Obituaries: Berry, Garrison, Stevens, Curcio, Novak

Susan Berry, 63, career with health department

TROY—Susan F. Berry, 63 of Troy died December 9, 2011.

Ms. Berry retired after a career with the New York State Department of Health.


Survivors include: her sisters, Dorothy (John Lind) and Janet (Donald Richardson) and her brother, Michael (Ruth); her nephews, Andrew and Scott.

Funeral arrangements are private but a memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Donations may be made to SVNA Hospice, 30A Salmon Kill Road, Salisbury, CT 06068.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Copake.

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Chad Garrison, 34, seafood dept. manager, devoted husband and father

HUDSON—Chad E. Garrison, Sr., 34, of Plainville, CT, passed away suddenly Sunday, December 11, 2011 in Hudson.

He was born December 15, 1976 in Hudson, the beloved son of Audrey (Smith) and Edward Garrison, Sr. of Hudson.

He worked at Price Chopper in Southington, CT, for six years as the manager of the seafood department. He lived in Plainville for the past seven years.

Mr. Garrison was the beloved husband of Trisha (Leggett) Garrison of Plainville, CT;  devoted father of Chad E. Garrison, Jr. and Haylie Garrison, both of Plainville, and loving brother of Michael Garrison, Sr. of CT, Rodney Garrison of Hollowville, Paul Garrison of Hudson, Darrin Garrison, Sr. of MA., and Edward Garrison of Chatham. Also surviving are his mother-in-law, Deborah Wishon of Plainville; his father-in-law, Kenneth Leggett of Livingston; several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, December 14 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Services will follow at noon at the funeral home. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.

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Thomas Stevens, Sr., 93, WWII vet, acetylene expert

HUDSON—Thomas E. Stevens, Sr., 93, of Stuyvesant Falls and Valatie passed away December 10, 2011 at his home at the Firemen’s Home.

He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Margaret (Phillips); his sisters, Marie (Bryfonski) and Helen Stevens; a brother, Jack; infant daughters, Ann, Marie, Jean and Jane and grandson, Christopher Stevens.

He leaves his brother, Dan in St. Petersburg, FL; sister, Jane Chorus of Valatie; sisters-in-law, Frances Schools and Nancy Romanchuk, (who

devoted much time, love and care to him) of Stuyvesant Falls; brother-in-law, Byron Phillips, Sr. and wife Celine of Brisbane, Australia; daughters, Nancy Carlson and husband John of Grafton, MA, Judith O’Malley of Worcester, MA, Barbara Stevens of Castleton-on-Hudson, Carol Lerke and husband Todd of Robbinston, ME, Thomasina Lepage and husband John of Middleborough, MA, Margaret Knoetgen and husband Kenneth of Abilene,

TX; and son, Thomas E. Stevens, Jr., of Kinderhook; 15 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; 3 great, great grandchildren and 19 nieces and nephews.

He was born and grew up in Stuyvesant Falls, a son of John and Margaret Stevens. At the age of 13, he left school when his father died to help support his family. Mr. Stevens served in the US Army during World War II in the South Pacific. He returned to his hometown where he went back to work at Thomas A. Edison, a compressed gas company. He became an expert in acetylene and in 1956 opened a plant in North Grafton, MA, managed plants in Slatersville, Rl, and Taunton, MA, and consulted internationally for a company in Richardson, TX.

Mr. Stevens was a charter member of the Stuyvesant Falls VFW, a member of the Stuyvesant Falls Fire Department; the South Grafton, MA Fire Department; the Grafton Lion’s Club; the Stockport/Stuyvesant Senior Citizens group; a member of the Church of St. Joseph, formerly St. Mary’s Church, Stuyvesant Falls; St. Mary’s Church, North Grafton, MA; and St. James’ Church, South Grafton, MA.

Calling hours are Friday, December 16, 2011, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie. A funeral Mass will be conducted Saturday, December 17, 2011, 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Joseph, Stuyvesant Falls. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Firemen’s Home, Hudson or Hospice of Columbia/Greene, Catskill.

James Curcio, 71, barber, church member

POUGHKEEPSIE—James V. Curcio of Dover Plains, formerly of Hudson, died Monday, December 12, at St. Francis Hospital. He was 71.

Born in Hudson January 11, 1940, he was the son of the late Peter L. and Cordelia (Scheu) Curcio.

Mr. Curcio attended Ryder College in Trenton, NJ, and later became a barber in his family business, Curcio’s Barber Shop on Warren Street in Hudson. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Hudson.

Survivors include: his brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Phyllis Curcio; two nephews, Peter and John Curcio.

Calling hours will be Thursday, December 15 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Father Winston Bath officiating. Burial in the family plot will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Glenn Novak, 48, civil engineer, outdoorsman

STUYVESANT FALLS—Glenn E. Novak, 48, of Stuyvesant Falls died Monday, December 12, 2011, at his home after a long illness.

Born in Hudson, December 28, 1962, he was the son of Donald and Eleanor (Eichholz) Novak of Stuyvesant Falls.

Mr. Novak was employed by the New York State Department of

Transportation as a civil engineer. He was a lifetime member of the Glencadia Rod and Gun Club and an avid hunter and fisherman.

Besides his parents, he is survived by his sister, Carol VanDenburgh (Stephen) of Valatie; a nephew, Scott VanDenburgh; two aunts, Gertrude Burkle and Pauline Yerrick and long-time friend, Ellen Zimmerman.

Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, lnc., Valatie.

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