Obituaries: Deck, Patzwahl

Adamina Deck (1927 – 2012)

ALBANY—Adamina E. (Millie) Deck of East Chatham passed away July 23 at Albany Medical Center.

Born September 13, 1927 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Adam and Maria Kucharczyk.

She was a graduate of St. Stanislaus School in New York City and went on to work as an overseas operator for AT&T Long Lines. She married and was a stay at home wife and mother until 1973, when she went to work for more than 20 years with Chathco/Executive Line in Chatham.

Mrs. Deck was a volunteer for more than 25 years with the Ghent Food Pantry. She was the current chaplain of the Chatham/Ghent Seniors.

She was predeceased by her husband Philip J. Deck in 2004.

She is survived by: her son, Philip C. Deck and his companion Patricia Kelleher of East Chatham; daughter, Adamina C. Deck of Philmont; brother, Ted Kucharczyk of Metuchen, NJ; sisters, Blanche Walla of Brentwood, Long Island and Lini Kucharczyk of Chatham; grandson, Christopher S. Deck of Brunswick and several nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, July 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 30 at Saint James Church (call 518 392-2811 for the time). Interment will follow at St. James Cemetery, Ghent.

Contributions in Mrs. Deck’s name may be made to NAMI of Columbia County, c/o Pat Anders, P.O. Box 269, Valatie 12184 or to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

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Donald Patzwahl (1928 – 2012)

HUDSON—Donald H. Patzwahl, 84, of Greenport, passed away Monday, July 23, 2012 at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Hudson, June 4, 1928, he was the son of the late William and Kathryn (Buckley) Patzwahl.

Mr. Patzwahl graduated from Hudson High School in 1946. He joined the U.S. Navy and served two years aboard the U.S.S. Little Rock. Upon completion of his service to his country in 1948, he returned to the local area and worked at Hart’s Express and later for Harder’s Express. He was a 37-year member of Teamsters Local Union 294.

He was a life member of VFW Post 1314, a member of the American Legion Post 0001, a co-founder, with Francis Keeler, of the Greenport Senior Citizens Club, a life member of the Federation of Polish Sportsmen Club for 60 years, a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Stottville, a member of the Greenport Fire Company #1 and also volunteered with the Greenport Fire Police.

Mr. Patzwahl served as a councilman on the Greenport Town Board for 20 years and recently served on the Greenport Planning Board. He was well-known for his “wonderful sense of humor”.

In 1952, he married Marion Barto Patzwahl and settled in Greenport, where they lived the rest of his life.

Mr. Patzwahl is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Marion Patzwahl; his devoted children, Scott (Nancy) Patzwahl of Valatie, Laurie (Robert) Nicholson of Claverack and Terry (August) Abatecola of Claverack; eight loving grandchildren, Lucas Nicholson of East Greenbush, Nathan Nicholson of Claverack, August Abatecola, Jr., of Mt. Kisco, Kyle Patzwahl of Valatie, Bryanna Abatecola of Athens, Ali Phillips of San Diego, CA, and Taylor and Hannah Patzwahl, both of Valatie; his brother, William Patzwahl of Claverack; his great-granddaughter, Leah Nicholson of East Greenbush, and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, Carroll Patzwahl.

Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday, July 27 at St. Joseph’s Church in Stottville.

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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