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OBITUARIES: Davi, Zelman, Murphy, Fournier, Kibler, Jensen, Wright, Mergendahl


Salvatore “Sabu” Davi (1933 – 2015)

HUDSON—Salvatore “Sabu” Davi, 81, of Greenport passed away Friday, July 31, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Glasco, September 27, 1933, the son of the late Sarah (Machione) and Charles Davi.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Lina (Rocker) Davi; six brothers, Fred, John, Charles, Bardis, Larry and Joseph F. Davi and four sisters, Grace Garafalo, Anna Super, Jennie Baxter and Vincenza Crocco.

Mr. Davi served in the United States Air Force from 1951 until 1953. He was a bookkeeper for Ben Funk International and Keil Contracting. He was a 50 year+ member of Washington Hose #3, Elks Lodge #787, the American Legion and Holy Family Church in Stottville. He loved golfing and his daily walks.

Mr. Davi is survived by: his son, John (Barbara) Davi; daughter, Teresa Hover; five grandchildren, John Davi, Zachary Davi, Andrew Moretti, Ashley DeJesus and Ryan Hover; one great-granddaughter, Abiona Anthony-Davi; his sister, Rose Schryver; his companion, Barbara Trudell and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours are Tuesday, August 4, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Wednesday, August 5, 10 a.m. at Holy Family Church (St Joseph’s Catholic Church) 2824 Atlantic Avenue, Stottville.

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences.

Evelyn Zelman (1924 – 2015)

HUDSON—Evelyn Mary (Mazure) Zelman, 91, a resident of Whittier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ghent and formerly of Stockport, died Saturday, August 1, 2015 in Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born in Yonkers, March 8, 1924, she was the daughter of the late John and Eva (Bresnock) Mazure. She grew up on a family farm in Glenco Mills and graduated from Roeliff Jansen High School.

She is survived by: her daughter, Virginia Little of Stockport; grandson, Donald Little of Newburgh; daughter, Carol Jean Perlow, son-in-law, Ira Perlow and grandson, Michael Perlow, of Waltham, MA; many nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Mitchell Zelman and sisters and brothers, Mary Paquette, Michael Mazure, Helen Jutkofsky, John Mazure, Jr., Ann Olah, George Mazure, Susan Zlomek, Peter Mazure and Louis Mazure died previously.

Mrs. Zelman worked at Rowles Photo Studio for several years and was the activities director for more than 20 years at the former Eden Park Nursing Home in Hudson. In 1960, she was the founding leader of the Stockport Girl Scout Troop, and was a member of Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Home Bureau Hudson Hobby Club and was a ceramic instructor.

She was a longtime member and communicant of St. Joseph Parish in Stuyvesant Falls.

Among her many hobbies and interests were arts and crafts, gardening, sewing, music, baking and flowers.

Calling hours will be Tuesday August 4, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, August 5, 11:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Joseph, 1820 Route 9, Stuyvesant Falls, with Fr. George Flemming officiating. Burial prayers will follow at Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.

Memorial contributions are requested to the Church of St. Joseph, 1820 Route 9 Stuyvesant Falls 12174.

James Murphy (1956 – 2015)

AUSTERLITZ—James Joseph Murphy, 59, passed away unexpectedly Monday, July 27, 2015.

He was born February 14, 1956, the son of Peter and Violet (Patterson) Murphy.

Mr. Murphy was employed as a mechanic with Callander’s Nursery and Landscaping and had previously been employed at the Catamount Ski Area.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and a good game of horseshoes.

Surviving, besides his parents, are: his wife, Fiorella (Cirone) Murphy; his children, Tabitha McNear, Jonathan Murphy, Matthew Murphy, Kelsey Murphy and Spencer Murphy. He also leaves his grandchildren, Hunter, Megan, Kristen and Madison; along with his siblings, Colleen Daigle, Heather Reed, Daniel Murphy and Margaret McDarby. His canine companion, Bella will miss him greatly.

Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life service, Thursday, August 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22, Copake.

Private interment services will be held at the convenience of the family. To send an online condolence visit www.peckandpeck.net.

Robert A. Fournier (1965 – 2015)

OLD CHATHAM—Robert A. Fournier of Chatham passed away suddenly July 31, 2015.

Born in Albany, July 8, 1965 he was the son of the late Alfred and Margaret Fournier.

He grew up and was educated in Delmar. After college Mr. Fournier dedicated his life to tree service and eventually owned the Fournier Forestry Service.

He was a humongous NASCAR fan, enjoying the races on TV and in-person. His all-time favorite movie was Bridges of Madison County. As a redneck country boy at heart, Mr. Fournier enjoyed country music, his dog Rosie and his Bud Light. What he loved most was spending time with the love of his life, Christmas, who survives him.

Mr. Fournier is also survived by: brothers, Alfred (Barbara) Fournier of North Greenbush, Michael Fournier of Albany and Keith Fournier of Medusa; nieces and nephew, Crystal (Jeff) Dovigh, Brent and Brook Fournier and many special friends including Lee Jackson of Ghent.

Family will receive friends at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Thursday, August 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. For directions or to send an online condolence visit frenchblasl.com.

Carolyn Kay Kibler

ALBANY—Carolyn Kay Kibler, a former resident of Jamestown, currently residing in Hudson, died Monday July 27, 2015 at St Peter’s Hospital.

She is survived by: her husband, David; sons, Daniel and Michael; a brother, Jeffery Nelson; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are private and at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences.

Dorothy Jensen (1923 – 2015)

ALBANY—Dorothy Jensen, 91, of Philmont passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Albany Medical Center.

Born October 11, 1923 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Floyd and Mary (Smith) Wildermuth.

Ms. Jensen worked as an administrator for the Wassaic facility in White Plains. She was an accomplished artist who loved to draw. She loved to cook and participate in church bake sales. Ms. Jensen was a kindhearted, generous person who loved to be caregiver to her fellow residents at the Pine Haven Home.

Surviving are: two daughters and sons-in-law, Dorothy and Richard Duntz and Deborah and Gene Cruikshank; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation and services were at the Bates and Anderson Redmond Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson, Thursday, July 30, 2015. Interment was private.

Marjorie J. Wright (1933 – 2015)

GREENPORT—Marjorie J. Wright of Greendale Road, Greenport departed this life and went to be with the Lord, July 29, 2015.

Born June 28, 1933 in Hudson, she lived her entire life in Hudson and Greenport, where she worked for many years as a teacher’s aide in the Hudson City School District.

Mrs. Wright is survived by: her husband, Thomas R. Wright; son, Thomas G. Wright; grandchildren, Katie Wright, Andrew and Michael Zipp and a sister, Marcia Ricardo.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Diane Zipp.

Funeral arrangements with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson are private and at the convenience of the family.

Robert S. Mergendahl (1959 – 2015)

MILAN—Robert S. Mergendahl, Jr., 55, a longtime resident of Milan, passed away suddenly Sunday, August 3, 2015 at his home.

Born December 17, 1959 in Rhinebeck, he was the son of Marion (Perz) Mergendahl and Robert Mergendahl, Sr., of Milan.

A graduate of Red Hook High Schools, Mr. Mergendahl earned his associate’s degrees in electrical technology and business administration at Dutchess County Community College. He also attended SUNY New Paltz.

Mr. Mergendahl worked as a deputy sheriff with the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and drove a bus for Red Hook Central Schools for many years.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by: his daughter, Olivia Mergendahl of Hyde Park; a sister, Susan (Timothy) Lydon of Elizaville and four nephews.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Home, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Friday, August 7, 2015 from 9 to 11 a.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Rock City Memorial Cemetery, Rhinebeck.

For directions or to sign the online guest book visit www.Burnett-White.com.

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