OBITUARIES: Pasco, Monk, Robertson, Lahut, Battista

Daniel W. Pasco (1944 – 2017)

HUDSON—Daniel W. Pasco, 72, of Hudson, a longtime Red Hook area resident, passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born June 27, 1944, in Corvallis, OR, he was the son of the late Peter D. and Virginia (Morse) Pasco.

Mr. Pasco married Gwen Gardner July 3, 1982 in Ghent and she survives at home in Hudson.

He served in the United States Air Force Military Police.

For many years and until his retirement, Mr. Pasco worked as a second level social studies teacher at Red Hook High School in Red Hook. Following his retirement, and for the next 25 years, he was an entrepreneur. He owned and operated The Outpost; a discount beverage store in Livingston; Pasco Screen Printing; a bed and breakfast; and the Moosehead Tavern in Claverack. Mr. Pasco was also an owner and breeder of thoroughbred horses.

Always active, he was a former member of the Red Hook VFW Post #7765. He coached both Red Hook High School football and baseball, he played softball for many years throughout the Hudson Valley, and is a member of the Hudson Valley Softball Hall of Fame.

In addition to his loving wife Gwen, he is survived by: his children, Peter (Victoria) Pasco of Germantown, Ashley Pasco of Hudson, Katarina Pasco of Hudson and Lance Drake of Lynchburg, VA; a sister, Linda Hamilton of Saratoga; two brothers, Ronald Pasco of Augusta, ME, and Gary Pasco of Red Hook; his grandchildren, Caitlin (Adam) Rice of Philmont, Alyssa, Kelsey, Dana and Brady Pasco, all of Germantown; along with nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m. A celebration of Mr. Pasco’s life with military honors will be held at 7 p.m. Interment will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, P.O. Box 834, Saratoga Springs 12866 or at: For directions or to sign the online guest book visit

Camron Monk (2014 – 2017)

GREENPORT—Camron Monk, 2, of Greenport, son of Brendon Monk and Krysta Slemp, died June 2, 2017 at his home after a long illness.

He was born November 20, 2014 in Hudson.

Camron was a vibrant, outgoing child who battled Myotubular Myopathy. He defied the odds against this rare muscle disorder every step of the way.

Camron was the happiest kid one would ever meet. He never let his disease bring him down. He fought so hard to overcome every obstacle in his way, that is why he will always be “Our Little Solider.” He could melt a heart with a bat of his long lashes or his smile that could light up the room.

He is survived by: his parents, Krysta Slemp and Brendon Monk; his brother, Jayden Monk; his grandparents, Glaron Monk, Terry Coons, Sandra Underwood-Dart and William Dart; his great-grandparents; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to his family and any money remaining after expenses are paid will be donated to the MTM Family Conference. Donations may be sent to: Brendon Monk, 51 Middle Road Lot #6, Hudson 12534.

Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. Services will be held at 1 p.m. with the Reverend David Tipple officiating.

A reception and time of remembrance will be held after the service at the Reformed Church, 20 Church Avenue, Germantown.

Condolences may be conveyed at

John M. Robertson (1952 – 2017)

ALBANY—John Mark Robertson, 64, of Stuyvesant Falls died Friday, June 2, 2017 at Albany Medical Center.

Born June 30, 1952 in Florham Park, NJ, he was the son of the late George and Wilma Robertson of Beesleys Point, NJ.

He graduated from Lebanon Valley College in PA, with a degree in education and became a teacher in that area.

He later moved to Stuyvesant Falls to become plant manager at Allied Healthcare Products, where he was employed for 28 years.

He met his wife, Faith in Stuyvesant Falls, and they were married a short time later. They were together for 23 years. Mr. Robertson was a very easy-going person who loved reading a good book and sitting in the backyard watching his horses, Sealy and Lexy. He also loved cooking and preparing fantastic meals on the grill. He was a great lover of animals. His dogs, Jack and Casper, and kitty cat, Top Cat, will greatly miss him.

He is survived by: his loving and devoted wife, Faith (Briscoe) Robertson, who considered him her sole mate. He is also survived by: his step-daughter, Hope Van Tassel and her husband, Steve, along with his wonderful grandchildren, Elizabeth “Lizzy-lu” Desmonie and Joseph “Jo-jo” Desmonie of Stuyvesant Falls; his sister, Dale (Robertson) Snyder and her husband, Doug of Beesleys Point, NJ; his brother, George Robertson and his wife, Dodie of Boones Mill, VA; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sandy and Ron Briscoe; his mother-in-law, Marie Briscoe of Stuyvesant Falls; many nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours. A private memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534, CAPP Animal Placement, 279 Troy Road, Suite 9, Rensselaer 12144 or the Valatie Rescue Squad.

The family thanks the Valatie Rescue Squad, Stuyvesant Falls and Stuyvesant fire companies, and Albany Medical Center Emergency Room staff. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Carol A. Lahut

ALBANY—Carol Ann Lahut, 56, of the Town of Kinderhook, passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017, at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born in Hudson, she was the daughter of William R. Brown and Marie Cullen.

She is survived by her loving husband of 27 years, Mark. In addition to her parents she is also survived by her brother, Robert Brown of Stottville. She was predeceased by her brother, William A. Brown, who was a corporal in the United States Marine Corps and was killed in Vietnam in 1970. Ms. Lahut was also proud of her father’s service in the United States Army during World War II.

She was raised in Stottville and later moved to Stuyvesant Falls, graduating from Ichabod Crane High School. She later earned a bachelors degree from Pine Manor College and a masters degree from SUNY Albany. Ms. Lahut worked as an English teacher at Ichabod Crane High School for more than 28 years.

In her teens and early twenties she was an accomplished actor, participating in more than 40 drama and musical productions in New York and Massachusetts. At her graduation from Pine Manor College, Ms. Lahut received an award for acting from Dorothy McGuire. She felt her acting experiences helped her to reach out to her students. She was always kind, considerate and patient toward her students and she appreciated their love and attention during her illness. Ms. Lahut’s warmth, humor and infectious smile will be missed by all who knew her.

Visitation will be held at Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, Saturday, June 10, 2017, from noon to 6 pm. A private memorial service will be held in the future.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Animalkind, P.O. Box 902, Hudson 12534.

The family acknowledges the loving care provided by Dr. Heidi Godoy and the staff of Women’s Cancer Care Associates, the staff of St. Peter’s Hospital on 6 Mcauley, and the St. Peter’s Hospice Inn.

William F. Battista (1928 – 2017)

HUDSON—William F. Battista, 89, of Garden City passed away June 3, 2017 at the FASNY Firemen’s Home.

He was born in Manhattan, May 30, 1928, to Evelyn and William A. Battista.

He was a long-time resident of Garden City.

Mr. Battista attended and graduated from Hempstead High School in 1946 and went on to the University of Miami, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business. He continued his studies and obtained a master’s in business administration at Columbia University. He honorably served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War period. He worked for Hearst Publications, Rodale Press, Canadian Traveller, Davis Publications and was the owner of Gemini Publishing.

Mr. Battista served as a proud volunteer member of the Garden City Fire Department for more than 25 years and was a dedicated member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Garden City, where he was an usher. He was a lifetime member of the New York Athletic Club. He loved to ski, golf and enjoy great food and wine.

Mr. Battista was a devoted family man. “We will miss his incredible sense of humor and the love he shared with his family.”

Survivors include: his two children, Holly Resignolo of Breckenridge, CO, and Mark Battista of Merrick; five grandchildren, Nick, Matthew, Noelle, Lily and Damian. He was predeceased by his sister, Evelyn Hopkins.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 8, 2017, 2 p.m. at the Firemen’s Home Chapel, 125 Harry Howard Avenue. A funeral Mass will be held Friday, June 9, 2017, 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Garden City.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the FASNY Firemen’s Home at

The family expresses its gratitude to the nursing staff and administration at the FASNY Firemen’s Home. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bates & Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

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