Obituaries: Verenazi, Adriance, Riegel, Hatch

Albert (Al) A. Verenazi (1931 – 2013)

SPENCERTOWN—Albert A. Verenazi, 81, of Spencertown passed away peacefully after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease with his loving family by his side, June 16, 2013, Father’s Day.

Born July 27, 1931 in Chatham, he was the son of the late Gregory and Elizabeth Verenazi.

His parents bought a farm with a saw mill on Pratt Hill Road when he was a small child. He was a farmer for his entire life. He and his beloved wife, Claire, later named the dairy farm, Butternut Creek Farm. When he sold his cows in 1971, Mr. Verenazi ran a Shell gas station on Rigor Hill Road, off the Taconic State Parkway. Shortly thereafter, he purchased a used dump truck from a neighbor and began his next career in excavation with his two sons, Gregory and Matthew.

Mr. Verenazi attended the Spencertown Academy through eighth grade and continued on to Chatham High School, graduating in the class of 1949. In high school he played six-man football. He was a Town of Austerlitz councilman and a member of the Spencertown Fire Company and just received his 45-year pin. Mr. Verenazi was very involved with his community and volunteered his talents and time, including his involvement in the Mountain 10 ski area in Austerlitz, where he taught his family the love of skiing.

Mr. Verenazi loved his family, friends and his farm. He enjoyed hunting, skiing and travel, having been to Italy two times to visit family still residing there. He was known to be a very honest, kind hearted, gentle man with an unforgettable smile, a wonderful sense of humor and hands as big as a baseball mitt. He was always whistling a tune wherever he went.

Mr. Verenazi was predeceased by his parents; his sisters, Jean, Virginia (Virgie), Della and Mary; his brother, Frank; his nephews, Frank, Jr., and Dan and brother-in-law, Walter.

Left to cherish his memory are: his wife, Claire Paddock Verenazi; his children, Gregory Verenazi and his wife Pam of Chatham, Lynne Michaels and her husband David of Kattskill Bay and Matthew Verenazi and his wife Sandi of Chatham; his sister, Esther Anderson and her husband Malcolm of Hudson; sisters-in-law, Beryl and her husband Richard Zapp of Yorktown Heights and Kathy Paddock of Pompano Beach, FL; family friend, Estelle Hawkins and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was “Poppy” to his beloved grandchildren, Glenn, Esther and Katie Verenazi, Benjamin and Kimberly Michaels and Allyson, Erin and Grant Verenazi.

His family thanks all the wonderful caregivers who helped them on this journey providing round the clock care and love: Kayla (Cara), Gladys, Mary, Lori, Debby, Abby, Kelly, Wendy and Maria, as well as the many friends, family and neighbors who stopped in to visit. Without their help, Mr. Verenazi would not have been able to stay in his home and look out over his beautiful pond and fields. A memorial service will be held Monday, July 1, 2013 at Saint James Catholic Church in Chatham, 5 p.m. to celebrate Mr. Verenazi’s life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Spencertown Fire Company, Memorial Drive, Spencertown 12165 or to The Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414. To send online condolences visit

Robert Carlisle Adriance (1929 – 2013)

GHENT—Robert Carlisle Adriance of Churchtown passed away June 19 after a long illness.

He was born July 11, 1929 to James A. and Claire P. Adriance in Hudson.

He served in the U.S. Army in the early 1950s, was a life member of the Churchtown Fire Company after transferring from Stockport and was a parishioner of the former St. John Lutheran Church in Hudson.

Mr. Adriance worked for the Coca Cola Company, Mephisto Tool Company, Smith Tire Company and most recently Taconic Hills Central School District.

He was predeceased by his wife, Bernice, and is survived by his children, Robert B., David and Kimberly, and six grandchildren.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 23 at the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home, Hudson. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 24 at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Churchtown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Churchtown Fire Company, Churchtown. Visit to leave condolences.

Harold L. Riegel (1927 – 2013)

VALATIE—Harold L. Riegel, 86, of Pumpkin Hollow Road in Taghkanic passed away Wednesday June 19, 2013 at the  Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility.

He was born March 21, 1927 in Hudson to Robert G. and Margaret (Coleman) Riegel.

A lifelong resident of Columbia County, he was a self-employed carpenter.

Mr. Riegel proudly served his country with the United States Army during the Korean War and received the Purple Heart.

On December 6, 1952 in Ozone Park, he married Barbara M. Deckert Riegel. Mrs. Riegel predeceased him in 2001.

Survivors include: his daughter, Teresa Riegel of Hudson; a son and daughter-in-law, William and Deborah Riegel of Taghkanic; two grandchildren, Samantha Riegel of Claverack and Robert Riegel of Taghkanic; a great grandchild, Brady and his sister, Marguerite Jensen of Copake.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 24, 2013 at 11 a.m. from the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Route 22 in Copake. The Reverend George Brennan from Our Lady of Hope Parish in Copake Falls will officiate.

Friends are invited and may call also on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Interment with military honors will follow in the West Copake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a contribution to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Margaret N. Hatch (1917 – 2013)

HUDSON—Margaret N. Hatch, 95, of Canaan died Friday, June 21 at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

She was born November 18, 1917 in Bloomfield, CT, the daughter of the late William B. and Mary (Howard) Nocker, Sr.

She graduated from Chatham High School and Bishop Memorial School of Nursing in Pittsfield, MA, in 1939.

Mrs. Hatch was a registered nurse at the Berkshire Farm in Canaan for 16 years and at the Rip Van Winkle Clinic for four years. She did private nursing and then retired from Pine Haven Nursing Home in Philmont. Mrs. Hatch was past matron of Unity Star O.E.S. of New Lebanon, member of the Alumni Association at Bishop Memorial School of Nursing and a member of the St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church, Spencertown.

She is survived by: three children, Lewis A. Hatch, Jr., of Canaan, Howard H. Hatch of Sharon Springs and Judith Hanson of Canaan; 10 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lewis A. Hatch, Sr.; grandson, James B. Hanson; brother, William B. Nocker, Jr., and an infant daughter.

A calling hour will be Wednesday, June 26, 10 to 11 a.m. with a funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. from the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham with the Reverend Drew Paton officiating. Interment will be in the Canaan Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Chatham Central School for James B. Hanson Scholarship Fund, Attention: Treasurer 50 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham 12037. To send online condolences visit



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