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OBITUARIES: Slavik, Elmendorf, Kern, Pritchett


Virginia A. Slavik (1944 – 2015)

ALBANY—Virginia A. “Ginna” Slavik, 71, of Claverack, formerly of Queens, died Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Albany Medical Center.

Born in Howard Beach, Queens, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Rita Adams.

She was a clerk for American Airlines Sky Chef and was a communicant of Holy Trinity Parish in Hudson. Mrs. Slavik loved her trips to Turning Stone and playing bingo locally. She will be greatly missed by her husband, Joseph T. Slavik at home; two sisters, Peggy (Joseph) Romaine and Mary (John) Zippoli. She was predeceased by two brothers, Bobby and Buddy Adams.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, October 11 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, October 12, 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish/ St. Mary’s Church, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson with Fr. Winston Bath officiating. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Queens.

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Tonya M. Elmendorf (1970 – 2015)

HILLSDALE—Tonya “Cookie” M. Elmendorf, 45, of Hillsdale passed away to eternal life Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at her residence.

She was born April 8, 1970 in Sharon, CT, a daughter of the late George and Cloey (Doyle) Elmendorf.

A graduate of Germantown High School, she was a hard worker and valued employee of Global Corporation, Xtra Mart in Martindale. Ms. Elmendorf was also the leader of the Columbia County Hoofers 4-H club for more than a decade.

She was a mother to her only child and love of her life, Amanda Elmendorf; beloved sister and friend to Clinton, Kim (Espen), Dain (Kathy) and Cody (Denise); devoted aunt to Ryan, Troy, Jesse, Logan, Dalton and David. She also leaves many aunts, uncles, cousins and Facebook friends.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Darlene.

“Lovingly called Cookie, she will be missed but never gone from our hearts. Heaven has received a new angel, fly Cookie and soar with your new wings!”

Friends are invited and may call Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22 in Copake.

A Service of Remembrance will follow at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Mary Langley of the Hillsdale United Methodist Church officiating.

Interment will be in the West Taghkanic Cemetery.

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Robert G. Kern (1924 – 2015)

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Robert “Red” G. Kern of Austerlitz passed away at Timberlyn Heights Nursing Home, October 4, 2015, at the age of 91.

He was born April 20, 1924 at the family farm in Austerlitz, where he grew up.

He graduated Chatham High School in 1942. He joined the U.S. Army in 1944 and served during World War II in France and Italy. He was discharged in 1947 and continued to serve in the Army Reserve until 1951.

Mr. Kern married Charity Bevens March 10, 1949 and they stayed happily married for 66 years until his death.

He worked for the Town of Austerlitz Highway Department many years before going to work for the State of New York Highway Department from where he retired as an equipment operator in 1990.

He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, a life member of VFW Post 5933 in Ghent and was a member of the Austerlitz Volunteer Fire Company. He enjoyed hunting, camping and spending time with his family.

Mr. Kern is survived by his wife, Charity; two sons, George of Topeka, KS, and James of Sheffield, MA; four grandchildren, Traci, Belinda, Cody and Jasmine and four great-grandchildren, Zachary, Rachel, Sarah and Jaydn.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather and mother, Cornelius and Gladys Rockenstyre.

There is no public service. It was his wish for a private graveside service with immediate family at a later date.

The family greatly appreciates all the prayers and support of family and friends through this difficult time.

Arrangements are with the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham.

Rufus Pritchett, Jr. (1922 – 2015)

HUDSON—Rufus H. Pritchett, Jr., 93, of East Chatham passed away October 6, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born February 20, 1922 to Rufus H. and Myrtle (Terrell) Pritchett, he was a graduate of Albany High School.

He served in the United States Navy during World War II and was a carpenter with the Albany Local for 25 years before retirement.

Mr. Pritchett loved hunting, fishing and camping in the Adirondacks.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 53 years, Wanda (Jevens) Pritchett; son, Keith Pritchett; daughter, Holly Eger; five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

He was predeceased by his son, Byron Pritchett. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were with the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home, 11 Elm Street, Nassau. Online condolences may be offered at

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