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OBITUARIES: Mannino, Beynart, Marsh, Vogel, Cottini, Gardner, Policastro, Pierce


Fred J. Mannino (1942 – 2019)

HUDSON—Fred J. Mannino, 76, of Elizaville passed away Thursday, March 28 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born July 26, 1942 in Yonkers, he was the son of Benjamin and Angelina (Rossi) Mannino.

He retired from General Motors after a 30-year career. He was a true outdoorsman, who loved hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed gardening and sharing his vegetables with all.

Mr. Mannino is survived by: his wife Ana (Tavarez) Mannino; sons, Michael J. (Yajaira) Mannino and Frederick (Melinda) Mannino; daughters, Angela Glass and Anne Marie (Bill) Haight; eight grandchildren; along with siblings, Patricia, Diane, Marie, Loretta, Joseph and Marvin.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 1 from Holy Trinity St. Mary’s Parish in Hudson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Mannino’s name may be made to Holy Trinity St. Mary’s Parish, Hudson. Arrangements were with the Bates & Anderson Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

John P. Beynart (1927 – 2019)

HUDSON—John P. Beynart died March 29, 2019.

He was born in Stottville, February 19, 1927 to Lithuanian parents, Justin and Helen.

He graduated from Hudson High School in 1944 and later attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Rhode Island majoring in manufacturing management.

Mr. Beynart served in the United States Naval Reserve as an electronic technicians mate 2C from 1945 to 1952. He served active duty during World War II (1945 to 46) and Korea (1950 to 52) on destroyers U.S.S. Hale DD642 and U.S.S. Everett F. Larson DDR 830.

He was employed by Gifford-Wood Company, Raytheon Company, V & O Press and Truxton Machinery, retiring in 1990. Mr. Beynart was also president of the Hudson High School Alumni Association, member of the Hudson Council Knights of Columbus, Lions Club of Dighton, MA, Taunton, MA YMCA Industrial Management Club, Board of Visions member of Oswald D. Heck Development Center, Columbia County Community Services Board member and president, Columbia County Narcotics Guidance Council director, American Legion Post #184, and president of Columbia County Mental Retardation Realty Corporation.

He was also a founding member of Coarc, serving as president for three years and board member for 30 years, also a member of NYSARC Board of Governors, once serving as regional vice president.

Once retired, Mr. Beynart’s volunteer activities included instructing AARP 55 Alive defensive driving classes, volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Adult Learning Institute, RIDE Program, Meals on Wheels delivery, Greenport Senior Citizens, and Greenport Historical Society. He also enjoyed traveling, swimming and cards.

Mr. Beynart was a communicant of Holy Trinity St. Mary’s Parish in Hudson, and served as a lector, Eucharistic minister, and board member of St. Mary’s Academy and Parish Council.

In 1950, he married Arline (Kittle) Beynart. She predeceased him in 2015. Together they had four children, Mark, Claudia (Krisniski), Teresa (Gladden), and Neil; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild and close friend, Ila M. Lane, all surviving.

In addition to his wife, Arline, he was also predeceased by a brother Robert, and sister, Patricia DeCrosta.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday April 5, 10 a.m. from Holy Trinity St. Mary’s Parish, Hudson. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Beynart’s name may be made to Coarc, 930 Route 217, Mellenville 12544. Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit to leave an online condolence.

Daniel P. Marsh (1966 – 2019)

CLAVERACK—Daniel P. Marsh, 52, of Hudson, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 30 at his home in Claverack.

Born November 25, 1966 in Hudson, he was the son of Francis and Anne Marie (West) Marsh, both deceased.

He was a graduate of Hudson High School Class of 1985, where he excelled in football as one of Hudson’s premier offensive/defensive linemen. He was a self-employed plumber and HVAC technician, most recently employed with the Galvan Foundation. In addition to football, Mr. Marsh loved golf, bowling and gardening.

He was a devoted father who loved his children beyond measure. Left to cherish his memory are: his daughters, Catherine Marsh and Elizabeth Marsh; son, Jonathan Marsh; his siblings and their spouses, James (Sue Brady) Marsh, Janet (William) Ebel, Raymond (Linda Crawford) Marsh, and Kathleen (Edward) Stevenson; nieces and nephews, Michael and Lauren Stevenson, Ashley Crawford, Alex, Maura, and Jake Ebel, Caelan and Samantha Marsh.

Visitation hours at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson are Thursday, April 4 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Margaret A. Vogel (1930 – 2019)

HUDSON—Margaret Augusta Rauffer Vogel, 88, of Delmar New York formally of Columbia County, passed away March 31, 2019.

She was born in Bridgeport, CT, September 20, 1930 to the late Augusta and Hugo Rauffer.

She graduated from Central High School Bridgeport, CT, in 1948 and Wagner College in 1952 with a BS in education.

She was married to the Reverend David Vogel for more than 60 years. He passed away in 2017.

Mrs. Vogel devoted her entire professional career to teaching children in Connecticut, and Redwood, Ancram, Copake, Roe Jan (Taconic Hills School District) in New York.

She was a member of Emmanuel St. John in Hudson and attended Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Loudonville.

She is survived by: her three daughters, Debra Ronca (Nick), Pamela Vogel Nichols (Kevin) and Christine Kleinhenz (Marc); grandchildren, Jennifer, David (Emily) and, Jason(Marisela) Ronca, Alexander (Alexandra) and Grace Nichols, and William, Elena, and Richard Kleinhenz; two great-grandchildren, Bella and Hendricks Ronca; her family in Germany and New Jersey and many friends and colleagues.

Mrs. Vogel was predeceased by: her brother, Walter Rauffer; her in-laws, Grace and Emil Vogel and brother-in-law, Richard Vogel.

Her family thanks the doctors and nurses at NYOH and Hospice for the wonderful care they provided to her.

Calling hours will be held Friday, April 12, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. The funeral service will be at Emanuel St. John, Hudson, Saturday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m.

Memorial gifts may be made to Emanuel St. John, 18-20 South Sixth Street, Hudson 12534; Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 510 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville 12211, or Dollars for Scholars Taconic Hills School District, P.O. Box 1119, Philmont 12565.

Patricia M. Cottini (1937 – 2019)

ALBANY—Patricia M. Cottini, 81, of Hillsdale passed away Monday, March 25, 2018 at Albany Medical Center.

Prayers were offered at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport by Pastor Ken Coddington March 28, 2019 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Trinity Parish, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson with Fr. Winston Bath officiating. Burial was in Cedar Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

Reginald D. Gardner (1939 – 2019)

GREENPORT—Reginald “Reggie” D. Gardner, 79, of Greenport died peacefully at his home, Monday, April 1, 2019.

Born in Hudson, December 15, 1939, he was the son of the late Charles and Alice Gardner.

Mr. Gardner was an avid golfer and was also a coach of Hudson-area Babe Ruth for several years, Little League and basketball. He was a car salesman locally for more than 40 years at Malasky Ford, Canape Brothers and Stan Martin Ford. His life revolved around his grand- and great-grandchildren, whom he adored. He will be greatly missed by: his four sons, Reginald and (Karen) Gardner of West Palm Beach, FL, Brian and (Shannon) Gardner of Germantown, David J. Jermaine of Hudson, Todd and (Tina) Gardner of Greenport; grandchildren, Megan, Matt, Todd, Jr., Victoria, Tsai and Brian, Jr.; as well as, great-grandchildren, Aniya and Henry.

Mr. Gardner was predeceased by his beloved wife of 58 years, Betty C. Gardner in 2017 and his brother, Charles Gardner.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Funeral services will be Friday, April 5, 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Jon Hodges officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Carmela Policastro (1928 – 2019)

GHENT—Carmela “Millie” Policastro, 91, of Route 23 in Craryville passed away peacefully Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.

She was born February 21, 1928 in Brooklyn, a daughter of Anthony and Margaret (Lamboglia) Goglia.

Along with her family they built and operated the Elm Tree Restaurant and Motel in Craryville for several years. She and her sister were in charge of all the cooking.

Mrs. Policastro was predeceased by her husband, Gerald Policastro in 1978 and a sister, Sara Marcelli in 1994.

Survivors include: her son, Gerald Policastro of Craryville; a daughter, Marjorie Dawes of Florida; and a grandson, Nicholas Policastro of Craryville.

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

Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake. Express condolences at

Frank E. Pierce, III (1936 – 2019)

NEW YORK CITY—Frank Ellis Pierce, III, 83, passed away March 13, 2019 in New York City surrounded by his family.

The son of Frank E. Pierce, Jr., and Mary Jean Curtis, he grew up in Chicago and attended Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. After graduating from Yale University in 1958, and serving as a lieutenant in the United States Navy, Mr. Pierce embarked on a career on Wall Street, where he held a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. After retiring from the financial world, he spent much of his time in Chatham with his wife, Gail, and their beloved dogs and horses.

An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Pierce loved shooting, fishing, horseback riding, scuba diving and walking in nature. He was also a highly-accomplished photographer.

Mr. Pierce is survived by: his wife, Gail Ann Plautz; his daughter, Ashley; son, John; five grandchildren and his brother, Heber. He will be dearly missed.

Contributions in Mr. Pierce’s memory may be made to Leukemia Fighters, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, c/o Dr. Gail J. Roboz, 520 East 70th St., Box 403, New York, NY 10021 (

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