OBITUARIES: Cockcroft, Shohfi, Zagraniczny

George Cockcroft

George P. Cockcroft (1932 – 2020)

CANAAN—George Powers Cockcroft, 87, of Canaan passed away November 6, 2020 in the comfort of his home under the care of Hospice and his loving family.

He was predeceased by his older sister, Patricia (Cockcroft) Morgan, and his younger brother, James D. Cockcroft.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Ann; his three sons, Corbett, Powers and Chris; three nephews; three nieces; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a wonderful extended family.

As Luke Rhinehart, he authored 11 books, most notably, “The Dice Man,” out in 27 languages, and still in print in most. He was also a sailor and a captain, happy feeling the sea under his feet and the wind in his hair—he loved an adventure. He always opened his heart and home to all he met and his enthusiasm for life was contagious. “Roll on, George!”

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Theodore Shohfi, Jr.

Theodore J. Shohfi, Jr. (1959 – 2020)

HUDSON—Theodore Joseph Shohfi, Jr., known to his family and friends as “Joe,” passed away at home, into the arms of his Everlasting Father November 5, 2020 at the age of 61.

He was born in Encino, CA, July 5, 1959 to Theodore and Sharon Shohfi, the oldest of five beloved siblings.

Beloved husband of Danette Gorman, loving father of Benjamin and Hanna, adored grandfather of Bryce, Laila and Joey, and dear brother of Mary, John, Paula and Tim.

Mr. Shohfi and his wife moved to Hudson four years ago, and immediately found a community of faith and friendship in the First Presbyterian Church and the extended community of Hudson.

He had a lifelong passion for reading and learning, especially history, science, technology and innovation. As partners in life and business, Mr. Shohfi and his wife shared a love of entrepreneurship and a strong desire to make a difference. Together they pioneered the development of the first business-to-business platform for the global fashion industry.

He will be remembered by his loving family and his many friends as a passionate, caring, man of tremendous perseverance and strength whose faith never wavered.

He will be memorialized in a private service at First Presbyterian Church of Hudson.

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Patricia A. Zagraniczny (1959 – 2020)

ALBANY—Patricia A. Zagraniczny, 61, of Castleton passed away November 12, 2020 at Albany Medical Center.

She was born in Hudson May 21, 1959, the daughter of Helen (Geoffrey) Dykeman and the late David Dykeman.

She worked as a manager in a medical office prior to starting a family. “Patty” was a caring, loving person, who would take care of anyone in need. Animals also held a special place in her heart having just rescued two puppies three months ago. She was a huge Disney fan, and an avid collector of Disney memorabilia. She and her husband, John enjoyed traveling, especially to Hawaii. Above all else she was devoted to her family and her faith.

Mrs. Zagraniczny is survived by: her loving husband, John; her son, Jonathan Melius and his wife Nicole; her daughter, Abigail Zagraniczny and Matthew; two grandsons, Colton and Jackson; her mother, Helen Dykeman and her brother, David Dykeman and his wife Maureen.

In addition to her father, she was predeceased by her two infants, Jordan and Emily and her sister-in-law, Reggie Zagraniczny.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 20, 2020 at noon from the Bates & Anderson- Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Interment will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery in Churchtown. Visitation hours will also be Friday from the funeral home beginning at 10 a.m.

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