OBITUARIES: Weinman, Cooper, Casey, VanderSchaaff, Brousseau, Thompson, Fiorentino, Taylor

John D. Weinman (1928 – 2015)

HUDSON—John D. Weinman, 86, of Philmont died Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born June 30, 1928 in Hudson, he was the son of the late George and Marguerite (McCarthy) Weinman.

Mr. Weinman was vice-president of the Hudson Register Star.

A memorial service is being planned for February 28, 2015 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Arrangements will be announced. Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences.

Anna M. Cooper (1927 – 2015)

GHENT—Anna M. Cooper, 87, of Craryville passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Whittier Nursing Center.

Born July 5, 1927 in Mellenville, she was the daughter of the late George and Elsie (Fash) Brush.

Mrs. Cooper was employed as a seamstress at the Hudson Knitting Mills. She enjoyed reading and knitting, and loved the New York Yankees.

She was predeceased by her husband, Andrew Cooper, Sr.; two daughters, Joan Bishop and Carole Plass; four sisters and three brothers.

Mrs. Cooper is survived by: her devoted daughters, Hope (Garrick) Stevenson of Hudson and Jean (Gary) Law of Philmont; her loving grandchildren, Glenn Weaver, Bria Stevenson, Heather Dianda, Matthew Law, John Law, Elsie Garrison and Mary Decker; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and her cat, Little Girl.

A funeral service was held Monday, February 2 at the Bates & Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences.

Martin H. Casey (1935 – 2015)

CASTLETON—Martin H. Casey, 79, of Stuyvesant died January 28, 2015 at Riverside Nursing Center.

Born December 9, 1935 in Schenectady, he was the son of the late Joseph Daniel and Callie (Miller) Casey.

After working for the Fort Orange Paper Company in Castleton for a time and in the construction industry in New York City, Mr. Casey and his wife moved north to Wappingers Falls where he was employed by Colony Communications as an installation supervisor. He retired from there in 1997. He was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie and an avid reader after his retirement. He really enjoyed every minute of his time when it was spent with his family.

He is survived by: his wife, Patricia L. (Mulligan) Casey; four children, Patricia Cordato (Rocco, III) of Poughkeepsie, Martin H. Casey, Jr., (Judy) of Orangevale, CA, Gail Tanner (Dennis Villa) of Hopewell Junction and Elizabeth Melanson (Gerald) of Bloomingburg; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Tanner, Shane Killgore, Rocco Cordato, IV, Amy Sampayo, Jolene Raymond, Kristen, Brian and Kaitlyn Melanson; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Joseph Casey, Frances Rogers, Margaret Monty, Betty Jane Yakman and John Casey.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 5, 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Route 9, Valatie with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Burial will follow in Kinderhook Cemetery.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, February 4 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia / Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414 or Community Hospice of Rensselaer, 295 Valley View Boulevard, Rensselaer 12144.

Sandra S. VanderSchaaff (1941 – 2015)

HUDSON—Sandra S. VanderSchaaff, 73, of Livingston passed away Friday, January 30, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born October 30, 1941 in Coatesville, PA, she was the daughter of the late Sylvester and Rosella (Smalling) Stucker.

She was employed as a receptionist at Columbia Opportunities in Hudson. She graduated from high school in Rankin, PA, and Edinboro State Teachers College. She was an elementary school teacher in NC, PA, and NY. Mrs. VanderSchaaff was a member and past president of the Jayncees, loved knitting, going to church, going out to dinner and all kinds of music, especially religious and classical. She was a devoted grandmother.

Mrs. VanderSchaaff is survived by: her husband, Dean VanderSchaaff of Livingston; her son, Dennis (Trixie) VanderSchaaff of Breckenridge, CO; her grandson, Ethan VanderSchaaff; her brother-in-law, Richard Saccocio; two nieces, Johnetta Heil of North Carolina and Vivian Broz of Pennsylvania.

She was predeceased by her sister, Jerilyn Saccocia and an infant sister.

Funeral services will be Monday, February 2, 3 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Donations may be made to one’s favorite food pantry.

Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences.

Nancy J. Brousseau (1931 – 2015)

HUDSON—Nancy J. Brousseau, of Philmont, beloved wife of Albert, died Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born, June 27, 1931 in Worcester, Massachusetts, she attended Southbridge High School. She went on to attend the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953. She then earned her master’s degree in education in 1971 from the College of St. Rose. She was the daughter of the late Francis and Gertrude Deignan. She married Albert P. Brousseau in 1953.

Mrs. Brousseau was a lifelong educator and community leader. She was the first lay person to teach in a parochial school in Southbridge, Massachusetts, and also taught elementary school in Nashua, New Hampshire. She moved to Philmont with her family in 1964 and worked as a teacher and reading specialist at the Taconic Hills Ockawamick School. She was one of the first team teachers in the state and also earned the national distinction of Teacher of the Year in 1968. During the course of her career she was asked to serve as the acting principal and was also the coach of the varsity girls’ basketball team. She positively impacted the lives of many students from elementary through high school for more than 27 years.

Throughout her life, Mrs. Brousseau served on many boards and committees to improve and support her community. She was the chair of the Philmont Zoning Board of Appeals and was a key contributor to the Village’s Comprehensive Plan. She is the former president of the Philmont Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and was president of the Board at the Philmont Hearth. She was an active member of the educational foundation Delta Kappa Gamma, the Philmont Rod and Gun Club and the National Rifle Association.

In addition to her many civic duties, Mrs. Brousseau enjoyed raising sheep and Angora goats on her family farm since 1970. She showed her prized animals at both the Columbia and Dutchess county fairs for many years and brought home numerous trophies and ribbons. She was also a member of various sheep and wool associations.

Survivors include: her husband, Albert; four sons, Kevin Brousseau (Linda) of Saranac Lake, Robert Brousseau (Joanne) of Philmont, Jay Brousseau (Leah Taylor) of Ghent and Kerry Brousseau (Cynda) of Philmont; her much-adored grandchildren, Brendan, Corey, K.C., Ashley, Chris, Dustin, Ryan, Kyle, Collin, Megan and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her only sibling, Francis Deignan.

There are no calling hours and services are private at the request of the family. Arrangements are with the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home. A memorial service to celebrate Mrs. Brousseau’s life will be held in the spring at a date to be determined, for her many beloved family members and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to: the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, Philmont Public Library and/or Philmont Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

Sandra F. Thompson (1942 – 2015)

PITTSFIELD, MA—Sandra F. Thompson passed peacefully at Berkshire Medical Center, January 28, 2015.

She was born February 9, 1942 in Burlington, Vermont, to the late Henry and Florence Higgins.

She was married to John E. Thompson. She was retired, and enjoyed spending her days playing games online, taking day trips to the casino, anytime with family and watching her grand dogs.

She is survived by: her husband, John; her children, Tina Krein, Raymond Winters and his wife Karen, Darrin Winters and his wife Janis, Sandra Russell and her husband Bill, Susan Vincent and her husband Jeff, and Melanie Andrews and her husband Casey; her grandchildren, Anthony, Joshua, Kevin, Kristy, Lisa, Rachel, Kayla, Billy, Aaron, Noah, Lucas, Dylan, Rahmer, Gabby, Arianna, as well as, several great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind siblings, Marion Campbell and husband Donald, Allen Higgins and wife Sue, Nancy Krapf and husband Ken, Ronald Higgins, Sally Giblock and husband Bob; sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Marge Higgins; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and her beloved dogs and grand dogs.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Henry (Bud) Higgins and Vernon Higgins.

A memorial of her life will be held at French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, February 8 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Agostino Fiorentino (1927 – 2015)

HUDSON—Agostino Fiorentino, 87, of Stottville, formerly of Hudson, died Friday, January 30, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Born June 10, 1927 in Falciano, Italy, he is the son of the late Giovanni and Lucia (Feola) Fiorentino.

He grew up in Italy and came to the United States in 1956. He was a machine operator at Lorbrook in Hudson. Mr. Fiorentino was a hardworking person. He had a love for music and played the trumpet.

He is survived by: his beloved wife of 59 years, Concetta “Connie” (Spina) Fiorentino of Stottville; his loving daughter, Luci Cunningham of Ghent; two devoted granddaughters, Jessica (Jason) Kastner and Ashley (Robert) Donaghue; his great-grandson, Akiah Cunningham; his niece, Lucille (Frentino) Friss; his nephew, John Frentino and his family in Italy.

He was predeceased by his brother, Don Frentino; his son-in-law, Robert ”Bob” Cunningham and two sisters.

Calling hours are Tuesday, February 3, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Services will be conducted Wednesday, February 4, 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.

John F. Taylor (1932 – 2015)

ALBANY—John F. Taylor of Greenport, born September 14, 1932 in Hudson, passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Albany Medical Center.

He was predeceased by: his wife, Virgie Soule Taylor; his parents, Kathleen Mueller Taylor and John Taylor and his brother, George Taylor.

Surviving are: his children, Carol Ann, Patricia Ann, Debra, Marie, John and Jacqueline; his brother, Lawrence (Lori) Taylor of East Greenbush; his sister-in-law, Betty Taylor of Claverack; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Taylor was a Korean War Veteran, a member and past post commander of Stuyvesant Falls VFW Post #9593, a life member and past fire chief of Stuyvesant Falls Volunteer Fire Company #2, a life member of Washington Hose #3 Hudson Fire Department, and a life member of Glencadia Rod and Gun Club in Stuyvesant Falls.

Funeral services are private and at the convenience of the family.

Donations may be made to the Stuyvesant Falls VFW or to the Greenport Rescue Squad.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences.

 

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