OBITUARIES: MacCormack, Brown, Kappel, VanHoesen

Estella D. MacCormack (1928 – 2016)

PHILMONT—Estella D. MacCormack, 88, of Columbiaville died Monday, June 6, 2016 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

Born May 29, 1928 in Claverack, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Julia (White) Smith.

Mrs. MacCormack was a homemaker.

She is survived by: five children, Claudia Reynolds of Citrus Heights, CA, Everett MacCormack of Kinderhook, John MacCormack of Claverack, Paul and Mark MacCormack, both of Columbiaville; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Everett C. MacCormack.

Funeral services and burial will be at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia-Greene

Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Shirley A. Brown (1934 – 2016)

GREENPORT—Shirley A. Gumprecht Brown of Greenport passed away peacefully at home June 8, 2016 surrounded by her family.

Born May 4, 1934, she was the daughter of Carl and Ruth Holmes Gumprecht.

She is survived by: her beloved brother, Herman and his wife Kate Gumprecht. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Raymond Spencer Brown.

Also surviving are: her son, Barry L. Brown of Hudson; two daughters, Cindy L. Keeler and her husband Joe of Wilmington, NC, and Suanne J. Nitsky and her husband Edward of Hudson; nine grandchildren, Joshua and Travis Brown of Myrtle Beach, SC, Brett Keeler and fiancée Kaysie and daughter Hannah Pralle of Carolina Beach, NC, Darren Keeler of Carolina Beach, NC, Tabitha Nitsky Brash and husband William, Taran, Treven and Tate Nitsky, all of Hudson and Taylor Nitsky Scantlebury and her husband Reginald of Athens; seven great-grandchildren, Willa Brash, Natailya, Niyia, Nadia and Nariah Spencer and Cory Nitsky, all of Hudson and Liam Scantlebury of Athens.

Mrs. Brown graduated from Hudson High School in 1952 and from Columbia Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1955, as a registered nurse. She then pursued a lifelong career which focused on caring for others while raising a family. She was a private duty nurse, worked at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Eden Park Nursing Home, The Adventist Home and Livingston Hills from which she retired in 2008; at the age of 74.

She loved having family gatherings at her home and pool side. Her love of plants, flowers and shopping trips brightened her days. She also enjoyed sneaking her grand dog, Dewey snacks. She will be missed by her dear friends, Pauline, MaryAnn, Lynn, Anita and the many luncheons, visits and phone calls that they all enjoyed.

Donations may be made to any of her favorite charities: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, the Veteran’s Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, or to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany 12205.

Calling hours will be Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Bates and Anderson, Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Services will be held Monday, June 13, 2016, 11 a.m. at the funeral home with burial following in the Claverack Reformed Dutch Church Cemetery. Visit to leave condolences for the family.

Lucille C. Kappel (1924 – 2016)

HUDSON—Lucille Catherine Kappel, 92, of Hudson, a longtime resident, died peacefully at her home Friday, June 10, 2016 with her loving family at her side.

Born in Manhattan, May 15, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Domenico and Theresa (Dorsa) Fodera.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, William John Kappel, Jr., September 29, 1992. Mrs. Kappel was the former owner of Mueller’s Grocery Store in Hudson and was a member of Holy Trinity Parish in Hudson, member and past president of the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Sodality, life member of the Catholic Daughters and she loved the casino and playing cards.

She will be greatly missed by her loving family including: sons, William (Rachael) Kappel, Thomas (Cheryl) Kappel, Dominick Kappel; daughters, Dorothy Kappel and Janice (Tom) Brodowski; grandchildren, Deborah (Dylan) Davis, Denise Rundberg, Jonathan (Katie) Brodowski, Nancy Brodowski-Zincio, Adam Welsh and his girlfriend Rachael, John Kappel, William Kappel; three step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her son, John A. Kappel in 1975, and grandson, Thomas J. Kappel in 1997.

Calling hours will be held Monday, June 13, 2016, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Holy Trinity Parish, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson with Fr. Winston Bath officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Parish, P.O. Box 323, Hudson 12534. To leave online condolences visit

Howard E. VanHoesen (1925 -2016)

ALBANY—Howard E. VanHoesen, 90, of Niverville died Friday, June 10, 2016 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born August 13, 1925, he was the son of the late Howard L. and Myrtle (Miller) VanHoesen.

He was a welder for the Fort Orange Paper Company in Castleton and was a proud custodian of the Kinderhook Town Hall. He loved horses, harness racing and horse training as well as his dogs, Cassius and Molly. Mr. VanHoesen was a life member of the Niverville Fire Department and a member of the Kinderhook Elks Lodge # 2530. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed gardening and mowing.

He is survived by: three children, Agnes Cox (Ross) of Niverville, Calvin Fiske (Eve) of Chatham and Colleen Zelno (Ralph) of Valatie; his loving companion, Mabel Usyk and her children Rhonda, Lisa and Richard Usyk; a very dear friend, Jeremy Coons; eight grandchildren, Katherine Muller, Amy and Ross Cox, Darryn and Mark Fiske, Ralph Zelno, III, Katherine Bryant and Ashley Goodrich; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Katherine (Strong) VanHoesen and his sisters, Harriett Schmidt, Ruth Drost and Marion VanHoesen.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 14, 11 a.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie with David Krott officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation hours will be Monday, June 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Niverville Fire Department.

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