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Obituaries: Usis, Buschman, Sullivan


Robert Usis, Sr., advertising exec., avid soccer fan

VALATIE—Robert “Bob” Michael Usis, Sr., peacefully passed away April 10, 2012 surrounded by family and friends, after suffering for years from serious health problems that he managed with tenacity and good humor.

He was born to Joseph J. Usis, Jr. and the late Ruth Fredericks Usis and was older brother to Jack, Billy and Jimmy; married to Maryellen Casey for 42 years; father of Krista and the late Robby; grandfather of Joseph John Usis, III, and Trevor Kristian Hanson.

Upon graduating from Huntington High School in 1967, he entered the U.S. Navy and served aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid as the ships’ editor and photo journalist during the Vietnam Era. He then went on to work as an advertising executive in New York City before moving to upstate New York where he was one of the very first employees of the Columbia County Healthcare Consortium in Hudson.

Mr. Usis made a profound contribution to the many people and organizations he was involved with and was a value to everything he touched.

He was a former chaplain of the American Legion, a member of the Knights of Columbus, former secretary of the Tri-Village Rod and Gun Club and former second vice president of the Kinderhook Lake Improvement Association.

An avid soccer fan, he coached and played most of his life. He was a huge fan of Manchester United and left his grandsons with the knowledge and appreciation of “real soccer” and the English Premier League.

His family and friends remember Mr. Usis as the smart, capable, funny, talented, quirky, loyal, dapper, charming man that he was.

A memorial service will held Sunday, April 15, 4 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Route 9, Valatie. Calling hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Tri-

Village Rod and Gun Club, Rod and Gun Club Road, Valatie 12184 or the Albany Damien Center, 12 South Lake Avenue, Albany 12208.

Marilyn Buschman, 86, RN, congregation member

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Marilyn R. Buschman, 86, of Hudson, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2012 at Sweet Brook Nursing Center in Williamstown, MA.

Born February 14, 1926 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late William and Sarah Goldberg.

Ms. Buschman was a graduate of Hudson High School and the Hudson City School of Nursing. She was a registered nurse at Columbia Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Congregation Anshe Emeth.

Mrs. Buschman was the beloved mother of Mary Ellen Buschman of Milford, CT, and Marc Scott Buschman of Miami, FL, and devoted aunt of Steven Goldberg of CT, and Marc Goldberg of FL.

She was predeceased by her brother, Arthur Goldberg.

Services were held Friday, April 13 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Burial was in Cedar Park Cemetery.

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William I. Sullivan, 71, steam fitter, served in the Air Force

PITTSFIELD, MA—William I. Sullivan, 71 of Route 22, Stephentown passed away Thursday morning, April 12 at Berkshire Medical Center.

Born in Princeton, NJ, April 1, 1941, he was the son of the late William and Mary Shuhart Sullivan.

He was the loving husband of the former Linda J. LeClair, whom he married August 5, 1967. Mr. Sullivan attended New Lebanon Central School. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in December 1960. He was honorably discharged in November 1964. Mr. Sullivan retired from General Electric after 30 years of service as a steam fitter. He was a member of the Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department, the Veterans of the Stephentown area and of the G.E. Quarter-Century Club.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Linda; two daughters, Kim Buffa, Kelly McGivern; grandchildren, Mikayla and Earl Buffa; Makenzie, Kassidy and Jillian McGivern; a sister, Claire Brown; two nephews and a niece.

The Sullivan family thanks the Renal Unit at Berkshire Medical Center for their extraordinary services and the rehab center for their compassion and encouragement.

There will be no calling hours. A Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be celebrated by the Reverend John Close, Monday, April 16, noon in St. Joseph’s Church, Route 43, Stephentown. Interment with full military honors will follow in the Cemetery of the Evergreens in Lebanon Springs.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department’s Rescue Squad, c/o Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, P.O. Box 9, Stephentown 12168.

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