Robert “Bob” Mitchell, 66, had an adventurous spirit

ALBANY–Robert “Bob” Mitchell, 66, of Chatham, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 27, at Albany Medical Center with Robert Mitchellhis loving sisters by his side.

He is survived by his sisters, Valerie (Mitchell) Wallin and her husband, Peter, Glennis (Mitchell) Whiffen and her husband, Tim; nieces Heidi (Ferm) Nick and Emily (Whiffen) Warrington; and nephew Douglas Ferm. His nephew Tyler Whiffen and his parents Robert (Roy) and Jill Mitchell died previously.

Mr. Mitchell was born in Hendon, England during Second World War bombings of nearby London. He attended public and private schools in England, Canada, and the U.S., his family never settling in one place for more than two years at a time. He received an associate’s degree from Albany Business College. He worked as a New York City cab driver, a librarian at the Albany Public Library, a dispatcher in California, and a reporter for several local papers and websites.

He enjoyed traveling, writing, running, reading, debating, and spending time with his family. He was known affectionately as U.B. for Uncle Bobby and his warm smile and soft-spoken ways will be missed.

Mr. Mitchell had an adventurous spirit and lived life to the fullest. He saw life as a story to be written, rather than read, and the road less traveled as a source of inspiration. For that, he ended his days with many stories and many beloved friends.

The family will hold a private service at home.

Friends are invited to write memories in Mr. Mitchell ‘s guestbook at



Margaret “Marge” Lombard, 81, loved watching her grandchildren grow

STEPHENTOWN- Margaret L. “Marge” Lombard, 81, died on Friday at her residence after an extended illness.

Born in Hempstead, L.I. on Valentine’s Day, 1929, she was the daughter of the late John and Louise Patti Bollten. She was the loving wife of the late George B. Lombard, Sr. She attended the Stephentown Federated Church.

Educated on Long Island, Mrs. Lombard lived in Schenectady while she and her late husband worked for General Electric. They moved to Stephentown in 1957 and built the Valley View Restaurant and Motel. Upon her husband’s death, she converted the restaurant to apartments which she owned until her retirement in 2006. She was a former member of the Unity Lodge #9 Eastern Star in New Lebanon and bowled at the former Lar-A-Bowl. Mrs. Lombard enjoyed crocheting and mowing her lawn. She especially loved watching her grandchildren grow.

Survivors include her children, George B. Lombard, Jr. and Marsha L. (Jeff) Henderson all of Stephentown; a brother, Henry (Betty) Bollten of Sarasota, Fla.; brother-in-law Robert Fulton of Middleburg; a sister-in-law, Jean Bollten of Schenectady; grandchildren Lindsay Janssen, Amy Lombard, and Hunter and Harley Henderson; along with many nieces and nephews. Siblings Evelyn Fulton and John Bollten, Jr. died previously.

Graveside services will be held in the spring at Garfield Cemetery in Stephentown.

Memorial contributions would be appreciated sent to the Stephentown Rescue Squad in loving memory of Margaret L. Lombard.

Arrangements under the direction of Hall & Higgins Funeral Home of Stephentown.



Robert Kelly, 84, last original member of the Santa Claus Club

HUDSON–Robert Francis Kelly, 84, of Valatie, died Tuesday, February 23, 2010, at Columbia Memorial Hospital .

Born in Valatie June 6, 1925, he was the son of the late Edward J. and Ethel (Harder) Kelly Sr.

Mr. Kelly was a Medic with the U.S. Army during WWII and was employed by the state Dept. of Taxation and Finance in Albany. He was a member of the Valatie Santa Claus Club since 1946 and its last original member.

He was a 64-year member of the John W. McConnell American Legion Post # 47 in Valatie, the Bourbon and Chowder Society, a member of the Winding Brook Country Club for over 40 years and a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nancy (Keller) Kelly of Valatie; a son, Robert E. Kelly (Stacey) of Valatie; a sister, Mary Lou Willett of Alexandria, La.; a brother, John Warner Kelly of Springfield, Ill.; three grandchildren, Gabriel, Liam and Brady Kelly; and several nieces and nephews.

His brothers Edward J. Kelly Jr. and Truscott M. Kelly and a nephew, Michael Kelly, died previously.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 1, at 11 a.m. from St. John the Baptist Church, Valatie with the service conducted by Rev. John Molyn. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Valatie.

Calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Route 9, Valatie.

For those wish, contributions may be made to either  the Valatie Santa Claus Club, P.O. Box 601, Valatie, NY  12184, or the Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 242, Valatie, NY 12184.


Richard Moller Jr., 62, loved life and people in general

CHATHAM–Richard K. Moller Jr,.a lifetime resident of Chatham, died February 24 at home.

Born November 28, 1947 in Hudson, he was the son of Rose Navarra Moller of Chatham and the late Richard K. Moller Sr.

Mr. Moller graduated from Chatham Schools and worked with his dad at the family’s business, the Glass Bar in Chatham, and Richard’s located in Hudson. He also tended bar at Kozel’s Restaurant. He graduated from Dutchess Community College and attended Long Island University at the C W Post Campus. His living experiences brought him to other places where he enjoyed his time; Minnesota, Alaska and Connecticut.

Choosing to settle in Columbia County, Mr. Moller became a corrections officer with the New York State Department of Corrections, working at the Hudson Correctional Facility until he retired in December of 2009.

He loved his music and his guitar and he loved his golf as well. He loved life and people in general.

He is survived by his mother, Rose; his sister; Carol Bermingham of Hudson, and brother in law John Bermingham; his nephews, John and Peter (Ashley) Bermingham; and his many relatives and friends, especially Marybeth and John Rilke.

Family will receive friends Tuesday, March 2 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl funeral home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Religious services will be held Wednesday, March 3, from the funeral home at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Saint James Cemetery.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.

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Paul A. Ressler, enjoyed friendship at Stottville Fire house

STOTTVILLE—Paul A. Ressler, “Poly,” a lifelong Columbia County resident, resided in Stottville with his wife of  61 years, Dorothea; they raised four boys: Paul (Karen) of Danbury, Conn.;  Glenn of Valatie;  Richard (Karen) of Kinderhook; and Kevin of Stottville; as well as seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by a sister, Helen Kittell of Claverack. His brothers John and Julius, both of Hudson, died previously.

Mr. Ressler was a WWII veteran and served his country proudly in the USCG, New Bern, N.C. He was employed by the Canada Dry Corporation, where he worked for over four decades, after which he had a second career with the New York State Department of Corrections (Hudson facility), where he received numerous awards for his mentoring.

Mr. Ressler loved gatherings of all types; as the family patriarch he held all holidays at his home in Stottville or at his beloved lake house on the Great Sacanadaga Lake.  His hobbies included bowling, fishing, baseball, crabbing, and he was a diehard New York Mets fan who was blessed to travel to Shea and the new Citi Field on many occasions with his sons.

The thing he enjoyed the most was the friendship and extended family at Stottville Fire House.  Per his wishes, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Stottville Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 264, Stottville, NY.

After years of suffering with Parkinson’s disease, Mr. Ressler has chosen to donate his body to the Albany Medical College of Research, so at this time there will be no calling hours. A Christian Mass and burial will be announced at a later date.

We would like to invite friends to join the family at the Stottville Volunteer Fire Co.,  Stottville, on  Saturday, February 27, beginning at 1, for a casual remembrance and memorial gathering.