Obituaries: Cozza, Tomlinson, Barden, Antal, Dolfax

Armetta Cozza (1935 – 2012)

GHENT—Armetta “Meetie” Joan Millett Cozza, 77, entered eternal rest September 25, 2012 at Whittier Adult Home, surrounded by the family she loved.

She was born July 6, 1935 to Leroy Millett and Marie Stacey Millett (Litchko) of Coxsackie.

Following several years of employment at Brady’s Laundry and the Pocketbook Factory in Athens, she and her husband relocated to Stottville in 1982.

Mrs. Cozza was devoted to her family, her dog Sparky, and her church, St. Joseph’s Parish of Stuyvesant Falls. For the past several months she resided at Whittier, where she enjoyed making friends with residents and staff. The family expresses their gratitude to the care giving staff, especially Dawn and Carol, for their kindness, love and comfort.

Mrs. Cozza is survived by: two beloved children, James (Teri) Cozza of Hudson and Anna (Allen) Weaver of Stuyvesant; nine loving grandchildren, Jill (Morgan) Turner, Tate (Kyung) Cozza, Jordan Cozza, Kelly (Tony) DeLuca, Tracey (Tim) Rheingold, Ezra (Sasha) Secovnie, Adam (Tommy) Secovnie, Abigail Secovnie, Hannah Secovnie; nine great-grandchildren; her adored sister, Lenora (Joseph) Gabriel and “Lucky” of Columbiaville; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, James J. Cozza, Sr., and three siblings, Donald Millett, Keith Millett and Frances Kummer.

Funeral arrangements are with Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

A funeral mass was held at St. Joseph’s Church, Route 9, Stuyvesant Falls, Friday, September 28. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Jean Tomlinson (1927 – 2012)

KINDERHOOK—Jean Tomlinson, 85, passed away Monday, September 24, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Kinderhook, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born January 11, 1927 in Schenectady to the late Charles B. Hurd and A. Muriel Milner Hurd.

She was a long-time Schenectady resident. She met her husband, the late Lee H. Tomlinson, and raised her family there.

Mrs. Tomlinson was a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and worked for General Electric in Schenectady in the metalography department. She was a member of the Live Y’ers Outdoors Club, where she and her husband started many long-term friendships.

She had many talents and interests which she shared in later years with special needs students, while working as a teacher’s aide in the Schenectady Central School District. She enjoyed collecting and antique shows, which were passions passed down from her parents. Another one of her interests was genealogy and she was always willing to share her rich knowledge of her family history with anyone who had time to listen. It was important to her to share family treasures with her children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Tomlinson is survived by: her three loving children, Elizabeth A. Tomlinson, Richard H. Tomlinson both of Schenectady and Barbara (Thomas) Kirby of Kinderhook; nephew, Charles Freeburg of Brooklyn, CT; and her grandchildren, to whom she was devoted, Megan and Jack Kirby.

Calling hours and arrangements were with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street in Valatie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia and Greene Counties, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Hurford W. Barden (1925 – 2012)

PITTSFIELD, MA—Hurford W. Barden, 86, of Winslow Road, West Lebanon died Thursday, September 27 at Berkshire Medical Center.

Born October 8, 1925 in Chatham, he was the son of the late Harrison and Ellen Wilson Barden.

A lifelong resident of the Chatham/New Lebanon area, Mr. Barden was baptized in the New Lebanon Congregational Church and attended the East Chatham School. He worked for various contractors in his early years before working for Consolidated Railroad (Conrail) as a trackman for 17 years. Mr. Barden loved to socialize, share a beer with friends, doing puzzles and reading. He was predeceased by siblings Theodora A. Miller, Barbara Comito and Lee Barden.

Survivors include: his best friend and adopted daughter, Leslie Taylor, with whom he resided; nieces and nephews, Kenneth Smith, Linda A. Allen, Sandra Simpson, Tom Comito, Mary Ellen Barden, Tina Nunn and many great nieces and nephews.

Cremation will be at the Mt. Anthony Crematory in Bennington, VT, with no formal services or calling hours. Burial will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are under the guidance of Hall & Higgins Funeral Home of Stephentown.

George M. Antal (1923 – 2012)

ALBANY—George M. Antal, 88, of Valatie passed away peacefully at Albany Memorial Hospital with loved ones at his bedside, September 27, 2012.

Born in 1923 in Youngstown, OH, he was the son of George and Susan Antal.

Mr. Antal graduated from Rayen High School in 1942 and shortly thereafter enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He served until 1945 as a trained radar technician with a new top-secret technology. Flying in a C-47, he dropped everything from paratroopers to fuel for General Patton’s advancements. Mr. Antal earned the European Theater ribbon with seven Bronze Stars.

He attended Kent State University in Akron, OH and Youngstown State before working for more than 30 years with Wean United in Warren, OH as a senior design engineer developing metal forming mills.

Mr. Antal was a strong Lutheran supporter actively involved with Good Hope Lutheran Church in Boardman, OH, Morning Star Lutheran Church in Charlotte, NC and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Valatie.

Family was his first love which always included good Slovak food and laughter. He enjoyed woodworking and crafts and made everything from toy boxes to children’s lamps for the grandchildren. Golf was his favorite hobby and he loved singing in both church choir and Saxon chorus.

Mr. Antal leaves his wife of 64 years, Martha Kieffer Antal, whom he married in 1948; his children, Brian (Peggy) of Charlotte, NC, Keith (Donna) of Valatie and Karen (Robert) Coombs of Tampa, FL; six grandchildren, Adrienne, Allison, Robyn, Elliott, Troy and Zak; five great-grandchildren, Morgan, Collin, Stowe, Tradd and Finley.

Family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, October 1 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. A memorial service will follow the calling hours at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 127, Valatie 12184 or Rensselaer Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Boulevard, Rensselaer 12144.

Marion M. Dolfax (1910 – 2012)

GHENT—Marion M. Dolfax, 102, of Greenport, passed away peacefully Thursday, September 27, 2012 at Whittier Skilled Nursing Center with her family beside her.

Mrs. Dolfax was a colorful figure in Greenport, where she lived for almost 75 years. She had many accomplishments in her lifetime. She served on the Greenport Planning Board for 25 years, retiring in 1997. Other positions she held were past vice president of the Greenport PTA, sunshine girl for the Greenport Senior Citizens, and chairperson of the Greenport Election Board for 11 eleven years. She was also a corsetiere for the Rose Corset Shop in Hudson for 15 years. She was a thoughtful and generous person to everyone and will be greatly missed.

She was born on September 19, 1910 in Amsterdam, to Frank and Josie Levandoski. She was the fifth eldest of 14 children. She was predeceased by five brothers, Frank, Jr., Joseph, Steven, Clarence and William, and four sisters, Helena, Sophia, Anna Hazzard and Cecilia Boccio. She was also predeceased by her husband, Gustave Dolfax, Sr., and her grandson, Timothy Dolfax.

Mrs. Dolfax is survived by: three children, Dolores Steuerwald of Hillsdale, Robert C. (Linda) Dolfax of Greenport and Gustave (Barbara) Dolfax, Jr. of Wilmington, N.C.; four siblings, Edward Levandoski, Bernice Shotts, Pat Pieniazek and Joan Splawnick, all of Amsterdam; six grandchildren, Carl and Mark Steuerwald, Melissa Lighthart, Lynn Meiss, Cindy Kirkland and Gustave Dolfax, III; 12 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours are 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, October 1 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral home.

Prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 2 at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson.

Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Greenport. Pall bearers will include Carl and Mark Steuerwald, Mark Steuerwald, Jr., Shawn and Kyle Lighthart, and Kane Steuerwald. Honorary bearer will be Gustave Dolfax, III.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

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