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Obituaries: Cordato, Scherer, Molnar, Hover



John Cordato, Sr., 78, Army sergeant, served in two wars

HUDSON—Sergeant John C. Cordato, Sr., of Stockport died Monday February 28, 2011 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. He was 78.

Born in Hudson, October 12, 1932, he was the son of the late John and Molly (DeJoy) Cordato.

Mr. Cordato was a soldier in the US Army for 23 years. He was a veteran of the wars in Korea and Viet Nam, where he served two tours of duty. Upon returning home, he worked in maintenance at the Providence Hall Apartments in Hudson, and was a security guard at Columbia-Greene Community College.

He was a member of the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, VFW Post #1184, American Legion Post # 1314, Hudson Elks Lodge #787 and was a 50-year member of Washington Hose Company in Hudson.

Survivors include: his wife, Alice M. (Platner) Cordato at home; one son, John C. Cordato, Jr. and his fiancée Lisa Bleau of Greenport; one brother, Patsy and (Vialanda) Cordato; one sister, Anna and (Lewis Jr.) Houghtaling of Stottville; two granddaughters, Kari and Casey Cordato; five great-grandchildren, Heaven, Deven, Jayquan, Jaheem and Demetrius Mackey; and several nieces and nephews.

He was pre-deceased by a brother Joseph Cordato and two sisters, Margaret Chewning and Matilda Shook.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 4 at St. Mary’s Church, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson, with Fr. Winston Bath officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Cedar Park Cemetery Hudson.

Arrangements were with the McDonald-Valenti-Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.



Erna Scherer, 85, farm owner/operator

LIVINGSTON—Erna Scherer, 85, of Livingston, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at her residence.

She was born April 19, 1925 in Lithuania.

Mrs. Scherer was the manager and owner of Brothers 2 Farm in Livingston.

Surviving are: five children, Stephen Scherer of Hudson, Eric Scherer of Hudson, Mary Laurange of Hudson, Karl Scherer of Ghent and Volker Scherer of Albany; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two brothers; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Franz Scherer in 1991.

A funeral service was conducted March 7 at the Bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Reformed Church Cemetery, Greenport.



Stephen Molnar, Jr., 71, belonged to many organizations

HUDSON—Stephen A. Molnar, Jr., 71, of Greenport, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born September 19, 1939 in Hudson, he was the son of Margaret (Fitting) Molnar of Hudson and the late Steven Molnar, Sr.

Mr. Molnar worked at the New York State Office of General Services and also worked for the Iron Workers Local #12 in Albany.

He served in the US Army from 1958 until 1961. He was a member of the Greenport Fire Department Pumper Co. #1, the Greenport Fire Police, the J.W. Hoysradt Hose Co. #8, FASNY, the New York State Volunteer Fire Police Association, the Cyprus Temple Shrine, the Mountaineer Lodge 321 IOOF, the Capital City Commadery #2, the Albany Polish-American Citizen Club, the Columbia County Fire Police Association, the Grand Lodge Officer Association Columbia Masonic District, and the Royal Order of Scotland. He was also a member of the Mt. Merino OES #366, the Hudson Widow Sons Lodge #00007, and the Royal Order of Jester.

In addition to his mother, surviving are: his wife, Valera “Butchie” (Bryant) Molnar of Greenport; three daughters, Michele (Fred) Fuchs of Greenport, Kelly (Buddy) Schermerhorn of Hudson and Stephanie Molnar of Claverack; dear friend, Denise Rivenburg of Claverack; his grandson, Jackson Fuchs of Greenport; two sisters, JoAnn Cardis of Claverack and Julia Lynch of PA; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

He was predeceased by his son, Stephen A. Molnar, III, and his daughter, Debra Molnar.

Funeral services were March 5 at the Bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, with Greenport Fire Department Chaplain Deacon Richard H.A. Washburn officiating.

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Shriner’s Crippled Children’s Hospital, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104, or to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville 12211.



Dow Hover, 79, Korean War vet, owned electric business

LIVINGSTON—Dow C. Hover, 79 of Germantown died March 4, 2011 at Livingston Hill Nursing Home.

Born May 18, 1931 in Germantown, he was the son of the late Dow B. Hover and Nellie Washburn.

He owned and operated Hover Electric in Germantown and he served in the US Army during the Korean War.

Survivors include a nephew, Jack Bohnsack and niece, Jill (Bohnsack) Hardy. There are no calling hours, private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial Donations are requested to Huntington’s Disease Society of America 505 Eighth Ave Suite 902, New York 10018

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