Obituaries: White, Lappies, Tobakian, Jenowich

Howard White (1915 – 2012)

HUDSON—Howard F. White, 96, of Claverack, died Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born July 26, 1915 in Forty Fort, PA, he was the son of the late Ira and Dorothy White.

He graduated from Philmont High School. In 1981, Mr. White retired from the V & O Press after 40 years as a production clerk. He was a member of the First Reformed Church in Hudson, where he served on the consistory and taught Sunday School.

Mr. White was a kind loving man to his family and friends. He was a gun lover only for target practice—he wouldn’t hurt a flea. He was a great animal lover. Also in his senior years, he wrote poems for his church and the Hudson Register-Star. His last poem was written at age 96 for the paper.

Mr. White is survived by: his wife, Ruth E. (Smith) White; two sons, John F. White and William H. (Elaina) White, all of Grand Junction, CO; two granddaughters, Natasha and Erica; a sister-in-law, Harriet White of Coatesville, PA; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by three brothers, Albert Dean White, Robert Lynn White and Sterling White, and one sister, Rosemary White.

Services are private and at the convenience of the family.

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Stephen Lappies (1962 – 2012)

CANAAN—Stephen Robert Lappies of Canaan died July 13, 2012.

Mr. Lappies was born January 23, 1962. He was a graduate of the New Lebanon High School class of 1980.

He moved to Alaska in 1985 and worked in the commercial salmon and crabbing industry.

He married Laura (Phillips) in 1993 in Valdez, Alaska, where he was a duty officer for Alyeska Pipeline Services until 2004, when he and Laura moved to New Lebanon. There, they owned and operated the Churchhill House Bed and Breakfast. Mr. Lappies also worked for Donjon Marine Salvage in NJ, as a project manager.

He grew up on the water at Queechy Lake in Canaan, where his family had a home. It is a place he loved and where he made many great friends.

He is survived by his beloved mother, Jane Lappies; his wife, Laura; his siblings, Jeff (Pam) Lappies and Sally (Rich) Lappies Kraham; step-daughters, Heather and Tila; four step-grandchildren; a niece; three nephews and a great nephew.

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Harry Tobakian (1921 – 2012)

VALATIE—Harry C. Tobakian, 91, a long time resident of Valatie died Friday, July 13, 2012 at his home.

Born February 6, 1921 in Troy, Mr. Tobakian served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked at Sterling-Winthrop in Rensselaer for many years and was a baseball, golf and harness racing enthusiast.

He is survived by two sisters in law, Eileen and Barbara Brothers, three nieces, two nephews and one cousin. He was predeceased by his wife, Doris (Brothers) Tobakian.

A graveside service will be held at Cedar Park Cemetery at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 242, Valatie 12184 or the St. John the Baptist Church, Valatie. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Valatie.

Marguerite Jenowich (1921 – 2012)

LIVINGSTON—Marguerite E. Jenowich, 91, of Livingston, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Livingston Hills Nursing Home.

Born July 7, 1921 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Elizabeth (Hettesheimer) Moritz.

Mrs. Jenowich was a nurse’s aide at the Firemen’s Home. She also packed fruit and worked at the pocketbook factory. She was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Reformed Church.

Mrs. Jenowich is survived by: two nieces, Madelyn Cordato of Hudson and Clara Foster of Athens; two nephews, David Gagliardy of LaGrangeville and P. Henry Lambert of Elka Park; two grand-nieces, Sandy Sasso of Athens and Sherry Backman of Gilbertsville; four grand-nephews, Raymond Fish of East Berlin, Richard Gagliardy of LaGrangeville, Robert Gagliardy of Poughkeepsie and Joseph Cordato of Taghkanic.

She was predeceased by her husband, William Jenowich, who died in World War II; two sisters, Clara Cole and Marie Lambert and her long-time companion, Edward Sheldon.

Graveside services were conducted July 17 at the Hudson City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mt. Pleasant Reformed Church in Greenport.

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