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Florence S. Smith (1935 – 2015)

VALATIE—Florence “Flossy” “Lee” Smith, 80, of Valatie died Sunday, August 16, 2015 at Barnwell Health Facilities.

Born Florence Marie Shufelt, March 24, 1935 in Chatham, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Harriet (Snyder) Shufelt.

She was raised in Chatham and attended Chatham High School.

She was the sister of the late John (Jack) Shufelt.

In 1962, she married Frederick Smith and continued to reside in Chatham until the late 1980s when they moved to Valatie. Mr. Smith predeceased her in 2001 after 39 years of marriage.

The Smiths were passionate about golf and traveled to many courses across the country while being longtime members of Winding Brook Country Club in Valatie. She was a life-time insurance professional in the Capital District as a knowledgeable underwriter, a licensed broker and an independent consultant. She was always cheerful and enjoyed helping her clients and her co-workers in any way possible.

She is survived by: her brother, William Shufelt and his wife Laura; her stepdaughter, Stephanie Swanson, husband Robert and their son, Eric of Easley South Carolina; two nieces and a grandnephew.

A future private burial will take place as she joins her husband at Saratoga National Cemetery. “May she finally rest in peace with Fred for an eternity.” Donations in Mrs. Smith’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Penny Lane, Latham 12110; the American Lung Association of Northeastern NY, 8 Mountain View Avenue, Colonie 12205 or a charity of one’s choice.

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

Roy J. Hoyt (1929 – 2015)

GHENT—Roy J. Hoyt, 85, of Claverack died Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Whittier Nursing Home.

He was born in Rutland, Vermont, October 13, 1929 to the late Roy G. Hoyt and Marguerite (King) Hoyt.

Mr. Hoyt was a truck driver for Canada Dry in Hudson.

He is survived by: his loving wife, Dorothy (Sanford) Hoyt; four children; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services are private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

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Mary Roberta Baum (1940 – 2015)

HUDSON—Mary Roberta Baum of East Coxsackie, born May 7, 1940, passed away peacefully at Columbia Memorial Hospital into the waiting arms of her savior August 17, 2015 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

A woman of strong Christian faith and character, she was devoted to her family, church and country. She was a loving mother, grandmother, teacher, animal lover, and friend. She will be remembered fondly for her deep love for her grandchildren. She enjoyed the color purple, bowling, John Wayne movies, Giants football, West Virginia sports, and reading. She was a skilled flower gardener and photographer and an avid American (especially Civil War) history buff. One of her greatest passions was documenting and preserving family history.

Mrs. Baum is survived by: her adoring husband of 48 years, Barrie R. Baum of Coxsackie; her sons, Mitchell P. Baum (Sally) of Mechanicsburg, PA, and Colson R. Baum of Albany; proud of her legacy are her four grandchildren, Laila, Nathan, Jonah and Candice. She is also survived by: cousins, Mary Jo Smith of St. Louis, MO, Patricia Reese (Ed), Christine Spencer (William), Rita Lemley (Herb) and James Beatty (Joyce), Linda Beatty, all of New Cumberland, WV.

Calling hours will be Friday, August 21, 2015 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Delmar Full Gospel Church, Delmar and a memorial service celebrating her life will be held Saturday, August 22, 2015 at noon also at the church. Burial will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Valatie at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene Counties or the Delmar Full Gospel Church Benevolence Fund. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Charles Westover (1931 – 2015)

CHATHAM—Charles H. Westover, 83, of Chatham died Friday, August 14 at his residence with his family at his side.

He was born September 3, 1931 in Hudson, the son of the late Harold E. and Caroline E. (Sharp) Westover.

He graduated high school and then entered the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and served until 1954. He was employed with Breeze Hill Dairy for 5 years and for 30 years he was employed with the Columbia Corp. in Chatham retiring in 1994. Mr. Westover was a 50-year member and past chief of the Chatham Fire Department and a member of the Chatham United Methodist Church.

He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia (Steurwald) Westover 1999.

He is survived by: three sons, Tim and wife Jessica, Paul and wife Lori and William; a sister, Charlotte Shook; grandchildren, Jason, Marshall and Stacy Westover and great-granddaughter Abbigail Westover.

Services will be private. Memorials may be made to the Chatham Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 352, Chatham 12037 or Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414. For online condolences, visit

E. Juanita Salvatore (1930 – 2015)

PHILMONT—E. Juanita Salvatore, 85, of Greenport died Sunday, August 16, 2015 at Pine Haven Nursing Home. Born in Sarasota, FL, May 10, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Leland and Laura Hardison.

Mrs. Salvatore was a waitress at Kozels Restaurant for more than 25 years and was a member of the Faith and Love Fellowship Church in Rensselaer.

She was the loving wife of Pasquale “Pat” Salvatore of Greenport. She is also survived by: sons, James Rieffannacht (April) of Nassau, John Bogardus (Lisa) of Stockport; daughters, Sharon Abbott of TX, Linda Rieffannacht (Bill) of TX, Maureen Salas of Nassau, Theresa Barrows of LA, Dee Rieffanacht (Dave) of FL, Penny Burdett (Rick) of Nassau, Dwan Rieffannacht of Rennselaer; numerous grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter, Robyn VanAllen.

Calling hours will be Friday, August 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Services will follow at the funeral home at 1 p.m. with Pastor Janice VanDenHouten officiating. Burial will follow in the Linlithgo Cemetery.



Conchetta Ann Formichelli (1920 – 2015)

HUDSON—Conchetta Ann Formichelli, 95, of Hudson died Sunday, August 16, 2015 at the Firemen’s Home.

Born in Alife, Italy, April 18, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Guisippe and Nicolena (Angelilo) Firenze.

Mrs. Formichelli was the widow of the late Nicholas L. Formichelli. She was a waitress for 30 years at the St. Charles Hotel in Hudson.

Mrs. Formichelli was a member of the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Hudson, past president of the Ladies Sodality of Mt. Carmel, a member of the Columbia County Sons and Daughters of Italy and was a volunteer at Columbia Memorial Hospital for 14 years.

She is survived by: her sons, Michael and (Jane) Formichelli of Hudson, Joseph and (Kelly) Formichelli of Laguna Niquell, CA, Nicholas Formichelli of Highland and Anthony and (Janet) Formichelli of Poughkeepsie; one sister, Carmella Yerdon of Cornwall; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by brothers, Michael and Loretto Firenze; sisters, Antoinette Maturo and Marion Russo and her grandson, Michael Formichelli, Jr.

Calling hours will be Thursday, August 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Panakhyda prayers will be said at the funeral home at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, August 21, 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hudson with Fr. John Jedrychowski officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery.



Thomas VanBuren (1935 – 2015)

VALATIE—Thomas L. VanBuren, 80, of Valatie passed away August 11, 2015 peacefully at home after a brief illness with close friends and family by his side.

Born June 25, 1935 in East Greenbush to the late Melvin and Margaret VanBuren, Mr. VanBuren was a retired farmer.

He is survived by: his loving wife, Sonja VanBuren; son, Thomas (Julie) VanBuren, Jr.; daughter, Michele (James Smythe) VanBuren; sister, Dolores LeMorta; grandchildren, Harrison, Grant, Cade and Brody VanBuren and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. VanBuren was predeceased by his brothers, Melvin and Louis VanBuren.

A Memorial Service took place from the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home, 11 Elm Street, Nassau, Friday, August 14.

In lieu of flowers donations in Mr. VanBuren’s memory may be made to the North Chatham Fire Department, P.O. Box 132, North Chatham 12132 or to The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Boulevard, Rensselaer 12144. Online condolences may be offered at

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