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George E. Kipp, Jr.

ALBANY—George E. Kipp, Jr., 71, of Niverville died Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

He was born in Hudson and enjoyed tinkering, motorcycles, computers and amateur radio.

He is survived by: his wife, Patricia; three children, David, Lori and George and six grandchildren.

There will be no services. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Mary E. Stickle (1917 – 2016)

ST. JOHN’S, FL—Mary E. Stickle, 98, of St. John’s, Florida, formerly of Livingston, died Sunday, March 20, 2016.
Born in Livingston, June 15, 1917, she was the last born as a twin of nine siblings to Carrie and George Schneider, Sr.

She was a loving wife to Harold, who passed in 1991.

She is survived by: daughters, Margaret LaMonica
and Beverly Pruett; grandchildren, Kelly Santo, Tracey Kirchain, Thomas Pruett and Michelle Rodriguez.
A graveside service was held at Livingston Cemetery, March 26.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice Earl B. Hadlow Center For Caring, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257
Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. Condolences may be expressed at

Elizabeth R. Bogdanffy (1929 – 2016)

RHINEBECK—Elizabeth “Betsy” R. Bogdanffy, 86, of Elizaville passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at the Northern Dutchess Hospital.

Born August 15, 1929 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Hazel (Ross) Lasher.

She married Stephen J. Bogdanffy October 25, 1947 in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Tivoli and he survives at home.

She, along with her husband, owned and operated Feather Ridge Farm in Elizaville.

Mrs. Bogdanffy was well-known as a hardworking, gentle woman who never had a harsh word to say to anyone.

In addition to her loving husband of 68 years, she is survived by: her son, Stephen Bogdanffy of Elizaville; her brother, Jack Lasher of Elizaville; her sister, Luann Cole of Saugerties; her grandchildren, Hallie Bogdanffy of Elizaville, Katie Bogdanffy of Red Hook, and Justin Bogdanffy of Red Hook, along with two great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Prayer service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Interment will be private.

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Howard L. Gleason, Sr. (1935 – 2016)

HUDSON—Howard L. Gleason, Sr., 80, of Stuyvesant died Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born August 12, 1935 in Westchester, PA, he was the son of the late Laverne and Mildred (Haskin) Gleason.

Mr. Gleason was the owner of the Gleason Farm in Stuyvesant for many years. He was a 50-year member of the Stuyvesant Fire Company, a member and past deacon of the Stuyvesant Reformed Church, a member of Dairy Lea, the Stuyvesant Zoning Board, the Columbia County Cooperative Extension and a Cub Scout leader in Kinderhook.

He is survived by: his companion, Laura Kimplin of Chatham; a daughter, Gayle A. Turner (Charles) of Farmington, NH; two sons, Howard L. Gleason, Jr., (Deborah) of Stuyvesant, and Brian H. Gleason, Sr., (Sarah Bruce) of Ormond Beach, FL; a sister, Rita Laffety (Robert); four grandchildren, Cheryl Antalek, Jeremy Gleason, Brian Gleason, Jr., and Gregory Abbott; five great-grandchildren, Matthew, Kyleigh, Ryan, Landyn and Kaiya; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his grandson, Nathan C. Turner.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 28 at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie with the Reverend Rudy Visser officiating. Burial followed in Firwood Cemetery, Stuyvesant. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family to help defray expenses.

Jean Locust (1937 – 2016)

GHENT—Jean Locust, 78, of Ghent passed away March 22, 2016 at home with her loving family by her side.

Born May 1, 1937 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Clara (Dallas) Law.

Mrs. Locust was a homemaker and devoted to her family.

She is survived by: her beloved husband, Kenneth Locust; four devoted children, Kenneth Locust II, Alicia Caron, Michelle Baker and Sherry Jennings; her grandchildren, Michael Locust, Melissa Mabb, Dawn Baker, Heather Baker, Monte Jennings, Jr., Amanda Jennings, Shawn Jennings, Joseph Baker, Bethany Locust, Erica Locust and Manny Locust; several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sheila Rote and Blossom Pullen; her brother, Gary Law; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services were held March 28 at the Bates & Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson with Bill Baldwin officiating. Burial will be in Mellenville Union Cemetery.

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Jerry R. Shepardson (1932 – 2016)

CHATHAM—Jerry R. Shepardson of Chatham and Piseco passed away March 25, 2016.

He was the son of the late Raymond F. and Edna H. Shepardson of Little Falls.

Surviving are: his wife of 57 years, Deborah Paul Shepardson; his children, H. Paul Shepardson and Colleen Donnelly Shepardson, Anita Shepardson Huey and her husband Brian, J. Andrew Shepardson and William Bulman; his grandchildren, Ryan, Delaney and Cameron Shepardson and Kaylin and Molly Huey; his sister, Ann Marie McCarthy and her husband John; nieces and nephews, Joan McCarthy Mazzio and her husband Victor, Jack McCarthy and his wife Sue, James McCarthy and his wife Maria and Julie McCarthy Milbach and her husband Alan; his grand-nieces, grand-nephews and many cousins.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Anita I. and Joan E. Shepardson.

Mr. Shepardson was a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy, Little Falls, class of 1950, where he was a standout basketball player. He served his country as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955, receiving the National Defense Services and Good Conduct Medals. He returned home and earned a BS degree from SUNY Cortland in 1958 and MS from SUNY Albany in 1965.

He worked for Morris Hills Regional High School in New Jersey from 1958 to1960 and taught elementary physical education at Canajoharie Central School from 1960 to 1966. He was also the varsity boys basketball coach there and led the team to the 1961 New York State Class C sectional title over Draper High, 98-78.

Mr. Shepardson moved to Chatham in 1966 and worked as a guidance counselor in the Chatham Central School district until his retirement in 1991. He was also the boys tennis coach and the athletic director and class advisor during his time at Chatham.

Mr. Shepardson was a Village Trustee in Chatham from 1977 to 1993 and mayor of Chatham from 1993 to 1995.

He was a member of the St. James Parish since arriving in Chatham and served on many committees including the parish council. He is a member of the Elks Club Lodge 42 in Little Falls, American Legion Post 42 in Chatham and had been a member of the Chatham Lions Club.

During his nearly 25-year retirement he and his wife traveled extensively first and foremost to see their children and grandchildren but also on trips to Ireland and Hawaii with family and friends. Each year they drove to Florida and always took the “long route” to see the sights but more importantly to visit friends and family.

They spent their summers at the family “camp” on Piseco Lake where Mr. Shepardson, along with his neighbors, built a two-story addition to accommodate not only the family at the time but future generations of the extended family that still gather each summer. Much of the camp showcases the hours Mr. Shepardson spent working to make it the special place it is.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, March 30, 10 a.m. at Saint James Church. In lieu of flowers contributions in Mr. Shepardson’s name may be made to Piseco Ambulance Corps, Piseco 12139 or St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation, 310 South Manning Boulevard, Albany 12208. Arrangements are with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Condolences may be conveyed at

Helen Florio (1944 – 2016)

GHENT—Helen N. Florio, 71, of Kinderhook passed away Friday, March 25, 2016 at Whittier Nursing Home.

Born September 26, 1944 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Helen (Dhuey) Lindemann.

Before her retirement, she was employed as a bookkeeper by National Foundation (March of Dimes) in Manhattan.

Mrs. Florio had a great sense of humor, enjoyed fishing, her coffee everyday by the ocean, spending time with her grandchildren and she also had a close relationship with her sister-in-law, Joanne Florio.

She is also survived by: her husband, Michael R. Florio of Kinderhook; her daughter, Michelle Bashford of Stuyvesant; three brothers, Arthur Lindemann of Newark, Delaware, Gene Lindemann of Woodhaven, Queens and Lester Lindemann of Glendale, Queens; a sister, Louise McCain of Whitinsville, MA, and two grandchildren, Alexa and Brandon Bashford.

Besides her parents, Mrs. Florio was predeceased by her two brothers, Bruno and Emil Lindemann.

Calling hours were held March 29 at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street in Valatie. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia / Greene Counties, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Nicholas Conte (1932 – 2016)

SADDLE RIVER, NJ—Nicholas Conte, longtime resident of Old Chatham died at Villa Marie Hospice in Saddle River, New Jersey, March 20. He was 84 years old.

An accomplished musician, Mr. Conte studied at Julliard, and for 60 years he played piano professionally at clubs and other venues. He composed scores of songs for vocalist and piano, and over the past several years, he and his friend Joe Casanova recorded many of them in his home studio.

Mr. Conte’s first marriage was to Jean Marie McGeary, with whom he had two children, Brent Conte of Pinellas Park, Florida, and Leslie Conte of Brooklyn. In 1977 Mr. Conte married Margot Feiner Bruhmuller, and the couple moved to Raccoon Forks Road in 1992. His wife died in 2011. In addition to his children, Mr. Conte leaves his stepson, Mark Bruhmuller and two grandsons, Austin and Remington Conte.

Louis J. Giacomo (1929 – 2016)

PINE PLAINS—Louis J. Giacomo, 87, of Pine Plains passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at his residence.

He was born March 11, 1929 in Yonkers, a son of James and Caroline (Campana) Giacomo.

A veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Giacomo was a self-employed building contractor.

In 1951 in Yonkers he married Josephine M. (Porcello) Giacomo. She predeceased him in 2012.

Survivors include: a daughter and son-in-law, Annie and Vincent Manzi of Pine Plains and a daughter, Caroline Giacomo of Wappingers Falls. He also leaves two grandchildren, Annette Decker of Pine Plains and Vincent Manzi, IV of Ancram; four great-grandchildren, Madison, Giania and Josephine Manzi along with Julia Decker. Additionally he leaves a brother, Michael Giacomo of Florida.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains.

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Hugh H. Curry (1929 – 2016)

COPAKE FALLS—Hugh H. Curry, 87, of Copake Falls passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at his residence.

He was born February 28, 1929 in Elmhurst, a son of George and Annie (Hagen) Curry.

Prior to his retirement he was employed as a bookkeeper with Kraft Foods in New York City.

A true patriot, Mr. Curry proudly served his country with the United States Army during World War II.

He was a communicant of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Copake Falls and was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and New York Giants.

Survivors include: his wife, Mary Ann (Ryder) Curry of Copake Falls and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by 12 siblings.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 28, 2016 from Our Lady of Hope Parish where the Reverend George Brennan officiated.

Interment with military honors was in new St. Bridget’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia / Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414 or Our Lady of Hope Parish, 8074 State Route 22, Copake Falls 12517.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake. To send an online condolence visit


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