OBITUARIES: Blass, Brown, Raabe, Van Alstyne

Chester Blass, Jr. (1928 – 2020)

CHATHAM—Chester Blass, Jr. of East Chatham died peacefully at his home on September 19, 2020 watching his favorite team the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox in an overtime thriller. He was 92 years old.

He was born in Chatham August 15, 1928 to Mary (West) and Chester Blass, Sr. On February 17, 1957 he married Mary Kirby and they shared 63 years of marriage. Together they raised four children: Donald (predeceased) (Deborah), Doris Meier (Alan), Thomas (Laura) and Virginia Gould (Ronald). He had seven grandchildren: Michael, Matthew (Nellie) and Christopher Meier, Gregory (Sarah) and Ryan Blass, Ronald and Leah Gould; three step-grandchildren Shawn Flynn, Scott Harper and Rebecca Harper- Mitchell and two great-grandchildren Ava and Mason Blass. He is survived by one brother, George Blass. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Valden, Scrodin, Daley, Roppolo, Wemple

David Valden

David H. Valden (1960 – 2020)

ANCRAMDALE—David Harris Valden, 60, of Ancramdale died suddenly at home, September 17, 2020.

Born January 1, 1960, he was the youngest son of Constance (Anderson) Valden of Ancramdale and the late Stuart Heady Valden.

Locally, he was well-known as the owner/operator of the Church Street Delicatessen and Pizzeria in the Copake hamlet, where he worked side by side with his son, Michael. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Conway, Letourneau, Allegretta

Natalie Conway

Natalie A. Conway (1937 – 2020)

HUDSON—Natalie Anne “Nancy” (Crouse) Conway, age 82, of Hudson passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family September 13, 2020.

After graduating from St. Mary’s Academy in 1955, she completed programs at St. Catherine’s Infant Home and Colonna Beauty School in Albany. She worked in cosmetology for many years and applied skills learned at St. Catherine’s to her own family, becoming the best wife and mother anyone could wish for. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Decker, Moroch, Shook

Robert Decker

Robert J. Decker (1929 – 2020)

EAST GREENBUSH—Robert Joseph Decker, 90, of East Greenbush died Friday, September 11, 2020 after a brief illness at his home with his family.

Born in Hillsdale, he was the son of Oswald and Mary (Lorette) Decker.

“Bob” proudly served his country as a staff sergeant in Germany during Korean War. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Chamberlain, Yacone, Colwill, Helfer

Jean C. Chamberlain (1919 – 2020)

CASTLETON—Jean Cox Chamberlain, 100, passed away peacefully at the Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, September 9.

Born December 12, 1919 in Southeast, she moved to Chatham at the age of 3. She graduated from Chatham High School, and went on to receive her degree in journalism from Marymount College. In July 1943, she married Robert J. Chamberlain. Read more…