OBITUARIES: Howes, Curley, Kroha, Poisman, Edge, Fingar, Ostrom, Quirino, McCagg, Barber

Marguerite Howes

Marguerite A. Howes (1944 – 2022)

VALATIE—Marguerite A. “Cissy” Howes, 77, of Valatie passed away peacefully Monday, May 16, 2022 at her home.

Born December 19, 1944 in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Marguerite (Callahan) Ringwood.

She was a graduate of Ichabod Crane High School and the Colonna School of Beauty in Albany and was a hairdresser for most of her life. She previously owned Peg’s Place in Valatie (the site of the present Chris’ Cafe) for 20 years and she was a bus driver with the New Lebanon School District. She was also a member of the Kinderhook Lake Improvement Association.

She is survived by: her nieces and nephews, Sue Ann, Steven and Karen Ringwood, Rox Ann Wheaton, Edward, Eugene V. and Jacqueline Ringwood and 18 great- and 17 great-great- nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, William R. Howes; her brothers, Gilbert, Edward and Eugene Ringwood and her great-nephew, Edward V. Ringwood.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, May 26, 2022, 1 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie. Visitation hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Valatie.

Thomas Curley

Thomas H. Curley (1938 – 2022)

HUDSON—Thomas Henry Curley, 83, of Hudson passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born September 10, 1938 in Troy, he was the son of the late Hugh Augustine and Margaret Elizabeth (Vandercar) Curley. He married Ada “Betty” Waters, March 8, 1969 in Pleasantville. She predeceased him February 8, 2005.

Mr. Curley proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1959. He also served his community in many ways. He was a chairman for the City Fire Committee, an ACTQU Local 791T auditor (1984 to 1989), the president of Hudson Housing Services Corporation (1987 to 1988), and a member of CSEA Local 050, CSEA-AFSMCE Local 1000, City of Hudson Zoning Board of Appeals, NAACP, the Upper Hudson Valley Labor Council, City of Hudson’s Citizen Advisory Board (1985 to 1987), and the Community Council Committee.

In addition to his service, he was a toll collector for the NYS Bridge Authority based at the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in Catskill. In his free time, he had a passion for photography. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor by all who knew him.

Mr. Curley is survived by: his niece and caretaker, Pauline Brunick of Hudson; his great-niece, Melissa Brunick of Greenville; his niece, Tina Curley of East Durham; his brother, Peter Curley of Rockwell, CT; his dear friend, Beverly Weckesser of Rhinebeck; his devoted cats, Chloe, Gracie, Piper and Socs; many other nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his brothers, William, Jack, James and Donald Curley.

In lieu of funeral services, and to honor his memory, donations may be made to the ASPCA, online at or the animal shelter of one’s choice.

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

Bonnie G. Kroha (1947 – 2022)

VALATIE—Bonnie Gene Kroha, 74, of Valatie passed away peacefully at home with family by her side May 18, 2022 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. She approached her final year with strength, heart and an appreciation of a life well-lived. She was born in Hudson to Susan and Marshall Losee. She received her BS and masters degrees in education from SUNY New Paltz, where she met her husband of 53 years, John Kroha.

Mrs. Kroha was a dedicated and caring elementary school teacher who wholly embraced her career in the Ichabod Crane CSD until her retirement in 2004. She loved working with children and enriched her third graders by having them perform a play for the other classes and their families. She traditionally ended the school year by throwing a pool party at her home for all of her students.

She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend. She was interested in the lives of others and demonstrated this by asking thoughtful questions and being a great listener to young and old. She was cheerful and kindhearted and immensely enjoyed all activities with her grandchildren. She loved planting flowers, swimming, jogging, traveling and hiking. Her life was filled with a love of family and friends, patience, honesty, compassion, generosity, happiness and selflessness.

She was predeceased by: her parents, Susan and Marshall Losee, and her sisters, Marsha and Sandra Losee. She will be remembered and loved always by: her husband, John C. Kroha; her son, John Michael Kroha and his wife Kimberly Kroha; her granddaughter, Caroline; her daughter, Sarah JK Noel; her grandchildren, Ashton and Autumn Noel; her brother, John M. Losee and her nieces and nephews. A private service will be held at a later date with immediate family. Memorial donations may be made to Online condolences and messages can be added on the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home website.

Gerald Poisman

Gerald J. Poisman (1929 – 2022)

RED HOOK—Gerald J. Poisman, 93, of Red Hook passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at his home.

Born February 20, 1929, in Detroit, MI, “Gerry” was the son of the late Joseph and Grace (Starr) Poisman. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Wayne State University in 1963.

For most of his working years, he was a senior vocational rehabilitation counselor for the New York State Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in both Poughkeepsie and Kingston. He retired in 1991 and spent the rest of his life pursuing his favorite pastimes, including playing golf, reading, drawing, listening to music, traveling and spending time with his family. He bowled for several years on a team with his son, Steve. He was always a fan of musicals and thoroughly enjoyed watching his granddaughters perform in many local shows. He was the epitome of a proud “Grandpa.” Finding out that his granddaughter was pregnant with his great-granddaughter was one of the most special moments in his life.

He is survived by: his daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Craig Dorion of Germantown; his grandchildren, Erin McCarthy of West Hurley, Amber McCarthy of Red Hook and Thomas McCarthy of FL; his great-granddaughter, Elliana Capabianca; along with extended family and friends.

His son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Christine Poisman; his granddaughter, Victoria “Tori” McCarthy; and a brother, Myron Starr, predeceased him.

Services will be private, and an interment will be held in the Poisman family plot in Esperance.

Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Hudson Valley Hospice-Foundation, 80 Washington Avenue, Suite 204, Poughkeepsie 12601.

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

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Clifford Edge

Clifford Edge (1940 – 2022)

NEW HAVEN, CT—Clifford “Tony” Edge (a/k/a, Tony Roberts), age 82, of Southington, CT, passed away May 19, 2022 at Yale New Haven Hospital.

He was the beloved husband of Judy Edge for 60 years. He was born in Manhattan, April 6, 1940, the son of the late

Clifford and Laura Edge. He grew up on a farm without electricity in Ancram.

He graduated from Pine Plains Central School. He attained his

childhood goal of being an engineer when he graduated from Fort Schuyler Maritime College in the Bronx. He later obtained his masters in mechanical engineering from UConn. He had a lifelong love of the sea, ships and submarines. During his undergraduate years he sailed all over the world on his

school’s training ship. After graduation he received his commission in the U.S. Navy and later sailed with the Merchant Marine on a troop ship. Later, he went to Ebasco Services working on the design of the first nuclear-powered merchant vessel, the U.S.S. Savannah. He moved on to the

submarine builder, Electric Boat in Groton, CT, for 13 years as engineering chief for fluid system design. Life then took him to Cortland, NY, as director of engineering at ETL Testing Laboratories. In 1982, He took a position at Northeast Utilities where he stayed until retirement as director of facilities management. After retirement, until 2021, he did consulting work for Giuffrida Engineering in Middletown, CT, designing HVAC for hospitals until 2022. He held a professional engineering license in three states.

Through the years he was involved in many organizations and community activities; NYS Maritime Alumni chapter president, president of the Ledyard Fair, president of the Connecticut chapter of ASHRAE, vice chairman of the Town of Cheshire Public Building Commission, Board of Directors of the Regional Water Authority to name a few. He was the chairman of Memorial Garden Committee of the Plantsville Congregational Church. He was active in the Young Republicans Club. He was even voted Outstanding Young Man in America.

He was a very active person, over the years he participated in white water canoeing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, water skiing, kayaking, boating and had a passion, or as his wife would say an obsession, for cycling. He belonged to several cycling clubs. When he wasn’t cycling, he could be found working in one of his gardens or on his lawn.

Mr. Edge is survived by: his wife, Judy; brother, Dave; son, Greg and his wife Lana; son, Chris and his wife Christina and grandson, Alex. There will be a private service for family followed by a Celebration of Life in the fall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Gift Committee, Plantsville Congregational Church, 109 Church Street, Plantsville CT 06479.

Ann M. Fingar (1951 – 2022)

GHENT—Ann Marie Fingar, 71, of Ghent passed away Tuesday May 17, 2022.

Born March 4, 1951 in Hudson, she is the daughter of A. Howard and Mary (Hull) Fingar, both predeceased.

She dealt with severe health situations her entire life, in particular, severe epilepsy, spinal stenosis and the drug regiments they required.

She graduated from Hudson High School in 1969, and was able to put in a full career at The Workshop in Albany. She enjoyed commuting by bus every day, and making many friends within that community.

She is survived by: her brothers, Lawrence M. Fingar and John R. Fingar.

Graveside services were held May 23 in Cedar Park Cemetery. Arrangements were with the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Way or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Her family expresses gratitude to the staff at Whittier Nursing and Assisted Living for their compassionate and competent care.

Irving Ostrom, Jr.

Irving G. Ostrom, Jr. (1940 – 2022)

COLUMBIAVILLE—Irving G. Ostrom, Jr., 81, of Columbiaville passed away May 20, 2022 with his loving family by his side.

He was born October 31, 1940 in Boston Corners. He was the son of Grace (DeGrosso) and Irving Ostrom.

He grew up in Copake. He married his wife, Beverly Ferry and raised three children, Pamela, Frederick and Patricia. He proudly served in the United States Army, where he guarded the Berlin Wall while stationed in Germany. He was a lifetime member of the Greenport Firehouse Pumper Company #1 and also a life-member of the Federation of Polish Sportsmen. A hard worker, he worked at the Universal Match Factory until its closing, then he went to work at the Brookwood Secure Center, where he retired at age 62. That lasted for a month. He had to do something to keep busy. He started to work two days a week at the county transfer stations. He continued to work until he was diagnosed with cancer in 2020.

Mr. Ostrom was predeceased by his parents, Irving and Grace Ostrom; sister, Elizabeth Flanagan; brother, John “Jack” Hotaling and granddaughter, Kayla Bleau.

He is survived by: his loving wife, Beverly Ostrom; children Pamela (Michael) Bleau of Kinderhook, Frederick Ostrom of Columbiaville and Patricia Gregory (John Smith) of Lake City, SC; two sisters, Pearl Mossman of Philmont and Beverly Walsh of Hudson; three grandchildren, Heather Gregory, Tyler Gregory and Kyle Bleau and one great-grandchild, Baleigh Smith.

A service was held May 23 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Rita Quirino

Rita Quirino (1954 – 2022)

CHATHAM—Rita Quirino of Edgewood Acres, Chatham passed away May 9, 2022. She was born in Hudson, May 25, 1954, the daughter of the late Thomas Quirino and Angeline Terracciano Quirino.

She is survived by: her sister, Barbara Hoy (David); brothers, Thomas Quirino (Phyllis) and David Quirino; nieces. Julie Hoy and Katie Hoy Dooley (Corey) and Tara Kenhart (Nick) and nephew, Dan Quirino (Angela).

She was a graduate of Chatham Central High School. She was employed by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance as an income tax technician until her retirement.

She loved buying scratch-off tickets, going to the casino and having breakfast at the White Stone Café with the morning regulars.

Services were held May 13, 2022 at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasi Funeral Home in Chatham. Interment followed at St. James Cemetery. Contributions in her name may be made to the Chatham Rescue Squad or any charity of one’s choice.

Sheila McCagg

Sheila J.S. McCagg (1947 – 2022)

HUDSON—It is with deep sadness that her family announces the passing of Sheila J. Simmons McCagg, May 19, 2022 following a lengthy struggle with life-altering and devastating Alzheimer’s Disease.

She was born June 26, 1947 to John “Jack” and Edith (Drobner) Simmons in Hudson. She was a 1965 graduate of St. Mary’s Academy, Hudson and the following year from Albany Business College as an executive secretary.

In 1970 she married the love of her life, Harvey J. McCagg of Chatham. They shared more than 51 happy and exciting years together. In 1972 they were blessed with a son, Michael Anthony McCagg and they enjoyed life even more than they could have imagined.

A consummate conversationalist, she liked to say she was “shy.” But she was outgoing and social—with a gift of gab and a bubbly personality—whether with family, friends or strangers.

With her infectious smile, she frequently initiated conversations with strangers in shopping lines, restaurants and any public place by commenting on their clothing, hair, jewelry, children or whatever struck her fancy, always offering a complimentary or favorable remark. She believed an unsolicited compliment made people feel good—and she enjoyed giving them.

She loved her family, especially son and daughter-in-law Alicia Feller McCagg, and her “precious” grandchildren, Connor and Kayleigh McCagg. She never missed an opportunity to bend someone’s ear with stories about them.

Her life’s pleasures included singing and dancing and was a member for many years of local church choirs, including the Philmont Community Choir. She was a longtime member of American Legion Post 42 Ladies Auxiliary.

In addition to her immediate family, she is survived by: a brother, Daryl and wife Sue Simmons of East Lyme, CT; sisters-in-law, Barbara Friedel of Castleton and Judy Simmons of Port Orange, FL; brothers-in-law, Ralph (Nancy) McCagg of Kinderhook and Paul McCagg of Hudson; and several nephews and nieces.

Prior to her retirement, Mrs. McCagg served 30 years with the Columbia County Treasurer’s Office. She also spent a number of years as a legal secretary for attorneys in Hudson and Albany—a career she relished.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her name to the Community Hospice, 28 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414 or the Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern New York Chapter, 1003 New London Road, Cohoes 12047.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 24 in St. James Church. Arrangements were with the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham. Condolences may be conveyed at

Ronald H. Barber (1948 – 2022)

ALBANY—Ronald H. Barber, 74, of Castleton passed away suddenly Friday, May 20, 2022 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born January 8, 1948 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Harris P. and Doris C. (Fraleigh) Barber.

He is survived by: his wife, Patricia A. (Stockman) Barber and a very large family.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 159 County Route 26A, Stuyvesant 12173. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

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