OBITUARIES: Barden, Kuhmerker

John F. Barden (1944 – 2015)

SPENCERTOWN—John F. Barden passed away at home November 6, 2015.

Born July 15, 1944, he was a lifelong resident of Spencertown.

Mr. Barden served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. He worked at New Yorker Industries and Crellin Plastics. He was a lifetime member of the Spencertown Fire Company. For a few years, he was president. He served as a member of the Spencertown Fire Police. His baby was the Spencertown Drum Line. He would find kids and adults to join. They won many awards.

He is survived by: his wife, Elizabeth Towart Barden; his four children, Theresa Barden of Hillsdale, Patricia Barden of Chatham, Carole Barden of Chandler, AZ, and Bud Barden (Cris) of Spencertown; his grandchildren, Emily Barden of Chatham, Ethan and Dylan Rosen of Chandler, AZ, and Samantha and Rylie Barden of Spencertown; his aunt, Marion Goodrich; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Barden was predeceased by his parents, Bud and Ginny Barden; his brother, Edwin E. Barden, Jr.; and his grandson, Michael J. Hoover.

Family will receive friends at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Wednesday, November 11 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, November 12, 10 a.m. in Saint James Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Spencertown Fire Company, Columbia-Greene Hospice or the Columbia-Greene Humane Society. To convey an online condolence visit

Bruno Kuhmerker (1922 – 2015)

ARLINGTON, VA—Bruno Kuhmerker, aged 93, died peacefully in his sleep Monday, October 5, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia, where he had lived for the past five years.

Born August 8, 1922 in Vienna, Austria, he lived most of his life in New York City and then in New Lebanon. He was the son of Leon Kuhmerker and Eugenia Mehl Kuhmerker.

In February 1939, he was rescued from the oncoming Holocaust by the Rubens Family of Cardiff, Wales, who sponsored him for a year in England while he was awaiting his visa to the United States. Arriving in the U.S. in 1940, he lived with the Davidson Family in Queens, throughout World War II, until his parents emigrated from England in 1946. Friendships with both the Rubens and the Davidsons continue to this day.

In his first year in the U.S., he was the first place winner of the New York City High School American History Award. While working during the day, he continued his education and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from City College of New York, where he was also editor of the College Literary Journal.

In 1946, Mr. Kuhmerker met Lisa Marmorek on a blind date, and they married in 1948. They had two children, Kathy and Peter, who now live in the Washington, D.C. area. They were divorced in the mid-1980s.

Mr. Kuhmerker started Columbia Packaging Corporation, a paper processing company, in the early 1960s. He designed his own machinery, developed a wax coating process, and automated die press operations. Later, as the business grew, he designed and supervised the construction of a permanent building. He then started a second company, Coropac Corporation, specializing in 3-color printing and blister packaging. He sold the companies in the late 1970s and retired from business.

Mr. Kuhmerker’s interest in architecture and design culminated in the design and construction of the last three houses he owned in New Lebanon. He loved modern furniture and fixtures, often designing his homes around them. Mr. Kuhmerker also enjoyed the outdoors in Upstate New York, skied in Vermont in the winters, and spent summer days attending concerts at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA. In his later years, he became active in preserving the history of New Lebanon.

He is survived by: his children, Kathryn Kuhmerker Appel (Steven) and Peter Kuhmerker (Lynne); his grandchildren, Lauren Kuhmerker, Carolyn Appel and Jared Kuhmerker; his long-time partner, Bosiljka Stevanovic and her family. Contributions in his memory may be made to the New Lebanon Historical Society, P.O. Box 363, New Lebanon 12125.


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