Obituaries: Perdue, Close

Franklin Perdue (1935 – 2012)

CHATHAM—Franklin D. Perdue, Sr., 76, of the Village of Chatham passed away Friday, July 27 peacefully at his home with his family at his side following a lengthy and courageous battle with emphysema.

Born August 21, 1935 in Gladehill, VA, he was the son of the late Wilson W. and Mary M. (Young) Perdue.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1956.

He and his wife came to Chatham from Nassau in 1971.

He was a carpenter with Local #265 Carpenter and Joiners Union for many years, retiring in 1991.

Mr. Perdue is survived by his loving wife and caregiver of 57 years, Marlene (Shappy) Perdue of Chatham; sons, Frank Perdue, Jr., of Chatham, David (Colleen), Kevin (Tracy) of Craryville, Gary of Chatham; daughters, Kathy (Gary) Sitzer of Chatham, Joanne Rowe of Orlando, FL, Julie Perdue Sitzer of Valatie; sister, Velma Turner of Collinsville, VA; 14 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; six great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Perdue was predeceased by his son, Michael in 2004; brothers, Raymond and Woodrow Perdue and sister, Virginia Hodges.

The family thanks Community Hospice nurses Marita and Kelly; caregivers, Nancy and Laretta from the VA Home Care.

A calling hour will be Wednesday, August 1, 10 to 11 a.m. from the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the Ghent Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 700 Veteran’s Memorial Highway, Hauppauge 11788 or the Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414. For online condolences visit

Vivian Close (1925 – 2012)

BENNINGTON,VT—Vivian Mary Jandrow Close, 87, formerly of Route 43, Stephentown died Tuesday, July 31 at the Vermont Veteran’s Home, where she has resided the past two years.

Born in Whitehall, May 31, 1925, she was the daughter of the late John and Olive Deo Jandrow.

She was the loving wife of the late Sylvester C. “Si” Close who died March 9, 2010. They were married in St. Joseph’s Church in Stephentown February 5, 1949. She had resided in Stephentown since 1948 and was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church.

Educated in Berlin schools, she worked for Pownal Tannery from 1945 to 1947, Reis’s Shirt Shop in Berlin from 1947 to 1949, W.C. Sykes Store in Stephentown from 1954 to 1966 and served as the deputy town clerk for the Town of Stephentown from 1974 to 1993.

Mrs. Close was a member of the Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department Belle’s from 1963 to 1978, serving as president from 1964 to 1966, Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department from 1978 to the present and was dispatcher from 1950 to 1987 when the phone system was replaced by a county paging system, served refreshments to firemen during fire calls, was a Boy Scout den mother from 1961 to 1964 and was a substitute election inspector from 1996 to 2009.

Mrs. Close also ordered and distributed flags to local cemetery leaders for Memorial Day tributes to local deceased veterans, was a member of the Stephentown Republican Club and along with her late husband printed prayer cards and memorials for Hall & Higgins Funeral Home.

Survivors include: her son, the Reverend John L. Close, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Stephentown and Church of the Immaculate Conception in New Lebanon; her daughter, Jean M. Close Kosche and her husband Stephen of Shaftsbury, VT; a granddaughter, Vanessa Lynn Amidon, her husband Howard and their son Austin of Shaftsbury, VT; three nieces and their families, Arlene Putnam, Sharon Jandrow and Linda Billert. She was predeceased by brothers, Hubert and Elmer Jandrow.

A Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be celebrated by her son John on Friday, August 3 at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, Route 43, Stephentown with burial to follow in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends are invited to the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 NY 43, Stephentown on Thursday, August 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. for visitation. Memorial contributions may be given to either the Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department, the Vermont Veteran’s Home Activity Fund or St. Joseph’s Church Memorial fund, c/o the funeral home, P.O. Box 9, Stephentown 12168.

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