Obituaries: Putnam, Chase, Johnson, Stever

Florence Putnam, 96, clothing store buyer, volunteer

HUDSON—Florence E. Putnam of Hudson died Monday August 8, 2011 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. She was 96.

Born in Troy, August 2, 1915, she was the daughter of the late William and Martha Young.

Mrs. Putnam was a buyer for Marsh’s Department Store and worked for the Dorothy Little Dress Shop in Hudson and the Orchard Dress Shop in Greenport. Since 1953, she was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court #248 and a member of St. Mary’s Church in Hudson. For more than 20 years, she was a volunteer with Columbia Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary and worked at the information desk.

She is survived by her son, Richard E. and (Elizabeth) Putnam of Hudson; grandsons, Richard D. and William P. Putnam; great-grandsons, Matthew, Ryan and William Jr. Putnam, and one great-granddaughter, Zoey Putnam. She was predeceased by her husband Eugene A. Putnam, whom she married July 31, 1937.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered the morning of Thursday, August 11 at St. Mary’s Church, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson, with Father Winston Bath officiating. Burial in the family plot followed at the Troy Cemetery (Oakwood Lot).

Arrangements were with the McDonald-Valenti-Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

Clyde Chase, 84, IBMer, served community

PINE PLAINS—Clyde Ralston Chase, 84, a lifelong resident of his beloved Pine Plains died peacefully August 6, 2011 in his childhood home surrounded by his family after a 10-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was born September 25, 1926 to longtime Pine Plains residents Dr. E. Earle Chase and Marion (Ralston) Chase. His grandfather, Fred W. Ralston, was the General Electric engineer who invented night baseball in 1930.

Mr. Chase attended Pine Plains Central School and graduated from Hotchkiss then Yale University in 1950. His formal education was interrupted when he served as a lieutenant in the Infantry during World War II, stationed in Korea.

Mr. Chase married the love of his life Marjorie Walberg of Rhinebeck December 31, 1948. She survives him at home. He is also survived by his three sons and their wives Lynden and Barbara, Scott and Jeanne Valentine, and Frank and Ann; as well as, his seven grandchildren, Wesley, Claire, Madelin, Corbin, Mara, Nathaniel and Max and two great -grandchildren, Aidan and Lydia, all residing in Pine Plains and adjoining towns. He is also survived by his brother Craig and his wife Judy of Slippery Rock, PA. His sister Barbara Losee and her husband Gene are deceased. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews including Wanda Bohlinger.

Mr. Chase enjoyed his teen employment on the farm of his uncle, Dr. Kenneth F. Chase, and his ongoing farm contact through his cousin K. Barrett “Barry” Chase and his wife Rosemary Lyons, who carry on with Chaseholm Farm in Ancramdale. He was employed by IBM from 1952 until his retirement in 1987. He worked in personnel, finance and management at IBM sites in Poughkeepsie, Mohansic and Kingston. His IBM supervisors would make light of his getting so many of his Pine Plains friends and acquaintances jobs.

He gave much time to his community serving in many volunteer and political positions including: Pine Plains town supervisor; county representative and county legislator for Pine Plains, Milan and Rhinebeck, where he served 13 years, including stints as majority and minority leader; town Republican chairman, 44 years; Dutchess Community College Board of Trustees; Pine Plains School Board, nine years; Pine Plains Fire Commissioner, more than 30 years; Lions Club, past president and zone chair; Stissing Masonic Lodge, past master; IOOF, past noble grand. Upon his retirement from the Legislature, fellow County Legislator Harry Schroeder said, “Clyde had little patience for political games. He endured in spite of this. He earned the respect of those he represented and worked with, through ability, honesty and effort.”

Mr. Chase loved time spent with his family and friends, and playing sports—basketball, soccer (halfback for semi-pro Hungarian team), baseball, softball, bowling, skiing and golf. He coached and played for the Pine Plains Bombardiers in the semi-pro league in Poughkeepsie in the 1950s and early 60s. In one game, all the paid players fouled out, forcing Mr. Chase to play and he made the game winning hook shot as time ran out. He also happily made reference to the charity game the Bombardiers played against the NY Knicks at the Kingston Arena. He was proud of his 17-1 pitching record in the 1953 softball season. He spent many hours with his boys playing basketball in the haymow and in retirement, golf was his game. He was a member of the Red Hook Golf Club and won the President’s cup in 1990. He was also an accomplished hunter spending many treasured hours in the woods enjoying nature with family and friends.

The Chase family thanks Hospice, Doreen, Brandy, Ada, and all the health care providers and friends, who have helped in Mr. Chase’s journey.

There will be no calling hours and burial will be private. A memorial service to which all are invited will be officiated by the Reverend Carol Miller at the First United Presbyterian Church of Pine Plains, Saturday August 13 at 1 p.m. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to First Presbyterian Church of Pine Plains. To sign the online register access

William Johnson, 73, apple grower, courier

STUYVESANT—William P. Johnson of Stuyvesant passed away peacefully August 7, 2011.

He was born in Valatie, April 18, 1938, to the late Kenneth and Catherine Johnson.

Besides his parents, Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth. He is survived by his brother, Frank Edward Johnson of Kinderhook; his sister, Sherrill Johnson Harder of Blachly, OR and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Johnson was an apple farmer for Yonder Farms in Valatie and was a courier for the Register-Star, Hudson.

A memorial garden service was held Friday, August 12 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Valatie. Donations may be made to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Building Fund, Route 9, Valatie 12184. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

Richard Stever, 66, Vietnam vet, truck driver

ALBANY—Richard F. Stever, 66, of Valatie, passed away August 8, 2011 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

Born September 28, 1944 in Albany, he was the son of the late William and Marjorie Getz Stever Drowne. He was the husband of Joann (Randall) Stever of Valatie.

Mr. Stever grew up in Nassau and was a resident of Kinderhook Lake for 31 years. He served in the US Navy from 1961 to 1966 during the Vietnam War aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin Delano Roosevelt as a boiler tender.

In the early 1970s, he owned and operated 3 Prong Custom Motorcycle Shop. Later, he was an independent truck driver.

In addition to his wife, Joann, Mr. Stever is survived: by his son, Timothy and his wife Ashley Stever of Niverville; a sister, Terry Ann (Robert) Hankie of Nassau;  aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous friends.

There will be no funeral services or calling hours. Memorials may be made to the Niverville Fire Department. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Valatie.


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