OBITUARIES: Rogers, Brandley, Witherell, Mackerer, Mazal, Gould, Dinardi, Schroeder, Coffman, Boucher, DiGirolamo

John J. Rogers, Jr. (1937 – 2019)

HUDSON—John Joseph Rogers, Jr., 81, of Stuyvesant died Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born July 29, 1937 in Hudson, he was the son of the late John Joseph and Bertha W. (Watkins) Rogers, Sr.

Mr. Rogers served as a military policeman with the U.S. Army in South Korea and was a foreman for the Columbia County Highway Department. After his retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his granddaughters. He was a former member of the Kinderhook Elks Lodge.

He is survived by: his best friend and wife of nearly 55 years, Mary I. (Abatto) Rogers; two daughters, Sharon West (Donald) of Valatie and Beth Rogers (Ira Kirk) of Georgia; a sister, Dorothy Ludolph (Ron) of Surprise, AZ; a brother, Robert Rogers (Carol) of Sudbury, MA; three granddaughters, Nicolette Smith (Ryan), Emily West and Sierra Peduzzi; three great-granddaughters, Mackenzie and Carson Smith, Laila West; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son, John J. Rogers, III, and his granddaughter, Kalihi West.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, February 16, 9:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Route 9, Valatie, with the Reverend George Fleming officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday, February 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Eileen D. Brandley (1933 – 2019)

KINDERHOOK—Eileen D. (Montie) Brandley, 86, of Kinderhook passed away peacefully February 7, 2019 in her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born February 6, 1933, daughter of the late Jane (Molinski) Montie and Stephen Montie of Stuyvesant.

Married September 5, 1953, she was predeceased by her husband, Robert Brandley of Schodack Landing.

Mrs. Brandley is survived by: her three children, Geraldine Zelno, Robert Brandley, Jr., and Thomas Brandley, all of Stuyvesant. She was a cherished grandmother and leaves behind six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She graduated in 1950 from Martin Van Buren and went on to work as a nurse’s aide, a seamstress and most importantly a dedicated mother/grandmother.

There will be a celebration of life ceremony in the spring.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16.” Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.

Charles K. Witherell (1944 – 2019)

GHENT—Charles Keith Witherell, 74, of Ghent died February 9, 2019.

Born September 29, 1944 in Middletown, he was the grandson of Hazel and Franklin Gleason, who guided him through life.

He is survived by: his wife of 46 years, Alice O’Neil Witherell; his children, Charles J. (Tonya), Michael Andrew (Kami) and Benjamin (Kelsey). The light of his life were his 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Linda (George) Jenkins, Joy (Ray) Hamilton and David H. Meyers.

Mr. Witherell was predeceased by his son, Matthew and sibling, Max Meyers.

He retired from the IBEW Tree Trimmers and then from the Town of Chatham Highway Department. Mr. Witherell was a member of the Ghent VFW and he considered them his second family. He enjoyed hunting and golf, with great memories of his many golf trips.

Family will receive friends Saturday, February 16 at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham from 1 to 3 p.m. A celebration of life will follow immediately at the Ghent VFW.

In lieu of flowers donations in Mr. Witherell’s memory may be made to the Morris Memorial, P.O. Box 184, Chatham 12037.

Dorothy L. Mackerer (1928 – 2019)

EAST CHATHAM—Dorothy Louise (Lant) Mackerer passed away at age 90 at her home in East Chatham surrounded by her loving family, February 11, 2019.

She graduated from Chatham High school in 1946 and soon after married her high school sweetheart, Richard Mackerer. Together they built and ran Peaceable Farms, a family dairy farm, for 25 years.

During those years they started their family which totaled seven children. Today that family includes 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren: Jean (Paul) Swiatek, Kim, Erik, Skip of Denver, CO, Jim (Linda) Mackerer, Jay, Andrew and Matt of Claverack, Rich (Marsha) Mackerer, Casten, Kelly and Clint of Corpus Christi, TX, Sue (Mitch) Lathers, Jarrett, Aaron, Crystal and Amy of Monterey, VA, Lynn (Dave) Clatworthy, Nick and Brett of Argyle, Tom ( Peggy) Mackerer Sam and Jon of Ghent, Tim (Kelly) Mackerer, Ryan and Christine of East Chatham.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard and a grand-daughter, Paige Olivia.

Mrs. Mackerer’s passions were local history, dealing in antiques, working with the community, and serving on the Chatham Planning Board. She also attended the East Chatham United Methodist Church, where she played the organ for many years. She enjoyed any activity that the children and grandchildren were involved in.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, February 16, 10:30 a.m. from the East Chatham United Methodist Church, followed by an interment service at Mountainview Cemetery in New Concord.

Calling hours are Friday, February 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. from the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham.

Memorials may be made to the East Chatham United Methodist Church, Route 295, East Chatham 12060 or the Community Hospice of Columbia / Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414. To leave a condolence visit

Isabelle A. Mazal (1933 – 2019)

ALBANY—Isabelle A. Mazal, 85, of Valatie died Monday, February 11, 2019 at Albany Medical Center.

Born October 26, 1933 in Claverack, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Julia (Calkins) Allen.

“Izzy,” as she was called, was a seamstress at Rielly Mills in Valatie for many years. She enjoyed vacationing in Hampton Beach, crocheting, yard-saling, family gatherings and spending time with her grand- and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by: five children, Pinky Laviano (Joe) of Valatie, Linda Wildermuth of Niskayuna, Ralph Mazal of Hunter, Bonnie Rivenburg (Herbert) of Valatie and Lawrence “Old Man” Mazal of Averill Park; 12 grandchildren, Patricia Rizzi, Michael and Steve Mazal, Louisette Dugan, Tequila “Brat” Malchow, Anthony Laviano, Keith and Joseph Mazal, Cody McGuire, Christine, Jason and David Yager; eight great-grandchildren, Ashley Laviano, Kristin Rizzi, Samantha and Sabrina Malchow, Kyle, Ellise and Alyssa Dugan, Holly Mae Buffa; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by: her husband, James Mazal; children, James Mazal, Jr., Beatrice Mazal and Donna Yager; grandson, Joe Laviano, Jr.; siblings, Ralph Hoag, Kenneth Calkins, Betty Rowlings and Martha Stutzman.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 15, noon at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, with the Reverend Nick Becker officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday, February 15 from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534 or the Valatie Santa Claus Club, P.O. Box 602, Valatie 12184.

John M. Gould (XXXX – 2019)

VALATIE—John Milton Gould, 73, died at home February 7, 2019.

He was raised in Eden, New York, by parents Chester and Irene Gould.

He was a graduate of Eden Central School and SUNY Albany where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history. After 45 years of teaching, Mr. Gould retired from the Chatham Central School District, having been recognized as the longest-serving teacher in the district. He was a lifelong railroad enthusiast and model railroader and was active in numerous railroad-related clubs and societies.

He is survived by: his daughter, Kimberly Gould, and grandsons, John and Thomas Jayasankar, all of Bennington, Vermont; his sister-in-law, Marie (Betsy) Gould; niece, Jennifer Mele and nephews, Erik and Mark Gould.

He was predeceased by his wife, Janis Gould, and brothers, Donald and David Gould. Services are private as requested. Contributions may be given in memory of Mr. Gould to WMHT Educational Telecommunications, 4 Global View, Troy 12180-8375.

Jennie Dinardi (1929 – 2019)

HUDSON—Jennie Dinardi, 89, of Greenport passed away peacefully February 5, 2019 at Columbia Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family.

She was born March 3, 1929 to Leon and Julia Zilnik.

On March 28, 1948 she married Thomas Dinardi. Over her life time she worked in various positions, starting at the Hudson Garment Factory. She then went on to waitress at the St. Charles Hotel, and worked for the Victory Market before going to work for J.C. Penney. She retired from Penney’s as the assistant store manager.

Mrs. Dinardi had a love for reading and cooking, but most notable was her green thumb. Any plant that was half alive, she could bring back to beautiful blooms. Her various collections will be cherished by her family for years to come, especially the porcelain dolls, thimbles, plates and teddy bears. Yearly garage sales were of epic proportions, everything was neatly displayed and organized, so much so that neighbors and friends would always ask her, “Are you having your sale this year?”

Mrs. Dinardi is survived by her husband of 70 years, Thomas and their children, Thomas, Jr. (Cindy) Dinardi of Clifton Park, Peter (Bridget) Dinardi of Pleasantville and Sandra (Rick) Merritt of Greenville; her brother, Raymond of Mesa, AZ; sister, Helen of Coxsackie; 16 grandchildren, Dawn Merkley, Aaron Dinardi, Brenda Dickinson, Erika Dinardi, Thomas Dinardi, Bryan Dinardi, Adrienne Dinardi, Alex Dinardi, Christine Stafstrom, Russell Dinardi, Joanna Dinardi, Andrew Dinardi, Dustin Clookey, Michelle Thiessen, Scott Davis and Christopher Davis; 14 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by her sisters, Margaret, Mary and Grace; and granddaughter, Raeann McElveen.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 11, 2019 from the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Interment followed in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Patricia A. Schroeder (1943 – 2019)

LIVINGSTON—Patricia A. Schroeder, 75, of Livingston passed away Thursday, February 7 at her residence.

Born February 18, 1943 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Stanley and Mona (Teator) Nooney.

Mrs. Schroeder along with her sister-in-law, Erica owned a business together in Claverack.

She was a Livingston councilwoman, and served in many capacities with the Columbia County Republican Party. Mrs. Schroeder was a devout member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, and was one of the founders of the Livingston Recreation Park.

She is survived by: her daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Terry Harcleroad; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Jenny Schroeder; granddaughter, Sophie Harcleroad; grandson, Matthew (Shannon) Schroeder and two great-grandsons, Rory and Jack.

She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, John E. “Jack” Schroeder.

Funeral services will be held Thursday February 14, 1:30 p.m. from St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Hudson. Interment will be in Livingston Cemetery. There are no visitation hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Traveling Pantry, 8 Storm Avenue, Hudson 12534. To leave an online condolence for the family visit

Dorothea B. Coffman (1923 – 2019)

GREENPORT—Dorothea Baker Coffman, known by her friends as “Dot,” was born October 26, 1923 and died Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the age of 95.

Born in Catskill, she grew up in Hudson, and lived out her life in Greenport, most recently with her son and daughter-in-law. Her greatest pleasure in life was being with family, traveling, enjoying musical theater, playing cards and board games, and being actively involved with the Mt. Pleasant Reformed Church. She was also a member of The Order of the Eastern Star and The Trippers.

She is survived by: her children, James Baker (Joanne) and Nancy Baker-Crellin (John); three grandchildren, Robin Crellin, Ryan (Anita) Crellin and Andrew Baker; great-grandchildren, Colton Crellin, Ellie, Chester Ryan and Skylar Blass; three step-children and their families including grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her church family and many dear friends. Mrs. Coffman was predeceased by her husbands, Gordon C. Baker and C. Leslie Coffman.

Funeral services were held Tuesday February 12 from the Mt. Pleasant Reformed Church in Greenport. Interment will be in Mt. Pleasant Reformed Church Cemetery. There are no visitation hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Pleasant Reformed Church. To leave an online condolence visit

Renee A. Boucher (1959 – 2019)

CLAVERACK—Renee A. Boucher, 59, of Claverack passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family after a long-fought battle with cancer.

Born June 23, 1959 in Rhinebeck, she was the daughter of Anita (Leone) Walker and her husband Ralph of Syracuse and the late John H. VanWagner.

For many years, she worked as a support manager at Walmart in Catskill. She also worked at Tractor Supply in Hudson, was a nurse’s aide at Northern Dutchess Hospital, a home health aide and horse trainer.

Mrs. Boucher had a love for all animals, especially horses and was an active member of the American Quarter Horse Association. She also was a member of the United States Team Penning Association Region 8. She was able to pursue her passion of horses for many years by competing around the country. She loved taking rides on her Harley.

Mrs. Boucher loved to shop, if she found a sale, she was sure to purchase and share her treasures with her friends and family.

She married Francois “Frank” Boucher, Sr., September 5, 2009 in Claverack. He predeceased her February 28, 2016.

In addition her mother and step-father, she is survived by: her children, Nicole (Peter) Michael of Rhinebeck and David (Victoria) Bayliss of Red Hook; her grandchildren, Jade, Kori, and Cody Michael, Dylan Bayliss and Austin Rowland; her step-children, Francois (Heather) Boucher, Jr., of Ghent, Stephen (Melissa) Boucher of Clermont, Catherine (Rich) Prentice of Pine Plains, Barbara (Jeff) Galm of Pine Plains and Brendan Boucher of Amsterdam; along with step-grandchildren, extended family and countless friends.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, Friday, February 15, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. to celebrate Mrs. Boucher’s life.

For directions, or to sign the online guest book visit

Joshua DiGirolamo (1989 – 2019)

SHARON, CT—Joshua DiGirolamo, 29, of Amenia, a lifelong area resident, died unexpectedly Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Sharon Hospital.

He worked as a self-employed painting contractor for many years throughout the area.

Born December 26, 1989 in Yonkers, he was the son of Edgard Rodriguez and resided with Ana Berger until he was adopted by Nancy (Dickerman) DiGirolamo in 1998.

He attended Webutuck High School and went on to complete courses in medical billing and coding.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by: three brothers, Ed DiGirolamo of Elizaville, Edgard “Junior” DiGirolamo of Amenia and Jerson DiGirolamo of Millerton; his nieces and nephews, Alora, Elliott, Zachery, Melanie, Semira, Trinity, Jaycion and Jayleana and by his longtime companion Trisha Gop and her children, Ethan and Gianna of Amenia. He will be deeply missed by his loving family and many friends.

There are no calling hours. Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are under the care of the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton. To send an online condolence visit

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