OBITUARIES: Geel, Williams, Lussier, Curry, Kritzman, Risch, Esselstyn, Ehrlich, Stagias, Ellison

Bryan Geel, Jr.

Bryan D. Geel, Jr.

GHENT—The family of Bryan David Geel, Jr., of Ghent is grieving his loss. He passed away at the young age of 36.

He is survived by: his daughter, Madison; his parents, Bryan Geel, Sr., (Susan) of Austerlitz and Rhonda Owen of Valatie; his grandmother, Patricia Colburn; his sisters, Maria and Caitlin; his brother, Justin; three nieces; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Although his life held many chapters of struggle, he took every step of it wrapped in the unwavering love of family and friends. In the beginning, he was a well-loved, happy and intelligent little boy who enjoyed just about anything to do with power sports. A boy who all but grew up in his father’s lawn and garden store in Ghent. He was especially close during these years with his cousins, Briana and Jordan. The three of them were inseparable and the best of friends. Riding bikes, swimming, playing in the fields and enjoying the innocence of being children. He was also especially close to his aunts and grandmother who were a constant presence in his life. He began working for his father at the age of 15 at ACP Power Equipment. After he graduated from Chatham High in 2002, he began studying computer-aided drafting at Hudson Valley Community College and then later became an iron worker with the Iron Workers Union.

A common thread throughout the stories being told of his life is the mention of gentleness. He was gentle by nature. A young man who was never afraid to say, “I love you” or give a good hug to those he held dear, no matter who may be watching or listening.

He battled demons for roughly the last 15 years of his life. He fought to leave them and succeeded several times, only to be brought to his knees again by their demands. He tried his best to take the steps to change the course of his life but ultimately the enemy schemes and out smarts even the most creative and determined individuals; as it did to him.

“We pray he be remembered not for the actions of the demons he fought within, but for the goodness of his soul.” To send online condolences visit wenkfuneralhome

Laurie Williams

Laurie L. Williams (1971 – 2021)

VALATIE—Laurie Lynn Pulver Williams was an angel while she was on this earth and is now an angel in heaven. She died April 1, 2021.

Her light began to shine June 5, 1971, when she was born to Larry and Mary Pat (Mink) Pulver, but her love extended to all, including her little brother, Lawrence Pulver, Jr., (Nicole).

Her own shining light was her son, her true pride and joy, Nathan Williams. She leaves aunts and uncles, Fred Mink (Tami), Kathleen Lescault (Spike), Joann Hughes (Butch), Anne Marie Mink, and Art Proper (Alice), who all held her in their hearts along with her tribe of nieces and cousins that she so lovingly doted over. She left behind a legacy of love and an impeccable standard of care during her many years at Barnwell Nursing Home, where she was highly regarded by countless patients and colleagues. Anyone lucky enough to have her light shine upon them was truly blessed. Her smile, her kind sense of humor, her gentle touch, and her rendition of Janis Joplin’s, “Me and Bobby McGee,” will be remembered forever. Funeral services will be held Thursday April 8, noon, at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Valatie Rescue Squad.

Marie Lussier (1945 – 2021)

LIVINGSTON—Marie Lussier, 76, of Livingston, formerly of Hudson, died Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at her home.

She was born January 1, 1945 in Hudson. Services were private Thursday, March 25 at Albany Rural Cemetery. To leave online condolences visit

John Curry

John F. Curry (1932 – 2021)

ALBANY—John “Jack” F. Curry, Sr., 89, passed away peacefully Monday, March 29, 2021 at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born in the Bronx in 1932, he was the son of the late George J. and Mary Fraser Curry. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary A. (Gormley) and his two brothers, George J. Curry, Jr., and Ronald J. Curry.

A devoted father and grandfather, Mr. Curry is survived by: his six children, John (Judith) Curry, Jr., Mary Alice Curry and Joseph Curry, all of Troy, Thomas (Joyce) Curry of Albany, Eileen (Kevin) Kendall of South Brunswick, NJ, and Daniel (Stephanie) Curry of Valatie; his eight grandchildren, Mary Ellen, Patrick, Darcy and Katie Kendall and Colleen, Daniel Jr., Erin, and Liam Curry. He is also survived by: his sister-in-law, Kathleen (Richard) Flavin of Malta and several nieces and nephews.

He graduated from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, Brooklyn, and Siena College, Loudonville. At Siena, he enjoyed a successful college basketball career, making many lifelong friends and was inducted as a member of the Siena Athletics Hall of Fame.

After college and military service, he and his wife moved to Hudson, where they raised their family. He continued his love for basketball, coaching the high school varsity team at St. Mary’s Academy for 14 years. He was an active member of St. Mary’s Church.

Mr. Curry worked at the IBM Corporation, retiring in 1987. He was a member of the Hudson Elks Club #787, Knights of Columbus, and Ancient Order of Hibernians.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered April 6 at Holy Trinity Church/St. Mary’s Parish, East Allen Street, Hudson followed by interment at Cedar Park Cemetery.

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Edith Kritzman

Edith Kritzman (1935 – 2021)

HUDSON—Edith Kritzman, age 85, of Hudson passed away March 30, 2021.

She was born August 21, 1935 to the late Arthur and Irene Hoffman of New Jersey. She was married to the late Alvin Kritzman of Adam Kritzman’ s Clothing Store. She is survived by: her three children, Vicki (Harold) Jenkins, Adam (Tracy) Kritzman and Jeffrey (Christine) Kritzman, as well as several grandchildren. She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Kelly Jenkins.

Mrs. Kritzman was a life-time member of Congregation Anshe Emeth and the Hudson Elks Auxiliary. She was employed as a secretary for many years. She loved gardening.

Graveside services were held April 1 at Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society. Visit to leave condolences.

Margaret Risch

Margaret E. Risch (1938 -2021)

GREENPORT—Margaret Elizabeth (Tiano) Risch, 83, of Greenport passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2021, peacefully, with her family by her side.

Born January 16, 1938 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Carpino) Tiano.

She was a house mother and counselor at the New York Training School for Girls.

She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother. Her house was always open to all she loved. Her personality and sense of humor captivated all that surrounded her. She was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, and she enjoyed her annual trip to Atlantic City with her sister, Honey.

Ms. Risch is survived by: her children, Timothy Kline (Sheryl), Kelly Masten (Tim), Kim Kline, Karen Kline and Clarence Risch. She also leaves to cherish her memory: grandchildren, Amber, Nicole, Stephanie, Danielle, Joshua, Sean, Scott, Kyle, Christopher, Joseph, James, David and Jacob; 12 great-grandchildren; her brother, Ralph Tiano, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Ronald Kline; lifelong partner, Bill Parlman, and siblings, Rose Graziano, Theresa Miller, Laura Ames, Mary “Honey” Cullen, Charles, Thomas, Louis, Frank, and Anthony Tiano.

Memorial visitation hours at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home were held April 5 followed by funeral prayers and interment in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Timothy Esselstyn

Timothy J. Esselstyn (1963 – 2021)

CLAVERACK—Timothy James “Tweeter” Esselstyn passed on to eternal rest after a long battle with cancer, Thursday, April 1, 2021 surrounded by beloved family and friends.

Born June 27, 1963 in Hudson, his travels took him to various places, most recently North Carolina, before he moved back to Claverack last year. He was employed as a corrections officer for Columbia County before his retirement, after which he traveled the country on his motorcycle. He was an avid rider, putting tens of thousands of miles on his bike each year. Always a smile on his face, he made friends wherever he went and enjoyed telling stories and jokes, and making people laugh. In addition to riding, he loved the outdoors, animals, traveling, taking pictures and spending time with his girl and with friends. His greatest joy was helping others. He will be remembered as being larger than life, an exceptional, kind and big-hearted man. He was a member of the Renegade Pigs Motorcycle Club, an International Law Enforcement motorcycle club, and was president of the local Columbia County Chapter. He was unanimously voted “Pig of the Year,” the highest award presented to a member of the entire organization, for dedicated service. He had also been a member of the East Coast Riders RC and he organized many rides for them to benefit Community Hospice, as well as countless other causes, helping to raise thousands of dollars. His family was very thankful for Hospice during his final days.

He was predeceased by his father, Albert “Egg” Esselstyn. He is survived by: his mother, Elvina “Ellie” Esselstyn; brother, Doug; nephew, Tyler; several aunts, uncles and cousins; his beloved, Mia and bike, “Pig Pen.” Visitation hours at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home were held April 6 with a prayer service following. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions in Mr. Esselstyn’s name may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Ann Ehrlich

Ann Ehrlich (1943 – 2021)

ALBANY—Ann Ehrlich, 78, of Catskill, daughter of the late William and Rita (McGrath) Meagher, passed away peacefully after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer, Sunday, April 4, 2021, at Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.

She was born and raised in Queens. She was the wife of the late Walter O. Ehrlich. They raised their children in Astoria, Queens.

After retiring from New York City’s Board of Education food services department, she moved to Catskill, where she enjoyed dedicating her time to her many talents. These included working in her vegetable garden, canning, cooking and her wonderful baking. It was her delight to share her outstanding treats and recipes with friends and family. Her baking specialties were lace cookies, Linzer tarts and buckeyes.

“Annie” will be sorely missed by all her family for her many talents and her teachings. Her loving and generous heart was always there for all of her family she held so dear.

Survivors include: her daughter, Patricia Ehrlich McKenna of Hudson; two sons, Steven W. Ehrlich of Catskill and Walter Ehrlich of Delaware, OH; a granddaughter, Rebecca N. Bulich of Hudson; and her adored great-grandson, Roland “The Monster;” a brother, John Meagher and his wife Genevieve, of Kingsley, PA; her god-daughter, Katherine (Kratina) Osterweil of New Paltz, who lived with her for a number of years; along with many nieces and nephews; also a brother-in-law, Arthur Perina of Catskill.

In her addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her daughter, Carol Ann Ehrlich; three sisters, Rita Kratina, Dorothy Perina and Marie Keane.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no services. A private remembrance will be held by her family at a time to be determined.

A private cremation was arranged by Bates & Anderson Funeral Services of Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Peter’s Hospice Inn, 315 South Manning Boulevard, Albany 12208.

James Stagias

James C. Stagias (1944 – 2021)

RED HOOK—James C. Stagias, 77, a lifelong Red Hook resident, passed away March 30, 2021.

Born March 1, 1944, in Rhinebeck, he was the son of the late Charles D. and Florence (Shaw) Stagias.

A lifelong farmer, “Jim” was the owner and operator of Stagias Orchard and Farms in Red Hook. He was well-known for his cider donuts and homemade pies.

He is survived by: his siblings, Charles Stagias of Germantown, Richard Howland of Red Hook and Vivian Coy Howland of Onalaska, WA; his nephews, William (Kelly) Stagias of Elizaville and James (Pamela) Stagias of Elizaville; his great nephew, James Joseph (Jennifer) Stagias of Elizaville; his great nieces, who fondly called him “Gruncle,” (short for great uncle), Samantha Stagias of Elizaville and Victoria (Tom) Barthelmes of Scarborough, ME; along with extended family, numerous friends, and colleagues.

In addition to his parents, his longtime companion and friend, Nancy Hart, and nephew, Charles Stagias, Jr., predeceased him.

Graveside services and interment were held April 6, 2021 at his family plot in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook. The Reverend Jackie Jefferson officiated.

He was a very knowledgeable and proud of the history in Red Hook. His family asks that memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Friends of Elmendorph, Inc., P.O. Box 44, Red Hook 12571-0044.

Arrangements were under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook.

Kim Ellison

Kim L. Ellison 1968 – 2021

POUGHKEEPSIE—Kim Lee Ellison, 52, of Tivoli passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at the Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

Born September 4, 1968, in Poughkeepsie, she was the daughter of James and Nancy (Lee) Palmateer.

She currently worked at Bard College and previously worked for B&H Cables in Clermont. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

In addition to her loving parents, she is survived by: her daughters, Jessica Ellison of Germantown and Nicole Ellison of Elizaville; her grandson, Colton Ellison of Elizaville; her siblings, Brenda (Chris Zeitz) Van Etten, Sharon Palmateer, Kevin (Mary) Palmateer and her nephews, Zachary Tener and TJ Tener, all of Red Hook; in addition to extended family and friends.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Masks, social distancing and capacity limitations due to Covid-19 will be adhered to during all services.

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