OBITUARIES: Zegers, Felder, Laing, Avery, Moore

Elinor A. Zegers (1922 – 2014)

HUDSON—Elinor A. Zegers, 92, of Hudson was united with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, September 17, 2014.

She was born in Jamaica, Long Island, January 10, 1922. She was one of two children born to John T. Krause and Viola (Hunkin) Krause.

She was the loving wife of Francis D. Zegers and mother of James J. Zegers (Phyllis), Richard J. Zegers (Marion) and Clair M. Gallager (John).

In her younger years, Mrs. Zegers was active in the Girl Scouts; earning the Golden Eaglet which was the highest award given at that time. After graduating from Our Lady of Wisdom High School, she attended Hunter College, where she earned a degree in psychology. She gathered annually for more than 50 years with members of her Hunter College graduating class. She and Mr. Zegers married May 4, 1946 and lived to celebrate their 68th anniversary.

While raising her three children, she was very involved in her parish church and school often volunteering for whatever was needed. Among other activities, she was also a den mother for the Cub Scouts and president of the Altar Rosary Society in Presentation Parish. Many nights and weekends were spent working at Gertz Department Store.

After retirement the Zegers spent 24 years in Holiday City Adult Community in Toms River, New Jersey. Serving was also a passion there, especially making baby sweaters for families in the U.S. Navy and bringing communion to disabled neighbors. For years she and her husband worked bingo for the Holiday City Community Center and faithfully counted the collections baskets after Mass each Sunday. From Toms River they moved to the Avila Independent Living Facility in Albany and finally the Firemen’s Home in Hudson.

Besides her husband and children, survivors include: her grandchildren, Kevin (Nicole) and Brian Gallagher and Theo Zegers; two great-grandchildren, whom she was very proud of, Penelope and Dean Gallager and her sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie and Ed Zeno of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Relatives and friends may gather at the Firemen’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 10 to 11 a.m. Father Winston Bath will offer a Mass of Resurrection Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Firemen’s Home Chapel. Interment will be in the Firemen’s Home Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Zegers to the Firemen’s Home. The family thanks everyone for their prayers and support.

Mary Elizabeth Felder (1931 – 2014)

AUGUSTA, GA—Mary Elizabeth Felder of Salley, SC, born May 21, 1931 departed this life at the age of 83, September 15, 2014 at The University Hospital after a short illness.

She was the loving wife of Robbie J. Felder, who survives. A viewing and visitation took place September 17 at the J.H. Robinson Funeral Home, 190 Railroad Avenue, Wagner, SC, which handled local arrangements there. Final arrangements are with the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Mrs. Felder will be laid to rest at the Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson.

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Frederick Williams Laing, Jr. (1936 – 2014)

HILLSDALE—Frederick Williams Laing, Jr., of Hillsdale passed away Monday, September 15.

He was the son of Margery (Daley) and Captain Frederick Williams Laing, USN.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Sally (Nicolaisen); sister, Janet (Laing) Hetterly; daughter, Kelly and husband Richard Director of Denver, CO; son, William and wife Elizabeth (Tenenbaum) of Atlanta, GA; son, Michael and wife Roxana (Casals) of Kensington, MD, and eight adoring grandchildren.

He was born June 10, 1936 in Tsingtoa, China, was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1958, and received an MBA from University of Chicago School of Business.

He retired from the U.S. Air Force as major in 1979 and began farming White Oak Farm in Hillsdale. Mr. Laing was a familiar face at the Hillsdale, Copake and Philmont farmers’ markets, and he also raised fish that went into stock ponds all over the Hudson Valley.

Mr. Laing will be remembered for his humor, outgoing personality and encyclopedic knowledge of all things. Perhaps most of all, he’ll be remembered for his extraordinary musicality. He was a gifted singer who also played the violin, banjo, ukulele and guitar. He was the music director of the River Bank Banjo Band for more than 25 years. His repertoire was astounding, and there wasn’t a classic song he didn’t know how to both sing and play from memory. His music was the soundtrack to our lives and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, September 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at White Oak Farm, 65 Whippoorwill Road, Hillsdale.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Community Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 327, Copake 12516 or the Columbia – Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

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

Peter H. Avery, Jr. (1935 – 2014)

VALATIE—Peter H. Avery, Jr., 79, of Valatie passed unexpectedly at home, September 17, 2014 after a brief illness.

He was the son of the late Peter H. Avery, Sr. and Maude A. Wyant Avery of Hudson.

Mr. Avery is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Joan; his daughter, Eileen and his two siblings, Ralph (Dorothy) Avery of Claverack and Dorothy Avery Strout of Barnwell Nursing Facility.

He was predeceased by an older sister, Mary Gladys Avery. Also surviving are two nieces, Judy A. Snow and Nancy (Kevin) C. O’Day, and a nephew, Keith M. (Gail) Avery.

He was a member of the Army National Guard for a number of years. He worked as a certified dry cleaner for the Ideal Valet, Inc. in Hudson for about 45 years before his retirement.

Mr. Avery enjoyed carpentry, chess and his beloved Dobermans, Jackson and Sierra, as well as many other Dobermans over the years. He was an avid amateur radio operator (call letters KC2C) and a member of the ARRL, the National Association for Amateur Radio. He was also a member of the Rip Van Winkle Amateur Radio Club, the Nassau Sportsmen’s Club, and St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie.

Calling hours are Sunday, September 21, 2 to 4 pm at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Services will be conducted at Monday, September 22, 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the St. John the Baptist Church Cemetery in Valatie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Valatie Rescue Squad, 3030 Main Street, Valatie 12184.

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Donald R. Moore, Jr. (1964 – 2014)

HUDSON—Donald R. Moore, Jr., 50, of Craryville passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born August 4, 1964 in Ancramdale, he was the son of Donald R. Moore, Sr., and May Millius.

Mr. Moore was predeceased by his father, Donald R. Moore, Sr., as well as his grandparents, an uncle, and a few cousins.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by: his maternal uncle, William R. Millius of Ancram; maternal aunts, Joan Oliver of Millerton and Dorothy Farrell of Canaan, CT; paternal aunts, Patricia Shores of Torrington, CT, and Vernetta Moore of Craryville and several loving cousins.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 11a.m. to noon at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Route 22, Copake. Funeral services will begin at 11:45 a.m. Interment will follow at the West Taghkanic Cemetery.

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