OBITUARIES: Hamm, Boughton, Gorsline, Halterman, Scanlon

Philip Hamm, Sr. (1942 – 2015)

VALATIE—Philip A. Hamm, Sr., 73, of Greenport passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Born April 16, 1942 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Grace (Becker) Hamm and the late Henry C. Hamm.

He grew up with many brothers and sisters playing throughout the neighborhoods of Hudson as a child. He would also go on adventures along the banks of the Hudson River gathering snakes and snails, as well as an occasional turtle, much to his mother’s dismay and the turtle’s.

As he grew so did his interest in 1950s pop culture and cars in general. He could often be found on Route 9 in Greenport Saturday nights drag racing his friends back when it was a much less traveled road. His tooling about the county inevitably took him to other towns. One being Chatham where he met his wife of 51 years, Lucille, “on one Elvis speaker filled evening.”

As a young father he took his kids to many of his old childhood haunts. Telling stories, in retrospect, of fanciful woe and exaggerated peril to keep the young ones away from dangerous places along the banks of the Hudson River. He instilled a great appreciation for nature and the machines that occupy it.

He ran his own garage, Phil’s Auto Body Shop for more than 40 years. The business started out of the family garage often filled with dust and fumes until dark. Then he took the business to Green Street in Hudson where he was able to work on many cars at once and have a small crew of close personal friends lending a valuable hand. The business finally ended up on Route 9 in Greenport, where he worked the remaining years of his career passing on his skills.

Mr. Hamm is survived by: his wife, Lucille M. (Tiffany) Hamm; two sons, Phil Hamm (daughter-in-law, Donna M. Coons) and Jeff Hamm as well as grandchildren. Of his siblings only one sister survives, Marian (Hamm) Bishop, as well as many nieces and nephews. His brothers and sisters that have passed are: Grace (Hamm) Phillips, George Hamm, Frank Hamm, Lillian (Hamm) Cunningham, Rose Mary Hamm and Henry Hamm.

Calling hours are Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

A graveside service for the family is planned.

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Virginia Ruth Boughton (1935 – 2015)

COPAKE FALLS—Virginia Ruth Boughton, 79, of Copake Falls passed away Tuesday May 5, 2015 at her residence.

She was born September 8, 1935 in Sharon, CT.

Mrs. Boughton attended Roeliff Jansen Central School and later received her licensed practical nurse degree from St. Margaret’s School in Albany.

She was employed for more than 30 years as the food service coordinator at Berkshire Meadows in Great Barrington, MA, until her retirement.

She enjoyed annual camping trips to Maine with her family and winter trips to Florida. Most of all she adored spending time with her granddaughters and great-granddaughter.

Mrs. Boughton was a member of the Church of St. John in the Wilderness and an honorary member of the former Copake Fire Company #2 in Copake Falls.

On October 2, 1955 she married Frederick H. Boughton. He predeceased her in 2011.

She is survived by: her beloved daughters and their spouses, Deborah and Reginald Crowley and Donna and Ralph Platt, both of Copake Falls. She also leaves her granddaughters, Regina Shea of Copake Falls, Kelly Kline of Greenport, Jessica Platt and Kaitlyn Platt, both of Copake Falls and her great-granddaughter, Summer Shea. In addition, she leaves a sister, Carol Bird of Rhinebeck and her beloved dog, Cosmo.

Friends are invited and may call on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22 in Copake.

Funeral services will be celebrated Thursday, May 7, 2015, 11 a.m. from the Church of St. John in the Wilderness in Copake Falls with the Reverend John Thompson officiating.

Interment will follow in St. John’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. John in the Wilderness, P.O. Box 180, Copake Falls 12517 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Catherine Gorsline (1921 – 2015)

HUDSON—Catherine Mae McCagg Bathrick Gorsline, 93, of Hudson passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. “She is now at peace and in God’s hands.”

Born in Hudson June 17, 1921, she was the daughter of Nellie and Niel McCagg.

Mrs. Gorsline worked for Kring’s Nursing Home for many years. She was a member of the Hudson Moose Club for 35 years, the American Legion for 50 years, the VFW Auxiliary for 25 years and the Greenport Seniors for 25 years. “She volunteered for things like the seniors.”

Mrs. Gorsline was a very special person who was always there for everyone, especially her children. She will be missed by her family and friends, who loved her so much.

She is survived by: her brother, Fred McCagg; four children, Kenneth Bathrick, Linda Jean Lentz, Starr Duste Smith and Mildred Shirley Speer; several grandchildren; step-grandchildren (including Stephen (Damienne) Speer); great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; her close friends, Lillian Heath and Barbara Metz.

She was predeceased by six brothers, Charles, John, Gorden, Willard, Alfred and Clifford McCagg; her grandson, Kenneth Bathrick, Jr.; two sons-in-law, Thomas Lentz and Roland (Skip) Speer and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are Wednesday, May 6, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Services will be held Thursday, May 7, 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial is in the West Ghent Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene if so desired. Visit to leave condolences.

John D. Halterman, Jr. (1935 – 2015)

CLERMONT—John D. Halterman, Jr., died peacefully at his home Monday, May 4, 2015. He had just turned 80 March 30, 2015.

He owned and operated the K&H Fuel Oil Company in Clermont from 1975 until his retirement in 1995. After retirement he worked part-time for Taconic Farms as a driver until 2012.

Living most of his life in the Town of Clermont, he had many friends that he was very fond of and would do anything for them at a moment’s notice.

He was the loving husband for 55 years of Constance Halterman, who died June 3, 2008. He was also a loving father, grandfather and friend. He will truly be missed by his family and friends.

He also cherished his summers up at Long Lake with his family and friends. He made new friends he met at the Whispering Woods camp site at Long Lake, where he was known as the mayor.

He is survived by: his son, John and wife Tracy of Clermont; daughter, Doreen of Clermont; grandchildren, Danielle Short, Amy Potts, Derke Halterman, James Potts, III, Joey and Bethanie Kaiser; four great-grandchildren, Dylan, Kendyl, Zoe and Karlie; a brother, Donald and sister, Trudy Volbircht.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, May 7, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Services will be held Friday, May 8, 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Viewmont Rural Cemetery, Clermont.

Helen O. Scanlon (1917 – 2015)

ALBANY—Helen O. Scanlon, 97, of Valatie died Friday, May 1, 2015 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn.

Born June 7, 1917 in Oswego, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Eva (Turay) Olski.

Mrs. Scanlon was a teacher for the East Syracuse Minoa School District for many years and was an avid walker and reader who enjoyed the companionship of her dachshunds, Elvis and Peanut.

She is survived by: one daughter, Mary Scanlon of Chesapeake, VA; one son, Thomas D. Scanlon (Pamela) of Valatie; six grandchildren, Karen Scanlon-Fish, Michelle Scanlon, Amy Corvin, Erin Basnight, Matt Kurgan and Rebecca Kurgan, as well as 13 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas E. Scanlon.

A Memorial Mass will be held Sunday, June 14 at St. Joseph’s Center, 495 Maple Lane North, Valatie.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Hospice, c/o Community Hospice Foundation, 295 Valley View Boulevard, Rensselaer 12144.

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


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