Regina Anne Jaworski, 66, Ancram homemaker


ANCRAM–Regina Anne Jaworski, 66, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at her residence.

She was born  September 10, 1942 in Brooklyn, the daughter of the late Stanley and Anne (Koniowka) Ryczek.

A homemaker, Mrs. Jaworski had resided locally since 1970. She received her associate’s degree from Columbia-Greene Community College and at one time had been employed by HeadStart as a home visitor. She was of the Roman Catholic Faith and had been a communicant of the former Holy Cross Roman Catholic Parish in West Taghkanic.

Survivors include her husband, Peter C. Jaworski of Ancram; three sons, Peter S. Jaworski of Fairfax, Va., Matthew J. Jaworski of Troy and Chuck J. Jaworski of Rock Hill, S.C. Additionally she is survived by three grandchildren, William Carlos Jaworski, Emily Catherine Jaworski and Sophia Margaret Jaworski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday July 25, at 11 a.m. at St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church in Copake Falls with the Rev. Joseph Falletta, pastor, officiating.

There are no calling hours.

Private burial will take place at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be offered to Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY 12414.

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



Alice J. Frick, 79, enjoyed spending time with family and friends

STUYVESANT FALLS–Alice J. Frick, 79, died July 19, 2009, at her home.

Born in Stuyvesant Falls September 24, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Martha (Knitt) Schools.

Mrs. Frick was a homemaker and enjoyed time with her family and friends, reading, crossword puzzles and slot machines.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Robert F. Frick; a son Robert Heintz of Ghent; a daughter, Joni Leigh (David) of Seattle; two step-daughters, Lynda Garafalo of Stuyvesant Falls and Carol Stone (William) of Columbiaville; four sisters, Marion Thorpe (George), Ruth Novak (Martin), Jeanette Shannon (Roy) and Virginia Marchionne;  two brothers, William and Carl (Alice) Schools; a brother in law,Richard Frick (Linda) and a sister in Law, Frances Schools; three grandchildren, Alison Buck, Michaela Jean and Kenneth Walter Heintz; four step-grandchildren, Ronald Jr.(Teena) and Paul Van Benschoten , Jennifer Stone (Jeff) and Emily Stone (Eric); four step great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Alexander Van Benschoten, Hannah Miller and Tyler Ringwood, and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Walter Heintz, and her brothers Robert and Henry Schools.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Raymond E. Bond Funeral

Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie, with the service conducted by Rev. Amber Malone. Burial will be in Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Emanuel Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 96, Stuyvesant Falls, NY 12174.

Eileen Denecke Carman, 86, member of Young at Hearters

GT.BARRINGTON–Eileen A. Denecke Carman, 86, of Taconic Shores in Copake, died on Friday July 17, 2009 at the Gt. Barrington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. 

    She was born on August 1, 1922 in Brooklyn, the daughter of the late George and Cornelia (Van Ronk) Huddy.

     Mrs. Carman had been a local resident for the past 40 years, previously residing in Brooklyn.

     A homemaker, she was a communicant of St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church in Copake Falls and a member of the Roe Jan Young at Hearters and the Copake Grange.

     Her husbands died previously, Walter Denecke in 1984 and Harry Carman in 2004.

     Survivors include her daughter, Cornelia Cardus of Millbrook and two grandchildren, Alyssa and Michael Cardus.

     Her funeral service will be held Wednesday July 22, at 11 the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Route 22, Copake. The Rev. Joseph Falletta, pastor of St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church, will officate.

     Friends are invited and may call Wednesday from 10 to 11 the funeral home.

     A private interment will be held in St. Bridget’s Cemetery.

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Margaret E. Skarka, 91, talented, capable, loving outdoorswoman


PHILMONT–Margaret (Peggy) E. Skarka, 91, of Hudson, died Thursday, July 9, 2009 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

Ms. Skarka was born July 30, 1917 in Willimantic, Conn. to Charles (Karol) Skarka and Anna Misovich Skarka. The family moved to New York City when Ms. Skarka was five, where she lived and worked until she relocated to Columbia County and purchased her own home in the hamlet of Mellenville around 1949.

An intelligent and artistic woman, Ms. Skarka received high honors in school, as well as recognition and awards for her artwork. Prior to relocation to Columbia County, Ms. Skarka was employed by the Department of the U.S. Navy and was a recipient of a Governmental Certificate of Acknowledgment and Appreciation for her contribution to work on the Norden Bomb Sight Project.

After relocation to Columbia County, Ms. Skarka opened her own business, Peggy’s Beauty Salon in Philmont,which further expanded into Peggy’s General Store. Margaret operated the businesses until her retirement.

Ms. Skarka became a member of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Philmont and contributed a great deal of time and effort to the design and care of the church gardens.

Ms. Skarka was an accomplished business woman, pianist, gardener, seamstress and avid reader. As well as being athletic and a lover of the outdoors, animals and nature, she enjoyed bowling, swimming, and horseback riding. She was a talented, exceptionally capable, strong, loving and generous woman with a delightful sense of humor–and she will be greatly missed.

Surviving are two daughters, Charlene Jane (Akelaitis) Jones of Cary, N.C. and Lorraine Beth (Akelaitis) Rizzi, as well as one grandson, Michael Ryan Rizzi and Ms. Skarka’s beloved son-in-law, Thomas M. Rizzi (all of Ghent). She is also survived by several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Two sisters, Irene (Skarka) Martin and Bessie (Skarka) O’Reilly, her brother, Charles Skarka Jr., and her ex-husband, Peter George Akelaitis died previously.

A memorial service will be Saturday, August 1, at 10 a.m. at the Ghent Reformed Church, Route 22, West Ghent. Pastor Nancy McClure-Long will officiate. Burial of ashes will follow in the West Ghent Rural Cemetery.

Arrangements are with McDonald Funeral Home, Hudson.


Howard L. Murray Jr., 52, J. W. Hoysradt Hose Co. life member

ALBANY–Howard L. Murray Jr. of Craryville died Thursday July 16, at Albany Medical Center. He was 52.

Born in Hudson on September 6, 1956, he was the son of the late Howard Murray Sr. and Lillian (Walski) Murray of Hudson. Mr. Murray was a packer for Nova Pack in Philmont. He was also a life member of the J.W. Hoysradt Hose Co. in Hudson.

Survivors in addition to his mother include his wife. Antonette (Stodolski) Murray at home; one daughter, Tara Burch of Craryville; two brothers, David and (Jill) Murray of Hudson and Lee Murray of Hudson; one sister, Colleen and (Mark) Brewster of E. Nassau, as well as several nieces and nephews.

A calling hour will be Saturday July 18 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Valenti and Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor James Eastland of the First Reformed Church, Hudson officiating.

Cremation will be private; burial of ashes will be in Cedar Park Cemetery at a later date.