OBITUARIES: Cookingham, Rutherford, DeLeon, Jutkofsky, Hajdu, Oaks

Kathleen Cookingham

Kathleen A. Cookingham (1928 – 2021)

VALATIE—Kathleen A. Cookingham passed away February 22, 2021 at Barnwell Nursing Home.

Born January 20, 1928 in Chatham, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Grace Hoffman Streeter.

A lifetime resident of Chatham, “Kathy” was educated in the Chatham schools and worked a short time at Reilly’s Clothing Company. She went on to meet and marry her husband, Robert, who predeceased her.

She is survived by: her daughter, Mary (Joseph) Sacco of Ghent; granddaughters, April Sacco of Greenport and Lindsey (Shawn) Ringwood of Scottsdale, AZ; great-granddaughter, Sloan Ringwood; her niece, Eileen Kerr and nephews, Stephen and Tim Mead. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Hagadone, Dallas, Weidt, Peters, Bashford, Pough, Moore, Tyler

David S. Hagadone (1959 – 2021)

VALATIE—David S. Hagadone, 61, of Valatie passed away Thursday, February 18, 2021 at his home.

Born July 3, 1959 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Daniel and Laura (Mazal) Hagadone.

“Dave” was employed by Millbrook Kitchens in Nassau for a time and also did side job work. He was an avid sports card collector and enjoyed putting models together and painting them. He loved being in the outdoors and spending time walking on the trails in the area. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Merrifield, Puglio, Near, Cody

Floyd Merrifield, Jr.

Floyd Merrifield, Jr. (1927 – 2021)

CLAVERACK—Floyd Merrifield, Jr., 93, of Claverack went to Heaven, Sunday, February 14, 2021.

He was the first born son of Mary (Martino) and Floyd Merrifield, Sr. He was born October 21, 1927 in the house right next door to the homes he resided in his entire life.

He was a hard worker. He worked with his father and his brother on the family fruit orchards. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Howard, Connor, Cleveland, Derby, Smith, Bucci, Rex, Miller, Byrnes, Mergenthaler, Bates

Phyllis Howard

Phyllis Howard (1931 – 2021)

STEPHENTOWN—Phyllis Knowlton Hyde Howard, age 89, a longtime resident of Stephentown passed away peacefully at home February 8, 2021 with her daughter, Allison and her two cats by her side.

She was the beloved wife of 30 years of her late husband, Norris Howard, who passed away in 1995. Born in Malone, the younger of two children, she was the daughter of the late Archie William Hyde and Gladys Knowlton Hyde.

Mrs. Howard received her BA from Smith College in Northampton, MA, and her MEd from St. Lawrence University in Canton. She worked as a teacher in Boston before marrying and moving to the Darrow School, New Lebanon in 1965, where her husband taught English. They adopted their daughter, Allison in June 1969. Read more…

OBITUARIES: Novak, Knott, Keegan

Brian Novak

Brian A. Novak (1964 – 2021)

ALBANY—Brian A. Novak, 56, of Valatie died Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at Albany Medical Center after a short illness.

Born October 9, 1964 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Raymond A. Novak and Joan E. (Hoag) Novak, who resides in Valatie.

He was a graduate of Ichabod Crane High School in Valatie. He played Little League and high school baseball and enjoyed golfing and his Dodge Ram truck. He was a longtime member of Local #6 International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craft workers. Mr. Novak worked for DeBrino Caulking Associates in Castleton and other companies in the area. Read more…