Obituaries: Allen, Krakaur, Delamater, Johnson, Scorca

Evelyn Fannie Johnson Allen (1917 – 2013)

SHARON, CT—Evelyn Fannie Johnson Allen, born July 19, 1917, went home to be with the Lord August 2, 2013 at the Sharon Health Care Center.

She was born and raised in Yorktown Heights, the daughter of Loring and Fannie Tice Johnson. After high school, she graduated from the Peekskill Business School and worked at the Mohegan Military Academy in Westchester County.

She was married to Edwin Merl Allen during World War II, and they lived in Yorktown Heights and Stamford, CT, before moving to Pine Plains in 1951, with four children, who continue to celebrate the life of their mother today.

Mrs. Allen is survived by: son, Donald (Pam) Allen of Wilmington, OH, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; son, Douglas (Rosemary) Allen of Chatham, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; son, Thomas (Judith) Allen of Pine Plains, four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; daughter, Constance (William) Mayhew of Millerton, two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; niece, Susan (Bruce) Strengberg of Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey.

Mrs. Allen was predeceased by a brother, Raymond L. Johnson, and by three great-grandchildren: Kate Evelyn Jackson, Jesse Hezekiah Diller and Hope Flynn.

Mr. and Mrs. Allen lived in Pine Plains until Mr. Allen died in 1990.  Besides being a mother and homemaker, Mrs. Allen was a beloved Sunday School teacher, as well as a pianist and organist for the Northeast Baptist Church in Millerton for many years. Gospel music was a great source of joy in her life. Because Mrs. Allen was an avid Christian believer, it seemed fitting that the music of one of her favorite hymns, “At Calvary,” was playing in her room as she drew her last earthly breath.

Over the years Mrs. Allen shared much happiness and love with her children, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. She also had enduring spiritual friendships with many fellow believers at the Faith Bible Chapel in Millerton, where she was an active member and inspiration to others for the past four decades. Mr. and Mrs. Allen were affectionately known as Ma and Pa Allen by young and old alike in the extended family of the Chapel community.

There are no calling hours.

Burial will be private and at the convenience of the immediate family.

A public memorial service celebrating Mrs. Allen’s life will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to the Faith Bible Chapel, PO Box 750, Millerton 12546.

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Richard H. Krakaur (1922 – 2013)

HUDSON—Richard H. Krakaur, 91, of Calico Lane in Claverack passed away Friday, August 9, 2013 under the care of Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He was born February 11, 1922 in New York City, the son of Herbert and Edna (Kahn) Krakaur.

Mr. Krakaur was a local resident since 1979, previously residing in North Bellmore, Long Island.

He was a graduate of City College of New York and during World War II while in the service he attended the Wake Forest University School of Finance.

He served his country with the United States Army Air Force from 1942 to 1945.

An accountant, Mr. Krakaur served as comptroller and treasurer for Associated Baby Services in New York City from 1946 to 1979.

He was active with the Boy Scouts of America, an avid golfer and former member of the Columbia Golf and Country Club and served as treasurer for CAL, the Community Activities League, for more than 30 years. An accomplished musician he enjoyed his music and was proficient with many instruments including the organ, saxophone, clarinet and harmonica.

On August 14, 1943 in New York City, he married Mildred (Kramer) Krakaur, a blessed union just 5 days shy of 70 years.

Survivors include: his wife, Mildred of Claverack; his children and their spouses, Richard and Roberta Krakaur of Trinity, FL, Jane and Joseph Raco of Philmont and Kenneth and Priscilla Krakaur of Williamsburg, VA. He also leaves his grandchildren, Roger Schlueter, Beth Howe, Meredith Rodriquez, Joseph Raco, Jr., Allison Krakaur and Rachel Johnston along with three great-grandchildren, Dakota, Dylan and Andrew.

He was predeceased by a grandson, Keith Schlueter in 1991.

Private interment with military honors will be held Tuesday August 13, 2013 at the Mellenville Union Cemetery.

Friends are invited and may call Monday, August 12, 2013 from 1 to 8 p.m. at the family residence, 15 Calico Lane in Claverack.

In lieu of flowers and at the request of the family kindly consider Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Copake.

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Donald Delamater (1933 – 2013)

POUGHKEEPSIE—Donald Delamater, 79, of Copake passed away Wednesday August 7, 2013 with his family by his bedside at Vassar Brothers Hospital.

He was born November 22, 1933 in Hillsdale to the late Douglas B. and Cecile (Burdick) Delamater.

He grew up on the family’s Yonderview Road dairy farm and then moved on to the field of agricultural mechanics working for local farm equipment dealers, In the early 70s, Mr. Delamater was employed by the Lane Construction Corporation as a blacktop plant operator in Sheffield, MA. He later became the plant manager of the Sheffield, Lenox and Pittsfield plants. His passion for agriculture brought him back to farming at Sir William Angus of Hillsdale and Claverack. After several years, Mr. Delamater began his own lawn and landscape business that he worked at right up to the time of his passing.

Mr. Delamater was a member of the Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association and was also a member of the Roe Jan Antique Tractor Pullers of which he was an active participant for many years. As a former member of the Oxbow Club in Hillsdale, deer hunting was another passion of his and he was well known for his landmark hunting stand, “Donnie’s milk crate.”

Mr. Delamater is survived by: his loving wife, Joanne of Copake; his children, Bobby (Susan) Delamater of Hillsdale, John Delamater of Livingston, Dave (Diane) Delamater of Claverack, Don (Holly) Delamater, Jr., of Harleysville, PA, JoAnn Pilkington of Hillsdale and Stephanie (Devin) Poucher of Copake; his stepchildren, Donald Taft of Philmont, Andrew Taft of Pine Plains, Christina Duarte of Theresa and Brandi (Wayne) Roberts of Hillsdale; several grandchildren; one great-grandaughter; a brother, Harold (Edie) DeLaMater of Wildwood, FL; two sisters, Carolyn Burlarley of Valdosta, GA, and Leona (Don) DeLong of Castleton; plus several nieces and nephews.

He was pre-deceased by his wife from a previous marriage, Eleanor Feger Delamater and a son, James Delamater.

A public Celebration of Life will be held at the Hillsdale Firehouse, Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the James Delamater Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Hillsdale Fire Company, 9387 State Route 22, Hillsdale 12529.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Copake. To send an online condolence visit

Willie Walter Johnson (1933 – 2013)

HUDSON—On Friday, August 9, 2013 the Hudson community lost a lifelong resident and social activist, Willie Walter Johnson, who was affectionately known as “Quonk” or “Walt.”

He was born to Lee and Maldothia Johnson, January 12, 1933 in the small historic southern community of Tuskegee, Alabama.

As a young boy, he exhibited a keen intellect, a quick wit and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. He received his formal education in the Tuskegee Public School System.

Mr. Johnson became an avid reader and sports enthusiast who would actively engage anyone in lively and mutually enriching conversations about everything from history and politics to the arts and sports around the globe.

As a result of his spirit of adventure, Mr. Johnson decided to strike out on his own at the age of 17. Although his journey led him to Catskill, it was Hudson that would become his beloved home for more than 60 years. Mr. Johnson met and married Billie Ann Garland. As a result of their union, he eagerly embraced fatherhood by becoming stepfather to her seven children. He worked at the St. Lawrence Cement Plant in Catskill and retired after 23 years of service. For more than 20 years, Mr. Johnson worked tirelessly to support the revitalization of the Hudson community. He was the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his outstanding service. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Columbia Opportunities and Urban Renewal. He was also actively involved in the Head Start program, NAACP and other political and civic organizations.

Mr. Johnson was predeceased by his beloved wife, Billie Ann; two stepchildren, Tia Dandridge and Albert Dandridge. III; his brothers, Lee Andrew Johnson, Jr., and Eddie Arthur Johnson; and his sister, Delmyra Robertson.

He leaves to cherish his memory: five step-children, Sheila Chapman, Charles Bouldin, Leta Bailey, Robert Dandridge and Claudette Bouldin; his sisters, Amy Still, Sara Thomas and Lauvia Sherman; 17 grandchildren which include Shanisha Thomas, who provided some Daily Living Support in recent years; 27 great-grandchildren; one son-in-law, Councilman Ronald Bailey of Albany; a daughter-in-law, Jacqueline Bouldin; a host of nephews, great nephews, nieces, great nieces and cousins.

He will be greatly missed by his numerous cherished and lifelong friends as well as members of the Hudson community, especially the staff and his neighbors at Providence Hall apartments.

A memorial service celebrating Mr. Johnson’s life will be held Saturday, August 17, 2013 at noon at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

In keeping with Mr. Johnson’s lifelong commitment to Civil Rights, the family respectfully requests that no flowers be sent.

The family will make a monetary donation in his name to the NAACP, one of the primary sponsors of the national commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington, which will take place Saturday, August 24, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Donations may be made online at or by mail at NAACP, Development Department, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21215

Leonard Scorca (1934 – 2013)

HUDSON—Leonard Scorca, 79, of Livingston, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born January 7, 1934 in the Bronx, he was the son of the late Daniel and Angelina Scorca.

Mr. Scorca was an auto mechanic and owner and president of Lenny’s Auto Repair in Mount Vernon. He enjoyed doing antique car restoration.

He is survived by: his beloved wife, Antoinette “Dolly” Scorca of Livingston; his devoted children, Debbie Cerone, Gerri Macaluso, Peter (Jennifer) Camardella and Francine (Joseph) Bouvier; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Mr. Scorca was predeceased by his son, Leonard Scorca, Jr. and his daughter, JoAnn Camardella.

Prayers were held Wednesday, August 14 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson.

Burial was in the Livingston Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Visit to leave condolences.





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