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Margaret DeConti

Margaret C. DeConti (1927 – 2021)

COPAKE—Margaret C. DeConti, 95, of Copake passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of April 5, 2022. She was born January 13, 1927 in Yonkers to James and Carmella (Carpienello) DeConti. She graduated from Commerce High School in Yonkers. On May 8, 1949 in St. Casimir Church, she married Carl V. DeConti.

She was the manager of Balint, Lamb, O’Neill Insurance in Yonkers until her retirement. In 1983, she and her husband became full-time residents of Copake, more specifically the Taconic Shores area. She served as president of the Taconic Shores Homeowners Association. She was active in the Young at Hearters; having served as both president and vice president. She was also a communicant of St. Bridget’s Church & Our Lady of Hope Parish.

Mrs. DeConti is survived by: her son, Mark C. DeConti and his wife Priscilla G. DeConti; her daughter, Lisa DeConti and her longtime companion Richard Emerson; two grandchildren, Maria and her husband Deltroy Gregory, and James DeConti; her three nieces, Susan Daubenbis, Jodi Nicolo and Jamie Chavez and her brother-in-law, Joseph J. Nicolo.

She was predeceased by her husband, Carl in 2011 and also by her sister, Constance Nicolo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 1 p.m. from Our Lady of Hope Parish, Route 22, Copake Falls. Family and friends are invited to share memories and offer condolences Wednesday, April 13, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake.

Susanne Gherardi (1958 – 2022)

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Susanne Gherardi, 63, of Hillsdale passed away April 5, 2022 at Fairview Hospital.

She was born July 6, 1958 to the late Carl H. And Dorothy (Delanoy) Loch. She grew up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, where she met and married the love of her life for the past 40 years, John Gherardi.

After they married they relocated to Chicago, before moving to Mt. Vernon, where she and her husband owned and operated Gherardi Greenhouses.

She loved chatting with all their customers. In 1996 they became full-time residents of Hillsdale, where she raised their four children. She was reluctant at first to live upstate, but as time passed, she grew to love the area, the animals (especially her cats) and the people. She made friends with everyone.

Mrs. Gherardi is survived by: her loving husband, John Gherardi; her four devoted children, John Gherardi, Joseph Gherardi, Jessica Taylor (Paul) and George Gherardi; three adoring grandchildren that were her life, Leanna Gherardi, Madison and Mackenzie Taylor.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, William Loch.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 9, 2022, 4 p.m. from Peck & Peck Funeral Homes, 8063 Route 22, Copake. Time for sharing memories and offering condolences will begin at 1 p.m. until the start of the service.

Richard Williams, Jr.

Richard C. Williams, Jr. (1955 – 2022)

CHATHAM—Richard Charles Williams, Jr., passed away peacefully at home April 2, 2022.

“Rich” was born Februaary 8, 1955 in Hudson to Richard and Elizabeth (Winig) Williams. He was a lifelong resident of Chatham. He graduated Chatham High School in 1973 and attended Hudson Valley Community College.

A strong athlete, he played baseball, football and basketball, Little League, Morris Memorial, and on to high school. He worked his entire life in the construction field, starting at a young age in the concrete form business with his father and brothers.

“Smokey” was a longtime fan of live music, particularly 1960s and 1970s rock, and the NY Yankees. He will be fondly remembered for his parties on Wood Hill, hanging with friends at Moccio’s, Glass bar and the Chatham House. His satirical wit and strong political musings made for lively conversations. He was a good friend, a good brother, he will be sorely missed.

He is survived by: his daughter, Julie (Brian) Pullen; grandchildren, Caitlin and Jackson; his sister, Carol (Steve) Wilber; brothers, Mark (Suzanne) Williams, Aaron Williams, and Charlie Williams; nieces and nephews, Jason (Josephinea) Wilber, Greta Wilber, Amanda Wilber, Rebbecca (Mark) Leonard, Ryan (Nicole) Williams, Maribeth (Dan) Williams, Avery Williams and Jayden Williams; great nieces and nephews, Kenneth, Madeline, Emily, Finley, Alexandra, Thomas, Isabella and Evalina. He will be greatly missed by his special friends, Louanne Orsano Taylor and Jeff and Sarah Braley. He was predeceased by his parents, and his brothers Isaac and Joshua Williams.

A memorial service in his honor will be held Wednesday, April 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Wenk Funeral Home, Payn Avenue, Chatham.

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