Nellie Jones, 92, natural teacher shared her talents

SALISBURY, Conn.–Nellie M. Jones, 92, beloved mother of Cheryl E. Jones of Hillsdale and Jerry E. Jones of Chardon, Ohio, died peacefully at Noble Horizons November 1, 2009 with her devoted daughter at her side. 

Born September 9, 1917 in Rosby’s Rock, W.V., where her parents were visiting her grandmother, she was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and spent most of her adult years in the Willoughby-Eastlake area of Cleveland.   The eldest of 10 children of Henry and Etta Mae Leimkuehler, Mrs. Jones served as “nonny” to all of her younger siblings when her mother died an untimely death at age 42. Mostly self-taught, she excelled in domestic arts, making herself an expert seamstress, baker, cook, gardener and mother. 

Mrs. Jones was blessed with a lovely alto voice and a natural talent for music. She loved popular American songbook jazz and could charm most people with long-forgotten lyrics to some funny jazz tune.  A natural teacher, she shared her talents generously without judgment and was loved dearly by all who knew her.  

In addition to her children, she is survived by her sister Ethel, brother Howard, two grandchildren, Paul Jones and Stefanie Parker of Columbus, Ohio, and one great-grandaughter, Morgan Parker also of Columbus.  Her cherished husband, Edmond Gordon Jones, who was employed by the Cleveland Public Library, died in 1974. 

 Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, November  4,  from 5 to 7 p.m. at Peck and Peck funeral home  on Route 22 in Copake,  followed by a brief memorial service.  Funeral and burial will take place in Ohio on Saturday, November 7. 

Virginia Dick, Master Gardener judged at the County Fair

Virginia Dick, wife of the late George H. Dick, passed away at Barnwell Nursing & Rehab facility on October 10. A resident of Kinderhook since 1966, Mrs. Dick was born in Brooklyn to Olive and George Beebee on May 19, 1909. She attended schools in Brooklyn and worked as a secretary in New York City before her marriage.

She married George H. Dick on November 12, 1929 and resided in Woodhaven, Queens County, raising two sons who survive, Ronald B. (Judie) of Jacksonville, Fla., and Alan F. (Noreen) of Kinderhook. She was the proud grandmother of eight and great grandmother of 15. A sister, Olive and a brother, George, died previously. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Mr. and Mrs. Dick settled in Kinderhook in 1966 to be close to family.  A member of the Kinderhook Reformed Church, Mrs. Dick led an active life during her years in Kinderhook.  She taught classes in crewel embroidery at her home for many years, teaching her craft to numbers of women. A member of the Kinderhook Garden Club, she was a Master Gardener, winning many ribbons for her flower arrangements. She was a judge of 4-H flower exhibits at the Columbia County Fair, which she enjoyed for a number of fair seasons.

Memorials may be made to the Kinderhook Reformed Church Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 638, Kinderhook, NY 12106.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October  14, at 11 a.m. at the Kinderhook Reformed Church with the Rev. Rudy Visser Officiating. Burial will be in Kinderhook Cemetery.  Calling hours will be Tuesday at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Route 9 Valatie from 4 to 7 p.m.

Mildred Trombley, 77, leaves loving husband, daughters

 

AUSTERLITZ–Mildred L. Trombley, 77, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2009.Mildred Trombley

She was the daughter of the late Mae Belle and Harvey Norton.

Mrs. Trombley leaves behind her loving husband, Ronald Trombley; two daughters, Brenda Harvey of Austerlitz and Debra Gable of Lady Lake, Fla.; grandchildren Cory Klusman, Brionna Harvey and Ike Harvey; her sister, Ruth Coty of Pittsfield; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are under the direction of the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham.

Burial will be private.

Mary Grube, 89, worked in family’s general store

HUDSON–Mary M. Grube, 89, of Philmont, died Sunday October 4, 2009 in Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

She was born November 21, 1919 in Yonkers, the daughter of John and Mary (O’Brien) McKinney.

Mrs. Grube worked in the family business, Grube’s General Store in Copake Falls from 1942 to 1972 and later retired from the Wassaic State School in 1983.

Her husband, William C. Grube, died in1980.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ann Graves of Millerton; and two sons, Robert H. Grube of Philmont and William J. Grube of Athens, Greene County. Additionally, she is survived by three grandchildren and five great- grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday October 8, at 11 a.m. from St. Bridget’s R.C. Church/Parish of Our Lady of Hope, 8074 State Route 22, Copake Falls.

Calling hours and burial will be private.

To send an online condolence please visit peckandpeck.net.

 

Americo “Ricky” Garcia, 58, cowboy at heart goes home to the love of his life

HUDSON–Americo “Ricky” Garcia, 58, died Saturday October 3, at his home. Born July 27, 1951 in Punta Santiago, Puerto Rico, Mr. Garcia was the son of the late Rafael and Lydia (Vadiz-Garcia) Garcia. He was the maintenance supervisor for Hudson Terrace Apartments and later the manager of Lakeview Arms in Poughkeepsie.

Surviving are two sons, Steven M. and (Melissa) Garcia of Poughkeepsie and James Centino and fiancé (Tina Risch) of Catskill; a daughter, Maria and (Eddie) Herrero of Massapequa, Nassau County; three brothers, Benjamin, Rubin and Ralph Garcia; three sisters, Georgina Anasta, Josephine Ortiz and Isabelle Garcia; grandchildren Arianna, Iziah and Kiera Garcia, Sidnee and Jaiee Centino, Elliot and Emily Herrero; as well as many, many foster children and grandchildren.

His wife of over 30 years, Maria Caballero-Garcia, and one sister, China Calderon, died previously: The end of a love story for Maria and Rick. Believe in love at first sight. After losing his love, he lived 15 months with a broken heart that we could never heal. Two souls together for over 30 years, they were inseparable. Mommy was his love, but the Wild West was his passion. A cowboy at heart, his ranch always looked alive and untouched or else. Life gave them many obstacles and together they conquered each one. They filled their lives with hope, even during the times when there was little reason to hope. They were generous people; you would think they were millionnaires, and never expected anything in return. Now we are left with the photo memories of their love affair.

He was a hard man to dislike: A funny man who looked at life with a smile. He was a loving husband, a teddy bear of a grandfather, a compassionate friend, more of a brother than brother-in-law, more of a father than uncle; the heart and soul to his brothers and sisters; a hero to his children, gentle, patient, yet stern. He gave them never-ending strength and encouragement. We are blessed to have a rather simple yet powerful and loving relationship both.

As we look to the sky—they are at the ranch, a brave cowboy with all his gear, mommy is sewing away and reading her book, God is their neighbor. We are filled with agonizing sorrow for losing them, but great joy to know they are together again and live for eternity in our hearts. Mommy and Pappi, we will miss you each day. Love you. James, Steven and Marie.

Calling hours will be Thursday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. at Valenti and Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson. Funeral services will be Friday morning at 11 at the funeral home with Fr. Winston Bath officiating. Cremation will be private at Albany Rural Crematory.