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Obituaries: Davis, Davis, Smith, Marcelli


Charles Martin Davis (1929 – 2013)

Helene Gold Davis (1930 – 2013)

MARIANNA, FL—Charles (Bud) Davis, 84, and his wife, Helene Davis, 83, formerly of Hillsdale, have passed away at Jackson Hospital.

Mr. Davis passed away September 10 after a long illness and Mrs. Davis passed away seven days later September 17, 2013.

Mr. Davis was born May 31, 1929 to the late Charles E. and Edna Davis in Great Barrington, MA.

He was most proud of being a Navy veteran who served on the Aircraft carrier, Valley Forge CV-45 from 1948 to 1950. After serving his country he became involved in the automotive industry, owning a garage and a home in Hillsdale for many years.

After buying a home in Crystal River, Florida, in 1970, Mr. Davis became an automotive instructor at WTI in Inverness, FL, until his retirement in 1994.

Mrs. Davis was born June 29, 1930 in North Carolina, to the late Joe and Vera Gold.

She was a homemaker, a loyal devoted wife, a great mom and grandmother.

Upon retiring, Mr. and Mrs. Davis traveled some and spoiled their grandchildren.

Both graduated from Roeliff Jansen Central School in Copake.

They are survived by: two sons, Larry (Denise) of Cottonwood, AL, and Scott (Penny) of Crystal River, FL; a sister, Edna (Sam) Dawson of Hillsdale; three grandchildren and three great-grand


After 64 years of marriage, they were separated for a week, but now are together again for eternity, the marriage continues.

Interment will be at the North Hillsdale Methodist Church at the convenience of the family.

Peter J. Smith (1954 – 2013)

ALBANY—Peter J. Smith, 59, of Columbiaville died October 2, 2013 at Albany Medical Center.

Born August 8, 1954 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Frank H. and Helen Irene (Randall) Smith.

Mr. Smith was a self-employed contractor in the area for many years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a talented musician. He was an “awesome” grandfather who loved his family very much.

He is survived by: two daughters, Jessica Lannan and his son-in-law Keith of Columbiaville and Raquel Travis and his son-in-law William of CT; one sister, Nancy Lohrfinck of Selbyville, DE; three brothers, Ronald F. Smith of Rensselaer, Paul R. Smith of Niverville and David M. Smith of Valatie; six grandchildren, Hope E. Williams, Brady and Isabella Rowe, Dominic Lannan, Nicholas and Cheyanne Travis; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to 1886 Community Food Pantry, 6735 Route 9, Hudson 12534.

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

Louis Marcelli (1924 – 2013)

NEWTOWN, PA—Louis Marcelli, 89, a longtime resident of Craryville passed away Thursday, October 3, 2013, at the Chandler Hall Hospice Pavilion.

He was born April 26, 1924 on his uncle’s farm in Craryville. He was the son of the late Louis Marcelli and Mary (Christiana) Marcelli.

Mr. Marcelli proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Force during World War II.

He was the co-owner and operator of the Elm Tree Restaurant in Craryville for 38 years, 1947 to 1985.  In addition, he spent 20 years as a salesman for Sysco Foods working out of Albany. When he was in his early 20s, he worked for the state of New York, inspecting meat brought in on large ships from abroad. As a child, he spent his summers on his uncle’s farm in Ghent, returning to Brooklyn to attend school in the fall. He loved the farm, the animals, and most of all, his cousin, Ben.

Mr. Marcelli was a kind, gentle and loving man who was well respected by all. He had many interests. He loved Formula One racing, driving on country roads, music (opera), fishing, professional sports, including boxing, but most of all spending time with his lovely wife, Sara who passed away in 1994. He always said that Sara was the love of his life.

Survivors include: his daughter, Lois Marcelli Vorgang and her husband James Vorgang of Langhorne, PA; his son, Robert Marcelli, of Greenville; granddaughter, Nicole Marcelli and great-grandson, Cosmo Marcelli; his sister, Carol Salamina and her husband Charles of Las Vegas, NV; sister-in-law, Millie Policastro of Craryville; many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Anthony Maffei.

Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, October 7 at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22, Copake. Friends may also call Tuesday, October 8 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the Mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Our Lady of Hope Parish, 8074 State Route 22 in Copake Falls with the Reverend Joseph Falletta officiating.

Private interment will be in St. Bridget’s Cemetery, Copake Falls.

Mr. Marcelli was a tireless volunteer for the Community Hospice for many years and was loved by all those who worked there. At the request of the family and in lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

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