Obituaries: Nichols, Castelli

Charles R. Nichols (1930 – 2013)

ALBANY—Charles R Nichols, 82, of Philmont died Wednesday September 4, 2013 at the Community Hospice Inn at Saint Peter’s Hospital.

Born December 22, 1930 in Philmont, he was the son of the late Dr. Charles L. and Elizabeth F. (Raymond) Nichols.

He retired as vice president of the Hudson City Savings Institution following a long career which began in 1962.

Mr. Nichols, also known as “Doc” served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as sergeant first class. He earned the Combat Infantryman Badge. He was a member of the Minkler-Seery Post 252 of the American Legion, the Korean War Veterans Association, and a founding member of the National Museum of the U.S. Army.

Mr. Nichols lived all his life in Philmont, where he graduated from Philmont High School in 1947 before attending Albany Academy and then Champlain College in Plattsburgh. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951 and was posted at Fort Jackson, S.C., with Company B of the 155th Infantry Regiment, 31st Infantry Division known as the “Natchez Rifles.” He was then deployed to Korea as platoon leader with Company A of the 14th Regiment of the 25th Infantry Division called the “Golden Dragons.” There he served in places like Kumhwa Valley, Chorwon Valley, the Nevada Complex, and Arrowhead. He was honorably discharged and returned home in January 1954.

A founding member of the Columbia Car Club, Mr. Nichols was an avid collector of antique cars and trucks. He was passionate about all history particularly that of his home town, and published many articles covering the history for the Village of Philmont. He had a lifelong interest in military history and was a member of the Company of Military Historians and the Empire State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Mr. Nichols was an avid sportsman all of his life. He was a member of the Philmont Rod and Gun Club, the Amateur Trap Shooting Association of America, and a life member of the NRA.

Mr. Nichols was a lifelong member of the Second Reformed Church of Claverack. He was a member of the Widow’s Son Lodge No. 7 Hudson and Order of the Eastern Star, Hendrick Hudson Chapter 814. He was a past patron (1962) of the former Ames Chapter 358 OES, and former member of the EDA Chapter 459 OES in Valatie.

Mr. Nichols was the beloved husband for 62 years of Phyllis (Young) Nichols of Philmont; devoted father of Charlie (Lisa Wattenberg) Nichols of Paso Robles, CA, and Judge Jonathan (Kathryn Davis) Nichols of Valatie; he was “Grandpie” to six, Alyssa (Nichols) Houtby, Amanda Nichols, Ethan Nichols and Emily Nichols, who live in California, Captain Jason Nichols, U.S. Army, deployed Afghanistan, and Chelsea Nichols who resides in New York.

In accordance with Mr. Nichols’ final wish, his body has been donated to the Albany Medical College, where his father graduated as an MD. Memorial donations may be made to the Philmont Reformed Church Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 7, Philmont 12565.

The Nichols family thanks all the doctors, nurses and staff at St. Peter’s Hospital and the Community Hospice Inn for their outstanding care for Mr. Nichols and assistance to the family during his final days; they are a remarkable group of people.

Regina V. Moriarty Castelli (1934 – 2013)

POUGHKEEPSIE—Regina V. Moriarty Castelli, 79, passed away Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at Vassar Medical Center.

Born July 22, 1934 in Poughkeepsie, she was the daughter of James V. and Elizabeth (Hirsch) Moriarty.

Mrs. Castelli was a longtime Pine Plains resident and well-known local restaurateur. She began her career in Pine Plains as a partner of The Stissing House and as owner of Richie’s Place in Elizaville, before building and operating the Mountain View Restaurant.  After retiring from the restaurant, she returned to school to become an LPN and was a private duty nurse for many years. Mrs. Castelli also continued working as a hostess at the Stage Stop in Bangall.

She was very involved in the Pine Plains community and was a member of St. Anthony’s Church.

She is survived by her four children, Michael Castelli and his wife Vivienne of Hurley, Patrick Castelli of Hurley, Kelly DuBois and her husband Arthur of Red Hook and Elizabeth Siegel and her husband Kurt of Marlboro; 11 grandchildren, Andra Reyes, Lauren, Yvonne and Madlyn Castelli, Erin and Sean Castelli, Joshua and Krista DuBois, Eric, Ian and William Seigel and her recently born great-granddaughter, whom she met just prior to her passing, Scarlett Grace Reyes; a sister, Joan M. Moriarty of Pine Plains; her brother and sister-in-law, James J. and Laura Moriarty of Poughkeepsie; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her former husband, Richard Castelli.

Calling hours are Sunday, September 8, 3 to 6 p.m. at the Peck and  Peck Funeral Homes, Inc., South Main Street, Pine Plains.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, September 9, 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church, Pine Plains.

Interment will be at the convenience of the family in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Poughkeepsie.

Memorial donations may be made to the Pine Plains Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 100, Pine Plains 12567.

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