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Davina A. V. Poucher (2015 – 2017)

ALBANY—Davina Annalynn Viola Poucher died Sunday, May 21 2017 surrounded by love.

From the day she was born, June 8, 2015, Davina brought happiness and love into every life she touched.

She loved music and loved to sing and dance, especially to old musicals with her “Nana Cindy.” She loved to steal her Daddy’s coffee and lazy mornings cuddling with Mom.

She was funny and smart, absolutely beautiful and slightly mischievous. To meet her was to love her, you just couldn’t help it. It was impossible not to. “She was a gift sent to bring us joy and laughter, and we thank and honor her. She will live on in our memories, in our hearts and in the love that we give, as she did. Rest peacefully and we love you, always, our sweet little angel.”

Davina is survived by: her parents, Marlana (Stover) Taylor and Berton P. Poucher; brothers, Camron, Logan and Joshua; sister, Morgan; great-grandfather, Maurice Mitchell; grandparents, Cynthia Alger, Stephanie and Berton Poucher and Eleanor Kinney; aunts and uncles, Lisa Pinkerton, Kyle Stover, David Stover, Jr., Christopher Kinney, Tina Kinney, Robert and Deborah Kinney, Stephanie and Devin Poucher and Lukas Poucher as well as many loving cousins.

She was predeceased by: her grandfather, David T. Stover, Sr. and great-grandparents, Anne Mitchell and Jovanina Poucher, Elizabeth and Robert Stover and Gerald Alger.

Services will be held Friday, May 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Center for Donation or Ronald McDonald House.

Giuseppina Gioffi (1935 – 2017)

RHINEBECK—Giuseppina “Josephine” Gioffi, 81, a longtime resident of Rhinebeck, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

Born June 20, 1935, in the small village of Cerreto Sannita in the Benevento Province of Italy, she immigrated to the United States in 1950.

She married Robert Gioffi in 1960 while residing in Connecticut. They were married for 56 years and they lived in Rhinebeck for more than 53 of those years. Mr. Gioffi predeceased her May 15, 2017.

She was a longtime communicant of Good Shepherd Church in Rhinebeck and was a member of its Women’s Society. Mrs. Gioffi also volunteered at the Northern Duchess Hospital Thrift Store for more than 18 years.

Also known as “Pina” by her family and friends, Mrs. Gioffi is survived by: her children, Lucy Wilson of Germantown, Alex Gioffi of Rutland, VT, and Paul (Kristina) Gioffi of Moscow, Russia; her grandchildren, Justin, Gregory and Brian Wilson, and Mitchell, Zachary and Cody Gioffi; a great-grandson, Thomas Wilson; a brother, Tony in Connecticut; a sister, Dora in Italy; several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In addition to her loving husband, she was predeceased by five siblings.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 91 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, Tuesday, May 30, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 1 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Rhinebeck. Fr. Douglas Y. Crawford will officiate. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Rhinecliff.

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Walter R. Hess (1942 – 2017)

HARRISBURG, PA—Walter R. Hess, Sr., 74, of Elizaville passed away Monday, May 22, 2017 at the Arden Courts of Susquehanna after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

“Alzheimer’s is a terrible, selfish disease. It robs its victims not only of their memories but their personalities, bodies and lives. We refuse to allow this disease to taint the memories we have of Walter: our father, our grandfather, our friend.”

He was born September 30, 1942, in Grettstadt, Germany. He left war-torn Germany to find the American dream as a brave young man. He became a citizen, built and operated his business, H & W Orthopedic Arch Supports, Inc., supported a family and made an abundance of friends.

His family and friends will remember Mr. Hess’ nurturing and caring for his pigeons and all of nature’s birds; his frank response, “What’s the problem?,” when ending an answer to what he deemed a silly question; his hearty laugh and large capacity to have fun at any gathering, especially one of the Hess’s own parties; his all-so-familiar response when asked to indulge in another drink, bite of food or sweet: “I’d rather not…. Refuse you.”

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. to gather with the family and recall old memories. A memorial service will take place at 11:30 a.m. and interment will follow in Elizaville Methodist Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Hess’ memory to the Alzheimer’s Association or The National Audubon Society.

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