OBITUARIES: Fenn, Stickles, Johnson, Buffa, Dugger

Beverly Fenn

Beverly Fenn (1919 – 2021)

CHATHAM—Beverly Fenn, 101, a founding resident of Camphill Ghent, died Sunday, June 27.

She was born August 11, 1919 to Carrie Conklin Moon and Philip Codding Moon of Englewood, NJ. As a promising soprano, she spent her teen summers in the opera chorus at Chautauqua. After Dwight Morrow High School, she graduated from the Juilliard School of Music in NYC. She sang with Fred Waring and the Robert Shaw Chorale. For 11 years she was the soloist at the First Presbyterian Church, Hudson.

In the early 1950s she hosted a radio interview show on WHUC. In the 1960s she was executive director of the Hudson YWCA. She was a docent at Olana Historic Site after participating in its creation. She worked on migrant farm labor outreach, advocated for adding mental health to the county health department, campaigned to establish the Hudson Area Library, taught music, conducted the Hendrick Hudson Male Chorus, sang with the Treble Choraliers, arranged Civic Music classical concerts at Hudson High School, created Friends of the Presbyterian Church where she served as an elder, raised a few kids, gardened at her Stone Mill home, took classes at Bard, and read voraciously.

She married Albert H. Fenn, January 1, 1944. Albert “Huck” died in 2007 after 63 years of marriage.

Succeeding her are: her children, Jack (Anne) of Ghent, Christina Fish Acker of Claverack, Peter H. of Mystic, CT, and Martha Fenn King (Steve) of York, ME; grandchildren, David Fish, Emily King and Jon King; great-grandchildren Iliana, Ewan and Livvie Haynes; and nieces Beverly Carroll and Carolyn Calder. She was predeceased by her grandson, Matthew Fenn and her sister, Dorrie Schreiner.

Mrs. Fenn received great camaraderie and care for nine years at Camphill Ghent.

After a celebration of her life at Camphill Ghent, she will be interred privately at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations go to Camphill Ghent or Friend’s of the First Presbyterian Church.

Beverly A. Stickles (1944 – 2021)

HUDSON—Beverly Ann Stickles, 76, of Hudson passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

She was born July 6, 1944 in Sharon, CT, the daughter of the late DeWitt W. Sr. and Flora Mae (Rifenburgh) Stickle.

She is survived by: her loving devoted husband of 60 years, Herman E. Stickles, Sr. of Hudson; a son and three daughters, Sylvia and her husband Erwin “Rig” Stevens of Cabot, VT, Herman “Duke” Stickles, Jr., of Philmont, Marie Shook of Hudson, Flora and her husband Jan MacDonald of Columbiaville; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is also survived by two brothers, Robert Stickle of Craryville and Richard “Buck” Stickle of Claverack.

She was predeceased by: two daughters, Brenda Stickles and Terry Wendover; a son, Peter Stickles; a son-in-law, Ray Shook; and her three brothers, DeWitt Stickle, Jr., Wesley Stickle and William Stickle.

Calling hours are Thursday, July 1, 2021 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, Inc., 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains. Family and friends are invited to attend.

Burial will follow immediately at Evergreen Cemetery located at 68 North Main Street, Pine Plains.

Tina Johnson

Tina L. Johnson (1973 – 2021)

GHENT—Tina Louise Johnson passed peacefully at her home in Ghent at the age of 47, June 25, 2021.

She was born to James and Sandra Dingman, July 10, 1973 in Hudson. She was a graduate of Chatham High School.

She loved nothing more than spending time with her family and friends. She had a bright and energetic personality that always filled the room. She had a passion for helping anyone in need, she touched people through her generosity and love. She was a blessing to all of those around her.

She is survived by: her father, James; her loving husband, Steven and their two children, Brandon and Jamie; her sisters, Angela and Missy and brother, Jay.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donation be made to Our Community Cares, Inc., P.O. Box 463, Ghent 12075. http://ourcommunitycarescc.org. To send online condolences visit wenkfuneralhome.com

Wendy A. Buffa (1967 – 2021)

ALBANY—Wendy A. (Williams) Buffa, 54, of Livingston passed away Monday, June 21, 2021 in Albany.

Born in Hudson, and raised in Kinderhook, she is the daughter of Louise Eddy and William R. Williams, who survive her. She also leaves to cherish her memory: daughters, Julie Williams and fiancé Keith A. Bowker, and Michelle Williams and her fiancé Mark Savage; her sisters, Mary (Carl) Hallenbeck

and Crystal (Chris) Farewell; brothers, Richard Williams and Mark (Sandra) Williams; nieces and nephews, Nicole and Laura Hallenbeck, Christopher, Kiersten, Katelyn, Cameron, Cody and Karley Farewell; grandchildren, Anna, DJ, and soon- to-be Sienna and Ashley Ann.

She also leaves her best friend, Cherie Kreutzinger.

She loved spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite activities included barbecues, camping, four-wheeling and going to the beach. She also enjoyed being around the kids she loved, especially at the county fairs, where they showed their cows. Ms. Buffa was a very devoted fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and very protective of the TV and its surroundings while they were on. “In other words…..stay away.” She will be dearly missed and forever loved.

Memorial visitation hours at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home were held June 24.

Rev. Clinton Dugger

Rev. Clinton G. Dugger (1929 – 2021)

September 8, 1929, Clinton George Dugger, was born to William and Mary Dugger, of Wappingers Falls, N.Y. Clinton was the baby brother to Wilhelmina, Elsie, John, and Raymond. He would later attend elementary, middle, and high school in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. In high school, Clinton was a successful student and athlete, playing football and running track. During the spring of 1948, Clinton graduated from Wappingers Falls Central School.

While in high school, Clinton took a liking to cars, as did his brothers before him. After high school, while his brothers served during World War II, Clinton worked hard as a mechanic. He took up car racing and amateur boxing. However, his favorite activity was going to pick up his nieces and nephews and to be everyone’s favorite uncle.

In 1951, less than one year after the beginning of the Korean War, Clinton would once more follow in his brother’s footsteps. He enlisted to serve in the United States Army. After some time spent overseas, he and his men were sent to San Antonio, Texas, to prepare and train while they awaited the word to deploy to Korea. That deployment never took place as the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed just a few days before their departure date. After successfully completing his tour of duty, Clinton separated from the military and returned home to rejoin family and friends.

In 1955, per the recommendation of a mentor, The Rev. Jack Sharkey from Zion Church, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Clinton decided to pursue a college degree. Clinton Dugger attended St. Augustine’s College (now St. Augustine’s University), Raleigh, North Carolina. St. Augustine’s, an HBCU, represented an opportunity to further strengthen his mind, spiritual development, while filling an insatiable need to experience different parts of the country and the world. Little did he know that this decision would be a game changer. Clinton entered St. Augustine’s College, as a freshman in 1955 and graduated in 1959.

During this time, he began dating a young woman, Virginia Deloris McLean. After graduation, Clinton felt a stronger call to serve in the Church. Once again, with consultation and guidance from Fr. Sharkey, he enrolled in the Philadelphia Divinity School (PDS), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was during his time at PDS, Clinton was introduced to mission work in Haiti and Puerto Rico. Later in his career, as an ordained priest, with Virginia and young son Michael, he would return to Haiti to continue much needed mission work, on behalf of the Albany Episcopal Diocese. Clinton also ran the youth group at St. Simon’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia. St. Simon’s would be one of three congregations Clinton Dugger seriously considered when seeking to become a Rector. One of his highlights was scheduling the then unknown Chubby Checker, to perform a song called “The Twist”, for the church youth group.

Clinton’s formal development as a spiritual leader in the Episcopal church at PDS, resulted in his graduation from PDS and ordination as a Deacon. Rev. Dugger preached his first sermon in front of God, family and friends, in June of 1962, at Zion Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the home church of the Dugger family. Four months later, in October of 1962, Rev. Clinton George Dugger was ordained priest, by The Rt. Rev. Bishop Brown. Father (Fr.) Clinton Dugger was the very first African American, ordained as priest, in the Episcopal Diocese of Albany. As a newly ordained priest, one of Fr. Dugger’s very first acts was to travel to Chicago, Illinois, and join a group of clergymen, participating in a major civil rights protest, attended and led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fr. Dugger was one of several black clergymen that were arrested and temporarily put in jail, for participating in the non-violent protest. The Albany Times Union captured this early moment in Fr. Dugger’s career. The very next month, The Rev. Clinton George Dugger and Virginia Deloris McLean were married in New York City, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The Rt. Rev. H.B. Donegan, former Episcopal Bishop of New York, presided.

Despite being the first ordained African American priest in the Diocese of Albany, equitable practices had not filtered through all of society. Therefore, Fr. Dugger began his service to the Lord conducting smaller services, prayer sessions and bible studies at The Cathedral of All Saints, Albany N.Y. He was also assigned to perform similar responsibilities at Trinity Church, Albany N.Y.

Fr. Dugger took very seriously the role of a husband and providing a stable life for his family; he returned to school to obtain a Master of Social Work (MSW). This decision was financially sponsored by an individual who remained anonymous to Fr. Dugger and his wife. In 1967, Rev. Dugger was part of the first MSW graduating class, at the State University of Albany. This accomplishment made him more marketable, allowing him to take on a dual role, as Social Worker and Chaplain, for The Berkshire Farm Youth Center for Boys, Canaan, N.Y. Rev. Dugger or “Chap”, as the Berkshire Farm staff and students would call him, would work full-time at Berkshire Farm, for almost 15 years.

It was during this time that Clinton Dugger’s dream of having his own church began to take shape. His reputation, established at Trinity Church, Albany, and The Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, as an energetic and spiritually uplifting leader became known throughout the diocese. Fr. Dugger was sought after by the Senior and Junior Wardens of St Luke’s Episcopal Church, Chatham, N.Y. They approached Bishop Brown with their request, and the Bishop agreed. During the early 1970’s, Rev. Dugger was assigned to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Chatham, N.Y. He also had begun to serve at Beaver Cross, the diocesan camp and spiritual retreat center. Fr. Dugger served as visiting priest for the summer camp programs, spending several weeks of the summer as a spiritual leader to the counselors and campers. He also loved swimming in the pool and jumping off that diving board. Beaver Cross is where the infamous chasuble featuring Jeremiah the bull frog, was created by the campers. This yearly ministry continued for over 30 years.

Rev. Dugger led St. Luke’s Chatham for almost 15 years. During this time, his role at Berkshire Farm changed; and he was only working there part-time. In need of a more consistent role, to financially provide for his family, despite being a Canon, Vicar, and Chaplain, Fr. Dugger pursued an opportunity to teach at the diocesan episcopal boarding school, Hoosac, Hoosick Falls, N.Y. As a clergy member/teacher, Fr. Dugger taught an Ethics class and served as Chaplain.

In 1985, Fr. Dugger took on a new position as Rector of Church of The Redeemer, Rensselaer, N.Y. He served the city of Rensselaer in various ways, Chaplain of the fire department, supporter of the Boys and Girls Club, and Dean of the Southern Metropolitan Deanery. However, like anywhere Fr. Dugger was, his greatest gift was pastoral care. His love and care for people was infectious, and was felt across communities, towns, cities and beyond. He was as a friend to all that crossed his path. In 1998, Rev. Dugger “retired” from Church of The Redeemer. His absolute consistency, treating everyone he came across with the same love and attention, was admired by all.

After returning home to New Lebanon, N.Y., he received the Lord’s call one more time. This time, he was a familiar name to many familiar faces. While at Berkshire Farm, in the neighboring town of Canaan, N.Y., Fr. or “Chap” Dugger had fully integrated himself into the fabric of both towns. He was often called on for baptisms, confirmations, weddings, funerals, invocations, the Lion’s Club, and the New Lebanon Little League. Always a good neighbor and friend, Chap, Clint, Father, Rev. “Hugger Dugger” was loved by all.

In need of an interim priest, the timing of Clint and Ginny’s return to New Lebanon was perfect for The Church of our Savior, New Lebanon, NY. They asked the Bishop if he might be available to serve as an interim priest. At the age of 70, Fr. Dugger agreed. That interim role turned into a 15-year love affair. His final service was in 2015, at the age of 85. In 2018, Clint and Ginny moved to Virginia, to live with their son Michael and his family.

The Rev. Clinton George Dugger is survived by his loving wife, Virginia. They were married for 58 years. He is also survived by his son and daughter in-law, Michael and Simone, three grandsons Matthew, Jacob, and Joshua, his nieces and nephews, John, Janice, George, Frankie, Warren, and many grand, great-grand, and great great-grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral services which were postponed during the COVID pandemic have been rescheduled. Visitation will take place at The Cathedral of All Saints, 62 South Swan Street, Albany, NY 12210 on Friday, July 9, 2021, from 7:00 until 8:30 PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, July 10, 2021, 11:00 AM, immediately followed by committal in the Cathedral’s Columbarium. In order to help plan for appropriately distanced seating in the Cathedral, the family requests that those planning to attend contact them, by sending an email to Michael and Simone Dugger ().

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in honor of Canon Dugger, go to support the Dean’s (Leander S. Harding) Discretionary Fund. Checks can be made payable to Leander S. Harding, Dean of The Cathedral of All Saints. In the memo line, write Dean’s Discretionary Account. These contributions can be sent by mail to: The Cathedral of All Saints, 62 South Swan Street, Albany, N.Y. 12210. Contributions can also be given the day of the funeral proceedings. If you have further questions regarding your contribution, please call Meredith Ewbank at (518) 465-1342. Thank you! Rest in peace, good and faithful servant! PAID OBITUARY

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