OBITUARIES: Denegar, Keyser, Wintjen, Decker

Frances J. Denegar

DAVIDSON, NC—Frances J. Denegar, 87 years old, entered into rest, March 24, 2018. She passed at her residence in Davidson, NC.

She was a loving wife of 55 years to Clyde E. Denegar. They lived in Germantown for many years before moving to NC.

Mrs. Denegar was preceded in death by: her adopted parents, Edwin and Hazel Unson of Greenport; her brothers, Lewis and Richard; sister, Velma and niece, Linda.

She is survived by: her loving husband, Clyde E. Denegar; daughters, Maria (Kevin) and Brenda (Lert); son, Mark (Paula); three grandchildren, Naaka, Niran and Jessica; five nieces; six nephews and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held April 13, 2018, 6:30 p.m. at her residence in North Carolina.

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Lena M. Keyser (1942 – 2018)

HUDSON—Lena M. Keyser, 75, of Hudson passed away Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born August 15, 1942 in Elmira, she was the daughter of Frank and Frances (Poklinkowski) Klugo.

Mrs. Keyser was a federal civil servant for the Social Security Administration and was a retired medical receptionist from CHP.

She was a communicant of Holy Trinity / St. Mary’s Parish in Hudson, a member of the Junior Service League, Greenport Senior Citizens, the Greenport Historical Society, and also served on the Greenport Planning Board.

She leaves to cherish her memory: her husband of 57 years, John R. Keyser; children, Laurie (David) Jesmain, John (Ellen Jones) Keyser and Colleen (R. Scott) Cole; grandchildren, Amanda Keyser, Jordan (Laurence) Keyser, Alyssa Jesmain, and Austin Cranna; a brother, Donald Klugo; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Genevieve, Frank, Jr., and Stanley Klugo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, March 28, 10 a.m. from St. Mary’s Church in Hudson. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. Visitation hours at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson are Tuesday, March 27 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

George B. Wintjen (1930 – 2018)

YUMA, AZ—George Bailey Wintjen, 88, recently of Yuma, AZ, and formerly of Greenport, died peacefully February 26, 2018 in Yuma.

Born in Brooklyn, February 19, 1930 to the late Herman and Elizabeth (Saxton) Wintjen, he graduated from PS 193, James Madison High School (1948), and studied for one year at Brooklyn College (1950).

Mr. Wintjen served in the U.S. Army for two years as a quartermaster supply sergeant in Korea during the Korean War. He earned the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, American Korean Service Medal with four Bronze Stars, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was transferred into the Army Reserves for six years after his honorable discharge in 1953.

Mr. Wintjen wrote for the Hi-Y newspaper, YMCA newspaper, and worked for a delicatessen during his high school years. He worked for six years for the National City Bank in Brooklyn, two years as a salesman for the Lustra Corporation, and 30-years for the New York Times. He moved from Brooklyn to North Merrick for 15 years, then to Clermont in 1969, and then to Greenport in 2004.

Mr. Wintjen enjoyed fishing, singing, gardening, writing religious poetry and songs, as well as traveling. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, life-member of DAV, Greenport Historical Society, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, and ministered with the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International for many years.

He was predeceased by his first wife of 39 years, Doris (Schlayer) Wintjen; his second wife of 23 years, Florence (Wambach) Wintjen; a sister, Dorothy (Wintjen) Kenneweg; one nephew, William Kenneweg and his step-son the Reverend Lawrence Harms.

He is survived by: his two daughters, Cheryl (Mike) Tanner of Zion, IL, and Doreen (Jim) Conner of Yuma, AZ; two step-daughters, Maria Dowling of East Greenbush and Catherine Harms of Lake City, FL; five grandchildren, Ross (Misty) Tanner, Ryan (Sara) Tanner, April (Matt) Vassau, Jonathan (Krysta) Tanner, Elizabeth Conner Springer; three step-grandsons, John, Peter and Matthew Dowling; and 10 great-grandchildren, Trey and Kalli Tanner, Sally, Tiffany and Paul Tanner, Norah and Evan Vassau, Josiah, Isaac and Levi Tanner.

Burial of Mr. Wintjen’s ashes will take place Friday, April 20, 2018, 10 a.m. in Mellenville Cemetery and 1 p.m. in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Red Hook with military honors. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Hudson with Pastor Jonathan Hodges officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 8 Storm Avenue, Hudson 12534 in memory of Mr. Wintjen. Arrangements are with Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

James “Butch” Decker (1937 – 2018)

LIVINGSTON—James W. “Butch” Decker, 80, a former longtime resident of Hillsdale, went home to be with his loving wife Monday, March 19, 2018.

He was born May 1, 1937 in Great Barrington, MA, a son of Raymond G. and Eleanor (Eichesdt) Decker.

Prior to his retirement he was employed at Gingras Lumber in Ashley Falls, MA.

Mr. Decker loved golfing, thoroughbred racing and was a devoted member of the “morning coffee club” at the Hillsdale House.

He was predeceased by his wife, Rose (Wadman) Decker and a stepson, Valentine G. Wadman.

Survivors include: a daughter and son, Ann Decker and James Decker, Jr., both of Arizona; three stepchildren, Dore Ramos of Hudson, Peggy Kimpel of Georgia and Michael Wadman of Hillsdale; his siblings; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday March 30, 2018, 11 a.m. from the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake, with the Reverend Kenneth Phesay officiating.

Friends are invited and may call at the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.

Spring interment will be in the West Copake Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 327, Copake 12516 or to the Philmont Rescue Squad, 1 Maple Avenue, Philmont 12565.

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