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OBITUARIES: Rio, Gabriel, Brandow, Whiffen


James Rio

VALATIE—Brother James Rio, 77, a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross, passed away December 5, 2016 at St. Joseph Center.

Born and raised in New Britain, CT, he entered Holy Cross after high school and first professed his vows as a religious Brother August 23, 1959. His first assignments were to teach at St. Thomas Aquinas School in Brooklyn and then at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the Bronx. From 1965 to 1973, Br. Rio served as a teacher, administrator and religious superior in Holy Cross ministries in Uganda. Twice he was assigned to Holy Cross High School, Flushing, 1974 to 1982 and 2011 to 2013. His longest assignment, 15 years, was to Notre Dame High School, West Haven, CT, 1982 to 1997. In his later years, he served as a computer skills instructor at educational ministries of Catholic Charities in New York.

The Memorial Service will be held Friday, December 9, 2016 at 7:15 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, December 10, 2016, 11 a.m. followed by burial. All services will be held at the chapel at Saint Joseph Center, Valatie. Those who will attend the Mass and stay for lunch, should notify Susan Henderson at 518 784-9481 X 209 or

Angela M. Gabriel (1926 – 2016)

HUDSON—Angela M. Gabriel, 90, of Stockport died peacefully Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Community Hospice in Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born in Mechanicville, November 3, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Alessandra (Idivi) Viscusi. She was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School in Schenectady, and was a devoted wife, mother, grand and great-grandmother. She was a member of the Stockport Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and the Hudson Elks #787 Ladies Auxiliary, an avid flower gardener and was an integral part of SCRAP, an organization to help keep Stockport clean.

She will be missed by her loving family including sons: V. Ronald Gabriel of Hudson, Richard and (MaryAnn) Gabriel of Stockport, one daughter Roberta and (John) Haag of Rochester, NY, grandchildren: Jyl and (Sean), Zak and (Jessie), Victor, Mia, Alex and Bradley as well as great-grandchildren: Amara, Andrew, Rian and Gavin. She was predeceased by her husband, Victor M. Gabriel in 1979 and her sister, Ann DeCaesar.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday, December 8, 11 a.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Funeral services will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery Stuyvesant Falls. Memorial contributions in her memory are requested to a favorite charity. To leave online condolences visit

Helen A. Brandow (1928 – 2016)

ALBANY—Helen Athena (Mosley) Brandow, 87, of Hudson passed away November 27, 2016 with her family by her side.

Born December 19, 1928 in Red Oak, VA, she was the daughter of Flem and Mamie (Davis) Mosley.

To mourn her loss and cherish her legacy are: eight surviving children, Jordette Brandow of Manhattan, Robin Brandow of Albany, Raythena Brandow of Hudson, Bridgette Brandow of Bowling Green, KY, Barrette Brandow of Newark, NJ, Mitchell and Cedric Brandow of Hudson and Trenton Brandow of Troy; three sisters, Dorothy Pettus of Washington, DC, Grace Davis and Annabelle Whitehead, both of Red Oak, VA; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mrs. Brandow was predeceased by her husband, William Brandow; daughters, Wallicia and Torie Brandow; sons, William “Larry”, Glendale, Toris, Loren and Vontrice Brandow.

Memorial visitation was held December 5 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler-Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Interment will be private.

“In loving memory: He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end. He noted that first came the date of her birth, and spoke the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. For the dash represents all the time that Helen spent alive on Earth, and only those who loved her know what that little line was worth.”

Timothy A. Whiffen (1945 – 2016)

SPENCERTOWN—It is with heavy hearts that his family announces the passing of Timothy A. Whiffen, November 28.

Born August 1, 1945, he lived his entire life in Spencertown, building his home on his father’s land.

He is survived by: his cherished wife of 47 years, Glen; his daughter and son-in-law, Emily and Rob Warrington; his daughter-in-law, Karla Whiffen; his grandsons, Jesse Warrington and Cole Whiffen; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Valerie and Peter Wallin; his brother and sister-in-law, Richard (Rusty) and Jan Whiffen; his nieces, Katie Whiffen and Heidi (Mike) Nick; nephew, Douglas (Linda) Ferm, as well as a loving extended family in New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Arkansas and Montana.

He was predeceased by his son, Tyler Whiffen and brother-in-law, Robert Mitchell.

After graduating from Chatham High School, Mr. Whiffen served four years in the United States Navy, eventually working as a lineman for New York State Electric & Gas, retiring after 30 years. During that time, he also operated a sawmill, selling kiln-dried lumber.

Mr. Whiffen loved the simple things in life—wool Filson vests, whiskey and a good cigar, the Adirondack Mountains, James Michener, John Denver, Cooks Magazine, draft horses, hunting, gardening, woodstoves and animals. An honest and true man, if he shook your hand, you had his word, and he expected the same. He was known to carry on conversations with everyone, even the sales people while placing an order with Cabela’s. He’ll be remembered for his bellowing laugh, NYSEG stories, and heart-warming whistling, as well as his homemade pies for people in need. For him, a day in the woods was a good day. He taught his children and grandchildren to appreciate nature and conservation, and live simply. “We are honored and blessed to have had him in our lives and all that he taught us. There will not be another.”

A private ceremony will be held in the family’s woods.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to WMHT, 4 Global View, Troy 12180 or the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

Arrangements are with the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. To send a message to the family visit

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