Obituaries: Irish, Ptaszek, Rinzler

Mary S. Irish (1918 – 2013)

VALATIE—Mary S. Irish, 94, of Valatie died Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Barnwell Health Facilities in Valatie

Born October 24, 1918 in Williamsburg, VA, she was the daughter of the late William O. and Ada May (Dunn) Strong.

She served in the U.S. Naval Reserve (Waves) during World War II.

Mrs. Irish was very involved in her community and supported many local organizations. She was a member of the North Chatham United Church, assisting with Sunday School, the altar flower committee and the Lord’s Acre Auction throughout the years. She was an active member of the Kinderhook Garden Club for more than 60 years, having been introduced to the organization by her mother-in-law, who was a charter member of the club. A nature lover, she often decorated her home with arrangements from field and garden. Mrs. Irish was an avid reader with wide-ranging interests, enjoying both travel and the numerous historical and cultural offerings of the Hudson Valley and Capital Region, and was a frequent attendee of local author and artist presentations. She greatly enjoyed her family and grandchildren. Her family and friends will miss her lively conversations and companionship.

She is survived by: two daughters, Margaret L. Irish (George Janson) of Valatie, Molly Wielgosz (Karol) of Clarence; one son, John L. Irish (Nancy) of Reston, VA; two siblings, William O. Strong of Laporte, TX, and John R. Strong of Chalfont, PA; six grandchildren, Joseph, Lindsay and Whitney Irish; Zachary, Kristina and Sarah Wielgosz; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Leland W. Irish, Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 28 at the North Chatham United Methodist Church, North Chatham, with Jonathan Walters officiating. Burial will follow in North Chatham Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the church prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Chatham United Methodist Church, the Kinderhook Garden Club or The Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene.

Elizabeth “Betty” Ptaszek  (1924 – 2013)

GHENT—Elizabeth “Betty” Ptaszek, 88, of Greenport, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013 at Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.

Born May 20, 1924 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Baretsky.

Mrs. Ptaszek was a homemaker and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. She lived all her life in the Hudson area.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Walter R. Ptaszek in 2008.

Mrs. Ptaszek is survived by: her devoted daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and Peter Nowak, Sr. of Hillsdale; her loving grandchildren, Amanda Nowak of Avon, CT, and Peter Nowak, Jr., of Fort Wayne, IN; her brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Colleen Baretsky of North Carolina; her brother-in-law, Joseph Ptaszek of Claverack, and several nieces and nephews.

A calling hour will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Services will follow at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Greenport.

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Carl Rinzler, M.D. (1939 – 2013)

HUDSON—Dr. Carl Rinzler, 73, died March 25, 2013, at his home in Hudson of advanced lung disease.

Dr. Rinzler was born June 9, 1939, in Newark, New Jersey, to Elliot and Estelle Wilensky Rinzler and was raised in Passaic, New Jersey.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a medical degree from New York University.

After completing his internship at the Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn, where he was best rotating intern, Dr. Rinzler served as chief resident in psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. He then served as a major in the U.S. Army at Patterson Army Hospital, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, where he was chief of psychiatry.

Dr. Rinzler then entered the private practice of psychiatry, in which he was engaged until shortly before his death, in Manhattan and then in Hudson.  While in private practice, he was also a staff psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Hospital; an instructor of psychiatry at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine; the director of psychiatry at the William F. Ryan Community Health Center in Manhattan; a staff psychiatrist at Columbia County Mental Health; and an attending psychiatrist at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Rinzler was a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Association for Social Psychiatry and the American Society for Clinical Psychopharmacology.  He published on various aspects of psychiatry and psychotherapy.

Dr. Rinzler is survived by: his three children, Michael F. of San Francisco and Jane Buckingham of Beverly Hills, California, both from his first marriage, which ended in divorce, and Paul Lodro of Brooklyn, from his second marriage to Irma Beth Warshaver Rinzler, from whom he was separated; his brother, Richard Curry of Woodstock; his sister, Deborah of Manhattan; and two grandchildren, Jackson C. and Lilia C. Buckingham. His dear friend Stephanie Tsandikos was a source of great happiness and solace to him in his final years and days.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 31, 12:30 p.m., at the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York, 118 West 22nd Street, Manhattan.



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