OBITUARIES: Polhemus, Bard, Gambacorta

Mary H. Polhemus (1932 – 2018)

CHATHAM—Mary H. Polhemus, 86, of Chatham died Monday, December 17, 2018 at her home.

Born June 13, 1932 in Altamont, she was the daughter of the late John and Frances (Fox) Tice.

Mrs. Polhemus was a secretary for the New York State Department of Education in Albany.

She is survived by: her husband, Eugene Polhemus; six children, Larry Jump of Pennsylvania, Diane Turner of Valatie, Lisa Pachkoski of Florida; Robert Jump and David Polhemus, both of Texas, and MaryJean Polhemus of Chatham.

Calling hours will be held Friday, December 21 from 10 to noon at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Burial will follow in Memory’s Garden, Colonie.

Edward D. Bard (1940 – 2018)

RED HOOK—Edward Dale Bard, Sr., 78, a longtime Red Hook resident, passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at his home.

Born October 31, 1940 in Rhinebeck, he was the son of the late Edward and Kathleen (Hutchings) Bard.

He married Alice Delanoy August 9, 1963 at St. Sylvia’s Church in Tivoli. She predeceased him July 18, 2011.

Well-known throughout the area, Mr. Bard, along with his sons, are the owners and operators of Bard and Sons Masonry based in Red Hook.

He was a lifelong communicant of St. Sylvia’s/St. Christopher’s Church in Red Hook.

Mr. Bard is survived by: his children, Edward Dale (Pam) Bard, Jr., of Red Hook, David (Kim) Bard of Red Hook, Randall Bard of Red Hook and Victoria (Peter) Pasco of Livingston; his sister, Barbara (Bill) Kahle of Clermont; his grandchildren, Nicole (Brad) Hanaburgh, Daniel Bard, Mike Bard, Dylan Bard, David Bard, Jr., Amanda Bard, Travis Bard, Caitlin Pasco, Alyssa Pasco, Kelsey Pasco, Dana Pasco and Brady Pasco; his great-grandchildren, Tyler Hanaburgh, Evan Hanaburgh, Gavin Hanaburgh, William Bard and Harper Rice; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, colleagues and friends.

In addition to his loving wife, his brothers, Jim and Randy Bard, predeceased him.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Friday, December 21, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, December 22, 2018, 11 a.m. at St. Christopher’s Church in Red Hook. Burial will be at St. Sylvia’s Cemetery, Tivoli.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Bard’s memory to St. Christopher’s Church, 7411 South Broadway, Red Hook 12571

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Lorenzo V. Gambacorta (1952 – 2018)

ALBANY—Lorenzo “Larry” V. Gambacorta, Jr., 66, of Kinderhook passed away Saturday, December 15 at Albany Medical Center with his daughters by his side.

He was born August 6, 1952 in Hudson, the son of the late Lorenzo and Minnie Gambacorta.

He was a 1971 graduate of Ockawamick High School where he excelled in football, basketball and track. He held the long jump record for years after his high school career. He was a 1973 graduate of Columbia-Greene Community College and 1978 graduate of Hudson Valley Community College with an associate’s degree in arts, and a degree in applied science. Mr. Gambacorta served in the Army National Guard and graduated at the top of his class at the Defense Mapping School in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He worked several jobs in the civil engineering/construction/surveying field, most recently at Santo’s Associates Land Surveying & Engineering PC until he was physically no longer able. He was a comic buff who loved watching sports, going to the movies, and spending time with his granddaughter.

He was survived by: his wife, June Gambacorta; his daughter, Amanda Kraft; son-in-law, Joshua Kraft; his daughter, Megan Gambacorta; his granddaughter, Melanie Kraft; his brothers and sisters, David (Rose) Gambacorta, Stephanie (Joe) Perkins, Paul (Shelly) Gambacorta and Suzanne Gambacorta; his loving aunts, uncles and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 29, 2018, 2 p.m. at the Rock Solid Church, 334 Union Street, Hudson, with a reception to follow.

Arrangements are with the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. To leave online condolences visit

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