OBITUARIES: Moser, Weed, Wancik

Ruth A. Moser (1930 – 2016)

HUDSON—Ruth Ann Moser, 86, of Hudson died Thursday November 17.

She was born in Saratoga Springs, the daughter of Grace Winney King and William Lewellyn King, Sr.

She was predeceased by her brother William King, Jr. and her sister, Catherine C. King.

Mrs. Moser is survived by numerous cousins; her godson, Paul Woolley and many loving friends.

She grew up in Glens Falls where she attended Jackson Heights School; she later graduated from SUNY Cobleskill. She married Don Moser and in 1954 they moved to Columbia County. Dinner parties and entertaining were their passion during the 1950s and 1960s. During her youth she loved spending time on her great aunt and uncle’s dairy farm in Saratoga. An avid outdoors devotee Mrs. Moser camped, swam, hiked and skied from the Adirondacks to Aspen to Canada. She climbed Mt. Washington and skied the Headwall.

Her childhood farm experiences and love of animals later blossomed into her love for greyhounds and animal rescue. Her active facebook page was filled with posts to change racing culture, save race horses, greyhounds and whippets from the rigors of racing and the deleterious effects that business has on these beautiful animals’ lives.

Mrs. Moser was a familiar figure and quick friend to many as she walked her greyhounds on long daily jaunts in Hudson. “If you saw Ruth, you also met one of her beloved canine companions—they were inseparable, and the pets all lived a pampered life while in her care.” She was quick to chat and always had time to help friends and strangers (friends-to-be) with her knowledge of the area.

Not long after moving to Columbia County Mrs. Moser became a real estate agent and she continued that career for more than 50 years until illness sidelined her late this year. Even from bed, she made calls to follow-up and make sure her customer’s and client’s transactions were on track. Her own company signs and her blog, Ruth Moser in Real Estate, were staples of the local real estate market. She helped many, many people buy homes and properties in the Hudson Valley. Twenty, thirty and forty years later the same customers to whom she had sold homes returned to her to sell those houses or to ask her to find homes for children or friends—the highest praise a real estate broker can receive: the proof that trust, honesty and service were the basis of her long career, and that friendships were often the result of being lucky enough to have met and worked with her.

A memorial gathering for Mrs. Moser will be held Monday, November 28 with calling hours from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Anyone who knew Mrs. Moser is welcome to pay their respects and perhaps share an anecdote or two. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia / Greene Counties, Catskill 12414 or to the non-profit dog rescue, Midogrescue Foundation, Inc., Westerlo 12193.

Bertha A. Weed (1930 – 2016)

LIVINGSTON—Bertha A. Weed, 86, of Hudson and recently of Philmont, died Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Livingston Hills Nursing Home.

Born November 11, 1930, she was the daughter of the late David B. and Anna M. (Madison) Hoyt.

She attended Hudson High school and later worked for the mushroom factory as well as KAZ Inc. in Hudson. She was formerly an active member of the Becraft Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. She was a loving mother, grand and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed by her family including: her sons, Charles D. “Skip” Weed, Sr., Dennis W. Weed, Sr., and Donald E. Weed; daughters, Fay and (Mark) Coons, Ann Marie Hoang, Marion L. and (Samuel) Scott; one brother, Lonnie Hoyt; many grand and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Charles Henry Weed, Jr., as well as several brothers and sisters.

Visiting hours will be Wednesday November 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport with funeral prayers immediately following. Burial will be in the family plot at Mt. Pleasant Reformed Church Cemetery in Greenport. To leave online condolences visit: www.saccomcdonaldvalenti.com

Michael Wancik (1961 – 2016)

CLAVERACK—Michael J. Wancik, 55, of Claverack died November 15, 2016 at his residence.

Born January 14, 1961 in New Milford, CT, he was the son of William Wancik, Sr., and Jeanette (Tardy) Wancik.

Mr. Wancik is survived by: his husband, Leroy Stanco; his father, William; brother, William, Jr.; sister, Terry Silence; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be private.

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

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