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Louise M. Robb (1922 – 2017)

TITUSVILLE, FL—Louise M. Robb died August 3, 2017 at Riverview Retirement Center in Titusville, FL, after a short illness at age 95.

Born April 26, 1922 in Yonkers, she was the daughter of the late Margherita and Vincenzo Azzinaro.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles P. Robb and daughters, Diane McGuire and Barbara Robb.

She leaves to cherish her memory: four surviving children, Charles Robb, Patricia, Geraldine and Gerald; sons-in-law, Thomas Haupt and John Casterella; daughters-in-law, Roberta Robb and Teresita Robb. She was blessed with 23 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Robb was the kindest person one could meet. She opened her heart and her home to many friends over the years. She had a beautiful smile that could light up any

room. She enjoyed spending time and visiting with her family and friends. She made the best pasta and meatballs and rice pudding, they could not be duplicated. She loved playing cards, bingo and going to the casino. She will be sorely missed.

Calling hours take place at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Saturday, August 19 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. when prayers will be offered before interment in Saint James Cemetery. Condolences may be conveyed at

Wilfred D. MacGiffert (1925 – 2017)

HUDSON—Wilfred D.“Bud” MacGiffert, Jr., 92, passed away peacefully August 3, 2017 at the Firemen’s Home.

He was born May 17, 1925 to Wilfred D. and Aleta (Scott) MacGiffert.

He served his country in the South Pacific with the 133 Navy Sea Bees as a motor machinist mate second class.

He was one of last survivors of the initial invasion on Iwo Jima, and was quoted in two books regarding the invasion. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1946 he returned home to Hudson, where he opened MacGiffert Brothers Garage along with his brother, Jack.

After retirement from MacGiffert Bros., Mr. MacGiffert was affiliated with Thorpe’s GMC in Tannersville. He was a stock car owner and driver in the 1950s. He enjoyed boating and waterskiing on the Hudson River. In his later years he wintered in Fort Lauderdale.

Mr. MacGiffert was a life-member of the Greenport Fire Company #1, a member of the Hudson Elks #787, and was a former director and member of the Hudson Powerboat Association. He was active in military service reunions, and was in the Island Service Group in Ft. Lauderdale.

He is survived by: his two sons, Robert and Beth MacGiffert of Hudson, and Paul and Margaret MacGiffert of Rexford; his three step-children, Joseph Barca of CT, Maryann and Chris Bopp of Beacon and John and Cindy Barca of OH; his grandchildren, Robert, Jr. and Tracy MacGiffert of Purling, Anne and Anthony Durante of Carmel, Shannon MacGiffert of White Plains, Marie Mutryn of CO, and Don Dahlgren of Valatie; great-grandchildren, Olivia, Ally and Colin MacGiffert; step-great-grandchildren, Sarah and Emma Durante, Ben Barca and Erin Wortman; his sister-in-law, Sophie MacGiffert of Fort Myers, FL; many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Anne Buckley MacGiffert and wife, Constance Grabowski MacGiffert; his two brothers, James McGiffert and John MacGiffert.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated August 7, 2017 from St. Mary’s Church, 429 Allen Street, Hudson. Interment followed at Cedar Park Cemetery. Arrangements were with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. MacGiffert’s name to the Greenport Pumper Co. #1, P.O. Box 41, Hudson 12534. The family thanks the nurses, aides and staff of the Firemen’s Home for the excellent care and compassion shown to Mr. MacGiffert.

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Carmella Maturi (1922 – 2017)

HUDSON—Carmella Maturi, 94, passed away August 7, 2017 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

She was born August 9, 1922 in Hudson to James and Rose (Poppiti) Curcio.

She graduated from Hudson High School and was married to Frank Maturi.

Mrs. Maturi worked as a seamstress at different textile mills in Hudson and at Columbia Memorial Hospital, before her retirement. She was very active at senior centers, where she taught cooking classes and enjoyed crafts.

A renown cook, she not only prepared special recipes for her friends but gave cooking classes to the residents at the Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center. She loved knitting for friends and family.

Mrs. Maturi is survived by: her son, Gerry (Kathleen) Maturi; her grandchildren, Christina Maturi and Frank (Lindsay) Maturi; two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Alexa Maturi; her brother, Joseph Curcio; her sister-in-law, Rosemarie Curcio; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Frank; three brothers and five sisters.

Mrs. Maturi was a quiet, kind and gentle woman who got great joy from cooking for others and doing things for her family and friends. She will be missed by all who knew her.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, August 10, 2017, noon from Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Interment will follow at Cedar Park Cemetery. Visitation will precede the service beginning at 11 a.m. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the American Heart Association.

George E. Reynolds, Jr. (1964 – 2017)

CHATHAM—George E. Reynolds, Jr., 52, of Yarmouth, ME, died suddenly August 2, 2017.

He was the beloved son of Isabel Koch (Edward) and George Reynolds, Sr. (Patricia); husband of Pamela Reynolds; brother of Debbie Craft (Randall) and Richard Reynolds (Michele). He is also survived by his niece, Jaime and nephew, Erik; step-daughters, Jennifer and Julie; and cousin, Scott Jensen, with whom he shared a special brotherly bond.

Originally from Austerlitz, Mr. Reynolds attended Chatham High School. He was adored by many aunts and uncles and cousins and all those who knew him. He was a kind gentle soul and his sense of humor and laugh were well known among his friends and family as was his love of the Grateful Dead. He will forever be in our hearts.

Calling hours followed by a celebration of life will be held Wednesday, August 9, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Columbia Pathways to Recovery, P.O. Box 486, Ghent 12075.

Steven W. C. Whiteman (1995 – 2017)

EAST CHATHAM—Steven William Christopher Whiteman, beloved son of Meghan Rizzi Whiteman of East Chatham and Paul C. Whiteman of Albany died unexpectedly at home August 5, 2017.

He was born in Hudson, October 30, 1995. He was a graduate of Chatham High School and was currently employed by McDonalds in Valatie.

He enjoyed music, cooking and spending time with family and friends. He was a great help to his grandparents, William S. and Kathleen E. Rizzi of Canaan, and Paul and Dona Whiteman of Ghent.

Mr. Whiteman is also survived by: his sibling, Vaughn Whiteman of East Chatham; his close blended family members, Robert Lagerwall of East Chatham and his children, Bryan, Tyler and Kylie.

He will be sorely missed by his very close aunt, Cara and uncle, Eric Kiablick of Canaan; his great-grandmother, Joan P. Rueckheim of Old Chatham; his paternal aunts, Lynn Rippel of Ghent and Jenny DeFranco of Slingerlands; many grief-stricken great aunts, uncles, dear cousins and friends.

Family and friends are invited to call at Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham, Thursday, August 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. with service immediately following.

To honor Mr. Whiteman, donate blood as he did.

Barbara Sandstedt (1953 – 2017)

CANAAN—Barbara Sandstedt, 64, of Canaan passed away at her residence August 7, 2017 surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

She was born June 17,1953 in Flushing, Queens, the daughter of Arnold Buttner of Boynton Beach, FL, and the late Emilia (Buran) Buttner.

She was a 1976 graduate of Queens College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Along with her husband, she moved to Canaan in 1976. Together they established the Bar-Ken Service Center in 1977 and in 1988 Mrs. Sandstedt began serving the community at the Canaan Corner Deli continuing her entrepreneurship.

Besides her father, Arnold Buttner, Mrs. Sandstedt is survived by: her husband of 40 years, Kenneth Sandstedt of Canaan; daughter, Kristine Kirk and husband Gary of Quincy, MA, and their children, Gavin, Rory and Sean; sons, Brian Sandstedt and his fiancee’ Ashley Bemiss and her daughter Madison of East Chatham, Kory Sandstedt and wife Kristin and their son Noah of Quincy, MA: her father and mother-in-law, Bob and Grace Sandstedt of Canaan; three siblings, Jeanette Boyle, Robert Buttner and Maryann Bernard.

Calling hours will be Wednesday evening, August 9, 4 to 8 p.m. from the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. There are no funeral services.

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