OBITUARIES: Dreves, Sikula, Seeberger, Seagroatt, Kerr, Murnane

George A. Dreves, Jr. (1919 – 2018)

NOBLEBORO, ME—George August Dreves, Jr., 98, of Nobleboro, ME, passed away May 1, 2018.

He was born August 31, 1919 in Brooklyn, the third son of George and Emma Dreves.

He grew up in Little Neck and worked in his father’s confectionary store making candy and ice cream, and later ran the store with his siblings for a short time.

In 1942 he joined the Army and served in North Africa in the 34th Red Bull Infantry. He was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded during the Battle of Hill 609 in Tunisia. After returning home from the war he worked several jobs including: new car manager for Chrysler, making mouth pieces for musical instruments at Arnold Brilharts, and finally working for the New York State School system as bus driver and mechanic in both Williston Park, Long Island and Hillsdale.

In his retirement years he enjoyed traveling with his wife, splitting wood and carving ducks and figures. His wife would paint them, creating gifts and memories for their family and many friends from around the world. After the death of his wife of 63 years, he moved to Nobleboro, ME, where he enjoyed going to the casino once or twice a week and watching American Pickers.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mildred Dreves (née Rhodes), and his two older brothers, Robert and Carl Dreves.

Survivors include; his younger brother, Arthur Dreves and sister, Dorothy Dreves, both of Oviedo, FL; his loving children, Judith Blevins of Hillsdale, Vera Willi of Mebane, NC, and Sandra Holly O’Brien of Nobleboro, ME. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Heathar Jensen, Deborah Maher, Catherine Forneris, Dorothy Forneris, Andrew Forneris, James O’Brien, Robert O’Brien II, George O’Brien and Desmond O’Brien; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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

Danielle M. Sikula (1985 – 2018)

POUGHKEEPSIE—Danielle M. Sikula, 32, of Milan, a lifelong area resident, passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

Born June 17, 1985 in Rhinebeck, she was the daughter of the late Vivian (Nichols) Sikula. Her father and stepmother, Thomas (Tracey) Sikula, survive in Elizaville. She was a graduate of Pine Plains Central Schools.

Throughout her career, Ms. Sikula worked as a waitress in many venues throughout the Northern Dutchess area, most recently at The Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck.

In addition to her father and stepmother, she is survived by: her three daughters, Jasmine Coon of Red Hook, Brooke Sikula of Elizaville and Madison Douglas of Taghkanic; her maternal grandfather, John (Patsy) Nichols of Milan; her maternal grandmother, Sheila Berry of Bowdin, GA; her paternal grandmother, Frances Sikula of Kingston; her brother, Jeremy Sikula of Elizaville; her longtime companion, Christopher Ethan Burton of Hudson; an aunt, Catherine “Bunny” (Stuart) Davis of Hyde Park; cousin, Cathryn Nichols of Hyde Park; cousin, Harley Nichols of FL; several aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Interment will be private.

Memorial donations may be made in Ms. Sikula’s memory to LiveOnNY, 461 West 34th Street 15th Floor, New York City 10001 or the Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Center, Dowling House, 2103 New Hackensack Road, Poughkeepsie 12603.

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David E. Seeberger (1964 – 2018)

STUYVESANT—David E. Seeberger, 53, of Stuyvesant died Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at his home.

Born June 1, 1964 in Albany, he was the son of Abram Seeberger of Albany and the late Lorraine (LaValley) Seeberger.

He worked for the Stratton VA Medical Center as an elevator mechanic. He and his wife, Tracy enjoyed their “hobby farm,” raising chickens and geese, rescuing dogs and cats and fishing in his pond. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and nature.

Besides his father, he is survived by: his wife, Tracy (Kalisz) Seeberger; three brothers, Mark Seeberger of East Greenbush, Scott and Todd Seeberger, both of Schodack; four nephews, Jason, Eric, Matthew and Cody Seeberger; several other nieces and nephews; a grandniece and grandnephew.

Calling hours will be Thursday, May 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. A private family service will be held Friday, May 25. Memorials may be made to Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

Janace B. Seagroatt (1936 – 2018)

PHILMONT—Janace “Jennie” B. Seagroatt of Ghent died May 21, 2018 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

Born in 1936 in Ghent, she was the daughter of the late John and Sophie (Sienkiewicz) Borovich.

Surviving are: two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Jamie Seagroatt of Hillsdale and Donald and Terri Seagroatt of Beaver, PA; two grandsons, Thomas and Sarah (Heine) Seagroatt of Fayetteville, NC, and Alexander Seagroatt of Beaver, PA.

Her husband, Howard Seagroatt passed away in 1980. Three older brothers, Stanley, Ted and Henry Borovich died previously. Her twin brother, John Borovich, Jr., died in 1996.

She and her family sincerely thank all the wonderful staff and volunteers of the Meals-on-Wheels program and the Healthcare Consortium, the caring staff of Pine Haven Nursing Home and the Chatham Rescue Squad, who were always there when she needed them.

Arrangements are with the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Family and friends gathered May 23 for a graveside service at the Ghent Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Meals-on-Wheels Program, the Healthcare Consortium or the Chatham Rescue Squad would be deeply appreciated. Condolences may be conveyed at

James L. Kerr (1959 – 2018)

HUDSON—James Lyle Kerr, 59, of Hudson died Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born on April 28, 1959 in Hudson, he was the son of the late James M. and Charlene (Schermerhorn) Kerr.

He was a machinist with the former Columbia Box Board in Chatham, and was well-known as a guitarist and vocalist for area bands including “Jarrad” and “Visions.”

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Tina (Guinette) Kerr at home; three sons, Justin of Philmont, Jeremy of Hudson and Zachary of Ohio; one sister, Charlanne Loomis of Hudson; his grandson, Xander Kerr; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Thursday, May 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Michael J. Murnane, Sr. (1974 – 2018)

MILLERTON—Michael “Mike” James Murnane, Sr., 44, a lifelong area resident died unexpectedly at home Friday, May 18, 2018.

He worked as a painter for New England Painting based in Millerton for many years.

Born February 13, 1974 in Sharon, CT, he was the son of the late George P. and Karen L. (Miles) Murnane, who resides in Millerton. He attended Webutuck High School in Amenia.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Murnane is survived by: two sons, Michael J. Murnane, Jr., and Brandon Murnane-Tripp; three brothers, Reginald Hough of Ancram, George Murnane, Jr., of Westchester County and Daren Murnane of Millerton; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Pastor William Mayhew will officiate. To send an online condolence visit

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