OBITUARIES: Flint, Michael, Pinto, Stark, Shields, Storonsky, Barden, Szafran, Shook, Pearce, Carr, Cobbins, Moran

Keith Flint

Keith G. Flint (1941 – 2022)

Keith G. Flint, 81, of Chatham, New York, passed away on September 6, 2022 at his home in Hollywood, Florida.  He was born on April 21, 1941 in Batavia, New York to Gilbert Hall Flint and Violet Morris Flint.  

Keith spent the early years of his life on a family farm in Amenia in Dutchess County while his father was overseas in World War II.  When his father returned from the War, the family moved to Salem in Washington County where Keith graduated from Salem High School and was a standout athlete in football, basketball and baseball.  After High School, Keith attended Union University where he played football and was a distinguished Eliphalet Nott Scholar, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1962.  He then enrolled in Albany Law School where he earned his Bachelor of Law degree in 1965.  While at Albany Law, Keith was a member of the Law Review, where he authored articles that would later be cited in decisions issued by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest Court.  

After graduation and his admission to the New York Bar, Keith moved to Chatham, New York where he entered into private practice with John Curran, forming the law firm of Curran & Flint.  The firm changed its name over the years with the addition of partners, later becoming Connor, Curran & Flint, and then Connor, Curran, Connor, Flint & Schram.  In 1981 he started his own private practice at 75 Main Street in the Village of Chatham, where he later practiced with his son Paul, until 2014.  Keith was widely known as an outstanding practitioner who was diligent in his work and committed both to his clients and to the integrity of the profession.  Those that knew him will forever remember his penchant for keeping a clean desk.  

During his many years of practice, he represented numerous local businesses, towns and organizations, including the Chatham Central School District for over 48 years, Columbia-Greene Community College, the Shaker Museum and countless families, individuals and small businesses throughout Columbia County and the Hudson Valley. He also served in a Pro Bono capacity on the Board of and as General Counsel for the Payn Foundation for Aged People, Inc. until he retired.  A passion for all things land, air and sea, Keith was an avid golfer, a professional pilot, licensed boat captain and lifelong fan of the New York Giants. 

He is survived by his seven children Sue Borsh (Flint), Karen VanAllen (Flint), Ann Swindell (Flint), Paul Flint, Charles Flint, Daniel Flint, and Sarah Flint.  He leaves a total of 16 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Services will be held privately with the family. PAID OBITUARY

Alma J. Michael (1928 – 2022)

KINDERHOOK—Alma J. Michael of Kinderhook passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at her home surrounded by her family.

Born August 4, 1928, she was an avid reader, loved music and enjoyed various crafts, especially needlework. She was active in Christian Women’s Club and sang in the Hudson Valley Choral Society. In keeping with her wishes, there will be no services or calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the Valatie Rescue Squad or Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene. Arrangements are under the direction of the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

Pat Pinto

Patricia A. Pinto (1931 – 2022)

TROY—Patricia Ann Pinto, 91, passed away in the loving care of hospice services and nursing staff at The Eddy Nursing Home, June 23, 2022.

“Pat” was a longtime resident of Kinderhook, since 1958, and Chatham, since 1988. She was born June 2, 1931 in Queens to Frances and Grace McGeough. She attended Mary Louis Academy in Queens before leaving Hunter College to marry the love of her life, Jack, from Brooklyn.

She was a mother, mentor or friend to everyone who knew her. While she had six children at home, she worked as a nurse’s aide, volunteered as a PTA president for the schools, and worked diligently as a Girl Scout leader, all before she had a driver’s license.

In her early 40s, she took adult driver’s education, completed college prep classes in order to attend nursing school at Maria College in Albany and proudly used her training with the Valatie Volunteer Rescue Squad. She was best known locally for working as the 3 to 11 nursing supervisor at Barnwell Nursing Home in Valatie, until her formal retirement. She touched many souls before passing beyond this world with her kind heart and gentle manner.

As an avid reader, she embraced the history of many cultures and enjoyed her travels throughout Europe and Asia. After moving to Chatham, she did hospice nursing during her retirement, and was able to devote more time to help with Mass at St. James Church, and also helped teach the Catholic religion conversion classes. Her devotion to God continued as an Apostle for The Sisters of the Resurrection in Castleton.

Mrs. Pinto was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two siblings, Mickey and Jeanne. She is survived by: her children, Thomas Pinto (Sally), Robert Pinto, James Pinto (Lana), John Pinto (Robin), Laura Pinto, Rose Pinto (Gary Canaday); her grandchildren, Michael Brooks, Jill Lieurance, Brianna Parillo, Maggie Pinto, Zachary Pinto, Tiffany Chung, Lisa Metzner, Katie Chung and Josie Pinto; her great-grandchildren, Hudson, Stella, Waylon, Emerson and Annabella; and her extended family, Francine Pinto, Gary Brooks, Andrea Weiner, George Zimmerman and Richard Gagnon.

A memorial Mass and Celebration of Life service will take place at St. James Church in Chatham, October 15 at 11 a.m.

Joan H. Stark (1935 – 2022)

CATSKILL—Joan Helen Stark, 87, of Hudson died Monday September 12, 2022 at The Pines in Catskill.

Born January 24, 1935 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Helen (Thomas) Foster.

Burial with graveside services are private at Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery with Pastor Ken Coddington officiating. Arrangements are with the Sacco Funeral Home, Greenport.

Raymond Shields, Sr. (1939 – 2022)

STUYVESANT—Raymond Shields, Sr., 83, of Stuyvesant passed away at his home, September 16, 2022.

Born August 31, 1939 in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Walter and Martha (O’Neill) Shields.

“Ray” was a 1958 graduate of Ichabod Crane Central Schools and also served in the National Guard. Before his retirement, he was a small engine mechanic for the Hudson Correctional Facility in Hudson. He was an avid car collector and his focus was restoring Firebirds. He also enjoyed hunting and motorcycle riding.

He is survived by: his wife, Roberta; his children, Raymond Shields, Jr., of Leeds, Scott Folmsbee of Stuyvesant and Veronica Fraizer of Latham; his grandson, Connor Shields; several nieces and nephews and his childhood friends, Dorothy Huyck Praga and Edmund Gaylord.

Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by his siblings, Walter and Ruth Ann Shields.

There will be no services at this time. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

Memorial contributions may be made to Columbia / Greene Community Hospice.

Mike Storonsky

Michael W. Storonsky (1929 – 2022)

LOUDONVILLE—Michael W. Storonsky entered into eternal rest peacefully with his loving family by his side, September 16, 2022 at the age of 93.

“Mike” was born in Rensselaer, January 26, 1929, to Katherine Pushkar Storonsky and Michael Storonsky. He was predeceased by his parents, and the love of his life, Pauline Felack Storonsky, to whom he was married for almost 64 years.

He is survived by: his four children and their spouses, Michael P. and Linda Storonsky, Mary Storonsky English and Richard English, Christine and Richard Rush and Paula and Stephen Melidones; his six grandchildren and spouses/partners, Megan English Reeves and Jeremy Reeves, PhD, Michael C. Storonsky, MD, Natasha and Stephen Becker, Chad English and Roseann Pluretti English, PhD, Katherine Rush and Russell Zahralban, and Nicholas Rush; and two great-grandchildren, Parker Reeves and Stephen Michael Becker, Jr.

He was a devout Ukrainian Catholic, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, teacher, principal, travel agent, athlete, coach, and sports official.

Mr. Storonsky was proud of his Ukrainian heritage. Both he and his wife’s parents came from the Ukraine as teenagers prior to World War I. He was a lifelong member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Watervliet, where he served as a trustee for the Ukrainian American Citizens Club and the Pastoral Council, and as a church greeter. While serving as president of the Ukrainian Catholic Youth League in 1951, he met the love of his life, Pauline Felack, who was serving as secretary. They were married July 24, 1955, and they were blessed with nearly 64 wonderful years together. He was forever grateful to his wife for her selfless devotion to both he and their family.

They were very proud of their children and grandchildren and enjoyed supporting and/or attending all their activities involving music concerts, sporting events, plays and most importantly, their educations. They enjoyed spending time together in their backyard pool and taking them on vacations to NYS camp sites, Cape Cod, Canada and on cruises.

They enjoyed bowling, bocce, playing cards, and volunteering at the Times Union Center/Pepsi Arena, and the Albany Visitors and Convention Center for various events.

He lived a full life during which he touched the lives of many people. His education began at Ft. Crailo Elementary School (K-8) in Rensselaer, where he later returned to, and retired from, as principal. He attended Van Rensselaer High School, and then went on to Champlain College and Plattsburgh State. While getting his education and for a short time afterwards, he was a very accomplished athlete, inducted into sports halls of fame for his achievements in both high school and college. When his playing days were done due to an injury, he coached, assisted with, and maintained an interest in a wide variety of sports including working as a scout for the Dodgers.

His career included teaching at New Lebanon and South Colonie and serving as principal at East Nassau and New Lebanon prior to returning to retire at Rensselaer. Upon retirement from education, he became a travel agent for 34 years with Carlson Wagonlit/Albany Travel. During that time, he coordinated countless trips and cruises, including taking his family of 16 on six cruises. The Storonskys visited six continents and more than 60 countries. They visited their parent’s homeland of Ukraine twice, once under communist rule, and the second time after the country achieved their independence.

Donations in Mr. Storonsky’s name may be made to Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society or Aid to Ukraine at the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 2410 Fourth Avenue, Watervliet 12189 or by clicking the “Donations” link at www.cerkva.com.

Relatives and friends may call at Parker Bros. Memorial Funeral Home, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet, Thursday, September 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. with Parastas at 6 p.m. Funeral liturgy will be Friday, September 23, 10:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 2410 Fourth Avenue, Watervliet. Those attending services are asked to wear a face mask. Sign the condolence book at ParkerBrosMemorial.com.

Liz Barden

Elizabeth D. Barden (1948 – 2022)

PHILMONT—Elizabeth D. Barden died peacefully at Pine Haven Nursing Home, September 14, 2022.

Born November 2, 1948 in Hudson, “Liz” grew up in Chatham, graduating from Chatham High in 1966. After marrying her husband, John, they raised their family in Spencertown.

She worked for years at The Fireplace Shop in Ghent, then years at BAC Sales in West Ghent, retiring from there in 2013.

She loved being with her grandchildren; traveling with John, and loved traveling abroad with her friends and sister, Barbara.

She is survived by her: four children, Theresa Barden of Hillsdale, Pat Barden of Chatham, Carole Barden of Selkirk and Bud Barden (Cris) of Spencertown; her grandchildren, Emily Barden of Boston, MA, Ethan Rosen of Lake George, Dylan Rosen of Selkirk, Samantha and Rylie Barden of Spencertown; her sister, Mary P. O’Connor of Chatham; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by: her parents, James and Frances Towart; her sisters, Ann E. Towart, Ruth Ann Towart, Barbara T. Arzt, and her grandson, Michael J. Hoover.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated September 20 at St. James Church at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers contributions in her name may be made to Alzheimer’s Disease Association, 1003 New Loudon Road, Cohoes 12047 or Colon Cancer Foundation, 10 Midland Avenue, Suite M-06, Port Chester 10573. Arrangements were with the French, Gifford, Pretier & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham. Condolences may be conveyed at frenchblasl.com

Paul Szafran

Paul Szafran (1949 – 2022)

CATSKILL—Paul Szafran, 73, of Hudson passed away September 11, 2022 at The Pines.

He was born in Hudson, March 26, 1949. He was predeceased by: his parents, Hazel and Paul Szafran; his sister-in-law, Debra Szafran and by his loving wife, Lorraine Szafran.

He and his wife met in 1963 and were married May 23, 1970. He joined the Navy in 1967. He did two tours until 1975, then he became a barber, a truck driver and lastly retired as a NYS corrections officer.

The Szafrans loved dancing from the jitterbug to country line dancing. They retired to Tarpon Springs, FL, where they enjoyed their last few years together at the beach, working on their garden and enjoying their neighbors and friends. Mr. Szafran was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and uncle. He leaves behind: his daughter, Nicole Pena of Chattanooga, TN; his son, Paul (Monique) Szafran of Athens, and his daughter, Jamie (Amy) Kasala of Hudson; eight grandchildren, Zackary (Katie), Kristopher (Shannon), Caleb (Lydia), Jacob (Gianna), Konnor, Seth, Bethany and Oakley; five great-grandsons; his brothers, Bruce and Richard (Lisa); his sister, Lynn; many nieces and nephews. At his request, a small private family service will be held at Cedar Park Cemetery where he and his wife will be laid to eternal rest together.

Gerald S. Shook (1955 – 2022)

ALBANY—Gerald S. Shook, 67, of Hudson passed away Thursday, September 15 in Albany. Born April 16, 1955 in Hudson, he was the son of Gerald and Doris (Allen) Shook.

He lived his entire life in the Hudson area. He was a manager at CVS Pharmacy for many years. He was a member of St. John’s Church, and a dedicated member and past exalted ruler of Hudson Elks Lodge #787.

Mr. Shook leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Alice (Rizzi) Shook; son, Christopher Shook and daughter-in-law, Dee Dee Nguyen-Shook; daughter, Melinda (Shook) Brehm; grandson, Ryan Shook; step-grandchildren, Brandon and Tanner Nguyen; sisters, Susan Barnhill and Connie Robson; brother, Jerry Shook; niece and nephew, Kelly and James “Buddy” Schermerhorn. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by: his brother, James L. Shook, and sister, Patricia Yole. Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences.

Dennis Pearce

Dennis C. Pearce (1978 – 2022)

CLAVERACK—Dennis C. Pearce of Claverack passed away Saturday, September 17 at his residence.

Born May 13, 1978 in Valley Stream, he was the son of Kathleen Pearce and the late Dennis A. Pearce.

He was a kindhearted, compassionate soul who lived life to the fullest. He definitely liked to do things his way. He worked for the Long Island Railroad as a car repairman, and he was an avid baseball fan.

His memory will be cherished by: his mother, Kathleen Pearce; daughter, Jasmine Pearce; brother and sister-in-law, Brandon and Dawn Pearce; niece and nephew, Brandon and Alexandra Pearce; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Mr. Pearce was predeceased by his father, Dennis A. Pearce and his sister, Meredith Pearce.

Visitation at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home will be Thursday, September 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial contribution to Animal Kind.

Aacell Carr

Aacell E. Carr (1958 – 2022)

SCHENECTADY—Aacell E. Carr, 64, of Schenectady, formerly of Hudson, died Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at his home.

Born in Hudson, March 8, 1958, he was the son of the late Joseph R. and Waneida (Wise) Carr. He was a 1976 graduate of Hudson High School and was a counselor with Schenectady County Substance Abuse.

He will be greatly missed by: his brothers and sisters, Oran T. Carr, Timothy N. Carr, Joseph E. Carr, Andre B. Carr, Alexander M. Carr, Adam B. Carr, Gwendolyn Reed Higgins, Joette Bell and Jacquelyn R. Carr Godfrey. He was predeceased by siblings, Troy L. Carr and Patrice V. (Carr) McGirt.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 25, 2022 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Sacco Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

Tavish L. Cobbins (1990 – 2022)

STOTTVILLE—Tavish LeNell Cobbins, 32, of Stottville died peacefully at home Saturday, September 17, 2022 following a long illness.

Born in Hudson, March 30, 1990, Mr. Cobbins was a private duty health aide until his illness prevented him from working.

There are no calling hours. A Celebration of Life will be announced soon. Arrangements are with the Sacco Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

Jim Moran

James H. Moran (1932 – 2022)

N. CHATHAM—James H. “Jim” Moran, 90, of North Chatham passed away at home, September 18, 2022.

During cake at his 90th birthday dinner six weeks ago, he said, “Ninety? That’s old!” True, but not quite as old as the historic boats he loved to work on.

From the age of 13, he worked on the water, first in Port Washington, at area marinas, then as co-owner of a boatyard in Locust Valley. He was proud to help restore the 1883 oyster sloop Christeen in Oyster Bay, and then provide guidance and tools for the restoration of the 1903 Hudson River raceabout sloop, Eleanor.

He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and avid member of Tri-Village Rod and Gun Club until it became difficult for him to attend. He enjoyed volunteering with the archery programs and youth day; he was a skilled teacher and an amazing shot with a gun and a bow and arrow.

He was a loving grandfather, father and husband. He is survived by: his wife of 63 years, Laura; his daughters, Doreen (Bob) Moran-Mahoney and Victoria (Mark) Caluneo; and beloved grandsons, Matthew and Brendan Caluneo, to whom he passed along his interests in woodworking, blacksmithing and gunsmithing.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Tri-Village Rod and Gun Club Youth Programs, P.O. Box 405, Valatie 12184.

Services were private under the direction of the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home, 11 Elm Street, Nassau.

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