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OBITUARIES: Gerber, Ouellette, Kimok, McLaughlin, Stock, Trotta, Barilics, Zito, Dinardi

Virginia Gerber

Virginia M. Gerber (1939 – 2021)

GHENT—Virginia Margaret (Van Vliet) Gerber, age 82, of Ghent passed away in her home, September 29, 2021 surrounded by family.

“Ginny,” as she was known, was born July 8, 1939 to loving parents LeRoy and Helen (Mawhinney) Van Vliet in Brooklyn. Her family officially moved from Bay Ridge Brooklyn to Ghent in 1953, after spending summers there at her grandmother’s for many years. She graduated from Chatham High School in 1957.

She married her husband and best friend of 50 plus years, Paul Gerber September 12, 1959. Together they built a home in Ghent that was full of love, laughter and four children. She regarded her faith very highly and attended church at Saint Luke’s in Chatham for many years. She had several jobs throughout her life, including as a lab tech in Albany and at the Berry Farm in Chatham. Her most adored job, though, was being a mother.

She was an incredible seamstress and had a keen eye for needlework, often creating portraits of family using nothing but a piece of canvas and some thread. She also loved a good book, a walk on the beach, and listening to some of her favorite musicians like Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond or Jewel. She could most often be found in her screen house with a hot cup of tea and, for those lucky enough, a cup for then and some good conversation. Her presence alone was enough to calm even the toughest of nerves.

Though there were many adventures and accomplishments in her life, it is clear that her greatest pride and joy was her family. It is through them that her love will continue to shine through these dark times. She was loved by all who had the privilege of meeting her.

She is survived by: her children, Paul Gerber (Cathy), Jennifer Jennings (Louis), Lee Gerber (Wanda), Vincent Gerber (Theresa), grandchildren, Melissa Sopris (Phil), Matthew Jennings, Tanner Jennings, Brittney Barnes (Anthony), Lance Gerber, Amanda Oldakowski (Nick), and the late Nicholas Gerber; great grandchildren, Andrew and Lily Sopris, and Amelia Barnes; her brother, Albert Van Vliet (Donna); her niece and nephew, John Van Vliet (Susan) and Wendi Wolfe (David) and great-niece, Kimberly, and in-laws Ronald and Joan Gerber. She was predeceased by her parents, LeRoy and Helen Van Vliet and husband, Paul Gerber.

A private prayer and burial service for friends and family was held October 2, 2021 at Ghent Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene.

Patricia Ouellette

Patricia A. Ouellette (1942 – 2021)

FREEPORT, FL—Patricia Ann (Ray) Ouellette, age 78, of Dothan, Alabama, was born into eternal life March 20, 2021 at her home in Freeport, Florida, after an extended illness.

“Pat” was born July 19, 1942 in Beacon, the daughter of William J. (Bill) and Marion E. (Williams) Ray. She grew up in Niverville and was a graduate of Ichabod Crane High School, class of 1960. Her greatest goal in life was to be a wife and mother, and she accomplished both with unfathomable love. She was a talented and gifted baker who enjoyed sharing her baked goods with family, friends, co-workers, and residents at Westside Terrace Healthcare where she worked as scheduling coordinator for the nursing staff until her retirement in 2012. To all who knew her, she was simply and affectionately known as “Gram.” She was deeply loved and respected by everyone whose life she touched.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Roger L. Ouellette; her parents, Bill and Marion Ray; her brother, William J. Ray, Jr., and her nephew, William P. Conrad. She is survived by: her sister, Peggy Conrad of Daleville, AL; two daughters and their husbands, Kimberly (Ouellette) and Harry Jonathan McAllister of Dothan, AL and Kendra (Ouellette) and Eddie Henderson of Freeport, FL; three grandchildren, Jessica Marsh, Alex Lints and Amanda (Joey) Thomley; one great-granddaughter, Savannah Thomley, all of Dothan, AL; several nieces and nephews, and many special friends.

Graveside memorial and interment was held October 9, 2021 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Valatie, with Chaplain Eddie J. Henderson presiding.

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation in her name to:

Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road SW, Lilburn, GA 30047

The family extends sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff at Bond Funeral Home, Valatie for their compassion and services.

Yvonne Kimok

Yvonne Kimok (1936 – 2021)

LEE, MA—Yvonne “Bonnie” Kimok, 85, passed away peacefully October 7 at The Landing at Laurel Lake in Lee, MA.

She was born April 2, 1936, the daughter of the late Charles and Evelyn Bemiss.

She grew up and lived most of her adult life in East Chatham with her husband William. The couple was married for 51 years. She was devoted to their four children and spent much of her time assisting with their activities. She loved flowers and created beautiful gardens at their East Chatham home. In later years, she was a “snow bird” and spent winters at her home in Hernando, FL. For the past three years, she resided at The Landing at Laurel Lake where she made many friends and loved participating in activities there.

She is survived by: her four children, William (Claire), David, Jeffrey and Victoria Castellani (Joseph); six grandchildren, Joseph, Melissa, Michael, Anthony, Katie, and Amy; several great-grandchildren; her brother, William Bemiss (Jane) and sister, Nellie Hall. She was predeceased by her husband, parents, and siblings, Robert Bemiss, Howard Bemiss and Myrna LaPier.

The family is deeply thankful for the care and compassion that she received from the staff of The Landing at Laurel Lake and Hospice Care in the Berkshires.

Burial will be private at the convenience of the immediate family. Donations may be made to Hospice Care in the Berkshires, 877 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. For online condolences visit wenkfuneralhome.com

Nicholas J. Scalera (1932 – 2021)

GHENT—Nicholas J. Scalera, 89, of Hudson passed away Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Ghent Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Born September 4, 1932 in Hudson, he was the son of Andrea Scalera and Michelina (Russo) Scalera. He retired from IBM, Kingston. “Nick” was a devoted and loving family man. He enjoyed playing sports, fishing, participating in local dart leagues, and most notably, was a table tennis champion. He won numerous trophies while serving in the U.S. Air Force, when stationed in Okinawa, Japan, and throughout his career. He was also involved with the Hudson Little League and helped coach the St. Mary’s Boys CYO Basketball Team in the late 1960s early 1970s. He will be forever remembered for his trademark unlit cigar in his mouth. He was a member of the Hudson Elks #787, American Legion and the Loyal Order of the Moose.

He is survived and will be forever loved by: his daughters, Theresa (Mark) Eckel of Claverack, Karen (Tim) Warchol of Livingston and son-in-law, Thomas Merante; grandchildren, Nicholas (Kelsea) Warchol, Thomas (T.J.) Merante and fiancée Meghan Parmentier, Jon (Lauren) Merante and Chris Merante (Emily Halnon); great-grandchildren, Luca Merante and his brother due April 2022, and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are step-grandchildren, Don (Tonya) Moore, Donna (Steve) Ringwood and Kim (Paul) Van Allen and their families. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Umeko “Amy” (Hosaka) Scalera and daughter, Donna Merante; also, brothers, Generino, Tony, John, Carlo and sisters, Rose, Liz, Fannie, Lena, Frances, Josie and Anna.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 14, 11 a.m. from the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Visitation hours prior to the funeral service will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels or Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene.

Kathleen McLaughlin

Kathleen McLaughlin (1954 – 2021)

CHATHAM—Kathleen McLaughlin (nee Norton) passed away October 7, 2021.

She was born November 29, 1954 in Pittsfield, MA, and was the daughter of the late Kenneth, Sr., and Beatrice Norton.

“Kathy” grew up in Austerlitz and was a graduate of Chatham High School. After high school she waitressed at the Berkshire Truck Stop for 30 years. She was a jack-of-all-trades, crocheting, cooking for folks in need, babysitting and more. She was a lover of life.

She is survived by: her daughters, Sheila Gardieff Kalinowski, Tanya (Phil) Ward, Shauna Clark; 11 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and her significant other.

She was predeceased by her brother, Kenneth Norton, Jr., and her favorite ex-husband, Ricky Clark.

Family will receive friends at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Tuesday, October 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. Condolences may be conveyed at frenchblasl.com

Gary Stock

Gary W. Stock (1953 – 2021)

ALBANY—Gary W. Stock, age 68, of Hudson passed away October 2, 2021 in Albany.

He was born April 1, 1953, in Springfield, VT, to Allan and Beverly Stock. He was raised in Oak Hill and was a graduate of Greenville Central School.

He retired as a truck driver for Albany Transport and was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Red Hook. He lived his life with enthusiasm. He was an avid coin collector, beer paraphernalia collector and history buff, especially his family’s history. He loved traveling as an over-the-road truck driver, with his “love of life partner,” Bonnie Crowe, before her passing, October 14, 2006. He missed her dearly.

His parents, Allan and Beverly Stock; his sister, Jean (Stock) Watts, and nephew, David Wolf predeceased him.

Survivors include: his daughter, Michele Stock of Amsterdam; his grandchildren, Cassandra of Buffalo, John of Amsterdam and Nathan of Wappingers Falls; his great-grandkids, Damien and Brooke; his siblings, Warren Stock of Sarasota, FL, George and Cathie Stock of Greenville, Phyllis (Stock) and Joe Wolf of Medusa, Bruce Stock of Oak Hill and Bob Stock of Portsmouth, VA; an aunt, Alice Post of Clearwater, FL; along with nine nephews, seven nieces (Stock side of family), extended family, and friends.

Friends will be received at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A service follows at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Red Hook at 1 p.m. The Rev. James Miller officiates. Interment will follow in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 207, Red Hook 12571 or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, www.cancer.org.

Nancy Trotta

Nancy M. Trotta (1941 – 2021)

MILLERTON—Nancy M. Trotta passed away peacefully at her home in Millerton surrounded by her loving family. She grew up on a farm in Chatham. She was a sports writer for the Chatham Courier. While attending Hobart William Smith College, she met the love of her life, Bob Trotta. She earned her PHT from Syracuse University. Fifty-five years ago they moved to their home in Millerton where she started a horse farm, Mares Nest. She was passionate about breeding, raising, training, and racing Thoroughbred horses. She had winners at all three race tracks in New York State. She was an active member of the New York Breeders Association. She worked side by side with her husband at Davis and Trotta Attorneys at Law. She organized many fundraising events that helped start and fund the Millerton Library. She loved picking fruits on the farm and making pies and jellies with her friends; Marilyn Kay, Gail Schroeder and Sylvia Clark. She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Bob Trotta; her children, Rob Trotta, Katie Kane (Sean) and Betsy Trotta (Alex Duncan); seven grandchildren, Chelsea Kane, Joe Trotta, David Trotta, Connor Kane, Wesley Trotta, Braeden Duncan and Tony Saunders and her sister, Barbra Sullivan. She was preceded in death by her son, David Trotta.

A funeral service takes place on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 11 a.m. at The Congregational Church of Salisbury, 30 Main Street, Salisbury, CT. The Rev. John Nelson officiates. Burial will follow in the family plot at Salisbury Cemetery, Under Mountain Road, Salisbury, CT. Memorial contributions may be made to the Millerton Fire Company, P.O. Box 733, Millerton 12546. Arrangements were under the direction of the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton. To send an online condolence to the family visit www.conklinfuneralhome.com

George Barilics

George A. Barilics (1938 – 2021)

ALBANY—George A. Barilics, an extraordinary man to his family and community, peacefully passed away October 6, 2021, at St. Peter’s Hospital.

By his side, holding his hands were his daughter, Brenda Amsden, and “bonus” son, Rick Bertrand. He was 83.

He was born January 11, 1938 in Hudson to Mary Skoda and George Barilics.

In 1957, he graduated from Ichabod Crane High School, where he was an avid sportsman: playing baseball, basketball, and soccer. He proudly served for the armed forces of the United States (RF Kluge 2D LT AGC), where he excelled as a heavy equipment engineer. From this experience, he successfully owned his own bulldozing business for many years.

After he returned to the United States from his service overseas, he met and fell in love with his wife and life partner, Rose Ann. They were soon married and he adopted her five children as his own.

Everyone who knew him will remember him for his unique sense of humor, incredible work ethic, and his love of dancing and music. He volunteered his time as a summer youth soccer coach, as an EMT at Valatie Rescue Squad, and as a firefighter for the Niverville Fire Department for 60 years. He never stopped be active, even in his later years. He continued to work for his landscape clients, loved to watch the Duke University Blue Devils and the New York Yankees, and regularly visited with the 4 o’clock crew at the Elks Club.

He was predeceased by his one true love, Rose Ann Barilics. His memory will be forever cherished and kept alive by his family: his children, Joann Lindsey, late Stephen Barilics, Brenda Amsden (Tim), Rosalyn Caparaso, and Lorraine Hoagland (Kevin); his siblings, Mary Rieger, late Josephine Wood (late Jack), late Lillian Roginski (late Peter), Helen Crouse (late Don), Nick Barilics (Elena) and Ann Martino (Sal); his grandchildren, Sabryna Amsden Kurtz (Dan), Kathy Smith, Nathan Barilics (Michelle), Ryan Barilics (Rubi), JoAnna Crewell, George Fawthrop and Devin Hoagland; his nieces and nephews, Melissa Morin (Robert), Michelle Martino, David Martino, PJ Roginski, Debbie Sweeney (Pat), Susie Valentini (Dal), Nicole Ewing (James), DeeAna Barilics, Jack Wood and late James Wood and his 11 great-grandchildren.

All are invited to celebrate his life in a memorial ceremony on Monday, October 18, 11 a.m at St. John the Baptist Church, 1025 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Immediately following the memorial, friends and family are invited to the Kinderhook Elks Lodge, 2750 NY-9H, Kinderhook, where the real celebration will take place.

The family thanks the doctors and nurses at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany and the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home in Valatie for their friendship, compassion and service.

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation in his name to the Valatie Rescue Squad, 1003 Kinderhook Street, Valatie 12184 or Kinderhook Elks BPOE 2530, P.O. Box 514, Kinderhook 12106 or the Niverville Fire Department, 3134 US-9, Valatie 12184.

Paul F. Zito (1932 – 2021)

CATSKILL—Paul F. Zito, 89, of Ghent died Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Greene Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Born September 21, 1932 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Joseph and Ethel (Silvernail) Zito.

He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was employed by Local #7 Plumbers and Steamfitters in Latham. A loving husband father and grandfather, he enjoyed playing the banjo and guitar, motorcycle riding, waterskiing and bluegrass music with Ward Allen as his hero. He was also the checkers champion at the nursing home.

He is survived by: his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth (VanAllen) Zito; two children, Jerald Zito of Kennewick, WA, and Missy Zito of Ghent; two brothers, Charles Zito of South Carolina and Frederick Zito of Philmont; a sister, Frances Gennetti of Florida; three grandchildren, Nicholas, Jerome and Benedict Zito; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Ross, Joe, Louis, Salvador and Santi Zito, Ethel Leiser, Antoinette Stacy, Sarah Snack and Fanny Garafalo.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 15, 2021, 11 a.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow in West Ghent Cemetery.

Thomas P. Dinardi, Sr. (1924 – 2021)

HUDSON—Thomas P. Dinardi, Sr., 97, of Hudson passed away October 11, 2021.

Born April 20, 1924 in Mount Vernon, he was the son of Pietro and Alessandra (Polece) Dinardi.

He honorably served in the United States Army during World War II. He worked at the Hudson Knitting Mills prior to becoming a union painting contractor. He was very proud to have worked at IBM Fishkill for more than 17 years. His painting skills led to his interest in carpentry and contracting, becoming an accomplished self-taught builder.

Mr. Dinardi loved to build and create new projects throughout his home. He was always the first to lend a helping hand, and the last to ask for one. He was a skilled bowler, winning many trophies and tournaments. He also enjoyed bartending at the Hendrick Hudson Lanes following his painting career, and was a driver for Village Dodge for 10 years. He was a life member of Greenport Pumper Co. #1. He also loved camping and boating on the Hudson River, enjoyed cooking, and his independent living.

Left to cherish his memory are: his children, Thomas, Jr. (Cindy) Dinardi of Clifton Park, Peter (Bridget) Dinardi of Pleasantville and Sandra (Rick) Merritt, of Greenville; 16 grandchildren, Dawn Merkley, Aaron Dinardi, Brenda Dickinson, Erika Dinardi, Thomas Dinardi, Bryan Dinardi, Adrienne Dinardi, Alex Dinardi, Christine Stafstrom, Russell Dinardi, Joanna Dinardi, Andrew Dinardi, Dustin Clookey, Michelle Thiessen, Scott Davis and Christopher Davis; 20 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Jennie Dinardi; granddaughter, Raeann McElveen, and brothers, Silvio and Nicholas.

Funeral services at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home will be held Saturday, October 16 at 11 a.m. A visitation hour preceding the funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial contribution to Greenport Pumper Co. #1 or the NYS Volunteer Firemen’s Home.

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