OBITUARIES: Coons, Bachman, Schools, Connors, Gallant, Pough, Delaney, Lagonia, Patzwahl

Ed Coons, Sr.

Edward W. Coons, Sr. (1939 – 2023)

ALBANY—Edward W. Coons, Sr., 83, of East Chatham passed away peacefully with his family by his side, March 8, 2023 at the Albany Medical Center.

Born September 25, 1939 in Austerlitz, he was the son of the late Harry and Edith Coons and the husband of his late beloved wife, Dolores Coons.

Before retirement, “Ed” loved being a truck driver for Charles Millious Trucking in Selkirk. He also loved to hunt, fish and spend time with his friends.

He is survived by: his children, Edward (Mary) W. Coons, Jr., of Earlton and Michael (Kelly) A. Coons of Ghent; his sister, Carol Ganson of Kinderhook; his grandchildren, Vanessa (Frank) Laureyssens, Jessica Williams, Micaela (Ryan) Coons and Kyle, Christopher and Cody-Marie Srofe; his great-grandchildren, Caleb, Jacob, Kaia, Ali, Olivia, Isaiah and Evelyn; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his parents and wife Dolores, he was also predeceased by his daughter, Lisa Marie Coons and siblings, Harry Coons, Shirley Soules and William Coons.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, March 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

Jackie Bachman

Jacqueline D.B. Bachman (1950 – 2023)

ALBANY—Jacqueline “Jackie” (Dickson) Briggs Bachman, 72, of Valatie passed March 6 in Albany, surrounded by family after enduring several months of medical complications.

She was born in Rochester to John Briggs Dickson and Rosemary Allen Dickson, June 24, 1950. She attended West High School in Rochester and went on to further her studies in psychology, rehabilitation services and deaf social work at Mount Wachusett Community College, Assumption College and the Rochester Institute of Technology National Institute for the Deaf.

She worked as a peer advocate for The Independent Living Center of Hudson Valley for more than 22 years. Through her work she found her purpose and influenced meaningful change in people’s lives.

She was an active member of St. Luke’s Church in Valatie, organizing many community events and gatherings. Above all she was a creative spirit, an award-winning quilter, dabbled with the oils and holistic medicine “SMILE,” and enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family.

She is survived by: her three sons and their families, Christopher and Susan Bachman of Westminster, MA, their children Amanda and Matthew, Brian and Maria Bachman of Liberty Lake, WA, their children Birdie and Baer, and Armin and Eileen Bachman of Framingham, MA, and their fur family;

her sister, Sheila Tillich and sister-in-law, Heidi Bender, both of Fairport, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth C. Bachman; her parents, John Briggs Dickson and Rosemary Allen Dickson; her siblings, Anita Shults, Corinne Edwards, George Dickson, Faith Brownlee, Kevin Dickson, Robert Dickson and her beloved sisters-in-law, Barbara Slater and Linda Dickson.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 127, Valatie 12184 or Independent Living Center of Hudson Valley.

The family extends its gratitude to the ICU team at St. Peter’s Hospital, The Eddy Visiting Nurses, and her personal health aide, Tammy.

Visitation will be held at Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie, Friday, March 17 from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 1010 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, Saturday, March 18 at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Beth George officiating. An ASL interpreter will be present for the services.

Carl Schools

Carl S. Schools (1953 – 2023)

ALBANY—Carl S. Schools died peacefully at Albany Medical Center, March 9, 2023 at the age of 69 with his beloved wife holding his hand. He was born April 14, 1953 to Henry Knitt Schools and Frances (Phillips) Schools.

He attended Ichabod Crane Central Schools and moved to Texas shortly thereafter. He then traveled the world for Henderson Limited based in Dallas. He moved back to NY in 2000 and joined the family real estate business, Old Ghent Realty, started by his mother in 1974.

He enjoyed hunting, golfing, fishing and anything that involved nature. His real love was his grandchildren; attending their sporting events, and simply watching them grow. He was incredibly proud of them all.

Predeceased by his parents, Mr. Schools is survived by his wife, Pamela Herzing of Chatham; his son, Philip (Brittany) Schools of Chatham; stepdaughters, Tammy (Keith) Crawford of Valatie and Sandra (Stuart) Flavin of Ghent; siblings, Timothy (Cindy) Schools of Feura Bush, Beverly Kipp of Elizaville and Jon David Schools of Ghent; grandchildren, Parker and Jameson Schools. He was also “Papa” to Timothy Crawford, Brady and Griffin Reardon, and Reyna Jackson, all of whom he loved like his own. He is also survived by several dearly-loved nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at Kozel’s Restaurant in Ghent, Saturday, March 18 at 2 p.m. Anyone who wants to share a story about him is welcome to do so. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Chatham Little League at P.O. Box 340, Ghent 12075 to help provide free programs and clinics to local youngsters. The family thanks the nursing staff and all auxiliary staff at Albany Medical Center for their compassion and understanding during his final days. Funeral arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

Donald Connors

Donald J. Connors (1954 – 2023)

HUDSON—Donald J. Connors of Hudson passed away peacefully at home Friday, February 24. Born August 8, 1954, he was the son of James T. and Lois J. (Cole) Connors.

As owner and operator of Connors Water Conditioning and Plumbing, “Don” served his community and surrounding counties as a skilled plumber and water technician for more than 50 years.

His varied interests and hobbies included golf, playing and recording music with his brothers and training his therapy dog, Betty White. He and his dog brought smiles and comfort to the many residents of local facilities they visited over the years. As a volunteer with a national rescue, he fostered many dogs and puppies until they found their forever homes.

He enjoyed the time he spent with his grandchildren sharing his life lessons and sense of humor.

He will be greatly missed by: his wife, Donna; son, Michael (Elissa); grandchildren, Mia Reese and Griffin James; daughter, Megan; brother, James (Nancy); several nieces and nephews; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Peggy Burke; friends who became family, Holly, Russell and Emily; beloved family dogs, Betty White and Butters.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, William and Robert Connors.

A gathering to honor his memory was held at Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson, March 8. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to National Great Pyrenees Rescue.

John J. Gallant (1940 – 2023)

GERMANTOWN—John Joseph Gallant, 82, of Germantown

passed away February 28, 2023.

Born May 23, 1940 in Albany, he was the son of Phillip and Malvina (St. Cyr) Gallant.

He was a proud member of the Colonie Central School Class of 1959. He was proprietor of J. Gallant Upholstery Service and J. Gallant Photo. He spent many years as an area auto racing photographer at Lebanon Valley Speedway, Accord, and Saratoga Speedway among many others over the years.

He was a Eucharistic minister at St. Joseph’s Church in Stottville and a communicant of Holy Trinity Parish in Germantown. Along with Deacon Richard Washburn, he conducted Bible studies with the young men at Brookwood Secure Center.

He was also a life-member of the Stockport Fire Company, and volunteered for many years at the Ghent Playhouse.

He is survived by: his wife of 60 years, Maryann (Casler) Gallant; sons, John (Sharon) Gallant, Jr. of Greenport and Lee (Tracey) Gallant of Clermont. He was most proud of his granddaughters, Lizbeth Montana, Kendall (Steven) Moore and Leighann Gallant; several great-granddaughters; his beloved sister, Patricia Felzcak of North Carolina; many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 7, 2023 from Resurrection Church of Holy Trinity Parish in Germantown. Arrangements were with the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to Stockport Fire Company, County Route 25, Stockport 12173 or Holy Trinity Parish Germantown, P.O. Box 323 Hudson 12534.

Barbara Pough

Barbara C. Pough (1938 – 2023)

HUDSON—Barbara Canape Pough passed away peacefully February 28, 2023. Daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Canape, she was born in 1938 and was a 1955 graduate from Hudson High School. As a lifelong resident of Columbia County, she worked in many local businesses, including Canape Brothers Chrysler Plymouth, which was her family’s car dealership. She also worked at Central Auto Parts, PMI, Hudson Knitting Mills, Nancy Ann Dress Shop and the telephone company. She was a league bowler at the Hudson Hoe Bowl and Hendrick Hudson Lanes. As a long-time member of the Hudson Fish and Game Club, she became the number two nationwide archery champion in the late 1970s. She was well-known throughout the county as a professional seamstress. She always has a smile on her face. Her family knew her as a great cook and host of many delicious family meals in her home. She and her husband, George, were very proud of and loved spending time at their house on Lake Ontario, where they boated, fished and enjoyed the beautiful sunsets. She invited many family members to enjoy time at “the lake” and hosted memorable trips that will be treasured forever.

She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, George E. Pough, Sr., and her brother, Thomas (Ann) Canape, of Billings, MT. She is survived by: her children, Kathleen (Robert) Vining, George (Julie) Pough, Jr., Bobbi (John) Reed, and Robin (JoAnn) Pough; grandchildren, Joseph Vining, Bradford Heeder, Christine (Anthony) Rogers, Jr., Robert Heeder and Garrett Pough; many great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; her two dear sisters, Lucille (Robert) Whelan, and Christine (Philip) Abitabile.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no remembrance services. Donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

Mrs. Pough will long be remembered as a happy, outgoing person, full of love and life with a great sense of humor. She will be missed by anyone her life touched.

James Delaney (1950 – 2023)

HUDSON—James “Jim” Delaney entered eternal sleep March 8, 2023.

He leaves behind his wife of nearly 50 years, Linda (Kasper); his two sons, Jim, Jr. (Melissa), Patrick (Valerie); his beloved grandchildren; Jackson, Jameson, Madeline, Charlie, Zach, Cooper, Brody; his brother, Bart (Marilyn) Delaney; his sister, Maureen (David) Ryder; many nieces and nephews. “To know him was to love him.” He and his gregarious personality will be missed on the golf course and at his old haunts—Governors, the Elks Club or enjoying a cigar with his friends

at the Iron Horse. He was a lifelong resident of Hudson, graduating from St. Mary’s in 1968. After obtaining a BA in history from SUNY Plattsburgh, he worked for the Columbia County Probation Department until his retirement in 2002. For the next 18 years, he worked at the City of Hudson Code Enforcement Office, where his co-workers quickly became his

friends. He will forever be missed. An enduring image will be of him on his lawn mower, whiling away the summer days. Calling hours were March 13 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The V Foundation of Cancer at

Carol Lagonia

Carol J. Lagonia (1943 – 2023)

AUSTERLITZ—It is with tremendous sadness that her family acknowledges the passing of their mother, grandmother and friend Carol J. Lagonia of Austerlitz, March 2, 2023.

She was born September 12, 1943 in Bronx, to the late Sylvia and Bernard Rapaport. She is survived by: her sons, Robert Lagonia (Michelle) and George Lagonia, Jr. (Jodi); her grandsons, Nicholas Lagonia (Elizabeth) and Maxwell Lagonia (Erin). She was predeceased by her daughter, Lisa, and her husband, George Lagonia.

She will be remembered for her complete devotion and love for her family, her every Friday hair appointments, her big jewelry, her countless pairs of Birkenstocks, her love of the color red, music and movies. While she had a seriously lousy driving record, she was the best company on a long drive. She would listen without judgment and for as long as someone needed to talk. She loved taking trips with her friend, Kathy and having lunch dates with Peggy. Her love for her grandsons was immense and unmatched. They brought her unimaginable joy. And she did for them as well.

She was loved and will be incredibly missed.

A Celebration of Life will be held March 18 at Lagonia’s Bistro from noon to 4 p.m. Feel free to wear red in her honor.

In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation to The support from their Hospice liaison was beyond words.

Jeffrey Patzwahl

Jeffrey W. Patzwahl (1963 – 2023)

TAGHKANIC—Jeffrey W. Patzwahl, 59, of Taghkanic passed away March 11, 2023 at home with his loving family and longtime companion, Maryanne Wentworth at his side.

Born August 11, 1963 in Hudson, he was the son of William and Sondra (Cukerstein) Patzwahl.

He worked for Amtrak Railroad and also NYS Department of Parks and Recreation; at James Baird Park; Lake Taghkanic and Olana. He loved the outdoors, especially boating and snowmobile riding. Relaxing in his RV at Blackthorne Campground was also enjoyable for him.

He leaves to cherish his memory: his life partner, Maryanne Wentworth; brother, David (Barbara) Patzwahl; nieces, Sarah (John) Keller and Jessica Patzwahl, and nephew, Austin Patzwahl.

He was predeceased by his parents, William and Sondra Patzwahl.

Visitation hours at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson are Friday, March 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. with prayers offered at 6 p.m. Interment will be in the Claverack Reformed Dutch Church Cemetery in April.

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