OBITUARIES: Duntz, Sitcer, Dymond, McDonald

John Leonard Duntz (1931 – 2017)

GULF BREEZE, FL–John Leonard Duntz, 86, of Gulf Breeze, FL, passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

He was born February 2, 1931 in Claverack. He graduated from the Hudson High School in 1949. Before entering the Clarkson College of Technology in Potsdam, he spent four years in the Air Force as a flight engineer during the Korean War. After graduating Clarkson in 1958, Mr. Duntz was an engineer in California and Arizona before landing his career in Pensacola working at the Naval Air Station with the Standards Lab in NARF. He retired as head of the Standards Lab.

Mr. Duntz enjoyed the rest of his life as a great mentor, father, husband and grandfather.

He is survived by: his wife of 63 years, Jeanne; his children, Eric, Shawn, Matt and David; his loving grandchildren, Rebecca, Joshua, Devin, Alex, Sarah, Elena and Mark.

A Celebration of Life honoring Mr. Duntz was held Monday, December 11, 2017 at the Tiger Point Country Club in Gulf Breeze, FL, at 11 a.m.

Jean Sitcer (1929 – 2017)

VALATIE—Jean Sitcer died Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Barnwell Health Facility, where she had resided for nearly 25 years. She was 88-years-old.

She was born January 22, 1929 in Chatham, the daughter of Irene (McCagg) and Arthur Sitcer. She lived in Chatham until she moved to the Valatie healthcare facility.

Ms. Sitcer was a caring individual, who enjoyed helping staff and residents whenever she could. She also found pleasure in the numerous stuffed animals and dolls given to her by family and friends.

She is survived by a number of cousins.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 19 at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Interment will be in the Ghent Union Cemetery. Contributions in Ms. Sitcer’s name may be made to the Chatham Rescue Squad. Condolences may be conveyed at

Edith M. Dymond (1933 – 2017)

HUDSON—Edith M. Dymond, 84, of Claverack died Sunday, December 17 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born October 27, 1933 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Flossie Coons.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed in housekeeping at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site in Hyde Park.

Mrs. Dymond enjoyed reading, embroidery and crocheting.

Surviving are: her two sons, Dale Dymond and Walter Dymond; her siblings, Irene Cozza, Benjamin Coons, Harold Coons, Earl William Coons, Elaine Rivenburgh, Diane Coons, Carol Newton, Donald Coons, Robert Coons, Susan VanKuren and Gail Plafker; five grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was predeceased by her husband, Walter Dymond, who died in 2001; a son, Richard; brother, Curtis Coons, Jr.; sisters, Yvonne Pulver and Winniford Silva.

Calling hours are Tuesday, December 19, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Services will be Wednesday, December 20, 11 a.m. at the funeral home with burial following in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at

Daniel J. McDonald, Jr. (1946 – 2017)

ALBANY—Daniel J. McDonald, Jr., 71, passed away December 17, 2017 at St. Peter’s Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born May 10, 1946 in Hudson to the late Daniel and Winifred McDonald. He was a 1964 graduate of Hudson High School.

After graduation he served in the U.S. Navy, being honorably discharged in 1968. He attended Columbia-Greene Community

College where he received a degree in accounting. Mr. McDonald worked for many years for Columbia County and retired from the Social Services Department. He enjoyed sports, having played semi-pro football for a number of years for the Twin County Vikings. He spent many years volunteering for the Chatham Little League. He was a life-member of the Ghent Fire Department, the Ghent VFW. and the Ghent Sportsman Club. In addition to his parents, he

was predeceased by his wife of 39 years, Mary McDonald December 10, 2015.

Mr. McDonald is survived by: his sons, Sean, Miles and Thomas McDonald; his grandchildren, Savannah, Galen, Liam and Amelia; his brother, Kevin; sister, Michele Tran; several nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held Wednesday, December 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the

French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Ave, Chatham. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, December 21, 10 a.m. at St. James Roman Catholic Church, Chatham. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ghent Food Pantry. Condolences may be conveyed at

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