Constance Valden

Constance M. Valden (1932 – 2021)

ANCRAMDALE—Constance Marie (Anderson) Valden, 89, of Ancramdale died at home Tuesday, October 12, 2021. She was where she wanted to be.

Born at home August 8, 1932 in the Village of Brewster, Putnam County, she was the fourth of five children born to Charles Oscar and Elizabeth (Hollick) Anderson.

Her father worked for the railroad and her mother was a homemaker. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Gerber, Ouellette, Kimok, McLaughlin, Stock, Trotta, Barilics, Zito, Dinardi

Virginia Gerber

Virginia M. Gerber (1939 – 2021)

GHENT—Virginia Margaret (Van Vliet) Gerber, age 82, of Ghent passed away in her home, September 29, 2021 surrounded by family.

“Ginny,” as she was known, was born July 8, 1939 to loving parents LeRoy and Helen (Mawhinney) Van Vliet in Brooklyn. Her family officially moved from Bay Ridge Brooklyn to Ghent in 1953, after spending summers there at her grandmother’s for many years. She graduated from Chatham High School in 1957.

She married her husband and best friend of 50 plus years, Paul Gerber September 12, 1959. Together they built a home in Ghent that was full of love, laughter and four children. She regarded her faith very highly and attended church at Saint Luke’s in Chatham for many years. She had several jobs throughout her life, including as a lab tech in Albany and at the Berry Farm in Chatham. Her most adored job, though, was being a mother. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Watson, Gibson, McCagg, Gordon-Pough, Wright, Mickle, McEachern, Connor, Wildey, Thomas

Joseph W. Watson (1952 – 2021)

VALATIE—In His own time, Lord Jesus rescued Joseph W. Watson from this earthly life, September 27, 2021.

He was born January 20, 1952 to Josephine E. King and Walter Watson. Later Kenneth F. Thompson became his never-failing lifetime stepdad—he died in 2020.

Mr. Watson worked at the L&B Furniture Manufacturing Company in Greenport and attended Columbia-Greene Community College before entering in the U.S. Navy in 1970. He will be missed for an ever affectionate “I love you” to those whom he greeted in Hannaford’s and McDonald’s.

He is survived first and foremost by his cat, Ruggie who enjoyed his endless expertly-strummed guitar ballads. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Rowe, Antalek

Dale Rowe

Dale Rowe (1943 – 2021)

MELLENVILLE—Dale Rowe, 77, of Mellenville passed away Thursday, September 23, 2021.

Born October 10, 1943 in Hudson, he was the son of Edward and Vivian (Myers) Rowe. A lifelong Columbia County resident, he graduated from Ockawamick High School in 1962. He continued his studies at SUNY Cobleskill, earning an associate degree in 1964.

Mr. Rowe worked for more than 40 years at the Columbia County Department of Health, serving as environmental health director for 20 of those years. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Johnson, Walters, Gott, Curry, Kessler

Walter Johnson

Walter L. Johnson (1943 – 2021)

HUDSON—Walter Lee Johnson, 78, of Hudson died Thursday, September 16, 2021 at his home.

Born in Delway, NC, March 18, 1943 he was the son of the late James and Inetta (Murphy) Johnson.

Mr. Johnson was a railroad maintenance worker for Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation) until his retirement.

He is survived by: his children: Walter, Eugene, Jimmy, James, Laura, Darlene, Felicia, Christina and Doreen; his step-daughters, Caroline and Melissa; sisters, Shirley Moore and Annie Fennell; brothers, Donald and Ronnie Johnson.

He was predeceased by siblings, James Johnson, Jr., and Juanita Johnson.

Arrangements are with the Sacco Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. To leave online condolences visit

Al Walters

Alfred G. Walters (1949 – 2021)

VALATIE—Alfred “Al” G. Walters, 72, of Valatie passed away September 20, 2021 after a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends.

He was born in Brooklyn, September 14, 1949 to Alfred and Dorothy Walters. He worked as senior maintenance for 16 years at DPS in the East Greenbush School District. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was patriotic and a dedicated Republican. Mr. Walters shared a strong faith in God. Read more…