Obituaries: Egan, Kotwas, Burke, Mottoshiski

William Egan, Sr. (1911 – 2012)

HUDSON—William F. Egan, Sr., 101 1/2 years old, passed away peacefully at his home, August 5, 2012.

Born in Hudson, January 27, 1911, he was the youngest son of the late Peter F. Egan and Catherine Dugan Egan.

He was predeceased by his wife, Rose E. Gaschel Egan, and all of his siblings, Peter, John, Thomas, Joseph, James, Francis, Aloysius, Daniel and Mary.

Mr. Egan graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1930 and joined the Hudson Police Department in 1937. In 1939, he married Rose E. Gaschel.

He served as an alderman, chief of police and commissioner of police. He was a lifetime member of the Hudson Elks Lodge, the Hudson Moose Lodge, the PBA, Retired Chiefs of New York, and was past president of the Golden Agers. He was also a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Hudson.

Mr. Egan is survived by: his sons, William (Rosemary) Egan of Clifton Park, John (Rebecca) Egan of Claverack and James (Kate) Egan of Hudson; his grandchildren, Tamara Egan, William (Kelly) Egan, Kristen (Evan) Bernockie, Mark Egan, Shannon Egan, Rachel (Hugo) Fernandez Davila, Sean (Eushabell) Egan, Abby Bensen and Meghan Egan; eight great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Rasheed, Emma, Kylie, Molli, Reese, Sean and Liam; and his friend and companion of several years, Evelyn Weaver.

Mr. Egan’s favorite past-time was raising and caring for his chickens and pigeons and being with his family.

The family thanks the staff at Columbia Memorial Hospital and the doctors for their wonderful care, especially Doctors Daggett, Maben, Pearlstein and Melamed and their caring dedicated staff. Also the wonderful people of Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene. The family will remember all of them in thier prayers.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Thursday, August 9 at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson. Burial was in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Arrangements were with the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

Ann Kotwas (1916 – 2012)

SYRACUSE—Ann (Alessi) Kotwas died peacefully in her sleep during the early morning of August 11, 2012 at the Van Duyn Home.

She was born August 24, 1916 in New York City, the daughter of the late Giuseppi and Giovanna Cippola Alessi.

Her family moved to a farm on Rock City Road, near Old Chatham, where she helped raise her brothers and sister. After high school she attended Albany Business School.

In 1939, she married John F. Kotwas. They lived on the farm for a while then moved to New Jersey. In the 1940s, they moved back to the Chatham area and bought a house in Buckleyville, where she raised her family. She enjoyed her family, flower gardening, crocheting and canning fruit.

Mrs. Kotwas is survived by: her children, John F. Kotwas, Jr., (Cathy) of North Chatham and Joanne Heagle of Canastota; a brother, Peter Alessi (Minnie) of Branford, CT; grandchildren, Kristen (Pat) Geloff and Alicia (Matt) Griffith; great grandchildren, Jacob, Benjamin and Nathan Geloff, Joshua, Nicholas and Justin Griffith, all of Cicero.

She was predeceased by her brothers: Salvatore, Paul and Joseph Alessi: sister, Gertrude Zollo and son-in-law, Peter Heagle.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, August 16, 9:30 a.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home in Chatham.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. James Church; interment will follow at St. James Cemetery, Ghent.

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Robert Burke (1937 – 2012)

BENNINGTON, VT—Robert Burke, 74, a resident of Vermont Veterans Nursing Home, died Monday, August 13, 2012.

He was born October 8, 1937 in Brooklyn, the son of the late Edward and Jane (Quigney) Burke.

He is survived by: five children, Kathleen Bogarski (Jack) of Valatie, Noreen Bruno (William) of East Greenbush, Robert G. Burke, Jr., of Troy, James Burke (Kim) of Kinderhook and Daniel Burke of East Greenbush; two sisters, Elizabeth Riley and Maureen Piccinonno, both of Brooklyn; eight grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and several nieces nephews and cousins.

Mr. Burke was predeceased by his wife, Rosalie (Dowd) Burke; a son, Kevin Burke and a brother, Edward Burke, Jr.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 16, noon at St. John the Baptist Church, Valatie with the Reverend John Molyn officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday, August 15, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Route 9, Valatie. Contributions may be made to the Stratton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Avenue, Albany 12208.

Martin Mottoshiski (1929 – 2012)

STOTTVILLE—Martin Mottoshiski, 82, of Stottville, passed away Sunday, August 12, 2012 at his residence.

Born November 13, 1929 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Martin and Elizabeth (Stevens) Mottoshiski.

He was a locomotive engineer at the Atlas Cement Company for more than 35 years and a member of the Silver Medal Club. He was a member of the Hudson Moose Lodge, the Hudson Fish and Game Club, the Railroad Club in Chatham and a life and loyal member of Christ Church Episcopal, where he served as an altar boy and usher.

Mr. Mottoshiski loved square dancing and polka hops, doing woodworking, and making toys and furniture.  He “built a better mouse trap” to catch a mouse and release it. He also served as a sergeant in the National Guard.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Phyllis (Coon) Mottoshiski of Stottville; his son, Richard (Diane) Mottoshiski of Greenport; his daughters, Deborah Moore of Stockport, Doreen (Donald) LaValley of Hudson and Kelly (Richard) Alimonti of Greenport; two brothers, William (Ellen) Mottoshiski of Greenport and Allen “James” (Peggy) Mottoshiski of Oneonta; four sisters, Shirley Mottoshiski and Jeanette Mottoshiski, both of Stottville, Joan Martin of Red Hook and Anne (Maurice) Mitchell of West Ghent; nine grandchildren, Michael Moore, Melissa Krugler, Amanda Skelley, Kristen Elcox, Jennifer Daly, Donald Martin LaValley, Justin LaValley, Christopher LaValley and Corey Drahushuk; 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three brothers, Gordon, Sam and Ronald; a sister, Elizabeth Tormey and a son-in-law, Michael Moore.

Calling hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 15 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, August 16 at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson. Burial is in Cedar Park Cemetery.

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