OBITUARIES: Shook, Wilsey, Leffingwell, Clark, Haag, Mudge, Connelley

Gertrude Shook (1927 – 2015)

HUDSON—Gertrude “Trudy” J. Shook, 88, formerly of Churchtown, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at the Firemen’s Home with her son by her side.

Born June 12, 1927 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Allen and Louella (Potts) Almstead.

Mrs. Shook worked as a bookkeeper at Dr. Little’s office in Hudson, two banks in Hudson and the Town of Claverack Assessor’s Office. She was a member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Churchtown and the Churchtown Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 62 years, Clyde E. Shook, and three sisters, Louise Steinhoff, Martha Mambert and Mildred Better.

Surviving are: her children, Charles J. Shook of North Richland, Texas, and Kathleen Shook Jacque of Ashland, Ohio; three grandchildren, Kevin Jacque of Ohio, Sarah Jacque Hake of Ridgeville, South Carolina, and Kristen Jacque of Danbury, CT; one great-grandson, Gabriel of Danbury, CT; her brother, Arlington Jefferson Almstead of Arizona; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Monday, July 20 at St. Thomas Lutheran Church. Burial followed in the St. Thomas Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Arrangements were with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

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Dorothy C. Wilsey (1923 – 2015)

PHILMONT—Dorothy C. Wilsey, 92, formerly of Craryville, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

She was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey, April 13, 1923, the daughter of the late Hewitt and Ruth Cole.

Mrs. Wilsey was employed by the National Commercial Bank as a bookkeeper. She was also the former school tax collector for East Taghkanic. She enjoyed being a homemaker and spending time with her family and friends. She was a kind person with a gentle soul.

Mrs. Wilsey is survived by several close friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Reuben Louis Wilsey; her sister, Evelyn Noker and two brothers, Roy Cole and Harry Cole.

Graveside services were conducted Monday, July 20 at the Mt. Pleasant Reformed Church Cemetery, Greenport with the Reverend David Tipple officiating.

Arrangements were with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

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Edith Leffingwell (1918 – 2015)

STUYVESANT—Edith “Edie” O. Leffingwell, 96, of Stuyvesant, formerly of Kinderhook, died Friday, July 17, 2015 at her home.

Born September 19, 1918 in Mount Vernon, she was the daughter of the late Emil and Clara (Finger) Ehlenberger.

Mrs. Leffingwell was the co-owner of Mile Hill Poultry Farm in Kinderhook with her husband for many years. She was a member of the Stuyvesant Reformed Church, the Valatie Senior Citizens and Warm-Up America. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by: two children, Nancy Allen of Stuyvesant and James Leffingwell of Kinderhook; three grandchildren, Alicia Albertson, Lynn Leffingwell and Kimberly Dumont; three great-grandchildren, Randall and Leita Albertson and Tyler Dumont and two nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Oliver J. Leffingwell.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 20, 6 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, with the Reverends Kathi and Stark Jones and officiating. Calling hours will be Monday from 5 to 6 p.m. prior to the funeral. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Community Hospice of Columbia / Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414 or Stuyvesant Reformed Church, c/o Robert Allen, 250 Sharptown Road, Stuyvesant 12173.

Randolph E. Clark (1954 – 2015)

HUDSON—Randolph E. Clark of Chatham passed away July 16, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born October 2, 1954 in Hudson, he was the second son of the late Myron and Violet McMann Clark.

He was educated in Chatham and upon graduation joined the U.S. Army. Mr. Clark served 20 years in the Army and took part in Desert Storm. He achieved the rank of sergeant and retired in 1993.

He leaves behind: his daughter, Gina (Tim) Masker of Texas, son, William (Francesca) Clark of Italy and their mother, Oksun of Texas; grandsons, Jordin Masker, Shane and Dylan Clark; sisters, Rhonda Wolf of Florida and Roxanne (Richard) Woodward of Canaan; three nieces; two nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews; cousins; close and good friends, Rose Whiteside and Ashley Dunham and his special cousin, Linda Cook.

He was predeceased by his brother, Richard W. Clark.

His family thanks the nursing staff at Columbia Memorial Hospital along with all of the staff of Hospice.

Mr. Clark “was a great bull—- artist and had a morbid sense of humor and to quote his own words ‘a pain in the ass,’ but he was my brother and he will be missed greatly, Love ya bro!”

Services will be private. Arrangements are with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. To convey an online condolence visit

Joseph Haag (1924 – 2015)

PHILMONT—Joseph Haag of Philmont went to eternal rest July 18, 2015 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

Born November 27, 1924 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Robert and Mary Colwell Haag.

He was predeceased by his identical twin brother, James C. Haag and half-siblings, Edward and Robert Haag.

He was a lifetime resident of Philmont. He attended Philmont High School and was a life-member of the Philmont Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Mr. Haag served during World War II and enlisted January 1943 as a U.S. Navy gunner (armed guard) in the Merchant Marines and sailed both in the Pacific and Atlantic theaters. During his service in the Navy he received the Distinguished Service Medal, Two Star Hilner Commendation and the Two-Star American Defense Ribbon. Mr. Haag was also a member of the Philmont American Legion Post 252.

While in the Merchant Marines he met Irma Dixon and they were married in 1951.

He worked for High Rock Mills in Philmont and then in the maintenance department at BOCES for 19 years, retiring in 1986. He enjoyed the outdoors, his garden and especially time in his boat.

He is survived by: his wife of 63 years, Irma Dixon Haag; children, MaryJean Wildermuth, Joseph Haag, Dianne Loomis, Edward Haag, Teresa Ouellette, Robert Haag and James Haag; 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

His family will receive friends at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Tuesday, July 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, July 22 at St. James Church, Chatham at 10 a.m. with interment to follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Philmont.

Contributions in Mr. Haag’s name may be made to the Philmont American Legion Post 252. For directions or to convey an online condolence visit

Jamey A. Mudge (1965 – 2015)

VALATIE—Jamey A. Mudge, 50, of Valatie died Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at his home.

Born January 25, 1965 in Niskayuna, he was the son of Ronald W. Mudge of Florida and the late Geraldine (McCagg) Mudge.

Mr. Mudge was a local contractor. He loved the woods and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He was a Harley Davidson enthusiast. He will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by: a son, Jason Mudge of Canaan; four siblings, Kimberly Anderson of Hudson, Tammy Rector of Florida, Ronald Mudge of Mt. Tremper and Bryan Mudge of Kinderhook and several nephews.

Calling hours will be at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, August 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. with a brief service at 3 p.m.

All are invited to attend a celebration of Mr. Mudge’s life at the Kinderhook Lake Community Center, 15 Electric Park Road, Valatie at 3:30 p.m.

Joyce Connelley (1940 – 2015)

HUDSON—A memorial service for Joyce Elizabeth (Crapser) Connelley of East Taghkanic, who died June 14, 2015, will be held Saturday, July 25, 2015, 11 a.m. at the Cedar Park Cemetery, 20 Columbia Turnpike in Hudson. Everyone is welcome to meet at the entrance to the cemetery.

A complete obituary for Ms. Connelley appeared in the June 25, 2015 issue. Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit to leave condolences.


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