Esslie-Frenia Law June 2023 Leaderboard

OBITUARIES: Antonecchia, Keegan, Endryck, Galm, Shook, Host, Grossman, Stickles


Peggy A.F. Antonecchia (1949 – 2019)

KINDERHOOK—Peggy Ann (Fornander) Antonecchia passed away at her home in Kinderhook at the age of 70, December 25, 2019.

Born in Rye, she was the daughter of the late Catherine and Oscar Fornander.

Her radiant smile could be seen at the age of five when she was pictured in Better Homes & Gardens and Good Housekeeping magazines. She later traveled the world as a flight attendant for Overseas National Airways. She loved to share stories from her time flying. She would want to be most remembered for putting others before herself, her warm demeanor and bright smile.

She and her husband Robert shared the same birthday and later wedding anniversary. After moving north of Westchester County, the couple had two daughters, Jennifer and Alexis. She would later join the U.S. Post Office like her husband and retire from there at the age of 65.

Shortly after retirement, her first grandchild, Katherine, was born.

She is survived by: her husband of 45 years, Bob; daughters Jennifer (Kyle) Perillo of Rochester and Alexis of Latham; granddaughter, Kate; yellow Labrador Retrievers, Smith and Wesson; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Bruce Fornander.

Calling hours will be January 4 at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham from 1 to 3 p.m. with remembrances at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Antonecchia’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675. For directions or to convey a condolence visit

Linda P. Keegan (1957 – 2019)

CHATHAM—Linda P. Keegan passed away peacefully at home December 24, 2019.

She leaves behind her beloved husband, James Keegan, III; her father, Anthony Joseph Padula; sister, Laura Padula; brother, Anthony Padula; her in-laws, Louise and James Keegan; stepson, Michael Keegan and stepdaughter, Michelle Keegan

She was predeceased by her mother, Margaret Padula and younger sister, Margaret Layton.

Mrs. Keegan was a beloved friend to many who knew her from all her years on Main Street, Chatham.

Her favorite pastime was to spend days at the beach with a great book.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in her name may be made to Columbia / Greene Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Services will be private. Arrangements are with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Condolences may be conveyed at

Francis P. Endryck (1930 – 2019)

HUDSON—Francis Peter “Monk” “Slugger” Endryck passed peacefully December 30 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He is survived by: his sister, Patti of FL; his children, Francis of FL, Peter (Jean) of NY; grandchildren, Casey (Kevin)of NY, Elizabeth (Curran) of CA, Rebecca of MA; and great-grandchildren, Hunter and Tanner of NY.

He was born in Albany at Brady Hospital, December 13, 1930 and graduated from Martin H Glynn High school in 1948 with his childhood sweetheart and soon to be wife, Marion.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marion and brother, Paul. Mr. Endryck started his working career as a plasterer and was a member of Local #6 from November 1948 until his retirement in 1995. He was a member of the Valatie Volunteer Fire Company; one of the founding members of the Columbia Rensselaer Little League and a 40+ year member of the Valatie Santa Claus Club. He enjoyed camping at Alpine Lake with his wife and the grandchildren. In addition, to funding OTB/Lotto on a regular basis, his favorite sports teams were the Washington Redskins along with “anybody but the Yankees.” His family extends their sincere gratitude to “Can do Caregivers,” Jen, Bri, Marie, Jen P. and Donna and special thanks to family members, Cherylee, Pam and Casey, who assisted him during that difficult time.

There are no calling hours. Funeral services will be at St. John the Baptist Church, Saturday, January 4 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society in memory of Mr. Endryck’s memory and his love of all animals. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Louis E. Galm (1942 – 2019)

REXFORD—Louis “Buddy” E. Galm, 77, passed away peacefully at home December 30, 2019.

He was born October 2, 1942 in Yonkers and lived with his parents in Edgewater, the Bronx.

He moved to Pine Plains at a young age, attending school in Pine Plains Central School District where he excelled in sports.

He proudly served in the Vietnam War in the United States Navy from 1964 to 1966 as radioman 3rd grade petty officer.

He also worked in New York City Local 46 Metallic Lathers International Union 1967 to 1996. He then started G&R Enterprises, building many homes and several post offices in the area.

Mr. Galm was very involved in his community. He served as a member of the Milan Volunteer Fire Department and was rescue squad captain for two terms. He was a 50-year member of National Ski Patrol at Butternut Basin and was an active member with International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge, Pine Plains Lions Club and Pine Plains Business Association. He served on the Town of Gallatin Planning Board and as councilman on the Gallatin Town Board.

He loved the outdoors, annual fishing trips to Canada and hunting on his property, skiing at Butternut.

Mr. Galm is survived by: his beloved wife, Mary Ann of Rexford; sons, Jeffrey (Barbara) Galm of Pine Plains and David (Melissa) Galm of Hilton Head, SC; six grandchildren, Robert, Kelsey, Mikaela, Tristan, Ashlynn, Karstin Galm; cousin,

William “Billy” (Patricia) Galm; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Louis and Rita (Lynch) Galm and a sister, Patricia Boyles.

Friends are invited and may visit at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains, Friday, January 3, 2020 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, January 4, 2020, 10 a.m. from St. Anthony’s Church in Pine Plains, with the Reverend Kent Wilson officiating.

Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Pine Plains.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are requested to the Milan Rescue Squad, 900 Route 199, Milan 12571 or Community Hospice, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs 12866. To sign the online register visit

Elizabeth L. Shook (1938 – 2019)

RENSSELAER—Elizabeth Shook, 81, formerly of Claverack, died Monday, December 30 at her residence in Rensselaer. She first came to Ancram and then Copake where she worked on the family farm. She worked as a seamstress in the textile business at various factories in the area. She was a member of Mellenville Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, loved crocheting and was an avid watcher of golf. She loved her family especially her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her family which includes: sons, Robert M. Shook and wife Rachel of Hillsdale, Patrick J. Shook and fiancee Eleanor of Hudson and a daughter, Kimberly J. Hayes and husband Don of Queensbury; two sisters, Shirley Rochester of Ghent and Jean Myers of Philmont; two brothers, Earl and Valerie Winfield of Schodack and Lew and Barbara Winfield of Hollowville; three grandchildren, Erik and Brandon Shook and Gunnar K. Hayes; four great-grandchildren, Damian and Kandace Shook and Madalyn and Roman Hayes. She was predeceased by her husband, Leroy Henry Shook; son, Timothy L. Shook in 2011 and sister, Joanne Hanlon.

Calling hours will be held Monday, January 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sacco Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, January 7, 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Ken Coddington officiating. Burial will be at West Copake Reformed Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences visit

Dolores M. Host (1942 – 2019)

CLAVERACK—Dolores M. Host, 77, of Claverack passed away peacefully December 30, 2019 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born October 30, 1942 in Brooklyn.

Mrs. Host worked as a clerk on the fourth floor at Columbia Memorial Hospital for many years prior to her retirement. She always put others above herself and always had her head up and a smile on her face. Affectionately, she will be remembered for her strong will, and proud Irish heritage. She enjoyed baking, quilting, basket making, and anything craft related. Visiting Amish country was something that she and her late husband enjoyed doing. She enjoyed teaching others, and sharing her knowledge and experience. Also, she was a long-time member of the Hudson VFW Post.

She is survived by: her devoted son, Robert Host, Jr.; her adoring granddaughter, Jaylyn Host (Christopher Smith) and her great-grandson, Carter Host; her four brothers, Larry, David, John and Gary Dysard.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Host, Sr. in 2015; her two sisters, Patricia Taylor, Lori Dysard and brother, Billy Dysard.

Visitation will be held Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Bonnie L.R. Grossman (1933 – 2019)

HUDSON—Bonnie Lee Rogers Grossman, 86, of Hudson passed away suddenly at home December 30, 2019.

She was predeceased by: her parents, Joseph and Marguerite Bethman of Claverack and her husband of 50 years, John P. Grossman.

She leaves behind: five children, Mary (Gary) Cotsonas of Catskill, Joanne Moore (Anthony Scalera) of Hudson, Susan (Keith) Johnson of Kentucky, John (Christine) Grossman of Claverack and Timothy (Shanan) Grossman of Hudson; nine grandchildren, Lea Krein and Jodie Rolon, Gary and Alison Cotsonas, Scott and Steven Johnson, Alexandra and Sydnee Grossman and Kairee-Anne Cooley and great-grandchildren, Gannon and Eben Krein, Julia and Charlie Johnson, Ava and Violette Michaud and Attley Rolon, the lights of her life.

Mrs. Grossman worked at many local stores over the years while raising a family. She was very devoted to family, friends and her neighbors in the “Park” and loved having a houseful of people. She will be greatly missed.

Internment will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. A gathering to celebrate her life will be held at John and Christine’s house at 30 Orchard Grove Lane, Saturday, January 4 any time after 2 p.m.

Arrangements are with the Sacco Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. To leave online condolences visit

Patricia S.B. Stickles (1945 – 2019)

COPAKE—Patricia Susan (Banks) Stickles, 74, of Copake passed Monday, December 30, 2019.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 4, 2020, 11 a.m. at the West Copake Reformed Church with the Reverend Warren Siebert officiating. A luncheon will follow at the Craryville firehouse.

“Pat” was born and grew up in Massachusetts. She came to Copake in 1972. She was a member of the West Copake Reformed Church. She enjoyed playing dominos, lunch with the “Lunch Bunch” and Sunday lunches at Dad’s Diner.

Mrs. Stickles had a deep faith and had great companionship and love with her church family and many friends in town.

She was preceded in death by her father, William “Bill” Drebert and her husband, Herbert “Herbie” Stickles.

Mrs. Stickles is survived by: her son, Todd (Val) Banks; daughter, Amy (Jake) Piser; sister, the Reverend Rebecca (Rev. Kay) Drebert; mother, Lil (Dolly) Drebert; grandchildren, Jacob, Jared and Jackson Piser; first spouse, Rodney Banks; niece, Meredith (Chad) Cummings and their two children Freya and Soren, and nephew, Timothy (Kai) Drebert.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to West Copake Reformed Church, 2692 County Route 7, Copake 12516.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake. To send and online condolence visit

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