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Peter A. Wistort (1935 – 2017)

ALBANY–Peter A. Wistort, 82, of East Chatham passed away peacefully November 4, 2017, at St. Peter’s Hospital surrounded by his loving children.

Born June 29, 1935 in Chicago, he was the son of the late Peter F. Wistort and Marcia “Nellie” (Sadunas) Wistort.

As a young man, Peter always held jobs through school. While working at Gately’s Department store in Chicago, he met the love of his life, Patricia Killoran. Peter was determined to be successful. Through hard work and scholarships, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering in 1958. All through college, remaining in contact with Patricia through their many years of letter writing. Upon graduation, he was hired by IBM as a marketing representative and began his career in New York City.

On February 27, 1960 Peter and Patricia were married in the Chapel at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

Peter worked his entire career at IBM, traveling extensively, and continually being promoted to higher levels of management. His career took he and Pat to Washington D.C. in the 1960’s. During that time a son, Peter Michael was born in 1961, and a daughter, Kristiana, was born in 1964. By 1969, the family settled in Bedford Hills, where they lived for 33 years. One of the highlights of Peter’s career was his involvement in IBM’s Japanese market, making several trips to Japan in the 1970’s. While living in Bedford Hills, Peter served on the school board of the Bedford Central School District from 1980 to 1986. He was also the President of the Board of Trustees of the Bedford Hills Free Library, where he volunteered his talents and leadership until 1993.

Peter had a flair for architectural design and fine carpentry, he designed his homes and installed detailed woodwork in them. He also had a passion for flying and took many rides in sailplanes. Peter retired from IBM in 1993 and he and Patricia moved to Columbia County, NY in 2003 where he lived until his death.

Peter is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia. His son, Peter M. and his wife Michele (Langevin) Wistort of Niskayuna, NY, and his daughter, Kristiana Wistort Daily of Queensbury, NY. His five grandchildren Zackery Wistort, Hannah Wistort, Sarah Wistort, Trevor Daily, and Chloe Daily, in addition to many nieces and nephews in the Chicago area.

Those wishing to remember Peter in a special way may send a contribution to The Community Hospice, Gift Processing Center (Designated for the Hospice Inn), 310 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208.

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Gary A. LaFountain

KINDERHOOK—Gary A. LaFountain passed away at home in Kinderhook, November 8, 2017.

He was the beloved husband of Patricia (Finn) LaFountain; cherished father of Jennifer (Sean) Fredericks, Lisa (Frederick Jones) LaFountain, Katie (Michael) Sweeney and Sara (Daniel) LaFountain-Bagrow; loving grandfather of Russell, Ricker and Rowan Fredericks, Coraline LaFountain Jones and Michael Gary Sweeney.

Mr. LaFountain is also survived by: his mother, Theresa (Rainville) LaFountain of Willsboro, and Dale and Sheryl LaFountain of Brasher Falls.

He was predeceased by his father, Alfred LaFountain.

Born in Altona, Mr. LaFountain was educated in Plattsburgh and spent his career caring for patients at Columbia Memorial Hospital and Samaritan Cancer Treatment Center as a radiation therapist.

A dedicated husband and father, he cherished time with his family. An active community member, Mr. LaFountain served on the Recreation Commission, taught Sunday School and founded an all-girls soccer league. A gifted musician, craftsman and gardener, he was past-president of the Capital District Society of Radiologic Technologists.

Mr. LaFountain was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie where a noon calling hour and a 1 p.m. funeral mass will be held Saturday, November 11, 2017. Burial will follow in the church’s cemetery. Gifts in memory of Mr. LaFountain may be made to Hildegard Medicus Cancer Center, ℅ Northeast Healthcare Foundation, 310 South Manning Boulevard, Albany 12208. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Ines Svingala (1927 – 2017)

Ines Svingala, 90 of White House Crossing Road Millerton  passed peacefully Monday,
October 23, 2017 at Noble Horizons in Salisbury, CT.
She was born June 24, 1927 in New York City, the daughter of George and Sarafina (Gardella)
Della Vedova.

Ines grew up on Ox Bow Road, Hillsdale and graduated from Roeliff Jansen
Central School in 1946. On November 24, 1949 at the Sacred Heart Church in Philmont, she
married Steven Svingala who predeceased her.
Ines was a homemaker; she was a communicant of 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, and participated in the
Salisbury Fall Festival as well as the Noble Horizons Auxiliary “Festival of Trees” for almost 20
years. Ines enjoyed time spent with her family, traveling, gardening, crafting, reading and
going to estate and tag sales for fun. Ines was a pleasant, loving person whose kindness was
appreciated by all who knew her. She had a heart of gold.
The family of Ines would like to thank the many 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 G. Campbell of Millerton, and a son, Robert S.
Svingala (Karole) of Verbank. She also leaves two grandchildren, Sara Lynn Campbell of
Boston, MA, and Forrest R. Svingala (Krysten) of Alexandria, VA, along with a great-grandson,
John F. Svingala.
Ines is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and her sister-in- law, Ann Farrere of Ox Bow
Road Hillsdale. Her brother Albert Farrere predeceased her.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Parish of Our Lady of Hope on Friday,
October 27, 2017 with the Reverend George Brennan officiating. Interment was in the New St.
Bridget’s Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Hope 8074 State Route 22, Copake Falls,
NY 12517 or Noble Horizons 17 Cobble Road, Salisbury CT 06068.
Arrangements were with the Peck and Peck funeral Home of Copake.

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