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OBITUARIES: Torchia-Brabender, Williams, Hetzer, Stall, Hogencamp, Moran, Halloran, Stupplebeen, Fahs, Clements


Phyllis Torchia-Brabender (1950 – 2017)

HUDSON—Phyllis Torchia-Brabender, a lifelong resident of Hudson, died Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at her home.

Born in Hudson February 20, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Martha (Gardinier) Torchia.

Ms. Torchia-Brabender was an active member of the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Hudson where she taught bible study; was a member and treasurer of the Columbia County Sons and Daughters of Italy #659; was a member and treasurer of the Zonta Club of Columbia-Greene; was a 1991 recipient of the Democratic Committee Thomas Jefferson award and the 1992 recipient of the Young Women of America Award.

She will be greatly missed by: her son, Todd and his wife Phyllis Brabender; grandsons, Thomas and Ryan Brabender of New Castle, DE; her brother-in-law, William Fisher, Sr., of Hudson; nephews, Thomas and (Maria) Fisher, William, Jr., and (Diane) Fisher; nieces, Joan Fisher and Lynn Fisher; great nieces, Caterina and (Mark) Pullen, Julianna Fisher; great nephew, Antonio Fisher and several cousins.

In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her dear sister, MaryJane Fisher as well as an infant sister, Janet Torchia.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, August 29 at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport, with Deacon Rick Washburn officiating. Burial of ashes followed in the family plot at Cedar Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are requested o: Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, 801 Roeder Road Suite 750, Silver Springs, MD 20910

Bruce J. Williams (1939 – 2017)

LIVINGSTON—Bruce John Williams of Chatham passed away August 5, 2017 at the Livingston Hills Nursing Home.

He was the son of David T. Williams and Jennie M. Schilling of Chatham.

He was born August 28, 1939 in Chatham.

He graduated from Chatham Union Free School.

Mr. Williams is survived by: three sisters, Dorothy W Flood, Esther M. Baker, both of Chatham and Joyce Sirani of FL. He was predeceased by sister, Janet W Bryant of CA.

He was a Marine veteran and very proud of it. He was a very patriotic person who loved animals, especially cats. Before retiring he was employed as a truck and bus driver and security guard. He will be missed by many.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are with the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham.

Frieda Hetzer (1924 – 2017)

RHINEBECK—Frieda Hetzer, 93, a longtime resident of Clinton Corners, passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the Thompson House.

Born May 9, 1924 in Germany, she was the daughter of the late Bernhard and Marie (Haug) Eissler.

She married Otto Hetzer and he predeceased her in September 1979.

Mrs. Hetzer was a homemaker and loved to garden and cook.

Along with many family and friends, she is survived by: a daughter, Linda Hetzer of Kingston; her granddaughter, Alecia (Thomas) Brophy of Germantown; her great-grandchildren, Ryan and Evan Brophy of Germantown, and Edward and Emily Schukal of FL; a sister, Maria Prezel of Germany; and her son-in-law, Robert Schmidt of Clinton Corners.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Hetzer was predeceased by her daughter, Marion Schmidt; a grandson, Edward J. Schukal, II, and several siblings in Germany.

The family thanks everyone at the Thompson House for their care and support.

Funeral services will be private and interment will be in Rhinebeck Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook.

To sign the online guest book visit www.Burnett-White.com

David A. Stall (1953 – 2017)

ALBANY—David A. Stall, 63, of Pittsfield, MA, formerly of New Lebanon, died peacefully Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Community Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital with his family by his side.

Born in Pittsfield, MA, October 12, 1953, he was the beloved son of Phineas and Dorothy Kraft Stall of New Lebanon.

Raised and educated in New Lebanon, he was a graduate of New Lebanon High School.

He was a mechanic all his life and was employed at the Center Street Sunoco in Pittsfield for more than 30 years before retiring 5 years ago.

Mr. Stall enjoyed drag racing at Lebanon Valley Speedway, classic cars, NASCAR, drawing and art, bowling and baseball. He is survived by his parents and was the loving brother of Bruce Stall (Adrienne Reddy) of Pittsfield, MA, Marcia (Ihor) Sowycz of Stephentown, Richard (Kim) Stall of Canaan and Philip (Lynn) Stall of Niverville; proud uncle of Christopher, Nicholas, Darcy, Matthew, Jennifer, Jessica, Richard, Jr., Marissa, Caitlyn, Joshua, Justin and the late Kyle Sowycz; and great uncle of Jackson (Little Dude).

The funeral service will be Wednesday, August 30, 1 p.m. at the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 State Route 43, Stephentown. Interment will follow in Garfield Cemetery, Stephentown.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Community Hospice Gift Processing Ctr., 310 South Manning Boulevard, Albany 12208 or to Garfield Cemetery, 464 Presbyterian Hill Road, Stephentown 12168 or to 2 Paws Up, P.O. Box 37790, Raleigh, NC 27627.

Sign the condolence book at ParkerBrosMemorial.com.

Jean F. Hogencamp (1926 – 2017)

SCHENECTADY—Jean Frances Hogencamp died August 22, 2017 at Ellis Hospital after a short illness.

She was born December 30, 1926 in Norwich, CT, to Frank and Dorothy Crone.

She is survived by: her sister, Suzanne Conlon of CA; daughters, Angie Hogencamp, Mary Hogencamp (Jeffrey Chamberlain); her sons, William (Emilia), Eric and James (Catherine); four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Hogencamp was predeceased by her husband, William Hogencamp in 2009.

Mrs. Hogencamp lived a full life. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in chemistry. Her first calling was as a wife and mother who found time to help her children in all that they did. Her second calling included work in the laboratories of various hospitals and drug companies. She was director of the laboratory at Columbia Memorial Hospital for many years.

Her third calling was as a volunteer. While working full-time, she volunteered to provide medical care to migrant workers in the 1960s and 1970s. She also found time to assist at area Red Cross blood drives. After she retired, Mrs. Hogencamp could be found helping drive people to medical appointments with the RSVP program, delivering food for Meals on Wheels and completing taxes with the AARP program in Florida and in Valatie. When she wasn’t volunteering, Mrs. Hogencamp enjoyed her grandchildren, traveling with the Ghent-Chatham Seniors, quilting and playing cards with her friends at Tri-Village Seniors. She was a caring and generous person who touched the hearts of those she met and she will be missed.

At her request, a Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at St. James Church in Chatham, Tuesday, August 29, 2017.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to any charity helping the people of Columbia County. Arrangements were with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Condolences may be conveyed at frenchblasl.com.

William J. Moran, Jr. (1940 – 2017)

KINDERHOOK—William Joseph Moran, Jr., 76, of Kinderhook died Friday, August 25, 2017 at his home.

Born December 25, 1940 in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late William Joseph and Grace Ellen (Saunders) Moran, Sr. Known by his friends and family as “Billy,” he graduated from Bethpage High School on Long Island and then enlisted in the Navy. For six years, which included Navy Reserves, Mr. Moran served as a fighter/bomber mechanic on the USS Independence during the Cuban Blockade and as the personal airplane mechanic for the Under Secretary of the Navy.

After marrying Linda in 1971, the new Moran family settled in Linda’s hometown of Kinderhook, where they raised their son Scott. Mr. Moran’s hobbies included fixing friends’ vehicles, making daily visits to the local OTB, stopping by Winding Brook Country Club with their cocker spaniel, Casey, and everything golf.

He is survived by: his wife, Linda (VanAlstyne) Moran; his son, Scott Andrew Moran (Rebekah) of Knoxville, TN; two sisters, Patricia Magnan of Kings Park and Kathleen Moran of Sayville; several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 30, 10 a.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Burial will be in Saratoga National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a humane society of one’s choice.

John C. Halloran (1929 – 2017)

HUDSON—John C. Halloran, a lifelong resident of Hudson, passed away peacefully August 24, 2017, at the Firemen’s Home, with family by his side.

Born September 29, 1929, he was the son of the late John and Florence (Carles) Halloran of Hudson, and older brother to the late Lillian Gallo, and the living Joyce Barboza of Hudson.

Known to his friends as Jack or Jake, he graduated from Hudson High School in 1947 and then served in the U.S. Air Force as both an active and an inactive member from 1948 until 1955, beginning his lifelong passion for airplanes and automobiles. He also began his service with the Hudson City Police Department during this time, and proudly served his community as he rose through the ranks from patrolman to sergeant, and eventually to respected police chief, over a 35-year span from 1952 to 1987.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 56 years, Helen (Quigley) Halloran; his daughter, Nancy Ann and his grandson, Phillip Ceja.

He is survived by: his son, Daniel Halloran and wife Betsy (Genzmer) of West Haven, CT; his daughter, Dawn Ceja and her husband Zenaido of Port Chester; his daughter, Pamela Torchia and her husband Joseph of Hudson; his daughter, Theresa “Terri Jo” Halloran of Hudson.

He was the beloved grandfather of Stacey Torchia, Kelly (Torchia) and her husband Michael Maresco, all of Hudson, Patrick Halloran of West Haven, CT, and John Zapata of Port Chester. In his final years he was also the proud great-grandfather of Grant, Helena and Caroline Maresco, who enjoyed visiting him at his residence in the Firemen’s Home, known to them simply as “Poppy’s Mansion.” In addition, he is survived by several nieces and nephews.

During his more active years, he was a lover of golf, travel, and photography, regularly vacationing with his family in Cape Cod, and other places, all the while taking pictures of the sights; and, more importantly, his greatest love of all, his family. He was also a former Boy Scout troop leader of Troop 102, and former member of the Knights of Columbus, the Hudson Elks Lodge, the Hudson Moose Club, the Hudson Power Boat Association, the Hudson Fish and Game Club, the Federation of Polish Sportsmen, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the J. W. Edmonds Hose Fire Company. In accordance with his professional duties as City of Hudson police chief, he was also a member of the New York State Chiefs of Police Inc., the Northeastern Chiefs of Police, the Police Conference of New York, the Columbia County Police Association, the Retired Police Association and the Grump Club. He was a serious and devoted member of his community, but his devoted role as the head of the Halloran family, along with his gift of Irish wit and wisdom, are what he will be remembered for most by those who knew him best.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, August 30, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Memorial services will be held at the funeral home August 31 starting at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Catholic Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Hudson at 11 a.m. A Christian burial at the family plot at Cedar Park Cemetery will follow, where he will be laid to eternal rest next to his beloved wife and daughter.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research: Donation Processing/ The Michael J. Fox Foundation/ P.O. Box 5014/ Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014, or, in honor of his beloved wife and daughter, the Leukemia Research Foundation: www.allbloodcancers.org/donate.

Mary A. Stupplebeen (1930 – 2017)

HUDSON—Mary A. Stupplebeen, 86, of Hudson died Thursday August 24, at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born October 5, 1930 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Luigi and Maria (Scambato) Porreca.

Mrs. Stupplebeen was a communicant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Hudson. She worked briefly at the Hudson Knitting Mills, but prided herself on being a homemaker. She was a member of the Sons and Daughters of Italy #659. She loved to travel and socialize, Saturday night card games, and especially enjoyed entertaining family and friends during the holidays.

Mrs. Stupplebeen is survived by: her husband, George E. Stupplebeen; many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Nicholas, Anthony and Louis Porreca, Columbia Blanchard, Caroline Barto and Lucy Pawluk; niece, Susan Porreca; nephew, James Porreca; great nephew, Harold Blanchard and great niece, Katie Kusewich.

Funeral services from the Bates & Anderson Redmond-Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson were held Tuesday August 29. Interment was in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Betty M. Fahs (1924 -2017)

HUDSON—Betty M. Fahs, 92, of Hudson died peacefully with her daughters by her side Saturday, August 26.

Born December 6, 1924 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Daniel and Eva (Jensen) Hilton.

Mrs. Fahs lived a long life filled with family and friends. At 18, she married the love of her life, George “Red” Fahs, who predeceased her in 1988. Over the years she worked at various garment factories. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and loved everyone. For the last five years Mrs. Fahs enjoyed her life at Whittier Skilled Nursing Center, where she made great friends with the residents and staff. She will be sadly missed by everyone, including her best buddy, Edna.

Left to cherish her memory are: two daughters, Janet (Mark) Briscoe and Donna (Wendle) Heath; grandchildren, David and George Heath, Carrie Richard and Kelly Briscoe; great-grandchildren, Amber, Lorelei, Audrey, Nicodemus and Isaiah Heath and Jackson Richard; a brother, James Hilton; several nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to her husband George, she was predeceased by siblings, Paul, Donald, Gerald and Robert Hilton, Esther Lynch, Eleanor Lester, Joan Palmer and Virginia Edgley.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday August 30, 11 a.m. from St. John’s Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Hudson. Visitation at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond-Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson is prior to the funeral from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Fahs’ name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. John’s Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

Carol A. Clements (1938 – 2017)

TROY—Carol A. Clements, 79, of Niverville passed away at Samaritan Hospital, August 26, 2017.

Born in Boston, MA, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Alice Sykes.

Mrs. Clements was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved spending time with family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Henry Clements.

She is survived by: her sons, Richard H. (Erin) Clements and Stephen W. (Catherine) Clements; daughters, Rosemarie (Robert) Balfoort, Cathleen (William) Lynch and Linda (David) Schwartz; brother, Daniel Sykes; 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. A funeral service takes place from the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home, 11 Elm Street, Nassau, Wednesday, August 30 at noon. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Nassau. Online condolences may be offered at Mooneyfuneralhome.com

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