Obituaries: Czajkowski, Nugent, Nelson

Ronald Gene Czajkowski (1969 – 2013)

ALBANY—Ronald Gene Czajkowski, 44, of East Greenbush died September 13, 2013 from injuries sustained from a fall at Thatcher Park.

Born January 26, 1969, Mr. Czajkowski graduated from Chatham High School in 1988. He also attended Columbia HS, Maple Hill HS and CBA, followed by Hudson Valley Community College. Mr. Czajkowski played on the high school football team and was the president of his senior class. He was a member of the House of Praise Church in Castleton.

Mr. Czajkowski was a religious man, incredibly creative and artistic and was blessed with an amazing sense of humor, which was only surpassed by his love of family and friends. He was totally devoted to his three children.

He was an avid writer and composed music as well as producing his own series, “Clown School.” The cast of characters consisted of his children, family and friends.

Mr. Czajkowski is survived by: his son, Cody; daughter, Taylor; son, Dylan; his mom and step-father, Joan and Bill Becker; his sister and brother-in-law, Nichole and John Tooker; his nephew, Tyler Tooker; his step-sister, Wanda Becker; his girlfriend, Barbara Hannett; his grandmother, Gladys “care bear” Schermerhorn; his uncles George, Ken and Buddy Schermerhorn; his aunts, Gloria Satter, Marcia Schermerhorn, Rita Akin and Peggy Myers and numerous cousins.

He was predeceased by his father, Ronald, Sr.; grandparents Stanley and Alphia Czajkowski and grandfather, Morton W. Schermerhorn.

Family will receive friends Monday, September 16 at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham from 4 to 7 p.m. A memorial service will be celebrated Tuesday, September 17, 11 a.m. at the House of Praise, 1688 Route 9. Castleton.

Memorial contributions may be made to establish scholarship funds for his children.

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Linda J. Nugent (1943 – 2013)

PITTSFIELD, MA—Linda J. Nugent, 70, of Taylor Avenue, Berlin died Friday, September 13 at Berkshire Medical Center.

Born on the fourth of July, 1943 in Newburgh, she was the daughter of the late Donald Jose Lopez and Edith V. Earle.

She was the loving wife of Donald K. Nugent, whom she married in Cornwall, October 25, 1975.

Mrs. Nugent was a 1962 graduate of Newburgh Free Academy and attended St. George’s Episcopal Church in Newburgh. They moved to the Berlin area in 1980. She worked as a secretary for McClave and Company in Stephentown and retired from Taconic Plastics, Petersburgh in 2003. She attended the Berlin Senior Citizens group and enjoyed cooking and bowling.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, David Lopez.

Survivors include: her husband of 37 years, Donald; her siblings, Donna E. Greene of Riverside, CA, Joseph A. Lopez of Wilton, Thomas J. Lopez of Windermere, FL; many nieces and nephews.

Services and visitation will be private. Following cremation, Mrs. Nugent’s cremated remains will be buried in the Willow Dell Cemetery in Cornwall-on-Hudson. Memorial contributions may be made to the Berkshire Humane Society, 214 Barker Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201,

Arrangements are under the guidance of the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home, Petersburgh.

Dianne R. Crandall Nelson (1944 – 2013)

ALBANY—Dianne R. Crandall Nelson of Kinderhook passed away unexpectedly at the Albany Medical Center, September 14, 2013 surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Nelson is survived by: her loving husband, Mark; her loving son, Greg; her daughter-in-law, Margaret; her grandsons, Ian and Andrew; her loving sister, Carolyn Lewellyn and her family as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Clif and Wanda Waldron and her brother, Duane.

Since she retired, Mrs. Nelson spent her time with crafts, enjoying her gardens and the wildlife on her country property. Her smile and abundant generosity will be forever cherished by all who knew her.

There will be no memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society,

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.





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