Philipstown Obituaries

Lolly Gencen (1931-2017)

Evelyn Gencen, 85, of Brooksville, Florida, and formerly of Cold Spring, died on Sept. 16, 2017.

Born Nov. 8, 1931, in Cold Spring, to Chester and Mildred (Daniels) Kosieja, “Lolly” worked at the New York Rubber Shop in Beacon before marrying William Gencen III on July 5, 1952. She moved to Florida about 20 years ago.

In later years she worked as a nurses’ aide at Butterfield Hospital, and for local garden nurseries. Lolly was especially excited to work on the Hello Dolly set when the movie was filmed in Philipstown and often told stories of her time with the crew.

She is survived by her daughters, Charlene Gencen of Brooksville; Barbara Rudolph (Wayne) of Cold Spring; and Patty Gencen of Brooksville; three grandchildren Lisa Chaika, Alex Chaika Jr. and Phillip Gencen; and a great granddaughter, Kelcee Chaika. She also is survived by her sister, Virginia (Ginny) Nobile of Nelsonville.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the Philipstown Masonic Lodge, 18 Secor St., in Nelsonville.

John Schmitt

John Schmitt

John C. Schmitt, 67, of Glen Allen, Virginia, and formerly of Cold Spring, died Oct. 5, 2017.

John was the son of Charles and Eleanor Schmitt. After living for 33 years in Bergenfield, New Jersey, in 1983 he and his wife, Linda, moved to Cold Spring, where they owned and operated two businesses. In 2006, they relocated to Glen Allen, where John served as executive director of business operations at RMC Events.

John loved to travel and to spend time with his grandchildren and could always be found attending their sporting events. An avid sports fan, John followed the Yankees, Richmond Flying Squirrels and Richmond Spiders.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Nancy Montano (Peter); his son, Daniel Schmitt (Sharon); and four grandchildren: Taylor, Carter, Christian and Colin. He also is survived by his sisters, Lynn Shaw (Bill) and Lee Gutschmidt (Charles).

The family will receive friends on Oct. 8 at Bliley’s-Staples Mill Chapel in Richmond, Virginia, with a celebration of life scheduled for Oct. 9.

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