Frederick Murnane, 73, accomplished golfer

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MELVILLE–Frederick T. Murnane, 73, a resident of Copake and Sebastian, Fla. and a former longtime resident of Millerton, passed away Wednesday December Fred Murnane30, 2009 at The Hospice Inn.


He was born February 1, 1936 in Bronx, the son of the late Timothy and Dorothy (Frost) Murnane,


Mr. Munane had been employed for 40 years by Central Hudson Gas & Electric as a lineman and later as supervisor working throughout Dutchess and Ulster counties.


He was an accomplished golfer who won numerous club championships and tournaments. Mr. Munane was a member and club professional and Undermountain Golf Course in Boston Corners. He participated in leagues there and also at the Copake Country Club. He was a certified teaching instructor and member of the United States Golf Association. He taught at numerous venues including Undermountain, Copake Country Club and the Hillside Driving Range. Mr. Munane also enjoyed making golf clubs and repairing them, often at no charge for his many friends. Upon relocating to Florida for the winters he became employed at the John’s Island Country Club in Vero Beach, Fla.


He was a former member of the Millerton Rod & Gun Club, the Millerton American Legion Post #178, a former leader for the Boy Scouts of America and a volunteer for the organization, Little People of America.


He served his country with the United States Marine Corps from 1953 to 1956.


Survivors include his loving and devoted partner, Beatrice Petruzzelli of Copake and Sebastian; his 7 children, Bernadette Coniglio of Stanfordville, Monica Sprague of Palm Beach, Fla., Shelia Miller of Waldo, Fla., Frederick J. Murnane of Gt. Barrington,  Michael Murnane of Amenia, Gloria Cade of Oneonta, and Keiven Murnane of Carmel. He also leave 15 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; a sister, Lorraine “Mary” Brophy of Vero Beach, Fla.; his former wife, Lucy Murnane of Copake; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.


His funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday January 5, at 11a.m. from the Parish of Our Lady of Hope, Route 22 in Copake Falls with the Rev. Joseph Falletta officiating.


Friends are invited and may call on Monday January 4, 2010 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, Route 22 in Copake.


Private burial will be at the convenience of the family.


In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial contributions be offered to your local Hospice care.


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Harold Miller, 75, distinguished dairyman dies

ANCRAMDALE–Harold C. Miller, 75, passed away at home on Monday, December 28, 2009.

He was born on October 31, 1934 in Poughkeepsie, the son of the late Clifton and Ethel (Strever) Miller.

Mr. Miller was owner and operator of the Millerhurst Dairy Farm since 1953.Harold  Miller

Mr. Miller is a member and past president of the Eastern New York Holstein Club along with the New York State and National Holstein Association. Board of Directors of the Dutchess County Agriculture Society, Board of Directors of Millerton Co-op, past president of Pine Plains Future Farmers of America Advisory Board, and State vice president of Future Farmers of America. He was awarded the National Empire Farmers degree, and was an avid tractor pulling fan. In the 1980s he had two twin cows that were the highest in production, Classified, Butterfat and Selling twins.

On April 16, 1955 in Hopewell Junction he married Kathy (DeForest) Miller. She survives at home.

In addition to his loving wife, Kathy, survivors include four sons, James P. Miller, Thomas A. Miller, Joseph P. Miller, Michael E. Miller Sr. all of Ancramdale; grandchildren Erin, Melissa, Leah, Hannah, Cassidy, Adam, Benjamin, Sarah, Jesse, Autumn; great grandchildren Lisa and Quentin DiPippo, Hope Emily Miller and a cousin, Elizabeth Smith.

Grandson Michael E. Miller Jr. died December 12, 2009.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to the Harold and Michael E. Miller Jr. FFA Scholarship Fund, c/o Peck & Peck Funeral Home, P.O. Box 15, Pine Plains, NY 12567.



Isaiah Jackson, 72, worked for Hudson Housing Authority and KAZ

HUDSON--Isaiah Jackson of Hudson died Friday December 18, 2009 at his home. He was 72. 
   Born in Cormae, Ala. January 11, 1937, he was the son of the late Howard and Elizabeth Jackson. 
   Mr. Jackson was a janitor for the Hudson Housing Authority and also for KAZ Manufacturing in Hudson. 
   He was a member of the Powerhouse Deliverance Center in Poughkeepsie. 
Survivors include his wife Jacqueline "Jackie" Coleman Jackson at home, two sons, Jamie Coleman of Panama City Fla. and Kejana J. Jackson of Hudson; three daughters, Tiffany Jackson of Hudson and Samantha Jackson and Mae Jackson, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother and two sisters as well as three grandchildren. 
Calling hours will be Saturday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at McDonald-Valenti-Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive Hudson, followed by a funeral service with Pastor James Bunn officiating. 
   Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. 


Christopher Tomlin, 35, volunteer firefighter for 25 years

HUDSON–Christopher M. Tomlin of Greenport died Sunday December 20, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. He was 35. 

Born June 22, 1974 in Hudson he was the son of Mary Falkner of Greenport and the late Benjamin Falkner.

Mr. Tomlin was a counselor for Berkshire Farms in Canaan and was a volunteer firefighter for 25 years starting as a junior firefighter for the city of Hudson and Rogers Hose Co.

He was a loving husband, father and friend.

Survivors include his wife, Deirdra Tomlin of Greenport; children Brittany N. Maroney of Niverville and Nicole M. Maroney of Greenport; siblings Erica Michaelson of Florida, Lara Falkner of Texas, and Angie Anderson,Blanca Santiago,Jeffrey Falkner and Samuel Santiago all of Hudson; and several nieces and nephews.

A brother, Darren Falkner, died previously.

Calling hours will be Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at McDonald-Valenti-Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson. Funeral services will follow at 8 p.m. from the funeral home with Deacon Charles O’Neill officiating.

Cremation will be private.


Clifford Finn, 89, former alderman, scoutmaster, firefighter

GHENT–Clifford J. Finn, 89, formerly of Hudson, died Saturday, December 19, 2009 at Whittier Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center.

Born August 10, 1920 in Poughkeepsie, he was the son of the late Frank and Della (Hamm) Finn.

He was a graduate of Hudson High School and attended the University of Georgia, Murray State Teachers College and the University of Iowa. He also attended Aviation Machinist Mate School and the U.S. Naval Flight School.

Mr. Finn was a field service engineer and refrigeration engineer. He retired from Bally Case & Cooler Inc. in Bally, Penn. in 1986, after almost 30 years of service. He also worked for Paul Montana as appliance manager and at the Lone Star Cement Plant.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 until 1945.

Mr. Finn was 4th Ward Alderman with Mayor John Kelly from 1951 until 1955; NYS Fire Instructor for Columbia County in 1955, and was given the U.S. Junior Chamber Distinguished Service Award in 1954.

He was Cub Scout Master of Club Scout Pack 100; Boy Scout Master of St. Mary’s Troop 101; a line officer and member of Edmunds Hose #1, 2nd and 1st Lieutenants, and Captain; a life member of Edmunds Hose # 1; a member of the American Legion; a former member of CAP; a former member of the Masonic Aquilla Lodge 700; a former member of the Lions Club; a former member and Deacon of the First Reformed Church in Hudson; and former member and secretary of the Hudson Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Finn was the beloved father and father-in-law of Bruce and Pamela Finn of Germantown; devoted grandfather of Jason C. Finn, and his wife, Lynne, of Stuyvesant; special great-grandfather of Derek J. Finn of Stuyvesant; loving brother of Violet Toomey of Vernon, Conn., Ruth Wallace of Burlington, Vt., and Doris Schenck of Glastonbury, England; step-grandfather of Jesse Corradino of Albany, and step great-grandfather of Claudia Corradino of Albany.

His beloved wife, Helen (Skrocki) Finn, and two sisters, Florence Finn and Faith Dean, died previously.

Visiting hours are 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday from the funeral home.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY, 12205.