Obituaries: Podmijersky, Gihan, Fuerst, Seiger

Paul G. Podmijersky (1921 – 2013)

LIVINGSTON—Paul G. Podmijersky, 91, of Livingston, died peacefully at his residence early Wednesday morning, March 13, 2013.

He was born July 26, 1921 in Clermont, to Paul and Anna (Pecen) Podmijersky.

Mr. Podmijersky worked on the family farm all of his life. He also was an equipment operator for the New York State Department of Transportation. He was a life member of the Livingston Fire Company and enjoyed being a little league coach.

Mr. Podmijersky was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, John and Samuel; three sisters, Anna G., Christina and Mildred.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ruth E. (Elsom) Podmijersky; his son, Paul M. (Amanda) Podmijersky; four grandchildren, Lucas, Abby, Danielle and Paul John Podmijersky; several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Services were held Friday, March 15 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Burial was in St. Thomas Lutheran Cemetery in Churchtown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Philmont Boy Scout Troop #252, c/o Bates & Anderson, 110 Green Street, Hudson 12534.

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Ruth Mae Gihan (1929 – 2013)

HUDSON—Ruth Mae Gihan, 83, of Fairburn, Georgia, passed away March 10, 2013.

The funeral service will be held at 9 a.m., March 16 at the Bates & Anderson Funeral Home in Hudson. Visitation will be held at the funeral home March 15. Burial will follow the funeral at Cedar Park Cemetery.

She was born in Hudson, March 19, 1929. She graduated from Hudson High School and later received her nursing degree from The Lincoln School for Nurses in New York City.

Ms. Gihan was a head nurse and later nursing supervisor for Sydenham Hospital and Harlem Hospital before her retirement. She enjoyed travel in the Caribbean and sharing her holidays with family members and friends. She was also actively involved in The Lincoln School for Nurses Alumnae Association.

She is survived by her daughter, Antoinette; son, Frank; grandchildren, Nealy, Shavon and Russell; other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her former husband, Frank A. Gihan, and her parents, George and Virginia Johnson of Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the American Stroke Association and the American Red Cross of Greater New York.

The family of Ms. Gihan thanks family and friends who assisted them during this time of bereavement.

Joan M. Fuerst (1935 – 2013)

CORTLANDT MANOR—Joan M. Fuerst, 78, of Valatie died Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Cortlandt Healthcare in Cortlandt Manor.

Born February 18, 1935 in Flushing, she was the daughter of the late John and Mildred (Herbert) Seguin.

Mrs. Fuerst worked for New York State Department of Corrections as a parole aide in Bedford Hills and Hudson for 22 years, retiring in 2002. She was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie.

She is survived by: her husband, Richard Fuerst of Croton on Hudson; seven children, Kathy D’Angelo of Jefferson Valley, Linda Hicks of Ridgefield, CT, Richard Fuerst of Valatie, Dianne Gallagher of Cortlandt Manor, Elaine Dragos of Valatie,  Bob Fuerst of Cortlandt Manor and Christopher Fuerst of Putnam Valley; three sisters, Ginny Guichard of Melville, Mary Ann Kramer of Whitestone and Laurie Seguin of Patchogue; one brother, Thomas Seguin of Pequannock, NJ; 15 grandchildren, Kelly Fuerst, Danielle Shain, April D’Angelo, Christin Hicks, James D’Angelo, Luke and Jesse Hicks, Tara Gallagher, Dylan Hicks, Brendan Gallagher, Matthew Dragos, Mickey Hicks, Leeann and Grace Dragos and Alyssa Fuerst; four great grandchildren, Gabriella, Jayden, Julia and Samuel and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Theresa C. Fuerst.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m., Monday, March 18 at St. John the Baptist Church, Route 9, Valatie.  Burial will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday, March 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Valatie. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (

Raymond “Freddy” Seiger (1962 – 2013)

HUDSON—Raymond “Freddy” Seiger, 50, of Columbiaville died Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born June 1, 1962 in Buffalo, he was the son of the late Raymond Charles Seiger and Hattie (Tiedman) Seiger of Rexford.

Mr. Seiger was a graduate of Ichabod Crane High School and attended Farmingdale Ag & Tech. He was a self-employed contractor.

Besides his mother he is survived by: three children, Derek Seiger, Mia McGiffert and Zachary Seiger, all of Hudson; two sisters, Lydia Ogle of East Greenbush, and Lesa Dennany of Rochester; two grandchildren, Savannah and Brylin Seiger and three nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 19 at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Valatie, with the Reverend James Slater officiating.  Burial will be in Kinderhook Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.



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