OBITUARIES: Fortin, Zegers, Stuart, Benton

Yvon J. Fortin (1939 – 2016)

HUDSON—Yvon J. Fortin, 76, of Hudson died Sunday, January 10, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born June 9, 1939 in Biencort, Quebec, Canada, he was the son of the late Charles Eugene and Marie Louise (Charest) Fortin.

Mr. Fortin was a self-employed masonry contractor for many years. He was a stunt driver and logger in Canada and enjoyed his Cadillacs and his “Ws,” as he referred to them. He loved his animals and his family very much.

He is survived by his partner of 28 years, Gloria Clevenger of Hudson; two sons, Michael Yvon and Robert Charles Fortin, both of Canada; six siblings, Champlain, Bertrand and Odette Fortin, Aline Robillard and Ginette Fortin, all of Canada; two grandchildren, Elicia and Beau (Sadie) Fortin; a step-grandson, Markus; a great-grandchild, Kaidyn Jaem Jones; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Colette Fortin.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, January 14 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to AnimalKind Inc., 721 Warren Street, Hudson 12534 or Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakdale Avenue, Menands 12204.

Francis D. Zegers (1920 – 2016)

HUDSON—Francis D. Zegers, 95, was united with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, January 9, 2016.

He was born in Jamaica, Long Island, April 7, 1920. He was the sixth of ten children born to Charles T. and Catherine (Durney) Zegers. He was the loving father of James J. Zegers (Phyllis), Richard J. Zegers (Marion) and Clair M. Gallagher (John); devoted grandfather of Kevin (Nicole) and Brian (Jen) Gallagher and Theo Zegers and so proud of his two great-grandchildren, Penelope and Dean Gallagher.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Elinor (Krause) Zegers, and nine brothers and sisters.

After graduating from Loughlin High School, Mr. Zegers attended St. Francis College and worked for the State of New York for 38 years. After retirement the Zegers spent 24 years in Holiday City Adult Community in Tom’s River, New Jersey, before moving to Avila Independent Living Facility in Albany, and finally the Firemen’s Home in Hudson.

He was one of six members of the family to serve in World War II. Having been wounded in the South Pacific, he received the Purple Heart for his bravery. Mr. Zegers was a nature lover, enjoyed camping and gardening. Neighbors and family were happy to reap the benefits of his green thumb. He was a baseball coach, scout master, swimming coach and quick to volunteer for community and church needs. Relatives and friends may gather at the Firemen’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday, January 16, 2016. Fr. Gary Gelfenbien, a longtime friend, will offer a Mass of Resurrection at 11 a.m. in the Firemen’s Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Firemen’s Home Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mr. Zeger’s memory to the Firemen’s Home. “Thank you one and all for your prayers and sacrificies.” Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit to leave condolences for the family.

Virginia S. Stuart (1921 -2016)

CHATHAM—Virginia “Ginny” Stuart died January 5, 2016 at Camphill Ghent.

She was 94-years-old, born December 4, 1921 in Brooklyn to Francis and Florence (Presbrey) Stanforth.

She grew up in New York, attended Adelphi College in Garden City and received her BS in nursing from Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. She also attended Julliard School in New York City, was an accomplished pianist and taught piano lessons to put herself through college. She was married to Robert Stuart from 1945 until 1974. She moved to Brunswick, Maine, in the 1950s with her husband and children. She was involved in a number of civic and church activities at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and served on the Brunswick School Board for many years. She worked at Bowdoin College in the Development Office from 1962 to 1974. She worked as a nurse in Maine Medical Center from 1974 to 1980 and as the volunteer coordinator in the Substance Abuse Unit at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine, from 1986 to 1992. Her next employment was as a school nurse at Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from 1980 to 1986. She was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous from 1980 until her death.

She is predeceased by her brother, Robert Stanforth.

She is survived by: her three children, Nancy Reid of Randolph, Vermont, Gail Stuart of Chatham and Robert Stuart from Cumberland, Maine. She had eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two nephews.

Of the many places she lived, she loved the coast of Maine and considered herself a “Mainer” at heart. She was also deeply committed to her AA meetings and supporting others in this group.

Finally, Ms. Stuart loved classical music—and played piano for all to enjoy much of her life. To remember her, tune into, enjoy and support a local classical public radio station. Arrangements are with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Condolences may be conveyed at

Sarah D. Benton (1966 – 2016)

POUGHKEEPSIE—Sarah Dorothy Benton, 49, a former longtime resident of Copake, passed away on Sunday January 10, 2016 at Vassar Brothers Hospital.

She was born December 23, 1966 in Hudson, the only child of the late Talcott and Carolyn (Martin) Benton.

She was a graduate of Taconic Hills Central School in 1988 and had been previously employed as an assembler with Coarc in Mellenville.

Ms. Benton was a member of the Church of St. John in the Wilderness in Copake Falls, where she enjoyed volunteering for their many church functions. She was also a member of the former Cullin Chapter #365, Order of the Eastern Star in Hillsdale. Ms. Benton enjoyed attending Coarc social functions as well as skiing, bowling and horseback riding.

Survivors include an aunt, Amelia Martin and several cousins to include Randy Martin, Richard Martin, Russell Martin and Cathy Davis. She also leaves her extended church family.

Friends are invited and may call at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22, Copake, Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 10 to 11 a.m.

A Service of Remembrance will also be held Saturday at 11 a.m. from the funeral home with the Reverend John Thompson, rector of the Church of St. John in the Wilderness officiating.

Interment will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Copake Falls.

In lieu of flowers consider a donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, P.O. Box 97075, Washington, DC 20077-7258.

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