OBITUARIES: Chiavelli, Arndt, Bernockie, Reina, Abatecola, Lieber, LaPorta, Jones

Gerard R. Chiavelli (1950 – 2016)

GALLATIN—Gerard “Jerry” R. Chiavelli 66, of Gallatin passed away Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Born in the Bronx, February 26, 1950, he was the son of the late Gerard and Jeanne (Nelson) Chiavelli.

After high school, Mr. Chiavelli served in the U.S. Army. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He spent his free time with his family and taking out his 1934 Ford. Mr. Chiavelli enjoyed 29 years with his friends at Blue Seal Feeds in Fishkill.

He will be greatly missed by: his loving wife, Onorina “Susie” (Gil) Chiavelli; three sons, Peter (Rose) Chiavelli, Gerard M. (Elizabeth) Chiavelli, Jason (Karli) Chiavelli; one daughter, Crystal Chiavelli; his sister, Edie Konkus and grandsons, Brandon and Gerard V.

Funeral prayers will begin Wednesday, April 20, 10:15 a.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson with Fr. Winston Bath officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery.

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Isabella A. Arndt (1931 – 2016)

GUILDERLAND—Isabella A. Arndt, 84, of Kinderhook died Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center after a prolonged illness.

Born October 20, 1931 in Brooklyn, she was the eldest daughter of the late Pietro and Francesca “Giuseppa” (Culcasi) Lombardo of Italy.

She graduated from Bushwick High School in 1948 at the age of 16 after having skipped two half-grades.

Highly proficient in typing and stenography, “Isabel”/“Lisa” worked for Container Laboratories, Inc. in the Flatiron district of Manhattan as secretary to its president. It is there that she met her future husband, Paul. The couple married in 1954 and moved Upstate.

She learned to drive at age 51 and worked at Barnwell Health Facilities for 20 years, spending most of her career as a bookkeeper there.

She was a member of the Tri-Village Branch of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie, as well as a charter member of the Docents of the Columbia County Historical Society, where she gave tours at local landmarks: the James Vanderpoel House and the Luykas VanAlen House in Kinderhook.

Mrs. Arndt had a lifelong love of opera, pets and her family that persevered throughout the advanced stages of her illness. In addition, she enjoyed musicals, singing, classic movies, old homes, antiques, word puzzles, and was an avid reader and skilled cook. She was a devoted, loving wife and mother and will be forever missed.

She is survived by: her husband of nearly 62 years, Paul H. Arndt; her five children, Curtis P. Arndt (Nancy) of Carlsbad, CA, Keith G. Arndt (Rowena) of Rhinebeck, Elise A. Eddy (Rob) of Knoxville, TN, Christopher M. Arndt of Albany and Michael P. Arndt of New York City; her two sisters, Annabella J. Lombardo of Monroe Township, NJ, and Maria P. Travia of Bartlett, IL; sisters-in-law, Caroline R. Heart of Arlington Heights, IL, and Jeannette M. Cuomo of Peoria, AZ; her beloved grandchildren, Alexander H. Arndt, Olivia R. Eddy, and Grace K. Eddy; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, April 20, 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Valatie, with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Private burial will follow at St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Tuesday, April 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Arndt’s name to the Tri-Village Hospital Auxiliary.

Irene Bernockie (1929 – 2016)

GHENT—Irene Mae Bernockie, 87, of Hudson passed away Monday, April 18, 2016 at Whittier Skilled Nursing Center.

Born in Hudson February 16, 1929, she was the daughter of Harold and Anna (Quick) Farren.

Mrs. Bernockie was employed as a hospitality manager for the New York State Hudson Correctional Facility. She had a big heart and was always there for those in need, and she loved the ocean.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Arthur Bernockie, and her parents.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie Ann and Paul Trowbridge, and two grandchildren, Cameron Jamieson and Melissa Brooke Jamieson.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, April 21, 10 a.m. at Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.

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

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Joseph Reina (1965 – 2016)

HUDSON—Joseph “Joe” John Reina, 50, passed away April 18, 2016.

Born June 25, 1965, he was the son of Sue Rider-Speirs and Frank Reina, Sr.

He graduated from Germantown Central School District in 1984 and began volunteering at the Greenport Rescue Squad and soon became an EMT for that squad and Richard’s Ambulance Service. Mr. Reina later went on to serve as administrator of the Greenport Rescue Squad.

His love of cooking led him to the Culinary Institute of America where he followed his passion. Mr. Reina was also employed as an assistant in the Cardio Cath Lab at Albany Medical Center and served as commissioner of youth for the City of Hudson. As a member of Trout Unlimited, Mr. Reina was able to share his love and knowledge of fly fishing through the many classes he taught. In addition, he recently became a proud member of the Sons and Daughter of Italy. In recent years Mr. Reina was a devoted and loving son as he helped care for his mother.

He was always there to help and support his siblings when needed and was a true mentor, guardian and role model to his nieces and nephews. He will best be remembered for his infectious smile and easy going outlook and willingness to help his friends, family and community whenever asked. Cooking for his family and friends, spending time up at Dick’s cabin and fly fishing were what brought him true happiness and peace.

Mr. Reina is survived by: his loving mother, Sue Rider-Speirs; his step-father, Robert Speirs; sisters, Linda (John) Porto, Jr., Cathy (Russell) Bartolotta; brothers, Frank (Jan) Reina, Sean (Carrie) Rider; nieces and nephews, Amanda, Ashley, Anthony, Zachary, Alexandra, Joseph, Brianna, Joshua, Johnathan, Rebecca and great nephews, Cameron and Mason.

The family will carry out Mr. Reina’s request for a private viewing at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the City of Hudson Department of Youth, the Greenport Rescue Squad, 3 Newman Road, Hudson 12534 or the Sons and Daughters of Italy #659, 27 Bridge Street, Hudson 12534.

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

Jaclyn S. Abatecola (1981 – 2016)

NEW YORK CITY—Jaclyn “Jackie” S. Abatecola, 34, of Clifton Park and formerly of Hudson, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, surrounded by her family, following a courageous and inspirational battle with Leukemia.

She was born in Hudson, September 24, 1981 and was the daughter of Richard and Terez (Hajdu) Abatecola.

She was a 1999 graduate of Hudson High School and earned a degree in mathematics from Marist College and an MBA from the College of Saint Rose.

She was a financial analyst with Crown Castle International Corp. of Clifton Park, where she sincerely loved and enjoyed working for two years. She also was president of the Richard and Terez Abatecola Foundation where she spearheaded the support of numerous community initiatives.

All who have known Ms. Abatecola describe her as being the most energetic and brightest light in every room. Be it a couple of minutes or a lifetime, she left a lasting impression on everyone she met. Her laugh and smile were beyond infectious.

In addition to her loving parents, she will be greatly missed by: her fiancé, Mike Ziegler; her sister, Christie and brother-in-law, Matt Bacchioni of Huntington.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, April 22, 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church / Holy Trinity Parish, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson, with burial to follow in Cedar Park Cemetery.

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Charles D. Lieber (1921 – 2016)

SPENCERTOWN—Charles D. Lieber died peacefully at home in Spencertown, April 3 at 95 years old.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Mimi Levin Lieber; children Janno, James, Theo and Angie; daughters-in-law Amy Glosser, Leah Lieber and Deborah Levitt; son-in-law Matthew Sussman; and 10 grandchildren.

Born January 30, 1921 in The Netherlands, the only child of Zygmunt Lieber of Krakow and Gabriele Lifczis of Vienna, he was raised in Vienna, Antwerp and Brussels, and attended Frensham Heights School in England. A student at the Université Libre de Bruxelles when the Nazis invaded Belgium in May 1940, he fled via France and Spain to Morocco before arriving in New York in mid-1941.

Mr. Lieber served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946, finishing as a second lieutenant.

His mother was deported from France to Auschwitz in 1942, while his father and stepmother spent the war in today’s Mozambique. He received a BA from The New School in 1948. He then worked at Knopf Publishing and headed the college department at Random House until 1964, when he bought academic textbook publisher Atherton Press, later merging it to form Aldine Atherton. In 1980, he acquired Hebrew Publishing Company, the oldest American publisher of Judaica. He was a member of the Lenox Hill Democratic Club and a candidate for State Assembly in 1960.

In July 1960, Mr. Lieber married Mimi Levin. They raised their four children on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. He was active in many different organizations, including as leader of the Reconstructionist Foundation and the West Side Jewish Community Council. At various times he served on the boards of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, the Chatham Synagogue, Close Encounters with Music in the Berkshires and St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn.

Mr. Lieber was a lover of language, music, books, pipes, coffee, Central European cooking and friendship. He enjoyed connecting with everyone he met from whatever walk of life – when possible, in their native language–and whatever age. He was loved and admired by many–especially his family.

His funeral took place April 5 at The Chatham Synagogue in Chatham Center. Rabbi Or Rose officiated. Burial, with military honors, was in the Chatham Rural Cemetary.

Joseph N. LaPorta (1945 – 2016)

COPAKE—Joseph N. LaPorta, 70, of County Route 7A, Copake passed away suddenly Monday, April 18, 2016.

A longtime local resident, he was born October 19, 1945 in Bronxville, a son of Vincenza (Vigliotti) LaPorta of Copake and the late Anthony J. LaPorta, Jr.

Mr. LaPorta was a former engineer for the Bell System and was a graduate of Detroit Diesel-Western Electric Class of 1970. A self-employed electrician, he was the owner and operator of Copake Electric.

He proudly served his country with the United States Army from 1965 to 1967 during the Vietnam War.

Mr. LaPorta was a very community-orientated person volunteering countless hours with many different organizations. He was a life-member of the Copake Fire Company, past captain and current president of the Community Rescue Squad, former building inspector, longtime town councilman and former deputy supervisor for the Town of Copake. In addition he was a founding member of the Copake VFW Post, a life-member of the Cadby-Shutts VFW Post # 7552 in Hillsdale, a volunteer umpire for the Taconic Hills Little League and a served on the board of commissioners for the Taconic Hills Storm youth football team.

He is survived by: his wife, Charlene Grant-LaPorta; his mother, Vincenza LaPorta; two sons, Nicholas LaPorta and Douglas LaPorta; step-children, Amanda Burns of Copake, Linda (Frank) Martin of Hudson, Scott (Gina) Terwilliger of Canaan, CT, Kristen (Thomas) Tripp of Havelock, NC, Charles Grant of Canaan, CT, and Robert Burns of Copake; and 10 grandchildren. In addition he leaves his siblings, Diane (Donald) Shadic of Florida, Anthony (Janice) LaPorta, III, of Florida and Robert (Jeane) LaPorta of Claverack and several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited and may call Friday, April 22, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22 in Copake.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 23, 2106, 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Interment with military honors will follow at the West Copake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Taconic Hills Little League, c/o William Mulrein, P.O. Box 743, Copake 12516.

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William E. Jones (1932 – 2016)

ALBANY—William E. Jones of Chatham died April 15, 2016 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

He was born March, 21, 1932 in Chatham, the son of the late John and Elizabeth Kearney Jones. He was the last surviving sibling of 13.

He attended Chatham Union School and graduated from CBA in Albany. After high school he went into the U.S. Army and served in Germany. After the service, he went to work for the local phone company for a few years leaving there to work at NYSEG retiring after a 37-year-career.

Mr. Jones was a life member of the Ghent Rod and Gun Club, past commander of the Chatham American Legion, life member of S.W. Smith Hook and Ladder Company of the Chatham Fire Department and member of the Ghent VFW. He really enjoyed family, friends and helping folks at the Payn Home. He also enjoyed his trips to the Thousand Islands and reminiscing.

He married Jane Welch December 16, 1955 and resided in Chatham. His wife passed away in 1997.

Mr. Jones is survived by: his sons, William Jeffrey (Mary) and Timothy (Robin Gardner); grandchildren, Katie (Chris) Dedrick, Bryan Jones and Austin Jones; great grandchildren, Madeline Flory and Jeffrey Dedrick and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Caroline, Margaret, Mary, Dorothy, Florence, Ruth, Jeanette and Nancy; brothers, Peter, Jack, Tom and Bob.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, April 18 at St. James Church, Chatham. Interment followed at St. James Cemetery, Ghent.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s, 315 South Manning Boulevard, Albany 12208 or to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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

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