OBITUARIES: Teator, Rouse, Fusco, Murcott, Brown, Sarkozy

Norman W. Teator (1937 – 2016)

VALATIE—Norman W. Teator, 78, of Valatie died Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Barnwell Health.

Born August 25, 1937 in Poughkeepsie, he was the son of the late Willis and the Frieda (Whitbeck) Teator.

Mr. Teator was a truck driver for Long Oil in Ghent. He was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie, a member of the John J. Curran Council Knights of Columbus and the Valatie Santa Claus Club.

He is survived by: four sisters, Alfreda Bryer of Florida, Rose Salisbury of Watervliet, June Monette of Albany and Pamela Dunavin of East Chatham; close friends, Donna and John Zimmerman of Valatie; several nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

He was predeceased by: his wife, Astrid (Fisher) Teator; a sister, Elsie LaBate and a brother, Donald Teator.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, June 17 at St. John the Baptist Church, Valatie, with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Burial followed in St. John’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Valatie Santa Claus Club, P.O. Box 601, Valatie 12184.

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

Avril H. Rouse (1934 – 2016)

VALATIE—Avril Elizabeth (Horchheimer) Rouse, 82, passed away peacefully at her home June 14 with family by her side. She was the daughter of the late Christopher and Alice Horchheimer of North Chatham and sister to the late Virginia Trumble also of North Chatham.

She was the devoted wife of the late Edward N. Rouse, Sr., who predeceased her 13 years ago and who she has missed everyday since. He was the love of her life.

Mrs. Rouse was a loving mother, who is survived by: six children, Edward N., Jr., and his wife JoAnn, Bonnie and her husband Bruce, Brian and his wife Maryann, Jay and his wife Beth, Jeffrey and his wife Tammara, Aaron and his wife Beth; proud grandmother of 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Rouse was a graduate of the Martin Van Buren School in Kinderhook, where she met her future husband of 49 years. She was a cheerleader and Edward was a basketball player. She worked briefly for the State of New York before starting a family. Mrs. Rouse was an avid gardener and homemaker.

She enjoyed spending time with and caring for her ever-growing family. She was very supportive of her children and spent countless hours driving them to various activities. No accomplishment went without celebration. No milestone was ignored. Her family was her life and she will be missed beyond words.

There will be no public calling hours. A graveside service for family and close friends will be held June 25, 11 a.m. at the North Chatham Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

Joseph J. Fusco, MD (1928 – 2016)

HILLSDALE—Dr. Fusco had two loves in his life—his study and practice of medicine and his family. He spent his life tirelessly caring for others, and he died at home June 16, 2016 surrounded by the love and care of family and friends.

A longtime resident of Hillsdale, Dr. Fusco was born August 3, 1928 in Harlem, to the late Joseph and Santina Fusco and grew up in the Bronx.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Columbia University and his Doctor of Medicine at New York University Bellevue College of Medicine. After interning at Cincinnati General Hospital in Ohio, he filled a medical residency at Philadelphia General Hospital in Pennsylvania.

During the Korean War, Dr. Fusco was a captain in the Air Force Medical Corps, stationed in France, where he met his wife, Isabell, a registered nurse. They were happily married for 60 years.

After returning home from France, he finished his residency with Dr. Paul Beeson, an infectious disease specialist at Yale University. Following further training as a medical resident at Hartford and Grace-New Haven hospitals in Connecticut, Dr. Fusco joined the Rip Van Winkle Clinic in Hudson, as an internist at its Hillsdale branch and was appointed to Columbia Memorial Hospital’s Department of Medicine in 1958. In 1963 he received certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine and an associate membership in the American College of Physicians, an organization of medical specialists. After the dissolution of the clinic in 1964, he continued in private practice in Hillsdale and joined Prime Columbia Greene Medical Associates in Hudson.

During his long tenure in Hudson, he served on the Board of Directors at Columbia Memorial Hospital from 1990 to 2008. Dr. Fusco practiced medicine for 63 years, finishing his career at the Pine Haven Nursing Home in Philmont at the age of 87.

In 2002, he received a citation from the Medical Society of the State of New York in recognition of 50 years devoted to the service of the public in the practice of medicine. Carol French, a registered nurse who worked with Dr. Fusco for more than three decades said: “He’s a very kind and caring person and it shows. He has an old-fashioned relationship with his patients. Everyone’s in love with him.”

He was a member of the Roeliff Jansen Lion’s Club, The Potts Foundation and The Rheinstrom Foundation, supporting local individuals and activities.

He is survived by: his beloved wife, Isabell; his four children, Joseph (and spouse Karen Parker), John, Frances and Joan (and spouse Gerard Walshe); grandson, Daniel; niece, Maria Varunok; nephews, Yvon, Andre, Peter and Paul Varunok. He was predeceased by his younger sister, Victoria Varunok.

The family welcomes your fond remembrances of Dr. Fusco by signing the online Condolences and Memories Book at Peck and Peck Funeral Homes,

True to his humble nature, he did not wish for a formal service. A Celebration of Life will be held in the summer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Community Hospice of Columbia–Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414 or the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale 12529.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home of Copake.

Peter W. Murcott (1950 – 2016)

ALBANY—Peter W. Murcott, 66, of West Taghkanic passed away suddenly Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Albany Medical Center.

Born in New York City, January 14, 1950, he was the son of the late Charles and Constance Murcott.

After moving upstate in 1981, he became the manager and caretaker of New Forge Farm in West Taghkanic. Mr. Murcott enjoyed cars, boating and just living the good life with his family and friends.

He is survived by: his wife, Frances Murcott; two children, daughter, Kristen Murcott and son, Dylan Murcott; two sisters, Liz Beach (predeceased by CA) and Susan Murcott-Coffman (Ralph); his brother, Thomas Murcott (Paula); four nieces and two nephews.

Services were held Monday, June 20 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson, with Pastor Ken Coddington officiating. Burial was in Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson. Visit to leave condolences for the family.

Conrad Brown (1922 – 2016)

GHENT—Conrad Brown of Ghent died June 16, 2016. He was 94 years old.

He had been a paraplegic for more than 40 years and also had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in recent years. However, his mind remained sharp and active. In his youth, he had been an avid skier and hiker. He had also been a writer, photographer and sculptor, all of which he had to give up as his Parkinson’s progressed.

Despite the extreme limits his ailments put on his body, Mr. Brown never complained or appeared to feel sorry for himself. He faced his limitations as new challenges to overcome and accepted what he had to accept with grace.

The son of Sharon and Elizabeth Brown, he was born in Corvallis, OR, in 1922. When he was a year old, his family moved to Providence, RI, where he was raised. In 1935, his father took a sabbatical from Brown University, during which the family traveled extensively throughout Europe. They spent several months in Oberammergau, Germany, where Mr. Brown studied the art of woodcarving. Having a keen artistic sensibility, when he finished high school he chose to go to the Rhode Island School of Design. After a year though, he decided that a career in art was not for him. He enrolled at Brown University and spent a year there before World War II came along, putting a three year hold on his college education.

Mr. Brown had been raised as a Quaker, and so, rather than be drafted into the army, he chose to join the American Field Service as an ambulance driver. He served with the British 8th Army in the theaters of the Middle East, North Africa and Italy. When his first year in the war was over, he returned to the U.S. and signed up with the army. Having learned to ski as a teenager, he was able to get into the 10th Mountain Division, and returned to Italy.

With the end of the war, he returned to Brown to finish his degree. He spent three years following graduation teaching skiing at Mad River Glen and Sun Valley. While teaching at Mad River Glen, he wrote Skiing for Beginners, a ski instruction book geared towards children.

Mr. Brown eventually moved to New York City to begin a career as a writer and editor of books and magazines. He worked for various magazines, including Craft Horizons (now American Craft), where he was the managing editor. While there, he travelled to Scandinavia to research, photograph and write an entire edition on the young craftspeople influencing mid-century Scandinavian design. He also worked as an editor in several of the top publishing houses in NYC. While living in NYC, Mr. Brown married Kate Squires and started a family. They moved with their three children to Yorktown. Mr. Brown later remarried to Margaret Kidder, and they lived in NYC and Cortland, until moving to Ghent in 1998.

Mr. Brown is survived by: his wife, Meg Brown of Ghent; his sister, Alison Davis of Hampton, CT; his sons, Kevin Brown of Peekskill and Greg Brown of Carmel; and his daughter, Tracy Brown of Jamaica Plain, MA.

Nellie Sarkozy (1930 – 2016)

HUDSON—Nellie A. Sarkozy, 85, of Ghent passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born June 29, 1930 in Mellenville, she was the daughter of William and Hattie (Metcalfe) Kraft.

She was predeceased by her parents and her beloved husband, Frank Sarkozy.

Mrs. Sarkozy was a daycare provider at Columbia-Greene Community College before retiring. She was an avid reader and artist. She loved politics, boating on Lake George and helping out her family and friends. She was loved by many and will be missed.

Surviving are: her devoted daughter, and son-in-law, Carole and Richard Robbins; four loving grandchildren, Shawn, Shane, Cory and Lisa; three great-grandchildren, Shawn, Jr., Hunter and Hailey Ana; her sister, Marjorie Pellicciotti; many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are Tuesday, June 21, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Services will be held Wednesday, June 22, 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the West Ghent Cemetery.

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