Obituaries: Stevens, Raggs, Howe, Haslun

Luanne J. Stevens (1934 – 2013)

PETERSBURGH—Luanne James Stevens, 79, of the Taconic Trail died peacefully at her home Friday, June 28 under the care of Community Hospice of Rensselaer County.

Born in Bennington, VT, January 4, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Layton D. and Clara Wood James.

She was predeceased by her former husband of 50 years, Earl A. Stevens; children, Judy Crandall and Gregory E. Stevens; grandchildren, John and Jolene Bedford; siblings, Betsy Kimball and Layton R. James.

Raised in the Southwest Hoosick area, Mrs. Stevens was a 1952 graduate of Hoosick Falls High School. After raising her children, she attended EOC in Troy to become an office worker. She worked many years for Seagroatt’s Florist in Berlin before starting to raise her grandchildren. She enjoyed quilting, reading and loved to work on puzzles. She was a life-long member of the Petersburgh United Methodist Church.

Survivors include: her three children, Joan M. (Mike) Hill and Laurie (Ray) Broadwell, all of Petersburgh, Jodi Hubbard of Grafton; her best friend of 70 years, Eleanor Herrington; a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Stevens of Stephentown; nine grandchildren, Jason (of the second litter), Jeremy, Clara, Shandra, Natasha, Ryan, Christopher, Sara and Curtis along with 15 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Steven’s family thanks Pat Mace and Cindy Scrandas for all of their help through the years.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 7 at 3 pm in the Petersburgh United Methodist Church, Head of Lane, Petersburgh where the Reverend Gaylord “Jake” Campbell will officiate. A time of fellowship will follow in the church hall.

Relatives and friends are invited to visitation at the church on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the start of the service.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Petersburgh United Methodist Church. c/o Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home, P.O. Box 361, Petersburgh 12138.

Regina Marie Raggs (1963 – 2013)

HUDSON—Regina Marie Raggs, 50, passed away peacefully June 30, 2013.

Born in Hudson, May 1, 1963, she was the daughter of late Lloyd Allen Raggs and Pauline Alicia Raggs.

Ms. Raggs was predeceased by her son, Acesa Raggs-Denson, September 24, 1997.

For many years, Ms. Raggs was employed as a certified nurse assistant at Any-Time Home Care, Inc. She was a genuine caregiver who was kind and generous to all she met. Her work ethic, persistence and perseverance were admired. An excellent cook and a dedicated grandmother, Ms. Raggs put love and passion into everything she did.

She was a doting and loving mother to her surviving children: Hope Raggs of Rensselaer, Siomonia Pollack of Lansingburgh, Stefan Raggs of Albany, Quanshana Raggs of Troy and Lateesce Raggs-Denson of Hudson; her step-son, Willie Denson of Albany. She also leaves her cherished grandchildren, Hakeem, Latrell, Jamel, Jr., Shanaya, Shansanique, Shakyra, Shawn, Jr., Kishaun, Shanice and Heaven; her caring brother, Candice Alexander Johnson; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects during calling hours at Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson, July 5, noon to 1 p.m. Funeral services will follow with the Reverend Edward Cross officiating. Private interment will follow at Cedar Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations and condolences can be sent to Hope Raggs, P.O. Box 6084, Albany 12206 or visit www.batesanderson.com.

Thomas V. Howe (1953 – 2013)

ALBANY—Thomas V. Howe, 59, of Mellenville passed away suddenly Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Albany Medical Center with his loving family by his side.

Born in Hudson, August 18, 1953, Mr. Howe was a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy, where he played basketball and baseball.

He was first employed by Coarc, then moved to Brookwood Secure Center, and finished his last 18 years of employment with the U.S. Postal Service as a rural letter carrier before retiring.

His parents, Ned and Jeannette Howe predeceased him, along with his youngest brother, Neil Patrick Howe.

He was married to Carol LaMont Howe and they celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary in April.

Along with his wife, he is survived by: three children, twins Brian (Suzanne) of Hudson and Christopher of Greenville, SC, and Erin (Jon) Stickle of Waltham, MA. He was also “Poppy” to granddaughter, Ella Grace Howe.

In addition, he is survived by his sisters, Eileen Halloran and Jean (Paul) Howe Lossi and his brothers, Ned (Liz) Howe and Jack (Patty) Howe, all of Hudson and Claverack.  “Uncle Tommy” will be remembered by his nieces and nephews, Jeanine (Andy) Millar, Sean (Cassie) Halloran, Jennifer (Karl) Blodgett, Kristen and Katie Howe, Jessica and Sean Howe, and Amy and Neil Scott Howe.

Mr. Howe’s hobby was antiquing and he operated State Street Tommy’s on Warren Street for several years.

His love of kayaking with his wife led to many adventures, but his favorite spot was the Chittenden Reservoir in Chittenden, Vermont. He enjoyed attending all the sporting events his children participated in. He was a friend of Bill W.

Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 5 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Services will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Howe’s name may be made to Coarc, P.O. Box 2, Mellenville 12544.

Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences.

Stephen E. Haslun (1956 – 2013)

COPAKE—Stephen E. Haslun, 57, formerly of Summit, died Thursday, July 4, 2013 at his residence following a long illness.

Born February 19, 1956 in Cobleskill, he was the son of the late Harold Einar Haslun and his mother, Josephine (Mattice) Haslun, who survives him.

Mr. Haslun was a 1974 graduate of the former Richmondville Central School and attended Schenectady County Community College.

He and his family resided in New Milford, CT, for many years prior to moving to Copake. He was retired from Kimberly-Clark, where he worked for more than 36 years in various positions, most recently as MRP controller.

Mr. Haslun was a member of the NRA and was an avid hunter and enjoyed trap shooting.

He is the beloved husband of Kelly (Francis) Haslun, whom he married June 21, 1975; father and grampy of Sarah (Derek) Sigler of Spencertown, Melissa (Brian) Coleman of Bluffton, SC, Stephanie Haslun (Justin Zigon) of Hillsdale, Ashley Haslun of Spencertown, Noah Stephen Coleman of Bluffton, SC; son of Josephine Haslun of Summit; brother to Jeanette Becker of Southbury, CT; and uncle to several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 8, 2013 at Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm Street, Cobleskill, with the Reverend Jason Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Summit Cemetery. Family and friends are also invited to a period of visitation to be held at the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m., Monday, prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the food pantry, c/o First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 604, Cobleskill 12043.

Further information or to send online condolences visit www.merenessputnamfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

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