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Laura Etta Sitcer (1915 – 2016)

VALATIE—Laura Etta Sitcer died peacefully at Barnwell Nursing Home, January 22, 2016.

She was born June 20, 1915 in Chatham, the daughter of John and Laura Stickles Baker.

She is survived by: her children, Marie Gagnon (Robert) Davis, Shirley Gagnon (Paul) Davis, Robert (Kathy) Sitcer and Sharon (Lee) Koblenzer; her 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Sitcer was predeceased by: her siblings, Fred, Hannah, Frank, George, Curtis, Lester, Mary, John and Roy and her two husbands, John Gagnon and Roland Sitcer.

She enjoyed embroidery, bingo and sunsets.

Family will receive friends at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue in Chatham, Tuesday, January 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. Religious services will be conducted by Reverend Daniel K. Herrick at the funeral home Wednesday, January 27, 11 a.m. with interment to follow at Chatham Rural Cemetery.

The family thanks the nurses and staff at Barnwell for the care Mrs. Sitcer received, especially from the caring staff on the first floor.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Sitcer’s name may be made to the First Reformed Church of Chatham or the Chatham Rescue Squad. Condolences may be conveyed at

George Knott, Jr. (1928 – 2016)

STUYVESANT—George Knott, Jr., 87, of Stuyvesant died Saturday, January 23, 2016 at his home.

Born September 23, 1928 in Stottville, he was the son of the late George, Sr., and Edith (Sanford) Knott.

Mr. Knott established a waste oil recycling business which successfully recycled used motor oil into an industrial fuel product long before recycling became popular.

Mr. Knott became the building inspector for the Town of Stuyvesant following his retirement from Northeast Oil Recycling and continued in that position for 14 years. He was an avid golfer and a 50-year bowling team member, spending 45 years at Chatham Bowl leagues. Mr. Knott was a Cub Scout leader when his sons were growing up and was active as a Stuyvesant volunteer in yearly shoreline and playground clean-up days as well as Meals on Wheels in Columbia County.

He is survived by: his wife, Juanita M. (Snyder) Knott; one daughter, Susan M. Brignull (Jim) of Niverville; three sons, Jon P. Knott (Sue) of Latham, Ronald L. Knott (Cathy) of Stuyvesant, Richard K. Knott (Dona) of East Chatham; a brother-in-law, Reginald L. Conklin; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held Thursday, January 28, 11 a.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, with the Reverend Tom Malionek officiating. Burial will follow in Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday, January 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mr. Knott’s name may be made to Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 242, Valatie 12184.

Linda M. Pfeiffer (1944 – 2016)

BURLINGTON, VT—Linda M. Pfeiffer, 71, of South Burlington, VT, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at the University of Vermont Medical Center after a brief illness.

She was born July 30, 1944 in Great Barrington, MA, the daughter of the late Harold R. and Hazel (Becker) Pfeiffer.

Ms. Pfeiffer was a graduate of Hudson High School in 1962 and then attended Alfred State University earning her degree in 1964.

Upon graduation from Alfred, she was employed by the University of Buffalo as a laboratory technician for several years before moving to Burlington in 1971. From 1971 until her retirement in 2006 Ms. Pfeiffer worked as a lab technician and research analyst at the University of Vermont.

Ms. Pfeiffer was an avid reader, a cat lover and had a passion for genealogy, tracing the family history back to the early 1800s.

She had a kind heart and leaves her family with many memories.

Survivors include: her brother, Wayne D. Pfeiffer of Acton, MA, and a cousin, Harold Williamson of Remsen. A Celebration of Life for Ms. Pfeiffer will be held Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Eagle’s Club, 1233 Shelburne Road, South Burlington, VT.

Spring interment will be in the Hillsdale Rural Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake.

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