Meta Kay Mitchell, 70, longtime Niverville UMC member

VALATIE–Meta Kay (Hoops) Mitchell, 70, entered into eternal life Thursday, March 4, 2010.

Mrs. Mitchell was born December 3, 1939 in Floral Park, L.I., the daughter of the late Martin and Gretel (Lachele) Hoops and a graduate of Martin Van Buren High School, Long Island.

Mrs. Mitchell married Robert K. Mitchell on May 19, 1962 in Napanoch, and the two shared a blessed union of almost 48 years together. She was most recently a grandmother who focused much of her time attending the numerous church, school and sports-related activities of her grandchildren and then retiring for the winter months to Leesburg, Fla.

She previously worked for 19 years in the deli at the Grand Union and was a longtime member of the Niverville United Methodist Church and the Kinderhook Elks Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, Bob; her loving children, Robert (Carol) Mitchell, Matthew (Frances) Mitchell and Melissa (Jason) Klindtworth of Guilderland; her cherished grandchildren, Tyler, Ryan, Emma, Lucas, Gabrielle, Riley and Hanna; her sisters, Gertrude Kogel and Meta Hoops; her brother Martin Hoops; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of the Neurosurgical ICU at AMC for the care and compassion they extended to Kay while in their care.

A Service of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 8, 2010 at 10 a.m. in the Nlverville-Chatharn Center United Methodist Church with Rev. Stark Jones, pastor, officiating. Friends and relatives are invited and may call Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, NY 12184. Burial will take place in Kinderhook Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Niverville-Chatham Center United Methodist Church, 28 Church Street, Niverville, NY 12130 in Mrs. Mitchell ‘s memory .


Colette Heath, 54, enjoyed camping, yard sales, fireworks

HUDSON–Colette R. (Dallas) Heath, age 54, of Greenport died Wednesday, March 3 at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital. She was born October 13, 1955 in Hudson, and was the daughter of Colleen (Hanson) Dallas, and the late Gifford “Gipp” Dallas.

In addition to her mother, Mrs. Heath is survived by her husband of 36 years, Larry A. Heath of Greenport; a son and future daughter-in-law, Justin M. Heath and Ann( Nancy) Autenrieth of Philmont;  and three sisters, Kathy Mabb of Chatham, Janet and her husband Robert MacFarlane of Philmont and Sandra and her husband John Owen of Livingston. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Melissa Bartolomeo, Angelina Heath and Sydney Heath, all of Philmont, and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Heath enjoyed camping and yard saling with her family, and she also loved fire works.

A graveside service will be conducted Saturday, March 6, at 2 p.m. at Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson with Pastor Ken Coddington of the Trinity United Methodist Church officiating.
Contributions in Mrs. Heath’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis TN 38101.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the McDonald & Valenti-Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson.


William Stack, 83, former Chatham Schools employee

VALATIE–William A. Stack, 83, formerly of the Chatham area, died Thursday at Barnwell Nursing and Rehab Center. Mr. Stack was born August 5,1926 in Wallkill, the son of the late Thomas and Julia Etta (Jamin) Stack. He was brought up and attended school in Middletown. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 -1945.

Mr. Stack was employed with the Chatham Central School District for many years, retiring in 1987. He would also be remembered for his “Stack’s Snacks” wagon at local events and fairs as well as his woodcraft.

Mr. Stack is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jean (Hinchey) Stack; daughters Kathleen and husband Ronnie Porter and Susan and husband Richard Faulkner, both of Chatham.  He is survived also by grandchildren Alan Faulkner and Crystal Pauli and four great-grandchildren.

A calling hour  will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon, and a funeral service will follow at noon from the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham. Burial will be in the Old Chatham Union Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Chatham Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 55, Chatham, N.Y. 12037.

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Ronald Kunda, left many special friends

HUDSON–Ronald Douglas Kunda after a long illness joined his Lord and maker on February 27, 2010.

During his lifetime Mr. Kunda’s humor and passion for people allowed him to make many special friends.

Mr. Kunda is a graduate of Hudson High School and worked as a pipe fitter until becoming disabled. He proudly served his country in the Army, including an active tour of duty in Vietnam.

Mr. Kunda will be remembered for his love of game hunting and the many trophy deer he bagged, his victory garden, and his personally prepared recipes. Most of all he will be remembered for his love and devotion to his wife of 18 years, Mary Isham of Wassaic.

He is also survived by brother Ken (Maureen) Kunda; nephews Adrian and Adam Kunda and Dominick Tibben; niece Kyle Tibben; cousin John Mizerk of Hudson; brother in law Ted Isham; sister in law B J. Tibben; and his devoted friend, Camy, his dog.

A memorial service will be conducted at St. Mark’s Church, Hudson, on April 3 at 10:30 a.m. Burial with military honors will immediately follow.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Mr. Kunda’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are with M. Grimaldi Funeral Home.



Vicki Simons, journalist, community activist, dies

GHENT–Victoria Alda Simons died of lung cancer on March 1 at her home surrounded by family.Vicki Simons

For 15 years she was editor of the twice-weekly Independent newspaper, published out of Hillsdale and serving as official newspaper-of-record for virtually every government entity in Columbia and southern Rensselaer counties.

Following sale of the paper in 2001, she became a participating founder and first executive director of Columbia County Bounty, a non-profit that connects local farmers to local chefs and consumers to promote local agriculture. She played an integral role in expanding the Bounty model to other Hudson Valley counties, and last year coordinated Bounty’s signature “Taste of….” event.

In 1996 she was elected as the first woman to serve on the board of the Columbia County Agricultural Society, which puts on the annual Columbia County Fair. Among other responsibilities, she handled marketing, corporate sponsorships and efforts to expand use of the fairgrounds for other events. She held the title of vice-president until she was named a board member emerita in 2009.

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