OBITUARIES: Beaudry, Jankowski, Merritt, Smith

Armand G. Beaudry, Jr. (1943 – 2015)

ALBANY—Armand G. Beaudry, Jr., 71, of Valatie died February 8, 2015 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn.

Born July 20, 1943 in Providence, RI, he was the son of the late Armand G. and Bladge (Anoskopey) Beaudry, Sr.

Mr. Beaudry was a U.S. Army veteran stationed in Alaska and worked for the City of Providence in traffic engineering. He also worked for Amtrak in Providence and Rensselaer for more than 30 years. He retired in 2004. He was a member of both the Kinderhook Sportsmen’s Club and the Tri-Village Rod and Gun Club and a communicant of St. James Church in Chatham.

He is survived by: his wife, Donna (Lynch) Beaudry; a sister, Irene Caprio of Warwick, RI; a brother, Eugene Beaudry of Essex Junction, VT; several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, February 14, noon at St. James Church with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Calling hours will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon prior to the funeral at the church.

There will be calling hours at the Russell J. Boyle and Son’s Funeral Home in Warwick, RI, Monday, February 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter, RI.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. James Church, Route 203, Chatham 12037 or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Suite 200, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Marianna Jankowski (1930 – 2015)

TAGHKANIC—Marianna Jankowski of Taghkanic passed away peacefully at her home with her family at her side February 5, 2015 due to complications from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, she was 84.

She was born August 14, 1930 in Poland. She came to the United States in 1961 with her loving husband of 63 years, Piotr and her four children. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a homemaker and loved gardening.

She is survived by: her husband, Piotr; her daughters, Agnes LaSalvia (Anthony) of Taghkanic, Janina Delany (Stephen) of Albertson and Barbara Jankowski Turen of Hudson; son, Walter Jankowski of Taghkanic; grandchildren, Richard LaSalvia (Kerry), Susan LaSalvia, Thomas LaSalvia (Aynsley), Sean Delany, Daniel Delany, Jonathan Turen and Jason Turen. She had seven great-grandchildren. “We love you Babci!”

A Mass of Christian Burial was postponed due to inclement weather and will be rescheduled for a future date at Our Lady of Hope Church in Copake Falls. Burial will be in the spring.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and/or Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene.

Arrangements are with the the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Gladys Mae Blackmon Merritt (1928 – 2015)

HUDSON—Gladys Mae Blackmon Merritt of Hudson was born September 6, 1928 in Lancaster, SC, to the late Azalee Prescott. She passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Merritt worked for a number of years for the New York State Training School for Girls, which is now called the Hudson Correctional Facility. She also worked as a teacher’s aide in the Hudson City School District in the 1960s, as well as various other jobs over her lifetime.

She is survived by: her children, Betty Belnavis of Tampa, FL, Bettina Young of Hudson and Quincey Williams of NC; her grandchildren, William Carter, Eric Carter and Serica Carter, all of Florida; her great-grandchildren, Jonathan Belk, Mario Munroe, William Carter, Jyrale Carter, Ambreisha Carter, Devin Carter, Micah Carter, Serenity Carter, Eric Carter, Jr., Erica Carter, Erika Carter, Erielle Carter; great-great-grandchildren, all of Florida; three sisters-in-law, Frances Hughes, Jackie Merritt and Juanita Murphy; nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Merritt’s avocations were being a Sunday School teacher at various churches including Shiloh Baptist Church, Assembly of God and Christ Church. In her later years, she was a member of Overcomers Ministries International Church and most recently began attending All Nations Church. A talented vocalist, Mrs. Merritt loved singing and often was requested as a guest vocalist at various churches. She was a woman of God who loved interacting with and teaching children. Also she especially loved spending time with her three dogs, King Solomon, Dutchess and Bella.

She was predeceased by her husband of 30+ years, James D. Merritt and most recently her grandson, Jonathan Belk of Tampa, FL, and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

The wake and funeral was held Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Shiloh Baptist Church, 14 Warren Street, Hudson. A celebration of life dinner followed at Shiloh Baptist Church.

Bruce Smith, Jr. (1956 – 2015)

NEW LEBANON—Bruce Franklin Smith, Jr., 58, of New Lebanon suddenly passed Thursday, February 5, 2015.

He was born in Albany, October 8, 1956 to the late Bruce F., Sr. and Jane F. Smith.

He was a 1974 graduate of Columbia High School. He was employed by Boston Buffalo Express for 25 years as a manager/truck driver. Mr. Smith was a U.S. Navy veteran serving from 1974 to 1978. He was also a volunteer fireman for the Best Luther Fire Department and enjoyed cooking, baking and spending time with family and friends, as well as his dog, his best friend.

Mr. Smith is survived by: his siblings, Lynne (Martin) McKay of New Lebanon, Arlene (William) Bynack of Canaan, Lori (Stephen) Creeron of Stuyvesant and Frank Smith of Stuyvesant; several nieces and nephews, Stephen and Katrina Creeron, F. Andrew Smith, Shaleena Bridgham and Jennifer Daley, along with his great-nephews, Spencer and Randy Daley, Cole Trefzger and Willy Bridgham.

Services were held at W.J. Lyons, Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer, Wednesday morning, February 11.

Contributions may be made in his memory to one’s local humane society in lieu of flowers.

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