Obituaries: Fisher, Lawrence, Traver, McCaul

Donald W. Fisher (1922 – 2012)

KINDERHOOK—Donald W. Fisher, 90, of Kinderhook died Monday, December 24, 2012 at his home.

Born September 8, 1922 in Buffalo, he was the son of the late William and Irene (Tree) Fisher.

Mr. Fisher was a graduate of the University of Buffalo, where he received his doctorate in paleontology. He taught at Union College for a time and worked for the New York State Geological Survey for 29 years where he retired as the New York State Paleontologist Emeritus.

Since 1976, he was the proprietor of Fisher’s OK Rock Shop in Kinderhook and an avid bowler in Chatham and Hudson. He also enjoyed horticulture.

He is survived by two sons, Wayne and Dale Fisher, both of Kinderhook and two granddaughters, Laura and Katrina.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Fisher.

Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Kinderhook Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Valatie. For those wish, contributions may be made to the Palmer Engine and Hose Company in Kinderhook or the Kinderhook Dutch Reformed Church.

Patrick J. Lawrence (1948 – 2012)

SHARON, CT—Patrick J. Lawrence, 64, of Amenia passed away December 24, 2012 at Sharon Hospital.

He was born January 20, 1948 at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, the son of Lois (VanKuren) Lawrence and the late Charles Lawrence.

Mr. Lawrence lived most of his life in the Smithfield Valley. Growing up, he was a member of the Future Farmers of America and the 4-H Club.

On May 4, 1968, he married Bernice M. Fitzpatrick at the Immaculate Conception Church in Amenia. Mrs. Lawrence survives at home.

Mr. Lawrence was a farm manager, who worked at Smithfield Farms for 48 years. He was a member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Millbrook and a board member for the Smithfield Cemetery.

He was an avid hunter and bowled for many years for the Wallbridge Farm Team of Millbrook.

In addition to his loving wife of 44 years, Bernice, he is survived by: three children, Patrick Lawrence and his wife Kelly of Portland, OR, Lisa Lawrence and her companion Jamie Susczynski of Stanfordville and James Lawrence and his companion Jennifer DeForest of Wappingers Falls; two grandchildren, Jenna and Justin Lawrence of Wappingers Falls; his mother, Lois Lawrence of Amenia; a sister, Carol Stanton and her husband William of Cobleskill; brothers, Charles Lawrence of Millbrook and Peter Lawrence and his companion Patricia Power of Hudson; a sister, Nancy DeWitt and her husband Lee of Hyde Park; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Charles Lawrence in 1988.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, December 29, 2012 at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, December 30, 2012 at the Smithfield Presbyterian, 656 Smithfield Valley Road, Amenia, with the Reverend Douglas Grandgeorge officiating. Interment will follow in the Smithfield Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Amenia Fire Department, 36 Mechanic Street, Amenia 12501.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains.

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Vincent D. Traver, Sr. (1929 – 2012)

GT. BARRINGTON, MA—Vincent D. Traver, Sr., 83, of Hillsdale passed away Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Fairview Commons after a long illness.

He was born June 25, 1929 in Palentown, a son of John and Jennie (Gray) Traver.

Mr. Traver was a technician with the Genex/Eastern Artificial Insemination Co-op based in Ithaca. He was one of five technicians that served all the dairy farms in Columbia County.

He was an avid bowler and had volunteered as a scout leader. Mr. Traver was a member of Columbia County Cooperative Extension 4-H and of the former Roeliff Jansen Lions Club. He loved nature, the outdoors, golfing, and farming, but above all, he loved his wife and family.

He was predeceased by his wife, Audrey (Brown) Traver, April 19, 1997. They had been married for 47 years and enjoyed a happy life together.

Survivors include: his children, Janice Wrobel of Liverpool, Beatrice Nester and husband Robert of Bowie, MD, Constance Dysard and husband John of Clayton, DE, Glenn Traver of New York City and Vincent Traver, Jr., and wife Teri of Hillsdale: four grandchildren, Katie, Andrew, Sebastian and Miguel; a sister, Frances Edick of Ilion and a brother, Donald Traver and wife Peggy of Kerhonksen.

At Mr. Traver’s request, the services will be private, however the family has decided to honor him with a Celebration of Life, January 19, 2013, 11:30 a.m. to which family and friends are invited. The celebration will take place at the Hillsdale Firehouse, 9387 Route 22.

Private interment will be in the North Hillsdale Cemetery.

Because of his love for nature and the outdoors, memorial contributions may be made to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, P.O. Box 356, Millerton 12546. It would make him happy to know that the farmland which he visited as a technician would remain undeveloped for the residents of Hillsdale to enjoy as he so often did.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Copake.

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Gerri Ann Vincent McCaul (1959 – 2012)

PINE PLAINS—Gerri Ann Vincent McCaul died at home on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012, after having a fulfilling Christmas with her husband, kids and grandkids, whom she loved so dearly. She was 53.

Mrs. McCaul was a resident of Pine Plains for two and a half years and a former resident of Ancram for 13 years.

She was born September 26, 1959 at Sharon Hospital and was the daughter of the late Jerry “Onion” Vincent and Dorothy Vincent. Who survives.

She was the loving wife of William E. McCaul, who survives at home. They were married for 19 years and together for 34 years. Also surviving are: six children, four of which she shared with William, Michael Vincent and fiancée Nellie Brown, Virginia Gray, Christopher McCaul, Sr., and wife Beth McCaul, Duane McCaul and wife Lacey McCaul. Stephen McCaul and Scott McCaul and girlfriend Jessica Baird, who the family thanks for helping her in these last few months. She also leaves dear step children, two of which were very close and near, Ernest McCaul, Amy McCaul and fiancé Kenneth Killmer and five others. She was predeceased by stepdaughter, Sherri McCaul, whose children survive.

Mrs. McCaul was one of nine children. Her surviving siblings are Jerry Vincent, Carol Pemberton, Cheryl Vincent, Duane Vincent, James Vincent and Charles Vincent

She was predeceased by two sisters, Ann Marie Hitsman and Dorothy Vincent, Jr.

Surviving are her grandchildren, Tesiyah Gray, Genarria Gray, Mya McCaul, Christopher McCaul, Jr., Jerralynn McCaul, Jerry Vincent, Felicity McCaul and Alysianna Grossman, who believed she was the world’s best grandma/mema a grandchild could ever ask for. She also had many step grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

According to her family, Mrs. McCaul was a loving friend to many and a mother, mema and grandma to most. She held us all under her wing, no matter what. She would spoil you and love you like you were one of her own. You will be missed so dearly, we love you mom, sincerely.

A private viewing for immediate family only, will be Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 11 a.m. at the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, Pine Plains.

A public graveside service will be held at noon at the Evergreen Cemetery. A gathering will be held after the service at 26 Bowman Road, Pine Plains.

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