OBITUARIES: Nyfeler, Smith, Gill, Brady, VanSteenburg, Streeter

Walter E. Nyfeler (1930 – 2017)

HUDSON—Walter Ernest Nyfeler, 86, of Ghent died Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born April 4, 1930 in Sharon, CT, he was the son of the late Ernst and Freida (Ziensmeister) Nyfeler.

He came to Ghent, Columbia County, when his parents purchased a dairy farm in 1936. He worked his entire life on the farm. He also sold Pioneer seed corn for 36 years and had a construction business. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and going to the camp in the Adirondacks with family. He also enjoyed bowling for many years and was a member of the Hudson Valley Old-Time Power Association, Inc., where he displayed his collection of crawlers.

He is survived by: his wife of 54 years, Jean (Hoefer) Nyfeler; three children, Donald W. Nyfeler, Christine J. Opshanski (George) and Holly C. Tanner (Ron), all of Ghent; a sister, M. Patricia Wood of Aiken, SC; three grandchildren, Lauren J. and W. Gavin Tanner and Nathan Opshanski; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 10 at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Burial followed in St. James Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Little Brook Farm, 548 Route 13, Old Chatham 12136.

Edward L. Smith (1941 – 2017)

VALATIE—Edward L. Smith, 75, of Stuyvesant died Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Barnwell Health Facilities.

Born January 24, 1941 in Kinderhook, he was the son of the late Merele and Virginia (Sweet) Smith.

Mr. Smith worked for the Columbia County Highway Department for 40 years. He also worked at Kinderhook Toyota for five years and was a life-time member of the Churchtown Fire Department.

He is survived by: his wife, Shirley A. Martin; a daughter, Teresa Krein of Hudson; a son, Edward Smith, Jr., of Taghkanic; two stepdaughters, Jennifer Woodward of Valatie and Lisa Marshall of North Chatham; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, Lawrence Smith.

A graveside service was held Monday, January 9 at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Valatie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 4 Pine West Plaza Suite 405, Albany 12205 or to the family to help with funeral expenses. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Nancy E. Gill

POUGHKEEPSIE—Nancy E. Gill (nee, McNally), 69, of Clermont died Saturday, January 7, 2017 surrounded by her family at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

She was born in Brooklyn, the daughter of James P. McNally and Dorothy M. (Bunker) McNally.

She previously worked as a secretary at First National Bank of Red Hook and an assistant nursery school teacher at St. Paul’s Nursery School in Tivoli. She also attended Columbia-Greene Community College.

Her talents were many: she was an accomplished gardener, quilter, cook, photographer and crafter. She was a loving and caring person, devoted wife, mother and friend, always thinking of others first.

She is survived by: her husband of 42 years, Dennis E. Gill of Clermont; her daughters, Lisa M. Gill of Clermont and Keri Gill-Smith (Corey) of Claverack and son, Mark E. Gill of Basel, Switzerland.

At her request, no services will be held. Expressions of sympathy in lieu of flowers may be made in the form of contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. Condolences may be expressed at

Shane P. Brady (1975 – 2017)

PLATTSBURG, MO—Shane Patrick Brady, formerly of Philmont passed away January 3 in Plattsburg, MO.

He is survived by: his wife, Kelly (Garbato); his brother, Joshua of San Diego; sister, Brianne of Hudson; his mother, Aline Preisser Brady of Hudson and his father, James Brady of Philmont.

He was 41 years old.

He was born in Herkimer and moved with his family to Philmont in 1979.

He attended Taconic Hills schools. An excellent student, he graduated third in his class with a Regents diploma. An avid baseball fan, Mr. Brady played baseball from his youth into high school. He loved the game, and as his brother Josh remembers, always had good power at the plate, and had a late break on his fastball.

He attended the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Mr. Brady moved into the exciting new internet space around this time. In 1996 Mr. Brady joined a startup called Virtumundo. Their first product, a gaming website called became the 17th ranked Media-Metrix website on the internet. He designed and programmed one of the first complex CGI scripts that generated dynamic content to first generation browsers. The game content changed as one progressed through the game, custom tailoring the experience to each user. Mr. Brady then built the site’s ad server that handled billions of impressions per month. At his next position at Adknowledge, he built an ad-serving platform that allowed dynamic insertion of advertisements into email. He was the inventor and holds the patent on this technology. For the past three years Mr. Brady worked on application development, and most recently had moved into the Fintech space at Payability, Inc.

He was widely respected by his peers and mentored many younger programmers as they stated their careers. He was known throughout the cyber industry for his technical brilliance.

Mr. Brady was an animal lover who rescued and fostered numerous dogs at his property. The dogs enjoyed 25 acres of fenced-in yard to run and play with him by their sides. He was also involved in the skeptic community to promote science and critical thinking.

A beloved husband, son, brother and uncle, he will be dearly missed by his family, colleagues and pets. His family, friends and colleagues remember him as a kind and decent man and they never heard him utter a spiteful or hurtful word….. not ever. Mr. Brady had an idealism that kept him moving forward: “Follow intellectual curiosity, always be learning something new, and always try and improve.”

Benjamin VanSteenburg (1950 – 2017)

VALATIE—Benjamin “Skate” VanSteenburg, 66, of Valatie died Sunday, January 9, 2017 at his home.

Born October 9, 1950 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Eva Mae (Pulver) VanSteenburg.

Mr. VanSteenburg was employed by Debrino’s Caulking for 35 years and was a member of the Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers. He also enjoyed working at Altobelli Farms in Kinderhook. He was a member of the Stottville Rod and Gun Club and an avid hunter and stock car fan.

He is survived by: his wife of 50 years, Bonnie (Shaw) VanSteenburg; two daughters, Traci Dugan and Cammie Fix, both of Niverville; four grandchildren, Kayla and Nicholas Dugan and Sierra and Dakota Jennings; three great-grandchildren, Rickey Dymond, Jr., Autym and Natalynn Dugan.

He was predeceased by his brother and sister, Walter “Steamie” VanSteenburg and Evelyn “Susie” VanSteenburg.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 14, 5 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home Inc., 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, with the Reverend Nick Becker officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. prior to the funeral.

Patricia J. Streeter (1941 – 2017)

COPAKE—Patricia J. Streeter, 75, of Copake passed away suddenly Monday, January 9, 2017 at her residence.

A lifelong local resident, she was born August 23, 1941 in Great Barrington, MA, the daughter of the late Richard and Rosalyn (Roberts) Link.

She was a graduate of Roeliff Jansen High School and a longtime member of the Copake Fire Company Auxiliary.

She was formerly employed at the Taconic Beauty Shop, The Village Square Restaurant and Cobble Pond, all located in Hillsdale.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Streeter and son, Michael Streeter, both of Copake.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

In Mrs. Streeter’s memory kindly consider a donation to the Columbia–Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake.

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