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Obituaries: Lipstein, Sheedy, Murell, Kingsley


Rosalind Lipstein, 87, volunteer, gardener

HILLSDALE— Rosalind Sobel Lipstein, 87, of Hillsdale died at home, September 25, 2011.

Born November 2, 1923 and raised in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of Klara and Isidore Sobel. She attended Brooklyn College and received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. She also attended The New School for Social Research. She raised two children with her husband Benjamin, in Mount Kisco.

Mrs. Lipstein was an active volunteer. She chaired fundraising drives for Cerebral Palsy and the American Red Cross, served on the Curriculum Council for the Bedford Central School District and was editor of the school district’s newsletter—The Districteer. Later, she was the executive officer for the American Civil Liberties Union committee for academic freedom. When she moved to New York City she was a facilitator at the WMCA helpline, Call for Action.

Mrs. Lipstein was also active in political campaigns on a local and national level. A career highlight was a luncheon invitation from Eleanor Roosevelt to her Val-Kill home in Hyde Park.

After many wonderful years in Manhattan, the Lipsteins moved to Hillsdale in 1976. Mrs. Lipstein was a passionate gardener, dog lover and supporter of many local initiatives, including Columbia Memorial Hospital, the Roe Jan Community Library and the Roe Jan Park.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Dr. Benjamin Lipstein; their two children, Owen J. Lipstein, Dr. Paula Lipstein Forman and her husband Philip; two grandchildren, Jonathan and Isadora Forman and a sister, Mae Sobel Katzman of San Diego.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Copake.

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Joseph Sheedy, 82, lineman, photographer

GREENPORT—Joseph R. Sheedy, 82, of Greenport, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at his residence.

Born September 9, 1929 in Green Island, he was the son of the late Harold and Mabel (White) Sheedy.

He served in the US Air Force from 1947 until 1951. Mr. Sheedy was a lineman for Niagara Mohawk for more than 36 years before retiring. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Stuyvesant Falls, an avid photographer and enjoyed canoeing, running and hiking. Mr. Sheedy was devoted to his family.

Surviving are: his beloved wife, Margaret (McNamara) Sheedy of Greenport; his devoted children, Michael Sheedy of Greenport, Timothy Sheedy of Stockport, Lynne Martin of Hyde Park and Elizabeth Naccarato of Claverack; five grandchildren, Meghan Martin, Mera Schoman, Amanda Flanigan, Ashley Sheedy and Shane Bunt; one great-grandchild, Norah Flanigan; two sisters, Dorothy Coppola of Menands and Maureen Morrow of Florida and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son, Peter Sheedy, and two brothers, John and George Sheedy.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Friday morning, September 30 at St. Joseph’s Church in Stuyvesant Falls.

Burial was in the Mt. Pleasant Rural Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Arrangements were with the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. To leave a message for the family go to

Mary Murell, 95, age didn’t stand in her way

TITUSVILLE, FL—Mary (Ewasick) Murell 95, of Titusville, FL quietly slipped into God’s arms September 26, 2011, surrounded by her loving family at home.

She was born in Hudson, August 17, 1916 to John and Frances Ewasick.

She graduated from Hudson High School and later met and married Joseph Murell, a well-known Hudsonian.

While raising their family, she was employed by New York Telephone Company in Hudson for 17 years and was promoted to the position of chief operator.

The Murells relocated to Titusville, FL in 1973, where they became active members of the community.

Mrs. Murell was owner and president of United National Travel in Titusville for over 38 years where she played an active role as full-time bookkeeper and receptionist until her recent illness.

To say she enjoyed life is an understatement. Mrs. Murrell loved life, loved work and most of all very deeply loved her family and in turn was equally adored and cherished by them. Although a private person, she was well-known throughout the community and will be remembered for her wit, humor and determination in never letting age stand in the way of living life to its fullest.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Joseph Murell in 1985.  Mrs. Murell is survived and deeply missed by: two brothers, Michael Ewasick (wife, Martha) and Stephen Ewasick (wife, Marilyn) both of Hudson; her four children, Joseph Murell (wife, Becky) of Hudson; John Murell (fiancée, Cheryl Olsen), Joanne Murell Griffin (husband, Daniel Griffin) and James Murell (wife, Star) of Titusville, FL; grandchildren, Joseph Murell (fiancée, Roberta Nolan) of Hudson, Cynthia Murell of Los Angeles, CA; Ariana Slominski (husband, Jaimey) of Pine Plains; four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family mourned her passing and celebrated her life at the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson, Friday, September 30. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, October 1 at St. Nicholas Church, Union Street, Hudson.

Arrangements were entrusted to the M. Grimaldi Funeral Home.

Memorial services will be held at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church in Titusville, FL, at a later date.

Dean Kingsley, 47, owned tree service, firefighter

HANCOCK, MA—Dean A. Kingsley, 47, of Main Street died Tuesday evening, September 27 at home surrounded by his loving wife, daughter, brother and friends after a courageous five-year battle against cancer under the care of Hospice Care in the Berkshires.

Born in Hartford, CT, July 20, 1964, he was the loving son of Richard A. and Alma Whitman Kingsley of Manchester, CT.

He was the loving husband of the former Donna Grossi, whom he married in Pittsfield, MA, November 16, 1996.

A 1982 graduate of Manchester High School, Mr. Kingsley attended Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondack State Park. He graduated in 1984. He returned to Connecticut where he worked in logging and for Walgren’s Tree Service in West Hartford. He was the owner/operator of Kingsley’s Tree Service, originally in Manchester before relocating to Hancock, MA in 1994. Mr. Kingsley operated the business until his illness in 2006.

He received an Eagle Rank with Bronze Palm in the Boy Scout Troop #133 of Manchester, CT along with being an assistant scoutmaster of Troop #2 of Pittsfield, MA. He enjoyed doing anything with wood, especially woodturning (lathe). He was a member of the Hancock Baptist Church. While in Connecticut, he belonged to the 8th District Volunteer Fire Department in Manchester.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by: his wife, Donna G. Kingsley; his daughter, Hannah M. Kingsley of Hancock, MA; a step-son, Andrew L. Skodis of New Britain, CT; a brother, Duane A. (Elaine) Kingsley of Coventry, CT; his in-laws, Louis Grossi of Weathersfield, CT and Ellen Grossi of New Britain, CT; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.

Funeral services were held Monday, October 3 at the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 State Route 43, Stephentown, where the Reverend Angela Buchauer, pastor of the Hancock Baptist Church, officiated. Burial was private in the Hancock Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Berkshire County Central/South, Hancock Volunteer Fire Department or Hancock Baptist Church c/o the funeral home, P.O. Box 9, Stephentown 12168.


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