OBITUARIES: Jensen, Kiel, Lackmann, Peters, Tomaso, Trombly, Ferraro, McDonald

Elizabeth A. Jensen (1939 – 2015)

ALBANY—Elizabeth A. Jensen, 76, of Stuyvesant died Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born July 21, 1939 in Bernhards Bay, she was the daughter of the late Charles E. and Elizabeth Ann (O’Brien) Webb.

Mrs. Jensen retired from the Ichabod Crane School system as an instructional aide in 2001. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stuyvesant.

She is survived by: her husband, Robert C. Jensen; two daughters, Christine and Tracy Jensen, both of Stuyvesant; three sisters, Blanche Whipple of Constantia, Arena Miller of Liverpool and Geraldine O’Hara of Elbridge; one brother, Ted Webb of Constantia and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by: two sisters, Martha Bort and Dora Lewis and five brothers, Martin, Charles, Race, Jack and Franklin Webb.

A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, December 13, 1 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 159 County Route 26A in Stuyvesant, and at a later date in Syracuse for her friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 159 County Route 26A, Stuyvesant 12173. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Calvin J. Kiel (1927 – 2015)

HUDSON—Calvin J. Kiel, 88, of Greenport passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Born June 14, 1927 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Conrad and Marion (Boice) Kiel.

Mr. Kiel graduated from Hudson High School and spent 15 months serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was a resident of Claverack for 28 years and of Cairo for 15 years. He worked at the V & O Press for 23 years and at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility as a vocational instructor for 17 years.

Mr. Kiel enjoyed golf, fishing with his two sons and grandson, and usually catching the smallest fish. He loved family vacations at Ocean City, NJ. He was active in the Emmanuel/ St. John Lutheran Parish where he served as vice president of the church council.

Surviving are: his wife of 60 years, Virginia (Belknap) Kiel; two sons, Brian C. Kiel of Claverack and Bradley R. Kiel of Ghent; his granddaughter, Brittany E. Kiel; his grandson, Ryan W. Kiel and five cousins, Lois Plass, William and Gary Lawrence, Ellen Keil and Phyllis Havlik.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers and a sister-in-law, Conrad Bradley Kiel and Clifford L. and Vivian (Rossman) Kiel.

Services were conducted Saturday, December 12 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Burial was in the Reformed Dutch Church Cemetery in Claverack.

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Margaret Lackmann (1941 – 2015)

HUDSON—Margaret H. Lackmann, 74, of East Taghkanic, formerly of Stuyvesant, passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born in Flushing, April 13, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Hilda and Karl Sauer.

Ms. Lackmann was a special needs aide at COARC in Mellenville. She loved horses, boating and was devoted to her family.

Surviving are: her children, Natalie A. (Johnson) Davis, Rodney C. Johnson, Robert B. Johnson and his wife, Rhonda, Ronald C. Johnson and Michael W. Kastner; five grandsons, seven granddaughters, eight great-grandchildren, five nieces, and one nephew.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Lars Sauer.

Calling hours are Monday, December 14, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Services will follow at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Blue Mountain Cemetery in Saugerties. Visit to leave a message for the family.

Donald R. Peters (1949 – 2015)

Donald “Weasel” R. Peters completed his life of 69 years on earth, while Angels were waiting to greet him at the gates of Heaven December 4.

He was born February 21, 1946 to the late Walter and Betty Peters.

His wife of 34 years, Diane, predeceased him in 2013.

He was the loving father of David L. Reed, Jr., (Nancy Begbie), John C. Reed (Bobbi Ann), Lori J. Puff (Walter) and Jamie DelPazzo (Rick); nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his sister, Patricia Hallenbeck (William, deceased); nieces, Debra Kisselburgh, Tammy Hallenbeck (Gary Keator) and nephew William H. Hallenbeck, Jr., (Pamela).

Following graduation from Hudson High School, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1969 where he received the National Defense Service Medal. He was employed by the New York State Thruway Authority and retired in 2001. He was an avid outdoorsman with a love for trapping, hunting and fishing. He traveled the world on fishing and hunting excursions; most notable were his trips to Antarctica. His hobbies included golfing, going to Atlantic City, singing to the oldies and captivating audiences with his humorous story telling.

Cremation was under the direction of M. Grimaldi Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

A service will be held at Cedar Park Cemetery for family and friends, Thursday, December 17 at noon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Rescue Squad, 283 Mountain View Road, Copake 12516.

Frank Tomaso (1927 – 2015)

HUDSON—Frank “Anchor” Tomaso, 88, of Hudson, most recently the Firemen’s Home, died Thursday, December 10, 2015 at the home.

Born October 16, 1927 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Sebastian and Angela (Broccoli) Tomaso.

Mr. Tomaso attended Hudson City Schools and later served in the United States Navy. In 1947, he began a 40-year-career at the Universal Atlas Cement Company and later Independent Cement Company.

Mr. Tomaso was a member of the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, J.W. Edmonds Hose Co. #1 in Hudson, and the Sons of Italy. He was a lifelong resident of Hudson and an avid outdoorsman all his life.

On September 24, 1950, he married the love of his life, Elaine Holmes, they raised their family on Eighth Street in Hudson.

Survivors include: his wife of 65 years, Elaine Tomaso; two sons, James Tomaso and his companion Ellen Pietrak, of Greenport and Anthony Tomaso of Hudson and Manhattan; numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by 10 siblings.

There will be no calling hours.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Saturday, December 12, 2015 at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

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Martin T. Trombly (1939 – 2015)

COPAKE FALLS—Martin T. Trombly, 76, of Mountain View Street in Copake Falls passed away Saturday, December 5, 2015 at his residence.

He was born May 22, 1939, a son of the late Merrell and Gertrude (Chapman) Trombly.

Mr. Trombly was a graduate of Ockawamick High School, class of 1968 and later graduated from SUNY Cobleskill.

A former volunteer fireman, he was employed by the Tri-Wall Mill in Wassaic.

Survivors include: a brother, Dennis Trombly of Chelsea, PA, and a sister, Myrna MacDonald of Philmont.

Private services will be held at the family’s convenience.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Copake. To send an online condolence visit

Elaine M. F. Ferraro (1940 – 2015)

HUDSON—Elaine Marie Friss Ferraro, 75, of Ghent passed away Thursday, December 10, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born April 1, 1940 in Claverack, she was the daughter of the late Mildred and Earl Friss.

She was a graduate of Hudson High School and had a talent and passion for dancing. She spent many years helping run the family business, Ferraro Paving that she co-owned with her husband in Hawthorne. After living many years in Westchester County, she retired and moved with her husband to Columbia County.

She will be remembered by her warmth, compassion, generosity, kind spirit, sense of humor and loving devotion to her family. She was also a dedicated member of People’s Bible Church, and made contributions to various charities, with a special focus on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Surviving are: her husband of 42 years, John Ferraro; three daughters, DeEtta Stancari and her husband Frank; Lori Eitleman and Vicky Ferraro; step-daughters, Sharon Cruz and Debbie Barry; four grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Robert and Gary Friss, Barbara Smith and Kathy Miller; brother-in-law, Thomas Ferraro; sister-in-laws, Antoinette Rodriguez, Nancy Lauricello and Marie Hopkins; many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Connie Hines and Dolores Potts and sister-in-law, Natalia Cecere.

Calling hours are Monday, December 14, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Services will be conducted Tuesday, December 15, 11 a.m. at the People’s Bible Church, 615 Route 23B, Claverack. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a special fund set up in her honor at St. Jude. Visit or send a check to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38148 and include her name on the memo line.

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Mary McDonald (1942 – 2015)

Mary E. Boehme McDonald, 73, of Ghent and Boiling Springs, NC, died December 10, 2015.

Born July 18, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Rita (Wallace) Boehme. After graduating from Chatham High School, she attended Albany Medical Center School of Nursing and graduated in 1963.

She worked at Columbia Memorial Hospital as a registered nurse and then as nursing supervisor. She also worked for many years at Green Manor Nursing Home as an RN and later as assistant director of nursing. Most recently, she worked as an RN at Ocean Trail Nursing Home in Southport, NC, until her retirement in 2013. She was a communicant of Saint James Church in Chatham, a member of the Ghent Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary and a life member of the Ghent VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary. She took great pleasure in volunteering for the Ghent Food Pantry, and she was always willing to help whenever an extra set of hands was needed.

She married Daniel McDonald July 16, 1976.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by: sons, Miles McDonald of Martinsburg, Thomas McDonald of Oak Island, NC, and Sean Downing of Painesville, OH; grandsons, Galen and Liam McDonald and granddaughters, Amelia McDonald and Savannah Downing. She was predeceased by her parents and by her brother, Gerard Boehme.

Family will receive friends at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Wednesday, December 16 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint James Church, Thursday, December 17 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in the Saint James Cemetery in Ghent.

The family request donations be made in Mrs. McDonald’s memory to the Ghent Food Pantry. Condolences may be conveyed at

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