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OBITUARIES: O’Bryan, Burns, Bohnsack, Odierno, Klose, Berneri


Ruth O’Bryan (1919 – 2015)

LAKE WYLIE, SC—Ruth O’Bryan, formerly Weiss and Osborn, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 24 surrounded by her loving family.

She was a long-time resident of Albany, where she was born, August 11, 1919.

Mrs. O’Bryan retired from the New York State Thruway Authority in 1980 after 25 years of service. She later moved to and lived in Valatie for more than 30 years. She was a devoted communicant of St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie, and was active in a number of ministries: hospitality, greeter, bereavement, Christmas elves, and more.

In 2012, she moved to North Carolina.

She was the wife of the late Edward Edmund Weiss for 28 years until his passing in 1970, and the late Robert K. O’Bryan who passed in 1993 after 18 years of marriage. She is survived by: her dear son, Brian Weiss and daughter-in-law, Kathy Weiss of Charlotte, NC; her grandchildren, Laurie Weiss and Kristen Peace of Rensselaer, whom she adored. “Gram” will always be remembered for her generosity, commitment to family and church, quick wit, and dry humor.

Friends are invited to the wake at St. John the Baptist Church, Valatie, March 30, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with the funeral service following at 6:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John’s Church, Faith Formation, Valatie. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Richard R. Burns (1926 – 2015)

ALBANY—Richard R. Burns, 88, of Valatie died March 25, 2015 at Albany Memorial Hospital.

Born April 25, 1926 in Utica, he was the son of the late Richard W. and Helen C. (McLean) Burns.

Mr. Burns was a well-known, retired mechanic and worked for both Neenan’s Garage and New York Auto in Albany. He was always willing to lend a hand to those in need of advice or repairs to cars, trucks or tractors.

He loved to grow tomatoes and enjoyed reading about Scotland. He especially loved his cat, Lady Jane Gray.

He will be missed by many friends.

He was predeceased by his wife, Joann (Maxwell) Burns.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Joel Bohnsack (1952 – 2015)

GERMANTOWN—Joel Bohnsack, 62, of Germantown died Wednesday March 25, 2015 at his home after a long illness.

Born August 12, 1952 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Donald and Madeline (Mastro) Bohnsack.

Mr. Bohnsack was a 1971 graduate of the Germantown Central High School and received a degree in forestry from Wanakena Ranger School in 1973.

He was retired from the Germantown Telephone Company, where he had been its vice president for many years.

A loving husband and father, he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of the Pine Hill Lodge of Philmont and a former member of the Germantown Sportsmen’s Association; he was a former member of the Germantown Fire Company, and a life member of the NRA.

Survivors include: his wife, Nancy (Berrian) Bohnsack; three daughters, Catherine Bohnsack of NC, Cory (Matt) Smith of NC, and Christina Bohnsack of Germantown; granddaughter, Vonn Grey and a brother, Bruce and sister-in-law, Sandra Bohnsack of Germantown.

He was predeceased by his brother, Randall who died in 1971.

Funeral services were Saturday, March 28 at the Reformed Church in Germantown.

Private cremation followed at the Cedar Hill Crematory of Newburgh. For those who wish, memorial donations are requested in Mr. Bohnsack’s name to: The Pine Hill Lodge c/o Bruce Bohnsack, P.O. Box 47, Germantown 12526.

Arrangements were with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

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Alfred N. Odierno (1914 – 2015)

PITTSFIELD, MA—Alfred N. Odierno, 100, died Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at home at Melbourne Place. Born in Little Italy in New York City, June 10, 1914, he was the son of the late Silvio and Mary Yander Odierno. His family moved to Rockaway, NJ, where he graduated from Rockaway High School. He later graduated from the Casey Jones School of Aviation in 1934.

He began working for American Airlines in 1936 as a mechanic and was employed for more than 42 years before retiring in 1978 as the superintendent of quality control at LaGuardia Airport in New York City. He also played the trumpet for the American Airlines Band which gave him the opportunity to perform at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

On May 6, 1937, Mr. Odierno was an eyewitness to the Hindenburg disaster at the Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, NJ. During World War II, he was involved with the Air Transport Command, training the U.S. military how to use and repair airplanes used during the war.

Following his retirement, Mr. Odierno moved with his wife to Canaan. He was a parishioner and choir member at the Immaculate Conception Church in New Lebanon.

He was the: beloved husband of 64 years of the late Olive M. Renne Odierno, who died in 2007; devoted father of Mary Jo (Ralph) Vestuti of North Carolina, Alfred N. (Nancy) Odierno, Jr., of Maryland and Catherine M. (Dr. Philip) Catalano of Averill Park; proud grandfather of Lorraine Suger, Ralph and Phillip Vestuti, Virginia and Joseph Odierno, P.J. Catalano, Renne Catalano Gussman, Christopher Catalano and four great-grandchildren; uncle of Nancy Patterson and General Raymond Odierno. He was predeceased by three siblings.

Relatives and friends may call at the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 State Route 43, Stephentown, Thursday, April 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. The funeral service takes place at 1:30 p.m. with the Reverend John Close officiating. Interment will follow in the Cemetery of the Evergreens in New Lebanon.

Contributions may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires, 877 South Street, Suite 1W, Pittsfield, MA 01201 or Visit the condolence book at

Hubert G. Klose (1929 – 2015)

THE VILLAGES, FL—Hubert G. Klose, 85, of The Villages in Florida, formerly of Claverack, passed away Monday, March 9, 2015 in Florida, surrounded by his family.

Born September 23, 1929 in the Bronx, he was the son of the late Joseph and Martha (Vierhok) Klose. He was also predeceased by two brothers, Rudolph and Peter Klose.

Mr. Klose graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School and Fordham University-Business.

He was a member of the New York State National Guard in the Bronx during the Korean War. He worked with Shearson Hammill as a stock broker in Garden City, Long Island, and real estate broker with Robert Froehlick RE in Elmont, before moving to Hudson in 1972. He was an associate broker with Hudson Michael Realty until 1976, co-owner of Century 21 Heartland Realty from 1976 to 1980, owner broker of Random Realty in Claverack from 1981 to 1990 and as associate broker with Red Apple Realty until he retired in 2002. Mr. Klose was president of the Holy Names Society, St. Thomas the Apostle in West Hempstead, and president of the Columbia Greene Board of Realtors.

He is survived by: his loving wife, Donna Klose; five children, Joseph W. Klose (Kate) of Los Alamos, New Mexico, Ellen M. Maher (John) of Summit, NJ, Margaret A. Thayer (Wendall) of Voorheesville, Patricia J. McAneny (Michael) of Greenville and Jamie S. Harrigan (James) of Latham; 14 grandchildren and three nieces.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Church in Hudson, April 20, 2015 at noon. The family will receive friends one hour before the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care, Tavares Hospice House, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778 or Christ Church, 431 Union Street, Hudson 12534.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

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Alice V. Berneri (1937 – 2015)

HUDSON—Alice V. Berneri, 77, of Valatie died March 26, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born July 23, 1937 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Adelaide (Tassini) Berneri.

Ms. Berneri was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church and a member of St. John’s Elves. She was an avid gourmet cook and New York Mets fan.

She is survived by: her two sisters, Louann Berneri and Joan Berneri, both of Valatie.

She was predeceased by her brother, James Berneri.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, April 1, 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Valatie, with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery.

Calling hours are Tuesday, March 31 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

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