Edward Cornell, Vietnam vet was Ockawamick graduate

NAPLES, Fla.–Edward P. Cornell, 62, formerly of Ghent, passed away Sunday, February 14, 2010.

Mr. Cornell graduated from Ockawamick Central School in 1966 and served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

He was a skilled mechanic and commercial truck driver in the Hudson Valley and New Jersey, until he moved to Florida in the 1980s, where he worked in construction.

Mr. Cornell is survived by his parents, George B. Cornell and Laura J. Cornell;  two brothers, Donald G. Cornell and his wife, Carol Schour, and Christopher D. Cornell and his wife, Amy Cornell, and one sister, Eleanor E. (Betsy) Cornell and her husband, James Finucane, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Cornell will be remembered as an honest worker who enjoyed good times.

Calling hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.



Suzanne DeJoy, lifelong Greenport resident

GREENPORT–Suzanne Jane Havlik DeJoy, lifelong area resident, died Friday February 12, 2010 at her home. She was 67.

Born in Stockport  September 14, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Havlik and  Clara Havlik Silcock.

Mrs. DeJoy attended St. Mary’s Academy in Hudson and was a baker for Price Chopper in Greenport since 1999.

Survivors include her husband, Patrick DeJoy of Greenport;  one daughter, Lisa Marie and Robert Perez; brothers  Joseph Jr. and (Judy) Havlik of Marietta, Ga., Robert and (Stephanie) Havlik of Apex, N.C., Timothy and (Tammy) Havlik of Craryville, John Jr. and Stacy Silcock of Hudson; sisters Patricia and (John) Rutkey of Hudson, Janet and (Tony) Formichelli of Poughkeepsie, Paula and (Bill) Taylor of Hudson; as well as several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews.

Her  brother Thomas Havlik and her step-father, John Silcock Sr., died previously.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, February 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at McDonald-Valenti-Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson, with a memorial service beginning at 8 p.m. with Pastor Mark McDarby officiating. Burial will be private at Cedar Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are requested to the American Heart Association.


Marjorie Holt, 83, sang in Christ Church choir

VALATIE–Marjorie E. Holt died on February 12, 2010 at Barnwell Nursing Home. She was born October 11, 1926 in Great Barrington, the daughter of the late Richard and Clara Barnum Rossman.

Mrs. Holt lived in Hudson and moved as a child to Chatham. She enjoyed cooking and making miniature furniture. She also enjoyed being active at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson, where she also was in the choir.

She leaves behind her daughter, Carol (Richard) Duso of Chatham; her son, Lester (Maritza) Holt of Stuyvesant; her grandchildren; Scott, Darren and Kelly Duso and Erika and Leslie Holt, and eight great grandchildren.

Her husband, Lester Sr., died previously.

Family will receive friends Tuesday, February 16 from 11a.m. to noon, when a prayer service will be offered at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl funeral home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

For directions or to send an online condolence, visit www.frenchblasl.com.


Helen Slater, 51, was a homemaker

ALBANY–Helen J. Slater, 51, of Hillsdale, died suddenly on Wednesday February 10, 2010 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

She was born in Sharon, Conn. on March 27, 1958 the daughter of Leo Martel of Ohio and the late Marie E. Martel.

A homemaker, Ms. Slater was a graduate of Webutuck Central School.

Surviving besides her father is her fiancé, Arthur Curtis of Hillsdale; four children, Jeremy Slater of Canton, David Curtis of Hillsdale, Katie Curtis of Westerlo and Jenna Curtis of Hillsdale. She also leaves her siblings, Leo Martel of Poughkeepsie, Judith Drury of Millerton, John Martel of Connecticut, Suzanna Martel of Amenia and Frank Martel of Millerton, along with several nieces and nephews.

Her funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 11 a.m. from the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, Route 22 in Copake.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m.

Burial will be in the Hillsdale Rural Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be offered to assist the family c/o Peck & Peck Funeral Home, PO Box D, Copake NY 12516.

To send an online condolence please visit www.peckandpeck.net.



Edward Allers, 66, well-known carpenter and builder

GERMANTOWN–Edward Allers, 66, life-long resident, died unexpectedly Wednesday, February 10, at his home.

Born December 3, 1943 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Adolph and Bertha (Bergerhoff) Allers.

Mr. Allers, a loving father and grandfather, was a well-known self-employed carpenter and builder in Germantown. He was a race car fan and antique car buff and he had served in the National Guard in the 1960s.

Survivors include his daughter, Amanda Allers and her partner, Shannon Redmond, of Catskill; two sons, Aaron Allers and Nathan and his wife, Harmony, all of Hudson; and one brother, Adolph Allers, and sister, Margaret Daniels, both of Germantown. Mr. Allers was Opa to his granddaughter, Isabel. In addition nephews and nieces survive.

A celebration of Mr. Aller’s life will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Private cremation will be at the Cedar Hill Crematory of Newburgh.

Condolences may be expressed at www.yadackfox.com