OBITUARIES: Santagata, Leaman, Spagnola, DeLamater, McGirt

Lucille A. Santagata (1936 – 2016)

ELIZAVILLE—Lucille A. Santagata, 79, of Elizaville and a part-time resident of Cape Coral, FL, passed away July 22, 2016 at her home in Elizaville.

Born December 17, 1936 in Astoria, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Rose (Casaletto) Barsotti.

She married the love of her life, Joseph Santagata, Jr., January 29, 1956. He predeceased her June 30, 2013. They were married for more than 57 years and together for a total of 61 years. They loved each other wholly and were a perfect match. They worked hard to provide for their family and also knew how to enjoy life and its many blessings.

Mrs. Santagata was a devoted and loving wife and mother. She fiercely protected her family and surrounded them with unconditional love, security, warmth and never-ending strength and support.

She had unwavering love for her two sisters and brother-in-law, Thelma Barsotti, Elizabeth and Joseph D’Aguillo, all of whom predeceased her. She cherished and valued the love and friendship of her sister-in-law, Joan and her children Danielle and Marisa; as well as her niece, Debra, her husband John (Roberts) and their son Brett.

She loved and considered her many friends precious treasures. She welcomed everyone with an open heart.

Mrs. Santagata was also blessed with and loved her many “adopted” children, Teddy and Maggie, in particular and “grandchildren” too numerous to mention.

Mrs. Santagata was well-known for her love of babies and animals, there wasn’t a baby or animal she met that she didn’t “just have to hug.” She had a lively sense of humor and was quick to offer a hand when someone was in need. She will be remembered as a person who embraced life and its many wonders.

She is survived by: two loving sons, Joseph Santagata, III, and Michael Santagata; and her loving daughter, Laurie Santagata.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Prayers will be offered at 7 p.m. Thursday.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Friday, July 29, 2016 at St. Christopher’s Church, Red Hook. Burial will be at Elizaville Methodist Cemetery, Elizaville.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

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Leonard S. Leaman (1915 – 2016)

NEW YORK CITY—Leonard S. Leaman of New York City, died July 14, 2016 at his residence.

He was predeceased by his wife, Elinore (McNamee); his son, Leonard and his daughter, Lauree (Longobardi).

He is survived by: his son, John; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild (with two more anticipated, one rather imminently.)

Mr. Leaman was a trial lawyer in New York City, and had a long and very successful career.

He served in the Army during World War II as a first lieutenant, and was seriously wounded in France during the intense fighting attending D-Day and the liberation of France. His decorations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Croix de Guerre with Silver Palm.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held July 22, 2016 at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson. Interment was at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Philmont.

Sierra M. Spagnola (1996 – 2016)

KINDERHOOK—Sierra M. Spagnola, 19, of Kinderhook died Saturday, July 23, 2016 at her home.

Born August 4, 1996 in Hudson, she was the loving daughter of William J. and Glory (Suitto) Mink of West Ghent.

Beside her parents, she is survived by: her husband, Jeremy J. Spagnola of Kinderhook; a sister, Rachel Goold and a brother, Daniel Mink both of West Ghent; her paternal grandmother, Jeanette Mink of Kinderhook; maternal grandparents, Herbert and Gloria Suitto of East Greenbush and Florida; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She was predeceased by her paternal grandfather, Robert Mink.

Mrs. Spagnola passed away suddenly and will be missed by all who loved her.

She was a 2015 graduate of Ichabod Crane High School and at the time of her death was attending Hudson Valley Community College. She was an incredible, extraordinary artist, photographer and fashion designer, pursuing a career in digital media. For eight years she won the national and regional Poster Safety Awards for the American Automobile Association (AAA). She loved animals, especially her family dog, Topper and her rabbit, Orson.

“When you look to the heavens and see a pink sky, think of Sierra at peace.”

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie with the Reverend Nick Becker officiating. Calling hours will be Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kinderhook Memorial Library, P.O. Box 293, Kinderhook 12106 or the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

John H. DeLamater (1936 – 2016)

HUDSON—John H. DeLamater, 79, passed peacefully Saturday, July 23, 2016 at his home.

He was born October 24, 1936 in Hudson, the son of Paul and Katherine DeLamater.

He was employed at IBM in Kingston for 36 years.

Mr. DeLamater and his wife cherished their years of travel together and their winter home in Fort Meyers Beach, FL. He enjoyed spending time with his family, camping trips, tennis, biking and gardening. He took pride in the many years of restoration of his grandparents’ house, where they made their home. Mr. DeLamater was a member of the Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack, the IBM Quarter Century Club and a social member of the Claverack Fire Department.

He will be dearly missed by: his wife of 59 years, Barbara; children, John, Thomas (Maribeth), Jeffery (Dia), Peggy Moon (Chip) and grandchildren, Sean, Eric, Sara, Jason, Lauren, Brett, Kaeli, Eric, Danielle, Derek, Joshua, Jackson and Jordan.

Calling hours will be held at Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson, Tuesday, July 26, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 11 a.m. at the Reformed Dutch Church in Claverack.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Patrice V. McGirt (1950 – 2016)

ALBANY—Patrice “Patty Carr” McGirt was called home by the Heavenly Father, Thursday, July 21, 2016 from St. Peter’s Hospice Inn after a brief stay.

She was born in Hudson to the late Joseph Reid and Waneida Mae Carr.

She is survived by: her three sons, Cory L. Carr, Sr., Wendell J. Folds and Damian T. Folds; three sisters, Gwen R. Higgins, Joette Bell and Jackie Carr Goodfrey Brown seven brothers, Timothy, Oran, Joseph, Andre, Aacell, Alex and Adam; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 1 to 2 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 2 p.m. at the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

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