OBITUARIES: Stickles, Tremper, Segerberg, Byron, Muller, Decker, Arsenault

Robert H. Stickles, Sr. (1928 – 2017)

VALATIE—Robert H. Stickles, Sr., 89, of Livingston died Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell.

Born May 16, 1928 in Hudson, he was the son of the late H. Delevan and Della Mae (Mitchell) Stickles.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Emma (Diehl) Stickles.

Mr. Stickles was a graduate of Hudson High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. He was a member of the Reformed Church of Germantown, past master of Hudson-Widow’s Son Lodge #7 F&AM of Livingston, past member of Columbia County IDA and the former Southern Columbia Ambulance Squad. He served as a councilman for the Town of Livingston for many years and served as a director of the Empire State Potato Club.

Mr. Stickles owned and operated Treeland Farms in Livingston and the Happy Clown Ice Cream stand in Bells Pond.

Survivors include: his wife, Jacqueline (Haines) Stickles, whom he married June 26, 2002; his children, Robert (Florence) Stickles, Linda (Norman) Stoddard, Deborah (Auburn) Morgan, Joanne Stickles (Larry Hildenbrand), Janet Shumsky (Joe H. Loeffler); a sister, Doris Kirk; six grandchildren, Stephanie (Stewart) Hunt, Jeffrey (Shannon) Shumsky, Adam (Angelina) Stickles, Brian (Caitlin) Stickles, Christine (Christopher) Sweet, and Sarah Andrews; three great-grandchildren, Emily Shumsky, Lilyanna Stickles and Ophelia Stickles.

Services were held Saturday, December 16 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown with burial following in the Livingston Rural Cemetery.

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Priscilla A. Tremper (1930 – 2017)

RHINEBECK—Priscilla Anne Tremper, 86, of Red Hook passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 at the Thompson House.

Born December 25, 1930 at her grandparents’ home in Leicester, MA, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Dorothy (Salls) Woods.

A graduate of Leicester High School, she was the 1948 class salutation. Mrs. Tremper attended Lasell Junior College in Auburndale, MA, and received her associate’s degree from Dutchess County Community College in Poughkeepsie. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz.

She married Stanton Tremper, Jr., at the Federated Church in Sturbridge, MA, July 28, 1950. He survives at home in Red Hook.

Mr. and Mrs. Tremper were the owners and operators of T & T Ford in Rhinebeck. She served as the corporation’s vice president.

Mrs. Tremper was a longtime active member of St. John’s Reformed Church in Red Hook, where she served as a deacon, elder and vice president of the Consistory. She took great joy in singing in the St. John’s Church Choir for more than 20 years. She was a founding member of the St. John’s Shepherds Ministry and served as a group coordinator for the first 16 years. She also was a founding member and first treasurer of Northern Dutchess Mothers Club—based at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck.

In addition to her loving husband, Stanton Tremper, Jr., of Red Hook, she is survived by: her two daughters, Wendy Tremper Wollerton of Livingston and Kim Ryder of Bernhard’s Bay; her sister, Betty Swan of New Fairfield, CT; her grandsons, Ryan Tucci of Syracuse and Jason Tucci of North Carolina; along with extended family, colleagues and friends.

Funeral services were held Thursday, December 14, 2017 at St. John’s Reformed Church, Red Hook, with the Reverend Eric Titus officiating. Burial was at St. John’s Reformed Church Cemetery, Red Hook.

Donations may be made in Mrs. Tremper’s memory to the St. John’s Reformed Church, 126 Old Post Road North, Red Hook 12571.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook.

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Nancy L. Segerberg

KINDERHOOK—Nancy Louise (Reutti) Segerberg, 88, of Kinderhook died Tuesday, December 12.

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, to Ralph and Martha (Boyd) Reutti, she lived in Kinderhook for the past 47 years. She was a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and worked as a designer for many years, first in New York for Emily Malino Designs, and later for Mayfair Home Furnishings in Colonie and Albany Office Interiors until her retirement in 1995.

Mrs. Segerberg was a devoted wife to her beloved husband, Ozzie until his death in 2006. She was an accomplished artist and rug hooker, who enjoyed gardening and book club. She leaves behind many friends from her longtime membership with the Kinderhookers and years as a volunteer at the Kinderhook Memorial Library, both of which were dear to her heart.

Mrs. Segerberg was most proud of her family and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, creating many special memories. She will be fondly remembered for her independent spirit and insightful wit. She kept a sharp and positive perspective throughout her life. She was much loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by: two daughters, Margaret (Patrick) Crowley of Castleton and Katherine (Ted) Malia of East Schodack; one son, Paul Segerberg of Feura Bush; and grandchildren, Zachary, Caleb, Nolan and Martha Crowley, Eric and Karen Segerberg and Graham, Sophie and Aidan Malia. She was predeceased by her husband, Osborn Segerberg, Jr., and her brother, William Reutti.

Friends and relatives may call Saturday, December 16 at Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie from 10 a.m. to noon with funeral services directly afterward. Interment will follow at Kinderhook Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Kinderhook Memorial Library, 18 Hudson Street, Kinderhook 12106.

Sidney W. Byron (1936 – 2017)

CANAAN, CT—Sidney W. Byron, 81, passed away Friday, December 15, 2017 at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation.

He was born July 29, 1936 in Albany, the son of Walter and Marion (Rowe) Byron.

Mr. Byron was an insurance and investment broker for The Valley Group in Kingston.

He served with United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Mr. Byron was treasurer of the Millerton American Legion. He was an avid tennis and softball player, and enjoyed riding his horse.

He was a member of the National Senior Ski Patrol and a 25-year member of the Catamount Ski Patrol.

Mr. Byron was very grateful and honored to march in the Pine Plains Memorial Day parade for more than 50 years.

Survivors include: his loving wife, Barbara (Baker) Byron of Millerton; two sons, Drew Byron and his companion Brenda Sweeney of Elizaville and Christopher Byron and his wife Dawn of NC; former wife, Patricia Byron of Catskill; three step-daughters, Colleen McGhee and her husband William Anstett of Millerton, Dawn (Robert) Runge of Millerton and Krista McGhee and her husband Jeff Lifichin of Mt. Washington, MA; five grandchildren, Amanda Byron, Heather Byron, Andrew Garren, Christopher Byron and Benjamin Byron.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Jill Ann Byron and grandson, Sean M. Byron.

Calling hours will be held Monday, December 18, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains.

A funeral service with full military honors will be held Tuesday, December 19, 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Reverend Carol Miller officiating.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are requested to the Marie Corps League Northwest Detachment, 25 Locust Hill Road, East Canaan, CT 06024.

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Patricia Muller (1943 – 2017)

HUDSON—Patricia Muller, “Our Lord has unexpectedly called his servant to his home in the heavens” December 12, 2017. She was the daughter of John and Olga Mazure.

In 1962, she married Frederick C. Muller, Jr., who predeceased her.

Mrs. Muller worked for Jamesway as a cashier. She then went on to work for VESPED before working 22 years for New York State. She retired in 2016 from the Office of Children and Family Services. She loved the ocean, vacationing with her family and horses. She was a communicant and Ladies Sodality member at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. Above all things she loved her family.

Mrs. Muller is survived by: her four children, Frederick and Tracy Muller, Cheryl Muller, Gregory Muller and Stacie and Dave Cole; her six grandchildren, Samantha Cole, Noah Muller, Troy Muller, David Cole, Regan Muller and Jacob Cole; her brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Patricia Mazure; two nephews, Matthew and Mark Mazure.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her daughter, Lisa Ann Muller in 1964.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, December 18, 2017, 10 a.m. from St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church, 206 Union Street, Hudson. Interment will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, December 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. with Panakhyda service at 1:30 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Vernon W. Decker (1927 – 2017)

HUDSON—Vernon Wesley Decker of Chatham passed away Wednesday, December 13 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He was born May 6, 1927 in Chatham Center to Bernard and Ethel (Whiteman) Decker.

He attended Chatham Central Schools and served in the Marines during World War II. He was employed by Oscars Fuel Service and Pulver Simmoms for many years, eventually owning his own business, Decker Oil Burner Service.

After retiring, he and his wife Lucienne (Van Hoesen) moved to Corpus Christie, Texas, where they enjoyed the warm winters.

Survivors include: his wife of 66 years, Lucienne; daughter, JoEllen Cox of Chatham; a son, Dale (Tara) Decker of Chatham Center.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Coleen S. Lennon; sisters, Helen Decker, Madeline Allen and brothers, Gordon and Bernard (Bud) Decker. Also surviving are: eight, grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

He was a loving and caring man and will be missed.

A private service will be held in the spring. He will be laid to rest in the Chatham Center Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. For online condolences visit

Robert C. Arsenault (1957 – 2017)

POUGHKEEPSIE—Robert C. “Bob,” as he was known to family, Arsenault died of natural causes at his home in Poughkeepsie, Monday, December 11, 2017.

He was born in Rhinebeck, June 22, 1957.

Mr. Arsenault was a self-employed painter for many years. He was a sweet, kind, gentle person loved by all who knew him. He enjoyed hiking, family gatherings, music and watching movies.

He is survived by: his mother, Marlene Baker and stepfather David Baker of Ghent. He was predeceased by his father, Robert Arsenault in 2016.

Mr. Arsenault is also survived by: his daughter, Aimee Arsenault; grandchildren, Vanessa Arsenault and Ryan Duffy of Aston, PA; his brothers, Brett of Hudson and Michael of Saugerties; many aunts, uncles and nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours or funeral services, however a memorial service will be held in the spring. Following cremation, his ashes along with his father’s will be scattered in the ocean at Myrtle Beach.

In lieu of flowers or memorial gifts, donations may be made in Mr. Arsenault’s memory to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are with the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

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