OBITUARIES: Race, Harp, Cook, Capuano, Holodook, Abitabile, Clinch, Knott

Pauline M. Race (1923 – 2019)

HUDSON—Pauline Margaret Race, 95, of Hudson passed away peacefully Sunday, January 27, 2019.

She was born October 7, 1923 in Livingston. She was the daughter of the late Paul and Mina Hoffman.

Mrs. Race worked at Carpenter’s Laundry and the FASNY Firemen’s Home. She was also an avid walker and an inspiration to all. She was a dedicated and faithful member of Christ Episcopal Church in Hudson and volunteered for their weekly community luncheons and numerous other church functions.

She will be greatly missed by: her two sons, Reginald and Timothy (Mary Lou); five grandchildren, Ronald Race, Amy (Kevin) Downey, Jamie (Nicole) Race, Jason (Heather) Race, and Tammy (Eric) Holmes; eight great-grandchildren, Danielle (Jon), Jonathan (Victoria), Tyler, Christian, Isabella, Emily, Katelyn and Bowdyn; one great-great-granddaughter Ezabella; her brother, Paul Hoffman; her beloved cat, Rascal; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Earl Race; her sister, Evelyn Hood and grandson, Timothy Race, Jr.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Church, 431 Union Street, Hudson, Saturday, March 2, 2019, 11 a.m. Donations in Mrs. Race’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit to leave condolences.

George W. Harp (1939 – 2019)

HUDSON—George W. Harp, 79, of Hudson, passed away January 29, 2019 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He was born October 16, 1939 in Hudson, the son of Harold and Helen (Hermance) Harp.

“Skip,” as he was called, attended St. Mary’s Academy. He married Theresa Cooper April 22, 1967. Together they shared 52 wonderful years of marriage. He worked for the New York State Department of Transportation. Beginning as a laborer he worked his way up to being a supervisor and retired after 35 years of service. He enjoyed plowing snow, and even more so being the “boss.” In his younger years, he was a Boy Scout, and also served as a scout leader.

Second only to his family was his love for the fire service. Mr. Harp was a life member of H.W. Rogers Hose Company #2, with more than 60 years of service to the department. Also he was a past director of the Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association, past president of the Columbia County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, and past president of the Royal Order of the Blue Vests “Nut busters.”

Mr. Harp is survived by: his loving wife, Theresa; his four children, Laurie Harp (Sheldon Walcott), Jill Coons-Maldonado (Robert), Robert Coons and John W. Coons, Jr., (Gail Brosen); his three grandchildren, Barry S. Rucker, Jr., Cristie Hoffman (Chris), Jeremy Coons (Malinda Cassimore); his three great-grandchildren were the light of his life, Gabriella Hoffman, Christopher Hoffman and Lahna Coons. Also surviving are his sister, Helen Haigh; his cousin and lifelong friend, Jim Coons; his beloved dog, Gizmo; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Interment followed in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Albert Cook (1930 – 2019)

HUDSON—Albert “Cookie” Cook, 88, of Hudson went on his “next journey” Thursday, January 31, 2019.

Born in Hudson February 5, 1930, he was the son of the late, Albert and Ella (Warner) Cook.

Mr. Cook served as union president of both the #189 at the Atlas Cement Company for several years. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He had a lifelong commitment to seeking competitive wages and benefits for those he represented. Over his lifetime he served as a volunteer with the Salvation Army and Fairview Food Pantry. He cherished spending time on front porch listening to music and visiting with friends and neighbors. He loved to sing, dance, vacation in Maine, and have porch sales.

Mr. Cook is survived by: his children, Beverly Cook, Albert Cook, Jr., David Cook (Susan) and Catherine McGlauflin (Tim) and his sister, Barbara Metz of Hudson.

He was predeceased by his wife of 60-years, Joan (Lawton) Cook, and three sisters; Minnie Millian, Gloria Cook and Lillian Gardinar.

Family and friends will honor his memory privately.

A heartfelt thank you to his hospice team, Kelly, Vicky, Stan, Diana, Laura and “Jane” for their compassionate care. Donations may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia and Greene counties.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit to leave condolences.

Nancy F. Capuano (1920 – 2019)

SYCAWAY—Nancy Frances (Manillo) Capuano, 98, of Sycaway passed away peacefully Thursday evening, January 31, 2019 with her loving family by her side.

Born in Frosolone, Italy, October 17, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Rocco and Lucia Manillo.

She moved to the states with her family as a young child and was raised and educated in Troy, living in the Sycaway area most of her life. While raising her six sons, she went back to school and became a licensed practical nurse. Mrs. Capuano worked as an LPN at Samaritan Hospital for more than 35 years in both the ER and the ICU, which she helped to start. She was a devout Catholic and communicant of Our Lady of Victory Church in Troy. She spent a lot of her time volunteering at the church as a member of the Altar Rosary Society and Lazarus Committee.

Mrs. Capuano enjoyed crocheting and knitting, reading, doing word search puzzles, watching her favorite TV shows, spending time with her family, and spending the summers camping at Schroon Lake in her trailer with her husband and her brother, Dominick.

Mrs. Capuano is survived by: her six sons, Anthony J. (Sigrid) Capuano of Aston, PA, Gerald R. (Katharine) Capuano of Troy, Michael P. (Kathleen) Capuano of Clifton Park, Rocco A. (Ann) Capuano of Sycaway, Joseph P. (Mary Elizabeth) Capuano of Hudson and John F. (Margaret) Capuano of Voorhesville; her brother and best friend, Dominick Manillo; 17 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, great-great-great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Anthony J. Capuano, Sr., who passed away in 2008; her siblings, John Manella, Vincent Manillo, Rose Colangione, and Carmel Manillo; her grandchildren, Rocco Capuano and Jessica Capuano; her daughters-in-law, Patricia Hanley Capuano, Nadene Banker Capuano and Patricia Allen Capuano.

Mrs. Capuano’s family extends a heartfelt thank-you to the staff at Samaritan Hospital, especially the Progressive Care Unit, and Community Hospice for their top-notch care they provided.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Church, Troy. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. A visitation will take place Tuesday evening, February 5 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Doran Funeral Home, 9 South Lake Avenue, Troy. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to Our Lady of Victory Church, 55 North Lake Avenue, Troy 12180.

Sophie Holodook (1932 – 2019)

HUDSON—Sophie Holodook, 86, of Hudson died Friday, February 1, 2019 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born in Hudson, July 27, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Sophie (Kucharzyk) Skrocki.

She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1950 as Valedictorian and worked for more than 25 years at Columbia Memorial Hospital managing the Imaging Department. Her greatest joy was in preparing meals for her family during holidays and special occasions. She will be greatly missed by her family including: sons, Geoffrey and (Carole) Holodook of Ravena, Joseph Holodook of Hudson, James and (Regina) Holodook of Gansevoort; daughters, Joan Holodook of Greenport, Susan and (John) Karic of Stuyvesant; one brother, Frank Skrocki of Hudson; one sister, Wanda Nitsky of Hudson; grandchildren, Jason, Christiane, Alexander, Nicholas, Katilyn, Cameron, Colin and Sophia.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, John in August 2007; also by brothers, Raymond and Joseph Skrocki; and two sisters, Helen Finn and Matilda Kondowich.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 206 Union Street, Hudson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, February 6, 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery.

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

Regina M. Abitabile (1920 – 2019)

GHENT—Regina Mary Abitabile, 98, of Ghent, formerly of Hudson, died peacefully Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Whittier Nursing Home.

Born in Hudson November 27, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Elbert and Genevieve (Conine) Martin.

She loved gardening, dancing and collecting salt and pepper shakers. She will be greatly missed by her family including: son, Paul R. and (Patricia) Abitabile of Hudson; daughter, Maureen and (Philip) Planz of Hudson; grandchildren, Robyn and (Kevin) Anderson, Ryan and (Kate) Abitabile, Marie and (Rich) Moore, Valerie and (David) Rutkowski; great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Paul R. Abitabile, Sr.; devoted daughter, Susan Planz; four brothers and two sisters.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, February 5 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m., Holy Trinity Parish, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson. Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. To leave online condolences visit

Betty J. Clinch (1930 – 2019)

RHINEBECK—Betty J. (Hoysradt) Clinch, 89, of Pine Plains passed away Friday, February 01, 2019 at the Baptist Home.

She was born January 16, 1930 in Poughkeepsie, the daughter of Foster and Myra (Selfridge) Hoysradt.

She was an avid bowler, and a member of the Wildcat League in Great Barrington, MA.

Betty was a sales clerk for more than 20 years at B.H. Delsons in Millerton; she also was a waitress at the Village Diner at Gateway in Millerton, and drove school bus for the Pine Plains Central School District.

Survivors include: her children, Robert W. (Lynne) Clinch of Pine Plains, Carol (John) Hart of Pine Plains, Kathy (Paul) Swenson of Salt Point; two sisters, Marion Leffingwell of Hudson and Betty-Lou Shufelt of Ancramdale; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by: her husband, Walter N. Clinch; a sister, Doris Frink; a daughter, Sally Kelly and a grandson, David A. Cookingham, Jr.

Calling hours are Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 10 to noon at Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains.

Funeral service will begin at noon at the funeral home with Pastor William Mayhew officiating.

Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pine Plains Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 100, Pine Plains 12567.

The family thanks the dedicated and caring staff at the Baptist Home and especially those who made her last days comfortable.

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Robert J. Knott (1959 – 2019)

ALBANY—Robert James Knott, 59, of Hudson died February 1, 2019 at Albany Medical Center.

He was born August 8, 1959 in Hudson.

He is survived by: his mother, Lillian Katherine Anuska; brothers, Clyde, Edward and Herbert John Knott; sisters, Deborah Wilde, Bonnie and Ellen Knott, Elaine Huyck and step-brother, Larry Decker.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 7, 10 a.m. from the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. Interment will be in the Mellenville Union Cemetery. For online condolences visit

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