Obituaries: Pearsall, Butcher, Briggs, Wesolowski, Lutz

Robert W. Pearsall (1918 – 2013)
GHENT—Robert W. Pearsall, 95, of Ghent died Friday, September 27 at Whittier Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center.
He was born September 21, 1918 in Brooklyn, the son of the late Raymond and Mina (Woolsey) Pearsall of Hillsdale. A lifelong New York State resident, Mr. Pearsall lived in Long Island, Hillsdale, Austerlitz and Ghent. In his younger years he spent happy hours camping and fishing at his favorite spots throughout the state.
He proudly served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army Americal Division, participating in the Liberation of the Philippines and the Occupation of Japan.
He is survived by his first cousins, Virginia, Elizabeth and Mark Wehrli, who always will remember this gentle, quiet man. He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth (1951) and his brother, Allyn (1941).
The family extends gratitude to the staff of Whittier Place and Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center as well as Community Hospice of Columbia Greene for the excellent care and kind attention given to Mr. Pearsall.
There will be no calling hours. A private family service will be held at the Pearsall/Woolsey gravesite in the North Hillsdale Cemetery.  For online condolences visit wenkfuneralhome. com

Margaret “Peggy” Butcher (1933 – 2013)
VALATIE—Margaret “Peggy” Butcher, 80, of Valatie passed away September 30, 2013 at her home.
Born March 15, 1933 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Cecil R. and Margaret (Rohrmiller) White. 
Mrs. Butcher was a graduate of Cathedral Academy in Albany and was employed by the Ichabod Crane School District for many years. She was the Town of Kinderhook Town Clerk for 17 years and was a founding member and the first president of the New York State Town Clerks Association. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, a former chairwoman and member of the Kinderhook Democratic Committee, a volunteer with Meals on Wheels and an avid card player. She enjoyed being with her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, Paul E. Butcher; five children, William Butcher (Robin) of Kinderhook, Thomas Butcher (Carol) of Castleton, Susan Butcher (Bill) of Stuyvesant Falls, Nancy Pleickhardt (Jon) of Schoharie and Margie Butcher (Rick) of Chatham; a sister-in-law, Dolores Hart of Albany; six grandsons, Jordan, Levi, Seth, Kyle, Shawn and Eric and one great-grandson, Anthony.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, October 4, 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Valatie. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday, October 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E Bond Funeral Home, Route 9, Valatie. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 242, Valatie 12184.

Eva L. Briggs (1928 – 2013)
HUDSON—Eva L. Briggs, 84, of Greenport, died Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.
Services will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are with the Bates and Anderson – Redmond and Keeler Funeral Home. Visit

Walter J. Wesolowski, Sr. (1934 – 2013)
RED HOOK—Walter “Scoop” J. Wesolowski, Sr., 79, a longtime resident of Red Hook, died Saturday, September 28, 2013 at his home.
Born July 21, 1934, in Torrington, CT, he was the son of the late Walter and Anna (Maras) Wesolowski. Mr. Wesolowski married Janice Palmer on September 1, 1990 and she survives at home.
For many years, Mr. Wesolowski drove truck for Cookertown Springs in Red Hook and also for the Miller Brothers.
Having served in the United States Army, Mr. Wesolowski was a member of Red Hook Post #7765 VFW in Red Hook. He was a former member of the Harris Smith Post 524 American Legion in Tivoli, and the Red Hook-Rhinebeck Lodge 2022 BPOE, Red Hook.
In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by: his children, Sgt. 1st Class William V. (Deedra) Wesolowski of Fort Polk, LA, James E. (Mary) Wesolowski of Las Vegas, NV, Warren Wesolowski of Elizaville, Paul Wesolowski of Kingston, Walter Wesolowski, Jr., of Port Charlotte, FL, Carol Wesolowski of Saratoga and MaryAnn Wesolowski (missing since 1971); his step-children, Patricia (Richard) Morello of Las Vegas, NV, and John Pagan of Richmond, IN; 21 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, along with countless extended family and friends.
He was predeceased by a son, John Wesolowski
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Burnett & White Funeral Homes, Red Hook. The Reverend Fred C. Cartier will officiate. Burial of cremains will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook.
Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Wesolowski’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 2678 South Road, Suite 103, Poughkeepsie 12601 or the American Heart Association, 301 Manchester Road, Suite 105, Poughkeepsie 12603.
Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook.
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Bill Lutz (1934 – 2013)
ANCRAMDALE—On Saturday, September 28, 2013, dad and husband, Bill Lutz passed away.
He was born in East Northport, August 29, 1934 to William and Theresa Lutz.
After serving in the U.S. Army, he met his wife, Marjorie Wolf in 1960 while at a church social event. They married a year later. Four children followed, Dorothy Lutz (husband Harold Hill) of Pine Plains, William Lutz (wife Colleen Smith) of Ancramdale, Jennifer Boice (husband David) of Ancram and Christopher Lutz (wife Katie Flanagan) of Salt Lake City, UT. In addition to his children, he was blessed with six wonderful grandchildren, Johanna and Matt Boice of Ancram, Timothy and Katie Lutz of Ancramdale and Charlotte (Charlie) and Henry Lutz of Salt Lake City, UT. He is also survived by his three sisters, Grace Larson and her husband Ken of East Northport, Barbara Nigro of East Northport and Marie Thompson of Virginia Beach, VA; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his two brothers-in-law, Joe Nigro and Redmond Thompson.
In 1973, he sold a successful business to follow his lifelong dream of becoming a dairy farmer. The family moved onto a small farm in Ancramdale. As children, moving to the farm was an adventure, and oh, what an adventure it was! “Interestingly enough, dad knew exactly what he was doing. He transformed his young somewhat entitled city children into hardworking, responsible, and respected adults.”
After more than 20 years, he retired from farming and began his next career working at the Columbia County Courthouse. He loved being around people, and people loved being around him.
Volunteer fire service was an important part of his life since joining the East Northport Fire Department when he was 20, where he received several commendations and a Medal of Bravery for the rescue attempt of a small child trapped inside a home. After moving from Long Island, he became a longtime member of the Ancram Fire Company and later, the Millerton Fire Company.
He also volunteered for many community service projects, and in 2011 he received the Millerton Lions Club Citizen of the Year award.
“We were lucky to have a dad and husband that followed his dreams. He will be forever missed.”
Calling hours are 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, October 3, 2013 at the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, South Main Street, Pine Plains.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, October 4 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Amenia, with Fr. Kent Wilson officiating.
Interment will be at the convenience of family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to the Millerton Fire Company, 24 Century Boulevard, Millerton 12546.

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