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OBITUARIES: Dolinsky, Holleuffer, Weaver, Yeats, Pollack, Lasher, Harrison, Poppey, McGrath, Ingham



Paul L. Dolinsky (1946 – 2023)

SPENCERTOWN—Paul Louis Dolinsky died May 31, 2023 at the age of 77. He was born November 20, 1946.

He is survived by his sister, Toby Finz and his brother-in-law, Jack Finz; his niece, Stephanie Finz; nephew, Brian Finz, his wife Carrie and great-nephew, Silas.

He was a philosophy major in college and earned his PhD in philosophy at SUNY Buffalo. He was a former philosophy instructor at the New School for Social Research, NYC and also a former substance abuse counselor at Bronx Lebanon Special Care Center. He has been retired for many years.

He was married twice, once when he was very young, and then to Elise Lindauer.

They lived in Hillsdale and ultimately settled down in Spencertown in 1999. They were happily married for 24 years and took loving care of their family of cats.

Mrs. Dolinsky died in 2017 and Mr. Dolinsky continued to live in their house.

He loved writing poetry, that was his passion as well as reading.

For many years he studied the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner and anthroposophy and regularly attended meetings with a group in Spencertown.

He was a kind and gentle man and will be greatly missed by all that knew him, especially by his sister, Toby and his “brother,” David. To send an online condolences visit

Harry Holleufer (1923 – 2023)

Harry Holleufer

SALISBURY, CT—Harry Holleufer, 99, passed away peacefully May 31, 2023 at Noble Horizons.

He was born July 11, 1923 in Germany, the son of Adolf and Marianne Holleufer. During World War II, he was a Germany Army signal operator. This helped pave the way for him to immigrate to the United States.

In the 1950s he began working for KLM airlines in New York in airline communications. He retired after 25 years and moved upstate with his former wife, Hildegard. They settled in Ancram, where Mr. Holleufer designed and built his own house. The house was featured in Main Street Magazine, in an article on do-it-yourself homebuilding.

He moved to Pine Plains and was a resident of Town Centre for 10 plus years. He was a member of the Young at Hearters, and enjoyed crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and even some gambling.

He is survived by: his son, Thomas Holleufer of Hudson; daughter, Doris Holleufer of London; his loyal friend, Michael Manning of Pine Plains and his neighbors, Brian and Candi.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his wife, Trodal Holleufer, and two daughters, Innes and Astrid.

Graveside services will be held at St. James Cemetery in Ghent.

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

Maureen A. Weaver (1945 – 2023)

Maureen Weaver

ALBANY—Maureen A. Weaver, 78, of Chatham passed away Saturday, June 10, 2023 at St. Peter’s Hospital. She was born April 9, 1945 in Great Barrington, MA, the daughter of the late Edwin and Mabel (Braig) Glynn.

A time for sharing memories and offering condolences will be Wednesday evening, 4 to 6, June 14, 2023 at Peck & Peck Funeral Homes, 8063 Route 22, Copake. A funeral service will be held Thursday June 15, 11 a.m. from the North Hillsdale United Methodist Church, County Route 21 Extension, North Hillsdale. Interment will follow in Hillsdale Cemetery.

Kathleen A. Yeats (1948 – 2023)

Kathi Yates

HUDSON—Kathleen Ann (Hoctor) Yeats, 74, passed away peacefully at home June 3, 2023 with her family by her side.

Born in Pittsfield, MA, in 1948, “Kathi” was the daughter of the late William Hoctor and Catherine Brown. The eldest of three children, she graduated from New Lebanon High School in 1966 and SUNY Cortland in 1970 with a degree in physical education. She received a master’s degree in education from Saint Rose in 1977.

A lifelong learner who loved school and helping others, she worked as a teacher and coach in the Hudson City School District for more than 30 years. She loved to say that she had two teaching careers: physical education and special education at John L. Edwards Elementary School and special education at Hudson High School. Her love and dedication to helping students was ever-present, encouraging them to do their best and celebrating their victories. Known as one of “the three Kathys” in the high school resource room, it was a common practice to take their honor roll students bowling and to restaurants to acknowledge their achievements. This love for her students was evident and is still a sentiment that can be heard in conversations with students who had her as a teacher.

Mrs. Yeats was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Ian Yeats. She is survived by: her daughter, Megan (Amy) Yeats of Hudson; brothers, Tim (Dale) Hoctor of New Lebanon and Richard Hoctor of Tucson, AZ; and best friend, Don Woods of Little River, SC.

She loved casinos, concerts, animals, sports and most of all, her family. Her daughter, Megan, will be left to cherish the memories of weekends at Mohegan Sun, Fantasy Football debates, trips to countless tennis tournaments and daily phone calls just to say hello.

A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, June 15, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society or Community Hospice.

David Pollack (1948 – 2023)

David Pollack

GERMANTOWN—David P. Pollack of Germantown passed away June 4, 2023. He was born April 12, 1948 in Hudson to the late Helen Haynor and John Pollack.

After graduating from Hudson High, he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving a tour of duty in Vietnam 1967 to 1968. He then served 22 years in the Army National Guard. He was a very humble man who kept his military achievements and honors private. He never wanted the recognition for his heroism.

He was employed as a NYS correctional officer retiring after 33 years in April 2010. He was a lifetime member of the Hudson Elks Lodge 787 and the Hudson Powerboat Association.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 52 years, Karen Delaney; and his greatest achievements, his daughters, Eileen Betts, Leah Rhoads and Emily Gingerich. He will be missed by his devoted sons-in-law, Don Betts, Eric Rhoads and Doug Gingerich. He will always be in the hearts of his grandsons, Gavin Betts, River Rhoads, Jordan and Rylan Gingerich. He will be missed by his devoted brother, John, and sister-in-law, Jo Ellen.

He made everyone feel special and was a true confidant to all who loved him, including, his mother-in-law, Mary Delaney; predeceased father-in-law and best friend, Robert Delaney Sr.; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Stephen and Susan Espiritu, Robert and Kathleen Conklin, Teresa Delaney, Christina Reick (Marc), and Robert Delaney, Jr. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 15 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Bates and Anderson – Redmond and Keeler Funeral Home with funeral prayers at 2 p.m. and inurnment in Cedar Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Joseph Dwyer Program, c/o Columbia County Veterans, 389 Fairview Avenue, Hudson 12534.

Cheryl Lasher (1950 – 2023)

ALBANY—Cheryl Lasher “Cherie” of Albany passed away unexpectedly June 5 at her home. She is now in the arms of her much loved parents. She is survived by: her sister, Mary Lew; her brother-in-law, Dennis Fink; her nephew, Jared, his wife, Lindsey, and their son, Jackson.

She was predeceased by her parents, Lewis and Ruth Lasher and her nephew, Jason. She is survived by: many aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as her beloved cat, Jasmine and her devoted friends, who meant the world to her.

She grew up in Germantown. She graduated from Germantown Central School, then attended Hood College, Union College. She later attended SUNY Albany, where she earned her master’s degree in business administration.

She had a diverse career from retail at Mayfair Furnishings; to her own design firm, Capitol Design Works; to her most recent work grant writing for immigrants services at RISSE. She was very devoted to her church and to her work.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or RISSE

Calling hours were held June 8 at the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home, Hudson.

Charles H. Harrison (1933 – 2023)

Charles Harrison

LIVINGSTON—Charles H. Harrison, 90, of Livingston, also a longtime Red Hook resident, passed away Saturday, June 10, 2023 at his home.

Born March 11, 1933 in Rhinebeck, he was the son of the late George and Katherine (Lawson) Harrison. He married Irene (nee: Coon) Hedin, June 25, 1988 at St. John’s Reformed Church in Upper Red Hook. She survives at home.

A graduate of Red Hook High School, he went on to serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

In addition to running his family farm in Red Hook, he also drove bus for many years for the Red Hook Central School District.

Active in his community, he was a longtime member of St. John’s Reformed Church in Upper Red Hook.

He was a decade’s-long member of Hendrick Hudson Lodge #875 Free & Accepted Masons based in Red Hook. He also was a member of the Cyprus Shrine and drove numerous families over the years to the Shriner’s Hospital for care. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, volunteered at the Northern Duchess Hospital Masonic Snack Cart, and was honored with the 2007 NY State-Mason of the Year.

He was a member of the Southern Tier Senior Citizens, and the Red Hook Boat Club. In addition to his loving wife of nearly 35 years, Irene Hedin-Harrison of Livingston, he is survived by: his sons, C. Geoffrey (Julie) Harrison of Red Hook, Greg D. (Cindy) Harrison of Chester, MA, and Ricky G. Harrison of Red Hook; his grandchildren, Taylor Harrison, Kalie Harrison, Sydni Harrison, Lisa Jones, and Joseph Osterhoudt; great-granddaughter, Citrus Triplett; along with extended family and friends.

His son, Donald Lee Harrison; grandchild, Derek Harrison; stepsons, John and David Hedin; sister, Katherine Messina, and twin brother, George Harrison all predeceased him.

Memorial services will be held Friday, June 16, 2023, 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Reformed Church, Upper Red Hook. Pastor Alisha Riepma will officiate. Inurnment with military honors will follow at St. John’s Reformed Church Cemetery, Red Hook.

Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Shriners Hospital, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104-2396.

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

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Barry S. Poppey (1948 – 2023)

Barry Poppey

NEW LEBANON—Barry Steven Poppey, 74, of New Lebanon passed away suddenly June 3, 2023. He was the youngest son of Cora (Wildermuth) Poppey and Michael Poppey and brother of Patricia (Poppey) Fisher and Michael Poppey, Jr.

He began his career in the early 1970s leasing the Sunoco Station on Red Mill Road in East Greenbush. He loved working on cars and was well-known for his mechanical and autobody skills.

He also loved to help his friends and family while he enjoyed his venture, and all throughout his life. After work one night at the Hideaway Tavern, he met his amazing wife and soulmate, Esther, whom he married and shortly thereafter, adopted their children, Steven and Darcey.

After relocating to New Lebanon, he joined Quetti Auto Body in Pittsfield and was the lead auto body tech for more than 20 years. When he decided it was time for a change, he found his real passion—driving truck. After getting his feet wet with Henry V. Rector Inc., he branched out on his own and for years was the lead truck at Callanan Industries. “Aside from his wife, his truck was his gal!”

While his wife was known for coming home with stray kids, Mr. Poppey was known for coming home with stray animals. He loved all of the kids that would come and stay the night, or the year, and he treated them as his own.

After his son’s unexpected passing in 1990, his passion was his granddaughter, Ashley, the apple of his eye. He was blessed with two more grandchildren, and he doted on them all.

He enjoyed drag racing his ‘67 Chevy at the LV Speedway, celebrating his victories with his son by his side. He had many friends and acquaintances, and his garage was a well-known “landmark” in NL.

He was a loving husband to Esther, who he adored; hardworking and protective dad to Steven and Darcey; “Grampa Bear” to Ashley (Trey) Watford, Samantha Bergdoll and Billy Bergdoll-Poppey, “Great-Grampa” to Ada, Jace and Justin Watford and Joey Spinner. He is also survived by his nephews, John (Tracy) Fisher, Mickey (Nancy) Poppey, Tommy (Elissa) Poppey, and his niece Mary (Tom) McClune with whom he shared very close bonds with over the years, and several nieces and nephews whom he loved very much. His family thanks the Fisher Family for their help and compassion; and to his late-in-life dear friend, Mark Feiden who blessed him with kindness and care during his final years.

Relatives and friends visited with his family June 9 followed by a brief service at the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home, 11 Elm Street, Nassau. Interment will be private at the convenience of his family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Lebanon Valley Protective Association.

William J. McGrath (1948 – 2023)

William McGrath

ALBANY—William J. McGrath, 74, of North Chatham passed away June 8, 2023 at Albany Medical Center.

Born in Yonkers, he was the son of the late William and Margaret (Forcelli) McGrath. “Bill” lived in Nassau and North Chatham most of his life, was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of the American Legion Post #47 in Valatie. He worked as a security guard with Brink’s Armored Transportation prior to his retirement. He served his community for many years as a life-member of the North Chatham and Nassau fire departments, member of the North Chatham Fire Police and as a former EMT with the Nassau Rescue Squad. He enjoyed his time as a starter at the Lebanon Valley Speedway and working on the ambulance there, as well.

He is survived by: his wife, Suzanne McGrath; son, William; his brothers, Patrick D. of Vero Beach, FL, Peter J. of Constable, Benjamin A. of Sebastian, FL, and Matthew R. of Vero Beach, FL; his stepson, Kenneth McDonaldson and stepdaughters, Susan Harris and Marcia Steinauer.

A funeral service was held June 12 at the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home, 11 Elm Street, Nassau. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Donations in Mr. McGrath’s memory may be made to the Nassau Hose Co. #1, P.O. Box 42, Nassau 12123 or to the North Chatham Fire Department, 653 County Route 32, North Chatham 12132. Online condolences can be sent at

Louise Ann Ingham ( 1947 – 2023)

LOWVILLE– Louise Ann “Lu” Ingham, 76, of West Road, formerly of Blue Stores, NY, passed away on Thursday June 8, 2023 at University Hospital, Syracuse.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, John H. Ingham III and Penny Ingham of Lowville; a nephew, John Patrick (Abigail) Ingham; great-nephew, Jack Ingham; niece, Emma Louise Ingham; step-nephew Michael Shaw; step-niece, Randi Shaw (Laurence Norman); step-great nephew, Renzo Norman. She is predeceased by her parents.

Louise was born on May 8, 1947 in Ossining, NY, a daughter of the late John Henry Ingham Jr. and Louise Quinn Ingham. She graduated from Germantown High School in 1965 and with honors from Albany Business College in 1966. Lu worked as a secretary in various departments for Columbia County, NY, retiring from the Public Works Department.

Lulu was truly dedicated to her family. Her daily caregiving and support was critical to the comfort and welfare of several family members throughout their lives.

Her love of animals easily went beyond “she wouldn’t hurt a fly.” It was catch and release for all critters that found their way into her home. Lu loved to feed the birds and delighted in attracting all different kinds. Feral cats and dogs had a special friend in Lulu and benefitted from her kindness.

Lu also enjoyed crafts, photography, and holiday decorating, particularly Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween.

She will be sadly missed by her family and beloved poodle Wendy.

A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in Livingston Cemetery, Livingston, NY. There will be no calling hours or funeral service. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made in her name to Lewis County Humane Society, P.O. Box 682, Lowville, NY 13367 or Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson, NY 12534. Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.

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