OBITUARIES: Feller, Leon, Gaspard

Todd A. Feller (1961 – 2016)

POUGHKEEPSIE—Todd A. Feller, 54, a lifelong Red Hook area resident, passed away following a short illness Sunday, February 7, 2016 at the Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

Born March 9, 1961 in Rhinebeck, he was the son of Dennis and Barbara (Hogan) Feller of Germantown.

Mr. Feller worked for many years as a contractor throughout the Northern Dutchess area, and most recently as a roofing contractor.

He enjoyed the outdoors, whether it was hunting, fishing or camping with his family. He also was an avid gardener and enjoyed working on cars.

He married Dawn Yeaple September 27, 2001 and she survives at home.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by: children, Andrew Feller of Germantown, Todd Feller, Jr., of Boulder, CO, and Deanna Nardone of Catskill; his stepsons, Michael Cerilli of Pleasant Valley and Christian Cerilli of Hyde Park; his grandchildren, Piper, Jenna, Shyla, Anthony, Isabella, Cherisha and Aariyah; his sisters, Bonnie (Ed) Warwick of Red Hook, Tammy (Ron) Cole of Kingston, Penny Ann Feller of Claverack and Denise (Daniel) Simmons of Germantown; his brother, Dennis (Jill) Feller, Jr., of Salt Point; along with several nieces, nephews and extended family. He is also survived by his beloved cats, Samson and Trouble.

He was predeceased by two nieces, Jamie Lynn Coon and Charlene Hammond and a nephew, Dylan Feller.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Thursday, February 11 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. A Celebration of Mr. Feller’s Life will begin at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be private.

Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Burnett & White Funeral Homes (c/o Todd Feller), 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook 12571.

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Marie Leon (1929 – 2016)

ALBANY—Marie D. Leon, age 86, of East Greenbush died February 3, 2016, at Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home following a long illness.

She was born Ruth Marie DuBois in Saratoga Springs to Hugh and Ruth Orr DuBois.

She was raised primarily in Claverack and graduated from Hudson High School in 1947. She majored in home economics at Russell Sage College before marrying Walter T. Leon in December 1949, at the Reformed Dutch Church in Claverack. The couple lived in Emporium, PA, and Manlius, before settling down with their family in Pittsfield, MA, in 1956.

Mrs. Leon was an avid golfer and tennis player for many years at the Pittsfield Country Club. She enjoyed playing bridge, quilting, vacationing at Lake George and spending time with her family. She was a communicant of the First Congregational Church on Park Square in Pittsfield.

In addition to her husband, Walter, Mrs. Leon is survived by: her four children, Laura OBrien and her partner Timothy Bezler of Fairfield, CT, Linda and Trevor Paul of Chatham, Lesley Spinnicchia of Niskayuna and Stephen Leon of Albany; her grandchildren, Evan and Kylie Paul, Michael Spinnicchia and Denis, Jackson, Harrison and Farrell Leon; a cousin, Dr. Leslie DeGroot and his wife Helen of South Dartmouth, MA, as well as many longtime friends. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Edward and her son-in-law, Robert Spinnicchia. The Leon family thanks the staff of the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center and of the Eddy Alzheimer’s Center at Hawthorne Ridge for their care of Mrs. Leon in her final months.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Mrs. Leon will take place at W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer, Friday, February 12 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Planned Parenthood or the Carter Center.

Karen Gaspard (1958 – 2016)

VALATIE—Karen Ruth Gaspard, 57, passed away February 9, 2016 after a brave battle with cancer, at home surrounded by loving family and close friends.

Born August 5, 1958, she was the daughter of the late George A. and Arlene L. (Alverson) Gaspard.

She is survived by: her loving husband Jeff Pfeffer; her brother, Keith (Tammy) Gaspard and her beloved four-legged children, Ziggy and Zo.

She is most loved and remembered for touching the lives of many with her beautiful and giving spirit and love of life and care for others. She had a passion for snowmobiling, rescuing pit bulls, boating, four-wheeling, and being with friends and family.

Ms. Gaspard was born in Albany and was raised in East Greenbush. She has worked in the automotive field for more than 35 years in Albany County, Rensselaer County and 26 years in Columbia County with Kinderhook Toyota as the service and parts director. She was also a licensed real estate sales person with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Blake, Realtos, formerly Prudential Manor Homes for more than seven years.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate her life, and the lives she has touched, at a viewing at Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, Friday, February 12, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. A memorial service for Ms. Gaspard will be held the next day, Saturday, February 13, 2016, at North Chatham United Methodist Church, 4274 State Route 203, North Chatham at 10 a.m. There will be a short interment service following at Memory Gardens Cemetery and Memorial Park, 983 Watervliet Shaker Road, Colonie. The family and close friends will host a brunch/luncheon afterwards at Birch Hill Catering 1 Celebration Way, Castleton-On-Hudson.

Contributions in Ms. Gaspard’s name may be made to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America, Out of the Pits Animal Rescue in Albany or the North Chatham United Methodist Church.

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