Van Pinto, 42, former Chatham High track, football coach

ALBANY–Van Pinto of Colonie died Monday, January 11, 2010, at Albany Memorial Hospital. He was 42. Born in Hudson on January 25, 1967 he was the son of Vincent F. and Orrine L. (Friss) Pinto of Taghkanic.

Mr. Pinto was a graduate of Taconic Hills High School and worked as a contractor. He was both a track and football coach for Chatham High School, and was also the head coach for the former Hudson Vikings Football Team. Mr. Pinto was also a Sunday school teacher for many years with the former Church of the Holy Cross in West Taghkanic.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his son, Matthew Vincent Pinto of Valatie; wife Lori A. (Marczewski) Pinto, at home; step-children Ryan W. Houseknecht and Nicole M. Houseknecht, both of Colonie; one brother, Matthew L. Pinto of Rotterdam; his former wife, Gina Howard of Valatie; and one aunt, Lucille Meyer of Kansas City, Mo.

Calling hours will be Friday, January 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. at McDonald-Valenti-Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson. Funeral services will be Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. from the funeral home with Deacon Charles O’Neill officiating.

Burial will follow at Cedar Park Cemetery Hudson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

James Cozza, 77, owned statuary business

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HUDSON–James Joseph Cozza, 77, of Stottville died Sunday January 10 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.  Born March 12, 1932 in Hudson, he was the son of the late James and Theresa (Crispino) Cozza. Besides his parents, two brothers, Frank and Anthony Cozza, died previously.

Mr. Cozza leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Armetta (Millett) Cozza; a son, James (Teri) Cozza of Hudson; a daughter, Anna (Allen) Weaver of Stuyvesant; and a brother Dominic Cozza of Athens. He was the proud “Poppy” of nine grandchildren, Jill (Morgan) Turner, Tate (Kyung) and Jordan Cozza, Kelly (Tony DeLuca) Secovnie, Tracey and Tim Rheingold, Enoch (Sasha), Adam (Tommy McCarthy) Abigail and Hannah Secovnie; and three great-grandchildren, Tessa and Teddy Rheingold and Pearl Turner.

 

Mr. Cozza was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Stuyvesant Falls. He served in the U.S. Army from 1958-1960 and worked for the Miron Company for many years. After his retirement he started a lawn statuary business, J C Concrete, and enjoyed watching NASCAR, trips to Foxwoods and Saratoga, gardening and spending time with his beloved dachshund, Sparky.

 

Calling hours will be Tuesday, January 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at McDonald-Valenti-Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Stuyvesant Falls. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery Stuyvesant Falls.

 

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the National Kidney Foundation

Jessie Proctor, 86, loved her family

CHATHAM–Jessie (Betty) Elizabeth Proctor died at home surrounded by family, January 9, 2010. She was born January 7, 1923 in Chatham and was the daughter of the late Dayton and Jessie M. Francis Stupplebeen.

Mrs. Proctor later married Robert Proctor and raised her family. She was active at the East Chatham Methodist Church and was a member of the ladies group there and the Ladies Auxiliary of the East Chatham Fire Company. She loved her family and enjoyed her bingo and scratch offs.

She is survived by her son, Berton (Frederica) Poucher of Ghent; her daughters Daytona G. (Ronald) Roth of York, Penn., and Betty Jane (David) Sherman of Ghent; her sisters Dorothy M. Scheid of Largo, Fla. and Joan Healy of Greenfield Center; 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Her husband, Robert, and sister Marion Davis died previously.

Family will receive friends Monday, January 11 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.  A religious service will be celebrated  at 1:30 from the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl funeral home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. Burial will follow at Cemetery of the Maples, East Chatham, N.Y.

Memorials may be made to the Community Hospice, the American Cancer Society or to the Lupus Foundation. For directions or to send an online condolence, visit www.frenchblasl.com.

 

 

 

Irene Boucher, 95, avid reader worked at Valatie Free Library

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PITTSFIELD–Irene (McDonald) Boucher, died Thursday, January 7, at Springside Skilled Nursing Facility. She was 95 years of age.

A native of Columbia County, she lived most of her life in Rossman, in the Town of Stockport. Over the years, she worked at the family general store, Universal Match, Canada Dry and for many years at the Columbia County Department of Social Services in Hudson.

She retired to St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1975 with her husband, Louis Boucher, Always an avid reader, she worked as a volunteer in the St. Petersburg Public Library. Their red Mustang took them on frequent travels around the United States, visiting friends and for reunions with shipmates from the USS Cony, on which Mr. Boucher served during World War II.

After the death of her husband, Mrs. Boucher returned to live in Valatie in 1996, where she was reacquainted with many old friends and enjoyed working at the Valatie Free Library.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Sharp; son-in-law, Lee Sharp; granddaughter, Meghan Sharp; great-granddaughter, Emily Pulver; and nieces and nephews around the country. Her husband and two sisters, Veronica and Ellen, died previously.

Private burial services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be offered to your local hospice care or library.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Valatie.

Arthur “Bud” Wheeler, 85, Purple Heart, Bronze Star recipient

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HUDSON–Arthur “Bud” F. Wheeler, 85, of Greenport, died Thursday, January 7, 2010 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

 

Born February 16, 1924 in Hudson, he was the son of Arthur and Myra (Unson) Wheeler.

 

Mr. Wheeler was employed as the District Sales Manager for Beechnut Packing Company in Canajoharie for over 25 years.

 

He served as a sergeant and squad leader in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning a Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, a Bronze Star, the European-African-Middle Eastern Service medal, and the Good Conduct medal.

 

Mr. Wheeler was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Greenport, a member and past president of the Men’s Club, a member of the Board of Trustees, the Finance Chairman, and a member of the Choir. He was also a member of the Greenport VFW and a lifelong area resident.

 

He was a graduate of Hudson High School, where he was on the basketball team and played the trumpet in the band. He also played the trumpet with several dance bands around the county.

 

Mr. Wheeler was the beloved husband of Frances Wheeler; devoted father and father-in-law of David and Stephanie Wheeler and Nancy and Edward Ziemba, all of Hudson; loving brother of Elsie Kashkan of Kansas; devoted grandfather of David Anthony Wheeler and Michael Wheeler, both of Hudson; and special uncle to many nieces and nephews.

 

His sister, Connie Harris, died previously.

 

There will be no calling hours.

 

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday from the Trinity United Methodist Church.

 

Donations may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 555 Joslen Boulevard, Hudson 12534.