Obituaries: Gaudette, Meyer, Olsen

Jean K. Gaudette (1935 – 2012)

HUDSON—Jean K. Gaudette, 77, of Greenport, passed away Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born September 24, 1935 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Julian C. and Anna T. (Bray) Race.

Mrs. Gaudette was an x-ray technician at Columbia Memorial Hospital for more than 40 years. She was an active member of St. Joseph’s Parish, Holy Family Church in Stottville, a member of the Greenport Fire Company #3 Auxiliary, and loved to do crafts, puzzles and knit. She lived her entire life in the Hudson area.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 44 years, Robert H. Gaudette, Sr. in 2009.

Mrs. Gaudette is survived by: two children, Kathleen (James) Sherman of Greenport and Robert (Linda Utter) H. Gaudette, Jr. of Freehold; her step-children, Patricia (Joe) Thibodeaux of Nashua, NH, Michael (LeeAnn) Gaudette of Merrimack, NH, and Kevin (Lloyd) Gaudette of Nashua, NH; her siblings, Ann DeSimone of Hudson, Mary Lou Race of Kingston, Hugh Race of Beaver Dam and Jack Race of Claverack; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two sisters, Geraldine Gritmon and Ellen Cooper.

Prayers will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 29 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am at St. Joseph’s Parish, Holy Family Church in Stottville.

Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

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Donald E. Meyer (1942 – 2012)


ALBANY—Donald E. Meyer, 70, of Kinderhook died Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Albany Medical Center.

Born March 16, 1942 in Albany, he was the son of the late Edward E. and Evelyn A. (Egnasher) Meyer.

Mr. Meyer was a U.S. Air Force veteran and operated Lindenwald Farms, Inc. in Kinderhook, where he grew potatoes and sweet corn. He was a member of the Christian Community Church in Kinderhook and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Mary F.(Gagliardi) Meyer and his son, Marc A. Meyer (Kay) of Kinderhook. He was predeceased by his brother, Gary Meyer.


A memorial service will be held Thursday, November 29 at 6:45 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Valatie, with William Otterbeck officiating. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home from 5 to 6:45 p.m.  Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

John K. Olsen (1929 – 2012)


HOLYOKE, MA—John K. Olsen, 83, of Copake passed away November 18, 2012 at Holyoke Medical Center.

Born in Brooklyn October 27, 1929, he was the son of the late Estelle Gunther Olsen and Kenneth Alexander Olsen.

Mr. Olsen was a sergeant (T) in the Army National Guard Artillery and was deployed to Korea in 1951.

He retired from AT&T as an installer-repairman in 1984 after 36 years of service. He enjoyed hunting, water skiing, camping and snow skiing and was a ski instructor at Catamount.

For many years, Mr. Olsen volunteered at Shaker Village demonstrating artistic blacksmithing. He served as chairman of the Copake Zoning Board of Appeals for many years; was a member of the Roe Jan Lions Club, the Berkshire Blacksmith Association and honorary member of Columbia County Electrical Contractors.

Mr. Olsen served as deacon and elder of the West Copake Reformed Church, where he was a member for 47 years.

He is survived by: his wife of 60 years, Mary Ann Brusie Olsen; sons, Kirk Olsen of Hillsdale and Karl Olsen of Minnesota; daughters, Karole Olsen Svingala of Verbank and Dr. Kristine Olsen Stockfish of Great Barrington, MA; a sister, Alice Olsen Graseck of Southold; two grandsons and three granddaughters.

Viewing was held at the Olsen home with a memorial service at West Copake Reformed Church, November 20. Cremation followed through the Birches-Roy Funeral Home, Great Barrington, MA. Those wishing to make a donation in Mr. Olsen’s memory may do so to the West Copake Reformed Church, Route 7, Copake 12516.

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