OBITUARIES: Akin, Leedy, Hall, Yeats, Macher, Qua, Dodd

Clare E. Akin (1935 – 2015)

HUDSON—Clare E. Akin died suddenly February 1, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital with family by her side.

She was born August 12, 1935, the only daughter of the late C. Gerald O’Connell and Alberta (Rockefeller) O’Connell of Hudson.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 15 years, Richard W. Akin.

Mrs. Akin was a 1953 graduate of St. Mary’s Academy, Hudson, and attended College of St. Rose, Albany. She worked at Hudson City Savings Institution for 15 years.

She is survived by: six children and 11 grandchildren, daughter Ann Mary and husband David of Florida and their children Daniel, Christa Rae, Faith and Jordan, daughter Maureen of Saugerties and her children, Ashley and Tyler, daughter Mary Ellen and husband David of Ghent and their son Dawson, son Neil of the Washington, D.C. area, son Dan and wife Amy of Poughkeepsie and their children Joclyn and Joshua and son Gary and wife Holly of Columbiaville and their children Abigail and Garrett.

There will be no calling hours at request of the family. Burial services are being handled by Bates & Anderson Funeral Services, 110 Green Street, Hudson. A private burial will be held at Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.

Deborah Leedy (1950 – 2015)

TYLER, TX—Deborah ”Debbie” Jean (Miller) Leedy, 65, of Tyler, TX, formerly of Greenport, lost her brave battle with lung cancer January, 24, 2015.

She was born December 21, 1950 in Hudson, the daughter of the late Emmett and Melissa (Windsor) Miller. Mrs. Leedy graduated from Hudson High in 1968 and went on to earn a business degree from SUNY Cobleskill.

She worked for many years at Key Bank in Greenport and then Bank of America after moving to Tampa, FL, with her family in 2004.

Mrs. Leedy was a lover of animals and loved to spend time with her family and friends.

She especially enjoyed spending time with those she loved at “The Cabin” at the family farm in Taghkanic.

Mrs. Leedy is survived by: her husband, Daniel Leedy of Tyler, TX; a son, Tom (Emily) Leedy also of Tyler, TX; step-daughter, Brandy Leedy of Tampa, FL; sister, Terry (David) Silliman of Chatham; three grandchildren; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

She will be dearly missed by all of those who had the honor to know her.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 21, 1 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 555 Joslen Boulevard in Greenport. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice or Trinity United Methodist Church.

Robert Allen Hall (1942 – 2015)

ALBANY—Robert Allen Hall, 72, of Kinderhook passed away unexpectedly February 4, 2015.

Born March 22, 1942 in Albany, he was the son of the late Rose (Cebula) and Richard Hall.

He is survived by: his sister, Rosemary Koveleskie; his brothers, John and Joseph (Carol) Hall; his children, James (Stephanie) Hall of Chapin, SC, Kevin Hall of Edinburgh, Maureen (Tom) Van Tassel of Chatham, Karen (Chris) Sorros of Spencertown and Jason Hall of Kinderhook; and his treasured grandchildren, Nicholas, Jacob and Anna Sorros, Shannon and Thomas Van Tassel, and Morgan Rose Hall, who will miss him greatly.

He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and his cherished brother-in-law, George Ross Cox.

Mr. Hall graduated Cardinal McCloskey High School in 1960 and retired from his father’s family business, Dick’s TV, where he worked for more than 30 years and then Amtrak.

He loved his family’s camp on Kinderhook Lake. He spent many hours volunteering for Northern Columbia Little League coaching baseball, Stuyvesant Falls Volunteer Fire Company, Kinderhook Elks (past exalted ruler), and the Ichabod Crane Booster Club.

He enjoyed going to watch his grandchildren’s games. An avid New York Yankees and Giants fan, his real passions included traveling to Florida and going to Lebanon Valley Speedway, DIRT car races along with bowling.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated, Saturday, February 7 at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church. Interment will be in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Ichabod Crane High School Booster Club or the Kinderhook Elks.

Arrangements were with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Ian D. Yeats (1944 – 2015)

HUDSON—Ian D. Yeats, 70, of Hudson passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born August 17, 1944 in Flushing, he was the son of the late Alexander and Mary (Kozel) Yeats.

Mr. Yeats graduated from Maple Hill High School and the University of Toledo, where he studied history and English literature. He taught in the Hudson City School District for 29 years. Mr. Yeats coached junior varsity football, junior varsity basketball and tennis. He loved to play tennis and golf, loved to travel, and to take long walks up the river.

Mr. Yeats is survived by his wife of 43 years, Kathleen (Hoctor) Yeats; his daughters, Megan and Amy O’Conner Yeats; his brother, Alex (Jeanne) Yeats of Vero Beach, Florida; a nephew, Alexi Yeats of Jacksonville, Florida; two brothers-in-law, Timothy (Dale) Hoctor of New Lebanon and Richard Hoctor of Tucson, Arizona, and several cousins.

A celebration of Mr. Yeat’s life was held Saturday, February 7 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Columbia-Greene Humane Society in Hudson, AnimalKind in Hudson, or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5041. Visit to leave condolences.

Marguerite E. Macher (1921 – 2015)

VALATIE—Marguerite E. Macher, 93, a resident of Barnwell Nursing Home and formerly of Hudson died February 5, 2015 at Barnwell.

Born August 14, 1921 in Stockport, she was the daughter of the late William and Marguerite (Gates) Macher.

Mrs. Macher was a homemaker and longtime communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Hudson. Mrs. Macher or “Grams” as she was affectionately known, will be missed by all of her family.

She is survived by: her daughter, Patricia Kuhner of Valatie; a sister, Shirley Fritsch of Baltimore, MD; two brothers, Alan Groat of Bath and Donald Groat of Schenectady; five grandchildren, Daniel Kuhner (Denise) of North Chatham, Julie Couillard of Texas, Michael Kuhner of Valatie, Patricia and Cynthia Herberg, both of Elizaville; five great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Felix Macher, Jr., and her daughter, Judith Herberg.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, February 10, 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson with the Reverend Winston Bath officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery in the spring. A calling hour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the funeral in the church. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Atwood “Woody” Qua

HUDSON—Atwood “Woody” Qua, 82, of Valatie died February 7, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born August 10, 1932 in Troy, he was the son of the late Rollin and Grace (Allen) Qua.

He married Polly (Greene) Qua in 1957. Mr. Qua served in the U.S. Army Military Police from 1956 to 1958 and was a New York State Trooper with Troop T on the New York State Thruway. He was a loyal member of the Niverville-Chatham Center United Methodist for more than 50 years. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels, the Wycliffe, Jarr’s and World Life bible translators and was a strong supporter of the Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry. He was a very loving and compassionate father to his wife and family.

Besides his wife he is survived by: three children, Anne Rivera of Catskill, Allen Qua (Debbie) of Stuyvesant and Bruce Qua (Marge) of Remsenburg; six grandchildren, Krystle and Jacob Rivera, John, Emily Daniel and Leland Qua.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 14, 11 a.m. at Niverville-Chatham Center United Methodist Church with the Reverend Stark Jones officiating.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Niverville-Chatham Center United Methodist Church or the Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

James W. Dodd (1950 – 2015)

VALATIE—James W. Dodd, 64, of Valatie died February 7, 2015 at his home.

Born April 22, 1950 in Catskill, he was the son of the late James W. and Virginia (Langlitz) Dodd.

Mr. Dodd was a man who enjoyed spending his time with family and friends, reminiscing about memories of the past and the prospect of times to come. Some of his favorite memories were made during his many vacations, from family getaways to Disney, Hawaii and camping trips, to his several NCAA basketball retreats with friends.

“His love for manhattans and their projects was surpassed only by his love of those he held close to him. His sense of humor is something that we will all remember. It is a trait he held with him all the way through his final days, which were spent in the comfort of his own home surrounded by his loving family. We will all remember the wonderful times that we have spent together over the years, as well as his world-famous spaghetti sauce, a recipe that will carry on in our family for years to come.”

Mr. Dodd is survived by: his daughter, Megan Klugo (Michael) of East Greenbush; his son, James F. Dodd (Allison Rich) of Albany; a sister, Carol Fischer of Schenectady; a granddaughter, Ella Klugo; his former spouse, Mary Ann Dodd of Valatie; two nieces, Christine Horton and Stephanie Fischer.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, February 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Raymond E Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of New York State, 155 Washington Avenue, Suite 210, Attn: Special Gifts, Albany 12210.

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