OBITUARIES: Kraus, Campeta, Nalen, Brusie

Gerald J. Kraus (1931 – 2017)

COPAKE—Gerald “Jerry” Joseph Kraus, 86, of Copake passed away peacefully at his home November 18, a year after his cancer was first diagnosed.

His wife, Cecele; daughter, Janine Elizabeth and her husband, Joseph Murphy; granddaughters, Alice Marie and Emily Bryce, of Delmar; his son, Andrew Gerald and his wife, Alexandra Robinson Kraus of Parkdale, Oregon, survive him.

Born November 1, 1931 in Keokuk, Iowa, the youngest of seven children, he grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River.

He graduated from St. Ambrose College and entered the priesthood. A graduate degree in Modern European History from Notre Dame University led to teaching and serving as a high school principal. He studied philosophy at the University of San Francisco.

Working with young people and families inspired him to complete a course of study in pastoral counseling at the Institutes for Religion and Psychiatry in Manhattan. During this time, he left the priesthood. A deepening of his work came with certification in psychoanalysis at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis in New York City. He maintained his practice on West 9th Street for 48 years, riding his bike through Greenwich Village to his office, and later, commuting from Chatham, New Jersey. For the past 18 years, he traveled from Copake to Manhattan.

His love of the outdoors began on the Mississippi River with boating and water skiing. Throughout the years, Mr. Kraus led Cecele, Janine and Andrew, into adventures—biking, hiking, and skiing. His response to stress was, “Take a walk. You’ll feel better.” Or, “Go work out in the gym.” Now his granddaughters, family and friends live with his life-embracing spirit and the love that accompanies it.

In his last weeks, Mr. Kraus enjoyed watching birds and clouds. After a particularly dramatic cloud-passing, he said, “We have a whole new way of seeing the sky.”

Until the final weeks of his illness, Kraus swam with The PaceMakers Masters Swim Team at Simon’s Rock College. In lieu of gifts, memorial donations may be sent to the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, charitable arm of The United States Masters Swimming.

The family thanks The Community Hospice Foundation, Albany, for their support during his last days.

A celebration of Mr. Kraus’ life will take place January 13, 2018. For location and time, write to: .

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake.

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Anthony P. Campeta (1931 – 2017)

ALBANY—Anthony P. Campeta, 86, of Valatie died Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Albany Memorial Hospital.

Born April 21, 1931 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Gino and Mary (Morri) Campeta.

He was a 1949 graduate of Hudson High School and a 1957 graduate of Brooklyn College. He was a Korean War veteran in the U.S. Air force and served from 1951 to 1955 earning the National Defense Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a kitchen manager at Hudson Correctional for many years as well as a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church. He enjoyed repairing antique clocks and solving crossword puzzles.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Frances M.(Chiarella) Campeta; two sons, Anthony M. Campeta (Kimberly) of Ledyard, CT, and Michael Campeta of Valatie; two sisters, Gloria Campeta of Hudson and Jean Baney of Cairo; a brother, Frank Campeta of Schodack; two grandchildren, Kristen and Matthew Campeta; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, November 30, 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Valatie, with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Burial follows in St. John’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday, November 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Gail J. Nalen (1936 – 2017)

NEW YORK CITY—Gail Elizabeth Johnson Nalen of New York City passed away November 16, 2017 at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Formerly of Kinderhook, she was born in 1936 and was the daughter of the late Dr. Samuel A. and Blanche (Dolph) Johnson.

Ms. Nalen was a graduate of Martin Van Buren High School and Katherine Gibbs of NYC and then began a career at Estee Lauder in the Travel and Retailing Division and became assistant manager of finance administration.

Ms. Nalen is survived by: her brother, Alfred S. (R. Mimi) Johnson of Valatie; her nieces, Suzanne G. Polo of Hinsdale, MA, Kathryn (Eric) Sundwall of Niverville; nephew, Timothy S. Johnson of Montgomery, TX; great-nieces, Sarah Polo, Natalie Polo, Anna Sundwall and great-nephew, Samuel Sundwall.

She was predeceased by her parents, Samuel and Blanche Johnson; her daughter, Kimberly Gail Nalen; her sister, Nancy A. Cook; a niece, Debra Cook and a nephew, John A. Cook.

A funeral Mass will be held Saturday, December 2, 2017, 11 a.m. at Saint Paul’s Church, Kinderhook, with burial to follow at the Kinderhook Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 3 International Drive- Suite 200, Ryebrook 10573 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929.

Fay W. Brusie (1925 – 2017)

LIVINGSTON—Fay W. Brusie, 92, of Gallatin passed away peacefully Thursday, November 23, 2017 at the Livingston Hills Nursing Center.

He was born at home July 2, 1925 in Gallatin, the son of William and Verna (Hinsdale) Brusie.

Mr. Brusie was a model maker for IBM in Kingston.

He was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved being outside. He also enjoyed gambling.

He served with the United States Army during World War II.

On May 29, 1954 in Pleasant Valley, he married Jean (Masten) Brusie. She survives him at home.

In addition to his loving wife Jean, survivors include: three daughters, Nancy Wengrowski of Ancram, Kim Guentert and her husband Paul of FL, and Judy McCarthy and her husband John of NC; three sons, Gary Brusie of Ancram, John Brusie and his girlfriend Linda of Ancram, Dean Brusie and his wife Karen of VA; five grandchildren; three great-grandsons and several cousins.

There are no calling hours.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, December 2, 2017, noon at Vedders Cemetery in Gallatin.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are requested to the Ancram Fire Company, P.O. Box 8, Ancram 12502 or Gallatin Reformed Church, 325 Doodletown Road, Ancram 12502.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home. To sign the online register access

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