penn Yan Academy in Penn Yan employed as a physical education instructor, guidance counselor, football and wrestling coach. He worked as an educational sales associate for Science Research Associates (SRA), served on the Board of Education in East Granby, CT, and retired from the State of Florida. He enjoyed time spent with great friends and family, golfing and crossword puzzles. He enjoyed attending sporting events especially baseball and football. Mr. Currier served as a volunteer at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, FL.

He was predeceased by his wife of 43 years, Nona. He is survived by: his son, Scott Currier (Theresa) of New Harbor, ME; daughter, Cara Cardello (Joseph) of East Granby, CT; son, Brent Currier of Windsor Locks, CT; daughter, Kristen Jeffrey (Christopher) of New Port Richey, FL; grandchildren, Lindsay Currier (Josh), Alyssa Cardello, Joseph Cardello, Christopher Logan (Alyssa), Carlie Currier, Paige Logan, Braden Logan and Shayla Jeffrey; two great-granddaughters, Saffron and Audrianna; a brother, Gary (Irene) Currier; a sister-in-law, Nancy Spina and his long-time companion, Doris Sweet.

In accordance with Mr. Currier’s wishes there will be no services. A private burial and family and friends celebration of his life will be held in the future.

Memorial donations in Mr. Currier’s name may be made to Gulfside Hospice & Palliative Care, 2061 Collier Pkwy, Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639 or a charity of one’s choice. For online expressions of sympathy visit Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home of Clearwater, Florida has care of the arrangements.

Elizabeth J. Merrill (1925 – 2018)

LIVINGSTON—Elizabeth J. Merrill, 93, of Germantown passed away August 27 at Livingston Hills Nursing Center.

Born January 25, 1925 in Ticonderoga, she was the daughter of Carlton and Rose (McCanna) Wilson.

Mrs. Merrill was a communicant of Holy Trinity Parish of Hudson, Linlithgo and Germantown. She was a nursery school teacher at the St. Mary’s Academy in Hudson. Her unconditional love for children enabled her to be a nurturing, caring nanny for several families.

Left to cherish her memory are: her son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan and Shonda Merrill; grandchildren, Brooke and Dylan Bohlinger and nieces and nephews, James Wallace, Holly Wallace, and Jill Fryman. Mrs. Merrill was predeceased by her husband, Francis J. Merrill and sister, Katherine Doyle.

Funeral services from the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson were September 1. Interment was in St. Agnes Cemetery, Lake Placid. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mrs. Merrill may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.

George Stupplebeen, Jr. (1931 – 2018)

HUDSON—George E. Stupplebeen, Jr., of Hudson passed away August 31, 2018, one day after his 87th birthday.

Born in Chatham, he was the son of George E. and Frances (Leible) Stupplebeen.

He was a machinist at the Columbia Boxboard Company in Chatham. He loved to watch the New York Yankees, travel, and bowl in the Friday Night League. He was a life-member of Ocean Fire Company #1 in Chatham, and served as treasurer of the Sons and Daughters of Italy. Mr. Stupplebeen also had a jukebox servicing business. He honorably served in the US Army during the Korean War.

Mr. Stupplebeen is survived by: two sisters, Mabel Keever of Iowa, and Louise Sitzer of Chatham; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary (Porreca) Stupplebeen, and three sisters, Cora Ingham-Jennings, Emma Patterson and Marjie Holmes.

Funeral services are Wednesday, September 5, 2 p.m. from the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visitation from noon to 2 p.m. will precede the funeral service. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Ruth M. Lynch (1917 -2018)

CLAVERACK—Ruth Martha (Heins) Lynch, 100, formerly of West Taghkanic, entered into rest September 1, 2018 at her residence.

She was born December 4, 1917 in West Taghkanic in the home of her parents, Fred Clause Heins, Jr., and Martha Ada (Haferkorn) Heins.

She spent her childhood on her parent’s family farm which her grandparents purchased in 1910 upon their planned relocation from New York City. She attended a one-room schoolhouse in West Taghkanic for grades 1 through 8 and graduated from Hudson High School in 1935. On January 22, 1939 she married John James Lynch, Jr., of Brooklyn. They were married for 47 years until Mr. Lynch’s death from Parkinson’s disease January 16, 1986. They worked the family dairy farm in West Taghkanic for 28 years until Mr. Lynch went to work for the Taconic State Park Commission.

Besides raising a family, being a homemaker, and working on the farm, Mrs. Lynch was always involved in community activities. She was an original member of the Holy Cross Society and Parish Council for the Church of the Holy Cross in West Taghkanic and was deeply involved in all church activities. She was a charter-member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the West Taghkanic Fire Department and she was deputy town clerk for the Town of Taghkanic.

Mrs. Lynch was an avid cook and baker. She is widely-known for her cookies, which she baked every Saturday morning right to age 100. No one ever left her house without a plate of cookies. She also loved to make German foods such as pickled beets, red cabbage and sauerbraten. She was also an avid pie baker. She entered and won many pie-baking contests with the West Taghkanic Home Bureau.

Mrs. Lynch is survived by: her daughter, Nancy Ann (Lynch) Griffith and husband Arthur of West Taghkanic; her son, John James Lynch, III, and wife Patricia of Bronxville; three grandchildren, Catherine Ann Lynch of Bronxville, Maureen Elizabeth (Lynch) McGuire and husband Daniel of Wynnewood, PA, and John James Lynch, IV, and wife Christine of New York City; four great-grandchildren, Brad Daniel Lynch and Caroline Elizabeth Lynch of New York City and Dylan James McGuire and Elizabeth Anne McGuire of Wynnewood; numerous nieces and nephews. During her life she so much enjoyed playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were the joys of her life and they brought out her fun-loving ways, a characteristic she always displayed with all friends and relatives.

She was predeceased by: two sisters, Edith Emma (Heins) Verity, Lillian Matilda (Heins) Morrison and her brother, Arthur Kenneth Heins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 10 a.m. from St. Mary’s Church of Holy Trinity Parish, Hudson. Interment will follow at Cedar Park Cemetery.

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

The family thanks all the compassionate caregivers and neighbors who became part of Mrs. Lynch’s last few years of life.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Community Hospice of Columbia – Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414 or to EWTN, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, Alabama 35210-9948.

Wayne R. Kratt (1957 – 2018)

ALBANY—Wayne Robert Kratt, 61, a lifelong resident of East Chatham, passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2018, surrounded by family and friends at St. Peters Hospital. He was born in Hudson August 23, 1957, son of the late Frederick John and Clara (McCagg) Kratt. He was a graduate of Chatham High School.

Mr. Kratt was formerly employed by the Columbia Corporation and was a member of Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association. He enjoyed trading tractors and farm equipment.

He is survived by: his sister, Marlene Alamillo; brothers, John, Richard (Sandy) and Martin (Dottie Lou) Kratt; many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held September 4 from the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. Inurnment followed in Cemetery of The Maples, East Chatham. To send online condolences visit Chatham.

John W. Gregory, Sr. (1936 – 2018)

POUGHKEEPSIE—John W. “Jack” Gregory, Sr., 82, of Tivoli died Monday, August 27, 2018 at the Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

Born July 31, 1936, in Hyde Park, he was the son of the late Lewis and Nadine (Colkin) Gregory, Jr.

He married Sandra Woodin and she survives at home in Tivoli.

Mr. Gregory served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1954 to 1956.

For many years, he worked in the laundry at Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck.

In addition to his loving wife, Sandra Gregory of Tivoli, Mr. Gregory is survived by: his children, Vicki (Andy) Imperati of Poughkeepsie, John “Jack” (Maureen) Gregory, Jr., of Germantown, Jeff (Heidi) Gregory of Catskill and Kim (Rick) Smith of Valatie; his grandchildren, Michael Smith, Jamie Gregory, Daniel Imperati, Rachel Turner, Allie Gregory, Joshua Smith, Kyle Smith, Courtney Smith and Kristen Corey; his great-grandchildren, Avery, Colin, Mikayla and Jules; along with extended family and friends.

Funeral service and interment will be private at Red Church Cemetery in Tivoli.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook. To sign the online guest book visit

Donna M. Smith (1959 – 2018)

HARTFORD, CT—Donna Marie (Miles) Smith, 59, a 24-year resident of Salisbury, CT, and a lifelong area resident, died unexpectedly Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at St. Francis Hospital from injuries sustained from a fall at work. Her devoted husband and loving daughters were by her side. Mrs. Smith worked for Ultra Clean Cleaning and Disaster Restoration based in Canaan, CT.

Born May 24, 1959 in Sharon, CT, she was the daughter of the late Clayton and Rosemary (Brizzie) Miles. She attended schools locally. On July 16, 2006 in Salisbury, CT, she married Robert A. “Chief” Smith, Jr., who survives in Salisbury.

Mrs. Smith enjoyed playing cards, bingo and trips to the local casinos. She has a great affection for growing house plants and for her devoted companion, Oreo. Her greatest joy was spending time with her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by: two daughters, Heather Ellis of Copake Lake and Nichole Tripp and her longtime companion, Brock Race of Dover Plains; three brothers, Michael, Gordon and Ricky Miles; three sisters, Josephine and Deborah Miles and Karen Murnane; four grandchildren, Austin and Joshua Ellis and Tristin and Brytan Ralph and two great-grandchildren, Westley and Guinevere; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Friday, September 7, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton. Funeral services will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be private at Irondale Cemetery in Millerton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lakeville Hose Company or the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To send an online condolence visit

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