OBITUARIES: Whiteman, Swanson, Krein, Pellicciotti, N. Race, L. Race, Groves

Matthew M. Whiteman (1974 – 2018)

ALBANY—Matthew M. Whiteman, 43, of Canaan passed away suddenly May 24 after a tragic accident.

He was a loving husband, devoted father, loyal brother, wonderful son and trusted friend. He was always close by to lend a hand, a hug, or a laugh. His quiet strength, mild manner and generosity made him well-loved.

He is survived by: his wife of 23 years, Amber; his three children, Zachary, 21, Sarah, 16, Alexis 16 years old; his parents, Henry and Linda Whiteman of Canaan; his five siblings, Melissa (James) Gaudette of Spencertown, Michael (Christine) Whiteman of Canaan, Meghan (Paul) Calcagno, Jr., of Kinderhook, Mark (Carrie) Whiteman of Canaan and Micah (Jesse) Whiteman of Canaan; 17 nieces and nephews.

Mr. Whiteman’s gentle assuredness will be sadly missed by many treasured friends in addition to family.

A memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1169 Route 9, Castleton-on-Hudson, Saturday, June 2 at 2 p.m.

Arrangements are with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Condolences may be conveyed at

David J. Swanson (1943 – 2018)

LAKELAND, FL—David J. Swanson passed away April 29, 2018.

He was born June 11, 1943.

He was predeceased by his wife, Sue Swanson; his mother, Ruth Swanson and father, John Swanson.

He is survived by: his son, Kevin J. Swanson; daughter, Kelly l. Swanson and grandchildren, Aiden C. Swanson and Taylor M. Swanson.

Mr. Swanson was a life-member of Stuyvesant Falls Fire Company #2. Dedication to the fire service was his passion and his life. He always answered no matter what the call was or the time of day. He retired from General Electric where he was a plastics technician.

Funeral services for Mr. Swanson will be held at the fire station, 9 Firehouse Lane, Stuyvesant Falls, June 2, 2018 starting at 1 p.m. when Stuyvesant Falls and Stuyvesant fire company members will escort him into the station.

His ashes will be spread upon the firehouse monument and his final call will be answered at that time.

Anthony J. Krein, Jr. (1934 – 2018)

HUDSON—Anthony Joseph Krein, Jr., 83, of Greenport passed away peacefully, Thursday, May 24 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 2, 1934 in Hudson to Anthony Joseph, Sr., and Harriett (Gordon) Krein.

Mr. Krein graduated from Hudson High School and ran his own carpet business, Anthony Krein & Sons, for around 40 years.

He was a sergeant in the National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1960. He was a life-member of the Philmont Fire Company in fire police from 1974 to 1985. He was a trumpet player in a band called The High Hats as well as a baseball coach for the Ockawamick Little League in Philmont. He was in the Hudson American Legion Drum Core for 30 years as well as a Boy Scout Troop 109 leader for 6 years. He volunteered with the Hudson Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Hudson Soap Box Derby and the Edith Casey Stocking Fund. He was an avid fisher and hunter as well as a dedicated fan of the New York Mets.

Mr. Krein is survived by: his loving wife, Rose (Avery) Krein; his six children, Anthony III “Skip,” Clyde, Heaven (Smith), Joseph, William “Billy”, and Harriett Krein-Hart; his sister, Harriet “Bobbie” Leftwich; brother, Eugene Krein; his 22 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was conducted Monday, May 28 at Bates and Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson with his son, Skip Krein officiating.

Donations may be made to Bates and Anderson Funeral Home in his name.

Marjorie C. Pellicciotti (1927 – 2018)

HUDSON—Spitfire Marjorie Cathlene Pellicciotti, formerly known as Marjorie Kraft, born August 12, 1927 went home to be with the Lord May 25, 2018 after bravely fighting a long battle with old age.

“Margy” attended deaf school in Manhattan and also the Rome School for the Deaf. There she met Carmen Pellicciotti whom she later married. They celebrated 58 years of marriage before he passed away in 2008. Mrs. Pellicciotti worked at a sewing factory in Philmont before her marriage and was a very talented seamstress. She utilized her superior sewing skills throughout her life to decorate her and her children’s homes, make dolls and quilts, and to dress her daughters beautifully. She bred dogs as a girl, collected dolls, built fabulous doll houses, and also knew how to figure out a carpentry or building project, because she was so smart. She enjoyed a good card game, a steamy romance novel, and a cup of tea (no sugar please.)

She was often underestimated because of her deafness but quickly those who got to know her were “put in their place” by her cleverness, gutsiness, bit of temper, unabashed honesty, and racy sense of humor.

She is survived by: her two daughters, Carmelita DeCicco, engaged to Paul Dietershagen and Tammy Barbour married to William Barbour; four grandchildren, Brian and Nicoletta DeCicco and Nathan and Bianca Barbour; nieces, Carole (Rick) Robbins, Bonnie Kraft and nephew, Daniel Kraft.

She was predeceased by her husband, Carmen Pellicciotti; her parents, William and Hattie Kraft; sister, Nellie (Frank) Sarkozy; brother, John Kraft and son-in-law, Ben DeCicco.

Though her soul is set free, she will be greatly missed by those of us left behind, as no one could have had such a sassy and fiery mother. Her daughters publicly thank her Columbia County Department of Aging case manager, Interim Health Care staff, Columbia County Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers, and her neighbor, Toni Merchant who all went above and beyond the call of duty and made it possible for Mrs. Pellicciotti to remain safely in her home for so long. Also, a heartfelt thank you to the Pines Nursing Home staff who cared for her so compassionately in her final days. “Your service to the elderly is precious and Godly.”

Memorial services were held Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at the Bates and Anderson-Redmond and Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson, followed by a funeral service at the Ghent First Reformed Church, County Route 22. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mrs. Pellicciotti to the Pines in Catskill or Columbia County Meals on Wheels would be appreciated.

Neilan F. Race (1944 – 2018)

SARATOGA—Neilan F. Race, 74, of Glens Falls passed away Monday, May 28 at Saratoga Hospital. Born April 1, 1944 in Hudson, he was the son of Clarence and Clara (Abatto) Race.

He served his country honorably as a naval corpsman stationed in Portsmouth, NH. For more than 30 years, he was a distinguished sales representative for Jack Byrne Ford-Mercury in Mechanicville. His commitment to the automotive industry led him to achieve numerous awards and recognitions throughout his career. He was a devoted family man who loved to boast and brag most about his grandchildren and their accomplishments. Mr. Race loved golf and all sports, supporting his New York teams especially.

He leaves to cherish his memory: his beloved wife, Judith (Denerly) Race; his loving children, William (Kami) Race and Melissa (Eric) Richards; his beloved grandchildren, Nicholas Race, Kyle and Kyerna Richards; sister, Virginia Hotaling; aunt, Claudia Teator and nephews, John and Peter Hotaling Jr. He will be dearly missed by several cousins along with his faithful canine companion, Blondie.

Funeral services will be Friday June 1, 11 a.m. at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visitation prior to the funeral service will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Lynn M. Race (1968 – 2018)

HUDSON—Lynn Marie Race, 50, of Hudson died Wednesday May 23, 2018 from recently diagnosed melanoma.

Born in Hudson April 9, 1968 she was the daughter of Richard P. and Rosemary (Tanzillo) Goetz of Hudson.

Mrs. Race was a graduate of Hudson High School and was a hairdresser with Hair We Are in Hudson and formerly with Mane Street Unisex Hair Salon in Hudson. She was also the recording secretary for HOPE.

She is survived by: her loving husband, John C. “JR” Race, Jr., her son, Tanner J. Race and her daughter, Hannah M. Race, all at home; one sister, Kim Goetz of Hudson; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mrs. Race was a devoted wife, mother and friend. She was loved by all who knew her. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive,

Greenport. Burial was in Cedar Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions are requested in her memory to the Melanoma Research Foundation at

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Sharon A. Groves

ALBANY—Sharon A. Groves, 67, of Hudson passed away May 24, 2018 at Albany Medical Center.

Born in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Sarah (Stever) Groves.

Ms. Groves had a true love for gardening and cultivating flowers. She enjoyed spending her time reading and creating needlework pieces. She was a truly wonderful person who will be missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her sister, Annette Masse and friend, Tony Tiano. She is survived by: her twin sister, Sheila (David) Dennis; sister, Sandra Amidon; brother-in-law, Maurice Masse; uncle, Ira Stever; nieces, Jennifer, Nicole and Jodi; three great-nephews and several cousins. Memorial calling hours will be held Wednesday, May 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home, 11 Elm Street, Nassau. Online condolences may be offered at

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