Obituaries: Decker, Zanchelli, Pelchat, Martin, Stein, Puckett

Ronald Owen Decker (1947 – 2014)

GREENPORT—Ronald Owen Decker, 67, of Greenport died Friday, June 27 at his home.

Born on May 21, 1947 in Sharon, CT, he was the son of the late Clarence and Ethel Decker.

Mr. Decker attended school in Sharon, CT. He was a truck driver for many years and worked locally for several trucking companies. Mr. Decker was a member of the Hudson Fish and Game Club.

He is survived by: sons, Jeremy O. and Jonathan R. Decker of Hudson, Daniel A. Clum of Raleigh, NC: daughters, Dawn M. Decker of Worcester, Danielle A. Clum of PA; brothers, Donald Decker of Hudson and Gary Decker of Wassaic; sisters, Gail Hart of Philmont and Phyllis Murphy of Copake, as well as, four grandchildren. Calling hours were Tuesday, July 1 at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Prayer services followed at the funeral home with Pastor John Hodges officiating. Cremation was private on July 2.

Memorial contributions are requested to Mr. Decker’s sons, Jeremy and Jonathan Decker, 335 Church Road, Hudson 12534.

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Anthony “Tony” Zanchelli (1925 – 2014)

ALBANY—Anthony “Tony” Zanchelli, 89, Germantown died Sunday June 29, 2014 at the Samuel Stratton VA Hospital.

Born February 23, 1925 in Germantown, he was the son of the late Nicola Antonio and Carolina (Florio) Zanchelli. He was the eldest of five children, born of immigrant parents. He had attended school in Germantown. He served in World War II in the Army Infantry stationed in France.

He was self-employed in the area and in later years, until the present, resided at the Woodland Adult Home in Ghent.

Survivors include: his brothers, Joseph (Joyce) of Wilton, Frank (Mary Ann) of Pleasant Valley: a sister, Angela Fraleigh of Highland Beach, Florida; seven nieces and nephews.

His brother, Pat, predeceased him June 2, 2014.

Graveside funeral services will full military honors will be held Thursday, July 3, 1 p.m. in the Reformed Church Cemetery of Germantown. Members of the Jennings- Willets American Legion Post will provide military honors.

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Germantown. Condolences may be expressed at

Brother Eli Pelchat (1921 – 2014)

GHENT—Brother Eli (John) Pelchat, CSC, passed away at age 93, June 28, 2014 at Whittier Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Central Falls, RI, May 13, 1921, Brother Eli received his elementary and secondary education in Norton, MA. He entered the Congregation of Holy Cross and professed first vows in 1941. He is well remembered for his service in the post office at the University Notre Dame from 1942 to 1967, the last four years as postmaster. Brother Eli also served for extended periods at Pius XII Youth Services in Chester and at Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, MD. He retired in 2005 to St. Joseph Center, Valatie.  A Wake Prayer Service will be held in the St. Joseph Center chapel at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 1. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 2 with burial following in the Holy Cross community cemetery on the Center grounds.

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

Kim Marie Martin (1955 – 2014)

BOSTON, MA—Kim Marie Martin, 58, of Stottville, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

Born October 9, 1955 in Hudson, she is the daughter of the late Ernest and Caroline (Krott) Coons.

Mrs. Martin was a homemaker and devoted to her family.

She is survived by: her loving husband, Kenneth Martin of Stottville; her devoted sons, Michael Martin and Joseph Martin, both of Hudson; five grandchildren; 10 siblings; several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 2 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.  Services will follow at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Judith Stein (1919 – 2014)

PHILMONT—Judith Stein, 95, formerly of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, died June 24, 2014 at the Pine Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born January 17, 1919 in New York City, the youngest of three children of Harry and Mildred Moskowitz.

Growing up in Far Rockaway, Queens, she fondly spent many of her summer days swimming and sunning at the beach. She graduated from Far Rockaway High School in 1935 and from Hunter College in 1939, where she majored in social work. Mrs. Stein worked as a child welfare caseworker in New York City and in 1945, married Paul Stein, whom she met while vacationing at the now long closed, Chester’s Zunbarg resort in the Catskills.

Mr. and Mrs. Stein had two sons, and the family moved to Cleveland, Ohio and later to Geneseo. Mrs. Stein worked in many social work capacities and served as the child welfare case supervisor for the Livingston County Department of Social Services. Upon retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Stein moved to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where they started an antique business and spent several years traveling around the country buying and selling American art glass and pottery and treasuring each other’s company. They were also active in community and cultural activities, including as founding members of the Berkshire Institute for Lifelong Learning (now the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College) and at Temple Anshe Amunim in Pittsfield.  Mr. and Mrs. Stein spent their last years together living at Devonshire Estates in Lenox, Massachusetts.

After her beloved husband of nearly 65 years died, Mrs. Stein moved to The Home For the Aged in Hudson. She lived there for two and a half years, cared for by an attentive and kind staff, and enjoyed the fellowship of the other residents. Mrs. Stein moved to Pine Haven in January of this year and continued to benefit from the dedicated care of a compassionate staff, committed to the well-being of those in their care.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Stein was predeceased by her dear siblings, Ruth and Herb. She is survived by: her loving sons, Bill and his wife Susan Chandler of Montclair, New Jersey, and Dan and his wife Marie of West Ghent. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Ben (JoAnna), Kate, Clare and Alex, and her great-grandchildren, Eddie, Anabel, Lily and Josie, as well as her niece, Bobbi Sobel and nephew, Dick Schwartz. “Her beauty, intelligence, keen wit and love inspired us and will continue to guide us in the future.”

Arrangements are private and are being handled by Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

Rhoda Sue Puckett (1982 – 2014)

N. ADAMS, MA—Rhoda Sue Puckett died June 24, 2014 at North Adams, MA, ER at the age of 31.

Born November 23, 1982 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Georgianne McGuire-Tsoukatos and Stephen Puckett; step-daughter of George Tsoukatos and Grandmother Maria Tsoukatos.

Ms. Puckett was the sister of Jessica Puckett. Ms. Puckett shared her life with boyfriend Jake Howard. She was the granddaughter of George and Margie McGuire of Stuyvesant Falls and George and Evelyn Puckett from Claverack. She is survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins who remember her with love.

Ms. Puckett graduated from Orlo Beauty School and was recently a student at MCLA studying physics. She loved music, arts, computer studies, science and the study of astrology.  Anyone knowing Ms. Puckett has been advised of how their personality, relationships and behavior are guided by the sun, the moon and the stars.  Ms. Puckett was also an avid animal lover and always had cats she rescued. She leaves behind her loves, Minnie, Ty and Miranda.

Ms. Puckett was a very empathetic person who recognized the good in everyone and overlooked weaker qualities.  She loved to care for others and was always an advocate for those in need. She was a great listener, had a generous heart, was quick to comfort, was silly and brightened one’s mood and as her friends say, “She always brought more adventure to every adventure.” She was very loved.

Her grandmother Maria passed within hours of Ms. Puckett and it is a comfort knowing they will begin there next journey together.

Services will be held at Yadack Fox Funeral Home in Germantown, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 6 to 8 p.m. including a memorial and sharing period at 7 p.m. A private burial service will be held at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Valatie.




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