Sondra D. Patzwahl (1939 – 2018)
CLAVERACK—Sondra D. Patzwahl passed away peacefully at her home in Claverack, October 1, 2018.
Born in Hudson in 1939, she attended school there and graduated from Hudson High School. After high school she attended Becker College until she married William B. Patzwahl in the late summer of 1959. Together they raised two sons. She was a devoted mother and wife.
Mrs. Patzwahl was always there for the family taking on jobs to help support and guide them. When the family was young she worked as a teacher’s aide at their school. Later on, she became a dental hygienist. Mrs. Patzwahl supported the family tent rental business quietly handling critical administrative duties. As she aged and the kids moved off on their own, her support broadened and she moved onto volunteering within the community. She did her family proud working at the Second Show in support of Columbia Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Patzwahl will be deeply missed by her family. She leaves behind: a brother, Ron Cook (wife Laurie); two sons, David (wife Barbara), and Jeffrey (partner Maryanne Wentworth); grandchildren, Sarah Grace, Austin William and Jessica Mary Patzwahl. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years William, and her parents Jerry and Fay Cukerstein.
Funeral services at the Bates & Anderson Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street take place Wednesday October 3, 1 p.m. with Rabbi Daniel Fried officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mrs. Patzwahl’s name may be made to the Second Show, 519 Warren Street, Hudson 12534.
Jean Dimino (1932 – 2018)
KINDERHOOK—Jean Dimino passed away after a long illness September 25, under hospice care at her daughter’s home in Kinderhook.
She is survived by: her sister, Theresa Malatesta; her children and their spouses, Gina Dimino and James Kaufman, Paula and Cort Demmert, Sal and Kara Dimino, Carl Dimino and Resa Dimino and Tom Blau; her grandchildren, Annie and Sarah Kaufman, Andrew Demmert and Gina Aiken, CJ and Frank Dimino, Lil Sloginski and Jeanne Blau; many nieces and nephews.
She was born January 16, 1932 in Hoboken, NJ, the fourth of seven children born to Aldo and Teresa Malatesta (neé Barchi). She had a happy childhood, playing with gangs of kids on the streets of Hoboken over the school year, and spending the summer with her family on a farm near Wanaque, NJ. After graduating high school, she went to work as a bookkeeper at Jonathan Logan in New York City, a popular clothing company. This is where her life took its first unexpected turn.
Her best childhood friend dreamed of moving to California and she persuaded Jean go with her. Asking at work, Jean found that her bosses at Jonathan Logan were happy to transfer her to their office in Long Beach, in fact, they thought it was a great idea. But then her friend backed out suddenly. Jean took the chance and moved to Long Beach by herself, booking a room at the local YWCA.
She loved to dance, so she got together a group of young women from the Y to go to the local dance hall, the Western Corral. She saw sailors from the nearby Navy compound turned down by girl after girl and decided that she would dance with anybody who asked. That’s how she met her future husband, Carl Dimino, who was from Brooklyn.
She returned to the New York area and married him. She continued working as a bookkeeper while Mr. Dimino got his engineering degree. They had five children, moving to nicer places as their situation improved.
Mr. and Mrs. Dimino joined the Peace Corps in 1970 and took their children with them. They spent two years as volunteers in Barquisimeto, Venezuela where Mrs. Dimino helped run a preschool for children in the barrio and was a second parent (and chef) for many of the young volunteers, while Mr. Dimino taught engineering. They then spent two years as Peace Corps staff at headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela and Bogotá, Colombia.
After their adventure in South America, the Diminos returned to New Jersey, where Mrs. Dimino got a bookkeeping job at a small company called Meadox Medicals. Although the company has since been acquired by Boston Scientific, Mrs. Dimino continued working there from 1976 until her retirement in 2009. Always a model employee, after such long tenure, she became the institutional memory of the place.
The Diminos retired to the small port city of La Paz, Mexico.
Even though she left her job reluctantly, Mrs. Dimino loved her new life in La Paz and made many fast friends there. When her husband passed away in 2015, she continued living in La Paz, enjoying her friends, her line dancing, and her book club until her health no longer permitted it. She spent her last months at the Payn Home in Chatham surrounded by caring friends and staff.
Throughout her journey, Mrs. Dimino was a beloved friend and mentor to many people. She had five biological children, but many more adopted her as their second mother. Her smile warmed any room she entered, and her kind and loving spirit touched all who were close to her.
A memorial gathering will be held at Portobello Banquets in Oakland, NJ, Tuesday, October 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Payn Home, Chatham.
Arrangements are with Simple Choices, Inc., 1088 Western Avenue, Albany.
Michael J. Dwyer, Sr. (1941 – 2018)
HUDSON—Michael J. Dwyer, Sr., 77, of Kinderhook died Monday, October 1, 2018 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.
Born June 15, 1941 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Francis Xavier and Marjorie (Conway) Dwyer, Sr.
Mr. Dwyer served in the US Army from 1962 to 1964. He was a truck driver for Albany Transport and a member of the Churchtown Fire Company.
He is survived by: his wife, Anita (Buciskis) Dwyer; three children, Margaret Bortugno (Michael) of Kinderhook, Kristina Schweiger (Aaron) of Delta, PA, and Michael J. Dwyer, Jr., (Karen) of Binghamton; two sisters, Mary Dwyer (Joe) of Genoa, OH, and Karen Cirillo (Ronald) of Frankfort; a sister-in-law, Barbara Dwyer of Columbiaville; nine grandchildren, Louis, Alexandra and Brad Schweiger, Francis, Jacob and Joan Bortugno and Emily, Kevin and Maxwell Dwyer. He was predeceased by a brother, Francis Xavier Dwyer, Jr. and a sister, Margaret Dwyer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday, October 5 at St. James Church, Chatham, with the Rev. George Fleming officiating. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday, October 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Community Hospice of Columbia / Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414 or the Churchtown Fire Company.