Obituaries: Smith, Martell, Keyes, Smith

Virginia D. Smith (1944 – 2012)

ALBANY—Virgina “Ginny” Olthoff Smith, 68, of Valatie passed away November 7, 2012 after a nine-month battle with lung cancer and complications from a stroke at the Community Hospice, St. Peters Hospital.

Born in Albany, June 25, 1944, she attended Albany Schools and resided in Valatie since 1981.

Mrs. Smith worked for the New York State Department of Law under many different Attorneys General, most recently, Governor Andrew Cuomo. She retired January 2010. She was past president of the former Kinderhook Elks #2530 ladies auxiliary.

She is survived by: her husband, Jack Smith; daughter, Chris Welch (Michael); her dearest grandchildren, Kyle and Tyler Welch; also many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, Henry and Dorothy Olthoff; her brother, Richard and her son, Henry Joseph.

A memorial Mass was held at St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie, November 14, 2012. Her remains were buried next to her son in the church cemetery following the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville 12211. Arrangements were with Simple Choices, Inc., Albany.

Daniel William Martell (1983 – 2012)

CRARYVILLE—Daniel W. Martell, 29, of Craryville died suddenly Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

He was born February 11,1983 in Hudson, the son of Michael R. Martell of Hudson and Dorothy (Fudge) Martell of Adams, MA.

He graduated from Chatham High School. He was employed by the Simmons Covering Company of Chatham for three years and was employed with his brother at Martell Property Management in Hudson for four years.

He also was a self-employed carpenter.

In November 2011, he married the love of his life, Cassi (Clark) Martell of Cairo and recently was excited to be an expectant parent. He enjoyed fishing and kayaking, playing football and loved his dog Otis.

Besides his parents and wife, he is survived by: his brothers Dean C. Martell of Adams, MA, David M. Martell of Canaan and Robert J. Martell of Sarasota, FL; his sister, Michelle R. Martell of Accord; his paternal grandmother, Janice Martell of Bristol, VT; maternal grandparents, Michael and Patricia Fudge of Chatham; many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandfather, Roger Martell.

A funeral service was held Sunday, November 11 at the Wenk Funeral Home Chatham. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 7 Washington Square, Albany 12205. For online condolences visit

Edmund G. Keyes (1947 – 2012)

GHENT—Ed “Butch” Keyes, 65, of Ghent passed away suddenly, Thursday, November 8, 2012.

He was born May 9, 1947.

He leaves behind: daughters, Deni Keyes and April Nelson of Ghent; twin sons, Jesse and Billy Keyes of Houston, TX; his brother, Gregory Keyes; sister, Diane Schneider; eight grandchildren and girlfriend, Marilee Kellard.

He was an avid biker and member of ABATE. He was a contractor before becoming a family care provider. He was a unique individual who was full of character and will be deeply missed. Services were held for friends and family at the Ghent VFW, Tuesday, November 13.

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Shirley A. Smith (1936 – 2012)

HUDSON—Shirley A. Smith, 75, of Greenport died Wednesday, November 7 surrounded by her loving family at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born November 9, 1936 in Moriha, she was the daughter of the late Sidney and Marie (Hart) Whittimore.

Prior to her retirement, she worked as a certified nurse’s assistant at the Columbia Memorial Hospital emergency room and several area nursing facilities.

Survivors include: her husband, Charles E. Smith, who she married September 2, 1978 in New Russia; three sons, William of Chatham, Timothy of Columbiaville, David of Watertown; seven daughters, Beverly Pulsifer of Hudson, Cynthia Pulsifer of Elizabethtown, Robin Merrill of Morrison, Shirley Darleen Hammond of Maine, Sherri Dominy of Philmont, Kathy Hanway of Hudson, Dawn Roberts of Germantown and Shirley Mae Mabb of Hudson; six sisters; two brothers; 20 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and four step-children.

She was predeceased by her son, Richard.

A celebration of her life was held Saturday, November 10 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home in Germantown.

Memorial donations are requested to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville 12211 or the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.



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