OBITUARIES: Blush, Jennings, Degnan

Henry Blush (1929 – 2014)

HUDSON—Henry “Hank” Blush, 85, of Copake passed away September 18, 2014 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He was born July 23, 1929 in Howard Beach, the son of Henry and Amelia Blush.

Mr. Blush worked for 35 years for the General Motors Acceptance Corporation in New York City in the accounting department. He was an avid bowler, enjoyed participating in the GMAC bowling league for many years and was proud of his 299 game.

After retiring from GMAC, he and his wife, Edith moved from Woodhaven, Queens to Copake.

He honorably served his country for two years with the United States Army during the Korean War. Mr. Blush was a life member and quartermaster of the Cadby-Shutts VFW Post 7552 in Hillsdale.

He enjoyed fishing in Robinson Pond at Taconic Shores and was an active member of the Roe Jan Area Young at Hearters.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Edith (Borwick) Blush of Copake. He was predeceased by a sister, Edith Henderson of Beacon.

Friends are invited and may call at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22 in Copake, Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m. Interment with military honors will be held at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Wednesday September 24, 2014. To send an online condolence visit www.peckandpeck.net.

Arthur F. Jennings (1924 – 2014)

GHENT—Arthur F. Jennings, 90, of Rhinebeck passed away Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.

Born January 18, 1924 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Fred H. and Sophie (Spath) Jennings.

Mr. Jennings graduated from Hudson High School in 1942.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II with the Aviation Machinist’s Mate 1/C as a turret gunner on the Navy torpedo plane, the U.S.A. Gamble Boy in the Pacific area. He was awarded five air medals, the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon (three stars) the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, the Victory Ribbon, and the Good Conduct Medal, along with the Conspicuous Service Cross. After active service he served with the New York State National Guard.

Mr. Jennings retired from Niagara Mohawk as a chief tree trimmer with more than 20 years of service. He was a life-member of the Becraft Pumper Company #2 and a life-member of the Hudson Elks Lodge #787.

Mr. Jennings is survived by: his sister, Elizabeth Keeler; a brother-in-law, Christopher J. Groll, Sr., and his wife, Ellen; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Groll and Mary Lou Groll; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his first wife of 59 years, Elizabeth Groll Jennings; his second wife of 6 years, Patricia Kane Jennings and a sister, Arlene Jennings Unson.

Calling hours are Monday, September 22, 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Services will be conducted  Tuesday, September 23, 11 a.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Church in Greenport. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences for the family.

M. Frances Degnan (1924 – 2014)

PHILMONT—M. Frances “Fran” Degnan, formerly of State Street in Hudson and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, September 17 at Pine Haven Home.

Born October 1, 1924 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Michael J. and Matilda (McNally) Degnan.

She was a graduate of Hudson High School and the Hudson City Hospital School of Nursing.

Ms. Degnan was a retired private duty nurse. She was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Parish in Hudson, the Hudson Elks Lodge # 787 Ladies Auxiliary and the Christian Service Committee at Holy Trinity Parish.

She will be greatly missed by her brother, Richard P. Degnan of Mesa, AZ, as well as five nieces, and many close friends. She was predeceased by her brother and sisters: John M. Degnan, Clare A. Degnan, Helen M. Degnan and Margaret M. Degnan.

Calling hours will be Monday, September 22 from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish/ St. Mary’s Church with Fr. Winston Bath officiating.

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions are requested to the Christian Service Committee, P.O. Box 323 Hudson 12534.

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