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. Funeral service plans are incomplete and will be announced. 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…

OBITUARIES: Rippel, Thyberg

Jay Rippel, Sr. (1935 – 2021)

CHATHAM—Jay Rippel, Sr., of Columbia County went into the loving arms of his wife, Dorothy, Thursday, September 9. They were married for 62 beautiful years.

He was an astounding man whose many accomplishments included several years in the military, several more years as a policeman and even more time as a firefighter. He also worked for the Columbia County Correctional Facility as well as GE in Selkirk.

He is most fondly remembered as a family man with his six biological children and numerous foster children along with 23 grandchildren, many of whom surrounded him as he departed this world. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Martines, Leab, Chiappinelli

Robert Martines

Robert S. Martines (1946 – 2021)

HUDSON—Robert S. Martines, 75, of Valatie passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born January 2, 1946 in New York City, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Josephine (Quillante) Martines.

He graduated from Catskill High School and served as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He was a kitchen cabinet specialist employed by Wickes Lumber in Selkirk and Mar-Jam Supply Company in Albany. He retired in 2010. He enjoyed passing the time away sitting on his front porch, smoking cigars, watching westerns on TV and listening to his favorite band, Pink Floyd. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Couitt, Teator, Hughes, Turner, Patzwahl, Michael, Stone, Moore, Ham, Hollenbeck, Kluge, Shatney, Hosier, Sandagato, Griffin, Alamillo, Koons, Fieller

Jordan Couitt

Jordan Couitt (1990 – 2021)

VALATIE—On September 5, 2021 the world lost a beautiful, amazing person, Jordan Couitt.

He was born December 19, 1990 in Providence, RI, to Lori Anderson (Couitt).

He was always the silly kid which continued into adulthood. He made everyone laugh whether from his jokes, his faces or his dance moves. He loved playing April Fools’ jokes on everyone. He never met a stranger.

He could talk to anyone no matter where he went. He wanted to learn about everyone as an individual and wasn’t interested in “small talk.” Read more…

OBITUARIES: Germann, Anglum, Johnson, Dodds, Jaffarian, Gott, Wright, DiCintio, Kozel, Wheeler, Bailly, Szafran, Lawrence, Sacco, Snyder, Bradway

Kyle Germann

Kyle T. Germann (1995 – 2021)

CLAVERACK—Sunday, August 29, 2021, Kyle Thomas Germann, loving husband, son, grandson, nephew, uncle and friend passed away at age 25.

He was born December 29, 1995 in Vallejo, CA, to Richard and Michelle (Traceski) Germann. After graduating from Taconic Hills High School in 2014, he went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business economics at SUNY Oneonta where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2017. He was employed at Williams Jones Wealth Management in New York City.

On May 22, 2021, he married his high school sweetheart Mikayla VanAlphen. They lived on Roosevelt Island in Manhattan with their beloved dog, Morti. Read more…