Obituaries: Meier, Galatioto, Blood, Race

Adolf Meier, 88, decorated vet, builder

TAGHKANIC—World War II veteran Adolf “Red” Meier, 88, passed away Saturday, February 25 at home surrounded by family.

Born April 2, 1923 in Peekskill, he was the son of Adolf W. Meier, Sr. and Margaret M. (Bissert) Meier.

On May 11, 1947 he married his beloved, June Adelaide Gilbert. Mrs. Meier predeceased him January 5, 2000. Mr. Meier is survived by his daughters: Martha Meier, with whom he resided in Taghkanic, and Marjorie Splain, and her husband Terry of Holly Springs, NC; three grandchildren: Shonna Splain of Charlotte, NC, Brennan Splain of Asheville, NC and Logan Meier of Boulder, CO; as well as his siblings, who will cherish his memory, Stephen Meier, Katherine LeFevre, Elizabeth Franklin, William Meier, Madeline Meier and Charles Meier. He considered close family friend Kathy Lauerman, of Denver, Colorado, part of his extended family.

Corporal Meier entered the US Marine Corps on December 15, 1942 and served until January 11, 1946 with the 5th Marine Division, L Battery, 4th Battalion, 13th Marine Regiment. On February 19, 1945 he was among the first to land on Iwo Jima and participated in action there until March 16, 1945, with further service in the Asiatic Pacific area until his honorable discharge in 1946. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, the Marine Corp Good Conduct Ribbon, the World War II Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal.

Mr. Meier lived with his family in Hyde Park for 36 years. As the owner/operator of Redmere Builders, Inc., he built homes throughout Westchester County. He moved to Taghkanic with his daughter 11 years ago. Mr. Meier was a master woodworker, an avid hunter, fisherman, outdoorsman and reader. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, lively conversations and time with his family.

A private service is planned.

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

Arrangements are under the direction of the Peck & Peck Funeral Homes, Inc., Copake. To sign the online register visit

Michele Galatioto, 84, owned market, served in Italian army

HUDSON—Michele “Mike” Galatioto, 84, of Churchtown, passed away Monday, February 27, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital with his loving family by his side.

Born January 28, 1928 in Sicily, Italy, he was the son of the late Antonino and Anna Galatioto.

Mr. Galatioto and his wife, Giuseppa “Josie” owned the former J & M Market in Stottville. He was also a self-employed laborer and served in the Italian Army.

He is survived by: his beloved wife, Giuseppa “Josie” (Costa) Galatioto of Churchtown; four devoted children, Antonino and Joseph, both of Churchtown, Anna Maria (Galatioto) Redding of East Taghkanic and Maria Theresa Varriale of Germantown; four loving grandchildren, Patrick Yole of Albany, William Redding of East Taghkanic, Rebecca Yole Nelson of Cairo, and Jessica Troy of Greenport; his siblings, Angelina Ferro of West Hempstead, LI, Josephine Fontana of Staten Island, Mario Galatioto of Brooklyn, Anna Frankel of Monroe, NJ and Lucia Galatioto of Tivoli; four great-grandchildren, Antonina, Dante and Juliana Troy, all of Greenport, and Brennan Yole of Albany, and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 1 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

Burial will be in the Mellenville Union Cemetery.

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Richard J. Blood, 83, newspaper editor, college professor

MANHATTAN—Former New York Daily News City Editor Richard J. Blood, who nurtured young writers in the newsroom and the classroom during a long journalistic career, has died of respiratory failure.

Mr. Blood, 83, passed away Friday, February 17 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Manhattan. He spent 28 years in the newspaper business, including a dozen at The News— first as night city editor, than as day city editor— when it was the nation’s largest-circulation newspaper.

Mr. Blood was a full-time resident of New Lebanon for the past 10 years and he and his wife were weekend and summer residents of New Lebanon since 1987. They were also communicants of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in New Lebanon. Mr. Blood was a veteran of the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in October of 1947 as a seaman 1st class. He served in the Merchant Marine before attending Boston University, where he graduated in 1954.

Mr. Blood’s career began at newspapers in New Hampshire and Vermont before joining the now-defunct Newark (NJ) Evening News and then the Daily News. He worked at The News, then based on East 42nd Street, during the 1970s and early 1980s.

Mr. Blood found a second career as a college teacher—instructing would-be reporters at the Columbia School of Journalism, New York University and Seton Hall University for more than two decades. An annual prize in his name is still awarded for excellence in reporting at Columbia, where he earned a master’s degree in journalism.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Carol Joyce Blood of Manhattan and New Lebanon; his children from a previous marriage, sons, Michael, a political writer for The Associated Press in Los Angeles, Christopher of Denville, NJ, daughter, Kathleen Blood Stokas of Tucson, AZ, and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday March 10 at noon in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 732 US Route 20, New Lebanon, where the Reverend John L. Close will celebrate a Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial. There will be no calling hours and interment will be in the spring. Arrangements are under the guidance of Hall & Higgins Funeral Home of Stephentown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Richard J. Blood Award for Excellence in Reporting, checks may be made payable to Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Office of Alumni & Development, 2950 Broadway, New York 10027, write Prof. Richard Blood Prize on the check memo line.

Josephine Race, 71, first woman Elk, liked the Food Network

HUDSON—Josephine Payne Race, 71, of Allen Circle, Kinderhook, died Monday February 27, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born in Hudson, March 2, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Philip and Martha (Floud) Payne.

Mrs. Race was a member of the Kinderhook Elks Lodge #2530 and the first woman member of the lodge, as well as, the first woman Elk of the Year. She was the current secretary of the House Committee. She enjoyed working on the computer for Elks-related matters and dedicated her life to not only the Elks, but to her husband, supporting his involvement in the Lodge for many years. He was exalted ruler four times. She enjoyed cooking and downloading recipes from the Food Network and watching it on TV.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Stephen R. Race, Sr. of Kinderhook; three children, Stephen R. Race, Jr. (Alyson) of Severn, MD, Jeffrey P. Race, Sr. (Lori) of Kinderhook and Joanna Lewis (Dan) of Daytona, FL; five grandchildren, Joshua, Jeramie, Jeffrey Jr., Michael and Amber; one great granddaughter, Kaylee; two brothers, Philip H. Payne of Mt. Merino and Louis H. Payne of CT.

A graveside service will be held Friday, March 2, 11 a.m., at Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson. Relatives and friends may call Thursday, March 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kinderhook Elks Lodge #2530 Charities, P.O. Box 514, Kinderhook 12106. The Kinderhook Elks will hold a memorial service Thursday at 7:30 p.m. All Elks are invited.


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