Obituaries: Eaton, Hempstead

Rebecca Eaton (1931 – 2012)

GT. BARRINGTON, MA—Rebecca Emerson Eaton, of Valatie passed away June 17, 2012 in Great Barrington, MA.

Born February 20, 1931 in Fairlee, VT, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Edith (Blanchard) Emerson.

She is survived by: her husband of 64 years, Arthur F.Eaton; two sons, Timothy Eaton (Bonnie) of East Falmouth, MA, and Wesley Eaton (Patti) of Woodsville, NH; four daughters, Geraldine Gregg (Keith) of East Chatham, Jacqueline Robinson (Dale) of Valatie-Ghent, Patti-Jo Wright (James) of South Ryegate, VT, Wendy Ordway (Arthur) of Chatham Center; two brothers, Otis Emerson of Bradford, VT, and Paul Emerson of Cumberland Furnace, TN; seven sisters, Ruth Bacon of Lyme, NH, Rosalie Aldrich of Newbury, VT, Shirley Emerson, Gloria Williams and Ruby Johnson, all of Bradford, VT, Martha Smith of Orford, VT, and Florence Welch of Newbury, VT; a brother-in-law, Leon Gendron of Bradford, VT.

She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by: her son, Wayne Eaton; a sister, Gale Gendron; two brothers, Robert and Warren Emerson; a grandson, Wade Eaton and a great grandson, Ethan Gregg.

Calling hours will be Thursday, June 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Route 9, Valatie. Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in West Bradford Cemetery. Contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

Raymond Hempstead (1937 – 2012)

E.GREENBUSH—Raymond L. Hempstead of East Greenbush left this earth June 18, 2012 with family beside him.

He was born September 29, 1937, to the late Lawrence and Bertha (Van Amerongen) Hempstead.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 52 years, Virginia (Newkirk) Hempstead; a son, Brian (Jan) Hempstead; a brother, Donald (Eileen) Hempstead; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Newkirk; three grandchildren, Jillian Hempstead, Carolyn and Christopher Riozzi; one nephew, Kevin Hempstead and many cousins.

He was predeceased by one grandchild, Kyle Hempstead in 2002 and a brother-in-law, Calvin Newkirk in 2007.

Mr. Hempstead served in the U.S.Navy, traveling the world and crossing the equator. He received a commendation for outstanding petty officer aboard the U.S.S. Beatty.

He spent most of his career in a supervisory role at Fort Orange Paper Company of Castleton and then as a loan officer for Hudson City Savings Bank.

Mr. Hempstead served in numerous positions in the Boy Scouts of America and started the first Cub Scout Pack in the nation for special needs children. He was also a member of many organizations including the American Diabetes Association, Visually Impaired Association, church councils and several others. He received many awards and citations for his community service including, most notably: Columbia County Outstanding Citizen of the Year 1988 and a runner up for the Jefferson Award in 2003. All who knew him would say that he was a man of integrity and had a deep desire to help others.

Funeral services will be held at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home in Valatie, Friday, June 22, 2012 at noon. Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the funeral. The Reverend Roger Krutz will officiate. Interment will be at the Firwood Cemetery, Stuyvesant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The National Marfan Foundation, 22 Manhassett Avenue, Port Washington 11051 in loving memory of Kyle Hempstead and in honor of Raymond Hempstead.

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