OBITUARIES: Sheridan, Rekow, Lozito, Slovak

Raymond J. Sheridan, Jr. (1931 – 2018)

WEST LEBANON—Raymond “Ray” J. Sheridan, Jr., died peacefully just after his 87th birthday, February 2, 2018.

Born on February 1, 1931, he was the son of the late Raymond and Odile Sheridan and grew up in Ozone Park. He graduated in 1949 from Brooklyn Technical High School and was in the Transportation Corps of the Army Reserves. He was a service technician for Monroe Systems for Business for 44 years, repairing calculators for businesses in Eastern New York and Western Massachusetts.

Mr. Sheridan was an avid skier and was also a ski instructor. His lifelong love affair with Gail began when he met her on a ski trip. They were married in 1959, and soon after relocated to West Lebanon, where they raised their four children. Mr. Sheridan was a scout leader, cheerleader dad, adventurer, and chauffeur extraordinaire. He loved history, and the family road trips generally included historical markers, forts and battlefields. He enjoyed tent camping, especially in Florida; going to the beach; cruising to different ports, including his favorite, Bermuda; and his high school reunions.

Mr. Sheridan is survived by: his wife, Gail J. Sheridan of West Lebanon and Randolph, VT; his sister, Odile Proctor of Bridgewater, VA; his sister, Loretta Dunn of North Merrick; his daughter, Susan Fredette (Emile) of Randolph, VT; his son, Brian Sheridan (Bonnie) of Durham, NC; his daughter, Janet Horvath of Nottingham, NH; his grandchildren, Nicholas Becker of Durham, NC, Brendan Sheridan (Amanda) of Durham, NC, Benjamin Sheridan of Durham, NC, Shane Horvath (Chelsea) of Northwood, NH, Michaela Horvath of Greenville, SC, and Evan Horvath of Rock Hill, SC. He had three great-grandchildren, Wyatt Dailey, Melanie Young and Ella Jayde Horvath, and was anticipating the arrival of great-grandson Horvath in April. He is also survived by several cousins, nieces, nephews and their children. Mr. Sheridan was predeceased by his son, Michael; his sister, Marion and nephews, Charles and Robert.

Visitation will be held at Hall and Higgins Funeral Home, 457 State Route 43, Stephentown, Friday, February 9 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church, New Lebanon, Saturday, February 10 at noon. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, Queens at a later date.

Roger A. Rekow (1940 – 2018)

GERMANTOWN—Roger A. Rekow, 77, of Germantown died Sunday, February 4 at his home surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer.

He was born October 30, 1940 in Hudson, the son of the late Albert and Katherine (Hotaling) Rekow.

Mr. Rekow proudly served in the United States Marine Corps for more than 20 years, retiring as a highly-decorated master sergeant. He served in Vietnam, held top security clearance at the Pentagon, and was considered an expert marksman.

Mr. Rekow was happily married to Cheryl “Lee” Dedrick Helsley for 39 years until her untimely death due to her own battle with cancer at age 59. He was a devoted family man and devoted to his community. He served as assistant supervisor for the Town of Germantown, the town’s police commissioner, past president of the Germantown Fire Company, past commander of the Jennings-Willets American Legion Post, a member of the VFW and served on several town committees.

He is survived by: his daughter, Faydra Geraghty; son-in-law, Micah Geraghty; granddaughter, Auna Geraghty; sister, Margaret (Peggy) Cisco; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Harold and Charles; sisters, Susan Roller and Doris Roney.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, February 8, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Services will be held Friday, February 9, 11 a.m. at the funeral home followed by burial in the Reformed Church Cemetery in Germantown with full military honors provided by the U.S. Marine Corps and Jennings-Willets American Legion Post.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to the American Cancer Society, 33 Elk Street, Albany 12207

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Theresa M. Lozito (1936 – 2018)

PHILMONT—Theresa M. (Holland) Lozito, 81, of Ancram, a resident since 1998 and previously of Astoria, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

She was born December 17, 1936 in Manhattan, the daughter of Frederick and Mary (Eberlein) Holland.

On March 18, 1955 in Long Island, she married William A. Lozito. He predeceased her October 22, 2003.

Survivors include: two sons, Joseph F. Lozito of Forrest Hills, and Douglas Lozito of Ancram and two grandchildren.

Calling hours are Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon at Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains.

Funeral services follow at noon at the funeral home with Fr. Godfrey Amanchukwu officiating.

Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Pine Plains.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 327, Copake 12516.

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Joseph L. Slovak (1947 – 2018)

ALBANY—Joseph L. Slovak passed away February 6, 2018 at St. Peter’s Hospice.

Born February 7, 1947 in Albany, he was the son of the late Joseph and Eleanor Luck Slovak.

Mr. Slovak enjoyed his old cars and Cadillacs. He looked forward to attending car shows, especially the one in Rhinebeck.

He is survived by: his wife, Zelda; sons, Richard (Michelle), James (Gloria) and Kevin Slovak; his six grandchildren; brother, Don Slovak; sister, Edith Slovak; brother-in-law, Doug Keyer; sister-in-laws, Donna (Joe) Hacker and Jean Slovak; also several nieces, nephews and lifelong friend, Virginia Pertgen.

Family will receive friends at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Friday, February 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be services at the funeral home, Saturday, February 10 at 9:30 a.m. with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery immediately following.

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