Obituaries: Nero, Rivenberg, Van Alstyne

John Nero, 80, IBM engineer, liked to visit casinos

HUDSON—John Nero, 80, of Hudson, died Friday, March 11, 2011 at his residence.

Born August 1, 1930 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary (Tamburro) Nero.

He served in the US Air Force from 1949 until 1951. Mr. Nero was a special engineer at IBM in Kingston, retiring after 31 years of service.  He was a life-long Hudson resident and enjoyed trips to the casinos. He was an avid bowler and a member of the Mt. Carmel Bowling League.

Mr. Nero is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty (Klock) Nero of Hudson; three children, Christine Zimmer of Florida, Teresa Nero of North Carolina, and John Nero of Hudson; three brothers, Carmen, Peter and Anthony Nero; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three brothers, Frank, Charles and Joseph Nero.

Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 14 at the Bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 15 at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Joseph, Holy Family Church in Stottville. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Edith Rivenburg, 97, nurse’s aide, loved to read

HUDSON—Edith V. Rivenburg of Claverack died Saturday, March 12, 2011 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. She was 97.

Born in Hudson October 1, 1913, she was the daughter of the late Manford and Hattie (Coons) Dusenbury.

Mrs. Rivenburg was a nurse’s aide and worked for Pine Haven Nursing Home in Philmont until her retirement. She was a former member of the Claverack Senior Citizens and loved reading and crossword puzzles.

She is survived by: three sons, Wayne and Delbert Rivenburg both of Mellenville, Norman and (Helen) Rivenburg of Spencertown; three daughters, Nancy Fuss of Philmont, Virginia Sherman of Chatham, Donna Rivenburg of Mellenville; 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Lee E. Rivenburg; and two brothers, Manford and William Dusenbury. She will also be missed by her faithful dog Kolby.

Calling hours will be Thursday, March 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. Funeral services follow at 11 a.m. at the McDonald-Valenti-Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport, with the Reverend Ken Coddington officiating.

Burial will follow at Mellenville Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville 12211 or Community Hospice of Columbia Greene.

Roger Van Alstyne, 76, worked for DOT, barbershop singer

VALATIE—Roger Van Alstyne, a loving husband and father, died peacefully at Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, March 9, 2011 at the age of 76.

He was born in Hudson, August 19, 1934 to Clayton E. and Martha J. (Atchison) Van Alstyne of Stuyvesant.

He graduated from Martin Van Buren High School in Kinderhook. After serving his country in the Coast Guard, Mr. Van Alstyne went on to earn an associate’s degree from Hudson Valley Community College. He worked for the New York State Department of Transportation for 30 years.

He served on the Village of Valatie Planning Board for seven years. He liked to fly fish and play golf in his spare time.

Mr. Van Alstyne had a singing talent and helped form a barbershop chorus in Columbia County that met and performed at the Ichabod Crane High School during the 1970s and 80s. He also sang in three quartets, including one with his three brothers.

Mr. Van Alstyne was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Clayton E. Van Alstyne.

He is survived by his wife Diana (Rogger) Van Alstyne; his two sons, Douglas R.         (Ruth) Van Alstyne and Daniel C. (Marleia) Van Alstyne; his daughter, Susan (Nick) Van Alstyne; his two brothers, Allen D. (Joan) Van Alstyne and Richard G. (Beverly) Van Alstyne; his sister-in-law, Ann Van Alstyne; his two beloved grandchildren, Deryck R. and Skylar W. Van Alstyne; plus many cousins, nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours and burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Valatie Rescue Squad.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie.

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