Obituaries: Coleman, Kelly, Eames, Crellin

Roger F. Coleman (1951—2012)

FLATWOODS, KY—Roger F. Coleman, 61, of Flatwoods, KY, formerly of St. Charles, IL, passed away Monday, December 31, 2012 at his residence.

Mr. Coleman was born February 5, 1951 in LaSalle, IL, a son of Phyllis Landers Coleman and the late Ronald W. Coleman.

He was also preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Pete and Florence Coleman; maternal grandparents, William and Elizabeth Landers; and his brother-in law, John Picco.

Mr. Coleman graduated from LaSalle Peru High School class of 1969, and attended Illinois Valley Community College and Southern Illinois University. He started his career in ad sales at the News Tribune in LaSalle and moved to the Tampa Tribune, Tampa, FL. He then moved to St. Charles and spent 20 years at the Kane County Chronicle, becoming the publisher.

In 2002, he became publisher of The Independent in Ashland, KY. He was the president of Conley Media in Wisconsin and then became publisher of the Hudson-Catskill Newspaper in Hudson. He always believed in being active in his families’ lives and his profession. Most recently he was past president of the New York Press Association.

Mr. Coleman was a devout Catholic. He helped develop his family’s strong ties to the St. John Neuman Catholic Church in St. Charles. He attended and was committed to the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland, KY, since moving to the area.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by: his loving wife of more than 37 years, Christie Stevenson Coleman; two daughters, Courtney Anne Coleman of New York City and Ashley Elizabeth and her husband, Daniel Kilgore of Savannah, GA; he was “papa” to two grandchildren, Colton Brentley and Collins Teagan Kilgore. He also leaves a brother, Rick and his wife Donna Coleman, of Utica, IL; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Glenn and Dorothy Stevenson of Utica; sister-in-law, Cindy Picco of Middlebury, IN; brothers-in-law, Tom Stevenson of Peru, IL, Tim Stevenson, Waunakee, WI; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 5 at St. Mary’s Church in Utica, with Monsignor James Swaner officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Vincent Cemetery in LaSalle, IL, where he will be laid to rest with his father.

The visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 4 at the Hurst Funeral Home in LaSalle.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 7 at the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland, KY, with the Reverend Garrett Bugg and the Reverend Jennifer Johnson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the Roger F. Coleman Grandchildren’s Education Fund has been established c/o Bailey Family Funeral Home, 2110 Argillite Road, Flatwoods, KY 41139. Condolences for the family may be sent to

Max Richard Kelly (1991 – 2012)

ALBANY—Max Richard Kelly, 21, of Germantown died Monday, December 31, 2012 as a result of an automobile accident in Livingston.

Mr. Kelly was a student at Columbia-Greene Community College and the proud captain of the Twins baseball team.

He was an All-Star baseball player and was most recently recognized by the Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference for the All Conference Baseball Team.

Born July 31, 1991, in Hudson, he was the son of Jodie Rae Wische and John Michael Kelly of Germantown.

In addition to his loving parents with whom he lived, he is survived by his sister, Sawyer Hudson Kelly of Germantown; his paternal grandmother, Mary Kelly of Red Hook; maternal grandmother, Toby Marcia Fine of Boynton Beach, Florida and maternal grandfather, Sande Wische of Jupiter, Florida. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Daren and Susan Kilgour of Red Hook, Thomas Kelly of Red Hook, Kevin Kelly of Red Hook, Lori and Todd Stone of New York City, Cary Wische of Trenton, NJ, and Glenn Richard and Debra Goodkin of Allendale, NJ, Todd and Grace Richard of Kingston; his cousins, Anna and Marley Stone, Rachael Kelly Vidor and Miles Vidor, Marisa and Cisco Reyes, Jeremy Kelly, Sarah and Sam Richard, Regina Kelly, Daren and Jessalyn Kilgour, Melanie, Jared and Angela Wische, and countless friends.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Thursday, January 3 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Funeral services are Thursday, January 3 at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. For directions or to sign the online guest book visit

Olympia Christo Eames (1922 – 2012)

CHATHAM—Olympia Christo Eames, 90, left this world for the next, Sunday December 30, 2012.

Born in Jamestown, April 24, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Sotir and Vasilo (John) Christo.

She married Frederic Boyton Eames, June 30, 1947 and their marriage was blessed with a great and true love.

She worked for the Chatham Bakery for years and later was a cashier for the Joy Department Store in Rensselaer, from where she retired.

Mrs. Eames was a devoted wife and mother. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred; her brothers, Peter and Andrew.

She is survived by: her two loving sons, Calvin C. Eames and George F. Eames and his wife Julie; her brothers, Chris and wife Pat Christo and James Christo; several nieces and nephews.

A calling hour will be held Thursday, January 3 from 10 to 11 a.m. with a funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. from the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham. Interment will be in the Chatham Rural Cemetery.

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Dorothy Esther Walker Crellin (1922 – 2012)

GHENT—Dorothy Esther Walker Crellin quietly passed away at the age of 90, December 30, 2012 at Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing facility.

She was born November 7, 1922 and lived her childhood in Canaan and summers at Queechy Lake. She graduated from the Northfield School for Girls in Massachusetts and received a degree in early elementary education from Oberlin College in Ohio.

She was married to Richard S. Crellin of Chatham for 53 years until his death in 1996. They were long-time residents of Chatham, raising four children. She was active member of the First Reformed Church in Chatham for many years and since the 1970s she was also active in the Canaan Congregational Church.

Mrs. Crellin is survived by: her three sons, Steve, Peter and Dan; daughter, Jane; five grandchildren, Robin, Ryan, Spencer, Tyler and Hayden; four great grandchildren, Chester, Ellie and Skylar and Colton.

Mrs. Crellin will rest with her husband in the Canaan Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

Memorials may be made to the First Reformed Church, 23 Kinderhook Street, Chatham 12037 or Camp Hill Ghent, Ghent 12075 or the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

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