OBITUARIES: Finch, Hermance, Vergopia, Longe, Branam

Robert E. Finch (1935 – 2016)

LIVINGSTON—Robert E. Finch of Livingston died peacefully with his loving family by his side, Wednesday, December 21, 2016.

Born February 13, 1935 in Hudson, he was the son of Sidney and Johanna (Lagitch) Finch.

Mr. Finch was retired from the U.S. Postal Service after more than 30 years of dedicated service. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

Mr. Finch was a diehard New York Yankees and Giants fan. When his children were young, he enjoyed coaching Babe Ruth Baseball and Hudson Girl’s Softball Leagues.

Survivors include: his wife, Eleanor “Toni” Finch; sons, William and Paul Finch; daughters, Jane Finch and Karen (Kevin) Scheriff; two granddaughters, Emily and Abigail Scheriff; a sister, Jean Conte; a sister-in-law, Jane (Verner) Mize; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Mildred Nartowitz and sister-in-law, Anna Richman.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated December 27 at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway Suite 1509, New York City 10018

Arrangements were with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Lawrence Hermance, Sr. (1936 – 2016)

LIVINGSTON—Lawrence John Hermance, Sr., 80, of Livingston passed away peacefully December 30, 2016 at Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born September 1, 1936 in Hudson, he was the son of Charles and Dorothy (Ham) Hermance, both deceased.

Mr. Hermance retired from IBM after 36 years of employment. Following retirement he continued to work for the Health Care Consortium. Mr. Hermance was a member of the Livingston Memorial Church of Linlithgo, and was former coach of the winning Taghkanic Indians Little League team. He was also a member and past chairman of the Town of Livingston Planning Board. Mr. Hermance was a life-member and past president of Livingston Pumper Company #1, where he served also as Livingston District chief, and served on the Board of Fire Commissioners. Mr. Hermance loved his family and thoroughly enjoyed the antics of his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed meeting his five great-grandchildren, and looked forward to spending time with them. He loved trips to the Outer Banks and was always ready for a game of cards. He was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Mr. Hermance leaves to cherish his memory: his wife of 59 years, Eleanor Kline Hermance of Livingston; daughter, Cynthia (Norman) Burtt of Conway, SC; son, Lawrence (Lori) Hermance, Jr. of Valatie; daughter, Suzanne (Kevin) Holdridge of Cairo; daughter-in-law, Stacy Hermance of Livingston; grandchildren, Shelly Gilbert, Stephanie Burtt, Ashley Bard, Meghan Hermance, Lawrence Hermance, III, Brittney Brockett, Kelley Steele, Kyle Hermance, Jennifer Holdridge, and Ryan Holdridge; great-grandchildren, Connor and Alaina Gilbert, Avery Wade, Abigail Brockett and Logan Steele; nieces, Sabrina, Melissa and Nichole, along with a large extended family.

Mr. Hermance was predeceased by his son, Scott Hermance in 2006, and his brother, Gordon Hermance (WV) in 2014.

Funeral services are Monday, January 2, 11 a.m. from the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visitation will be Sunday, January 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern NY, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany 12205

Elizabeth Vergopia (1921 – 2016)

ALBANY—Elizabeth Vergopia of Craryville passed away December 29, 2016 at Albany Medical Center with her family by her side.

Born October 31, 1921 in the Bronx, she was the daughter of the late Giltan and Francesca Iarriccio Evangelist.

She was born and raised in the Bronx. She married her husband, Joseph in 1957.

As a young lady, she was a private shopper at Bloomingdale’s in Manhattan and worked with notables such as Zsa Zsa Gabor and others. She came to Columbia County in 1973. She and her husband were owners of the Catamount Inn and Take One Video in Hudson.

She was devoted to her husband and family. Mrs. Vergopia loved her time with her family and had just recently become a great-grandmother. She enjoyed music, especially opera, and loved to cook.

Mrs. Vergopia is survived by: her daughter, Dorothea (Keith) Celentano of Hillsdale; her stepson, Sal (Janet) Vergopia of Saddle River, NJ; her granddaughters, Kristen (Steve) Gazone and Farrell Vergopia; her grandson, Edward (Maryana Kozlova) Vergopia; her great-granddaughter, Ellie Josephine Garzone; her sister, Dorothea Stern; many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph; her sister, Angelina Argentina and her brother, Giltan Evangelist.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Vergopia’s name may be made to Albany Medical Center Neuro Sciences Unit D5E, 47 New Scotland Avenue, Albany 12208.

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

Charlotte Longe

HUDSON—Charlotte Longe, 66, of Hudson died Thursday, December 22.

She was predeceased by parents, Kenneth Longe and Geraldine Secor and brother, Dale Longe.

She is survived by: siblings, Calla Pulcher of South Carolina, Daniel Longe of Nebraska, Susan Branch of California, Keith Longe of South Carolina and Scott Longe of New York.

At her request there will be no services.

Arrangements were with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Joyce Ann Branam (1957 – 2016)

MELLENVILLE—Joyce Ann Trowbridge Branam, 59, of Hudson passed away Monday, December 26, 2016 in Mellenville.

She was born July 16, 1957 in Milwaukee, WI, and was the daughter of the late Robert M. and Frances A. (Leck) Trowbridge.

After high school, she served several years with the U.S. Navy. She recently worked in the office at Coarc in Mellenville. Ms. Branam was a devoted and loving mother, and grandmother and had a special love for animals.

She will be greatly missed by: her son and his fiance, Kevin J. Branam and Crystyn Begley; her brother, Bob (Debbie) Trowbridge of Livingston; two sisters, Pamela Mobley of Valatie and Lynn (David) Wolfner of Schodack; one granddaughter, Alyssa Kaylynn Branam; nieces and nephews, Scott, Bobby, Kelly and Courtney.

Funeral services were December 30 at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport, with Pastor Jonathan Hodges officiating. Burial followed in Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson. Memorial contributions are requested to: Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

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