Richard Morris, 68, contractor was former chief of P’mont Fire Dept.

HUDSON--Richard C. Morris of Philmont and longtime area resident died suddenly Friday November 20, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. He was 68. 
Born in Ghent, April 18, 1941, he was the son of the late John and Evelyn (Quinion) Morris. 
Mr. Morris served in the U.S. Army from 1957-61, stationed in Germany. He was the owner/operator or Richard C. Morris Contractor and Builder in Philmont. He was a life member and former Chief of the Philmont Fire Dept., the Masonic Lodge and was an avid outdoor enthusiast and hunter. Surviving are his loving wife Dagmar E.(Helmbrecht) Morris at home; one son, Paul and (Colleen) Morris of Clifton Park, Saratoga County; one daughter, Diana Morris and her boyfriend John Wood both of Saugerties, Ulster County; brother Alfred and (Helen) Morris of Kinderhook; one sister, Dorothy and (Steven) Pfeiffer of Craryville; and grandsons Eric, C.J. and Daniel Morris, as well as many nieces, nephews and Cousins. 
There are no calling hours. 
Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 24, at 11 a.m. at the Valenti and Richards Funeral Home. Rev. Ken Coddington will officiate. Burial at the family plot will follow in the Ghent Union Cemetery. 
Memorial contributions are requested to the Humane Society of Columbia and Greene Counties, Humane Society Road Hudson, NY 12534




Clara Stockman, 82, 25-year Stuy Fire Co. Ladies Aux. member

VALATIE–Clara M. Stockman, 82, of Valatie, went to be with the Lord in the early hours of November  20, 2009, surrounded by her family at Barnwell Nursing Canter.

Born in Lamberton, Chautauqua County, November 11, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Lester and Winifred (Locey) Mann.

Mrs. Stockman was a housewife and worked for Fort Orange Paper Co. in Castleton as a clerical worker. She was a member of the Stuyvesant Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary for over 25 years. She was an avid bowler.

She leaves behind seven daughters: Patricia (Ronald) Barber of Castleton, Kathy (Fred) Cohn of Stuyvesant,  Karen Stockman (Ed Oliver) of Castleton, Donna (Vincent) Jornov of Stuyvesant, Bonnie (Stanley) Smith of Kinderhook,  JoFern (Gary) Talarico of Craryville, June Gansowski (Davld Eaves) of Chatham; her loving companion of almost 30 years, Clarence (Chippy) Lebrecht; his two sons, Clarence “Punk” (Karen Lumley) Lebrecht, Jr,, Gordon “Gordie” (Krista Clark) Lebrecht; 15 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. She was the sister of Ruth Metz, Ella Kirsch, Virginia Stoliker and Ralph Mann and the sister-in-law Shirley Stockman. In addition, she is survived by several nieces and nephews.

 Her husband, Joseph Stockman, her brother Richard Mann, and her sister Ethel Martin, died previously.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:30 p.m. from the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie with the service conducted by Vicar Dan Cohn. Burial will be in St. John The Baptist Cemetery, Valatie. Friends may call Monday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

For those wish, contributions may be made to either the Valatie Rescue Squad, POB 242, Valatie, NY 12184 or the Stuyvesant Fire Co.

Robin Anderson, 39, Taconic Hills teacher’s aide

ALBANY–Robin L. Anderson, 39, of Hillsdale, died Thursday November 19, 2009, at the Albany Medical Center.

She was born April 13, 1970 in Sharon, Conn.

Mrs. Anderson was a graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School, class of 1988.

She currently was employed as a teacher’s aide with the Taconic Hills Central School District in Craryville.

Survivors include her husband, David W. Anderson of Hillsdale; her three children, Ashley M. Anderson, Sarah A. Anderson and Shelby D. Anderson all of Hillsdale. In addition she leaves her siblings, Nancy Wadman of Copake Lake, Alycia Hotaling of Hillsdale and Michael Swartz of Florida, along with her maternal grandmother, Leona Bonhotel of Philmont.

Friends are invited and may call on Tuesday, November 24, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Route 22 in Copake.

Services and interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers kindly consider the Robin L. Anderson Memorial Fund, a fund to further her children’s educational pursuits, c/o Peck and Peck Funeral Home, PO Box D., Copake NY  12516.

To send an online condolence please visit 



John Kengla, 46, automobile salesman

LEE, Mass.–John S. Kengla, 46, formerly of Hudson, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 at Laurel Lake Center after a long battle with Huntington’s Disease.

Born September 8, 1963 in Hudson, he was the son of Rev. Robert S. Kengla and Gladys (Urrutia) Kengla.

He was a salesman for the Goldstein Dealership in East Greenbush.

Mr. Kengla enjoyed putting car and army models together.

He is survived by two sisters, Suzanne Muller of Hudson and Karen Czaplinski of Lee; two brothers, Paul Kengla of Lee and Peter Kengla of Cary, N.C.; one niece, Jen Czaplinski of East  Greenbush; four nephews, Carlos, Sean, and Jared Kengla of N.C. and Robert Bartholomew of Hudson; and several cousins.

His sister, Carolyn Almstead, died previously.

A gathering will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery in Stockport.

Donations may be made to the Hereditary Disease Foundation, 3960 Broadway,6th Floor, NY, NY, 10032, attn: Huntington’s Disease Programs.


Joseph Venturino, 45, former captain of the Craryville Fire Co.

COPAKE–Joseph Venturino, 45, passed away on Wednesday November 18, 2009 at his residence. Joseph Venturino

He was born on June 20, 1964 in Bronx, the son of the late Anthony Venturino and Catherine (Dell – Angelo) Venturino Kimmerle.

A lifelong local resident, Mr. Venturino was a graduate of Taconic Hills Central School, class of 1983.

He had been employed as a machinist with the Pfizer Corp. in Canaan, Conn., and as a driver for Arnoff Moving and Storage. Most recently he had worked as a driver for Albany Transport based out of Greenport.

An avid hunter and fisherman, Mr. Venturino was a lifetime member and former captain of the Craryville Fire Company #1. He was also a longtime volunteer for the Community Rescue Squad.

Survivors include his wife, April L. (Shufelt) Venturino of Copake; his son Joseph M. Venturino Jr. of Copake and his daughter Crystal M. Venturino of Ancramdale. He also leaves his three grandchildren, Hunter E. Harrison, Alexia D. Venturino and Trinity F. Hawver, along with several extended family member and friends.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral , Route 22 in Copake.

His funeral service will be held Saturday November 21, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Joseph Falletta, pastor of Our Lady of Hope officiating.

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

Memorial contributions may be offered to either the Craryville Fire Company, PO Box 100, Craryville NY 12521 or to Community Hospice of Columbia – Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY  12414.

Mr. Venturino ‘s family would like to thank their many friends and family for their assistance and prayers during his illness, especially the Craryville Fire Company for all of their support and Hospice for their comforting care.

To send an online condolence please visit