OBITUARIES: Renken, Anderson

Helmuth H. Renken (1921 – 2016)

GREENPORT—Helmuth “Hank” Renken passed away after an extended illness, January 31, 2016 with his daughters by his side.

Mr. Renken emigrated from Wulstoff, Germany, when he was eight-years-old. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Mary and his sister Ella Shanahan who passed away just last week.

He is survived by: his daughters, Linda Renken and Susan Renken-Mintzer; his sister, Margaret Fischer; his grandchildren, William and Ellen Mintzer and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Renken served proudly in the Army Air Corps in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II. He enjoyed a long successful career designing punch presses and worked for many years at the former V & O Press Company in Hudson. He also served as a volunteer firefighter in the Town of Greenport. Mr. Renken lived his long life with a strong sense of responsibility, integrity and compassion. He was much loved and will be sorely missed. A fund has been established in his memory through the Salvation Army to assist veterans and their families. Contributions may be sent to: Salvation Army, 20 South Ferry Street, Albany 12202, note H.H. Renken Memorial Fund on the check memo line. Donations will be gratefully accepted in lieu of flowers. Calling hours will be Friday, February 5, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sacco McDonald Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Funeral services take place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 8 Storm Avenue, Hudson, 10 a.m., Saturday, February 6, 2016 with Pastor Jonathan Hodges officiating. To leave an online condolence visit

Esther Anderson

STOCKPORT—Esther Veronesi Anderson passed away January 30 at her home.

She was the sixth of seven children and was predeceased by her husband, Malcolm and all of her siblings.

Mrs. Anderson grew up in Spencertown and attended Albany Business College. She began her career at G.E. where she met her future husband, Malcolm. Together, they began a dairy farm in Spencertown eventually moving to the current farm in Stockport.

In 1970 she began an extraordinary career as a real estate broker and in 1975 opened the Anderson Agency currently located on Broad Street in Kinderhook. Throughout her 40-year career she was past president of the Columbia Greene Board of Realtors as well as Realtor of the Year.

She is survived by: her three children, Christopher, Kim (Paul) Voltz, and Keith (Shari); four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Anderson was very proud of her family all of whom were committed to the family businesses as well caring for her and Malcolm in their later years. She was very thankful for the wonderful caregivers, Kasey Grant, Bonnie Kritzman and Tracy Boyle who cared for her tirelessly.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 4, 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Joseph, Stuyvesant Falls with the Reverend Dan Quinn officiating. Interment will follow in St. James Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday, February 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the American Foundation for the Blind or the American Lung Association.


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