OBITUARIES: Hawver, Sigler, Shakshober, Rhynders, Mobley

Judith A. Hawver (1945 – 2019)

HUDSON—Judith “Judy” A. Hawver, 74, a lifelong resident of Hudson, passed away May 1, 2019 at Columbia Memorial Hospital with her loving son, Joe, by her side.

She was born April 30, 1945 in Hudson, the daughter of the late Albert and Loretta Wilbur. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Warren Hawver, March 17, 2006.

Mrs. Hawver was a graduate of Hudson High School class of 1963. She worked for New York State as an administrative assistant in the local veterans office for many years. After retirement she enjoyed spending time with her family and many wonderful lifelong friends.

She is survived by: her son, Joseph Grasso (Dana) of Taghkanic; grandchildren, Willow, Lily and Martin; one great-granddaughter; step-children, Barbara Gaschel, Eddie Hawver, Kathy Sandagato and several cousins.

There will be a graveside service at Cedar Park Cemetery, Monday, May 6, 2019, 11 a.m. for family and friends.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

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Susan Sigler (1945 – 2019)

GHENT—Susan Sigler, 74, of Mellenville passed away May 2, 2019 in Ghent.

Born August 10, 1945 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Garner and Grace (Wolfe) Shutts.

Mrs. Sigler was an operator for New York Telephone prior to being a special education teaching assistant at the Taconic Hills School District. She loved socializing with her friends, and looked forward to their weekly lunch club.

She is survived by: her husband, Howard Sigler; son, Eric and his wife Jodi Sigler; along with many extended family members.

Informal graveside services will be held Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m. in the Mellenville Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Sigler’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

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John H. Shakshober (1927 – 2019)

VENICE, FL—John Hobart Shakshober, loved and known by most as “Jack,” 92, of Boston Corner and Venice, FL, passed away Monday, April 29, 2019.

He was born April 7, 1927 in Massena. He was the son of the late H. MacLean Shakshober and Adelaide Chandler Shakshober, formerly of Boston Corner.

He was wintering at his Venice, FL, home with his loving wife of 68 years, Patricia Lindsay Shakshober.

First and foremost a family man, he is also survived by: a daughter, Caryl Shakshober (Dori Shields) of Venice FL; daughter, Susan Shakshober (David Reeder) of Arlington, TX, son, Stuart M. Shakshober (Marta) of Churchtown, daughter, Patricia MacArthur (John), and son, D. John Shakshober (Colleen) of Townsend, MA; eight grandchildren, Jamie Riell (Carol); David Reeder, Jr., (Jill), MacLean Shakshober, Callie Shakshober (Eric Sherman), Sarah MacArthur, John L. MacArthur, Jennifer Shakshober (David O’Leary) and Mary Shakshober; three great-grandsons, Kip and Jake and Owen Reeder and two great-granddaughters, Chloe and Avery Riell.

He was predeceased by beloved daughter, Lynne G. Shakshober, and his brother, MacLean Shakshober.

He graduated from Manhasset High School on Long Island. In 1951 he graduated from St. Lawrence University, where he met his wife, Pat. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, Lt. JG and later served in the Naval Reserve.

Mr. and Mrs. Shakshober were married in 1951 and recently celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. Although he had received his BS in business administration, he said, “I could never see my feet fitting under a desk.” He and his father purchased a farm and began the business of raising beef cattle. He supplemented the farm income by operating a trucking and logging business. In 1974 he turned a portion of the farm into a nine-hole golf course, Undermountain Golf Course, which is still family-owned and operated. Under his stewardship the course has hosted numerous fundraisers for local charities.

Mr. Shakshober served on the Ancram Zoning Board of Appeals and was a member of the Church of St. John in the Wilderness in Copake Falls. He was a member of the Northeastern Golf Course Superintendents Association, which honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in July 2000.

A dedicated, self-educated agronomist and lumberman, he truly loved working in the great outdoors. He was a high school and college athlete, excelling in football and baseball. Although he never signed, he tried out for baseball at Ebbets Field home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and was offered a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. He played semi-pro ball in the North Country and Millerton.

Mr. Shakshober passed his love of sports to his family and they golfed often, vacationing together whenever possible. He and his wife enjoyed their many, many friends in both New York and Florida.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life June 23, 2019 at Undermountain Golf Course from 3 to 6 p.m. At the request of the family a private graveside ceremony is planned in the days to follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, P.O. Box 669, Hillsdale 12529 or through their website

Ronald L. Rhynders, Sr. (1937 – 2019)

TENNESSEE—Ronald L. Rhynders, Sr., 81, a longtime resident of Red Hook, passed away Friday, May 3, 2019 while visiting his sister in Tennessee.

Born May 22, 1937 in Syracuse, he was the son of Lewis and Dorothy (O’Brien) Rhynders. He married Nancy L. Lasher, October 26, 1968 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Red Hook. She predeceased him February 3, 2001.

Mr. Rhynders served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of Harris Smith Post #524 American Legion in Tivoli.

He was well-known for is cooking abilities, working for many years with his family at “The Clam Bar” at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. He passed on his cooking and fabrication skills to his son, Ron and his business partner, Mike Burnett at Smokin’ Yankee BBQ. He was the first one to lend a hand to any and all who needed his help.

He worked for many years as a correction officer at the Hudson Correctional Facility. He started his career as a plumber at the Hudson River State Psychiatric Hospital in Poughkeepsie and served as a foreman for the Town of Red Hook Highway Department. Most recently, he worked as a security guard at Columbia-Greene Community College in Greenport.

Active in his community, Mr. Rhynders was a life-member of the Red Hook Fire Company, member of the Red Hook-Rhinebeck Lodge 2022 BPOE, Hendrick Hudson Lodge #875 Free & Accepted Masons in Red Hook, and the Red Hook Boat Club.

He is survived by: his sons, Ronald (Barbara) L. Rhynders, Jr. of Red Hook, Brian E. Pitcher of Elizaville and Douglas (Doreen) W. Pitcher of Red Hook; a sister, Diane (George) G. Cole of TN; his grandchildren, Diana Pitcher, Derek Pitcher, and Shannon Rhynders; his companion, Susan Hicks of Red Hook; nieces, nephews, extended family and countless friends.

In addition to his wife, his sister, Betty Lou Coon, and brother, Richard J. Rhynders predeceased him.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway in Red Hook, Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 4 to 8 p.m. Harris Smith Post #524 will conduct services at 6:45 p.m. and Red Hook Fire Company will conduct their service at 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook.

Memorial donations may be made to the Red Hook Fire Company, P.O. Box 100, Red Hook 12571 or to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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Pamela T. Mobley (1956 – 2019)

ALBANY—Pamela (Trowbridge) Mobley of Valatie passed away Thursday, May 2, 2019 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

Born in Wichita, Kansas, June 19, 1956, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Frances (Leck) Trowbridge.

She loved her family fiercely, was a woman of faith and lived life serving others through her passion for nursing. Her more than 30 years as an RN included working at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck and then later after relocating to North Carolina with her husband, working at Vidant Duplin Hospital in Kenansville, NC, and Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, NC, where she was greatly respected by the doctors and staff, as well as her patients.

She touched many lives. Family and friends of those in her care loved her and were grateful for her hard work, compassion, and empathy. She was an incredibly special soul.

Mrs. Mobley is survived by: her brother, Bob (Debbie) Trowbridge; her sister, Lynn (David) Wolfner; nieces and nephews, Kevin Branam, Robert Trowbridge, Scott (Shannon) Trowbridge, Kelly (Erik) Stegmann and Courtney Wolfner; great-nieces, Alyssa Branam and Isabella Trowbridge.

She is also survived by her loving family in North Carolina and Florida, her mother-in-law, Shirley Prye; sister and brother-in-law, Karen (Keith) Fisher; brother-in-law, Randy Mobley and her nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Brian Mobley and her sister, Joyce Ann Branam. She is loved dearly and will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

Calling hours will be Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Funeral Prayers will be said at 2:30 with Fr. Winston Bath officiating. Memorial contributions are requested to the Ronald McDonald House, 139 South Lake Avenue, Albany 12208.

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