Obituaries: VanAlstyne, Hafensteiner, Williams, Rushmore, Advocate

Joan R. VanAlstyne (1938 – 2013)

HUDSON—Joan R. VanAlstyne, 75, of Columbiaville died Monday, September 9, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

She was born March 11, 1938 in Hudson, the daughter of the late John and Evelyn (Staats) Taylor.

She was retired from Columbia Memorial Hospital, where she worked for 30-plus years in various departments including; admitting and switchboard, surgical services and quality management.

Prior to her employment at the hospital, Ms. VanAlstyne worked at the Universal Match Company in Hudson.

She was also a former member of the Stockport Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

Survivors include: her husband, Walter (Skip) VanDeusen; two daughters, Meg Brown and Amy VanAlstyne; a brother, Jack (Lois) Taylor; two grandchildren, Justin Brown and Brittnay Roche; a niece and nephew, Jackie Mulica and Kyle Taylor; great nephew, Evan Mulica and great niece, Megan Taylor.

There are no calling hours.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to Columbia-Greene Memorial Foundation, 71 Prospect Avenue, Hudson 12534 or online at Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Germantown. Condolences may be expressed at

Charleene L. Hafensteiner (1942 – 2013)

TROY—Charleene L. Hafensteiner, 71, of Williams Road, Troy died peacefully at her home, Wednesday, September 11, 2013 under the care of Community Hospice of Rensselaer County.

Born in Petersburgh, March 28, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Lionel and Frances Brimmer Bentley.

She was the loving wife of Michael J. Hafensteiner, whom she married December 31, 1992 in Petersburgh.

Mrs. Hafensteiner graduated from the Walter A. Wood High School in Hoosick Falls in 1959. She was a member of the Petersburgh Baptist Church while living there. She worked previously for the Berlin Central School District as a bus driver and trainer; then for Folmsbee Transportation as a bus monitor, retiring in 2008. She had worked with her mother at B & B Ceramic Studio in Petersburgh.

Besides ceramics, Mrs. Hafensteiner enjoyed knitting, cooking and handcrafts. Her true love was that of her family and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her former husbands, Robert Winn and Victor D. Weeden.

Besides her husband, she is survived by: her children, James A. (Marie) Winn and John P. (Stacy) Winn, both of Berlin, Sharla E. (Shane) Clute of North Greenbush and Scott M. (Tami) Weeden of Greenwood, Arkansas; step-children, Victor D. Weeden, Jr., Lisa N. Weeden, Jamie L. Valero and 14 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 15, 6 p.m. in the Petersburgh Baptist Church, where the Reverend Trygve Tomlinson of the West Stephentown Baptist Church will officiate. Relatives and friends are invited to the church for visitation starting at 5 p.m.

Committal services will take place Monday, September 16, 10:30 a.m. in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Attendees should arrive at the cemetery by 10:20 a.m. at the reception area.

Due to floral restrictions at the cemetery, memorial contributions may be given to the West Stephentown Baptist Church or Fred Shapiro’s Stem Cell Research Program at Albany Medical Center, c/o the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home, P.O. Box 361, Petersburgh 12138. Arrangements are with the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home.

Vera Tompkins Williams (1920 – 2013)

HUDSON—Vera Tompkins Williams passed away September 11, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born February 7, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Katherine Gearing Tompkins.

She grew up in New Concord and was in the Chatham Central School graduating class of 1936. She married Russell B. Williams March 14, 1954, he predeceased her. They moved to Chatham and then to East Chatham, where they opened the Berkshire Liquor Store.

She was a member of the New Concord Reformed Church, the East Chatham Grange #1066 and the East Chatham Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. She was a wonderful seamstress till she lost her vision later in life. But she continued her other activities, gardening, baking cookies and knitting scarves for the church.

She is survived by her caregivers, Mildred K. Gauthier and Sandra J. Jackson and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service took place Saturday, September 14 at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham.

Those who wish may contribute to the East Chatham Fire Company or the Chatham Rescue Squad in Mrs. William’s memory. For directions or to send an online condolence visit

Rodney C. Rushmore (1927 – 2013)

GERMANTOWN—Rodney C. Rushmore, 86, of Germantown died after a short illness Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Rushmore was born September 2, 1927 in Germantown, the son of the late Edward L. and Lillian (Funk) Rushmore.

He had served as a sergeant in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Rushmore was employed for more than 25 years with the Columbia County Highway Department.

He was a member of Schroon Lake Rod and Gun Club and was noted for putting on pig roasts for different organizations.

Survivors include: his children, Deborah (Vincent) Miller, James (Jane) Rushmore, Donna (Bruce) Bartolotta; grandchildren, Dean Miller, Anthony Moon, Jr., Nichol Bower, Richard Mayr, James Rushmore, Lora Bagshaw and eight great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley Lake Rushmore, whom he married April 15, 1949. She died December 12, 1982.

Calling hours will be 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, September 14 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, September 15 at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in the Reformed Church Cemetery, Germantown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway, Suite 2700, New York, New York 10006.

Fay Advocate (1931 – 2013)

CLAVERACK—Fay Advocate of Claverack passed away Friday, September 13, 2013.

Born in Brooklyn, November 22, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Augusta Rosenberg.

Mrs. Advocate was a homemaker. She enjoyed volunteering in Hudson and at other temples where the family lived. She was a member of Congregation Anshe Emeth.

Mrs. Advocate is survived by: three children, Philip, Enid and Joan; 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Sol Advocate in 2012.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Monday, September 16 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.


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