OBITUARIES: Bates, Meano, Cognac

Jerry A. Bates (1949 – 2014)

CHATHAM—Jerry A. Bates of Chatham passed away September 20, 2014 at home after a long battle with cancer.

Born May 21, 1949 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Florence Bates and Theodore Borovich and step-son of Russell Bates.

He is survived by: his wife, Patricia Bates; step-daughter, Michelle (Edward) Bruessard; grandchildren, Alexander and Jerry Spain and Janae Bruessard; siblings, Evelyn Carron, Russell, James and Edward Bates; several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

There will be no calling hours. Those who wish may make contributions in Mr. Bates’ name to the Payne AME Church, 6 High Street, Chatham 12037. Condolences may be conveyed at

Constance Meano (1938 – 2014)

ALBANY—Constance (Houghtaling) Meano of Stottville passed away at the age of 76, September 20, 2014 at St. Peter’s Hospital after a brief illness.

She was born February 6, 1938 in Brooklyn. She was the daughter of the late Rose Meano. In addition to her mother, she was predeceased by her brother, Angelo Meano, her sister, Angelina and nephew, Angelo, Jr.

Surviving are: her cousin, Connie Cappello and her husband, Roger; her God-children, Lori Hilton, Sam Moore and Michael Cappello and their families; her God-granddaughter, Anna Delaney and her husband Christopher; many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are surrogate parents and dearest friends, Anna and Lewis Houghtaling.

Ms. Meano was a life member, and one of the first members of the Stottville Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, a life member of the Stottville VFW Ladies Auxiliary, a life member of Holy Family Church, a member of the Sons and Daughters of Italy, and several other churches in the area. She was also a member of the Columbia County Golden Agers and the Red Hatters. She loved spending time with her many loving friends and “Her” Remidee, Briella and Braxton Delaney.

Ms. Meano was a dedicated worker at L & B Industries for 52 years and never missed a day of work.

Calling hours are Tuesday, September 22, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Prayers will be offered Wednesday, September 24, 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Church in Stottville. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Stuyvesant Falls.

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Camille Dalphond Cognac (1947 – 2014)

HUDSON—Camille Dalphond Cognac of Hudson, a longtime resident of Columbia County, passed away at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Monday morning, September 22, 2014 after a short illness. She was 67.

She was born August 27, 1947, in Lowell, MA, a daughter of Willis H. and Gabrielle M. (Dalphond) Cognac.

She was raised in Dracut, MA, alongside four sisters and a brother.

After getting her master’s degree in education from SUNY Cortland, she began her professional career as an educator, teaching at multiple grade levels and institutions in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York.

In 1986 she opened a quilt restoration and repair shop called K&K Quilteds on Route 23 in Hillsdale. She ran the business from that location for 18 years during which time she also had a book on quilt restoration published and took part in various craft/textile-related conferences and shows as a key speaker/contributor.

Ms. Cognac had a passion for learning and knowledge and was constantly researching one topic or another. She served as town historian for Hillsdale. Her conversation abilities were legendary, and it was not uncommon to hear her talking about wildly varied topics, usually with a smile on her face and an attentive audience.

She is survived by: three sons and two daughters-in-law, Karl and Jennifer Blodgett of Glenmont, Daniel Blodgett and Sarah Chartock of Brooklyn and David Blodgett of Craryville; four grandchildren, Gabriel, Sage, Morgan and Noah. She also leaves behind two sisters, Louise Henry and Anne Marie DeLuca both of Spring Hill, FL; and brother and sister-in-law, Nelson and Joanna Cognac of Natick, MA. She was preceded in death by two of her sisters, Felice Cognac and Rachelle Geisenhainer.

A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street in Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

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