OBITUARIES: Coones, Patrick, Caswell, Duntz, Heath, Herrle, Van Alstyne

Bettina D. Coones (1946 – 2015)

HUDSON—Bettina D. Coones, 69, of Hudson passed away of lung cancer at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Saturday, November 14, 2015.

She was born January 16, 1946 to Ernest and Anna Mae Fero.

Ms. Coones spent the last 25 years caring for others as a home health aide.

She is survived by: her children, Denise (Kenneth) Hess, Deirdra Tomlin and Daniel Jennings, Jr.; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by all of her siblings, Mary, Ernest, Harriett and Barbara, and her former husband and close friend, George Lowther.

“A special thank you to Ms. Coones’ niece, Lee Ann Drumm, for always being there for her with unconditional love and support.”

Private cremation and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences.

Marian J. Patrick (1929 – 2015)

GHENT—Marian J. Patrick, 86, of Greenport passed away Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.

Born in Hudson April 22, 1929, she was the daughter of the late William and Minnie (Kisselburg) Jostlin.

Mrs. Patrick was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She loved going on trips and going to Saratoga Racino with her daughter, Sharon Porreca, and best friend, Marie Koulos. She was a member of the Golden Agers and Greenport Pumper #3 Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

Mrs. Patrick is survived by: three children, James Patrick, Jr. of Greenport, William Patrick of Columbiaville and Sharon Porreca of Greenport; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, James Patrick; three brothers, Sonny, Robert and William Jostlin and three sisters, Helen Bordeaux, Marge Friar and Betty Weber.

There will be no calling hours. Services are private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greenport Pumper #3 Fire Company.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences.

Elsie M. Caswell (1935 – 2015)

VALATIE—Elsie M. Caswell, 79, of Valatie died Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at her home.

Born December 1, 1935 in Niverville, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Lily (Barner) Minshell. Mrs. Caswell worked for BASF in Rensselaer as a computer operator. She and her husband enjoyed car cruise-ins with their Model A Ford. She also enjoyed flowers, gardening and her home.

She is survived by: her husband, Alvin G. “Jake” Caswell; her sister, Flora Baller of Kinderhook; four nieces and nephews, Carl and Scott Minshell, Glenn Baller and Cynthia Hebert. She was predeceased by her brother, Henry Minshell and her niece, Susan Little.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 21, noon at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Burial will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Calling hours will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 242, Valatie 12184.

Earl C. Duntz (1928 – 2015)

LAKE KATRINE—Earl C. Duntz, 87, of Red Hook passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Ten Broeck Common.

Born August 22, 1928 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Charles and Clara (Hamm) Duntz.

He was a graduate of Pine Plains High School.

Mr. Duntz married Jeanne L. Caminiti, October 16, 1954 in St. Christopher’s Church, Red Hook. She survives at home in Red Hook.

He served in the United States Army from 1950 to 1952.

For more than 32 years, Mr. Duntz worked as a quality control specialist with IBM in Kingston. He retired in 1987.

Mr. Duntz was a communicant of St. Christopher’s Church and a member of their Holy Name Society. He also was a member of the IBM Quarter Century Club, Montgomery Post #429 American Legion in Rhinebeck, a life-member of Elizaville Fire Company and the Elizaville Game Club

In addition to his loving wife of 61 years, he is survived by: his children, Paul (Donna) Duntz of Red Hook, Laura Duntz of Germantown and Clara (Anthony) Wittek of Lake Katrine; a sister-in-law, Betty J. Pulver of Elizaville; his grandsons, Anthony Wittek, David (Lauren) Wittek, Alexander Duntz and Nathanial Duntz; his great-grandson, Sabastian Wittek; several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

He was predeceased by his son, David Duntz; a sister, Pearl Sherman and a brother, Clifford Duntz

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes Tuesday, November 24, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 7to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 10 a.m. at St. Christopher’s Church, Red Hook. Inurnment will be held at Elizaville Methodist Cemetery, Elizaville.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Christopher’s Church, 7411 South Broadway, Red Hook 12571 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook.

For directions or to sign the online guest book visit www.Burnett-White.com.

Betty Lou Heath (1936 – 2015)

HUDSON—Betty Lou (Wasner) Heath, 79, of Philmont went home to be with the Lord, Friday, November 20, 2015 at Community Hospice in Columbia Memorial Hospital with her family by her side.

Born in Hudson February 1, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Jean (VanValkenburg) Wasner.

She was salutatorian of the first graduating class of Ockawamick Central School in 1953. In 1954, she joined the United States Marine Corps and served as secretary to the commandant at HQMC, Washington, D.C., where she met her husband. She was a life-time member, active serving elder, Sunday school superintendant and secretary of the Second Reformed Church of Claverack at Philmont. For 17 years, Mrs. Heath worked at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, MA, in the Emergency Room and Admissions. She was the former secretary of the Mellenville Union Cemetery and was a member of the Hudson chapter of the DAR, local chapter of the Eastern Star, and Columbia Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary.

She will be dearly missed by her loving husband, Kenneth E. Heath at home; son, Richard Heath of Philmont; daughters and son-in-law, Sandy and (Jack) Grogan of Albany, Joanne Bobb of Pensacola, FL, and Angela Heath of Philmont; grandchildren, Jessica, John “JJ”, Samantha, Kirstin, Colton and Annika.

Calling hours will be held Monday, November 23, 2015 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

Funeral services are Tuesday, November 24, 11 a.m. at the Philmont Reformed Church in the United Methodist Church, 27 Church Street Philmont, with Pastor Dan Herrick officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Mellenville Union Cemetery. To leave online condolences visit www.saccomcdonaldvalenti.com

George N. Herrle, Jr. (1935 – 2015)

ALBANY—George N. Herrle, Jr., 80, of Kinderhook died Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Albany Memorial Hospital.

Born November 13, 1935 in Guilderland, he was the son of the late George N. and Ellen (Coley) Herrle, Sr.

Mr. Herrle was a veteran in the U.S. Army National Guard and worked at Ichabod Crane High School for 23 years as the head custodian.

He is survived by: his wife, Janet (Holt) Herrle; one son, Wayne Herrle of Nassau; a daughter, Donna Powell of Valatie; four grandchildren, Kelli Cavagnaro (Daniel), Heather Powell, Morgan Herrle and Wayne Herrle, Jr.

He was also survived by his four-legged great- grandchildren, Inky, Addison and Norton as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Herrle and his sister, June O’Keefe.

Calling hours will be held Monday, November 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mohawk/Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands 12204. The family extends its heartfelt thanks to Jennifer at Albany Memorial Hospital and the staff at Dr. Michael Schaeffer’s office for their undivided love and attention.

Dorothy R. Van Alstyne (1923 – 2015)

STUYVESANT—Dorothy Rose Van Alstyne, age 92, of Stuyvesant passed away peacefully at her home with friends and family at her side, the night of November 19, 2015.

Born October 10, 1923 in Stuyvesant, she was the daughter of the late John and Rose (Stickles) Gibbons. Mrs. Van Alstyne lived her entire life in Kinderhook and Stuyvesant, most of it with her loving, doting husband of 69 years, Robert “Bob” Lewis Van Alstyne.

She is remembered for her lifelong love of all creatures great and small, a trait she shared with her husband. She thrived from her lifelong connection to her pets, among them cats, dogs, sheep, ponies and even deer; she was known to take in stray cats, giving a home to any in need of one—for in her eyes, “The Lord God made them all”. She loved, and was loved in return.

She is survived by: her daughter, Patricia (Judith Schwartz) of Troy; three grandchildren, Robert J. (Judith Mendel), Christopher J. and Melissa K., all of Potomac; and her beloved cat, Leo. The family thanks her friends Bev, Beth, Bonnie, Jenniffer, Sarah, Shari and all others who did so much to brighten her life.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, November 23, 11 a.m. at Church of St. Joseph, Stuyvesant Falls, with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. There will be no calling hours. Burial will follow in Kinderhook Cemetery. Memorials may be made to The Community Hospice of Columbia / Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

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