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.

David Strousse, 87, brought levity and laughter to every occasion

ALBANY–David Strousse of Kinderhook died on February 15 at St. Peter’s Hospital. He was 87 years old. David Strousse

He was born in Philadelphia on May 31, 1922 to Flora and Louis Strousse. He graduated from Germantown Academy in 1940 where his grades were average but his ability to make classmates laugh was unrivaled. He later attended the University of North Carolina but his education was cut short to serve his country during World War II in the 141st Army Air Corp. He was in active service in the South Pacific for three and a half years and was discharged on New Year’s Eve in 1945.

After the war, Mr. Strousse became a Madison Avenue advertising executive in New York City for notable agencies including Grey Advertising and Foote, Cone & Belding, where he helped build iconic brands such as RCA Victor Records and Clairol. In 1970 he switched to the client side and became the VP of Advertising for L’Oreal where he coined the now famous slogan, “Because I’m Worth It”. He later moved on to Seiko Time Corporation where he served as VP of Advertising and Public Relations for over 20 years.

Mr. Strousse reluctantly retired at the age of 78 and moved from his home in Rye to Kinderhook where he was secretary of the 50’s Group, on the Board of Directors of North Pointe and a member of the Old Chatham Hunt Club and the Lenox Club. He was a dealer and collector of antique padlocks and a gifted sculptor, with pieces in the private collections of the late Benny Goodman and the Hearst family.

Mr. Strousse was a superb athlete in his youth but a better lawn mower in retirement. He brought levity and laughter to every occasion and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He leaves behind five children: Cindy, Tracy and David from his first marriage to Marcia Dembow; and Justin and Eben from his marriage of 42 years to Pamela. He also leaves four granddaughters, Rose, Kate, Amelia and Lydia, and his dog Oliver.

A date to celebrate his life is yet to be determined.



Marie Lanner, 88, communicant of Immaculate Conception church

STEPHENTOWN- Marie Louise Lanner, 88, died on February 15 at her grandson’s residence under the care of Community Hospice of Rensselaer County.

Mrs. Lanner was born October 11, 1921 in the Bronx. She had previously resided in Silver Beach Gardens, the Bronx, before moving to Stephentown. She had retired from the New York Telephone Company where she was a manager.

Mrs. Lanner was a member of the Telephone Pioneers and a communicant of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in New Lebanon. She was the widow of 1st Lieut. Joseph A. Lanner, killed in action during World War II in the Philippines. Her daughter, Marie L. Killeen, also died previously.

Survivors include her grandsons and their wives, Michael and Lori Killeen with whom she resided and Mark and Kim Killeen of Cropseyville; a sister and her husband, Helen (Robert) Hauser of Surfside Beach, S.C.; great grandchildren Sarah Killeen, Kaitlyn (Nick) Homiak, Daniel Killeen, Joseph Killeen, Nicole Killeen; and her nephew Robert Messerschmitt, along with several other nieces and nephews. She was also the best friend of Millie Pascale of the Bronx.

Burial will take place at a later date in the Long Island (Pinelawn) National Cemetery in Farmingdale.

Memorial contributions would be appreciated to either Charlie’s Pantry, P.O. Box 218, New Lebanon, NY 12125 or Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

A special thanks to the personal aides that have taken care of Marie for the last few years and also to Community Hospice of Rensselaer County.

Arrangements were under the guidance of the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home of Stephentown.



Joan Wheeler, 77, owned New Lebanon coffee, gift shops

PITTSFIELD- Joan MacDonnell Wheeler, 77, formerly of New Lebanon, died peacefully at her son’s home, where she has resided since 2007, under the care of Hospice in the Berkshires, on Monday, February 15.

Born March 25, 1932 in Queens, she was the daughter of the late Allan B. and Florence Christopher MacDonnell. She was the loving wife of the late Albert I. Wheeler, who died on June 3, 2006. They were married in Brainard Methodist Church on March 15, 1958.

A 1950 graduate of Richmond Hill High School in Richmond Hill, L.I., Mrs. Wheeler was a member and very active in the Queens Baptist Church. She worked at the American President Line Steamship Co. in New York City before moving to New Lebanon in 1954. She was the owner of the Cottage Coffee Shop from 1954 to 1956 in New Lebanon Center which she turned into her residence when she and Al got married.

Mrs. Wheeler worked for Ceramaseal in New Lebanon until 1959 when she started her family and stayed home to raise her children. She also worked at various newspapers in the area before opening the Wooden Indian Gift Shop at her home and at the Village Plaza in New Lebanon until the early 1990s. She and her husband traveled extensively and enjoyed camping. She was a member of the American Legion Post #1236 Ladies Auxiliary, the LVPA and Fire Police and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mrs. Wheeler was an avid Brookyn Dodgers fan.

Survivors include her children, Nancy J. W. (Roger) Vincent of Berlin and Glenn A. (Liz Newton) Wheeler of Pittsfield; grandchildren Caleb I. M. Vincent, Marcia M. M. Vincent, Emma Wheeler and Hannah Wheeler; along with lifelong friends Corinne and Ed ImHoff of Pisagh Forest, N.C.

Arrangements were with the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 Route 43, Stephentown.

Burial will be in the spring in the Cemetery of the Evergreens.

Memorial contributions may be made to either Hospice in the Berkshires or the Memorial Fund of the Cemetery of the Evergreens in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 9, Stephentown, NY 12168.