OBITUARIES: Clegg, Van Sise, Cathline, Mabb, Willoughby, Baker

Frank Clegg

Frank R. Clegg (1934 – 2022)

CLAVERACK—Frank R. “Pops” Clegg, 88, of Claverack passed peacefully at his residence with his family by his side, Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

He was born October 22, 1934 in Hudson to the late Frank R. and Nora (Moran) Clegg.

Mr. Clegg was employed for more than 36 years with the Columbia County Department of Health as a sanitation inspector.

He was a United States Army veteran having served stateside during the Korean War. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Avenia, Hayner, Beck

Betty Avenia

Elizabeth M.H. Avenia (1932 – 2022)

HUDSON—Elizabeth “Betty” Mae (Holmes) Avenia, 90, a longtime resident of Hillsdale, passed away October 31, 2022 in Hudson.

She was born to Harold and Anna Mae (Smith) Holmes on February 23, 1932 in Norwalk, CT, the second of two children. Her family settled in Copake in 1936. She was one of the 49 members of the Roeliff Jansen Class of 1949 and a 1953 graduate of the New York State Teachers College at Potsdam.

On June 21, 1953 she married George “Moose” Avenia at the Copake United Methodist Church. They purchased the former Brady home in Hillsdale where they cherished nearly 61 years of marriage before Mr. Avenia’s death in 2014. Over the course of their marriage, they operated the Hillsdale Barber Shop and the B&G Liquor Store, traveled extensively, and particularly enjoyed bowling, casinos, friends and events at the Oxbow Club, and wintering in Oro Valley, Arizona. She was a proud member of “The Club,” a group of local ladies who met monthly to play Pokeno, share funny stories, and support each other as life-time friends. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Collins, Springstead, Lewis, Parsons

Kevin Collins

Kevin J. Collins (1960 -2022)

NEW LEBANON—Kevin J. Collins passed away at home Saturday evening, October 15, 2022.

Born in Albany May 9, 1960, he was the son of Allan and Shirley Collins.

He leaves behind his wife, partner and friend, Shari Eames Collins; his daughter, Ashlee Collins; his three granddaughters, Emily Poulter, Anastacia Meyer and Bella Meyer; his three grandsons, Llayton, Llewellyn and Lluxe Scott; his sister, Tammy Bouck; brothers, Daniel (Rebecca), Allan and Ronald; two stepchildren, Russell and Staci Meyer; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Howard Haberkern. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Mans, Schmidt, Van Steenburg, Paladino, Gigante, Briscoe, Blanchard, McAvoy, McCormick

Jan Mans

Janice W. Mans (1932 – 2022)

CATSKILL—Janice “Jan” Wilkinson Mans of Churchtown died October 19, 2022 at the Pines Nursing Home, Jefferson Heights, where she had been a resident for the past two years.

She is survived by: her son, Brian of Hagaman; daughter and son-in-law, Laurie and Joe Castle of Churchtown; granddaughter, Kathryn (Jeff) Fabian of Freehold; grandson, Jimmy (Alexa) Schuck; great-grandson, Niko of Marco Island, FL; granddaughter, Emily (Justin) Turner; great-grandson, Royce of Trumbull, CT; grandson, Joseph Castle, Jr., of Catskill; several nieces and nephews.

She was born September 16, 1932 in Hudson to Harold and Mina Wilkinson. She grew up in Copake and graduated from Roeliff Jansen High School in 1950. In 1952, she married her high school sweetheart, Maurice “Mo” Mans and soon after they established their lifelong residence in Churchtown, where they enjoyed their life together until Mr. Mans’ passing in 2015. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Stalker, Dyksen, McKenna, Mural, Doody, Drabick, Robinson, Boos

Thomas Stalker

Thomas V. Stalker (1940 – 2022)

STALKER—Thomas Vernon Stalker, 81, of Stockport died peacefully at home, Saturday, October 15, 2022. Born December 12, 1940 in Port Chester, he was the son of the late Walter P. and Alice Winifred Stalker.

“Tom” was a loving husband, father and grandfather, he served proudly in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1960 and received a certificate of recognition from the secretary of defense for his service during the Cold War. He was a member of ABATE and the VFW. He loved riding his Harley and throwing biker parties at his house. He retired after a long career from Metro North as a crane operator.

He will be greatly missed by: his loving wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Kosa Stalker; daughter, Theresa (Donald) Tutt; brothers, George, John and James Stalker; his sister, June Stalker; grandchildren, Cristy Tutt, Willow Levine. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Thomas E. Stalker; brother, Norman “Pete” Stalker and his sister, Lenore Coons. Read more…