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Obituaries: Sacco, Quidgeon, Wheeler, Tinger


Frank Sacco(1943 – 2012)

HUDSON—Frank S. Sacco, Sr., 69, of Stuyvesant died August 25, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born July 1, 1943 in Yonkers, he was the son of the late Phillip A. and Esmeralda (Mancusa) Sacco, Sr.


Mr. Sacco was employed by Canada Dry in Greenport and later worked for John Malasky Ford and Stan Martin Ford in Hudson as a mechanic. He was a member and past chief of the Stuyvesant Fire Company and a former member of Stuyvesant Falls Fire Company. He was a social member of the Schodack Landing Fire Company, a member of the Stuyvesant Traffic Safety Board and the Stuyvesant Emergency Management Team.

He is survived by: his wife, Louise M. “Chech” (Peterson) Sacco; two daughters, Christina Sacco (William Hines) of Stuyvesant and Ann Marie Sacco (Stanley Stickles, Jr.) of SC; a son, Frank S. Sacco Jr., of Stuyvesant; two brothers, Phillip A. Sacco, Jr. of SC, and Edmund Sacco of FL; three grandchildren, Stanley Stickles, III, Cody Stickles and Zaylee Starr Hines; several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Mr. Sacco’s life will be held 4 p.m., Wednesday, August 29 at the Stuyvesant firehouse. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414 or the Stuyvesant Fire Company.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

William Quidgeon (1987 – 2012)

TROY—William T. Quidgeon, 24, of Eycleshymer Road of Pittstown died Friday evening, August 24 at Samaritan Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Troy, October 2, 1987, he was the son of the late Pamela A. Walker Quidgeon and William Quidgeon, Jr.

A 2006 graduate of Montville High School in Connecticut, Mr. Quidgeon worked in various construction jobs before moving to Pittstown. At the time of his death, he worked as a mechanic at Dirt World Cycles of Johnsonville. He loved riding his motorcycle, doing anything outside; fishing, ice fishing and outdoor fires. Mr. Quidgeon was a tribal member of the Mohegan Tribe of Uncasville, CT. He never wanted to be alone, always enjoying being with family and friends.

Survivors include: his father, William (Liz Hoch) Quidgeon Jr. of Uncasville, CT; his siblings, Casaundra L. (Jeremy) Ackner of Brunswick, Katlyn A. (Dale Blanck, Jr.) Quidgeon of Troy, Travis S. Quidgeon of Uncasville, CT; his loving companion, Mercedes R. Loiselle with whom he resided and his unborn child due February 1, 2013; nieces, Olivia, Abigail and Isabella Ackner; nephew, Jameson Blanck; paternal grandparents, William and Doris Quidgeon, Sr., of Grafton; maternal grandmother, Shirley Carroll of Petersburgh; his faithful canine companion, Cedes; along with many aunts, uncles and cousins. Besides his mother, he was predeceased by his grandfather, William Carroll.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, August 30 at 7 p.m. in the Grafton Baptist Church, Owen Road, Grafton, where the Reverend Jason White will officiate. Private burial will be on Saturday, September 1 at the Fort Shantok Cemetery in Connecticut.

The family will receive friends on Thursday at the church from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being set up for Mr. Quidgeon’s and Ms. Loiselle’s unborn child. Contributions to the fund may be sent to the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home, P.O. Box 361, Petersburgh 12138.

Jean Wheeler (1946 – 2012)

WEST LEBANON—Jean M. Drowne Wheeler, 66, of Schoolhouse Road died early Monday morning August 27, 2012 surrounded by her loving family under the care of Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene.

Born January 27, 1946 in Troy, she was the daughter of Molly Seaman Drowne of Chatham and the late Roland Drowne.

She was the loving wife of Russell I. Wheeler, whom she married May 25, 1968 in the Brainard Methodist Church.

A graduate of both Chatham Central High School and the State University of New York at Buffalo, Mrs. Wheeler was an occupational therapist at Albany Medical Center Hospital for a few years. She was also a fantastic homemaker and caregiver who drove many safe miles as the family’s “medical taxi.” She valiantly fought kidney cancer for many years, never giving up.

Survivors include: her husband of 44 years, Russell; her children, Anita Wheeler (Scot) Lueck of Unadilla and Ben (Sharon) Wheeler of West Lebanon; siblings, Bruce (Irene) Drowne of Dryden, Lois (John) Williams of Lowell, NC, and R. Wayne (Christy) Drowne of Chatham; along with many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 30, 11 a.m. at the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 State Route 43, Stephentown, with burial to follow in the Old Chatham Union Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are invited to visitation at the funeral home, Wednesday evening, August 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday morning from 10 a.m. until the start of the service. Mrs. Wheeler requested no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to Canine Assistants, 3160 Francis Road, Milton, GA 30004.

Alfred Tinger (1922 – 2012)
PITTSFIELD, MA—Alfred Joseph Tinger passed away August 27, 2012 at Berkshire Medical Center.
Born January 22, 1922 in East Chatham, he was the son of the later Michael and Anna Newman Tinger.
He attended Chatham schools and went on to work at American Locomotive in Schenectady and later obtained his boiler certificate in Troy. He went on to work at G.E. in Schenectady until he enlisted in the Air Force in October 1942 in Rome. He attended Air Force Technical School, Chanute Field, Illinois and in 1943 special purpose motor vehicle school and was assigned to 410th AAF Base stationed in England. 
Mr. Tinger received the European Service Medal and was discharged October 30, 1944 and returned to civilian life and to work at G.E. in Pittsfield, MA as a welder until 1945.
He married Mildred Wandrei in November 1945 in the former St. Thomas Church in Adams, MA.
In 1947, he purchased and operated a barber shop in Chatham. In 1962, he and his wife “Mickey” purchased the former “Red Inn” and renamed it the Queechy Lake Inn. In 1964, he built the Queechy Lake Motel on Queechy Lake. After much renovation the Queechy Lake Inn became a very popular dining destination. It was recognized by many food critics and was given excellent ratings, including four stars by Gourmet Magazine.
In 1970, they purchased the Stony Kill Restaurant in Canaan. They sold the Queechy Lake Inn, Motel and package store and Stony Kill Restaurant in 1972. In 1976, they returned to Queechy Lake Motel until selling it again in 1986.
Mr. Tinger is survived by: three loving children, Alan Tinger of Canaan, Linda (Jack) Franchebois of Pittsfield, MA, and Paul Tinger of New Lebanon; six grandchildren, Nicole (David) Hausmann of Canaan, Aimee (Rob) Munday of Pittsfield, Cherie (Ryan) Murach of Dalton, Andrew of East Greenbush, Lauren and Emily of New Lebanon and three great-grandchildren.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 67 years, Mildred.
Mr. Tinger enjoyed the outdoors. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, American Rifle Association and the Canaan Fire Company. He will be truly missed by his whole family.
Calling hours will be at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 31. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at noon in St. James Church, with interment at St. James Cemetery, Ghent.
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