OBITUARIES: Novak, Knott, Keegan

Brian Novak

Brian A. Novak (1964 – 2021)

ALBANY—Brian A. Novak, 56, of Valatie died Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at Albany Medical Center after a short illness.

Born October 9, 1964 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Raymond A. Novak and Joan E. (Hoag) Novak, who resides in Valatie.

He was a graduate of Ichabod Crane High School in Valatie. He played Little League and high school baseball and enjoyed golfing and his Dodge Ram truck. He was a longtime member of Local #6 International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craft workers. Mr. Novak worked for DeBrino Caulking Associates in Castleton and other companies in the area. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Ham, Funk, Himmel

Stella Ham

Stella J. Ham (1931 – 2021)

ALBANY—Stella J. Ham, 89, of Stottville passed away peacefully into the hands of the Lord, Sunday, February 7, 2021 at Albany Medical Center.

She was born May 19, 1931 in Stottville to the late Stanley and Mary Sherman.

She graduated from Hudson High School in 1948 and in 1950 she married Ellsworth J. Ham, her husband of 51 years, before his passing in 2001. Read more…

OBITUARIES: LaLumia, Shumsky, Koskowski, Ferro, Sims, Shaw, Murphy, Cahill, Albright

Sophie LaLumia

Sophie LaLumia (1951 – 2021)

HUDSON—It is with great sadness that her family notes the passing of their beloved mother, sister and aunt, Sophie LaLumia. She slipped quietly away from them, Sunday, January 31.

She is survived by: her beloved son, Joseph Sabo; her brothers, Joseph LaLumia and Vincent Randazzo, his wife Susan, and their children, Kevin, Isabella and Jonothan; and her ex-husband, Joseph Sabo. She was predeceased by: her parents, Salvatore LaLumia, Connie LaLumia Randazzo and Santo Randazzo.

She spent most of her working life helping those needing assistance at Columbia Opportunities. Many people were touched by her compassion and generous spirit. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Dreisbach, Holt, Harris, Tuttle

Diane Dreisbach

Diane Dreisbach (1940 – 2021)

SCHODACK LANDING—Diane L. Dreisbach (nee Erbe), 80, of Ridge Road, Schodack Landing passed away January 22, 2021.

She was born in Tamaqua, PA, December 24, 1940. She graduated from Tamaqua High School and Pottsville Hospital School of Nursing. She went on to become an intensive care nurse at Albany Memorial Hospital and retired from nursing after being on the staff at the Hudson Firemen’s Home. She married Willard Dreisbach, Jr., February 24, 1962. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Marsche, Pulver, Mallon, Pfeiffer, Boor, Aiello, Davis, Weber, Groll, Castillo, Stacey, Loftus

Diane Marsche

Diane Marsche (1951 – 2021)

ALBANY—Diane M. Marsche, 69, of East Durham died Friday, January 22, 2021 at Albany Medical Center.

Born July 16, 1951 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Charles Robert Leiser and Ethel May (Zitto) Leiser of Naples, FL.

She was a 1969 graduate of Ichabod Crane High School and was employed as an assistant controller for New York State Auto Dealers in Albany. She was a very active member and deacon at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stuyvesant. Ms. Marsche volunteered and officiated at church services at The Pines of Catskill and also for shut-ins on the weekends. She also volunteered at St. John’s Church community meals. Read more…