OBITUARIES: Mondello, Mondello, Leach, Scism, Fahs, VonAncken, Kilmer, Arnholter

Carl Mondello (1927 – 2017)

HURLEY—Carl J. Mondello, Jr., 89, of Hurley passed away following a house fire, along with his son, Richard, on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Born September 9, 1927 in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Carl J. Mondello, Sr., and Jeanne (Naccari) Mondello.

He was predeceased by his second wife, Mary Mondello and his two sisters, Rose Marie Falzarano and Jeannette Maher. He is survived by: his first wife and the mother of his children, Audrey Mondello of Elizaville, and his brother, James Mondello of Palm City, FL.

Mr. Mondello is also survived by: his five remaining sons, Carl, Joseph, John, Michael and Paul; five daughters, Marianne, Dianne, Catherine, Terese and Margaret; one stepson; one stepdaughter; 20 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; five daughters-in-law; two sons-in-law; one grandson-in-law and granddaughter-in-law.

He had the foresight to provide his final wishes prior to his passing.

He wants to inform his friends that he has finally gone to be with his heavenly father.

He asks to not be mourned as he was blessed with a long, healthy life surrounded by his loved ones.

He asks for everyone to pray for him as he will for you. He says to live every day to the fullest and please God and he will see us all again one day.

Mr. Mondello helped countless people as a hypnotherapist. He was a veteran of World War II in the U.S. Navy. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and a man of great faith.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Home, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Friday April 28, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday April 29, 2017, 11 a.m. at St Christopher’s Church, Red Hook. Father Patrick Buckley will officiate. Interment will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to U.S. veterans.

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Richard J. Mondello (1954 – 2017)

HURLEY—Richard Mondello, born December 13, 1955 in Brooklyn, returned to his Creator on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23, 2017.

He was retired from the New York Post newspaper where he worked most of his adult years. He was respected and appreciated.

He is survived by: his wife, Sheila; his stepdaughter, Stephanie and his three lovely step-granddaughters, Kiley, Noel and Miah all residing in Ohio.

He was the loving son of Carl Mondello, Jr., (deceased), and Audrey Mondello of Elizaville. He is also survived by his siblings and extended family, including: Carl III, Marianne, Dianne, Joseph, John, Michael, Catherine, Terese, Margaret and Paul; his many nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, colleagues and friends.

His happiest moments were making music with his siblings and going to concerts with his brother, Carl, his best friend.

Funeral services are private

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook.

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Charlene A. Leach

STUYVESANT—Charlene A. Hogan Leach, beloved wife of Robert Leach, passed away April 24, 2017.

She was born in Watervliet, raised in Latham and attended Watervliet High School.

Mrs. Leach resided in Stuyvesant for the past 55 years.

She worked on many committees helping the Town of Stuyvesant, including the original Greenway Committee and more than 20 years as a planning board member. She was director of the Waterfront Committee and was a member of the Zoning Advisory Committee. For years she belonged to the Home Bureau graciously sharing her love and knowledge of sewing, crocheting and knitting with Warm Up America, the Stuyvesant Knitting Group, and hospital gowns for children overseas.

The Stuyvesant-on-Hudson Garden Club was honored to have her as a vice president for many years. She was an active member of the former Church of the Nativity in Stuyvesant, the Rosary Society and the Stuyvesant/Stockport Seniors group. She also enjoyed boating, fishing and relaxing at her family’s camps on the Hudson River and Lake Champlain.

Mrs. Leach was predeceased by: her parents, Anna O’Brien Hogan and Joseph Hogan, Sr.;her sisters, Anna Mae Lester, Theresa Hall, Agnes Moss, Loretta Krieger, Mary Whalen, Rita Corbett Macken; brothers, Joseph Hogan, Jr., and John Hogan; brothers-in-law, John, Jerome and Harold Leach; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she will be dearly-missed by surviving sisters-in-law as well as numerous nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 1025 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Calling hours will be Friday, April 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Stuyvesant Falls. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital.

Jeffrey T. Scism (1956 – 2017)

LIVINGSTON—Jeffrey Thomas Scism, age 60, of Livingston passed April 26, 2017 at his home.

He was born June 1, 1956 at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, the son of the late Franklin and Estella (Lynk) Scism.

He grew up on the Scism egg farm in Red Hook. Mr. Scism was a strong-willed, non-stop, hard-working man all his life. He worked for the Village of Tivoli for many years. He touched many hearts. He will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by: his wife, Linda (VanWagner) Scism and his dog, Lillian; his four daughters, Heather (Kevin) Jennings, Nicole (Michael) Hedin, Jordan (Benjamin) Weaver and Sandra Weigel; a brother, Dave (Terri) Scism of Red Hook; his in-laws, Pat and Donald VanWagner; several grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was predeceased many aunts and uncles and a brother-in-law, Daniel Miller.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, April 30, noon to 2 p.m. at the Yadack Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. A reception will follow at the Clermont Firehouse, Route 9G, Clermont.

John E. Fahs, Jr. (1942 – 2017)

VALATIE—John E. Fahs, Jr., 74, of Valatie died Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Barnwell Health Facilities.

Born October 3, 1942 in New York City, he was raised in Baltimore, MD, and was the owner of Antiques by John Hick in Hudson. He previously owned an antiques store in New York City and was a real estate Agent in Cooperstown for a time.

He is survived by a daughter, Fiona Brettell of New York, and a sister, Pam Hanlon of Pensacola, FL.

Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Agnes R. VonAncken (1911 – 2017)

HILLSDALE—Agnes R. VonAncken, age 106, of Yonderview Road in Hillsdale, passed peacefully at home Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

She was born March 21, 1911 in Elmont, the daughter of Charles and Rose (Heineke) Weber.

Mrs. VonAncken had been a local resident since 1974 and was a longtime communicant of St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church and then the Parish of Our Lady of Hope in Copake Falls.

Along with her family she owned and operated a family delicatessen in Queens Village, but was most proud of being a faithful and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister.

Mrs. VonAncken was predeceased by her husband, Charles in 1970; a son, John VonAncken and a brother, Charles Weber.

Survivors include: her daughter, Rosemary Lueken of Poughquag; son and daughter-in-law, William and Jean VonAncken of Hillsdale; her grandchildren and their spouses, Laura McAlonen (Kevin), Melissa Short (Brad), Christa Beneke, (Chris), Melinda Rubenstein (Marc), Adam VonAncken (Cheralee) and Curtis VonAncken (Angela); her 14 great-grandchildren, Jordan, Kristin and Jared McAlonen, Kayla, Thomas and Jake Short, Billy and Bryan Beneke, Anna, Kyra and Maks Rubenstein, Emmett and Bennett VonAncken and Marissa VonAncken.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, May 1, 2017, 11 a.m. from the Parish of Our Lady of Hope in Copake Falls.

Friends are invited and may call Sunday April 30, 2017 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22, Copake Falls.

Interment will follow in the St. Bridget’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be offered to Community Hospice of Columbia – Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

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Lorraine M. Kilmer (1934 – 2017)

HUDSON—Lorraine M. Kilmer, 83, of Gallatin passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

She was born February 19, 1934 in Glasco, the daughter of Frank and Virginia (Hains) Sulkey.

Mrs. Kilmer was a manager and worked more than 25 years for ITW in Lakeville, CT.

On February 21, 1952 in Gallatin, she married Ralph H. Kilmer, Sr. He predeceased her December 27, 2014.

Survivors include: a son, Ralph H. Kilmer, Jr., and his wife Sandy of Ancramdale; two daughters, Rosemarie Kilmer of Gallatin, Bonnie Lilley and her husband Tommy of Ancram; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; three sisters, Ann Pellegrino of NJ, Joan Sasso of Athens and Darlene Carnelli of Tampa, FL; a brother, William Sulkey of Coxsackie; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Dawn Marie Kilmer, February 15, 2002.

Memorial calling hours are Thursday, May 4, 2017, 3 to 6 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains.

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

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are requested to the Community Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 327, Copake 12516. To sign the online register visit

Sandra N. Arnholter (1937 – 2017)

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Sandra N. Arnholter, 79, of Hillsdale passed away Friday, April 28, 2017 at Fairview Hospital.

She was born September 14, 1937 in Yonkers, the daughter of Richard T. and Edna (Barto) Niemann.

Mrs. Arnholter was a graduate of Roeliff Jansen High School.

She continued her education at the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Brooklyn and become a registered nurse.

From 1963 to 2009 she was employed by Fairview Hospital as an operating room nurse and later as a recovery room nurse.

She was a member of the Hillsdale Fire Company Auxiliary, the Cobbletones, the Hillsdale United Methodist Church Choir and served as a former trustee of the Hillsdale Rural Cemetery.

On December 20, 1958 in Hillsdale, she married William F. Arnholter. He predeceased her April 4, 2003. She was also predeceased by two sisters, Gloria Petith and Janet Niemann.

Mrs. Arnholter is survived by: three daughters and their husbands, Bonnie and John Dawson, Betsy and Mark Edelman and Amy and Clint Baird, all of Hillsdale; her grandchildren and their spouses, James and Jackie Dawson, Brian and Anita Edelman, Micheal and G.G. Baird and Tanya and Buddy Woodard; 12 great-grandchildren, Alexander Dawson, Chloe, Rhianna and Ryan Edelman, Lilian, Sadie, Aubrey, Logan and Callan Baird, Veronica, R.J. and Scarlette Woodard along with a niece, Laurie Kipp and a nephew, Paul Petith.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 1, 2017, 2 p.m. from the Hillsdale United Methodist Church.

Calling hours will be private.

Interment will be in the Hillsdale Rural Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be offered to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534 or the Fairview Hospital Annual Fund, 29 Lewis Avenue, Great Barrington, MA 01230.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22, Copake Falls. To send an online condolence visit

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