OBITUARIES: Scism, Brosen, Bohnsack, Miller

Linda M. Scism (1959 – 2018)

LIVINGSTON—Linda Mary (VanWagner) Scism, 59, of Livingston passed away suddenly at Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, August 26, 2018.

Born June 7, 1959 in Rhinebeck, she was the daughter of Patricia (Strang) VanWagner and Donald VanWagner.

She is survived by: her three daughters, Heather (Kevin) Jennings, Nicole (Michael) Hedin and Jordan (Benjamin) Weaver; four grandchildren, Makenzie, Destiny, Peyton and Shawn Jennings; her siblings, Jolene (Robert) Lehmann, Machele (Shannon) Quigley and Kenneth (Amanda) VanWagner; many nieces; nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of 35 years, Jeffrey Thomas Scism, who died April 26, 2017; a brother, Donald VanWagner, Jr., and brother-in-law, Danny Miller.

She will be greatly missed by all the hearts she touched.

A celebration of her life will be held Friday, August 31 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. A reception will follow at the Clermont Firehouse #2 on Route 9G, Clermont.

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Richard Brosen (1932 – 2018)

ALBANY—Richard W. Brosen, 86, of Valatie passed away August 27 at Albany Medical Center with his daughters at his side.

He was the son of Henry and Viola Poucher Brosen, Sr. He retired from Mobil Oil where he was a truck driver for 25 years. He enjoyed gardening, lawn work, having coffee with friends, sharing his delicious homemade fudge and spending time with his granddog.

Mr. Brosen was predeceased by: his brothers, Robert and Henry. He is survived by: two daughters, Sharon (Jerry) Loya and Shelly Brosen; his brother, William (Amy) Brosen; his sister, Janice Malmberg; three grandchildren, Thomas Hiller, Nicolas Hiller (Helen) and Alexis Hiller (Matt); loving nieces and nephews; and his beloved granddog, Bailey.

Mr. Brosen’s family thanks the staff at Brookdale Colonie, Atria Guilderland, Our Lady of Mercy Life Center and Albany Medical Center for their care and support these past two years.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, August 29 from 10 a.m to noon at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street (Route 9), Valatie. A funeral service will follow at noon with the Reverend Flavia Skilbred officiating. Burial will follow in Kinderhook Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the most appreciated remembrance would be a donation to the ASPCA or Hudson Mohawk Humane Society.

Lynne Hill Bohnsack (1949 – 2018)

VERO BEACH, FL—Lynne Hill Bohnsack of Vero Beach, Florida, passed away July 30, 2018, at VNA Hospice House of Vero Beach. She was 69.

Born in Washington, DC, August 8, 1949, Ms. Bohnsack grew up in suburban Washington, DC, Scottsdale, AZ, and Catskill. She was an award-winning horsewoman in Virginia and Arizona.

She served as art consultant for Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale and sales director for the Scottsdale Catalogue Magazine, based in Aspen, CO. Most recently, she served as office technician for the Indian River Shores Department of Public Safety.

Upon their retirement, she and her husband, Warren, lived on their yacht “Mr. Bones,” traveling the east coast and the Bahamas for 20 years before settling in Vero Beach.

Ms. Bohnsack is the great-great granddaughter of American Artist Thomas Cole, father of American landscape painting and The Hudson River School of Art.

Ms. Bohnsack was predeceased by her husband, Warren H. Bohnsack, and her son, David Cole Schneider.

She is survived by: her grandchildren, Haley Cole Schneider of Chandler, AZ, Elijah Cole Schneider of Bakersfield, CA; stepdaughter, Jill Bohnsack of Vero Beach, FL; stepson, Jack Bohnsack of Germantown; brothers, M. Dean Hill, Jr., of Cerritos, CA, Dennis Hill of Fort Pierce, FL, and stepbrother, Spencer Silberstein of Vero Beach, FL.

Services are pending in Florida with a private family graveside ceremony planned at the Germantown Reformed Church Cemetery, Germantown.

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

Frances K. Miller (1918 – 2018)

GHENT—Frances K. Miller, 100 years old, “was united eternally in the fullness of God’s love” at Whittier Rehabilitation Skilled Nursing Center, August 27. She passed peacefully in the presence of her family.

She was born in Albany, May 11, 1918 to the late Katherine (Warner) and Arthur Masters. She attended Rensselaer High School. For 19 years she lived in Stuyvesant, where she raised her family, before moving to Hudson.

Ms. Miller was a hardworking, devoted mother who loved to cook for her family. Homemade pizza on Saturday evenings during the winter was a family favorite. She also loved gardening, particularly flowers. Her gardens were always adorned with an ample display of sunflowers. She loved animals; and in particular, her childhood horse, Ginger. The mare always conjured sweet memories of her childhood, as Ms. Miller always spoke of her with deep affection.

Ms. Miller was a trailblazer of sorts. A single mother in the 1960s, she worked at the former Fort Orange Paper Company in Castleton. She worked in various capacities there, including several years as a mechanic (yes, a mechanic) on the glue machines. Ms. Miller was also a charter member of the Stuyvesant Fire Company Auxiliary. She proudly helped the fledgling company grow to vitality. She was a member of the PTA of the former Stuyvesant School and a member of the former Stuyvesant Methodist Church. While in Hudson, Ms. Miller worked for several years as an election inspector.

She is survived by: her children, Jerilyn Curtis of Chatham, Howard (Mary) Miller of Hudson and Thomas Miller of Shasta Group, of Hudson; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sons, John J. Miller, Walter Miller and Larry Masters. The family extends its deep gratitude to the staff of the Whittier Nursing Home in Ghent for the kindness and care they extended to Ms. Miller in her final years, and thanks to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene for its care, too.

Ms. Miller was a remarkably strong woman who, although she would sometimes struggle to provide for her family, was always grateful for what she had, and would never hesitate to share with others in need. If she could have rewritten her story, she probably would have changed little.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Ms. Miller at the Cornerstone Fellowship Church, 62 Chatham Street, Kinderhook, Sunday September 2 at 4 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

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