Obituaries: Boyce, Klimek, Richman, Poleschner

Wanda Waters Boyce (1921 – 2012)

HUDSON—Wanda Waters Boyce, 91, of Hudson and Stuart, Florida, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family, December 10, 2012.

She was born July 16, 1921 in Hudson, the daughter of the late Leroy and Emma (Miller) Waters.

She was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Carl V. Boyce, who died August 18, 2012, as well as a brother, Leroy Waters, Jr., and three sisters, Gerry Conklin, Mayfred Waters and Ruth Waters.

Mrs. Boyce was an accomplished artist and poet. Her paintings are cherished by family, friends and collectors alike. During the 1950s she modeled for artist Clement Donshea. She retired as a consultant for Estee Lauder in 1980. She was active in the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, Christ Church, Columbia Golf and Country Club. She was president of the Greenport PTA and was a Cub Scout leader.

Mrs. Boyce is survived by her son, Carl E. Boyce and his wife Lucia; a daughter, Pamela Kline; three grandsons, Travis Kline, Robbie Nack and Peter Nack; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Kline Murphy; four great-grandsons, Gavin Kline, Tait Kline, Easton Murphy and Braden Murphy.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, December 13, 2012 at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Donations may be made in Mrs. Boyce’s memory to Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson.

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Catherine E. Klimek (1933 – 2012)

HUDSON—Catherine E. Klimek, 79, of Ghent, passed away Monday, December 10, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born July 26, 1933 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late John and Catherine (Lemmermann) Burfeind.

After graduating from high school, Mrs. Klimek went to school in New York City to become a medical secretary. She enjoyed her years working for the World Health Organization in New York City, where she met different kinds of people from all over the world. After returning to this area, she worked for the Rip Van Winkle Clinic and for several doctors including Phillip Incao, MD of Harlemville.

Mrs. Klimek was a lifelong, dedicated member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Hudson, where she volunteered in the food pantry. She worked diligently to help resettle several Vietnam refugees in the U.S. She loved animals, especially her cats.

Mrs. Klimek was the beloved wife of 48 1/2 years of Charles F. Klimek of Ghent; devoted mother of Peter E. (Wendy) Klimek of Chatham, Stephen A. (Nancy) Klimek of Ghent, Ilona M. Klimek of Ghent and Cheryl (Timmy) Burrall of Florida, and loving sister of Henry (Sandy) Burfeind of Ghent.  She is also survived by several grandchildren, many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Maria Carole Klimek and a brother, Walter J. Burfeind.

There will be no calling hours.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, December 17, 2012 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Klimek’s name may be made to the Cavell House or Community Hospice of Columbia Greene.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson.

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E. Marguerite Richman (1930 – 2012)

ALBANY—Eileen Marguerite Richman of Canaan passed away December 9 after a brief illness.

She was born June 22, 1930.

She will be remembered fondly by many for her musical abilities both as an instructor and as a violinist for the Albany Symphony Orchestra for many years.

Devoted mother to Stuart and Benjamin and loving sister to Jean, she will be sorely missed by them and her many friends.

Her dear husband, Samuel Richman predeceased her in 2001.

She inspired many with her love of music, her generous compassion and her perpetual good spirits.

Calling hours will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. with the funeral service to immediately follow at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Friday, December 14.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be sent to the Albany Symphony Orchestra, 19 Clinton Avenue, Albany 12207 or

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Anne Poleschner

CLERMONT—Anne Poleschner passed away peacefully December 11, 2012 at her home in Clermont.

Born in Little Falls to John and Mary Kulisek, the family grew up in Glenco Mills.

On June 29, 1947, she married Charles Poleschner at St. Mark’s Church in Hudson. He predeceased her in 1976. Her brothers, John, Stephen, Paul and sister, Suzanne also died previously.

She graduated from Albany Teachers College and spent more than 35 years teaching fifth grade at the Greenport School, retiring in 1980.

She loved traveling and retirement enabled her to take many trips with her dear friend Katherine McDonald and a wide circle of friends.

She loved the history of Clermont and Columbia County. For many years she was Clermont Town Historian, member of the Clermont Memorial House, life member of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Friends of Clermont and the Columbia County Historical Society.

She worshipped at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Manorton. Above all was the “ladies card club” a group of ladies that met every week for more than 50 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Betty Jane (Thomas) Harte; her granddaughters, Alyson and Caitlin; several nieces and nephews. The family thanks Dr. George Davis and all her caregivers but especially Adassa Smith, for the devotion and care given to Mrs. Poleschner.

Friends are invited to calling hours at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Germantown, Thursday, December 13 from 4 to 6 p.m.

There will be a service at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Manorton, Friday, December 14 at 11 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made in her honor to St. John’s Lutheran Church.




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