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Obituaries: Cavanna, Calvin, Hart, Barnum, Potts, Zola, Williams


Joseph Cavanna (1922 – 2014)

RHINEBECK—Joseph Cavanna, 91, of Red Hook passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

Born August 22, 1922, in Piacenza, Italy, he was the son of the late Pietro and Clementina (Maruffi) Cavanna.

Mr. Cavanna was a soldier for the Italian Army and served during World War II. During the war, he was captured and was a German prisoner of war.

Following the war, Mr. Cavanna immigrated to America and worked as a mason with the Laborer’s International Union of North America in New York City until his retirement. He was a life member of the Laborer’s Union and the Societa Val Trebbia E Val Nure.

Mr. Cavanna married Anna Taravella May 11, 1963 at Sacred Heart Church in Cambria Heights. She predeceased him June 21, 2012.

Mr. Cavanna was an avid gardener and a longtime New York Yankees fan.

He is survived by: his daughter, Dr. Angela Cavanna of Elizaville; a sister, Luisa Camia of Italy; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a sister, Giovanna Cavanna, and two brothers, Benvenuto and Paul Cavanna.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Friday, June 27, 10 a.m. at St. Christopher’s Church, Red Hook. Entombment will be held Saturday, June 28, 10 a.m.at St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, Thursday, June 26 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Cavanna’s memory to Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 5002, Rhinebeck 12572, or the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook.

For directions or to sign the online guest book visit www.Burnett-White.com.

Elizabeth W. Calvin (1925 – 2014)

HUDSON—Elizabeth “Betty” W. Calvin, 88, of Philmont died Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born September 13, 1925 in North Newry, Maine, she was the daughter of Lon and Susan (Ferren) Wight.

Her father was first selectman of the Town of Newry and a member of the Maine State House of Representatives. Her mother served as town clerk for many years.

After completing elementary grades in a one-room schoolhouse, Mrs. Calvin attended high school at Gould Academy in Bethel, ME. She majored in English at Gorham State Teachers College in Maine, where she was assigned to tutor another student who needed help with a music class. His name was Carl Calvin. Things harmonized, and they were married August 31, 1947.

Music was a constant source of joy throughout Mrs. Calvin’s life. She taught music in the Chatham and Ockawamick central school districts for many years. She founded the Philmont Community Chorus and was its conductor for more than 25 years.

For 46 years, she was the organist for the Philmont United Methodist Church. She was a member and past dean of the Hudson-Catskill Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Surviving besides her husband, Carl are: three sons, Lynn (Suzy) Calvin of Clifton Park, James (Jean) Calvin of Valatie and Jeffrey (Bridget) Calvin of Shiremanstown PA; a son-in-law, Robert Marcolese of Charlotte, NC; five grandchildren, Jane Calvin, Alissa James, Amanda Calvin, Elizabeth Calvin and Kimberly Cooper; and two great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Susan Elizabeth Calvin Marcolese, and by her brother, Daniel Wight.

Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, June 27 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson.  A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Organ Fund at the Philmont United Methodist Church, Philmont 12565.

Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences for the family.

Elizabeth O. Hart (1951 – 2014)

HUDSON—Elizabeth “Betty” O. Hart, 62, of Chatham died Monday, June 23, 2014 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born November 3, 1951 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Olga (Krott) McCagg.

Mrs. Hart was a nurse’s aide and worked at Barnwell Nursing Center in Valatie for more than 26 years. She had great compassion for people and truly loved caring for them. She also loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She was an avid New York Yankees Fan.

She is survived by: her husband, John H. Hart, Sr.; her daughter, Denise J. Hansen (Martin) of Leeds; son, John H. Hart, Jr., (Carrie) of Meriden, CT;  two sisters, Barbara McCagg and Donna Wheeler, both of Las Vegas, NV; five grandchildren, Jason VanVakas, Caitlyn and Emily Hart, Sarah and Jake Hansen; a great-granddaughter, Josslyn VanVakas; a sister-in-law, Jo Ann McCagg of Hudson; her best friend, Alice Rote of Hudson; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her brother, Stanley McCagg and brother-in-law, Richard Wheeler.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 27 at the Raymond E Bond Funeral Home, Valatie, with the Reverend Stark Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Kinderhook Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday, June 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Barnwell Nursing Center Activities Fund, P.O. Box 810, Valatie 12184.

Donald L. Barnum

CHATHAM—A memorial service for Donald L. Barnum of Austerlitz, who died June 3 will be held Saturday, June 28 at 11 a.m. from the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham. Inurnment will be at the convenience of the family.

Michael Day Potts (1951 – 2014)

GERMANTOWN—Michael Day Potts, 62, a lifelong area resident, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014.

He was born in Rhinebeck, December 15, 1951, to the late John J. Potts, Sr., and Margaret (Jornov) Potts.

He attended Red Hook schools. Before retiring, he was employed by Amrod Enterpirses.

He loved spending time with his sons, working on cars and fishing.

He is survived by: his sons, Michael, Ryan and Daniel Potts and Heath Watters; his siblings. John Potts, Jr., and Jean Fongemie; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Shane and his brother, Jeffrey.

Calling hours will be held 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 24 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home in Germantown.

Burial will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 25 at the Linlithgo Rural Cemetery.

Stephen J. Zola (1941 – 2014)

RENSSELAER—Stephen J. Zola, 73, of Hudson died suddenly Saturday, June 21, 2014 in Rensselaer.

Born January 3, 1941 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Stephen J. and Elizabeth (Pickett) Zola.

Mr. Zola served in the U.S. Navy for three years after high school. He then worked for 30 years for Niagara Mohawk steam plant in Selkirk until his retirement. He was a member of Holy Trinity Parish, the J.W. Edmonds Hose Company #1, Hudson Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. # 787, Hudson Power Boat Association and the American Legion.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Dena L. (Wilt) Zola; daughters, Elizabeth Zola of Colorado, Jennifer Zola of Rensselaer and Christina Zola of Wynantskill; sisters, Jane Greene of Kinderhook and Mary (William) First of Claverack; nieces, nephews and many more family and friends.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, June 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, June 27, 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson. Burial will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road Hudson 12534 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. To leave online condolence visit www.saccomcdonaldvalenti.com.

Julie Williams (1942 – 2014)

HUDSON—Julie Williams of Stuyvesant left this life June 11, 2014 at Columbia Memorial Hospital Hospice after a long battle with cancer.

Born November 5, 1942 to Everett and Florence (Kinns) Kellam, Ms. Williams retired from Bethlehem Central School District after many years as food service director. She was predeceased by her mother and father; siblings, Linda Cornell and Randy Kellam.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Bissell; son, Timothy Williams (Sandra Blenis); daughter, Laurie Walker; brothers, Bradley Kellam (Bonnie) and Gary Kellam (Missy); grandchildren, Rachel Walker Kahn and Devin Walker and David Blenis; stepchildren, Bob (Annette) Bissell, Kevin Bissell, Heather Pearsall, Kim Splain and their children and many more family and friends.

Funeral services were from the W.J. Lyon, Jr., Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer, June 18. Interment was in Bloomingrove Cemetery, Defreestville. Contributions in her memory may be made to Community Hospice or the American Cancer Society.


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