OBITUARIES: Gay, Kernan, Bushnell, Sheldon, Cernak, Erwin

Malcolm M. Gay (1959 – 2017)

HUDSON—Malcolm MacIan Gay, 57, of Hudson died Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. He was under the care of Community Hospice after a long and valiant battle against melanoma.

Born December 30, 1959 in Poughkeepsie, he was the son of the late Robert C. Gay, who passed away in 2010 and Genevieve “Vieve” (McKean) Gay of Kinderhook.

Besides his mother, Mr. Gay is survived by: his brothers, Walter and Brian, both of Valatie; nieces, a nephew and cousins.

A 1979 graduate of Ichabod Crane High School, he worked at Coarc, several stores and at Anytime Home Care for the last 10 years.

Calling hours and a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church in Valatie will be announced at a later date. Interment will be private. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

The family thanks those who cared for him at Barnwell, The Cavell House, Columbia Memorial Hospital and Community Hospice for their kindness and compassion. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and co-workers. He was a friend to everyone he met. Contributions in Mr. Gay’s name may be made to COARC, the Valatie Presbyterian Church or the Valatie Rescue Squad.

Cara Lynn Kernan (1969 – 2017)

HILLSDALE—Cara Lynn Kernan, 47, passed away at home Friday, February 17, 2017.

She was born October 12, 1969 in Mt. Kisco, the daughter of Joseph and Rita (Brust) Iantorno, Jr., of Bedford.

Ms. Kernan worked in several offices for Columbia County Department of Social Services in Hudson.

She was a warm, caring and a fierce friend. She also had an unmatched love for all animals.

She was a member of the Hillsdale Fire Company and its Ladies Auxiliary.

In addition to her parents, survivors include: her beloved children, Nicole R. Kernan, Marissa E. Kernan and Justin R. Kernan all of Copake; her Aunt Patricia and Uncle Mike Iantorno; several cousins and former husband, Justin P. Kernan of Copake.

She had a very special relationship with her late grandmother, Antoinette Iantorno.

Calling hours are Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 5 to 8 p.m. at Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22 in Copake.

Funeral service and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hillsdale Fire Company, 9387 State Route 22, Hillsdale 12529.

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Robert V. Bushnell (1934 – 2017)

SHARON, CT—Robert V Bushnell, 82, of Germantown passed away Monday, February 20, 2017 at Sharon Hospital.

Born February 22, 1934, in Salisbury, CT, he was the son of the late George W. and Hazel (Brown) Bushnell.

He attended Housatonic Central Schools. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1954 and served for 4 years.

After the military, Mr. Bushnell was a plumber and electrician throughout the Salisbury area with his brother, George. He also worked for the Watta-Crete Company, Inc. in Canaan, CT, for many years.

Mr. Bushnell married Jeanette Clum August 23, 1975 at St. John’s Reformed Church in Red Hook. She survives at home.

He was as avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, gardening and working outdoors.

In addition to his wife of 41 years, he is survived by: his brothers, Louis Bushnell of Canaan, CT, Ralph (June) Bushnell of Lady Lake, FL, and Harold (Audrey) Bushnell of Stanfordville; a sister, Adelle Bushnell of Canaan, CT; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, extended family and friends.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Samuel, and George Bushnell.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook.

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Robert W. Sheldon, Jr. (1942 – 2017)

DALTON, MA—Robert Wesley Sheldon, Jr., passed away February 20, 2017 at Craneville Place.

Born November 12, 1942 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Robert Wesley, Sr., and Dorothy L. Sheldon.

He grew up and attended school in Chatham, after graduating in 1961 he went on to Voorness Technical Institute in New York City, where he studied automobile mechanics and graduated in 1963.

He worked as horse groomer at different race tracks in the Northeast. He enjoyed being around horses, enjoyed stock car races and sports, especially the Yankees.

He is survived by: his sisters, Marlene (William) Hammond, Beverly J. Norwood, D. Roberta Haith, Joan Sheldon and Kathleen J. (Robert) Kruzinski, and many other relatives.

Mr. Sheldon was predeceased by his sisters, Claudia Pugh and Sharon Brown and nephew, Rodney Brown.

Calling hours will be Friday, February 24 from 10:30 a.m. to noon with religious services following directly at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Interment will follow at Chatham Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Mr. Sheldon’s name may be made to the Payne AME Church, 6 High Street, Chatham. 12037. Condolences may be conveyed at

Olga Cernak (1929 – 2017)

GHENT—Olga Cernak, 87, of Greenport died Tuesday February 14 at Whittier Skilled Nursing Center.

Born December 5, 1929 in New York City, she was the daughter of Frank and Anna (Ciganek) Anger.

Mrs. Cernak loved all animals, and got great pleasure feeding them in her backyard. She also enjoyed cooking, and sharing her culinary skills in the bakery of Price Chopper as a cake decorator.

Mrs. Cernak is survived by: her son, John (Valerie) Cernak; daughter, Beverly (Bill) Mesick; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Mesick, William Mesick, III, Christina Cernak and John Cernak, III; sister, Mary Turek; brother, Frank Anger; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, John; granddaughter, Heidi Mesick and brother, Rudolph Anger.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 25, 10:30 a.m. from the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visitation will be prior to the service from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Cernak’s name may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.

Marin Erwin (1945 – 2017)

LIVINGSTON—Marin “Moses” Erwin, 71, also nicknamed “Butch” by his friends, longtime Hudson resident and recently of Livingston, died peacefully Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Hudson January 21, 1945, he was the son of the late Marin and Helen (Robinson) Erwin.

He is survived by: his daughter, Kali L. Erwin and many family members and friends.

Family and friends will meet Wednesday, February 22 11:15 to 11:30 a.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport to proceed to the Linlithgo Cemetery for graveside funeral prayers at noon. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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