Obituaries: Allen, Alderman, Garrison, Kane, Sharpe

Joel W. Allen (1947 – 2013)

HYANNIS, MA—Joel W. Allen, 66, of Greenport died July 5, 2013 at Cape Cod Hospital.

Born January 6, 1947 in Utica, he was the son of the late Willard and Gertrude Allen. He grew up on the family farm, Allen Acres, and graduated from Waterville High School in 1965. He graduated from SUNY Farmingdale in 1967 and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University in 1969.

With a degree in horticulture, he started his 38-year career with Cornell Cooperative Extension in East Aurora, Erie County, before joining the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Fulton County.

On December 5, 1970, he married Laura Evelyn Marshall in Rye.

In the summer of 1980, he moved to Columbia County to serve as executive director and agriculture program leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia County. His wife and daughter, Karrie Suzanne, joined him the following summer.

Mr. Allen was instrumental in starting CCE’s baked potato booth at the Columbia County Fair in 1985 and was the volunteer coordinator for the Master Gardener program, which he helped grow and develop. He retired from CCE in 2007.

A longtime Rotarian, he joined the Gloversville Rotary Club in 1970 and in March 1981, the Hudson Rotary Club, of which he was president, and for many years, secretary and newsletter editor. He became an honorary member in June 2012. He was a Paul Harris Fellow.

He served on many committees and boards, including United Way of Columbia County, Columbia County Board of Supervisor’s Agricultural Advisory Committee, Columbia County Tourism Committee, Columbia County Chamber of Commerce’s Agricultural Committee and was a founding member and secretary of the Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board. He also judged vegetables at the Dutchess County Fair for many years.

In 1992, Mr. Allen helped spearhead the Leadership Columbia County program and remained a facilitator for 15 years, for which he was honored in September 2007.

In May 2008, he joined the volunteer staff as an interpretive guide at the Martin Van Buren Historic Site in Kinderhook.

He was an active member of Mt. Pleasant Reformed Church in Greenport, singing in the choir and serving on the cemetery committee. He had previously been a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Gloversville and the First Presbyterian and First Reformed churches in Hudson, singing in each choir. He also played the handbells.

Mr. Allen enjoyed gardening, relaxing by the pool, game day with church friends, seeing shows at Mac-Haydn Theatre and traveling. His travels often took him (and sometimes his family) to several states through the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, to Caroga Lake to visit friends and to such places as Disney World, St. Martin and Alaska. His favorite vacation spot was at the family camp, Little Allen Acres on Cape Cod. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Survivors, in addition to his wife and daughter, include: two brothers, Gary (Ellie) Allen and Dale Allen; a niece, Karen Allen North (Frank) and grandnieces, Sarah and Laura North; a nephew, Tim Allen (Meghan); mother-in-law, Patricia Marshall; sister-in-law, Suzanne Vickerson (Anthony) and niece and nephew, Caroline and Marshall Vickerson; cousin Jim Allen (Ellen); several additional cousins; and many friends.

He was predeceased by his sister-in-law, Ruth Allen; father-in-law, Frank C. Marshall; and cousin, Diane Allen Wood.

A funeral service was held July 13 at Mt. Pleasant Reformed Church, 33 Church Road, Greenport. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Pleasant Reformed Church, c/o Nancy Weaver, church treasurer, P.O. Box 167, Claverack 12513.

Arrangements were with the Bates & Anderson — Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Allen W. Alderman (1954 – 2013)

ALBANY—Allen Wayne Alderman “Hooter”, 58, of Cherry Plain passed away Friday, July 12, 2013 at Albany Medical Center.

He was born September 1, 1954 in Troy, to Rodney Alderman and Joanne Mooney Simmons.

Mr. Alderman grew up in Berlin. He graduated from Berlin High School in 1972. After high school he enlisted into the United States Army in Troy. He served in U.S. Army for nine years with the 82nd Airborne in the Korean Demilitarized Zone DMZ, Korea.

Mr. Alderman was a member of the American Legion Post 13 in Bennington, VT. He loved deer hunting, fishing, watching western movies, playing baseball/softball and spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid New York Yankees and New York Jets fan.

He was preceded in death by his father, Rodney Alderman and his wife, Audrey Kimball Alderman.

Mr. Alderman is survived by: his mother, Joanne Mooney Simmons and stepmother, Judith Perham; fiancée, Florence Church and his former wife, Ann Smith; brothers, David, Scott, Eric Alderman and Tom Baldwin, Jr.; his sisters, Theresa Stevens, Tammy Perham, Michelle Brown, Kimberly Stuckman and Tammy Carollo; sons, Corey and Randy Alderman, Casey Kimball and his daughter, Christina Alderman; six grandchildren, Samantha, Alex, Eva, Audrey, Charlie and Carly ; and his loving nieces, nephews, numerous other relatives and many friends.

A full-military honor memorial service was held at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, July 16 by the United States Army and cemetery volunteers.

A local memorial service will be held at Berlin Baptist Cemetery in Center Berlin, July 20, 2013 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Baylor College of Medicine, Office of Development, 1 Baylor Plaza, MS: BCM160 Houston, Texas 77030. Arrangements are under the guidance of the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home of Petersburgh.

Edward Garrison, Sr. (1935 – 2013)

HUDSON—Edward Garrison, Sr. of Greenport died Monday, July 15, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born January 16, 1935 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Edward and Ella Garrison.

Mr. Garrison was a machine operator at Texile By-Products in Hudson. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

Mr. Garrison was an avid collector of baseball cards, coins, and firehouse mugs. He was a Braves fan and a 30-year member of #8 Hoysradt Hose and a 25-year member of the fire police.

He is survived by: his wife, Audrey (Smith) Garrison; four sons, Michael of Connecticut, Rodney and Paul, both of Hudson and Darrin of Massachusetts; his brother, Peter of Hudson; two sisters, Elizabeth Hoover of Hudson and Doris Kisselback of North Carolina; 17 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

He was predeceased by two sons, Chad, Sr. and Eddie, Jr., and three sisters, Josephine Moore, Hilda Rock and Eleanor Simmons.

Calling hours are 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.  Services will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Ruth Kane (1931 – 2013)

RHINEBECK—Ruth Kane, 82, of Germantown passed away at Northern Dutchess Hospital, July 15, 2013.

Ruth Eva Kilmer was born at NDH April 6, 1931, one of eight children born to Harvey and Clara Kilmer.

Mrs. Kane was a waitress at the Beekman Arms for 13 years. She also worked at these Rhinebeck businesses: A.L. Stickle’s Five and Dime, the Kopper Kettle and the Grand Union. She loved to play bingo, in fact, when she could, she would play seven nights a week. But what she loved most, and what she will be most remembered for, was her baking. “Her apple, blueberry, strawberry-rhubarb, and peach pies, to name a few, were loved by all. She also made cookies: giant chocolate chip, tasty peanut butter, soft and chewy molasses and scrumptious sugar cookies; cakes—from moist and tasty coffee cake to cherry-covered cheese cake and everything in between.” As a very good friend of hers said, “The Brownies!” There was a time when baking was her main job. She would bake all week and sell the baked goods at the market on the weekend.

She married Frank J. Kane, December 23, 1949. He passed away August 26, 2011.

Mrs. Kane is survived by: her four children, Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Jones and husband Jay of Gold River, California; Frank of Orlando, Florida; Diana “Dede” and husband Don Behn of Valatie and David and wife Christine of Tivoli; six grandchildren, Erica and Daniel Kane, Jessica and Christopher Barberi, Benjamin and Jillian Smith and many nieces and nephews; her sisters, Virginia Lasher and Jacqueline Brightly, and brothers, Howard “Pete” Kilmer and Leonard Kilmer.

She was predeceased by brothers, Raymond and George Kilmer, Robert Kelly, and sister, Beatrice.

As per her wishes, there will be no viewing hours. A memorial service will be held 4 p.m., Friday, July 19 2013 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home in Germantown.

Memorial donations are requested to The Palatine Manor Activities Fund, 32 Church Avenue, Germantown 12526.

Frank W. Sharpe

CONWAY, SC— Frank W. Sharpe, 71, passed into his father’s heavenly arms and permanent home, Monday July 15, 2013. His parents, John and Ada Sharpe were there waiting to welcome him home.

Mr. Sharpe had a love for animals that was unsurpassed and he was referred to as the “skunk whisperer” in his inner circle. He was a retired New York State Corrections Officer from Hudson.

He is survived by: his wife, Dolores; children, Michelle (Mark) Harvey and Brenda (Ted) Cabrera; and grandchildren, Nate, Tyler, Devan and Connor Harvey, and Courtney and Ashley Cabrera.

He was so proud of them and they are left to carry on his legacy of humor, kindness to others in need, love for animals, along with a heart full of love for God, family and friends. He is also survived by three brothers, John, Robert and George Sharpe, as well as, his dearest friends Norm and Cindy Burtt.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, July 18, 2013 from Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel.

Donations in his memory may be made to Mercy Care Hospice, 8216 Devon Court, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572.


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