OBITUARIES: Valyou, Choinsky, Coons

Calvin P. Valyou (1976 – 2020)

COPAKE—Calvin Patrick Valyou, 44, of Copake passed away Thursday, July 2, 2020.

He was born June 9, 1976 in Sharon, Connecticut, the son of Shirley Valyou and the late Louis Valyou.

Also known as, “Butter,” his career as a very-talented mason began as a teenager. For the past eight years he worked at Pondside Nursery, where he was able to pursue his passion with his craftsmanship.

In addition to being an incredibly hard worker, Mr. Valyou was an avid hunter, fisherman, cook and storyteller. He had the amazing ability to light up a room and make everyone laugh with his stories. He was a very generous man who was well-liked by all in the community. He was a loving son, brother, uncle, life-partner, father and friend. His biggest passion in life was being a devoted father to his four children.

He was survived by his partner, Chrystal Albright and their twins, Aubrey and Layla Lou Valyou; his former wife, Megan Valyou and their two children, Patrick and Claire Valyou; his mother, Shirley Valyou-Tucker; siblings, John, Theresa, Dawn and Donny and their significant others; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many close friends.

Visitation will be held at Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake, Saturday, July 11 from 2 to 5 p.m. Those attending should wear a mask and practice social distancing for the safety of all. Maximum occupancy guidelines will be enforced.

A Celebration of Life will follow at a later date.

“When we meet Calvin again, we will be greeted with the infamous, ‘Hey, what’s up?’”

To send an online condolence visit

Albert Choinsky

Albert M. Choinsky (1934 – 2020)

RHINEBECK—Albert Michael Choinsky, 85, a lifelong Tivoli and Elizaville resident, passed away Friday, July 3, 2020 at the Northern Dutchess Hospital.

Born October 17, 1934 in Tivoli, he was the son of the late Michael and Verna (Oakes) Choinsky.

He married Barbara Coon November 10, 1956 in Red Hook. She survives at their home.

Mr. Choinsky served in the Marine Corps and went on to be a machinist with Standard Gauge in Poughkeepsie for more than 30 years. He was a member of the Elizaville Pumper Company; an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spending time tending to his garden.

In addition to his loving wife, Mr. Choinsky is survived by: his son, James Choinsky; his siblings, Verna (Bob) Kilmer, Raymond Choinsky, Lillian (Robert) Hilbrandt, Arthur (Saskia) Choinsky, Vivian Kime, Linda (Joseph) Blum, Sandra Daley, and Ralph (Tammy) Choinsky; his sister-in-law, Linda (Edwin) Clum; extended family and friends.

He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Choinsky.

Interment will take place Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. at St. John’s Reformed Church Cemetery, Red Hook.

Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Hudson Valley Hospice, 374 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie 12601 or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675,

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook. Leave condolences at

Marian Coons

Marian D. Coons (1953 – 2020)

HUDSON—Marian D’Onofrio Coons, 67, a lifelong Hudson resident, passed away peacefully at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Saturday, March 21, 2020.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, July 17, 2020, 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, 429 East Allen Street, Hudson. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to Holy Trinity Parish, P.O. Box 323, Hudson 12534. Arrangements are with the Sacco Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. To leave online condolences visit A complete obituary for Mrs. Coons appeared in the March 26 print edition of The Columbia Paper and online at

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