OBITUARIES: Irose, Walker, Orlowski, Stickles, Forster

Charles V. Irose (1941 – 2017)

CHATHAM—Charles “Chuck” V. Irose passed away while traveling abroad, February 26, 2017.

He was born June 3, 1941 in St. Louis, MO, attended St. Mary’s High school and graduated from the University of Puget Sound.

He had a passion for music, family and travel.

He had the rare experience of seeing the Beatles, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and when Bob Dylan went electric. His early adult years were spent celebrating the music scene in Greenwich Village.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1967 through 1970.

They moved to Chatham in 1973 and felt an immediate connection to their new found home and community.

He was a successful financial advisor at RBC Wealth Management in Pittsfield, MA.

Mr. Irose was also a dedicated member of the Chatham Lions Club; was involved in the early stages of Crellin Park and was a member of the Alan Devoe Bird Club.

He had a unique, vibrant outlook on life and was loved dearly by his family and friends. “The world has lost a very warm, light that illuminated the lives of so many. He will be missed.”

He is survived by: his beloved wife of 53 years, Ellen (Zeitlin); his son, Mark, and daughter-in-law, Amelia (Burkhart) of Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA; and his son, Colin, and daughter-in-law Erin (Bradley) of Newburyport, MA; his sister, Kathleen Caffall of San Jose, CA; sister-in-law, Robyn Boyd of Kerhonkson; grandchildren, Meehan, Alden, Ella and Levi Irose; nephews and their wives James and Merrie Boyd and Sean and Colleen Boyd; and many other loving family members and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Mary Margaret.

Calling hours will be held Friday, March 10 at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be private.

Donations in Mr. Irose’s name may be made to the Chatham Lions Foundation, Inc. or the Alan Devoe Bird Club, Inc. For directions or to send a condolence visit

Dana D. Walker (1970 – 2017)

ALBANY—Dana Denise Walker, 46, of Hudson, a lifelong resident, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Albany Medical Center.

She was born in Hudson, October 28, 1970 an attended Hudson High School.

She was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother.

She will be greatly missed by her husband, Willie L. Walker, Jr., of Hudson; her mother, Mildred Royal of Clinton, NC; one son, Willie L. Walker, III; daughters, Shountell, Da-Naysia and Aziara Walker, all of Hudson; two brothers, Dicel Jefferson and David Jefferson, Jr.; two cousins, who were more like sisters, Lyntavia Hughes and Nakia McCalop; grandchildren, Amya, Javaughn, Nyvaughn and Brielle; her paternal grandmother, Lucy Jefferson, as well as a bunch of close aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday March 14, 2017 at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport from 11 a.m. to noon. Funeral services will begin at noon at the funeral home, and committal prayers will conclude at Cedar Park Cemetery.

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Richard J. Orlowski (1946 – 2017)

STOTTVILLE—Richard J. Orlowski, 70, of Rod and Gun Club Road, Stottville died Thursday, March 2 at his residence.

Born August 4, 1946 in Hudson, he was the son of John and Stella (Zidarski) Orlowski.

Mr. Orlowski was a lifelong Stottville resident and a 50-year member of the Stockport Rod and Gun Club. His careers included working as a machinist for the V&O Press and McGuire’s. The two things that he enjoyed most were watching NASCAR and going to the Chatham Fair every summer.

Left to cherish his memory are: two daughters, Janet Borsch and Tammy Blake; five grandchildren, Alecia, Joshua, Jamie, Renee and Melanie, and two great-grandchildren, Brylyn and Roslynn.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Orlowski was predeceased by his son, Richard Orlowski and brother, John Orlowski.

A memorial service will be held at the Bates & Anderson Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson, Wednesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. Visitation prior to the service will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Virginia L. Stickles (1947 – 2017)

HUDSON—Virginia Lee Stickles, 69, of Philmont died at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Sunday, March 5.

Born July 5, 1947 in Windham, she was the daughter of Edgar C. and Clara (Delamarter) Shufelt.

Mrs. Stickles was a loving wife and homemaker. She enjoyed playing games and solving crossword puzzles. Watching TV was a joy of hers also, especially game shows and soap operas.

Left to cherish her memory are: her beloved husband of 37 years, Carl Stickles; siblings, Evelyn Wheeler, Betty Johnson, Ruth Ann Hadsell and Milton Shufelt; several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by siblings, Lois Marie Shufelt, Robert Shufelt and Kenneth Shufelt.

Memorial visitation time will be held Friday, March 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Regina E. Forster (1934 – 2017)

RHINEBECK—Regina E. “Honey” Forster of Rhinebeck died March 7, 2017 at the Thompson House.

Born August 12, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Regina (McCabe) Schad and the wife of the late Joseph E. Sprauer of Rhinebeck.

In 2002, she retired from the Devereaux Foundation in Red Hook.

She is survived by: her sons, Joseph E. Sprauer, Jr., of Rhinebeck and Russell (Diana) Sprauer of Elizaville; three grandchildren, Amber (Vilhjal) Campbell of Elizaville, Matthew Sprauer of Stanfordville and Samuel Sprauer of Elizaville; two great-grandchildren, Landen Terpening and Vilhjal Campbell, both of Elizaville; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Yadack Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown, Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 11 a.m. Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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