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Obituaries: Peterson, Alessi, Normand


Allean Peterson, 98, homemaker, mother

HUDSON—Allean A. Peterson, 98, of Hudson died Thursday, December 8, 2011 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born October 12, 1913 in Clinton, NC, she was the daughter of the late Mary Louise (Devane) and Roach Robinson.

Mrs. Peterson was a homemaker.

She is survived by her devoted sons, Milles, James, Eddie and Thomas; eight grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband; two daughters, Vastie and Anne; a son, Charles; 11 brothers and sisters; and a grandson, Jesse Caldwell.

Calling hours are 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, December 16 at the Shiloh Baptist Church, 14 Warren Street, Hudson. Services will follow at noon at the church.

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. To send condolences visit

Frances Alessi, 85, devoted mother, church member

ALBANY—Frances Alessi, 85, of Old Chatham died December 12, 2011 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

She married her loving husband, Salvatore (Sam) Alessi November 14, 1944. They were married for 53 years before he died in 1997.

Mrs. Alessi was a devoted mother of seven children, Louise Alessi, Salvatore (JoMarie) Alessi, Jr., Dorothy (Richard) Wilber, Dolores (Case) deBoer, Joseph (LeeAnn) Alessi, Frances (Les) Radley, Anthony (Lori) Alessi; a loving grandmother of 16 grandchildren and great grandmother to 12 great grandchildren.

She was a member of St. James Church, Chatham.

Her family thanks all the doctors, nurses and all the staff at St. Peter’s Hospital for the compassionate care they gave their mother.

Friends and relatives are cordially invited to call at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham, Friday, December 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, December 17 at 11 a.m. at St. James’ Church; interment will follow at St. James’ Cemetery, Ghent.

Orville Normand, 86, decorated WWII vet, flight engineer

HUDSON—Orville T. Normand, 86, of Germantown died Sunday, December 11 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born January 16, 1925 in Plattville, Colorado, he was the son of the Francis and Goldie (Munnel) Normand.

For more than 40 years he was a flight engineer with many airlines including Eastern, Saturn, Trans-International and Trans-America. He also worked for Ruge’s Automotive GM Parts Center in Rhinebeck and more recently was a school bus driver for Pasty Zanchelli’s bus company in Germantown.

Mr. Normand was a veteran of World War II having served with the US Army’s 63rd Reconnaissance Troop in the African and European Theaters.  He was awarded a Purple Heart for being wounded in August 1944 in the European Theater. He also received the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, Bronze Service Arrowhead, Good Conduct Medal and American Defense Service Medal.

Mr. Normand was a charter member past commander and at the time of his death was adjutant of the Southern Columbia Memorial VFW Post in Germantown. He was at one time commander of the Columbia County VFW, as well as, a member of the Jennings-Willet American Legion Post in Germantown. He was well-known as a spokesman in the area of veteran’s rights.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, he was also an avid motorcycle rider.

Survivors include: his wife Patricia of Germantown; his son and daughter-in-law, Shayne and Phyllis Normand of Germantown; sons, Rick and Bruce and daughter, Nancy Sprayberry, all of Texas; grandchildren, Christian of Alabama, Nicole, Alison, Madlyn and Bradon, all of Germantown; several grand- and great-grandchildren of Texas.

Calling hours will be 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, December 17 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home in Germantown.

Full military services will be conducted by the Southern Columbia Memorial VFW Post and Jennings-Willet American Legion Post at 11 a.m. at the funeral home and at the Viewmonte Rural Cemetery of Clermont.


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