Jessie B. Conte, 85, lifelong Livingston resident

HUDSON–Jessie Bartolotta Conte, 85, of Livingston died July 7 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born September 7, 1923 in Linlithgo, she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Jessie Cooper) Bartolotta.

She retired from US Trust in 1977, was a member of the Livingston Pumper Co. #1 Auxiliary, the Rosary Society of the Church of the Resurrection of Germantown, Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and a Life Member of the Church of the Nativity of Linlithgo.

Suviving are her husband, Armand Conte, whom she married January 26, 1946 in Germantown; her children, Carol and Tom Fucito, Armand and Phyllis Conte and Fred and Mary Conte all of Livingston; her brothers and sisters. Antonette Egan of Bronx, Marie Conte of Hudson, Loretta Barton of Texas, June Decker of Syracuse, Russell Bartolotta of Hudson, Phil Bartolotta and Al Bartolotta, both of Linlithgo, and Robert Bartolotta of Red Hook.

She is also survived by her  grandchildren, Theresa Rossi of Valatie, Tom Fucito of Purling, Chris Conte of Ohio, and Randy and Derrick Conte of Livingston; and her great grandchildren, Angelica, Alexis and Rose Fucito of Purling, Andrew and Scott Rossi of Valatie, Cooper and Collin Conte of Ohio and Eli Conte and Ryan Conte of Livingston.

She was predeceased by brothers  Benjamin and Tony Bartolotta and sisters Beulah Delaney and Patricia Bartolotta.

Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m.  Friday, July 10, at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday from the funeral home and 11 a.m. at the Church  of the Resurrection of Holy Trinity Parish of Germantown where the Rev. Theodore Gerken will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial.

Burial will follow in the Nativity Church Cemetery of Linlithgo.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to The Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY 12424

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Sharon M. Gaffney, 53, ICC librarian, loved books, animals, family

NASSAU—Sharon Marie Gaffney, 53, died July 5, 2009 of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer has unknown causes and is difficult to detect early. It is the fifth leading cause of death for women with cancer.

Ms. Gaffney was born in Middletown, Conn., in 1956 to Connie (Milardo) and the late Vincent Gaffney. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, she also held an M.A. in U.S. history from SUNY Stony Brook and an M.L.S. from Long Island University. She was the librarian at Ichabod Crane High School in Valatie, where she loved both the students and the staff. It is her hope that they will educate themselves about ovarian cancer and keep reading books in her memory.

Ms. Gaffney is survived by her three beloved daughters,  Heidi Hummel of Colonie, Heather Codner of Sommerville, Mass., and Trista Neinast of Arlington, Va.; her sons-in-law Nathaniel Hummel and Colin Codner;  her mother and her sister, Susan Gaffney, of Westbrook, Conn.; and a brother, Richard Gaffney and his family of Southbury, Conn. She also leaves her supportive and loving husband, Rich Neinast of Nassau and her precious granddaughter, Hailey Hummel, of Colonie.

Ms. Gaffney is survived by many wonderful friends, including her colleagues and students at Ichabod Crane and her sisters at Caring Together. Most appreciated were her nurse practitioners Lisa and Annie, her chemo nurses, the two Kims and the rest of the wonderful staff at Women’s Cancer Care Associates who were so kind and supportive throughout her illness. Most recently she was descended upon by a group of angels, her Hospice team.

Ms. Gaffney loved nature and animals, even foxes. She was an avid gardener, an aspiring runner and an animal advocate. Additionally, she leaves her two cats, BBG and Kit-10, and her dog,  Jake Gaffney.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, July 9 at 11 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, Route 9, Valatie, with the Rev. John Molyn officiating. Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Animalkind, P. O. Box 920, 721 Warren Street, Hudson NY 12534 or to Whiskers Animal Benevolent League, P. O. Box 11190, Albany, NY 12211.



 Robert G. Ponkos, 57

Robert G. Ponkos, 57, of County Route 7 in Ancram, N.Y. passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 5, 2009 at his residence.

He was born June 25, 1951 in Hudson, N.Y. a son of Rudolph and Florence (Ivankoe) Ponkos, who survive in Hudson.

He was a graduate of Hudson High School and later attended Dutchess County Community College.

Mr. Ponkos was a talented and respected graphic artist. He operated the former Pumpkin Center Design Co. and was current owner of the Warren St. Media Group ( He was involved in the print industry in many different capacities for his entire adult life.

A born hobbyist, he was a collector of many items including antique guns and knives. Mr. Ponkos enjoyed spending time with his family; skiing, camping, kayaking, hiking, bicycling and riding dirt bikes among other numerous pursuits.

On June 27, 1975 in Belleville, N.J. he married the former Laura Jane Baker, who survives him at home in Ancram.

Besides leaving his loving parents and devoted wife, Laura, Mr. Ponkos is survived by Robert Andrew Ponkos and Sarah Lauren Ponkos, both at home in Ancram, of whom he was the proud father. Additionally he leaves his favorite sister and brother in law, Barbara and John Merola of Hudson, along with several extended family members including aunts, uncles and cousins.

His brother, David Bruce Ponkos, died in 1998.

Friends are invited and may call Wednesday April 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.  at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22 in Copake.

A Celebration of the Life of Robert G. Ponkos to which all are invited, will held Thursday April 9, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the family residence, 1195 County Route 7, Ancram. The Rev. Mark Frickey of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ancram will officiate.

Private burial services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be offered to the Copake Veterinary Hospital, Copake NY 12516 in memory of Robert Ponkos.

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 Helen Cole Netter, 96

Helen Cole Netter, 96 of Pine Plains, N.Y. died Thursday April 2, 2009 at Barnwell Nursing Home in Valatie, N.Y.

Born April 4, 1912 in Pine Plains, she was the daughter of the late Harrie Cole and Mary Wilber Cole.

She was a graduate of the Pine Plains High School, Skidmore College with a BA in English at the State University of New York at Albany with an MS in Library Science. She taught English at the Pine Plains Central School and later was the librarian at the Pine Plains Free Library. She also worked for the five- county Mid-Hudson Library System as the adult services consultant.

Mrs. Netter was a life-long member of the Episcopal Church of the Regeneration in Pine Plains, where she was organist and served on the altar guild. She was a former member of the Pine Plains Council of Churches and was a member of the Little Nine Partners Historical Society, the New York Altar Guild and the Chancellor Livingston Chapter of the DAR.

On July 2, 1942 she married E. Matthew Netter who diedr in 1990. She is survived by a daughter, Mary (John) Phillips of Kinderhook, N.Y., and a grandson, Matthew Phillips.

The family would like to thank the staff of the 4th floor at Barnwell Nursing Home for the compassionate and loving care they gave to Mrs. Netter during her stay there.

Friends are invited and may call Thursday April 9, 2009 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 7749 S. Main St. In Pine Plains, N.Y.

Her funeral service will be held Saturday May 16, 2009 at 11 a.m. from the Church of the Regeneration in Pine Plains.

Burialt will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be offered to the Church of the Regeneration Endowment Fund or the Little Nine Partners Historical Society.

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Helen K. Murray 

Helen K. Murray, 77, of Valatie died April 2.  She was born in N.Y.C. on November 16, 1931.

She is survived by her brother, Carl C. (Felecia), her nieces Alicia, Kisha, Tanisha and Brittany and a great niece, Sky.

She loved church, singing and going out to eat. Helen will be missed by her many friends.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, April 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., when a service will be held at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl funeral home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham.

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Robert G. Wassenhove, 85

Robert G. Wassenhove, 85,  of County Route 7 in West Copake, N.Y. died on Saturday March 28, 2009 at his residence. He was born on July 10, 1923 in Oskalo, Iowa the son of Victor and Carrie (Hingle) Wassenhove.

Mr. Wassenhove was an honors graduate of Hempstead High School and later was employed in production for Grumman and Republic Aircraft, both located in Farmingdale, N.Y. Upon moving to West Copake in 1947 he was a self-employed carpenter and contractor.

Mr. Wassenhove is survived by his brother and sister in law, Albert and Joan Wassenhove of Ghent, N.Y., along with three nieces and their families.

His funeral service will be held Friday April 3, 2009 at 11  a.m. from the Copake United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jae Joon Lee, pastor, officiating.

Friends are invited and may call Thursday April 2,  from 6 to  8  p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Route 22, Copake, N.Y.

Burial will be  in the Copake Cemetery.

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  Mary F. Karwowski

Mary F. Karwowski of Chatham,  formerly of East Meadow (Nassau County) died March 27, 2009. Her beloved husband, Kazimierz (Casey), died previously.

She was a devoted and loving mother to John of Chatham; and Paul and Linda, of East Meadow and the loving grandmother of Michelle. She was also a cherished aunt to Lee Haliniewski and Lynn Baker of Union, N.J.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Mrs. Karwowski was a homemaker for most her life, and upon retirement moved to Chatham with her husband.

The family will receive friends, Monday, March 30, from  7 to 9 p.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham. 

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday by the Reverend Gary Gelfenbien at 10 a.m. in Saint James Church.  Burial will follow at the Red Rock Cemetery.

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 Contributions in lieu of flowers may be sent to The Community Hospice Foundation in her memory.

 William Lent, 70

William Lent, 70, of Chatham died March 23 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. He was born October 24, 1938 in Peekskill and was the son of William and Mary Walsh Lent. 

 Mr. Lent was educated and grew up in Peekskill and would marry Nancy Stoll there in 1962.  After their marriage they moved to Mahopac where they would raise their family. 

He worked as a truck driver for Elmsford Interstate and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamster Local 456 in Elmsford.

Mr. Lent enjoyed antique cars and Atlantic City with all its slots. He moved to Chatham after he retired

He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; his sons, William Jr. of Brooklyn and Scott E. (Karen) of Chatham; his grandson, Christopher S. of Somers;  his sister, Barbara Marallo of Wildwood,,NJ. and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Lent’s brothers; Francis and Jack, died previously.

A memorial service will be celebrated at a later date.Memorials may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia Greene in Mr. Lent’s memory.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham. To send an online condolence visit