OBITUARIES: Kellerhouse, Griffin, Wung, Beneke

William L. Kellerhouse (1928 – 2016)

GHENT—William L. “Bill” Kellerhouse, 88, of Hudson, a lifelong resident, died peacefully Monday, June 20, 2016 at Whittier Nursing Home.

Born February 26, 1928 in Hudson, he was the son of the late William L. Kellerhouse and Angeline (Parchuck) Sereikis.

Mr. Kellerhouse served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and later worked shipping and receiving for Gifford Wood and later McGuires in Hudson. He was a member of the: Church of St. Joseph, in both Stottville and Stuyvesant Falls; former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Hudson; American Legion; and Hudson Fish and Game Club. He was an avid golfer and loved crossword puzzles, reading, and was an excellent archer and league bowler.
He will be greatly missed by the love of his life, his wife Vincenza “Chancy” (Squillace) Kellerhouse at home; his brothers, Robert Sereikis of Latham, James and (Paula) Kellerhouse of New Smyrna Beach, FL, also many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by one sister, Gloria Kellerhouse.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday June 24, 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Joseph, Stottville with Fr. George Flemming officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery. There will be no public visiting hours. Memorial contributions are requested to the Church of St. Joseph, 1820 Route 9, Stuyvesant 12173. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, Hudson. Visit: www.saccomcdonaldvalenti.com to leave online condolences.

Shawn M. Griffin (1969 – 2016)

HUDSON—Shawn Michael Griffin, 46, of Hudson died Saturday, June 18, 2016 in Hudson.

Born June 30, 1969 in Hudson, he was the son of Lewis G. Griffin (Brenda) and Donna A. Duntz (Bob).

“Griff,” as he was affectionately known, was a foreman for DeBrino Caulking Local Union #2 in Albany for more than 26 years. He was an avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman; loved riding motorcycles and was a member and an officer at the Stottville Rod and Gun Club.

He loved life and was always willing to help family and friends. He was a devoted and caring son, husband, grandfather, brother and friend.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by: his wife, Elizabeth “Bobbie” Griffin; his daughter, Natasha Zadubara (Andrew); his son, James Zadubara; his granddaughter, Ryleigh Mae, who was the light of his life. Also surviving are three sisters, Tammy Griffin (Mike), Donna Griffin (Dink) and Billie Jo Alexander (Tracy); three brothers, Lewie Griffin (Sherry), Jason Griffin (Maria) and George Griffin (Brittany); several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no services.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Jane Feng-Chen Wung (1946 – 2016)

HUDSON—Jane Feng-Chen Wung of Princeton, NJ, died May 22, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by: daughter, Selene Wung Kaye, son-in-law, Andrew John Sherman Paton and grandson, Beckett Shengqi Paton-Kaye of Spencertown and sisters, Mu-Lan Wung, Jing-Fang Wung, Echo Shuang-Chi Wung and Chia-Mei Wung.

She was born in Fengjie, Szechuan Province, China in 1946 after her parents, Wung Shengqi of Zhejiang Province and Mao Wenying of Hangzhou, and three older sisters narrowly survived the Japanese bombing of China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. When the Communists took over China in 1949, her father took the family to Taiwan, leaving behind their relatives and most of what they owned. The Nationalist navy provided thousands who fled with temporary dwellings, where the refugees expected to remain for several months until the Communists could be defeated and they could return home. That day never came.

Growing up in Taiwan with very little, and losing both of her parents by the age of 21, Ms. Wung had to work several jobs in order to pay her own way through school. Breaking away from the usual expectation for girls at the time to complete high school and become teachers, nurses or secretaries, Ms. Wung decided to go to college, earning a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Soochow University in Taipei. She came to the U.S. in 1973 to attend the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she earned a master’s degree in international relations. She married Kim Kaye of Los Angeles, CA, in 1973. In 1975 they moved to Princeton, NJ, where their daughter, Selene, was born in 1979. They were divorced in 1985.

Ms. Wung built an impressive, decades-long career at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton. Beginning as an administrative assistant in 1978, she worked her way up through the ranks, becoming a staff associate, manager, director, and eventually chair of the Board of Review in the Legal Division. Over the course of her 33-year career, she became an expert in test security issues and shared her expertise with educational professionals from countries around the world, including both Taiwan and China.

Ms. Wung had broad interests and many passions, chief among them travel and food. She had an endless curiosity about other places and cultures, and over the years she traveled to countries all over Europe, Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. She was known by many for her home-style Chinese cooking, which she learned in childhood by watching her own mother, and through which she expressed her deep love and care for her family.

In the last decade of her life, Ms. Wung suffered from serious health issues, mostly stemming from a genetic kidney disease. Refusing to be defined or confined by her condition, she lived life to the fullest until the very end. Even as her health declined, she set out on new adventures, traveling the Silk Road in China in 2006 and to the French Riviera in 2014.

She will be remembered for her fierce independence, discerning tastes, and tender heart, and will be celebrated by her family for years to come through the cooking of her favorite dishes and the passion for travel.

A memorial service to remember Ms. Wung will be held in Princeton, Saturday, August 20. Contact for details. Arrangements are with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Condolences may be conveyed at frenchblasl.com.

Henry J. Beneke (1940 – 2016)

SHARON, CT—Henry J. Beneke, 75, a lifelong Millerton resident, died peacefully Monday, June 20, 2016 at Sharon Hospital with his loving family at his side.

Mr. Beneke owned and operated Willow Brook Farm, a nationally recognized holstein dairy farm that he and his father created in Millerton many years ago.

Born November 12, 1940 in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Joachim and Engel (Hinck) Beneke.

He was a graduate of Roeliff Jansen Central School and attended college for two years at State University of New York at Cobleskill. On November 24, 1967 in Bronx, he married Carol A. Hinrichsen, the love of his life. Mr. and Mrs. Beneke shared over 49 years of marriage. Mrs. Beneke survives at home.

Mr. Beneke served the agriculture community as well as his local community on several different levels throughout his life. He served as director and president of the ENYHA club, he was a master breeder and member of the New York Holstein Association, a lifetime director and past president of the Dutchess County Agricultural Society Fair Board where he showed cattle for 66 consecutive years, a member of the National Holstein Association of America board of directors, a member of the board of directors of the Millerton Coop, he served as president of the Irondale Cemetery Association, was a former Village of Millerton councilman and Town of North East supervisor and also was an advisory board member of Chase Manhattan Bank as well as an International Holstein judge and a member of the Millerton Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Beneke “was the epitome of the American farmer, a good husband, the best Dad, and the finest grandfather.” His friendly personality and good nature made him a great friend and mentor to all. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten.

In addition to his beloved wife Carol, Mr. Beneke is survived by: his daughter, Heidi Main and her husband Lyn of Copake; his son, Kenneth Beneke and his companion Casey Swift of Millerton; a brother, George Beneke and his wife Cathy of Hillsdale; a sister, Katherine Beneke Lyle and her husband Robert of Vernon, CT; three grandchildren, Dianna Colpitts, Ella Main and Harrison Beneke; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

There are no calling hours. Private burial will take place Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Irondale Cemetery in Millerton. The Reverend Henry Prause will officiate. A celebration of Mr. Beneke’s life will be held Sunday, July 3, 2016 at Willow Brook Farm, 196 Old Post Road #4, Millerton at 11 a.m. Family and friends are invited to attend. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern New York Holstein Henry J. Beneke Scholarship Foundation, c/o Joe Rochfort, P.O. Box 632, Millbrook 12545. Arrangements are under the direction of the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton. To send an online condolence visit www.conklinfuneralhome.com consecutive years, a member of the National Holstein Association of America board of directors, a member of the board of directors of the Millerton Coop, he served as president of the Irondale Cemetery Association, was a former Village of Millerton councilman and Town of North East supervisor and also was an advisory board member of Chase Manhattan Bank as well as an International Holstein judge and a member of the Millerton Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Beneke “was the epitome of the American farmer, a good husband, the best Dad, and the finest grandfather.” His friendly personality and good nature made him a great friend and mentor to all. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten.

In addition to his beloved wife Carol, Mr. Beneke is survived by: his daughter, Heidi Main and her husband Lyn of Copake; his son, Kenneth Beneke and his companion Casey Swift of Millerton; a brother, George Beneke and his wife Cathy of Hillsdale; a sister, Katherine Beneke Lyle and her husband Robert of Vernon, CT; three grandchildren, Dianna Colpitts, Ella Main and Harrison Beneke; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

There are no calling hours. Private burial will take place Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Irondale Cemetery in Millerton. The Reverend Henry Prause will officiate. A celebration of Mr. Beneke’s life will be held Sunday, July 3, 2016 at Willow Brook Farm, 196 Old Post Road #4, Millerton at 11 a.m. Family and friends are invited to attend. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern New York Holstein Henry J. Beneke Scholarship Foundation, c/o Joe Rochfort, P.O. Box 632, Millbrook 12545. Arrangements are under the direction of the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton. To send an online condolence visit www.conklinfuneralhome.com

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