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OBITUARIES: Whitbeck, Van Cook, Connell, Bochdam, Barone


Nancy Whitbeck (1941 – 2015)

LIVINGSTON—Nancy Whitbeck, 73, of Livingston passed away Monday, July 13, 2015 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Born October 2, 1941 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Wilhelmina and Robert Snow, Sr.

Mrs. Whitbeck was a nurse’s aide at Pine Haven Nursing Home for 15 years. She enjoyed family time, traveling and trips to the casino and ocean.

Surviving are: her children, Lisa Link and her husband Clifton, Dawn Whitbeck and George Whitbeck, Jr.; her husband, George Whitbeck, Sr.; four grandchildren, Stephanie Windhorst (Rob), Scott Pierce, Jr. (fiancée Antanette Servider), Zachery Pierce (fiancée Emily Gaschel) and Brandon Link; her great-grandchildren, Jameson Windhorst, Khloie Pierce, Scott Pierce, III, and soon to arrive, Parker Pierce; two sisters, Joan Mottoshiski and Jeannetta Domkoski; brother, Richard Snow; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Robert Snow, Jr., Jenny Hoyt, and Louis Snow, Sr.

Visiting hours are Wednesday, July 15, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, July 16, 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Main Street and Maple Avenue, Philmont. Burial will be in Mellenville Union Cemetery.

Donations in Mrs. Whitbeck’s name may be made to NYOH Community Cancer Foundation, 449 Route 146, Suite 101, Clifton Park 12065.

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Peter J. Van Cook (1947 – 2015)

OLD CHATHAM—Peter J. Van Cook of Old Chatham passed away at home, July 12, 2015.

Born October 1, 1947, he was the son of the late Norman and Patricia Nolan Van Cook.

He grew up in Bronx and graduated Cardinal Hayes High School. After graduation he went into the Army and served his country in Vietnam. The experience of war would follow him through his life.

Mr. Van Cook worked for the U.S. Postal Service and studied to become A+ certified moving to the Veteran’s Administration as a computer specialist working there until he retired in 2007.

After retirement he and his wife moved to Old Chatham where he enjoyed his family, his music and working with computers.

Mr. Van Cook is survived by: his wife, Barbara Mills Van Cook; his step-daughter, Jennifer Mills; his grandchildren, Isaiah and Olivia Edmondson; a brother, Norman and sisters, Barbara Hinchliffe and Nancy Espostio.

Family will receive friends Wednesday, July 15 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, July 16, 9:30 a.m. at Saint James Church, Chatham. Interment will follow at the Fred Loescher Veteran’s Cemetery in New Hempstead.

Remembrances in Mr. Van Cook’s name may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America. To send an online condolence visit

Robert Wilcox Connell, Jr. (1923 – 2015)

SALISBURY, NC—Robert Wilcox Connell, age 91, formerly of Lilesville, NC and Hillsdale, passed away from a natural cause, Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the North Carolina State Veterans Home.

He was born July 26, 1923 in Schenectady, the son of the late Ora Belle Wilcox Connell and Amos Clarendon Connell.

Mr. Connell was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps serving in the South Pacific and occupied Japan during World War II. Upon returning after the war, he completed his education in animal husbandry at Michigan State earning a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State. While a student at Michigan State he played football for the Wolverines. After graduation he took his first job as a farm manager for Armand Hammer raising purebred black angus cattle, a career he pursued successfully for 62 years.

On June 10, 1950 he married Rosemary Ann Brock of Kansas City, Missouri who preceded him in death May 10, 1992. He and his wife raised seven children together. Mr. Connell was lucky to get to know his seven grandchildren and three of his seven great-great grandchildren.

He was active his entire life, personally managing his two farms in Wadesboro and Lilesville until he became incapacitated in June 2011. He was a diehard Yankees fan, and also followed the New York Jets. He loved debating politics with his children and friends and in later life he loved music and playing bingo at the VA home where he was everyone’s friend. Mr. Connell was a communicant of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Wadesboro and Our Lady of Hope in Copake Falls and was a member of VFW in Copake.

Those left to cherish his memory are: his children, Elizabeth Connell of Salisbury, NC, Kathleen Connell of LaVerne, CA, Patricia Connell of Salisbury, NC, Colleen Simo and her husband Raymond of South Egremont, MA, Rosemary McCullough and her husband Carl of Waterloo, Robert Wilcox Connell, Jr., of Albany and Timothy Connell of Dalton, GA. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jessica Simo and her husband Mark Sochaski, Vanessa Simo and her husband Shawn Dennis, Brittany Davrichvili-Simo and her husband Vato Davrichachvili, Anthony Connell, Rosie Connell, Shannon McCullough and Casey McCullough; great-grandchildren, Jacob and Mae Sochaski, Olivia and Yohan Davrichachvili, and Liam Simo, Oliver and Harrison Dennis.

Friends and family are invited and may call Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, July 17, 2015 at Our Lady of Hope Parish, with the Reverend George Brennan officiating.

Burial will follow in St. Bridget’s Cemetery with full military honors.

Memorials contributions are requested to the Activity Department at the North Carolina State Veterans’ Home in Salisbury, NC.

Robert F. Bochdam (1928 – 2015)

CLERMONT—Robert F. Bochdam, a longtime resident of Clermont, passed away suddenly Sunday, July 12, 2015 at his home.

Born in the Bronx, he was the son of the late Harry and Adele (Siemons) Bochdam.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952.

Throughout his career and until his retirement, Mr. Bochdam worked as a civil engineer with the New York State Department of Transportation.

He was the devoted and loving husband of Theresa (Konopski) Bochdam, who survives at home in Clermont; a loving father and caring grandfather, he is also survived by his four daughters, Marla (William) Stewart of Phoenixville, PA, Debra (Christopher) Micelli of Pottstown, PA, Roberta Bochdam of Clermont and Krista Bochdam of Clermont; his grandchildren, Melissa and Tyler Stewart of Phoenixville, PA; a brother-in-law, John Konopski of Poughkeepsie along with several nieces.

There will be no calling hours and services will be private.

Interment will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Red Hook.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Bochdam’s memory to the American Heart Association, 301 Manchester Road Suite 105, Poughkeepsie 12603.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook.

Joan K. Barone (1932 – 2015)

SARATOGA—Joan K. Barone, 83, of Mechanicville died Friday, July 10, 2015 at Saratoga Hospital.

She was born in Albany. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Barone was predeceased by her husband, Joseph C. Barone, Sr.; her brother, Stanley Weaver and a sister, Irene Weaver.

She is survived by: her two daughters, Mary Anne (Greg) Kearbey of Mechanicville and Joanne (Basil) Prestipino of Niverville; two sons, Joseph (Kristin) Barone, Jr., and Michael J. (Amanda) Barone of Ballston Spa; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral Mass, Wednesday, July 15 at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Mary, 163 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer. Calling hours will be held in the Wm. J. Rockefeller Funeral Home, 165 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer, Wednesday from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont.

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