OBITUARIES: Hales, Brill, Noren, Carlucci, Colarusso, Gaalswijk

Lucille Hales (1930 – 2015)

LIVINGSTON—Lucille Hales, 84, of Milan passed away Sunday, September 27, 2015 at Livingston Hills Nursing Center.

Born December 30, 1930 in Middletown, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Louise (Kassel) Rockwell.

She married Leon Hales, Jr., November 24, 1949 in Walden. He survives at home in Milan.

In addition to her loving husband of 65 years, she is survived by: her two sons and their spouses, David and Fumiko Hales of New York City and Robert and Cora Hales of Germantown; her grandchildren, Jonathan Hales of New York City, Ayaka Hales of New York City and Aurora Hales of Hudson; her brothers, Vinton Rockwell, Vernon Rockwell, Eugene Rockwell; her twin sister, Lucia Hitt; several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Hales was predeceased by a sister, Doris Gottily and a brother, Earl Rockwell.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 17, 2015, 1:30 p.m. at Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook.

The Reverend William Starkweather will officiate. Interment will take place at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook.

Memorial donations may be made to the Children’s Health Fund at

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Antoinette Brill (1918 – 2015)

ALBANY—Antoinette “Toni” Brill of New Lebanon, passed away October 2, 2015 at Albany Medical Center.

Born in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Gustov and Eleanor Joncede Gaal.

Mrs. Brill was predeceased by her husband, Henry J. Brill and sisters Eleanor and Lillian, as well as many cherished friends and family.

She is survived by: a son, Edward Brill; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Brill; granddaughter, Kristy Bowen, her husband David Bowen and great-grandchildren, Skylar and Dakota.

Mrs. Brill was a member of the Eastern Star and a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous having provided loving sponsorship for many friends through this organization.

Family will receive friends at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, October 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers contributions in her name may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534. To convey an online condolence visit

Marion L. Noren (1920 – 2015)

LIVINGSTON—Marion L. Noren, 95, passed away quietly Friday, October 2, 2015 at Livingston Hills Nursing Home after a long, healthy life.

Mrs. Noren’s primary focus in life was her family. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and was a constant source of comfort, strength, stability and humor to them.   She played an essential supportive role in the rearing of her grandchildren, as well as, her great-granddaughter, Alexandra. Mrs. Noren also enjoyed many lasting friendships throughout her life.

She spent her early married years with her husband, Carl, raising their only child, Peggy, on a small dairy farm in Manorton. In later years she worked for Saulpaugh Parking House. She was a hard worker throughout her life—energetic and always reliable.

She was predeceased by her husband, Carl Noren; her brother, Herbert O. Coons; her cherished daughter, Peggy Ronsani, and her beloved grandson, Brett Ronsani.

She is survived by: her grandchildren, Cheryl, John and Jeffrey Ronsani; great-grandchildren, Amanda (Dave) Colarusso, Brett, Cortney and Alexandra Ronsani; great-great-grandchildren, Layla and Max Colarusso and her cousins, Delores Funk and Doris Banks. She will be dearly missed.

Private funeral services were held Monday, October 5.

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

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Helen Carlucci (1930 – 2015)

HUDSON—Helen Carlucci of West Ghent died suddenly at Columbia Memorial Hospital Saturday, October 3, 2015.

She was born in Hudson, November 13, 1930.

She had two favorite things she loved to do: one was square dancing where she enjoyed traveling and meeting others, and the second was camping. She loved the places they visited and the great friends she made along the way.

Mrs. Carlucci is survived by: her loving husband of 58 years, Venanzo Carlucci; two devoted children, Julia Carlucci (Adam Greer) and Nicolina Carlucci (Michael McKay); her six beloved grandchildren, Christina and Chantel Carlucci, Thomas and Ashley Greer (Miller) and Dustin and Sarah McKay; four great-grandchildren, Mycah, Lucas, Haniah and Eli.

Calling hours are Wednesday, October 7, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Services will be held Thursday, October 8, 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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Peter G. Colarusso, III (1952 – 2015)

HUDSON—Peter G. Colarusso, III, passed away Friday, October 2, 2015.

A loving son, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, he was born in Hudson September 14, 1952 to Dolores and Peter G. Colarusso, Jr.

He attended Hudson Schools and graduated in 1971 from St. Thomas More, CT. An avid sportsman, he enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and field trials. He was employed as a superintendent at A. Colarusso & Son, Inc.

He is survived by: his sons, Peter, IV, of FL, and John of NY, and their mother, Joy Colarusso of FL; his granddaughter, Taylor Colarusso of NY; his father, Peter G. Colarusso, Jr., (Kathy) of NY; his sisters, Pam (George) Malchow of NY and Lisa (Justin) McCarthy of CT, and his brother, Paul (Paula) Colarusso of NY. Also surviving are his nephews, Michael, Christopher, Matthew, Thomas, Paul and Antonio and great-nephews, Anthony and Christopher.

He was preceded in death by his loving mother, Dolores Colarusso.

There are no calling hours. Funeral services for family and close friends is Wednesday, October 7, 11 a.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson, with interment to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Colarusso’s name to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.

“We love the things we love for what they are.” –Robert Frost. “Requiescat in peace, Peter.”

Cornelis Gaalswijk (1926 – 2015)

GHENT—Cornelis “Cor” Gaalswijk, 89, of Ghent died September 29, 2015.

Born August 11, 1926 in Vijfhuizen, the Netherlands, he was the oldest of eight children of the late Pieter and Veertje (Bos) Gaalswijk.

Mr. Gaalswijk immigrated to this country in 1950 with his brother, Hendrik and moved to St. Peter, Minnesota to work on a farm owned by his uncle. Looking for companionship in the United States in a non-digital era, Mr. Gaalswijk responded to a pen pal request in a Dutch newspaper that had circulation in the U.S. The pen pal request came from a woman who would turn out to be the love of his life, Marie, who lived in Chatham. She had also immigrated to the U.S. from the Netherlands, with her family.

Mr. Gaalswijk eventually made the drive to New York and shortly thereafter, moved to Chatham where he began working for Warren Braley on his farm at Morehouse Corners. Mr. Gaalswijk and Marie were married on national TV on the NBC show Bride and Groom on August 28, 1953. The show was intrigued by the story of how they met. Mr. Gaalswijk even turned down a new car from the show because he had just purchased one.

He was known all over town as the quiet, friendly man who wore wooden shoes, which he had done going back to his childhood in the Netherlands. He ended up working for Mr. Braley and daughter, Alexis throughout his remaining life. He held various roles there including foreman during the time the farm had 200+ Holstein cows.

He was a family man who loved his wife more than life itself and almost everything he did was geared towards his family. He was a member of St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church in Spencertown since he had moved to Chatham.

He is survived by: his four children, Sherry Vennett of Tampa, FL, Pete Gaalswijk (Liz) of Tucson, AZ, Cornel Gaalswijk (Randa) of Granby, CT, and Marcia Knetzke (Bruce) of Tampa, FL; a sister, Geert Tyssen (Aart) and brother Andre Gaalswijk, both in the Netherlands; a brother-in-law, Adrian Ooms (Dinie) of Valatie; three sisters-in-law, Nel Briggs (William) of Owego, Margo Ruther (William) of Duanesburg and Annie McHugh (Edward) of Pittsfield, MA; 10 grandchildren, Michelle, Jennifer, Sean, Sarah, Kyle, Jarrod, Justin, Nicholas, Jacob and Zachary and one great-grandson, Bryan Humphries. He was predeceased by his wife, Marie; grandson, Mathew; son-in-law, Mark Vennett; brothers, Hendrik, Gerard, Pieter and sisters, Eep and Maryke.

The funeral was held Saturday, October 3 from St Peter’s Presbyterian Church, Spencertown, with the interment and a light lunch following the service. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 14, Spencertown 12165. Arrangements were with the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. For online condolences visit


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