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Barbara A. vonderOsten (1934 – 2014)

ALBANY—Barbara A. vonderOsten, 80, of Germantown died Thursday, August 28 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born March 22, 1934 in Mount Vernon, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Carrie (Grunthal) King.

Mrs. vonderOsten was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who enjoyed gardening, needlepoint and reading.

She worked for many years as a legal secretary for the Columbia County Attorney’s Office.

Surviving are: her husband, who she married in 1982, Richard A. vonderOsten; two sons, Michael Schwartz of South Cairo and Brian Schwartz of New Mexico; one daughter, SueAnne Schwartz of Leeds; two brothers, Donald King of Yorktown Heights and William King of Port Chester; two grandchildren, Kira Pelton and Sean Daily, both of South Cairo.

She was predeceased by a son, Floyd Moore, III, and a sister, Carol Larabee.

Calling hours will be held Monday, September 1, 2014, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Services will be held Tuesday, September 2, 11 a.m. at the funeral home with burial following in the Viewmont Rural Cemetery.

Memorial donations are requested to the American Heart Association, 440 New Kerner Road, Albany 12205 or The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th Street 8th floor, New York, NY 10022

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George W. Grater (1919 – 2014)

PHILMONT—George W. Grater died peacefully Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the Pine Haven Home.

He was born August 28, 1919 in Hudson to the late Nellie (Peles) and Gustave Grater.

He was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor (Terwilliger) Grater; his twin sister, Helen (Charles) Brady; his sister, Nellie (John) Gaschel; two brothers, Otto (Lucy Battistello) and John Grater. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.

A lifelong parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Hudson, Mr. Grater was a World War II veteran who served in northern Africa and France. He was an artist who enjoyed painting, wood carving and was an avid fly fisherman.

There will be no calling hours. A Memorial Mass will be offered Thursday, September 4, 2014, 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made Columbia/Greene Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

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Robert B. Rider (1925 – 2014)

HUDSON—Robert B. Rider, 89, of Germantown died August 27, 2014 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born April 20, 1925 in Hudson, he was the son of Esther (Eberlein) Rider and Weston M. Rider.

He was a fruit farmer nearly all of his life. He graduated from Cornell University in 1950 after three years in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Rider fought in the Battle of Saipan during World War II. He was a member of the VFW; served as president of the Germantown Central School District Board of Education and was on the Home Savings Bank Council.

He was also president of the Church Council for the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Viewmont. At Cornell University, he was a starting infielder for the varsity baseball team, and was drafter for the New York Giants baseball team. He was known as “Rapid Robert” and the “Fruittown star.”

One day in 1951, Farmer Rider fell in love with the local home economics teacher, Elizabeth Anne Rider, and gave her a basket of apples. This resulted in a blessed 61 years of marriage; three children, David and his wife Kathy, Richard and his wife Renee and Martha Sue; seven grandchildren, Kathleen, Colleen, David, Jr., Elizabeth, Richard, Jr., Erin and Jeannine; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were held Saturday, August 30 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Viewmont. Interment will full military honors followed in the Reformed Church Cemetery in Germantown.

Memorial donations are requested to the Christ Lutheran Church or a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements were with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Marie K. Snyder (1928 – 2014)

CATSKILL—Marie K. Snyder, 85, of Livingston died Wednesday August 27, 2014 at The Pines at Catskill Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Born September 18, 1928 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Spencer and Theresa (Rooze) Ham.

Prior to her retirement, Ms. Snyder was a medical records clerk for the office of Dr. Heintz Salm in Hudson for many years. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Parish Church of the Resurrection of Germantown and the Taghkanic Senior Citizens.

Ms. Snyder hosted “Mary’s Helpers” an organization of Holy Trinity Parish that makes rosaries for those in the military and others. From March of 1996 to June of 2012, she and her helpers had made 28,882 rosaries to give away.

Survivors include: her two sons, Thomas of Livingston and David (Rosemary) of Germantown; one sister, Gloria “Micki” Decker of Greenport; a granddaughter, Linda Snyder; nieces, Judy Griffin and Patti Connolly; nephews, Aaron and Ethan Snyder.

Services were held Sunday, August 31 from the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown and later at the Church of the Resurrection, where a Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated by Fr. Winston Bath.

Burial followed in the West Taghkanic Cemetery.

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Marta Bassoi Nolan (1921 – 2014)

GHENT—Marta Bassoi Nolan of Plattsburgh died peacefully August 22, 2014, with her family at her side in Whittier Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center.

Born on August 1, 1921, in San Cassiano di Controni, Italy, she was the daughter of the late Angelo and Concetta Bassoi.

As a child, she came to New York City, where her father had a plaster casting business. She studied fashion design and marketing in high school in New York City. She held myriad jobs during the Great Depression and World War II years, including at the Empire State Building, as a dispatcher at the Greyhound Bus Company, and at Chock Full O’ Nuts, the popular luncheonette. There the beautiful young waitress met the handsome young dishwasher who became the love of her life, James R. Nolan.

During World War II, they wrote every day while Mr. Nolan served his country in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theatre.

They wed February 3, 1946, and started their married life in Connecticut and then the Inwood area of New York City. The couple raised their three daughters first in New York City, then Peekskill, Ithaca, Yellow Springs, Ohio and finally Plattsburgh.

In Ithaca, Mrs. Nolan worked as a hostess at the elegant old Ithaca Hotel, where international dignitaries stayed while visiting Cornell. In Yellow Springs, Ohio, she worked in the public library, where her love of knowledge, literature and people served her well.

In 1967, the Nolans finally settled in the North Country of New York State, as Mr. Nolan continued his career as a scientific researcher and professor at SUNY Plattsburgh. Mrs. Nolan enjoyed being part of the college and community where should would live for 44 years. In Plattsburgh, she worked as a Welcome Wagon Hostess, at Rulf’s Orchards, and at U.S. Immigration and Border Services as a translator. Her library experience took her to Clinton County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, where she enjoyed her career there as a library clerk until she retired. She was active in the League of Women Voters and the Italian-American Club. She was also a lifelong lover of opera, having attended many performances of the Metropolitan Opera in her youth.

She loved living in a college town, enjoying the cultural events and being around the youthful energy of the students. After her retirement, she volunteered in the costume department of the SUNY Plattsburgh theater department for many years. The staff kept trying to hire her full-time, but she didn’t want to be tied down in her busy retirement, during which time she also volunteered as a docent at the Rockwell Kent Museum at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Mrs. Nolan made friends wherever she went; she attracted people with her natural generosity and warmth, as well as her candid and forthright style of communication. She opened her heart and home to all, and there really were no strangers in her life. She greeted all her daughters’ and grandchildren’s friends with a big hug and her famous lasagna or spaghetti and meatballs. The Nolans would often have his students over for barbeques, parties, or just coffee and company. She would invite international students who were lonely or far from their home country for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner during college breaks. She was free-spirited and one-of-a-kind and will be sorely missed, but leaves a legacy of her expansive, engaging personality, warm-heartedness and humor to everyone her life touched.

She is survived by: her three daughters, Patricia Nolan, Liesa Betsy (Paul) Pedersen and Teresa (Kurt) Barensfeld; her three grandchildren, Tyrone James Coughlin, Marta Lenore Barensfeld and Owen Paul Barensfeld; sister-in-law, Kathleen Nolan Dunn; cousin, Jean Berechid; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, James R. Nolan and her sister, Liliana Bassoi Romero.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 4, 1 p.m. at the Blessed John XXIII Newman Center, Plattsburgh, with a reception at her daughter’s home in Plattsburgh immediately following.

Interment is Friday, September 5, 2:30 p.m. at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, where she will join her beloved “Jimmy.”

Donations in her memory, may be made to The Community Hospice Foundation, 295 Valley View Boulevard, Rensselaer 12144, .

Arrangements have been entrusted to the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham. To convey a condolence visit

Jovanina Louise Poucher (1941 – 2014)

GREENPORT—Jovanina “Nina” Louise Poucher, 73, of Greenport passed away Saturday, August 23, 2014 at her residence.

Born June 12, 1941 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Evelyn (Johnson) Ringer.

She worked in retail for more than 30 years. She was employed as a cashier at Big Lots in Greenport before retiring, and also worked for Jamesway, Ames and New York State Tax and Finance. She was a member of the West Ghent Reformed Church.

Ms. Poucher was the beloved mother of Melissa (Douglas) Torborg of Greenport, Glenn Poucher of East Schodack and Bert (Stephanie) Poucher of West Ghent; devoted grandmother of Sean Walker of Maine, Seth Walker of Hudson, Bert Phillip Poucher of Schodack, Devin Poucher of Copake, Lukas Poucher of West Ghent and Crystal Poucher of East Schodack; loving sister of Lauren Ringer of Washington and Maynard Ringer of Florida, and step-sister of Carolyn Slausen of Catskill. Also surviving are three great-grandchildren, Cheyenne Poucher, Landon Poucher and Joshua Knapp; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, Caroline Webster and Idella Picariello, and two brothers, Carl and George Ringer.

A memorial service will be conducted Thursday, September 4, 2014, 11 a.m. at the West Ghent Reformed Church.

Burial will follow in the West Ghent Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Ghent Reformed Church, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit to leave condolences for the family.

Barbara Ann Lauster (1943 – 2014)

HUDSON—Barbara Ann Lauster, 70, a resident of Whittier Assisted Living Center in Ghent, formerly of Chatham, died Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born September 8, 1943 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Evangeline (Wheeler) Falkner. Mrs. Lauster was a nurse’s aide for many years before starting her factory job.

She is survived by: four sons, Daniel Lauster of Cairo, Steven Lauster (Sue) of Valatie, Shawn Lauster and Jody Lauster (Mary), both of North Chatham; siblings of the Falkner/Cramer families; seven grandchildren, Daniel Boughton, Kyle Lauster, Harley Kilmer, Samantha Kilmer, Toby, Alysha and Carly Lauster; two great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Bost and Destiny Boughton; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Sandra Lauster; her companion, Richard Drowne and many siblings.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 2, noon at the Raymond E Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, with the Reverend Darienne Gagne officiating. Burial will follow in the North Chatham Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the funeral.

Blanka Glickman (1923 – 2014)

HUDSON—Blanka Glickman of Wortman Square in Greenport, died Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born in Warsaw, Poland, March 7, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Mendel Kahan and Bella (Shyshico) Kahan Goody.

Her husband, Morton J. Glickman, predeceased her.

She resided in Bialystok, Poland, before she immigrated to England in 1936. She came to the United States in 1946. She attended Gymnasium Druskina in Bialystok, Highbury High School in London, England, and the University of London, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine for Women.

Mrs. Glickman was a lifelong member of Congregation Anshe Emeth and served on the Board of Trustees and building committee for the new synagogue. She was a member of Sisterhood Congregation Anshe Emeth and served as president for a number of terms. She chaired a number of successful fundraisers for the Temple and Sisterhood. In 1971, she was honored by the Congregation for her contributions. She was a life-member of Hadassah, a life-member of Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, a member of the Columbia Golf and Country Club, and a Charter Member of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.

Mrs. Glickman is survived by: two sons, Brian Glickman of Kings Park and Mark Glickman of Winters, California; her daughter-in-law, Sheryl Glickman of Kings Park; two grandchildren, Aaron Glickman of Alston, MA, and Rachel Glickman Pront, and her husband, Jason, of New York City; her great-granddaughter, Shiralee Pront of New York City; several nieces and nephews

A graveside service was held Friday, August 29 at Cedar Park Cemetery.

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

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Norine E. Allen (1936 – 2014)

ALBANY—Norine E. Allen, 77, of Greenport, passed away Friday, August 29, 2014 at St. Peter’s Hospital surrounded by her family.

Born December 23, 1936 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Nora (Staats) Clow.

Mrs. Allen was a nurse practitioner at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. She was a graduate of Albany Law School and had a master’s degree in psychology. She was a former hairdresser and owned several salons in Columbia County.

Mrs. Allen taught nursing at Columbia Greene Community College and the Capital District Schools, was the Director of Nursing at Albany County Nursing Home and St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham, and was a nursing administrator at Columbia Memorial Hospital. She had her pilot’s license, was a member of the Hudson Elks 787, and very devoted to her family, especially her grandchildren.

Mrs. Allen is survived by: four children, Robert Allen of Kansas, Sean Allen of Greenport, Kenneth Marc Allen of Greenport and Colleen Jeffreys of Hudson. She is the beloved grandmother of K.C., Jacob, Shelby, Sean, Ashley, Elizabeth, Jordan, Isaiah and Tyler, and devoted great-grandmother of Airyanna. Also surviving are: her sisters, Rozalind Izzo of Claverack and Kyle Clanton of Maryland; her mother-in-law, Edna Allen of Colorado; many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth R. Allen; her son, Timothy Allen and her brother, Lawrence “Bubby” Clow.

Visiting hours are Wednesday, September 3, noon to 2 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

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Robert Albert Pruss (1942 – 2014)

ANCRAM—Robert Albert Pruss, Sr., 72, of Ancram passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Manhattan on March 14, 1942, he was the son of the late Waldemar and Louise (Gieseke) Pruss.

Mr. Pruss was employed as a heavy equipment operator for the New York State Parks in the Taconic Region. He loved nature and was an avid gardener, hunter and fisherman. On the outside he presented a hard shell, but had a heart of gold on the inside. He loved helping others and was always there doing the right thing. His greatest love was for his family, children and friends.

Surviving are: his beloved wife, Deborah “Debbie” (LaManno) Pruss of Ancram; his devoted children, Robert A. (Wendy) Pruss, Jr., of Poughkeepsie and Susanne (Louis) Rossero of Virginia Beach, VA; five grandchildren, Amanda and Stephanie Pruss, Michael, Steven and Joseph Rossero; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Waldemar Pruss, Jr.

Visiting hours are Tuesday, September 2, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Services will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the Taghkanic Volunteer Fire Department, the Eddy Visiting Nurses Buffaline Fund, 433 River Street, Troy 12180, or Columbia Greene Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

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