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Elio Golisano

1942 - 2018

Elio Golisano 76 of Germantown died September 18, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born February 8, 1942 in Piazza Armerina, Italy. He was the son of the late Giuseppi and Maria (LaDelia) Golisano.

He was the owner of E.G. Precision MFG which is a Defense Contractor.

Survivors include his wife Giovanna (LaMonica) Golisano, 5 children: Daniel J. Golisano, Robert L. Golisano, Sylvia M. Golisano-Rinne, Gabrielle L. Golisano Gentile and David J. Golisano, 8 grandchidren: Ashley M. Rinne, Andrew J. Rinne, C. J. Rinne III, Nicolas Rinne, Freddie J. Odierno Jr., Stephenie L. Odierno, Joseph Golisano, Caroline Golisano and Domenic Golisano

Calling hours will be Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown. Services will be 11 am Monday at the funeral home with burial following in the Viewmonte Rural Cemetery.

  

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James Lewis Shook

1957 - 2018

James Lewis Shook 61 of Hudson died August 26, 2018 at Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehab Center after along illness.

Born June 25, 1957 in New Jersey, he was the son of the late Gerald and Deloris Shook.

He had been employed for many years at NAPA in Hudson.

In keeping with James’s wishes he was cremated and buried with his father in Cedar Park Cemetery of Hudson.

A celebration of his life will be 4 pm September 22, 2018 at the VFW of Hudson. Please feel free to bring a covered dish all are welcomed. Bring your memories and stories to share.

  

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Raymond R. Moore, Jr.

1951 - 2018

Raymond R. Moore, Jr. (Ray), 67, of Germantown, New York, passed away in peace on Friday, August 17th, 2018 after an extended battle with Leukemia.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 8th, at the Germantown Reformed Church, 20 Church Ave, Germantown, New York, 12526. Food and Fellowship to directly follow the service in the Church hall.

Ray was born on July 22nd, 1951, in Hudson, New York to Raymond and Katherine (Wegfarth) Moore Sr. He attended Germantown, Central School graduating in 1969, at which time he enlisted in the United States Navy. Ray served honorably from 1969-1977 as a Machinists Mate serving in various shipboard and overseas assignments. He married the Love of his Life, Nancy (Fox) November 8th, 1975 and soon after moved to Syracuse, NY where he completed studies at Simmons Institute of Funeral Services, becoming a licensed Funeral Director. Although he maintained his license throughout the years working in the Bronx, Phoenicia, and Germantown NY, in 1991 he began employment with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, at the Brookwood Secure Center in Claverack, NY where he retired in 2013. Ray was an avid outdoors enthusiast and enjoyed Salmon and Deep-Sea fishing, black powder and pistol shooting, as well as many family camping expeditions.

He was a good man, who loved his family. His love and his care, ever present, always unfailing, set the task of a lifetime to live up to his example as a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, and Friend.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his children, Stephanie R. Moore, Raymond R. Moore III, Jeremy R. Moore, Corey S. Moore; 3 granddaughters, Julianna, Eden, and Arabel Moore; his siblings, Carol Fleming, Maureen Snyder, Barbara Lasher, Pamela Kline, Ronald Moore Sr.; plus, a very large and loving extended family.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Ray be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society online @ www.lls.org or via mail to LLS, 1 Marcus Blvd., Suite 104, Albany, NY 12205.

  

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Lynne Hill Bohnsack

2018

Lynne Hill Bohnsack of Vero Beach, Florida, passed away on July 30th, 2018, at VNA Hospice House of Vero Beach. She was 69.

Born in Washington, DC, Ms. Bohnsack grew up in Suburban Washington DC, Scottsdale, AZ, and Catskill, NY. She was an award-winning horsewoman in Virginia and Arizona.

She served as Art Consultant for Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale and Sales Director for the Scottsdale Catalogue Magazine, based in Aspen, CO. Most recently, she served as office technician for the Indian River Shores Department of Public Safety.

Upon their retirement, she and her husband Warren lived on their yacht “Mr. Bones,” traveling the east coast and the Bahamas for 20 years before settling in Vero Beach.

Ms. Bohnsack is the great-great granddaughter of American Artist Thomas Cole, father of American landscape painting and The Hudson River School of Art.

Ms. Bohnsack was predeceased by her husband, Warren H. Bohnsack, and her son, David Cole Schneider. She is survived by her grandchildren, Haley Cole Schneider of Chandler, AZ, Elijah Cole Schneider of Bakersfield, CA, stepdaughter Jill Bohnsack of Vero Beach, FL, stepson Jack Bohnsack of Germantown NY, brothers M. Dean Hill Jr. of Cerritos, CA, Dennis Hill of Fort Pierce, FL, and stepbrother Spencer Silberstein of Vero Beach, FL.

Services are pending in Florida with a private family graveside ceremony planned at the Germantown Reformed Church Cemetery, Germantown, NY.

  

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Linda Mary (VanWagner) Scism

1959 - 2018

Linda Mary (VanWagner) Scism 59 of Livingston passed away suddenly at Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on August 26, 2018.

Born June 7, 1959 in Rhinebeck she was the daughter of Patricia (Strang) VanWagner and Donald VanWagner.

She is survived by her 3 daughters Heather (Kevin) Jennings, Nicole (Michael) Hedin, Jordan (Benjamin) Weaver, 4 grandchildren Makenzie, Destiny, Peyton and Shawn Jennings, and her siblings Jolene (Robert) Lehmann, Machele (Shannon) Quigley, Kenneth (Amanda) VanWagner and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of 35 years Jeffrey Thomas Scism who died April 26, 2017, a brother Donald VanWagner Jr. and brother in law Danny Miller.

She will be greatly missed by all the hearts she touched.

A celebration of her life will be held from 3 to 5 pm Friday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown. A reception will follow at the Clermont Fire House #2 on Route 9G Clermont.

  

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William Curtis Craver Sr.

2018

William Curtis Craver Sr., 65, of Clermont, New York, succumbed to cancer at his home while peacefully sleeping on August 20, 2018. William is survived by his wife, Petrena of 46 years, daughter Trina (Joe) Hawver, granddaughter Kristianna, grandson Dylan, son William (Melissa) Craver Jr., grandsons Daniel and Ryan, granddaughter Abigail, parents Joan and Clayton Craver Sr., three brothers Richard, Clayton, and Bobby, sisters Norma, Karen, DeeDee and Heather, and many nieces, nephews and great grandchildren. William wanted to leave a special thanks to all the family and friends that supported him and the family during the last couple years. William loved bowling, golfing, and going to casinos as well as spending time with his family. He worked for GW Saulpaugh & Sons for 25 years. A special thanks to Hospice for their loving care and support. Also thank you to the Yadack Fox funeral home. A celebration of William’s life will be held on Saturday 8/25 from 12pm until 4pm at the Ghent Firehouse.

  

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Henri E. Martin, Jr (Hank)

1941 - 2018

Henri E. Martin, Jr (Hank), 76 Germantown, N.Y (formerly of Red Hook), passed away on Friday August 17. Born August 18, 1941 in Rhinebeck, N.Y., the son of Henri E. Martin the 1st and Gloria Martin. On October 16, 1962 he married his life partner, the love of his life, Elizabeth, who is predeceased. Henri served honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1958-1962 with the submariners and also with the Coast Guard reserves. He was a well-known automobile mechanic, had a love of classic cars and also spent many years in the field of construction. Hobbies included gardening, and he enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by his children, Henri Eugene Martin III & James, Eugene Henri & Brenda Martin of Germantown, Michelle and Luke Mack of Germantown and Dante and Robin (Morse) Martin of Kingston. In addition, survived by his grandchildren, Deanna Nardone, Andrew Feller, Leah and Eugene Martin along with several great grandchildren. Calling hours will be held on Friday August 24th from 11 am -1pm at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home in Germantown with burial immediately following. Memorial donations in honor of Henri can be made to Friends of Seniors of Dutchess County.

  

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Edward “Eddie” John Kresa

1931 - 2018

On Monday, August 13, 2018, Edward “Eddie” John Kresa age 86, of Utica, New York passed away in peace after an extended illness. In recent months, it was clear that Edward began battling with the inescapable complications that come with living a full and worthwhile life.

A celebration of life service will be held at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, August 18, at Holy Trinity Church, 1206 Lincoln Ave., Utica, New York, 13502. He will be laid to rest at Holy Trinity Cemetery, 1500 Champlain Ave., Utica, New York. There are no separate calling hours.

Edward was born September 18, 1931, in Utica, New York to Jan Joseph and Stefania (Dombrowski) Kresa. He was the youngest of his many brothers Stanley, Frank, Walter, Joseph, and Stephen. He attended Kernan School and completed his ninth-grade education at Utica Free Academy. He later earned his G.E.D. at the age of fifty, completing his education. He was one of the “Frozen Chosin”, a veteran of the Korean War. He enlisted in the U.S. Army April 11, 1949 and was assigned to Army base camp in Camp Cooke, California. He was assigned to B Company, 532d as an Engineer and served as a Medical Aid Man. Corporal Edward Kresa served his country honorably and was discharged on June 20, 1952. Edward was married May 11, 1968, to Patricia Ann Graves in Utica, New York. Dissolution of marriage was rendered on June 26, 1984. He is predeceased by his dear friend of seventeen years, Mary Lawendowski. He was a member of the Teamsters Union. He retired from the City of Utica, Department of Public Works at age 70. He worked for the City of Utica in the Water Department, Surveyors Offices and Parks Department. Edward was an avid fisherman and enjoyed local trout fishing. He enjoyed going to the OTB and Vernon Downs as a horse racing enthusiast, and liked to go to the casino with his friends and family. He was a life-member of the Whitesboro American Legion Post 1113 in Whitesboro New York and member of the Polish Community Club in Utica New York. He loved his family most of all. His motto was, “be prepared”, and he was. He lived a long life and went in peace to see our Lord in dignity. He was a good man who loved his family more than anything in this life. He was well respected and loved by his family, friends and community.

He is survived by his children, Edward Joseph Kresa and his wife Delia of Houston, Texas, Lisa Ann (Kresa) Cochran of Missouri, Stefania Ann (Kresa) Maruniak and her husband James of Germantown, New York, and Susan Ann (Kresa) Rudi and her husband John of Florida; eight grandchildren Lindsey Anne (Chubb) McDonnell, Anthony Kresa, Shawn Michael Foe, Dale Ross Mudgett, Katyalynn Grace Bourgeois, Michael Rudi, Brittany Rudi, Logan Rudi and his niece Sandra Kaelin of Utica, New York. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jan (1960) and Stefania (1980) and his brothers Stanley (1989), Frank (1944), Walter (1983), Joseph (1926), and Stephen (1939).

A special thank you to the Thompson House Skilled Nursing Facility, the Beekman Wing, in Rhinebeck, New York for their loving care and support. Also thank you to George Fox of Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown, New York for all of the arrangements.

Memorials can be made to Thompson House Rehabilitation Facility, 6525 Springbrook Avenue, Rhinebeck, New York 12572.

  

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Eleanor Carol Spiciarich

1928 - 2018

Eleanor Carol Spiciarich, 90, of Germantown, passed away on August 7th, 2018, surrounded by her family.

 

Born in Brooklyn on July 21, 1928, she was the daughter of Eleanor Tomkiewicz and Nicholas Dapcic. At age 2, she traveled to Yugoslavia with her mother and brother Matthew, where they lived until she was 10. They then returned to Brooklyn to reunite with her father.

 

Eleanor attended Prospect Heights high school in Brooklyn, where she graduated as salutatorian. After graduating, she began working at Garcia and Diaz, a shipping company in Manhattan. She was the first female claims manager for the company. 

 

In 1957, Eleanor married George Gustav Spiciarich. They lived in Red Hook, Brooklyn until 1964 when they moved upstate to Tivoli. George predeceased her in 1984.

 

Eleanor loved to be engaged with family and friends. She was the sounding board for many. She loved to garden, play word games, do crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and enjoyed finding treasures at yard sales.

 

Eleanor is survived by her children: George (Bibiana) Spiciarich of Wilmington, VT, Annmarie Spiciarich of Highland, NY,  Carol Spiciarich Mahoney and her former husband, Leonard of Fort Collins, CO, and Linda Spiciarich of Elizaville, NY; her grandchildren, Jillian (Daniel) Atlas, Memphis, TN  and Andrew Spiciarich, Albany, NY;  her former daughter-in-law, Andrea and her husband Frank Mastrianni and daughter Gina, her step-grandchildren Mike (Ashley) Stuart, John (Tara) Stuart, and Janice (Jared) Karsch; her nephews Michael (Trudy) Dapcic and  Stephen (Catherine) Dapcic and her niece, Linda Dapcic-Angst; her nephew, Vincent Spiciarich, as well as  9 great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Matthew and his wife Irene, as well as her brother and sister-in-law, Vincent and Ann Spiciarich and their daughter Annmarie Berton. She will be missed by her good friends Nancy Doyle, Dorothy Clancy and Pat Thayer, as well as other residents of Palatine Manor in Germantown, NY, where she lived for 15 years.

 

Funeral arrangements are through Yadack-Fox in Germantown, NY. Calling hours are Friday, August 10th from 4-7. A Catholic mass will be Saturday, August 11th at 10am at Holy Trinity Parish in Germantown. Interment services will be private at a later date.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Eleanor’s memory to Maryknoll Sisters, PO Box 317
Maryknoll, NY 10545.

 

  

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Bernice Christian

2018

Bernice Christian of Ghent loving Mother and Grandmother of five children, along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren passed away at age 81 on Monday July 30, 2018.

Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Christian, and two of her daughters Barbara Yates , and Debbie Zyryi.

She is survived by her three children, two daughters Denice Howard, Linda Yates and son Timmy Christian. Also survived by several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Calling hours will be 10 to 12 PM Thursday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown. Services will follow at 12 pm at the funeral home. Burial will follow in t he St. Sylvia’s Cemetery of Tivoli.

  

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Darryl Thomas Lasko

1955 - 2018

Darryl Thomas Lasko, 63, passed away peacefully after a brief fight with cancer on Tuesday July 24, 2018. He was blessed to be at home surrounded by his loving family.


Darryl was born on April 5, 1955 in Poughkeepsie, NY. He was a graduate of Arlington high school. He married Susan A. Cahill, also of Arlington HS on January 24, 1981 at Holy Trinity Church in Poughkeepsie. They enjoyed 37 amazing years of marriage where they raised four children together.  Darryl worked as a warehouse specialist at Taconic Bio-Sciences in Germantown, NY. Besides being a Master Tinkerer and "Professional" Commentator, he was previously a volunteer firefighter for the Rochdale fire department, a machinist for Alfa-laval, a warehouse manager for Arnoff moving and storage, Grill Master, and a long time adult men's softball player and bowler.


Always wanting to be a part of his children's lives, he enjoyed multiple opportunities to coach their little league teams, was a continuous supporter in all of their events, and was Always their biggest fan no matter what. He was the MVP at finding lost things, loved camping and camp fires, Sunday morning bacon and eggs, coffee, watching movies and the Price is Right, setting up Christmas lights, being a ninja, and never ending trips to Walmart. Darryl had a great sense of humor, a strong will, a sensitive soul, and not to mention penmanship to be envied by all. He had A huge heart and would always pour out his love  to anyone in need.


It has been such an honor and great blessing to have him in all our lives and to have learned so much from him in the time we had.


Darryl is survived by his wife, Susan; his children, Daniel T. Lasko (Tiffany), Michelle M. Turner (Jason), Brandi L. Jornov (Craig), Darryl S. Lasko; 5 grandchildren, Jack, Tyler, Autumn, Mason, Eric, and one on the way; his sister, Patricia Hughes (Lasko); his brothers, Dale Lasko, Brian Lasko; plus a very large loving extended family.


Darryl is pre-deceased by his father, William J. Lasko Sr; his mother, Doris A. Lasko (Hanaburgh); his sister, Doreen Wells (Lasko); his brother, William Lasko Jr.


A private family service will be held at the convenience of the family.

  

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Joan Snyder

1947 - 2018

Joan Snyder, 71, of Germantown, passed away gently in her sleep on July 18, 2018 after battling a long term illness.

She was born on March 20, 1947 in the Bronx, NY to the late Peter and Anna Murphy. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

She graduated from Germantown Central School, and SUNY Cobleskill.

In 1968 she married the love of her life Glenn and made their home in Germantown where they raised their two daughters.

After graduating from college she worked for the Social Security Administration in Hudson and later became a bookkeeper for many local businesses.

Joan was an active member of the Germantown community. She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Germantown, the Lions Club, and the Germantown Park Commission. She served on the board of Palatine Manor and was a Councilmember on the Germantown Town Board.

Joan enjoyed spending time with friends and was always willing to help anyone in need.

She is survived by her sister Patricia, her mother-in-law Jane, her daughter Stacey and her husband Steven, her daughter Stephanie, her beloved grandchildren Dominic and Damien, several cousins, and many dear friends.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, and adored husband Glenn.

She has been lovingly cared for by her daughter Stephanie, her grandsons, and several devoted caretakers.

Visiting hours for family and friends will be on Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Yadack Fox Funeral Home, Germantown, NY.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, July 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the Church of the Resurrection, Germantown, NY.

Interment will follow at Valley View Cemetery, Germantown.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that you donate to one of Joan’s favorite charities, the USO or Columbia-Greene Humane Society or in following Joan’s sense of charity an organization of your choice.

  

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Charles H. VanCampen

1925 - 2018

Charles H. VanCampen 93 of Livingston died July 6, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born June 1,1925  on the family farm in Germantown to Charles H. VanCampen Sr. and Sophie (Engelbart) VanCampen.

After working for NY State Charles then drove truck for CNE Trucking & Schewermans Trucking and later became owner and operator of L.P. Transportation where his wife also drove with him.

He retired at the age of 82 in 2007.

Survivors include his son Robert (Kathy) VanCampen of Hudson, a daughter Deborah VanCampen of Fort Worth TX, 3 grand children Charles IV of Clifton Park, Matthew (Jessica) Ronsani of MA, Sgt Sara Ronsani currently deployed in Kuwait and 2 great grandchildren Evan VanCampen of Clifton Park, Matilyn Marie Ronsanie of MA.

He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Gloria, a son Charles III, and grandson Mark Ronsani.

Calling hours are 6 to 8 pm Sunday July 8th at Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Services will be 10 am Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Viewmonte Rural Cemetery.

  

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Harold E. Davis

1939 - 2018

Harold E. Davis of Ghent passed on peacefully in the early morning of July the 4th. Born June 1st, 1939 to the late Kenneth and Charlotte(Alamillo) Davis, he was the 2nd born child of 11. Harold is survived by his ever faithful and devoted wife for just shy of 57 years, Donna(Fleming), daughter Melissa(Frank) Paladino and son Timothy(Denise) Davis . His grandchildren were his pride and joy; Jessica, Robert(Katie), Ryan Davis and Boden Paladino. Family always came first. In accordance with the way Harold lived his life, simply and privately; at his request there will be no calling hours or services held. The West Ghent Reformed Church will host a celebration of Harold's life on Saturday, July 21st from Noon to 4PM. All are welcome.

  

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David A. Bower

1960 - 2018

David A. Bower 57 of Germantown died June 14, 2018 at the St. Luke’s Hospital of Utica.

Born July 18, 1960 in Germantown he was the son of the late Thomas G. Bower Sr. and Margaret Stier Bower.

Survivors include his brother Thomas G. Bower Jr., sister Pamela Caruso, 3 aunts, Dorothy Bower, Ruth Kinville and Ellen Stier.

There are no calling hours.

Grave side funeral services will be 10 am Friday at the Reformed Church Cemetery of Germantown.

  

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­­­Mary Houlihan Benton

1929 - 2018

Mary Houlihan Benton, 88, of Elizaville, passed away June 22, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born August 7, 1929 in Fox Harbour in the Dominion of Newfoundland. She was the eldest child of James and Laura (Foley) Houlihan.

Mary is survived by her sons Richard C. Benton of Texas, Bruce W. (Christine) Benton of Chatham and James Elmer (Linda) Benton of Livingston. She was the grandmother of April (Jon) Meredith, Heather (James) Casey, Megan Couse, Geoffrey J. (Ashley) Benton, Jessica Benton, Michelle Benton and Patrick Benton. She was also the beloved “G.G.” to ten great grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings; Helen (Henry) Springham, John (Eileen) Houlihan, Louise (the late Henry) Buttner, James (the late Mary) Houlihan, Elizabeth Houlihan Howard, Bernadette (the late Cyril) O’Reilly, Shirley (the late Gerard) Duke, sister-in-law Joan Burger and several  nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents and several siblings, Mary was predeceased by her partner Walter J. Hercun.

Mary worked for thirty years in the Columbia County Treasurer’s Office ending her career as Deputy County Treasurer. She was a communicant of the Holy Cross Church, and later Holy Trinity Parish in Columbia County, where she was a Charter member of the parish council. After her retirement she was an avid volunteer at the former Adventist Nursing Home in Livingston.

Calling hours will be held for Mary at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home in Germantown on Sunday from 3 to 6p.m.

Services will be Monday 9:30am from the funeral home and 10am at the Church of the Resurrection of Germantown where a mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow at the Livingston Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Mary’s name to the Holy Trinity Parish, 429 East Allen Street Hudson, NY 12534

  

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­­­Eleanor Frances MacNiven

1928 - 2017

Eleanor Frances MacNiven, 89, of Cobleskill, New York passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, October 19th, 2017. Born in Cold Spring, New York on January 2nd, 1928, she was the daughter of David and Helen MacNiven (Mickle).


After graduating from Haldane High School in Cold Spring, she attended Cornell University. Eleanor was employed for many years as a bookkeeper.


Eleanor was predeceased by her first husband, John J. Neary, her second husband, Murry Braun, and three brothers; Allan J. MacNiven, David M. MacNiven and Donald A. MacNiven. She is survived by her sister, Margaret E. Thornton of Queensbury, NY, and six children; Richard A. Neary, Speculator, NY; John A. Neary, Walpole, NH; Barbara E. Neary, Schenectady, NY; Rebecca S. Neary, San Diego, CA; Charmian F. Neary(Gardiner), Rye, NY; and Sally A. Neary, Kent WA. She enjoyed her four nieces and nephews; Pamela Koseff, Tom Thornton, Coleen Melanson, and Linda Smith, and six grandchildren; Richard Gabree, Molly Neary, John Neary, Josh Neary, Amy Neary, and Russ Gardiner, as well as

6 great-grandchildren.


Eleanor enjoyed mountain climbing, skiing, skating, bicycling, swimming, and exploring Cold Spring as a child. She was proud of playing French horn in the school marching band. As a young mother she played hymns and Christmas carols on her organ for her children, organized a sewing class at the Schenectady Girls Club, and taught Sunday School at the First Presbyterian Church.


She instilled in her children a love for animals, flowers, music, and solitude, and a reverence for the written word.


In her later life, she and her husband Murry traveled throughout the country in their Road Trek motor home. She volunteered for non-profits such as Literacy Volunteers, created many original quilts, and completed highly detailed genealogy research. She was a talented seamstress, political activist, and avid reader.


Our mother never cared much for material things, but was happiest with a quiet summer night, a cup of hot coffee, a book in her lap, and a sleeping cat or child beside her.


She donated her body to Albany Medical College for the benefit of future generations.


A brief service will be held at 12 noon Saturday June 23rd at the Reformed Church Cemetery, with a celebration of life to follow at the Legion Hall in Cheviot.

  

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­­­Esther (Lawlor) Bales-Howard

1962 - 2018

Esther (Lawlor) Bales-Howard 55 of Germantown died June 14, 2018at her home after along illness.

Born June 17, 1962 in Hudson she was the daughter of Helen (Hendrickson) Lawlor and the late James Lawlor Sr.

A 1981 graduate of Germantown Central School she attended Columbia Greene Community College and Ulster Community College where she received an associates degree in communications.

She was a member of the Germantown Fire Company’s Auxiliary and had been employed as a Supervisor at Taconic Farms in Germantown from1998 until 2014.

Surviving in addition to her mother is her husband Nicholas Bales-Howard, her daughter; Gwendolyn Lawlor, a brother, James (Wendy) Lawlor, sister, Mona (Bob) Engasser, two nieces, Sage and Sienna Engasser and her uncle Arthur Hendrickson Jr.

A celebration of her life will be Thursday June 21st from 5 to 8 pm at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Private burial will be in the Reformed Church Cemetery of Germantown.

Memorial donations are requested to the Community Hospice of Columbia Greene 47 Liberty Street Catskill, NY 12414

  

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­­­Herbert F. Bunk

1935 - 2018

Herbert F. Bunk 83, died Saturday at his home in Dutch Village of Hudson where he had resided for the past 4 years.

Born March 19, 1935 in Clermont he was the son of the late Floyd and Katherine (Curtis) Bunk.

Formerly he had resided for 48 years in Germantown where he worked for the Flo-Weld Co. until his retirement.

Herb was a devoted family man who loved his family and adored his grandchildren. He enjoyed camping, gardening, daily walks from one end of Germantown to the other and his annual trips to the ocean. Herb loved life and demonstrated that through his strong will and determination. He will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Katherine Janice (Kelsely) Bunk, daughters, Susan Dusenbery, Sharon Rider, Sandra Dodge, his sister, Eleanor Steerey, and Nephew William Steerey, 8 grandchildren, Christa Rider, Rebecca Rider, Lucian Rider, Rachael Rider, Tate Dusenbery, Tyler Dusenbery, Kyle Dodge, Kelsey Dodge, and 6 great grandchildren.

There are no calling hours.

Services are private and at the convenience of the family.

  

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­­­Joseph E. Coons

1938 - 2018

Joseph E. Coons 80 of Tivoli died June 6, 2018 at his home after a long illness.

Born February 2, 1938 in Rhinebeck he was the son of the late Harry and Bertha (Rhynders) Coons.

He had worked for more than 50 years as a heavy equipment operator with the Cookingham Equipment Co. and Pin Oak Construction Co. of Red Hook. He was a live member of Local #6 of operators and engineers. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting and casinos.

Survivors include his children Joseph and Joann Coons of Tivoli, Brenda Coons and William Moore of Germantown, a brother Howard Coons of Red Hook, son-in-law Glaron Monk of Hudson, grandchildren Brendon (Krysta) Monk, Glaron (Kailee) Monk, Stephanie (Chris) Brandow, Charissa Coons, Travis Monk, great grandchildren Hunter Brandow, Tasia Durham, Iyana Monk , Jayden Monk.

He was predeceased his wife Katherine, a daughter, Terry Coons great grandson Camron Monk, 7 brothers and 1 sister.

Calling will be 12 noon to 1 pm Sunday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Followed by memorial services at 1pm at the Funeral Home.

Memorial Donations are requested to Hospice 374 Violet Ave. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

  

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­­­Virginia Julia Williams

1915 - 2018

Virginia Julia Williams , 101 of Germantown, passed peacefully, surrounded by love, on May 29,2018. She was born on November 7, 1915 in New York City. She was the daughter of the late Dr. William and Matilda (née Hofmann) Dessingue.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband "Bud" Thomas E. Williams. She was also predeceased by her siblings, her daughter Micheline and Micheline's husband ( Dr Ismail )and her grandson Dr. Andrew Parsa.

Virginia was the loving mother of Micheline (Dr.Ismail ) Parsa, Thomas (Susan) Williams, and Julie (Vernon) Oehlke. She was also a loving grandmother, grandmother-in-law, and great grandmother. She was better known to them as Nanny. She was a loving Aunt, Great Aunt, and friend to many as well.

During WW ll she worked for the US Navy. She also worked for Union Carbide Corporation and the Department of Corrections.

She loved cooking and baking, especially pies and her famous rolls, for her family friends. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, playing tennis, and swimming. She will be dearly missed by all.

There are no calling hours.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be 9:30am Monday at the Church of the Resurrection of Holy Trinity Parish located at 9 Church Avenue, Germantown, NY 12526 Burial will be in the Long Island National Cemetery of Farmingdale, NY

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Matthew 25 Food Pantry at 8 Union Street, Catskill, NY 12414

  

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­­­Martha Anne Lloyd

1927 - 2018

­­­Martha Anne Lloyd 90 passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. She was born on August 24, 1927-, in Washington, DC to Helen and Aubrey Powell. In 1948 she married Donal B. Lloyd, and thus began a long and devoted relationship, a match truly made in heaven. They would have been married 70 years in August. Together they raised two daughters, Deborah and Nancy.

Always an artist, she returned school and finished her BA degree in Fine Arts, and then at the age of 63 went on to get her Master’s Degree in painting. Martha lived life to the fullest. She was a “spark plug” with a youthful, adventurous spirit. “Let’s just move to France for six months!” “We must buy that deserted 8000 square-foot schoolhouse, the gym will be a fabulous studio.” And they did. Her incredible sensibilities led her to create extraordinary beauty not only in her paintings but also in their homes.

Martha earned an MFA degree in painting from Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, NY, and studied Intaglio at Yale University. She was awarded a Rauschenberg painting grant. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is in over 100 private and public collections internationally. Among them are Harvard's Berkman Center, Cambridge, MA, Merrimack College, N. Andover, MA, Pepsi Co., and Cigna, Philadelphia, PA, many others. Her work is in private collections of the renowned photojournalist Marc Riboud, Paris, France, and Jorge Posada, NYC and Florida, among many others. Martha lectured as a visiting artist at DeCordova Museum, Lincoln MA, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA, Simon's Rock College of Bard, Gt. Barrington, MA and at Old Chatham Sheepherding Co. Inn, NY . She curated shows at Musee de L'Ecole, E. Nassau, NY. Her work has been represented by BCB Art gallery in Hudson, NY, and the Thompson Giroux Gallery in Hudson, NY. Martha is survived by her loving husband, Don, of Germantown, NY; her daughter Deborah Lloyd Kaufman and husband Jerrold, of Spofford, N.H.; daughter Nancy Lloyd and wife Jennifer Madden, of Sebastopol, Calif.; grandchildren Isaac Kaufman and wife Kim of Hinsdale, N.H., Eleanor Kaufman of NYC, Ben and Zoey Lloyd-Madden of Sebastopol, Calif.; great-granddaughter Maisie Jones Kaufman of Hinsdale, N.H.; brother-in-law George Norman, nieces Carol Bready, Cynthia Law, Rhonda Wharton, Martha Norman and their families, all of Maryland; nephew Craig Lloyd in Pittsboro, NC, and niece Stacey Lloyd Vincent and their families. She was predeceased by her sister, Betty Norman, and her brother-in-law, David Lloyd.

Services are private and at the convenience of the family.

  

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Archibald “Archie” Henderson

1933 - 2018

Archibald “Archie” Henderson 85 of Clermont died May 24th, 2018 at Whittier Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center of Ghent.

Born March 7, 1933 In Aberdeenshire, Scotland he was the son of the late John and Maggie Bella (Shepherd) Henderson.

Before his retirement he and his late wife Iris were the caretakers for the Midwood Estate on Woods Road in Clermont for many years.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law Steven and Donna Henderson of Vermont, two daughters and sons-in-law, Dawn and Jeffrey Shufelt of Hudson and Susan and John VanVliet of Ghent, daughter-in-law Elaine Henderson of Hudson, two sisters Isabell and Margaret both of Scotland, 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife Iris who died October 7, 2006, a son Craig and grandson Bradley.

Calling hours will be Tuesday 10 to 12 noon with services at 12 o’clock at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown

  

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Richard L. Brandt

1940 - 2018

Richard L. Brandt 77 of Red Hook died May 20, 2018 at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

Born November 16, 1940 in Brooklyn he was the son of the late: Valentine and Anna (Martin) Brandt.

Before retirement, Richard had been employed as a bus driver for the Rhinebeck School District for many years.

Staff Sergeant Richard Brandt served in the US Army from 1959 to 1961 and retired from the National Guard after 20 years of service.

Survivors include his wife; Grace (Pappas) Brandt, sons; Scott (Lucy) Brandt, Matthew (Lisa) Brandt, Richard Brandt, daughters Jennifer (Michael) Moskowitz, Tami (Hazon) Brandt, and 2 step sons, Richard VanEtten, Andrew (Bonnie) VanEtten and 5 grandchildren, Olivia, Hunter, Cody, Madison and Ethan.

He was predeceased his first wife Helen Brandt and a brother Wallace Brandt

Calling hours will be 5 to 8 pm Friday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Services will be 10:30 am Saturday at the funeral home.

In urnment will be in the St. Sylvia’s Cemetery of Tivoli.

  

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Richard “Dic” P. Pawlak

1936 - 2018

Richard “Dic” P. Pawlak 82 of Clermont died May 18, 2018 at The Thompson House in Rhinebeck.

He was born January 25, 1936 in Bronx, New York. He was the son of the late: Peter D. and Helen D. (Backman) Pawlak. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years Marie (Silkowski) Pawlak. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Candy and Calvin Ogden, grandson Ryan Ogden, sister Monica (Joseph) Butrico of Greenport and 2 nephews.

Gunnery Sergeant Richard served his country for 20 years in the Marine Corps... He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam War, where he earned many medals and awards. He worked for the New York State Bridge Authority for 22 years, where he was the manager of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in Catskill and retired in 1997.

Richard was a member of the Marine Corps. League, the VFW, and the American Legion.

Service with Military Honors provided by the US Marine Corps will be held at 11 am on Friday, May 25th, 2018 at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery of Schuylerville. All friends are welcome to attend this service with his family.

There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers donations are requested to the Columbia- Greene Humane society 125 Humane Society Rd. Hudson, NY 12534

  

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Serena VanAlphen-Pitt

2018

Serena VanAlphen-Pitt 28 of Claverack died May 8, 2018 at her home after a long illness.

A memorial service will be 2pm Wednesday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

A reception –food and  memory share  will be held 3 p.m. Saturday May 19,2018 at the  Clermont Bible Church 1530 Blue Hill Road Livingston.

  

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Richard Hackett Wolff

1928 - 2018

Richard Hackett Wolff, 89, died peacefully at Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Tuesday, May 8, 2018 after a long illness.

Born June 18, 1928, at St. Agnes Hospital in White Plains, NY, he was the son of Harry Francis Wolff and Genevieve (Hackett) Wolff. He was a graduate of White Plains High School and Colgate University, class of 1950, with a BA in chemistry.

He served his country as a Lieutenant in the 95th Bomb Squadron of U.S. Air Force from 1952-1955, flying out of K-9 in Pusan during the Korean War, as well later here in the United States. Subsequently, he worked for many years in the pharmaceutical advertising industry. After leaving the advertising industry, he and his son Timothy operated a popular retail seafood store in Valhalla, NY, for many years before he retired to Livingston.

He is survived by his wife, Paula Kristofik Wolff, Livingston, NY; four sons: Richard Hackett Wolff, Jr, Wyckoff, NJ; Thomas Christopher Wolff, Prescott, AZ; Timothy Wolff, South Salem, NY; and Robert Wolff, Santa Clarita, CA. Additionally, he leaves behind 10 grandchildren: Christopher Wolff, Catherine Wolff, Steven Wolff, Kyle Wolff, Ryan Wolff, Caitlyn Wolff, Samantha Wolff, Harrison Wolff, Annika Wolff, and Elisabeth Wolff. He will also be greatly missed by his beloved Newfoundland dog, Princess Penny.

In accordance with his wishes, there were no services. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are with Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown, NY.

  

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Robert Matthew Choinsky

1931 - 2018

Robert Matthew Choinsky passed away May 7,2018. Born on December 10,1931 in Tivoli, he was the son of the late Michael and Verna Choinsky. He is survived by his daughter Robbin (Karl) Sprossel, grandchildren Tara (Ben) Kolbinskie and Chase Sprossel. 3 great grandchildren Ireland, Callum and Grayson Kolbinskie. His siblings Verna (Bob) Kilmer, Albert (Barbara) Choinsky, Raymond Choinsky, Lillian (Robert) Hilbrandt, Arthur (Saskia) Choinsky, Vivian Kime, Linda (Joseph) Blum, Sandra Daley and Ralph (Tammy) Choinsky and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Betty. His greatest loves were his family and his church.

A Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Christopher’s RC Church in Red Hook at 10:30am Friday May 11th 2018.

Burial to follow at St. Sylvia’s cemetery in Tivoli

  

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Catherine Sturges

2018

Catherine Sturges 101 of Claverack passed away Saturday morning May 5, 2018.

She leaves behind her eldest son, Edwin Sturges, son-in-law Stephen Adams, granddaughters, Julie, Lindsey, and Pamela Adams, great grandsons, Isaac DeJesus and Bryon Stewart.

Catherine passed just as she lived, on her terms and in her own time. Former teacher at St. Mary’s of Hudson and retired from Cedar Park Cemetery, she was most talented at sewing, crocheting, knitting and if you knew her you knew her apple pie. She lived to cook and feed all of those around her a truly selfless, caring and loving spirit.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

  

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Lloyd “Frog” Tomlin

2018

Lloyd “Frog” Tomlin- 68, after a courageous battle with cancer, has left his life here with us to start his eternal one. He leaves behind the love of his life, his wife Gloria; sons Sean (Sam) Tomlin and Lloyd (Ashley) Tomlin, Jason Tomlin; daughter Christina (Bruce) Pecorella; grandchildren Brandon, Clarissa, Savanah, Bruce and Kaley; his sister Wendy (Rusty) Flouton, his sister Sharon(Matt) Turner, neices, nephews and many dear friends.

He worked many years at A. Colarusso and Son. In retirement, he could always be found in his garage.

“Frog” loved everything outdoors. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his boys and then later with his grandchildren. He loved auto racing. You could always find him at Lebanon Valley Speedway each week. For many years he was in the pits with his son Lloyd who raced the family owned #19. You would also see him in the grandstands with his family cheering on the #74 modified and the #7 pro stock, and many of his former competitors in the pure stock division. He truly enjoyed the final race he attended with both of his sons and his oldest grandson at his side. He was a family-oriented man who could always make you laugh at the things he came up with.

A celebration of his life will be 5 to 8 pm Friday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

The family would like to thank anyone who extended thoughts, prayers and assistance during “Frog’s” illness, it was deeply appreciated. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you donate to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene County, or to the Go-Fund me page set up to assist with his medical bills.

  

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Edna J. DuBois

1960 - 2018

Edna J. DuBois 57 of Elizaville, died Thursday April 19, 2018 at Westchester Medical Center after a long illness.

Born December 12, 1960 in Hudson she was the daughter of Fairlene (DeGraw) DuBois Rabenda and the late Charles Benjamin DuBois.

Edna was the loving mother of Michael John Potts, Ryan Christopher Potts, and Daniel Robert Potts all of Elizaville in addition she is survived by her sisters, Sandra (Wayne) Nelson, Debra Anderson, Diana (Michael) Serwatka, partner Richard LaVigne, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

Edna joins her dad and son Shane Charles DuBois in Heaven.

Peace be with you from mom; no greater gift in my life than my children.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 pm Wednesday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Funeral services will be 11 am Thursday at the United Methodist Church of Elizaville. Burial will follow in the Elizaville Cemetery.

  

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George R. Desmond

1924 - 2018

George R. Desmond 93 of Claverack died March 29, 2018 at Whittier Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center of Ghent.

Born August 26, 1924 in Athens, he was the son of the late George and Mabel (Waters) Desmond.

George had served with the US Navy from 1942 to 1945 and was a member of the Jennings Willet American Legion Post of Germantown. He retired after many years of working as a mail carrier with the US Post Office in Hudson.

He was a devoted husband of 70 years to June Simmons Desmond who predeceased him in January of this year.

Survivors include his daughter Diane Popow (Ken), a son William (Maria) Desmond, a brother Edward Desmond, grandchildren Thomas (Tammy) Popow Jr., William (Karen) Popow, and Michael (Melissa) Desmond, David (Melissa) Desmond, 9 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife he was predeceased by a brother Robert Desmond, and sister Arlene Rogers.

There are no calling hours.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations are requested in George’s memory to the Community Hospice of Columbia Greene 47 Liberty St. Catskill, NY 12414

  

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Frances Denegar

2018

Frances Denegar, 87 years old, entered into rest on March 24, 2018. She passed at her residence in Davidson, NC.

She was a loving wife of 55 years to Clyde E Denegar.

Frances was preceded in death by her adopted parents, Edwin and Hazel Unson of Greenport, NY, her brothers Lewis and Richard, sister Velma and niece Linda.

She is survived by her loving husband, Clyde E. Denegar, daughters Maria (Kevin), Brenda (Lert), and son Mark (Paula). She has three grandchildren, Naaka, Niran and Jessica, five nieces, six nephews, and three great grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held on April 13, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at her residence in North Carolina.

  

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Claire C. O’Connell

1968 - 2018

Claire C. O’Connell 50 of Elizaville died Wednesday March 21, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born March 13, 1968 in Port Chester, NY she was the daughter of the late: Theo and Barbara (Grainger) Schacklinscky.

Claire had been employed as a Teacher’s Assistant for 20 years at the Germantown Central School. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her husband Thomas, son Ryan, daughters, Amanda (Kyle Briggs) O’Connell, Shannon (Jeffrey Shumsky) O’Connell, Karyn (Ben Roberts) O’Connell, a brother Ted Schacklinscky, and 3 grandchildren Emily, Brantley and Kolten.

Calling hours will be 4 to 8 pm Sunday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Services will be 11 am Monday at the funeral home with burial following in the Livingston Rural Cemetery.

Memorial donations are requested to either the American Breast Cancer Foundation 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway Suite 480 Columbia, MD 21044 or the Autism Society of America 1 Serry LN #E Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

  

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Constance MacIntire

1942 - 2018

Constance MacIntire 75 of Elizaville passed away on 3/18/18 at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

Connie was born on March 30, 1942 in East Arlington Vermont the daughter of the late John and Bessie (Boesse) Hadden.

She is predeceased by her husband William MacIntire.

Connie is survived by 5 Children: Donna Craft-Hatesaul and the late Frederick Hatesaul of Elizaville, NY Cynthia and Bruce Freer Stone Ridge NY, Russell and Angeleen Craft of Germantown, NY, Lori and Ron Lebeouf of Pleasant Valley, NY And Thomas Craft of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Many Grandchildren: Nikolaus and William Hatesaul of Elizaville, Joseph Freer of Stone Ridge, Russell Craft Jr and Lisa Lynch , Stephen Craft and Jamie Heinkein, Michael, Christopher and Angel Lynn Craft. Shaun LeBeouf of Poughkeepsie, Thom of San Diego California. Josh and Cassanda Craft of Elizabeth City North Carolina. Several Great Grand Children: Thomas and Jacob Craft of Elizabeth City, NC, Chloe, Liliana, Jace and Kayleigh Craft of Germantown, NY.

During her career-Connie owned and operated a coffee shop “Connie’s Home Cookin” in Pine Plains, NY. She worked with developmentally challenged children and adults. She was a Waitress for many years.

Connie was retired and she enjoyed spending time and helping her children and grandchildren. She was a tireless advocate for all.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 pm Wednesday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown. Services will be 11 am Thursday at the funeral home with burial following in the Elizaville United Methodist Church Cemetery.

  

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Joan Ann Rowe Goller

2018

Joan Ann Rowe Goller died Wednesday, March 7, 2018, on her 84th heavenly birthday. Predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Gilbert F. Goller, and her parents Earle and Henny Rowe of Gallatin. She is survived by four children: Laura Scott and Allen, Lisa Gratrix and William, Krista Meriam, Douglas G. Goller and five grandchildren. Brittany Clark and Alexander, Tyler Scott, Colton, Ashton, and Clayton Meriam. She leaves behind her sister, Vera Tappan, and six nieces and nephews. Joan was a graduate of the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing as a RN and St. Joseph's College with a BS degree in Community Health. Joan was an avid gardener, reader, sewer, and a very gifted artist. Services will be held Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Gallatin Dutch Reformed Church at one p.m. with interment at the Vedders Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Gallatin Church would be greatly appreciated.

  

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Judy Ann Coons

1956 - 2018

Judy Ann Coons, 61 passed away peacefully on March 4th 2018 at Ferncliff Nursing Home with her two children by her side after a long battle with lymph edema. She was a loving wife, mother, homemaker who loved her family very much. Survivors include her husband Gregory Coons and two children Donny and Andrea Cheney and Patricia and James Hernandez. And her mother Patricia Baker. Her 5 grandchildren Cheyenne, Zachary, Ryan, Jasper and Jeremy. 2 sisters Shelia and Rose. 5 Brothers Roy, Raymond, Larry, Jeff and Chris. As well as many nieces, nephews, family and friends. She was preceded in death by her Father and Niece. A time of celebration of Judy’s life will be held on Friday March 9th at 11 am. At St. John’s Episcopal Church. Barrytown, NY.

  

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Marion C. Chidester

1928 - 2018

Marion C. Chidester, 89, of Hudson (Greenport), passed away peacefully Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 at her residence.

Mrs. Chidester was born September 6, 1928 in Hudson, the daughter of t he late Clyde E. Denegar Sr. and Marion (Diehl) Denegar of Germantown.

She was a graduate of the Albany Business School and a member of Christ Lutheran Church of Viewmonte. Mrs. Chidester was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed cooking, sewing. Country music and her lifetime friends.

Survivors include her sons, Douglas Chidester of Hudson, Daniel Chidester of Claverack, brother, Clyde E. Denegar Jr. of Davidson, NC, Grandchildren, Kailey Chidester, 20, of Washington DC, Lauren Chidester, 25, and Daniel Chidester Jr., 23, both of Kingston, NY. She was predeceased by her sister, Kathleen Zazulak of Germantown, who died September 5, 2010, and her husband Theodore (Ted) Chidester of Hudson, who died June 21, 1987.

Mrs. Chidester met local bandleader, Ted, while employed at McCall’s Refrigeration in Hudson and married March 7, 1952. They enjoyed their free time boating on the Hudson River, visiting with their many friends and raising their two sons.

Mrs. Chidester worked many years at Columbia County Courthouse and was extremely fond of cats (always having at least one feline companion right up until recently).

Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m., Friday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with interment in the Reformed Church Cemetery.

  

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Maria C. Trotti

1933 - 2018

Maria C. Trotti, 84, passed away peacefully with family by her side on February 20, 2018, at Columbia Memorial Hospital after a battle with cancer.

She was born December 17, 1933 in Bari, Italy, the daughter of the late Joseph and Cesarea (Lobalsamo) Ruscigno.

After leaving Italy in 1955, she lived with her brother in Canada until early 1958 when she moved to New York and married Frank on October 26, 1958. Settling in Germantown in 1965, she purchased the Grandjula grocery store in 1973, which she owned until June 1995. Known for her amazing sandwiches, and cooking anything that her customers wanted, she truly enjoyed serving all that entered her store, and loved interacting with everyone in the community.

Her passions were cooking, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren. If she wasn’t in the house cooking, you could find her outside in the garden or tending to the numerous flowers around the house.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Frank, her sons Thomas (Jodi) Trotti, and Joseph (Kelly) Trotti of Germantown, NY, her grandchildren Jacki (Robert) Gross of Hyde Park, NY, Thomas Trotti of LaGrange, NY, James (Aislynn) Schneider of Troy, NY, Steven Schneider of Clifton Park, NY, and Dominic Trotti of Germantown, NY, her great grandchildren Brooklyn and Ryan Trotti, Lauren Gross. Also surviving are her sisters Antonia (Ruscigno) De Pinto and Giuseppina (Francesco) Novielli, sister-in-law Rosa (Pietroforte) Ruscigno, brother-in-law Antonio Careccia, all of Montreal, Canada, her uncle Domenico Lobalsamo (97) of Italy, and many nieces, nephews and other loving family members and friends.

She is predeceased by her daughter Evelyn Schneider, granddaughter Ashley Trotti, brother Gennaro Ruscigno and sister Marianna (Ruscigno) Careccia.

There are no calling hours.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

  

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Terry A. Coons

1958 - 2018

Terry A Coons, 59, passed at Columbia memorial hospital peacefully on Feb. 21, 2018. Born May 2, 1958 to Joseph Coons Sr, and late Kathrine (Feller) Coons.


She is survived by her spouse of 28 years Glaron Monk, Her children Travis Monk, Glaron J Monk, and Brendon Monk. Grandchildren, Jayden, Tasia and Ayanna. Her sister Brenda (William) Moore, Brother Joseph (JoAnn) Coons Jr. and many uncles aunts and cousins. She is predeceased by her Grandson Camron Monk. She always loved to work in her yard, grow her garden and play with her grandchildren. She was a very loving woman, and will be missed greatly.


Calling will be Wednesday from 4 to 5 PM at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.


Services will follow at 5 pm at the funeral  home.

  

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Jeremy Michael Stanley Smith

1939 - 2018

Jeremy Michael Stanley Smith was born to Olive and Sticky (real name Eric) Smith on the 9th March 1939 in Sidcup (UK), just months before the start of World War II. During the war, he was evacuated to a farm in the north of England with his Mum, but later experienced the horror of “buzz bombs” after returning to London, thinking it was safe. Following the war, his Mum and Dad ran a pub in Zeals, Wiltshire. Jerry grew up in the smoke and hubbub of this atmosphere, and forever after he was most at home when immersed in the company of friends and family, and a couple of pints didn’t hurt either...

He married Liane in 1961 and in 1965 she began sailing with him after he made first mate. He progressed to earning his Masters ticket but decided to come ashore in 1967 following the birth of their daughter Anna. Jerry started work with the British Chamber of Shipping as one of the first tanker-men in the organization. This period marked an eventful time for the tanker sector. Super Tankers were new and following the loss of the Torrey Canyon with its devastating pollution, his knowledge was much in demand in addressing questions about the safety of these giants. Jerry was closely involved in the work to make these ships safer and to mitigate operational pollution through the work of the IMO.

In 1969 his son Daniel was born, and then in 1972, the family moved to Whitstable in Kent. Jerry still loved sailing, and joined the local yacht club, built a Mirror Dinghy named “Bertha”, and taught his kids to sail in her. Following the end of his marriage Jerry continued work with the British Chamber of Shipping in London, visiting his children in Whitstable whenever possible.

In 1978 he was approached by the Liberian Shipowners Council to take the role of Secretary General and set up an office in New York City. The decision to move to the States was a major change to the course of his life. He loved New York and its energy, and eventually bought a house slightly north of the city. In the early 1980’s family friends from England were staying in Germantown, NY on a teacher exchange program. During a trip to visit them, he took Daniel with him, who joined a class at the school for the day. When Jerry picked Daniel up at the end of the day, he met his teacher, Cindy, which marked the start of the next significant phase of his life. In 1985 Cindy and Jerry married and moved into their much loved property on Sharp’s Landing Road in Germantown, with room for their now combined family, including Cindy’s children.

Jerry continued to work for the LSC, and then for the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry until his retirement in 2004. Following retirement, he and Cindy took up many projects in town, traveled around the world and enjoyed the company of their children, eight grandchildren and a myriad of friends. He served on the town board and played an active role in the school board, work that was close to Cindy’s heart. In 2011 he had a near death experience due to a hip replacement complication, which marked the start of his deteriorating health.

Sadly, in 2013 Cindy passed away, a desperate loss for Jerry, from which he never really recovered. His physical health continued to deteriorate but he battled on with jovial effort with the aid of his many friends and family. He passed away peacefully, with dignity and grace, surrounded by loved ones.

He is survived by and will be much missed by his brother and sister-in-law Simon and Ruth; his children Anna and Daniel; his step children John, Melinda and Ronnie and their, partners; his grandchildren Isabelle, Chai, Meredith, Liam, William, Eli, Nicholas and Alistair; and, his many friends who we are certain will hoist many a glass in his honor.

A celebration of his life will be 5 to 8 pm Thursday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

In lieu of flowers please make donation at DonorsChoose.org, and organization which provides resources to classroom teachers in low income schools.

  

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Douglas M. Dodge

1932 - 2018

Douglas M. Dodge, one of Germantown's favorite "good ol' boys," passed away at Albany Medical Center, on February 19th, 2018.

His parting was peaceful and joyous, as befits a man so well-loved. Born 2/17/32, to Gretchen and W. Dayton Dodge, in Toronto Canada, he came to Germantown at age 5, and proceeded to make it his own, raising his family here and being actively involved in his community.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, worked as a truck driver for Bonded Cement, for 25 years as a Claims Examiner for the NYS Department of Labor, and was owner of the Taconic Driving School of Hudson and Kingston. In his retirement, he made a lot of new friends, working at the Germantown Transfer Station.

He loved fishing, wood working, shooting the breeze with friends, but mostly, time spent with family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sally, sons Gary and Timothy (Megan) Dodge, daughters Linda (Bill) Coons and Elizabeth (Steven)Bathrick, grandchildren Bonnie (John) Querrazzi, Kyle and Kelsey Dodge, Bryan and Kathryn Bathrick, Madelynn and Jacob Dodge, and great-grandson Ashton Querrazzi.

He will be greatly missed, but his presence will be felt for many years to come.

A celebration of his life will be Sunday 12 noon to 2 pm at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Services will be at 2pm at the funeral home.

  

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Elaine Clelland

2018

Elaine Clelland, 65 of Tivoli died unexpectedly February 18, 2018 in Tivoli.

She is survived by her loving husband Rogers Clelland, children and step-children; April (Jon) Meredith, Heather (Jim) Casey, Megan Couse, Jason (Kariann) Clelland, Tiffany (Joe) Lester, 13 grandchildren, her sister-in-law Betty Thayer, two brothers and many loving friends.

She was predeceased by her son Jonathan Clelland.

Elaine enjoyed life to the fullest and will be deeply missed.

Calling hours will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 pm at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Services will be 11am Thursday at the funeral home with burial following in the Valley View Cemetery of Germantown.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Columbia-Greene Humane society, 111 Humane Society Road Hudson, NY 12534

  

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Roger A. Rekow

1940 - 2018

Roger A. Rekow, 77 of Germantown died Sunday February 4th at his home surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer.

He was born October 30, 1940 in Hudson, the son of the late Albert and Katherine (Hotaling) Rekow.

Roger proudly served in the United States Marine Corps for over 20 years retiring as a highly decorated Master Sergeant. He served in Vietnam, held top security clearance at the Pentagon, and was considered an expert marksman.

Roger was happily married to Cheryl “Lee” Dedrick Helsley for 39 years until her untimely death due to her own battle with cancer at age 59. He was a devoted family man and devoted to his community. He served as Assistant Supervisor for the Town of Germantown, the Town’s Police Commissioner, past President of the Germantown Fire Company, past Commander of the Jennings Willet American Legion Post, and member of the VFW and served on several committees of the Town.

He is survived by his daughter, Faydra Geraghty, son in law Micah Geraghty, granddaughter Auna Geraghty and sister Margaret (Peggy) Cisco, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Harold and Charles, sisters Susan Roller and Doris Roney.

Calling hours will be 5 to 8 pm Thursday Feb. 8th at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Services will be 11 am Friday at the funeral home followed by burial in the Reformed Church Cemetery of Germantown with full military honors provided by the US Marine Corps and Jennings Willet American Legion Post.

In lieu flowers Memorial donations are requested to the American Cancer Society 33 Elk St, Albany, NY 12207

  

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Devin A. Burgett

1992 - 2018

A kind and caring soul has left our world. Devin Andrew Burgett,25,of Germantown NY passed away Sunday January 28, 2018 at Albany Medical Center surrounded by loving family and friends.

Born in Rhinebeck NY on November 3, 1992 Devin graduated from Germantown Central School.

Devin truly was one of a kind and loved by all. There was not a mean bone in his body and his kindness knew no limits. He always saw the best in people and would go out of his way to put a smile on your face.

Devin was passionate about his job as an exterminator and adored his boss and mentor Bennett Edelman (Chico) at Midstate Pest Control. He enjoyed his second job at Gulf which allowed him to meet new people and learn their stories.

Devin was a talented musician that was able to hear a song once and be able to play it on his guitar.

Above all else, Devin loved his family.

Devin is survived by his mother Tara(Curry) Burgett, his sisters Blair and Kelsey Burgett, his brothers Alex and Andrew Jr(AJ) Burgett, his nephews William (T-Will) Riley and Ayden Daniels, his grandmothers Kathy Curry Gardinier and Betty Burgett and his great grandfather Bernard Turek along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father Andrew Burgett, grandmother Diane(Broast) Lown and grandfathers Ronald J Curry and Clifford Burgett.

A celebration of his life will be held on February 10, 2018 from 3 to 5pm at Yadack- Fox Funeral Home 209 Main St Germantown NY

  

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Linda Wahlers

1948 - 2018

Linda Wahlers 69 of Copake died Wednesday January 24, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born June 20, 1948 in Great Barrington, Mass she was the daughter of the late George and Eugenie (Peck) Ford.

Prior to her retirement she had worked as a secretary for Monahan title Search Company in Hudson and several area Attorneys.

Surviving are her husband Herman Wahlers of Copake and daughter Heather Wahlers of Great Barrington, MA.

There are no calling hours.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

  

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Doris Jane Roney

1936 - 2018

After a long full life, Doris Jane Roney was called home on January 20, 2018. She was born in Hudson, NY on September 2, 1936. She is survived by her brother, Roger Rekow, and sister, Peggy (Rekow) Cisco. She is also survived by her 6 children, Brian Roney, Christopher Roney, Glenn Roney, Kathleen Roney, Douglas Roney and Maureen (Roney) Graham. She was blessed to have 10 beautiful grandchildren and several great grandchildren as well as many loving nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her mother, Katherine Jane (Hotaling) Schleicher, her father, Albert Rekow, her brother’s Charles Rekow and Harold Rekow, and a sister, Susan (Rekow) Roller. Doris was an LPN and was an avid reader as well as a champion roller skater. She was an excellent seamstress and carried a love for the arts throughout her life. Per Doris’ wishes, there will be no calling hours and services will be at the convenience of her family.

  

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June E. Desmond

1928 - 2018

June E. Desmond 89 of Claverack died Friday January 19, 2018 at Whittier Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center of Ghent.

Born August 12, 1928 in Germantown, she was the daughter of the late Percy and Harriet (Lasher) Simmons.

Prior to her retirement she had been employed for many years as a sales clerk at the former Jamesway of Hudson. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother that enjoyed singing, dancing, and spending winters in Florida and South Carolina.

Survivors include her loving husband of 70 years who was everything to her George R. Desmond, daughter Diane Popow (Ken), a son William (Maria) Desmond, Thomas (Tammy) Popow Jr., William (Karen) Popow, and Michael (Melissa) Desmond, David (Melissa) Desmond, 9 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sisters Marion Holmquist and Mae Smith.

There are no calling hours.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

  

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Michael David LaBelle

1956 - 2018

Michael David LaBelle 61 of Claverack died Saturday January 13, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.


Born August 4, 1956 in Hudson he was the son of the late Stephen and Carol (Shufelt) LaBelle.


He was an electrician who owned and operated the MDL Enterprises of Claverack until becoming disabled.


Survivors include his son Jon LaBelle of Claverack and sister Sandy Johnson, two nephews and a niece.


There are no calling hours. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

  

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John Michael Meacher, Sr.

2018

John Michael Meacher Sr., 87, of Germantown, New York passed away peacefully on Friday, January 11th at the site of his birth on Northern Boulevard. Born to Thomas and Sadie Meacher, he lived most of his life in Germantown with his loving wife of 65 years, Mary.

John was a devoted father and provider, as well as a true friend to many. He was especially talented at all aspects of building, completing a total of 6 homes for his family. John enjoyed traveling , spending family vacations camping along the East Coast , and visiting Hawaii. In 1982, John and Mary purchased a seaside retreat in Eastport, Maine and spent many of their retirement summers along the shores of the Bay of Fundy.

In the 1950’s, John was enlisted in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He served aboard the USS Helena and the submarine, the USS Blenny. He then went on to become a devoted employee of Verizon, with 32 years of perfect attendance.

Besides his wife, John is survived by a brother, Edward, a son, John Jr. (Julie), and daughters Melanie Betros and Maureen A. Meacher. He was predeceased by 9 brothers and sisters, and a son, James. John was grandfather to 12 grandchildren: Richard, Jason, and Robert Meacher, Lauren Williams, Rachel Ortiz, Dorothy and Anne Meacher, Laura, Andrew, Thomas, and Amie Betros and John Kappel. He had one step-grandchild, Carrie Underwood, and 10 great grandchildren. A mass and celebration of John’s life will be held on Saturday, January 20th at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson, New York at 10 o’clock.

The family would like to acknowledge the Community Hospice and Stratton VA Medical Center for their dedication, loving care and support.

  

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Neal E. Burger

1932 - 2018

Neal E. Burger 85, passed away after a long illness on January 9, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was a resident of Germantown, NY for over 60 years. Born to Foster and Hattie (Rockefeller) Burger of Red Hook on April 30, 1932. Neal served in the United States Army in the 1950s stationed in Germany.

He graduated from Red Hook Central School, earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Plattsburgh State College and completed graduate work at New Paltz State College. Neal served as the Elementary Principal at Germantown Central School for 32 years. He was proud to have been an Eagle Scout, a former president of the Retired Teachers of Eastern New York. He was an active member of the community having served on the Planning Board, and History Department as well as a member of the Germantown Lions Club.

Neal was the beloved husband of Joan (Benton) for 61 years, devoted Father to Eric (Denise) Burger, Marc (Chris) Burger and Kate (Joe) Buttner. Cherished grandfather to T.J. and Chelsea Buttner, Emily Fleitz and Benton Burger. Survived by sister in law Mary Benton and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive their friends and families on January 13, 2018 to celebrate his life, at the First Dutch Reformed Church in Germantown New York at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association Northeastern New York 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205 or Community Hospice 47 Liberty Street Catskill New York.

  

Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Inc.
209 Main Street - P.O. Box 146 • Germantown, NY 12526
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