OBITUARIES: Cane, Blake, Roberts, Hyde, Rosenberry, Mergenthaler, Thomasino, Kline, Brusie

Dr. Gary M. Cane (1940 – 2016)

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Dr. Gary M. Cane, 75, of Mount Washington, MA, died April 28 as a result of a collision with a freight train.

A memorial gathering will be held Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Crissey Farm, 426 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Dr. Gary M. Cane Memorial Fund through Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home, Inc., 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to his family or sign the guestbook go to

Beverly Blake (1939 – 2016)

STOCKPORT—Beverly Blake, 76, of Stockport passed away Thursday, May 5, 2016 with her family at her side.

Born in Easton, MD, October 14, 1939, she was the daughter of Chester and Helen (Trice) Lane.

Mrs. Blake was employed as a bookkeeper for 35 years at Price Chopper supermarket. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching and her bird feeders. But most of all, she loved her family and was devoted to them.

Surviving are: her husband of 58 years, John Blake; two daughters, Karen Blake Hess (Doug) and Cynthia Blake Gabriel; five grandchildren, Joseph Gabriel, III (Claire), Sarah Miller (Jake), Nicholas Gabriel (Kelsey Shook), James Hess, and Andrew Hess and a great-granddaughter, Ava Miller.

She was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Shirley Moore.

Services are private and at the convenience of the family.

Donations may be made to No Stomach for Cancer, Inc., P.O. Box 46070, Madison, WI 53744 or to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

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

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Ruth W. Roberts (1917 – 2016)

NEW CONCORD—Ruth Winne Roberts, 98, died April 29 at her home in New Concord.

Born September 14, 1917 in Boston, MA, she was the daughter of Clifford E. and Emma G. Winne.

A prolific writer and artist, Mrs. Roberts was an alumnae of Manhattan’s prestigious Cooper Union and Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, where she studied the visual arts in all their forms. As an adult, she went on to earn an MA in American folk culture at the SUNY Cooperstown graduate program.

At 19, she moved from her parents’ home in Ramsey, NJ, to New York City, where she immersed herself in the bohemian worlds of Hell’s Kitchen and Greenwich Village, and the eclectic mix of characters who inhabited them.

Mrs. Roberts became a voracious fan of theater, music and dance, passions that would inform her lifelong love of the arts.

For many years, Mrs. Roberts and her late husband, Roy (the pair wed in 1942) enjoyed making annual trips to his native Wales, and summering at their home in the Adirondacks. In her later life, she pursued hobbies from genealogy to Medieval history, served as the education director of Old Chatham’s Shaker Museum and Library until her retirement, and was an active member of St. Paul’s Church in Kinderhook; additionally, she was a past president of the Dutch Settlers Society and a member of the Columbia County Historical Society.

She will be remembered most of all by those who knew her, though, for her fearlessness, razor-sharp wit and unflagging sense of humor.

She is survived by: her daughter, Susan Anderson; sons, Bruce and Keith Roberts; grandchildren, John Fulton, Kristin Anderson, Ryan and Andrew Roberts and Kimberly Shewchuk; four great-grandchildren; and her doting rescue dog, Charro.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Contributions may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Kinderhook.

Alfred Hyde (1918 – 2016)

HUDSON—Alfred “Pop” Hyde,,a/k/a “The Judge,” died May 5.

He was born in 1918 and grew up on the streets of New York, back when it was not harsh, but familiar. Hell’s Kitchen was his first home. A place where every family looked out for each other, fire hydrants were used for summertime fun and stickball was the closest he would ever come to practicing religion.

At the age of 15, he ventured out of the city to plant trees in upstate New York for the Civilian Construction Corps. It began his love for the Adirondacks, which would stay with him and shape his life until the end. Meanwhile, back in the city, he boxed in the famous Golden Gloves (with the nose to prove it, as he would say), worked at Liggett’s soda fountain near Radio City and helped care for his family. He went on a blind date and met the love of his life, Catherine Nichols. They were married April 30, 1944 and from that moment on only a World War would separate them.

In 1944, Mr. Hyde joined the U.S. Army and was deployed to combat in Italy serving proudly with the 350th Infantry. He was field-promoted to first sergeant and was on the battlefront when victory was declared. There are many stories he would later tell about World War II, of victory and loss, proving he truly was part of the “greatest generation.”

In 1949, Mr. and Mrs. Hyde moved upstate to greener fields in the mountains of Austerlitz, where they built a house and started a family: Loraine, a daughter, who raised her own family next door, and a son, Alfred, who ventured back to the city.

After several odd jobs, Mr. Hyde worked for the New York State Thruway Authority. His favorite advice to travelers seeking direction was “Straight ahead and follow the signs!” He also served as Austerlitz town justice and as a town board member for 22 years. Mr. Hyde was also a proud member of the Austerlitz Volunteer Fire Company. Many foster children, in need of care and a family, found a home at the Hyde’s home.

He was an avid hunter in Austerlitz and enjoyed camping and fishing in the furthest reaches of the Adirondacks with his sidekick, Bill Quinn. These were the times he was happiest. He taught the love of the outdoors to his grandson, Rich, Jr. spending many hours together in a tree stand, fishing from a boat or a pier, camping in a trailer or roughing it with a tent in the chain lakes. “Poppie” was able to pass along his outdoor passion to his great grandchildren, Cassidy, 17, Kendall,14, and Reilly,10. He would smile with every visit from his great-grandchildren and in turn they were thrilled with every story he told.

Mr. Hyde was a lion, brimming with personality, for better or worse. His opinion on everything was always steadfast, whether it was asked for or not. Most saw his hardshell but he had a heart of gold.

Mr. Hyde is survived by: his loving wife of 72 years, Catherine “Kay”; his daughter, Loraine and her husband Richard, who was a son to him as well; his son, Alfred (Ralph Palmieri); his grandson, Richard, Jr. (Susan), their three children and his grandson, Brian (Jason Lau) who he taught to perform and argue.

The Hydes enjoyed retirement to its fullest becoming snowbirds in Naples, FL, camping in Cape Cod and Indian Lake all while still calling Austerlitz “Home”.

Mr. Hyde loved to misbehave at family gatherings with a devilish grin, loudly exclaiming that he’d be missed when he was gone. On May 5, 2016 his story came to an end, and those words couldn’t be truer.

Services will be private for the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Firemen’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson 12534.

George L. Rosenberry (1945 – 2016)

VALATIE—George Lynn Rosenberry passed away in Valatie, Saturday, May 7 at the age of 71.

He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Eleanor Rosenberry.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 42 years, Joan of Queens; his two sons, Jedediah, and his fiancée Lisa Prukop and her son, Hunter; Jason, and his wife Stacey Rosenberry, and their two children, Evan and Morgen.

Mr. Rosenberry was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, with his brother, Frank, and sisters, Barbara and Susan. He moved to San Francisco, CA, as a young man where he met Joan and they wed in 1974. In 1976 they had Jed, followed by Jason in 1980.

Mr. Rosenberry was a devoted husband, loving father, and proud grandfather. He enjoyed reading about history, music, and spending time with his family, specifically, playing with his grandchildren.

“We’ll miss you, Papa.” Condolences may be addressed to: 1119 Grovenors Corners Road, Central Bridge 12035.

Donald Mergenthaler (1948 -2015)

ELIZAVILLE—Donald R. Mergenthaler, 66, of Elizaville passed away Thursday, December 17, 2015, peacefully at home with the support of his family and the staff from Columbia County Hospice.

Visitation will be held Saturday, June 4, 2016 from noon to 2 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. memorial service at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook.

Memorial donations may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

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A complete obituary for Mr. Mergenthaler appeared in the December 24, 2015 issue.

Peter J. Thomasino (1927 – 2016)

HUDSON—Peter J. Thomasino, 88, a lifelong resident of Hudson, died Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born September 23, 1927 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Joseph A. and Angelina (Turko) Thomasino.

Mr. Thomasino was a self-employed roofer for many years. He attended Hudson High School.

There are no calling hours or services planned at this time. Arrangements are with the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive Greenport.

Ronald T. Kline, Jr. (1957 – 2016)

HUDSON—Ronald Thadeus Kline, born April 8, 1957, passed away peacefully at his home May 2, 2016.

Born and raised in Hudson, Mr. Kline is survived by his father, Ronald T. Kline, Sr., of Stuyvesant; his mother, Margaret Risch (Tiano) of Hudson; brother, Timothy Kline of North Chatham; Clarance Risch of Hudson; sisters, Kelly Masten of Stockport, Kimberly and Karen Kline of Hudson.

There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the places where he dedicated his time and showed love for animals, the Columbia-Greene Humane Society and AnimalKind.

Arrangements are with the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

Howard J. Brusie, Jr. (1954 – 2016)

CARMEL—Howard J. Brusie, Jr., 61, of Millerton died May 4, 2016 at Putnam Hospital Center.

Mr. Brusie was a dispatcher at Ed Herrington Inc.

Born December 7, 1954 in Sharon, CT, he was the son of Marguerite (Pulver) Brusie of Millerton and the late Howard J. Brusie, Sr.

On July 18, 1993 in Millerton, he married Nancy Wells, who survives at home. Mr. Brusie was a life-member of the Millerton Fire Company and the Sons of American Legion Post # 178.

In addition to his mother and wife, Mr. Brusie is survived by: two daughters, Melissa Dipper and her companion Robert Mathews of Ancramdale and Amanda Hurn and her husband Scott of Orange City, FL; three grandchildren, Byron, Savanah and Lucia Hurn, all of Orange City, FL.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Street, Millerton, with Pastor William Mayhew officiating. Burial followed at Copake Cemetery in Copake. To send the family an online condolence visit

A memorial fund has been established for Mr. Brusie. Contributions may be made to Litchfield Bancorp, 326 Main Street, Lakeville, CT 06039.

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