OBITUARIES: Dunn, Chestney, Waldorf, Pienkowski

Robert T. Dunn (1955 – 2016)

HILLSDALE—Robert T. Dunn, 61, of Hillsdale, formerly of Totowa, NJ, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 26, 2016 at home.

Born March 10, 1955 in Paterson, NJ, he was the son of Thomas and Eunice (Roberts) Dunn.

A local resident since 2002, Mr. Dunn owned and operated The Honored Guest Bed and Breakfast along with his wife in Hillsdale.

Known as “Guitar Bob,” he was also an accomplished self-employed singer-guitarist, who performed throughout the northeast.

He was known for his versatility and vast repertoire of more than 500 songs, ranging from classic rock, pop, standards, country and Celtic. He started his musical career with one of New Jersey’s finest bands “The Echo Chamber,” making his debut February 1970 at the tender age of 15. From 1970 to 1975 he played for such legendary bands as the “Ultimate Experience,” “The Skylights” and “Midnight Rider.”

After a 20-year break, he began working as a solo performer, playing coffee houses, parties and clubs and recorded his first CD, “An American Songbook” in 1999, and a second CD, “Double Vision” in 2013. He has appeared numerous times on “Keeping Country Strong,” the longest running Cable Access show in New York.

An avid reader and sports fan, he was well-versed in anything about classic movies, music memorabilia, sports, military history, detective stories and, of course, the Boston Red Sox.

On October 10, 1992, he married Lauren Coyle Dunn, who survives him in Hillsdale. He is also survived by: his son, David Dunn; stepchildren, John Coyle, Patrick Coyle and Deirdre Coyle; six granddaughters, Stella Coyle, Hayden Coyle, Reanna Coyle, Lia Coyle, Sadie Clouser and Jasmine Clouser.

A Celebration of Life/Memorial Service will be held Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be offered to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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

Gerald W. Chestney (1935 – 2016)

SHARON, CT—Gerald “Jerry” W. Chestney, 80, of Pine Plains passed away Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Sharon Hospital, surrounded by family.

He was born May 26, 1935 to Gerald H. and Mary Violet (Folger) Chestney in Albany.

He attended Bethlehem Central School in Delmar and Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse. Following two years of military service in the U.S. Army he went to work at Peck and Peck Funeral Homes in Copake and Pine Plains in 1958. There he met Elizabeth Frueh of Craryville. They were married in the Copake Methodist Church June 27, 1959 by the Reverend Joseph Ary and settled in Pine Plains.

As a funeral director for Peck and Peck Funeral Homes, he worked closely with C. Buel Peck for many years and eventually became the owner the funeral homes in 1985. He was proud to have mentored Scott Chwalek, Jeffrey Proper and his son, Christopher, who have carried on the tradition of funeral service in Copake and Pine Plains. In 1985, Mr. Chestney purchased the Dapson Funeral Home in Rhinebeck.

Through the years he was a member of several churches including the Pine Plains United Methodist Church, where he served as a trustee, the Rowe UMC and most recently he attended the Pine Plains Presbyterian Church. He was widely recognized as a gifted lay speaker.

Mr. Chestney was active in the Pine Plains Lions Club, having served many years as secretary and president; the Pine Plains Hose Company #1 and Rescue Squad, serving as treasurer; Stissing Lodge #615 F & A.M. serving as master and other offices; president of the Board of Trustees of the Pine Plains Free Library; secretary and treasurer of the Pine Plains Food Pantry, and member of the Board of Directors of the Stissing National Bank.

He proudly marched every Memorial Day for numerous years with the honor guard.

Mr. Chestney was an avid sports enthusiast, for many years he bowled with the Pine Plains Thursday night league, played tennis with friends and family, and rooted for the Yankees. Many Pine Plains Little League and Men’s Softball League players will remember his many years as a home plate umpire and his unique call “Strike 3”.

Mr. Chestney is survived by: his wife of 56 years, Betty; his daughter, Cathy (Bill) Fitzpatrick of Pine Plains; his son, Chris (Carol) Chestney of Rhinebeck; granddaughter, Bridget (Zach) McDonnell and their daughter, Aylee of Pine Plains; grandson, Scott (Kaitlyn) and their children Ella and Emmett of Pine Plains; granddaughter, Samantha; grandsons, Matt and Andy of Rhinebeck; a sister, Betty (Doug) Doyle of Stanfordville; a niece, Kim (Jeff) Deal of Troy, their children Melissa and Jacob of Troy; a nephew, Sean of Texas; a cousin, Bill (Joanne) Larmon of Lee, MA; a brother-in-law, Henry Frueh of Hudson; extended family in Canberra, Australia, an AFS exchange daughter, Andrea Griffiths (Keith) I’Anson, their daughter Kate, son Thomas (Natalia), their children Denika, Lexia and Callie; also several cousins and many friends.

Calling hours are Wednesday, April 6, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains. Members of the Pine Plains Hose Company will conduct a service at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral services are Thursday, April 7, 11 a.m. at the Pine Plains United Presbyterian Church, Church Street, Pine Plains.

Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

To recognize Mr. Chestney’s numerous community affiliations, memorial donations may be made to any of the organizations he supported in the community. To sign the online register visit

Richard P. Waldorf (1937 – 2016)

PINE PLAINS—Richard “Dick” P. Waldorf, 78, of Pine Plains passed away at his home surrounded by loved ones Monday, April 4, 2016.

Born April 19, 1937 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Killian and Anna (Carle) Waldorf.

Mr. Waldorf was the owner and operator of B & W Trucking in Pine Plains. He loved being a truck driver and enjoyed his vehicles and trucks. In addition to his work, Mr. Waldorf was an avid hunter, enjoying many hunts with his brothers and brother-in-law, polishing his vehicles, and spending time with his many animals over the years.

He is survived by: his loving soul mate of 40 years, Dorean Gardner of Pine Plains; two sons, Richard Waldorf of Wappingers and Michael Waldorf of Ancram; a step-daughter, Tonya (Gregg) M. Pulver of Pine Plains; one grandson, Christian Waldorf of Polaski; two brothers, Sheldon (Patsy) Waldorf of Ancram and Killian Waldorf, Jr., of Copake; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Linda Rothvoss, and a much-loved aunt, Mary Bloch.

Visiting hours will be held Friday, April 8, 2016, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Helen Pienkowski (1927 – 2016)

CHATHAM—Helen Pienkowski, beloved wife of Ted Pienkowski, sister of Pearl, Lillian, Agatha and brother Tom, left this earth Friday, April 1.

She also leaves behind a loving family of nieces and nephews who will miss her dearly. “She brought warmth and happiness to us, and was a wonderful cook and homemaker who always added something special to our visits, our holidays and our lives. May she rest in peace.”

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, April 5 at St. James Church, Chatham. Arrangements were with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Condolences may be conveyed at

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