OBITUARIES: Molnar, Gorts, Van Buren, Jenks, Lento

Margaret Fitting Molnar (1919 – 2015)

GHENT—“Marge,” as she liked to be called entered into eternal rest June 10, 2015.

For the last four years she was a resident at the Whittier Adult Assisted Living and later Rehab and Skilled Nursing Home in Ghent, where she was dearly loved, respected and received the utmost of personal and professional care. 

The daughter of Henry and Clara Kohlmeier Fitting, she was born and raised on the family farm in Stockport, June 10, 1919.

Until her retirement, she was employed by Knaust Bros. and Kadin Bros. of Hudson.

She was a devoted member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church, later known as Emanuel/St. John’s Lutheran Parish, where she was confirmed as a young adult and remained a member throughout her life. Mrs. Molnar was an active member of the Willing Workers, Church Choir and was always involved with the monthly card parties and rummage and bake sales where she was known for her cooking and baking skills. She will also be remembered as the “raffle ticket selling church lady.” She was also a long-time former member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Molnar was the beloved mother of and is survived by: her daughters, Jo Ann Molnar Cardis and her husband Ronald of Claverack, Julia Molnar Lynch and her husband Robert of Littlestown, PA; her daughter-in-law, Valera “Butchie” Bryant Molnar of Greenport; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Christopher (Peter) Fitting and sister, Marie (Dolly) Shook and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Stephen A. Molnar; her son, Stephen A. Molnar, Jr., and his children, Stephen A. and Debra Ann.

She was also predeceased by her brothers, Henry and John Phillip and sisters, Elizabeth Andreczik, Elsie Stoddard Glenn and Caroline Atwood.

Calling hours are Sunday, June 14, 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Services will be held Monday, June 15, 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial is in the West Ghent Cemetery.

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Lois E. Gorts (1925 – 2015)

HUDSON—Lois E. Gorts, 89, of Livingston passed away Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born December 25, 1925 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late George and Edna (Wildermuth) Harris.

Mrs. Gorts was employed by the Hudson Housing Authority as the director’s assistant. She was a member of the Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack, the Columbia Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, the Hudson American Legion Auxiliary and the Town of Claverack Senior Citizens.

Mrs. Gorts is survived by: two children, Carol Zincio of Stuyvesant and Kenneth Lansing of Trumansburg; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Toivo Gorts; two brothers, Kenneth and Donald Harris and her sister, Bertha Golden.

Calling hours are Friday, June 12, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Services will be conducted Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Mellenville Union Cemetery.

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E. Gordon Van Buren (1926 – 2015)

HUDSON—E. Gordon “Gordie” Van Buren, 88, a resident of Kinderhook, passed away suddenly at Columbia Memorial Hospital June 10, 2015.

He is survived by his son, Mark and daughter-in-law Jocelyn Van Buren of Burlington, CT, and three grandchildren of whom he was so very proud, Amanda, Erika and Edward. He was predeceased in 2011 by his wife and best friend of 53 years, Ann.

Mr. Van Buren was born September 11, 1926 in Albany to Benjamin A. and Sophie (Freising) Van Buren.

He graduated from Castleton High School and joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. Upon his discharge from the Navy, he attended SUNY Brockport where he received a BS degree in health and physical education and was a member of the baseball and basketball teams. Mr. Van Buren received an MS degree in public school administration from SUNY Albany and a certificate of director of health, physical education and recreation from Ithaca College. After graduating from SUNY Brockport, he taught physical education for a year with the Rensselaer County BOCES system and then began his tenure with the Ichabod Crane Central School system. During his 34 years in that district, Mr. Van Buren was a teacher, basketball, soccer and track coach, athletic director and assistant high school principal. After his retirement, he served as an assistant basketball coach at both Hudson Valley Community College and Union College. He enjoyed retirement by traveling, visiting with friends and family and attending as many sporting events as possible, as he did his entire life. He looked forward to his regular get-togethers with the Kinderhook Bourbon and Chowder Society, the Troy coaches and administrators group and the Albany coaches, athletes and administrators group.

He was a member, or former member of the following organizations: Kinderhook Reformed Church, former elder and deacon; Clapp Novak American Legion Post 1470; Northern Columbia Lions Club; Kinderhook Elks Lodge 2530; NYS Athletic Administrators Association; Secondary School Administrators of NYS; Kinderhook Recreation Commission, past chairman; Eastern Board of Approved Soccer Officials, past president; Capital District Baseball Umpires Association, past secretary and vice-president; Adirondack Board 36 of International Approved Basketball Officials (IABO); Central Hudson Valley Board 114 of IABO; Columbia-Greene Baseball Umpires Association; Section II Boys Basketball Committee, Patroon Athletic Conference, past president and secretary-treasurer;, Columbia County Youth Advisory Board and Winding Brook Country Club.

Mr. Van Buren authored many articles for various coaching and sports magazines, was a guest lecturer at many sports clinics and camps and was one of the original coaches for the prestigious 5-Star Basketball Camp.   Mr. Van Buren was elected to both the Columbia County and Capital District Basketball Halls of Fame based on coaching his teams to 12 consecutive league championships and five sectional finals. In 2008, he was honored by having the athletic complex at Ichabod Crane High School named the E. Gordon Van Buren Athletic Complex.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 17, 11 a.m. at the Kinderhook Reformed Church, Route 9, Kinderhook, with the Reverend Rudy Visser officiating. Burial will follow in Kinderhook Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday, June 16 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kinderhook Reformed Church, 21 Broad Street, Kinderhook 12106.

Marshall Jenks (1927 – 2015)

SALISBURY, CT—Marshall Jenks, 87, a 25-year resident of Ancramdale and most recently of Salisbury, CT, died Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at Noble Horizons.

Mr. Jenks had various careers throughout his life. He was a plumber for Bauman & Garrity Plumbing in Lakeville, CT, for many years, he also worked for Pratt & Whitney in Southington, CT, and for K&E in Millerton. Mr. Jenks was also a gardener and caretaker at a local estate before his retirement.

Born July 10, 1927 in Salisbury, CT, he was the son of the late William P. and Edna (Blakeman) Jenks. On September 13, 1997 in Las Vegas, NV, he married Nancy M. Bryant, who survives him at home in Ancramdale. Mr. Jenk’s first wife, Cathrine (O’Loughlin) Jenks predeceased him.

Mr. Jenks was an avid gardener and always held down two or three jobs at once. He will forever be remembered for his work ethic and his love of horse racing.

In addition to his loving wife, Nancy, he is survived by: four children, Betsy Palmer and her husband Florien of Sharon, CT, Peggy Jenks of Lakeville, CT, William Jenks and his wife Rose of Sharon, CT, and Jo Alvarez and her husband Oscar of California; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Jenks was predeceased by his brother, Edward Jenks and his sister, Air Force Major, F. Maureen Jenks, both of Millerton.

Graveside services and burial took place Saturday, June 13, 2015 at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Cobble Road, Salisbury, CT, with the Reverend Carol Miller officiating. A reception in Mr. Jenks’ honor followed at the Community Center at Noble Horizons, 17 Cobble Road, Salisbury, CT.

Arrangements were with the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton. To send an online condolence visit

Melba K. Lento

GERMANTOWN—Melba K. Lento, 76, a retired tax preparer from Germantown, peacefully passed away June 8, 2015 with her family by her side.

She is survived by: her loving husband of 26 years, Bob; her children, Credonna Masterson and her husband Tim, Tammy Dooley and her partner Randall Rifenburgh, Leslie Carter and her husband David and Roger Hereford and his wife Cindy; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her sisters, Becky Townsend and Bobbie Carrick; her brother, Charles Browning; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Oscar and Hazel Browning and sister, Mary.

She was often referred to as a “rebel”, and was perhaps at times misunderstood, but she was always a good soul. She loved her flower gardens and watching the birds.

Memorial donations may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534 or the American Cancer Society.

Upon the wishes of the family, there will be no services. Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.



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