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Ackert, James William* - Saugerties  
James “ Jimmy” William Ackert SAUGERTIES- Jimmy Ackert, 64, of Saugerties died on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at his home in Clarksburg, Mass. Born on April 8, 1952 in Saugerties he was the son of Doris Ackert and the late Francis “Banjo” Ackert. Jimmy attended Saugerties High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. He worked as a mechanic at several bowling alleys around the area. Jimmy loved the outdoors and living in the mountains. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was also a big fan of Rock ‘N’ Roll music and muscle cars. Besides his mother, survivors include: his first wife, Nancy Cabaan Ackert and their two children, Francis “ Banjo” and Maria; his current wife, Judy Panetti Ackert and their three children, James, Matthew and Amanda; four sisters, Dolly, Ruth “ Tweetie”, Debbie and Tammy; as well as one brother, Francis “Dink” who passed in 1998. Jimmy is also survived by his 15 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several aunt, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Jimmy was the kindest of souls and will be truly missed by all the lives he’s touched over the years.
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Published in the Daily Freeman on May 26, 2016
Beatty, Maleen* - Poughkeepsie  
Maleen Beatty POUGHKEEPSIE- Maleen Beatty, 85, passed away on May 21, 2016. A proud mother and grandmother, Maleen has taken great joy in her family and their pursuits in the mid-Hudson Valley and beyond. She was a long-time resident of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where she and her husband raised their three sons. Since 2010, she lived in New Paltz, at the Woodland Pond retirement community. Born in 1931 in Rendsburg, Germany, Maleen was raised in Berlin and Goslar. The eldest of eight children, she studied medical technology and earned state certification, going on to work in research at leading hospitals and university labs. Her career ultimately brought her to the United States, where she worked at the University of California at Davis. En route to the U.S. aboard a steam ship, Maleen met James C. Beatty, an American scholar and later a senior programmer for IBM. With many common interests (including music, literature, science and nature) they married in 1961. They raised their three sons, in both New York and California. Maleen proudly became an American citizen in 1968. Maleen enjoyed classical music, literature, poetry, science, photography, visual and performing arts. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Vassar College, among other advanced degrees in both Germany and the United States. She was an active member of Toastmasters International, and patron of the arts including the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. With both family and friends, Maleen has enjoyed traveling, hiking, swimming and the great outdoors, from the High Sierras to the Adirondack Mountains, to Europe, Russia, and the Caribbean. Maleen is survived by her three sons, Norbert Beatty of New York, Eckhart Beatty of San Francisco, and Reinhard Beatty of Blackburg, Va.; her three granddaughters, Megan, Emily and Julia Beatty; as well as six surviving siblings in Europe: Heinke, Gretje, Frauke, Volkhart, Odfried, and Hartmut. Private arrangements by Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, Kingston, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes contributions to the Innisfree Garden (a nature preserve in Millbrook, N.Y.) or Vassar College (The Vassar Fund). To leave an expression of sympathy please visit www.KeyserFuneralService.com
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Published in Daily Freeman on May 29, 2016
Brought, John W. (Memoriam) - Tillson  
In Loving Memory of John W. Brought who passed away on May 29, 2015.
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Published in www.dailyfreeman.com from May 29 to June 5, 2016
Byron, Christopher M. (Memoriam) - Lomontville  
In Loving Memory of Christopher M. Byron who passed away on May 20, 2015.
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Published in www.dailyfreeman.com from May 20 to May 27, 2016
Cane, Len (Memoriam) - Kingston  
In Loving Memory of Len Cane who passed away on May 20, 2015.
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Published in www.dailyfreeman.com from May 20 to May 27, 2016
Cutler, Donna M.* - Saugerties  
Donna M. Cutler SAUGERTIES-Donna M. Cutler, 65, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Kingston Hospital. Born June 4, 1950 in Saugerties, she was the daughter of the late John J. and Mildred Reynolds Cutler and was an area resident most of her life. She was employed at several area businesses, including Verizon, Simulaids, F.L. Russell and Ferroxcube. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking and was an avid NY Mets fan. She was predeceased by a dear friend and companion Linda Carpino. Surviving are her sister, Darlene Appollonia and her husband Arthur and her brother Donald Cutler and his wife Georgette of Saugerties, her care-giver Evelyn Chase, her godson, David Chase and several cousins. Friends will be received Monday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Lasher Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Tinker St., Woodstock. The funeral service will be 11am Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Saugerties.
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Published in the Daily Freeman on May 29, 2016
Davis, Minnie Lee* - Kingston  
Minnie Lee Davis KINGSTON- Minnie Lee Davis (Lee to her friends) went to God surrounded by love on May 23, 2016 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. Lee lived a very happy full life. She was 89 years old. She was the daughter of George and Lucy Taylor. Born July 1926, in West Virginia, and raised in Spencer, Va. Lee often remarked about the beautiful homes her father built in the area and the joy of growing up in Spencer. Her father was an architect and builder, and the family farmed. She had a brother, James Taylor, and sister, Mildred Taylor. Her grandfather on her mother’s side was a Baptist minister, and her grandmother was an educator. Lee learned the values of selflessness at an early age from her family and went on to also become an educator. She earned a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va. and a master’s from the State University of NY at New Paltz in teaching. Lee met her husband and partner, George Davis, on a blind date in North Carolina. They married in 1955 and made a home in Kingston, N.Y., where George worked for IBM and Lee taught fourth grade at Lake Katrine Elementary School. Her students loved her. She often told stories of the exploits of the children she taught. Lee’s favorite quip was about a student who walked in class with his shoes on the wrong feet. She said, “Billy, your shoes are on the wrong feet,” and he said, “but, Mrs. Davis, these are the only feet I have.” Lee and George went on to have two daughters, LeeAnne Moore of Georgetown, Texas, and Lori Davis of Arlington, Va. Both daughters, as well as her grandson Alex Moore, who was the love of her life, survive Lee. Her surviving family includes Nancy Taylor and her children Rhonda White and Stanley Taylor and their children, as well as Wayne and Deborah Taylor and family, and Jerry and George (Skeeter) Taylor and their families. After George’s untimely passing, Lee later married Elroy Mesz, who has also now passed. They settled in Georgetown, Texas. Lee often opened up her home to those in need and offered shelter, advice, and lively conversation to all that came and joined her life. Lee volunteered at the Caring Place, Village Elementary and PALS Place. She was surrounded by light; maybe she was the source. She demonstrated unconditional love to her family and friends. Lee believed in the relevance of all faiths and that we all serve a larger purpose in life. She loved to dance. Lee just loved to get up and move to music, so much so, that our local paper managed to publish her picture several times doing just that. Lee got her passion for dance from her father, who celebrated life and would often turn the kitchen into a dance floor where the family and friends would gather. The family would like to thank Hospice of Austin for their phenomenal care, love, and support. Also, thank you to all the ladies that allowed her to stay at home with dignity. A service will be held at a future date to celebrate Lee’s life at United Methodist Church. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the United Methodists PALS Place Program, First United Methodist Church 410 E. University, Georgetown, TX, 78626. Additional services will be held at Mayo Baptist in Spencer, Va., and Myosenji Buddhist Temple in Silver Spring, Md. Condolences can be expressed through the Gabriels Funeral Chapel web page www.gabrielsfuneral.com
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Published in Daily Freeman on May 29, 2016
Dawson, Mary A. (Memoriam) - Glen Clove  
In Loving Memory of Mary A. Dawson who passed away on May 22, 2015.
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Published in www.dailyfreeman.com from May 22 to May 29, 2016
DeFraia, Gary Steven* - Tillson  
Gary Steven DeFraia TILLSON- Gary Steven DeFraia of Tillson, N.Y., born to Salvatore and Anna of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., husband to Isabelle DeFraia, father to Christopher and Daniel, and friend to so many, died May 19, 2016. He was 64. Gary was a talented and accomplished person. He was passionate about his work, obtaining a Ph.D in social welfare at Hunter College, and had recently published several articles in international and national journals, while also consulting with others in his field. He was most proud of his work at Magellan, setting up programs for returning vets with post-traumatic stress, for which he was recognized with his team by the Department of Defense. However, Gary would be the first to say it is not the “accomplishments that make the man.” The man most loved by family and friends was the man who was passionate about learning, passionate about questioning what you took for granted to be true, passionate about his music, and his love of nature. It will be his quiet and intimate acts of emotional charity, his consistent devotion to family and friends, and his “Dad humor” that will be so missed. He wrote the DeFraia family history, traveling to Italy to write about five generations of DeFraias and their collective journey from Italy to upstate New York. He wrote songs for his children when they were young. He counseled friends. Gary’s friends were a significant part of his life. To his college reunion friends, his golf and basketball buddies, his biking friends, his childhood friends, and to his family, particularly his nieces and nephews, Gary would want to say thank you for your love and comradery all these years. As Gary was a great lover of the Mohonk Preserve, his family asks that in lieu of flowers, those so inclined can, in Gary’s memory, donate to the Mohonk Preserve at http://www.mohonkpre serve.org/donate, or by mail to Mohonk Preserve P.O. Box 715 New Paltz, N.Y. 12561. Calling hours will take place Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home 371 Hooker Avenue Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 12603. Funeral services will take place Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at 10 a.m. in the Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery, Highland, N.Y. For directions or to leave an online condolence please visit www.doylefu neralhome.com .
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Published in Daily Freeman on May 24, 2016
DeGroat, Cindy Ann* - Kingston  
Cindy Ann DeGroat KINGSTON- Cindy Ann DeGroat passed away peacefully at home at the age of 60 after a long battle with COPD. She was surrounded by her loving family. Cindy was born to Alfred and Phyllis Beadle of Kingston, N.Y. Cindy is survived by her three sons, Samuel, Shawne, and Nathan DeGroat all of Kingston, N.Y. Cindy is also survived by her five sisters, Rada Hartrum, Laurna Benter, Susan Everett, Fawn Beadle, and Tammy Beadle; two brothers, Dean Beadle, and Lester Beadle; and five grandchildren: Jacob, Noah, Brayden, Amber, and Lane DeGroat all of Saugerties, N.Y. Cindy was predeceased by one brother, David Beadle; one niece; and her longtime companion, Roger Hummer, and is survived by his children, Tammy Heppner, and Roger Hummer, ll, both of Saugerties. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, cousins and wonderful friends. Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc. 27 Smith Avenue, Kingston. Friends will be received at the funeral home Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. Rev. Darlene Kelley will officiate a service at 6 p.m. Cindy would like for all of you to celebrate her life with less tears, more laughter and live your life to the fullest. Expressions of sympathy in lieu of flowers may be made in the form of contributions in Cindy’s name to Hudson Valley Hospice. 400 Aaron Court Kingston, N.Y., 12401.
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Published in the Daily Freeman on May 27, 2016
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