Gilbert Hein, 55, farmer and member of HVOTPA

HUDSON–Gilbert Hein, 55, of Clermont, died Thursday, September 10, 2009 at the Community Hospice.  A resident of Clermont for the last 23 years, he previously lived in Red Hook for 26 years.

He worked on the family farm in Red Hook and did various custom work as well as mowing, haying, and snowplowing.

Mr. Hein was a member of the Hudson Valley Old Time Power Assn. in Hudson.

Born July 6, 1954 in Poughkeepsie, he was the son of Dorothy I. (Alexander) Hein of Clermont and the late Charles F. Hein. He attended Red Hook Schools.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his brother, Glen Hein of Clermont and two uncles, Thomas A. Alexander of Hyde Park and Gene Daugherty of Irvington (Westchester County.) Several cousins also survive him.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 19, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Route 9, Red Hook. The Rev. Ryan T. Nace will officiate. There will be no calling hours.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Hein’s memory to Columbia Memorial Hospital, 71 Prospect Street, Hudson, NY 12534.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY.

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Sarah Rentschler, 59, gallery owner, caterer with a loving heart

HUDSON–Sarah Yorke (Rah) Rentschler of Hudson died suddenly of heart failure on September 6, 2009. She was 59 years old.
   Born in 1950 in Minneapolis Minn., she spent her childhood in Lake Forest, Ill. She attended the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn., and Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville (Westchester County,) before setting down longtime roots in New York City.
   She managed the renowned Vorpal Gallery in Soho, and subsequently managed the Vorpal in San Francisco. Returning to Manhattan, she opened the Sarah Y. Rentschler Gallery in her legendary penthouse space in Chelsea, with later locations on Greene Street in Soho, in Bridgehampton and Water Mill, New York, and finally on Warren Street in Hudson, where she brought many emerging artists into focus. She had a stint as a features writer at The San Francisco Progress, a weekly newspaper edited and published by her father William H. Rentschler, of whom she was a chip off the old block. Sarah later founded the Complicated Goat caterers with her longtime love Daniel Bleckinger. And if platters could talk!  Based in Hudson, concocting moveable feasts near and far, the company included cooking classes for kids.
   Ms. Rentschler  was an avid reader and writer, leaving behind many works in progress. She was a force of nature, with an incredible eye, an innate sense of style, and an enormous and loyal heart. Ms. Rentschler was a rebel who was often known to say “What trouble can we get into?!?” There is no one like her; she was ‘uni-Q’ in the words of her adoring mother, Sylvia.
   Over her lifetime Ms. Rentschler mothered and loved a menagerie of domestic and wild animals; there were the goats Hote and Ginnie, Walker, Maaa, and Audrey; cats Wilhelmina Scooter Livingston, Olivia, Sebastian, Bandita, Owly, and a latecomer adoptee from Hamilton, Ohio named Daytona; dogs Rufus, Felicia and Cora Dijon; and an indoor-outdoor chicken named Red.
   Ms. Rentschler was adored and will be missed by so many. She is survived by Daniel J. Bleckinger of Hudson; his children, Amber Wedin of New York City, Mark Wedin of Portland, Ore.; mother, Sylvia Angevin Thompson of Edgartown, Mass. and Geneva, Ill; father William Henry Rentschler of Hamilton, Ohio; siblings Peter Ferris Rentschler of Pensacola, Fla., Mary Angevin Rentschler of Vineyard Haven, Mass., Phoebe Rentschler Cole of Weston, Conn., Alexandra Angevin Thompson of Venice, Calif. and Geneva, Ill.; Hope Rentschler Garbo of Ross, Calif; and stepstiblings Lydia Thompson Whitehead of Chevy Chase, Md, and Wallace Underwood Thompson of St. Charles, Ill. Ms. Rentschler was Auntie Mame to the following nieces and nephews: Christine Angevin Rentschler; Peter Gadsden Rentschler; William Christopher Rentschler; Sophie Angevin Cole; Albion Angevin Alley; Henry Walker Cole; Lucie Snowdon Garbo; Mason Henry Garbo; and Bella Hanson Garbo.
   Her cherished step-father, George Wallace Thompson, of Geneva, Ill., died previously.
   A memorial service will be held at Eyebrow Farm, 111 Ten Broeck Lane, Hudson.
   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Animalkind, 721 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534and Dan Bleckinger’s “Free Spirits Children’s Tennis Development,” 111 Ten Broeck Lane, Hudson, NY 12534).

Dawn M. Foster, 29, waitress in Hudson

HUDSON–Dawn M. Foster, 29,  passed away on Sunday, September 6, at Columbia Memorial Hospital.                            

          She was born on August 16, 1980 in Hudson.

          Ms. Foster was a waitress at Nolitas Café in Hudson.


           Survivors include her mother, Ann M. Foster of Copake Falls, her father, Gary Foster of Pleasant Valley (Dutchess County) and a brother, Ian Foster of  Craryville.    


          Calling hours are 5 to 7 p.m.Friday, September 11, from the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, Route 22 Copake. Funeral service and burial will be at the convenience of the family.


           In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are request to National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410.


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Margaret T. Benton, 85, danced at Jacob’s Pillow

GT.BARRINGTON–Margaret T. Benton, 85, of Copake, a local resident since 1950, died on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, at Fairview Commons.

She was born on July 9, 1924 in Norwalk, Conn., the daughter of Bayliss and Bertha Sabo.

A housewife, Mrs. Benton also had assisted in the operation of the family business, the Video Cave in their locations in Columbia County. 

In her younger years Mrs. Benton was a professional tap and ballet dancer. She had performed at Jacob’s Pillow and the Sharon Playhouse and other locations. Throughout her life she enjoyed traveling, singing show tunes and attending all types of performances at Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow and other cultural venues.

Her husband, Edward F. Benton, died in 1986.

Survivors include her children, Edward H. Benton of Malden Bridge, Thomas G. Benton of Claverack and Lisa M. Benton of Hudson.

Friends are invited and may call Friday, August 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Route 22 in Copake.

A graveside service will  be held Saturday, August 22, at 10 a.m. in the Copake Cemetery with the Rev. Juanita Middlebrook officiating.

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Skylar Reneé Waldorf, 3, loved cooking with Mom

HUDSON—Skylar Reneé Waldorf, “Our Little Angel”, 3 years and nine months old died suddenly Saturday August 8, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Skylar Reneé WaldorfHospital.

Skylar was born November 30, 2005 in Gt. Barrington, Mass., and was scheduled to attend pre-school this fall at the Taconic Hills School District.

Skylar enjoyed all outdoor activities including swimming, fishing, playing with her dog and other animals and especially cooking with Mom.

She leaves her loving parents, mom Melissa M. Waldorf of Copake, and her companion Brian Crosby; her father, Jeremy Moore of Hillsdale; and her special “Bubby”, Richard LaMere Jr. of Stanfordville. She also leaves her loving siblings, Hannah Waldorf-Moore, Brionna LaMere, Taylor Sartori, Killian Waldorf-Moore and her beloved dog, Rupert.

Additionally, her beloved grandparents, Charlene and Michael Gardy of Torrington, Conn.; Killian Waldorf Jr. of Copake; Larry and Bonnie Ingham of Philmont; Ricky LaMere of Claverack and Louise Murphy of Hudson. Also her great grandparents, Bill and Marjorie Hurley of Winsted, Conn., Phyllis Grau of Florida and Etel and Francis LaMere of Millerton, along with many other extended family members.

A great uncle, Robert Rothvoss Sr. and a cousin, Michael Parker Limoges, died previously.

Her funeral service will be held Thursday, August 13, at 11 a.m. from the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22 in Copake.

Friends are invited and may call Wednesday, August 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be in the West Copake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers kindly consider a fund being established to assist her family and siblings, c/o Peck & Peck Funeral Home, PO Box D, Copake NY  12516.

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