Christopher Tomlin, 35, volunteer firefighter for 25 years

HUDSON–Christopher M. Tomlin of Greenport died Sunday December 20, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. He was 35. 

Born June 22, 1974 in Hudson he was the son of Mary Falkner of Greenport and the late Benjamin Falkner.

Mr. Tomlin was a counselor for Berkshire Farms in Canaan and was a volunteer firefighter for 25 years starting as a junior firefighter for the city of Hudson and Rogers Hose Co.

He was a loving husband, father and friend.

Survivors include his wife, Deirdra Tomlin of Greenport; children Brittany N. Maroney of Niverville and Nicole M. Maroney of Greenport; siblings Erica Michaelson of Florida, Lara Falkner of Texas, and Angie Anderson,Blanca Santiago,Jeffrey Falkner and Samuel Santiago all of Hudson; and several nieces and nephews.

A brother, Darren Falkner, died previously.

Calling hours will be Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at McDonald-Valenti-Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson. Funeral services will follow at 8 p.m. from the funeral home with Deacon Charles O’Neill officiating.

Cremation will be private.


Clifford Finn, 89, former alderman, scoutmaster, firefighter

GHENT–Clifford J. Finn, 89, formerly of Hudson, died Saturday, December 19, 2009 at Whittier Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center.

Born August 10, 1920 in Poughkeepsie, he was the son of the late Frank and Della (Hamm) Finn.

He was a graduate of Hudson High School and attended the University of Georgia, Murray State Teachers College and the University of Iowa. He also attended Aviation Machinist Mate School and the U.S. Naval Flight School.

Mr. Finn was a field service engineer and refrigeration engineer. He retired from Bally Case & Cooler Inc. in Bally, Penn. in 1986, after almost 30 years of service. He also worked for Paul Montana as appliance manager and at the Lone Star Cement Plant.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 until 1945.

Mr. Finn was 4th Ward Alderman with Mayor John Kelly from 1951 until 1955; NYS Fire Instructor for Columbia County in 1955, and was given the U.S. Junior Chamber Distinguished Service Award in 1954.

He was Cub Scout Master of Club Scout Pack 100; Boy Scout Master of St. Mary’s Troop 101; a line officer and member of Edmunds Hose #1, 2nd and 1st Lieutenants, and Captain; a life member of Edmunds Hose # 1; a member of the American Legion; a former member of CAP; a former member of the Masonic Aquilla Lodge 700; a former member of the Lions Club; a former member and Deacon of the First Reformed Church in Hudson; and former member and secretary of the Hudson Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Finn was the beloved father and father-in-law of Bruce and Pamela Finn of Germantown; devoted grandfather of Jason C. Finn, and his wife, Lynne, of Stuyvesant; special great-grandfather of Derek J. Finn of Stuyvesant; loving brother of Violet Toomey of Vernon, Conn., Ruth Wallace of Burlington, Vt., and Doris Schenck of Glastonbury, England; step-grandfather of Jesse Corradino of Albany, and step great-grandfather of Claudia Corradino of Albany.

His beloved wife, Helen (Skrocki) Finn, and two sisters, Florence Finn and Faith Dean, died previously.

Visiting hours are 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

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

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY, 12205.


Marjorie McClurg, 85, owned beauty shop in Hillsdale

PHILMONT–Marjorie H. McClurg, 85, of Hillsdale, died Monday, December 21, 2009 at the Pine Haven Home.

She was born April 12, 1924 in Mt. Vernon, the daughter of Frederick and Harriet (Needham) Webber.

Mrs. McClurg was a longtime local resident and was employed as a hairdresser and owner of the Taconic Beauty Shop in Hillsdale.

She was a devoted member of the Episcopal Church of St. John in the Wilderness where she served as president of the Episcopal Church Women’s Group.

On April 27, 1947 she married her beloved husband, Victor McClurg, who died July 19, 2003.

Survivors include her son and daughter in law, Thomas and Kathy McClurg of Hillsdale and her daughter and son in law, Margaret and Drake Miller of Stephentown. She also leaves her grandchildren, Lyndsey, Jamison and Katelyn Miller, along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited and may call on Sunday December 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Route 22 in Copake.

A Memorial Service will be offered on Monday, December 28, at 11 a.m. from the Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Route 344 in Copake Falls. The Rev. John Thompson, pastor, will officiate.

Private burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers kindly consider the Church of St. John’s in the Wilderness, Copake Falls, NY  12517 or Community Hospice of Columbia – Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY  12414.

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John Hubert, 90, delivered Meals on Wheels for years

PLATTSBURGH–John William Hubert, 90, of Plattsburgh and formerly of Germantown died Sunday December 20, 2009 at Meadowbrook Health Care Center.

Mr. Hubert was born July 13, 1919 in Brooklyn, the son of the late William and Franciska (Heiman) Hubert. 

He graduated valedictorian of his class at Edison Tech of Mount Vernon and moved with his family to Germantown in 1941.

He served as corporal in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II, serving in the European, African and Middle Eastern areas of operation.

In 1982, Mr. Hubert retired from IBM of Kingston and Poughkeepsie where he had worked for many years as a change analyzer,for a time prior to working for IBM working for the Grand Central Railroad.

He was a member of the Reformed Church of Germantown, the church’s Consistory and a member of the Jennings Willet American Legion Post of Germantown.

Mr. Hubert enjoyed carpentry and woodworking, having built his own home on Northern Boulevard in Germantown; was a devoted New York Mets fan as well as a New York Giants fan; and delivered Meals on Wheels for many years. In 2008 he and his wife, Estelle, moved to Pine Harbour, an assisted living facility in Plattsburgh

Survivors in addition to his wife, Estelle (Mickle) Hubert, are his daughter, Elaine Hubert and her husband William Harwood; son Paul Hubert and his wife, Kathi Sheer; a sister, Ann Stoner; a great-granddaughter, and three step grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Burial will be private in the Reformed Church Cemetery of Germantown. A memorial service will be held on a date to be announced. 

Donations may be made to the Reformed Church of Germantown, 20 Church Avenue,  Germantown, NY 12526

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Ruel Teaney, 84, farmer, lifetime Mellenville Fire Co. member

HUDSON–Ruel Teaney, 84, of Ghent, died December 20 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Born April 11, 1925 in Fort Pierre, S.D., he was the son of the late Ruel and Elsie Mueller Teaney. He moved to Ghent in 1926 when his family purchased a farm there.The family’s wishes were for windows and plenty of water, which Ghent provided compared to the Plains.

 A lifetime member of the  Mellenville Volunteer  Fire Company, he was a 50-year member of the Mellenville Grange, a member of the Columbia County Cooperative Extension and Soil and Water Conservation and a member of the Philmont United Methodist Church. He loved farming and building and enjoyed bowling, fishing, sailing and bargain hunting, when time allowed.

He is survived by his children, Thomas and Deborah Teaney of Middletown, Susan and Mark Clarke, Timothy and Vonda Teaney and Sarah and Bruce Meyers, all of Ghent; 10 grandchildren, Brian, Michael and Kevin Teaney, Shannon and Ryan Clarke, Lori and Katie Teaney and Matthew, Chris, and Elizabeth Meyers; his sister, Barbara (Rhett) Teaney Allen of Ghent; and several nieces and nephews. 

His wife of 55 years, Mary L. Stark Teaney, died previously.

Family will receive friends at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Wednesday, December 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. At 1:30 p.m. the Mellenville Volunteer Fire Company will conduct their service and at 2 p.m. a religious service will be conducted at the funeral home, presided over by Rev. David Tipple. Burial will follow at the Mellenville Cemetery.

His grandsons will be pallbearers and his granddaughters will be honorary pallbearers.

Donations may be made to the Mellenville Grange #1255 or Mellenville Volunteer Fire Company in his memory.