OBITUARIES: Geel, Williams, Lussier, Curry, Kritzman, Risch, Esselstyn, Ehrlich, Stagias, Ellison

Bryan Geel, Jr.

Bryan D. Geel, Jr.

GHENT—The family of Bryan David Geel, Jr., of Ghent is grieving his loss. He passed away at the young age of 36.

He is survived by: his daughter, Madison; his parents, Bryan Geel, Sr., (Susan) of Austerlitz and Rhonda Owen of Valatie; his grandmother, Patricia Colburn; his sisters, Maria and Caitlin; his brother, Justin; three nieces; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Johnson, Hannam, McWhirt

Johnny Johnson

Johnny M. Johnson (1947 – 2021)

LAKE CITY, FL—Johnny M. Johnson died March 22, 2021.

He was born August 17, 1947 in Tennille, GA, to Otis Peterson and Tressie M. Johnson. He was a former resident of Columbia County.

He attended DD Crawford Elementary School in Tennille, GA, and attended TJ Elder High School for two years. He completed high courses and graduated while in the U.S. Navy. He was a proud member of both the U.S. Navy and the Air Force Reserves for a number of years. Afterward, he received a BA degree from Florida Memorial College in Miami, FL, where he became a dedicated member of the Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity, Inc. He was employed with the Dade County Police Department for several years.

Mr. Johnson’s beloved wife, Nettie M. Jackson preceded him in death, June 22, 2006. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Fornaro, Sturdivant, Gilligan, Dianda, Ferrari

Lois Fornaro

Lois M. Fornaro (1948 – 2021)

ALBANY—Lois Marie Fornaro passed away peacefully at St. Peter’s Hospital, March 25, 2021.

She was a very unique individual possessing a gentle spirit, love of nature, and an undying love and commitment to her daughter, Dominique.

She was a wonderful, loving friend to those who were close to her, as well as a guardian of wildlife, spending countless hours out in her yard feeding the birds, squirrels, deer and whatever lucky creature made its way past her door. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Perachi, Hartigan, Rosenberger, Sacco, Ordway

Gail Perachi

Gail E.B. Perachi (1939 – 2021)

Mrs. Gail E. Braig Perachi, age 81, of Pittsfield, passed away Friday, March 12, at Baystate Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born in Hillsdale, NY, July 31, 1939, the daughter of the late Frank and Edna Glynn Braig. She was educated in the Roeliff Jansen School in Hillsdale. Gail graduated from the former St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing. Registered as a Nurse, she began her career at St. Luke’s prior to becoming employed at the former Providence Care Nursing Center on Pittsfield Lenox Rd. Most recently, she was employed at BCARC.
Her beloved husband, the late Louis J Perachi Jr., whom she married October 14, 1967, passed away September 7, 1998. Together they enjoyed traveling, especially their annual trips to Cape Cod. Gail loved sending and receiving flowers as well as the “sport of shopping” and was also an expert in all “games of chance”. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Van Alphen, Dotterer, Czyzewski, Edge, Van Deusen, Bissell

Grace Van Alphen (1949 – 2021)

PHILMONT—Grace Van Alphen, 71, of Stockport passed away March 19, 2021 in Philmont.

Born November 24, 1949 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Wells and Maybell (Joslen) Hamm.

For many years she was a sewing machine operator at the Hudson Knitting Mills in Philmont. She was a loving, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister who will be dearly missed. Read more…