Obituaries: Flaig, Geraghty, Robbins, Vale

Martha L. Flaig (1922 – 2012)

ALBANY—Martha L. Flaig, of Chatham passed away November 14, 2012 at Albany Medical Center.

Born June 23, 1922 in DeRuyter, she was the daughter of the late David and Ruth Ames Warren.

She is survived by: her daughters, Claudia Kuzmiak of Chatham, Chris Benton of Chatham and Susan Attendorn of Schoharie; her nine grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; nephews and nieces.

She was predeceased by her husbands, James Hinds and Jack Flaig; her daughter, Patricia Flaig; son, Michael L. Flaig and her sister, Esther Merchant.

Mrs. Flaig was a “momma biker,” loving motorcycles, having had her own and had been a member of a motorcycle club with her late husband. She was an active member of her church and loved her family most of all.

Family received friends at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham, November 16. A religious service followed that evening.

To send an online condolence visit Contributions in Mrs. Flaig’s name may be made to the Chatham United Methodist Church.

Lorraine Geraghty (1945 – 2012)

LINLITHGO—Lorraine T. Geraghty, 67, of Linlithgo died Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at her home after a long illness.

Born March 22, 1945 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Philip and Anna (Baromi) Romano.

Mrs. Geraghty was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who devoted her life to her family. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Red Hook.

She and her husband, Michael, opened their home and hearts to many needy children.

Survivors include: her husband, Michael; three sons, Masai Geraghty of Schenectady, Micah Geraghty of Germantown and Steven Mackey of Ellenville; four daughters, Lisa Geraghty of Livingston, Marialena Geraghty-O’Neil of Germantown, Katherine Flisch of Elizaville and Shannon Geraghty of Germantown; 12 grandchildren, Yaicha, Joshua, Jesse, Myles, Adam, Randy, Michael, Brianna, Auna, Nickala, Daniella and Jaime.

She was predeceased by: her brother, Philip Romano and sister, Nancy Macky.

Family and friends gathered Saturday, November 17 at the 1773 Calendar House, 51 Calendar House Road, Elizaville.

Richard Robbins

RHINEBECK—Richard Stephen Robbins, 71, of Rhinebeck died November 7 at his home after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He composed the scores for most Merchant Ivory films, drawing two Oscar nominations, and drew Academy Awards nominations for original score for his work on “Howards End” and “The Remains of the Day.” He went on to compose the scores for films including “Heat and Dust,” “Quartet,” “Maurice,” “A Room With a View,” “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge” and “Jefferson in Paris.”

Mr. Robbins’ first film work came in “Sweet Sounds,” a documentary about gifted five-year-old music students, conceived and directed by Mr. Robbins and produced by Merchant and Ivory.

He also directed the 1993 documentary “Street Musicians of Bombay.” In 1994 he collaborated with painter Michael Schell on “Via Crucis,” a musical and visual collage representing the Stations of the Cross.

Mr. Robbins’ work was honored at a 1996 benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall supporting AIDS research.

He was born in South Weymouth, MA, and began his musical studies at age five. He graduated from the New England Conservatory and continued his studies in Vienna.

Mr. Robbins is survived by his longtime partner, Michael T. Schell; four brothers; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

John Vale (1959 – 2012)

RHINEBECK—John Brian Vale, 53, of Germantown passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Northern Dutchess Hospital. 
Born July 18, 1959 in Sayre, PA, he was the son of John and Norma Vale of Hobe Sound, FL.

He was employed for 25 years with the New York State Corrections Department at the Greene County facility in Coxsackie.

He was a loving husband and father, who, through Equine Advocates of Chatham was able to show his love of animals.

Survivors in addition to his parents: are his wife, Joyce (Niebling) Vale, whom he married August 18, 1979; a son, John of Germantown; two daughters, Heather of Montgomery and Rachel of Germantown; two sisters, Karen Vale of Livingston and Debbie Pattison of Hudson Falls; seven nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Monday, November 19, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Germantown.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 20 at the funeral home with the Reverend David Tipple officiating.

Interment will follow in the Reformed Church Cemetery, Germantown.

Memorial donations are requested to Equine Advocates, P.O. Box 354 Chatham 12037.



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