OBITUARIES: Gulnac, DeIeso, Torchia, Cole

James Clair Gulnac (1935 – 2016)

VALATIE—Brother James Clair Gulnac, CSC, 80, a member of the Moreau Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross, passed away April 27, 2016 at the St. Joseph Center after a lengthy illness.

Born in Kane, PA, he completed his secondary education in Bradford, PA, and, in 1955, entered the Brothers of Holy Cross as a candidate.

He made his first profession of vows as a religious brother in 1957. With an undergraduate degree in secondary education and a graduate degree in counseling and guidance, he provided valuable service to Holy Cross schools throughout the United States, as well as at Fort Portal and Butiiti, Uganda and in Rome, Italy.

A lifelong aficionado of motorcycles, he enjoyed motoring on country backroads.

Services for Br. James will be held at the chapel of St. Joseph Center, Valatie: with the Memorial Service May 1, 2016 at 7:15 p.m.; the Mass of Christian Burial May 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. followed by interment at the St. Joseph Center cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Andrew A. DeIeso (1946 – 2016)

LIVINGSTON—Andrew A. DeIeso, 69, of Livingston passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016 at his home.

Born on September 8, 1946 in Mt. Vernon, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Maria (Finiello) DeIeso.

On October 9, 1965 in New Rochelle, he married Gail Ottman. She survives at home.

For many years Mr. DeIeso worked in construction as an operating engineer and was a proud member of Local #137- based in Briarcliff Manor. Previously he worked for General Motors in Tarrytown and more recently worked with Riverview Taxi in Hudson.

In addition to his wife of more than 50 years, he is survived by: his two sons, Andrew (Stacy) DeIeso of Livingston and Anthony (Erika Travis) DeIeso of Clermont; a brother, Joseph DeIeso of Rhinebeck; his grandchildren, Abigail, Collin, Sydney and Ashley; along with a niece, nephew, and extended family.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway in Red Hook, Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A funeral service takes place at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook.

Anthony Torchia (1941 – 2016)

PHILMONT—Anthony Joseph Torchia, 74, of Philmont died Thursday, April 28, 2016 at his home.

Born September 14, 1941 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Anthony and Alice (Stone) Torchia.

He was a graduate of Hudson High School, and later served in the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Mr. Torchia was a welder and repairman for more than 37 years, and worked for Atlas Cement, Blue Circle and Independent of Catskill. He also coached and managed Ockawamick Little League and Babe Ruth Little League.

He was a member of the Hudson VFW Post #1314, was a life member of Rogers Hose in Hudson and the Philmont Rod and Gun Club.

He will be greatly missed by: his loving wife, Janet A. Yaeger VanStaveren Torchia at home; his son, Anthony and (Bonnie) Torchia of Churchtown; daughter, Michelle and (James) Edgeworth of Hollowville; brother-in-law, Dominic Fiorillo of Hudson; grandchildren, Michele and (Anthony) Puleo, Nicole Torchia, Elizabeth and (Andrew) Eggleston and Rebecca Edgeworth; many nieces, nephews and cousins including a special nephew, David and (Kathleen) Walker and grandniece, Katie Walker.

Mr. Torchia was predeceased by one son, Michael Torchia in 1967; also sisters, Marie Walker, Tanya Fiorillo and his brother, Joseph Torchia.

Funeral prayers will be offered Saturday morning, April 30, 10 a.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport, with Deacon Paul Roemer officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery. To leave online condolences visit:

Martha Cole (1937 – 2016)

VALATIE—Martha Cole, 78, of Valatie died Thursday, April 28, 2016 at her home.

Born September 29, 1937 in Red Hook, she was the daughter of the late John L. and Edith Rose (Lasher) Graham.

Mrs. Cole worked for Jamesway in Greenport as an operation secretary.

She was an avid outdoorswoman and gardener and enjoyed doll collecting and crafting. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by: three daughters, Robin Jane Gardinier of Stuyvesant, Wendy Sue Pulver of Boca Raton, FL , and Jody Lynn O’Dell of Valatie; a step-son, Roy William Cole of Egg Harbor, NJ; a step-daughter, Nancy Ruth Tosca of Jacksonville, FL; a brother, George Graham of Valatie; a sister, Mary Stodolski of Greenport; five grandchildren, Shawn Gardinier, Floyd Gardinier, Jr., Jason Pulver, Jr., Morgan Pulver, Marissa O’Dell; three step-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Roy Cole and her siblings, Edward, Elwood, David and John Graham, Jr., James Probst and Lettie Cleveland.

Funeral services will be Sunday, May 1, noon at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Valatie. Calling hours will be Saturday, April 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to The Community Hospice Of Columbia / Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

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