OBITUARIES: Little, Ross, Kilmer, Shea, Doleski, Dallas

Brian P. Little (1954 – 2014)

VALATIE—Brian P. Little, 60, of Valatie died Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at his home.

Born July 1, 1954 in Somers Point, NJ, he was the son of the late Leslie Little and LaVerne (John) Little, who resides in Foley, AL.  

Mr. Little was a graduate of New Lebanon High School and attended Hudson Valley Community College. He was a bus driver for the Ichabod Crane School System, a former pilot, an avid motorcycle enthusiast and a member of the Kinderhook Elks Lodge #2530.

Besides his mother, he is survived by two brothers: Bruce Little of Edgewater, MD, and Larry Little of Santa Anna, CA, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Susan (Minshell) Little.

Calling hours will be Saturday, September 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Frances M. Ross (1933 – 2014)

VALATIE—Frances M. Ross of Greenport passed away peacefully September 25, 2014 at Barnwell Nursing Home.

Born May 10, 1933 in Nutten Hook, she was the eldest of two daughters of the late Louis and Rose Graziano of Hudson.

A 1950 graduate of Hudson High School, she was the loving and devoted wife of Robert “Ronald” Ross for more than 59 years.

She is survived by: her husband, Ron; son, David R. Ross of Kinderhook; her sister, Jean Deyo of Newburgh as well as several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Ross was known for her kind heart, quick wit and her love of dancing, fashion and especially jewelry. She dedicated her long, full life to caring for her husband and son.

She also worked in local banking institutions such as Farmers Bank, Hudson River Trust, Home and City Savings, and she concluded her career when she retired from Trustco Bank. Mrs. Ross was a lifelong member of Mount Carmel Church in Hudson.

The funeral will be private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements will be handled by the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home,1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie..

In lieu of sending flower arrangements to the funeral home, flowers may be sent in her memory to the staff and residents of the second floor of Barnwell Nursing Home, 3230 Church Street, Valatie.

Mrs. Ross made many friends at Barnwell and these gifts would brighten the day of those who cared for and about her during the two years she lived there.

Wallace J. Kilmer, Sr. (1924 – 2014)

HUDSON—Wallace (Jack) J. Kilmer, Sr., 90, passed away peacefully at home with his loving wife of 69 years, Norma Whitaker, by his side Thursday, September 25, 2014.

He was born May 11, 1924, son of the late Wallace G. and Clara (Rockefeller) Kilmer of Hudson.

Mr. Kilmer was a graduate of Hudson High School, before he entered into the Coast Guard. He was honorably discharged after serving as a seaman first class aboard the U.S.S. Marchand DE249, during World War II. He was employed as the superintendent of mails at the Hudson Post Office until his retirement in June 1979.

He was a social member of the Greenport Fire Department, past active member of Edmonds Hose, Hudson, and member of the VFW Post 10132 of Hobe Sound, Florida. He was a long-time member of the First Reformed Church of Hudson.

Besides his wife, Mr. Kilmer is survived by: his three sons, Stanley (Patricia) Kilmer of Hudson, Lawrence (Barbara) Kilmer of Catskill and Wallace (Shelia) Kilmer of Port Richie, Florida. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Susan Kilmer, Pamela Kulyniak, Stanley Kilmer, Jr., Rachel Griffin, Heather Kilmer, Stephanie Wood, Rebecca Beazley, and Miranda Velonis; eight great-grandchildren, Forest, Jacob, Austin, Connor, Tyler, Kayla, Nathan and Sadie Lee.

A visiting time will be held Sunday, September 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bates & Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home, Monday, September 29 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. To leave a message of condolence visit

Wilson G. Shea (1919 – 2014)

HUDSON—Wilson “Harpie” G. Shea, 95, of Hudson died Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the Firemen’s Home.

Born April 2, 1919 in Hudson, the son of the late James and Bertha (Baxter) Shea.

He married Mary Ann Fallarino in 1945, she predeceased him in 2000.

Mr. Shea attended St. Mary’s Catholic School for his entire education and graduated from there in 1937. After graduation he started his employment with V & O Press. Mr. Shea left V & O press to serve in the U.S. Navy. He enlisted in 1942 and he was honorably discharged in 1945. Upon returning to Hudson, he went back to V & O and worked his way up to superintendent. He worked there for 47 years.

Mr. Shea was involved in many local organizations and clubs. He was a 74-year member of J.W. Hoysradt Hose and Chemical Company #8 making him the oldest member of the Hudson Fire Department. He served as an usher for 60-plus years at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and he was a member of Hudson Elks Lodge 787, serving as past state vice president. He was a grand knight for the Knights of Columbus, and he was a high school basketball referee for more than 72 years.

Other organizations to which Mr. Shea gave his time included, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Honor-A-Veteran Committee, Hudson Fish and Game Club, Polish Sportsmen’s Club and the Federation of Columbia County Sportsmen. He received the Citizen of the Year award from the Albany Times-Union newspaper and the Hudson Rotary Club Citizen of the Year award in 2008.

Survivors include: his niece, Mary Pitcher Shea and his nephew, Patrick Shea, both from PA; his caregivers, Dan and Rose Shaughnasey, along with hundreds of friends.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was also predeceased by his brother, Patrick and his companion Gloria Marchionne.

A visiting time will be held Friday, September 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Firemen’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Avenue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, September 27, 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 429 East Allen Street. Hudson. Burial will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery.

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Frank A. Doleski (1932 – 2014)

DELMAR—Frank A. Doleski, a native of Kinderhook passed away September 26 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home at age 81.

He was the son of the late John and Anna Doleski of Red Rock; the beloved father of Linda (Edward) Jablanski of Valatie, Robert (Laura) Doleski of Halifax, MA, and Carol Doleski of Toulca Lake, CA; grandfather (Pop Pop) to Jackson and Jamieson Jablanski and Matthew and Jonathan Doleski.

Mr. Doleski was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth in 1993; long-time companion, Mary Jane Beaucage and brother, John Doleski.

He is survived by: his sister, Helen Gatulik of Clifton Park; brother, Joseph (Diane) Doleski of Victor; sister-in-laws, Ava Sobolewski of Niskayuna and Rosemary Doleski of Philmont; numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Doleski grew up on a family dairy farm in Red Rock and continued farming until the late 1960s. He was employed full-time by the Columbia Corporation in Chatham until its closing and by Richmor Aviation in Ghent.

He was an army veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Doleski enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and watching sports. He had an interest in the stock market, history and travel. He was a long-time parishioner at St. John the Baptist and a tender-loving father who taught his children the value of hard work, education and compassion. He will be greatly missed.

His family thanks those who cared for him at the VA, Good Samaritan and Community Hospice.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, September 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home in Valatie. The funeral will be to be Monday September 29, 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Valatie. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery.

Rosemary Dallas (1931 – 2014)

HUDSON—Rosemary Dallas, 83, of Hudson died Friday, September 26, 2014 at home peacefully with her family by her side.

Born March 1, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Sylvia (Vatalaro) Theysohn.

Mrs. Dallas was a graduate of Hudson High School and Columbia Memorial School of Nursing.

Upon graduation she worked at Columbia Memorial Hospital as an operating room nurse until her retirement. She enjoyed playing golf, casino trips and traveling.

Survivors include: her daughter, Donna Dallas of Fishkill; her son, James (Pamela) Dallas of Hudson; two grandchildren, Jennifer Taylor and Christina Dallas; three great-grandchildren, Anthony and Kameron Taylor and Elijah Craig; and a brother, Louis Theyson of NE.

Mrs. Dallas was predeceased by her loving husband, Avis “Bud” Dallas; her son, Michael and grandson, Jason Lawton, Jr.

Funeral arrangements with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Service are private and at the convenience of the family.

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