OBITUARIES: Barber, Simon, Manney, Hoyt, Trombini, Fornaro

Ellen B. Barber

WORCESTER, MA—Ellen (Brown) Barber, 91, died Friday, August 13, 2021.

Originally from Chatham, she was the daughter of the late Jules and Netty Brown.

She graduated from Keuka College in 1951 and earned her M Ed from Cornell University in 1954. She was a Ford Foundation Fellowship recipient. She taught elementary school for more than 20 years including 16 years at Moravian Academy, Bethlehem, PA. She read avidly and read The New Yorker cover-to-cover every week.

She traveled extensively with a formative trip to Israel in 1950 to work on a kibbutz, a year in England while her husband, Saul, was on sabbatical at Oxford University, and pleasure trips to the Galapagos Islands, Tunisia, Italy, Portugal and numerous Caribbean islands. She and her husband fulfilled their dream of relocating to Cape Cod for their retirements where they enjoyed the natural setting and making new friends.

She is survived by: her children, Lisa Beittel (Rod) of West Boylston, MA, Lowell Barber of South Orange, NJ, and David Barber (Thammarat) of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada; two grandchildren, Natalie Beittel (Kyle Peckham) and Nathan Beittel; a great-granddaughter, Joni Peckham; a sister-in-law, June Brown of Baltimore, MD; many nieces and nephews. In addition to Saul, her husband of 43 years, she was predeceased by her brother, Donald Brown and her sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Murray Rosen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to JESPY House, 102 Prospect Street, South Orange, NJ 07079 or Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., ATTN: Online Services, P.O. Box 97166, Washington, D.C. 20090-7166.

Arrangements are under the care of Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main Street, Holden, MA.

Hans Simon

Hans E. Simon (2000 – 2021)

FRANCE—Hans Erik Simon, 21, of Kinderhook passed away accidentally, August 1, 2021 in Paris, France.

He was born April 26, 2000 in New York City and moved to Columbia County in 2002.

He graduated from Ichabod Crane High School in 2018. He subsequently enrolled at the Khoury College of Computer Science at Northeastern University, class of 2022, where he regularly made the dean’s list. During his junior year at Northeastern, he completed a six-month co-op at Eaton Vance.

He greatly enjoyed sports, in particular soccer and basketball, and was an avid skier. He was on the Ichabod Crane varsity soccer team, and reached the NY state finals in 2017.

A talented musician, he played the piano and trumpet until his focus shifted to sports.

He was well-traveled, visiting more than 20 countries, and was fluent in German and French. Inquisitive by nature, he constantly challenged himself and those around him intellectually.

He is survived by: his mother, Elisabeth Simon (William Ross); and his best friend and twin brother, Henry; his grandmothers, Ingrid Simon and Françoise Simon; his aunt, Christina Simon (Eric Lauerwald); his uncles, Hans Simon (Gabriela) and Nicholas Lewis (Melisande McBurnie); his cousins, Ingrid, Emma, Fritz and Maximilian Lauerwald, Filip and Fredrik Simon, Otis Lewis and his beloved dog, Victor.

Private arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street (Route 9), Valatie. To send condolences visit

Dustin Manney

Dustin T. Manney (1995 – 2021)

COPAKE—Dustin Tylor Manney, 26, of Copake passed away unexpectedly August 16, 2021 at home.

Born January 18, 1995 in Albany, he was the son of Shane and Theresa (Burnell) Manney. He went to school at Ichabod Crane, and he had certificates in mechanics. He enjoyed doing landscaping with his dad and little brother, Hunter for D&S Lawn and Garden Maintenance.

He enjoyed tinkering. When he was elbow deep under the hood of a tractor or a lawnmower, he was the happiest. He had a heart of gold and a smile that could light up a room. Anyone who had the privilege of knowing him could say they were very lucky.

Besides his parents, he is survived by: his siblings, Tonya Van Allen (Daniel), Dakota and Hunter Manney; paternal grandparents, Stephen and Cheryl Manney; maternal grandparents, David and Debbie Kardum; stepbrothers, Colin and Alexander Brackett; a stepsister, Kaylee Brackett-MacAdams; a nephew, Trevor Van Allen; several uncles, aunts and cousins. He was predeceased by his great-grandmother, Elizabeth (Betty) Annis; grandfather, Frank Burnell and two uncles, Harold (Buddy) Annis and David Woodin.

Visitation hours were Sunday, August 22, 2021 at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street (Route 9), Valatie.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Manney’s name may be made to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, Second Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540. To send condolences visit

Ricky Hoyt

Ricky J. Hoyt (1964 – 2021)

HUDSON—Ricky J. Hoyt, 57, of Hudson passed away August 18, 2021.

He was born to the late Lonnie R. and Jennie (Snow) Hoyt in Hudson, February 6, 1964. He was a graduate of Taconic Hills High School Class of 1982. As a young man he loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He loved to hang out with his best friends and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Mr. Hoyt leaves to cherish his memory, his fiancée of 16 years, Tina Florio. They loved to just get in the car and go on road trips. They may end up at a casino or Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine. He enjoyed boating on the Hudson River or simply watching the sunset at the boat launch with Tina and talking with friends.

A hard worker, he was employed for the past 20 years at Schweitzer-Mauduit in Ancram. He will be dearly missed by family and friends. He was predeceased by his father, Lonnie; mother, Jennie Hoyt and daughter, Heather. In addition to his fiancée, he is survived by his brothers, Lonnie (Sherry Carr) and Robert (Martha); many nephews and nieces. The family will receive friends at the Bates & Anderson- Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson, Tuesday, August 24, 2021 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Dorothy Trombini

Dorothy Trombini (1923 – 2021)

RHINEBECK—Dorothy C. Trombini, 98, passed away August 18, 2021.

Born April 29, 1923 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Hazel Rushmore of Germantown.

She married Eugene Trombini of Rhinebeck, January 19, 1942. “Gene” predeceased her in January 2006.

Mrs. Trombini worked at Schatz Federal Bearing and also worked in the family violet business at Trombini Brothers in Rhinebeck.

Always active, she also volunteered for many years at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck.

She is survived by: one son, Gary Trombini (Sheila) of Rhinebeck; two daughters, Deanna Trombini and Joan Trombini, both of North Carolina; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, her son, Wayne predeceased her in 1995.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 21, 2021 at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 91 East Market Street, Rhinebeck. Interment followed in Rhinebeck Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Rhinebeck Historical Society or the Rhinebeck Fire Department, 76 East Market Street, Rhinebeck 12572.

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Lois M. Fornaro (1948 – 2021)

VALATIE—A Mass of Christian Burial for Lois Marie Fornaro, who died Thursday, March 25, 2021, will be held Thursday, September 16, 2021, 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Valatie.

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