Obituaries: Anderson, Ary, Westfall

John Anderson, 86, decorated WWII vet, coin collector

LIVINGSTON—John L. Anderson 86 of Livingston died Sunday, October 16, 2011 at his home after a long illness.

Born August 19, 1925 in Hudson, he was the son of the late James and Louise (Wallace) Anderson.


Mr. Anderson served as a corporal light machine gunner with the US Army’s 106th Infantry Division in the Ardennes, Central Europe and the Rhineland. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Combat Infantrymen’s Badge, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal and the American Service Medal.

Before he retired, he worked for 30 years as a truck loader with the Atlas Cement Company in Hudson.

He was a member of Christ Church Episcopal, Hudson; the Southern Tier Senior Citizens and the Jennings-Willet American Legion Post, Germantown. Mr. Anderson was an avid coin collector.

Surviving are: two sons, John of Livingston and Elwood of Catskill; a daughter, Jacqueline Palmer of Kingston; one step-son, Donald Hanson of Ghent; four step-daughters, Donna Boice of Hyde Park, Rebecca Golubjatnikov of Washington State, Barbara Hanson of Kingston and Renee Hanson of Kentucky; 11 grandchildren; 14 step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and 14 step-great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Etta, who died in 2009.

Calling hours are Wednesday, October 19 from 6 to 8 pm at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home in Germantown. Members of the Jennings-Willet American Legion Post will conduct services at 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 20 at the funeral home with the Reverend Mark Frickey officiating.

Interment will follow in the Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson with full military honors. Condolences may be expressed at

Lynn Ary, 52, speech-language pathologist, traveler

ACCORD—Lynn Margaret (Rachel) Ary, 52 of Accord, passed away Saturday October 15, 2011 at her residence.

She was born April 17, 1959 in Great Barrington, MA to the Reverend Joseph and Faye (Smith) Ary of Copake.

Ms. Ary was a graduate of Red Hook Central Schools and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wagner College. She attained her Master of Science in education from the State University of New York at New Paltz, a graduate of both the Summer Vocology Institute for Voice and Speech along with the University of the State of New York Speech-Language Pathologist Education Department. Additionally, Ms. Ary received a Master of Fine Arts in drama from the University of Oklahoma.

She began her practice in 1995, being certified by both the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and the New York State Hearing and Language Association. In 2001, she worked in Hastings, England as both the outpatient voice specialist and pediatric specialist for a clinic and special needs school.

In the United States and United Kingdom she presented training workshops to families and colleagues on Integrating Speech and Sensory, various vocal topics and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She opened a private practice in Kingston in 2003 and relocated to Accord in 2009.

Throughout her professional career she often did pro-bono work and served her clients and their families with great commitment and compassion.

Ms. Ary loved to travel abroad, visiting many European countries. Together with friend, Kim Baran they shared the pleasure of being the last foreigners allowed to sing at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, Italy.

She is survived by: her husband, Alan Gill of Accord and his son, Derek Gill of Portland, OR; her parents, the Reverend Joseph and Faye Ary of Copake; her brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Dru Ary of Hillsdale; her nieces, April Jo Ary-Whalen and husband Dave and Hollie Ary; an aunt, Jean Poulemanous; and cousins, Steve, Linda, Timothy, Michael and Tom.

Funeral services will be held Friday October 21, 2011 at 11 a.m. from the Copake United Methodist Church, Church Street, Copake with the Reverend Jae Joon Lee and the Reverend Gerard Pollock officiating.

Friends are invited and may call at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22, Copake, Thursday October 20, 2011 from 5 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in the Copake Cemetery.

A reception for family and friends will follow the committal at the Methodist Church House.

In lieu of flowers, consider memorial contributions to Hospice, Inc., 374 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie 12601 or the Copake United Methodist Church, Copake 12516 or Operation Smile, 6435 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23509.

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Doris Westfall, 68, seamstress, square dancer

CANAAN, CT—Doris A. Westfall, 68, formerly of Ancramdale, passed away Friday, October 14, 2011 at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born in Great Barrington, MA, October 17, 1942, the daughter of the late William and Dora (Shook) Smith, Sr.

Mrs. Westfall was the Town of Ancram Tax Collector from 1978 to 1987. She was a seamstress and past member of the Tri–Mountain Square Dancers.

She loved cats, her garden and enjoyed her crafts. She also had a CB radio and her handle was “Square Dance.” On many occasions, she helped truckers stay awake on the road at night.

Survivors include: her three sons, B. Douglas Westfall, Jr. and his wife Judy of Millerton; John Westfall and his wife Sandy of Copake Falls; Richard Westfall of Ancramdale; a sister, Susan Roeger of Raleigh, NC; a brother, the Reverend Andrew Smith of Philmont; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, B. Douglas Westfall, Sr. in 1977; a brother, William Smith, Jr. and a sister, Elizabeth Schroeder.

Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 19 at the First Presbyterian Church in Millerton with the Reverend Nancy Thornton officiating.

Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery, Pine Plains.

Memorial contributions may be made to Neighbors Helping Neighbors, P.O. Box 97, Ancramdale 12503 or the Millerton Food Pantry, Millerton 12546.

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