Obituaries: Ressler, Raup, Graziano

Louise Ressler (1916 – 2013)

ANCRAM—Louise (Zitz) Ressler, a homemaker, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013 at home with her family.

Born in Red Hook, July 28, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Jerry & Catherine (Ceresna) Zitz.

She married John F. Ressler, May 26, 1946 at St. Christopher’s Church in Red Hook. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Hudson.

Survivors include: her son, James J. and Maureen Ressler of Dunnellon FL; her daughter, Jane C. (Ressler) and Terry Boyles of Ancramdale; a grandson, Peter J. Boyles of Barcelona, Spain; a granddaughter, Christine L. Boyles of Ancramdale; two brothers, Vincent and Alfred of Rhinebeck; a sister, Molly (Zitz) VanHavere of Kannapolis NC, and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, John, September 13, 1981; three brothers, Jerry, Stephen and John Zitz; two sisters, Margaret (Zitz) Apap and Katherine (Zitz) DePreter.

Calling hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

Prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 22 at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414, St. Mary’s Church, Box 323, Hudson 12534, or the Ancram Volunteer Fire Company, P.O Box 8, Ancram 12502. Visit to leave condolences for the family.

John P. “Jack” Raup (1928 – 2013)

COOPERSTOWN—John “Jack” Raup of Latham passed away at Otsego Manor, Sunday, May 19, 2013, after a long illness.

He was born in Hudson, the son of Henry and Mildred (Roraback) Raup.

He spent his childhood in Kinderhook and was a graduate of Martin Van Buren High School. Thereafter, he worked for a time at Albany Felt Company and was a member of the National Guard.

Mr. Raup enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Korea and North Africa. Upon finishing his tour of four years, four months and four days, he was honorably discharged. He attended college at Hudson Valley Community College during its inception when it was a technical school in Troy. He continued his education at SUNY Oswego, obtaining a teaching degree in the field of industrial arts and a master’s degree in administration. His teaching career began in Keeseville and continued at North Colonie Central Schools in Latham. He was an active member and president of the North Colonie Teacher’s Association for a number of years and in 1979 received an award for Teacher of the Year from that organization. During his retirement he resided mostly in Latham. He was a member of the American Legion and the Elks. Over the years, he enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, photography, was an aviation enthusiast and supporter of the performing arts.

He is survived by: his children, Lou Ann (Jack) Kassinger, Marian (Dave) Reau, John R. (Kristen) Raup; his grandchildren, Mercedes Kassinger, Garth Kassinger, Aaron Reau, Jayne Reau, Sabrina Sisco, Alison Cramer, Jacqueline Cramer, Ronald Albert Cramer and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 25, 11 a.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Route 9, Valatie, with the Reverend Stark Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the West Ghent Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday, May 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to: The Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, P.O. Box 204, Chatham 12037; The Colonie Elks, Lodge #2192, P.O. Box 756, 11 Elks Lane, Latham 12110; Catskill Area Hospice, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta 13820.

John Joseph Graziano (1928 – 2013)

PHILMONT—John Joseph Graziano, 84, of Philmont, died Sunday May 19, 2013 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

Born in Stockport, October 11, 1928, he was the son of the late Angelo and Angelina (Grandinetti) Graziano.

Mr. Graziano served in the U.S. Air Force from 1947 to 1950. He retired from the Laborers International Union of North America in 1987, and was a life member of Local 1000 in Poughkeepsie. Mr. Graziano spent many years of his life volunteering for many organizations; he was a life member and former governor of the Hudson Moose Lodge #1184, life member with 50 years of service in the Washington Hose Fire Company and honorary member of the Philmont and Mellenville fire companies. He was also honored for his many hours of service to the Philmont Police, Columbia and Greene County State Police and the Philmont Softball League. Mr. Graziano loved going to Hudson every morning and playing cards with his friends at the firehouse and enjoyed playing bocce with his Italian friends.

He will be greatly missed by: his loving wife of 62 years, Mary E. (Klima) Graziano; one sister, Mary Reutenaur; three sons, John and (Debbie) of Philmont, Michael and (Karen) of Charlottesville, VA, Rocco and (Missy) of Fort Ashby, WV; three grandsons, Mathew, Brandon and Eric; four granddaughters, Nia, Dayna, Alyssa and Jessica and four great-grandchildren, Amberlyn, Ava, Ryder and Johnny. He was predeceased by seven brothers, Frankie, Louie, Pat, Ralph, Joe, Phil and Sammy; three sisters, Kate, Mabel and Rose and an infant daughter, Joann.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, May 22, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Funeral services are Thursday, May 23, 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Deacon Richard Washburn officiating. Following the service, friends and family are invited to the Mellenville Firehouse for a reception.



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