Obituaries: Schoenfeld, Bell, Laudig

Mel Schoenfeld (1930 – 2013)

CHATHAM—Mel Schoenfeld, May 27, 1930 to March 14, 2013, succumbed to a nasty and formidable adversary with grace, courage and dignity, even under the most terrible circumstances.

He left behind his heartbroken, devoted wife, lover and best friend, Audrey. She will hold him in her heart interminably, as will his loving children, Gary (Linda), Mitchel (Linda) and Regina. He is also survived by: loving grandchildren, Jamie (AJ), Michael S., Amanda and Michael A., who will cherish him always; adoring and adored brother, Bart; treasured sister-in-law, Jody; loving sister, Eileen; dearest sister-and brother-in-law, Myrna and Stan Abes; legions of nieces, nephews, extended family, colleagues and friends.

Mr. Schoenfeld was a smart and funny guy; witty, talented, clever, compassionate and wise. He knew where true north was; his compass always the perfect guide. He was a writer, an award winning “ad man”, a Marine, a pilot, a guru to his gym buddies, a gourmet cook, a voracious reader, an avid gardener, a maniacal sports fan, and a true friend to many. He loved and appreciated genuine people, fine food, eclectic music, laughter and life. He was the heart and soul of his family. He worried about the state of the world for the future of all our children and devoured the Sunday news shows keeping pace with the ever-changing world. A special man of tremendous character; his word was golden, as was his smile. He was “movie-star” handsome, but never believed it. To know him was truly to love him. Words cannot express how much and in how many ways he will be missed and remembered by all those whose lives he touched, with the deepest and most abiding love.

The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham.

William T. Bell (1954 – 2013)

ALBANY—William T. Bell, 58, of Troy passed away peacefully March 9, 2013 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

He was born in Hudson, October 13, 1954, the son of the late Aretta (Bell) Durham and William Thorpe.

He attended Syracuse University and was formerly employed at The Workshop in Menands.

Mr. Bell is survived by: three brothers, Manuel Fernandez (Fran) of Cohoes, Stephen Durham (Ruth Ann) of Hudson and Matthew Bell (Sandy) of Elmira and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

He was predeceased by three sisters, Frances Durham, Jessie Mae (Durham) Travis, and Caretha Bell and two brothers, Joseph Durham and James Thomas, Jr.

Memorial services will be conducted Monday, March 18, 2013, 1 p.m. at the (Old) Shiloh Baptist Church, 241 Columbia Street, Hudson. The Reverend Edward Cross will officiate. Arrangements are with Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler, Funeral Services, Inc.

Judith E. Laudig (1963 – 2013)

ALBANY—Judith E. Laudig, 49, of Greenport passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Albany Medical Center.

Born August 8, 1963 in Hudson, she was the beloved daughter of Janet and Joel Meltz, Sr.

She was a graduate of St. Patrick’s Academy in Catskill and an administrative assistant for Special Needs in Ghent.

Mrs. Laudig was the devoted wife of William; cherished mother of David and Allison, and loving sister of Joyce, Joel and John.

Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at the Bates & Anderson- Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Funeral services are private.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Columbia Greene Humane Society Building Fund. Visit to leave a message for the family.




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