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Obituaries: Mazzacano, McAdam, Cariseo, Williams


Mary Mazzacano (1925 – 2012)

PHILMONT—Mary V. Mazzacano of Claverack passed away Thursday, September 6, 2012 at Pine Haven Rehabilitation Unit.

Born May 29, 1925, she was the daughter of Ellen (Godfrey) Mahon and William Mahon.

She graduated from the Roeliff Jansen Central School in June 1942. On April 15, 1950, she married Fred Mazzacano.

Mrs. Mazzacano worked in the office of the Universal Match Company in Greenport before starting her family.

She wanted to be remembered as someone who cared. She was proud of her role as a local activist, having organized the Hudson Valley Fruit Growers Association Apple Blossom Festival and the Roe Jan Alumni Association, and was instrumental in making Olana a state historical site.  She also served as publicity director for several organizations. She organized and directed the first Office for the Aging in Columbia County and was the Columbia County Bicentennial co-chair.

Mrs. Mazzacano worked in the New York State Legislature for many years for Assemblyman Larry Lane, Senator Douglas Hudson, Senator Joseph Bruno, and U.S. Congressman Hamilton Fish, Jr.

She served as both deputy and clerk of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors. She was active in the Republican Party serving as chairman of the Columbia County Republicans and was the 1987 recipient of the Columbia County Young Republicans Abraham Lincoln Award.

Mrs. Mazzacano enjoyed golfing, gardening and painting, but most of all, her family. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Hudson.

She was predeceased by her brother, John Mahon, and her longtime companion, Clarence “Ike” Harder.

Survivors include: two sons, Gary (Alane) Mazzacano and Daniel (Elisa) Mazzacano; five grandchildren, Gary Mazzacano, Jr., Gina (Brian) Molinski, Nicholas Mazzacano, Adam Mazzacano and Caitlyn Mazzacano; two great-grandchildren, Charlie and Bradley Molinski; a brother, William Mahon and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday, September 10 at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson. Interment was in Cedar Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Greenport Rescue Squad or Becraft Pumper Company #2. Arrangements were with the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave a message for the family.

Denise McAdam (1916 – 2012)

CASTLETON—Denise T. McAdam, 95, a resident of Riverside Nursing Home in Castleton and formerly of North Chatham, died September 7, 2012 in Castleton.

Born September 18, 1916 in the Bronx, she was a secretary for the New York State Department of Human Resources in Albany for many years.

She is survived by: one son, Thomas Francis McAdam of Thomaston, ME; her godson, James Jensen (Anne) of Castleton; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by six siblings, Rose, Ada, Louise, Joseph, Pete and Ray.

Funeral services and burial in North Chatham Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.

Contributions can be made to the National Audubon Society at www.Audubon.org or Chatham’s Small Animal Hospital, Route 203, North Chatham 12132.

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

Joseph Cariseo (1939 – 2012)

GREENPORT—Joseph C. Cariseo, 73, of Greenport died Thursday, September 6, 2012 at his residence.

Born June 1, 1939 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Sista and Anna (Jacobs) Cariseo.

He was employed with Local Union 1000 in Poughkeepsie before retiring.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1961 until 1963.

Mr. Caroseo enjoyed hunting and was a life member of the Stottville Rod and Gun Club and the Stottville VFW. He was a great conversationalist, who had countless friends, and was an avid reader. He was a lifelong area resident.

Surviving are: his sister, Maryann (John G.) Schaible of Claverack; his brother, Patrick Cariseo of Hudson; a niece, Tania (Fabian) Vega of Baltimore, MD; a grand-niece, Isabella Vega of Baltimore, MD; his aunt, Alice Cariseo of Albany; several cousin, including William (Linda) Cariseo and Loria Cariseo, both of Connecticut; and a close friend, Paula Cotsonas.

Calling hours are 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, September 10 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Services will follow at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Prayers will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 11 at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery, followed by a reception at the White Stone Café, Ghent.

Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave a message for the family.

Frank Williams, Sr. (1934 – 2012)

HUDSON—Frank R. Williams, Sr., 78, of Benwood Knolls in Millerton died Saturday September 8, 2012 in Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born March 27, 1934 in Patterson, he was the son of the late Jackson S. and Anna E. (Smith) Williams.

Before his retirement, Mr. Williams was employed for more than 37 years with Berkshire Transformer in Kent, CT.

Mr. Williams was a huge fan of NASCAR and enjoyed watching and attending the races.

He was predeceased by his wife, Eleanore in 1996.

Survivors include: his children, Frank Raymond Williams, Jr., of Torrington, CT, and Susan Williams-Clark and her husband George Clark, Jr., of Hillsdale; his grandchildren, Sarah Law, Laura Clark, Kenneth Clark, Michael Williams, Kale Williams and Alika Williams; great grandchildren, Khoe Le, Shayla Williams, Jalen Le, Andrew Clark and Jesse Williams.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 13, 2012, 1 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains.

Friends are invited and may call on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Pine Plains.

To send an online condolence visit www.peckandpeck.net.

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