OBITUARIES: Richards, Barber

Andrew J. Richards (1993 – 2018)

TITUSVILLE, FL—Andrew John Richards, a/k/a “A.J. Shea” of Niverville tragically passed away September 5, 2018 due to a hit and run accident.

Born December 22, 1993, he was the son and “prince” to mother, Kelly A. Shea of Niverville and stepfather, Lester Shea, IV of Stephentown.

Besides his mother and stepfather, he is survived by: his son, Levi D. Richards of Nivervillle; his brother, Billy Shea (Erika) of Niverville; grandfather, Jeffrey S. Richards (Krista) of Kinderhook; uncle, Scott M. Richards (Amy) of Castleton; many aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Eileen K. Richards.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Brenda L.S. Barber (1957 – 2018)

PHILMONT—Brenda Louise (Sanders) Barber, age 60, of Philmont passed away peacefully Sunday, July 29, 2018.

She was born to the late Barbara A. Sanders and John W. Sanders August 29, 1957.

She grew up in Philmont where she attended Ockawamick Central School. She enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends. She was a lifelong animal lover and an avid gardener. For many years Ms. Barber worked for the United States Postal Service. On December 1, 2000, she graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. She said, “if you can bake 1 pie; then you can bake 12 pies!” and the tradition of everyone getting their own pie for Thanksgiving was born.

In the years before her passing she moved to Vermont where she continued to enjoy gardening. She was always cooking, and canning food. She volunteered for the American Red Cross disaster relief team and traveled to California where she exceeded expectations as a dining room manager and set up shelters for families displaced by fire. Ms. Barber also volunteered with the Rutland County Humane Society where she fostered chihuahuas looking for new a home. Her family and friends will miss her unique sense of humor, laugh and smile.

She is survived by: her two daughters, Clairetta Corron and husband Matthew of Pittsfield, VT, and Betina Stutzman of Kinderhook; grandchild, Violet B. Courtens of Kinderhook; her siblings, Janice V. Sanders, Kenneth R. Sanders, John W. Sanders, III, and Thomas M. Sanders; nieces, nephews, many loving cousins, and her beloved dog, Rudy Nash.

The family thanks Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s in Albany and everyone who cared for Ms. Barber during her unexpected illness and passing.

There will be a celebration of life in Philmont, Sunday, September 16 at the Main Street Public House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those who knew and loved Ms. Barber are invited to come share hugs, memories.

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