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Hilda May Sands (1927 – 2015)

POUGHKEEPSIE—Hilda May Sands, 87, of Millerton passed away January 10, 2015 at Vassar Brother’s Medical Center. She was born April 18, 1927 in Derby, CT, the daughter of the late Russell and Edna Mea (French) Palmer.

Mrs. Sands was owner and operator of the Millerton Diner and the Round Tuit Restaurant. She also worked for the Interlaken Inn and Noble Horizons.

She is a member of the Millerton American Legion Post # 178 Ladies auxiliary.

She graduated from Winsted High School.

On November 29, 1946 in Millerton, she married Douglas Leon Sands. He predeceased her in 1989.

Survivors include: three sons, Douglas R. Sands of Millerton, Bobby and his wife Frosty Sands of Daytona Beach, FL, and Larry and his wife Linda Sands of Pine Plains; two daughters, Linda and her husband Ronnie Jones of Copake and Kathy Acklin of Millerton; 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandsons.

She was also predeceased by two sisters and two brothers.

Calling hours will be held at the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake, Friday, January 16, 5 to 7 p.m. The funeral service will be held Saturday, January 17, 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Reverend William Mayhew officiating.

A reception will follow the service at the Millerton American Legion Post # 178.

Burial will be in the Irondale Cemetery in the family plot in the spring.

Memorial contributions are requested to the American Legion Post # 178, 115 Route 44, Millerton or the Millerton Fire Department, 24 Century Boulevard, Millerton 12546.

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Wanda A. Garrison (1944 – 2015)

HUDSON—Wanda A. Garrison, 70, of Vista Lane, Copake passed away Thursday, January 8, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

She was born January 26, 1944 in Brooklyn, the daughter of the late Bernard and Bernice (Sacklyn) Rodnite.

Mrs. Garrison was the activity director for the Lovely Hills Nursing Home in Pawling. She also worked part-time at Copake Pharmacy.

Survivors include: her two sons, Robert Garrison, Jr., of NC, and George and his wife Marguerite Maddaloni of Ancram; two daughters, Joyce and her husband David Myer of Oxford, PA, and Christine Maddaloni of Albany; nine grandchildren, Daniel, Dawn, Ashley, Jeff, Caitlin, Alyssa, Krista, April and Matt; five great grandchildren, Kaylee, Kyler, Odin, Raven and Jackson.

She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur  “Bob” R. Garrison, August 4, 2009.

Friends are invited and may call at the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22 in Copake, Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, January 16, 2015, 10 a.m. from the Parish of Our Lady of Hope, 8074 State Route 22, Copake Falls, with the Reverend George Brennan officiating.

Interment will follow in St. Bridget’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are requested to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

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Charles R. Stone, Sr. (1922 – 2015)

HUDSON—Charles R. Stone, Sr., 92, of Columbiaville died January 9, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born October 18, 1922 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Herbert and Ethel (Myers) Stone.

Mr. Stone served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was employed by A.D. Julliard in Stottville and Foster’s Refrigeration in Hudson and retired as a printer from Universal Match Company in Greenport. He was a member of the Stockport Fire Company, an avid hunter, fisherman, woodworker and New York Yankee’s fan.

He is survived by: his wife, Frances (Lippera) Stone; his daughter, Barbara Truman of Hollywood, FL; his son, Charles R. Stone, Jr., of Columbiaville; two grandchildren, Maria Sanabria and Charles Harley Truman; two great-grandchildren, Lilliahna Sanabria and Lorenzo Sanabria; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his siblings, William Stone, Alice Torchia and Paul Stone.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of St. Joseph, Route 9, Stuyvesant Falls, Wednesday, January 14, 11 a.m. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Church of St. Joseph or the Stockport Fire Company.

Marilyn A. Rock (1932 – 2015)

ALBANY—Marilyn A. Rock, 82, of Germantown passed away Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Albany Medical Center with her family by her side.

She was born October 21, 1932 in Astoria, the daughter of the late Joseph and Violet (Windus) Hughes.

Five years after meeting the love of her life, William Rock,  in 1947 at the Astoria Pool where he was a lifeguard, they were married. They spent 62 happy years together and 38 of those years were spent in Whitestone.

Mrs. Rock had a nurturing love for all things that grow, which was proven by her stunning flower gardens.

In 2004, she moved to Germantown where she became one of the “loving” members of Christ Lutheran Church in Viewmont. Prior to that she was devout member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Whitestone.

She is survived by: three children, William Rock and long-time companion Ann Prior of Highland Mills, Kathy Ferrone and husband Philip Ferrone of Germantown and Carl Rock and his wife Hue N. Rock of Bedford Hills. She was the grandmother of Kristina Ferrone, Chase Ferrone, Donovan Rock and Theresa Matts and great-grandmother of Isabella Matts.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 61 years, William C. Rock, who died November 13, 2013; a brother, Joseph Hughes and sister, Violet Richmond.

Calling hours will be 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, January 17 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Services follow at 12:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church of Viewmont with interment afterward in the Viewmont Rural Cemetery.

Memorial donations are requested to Christ Lutheran Church, 923 County Route 19, Elizaville 12523.

Daniel Joyce (1940 – 2015)

HUDSON—Daniel J. Joyce, 74, of Kinderhook died Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He was born February 14, 1940 in Laurelton, Queens, to John F. and Helena (Maloney) Joyce.

He grew up in the Queens area and attended Suffolk County Community College. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1955 and served two years, a portion which was spent in Germany.

In 1971, after relocating to Kinderhook, he became a partner in Hatfield-Joyce Plumbing & Heating. He remained in this service business until his retirement in 2009. He was a member of the Stuyvesant Falls Fire Company for more than 40 years serving as secretary for 38 years. He was also an avid golfer and member of Winding Brook Country Club since the early 1970s.

He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Kathleen; one infant brother, Robert and brother, John A. Joyce. He is survived by: his son, Eric Daniel; his sister -in-law and brother-in-law, Virginia and Richard Hatfield of South Carolina, sister-in-law, Sarah Joyce; three nieces and one nephew of Tennessee.

There will be a “Farewell Drop In” for both Mr. and Mrs. Joyce at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, Saturday, January 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Stuyvesant Falls Fire Company, P.O. Box 56, Stuyvesant Falls 12174. The family extends their sincere appreciation for all the kindness and support showered upon them.

Jeanne Limberg Schroeppel (1926 – 2015)

CLINTON, CT—Jeanne Limberg Schroeppel passed away peacefully Sunday, January 11, 2015.

She was born to William and Sophie Wenck Limberg, January 6, 1926.

She attended Julia Richman High School in New York and married Robert Schroeppel in 1948. They enjoyed a wonderful life together, making their home in Lindenhurst, then in Eutawville, SC, and finally in Ghent.

Together they traveled all over the United States, frequently visiting Disney World. They had a great fondness for Alaska and were there three times, fishing for salmon and enjoying the wilderness landscapes.

A beer garden in Munich was on the itinerary on a trip to Europe. After Mr. Schroeppel’s passing, Mrs. Schroeppel still had the urge to see new things and went on frequent trips with senior groups. She treated each of her granddaughters to a trip to a country of their choice. Alison chose Australia and off they went to see the sights and people down under. Rebecca wanted to see Egypt and along with seeing the pyramids they went for a camel ride.

At home, Mrs. Schroeppel truly loved being a homemaker. She loved to cook, spend time in her garden “riding the mower till her son put an end to that!” and sewing everything from clothing to drapes, curtains and stuffed animals for her grandchildren. She was the very proud mother of an Eagle Scout and an active member of her church wherever she lived, and she tirelessly attended school events with her grandchildren. While in New York Mrs. Schroeppel worked for Suffolk County in the department of consumer affairs.

She spent her last years at Peregrine Landing at the Shoreline, not far from the beach in Clinton, CT, where she walked as often as she could. She collected shells every time she went. “For eight years she enjoyed the love and care of a truly amazing staff. Her family is profoundly grateful to each of them for all they have done and especially for all kindnesses we will never know.”

Left behind are: children, Rick and PL Schroeppel of Hollowville and Diane and Rick Johnson of Ivoryton CT; grandchildren, Matthew, Dan and Luke Johnson, Alison, Rebecca, Rob and Shannon Schroeppel and great-granddaughters, Willa Annabelle and Etta Annalise Schroeppel. “She will be sadly missed but goes to heaven where we know there is a celebration in her honor.”

Funeral arrangements are being handled by French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

The service will be Friday, January 16, 11 a.m. and burial will follow at Saratoga National Cemetery.

Inga M. May (1918 – 2015)

ALBANY—Inga M. May, 96, of Delmar passed on to her Lord Thursday, January 8, 2015.

Born October 7, 1918 in Stockholm, Sweden to Theodore and Ruby (Gustafson) Mord, she came to America with her family when she was six-years-old and spent her early years on Long Island.

After residing in East Rockaway, Mrs. May and her husband, Russ moved upstate to Hillsdale in 1955. They were longtime members of the Hillsdale Methodist Church, where Mrs. May served as president of the Women’s Circle and assisted with the food pantry, and was an officer in the local Grange. She worked for many years as a secretary in an insurance office. Mrs. May was a wonderful baker and collector of cookbooks. She will be remembered for her ready smile and easy laugh. Most recently, Mrs. May resided at Kenwood Manor at Good Samaritan Village and was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

She is survived by: her loving daughter, Susan M. Haswell and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Russell B. May, Jr.; brother, Lars Mord; sister, Iris Combs; and son-in-law, George S. Haswell, III.

The family thanks the nurses and doctors at Albany Medical Center, “especially the very caring nurse Katherine on E-5 and the ICU staff.”

A funeral service was held at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Tuesday, January 13. A calling hour will also be held at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake, Wednesday, January 14 from 10 to 11 a.m. with a service to follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Hillsdale Rural Cemetery in the spring.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 85 Elm Avenue, Delmar 12054 or the Regional Food Bank of NENY, 965 Albany Shaker Road, Latham 12110.

Katherine H. Layton (1940 – 2015)

MILLERTON—Katherine H. Layton, 74, a lifelong area resident, died peacefully at her home in Millerton Sunday, January 11, 2015 with her loving family by her side.

Mrs. Layton worked for many years at Taconic DDSO in Wassaic in the housekeeping department before her retirement.

Born August 4, 1940 in Sharon, CT, she was the daughter of the late Herbert W. and Maize M. (Perkins) Parsons. Mrs. Layton was a graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT.

On September 30, 1978 in Amenia, she married Carl Layton, III. Mr. Layton died unexpectedly August 19, 2013.

Mrs. Layton enjoyed crossword puzzles and also enjoyed attending the Adult Day Program for many years at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation. She loved spending time with her children and her grandchildren and will forever be remembered for her kindness and her way of telling it straight.

Mrs. Layton is survived by: her four children, Butch Johnson of Millerton, Herbert Johnson of Amenia, Richard Buck of Copake and Kathy Van Anden and her husband Jesse of Amenia; her siblings, Donald Parsons of Cornwall, CT, and Barbara Drum of Canaan, CT; 18 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Layton was predeceased by her son, Carl Layton, IV; three brothers, Herbert, Jr., Carl, Sr., and Albert Parson, Sr.; her sisters, Sabina Paz and Julia Bon Hotel.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, January, 15, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton. Funeral services will take place at 8 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor William Mayhew officiating. Burial will take place in the spring at Amenia Island Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Millerton Fire Company and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 733, Millerton 12546. To send an online condolence visit

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