Obituaries: Garfinkel, Yethman, Winterstein, Cerutti

Robert Garfinkel (1948 – 2013)

POUGHKEEPSIE—Robert Garfinkel, 64, of Wappingers Falls died Wednesday, April 25, 2013 at Vassar Brothers Hospita.

Born September 13, 1948 in the Bronx, he was the son of the late Harry and Dorothy (Petchers) Garfinkel.

He worked as an auto mechanic in Delaware Water Gap, PA, and then in Florida. For the last few years he has been a resident of the Avalon Assisted Living Residence in Wappingers Falls.

Survivors include: his wife, Eleanor Ignatovich Garfinkel of Germantown; a son, Robert, Jr., of Stormville; daughter, Patricia Velez of Germantown; two sisters, Barbara Garfinkel of Long Island and Nancy Garfinkel of North Carolina.

He was predeceased by a brother, Michael.

Funeral services are private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home. Germantown.

Patrick Yethman (1943 – 2013)

HUDSON—Patrick Yethman, 70, of Hudson, died Friday, April 26, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Jamaica, March 12, 1943 to the late Adrian and Matilda Yethman.

Mr. Yethman was a farm worker at Mead Orchards in Tivoli.

He is survived by: his wife, Ioney (Sterling) Yethman of Hudson; four children, Veona Yethman, Richard Yethman and Sonya Yethman, all of Hudson, and Kenardo Yethman of the Bronx; three step-children, Delano, Damon and Karline; seven grandchildren; 25 step-grandchildren and his brothers and sisters in Jamaica.

A calling hour will begin at noon Tuesday, April 30 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville 12211.

Carl “Freddie” Winterstein (1930 – 2013)

NEW LEBANON—Carl “Freddie” Winterstein died suddenly but peacefully at the age of 82 on January 15, 2013 after more than 25 years of happy retirement in the home his parents built more than 50 years ago.

He was born August 9, 1930 and raised on Long Island. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Air Force, which led to a 30-plus-year career with Grumman Aerospace as an aeronautical engineer. He earned his BS degree from C.W. Post University (now Long Island University) while being a dedicated father to his five children.

Mr. Winterstein was an active Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader for years as well as an avid blood donor.

Upon his retirement from Grumman in 1987, he moved to his parent’s house in New Lebanon where he enjoyed gardening, family visits, the beauty of the valley and a dry gin martini.

In later years he became especially fond of horse racing, and made an annual pilgrimage to Saratoga and played Skat with family and friends. He was a voracious reader and intellectually curious throughout his life. The playful gleam in his eye and his ready humor will be missed by all those fortunate enough to have known him.

Mr. Winterstein is survived by: three sisters; five children; two in-laws; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to an inurnment service of Mr. Winterstein’s remains at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 26. Attendees should plan to arrive by 10:45 a.m. at the reception area.

Mr. Winterstein’s family extends a special thanks to Nancy and Bill Zimmerman for more than 25 years of devoted friendship with him.

Arrangements are under the guidance of the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, Stephentown.

Richard H. Cerutti, Sr. (1942 – 2013)

GRAFTON—Richard H. “Rich” Cerutti, Sr., 71, of Route 2 died peacefully in his sleep, Friday, April 26 at his home.

Born January 5, 1942 in the Bronx, he was the son of the late Benedict H. and Eva T. Marchukitis Cerutti.

He was a resident of Grafton since moving from the Bronx in 1975 and was a communicant of Our Lady of the Snow (St. John Francis Regis) Church in Grafton.

Educated in Bronx and Manhattan schools, Mr. Cerutti enlisted in the United States Navy in November 1959. He was honorably discharged in December 1962. He worked briefly in a Ford dealership in New Rochelle before starting his career in telecommunications. He started with Bell-South in New York and his career extended some 40 years until he retired from Verizon in 2005.

He was a member of the Petersburgh Rod and Gun Club, the Hoosick Falls B.P.O.E and the NRA. He enjoyed hunting, shooting, bird watching and motorcycle riding. He truly loved horse racing, spending time at the track and OTB.

Survivors include: his children, Gina M. (Christopher) Ciccone of East Greenbush, Paula C. Cerutti of Watervliet, Angela L. Cerutti of Grafton, Richard H. (Theresa) Cerutti, Jr., of Grafton, Adam L. Cerutti of Tallapossa, Georgia; grandchildren, Carina Ciccone, John and Alyssa Angus, Nicholas and Shawn Tripepi and Hannah Rose Cerutti; a brother, William J. (Carol) Cerutti of the Bronx; aunt, Pat Marchukitis of East Hampton, MA; nieces; nephews and his loving, tireless canine companion, Anna.

A Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be celebrated by the Reverend Kenneth Gregory on Wednesday, May 1 at 10 a.m. in the Our Lady of the Snow (St. John Francis Regis) Church, 31 Owen Road, Grafton. Interment with full-military honors will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are invited for the visitation Tuesday, April 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church.

Because of floral restrictions at the cemetery, memorial contributions would be appreciated to either the Wounded Warriors project or Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, c/o the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home, P.O. Box 361, Petersburgh 12138 in loving memory of Mr. Cerutti, Sr.

 

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