OBITUARIES: Luning, Hamm, Neefus, Skoda, Squerciati, Silvernale, Mulligan

Darlene M. Luning (1980 – 2022)

STOCKPORT—Darlene M. Luning, 42, of Stockport died Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at her home.

Born in Trenton, NJ, she was the daughter of Robin L. (Anderson) Luning and the late Philip Luning.

She was a nurse’s aide for Metros Health Care.

She is survived by: two children, James and Karissa; two brothers, Daniel (Nicole) and Jesse Luning; grandchildren, Jacob, Jesse and Leah.

There are no calling hours. Services may be announced at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sacco Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. To leave online condolences visit

Lucy Hamm

Lucille M. Hamm (1946 – 2022)

HUDSON—Lucille Marie (Tiffany) Hamm of Hudson passed away July 14, 2022. She was a loving mother, grandmother and loyal friend. In addition to her family she found great joy in her life through reading, going dancing with her beloved husband, playing bingo and working for many years as a seamstress.

Known as “Lucy” to her friends, she was predeceased by her husband, Philip Hamm, Sr., May 2, 2016. She is survived by: her sister, Barbara (Brad) Unson of Mississippi; son, Philip Hamm, Jr., (Donna Coons) of Stottville, and son, Jeffrey Hamm, Sr., (Bertha-Rae) of Hudson; her beautiful grandchildren, Jeffrey Hamm, Jr., Noah Hamm, Bruce Decker, Christian Decker, Koreena Decker and Patricia Decker and her great-grandchildren, Lucas Bennett-Hamm, Marianna Decker, and Nathan Decker; many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Graveside services were held July 22 at Cedar Park Cemetery. Friends and family paid respects and remembered Mrs. Hamm at a memorial open house in her honor, July 23 at the residence of her son, Philip Hamm, Jr., in Stottville. Leave condolences at

Wendy Neefus, III

Wendover Neefus, III (1946 – 2022)

HUDSON—Wendover Neefus, III, age 76, passed away peacefully July 17, 2022 in Hudson.

He is survived by: his wife, Brenda; his sons, Wendover, IV (Cory), Dustin, Seth and Casey; his two siblings, Chris and Peter. “Wendy” was the oldest son of Wendover Neefus, Jr., and Virginia “Ginny” (Witham) Neefus.

He was a well-known professional photographer for 44 years and served as a member of the National and Catamount Ski Patrol for 40 years and was truly passionate about fly-fishing. He was a renowned fly-fisherman who taught and introduced many to the sport, which brought him great enjoyment. His family believes he is continuing to enjoy his many passions in the afterlife with streams teaming with trout and slopes of fresh pristine powder to ski. “He was greatly loved and admired by all.”

Visitation hours were held July 21 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson. Leave condolences at

Doris Skoda

Doris D.B. Skoda (1921 – 2022)

PHILMONT—Doris Dinga Bucala Skoda, daughter of John Bucala and Anna Dinga Bucala, born April 22, 1921 in Hatfield, MA, passed away Thursday, July 21 at Pine Haven Nursing Home, where she has lived for the last 10 years.

She spent her early years and made many friends in New York City. After marrying Joseph F. Skoda, who died in 2002, she spent most of her 101 years on the Skoda family farm in West Taghkanic.

Mrs. Skoda leaves behind: her four children, Julie Skoda Foehrenbach (William), Kathy Skoda Gaudio (Steve), Joe Skoda (Anna Fuhr) and Richard Skoda (Melissa Folmsbee; 10 grandchildren, James Foehrenbach, Alexia Gaudio Isacco, Kristin Gaudio Endsley, Laura Gaudio Hint, Hope Skoda, Julia Skoda Murphy, Joshua Skoda, Rachel Skoda Van Shaik, Ryan Skoda and Alexander Skoda and 11 great-grandchildren.

A long-time member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Hudson, and more recently of The Christian Community Church in Kinderhook, she was a strong believer and follower of Jesus Christ.

Mrs. Skoda was also a proud charter member and tireless worker of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Taghkanic Volunteer Fire Company. She enjoyed gardening, taking care of calves on the farm, had a rich social life with friends, and loved her family including her extended family of nieces and nephews. She was famously known for her delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, which no-one has been able to duplicate.

Visitation hours at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home will be held Tuesday, July 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services from the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home will be held Wednesday, July 27 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the West Taghkanic Cemetery next to her husband, Joseph.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to either the Taghkanic Volunteer Fire Company or the Christian Community Church.

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Shane Squerciati

Shane N.B. Squerciati (1972 – 2022)

SCHENECTADY—Shane N. (Ball) Squerciati passed away July 13, 2022.

She was born October 12, 1972 in Hudson.

She is survived by her parents, Nickales L. Ball and stepmother Michele Ball of Ashley Falls, MA, and mother, Diane Chapin and stepfather Ross Chapin of Zebulon, NC; her son, Andrew Prostler of Catskill; her siblings: brother, Patrick Barron of Albany, sister, Denise Barron Goff and brother-in-law, Gene Goff, sister, Rosalyn Ball of West Stockbridge, MA, brother Nick “Butch” Ball of Valatie, and sister-in-law, Tanya Ball of Valatie, brother, Vincent Ball of Zebulon, NC, brother, Jesse Ball of Ashley Falls, MA, sister, Sara Ball of Ashley Falls, MA and sister, Amanda Ball of Ashley Falls; many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Mary N. Squerciati.

Ms. Squerciati liked people and never met a stranger. She was a loyal NY Jets fan and loved watching the games. She enjoyed all outdoor activities, including camping, hiking and playing basketball.

Cremation took place through the care of Simple Choices, Inc. Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to one’s local women’s shelter or local humane society.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects online by leaving a message for the family at:

Tookie Silvernale

Harold R. Silvernale (1927 – 2022)

HUDSON—Harold “Tookie” Roger Silvernale of Spencertown died Saturday, July 23 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Silvernale, the son of the late Ronald Judson and Mary (Fenn) Silvernale, was born August 21, 1927 in Sharon, CT. His early years were spent in Millerton. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and just recently great-grandfather and friend. He will be missed beyond words. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served during World War II. He retired from the First National Stores after being employed for 47 years in the meat department as a butcher and manager. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and enjoyed his hunting days at Mount Riga Upper Camp in Dutchess County with his longtime friends. “It is the simple things of life that make living worthwhile, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest and living close to nature.” There are no calling hours. Private graveside service will be at the Spencertown Cemetery. For online condolences visit

Lawrence Mulligan (1941 – 2022)

CHATHAM—Remember and celebrate the life of Lawrence “Larry” Mulligan, Monday August 1, 2022 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham.

Mr. Mulligan of Chandler, AZ, passed away May 2, 2022 at the age of 80 while vacationing with family in Williams, AZ.

He was the son of Joseph Frederick Mulligan of Brooklyn and Frances Ella Jones Mulligan of Chatham. He was born September 4, 1941 in Brooklyn.

He grew up in Brooklyn but Chatham was always a special place for him as his fondest memories were spending time with his grandparents and extended family at the Jones family farm. He was always proud that the farm remains in his family and that many of his relations are still in the area.

He was predeceased by: his brothers, Joseph Michael Mulligan and Anthony Derek “Derry” Mulligan, and his sister, Grace Dennison.

Mr. Mulligan leaves behind: his wife of 54 years, Marion; his three children, Michael Mulligan (Robin), Jennifer Bohn and Ryan Mulligan (Annemarie); his eight grandchildren, Michael Lawrence Mulligan, Alexander Kopentis, Chelsea Kopentis,

Timothy Lawrence Mulligan, Nathan Patrick Mulligan, Grady James Mulligan, Jordan Lawrence Bohn, Jacob Lake Bohn; his sister, Vivian Austin; his best friend and constant companion, a golden retriever named Leah.

He was a devoted family man who will be sorely missed by his family and all who knew him.

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