OBITUARIES: Shutts, VanAlstyne, Pinkowski, Hatfield

Charlotte L. Shutts (1938 – 2022)

HILLSDALE—Charlotte L. Shutts, 84, of Hillsdale passed away peacefully at her residence December 25, 2022. She was born in Great Barrington, MA, March 29, 1938 to the late Ralph and Sylva (Wolcott) Shutts.

She graduated from Roeliff Jansen Central School in 1955 and Siena College in 1984. In 1955, she began her career with Farmers National Bank as a proof clerk. She retired July 13, 2005 from Key Bank in Copake as branch manager.

Ms. Shutts was a member of the Hillsdale United Methodist Church before she transferred to the Craryville United Methodist Church, where she served as their financial secretary. In 1992, she, along side Judi Mills, co-founded the Christmas Friends of the Roeliff Jansen Christian Community. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Maynard, Yezzi, Scalera, Minshell, Polacinski, Kraft, Jensen, Beebe

Marie T. Maynard (1950 – 2022)

WOODSTOCK, GA—Marie Tracy Maynard, 72 of Woodstock, GA, passed away Sunday, December 18, 2022. Visitation will be Sunday, January 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Darby Funeral Home, 480 East Main Street, Canton, GA.

A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Reverend Burt Lorenz officiating.

She is survived by: her sons, Jeffrey M. (Kirsten) Maynard of Elcajon, CA, and Jonathan W. Maynard of Snellville; daughter, Gina T. Maynard of Winder; brothers, Paul (Mary Elizabeth) DeWinter of Naples, FL, and Ben (Sheila) DeWinter of Boston, MA; grandchildren, Andrew Maynard and Jase Maynard. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society in her honor. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Van Sise, Gaylord, Anelle, Coonrad, Murray, Fritz, Kropp

George Van Sise

George E. Van Sise (1932 – 2022)

COPAKE—George E. Van Sise, 90, of Copake, formerly of Wingdale, departed this life peacefully to reunite with his soulmate, Edna, December 12, 2022.

The couple passed away within 42 days of one another. Born April 19, 1932 in New York City, he was the son of the late Vance Durwood Van Sise and Josephine Van Sise (Mitchell).

He grew up and attended school in Pleasantville, where at the young age of 12, he met the love of his life and eternal soulmate, Edna Van Sise. Some may say that “falling in love at first sight” is cliche, but for them, there was no other option. Their love for one another flourished as time elapsed. On February 25, 1950 in Mount Pleasant, at the age of 17, they exchanged vows and made an ultimate pact, “to have and to hold, to love and to cherish, till death do them part”. That pact lasted for a total of 72 years. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Coons, Jennings, Nickless, Steele, Wasicsko, Near, March, Montross

Patricia Coons

Patricia M. Coons (1942 – 2022)

ALBANY—Patricia Mae Coons, age 80, died Monday, December 5 peacefully at The Inn “Hospice” at St. Peter’s Hospital surrounded by her adoring family.

Born June 13, 1942 in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Francis Sylvester Jones and Ruth Frances Kinnicutt Jones. She was a graduate of Catholic Central High School in 1960 and moved with her four children to Chatham in 1970. There, she proudly bought a 10-acre farm where she could fulfill her dream of raising horses and giving her children a more rural upbringing. She was a school bus driver for the Chatham Central School District for 25 years until her retirement in 2002.

She had a lifelong relationship with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She lived a life blessing others with her many talents. She owned and ran a perennial nursery business on her property for years. She was a talented artisan spending her time painting, sewing, embroidering, quilting and knitting for her family. She was a writer of poetry and a published author of short story books based on her grandchildren. She was a wonderful cook and baker. Feeding the ones she loved gave her great pleasure. But most of all she was the rock of her entire family. She was a wonderful daughter, loving mother, doting grandmother and dedicated friend. Read more…