Obituaries: Folmsbee, Miller, Byrne, Cox, Cody

Darnille T. Folmsbee (1951 – 2012)

HUDSON—Darnille T. “Tooey” Folmsbee, 61, of Stuyvesant died Monday, December 17, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born July 20, 1951 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Francis Rouleau and Mary Brosen.

Mrs. Folmsbee was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, baking and yard sales.

She is survived by: her husband, Edson W. Folmsbee, III; her daughter, Sherry LaFountain of Kinderhook; two sisters, Cathy Tator of Stuyvesant and Rita Rouleau of Niverville; one brother, John Brosen of Valatie; a grandson, Jordan Starr; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister, Bernice Goodrich and her stepfather, Robert Brosen.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, December 21 at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Valatie, with the Reverend Stark Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Kinderhook Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday, December 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenport Rescue Squad.

Margery E. Miller (1917 – 2012)

GT. BARRINGTON, MA—Margery E. Miller, 95, of County Route 3, Ancramdale died Monday, December 17, 2012 at the Great Barrington Rehabilitation and Nursing Home.

She was born April 2, 1917 in the Town of Ancram, the daughter of Frank and Carrie (Ness) Miller.

Ms. Miller was a civilian teacher with the United States Air Force who taught all over the world, including Japan, the Phillippines, Korea, Morocco, Greenland and Labrador. She later taught in the Springfield, MA public school system.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by brothers, Lester Miller and Herbert Miller.

Survivors include her nieces and nephews.

Her funeral service will be held Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 11 a.m. from the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22 in Copake.

Interment will follow in the Copake Cemetery.

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John A. Byrne (1941 – 2012)

CLAVERACK—John A. Byrne, 71, of Claverack died peacefully, Sunday, December 16, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family following a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was known as “Mr. Wonderful” to his closet friends.

Born in Brooklyn, June 22, 1941, he was the son of the late John Patrick and Margaret Mary (Hough) Byrne.

He enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy from 1959 to 1963.

Mr. Byrne became a New York State Trooper November 11, 1965. He attained the rank of Bureau of Criminal Investigation captain. He retired in 2002, but was recalled in 2004 and served another two years.

He was an active member of the American Legion Post #184 in Hudson.

May 16, 1970, he married Irene Lennon, who survives him at home. He is also survived by: his daughters, Sandi (Craig) Christensen of Red Hook, and Shannon Martin of Hudson; the lights of his life, his grandchildren, Connor Patrick Christensen, Shannon Logan Christensen, Lindsay P Martin, and Kaelin E. Martin.

Friends and relatives are invited to gather to celebrate Mr. Byrne’s life at Shannon’s home, 38 Middle Road, Hudson, Saturday, December 22, 2012 from 2 to 7 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Byrne’s memory to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534 or the American Cancer Society, 2678 South Road, Suite 103, Poughkeepsie 12601.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook.

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Mary A. Cox (1938 – 2012)

ALBANY—Mary A. Cox, 74, of Germantown and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, December 7, 2012 at Albany Medical Center.
Born September 30, 1938 on the family farm in Livingston, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Charlotte (VanDyke) Lydon.
For many years Ms. Cox worked as a home health aide throughout Columbia and Dutchess counties.
She married John Hermance, who predeceased her.
She is survived by: her three sons, John “Jack” Hermance of Elizaville, Sean Hermance of Elizaville and Todd Hermance of Craryville; four grandchildren, Sean Kevin Hermance of Catskill, Jonathan Hermance of Elizaville, Taylor Hermance of Germantown and Charlotte Hermance of Craryville; two great grandchildren, Kadence and Karter Johnson; her siblings, Edward Lydon, Jr., of Elizaville, Timothy Lydon, Sr., of Elizaville, Randolph Lydon of Barrytown, David Lydon of Florida, Charlene Goodrich of Hudson, and Susan Moul of Red Hook; many nieces and nephews and her longtime companion, Rodney Rushmore of Germantown.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Carol Brightly.
Services were at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, Wednesday, December 12. Interment was private in the family plot at Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson.
Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the National Parkinson’s Foundation at
Arrangements were under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook.
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Bernard Cody, Jr. (1986 – 2012)

HUDSON—Bernard Cody, Jr., 26, of Craryville died suddenly Saturday, December 15, 2012 from injuries sustained in an automobile-pedestrian accident in Taghkanic

He was born October 30, 1986 in Hudson, the son of Bernard Cody, Sr., and Susan Collins.

He attended and graduated from the Catskill Central Schools. He was a certified nurses’ aide, an excellent cook who enjoyed working for local restaurants and was currently employed at Local Ocean in Hudson.

Mr. Cody loved sports: baseball, boxing and jogging.

He was predeceased by his grandmother, Elizabeth Cody; great-grandmother, Patsy Cody and an aunt, Maxine Cody.

Surviving are: his father, Bernard Cody, Sr., and wife, Susan Cody; his mother, Susan Collins and fiancé, Buck Mason; his fiancée, Crystal Race of Craryville; a son, Bernard Cody, III, of Craryville; a grandmother, Jean Jackson; sisters, Bernadette Cody and fiancé Tom DeGraw; Elizabeth Kozel and husband Jeremiah Kozel; a brother, Darnell Hall and partner Wellslee Westbrook; aunts and uncles, Desiree Cody, Patricia Watson, Francine Pell, Stacie O’Neill, Reggie Coleman, James Collins, Linda Collins, Robert Collins; and nieces and nephews, Ayana, Gabriella, Destyni, Alexander, Zayvier, Ava, Alivia and Isiah; and a host of friends.

Relatives and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, December 21 at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. Friday with the Reverend Moses Carter officiating.




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