OBITUARIES: Skau, Carey, Furner, Smith

James G. Skau (1946 – 2016)

ALBANY—James G. Skau, 70, passed away peacefully from heart failure Friday, June 10, 2016 at Albany Medical Center. He was born in Manhattan, January 10, 1946 to L. Marie (Stockhouse) and George Skau.

Mr. Skau was a longtime resident of the Bronx, and lived for 30-years in Eastchester with his loving wife, Margaret MacNichol. The couple recently moved to Copake.

Besides his wife, Mr. Skau is survived by: his brother, George Skau and his wife Anne; nephews, John and Peter Skau; niece, Marianne Karam; cousins, Campbell Munn, Gina Davis, Robert Paradiso, Carolyn Paradiso, Carol Stohon, June Stone, Ronni Kelly, Eileen Mullane, Gordon Skau, Mary McAuley, Margaret Parente, Hank Shindle, Donald Skau and Robert Skau.

He was predeceased by beloved cousin, Joan Paradiso.

Mr. Skau’s career branched into several governmental agencies, including the U.S. Treasury, Veterans Administration, New York State Department of Taxation, Department of Labor, Department of Motor Vehicles and the NYPD. He graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx and attended Westchester Community College. During the 1960s, he formed and managed the band, the DuCaines.

A wake for Mr. Skau will be held Wednesday, June 15 with calling hours from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake.

Plans will be made for a memorial service at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC chapel in Ridgewood, NJ, and interment at Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah, NJ, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Community Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 327, Copake 12516 or

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Mark A. Carey (1969 – 2016)

HUDSON—Mark A. Carey, 46, of Germantown died June 12, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

Born July 5, 1969 in Poughkeepsie, he was the son of Thomas and Candace (Smith) Carey.

Prior to illness forcing his retirement, he worked as a supervisor for the Cleveland Construction Company in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Carey worked endlessly on his pride and joy, a Dodge Charger.

Surviving besides his parents are: one son, Mark Carey of Ohio; two brothers, Thomas E. Carey of Germantown and Eric Carey of Valatie; sisters, Marie Carey of SC, Tammy Carey of Germantown; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m. to noon at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. Services will be at noon at the funeral home.

Memorial donations are requested to the Carvell Cancer Treatment Center, 69 Prospect Avenue, Hudson 12534. Condolences may be expressed at

Joseph W. Furner (1977 – 2016)

HILLSDALE—Joseph W. Furner, 38, of Hillsdale died June 11, 2016.

He was born November 16, 1977 in Hamilton.

A graduate of Taconic Hills, Mr. Furner went on to work in construction and was a skilled carpenter. He was a talented musician with a love of distilling, cars, music, the outdoors, his friends, family and dog, Reilly. He was a kind soul with a huge heart and a captivating smile and laugh.

He is survived by: his parents, Bill and Zelda Furner; siblings, Edward (and Gina) Furner, Melissa (and Ricky) Rothvoss and Billy (and Lisa) Furner; nephew, Cooper Rothvoss; nieces, Victoria Furner, Abby Jennings and Chelsea Vasko; and life partner, Meghan McCann.

Join loved ones in a memorial to celebrate Mr. Furner’s life Thursday, June 16 at the Roe Jan Park at 5 p.m. Bring an instrument and a memory to honor him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Taconic Hills PTO to benefit a music fund in Mr. Furner’s name. Payments may be sent to: Taconic Hills PTO, c/o Heidi Main, P.O. Box 27, Copake Falls 12517.

Harold D. Smith (1948 – 2016)

ALBANY—Harold D. Smith, 67, of Hudson, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Albany Medical Center.

Born in New York City November 12, 1948, he was the son of the late Charles and Margaret Smith.

Mr. Smith was a dedicated correction officer with the New York State Department of Corrections, retiring from the Greene Correctional Facility. He kept up on current events and enjoyed watching the news, the Discovery Channel and boxing.

He is survived by: two daughters, Lori Williams of New York City and Corey Smith of Albany; his son, Corique Smith of Albany; two sisters, Alicia Watkins and Evelyn Jammer and his granddaughter, Grace Williams.

A memorial service will be held Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Savoia Bar, 214 Warren Street, Hudson.

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

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