Margaret Ambrosio, 90, proud member of the Chatham Fire Dept.’s Ladies Auxiliary

HUDSON–Margaret Ann Ambrosio, formerly Chatham, born on September 22, 1919, passed effortlessly into God’s hands at the Fireman’s Home December 18, 2009, after a brief illness. She was 90 years young.

Mrs. Ambrosio was the daughter of the late Charles and Florence (Ott) Rankin of Hudson, sister to the late Katherine (Rankin) Minkler; Paul Rankin, Arthur Rankin, Francis Rankin and Elizabeth (Rankin) Mahokin. She was happily married for over 46 years to Louis M. Ambrosio, died August 4, 1989. Her eldest daughter, Gale Mary Ambrosio, died an innocent shortly after her birth.

Mrs. Ambrosio was a lifelong communicant of Saint James Roman Catholic Church in Chatham, and a member of the Order of the Rosary and Catholic Daughters, and proudly served as a member of the Chatham Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary for over 52 years.

Mrs. Ambrosio was dearly loved and survived by her daughter Elizabeth R. (Ambrosio) Faust, son in law Richard V. Faust of Ghent; her son Ralph F. Ambrosio, daughter in law Katherine S. (Spillars) Ambrosio of Delmar;, her grandchildren, John M. Faust, his wife Catherine; Christopher M. Faust, his wife Elizabeth; Margaret A. (Faust) Thorsen, her husband John; Louis J. Ambrosio, Benjamin E. Ambrosio, Patrick H. Ambrosio and Elliott G. Ambrosio. Mrs. Ambrosio also had six beautiful great grandchildren, Lucy and Caroline Faust, Rachel and William Faust and Ryan and Matthew Thorsen.

Family will receive friends Tuesday, December 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl funeral home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, December 23, at Saint James Church, Chatham, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Saint James Cemetery, Ghent.

Donations may be made to the Firemen’s Home, Henry Howard Avenue, Hudson, NY.

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John “Mac” McDermott, 88, life member of the Ghent VFW

ALBANY–John Allen (Mac) McDermott, 88, of Niverville, died Thursday, December 17, 2009, at Albany Memorial Hospital.

Born in Albany November 2, 1921, he was the son of the late Charles and Nell (Brady) McDermott.

Mr. McDermott was a WWII veteran with the U.S. Marine Corps, and worked as a Civilian Contractor for the U.S. Army at both the Vorheesville Army Depot and the Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania. He also worked in the maintenance department at lchabod Crane Central School.

He was a member of the American Federation of Government Employees Local #1647, a life member of the Ghent VFW and a member of the Pocono Mountain Lodge F&AM #780.

He is survived by his wife, Anna C. (Schwarz) McDermott; a son, John C. McDermott of Green Island; three stepchildren, Walter W. Bertram (Sally) of Nassau, Brenda Bartram of Valatie, and Linda Everett (Steven) of Haskell, Okla.; his siblings, Marion Schaffer, Charles G. McDermott, Edward McDermott and Cathy (Tom) Mosher; eight grandchildren, Kimberly Morton, Beth McDermott, Walter, Christian and Peter Bertram, Stacy Pfaltz, Chrissy Stancil and Heather O’Donnell; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Seven siblings Ann, James and Robert McDerrnott, Doris Cushman, Janet O’Donnell Schultt, Richard and Thomas McDermott and a grandson, Jeff Covell, died previously.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. from the North Chatham Cemetery with Rev. Stark Jones officiating.

Relatives and friends are invited and may call Monday, December 21, from 4 to 8 p.m.  at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home Inc.,  Route 9, Valatie.

For those wish, contributions may be made to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Gift Processing Administrator, 18251 Quantico Gateway Dr., Triangle, VA 22172

Jane Derrick, 77, long-time Ancram Post Office clerk

ANCRAMDALE–Jane A. Derrick, 77, of Ancram, died Wednesday,December 16, 2009 at the home of her son.

She was born on May 10, 1932 in Hudson, the daughter of Ralph W. and Louise Rocker.

A lifelong resident of Ancram, Mrs. Derrick had been employed for many years with the United States Postal Service as a clerk within the Ancram Post Office.

She was a longtime member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ancram and a lifetime member of the Ancram Fire Company Auxillary.

After her retirement Mrs. Derrick enjoyed traveling with her friends and was able to visit Alaska, Hawaii, New Orleans and many other locations.

On March 28, 1964 in Ancram she married John J. Derrick. He died January 18, 2007.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey Rocker of Auburn and Laurie Rocker of Scipio Center, along with Jon and Becky Rocker of Ancramdale. She also leaves seven grandchildren, Derrick Rocker, Elizabeth Rocker, Joseph Rocker, Sara Rocker, Alecia Rocker. Darren Mosher and Brandon Mosher.

Friends are invited and may call Sunday, December 20, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Route 22, Copake.

Her funeral service will be held Monday, December 21, at 11 a.m. from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ancram with the Rev. Mark Frickey, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Ancram.



Francis Fabiano, 83, last “High Muckety Muck” of Hudson High Class of ‘44

HUDSON–Francis Fabiano, 83, of Greenport, died Thursday, December 17, 2009 at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born April 11, 1926 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Antonio and Margaret (Guido) Fabiano.

He was a graduate of Hudson High School, Class of 1944 – last “High Muckety Muck”, and the reunion chairman every five years since 1969.

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