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OBITUARIES: Martin, Chamberlain, Raucci, Corso


Steven D. Martin (1956 – 2016)

CHATHAM—Steven DeVane Martin, age 60, of Chatham passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016 surrounded by his loving family after a long struggle with cancer.

Mr. Martin loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper. He was a diehard Harley Davidson man. Mr. Martin was a finish carpenter proficient in building and furniture making.

He also carved, drew, painted and was an all-around handyman.

Mr. Martin is survived by: his parents, Edwin and Marilyn Martin; his ex-wife Paula Martin; sons, Christian DeVane, Aaron Anthony and Harrison Edwin Martin; his siblings, Edwin Martin, Cherylee Endryck, Paul Martin and Adam Martin; several nieces and nephews; cousins and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was predeceased two years ago by his brother, Kevin.

Family will receive friends at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Monday, April 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, April 26, 10 a.m. at St. James Church.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Mr. Martin’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Condolences may be conveyed at

Robert J. Chamberlain (1917 – 2016)

VALATIE—Robert Jesse Chamberlain, 99, passed away with his wife holding his hand at Barnwell Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, April 22.

Born in Muitzeskill, he spent his entire life in Chatham.

He was the son of Francis and Jesse. He attended Chatham schools and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He proudly defended his country at the Battle of the Bulge. Upon his return home, jobs were hard to procure. Mr. Chamberlain took a position delivering groceries for a local store. During his career, he was a security guard for Winthrop Labs, he owned and operated the Mobil gas station on Church Street in Chatham for 18 years, and then was employed by the Chatham Central School District as a bus driver. This was the job he loved the most, and to this day, several of his former students recall him fondly.

Mr. Chamberlain is survived by: his loving wife of 73 years, Jean (Cox); his daughter, Gail Chamberlain; his grandchildren, Heather Davis and Joseph McDonald and his two great-grandchildren Ariana Jean and Lyla Rose. He was predeceased by his son, Robert William, a sister Myrna Pultz and a brother, Clarence “Slim”.

Mr. Chamberlain enjoyed fishing and he had a special penchant for horse racing. His “little black book” was infamous among his cronies. He was a walking encyclopedia regarding his beloved hometown of Chatham. There wasn’t a person he didn’t know nor a location he wasn’t familiar with. He was a lover of animals, and often would show up at home with yet another stray. Mr. Chamberlain was a true patriarch for his family and will be missed.

Calling hours will be from Monday, April 25, 10 to 11 a.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, followed by a graveside service at the Chatham Center Rural Cemetery on Route 66 in Chatham Center. Condolences may be conveyed at

Maria Madeline Raucci (1946 – 2016)

CLERMONT—Maria Madeline Raucci, 69, of Clermont passed away Friday, April 22, 2016 at her home.

Born December 11, 1946, in New Bedford, MA, she was the daughter of the late Jose and Maria Jose (Gouveia) Abreu. She married John Raucci July 1, 1982 at a wedding ceremony at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Mrs. Raucci worked as a secretary for many years, she last worked for the Unification Seminary in Barrytown. She was an active member of the Unification Church.

She is survived by: her husband, John Raucci of Clermont; her sons, Joe Chris Raucci of South Cairo, David Raucci of Clermont and Gideon Raucci of Clermont; 10 siblings and countless extended family and friends.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m.

The Seung-Hwa Ceremony will be held Monday, April 25, 2016, 10 a.m. at the funeral home in Red Hook. The Won Jeon Ceremony will follow at Red Church Cemetery, Tivoli.

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Vincent John Corso (1936 – 2016)

KINGSTON—Vincent John Corso, 79, of Elizaville passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Health Alliance-Broadway Campus.

Born September 7, 1936 in New York City, he was the son of the late Ignacio and Sarina (Starrantino) Corso.

He married Aurilia “Lia” Massiello and she survives at home.

He is survived by: his wife, Aurilia “Lia” Corso of Elizaville; his daughters, Sarina Imperato, Laureen Saldamarco, Maria Steuhl, Diane Corso and Kathleen Corso; a sister; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, along with extended family and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, April 23, 2016 at St. Christopher’s Church, Red Hook, with the Reverend Xavier Santiago officiating. Burial was in Rhinebeck Cemetery, Rhinebeck.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook.

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