OBITUARIES: Sweeney, Sprauer, Russell

Edward P. Sweeney, Jr. (1925 – 2018)

RHINEBECK—Edward P. Sweeney, Jr., 93, of Stanfordville passed away early Sunday, October 7, 2018 at The Thompson House.

He was born August 18, 1925 in Johnstown, the son of Edward P. and Gertrude (Borst) Sweeney, Sr.

He was a World War II veteran He served from 1941 to 1946 in both the Army and Navy.

After he was honorably discharged he was a builder and mechanic. In 1986 he retired from H.O. Penn in Poughkeepsie. He was also a member of the Local 15C Operating Engineers. He also owned and operated GKS Radiator Repair for many years thereafter.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and a friend to many.

He enjoyed boating and camping with family and friends. His favorite pastime was many hours of conversing with those he loved.

Survivors include: his children, Donna Parillo of Johnstown, Thomas and his wife Dorothea Sweeney of Stanfordville, Rosemary Sweeney of Poughkeepsie, James Sweeney and his wife Christine of Poughkeepsie, Donald Sweeney and his wife Joan of Millerton, Edward P. and his wife Tosca Sweeney III of Kingston, Brenda Sweeney of Elizaville, Scott Sweeney of Poughkeepsie; stepdaughter, Jean and her husband Mark Burlingame of Ancram; son-in-law, Harry (Skip) and his wife Carolyn Wendover; 25 grandchildren, Ricky, Ray, Ryan, Kara, Tonia, Carrie, Lloyd, Jonathan, Thomas, Dawn, Jeffrey, James, Justin, Tina, Jamie, Renee, Debra, Jeremy, Jennie, Jonah, Tyler, Trisha, Jessica, Tammy, Cody and Brooke; many great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Gail K. (Bird) Sweeney; a sister, Gladys Oare and a daughter, Joanne Wendover.

A graveside service was held Saturday, October 13, 2018 Evergreen Cemetery, Pine Plains with military honors. Fr. Kent Wilson officiated.

In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Arrangements were with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains.

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Joseph E. Sprauer, Jr. (1962 – 2018)

NEWBURGH—Joseph E. Sprauer, Jr., 55, of Rhinebeck died suddenly October 12, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Born December 15, 1962 in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Joseph E. Sprauer, Sr. and Regina E. (Schad) Sprauer.

He served in the U.S. Army with the 595 military police and later as a security guard at Indian Point Nuclear Plant as well as, Ferncliff Nursing Home.

He is survived by: a brother, Russell (Diana) Sprauer of Elizaville; a niece, Amber (Vilhjal) Campbell of Hudson; two nephews, Matthew of Stanfordville and Samuel of Great Lakes, Illinois and two great-nephews, Landen Terpening and Vilhjal Campbell, Jr., both of Hudson.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown. Internment will be private and at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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John K. Russell (1929 – 2018)

NASSAU—John Kenneth Russell, 89, of Nassau slipped quietly and peacefully off to heaven Sunday, October 14, 2018 to join his wife Greta on the occasion of what would have been their 68th wedding anniversary.

Leaving a legacy of love, responsibility, and family, “Kenny” was a devoted family man. In addition, he was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing.

Born in Mount Vernon in 1929, he met and married his high school sweetheart, Greta, and later moved to Stormville, where they raised their children.

Mr. Russell had many occupations in his early years including working as a builder and running his own service station. Prior to, and during the early years of his marriage, he was an active member of the U.S. Naval Reserve. In Stormville, he worked initially as a corrections officer at Greenhaven Prison, eventually completing training and becoming a fire and safety inspector for the State of New York, Department of Corrections. In addition, he was a volunteer fireman and an active member of the rescue squad for many years at the Stormville Fire Department. In retirement, Mr. Russell and his wife moved to Nassau to be closer to their family.

He was predeceased by his wife, Greta Fredriksen Russell; his parents, William Peter Russell and Helen Barbara Sabo Russell; his siblings, William, Clarence, Dorothy Archer and Barbara Billhymer.

Mr. Russell is survived by: his three daughters, Lynn Thornton (Todd) of Guilderland, Laura Churchill (David) of North Chatham and Jeannette Kravic (the late John) of Kingston; six grandchildren, Jillian Thornton, Melissa Churchill Critton, Megan Churchill Griffin, John Kravic, James Kravic and Johanna Kravic; one great grandchild, Henrik Critton; many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Friday, October 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the funeral to follow at 1 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. In lieu of flowers, friends and family may make donations in Mr. Russell’s memory to the Pan Mass Challenge, P.O. Box 415590, Boston, MA 02241-5590 (John Kravic JK033 in memo). All monies from the PMC go to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for research.

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