OBITUARIES: O’Connor, Wagner, Bruno

Anthony O’Connor (1944 – 2015)

HUDSON—Anthony “Tony” O’Connor, 71, of Copake passed away Saturday December 12, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He was born July 15, 1944 in Ireland, a son of Peter and Mary (Flanagan) O’Connor.

He was employed for the past 25 years as a carpenter at Camp Pontiac in West Copake.

Mr. O’Connor was a communicant of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Copake Falls, a member of the Tuesday Night APA Pool League in Southern Columbia County, an avid fan of the New York Yankees and an accomplished woodworker.

Survivors include: a son, David O’Connor of Copake; his siblings, Mary Newton of Northfield, IL, Peter O’Connor (Noreen) of Ireland and Ann Kelly (Martin) also of Ireland. He also leaves nieces, nephews and many friends along with his Camp Pontiac family.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday December 17, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. from Our Lady of Hope Parish, 8074 State Route 22 in Copake Falls, with the Reverend George Brennan officiating.

Calling hours are private.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake. To send an online condolence visit

Mildred L. Wagner (1918 – 2015)

RHINEBECK—Mildred L. Wagner of Livingston passed away Monday, December 14, 2015 at the age of 97.

Born February 19, 1918 in Clermont, she was the daughter of Harry and Grace (Connor) Ketch.

A lifetime area resident, she graduated from Germantown Central School. On February 6, 1938, she married James R. Wagner. She was a caregiver for many family members and friends. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Manorton.

Surviving are: her daughters, Grace Gropp and Rebecca Totman (Donald); her son, Richard Wagner (Debra) and daughter-in-law, Linda Wagner. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, Jim, she was predeceased by her son, James H. Wagner and son-in-law, Henry Gropp.

There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be conducted at 11:30 am Saturday, December 19 at St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Manorton.

Donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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

John A. Bruno (1926 – 2015)

MILLERTON—John Anthony Bruno, 89, a 22-year resident of Millerton, formerly of New Hyde Park, died Friday December 11, 2015 at his home.

Mr. Bruno worked as an oil burner technician for Petro Fuel Oil in Queens, for 45 years prior to his retirement.

Born November 14, 1926 in Corona, he was the son of the late Andrew and Columbia (Blasucci) Bruno.

Mr. Bruno was a graduate of Forest Hills High School and served his country honorably in the United States Army. On February 16, 1952 in East Elmhurst he married Vilma Bernardon, his wife of 63 years. Mrs. Bruno survives at home.

Mr. Bruno was an avid reader and enjoyed attending his grandson’s baseball games. He also enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Bears.

In addition to his wife, Vilma, Mr. Bruno is survived by: his three children, John Bruno and his wife Robin of Livingston, William Bruno of Massapequa and Lisa Napolitano and her husband Joseph of Millerton; eight grandchildren, Christa, Erin, Bethann, Johnny, Joe, Vicky, Gina and Joey; four great-grandchildren, Lilly, Emma, Rosie and Jake and a nephew, Andrew Bruno.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law, Anthony and Emma Bruno and his daughter-in-law, Maddie Bruno.

Funeral services took place Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton. Pastor William Mayhew officiated. Burial followed at Irondale Cemetery, Route 22, Millerton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Millerton Fire Company and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 733, Millerton 12546. To send online condolences visit

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