Obituaries: Valente, Bedford, Moore, Krawczyk, Borghard

Eleanor Valente (1930 – 2012)

SPENCERTOWN—Eleanor “Ellie” Valente of Spencertown died at home October 22, 2012 after a long illness.

Born April 26, 1930 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of Benjamin and Gertrude Mostel.

In 1947, she graduated from Midwood High School in Brooklyn, where she was captain of the cheering squad and voted the most popular girl in her graduating class. She became a model with the Powers Modeling Agency, modeled for Macy’s and appeared on the cover of many magazines, including Seventeen, Mayfair, Calling all Girls, True Romance and Real Romances.

In 1953, she traveled to Japan as one of several Powers models on a trip sponsored by the Japanese American Fashion Institute. The group was welcomed in Tokyo with ceremony and a ticker-tape parade.

Following her successful modeling career, she studied at the Actors Studio and acted in summer stock. Among other productions, she appeared in “Red Letter Day” with Gloria Swanson in Massachusetts summer stock.

In August 1962, she married Renato Valente. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August 2012.  A part-time resident of Spencertown since 1964, Mrs. Valente was an avid gardener and tennis player.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Valente is survived by her loving nephew, Chris Langmeyer and her sister, Barbara Langmeyer.

The family thanks the Columbia-Greene Community Hospice, especially Nancy Johnson and Marjorie Schooner, for their cheerful and compassionate care.

Alfred H. Bedford (1918 – 2013)

TROY—Alfred H. Bedford, 95, of Route 22, Petersburgh died Saturday, August 24 at his son’s home in Troy under the care of Community Hospice of Rensselaer County and surrounded by his loving family after an extended illness.

Born in New Brunswick, NJ, June 29, 1918, he was the loving son of the late George W. and Ethel Fulton Bedford; and the step-son of the late Jeanette A. Page.

He was the loving husband of the late AnnaMae A. Robinson Bedford, whom he married in Staten Island, December 27, 1941. She passed away July 8, 2011.

The Bedfords resided in the Berlin/Petersburgh area for more than 40 years after moving from Staten Island.

A 1938 graduate of Port Richmond High School in Staten Island, Mr. Bedford was a veteran of the United States Army. He served during World War II at the Battle of the Bulge. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

Mr. Bedford worked as a combat vehicle mechanic in U.S. Army ordinance at Fort Wadsworth Miller Field in Staten Island from 1949 to 1955. He was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 5th Battalion in Tappan and Edison, NJ, as an engineer maintenance mechanic from 1955 to 1970.

He retired from the U.S. Army after serving 23 years. While living in Rensselaer County, Mr. Bedford worked at the Berlin Central School District as a bus mechanic and retired in 1982 after 10 years of service.

He enjoyed fishing, horseshoes, bowling and spending time with his family. He competed in horseshoe tournaments with his sons and also competed in Surf Casting Competitions while living in Staten Island and was a member of the North Shore VFW in Staten Island.

He was an avid fan of NASCAR, especially Tony Stewart.

Survivors include: his 13 children, Alfred (Dottie) of Staten Island, Diana (Larry) Richards of Florida, Richard (Alma) of Troy, John (Kathy Stewart) of Hartford, Ted (Shelly) of Grafton, Charles (Sue) of Berlin, Denise (Rusty) Anderson of Troy, George (Leah) of Berlin, Edward of Petersburgh, Steven of Troy, Elizabeth (the late Steve) Lawton of Troy, William (Chris Beaudoin) of Troy, Kathryn (Don) Goodermote of Petersburgh; daughter-in-law, Claudia Bedford of North Fort Myers, FL; step-sister, Lila Fisher of Muscatine, Iowa; 37 grandchildren and 59 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by two children, Lillian and Robert, four grandchildren, Stacey Anderson, John, Jolene and Richard Bedford; sister, Katherine D. Bedford and brother, George W. Bedford.

Funeral services were held Tuesday evening, August 27 at the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home, 66 Armsby Road, where the Reverend Jason White, pastor, officiated. Interment with full military honors will take place Wednesday, August 28, 11 a.m. in the Eagle Mills Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Petersburgh Rescue Squad or to Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, c/o the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home, P.O. Box 361, Petersburgh 12138.

Sharon Barbara Anne Moore (2013 – 2013)

HUDSON—Sharon Barbara Anne Moore, age four-months and three-weeks-old, of Greenport passed away August 21, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

She was born April 6, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. Her mother is Brenda Marie Moore of Greenport.

haron loved to smile, play with Teddy, Jr., and jump around. She was baptized Reformed at the hospital.

Her nicknames were poops, toot-toot, sweet pea, French fries and froggles.

She loved her Grandpa Moore; the rabbit, Oreo; the four cats, Malcolm, her cuddle buddy, Zora, who always ran away from her, Missy and Cammy who stayed to themselves.

She is survived by: four grandparents, several nieces, nephews, cousins and several aunts and uncles. She also has two great-grandfathers, two great-grandmothers and one grandmother who predeceased her.

Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday August 29, 2013 at the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home with the funeral immediately following and burial at Cedar Park Cemetery.

Arlene A. Krawczyk (1942 – 2013)

HUDSON—Arlene A. Krawczyk passed peacefully from this world with loving family by her side at Columbia Memorial Hospital, August 23, 2013.

Born October 6, 1942 to Edward and Madeline (McGurgan) Krawczyk.

She was predeceased by her beloved parents, infant brother, Donald, and younger brother, Edward, who died in service to his country. She was also predeceased by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Ms. Krawczyk is survived and will be greatly missed by many cousins, all of whom, from their youngest to oldest days, knew well not to approach before two cups of steaming hot coffee had been enjoyed. But, the kids also knew who to have the most fun with. She relived her childhood many times over through younger generations and we are all the better for it. She was loyal and protective of her family and friends. She never missed a birthday or special occasion. She was ahead of her time, believing that a woman did not have to marry to be happy.

Ms. Krawczyk was a top-notch executive secretary in the steel industry for much of her career. She was greatly admired by bosses and colleagues alike. She shared many fond and funny memories of her times with them. No one can be sure how much she “won” at Jeopardy, although her score sheets are probably somewhere to be found.   Above all else, her favorite stories and shared adventures were of the Windward Sail Motel and boardwalk at Old Orchard Beach in Maine. For many years, cousins were invited along to explore and expand horizons, enjoy vacation foods and desserts, the sun and the sand.

Left to mourn her passing are: cousins, Dorothy Roberts (Charlie) of Catskill, Raymond Beyer (John Piltraniello) of Florida, John McGurgan (Ginny) of Austerlitz, William McGurgan (Dee) of Virginia, Patricia Ann Novak (Gary) of Stuyvesant Falls, Maureen Gannon of Kinderhook, Elaine Bedell of Mayfield, Vincent Gannon of Saratoga; her Goddaughter, Eileen F Guild (Craig) of Stuyvesant Falls, and dozens of third and fourth-generation cousins, especially Katey and Zach who did their best to keep her smiling and happy. She will also be missed by her dear friends, Mary Lazoryk of Riverhead, Bridget Corry of Sunnyside and Barbara Sharpe of New York City.

The family extends its sincere gratitude to the Hospice Unit and Columbia Memorial Hospital doctors, nurses and staff, all of whom provided extraordinary care and comfort.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 31,1 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Valatie. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the funeral at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Dorothy Krauss Borghard (1918 – 2013)

HENDERSONVILLE, NC—Dorothy Krauss Borghard, 94, passed away Friday, August 23, 2013. She had resided in Hendersonville, NC, since 1979.

Previously, she was a summer resident and later a fulltime resident of Hillsdale for many years.

Mrs. Borghard was born in Newark, NJ, August 25, 1918 the daughter of the late John F.O. and Jane E. (Sands) Krauss.

Survivors include: two daughters, Jane B. Ryan (Michael J.) of Wilkesboro, NC, and Sally B. Conklin (Dennis P.) of Hendersonville, NC; a granddaughter, Jennifer C. Walker (James A.) of Zirconia, NC; and a great grandson.

Mrs. Borghard was predeceased by her husband, Eugene H. Borghard in 1976. She was also predeceased by three brothers, Francis P., George A. and Harold Krauss, as well as, a grandson.

There are no calling hours.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, September 5, 2013 at the North Hillsdale Rural Cemetery.



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