Pearl VanBenschoten, 84, homemaker

PHILMONT–Pearl VanBenschoten, 84, of Hudson died Sunday January 24 at Pine Haven Nursing Home. She was 84.

Born in Hudson  December 23, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Anna (Brandt) Brackett.

Mrs. VanBenschoten was a homemaker and a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Stockport.

She is survived by one son, Ronald and (Betty) VanBenschoten on Columbiaville; one daughter, Carol and (Bob) Briggs of  Columbiaville; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Carroll VanBenschoten; one son, Floyd; and a great-grandson, Nicholas VanBenschoten died previously.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, January 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with funeral services to follow at 1 from McDonald-Valenti-Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson.  Burial will be in the Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery. Pastor Michael Lindsey of Clermont Bible Church will officiate.

Memorial contributions have been requested to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY.


Evelyn Mortefolio, 84, beloved mother, grandmother, sister

GREENPORT–Evelyn E. Mortefolio, 84, passed away Saturday, January  23, 2010 at her residence.

Born February 28, 1925 in Dublin, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Narvus and Willie (Hall) Hightower.

Mrs. Mortefolio was a homemaker.

She was a former member of Mt. Carmel Church and a member of the Hudson Elks Club.

Mrs. Mortefolio was the beloved mother of Annette Longe of Greenport and Sandy Joseph Mortefolio of Schenectady; devoted grandmother of James Longe of Greenport and Spencer Mortefolio of Schenectady, and loving sister of Jean Shepard and Faye Johnson.  Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Joseph Mortefolio; six brothers, J.D., Ralph, John A., Lyman, Cecil, and Bobby Hightower; and her sister Carolyn Logue died previously.

Prayers will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 2 p.m. from St. Mary’s Church, 429 E. Allen Street, Hudson.

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.


Florence G. Hartson, family matriarch

HUDSON–Florence G. Hartson, 91, formerly of Elmsford, Westchester County, died Sunday, January 24, 2010 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born April 11, 1918 in Belvidere, Ill., she was the daughter of Arthurlina and George Hill.

She moved to Elmsford at an early age, where she attended the Elmsford School District and Alexander Hamilton High School.

Mrs. Hartson married her childhood sweetheart, Robert M. Hartson on July 24, 1938 in Dobbs Ferry. Together they raised a loving family and resided in Elmsford for many years.

Mrs. Hartson briefly worked as an assistant lab technician during the early developmental stages of research on skin grafting.

She was an active member of the Westchester Girl Scout Council, dedicating over 30 years as a member and troop leader, and generously gave her time to the American Red Cross in White Plains.

Mrs. Hartson enjoyed gardening, dancing, and singing to big band music. She loved pets and enjoyed the many cats she had over the years.

Her husband, Robert, and her youngest daughter, Pamela Joy, died previously.

Mrs. Hartson is survived by her loving and dedicated daughter, Karen L. Nielsen of Craryville; her loving son, Donald M. Hartson of Yonkers; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by her family and friends.

Visiting hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Services will be follow at 8 p.m. from the funeral home.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown.



Henry E. Schildt, 86, World War II veteran

E.CHATHAM–Henry E. Schildt, 86 formerly of East Chatham, died at his home January 16, 2010.

Born in New York City on June 24, 1923, son of Henry R. Schildt and Elsie H. Jungen, he was a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School in 1941 and attended the Pratt Institute majoring in Chemical Engineering before entering the Army in 1942.

An Army veteran of World War II, he served with the 194th Chemical Depot Company in both the European and Pacific theaters.

Mr. Schildt worked as a chemist for the former Elmvale Worsted Mill, and also for Eaton Paper in Pittsfield. He also worked as a chemist at the Universal Match Co in Hudson for many years.

His parents and his sister, Edythe D. Merchant of Lanesborough, Mass., died previously.

He leaves a niece, Diana L. Heitzman of New York, and a nephew, James R. Merchant of New Hampshire.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at the French, Gifford, Preiter, & Blasl Funeral Home, in Chatham.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

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Dean Pierson, 59, Copake dairy farmer

COPAKE–Dean H. Pierson, 59, passed away Thursday January 21, 2010 at his residence.

He was born November 1, 1950 in Poughkeepsie, the son of Pauline (Chorney) Pierson of Copake and the late Helmer T. Pierson.

Mr. Pierson was a graduate of Roeliff Jansen Central School and received his associate’s degree from the State University of New York at Cobleskill.

Along with his family he was the owner and operator of the High-Low Dairy Farm in Copake.

He was a member of both the Agri-Mart and Agway Co-ops.

An avid outdoorsmen, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed helping his fellow farmers and neighbors.

Survivors include his wife, Gwynneth A. (Oberly) Pierson of Copake; his four children; his mother, Pauline Pierson of Copake; and an uncle, Neil Pierson of LaGrangeville.

Friends are invited and may call Tuesday January 26, 2010 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, Route 22 in Copake..

His funeral service will be held Wednesday January 27, 2010 at 11 a.m., also from the funeral home.

Burial will follow in the Copake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers lease consider AFSP., the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 120 Wall St. 22nd Floor, New York, NY  10005.

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