OBITUARIES: Maresco, Stang, Crocco, Craver, Rutkowski, Inman, Proper

Karl M. Maresco (1980 – 2016)

NIVERVILLE—Karl M. Maresco, lifelong Niverville resident, died suddenly at home August 11, 2016.

Born in Albany June 22, 1980, he was the son of Harold M. and Gretchen Mills Maresco.

He graduated from Ichabod Crane High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Albany. He majored in music and was an outstanding guitarist. He also did graduate studies at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, and became proficient in Greek, Hebrew and other ancient languages.

He was respected by many for his skill as a guitarist, embracing varied styles of music, from classical to hard rock. He had played with many local musicians and was a guitar instructor at Rocky’s in North Greenbush. He was also employed by S.E. Spitzer of Valatie. He will be remembered for his kind heart, his love of music, his passionate views on many subjects, and his libertarian political philosophy.

He is survived by: his parents; a brother, David Maresco of Niverville; two sisters, Jennifer Breslin of Sun Valley, CA, and Julie Maresco of Nashville, TN; two nephews, Malakai and Konnor Maresco of Houston, TX; aunts and uncles; and many cousins.

There will be no calling hours. Graveside services will be private. A memorial service will be held at Clearview Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 275 Schodack Drive, Castleton, Saturday, August 20 at 11 a.m., with Pastor Nick Becker officiating.

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

Victor A. Stang, Sr. (1940 – 2016)

ANCRAM—Victor A. Stang, Sr., 76, a longtime resident of Columbia County, passed away Thursday, August 11, 2016 in the comfort of his home amongst his family after a long battle with cancer.

He was born July 28, 1940 in Copake, a son of the late Clayton and Loretta (Scutt) Stang, Sr.

Mr. Stang was retired from the Taconic Telephone Company where he had been employed for more than 42 years.

On July 5, 1959 in Copake he married Shirley (Mylock) Stang, who survives him.

Surviving besides his wife of 57 years are: his children and their spouses, Victor Stang, Jr., and wife Cathy, Brenda Schneeberger and husband Mark and Barry Stang and wife Laurene. He also leaves 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren along with nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Clayton, Jr., Richard and Darlene.

Private services were held Monday, August 15 at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home in Copake with Deacon Jackie Jefferson officiating.

Interment followed in the Copake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks to be kindly kept in everyone’s prayers during this difficult time.

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Salvatore A. Crocco (1919 – 2016)

ALBANY—Salvatore Albert Crocco, 96, of Church Street, Stuyvesant died Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Hudson Park Nursing Home.

Born September 10, 1919 in Wilgus, PA, he was the son of the late Biagio and Antoinetta (Polillo) Crocco. Mr. Crocco was employed with the Local Ironworkers of Albany. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a volunteer for the Stuyvesant Fire Company.

He is survived by: his daughter-in-law, Carol Crocco; his three grandchildren, Salvatore B., Scott A. and Stephen M. (Lisa) Crocco; six great-grandchildren, Amanda, Samantha, Anthony, Gregory, Michael and Tyler and his brother, Louis of Tennessee.

He was predeceased by his wife, Antoinetta (Fino) Crocco; his son, Biagio “Blasé” Crocco of Halfmoon and his brothers and sisters, Mary, Michael, Theresa, Victoria, Frank, Augustine and Emilio (Miller).

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 18, 11 a.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Stuyvesant Falls. Calling hours take place Wednesday, August 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 242, Valatie 12184.

Harold B. Craver Sr. (1942 – 2016)

GERMANTOWN—Harold B. Craver, Sr., died August 13, 2016 at home.

Born September 5, 1942 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Harry and Frances Albright Craver.

He was married for 54 years to his beloved wife, Josephine, who passed last December.

He was a lifetime member of the Philmont Rod and Gun Club and a member of Philmont American Legion. An avid sports fan Mr. Craver loved the outdoors as well. He spent many hours hunting, fishing and trapping.

Mr. Craver is survived by: his children, Frances (Paul) Koch, Josephine (David) Zahn, Harold Jr., Allene (Edward) McGee and Zachary (Jackie) Craver; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and his brother, Clayton (Joan) Craver.

He was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters.

Family will receive friends Thursday, August 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the French Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, where services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at the Mellenville Union Cemetery.

Contributions in Mr. Craver’s name may be made to the Philmont Rod and Gun Club. Condolences may be conveyed at

Marian Rutkowski (1940 – 2016)

PHILMONT—Marian Rutkowski, 76, of Philmont died Sunday, August 14, 2016 at her home.

Born February 11, 1940 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Ivan and Anna (Chakot) Rudik.

Before her retirement she had worked for the New York State Lottery as a data entry person in Albany. She was a member of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Hudson.

Survivors include: two sons, Charles (Andrea) Rutkowski of Newtonville and David (Valerie) Rutkowski of Hannacroix; a daughter, Marian Rutkowski of Hudson; six sisters, Sonia Arthur, Linda Murphy, Helen Jacobelli, Jean Kosta, Catherine Saracoglu and AnnAmadio; grandchildren, Melinda, David Katrina and Lenora; two great-grandchildren, Kodi and Cassidy.

She was predeceased by: her husband, Casimir, who died March 17, 2003; son, Robert; daughter, Kathleen; granddaughter, Jennifer; and a sister, Anita DeCoursey.

Services will be held Thursday, August 18, 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 59 Partition Street, Hudson.

Calling hours are Wednesday, August 17, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

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Cynthia P. Inman (1937 – 2016)

HUDSON—Cynthia P. Inman of County Route 14, Greenport died Sunday, August 14 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born January 10, 1937 in Biddeford, ME, she was the daughter of William and Gilberta (Gilbert) Perkins.

Mrs. Inman was a public health nurse for the Columbia County Department of Health. Active in community affairs, her memberships included: past president of the Hudson Boys Club Auxiliary, Hudson Junior Service League, Blue Anchor and YWCA Board of Directors, president of the Hudson and District Jayncees, president of the Columbia County Young Republicans Club, member and Sunday school teacher at Christ Church Episcopal, recipient of the Jaycee Distinguished Service Junior Women’s award, member of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, Hudson Fortnightly Club, and the Board of Managers and Trustees of the Home for the Aged.

Survivors include: her daughter, Heather Knop of Michigan; two sons, Christopher of Greenport and Geoffery of New Jersey; three grandsons, William and Matthew Knop of Michigan, Aidan Inman of New Jersey; a brother, G. Scott Perkins of Maine; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Inman was predeceased by her husband, Charles E. Inman and her sister, Holly Becker.

Funeral services are Friday, August 19, 10 a.m. from the Bates & Anderson Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. Visitation hours at the funeral home are Thursday, August 18 from 5 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society or Russell Sage College.

Thelma L. Proper (1923 – 2016)

HUDSON—Thelma L. Proper, aged 93, a longtime resident of Columbia County, died peacefully Friday, August 12, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital with her family at her bedside.

Born in Albany, April 4, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Myron and Gertrude (Trowbridge) Clark.

Mrs. Proper was a machine operator for many years at Sonoco-Crellin International in Chatham.

She will be greatly missed by: her son, Jack (Valerie) Proper of Hudson; grandchildren, Tracy Proper of Hudson, Christopher (Shannon) of Claverack and Samantha (Tom) of Virginia and many great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Samuel Proper in 2000; a daughter, Sharon Shutts in 2015 and a brother, Sonny Clark.

There are no calling hours and a private burial will be in Mellenville Union Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. To leave online condolences visit

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