OBITUARIES: Law, Schermerhorn, Berkman, Jornov, Doppel, Laurange

Josephine Law (1940 – 2020)

CLAVERACK—Josephine A. Law, 79, of Claverack passed away Saturday, June 13, 2020 at home.

Born December 4, 1940 in Old Chatham, she was the daughter of John and Mamie (Sclafani) Menegio.

Mrs. Law was a seamstress for more than 30 years at the Hudson Knitting Mills. Following her career in the garment industry, she worked at the Firemen’s Home and Timberlyn Heights in the housekeeping department. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Daigle, Oldenburg, Williams, Keller, Schwartz

James Daigle

James J. Daigle (1948 – 2020)

HUDSON—James J. Daigle, born November 14, 1948 in Fort Kent, Maine, was called home June 9, 2020 at 3:30 a.m. at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

He was the son of the late Homer Daigle and Cora (Deshane) Daigle.

He was a loving husband and father of three.

Mr. Daigle is survived by: his loving wife, Carolyn (Layton) Daigle of 45 years; his three children, Jason Daigle (Ashley) of West Stockbridge, MA, Bonnie Bell (Chris) of Chatham and Sara Daigle of Ghent; his 10 grandchildren, Jordan Daigle, Paitin Kastner, Quinten Kastner, Naveah Daigle-Vellon, Kaleb Kastner, Anthony Bell, Bryson Bell, Maxton Daigle, Kalani Raggs, Rosalie Daigle; great-grandchildren, Alessïo Melendez and Journee Daigle; his brothers, Philip Daigle of FL, Bruce Allison of AZ, Richard Daigle of CT, and his only sister, Diane Daigle of CT. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Crosby, Aulabaugh, Lindsey

Fredrick Crosby, Jr.

Fredrick W. Crosby, Jr. (1946 – 2020)

AUSTERLITZ—Fredrick Warren Crosby, Jr., passed away Thursday, June 4 with his wife by his side.

“Fred” was born September 2, 1946 to Fredrick W. Crosby, Sr., and Elizabeth Bailey Crosby. He grew up in Canaan and attended Chatham High School.

Eager to serve his country, at age 17 he joined the Army for 3 years, bravely fighting overseas in the Vietnam War. Stationed in Thailand, one of his proudest accomplishments was building a road there as a bulldozer operator. After leaving the Army, he briefly served his country again, this time enlisting in the Navy Seabees. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Martin, McDonald, Reimuth, Lyons

Br. Peter Martin

Peter A. Martin (1938 – 2020)

VALATIE—Brother Peter Andrew Martin passed on to new life May 2, 2020.

He was born November 28, 1938 in Greece/Rochester, New York, the only son of Cornelius John Martin, a farmer, and Lucy Mattle, a homemaker. His two older sisters, Mary and Barbara, and his twin sister, Patricia, all survive him.

At the time, Greece was a settlement of Dutch farmers, a heritage he cherished. From a young age he worked the land alongside his father. He came from a religious family, and having two aunts, a cousin, and a sister all members of the Sisters of St. Joseph, he was well-acquainted with religious life.

While in high school he wrote to several Brothers’ communities. “After prayerful reflection and the support of my family, I decided to give it a try.” Serving as teacher and/or treasurer in schools in West Haven, CT; Flushing, NY; Rochester, NY; Forestville, MD, and Wilmington, DE, Br. Martin was always humorous and genuinely kind, with a most distinctive laugh. In 1976 he was asked to serve as steward/treasurer for the community, and for the next 29 years, he dealt not only with financial figures but investments, real estate, attorneys, and property research. While serving as province steward, he was also the local director in several different communities and he oversaw the expansion of St. Joseph Center in Valatie, to meet the needs of the aging and infirm Brothers. From 1999 to 2008, Br. Martin served as administrator of St. Joseph Center. After many years of generous service, he retired from active ministry in 2008 and continued to reside at the center. He was joyful, witty and laughed easily and hard. He was warm and gracious, thoughtful, and prayerful. For the past several years, finding a bed difficult and uncomfortable, he slept in a chair. Yet he rarely complained. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Zutelis, Thompson, Hallock, Cade, Yaroschuck, Egan, Rowe, Sokal

Joseph Zutelis

Br. Joseph E. Zutelis (1922 – 2020)

VALATIE—Brother Joseph Edward Zutelis died at St. Joseph Center in Valatie, May 21, 2020 at the age of 98, in the 70th year of vowed life in the Congregation of Holy Cross.

He was born in the coal-mining region of middle Pennsylvania, January 6, 1922 to Casimir and Margaret Kisielius Zutelis, both Lithuanian immigrants.

Before joining Holy Cross, Mr. Zutelis had a successful job with the General Accounting Office in Washington, D.C. He spent much of his ministerial life as a teacher in schools in Connecticut, Indiana, New York City and Rome, Italy. Read more…