Obituaries: Higgins, Rothvoss

Vernon “Chief” Higgins (1945 – 2013)

PHILMONT—Vernon Gary “Chief” Higgins, Philmont Fire Company chief, passed away March 6, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous 13 month battle with lung cancer.

Born in Rutland, Vermont, August 13, 1945, he was the son of the late Henry and Florence (Goodermote) Higgins, Sr.

Mr. Higgins proudly served his country during the Vietnam War in the United States Army. He was a member of American Legion Post #0252.

Mr. Higgins was a school bus driver for the Taconic Hills Central School District since 2007, a job he truly loved. He thought of the students on his “Otter” bus as “his kids.” Prior to his employment at THCS, he worked at area car dealerships as an auto technician, including at Schroeder Chevrolet, Fairview Lincoln Mercury, Malasky Ford and Lloyd Cadillac. He was also a former coach and manager for the Ockawamick Little League. He was an avid NASCAR fan and Mark Martin was his favorite driver. He also loved the New York Mets and truly believed they could win a championship. He also liked country music.

His true passion was the Philmont Fire Company which he joined in 1972. He worked his way through the ranks and at the time of his passing he had been chief since 2010. He was a member of the Hudson Mohawk Volunteer Firefighters Association, Inc.

He most loved being a husband, dad, papa and gpa.

Mr. Higgins is survived by: his loving wife of 43 years, Dorothy (Jennings) Higgins; daughter, Donna and (Ramon) Perry; a son, Kenneth Jennings; grandsons, Christopher (Jessica) Bleau of Philmont, Brian Bleau, Stephen Jennings and Jay B. Higgins; great-granddaughters, Bria Marie Bleau and Alyssa Skye Bleau; great-grandson, Izac Jennings; brothers, Allen and sister-in-law Susan Higgins of Claverack and Ronald Higgins of Hudson; sisters, Marian and (Donald) Campbell of Linlithgo, Sandra and (John) Thompson of New Lebanon, Nancy Krapf of Florida and Sally and (Robert) Giblock of New Jersey. He also leaves his American Eskimo named Knight, in addition to many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Gary Alan Higgins, who died September 23, 2010 and his brother, Henry Higgins, Jr.

Mr. Higgins will be greatly missed and never forgotten by all who loved him. His family extends deepest thanks to the staff of Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, especially Janice MacLaughlin, RN, Eileen Gleason, RN,  Jane Ramsey, LPN, Terry Royne and Mark Longhurst.

Calling hours will be Sunday, March 10 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Funeral services will be Monday, March 11, 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Chaplain Rick Washburn officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Mellenville Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Philmont Fire Department, 1 Maple Avenue, Philmont 12565.

Pauline A. Rothvoss (1937 – 2013)

HUDSON—Pauline A. Rothvoss, 75, a longtime resident of Hudson and former resident of Ancramdale, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

She was born July 2, 1937 in Hudson, the daughter of the late Stephen and Bertha (McGhee) Mylock.

Ms. Rothvoss formerly worked at K & E, Sharon Health Care and Meadowgreens restaurant.

She was an active member of the Holy Trinity Parish in Hudson, was a member of Greenport Senior Citizens and volunteered for the Columbia County Office for the Aging, Hudson.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend. Ms. Rothvoss enjoyed raising her children and spending time with her grandchildren. She devoted her life to caring for family, friends and neighbors.

She is survived by: her children, Bonnie Dykeman of Hudson, Pamela Tamburro and husband Peter of Oneida and Arnold Rothvoss, Jr., and his wife Susan of Ancramdale; her grandchildren, Lynn Dykeman, Brian Dykeman, Patrick Tamburro and Matthew Tamburro; her siblings, Edward Mylock; Shirley Stang (Victor); James Mylock (Georgia); Cindy Thomas (Michael) and Terri Proper (David); as well as several nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

She was predeceased by a sister-in-law, Judy Mylock.

Ms. Rothvoss will be forever loved and missed by all who knew her.

Calling hours will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake.

Funeral services will begin at noon. Interment will follow in the Irondale Cemetery, Millerton.

Memorial contributions are requested to the Holy Trinity Parish, P.O. Box 323, Hudson 12534, or the Greenport Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 275, Hudson 12534.


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