OBITUARIES: McCauley, Zerwick, Allen, Reno, Drobnicki, Tanzillo

Alfred McCauley (1930 – 2018)

HILLSDALE—Alfred McCauley, 87, of Hillsdale died June 15, 2018 after a short illness.

Born June 30, 1930 in Ancramdale, he was the son of the late Wilmer and Inez (Boyles) McCauley.

Before retiring in 1992, Mr. McCauley was employed by Charles Pfizer Inc. in Canaan, CT. He was employed there for 37 years.

“Al,” as he was known by many, always had a special place in his heart for his children and grandchildren. Family was everything to him.

He also enjoyed hobbies such as bowling, hunting and gardening. Mr. McCauley was known for having a great sense of humor and his practical jokes.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 63 years, Janetta (Stalker) McCauley of Hillsdale; his son Alfred, Jr. (Wanda) of Copake; his daughter, Terry Meltz (Don) of Stockport; his four cherished grandchildren, Jennifer McCauley Miller, Hilary, Chloe and Isaac Meltz; a great grandson, Enzo Miller; a sister, Marjorie Butler; many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by several brothers and sisters.

A funeral service will take place at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home 8063 Route 22, Copake, Wednesday, June 20 at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534 or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

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Chloe Zerwick (1923 – 2018)

HUDSON—Chloe Zerwick, an artist and writer, died in her home Wednesday morning, June 13. She was 95 years old, born February 13, 1923 in Cincinnati, OH.

She was the author of The Cassiopeia Affair (1968) and The Short History of Glass (1980) and continued with her creative work during her retirement in Hudson. Last year, she exhibited artwork in a retrospective solo show entitled “Inside the Box” at the Hudson Opera House. She also wrote columns on aging with grace for

Mrs. Zerwick grew up traveling the United States as her father opened new movie theaters throughout the Great Depression. She attended the University of Chicago, matriculating at just 16 years old. She studied English literature, and befriended a number of leading literary and scientific minds and future activists in the nuclear disarmament movement. Shortly after graduating, she married her college sweetheart and had her first child, Jay Fox.

She lived in New York City, working in public relations and electoral politics for nearly 50 years, save for a yearlong hiatus in Rome, Italy. In New York, she met the love of her life, M.B. Zerwick, who she married in 1959. Their daughter, Phoebe, was born the following year.

Mrs. Zerwick exhibited at several galleries, including the Cordy Gallery, Vorpal Gallery and Tiffany & Co. in New York, Freeman Gallery in Stonington, CT, and Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson. Her tower assemblages were called by The New Yorker magazine, “amusing and sobering commentaries on how we live and what we live for.”

She retired from Steuben Glass, where she was the director of public relations, in 1989. Her career as a writer began in the 1950s, and included work with Common Cause, a magazine published by the University of Chicago Press, the writers bureaus for Adlai E. Stevenson’s 1956 presidential campaign, and later President John F. Kennedy’s 1960 run. She was a consulting writer for the Institute for World Order, a peace organization, and the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions.

Mrs. Zerwick is survived by: her daughter, Phoebe Zerwick; son-in-law, Mark LaBrecque; daughter-in-law, Virginia Glessner; grandchildren, Kirwan Fox, Corinne White, Henry White and Jackson LaBrecque; numerous cherished friends and caregivers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hudson Opera House, Time & Space Limited (TSL) and the Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation.

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

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Dolly C. Allen (1930 – 2018)

HUDSON—Dolly C. Allen, 87, of Hudson died Thursday, June 14, 2018 with her daughter Pamela and grandchildren Christopher and Katie by her side.

Born October 26, 1930 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Philip and Madeline (Friss) Ham.

She was a graduate of Hudson High School. Her careers included working at J & J Publications, dental assistant for Dr. Norman Freinberg, and a nurses’ aide at Columbia Memorial Hospital. On February 15, 1953, she married the love of her life, William D. Allen. They shared 40 years together until his passing in 1993.

Survivors include: her children, William (Tammy) Allen, David (Kathy) Allen and Pamela (Edward) Porreca; grandchildren, William, Katie and Christopher (Marie) Porreca, Jesse, Patrick, and Matthew Allen, and Emily (Leo) Chaplin, and a great-grandson, Carter Chaplin.

A funeral service was held Monday, June 18 from the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Interment was in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Susan J. Reno (1946 – 2018)

HUDSON—Susan J. Reno, 71, of Hudson died peacefully after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Born August 21, 1946 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Crissy and Marjorie (Ridgeway) Wilson.

She was a graduate of Hudson High School Class of 1964. She worked for nearly 30 years at Columbia Memorial Hospital in patient registration. Mrs. Reno was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philmont. She has the distinction of being the founding Ladies Auxiliary member of the Hook Boat Club in Stuyvesant. Mrs. Reno loved NASCAR, bowling and country music. A devoted, loving wife to Richard Reno, they were inseparable until his passing in 2011.

Survivors include: her children, Christopher Ellithorpe (Jo-An), Lynda Nielsen (Michael), Rebecca Scheriff (Thomas); stepchildren, Cindy Kozel (Dan Shumsky), Tammy Barnard (Craig Doleski), Wendy Shufelt and Richard Reno (Natalie); many grandchildren;, great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sister, Linda Foster and sister-in-law, Sandy Wilson. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brother, John Wilson.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 20, noon from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philmont. Her family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service from 11 a.m. to noon.

Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mrs. Reno’s name may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philmont or the Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation.

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

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Gladys M. Drobnicki (1938 – 2018)

VALHALLA—Gladys M. Drobnicki, 79, of Hudson passed away Sunday, June 17 at Westchester Medical Center after a long illness.

Born October 31, 1938 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Clinton and Rose (McManus) Herring. She was a loving mother, wife, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family was always top priority. She also loved to cook, and was a faithful member of the Pentecostal Gospel Lighthouse Church in Stottville for more than 30 years.

Left to cherish her memory are: children, Veronica Mercuri, Walter Drobnicki III, Loretta Accomanno and Kim Herring; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Jill Weideman and Carolyn Prystajko; several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Drobnicki was predeceased by her parents; husband, Walter Drobnicki Jr. and siblings Marie Walski and Clinton Herring Jr.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 22, 1 p.m. from the Bates & Anderson Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will precede the funeral service. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Patsy P. Tanzillo (1932 – 2018)

STOTTVILLE—Patsy P. Tanzillo, 86, of Stottville, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Hudson April 16, 1932, he was the son of the late Pete and Carmella (Concra) Tanzillo. He attended St. Mary’s Academy in Hudson and later served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War with the 35th Infantry Regiment.

Mr. Tanzillo was a printer with the Hearst Corporation in Albany; was a life-member of the Hudson Fire Company and a member of the Hudson Elks Lodge #787. He was also a baseball umpire for years throughout Columbia County, officiating many high school games. Above all else, Mr. Tanzillo adored and cherished his wife, Marjorie. The pride and love he had for their children, grandchildren, extended family, and the life they built together could not be matched. A man of few words but plenty of wisdom, love and caring, he will be missed by many.

Mr. Tanzillo was predeceased by his loving wife, Marjorie (Wolfe) Tanzillo May 25, 2017.

He is survived by: a daughter, Joanne (Bob) Briggs; three sons, Mark (Michelle), Andrew and Patrick; four grandchildren, Nicholas, Emily, Sarah and Patrick E.; one sister, Rosemary and (Richard) Goetz; one brother, Pete and (Rosemary) Tanzillo and his brother-in-law, Bernie Ranzoni. He was predeceased by one sister, Mary Ranzoni.

A funeral funeral service took place Monday, June 18, 2018 at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport, with Pastor Ken Coddington officiating. Burial was in Cedar Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions are requested to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

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