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Obituaries: Bernasco, Bonner, Woelm, Becker


Mary Bernasco (1917 – 2013)

GT. BARRINGTON, MA—Mary Bernasco, 96, of Yonderview Road, Hillsdale passed away Sunday November 3, 2013 at Fairview Commons.

She was born February 20, 1917 in Manhattan to Michael and Mariah Gambon.

Mrs. Bernasco proudly served her country as a staff sergeant with the United States Army from 1943 to 1945 in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre of Operations.

A licensed social worker, she attended New York University and received her master’s in social work from the University of Chicago. She was employed by the City of New York, New York State and most recently as a supervisor at the Wassaic Developmental Center and also at the Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck.

Mrs. Bernasco served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and was instrumental in starting the nutrition site at the former St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church in Copake Falls. She contributed to several local and national charities and had a special affection for the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Bernasco in 1987.

Survivors include nieces and nephews along with extended family members.

A Service of Remembrance will be held Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 1 p.m. from the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Route 22 in Copake. The Reverend George Brennan from Our Lady of Hope Parish will officiate.

Interment will be in St. Raymond’s Cemetery, the Bronx.

In lieu of flowers kindly consider either the Franciscan Sister’s of Peace, 20 Ridge Street, Haverstraw 10927 or Hospice Care of the Berkshires, 877 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

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Tammara Bonner

RHINEBECK—Tammara Bonner, 55, of Clermont died November 4, 2013 at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

Services are private and at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Germantown.

Ulrich P. Woelm (1936 – 2013)

RHINEBECK—Ulrich P. Woelm, 76, of Germantown died unexpectedly Monday, November 4, 2013 at the Northern Dutchess Hospital.

A master carpenter and restoration specialist, he owned and operated Ulrich P. Woelm & Son in Elizaville for many years. From 1978 to 1981, he owned and operated the Lake Loft restaurant and bar in Elizaville.

Mr. Woelm was a member of St. John’s Reformed Church in Red Hook and the Mannercore (German men’s choir) in New Rochelle. He also raised chickens and had a lifelong love of trains.

Born November 14, 1936, in Danzig, Germany, he was the son of the late Paul Woelm and Anna (Paul) Woelm.

He came to the U.S. in 1945, and moved to Elizaville in 1976. Mr. Woelm was proud of his German heritage, but even more proud of being an American. .

He is survived by: his wife, Beverly E. (DeGraw Skinner) Woelm of Germantown; seven children, son and daughter-in-law, Robin (JoAnna) Skinner of KY, son and daughter-in-law, Harvey (Tina) Skinner of NC, son and companion, Darryl (Andrea Brocking) Skinner of NC, daughter and son-in-law, MaryAnn (Ed) Meglio of Elizaville, daughter and companion, Rebecca Meglio (Randy Coons) of Elizaville, daughter, Annamarie U. Woelm of Germantown, son and daughter-in-law, Paul B. (Heidi) Woelm of Elizaville; 27 grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; two nephews, Stephan Klein and his companion Dawn Breau of NY and Frederick Klein and his wife Jeanie of TN.

He was predeceased by two sons, Robert and Christopher Skinner; a sister, Doris Klein, and his best friend and brother-in-law, Walter Klein.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, November 9 at St. John’s Reformed Church, Old Post Road, Upper Red Hook. The Reverend Eric Titus will officiate. Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Home, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Friday, November 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 9 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Burnett & White Funeral Home, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook 12571.

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Brian M. Becker (1954 – 2013)

ELIZAVILLE—Brian M. Becker, 59, of Elizaville died Friday, November 1, 2013 at his home.

He worked in the Recreation Department at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie for 13 years. He then worked as a caretaker and maintenance man at Kaatsbaan Dance Center, the Rose Hill Estate, and St. Sylvia’s Church, all in Tivoli. Most recently, he was employed as a sexton at St. John’s Reformed Church in Upper Red Hook.

Born July 10, 1954, in Rhinebeck, he was the son of the late Robert V. Becker, Sr., and the late Mary Rose (Pitcher) Becker.

He graduated from Red Hook High School with the class of 1972, and then attended Rockland County Community College.

Mr. Becker enjoyed the outdoors, and loved to go camping and boating. He was also a huge Bob Dylan fan.

He is survived by: his sisters and his brother, Susan (Edward) Mead of Tivoli, Sharon (Kevin) Berrian of Bahama, NC, and David (Kathy) Becker of Catskill; his aunt, Charlotte Heidorn of Rhinebeck; his uncle, Chester Day of Red Hook; his nieces and nephews, Kristen Griffin of Red Hook, Stephanie Anderson of Bethel, CT, Daniel Mead of Highland, David Mead of Tivoli, Justin Berrian of Rougemont, NC, and Joshua Berrian of Evans Mills and several cousins.

A brother, Robert V. Becker, Jr., predeceased him in 1995.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Home, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Friday, November 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be at the old St. Sylvia’s Cemetery, Tivoli, Saturday, November 9 at 11 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Christopher’s Church Food Pantry, 7411 South Broadway, Red Hook 12571.

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