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OBITUARIES: Leccese, Ruotolo, Engstrom, DesRosiers, Kosnick, Younghanse, Lyman, Barton


Roger F. Leccese, Jr. (1966 – 2017)

HUDSON—Roger F. Leccese, Jr., 51, of Hudson passed away August 30, 2017.

He was born March 27, 1966 in Hudson, the son of Daria Leccese and the late Roger F. Leccese.

He graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in 1984. He was a 30-year employee of Price Chopper, working in the Hudson and Catskill stores. He loved his family, his two dogs and classic cars. A lot of his free time before his illness was spent restoring old cars in his garage. He also loved watching classic TV shows with his daughter.

Mr. Leccese is survived by: his wife of almost 23 years, Sheila Leccese; his daughter, Gina, the light of his life; his brother, Joseph Leccese; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and in laws.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant Reformed Church, 33 Church Road, Greenport. Interment followed in Cedar Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Columbia Greene Humane Society or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Arrangements were with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. To leave a message of condolence visit

Julia M. Ruotolo (1912 – 2017)

GHENT—Julia M. Ruotolo, 105, passed away peacefully August 30, 2017 at the Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.

She was born August 8, 1912, in Greendale to Carmine and Maria Pizza. She was the fourth of 11 children.

She married Carl Ruotolo in 1941 and moved to Kearny, NJ, where they raised their son, Richard. Together they enjoyed an active social life. This continued into Mrs. Ruotolo’s later years. She loved to entertain and was a wonderful cook.

In 1970 they moved to Greenport, so that she could be closer to her brothers and sisters. She was the manager of the Greenport Laundry Mat along with her sister, Mary Loomis. Family and friends were everything to her. She was energized by the love she had for her family and the love they had for her. Her zest for life was neverending. She will be remembered as a devoted mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and friend.

Mrs. Ruotolo is survived by: her devoted son, Richard, his wife Trudi Ruotolo; her loving grandchildren, Richard M. Ruotolo, and Christine Ruotolo, her husband Lance Brenner; her great-grandchildren, Griffin and Julia Brenner; her sister, Mary Loomis; her brother-in-law, Gerald Sheldon; her sister-in-law, Hilda Pizza; many loving nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Carl in 1986, and also by six brothers, and three sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, September 1, 2017 from St. Mary’s Church, East Allen Street, Hudson. Burial took place Saturday, September 2, 2017 at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Montgomery. Arrangements were with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Betty Ann Engstrom (1937 – 2017)

CHATHAM—Betty Ann Engstrom passed away at home August 29, 2017 with her beloved Bichon Frise dog, “Lovey” by her side.

She was born July 2, 1937 in Queens, daughter of the late Herman Engstrom. She is survived by her mother, Marie Truran of Richmond, MA, and her sister, Marie Meehan of Spencertown.

She grew up in Chatham and was very active in 4-H which helped prepare her for a career as home economics teacher.

She graduated from Chatham High School in 1955 she went on to graduate from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1959. She taught at Ichabod Crane School in Kinderhook, for a year and then

Wappingers Central School until her retirement in 1992. During this time she lived in Wappingers and then Pleasant Valley. She had her home built on Route 203 in Chatham in 1988, where she lived until her death.

Ms. Engstrom was totally exuberant about life. Her love of travel took her to every continent. Her travels around the world gave her the opportunity to learn other cultures and to make many friends who would later visit her beautiful home with nature all around.

She was there to help anyone. She will be missed by her friends and those who knew her. There will be a memorial service and get together September 17 at 12:30 p.m. at her residence. Arrangements are with the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham.

Victor J. DesRosiers, Jr. (1948 – 2017)

KINDERHOOK—Victor J. DesRosiers, 69, of Kinderhook passed away peacefully September 2, 2017 after a short illness.

Born in Worcester, MA, to the late Ina and Victor J. DesRosiers, he was a graduate of Lowell Technology.

He spent his career at Sonoco Crellin retiring as vice president of Global Research and Development.

His proudest accomplishments are the many people he mentored throughout his career and his 19 patents. He spent countless hours talking about his group and his patents, especially his salt shaker.

Mr. DesRosiers was an avid golfer and member of Winding Brook Country Club and enjoyed bowling at Chatham Bowl in his younger years. During his retirement he enjoyed eating lunch out daily, playing Quick Draw and having a scotch or two.

He is survived by: his wife, Deb DesRosiers; his sons, Victor W. (Paula) DesRosiers of Valatie and Eric J. (Kari) DesRosiers of Ft. Edward; his sisters, Patricia (Ronnie) Benoit of Spencer, MA, and Carol (late Bill) Dufresne of Highland; brother, Jody (Mary) Dougherty of Worcester, MA; his two granddaughters, Heather DesRosiers (Bradley) of Troy and Morgan DesRosiers of Valatie; his many nieces and nephews.

No services will be held although there will be a memorial gathering at Samson’s Bar and Grill in Schodack, September 23, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Planetary Society, the National Psoriasis Foundation or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Carol A. Kosnick (1949 – 2017)

VERO BEACH, FL—Carol A. Kosnick, a long-time resident of Stockport passed away after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer, August 31, 2017 in Vero Beach, where she relocated in 2003.

She was born March 9, 1949 in Hudson, to the late Thomas and Elvia Bartholomew. She was a graduate of Hudson High School, class of 1967 and worked for Pendragon Press and Bagel Tyme.

In retirement, Mrs. Kosnick enjoyed traveling with her husband and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Tommy and Donald Bartholomew.

Mrs. Kosnick is survived by: her husband of 48 years, William. F. Kosnick, Sr.; sons, William Kosnick, Jr., and wife Jodee, Scott Kosnick and wife Heather; daughter, Kristy Seifridsberger and husband Steve; six grandchildren, Emma Accuosti, Joseph Accuosti, William Kosnick, III, Jenna Kosnick, Lindsay Kosnick and Juniper Seifridsberger; sisters, Gloria Hollenbeck, Janice Day and Barbara McCagg.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, September 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. A private burial will be held at Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Stockport.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

Henry B. Younghanse (1931 – 2017)

RHINEBECK—Henry Budd Younghanse, 86, of Red Hook passed away unexpectedly Monday, September 4, 2017 at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

Born January 5, 1931 in Rhinebeck, he was the son of the late Harold P. Younghanse and Elizabeth (Kipp) Baxter, stepson to the late James Baxter.

He married Mary Ann Sullivan at Good Shepherd Church in Brooklyn in 1958. She survives at home in Red Hook.

Mr. Younghanse attended schools in Red Hook and served in the United States Army during the Korean War (1951 to 1954).

He was employed by the East Hudson Parkway Authority, later the New York State Department of Transportation. He retired as general foreman in 1995 after 40 years of service.

Mr. Younghanse also worked for more than 30 years at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.

He was an active member of both the Red Hook and East Clinton fire companies. At East Clinton he was chief for several years. He was a member of the rescue squad and attained life-member status at both companies for his years of service.

Mr. Younghanse enjoyed spending time with family, watching sports, specifically the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He loved his trips into town to visit friends, with his loving golden retriever, Annie by his side.

He was a communicant of St. Christopher’s Church in Red Hook.

In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by: his children, Mary Beth (Dave) O’Meara of Camillus, Kathleen (Bernie) Hart of Louisville, CO, Jean (Jim) Ross of Clinton Corners and James Budd Younghanse of Rhinebeck; his sister and brother-in-law, Norma and Tom Lewis of Germantown; his grandchildren, Kathleen and Brendan O’Meara, Allison (Alex) Fischer, Aidan and Colin Hart, Jimmy, Carli and Christopher Ross; a great-grandchild, Penelope (Poppy) Fischer; countless extended family friends, and his firefighter community.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Friday, September 8, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Red Hook and East Clinton fire companies will conduct services at 7:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, September 9, 2017, 11 a.m. at St. Christopher’s Church, Red Hook. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Red Hook Fire Company, P.O. Box 100, Red Hook 12571 or the East Clinton Fire Company, Firehouse Lane, Clinton Corners 12514.

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Mary E. Lyman, MSN, RN (1950 – 2017)

MILLERTON—Mary E. Lyman, MSN, RN, 67, a 47-year resident of Millerton, died peacefully at her home with her loving family at her side.

Mrs. Lyman retired from nursing at Vassar Bros. Medical Center in Poughkeepsie in 2012, where she had worked for more than 20 years. She was also an adjunct instructor in the Department of Nursing at Dutchess Community College for 15 years.

Born February 20, 1950 in Yonkers, she was the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Bencizenga) Saunders.

She graduated from Webutuck High School, class of 1968. She received both her nursing degree and a masters in nursing from the State University at New Paltz. She was a long-time parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church in Millerton and more recently at Immaculate Conception Church in Amenia.

On August 8, 1970 in Sheffield, MA, she married John Joseph Lyman, Jr., together sharing nearly 42 years of marriage. Mr. Lyman died May 30, 2012.

Mrs. Lyman is survived by: her daughter, Danielle Bailey and her husband Albert of Millerton; two sons, Erick Lyman and his wife Kim of Gallatin and John Lyman of Millerton; four grandchildren, Jacob and Skyler Lyman and Emma and A.J. Bailey; her brother, Tom Saunders and his wife Denise of Dickinson Center; her sister, Anne Honour and her husband Al of Amenia; several other extended family members and many friends.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, September 8, 2017, 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 4 Lavelle Road, Amenia. The Reverend Kent Wilson will officiate. Burial will take place at Amenia Island Cemetery, Route 343 in Amenia.

In light of Mrs. Lyman’s dedication to the advancement of the field of nursing, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Mary Lyman Memorial Scholarship Fund, Dutchess Community College Foundation, 53 Pendell Road, Poughkeepsie 12601. To send an online condolence visit

Carolyn Barton (1917 – 2017)

CANAAN, CT—Carolyn Huntress Chadbourne Barton, 100, of Ancramdale passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born June 3, 1917 in Boston, MA, the daughter of Walter E. Chadbourne and Mary (Foley) Chadbourne Fox and stepdaughter of Arthur Fox.

Mrs. Barton was a graduate of the former St. Mary’s Academic School in Rockville Center and the College of New Rochelle.

Mrs. Barton was a retired special education teacher with Dutchess County BOCES. She also taught at Webutuck Elementary School in Amenia and prior to that at Cardinal Hayes Homes in Millbrook.

She is a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association, the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society and past president of the Pine Plains Central School Board.

On October 12, 1940 in Copake Falls, she married the love of her life Kenneth L. Barton. He predeceased her January 21, 1996. She was also predeceased by a brother, Arthur Fox; a sister, Elinor Mettler; a grandson, Fred Barton and a great-grandson, Jacob Barton.

Survivors include: her children, a daughter, Betty B. Podris; five sons, Kenneth Fred Barton, Gerald C. Barton, Robert A. Barton, Richard L. Barton and Walter E. Barton; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.

Calling hours are Friday, September 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m. from Our Lady of Hope Parish, 8074, Route 22, Copake, Falls, with the Reverend George Brennan officiating.

Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Pine Plains.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Hope Church Parish, 8074 State Route 22, Copake Falls 12517.

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