OBITUARIES: Buck, Lee. Pawlak, Hills

Carol Mae Buck (1939 – 2018)

EAU CLAIRE, MI—Carol Mae Buck, 78, of Georgia, formerly of Livingston and Valley Falls, died suddenly April 14, 2018 at her son’s home in Michigan.

She was born December 23, 1939 in Hudson Falls.

She is survived by: her husband, Walter Buck; four children, Kathy Buck of Fremont, OH, Ernest Buck of Eau Claire, MI, Don Buck of Schaghticoke and Eldon Buck of Eaglewood, TN; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at the Buskirk Seventh Day Adventist Church in Buskirk, June 9, 2018. Viewing will be at 3 p.m. followed by memorial service at 4 p.m.

Any gifts given will go to Mrs. Buck’s favorite charities.

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Inc., 209 Mian Street, Germantown.

Condolences may be expressed at yadackfox.com

Rita M. Lee (1935 – 2018)

ALBANY—Rita “Rie” M. (Davis) Lee, 82, of North Chatham passed away peacefully Sunday, May 13, 2018 at St Peter’s Hospice surrounded by her family.

Her career began with New York State, where she worked for SUNY and several other departments, prior to retirement. She was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as a familiar area actress, appearing on stages of many local theater companies, including The Ghent Playhouse, Albany Civic Theater, Schenectady Civic Theater and Curtain Call Theater.

In addition to acting, Mrs. Lee also loved attending plays, going to movies, nightly games of TV’s Jeopardy, enjoying time with friends, family and her beloved pups.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jack E. Lee and son, David S. Lee.

She leaves behind: her daughters, Cathy Lee-Visscher, Sharon Colloton and Lori E. (Andrew P.) Giglia; two brothers; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to be part of a Mass, Monday, May 21, 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Mary, 163 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.

In her honor and in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Peter’s, 310 South Manning Boulevard, Albany 12208.

Arrangements are with the William J. Rockefeller Funeral Home, Inc., 165 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer.

Richard P. Pawlak (1936 – 2018)

RHINEBECK—Richard “Dick” P. Pawlak, 82, of Clermont died May 18, 2018 at the Thompson House.

He was born January 25, 1936 in the Bronx, the son of the late Peter D. and Helen D. (Backman) Pawlak.

He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Marie (Silkowski) Pawlak. He is survived by: his daughter and son-in-law, Candy and Calvin Ogden; grandson, Ryan Ogden; sister, Monica (Joseph) Butrico of Greenport and two nephews.

Gunnery Sergeant Pawlak served his country for 20 years in the Marine Corps. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, where he earned many medals and awards. He worked for the New York State Bridge Authority for 22 years, where he was the manager of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in Catskill and retired in 1997.

Mr. Pawlak was a member of the Marine Corps League, the VFW, and the American Legion.

A funeral service with military honors provided by the U.S. Marine Corps will be held Friday, May 25, 2018, 11 a.m. at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. All friends are welcome to attend this service with his family.

There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers donations are requested to the Columbia- Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. Condolences may be expressed at yadackfox.com

Byron Hills (1976 – 2018)

HUDSON—The sudden death of Byron Hills May 14, 2018 has left his family and friends in profound sadness.

He leaves behind his parents, Robert and Cynthia Hills; sister, Naima and her son Karel; loving daughter, Jahmeeka; partner, Kristine; beloved son, Kiernan; many aunts, uncles and cousins. He will be missed dearly by untold friends near and far.

He was born August 22, 1976 in a cabin in Greendale where he grew up. He lived in Colorado and always had a place in his heart for the west. He was a passionate mountain bike racer, snowboarder and ice hockey player. Several restaurateurs in the area and out west will also feel a great loss as Mr. Hills loved working in and out of their kitchens.

To know him was to experience someone who gave everything he could without expectations for anything in return. Untold friends loved his generosity and a manner that was hard to describe. Needing a favor or help in a pinch, he would just say yes and be there. That’s who he was, a mild mannered man who would make people happy just to know him.

His family and friends will be forever sad with the loss of this special soul.

There was a memorial service Saturday, May 19 at the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

In lieu of flowers contributions would be appreciated to Stride Adaptive Sports, 4482 NY-150, West Sand Lake 12196. www.stride.org

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