OBITUARIES: Brown, Gallo, Mercado, McGuire, Alvarez, Root, Wolcott, Phillips

Leo D. Brown (1930 – 2017)

ALBANY—Leo Dwight Brown, 87, of Stuyvesant Falls passed away surrounded by family Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center.

He was born September 20, 1930 in Rittman, Ohio, to Roy Jesse Brown and Ivy Regina Mark. He married Barbara J. Cottrell September 4, 1955 in Troy.

After graduating Hudson High School, Mr. Brown entered the U.S. Air Force and served as a military police officer in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1954. Later in life, he worked for and retired as a special investigator for the New York State Department of Labor.

Mr. Brown was a life member of the Stuyvesant Falls Fire Company, a life member of the Glencadia Rod and Gun Club, a life member of the Stuyvesant Falls VFW, a past member of the Town of Stuyvesant Assessment Review Board, and a life member of the Hudson Valley Girl Scout Council.

He was preceded in death by: his brothers, Delbert Brown, Larry Brown and Robert Brown and sisters, Jeannette Wager and Genevieve Weiland.

Mr. Brown is survived by: his spouse, Barbara; his children, Aileen Roberts (John), Roy Brown (Nicky), Everett Brown (SC), Nancy Dilley (Tom) and Philip Bickerton (Tahnee); 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation hours were Monday, October 30, 2017 at Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of Camp Little Notch, 110 Spring Street, Saratoga Springs 12866. A former Adirondacks Girl Scout camp, Little Notch was dear to his heart. Now a nonprofit youth camp, he spent many happy hours there camping and fishing.

Mr. Brown was a character. He was known for his voracious reading, humor, story- and joke-telling. “If he liked you he teased you. If he teased you he loved you. He contributed a lot to our lives. The Oracle will be missed.”

Alice Gallo

GHENT—Alice Gallo, 92, of Claverack passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.

She is survived by: her sister, Anna Matteis of Greenport; granddaughter, Andrea Gallo of Florida; one great-grandson; one great-granddaughter; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 206 Union Street, Hudson, Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 1 p.m.

Arrangements were made with Redmond-Keeler Funeral Home in Hudson.

Robert Mercado (1938 – 2017)

KANSAS CITY, MO—Robert Mercado, 79, of New York City passed away October 26, 2017.

He previously lived in Hillsdale for more than 40 years.

Born February 6, 1938 in New York City, he was the son of Julio and Mary (Hernandez) Mercado.

He is survived by: his wife, Jacqueline (Gallo) Mercado; and three sons, Robbie, Harry and Frankie.

Calling hours are Thursday, November 2, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake. Funeral services are Friday, November 3, 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at the Hillsdale Cemetery.

Maureen C. McGuire (1939 – 2017)

DANBURY, CT—Maureen C. (Mitchell) McGuire, 77, of Rhinebeck, a former long-time resident of East Taghkanic, died October 26, 2017 at the Glen Hill Center.

She was born December 31, 1939 in Yonkers, to John and Maureen (McHugh) Mitchell. She was a 1957 graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers. She worked as a secretary in advertising and marketing for the General Foods Corporation in White Plains from 1957 to 1965.

In 1962 she married the love of her life, James V. McGuire and soon after became a full-time mother. A son, James Joseph arrived in 1964, and another son, Michael in 1965.

In 1966 the growing family moved from Yonkers to Yorktown Heights. A daughter, Christianne arrived in 1967, and a son John Mitchell arrived in 1969. On the move again in 1972, the family settled in East Taghkanic. A son, Patrick arrived in 1973.

Mrs. McGuire began working again in 1974 as a receptionist for the Adventist Nursing Home in Livingston. She also ran for public office as a “working mother” and was elected to the position of tax collector for the Town of Taghkanic in November 1975. A lifelong Democrat, she held the position for many years

She continued to be a working mother and took a position as an administrative assistant with the Baptist Home in Rhinebeck. She worked there for 30 years until her retirement in 2005.

Mrs. McGuire was an active parishioner of the Church of the Holy Cross in West Taghkanic. She also volunteered at a number of local organizations to support the less fortunate. She passed these interests on to her children, stressing the importance of giving, being a good person and being thankful.

Mrs. McGuire enjoyed reading, long walks, a good sunburn, afternoon naps, red bandana hats, floral house coats, chocolate, Irish music, Jeopardy, the seashore, and spending time with her family. Her smile would light up the room and her laugh was distinctive and infectious. In addition, she was a hoarder of candles, throw rugs, candy on sale, and salad dressing from the 1970s. Mrs. McGuire was also an animal lover. While in East Taghkanic, the family had one pony, three horses, eight dogs and two cats over the years. She was a unique character and an American original. She will be dearly missed by her loving family and all who knew her.

She is survived by: her children, James J. and wife Cathy of Garden City, Michael and wife Regina of Concord, NH, Christianne and wife Christine of New Fairfield, CT, John M. and wife Leslie of Ridgefield, CT, and Patrick and wife Marcy of Turin; 13 grandchildren, Darcy, Madeline, Julia and Claire of Garden City; Seamus, Connor, Brendan and Liam of Concord, NH; Elizabeth, Lauren and Aidan of Turin; Jack and Abigail of Ridgefield, CT; and her three brothers and two sisters, John Mitchell, James Mitchell and Patrick Mitchell, all of Yonkers, Anne Lynch of Poughkeepsie and Eileen O’Connell of Yonkers. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, James V., her father, John F. and her mother, Maureen.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, November 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, November 2 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Hope in Copake. Interment will follow at St. Bridget’s Cemetery.

John A. Alvarez (1925 – 2017)

HUDSON—John Anthony Alvarez passed away Saturday October 28, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born May 29, 1925 in Ybor City, FL, to John and Rose (Jerez) Alvarez.

At the beginning of his work career, he operated the Tydol Gas Station, then Johnny’s Sunoco Service Station in West Taghkanic.

From 1960 until his retirement in 1997, he, along with his sons, proudly owned and operated John A. Alvarez and Sons Manufactured Housing, which continues to operate today. Besides enjoying his business success, his proudest accomplishments were his family.

Mr. Alvarez was a charter member of the West Taghkanic Fire Company.

Until they meet again, he leaves behind the love of his life of 71 years, Margaret “Peggy” (Skoda) Alvarez; six sons,

John (Judy) Alvarez, Thomas (Karen) Alvarez, James (Candace) Alvarez, Timothy (Kelly) Alvarez, Daniel (Karla) Alvarez and Dennis Alvarez; two daughters, Anita (Fred) Nero, and Theresa (Jack) Smith; 18 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. Mr. Alvarez was predeceased by a granddaughter Erin Nero in 2007.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, November 3, 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Hope Church, Route 22 in Copake Falls. Interment will be in West Taghkanic Cemetery. Visitation hours are Thursday November 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bates and Anderson – Redmond and Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

The Alvarez family thanks the staff at Columbia Memorial Hospital’s ICU, fourth and sixth floors, and Columbia-Greene Community Hospice for their compassion and care. Memorial contributions in Mr. Alvarez’s name may be made to Our Lady of Hope, 8074 Route 22 Copake Falls 12517 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105.

John L. Root

PITTSFIELD, MA—John Lovel Root, 77, of Old Chatham died Friday, October 13 at Springside Nursing Home.

He was born in Syracuse. After a brief time at Colgate, he served in the army in Schwinefurt, Germany in a tank battalion and on the National Ski Patrol European Division. After being discharged, he studied at Syracuse University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree and met his future wife, Edith Passenger. They both taught skiing at Toggenberg Mountain. After graduation, he continued working for Linde (Union Carbide) in the package industrial gases division, where he was employed throughout college. He took his career from hourly labor to running an international management training center. After he retired in the 1980s, he divided his time between working as a ski instructor at Jiminy Peak and being a videographer for the PSIA, working at The Old Chatham Sheepherding Farm, and tending to Springervale, the family farm.

Survivors include: his wife, Edith Passenger Root of Old Chatham; a son, Christopher Passenger Root (Linda Epstein); grandchildren, Connor Benjamin Root and Evan Nicole Passenger Root, all of Bethesda, MD; a brother, Jeffrey Rutherford Root, Ph.D. of East Nassau; a niece, Joelle Wright (Rob Wright) of East Nassau; sister-in-law, Lauren Ulatoski Root and nephew, Aldous Joseph Root, both of Bellevue, WA.

He is predeceased by his parents, John Albert Root, MD, and Jane Dreythaler Root, and a brother, Justin Albert Root.

Calling hours will be held at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, November 11, 2017, 3 to 5 p.m.

Donations may be made to Stride Adaptive Sports, 4482 State Route 150, West Sand Lake 12196, The American Cancer Society, 1 Penny Lane, Latham 12110 or charity of one’s choice.

Lillian G. Wolcott (1923 – 2017)

STEPHENTOWN—Lillian G. (Crookston) Wolcott, 94, formerly of New Lebanon, died Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Van Rensselaer Manor in North Greenbush.

Born in Oregon, August 19, 1923, she was the daughter of the late John Tilden and Minnie Gilbert Crookston and beloved wife of the late LeRoy A. Wolcott, who died in 2015.

Following her marriage, she moved with her husband, LeRoy, to West Lebanon, where she raised her family. She grew gladiolas on a farm for local floral distributors for 15 years. With her husband she operated Lebanon Valley Variety Store, Motel and Gas Station for 10 years. She later worked as a cashier at Lebanon Supermarket, where she knew everyone by name and also worked at Darrow School as a cleaner.

She moved to Stephentown after her retirement and was a member of the Church of the Crossroads and the Lebanon Springs Baptist Church. She had beautiful flower and vegetable gardens, collected postcards and enjoyed scrapbooking with news of the valley.

She is the beloved mother of Rev. Alan G. (Irene) Wolcott of Lenox, MA and Linda (James) Cummings of Stephentown; grandmother of Erin Nelson, Christopher Wolcott, Kristan Simpson, Benjamin Cummings and Victoria Reed; great grandmother of Rebecca and Lance Nelson, Josephine, Joselyn, Jesse James and Janessa Cummings, Jacob Simpson and Kira Reed.

She was predeceased by two brothers and four sisters and is survived by several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, November 2, 11 a.m. at the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 State Route 43, Stephentown with the Reverend Trygve Tomlinson officiating. Friends may call prior to the service Thursday from 10 to 11 am. Her ashes will be interred in Stephentown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 208, Stephentown 12168.

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Mark A. Phillips (1962 – 2017)

COLONIE – Mark Anthony Phillips, 55, passed away unexpectedly October 28, 2017 at his home.

Born in Troy, February 28, 1962, he was the son of the late James F. and Sandra J. (McGrath) Phillips, Sr. He was raised in Waterford and attended St. Mary’s School and Shenendehowa High School.

Mr. Phillips was employed for more than 20 years in the home improvement industry. At the time of his passing, he was employed as the general sales manager and was recognized as an award winning salesman for Phillips Home Solutions in Colonie where he worked with his brothers for the past 11 years.

Mr. Phillips had an appreciation for bodybuilding and in his younger years participated in numerous competitions for which he won many awards. He also loved fishing, hunting, trapping, cooking and cars. He had a quick wit and a great sense of humor and was a good friend to many. Above everything else he enjoyed, Mr. Phillips appreciated his family the most. He was an awesome family man.

Mr. Phillips was a proud and loving father to his daughter, Jenna Rose Phillips of Valatie and his son, Steven T. (Ashley Sitcer) Wolfe of Valatie; cherished grandfather of Kya Wolfe; devoted brother of James F. (Susan) Phillips, Jr., of Troy and Christopher J. (Carole) Phillips of Waterford; special uncle of Anne, Sarah and Sophia Phillips. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Friends are invited to visit with Mr. Phillips’ family at the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad Street, Waterford, Friday, November 3 from 4 until 7 p.m. The evening will conclude with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Following a private cremation, Mr. Phillips will be interred with his parents at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Waterford.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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