OBITUARIES: Robinson, Martino, Taber, Coughlin, Layman, Estes, Connors, Green, Ogden, Smith

Walter I. Robinson (1948 – 2016)

ALBANY—Walter I. Robinson, 68, of Pottersville died Monday, December 5, 2016 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born February 22, 1948 in Albany, he was the son of the late Irving Frederick Robinson and Lois (Skinner) Hamm of Valatie. Mr. Robinson worked for Conrail in Selkirk as a switchman for many years and was an avid hunter and outdoorsman.

Besides his mother, he is survived by: his sister, Diane Moore (Gary) of Petersburg; a brother, David Hamm of Valatie, his companion Mary Lou Jefferson of Niverville; several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Valatie in the spring.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Christopher J. Martino (1968 – 2016)

CHATHAM—Christopher J. Martino, 48, of Chatham died Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at his home.

Born June 4, 1968 in Hudson, he was the son of Lawrence and Judith (Perry) Martino of Stuyvesant.

Mr. Martino was a graduate of Ichabod Crane High School and Hudson Valley Community College where he earned his associates degree in criminal justice. He worked as a correction officer for the Albany County Sheriff’s Department for 21 Years. He was an avid sports fan whose favorite team was the New York Yankees. He was a life-member of the Glencadia Rod and Gun Club and was a very proud of his daughter Dani’s academic and athletic skills.

Besides his parents, he is survived by: one daughter, Daniele Martino of Ballston Spa; a sister, Amy C. Martino of East Chatham; a brother, Marc C. Martino of Kinderhook two nephews, Joseph Martino and Jake Dwileski and a special friend, Rebecca Marsh.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 19 at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Stuyvesant.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Foundation Fighting Blindness, 7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, MD 21046 or the Chatham Little League.

Patricia A. Taber (1939 – 2016)

ALBANY—Patricia A. Taber, 77, of Niverville died Monday, December 12, 2016 at Albany Medical Center.

Born August 11, 1939 in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Goldie (Wilkinson) Weinberger.

Mrs. Taber was a 1958 graduate of the Austin Beauty School in Albany. She was the owner/stylist of Niverville Beauty Salon for many years and was also very active in the community. She attended Alfred University and received several awards and certificates for graduate work in advanced studies cosmetology.

She lectured and was instrumental in establishing education for Special Needs programs in New York State and was also a member of Who’s Who World Wide. Mrs. Taber was a beautiful person and will be sorely missed by the many people whose lives were touched by her. She will be fondly remembered for her charity and spirit of always being of service to others.

She is survived by: her son, David Taber of Hudson; two sisters, Virginia Butcher of Albany and Sharon Cipriani of Sarasota, FL; two granddaughters, Patricia and Jennifer Eberlein; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence I. Taber and her daughter, Sheri Lynn Taber.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and notification will be given at the time. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Francis W. Coughlin, III (1928 – 2016)

STUYVESANT—Francis W. Coughlin, III, 88, of Stuyvesant died Tuesday, December 20, 2016 surrounded by his loving family at home.

Born September 2, 1928 in Boston, MA, he was the son of the late Francis W. and Mary M. (Cole) Coughlin, II.

Mr. Coughlin was a U.S. Army veteran and was very proud of being with the 82nd Airborne as a paratrooper. He was a graduate of Bentley College in Waltham, MA, and started his career at Canada Dry of New England, retiring there as regional director of the Northeast. He then joined British American Development in 1970 and enjoyed a career of 40 years, retiring at the age of 80 as president. He was a founding member of the Bruce Madlem Hunt Club of Churchtown, an avid golfer and past president of Columbia Golf and Country Club. He enjoyed hunting, woodworking and carving and was a mentor to many during his career. A devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he also enjoyed a large circle of friends and will be dearly missed.

He is survived by: his wife, Diana (Ronsani) Coughlin; 12 children, Carole Brown (David) of Stow, MA, Janice O’Brien (Scott) of Johnston, RI, Francis W. Coughlin (Marissa) of Lee, MA, Leslie Carl (David) of Mellenville, Marie Palmer of Pittsfield, MA, Christine Clark (Rodney) of Lee, MA, Susan Buno (Ken) of Catskill, Patricia Leach (Gerald) of Averill Park, Jody Schools of Hudson, Craig Schools of Stuyvesant, Gary Schools (Cynthia) of Lexington, SC, and Gina Armstrong (James) of Niverville; 32 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by six siblings.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 23, 10 a.m. at St. James Church, Chatham, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Reverend George Fleming. Calling hours will be Thursday, December 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia County Habitat for Humanity or the Community Hospice of Columbia Greene.

Earl “Butch” Layman (1945 – 2016)

ALBANY—Earl G. “Butch” Layman, 71, died Tuesday, December 13, at Albany Medical Center.

Born October 30, 1945 in Catskill, he was the son of Earl and Ethel (Shufelt) Layman who predeceased him.

Mr. Layman lived most of his life in Hudson where he retired after 24 years of service with the Department of Public Works. He also had a career with the Canada Dry Bottling Plant, from which he also retired.

Mr. Layman was a devoted member of the Federation of Polish Sportsmen, and was also a member of Elks Lodge #787. Family was very important to him. He adored and loved the time he was able to spend with his grandchildren: Terry, John, Josh and Rachel.

Mr. Layman is survived by: his wife, Kathy (Caswell) Layman; daughters, Kathelyn (Dave) Oberst, Martha (Kenneth) Westgate; son, Michael Layman; niece, Colleen Caswell; grandchildren, Terry and John Layman, Josh and Rachel Oberst; cousin, Betty Johnson; numerous friends and extended family members.

He will be deeply missed by his two dear pets, Mingo and Tiny.

Funeral services from the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson were held December 17. Interment followed in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Shanna M. Estes (1977 – 2016)

ALBANY—Shanna M. Estes, 39, of Hudson died Friday, December 16 at Albany Medical Center.

Born May 12, 1977 in Denver, CO, she was the daughter of Kathryn (Scalera) Weaver and the late Richard W. Estes.

Ms. Estes was a loving devoted mother whose life revolved around her daughter, Arieonna. Whatever the activity or event Arieonna was involved in, so was her mother.

In addition to her daughter, Ms. Estes is survived by: her mother and step-father, Kathryn and Leo Weaver; a brother, Michael Estes; a sister, Renee Estes; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and a huge loving extended family.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, December 21, 7 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. prior to the memorial service.

William H. Connors, DDS (1947 – 2016)

HUDSON—William H. Connors, DDS, of Glenwood Boulevard, Hudson, passed away Saturday, December 17, at his residence.

Born May 5, 1947 in Hudson, he was the son of James T. and Lois (Cole) Connors.

Dr. Connors was a graduate of SUNY Buffalo and Loyola School of Dentistry in Chicago. He recently retired after 40 years of dedicated practice in Hudson. Doctor Connors was an avid reader and loved to paint. He was also an accomplished musician, who wrote songs and played them on his guitar.

Dr. Connors is survived by: his wife, Sandra (Rowen) Connors; a son, Robert J. (Heidi) Park; grandson, Jacob Owen Hill Park; two brothers, James (Nancy) Connors and Donald (Donna) Connors; brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Carol Ann Paul; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Robert Connors.

Private funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Bates & Anderson Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Richard J. Green (1934 – 2016)

ALBANY—Richard “Dick” J. Green, 82, of East Chatham died Friday,December 16, 2016 at Albany Medical Center.

He was born September 19, 1934 in Waterville, the son of the late Richard and Phyllis (Ward) Green.

He graduated from Chatham High School having worked at Columbia Box Corp. while attending school. Mr. Green is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who served from 1954 to 1956. In 1953, he married Dawn (Gimlich) of East Chatham. They were married for 63 years.

Mr. Green was employed with AT&T in Albany and then owned and operated Dick Green’s Plumbing and Electric, both for many years. He served as commander of the Chatham American Legion Post #42. At the age of 58, he entered his first marathon (Marine) and then completed 220 marathons in his career.

Mr. Green is survived by: his wife, Dawn; daughter, Marci Green of East Chatham; grandson, Dennis Packet; two half-sisters, Jane Davis of York, PA, and Karen Wiers of Tully. Mr. Green was predeceased by his daughter, Lori, son, Richard and sister, Phyllis Boyer. There are no services. Memorials may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534 or Animalkind, 721 Warren Street, Hudson 12534. Arrangements are with the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. To send online condolences visit

Michael C. Ogden (1960 – 2016)

TROY—Michael Charles Ogden, 56, of Hudson and formerly of Yonkers passed away Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Samaritan Hospital.

Born in Yonkers, August 14, 1960, Mr. Ogden joined the Army after high school, and often kept to himself and lived life as he saw appropriate.

Graveside committal prayers were offered Monday, December 19 at the Linlithgo Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. There are no calling hours.

Arrangements are with the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. To leave online condolences visit

Mary Joan Smith (1938 – 2016)

CATSKILL—Mary Joan Smith, 78, of Philmont and recently of Catskill passed away Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Greene Meadows Nursing Home.

Born in Hudson March 1, 1938, she was the daughter of the late William John and Elizabeth Williams.

Mrs. Smith was a police officer with the Taconic State Park Police for many years, as well as a matron for the Philmont Police Department. She was also a school bus driver for Taconic Hills School District, and was a member of the Ghent VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

She will be greatly missed by: her son, John Smith; daughters, Carol Richards and Donna Stevenson; and grandchildren, Josh, Sinead, Page, Morgan and Edward. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Harry L. Smith; her son, Harry E. Smith and her brother, John Williams.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, December 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Funeral services will begin Thursday morning, December 22, 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Jonathan Hodges officiating. Burial in the family plot will follow in Mellenville Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions requested to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

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