OBITUARIES: Piester, Haywood, Goodermote, Blaauw, Doody, Mead, Burrows

Bud Piester, Jr.

Harold Piester, Jr. (1928 – 2022)

CHATHAM—Chatham resident Harold “Bud” Piester, Jr., beloved husband of the late Laura Moore Piester, passed away Friday, April 8, 2022 at the age of 93.

He was born October 12, 1928 in Hudson to Harold and Eugenia Burch Piester. He moved to Chatham in 1942 at the age of 14 when his father relocated to open a gas station.

He graduated from Chatham High School and served four years in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954. Except for his time serving his country, he was a fixture on Hudson Avenue at the gas station for 52 years until its closing in 1994. He then worked seasonally for more than 15 years for the Chatham Central School system, mowing and maintaining the school grounds and athletic fields. Read more…

OBITUARIES: DeConti, Gherardi, Williams

Margaret DeConti

Margaret C. DeConti (1927 – 2021)

COPAKE—Margaret C. DeConti, 95, of Copake passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of April 5, 2022. She was born January 13, 1927 in Yonkers to James and Carmella (Carpienello) DeConti. She graduated from Commerce High School in Yonkers. On May 8, 1949 in St. Casimir Church, she married Carl V. DeConti.

She was the manager of Balint, Lamb, O’Neill Insurance in Yonkers until her retirement. In 1983, she and her husband became full-time residents of Copake, more specifically the Taconic Shores area. She served as president of the Taconic Shores Homeowners Association. She was active in the Young at Hearters; having served as both president and vice president. She was also a communicant of St. Bridget’s Church & Our Lady of Hope Parish.

Mrs. DeConti is survived by: her son, Mark C. DeConti and his wife Priscilla G. DeConti; her daughter, Lisa DeConti and her longtime companion Richard Emerson; two grandchildren, Maria and her husband Deltroy Gregory, and James DeConti; her three nieces, Susan Daubenbis, Jodi Nicolo and Jamie Chavez and her brother-in-law, Joseph J. Nicolo.

She was predeceased by her husband, Carl in 2011 and also by her sister, Constance Nicolo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 1 p.m. from Our Lady of Hope Parish, Route 22, Copake Falls. Family and friends are invited to share memories and offer condolences Wednesday, April 13, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake.

Susanne Gherardi (1958 – 2022)

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Susanne Gherardi, 63, of Hillsdale passed away April 5, 2022 at Fairview Hospital.

She was born July 6, 1958 to the late Carl H. And Dorothy (Delanoy) Loch. She grew up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, where she met and married the love of her life for the past 40 years, John Gherardi.

After they married they relocated to Chicago, before moving to Mt. Vernon, where she and her husband owned and operated Gherardi Greenhouses.

She loved chatting with all their customers. In 1996 they became full-time residents of Hillsdale, where she raised their four children. She was reluctant at first to live upstate, but as time passed, she grew to love the area, the animals (especially her cats) and the people. She made friends with everyone.

Mrs. Gherardi is survived by: her loving husband, John Gherardi; her four devoted children, John Gherardi, Joseph Gherardi, Jessica Taylor (Paul) and George Gherardi; three adoring grandchildren that were her life, Leanna Gherardi, Madison and Mackenzie Taylor.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, William Loch.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 9, 2022, 4 p.m. from Peck & Peck Funeral Homes, 8063 Route 22, Copake. Time for sharing memories and offering condolences will begin at 1 p.m. until the start of the service.

Richard Williams, Jr.

Richard C. Williams, Jr. (1955 – 2022)

CHATHAM—Richard Charles Williams, Jr., passed away peacefully at home April 2, 2022.

“Rich” was born Februaary 8, 1955 in Hudson to Richard and Elizabeth (Winig) Williams. He was a lifelong resident of Chatham. He graduated Chatham High School in 1973 and attended Hudson Valley Community College.

A strong athlete, he played baseball, football and basketball, Little League, Morris Memorial, and on to high school. He worked his entire life in the construction field, starting at a young age in the concrete form business with his father and brothers.

“Smokey” was a longtime fan of live music, particularly 1960s and 1970s rock, and the NY Yankees. He will be fondly remembered for his parties on Wood Hill, hanging with friends at Moccio’s, Glass bar and the Chatham House. His satirical wit and strong political musings made for lively conversations. He was a good friend, a good brother, he will be sorely missed.

He is survived by: his daughter, Julie (Brian) Pullen; grandchildren, Caitlin and Jackson; his sister, Carol (Steve) Wilber; brothers, Mark (Suzanne) Williams, Aaron Williams, and Charlie Williams; nieces and nephews, Jason (Josephinea) Wilber, Greta Wilber, Amanda Wilber, Rebbecca (Mark) Leonard, Ryan (Nicole) Williams, Maribeth (Dan) Williams, Avery Williams and Jayden Williams; great nieces and nephews, Kenneth, Madeline, Emily, Finley, Alexandra, Thomas, Isabella and Evalina. He will be greatly missed by his special friends, Louanne Orsano Taylor and Jeff and Sarah Braley. He was predeceased by his parents, and his brothers Isaac and Joshua Williams.

A memorial service in his honor will be held Wednesday, April 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Wenk Funeral Home, Payn Avenue, Chatham.

OBITUARIES: Lippert, Daly, Moore, Fabiano, Wolfe

Kevin Lippert

Kevin C. Lippert (1959 – 2022)

GHENT—Kevin Christopher Lippert, 63, passed away March 29 in the comfort of his Ghent home after complications from a second battle with brain cancer.

Born January 20, 1959 in Leeds, his family moved to Tennessee where he taught himself to play the piano. He began performing at the age of 6 and wrote his first composition at age 8. When his family moved to Ohio, he continued playing and studied with Dr. Foy Kohler. He performed concerts and enjoyed playing for the remainder of his life.

Though he was encouraged to become a concert pianist, he attended Princeton University with an interest in medicine then studied history and philosophy of science. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Jansen, Stevenson, Haner, Ruocco, Steward, Hoffman, Starks, Fingar

Carol Jansen

Carol Jansen (1937 – 2022)

HUDSON—Carol Jansen, 85, of Hudson passed away Tuesday, March 22 in Hudson. Born March 15, 1937 in Brooklyn, she moved to Columbia County in the 1980s.

She was always young at heart and never saw herself as getting older. She would look at photos of herself and say with a chuckle, “Who’s that?” She had a gift of storytelling, and a spicy sense of humor that sometimes left one guessing what she meant by that. A loyal friend through and through, if someone told her a secret, it was in the vault forever. Her love for her family and friends was unconditional, and her resilience, strength and guidance taught those around her they can get through anything no matter what. Her many quotes confirm that. She loved many things, especially strolling down Warren Street looking for trinkets and clothing. She enjoyed books, horror movies, a good glass of wine, and naps. She also enjoyed board games, telling stories of her youthful adventures, and giving worldly advice. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Smith, Poucher, Chittick, Koenig

Lawrence Smith

Lawrence Edward Smith (1941 – 2022)

On March 14th, 2022, Lawrence Edward Smith of Bridger, Montana, peacefully surrounded by his family and amidst the loving tributes and visitations from friends, passed away at the age of 80 years.

Larry was born December 13, 1941 to Edna Martha Kreiger Smith and Edward David Smith in Flushing, New York. He was raised in Bayside Queens and moved to Copake Falls, NY in his youth. He attended Roeliff Jansen School, and then Franklin College (Franklin, Indiana) where he was President of Kappa Delta Rho. Larry graduated in 1963 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree, and that Summer, joined the National Guard. Over six years in the National Guard, Larry was based at Camp Smith (NY), Fort Dix (NJ), Fort Knox (KY) and Camp Drum (NY). Among other responsibilities, his Army assignments included driving a jeep, although his careful driving style sometimes irritated senior officers. Read more…