OBITUARIES: Marasco, Groh, Webster, Prunetti

Vincent A. Marasco, Sr. (1937 – 2014)

CHATHAM—Vincent A. Marasco, Sr., of Chatham passed away November 15, 2014 at his home.

Born February 16, 1937 in the Bronx, he was the son of the late Alfred and Mary Avallone Marasco.

Mr. Marasco served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (83rd) in France from 1955 to 1957. He worked for the Hudson City School District, retiring in October 1999. He was a life-member of the Royal Order of Blue Vests and the Chatham Fire Department. His greatest love was his grandchildren and watching Vincent, III, and Lilianna, who called him Papa.

Mr. Marasco is survived by: his children, Susan Fornaro of Berkley Heights, NJ, Valerie Writenour of Boonton, NJ, Alfred Marasco (Rebbekkah) of Dade City, Florida and Vincent Marasco, Jr., (Cherie) of Chatham; his grandchildren, Anthony, Jaime, Margo, Kyle, Terese, Vincent, III, and Lilianna; great-grandchild, Carmine of Florida; brother, Fred Marasco (Fran) of Wappinger Falls; sister, Lorraine Kaninenberg of Chatham; many nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham,Thursday, November 20 from 4 to 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, November 21, 10 a.m. in Saint James Church, Chatham. Interment will follow at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation inMr. Marasco’s name to the Chatham Fire Department or to Saint James Church. For directions or to convey an online condolence visit

Edward W. Groh (1928 – 2014)

GHENT—Edward W. Groh, 86, of Germantown died Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at the Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.

He was born July 8, 1928 in New York City, the son of the late Edward and Marie (Kubera) Groh.

Mr. Groh served in the Navy during World War II. He retired from IBM of Kingston where was employed for many years as programmer. Before that, he was a driver for Canada Dry in Hudson. He was a member of the Reformed Church of Germantown, the Jennings-Willets American Legion Post in Germantown and the Tin Can Sailors.

Survivors include: his son, Edward Groh of Macedon; daughters, Margaret (David) Rose, Helen (John) Balazs and Janet (Denis) Crawford, all of Germantown; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Helen, who died September 25, 2011.

Services were held Saturday, November 15 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown with the Reverend David Tipple officiating. Interment followed in the Reformed Church Cemetery in Germantown. Memorial donations are requested to The Reformed Church of Germantown, P.O. Box 115, Germantown 12526.

Donald Eugene Webster (1921 – 2014)

PINE PLAINS—Donald Eugene Webster, DVM, 93, passed away Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at home.

He was born on June 24, 1921 in Geneva, the son of the late William L. and Ruth M. (Sargent) Webster.

He honorably served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. As a B-24 co-pilot, he flew 28 bombing missions over Germany. He made the rank of first lieutenant.

Dr. Webster graduated from Pittsford High School in 1938. He graduated from Cornell College of Agriculture in 1943 and from Cornell Veterinary College in 1949.

In 1949 he joined Dr. Roswell Brown in his veterinary practice in Pine Plains. When Dr. Brown retired, Dr. Webster became sole owner of the practice. Dr. Webster was joined by Dr. Douglas Hart in 1967 and Dr. Michael O’Neill in 1978. Dr. Webster fully retired in 1994.

He served on the Pine Plains Board of Education, the Library Board and the Evergreen Cemetery Board.

He was a member of the Stissing National Bank Board of Directors, a charter member of the Pine Plains Lions Club, a member of the Stissing Lodge #615 F&AM Masonic Lodge and the New York State Veterinary Society.

On December 10, 1950, he married Dora (Peck) Webster in New Lebanon. She survives him at home.

In addition to his loving wife of 63 years, Dora, survivors include: four children, Dawn Bartolomeo and her husband William of Pine Plains, Debra Webster of Albany, Deidre and her husband Robert Gabielsen of Clayton, NC, David and his wife Ursula Webster of Livingston, NJ; seven grandchildren, Andrea, (James Storms) William, Daniel, Lindsey, Andrew, Alexander and Peter; several nieces and nephews; a brother, Dr. William S. Webster of Hamburg; two cousins, Betty Buell and Jean Bubb.

He was predeceased by a brother, L. Richard Webster.

There are no calling hours.

Funeral service and interment will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Hospice, Inc., 374 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie 12601 or Church of the Regeneration Endowment Fund, 18 Pine Street, Pine Plains 12567 or Pine Plains Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 100, Pine Plains 12567 or Pine Plains Veterinary Stray Animal Fund, P.O. Box 654, Pine Plains 12567.

Carmen A. Prunetti (1919 – 2014)

HUDSON—Carmen A. Prunetti of Delray Beach, FL, died Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at Community Hospice in Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born in Trenton, NJ, February 7, 1919, he was the son of the late Frederico and Philomena Prunetti.

Mr. Prunetti served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was a private practice medical doctor.

He is survived by his wife, Edith (Helmbrecht) Prunetti at home; two sons and one daughter.

There are no calling hours or funeral services announced. Burial will be in Trenton.

Arrangements are with the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

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