Obituaries: Roginski, Snyder, Habeck, Thorsey, Baker

Lillian Roginski, 82, K’hook tax collector, beautician
VALATIE—Lillian Roginski, 82, of Spruce Street, Valatie, died Sunday, February 5, 2012 at her home.
Born in Hudson, January 18, 1930, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary (Skoda) Barilics.

She operated Lillian’s Beauty Salon in Valatie for five decades and was the current Town of Kinderhook tax collector, a position she has held for 30 years. She was also a life member of the Valatie Rescue Squad.
She is survived by: her son, Peter J. Roginski, Jr. of Valatie; her sisters and brothers, Josephine Wood of West Palm Beach, FL, Helen Crouse of Hudson, George Barilics of Valatie, Nick Barilies of Norfolk, VA and Ann Martino of Valatie; nieces and nephews, Melissa McCabe and fiance, Robert Morin, Sal David Martino and Michelle Hoffman, all of Valatie, Jim and Jack Wood of West Palm Beach, Debbie Sweeney of Berlin, Susie Valentini of Chatham, Steve Barilics of California, Jo Ann Lindsey of St. Louis, MO, Brenda Amsden of Tampa FL, Rosalyn Malogna and Lorraine Hoagland of Albany and Nicole Ewing of Apopka, FL. She was also survived by 23 great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Friday, February 10, 1 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Route 9, Valatie, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Reverend John Molyn. Interment will follow in the St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either the Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 242, Valatie 12184 or the Epilepsy Foundation, 3 Washington Square, Albany 12205.

Mary Anne Snyder, 76, RN, member of many groups
HUDSON—Mary Anne Snyder, 76, of Albany Avenue, Kinderhook, died Friday, February 3, 2012, at Columbia Memorial Hospital.
Born in Spencertown, June 10, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Samuel H. and Elizabeth (Rundell) McComb.
Mrs. Snyder graduated from the Columbia Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1953 as a registered nurse, working at the hospital and doing private duty in the area. She was a member of the Kinderhook Garden Club, the Palmer Engine and Hose Company Ladies Auxiliary and it’s Santa Claus Club, the Kinderhook Historical Society and the Dutch Reformed Church of Kinderhook.
She is survived by her husband, William T. Snyder of Kinderhook; three daughters, Mary Cook of Stuyvesant Falls, Barbara A. Snyder and Peggy Geyer, both of Lake Ridge, VA; a son, William J. “Brud” Snyder of Kinderhook; two sisters, Sally Heimroth of Niverville and Betty Tornatore of Wampsville; a brother, Joseph McComb of Kinderhook; three grandchildren, Sarah Cook and Jamie Cook and Jonathan Snyder and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Samuel McComb.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 9, 11 a.m. at the Kinderhook Reformed Church, Route 9, Kinderhook. Interment will follow in the Kinderhook Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call Wednesday, February 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie. Memorial contributions may be made to the Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 242, Valatie 12184.

Edward Habeck, Sr., 87, founded Kinderhook Toyota
ALBANY—Edward William Habeck, Sr., 87, of Ghent passed away peacefully Saturday, February 4, 2012 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn.
He was born in New York City, October 28, 1924 to Walter and Rose Habeck and had one brother, the late Walter Habeck.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Gloria L. Habeck, and children, Sharon Palmer (Elton) and Edward Habeck, Jr., (Brinder). He was also committed to the lives of his grandchildren, Edward Habeck, III, Jennifer Habeck, David Palmer and great-grandson Edward Habeck, IV.
Although typically describing himself as a “third-grade dropout,” Mr. Habeck was a graduate of DeWitt Clinton High School in Bronx.
Growing up in New York City during the Depression, he found his life moving nowhere fast and typically chose to use his time running around with friends and playing football.
He reluctantly relocated to upstate New York to avoid the pitfalls of the city, where he quickly took to farming and hunting in an attempt to live off the land. He then married Gloria, his “Lotus Blossom” on September 17, 1949. 
A long-time resident of Ghent, he worked tirelessly at any job he could acquire, which ranged from carpentry to digging graves for $5 apiece. He eventually began working as a mechanic and tow-truck operator. He later started his own body shop and automobile dealership. Never one to be stagnant himself, he often was heard telling his employees to “do something, even if it’s wrong.” In 1966, he took the risk of selling Toyotas, a brand which at the time was highly disliked for being Japanese. His dealership, Kinderhook Toyota, prospered as fuel-efficient vehicles became more desirable. The business is currently operated by his son. His wife and daughter-in-law also remain as key employees.
Following the success of his business, Mr. Habeck discovered a love for world travel, especially to undeveloped regions. He began taking multiple hunting trips to remote destinations within Zimbabwe and Mongolia, to name a few. He often took other family members such as his wife and grandson with him, as he felt traveling was the best education anyone could receive. 
Most recently, he served on the board of directors at the National Union Bank of Kinderhook, as well as being an active member of the Kinderhook OFC (Old Farts Club). Always keen on making new friends, he would typically half-jokingly state to others that he was “so glad you met me.” He was often sought out for his guidance, serving as a mentor to many. He was an extraordinary person that will be sincerely missed.
Mr. Habeck carried the clipping of a poem in his wallet that ends with, “Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there; I did not die.” It is with this thought and respect for his wishes that no funeral service will be held. An informal gathering to celebrate his life will be planned in the spring.
Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Route 9, Valatie.

Azelia Thorsey, 72, homemaker, devoted to family, church
GREENPORT—Azelia Dawn Thorsey, 72, died peacefully, Tuesday February 7, 2012 at a family residence.
Born in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Barton Harvey and Clara Harvey Barton.
She was predeceased by her husband, Donald William Thorsey, Sr. and her infant son, David Thorsey.
Mrs. Thorsey was the beloved mother of Donald William Thorsey, Jr. of Valatie and Christopher Thorsey of Troy; mother-in-law of Nancy Rizzi Thorsey of Valatie and Amie Yaiser Thorsey of Troy; grandmother of Leighann Thorsey of Berlin, Philip Thorsey of Valatie, Shannon Thorsey of Hudson and Kayla Thorsey of Troy.
She was predeceased by brothers, Barton Harvey, Jr. and Frank Harvey and sisters, Madeline Sherman, Lois Alspach, Edna Nero, Jeanne Nero and Nancy Miller.
Mrs. Thorsey was a homemaker who always had the best interests of friends and family in her heart. She always had a smile on her face and always wanted to lend a helping hand to friends and family. She devoted her life to her family, her church and her friends.
Calling hours will be Friday, February 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Funeral services will follow at 4 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Dan Herrick officiating. Memorial contributions are requested to the Second Reformed Church of Claverack, Church Street, Philmont 12565. The family thanks Community Hospice, as well as, Betty Sherman (niece) and David Sherman (nephew) for their loving care during this time.

Evelyn Baker, 91, first of her friends to own a car, sports fan

MUITZESKILL—Evelyn Mildred “Boxie” Baker, 91, of Muitzeskill died Monday, February 6 at home after a short illness. Her family was at her side.

Born in Muitzeskill, April 20,1920, she lived her entire life on the former Baker Farms surrounded by family. The youngest daughter of Charles and Alice Baker, she was predeceased by her brother John M. Baker and sister Eleanor E. Eckel. She is survived by her nephews and niece Richard (Judy) Eckel Sr., Marcia (Mark) Fitzgerald, and Mark (Theresa) Eckel.

Lovingly known as “Aunt Evie” by her family, she is also survived by eight great niece and nephews, Nannette (Kevin) Marotta, Kimberly (Paul) Van Allen, Meagan Fitzgerald, Richard (Heidi) Eckel, Jr., Maura (Richard) Clos, Stephanie (Chris) Dunn, Donna (Steve) Ringwood, Donald Moore and dear friends Nancy and Bernie Kowalski.

Ms. Baker was a member of the Stuyvesant Garden Club, the Kinderhook Order of the Eastern Star and the Stuyvesant Senior Citizens.

The first of her friends to own an automobile, Ms. Baker used apple boxes from the family orchard to fashion additional seating for friends in the back of her 1940 Plymouth, earning her the lifelong nickname “Boxie.”

Ms. Baker was an avid sports enthusiast and loved the New York Mets and the New York Giants. She passed away three hours after listening to the New York Giants win the 2012 Super Bowl.

She loved to reminisce about her younger years when she would travel with friends. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, chocolate milkshakes and going for long drives in the country. Ms. Baker will be greatly missed by her family and friends .

Funeral services were Wednesday, February 8 at the Reformed Dutch Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill. The family has requested that those who wish to remember Ms. Baker make contributions either to the Reformed Dutch Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill, 902 Schodack Landing Road, Schodack Landing 12156 or to one’s local community hospice.


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