OBITUARIES: Dagata, Silvernail, Cantwell, Watrous, Vorgang, Craft, Sanzo

Elizabeth M. Dagata (1940 – 2021)

RESTON, VA—Elizabeth Morrissey Dagata, 81, of Herndon, VA, formerly of Chatham Center, passed away Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Reston Hospital Center.

Born January 14, 1940 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Buckley and Elizabeth (Seibert) Morrissey. She had a career in government service and worked for the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. as a research analyst.

She is survived by: three children, Tim Dagata (Stephanie) of Reston, VA, Martin Dagata, Jr., (Joseph) of New York City and Peter Dagata (Cathy) of Falls Church, VA; a brother, Geoffrey Morrissey of Clifton Park; three grandchildren, Jessica, Gabrielle and Jack Dagata.

Private graveside services for the family will be held in Kinderhook Cemetery, Kinderhook. Arrangements are under the direction of the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie. To send condolences visit

James M. Silvernail, Sr. (1944 – 2021)

MILLERTON—James M. Silvernail, Sr., 77, of Millerton passed away Monday, June 21, 2021 at his residence with his family by his side.

He was born March 9, 1944 in Sharon, CT, the son of John F. and Minnie M. (Garrison) Silvernail.

He was a graduate of Webutuck High School and was employed by K & E Manufacturing for more than 30 years. He also worked at Hipotronics and most recently at Salisbury Bank & Trust in Canaan, CT.

He was an avid artist and enjoyed drawing. He loved to read and was also a collector and builder of model cars.

Survivors include: his wife, Patricia Ann (Camburn) Silvernail of Millerton; daughter, Lisa Murnane (Steven Wilms) of Millerton; son, James M. Sivernail, Jr., (Bonnie) of Copake; five grandchildren, Erika Higgins, Brittany Silvernail, Mikayla Silvernail, Jamie Cooper and Kevin Cooper along with 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to one’s local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

A Celebration of Life is being planned and will be announced. Express condolences at

Edward Cantwell

Edward F. Cantwell (1928 – 2021)

VALATIE—The Reverend Edward F. Cantwell, 92, of Valatie passed away peacefully June 18, 2021 after a long illness.

Rev. Cantwell was born August 28, 1928 in Troy, the son of the late Walter Aloysius Cantwell and Alice Spenard Cantwell. He was preceded in death by: his brother, Walter; his sister-in-law, Ruth; his nephew, Walter and his niece, Kathy.

He is survived by: his wife and caretaker of more than 25 years, Mary Bowe; nieces, Alice Forlini and Susan Barone; nephew, Richard Cantwell; several great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

He was ordained in the Catholic Diocese of Albany in June 1954. He was assistant pastor at St. John the Evangelist Church in Schenectady from 1954 to 1964, at the same time he was Newman Chaplain at Union College and Ellis Hospital. He spent a short time at a church in Ballston Spa and then became assistant pastor at St. Mary’s in Hudson from 1965 to 1966. He was appointed chaplain at the NY State Training school for Girls in 1966 until its closing in 1975. He remained chaplain at Brookwood Center until 1991. He was chaplain at Hudson prison since its opening in 1976 and retired from there in 2001. One of his most fulfilling endeavors was with the International Christian Family Movement. He held chaplaincies with the movement for more than 40 years. One of his happiest memories was participating in a gathering of Christian Family Movement members and the World Council of Churches in Geneva which culminated in a trip to Tanzania to meet with families there. He was pleased that were many different religious groups united in supporting and enhancing the lives of the people in Tanzania. He made other trips with the group including having an audience with Pope Paul VI in the early sixties, visiting Malta for a conference and Germany to learn about their programs. Besides his duties as chaplain at the prison he was an active participant in the community of Hudson. He taught little children to swim at Oakdale Beach and was a volunteer at the Railroad Snack Bar at the Hudson Station, a member of Citizens for Peace in the Nuclear Age, and member of Amnesty International as well as serving on committees for migrant workers. He was often seen about town on his bicycle—his main mode of transport—and using the train for travel beyond Hudson.

In retirement he had to give up his bicycle as physical disabilities limited him. He did enjoy going out to dinner, local theater and musical events with Mary Bowe and other friends. He spent his last days being cared for in Mary Bowe’s home.

The family will receive visitors from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Route 9 in Valatie. Funeral services will be at 11 am. Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society. To send condolences visit

Genevieve G. Watrous (1931 – 2021)

SCHODACK LANDING—Genevieve Watrous, born June 22, 1931, passed away peacefully at home, June 23, 2021.

She was predeceased by David, her husband of 40 years, and grandson, Zachary Watrous.

“Gen” was the mother of Mary Beth Watrous (Charles Beckman), Nancy Watrous, Susan Kittel, Laura Graham (David Jr.), Jim Watrous (Chris) and Steven Watrous (Jessica).

She was the grandmother of seven grandchildren, Carrie Hadcock, David Graham, III (Leah), James Watrous, Jr., Stephanie Watrous, Ashley Watrous, Abraham Kittel and Adamu Kittel; great-grandmother of Ella Guile and David Graham, IV. As per her wishes, services will be private for family only.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be welcomed by the Regional Food Bank of NENY, c/o Robin Sullivan, Ichabod Crane High School, P.O. Box 820, Valatie 12184 or Karma K9 Rescue, 21 Black Lake Road, Catskill 12414. The family thanks Community Hospice for all their support. Arrangements are under the direction of the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie. To send condolences visit

Paul Vorgang

Paul W. Vorgang (1939 – 2021)

CASTLETON—Paul W. Vorgang, 81, of Castleton passed away Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at home surrounded by his family.

On July 19, 1939, he was born in Staten Island, the son of the late William and Beatrice (Jakubowski) Vorgang.

He graduated in 1957 from Roeliff Jansen Central School District in Copake. He attended Hudson Valley Community College in Troy and graduated with a degree in construction. He worked as a draftsman for six years before starting his own business. He retired as a self-employed general contractor from Vorgang General Contracting.

He will be remembered for building his home (with friends), as a proud father and grandfather, and as a talented and dedicated contractor and craftsman. He enjoyed chocolate shakes, working, snowmobiling, white water rafting, and most of all, spending time with family, his children, and grandchildren.

Survivors include: his wife of 60 years, Annette Vorgang; daughters, Paula (Jeff) Payne, Melissa (Robert Mann) Hirt; son, Michael (Erin Massaroni) Vorgang; seven grandchildren, Tara, Allie and Samantha Payne, Tommy and Caroline Hirt, Reegan and Greyson Vorgang; sister, Carole (Rod) Niesen and brother, James (Lois) Vorgang; and nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rensselaer Elks Lodge, 683 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 310 South Manning Boulevard, Albany 12208. Arrangements are with the William J. Rockefeller Funeral Home, Inc., 165 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer.

William Craft, Jr.

William J. Craft, Jr. (1946 – 2021)

CLAVERACK—William J. Craft, Jr., 74, of Claverack died peacefully at home in the company of his family Thursday, June 24, 2021.

Born in Hudson August 17, 1946, he was the son of the late William J. Craft, Sr., and Evelyn E. (Decker) Craft. Following high school, “Bill” served honorably in the United States Air Force from 1965 to 1968 including a tour in Vietnam. After many years, he retired from the Columbia County Facilities Department. He was a member of the Hudson Elks #787, member of the Church of St. Joseph, Stottville and an avid golfer.

He will be greatly missed by: his loving wife, Helene C. (Sacco) Craft; son, Christy and wife Rita; daughter-in-law, Sue Tiano; sister, Denise Craft Valvano and her husband Dan; step-brother, John Craft; step-sisters, Cheryl, Amy and Amanda; grandsons, Ryan, Shawn, Christy and Drew. He was predeceased by his son, Ralph in 2020.

Calling hours for close friends and family will be at the Sacco Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport, Monday, June 28 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Stottville at 11 a.m. with Fr. Frank O’Connor officiating. Following cremation his ashes will be buried in Cedar Park Cemetery with U.S. Air Force honors on a date to be announced. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Clara Sanzo

Clara Sanzo (1952 – 2021)

ALBANY—Clara Sanzo, 89, passed away peacefully at St. Peter’s Hospital, Thursday, June 24, 2021 surrounded by her family after a brief illness.

Born in Valatie, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Margaret Johnson.

She married the love of her life, Felix Sanzo, January 12, 1952 and resided in Schodack Landing until moving into their permanent residence in Defreestville. Mr. and Mrs. Sanzo raised three children.

Aside from raising her children, she enjoyed bowling, playing cards with friends and family, Pop Warner football and cheerleading. She was president of East Greenbush Pop Warner cheerleaders for a time. She was also an avid Yankees and Giants fan.

Mrs. Sanzo also adored spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as her family. She enjoyed her flower gardens and traveling as well.

Survivors include: her brother, Norman Johnson; her daughters, Susan Sanzo, Judy (Rick) Lemire; her son, Philip Sanzo; grandchildren, Natasha (Don) Rugenstein, Megan Sanzo, Phylicia Sanzo, Tyler (Meghan) Lemire and Aaron Lemire; great-grandchildren, Donovan, Neville and Calvin; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by: her parents, Raymond and Margaret Johnson; her brothers, Larry, Robert, Malcolm, Nate, Clifford, and Martin; her sister, Gloriana; her husband, Felix Sanzo; and daughter-in-law, Denise Sanzo.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, June 29 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. with a service at 6:30 p.m. in the W.J. Lyons, Jr., Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer. Burial will be Friday, July 2 at the New Rural Cemetery, Third Avenue Extension, Rensselaer at 10 a.m.

At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Sanzo’s name to The Eddy Visiting Nurse and Rehabilitation Association or St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation, 310 South Manning Boulevard, Albany 12208. Leave condolences at

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