OBITUARIES: Coon, Kratt, Schermerhorn

Susan L. Coon (1944 – 2018)

RHINEBECK—Susan L. Coon, 73, of Germantown passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

Born November 16, 1944 in the Bronx, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Beatrice (McGee) Pearl.

She married Howard Coon in 1986 at St. John’s Reformed Church in Red Hook. He survives at home.

For many years, Mrs. Coon worked as a sales representative with TransWestern Publishing, based in Albany. She was an Electrolux vacuum sales person and worked in a number of daycare facilities—including the YWCA in Kingston.

She took great pride and joy in “make a difference day” which is a day in October that she would go out and donate her time and resources to various organizations.

In addition to her husband of 31 years, she is survived by: her daughter, Rene (Paul) Roosa of Valatie; her son, Roger Kight of West Hurley; her stepdaughters, Dru (Joe) Ary of Hillsdale and Sue Jacobson of Wappingers Falls; her stepson, Michael (Merilee) Coon of Red Hook; seven loving grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two special nieces, Ursula Nazar of NJ, and Melinda Holzbaur of PA; along with extended family and friends.

She was predeceased by a sister, Judi Lescher.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Home, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 10th, 2018, 11a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at St. John’s Reformed Church Cemetery, Red Hook.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hudson Valley Hospice, 374 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie 12601, or to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) at

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Alice M. J. Kratt (1944 – 2018)

CHATHAM CENTER—Alice Margaret “Peggy” Jenkins Kratt of Chatham Center passed away January 4, 2018 at her home.

Born April 8, 1944 in Pittsfield, MA, she was the daughter of the late Robert Parke and Helen Solgate Jenkins.

She is survived by: her husband of 51 years, Frederick John Kratt, Jr., son, Daniel Kratt, daughter, Jennifer (Joseph) Rickert, grandchildren, Alicia, Sadie, Anna, Jacquelyn, Mariah, Samantha and Lucas, all of Chatham Center; son, Fred Kratt, III (Peggy); granddaughters, Barby of Destin, FL, and Kelly Kratt of Bethesda, MD; two sisters, Roberta Eigenbrodt and Ellen Menegio; many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her dear sister, Ruth Bostwick and beloved stepfather, Arthur Colby.

Mrs. Kratt was an amazing lady, a role model for many young people and teachers. She was spirited, loyal, honest and fierce. She was a talented and dedicated educator at Chatham Central Schools, where she had a 28-year career teaching grades 4 and 6 at the East Chatham School and Chatham Middle School. Mrs. Kratt was a past president of CCSTA and a member and past president of the Tri-Village Ladies Auxiliary. Family was everything, and nothing was more important than her children and grandchildren.

“Grandma Peg” hosted Sunday dinners for decades, creating many cherished memories. In her retirement, Mrs. Kratt continued to be an avid reader, thinker and gardener. Her gardens are a place of beauty and peace. Her legacy will live on in her children and grandchildren and through the countless lives she touched.

Friends are invited to attend calling hours Monday, January 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. Burial will be private for the family. Memorials donations may be made to the Morris Memorial in Chatham.

Gladys M. Schermerhorn (1928 – 2018)

GHENT—Gladys Marie (Matthews) Schermerhorn, 89, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family January 7, 2018.

Born June 23, 1928 in Onslow County, Bear Creek, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Lee Ida Provost and was raised by her loving grandparents, John and Emma (Philips) Matthews. It was there that she met and wed her Marine husband of 61 years, Morton W. Schermerhorn.

Mrs. Schermerhorn was a charter member of the Ghent VFW Auxiliary Post #5933. She was retired from Barnwell Nursing Home where she worked as a nurse’s aide for more than 25 years.

She was known for her generous heart and open arms to anyone who needed it. She was always patient and kind and God will have a special place for her.

She enjoyed annual summer vacations in North Carolina with her family, cruises, trips to Disney and a monthly trip to the casino.

She is survived by: her eight children, George and Marilyn Schermerhorn, Joan (Schermerhorn) and William Becker,

Kenneth and Deanna Schermerhorn, Gloria Jean (Schermerhorn) and William Satter, Marcia (Schermerhorn)

and Nicholas Kulyniak, Rita (Schermerhorn) Akin and John McCagg, Peggy (Schermerhorn) and Mark Meyers

Sr. and Morton (Buddy) Schermerhorn; her 16 grandchildren, Heather, Toni, Dawn, Linda, Ronald, Nicole, Kenneth Jr., Jeremy Joshua, Kassia, Heidi, William III, Ashley, Natalie, Jocelyn and Mark Jr. and numerous great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Schermerhorn was predeceased by her husband, Morton W. Schermerhorn; grandson, Ronald Czajkowski and son-in-law, William E. Akin Jr.

A celebration of her life will take place Wednesday, January 10, noon at Ghent VFW Post 5933, 2237 State Route 66 for all who wish to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Ronald Czajkowski Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 73, Ghent 12075, in memory of her grandson.

Arrangements are with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Condolences may be conveyed at

“Rest in Peace Mom, we love you and will keep you in our hearts forever!”

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