Grace Woodward, 80, former Hudson resident

MONROE,Ohio--Grace D. Woodward 80, of Monroe, formerly of Hudson, died Friday, September 11. 
Graveside funeral services will be today, Friday, September 18, at 11 a.m. at Cedar Park Cemetery. 
Arrangements are with McDonald Funeral Home, Hudson.


Ezica (Pete) Barber, 101, owned Barber’s Superette in Stuy Falls

PHILMONT–Ezica (Pete) Barber, 101, a resident of Pine Haven Home and formerly of West Ghent died Monday September 7, 2009.Born in Greenport, March 31, 1908, he was the son of the late Ezica and Etta (Boomhower) Barber. Upon leaving home 85 years ago at the age of 16, Mr. Barber, the youngest of 13 children ventured into the working world at the brick yards of Albany. His career path progressed from there to a steamfitter in the Stottville Textile mills to a milkman to a butcher at the Hudson Grand Union to a machinist during WWII.

These positions spurred him on to open his own meat delivery business, operating the Cook Coffee franchise and opening Barber’s Superette in Stuyvesant Falls. In later years he was again a butcher at Lou’s Market in Valatie and was a security guard at Sterling Winthrop Laboratory. He was also a longtime member of the West Ghent Reformed Church.

He is survived by two sons Jon Barber of Newark, Del., Neal Barber of Locust Hill, Va., six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.  His wife Virginia (Petit) Barber and two grandchildren died previously.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the West Ghent Reformed Church. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.

Contributions in Mr. Barber’s memory may be made to the West Ghent Reformed Church. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

Russell Turner, 73, was construction worker and farmer

HUDSON–Russell H. Turner, 73, of Stuyvesant, died Thursday, September 10, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born on July 9, 1936 in Hudson, he was the son of Ernest and Grace


Mr. Turner worked as a laborer for various construction companies and as

a farmer.

Surviving are his wife, Jane Turner; three daughters, Amanda (Glen)

Laursen, Kathleen (Paul) Turner, and Kendria (Larry) Carr; his brother, Walt

Turner; his sister, Margaret (Don) Keil; and three grandchildren, Bradley,

Ashley, and Amber Laursen.

His sister Eleanor Heintz died previously.

A graveside service will be held at 2:15 p.m. Monday at the Stuyvesant Falls


Arrangements are with Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

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).