Obituaries: Hiesel, Barber, Smith

James T. Hiesel (1951 – 2013)

ALBANY—James T. Hiesel, 61, of Ghent died September 26, 2013 at Albany Medical Center.

Born November 26, 1951 in Poughkeepsie, he was the son of the late Raymond Hiesel and Marion (Cash) Hiesel, who resides in Castleton.

Mr. Hiesel was U.S. Air Force veteran and worked as a machinist for Ducommon Corp. in Coxsackie. He enjoyed reading and was an avid gardener and landscaper.

He is survived by: his wife, Virginia (Merritt) Hiesel; a daughter, Nicole Cote of Massachusetts; a step-daughter, Mandy Shadwick of Arizona; a step-son, Jeremy Shadwick of Virginia; two sisters, Jeanne Hiesel of South Carolina and Diane Holford of Nassau; one brother, David Hiesel of Hawaii; a step-grandson, ZZ Ali; and his two dogs, Bella MI and Simon.

A celebration of Mr. Hiesel’s life will be held 7:45 p.m., Wednesday, October 2 at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home Inc., Valatie. Calling hours will be Wednesday, October 2 from 6 to 7:45 p.m. prior to the funeral. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, phone: 904 296-7350.

Edward J. Barber (1928 – 2013)

HUDSON—Edward J. Barber, 85, of Livingston, passed away Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born March 3, 1928 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Arthur J. and Mary T. (Ganley) Barber.

He was predeceased by a brother, Arthur J. Barber, and his first wife of 24 years, Evelyn Plass Paterson Barber.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Beth I. (Traver) Barber; two step-daughters, Carole A. Starr and Sandra M. Lazzara, both of Columbiaville; one step-son, Wayne Holt of Valatie, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Barber graduated from Hudson High Class of 1945 and enlisted in the U.S. Maritime Service during the closing months of World War II.  He served on three different troop ships making trips to Italy, France and Belgium. Mr. Barber received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Coast Guard for this service.  He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict being attached to the Army of Occupation in Europe. He was stationed in Germany for two years and returned to the states for four more years of active service in the reserve.

Mr. Barber returned to his railroad career of 41 years with New York Central System, Penn Central Railroad, Conrail and Metro North Commuter Railroad. Mr. Barber held many positions in tower and station service retiring in 1990 from his final position as station agent at Poughkeepsie. He liked to vacation in South Carolina in the winter months.

Calling hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, September 29 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, September 30 at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

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Reverend Astrid Park Smith (1922 – 2013)

STEPHENTOWN—The Reverend Astrid Park Smith, 91, died peacefully Thursday, September 26, 2013 at her home in Stephentown.

Born in Puhajoki, Finland, January 15, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Elias Ilmari and Fanni Wiirrett Park.

At the age of 1, her family immigrated to the United States and settled in Brooklyn and later moved to Long Island.

She graduated from Mepham High School in North Bellmore and later attended Eastern Nazarean College in Quincy, MA, where she studied theology and met her husband.

She was called to be a minister by God and assisted her husband, the Reverend Ernest D. Smith at assignments at various churches in Jackman, Farmington Falls and Strong, Maine. At the age of 59, Rev. Smith was ordained a minister and served at the 2nd Congregational Church in Williamstown, MA. In 1965, she moved to Dalton, MA, where along with her husband, they started the Berkshire First Church of the Nazarean. Throughout her life, Rev. Smith led a consistent Christian devotional life. She was saved and sanctified.  She was a wonderful mother and was very talented as a watercolor artist and painter. In 1988, she moved to Stephentown and was a member of the Hill & Valley Women’s Club in New Lebanon.

She was the beloved wife of 70 years of Rev. Ernest D. Smith; loving mother of Brenda Lee Christiana of Stephentown, David Ernest (Bonnie) Smith of Peru, MA, Janice Evelyn (Calvin) Letson of Jackson, GA, Stephen A. Smith of Stephentown and Philip D. (Jennifer LeBlanc) Smith of Leicester, VT; grandmother of Mark, Lisa, Joshua, Jadrian, Annette, Andrea, Ashley, Ariel, Melanie, Nathaniel and Cherie and 17 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter; sister of Merriam Williams of Minnesota and the late Ellen, Irene and Martha; sister-in-law of Wilma, Dorothy, Elizabeth and the late Keith Smith.

The funeral service will be Monday, September 30, 3 p.m. at the Berkshire First Church of the Nazarean in Dalton, MA. Friends may call at the church prior to the service from 2 to 3 p.m. Interment will be Tuesday, October 1 at Maplewood Cemetery in Fairfield, ME.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Berkshire First Church of the Nazarean, 165 North Street, Dalton, MA 01226 or to the Pilgrim Holiness Church, 421 Elm Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201.Arrangements are with the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home in Stephentown.


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