OBITUARIES: Hedin, Collier, Waite, Snyder

John C. Hedin (1955 – 2018)

LIVINGSTON—John C. Hedin, 62, a lifelong area resident, passed away suddenly Monday, January 22, 2018 at his home in Livingston.

He was born October 20, 1955 in Rhinebeck to Irene (Coon) Hedin Harrison of Livingston and the late David Hedin, Sr.

Throughout much of his career, Mr. Hedin worked as a truck driver and also drove taxis.

In addition to his mother, Irene Harrison, he is survived by: his brother, David Hedin, Jr., of Chichester; his stepfather, Charles Harrison of Livingston; his two nephews, David Hedin, III, of Elizaville and Michael Hedin of Elizaville; along with extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be private and interment will be held at the St. John’s Reformed Church Cemetery in Red Hook.

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

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Julia Collier (1940 – 2017)

TOWSON, MD—Julia Collier, 76, formerly of Claverack, died January 31, 2017 of colon cancer.

Born November 16, 1940 and raised in Claverack, she was the daughter of Marion and Charles Collier, fruit farmers, and graduated from Ockawamick Central School in 1958.

In 1962 she graduated from Russell Sage College in Troy. She taught math at Rye Country Day School and later, at a private school in Hawaii, where she met and married her first husband, Peter Adams, a West Point graduate.

Subsequently, the couple lived briefly in Colorado Springs and later, in Amherst, MA, where Ms. Collier earned an MS in education. Next she and her husband relocated to Hamilton, NY, where she became dean of students at what later became Colgate University. In 1976 she moved to Towson, MD, where she was first dean of students at Goucher College and later, its vice president.

After divorcing her first husband in 1977, she met and married Walter Kapolka, district manager of food services for a company that served Goucher. Mr. Kapolka died in 1986. Upon retiring from Goucher, Ms. Collier volunteered with the Assistance Center of Towson Churches, where she helped operate a food bank for the homeless.

Ms. Collier is survived by two daughters and a sister, Ann Collier Mugavero of New York City, as well as two grandchildren.

She had a warm, lively personality and love of family and friends. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Georgianna Waite (1946 – 2018)

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Georgianna Waite of Taghkanic passed away January 31, 2018 at Fairview Hospital.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, John Waite, Jr.; sons, John Waite, III, Loren Waite and Daryl Waite; grandchildren, Krystal VanAlphen, Christopher Slater and Jonathan Waite.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Staci Waite and son, Wesley Waite.

“Porky,” as she was called, was a former member of the Copake Ladies Auxiliary. She loved camping, enjoyed bowling and truly loved her cats and her kids.

There will be a celebration of her life Monday, February 5, noon at the Ancram Firehouse, 1306 County Route 7. Those who wish may contribute to family at that time. The family thanks the ER staff at Fairview Hospital for their care and concern.

Arrangements are with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

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Edward W. Snyder, Sr. (1930 – 2018)

HUDSON—Edward W. Snyder, 87, of Hudson passed away February 1, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born March 16, 1930 in Millerton, he was the son of Russell and Gertrude Snyder.

Mr. Snyder was a machinist at the V & O Press in Hudson. He was also a painter and worked in many homes throughout Columbia County.

He is survived by: his wife, Genevieve (Griffin) Snyder; sons, Edward W. Snyder, Jr., and Harry Snyder; daughters, Patricia MacDonald and Pamela Wood Decker; granddaughters, Michele Clarke and Jennifer Wood; great-grandchildren, Olivia and Addison Mann, Dylan Clarke and a sister, Lynn Dysard.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, February 6, 11 a.m. from the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. An hour of visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. will precede the funeral. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

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