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Edward M. Tuczynski (1939 – 2017)

ALBANY—Edward Martin Tuczynski, 78, of Stuyvesant passed away August 1, 2017 in St. Peter’s Hospital, Hospice Inn.

At his request, a private service for immediate family will be held. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Stuyvesant Falls.

He was born March 3, 1939 in Hudson to Louis and Helen Tuczynski.

He was a staff engineer for IBM. In his retirement, he worked as maintenance manager for Tierra Farms. He enjoyed Christmas tree farming, fishing, hunting, the seashore, drives in the country and spending time with his family.

He is survived by: his wife, Vicki; daughters, Cheryl (John) Rigas and Nadine (Jason) Gabriel; brother, Dave (Robin); grandchildren, Alyssa and Kassandra Finck, Gianni Gabriel, and, Eleni and Dina Rigas; nephews, Louis III (Jill), Todd (Sandy) and Matthew; stepchildren, Michael White, Lori (Vincent) Wright and Cory Delavalle: step-grandchildren, Raquelle, Danielle, Jessica and Michael.

He was predeceased by his father, Louis, Sr.; mother, Helen; sister, Helen Gloria Schrade; and brother, Louis II.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Tuczynski’s memory may be made to Arbor Day Foundation–Trees in Memory.

The Tuczynski family sincerely thanks the dedicated and compassionate nursing staff of the Hospice Inn of St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany.

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

Nedwyn A. Casivant (1940 – 2017)

ALBANY—Nedwyn “Ned” Arthel Casivant, 77, passed away July 18, 2017 at Albany Medical Center after losing his valiant battle with cancer. His wife and best friend, Nancy; son, Matthew and step-daughter, Lorrie were by his side till he passed at 5:51 p.m.

He was born March 28, 1940 to the late Edward and Julia Longdyke Casivant.

Raised in Taghkanic, he lived his whole life in Columbia County. He graduated from Ockawamick Central School, the second youngest of six children.

Mr. Casivant was a self-taught and self-made man, very wise and knowledgeable in many areas. He started working at Johnny’s Printing Shop and delivered pre-fab homes all over the country for his brother, Ronald O. Casivant. Then he found the job he loved at Paramount Oil.

He started out as a driver and ended up manager of the fleet of fuel trucks and drivers at the point on the Catskill Creek. The company was sold four times during Mr. Casivant’s tenure.

He retired in 2004 and six months later had cancer—lymphoma. After treatment, he was cancer free for 12 years, and then it returned with a vengeance.

Mr. Casivant made many friends through school, work, car and truck shows. He belonged to the Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association for 50 years. He will be remembered for giving nicknames to the people he loved. He also loved the ocean in Old Orchard Beach, ME, and the Adirondack Motel on Lake Flower. He owned a 1959 Ford truck, on the tailgate “Class of 59,” and a 1952 dark green Chevy, on the tailgate “Route 66.”

He is survived by: the love of his life and soulmate, Nancy (Stalker) Casivant; his step-son, “Son” Matthew D. (DiMary); stepchildren, Lorrie L., Ronald W. and Scott J. Leggett; his niece, Shelly Mann; grandchildren, Joshua, Jacob, Taylor (Alex), Sagan (Rider) Leggett, Edward (Laura), Kerry Evans; step-grandchildren, Toni Evans, Katie and Megan Walker; great-grandchildren, Grayson Leggett, Hunter and Gracelyn, Nolan and Alex Evans and Finleigh Evans; his brother, Dalbert Casivant (Joan Gorgone); sister, Almida Varszegi and Rick; sisters-in-law, Barbara Casivant, Rosemary Casivant Taylor, and Elizabeth Carney.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers and their wives, Marvin (Evelyn), Ronald (Sandra) and baby Willie; granddaughter, Ashley Hempler; brother, Henry Casivant; many nephews, nieces and cousins.

Mr. Casivant was a forgiving person and loved everyone deeply and unconditionally. Though his love will live forever in our hearts, his hugs and kisses will be sorely missed. “Through the years ours tears may dry, we will love you till the day we die.”

A memorial service for Mr. Casivant will be held Wednesday, August 18, 2017, 1 p.m. at the Philmont Methodist Church. Private (family only) graveside services will be conducted August 19, 2017, 1 p.m. at the North Copake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Casivant’s name may be made to the National Lymphoma Society or the Philmont Reformed Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of the M. Grimaldi Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

Dorothy E. Kraft (1922 – 2017)

PHILMONT—Dorothy Elizabeth Kraft died August 2 at the Pine Haven Nursing Home where she resided.

She was born October 12, 1922, she was the daughter of Vernon Tipple and Edna Moore Tipple.

She was predeceased by her husband, George and brothers, Clyde and Elliot Tipple.

She is survived by: her brother, Lloyd Tipple of Philmont; nephews, David, Bruce, Matthew and James Tipple; nieces, Alison Tipple, Cynthia Teator and Lisa Coons and their spouses; several grandnephews, grandnieces and great grandnieces.

She graduated from Philmont High School as valedictorian, then Russell Sage and Middlebury colleges, where she majored in French and Spanish. She was a language teacher for 30 years in various schools before retiring from Chatham Central. She was a member of the Reformed Church of Chatham and held offices in various civic organizations including the Chatham Women’s Club, Alpha Nu Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma, the Grange, and the New York State Teachers Association.

Mrs. Kraft served as a volunteer at the Chatham Public Library and MacHaydn Theatre. She enjoyed needlework, travel, photography and bridge.

A graveside service was held at the family plot at the West Ghent Cemetery August 5, with the Reverend David Tipple officiating. Memorials may be made to the Chatham Public Library, Chatham, or the Pine Haven Sunshine Fund, P.O. Box 785, Philmont. The family thanks the Pine Haven staff for all their attentive care. Arrangements were with the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham.

Clyde Smith (1929 – 2017)

PHILMONT—Clyde “Beansie” Smith, 87, of Philmont passed away peacefully in the company of his family Thursday, August 3, 2017.

Born December 8, 1929 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Arthur and Mabel (Shufelt) Smith.

After high school, Mr. Smith served his country from 1951 to 1955 with the U.S. Air Force SAC Command.

Later he was employed in the maintenance department of the Taconic Hills School District for many years. He was a member of the Second Reformed Church of Philmont and the Claverack Seniors.

He will be greatly missed by: his beloved wife of 69 years, Jean L. (Boyles) Smith at home; two sons, David C. (Joan) Smith of Margate, FL, and Daniel G. Smith of East Greenbush; one brother, Garry (Jen) Smith of Malden Bridge; grandchildren, Matthew, Abigail, Lauren and Melissa Smith.

Calling hours were Sunday August 6, 2017 pm at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Committal prayers will be private in Mellenville Union Cemetery.

John P. Culich (1930 – 2017)

LIVINGSTON—John P. Culich, 86, of Milan, a lifelong area resident, passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at his son’s home.

Born August 28, 1930, in Rhinebeck, he was the son of the late Louis and Matilda (Covic) Culich.

He married Faith E. Decker in 1961 in Pleasant Plains. She predeceased him April 13, 2010.

He, along with his family owned and operated the Culich Farm in Milan.

Mr. Culich lived on a farm all of his life and held a passion for farming. He would wait patiently for every haying season and took great joy and pride in his life’s work.

For more than 25 years, he worked on the Taconic State Parkway for the New York State Department of Transportation, based in Clinton Corners.

In addition to his passion for farming, Mr. Culich was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed all types of animals. In his later years, he enjoyed attending clambakes with his son, Kevin.

Mr. Culich is survived by: his two sons, Kevin Culich and his fiancée Mary Kunda of Livingston and Brian Culich and his wife Cindy of Des Moines, IA; his grandchildren, Briana Mooers Caitlin Culich and Danielle Culich; along with extended family, colleagues and friends.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Home, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Monday, August 7, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 11 a.m. at the funeral home. The Reverend Frank L. Cirone will officiate. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Pine Plains.

Memorial donations may be to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or

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Joseph M. Mondel (1928 – 2017)

SPENCERTOWN—Joseph Michael Mondel, affectionately known as Joe, died at home the evening of August 3, 2017.

Born November 6, 1928 and raised in the Wiliamsburgh section of Brooklyn, he was the son of Michael and Mary Mondel.

He was predeceased by his sister, Helen Mondel McEntee and her husband, Patrick and nephew, Patrick McEntee.

Mr. Mondel was a beloved uncle to Terrence McEntee, Maureen McEntee Meehan and husband John and Brendan McEntee; great uncle to Caitriona and Kylie Meehan.

He attended Cathedral Preparatory Seminary and Immaculate Conception Seminary from where he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1954.

He served as a curate for 10 years in Our Lady of Snows Church, Floral Park. He continued his ministry as a priest counselor to students in Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School where he introduced liturgical and spiritual experiences in response to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. His ongoing academic studies included a STM in pastoral counseling from New York Theological Seminary and an MS in education counseling from Fordham University. That training led to well-received counseling and retreat programs for both laity and religious.

Following formally approved dispensation from his priestly commitments, Mr. Mondel married Constance Fearon. They celebrated nearly 40 years of marriage. Through this marriage, he became the beloved uncle to the late John Fearon, Peter Fearon, Lisa Fearon Berger, Suzanne Fearon Dooley and Christopher Fearon.

For a dozen years, he was employed as a counselor at Isabella Geriatric Center in Washington Heights.

After 10 years of residence in Brooklyn, Mr. and Mrs. Mondel relocated to Spencertown and became active in collecting furniture and rarities under the title J & C Antiques.

Mr. Mondel continued his community service through Meals on Wheels, Hospice, and in helping the elderly in their relocation and support needs. He brought his considerable skills in theology and liturgy to his Chatham parish of St. James as well as volunteer positions for the Catholic Diocese of Albany.

A perennial presence in community fairs and festivals, Mr. Mondel remained an avid collector and dealer until his death at home supported by his wife, neighbors and church friends.

Having donated his body for medical research, a Memorial Mass will be celebrated Sunday afternoon, August 13, 2 p.m. at St. James Church, 129 Hudson Avenue, Chatham. A reception follows in the parish hall.

Donations in his name may be made to Catholic Relief Services: P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21297-0303 or Hospice of Columbia / Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

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