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Obituaries: VanWormer, Revene, Mickle, Smith


Shirley Van Wormer (1968 – 2012)

PITTSFIELD, MA— Graveside services will be held for Shirley A. Van Wormer in the Cemetery of the Evergreens in Lebanon Springs, Saturday, October 6 at 11 a.m. The Reverend John Close will officiate. Relatives and friends are invited and a gathering will be held at the New Lebanon firehouse following service.

Ms. Van Wormer, 44, of Henry Avenue, Pittsfield, formerly of New Lebanon died July 5 at Berkshire Medical Center after being stricken at her home.

Born in Pittsfield, MA, May 4, 1968, she was the daughter of the late Edward L. and Shirley Young Van Wormer.

Her parents both died tragically at a young age and she was raised by her aunt and uncle Ted and Dot Ryan of New Lebanon, whom she called mom and dad.

She lived in the Pittsfield/Lanesboro area for the past five years after moving from New Lebanon. Ms. Van Wormer graduated in 1988 from New Lebanon Central High School and attended both Lyndon State College of Vermont and Mildred Elley Nursing School in Pittsfield. She attended the Church of the Immaculate Conception in New Lebanon. Ms. Van Wormer worked at Jiminy Peak in Hancock, MA, and as a medical assistant for Pond View Pediatrics in Schodack and Berkshire OB/GYN in Pittsfield.

Survivors include: her mother, Dorothy A. Ryan of Denver, NC; siblings, Nicholas Van Wormer of Gloversville, Michael Van Wormer of Johnstown, Eric Van Wormer of Albany, Patrick Ryan of Mooresville, NC, Jane Ryan of Huntersville, NC, Susan Ryan of Old Chatham, Colleen Thurston of Denver, NC; many special nieces and nephews; a great-niece; cousins and many dear friends. She was predeceased by her dad, Edward “Ted” Ryan and a brother, Edward Van Wormer.

Ms. Van Wormer loved animals and contributions in her memory may be made to the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter, 63 Downing Parkway, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home in Stephentown.

John F. Revene, Jr. (1938 – 2012)

HUDSON—John “Jack” F. Revene, Jr., 74, of Greenport, passed away Sunday, September 30, 2012 at the Firemen’s Home.

Born February 28, 1938 in Ware, MA, he was the son of the late John F. and Elizabeth (Walsh) Revene.

Mr. Revene was the code enforcement officer in Hudson for 30 years.  He was a 53-year member of J. W. Edmonds Hose, a life member of the Hudson Elks Lodge, a member and past president of the New York State Enforcement Officers, an avid hunter, golfer and Boston Red Sox lover. He loved Irish and polka music and was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He served in the U.S Navy on the U.S.S. Beale.

Surviving are: his son, John F. Revene, III, of Hudson; his daughter, Maureen Revene of Claverack and six grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Patrick Revene and his sister, Maryann Conine.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 3 at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Firemen’s Home or Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene. Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral home.

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Philip D. Mickle, Jr. (1951 – 2012)

CHATHAM—Philip D. Mickle, Jr., 60, passed away Saturday, September 15, 2012 at his home.

Born September 21, 1951 in Pittsfield, MA, he was the son of the late Mary Joe and Philip D. Mickle, Sr., of Chatham.

In his early years he was a member of St. James Catholic Church of Chatham and was an altar boy. He was an honored Boy Scout and went on to achieve the highest rank of Eagle Scout. He was a graduate of the class of 1969 at Chatham Central High School and attended Columbia-Greene Community College.

He was a life member of the Columbia County Agricultural Society, where he also worked for many years; a member of the Alan Devoe Bird Club, Chatham Fire Department, and a proud and active member of the Ghent Band.

His teaching about birds, plants, trees and the Hudson River will be sorely missed. He had a passion for woodworking, camping, birding, the Giants, and spending many hours with friends and family on his boat on the Hudson River.

He leaves behind: his wife of four years, Darlene Decker Mickle; his step children, Ike, Nathan and Martin Harvey, all of Chatham; one brother, William (Michele) Mickle of Chatham; two sisters, Patricia (Jim) Kipp of West Sand Lake and Pamela (Smitty) Mickle-Smith of Hudson; three step-grandchildren; and four nephews, David, Robert, Michael Mickle and Jason Shatney.

He also leaves behind his many friends who stuck by him through his illness. He was predeceased by his dog, Casey Marie.

A celebration of his life will be held in the spring.

Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were with Simple Choices, Inc.

Leslie R. Smith (1933 – 2012)

HUDSON—Leslie R. Smith, 78, of Hudson died Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born December 2, 1933 in Jamaica, West Indies, he was the son of the late Joseph Smith and Verona Sharp Nembhard.

Mr. Smith worked as a heavy equipment operator for more than 20 years with the New York State Department of Transportation at Greenport. He was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church of Viewmonte and the St. Ann’s Bay Anglican Church, Jamaica, W.I. He was an avid reader and history buff.

Survivors include: his wife, Pearline (Campbell) Smith, whom he married June 6, 1964; two sons, Lincoln of Silver Spring, MD, and Winston of Rochester; one daughter, Olive Stuckey, of Columbus, GA; and several grand and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services and a celebration of his life were held Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home in Germantown.


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