OBITUARIES: Kelch, Ryman, Butterworth

Edith C. Kelch (1917 – 2015)

POUGHKEEPSIE—Edith C. Kelch, 97, of Poughkeepsie began her spiritual life Monday, March 30, 2015 at Vassar Hospital.

Born October 8, 1917 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late James  and Jessie (MacDonald) Coons.

She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond Kelch, in 2005 after 58 years of marriage.

Prior to her retirement she was employed as an executive secretary with the DeLaval Company in Poughkeepsie. She was a member of the Arlington Reformed Church in Poughkeepsie.

Survivors include: her sister, Helen Henderson of Linlithgo; a sister-in-law, Betty Lasher of Elizaville; many nieces, nephews and friends who will remember her as a woman of quiet grace.

There will be no calling hours.

A celebration of her life will be held Friday, April 10, 2015, 1 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. Online condolences may be expressed at

Veronica “Bonnie” Ryman (1943 – 2015)

ALBANY—Veronica ”Bonnie” (Hermance) Ryman of Greenport passed away peacefully March 31, 2015 at Albany Medical Center surrounded by her family who loved her so much.

Born July 29, 1943 in Stottville, she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Pearl (Cropper) Hermance of Stottville.

She is survived by: her devoted husband, Kenneth Ryman, Sr.; loving sons, Scott (Lyndell) Allen and James Allen of Hudson; daughter, Rebecca (Robert) Klugo of Livingston; granddaughters, Julie and Lindsay Klugo, also of Livingston; sister-in- law, Betty Hermance of Claverack; several nephews and nieces. She is also survived by step-children, Kenneth Ryman, Jr., of Hudson and Jennifer Ryman of Greenport.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her former husband, Benjamin Panasuk; granddaughter, Jenna Klugo; brothers, Edward Hermance, Jack (Mary) Hermance and William Hermance; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Betty (John) Cordato, Mary (Matthew) Kusewich, Patricia (Harry) Drahushuk and Arlene (Hank) Gyr; nephews, David Drahushuk and Vincent Hermance and great-niece, Katie Kusewich.

She was a 1961 graduate of Hudson High School. Before her retirement in 2005, she was employed as an associate at Columbia-Greene Community College in the Office of Records and Registration for 23½ years.

Mrs. Ryman adored her family, especially spending time with her granddaughters teaching them baking, cooking, crafts and laughing with them. She also loved Broadway musicals, dancing, scrap booking and spending time with her friends. She always had a smile and brightened everyone’s day.

Calling hours will be Friday, April 3, 4 to 5:30 p.m. with a service at 5:30 p.m. at Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

Condolences may be expressed at

Charles E. Butterworth (1946 – 2015)

NEW YORK CITY—Charles E. Butterworth, 68, of Hudson died March 31, 2015 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, surrounded by his family.

Born October 9, 1946 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Richard and Anna (Scott) Butterworth.

He was hired by the City of Hudson in 1969 after graduating from Northeastern University as a professional civil engineer. Throughout his tenure with the city, Mr. Butterworth was instrumental in the progress of the city, masterminding many projects and major accomplishments that helped to make the city what it is today. He tended to stay in the background and did not like to be in the limelight. He was a humble soul. Some of his accomplishments include SPOUT, Urban Renewal, Bicentennial Celebration, Amtrak Station Renovation Project, Waterfront Development, the event coordinator for the Hudson Elks Flag Day Parade for more than a decade, city bus service, merging of Cedar Park Cemetery with the Public Works Department and Water Treatment and Sewer Treatment Facilities Projects. Mr. Butterworth devoted his life to the City of Hudson, retiring after 37 years as the superintendent of public works in July 2006. He enjoyed hunting, nature and animals. He loved Florida in the winter and was actively involved in the Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Kinderhook. He was a beloved softball coach and devoted himself to his family, especially his four-legged little boy, Sterling.

He is survived by: his wife, Darlene F. (Miller) Butterworth; two daughters, Jill Hanley (Jason) of Ghent and Tina Butterworth of Hudson; a sister, Terry Leggett (Mark) of Ghent; a brother, Robert Butterworth (Letty) of Cazenovia; his four-legged son, Sterling Charles; two stepdaughters, Michelle Mavrides (Michael) of Kinderhook and Trisha Jansen (Kyle) of Berlin; a stepson, Michael Terracciano of East Greenbush; two grandchildren, Emma and Sara Hanley; five step-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Richard Butterworth.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 4, 10:30 a.m. at the Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Kinderhook with the Reverend Frank Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Stuyvesant Falls.

Calling hours will be held Friday, April 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.



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