Minnie Cook, 75, enjoyed spending time with her beloved cat

HUDSON–Minnie L. Cook, 75, of Greenport, died Thursday, January 14, 2010 at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born October 23, 1934 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Ella Mae (Warner) Cook.

She was employed as a waitress at the James Street Restaurant in Greenport.

Ms. Cook was a former member of the Hudson Moose Lodge.

She enjoyed spending time with her beloved cat, Morris.

She is survived by her daughter, Darlene Cornacchia of Elizaville; three sons, Ronald J. Nichols of Valatie and Jack J. and William G. Milligan, both of Pennsylvania; two sisters, Barbara Metz and Gloria Cook, both of Greenport; one brother, Albert Cook of Hudson; 13 grandchildren, several great-grand-children, and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Herbert Nichols, Jr.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 24, 2010 in the

Greenport Manor Community Room.




Salvador “Sam” Zito, 82, enjoyed outdoor sports

PHILMONT–Salvador “Sam” Zito, 82, of Hudson, passed away Saturday, January 16, 2010 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

Born August 24, 1927 in Claverack, he was the son of the late Joseph and Ethel (Silvernail) Zitto.

Mr. Zito was a printer at the Universal Match Factory for over 37 years and also drove a bus for Harry Pizza for 25 years.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning the Army of Occupation Medal and the WW II Victory Medal.

He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, and golfing.

Mr. Zito is survived by five children, Joseph Anthony Zito of Colorado and Jeffrey M. Zito, Timothy Scott Zito, Lori E. Zito, all of Hudson and Lisa (Zito) Bauhoff of Germantown; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Betty Zito of Ghent, Santi and Laura Zitto of Valatie, Frederick and Shirley Zitto of Philmont and Charles and Sara Jane Zito of North Carolina; two sisters, Ethel Leiser and Francis Genitte, both of Florida; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews; and his companion, Geraldine Willowby and her family.

His son Salvador Keith Zito, his daughter Kathi Zito; three brothers, Joseph, Louis, and Ross Zito; three sisters, Sally Snack, Antionette Stacy, and Fannie Garafalo; and his grandson, Thomas Joslin, Jr., died previously.

A calling hour will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Services will be conducted at 10 am Wednesday from the funeral home.

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.


Anna Ryan, 92, gentle soul enjoyed talking to people

VALATIE–Anna M. Ryan, 92, died Friday January 15, 2010, at her home.

Born in Ashland, Penn. June 21, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Anna (Halitzka) Mateijick.

She was a supervisor for check processing at Citi Group in Manhattan. Mrs. Ryan was an avid shopper who enjoyed talking to people on the phone from her house. She was a gentle soul.

Mrs. Ryan is survived by two sons, James A. and Robert M. Ryan, both of Valatie; a sister, Helen Seus of Flushing; a brother, Andrew Mateijick of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.;  and several nieces and nephews.

Her husband, James Ryan; a sister, Mary Broderick; and a brother, John Mateijick, died previously.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. There will be no calling hours.

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

For those who wish, contributions may be made to either the Valatie Rescue Squad, P.O.Box 242, Valatie, NY 121 84 or the Valatie Fire Dept., P.O. Box 473, Valatie NY 12184.


Armand Conte, 90, WWII vet was life member of Livingston Pumper Co.

LIVINGSTON–Armand P. Conte, 90, of Livingston passed away on January 15, 2010 at Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born March 17,1919 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Dominic and Angelina (Casaregola) Conte.

Mr. Conte had been employed a short time for the Atlas Cement Plant in Hudson and prior to his retirement in 2000 he worked with his father-in-law and brothers-in-law on the Klein’s Kill Fruit Farm in Livingston for many years.

Mr. Conte served with the U.S. Army’s 188th Parachute Infantry during WWII. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Purple Heart, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct medal, and the Philippines Liberation Ribbon with star.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church of Hudson and the Church of the Nativity of Linlithgo, a life member and past officer of the Livingston Pumper Co. #1, a member of the Hudson Elks and Jennings Willet American Legion Post of Germantown.

Mr. Conte was the father of Carol and (Tom) Fucito, Armand and (Phyllis) Conte, Fred and (Mary) Conte all of Livingston, brother of: Thomas Conte of Hudson, grandfather of Theresa Rossi, Tom Fucito and Chris, Randy and Derrick Conte, He was the great- grandfather of Angelica, Alexis and Rosie Fucito, Andrew and Scottie Rossi and Cooper, Collin, Eli, and Ryan Conte.

His wife of 63 years Jessie (Bartolotta) Conte, his sisters, Philomena Warfield, Dolores Parlman and Jean Atwell, and his brothers Fred, Louie, Anthony, Dominic and Francis Conte, died previously.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday January 18,  at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday from the funeral home and 10:30 a.m. from the Church of the Resurrection Holy Trinity Parish of Germantown, where the Rev. Theodore Gerken will celebrate a Mass of the Christian Burial.

Burial will follow in the Nativity Church Cemetery of Linlithgo with full military honors provided by the Jennings Willet American Legion Post.

Members of the Livingston Fire Company will conduct services at 7 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home and members of the Jennings Willet American Legion Post at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial donations are requested to the Community Hospice of Columbia Greene 47Liberty Street, Catskill, NY 12414.

Condolences may be expressed at www.yadackfox.com




Marie Hubbard, 56, LPN at the Firemen’s Home

HUDSON–Marie Eva Hubbard, 56, of Ghent, died Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born on November. 9, 1953 in Hudson, she was the beloved daughter of Agnes (Slater) Denis of Copake and the late Arthur Denis.

Mrs. Hubbard was a licensed practical nurse at the Firemen’s Home in Hudson. She enjoyed her nursing career and kept up with all of the new medical advancements.

She enjoyed traveling to Virginia and Florida to visit family and friends.

Mrs. Hubbard was a lifelong area resident.

In addition to her mother, surviving are her devoted husband of 19 years, Robert  Hubbard; three beloved children, Michelle Marie Cardinale of West Coxsackie, Dawn Marie Rice of Virginia, and Robert Hubbard, Jr. of Ghent, and her loving siblings, Arthur “Butch” Denis of Hollowville and Eileen Duprey of Hillsdale.

Also surviving are eight grandchildren and many other family members.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty Sreet, Catskill, 12414.