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OBITUARIES: Porpa, Groll, Miller, Sheline, Hazel, Andrews


Jeanne E. Porpa (1934 – 2015)

PHILMONT—Jeanne Elaine Porpa, 80, a lifelong resident of Hudson, passed away Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

Born January 26, 1934 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Rose (Cohen) Liepshutz.

Mrs. Porpa graduated from Hudson High School in 1951. She worked for many years at the Hudson River Bank and Trust in Hudson. She was an active and lifelong member of Congregation Anshe Emeth and its Sisterhood and Hadassah.

Mrs. Porpa worked on many civic committees for the City of Hudson. She served on the boards of many local organizations including the Hudson Elks Ladies Auxiliary and the American Heart Association.

Surviving are: three children, Karen Porpa Beach of Georgia, Jeffre Porpa and Leslie Rubino (Lewis) both of Hudson; five grandchildren, Susan Beach, Aaron Beach, Jessica Porpa, Amber Porpa and Hayden Rubino; and her brother, Barry Liepshutz of Red Hook.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Harold Porpa and her brother, Leonard Liepshutz.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. January 6 at Congregation Anshe Emeth.

Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Congregation Anshe Emeth. Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences for the family.

Darlene A. Groll (1948 – 2015)

ALBANY—Darlene A. Groll, 66, of Philmont passed away Monday, January 5, 2015 at Albany Medical Center.

Born September 5, 1948 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Betty A. (Traver) Oakes of Hudson and the late George J. Oakes.

Ms. Groll was a teacher’s aide at John L. Edwards School and former bookkeeper for the John Malasky Ford dealership. She loved to volunteer at St. Mary’s School functions especially bingo. Ms. Groll devoted her life to her children and grandchildren and loved kids and babysitting. She liked being home and always available for her family. She enjoyed making cakes for special occasions and baking and cooking. Ms. Groll was a Girl Scout leader for many years.

In addition to her mother, surviving are: her daughters, Jill (Jason) Hanley of Ghent and Tina Butterworth of Hudson; two granddaughters, Emma and Sara Hanley; her sister, Debbie Dobrowski of Hudson; her brother, Dan Oakes of Ravena; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, January 7 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 8 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences.

Florence M. Miller (1928 – 2015)

GHENT—Florence M. Miller, 86, a resident of Whittier Rehabilitation Center and formerly of Niverville, passed away peacefully in the presence of her family and went to be with the Lord January 4, 2015.

Born May 8, 1928 in Poolsburg, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Carrie (Cribbs) Williams.

She was a seamstress at Rielly Company in Valatie for many years. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and enjoyed sewing, baking, music and being with her family.

She is survived by: her daughter, Darlene Miller Butterworth (Charles) of Claverack; three stepchildren, John J. Miller of Stuyvesant, Jerilyn Curtis of Chatham and Howard Miller of Hudson; three grandchildren, Michelle Mavrides (Michael) of Kinderhook, Trisha Jansen (Kyle) of Berlin and Michael Terracciano of East Greenbush; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, John H. Miller and her step-son, Walter Miller.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 9, 10 a.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Burial will be in Linlithgo Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday, January 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Mark Sheline, Sr. (1951 – 2014)

ALBANY—Mark S. Sheline, 63, of New Lebanon died peacefully Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Albany Medical Center after being stricken at his home on Christmas Day.

Born in Pittsfield, MA, April 3, 1951, he was the son of the late Raymond Sheline and Margaret Saunders Sheline.

A lifelong resident of New Lebanon, he was a 1969 graduate of New Lebanon Central School. He later graduated from Fredonia State College with a degree in history and continued his fire service education at the New York State Fire Academy in Montour Falls.

He joined the Lebanon Valley Protective Association as a firefighter at the age of 18 was the current first assistant chief of the department with 45 years of service to his community. He was an honorary member of the Chatham Fire Company, a past president of the Columbia County Volunteer Firefighters Association, a past president of the Hudson Mohawk Firemen’s Association and a member the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), the Capital Region Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society (FOOLS) and several other fire department associations.

Mr. Sheline was employed previously at the Firemen’s Home in Hudson, Grossman’s in Pittsfield, MA, Ginsburg’s Lumber in North Adams, MA, Columbia Box in Chatham, Bennington Paper Company in Hoosick, Kimberly-Clark in CT, and was currently employed by Organic Chem in Rensselaer, where he worked for the past 12 years.

He was the beloved husband of June L. Watson Sheline, whom he married June 29, 2002; devoted father of Mark (Angela) Sheline, Jr., of Schaghticoke, Erica (Steve) Sheline and Ken Sheline, both of New Lebanon; stepfather of Gregory Lawson, Jr., of Pittsfield, MA; former husband of Mary Sheline of Chatham; grandfather of Lillian Mumford and Julianna Bink; and brother of Karl Sheline of PA.

He was predeceased by two brothers, William and Raymond Sheline. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and family members.

The funeral service with full fire department honors was conducted Sunday, January 4 at the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 State Route 43 in Stephentown. Interment followed in the Cemetery of the Evergreens in New Lebanon.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the FASNY Firemen’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson 12534.

Visit the condolence book at ParkerBrosMemorial.com.

Rose Marie Hazel (1947 – 2015)

Rose Marie Hazel of Sharon Springs passed away January 4, 2014.

Born in Chatham, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Doris Everett Gardina.

Mrs. Hazel graduated high school and went on to Potsdam University for her BA and then to George Mason University for her masters.

She was a teacher at the Prince George County, Maryland Public Schools and would later retire from the Prison Fellowship Ministries in Virginia where she was a counselor.

She is survived by: her husband, William Hazel; daughter, Hillarye (Lee) Hazel Nicely; five grandchildren; her sisters, Claudia (Guy) Yaple, Janice (William) Moore, Rita (John) Hanson and her brother, Richard (Lisa) Gardina.

There will be a graveside service offered Saturday, January 10, 1 p.m. at Saint James Cemetery.

Contributions in Mrs. Hazel’s name may be made to either the Sharon Springs Fire Department, 137 Beechwood Road, Sharon Springs 13459 or to the Schoharie County EMS, 2783 State Route 7 Suite 1, Cobleskill 12043. Arrangements are with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

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Brother David Andrews (1944 – 2015)

GHENT—Brother David Grant Andrews, CSC, died January 5.

He was born March 16, 1944 in Mansfield, Massachusetts, the fifth of 10 children born to Emery Collins Andrews and Elizabeth Bernier Andrews.

When his faith was sacramentally confirmed May 10, 1959 at St. Mary’s Church in Taunton, Massachusetts, Brother Andrews adopted the name of a formidable patron saint, Ignatius, which he often used thereafter as his middle name.

From early on, Brother Andrews felt that God was calling him to a life of service in the church. His high school years at Msgr. James Coyle High School were administered and staffed by the Brothers of Holy Cross and before the end of his junior year, he had decided upon his vocation.

Upon his high school in June of 1962, he entered St. Joseph Juniorate, Valatie and was received into the novitiate there in August 1962. Brother Andrews made his first profession of vows as a religious August 23, 1963 and his final profession August 22, 1969.

In September 1963, Brother Andrews began his undergraduate studies at Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1967. He later earned masters’ degrees in teaching English (Rhode Island College, 1975) and in social and systematic theology (Boston College, 1977). Brother Andrews completed pre-law studies at the University of Notre Dame in 1991 and received his JD from the University of Loyola School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana in May 1995.

After many teaching assignments and directing programs at St. Joseph Center in Valatie, Brother Andrews became the director of education for the Eastern Province of the Brothers of Holy Cross. After completing his law degree at Loyola University, Brother Andrews was named the executive director of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference (1995 to 2007). To this and to succeeding roles as the coordinator of justice and peace for the Congregation of Holy Cross (2006 to 2010) and as a senior representative for Food & Water Watch (2008 to 2014), Brother Andrews brought his remarkable talents. With faith and compassion, he expanded his home experience of living in a large family to a global context in which all must care and share in order to survive. A truth-speaker, he fearlessly and eloquently voiced concerns about our relationship to the earth and to each other, challenging the complacent, the powerful and the short-sighted profit-makers.

When failing health demanded his attention, Brother Andrews retired to the St. Joseph Center, but maintained a keen interest in community news and the world issues that stayed close to his heart. On Monday morning, January 5, 2015, while receiving his dialysis treatment in Ghent, Brother Andrews peacefully slipped the bonds of this good earth and went to meet the God of Truth who had called him since early on. “May our dear Brother David rest in peace.”

He is especially loved by his numerous brothers and sisters: Bruce Andrews, Jane Correia, James Andrews, Timothy, Leo and Dennis Andrews, Kathleen Viveiros, his late sister Melanie Andrews and Kevin Andrews; many nieces and nephews.

Services for Brother Andrews will be held at St. Joseph Center, 495 Maple Lane North, Valatie. The wake prayer service will be at 7 p.m., Friday, January 9, and a funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 10, with burial to follow at the community cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

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