OBITUARIES: Kellerhouse, Chakot, Florio, Sullivan, Reynolds

Robert H. Kellerhouse, Jr. (1941 – 2016)

GHENT—Robert H. Kellerhouse, Jr., 75, of Ghent died Tuesday December 6 at his residence.

Born November 21, 1941 in Hudson, he was the son of Robert H. and Pauline (Bednar) Kellerhouse, Sr.

Mr. Kellerhouse was a bottle inspector at the Canada Dry bottling plant in Hudson. He was a dedicated member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, serving as a trustee, a member of the Proclaimers Gospel Group, and enjoyed attending Bible Study at church. He loved music, playing the guitar, and singing.

Mr. Kellerhouse was a loving, devoted family man. Family was his number one priority.

He will be forever loved and deeply missed by: his wife, Karen (Harp) Kellerhouse; sons, Kenneth (Christy) Kellerhouse and Michael (Angela) Kellerhouse; grandchildren, Sydney and Alexander Kellerhouse; brother, Richard (Ellen) Kellerhouse; several nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law, John Harp, Brian (Tina) Harp, Raymond Wolchak; aunts, Ruth Koglman, Ida Jutkofsky and Teddy Keiser. He was predeceased by his sister-in-law, Catherine Wolchak.

Funeral services were Friday, December 9 from the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Hudson.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Arrangements were with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences.

Loretta E. Chakot (1950 – 2016)

CHATHAM—After a courageous two-year battle with cancer, Loretta (Shetsky) Chakot of Clark Road, Chatham passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, December 7 with her loving family by her side.

Born January 9, 1950 in Hudson, she was the daughter of John and Catherine (Rogers) Shetsky.

Mrs. Chakot had a contagious smile that lit up every room she entered. She was a selfless person who always put others before herself. Family was her number one priority. She was a devoted, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She retired from the Taconic Hills School District transportation department after 17 years of dedicated service. Prior to that, she worked at the Universal Match Corp.

Mrs. Chakot was a member of the American Cancer Society Hope Club of Latham. She enjoyed dining out, and loved the beach and travel to tropical destinations.

She is survived by: her husband of 49-years, Michael Chakot, Sr.; her sons, Michael (Lisa) Chakot, Jr., and Jason Chakot; three grandchildren, Christopher, Nicole and Julia Chakot; siblings, Valerie (Jack) Proper, John (Donna) Shetsky, Jr., Sandra (Thomas) Tiano, Michael (Mary) Shetsky, Eugene (Sue Ann) Shetsky, David (Elsie) Shetsky, Catherine Shetsky and Richard (Pam) Shetsky; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sisters, Virginia Bazonski, Patricia Decker, and brother, Harry Coons.

Funeral services were December 10 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mrs. Chakot’s name may be made to the ACS Hope Club, 1 Penny Lane Latham 12110 or Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

John V. Florio, Jr. (1951 – 2016)

STOTTVILLE—John Vincent Florio, Jr., 65, of Stottville passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family Sunday, December 11, 2016.

Born May 7, 1951 in Hudson, he was the son of the late John V. Sr., and Santa (Scott) Florio.

A graduate of Hudson High School, he went to work for the family contracting business, John V. Florio Building Contractor.

He worked as the building inspector and code enforcement office for the Town of Greenport for 13 years, and has served on several town planning boards. Mr. Florio was an exceptional saxophonist, played in three local bands over the years, and his love of music will live on through his grandsons. He cared for his community and was a member of the National Guard, former president of the Sons and Daughters of Italy and was a member of many other local organizations.

Mr. Florio is survived by: his devoted wife of 45-years, Donna Marie (Graziano) Florio and will be deeply missed by his children, Michelle Florio, John “Vince” (Nicole) Florio, III, Jeannette Florio; grandsons, Anthony David and Dominic John; brother, Charles Florio (Debby Colarusso); sister, Tina Florio (Richard Hoyt); sister-in-law, Debra Lynn (Tim) Melanson; nephew/godson, Trevor Melanson; his close family and friends.

Calling hours will be on Wednesday, December 14, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m., Thursday, December 15 at St. Joseph’s Church, Stottville. Burial will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Donations in Mr. Florio’s memory may be made to the Healthcare Consortium, 325 Columbia Street, Suite 200, Hudson 12534. Write in memory of John Florio, Jr., on the memo line.

John “Jack” Sullivan (1925 – 2016)

HUDSON—John “Jack” C. Sullivan, 91, originally of Hudson and more recently of Claverack passed away peacefully Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. The son of James and Beatrice (nee, Garrison) Sullivan, he was born in Hudson, March 24, 1925 and graduated from Hudson High School, a member of the Class of 1943.

Upon graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy during wartime and was assigned to the 7th Beach Battalion, Platoon B4. He became one of the members of his unit who was “responsible to get the men and supplies safely across the beach so they could head inland to fight the enemy.” At age 19, Mr. Sullivan’s first major engagement was in Normandy, France, where his unit arrived at Omaha Beach at Hour 25. He served on that famous beach for 22 days—living in a foxhole on the beach until June 29, 1944, when the 7th Beach Battalion secured it.

From Normandy, Mr. Sullivan was reassigned to the Pacific Theater, where he and his unit furnished the same service, first during the bloody and costly Battle of Iwo Jima and, finally, at the crushingly long Battle of Okinawa, where America suffered over 70,000 casualties.

Upon returning to the Hudson Valley, he was employed by IBM in Poughkeepsie and Kingston for 41 years. He lived, during that period, on Parker Avenue in Hyde Park with his parents and younger sister, Patty. He retired from IBM, July 1, 1987.

Mr. Sullivan belonged to the Quarter Century Club at IBM, and was a 30-year member of the Hyde Park Lions Club. He also was an active member of the VFW and the American Legion, as well as the Rogers Point Boat Club in Hyde Park.

He loved music, especially the music of the Big Band era, with Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey among his favorites. He greatly enjoyed his work as a trombonist with the IBM Concert and Dance Band, though, in his typical self-deprecating way, he was quick to remind people that his father, also a musician, always told him: “The only thing you lack is talent.” Mr. Sullivan and his good friend and fellow musician, Frank Spies, enjoyed many hours talking about music and listening to “the greats.”

He kept his sense of humor until the end. Wherever he was, and no matter who he was with, he had an irrepressible wit. His well-timed delivery of his inventory of humorous Vaudeville-style one-liners will not be forgotten by anyone who had the pleasure of hearing them.

Mr. Sullivan was also known for his extraordinary generosity to his friends and loved ones, always offering help to those in need. For decades, he served as a volunteer for hospice and took great pride in the simple ministry of companionship and conversation he furnished during the final days of his patients’ lives. He was a prayerful man, reminding his family that “tomorrow is not given,” and was a lifelong parishioner of St. Mary’s/Holy Trinity Parish in Hudson.

Mr. Sullivan was predeceased by his parents, James and Beatrice Sullivan and two sisters, Margaret Sullivan McNamara and Patricia Sullivan Barnard. He is survived by: several nieces, nephews and cousins, Patricia Simonoff and James (Barbara) and Brian McNamara of Erie, PA, Daniel McNamara of Los Angeles, CA, Scott Barnard (Stephanie) of Atlanta, GA, Laurie Adkins (John) of Guin, AL, and Marlene Carwile (Ray) of Port Richey, FL. He is also survived by his very dear friend and companion, Lucy Grater, now of Billerica, MA, and his fellow musician and good and faithful friend, Frank Spies.

Mr. Sullivan will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him. He was truly “one of a kind,” an authentic representative of the Greatest Generation. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be planned during the summer 2017 and announced in advance.

Arrangements are with the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. To leave online condolences visit www.saccomcdonaldvalenti.com. In lieu of flowers, send memorial gifts to Community Hospice.

Tonya L. Reynolds (1938 – 2016)

KINDERHOOK—Tonya “Toni” L. Reynolds, 78, of Kinderhook passed away at her home December 12.

She spent many years as a librarian in the Ichabod Crane Primary School and the Kinderhook Memorial Library and her entire life as gifted artist and illustrator.

Born May 1, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Melville and Lovetta Leon of Binghamton.

She is survived by: her sister, Sara Broadbent of Cary, NC; her husband of 58-years, Mark; two sons, Kent (Eloise) and Christopher (Mary); daughter, Courtney Herrick (Tony); six grandchildren, Kirby, George, Alexander, Peter, Madeleine and Holden; a nephew, Eric Olmstead (Wendy) and niece, Tonya Boezi (Brian).

In accordance with her wishes, there will be a private memorial for the family. Calling hours will be held Saturday, December 17, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA, or the Kinderhook Memorial Library.

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