OBITUARIES: Kuhn, Baker, Witthoft, Henson, Kittell

Paul J. Kuhn (1950 – 2023)

GHENT—Paul Kuhn died April 25, 2023 at Ghent Rehabilitation & Nursing Center after battling Parkinson’s disease.

He was born June 11, 1950 in Buffalo to Magdeline (Gerstner) Kuhn and John Kuhn. He attended St. Peter and Paul grade school and Bishop Neumann High School. He attended college at Niagara University, SUNY Buffalo, Dutchess Community College and Columbia University, where he received his master’s degree in physical therapy.

He worked at Taconic Developmental Center as chief physical therapist until his retirement. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Balaban, Smith, Devlin, Moore, Iacovelli, Skerrett, Conine, Becker, Frank, Smead

Linda Balaban

Linda M. Balaban (1941 – 2023)

ALBANY—Linda Marie Balaban of Chatham Center passed away April 17, 2023 at Albany Medical Center. Born in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Owen and Ellis Sundberg Cullimore.

She graduated from Great Neck South HS and went on to attend Brigham Young University, University of Utah and graduated with a BA in biology from Hunter College. After college, she worked as a lab assistant at Cornell Medical School where she met her future husband. Once married, they bought a home in Chatham Center, which they rented out while working in Tubingen, Germany, and adventuring through Europe for two years. They returned to Chatham Center with their new daughter, and Mrs. Balaban turned her attention to raising her family. As her children got older, she resumed her career in science, working as a cytogeneticist at Albany Medical College. Read more…

OBITUARIES: McNally, Stiffler, Teator, Docktor, Gumbel, Wagner, Williams, Stults, O’Dell, Hills, Geerholt, Ashby, Albrecht, Ruppe, Dunn, Zacarolli

Michael E. McNally (1962 – 2023)

LEEDS—Michael E. McNally, 60, of Leeds passed away March 31, 2023. Born July 7, 1962 in Islip, he was the son of Joe and Mary (Cassidy) Taggart (predeceased).

He was a graduate of Germantown Central Schools. He served honorably as a United States Navy “Sea Bee” for 11 years. He received the Good Conduct Medal and was a rifle and pistol sharpshooter. After naval service, Mr. McNally lived on the west coast and then returned to Columbia County where he worked for Saulpaugh Farm and Feeds. After farming, he worked for Coarc Mellenville in facilities maintenance. He loved to work, relax and to fish. He was a faithful member of Light House Church in Athens.

He is survived by: his wife, Mary (Critelli) McNally; stepdaughters, Jennifer (Tony) DeMarco and Naomi Greene; grandsons, Dylan and Darrian; nephews, Justin (Mel) Critelli, Christopher (Daria) Doring and Shane McNally; niece, Kayla Critelli; siblings, twin brother, Frank and brother, Joe (Lisa) McNally. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Brusso, Mullady, Blanks

Virginia Brusso

Virginia M. Brusso (1934 – 2023)

KINDERHOOK—Virginia May Brusso, 88, went to sleep and woke up in the arms of Jesus, Tuesday, April 4, 2023.

Born May 11, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Peter J. Sapko, Sr., and Helen M Pauza. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by: her brothers, Peter, Jr., and Harry Sapko, and her husband, Edward Brusso.

After graduating from Hudson High School she went on to work many years at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. April 6, 1952, she married Edward W. Brusso and together they had four children: Edward Brusso, June (Vincent) Legg, Gregory Brusso and Terri (Tony) Jones. They shared 52 wonderful years of marriage until Mr. Brusso’s passing in June 2004. Aside from being an amazing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was an incredibly talented artist who loved to paint lighthouses, landscapes, sunrises and sunsets that she witnessed on the countless family vacations to the ocean. She deeply loved to listen to and spread the word of God and praying. She greatly enjoyed sharing a cup of coffee and a conversation with a loved one, camping, gardening, crocheting, cooking, baking and traveling, but the moments she treasured the most, were those she spent with family. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Vogel, Balli, Spiegler, Provencher, Brusie, Curran, Edelman, Preusser, Renaud, Barley, Loftus

Sharon Vogel

Sharon L. Vogel (1949 – 2023)

ALBANY—Sharon Linda Vogel, age 74, from Hudson passed away peacefully at Albany Medical Center, Monday, March 27, 2023. She was born in Hudson January 23, 1949 to the late Roy Brandt and Dorothy Whittaker Brandt of Hudson.

At age 15, she met the love of her life, Terry Vogel. They were married for 55 years and had 2 children together.

She worked various places in Hudson, The Candy Factory, CMH cafeteria, Hudson Cold Storage before finally retiring after 26 years from Price Chopper. She was a life-member of VFW #1314 auxiliary. Read more…