OBITUARIES: Nero, Alexander, Dugan, Fisher, Piazza

Diana M. Nero (1938 – 2017)

HUDSON—Diana M. Nero, 79, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family June 12, 2017.

She was born April 9, 1938 in Ghent to Burton and Alice (Stahlbush) Sanford. On October 30, 1982, she married Carmen Nero.

Mrs. Nero worked as a nurse’s aide at Barnwell Nursing Home before becoming a homemaker. She was a past member of the ladies auxiliary at Roger’s Hose. She enjoyed traveling (especially to Biloxi, MS), gardening, family gatherings and spending time with her family, especially her great-grandsons, Brendan and Austin.

Mrs. Nero is survived by: her husband, Carmen Nero; her children, BrendaLee and Eric Almstead, David and Lisa Tenace, Benjamin and Lisa Wildman, and Richard Tenace; her grandchildren, Erica and Chris Howard, Michelle and Brian Laurange, Chantel and Mark Born, Meagan and Wayne Kuehling, Wade and Liz Wildman, Brionna Wildman, Mark, Brian, Jacob Tenace, Janine, Andrea and Maria Nero; also eight great-grandchildren, Brendan and Austin Laurange, Hayden and Harper Born, Aurora and Weston Wildman, and David and Mya Tenace; step-children, Carmen, Jr., and Joan Nero, Fred and Anita Nero, and Gina Nero; many nieces, nephews and cousins; her longtime friends, Bob and Brenda (Goody) Mathews.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 16 from Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Interment was in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Matthew J. Alexander (1939 – 2017)

ALBANY—Matthew J. Alexander, 78, passed away June 14, 2017 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

He was born on January 3, 1939 in Solvay, to Tracey and Anna (Myers) Alexander. After graduating high school Mr. Alexander went on to serve his country in the U.S. Air Force. At the age of 15, he started working for Klein Kill Fruit Farm. He went on to work for the Department of Transportation as a foreman out of Martindale. After 34 years working on the Taconic State Parkway, he retired and went on to drive school bus for Patsy Zanchelli until 2007. Mr. Alexander was an avid sports fan, especially baseball and the New York Mets. He will be remembered for his dedication to his family, and unselfishness towards those he loved. He was a 54-year member of C.H. Evans Fire Company, and a 40-plus-year member of the Stockport Fire Company.

Mr. Alexander is survived by: his loving wife of 52 years, Shirley; his daughter, Sandra Reutzel; granddaughter, Nicole Reutzel; grandson, Michael Reutzel, Jr.; his pride and joy, his great-grandsons, Richard Brennan, Jr., and Michael Reutzel; his brother, William Alexander; his sisters, Doris Visker and Patrica Hilpertshauser; his ex-son-in-law, Michael Reutzel, whom he still thought of as his son-in-law.

Funeral services will be conducted, Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 11 a.m. from the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Interment will follow in Hillsdale Rural Cemetery. Visitation hours will be Monday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Edna S. Dugan (1921 – 2017)

GHENT—Edna Stickles Dugan, 96, of Ghent and formerly Hudson, died Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Whittier Nursing Home.

Born April 3, 1921 in Northumberland (Saratoga County), she was the daughter of the late Ezra and Myrtle (Boice) Stickles. Ms. Dugan was a machine operator with Universal Match Company in Greenport and retired after 39 years in 1984.

Survivors include: her nieces and nephews, Lori and (Brian) Collins, Linda Adams, Patricia Crosby Lukas, Harry Stickles, Shawn Stickles and William Stickles; grandchildren, Matthew Dugan and Melissa Dugan.

She was predeceased by: her son, Donald Dugan; sisters, Dorothy Stickles, Louise Brauski, Lillian Roetina, Rose Klima, Ida Stickles and Ethel Crosby; four brothers, Albert Stickles, William Stickles and two infant brothers as well as several nieces and nephews.

A calling hour takes place Thursday, June 22, 11 a.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Funeral prayers follow at noon at the funeral home with the Reverend Barbara Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Mellenville Cemetery. To leave online condolences visit

Mary Jane Fisher (1938 – 2017)

HUDSON—Mary Jane Fisher, 78, of Hudson, a lifelong resident, died peacefully with her family at her side, Saturday June 17, 2017.

She was born in Hudson, July 19, 1938 to the late Thomas and Martha (Gardinier) Torchia.

She was a graduate of Hudson High School and then worked as secretary to the Director of Nursing at Columbia Memorial Hospital. She was also a teacher’s aide with Hudson City School District for 28 years until her retirement. She was a member of the Sacred Heart/ Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Shrine in Hudson.

She is survived by: her beloved husband of 59 years, William C. Fisher at home; sons, Thomas D. (Maria) Fisher of Hudson, William C. (Diane) Fisher of Ravena; daughters, Joan E. Fisher and Lynn K. Fisher, both of Hudson; one sister, Phyllis A. Brabender of Hudson; grandchildren, Caterina, Julianna and Antonio and one great-grandson, Mark. She was predeceased by an infant sister, Janet Torchia.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, June 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. A Traditional Latin Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Wednesday, June 21, 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart/ Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Shrine, Route 9, Greenport with Fr. Joseph Collins officiating. Committal prayers will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery Hudson. To leave online condolences visit

Frank P. Piazza, Jr. (1938 – 2017)

STUYVESANT—Frank P. Piazza, Jr., 79, of Stuyvesant died Sunday, June 18, 2017 at his home.

Born February 23, 1938, he was the son of the late Frank P., Sr., and Melva (Lee) Piazza.

He is survived by: his wife, Lynne Gibbons; four children, Frank P. Piazza, III, of Stockton, UT, Joni Adams of Schenectady, Rose Gorton of Vacaville, CA, and Angela Hansen of East Greenbush; a sister, Phyllis Drew of Delmar; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Lee George Piazza.

Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

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