OBITUARIES: Planz, McDarby, Shannon, Stewart, Faginas

Susan Planz (1945 – 2015)

ALBANY—Susan Planz, 70, of Greenport passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Albany Medical Center.

Born February 10, 1945 in Hudson, she was the beloved daughter of Regina (Martin) Abitable and the late Paul Abitable, Sr.  

Mrs. Planz was employed as a social welfare examiner at Columbia County Department of Social Services. She loved spending time with her family and attending events for her grandchildren and taking pictures of them. She enjoyed gardening, cooking for family holidays, reading, and her cat, Misty.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was very caring to anyone in need and also for animals. She had a very generous and giving heart, especially when it came to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.

Surviving are: her beloved husband of 52 years, Donald Planz; her devoted daughters, Marie Ellen Moore (Richard) and Valarie S. Rutkowski (Dave); six loving grandchildren, Richard Allan Moore, Jr., Helena Spooner (Mike), Melinda Rutkowski (fiancé, Brian), David Rutkowski, Jr., Katrina Oszust (Paul) and Lenora Rutkowski (Randall Maxwell); seven special great-grandchildren, Kasey Moore, Kylie Bauer, Carter Moore, Liam Spooner, Kodi Rutkowski, Xzavion Collette and Braden Hamm; her brother, Paul Abitable (Patricia); her sister, Maureen Planz (Phil) and her sister-in-law, Jean Wildermuth (Bob).

Services and burial are private and at the convenience of the family.

The family requests no flowers. Donations may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society or AnimalKind, Inc.

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

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Vicki L. McDarby (1952 – 2015)

HUDSON—Vicki L. McDarby, 63, of Stuyvesant, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born February 18, 1952 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Gertrude B. (Dingman) Wolfe and the late John G. Wolfe, Sr.

She was employed as a planner at Columbia County Solid Waste in Hudson. She had a love for the outdoors, nature, the environment and animals. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

In addition to her mother, Ms. McDarby is survived by: her son and daughter-in-law, James and Hope McDarby; two grandchildren, Connor and Olivia McDarby; her lifelong companion, William “Bill” Hempler; two brothers, Richard Wolfe, Sr., and John G. Wolfe, Jr.; her sister, Cindy Colarusso; many nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to any environmental or animals causes.

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

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Edward George Shannon (1956 – 2015)

GERMANTOWN—Edward George Shannon, a loving husband, father and grandfather, died Friday, May 1 at his home in Germantown after battling advanced prostate cancer. He was 58.

He was born December 21, 1956 in New Rochelle, N.Y., to Julia Godfrey Shannon and William George Shannon.

He worked for 19 years at Taconic Biosciences in Germantown and, prior to that, worked for 11 years at Myron Lumber in Kingston. For most of his childhood he lived in New Rochelle, but came north in 1973 to attend Germantown High School.

A diehard Mets fan since childhood, he enjoyed watching his team have such a great start this spring. As his sons grew up, he was a supportive and positive Little League coach.

He was a genuine and kindhearted man who made it a mission to get people smiling and laughing. He often reminded his sons to steer clear of negative people. He regarded the way a person treats any other person as the best measure of their character.

In an interview with his younger son this year, he talked about an at-times hectic childhood in New Rochelle; of finding a haven in Germantown as a teenager. He talked of meeting some of his best friends and of meeting the love of his life and settling down with her. He talked of the struggles and the silver linings that come with battling an aggressive disease; of his experiences in fatherhood; and of the joy in becoming a grandfather.

When asked to give advice to his grandchildren, he said in part:

“Follow your heart. Love and be loved. Be honest and be true to yourself. Try to do that every day—day in, day out. If there’s any opportunity where you can help somebody, always help them. That person will benefit, but you’ll benefit even more… Laugh a lot. Try to make somebody laugh. Put a smile on somebody’s face one way or another, when you can. If it’s possible that day, put a smile on somebody’s face.”

He is survived by his wife of more than 32 years, Eileen; his older son, Thomas, of Endwell and his younger son, William of Germantown; a brother, James of Clermont; a sister, Patricia of Dumont, NJ; a daughter-in-law, Mary Kane Shannon of Endwell; and granddaughters, Adelaide and Genevieve of Endwell. He was predeceased by his parents.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, May 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 6, 11 a.m., at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers Mr. Shannon asked that donations be made to the Germantown Park Commission, 50 Palatine Park Road or to the Southern Columbia Little League.

Carlton Davis Lee Stewart (1957 – 2015)

POUGHKEEPSIE—Carl D. Stewart, 57, a longtime resident of Millerton died peacefully April 28, 2015 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center with his loving family by his side.

Mr. Stewart worked for Spadaccini & Son Moving, Inc. of Millerton, River Management of Copake and most recently at Ronny Brook Farms in Ancramdale.

Born August 12, 1957 in Catskill, he was the son of the late Bruce and Opal (Rosas) Stewart. He attended Larchmont High School in California and Webutuck High School in New York. On August 12, 1995 he married Joan M. (Waters) Breyette. Mrs. Stewart survives at home.

Mr. Stewart was a hardworking man and enjoyed spending time with his family. He also loved taking care of his beloved dogs Corona and Diesel.   ​

Mr. Stewart is survived by: his five children, Brent, Justin and Crystal Stewart, Mary Breyette and her husband Robert Spadaccini and Karen Slater and her husband Timothy; a brother, Michael Rosas; a sister, Debra Kinzinger; several grandchildren; a nephew, Austin Lovett and a niece, Brianna Rosas.

There will be no calling hours.

Funeral services will take place Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 11 a.m. at Faith Bible Chapel of Shekomeko, 222 Silver Mountain Road, Millerton. Pastor William Mayhew will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Family of Carl Stewart, 6072 Route 22, Millerton 12546. Arrangements are under the direction of the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton. To send an online condolence visit

Celestino N. Faginas (1927 – 2015)

TROY—Celestino Nova Faginas, 88, of Nassau passed away April 23, 2015 at Samaritan Hospital.

He was born in Spain and later served in the United States Merchant Marines as an engine room mechanic. He served from 1949 to 1953 and later went to work for Greyhound in 1955 before retiring in 1989.

Mr. Faginas loved to play dominoes, tinker with different projects and socialize with his family and friends. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He leaves: his children, Carmen Angela Faginas Starr of Downey, CA, Sarah Richfield of Lancaster, CA, Nancy Faginas Cody of Whitter, CA, Celestino S. Faginas of Union Beach, NJ, Aquilina Faginas of Towson, MD, Katrina B., Christen J. and Stephan O. Faginas, all of New Lebanon; grandchildren, Valerie Bankhead of Oceanside, CA, Rachelle Bankhead of Moonpark, CA, Trevor Richfield of Lancaster, CA, Matthew Starr of Whittier, CA, Rachel and James Cody of Whittier, CA, Celestino and Jocelyn Faginas of Union Beach, NJ, and Hayden Willow Faginas of New Lebanon. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Scotty Houston of Oceanside, CA, and James D. Starr of Downey, CA, and his longtime friend, Carolyn Agan. Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are with the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home, 11 Elm Street, Nassau. Online condolences may be offered at

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