Obituaries: McGetrick, Akin, Kennedy, Bristol, Mitchell, Walther

Luella B. McGetrick (1916 – 2013)

HUDSON—Luella B. McGetrick, 97, formerly of Ghent passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013 at the Firemen’s Home, where she had been a resident since 2005.

Born January 7, 1916 in Martville, Cayuga County, she was the daughter of the late Christa and Hannah Schrader.

She was one of 11 children and was raised on the family homestead in Weedsport. She was the owner and operator of McGetrick’s Bridal Shop in Ghent. Mrs. McGetrick was a charter and life member of the Ghent Ladies Auxiliary. In her spare time she enjoyed spending time with her family, crocheting, cooking, baking and gardening.

Mrs. McGetrick is survived by: her children, Helen (Robert) Samler of Rexford, Jane (Paul) Merwin of Valatie and  Wayne McGetrick of Wynantskill; three grandchildren, Jennifer (Larry) Merwin-Domkoski of Old Chatham, Katrina Kyle) Wilber of Ghent and Paul Merwin of Valatie; two sisters, Florence Mathews of Weedsport and Gertrude Woodworth of Elbridge; four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest McGetrick, two brothers and six sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, July 22, 2013 in the Firemen’s Home Chapel, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson.

Memorial donations in Mrs. McGetrick’s name may be made to the Firemen’s Home.

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Frances M. Akin (1923 – 2013)

ALBANY—Frances M. Akin, formerly of Stuyvesant Falls and Valatie, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the Teresian House, where she lived for the past three years.

She was born March 23, 1923, to Frank and Clara Lawrence Harder.

She was the devoted wife of Irving Akin for 64 years until his passing in 2004.

Mrs. Akin was a 1941 graduate of Martin Van Buren High School and attended the Waltermire School of Business.  She was employed by the National Commercial Bank for a short time and then became a homemaker for several years. During that time she was a 4-H leader and Sunday school teacher. She re-entered the work force and was employed as a department manager for W.T. Grant and later by Jamesway, from where she retired. Mrs. Akin was an accomplished seamstress and also enjoyed crocheting, reading, music and attending her granddaughter’s musical and athletic events.

She is survived by: a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Thomas Giammattei of Saratoga Lake; a granddaughter, Amy Giammattei of Stuyvesant Falls; a brother, Lawrence Harder of Greenacres, Florida; a niece and several nephews.

Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Ann Martino and a brother, Maurice Harder.

The family extends its appreciation to the 2A staff of the Teresian House for their loving care and compassion while Mrs. Akin was a resident there.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Route 9, Valatie, Wednesday, July 24 at 11 a.m. Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 9:30 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be appreciated to the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 127, Valatie 12184 or to the Teresian House Activity Fund, 200 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany 12203.

Andrew A. Kennedy, Jr. (1936 – 2013)

NIVERVILLE—Andrew A. Kennedy, Jr., 76, of Niverville died Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at his home.

Born October 19, 1936 in Woonsocket, RI, he was the son of the late Andrew A. and Helen (O’Gara) Kennedy, Sr.

Mr. Kennedy was a veteran of the U.S. Navel Reserves. He worked for most of his life as a colorist and chemist for Surpass Chemical, Sybron Chemical, Woonsocket Color and Chemical Company and most recently for Harrison and Sons in Rhode Island.

He was a former Kinderhook Town councilman for eight years and a past president of the Niverville Fire Department. He was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie and a fourth degree knight and member of the John J. Curran Council Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the John W. McConnell American Legion Post #47.

Mr. Kennedy was a diehard New England Patriots fan and his passion in life was his 1973 Corvette flag car which he proudly drove in many parades including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Albany, the Flag Day parades in Rensselaer and Hudson and the Memorial Day Parade in Kinderhook.

He is survived by: his wife, Maureen E. (Mazzarella) Kennedy; a daughter, Carleen Kennedy of Ravena; a son, Andrew M. Kennedy of Valatie; five grandchildren, Victoria and Jason Smith, Andrew, Olivia and Zachary Kennedy; one great-grandson, Ian Smith and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Margaret Shiel and Frances Eagan, and two brothers, Robert and Charles Kennedy.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m., Monday, July 22 at St. John the Baptist Church, Route 9, Valatie. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse 13220-3049.

Nancy Sumner Bristol (1923 – 2013)

COHOES—Nancy Sumner Bristol of Claverack passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at the Eddy Village Green.

She was the daughter of Leslie Graham Sumner and Chrystabel Bartlett Sumner, born May 23, 1923 in Hartford, CT.

She attended schools in West Harford, CT and graduated from William H. Hall School.

While working at the Aetna Insurance Company, she met L. Elliott Bristol and they were married March 14, 1942.  After World War II they resided on the campus of Teachers College and in Redding Ridge and Weston, CT.  After moving to Mountainville, Mrs. Bristol became a member of the choir of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Early in middle age, she became actively interested in tennis and became a very competent player. After several moves from New York to California to New York and to Lumberville, PA, Mrs. Bristol became sales manager of the Wickery in Peddler’s Village, Lahaska, PA. Her last stop in a multi-move-life was Claverack.

Mrs. Bristol is survived by: her son, L. Elliott Bristol, III, and his wife, Donna Brown Bristol of Tivoli; a daughter, Sandra Bristol Kannel of Shippensburg, PA; her son, Peter Lynes Bristol of Claverack; five grandchildren, Lela Bristol of London, England, L. Elliott Bristol, IV, of Saugerties, Carey Kannel of Fayetteville, PA, Kristine Cassan of Southington, CT, and Kelly Mentzer of Newburg, PA, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Bristol was predeceased by her parents; her sister, Shirley Sumner Daley; her brother, William Graham Sumner; her son, David Sumner Bristol and her husband, L. Elliott Bristol.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Monday, July 22 at the Reformed Dutch Church Cemetery in Claverack with the Reverend David Tipple officiating.

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Jason Mitchell (1974 – 2013)

ALBANY—Jason Mitchell, 39, of Stottville passed away peacefully Thursday, July 18, 2013 surrounded by his loving family at Albany Medical Center.

Born in Hudson, March 15, 1974, he was the beloved son of Robert and Frances Mitchell of Stottville.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife, Anita; three sons, Kyle (9), Justin (7) and Adrian (21 months); his sister, Dana Mitchell; two brothers, Robert Mitchell, Jr., and John Mitchell; a sister-in-law, Jennifer Mitchell; his aunt, Theresa Stevenson; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Mitchell was a graduate of Hudson High School and attended Columbia-Greene Community College. He previously worked at McGuire’s, TMC Trucking and for the New York State Thruway in Catskill.

Mr. Mitchell touched the hearts of so many people, he had a great sense of humor and kind gentle ways. He will be deeply missed.

Calling hours are 5 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 23 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Services will follow at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

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H. Irene Walther (1925 – 2013)

TROY—H. Irene McClain Walther, 87 of Newton Road, Stephentown died Thursday evening, July 18 at Samaritan Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Born July 31, 1925 in Washington, PA, she was the daughter of the late Sweeney and Beulah Tilton McClain. She was the loving wife of the late Kenneth G. Walther, who died October 11, 2004. They were married September 22, 1946 in Washington, PA. She was a member of the Stephentown Federated Church, where she was once president of the Ladies Aid.

Mrs. Walther graduated from Washington High School and worked for a shipyard during World War II and for Duncan Miller Glass in PA. They moved to Stephentown in 1956 relocating from East Meadow, LI. After raising her family, she baked cookies for the Pease Farm and worked at the Walter C. Sykes General Store in Stephentown for more than 15 years, retiring in the late 1980s. She was an avid rose gardener, whose favorite color was pink. She took pleasure in growing vegetables, making crafts, quilting, crocheting and model trains.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Walther was predeceased by siblings, James McClain and Lois Hastings.

Survivors include: her children, David E. (Cheryl) Walther of West Stephentown, Janice E. Walther of Stephentown, Donna L. (Skip) Densing of Pittstown; a sister, Nora Gayle (Boyd) Mansfield of Washington, PA; grandchildren, Rebecca (Steve) Wulff, Jonathan (Sara) Walther, Matthew, Michael and Sarah Densing; great-grandchildren, Ashley R. (Brian) Zimmerman, Grace and Sophia Wulff, Jeremiah, Miriam and Malachi Walther and great-great grandchildren Isabella and Isaac Zimmerman.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 21 at 7 p.m. in the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 State Route 43, Stephentown, where the Reverend Trygve Tomlinson of the West Stephentown Baptist Church and the Reverend Jason White of the Grafton Baptist Church will officiate. Relatives and friends are invited to visitation at the funeral home, Sunday from 4 p.m. until the start of the service. Committal services will take place Monday, July 22 at 2 p.m. at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, where Mrs. Walther will be buried with her late husband.

Because of floral limitations at the cemetery, memorial contributions would be appreciated to the Stephentown Rescue Squad, c/o the funeral home, P.O. Box 9, Stephentown 12168.



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