OBITUARIES: Scalera, Bunk, Dunbar, Morini, DeGuise, Comstock, McKay

David M. Scalera (1958 – 2018)

GHENT—David Michael Scalera, 60, of Ghent entered into eternal rest Wednesday, June 6, 2018 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Born January 14, 1958 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Joseph G. Scalera and Barbra (Belterman) Scalera of Claverack.

Mr. Scalera was a union carpenter with Local 19 for 30 years. He enjoyed life to the fullest always with a smile. He was always ready for a round of golf with his “best buddy” and father-in-law, Richard Leffler of Ghent. He had a great love for his family as well, which included his many nieces and nephews. “Soar high my Angel.”

Besides his mother, he is survived by: his beloved wife of 40 years, Joanne. He was the loving dad of Michael David and Gregory Richard of Ghent; brother of Joseph Scalera (Bernedette Torre) of Columbiaville and James Scalera (Darlene) of Rensselaer and brother-in-law of Teena Wisenburn of Stuyvesant. He was predeceased by his mother-in-law and “coffee-buddy” Mary E. Leffler.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 15, 2 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Burial will follow in West Ghent Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 139 South Lake Avenue, Albany 12208.

Herbert F. Bunk (1935 – 2018)

HUDSON—Herbert F. Bunk, 83, died Saturday, June 9 at his home in Dutch Village, Hudson, where he resided for the past four years.

Born March 19, 1935 in Clermont, he was the son of the late Floyd and Katherine (Curtis) Bunk.

Previously he resided for 48 years in Germantown, where he worked for the Flo-Weld Company until his retirement.

Mr. Bunk was a devoted family man who loved his family and adored his grandchildren. He enjoyed camping, gardening, daily walks from one end of Germantown to the other and his annual trips to the ocean.

He loved life and demonstrated that through his strong will and determination. He will be deeply missed.

Mr. Bunk is survived by: his wife of 61 years, Katherine Janice (Kelsely) Bunk; daughters, Susan Dusenbery, Sharon Rider and Sandra Dodge; his sister, Eleanor Steerey; nephew, William Steerey; eight grandchildren, Christa Rider, Rebecca Rider, Lucian Rider, Rachael Rider, Tate Dusenbery, Tyler Dusenbery, Kyle Dodge and Kelsey Dodge and six great-grandchildren.

There are no calling hours.

Services are private and at the convenience of the family.

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

John R. Dunbar (1927 – 2018)

OMI—John Richard Dunbar, known to most as “Dick,” passed away at his home Friday, June 8, 2018. He had celebrated his 91st birthday with family over the Memorial Day weekend.

He was born May 17, 1927 in Tarrytown, to Florence Emily (Wood) and John Mayes Dunbar. He grew up in his hometown of Ardsley, Westchester County, and attended Ardsley schools until his senior year of high school when he enlisted in the US Navy.

At the end of World War II he spent his 18th year as a fireman first class in the E Division aboard the aircraft carrier Enterprise CV-6, whose mission, “Operation Magic Carpet,” made four voyages before being scrapped for salvage. The sternplate can be found at the memorial to the Enterprise CV-6 at the Library in River Vale, NJ.

Mr. Dunbar sailed to the Pearl Harbor, HI, Southhampton, England, and Punta Del Gada, the Azores, bringing over 15,000 troops back to the states from overseas at the end of the war.

Upon discharge from the Navy, he worked on various dairy farms in Putnam County. He rented a farm in Fairfield County, CT, where he met and married his wife of 65 years. In 1953, they purchased the old Elbert Kittle Farm in Omi, which they operated for 20 years. There they raised a family of five boys and two girls. In 1973, Mr. Dunbar started the Dunbar Greenhouse and Nursery known for his greenhouse tomatoes and the enormous fall mum plants he grew each year and brought to the Kinderhook Farmers Market and the Columbia County Fair.

He was very proud of and blessed by the military legacy of his children and grandchildren—more than 160 years of service to their country.

Mr. Dunbar is survived by: his wife, Marian C. Dunbar; sons, Jonathon (Jackie) and William of Ghent, David (Catherine) of Yonkers; daughters, Stephanie Shirley of Derry, NH, and Jennifer (Steven) Harbun of Kelso, WA. He was predeceased by two sons, Daniel (Deborah) in 2009 and Russell (Josie) in 2010 and his brother, Joseph Mayes Dunbar in 2018.

He is also survived by: a sister, Nancy (Larry) LeClair of Chester, NH; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Mr. Dunbar was active in the Ghent Volunteer Fire Company, Ghent VFW Post 5933 and served the Ghent community in many ways through the years. The family thanks the Community Hospice team for their excellent care to “John” especially Nancy and Rose. A memorial service will be held at a later date for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, the Ghent VFW Post 5933 or the River Vale Enterprise memorial site.

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

Randolph Morini (1941 – 2018)

HUDSON—Randolph Morini of Ghent passed away June 10, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospice.

Born in the Bronx, November 2, 1941, he was the son of the late Paul and Wanda D’Ottavi Morini.

He worked for the Capital District OTB. He enjoyed his friends and loved his dogs. “The world is a better place because he was in it.”

Following his wishes, prayers were offered in a private service and he was interred at St. James Cemetery in Ghent. Arrangements were with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

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Leander W. DeGuise (1936 – 2018)

RHINEBECK—Leander W. DeGuise, 82, a Rhinebeck resident for the past 20 years, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at the Baptist Nursing Home.

Born January 21, 1936 in Burlington, VT, he was the son of the late William and Parmelia (Charland) DeGuise. At the age of 16, he entered the US Marines, where he fought on the front line in the Korean War for a short time before being dismissed just 18 months later due to his age.

Mr. DeGuise married Lynn Ernst, May 18, 1997 in Newburgh.

For many years, he worked as a finisher for the fine art foundry—Polich Tallix in Beacon. He took great pride in his role, being able to finish many monumental statues. Recently he also worked as a sales representative for Home Depot in Kingston.

In addition to his loving wife Lynn, he is survived by: his daughters, Parmelia (Bernie) Melius of CA, and Gladys Dean of Elizaville; a son, Leander (Theresa) DeGuise, Jr., of TN; his stepson, Lance (Caryn) Sterling; his grandchildren, Mark and Benjie Melius, Kevin Dean, Tarrah Region, Leander III and Tatiana DeGuise, Brittany (Chris) Thorganson and Brook, Jake, Shelby, Savanna and Jackson Sterling; his great-grandchildren, Aidian and Joshua Thorganson; and his faithful canine companion, Thorn; along with extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 16, 2018, 11 a.m. at the Church of the Messiah, Rhinebeck. Interment will be private.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. DeGuise’s memory to the Church of the Messiah, c/o Choir, 6436 Montgomery Street, P.O. Box 248, Rhinebeck 12572.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 91 East Market Street, Rhinebeck.

For directions,or to sign the online guest book visit

Mary Comstock (1920 – 2018)

ANCRAMDALE—Mary Comstock, 97, a five-year resident of Ancramdale, formerly of Millerton, died peacefully Saturday, June 9, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.

Ms. Comstock was the medical records supervisor at Wassaic Development Center in Wassaic for more than 30 years. She retired in 1980.

Born September 26, 1920 in Sharon, CT, she was the daughter of the late Ben and Anna (Broadsky) Gansowski. She graduated from Roe Jan High School in Copake and received her master’s degree in hospital administration from SUNY New Paltz. She was a member of the Friends of the Millerton Library, Taconic Learning Center and Cary Arboretum in Millbrook.

Ms. Comstock is survived by: her nephews, Stosh and his wife Carol Gansowski, Thomas and his wife Louise Gansowski, John, David Gansowski, Benay Gansowski and her loving caregiver, Betty Shufelt. She was predeceased by three brothers; Ben, Stanley and John Gansowski and two nieces, Carol McCann and Mary Lynn Gansowski.

Graveside services and burial will take place Thursday, June 14, 2018, 11 a.m. at St. Bridget’s Cemetery, 7 River Road, Cornwall, CT.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast/ Millerton Library, 75 Main Street, Millerton 12546. Arrangements are under the direction of the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton. To send an online condolence visit

Lynne M. McKay (1954 – 2018)

NEW LEBANON—Lynne M. McKay, 64, of New Lebanon passed away at home June 9, 2018.

She was the daughter of the late Bruce and Jane Smith.

She worked as a home healthcare aide until she was unable to work any longer due to her health.

Ms. McKay was a former volunteer with the West Sand Lake Volunteer Fire Department and a former member of the Best Luther Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by: her husband, Martin McKay; significant other, Earl Broomall; sisters, Arlene Bynack and Lori Creeron and her dear friend and “sister,” Sherrie Royce.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Bruce Jr. and Frank.

A funeral service from the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home, 11 Elm Street, Nassau takes place Thursday, June 14 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home prior to the service from 9 to 11 a.m. Interment will take place in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery at 1 p.m. Online condolences may be offered at

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