Obituaries: Hodges, Fingar, Plass

Catherine R. Hodges (1912 – 2012)

GALLATIN—Catherine R. Hodges, 100, a resident of Gallatin since 1969, passed away peacefully, Sunday, October 14, 2012 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born February 18, 1912 in City Island, Bronx, the daughter of Paul and Rose (Peculo) Tripaldi.

On August 18, 1930 in Detroit, MI, she married William Hodges, who predeceased her in 1994.

Mrs. Hodges formerly worked as a sailmaker for Herbert Hild on City Island. She also loved to cook.

She is survived by: her son, Kenneth Hodges or Rhinebeck; her daughter, Donna Ferrari and her husband John of Gallatin; her grandchildren, John and Diane Ferrari.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 17, 2012 from St. Anthony’s Church, 68 Poplar Avenue, Pine Plains, with Father William White officiating.

Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorial donations are requested to the Milan Rescue Squad, 900 Route 199, Red Hook 12571.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 7749 S. Main Street, Pine Plains.

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Mary H. Fingar (1922 – 2012)

ALBANY—Mary H. Fingar of Greenport died October 13, 2012 at the Albany Medical Center. She was 90 years of age.

She was born April 13, 1922 in Columbia County on Hull Road to Austrian-Polish immigrants Michael Hull of Bogdanowo, Austria and Marcella Pochodyniak of Rosochowaciec, Galicia.

Mrs. Fingar was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, A. Howard Fingar; daughter, Rebecca Weaver; brothers, John, Demetro, Walter (Eddie) and Paul; and her sister, Helen Chevalier.

She is survived by: her devoted children, Lawrence Fingar, Ann Fingar and John (Jack, Jake) Fingar; three grandchildren, Douglas Weaver, Christopher Weaver and Steven Weaver; five great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Ruth Hull; brother-in-law, Leo Chevalier; many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Fingar attended primary school at the one-room schoolhouse on County Route 8 in Gallatin. She then attended and graduated from Germantown Central School in 1940. After high school Mrs. Fingar attended and graduated from Albany Business College.

She married her husband, A. Howard Fingar, in 1943. She worked part-time in the office of the family business, Sunnybrook Poultry Farm, while raising a family.  After the untimely death of her husband in 1964 and the closing of their family business, Mrs. Fingar worked several jobs. In the 1960s/early 1970s, she was a bookkeeper for the Town of Greenport during the terms of Supervisor Richard D. Mayne.  After that she worked in the Hudson City School District Administrative Office for many years and learned computer skills in her early 60s and retiring in her early 70s.

She was a member of the Rosary Society of the Church of the Holy Cross and a volunteer at Columbia Memorial Hospital, volunteering in several areas, including the snack bar. She also volunteered at the Hudson Amtrak Train Station store/snack bar.

Mrs. Fingar was an intelligent, articulate and vibrant lady with an engaging personality and sharp wit.  One of her favorite past times was good conversation with a wide variety of people. She had a wealth of knowledge. She will be greatly missed.

Calling hours will be at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home on Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday, October 19 at Our Lady of Hope Church in Copake Falls.

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Hope Church, 8074 State Route 22, Copake Falls 12517.

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George F. Plass (1918 – 2012)

GHENT—George F. Plass, 94, of Claverack died Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Whittier Nursing Home.

Born September 11, 1918 in Livingston, he was the son of the late George and Anna (Spath) Plass.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 531st

Fighter Squadron on Iwo Jima servicing radio equipment on aircraft attacking Japan.

Mr. Plass was employed with New York Telephone for 33 years, retiring in 1979. He was assigned to establish the New York State Police Radio Systems. He was promoted to switching foreman and later to manager.

He was a 50-year member of C.H. Evans Hook and Ladder, a 50-year member of the First Reformed Church of Hudson, where he served for many terms on the consistory, a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, and a past president of the Hudson Rotary Club.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wives, Thelma Lasher Plass and Margaret “Peg” Osterhoudt Plass; his brother, Richard, and two sisters, Ruth A. Plass and Hilda Qualtieri.

Surviving are: four nieces and one nephew, Patricia (Edward) Uhnak, Sandra (Rodney) Lezette, Jack (Carol) Qualtieri, Mary Ellen Lazorchak and Deborah (John) Schaffer, and several grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.

Visiting hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 19 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 20 at the First Reformed Church in Hudson.

Burial will be in the Reformed Dutch Church Cemetery in Claverack.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12534.

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