OBITUARIES: LaPlante, Quigley, Garenani, Shanahan

Bernard J. LaPlante (1929 – 2016)

OLD CHATHAM—Bernard J. LaPlante passed away January 28, 2016 at home.

He was born in Pittsfield, MA, in 1929, the only child of Harold J. and Gertrude Hartigan LaPlante.

Mr. LaPlante was the first born of his generation and in his early years he was surrounded by a large extended family including aunts who were not much older than him.

He was the little boy who rode elephants in Pittsfield while smoking a cigar at the early age of four. He once tried to leave Pittsfield on his tricycle to visit New Lebanon, only to get caught on the far side of town. He loved to read and was a font of encyclopedic knowledge. After having been expelled from Catholic school for standing on his desk and questioning the Spanish Inquisition, he did graduate from New Lebanon High School in 1948.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. He attended the New York State School of Police and served as a trooper from 1956 to 1966. He went on to become a Met Life representative and real estate agent. He and his wife, Kathy’s most fulfilling endeavor was the Chief Taghkanic Diner in East Chatham. In 1987 he relocated the entire operation to New Lebanon as the Indian Head Diner. After the sale of the diner in 1992, he began another career as a vendor until his retirement in 2010.

He is survived by: his wife, Kathleen; children, Steven (Karen) Engel, Jamie (Douglas Huntley) Futera, Marie Romm, David LaPlante and Bruce LaPlante; grandchildren, Sam and Amara Engel; aunts, Helen Healey and Louise Ducharme; many cousins, nieces and nephews and his beloved cat, Fazzie.

There will be a memorial service at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Tuesday, February 2 from 2 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534 or the Capital City Rescue Mission, 259 South Pearl Street, Albany 12202. Condolences may be conveyed at

Thomas C. Quigley (1925 – 2016)

HUDSON—Thomas C. Quigley, 90, of Hudson and lifelong resident, died Friday January 29, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born in Hudson February 11, 1925, he was the son of the late Thomas J. and Sarah (Kelly) Quigley.

Mr. Quigley was a World War II veteran having served with the West Atlantic Fleet in the U.S. Naval Air Corps. He retired as a supervisor with the Universal Match Company in Hudson; was a member of Holy Trinity Parish; was a life-member of both the American Legion and V.F.W. Post #1314 in Hudson and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus #316.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Marie C. (Ciancetta) Quigley at home; one son, Timothy J. and (Cynthia) Quigley of Red Rock; one daughter, Janice Quigley Wright and her husband Gerald Wright of Hudson; brother, William and (Rose) Quigley; sister, Katherine Thomas; grandchildren, Jason, Jennifer and Steven Bujanow, Timothy J. and Erin Purdue as well as great-grandchildren, Katelyn and Jordan Tipple.

He was predeceased by daughter, MaryLou Bujanow in 2011, as well as his young sister, Winifred Quigley.

Calling hours will be Monday, February 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Prayers will begin Tuesday, February 2, 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson, with Father Winston Bath officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. To leave online condolences visit

Regina C. Garenani

HUDSON—It is with great sadness that the family of Regina C. Garenani announces her passing January 26, 2016.

She was the daughter of the late Bernard and Marie Conroy (Kennedy).

A graduate of MCI High School, she was a popular student and was involved in musicals and other extracurricular activities. As a youth, she volunteered with other members of her community. She helped lead materials drives for the war effort during World War II, and was a volunteer plane spotter at a time when it was still unknown whether there would be another attack by Axis powers on U.S. soil. She studied at the University of Maine and held multiple degrees. She also held a master’s degree from the College of St. Rose in Albany, and additional certifications in teaching.

A former symphonic violinist, and trained in voice, she taught music in Maine before moving with her husband to New York. She taught in the Ichabod Crane School District over a period of almost 30 years as an elementary school teacher. Thanking the many present at her retirement dinner, she wished that only good things would come to them. She loved teaching and always enjoyed hearing from former students. Often, former students would come up to her to thank her, and tell her of their successes in life.

A gracious woman of great intelligence, courage and faith, she was involved in her community which she loved. She was a volunteer at St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie, where she was a member of the Bereavement and other ministries. She also supported many religious orders and other charitable organizations.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis; daughter, Regina Arrighi; son, Christopher and her sister, Alice Crabb. She is survived by: her sons, Anthony and Peter; niece and nephews; many grandchildren and friends in the community.

Visiting hours will be Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, February 1, 2016, 11 a.m. at St. John’s Church in Valatie.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sisters of the Precious Blood, 166 State Street, Portland, ME 04101.

Ella M. Shanahan (1920 – 2016)

CHATHAM—Ella M. Shanahan went home to be with the Lord January 27, 2016.

She was born in Wulsdorf, Germany, February 27, 1920 and came to the U.S. with her family when she was eight-years old.

She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Lawrence Shanahan and grandson, John Shanahan.

She is survived by: her sons, Thomas (Lyla) Shanahan, Sr., and Daniel Shanahan; grandchildren, Christy Shanahan and husband Wayne Drowne, Thomas Shanahan, Jr., Wendy, Gregory, Emily and Lawrence Shanahan; great-grandchildren, Kelly and Julia Shanahan; brother, Hank Renken; sister, Margaret Fischer; many nieces and nephews.

“We were blessed to have her in our lives for so many years. She will be deeply missed.”

Calling hour will be held Tuesday, February 2, 10 to 11 a.m. from the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham.

Funeral services will be private. Burial will be in the Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice. To leave an online condolence visit

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