Obituaries: Dauski, Bard, Wilson, Galgano, Amico

Dorothy Marie (Simmons) Dauski (1925 – 2013)

GHENT—Graveside services for Dorothy Marie (Simmons) Dauski, 88, of Livingston, who died December 14, 2013 at the Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, will be conducted Thursday, July 3, 2014, 2 p.m. at the Livingston Cemetery.

She was born July 4, 1925 in Hudson, to the late John E. and Helen (Scutt) Simmons.

She was employed as an office administrator at Pine Haven Nursing Home in Philmont. She was a member of the Livingston Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Mrs. Dauski is survived by: her devoted son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Ruth Dauski of Boynton Beach, Florida; four loving grandchildren, Christine Hughes and Michael Dauski, both of Florida, Mark Brockert of Gloversville and Lora Brockert of Amsterdam; two great-grandchildren; her sister, Shirley Zimmerman of California and her sister-in-law, Norma Simmons of Germantown.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 65 years, Alfred Dauski in 2008 and her son, John Joseph Dauski.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson.

Ann Mae Bard (1940 – 2014)

RHINEBECK—Ann Mae Bard, 73, of Livingston died Monday, June 16, 2014 at Northern Dutchess Hospital after a long illness.

Born September 21, 1940 in Plattsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Rita (Ferris) Ransom, Sr.

Before illness forced her retirement, she was employed in housekeeping at the Baptist Home of Rhinebeck.

Surviving are: her sons, Sean Bard, Howard, Butt, Brian Dansin and Steven Butt; a brother, Thomas Butt, Jr.; sisters, Deborah Staats and Donna Bard.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald C. Bard; brother, Duane S. Ransom and son, Michael Butt.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Germantown.

Calvin Wilson (1948 – 2014)

ALBANY—Calvin Wilson, 66, of Hudson went home to the Lord Monday, June 16, 2014 at Albany Medical Center.

Born in Moutrie, Georgia, May 2, 1948, he was the son of the late Freddie and Novella (Hartsfield) Wilson.

Mr. Wilson was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He retired from Atlas Cement after many years of working as a machinist.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Linda (Welch) Wilson of Hudson; four sons, Calvin, Jr., Johnny, Nathaniel and Arsenio Wilson; two daughters, Inez and Gail Wilson; two sisters, Lelia Christen and Amy Mills and seven grandchildren.

Calling hours and funeral services will take place Thursday, June 26, 10 to 11 a.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home in Greenport with the Reverend Dixon officiating. Send online condolences at

Martha “Dotty” Galgano (1925 – 2014)

VALATIE—Martha “Dotty” Galgano, 88, of Valatie passed away Thursday, June 19 at Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born in Elkton, KY, September 1, 1925, daughter of the late George and Ora Cartwright.

Mrs. Galgano was educated in the Todd County school system and the Mission Christian Academy. She graduated in May 1942.

She was employed for 27 years by the Daily News of Tarrytown. Upon retirement in 1980, she moved to Cold Spring and recently moved to Valatie.

She is survived by: her son, Michael Galgano and his wife, Ruth of Old Chatham; her grandson, Michael Galgano and his wife, Kelly of Canaan, CT; her granddaughter, Michelle Bousquet and her husband, Kevin of Old Chatham; four great-granddaughters, Brittany, Kristen, Alexis and Lauren.

She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Michael and her brothers, Woodrow and James W. Cartwright.

Services were held June 23 at Wenk Funeral Home in Chatham with burial at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla.

Alphonso J. Amico

ALBANY—Alphonso “Al” J. Amico passed into eternal life on Sunday, June 22, comforted by the love of his wife and son and strengthened by the prayer of the church, at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn after a courageous 18-month struggle with the effects of a stroke.

Born in Seymour, CT, to the late Alfonso and Lorenza (Brucoleri) Amico, he was a part of the country’s “greatest generation.”

He was a proud graduate of Seymour High School where he loved studying history, attending dances with 18-piece bands and playing baseball at which he excelled. Even before completing his senior year in high school, Mr. Amico enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served in the Pacific Theater of World War II with the Fifth Air Force 481st Air Service Squadron.

He was part of the campaigns in New Guinea, the southern Philippines, Luzon and also did occupation duty in Japan. Returning home, Mr. Amico began a 35-year career as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service. Known as “Al the Mailman,” he was beloved by many of his customers. Though he quietly went the extra mile for them, his service was recognized in 1964 with a Superior Accomplishment Award.”  But, Mr. Amico would say that his greatest accomplishment was when he met the love his life, Frances (Leccese), on a blind date. They recently celebrated 56-years of living the Sacrament of Matrimony through some truly trying times but many happy times as well.

This was perhaps never more evident than in the months since Mr. Amico’s stroke. Upon retiring, the couple moved to Mrs. Amico’s hometown of Hudson and more recently to Rensselaer to be near their son. Though he had to endure many medical issues during retirement, Mr. Amico enjoyed life, especially the trips to Boston and Washington, DC, on which their son took them.

Mr. Amico was a parishioner of St. Michael’s Church, Troy, a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, and an avid Red Sox fan.

He is survived by: his beloved wife, Frances; his devoted son, David of Menands; his “adopted” grandson, Tony Mercedes of St. Margaret’s Center, Albany; his brother, Fred (Dolores) of Virginia; sisters, Antoinette (Lewis) Wilber and Florence Cormack of CT; in-laws, Anne (Frank) O’Connor and Daria (late Roger) Leccese; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, MaryLou, and several siblings, Tom, Jack, Mario, Stella, and his dear sister Grace.

Calling hours will be held at St. Michael’s Church, 175 Williams Road, Troy, Wednesday, June 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Michael’s, Thursday, June 26 at 10 a.m. with Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger presiding and Bishop Emeritus Howard J. Hubbard as principal celebrant.

Internment with military honors will be in Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson, at 2:30 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Sr. Maureen Joyce Center, c/o Blessed Sacrament Church, 600 Central Avenue, Albany 12206.  Send online condolences at



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