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OBITUARIES: Smith, Lippman, Mabie, Hughes, Svingala, Wilson, Jutkofsky, Dempsey, Shufelt, Griswold


Kenneth H. Smith, Jr. (1933 – 2017)

RHINEBECK—Kenneth H. Smith, Jr., 84, of Clermont died Sunday, October 22, 2017 at the Ferncliff Nursing Home.

Born June 26, 1933 in Rhinebeck, he was the son of the late Kenneth, Sr. and Gertrude (Rion) Smith.

He was the superintendent of the Clermont Highway Department for more than 20 years.

He is survived by: two brothers, David Smith and Leon Smith; two sisters, Sally Dykeman and Fay Werner; several nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours.

Funeral services are private and at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in the Clermont Cemetery

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. Condolences may be expressed at

William H. Lippman, Jr. (1950 – 2017)

HUDSON—William H. Lippman, 67, of Chatham passed away Saturday, October 21 ,2017 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Born September 3, 1950 in Rhinebeck, he was the son of the late William H. and Gladys (Miller) Lippman Sr.

Mr. Lippman was employed in the maintenance department at Coarc in Mellenville. He was a member of the Ghent Sportsman Association and was an avid fisherman.

He is survived by: four siblings, Reggie Lippman of Greenport, Robert and Sandy Lippman, both of Hudson and Richie Lippman of Ghent; a long-time girlfriend, Joyce Riegel and a long-term friend, Charlene Yorck. He was predeceased by a brother, Ronald Lippman.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 27, 10 a.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Burial will follow in the Red Church Cemetery, Tivoli. Calling hours will be Thursday, October 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Coarc, P.O. Box 2, Route 217, Mellenville 12144.

William “Bucky” Mabie (1924 – 2017)

GERMANTOWN—William “Bucky” Mabie, 94, of Germantown died Monday, October 23, 2017 at his home.

He was born November 29, 1924 in Milan, the son of the late George and Hazel (Brizzie) Mabie.

He was a 1943 graduate of Pine Plains High School. He owned and operated Mabie Trucking in Germantown from 1956 to his retirement in 1985.

He is survived by: his brother, Robert Mabie; three children, John Bathrick, David (Betsy) Bathrick, Lynne (Jim) Palmieri; brother-in-law, Robert (Judith) Herberg; sister-in-law, Lorraine Clark; nine grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three brothers, Woodrow, Elmer and Royden and four sisters, Eleanor, Margaret, Mildred and Marion.

Calling hours will be Thursday, October 26, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Services will be Friday, October 27, 11 a.m. at the funeral home with burial following in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook. Condolences may be expressed at

William J. Hughes (1951 – 2017)

ALBANY—William J. Hughes, 65, of Chatham passed away peacefully Saturday, October 20 at Albany Medical Center.

He was a lifetime resident of the village of Chatham.

He graduated from Chatham High School. He was a life member of the Chatham Fire Department where he served as a past chief. He was an avid outdoorsman and quite the history buff. He was a loving brother, father and grandfather and will be sorely missed.

He is survived by: a brother, Steven M. Hughes (Teresa Hughes) of Chatham; a son, Nicholas J. Hughes (Tina M. McCagg) of Niverville; a daughter, Tricia L. Bliss (Lyle E. Bliss) of Chatham; a niece, Brittany J. Hughes; a nephew, Charles M. Hughes; four grandchildren, Nevaeh Chamberlin, Aiden Bliss, Cheyenne and William Rathbun.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, October 26, 4 to 7 p.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated

Friday, October 27, 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Chatham. For directions or to convey a condolence visit

Ines Svingala (1927 – 2017)

SALISBURY, CT—Ines Svingala, 90, of White House Crossing Road, Millerton passed peacefully Monday, October 23, 2017 at Noble Horizons.

She was born June 24, 1927 in New York City, a daughter of George and Sarafina (Gardella) Della Vedova.

A homemaker, she attended the former St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church in Copake Falls.

She was a member of the ARC of Dutchess, the ARC of the United States a 15-year participant in the Salisbury Fall Festival and the Noble Horizons Auxiliary Festival of Trees for the past 20 years. Mrs. Svingala enjoyed time with her family, traveling, gardening and reading.

Mrs. Svingala’s family thanks the staff at Noble Horizons who assisted her during her stay. She had grown to enjoy being part of their community and was a friendly face with a wave for all.

She is survived by: her daughter, Linda Campbell of Millerton; a son, Robert Svingala of Verbank; two grandchildren, Sarah Campbell of Boston, MA, and Forrest Svingala of Alexandria VA, and a great-grandson, John Svingala.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from the Parish of Our Lady of Hope at the convenience of the family with the Reverend George Brennan officiating.

Calling hours are private.

Interment will be in new St. Bridget’s Cemetery.

Arrangements at with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake. To send an online condolence visit

Betty Jo Wilson (1952 – 2017)

HUDSON—Betty Jo “B.J.” Wilson, born July 7, 1952 in Morgantown, West Virginia, passed away peacefully at her home Saturday, October 21, 2017 after a sudden illness.

She was a retired school librarian, having worked at the Germantown Central School for many years.

Her bright spirit made her well-loved by her family and many friends.

She is survived by: her daughter, Amy J. Wilson of Glenmont; sister, Steveda Chepko of Omaha, Nebraska, and sister Roslind Breit of Pawley’s Island, South Carolina.

A memorial service will be held at Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson, Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 3 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.

Joseph Jutkofsky, Jr. (1932 – 2017)

HUDSON—Joseph Jutkofsky, Jr., 85, of Taghkanic died Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born May 13, 1932 in Albany, he was the son of the late Joseph and Helen (Mazure) Jutkofsky.

Mr. Jutkofsky was a farmer for many years and owned the Triple J Shortcake Farm in Taghkanic.

He was a Taghkanic town justice for many years, a member of the Hudson Power Boat Association as well as a Coast Guard Auxiliary inspector.

He will be greatly missed by: his loving wife, Rosalie Ann (Hobbie) Jutkofsky at home; one son, Joseph and his wife Kay Jutkofsky; two brothers, Bernard Jutkofsky and Paul Jutkofsky; one sister, Olga of California; grandchildren, Daniel and (Kristen), Joseph IV, Christopher and (Susan), Brandon Lee, Jasmine, Joslene, Tristin, Leah, Meah, Joseph V; many nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. Memorial services have not been planned at this time.

Arrangements are with the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

Charles E. Dempsey (1965 – 2017)

HUDSON—Charles E. Dempsey, age 52, was called home by his heavenly father Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

He was born May 23, 1965 in Hudson to the late James Beverly and Penny Dempsey.

He received his formal education in the Hudson City School District. As an avid sports fanatic, Mr. Dempsey excelled in track-and-field, and basketball during his school years.

After high school, he worked as a full-time carpet installer. He was also an employee at Emsig (the button factory), and a telephone operator for “Ma Bell.”

Mr. Dempsey, often referred to as “Chuck,” was an enthusiast of the original hip hop music genre. Big Daddy Kane, Run DMC and Erik B. and Rakim were his favorite artists. He even mimicked their B-boy style, calling himself the “Beat Master Wakim!”

Mr. Dempsey loved to look his best, appreciated a quality baseball cap, was a lover of karate and really enjoyed playing pool. He was such a strategic pool player that he became a member of the world’s largest pool league—American Poolplayers Association (APA). With nearly a 20-year stint playing pool, his skill level ranking was a 6 out of 7.

During his latter years, Mr. Dempsey developed a supreme passion for watching tennis, wrestling and the Food Channel; his most prideful dish was lasagna.

He was well-known within the community and loved spending quality time with friends and family.

To cherish his memories, he leaves behind: his sisters, Patricia Snyder, Glenda and Janie Dempsey, and Katrina Sheldon, all of Hudson, and LaToya Dwight (Lakeem) of Atlanta, GA, Phyllis Bell of Charlotte, NC, Rosa Priscilla Wideman (William) of Albany and Beverly Timmons of Schenectady; brothers, Gary Dempsey (Bance), Warren Sheldon, both of Hudson, Thomas and William Beverly, both of Hartford, CT, and James Beverly of Syracuse; great aunt, Bertha Moody of Falls Village, CT; great uncle Eddie Davis (Betty) of Hudson; aunt, Alice “Faye” Hedgepeth of Hudson; and uncles, Howard Mackey of Hudson and Wallace Mackey of Pittsfield, MA.

He was predeceased by: his mother, Penny Dempsey; father, James Beverly; sisters, Sadie Bacquilod and Margaret Lewis; and brothers, James Dempsey, William Beverly, James Beverly and John Beverly.

Mr. Dempsey also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. He will always be in their hearts, and will be missed immensely.

Visitation will be Friday, October 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Services will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home with the Reverend Ed Cross officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson. To leave online condolences visit

Mary Jane Shufelt (1954 – 2017)

HUDSON—Mary Jane Shufelt, 63, a 38-year resident of Millerton, formerly of Lakeville, CT, died Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Columbia Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Shufelt was a certified nurse’s assistant at Noble Horizons in Salisbury, CT, for more than 28 years.

Born July 6, 1954 in Sharon, CT, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Marion (Cardoza) Thurston. She attended Housatonic Valley Regional High School and graduated with the class of 1972. On November 15, 1980 in Ancram, she married Kenneth Shufelt. He died in 2004.

Mrs. Shufelt enjoyed working at Noble Horizons and cherished spending time with her loving family and her beloved grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.

Mrs. Shufelt is survived by: her loving son and daughter, Kenneth Shufelt of Millerton and Christina Varelli of Chatham; four grandchildren, Kaylee Shufelt and Cadance Shufelt of Millerton and Brody and Anya Varelli of Chatham; her sister, Martha Ann Thurston of Hudson; two brothers, Robert J. Thurston and his wife Esther of Richmond, VA, and William Thurston and his wife Kathy of Pine Plains; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

Funeral services took place Monday, October 23, 2017 at the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton, with Pastor William Mayhew officiating. Burial followed at Irondale Cemetery in Millerton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Millerton Legion Post 178, 155 Route 44, Millerton 12546 or to the Millerton Gun Club, 12 Gun Club Road, Millerton 12546. To send an online condolence visit

Leah Joyce Griswold (1953 -2017)

VALATIE—Leah Joyce “Joy” (Neaton) Griswold, 64, of Petersburgh passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 17, 2017 with her loving husband and children by her side.

Born in Troy February 9, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Thomas “Vic” and Pamelia Neaton.

Her entire life was devoted to her family. She was the matriarch of her family and would do anything for them.

She babysat many of the neighborhood kids and looked after them with the same motherly care as her own children.

She enjoyed engaging in various crafts and reading books, but was at her happiest when she was spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Griswold is survived by: her dear husband, Robert Griswold of Petersburgh; their children, Tracey (Jason) Goldstein of Troy, Sara (Jonathan) Walther of New Lebanon, and Adam Griswold of San Francisco, CA; her grandchildren, Gabriella Madrid, Jeremiah Walther, Miriam Walther, Malachi Walther and Javan Walther; her siblings, Thomas “Wicky” Neaton, Pamelia (late Francis) Eggsware, Priscilla (late Alonzo) Dunlop, Alan Neaton and Terry (Becky) Neaton, as well as by many loving nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister, JoAnne Sherman.

A funeral service was held Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home, 66 Armsby Road, Petersburgh. Interment followed in Meadowlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Petersburgh Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 190, Petersburgh 12138.

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