OBITUARIES: Haddon, Stoner, Harrison, Murray, Cucinotta, Wilber, Baird, Yandik, Grand, Di Giuseppe

Warren D. Haddon (1937 – 2018)

CHATHAM—Warren Dygert Haddon, 81, died in his own bed October 17 of heart failure after being in Hospice care at home for eight months.

His beloved wife of 57 years was his primary caregiver during this time and at his side when he expired.

Born September 19, 1937 to William P. Haddon and Eleanor (Dygert) Haddon of Boonton/Parsippany/Lavallette, NJ, he was a graduate of Boonton High School. He was awarded a BS degree in mechanical engineering via the co-op program of Northeastern University; and an MS in civil engineering at the University of Connecticut. Following five years working for the US Army as a civilian, he was employed by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, CT, where he worked for 32 years, 27 of them in a managerial capacity with some assignments in Germany, France, Holland, and Canada. Self-educated in computer science, during the last five years of his professional career he was responsible for computer training of the entire staff within his work setting.

Mr. Haddon was devoted to his family. When his corporate responsibilities and travel curtailed quality time with his two young children, he requested reassignment to a less-demanding position. Coworkers thought him crazy to abort a promising career, but his priorities were clear and he remained contentedly steadfast as others leap-frogged past him.

During mid-life he was active in congregations of the United Church of Christ and also served in regional denominational bodies. As his personal spiritual life evolved and expanded, his Christian devotion flowed through more interior ways, bypassing formal religious groups. He drew joy from

living a life of service, and keenly appreciated all aspects of nature: the sky, seasons, sun, wind, little creatures, the waxing and waning of plants; gardening, camping, woodland walks.

Mr. Haddon provided civic leadership in his hometowns, notably the Scotland (CT) Library Board for more than 20 years; charter director of that town’s Highland Festival Association; official election moderator.

In June 1961 he married Corrie L. Triewth, a/k/a, Genia Pauli Haddon. They had a rare and precious relationship that blessed all who knew them as a couple. In 2012, Mr. and Mrs. Haddon became independent living residents of Camphill Ghent Elders in Community, among the first to move into the new facility. A Sendabration Gathering to celebrate his life and give him a send-off into what-comes-next was held there following cremation.

His friendly and upbeat smile will be missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include: wife, Genia/Corrie Triewth; daughter, Carmen Maciarello; son, Chris Haddon; sisters, TrudieBeth (Haddon) Wanchow and Sharon (Haddon) Andelora.

Kathleen A. Stoner (1944 – 2018)

LIVINGSTON—Kathleen Ann Stoner, 74, of Livingston passed away October 23, 2018 after an extended hospitalization. She was born April 10, 1944 in Hudson, to Harold and Elizabeth (Wright) Hotaling.

Ms. Stoner worked at the former Adventist Home in Livingston, holding various positions through the years. She was a member of the West Taghkanic Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, and also belonged to the United Methodist Church of West Taghkanic.

Ms. Stoner is survived by: her two sons, Thomas C. Stoner, Jr., and his wife Tammy of Forest, VA, and Brian and his wife Wendy of Stanfordville; eight grandchildren, Jordan Neal Stoner, Brandon Duke Stoner, Camden George Stoner, Preston Montana Stoner, Jeremy Thomas Stoner, McKenna Marie Stoner, Catarina Alice Stoner and Scarlett Rita Stoner; one great-granddaughter, Silver Lily Stoner; her two brothers, Charles and Donald Hotaling, and her former husband, Thomas C. Stoner, Sr.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Harold “Sonny” and Leon, and her sister, Betty Jane Laraway.

Funeral services were held October 27, 2018 from the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Interment followed in West Taghkanic Cemetery.

Donations in Ms. Stoner’s memory may be made to the West Taghkanic Fire Company.

William Harrison (1968 – 2018)

ALBANY—William “Billy” Harrison, 50, of North Chatham died Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Hospice Inn at St Peter’s Hospital.

He was born March 20, 1968 in Hudson, the son of the late Rudy and Marilyn (Lockenwitz) Harrison.

He was a self-employed and worked on just about everything most of his life.

He is survived by: his wife of 31 years, Kathleen Morehouse-Harrison of North Chatham; son, William Morehouse of Valatie; daughter, Ashley Morehouse of North Chatham; sister, Melissa Shumsky of Philmont; grandchildren, Bella Simmons and Maeson Sackett; several aunts and uncles. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. For online condolences visit wenkfuneralhome.com

Melissa A. Murray (1962 – 2018)

CASTLETON—Melissa Ann Murray of Castleton passed away October 25, 2018 after a hard-fought seven-year battle with cancer.

She was born June 8, 1962 in Pittsfield, MA, the daughter of Robert and Marylynn Murray. She was a 1980 graduate of New Lebanon Central School, completed her undergraduate degree in elementary education with a concentration in general science at the College of St. Rose in Albany. She continued her education earning a master’s degree in education and a second master’s in school administration both from SUNY Albany.

A lifelong educator, Ms. Murray taught religious education and swimming while still in high school, and organized and taught a summer reading class through WMHT’s Reading Rainbow program while still an undergraduate student.

Upon completion of her undergraduate degree she began her 34-year career at Ichabod Crane Central School where she was employed until her retirement in 2017.

During her distinguished career Ms. Murray had many roles serving as teacher, principal and district administrator. Through these roles she made such a positive impact on students, staff and members of the community that there is a book room in Ichabod Crane Primary School dedicated to her and her tireless service to the school district.

Ms. Murray was predeceased by her brother, Robert James Murray in 1965 and is survived by: her parents, Robert and Marylynn (Wear) Murray; brother, Kevin Murray; beloved sister, Maureen Murray; sister, Elizabeth (Robert) Kroboth; nephew, Nicholas Kroboth; nieces, Katherine and Colleen Kroboth; great-nephew, Matrim Kroboth; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, October 31, 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in New Lebanon. Interment will be in Cemetery of the Evergreens, New Lebanon. Donations in Ms. Murray’s memory may be made to COARC, 630 Route 217 Mellenville 12544 to benefit her sister, Maureen and the entire program. Arrangements were with the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home, 11 Elm Street, Nassau. Online condolences may be offered at mooneyfuneralhome.com

Dominick A. Cucinotta (1941 – 2018)

PITTSFIELD, MA—Dominick “Dom” Cucinotta, age 77, of East Chatham died October 5, 2018 at Berkshire Medical Center with his life partner of 52 years, Walter “Wally” Lowden at his bedside.

The cause of death was a rapid onset of acute leukemia.

Born June 4, 1941 in Brooklyn, to Frank and Katherine (Zappardino) Cucinotta he was predeceased by his parents and his sister Diane Hamra.

He is survived by Mr. Lowden, whom he married in September 2018.

Mr. Cucinotta was educated in the NYC school system. He was an excellent student. He skipped two grades and graduated from Lafayette High School in Brooklyn at age 16. He graduated from the School of Liberal Arts at CCNY in 1961 majoring in English. At City College he was copy editor of the student newspaper.

He was a bibliophile who had a passion for reading as well as classical music. He was happiest when he had a book in his hands. His personal library was extensive and varied and reflected his many interests. He loved cooking and enjoyed nothing more than preparing what some called “gourmet’ dinners for neighbors and friends. A joyful cocktail hour always preceded such meals.

He retired from the NYC Human Resources Administration where he held various administrative position including assistant to the commissioner. For three years he was placed on leave from HRA to direct the Urban Fellows program for NYC. He received an MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1968 and was a field instructor for the university.

He was a strong supporter of civil rights and democratic principles and a worthy opponent in any political debate. He was well-respected by all, even those with opposing views. Between college and graduate school he was an organizer and officer of the Social Services Employees Union and in the 1960s was a major force in a successful strike against the city when his union was seeking improved services for the city’s impoverished. The strike galvanized NYC’s labor unions and unions around the country.

Mr. Cucinotta and his partner purchased a weekend/vacation home in East Chatham in 1971. In the 1990s they designed and had built a new home on their property and became full time residents. Mr. Cucinotta was laid to rest in the Canaan Cemetery October 8 after a brief graveside service. Following the burial there was a reception at home for family and friends to celebrate his life and the love he shared with many.

He led an exemplary life and his memory will be forever cherished.

Kenneth H. Wilber (1946 – 2018)

PHILMONT—Kenneth H. Wilber of Ghent passed away peacefully October 27, 2018 at the Pine Haven Nursing Home and Rehabilitation facility, after a lengthy illness which he fought valiantly.

Born February 5, 1946 in Hudson he was the son of Charles L. Wilber and Bernice V. (Akin) Wilber. He graduated in 1963 from Chatham High School and in 1965 from Albany Business College. After graduation, Mr. Wilber served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from February 1966 to November 1969, during the Vietnam War, and was honorably discharged in October 1971.

He is survived by: his wife of 51 years, Jeannette (Lauster) Wilber; their children, Tracy Muller (Fred) and Kyle Wilber (Katrina); and the loves of his life, his grandchildren, Troy Muller, Regan Muller, Owen Wilber and Riley Wilber. Mr. Wilber is also survived by his sister, Barbara Radley (Jim), and many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

A true and humble public servant, Mr. Wilber dedicated his life in support of the veterans and community organizations of the town he so truly cherished. He was a life-member of both the Ghent Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5933 (50 years) and the Ghent Volunteer Fire Company #1 (54 years), having served in leadership positions in both organizations, including post commander and fire company president. At the time of his passing, Mr. Wilber was the post quartermaster, and chairman of the fire company board of directors and chaplain. He was also a member of Chatham Post 42 American Legion.

He was a third-generation member of the Ghent Marching and Concert Band, holding most of that organization’s executive offices, most recently serving as the business manager. As a band member, he enjoyed bringing the true spirit of community throughout Columbia County, New York and neighboring states. Mr. Wilber was a member and former chairman of the Columbia County Honor-A-Vet Committee, and an active member of the Columbia County Volunteer Firefighters Association, serving as president in 1986.

Mr. Wilber was the past commander of both the Third District of the Department of New York Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Rip Van Winkle Counties Council Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He had also served 18 years on Congressman Jerry Solomon’s and John Sweeney’s Military Academy Selection Committee, including as committee chairman.

He was also a congregant and the current treasurer of Christ Our Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Chatham, where he was a former member of the Church Council. Mr. Wilber supported the Boy Scouts of America, serving as chairman of the Columbia County Good Scout Award Dinner fundraiser, and was a member of the Columbia-Greene Community College Board of Trustees since 2013.

He served as Ghent town councilman from 1980 to 81 and as the town supervisor from 1982 to 1993. In 1996 he was elected as the Columbia County treasurer, serving in that position until his retirement in 2011. Before being elected county treasurer, Mr. Wilber was employed for 30 years at the Columbia Corporation in Chatham. He was also a former vice chairman of Columbia County Republican Committee.

Friends are invited to call and celebrate his life Thursday November 1, 2018 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. A Christian Burial will be offered from the Christ Our Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Park Row, Chatham at 11 a.m. Friday, November 2. Interment will be at the Ghent Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be offered to the Christ Our Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 19 Park Row, Chatham 12037, the Ghent VFW Toy and Relief Fund Drive, 2237 Route 66, Ghent 12075, or the Ghent Food Pantry 2306 Ghent Town Hall, Ghent 12075.

To send an online condolence visit www.frenchblasl.com.

Theodore E. Baird (1945 – 2018)

ALBANY—Theodore “Big Ted” Emery Baird, 73, a longtime local resident passed away Friday October 26, 2018 at Albany Medical Center.

He was born January 29, 1945 in Barton, VT, a son of the late Raymond and Mary Louise (Bean) Baird.

Mr. Baird worked at Yonderview Farm in Hillsdale for the Flood family along with his co-workers Larry, Hal, Darryl, Skip, Wilbur, Sonny and Tommy. Along with his wife, Debbie, he raised and taught his children the value of hard work and the dedication of family farming.

He loved country music, dancing, cooking for his family, milking his cows and playing epic games of “kick the can” with his kids, nieces and nephews.

In his eyes his grandchildren could do no wrong, but he would always give them a simple reminder to pick up their belongings because all knew that he did not like to have his lawn look messy.

Survivors include: his beloved wife, Deborah (Silvernail) Baird; he was a loving and devoted father to Jennifer (Rickie), Teddy (Amanda) and Kevin (Leeann); proud grandfather to Todd, Traci (Emma), Tylor, Tabitha (Tony), Travis, Nathanael, Raymond, Savanna, Alex, Nicholas and Alayna. He also leaves a great-granddaughter, LaNiyah.

Mr. Baird is also survived by: five brothers, Howard (Anita), Ernie (Gail), Clem (Margaret), Clinton (Amy) and Carl (Brenda); three sisters, Dot (AJ deceased), Ruby (Lou) and Mary (Keith) along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents he was predeceased by a brother, Rupert.

A Service of Remembrance will be held Saturday, November 3, 2018, 1 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22 in Copake.

Private interment will be in the Hillsdale Rural Cemetery.

A reception and continued time of sharing will follow at the Mount Washington House, Route 23 in Hillsdale.

At the request of the family and in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be forwarded to the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, P.O. Box D, Copake 12516 to assist with the sponsorship of his grandsons in their continued involvement with 4H and sow showmanship.

To send an online condolence visit www.peckandpeck.net.

Phyllis J. Yandik (1936 – 2018)

HUDSON—Phyllis Jean Yandik of Hudson passed away October 27, 2018.

She was born in Hudson August 19, 1936 to DeWitt and Mary (Cady) Sheldon. She was a graduate of Hudson High School and lived most of her life in Columbia County. Mrs. Yandik was a long-time employee of Hudson Cold Storage.

She is survived by: her sons, Paul E. Yandik and his wife Mary Pat of Littleton, MA, and Kevin B. Yandik and his companion Judy Decker of Hudson; one granddaughter, Kaitlin Yandik; many nieces and nephews; her sister, Barbara (Sheldon) Gansowski of Ghent.

She was predeceased by: her husband of 32 years, Emil S. Yandik; her daughter, Gloria G. Yandik; by her brother, Harold Sheldon and sisters, Patricia (Sheldon) Hutchings and Beverly (Sheldon) Killian.

The family thanks the staff and workers at Livingston Hills Nursing Home for the care and support they provided to Mrs. Yandik over the last few years.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 31, 10 a.m. from the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Burial will follow in St. Thomas Lutheran Church Cemetery, Churchtown.

Mary R. Grand (1941 – 2018)

HUDSON—Mary Rosalie (Nawrocki) Grand was born July 22, 1941 in Hudson and began her journey with the angels October 28 with her family by her side.

She was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School and was a communicant of Holy Family Church in Stottville and Holy Trinity Parish in Hudson. She enjoyed working with her family as a bookkeeper at Cherry Ridge Farm. She also worked at the Columbia-Greene Community College Bookstore and V&O Press in Greenport.

Along with spending valuable time with her family and friends and attending Mass regularly; one of her greatest pleasures was singing karaoke with her loving and devoted husband, Ralph. She also enjoyed gardening, dancing, creative crocheting and painting.

She was predeceased by her parents, Alexandra(Alice) Nawrocki and Joseph Nawrocki, Sr.

She is survived by: her husband of 56 years, Ralph Grand, Sr.; daughter, Laureen Zanotelli; son, Ralph Grand, Jr., (Tiffany); grandson, Joseph Zanotelli (Tiffany) and great-granddaughter, Kaylin.

Mrs. Grand was the youngest of six children; Dorothy Brown (Donald), Janice Clow (Bubby), Venencia Rubino (Lewis), Irvin Nawrocki (Gloria) and she was predeceased by her brother, Joseph Nawrocki, Jr., (Katherine). She also leaves behind many loved nieces, nephews and cousins.

In Mrs. Grand’s honor, the family recognizes niece, Cheryl Clow for her comfort and support during their time of need.

Calling hours will be held Friday, November 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, November 3, 10 a.m. from St. Mary’s Church, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests donations be made to the Adoration Chapel Fund, c/o St Mary’s Church, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson 12534.

Josephine J. Di Giuseppe (1926 – 2018)

CATSKILL—Josephine Johanna (Salibeni) Di Giuseppe, 92, of Germantown passed away peacefully Sunday, October 28, 2018 at The Pines at Catskill Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Born in Limina, Sicily, August 1, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Lucia Salibeni.

With her family, she moved to the USA when she was three-years-old, finding their home in the Capital District. She attended and graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in Schenectady and began working at her father’s meat market, Buffalo Meat Market.

She always had an entrepreneurial way about her. She owned and operated a local-favorite, Old Forge Restaurant in Germantown, ran a laundromat, helped her husband run Ralph’s Barbershop, and worked as the town clerk of Germantown for nine years. Even though she had much on her plate, she still found time to raise her four beloved sons. Mrs. Di Giuseppe was a devout Catholic and communicant of the Church of the Resurrection in Germantown.

She is survived by: her four sons, Mark (Margaret) Di Giuseppe of Utica, Timothy Di Giuseppe of Schenectady, Matt (Alysia Miller) Di Giuseppe of Germantown, and Brian (Donna) Di Giuseppe of Rotterdam; her sister, Nancy (late Dino) Fiacco of Castleton-on-Hudson, and by many cherished grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her dear husband, Ralph DiGiuseppe, and her two siblings, Mary Pijanowski and Francis Salibeni.

A funeral Mass will be held Thursday, November 1, 2018, 10 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Watervliet. A visitation will be held prior to the funeral from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Cummings Funeral Home, 643 Third Avenue, Watervliet.

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