Obituaries: Gearing, Carey, Anson, Keil, Borgolte

Franklin Gearing, 93, electrician/plumber, ham radio operator

CANAAN—Franklin Arthur Gearing, lifelong resident of Canaan passed away January 11, 2012 at home surrounded by his family.

He was born May 23, 1918 in Canaan and was the son of the late Arthur Franklin and Elsie Graser Gearing.

Mr. Gearing was a member of the Chatham High School class of 1935. He was a self-employed electrician and plumber. He enjoyed amateur (ham) Radio operating under the call sign WA2ULV, photography and he was a square dance caller.

Mr. Gearing was an 80-year member and past master of the East Chatham Grange #1066, a 60-plus year member, past chief and past president of the East Chatham Fire Company, Inc., the Town of Canaan election inspector for more than 50 years, a member of the Town of Canaan Zoning Board of Appeals in the 1960s and 1970s, a founding member of the Canaan Historical Society and a past president of the Mt. View Cemetery Association.

He is survived by: his sons, Wayne F. Gearing (Doris) of East Chatham, Alan E. Gearing of East Chatham, William A. Gearing of Troy; grandsons, Michael W. Gearing (Ami) and their children Andrew and Megan of Raleigh, NC, David A. Gearing (Mary) and their children Christianna and Brandon of East Chatham and granddaughter Sarah Gearing Barber (Ray) of Troy.

Mr. Gearing was predeceased by his wife, Jennie Berlt Gearing, who passed in 1989 after 44 years of marriage.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham. Interment was January 14 in the Mt. View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the East Chatham Fire Company, Inc., 14 Frisbee Street, East Chatham 12060 or to Community Hospice, 14 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414-1442. To send an online condolence visit

George Carey, 85, college professor, gentle spirit

HUDSON—George Warren Carey of Old Chatham, passed away January 10, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He was born January 1, 1927 in the Bronx, and was the son of the late George Anthony and Florence Kearns Carey.

He received his BA, MA and PhD from Columbia University and served in the Army Air Corps from 1944 through 1946.

Mr. Carey was a professor of urban geography at Columbia and a professor of urban planning and policy at Rutgers University. Not only was he a scholar but a true Renaissance man with a love of music, philosophy, poetry, ancient history, Judaism and most of all family. He was a gentle spirit with a strong commitment to social justice.

Mr. Carey is survived by: his wife, Janet; children, James and Ann (Barry) Carey, Alana Fisher, Conan Carey, Maura Carey Marlin and Michael Marlin; grandchildren, Forrest Carey, Ryan Carey, Moses Marlin, Tami Carey, Charles Fisher, Caryl Fisher, Norah Carey Burke and Hannah Carey.

Funeral services were January 13, 2012 at the Chatham Synagogue Netivot Torah. Interment followed at Chatham Rural Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham. To send an online condolence visit

Rhonda Anson, 53, daughter, wife

HUDSON—Rhonda S. Anson, 53, entered into eternal life Thursday, January 12, 2012.

Born September 18, 1958 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Zelda Sigler and Bill Staats of Hudson.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Wilbur R. Anson of Hudson; her loveable pet dog, Coco, Jr.; her father-in-law, George T. Willis of Claverack; her niece, Sandra Davey and husband, Paul of Hudson; three lovely great-nephews, Brandon, Kenny and Dylon Davey, all of Hudson; her mother-in-law, Margaret Anson and her husband, Pete Garrison, of Hudson.  Also surviving are three cousins, Elaine McIntyre and her husband, Curt of East Chatham, Gayle Watson and her husband, Ken of Naples, Florida, and Arthur W. Schermerhorn of Coxsackie; and her brother-in-law, Kenneth Anson of Hudson.

Arrangements were with the Bates and Anderson-Redmond and Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson.

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Ethan Keil, 22, worked at supermarket

RED HOOK—Ethan Kyle Hajou Keil, 22, of Hudson died Saturday, January 14, 2012 in Red Hook.

Born October 28, 1989 in Hudson, he was the son of Carole Hajou Keil of Hudson and Wayne Keil of Stockport.

Mr. Keil was employed at ShopRite in the produce department. He was a union member.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Traver Hajou Keil and his sister, Hannah Hajou Keil, both of Hudson; his maternal grandparents, Nadine and Janos Hajou of Hudson; his paternal grandmother, Joyce Keil of Stockport and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Calling hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 18 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Services will follow at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Theresa Borgolte, 78, church parishioner

COPAKE—Theresa Borgolte, 78, a longtime resident of Copake, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2012 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born August 13, 1933 in the Bronx, the daughter of the late James and Carmela (Accetta) Allocco.

On October 14, 1956, she married William B. Borgolte in the Bronx. Mr. Borgolte survives at home.

Mrs. Borgolte was a parishioner of Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church in Copake Falls and a member of the Greenport Senior Citizens.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by: her two daughters, Deborah Imperato and her husband, David of New Rochelle and Brenda Lee Piper and her husband, Robert of Copake; six grandchildren, Laura, David and Lisa Imperato and Matthew, Joshua and Alexa Piper.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 9:30 a.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake, with Father George Brennan officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Bridget’s Cemetery.

Friends are invited and may call Tuesday, January 17, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

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