OBITUARIES: Willner, Langlois, Bondi, Barrett, Esposita

Robert Willner

Robert G. Willner (1931 – 2021)

Robert Gary Willner of Chatham passed away, 12 days before his 90th birthday, on the morning of Tuesday, May 18, at his home, in the loving presence of his wife Barbara and daughters Helena and Marla.
Bob had been a part of Columbia County life since 1985, and a full-time resident of Chatham since 1992.
Bob was born in Brooklyn to Martin & Celia Willner (née Lindenauer), and was predeceased by his beloved brother Allen in 2008. Bob graduated from Brooklyn Boy’s High School, Columbia College (AB 1956) and NYU Law School (LLB 1959). He did a short stint in the army after the Korean War. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1960. Bob worked most of his career in restricted securities, starting at the USSEC and ending as senior vice president at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, an investment bank in New York City.

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OBITUARIES: Kozlowski, Wright, Feller, Van Loan, Almstead, Hood, Grover, Judson

Paul C. Kozlowski (1962 – 2021)

GERMANTOWN—Paul C. Kozlowski, Jr., 58, of Germantown died suddenly Friday, May 15.

A memorial service is being planned and will be announced.

Thomas Wright

Thomas W. Wright (1951 – 2021)

ANCRAM—Thomas Weir Wright, 69, of Ancram and New York City passed away unexpectedly May 4, 2021.

“Tom” was born December 13, 1951 in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Hoosac School in Upstate NY in 1970.

He studied theosophic philosophy at Boston University for one year after which he traveled to Afghanistan, Greece, Israel, Turkey and France, among many other destinations known only to him. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Kring, Legendre, Johnson

Ralph Kring

Ralph R. Kring (1926 – 2021)

HUDSON—Ralph Raymond Kring of Ghent passed away Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, 2021 at the FASNY Firemen’s Home at the age of 95.

He was born in Ogdensburg, January 9, 1926, the son of Ira Raymond and Helen Marie (nee Darrow) Kring. Family gatherings were spent on his grandfathers’ property, which was later purchased by the State of New York and is known today as Kring Point State Park.

He had two older sisters, Hope Prior of Ghent and Elaine Katt of Catskill, both of whom predeceased him, and later a brother, James G. Kring, DDS, of Malta. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Yurish, McKinley, Naegeli, Muller, Hogan, Buono

John Yurish

John L. Yurish (1935 – 2021)

CANAAN—On May 6, 2021, John Leonard Yurish “Jack,” of Canaan, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather was called home to God.

He was born October 9, 1935 in Pittston, PA, to John and Ann Yurish. He grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Brooklyn after high school. He attended Fordham University on a football scholarship where he earned his degree in sociology. While at Fordham he enrolled in ROTC and completed officers training. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1957 to 1963.

He met the love of his life, Emma Bridget Brennan on her 18th birthday at John’s Ice Cream Parlor in Brooklyn. They were married in the “Lady Chapel” at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC December 15, 1956. Read more…