OBITUARIES: Blakney, Olm

Mary Isabel Blakney (1925 – 2014)

PINE PLAINS—Mary Isabel “Pat” Blakney, 89, passed into the hands of God, Thursday, September 25, 2014 at her longtime home.

Born February 12, 1925 in Kingston, she was the daughter of the late James R. and Margaret E. (Long) Howard.

She was cared for over the last many months by hospice and day/night devotion of her loving children and daughter-in-law.

After graduation from Kingston High School, she worked for the local phone company for several years. In 1949, she met and married Elbert S. Blakney and moved to Pine Plains and raised six children. He predeceased her November 3, 1972. While mothering her growing family, Mrs. Blakney ran for and was elected Pine Plains Town Clerk, an office she held from 1972 until her retirement in 1988.

Mrs. Blakney was a lifelong active member of St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church along with its many societies.

Survivors include: two sons, Richard and his wife Cheryl Blakney; James and his wife Kelly Blakney; three daughters, Patricia Blakney, Karen and her husband Gary Funk and Jeanne Lutz; seven grandchildren, Jason, Janel, Kelly, Sean, Casey, Ian and Justin.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Shelly and two brothers, James E. and William J. Howard.

Calling hours are Sunday, September 28, 2014, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, September 29, 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church in Pine Plains, with Fr. William White officiating.

Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Pine Plains.

Memorial contributions are requested to Hospice, Inc. 374 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie 12601.

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Richard E. Olm (1937 – 2014)

GHENT—Richard E. Olm, 77, of Hudson died Thursday September 25, 2014 at the Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.

Born in Hudson, May 5, 1937, he was the son of the late Richard and Clara (Hamm) Olm.

Mr. Olm was a graduate of Hudson High School and was a retired as a correction officer from Brookwood Correctional Facility. In his younger years he worked as a construction laborer. He also served in the New York Army National Guard in the Hudson Armory. He was a life member of the Federation of Polish Sportsmen, Rogers Hose Company and was a member of the Hudson Elks Lodge #787. He was an avid fisherman and lifelong fan of the New York Giants and New York Yankees.

He will be greatly missed by: his wife, Patricia A. (Walker) Olm; sons, Richard E. Jr. and (Barbara) Olm, John and (Linda) Olm; daughters, Richelle Olm, Katrina Grobowski, Stacy Hines; sisters, Nancy Scalera and Janis Aulabaugh; grandchildren, Christopher Rowan, Jessica Olm, Benjamin Olm, Abigail Olm, Nathaniel Picardi, Michaela Masten and great-grandson, Levi LaChance.

Family and friends will gather Tuesday, September 30, 2 to 3 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. at the funeral home with Deacon Richard Washburn officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

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