OBITUARIES: Coleman, Weaver, Wood, Pearson, Rohrer

Sharon A. Coleman (1943 – 2016)

VALATIE—Sharon A. Coleman, 73, of Hudson died peacefully at the Barnwell Nursing Home, December 29, 2016 in the company of her family.

Born in Hudson, February 12, 1943, she is the daughter of Charles B. June of Philmont and the late Mildred F. (Hamm) June.

Sharon was employed for many years with Emsig Manufacturing in Hudson, and later for Walmart.

She will be greatly missed by her loving family including: daughters, Terri Lynn Henderson, Lori Jean (Frank) Longe and the late Shanal Coleman and several siblings. She is also survived by: her grandchildren, Amanda Webb, Amber Longe, Mecca, E.L., Madena Henderson, Cameron Coleman; great-grandchildren, Chasity Feliciano, Destiny and Serenity Frazier and Nylah Henderson.

There will be a memorial service Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Family and friends will gather at 10:30 a.m. and services will begin at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are requested to the Alliance for Positive Health, 927 Broadway, Albany 12207. To leave online condolences visit

John D. Weaver (1943 – 2016)

ALBANY—John Weaver of Valatie passed away peacefully at the age of 73 at The Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital, Saturday, December 31, 2016.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 51 years, Dianne (Dallas); his daughter, Lori Weaver (Michael Salvatore); his mother-in-law, Betty Dallas; his brother-in-law, Robert Dallas (Bonnie); his niece, nephews, great-nephews and many friends.

Mr. Weaver served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He then worked as a manager at S & H Green Stamps in Hudson until it closed. He later worked at Crellin Plastics in Chatham. While employed there he started a floral business out of his home. He left Crellin to pursue his passion for floral design and opened The Flower Shed Florist in Chatham.

After he sold the business, Mr. Weaver went to work at Floral Expressions in Hudson. Later, Mr. and Mrs. Weaver relocated and Mr. Weaver became a designer at Bud’s Greenhouse and Florist in Schodack until he retired in 2012.

Mr. Weaver loved working with the public. He had a special way of bringing a smile to everyone he met. He had a passion for painting, arts and crafts and spending time with family and friends.

Family will receive friends Friday, January 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

In lieu of flowers, send donations in his memory to: Our Community Cares, Inc., P.O. Box 463, Ghent 12075. Condolences may be conveyed at

Gerald E. Wood (1940 – 2017)

ALBANY—Gerald E. Wood, 76, of Hudson died Sunday, January 1, 2017 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born August 19, 1940, in Hudson, he was the son of Daniel Wood, Helen Mueller Webster and Charles Webster, Jr., all deceased.

Affectionately known as “Woody,” Mr. Wood spent his entire life dedicated to youth and community service. His careers included recreation director at the New York State Division for Youth Brookwood Secure Facility, Hudson Youth commissioner and executive director of the Hudson Boy’s Club. He was committed to athletics and was one of the original players for the Tri-County Vikings semi-pro football team, Hudson High School athletic director and Bluehawks football coach for more than 20 years. For many years, he was an officer and umpire of the Hudson Little League. His other community were as an American Legion member, Hudson Flag Day chairman and Hudson Youth Department recreation supervisor.

Mr. Wood served on the Hudson City School District Board of Education and was a past senior class adviser. He was a life member of J.W. Edmonds Hose Company and was honored as Hudson Rotary Club’s Man of the Year. Mr. Wood served in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation from high school and was honorably discharged after four years of service.

He was also a dedicated member of the Hudson Elk’s Lodge #787. The lodge was his family, and he served on every committee, board, and office that was available. He is a past exalted ruler and achieved the title of district deputy.

Mr. Wood leaves to cherish his memory: his son, Christopher (Gretchen) Wood; daughters, Michele Wood Clarke, Jennifer Wood (fiancé Daniel Sunn); grandchildren, Dylan Clarke, Olivia and Addison Mann, Jordyn and Michael Wood; great-grandchildren, Austin and Noah Wood; siblings, Ronald Wood, Charlie Webster and Charlene Morocco; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, James Mueller.

Funeral services from the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson will be held Thursday, January 5 at 10 a.m. Interment will be in the family plot at Cedar Park Cemetery. Visitation hours at the funeral home are Wednesday, January 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions in Mr. Wood’s name may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 50 Colvin Avenue, Albany 12206

Immediately following the funeral service and interment, a celebration of Mr. Wood’s life will continue with refreshment and fellowship at the Hudson Elks Lodge, 201 Harry Howard Avenue.

John J. Pearson (1963 – 2016)

ELIZAVILLE—John Jerome Pearson, 53, of Elizaville died peacefully at home Saturday, December 31, 2016.

He was born October 4, 1963 in Poughkeepsie to the late Harold and Margaret (nee, Steele) Pearson.

Mr. Pearson had a great love for his fur babies and was a member of the Mid-Hudson Kennel Club.

Straight out of high school, he went to serve in the Air Force.

Mr. Pearson married the love of his life, Susan J. Swanson July 1, 1997 in East Fishkill.

He is survived by: his wife, Susan J. Swanson; sons, Aj Phillip Swanson and Tyler Allen Swanson; grandson, Caleb Wes Swanson; his fur babies, Kobe, Sadie, Sukie and Stroker; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews who he loved very much.

He was predeceased by four brothers, Wayne, Tommy, Harry Billy Pearson.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 5, 11:30 a.m. at Burnett & White Funeral Home, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook.

Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday, January 4 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Bernard Rescue Foundation, c/o Carol Varner Beck, 800 Elk Creek Road, Tail, OR 97541.

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Josephine R. Rohrer (1924 – 2017)

ALBANY—Josephine R. Rohrer, 92, of Valatie died Monday, January 2, 2017 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born January 29, 1924 in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Johann and Mary (Smolinski) Bradtke.

Mrs. Rohrer ran the ice cream stand at Samascott’s for more than 30 years and was affectionately known as the “ice cream lady.” She also worked as a certified nurse’s assistant at Barnwell for 20 years. She was an avid New York Yankees fan and dearly loved her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by: three children, William H. Rohrer (Suzanne), Richard R. Rohrer (Sandy) and Sharon A. Thorsey (Robert), all of Valatie; five grandchildren, Glenn, Graig, William, Michelle and Bryan; and eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, William J. Rohrer.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, January 5 at St. John the Baptist Church, Route 9, Valatie, with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Burial will be in the Gerald B.H. Solomon National Cemetery at a later date. There were no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

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