Obituaries: Whelan, Ketchum, Allen

Debra Whelan (1956 – 2012)

HUDSON—Debra Joan Whelan of Greenport passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Columbia Memorial Hospital on July 8, 2012 after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.

She was the beloved daughter of Robert F. Whelan and Bernice J. Whelan and stepmother, Lucille Canape Whalen; beloved sister of Robert A. and Jeffrey S. Whelan, whom she loved dearly. She also had many aunts, uncles and cousins of whom she was very fond.

Ms. Whelan was born in Oyster Bay, Long Island, December 11, 1956 and moved to Columbia County in 1979 at which time she established Upholstery Unlimited/Debra Whelan Designs. She was a master upholsterer, well known as a perfectionist, with a solid reputation and clients from New York City to Beverly Hills, CA.

Ms. Whelan loved spending time with her family, especially at special holiday dinners and cooking special requests for birthdays. She enjoyed travel and once drove solo across the U.S. She also achieved Black Belt status in karate at age 30.

Ms. Whelan was always a kind and generous person with great inner strength which guided her through her ordeal and gave inspiration to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed even as we celebrate having had her in our lives.

Services were Wednesday, July 11 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Columbia Memorial Hospice, 71 Prospect Avenue, Hudson 12534.

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Melvin Ketchum (1925 – 2012)

PHILMONT—Melvin “Bud” Ketchum, 86, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at Pine Haven Nursing Home in Philmont..

Born in Hancock, MA, September 24, 1925, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Carrie Jordan Ketchum.

Educated in the Hancock schools, he was a lifelong area resident. He began his work career as a logger for Bergnis Lumber in Lenox, MA. He then went to work for the Columbia County Highway Department until his retirement.

In retirement, he again became a self-employed logger until he became affiliated with the Kinder Creek Farm and until he was no longer able. He enjoyed haying, the corn crop and tending to the sheep at the farm.

As a hobby, he was involved in horse team pulling competition and in 1964 he won the championship and set a record which has never been matched. Mr. Ketchum was a hard working, wonderful person who could be stubborn as times, but will be missed as a father, brother, son, uncle and friend to many.

Survivors include: his beloved wife, Caroline Rathburn Ketchum of Philmont; devoted daughter, Nancy (William) Petersoli of Otis, MA; sister, Edna (late) Adelbert) Sharp of Hancock; niece, Lori Fowles of Pittsfield; special friends, the Eckhardt family of Kinder Creek Farms; many friends and colleagues. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, David Melvin Ketchum; sister, Elmira “Sis” Johnson; and brothers, Floyd, Russell and Myron Whitney and his uncle and aunt, Edward and Gertrude Jordan Whitman

A graveside service to celebrate Mr. Ketchum’s life will be held Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the Hancock Cemetery on Route 43 in Hancock, MA. There will be no public calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 State Route 43, Stephentown.

Donald Allen, Jr. (1949 – 2012)

GREENPORT—Donald “Rick” Allen, Jr., 63, of Greenport, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at his residence.

Born February 27, 1949 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Ruth (Sitzer) and Donald Allen, Sr.

Mr. Allen was an engineer at Columbia Memorial Hospital for 20 years and also worked at McGuire’s. He was a member of the Stottville Rod & Gun Club and the Stottville VFW. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved his family and dear friends.

He is survived by his wife, Theresa (Funk) Allen; two daughters, Amber Everett and Jessica Coxen; his siblings, Larry L. Allen, Bruce W. Allen, Donna M. Allen, Gerald Wyant, Christine Blass and Patricia Stone; a special niece, Katina Allen Dort; a special nephew, Corey Schermerhorn; several grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 13 at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery.

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