Obituaries: Sweeney, Vosburgh, Thompson, Smith

Daniel R. Sweeney (1953 – 2013)

TIVOLI—Daniel R. Sweeney died suddenly at his home in Tivoli, May 12, 2013, Mother’s Day. He was just 59 years old. As a young boy, he was stricken with polio and as an adult fell victim to several health problems.

Born in Elmhurst, (Queens County), May 17, 1953, he was the beloved, only son of Raymond E. Sweeney of Elizaville and Margaret H. (Sweeney) Hyland (nee Margaret Mullins) of Rhinebeck, both of whom survive.

He was the only brother of Patricia R. Baker (nee Sweeney), who predeceased him in April 2006.

He is survived by: his sisters, Barbara H. Fassett (nee Sweeney) and her husband John Fassett, of Staatsburg and Susan M. Sweeney-Burke and her husband David Burke, of Orlando, FL; his niece, Alison M. Wesolowski, of Middletown and his nephew, Justin D. Burke of Orlando, FL, both of whom he loved dearly; his step-mother, Bobbie Sweeney of Elizaville, her son Jason Rogers, his wife Joan, her son Joel Rogers and his wife Carole; his uncle and aunt, Gerard Sweeney and Arlene Sweeney of Elizaville and numerous cousins.

Mr. Sweeney completed his early education at St. Bartholomew’s RC School in Elmhurst, he then attended Mater Christi High School in Astoria, Queens. He graduated from Pine Plains High School in 1972.

Mr. Sweeney studied technical electronics and loved taking things apart to figure out how they worked or why they didn’t work. He combined his education and his natural problem-solving ability into a career as a field engineer with IBM, a position in which he took great pride and which opened many doors and gave him the opportunity to spend a summer working in China.

In the mid-1970s a dream came true for Mr. Sweeney when he bought his Corvette, which he adorned with license plates that read “Fantasy.” He loved to ride his Harley until the effects of childhood polio assaulted his body and weakened his left side, stealing away his ability to safely maneuver his motorcycle. He loved the view he had of the Catskill Mountains from his backyard and would oftentimes spend a summer evening in a lawn chair watching the sun go down, amazed by the uniqueness of each and every sunset.

Mr. Sweeney was a good-hearted, generous man with a sometimes odd sense of humor. He would tell decades-old stories and jokes that he had told many times over, always with the same enthusiasm and pleasure he had the very first time he told them.

Through the efforts of the Ulster County ASPCA, Mr. Sweeney was introduced to his canine companion, Bailey, who he truly loved. For that reason, in lieu of flowers, his family requests memorial donations be sent to the Ulster County ASPCA, 20 Weidy Road, Kingston 12401.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m., Friday, May 17, 2013 at St. Christopher’s Church in Red Hook. Father Patrick Buckley will officiate. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, Thursday, May 16 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

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

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Frank E. Vosburgh, Jr. (1928 – 2013)

HUDSON—Frank E. Vosburgh, Jr., 84, passed peacefully to his eternal rest May 15, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital with his family beside him.

He was born June 10, 1928 to the late Frank E. Vosburgh, Sr. and Blanche (Raup) Vosburgh.

Mr. Vosburgh graduated from the Martin Van Buren School in Kinderhook, earned a BA at Syracuse University and an MA.and Certification in Administration from Siena College. During the Korean Conflict, he served as a second lieutenant in the 101st Airborne Division. He taught for 25 years in the Chatham High School and became chairman of the English Department. He was a member of the Great Consistory of the Reformed Church of America having served as a deacon and an elder on the Consistory of the Kinderhook Reformed Church. He served on the Ichabod Crane School Board for six years, on the Kinderhook Planning and Village boards and served as mayor of the Village of Kinderhook from 1992 to 1996. He was a member of the Kinderhook Sportsmen’s Club and the Kinderhook Elks Lodge #2530.

Mr. Vosburgh leaves behind his devoted wife, Barbara (Smith) Vosburgh; a daughter and her husband, Lynn and Robert Stimolo of Haddam, CT; a granddaughter, Erica Stimolo of Delray Beach, FL; extended family, Carin Stimolo and her husband Jason Osburn of Winthrop, MA, and children Jack and Stella Osburn and Leigh Stimolo and her husband Kevin Labbe of Revere, MA, and their son Devan.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, May 18 at the Kinderhook Reformed Church, Route 9, with the Reverend Rudy Visser officiating. Burial will be in the family plot in the West Ghent Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kinderhook Reformed Church, Box 638 Kinderhook 12106. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Valatie.

Josephine E. Thompson (1923 – 2013)

ALBANY—Josephine E. Thompson, 89, of Valatie died Saturday, May 18, 2013 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn.

Born July 16, 1923 in Nassau, she was the daughter of the late William and Ella Mae (King) Balfoort.

Mrs. Thompson was a past secretary for MLB Construction in Albany. She was a past member and president of the Ladies Auxillaries of both the Nassau and Valatie American Legion Posts and was also a life member of the Columbia Chapter of DAVA  #194.

She is survived by: her husband, Kenneth F. Thompson; three children, Irene Morrissey and Joseph Watson, both of Valatie, and Donald L. Thompson of Schodack Landing; a brother, James King; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey Morrissey (Lisa) of Stuyvesant, Antonette Wojeski (Stash) of Valatie, Zachary Pesce (Nichole) and Rene Miller, both of Valatie, Donnie Thompson of Troy, Kimberly and William Thompson, both of Schodack Landing; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter and a son-in-law, Carl Smith.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Darlene Smith and her sister, Laura Pullen.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

Sharyl Lee Smith (1945 – 2013)

HUDSON—Sharyl Lee Smith, 68, of Elizaville died Monday, May 13, 2013 at the Columbia Memorial Hospital.

A systems analyst, she was employed by IBM in Poughkeepsie for 30 years. She retired in 1993.

Mrs. Smith graduated from Poughkeepsie High School in the Class of 1962. She loved to paint, do crafts, and to play games with her family and her many friends.

Born March 5, 1945, in Poughkeepsie, she was the daughter of the late Clifford E. and Dorothy “Peg” (Pearce) McKenzie.

She shared 44 years with her loving husband, Walter A. Smith, whom she married October 19, 1968 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by: her sister and brother-in-law, Sandra G. and Harold House, Jr., of Pleasant Valley; numerous nieces and nephews and her two golden retrievers, Molly and Mac.

Her brother, Gary C. McKenzie, predeceased her in 2004.

Mrs. Smith was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Manorton, where a memorial service was held Saturday, May 18th. There will be no calling hours.

The family thanks the doctors, nurses and staff at Columbia Memorial Hospital for their kindness and help to Mrs. Smith and her family.

Donations may be made in Mrs. Smith’s memory to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

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




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