OBITUARIES: Pulver, Asselin, Costa, Cort, Romani, Goesch

Barbara Jean Pulver (1941 – 2016)

HUDSON—Barbara Jean Pulver, 74, of Niverville and Port Charlotte, FL, died Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born December 15, 1941 in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Jan and Rita VanEyk.

Mrs. Pulver was a homemaker.

She is survived by: her husband, Hugh “Jim” Pulver; two children, Terry J. Bruss and James A. Pulver, both of Niverville; her brother, Richard VanEyk of Huntington Beach, CA, and two grandchildren, Kyle Bruss and Cierra Pulver. She was predeceased by her sister and brother, Janet VanEyk and Jeffrey Lasher.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, September 22, 7 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, with the Reverend Stark Jones officiating. Burial will at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, Albany Office Pine West Plaza Bldg 2, Suite 204, Washington Avenue Extension, Albany 12205.

Edward E. Asselin (1935 – 2016)

ALBANY—Edward E. Asselin, 81, of Kinderhook died Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at Albany Medical Center.

Born April 15, 1935 in West Warwick, RI, he was the son of the late Eugene and Blanche (Riel) Asselin.

Mr. Asselin was a field technician with Amtrak in Rensselaer for 20 years. He loved working with wood and built several houses in the area.

He is survived by: his wife, Ann (Piantadosi) Asselin; one son, Edward E. Asselin, Jr., (Martha) of Glenville; three daughters, Linda Murphy (Robert), Patricia Anderson and Lori Bartlett (David), all of Kinderhook; one sister, Cecile L’Heureux of Exeter, RI; one brother, George Asselin of Coventry, RI; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers and sister, Raymond, Paul, Lucien, Roland and Lea.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, September 17, 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Route 9, Valatie, with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Burial will follow in Kinderhook Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wildwood Foundation, 2995 Curry Road Extension, Schenectady 12303 or the Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 242, Valatie 12184.

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

Madeline W. Costa (1926 – 2016)

POUGHKEEPSIE—Madeline W. Costa, 90, a lifelong Ancramdale resident, passed away Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Vassar Brother’s Medical Center.

She was born April 3, 1926 in Ancram, the daughter of the late Rudolph and Pearl Belva (Wood) Brower.

Mrs. Costa was a secretary for IBM in Poughkeepsie.

She was an elder, Sunday school teacher, a longtime choir member and a member of the Women’s Association of the Ancramdale Presbyterian Church.

She married John Costa, Jr. He predeceased her October 7, 2010.

Survivors include her family: Michael and Kimberly Coons of Ancramdale; Blaire M. Coons, Michael D. Coons, Jr., Nicolas J. Tornberg, Arlene Brower and many cousins.

There are no calling hours.

A memorial service will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 24, 2016 from the Ancramdale Presbyterian Church with Pastor Carol Miller officiating. A reception will follow the service.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are requested to the Ancramdale Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 99, Ancramdale, 12503.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains. To sign the online register visit

Ralph F. “Mark” Cort (1950 – 2016)

POUGHKEEPSIE—Ralph F. “Mark” Cort, 66, a resident of Red Hook, passed away Thursday, September 8, 2016 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

Born January 27, 1950, in Hudson, he was the son of the late Richard W. and Muriel (Box) Cort.

He spent his early childhood on Green Acres Farm in Elizaville, along with his siblings, Carol C. Griffin, Richard (Rick) W. Cort, and Patricia Ann Nickerson. In later years, after the Cort family moved to Red Hook, he was a tri-sport standout athlete and student council president. It was at Red Hook High School where Mr. Cort met his wife of 45 years, Grace Boyce. He was a proud graduate of the class of 1969, and went on to attend Becker College in Worcester, MA, on a basketball scholarship.

Mr. Cort always felt a strong connection to the community of Red Hook. In 1972 he and Grace returned to Red Hook, where they were married at St. Christopher’s Church, started Cort Contracting, and raised their two children, Rachel Cort Braydich and Jesse Cort, both of whom continue to make their homes here with their spouses, Matthew Braydich and Liz Cort.

He was the beloved “Pop” to JJ Cort, Connor Cort and Grace Piper Braydich. Mr. Cort was proud to be a builder for more than 30 years and to be able to pass the reigns of Cort Contracting onto his son-in-law, Matthew Braydich.

A childhood on the farm instilled in him a love of nature. He was an outdoorsman who always looked forward to his annual hunting trip in Maine with his brother, Rick. He was a passionate gardener, finding peace in the care of his numerous gardens, and an avid music lover who got great enjoyment from attending concerts and festivals with family and friends—a joy that started in high school when he attended the original Woodstock festival with Grace.

Mr. Cort will be remembered as a spiritual, honest and empathetic man who always told his children and grandchildren to “think for yourself.” A man who, above all, loved his family and friends.

The family thanks Dr. Perrotti, Dr. Shaffer in Albany, as well as the nurses and doctors at Vassar Brothers Hospital for all their compassion, care and support.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Friday, September 23, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Red Hook Raiders Sports Club, P.O. Box 469, Red Hook 12571.

For directions or to sign the online guest book visit

Frederick F. Romani (1942 – 2016)

STOCKPORT—Frederick F. Romani, 74, of Stockport died Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at his home.

Born August 6, 1942 in the Bronx, he was the son of the late Frederick and Dorothy (Appel) Romani, Sr.

Mr. Romani worked for Local Union #3 in Flushing. He was an avid musician and played many instruments. He loved nature with fall being his favorite time of the year and in his younger days enjoyed hunting. He loved animals, especially his beloved dog, Max.

He is survived by: his wife, Bonnie (Hitchcock) Disher; one daughter, Donna Romani-Siano of Salt Point; one son, Richard Romani of Hyde Park; a brother, Robert Romani of Hopewell Junction; two sisters, Janet Parodi and Lorraine Smith; four grandchildren, Cody, Emily, Dominic and Ryan; several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, September 19, 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Valatie, with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be Sunday, September 18 from 2 to 5 p.m at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Gladys Goesch (1933 – 2016)

HUDSON—Gladys Goesch of Hudson passed away September 15, 2016.

She was born November 22, 1933.

Ms. Goesch worked for Columbia County for more than 25 years and was clerk of the Board of Supervisors for many of those years.

She is survived by: Thaddeus (Marina) Tompkins, Terry (Julie) Tompkins, Ricki (Beverley) Tompkins and one aunt, Ella Anderson.

She is also survived by her dearly-loved nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends in New York and Kentucky.

She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

Per her wishes services will be private. Memorials may be sent to St. Thomas Lutheran Church at the Parish Office, 923 County Route 19, Elizaville 12523

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. Condolences may be expressed at

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