OBITUARIES: Brenner, Rustick, Balint, Tiano, Shufelt, Chiusano, Ryan, Faulkner, Payne, Slonczewski

Wanda P. Brenner (1923 – 2016)

GHENT—Wanda P. Brenner, 93, of Hudson and Ghent died Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Whittier Nursing Home. Born March 12, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Josephine Peters.

Mrs. Brenner was a seamstress and devoted member of St. Mary’s Church in Hudson. She was the widow of Julius P. Brenner, who died April 27, 2003.

She will be greatly missed by: her son, Richard M. (Susan) Brenner of Andersonville, GA; her daughter, Pamela Martino of Chatham; grandchildren, Ricardo (Debbie) Martino, Carmen (Allyson) Martino, all of Ghent, Rhett (Jenny) Brenner and Tyler Brenner, all of Statesboro, GA; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Walt Peters and one sister, Helen Bessman.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Friday, December 9, 2016, 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church/ Holy Trinity Parish, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson, with Fr. Winston Bath officiating. Her ashes will be buried in the family plot at Cedar Park Cemetery.

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

Ronald Rustick (1936 – 2016)

HUDSON—Ronald J. Rustick, 80, of Hudson died peacefully at home November 22, 2016.

Born July 19, 1936 in Kingston, he was the son of the late Stanley and Frances (Phillips) Rustic.

He graduated from Hudson High School in June 1954, and in August enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served his country until his honorable discharge in 1958.

Mr. Rustick was employed at Niagara Mohawk in Hudson where he enjoyed a long career. He was a life-member and trustee of J.W. Edmonds Hose Company #1, and a proud life-member of the Federation of Polish Sportsmen where he spent much time with countless friends.

Mr. Rustick was a loving and caring son, brother, father, grandfather and friend who will be dearly missed.

He is survived by: his five children, Susan Jornov (Kevin) of Valatie, AnnMarie Brenna (William) of Florida, Patricia Brennan of Florida, Stanley Rustick (Olivia) of Hudson and William Rustick (Lori) of Livingston; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his longtime companion and caregiver, Helen Snyder; two sisters, Dolly Eisner of Hudson and Sandy Stetz of Maiden, NC; several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Rustick was predeceased by his two wives, Elaine Weaver and Jean Pfeil.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

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Peggy E. Balint (1961 – 2016)

HUDSON—Peggy Elizabeth Balint, 55, of Hudson passed away suddenly November 24, 2016.

Born July 10, 1961 in Angleton, TX, she was the daughter of William and Virginia (Massey) Reichert.

Mrs. Balint was a student at Brazosport Community College as well as Hudson Valley Community College later in her life.

She is survived by: her husband, Dale K. Balint of Stuyvesant Falls; her brothers, David, Donald and Randy Reichert of Angleton, TX; her daughters, Jessica and Erica Balint.

She had family and friends, while distant, still devoted throughout Texas that her family would like to acknowledge. She is also survived by dear friends, Doreen and Tracy, whom Mrs. Balint cared for deeply, as well as a large Columbia Street support network.

She was a funloving mother of twin daughters. She loved travel and the beach; she loved all animals big and small, cooking and her family. “Her loss is a reminder that the beauty and eccentricity of her spirit has always been most realized in its absence.”

Memorial services will be Wednesday, November 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Balint’s memory may be made to the Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties, 713 Union Street, Hudson 12534.

Anthony C. Tiano (1935 – 2016)

HUDSON—Anthony C. Tiano, 81, of Hudson died Thursday, November 24, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born July 13, 1935 in Hudson, he was the son of Joseph and Mary (Carpino) Tiano.

He was a lifelong Hudson resident. His careers included floor supervisor at various Hudson clothing factories, and administrator of Hudson Moose Lodge #1184 for more than 30 years. His commitment and dedication to the Moose Lodge earned him the degree of Pilgrim.

Mr. Tiano was also a Fourth Ward alderman in Hudson. In recognition for his lifelong community service he was awarded the “Key to the City of Hudson.” Mr. Tiano served in the United States Air Force from 1953 to 1958.

Survivors include: his companion, Sharon Groves of Hudson; daughters, Cathy Alvey and Jennifer Tiano, both of Bellaire, OH; sisters, Teresa Miller of Valatie and Margaret Risch of Hudson; brother, Ralph Tiano of SC; three grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and a large extended family who will cherish his memory.

Mr. Tiano was predeceased by his son, Johnny Tiano; brothers, Charles, Frank, Tommy and Louie Tiano; sisters, Rose Graziano, Laura Ames and Mary Cullen.

Funeral services will be Thursday, December 1, 4 p.m. from the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visitation will be prior to the funeral service from 2 to 4 p.m. Interment will be private.

Ralph Shufelt (1952 – 2016)

PHILMONT—Ralph Shufelt, 64, of Highland Avenue, Philmont died Thursday, November 24 at his residence.

Born March 18, 1952 in Hudson, he was the son of Earl and Rosella (McNeil) Shufelt.

He lived his entire life in Columbia County, where was employed as a machinist for more than 41 years at Pretium Packaging in Philmont.

Mr. Shufelt was an avid motorcycle rider. His greatest joy was cruising on his Harley-Davidson (Hazel). A greater love, aside from his motorcycle, were his five grandchildren, Taylor, Lee, Mercedes, Caiden and Logan.

Mr. Shuflet is also survived by: his wife, Mary (Race) of Philmont; daughter Tabitha Fingar of Philmont; son, Ralph Jr. (Stacey) Shufelt of Copake; special family members, Niki and Kaleb; several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Shufelt was predeceased by his brother, Edward and grandchildren, Faith and Thomas.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 28 from the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Interment was in the family plot in Mellenville Cemetery.

Frances Chiusano (1930 – 2016)

HUDSON—Frances Chuisano, 86, of Elizaville passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

She was born April 15, 1930 on Long Island and worked in Long Island as a waitress for many years. She later moved to Elizaville and lived with her daughter.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Chiusano in 2011.

She was a wonderful mother, grand and great-grandmother and will be greatly missed by her family including: her daughters, Frances M. Skilton of Elizaville, Lillian Buckley and Eileen (Marvin) Parker, both of Vermont; sons, Thomas (Donna) Skilton of FL, James (Gail) Skilton of MI; grandchildren, Tommy Ashley, Ryan, Leah, Lauren, Dylan and Trevor and great-grandchildren, Forrest and Barrett.

Calling hours and funeral services are private, and burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery with Fr. Winston Bath offering committal prayers.

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

William G. Ryan, Jr. (1936 – 2016)

DELTONA, FL—William G. Ryan, Jr., 80, passed away suddenly at his residence in Deltona, Florida, Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

He was born June 17, 1936, in Albany, the son of the late William G., Sr., and Mary E. Ryan.

Mr. Ryan served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959. Upon honorable discharge, he settled in Valatie and was employed at the Columbia Corporation in Chatham for more than 45 years and retired as superintendent of plant operations.

A talented athlete, he was recruited and played on the former Martin H. Glynn High School Varsity baseball team as an eighth grader. He was later recruited by the former New York Giants baseball farm team. He was a Valatie Little League coach for many years and one year coached his team to two games shy of the National Little League World Series. He also was a member of the Valatie Rescue Squad and Valatie Santa Claus Club.

He was predeceased by his first wife of 42 years, Janet C. (Meyer); his sister, E. Diane Jenrich and a grandson, Matthew T. Ryan.

Mr. Ryan is survived by: his second wife, Sally A. (Smith); his children, Keith G. (Susan Jervis), Darlene A. (James) Scalera, William J. (Anne Marie) and Tracey L. (Joseph Williams) Newkirk; two stepchildren, Jeffery E. (Amanda) Smith and Michael B. (Deborah) Smith; eight grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.

A calling hour will be held at Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, Saturday, December 3 from 10 to 11 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at Saint John the Baptist Church, 1025 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Burial will follow at Saint John the Baptist Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

“We ask William to embrace and send our love to our mother, grandmother, sister, aunt Janet and our grandchild, son, nephew, cousin Matt.”

Phyllis E. Faulkner (1934 – 2016)

HUDSON—Phyllis E. Falkner, 82, of Hudson died Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born February 11, 1934 in Stockport, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Beatrice I. (Housman) Richards.

Mrs. Faulkner was a housekeeper at Barnwell for many years and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all.

She is survived by: her husband, James J. Faulkner; five children, Jeffrey Richards (Krista) of Kinderhook, Steffen Sponholz (Helen) of Germantown, Tina Price (Mark) of Stuyvesant, James Falkner (Michelle) of Philmont and Barbara Coons (Timothy) of Kinderhook; a sister, Beverly Quick of North Chatham; seven grandchildren, Shila Price, Korey Lynn, Kelly Shea, Scott Richards, Crystal and Shawn Coons and Cody Falkner; several great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Jim and Charles “Bud” Richards and her sister, Colleen Smith.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 30, 1 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, with the Reverend Stark Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Valatie. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 242, Valatie 12184.

Vernon J. Payne, Sr. (1937 – 2016)

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Vernon John “V.J.” Payne, Sr., died November 25, 2016.

He was born August 11, 1937 in Baltimore, Maryland.

He was a resident of Chatham for 44 years and was married to the late Jacqueline Elizabeth Payne.

Mr. Payne was a veteran and served in the Marine Crops from 1956 to 1958. He was a longtime employee of Chatham Central School District before working as a cleaner in facilities management. His last employment was in the Facilities Management Department of the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany.

Mr. Payne enjoyed helping others and spreading joy through his singing and the advice he gave to others.

He is survived by: his daughter, Simone Calkins; son, Vernon J. “Rocky” Payne, Jr. (Julie) and three grandchildren, Marcus Williams, Shay Calkins and Lauryn Calkins.

Arrangements are with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Condolences may be conveyed at

Ellen Slonczewski (1926 – 2016)

RHINEBECK—Ellen Genevieve Baker Slonczewski, 90, of Germantown died November 29, 2016 at the Baptist Home.

Born January 24, 1926 in Caroline County, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Etta (Hart) Baker.

Prior to her retirement she was employed as a secretary with S.H. Wyman for many years.

Survivors include: her three brothers, Bill Baker, Walter Baker and Allan Baker.

She was predeceased by her husband, George Slonczewski who died October 29, 1997.

There are no calling hours.

Services will be held Saturday, December 3, 11 a.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Burial will follow in the Reformed Church Cemetery, Germantown.

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