Esslie-Frenia Law June 2023 Leaderboard

OBITUARIES: Kennedy, Cornoni, Soule, Sweet, Dykeman, Bower, Gawron, Winig, Kilgour


Noreen R. Kennedy (1931 – 2019)

VALATIE—Noreen R. Kennedy, 87, of Valatie passed away peacefully at home January 7 surrounded by her loving family.

She was an extraordinary mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend.

Her life was defined by caring deeply for those around her—whether as a 4H leader, foster parent or nurse. She loved and encouraged her family and extended family through their many endeavors, and each night, prayed tenderly for those she held close.

She was proud of her Irish heritage and enjoyed the stories shared at family gatherings, which often included an impromptu music session on the accordion and even an occasional step dance.

Her flowing red hair, combined with her inner strength and quiet resilience, made her uniquely beautiful, inside and out. Ms. Kennedy was an avid gardener and cherished the time spent in her (and everyone’s) flower beds, saving seeds and nurturing the blooms back to life each spring.

Born in Balla (County Mayo), Ireland, to Michael and Nora Kennedy, she left her homeland and moved to the United States when she was just 16. She was proud that her first job in America was at Horn and Hardart in Manhattan, where she waited on celebrities such as Mickey Rooney and Gig Young. After moving upstate and settling in Valatie, she quickly immersed herself in community life and served as a Girl Scout, Cub Scout and 4H leader, and provided religious instruction to students at St. John the Baptist Church. She was also a loving foster parent and cared for several children who became part of the family.

Most recently, she was a private duty nurse in Columbia County, retiring at the age of 80. She was also an LPN at St. Peter’s Hospital from 1978 to 1985, and previously served as a nurses aide and physical therapy aide at Barnwell Health Facilities in Valatie, and as a nurses aide at Albany Medical Center. She received her nursing degree from the Albany Vocational School for Practical Nursing in 1980. Of all her accomplishments, Ms. Kennedy was especially proud of obtaining her American citizenship and completing her high school education in 1978.

She is survived by: her children, Maureen (Dave) Mooney of Valatie; Chuck (Lisa LaBrie) Shattenkirk of Stuyvesant and Kate (Mark Byrd) Shattenkirk of Valatie; her siblings, Edna

Henry and Gerard Kennedy of Washingtonville (Orange County), Paddy (Maureen) Kennedy and Kate Lohan of England; and Christina Kennedy of Australia.

She adored her grandchildren, Shane (Jeanne) Brogan of Chapel Hill, NC, Corrie Shattenkirk of Salt Point, Jill (Mike) Mescia of Kinderhook, Seth (Natalie) Mooney of East Nassau, Jake Mooney and Sean Shattenkirk of Valatie, Rachel Shattenkirk Smith of Charlotte, NC, and Aaron Wray of New York City. She was the proud great-grandmother of Evelyn Mescia of Kinderhook and Ava and Haily of East Nassau, as well as aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, and her siblings, John, Bridie, Teresa, Joan, Mary, Michael, James, Tommy and Edward.

Calling hours and a service in celebration of Ms. Kennedy’s life were held Saturday, January 12 at St. John the Baptist Church, 1025 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Family and friends attended a reception in the church hall after the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ms. Kennedy’s memory may be made to St. John the Baptist Church or Community Hospice – Columbia and Greene Counties, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Douglas G. Cornoni (1938 – 2019)

ALBANY—Douglas “Doug” G. Cornoni, 80, of Chatham passed away January 10 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn. He succumbed to pneumonia.

He is survived by: his wife, Shirley (Bergerson) Cornoni of Hudson; his son, Bryan; daughter, Sherri; two wonderful granddaughters, Lauren and Scarlet.

He was predeceased by: his brother, Ronny; mother, Abbie (Waters) Cornoni and father, David Cornoni.

Mr. Cornoni served honorably in the United States Navy and returned to Chatham where he worked for and retired from the school system, after 22 years.

Mr. Cornoni was a lay minister in the area for the United Methodist Church, volunteered with the East Chatham Fire Company, and was a member of the American Legion Post 42. He enjoyed playing chess, listening to country music, and spending time with friends bowling.

In his youth he was a member of DeMolay and was a Master Mason of Unity Lodge #9, F&AM, and Columbia Lodge #98, F&AM.

A memorial service will be held at Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham, January 19 at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the East Chatham Fire Company, 14 Frisbee Street, East Chatham 12060, or the United Methodist Church, State Route 295, East Chatham 12060.

Frances T. Soule (1934 – 2019)

HUDSON—Surrounded by her family, Frances T. Soule passed away on January 8, 2019.

Born March 29, 1934 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Angelo and Rose M. (Bucci) Grandinetti.

She graduated from Hudson High School in 1951 and went to work at the Columbia County Motor Vehicle Bureau. In 1954, she left her employment to raise her family. She devoted her life to her children, always. In 1967, she returned to the work force at St. Mary’s Academy as a teacher’s aide before beginning working at the Department of Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration in Hudson. She retired after 23 years in November 1990. She was a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program from May 1992 until February 2001. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church (Holy Trinity) in Hudson.

Her greatest joy in life was her family. The most loving mother and grandmother, she dedicated her life to her family. She is survived by: her loving husband of 38 years, Harry A. Soule; her sons, James J. Dolan, Jr., Kevin M. Dolan, David B. Dolan, her daughter and son-in-law, Lynn D. And Edward S. Pawluk. She especially loved her grandchildren Jennifer (Travis) Brodowski and Gregory (Elizabeth) Pawluk. Her great-grandchildren, Cason and Tessa Brodowski and soon-to-be baby Pawluk brought her much happiness and laughter. She will also be greatly missed by her little dog, Irish.

Aside from spending time with her family, she enjoyed cooking, baking, watching movies, doing puzzles, reading and especially loved family vacations on Cape Cod.

In addition, she is survived by: one sister, Rose Marie Moon; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her sister, Concetta Baker.

Friends and family may call Friday, January 18 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street in Hudson. Funeral services will be held at Saturday, January 20, 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Hudson, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Mark A. Sweet (1960 – 2019)

HUDSON—Mark A. Sweet, 58, of Greenport passed away January 12, 2019.

He was born February 21, 1960, twin brother to Matthew, and the son of the late Widmer and Joyce (Ferris) Sweet.

Mr. Sweet is survived by: his two children, Mark Sweet, Jr., and Ashley Irizarry; his six grandchildren, Skyler, Dante, Ryker, Alex, Piper and Paige; his six siblings and their spouses, Leonard (Grace), Roger (Tammy), Joseph (Cindy), Woody (Debbie), Matthew (Donna), and Bethann (A.J.) Winig.

In addition to his parents, his was predeceased by his son, Jason Michael Sweet.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, January 18, 2019, 11:30 a.m. from the Church of St. Joseph in Stottville. Interment will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Thomas W. Dykeman (1957 – 2019)

HUDSON—Thomas W. Dykeman, 61, passed away at his home in Hudson January 12, 2019.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James E. Dykeman and Elizabeth (Skelley) Dykeman.

Mr. Dykeman was a former high school All-American at Taconic Hills. As an avid sports fan he enjoyed playing baseball, football and basketball. Above all else, he loved spending time and sharing laughs with friends and family.

He was a loving father to Lynn (Don MacCormack) and Brian (Renee Ortega); a proud grandfather to Molly and Harper; the caring brother of Jim (Elaine Dykeman), Priscilla (Ken Krakaur), Ellen (Rich Vinikoff), Rosemary (Bruce Hallenbeck) and Amy (Peter O’Donnell). His many cousins, nephews, nieces and his former wife, Bonnie Rothvoss, all shared a special place in his heart as well.

Visitation at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson will be Thursday, January 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m.

Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Rodney B. Bower, Sr. (1939 – 2019)

HUDSON—Rodney Brian Bower, Sr., of Claverack passed away peacefully Sunday, January 13, 2019, under the care of Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born in Hudson, July 26, 1939 to Edward P. Bower Sr. and Margaret Aldridge Bower, he was a lifelong resident of Columbia County.

He attended St. Mary’s School and was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Hudson.

Mr. Bower was a retired New York State Thruway supervisor, who earned awards for innovation in bridge designs. He previously worked for Foster Refrigerator Service and was a former member of the Greenport Volunteer Fire Department. In his youth, he spent time at Lebanon Valley Speedway and had a lifelong love of NASCAR. He never passed a yard sale, flea market or auction without stopping and was known for his daily jaunts to buy lottery tickets.

Mr. Bower is survived by: his wife of 58 years, Ellen Louise Banks Bower; his daughter, Mary E. Forbes (John); son, Rod Bower, Jr., (Darlene); and grandson, Evan Bickford.

He is also survived by his feline companions, Bootsie, Spooky and Dexter. He was predeceased by his parents, as well as his siblings, Edward P. Bower, Jr., Glendon Bower, Sr., Yvonne Bower, Gerald Bower, Margaret Baumfeld, Joyce Friers, and Nancy Bower.

Funeral services will be held privately. Mr. Bower will be buried at Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society or the Community Hospice. The family thanks the caring staff of Community Hospice, as well as the EMTs and hospital staff in the ER, 4th floor and 2A. Arrangements are with Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Alice M.D. Gawron (1928 – 2019)

EAST CHATHAM—Alice Marie (Doyle) Gawron of East Chatham passed away January 13, 2019.

She was born February 8, 1928, the daughter of the late George and Doris (Lamoree) Doyle.

A 1947 graduate of Chatham High School, she was employed as a stenographer for the State of New York before marrying Edwin Gawron in 1949. She spent the rest of her life as a stay-at-home mother, enjoying gardening and her pet animals.

Mrs. Gawron was active in Columbia County 4H for more than 20 years, and was a leader of the 295ers 4H Club for more than 10 years, teaching sewing, cooking and cattle showmanship. She was a life-member of the East Chatham Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, a 75-year member of East Chatham Grange #1066, and was a member of the Dutch Shoes Square Dance Group and the Red Rock Historical Society.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edwin Gawron and her brother, George Willard Doyle. She is survived by: her children, Patricia, Allan (Wanda), Susan (Steven Cipolla), Bernice and Dennis (Judy); six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be Thursday, January 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. A funeral mass will be held Friday January 18, 10 a.m. at St. James Church, Chatham. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: East Chatham Grange, c/o Jolene Pirrone, P.O. Box 69, East Chatham 12060 or the East Chatham Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, c/o Wendy Shatney, 3 Braley’s Crossing, East Chatham 12060. Condolences may be conveyed at

Beth Ann Winig (1966 – 2019)

ALBANY—Beth Ann Winig, 52, of Hudson passed away January 14, 2019 at Albany Medical Center.

She was born October 25, 1966 to the late Widmer and Joyce (Ferris) Sweet.

Mrs. Winig was a homemaker, and would always help a person in need. Her kind spirit will be remembered by those who knew and loved her.

She is survived by: her husband, Anthony; her two sons; A.J. and Bryan; her daughter, Amie; her cherished grandchildren, Summer, Justine and “Sport.” She is also survived by her six siblings and their spouses, Leonard (Grace) Sweet, Roger (Tammy) Sweet, Joseph (Cindy) Sweet, Woody (Debbie) Sweet, and Matthew (Donna) Sweet.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Winig was predeceased by her nephew, Jason Michael Sweet, and her brother, just two days before her passing, Mark Sweet.

A funeral / memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Mr. Sweet and Mrs. Winig Friday, January 18, 11:30 a.m. from the Church of Saint Joseph in Stottville. Arrangements are with Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Shirley A. Kilgour (1932 – 2019)

RHINEBECK—Shirley A. Kilgour, 86, a lifelong Red Hook resident, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019 at The Thompson House.

Born February 18, 1932 in Rhinebeck, she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Mildred (Brenzel) Doyle.

She was a graduate of Red Hook High School class of 1949 and was an active member of the Red Hook Alumni Association. She also graduated from the Wilfred Academy of Beauty Culture in New York City in April 1950.

She married James D. Kilgour, Jr., February 7, 1953 in Texas. He predeceased her November 15, 2016.

Mrs. Kilgour was also a longstanding member of St. John’s Reformed Church in Upper Red Hook.

She is survived by: her loving children, Shari (Brian) Juranic of Milan, Dana (Teresa McGuirk) Kilgour of Clinton Corners, Daren (Susan) Kilgour of Rhinebeck and James D. Kilgour, III, of Niverville; a brother, Denis (Judy) Doyle of Red Hook; her grandchildren, Christy Juranic, Elyse (Eric) Haile, Marisa (Francisco) Reyes, Daren (Holly) Kilgour and Jessalyn Kilgour; her great-grandchildren, Magdalene Haile and Marina, Marisol, Alex and Tony Reyes; along with extended family and friends.

Friends called at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, January 14. A funeral service followed at St. John’s Reformed Church, 126 Old Post Road North, Red Hook. The Reverend Eric Titus officiated. Burial followed at St. John’s Reformed Church Cemetery, Red Hook. Memorial donations may be made to the St. John’s Reformed Church, 126 Old Post Road North, Red Hook 12571.

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