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Katherine M. Jornov (1926 – 2017)

VALATIE—Katherine M. Jornov, 91, of Stuyvesant died Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Barnwell Health Facilities.

Born March 16, 1926 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late John and Helen (Lavor) Ljutich.

Mrs. Jornov was a homemaker and a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie. She was involved with many community organizations including Aglow Ecumenical Womens Group, Valatie Seniors, Home Demonstration and the Tri-Village Seniors.

She is survived by: six children, MaryAnn Morrison of Lansingburgh, Stephen Jornov (Patricia) of Lebanon, PA, Vincent Jornov (Donna) of Stuyvesant, Michael Jornov of Hunter, Anthony Jornov of Niverville and Theresa Jornov of Delmar; seven grandchildren, Joseph Jornov, Lisa Leone, Karin Jornov, Cheryl Strevell, Rob Morrison, Tanya Jornov Leciejewski and Cory Jornov; five great-grandchildren, Nicole, Joe, Hannah, Juliet and Gracelyn; three sisters-in-law, Nettie Ljutich, Ruth Contrera and Alice Williams (Willis) and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Eugene M. Jornov and her brother, George Ljutich.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, September 28, 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Valatie, with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Burial will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday, September 28 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the Mass at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Memorial contributions may be made to Wildwood Foundation Delmar Family Fund, 2995 Kurry Road Extension, Schenectady 12303.

Dorothy Alexander (1916 – 2017)

EAST CHATHAM—Dorothy Agnes Morris Alexander passed away peacefully at home September 22, 2017 at the age of 100.

She lived in East Chatham with her son Robert and daughter-in-law Julie.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harry; son, Richard; daughter-in-law, Paula and sisters, Helen Pardee and Mary Benvenuti.

Surviving in addition to Robert and Julie are: four grandchildren, Cheryl Alexander Fitzgibbons (Robert) of Niverville, Richard Alexander (Diane) of Mount Kisco, David

Alexander of Bedford Hills and Lee Alexander of East Chatham; six great-grandchildren, Hannah Fitzgibbons Riccobono, Kristin Alexander, Erin Fitzgibbons Mallow, Kyle Alexander, Kate Alexander and Liam Alexander Cowhig; and niece, Dawn (Victor) Granchelli.

For many years Mrs. Alexander focused on being a homemaker. When her sons were old enough she entered the business world as a salesperson. In her later years she enjoyed reminiscing about the variety of people she met in her sales career.

She and her husband retired to East Chatham during the early 1960s and during those years Mrs. Alexander enjoyed volunteering as a “pink lady” in the Columbia Memorial Hospital luncheonette, as a helper in the Chatham senior lunch program, and sewing squares with a group of quilters.

At the age of 80, she went to live with her sister, Helen in Murphy, NC, where they loved delivering meals-on-wheels.

Mrs. Alexander returned to this area at the age of 93 to spend more time with her sons and family.

There will be no calling hours and burial will be private.

Arrangements are with the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham.

Sarah B. Light (1942 – 2017)

PITSFIELD, MA—Sarah “Sally” Anne Bailey Light passed away Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Berkshire Medical Center surrounded by her family.

She was born in Rochester, December 20, 1942 to Walter A. Bailey and I. Dorothy Jillson Bailey.

As a young woman she was a talented musician and studied at the Eastman School of Music. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wells College, a masters in Spanish from the University of Amherst. She also did post graduate studies at SUNY Albany.

She lived for a time in Bucaramanga, Colombia, where she worked as an English professor at the Universidad Industrial de Santander. Upon her return to the United States, she taught Spanish and English as a second language at Cohoes High School and at Emma Willard School.

She also had a passion for history and became an expert in researching house histories. She is the author of House Histories: A Guide to Tracing the Genealogy of Your Home, which is still considered the most comprehensive book of its kind. She researched many of the oldest houses and buildings in Columbia County through her company, House Histories, which provided historical research services.

Amongst her proudest accomplishments was her post as the Austerlitz Town Historian for 20+ years during which she amassed a wealth of knowledge. She thoroughly archived local events during her time as historian, and built a large collection of literature covering Hudson Valley as well as Columbia County. The books will be made available to the public for future research.

She was commissioned by Bishop Howard Hubbard to write the history of the Albany Catholic Diocese for the Sesquicentennial in 1997. The book is entitled Canals & Crossroads A Sesquicentennial History of the Albany Diocese.

Her final post, which she enjoyed immensely was as an editor at Hartgen Archeological Associates in Rensselaer.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation for cancer research in Buffalo or to the Columbia County Health Consortium in Hudson, www.columbiahealthnet.org which provided much needed rides to treatments.

She is survived by: her former husband, Richard Light; sister, Julia Monastero (Robert); brother, Christopher Bailey (Noreen); children, Lisa Light Rugen (Glenn), James A. Light (Laura); grandchildren, Olivia, Grace, Maisie Alice, Emily, James, Madelynn and Charlotte.

A celebration of her life and accomplishments will be held Saturday, September 30, 10:30 a.m. at St. James Church in Chatham followed by a reception in Austerlitz. Arrangements are with the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham.

Joan T. Zatkovich (1931 – 2017)

COPAKE—Joan T. Zatkovich “Joanie,” our loving mother, grandmother, aunt and friend went to heaven, Tuesday September 12, 2017.

“Theresa Joan” was born to Anna Galicka and Frank Sawicki August 18, 1931.

On November 19, 1949, she married a returning Navy sailor, John J. Zatkovich, who went to heaven before her February, 1970.

She has left behind: her daughter, Trudeann Dalton and husband Thomas of Copake; son, John Zatkovich and Kathy Malloy of Yonkers; youngest daughter, Diana Borecky of Bloomington, IN; her grandchildren, Kayla Lyons, studying to be a registered nurse and her husband Josh who are living in Bloomington IN, Stephanie Zatkovich, business entrepreneur, from Yonkers, Matthew Zatkovich, serving in the U.S. Navy, Stephen Borecky, a business professional in Seattle, WA; step-granddaughters, Helena Dalton of Eastchester, a CPA in NYC and Debra Dalton of Eastchester, a mother and hair stylist, and great-granddaughter, Sofia.

She also leaves behind her loving niece, Judy Hartley and her best friend, Anne Dalton; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Mrs. Zatkovich was an instructor at the Carvel institute and retired from Graphite Metalizing in 1994.

She loved living in Copake where cows and chickens where her only traffic problems.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of her life, November 19, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22 in Copake, followed by a luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a local animal shelter and/or library. Mrs. Zatkovich was a great lover of her books and her pets.

To send an online condolence visit www.peckandpeck.net.

Dolores Novine (1920 – 2017)

GHENT—Dolores “Pete” Novine died peacefully at her home September 24 and passed into the waiting arms of her husband, Stosh, who predeceased her in 2008.

During the last 96 years her favorite role was that of wife to Stosh Novine. They were a team who enjoyed 66 years of married life.

As children of the Great Depression and young adults during World War II, they were familiar with hard work and sacrifice, but their relationship brought them joy and levity.

Mrs. Novine was born October 7, 1920 to Charlotte and Albert Macarthy, Sr.

She was predeceased by her sister, Ida Kosnick and her brother, Albert “Smokey” Macarthy, Jr.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Novine worked in several garment factories in the area: Dave Strang’s in Philmont and Chesters’ in Chatham although in later years her husband did her hemming. She also worked at Chatham Manufacturing, a pen and pencil factory. She began working for Columbia Rensselaer Telephone in 1956 as an operator and retired from Taconic Telephone 27 years later in 1983 as supervisor.

Mrs. Novine was very social. She and her husband had a group of friends who remained close throughout the years. She was generous and supportive of others. She provided help to those in need, often in the form of meals delivered to their homes. She was the queen of mashed potatoes and also whipped up countless apple pies and chocolate pies.

Mrs. Novine worked at the Ghent Food Pantry and was a member of the Ghent VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary since 1948. She attended St. James Catholic Church in Chatham. One of her favorite visitors was Father Gary who consistently brightened her mood during her final illness.

At Mrs. Novine’s request there will be no calling hours. A graveside service for family and friends will be held Wednesday, September 27, 11 a.m. at St. James Cemetery.

Arrangements are with French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Donations may be made to St. James Church, Chatham 12037 or to the

Ghent Food Pantry, P.O. Box 98, Ghent 12075.

Carolyn Wagner (1949 – 2017)

HUDSON—Carolyn Wagner, 68, passed away September 18, 2017 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

She was born on April 23, 1949 in Hudson. She was the daughter of Carolina (Shallo) Fletutor and the late Charles Fletutor.

She is survived by: her mother, Carolina Fletutor; her three stepchildren, Brenda, Douglas and Robert; her aunts, Antoinette Shallo, Antoinette Stalker and Jennie Oaks; her uncles, Dominic and Eleanor Shallo and Philip and Helen Shallo; her two best friends, Judith Wentzel and John Fulton; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd Wagner, and her uncles, Angelo Shallo and Lawrence Shallo.

Mrs. Wagner’s funeral service was held Monday, September 25, 2017, noon from the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Burial followed in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Danielle E. Fallon (1990 – 2017)

CHATHAM—Danielle Elizabeth Fallon of Chatham passed away suddenly September 22, 2017.

She was the beloved only child of Heather M. (Wildey-Fallon) DeFrancesco and stepfather Robert DeFrancesco, “Dad.”

She graduated from Hudson High School in 2009. She was employed at Yianni’s Chatham House where she brightened her customers’ day with her smile and wit.

She made friends everywhere she went. She loved music, video games, hiking, oceans, Harry Potter, and spending time with her friends.

Ms. Fallon is survived by: her mother and stepfather; she was also the beloved daughter of Shanon J. Fallon and his wife Katie; her grandfather Roland “Poppi” Wildey; aunt, Faith “Auntie Face” and Walter “Monkey Walt” Kubow; uncle, Douglas Wildey; aunt, Mona Dornbusch; aunt, Valerie Alocer; her beloved cousins, Walter, Matthew and Samantha Kubow, Anastasia and Dresden Wildey; her best friend in life, Joslyn Taylor Beers; her friend, Sierra Serino and her beloved cat, Neville.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m. A funeral service will begin at 7 p.m. at Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Elizabeth A. Bray (1946 – 2017)

GREENPORT—Elizabeth Ann Bray, 70, of Greenport passed away September 21, 2017.

She was predeceased by her parents, Louis C. Bray, Sr., and Isabel Bray and by her sister, June Chelelli.

She is survived by: her brothers, Louis C. Bray, Jr.,(predeceased sister-in-law Nancy Bray) of Ball Ground, GA, and John Bray of Greenport; sister, Louise Miller (predeceased brother-in-law Charles Miller) of Copake; sister-in-law, Karen Bray of Stuyvesant; brother-in-law, Robert Chelelli of Hudson; nieces, Debra Beck of Green Island, Christine Thompson of Waterford, Karen Shoemaker of Averill Park, Mary Fiacco of Averill Park, Patricia Maisenbacher of Hudson, Barbara Halen of Greenport, Charlene (Miller) Brongo of Spencerport, Suzy Miller-Wood of Virginia Beach, VA, Katrina Miller of Virginia Beach, VA, Michele Miller of Ellwood City, PA; and nephews, Louis Bray of Kinderhook and George Bray of Ball Ground, GA, and Charlie Miller of Webster.

Ms. Bray had a love for Betty Boop and collectibles and was a huge NASCAR and Dallas Cowboys fan. She graduated from St. Mary’s in Hudson and was a devoted parishioner of St. Mary’s Church. She worked her whole life as a dental office billing manager.

A private graveside service took place at Cedar Park Cemetery Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Donations or memorials may be sent to John Bray, 295 Lincoln Boulevard, Hudson.

Floyd A. Van Loan (1948 – 2017)

HUDSON—Floyd A. Van Loan, 69, of Hudson passed away September 25, 2017.

He was born August 20, 1948 in Athens. He worked at Kaden Brothers until it closed and then went to work for L&B. He enjoyed working for L&B and retired from there when they closed.

Mr. Van Loan married Alice Carver February 13, 1982.

He is survived by: his wife, Alice; his children, Steve, Shawn, Robert and the love of his life, Ida Ryan; his grandson, Sebastian Ryan; his brother and sister, Fredrick and Janice Van Loan; his two nieces, Julie and Lisa; one nephew, David.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, September 27, noon at Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson. Arrangements were with the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Megan K. Carr-Wilks (1962 – 2017)

ALBANY—Retired New York Police Detective Megan Kimberly Carr-Wilks died peacefully in her sleep at St. Peter’s Hospital September 19, 2017 at the age of 55.

She is survived by: her husband, Femord Wilks of Hudson; her son, Dorian Carr and his wife Opal Carr, and son, Derrace Carr, all of Hudson; her brothers, David Carr, Sr., of Roselle NJ, Christian Carr of Philmont; sister, Autuam Pia Carr of Hudson; eight grandchildren, Samiya Carr, Megan Carr, Dorian Jr., Jahyirah Carr, Derrace Carr, Pia Carr, Nazir Carr and Zacharius Carr, all of Hudson.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Martha Lynn Carr, a brother, Dwaine Carr and brother, Drake “Tory” Carr.

Ms. Carr-Wilks was born in New York City February 19, 1962, and was the eldest daughter of Martha Lynn Carr of Hudson. She graduated from Evander Childs High School in the Bronx and was a graduate of John Jay CUNY in Manhattan and the New York City Police Academy.

After college, she worked briefly in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office before being accepted into the academy. Upon graduation, she was assigned to the 60th Precinct in Coney Island where she worked as a youth officer and later was promoted to detective with the Special Victims Unit. She worked for the NYPD for more than 20 years before retiring in 2010. She moved to Hudson in 2011 and was employed as a resource officer for the Hudson City School District. During her tenure on the NYPD, Ms. Carr-Wilks was an emergency First Responder during the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. She spent many, hours at the site and in 2012 was diagnosed with cancer brought on by prolonged exposure to the contaminated air. She struggled valiantly against the disease before succumbing.

Ms. Carr-Wilks was one of the most loquacious, naturally funny, giving, loving and strongest women one could meet. From her independent, assertive attitude, loudness, love of travel and the finer things in life, right down to her unmistakable Bronx accent, she was a 100% quintessential New Yorker. She lived her life on her own terms and fought her illness with courage, determination and a sense of dignity, that was an inspiration to all. Ms. Carr-Wilks loved life and was loved dearly by her family and all those who came to know her. She was a hero, and she will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be Friday, September 29 at the Sacco, McDonald, Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive Greenport. Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Adolphus C. Lacey officiating. Family and friends will gather at the funeral home beginning at 10:45 a.m. Burial will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery. To leave online condolences visit www.saccomcdonaldvalenti.com

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