OBITUARIES: Griffin, Pace

Bernard J. Griffin (1924 – 2015)

HUDSON—Bernard Joseph Griffin, 91, of Hudson passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born September 24, 1924 in Stottville, he was the son of the late Bernard and Zebeth (New) Griffin.

He served in the U.S. Navy as a machinist’s mate second class during World War II, earning the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Medal, the American Theater Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific Medal with two stars.

Mr. Griffin was employed as a technician at Smith’s Tire Shop in Hudson.

He was a life-member of the Hudson American Legion and VFW 1314, and enjoyed hunting. He was a kind, gentle man that always had a smile on his face. He was a life-long resident of Columbia County.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Griffin was predeceased by: his wife, Helen (Szepessy) Griffin; his son, Michael Griffin and two brothers, George and John Griffin.

Surviving are: his son, Bernard Griffin; daughter, Colleen Griffin; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were conducted Saturday, December 19 at Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson.

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

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Mary T. Pace

HUDSON—Mary T. Pace died in Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson, Monday, December 14, 2015 after a brief illness.

She was the daughter of the late Pasquale and Maria Giovanna (Buccione) Carbone, born in Mount Vernon and raised in New Rochelle.

She was a graduate of Albert Leonard High School in New Rochelle. At age 50, she enrolled at the College of New Rochelle and graduated with bachelor’s degree in sociology. When asked what she was going to do with it, she responded, “Enjoy it!” For 19 years, she was a volunteer site manager for the Food and Friendship Meal Program in Stuyvesant. She was a member of the Stuyvesant Garden Club and the Stuyvesant/Stockport Seniors. As a young person she enjoyed roller skating and dancing. She attended the Lorraine Michael Dance Studio later in her life. Also, a lover of music she attended many concerts in the area, including big band and rock music. Since 1980 she has been a communicant of St Joseph’s Church formally known as St Mary’s in Stuyvesant Falls. She was a lector and Eucharistic minister and a member of the Ladies Guild. At the church she started the Holiday Cookie Walk which is in its fifth year. She was a matriarch of a large, extended family including many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She is survived by: one daughter, Angella Pace (John Leonardson) of Hudson and two grandchildren, Mary Hazel Morelock and Jessica Jaymes Morelock.

She was predeceased by her husband, James J. Pace; her daughter, Jennifer M. Morelock and two brothers, Anthony and Vincent Carbone.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, December 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, December 21, 9:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Joseph, Stuyvesant Falls, with the Reverend Frank O’Connor officiating. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Church of St. Joseph, 1820 Route 9, Stuyvesant Falls 12173 or Family Promise (for homeless families), 738 New Scotland Avenue, Albany 12208.


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