OBITUARIES: Countryman, Houghtaling

Ruth F. Countryman (1928 – 2015)

PHILMONT—Ruth F. Countryman, age 87, of Greenport died Friday, April 3, 2015 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

Born January 30, 1928 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Lillian (Hart) Smith.

She was also predeceased by her husband, Peter Countryman; her sister, Edith Columbo and her step-father, Charles Hart.

Mrs. Countryman graduated from Hudson High School in 1946. She was employed for more than 40 years as a bank teller with Key Bank in Hudson. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hudson and a member of the Altar Guild. She loved nature and the outdoors, where her favorite thing to do was hunt deer.

Mrs. Countryman enjoyed spending time with her family and her pets, especially her cat, Ziggy. She was an avid bowler.

Mrs. Countryman is survived by: her daughter and son-in-law, Patricia A. and Stanley J. Kilmer, Sr., of Greenport; her grandchildren, Richard (Janel) Gohl of Greenport and Ellie Gohl of Moriah; two great-grandchildren, Lucas and Addison Gohl; her siblings, Kevin, Ronald, Randy, Sally, and Lorraine Smith. Also surviving are four step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; many special nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.

The family thanks the staff at Pine Haven for the loving care given to “Ruthie.”

Memorial donations may be made to the Greenport Fire Department.

Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences.

Margaret Houghtaling (1923 – 2015)

GHENT—Margaret Houghtaling, 91, of Greenport passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.

Born August 1, 1923 in Enfield, Connecticut, she was the daughter of the late Charles S. and Emma (Heidemann) Kelley.

Mrs. Houghtaling was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, where she was the treasurer and the Willing Workers Society, where she was secretary and treasurer.

She was predeceased by her husband, Elwood Houghtaling and three brothers, Charles S. Kelley, John Kelley and James Kelley.

Mrs. Houghtaling is survived by: her sister-in-law, Josie Kelley of Hudson; several nieces and nephews, including Lenora (Daniel) Stacey of Athens, Charles Kelley, III, of Hudson, John Kelley, Sr., Beverly Martino and Donna Kelley; many great-nieces and great-nephews, including Steven, Brian and Gary Stacey, Meghan Kelley, Michael Kelley, Michael and Louis Martino, Jr., John Kelley, Jr., Casey Kelley, Amy Ellis and Kelley Spodris; her cousins and her good friend, Blanche Hotaling.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, April 9, 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Services will be held Friday, April 10, 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences. 

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