OBITUARIES: Accuosti, Conway, Kremer, Molinari, Zegers, Cole

Donna M. Accuosti (1963 – 2019)

VALATIE—Donna Marie Accuosti, 55, of Delmar died Tuesday January 15, 2019 after a brief illness.

She was born November 1, 1963 in Waterbury, Connecticut, to J. Thomas and Theresa Accuosti who preceded her in death.

Ms. Accuosti is survived by: her four siblings, William Accuosti (Erica), Steven Accuosti, Karen Austin (Tim), and Susan Accuosti; her beloved nieces and nephews, Thomas Accuosti, Nicholas Accuosti, Madison Austin, Emma Accuosti, Joseph Accuosti and Carter Austin.

She graduated from Holy Names High school and went on to Union College to pursue her degree in political science and government. Ms. Accuosti went on to get her master’s degree at the College of St. Rose. She spent her entire career in education, most recently at the Greenville Central School District as the assistant superintendent. She recently received her Doctor of Education degree (EdD), in educational curriculum, instruction and assessment from Northeastern University. In her spare time she was an avid reader and loved to spend time with her loving nieces and nephews who truly adored her. She loved and will be greatly missed by both her family and many friends.

A funeral service was held January 19, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Church, 1025 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. Burial immediately followed services at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Stuyvesant Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at or the Visions of Strength Fundraiser Arrangements were with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Edward J. Conway (1942 – 2019)

GHENT—Edward James “Jim” Conway, 76, passed away Tuesday, January 15 at his home in Ghent.

Born September 6, 1942 in Hudson, he was son of the late Edward J. and Alice E. Conway.

He is survived by: his brother, David Conway; sons, James (Tamara) Conway, Shawn (Chelsey) Conway; grandchildren, Christopher, Andrew, Samantha, Molly, Christianson, Courtney; nine great-grandchildren; several nephews and nieces.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; son, Aaron; brother, Timothy, Paul and Donald Conway. He graduated from Ichabod Crane High School. Mr. Conway was a 30-year career truck driver retiring from P&R Truss Co. in Ghent. He served in the U.S. Army from 1962 till 1968

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, January 22, 7 p.m. from the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham.

Burial service with an honor guard will be held Wednesday, January 23, 10 a.m. at the Ghent Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the The New York FFA Foundation,; Hudson Valley Old Time Power, or St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund,

Lewis N. Kremer (1934 – 2019)

GREENPORT—After a long illness, Lewis N. Kremer, 84, of Greenport passed away peacefully Friday, January 11, 2019 at home.

He was born in New York City to the late Dr. Charles H. Kremer and the late Dr. Malvina Kremer. His step-father was the late Dr. Alfred Rifkin. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and he began his career in Philadelphia, most notably as the head of the Architectural Department of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. He was self-employed as the principal architect of Kremer Affiliates since 1974, and he retired in 2016.

Mr. Kremer was not only a practicing architect, but also held numerous adjunct teaching positions making contributions to the field at Temple University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Columbia-Greene Community College. He was president of the Eastern NY chapter of the American Institute of Architects and founder and first president of the Turpin Bannister Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. His many contributions to the field of architecture are too numerous to be mentioned.

Mr. Kremer is survived by: his devoted wife of 42 years, Dr. Carole McFarland Kremer, and her three daughters, Mrs. Lee Duval, Mrs. Dardi Broderick and Dr. Mary Gadd and their families. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Robert Rifkin and his family; and his sister, Dr. Lucille Rifkin Benjamin and her family.

A service in celebration of his life will take place February 2, 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 8 Storm Avenue, Hudson.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the The Community Hospice Columbia/Greene in Catskill.

Arrangements are with the William J. Rockefeller Funeral Home, Inc., 165 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer.

Albert P. Molinari (1934 – 2019)

ELIZAVILLE—Albert P. Molinari, 84, of Elizaville passed away Tuesday January 15 at his residence.

Visitation hours at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson were Saturday January 19. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a time to be announced.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Molinari’s name may be made to St. Mary’s Holy Trinity Parish in Hudson.

James J. Zegers (1947 -2019)

GREENPORT—James Joseph Zegers of Valatie passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

He was born in New York City January 17, 1947 to Francis and Elinor Zegers.

He attended Archbishop Malloy High School in Queens and Our Lady of Angels Seminarynin Albany. He was a member of Grace Fellowship Church, East Greenbush. He was retired from Capital Financial Planning as a certified financial planner.

He is survived by: his wife of 24 years, Phyllis Tkacy Zegers; his siblings, Richard Zegers (Marion) and their child Theo, Clair Gallagher (John) and their children Kevin (Nicole) and their children Penny and Dean, Brian (Jennifer); his step-children, Barbara Fuss (Richard) and their children Eric and Kyle, Christine Lux (Todd) and their children Jessica and Sara, Joseph Meicht (Adrianne) and their children Dylan (Madison), Joshua, Elizabeth and Landon.

Funeral services will be held at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson, Monday, January 21 officiated by Trygve “Trig” C. Tomlinson. Calling hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a service at 2 p.m. Interment immediate follows at Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to The Capital City Rescue Mission, Albany.

Audrey Cole (1931 – 2019)

FLORIDA—Audrey H. Cole, 87, a longtime Red Hook/Milan area resident, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019 in Florida at the home of her daughter, Terry (Cole) Fitte, and son-in-law, Frederick Fitte, where she resided for the past two years.

Born January 24, 1931 in Poughkeepsie, she was the daughter of the late Albert B. and Elnora W. (Smith) Cole.

She married Robert G. Cole, October 16, 1955 at Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook. He predeceased her April 13, 2016.

Following high school, Mrs. Cole attended Russell Sage College in Troy and studied social sciences. She eventually left school to work on her family farm. In addition to raising her family, she returned to her education and earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in history from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson in 1988.

Mrs. Cole was a longtime faithful member of Christ Church in Red Hook. She sang for many years in the church choir, was a past member of the Women’s Group and devoted many hours at Christ Church’s Thrift Shop, something she greatly enjoyed.

She is survived by: her loving children and their spouses, Terry (Fred) Cole Fitte of Mount Dora, FL, Scot (Annette) G. Cole of Clover, SC, R. Daniel (Carol) Cole of Hudson and Rachel (Robert Shook) Cole of Hillsdale; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; along with extended family and friends.

A sister, Katherine Rannenberg, and two brothers, Albert B. Cole, Jr. and George Cole, predeceased her.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Friday, February 8, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 9, 2019, 11 a.m. at Christ Church, Red Hook. Burial will be at St. John’s Reformed Church Cemetery, Red Hook.

Memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Cole’s memory to Christ Church, 7423 South Broadway, Red Hook 12571; the Hudson Valley Hospice, 374 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie 12601 or Cornerstone Hospice, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778.

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