Obituaries: Michielen, Boughton, Bassakalis, Smith

Cornelia Michielen, pinochle player, traveler

HUDSON—Cornelia “Corry” J. Michielen, of North Claverack, passed away peacefully Monday, November 14, 2011. She lived in North Claverack for more than 50 years.

She was born in Rotterdam in the Netherlands and is the daughter of the late Adolf Martinus Kropmans and Maria Jacomina van Giessen Kropmans.

Mrs. Michielen enjoyed traveling, camping and going places with the Golden Agers. She played a mean game of pinochle.

She is survived by: two sons and daughters-in-law, Peter J. and Judy A. (Pomeroy) Michielen of Claverack and Hans and Pamela (Rothfuss) Michielen of Vermontville; six grandchildren, Jennifer J. Michielen of Claverack, Venessa J. (Michielen) and David Ort of Oxford, CT, Melanie A. (Michielen) and Berthold Boone of Chicago, IL, Carrie A. (Michielen) and Kris Fry of Virginia Beach, VA, Julia R. (Lightbody) and Michael Long of Scituate, MA, and Andrew A. Lighbody of Scituate, MA; seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews, including Marjan Schiereck of Coxsackie.

She was predeceased by her husband, John Michielen and her grandson, Christopher R. Michielen.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack. Burial will be in the Reformed Dutch Church Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. To leave a message for the family go to

Frederick Boughton, 77, service station owner/operator

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Frederick H. Boughton, 77, of Main Street in Copake Falls, passed away Saturday November 19, 2011 at Fairview Hospital.

Mr. Boughton was born July 3, 1934 in Copake Falls, a son of George R. and Mabel (Madison) Boughton.

For more than 53 years and until he died, Mr. Boughton was the owner and operator of Head’s Service Station on Route 22 in Copake Falls.

He was active in his community as a lifetime member of the Copake Fire Company and as a member of the Episcopal Church of St. John in the Wilderness.

He enjoyed his yearly camping trips to Maine but his greatest joy was the love and involvement that he shared with his beloved wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchild.

On October 2, 1955 in Copake Falls, he married Virginia Rothrock Boughton who survives him at home.

Besides his beloved wife Virginia, he leaves his loving daughters and their spouses, Deborah and Reginald Crowley and Donna and Ralph Platt, both of Copake Falls. He also leaves his cherished grandchildren, Regina Shea, Kelly Crowley, Jessica Platt and Kaitlyn Platt and his great grandchild, Summer Shea.

He was predeceased by four brothers, George, Harold, Clayton and Frank.

Funeral services were held Wednesday November 23, 2011 at 11 a.m. from the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Route 22 in Copake with the Reverend John Thompson, rector of St. John in the Wilderness officiating.

Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Copake Falls 12517.

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Victoria Bassakalis, 88, homemaker, devoted to family

GHENT—Victoria Elizabeth Thayer Bassakalis, 88, formerly of Ghent and Greenport, passed away Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Whittier Nursing Home with her son by her side.

Born January 8, 1923 in Ghent, she was the daughter of the late George and Nellie (Cobrille) Thayer.

Mrs. Bassakalis was a homemaker and devoted to her family. She was a lifelong area resident and a member of the Greenport Senior Citizens.

She was predeceased by her husband, Franklin G. Bassakalis, who died in 1985.

Mrs. Bassakalis is survived by her dearest son, Dimitri C. Bassakalis, and his wife, Barbara of Ghent; her loving granddaughter, Shelby Miller of East Greenbush; her great-grandson, Anthony Miller of East Greenbush; her great-granddaughter, Samantha Miller of East Greenbush; her daughter, Thalia Cozza of Greenport; and her grandson, Franklin T. Cozza of Greenport. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her sisters and brother.

Services were conducted Wednesday, November 23 at the Bates Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

Interment was in the Ghent Union Cemetery. To leave a message for the family go to

Elizabeth Smith, 55, store supervisor

KINDERHOOK—Elizabeth M. Smith, 55, of Kinderhook, passed away Friday, November 18, 2011 at her residence.

Born December 19, 1955 in College Point, she was the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Mortiz) Friedrich.

Mrs. Smith was a supervisor at Ocean State Job Lot in Valatie. She had also worked in the Grand Union Pharmacy.

She is survived by her husband, Chester P. Smith of Kinderhook; three daughters, Sara Smith of Connecticut, Stephanie and Samantha Smith, both of Kinderhook; her sister, Anne Nashid of California, three nephews, and many cousins.

Calling hours are 6 to 8 pm, Friday, November 25 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 11 am Saturday, November 26 at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson. To leave a message for the family go to


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