OBITUARIES: Bedell, Kellerhouse, Wirth, Fabiano, Russo

Frank L. Bedell, Sr. (1947 – 2020)

LIVINGSTON—Frank Levi Bedell, Sr., 72, of Livingston passed away surrounded by his loved ones January 1, 2020.
He was born in Hudson, February 2, 1947 to Henrietta and Levi G. Bedell. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Irma Scofield.
He leaves behind his best friend and wife of 45 years, Vera; his five children, Lisa (Jamie) Lee, Francis L. Bedell, Jr., Kimberly (Mike) Williams, Jennifer Bedell and Joseph Bedell; six grandchildren, Andre’, Jamie, Jr., Taylor, Mikey, Micari and Milani; a few cousins, nieces and nephews.
Mr. Bedell was a life-time member of the Washington Hose Fire Company, the Kalicoontie Rod and Gun Club and the Fish and Game Club. In his early days, he loved to hunt, fish and raise some hell! When his grandchildren came, they were the light in his life. His sense of humor and bright smile will be long remembered.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Center for Disability Services in Albany. A gathering to celebrate his life will be held at the Fish and Game Club, 293 Fish and Game Road, Hudson, January 18, 2020, 1 to 5 p.m.
His family thanks “all of you who have been there for our family during this time, especially Sara, it is truly appreciated.” Arrangements are with the Sacco Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. To leave online condolences visit

Vincenza L. Kellerhouse (1924 – 2020)
HUDSON—Vincenza L. “Chancy” Kellerhouse, 95, of Hudson died peacefully Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.
Born in Hudson March 27, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Carnivale) Squillace.
She was a member of the Church of St. Joseph in Stottville and Stuyvesant Falls. She will be greatly missed by: her sister, Josephine Kelley of Hudson, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, William Kellerhouse, as well as sisters, Nancy Paone, Rose Cresky, Lucy Rossi and Jennie Paone.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Church of St. Joseph, 2824 Atlantic Avenue, Stottville, with Fr. George Fleming officiating. Burial followed in Cedar Park Cemetery Hudson. Arrangements were with the Sacco Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. To leave online condolences visit

Allan R. Wirth (1928 – 2020)
HUDSON—In the early morning hours of December 27, 2019, Allan R. Wirth passed away.
He was born in 1928 in Lawrence, MA, to Robert C. Wirth and Frances Humphrey.
He attended Lowell Tech and received a degree in chemistry, specializing in dyes and fabrics. He met his future wife, Phyllis, after picking out her shoe from a box at a Halloween dance. Following their marriage, he took a job as a research chemist with Dow Chemical in San Francisco, CA, where his family grew with the addition of Dorothy and Christine.
While at Dow, Mr. Wirth was honored to have worked alongside Linus Pauling, a Nobel Prize recipient. The family relocated to Williamsburg, VA, where he set up a new research lab for Dow and accumulated numerous patents in his name. There, the family welcomed their third daughter, Betsy. Shortly after, he left his position to attend Princeton Seminary and obtained a degree in theology. Upon graduation in 1964, he served as a minister at the First Presbyterian Church in Hudson until 1971. During his orientation at there, he made a visit to the last member of the renowned Church family residing at Olana.
In the community room of the church, Mr. Wirth helped to create the Hudson Day Care Center. In 1972, he combined his passion for chemistry and love for people to become a chemistry teacher at Hudson High School, where he would go on to be the head of the Science Department during the 1970s and ‘80s.
He and his wife were together for 65 wonderful years. They loved to travel, mountain climb, camp and bird watch, especially with their friends, Katy and Stan Bardwell. Mr. Wirth was passionate about protecting the environment and sailed with his family on the Clearwater. He was president of the Catskill 3500 Club, having climbed all the mountains in the range over 3,500 feet in all four seasons, sometimes accompanied by his faithful dog, Shanti. Upon retirement, he enjoyed being a volunteer at the Claverack Library and volunteered as a bird counter for Cornell University for many years. He was an avid vegetable gardener, supplying L’ Hostellerie Bressane in Hillsdale with the best shallots the chef had seen outside of France. He was an excellent cook, handing down this passion to his daughters. His love for classical music continued throughout his life and comforted him at the end of his days. His daughters loved hearing stories he told about being babysat by Leonard Bernstein while growing up in Lawrence.
Mr. Wirth was predeceased by his brother, Robert; sister, Geraldine Wirth Kirk, her husband, Oliver, and their son, David.
He leaves behind: his beloved wife, Phyllis; daughters Dorothy, Christine (John) Sejan and Betsy (Renee Stone); grandchildren, Adelaide and Sam Sejan; niece, Allison Kirk and several other nieces and nephews. He was “Papa” to Joslyn, Emily and Kat and father to his beloved cat, Morris. His family thanks Jackie who cared for both Mr. and Mrs. Wirth at home over the past couple years. “We cannot thank you enough.” Aside from family, Mr. Wirth touched and influenced many lives. He accepted everyone for who they were and made everyone feel special. He was particularly passionate about his students at Hudson High.
He will be celebrated in the hearts of many. “Fly high Papa!”
There are no calling hours. A celebration of his life will be held in early summer at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit to leave condolences.

Michael J. Fabiano, Sr. (1930 – 2020)
ALBANY—Michael John Fabiano, Sr., passed away January 11, 2020 at the age of 89 surrounded by family at Albany Medical Center.
He was a great man, a devoted father, grandfather, great grandfather, and the cherished husband of 63 years of Margaret (Mauro) Fabiano. In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his children Mary Beth (Beth), David (Heidi), Daniel (Patty), Paul (Joanne), Jeanne Marie and Michael (Mary Noelle); his brother, Ernest (Theresa); 11 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
He was predeceased by: his granddaughter, Karissa Fabiano; son-in-law, Joseph Akramoff; sister, Frances (Michael) and brothers, Anthony (Amy), Joseph (Carol), Frank (Rosemarie), and Cosmo Damian (Maureen). “Mike” was born in Glasco, NY, March 26, 1930, to Michael and Mary (Garitano) Fabiano. He graduated from SUNY Cobleskill and Kansas State with a dual degree in agriculture and education. He was a teacher of agriculture at Berkshire Farm for 9 years and elementary education at Germantown School for 27 years.
He served on the Canaan Town Council for 19 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, working in his garden, and playing with his grandchildren. Calling hours will be held Thursday, January 16 at the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham from 5 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at the Immaculate Conception Church in New Lebanon, Friday, January 17, 11 a.m. with burial immediately following at the Canaan Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the following charities: American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829 Arlington, VA 22215; American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005; Retts Syndrome Research Trust, 67 Under Cliff Road, Trumbull, CT 06611. Send online condolences at

Diane R. Russo (1948 – 2020)

CLAVERACK—It is with profound sadness that her family announces the passing of Diane Rose (Esposito) Russo, age 71, who left peacefully January 11, 2020 after many months of suffering and illness.

She was born April 7, 1948 in Brooklyn to Rose and Anthony Esposito. She married the love of her life, Daniel S. Russo, December 16, 1972. They celebrated 47 wonderful years together.

She was educated in the Brooklyn public school system and was a graduate of New Utrecht High School. She lived a full-life as a devoted wife, mother, homemaker and worker in the banking sector for many years.

Mrs. Russo is survived by: her beloved husband, Daniel; her three children, Joelle Russo, Daniel Russo and Regina Russo-Moriarty; her sons-in-law, Noel Knott and Victor Moriarty; her grandchildren, Anthony Russo, Ethan Knott, Lilian Russo, Harley Knott, Vincent Moriarty and Owen Moriarty; her sister-in-law, Maryann Alberico; many nephews and nieces, all of whom she loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her two siblings, Vincent A. Esposito and Johanna Baresic.

Visitation will be held at the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payne Avenue, Chatham, Wednesday, January 15, 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at St Mary’s Church, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson, January 16 at 10 a.m.

“She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.”

As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to her favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Charities

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