Obituaries: Pinkowski, Francis, Hacker, Groat, Moore, Miller

Eugene Thomas Pinkowski (1928 – 2013)

VALATIE—Eugene Thomas Pinkowski, 85, of Stuyvesant died Saturday, April 7, 2013 at Barnwell Health Facilities.

Born January 30, 1928 in Binghamton, he was the son of the late John and Sadie (Wdowiak) Pinkowski.

Mr. Pinkowski was a World War II veteran serving with the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Richey in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He graduated from Oswego University and was a teacher for 20 years in both Commack and Central Islip. He was the owner of Halfmoon Seafood in Stuyvesant, a member of the Stuyvesant Fire Company and was well-known for his vegetable gardens.

He is survived by: his wife, Sandra (Primiano) Pinkowski; two sons, Hank Pinkowski (Sarah) of Spencer, MA, and David Pinkowski of Albany; a brother, John W. Pinkowski of Stuyvesant; a sister-in-law, Patricia Rivenburg; two grandchildren, Alexander and Christopher Pinkowski and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Henry and Edward Pinkowski.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 10 at St. John the Baptist Church, Route 9, Valatie. Burial followed in St. John’s Cemetery.

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

Contributions may be made to the Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 242, Valatie 12184 or the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville 12211.

Charles A. Francis (1954 – 2013)

VALATIE—A memorial service for Charles A. Francis, of Stuyvesant, who died Thursday, February 28, 2013 will be held Saturday, April 13, 2 p.m. at the Raymond E Bond Funeral Home in Valatie. Contributions may be made to a local charity.

Elsie Hacker

ALBANY—Elsie Marie Hacker, 92, of 23 Knickerbocker Lake Road, Valatie died peacefully at Albany Medical Center April 7, 2013.

Born in North Chatham, she was the daughter of Anna Hansen and Christian Leopold Barner, who had immigrated to this country from Denmark.

Mrs. Hacker was a real estate broker and manager at Bob Howard, Inc. for more than 20 years. She was known as a kind-hearted person who always looked for ways to help others or give someone a second chance.

She is survived by: Walter Daniel Hacker, her husband of 70 years; her son, Christian Louis (Yong Soon) Hacker of Valatie and daughter, Lynda (Carlos) Araoz of Valatie; her grandchildren, Gregory Hacker of Schodack, Tasha Hacker of Hunter, Martin Araoz, Valatie and Rodrigo Araoz of Valatie; great grandchildren, Adam Hacker, Andrew Hacker and Aiden Hacker and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a son, Walter Hacker, Jr., and grandson, Walter Hacker, III.

A funeral service was held Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Route 9, Valatie.

Melody A. Groat (1947 – 2013)

STUYVESANT FALLS—Melody A. Groat, 65, of Stuyvesant Falls passed away Monday, April 8, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loving family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born June 1, 1947 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Natalie (Ohl) Groat.

Ms. Groat was the postmaster in Stuyvesant Falls for more than 25 years.

She is survived by: her brother, Douglas Groat (Sharon) of Stuyvesant Falls; a nephew, Ryan Groat (Jeanann); a niece, Rynee Kratt (Daniel); four great nieces and nephews, Parker and Logan Groat, Mariah and Lucas Kratt.

Funeral services was held 11 a.m. Friday, April 12 at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Valatie with Chaplain Jane Jessup-Mayer officiating. Burial will follow in Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to The Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414 or Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeastern New York, 1 Mustang Drive, Cohoes 12047.

Mary Moore (1916 – 2013)

GHENT—Mary Moore, left this earth April 6, 2013 at the Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.

Being a sweet Irish gal, she was born in New York City on St. Patrick’s Day 1916.

Ms. Moore lived with Don and Priscilla Moore of 7 McKinstry Place in Hudson for 36 years. She attended many Coarc programs and loved her recent program at Dove Hall.

She was a sweet, smiling and happy lady who will be missed dearly by her many friends and caregivers.

A calling hour took place Thursday, April 11 at 10 a.m. with a prayer service at 11 a.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham.

Viola T. Miller (1927 – 2013)

HUDSON—Viola T, Miller, a lifelong Roe Jan area resident, most recently of the Pine Haven Nursing Home, passed away April 4, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born January 21, 1927 in Ausable Forks, she was the daughter of George LaDuke and Edith Coryer. She married her late husband, Alfred Miller June 10, 1961 in Lyon Mountain.

Mrs. Miller was the loving mother of five beautiful children, Arma Bradfield, the late Armand Lashway, Kenneth Lashway, Chuck Miller and Howard Miller; the loving grandmother of several grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Ronnie LaDuke and Pat LaDuke.

Mrs. Miller had many hobbies including sewing and word search.  She loved the color purple and her favorite flower was the tulip.  She was always an outgoing person and was never too busy to offer advice or give a kind word. While living at Pine Haven Nursing Home, she was always eager to participate in group activities such as bingo, Pekino, arts and crafts and of course the Rosary. She was devoted to her religion and cherished all of her religious keepsakes.

Over the years Mrs. Miller lived in numerous communities.  No matter where she lived she always made many friends and touched people’s hearts. Her passing has been a loss for her family and friends. She was always the person to hold everything together and approach everything with warm loving arms. She will be dearly missed and loved eternally.

 

 

 

 

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