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OBITUARIES: Brorup, Carter, Leggett, Novak, Giraud, Stinard, Cross, Nelson


Lois A. Brorup (1943 – 2019)

VALATIE—Lois A. (VanApeldoorn) Brorup, 75, of Valatie passed away, Saturday, May 18, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Albany to Emerson and Elizabeth (Feil) VanApeldoorn, November 13, 1943. She attended Cardinal McCloskey High School. She worked at Duracolor for several years before becoming a wife and mother. Later she served many people and families over a 40-year period as a housekeeper and caretaker.

She was a dedicated parishioner of the Church of St. Joseph in Stuyvesant Falls and served as a Eucharistic minister and coffee hour baker. Her hobbies included spoiling grandchildren and pets, cooking huge family dinners, feeding and watching wildlife, and solving Sudoku puzzles. She is most well-known for her witty comebacks, legendary sour cream coffee cake, and her generous, kind, selfless nature.

Mrs. Brorup is survived by: her husband of 48 years, Dennis Brorup of Valatie; daughter, Jill (Donald) Rothwein of Valatie; son, Christopher (Patricia) Brorup of Nantucket, MA; grandchildren, Gregory, Kati, Donald and Jenna Rothwein; sister, Nancy VanApeldoorn; brother, Arthur (Dorothy) VanApeldoorn; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father and mother.

Funeral services will be held at the Church of St. Joseph in Stuyvesant Falls, Wednesday, May 22, 11 a.m. with the Reverend George Fleming presiding. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Stuyvesant Falls.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Church of St. Joseph or the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Edward B. Carter (1941 – 2019)

CHURCHTOWN—A memorial service for Edward B. Carter, 77, of Gallatin will be held at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 2201 County Route 27, Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m.

Mr. Caret passed away at home Friday, April 12, 2019.

A reception at the Churchtown Firehouse follows the service. Private interment will be in Salisbury Cemetery, Salisbury, CT.

Gary D. Leggett (1942 – 2019)

KINDERHOOK—Gary Dunham Leggett, 76, of Kinderhook passed away Friday, May 17, 2019.

He was born in Hudson, the son of the late Lewis and Evelyn Dunham Leggett.

He grew up in Kinderhook and graduated from Ichabod Crane Central High School. He attended Muhlenberg College and earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ohio State University.

Soon after he finished college he took a year-long trip around the world, with stops in Iran, India and Australia (where he worked as a pharmacist in Neutral Bay). He lived in Virginia for many years, working as a pharmacist in Buckingham County and then in Arlington. After retiring in 1997, Mr. Leggett continued working part-time at pharmacies in Hudson and Chatham.

He enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, gardening, history, traveling, and adventure. He was a member of the Broad Street Chorale, established the annual Brooks Barbeque fundraiser, and frequently volunteered his time for a variety of organizations, including Meals on Wheels, the Kinderhook Reformed Church, and the Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery. Over the years, Mr. Leggett personally restored numerous New York State historic markers in the local area. He was always available to help friends and family members who were sick.

He is survived by: his brother, James Leggett, Jr., of Gilford, NH; nephews, James Leggett, III, and his wife Amy of Mechanicville and Christopher Leggett and his wife Sydney of Woodstock, VT; great-nieces, Madison and Taylor Leggett of Mechanicville, Sophie Leggett of Woodstock, VT; great-nephews, Connor and Samuel Leggett of Woodstock, VT, and close friend, Bob Weatherwax of Guilderland.

A memorial service will be held at the Kinderhook Reformed Dutch Church, 21 Broad Street, Kinderhook, Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 2 p.m. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Patricia A. Novak (1954 – 2019)

VALATIE—Patricia Ann Montano Novak, 64, suddenly went to heaven May 17 to join all who’ve gone before.

“Patti,” affectionately known as the “white tornado,” was seemingly always in motion. From her high school days at her beloved Cathedral High School in Manhattan, the Grace Institute, and her very first job as a secretary with Texaco, she was a city girl at heart who decided to make upstate her home when she met her husband, and life partner of 45 years, Gary.

She loved being home with her daughters but when the time was right ventured back into the work world and pursued her career as a dental surgical assistant. She was a hard worker who excelled at her profession. This was quite a surprise to all who knew first hand of her aversion to needles and all the other things that she would go on to relate in great detail. She earned her aesthetician’s license and pampered clients and family with top of the line skin care. She was a natural at gardening and making a house a home.

Mrs. Novak enjoyed jewelry, fashion, shoes and makeup, all things she passed along to her daughters, granddaughters and niece. At a young age, she suffered a significant heart attack that would have stopped anyone else in their tracks. Instead, she continued working and squeezing every ounce of life from the next 25 years. In addition to her husband, she is survived and loved by: her daughters, Michelle (Shane) McDonald, Courtney (Patrick) Ryan, Patricia (Joseph) Parker; her grandchildren, Natalie, Aleyna, Aiden, Colin, Makenzie, Brynn, Eamon and Joseph; her siblings, Maureen, Vincent (Candace), Eileen (Craig), Elaine; her only niece, Katey, her nephews, Brian, Peter, Bradley, Sean and Zach; many great- nieces and-nephews, cousins and friends. She also leaves behind her fur babies, Chelsea, Bella and her cherished “boy,” Buddy. A Mass of Christian will be celebrated Thursday May 23, 2019, 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Valatie with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be Wednesday, May 22 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to one’s favorite charity.

Aden J. Giraud (1953 – 2019)

RHINEBECK—Aden Joseph Giraud, Jr., 66, of Elizaville passed away Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

Born May 3, 1953 in Manhattan, he was the son of Julia (Nigro) Giraud of Rock Tavern and the late Aden Joseph Giraud, Sr.

For many years and prior to his retirement, Mr. Giraud worked as a plumber and mechanic for the New York City Housing Authority based in Manhattan.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by: his children, Diana (Michael) Brinkmann of Elizaville, Aden Joseph (Annette) Giraud, III, of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Christopher Giraud of Elizaville; his brothers, Raymond Giraud of Rock Tavern and Keith Giraud of Harrison; his grandchildren, Emily, and Madison Brinkman; his step-grandchild, Sera Barr; his ex-wife and mother to their children, Margaret (Rippe) Steeneck of Elizaville; nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and loyal caregivers.

Memorial calling hours will be held Friday, May 24, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook. Interment will be private.

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Nancy V. Stinard (1942 – 2019)

LIVINGSTON—Nancy V. Stinard, 77, of Claverack died Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born May 3, 1942 to the late Mary McCarter.

Ms. Stinard was a nurse’s aide at hospitals and private duty.

Graveside funeral services were held May 21, 2019 at Linlithgo Cemetery.

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

John L. Cross (1935 – 2019)

HUDSON—John Lindsley Cross, 83, died from a pneumonia-related illness at Columbia Memorial Hospital, May 4, 2019. Born October 16, 1935 in Dover, NJ, he was the son of Thomas Earl Cross and Leoneade Amerman Cross.

The Cross family lived in New Jersey until 1949, when they moved to Montreal, Canada.

Mr. Cross returned to the U.S. to attend college, graduating from Middlebury College in 1958 and the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business in 1960. In the fall of 1962, he married Linda Norford and they settled in New York City. There, Mr. Cross worked in advertising at Benton & Bowles until 1977, then at several other agencies until retiring in 1997.

He was also an accomplished sculptor and wood carver, with work widely exhibited and collected by many, including Garrison Keillor and The Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM. He is currently represented by the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson. In recent years, the Crosses moved full-time to their home in the Hudson River Valley and enjoyed being involved in cultural activities. Mr. Cross was a founding board member and trustee of Art Omi in Ghent, and a member of the Century Association in New York City.

He is survived by: his wife, Linda; sons Peter and his wife Susan, and William; his sister, Ann Cross Orlando; nephews and nieces and their families. The family will hold a private celebration of Mr. Cross’ life.

Arrangements were with the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. To leave online condolences visit

Robert W. Nelson (1944 – 2019)

ALBANY—Robert “Bob” W. Nelson, Sr., of New Lebanon passed away Friday, May 17, 2019, at the Hospice Inn of St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born in Pittsfield, MA, he was the son of the late John Nelson and Eleanor Crabtree. After graduating from Pittsfield High School, he joined the U.S. Army. He was a longtime resident of New Lebanon and enjoyed coaching Little League baseball for many years.

He was a former member of the Lebanon Valley Protective Association. Mr. Nelson is survived by: his loving wife of 53 years, Rhonda L. Nelson (Haviland); sons, Richard J. Nelson, Sr. of Nassau and Raymond J. (Crystal) Nelson of Stephentown; daughter-in-law, Sueanne Nelson of New Lebanon; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Beverly and his sons, Robert, Jr., and Randy Nelson. Services will be held Thursday, May 23, 2019, 10 a.m. at the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home, 11 Elm Street, Nassau. Burial will follow at the Cemetery of the Evergreens in New Lebanon.

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