Michael Edward Miller Jr., loved life on family dairy farm

ANCRAMDALE—Michael Edward Miller Jr., 25 of Ancramdale, died suddenly Saturday, December 12, iMichael Millern a snowmobile accident.

Born May 29, 1984 in Sharon, Conn., he was the son of Michael E. and Emily (Brown) Miller of Ancramdale.

Mr. Miller was a graduate of Stissing Mountain Jr.-Sr. High School in Pine Plains, where he served as president of the school’s Future Farmers of America program. He loved life on the family dairy farm, Millerhurst, and enjoyed tractor pulling. He was a member of the Eastern New York Holstein Club and the New York State and National Holstein Associations.

Surviving besides his parents are his daughter, Hope Emily Miller; his sister, Melissa Miller; and his girlfriend, Cindi Law, all of Ancramdale. He also leaves his paternal grandparents, Harold and Kathy Miller of Ancramdale, his maternal grandmother Arline Brown of Cornwall, Orange County; and uncles and aunts James, Thomas and Joseph Miller, all of Ancramdale, Michael Brown of Mattemoras, Penn., Carol Chaoui of Wellesley, Mass., Cheryl Cassili of Walkill, Orange County, and Kathy Yorke of Sparrow Bush, Orange County; and many more extended family members.

His paternal grandfather, Michael J. Brown, and an uncle, Kevin Brown, died previously.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 16, 11:30 a.m. from the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains.

Friends and family are invited and may call at the funeral home Tuesday, December 15, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Pine Plains.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Hope Emily Miller Trust Fund, c/o Peck and Peck Funeral Home, P.O. Box 15, Pine Plains 12567.
To send an online condolence visit peckandpeck.net.

Frederick Laverack Jr., former Hillsdale Fire Co. chief


HILLSDALE–Frederick J. Laverack Jr., age 80, the “Travelin’ Man”, passed away on Friday December 11, 2009 at his residence.

He was born April 30, 1929 in Dobbs Ferry, Westchester County, a son of the late Frederick J. and Rose (Warren) Laverack Sr.

Mr. Laverack moved to Green River (Austerlitz) in 1932, attended school locally and graduated from Roeliff Jansen Central School in Hillsdale in 1948.

He served his community since 1971 as a member and past chief of the Hillsdale Fire Company.

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Mary Rogalewicz, 89, friends may call Wednesday

VALATIE–Mary Rogalewicz, 89, passed away Monday, December 7, 2009 at her home.

Born November 26, 1920 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Eva (Zessos) Rogalewicz.  

Miss Rogalewicz is survived by one sister, Helena Pauline Crosby of Colorado and one brother, John Rogalewicz of Georgia.

Friends may call Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. from St. John the Baptist Church, Route 9, Valatie following the calling hours. 

Burial will take place in the Calvary Cemetery, New York City.

Teresa Panda, great cook, devoted to her family

E.CHATHAM–Teresa M. Panda of East Chatham, died December 1 at her home. She was born May 3, 1922 in Brooklyn, the daughter of the late Joseph and Henrietta O’Brien Fallon.

Mrs. Panda grew up and was educated in Queens. After school she worked in N.Y.C. as an operator for the NY Telephone Company. She later raised her family in Floral Park, Nassau County, before locating to East Chatham over 30 years ago.

She was very active at St. Mary’s Parish in Nassau,  a member of the Secular Order of St. Francis for over 45 years, the Altar Rosary Society and the Catholic Daughters. She enjoyed sewing and was a great cook. The most important part of her life was her family and her children will always be thankful for the loving and happy home she provided along with her great sense of humor and constant smile.

She is survived by four daughters, Teresa Fitzgerald of Pittsfield, Mass., Joann Schnurr of East Chatham, Ellen Klemballa of Huntington Station, Suffolk County, and Barbara Tucker of Lima, Ohio; two sons, James Schnurr of Rhinebeck and John Schnurr of Rocky Point, Suffolk County; her sister, Harriet Kane of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.; her 16 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren

Her husband, John T.; her two brothers, Joseph Fallon and Edward Doyle and her sister Teresa DiRocco died previously

Family will receive friends Friday, December 4, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl funeral home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s church in Nassau Saturday at 11a.m. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Nassau.

Those who wish may make memorials in Mrs. Panda’s name to St. Mary’s Parish. For directions or to send an online condolence, visit www.frenchblasl.com.

Donald Lewis, 62, county Shrine member

RED HOOK–Donald C. Lewis, 62, died November 26, 2009 at his home. Born April 5, 1947, in Brooklyn he was the son of the late Cameron and Marguerite J. (Filchner) Lewis. A Donald C. Lewisgraduate of Baldwin High School, Baldwin, Nassau County, he attended SUNY Farmingdale and worked in the insurance industry and did carpentry. He attended St. Sylvia’s Church in Tivoli. 

Mr. Lewis is survived by his children: Robert J. Lewis and his wife Christina and daughter Leighanna of Elmont, Nassau County; and Alison Lewis of Merrick, Nassau County; his sister and brother, Paula and Rich Goehring of Red Hook and Peter and Jeanine Lewis of Holtsville, Suffolk County; his ex-wife, Kathleen (Lemier); and several nieces and nephews. 

He entered the Third Degree of Masonry at Scotia Lodge in New York City. He had been elected Master of three Lodges, most recently Monumental Lodge #374 in Tivoli and Hendrick Hudson Lodge # 875 in Red Hook; and he held memberships in both the Columbia and Dutchess County Shrine Clubs. He received numerous honors and awards as a Masonic officer and leader.

Mr. Lewis served the Masonic fraternity for several terms as District Deputy for Columbia County, was a member of Cyprus Shrine in Albany, and was a leader in the computerized Children’s ID Safety program of the New York State Masons.  He was widely respected in the Hudson River Valley region for his knowledge of Masonic traditions, and often lectured on Masonic history.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 1, at St. Sylvia’s Church, Tivoli. Burial will be in the Masonic Plot at RedChurch Cemetery, Tivoli.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Home, 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, on Monday from 2 to 4 and  7 to 9 p.m. The Masons will hold services at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Lewis’ memory to a local Masonic Lodge.

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

For directions, or to sign the online guest book, please visit www.Burnett-White.com.