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OBITUARIES: Hoellerich, Ackerman, Gioffi, Schneider, Speed


Donald W. Hoellerich (1933 – 2017)

MALDEN BRIDGE—Donald Hoellerich, 83, of Malden Bridge died suddenly Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at his home.

Born October 17, 1933 in North Adams, MA, he was the son of the late William and Ruth (Fortier) Hoellerich.

Mr. Hoellerich served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War and enjoyed working at his family’s farm, Good Hope Ayrshires Farm in Malden Bridge.

He was a foreman at Sterling–Winthrop in Rensselaer for more than 20 years and also worked at Berkshire Farm Center in Canaan for 20 years. He loved attending the Chatham Fair and was a poultry judge there for many years.

He is survived by: two daughters, Gail Hoellerich of Albany and Donna Hook of Averill Park; two sisters, Susan Heller of Marietta, GA, and Norma Deyo of Malden Bridge; two grandchildren, Zachary and Kristen Hook; several nieces and nephews.

He enjoyed the company of his close friends, David Begin and Lorence Hook as well. He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Eileen (Farrell) Hoellerich, who passed away in 2011, and his brother, Richard Hoellerich.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Leslie David Ackerman (1965 – 2017)

ALBANY—Leslie David Ackerman, Sr., 52, of North Chatham died Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born January 24, 1965 in Amenia, he was the son of the late David Potwin and the late Louise (Spaulding) Ackerman.

Mr. Ackerman was a US Army veteran and an iron worker for Local #12 in Albany. He was a member of the Tri-Village Rod and Gun Club in Valatie and a former Boy Scout leader.

He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by: his wife, Tina M. (DuBois) Ackerman; two children, Tosha Lee Ackerman and Leslie D. Ackerman, Jr., both of Valatie; a sister, Terry Smith of Amenia; a brother, David Potwin, Jr., of Valatie; several nieces, nephews, great- nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Michael Ackerman and a sister, Sherry Potwin.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 20, 5 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, with the Reverend Nick Becker officiating. Calling hours will be Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. prior to the funeral. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family.

Robert W. Gioffi (1933 – 2017)

RHINEBECK—Robert W. Gioffi, “Bob the Barber,” 83, a longtime Rhinebeck resident, passed away Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck.

He was born September 26, 1933, in New Haven, CT.

He married Josephine DiRubbo in 1960 while living in Connecticut.

A longtime fixture in Rhinebeck, Mr. Gioffi was the owner and operator of the Sportsman Barbershop in the village of Rhinebeck. Well-known at his craft, he served generations of families throughout his career, he retired in 2009.

Mr. Gioffi was a faithful communicant of Good Shepherd Church in Rhinebeck.

He is survived by: his loving wife, Josephine Gioffi of Rhinebeck; his daughter, Lucy Jacqueline Wilson of Germantown; his sons, Alex Gioffi of Rutland, VT, and Paul (Kristina) Gioffi of Moscow, Russia; his grandchildren, Justin, Gregory and Brian Wilson, and Mitchell, Zachary and Cody Gioffi; along with his great-grandson, Thomas Wilson; and countless friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017, 11 a.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Rhinebeck. Fr. Douglas Y. Crawford will officiate. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Rhinecliff.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Burnett and White Funeral Homes, 91 East Market Street in Rhinebeck,

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Michael S. Schneider (1965 – 2017)

ELIZAVILLE—Michael Stephen Schneider, 52, of Elizaville passed away unexpectedly Thursday, May 11, 2017 at his home.

Born May 10, 1965, in Mt. Vernon, he was the son of the late Eugene and Patricia (Holten) Schneider.

For more than 20 years, he worked as a counselor and director for several Daytop Treatment Facilities throughout the area, most recently in Rhinebeck.

Known for his great heart and generosity, Mr. Schneider was also an avid sports fan who rooted for both the NY Yankees and the NY Giants, and for his favorite athlete, his son.

He is survived by: his son, Ryan Schneider, along with Ryan’s mother, Denise Morett; aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous friends.

Memorial calling hours will be held at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 4 to 6 p.m. with a celebration of Mr. Schneider’s life to be held at 6 p.m.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Schneider Memorial Fund, c/o Burnett & White Funeral Homes, Red Hook 12571.

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Stacee A. Speed (1984 – 2017)

MELLENVILLE—Stacee A. Speed, 33, of Mellenville died Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at her home.

Born March 27, 1984 in Albany, she was the daughter of Frank E. Speed, II, of Chatham and Elizabeth (Lindheimer) Alves of East Nassau.

Ms. Speed was a former home health aide for Consumers Directed Choices in Albany and worked for Dunkin Donuts in Claverack for many years.

She is survived by: two sons, Davonte Rodriguez and Joshua Rogers, both of Stottville; a sister, Virginia Speed of Mellenville; two brothers, Joseph Speed of Chatham and Frank E. Speed, III, of Valatie; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Iyonna Speed.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 25, 7 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Calling hours will be Thursday, May 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. prior to the service.

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