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Obituaries: Nisley, Sherman, Schmeichel


Janessa Carole Nisley (1944 – 2014)

GREENPORT—Janessa Carole Nisley, 69, of Greenport passed away peacefully in her home on Mt. Merino Road, February 27, 2014. Her husband, Prof. Jay C. Carlisle was by her side.

Born March 3, 1944 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Jean and Esther Nisley of Greencastle, Pennsylvania.

She is survived by: her husband; her sister, Rebecca Nisley of Avon, Connecticut; her brothers, Robert Martin of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Jack Nisley of Atlanta, Georgia; her step-daughter, Marie Carlisle of New York City; several nieces and nephews.

Ms. Nisley was an honors graduate of the Lancaster County Day School (1962), Vassar College (1967) and Fordham Law School (1974), where she was a founding editor of the Schools Urban Law Journal. Ms. Nisley was admitted to practice law in New York State and federal courts in 1974 and devoted her entire legal career to public interest law. She was a trial attorney for the NYC Corporation Counsel and later appointed during Mayor Edward I. Koch’s tenure as chief of special litigation and appeals for the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). During her 20 years as HPD Chief Ms. Nisley argued hundreds of appeals in state and federal courts, including the famous “Dracula” and “Devil” landlord tenant cases which established new law in New York State.

Upon her retirement from HPD in 1994, Ms. Nisley was publicly praised as a lawyer and humanitarian by then Chief Judge of New York Judith S. Kaye, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan and then Fordham Law School Dean John D. Feerick. Chief Judge Kaye stated, “Your twenty years’ work on behalf of the people of New York City is a record of public service equaled by few. The more than one hundred cases you have argued as HPD’s head of appeals constitutes a substantial contribution to all areas of state law related to housing, and it is difficult to think of as a body of law with greater impact on the day to day lives of millions of New Yorkers” Dean Feerick stated, “Through your work you have saved many people from homelessness and have set a very special standard of excellence as a lawyer. In everything, you have tremendously influenced your colleagues and made the world a better place.”

Ms. Nisley was an active participant in the Vassar and Lancaster County Day alumni associations. She was a statewide founding director of the New York Woman’s Bar Association and for many years a member of the Association’s Judicial Screening Committee. Ms. Nisley was a long-time officer of the NYC Network of Bar Leaders, a past president of the Brooklyn Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union, a director of twenty five years for the South Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation and a director for Special Needs Inc. of Ghent. Her principal hobby was traveling in foreign countries. She lived and studied in Germany and China. She traveled throughout the world including her 2012 trek to Southeast Asia with her husband.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in Ms. Nisley’s name to the Lancaster County Pennsylvania Day School and to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.

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Jessica Lynn Sherman (1987 – 2014)

STUYVESANT—Jessica Lynn Sherman, 26, of Hoyle Road, Craryville died Tuesday, February 25, 2014.

She was born in Sharon, CT, June 3, 1987 to Susan Baker and Michael Sherman

A lifelong area resident, Ms. Sherman was employed at Barnwell Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Valatie and had previously assisted her father with the family business, Sherman Auto in Stuyvesant.

Ms. Sherman enjoyed music, movies, art and pop trivia. She was a gifted and creative writer and artist, but most of all she was a loving daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend.

She is predeceased by her grandparents, Jane Baker Monteleone and Nino Monteleone, Ralph and Hilda (Hoysradt) Sherman and an uncle, John Sherman.

Surviving besides her parents are: step-mother, Jennifer Sherman of Craryville; great-grandmother, Dora Reilly Seaver; siblings, Michael Sherman of Craryville, Kassandra Sherman of Craryville, Private Kevin Hawver of Fort Bliss, TX, Kora Foshay of Hudson and Marlie Foshay of Philmont; aunts and uncles, Sandie McCarthy of Sharon, CT, Barbara Kelly of Copake, Raymond Sherman of Dover Plains, Steven Sherman of Copake, Ralph Sherman of Millerton, Kathy Sherman of Elizaville, Priscilla Murphy of Ancram; a niece and nephew, Shyri Higgs and Ian Batista of Hudson and several cousins.

A service will be held Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 2 p.m. from the Parish of Our Lady of Hope, Route 22 in Copake Falls. The Reverend George Brennan, pastor, will officiate. Friends are welcome to gather at the church before the services starting at 1 p.m. to call on the family. A reception will immediately follow the service in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made directly to Peck and Peck Funeral Home, PO Box D, Copake 12516 to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Herbert R. Schmeichel, Sr. (1941 – 2014)

GT. BARRINGTON, MA—Herbert R. Schmeichel, Sr., 72, of Hillsdale passed away Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Fairview Commons.

He was born in Hudson, August 22, 1941, the son of Herbert G. and Hilda M. (Taylor) Schmeichel.

Mr. Schmeichel was owner and operator of Herb Schmeichel Electric, Inc. in Hillsdale.

He was past fire chief and president of the Hillsdale Fire Company.

He was captain of the fire police and secretary to the fire commissioners. He was also a past scout master.

On December 30, 1961 in Hillsdale, he married Valerie J. (Hall) Schmeichel. She survives him at home.

In addition to his loving wife of 52 years, Valerie, survivors include: two daughters, Linda Porreca and her husband, Allan of Claverack and Karen Bishop of Hillsdale; three grandchildren, Thomas Bishop, III, and Caitlin Bishop, both of Hillsdale and Alicia Porreca of Claverack; two sisters, Joan Laverack of Hillsdale and Peggy Fitting of Claverack.

He was predeceased by a son, Herbert R. Schmeichel, Jr. in 1987.

There are no calling hours.

Funeral service and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 103, Poughkeepsie 12601.

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