Obituaries: Dickson, Schmitz, Walker, Cappozzo

George Dickson (1950 – 2012)

ALBANY—George R. Dickson, 61, of Valatie passed away Thursday, June 14, 2012 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

He was born June 24, 1950 in Rochester, the son of the late John and Rose (Allen) Dickson.

He is survived by: his wife, Linda L. (Bachman) Dickson; three daughters, Janine Lawrence of East Meadow, Crista Dickson of Mahwah, NJ and Heather Dickson of Valatie; four siblings, Corinne Edwards of Prattsburg, Jacqueline Bachman of Valatie, Sheila Tillich and Robert Dickson both of Rochester; a grandson, Noah John Malmborg and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three siblings, Anita Shults, Faith Brownlee and Kevin Dickson.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 18 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Route 9, Valatie, with the Reverend James Slater officiating.

Interment will be in St. Luke’s Memorial Garden at a later date.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.

Chiarina Schmitz

CHATHAM—Chiarina “Clara” Schmitz, 96, of Chatham passed peacefully at home, June  15, 2012.

Born in Chatham, Mrs. Schmitz was the daughter of Michele “Mike” and Maddalena (nee Ciniglio) Cozzolino and stepdaughter of Angelina Cozzolino.

After her mother’s death from the 1918 influenza epidemic, she lived in Kinderhook and Troy until her family moved to Brooklyn, when she was 13 years old.

Following retirement, first from a women’s clothing manufacturer and then the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, she was a volunteer patient advocate at Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn.

Surviving family members include: two sons, Dr. Harold V. Schmitz and his wife Maria and Michael H. Schmitz and his wife Tina; grandchildren, Erik Schmitz and his wife Andrea, Jen Kontarovich, Kristin Schmitz, Jonathon Addam Schmitz and Luke Schmitz; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Lee Gialloreto and Ann Sticco.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold J. Schmitz; brother, Savino “Sam” Cassalina and Marie Ligouri. Before entering eternal life, Mrs. Schmitz spent the last few days of her life with family and friends.

With a quiet faith in Christ, her life was marked by cheerful service to others. There was always time for a smile and a good laugh regardless of the events in life. That smile carried her through all adversity. Friend and counselor to many, she was also known for her cooking and baking skills. Mrs. Schmitz prepared weekly packages of biscotti for family and friends. She welcomed all to her home and typically made sure there was more than enough to eat.

A Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated Monday, June 18 at St. James Catholic Church, Chatham. Burial was at St. James Cemetery, Ghent.

The family expresses their gratitude to Fr. Gary Gelfenbien and the Catholic Community of St. James for their wonderful prayers and heartfelt presence. The family is also grateful to Dr. William Murphy and the nurses and staff of the Community Hospice of Columbia Greene for their loving care and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. James Church, 129 Hudson Avenue, Chatham 12137 and/or the Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Arrangements were with the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham. For online condolences visit

Peggy Walker (1942 – 2012)

ALBANY—Peggy A. (Schrader) Walker, 70, of Claverack, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2012 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

Born in Hudson, January 5, 1942, she was the daughter of the late George and Bernice Yates.

Mrs. Walker was a certified nursing assistant at the Firemen’s Home in Hudson.  She was a lifelong area resident and enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Bernard Walker of Claverack; three sons, Barry Schrader of Hudson, Darrin Schrader of Malone and Brian Schrader of Hudson; four sisters, Dinah Hoffman of Stottville, Lynne Clark of Livingston and Karen Scraper and Kimberly Smith, both of Hudson; two brothers, George Yates of Stuyvesant Falls and Lloyd Yates of Craryville; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were Monday, June 18 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

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Rose Cappozzo (1922 – 2012)

ALBANY—Rose Koller Cappozzo passed away June 14, 2012 at Albany Medical Center.

She was born September 2, 1922 in New York City the daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Susbeck Koller formerly of East Chatham.

She was a graduate of Chatham High School, class of 1940 and the Mildred Elly Business School, Albany. She married Frank Cappozzo, the son of Fred and Maddalena Cappozzo, who owned and operated the family busines: Cappozzo’s Store.

Mrs. Cappozzo was employed by the New York State Electric and Gas Corporation for several years. She was a member of the American Legion auxiliary, a former member of the Chatham Women’s Club, a volunteer usher for the Mac-Haydn Theatre and a volunteer baker for various organizations. She was a communicant of St. James Church, where she also participated in the religious education program for many years.

She is survived by: her husband, Frank F. Cappozzo: sons, Frank D. and Fred J. Cappozzo; sister, Madeline Voelbel; her grandchildren, Stacey, Jocelyn, Glen and Lindsay Cappozzo, Matthew, Samuel and Sydney Fredericks; her son-in-law, Peter Fredericks, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Sharon Fredericks.

Family will receive friends Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham, from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 20 at 11 a.m. at St. James Church, Chatham with interment following at St. James Cemetery, Ghent.

Contributions in her name may be made to the Chatham Rescue Squad. For directions or to send an online condolence visit

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