Anthony “Tony” Skype, 66, helped create eponymous baseball field

GHENT–Anthony J. Skype passed away peacefully February 8. Born December 6, 1943 in Great Barrington, Mass., he was the son of the late John and Helen Ferris Skype.

Mr. Skype attended Chatham schools and afterwards helped with the Skypes’ IGA Market in Ghent, a family business, until the early ’70s. He later went into restaurant management and managed several different McDonald’s restaurants for over 25 years.  In the ’80s he also managed the facilities at the Fireman’s Home.

An avid golfer and fisherman, Mr. Skype was a member of the Ghent Rod and Gun Club, a social member of the Ghent VFW, a lifetime member of the Ghent Fire Company and was a past president of the Chatham Little League.  He was so involved with the creation of the Ghent field that it was just dedicated in his name as the Tony Skype Field.

He was a true and dedicated fan of both the Yankees and the Giants. Mr. Skype also loved cooking and had catered many local events.

He is survived by his sons, Kevin (Judy) Skype and Corey (Katie) Skype both of Chatham; his grandchildren, Lindsey, Kody, Tucker and Jenna; and his sister, Theresa Lewandowski of California.

His brothers, John and Eddie, died previously.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, February 11 at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl funeral home, Chatham from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 12 at 11 a.m., from Saint James Church.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Chatham Little League, through the funeral home, in his memory.

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Grace Darling, 92, her life revolved around her family

HUDSON–Grace A. Darling, 92, of Chatham, died Monday, February 8, 2010 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born January 26, 1918 in Patterson, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Sarah and William Kastner.

Mrs. Darling was a cook and nurses’ aide at the Payne Home in Chatham before retiring.

She enjoyed gardening and bird watching, but her life revolved around her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Darling was the beloved grandmother of Joy Ogden of Schenectady, Denise McGlauflin- Stutz of Clermont, Fla., Mary Duby-Parslow of South Cairo, Michael McGlauflin of Niverville, and Dennis McGlauflin, Jr. of East Greenbush. Also surviving are 14 great-grandchildren, and her niece, Selma Kastner of Catskill.

Her husband, Walter Darling; her daughter, Deborah Darling Hildwin; her sister, Gertrude Cole; and five brothers, John, Charles, Thomas, Augustus and Sidney Kastner, died previously.

Calling hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Services will be held at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Spring burial will be in the Chatham Rural Cemetery.


Viola Pitt, 87, enjoyed spending time with her family

PHILMONT–Viola J. Pitt, 87, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2010 at home, surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and friends.

Born July 8, 1922 in Schoharie, she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Rosa Chase.

Mrs. Pitt was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Mrs. Pitt is survived by five children, Rosalee (Merton) Tripp of Greenville, Arlene Buckton of Philmont, Audrey Wester of Ghent, Clarence (Barbara) Terrell of Greenville and Roger (Sara) Pitt of Livingston; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Hilda, Loretta, Dora Mae and Ella; her brother, Leslie; and several nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Ward Pitt; two brothers, Clifford and Bobby; and four sisters, Marion, Dorothy, Katherine, and Sara died previously.

Calling hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, followed by services at 6 p.m.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

The family wishes to thank Unlimited Care, Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, and Barbara Clapper, Teddy Joe Clapper and Sandy Green for the excellent care their mother received.

Donations may be made to the family.




Bette “PePe” Makas, 57, long-time Italian restaurant employee

HUDSON–Bette Jean “PePe” Makas  passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born May 1, 1952 in Hudson, she is the beloved daughter of Alfred and Jean Lasher.

Husband, Stanley Glenn “Buddy” Makas died previously: She is survived by her longtime companion, Stan Tomasitz.

Mrs. Makas attended the Hudson City School District and was employed by Moxie’s Italian Restaurant for more than 20 years.

Surviving are three children, Steven Makas and his wife, MaryAnn, Renee Makas and her longtime partner, Christine Bandos, and Michele Makas; one granddaughter, Erin Jean Makas; two sisters, Linda Fenoff (Raymond) and Patricia Lasher Johnson, and her longtime companion, Mark Dauemheimer; her niece, Christine Fenoff Degraff (Chris); a nephew, James Fenoff (Doreen); several great nieces and nephews, and two dear friends, Virginia Marchionne and Deborah Keil.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Semlear, the Walmart employees of Hudson for their efforts, the Greenport Rescue Squad, and Columbia Memorial Hospital’s ER and ICU staff, especially Dawn and Marlene, for their compassion and care.

Visiting hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, followed by funeral services at 6 p.m. Burial will be private.

After the service, the family will receive friends at the Makas home in Stuyvesant to celebrate her life.

Donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 99 Troy Road, Suite 200, East Greenbush, NY, 12061, or to Donna M. Crandall Foundation, 50 Traditional Lane, Loudonville, NY, 12211.




Rebecca Harder, 78, worked at Barnwell for 17 years

DADE CITY, Fla.–Rebecca A. Harder, 78, of Zephyrhills, Fla., formerly of Valatie, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2010.

Born March 4, 1931 in Browns Summit, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Charles L. and Annie ( Apple ) Osborne and the wife of the late Martin I. Harder.

Before her retirement she was employed by Clendenin’s, Harder’s Grocery Store and 17 years for Barnwell Nursing Home in their medical records department, all located in Valatie. In the late 1950s she was active in the PTA, was a 4-H leader in the early 1960s and Life Master’s in bridge, as well as an avid bowler.

She is survived by two daughters, Jeanne Harder of Valatie and Beverly Brule of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; one sister, Jessie Pegram of Brown’s Summit; two grandchildren, Lori Burke of East Greenbush and Brenda Dobert of Shreeveport, La.; five great grandchildren, Kyle Harder, Evana Burke, Brooke and Kayle Jones, lsabella Welch; and many nieces and nephews.


In addition to her parents and husband, one son, Daniel Harder, and her siblings Eva, C.L. Jr., Otis and Alfred Osborne, Edna Swink, Florine Wrenn and Mildred Brignul died previously.


There will be no calling hours. A private graveside service will take place in the Woodlawn Cemetery , Valatie. Contributions in Mrs. Hardern’s name may be made to Lee’s Chapel UMC, 2303 Lee’s Chapel Road, Greensboro, NC 27405 or HPH Hospice, 37445 Clinton Avenue, Dade City, FL 33525.


Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie, NY.