TownLine Motorsports CFMOTO PowerFest April-May 2024

Obituaries: Pesano, Johnson, Folmsbee, Finkle


Edward Pesano, 61, project estimator, college basketball fan

ALBANY—Edward J. Pesano, 61, of Albany, died Friday December 2, 2011 at Albany Medical Center.

Born in Poughkeepsie, July 13, 1950, he was the son of the late Edward and Elizabeth (Meluch) Pesano.

He was a 1968 graduate of Ichabod Crane High School in Valatie, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and a standout basketball player. Lettering in several sports, Mr. Pesano was the recipient of the Hoy Memorial Trophy for outstanding athletic performance. He received an associate of science degree from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. He served in the United States Army and National Guard from 1969 to 1973, stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas.

For more than 30 years, Mr. Pesano worked in the field of construction planning, serving as a project estimator for several firms in New York and Ohio including John V. Warren, Inc. in Rensselaer and the New York State Facilities Development Corporation in Albany. For the past five years, he was with Barnes and Noble, serving most recently as manager of shipping at their facility in Colonie.

Mr. Pesano was an enthusiastic fan of college basketball and supporter of the Syracuse University Orangemen. An avid reader, he also enjoyed music, humor, gardening and travel.

He is survived by: five brothers, Randy Pesano (Claudia Lee) of Greenport, Robert Pesano (Michelle Liptak) of Kinderhook, David Pesano (Katie) of Kinderhook, Richard Pesano (Beverly) of Baldwinsville and Thomas Pesano (Brenda) of Latham; 10 nieces and nephews, Gina, Julie, Jeff, Christian, Rachel, Hannah, Lizzy, Peter, Allie and Ashley.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 9, 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Route 9, Valatie, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Reverend Robert DeLeon. Interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call Thursday, December 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse 13220-3049.

Clarence Johnson, 72, worked at Smith’s Tire Shop, Army vet

CLAVERACK—Clarence “Pete” C. Johnson, 72, of Claverack, died Friday, December 2, 2011 at home.

Born in Valatie, October 23, 1939, he was the son of Anna (Hagadorn) and Clarence G. Johnson.

He served in the US Army from 1957 to 1964 and worked at Smith’s Tire Shop in Hudson for more than 25 years. He enjoyed camping and hunting.  He is survived by: his wife, Vicki (Shook) Johnson of Claverack; six children, Veronica Funk and Rodney Johnson, both of Claverack, Natalie Davis of Athens, Tralene Mannino of MI and Robert and Ronald Johnson both of Churchtown; his brother, Robert Johnson of FL; his sister, Joan Fingar of Roseboom; 14 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers and one sister. Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 7 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 8 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Valatie. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family. Visit

Marion Folmsbee, 80, Albany International supervisor, church member

HUDSON—Marion L. Folmsbee, 80, of Stuyvesant Falls, died Sunday December 4, 2011 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born in Stuyvesant Falls, February 11, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Harold J. and Louise M. (Funk) Shufelt.

Mrs. Folmsbee was a supervisor for Albany International, retiring in

1991 and was an active member of the West Ghent Reformed Church for many years.

She is survived by: two sisters, Jane Scott of Stuyvesant Falls and Mildred Drabick (Joseph) of Stockport; two brothers, Franklin D. Shufelt (Joyce) of Hudson and Ronald J. Shufelt (Carolyn) of Ghent and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stewart Folmsbee and her sister, Anna Mae Dallas.

Private services will be held in the Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Valatie.

Robert Finkle, 68, owned/operated plumbing/heating business

PHILMONT—Robert “Skip” P. H. Finkle, 68, of Philmont, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2011 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Born April 16, 1943 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Phillip and Norma (Hover) Finkle.

He was the owner and operator of Byron Parker Plumbing and Heating in Hudson. He was a member of the Columbia Cruisers and the Hendrick Hudson Chapter of Studebaker Drivers Club.

He was the beloved husband of 46 years of Mary Jane (Doody) Finkle of Philmont; devoted father of Robert (Roberta) Finkle, II, of Philmont, Robin Host of Catskill and Phil (Tiffany) Finkle of Philmont; loving brother of Philis (Ray) Doody and Philip (Graci) Finkle.  Also surviving are 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Bob Host; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 7 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Philmont. Bearers will include Robert Finkle, II, Phil Finkle, Raymond Doody, Edward Bratton, Philip Rivenburg and Nick Rivenburg. To leave a message for the family go to



Related Posts