Obituaries: Nolan, Miller, Rivenburg, Busch, Hintze

James Nolan, 88, scientist, artist, loving husband and father

HUDSON—James R. Nolan, of Plattsburgh died peacefully November 6, 2011, with his family at his side in Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He was born in New York City, May 8, 1923, to John B. and Mary Kate (Mealy) Nolan.

In his youth, he was a member of the Acme Wheelman Bicycle Club and raced both track and cross-country. He was proud of his service in the Civilian Conservation Corps building bridges and public works projects in Oregon and Washington. He worked as a freelance graphic artist in New York City and as a porter at the “Chock Full O’ Nuts” luncheonette. There, as a young dishwasher, he met a beautiful waitress and love of his life Marta Bassoi. During World War II, they wrote every day as Mr. Nolan served his country in the Army in the Pacific Theatre. They were married February 3, 1946.

Mr. Nolan continued his arts career working at Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn in New York City, the most awarded advertising agency in the world, as a graphic designer specializing in calligraphy.

He was a practical dreamer with incredible perseverance. To fulfill his lifelong goal to work within the natural sciences, he first obtained his high school diploma at age 32, then attended Columbia University, while working full time and raising his three daughters with Marta.  They resided in Peekskill and Mr. Nolan commuted daily to New York City.

The family moved to Ithaca and he entered Cornell University, where he earned a BS and a PhD. He then accepted a job teaching botany and biology at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He continued his career as a scientific researcher and professor at SUNY Plattsburgh from 1967 until his retirement in 1985. He specialized in plant morphology and genetics. While at SUNY he also taught calligraphy, drawing upon his years as a professional graphic artist. He owned and operated Nolan’s Phyton Press, using an antique printing press to hand-create invitations, newsletters, announcements and commemoratives. In later years, he switched to using Mac computers for design, with an astounding grasp of and interest in technology well into his 80s.

He loved living in the Adirondacks and spent many happy hours canoeing, fly fishing, and hiking with family and friends. He participated in civic and social organizations, including The Italian-American Club and Trout Unlimited. He was a member of the scientific groups the Linnean Society and the Bryonet Forum.

Mr. Nolan was a loving husband, devoted father, doting grandfather and beloved Uncle Jimmy to the extended family and friends. He was admired and adored by his family, and a true friend and colleague to many in all walks of life. He loved all kinds of music and had an unbounded fascination with many eclectic subjects. He was a true Renaissance man, spurred by his wondrous curiosity and strong work ethic. He was known for the handmade bolo ties he made, his encyclopedic knowledge and spontaneous singing and storytelling.

He is survived by his beautiful bride of 65 years, Marta (Bassoi) Nolan; his three daughters Patricia Nolan, Liesa Betsy (Paul) Pedersen, Teresa (Kurt) Barensfeld; his three grandchildren, Tyrone James Coughlin, Marta Lenore Barensfeld and Owen Paul Barensfeld; his siblings, John B. Nolan, Kathleen Dunn and Beatrice Dorn; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and by his siblings Kathryn Nolan, Edward Nolan and Charles Nolan.

Calling hours open to friends and family will be held Saturday, November 19, 2011, from 11 a.m. to noon at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home in Chatham, followed by a private service for the family. Flowers will be accepted at the funeral home. For directions visit

Interment is Monday, November 21, at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. A memorial and celebration of the life of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, cousin, uncle, friend and colleague will be held in Plattsburgh in the summer 2012.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Plattsburgh Public Library, the Friends of the Chatham Public Library, or the Hudson Area Public Library.

Loren Miller, 71, store manager, woodworker

HUDSON—Loren “Pop” L. A. Miller, 71, of Philmont, passed away peacefully Sunday, November 13, 2011 at Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family.

Born January 19, 1940 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Loren C. and Ida Mae (Swartz) Miller.

Mr. Miller was a 1958 graduate of Hudson High School, where he played the saxophone in the band and developed his love of the arts, including oil painting, water colors and drawing. He also graduated from Cornell University with a business management degree.

He served in the US Army and the National Guard.

On September 1, 1962, he married Mary Anne “Sandy” Myers at Christ Church in Hudson. They were married for 45 years before her passing in 2007.

Mr. Miller was employed by Price Chopper and the Golub Corporation for more than 46 years before retiring. He was a general merchandise manager and store manager. Before that he worked for the A & P Supermarket and as a Prudential Insurance Agent. After retiring, he worked part-time at Big Lots.

Mr. Miller was an active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philmont, where he was served on the vestry. He was a proud member of Chatham 98 F & AM Masonic Lodge, the American Legion and Cyprus Scotish Rite Shrine. He enjoyed woodworking and opened his own shop in the 1990s, called, Miller’s Creations. He loved RV camping with his family at Lake George, Virginia Beach and Indiana.

He was the beloved father of Tammy Sue and Mathew Whelpley of Mellenville and Loren W. and Alma (Kelly) Miller of Philmont; devoted grandfather of Cara Kathryn Whelpley of Copake Falls, Cierra Albright of Copake, Bridget and Mike Welch of Chatham and Ryan Kelly of Philmont; and loving brother of Colleen “Sis” Dallas of Claverack. Also surviving are his great-granddaughter, Olivia Meghan Welch of Chatham; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Irene and John Moore of Red Hook, Shirley Day of Rhinebeck, Nelson and Kate Myers of Livingston, Patricia Myers of Clermont, Shirley and Fred Zitto of Philmont and Nancy A. Baker of Claverack; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

In addition to his wife he was predeceased by a sister, Frances Gladwin; a brother, Donald Hansen, Sr.; a sister-in-law, Etta Anderson; and five brothers-in-law, William Myers, Robert Day, Jack Anderson, Gifford Dallas and Harold C. Gladwin.

Calling hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 16 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philmont.

Burial will be in Mellenville Union Cemetery.

Donations may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Box 628, Philmont 12565, the Cavell Cancer Center, 69 Prospect Avenue, Hudson 12534, or to the Shriner’s Children Hospital, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104.  To leave a message for the family go to

Helen Rivenburg, 84, secretary, caregiver

HUDSON—Helen W. Rivenburg, 84, a lifelong resident of Spencertown, died Sunday, November 13 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

She was born March 4, 1927 in Spencertown, the daughter of the late Thomas B. and Elizabeth (Camp) Whiffen.

She graduated from Chatham High School 1945 and was a beautician for several years before becoming a secretary for Chatham Frozen Food in Chatham for several years and also for the Madsen Overhead Door Company in Spencertown.

Mrs. Rivenburg was employed as a child caregiver in Great Barrington, MA, for several years. She is a member of St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church Spencertown, as well as, its Women’s Guild and a member of the Tower Club. She was an avid cook, baker, seamstress and maker of crafts.

Mrs. Rivenburg is survived by her husband, Norman Rivenburg of Spencertown; daughter, Christine Rundell of Spencertown; sons, Guy A. Madsen of Spencertown, Daniel W. Madsen of Clinton Corners, David T. Madsen of Ghent, Lee E. Madsen of Spencertown; sisters, Elizabeth Pietrak and Grace Ann Silvernale, both of Spencertown; 13 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by brothers, Thomas, Richard and Robert Whiffen and sisters, Doris McComb and Beatrice Demler.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, November 17, 1 p.m. from St Peter’s Presbyterian Church, Spencertown with the Reverend Andrew Paton officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church or Spencertown First Responders, Spencertown, 12165. To send online condolences visit

Lois Busch, 89, mother, site director

PHILMONT—Lois C. Busch passed away November 13, 2011 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

She was born in Wyoming, July 29, 1922, the daughter of the late Ralph Lionial and Katherine Alice Cook Soule.

She settled on Long Island as a teenager and later met and married Frederick E. Busch. They moved to Columbia County to small farm. They then moved to Chatham Center, where Mrs. Busch raised her family.

After they were grown, she became a site director for the Office of the Aging at the Chatham Site. She spent about 20 years at the site before retiring.

Mrs. Busch loved crafts, making beautiful jewelry and sewing. She enjoyed gardening and having beautiful flower beds. She was a great cook and baker of delicious apple pies.

She is survived by her sons, Frederick David Busch and Jack (Dorothy) McDonald; her daughter, Christy (David) Carpenter; four grandchildren; her sister, Cora Penney and brother, Ralph Soule.

She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick E. Busch.

There will be a religious service Thursday, November 17, 2011, 11 a.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Interment will follow at Chatham Center Cemetery.

Memorials in Mrs. Busch’s name may be made to the Chatham Rescue Squad.

Hintze friends gather

W. GHENT—Friends are invited to Kozel’s restaurant Sunday, November 27, 2011 from noon to 3 p.m. for a casual gathering to honor Kathleen Hintze of Claverack, who died November 9, 2011 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.  She was a library clerk. Call the Hudson Area Library for reservations 518 828-1792.


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