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OBITUARIES: Bazonski, Calvin, Moore, Ewasick, Day, Cooney


Leon R. Bazonski, Sr. (1931 – 2019)

ALBANY—Leon Robert Bazonski, Sr., 87, of Valatie died Sunday, April 21, 2019 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born June 21, 1931 in Great Barrington, MA, he was a Korean War veteran, who served with the U.S. Army. He worked as a plumber and electrician for Ray Myers in Kinderhook for many years and was a member of both the Hudson Fire Department and also the Hudson Moose Club.

Mr. Bazonski is survived by: his son, Leon Robert Bazonski, Jr., of Valatie; two daughters, Helen VanEtten of Chatham and Kimmy Podmijersky of Ghent and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Virginia M. Coons.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 27 at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street (Route 9), Valatie, with the Reverend Kathy Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery. Calling hours will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the service.

Carl E. Calvin (1925 – 2019)

COHOES—Carl E. Calvin, 93, of Philmont died April 20, 2019 at the Eddy Village Green in Cohoes, where he had resided since March 19.

Born July 3, 1925 in Sanford, ME, he was the son of the late James A. and Alice (Kirkpatrick) Calvin.

While attending Gorham State Teachers College in Gorham, ME, another student, Betty Wight from North Newry, ME, was assigned to tutor him in music. They fell in love, and married in 1947 after both graduated with teaching degrees. Mr. Calvin later obtained a degree of Master in Education from the University of Maine at Orono in 1952.

He held teaching positions in Bar Harbor, ME; Greenport, Long Island; and Sharon Springs before relocating to Philmont in 1962 as elementary principal at Ockawamick Central School, which later became part of the Taconic Hills Central School District, from which he retired in 1983.

He later was elected to the Taconic Hills School Board and as Philmont Village Justice. He was a long-time member and past president of the Philmont Rotary Club.

Mr. Calvin loved Buicks, homemade pie, jitterbugging with his wife, TV Westerns, the Maine coast, Meadowgreens and Kozel’s restaurants, and family gatherings.

Surviving are: three sons, Lynn (Suzy) Calvin of Clifton Park, James (Jean) Calvin of Valatie and Jeffrey (Bridget) Calvin of Shiremanstown, PA; five granddaughters, Jane Calvin of New York City, Alissa (Steve) James of Clifton Park, Amanda Calvin of Valatie, Elizabeth Calvin of Shiremanstown, PA, and Master Sgt. Kimberly Cooper of the U.S. Air Force; and three great-grandchildren, Alexander James, Jordyn Kelly and Vincent Cooper.

He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth W. Calvin; his daughter, Susan E. Marcolese; and his sister, Beryl D. Calvin.

Calling hours are Friday, April 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Sanford, ME, at a later date.

William Moore (1946 – 2019)

PHILMONT—William “Bill” Moore, 73, of Claverack passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

Born in Hudson January 25, 1946, he was the son of the late William B. Moore and Clarissa (Sagendorph) Moore.

He graduated from Hudson High School, Dutchess Community College and attended New York University. He was employed in the savings bank industry in New York City and Westchester County areas for 16 years, prior to joining the New York State Banking Department (later consolidated into the Department of Financial Services) in Albany as a bank examiner for eight years. Mr. Moore attended St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Valatie, and was a former member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hudson until it closed. He enjoyed watching sports, online card games, family card games, and spending time with his family.

He was the beloved uncle of Randall C. McIntyre of Stottville, Glenn (Bea) A. McIntyre of Bedford, MA, Kim and Jeff Plass of Claverack and Karen L. McIntyre Brew of Kinderhook. Also surviving are his great-niece, Rachel Plass; two great-nephews, Travis Plass and Trevor McIntyre, and several cousins in New York, Massachusetts, Florida, and California.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his sister, Eleanor M. McIntyre.

A funeral service was held April 23 from the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Interment followed in the family plot at Cedar Park Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mayo Clinic (Post-Polio Syndrome) or to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Stephen Ewasick (1927 – 2019)

HUDSON—Stephen Ewasick, lifelong resident of Hudson, passed peacefully at age 92. He did it his way—for life.

Born in Hudson in the house his father built, he was the son of John and Frances Ewasick.

Kids in those days had odd jobs for money and he set up bowling pins for pennies a game.

He graduated from Hudson High School; served in Merchant Marines, Army and National Guard where he saw the world.

Mr. Ewasick returned to his family’s home and went on to start a family with Marilyn. He joined Hawver & Ewasick Roofing, Inc., a business with his brother.

He was a proud lifelong member of C.H. Evans Hook and Ladder.

Mr. Ewasick enjoyed traveling with his wife, with the Greenport Seniors group. They also had a vegetable garden every summer.

He also liked to hunt and fish and boat. He was a former member of Hook Boat Club in Stuyvesant; and Fish and Game Club in Claverack.

Fiercely independent, he drove his red truck to the river every day that he could, where he would “run into” friends to chat with.

He never missed watching a NY Yankees game. He was the world’s oldest gamer, daily playing pinball on his Atari 2600 gaming system.

He is survived by: his four children, Stephen, Jr., (Yvonne), Cheryl, Nancy DeLamater (John Carpentier), Mary Murphy (Joseph); four grandchildren, Stephen Ewasick, Lauren Cady (Jeff), Brett DeLamater (Jayne) and Christine Ewasick; brother-in-law, Joseph Cesternino; several nephews, niece, and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Marilyn; his parents; brother, Michael and sister-in law, Martha; sister, Mary and brother-in-law, Joseph Murell; and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Cesternino.

He will be missed for his sense of humor and for telling it like it is. “Love You, Pops.”

Funeral services will be held Thursday April 25, 2019, 2 p.m. from the Bates & Anderson — Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visitation time prior to funeral services will be from noon to 2 p.m., Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA (

Chester J. Day (1925 – 2019)

RED HOOK—Chester James Day, 94, a lifelong Red Hook resident, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2019 at his home.

Born in February 1925 in Rhinebeck, he was the son of the late Harold and Mina Gertrude (Dennis) Day.

He married Barbara Jean Becker, June 10, 1950 at the Methodist Church in Red Hook. His wife predeceased him, December 7, 1980.

While attending high school, Mr. Day went into the United States Navy and served during World War II as seaman first class from 1943 to 1946. Upon his discharge, he returned home and finished his education in Red Hook.

His love of nature and appreciation of the great outdoors began at Rokeby in Barrytown. Rokeby and the Aldrich family remained very important to him all of his life.

For many years, Mr. Day was a machinist at IBM in Kingston and was a member of their ¼-Century Club.

Active in his community, he was a life-member of both the Red Hook Fire Company and the Red Hook VFW Post #7765. He was one of the original members of the VFW District 2 Honor Guard. He was also a long-time member of the Red Hook Boat Club.

Mr. Day was one of the last local shad fishermen on the Hudson River.

He is survived by: his four daughters, Deborah “Debi” Dressel of Red Hook, Denise Watters of Red Hook, Bonnie (Richard) Day Millard of Red Hook and Shelly (Mike Shanley) Day of Elizaville; his grandchildren, Frederick “Ron” Dressel, Jr., Heath Watters, Ryan Watters, Barbara “Kit” Watters, Cody Day Millard, Crystal Day, Zachery Day and Jacob Day; six great-grandchildren; along with numerous extended family and friends.

In addition to his wife, a son, Chester James “Jimmy” Day, Jr.; a grandson, Cory James Dressel, and three brothers, Robert L. Day, Sr., Gordon Day and Harold Day predeceased him.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 26, 2019, 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Reverend Fred C. Cartier will officiate. Burial with military honors will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook.

Donations may be made in Mr. Day’s memory to the Red Hook VFW Post #7765, P.O. Box 293, Red Hook 12571 or the Red Hook Fire Company, P.O. Box 100, Red Hook 12571

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Barbara F. Cooney (1948 – 2019)

VALATIE—Barbara Frances (Stolz) Cooney of Valatie passed away April 20, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in the Bronx, December 3, 1948 to Francis Raymond Stolz and Margaret Theresa (Murphy) Stolz.

An extremely gifted young woman, she was accepted to Hunter College High School in New York City at age 12, and began college at age 15. At 16 she met her lifelong love, Michael, on a sidewalk in the Bronx. Three years later they were married and were together for the next 50 years, raising three daughters and enjoying eight grandchildren.

Mrs. Cooney earned a bachelor’s in anthropology and a master’s degree in special education from Hunter College and devoted her professional life to the children of the Bellevue Hospital school in Manhattan, where she worked first as a teacher and then as an assistant principal. She was adored by students and staff alike and changed the lives of countless of the most vulnerable of the city’s children. In 2005 she retired and moved to Valatie, where many happy years were spent traveling and enjoying the Hudson Valley with her children and grandchildren.

She was the beloved wife of Michael Joseph Cooney and much loved mother of Jessica (George), Katie (Chris), and Megan (Todd). She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren Lily, John, Daniel, Frances, Benjamin, Emilia, Nora and Julian; her brother, John Stolz (Rose); nieces, Jennifer, Christine, Tomery, Christina and her nephew Christopher.

A celebration of her life takes place at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, April 26 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to UNICEF, a charity Mrs. Cooney was always proud to support.

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