Harold Wilsey, 85, WWII vet, funeral director, many affiliations
KINGSTON—Harold M. Wilsey, 85, of Market Street, Saugerties died suddenly Saturday, January 21, 2012 at the Kingston Hospital with his family at his side.
Born February 24, 1926, he was the son of the late Herbert and Susan Miller Wilsey. He attended grade school in Copake and was a graduate of Roeliff-Jansen Central School in Hillsdale. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the United States Army Air Force. Subsequently, he graduated from the Renouard School of Embalming in Manhattan in 1948 and was a New York State licensed funeral director for 62 years. He and his business partner, Willett C. Overbaugh, purchased the Seamon Funeral Home in 1955. One year later they moved to the current location on the corner of John and Lafayette streets where they have been for more than 50 years. He was full of pride to have the fourth generation, Eric Wilsey, join the family’s tradition of service to the community.
Mr. Wilsey was an enthusiastic and supportive member of the Saugerties community. His time and talents were demonstrated through his active participation with the following organizations: an elected member of the Saugerties Village Board having served with four mayors; past commander and life member of the Saugerties American Legion Post #72, past Ulster County American Legion commander and county adjutant for many years; charter member of the Saugerties Jaycees and instrumental in establishing the traditional Saugerties Fourth of July celebrations; past member and officer of the Saugerties Lion’s Club; 50-year member of the RA Snyder Hose Company; life member of the Exempts Fire Company; former member of the Diaz Memorial Ambulance Board; grand knight of the third degree, and past faithful navigator fourth degree of Council 5034 Knights of Columbus; parishioner, usher and Holy Name member of St. Mary of the Snow Church; member of the Saugerties Drum Corps; Dartball League; Saugerties Little League manager for 21 years with the South Side Cardinals and manager of the Saugerties Little League All-Star Team which were both district and sectional winners; Saugerties Biddy League basketball coach; member of the Saugerties Mum Festival Committee; Charter member of the 398 Club; member of the Board of Directors of Saugerties Senior Housing at 155 Main Street. In Copake, he was past commander of the American Legion Post 1160; charter member of the Clausson-Raught Community Rescue Squad. He was a member of the NY State and Dutchess/Putnam/Ulster Funeral Director’s Assoc.
Mr. Wilsey loved his family and was proud of each of their accomplishments. Nothing made him happier than having his growing circle gather for traditional family functions. He enjoyed reading, sailing, golf, landscaping around the properties and traveling, especially family vacations. He had a solid work ethic. His insight, experience and opinions were valued by both his family and his community.
Surviving are: his wife of 59 years, Peggy Ann Holdman Wilsey; his daughters, Mary Kay and her husband Pat Riley of Mashpee, MA, Ann Marie and her husband, Jim Schulze of Plymouth, MA; his sons, Tom and his wife, Debbie of Poughkeepsie, Jack and his wife, Juanita of Saugerties, Peter and his wife, Ann Renee of El Paso, TX, Mark and his wife, Mary of Phoenicia, David and his wife, Dawn of Alexandria, VA; a sister, Jane and her husband, Lindy Miller of Hillsdale; a sister-in-law, Sr. M. Paula Holdman, SC of Riverdale and several nieces and nephews. He was the loving grandfather of Patrick, Danielle, Jeffrey, Eric, Karin, Briana, Matthew, Kate, Claire, Andrew, Frank, Hannah, Grace, Sarah and Emily. He was predeceased by his brother, Jack and a sister-in-law Agnes and her husband, Francis Marchiony.
His funeral procession formed Thursday January 26 at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, 45 John Street, Saugerties thence to St. Mary of the Snow Church where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated. Burial with full military honors followed at St. Mary of the Snow Cemetery, Barclay Heights. Contributions may be made in the name of Harold Wilsey to the Friends of the Saugerties Public Library at P.O. Box 1100, Saugerties 12477. Expressions of condolence may be shared at www.seamonwilseyfuneralhome.com
Elaine Greenhouse, 73, congregation member
HUDSON—Elaine R. Greenhouse, 73, died Sunday, February 5, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.
She was born and educated in Baltimore, MD and was the daughter of the late Isaac and Anna Lichter.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, Henry “Hank” M. Greenhouse. She was the loving mother of Michael of Greenport and Kenneth (Brooke) of East Greenbush. Also surviving are her sister, Sheila Chamish (Don) of Perry Hall, MD; her brother-in-law, Dr. Jeffrey Greenhouse (Judy) of Oakland, CA and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Greenhouse was a life member of Congregation Anshe Emeth and its Sisterhood, a life member of the Greenport Branch of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and a member of NAMI of Columbia County.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mrs. Greenhouse’s name to a favorite charity would be appreciated. Arrangements are with the Bates and Anderson-Redmond and Keeler Funeral Home, www.batesanderson.com
Leon Adsit, 90, WWII Army vet
ALBANY—Leon Smith Adsit, 90, of Route 9, Castleton-on-Hudson, died Monday, February 6,2012 at Albany Memorial Hospital.
Born in Castleton, August 18, 1921, he was the son of the late Frank and Lillian (Smith) Adsit.
Mr. Adsit was a World War II veteran with the US Army and was the former owner/operator of Paul Drumm, Inc. in Niverville.
He is survived by two stepdaughters, Wendy Barber of Nassau and Candy Swanson of Louisville, KY; a stepson, Harry Knights of New Lebanon; six step-grandchildren, Heather Ryan, Corey Swanson, Tina, Michelle, Sara and Michael Knights, and one step-great grandson, James Swanson.
He was predeceased by his wife Nancy Helen(Coons) Knights.
Funeral service 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. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern NY, 85 Watervliet Avenue, Albany 12206-2083.