OBITUARIES: Stickle, Meltz, Hurst, Mahar

Martin B. Stickle (1944 – 2018)

ALBANY—Martin “Marty” B. Stickle, 73, of Route 82, Ancramdale passed away at St. Peter’s Hospital, Sunday, April 29, 2018.

He was born August 8, 1944 in Great Barrington, MA, the son of Robert C. and Gladys C. (Bryant) Stickle.

Mr. Stickle was a heavy machine operator for Ancram Construction Company in Ancram.

His greatest love was having his family around him and enjoying all their picnics. He loved cars and was an avid deer hunter.

On August 27, 1989 in Copake, he married Linda (Boyles) Stickle. She survivors him at home.

In addition to his loving wife Linda, survivors include: his daughter, Tammy Rueger of Ancramdale; stepson, John Oakley of Ancramdale; five grandchildren, Devon Rueger,

Candice Rueger, Elizabeth Houle, Jennifer and Jessica Oakley; a great-grandson, Noah Proper; two sisters, Sally Millius of Cary, NC; Patty Fish of Tularosa, NM; a brother, Robert Stickle of Craryville and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Sandy Blass and a stepson, Dale Oakley August 11, 1989.

There are no calling hours.

A graveside service will be held at Saturday, May 5, 2018, 11 a.m. at the Union Cemetery in Ancram, with Vicar Jackie Jefferson officiating.

A reception will follow at the Ancram Fire Company.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 923 County Route 19, Elizaville 12523 or Ancram Fire Company, P.O. Box 8, Ancram 12502.

Arrangements are with the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains. To send an online condolence visit

Betty Lou Meltz

SEBRING, FL—Betty Lou (Riegel) Meltz, 76, passed away April 30, 2018 at Florida Hospital Heartland with her beloved husband, Emil by her side.

She and her husband were proprietors of Meltz Lumber Company in Mellenville. For many years she worked side by side with her husband serving as an officer, growing their company to the success it is today. Mrs. Meltz was known for her love of enjoying all people. She was gifted in hospitality and her doors were always open for family, friends, and anyone in need. She was an accomplished cook and always had enough for a pop-in guest. She was proud of her home in Avon Park, FL. which served as their winter residence.

Mrs. Meltz always had a smile and a joyful spirit, along with a sense of humor beyond compare. She loved studying the Bible and church functions as a member of People’s Bible Church in Claverack. Her heart was pleased as she was blessed with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She and her husband loved riding on his motorcycle in their younger years, and driving about in their many vintage automobiles. They so enjoyed the many friends they met ballroom and country dancing, and the numerous vacations they went on. She was a volunteer with the Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Mellenville Fire Company Auxiliary, and the Mellenville Grange. Mrs. Meltz was known for always putting others first. She will be remembered for having a wonderful full life. She will be greatly missed.

Left to cherish Mrs. Meltz’s memory are: her beloved husband of 55 years, Emil Meltz, Jr.; children, Geraldine (Meltz) Wolfe, Ronald Meltz, Emil Meltz, III, and Jeffrey (Marie) Meltz; grandchildren, Audrey (Andre), Brittany, Jeff, Jason, Heather, Emil IV, Nevaeh, Johnathan (Kadie), Bryson, David and Megan; great-grandchildren, Alex, Ashley, Laila, Elaina, Keith, Cooper, Tyler, Leo, Zachary and Maverack; brother, William Riegel; sister, Rose Marie Coons; brothers and sisters-in-law, Nancy Colarusso, Gail (Buddy) Price, Thomas Meltz, Mary (Jeff) Jones, Flo Riegel and Theresa Riegel, along with mother-in-law, Elizabeth Lynk.

Mrs. Meltz was predeceased by her parents, Elizabeth (Koppe) Riegel and Roland “Honey” Riegel; grandson, Ronald Meltz, Jr.; brothers, Charles and David Riegel; brothers-in-law, Donald Coons and Robert Colarusso; sisters-in-law. Paulette Riegel and Lillian Meltz; father-in-law, Emil Meltz and mother-in-law, Louise Upright.

Visitation hours are Sunday, May 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. and Monday, May 7 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Mellenville Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mrs. Meltz’s name are requested to God’s Little Campground, 136 George Road, Ghent 12075.

K-Wong Hurst (1970 – 2018)

HUDSON—K-Wong Hurst of Greenport died unexpectedly Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. He was 47.

Born in Wrightsville, GA, December 31, 1970, he was the son of Addnetta Walker Hurst of Greenport and Willie Mack Hurst of Georgia. After high school, he earned his barber’s license. He was a taxi driver for Pronto Taxi in Hudson. He was a visitor to the Gospel Lighthouse Church and was active with his exercise routine and was always a fine dresser.

In addition to his loving parents, he is survived by: his son, Keith Hurst; daughter, Tytiria Togue; his brothers, Mack, Jonathan, Ray (Tasha), Kenneth (Lizzie) Hurst and Stephen Strickland; his sisters, Tresa (O’Neil) Bryan and Dorothy Hurst.

Calling hours and funeral services will be Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Burial will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Memorial donations are requested to assist the family with funeral expenses and may be brought to the calling hours.

Vincentia C. Mahar (1931 – 2018)

EAST GREENBUSH—Vincentia “Vincy” C. (Romano) Mahar entered into eternal peace with family at her side Monday, April 30, 2018.

Born in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Rose (Figliomeni) Romano and beloved wife of the late Joseph J. Mahar.

She graduated from St. John’s Academy in Rensselaer, where she made friends for life. Recently she ran into a classmate she had not seen since graduation day and they conversed as if it was yesterday. Although she worked for a time at Kresge’s Department Store, New York Telephone Company and the New York State Department of Higher Education, her real career was family and she devoted herself tirelessly. She always managed her home with a quiet strength and filled it with food, song and joy. She was a faithful communicant of St. Mary’s Church, attending Mass every week.

Mrs. Mahar is survived by: her children, Joseph Mahar of Alexandra, VA, Kevin (Helene) Mahar of East Greenbush, Brian Mahar of Valatie, Daniel (Caren) Mahar of Craryville and Sharon (Daniel) Leville of East Greenbush; grandchildren, Joe, Jeffrey, Sara and Rachael Mahar, Teresa (Chris) Segelken, Daniel, Brendan, Katie and Patrick Mahar, Rebecca and Matthew Leville; great-grandchild, Caelan Segelken; many nieces and nephews, especially her companion, Theresa Barringer.

Mrs. Mahar was predeceased by her siblings, Marie Casimo, Katherine Mannara, Mary Mustari and Joseph Romano.

Funeral services are from the W.J. Lyons Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer, Friday, May 4, 2018 at 8 a.m. and at 9 a.m. from the Church of St. Mary’s at Clinton Heights, 163 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, where the funeral Mass will be offered. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home, Thursday, May 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbush. Memorial contributions may be made to Xeroderma Pigmentosum Society, 437 Snydertown Road, Craryville 12521.

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