Obituaries: Breen, Davis-Klimek, Rendell

Linda G. Breen (1932 – 2014)

HILLSDALE—Linda G. Breen (née Gerlinde Maria Theresia Sendele), of Catamount Road passed away after a long illness, Monday, June 23, 2014.

Her funeral will take place at Our Lady of Hope Church, 8074 State Route 22, Copake Falls, Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 10 a.m. She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas M. Breen, who died in 2001.

She was born December 21, 1932 in Rottweil, Germany (Black Forest region). Her father was the principal of an elementary school. After her kindergarten days in Rottweil, the family moved to Bavaria, where she attended elementary and high school. As a child, she experienced World War II with the total destruction of her native village in a three-day battle and the death of some of her schoolmates.

Upon graduation from junior college with the degree “Abitur,” Mrs. Breen worked in Switzerland as a dentist’s assistant and emigrated to the U.S. in 1955. Working as managing hostess at the Fairview Country Club in Elmsford, she met her husband, Tom Breen, who was the general manager of this country club.

In 1963, the couple purchased a historic coaching station at Catamount Valley in Hillsdale, which had been transformed into an inn in the early 1900s. They renamed the inn: Swiss Hutte Restaurant. The property underwent various expansions and the restaurant became a culinary landmark in the Berkshire area. In 1986, the Breens went into retirement.

They had no children. They enjoyed their retirement years by living partially on the island of Cap Key in the Bahamas, where they owned a house, and in Catamount Valley, where they had built a new home adjacent to their former property.

Mrs. Breen is survived by her brother, Hermann Sendele, who lives in Munich (Bavaria), and various nieces and nephews in Connecticut, Westchester County, Florida and in Bavaria.

She fought a long battle with leukemia and other ailments. The day before her death, Father Brennan of Our Lady of Hope conducted the anointing of the sick ceremony in her house, blessed the re-marriage of her brother and baptized Maximilian, her grand nephew. To live to see this ceremony was her last wish and she died peacefully the following day.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home of Copake. To send an online condolence visit

Nancy A. Davis-Klimek (1956 – 2014)

GHENT—Nancy A. Davis-Klimek ​, 57, of Ghent, passed away at her home, July 7.

Born July 12, 1956 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Patricia (Meehan) Williams and the late Charles Williams of Spencertown. She lived her whole life blissfully in Columbia County, where she worked as a cook at the Louis F. Payn Foundation.

She is survived by: her mother; her husband, Stephen Klimek; her daughter, Theresa Davis-Gerber (Vincent); her son, Frank Davis Jr. (Tonya); and the joys of her life, her grandchildren, Brittney, Lance, Isaiah, Alexis and Frank, III.

Her late husband, Frank Davis, Sr., passed away in 1998.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, July 19, 11 a.m. at the Wenk Funeral Home in Chatham. Relatives and friends are welcome to the service and the reception to follow at her daughter’s home.

Memorial contributions may be made at First Niagara Bank to the scholarship fund for the Davis grandchildren.

Jane E. Rendell (1917 – 2014)

VALATIE—Jane E. Rendell of North Chatham died July 6, 2014 at Barnwell Nursing Home.

Born October 17, 1917, she was a fixture in North Chatham for the majority of her 96 years.

Ms. Rendell attended Martin H. Glynn High School and went on to college at the New York State Teachers College in Albany to become a teacher. Upon returning from college she helped run the Rendell family store and dance hall. Ms. Rendell managed the store while caring for first her father, Richard Rendell, and then mother, Eva Rendell, for many years.

After their deaths, she devoted her time to tutoring dozens of local school children in math and science classes, many owing their passing grades to her.

She was extremely active in the Methodist Church until she was in her late 80s, and had a multitude of friends within the hamlet, many of whom have predeceased her. Ms. Rendell will be sorely missed by her North Chatham family and friends from near and far.

She was predeceased by her mother, father and sister Frances. A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, July 17, 2014, 5 p.m. at the North Chatham United Methodist Church.

Donations may be made in her memory to the North Chatham Free Library and the North Chatham United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be offered at






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