OBITUARIES: Hamm, June, Race, Kearney, Holt

Robert H. Hamm, Sr. (1939 – 2019)

ALBANY—Robert H. Hamm, Sr., 79, of West Taghkanic passed away Thursday, January 24 at Albany Medical Center.

Born July 15, 1939 in Hudson, he was the son of Howard and Bertha (Proper) Hamm.

Mr. Hamm was skilled machinist who worked at the V & O Press until its closing. He then worked for the Columbia County Highway Department until his retirement. He was devoted to his 1960 Harley Davidson motorcycle. He was also an avid sportsman who loved to hunt, fish and go camping.

Left to cherish his memory are: his wife, Rose Marie (Thomas) Hamm; daughter, Judith (John) Thompson; son, Robert Hamm, Jr., (fiancée Kim Maxfield); granddaughter, Dakota Hamm; brother, Charles (Roseann) Hamm and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family with interment at West Taghkanic Cemetery. There are no visitation hours. Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit to leave condolences.

Charles B. June (1920 – 2019)

PHILMONT—Charles Burton June, 98, of Philmont passed away peacefully January 24, 2019.

He was born October 26, 1920 in Columbiaville to Burton Simon and Myrtle Eva (Taylor) June. He grew up in Stockport, and was a member of the Stockport Fire Company from 1938 to 1942.

On June 27, 1942 he married Mildred F. (Ham) June and just shy of two months later he was inducted into the United States Army. Having earned the rank of corporal duty NCO as a military police officer, he was honorably discharged in 1945. He returned home to settle with his wife in Philmont, where he resided until his death. He worked for many years at the High Rock Mill as a cloth handler. Then after semi-retiring he worked as a part-time custodian at both the Key Bank and the United States Post Office.

Mr. June was active in the Philmont community. He volunteered at the Philmont Nutrition Center, served as treasurer for the Friendship Club, was member of the Minkler-Seery American Legion Post 252 and a member of the United Methodist Church of Philmont.

Surviving are: his four children, Linda Burdick, Rebecca Bonesteel, Brenda Wisdom and Charles A. (Paula) June; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Franklin D. June and several nieces and nephews also survive him.

In addition to his parents, Mr. June was predeceased by his wife, Mildred June; his two daughters, Sherian Coleman and Nancy Bednar; granddaughter, Shanal Coleman; three brothers and five sisters.

Funeral services will be held February 1, 2019 at noon from the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Interment will follow in Mellenville Union Cemetery. Visitation hours will begin at 10 a.m. that day also at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. June requested that donations in his memory be made to the Philmont Area Senior Community Center, Albert L. Tripp Center, 93 Main Street, Philmont 12565.

Shari A. Race (1962 – 2019)

POUGHKEEPSIE—Shari A. Race, 56, a longtime resident of Tivoli passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

Born October 27, 1962 in Poughkeepsie, she was the daughter of the late Melvin and Margaret (Gallagher) Jones.

She married Robert Race December 30, 1982 at St. John’s Reformed Church of Red Hook. Her husband predeceased her December 2, 2016.

For many years, Mrs. Race worked in food services at both Rhinebeck and Red Hook schools. She also worked with the special needs students at Red Hook schools and was a clerk at Stewart’s and the Mobile Mart in Red Hook.

She is survived by: her sons, Timothy Race of Tivoli, Kevin Race of Germantown and Robert Race, Jr., of Tivoli; a sister, Wendy Schloemer; along with extended family and friends.

In addition to her husband, her daughter, Amy Race predeceased her.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Kathleen Kearney (1944 – 2019)

COPAKE—Kathleen “Kathy” Kearney, 74, passed peacefully January, 24, 2019 after a short illness surrounded by love and encouragement from her best friend and adopted family. She left this world with dignity and grace.

She was born May 20, 1944 in Manhattan, a daughter of the late James E. and Wilhelmina (Long) Kearney.

Ms. Kearney resided in Copake amongst many good neighbors and friends. Her quick wit and fast come backs were a small part of her special personality.

She was an officer for the New York State Department of Corrections for more than 30 years.

Ms. Kearney leaves behind family and friends who will miss her greatly.

Private interment services were held Monday, January 28, 2019 at St. Bridget’s Cemetery in Copake Falls.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

Special thanks to Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital for the care and compassion afforded to Ms. Kearney.

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

Virginia Holt (1935 – 2019)

PHILMONT—Virginia “Ginny” Holt passed away January 26, 2019 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

Born September 26, 1935, she is the daughter of the late William and Dora (Clarkson) Miller. She was predeceased by her husband, James Holt and infant daughter, Virginia.

Mrs. Holt was a 1952 graduate of Chatham High School. She worked for many years at Chatham Specialties before moving to California where she resided for several years.

Upon returning to Chatham she provided in-home childcare to many little ones as well as teaching at The Chatham Preschool.

Mrs. Holt was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and was a dedicated Sunday school teacher.

Her family was her greatest joy. She loved bringing people together for her delicious meals and baked desserts, which were always accompanied by chatter and a good glass of wine.

She also had a special place in her heart for cats and would care for any stray that might wander to her home for comfort.

She is survived by: her children, Daniel (Clara) Dutcher, Darrell (Patricia) Dutcher and Lenore (William) Packet; grandchildren, Whitney (Andrew) Serwetnyk, Nathaniel Dutcher, Darrell Mathew Dutcher, Nicholas (Ashley) Packet, Claire Packet, Candice Dutcher and Virginia Anne Dutcher;

great-grandchildren, McKenzie Dutcher, Avery Dutcher, Jaxon Dutcher, Ethan, Addison and Nora Serwetnyk; extended family, Gayle Schrader, Meyer Meyerson, Kirsten (William) Loftus, Meyer (Kim) Meyerson, Cassandra Meyerson, Chelsey Carey, Justine Carey, Jordon Carey and Tom Kenney.

Calling hours for family and friends will be held Thursday, January 31, 4 to 6 p.m. at the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. Funeral services take place Friday, February 1, 10 a.m. from the funeral home. Interment will be in the Ancram Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers consider a donation to Pine Haven Nursing Home for the purchase of Ageless Companion Animals to help comfort Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. To send online condolences visit

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