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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Glenn Sanders, 62, interests were many

WHITWELL, Tenn.—Glenn Sanders, 62, passed away at his home on Sunday, February 21, 2010.  He was a lifelong resident of Claverack until his retirement and move to Tennessee. He was the son of the late Thomas Sanders and the late Catherine Reese Sanders.

Mr. Sanders was a 1966 graduate of Hudson High School and a Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Navy.  He earned his associate’s degree from Columbia-Greene Community College in 1978. He worked at the State Assembly until his retirement in 2007.

Mr. Sanders leaves behind many cousins and wonderful friends.  He will be remembered fondly by all for his large and wonderful personality, kindness, loyalty and generosity. His interest in Newfoundland, NASCAR, cars, hunting, fishing, and sports, sports and more sports was infectious.

The Harlow family would like to thank Glenn’s wonderful friends in Claverack and Whitwell for their help in making these arrangements.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the A. B. Shaw Volunteer Fire Company, Drawer A, Claverack NY 12513.

Viewing hours are Saturday, March 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.  Burial will follow the viewing at the Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery, Claverack.





James Haskins, 63, worked at L&B Products

GHENT–James Haskins, 63, of Hudson died February 26th at Whittier Skilled Nursing Center after a long illness.

He was born November 10, 1946 in West Virginia and had worked as a welder at L&B Products of Hudson.

Surviving are his close friends Bob and Nancy Bonifacio of Hudson.

His partner in life, Gloria Ranford, died in 2008.

Services and burial are private.

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

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June Minkley, 74, enjoyed spending time with her family

PITTSFIELD–June E. Minkley, at age 74, passed away on February 28, 2010 at Mt. Greylock Extended Care Facility with her daughter and granddaughter at her side.

She was born in Pittsfield in 1935, daughter of the late Lawrence and Edith Minkley of Springfield, Mass. She was a 1952 graduate of Pittsfield High School and worked at the Berkshire Eagle and M & W Heating for many years.

She leaves her four children, William A. Chapman of Snohomesh, Wash., Deborah L. Tyska of Hinsdale, Gary G. Chapman of Pittsfield, and Laurie J. Briggs of West Lebanon and their families. A devoted and loving grandmother she leaves 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She leaves her only sibling and much loved sister, Janet Hoag and her husband, Paul, of Windsor. She also leaves her three nephews, Mark, Dale and Keith Hoag, along with three great-nephews and six great nieces.

She enjoyed the outdoors, all sports, and most of all spending time with her large family.

A service will be held at HALL & HIGGINS FUNERAL HOME at 457 Route 43 , Stephentown, Tuesday, March 2, at 1 p.m.