Obituaries: Cure, Schoonover, Holness, Doody

Laureen Cure (1943 – 2012)

STEPHENTOWN—Laureen A. Mitchell Cure, 69, (a/k/a “Nani,” “Sis,” and “Birdie”) of Route 22 died suddenly at her residence, Tuesday, August 28.

Born August 21, 1943 in Pittsfield, MA, she was the daughter of the late Anton and Catherine Hadsell Mitchell.

Raised in Hancock, MA, she resided in New Lebanon for more than 15 years and the last three years in Stephentown.

Ms. Cure was of the Roman Catholic faith and a graduate of St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in Pittsfield. After raising her family, she worked for the last 23 years at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield in Central Service Sterile Processing and retired last month.

She enjoyed gardening and being outside. Ms. Cure loved cooking, eating and traveling with her family. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include: her two children, Joseph M. (Roxanne) Cure of Stephentown and Donna M. (Timothy) Roden of New Lebanon; grandchildren, Brian, Daniel and Catherine Roden, Nicole Cure and Saren Volker; and a brother, Bernard (Bonnie) Mitchell of St. Louis, MO.

She was predeceased by a brother, Kirk Mitchell.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, September 1 at the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 NY Route 43, Stephentown, with the Reverend John Close officiated. Inurnment followed in the family plot in Hancock Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Stephentown Rescue Squad in loving memory of Ms. Cure.

John Schoonover (1949 – 2012)

ALBANY—John Irvin Schoonover passed away August 28, 2012 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center after a long battle with illnesses.

He will be forever loved by Linda Schoonover and special friend of Jaie Centeno, Tina Risch, Janell Rossi, Vinnie Sidoti and Ed Erickson.

Thanks to Jane Knoll NM and staff of Barnwell Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for their loving care and the doctors and nurses at the VA ICU for their wonderful care and support.

Born January 20, 1949, Mr. Schoonover was a special man, an all-around good guy, a Vietnam Veteran and a proud American.

A graveside service with military honors was held Friday, August 31 at the Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. Mr. Schoonover requested that in lieu of flowers a donation to a veterans’ group or humane society of choice would be appreciated.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

Ernest Holness (1915 – 2012)

HUDSON—Ernest Holness, 96, of Livingston, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital with his beloved family by his side.

Born September 20, 1915 in Jamaica, West Indies, he was the son of the late Wilfred and Janie (Rowe) Holness.

Mr. Holness was a faithful friend and employee of Vi and Lou Bramkamp, who he worked for “forever” on their farm in Livingston. He also worked at the Hudson Textile Mills.

He was a member and deacon at Shiloh Baptist Church in Hudson, an avid Yankee fan and loved gardening.

Mr. Holness was a very loving man, who leaves behind his devoted wife, Gladys (Parks) Holness of Livingston; his beloved son, Raphael (Alda) Holness of Livingston; two grandchildren, Howard Holness of Albany and Parchia Flores of Georgia; a great-granddaughter, Sienna; five step-daughters, Vanessa, Vondia, Andrea, Cherry and Shenika Hill; a step-son, Walter Hill; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Susan Brown, Daisy-Sammie Randall, Lucy Parks, Asa Parks, Jr., Tonya Parks and George and Bernice Beasley; special friend, James Johnson; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and relatives in Jamaica.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Frankie (Green) Holness.

A calling hour will begin at noon Tuesday, September 4 at the Shiloh Baptist Church, 14 Warren Street, Hudson.  Services will follow at 1 p.m. at the church.

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Bates and Anderson-Redmond and Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson.

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Ruth Doody (1921 – 2012)

PHILMONT—Ruth Margaret Doody, 90, of Philmont died Thursday, August 30 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

Born October 16, 1921 in Alburg, VT, she was the daughter of the late Nelson and Emma (Pearo) Mumley.

She was the widow of Arthur R. Doody and was a member of the former Sacred Heart Church in Philmont.

Mrs. Doody is survived by: two sons, Richard and (Pauline) Doody of Claverack and Raymond and (Philis) Doody of Philmont; one daughter, Mary Jane Finkle of Philmont; her sister, Shirley Martin of St. Albans, VT and a brother, George, also of Vermont.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Zena Hays; brothers, Harold and Nelson; and sisters, Geraldine, Laura, MaryLeona, Madeline and Emma.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 4 at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. There are no calling hours. Burial will follow in the family plot at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Philmont.


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