Obituaries: Kern, Graham, Wheeler

Kathleen Kern, 91, headed ladies dept. at Marsh’s

CHATHAM—Kathleen S. Kern, 91, of Chatham, where she resided for more than 60 years, peacefully passed away Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2011.

She was born January 31, 1920, in Austerlitz, where she was raised in the historic house now restored by Bobby Heron. She was the daughter of Kathleen Quinn and Peter Saurs.

Mrs. Kern, a/k/a, “Kitty” was best known for her long career as the manager and buyer for the popular store—Marsh’s in Hudson, where she was head of the ladies department. Noted for her impeccable flare for fashion, she was a model in numerous print ads and fashion shows during the 1960s, 70s and early 80s. Anyone who knew her knew the friendly smile she gave to so many as she enjoying being of kind service to others no matter what she was doing.

Aside from the personal touch she added to her place in Marsh’s history, Mrs. Kern was a devoted worker in many areas. From working alongside her late husband, Earl, in caretaker roles, she worked with Joyce Keil at The Mouse House, also in Hudson, where she stayed more behind the scenes serving up their delicious selections. She worked until the age of 86 at Ginsberg’s in the mailing department.

She had a creative flair that was always displayed in the warmth and welcome within her home with her innovative decorating talents and the ability to master meals which brought comfort and pleasure to anyone who savored them.  Aside from making any meal special, she distributed her delicious baked goods as thank you gifts.

An avid golfer, Mrs. Kern spent many enjoyable days on the greens at Meadowgreens and various area courses. Along with her caretaking abilities, she was seen happily mowing her own greens at home until the late summer of 2011.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathryn Lanzi of Marion, NC, and granddaughter, Shara A. Lanzi of Chatham. She is predeceased by her husband, Earl Kern; her sister, Anna Alto and brother, Peter Saurs.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 3, 10:30 a.m. at the St James Parish, 129 Hudson Avenue, Chatham, where she especially enjoyed wisdom from Father Gary in her later years. All are welcome to attend and celebrate her long and beloved life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Community Hospice of Columbia and Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414. www.communityhospice.org.

Lena Graham, 83, wife, mother, avid reader

VALATIE—Lena Moccia Graham, 83, of Valatie passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family, November 27, 2011 after a brief illness.

Born September 8, 1928 in Bridgeport, CT, she was the daughter of the late Lucy (Sgalio) and Anthony Moccia.

She married Russel Graham, November 12, 1949. He survives at home.

Mrs. Graham was a 1946 graduate of Harding High School in Bridgeport, CT. Over the years, she worked for various companies in the Bridgeport area including Clark’s Furniture, National Transportation, Fletcher Thompson Architects and Engineers and New England Printing Co. Her greatest vocation was being a wonderful mother and grandmother to her three daughters and three grandchildren. She was an avid reader who loved to share the information she acquired with others.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Deborah and Robert Reinckens of Hopewell Junction, daughter, Jeanie Graham Ott of Albany, daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Patrick DiCosmo of Ghent; her beloved grandchildren, Kailyn Ott (Christopher) Hawkins of Sayville, Patrick DiCosmo of Ghent and Leigh Reinckens of Hopewell Junction; and her sister, Marie Grenda of Hanover, NH. She was predeceased by her brother, Joseph Moccia of Milford, CT.

Mrs. Graham was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and adored by her family. She will be dearly missed.

Calling hours and Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Baptist Church are private. Entombment will be in Saint Michael’s Cemetery, Stratford, CT.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the M. Grimaldi Funeral Home. Memorials in Mrs. Graham’s memory may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Philip Wheeler, 71, grave digger, outdoorsman

N. CHATHAM—Philip D. Wheeler, 71, of North Chatham, died Monday, November 28, 2011 at his home.

Born in Chatham, June 3, 1940, he was the son of the late George A. and Agnes (Dymond) Wheeler.

Hel attended Chatham schools and was a grave digger in the area for many years.

He was a social member of the North Chatham Fire Company and an avid hunter and outdoorsman.

He is survived by: six children, Pamela Sperl (Ken) of Chatham, Brenda Miller (Rowland) of Climax, Mary A. Moore (Michael, Jr.) of Valatie, Philip R. Wheeler, Sr. (Debbie) of Hudson, Brian D. Wheeler of North Chatham and Steven Weaver (Terri) of Old Chatham; four brothers, three sisters, 15 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many friends.

He was predeceased by his wife, Christina Rose (Rogers) Wheeler; four brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 1, noon at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, lnc., Route 9, Valatie with Stanley Webster officiating. Burial will follow in the North Chatham Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home, Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to The Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

 

 

 

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