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Obituraries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, September 28, 2006

Anna A. Kohler

CLARKSVILLE – Anna Kohler, an avid reader and gardener, with a l
arge extended family whom she dearly loved, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, at her home surrounded by family and friends. She was 98.

Mrs. Kohler was born in Mexico, N.Y. to Harrison and Cleo Holcomb.

She was married for 41 years to her husband, Edward E. Kohler. They met at a dance in the Selkirk area, remembers her daughter, Peg Crawford, of Westerlo. Mrs. Crawford said that her father later proposed to her mother while the couple danced to the song, "Let Me Call You Sweetheart."

During the Depression, the Kohlers would burn old railroad ties to heat the house, Mrs. Crawford said. "They lived off of pancakes," she said. After the Depression, they didn’t like to eat pancakes anymore.
Mr. Kohler died when he was 59, leaving Mrs. Kohler a widow for the last 40 years of her life.

"She was an independent woman," said Mrs. Crawford. Up until three years ago, when her mother was 95, she did all of her own gardening, she said.

She was known as Grandma Kohler to her grandchildren and the children and grandchildren of her friends, said Mrs. Crawford. Her great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren called her GiGi, she said.

Mrs. Kohler loved to read. Her favorite author was Cathy Edwards, Mrs. Crawford said.

She also loved birds, and always had bird feeders around her house, her daughter said.

When family gathered at Grandma Kohler’s house, Mrs. Crawford remembered, a frequent request was for Grandma’s goulash. Everybody loved it, she said.

"She loved her lawn and her flowers," Mrs. Crawford said. She had a large flowering hibiscus tree in her yard that she treasured, she said.

Mrs. Kohler was adamant about her desire to live at home. She never wanted to go to the hospital or a nursing home, Mrs. Crawford said.

Patricia Myers, a dear friend of Mrs. Kohler, along with Mrs. Crawford would often stay with Mrs. Kohler, so that she could be peaceful and comfortable at home.

Mrs. Crawford said her mother, who was a small woman, used to chide her children and grandchildren saying, "My father told me, it takes a lean horse to make a long run."

Mrs. Kohler is survived by her five children, Edward R. Kohler Jr., of Troy; James Kohler Sr., and his wife, Donna, of Lewis; Peg Crawford, and her husband, Ernest, of Westerlo; George R. Kohler, and his wife, Clara, of Richmond, Va; and William Kohler, and his wife, Evelyn, of Wynantskill.

She is also survived by her 40 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by a dear friend, Patricia Myers, and a special niece, Margaret "Tippy" Rivers.

Her husband, Edward E. Kohler, and two brothers, Harrison Holcomb Jr., and Carlton Holcomb, all died before her.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at New Comer-Cannon Family Funeral Home in Colonie. Calling hours will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery in Selkirk.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Onesquethaw Volunteer Ambulance, Post Office Box E, Clarksville, NY 12041. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.newcomerfamily.com.

— Rachel Dutil

Estelle Luniewski

GALLUPVILLE — Estelle Luniewski centered her life around her family, spreading her care to her community through her work as a nurse’s aid and through her weekly newspaper column about Gallupville, her long-time home.

"Estelle will be remembered as a good-hearted woman who, throughout her life, opened her heart and home to everyone in the community," her family wrote in a tribute.

Mrs. Luniewski died on Thursday morning, Sept. 21, 2006, at the Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga. She was 87.

Born on Dec. 29, 1918, she grew up in Argyle, the daughter of a farmer and a housewife, Adam Rukat and Katrazyna Sobol. She was one of eight surviving children; three had died as infants.

She met Alexander Luniewski, who would become her husband, when he moved to Argyle to live with his grandparents after his mother had died.

Mr. Luniewski married Estelle, the girl next door, when she was 17.

"My mother had six of her own kids and raised six of her brothers and sisters, too," said her daughter, Antonia Bogardus.

"During the war," said Mrs. Bogardus, "my father worked in a locomotive company and my mother worked in a paint factory in Schenectady."

The Luniewskis moved their family of six children to Gallupville in 1952 after Mr. Luniewski had seen the little town while working for the Civilian Conservation Corps camp there.

Mrs. Luniewski made the family’s home a welcoming place, said her daughter. "When I was growing up, we constantly had kids over to our house," she said. "We invited all our friends. It was the house to be at. We had card games every Saturday night. We’d play Pitch and things like that."

Mrs. Luniewski worked as a nurse’s aid at the Nash Nursing Home, Child’s Hospital in Albany, and the Hillside Manor in Gallupville.

"She liked her work," said Mrs. Bogardus. Although Mrs. Luniewski often cared for dying patients, she was not depressed.

"She knew the process," said her daughter. "She was very religious...Catholic. She believed in God. She believed they went home," said Mrs. Bogardus of the patients who died.

Although her mother felt sad for their families, Mrs. Bogardus said, "She had too much to do to dwell on it."

For years, Mrs. Luniewski wrote weekly columns for both The Altamont Enterprise and the Cobleskill Times Journal about news in Gallupville. "People constantly called her with news," said Mrs. Bogardus.

After their children were grown, Mrs. Luniewski and her late husband enjoyed camping. "They started with a fold-down camper and then they got a solid job," said their daughter. They went on camping trips as far afield as Maine and often took some of their grandchildren along with them. They enjoyed babysitting for their grandchildren.

The couple also enjoyed collecting Depression glass — translucent dishes in pink and green lacy patterns.

"Anything they could do, they did and they did it together," said their daughter.

Mr. Luniewski, for instance, liked gadgets and got involved with CB radios so Mrs. Luniewski joined him in his hobby.

"She was very, very, very family oriented," said her daughter, and she remained faithful to the memory of her husband after his death.
Mrs. Luniewski had a special prayer book. It was well worn; she prayed every night, her daughter said.

"When she was in the nursing home, she would say, ‘Dad’s talking to me. I’m going to be going home.’ She always felt dying was going home, and she would be going to see her husband."

Mrs. Luniewski is survived by her six children and their families: Alexander and Doris Luniewski of Gallupville, Antonia and Bernard Bogardus of Saratoga, Richard and Jann Luniewski of Gallupville, Jeanne and Philip Stevens of Berne, Sandra and Marvin "Skip" Kelsch of Knox, and Marcia and Thomas Adams of Rotterdam.

She is also survived by her grandchildren and their spouses: Laura and Joe Conway, Linda and Patrick Murphy, Lisa and Brad Hale, Theresa and Ross Hammond, Alexander and Jean Luniewski, David and Nancy Bogardus, Duane Bogardus, Karen and Mark Bedell, Chris and Andrea Paprocki, Nadine and Gino Magi, Philip Stevens Jr., Jennifer Adams Ross, Jody and Darcie Adams, Tina Kelsch, and Marvin "Jake" Kelsch.

And she is survived by 26 great-grandchildren.

Three of her seven siblings survive her: Jennie Kelly of Glens Falls, Helen Gordon of Scranton, Pa., and Chester Rukat and his wife, Beatrice, of Knox.

Four of her siblings died before her: Katherine Monroe, who lived in Florida; Francis Barrett who lived with her husband, Fred, in Argyle; Bolec Rukat, who lived in Fort Edward; and Adam Rukat, who also lived in Fort Edward.

A mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Schoharie. Burial was in Gallupville Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Fredendall Funeral Home of Altamont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wesley Evergreen Adult Day Program, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to St. Joseph’s Church, 111 Bridge Street, Schoharie, NY 12157.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer

Sheryl Lynne Vadney

Sheryl Lynne Vadney, an active member of the Loudonville Community Church who worked as a data processor, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, at the Albany Medical Center Hospital. She was 20.

"Her family loved her very much and was proud of her accomplishments," her family wrote in a tribute.

Born in Albany, she was the daughter of Edward and Carole Vadney, and was educated in the South Colonie Public Schools, graduating from high school in 2003. She lived on Lake Road in Delanson.

Ms. Vadney was a member of the Loudonville Community Church where she had been active in the youth programs and youth groups, sang in the junior choir, volunteered as a worker in the nursery, and was a leader in the Common Ground Youth Group.

She had been involved with The Warriors on Wheels, a strength-training program for physically-challenged individuals, and had been involved with the Double "H" Hole in the Woods program at Lake Luzerne.

Ms. Vadney was employed by the New York State Department of Labor as a data-entry processor for the Unemployment Division.

She is survived by her parents, Edward and Carol Bass Vadney of Delanson; two brothers, Daniel and David Vadney of Delanson; maternal grandparents, Robert and Beverly Bass of Fairfield Bay, Ark.; paternal grandparents, Peter and Joyce Vadney of Guilderland; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

The funeral service will be held today, Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the Loudonville Community Church, 374 Loudon Road (at Route 9 and Crumitie Road) in Loudonville with the Reverend Stanley Key, pastor, officiating.

Friends are invited to call at the church for one hour prior to the funeral, beginning at 6 p.m.

The interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Loudonville Community Church, 374 Loudon Road, Loundonville, N.Y. 12211, to be used to support the missionaries and ministries that Ms. Vadney supported.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Morris-Stebbins-Miner & Sanvidge Funeral Home, 312 Hoosick Street in Troy.

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