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OBITUARIES: Abitabile, Sekely, Dole, Montie, Casey, Gaschel, Rivenburgh, Mulvaney


Antonio J. Abitabile (1923 – 2016)

HUDSON—Antonio J. “Tiney” Abitabile, 93, a lifelong resident of Hudson died Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Firemen’s Home.

Born February 24, 1923, he was the son of the late Filippo and Francesca (Gentile) Abitabile.

He attended Hudson High School and proudly served his country as a military policeman with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and in the European Theater, where he was wounded. He was later employed with Fosters Refrigeration for many years, was the maintenance director at the Columbia County Courthouse and supervised parking meter maintenance for the City of Hudson. He was a member of the Hudson Elks Lodge #787, American Legion, VFW Post #1314, and was a life-member of Washington Hose Fire Co. Mr. Abitabile was also a proud and active member of the Columbia County Sons and Daughters of Italy.

He was a loving husband, father, grand- and great-grandfather devoted to his family and in keeping his family traditions alive. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary J. (Russo) Abitabile in 2014, and by one brother, Paul Abitabile and one sister, Julia Gallo.

Mr. Abitabile is survived by: two sons and their wives, Philip (Christine) Abitabile, Francis (Renee) Abitabile, all of Hudson; two sisters, Mary Novak and Rose (William) Quigley; grandchildren, Antonio (Meghan) Abitabile, Kayla and Alyssa Abitabile, Sarah Farnam, Brett Farnam, Jenny (Joseph) Neuhoff; and great-grandchildren, Gavin Philip Abitabile, Ellis Carolyn Abitabile, Quinn Darcy Neuhoff, Amelia Farnam and Ian Farnam; several nieces and nephews and especially Michael Sandagato who visited him daily at the Firemen’s Home.

Mr. Abitabile’s grandson and namesake, Antonio Abitabile, wrote of his grandfather: “To think of how little he has come from and the sacrifice and determination that he made is truly astonishing. He made it his life’s work to make sure others will not have to go without, even if it meant that he did… He taught me about virtue and how the greatest reward comes to those who work the hardest for it… His patience and understanding had no limit. My…father followed in his footsteps and I hope that someday I can carry the pride and traditions that have made this family different from others, and that my son will follow in mine.”

Calling hours will be Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Prayers will begin Wednesday, May 4, 9 a.m. at the funeral home and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Joseph, 2824 Atlantic Avenue, Stottville with Fr. George Flemming officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Columbia County Sons and Daughters of Italy, Senior Awards Fund, 27 Bridge Street, Hudson 12534.

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Mary Sekely (1928 – 2016)

ALBANY—Mary Sekely, 87, of Copake Falls, formerly of New York City, passed away peacefully at Albany Medical Center, Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

She was born November 7, 1928 to Frank and Elizabeth (Thompson) Billerbeck.

Mrs. Sekely enjoyed being with family, doing puzzles and traveling with the Roe Jan Young at Hearters.

In 1954, she married Karol Sekely. He predeceased her in 2004. They had a loving and enduring marriage of 50 years.

She was also predeceased by a daughter, Karolyn Kloepping in 2013.

Survivors include: a daughter, Katherine McClellan of Lakeside AZ; a son, Kristopher Sekely of Clinton Corners; son-in-law, Dennis Kloepping; grandsons, Kyle Kloepping of Upton MA, Cheyne Shaw of St John’s, Virgin Islands, Miles Carter of Phoenix, AZ, and great-granddaughter, Delany (Peachy) Stavely.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, May 6, 2016, 10 a.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22 in Copake Falls. The Reverend George Brennan of Our Lady of Hope Parish will officiate. Interment services will also be held May 6, 3 p.m. at the Gerald B.H. Solomon National Cemetery in Schuylerville. To send an online condolence visit

Jane Dole (1943 – 2016)

CHATHAM—Jane Dole of Old Chatham, who passed away February 2, 2016, will be remembered Saturday, May 14 at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham from 11 a.m. to noon. A prayer service will follow directly.

Scott A. Montie (1964 – 2016)

RENSSELAER—Scott Andrew Montie passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016.

He grew up in Valatie and graduated from Ichabod Crane High School. He served in the United States Army from 1982 to 1984. Mr. Montie was a proud member of Local 236 and worked as a journeyman electrician, most recently at Global Founderies.

He loved living in the country. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing and most of all, gardening. He certainly had his grandfather’s green thumb. His garden at Smokey Hollow Farm was his passion. Mr. Montie enjoyed riding his horses through the back trails, reading and cooking. He had a great sense of humor and adventure.

He will be forever missed by his beloved wife, Mary; their dog, Ruffles and his stepson, Zachary F. Woodworth of Paris, France. He is also survived by: his mother, Theresa Dickert; father and stepmother, Jack and Carol Montie; sister, Kelly (Don) Simpson; brother and best friend, Jeff; sister, Krista; stepsister, Marilyn Dunn; stepbrother, Scott Platt; his uncle, James Corcoran; two nieces, Alicia (Josh) Dingman and Ashley Simpson; great-nephew, Kaleb Dingman; cousins, Lori Williams, Lynn (Bill) Whimple and Mark (Juanita) Williams, along with many extended family members.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Thursday, May 5, 10 a.m. at the Rockefeller Funeral Home, 165 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 390 Third Avenue Extension, Rensselaer. Friends may call Wednesday, May 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Patricia L. Casey (1936 – 2016)

STUYVESANT—Patricia L. Mulligan Casey, 79, of Stuyvesant, formerly of Wappingers Falls, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family May 1, 2016.

Born September 28, 1936 in the Bronx, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Dorothy (Goyette) Mulligan. She married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Martin H. Casey, who predeceased her January 28, 2015.

Mrs. Casey was a kindhearted, gentle woman who touched all who were fortunate enough to have known her. She shared her wisdom, intelligence, sense of humor and compassion with family, friends and strangers alike. She was always available to listen, give advice or both, to anyone at any given time.

Mrs. Casey was a licensed insurance broker for Pretak & Pagones agency in Poughkeepsie until her retirement in 1998. She was an active communicant of St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie.

She had previously served on the planning board in Stuyvesant and recently held such positions as chairman of the Zoning Board and treasurer of the Republican committee, as well as secretary of the Stuyvesant-on-the-Hudson Garden Club. Mrs. Casey had many interests including being a member of a knitting club, handcrafting greeting cards and volunteering at her church as a member of the bereavement ministry, in addition to being a CCD instructor throughout her lifetime.

She is survived by: her loving children, Patricia Cordato (Rocco lll) of North Greenbush, Martin H. Casey, Jr. (Judy) of Orangevale, CA, Gail Tanner (Dennis Villa) of Hopewell Junction, Elizabeth Melanson (Gerald) of Bloomingburg; cherished grandchildren, Jennifer Tanner, Shane Kilgore, Rocco Cordato lV, Amy Sampayo, Jolene Raymond, Kristen, Brian and Kaitlyn Melanson; along with 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; her adoring brothers, Kenneth Mulligan (Gloria) of El Paso, TX, Robert Mulligan (Linda) of El Dorado Hills, CA, and Richard Mulligan (Judy) of Gainesville, FL. She was predeceased by her brother, Thomas Mulligan and her parents.

Calling hours will be held Friday, May 6, 2016 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, May 7, 2016 at St John the Baptist Church, Kinderhook Street, Valatie, officiated by Reverend George Fleming. Burial follows at Kinderhook Cemetery in Kinderhook.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Mallory Lynn Gaschel (1990 – 2016)

RED HOOK—Mallory Lynn Gaschel, 25, of Red Hook passed away Friday, April 29, 2016 at her home, after a long fight with drug addition.

Born August 10, 1990 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Amy Lee Babjeck of Red Hook and the late Richard G. Gaschel. She was a graduate of Germantown High School.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by: three sisters and four brothers, Jason Paul Babjeck of Brunswick, Tiffany Rose Gaschel of San Diego, CA, Kelly Gaschel of Utah, Nicholas Gaschel of Utah, Lucas Gaschel of Cairo and Leigha Gaschel of Cairo; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A brother, Justin Michael Babjeck predeceased her.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. May 4.

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Matthew S. Rivenburgh (1969 – 2016)

PORT HENRY—Matthew Shane Rivenburgh, 46, of Tivoli passed away Friday, April 29, 2016 in Port Henry.

Born June 20, 1969, in Anchorage, AK, he was the son of Frank and Cathy (Tanzey) Rivenburgh of Moriah.

He married Francine Jackson November 3, 1995 in Kingston. She survives at home in Clermont.

Mr. Rivenburgh was a registered nurse. He worked for many years at Pine Haven Home in Philmont, Taconic DDSO, Barnwell Nursing Home in Valatie and recently at Inter Lake Health Care in Ticonderoga.

He loved all sports and he was a dedicated Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees fan. He was an avid archer since age 11. He enjoyed deer hunting and especially loved being out on the water, either fresh or frozen…just fishing. One of his greatest joys was sharing his knowledge of fishing with the children in his life. He’d spend hours with his granddaughters, Bella and Gabi and their pink fishing poles teaching them how to cast into their toy box in the winter just to be ready for trout season.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by: his stepchildren, Emily (Jonathan) Steele of Livingston, Heidi (Paul) Woelm of Elizaville, Jesse (Elizabeth) DiRenzo of Clermont and Nathan (Hannah) DiRenzo of Staatsburg; his two brothers, Cody and Tanner Rivenburgh of Moriah; a sister, Cindy Rideout of Stottville; 10 beautiful grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.

Friends will be received at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Friday, May 6, 2016 from 4 to 7 pm. A funeral service will be held at 7 pm. Interment will be private.

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Marcia L. Mulvaney (1960 – 2016)

RED HOOK—Marcia Lynn Mulvaney “left us” April 25, 2016. She was 56 years old.

Ms. Mulvaney was a mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She was a caregiver and mother to her entire extended family.

She was born in Minnesota to Robert and Margaret Mulvaney. She moved to New York at an early age and spent most of her life in the Red Hook and Hudson areas.

She leaves behind: her daughter, Sarah Richards of Hudson; her son, Matthew (Matt) Mulvaney of Germantown; her brother, Douglas Mulvaney of Elkhart, IN; her granddaughter, Brianna (Bree) Mulvaney of Hudson and her niece, Anne Mulvaney Rinckel of Pensacola, FL.

Her parents, Margaret Mulvaney Pulver and Robert Mulvaney and stepfather, Ralph Pulver preceded her in death.

Ms. Mulvaney was a lover of animals. Perhaps the most loved was Colonel, the horse she owned when she was in junior high and high school. Her father and brother were enablers, building and cleaning out a first class barn in the backyard of their home in a residential neighborhood in Red Hook. Her love of animals continued for the rest of her life and included a number of cats and her beloved Rottweiler, J.D.

She was a dedicated mother to Sarah and Matt. She was a loving grandmother to Bree, who was her life. She was a wonderful sister to a brother who was the world’s worst letter writer and she tolerated his lack of letters. She was his first friend, confidant and co-conspirator. She was a doting aunt who continually kept up to date on her niece, Anne, her education, jobs, and her wedding plans and marriage last year to Steve Rinckel. Even though her health prevented her from being as involved in Anne’s life as she wanted, she cared deeply for her and her endeavors.

A memorial service to celebrate Ms. Mulvaney’s life will be held Monday, May 9, 2016, 11 a.m. at St. John’s Reformed Church in Red Hook. Pastor Eric J. Titus and John Roberts will officiate. Cremation was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene, Inc. or St. John’s Reformed Church of Red Hook.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Burnett and White Funeral Home, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook. For directions or to sign the online guestbook visit

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