Obituaries: Stapf, Steerey, Dunham, Csajko

Peter Stapf, Sr., 88, machine operator, Army vet

SHARON, CT—Peter R. Stapf, Sr. 88, of Pine Plains passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at Sharon Health Care Center in Sharon, CT.

He was born in Tuckahoe, the son of the late Joseph and Otilya (Guies) Stapf.

Mr. Stapf was a machine operator for the Town of Pine Plains Highway Department.

He proudly served his country with the United States Army.

On August 8, 1948 in Amenia, he married Dorothy M. (Fountain) Stapf. She predeceased him in 1992.

Survivors include: three sons, Robert, Sr., and his wife Sandra Stapf of Millerton, Peter R., Jr., and his wife, Donna Stapf of Niskayuna and John and his wife, Jane Stapf of Pine Plains; three daughters, Barbara and her husband, Everett Holdridge of Zephyrhills, FL; Deborah and her husband, Terry Bryant of Ancram and Wendy and her husband, George Lind of Millerton; 16 grandchildren, Michelle, Robin, Robert Jr., Kristofer, Tammy, Candy, Michael, Donna, Valerie, Renea, Steven, Christopher, Derek, Justin, Jessica, Jason; 14 great grandchildren, Zachary, Adriana, MacKenzie, Addison, Nicholas, Matthew, Samantha, Sarah, Emily, Kaleb, Cameron, Hannah, Ava and Cecilia.

There are no calling hours.

A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to the Pine Plains Rescue Squad, P.O Box 100, Pine Plains 12567.

Richard Steerey, 92, decorated WWII vet, life member of fire cos.

GHENT—Richard W. Steerey, 92, of Claverack, died Thursday, December 29, 2011 at Whittier Nursing Home.

Born August 17, 1919 in Littleton, NH, he was the son of the late William Brandt and Sadie (Lowell) Steerey.

He served as a sergeant in the US Army during World War II, earning the EAME Service Medal with Arrowhead, the Good Conduct Medal, the Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Mr. Steerey worked as a machine operator at Lorbrook before retiring. He was a life member of Phoenix Hose Fire Company, a member of the Hudson American Legion, and a member of  H. W. Rogers Hose Fire Company, where he was a past captain and second lieutenant.

Surviving are: his devoted wife, Eleanor (Bunk) Steerey of Claverack; his son, William Steerey of Billings, MT; his brother, Francis Steerey of Albany; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Elaine Hapeman; two grandchildren, Ryan and David Hammond; three sisters and three brothers.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, January 26 at the Hudson American Legion.

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Alfred Dunham, 79, worked for GE for more than 40 years

CHATHAM—Alfred Manning Dunham, 79, a lifelong resident of Chatham, died Friday, January 20 at his residence.

Born September 19, 1932 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Franklin and Hazel (Manning) Dunham.

He graduated Chatham High School in the Class of 1950. Mr. Dunham attended a four-year technical course for laboratory assistant within General Electric and obtained a BS degree in electrical engineering from Union College in 1955. He continued his employment with General Electric for 42 years, retiring in 1992.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 25, 7 p.m. from the Maranatha Christian Church, 1965 Route 203, Chatham.

Interment will be in the Chatham Rural Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Morris Memorial, Park Row, Chatham 12037 or the Patrick J. Curry Foundation, 1 Hoffman Street, Chatham 12037. Arrangements are with the Wenk Funeral Home. For online condolences visit

Marjorie Csajko, 94, secretary, CMH auxilian

RED ROCK—Marjorie Marie Csajko, 94, of County Route 24, Red Rock, died Saturday, January 21 at her residence.

Born April 29, 1917 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late John and Erna (Franke) Schneider.

She was employed as secretary for Prudential Insurance Company in Bethpage, before moving to Red Rock from Wantagh with her husband, Ernest William Csajko in 1977. Mr. Csajko died in 1992.

Mrs. Csajko devoted many years to the Columbia Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. She was a member of St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church in Spencertown and served on many committees. She was a member of the Ghent and Tri-Village senior citizens and was an avid European traveler. She is survived by: her sons, John E. Csajko of Red Rock and Roger A. Csajko of Wantagh; two grandsons and one great grandson.

She was predeceased by a sister, Virginia Schneider.

A memorial service will be held Friday, January 27, 11 a.m. from St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church, Spencertown. Inurnment will be in the Calverton National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church, Spencertown 12165.

Arrangements are with the Wenk Funeral Home. For online condolences visit

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