Obituaries: Schober, Meltz, Decker, Kreeber

Martha Schober (1920 – 2013)

GT. BARRINGTON, MA—Martha Schober, (nee Mader), 92, departed this life January 4, 2013 at Fairview Hospital.

She was born July 28, 1920 in New York City to Bernhardt Mader, an immigrant from Germany and Theresia Mader, (nee Geschrey), of Austria Hungary.

She spent her childhood in Manhattan and her early adulthood in Rye. She graduated from Rye High School in 1938 and the Fashion School of Design in New York City.

The majority of her life was spent living on a farm in Austerlitz. She married Henry Schober, an immigrant from Austria, in 1941. Mr. and Mrs. Schober’s greatest joy was the arrival of their daughter, Gretel in 1943 and their son, Hans in 1945.

In 1948, the Schobers and their children moved to a small farm in Austerlitz. Mr. Schober maintained his job at the Westchester Country Club, traveling to Columbia County on his days off until he moved permanently to the farm in 1958.

Mrs. Schober took the initiative to learn about farming and built a dairy farm of Holstein cows. Mr. Schober passed in 1988 and Mrs. Schober continued to help her son, Hans and his family manage the farm. She was an election inspector for the Town of Austerlitz. She also ran for public office and served her community as a member of the Austerlitz Town Board. Mrs. Schober was an active member of the Spencertown Presbyterian Church and played an important role in sustaining the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Hillsdale.

Mrs. Schober is survived by: her daughter, Gretel and her husband Frank Bachler; her son, Hans and his wife Rosemarie Schober; nine grandchildren, Paul and Lizette Bachler, Krista and Ken Segreto, Matt and Lisa Schober, David and Tracy Schober, Christopher and Jennifer Schober, Suzanne and Rich Riley, Stephen and Meg Schober, Deborah and Christopher Wren and Samantha Schober; step-great-grandsons, Anthony Segreto and Michael and his wife Molly Goodrich; step-great-granddaughter, Christine Goodrich; 11 great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Katerina, Paul, Carlo, Kieran, Eowyn, Aoife, Saoirse, Henry, Caleb and Jack; step-great-great grandchildren, Alexander and Emily; nephew, Walter and his wife Kathy Schober their children Eric, wife Amy and Christina Schober.

Visiting hours will be Tuesday, January 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home in Chatham. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 9 at St Peter’s Church in Spencertown at 11 a.m.

Donations in Mrs. Schober’s name may be made to St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church in Spencertown. For directions or to send an online condolence visit

Lillian Meltz (1938 – 2013)

HUDSON—Lillian Meltz, of Martindale died January 6, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born April 3, 1938, she was a retired bus driver for the Taconic Hills School District and was a member of the Mellenville Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary.

Mrs. Meltz is survived by her husband of 40 years, Thomas Meltz, Sr.; her sons, Thomas Meltz, Jr., George Pitcher and Richard Pitcher; her daughters, Pamela (Bill) Harmon, Susan Drbul and Melissa Sperry; her step-daughter, Tammy Hart; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham, Thursday, January 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. A religious service will be celebrated at noon with interment to follow at Mellenville Cemetery.

Donations in Mrs. Meltz’s memory may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene. For directions or to send an online condolence visit

Arthur John Decker (1943 – 2012)

HUDSON—Arthur John Decker, 65, of Mellenville died December 31, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He was born May 3, 1947 in Hudson, the son of the late Bernard J. (Buddy) and Marion (Christiana) Decker.

He graduated from Chatham High School and worked several jobs including at Streaters, Inc., Sonoco-Crellin in Chatham, Charter Supply and for 35 years he was employed with the Columbia Corporation and most recently with Custom Extrusion in Lenox, MA, before becoming disabled in 2002.

He is survived by: his wife of 43 years, Mary Jane (Sagendorph) Decker; beautiful daughter, Nadine Perusse and her husband Tom; special grandson, Nicholas Perusse of Dalton, MA; his sister, Darlene Mickle of Chatham; brother, Wayne F. Decker and wife Carol of East Chatham; Aunt Alberta Decker and Uncle Vernon Decker; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Spring inurnment will be in the Mellenville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the First Reformed Church, 23 Kinderhook Street, Chatham 12037 or the Mellenville Fire Company, Mellenville 12544. For online condolences visit

Philomena Kreeber (1929 – 2013)

HUDSON—Philomena Kreeber, 83, of Hudson died Sunday, January 6 at Columbia Memorial Hospital following a short illness.

Born in Hudson, November 6, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Michael, Sr., and Victoria (Laurella) Sandagato.

Mrs. Kreeber was a clerk for the Ron-Kay Bakery in Hudson, and was a member of the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.  She was a member of Holy Trinity/St. Mary’s Parish in Hudson. Her husband, Roland Kreeber died in 2010.

She is survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and great-nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by: brothers, Ralph, Anthony L., John and Michael Sandagato, Jr., as well as one nephew, Thomas Sandagato.

Calling hours will be Thursday morning, January 10 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity/St. Mary’s Church, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson, with Fr. Winston Bath officiating.

Burial will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Parish, P.O. Box 323, Hudson 12534.







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