OBITUARIES: MacDonald, Sturges, Wingert, Link, Choinsky, McNamee

Geraldine A. MacDonald (1930 – 2018)

HUDSON—Geraldine A. MacDonald, 87, a former longtime resident of Craryville, passed away Friday, May 4, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

She was born August 8, 1930 in Hudson to Gerald and Helen (Conklin) MacDonald.

Ms. MacDonald was a longtime employee of Columbia Memorial Hospital as a lab technician.

Survivors include: her brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Joan MacDonald of Craryville; her nieces and their husbands, Kellie and Keith Mills and Jody and James Martin; a great-niece, Maeve Martin.

Private services will be held at the West Copake Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Inpatient Unit of Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital, c/o Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

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

Catherine Sturges (1916 – 2018)

HUDSON—Catherine Sturges, 101, of Claverack passed away Saturday morning, May 5, 2018.

She leaves behind her eldest son, Edwin Sturges; son-in-law, Stephen Adams; granddaughters, Julie, Lindsey and Pamela Adams; great-grandsons, Isaac DeJesus and Bryon Stewart.

Ms. Sturges passed just as she lived, on her terms and in her own time. A former teacher at St. Mary’s in Hudson and retired from Cedar Park Cemetery, she was most talented at sewing, crocheting, knitting and “if you knew her you knew her apple pie.” She lived to cook and feed all of those around her. She was a truly selfless, caring and loving spirit.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. Online condolences may be sent at

Clement R. Wingert  (1963 – 2018)

VALHALLA—Clement R. Wingert, 55, of Elizaville passed away Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Westchester Medical Center.

He was born April 19, 1963 in Brooklyn to Clemens Wingert of Garden City, NY and the late Betty (Harmon) Wingert.

He married Susan Pon June 6, 1998 in Manhattan. She survives him at their own home in Elizaville.

Mr. Wingert spent his career as a court officer employed by New York State Court in Poughkeepsie.

In addition to his loving wife and father, he is survived by: his two children, Brian and Shannon Wingert of Elizaville; his three brothers, James (MaryAnne) Wingert of Jupiter, FL, Martin (Katherine) Wingert of Centerport and Matthew (Maria) Wingert of Seafort; his brothers-in-law, Gimbels (Sandy) Pon, Tommy (Iris) Pon and Peter Pon; his sisters-in-law, Macy (David) Jee, and LiLi Pon; numerous colleagues, extended family and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at St. Christopher’s Church, Red Hook, with Father Patrick Buckley officiating. Burial was at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook.

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

For directions or to sign the online guest book visit

Frederick C. Link (1934 – 2018)

RHINEBECK—Frederick C. Link, 83, of Copake Falls passed away Monday May 7, 2018 at the Baptist Home of Brookmeade.

He was born July 19, 1934 to the late Charles F. and Almina D. (Sigler) Link.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army.

Mr. Link was a longtime employee of the Kimberly–Clark Paper Mill in Ancram.

He was a trainer of all types of hounds and assisted in many field trials.

Mr. Link is survived by: his sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Lynch and her husband Andrew of Rhinebeck and Mary Berbrick of Schenectady; two nieces, Shannon and Andrea along with three grand-nieces, Ellen, Zoe and Avery. He also leaves his longtime companion, Rosalie Russell.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 10, 2018, 11 a.m. from the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22 in Copake.

Friends are invited and may call Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Copake Cemetery.

Memorial offerings may be made to the Copake Fire Company, Copake NY 12516.

To send an online condolence visit

Robert M. Choinsky (1931 – 2018)

GERMANTOWN—Robert Matthew Choinsky passed away May 7, 2018.

Born December 10, 1931 in Tivoli, he was the son of the late Michael and Verna Choinsky.

He is survived by: his daughter, Robbin (Karl) Sprossel; grandchildren, Tara (Ben) Kolbinskie and Chase Sprossel; three great-grandchildren, Ireland, Callum and Grayson Kolbinskie; his siblings, Verna (Bob) Kilmer, Albert (Barbara) Choinsky, Raymond Choinsky, Lillian (Robert) Hilbrandt, Arthur (Saskia) Choinsky, Vivian Kime, Linda (Joseph) Blum, Sandra Daley and Ralph (Tammy) Choinsky; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Betty. His greatest loves were his family and his church.

A Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Christopher’s RC Church in Red Hook Friday, May 11, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Burial follows at St. Sylvia’s Cemetery in Tivoli.

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

Lewis E. McNamee, Jr. (1932 – 2018)

CLAVERACK—Lewis E. McNamee, Jr., of Claverack passed away peacefully May 2, 2018 after a short illness. He was 86 years old.

“Lew”, as he was better known, was born April 12, 1932 to Lewis E. McNamee, Sr., and his wife Ruth (Jackman) McNamee of Hudson. He attended St. Mary’s Academy in Hudson and later graduated from Christians Brothers Academy in Albany.

He was married to his beloved wife, Barbara Ann (George) McNamee for 62 years. She passed away October 19, 2017.

Mr. McNamee proudly served his country during the Korean War. He was a private first class with the United States Air Force, 49th Squadron from the Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming. He returned to Hudson and became a car salesman before opening McNamee Trailer Sales in Claverack. He was a licensed real estate agent since 1958 and later a real estate broker.

He and his wife ran McNamee Realty. He, his wife and their sons owned and operated McNamee Outdoor Outfitters in Claverack for many years. He remained active in many civic organizations. Mr. McNamee was a trustee with the Greenport/Stottville VFW Post 3220, a member of the Hudson Fish & Game Club, the Philmont Rod & Gun Club, a past representative to the Columbia County Sportsmen’s Federation, a life-member of the NRA and the Ruffed Grouse Society of North America, and a former volunteer fireman with A. B. Shaw Fire Company. All who knew him remember and appreciate him for his sense of humor, his quick wit and his willingness to help others in need. He had many friends and he will be greatly missed.

Mr. McNamee was an avid hunter, fisherman, animal lover and all-around outdoorsman. He grew up spending summers on Queechy Lake in Canaan and it was his favorite place in the world to spend time. He loved spending time with his family and loved all of them unconditionally.

He is survived by: his son, Jimmy (Kathy) McNamee of Churchtown, his daughter Cindy (Andy) Wright of Rock Hill, SC, his son, Timmy (Susan) McNamee of Claverack, his daughter, Bridget Gallagher of Naples, FL, his son, Peter McNamee of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; his grandchildren, James McNamee, Tucker McNamee, Tishama Wright, Chelsie Wright, Erin Wright, Lewis McNamee IV, Devon McNamee; his great-grandchildren, Noah, Maya and Gavin; his sister, Mary Lou Groll of Hudson; several nieces, nephews and cousins. All of whom will miss him dearly.

Join the family in a celebration of Mr. and Mrs. McNamee’s lives Friday, May 11, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the A. B. Shaw Firehouse, 67 Route 23 in Claverack.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to: Greenport/Stottville VFW Post 3220, P.O. Box 167, Stottville 12172; Hudson Fish & Game Club, P.O. Box 85, Hudson 12534; A. B. Shaw Fire Co., Inc.; Drawer A; Claverack 12513.

Funeral arrangements are with the Dwyer Funeral Home, 776 North St., Pittsfield, MA.

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