OBITUARIES: Westfall, Vaughan, Coulson, Hinz

Cynthia E. Westfall (1945 – 2017)

COPAKE—Cynthia “Cindy” E. Westfall, 72, of Copake passed away Monday, August 21, 2017 at home.

She was born February 23, 1945 in Rhinebeck, the daughter of Marion E. (Clum) Westfall and the late Benjamin Westfall.

In addition to her mother, Marion, survivors include: three brothers, Sherwood, Wayne and Martin Westfall and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Douglas and Raymond Westfall.

A brave and beautiful soul has been lost. All who knew her were blessed. Touching many people with her talents and special personality got her through each day while living with a lengthy debilitating disease. Her nature was to pass her love on to others through the years in whatever way she could. Mostly, she did so using her wonderful sense of humor and her great faith in humankind.

As a young woman, she enjoyed outdoor activities such as racing snowmobiles and riding motorcycles. While she was able, she did lawn mowing in the immediate area. Animals also had a special place in her heart. She enjoyed watching and feeding the birds. Copake was her home. She could be seen on many occasions riding her motorized wheelchair up and down Route 22 or in later years into Copake from Lincoln Road.

Stubborn, outgoing and independent to her last days, country music could often be heard inside her home where her smiles and hearty laughter could always brighten one’s day. She treasured old photographs and hand-made items. She loved “catching up” with family and friends during family reunions as well as other visits and calls. Even with her debilitating disease, she always looked forward to the next day and had a great passion for life. She wanted nothing more than to teach others to do the same.

“The circle is unbroken. There is a better home, Lord…in the sky. Thanks, Cindy, for your part in the circle!”

There will be no calling hours.

A memorial service and celebration of Ms. Westfall’s life will be held Saturday, September 30, 11 a.m. at the Copake Community Park Building, 305 Mountain View Road, Copake.

A reception will follow.

Interment will be at the convenience of family.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are requested to Community Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 327, Copake 12516.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake. To sign the online register access

Catherine S. Vaughan (1960 – 2017)

ALBANY—Catherine Sarah (Holland) Vaughan, 56, passed away surrounded by her family, Monday, September 11, 2017, at Albany Medical Center.

She was born October 16, 1960, in Kanturk, County Cork, Ireland, and was the daughter of Cornelius Joseph Holland and Marie (O’Keeffe) Holland.

She is survived by: her beloved husband, Gerard James Vaughan, to whom she was married for 36 years; four deeply-loved children, Jamie (31) of London; Ryan (29) of Buffalo, Aislyn (27) of Essex Junction, VT, and McKenzie (24) of Boston, MA.

The youngest of seven children, she is also survived by: four sisters, Connie (Patrick) Laverty O’Connor of Tiverton, RI, Bridget (Joe) Vaughan of County Mayo, Ireland, Nora (Dennis) Leonard of Castleton, and Maria (John Russell) of County Cork, Ireland; and two brothers, Kyrle (Anne) Holland of Plymouth, MA, and John (Kathleen) Holland of County Cork, Ireland; 34 nieces and nephews.

She has now joined in heaven her beloved niece, Tracey Marie Laverty .

Mrs. Vaughan was a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie. She earned her nursing certification in Galway, Ireland. After moving to New York, she worked at the Albany Medical Center for many years, first for 10 years as a critical care nurse in SICU, then assistant nurse manager in the unit, followed by assistant nurse manager in Cardiac Information Services, most recently receiving a promotion to CIS supervisor. She had a tremendously compassionate, nurturing, and selfless nature. Her passion was helping and taking care of others—whether it was her patients, her children, her husband, her family, her co-workers, or simply anyone who needed help. As the final extension of her giving nature, Mrs. Vaughan’s family takes great comfort in knowing that four others will be given new life, as recipients of her organs.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, September 18, 2017, 11 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Church, 1025 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Interment to follow at St. Agnes Cemetery, 48 Cemetery Avenue, Menands.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Center for Donation and Transplant New York, 218 Great Oaks Boulevard, Albany 12203;

Richard C. Coulson (1937 – 2017)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—Richard “Dick” C. Coulson, 79, passed away September 9, 2017.

He was born September 11, 1937, the son of William Coulson and Marjorie Lindholm Griffin.

He grew up in New Lebanon and Chatham, where he attended Chatham High School.

After graduation, Mr. Coulson dairy-farmed in Connecticut and later lived and traveled from Alaska to Colorado working on oil pipelines and road construction.

He and his wife, Jo, retired to Boise City, OK.

In retirement he enjoyed photography and hunting, in addition to being a father, grandfather and friend.

He is survived by: daughters, Penelope Sanchez and Mary Coulson; sister, Marjorie Driver; brother, Arthur Coulson; granddaughters, Rachel Bemiss, Elizabeth and Kristen Sanchez; great-granddaughter Isabella; and friends, Ashley and Blake Wells.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jo, and brother, Jonathan Coulson. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Integris Foundation at

Audrey E. Hinz (1936 – 2017)

RHINEBECK—Audrey Elizabeth Hinz, 81, of Copake passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

She was born August 30, 1936 in the Washington Heights section of New York City. She was proud of her Irish heritage as the middle daughter of the late John and Rebecca (Chambers) Long, also of Copake, who were both Irish immigrants. She spent her entire childhood and high school years growing up in Suffern and graduated from Suffern High School in 1955.

Between 1970 and 1972, Mrs. Hinz worked as the sewing teacher at Westover School, an all-girls boarding school in Middlebury, CT. After permanently moving to this area in 1973, she worked for various local businesses including the Ancramdale General Store, Cecilia’s Apparel, Ancramdale Bakery, and Jack’s Circle Delicatessen where she broke the long string of Jack Lyden’s “deli boys.” Mrs. Hinz was also employed as a seamstress for Country Curtains and The Jennifer House in Great Barrington, MA. In her spare time, she could be found tending to her flower and vegetable gardens or taking care of her dogs. She was also an artist who worked with pen and ink creating beautiful detailed scenes from nature. Her artwork has been featured at local galleries, festivals, art shows, newspapers and private homes.

Mrs. Hinz was an avid sports fan and there was not a day that went by when she did not talk about her beloved New York Yankees and New York Giants, offering either praise or criticism for the teams’ efforts on the field.

Survivors include: her husband of 36 years, Ronald Hinz of Copake; her daughter, Diana Clark and her husband Jonathan Menzel of Bristol, VT; her son, Brian Clark and his wife Heather of Wayne, NJ; her sister, Evalyn Adele Stiles and her husband Wilbur of Tallahassee, FL; her sister, Jacqueline Manning of Tucson, AZ; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Clark and her husband Edmund of Queensbury; the father of her children, Carlyle W. Clark of Tacoma, WA; four grandchildren, Madison and Maya Menzel and Fallon and Kiera Clark; three nieces and four nephews and their families; step-sons, Eric Hinz of Ancram, Randy Hinz of Columbiaville and Robert Hinz and his family of Chatham and her great companion Brittany Spaniel, Tobey.

At Mrs. Hinz’s request, there will be no calling hours; however a memorial will be held as part of the 11 a.m. Sunday Service at St. John’s Lutheran Church, October 1, 2017.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Church, 1350 County Route 7, Ancram 12502.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake. To send an online condolence visit

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