OBITUARIES: Polhemus-Oldrich, Rizzi, McMurray, Stever, Rutschmann, Rommel, Fulton, Poppey, Whiteside, Winant, Friedrich, Woodward, Dunne, Geddie, Davis

Maryjean Polhemus-Oldrich (1971 – 2020)

ALBANY—Maryjean Polhemus-Oldrich, 48, of Kinderhook passed away Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born November 29, 1971 in Canajoharie, she was the daughter of Eugene Polhemus of Kinderhook and the late Mary (Jump) Polhemus.

She was a hairdresser and a member of the South Schodack Kingdom Hall.

She is survived by: her husband, Glenn Oldrich and five siblings, Larry Jump of Pennsylvania, Diane Turner of Valatie, Lisa Pachkoski of Florida, Robert Jump and David Polhemus, both of Texas.

Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 242, Valatie 12184. Arrangements are under the direction of the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

To send condolences visit raymondbondfh.com.

Frank P. Rizzi (1926 – 2020)

HUDSON—Frank P. Rizzi, 93, of Ghent passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born November 24, 1926 in Athens, he was the son Peter and Mable (Kisselburg) Rizzi.

Mr. Rizzi was a U.S. Navy veteran during World War II and worked as a well driller for both Keiser Well Drilling in Claverack and Blue Circle Cement in Ravena. Upon retiring, he enjoyed tinkering with tractors, small engines and loved gardening. It was said that he could fix just about anything. He was a sweet soul who was loved by everyone.

He is survived by: two sons, Frank Rizzi of Kinderhook and Thomas Rizzi (Lorraine) of Ghent; three sisters, Carleen Lewis of Athens, Elvira Clark of Catskill and Joann Porto (Frank) of Clearwater, FL; a grandson, Michael R. Rizzi (Alana) of Oriskany; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Agnes I. (Staats) Rizzi and his siblings, Peter, Phil and William Rizzi, Pat Roccio and Mary DiPerna.

A private graveside service for the family will be held in the West Ghent Cemetery due to the upsurge of Covid-19. Memorial donations may be made to the Ghent Reformed Church, 1039 County Route 22, Ghent 12075 for the free meal program. Arrangements are under the direction of the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie. To send condolences visit raymondbondfh.com.

Steven McMurray

Steven J. McMurray (1989 – 2020)

DUANESBURG—Steven J. McMurray of Duanesburg passed away Saturday, October 24, 2020.

Born November 11, 1989, he was the son of Chris McMurray of Ghent and the late Kathleen (Stoffels) Brust.

He obtained his GED and later earned an occupational associates degree in automotive technology and management from WyoTech, Blairsville, PA. At his graduation, he received the Class Leader award. He was employed by DePaula Chevrolet.

A fan of the NY Jets and Rangers, his true passion was anything with tires and an engine. Along with his closest friends, he enjoyed racing cars.

In addition to his father, Mr. McMurray is survived by: his stepmother, Teshia McMurray; stepfather, James Lais; brothers, Justin and Jeremy Brust; maternal grandmother, Patricia Stoffels; his girlfriend, Jen Bradt and her daughter Julie; his beloved dog, Suzie; a multitude of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The DePaula crew were family in the truest sense of the word as were his racing buddies. He will always be “Fluffy” to them.

He was predeceased by his mother; maternal grandfather, Richard Stoffels, Sr.; paternal grandparents, Alfreda and Charles McMurray and daughter, Haley.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. McMurray’s memory may be made to “Harboring Hearts,” 510 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York City 10036; Harboringhearts.org. Services will be at the family’s convenience.

Arrangements are entrusted to French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham. Condolences may be conveyed at frenchblasl.com.

Ira Stever

Ira O. Stever, Jr. (1931 – 2020)

HUDSON—Ira O. Stever, Jr., 88, of Valatie passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at the Firemen’s Home.

Born November 13, 1931 in North Chatham, he was the son of the late Ira Otto and Margaret (Rodriguez) Stever.

Mr. Stever was the owner/operator of Butts Farm Service Agway in Castleton for many years. He was a life-member of the Niverville Fire Department and a member of the Niverville Methodist Church.

He is survived by: four sons, Marc Stever (Darlene) of Niverville, Jeff Stever (Elizabeth) of Vernon, CT, Greg and Christopher Stever, both of Valatie; four grandchildren, Melissa Larsen (Eric), Michele Cooper (Jason), Trish Stever and Darin (Jessica) Stever; great-grandchildren, Brock and Beckett Larsen, Parker Stever-Gray, Liam Stever; a dear friend, Glenda Prior and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy (Wadsworth) Stever and his sisters, Sarah Groves, Dorothy Drowne and Madeline Brothers.

Funeral services were held October 31, 2020 at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home. Burial followed in Kinderhook Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Niverville Methodist Church, P.O. Box 64, Niverville 12130 or Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414. The family gives special thanks to the exceptional care given to Mr. Stever by the FASNY Firemen’s Home entire staff.

Julius Rutschmann

Julius Rutschmann (1933 – 2020)

GHENT—Julius Rutschmann, 87, of Ghent passed away October 27, 2020 in the comfort of his home under the care of hospice and his loving family.

Born as an identical twin, October 2, 1933 on a pig farm in Bronx, he was the son of the late Harry and Alma (Reidmuller) Rutschmann.

After graduating from Chatham Central High School, he studied agriculture at Cornell University, where he met the love of his life, Nancy Fitzpatrick. They were married June 16, 1956 and made their home on Windswept Farm in Ghent, where he operated a dairy farm until 1987. After selling his dairy farm, he worked for Kinderhook Farm in Valatie, until he retired at the age of 80.

His friends called him “Jules” and respected him for his loyalty, intelligence, work ethic and sense of humor. Like most farmers he was an early riser, and would start each day strolling across the barnyard with a whistle on his lips and a hound dog at his heels. He was a member of the New York State Farm Bureau, the Cooperative Extension, the Ghent VFW, the Ghent Rod and Gun Club, the Chatham Booster

Club, the Ghent/Chatham Area Senior Citizen Club, and the “Dirty Dozen,” a group of 12 close-knit friends, who have for many years shared occasions both joyous and sad. In addition, he was an advisor to the Boy Scouts and served on the Ghent Zoning Board.

Mr. and Mrs. Rutschmann had four children, and despite the rigorous demands of being a farmer he managed to attend their band concerts, ball games, and school plays, as well as take them all roller-skating every Friday night. While farming was not a lucrative profession, the opportunity to live and grow up on a farm, tethered so closely to the rhythms of nature, provided his family with riches far greater than money.

He was very fond of dogs. His beloved Basset Hounds were almost always quite plump. He drove them to the local convenience store every day to get them a Dixie cup of ice cream. At Kinderhook Farm he would routinely play his harmonica for the farm’s Boxer, Nellie, while she howled along. Even during his final days, he could be seen sneaking oatmeal cookies to his daughter’s pug, Kumi, who lovingly sat at his bedside.

Music and dance were always sources of great joy, too, and some of the many gifts he instilled in his children and grandchildren. In his 20s he played the guitar and sang in Don Hill’s country band, the Rhythm Serenaders, along with his twin brother, Donald. Over the years at each day’s end he could be found sitting alone at the kitchen table playing songs from “The Great American Songbook” on his harmonica and drinking a beer. Later in life he enjoyed attending performances by The Eagles Concert Band, in which his daughter played the trumpet. To the delight of those watching, he tore up the dance floor at any wedding or event that he attended.

Though small in stature, Mr. Rutschmann was exceptionally strong and tough as nails. He was kind and compassionate, and could put an end to the life of an animal if it was necessary with mercy and without hesitation. He loved deeply, a quiet romantic, whose affection and devotion to his wife, Nancy, demonstrated to his children and grandchildren just what unconditional and enduring love looks like.

Along with great love, he knew the pain of considerable loss. He was predeceased by his eldest son, Jeffery; by his cherished twin Donald, and his older brother, Thomas.

He is survived by: his loving wife, Nancy; son, Christopher (Lynne); his daughter, Julie (Brooks Hagen); his daughter, Karen (Jack McKeon); his daughter-in-law, Dawn; his grandchildren, Matt, Jeremy, Ashley Brigham, Erin McKeon, and Will McKeon, along with his five great-grandchildren. In addition, he leaves behind his dear friend, Kirk Kneller, who he loved as one of his own.

In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to The Community Hospice (www.communityhospice.org) or The Alzheimers Association (www.alz.org).

Calling hours will be held Saturday, November 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Barn at Locust Hill, 5 Stockport Road in Ghent. Facemasks are required and social distancing will be observed. Condolences may be conveyed at frenchblasl.com.

Ann B. Rommel (1937 – 2020)

Ann Rommel

CHATHAM—died October 27, 2020.

She was born November 13, 1937 in New York City. She attended “The Little Red School House” and later graduated high school in Babylon. She then went on to Wilson College and Temple University where she received her BA.

She was a member of the Old Chatham Quaker Monthly Meeting and a life-member of the Chatham Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She was editor and publisher of the HomeBuyers guide for 23 years.

Mrs. Rommel was a lifelong musician and an active member of the Ghent Band since 1988. She was an avid reader, frequently bringing home stacks of books. She enjoyed and really missed her weekly bridge games due to Covid.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert C.S. Rommel in 2005. She is survived by: her daughter, Gennifer Westover (Jeffry Westover); her son, Gage Rommel; her grandchildren, Misha Westover and Karys Rommel; niece, Leslie Sharkey (Jeff Knaack); grandniece, Laurie Knaack; grandnephew, Jeffrey Knaack (Kaitlyn Berkery) and their families.

Services will be private at a later date. Memorial donations in her name may be made to one’s favorite charity.

John Fulton (1949 – 2020)

VALATIE—John D. Fulton, 71, of Valatie passed away October 20, 2020 at his home.

Born July 13, 1949 in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late John R. and Anne M. (Koscivk) Fulton. He was a graduate of Cleveland State University earning an associate degree and with high honors, graduated from Pratt University with a bachelor’s degree in science engineering. Before retiring, he was the manager of Burger King in Hudson and was an amateur radio enthusiast and enjoyed taking walks in the Village of Valatie. A graveside service was held October 27 at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Valatie. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

Esther Poppey

Esther W. Poppey (1937 – 2020)

NEW LEBANON—Esther Winifred Poppey, 83, of New Lebanon went home with the Lord October 22, 2020.

Born April 10, 1937 in Herkimer, she was the daughter of Arthur C. Smith and Mary A. Smith.

She worked for Coca-Cola for many years before meeting her soulmate, Barry. Shortly thereafter, they were married and moved to New Lebanon where they raised their chosen children, Steven and Darcey.

She later worked for Berkshire Farm Services for Youth as the administrative secretary. The kids at the “farm” all loved her and every once in a while, she would bring one of the kids home to enjoy a meal with her family. She always had a soft spot for the those in need of extra love and care.

While raising her own children, Mrs. Poppey fostered many other children and animals; she refused to let anyone be alone in this world. Some kids would stay a few days while others would stay a few years. She never asked for anything in return other than a smile and a hug.

Shortly after her son’s unexpected passing in 1990, she retired from Berkshire Farm and raised her granddaughter, Ashley. After Ashley moved onto adulthood, she took in her two older sisters and took care of them until their passing; all the while, guiding her daughter in the upbringing of her two other grandchildren.

A true angel on earth, she selflessly spent her life taking care of others. Her family was her world.

Mrs. Poppey loved NASCAR (Gordon 24 all the way) and was a huge fan of Lebanon Valley Speedway, where her husband drag-raced their ‘67 Chevelle Super Sport. One trip to the Darlington Raceway in 2007 resulted in the couple setting new roots in South Carolina to enjoy their Golden Years. Wheel of Fortune was her favorite game show and once a year she would be a rebel and enjoy a Sloe Gin Fizz. She also enjoyed being on the bowling league at Bowling Green and Highway Recreation with Barry; the Jets were her favorite football team and she loved Christy Lane, Helen Reddy, Elvis and even Guns N’ Roses. Her favorite color was pink, she loved doing crossword puzzles and she loved being on “The Facebook” to connect with her family and friends.

She was not a woman of many words, but when she spoke, everyone listened. She lived by the grace of God and many times her ability to stay calm in the throes of a storm comforted many. She always sang “One Day at a Time” while she was cleaning the house.

She was a devoted and loving wife to Barry; the world’s most amazing mom to Steven and Darcey; sweetest “gramma” to Ashley (Trey) Watford, Samantha Bergdoll and Billy Bergdoll-Poppey; “great-gramma” to Ada Watford and Joey Spinner; daughter of the late Mary C. Smith and Arthur C. Smith; step-daughter of the late Polly Smith; sister of the late Andrew A. (Linda) Smith, Carolyn Barnes, Dorothy Hay and Jennie (Ken) Boel; step-sister of John (Dodie) Weest. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews that she loved very much. She will forever be missed by her little furry companion, Palin.

The family thanks her southern neighbors and adopted family, Cathi and Kurt Berger for all of their love and kindness over the years. Also, to the extremely compassionate staff at Albany Medical Center ER and CCU units that made her journey a very peaceful one. Funeral services were at the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home, 11 Elm Street, Nassau October 28. Interment in Cemetery of the Evergreens, New Lebanon followed. Donations in her memory may be made to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands 12204.

Rose Marie Whiteside (1936 – 2020)

Rose Marie Whiteside-Dunham

HUDSON— became absent from the body and present with the Lord, October 28, 2020 surrounded by her son, Ashley Timothy Dunham; granddaughters, Keyla Demetri Dunham and Constance Spell Dunham, and their significant others.

She also leaves behind: a niece, Karen Allen of Brooklyn; nephews, Floyd Elliot Whiteside of Brooklyn, Gregory Davis of Syracuse, David Hughes of Hudson, Robert Clark of Syracuse; sisters-in-law, Ethel May Dunham and Linda Dunham of Syracuse, Sandra Kemp of Rochester and other nieces and nephews.

She attended public and private schools and received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in New York State.

Services will be held privately. Interment will take place in Cedar Park Cemetery. Thanks to those at the Holy Trinity Church of Hudson, who have sent cards and prayers. Donations in Ms. Whiteside-Dunham’s name may be made to Holy Trinity Church. Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences.

Jeanette Winant

Jeanette A. Winant (1930 – 2020)

HUDSON—Jeanette Arsenault Winant, 90, went to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, October 28, 2020 at Columbia Memorial Hospital surrounded by the love of her family.

Born in Jamaica, Queens, August 23, 1930, she was the daughter of Simon and Mary (Roach) Arsenault.

Her three brothers: George, Alfred and David Arsenault predeceased her, as did her parents and son, Clint Timothy.

Affectionately known as “Nana” to her numerous relatives and extended family, she epitomized “motherly love.” She bragged about her children and grandchildren’s accomplishments to their embarrassment. She was the life of every party and family milestone. She always let everyone know with her amazing smile that was “having a ball!”

Her pastimes were knitting, crocheting, and ringing her bell at ball games. She never missed a concert, play, dance or piano recital, swim meet or graduation. She was a voracious reader, loved crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and playing mahjongg on her computer. Also, she discovered in her late 60s that she had artistic talent, and painted more than 100 art works in one year.

She had 10 wonderful years at Ghent Assisted Living (formerly Whittier) where she participated in plays, shows, sing-alongs, various arts and crafts activities, and let her opinions be known at monthly residence council meetings. They did not fulfill her request for a swimming pool. She had strong opinions, especially when it came to politics. Her Bible study group was a major influence on her faith journey. She loved holding babies and was happiest when surrounded by her family, especially at Thanksgiving.

Throughout her life she was a hospice volunteer (2009 volunteer of the year) a member of Red Hat Society, Hadassah, NAACP, and was founding member of “Bridging the Gap” which united various religious affiliations.

She is survived by: six children, Teri (Jay) Cozza of Hudson, Amy (Steve) Goldberg of Rowayton, CT, Brian Winant of Hudson, Kathy (Clayton) Clark of Hudson, John (Miggie) Winant of West Islip and Beth (Jim) Davis of Ausable Forks;

11 grandchildren, Jill (Morgan) Turner, Tate Cozza, Jordan (Jessica) Cozza, Alyssa (Dave) Goldberg, Aaron (Stephanie) Goldberg, Kristen (Ryan) Bielefeldt, Michael (Lynn) Clark, John and Julia Winant, Amie (Trevor) Devlin and JD (Amy) Davis; 12 great-grandchildren; was happily awaiting the arrival of great-grandson Goldberg #13; many nieces and nephews and her dear friend, Mary Lou Groll.

Due to Covid restrictions services will be private. A big celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Ghent Assisted Living Activities Dept., 30 Whittier Way, Ghent 12075 or Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414. Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences.

Mildred Friedrich (1929 – 2020)

Mildred Friedrich

RHINEBECK—, age 91, passed away peacefully October 30, 2020, at Thompson House, a residential health care facility.

Born January 31, 1929 in Baldwin Long Island to parents William and Karolina Strohmeier, the family moved to East Taghkanic, where they owned and operated their family dairy farm.

“Milly” had four children, Jim and Linda from her first marriage to Gordon Piester, and Larry and Dan from her second marriage to William Friedrich. She was predeceased by both husbands and her younger brother, William Strohmeier.

She loved music and played the piano and clarinet. At the Roeliff Jansen School in Copake, she was active in extracurricular activities. She sang in the choir and played the clarinet in the orchestra and marching band and was selected to be a member of the New York All-State Band. She graduated Valedictorian of the class of 1947. She obtained an associate degree from the Eastern School for Physicians’ Aides in New York City and worked as a medical secretary for local ophthalmologist, Dr. Henry Little. She also worked at the Hudson School for Girls, later to become the Brookwood Secure Center. She then worked at Columbia Memorial Hospital for more than 25 years as a medical transcriptionist before retiring in 1998.

At home, she made great Sunday and holiday dinners, many of which are still being replicated by family members. She treasured the views surrounding her rural home and enjoyed planting trees and flowers in her lovely yard. She especially enjoyed the cascade of ever-changing wild flowers throughout the seasons and loved the birds that are so plentiful in the meadows surrounding her home. She knew what kind of bird each was by sight and sound. Later, while not so active with gardening, she viewed the changing of the seasons through her windows and on the deck of her home and admired the many trees she nurtured as saplings through maturity. She enjoyed the company of her many pets over the years.

Mrs. Friedrich is survived by: her son, Jim Piester and his wife Laura; her daughter, Linda and her husband Gene; her son, Larry and his wife Nicole; her son, Dan and his wife Lynne and three grandchildren, Becky, Hailyn and Claire. All of these she touched deeply with her love.

Funeral services at the Bates & Anderson Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home will be held Thursday, November 5 at 1:30 p.m. Visitation prior to services will be from 1 to 1:30.

Contributions in her honor may be made to the Columbia-Green Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

Roxanne Woodward (1958 – 2020)

ALBANY—Roxanne Woodward of East Chatham passed away on November 1, 2020 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn.

Born February 5, 1958 in Chatham, she was the daughter of the late Myron M. and Violet R. McMann Clark.

She grew up in Chatham and was married February 1, 1988 in Canaan to Richard “Woody” Woodward.

She worked at Crellin Plastics and the Chatham Bakery. She enjoyed life, puzzles, butterflies, coffee and estate sales.

She is survived by: her husband, “Woody;” granddaughter, Danyelle Lee Clark “Grandbaby;” Danyelle’s mother, Paula K. Tullar of East Chatham; brother-in-law, Edwin C. Woodward, his wife Barbara and their son Edwin “Eddy” Woodward, Jr., of New Hampshire; her son, Kendell Lee Clark; sister, Rhonda Wolfe; many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Mrs. Woodward requested no services. Donations in her name may be made to and cancer foundation or hospice of one’s choice. Condolences may be conveyed at frenchblasl.com.

John Dunne

John R. Dunne (1930 – 2020)

SPENCERTOWN—John R. Dunne, 90, of Spencertown passed away Sunday, November 1 at his home.

Born January 28, 1930 in Baldwin, he graduated from Georgetown University and Yale Law School.

He was senior counsel at Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna LLP in Albany. Prior to joining the firm, he had a long and distinguished career in a variety of federal, state, and local government positions. A member of the New York State Senate from 1966 until 1989, he served as deputy majority leader, chair of the Judiciary Committee, chair of the Insurance Committee, and chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Crime and Corrections. During his tenure he was an advocate for the merit selection of judges and court restructuring, and he sponsored legislation to amend the State Constitution to create an appointive system for Court of Appeals judges and establish the Commission on Judicial Conduct.

From 1990 until 1993, he was assistant attorney general for Civil Rights under President George H. W. Bush, where he was in charge of the enforcement of all federal civil rights laws. As a private citizen, Mr. Dunne served as chair of the New York State Capital Defender Office, chair of the Task Force on the Future of Probation; a member of the Commission on the Future of Indigent Defense Services; a director of Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York; and a director of the State Office of Indigent Legal Services. He was instrumental in addressing prisoner reform issues, particularly after his involvement in the Attica prison riots in 1971. Following Attica, he helped found Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York. In a lifetime of public service he was known for always doing what was morally right, not politically expedient. Among many public achievements he was especially fulfilled by his work to defend the rights of prisoners.

He is survived by: his wife of 62 years, Denise Maher Dunne; their four children, Joanne Dunne Murphy (Thomas) of Old Chatham, Peter Dunne (Wendy) of Paget, Bermuda, Timothy Dunne of Spencertown and Hilary Dunne Ferrone (Christopher) of Spencertown; nine grandchildren, Thomas, Jack and Eryl Murphy, Emily, Julia and Margaret Dunne, Aoife Dunne and Sam and Fiona Ferrone.

Funeral arrangements are with Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham. Services will be private but the family looks forward to celebrating Mr. Dunne’s life with all who knew and loved him when it is safe to do so. In lieu of flowers, gifts to honor his legacy may be made to The John R. Dunne Fund of the New York Bar Foundation, 1 Elk Street, Albany 12207, which provides funding for legal services to the families and children of indigent prisoners. For online condolences visit wenkfuneralhome.com.

Gary Geddie

Gary D. Geddie (1947 – 2020)

HUDSON—Gary Don Geddie, 73, of Valatie died suddenly November 1, 2020 at Columbia Memorial Hospital due to a heart attack.

He was born in Grand Saline, Texas, to Ray and Bernice Geddie April 1, 1947. After studying computer programming at the University of Texas, he moved to Houston, and embarked on his career, leading to software development. In January 1977—one of the coldest winters on record—he and his future wife Kathy Johnson moved to New York City for adventure and new experiences, including learning to walk on ice.

He attended film making classes at NYU, set up a photography studio in his Brooklyn brownstone apartment, and had a small business taking headshots of aspiring actors. Eventually, he moved back to software development, and photography became his beloved avocation. In 1981, Mr. Geddie and a partner started a successful software development firm, Mincron, with office space in the Empire State Building. This enabled Mr. Geddie and his wife to “move on up to the East Side” of midtown Manhattan to a high-rise apartment a few blocks from the East River. They enjoyed hosting Fourth of July parties that included spectacular close-up views of Macy’s fireworks. In 1985, the success of Mincron allowed the Geddies to buy a home in beautiful Columbia County.

In 2009, they moved to the Washington, D.C., area where they enjoyed exploring new parts of the country and being near dear relatives. After Kathy retired, they returned to Columbia County to be close to friends.

He was an intelligent, kind, and proud family man with a dry wit. His family and friends appreciated him for his Texas barbecue and culinary talents, his killer skills in wiffle ball, the beautiful gardens he created, and most of all for his amazing photography. His daughters were inspired by and learned from his entrepreneurial skills. One of his many endeavors was barbecuing brisket to sell in NYC delis, including building a large oven in his basement to cook in. Before the Internet was ubiquitous with so many gathering sites, he created a site called Garden Town with different locations for multiple categories of communication. People gave and sought gardening advice from the Library and chatted about anything at the Gazebo. He also learned how to create sculptures from copper pipes, inventing and building a tool to bend the pipes.

He suffered from a degenerative eye disease, retinitis pigmentosa, which recently rendered him almost completely blind. Although he could no longer see well enough to take new photographs, he continued to work on printing his portfolio of photos to create photographs and cards.

He enjoyed traveling for as long as he could. He visited many parts of the United States as well as Australia, Canada, and the British Isles, where he explored his Scottish roots. He always brought back photographs revealing his unique vision. His daughters appreciate the many movies he made of them, as well as his beautiful photographs proudly displayed in their homes.

Mr. Geddie is survived by: his beloved wife of 43 years, Kathy Geddie; daughters, Deanna Geddie and her husband Jon Adams, who live in California, and Hannah Boutet and her husband Shawn who reside in Texas; granddaughter, Kasey Adams; brother, Lawrence Geddie and his family in Georgia; sister, Debra Geddie in Arizona; and many dear friends.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, November 7, 2 p.m. at St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church in Spencertown. Masks will be worn and social distancing enforced. Only 30 people can come inside the church. There will be a reception at Spencertown Park after the service; more people can attend that.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Northeastern Association of the Blind in Albany (NABA), via link https://naba-vision.org/donate/, or to St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 14, Spencertown 12165.

Arrangements are with Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Condolences may be expressed online at raymondbondfh.com.

Kenneth W. Davis (1937 – 2020)

GHENT—Kenneth William Davis of Ghent passed away peacefully at his home following a brief illness, Tuesday November 3. He was known as “Bill” to his friends and family.

He is the son of the late Kenneth and Charlotte (Alamillo) Davis. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Doris (Oles) Davis and siblings, Jim Davis, Charlene Davis, Frank Davis, Harold Davis and Joanne (Davis) Halstead. He is survived by: siblings, Don (Lynda) Davis, Tom (Laura) Davis, Gary (Ann) Davis, Peter (Ellen) Davis Judy (Charles) Siter; with numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Mr. Davis graduated from Chatham Central School in 1955. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and was proud of his work on the B-52.

He was a long-time member and past president of the Ghent Volunteer Fire Company #1. He was a founding member of the “Buckleyville Bombers,” a local baseball team. He was a member of Maranatha Christian Church in Chatham.

He worked as a butcher for many local markets including Hess Market and the Chatham Food Locker in Chatham. He retired from the New York State Electric and Gas Company in Chatham, where he worked for many years.

Mr. Davis loved to reminisce about the “good ole days” with friends and family. He and his wife Doris enjoyed travelling to York Beach, ME, and Sanibel Island, FL. He also travelled to Minnesota frequently to visit his lifetime friends Richard (Pelon) and Ellie Reichle.

The family acknowledges Hope Barringer, Shelly Summers and other close friends and family who faithfully sat by his side during his illness providing laughter and friendship.

Interment will be at the family’s convenience at the Ghent Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to his favorite charities including Crellin Morris Memorial, Chatham; Columbia Greene Community Hospice, Catskill or the Ghent Food Pantry. For online condolences visit wenkfuneralhome.com.

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