Mildred Hermans, 90, was employed by Social Services department

PHILMONT–Mildred E. Hermans, 90, of Copake, died Wednesday November 4, 2009 at the Pine Haven Home.

She was born on October 16, 1919 in Hudson, a daughter of the late Ralph and Alice (Waltermire) Studley.

Mrs. Hermans was a graduate of the New York State Teachers College in Albany and had been employed for many years as a supervisor for adult services by the Columbia County Department of Social Services.

She was a longtime member of the Copake United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, where she held various offices. She was also a member of the Cobbletones singing group.

On December 24, 1943 in Claverack, she married H. Grant Hermans who died last year. A daughter, Muriel Moschkau, and two sisters, Velma Forgham and Evelyn Lyman also died previously.

Survivors include her daughter Mary Guntert of Copake and sons Grant Hermans of Copake Falls and Charles Hermans of Millerton. She also leaves her grandchildren, Sandra Kellstrom, Deborah Anderton, Scott Moschkau, Richard Moschkau, Matthew Moschkau and Jasmin Smith, along with eight great grandchildren. Additionally, her siblings Nancy Berninger of Ghent,  Edna Coon of Rochester, Barbara Meltz of Stottville, Carol Spath of Walkill and Albert Studley of New Jersey survive. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday November 7, at 11 a.m. from the Copake United Methodist Church.

Friends are invited and may call Friday November 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22 in Copake.

Burial will follow the services in the Copake Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be offered to the Copake United Methodist Church, Copake, NY  12516.

The family of Mildred Hermans gratefully acknowledges and appreciates the fine care provided to their mom by the staff of the Pine Haven Home while a resident.

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Alfred “Sonny” McCagg Jr., enjoyed his work, camp, breakfasts with friends

W.GHENT–Alfred “Sonny” L. McCagg, Jr., 70, entered into eternal rest suddenly on Saturday, October 31, 2009.

Born August 21, 1939 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Alfred L. McCagg and Mary (Pearson) McCagg.

Mr. McCagg was well known to this area. He previously worked for the Taconic Telephone Company before becoming the owner and operator of Al McCagg, Jr. Excavation. He was presently employed by McCagg Excavating, Inc. and was president of the company.

He was a member of the Hook Boat Club, the Ghent Rod and Gun Club, and the West Ghent Cemetery Committee.

The family enjoyed having a summer home at the Hook Boat Club for several years.

Mr. McCagg enjoyed his work, his camp and sharing breakfast with his friends at local diners.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara (Bartholomew) McCagg of West Ghent; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Michael McCagg and Jamie and Johanna McCagg, all of West Ghent ; his daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen (McCagg) Link and Robert Link of South Cairo; his brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Linda McCagg of Stockport; four grandchildren, Austin and DerekMcCagg of West Ghent and Krystina and Samantha McCagg of Colonie, and several nieces and nephews.

His brother Robert McCagg died previously.

Visiting hours are 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Tuesday, at the Bates & AndersonRedmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the West Ghent Cemetery.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Heart Association.

Charles Malcolm, 84, shared the fruits of his labors

VALATIE–Charles W. Malcolm, 84, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2009 at his home. Born September 29, 1925 in Yonkers, he was the son of the late Andrew and the late Mary ( Bradley) Malcolm.

Mr. Malcolm was a Merchant Marine serving in WWll. From 1949 to 1966 he was a poultry farmer in Valatie. He then was employed as a stationary fireman by Fort Orange Paper Company in Castleton for over 30 years. “Uncle Charlie,” as he was fondly known by all the children that he took care of over the years, assisted his wife Ruth in their day care business for many years. He was an avid reader, very interested in world history and a traveler of the world. Mr. Malcolm was a gardener who prided himself in sharing the fruits of his labors.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth E. ( Horton ) Malcolm of Valatie; four daughters, Nancy L. (Stephen) Hakes of Scotia, Barbara J. ( Philip ) Hakes of Valatie, Deborah A. Rytel of East Schodack, Cindy L. Zautner of Guilderland; a son, Andrew (Merry) Malcolm of Craryville; a brother, Andrew Malcolm of Henrietta;  nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, his brother Daniel C. Malcolm died previously.

Funeral services will be held at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie Wednesday at 11 a.m. Calling hours will take place on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Youth Ministries at Clearview Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, the Full Gospel Tabernacle, 3rd Avenue Ext., Rensselaer, NY 12144 or the Andrus Children’s Center, 1156 North Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701.

Nellie Jones, 92, natural teacher shared her talents

SALISBURY, Conn.–Nellie M. Jones, 92, beloved mother of Cheryl E. Jones of Hillsdale and Jerry E. Jones of Chardon, Ohio, died peacefully at Noble Horizons November 1, 2009 with her devoted daughter at her side. 

Born September 9, 1917 in Rosby’s Rock, W.V., where her parents were visiting her grandmother, she was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and spent most of her adult years in the Willoughby-Eastlake area of Cleveland.   The eldest of 10 children of Henry and Etta Mae Leimkuehler, Mrs. Jones served as “nonny” to all of her younger siblings when her mother died an untimely death at age 42. Mostly self-taught, she excelled in domestic arts, making herself an expert seamstress, baker, cook, gardener and mother. 

Mrs. Jones was blessed with a lovely alto voice and a natural talent for music. She loved popular American songbook jazz and could charm most people with long-forgotten lyrics to some funny jazz tune.  A natural teacher, she shared her talents generously without judgment and was loved dearly by all who knew her.  

In addition to her children, she is survived by her sister Ethel, brother Howard, two grandchildren, Paul Jones and Stefanie Parker of Columbus, Ohio, and one great-grandaughter, Morgan Parker also of Columbus.  Her cherished husband, Edmond Gordon Jones, who was employed by the Cleveland Public Library, died in 1974. 

 Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, November  4,  from 5 to 7 p.m. at Peck and Peck funeral home  on Route 22 in Copake,  followed by a brief memorial service.  Funeral and burial will take place in Ohio on Saturday, November 7. 

Virginia Dick, Master Gardener judged at the County Fair

Virginia Dick, wife of the late George H. Dick, passed away at Barnwell Nursing & Rehab facility on October 10. A resident of Kinderhook since 1966, Mrs. Dick was born in Brooklyn to Olive and George Beebee on May 19, 1909. She attended schools in Brooklyn and worked as a secretary in New York City before her marriage.

She married George H. Dick on November 12, 1929 and resided in Woodhaven, Queens County, raising two sons who survive, Ronald B. (Judie) of Jacksonville, Fla., and Alan F. (Noreen) of Kinderhook. She was the proud grandmother of eight and great grandmother of 15. A sister, Olive and a brother, George, died previously. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Mr. and Mrs. Dick settled in Kinderhook in 1966 to be close to family.  A member of the Kinderhook Reformed Church, Mrs. Dick led an active life during her years in Kinderhook.  She taught classes in crewel embroidery at her home for many years, teaching her craft to numbers of women. A member of the Kinderhook Garden Club, she was a Master Gardener, winning many ribbons for her flower arrangements. She was a judge of 4-H flower exhibits at the Columbia County Fair, which she enjoyed for a number of fair seasons.

Memorials may be made to the Kinderhook Reformed Church Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 638, Kinderhook, NY 12106.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October  14, at 11 a.m. at the Kinderhook Reformed Church with the Rev. Rudy Visser Officiating. Burial will be in Kinderhook Cemetery.  Calling hours will be Tuesday at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Route 9 Valatie from 4 to 7 p.m.