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OBITUARIES: Worden, Blank, Cartwright


Carol M. Worden (1958 – 2017)

LEE, MA—Carol Marie (Quirino) Worden of Lee, MA, passed away August 29, 2017, after a courageous, long battle with cancer.

She was born in Hudson June 15, 1958, the daughter of the late Thomas Quirino and Angeline Terracciano Quirino.

She is survived by: her husband, Norman Worden; sisters, Rita Quirino and Barbara Hoy (David); brothers, Thomas Quirino (Phyllis) and David Quirino; nieces, Julie Hoy, Katie Dooley (Corey) and Tara Kenhart (Nick); aunts, Flora Terracciano and Lillian Lombardo; nephew, Dan Quirino (Angela); stepdaughters, Amy McDonald (Matthew) and Sandy Worden (Thomas Schell); grandchildren, Cameron, Blake and Natalie; brother-in-law, Harold C. Worden (Gail); numerous cousins, nieces, grand nieces and grand nephews; and her beloved cats, Maggie May and Ozzey who miss her already.

Mrs. Worden loved sports, played softball for years. The New York Yankees were her team and there was no team better. She loved sailing, ice cream and spending time with friends and family.

She was a Chatham Central High School graduate.

Family will receive friends Tuesday, September 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, where services will be held Wednesday, September 6 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at St. James Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Worden’s name to the Berkshire Humane Society. For directions or to convey an online condolence visit

Walter Blank (1935 – 2017)

HUDSON—Walter Blank, 81, of Ghent died Monday, August 28, a day before his 82nd birthday at Columbia Memorial Hospital with his wife Jane at his side.

He is survived by: his wife; his daughter, Leslie Blank of Brighton, UT; his son, Larry, daughter-in-law, Susan and grandson, Dylan of Delmar and his son, Brian, daughter-in-law, Aili and granddaughter, Harper of Sommersworth, NH.

Mr. Blank lived an adventurous life with many and various interests. He was born in New Your City and grew up in Poughkeepsie. He attended Poughkeepsie schools, Oak Wood School and graduated from the University of Vermont.

He lived in Poughkeepsie with his family for 14 years and then moved to the old farm in Ghent, which he loved for the next 42 years.

He grew up spending summers with his parents and sister in a cabin in the Adirondacks at Garnet Lake and grew to love the

Adirondacks. Later, he spent weekends and vacations there in the same cabin with his wife and children and Garnet Lake became a gathering place for extended family

As a young man he was an inactive reservist with the National Guard, but was called to active duty during the Berlin crisis and served at an Air Force base in France. He had opportunities to travel in Europe and one of his favorite stories was about skiing with an Air Force ski team and participating in a race in Spain against the Spanish ski team.

Mr. Blank became an enthusiastic white water kayaker and enjoyed trips and racing on many different rivers in the north east with friends and the local canoe club and camping along side of the rivers with his family.

After moving to Ghent he indulged in a latent interest in horses and owned several quarter horses which he and his sons showed in New York and New England. He led a 4H horse club and the NYS Quarter Horse youth team which he took to a national competition in Ohio.

He spent many winter weekends with his family skiing at Gore Mountain and he passed his passion for skiing on to his children. It was a sport he enjoyed throughout his lifetime (especially skiing in Utah with his daughter and watching his son ski race.)

He always enjoyed fishing, hiking and camping in the Adirondacks with family and friends and began leading trips for other groups including the Sierra Club in the high peaks area. He often said one of his regrets was that he only climbed 40 of the Adirondack high peaks and did not complete all 46. He later expanded his trips to include cross-country skiing, and developed a small business leading wilderness tours into the area. After giving up the ski tours he became a ski instructor at Jiminy Peak and was proud to have taught there for 20 years. At the same time he expanded a long time hobby of making maple syrup from the many maple trees on his farm property into a small business producing and selling syrup both wholesale and at local fairs.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, September 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Condolences may be conveyed at

George R. Cartwright (1930 – 2017)

CHATHAM—George Richard “Dick” Cartwright passed away at home Tuesday, August 28, 2017 in Chatham at the age of 87.

He is survived by: his wife of 66 years, Marjorie Weaver Cartwright of Chatham; his siblings, Donald Cartwright and his wife, Lu of New Jersey; Judy Cartwright Souder and her husband, Jim of Virginia; his daughter, Deborah Cartwright Saxe and her husband, Jon Saxe; son, Russell and his wife, Julia; and grandsons, Hunter Cartwright of Bozeman, MT, and Marshall Cartwright of Arlington, VA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Eva Sweet Cartwright of Rutherford, New Jersey.

As a young boy, he excelled at school and received numerous honors as a champion in the spelling bee and as valedictorian of his high school in Rutherford, NJ. As a member of the school’s winning debate team he was seated next to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at a celebratory dinner and often recounted their conversation.

Mr. Cartwright attended Syracuse University where he was a regular guest on the college radio show hosted by radio personality David Senate. He was a proud member of the Lambda Chi fraternity and graduated with a degree in business administration and marketing. At Syracuse, he met and married Marjorie V. Weaver, his college sweetheart. Upon graduation in 1951, he enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Germany where his wife soon joined him to live near Munich.

The Cartwrights returned to Syracuse where their two children were born. Soon after, the family relocated to Columbia County where he joined Columbia Box Board Corporation as vice president of marketing. He and his family have resided in Chatham for the past five decades.

Mr. Cartwright was also a deeply introspective thinker with philosophical and religious roots in the Episcopal Church and Zen Buddhism. He was an occasional contributor to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Chatham Courier column, Man in the Black Hat, authored by the paper’s editor and his longtime friend, Albert Callan.

Mr. Cartwright was passionate about cooking and music, and played many instruments, including the banjo, harmonica and guitar. He especially enjoyed playing folk and bluegrass music, making numerous recordings with local friends from the

1960s to the present with many of the local personalities and literati who visited or then made Chatham their home. He played with the Clancy Brothers and Pete Seeger on memorable occasions.

As an avid trap and skeet shooter, “Dead Eye Dick,” as he was affectionately known, was active in Hendrick Hudson Rod and Gun Club and the Old Chatham Hunt Club where he was a perennial winner of the annual turkey shoot.

A viewing is planned for Saturday, September 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. at French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

An 11:30 a.m. service will follow at Saint Paul’s Church, 6 Sylvester Street in Kinderhook, and burial at Old Chatham Union Cemetery on Shaker Museum Road.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Tri-Village Fire Department, 111 County Route 13, Old Chatham 12136 or Chatham Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 587, Ghent 12075. Thanks to these caring volunteers who give much in service to the community.

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