Obituaries: Miller, Brown, Regina, Baraka, Ruggieri, Choinsky

John Miller (1925 – 2012)

POUGHKEEPSIE—John Calvin Miller, 86, a lifelong resident of Millerton, struggled recently with health issues and died due to related causes at Vassar Hospital, Friday August 3, 2012

He was born in Irondale, December 14, 1925.

He was married to Sabina Parsons for 55 years. She predeceased him January 29, 2005.

They were blessed with two children, Garry Miller of Maine and Marilyn Chase of California. Mr. Miller also leaves: six grandchildren, Benjamin Chase, Eben, Andrew, Kaitlyn (Duggan), Lisbeth and Alec Miller; four great-grandchildren, Brey, Wyeth, Cecelia Rose and Calvin Miller.

Funeral services were held Wednesday August 8, 2012 at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22,Copake.

Interment followed in the Irondale Cemetery, Millerton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Millerton Fire Department, P.O. Box 733, Millerton12546.

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Peter Brown (1924 – 2012)

MANHATTAN—Peter Brown, 87, of Manhattan and Craryville died at The Jewish Home and Hospital in Manhattan, November 29, 2011.

Born June 6, 1924 in Duluth, MN, he was the son of Mary and Benjamin Brown.

Mr. Brown lived in the upstate Town of Copake with his wife Carole, in a small farmhouse filled with souvenirs of their world travels. Carole predeceased him by nine months.

Well-read and self-taught, outgoing and fun-loving by nature, Mr. Brown had legions of friends in the city and country. A raconteur, he had a sharp wit and a tongue to match. One of Mr. Brown’s favorite admonitions to younger males was to “cultivate testicular fortitude.” He had learned to do that at 19 years of age, in World War II, when his U.S. Army Air Corps plane was shot down over France. Though he was left permanently disabled, he never let that cramp his style.

Over a long professional life, Mr. Brown was an advertising salesman and public relations executive; a music promoter and the assistant director, under Norman Jewison, of Your Hit Parade (1958 to 1959), a CBS-TV network weekly variety show that brought him in contact with many stars of popular music.

Later, Mr. Brown became a commercial photographer with excellent darkroom skills. The U.S. Postal Service issued a three-cent stamp bearing one of his montage images honoring photography as an art.

As a journalist, he wrote regularly for the Fairchild group of publications and contributed freelance pieces to national magazines and regional newspapers.

Mr. Brown was proud of his jazz collection—thousands of recordings on vinyl and audiotape—along with memorabilia from his friendships with luminaries in the music business.

He was a gourmet cook with drawers full of special utensils and shelves full of cookbooks, catalogued recipes and exotic spices.

At the time of his death, he was truly 87 years young.

He had recently purchased a 1988 classic Morgan red convertible. In the passenger seat was his “new, young, red-haired wife—Vicki Sander—whom he had loved to listen to as she sang Great American Songbook jazz standards at nightclubs around Manhattan.”

A private memorial will be held on August 11. For details call 917 549-4276.

Donna Regina (1944 – 2012)

HILLSDALE—Donna Marie Regina, 68, of Hillsdale died August 4, 2012 at home after a long illness.

She was born June 14, 1944 in Manhattan, a daughter of the late Dalton and Viola (Massey) Hobson.

Mrs. Regina worked for many years as a secretary for the Technical Material Corporation in Mamaroneck.

She had a true love of music and dancing. She loved the outdoors especially working in her flower garden. Her greatest love was devoting her life to her family and pets.

Surviving are her husband, Michael of Hillsdale; two sons, Michael, Jr. of New Rochelle and Joseph of Hillsdale; grandsons, Joseph, Jr., and Jonathan.

She was dearly loved by her siblings, Clyda Stern, Patricia Turco, Mary Ellen Bomba, Delta Generoso, Lee Hobson, Theresa McCabe and the late Audrey Lore.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, August 9 from Our Lady of Hope Parish, 8074 Route 22 in Copake Falls.

Interment followed in the Hillsdale Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia – Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414. Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22 in Copake.

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Alfred Baraka (1913 -2012)

HUDSON—Alfred Baraka, 98, of Hudson, passed away Friday, August 3, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born October 12, 1913 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Stanley and Mary (Thesune) Baraka.

Mr. Baraka was employed as a safety officer for the New York State Department of Corrections in Beacon for 16 years before retiring. He had also worked on the family dairy farm and at the Universal Atlas Cement Company. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed the outdoors.  Mr. Baraka was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Hudson.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Ann Baraka and Veronica Dunn.

He is survived by several good friends.

Funeral services were Wednesday, August 8 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Interment was in Cedar Park Cemetery.

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Joseph Ruggieri (1930 – 2012)

ALBANY—Joseph A. Ruggieri, 82, of Route 22 in Hillsdale died Saturday, August 4, 2012 at the Albany Medical Center.

He was born January 17, 1930 in the Bronx, the son of Mario and Margaret Ruggieri.

Mr. Ruggieri was the former owner and operator of Hillsdale Auto Body at the intersection of Routes 22 and 23 in Hillsdale.

He was a volunteer fireman for more than 50 years with the Hillsdale Fire Company and often donated his time and expertise in repairing fire company apparatus.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Lisa Neuman of New Jersey.

A private interment service was held Thursday August 9, 2012 in the Hillsdale Rural Cemetery with the Reverend Joseph Falletta, officiating.

Memorial offerings may be made to the Hillsdale Fire Company, 9387 Route 22, Hillsdale 12529.

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

Elizabeth Choinsky (1930 – 2012)

TIVOLI—Elizabeth “Betty” Choinsky passed away at her home in Tivoli peacefully August 4, 2012 surrounded by her family.

She was born August 11, 1930 in Red Hook, the daughter of the late Floyd and Mabel (O’Leary) Feller.

Mrs. Choinsky worked for more than 27 years at Orchard Hills of Red Hook

In Tivoli March 21, 1954, she married Robert Choinsky who survives.

She is also survived by her daughter, Robbin (Karl) Sprossel of Clermont; granddaughter, Tara (Ben) Kolbinskie of Red Hook; grandson Chase Sprossel of Oregon and two great grandchildren.

There are no calling hours.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 8 at St. Sylvia’s Roman Catholic Church of Tivoli, where a Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated by the Reverend Thomas Curley.

Interment followed in St. Sylvia’s Church Cemetery of Tivoli.

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Germantown.





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