Leo Pulcher, ran Pulcher’s Motors for more than 60 years

HUDSON–Leo J. Pulcher passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2010.

Mr. Pulcher was the loving husband of Viola (Kuhner) Pulcher, who passed away in December of 2007.

He served for over four years in the United States Army during World War II.

Mr. Pulcher was a 1st Sergeant with the H & S Co. 173 Combat Engineers BN. He received numerous medals and a Purple Heart and saw action in Leyte and Okinawa.

Following the war, Mr. Pulcher and his twin brother, Herman, operated Pulcher’s Motors–a landmark service station on Route 9 for over 60 years.

He was a lifetime member of the Greenport Fire Department; a member of the local Knights of Columbus Council 316, and a member and former trustee of Holy Family Church in Stottville.

Mr. Pulcher is survived by his four children, Elizabeth of Greenport, Thomas (Diane) of Wappingers Falls, Leo (Debbie) of Stottville, and Viola (Gary) Wicks of Speculator; and eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and a brother, John, of Waterford.

Three brothers, Herman, Theodore, and Rev. Paul, and five sisters, Teresa (Sister Mary Agatha), Amelia, Cres, Ann, and Madlyn, died previously.

Viewing hours will be Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

A Rite of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of St. Joseph, 2824 Atlantic Avenue, Stottville.

Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Stuyvesant Falls.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church of St. Joseph or the Greenport Rescue Squad, 3 Newman Road, Hudson, NY, 12534.


Henry “Hank” Kowalski, 73, worked for state Division of Youth

HUDSON–Henry S.”Hank” Kowalski, 73, of Valatie, died Wednesday January 20, 2010, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Born in Stuyvesant Falls, August 7, 1936, he was the son of the late Stanley and Louise (Molinski) Kowalski. Mr. Kowalski was a U.S. Army veteran and worked in the finance department for the New York State Division of Youth in Albany. He was a member of the Columbia Greene Humane Society.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. from the Church of St. Joseph in Stuyvesant Falls with Rev. Frank O’Connor officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Friends may call Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie.

For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY 12414.


Billie Jo Clark, 41, loving mother

JACKSONVILLE, Tex.–Billie Jo Clark, 41, formerly of Germantown, died January 16.

Ms. Clark was born November 26, 1968 in Rhinebeck, the daughter of Esther Tyler of Rhinebeck and the late Irving Funk

Before moving to Texas she had been employed as a school bus driver for Donald R. Kline of Livingston.

A loving mother she enjoyed reading, her cats, cooking and arts and crafts.

Surviving are her daughter, Amanda Clark of North Carolina, and son, Jonathan Clark III of Colorado, and a brother, Kenneth Tyler of Red Hook.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday from the First Reformed Church of Hudson with the Rev. James Eastland officiating.

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


Frieda Metz Assed, 95, loved to garden

VALATIE–Frieda (Behrens) Metz Assed, 95, of Stuyvesant, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2010 at Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where she had been a resident since April 30, 2009.


Born in Hoboken, N.J., December 9, 1914, she was the daughter of Clara (Sluka) Behrens and John T. Behrens.  At 7 years old she moved to Rossman and lived there for 43 years. She had been a resident of Stuyvesant for the last 35 years.


Mrs. Assed was employed by the Universal Match Corporation in Hudson from 1952 to 1977. After her retirement, she loved to garden, create floral arrangements for friends and practice the fine art of home economics.


Surviving are three sons and two daughters-in-law, Charles and Ruth Metz of Valatie, George and Dolores Metz of West Ghent, and Jerry Metz of Watertown; her daughter and son-in-law, Arlene and Fred Favour of Trenton, S.C.; seven grandchildren, Greg Metz of Delmar, Jeff Metz of Albany, Gary and Susan Favour, both of S.C., Justin Metz of East Nassau, Marci Wall of Chatham, and Tracy Mather of East Greenbush; five great-grandchildren, and several dear friends.


Her husband of 28 years, Charles R. Metz, died in 1961. They were married on March 4, 1933.  Her husband Joseph Assed died in 1981.


Visiting hours will be 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.


Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday from the funeral home.


Burial will be in the Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Columbia Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson, NY, 12534, or to Animalkind, Inc., 721 Warren Street, Hudson.


Janet D’hont, 89, worked at Roeliff Jansen School for 33 years

PITTSFIELD–Janet I. D’hont, 89, of Hillsdale, passed away Saturday January 16, 2010 at Berkshire Medical Center.

She was born on August 9, 1920 in Yonkers, the daughter of the late Oliver C. and Janet (Rayner) Ineson.

Mrs. D’hont had been employed in the business and guidance offices of Roeliff Jansen Central School, now known as Taconic Hills Central School, from 1957 to 1990.

Survivors include her husband, John J. D’hont of Hillsdale; two daughters, Margaret Schmid and her husband Peter of Craryville and Kathryn Bock of Hillsdale. She also leaves three grandchildren, Jennifer Bock of Albany, Heidi Bock of Hillsdale and C. Matthew Tuller of Albany, along with nieces and nephews.

Two daughters, Barbra Haskins and Janet Tuller, and two brothers died previously.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. William Murphy Thursday January 21, 2010 at 10 a.m. from St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Gt. Barrington.


Calling hours will be private.

Burial will be in Old St. Bridget’s Cemetery, Copake Falls.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be offered to the Community Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 327, Copake NY 12516 or St. Peter’s R.C. Church, 16 Russell St. Gt. Barrington, MA 01230 or the Critical Care Unit at Berkshire Medical Center, 725 North St., Pittsfield, MA 01201 or the Kickery Fund, a fund established through the Fairview Hospital Nursing Staff used to provide last wishes and assistance to patients. Contributions to the Kickery Fund may be made in care of Peck & Peck Funeral Home, P.O. Box D, Copake, NY 12516.


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