OBITUARIES: Cantele, Boss, Dellapa, Smith, Sheldon-Griffin, Dugan

Benjamin Cantele

Benjamin J. Cantele (1961 – 2020)

HUDSON—Benjamin James “B.J.” Cantele, 59, of Hudson passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born July 19, 1961 in Hudson, he was the son the late Benjamin E. Cantele and Eleanor (Baker) Cantele, who resides in Philmont.

He was a graduate of Taconic Hills High School, received his associate’s degree in business from Columbia-Greene Community College and went to trade school in Vermont for stone cutting. He was the owner of Cantele Memorials, Cantele Tent Rentals and Cantele Car Wash. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Keyser, Hudson, Goold

Mildred Keyser

Mildred J. Keyser (1936 – 2020)

EAST TAGHKANIC—Mildred Jean Keyser, 84, of East Taghkanic passed away at home Saturday, August 15, 2020. Born May 20, 1936 in Fort William, Ontario, she was the daughter of Hugh and Mildred (Upper) Gallinger.

She was a meticulous homemaker and fabulous cook. She took great pride in keeping a spotless, pristine residence. Her community involvement included being a Cub Scout leader, a “Pink Lady” at Columbia Memorial Hospital, a member of the Junior Service League, Claverack Senior Citizens, and Sunday school teacher at the Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack. She was very proud to be an honorary citizen of Lost Boys Reservation. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Knoll, Maikels, Pitt, Foisy, Walsh, Mink

Carol A. Knoll (1934 – 2020)

KINDERHOOK—Carol Ann Knoll, 85, of Kinderhook died Sunday, August 9, 2020 at her home.

Born September 23, 1934 in Yonkers, she was the daughter of the late George Godfrey and Marguerite (Beem) Kass.

She met Albert Knoll in Bermuda in 1955 and it was love at first sight. They were married in 1957 and purchased the Blue Spruce Inn and Suites in 1961. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Robinson, Dauley, LaPorta, Weber

Weebell Robinson

Weebell H. Robinson (1934 -2020)

HUDSON—Weebell H. Robinson, 86, passed away Friday, August 7, 2020 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

She was born June 24, 1934 in Red Rock, the daughter of the late Charles and Hilda (Briggs) Pultz.

She drove the school bus for Chatham Central School District for 18 years. She was a life-member of the Red Rock Ladies Auxiliary and volunteer usher at Mac-Haydn Theatre. She enjoyed bingo, word search puzzles, crocheting and most importantly spending time with her friends and family. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Provencher, Davis

Daniel Provencher

Daniel C. Provencher (1953 – 2020)

NEWPORT NEWS, VA—Daniel C. Provencher, 67, of Newport News, VA, passed away unexpectedly July 18, 2020 at home. Born in Vermont, February 9, 1953, he was the son of David L. Provencher of Ghent and the late Elizabeth Provencher Scott.

He attended Roeliff Jansen High School.

“Dan” worked at Popp’s Towing and Recovery in Newport News, VA, for the past eight years and is remembered there as a dedicated hard worker capable of any job. Many remember him as a quiet, gentle man who created works of art with stone, repairing stone walls, building beautiful fieldstone fireplaces and patios throughout Columbia and Berkshire counties and in later years in Virginia. One of his hobbies in Virginia Beach was repurposing old bicycles into fun and fancy beach bikes.

He is survived by: his father, David Provencher and stepmother, Edith of Ghent; his sisters, Trudette “Trudy” Crimi of West Taghkanic, and Kimberley Steele of Shenandoah, VA. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, step-family, in-laws and many dear friends. He was predeceased by his brother, Gregory and step-sister, Kathryn “Kathy” (Scott) Wilson.

A man of the earth, he wasn’t a man of extravagant living but had many unique treasures.

“While his family and friends are struggling to come to terms with this loss we also face the challenge of honoring him. The Covid pandemic has prevented us from coming together in support the way we have in times like this before.”

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Avis Davis (1947 – 2020)

CLERMONT—Avis Davis, 73, of Clermont died peacefully at his home in the company of his family.

Born in Madison, NJ, April 4, 1947, he was the son of August and Genevieve (Kuchinaskas) Karg.

He was an accomplished musician. Services are private. Arrangements are with the Sacco Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. To leave online condolences visit