Francis J. Feeley (1937 – 2021)
VALATIE—Francis Joseph Feeley died March 14, 2021 at the St. Joseph Center in Valatie.
He was born in New York Hospital in Manhattan, February 7, 1937 on East 88th Street. As he liked to say, “I grew up on the Upper East Side!” He was the youngest of the six children of Catherine McNicholas, a homemaker, and Patrick Feeley, a railroad engineer. Both his parents immigrated into the United States from County Mayo in Ireland.
While his older siblings were either in school or working, he was well-cared for after school hours by the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal who taught in the St. Jean Baptiste parish school. “Frank” treasured the memory of that experience and kept in touch with those sisters, always remembering them with great affection. Read more…
Clayton W. LaValle (1937 – 2021)
PHILMONT—Clayton Walter LaValle of Canaan passed away March 8, 2021 in Philmont.
He was born March 5, 1937 in Middletown and raised in nearby Pond Eddy. He was the son of the late Edythe and Walter LaValle.
He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York at Albany. He taught mathematics at Chatham High School in Chatham for the entirety of his 33-year career, and was a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. After his retirement in 1992, he volunteered as a driver for Meals on Wheels and served as the program’s coordinator for the Town of Canaan. He also served as treasurer of the Chatham High School Booster Club and on the board of the Chatham Little League. Mr. LaValle was a lifelong fan of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers; was an avid skier, and loved spending time on the shores of Queechy Lake. Read more…
Howard D. Mackey (1947 – 2021)
HUDSON—Howard Davis Mackey, 73, of Hudson passed away Thursday, February 25, 2021 at his home.
Born September 3, 1947 in Roseboro, NC, he was the son of the late William H. and Melvina (Davis) Mackey. Read more…
Walter M. Zincio (1945 – 2021)
STOCKPORT—Walter M. Zincio passed away at his home in Stockport, February 28, 2021. He was surrounded by his loved ones as he transitioned into the afterlife.
He was born in Brooklyn, the son of John and Helen Zincio. who later relocated to Columbia County.
He attended Germantown Central School, and joined the Army in 1965 at the age of 20. A year later, he married the love of his life, Carol. He served his country in Vietnam as a crew chief in the Aviation Division. After his Army service, he went on to become a welder by trade, and retired as a dock builder for Local 1556. Read more…
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…