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OBITUARIES: Prokopchuk, White


Olga Prokopchuk (1928 – 2015)

ALBANY—Olga Prokopchuk, 87, of Copake passed away suddenly Monday July 27, 2015 at the Albany Medical Center.

She was born February 15, 1928 in New York City to William and Catherine Stepan.

Mrs. Prokopchuk was a longtime member of the Roe Jan Young at Hearters and enjoyed her many dear friends from that social group. She also enjoyed the lunches at the Columbia County Nutrition Center in Copake. Her connection with the Roe Jan Library and the many volunteers who would deliver books and tapes, was a great enjoyment to her.

She was dearly loved by all she met and the many dear friends she had.

Mrs. Prokopchuk was predeceased by her husband, Michael, in 1994.

Survivors include: her son and daughter-in-law, James and Kathy Prokopchuk; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends are invited and may call at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22 in Copake, Friday July 31, 2015 from noon to 12:45 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 1 p.m. from the Parish of Our Lady of Hope, 8074 State Route 22 in Copake Falls. The Re. George Brennan will officiate.

Interment will follow in St. Bridget’s Cemetery. To send an online condolence visit

Virginia White (1919 – 2015)

TROY—Virginia White, age 96, formerly of Valatie, passed away peacefully at the Eddy Memorial Geriatric Center with family at her side, July 23, 2015.

She will be missed not only by family and friends, but also staff and residents at the Eddy where she was known for her kind and gentle ways.

Mrs. White was predeceased by her husband, Walter Arnold White.

Survivors include: her son, Gary White and his wife Nancy of Pensacola, FL; daughter, Dawn Bentley of Reading, PA; her sister, Elizabeth “Polly” Ingham of Valatie; four grandchildren, Brent and Audra Bentley, Melanie Stettner and Renee Hallenbeck; eight great-grandchildren: Ryan, Olivia, Emily Bentley, Christopher and Patricia Pozen, James and Amanda Hallenbeck and Brianna Stettner and one great-great-grandchild, Elijah Hallenbeck.

Mrs. White was a lifelong member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Valatie, where memorial services will be held at a later date in the Memorial Garden.

A retiree of the Ichabod Crane School District, she began her career there as a cook at Martin H. Glynn School and ended her career as the manager of all cafeterias in the district. She was a member of American Food Services Association. Her cooking/baking abilities were widely-known and appreciated by everyone. She made beautiful wedding cakes and her breads, cookies and baking powder biscuits were always sold-out at the Kinderhook Farm Market. An avid crafter she was well-known for her fine crocheting and plastic canvas items. She was a former member of the Tri-Village Senior Citizens and Columbia County Golden Agers.

There are no calling hours. Donations may be made to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 1010 Kinderhook Street, Valatie 12184 or the Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 242, Valatie 12184.

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



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