OBITUARIES: Saulpaugh, Schermerhorn, Roger, Rodrigues, Liesendahl, Potts, Porter, Goodrich, Marshall, Gitto

Alma L. Saulpaugh (1937 – 2017)

GHENT—Alma L. Saulpaugh, 80, of Claverack died Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility.

Born March 4, 1937 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late George and Elizabeth (Petsel) Kahle.

She was a member of St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Hudson, and she had been employed in the apple packing part of George W. Saulpaugh and Sons Farm in Clermont.

Surviving are: her son, Stanley Kahle of Claverack; her daughter, Stacy McArdle and son-in-law Peter McArdle of Hudson; her brother, George Kahle, Jr., of Poughkeepsie; her sister, Ethel Wagner of Albany; three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Katherine Hull and Beatrice Potts.

Services were held Saturday, August 19 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Private cremation will follow the services.

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Amanda Schermerhorn (1979 – 2017)

ALBANY—Amanda L. Schermerhorn, 37, of Kinderhook died Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Albany Medical Center.

Born December 20, 1979 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Dale and Christine (Bogarski) Schermerhorn of Kinderhook. Ms. Schermerhorn was a nurse’s aide for several area facilities including Livingston Hills in Livingston.

Besides her parents, she is survived by: her sister, Erin Gansowski of Phoenix, NY, and her brother, Michael Schermerhorn of Kinderhook. She was godmother to her niece and nephew, Jillian and Gabriel Gansowski and is also survived by her niece and nephew, Kacey and Shawn Schermerhorn.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 19 at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Stuyvesant Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America Inc., 2121 K Street NW Suite 200, Washington, DC 20037-1830.

Tammy Marie Roger

HUDSON—Tammy Marie Roger was called home surrounded by her closest family August 17, 2017 at 8:40 a.m.

“God gained a pure angel.”

She was an angel here on earth as well, always helping others first and putting herself last. Her family was her pride and joy and her positive attitude in life was an inspiration to everyone who had the privilege of knowing her.

She is survived by: her husband, Richard Roger; siblings, Wallace DeHart, Sharon Schmelz, Christine Dalia, Wayne DeHart and Michelle DeHart; children, Nicole Wanzer, Michael Wanzer, Kayce Wanzer, Kayla Roger, Stephanie Roger and Bishmi Thrasher; grandchildren, Gianna Wanzer, Hayden Meddaugh, Taylor Johnson, Adison Wanzer and Brooklyn Johnson; many nieces and nephews. A memorial will be held at the convenience of her family. “A piece of our heart now lives in heaven”

Memorial donations are requested to her family at 120 Maple Lane, Hudson 12534. Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

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Katherine B. Rodrigues (1946 – 2017)

ALBANY—Katherine B. Rodrigues, 70, of Livingston passed away Friday, August 18, 2017 at St. Peters Hospital.

Born November 9, 1946, in Milford, CT, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Katherine (Huller) Huber.

She married Anthony Mungo. He predeceased her March 7, 1975.

A homemaker throughout her life, Ms. Rodrigues is survived by: her three children, Tim (Cindy) Mungo of Staatsburg, Kathe (Rich) Diaz of Milan and John Paul Rodrigues of Catskill; a brother, Joseph Huber of Peru; a nephew, Joseph (Rana) Huber; a niece, Christine (Shawn) Martineau; her grandchildren, Kate Diaz, Allison Diaz, Andrew Mungo and Jacqueline Mungo; along with extended family and friends.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, John Jason Rodrigues, and a grandson, Dakota Mungo.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. and interment will follow in Elizaville Methodist Cemetery, Elizaville.

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Gary W. Liesendahl (1951 – 2017)

LINLITHGO—Gary W. Liesendahl, 66, of Linlithgo died August 18, 2017 at his home.

Born March 18, 1951 in Saugerties, he was the son of Theodosia Winchell Leisendahl of West Camp and the late Werner Liesendahl.

Mr. Liesendahl was employed for more than 20 years as a maintenance technician at Taconic Farms in Germantown until his retirement. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who belonged to the Germantown Sportsmen’s Club and the Gold Miners of New England.

Survivors in addition to his mother include: his wife, Cheryl (Wallentine) Liesendahl; a son, Gary, Jr., (Meghan); a brother, Jeffrey Liesendahl of West Saugerties; two sisters, Bonnie Myers of the State of Washington and Jo Ann Isca of West Camp; two nephews; a niece; and his “grandbaby dog,” Bayla.

Services will be held Wednesday, August 23, 11 a.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown with burial following in the Linlithgo Rural Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at

Virginia M. Potts (1924 – 2017)

HUDSON—Virginia M. Potts, 93, peacefully passed away August 19, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.

She was the daughter of Minerva and Homer Spanburgh of Linlithgo and was the beloved wife of the late Frederick R. Potts, Jr.

Mrs. Potts was very devoted to her family and friends. She was a free spirit who loved adventure. She was a proud member of the Philmont Minkler-Seery American Legion Auxiliary. She was an active member who enjoyed marching, and later riding in the annual Memorial Day parade. She was also an avid reader and loved to fish.

Mrs. Potts will be forever missed by: her children, Frederick R. Potts, III, (Donna), Cindy Edwards, Terry Potts (Mary) and Mary Ellen Burger (Scott); grandchildren, Kelly Bulich (Dan), Kristie Allen (Kevin), Nathan Potts (Theresa), Angela Potts-Mang’andah (Chrispine), Ericka Shook, Lenny Edwards, Scott Burger and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her late husband, she was predeceased by her daughter, Nancy Merritt and grandson, Justin Burger.

A calling hour takes place Saturday, August 26, 2017, 11 a.m. to noon at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. Services follow at noon.

Private interment services will be in the Reformed Church Cemetery, Germantown.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to: Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12514 or the Minkler-Seery American Legion, P.O. Box 818, Philmont 12565.

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Kathleen Porter (1949 – 2017)

VALATIE—Kathleen Porter of Chatham passed away August 20, 2017 at the Barnwell Nursing Home.

Born January 11, 1949 in Middletown, she was the daughter of the late William and Jean Hinchey Porter.

Mrs. Porter was a caring person who enjoyed her work. She liked to walk and loved time with her family.

She is survived by: her husband of 46 years, Ronnie Porter; her sister, Susan (Richard) Faulkner; her niece, Crystal and nephew, Alan.

Services are private and under the direction of the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Condolences may be conveyed at

Jean M. Goodrich (1927 – 2017)

ALBANY—Jean M. Goodrich, 89, of Valatie died Monday, August 21, 2017 at Albany Memorial Hospital.

Born October 13, 1927 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Frank Andrew and Marion (Hoffman) Baker.

Mrs. Goodrich was a homemaker and a seamstress at Rielly Mills in Valatie for many years.

She is survived by: three children, Calvin Goodrich, II, of Watervliet, Frank Andrew Goodrich of Berlin and Patricia Samascott of Kinderhook; six grandchildren, Phillip and Brian Goodrich, Meghan Gagliardi, Shannon and Tamara McGlauflin and Derrick Saviano; eight great-grandchildren, Tony, Avery, Calvin, Julie, Natalie, Andrea, Zainab and Ibrahim and a cousin, Helen McGilvary.

She was predeceased by her husband, Calvin H. Goodrich, Sr., and her brother, Arthur Baker.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 24, 11 a.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, with the Reverend Stark Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Chatham Rural Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Ronnilla P. Marshall (1990 – 2017)

COPAKE FALLS—Ronnilla Parsons Marshall, 27, passed away suddenly August 19, 2017.

Often quiet or shy, she could light up any room with her beautiful smile and hilarious expressions. She told stories with such enthusiasm and emphasized them with her deep, sincere laugh that always entertained us.

She was a loving, compassionate daughter, granddaughter, sister, cousin, aunt and friend, who will be missed dearly by all who her knew her.

Ms. Marshall was born May 31, 1990 in St. Thomas, USVI. She is survived by: her mother and stepfather, Esther Andrew Horn and Michael Horn of Copake Falls; her sister, Tamasha Parsons of Albrightsville, PA; her cousin, Tamala Andrew Pilgrim of Toronto, Canada, with whom she was raised; her grandmothers, Petrona Rose James Andrew of Birmingham, AL and Theresa Horn of Hopewell Junction; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends from the United States, St. Thomas, USVI, Tortola, BVI, and Antigua, WI.

She was predeceased by: her father, Ron Parsons; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Alford Parsons and Herbert Horn.

Ms. Marshall was a very proud young woman. Among the things she was most proud of was her education. She graduated from Dover High School in 2008, and the Questar LPN program in 2011, as well as numerous online classes. Last week she started classes at Vermont Tech to complete her RN degree. Ms. Marshall loved being a nurse and often talked about becoming a doctor, and those who knew her best didn’t doubt that. She was recently employed by Porchlight Home Care Services of Lee, MA.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake Falls. Calling hours will be Friday, August 25 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, August 26, 10 a.m. from Our Lady of Hope Church, 8074 Route 22, Copake Falls. Interment will follow in new St. Bridget’s Cemetery. To send an online condolence visit

Barbara C. Gitto (1931 – 2017)

PHILMONT—Barbara C. Gitto passed away August 21 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

Born December 18, 1931 in Plattsburgh, she was the daughter of the late John and Alta (Woodward) Cox.

She grew up in Rouses Point, where she spent summers swimming and winters ice skating on Lake Champlain. She had lots of friends who lived in the neighborhood, and when she wasn’t having fun at the lake, she and her friends

would hang out in the Cox’s backyard, enjoying the big playhouse her father built for her.

Saturday afternoons she and her best friend Jerry would watch movies at the theater just down the street. After graduating from Rouses Point High School, she earned her home economics teaching degree from Plattsburgh State College.

Mrs. Gitto went on to teach at Chatham where she met the love of her life, Stephen A. Gitto, Sr., to whom she was married for 63 years. She left teaching to raise her five children.

Mrs. Gitto was an avid quilter, and loved to read and knit. She was a communicant of St. James Church, Chatham. In

addition to her loving and devoted husband, she is survived by: her children, Stephen Gitto, Jr., David (Ann) Gitto, Ann (Jim) Flanagan, Kathy (Chris) McMahon and 10 grandchildren. She was predeceased by her cherished daughter, Nancy, who died at the age of 13.

Mrs. Gitto’s family thanks all of her many caregivers over the years who cared for her at home with love, and the wonderful and attentive caregivers and staff at Pine Haven Nursing Home and the Community Hospice staff for their kindness and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mrs. Gitto’s name to the Chatham or Greenport rescue squad. Calling hours will be Friday, August 25 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow in Saint James Church at noon. For directions or to convey a condolence visit

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