OBITUARIES: Cox, Anderson, Decker, Donnelly, Eysaman

William F. Cox (1942 – 2015)

CATSKILL—William “Bill” F. Cox died August 25 at his home in Catskill as a result of a recently discovered advanced cancer.

He died in hospice care at home with his partner of 48 years, now spouse, Arthur Levin and his beloved dog, Lego, by his side. He was 72.

Born in Detroit, MI, he spent his formative years in Marquette, MI. He lived there until his graduation from high school, eventually moving to New York City to pursue a career in art.

He earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and was a graphic artist primarily working in silk- screen media. His work was shown at the Flats Fixed Gallery in the Soho district of Manhattan.

He and Mr. Levin first met in 1967 and spent the next 48 years mostly living together in the 1844 townhouse they owned on West 11th Street in Greenwich Village. They were instrumental, along with John and Lucy Rudolph, in starting the West 11th Street Block Association in the early 1970s.

They also owned a home in Chatham Center from 1970 to 1978.

In 1990 he became an addiction counselor-social worker at two New York agencies: Project Renewal on East Third and Bowery and then for programs affiliated with the Children’s Aid Society. He was fearless and dedicated, counseling serious felony offenders with the same caring concern as he gave those with no criminal record.

Because of nagging health issues he retired in 2003 and purchased his property in Catskill in 2004. He planned to resume his work as an artist there and he was enthusiastic about his new home, which featured an artist’s studio rebuilt from the remains of an old barn. However, chronic back problems frustrated his ability to concentrate on his work.

The diagnosis of his terminal cancer came as a shock in mid-June and his decline in health and quality of life was rapid.

He will be remembered for his keen sense of humor, his charm, an overt romance with movie classics, and his frequent smoke-break chats with neighbors in front of 20 West 11th Street.

At his request there will be no memorial service. His ashes be buried in a small family plot that he had restored on what was formerly the Cox farm in Marquette.

Donations in his memory may be sent to The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Boulevard, Rensselaer 12144.

Malcolm L. Anderson (1925 – 2015)

STOCKPORT—Malcolm Leaning Anderson, 89, of Stockport died Sunday, September 6, 2015 at his home.

Born December 28, 1925 in North Adams, MA, he was the son of the late Edgar and Alta (Buswell) Anderson.

“Papa,” as he was called by his grandchildren, lived a fascinating life, filled with adventures. He was very proud of his service in the Navy during World War II when he flew off the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Intrepid. After leaving the Navy, he worked for GE where he meet the love of his life, Esther, his wife of 62 years. She convinced him to try his hand at farming, an occupation that he followed for the remainder of his life. In addition to farming, Mr. Anderson was a real estate broker in the family business, The Anderson Agency. He was very passionate about his hobbies including sailing, mastering musical instruments, leisure reading and traveling as his schedule permitted. His other passions were his children, he cherished his time with them and he encouraged all of them to get a college education. Many wonderful family vacations involved traveling to distant places as well as camping and sailing with his children. His involvement with his grandchildren included attending plays, concerts and other school events. His pride for them was evident in his willingness to tell others, even complete strangers, about their accomplishments. Mr. Anderson was always enthusiastic about new ideas, so much so that when he came across an idea, he wanted to share it with everyone.

He is survived by: his wife, Esther (Verenazi) Anderson; his daughter, Kimberley Voltz (Paul) of Kinderhook; two sons, Keith John Anderson (Shari) of Delmar and Christopher David Anderson of Stockport; four grandchildren David and Eliza Voltz, Rachel and Will Anderson; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Edgar and Donald Anderson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, September 11, 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Joseph, Stuyvesant Falls with the Reverend Dan Quinn officiating. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery, Ghent. Calling hours will be Thursday, September 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse 13220-3049 or the Stuyvesant Falls VFW Post # 9593.

His family thanks his wonderful caregivers, Kasey Grant, Sophie Demers, Bonnie Kritzman and Tracy Boyle.

Alan P. Decker, Sr. (1934 – 2015)

KINDERHOOK—Alan P. Decker, Sr., 81, of Kinderhook passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at the home of his daughter, Debra, with his loving family by his side.

Born August 27, 1934 in Hollowville, he was the son of the late Lyle and Jessie (Phillips) Decker.

Mr. Decker was employed as a carpenter for Birch Hill in Schodack. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved to travel. Wednesday night dinners with “Sissy” will be missed.

Mr. Decker is survived by: his devoted children, Debra Meddaugh (Mark), Cathy Hoyt (Chuck), Alan P. Decker, Jr., and Robin Mazal; his loving sisters, Shirley Coons, Renee “Sissy” Coons and Leatrice Yaroschuck; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and his sidekick, “Sid” the cat.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Patricia Decker; his stepfather, Alvah Wraught; his son, Timothy Decker; three brothers, Leon, Richard and Carl Decker; two grandsons, Timothy Malchow and Mark Meddaugh.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, September 10, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Services will be held Friday, September 11, 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences.

Bruce J. Donnelly (1939 – 2015)

ALBANY—Bruce J. Donnelly, 75, of Kissimmee, FL, died Friday, September 4, 2015 at St Peter’s Hospital.

He was born in New York City, where he was a police officer for 17 years achieving the rank of sergeant before retiring in 1981.

Mr. Donnelly was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was the counselor for the Squires. After retirement he enjoyed driving a bus for Hudson City Schools and Walt Disney World.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 41 years, Patricia (Ross) Donnelly; and siblings, Maribeth Bouma and William Donnelly.

Mr. Donnelly is survived by: his four sons, Robert E. (Jill) Donnelly, Bruce J. (Michele) Donnelly, Jr., Patrick W. (Mary Pat) Donnelly and Kevin M. (Stephanie) Donnelly; and a sister, Eileen Elgin. He was the proud “Grandpa” to Alexander, Meghan, Katie, Morgan, Patrick, Alexandra, Timothy, Evan, Brian, Bridgit, Michael, Erika, Shannon, and Brennan. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Thursday, September 10, 8:30 a.m. from the Rockefeller Funeral Home, 165 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer and 9:30 a.m. at historic St. Mary’s, 10 Lodge Street, Albany, where a liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be celebrated.

Donations may be made to the NYCPBA Widows and Children’s Fund, 125 Broad Street, 11th Floor, New York City 10004-2400.

Inge H. Eysaman (1929 – 2015)

EAST SCHODACK—Inge Hagenow Eysaman, 86, of East Schodack died peacefully September 5, 2015 after a brief illness.

She was born in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of Artur and Frieda (Schulz) Hagenow August 26, 1929.

She met her husband, Charles, when he was stationed in Germany while serving in the U.S. Army. She moved to the United States in 1958 and spent her time caring for her husband and children while living in Syracuse and East Schodack.

She is survived by: her daughters, Inga (John) Barker of Niverville, Ann Slagen, Christiane Kronau and Liane Maughan, all of Nassau; her son, Charles (Patricia) Eysaman of Colonie and special friend, Linda Dupre of Kirkville. She was the proud grandmother of 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles O. Eysaman; son, Fred Massulik; daughter, Marian Eysaman and grandson, Jason Barker; her siblings, her brothers, Fritz, Horst and Fred Hagenow and sister, Ruth (Hagenow) Winter.

At Mrs. Eysaman’s request, services will be held privately Friday, September 11.

Contributions in her memory would be appreciated to Animalkind Inc., 721 Warren Street, Hudson 12534 (working for the protection and welfare of abandoned, feral and stray cats) or to the St. Mary’s Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 43, Nassau 12123 would be appreciated. Online condolences may be offered at mooneyfuneralhome.com

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