Obituaries: Sharp, Wasson, Miller, Shamblen

Kathleen A. Sharp (1946 – 2013)

ALBANY—Kathleen A. Sharp of Canaan died May 12, 2013 at the Community Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born in 1946 to Louis and Irene (MacDonald) Boucher, she grew up in Rossman, Columbia County and attended the four-room Rossman School there. She graduated from Ichabod Crane High School in 1964.

Predeceased by both parents, she is survived by her husband of 47 years, Lee Sharp, her daughter, Meghan Sharp, and granddaughter, Emily Pulver, as well as several cousins and nieces.

With a lifelong passion for learning, Mrs. Sharp studied at Hudson Valley Community College, Michigan State University, SUNY New Paltz and Empire State College.

As a radiologic technologist and physician assistant, she worked in several area hospitals and private practices, taught at Hudson Valley Community College and served as a volunteer with the Valatie Rescue Squad.

In retirement, Mrs. Sharp’s youthful interest in arts and crafts was rekindled. She particularly enjoyed spinning, weaving and, under the guidance of friend and mentor Ulrike Grannis, paper art and bookmaking.

Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home in Valatie.

A private burial will take place at the convenience of the family in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Valatie.

Mrs. Sharp’s family is profoundly grateful for the support of the staff and volunteers of the Columbia-Greene Community Hospice, and the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s. Friends are encouraged to donate to their local hospice organizations.

Dorothy A. Wasson (1946 – 2013)

HUDSON—Dorothy A. Wasson, 66, of Niverville passed away Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born June 2, 1946 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Roger and Dorothy (Wheeler) Wolcott.

Mrs. Wasson lived in the Albany area and was a school administrator for the Kissimmee Christian Academy in Kissimmee, FL, and prior to that was a medical transcriptionist for many years.

She is survived by: her husband of 30 years, Leon Wasson; two sisters, Cecilia Cantrell of Stockton, CA, and Claire Mahar of Homestead, FL; a son, Thomas Wasson of Keller, TX; a daughter, Stephanie Dougherty of Atlanta, GA; two grandchildren, Lucas Dougherty and Olivia Wasson; many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and time to be announced.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia / Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Valatie.

Perry L. Miller (1942 – 2013)

ANCRAM—Perry L. Miller, 71, a lifelong resident of Ancram passed away Saturday, May 11, 2013 at home.

He was born in Ancram, April 24, 1942, the son of the late Perry C. and Emma (Coons) Miller.

Mr. Miller was the owner and operator of Ancram Construction Corporation for more than 44 years.

He was a member of the church council of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ancram. He was also past fire chief, past president and past chairman of the Ancram Fire Company Board of Fire Commissioners. He also was a past councilman serving on the Ancram Town Board.

On June 2, 1962 in Copake, he married Ruth (Stupplebeen) Miller. She survives him at home.

In addition to his loving wife, Ruth, survivors include: a daughter, Kelly A. Stargais and her husband William of Elizaville; two sons, Michael S. Miller and his wife Debbie of Ancram and Adam C. Miller of Claverack; two sisters, Harriet Hunt of Hyde Park and Dolores Louck of Ancram and four grandchildren, Samantha, Brianna, Victoria and Mariah.

There are no calling hours.

Funeral and interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions are requested to the Ancram Fire Company, P.O. Box 8 Ancram 12502.

Ralph H. Shamblen (1922 -2013)

HUDSON—Ralph H. Shamblen of Ghent, born January 24, 1922, died at Columbia Memorial Hospital, May 13.

His wife, Ruth (Welch) died in 1999 after 49 years of marriage.

Mr. Shamblen leaves: six daughters, Judith Blache and her husband James of Jacksonville, FL, Cheryl Lyons and her husband Donald of Goose Creek, SC, Karen Hresko and her husband Robert of Denville, NJ, Brenda Schermerhorn of Ghent, who was his caregiver and with whom he lived the past several years, Melissa Maston and her husband George of Three Rivers, MA, and Deborah Banker and her husband James Liles of Cape Coral, FL; one son, Ralph, Jr., of New Lebanon; 24 grandchildren, including his granddaughter, Angela Winters of Lee, MA, with whom he lived for years while she provided his care before moving to his daughter’s in Ghent; 23 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his son, Raymond Maynard of Alford, MA; two brothers, Randall and Brian, both of Kenna, WV.

Mr. Shamblen was born in Kenna, WV, and grew up on the family farm. After high school he took a job as a lineman with the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company in WV. When World War II intervened, Mr. Shamblen proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy.

Navy training took him to the University of VA and Cornell University. After the war, he returned to Cornell University to complete his studies, earning a BEE degree in 1948.

He joined General Electric in Schenectady but soon transferred to Transformer Operations at GE’s Pittsfield, MA, location where he worked until retiring in 1982 after 34 years of service. He lived for many years in New Lebanon, where he raised his family. As an avid gardener, he and his family were known for the large garden they maintained together. He was a lifelong sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing into his mid-80s. He was a proud NRA member and for many years enjoyed introducing people to shooting sports, teaching gun safety and shooting skills as an NRA certified instructor.

Calling hours will be Friday, May 17 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham, with a funeral service there at the conclusion of calling hours. A burial service, following a procession to the Cemetery of the Evergreens in New Lebanon will conclude the services. To send online condolences visit




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