John Kengla, 46, automobile salesman

LEE, Mass.–John S. Kengla, 46, formerly of Hudson, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 at Laurel Lake Center after a long battle with Huntington’s Disease.

Born September 8, 1963 in Hudson, he was the son of Rev. Robert S. Kengla and Gladys (Urrutia) Kengla.

He was a salesman for the Goldstein Dealership in East Greenbush.

Mr. Kengla enjoyed putting car and army models together.

He is survived by two sisters, Suzanne Muller of Hudson and Karen Czaplinski of Lee; two brothers, Paul Kengla of Lee and Peter Kengla of Cary, N.C.; one niece, Jen Czaplinski of East  Greenbush; four nephews, Carlos, Sean, and Jared Kengla of N.C. and Robert Bartholomew of Hudson; and several cousins.

His sister, Carolyn Almstead, died previously.

A gathering will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery in Stockport.

Donations may be made to the Hereditary Disease Foundation, 3960 Broadway,6th Floor, NY, NY, 10032, attn: Huntington’s Disease Programs.


Joseph Venturino, 45, former captain of the Craryville Fire Co.

COPAKE–Joseph Venturino, 45, passed away on Wednesday November 18, 2009 at his residence. Joseph Venturino

He was born on June 20, 1964 in Bronx, the son of the late Anthony Venturino and Catherine (Dell – Angelo) Venturino Kimmerle.

A lifelong local resident, Mr. Venturino was a graduate of Taconic Hills Central School, class of 1983.

He had been employed as a machinist with the Pfizer Corp. in Canaan, Conn., and as a driver for Arnoff Moving and Storage. Most recently he had worked as a driver for Albany Transport based out of Greenport.

An avid hunter and fisherman, Mr. Venturino was a lifetime member and former captain of the Craryville Fire Company #1. He was also a longtime volunteer for the Community Rescue Squad.

Survivors include his wife, April L. (Shufelt) Venturino of Copake; his son Joseph M. Venturino Jr. of Copake and his daughter Crystal M. Venturino of Ancramdale. He also leaves his three grandchildren, Hunter E. Harrison, Alexia D. Venturino and Trinity F. Hawver, along with several extended family member and friends.

Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral , Route 22 in Copake.

His funeral service will be held Saturday November 21, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Joseph Falletta, pastor of Our Lady of Hope officiating.

Burial will follow in Old St. Bridget’s Cemetery, Copake Falls.

Memorial contributions may be offered to either the Craryville Fire Company, PO Box 100, Craryville NY 12521 or to Community Hospice of Columbia – Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY  12414.

Mr. Venturino ‘s family would like to thank their many friends and family for their assistance and prayers during his illness, especially the Craryville Fire Company for all of their support and Hospice for their comforting care.

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Robert H. Gaudette, Sr., 77, Purple Heart recipient

HUDSON–Robert  H. “Bob” Gaudette, Sr., 77, of Greenport, died Sunday, November 15, 2009 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born May 11, 1932 in Hudson, N.H., he was the son of the late William and Clara (LaBombarde) Gaudette.

Mr. Gaudette worked for the state Department of Transportation in Greenport.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, earning a Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the National Defense Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal.

Mr. Gaudette was a member of the Hudson American Legion, a past member of Greenport Fire Dept. #3, a past member of the Stottville VFW, and a member of the Greenport Fire Police.

Mr. Gaudette was the beloved husband of 44 years of Jean (Race) Gaudette of Greenport, and devoted father of  Michael (LeeAnn) Gaudette and Kevin Gaudette (Lloyd Damon) of New Hampshire, Robert H. Gaudette, Jr. (Linda Utter) of Freehold, Greene County, Patricia Thibodeau (Joseph Belanger) of New Hampshire, and Kathleen (James) Sherman of Hudson.  Also surviving are six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Two brothers, Joseph Archambault and Willliam Gaudette, Jr., died previously.

Visiting hours are 4 to 7 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

Prayers will be held at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Stottville.

Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the American Lung Association or to the Disabled Veterans.

Charles Barrow, 84, enjoyed outdoor activities

ALBANY–Charles J. Barrow, Jr., 84, of Stuyvesant Falls, died Tuesday, November 10, 2009, at Albany Medical Center.

Born in Albany, February 20, 1925, he was the son of the late Charles J. and Mary (Regan) Barrow Sr. Mr. Barrow was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Navy and a 1947 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

He was a consulting engineer and the President of Charles J. Barrow PC and the owner of the Barrow Farm in Stockport. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed horseback riding, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Betty (Benton) Barrow, a daughter; Christine Cohn (Dan) of Stuyvesant Falls; a sister, Joan Gaffey of Pasadena, Calif.; two grandchildren, Joshua and Benjamin Cohn; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services and calling hours will be private for the family. Burial will be in Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Valatie.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Mid- Hudson Region, P.O. Box 3117, Kingston, NY 12402.

Albert “Joe” Coons, 58, Tri-Village Rod and Gun Club member

ALBANY–Albert (Joe) Coons, 58, of Niverville, died Thursday November 12, 2009, at Albany Medical Center.

Born in Hudson, March 17, 1951, he was the son of Albert (Jake) and Martina (Allen) Coons. Mr. Coons was an equipment operator for the Town of Kinderhook for over 20 years. He was an Elder and member of the First Presbyterian Church in Valatie, a member of the Tri-Village Rod and Gun Club and an avid fisherman.

Besides his parents, he is survived by his brother, John Coons (Sharon) of Niverville; two nephews, John and Joe Coons; two nieces, Shannon Frick (Rick) and Staycie Coons; and a grand nephew, Gavin Frick.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday November 17, at 11 a.m. from the First Presbyterian Church in Valatie with Rev. Stark Jones and Rev. Nick Becker officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Niverville.

Friends may call Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie. For those who wish, contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P.0. Box 267, Valatie, NY 12184.