OBITUARIES: Blish, Otty, Hollenbeck, Stupplebeen, DeFronzo, Rossman, Lipari, Hatch, Jornov

Leonard Arthur Blish (1965 – 2016)

CHATHAM CENTER—Leonard Arthur Blish, 50, of Chatham Center passed Friday evening, March 25, 2016 in the comfort of his home surrounded by family and friends.

Mr. Blish battled stage 4 stomach cancer for 2½ years.

He was born, July 24, 1965 in Glens Falls, the son of the late Alice Gough Blish and Laurence Blish, Sr.

He graduated from Chatham High School in 1984. He married his wife, Pamela Gile Blish in 2000. Mr. Blish worked at Columbia Memorial Hospital as a PC LAN Specialist. He was loved greatly by all of his co-workers. He was a member of the Chatham United Methodist Church.

Besides his wife, he is survived by: son, Douglas of Chatham; daughter, Nicole of Chatham; granddaughter, Arianna (Angel baby) of Chatham; brothers, Laurence (Maggie) of Chatham Center, Douglas (Beth) of Averill Park; sisters, Loretta of Tennessee, Sharon (Lanny) of Vermont, Laura (Mark) of Florida, Lisa (Robert) of Chatham Center; several brothers- and sisters-in-law; best friend and brother, David of Chatham Center. He was also godfather to Michelle of Chatham Center and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Blish got his associates degree from ITT Technical Institute. He also had two businesses of his own, Labtech Computers (2000) and The Music Express DJ Service

(2007). Mr. Blish was also a part of the Chatham Fire Department.

Calling hours will be at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Wednesday, March 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be Thursday, March 31, 10 a.m. at the funeral home, interment will be in the Chatham Center Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: son, Douglas Blish; brothers, Laurence and Douglas Blish; brothers-in-law, David, Roger, Robert and William.

Donations may be made to the Chatham Fire Department or Our Community Cares. Condolences may be conveyed at

John H. Otty, Jr. (1936 – 2016)

LIVINGSTON—John H. Otty, Jr., passed away March 28 at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born May 4, 1936, in Greenport, the son of the late John H. Otty, Sr. and Mabel Rote.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Pauline (Kubisek) Otty: children, John H. Otty, IV, (Barbara), Judy O’Neil (Tim), Rick Otty, Sr., (Pam), Dawn N. Davi (Charles); stepchildren, William Gordon, III, Wendy Miller and Deborah Gordon; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; close friends, the Lenz and Esch families; brothers, Robert Otty (Dotty) and Richard Otty (Dina); sister, Beverly Preusser (Ray). He was predeceased by his sister, Rose Ann Domkoski (Harold).

He loved his dog, Harley.

Mr. Otty retired from the Greenport Town Highway Department as a foreman. He was a life-member of the Greenport Rescue Squad, a 59-year-life-member of Greenport Fire Department #1, and a life-member of Federation of Polish Sportsmen.

Calling hours are Thursday, March 31, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Services will be conducted Friday, April 1, 11 a.m. at the funeral home and burial will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Columbia Greene Dialysis or the Community Hospice.

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Joel G. Hollenbeck (1933 – 2016)

GREENPORT—Joel George Hollenbeck, age 82, of Greenport, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at his residence with his family by his side.

He was born August 18, 1933 in Ghent (Omi) to the late Elizabeth (Betty) Wassie Hollenbeck and William Joel Hollenbeck. His father died when he was one-and-a-half-years-old. He was reared by his mother, Betty; grandmother, Wassie, and aunts, Julia, Anna, Helen, Mary and Margaret. At age 13, his mother married the late Anthony (Jake) Pyndus.

Mr. Hollenbeck graduated from Hudson High in 1951. While there he was involved in soccer and baseball. At 18, he entered the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1954 and remained in California for a while.

Mr. Hollenbeck married the love of his life 57 years ago, Gloria (Bartholomew) Hollenbeck. In addition to his wife, Gloria, he is survived by: his daughter, Jolene Turrone (Sam Zeoli) of Croton; two sons, Steven (Peg) of Utica and Kenneth (Melanie) of Hudson; his ex-daughter-in-law, Jean Marzahl Hollenbeck of Hudson; four grandchildren, Robert (Jennifer) Turrone of Marysville, Washington, Shane (Jessica) Turrone of Newburgh, Korin (Dave) Miller of Hudson and Hailey Hollenbeck of Michigan; three great-grandchildren, Brooke and Robbie Turrone of Washington and Miranda Grace Miller (Cameron Metler) of Hudson; two step-grandchildren, Dustin and Bryan (Amanda) Briggs, and three step-great-grandchildren, Ella, Lincoln and Liam Briggs.

Mr. Hollenbeck worked very hard maintaining more than one job. He was a police officer and juvenile aid officer with the Hudson Police Department from 1963 to 1987 and then drove a school bus for Donald Kline for 29 years and his wife was his aide for 14 years. He also was a sexton at the First Reformed Church for many years. Mr. Hollenbeck was a life member of the VFW, the American Legion, and a member of Hudson Widow’s Son #7 Free Accepted Masons.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 29 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Greenport.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Pine West Plaza, Building 4, Suite 405, Washington Avenue Extension, Albany 12205, Community Hospice of Columbia / Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414, the First Reformed Church, 52 Green Street, Hudson 12534, the Trinity United Methodist Church, 555 Joslen Boulevard, Hudson 12534 or to a charity of one’s choice.

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

Donald Stupplebeen (1923 – 2016)

GREENPORT—Donald Martin Stupplebeen, 92, of Greenport was called to the Lord Easter morning, March 27, 2016.

Born May 10, 1923, he was the son of the late Martin and Mabel Stupplebeen of Hudson. He attended Hudson High School until his senior year when he left to serve his country in the Navy Air Force during World War II. From 1941 to 1945 he proudly served as an aviation machinist mate first class.

Upon returning home from service, Mr. Stupplebeen married the love of his life, Marcella. He began his longstanding career in construction, working first with his father, later for Wilkens and Son of Kinderhook, and eventually owning his own business building homes in the area.

Mr. Stupplebeen served his community as a member of Greenport Pumper Company #3 as both lieutenant and captain. He was honored by the company for outstanding service (1982), dedicated service (1995) and became a permanent fixture in the company when they dedicated the Donald Stupplebeen Pavilion in 1997. He was also an active member of the First Reformed Church of Hudson where he served as deacon and sang in the church choir.

Mr. Stupplebeen was a lifetime fan of the New York Yankees, but his true passion was supporting his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their sports, music and academic endeavors.

Mr. Stupplebeen is survived by: his wife of 67 years, Marcella (Hotaling) who lives in the home he built for them 66 years ago; his son, Paul (Donna) Stupplebeen of Catskill; daughter, Cathy (Robert) Lazzara of Columbiaville; his grandchildren, Jennifer Hicks, Jeffrey Stupplebeen, Thomas Stupplebeen and Jonathan Lazzara; his great-grandchildren, Melody and Logan Stupplebeen, Kevin and Karina Hicks and his nephew David Spulick.

He was predeceased by his three sisters, Ruth, Katherine, and Irene.

Visiting hours will be Wednesday, March 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bates and Anderson – Redmond and Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 31, 1 p.m. at the First Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green Street. Burial will follow in Kinderhook Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Greenport Pumper #3 or to the First Reformed Church of Hudson.

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Rocco DeFronzo (1933 – 2016)

HARLEMVILLE—Rocco “Roc” Anthony DeFronzo was called to heaven, surrounded by family and friends Monday, March 21 .

He was born in Hartford, CT, the son of the late Anthony Rocco and Charlotte King DeFronzo.

Mr. DeFronzo was the husband of Patricia Proper of Harlemville.

He worked for many years as a certified public accountant in his father’s accounting firm. He left the CPA field to become owner and operator of Smokey Bear’s Farm Market and Cider Mill in Avon, CT, where he worked until his retirement.

Mr. DeFronzo moved to Harlemville, an area he came to love while visiting friends there. He opened a small gun shop, “Your Place for Guns.” He loved working there immensely.

His customers more often than not became friends and would visit the shop and sit for hours, exchanging many good hunting talks.

He was an NRA Certified Firearms and Range instructor. He was president of the Philmont Rod and Gun Club for many years, and also a past president of the Columbia Greene Sportsmen’s Association.

Per Mr. DeFronzo’s request, there will be no calling hours. Burial will be private at the Ghent Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one’s local food pantry.

A celebration of Mr. DeFronzo’s life was held Thursday, March 24 at the Philmont Rod and Gun Club, 65 Railroad Avenue, Philmont.

Arrangements were with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Condolences may be conveyed at

Kent Rossman (1935 – 2016)

ALBANY—On the sunny morning of March 20, 2016, Kent ”Sock” Rossman passed away peacefully at the Albany Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was 81 years old.

He was born January 6, 1935 to the late Dewitt Rossman and Florence Hapeman Rossman in Hudson

He was the nephew of the late Claude Rossman. He was predeceased by sisters, Alice Johnson and Nyra Sartori.

Mr. Rossman graduated from Philmont High School in 1952. After which time, he signed a professional baseball contract with the Philadelphia Phillies as a pitcher, and played for their farm system. After his tenure with the Phillies, he signed with the New York Giants, playing in their farm system.

After baseball he entered the U.S. Army and served in Germany from 1957 through 1959 in the 11th. Airborne and 24th Infantry divisions. After service, he became a New York State Trooper and served 22 years, until retiring in 1982. During retirement, Mr. Rossman owned an excavation business around the Copake Lake area.

On July 27, 1963, in Churchtown, he married Dorothy (Miller) Rossman, who predeceased him December 23, 2012.

He is survived by: his daughters, Lisa (Mark) Nielsen, Leah (Sala Chnioui) Rossman, Laci Rossman; his son, Kent (Tonya Sauca) Rossman, Jr.; step-daughter, Theresa Hover; grandchildren, Meghan Nielsen-Grimaldi, Ethan Nielsen, Chazz Rossman-Chnioui; step-grandchildren, Ryan Hover and Ashley DeJesus.

He continued to play baseball and softball for many years, playing on teams ranging from Albany to Hudson, VA. and into New England. At 15-years-old he became the youngest player to pitch a no-hitter in the Columbia County Men’s Twilight Baseball League, and in later years became the only player in the history of that league to win the batting title and pitch a no-hitter in the same season.

He belonged to the New York State Retired Troopers Association, and the fraternal order of the Elks, loved baseball history and was a devoted New York Yankees fan.

“Special heartfelt thank you to all the doctors and nurses from Albany Medical ICU, especially nurse Kelly who joined in the family’s farewell.”

Calling hours were held Thursday March 24 at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Funeral services will be held privately at the Union Cemetery of Mellenville. Memorials may be made to the Copake Lake Conservation Society, P.O. Box 37, Craryville 12521 or online Condolences may be conveyed at Funeral services are under the direction of the M. Grimaldi Funeral Home.

Michael J. Lipari (1965 – 2016)

HUDSON—Michael J. Lipari, 50, of Elizaville passed away March 24, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He was born December 29, 1965 in Mt. Kisco, the son of the late Joseph R. Lipari and Barbara J. (Hayes) Lipari.

He will always be loved and remembered by his family and friends.

Mr. Lipari graduated from Germantown Central School in 1985 and was a self-employed carpenter/painter. He was well-known and would always go out of his way to help others. He will be remembered for his wit and jokes.

His biggest joy was being “Uncle Mike” to his niece and nephews and all the kids he ever knew.

Mr. Lipari is survived by: his siblings, Scott and Bonnie Lipari, Kathleen Lipari and Anthony Scampoli, Joseph Lipari, Stacey and Roger Kilmer and Anthony Lipari; his niece and nephews, Victoria Kilmer, Christopher Scampoli, Ryan Kilmer, Nicholas Lipari, Wyatt Lipari and Hunter Kilmer and his beloved dog, Odie.

Services will be held April 2, 2016, 3 p.m. at Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Lillian A. Hatch (1938 – 2016)

CANAAN—Lillian A. Hatch, 78, of Canaan died Saturday, March 26 at her home.

She was born January 24, 1938 in Pittsfield, MA, the daughter of the late Leon and Helen (Andrews) Kohlenberger.

She graduated from Pittsfield High School and worked for many years at the Canaan Truck Stop as chef and waitress and for the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA. For 17 years she was employed with the Berkshire Farm Center in Canaan as food service administrator retiring in 2003.

Mrs. Hatch is survived by: her husband, Lewis A. Hatch, Jr. of Canaan, they had been married since 1972; daughters, Marka O’Connell and husband Kevin of Canaan, Penny A. Hatch of Myrtle Beach, SC; sons, Lewis A. Hatch, III, and wife Lisa of Ghent, Kevin W. Hatch and spouse Richard Kolezar of Denver, CO; brother, Vernon Kohlenberger of Lenox, MA; sisters, Rose LaDouceur of Phoenix, AZ, and Peggy Larkin of Pittsfield, MA; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Mrs. Hatch was predeceased by: brothers, Richard and Leon (Buster) Kohlenberger and sister, Betty Squires.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, March 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. Memorials may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia / Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414. To send online condolences visit

Kenneth Jornov (1931 – 2016)

PHILMONT—Kenneth Jornov, known as “Uncle Tucky,” 86, of Hudson passed away peacefully Saturday, March 26 at Pine Haven Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born April 1, 1931 in Hudson, the son of the late Myron and Ella (Stickle) Jornov.

Mr. Jornov was a fun, loving, welcoming and a devoted man.

He loved his family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be truly missed by many who had a cherished relationship with him: his adopted daughter, Dorothy Funk; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ella Rhodes and Elizabeth Herzog, both of Hudson; along with several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

He was predeceased by two sisters and three brothers.

There will be no calling hours and the service will be private at the family’s convenience.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook.

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