OBITUARIES: Callander, Lawrence, Nolan, Burger, Bonifacio, Rupp, Orbon

Christine S. Callander

ALBANY—Christine Shoemaker Callander, age 66, wife of Fredrick Callander of Ghent passed away peacefully January 5, 2018, with her family and friends by her side at St. Peter’s Hospice.

She is survived by: her loving husband, Fred; her devoted dog, Ciacci; her brothers, Robert, Peter and Rick Shoemaker, Dean Mitchell. She was predeceased by her mother, Sherry Drury. She is survived by the bonds she created with so many special friends beyond her family and from all around the world.

Mrs. Callander began her modeling career as a high fashion print model for Benson and Hedges national ads, including billboards coast to coast. She became a fulltime fit model for more than 20 years working with top fashion designers in New York City. More recently, she pursued her real estate license and worked for Gable Real Estate with multi-listings and sales in Columbia County.

Prior to her retirement from the fashion industry, she became involved in many local charities and fundraisers, most notably, she spent significant time with the Multiple Myeloma Foundation, her local chapter of Planned Parenthood in Greenport, advocating for women’s choice, and she became personally involved in Perfect 10—a Hudson based non-profit supporting and providing guidance to female youth in Hudson.

At her request, no services were held.

Donations may be made in her honor to the following organizations where she devoted so much of her time and energy:,,

Arrangements are with the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. For online condolences visit

Lois A. Lawrence (1923 – 2018)

SHARON, CT—Lois A. Lawrence, 94, of Amenia passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Sharon Health Care Center.

She was born March 20, 1923 in Rhinebeck, the daughter of Percy and Edith (Kilmer) VanKeuren.

Mrs. Lawrence was kind, strong, generous and hardworking. She was dearly loved by her community.

Survivors include: a son, Peter Lawrence of Hudson; two daughters, Carol (William) Stanton of Cobleskill and Nancy (Lee) DeWitt of Hyde Park; a daughter-in-law, Bernice Lawrence of Pine Plains; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Lawrence, Sr. in 1988; a son, Patrick Lawrence in 2012; one brother and one sister.

Calling hours take place Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains.

A funeral service will be held Friday, January 12, 2018, 10 a.m. at the Smithfield Presbyterian Church, 656 Smithfield Valley Road, Amenia, with the Reverend Douglas Grandgeorge officiating.

Interment will follow in the Smithfield Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Smithfield Presbyterian Church, 656 Smithfield Valley Road, Amenia 12501 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 103, Poughkeepsie 12601. To send an online condolence visit

Diane R. Nolan (1946 – 2018)

HUDSON—Diane R. Nolan, 71, of Hudson died Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born February 25, 1946 in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Max and Sally Liness. She was a tax consultant for H and R Block in Hudson for many years.

She is survived by: her husband, Thomas F. Nolan; four children, Patrick (Marla) Nolan of Philmont, Kathleen Nolan of Colorado Springs, CO, Stacey Nolan of Palmer Lake, CO, and Kevin (Sarah) Nolan of Hillsdale; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 15, 11 a.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, with the Reverend Stark Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday, January 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Neal E. Burger (1932 – 2018)

GERMANTOWN—Neal E. Burger, 85, passed away after a long illness January 9, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.

A resident of Germantown for more than 60 years, he was born to Foster and Hattie (Rockefeller) Burger of Red Hook, April 30, 1932.

Mr. Burger served in the United States Army in the 1950s stationed in Germany.

He graduated from Red Hook Central School, earned his bachelor’s degree at Plattsburgh State College and completed graduate work at New Paltz State College. Mr. Burger served as the elementary principal at Germantown Central School for 32 years. He was proud to have been an Eagle Scout and former president of the Retired Teachers of Eastern New York. He was an active member of the community having served on the Planning Board and history department. He was also a member of the Germantown Lions Club.

Mr. Burger was the beloved husband of Joan (Benton) for 61 years; devoted father to Eric (Denise) Burger, Marc (Chris) Burger and Kate (Joe) Buttner; cherished grandfather to T.J. and Chelsea Buttner, Emily Fleitz and Benton Burger. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Mary Benton and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive their friends and families to celebrate his life at the First Dutch Reformed Church in Germantown, January 13, 2018 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany 12205 or Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill.

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. Condolences may be expressed at

Robert M. Bonifacio (1938 – 2018)

HUDSON—Robert M. Bonifacio, 79, of Hudson passed away January 1 at the FASNY Firemen’s Home.

He was predeceased by his parents, Dominick and Gladys (Smith) Bonifacio; son, Robert M. Bonifacio Jr., and sister, Patricia Fairfield.

Survivors include: his wife of 32 years, Nancy Bonifacio; son, Dominick (Trish) Bonifacio; daughters, Rose Bonifacio and Debbie Bonifacio; stepchildren, Rodney, Bobby and William Pulver, Nancy McCall; sister, Debbie Stickles; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Bonifacio was a life-member of C.H. Evans Hook and Ladder Company, the Hudson Fire Police, Columbia County Fire Police, and the Columbia County Firemen’s Association. He was employed by Lorbrook, KAZ and Walmart.

Funeral services at the Firemen’s Home were are Friday, January 5. Interment at a future date will be in the Firemen’s Home Cemetery.

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

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Peter F. Rupp (1959 – 2018)

HUDSON—Peter F. Rupp died January 1, 2018.

He was born September 18, 1959 in Troy to Leonard Rupp and Helen (Alger) Rupp. He graduated from Lansingburgh High School.

He made Hudson his home for the past 20 years. He worked in many different fields over the years. In 1998 he started as an adult welding student at Questar III CGEC, and was subsequently offered a teaching assistant position.

In his roles as a teaching assistant, and then as a crisis intervention worker, every day he helped and guided students with good humor and formed positive relationships based on mutual respect and affection.

Along with his devoted wife, JoAnn, he was an enthusiastic supporter and volunteer at school events such as Spirit Day, the Scholarship Cruise-In and many other school activities. He was loved by all staff and students. Mr. Rupp also participated as the co-secretary of Questar III SSSF Union.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 10 years, JoAnn G. Rupp; son and stepdaughters, Peter Rupp, Jessica Snyder, Jodie Russell; siblings (and spouses) Denise Shultz, Lawrence Rupp and Kathleen Woodson; nine grandchildren, Brittany, Izac, Julia, Caleb, Alyssa, Payton, Grifyn, Charlotte and Jameson; along with many extended family members.

A funeral service was held at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport, Saturday, January 6, 2018. A gathering to celebrate his life immediately followed at the Questar III CGEC, 131 Union Turnpike, Greenport.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Second Show, Inc., 519 Warren Street, Hudson 12534.

Mary L. Orbon (1921 – 2018)

VALATIE—Mary L. Orbon, 96, of Hudson and recently of Barnwell Nursing Home, died peacefully Thursday, January 4, 2018.

Born November 10, 1921 in Stuyvesant, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Elizabeth (Clouse) Garafolo.

Mrs. Orbon was employed with Universal Match Company in Hudson for many years until its closing. She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas M. Orbon March 30, 1997. She was a member of the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Hudson and Holy Family Church in Stottville.

There are no calling hours and funeral services are private.

Memorial contributions are requested to Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131

Arrangements are with the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

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