OBITUARIES: Catalina, Briggs, Levy

Lavinia Catalina (1917 – 2016)

ALBANY—Lavinia Catalina of Brainard passed away August 22, 2016, at the age of 99 at St. Peters Hospice Inn.

She is survived by: her daughter, Mary (Frank) Hamilton; sons, Richard, (MaryAnn) Hatch, Sr., and Clifford (Karen) Hatch, Sr.; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, sister, brother and great-grandson. Her family thanks the staff of Hoag Corners Volunteer Ambulance, Tsatsawassa Protective Fire Company volunteers and many medical staffers who helped throughout the years. Services will be private for the family. Arrangements are with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Condolences may be conveyed at frenchblasl.com.

Evelyn Briggs (1939 – 2016)

HUDSON—Evelyn Briggs, 77, of Ancram passed away Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

She was born March 12, 1939 in Pawling.

Mrs. Briggs was a commercial bus driver for the Loop System in Poughkeepsie.

She was the most loving mother and patient women in the world. She would put everyone’s concerns first, also worrying about her family.

In Pleasant Valley, in 1959 she married Frederick G. Briggs, who survives her at home.

In addition to her loving husband, Frederick, survivors include: her children, Pearl, Evelyn, Fred, Andy, Chris and April; a brother, Gene; “grandma’s pride ‘n’ joys,” Brianna Johnson and Christopher Godin.

Calling hours will be held Saturday, August 27, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains.

Funeral service and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311.

To sign the online register visit www.peckandpeck.net

Robert W. Levy (1962 – 2016)

GALLATIN—Robert Walter Levy, 54, of Asheville, NC, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2016.

He was born and spent his youth in the Oranges and Westfield, NJ, but spent his weekends and vacations for 30 years at the family’s home, Bluebird Hill Farm in Gallatin.

He attended the Gill St. Bernard School in Bernardsville, NJ, and Monmouth College.

Mr. Levy was a classically trained pianist and master piano restorer for some of the most important music halls in New York City and later an antiques dealer. He had a knack for finding rare antiquities, among them an original red vinyl 1957 Elvis Presley Christmas Album that was the most expensive record ever sold at Christie’s Auction House.

Mr. Levy relocated to Asheville, NC, in 2003 and purchased a ranch that became a sanctuary for neglected and abandoned farm animals. Goat Mountain Sanctuary, as it became known, provided a home for more than 90 animals and welcomed many volunteers who shared Mr. Levy’s passion for animals.

He leaves behind his father, Ira A. Levy and stepmother, Elaine Levy of Gallatin; his mother, Ancie Manuel of Asheville, NC; sister, Patricia Levy; brothers, Seth Levy and Kurt Rogers; nieces, Miranda Levy, Makiyla Levy, Sarah Rogers and Grace Rogers; and nephews, Kiva Levy and Jackson Rogers.

Memorial donations would be appreciated in support of the National Parkinson Foundation, www.parkinson.org

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