OBITUARIES: Olm, Day, Sharp, Lester, Isbester

Richelle Olm

Richelle Olm (1968 – 2021)

ALBANY—Richelle Olm of Craryville passed away the afternoon of December 20, 2021 while battling cancer at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born May 30, 1968 in Hudson, she was a graduate of Hudson High School. She was a server at Martindale Chief Diner and Main Street Diner in Valatie for many years.

She was predeceased by her parents, Richard E. Olm and Patrica Olm. She survived by: her loving fiancé, Michael Masten; her loving children, Christopher Rowan, Nathaniel Picardi and Michaela Masten; her two grandsons, Levi Lachance and Theodore Picardi; her aunt, Nancy (Olm) Scalera; brothers, John and Richard Olm; her sisters, Lisa and Kim Zullo; numerous loved ones and friends.

She was devoted to all of her daughter’s softball games. She also loved the outdoors and camped since she was a little girl. She spent most of her summers in the Adirondacks and fell in love with everything about them, from the lakes and the streams to the trails and the mountains. Her favorite thing to say every Friday was, “Northbound!” She will be sadly missed and remembered by many.

She was always a helping hand to anyone that truly needed it. She was a hardworker and managed to fulfill most of her life’s dreams.

Funeral services were held December 28 from the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson. Interment was in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Janice Day (1942 – 2021)

HUDSON—Janice M. Day, 79, of Hudson passed away suddenly December 27, 2021.

She was born November 15, 1942 in Hudson to Thomas R. Bartholomew and Elvia (Moore) Bartholomew.

She was employed as a teacher’s aide in the Hudson City School District before starting her career as a manager with Bagel Tyme for more than two decades. She became well-known and loved by the local community.

Mrs. Day is survived by: her loving husband of 60 years, Douglas H. Day, Jr.; her daughters, Rebecca Day, Kim (Craig) Tow, Marcia Corrado and Carol Ann (Scott) Travis and their spouses; her two sisters, Gloria Hollenbeck and Barbara McCagg; sister-in-law, Mary-ellin Bartholomew; brother-in-law, Bill Kosnick; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; many cousins; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by: her brothers, Donald and Thomas Bartholomew; sister, Carol Kosnick; brothers-in-law, Joel Hollenbeck and Alfred McCagg, Jr.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her honor to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society SPCA, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson.

Russell W. Sharp (1948 – 2021)

ALBANY—Russell William “Ricky” Sharp, 73, a longtime resident of Elizaville passed away Friday, December 24, 2021 at the Stratton VA Medical Center.

Born August 29, 1948 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Brinton A. and Caroline (Lakestream) Sharp. He married LeeAnn Donerly June 6, 1981 at the Elizaville Methodist Church. She survives at their home.

Mr. Sharp served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He received a Purple Heart during his time of service. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post #7765 of Red Hook and a member of Harris Smith American Legion Post #524 of Tivoli.

He was the owner and operator of Sharp Construction and took great pride in his craftsmanship. He enjoyed being outdoors, always fishing, hunting or playing golf.

In addition to his loving wife, LeeAnn, he is survived by: his sister, Cindy Callaway of South Carolina; his sister-in-law, Mary Lorenz of Red Hook; his niece, Kelly Fink; his great-niece, Ainsley Finke; extended family and countless friends.

As per his wishes, funeral services will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the Red Hook VFW Post #7765, P.O. Box 293, Red Hook 12571.

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

Marion Lester

Marion L. Lester (1929 – 2021)

CLERMONT—Marion L. Lester, 92, of Clermont gained her wings December 29, 2021 surrounded by her loving family.

Born February 21, 1929 in Portland, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Philip and Margaret (Lowell) Wilson.

She married Edward Lester August 24, 1962 in Westbrook, Maine.

She loved to sing, paint, color and sew. She always kept busy and took great pride in making items like pillows for her family. Above all she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She was a member of the Eastern Star and a hillbilly band where she shared her love for singing. She helped with bingo at the Masonic Temple in Tivoli. She spent countless hours volunteering her time to these organizations.

Survived by: her children, Eva (Arthur) Kilmer, Gayle (Gus) Jacker, Jack (Mary) Lester, Jeffrey (Sue) Lester, Joseph (Tiffany) Lester and Jerald (Julie) Lester; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; her close friends, Shelly Proper and Robert Seaton; extended family and friends.

She was predeceased by her loving husband, Edward; her son, Jimmy Lester; her daughter, Linda Keator and several siblings.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Tuesday, January 4, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. After calling hours, burial will take place at Red Church Cemetery in Tivoli.

Donna M. Isbester (1942 – 2021)

KINDERHOOK—Donna Maureen Isbester, 79, of Kinderhook passed away Thursday, December 30, 2021 at her home.

Born April 25, 1942 in Nassau, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Julia (Kosegarten Conant) Lansley.

She graduated from Ichabod Crane High School in 1960. In addition to her studies, she was a cheerleader for the varsity basketball team. Following graduation Mrs. Isbester had a career as a secretary and office manager with AT&T and enjoyed her retirement by traveling in an RV from Alaska to Florida and California to Maine. Supporting her grandsons was always a priority—be it with her cooking or by attending as many track and field, soccer and other school events as possible.

She is survived by: her son, Paul K. Isbester, Jr., and his wife Marjorie of Castleton; three sisters, Emma Sluus of Valatie, Audrey Burrall of Florida and Beverly Borovich of Nebraska; two grandsons, George and Aleck Isbester; her sister-in-law, Jean Lansley; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul K. Isbester, Sr., and two brothers, Austin and William Lansley.

Services will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414. Arrangements are under the direction of the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

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