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OBITUARIES: Pegalis, Gaska, Conte, Motts


Laura Ann Pegalis

GREAT NECK—Laura Ann Pegalis, 75, passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at her home in Great Neck after a long battle with cancer.

She was the owner of PJ’s Quarterhorses in Ancram and loved spending time on the horse farm.

Her greatest love was for family and friends and she made a deep impact on all who knew her. She will be greatly missed.

Friends are invited and may call at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22 in Copake, Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Services will follow at 2 p.m. with Rabbi Neil Hirsch officiating.

Interment will be in the West Copake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Community Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 327, Copake 12516.

Harold P. Gaska (1927 – 2017)

PHILMONT—Harold P. Gaska, 90, formerly of Peekskill died June 18, 2017 at the Pine Haven Nursing Home.

Born March 3, 1927 in Peekskill, he was the son of the late Thomas and Adelaide Gaska.

Mr. Gaska served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He enjoyed good music and doing puzzles.

He was predeceased by his step-mother, Emily (Zembrowski) Gaska; sister, Helen and three brothers, George, Walter and Wilbur Gaska.

A memorial service will be held Monday, June 26, 1 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. Friends will be received at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be at a later date in the Assumption Cemetery in Peekskill. Condolences may be expressed at yadackfox.com

Sara F. Conte

HUDSON—Sara Frances Cardinale Conte died June 18.

She was born during World War I in Hudson, to Daisy Denniston Cardinale and Frank Cardinale.

Her parents were charter members and founders of Mount Carmel Church in Hudson.

Mrs. Conte grew up during the Great Depression. She chose to be a beautician. She and a friend traveled to Albany each day by railroad for her training. After graduation, with the help of her father, she opened her own salon called Sari’s Beauty Parlor. During World War II, she met and married Fred John Conte. A few months later, Mr. Conte left to serve his country. He was stationed in Pearl Harbor and was aboard a ship off the waters of Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was bombed.

Mrs. Conte operated her beauty shop until her husband returned from the Navy. They moved from Hudson to Troy where Mr. Conte attended the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and became a mechanical engineer. He later took a job with IBM and subsequently worked in the space program with General Electric. He was mentioned in Time Magazine for helping design the nose cone for Apollo and appeared in Who’s Who in Science.

Mrs. Conte was a homemaker, a mother and active in the community.

She was active with the League of Women Voters and the Election Board. She volunteered for the Red Cross and the Church Thrift Shop. She helped with fundraisers for the dental clinic and the Indian reservations. She was a member of the garden club and enjoyed taking craft courses. She made many beautiful wreaths; took several First Aid courses and was an assistant Girl Scout leader for many years.

In 1986, Mrs. Conte lost her beloved husband and to cancer. She moved to Hershey Mills, an adult community in West Chester, PA, and continued her volunteer work at the church thrift shop. In 2007 she became a member of the Col. David Hall Chapter of the DAR.

She loved her family and her dogs and living in her own home. She always had a positive attitude.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Daisy and Frank Cardinale and her two brothers, Charles and Jim Cardinale. She is survived by: her daughter, Gloria Lester (Bill) in Lewes, DE, where she resided for the past year and a half; her daughter, Anita Jensen (Bill) in Phoenixville, PA; her granddaughter, Linda Shupe (Roger) and her great-granddaughter, Caitlyn in Saint Mary’s, GA.

Visitation takes place Thursday, June 22, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Bates Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. A funeral Mass follows at noon at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 429 Allen Street in Hudson. Burial will take place immediately following at Cedar Park Cemetery.

Janet H. Motts (1948 – 2017)

PLEASANT VALLEY—Janet Hope Motts, 69, a two-year Pleasant Valley resident and a 25-year Dutchess County resident, died peacefully at her home, Tuesday, June 13, 2017 with her loving family at her bedside.

Mrs. Motts worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Adler in White Plains, before devoting all her time at home to raising her children.

Born May 18, 1948 in White Plains, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Frances (Lingis) Jackson. She was a graduate of White Plains High School. On May 30, 1974 in White Plains, she married Arthur J. Motts.

Mr. Motts survives at home. Mrs. Motts will be dearly missed by her beloved husband, loving children and grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Motts is survived by: five children, Lorie Laux and her husband Alan of Peoria, AZ, Michael Leone of Stanfordville, Charlotte Irish and her husband Michael of Millerton, Elizabeth Motts of Poughkeepsie, and Alicia Motts and her companion Jesse Emerson of Dover Plains; a brother, Frank Jackson and his wife Sue of Copake; three sisters, Barbara Garbarino and her husband Guido of Carmel, Virginia Fisher and her husband David of Tucson, AZ, and Patty Soltani of North Salem; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

At the request of the family, there are no calling hours or funeral services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton. To send an online condolence visit www.conklinfuneralhome.com

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