OBITUARIES: Curtis, Phillips, Smith, De Grush, Coons, Drumm, Miller, McAdams, Merritt, Hayes, McEathron

Daniel E. Curtis, Sr. (1946 – 2015)

HUDSON—Daniel E. Curtis, Sr., died at Columbia Memorial Hospital Saturday, December 26, 2015.

He was born January 14, 1946 to Edwin B. and Alice (Dalzell) Curtis in Hudson.

He graduated from Chatham High School in 1964. He was a lineman for New York State Electric & Gas Corp. until his retirement in 2010.

Mr. Curtis was a past president and past captain of Sanford W. Smith Hook & Ladder Co. and was also a member of the Tri Village Fire Department. He was a member of Columbia Lodge, No. 98, F. & A.M. and the Chatham Lions Club. He was an avid auto racing fan, and a fan of the New York Yankees and the New York Jets. He enjoyed driving his self-restored 1969 Corvette, having received many trophies at car shows. He also enjoyed hobbies of genealogy, music trivia and cooking.

He is survived by: his children, Daniel E. Curtis, Jr. (Tina), Gwyneth A. Marayne (Sarah Fuller), Amanda Bleyl (Thomas) and Abigail Curtis (Jeffrey Wolf); seven grandchildren, Danielle Curtis, Bradley Curtis, Nicholas Curtis, Jacob Curtis, Alex Curtis, Alyssa Bleyl and Thomas Bleyl, III; his sister, Alice Curtis Davis and nephew, Theodore Sweet. He was predeceased by his parents and an infant brother, Edwin Dwayne.

Funeral services will be held at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Tuesday, December 29, 11 a.m. with interment at the Chatham Rural Cemetery. Contributions in Mr. Curtis’ name may be made to the Chatham Fire Department. Condolences may be conveyed at

Lillian Mae Phillips (1925 – 2015)

STUYVESANT FALLS—Lillian Mae Phillips, 90, a lifelong resident of Stuyvesant Falls, died Saturday, December 26, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family.

Born April 14, 1925 in Stuyvesant Falls, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Lillian (Brearly) Oldrich. She was a seamstress for Rielly Mills in Valatie for many years. She was a communicant of the Church of St. Joseph in Stuyvesant Falls and a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by: one son, George T. Phillips, Jr., (Kathleen) of Chicago, IL; two daughters, Sally A. Mann of Kinderhook and Susan Grenci (Tod) of Stockport; five grandchildren, Jim (Stephanie) and Justin Phillips, Luke, Adam and Casey Grenci; four great-grandchildren, Calla, Grant and Willa Phillips and Jacob Grenci, along with Natascha Santiago of Valatie, who she also thought of as a granddaughter; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, George T. Phillips, Sr., a sister, Evelyn Novak (Stanley) and a brother, James Oldrich (Arlene).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, December 31, 11 a.m. in the Church of St. Joseph, Stuyvesant Falls, with the Reverend Dan Quinn officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia / Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Jane E. Smith (1929 – 2015)

ALBANY—Jane E. Smith, 86, of Kinderhook died Saturday, December 26, 2015 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born May 29, 1929 in Ancram, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Elizabeth (Workman) Bravender.

She was a graduate of Martin Van Buren High School in Kinderhook and was a member and past Sunday school teacher at the Kinderhook Reformed Church.

She is survived by: her son, David M. Smith of Freehold, NJ; a brother, James Bravender (Betty) of Whitleyville, TN; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth E. Smith.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, December 30, 11 a.m. in the Kinderhook Cemetery with the Reverend Rudy Visser officiating. There will be no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to the Kinderhook Reformed Church.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Lucy De Grush (1924 – 2015)

PHILMONT—Lucy V. De Grush passed away peacefully Christmas night in her home with her family by her side.

Born November 23, 1924 in Parishville, she spent many years working as a chambermaid for resorts in the Adirondacks.

Mrs. De Grush spent many years fostering and babysitting less fortunate children. She enjoyed spending time with all her family.

She was very close to her daughter, who was her caregiver, Lucy (Darnyl) Baker of Philmont, her grandson, Zachary Baker, (fiancée, Brenda Christie) of Philmont, her son, Edward (Sue) Maloney of Mellenville, her daughters, Connie Jones and Patricia Altman, both of Augusta, SC, her sister, Martha (Clarence) Cutler of Norwood, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mrs. De Grush was predeceased by her husband, Ernest De Grush; her parents, Eva and Myron Planty and eight siblings.

Visiting hours are Tuesday, December 29, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Donations may be made to the family in care of the funeral home. Visit to leave condolences.

Gary C. Coons (1955 – 2015)

CLERMONT—Gary C. Coons, 60, of Clermont passed away Friday, December 18, 2015 at his home.

Born January 24, 1955, in Rhinebeck, he was the son of the late Charles Scism and the late Grace (Saulpaugh) Coons.

For many years, Mr. Coons worked in farming, construction and auto body restoration. Recently, he was caretaker for the Ray Tousey Farm in Clermont.

He is survived by: his step brother, Jim Scism of Poughkeepsie; a sister, Rose Marie Haner of Hollowville; several nieces and nephews and his close friends, the members of the Tousey family. He was predeceased by his sister, Carol Coons and brother, George Coons.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 11 a.m. A celebration of Mr. Coons’ life will begin at noon for those who want to share their fondest memories of him, followed by interment in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, 7412 South Broadway, Red Hook.

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Anna L. Drumm (1914 – 2015)

PHILMONT—Anna L. Drumm, 101, formerly of West Copake passed away Monday, December 21, 2015 at Pine Haven Nursing Home, where she had made her home for the last 10 years.

She was born December 1, 1914 in West New York, NJ, the daughter of George and Anna (Leeger) Rover.

Survivors include: a son, Ronnie and his wife Linda Drumm of Illinois; a daughter, Carol Lee and her husband Jake Miller of Copake; six grandchildren, Darren (Jill) Miller of West Copake, Doreen (David) Alberg Smith of Copake Lake, Todd (Sharon) Miller of Hudson, Scott (Joy) Miller of Malden Bridge, Damon (Vanessa) Drumm of Missouri, and Chad (Theresa) Drumm of Illinois and 12 great-grandchildren.

She also leaves behind many faithful loving friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Roland “Ronnie” Drumm in 1999.

There are no calling hours.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 11 a.m. at West Copake Reformed Church, 2692 County Route 7 with the Reverend Warren Seibert officiating. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are requested to Roe Jan Food Pantry, c/o Lois Edelman, P.O. Box 343, Hillsdale 12529.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake.

Harriet Miller (1923 – 2015)

CLERMONT—Harriet Miller, 92, of Clermont died Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at her home.

Born August 18, 1923 in Germantown, she was the daughter of the late John and Julia (Pfeil) Cross.

Mrs. Miller owned and operated the family farm, Cross’s Farm and produce stand for many years. She was a founding member of the Clermont Fire Company Auxiliary. She is survived by: her son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Carol Miller of Clermont; three grandchildren, Stephanie, Gerald and Katlyn.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ralph H. Miller, who died April 13, 1990; a brother, Harold Cross and sisters, Alice Gardner, Mildred Broast and Helen Rifenburgh.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, December 29, 10 to 11 a.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown with services at 11 a.m.

Burial will follow in the St. Luke’s Cemetery in Clermont.

Barbara McAdams (1942 – 2015)

WAPPINGERS FALLS—Barbara McAdams 73 of Clermont died December 19, 2015 at the Pine Ridge Adult Home.

Born August 22, 1942 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Sara (vonLindeman) McAdams.

Prior to her retirement she had worked as a manager at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City.

Survivors include: her dearest friend, Cynthia Martin of Clermont; a brother, Michael McAdams; sister, Karen McAdams; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Nancy L. Merritt (1948 – 2015)

HUDSON—Nancy L. Merritt, 67, of Glenco Mills passed away peacefully at Columbia Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family, December 21, 2015.

She was born October 6, 1948 in Hudson and was the daughter of Virginia Potts of Philmont and the late Frederick R. Potts, Jr.

Ms. Merritt was a lifelong resident of Columbia County. She was employed by State Bank of Albany, Hudson Register Star, Catskill Game Farm and the US Postal Service at Hollowville and Livingston. Ms. Merritt was an active member of numerous local organizations including the Germantown Lions Club, Postmaster’s Organization and the Livingston Planning Board.

She was an avid reader, movie enthusiast and had recently pursued an interest in painting. She spent much of her free time with her family as well as her close circle of friends.

Survivors in addition to her mother, Virginia Potts, include: her siblings, Frederick R. and (Donna) Potts, Cindy Edwards, Terry and (Mary) Potts, and Marry Ellen and (Scott) Burger. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and their children.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 7 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Daniel G. Hayes (1934 – 2015)

ALBANY—Daniel G. Hayes, 81, of Mellenville passed away peacefully Sunday, December 20, 2015, at St. Peter’s Hospital.

He was born March 7, 1934 in Hudson to the late Leo and Gertrude (Lape) Hayes.

He graduated from Hudson High School and was employed for most of his career at V&O Press and Truxton Machinery in Greenport. He was a second lieutenant aircraft electrician for the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957. He was a life member of the Hudson Elks Lodge. He enjoyed bowling, baseball and traveling on his motorcycle.

Mr. Hayes is survived by: his daughter and son-in-law, Darcy and Joseph Krein of Philmont; his son, Peter Hayes of Mellenville; four grandchildren, Kelsie and Aaron Krein of Philmont, and Emily and Alexander Hayes of Mellenville; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his loving wife, Mary Regina Kraft; twin brothers, Leo and Leonard Hayes; his brother, Frederick (“Sandy”) Hayes and his sister, Jeannine Nooney.

Services were held Saturday, December 26 at the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham, with the Reverend Dan Herrick officiating. Inurnment was in the Mellenville Union Cemetery

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758518, Topeka, KS 66675-8518. ATTN: Advance Guard. To send online condolences visit

James J. McEathron (1967 – 2015)

ALBANY—James “Jimmy” Jay McEathron, 48, of Valatie, a 10-year-area-resident formerly of Jacksonville, FL, died peacefully Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Mr. McEathron worked as a roofing specialist with Phelps Bros. Roofing in Nassau, Rensselaer County, for many years.

Born June 27, 1967 in Sharon, CT, he was the son of Everett “John” J. McEathron of Dover Plains and Meredith “Peggy” (Fleming) Burk of Jacksonville, FL.

He attended local schools in Pennsylvania and Jacksonville, FL. Mr. McEathron was an active member of the Solid Rock Church of Columbia County in Hudson and was an avid reader with particular emphasis on the Holy Bible. He spent a great deal of time ministering to people in recovery and will be dearly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Mr. McEathron is survived by: his step-mother, Ruth McEathron of Dover Plains; his four children, Dustan Marie, Cheyenne and Katelyn McEathron of Hazelhurst, GA, and James J. McEathron of Valatie; two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Tatiana McEathron; four brothers, John, Daniel, Andrew and Mark McEathron; his sister, Linda Strickland; two step-brothers, Phillip and James Tompkins; two step-sisters, Terry White and Chrystal McGrain-McEathron; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There are no calling hours. Graveside services and burial will take place Saturday, August 13, 2016, 1 p.m. at the Garrison Cemetery, 146 Garrison Road, Harrisville. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Hospice, 315 South Manning Boulevard, Albany 12208 or to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton. To send online condolences visit

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