Dominic Thomasino, WWII vet served in the Pacific Theater

HUDSON–Dominic Thomasino, lifelong resident of Hudson, died Friday, February 5, at Columbia Memorial Hospital. He was 85. Dominic Thomasino

Born in Hudson on February 19, 1924, he was the son of the late Peter and Angelina Thomasino. Mr. Thomasino was a driver for Canada Dry in Hudson and previously worked for Atlas Cement in Hudson. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S.Army in the Pacific Theater.

He was a member of the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Hudson, life member of the V.F.W. Post # 1314 Hudson, and was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Mr. Thomasino is survived by his loving wife of over 62 years, Dorothy E. (Schaffer) Thomasino; one daughter, Helen Garrison of Hudson and her significant other, Douglas Chidester; one brother, Peter Thomasino of Hudson; grandchildren Gary Garrison Jr. and his wife, Robin, and Michelle Love and her significant other, Richard Larsen Jr.; as well as his triplet great-grandsons: Joshua, Ryan and Trevor Garrison.

Calling hours will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at McDonald-Valenti-Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning 10 a.m. from the funeral home with Deacon Charles O’Neill officiating. Burial will follow in the family plot at Cedar Park Cemetery



William McNeill, 90, life member of the Mellenville Fire Dept.

PHILMONT–William E. McNeill of Mellenville died Saturday, February 6, at Pine Haven Nursing Home. He was 90.

Born in Harlemville on August 6, 1919, he was the son of the late William and Bernice (Decker) McNeil.

Mr. McNeill was employed by Columbia Corporation in Chatham for 46 years where he was tour boss for over 20 years, he was an Elder in the Philmont Reformed Church, board member of the Mellenville Union Cemetery, and life member of the Mellenville Fire Dept.

His wife, Nellie (Shufelt) McNeill, died previously. He is survived by two sons, William “Dan” and (Linda) McNeill of Hillsdale and Paul K. and (Diane) McNeill of Mellenville; one grandchild, Joshua McNeill; and several nieces and nephews, as well as his dear friend Leona Shufelt. A sister, Rosella Shufelt, also died previously.


Calling hours will be on Wednesday, February 10, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at McDonald-Valenti-Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson. Funeral services will follow at 2:30 with Pastor Daniel Herrick of Philmont Reformed Church officiating. Burial will be in the Mellenville Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are requested to the Mellenville Vol. Fire Co., P.O. Box 81 Mellenville, NY 12544 or to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY 12544.



Nancy Clum, 51, worked as a legal secretary

LIVINGSTON–Nancy Jean Clum, 51, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2010 at her home.

Born April 26, 1958 in Mount Kisco, she was the daughter of the late Joanne (Papas) Oterhoudt and Reginald Osterhoudt, Jr.

She was an active member of Grace Bible Fellowship Church in Rhinebeck, where she taught Bible Studies and served in the Women’s Ministries. She also served for several years as a board member of the Northern Dutchess Christian School in Red Hook.

Mrs. Clum also worked as a legal secretary at several law offices, including Rapport, Meyers, Whitbeck, Shaw, and Rodenhausen, LLP in Hudson, and more recently for Donna Nebel in Red Hook.

She enjoyed gardening, interior decorating, and cooking for her family and friends. She was a “people person,” and always extended the gift of hospitality to everyone she met.

Mrs. Clum was the beloved wife of 32 years of David O. Clum of Livingston; devoted mother and mother-in-law of Jessica and Jesse Gardner of Langhorne, Penn. and Mathew and Sarah Clum of Lynchburg, Va., and loving sister of Reginald Osterhoudt, III, of Albany, Robert Osterhoudt of Hudson and Valerie Carpenella of Wynantskill. Also surviving is her beloved grandson, Ethan Gardner, of Langhorne and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours are 5 to 8 p.m. today, Friday, February 5, at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday from the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Livingston Cemetery.




Shane Leone, 35, had a smile that brightened anyone that knew him

LEESBURG, Va.–Shane Anthony Leone passed away February 2, 2010 at his sister’s home in Leesburg after a brief battle with cancer. Shane LeoneAlthough he lost this battle, throughout his life Mr. Leone fought hard to overcome many setbacks caused by a kidney disease that struck when he was just a toddler.

Besides spending time with loved ones, Mr. Leone’s passions included computers, comic book heroes (his favorite was Spiderman) and pool. He was an avid golfer. He spent most of his high school days learning and playing golf which included a trip to the state championship. He was lucky enough to meet his golf hero, Jack Nicklaus, this past year. Mr. Leone was fun loving, smart, hard working, thoughtful, out going, charming, and most of all courageous. Mr. Leone had a smile that touched and brightened anyone that knew him. He was a one of a kind, special human being that above all loved his family and friends.

Mr. Leone was born September 14, 1974 in Rhinebeck to Charles and Susan Leone of Claverack.

He graduated from Red Hook High School in 1993, and attended Ulster Community College before transferring to Virginia Tech where he graduated with a BA in Mathematics in 1999. Mr. Leone later received his Masters Degree in Information Technology from American Intercontinental University. He was the IT Manager for CB Squared Services, Inc. He also owned and operated Top Notch Technologies.

Keeping his memory alive are his sister and brother-in-law: Melissa and Timothy Brown of Leesburg; his brothers, Joseph C. Leone of Woodstock, Charles W. Leone Jr. of Elizaville and Michael J. Leone of Tivoli; his godchildren, Corey, Masan and Reese Brown, along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends. He also leaves behind his devoted girlfriend, Caiti O’Connor of Manassas, Va.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 7 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Burnett & White Funeral Home, 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook.

A Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 8, at St. Christopher’s Church in Red Hook. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Rhinecliff.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Kidney Foundation, Inc., 30 East 33rd St., NY, NY 10016 (

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY.

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Richard Bednar, 52, Stottville Rod and Gun Club member

ALBANY–Richard L. Bednar, 52, of Ghent, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2010 at Albany Medical Center.


Born November 27, 1957 in Euclid, Ohio, he was the son of the late Paul and Ruth (Rardin) Bednar.


Mr. Bednar was employed by the Iron Workers Local Union 12 in Albany and Iron Workers Local Union 417 in Newburgh.


He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman.


Mr. Bednar was a member of the Stottville Rod and Gun Club and a member of the West Ghent Reformed Church.


He is survived by his wife, Nancy (June) Bednar of Ghent; two step-sons, Robert Albertson of Ghent and Shawn Albertson of Pleasant Valley; two grand-

children, Randall and Leita Albertson, both of Ghent; three brothers, George Bednar of Hudson and John Paul Bednar and James Bednar, both of Ghent; one sister, Nanci Sue Bednar of South Carolina; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles; and a special cousin, Linda Yates of East Greenbush.


Visiting hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.


After the visiting hours, a reception will be held at the Stottville Rod & Gun Club.


Burial will be at the convenience of the family.