Obituaries: Voorhees, Hasselbach, Ernst, Conklin, Stanhope

Margaret Voorhees, 88, church member, Yankees fan

LIVINGSTON—Margaret “Mickey” G. Voorhees, 88, of Livingston, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2011 at her residence.

Born October 1, 1922 in Rocky Hill, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Luka and Margaret (Massage) Gurisic.


Mrs. Voorhees was a homemaker and devoted to her family. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 57 years, Stanley B. Voorhees, Sr., her brother, George Gurisic and her sister, Gertrude Tennyson.

She was a member of the Livingston Reformed Church.  She was also a member of the Reformed Church of America Women’s Group and held several offices at the county, state and national levels. She was a 4-H leader in her earlier years in Somerset County, NJ and was secretary and treasurer for the Somerset County Fair Board. Mrs. Voorhees was a member of the Montgomery County School Board in NJ. She was an avid NY Yankees fan. She was an active member of the Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association and ran the kitchen for many years during the shows. She loved traveling to engine and tractor shows all over the nation with her late husband.

Mrs. Voorhees was the beloved mother of Stanley (Dotty) B. Voorhees, Jr. of Livingston and Freddie Voorhees of White Sulphur Springs, Montana; devoted grandmother of Seth Voorhees of Rochester, Holly (Ed) Jordan of Acra, Heather Voorhees of Guilderland and Freddie Voorhees of Denver, Colorado; loving sister of Gracie Gurisic of Pompton Lakes, NJ, and special great-grandmother of Emily Voorhees and Elias Goosmann. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 16 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 17 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Livingston Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414. To leave a message for the family go to

Isabel Hasselbach, 95, mother, grandmother

VALATIE—Isabel E. Hasselbach, 95, a resident of Barnwell Nursing Center in Valatie, died Monday, August 15, 2011 at Barnwell.

Born in Georgetown, CT, February 24, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Seth and Alma (Stenberg) Melin.

She is survived by: two daughters, Janet (Steve) Shpur of Kinderhook and Ann (Gus) Harris of Lynn Haven, FL; five grandchildren, Russell, Jason and Andrew Shpur and Katie and Chrissy Harris; and six great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard N. Hasselbach.

Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

Alvin Ernst, 88, liked to fish, paint and watch the Yankees

VALATIE—Alvin Ernst , 88, of Lake Street, Valatie passed away peacefully at home, August 14, 2011.

He was born September 23, 1922 in Boston, Massachusetts, to the late Frank and Marie Ernst.

Mr. Ernst was predeceased this year by his close friends, William H. Young, III, and Jane Scott. He left behind many people who loved him dearly

including: the Kenefick family, Joe Adee and family, Mary Moore and family, Elizabeth Young and the residents and staff at the Lake Street IIRA. Mr. Ernst attended Evergreen Day program through Coarc since 1990. He enjoyed fishing, painting, gardening, carpentry, cooking and watching Yankee games.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 17, noon at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Route 9, Valatie. A calling hour begins at 11 a.m., prior to the service. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Valatie Fire Department, P.O. Box 473, Valatie 12184.

Gordon Conklin, 68, worked at Firemen’s Home, hunter

HUDSON—Gordon L. Conklin, 68, passed away peacefully at the Firemen’s Home, Monday, August 15, 2011.

He was born August 22, 1942 in Hudson.

He is survived by his brother, Reginald L. Conklin of Claverack; a sister and brother-in-law, Juanita and George Knott of Stuyvesant; and three nieces, Tracy Russell and Pam Miller, both of Hudson and Kelly DelPrincipe of Plattsburgh. He also leaves behind many other relatives and friends.

Mr. Conklin worked at Columbia Golf and Country Club, the Town of Claverack Highway Department, and was also an employee of the Firemen’s Home for many years. He was a member of the Philmont Fire Department and also an avid hunter.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 18 in the Firemen’s Home Chapel with Deacon Richard Erickson officiating. Burial will be in the Firemen’s Home Cemetery immediately following the services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Firemen’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson 12534.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. To leave a message for the family go to

Donald Stanhope, Jr., 46, inspiration to all

GERMANTOWN—Donald Stanhope Jr., 46, of Germantown passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones when he went in to the arms of God, Monday August 15.

Mr. Stanhope is survived by his significant-other, Kim Gillard; their children, Sean, Kayla, Karlee, Brandy and Jesse; grandchildren, Chloe and Mason. He was predeceased by his father, Donald Sr., daughter Jade and granddaughter Faith.

Mr. Stanhope was an inspiration to all. He lived for his loved ones and would do anything for anyone.

Funeral services and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Germantown.

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