OBITUARIES: Lezette, Van Wagner, Grenci, Hoover, Battistello

Thomas A. Lezette (1939 – 2018)

CHATHAM—Thomas Arthur Lezette passed away peacefully July 21, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born February 1, 1939 in Hudson, the son of Arthur and Beatrice Lezette. He and his sister, Marlene were raised in Philmont.

Mr. Lezette was predeceased by his loving wife of 49 years, Nancy Lezette.

He is survived by: his daughters, Heidi Hawkins of York, ME, and Wendy Robertson of Center Barnstead, NH; his four grandchildren, Chelsea and Cassidy Hawkins and Sydney and Zachariah Robertson.

For more than 30 years he worked at Columbia Corporation, and the last 20 years as a toll collector at the New York State Thruway. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, golfing, and his cat, Sammy.

A memorial service will be held at the Ghent Cemetery, Thursday, July 26, 2018, 11 a.m. for family and friends. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534.

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Douglas Van Wagner (1944 – 2018)

HUDSON—Douglas Van Wagner, 74, of Hillsdale passed away Friday, July 20, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He was born July 1, 1944 in Barrytown, the son of Kenneth and Florence (Burns) Van Wagner, Sr.

He was a dairy farmer and worked on Chaseholm Farm in Pine Plains.

Survivors include: two sons, Roland Burlingame, Sr., of Pine Plains, Mark and his wife Jean Burlingame of Ancram; two daughters-in-law, Denise Burlingame of Hopewell Junction and Darlene Burlingame of Millbrook; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by a sister, Karen and a brother, Edward.

He was predeceased by a son, Beach Burlingame, Jr.,

There are no calling hours.

Funeral service and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains. To sign the online register visit

Tod A. Grenci (1956 – 2018)

STOCKPORT—Tod A. Grenci, age 62, of Stockport was called to his eternal home after a brief illness, Monday July 23, 2018.

Born February 15, 1956 in Albany, he was the son of the late Tito and Hilah (Jones) Grenci. He was predeceased by his brother, Seth Grenci.

Mr. Grenci is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Susan E. Grenci; children, Luke, Adam, Casey and Natascha; his pride and joy grandson, Jacob Grenci (Luke); sister, Maria Grenci; sister-in-law, Sally Mann; brother-in-law, George (Kathy) Phillips; nephews, Jim and Justin Phillips; great-nieces and -nephews, many cousins and friends.

Mr. Grenci was the owner of Mark’s Pizza in Valatie, where he worked side-by-side with his family. He was employed by Capital OTB in Schenectady, where he was vice president of Corporate Operations. He served as the supervisor of the Town of Stuyvesant for many years. Mr. Grenci was former chairman of the Columbia County Republican Party, a lifelong member of the Stuyvesant Falls Fire Department, a member of Church of St. Joseph. He was a loving husband, father and friend. He was active in his community and will be deeply missed. “Courage is being scared to death—but saddling up anyway,” this John Wayne quote, gave Mr. Grenci’s strength and courage as he fought through his illness.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, July 27, noon at the Church of St. Joseph, Stuyvesant Falls, with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Thursday, July 26, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 242, Valatie 12184.

Anne R. Hoover (1947 – 2018)

HUDSON—Anne R. Hoover, 71, passed away July 22, 2018. She was born May 17, 1947 in New York City to Alvin and Joan (Murray) Hoover.

She served her country proudly in the United States Army. She would go on to earn her Bachelors of Science degree in 1989, an accomplishment that was very gratifying for her. She worked in the Nassau County Clerk’s office before moving to Hudson Valley to be closer to her sister, Ellen.

Ms. Hoover then she went to work as a clerk at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany. After retiring she enjoyed spending time with her friends at the Washington Irving Senior Center, where she was a champion WII Bowler. Even though she was not completely Irish she enjoyed Irish bands, and Irish music. She was an avid TV watcher, loved to travel and go on cruises. Above all else she loved to spend time with her nieces and nephews.

Ms. Hoover is survived by: her siblings, Robert and his wife Theresa Hoover, Ellen and her husband William Mottoshiski, and Paul Hoover; her nieces and nephews, Meghan, Sean, Laura, Mark, Gregory and Daniel.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 25, 2018, noon from Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. In keeping with her wishes she will be buried will military honors at Gerald B. H. Solomon National Cemetery following the service. Visitation will precede the service beginning at 10 a.m.

Agnes S. Battistello (1924 – 2018)

HUDSON—Agnes S. Battistello, 94, of Hudson died peacefully Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born in Vicenza, Italy, February 15, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Marco and Lucia (DelPonte) Battistello. She was a 1942 graduate of St. Mary’s Academy in Hudson. She graduated in 1945 from Hudson City Hospital School of Nursing and pursued a lifelong career in nursing care.

In addition to traveling throughout Europe and Canada, Ms. Battistello was a certified Red Cross nurse, and worked at the Albany VA and the Boston VA hospitals. She did post-graduate nursing in New York City. After returning to Hudson, she returned to Columbia Memorial Hospital and retired from private duty nursing.

Ms. Battistello is survived by: one sister, Lucy Grater of Boston; many nieces and nephews including, Lucia Battistello Boyce, Linda Battistello Erickson, John Poletto, Maria Poletto Ruskoski, Marco Poletto, Lucia Poletto Comerord, Marc Grater, Otto Grater, Jean Grater Goldsmith, Marco Battistello, Louie Battistello, Lucia Battistello McDonald, and Antonio, Udensio, Egidio, Georgio and Lino Zanetti.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Andrew Battistello, Antonio Battistello; three sisters, Ortensia Poletto Fabiano, Francesca Zanetti and Mary Battistello-Sartori.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, July 26, 2018, 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson. To leave online condolences visit

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