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OBITUARIES: Crellin, Drummond, Briggs, Coons, Rochester, DiLeo, Carito, Romano, Mottoshiski, Higginbotham, Hamm, Williams


Catherine Gray Crellin (1947 – 2017)

ALBANY—Catherine “Cathy” Gray Crellin passed away April 10, 2017 at St Peter’s Hospital.

She was the daughter of the late John R. and Catherine (Summerfield) Crellin, born February 11, 1947 in Stamford, CT.

She spent most of her life residing in Spencertown.

Ms. Crellin graduated from Chatham High School in 1964. She attended Wheaton College in Norton, MA, before completing her undergraduate degree at New York University.

She also held a master’s degree in education from The College of St. Rose in Albany.

Ms. Crellin worked for many years in early childhood education at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School in Chatham and was later employed at COARC. She was a long-time member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Chatham. She had a lifelong love of dogs and horses especially her canine companion, Smokey.

Ms. Crellin is survived by: her brother, John Crellin; sister, Mary Crellin; nieces, Madeleine Hoog-Crellin, Juliette Crellin and Lilly Crellin; grand-nieces, Josephine and Caroline Crawford and cousins, including Steve, Pete, Jane and Dan Crellin. Calling hours were April 18 from the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. Private interment service will be in the Spencertown Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Crellin Park or the Spencertown Fire Department. For online condolences visit

Sally H. Drummond (1924 – 2017)

RHINEBECK—Sally Hazelet Drummond, 92, of Germantown passed away peacefully and comfortably April 9, 2017 after a brief illness.

Born and raised in Chicago, IL , she was a successful artist of note, having graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a master’s in visual arts from the University of Louisville. During her art career, she received prestigious awards, namely a Fulbright fellowship and a Guggenheim grant, and had numerous shows of her paintings, primarily in New York City, but also in other US cities, as well as abroad.

A 26-year resident of Germantown, Mrs. Drummond was a devoted wife and mother who had many friends and was very involved in the community. A very lovable, caring, compassionate, talented and independent woman with a quick wit and a strong spirit, she will be sorely missed by many. The widow of Wick Drummond, she’s survived by her only child, Craig Drummond of Catskill.

Robert L. Briggs, Sr. (1939 – 2017)

COLUMBIAVILLE—Robert Lee Briggs, Sr., 77, of Columbiaville, a graduate of Ichabod Crane, passed away surrounded by his family and friends, Thursday, April 13, 2017.

Mr. Briggs is survived by: his loving wife, Carol (VanBenschoten) Briggs; their three sons, Robert, Jr., (Joanne), Alan and Glenn; two granddaughters, Emily A. and Trisha E.; his mother, Elizabeth (Doss) Briggs and one sister, Joan Himmel.

He was predeceased by brothers, Pete, Sam, Tom and Wayne. Mr. Briggs was a butcher at First National and the Claverack Food Mart. He served in the Navy as a machinist, and was a custodian at Hudson City School District. He was a junior warden at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Stockport. He was a life member of both the Stockport Volunteer Fire Company and the Glencadia Rod and Gun Club in Stuyvesant. He was a member of the Stockport Town Board.

To anybody who knew him, his infectious smile and kind, loving heart made the world a better place, and each of us better for having known him. “To him, you didn’t have to be blood to be considered family, and his family was the most important thing in the world.” He will be greatly missed by many. In lieu of flowers, contributions in honor of Mr. Briggs, Sr., may be made to the Town of Stockport Recreation Commission, 2787 Atlantic Avenue, Hudson 12534,

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport, with Pastor Dan Cohn officiating. Burial with military honors was in Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery.

Susan M. Coons (1972 – 2017)

RED HOOK—Susan M. Coons, 44, of Elizaville passed away unexpectedly Thursday, April 13, 2017.

Born July 6, 1972 in Danbury, CT, she was the daughter of the late Milton and Carolyn B. (Murtha) Feller.

She married Harry “Huffy” Coons in Red Hook more than 15 years ago and he survives at home in Elizaville.

Mrs. Coons was a great person—hardworking and always had a smile. She worked as an equipment operator and laborer for Jeff Decker and Son, Inc., based in Rhinebeck.

In addition to her loving husband, she is survived by: a brother, John Feller of Poughkeepsie; her sister, Cindy Feller of Connecticut; her in-laws, Donald and Debra Coons of Taghkanic, Donna Van Leuven of Salt Point, Mary and Dennis Cohen of Red Hook, Teresa Coons of Hudson, Gary Coons of Red Hook, Susan Grimes of Chatham and Matt and Jenine Coons of Red Hook; along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Friends called at the Burnett and White Funeral Homes in Red Hook, April 17.

Interment was private in Elizaville Methodist Cemetery, Elizaville.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook.

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Antoinette T. Rochester (1927 – 2017)

PHILMONT—Antoinette (Nettie) Theresa Rochester of Chatham passed away April 14, 2017 at the Pine Haven Nursing Home.

Born November 7, 1927 in Queens, she was the daughter of the late Donato and Rose Febo Scurti.

Mrs. Rochester moved to Chatham in 1960 where she raised her family. She enjoyed bingo and loved time spent with her family.

She is survived by: her son, George Rochester (Bridget Shaw) of Chatham; her sister, Rita Nilsson of Winter Spring, FL; grandchildren, Sean and Christopher Geist, Brandy Geist Mannarino, Sara Rochester, Erin, Melissa and Samantha Rochester, and Melanie Mayes; her eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Rochester was predeceased by her husband, William; children; Leilah Geist, Theresa Alread, William, Michael and David Rochester; sisters, Grace Fraterrigo, Donna Nelson and Leilah Scurti, and her brother, Pete Scurti.

Services will be private and arrangements have been entrusted to the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

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Antonetta M. DiLeo (1914 – 2017)

GHENT—Antonetta “Ann” M. DiLeo of Chatham passed peacefully April 15, 2017 after a brief illness.

She was born in Chatham, June 27, 1914, the daughter of the late Anthony and Anna Ordiano Terracciano.

She is survived by: one sister, Flora Terracciano; 15 nieces and nephews; 23 great-nieces and great-nephews and several great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Mrs. DiLeo was predeceased by her husband, Louis DiLeo; brothers, Joseph and James Terracciano, and sister, Angeline (Julie) Quirino.

She attended Chatham High School and later worked as a seamstress at Chester Manufacturing and Jones Manufacturing.

Mrs. DiLeo enjoyed doing puzzles, playing cards and spending time with her many nieces and nephews. She was a communicant of St. James Church.

Family will receive friends Thursday, April 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. James Church, Friday, April 21, 10 a.m. Interment will follow at St. James Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Mrs. DiLeo’s name to Saint James Church Chatham and the Chatham Rescue Squad. Condolences may be conveyed at

Roland Carito (1975 – 2017)

GLENMONT—Roland Carito, 41, died April 15, 2017 at home. He was born June 6, 1975 in Mt. Kisco to Raymond and Phyllis Carito.

He married Charlotte McNally, May 22, 2005 in Walpole, NH. He attended Taconic Hills, was a 1993 graduate of Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA, and attended the University of New Hampshire.

Mr. Carito dedicated his life to at-risk youth, touching the lives of many children and mentoring dozens of staff. He was the director of operations for the Boys and Girls Club of Ulster County. He was a youth basketball coach, and an avid Yankees and Syracuse basketball fan.

He previously served on the board of the Esopus Creek Conservatory and was a past-member of the Saugerties Kiwanis Club, the Ulster County Workforce Investment Youth Council, and the Community Development Partnership.

He lived in many places, Copake Falls; Eugene, OR; Springfield, OR; Portland, OR; Portland, ME; Denver, CO; Ashuelot, NH; Brattleboro, VT; Pittsburg, PA; Saugerties; Dallas, TX, and finally settled in Glenmont.

He was a passionate husband and father. He is survived by: his wife, Charlotte Jean: children, Raymond Robert, age 11, and Vera Jean, age 3; his parents, Phyllis and Raymond; sister, Corey Carito; aunts, Regina Cicchetti and Susan Zimmer. Also survived by his in-laws, Dan and Lee Anne McNally, daughter Emery (3), Sharon and Dave Alderton, sons Drew (7), Chase (5), Lyla (11 months), Sean and Shannon McNally, daughter Elvie (3), Taylor McNally (22); his loyal dogs, Dora and Avalanche and cat, Verona.

He was predeceased by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Stephen and Marsha McNally and brother-in-law, Travis McNally and dogs, Rocky, Bish-Bash and Sammie.

Services will take place at the Meyers Funeral Home, 741 Delaware Avenue, Delmar.

The wake will be Wednesday, April 19, 5 to 7 p.m. and the funeral will be Thursday, April 20, 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the education fund set up for Raymond and Vera Carito. Contributions should be made to the Roland Carito Memorial Fund and mailed directly to CAP COM Federal Credit Union, 4 Winners Circle, Albany 12205. Or, to These funds will assist during this time of hardship.

Rose B. Romano (1927 – 2017)

HUDSON—Rose Bentivegna Romano, age 90, of Livingston passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017.

She was born March 16, 1927 in Brooklyn, the daughter of the late Pietro and Angela Bentivegna. She was the wife of the late Louis Romano.

Mrs. Romano was a resident of the Hudson Valley since 1981. Prior to that, she lived and raised her five children with her husband in Nassau County on Long Island. She was a devout Catholic who cherished her family above all else.

Mrs. Romano was a “fashionista” who was very outgoing and social. Everyone she encountered was instantly charmed by her.

She is survived by: her five children, Lawrence, Peter, Charles, Joseph and Angela; her 11 grandchildren and her three great-grandchildren; as well as her many friends.

Calling hours will be held Friday, April 21, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Yadack Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017, 11 a.m. at the Church of the Resurrection, 11 Church Avenue, Germantown.

Burial will take place Monday, April 24, 2017, 10 a.m. at the Cemetery of the Holy Rood, 111 Old Country Road, Westbury.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund.)

Joan A. Mottoshiski (1938 – 2017)

KINGSTON—Joan A. Mottoshiski, 78, formerly of Hudson, died Thursday, April 13, at Kingston Hospital with her loving family by her side.

Born June 14, 1938 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Everett and Ester (Simmons) Clark.

Mrs. Mottoshiski loved children, and that led to her career as a school bus aide for Zanchelli Bus Co. She enjoyed cooking, music and an occasional casino trip. Traveling with her daughters was also a joy of hers. The most cherished things in Mrs. Mottoshiski’s life had to do with her family. She loved spending time with family, loved family dinners and absolutely adored her grandchildren.

Left to cherish her memory are: her daughters, Brenda (Kevin) Peters of Germantown and Tracy Fallis of Schenectady; grandchildren, Jenna Peters and fiance Kevin Yarnel of Rhinebeck, Brittany Peters of Meuthen, MA, and Christopher Fallis of West Palm Beach, FL.; also, a sister, Carol Coons of Saugerties and brother, Bruce Clark of Athens. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ronald Mottoshiski and grandson, Nicholas Fallis.

Funeral Mass was conducted Tuesday, April 18 from Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson. Interment was in Cedar Park Cemetery. Arrangements were with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

James J. Higginbotham

LIVINGSTON—James J. Higginbotham, 70, of Livingston passed away April 15, 2017.

He had worked as an offset pressman for Universal Match Company before retiring.

He worked tirelessly for the food pantry in Germantown.

Surviving are: his extended family, Barbara Lyzak, Walter Zipp, Richard and Cathy Zipp, Joseph and Josephine Wilhelm.

Services will be held Thursday, April 20, 10 a.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Burial will be Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Greenport.

Florence Hamm (1929 – 2017)

HUDSON—Florence Hamm, 87, a lifelong resident of Hudson, died Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born in Hudson, November 8, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Leona Sawicky.

Mrs. Hamm was a graduate of Hudson High School. She began her 40-year career working for New York Telephone in Hudson and later Verizon in Albany from where she retired. She was a member of Holy Trinity Parish/ St. Mary’s Church in Hudson.

She is survived by: her son, Paul (Debbie) Hamm of GA; two daughters, Kathryn M. Parchuk of Hudson and Elizabeth (Steve Thompson) of TN; grandchildren, Annie (Justin Everett) of GA, Levi (Katie) Hamm of GA, Drs. Jordan (Amy) Hamm of New York City, also Sadie, James and Paige Thompson of TN; great-grandson, Weston (Lelle) Everett of GA. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Ralph Hamm; brothers, John Sawicky and Edward Sawicky; sisters, Irene Hover and Helen Unson.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, May 6, 2017, 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson, with Fr. Winston Bath officiating. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

Rafael A. Williams (1985 – 2017)

HUDSON—Rafael Allen Williams, 31, of Hudson passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Columbia Memorial Hospital following a long illness.

Born in Brazil, August 22, 1985, he was the son of Alexander and Nilceia (Ribeiro) Williams of Hudson.

In addition to his parents, he will be missed by: two sisters, Alexandria and Lisandra Williams. He was predeceased by his beloved grandfather, Arnaldo Ribeiro.

Visiting hours will be Wednesday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rock Solid Church, 334 Union Street, Hudson. Services will follow at 1 p.m. at the church with Pastor Jaron Halsted officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

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