OBITUARIES: Grener, Conway, Galipeau, Tapia, Miller, Randolph, Wallach

Agnes C. Grener (1925 – 2014)

HUDSON—Agnes C. Grener “fell asleep in the Lord” September 27, 2014.

Born in Hudson, October 11, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Rose Witko.  

She was the beloved mother of Vaughn, Valerie and Vanessa Grener, all of Hudson; grandmother to Karen (Grener) Antonelli (Michael) of Ghent and Corporal Jeffery C. Grener USMC of San Diego, California; great-grandmother to Mathew Reginald and Katharine Antonelli of Ghent; sister of Carolyn Gurny and aunt to several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 64 years, Reginald; one daughter, Vivian Mary; brothers, Edward, Stanley and Peter Witko and one sister, Viola Cipkowski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, October 1, 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson. There are no visitation hours. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

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Donald R. Conway (1944 – 2014)

GHENT—Donald R. Conway, 70, a resident of the Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, formerly of Chatham Center, died Saturday, September 27, 2014.

Born February 5, 1944 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Edward and Alice (Ingham) Conway.

Mr. Conway was a U.S. Army veteran, who served during the Vietnam War. He worked as a mechanic for Columbia Tractor for many years and was an all-around handyman. His passion in life was tractor pulling and for years Mr. Conway worked on Earl Horton & Sons pulling tractor in Cambridge. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed hunting for all types of game. He was also a life member of the Tri-Village Rod and Gun Club in Valatie.

He is survived by: one daughter, Kelly A. O’Dell (Rich, Sr.,) of Brainard; two brothers, Jim Conway of Ghent and David Conway of Chatham; three grandchildren, Alesha, Alannah and Richie, Jr., and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Ann (Rothrock) Conway and two brothers, Paul and Tim Conway.

Funeral services will be Friday, October 3, 11 a.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Calling hours will be Thursday, October 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in Canaan Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tri-Village Rod and Gun Club. P.O. Box 404, Valatie 12184 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675,

Elizabeth B. Galipeau (1928 – 2014)

PHILMONT—Elizabeth B. Galipeau, 86, of Philmont died Sunday September 28 at Pine Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility.

Born August 6, 1928 in Philmont, she is the daughter of the late Wilmer and Edna (Coons) Card.

Mrs. Galipeau lived her entire life in Philmont, where she was a member of the Philmont Methodist Church as well as the Taghkanic and Claverack Senior Citizens Club.

Survivors include: her brothers, Edward Card, Wilmer Card, Robert Card and Stanford Card; her sisters, Effie Braunfels and Kathleen Gent; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Louis; her brother, Charles Card and her dear friend, Billy McKibbons.

Graveside services will be held at the Mellenville Union Cemetery, Saturday October 4 at 11 a.m.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

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Luz C. Tapia (1938 – 2014)

HUDSON—Luz C. Tapia, 76, of Hudson passed away Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Ms. Tapia was a caring, giving woman who loved to be surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always put her loved ones before herself. Besides being loved by her family, she was loved by others she opened her heart to who called her “Ma” or “Grandma.”

She is survived by: her children, Norman Tapia, Jacqueline Polo, Patricia Ratto, Ramel Tapia; her grandchildren, Kristina Sims, James Polo, Lucas Ratto, Sophia Ratto and her great-grandchildren, Xjavier Polo, Samiya Sims and Eli Sims.

Relatives and friends may call at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson, Thursday, October 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit to leave a message for her family.

Jean H. Miller (1925 – 2014)

RHINEBECK—Jean H. Miller, 88, of Tivoli died Wednesday September 24, 2014 at the Thompson House.

Born November 7, 1925 in Pawtucket, RI, she was the daughter of the late John and Wladyslawa (Stakelaha) Winkle.

Mrs. Miller was a communicant of St. Sylvia’s Roman Catholic Church in Tivoli; worked at the Board of Elections in Tivoli for many years; was employed at Taconic Farms in Germantown for many years and was an avid Yankees fan.

She and her husband, Herbert Miller, owned and operated the Sportsmens’ Inn in Tivoli.

Surviving are: her daughter, Patricia Miller; a grandson, Jeffrey Miller of Rochester; daughter-in-law, Bette Miller of Elizaville and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Herbert R. Miller, who died in 1995; two sons, John and Jeffrey Miller; two brothers, Larry and Walter Winkle and a sister, Virge.

There are no calling hours.

A Mass of the Christian Burial was held Monday, September 29 at St. Sylvia’s Roman Catholic Church, Tivoli. Interment followed in the Red Church Cemetery, Tivoli.

Memorial donations are requested to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Thurley Rae Randolph

GERMANTOWN—Thurley Rae Randolph died peacefully September 24, 2014.

Born in Buffalo, she studied sociology and anthropology at C.W. Post College and at New York University on a graduate fellowship.

Ms. Randolph, known to friends as Randy, taught sociology at Bard College from 1964 to 1976. In addition to serving as chair of the Sociology Department, she inaugurated the Women’s Studies program. She was director of education for Health and Hospital Corporation, New York City and director of The Experiment in International Living.

She also owned and operated businesses in Dutchess and Columbia counties, including a French restaurant in Rock City, and antique shops in Hudson, Rhinebeck and Red Hook. Her companion, Daun Davern, passed away in 2002.

A longtime resident of Germantown, she will be missed by many close friends and neighbors.

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Joseph S. Wallach, Sr. (1933 – 2014)

ALBANY—Joseph S. Wallach, Sr., 81, of East Chatham died Sunday, September 28 at the Stratton VA Medical Center.

Born in Stottville, January 1, 1933, he was the son of the late Joseph and Josephine (Schermerhorn) Wallach.

Mr. Wallach served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1953. He retired as manager of UPS in Schenectady and was the proprietor of Joe’s Tavern on North Third Street in Hudson for 25 years. He was a life member of the Hudson Elks Lodge #787 and the Federation of Polish Sportsmen. In addition, he was a member of the Hudson Power Boat Association and the American Legion. He was the widower of Catherine M. (White) Wallach, who died in 1983.

Mr. Wallach will be greatly missed by his longtime companion, June Cutler at home; two sons, Paul Wallach of Valatie and Joseph, Jr., and (Muriel) Wallach of Niverville; one daughter, Dawn and (Joseph, Sr.) Morrison of Hudson; grandchildren, Joseph and Todd Morrison, Sara Wallach, Brian Wallach, Jason Murray and Joshua Pemberton; 12 great-grandchildren and two nieces.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by an infant daughter; his sister, Gloria Wark and grandson, Paul D. Wallach, Jr.

Calling hours will be Thursday, October 2, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Funeral services are Friday, October 3, 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Mother Eileen Weglarz of Christ Church Episcopal officiating. Burial with naval honors will follow at Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson. To leave online condolences visit


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