OBITUARIES: Aydt, Miller, Gabriel, D’hont, Murphy, Nilsson, Card

Patti U. Aydt (1926 – 2016)

ALBANY—Patti Underwood Aydt, 89, died Sunday, February 7 of natural causes at St. Peter’s Hospital.

The daughter of Fred and Percye (Ann) Underwood, she was born March 6, 1926 in Heath, Texas.

A lifelong resident of North Central Texas, in the last year of her life she made an adventurous cross-country move to join family members in the Northeast. She was a resident of the Payn Foundation Home in Chatham, a community she loved.

Mrs. Aydt was a graduate of Adamson High School in Dallas, Texas, and attended Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, until World War II intervened and she left school to take a federal job.

In 1946, she married Charles William Aydt, a native of Long Island and a combat Marine veteran who served in the South Pacific.

She and her husband and parents were self-employed fashion wholesalers who had showrooms in the early Dallas Merchandise Mart, then later became charter leaseholders in the new Dallas Apparel Mart, a futuristic building that was used as a location for the film, Logan’s Run. Her career spanned the early years of fashion merchandising, before the advent of big box stores, and she and her family served children’s boutique shops and department stores in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas and Louisiana.

She was deeply involved in community volunteerism, and with her husband, became the first wife-and-husband Girl Scout leadership team in Texas. The Aydts also were charter members of the Church of the Good Shepherd Methodist in Arlington, which they had the honor of naming. In retirement, she used her marketing skills to co-found a nonprofit shop in the Arlington, Texas History Museum.

Following her move to New York, she had the opportunity to explore many historical sites in the area, and particularly loved taking long drives in the Berkshires during foliage season.

Mrs. Aydt is survived by: her daughter, Deborah Aydt Marinelli and son-in-law Lorenzo Marinelli of Niverville; son, Charles Steven Aydt of Dallas, Texas, and daughter, Patti Aydt Britton of Ft. Worth, Texas; grandchildren, Rachel Aydt and Christian Aydt of Manhattan and Lori Fielding Knowles of Ft. Worth, Texas, and great-grandson, James J. Burton V of Manhattan.

Arrangements were handled by French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

A private cremation was held Ash Wednesday at the Albany Rural Cemetery. Interment of ashes and memorial service will be held at a later date at Moore Funeral Home’s Valor Garden in Arlington, Texas.

Ruth A. Miller (1922 – 2016)

ALBANY—Ruth Adele Miller of Chatham passed away peacefully February 10, 2016 at Albany Medical Center.

Born in Chatham May 14, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Charlotte Brennan Hover.

She married her husband, George Miller October 22, 1941. He predeceased her in 1979.

Mrs. Miller worked for the New York State Retirement System from 1968 to her retirement in 1985.

She is survived by: her daughters, Carole Nachod of Fredericksburg, VA, and Jill (Richard) Okin of Port St. Lucie, FL; grandchildren, Holly (John) Nachod Santalucia of Detroit, MI, Peter (Kristine) Nachod of Clarksburg, MD, and Brian (Allison) Okin of Lilburn, GA; great grandchildren, Julia Santalucia, Daniel Santalucia, Zachary Nachod, Benjamin Nachod, Nicholas Nachod, Ryleigh Okin and Ava Okin.

She was predeceased by her half-sister, Clara Hover Barton; half-brother, Barton Hover and half-sister, Luella White.

Family will receive friends on Monday February 15th at 9am at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

A mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10am in Saint James Roman Catholic Church. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Pine Plains.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be conveyed at

Joseph J. Gabriel, Sr. (1932 – 2016)

GHENT—Joseph J. Gabriel, Sr., 83, of Columbiaville died peacefully Friday, February 12, 2016 at Whittier Nursing Home.

Born in Hudson, February 19, 1932, he was the son of the late Joseph and Susan (Esposito) Gabriel.

Mr. Gabriel worked for Schwerman Trucking Company in Greene County for many years before retiring. He served in the U.S. Army and was a volunteer firefighter.

Mr. Gabriel was a loving husband, father, grand- and great-grandfather and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 58 years, Lenora (Millett) Gabriel at home; his children, Judith and (Lawrence) Gregory of Claverack, Joseph, Jr., (Eileen Digan) of Tivoli; his sister, Susan Gorski of Latham; grandchildren, Rebecca Handford (Joe), Lawrence Gregory IV (Amanda Rodriguez), Joseph Gabriel III (Claire), Nicholas Gabriel (Kelsey Shook) and Sarah Miller (Jake) and great-granddaughters, Isabella Handford and Ava Miller.

He was predeceased by brothers, Michael, Victor and Theodore Gabriel.

Calling hours will be Monday, February 15, 2016 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, February 16, 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Joseph, 1820 Route 9, Stuyvesant Falls with Father George Flemming officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Stuyvesant Falls. To leave an online condolence visit

John J. D’hont (1918 – 2016)

HILLSDALE—John J. D’hont, 97, of Hillsdale passed away peacefully Saturday February 13, 2016 at his residence.

He was born September 23, 1918 in Yonkers, the son of Julius and Mable (Brown) D’hont.

A local resident since 1946, Mr. D’hont served his country with the United States Army during World War II attaining the rank of corporal.

He previously was employed by the Otis Elevator Company in Yonkers and upon moving to Hillsdale became employed by Thomas A. Edison Industries in Stuyvesant Falls from 1948 to 1970. Later he worked for the Home Gas Corp in Housatonic, MA.

Mr. D’hont was a faithful communicant of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Great Barrington, MA.

Survivors include: his daughters, Margaret Schmid and husband Peter of Craryville and Kathryn Bock of Hillsdale. He also leaves three grandchildren, Jennifer Bock and Heidi Bock both of Hillsdale and C. Matthew Tuller of Cohoes along with nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Janet (Ineson) D’hont in 2010 along with two daughters, Barbara Haskins and Janet Tuller.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, February 18, 2016, 10 a.m. from St. Peter’s R.C. Church in Great Barrington, MA, with the Reverend William Murphy officiating.

Calling hours will be private.

Interment will be in old St. Bridget’s Cemetery, Copake Falls.

In lieu of flowers kindly consider making a donation to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414; St. Peter’s R.C. Church, 16 Russell Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230 or the Community Rescue Squad, PO Box 327, Copake 12516.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake. To send an online condolence visit

Edward R. Murphy (1961 – 2016)

HUDSON—Edward R. Murphy, 54 of Hillsdale, known to all as “Murph,” passed away suddenly Thursday, February 11, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He was born November 3, 1961 in Sharon, CT, the son of the late Edward J. and Clara R. (Watts) Murphy.

Mr. Murphy was employed for more than 26 years as a senior equipment operator with the Columbia County Highway Department. He also owned and operated his own landscaping business, Murphy’s Mowing and More.

He was an active member of both the Craryville Rod and Gun Club and the Philmont Rod and Gun Club.

An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Murphy loved hunting, fishing, especially for stripers on the Hudson, ice fishing, boating and tractor pulls always with the Farmall. An accomplished jokester, he was quick with his wit and was never afraid to speak his mind. Mr. Murphy was a fan of the Green Bay Packers and NASCAR, specifically the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

We will greatly miss his ‘Murphisms’ and his own special dialect of ‘Murphanese.’”

Survivors include: his fiancee, Mary Jane Graham and her daughter Miranda of Hillsdale; his stepchildren, Jodie Seymour and Darrin Harr of Indian Lake and Jamie Harr of Kingston; his grandchildren, Darrin, Jr., Evelyn and Olivia, all of Indian Lake; his siblings, Craig Murphy and wife Lynn of Ancramdale, Harry and Billy Heath of Hillsdale, Gene Murphy and Lori Auclaire of Loris, SC; his godson, Zach Heath; special nieces, Alyssa Murphy and Mary Douglas and his beloved canine companion, Michelob.

He was predeceased by a sister, Susan Heath.

Friends are invited and may call at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22 in Copake, Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Graveside services will be held Friday, February 19, 2016, 10 a.m. in the new section of the Hillsdale Rural Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Craryville Rod and Gun Club for a scholarship, c/o Mary Jane Graham, 3528 County Route 7, Hillsdale 12529.

To send an online condolence visit

Daniel U. Nilsson (1979 – 2016)

HUDSON—Daniel Ulf Nilsson, extraordinary chef, father, husband, brother, son, friend, athlete and artist left this world February 4, 2016, at the age of 36.

In his too short life, he pushed the boundaries in all his endeavors, inspiring all with his generosity, intensity, and love of life. The son of Ulf Nilsson and Barbro de Neree, he lived for a year in his parents’ native Sweden after graduating from high school in Westport, Connecticut. Taking his lifelong love of food into serious consideration, Mr. Nilsson then studied at the Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach, FL. After graduation he tried his hand at property management in Manhattan and lived with his sister Anna, her husband Giora, and their son Matti, his roommate for two years.

In 2005, Mr. Nilsson moved to Hudson, and at age 26 bought a building on lower Warren Street, investing in a city where he came to “cut a broad swath with friends too numerous to count.” With his mother as his business partner, and Chef Ola at his side, Mr. Nilsson created DABA, serving New-American food with a Scandinavian influence. The idea was to put forth beautiful and amazing food while giving everybody a good time. A few days before he passed on, he remarked that he just wanted to give a dinner party—every night. His hospitality was both generous and disciplined. He fed people off the back porch and announced free food on Facebook often, all while attending to every detail. And he left beauty everywhere he went, such as the painted sidewalk in front of DABA or the work he displayed by artist friends.

In 2010, Mr. Nilsson married Ariana-Theodora Elizabeth Carlson, from Great Barrington, MA, and together they created three beautiful children: Lars Magnus, Evangeline Bee and Felix Ulf.

He excelled as an athlete, his daring and exuberant nature evident in the risks he took sky-diving, snow-boarding and motorcycling. In the past few years his extreme sport was CrossFit.

He loved to say that there are 168 hours in the week and we all have choices in how we use them. He chose to use those hours to make the world a better and more beautiful place, and to support and encourage his fellow chefs, his friends, his family, and anyone fortunate enough to come his way.

Mr. Nilsson is mourned by his loving wife, Ariana; their children, Lars, Bee, and Felix; his mother and stepfather, Barbro and Emile de Neree of Stamford, CT; his father and stepmother, Ulf and Gun Nilsson of Stockholm, Sweden; his sister and nephew, Anna and Matti Rachminov of Claverack; his brother, Mikael Nilsson of South Norwalk, CT; mother-in-law, Angela Carlson of Great Barrington; step-brothers, Philippe and Marc de Neree; in-laws, Rose and Matt Blodgett, Galen Carlson and Damon Carlson, as well as a large extended family in Sweden.

Stanford J. Card (1923 – 2016)

ALBANY—Stanford Jay Card, 92, of Claverack passed away February 12, 2016 at Albany Medical Center.

He was born May 18, 1923 and was the son of Edna and Wilmer Card.

Mr. Card is survived by: his loving wife, Edna, with whom he shared a blessed union for 69 years; his daughter, Shanda and son-in-law Gary; two granddaughters, Samantha and Amara; one brother, Robert Card of Philmont and two sisters, Effie Braunfels of Philmont and Kathleen Gent of Valatie.

Mr. Card attended the Philmont School and then was employed at the Department of Interior as a U.S. Geological Surveyor in Northern New York State. At the outbreak of World War II, he entered the armed services and he served three years. After discharge from the Army, Mr. Card became a bookkeeper for John L. Duntz Plumbing and Farm Machinery for five years, then he purchased the business and started the Claverack Pump Service.

During Mr. Card’s spare time he became interested in politics and in 1950 became a tax collector for a six-year period. In 1957, he was elected as assessor and then in 1964, he was appointed as supervisor for the Town of Claverack. In 1966, he was elected as supervisor. He served as chairman of the County Government Committee, chairman of County General Insurance, chairman of Farms and Markets and chairman of Community Action Committee. He also served on the Salaries, Planning, Social Services and Transportation Committee. In 1974, Mr. Card was appointed the chairman of Civil Services where he served for 42 years.

He was very involved in the community, serving as a past elder and deacon as well as the chairman of the Cemetery Committee for the Claverack Reformed Dutch Church. He was the former vice-president of the Claverack School Board. Mr. Card was a life member of the Elk’s Club, VFW and DAV. He was a 50 plus-year member of the A.B. Shaw Fire Company Claverack and the Churchtown Fire Company. He was a member of the Minkler Seery American Legion No. 252, Philmont Rod and Gun Club, Hudson BPOE 787, Columbia County Development Group, and the Federation of Polish Sportsman Club.

Viewing hours will be held Thursday, February 18 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Funeral services will be held at the Reformed Dutch Church, 88 State Route 9H, Claverack, Friday, February 19 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in the Claverack Reformed Dutch Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Mr. Card’s name may be made to the American Heart Association. To leave a message for the family visit

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