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OBITUARIES: Tagliaferri, Gohl, Smith, Fontaine, Ingersoll, Wheeler, O’Leary, Winn


Bruno Tagliaferri (1977 – 2016)

LAWRENCE, KS—Bruno Tagliaferri, 38, of Lawrence, Kansas, died there January 14, 2016.

Born December 1, 1977 in Mineola, he was the son of Thomas and Silvana Tagliaferri of Germantown.

He was the founder/software developer of Perception Research Systems, Inc., in Kansas.

He was formerly a senior software developer at Sackler Institute for Psychobiology at Cornell University, software developer at CUNY Graduate Center, and NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies in New York City.

Besides his parents, he is survived by: his wife, Alison; daughter, Eliza, both of Lawrence, KS, and sister, Patricia Walter of Rhinebeck.

A calling hour will be from 11 a.m. to noon, January 30 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

At noon a Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated by Father Winston Bath at the Holy Trinity Parish Church of the Resurrection in Germantown.

In lieu of flowers donations to an educational fund for Mr. Tagliaferri’s daughter Eliza are requested to

Michael T. Gohl (1963 – 2016)

STUYVESANT FALLS—Michael T. Gohl, 52, of Stuyvesant Falls died peacefully Tuesday, January 19, 2016 surrounded by his loving family.

Born May 23, 1963 in Albany, he was the son of the late Harold and Genevieve (Benner) Gohl.

Mr. Gohl was a truck driver for Bonded Concrete and took great pride in his job. He loved a great many things, including the outdoors, particularly camping, ice fishing and hunting. Above all, his most precious pastime was spending summer days on his boat with his family.

He is survived by: his loving partner of 35 years, Maria Yezzi; his daughter, Jaime Yezzi; his beloved granddaughter, Brenna; nine siblings, Dewey (Inge) Gohl, Linda (Ronald) Genito, Richard (Connie) Gohl, Joan (Ronald) O’Connor, Donna Bleau, Leonard (Cindy) VanAlphen, William (Anne) Gohl, John (Tina) Bonetsky and Melissa Bonetsky; many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Saturday, January 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. followed by a brief service at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

The family thanks second floor staff at St. Peter’s Hospital for their kindness and compassion during his long stay. The family is exceptionally grateful for the support they received from The Community Hospice staff; particularly Eileen Gleason, RN.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Harry E. Smith (1961 – 2016)

ALBANY—Harry Edward Smith, 54, of Albany died January 19, 2016 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born in Hudson, June 2, 1961, he was the son of Mary J. (Williams) Smith of Catskill and the late Harry L. Smith. Mr. Smith was employed with the U.S. Postal Service in Albany.

He is survived by: his brother, John B. Smith of Philmont; two sisters, Donna E. and (Vance) Stevenson of Philmont and Carol J. Smith of Philmont.

Visiting will be Monday, January 25 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Prayers will begin at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Reverend Jon Hodges officiating. Burial will follow at Mellenville Union Cemetery. To leave an online condolence visit

Joanne M. Fontaine (1947 – 2016)

HUDSON—Joanne M. Fontaine, 68, of Hudson died Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born in Hudson August 6, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Louis D. and Margaret H. (Cronkhite) Fontaine. Ms. Fontaine was a 1965 graduate of St. Mary’s Academy in Hudson. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from SUNY Oneonta in 1969. She began working for the Social Security Administration in 1969 at the Newburgh field office. By 1974 she moved to Boston, MA, and worked in the Regional Office of Quality Assurance. Ms. Fontaine held various positions there until her retirement in 2009.

She greatly enjoyed cruises to the Caribbean, frequent travel to Italy, France and England, as well as summer vacations on the Maine coast and traveling around the New England states.

She will be greatly missed by: her brother, Frederick L. and (Nancy) Fontaine of Hudson; her sister, Patrice Fontaine of Albuquerque, NM; one aunt, Veronica Fontaine; several cousins including, Carol Houlihan and John Corapi.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by one sister, MaryLou Fontaine; one aunt, Sister Margaret Cronkhite and cousin, Marianne Corapi.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, January 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive in Greenport. Funeral prayers will begin 10:15 a.m. Monday, January 25 at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary’s Church, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson with Father Winston Bath officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. To leave an online condolence visit

Richard A. Ingersoll, Sr. (1931 – 2016)

LIVINGSTON—Richard A. Ingersoll, Sr., 84, of Livingston, formerly of Mahopac, Putman County, died January 20, 2016 at his home.

Born August 16, 1931 in Mahopac, he was the son of the late Alfus and Evelyn (Hill) Ingersoll.

Mr. Ingersoll served as a helicopter mechanic in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a life-member of the Mahopac VFW Post #5491.

He retired from the Mahopac Highway Department where he had worked as a driver and vehicle mechanic for many years.

Survivors include: his son, Richard, Jr., of Livingston; two daughters, Helen Harkins of Livingston and Susan Cino of Stockport; three brothers, James, Douglas and Milton Ingersoll; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. Condolences maybe expressed at

Malcolm E. Wheeler (1926 – 2016)

Malcolm E. Wheeler, age 89, of Old Chatham passed away peacefully January 21, 2016 after a brief illness surrounded by his loving family.

He was born May 13, 1926 in Old Chatham. He was the son of the late Walter and Sadie (Cady) Wheeler.

Mr. Wheeler graduated Chatham High School in 1944 before enlisting in the United States Army where he rose to the rank of sergeant during World War II, serving as a rifle instructor.

He was a crack shot for his entire life. After the war he was a carpenter and later was the longtime office manager for W. Gordon Goold, Inc.

Mr. Wheeler was a charter member and past treasurer of the Tri-Village Fire Company and a charter member of the Gerst Williams Post of the American Legion. He enjoyed spending time with his family and watching football, especially the Denver Broncos. He enjoyed attending the Canaan Senior Citizens lunches, his class get-together lunches and was a member of Christ Our Emanuel Lutheran Church in Chatham.

He is survived by: his wife of 60 years, Claire (Williams) Wheeler; his children, Linda (James) Benton, Gary (Linda O’Neil) Wheeler and Laurell Ordway; his six grandchildren, Geoff (Ashley) Benton, Jessica Benton, Christopher Ordway, Cassandra (Adam) Wellhausen, Matthew (Julie Moore) Ordway and Taylor Wheeler; three great-grandchildren, Alana and Shane Wellhausen and Katherine Benton; four nieces; numerous grand–nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Beatrice Gustafson, Dorothy Rose and brother, Raymond Wheeler and two nephews.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, January 24, 3 to 7 p.m. at French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue in Chatham. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home Monday, January 25 at 10 a.m. Interment will be at the Old Chatham Rural Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Tri-Village Firehouse on Route 13 in Old Chatham.

In lieu of flowers, it was Mr. Wheeler’s wish that donations be made to the Tri-Village Fire Company. Condolences may be conveyed at

Timothy J. O’Leary (1937 – 2016)

ALBANY—Timothy J. O’Leary, 78, of Hudson passed away, Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Albany Medical Center.

A celebration of life service will be held Monday, January 25, 10 a.m. at the Bates & Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

He was born April 13, 1937 in England to Timothy and Edna O’Leary. He came to America, July 17, 1946 with his brothers, Richard, Joseph, James and his sister, Mary. His family settled on a small farm in Germantown.

In his youth his favorite pastime was racing his brother Joe to and from Hudson on Route 9G. By age 24, Mr. O’Leary owned (wrecked) 24 cars. His love of racing led him to race stock cars. He loved to say that if his sponsor would have ever supplied him with a decent car he would have won all his races. He did win the one race when his car didn’t break down.

He was married to the former Eva Havlik of Hudson, September 23, 1972.

Mr. O’Leary was a master welder and practiced his craft with Conrail until his first of seven heart attacks in 1980. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved to take his boys out to Lake Taghkanic and spend his days casting a line in the water.

Mr. O’Leary is survived by: his wife, Eva; sons, Robert and his wife Sandra, Tim, Brian, Patrick and his wife Michelle, Jacob and Devin; daughters, Shelly and Jade; nine grandchildren, Tiffany, Ryan, Noah, Brianna, Sara, Rachel, Timothy, Kristopher and Harmony and great- granddaughter, Jaliah.

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

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Alice Winn (1930 – 2016)

TROY—Alice J. Winn, 85, a longtime resident of Chatham, died Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at Eddy Heritage House Nursing Home.

She was born July 4, 1930 in Troy, the daughter of the late Robert and Alice (Prentice) Jackson.

After graduating from Troy High, she worked for General Electric as a secretary. After marrying Edward Winn in 1962, she was employed with Taconic Telephone in Chatham for many years before retiring.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Winn (1991). Mrs. Winn is survived by: her nephew, Keith Gardner, his wife Debbie and their children.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 22 from the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham, with the Reverend Keith Gardner officiating. Interment was in the Ghent Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Winn volunteered at the Ghent Food Pantry, so memorials made to the Ghent Food Pantry, Inc., c/o Ghent Town Hall, 2306 Route 66, Ghent 12075 would be appreciated.

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