Dawn M. Foster, 29, waitress in Hudson

HUDSON–Dawn M. Foster, 29,  passed away on Sunday, September 6, at Columbia Memorial Hospital.                            

          She was born on August 16, 1980 in Hudson.

          Ms. Foster was a waitress at Nolitas Café in Hudson.


           Survivors include her mother, Ann M. Foster of Copake Falls, her father, Gary Foster of Pleasant Valley (Dutchess County) and a brother, Ian Foster of  Craryville.    


          Calling hours are 5 to 7 p.m.Friday, September 11, from the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, Route 22 Copake. Funeral service and burial will be at the convenience of the family.


           In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are request to National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410.


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Margaret T. Benton, 85, danced at Jacob’s Pillow

GT.BARRINGTON–Margaret T. Benton, 85, of Copake, a local resident since 1950, died on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, at Fairview Commons.

She was born on July 9, 1924 in Norwalk, Conn., the daughter of Bayliss and Bertha Sabo.

A housewife, Mrs. Benton also had assisted in the operation of the family business, the Video Cave in their locations in Columbia County. 

In her younger years Mrs. Benton was a professional tap and ballet dancer. She had performed at Jacob’s Pillow and the Sharon Playhouse and other locations. Throughout her life she enjoyed traveling, singing show tunes and attending all types of performances at Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow and other cultural venues.

Her husband, Edward F. Benton, died in 1986.

Survivors include her children, Edward H. Benton of Malden Bridge, Thomas G. Benton of Claverack and Lisa M. Benton of Hudson.

Friends are invited and may call Friday, August 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Route 22 in Copake.

A graveside service will  be held Saturday, August 22, at 10 a.m. in the Copake Cemetery with the Rev. Juanita Middlebrook officiating.

To send an online condolence please visit peckandpeck.net. 


Skylar Reneé Waldorf, 3, loved cooking with Mom

HUDSON—Skylar Reneé Waldorf, “Our Little Angel”, 3 years and nine months old died suddenly Saturday August 8, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Skylar Reneé WaldorfHospital.

Skylar was born November 30, 2005 in Gt. Barrington, Mass., and was scheduled to attend pre-school this fall at the Taconic Hills School District.

Skylar enjoyed all outdoor activities including swimming, fishing, playing with her dog and other animals and especially cooking with Mom.

She leaves her loving parents, mom Melissa M. Waldorf of Copake, and her companion Brian Crosby; her father, Jeremy Moore of Hillsdale; and her special “Bubby”, Richard LaMere Jr. of Stanfordville. She also leaves her loving siblings, Hannah Waldorf-Moore, Brionna LaMere, Taylor Sartori, Killian Waldorf-Moore and her beloved dog, Rupert.

Additionally, her beloved grandparents, Charlene and Michael Gardy of Torrington, Conn.; Killian Waldorf Jr. of Copake; Larry and Bonnie Ingham of Philmont; Ricky LaMere of Claverack and Louise Murphy of Hudson. Also her great grandparents, Bill and Marjorie Hurley of Winsted, Conn., Phyllis Grau of Florida and Etel and Francis LaMere of Millerton, along with many other extended family members.

A great uncle, Robert Rothvoss Sr. and a cousin, Michael Parker Limoges, died previously.

Her funeral service will be held Thursday, August 13, at 11 a.m. from the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 State Route 22 in Copake.

Friends are invited and may call Wednesday, August 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be in the West Copake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers kindly consider a fund being established to assist her family and siblings, c/o Peck & Peck Funeral Home, PO Box D, Copake NY  12516.

To send an online condolence please visit peckandpeck.net.


Dr. Phyllis Sohotra-Ferri, 59, Columbia Hospital chief of Pathology


Dr. Phyllis Sohotra-Ferri, 59, Columbia Hospital chief of Pathology

GREENPORT–Dr. Phyllis Sohotra-Ferri, 59, died Sunday, August 9, 2009, at her residence.

Born June 13, 1950 in Lahore, Pakistan, she was the daughter of the late Emmanuel M. Sohotra and Dorothy Mall-Sohotra.

Dr. Sohotra-Ferri was a graduate of the Fatima Jinnah Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan and did her internship at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J.  She served her residency at Hartford Hospital (Conn.) and her fellowship at Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, L.I. 

Dr. Sohotra-Ferri was the assistant Director of Pathology at Greene Memorial Hospital in Catskill, and Laboratory Director and Chief of Pathology at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, where she established the first Bloodless Surgeryand Medicine Program in upstate New York.

She was a passionate gardener and a member of the Royal Society of Horticulturists,a superb chef, and loved traveling.

Dr. Sohotra-Ferri was a Fellow of the College of American Pathology and a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.  She was board certified in both Clinical and Anatomical Pathology.

She was the beloved wife of Louis R. Ferri of Greenport; devoted sister of Ernest (Veena) Sohotra of Albany, Mavis (John) Caggianelli of Greenport, Joyce Sohotra of Claverack and Kenneth (Cathy) Sohotra of Livingston; loving aunt of Daniel, Myra, Leah, Jordan, and Zachary Sohotra, and great-aunt of Darren Sohotra.

Visiting hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & KeelerFuneral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 555 Joslen Boulevard, Hudson.

Burial will be in the Mount Pleasant Reformed Cemetery.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Emmaus United Methodist Church, 715 Morris Street, Albany, NY 12208 or to the Ernest Mall Ministries, 612 W. Godfrey Street, Philadelphia, PA 19126.


Arthur J. Beaudoin, 83, proud WWII veteran

PHILMONT– Arthur J. Beaudoin, 83, passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at his home. Born July 3, 1926 in Troy, he was the son of the late Charles and the late Rose ( Maltais ) Beaudoin.

Mr.  Beaudoin was married to Janice R. ( Greene ) of Philmont for 59 years. Employed by the New York state Office of General Services for 25 years, he was also a member the Kinderhook Elks Lodge # 2530. Mr. Beaudoin was a proud veteran who served in the U.S. Army through World War II.

 Besides his beloved wife, Janice, Mr. Beaudoin is also survived by one daughter, Patricia Claire, and one son, Thomas Arthur Beaudoin , both of Old Chatham; one grandson, Robert Arthur Beaudoin, and two granddaughters, Jessica Hogle and Amy Manville.

He was predeceased by a son, Robert Charles Beaudoin.

Friends may call Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc, Route 9, Valatie, NY.

Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Kinderhook Cemetery.