OBITUARIES: Leiser, Simmons, Howard, Rubio, DuBois, Kromer, Schopp

Ida L. Leiser (1928 – 2018)

CASTLETON—Ida Laura Leiser, 90, of Stuyvesant passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Riverside Nursing Home.

Born February 29, 1928 in Tarrytown, she was the daughter of the late William Henry and Laura Dutcher (Carpenter) Grant and the wife of the late Warren J. Leiser, whom she married November 14, 1948.

Before she retired September 1, 1990, Mrs. Leiser was a registered nurse at Albany Memorial Hospital, Albany Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Albany Medical Center. She was a graduate of Columbia Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Hudson.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, honorary member of Stuyvesant Falls Fire Company #2, a life-member of the Albany Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Kinderhook Elks BPOE #2530, honorary member of the Stuyvesant Fire Company #1, Columbia Greene Bowling Hall of Fame, life-member of Bowling 600 Club, Columbia Greene Bowling Association, Stuyvesant Fire Company #1 Auxiliary, Valatie Senior Citizens and Stuyvesant–Stockport Senior Citizens. Since the legal age, she voted in every election including general, school, fire and special elections. Mrs. Leiser was past president of the Albany Memorial Employee Federal Credit Union. Special Recognitions include the 26th in the world Certified CS Supervisor, National BPOE’s Outstanding Service Commendation, Elk’s Distinguished Citizen Award, Columbia Counties Senior Volunteer of the Year 2016, 2018 Elk of the Year and co-winner Senior Citizen of the Year.

Mrs. Leiser is survived by: her sister, Helen Cook; her nieces, Laura Byrd (Cal) and Suzanna Benka (Harold); her nephew, Jeffrey Cook (Paulette), all of Williston, FL, and several other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 25, 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Stuyvesant with the Reverend Dan Cohn officiating. Burial will be in the Mellenville Union Cemetery. A celebration of life will follow at the Kinderhook Elks at 1 p.m. and all are welcome. Mrs. Leiser said, “Have a good time at the party!” She requests that no flowers be delivered. Donations may be made instead to: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marion Stegmann Fund, c/o the Kinderhook Elks or the Stuyvesant Fire District #1.

Arrangements were with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Margaret Simmons (1935 – 2018)

KINGSTON—Margaret M. Simmons, 82, of Craryville and a longtime Red Hook resident, passed away Friday, April 20, 2018 at the HealthAlliance Broadway Campus.

Born July 7, 1935, in Rhinebeck, she was the daughter of the late Floyd and Mabel (Mackensie) Feller, Sr.

She married Arden R. Simmons, Sr., in 1964 in Rhinebeck. He predeceased her February 20, 2014.

For many years, and until her retirement, Mrs. Simmons worked in housekeeping at the Hudson River Psychiatric Center in Poughkeepsie.

Her greatest loves were her husband, her cat “Pooh,” Genesee Beer and casinos. She went to complete her GED at age 70 and wrote her own autobiography in 2007, Common Law.

She is survived by her loving family, including: her children, Timothy Feller of Massachusetts, Debra (Donald) Dann Coons of Craryville, Dennis (Mary) Cohen of Red Hook, Arden (Sherry) R. Simmons, Jr., of Red Hook and Rebecca (Howard) Coons of Red Hook; her brothers, Dennis Feller of Germantown and Louis Feller of Florida; 15 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and countless extended family and friends.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her son, Lawrence Cohen; and her siblings, Donald, Floyd, Milton and Melvin Feller, Annabelle Whitmore, Katherine Coons and Elizabeth Choinsky.

“Mom’s leaves her endless sense of humor. She requested “always to live one more day and keep smiling, because every day is a good day.”

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes ,7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from noon to 2 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. and interment will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook.

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Joyce M. Howard

PHILMONT—Joyce M. Howard of Ghent passed away peacefully at Pine Haven Nursing Home April 20, 2018.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Thomas Howard; son, Obie (Nancy) Johnson of Poultney, VT; daughter, Deborah (Rick) Frick; son, James Johnson of Ghent; sisters, Carol VanDuesen and Dorthy (Jack) McDonald; grandchildren, Forrest, Hunter, Wilder and North Johnson, Richard (Shannon) Frick, Jeremy, Amanda and Meagan Frick, Cassey (Kerner) Wood, Dylan Johnson and Michael C. Ruby, Sr.; great-grandchildren, Peyton, Gavin, Carter, Eli and Reina Frick, Michael C. Ruby, Jr., Calvin and Sullivan Wood.

She was predeceased by: brothers, Richard, Harold and Robert (Sue) Lobdell; sisters, Eva Mason and Betty O’Dell; twin sons, A. and B. Ruby, Bobby Johnson, Billy Johnson and Michael B. Ruby, Jr.

Mrs. Howard enjoyed riding her horses and working with her son, Billy on his riding and being with family. She taught country line dancing around the county.

Calling hours will be held at Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham, Friday, April 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. Inurnment will be at Cemetery of the Evergreens, New Lebanon, Saturday, April 28, 2018, 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Berkshire Humane Society.

Gary J. Rubio (1952 – 2018)

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Retired veteran, Gary John Christopher Rubio, age 65, passed away April 19, 2018.

He was born July 16, 1952 in Jersey City to Norman and Dorothy Rubio.

He moved to Chatham with his family as a small child and resided there for most of his life.

Mr. Rubio was a Chatham High School graduate. Over the years he furthered his education by taking classes at Columbia-Greene Community College, Marist College, and SUNY Albany. He first worked at Schwartz Turkey Farm and was later employed at Streeter’s and Tri State Canada Dry.

As a young man, Mr. Rubio enlisted in the United States Army. During the Vietnam War, he was stationed overseas in Germany and served with STRATCOM, strategic communications unit. Later, he became a member of the American Legion, Post 42.

Mr. Rubio was constantly busy with his many hobbies. He frequented and participated at local boxing clubs, bicycled, competed in drag races, and often fished the creek on his family’s farm. He was passionate about astronomy and religion. He was a ham radio operator and Star Trek enthusiast. He enjoyed the arts, particularly painting, photography, filmmaking and attending many music concerts. Mr. Rubio unofficially had the largest collection of Pink Floyd albums on vinyl, cassette tape, compact disc and video. On warm summer nights, with his windows open, he could often be heard singing along. He was a mainstay on Chatham’s quaint Main Street. There “Uncle Gary,” as he was called by both family and friends, was known to enjoy bottomless cups of coffee and countless plates of spaghetti. He traveled extensively and was very attentive to his family, visiting them regularly. He always had an out-of-this-world tale to tell and these will be sorely missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to hear them.

Mr. Rubio is survived by: his brother, Norman J. (April) Rubio, of Hendersonville, TN, and his sister, Denise A. Rubio-Mason, of Chatham. He will be lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends, especially his dear, lifelong friend, Betty Cassella.

Mr. Rubio was predeceased by his father, Norman J. Rubio, his mother, Dorothy A. (Cosman) Rubio, and his sister, Diane M. (Rubio) Andreas.

A wake will be held Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. A funeral mass and burial will be held Thursday, April 26, 2018, 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie. A reception follows at the home of Denise Rubio-Mason, Pond Hill Road, Chatham.

Edna J. DuBois (1960 – 2018)

VALHALLA—Edna J. DuBois, 57, of Elizaville died Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Westchester Medical Center after a long illness.

Born December 12, 1960 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Fairlene (DeGraw) DuBois Rabenda and the late Charles Benjamin DuBois

Ms. DuBois was the loving mother of Michael John Potts, Ryan Christopher Potts and Daniel Robert Potts, all of Elizaville. She is also survived by: her sisters, Sandra (Wayne) Nelson, Debra Anderson, Diana (Michael) Serwatka; partner, Richard LaVigne; aunts; uncles; cousins and many friends.

She joins her dad and son, Shane Charles DuBois in heaven.

“Peace be with you from mom; no greater gift in my life than my children.”

Calling hours will be Wednesday, April 25, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Funeral services will be Thursday, April 26, 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Elizaville. Burial will follow in the Elizaville Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at

JoAnn M. Kromer (1941 – 2018)

HUDSON—JoAnn M. (VanDerBiesen) Kromer, 77, of Martindale passed away Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

She was born February 16, 1941 in Hudson, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Snow) VanDerBiesen.

She loved her family dearly, enjoy gardening and canning. Her favorite holiday was Christmas. She was a wonderful cook, baker and was an avid reader.

Mrs. Kromer was a secretary for the 20th Century Block Plant in Claverack.

On November 7, 1959 at United Methodist Church in Philmont, she married Hugh C. Kromer. He survives her at home.

In addition to her loving husband, Hugh, survivors include: her son, Hugh J. V. Kromer and his wife Elizabeth of Claverack; two grandchildren, Brittney and Hugh Matthew; a great-grandchild, Marshall Alexander and a sister, Jeanette Wildermuth of Williamstown, MA.

She was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy VanDerBiesen.

There are no calling hours.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, April 26, 11 a.m. from the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22 Copake.

Interment will follow in the Hillsdale Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534 or Hospice Services at CMH, 71 Prospect Avenue, Hudson 12534.

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Roald M. Schopp (1929 – 2018)

CANAAN, CT—Roald Muir Schopp died April 22, 2018 in his home in Canaan, CT, where he had resided since July 2017. He was born July 20, 1929 in New Rochelle, the son of Lillian (Muir) and Arthur Christian Schopp.

He grew up in New Rochelle and moved with his family to Sheffield, MA, as a young teen. He graduated from Berkshire School, Sheffield, MA, as an accomplished athlete. He graduated from Middlebury College, VT, in 1956, after serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Mr. Schopp married Beverly A. Watkins in 1956, moved to West Hurly, ultimately building and settling in Claverack, where he lived until July 2017.

Mr. Schopp played hockey for Middlebury College and High Lawn Jerseys, out of Lenox, MA. He was an accomplished golfer, loved the art he saw every day in the local landscapes and took up watercolor painting late in life. Mr. Schopp organized, taught and managed Claverack Youth Hockey for several years, loving to teach local youth the game he loved. He volunteered in many aspects of church life at the First Presbyterian Church, Hudson. Mr. Schopp retired from ownership of Stadium System, Canaan, CT, in 1996. He was a loving father and devoted husband and golf partner to Beverly, for more than 61 years.

He is survived by: his wife, Beverly; five children, Rebecca Nack and Kenneth C., Julie and Patrick Roach, Heather Reardon and Michael A., Laura and Richard Sheft and Shannon Rogers and Edward V. Schopp. He is also survived by: 16 grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by sisters, Lois M. Bradford and Joan Schopp Brooks and infant son of Rebecca and Kenneth, Arthur Joseph Schopp.

Visitation hours at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson will be held Wednesday, April 25 from 3:30 to 5 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Hudson 12534.

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