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OBITUARIES: Ranzoni, Coons, Poole, Friess, Gordineer, Irose, Pawlak, Gay


Mary R. Ranzoni (1933 – 2017)

GREENPORT—Mary R. Ranzoni, 83, of Greenport passed away peacefully Saturday, February 25, 2017 at home in the company of her loving family.

Born in Hudson, October 17, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Carmela (Concra) Tanzillo.

Mrs. Ranzoni attended St. Mary’s Academy, and later was a seamstress for Sylvia’s Dress Shop in Hudson for many years. She was a communicant of the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Hudson.

She will be greatly missed by: her loving husband of 62 years, Bernard “Bernie” Ranzoni at home; three daughters, Donna (Frank) Klein of Greenport, Rita (Bob) LaCasse of Greenport, AnnMarie (David) Proper of NC; two brothers, Pat (Marge) Tanzillo of Stottville, Peter (Rosemary) Tanzillo of Greenport; her sister, Rosemary (Richard) Goetz of Hudson; grandchildren, Meredith (Lou) Zapp, Laura Klein, Andrew Klein, Bob (Heather) LaCasse, Joe (Yoko) LaCasse, Michael LaCasse, Jennifer (Mike) Enyeart, Meagan (Chris) Porter; five great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 28 at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport, with Deacon Paul Roemer, Sr., officiating. Burial was in Cedar Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

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Raymond R. Coons (1947 -2017)

ALBANY—Raymond R. Coons, born October 10, 1947 in Hudson, passed peacefully away Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

He was a local contractor and avid fisherman.

Mr. Coons is survived by: his wife, Betty Jo “BJ” Wilson-Coons of Claverack; son, Ray A. Coons of Germantown; stepdaughter, Amy Wilson of Glenmont and grandson, Ryan Coons of Millbrook.

A memorial service will be held at Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson, Friday, March 3, 2017 from 3 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.

Theodore R. Poole (1958 – 2017)

ALBANY—Theodore R. Poole, 59, of Valatie died Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Albany Memorial Hospital.

Born January 22, 1958 in Albany, he was the son of the late Theodore Poole and Janice (VanNess) Murray of Chatham.

Mr. Poole was a U.S. Navy veteran and was employed by Craftech Industries in Hudson as a machinist. He enjoyed fishing, spending time with his family and was an avid Buffalo Bills fan.

Besides his mother, he is survived by: his wife, Wanda (Pasley) Poole; three children, Craig, Derrick and Brittany; two step-daughters, Stephanie Norris of Monticello, AR, and Tiffany Gilliam of Valatie; two brothers, George Poole of Florida and Garth Poole of Ghent; a sister, Wendy Klimeck of Chatham; two step-grandchildren, Madison and Jayla; several nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 1, 11 a.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be in Chatham Center Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 242, Valatie 12184.

Alan Friess (1941 – 2017)

CLERMONT—Alan Friess, 75, of Clermont died at home February 25.

He was born in Brooklyn, May 27, 1941 and attended the Yeshiva of Flatbush.

His family moved to Lynbrook, when he was 12. He attended Lynbrook High School where he excelled in athletics and academics. He was awarded nine varsity letters in baseball, football (All-Nassau) and basketball. He was admitted to Harvard College and graduated cum laude in 1963 with a BA in history. He earned a master’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University, where he also served as an adjunct professor.

In 1965 Mr. Friess began the study of law at New York University Law School, graduated and was admitted to the practice of law in 1967.

His first position as a lawyer was staff attorney with National Labor Relations Board. After two years, he was employed as an attorney with the Legal Aid Society becoming director of the Criminal Defense Division in Manhattan in charge of all attorneys and staff. After several years, based on his labor law experience, he applied for and was appointed counsel to the Deputy Mayor for Labor Relations of the City of New York, Basil Patterson. While serving in that position and during a meeting in the office of Mayor Koch, Mr. Friess met his future wife Rosemary Carroll, counsel to NYCPD. In 1979, he was appointed judge to the Criminal Court and served until 1982 when he left the position in his unique way. He went into the private practice of law, as a criminal defense attorney for 23 years.

In 1983, Mr. Friess married Ms. Carroll. They purchased a home in Clermont, Columbia County, while living and working in Manhattan for 25 years.

Mr. Friess became a member of Columbia County Golf and Country Club where he loved to golf and spend time with the men who became his lifelong friends. Throughout his life, he also enjoyed the camaraderie and competition of his weekly poker game.

Mr. Friess and his wife were blessed with two sons: Harris Patrick born September 1984 and Lyle Owen in May 1986. There is no question that his sons were the great joy and pride of his life. His abiding love for them was exhibited in actions more than words and they could always count on him to be there for them. His sons always had a special bond with him and relied on their father for his wisdom and devoted support. During his terrible illness his sons were at his side with deep love and devotion even in his final moment.

In addition to his wife and sons and their significant others, Lindsay Waxer and Giulia Theodoli, Mr. Friess is survived by his loving brother Mark, his wife Debbie, and their children Brad and Melissa and by his loving sister, Susan Bolton.

He also leaves behind his Uncle Murray Weiss and Aunt Lenore.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 2 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Bates & Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

On Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5, the family will receive friends and family from 1 to 8 p.m. at 9 Wyckoff Street, Brooklyn.

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Muriel Gordineer (1929 – 2017)

RHINEBECK—Muriel Gordineer, 87, of Red Hook died February 26, 2017 at the Baptist Home.

Born July 30, 1929 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Wilbur and Frances (Holmegrom) Fetzer.

Mrs. Gordineer worked for many years at Stop and Shop in Rhinebeck and Taconic Farms in Germantown.

She was married to Richard (Bud) Gordineer, who died in 1986. Together they had 10 children: eight sons, Allan, Wayne, Thomas, Richard III, Donald, Robert, Dennis and David and two daughters, Caroline and Cathy; 40+ grandchildren and 10+ great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at the convenience of the family at a date to be announced.

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. Condolences may be expressed at

Charles “Chuck” V. Irose, Jr.

CHATHAM—Charles “Chuck” V. Irose of Chatham passed away while traveling abroad February 26, 2017. Service details and obituary will follow. Arrangements are with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

Marie Pawlak (1935 – 2017)

HUDSON—Marie Pawlak, 81, of Clermont died Monday February 27, 2017 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born December 16, 1935 in the Bronx, she was the daughter of the late John Francis and Marie (Osenbruck) Silkowski, Sr.

Mrs. Pawlak was a groomer, breeder and showed Airdale Terriers and was a member of the Airdale Terrior Club of American.

She had worked and retired as a manager at Caldor in Kingston.

Surviving are: her husband, Richard P. Pawlak, whom she married July 20, 1957 in the Bronx; a daughter and son-in-law, Candy and Calvin Ogden, and a grandson, Ryan Ogden.

Calling hours will take place at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown, Friday, March 3, noon to 2 p.m.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in the Red Church Cemetery in Tivoli.

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Malcolm M. Gay (1959 – 2017)

VALATIE—A memorial service for Malcolm MacIan Gay, 57, will be held Saturday, March 4, 11 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 3212 Church Street, Valatie, with the Reverend Kathi Jones officiating.

A calling hour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service. A reception will follow in the church hall.

Mr. Gay lived in Hudson and died February 14, 2017 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

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

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