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Joseph P. Russo (1942 – 2018)

CATSKILL—Joseph P. Russo, 76, of Stuyvesant died Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Green Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born March 17, 1942 in Albany, he was the son of the late Joseph and Helen (Green) Russo.

Mr. Russo worked for shipping and receiving for the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance in Albany and Local # 190 in Glenmont. He was a 50-year member of Stuyvesant Fire Company #1, an avid master gardener who bred his own lilies and also belonged to the Iris and Day Lily Society.

He is survived by: his wife, Mary Ann (Julian) Russo; three stepsons, Edward Smyth (Christine), Allen Smyth (Julie) and Joseph Smyth (Amy); his loving niece, Marietta Hanley and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Ronald Russo.

Burial services were private for the family in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the American Kidney Foundation. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

George Reilly (1943 – 2018)

ALBANY—George Reilly, 75, of Copake passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn.

He was born September 19, 1943 in Mahopac, the son of Dora (Simmons) Seaver of Copake and the late Bernard Reilly.

Mr. Reilly was a dairy farmer in Patterson until his retirement due to disability. He would help anyone in need, no matter what the circumstances.

Survivors include: his mother of Copake; two daughters, Deborah Ashby of Ancram and Brenda Reilly of Hudson; a son, George Reilly, Jr., of Kingston; his only granddaughter, Erin Ashby of Ancram; his siblings, Trudy Gildersleeve of Castleton, Catherine Bromiley of Knightdale, NC, Bernard (Charlotte) Reilly of Augusta, GA, David (Martha) Reilly of Knightdale, NC, and Joe Reilly of Newburgh.

He was predeceased by his father, Bernard; sister, Jane Monteleone; son-in-law, Dale Ashby and granddaughter, Amber Ashby.

Friends are invited and may call Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22 in Copake.

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 22, 2018 at 11a.m. with Vicar Jackie Jefferson of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ancram officiating. Interment will follow in the Copake Cemetery.

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Robert M. Worsfold (1926 – 2018)

ALBANY—Robert M. Worsfold, 91, of Kinderhook passed away Monday, October 15, 2018 in Albany.

He was born in New York City to John and Carmen Worsfold. He graduated from Ramsey High School in Ramsey, NJ. At 17, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a sonarman in World War II. Upon discharge, he got his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Prior to retiring, he was executive VP of Estee Lauder, Inc., and president of Estee Lauder International, which he established.

He is survived by: his wife, Quintina, daughter, Marnee, son-in-law, Tom and grandson, Pierce, all of Kinderhook, and his brother, Ralph of South Carolina.

Funeral services and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

John T. Verity (1925 – 2018)

GERMANTOWN—John Treadwell Verity, age 93, passed quietly Friday, October 19 at the home of his adopted family in Germantown.

He was born in Valley Stream, January 29, 1925. In 1948, Mr. Verity worked at Mitchell Field as part of the Air Defense Command. He later went on to work for Long Island Light Company (National Grid) for 53 years as a lineman, field supervisor and instructor.

He was a lifelong member and honorary chief of the Valley Stream Fire Department, Engine Company #2.

Mr. Verity was predeceased by his father, Jesse and mother, Elizabeth of Stuyvesant Falls. He is survived by his adopted family, Barbara Brown of Stuyvesant Falls, Roy Brown and Nicky Sacco-Brown of Germantown; his cousin, Sylvia Miner of Valatie and his close friend, George Loeffler of Valley Stream.

Mr. Verity had a wry sense of humor and an uncanny recall of facts and history. He was a graduate of Farmingdale State College and obtained a degree in animal husbandry and horticulture science. He had a great thirst for knowledge, studying the German language in his 70s. He was known to answer people in a variety of different languages picked up from his travels to Europe and Ireland.

He loved gardening, flowers and plants and spent many happy hours puttering in his greenhouse and gardens. He was an avid skier and held a black belt in karate. He loved lingering at the family dinner table for many hours after the meal was over, taking in the conversation, especially when dogs and babies were involved.

Calling hours will be at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, Wednesday, October 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a graveside service Thursday, October 25 at 11 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.

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