OBITUARIES: Turek, Jensen, Kraham, Coe, Calhoun, DeBella, Alvarez

Bernard L. Turek (1923 – 2018)

HUDSON—Bernard L. Turek, 95, of Hudson, died Tuesday April 24, 2018, at the Firemen’s Home.

Born March 23, 1923 in Hudson, he was the son of Louis and Antoinette (Banniock) Turek.

A lifelong Hudson resident, Mr. Turek served his country honorably in the United States Navy during World War II. After his time in the service he worked as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service in Hudson. He was a 50-year-plus member of the H.W. Rogers Hose Company #2.

Mr. Turek is survived by: his children, Mark Turek, Kathleen Gardinier and Annette Hughes; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Turek was predeceased by his wife of 69 years, Anna in 2016.

A memorial service was held Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Firemen’s Home Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Turek’s name may be made to the Firemen’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson 12534.

Arrangements were with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

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Marguerite Jensen (1933 – 2018)

ALBANY—Marguerite “Marge” Jensen, 85, a lifelong Copake resident passed away Tuesday April 24, 2018 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn.

She was born February 2, 1933 in Taghkanic, a daughter of Robert G. and Margaret (Coleman) Riegel.

Prior to her retirement, Ms. Jensen was employed as a broker with the Brad Peck Insurance Agency in Copake for more than 58 years.

She was a graduate of Roeliff Jansen High School, class of 1951. Ms. Jensen was an active member of the West Copake Reformed Church and served as a deacon. She was a member of the Roe Jan Area Young at Hearters, enjoyed her numerous trips to Aruba and was a member of the “lunch bunch.”

Survivors include: her daughters and son-in-laws, Cynthia and Glenn Schermerhorn, Sandra and Brenton Anderson and her son and daughter-in-law, Harold and Heathar Jensen.

She also leaves seven grandchildren, Shawn Jensen, Ashley Stalker, Victoria Jensen, Dustin Jensen, Alison Schermerhorn, Grayson Schermerhorn and Hunter Anderson; three great-grandchildren, Nash Jensen, Timothy Stalker and Dixie Jensen.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Harold Riegel.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 28 from the West Copake Reformed Church with the Reverend Warren Siebert, pastor officiating.

Interment was in the West Copake Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Hospice Inn, c/o Community Hospice, 445 New Karner Road, Albany 12205 or the West Copake Reformed Church, 2692 County Route 7, Copake 12516.

Arrangements were with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22 in Copake. To send an online condolence visit

Jane P. H. Kraham (1924 – 2018)

CHATHAM—Jane Plembel Harris Kraham, 94, a revered teacher in Chatham, who inspired hundreds of students in her years in education, passed away peacefully in her sleep April 25, 2018 with family by her side. It was her birthday.

She was born April 25, 1924 in Lockport, to Grace and John Howard Harris. She attended Lockport schools, graduating from high school in 1941. She later attended Buffalo State Teacher’s College, where she graduated in 1945 with a BA in education. During World War II, she worked at a defense plant, Harrison Radiator, that made components for tanks and airplanes.

After graduation from college, Mrs. Kraham taught fifth grade at an elementary school in Lockport. During this time, she became engaged to Richard Kraham from Cooperstown. They married June 29, 1946 in Lockport. They moved to Oneonta, where Mr. Kraham attended Hartwick College, Mrs. Kraham taught and they started their family.

In 1950, they moved to Chatham to teach and were active in community affairs.

Retiring in 1979, she and her husband traveled to Europe, South America and to destinations throughout the United States following the academic and athletic careers of their children and grandchildren. They later lived in Clearwater, FL, and Cooperstown, before returning to Chatham.

Mrs. Kraham was a loving wife, mother, aunt and grandmother and a role model to many.

She was predeceased by: her loving husband, Richard; her parents; her brother, J. Creighton Harris and her cherished granddaughter, Meghan Kraham. She is survived by: her sons, Richard (Sally) and Keith; daughter, Robin Julian (Robert); son, John (Michele), Socorro Kraham; grandchildren, Alexandra Kraham Willhite, Bryan Kraham, Kevin and Brendon Kraham, Caitlin and Brendan Julian, Sarah, Zachary and Kathryn Kraham; nine great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are at St. James Church, Chatham, May 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. A funeral Mass in celebration of her life will be held at St. James Church, 9 a.m., Saturday, May 5. Following the funeral, burial will be at 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s, Our Lady of the Lake Cemetery in Cooperstown.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to the Richard and Jane Kraham Scholarship Fund, c/o Key Bank, 16 Coleman Street, Chatham 12037.

Arrangements are with the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. For online condolences visit

Frances M. Coe (1940 – 2018)

ALBANY—Frances M. Coe, 78, of Craryville passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Albany Medical Center.

She was born June 5, 1940.

Ms. Coe worked at Blackthorne Resort in Durham.

Survivors include: her two daughters, Jenell M. Riley, Joan Davis; two sons, Herbert and Franklin Mitchell; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and a sister, Rosemary Lasher.

Friends are invited and may call Monday, April 30, 2018 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22 in Copake.

Funeral service and burial will be at the convenience of the family. To sign the online register visit

Birge W. Calhoun (1955 – 2018)

ALBANY—Birge William Calhoun, 63, of Chatham died unexpectedly at Albany Medical Center Wednesday April 24, 2018. As in life, he died with dignity, surrounded by his loving wife and cherished family.

He was predeceased by his parents, William H. and Betty (VanTassel) Calhoun of Chatham and is survived by his brother, Van (Sue) Calhoun.

He was born January 4, 1955.

He and wife, Maggie (Hanson), who would be celebrating 40 years together in May, raised four strong, loving and loyal children, Zachary P. (Alison Nichol), William W. (Meghan Coon), Hannah B. (Kevin Pastor), and B. Quinn (Cady Sardo). He was blessed with three precious grandchildren, Simone, Fiona, Leo and was eagerly anticipating the birth of a fourth in June.

Upon graduation in 1973 from Chatham High School, Mr. Calhoun enjoyed adventures all over the world. He hitchhiked across Europe getting stuck in Greece during a 1974 coup d’etat. He was ship’s carpenter on a sailboat for the Windjammer Cruises in the Leeward Islands. In 1978, he became a certified scuba instructor in Florida. Upon returning to Columbia County he built a home with Maggie, where they raised their children, the ninth generation, on the Birge family land.

Mr. Calhoun was supportive and influential to many of the young adults who frequented his home. He loved to share his wisdom and make dinners for them, especially his beloved nephews and niece, Owen, Kate and Mac.

He owned and operated Birge Calhoun LLC. He, along with sons, Zachary and William and (almost-son), Kerner Wood, have been building, restoring, and improving homes throughout Columbia County for nearly 20 years.

The many extended-family and friends who love Mr. Calhoun are cordially invited to join his family for a celebration of his life later in the summer, date to be determined. He loved the water, boats, woodworking and education. Any charity one deems suitable, may be supported in his honor.

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

Joseph C. DeBella (1933 – 2018)

PITTSFIELD, MA—Joseph C. DeBella, 85, of West Lebanon died peacefully Thursday, April 26, 2018 at his daughter’s home in Pittsfield, MA.

Born in Hudson March 23, 1933, he was the son of the late Cosimo and Genevieve Prentice DeBella.

He was raised and educated in Chatham and was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was employed by General Electric in Pittsfield for 18 years and was the owner of DeBella’s Mobile Home Park in West Lebanon. He was a member of the Chatham American Legion Post and enjoyed fishing and loved his cats.

He was the beloved husband for 60 years of Dorothy Liebenow DeBella; loving father of Joseph (Lexi) DeBella of East Berne, Dorothy DeBella (Mike Hover) of Pittsfield, Michael (Margaret) DeBella and Teresa “Pete” (late William) Darcy, both of West Lebanon, and the late Anthony DeBella; proud grandfather of Michael and Thomas Ozga (Paula Marchetto) and one great-grandchild on the way; brother of Salvatore (Cecelia) DeBella of FL, Lucy Pechtal of CA, Donny (Raymona) Griffin of New Lebanon and the late John DeBella and David and Jim Griffin; uncle of Joann and Deanna Lynn.

The family thanks Denise Cox Kozlowski and all of the nurses at BMC and Hospice for their loving care.

The funeral Mass will be Monday, April 30, 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, 732 Route 20, New Lebanon. Friends may call prior to the Mass at church from 10 to 11 am. Interment will be in the Cemetery of the Evergreens, New Lebanon.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Steve Caporizzo’s Pet Connection, 341 Northern Boulevard, Albany 12204.

Arrangements are with the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 State Route 43, Stephentown. Sign the condolence book at

Margaret C. Alvarez (1926 – 2018)

LIVINGSTON—Margaret “Peggy” Catherine Alvarez died peacefully surrounded by her children April 28, 2018.

Born June 7, 1926 to John and Theresia (Berskovics) Skoda, she was predeceased by her husband of 71 years, John A. Alvarez.

Together with her husband, coupled with her unwavering support, sacrifice and patience, she helped to build the family business of John A. Alvarez and Sons Manufactured Housing for more than 50 years. Her greatest love, however, was for her eight children, spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was an exceptional seamstress, quilter, crocheter and everything and anything in between under the crafting umbrella. She was a master chef in the kitchen as well with cooking and baking and was always the first to organize and host a party and/or a holiday.

She was presently a communicant of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church parish. For many years before that, she was a member of the Church of the Holy Cross in West Taghkanic, the Rosary Society and a lifelong volunteer with the West Taghkanic Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary. She always took the lead in organizing all the dinner dances, craft fairs, bake sales, chicken barbeques and also made sure that the robes for the priests and altar servers were cleaned and pressed for all Masses. She would host all the family’s bridal and baby showers at her home always putting everyone and everything ahead of herself. To say she will be missed by so many is an understatement.

Mrs. Alvarez leaves behind: her eight children, John (Judy) Alvarez, Thomas (Karen) Alvarez, Anita (Fred) Nero, James (Candace) Alvarez, Timothy (Kelly) Alvarez, Theresa (Jack) Smith, Daniel (Karla) Alvarez and Dennis Alvarez; 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Erin Elizabeth Nero.

The family thanks all the personal and compassionate attention shown to her by her caregivers, the Eddy, Columbia Greene Community Hospice and her neighbors at the Community at Bells Pond.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, May 2, 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Hope Church, 8074 State Route 22, Copake Falls. Interment will be in West Taghkanic Cemetery. Visitation hours are Tuesday, May 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Donations in Mrs. Alvarez’s name may be made to the Columbia / Greene Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

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