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OBITUARIES: Piester, Gardinier, Harris, Smith, Hendler, Dwy, Bard, DeBella, Bingham


Allen W. Piester (1949 – 2017)

COPAKE FALLS—Allen W. Piester, 67, passed away peacefully Friday, February 3 at home in the loving care of his family.

He was born December 24, 1949 in Great Barrington, MA.

He graduated from Hudson High School in 1968 and then enlisted in the Navy, serving from 1969 to 1973.

In 1978 he married his former wife, Sally Piester and resided for 20 years in West Copake where they raised their two children.

Mr. Piester is survived by: a daughter, Erin Benken and her husband Blair of Copake Falls; a son, Heath Piester of Great Barrington, MA; one granddaughter, Elsa Benken; a brother, Leland Piester and his wife Derenda of Fort Meade, FL; two nephews, Bryan and Chad; two nieces, Renee and Lauren and some lifelong friends.

He was predeceased by a sister, Sharon Radcliffe of Corona, CA.

An avid outdoorsman, he most enjoyed hunting, fishing, motorcycles and cooking.

There are no calling hours. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake. To send an online condolence visit

Rosetta M. Gardinier (1939 – 2017)

HUDSON—Rosetta Margaret Gardinier, 77, of Hudson passed away February 2 surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born February 4, 1939 to the late Wilbur Gardinier and Margaret Nash, also of Hudson.

Ms. Gardinier was employed at Lion Brand Corporation for 36 years and before that at the button factory.

She is survived by: her lifelong best friend, Dolores Shook; James (Suzanne) Shook, Darlene Schrader, Dawn (Alain) Sorokey, Casey (Jared) Dapp, Brianna (Randy) Conte, James Shook, Jr., Kelsey Shook; and her extended family grandchildren, Connor and Tyler Hohensheldt, Ryan and Evan Conte, and Landon and Gavin Halstead.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 9, 11 a.m. at the Rock Solid Church, 334 Union Street, Hudson. A reception immediately follows at the Federation of Polish Sportsmen Club, Newman Road, Greenport.

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

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Anne E.T. Harris (1943 – 2017)

HUDSON—Anne Elizabeth Tagart Rutherford Harris, longtime resident of Hudson passed away at her home February 2, 2017.

She was born January 16, 1943 in Musselburgh, Scotland, and moved to the United States in 1984. Ms. Harris worked most of her life as a medical receptionist for Columbia Memorial Family Practice. She greatly enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include: her sister, Joan Algie; niece, Lynda Algie Matthews; nephews, Iain, Bryan and Kyle Algie; as well as, many great-nieces and nephews who love her dearly.

Ms. Harris was predeceased by her parents, Agnes (Nancy) Robinson Rutherford and John (Jock) Rutherford.

Memorial visitation was Sunday, February 5 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit to leave condolences.

Jerry Smith (1957 – 2017)

HUDSON—Jerry Smith, 59, of Hudson Terrace Apartments, died Friday, February 3 at his residence.

He was born November 26, 1957 to the late William and Doris Smith in Brooklyn.

Mr. Smith grew up in Brooklyn with his siblings, where he received his education in the New York City Public School system. His greatest joys were baseball, playing music and making new friends. He was an extremely generous, kind-hearted man who loved to laugh and share with all he knew and loved. When he was asked to do or give of his time, if he had the ability, the wish was fulfilled.

Mr. Smith leaves to cherish his memory: five children; four brothers; five sisters; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and brothers-and sisters-in-law. He will be truly missed, but always remembered for his smile and laughter.

A memorial service will be held Friday February 10 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Immediately following the service, a repast will be at the Crosswinds Clubhouse, 15 Rogers Lane, Hudson.

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Michael P. Hendler (1950 – 2017)

HUDSON—Michael Patrick Hendler, son of the late David A. Hendler and Hilda Hendler, passed peacefully February 4, 2017 after a long illness.

He was born September 11, 1950 in Hudson. He attended St. Mary’s Academy, graduated from Cranwell Prep School, Ithaca College and received his master’s in education from Springfield College specializing in management and community organization.

Before his retirement in 2002, Mr. Hendler owned and operated Chatham Market Place and previously was a partner in Day’s Catch Seafood, Pittsfield, MA.

Mr. Hendler is survived by: his loving mother, Hilda Hendler; his sisters, Kathleen(Ronnie) Minor, Heide, Suzanne and Lisa Hendler; his nephew, David M. Hendler; nieces, Stefanie Moore, Jennifer and Rachael Harvender; his loving aunt, Ilse Lindblad and her daughter, Jackie; four great-grand-nieces and nephews, Logan, Jacob, Victoria and Alexander.

A funeral Mass will be conducted Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Hudson.

Donations may be made in Mr. Hendler’s memory to the Berkshire Humane Society, 214 Barker Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

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

Ronald A. Dwy (1936 – 2017)

LAKE KATRINE—Ronald A. Dwy, 80, of Lake Katrine passed away Saturday, January 28, 2017 at his home.

Mr. Dwy was a former lifelong resident of Ancram and worked at the Ancram Paper Mill.

Born November 5, 1936 in Ancram, he was the son of Vernon and Florence (Tanner) Dwy.

On April 28, 1963, he married Joan (Pitcher) Dwy, who passed away June 3, 2015.

Mr. Dwy is survived by: a daughter, Susan Mercado Meyer and her husband Glenn of Kingston; a son, Gary Mercado of Tucson, AZ; six grandchildren, Lisa Mercado, Lori Mercado, Kelly Mercado, Evan Mercado, Amethyst Meyer and Chad Roy; and five great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a son, Lee C. Mercado January 6, 2007; and a brother, Harold Dwy.

There are no calling hours. Funeral service and burial at Evergreen Cemetery, Pine Plains will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Hospice of Ulster County, 400 Aaron Court, Kingston 12401.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains.

Sean J. Bard (1975 – 2017)

LIVINGSTON–Sean J. Bard, 41, of Livingston died January 26, 2017 at his home.

Born September 15, 1975 in Rhinebeck, he was the son of the late Donald Bard, Jr., and Donna (Ransom) Bard.

Prior to his illness forcing him to retire, he worked as a parts clerk at AutoZone in Hudson.

Survivors include; a half-brother, Gary R. Mesec, Jr.; aunts, Debbey Staats and Fran Ransom; an uncle, Thomas Ransom, Jr., and several cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his stepmother, Ann Bard; an uncle, Duane T. Ransom and cousin, Michael Butt.

There were no calling hours and burial was private at Red Church Cemetery, Tivoli. Arrangements were with Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

John A. DeBella (1958 – 2017)

HUDSON—John A. DeBella, age 58, of East Chatham died Friday, February 3 at Columbia Memorial Hospital after a long battle with cancer (LMS).

He is survived by: his loving wife of 18 years, Debra; his two children, Christopher and Angela; his mother, Genevieve; two grandchildren, Brianna and Alyssa. He was predeceased by his sister, Peggy Quinn.

Mr. DeBella was a brave and loyal soldier serving in the United States Army. He was stationed in Korea as well as Germany and was discharged with full honors in 1983.

Mr. DeBella was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying nature with a passion for hunting and fishing. Many of his fondest hunting excursions were shared with his lifelong friend, Tom Bell of Canaan.

A local grocery store manager for many years, Mr. DeBella was well-known in the community. He greeted most customers by name with a friendly face and was always willing to lend a hand. He married his loving wife, Debra (Felpel) of Ghent in August 1998. The two of them shared a love for animals, fostering and finding homes for a variety of unwanted pets over the years. Gone but not forgotten, the memory of “John DeBella will live on in our hearts.” A celebration of life is planned by the DeBella family in the early summer.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-FarberCancer Institute in memory of Mr. DeBella to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via Arrangements are with the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. To convey condolences visit

Robert W. Bingham (1939 – 2017)

ALBANY—Robert W. Bingham, 77, of Nassau passed away February 6, 2017.

He was born in Kinderhook to the late Walter and Rachel Bingham.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served on the U.S.S. Independence and U.S.S. Leyte before entering civilian life and going to work for Montgomery Ward for 21 years. Following his work at Montgomery Ward, Mr. Bingham became a dairy farmer for eight years and eventually went to work for the Ichabod Crane Central School District and retired after 10 years.

He is survived by: his loving wife, Diane Bingham of Nassau; brother, Carl (Mary Jane) Bingham of Ghent; sister, Shirley (Gene) Meyers of Mesa, AZ; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services from the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home, 11 Elm Street, Nassau take place Friday, February 10 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home Thursday, February 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be in the Nassau-Schodack Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Bingham’s memory may be made to the Nassau Reformed Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 495, Nassau 12123. Online condolences may be offered at

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