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William R. Clum (1921 – 2016)

SHARON, CT—William R. Clum, 94, of Ancramdale, a lifelong area resident, passed away Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Sharon Hospital.

He was born December 29, 1921 in Pine Plains, the son of the late Ellsworth and Nina (Turbarg) Clum.

Mr. Clum was a dairy farmer all his life working the local area.

He was a lifelong member of the Copake Fire Company.

On January 29, 1949 in Copake, he married Jeannette (Pulver) Clum. She predeceased him October 14, 1987.

Survivors include: a daughter, Melissa Clum of Ancramdale; a son, William C. Clum of Ancramdale; a sister, Marion E. Westfall of Gallatin; sister-in-law, Marguerite Brusie; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by: a brother and sister-in-law, Alden and Beulah Clum; a sister and brother-in-law, Nina and Earl Eighmie; three brother-in-laws, Howard Brusie, Sr., Kenneth Pulver, Benjamin Westfall; three nephews, Howard Brusie, Jr., Douglas and Raymond Westfall; two nieces, Betty Ann King and Jennifer Clum.

There are no calling hours.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 11 a.m. at Copake Cemetery with Pastor William Mayhew officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are requested to the Community Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 327, Copake 12516 or Ancram Fire Company, P.O. Box 8, Ancram 12502.

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SallyAnn O’Connor (1927 – 2016)

RED HOOK—SallyAnn O’Connor, a Red Hook resident since 1957, passed away peacefully in her home late Wednesday night October 26, 2016, after a long illness.

Born April 23, 1927 to Hubert and Helen Mott in Mexico, NY, she spent her youth in Seneca Falls and Pleasantville. She was a graduate of Bowling Green University where she received her degree in home economics and participating in multiple activities including synchronized swimming.

She met Patrick Hugh O’Connor while they were both teachers at Hoover High School in Flint, Michigan. While at Hoover, she taught home economics, coached girls’ basketball and was a class advisor. They were married June 13, 1953 at St Paul’s Catholic Church in Congers.

Mrs. O’Connor is survived by: her husband, Patrick O’Connor; her five children, Stephanie (Bob) Drayn of Canandaigua, Garret (Ann) O’Connor of Clermont, Christopher O’Connor of Buxton, ME, Br. Shawn O’Connor, CFR of Newburgh and Jane O’Connor of Red Hook; her eight grandchildren, Kayley and Kyle O’Connor, Trevor and Kristen Drayn, Jordan, Alison, Ryan and Jack O’Connor; sisters, Helen Danforth of Hawthorne Woods, IL, Mary Scull of San Antonio, TX, and Martha Altobell, of Maple Shade, NJ; and one brother, Frederick Mott of Dover, DE. She was predeceased by her daughter, Jennifer, who was stillborn.

Mrs. O’Connor was a faithful loving mother and wife. She was an excellent homemaker who seemed to effortlessly run an impeccable home all the while, working full-time and participating in the community and her church. She earnestly supported her children in all their educational, athletic and musical endeavors.

She worked for 22 years as a home economics teacher for the Astor Home for Children in Rhinebeck, where she was greatly loved by her colleagues and students alike. Upon her retirement, Astor Home created a Student of the Year award in her honor.

She was a faithful communicant of Christ Episcopal Church in Red Hook, where she enthusiastically served on various committees including outreach fundraisers, cookie walks, International dinners, Apple Blossom Day and Hardscrabble Day. She was active in the Women’s Group and the Alter Guild and was known to “roll up her sleeves and dive in.” She warmly greeted all new parishioners and immediately made them feel like part of the parish family. She served over 30 years on the vestry committee including as treasurer, vestry person and junior warden. she was co-founder of Country Collections Thrift Shop at Christ Church and volunteered there until retiring due to illness five years ago. Along with her diligent work ethic, generosity and sense of humor, she was appreciated for saying it straight and simple with a loving smile. “In other words, you did what Sally said.”

On many summer afternoons, she could be found lounging poolside and swimming at the Recreational Park of Red Hook (The Red Hook Pool) of which she was a charter member. She eagerly cheered on her children and the rest of the Red Hook SeaRaiders at all swim meets.

She cherished her many friends and enjoyed socializing and hosting dinner and cocktail parties. She was an avid bridge player and member of many clubs. All who knew her will recall her sly sense of humor and quick wit and will remember her with great love and affection.

Her family extends their greatest appreciation and gratitude to Hudson Valley Hospice and Kim Rogers who lovingly and sweetly cared for Mrs. O’Connor during the past year of her life.

Visitation will be held Friday, November 4, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, November 5, 2016, 11 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Red Hook

Donations may be made in Mrs. O’Connor’s memory to Christ Episcopal Church, 7423 South Broadway, Red Hook 12571 or Hudson Valley Hospice, 374 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie 12601.

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Diane L. Brauch (1955 – 2016)

ALBANY—Diane Lee Brauch of Cohoes passed away October 25, 2016 at Albany Memorial Hospital.

Born June 2, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Frederick A. and Marion M. Brauch.

Ms. Brauch attended Syracuse University graduating with a BA in psychology and education. She furthered her studies at Syracuse University and became a certified legal assistant. Her interest in the law led her study at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan.

She worked as a law clerk for Reeves and Fried through 1989 and then worked for the New York State Office of the Attorney General from 1989 to 1999 as a civil prosecution specialist. Ms. Brauch studied the computer information system program at Hudson Valley Community College while working for the Attorney General’s office. Upon completion of her studies she went to work for state Department of Transportation as an information technology specialist 2.

She loved to travel and as a young lady backpacked through Europe. She enjoyed the simple wonders of nature. Her later years were shared with her love, Bob.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Ms. Brauch’s name to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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

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