OBITUARIES: Hopfenspirger, Nooney, Sheak, Conte, Domkoski, Blake, Mason, Mustapha, Conway, Sanford

Joseph W. Hopfenspirger (1925 -2017)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Joseph William Hopfenspirger was born in Minneapolis, MN, April 3, 1925. On November 16, 2017 God called him home at the age of 92; surrounded by members of his loving family.

Mr. Hopfenspirger enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at the tender age of 17, serving aboard the U.S.S. Columbia in World War II. He attended Cornell University and ultimately graduated from Siena College.

He is survived by: his devoted wife of 71 years, Jeanne Houghtaling Hopfenspirger; his sons, Joseph, Thomas, Marc, and Jack; his daughters, Suzanne Waters, Barbara Chesley (husband Paul), Anne Flemming and Kristin Davis (husband Ronald). He also leaves 26 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

He guided his family as a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a role model who inspired them in doctrine (what we believe), ethics (a way of life), spirituality (faith), good work habits and a love of God and country. Professionally, Mr. Hopfenspirger was a 40-year newspaper executive who successfully balanced career, family and numerous real estate achievements. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. In his memory “we gather to share our laughter, tears and support in celebration of a wonderful man.” Although his journey in life has ended, his quest for excellence will continue in heaven. He will never be forgotten.

The family had a celebration of life service Tuesday, November 21 at Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Nassau. Relatives and friends were invited. Interment was in the North Chatham Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:

Community Hospice, 2955 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903.

Arrangements were with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Bruce A. Nooney (1955 -2017)

HUDSON—Bruce Alan Nooney, 62, of North Chatham died Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born June 16, 1955 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Lyle J. and Jeannine G. (Hayes) Nooney.

Mr. Nooney was a foreman for the New York State Department of Transportation in Chatham and had worked there for 37 years. He was a member of the NRA and an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by: his wife of 30 years, Bonnie (Rouse) Nooney; a daughter, Tara Hughes of Ghent; son, Christopher Nooney (Marci Pritchard) of Valatie; two grandsons, Brady Barr and Travis Hughes; his brothers-in-law, Eddie, Brian, Jay, Jeff and Aaron Rouse; his ex-son-in-law, Guy Hughes; many nieces, nephews and cousins

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 25, noon at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, with the Reverend Stark Jones officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association of New York State, 155 Washington Avenue Suite 210, ATTN: Special Gifts, Albany 12210.

Luther M. Sheak (1943 – 2017)

GHENT—Luther M. Sheak, 74, of Ghent passed away peacefully November 14, 2017.

He was born June 16, 1943 in Hudson to the late Luther Sheak and Edith Merritt.

He was a farmer and worked on many farms in Ghent and around Columbia County. He could be found tinkering with just about anything, and enjoyed spending time with his family.

On November 2, 1968, Mr. Sheak married the love of his life, Mary Craver. Together, they enjoyed 49 years of marriage.

Mr. Sheak is survived by: his loving wife, Mary Sheak; his son, Raymond (Amy) Sheak; two adoring grandchildren, Taylor and Gracie; and two great-grandchildren, Gloriana and Kooper. He is also survived by his mother and step-father, Edith and David Provencher; his brother, Dale; three sisters, Cindy, Donna and Lynn; many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Monday, November 20, 2017 from the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Interment followed in Mellenville Union Cemetery.

Donations in Mr. Sheak’s name may be made to Coarc.

Marie B. Conte (1919 – 2017)

PHILMONT—Marie Bartolotta Conte, 98, formerly of North Fifth Street in Hudson, died Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Pine Haven Nursing Home.

Born in February 12, 1919 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Jesse (Cooper) Bartolotta of Linlithgo. Mrs. Conte was licensed as a registered professional nurse in 1942 and specialized in obstetrics at Columbia Memorial Hospital until her retirement at age 78. She was the delivery team for hundreds of newborn babies, and even delivered a child of New York Yankee Hall of Famer Roger Maris. She was an avid Yankees baseball fan. She loved her gardening and her roses were the showcase of the City of Hudson. But her love for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren exceeded her love of gardening. She was affectionately known as “Nana” to all of those children.

Survivors include: her son, Louis D. Conte of Liverpool; her daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Peter Freer, also of Liverpool; two brothers, Phillip (Mary) Bartolotta of Glen Allen, Virginia, and Robert (Jenny) Bartolotta of Red Hook; a sister, June Decker of Liverpool; five grandchildren, Erika (Roger) Furr, Angela McCabe, Peter J. (Marjorie) Freer, Lauren (Matthew) Freer-Russo, all of Syracuse, and Richard (Courtney) Freer of New York City; five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Louis R. Conte in 2006; four brothers, Benjamin, Tony Jr., Russell and Alfred; and five sisters, Antoinette Egan, Jessie Conte, Beulah Delaney, Lauretta Barton and Patricia Bartolotta.

Prayers were held November 20 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Church, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson.

Burial was in Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to St. Mary’s Church, P.O. Box 323, Hudson 12534 or to Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation, 71 Prospect Avenue, Hudson 12534.

Arrangements were with the Bates & Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Anna Domkoski (1924 – 2017)

HUDSON—Anna O. Domkoski, 93, of Livingston died Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Born July 23, 1924 in New York City, she was the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Hores) Gosney.

Mrs. Domkoski and her husband were the proprietors of Stan and Ann’s Grocery Store in Livingston. She was also a member of the Claverack Area Red Hatters group, Taghkanic Senior Citizens, and was a Republican election inspector for the Town of Livingston. Mrs. Domkoski was a faithful member of the Linlithgo Reformed Church of Livingston, and for many years, along with her husband, Stanley, was the caretaker and administrator of the Livingston Cemetery.

She will be dearly missed by: her two daughters, Betty (Louis) Battistello and Bonnie (Mark Sweeney) Ratliff; her grandchildren, Tonia (Michael) Lennon, Joseph (Jennifer) Battistello and Dana Lennon; great-grandchildren, William and Allison Vinci, Vincent Battistello, Michael Lennon Jr., Kennedy Lennon; a sister, Veronica Gosney Webber; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 21 at 10 a.m. from the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Mrs. Domkoski’s memory may be made to the Linlithgo Reformed Church of Livingston P.O. Box 219, Livingston 12541.

John H. Blake (1935 – 2017)

HUDSON—John H. Blake, 82, of Stockport died Friday November 17, 2017 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He graduated from Hudson High School, where he excelled in football and track. In 1953 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served until his honorable discharge in 1957. Mr. Blake worked as a mechanic for many area garages, and also at the Universal Match Company. On May 10, 1958, he married Beverly H. Lane. They shared 57 years together prior to her passing in 2016.

Watching TV, solving crossword puzzles and fishing were his great joys, however, nothing gave him more pleasure than spending time with his grandchildren. They called him “Pop-Pop.”

He will be forever loved and missed by: his daughters, Karen (Doug) Hess and Cynthia Blake-Gabriel; grandchildren, Joseph (Claire) Gabriel III, Sarah (Jake) Miller, Nicholas (Kelsey) Gabriel, James Hess and Andrew Hess; great-granddaughter, Ava Rose Miller; several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Blake was predeceased by his wife, Beverly (Lane) Blake; brothers, Harry and William Blake and sisters, Edna Anderalli and Gertrude Edgeley.

Funeral services are Wednesday, November 22, 11 a.m. at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visitation hours at the funeral home are Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Interment will be in West Ghent Cemetery. Contributions in Mr. Blake’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association, 155 Washington Avenue, Albany 12210.

Sheila K. Mason

SOMMERSET, NJ—Just after midnight November 18, Sheila Mason, formerly Karp, passed away in Sommerset, New Jersey.

She was the daughter of Sam and Martha Karp and the sister of Bernie and Regina.

She grew up in Philmont where her parents and aunt and uncle, Albert and Dot, ran the Philmont Department store. After graduating high school Mrs. Mason attended college in Rhode Island and eventually moved to New York City, where she worked as a dental assistant. She eventually settled in Rockland County where she raised her only son, Stuart. There, she worked as the business administrator for the Reuben Gittleman Hebrew Day School. While in Rockland, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Nyack College. Mrs. Mason next moved on to Sommerset, NJ, where she met her devoted husband, Al Mason, who was by her side for 19 years.

She is survived by: her husband, Al; her brother and her sister; her brother-in-law, Cookie; her cousins, Mitchel and Gina and her husband John; her son; her daughter-in-law, Lisa; and her grandchildren, Gabriella and Max, who all love her and miss her already.

Funeral services were Monday November 20, 2017 from the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Interment was in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Dr. Rahma M. Mustapha

KINDERHOOK—Dr. Rahma Marikar Mustapha of Kinderhook passed away at 7:15 a.m. Sunday, November 19, at the age of 71, after a brief illness.

She spent her final days laughing and sharing memories, with her family by her bedside. Dr. Mustapha leaves behind her loving husband of 48 years, Dr. Tamton Mustapha; her three devoted children, Monisha Mustapha, living in San Francisco, CA, Dr. Mumtaz (“Taj”) Mustapha, living in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, Dr. Chris Lundstrom, and Nigel Tamton, Esq., living in Boston, MA with his wife, Elizabeth Tamton. She also leaves behind: two grandchildren, Leila Lundstrom and Zaviyar Lundstrom; two brothers; four sisters; many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her younger brother, Kabir Marikar.

Dr. Mustapha was born in Perumbavoor, India, to the late Majeed Marikar and the late Ummusalma Marikar.

She graduated from the Calicutt Medical School, got married, and emigrated to the United States in 1969. She worked as an intern in the Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco. Then in 1972, she moved with her husband and young daughter to Kinderhook, where she lived until her passing. She completed residencies and was board-certified in the specialties of clinical and anatomical pathology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. She started her practice in Columbia County in 1981. She developed the Rehabilitation Department in Columbia Memorial Hospital by bringing in full-time occupational and speech therapists. She was passionate about medical ethics and served on the Ethics Committee of Columbia Memorial Hospital. She retired in 2011.

Beyond her professional work, Dr. Mustapha cared deeply about the betterment of her community, the health and welfare of children and social justice. She was a constant contributor to local and international charities, such as Save The Children, Southern Poverty Law Center, and At The Crossroads, which was co-founded by her daughter, Taj. She was a charter member of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. She served on the board of the United Way of Columbia And Greene Counties and the advisory board for the Capital District Center for the Disabled. She was one of the first female members of Rotary, joining the Hudson Rotary Club in 1987. Along with her husband, she was integral in the founding of the Kinderhook Rotary Club, where she served as secretary, as well as treasurer.

She will be greatly missed, most of all for her compassion and sense of humor. Calling hours will be held at the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, November 25. A private burial will follow. Donations in her memory may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center (, or At The Crossroads (

Elizabeth A. Conway (1943 – 2017)

GHENT—Elizabeth Ann Conway, 74, of Ghent passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017.

Born June 16, 1943 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Doris Hatfield.

She is survived by: her brother, Harold and his wife Rhonda, plus her sister-in-law, Linda Hatfield.

She is also survived by: her husband of 52 years, E. James Conway; sons, James Conway and Tamra Conway, Shawn and his wife Chelsey Conway; grandchildren, Christopher, Andrew, Samantha, Molly, Christianson and Courtney;nine great-grandchildren; several nephews and nieces. She was proceeded in death by her brother, Charles Hatfield and son, Aaron Conway.

Memorial services were conducted Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Joseph’s Indian School,, The Humane Society,, ASPCA,

Dorothy C. Sanford (1916 – 2017)

NEW LEBANON—Dorothy (Crego) Sanford of New Lebanon, died peacefully at her home November 14, 2017 at the age of 101.

She was born in New Lebanon October 6, 1916 to the late Harry and Caroline (Weavers) Crego.

She graduated from New Lebanon Central School and received her teaching certificate from State University of New York at Oneonta in 1932.

Mrs. Sanford was an elementary school teacher for more than 30 years in Rock City Falls and New Lebanon. She retired from teaching at New Lebanon Central School in 1976.

In her family, she was known as the “Queen of Yahtzee” with a high score of 601 points. She would spend countless hours playing Yahtzee and Rummy, almost always coming out the winner.

She was the woman everyone could count on. She was always the shoulder to lean on, the ear to listen and the voice of reason. “God has certainly gained an angel in Dorothy and she will be truly missed.”

She was predeceased by: her husband, Charles A. Sanford; son-in-law, George E. Kipp, Jr. and grandson, H. Stewart Robertson (surviving, Marcie).

She is survived by: two daughters, Barbara S. Robertson-Freeman (Jay) and Patricia A. Kipp; two grandchildren, George E. Kipp III (Ruby) and Melissa M. Coon (Travis); six great-grandchildren, Taylor, Alexander, Riley, Caroline, George and Rosella; several wonderful nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation was held Sunday, November 19, 2017 at the Hall and Higgins Funeral Home, 457 State Route 43, Stephentown.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the New Lebanon Congregational Church. Since she was a longstanding member there, donations can be made in her memory to the New Lebanon Congregational Church, P.O. Box 432, New Lebanon 12125.

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