Obituaries: MacFarlane, Egan, Sherman, deBernard, Raycraft

Marjorie MacFarlane, 72, worked at VA hospital for 30 years

HUDSON—Marjorie (Honey) MacFarlane, 72, of Hudson died at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Friday, January 20, 2012 after a long illness.

She was born September 14, 1939, to the late Maude and Clyde Pulver of Chatham.

Mrs. MacFarlane grew up in Chatham on the family farm and attended Chatham Schools. She began a career at the Veteran’s Hospital in Albany starting in the laundry department and working her way up to personnel.  She retired after 30 years in 1987. She then worked at a dry cleaning store in Schodack until leaving in 1997. She married Scotty MacFarlane in 1977, who predeceased her in 2005.

Mrs. MacFarlane is survived by: two daughters, Kathy Leavitt of Hudson, with whom she lived, and Sue Adriance of Richlands, NC; three granddaughters, Samantha Adriance of Wilton, Elizabeth Varney of Selkirk and Melissa Churilla of Richlands; one grandson, Brandon Leavitt of Hudson; four sisters, Evelyn Fiero and Lillian Anuska, both of Hudson, and Roberta Laurange and April Bergman, both of Chatham; three great-grandsons, Channing Greene of Wilton, Donovon Varney of Selkirk, and Mikey Churilla of Richlands; four great-granddaughters, Aligail Varney of Selkirk, Sophia and Anna Churilla, both of Richlands and Epiphany Adriance of Wilton.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Mildred Concile and Marcia Sartori.

Mrs. MacFarlane was an avid bingo player and loved spending time with her family, who will sorely miss her.

Funeral services were Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Interment followed in the family plot in Mellenville. Pall bearers include Richard Leavitt, Brandon Leavitt, James Vandenburgh and Robert Knott.

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Antoinette Egan, 95, raised on family fruit farm, went to one-room school

MANHATTAN—Antoinette B. Egan, 95, of New York City died January 18, 2012 at the Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan after a long illness.

Born July 29, 1916 in Burden, Town of Livingston, she was a daughter of the late Antonio and Jessie (Cooper) Bartolotta.

Mrs. Egan went to school in the little one-room school house at Walker’s Mill in Livingston. She was raised on the family farm, Klein’s Kill Fruit Farm in Linlithgo. In the 1930s, Mrs. Egan attended the Church of the Nativity in Linlithgo and was married to James Egan at the Church of the Resurrection, Germantown, in October 1938.

She was a kind, caring, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by: her sons, James Egan, Jr. of Washington, DC, John Egan of Yonkers, Peter Egan of Lynbrook and Robert Egan of Bedford; brothers, Philip of Livingston, Russell of Hudson, Alfred of Livingston and Robert of Red Hook; sisters, Marie Conte of Hudson, Lauretta Barton of Texas and June Decker of Syracuse; 19 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

She was predeceased by her husband, James; sisters, Jessie Conte, Beulah Delaney, Patricia Bartolotta and brothers, Benjamin and Tony Bartolotta.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 23 from the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home in Germantown and the Church of the Resurrection where a Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated.

Interment followed in the Nativity Church Cemetery in Linlithgo.

Memorial donations in Mrs. Egan’s name may be made to the Church of the Nativity in Linlithgo or the Church of Resurrection in Germantown.

John Sherman, 82, marine, IBMer

RHINEBECK—John A. Sherman, 82, of Red Hook died Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at the Thompson House of Rhinebeck.

Born May 8, 1929 in Germantown, he was the son of the late William H. Sherman, Jr. and Dorothy (Wegfarth) Sherman.

After graduation from Germantown Central High School, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as a technical sergeant for five years during the Korean Conflict. He also was a member of the National Guard for two years. While in high school he loved sports, especially basketball and horseback riding. He belonged to the drama club and was drum major in the school band.

In 1954, he joined IBM and after 36 years he retired as an advisory systems analysis. Mr. Sherman was a member of the Reformed Church of Germantown. He enjoyed using the computer, photography and genealogy.

Survivors include: his wife, Janice; son, Stephen and his wife, Aileen Sherman of Maryland; daughter, Lisa and husband, Sean Dugan of Leeds; step-daughters, Cindy Fingar of Gallatin an Laura Ostrander and her husband, Alan of MA; sister, Joan and husband, John Sharpe of Hudson; seven grandchildren, Danielle, Christopher, Alexandra Sherman, Nicholas and Emme Ostrander, Walter and Michael Fingar; and one great grandchild, Hayden Fingar.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Amy Louise Sherman and son, David John Sherman.

Funeral services were Saturday, January 21 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home in Germantown, with the Reverend David Tipple officiating.

Memorial donations are requested to the Thompson House, 6525 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck 12572.

Favio de Bernard, 24, construction worker, leaves many friends

RED HOOK—Favio Alejandro de Bernard, 24, of Hudson and Elizaville died Saturday, January 14, 2012 in Red Hook

Born November 14, 1987 in Havana, Cuba, he was the son of Maria Victoria Debernard of Elizaville.

Mr. de Bernard attended the Germantown Central School, was employed at the Devereux Foundation in Red Hook and more recently worked in construction in the Catskill area.

He is survived by his mother, Maria Victoria Debernard of Elizaville and his many friends.

A celebration of his life was held Friday, January 20 at the Community Activities Building in Palatine Park, Palatine Park Road Germantown. Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Germantown.

Robert Raycraft, 70, tractor puller, sold farm equipment

COPAKE—Robert C. Raycraft, 70, a longtime resident of Copake died Saturday, January 14, 2012.

He was born on May 2, 1941 in Ossining, the son of the late Frank K. and Irene (Bigelow) Raycraft.

He attended Dover Plains Schools.

Mr. Raycraft honorably served in the United States Army from 1963 until 1965.

In 1965, he became the owner of Ancram Farm Supply. In 1967, he moved to Hillsdale, where he operated Midway Farm Equipment for 35 years. He was involved in New York State Tractor Pulls, and in the mid 1980s, was named tractor puller of the year. He ran an Allis Chalmers D21 Super Stock called, Mama’s Thoroughbred, from 1977 to 1990.

Later in life, he became an avid supporter of healthy eating and was involved with Reiki, the healing touch.

Mr. Raycraft is survived by: his wife, Sandra Raycraft: a son, Robert C. Raycraft and his wife Amy of Santee, CA; a daughter, Letitia Kidder and her husband Charles of Hermiston, OR; four grandchildren, Jacob and Matthew Raycraft, and Stephen and James Furches; two sisters, Barbara Dutton of Dover Plains; Margaret Way of Dover Plains; a brother, Frank Raycraft, Jr. of Housatonic, MA; as well as many nieces nephews, and great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Jacqueline Emilino.

A memorial gathering was held Sunday, January 22, 2012 at the Copake Community Center, Mountain View Road, Copake.

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


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