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Joan B. Andes Ruther Glen, VA - Joan Benjamin Andes, loving family member and native and long-time resident of New York, died suddenly April 11, 2014. Mrs. Andes was born in Wappingers Falls, daughter of Robert W. and Vera Benjamin, and sister to Joyce Blom, Jackie Draiss and Robert Benjamin. After high school, Mrs. Andes joined her sister, Joyce, in attending nursing school at the former Vassar Bros. Hospital in Poughkeepsie. Mrs. Andes went on to earn her bachelor's degree in nursing from New York University, becoming the first member of her family to earn a four year degree. For several years, Mrs. Andes worked as a head nurse in obstetrics. She met James Stuart Andes in Puerto Rico, and the two were married in March 1962. They lived in Seattle, Washington and Birmingham, Michigan before returning to New York in 1973. Mrs. Andes left nursing to devote herself to motherhood. When her children started school, Mrs. Andes opened a bed and bath shop, Bright Start, and in 1977, the family purchased a farm in Cross River, N.Y. and kept horses and other animals. After retiring from retail, Mrs. Andes launched a third career as a real estate agent. Mrs. Andes was instrumental in the family's purchase of Brookhaven Cottages, a resort on New Hampshire's Spofford Lake. Mrs. Andes devouted herself to Brookhaven, where she met many friends, with whom she corresponded until the end. After opperating the cottages for several decades, the Andes sold Brookhaven and bought a summer home on Lake George, in the Adirondacks. At about that time, they also moved to Ruther Glen, Va. to be closer to their daughter, Jennifer V. Anderson. The Andes celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in March 2012. Mr. Andes died suddenly three months later. Mrs. Andes enjoyed her remaining months with family and friends but never recovered from the loss of her husband and ensuing lonliness. In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Andes is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, James S, Andes II and Peggy Andes; her son in law, Chuck Anderson, grandchildren Parker Anderson, 11, Muriel Anderson 6, and William Andes, 5; a step granddaughter, Rachel Anderson, 21, and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Delehanty Funeral Home 64 E. Main St., Wappingers Falls, Friday from 5 to 7 PM. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:00 AM at the United Methodist Church, 9 Mesier Ave. S., Wappingers Falls. Pastor Scharlise Dorsey officiating. Burial Wappingers Rural Cemetery. To send a condolence or for directions, visit www.delehantyfuneral.com Read Obituary
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Arnold L. Baratta, Sr. POUGHKEEPSIE - Arnold L. Baratta Sr., of Poughkeepsie, entered into eternal rest on April 20, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital. He was 80 years old. Arnold was the son of the late Umberto Baratta and Filomena (Ferrara) Baratta. He was born on Jan. 18, 1934 in Poughkeepsie N.Y. He graduated from Poughkeepsie High School in 1952. He married Joan Walsh Baratta on April 24, 1955. He is survived by his loving wife Joan, at home; His children; Arnold Baratta Jr. of Poughkeepsie, Kathleen Irish of Poughkeepsie, David Baratta of Poughkeepsie, Stephen Baratta of Glens Falls and Deborah Baratta of Pleasant Valley. His grandchildren; Pamela Irish Szuts, Michael Baratta, Samantha Baratta, Nichole Currier, Dakoda Currier and Sarah Baratta. His great- grandchildren; Emily Irish, Josef Szuts, Jonathon Cohen, Lilliana Currier and Tyler Garneau. He is also survived by his many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers; Judge Raymond C. Baratta, William Baratta, and his sister, Agnes Flynn. He was also predeceased by his closest friend, Wade Bolde. Arnold worked with his brother Bill for many years at Balco Furniture Company in Poughkeepsie. He was a retired insurance agent with Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company and was the Group Health Manager for the Austin "Brud" Hodgkins Insurance Agency. He was Brud Hodgkins first recruit when he started his business. Arnold was involved in City of Poughkeepsie politics and community service for his entire adult life. He was devoted to the Republican Party for more than 50 years. His many accomplishments include serving as County Legislator and Majority Leader on the Dutchess County Legislature, he was a legislative aide to Assemblyman Emil Betros, and he served as a councilman on the Poughkeepsie Common Council, a member of the Poughkeepsie Housing Authority, trustee of the Greater Poughkeepsie Library District and past president of the Fireman's Exempt Association. He was also a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Shamrock Club in Poughkeepsie. Arnold fought a long courageous battle with cancer. He was an incredibly strong, amazing man. His presence will be forever in our hearts. Visitation will be Thursday, April 24, 2014 4-8 PM at the Wm. G. Miller & Son funeral Home, Inc., 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. There will be a 4th Degree K of C Service during the visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 10 AM in Mt. Carmel Church, Mill St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Inurnment will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 10 AM in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Dyson Center for Cancer Treatment at Vassar Hospital and the American Cancer Society. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at www.wmgmillerfuneralhome.com Read Obituary
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Kodi Kadeem Beckles Poughkeepsie - On Saturday, April 7, 2014, Kodi Kadeem Beckles passed away unexpectedly while away at college. He then entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior. He was 20 years old at the time of his passing. Kodi was born on October 17, 1993 to Michael Beckles and Lorraine Marshall in Bronx, NY. Kodi attended schools in the Hyde Park school district including Violet Avenue Elementary School, Haviland Middle School and FDR High School. He transferred to Arlington High School during the eleventh grade and graduated on June 26, 2011. Kodi's Christian foundation began at John 3:16 Christian Center in Verbank, NY. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized at Beulah Baptist Church on the same day of his high school graduation. He remained a faithful and active member of Beulah Baptist Church until his passing. He regularly attended Sunday School (Covenant Keepers) and Bible study when on school breaks. Kodi excelled in academics from high school to college. He studied pre-law at Dutchess Community College from 2011 until he transferred to SUNY Plattsburgh in August 2013. He served on the board of SUNY Plattsburgh's Caribbean Club, in charge of Public Relations. On April 4, 2014, he was inducted into the Alpha Delta Phi Society. He was a fixture in the college library, where he could be found studying into the early hours of the morning. He loved sports and played varsity football at both of his high schools. He loved to play and watch basketball and was an avid Oklahoma Thunder and Kevin Durant fan. He loved watching T.V. shows, Breaking Bad, King of Queens, Law and Order, The Walking Dead and cartoons - his favorite was American Dad. Kodi had a great work ethic. He held part-time positions at Hollister Co. and K-Mart and was a summer intern at The Dutchess County Court House (2013).His favorite foods were crab legs, fried chicken and oxtails. His special skills included being exceptionally technologically savvy. He was also very adept at assembling things, even without reading instructions. Kodi will be lovingly remembered by his father, Michael and his wife Cheryl Beckles; his mother Lorraine and her husband Daveton Hill; (3) maternal grandparents: Ronald Marshall of Queens, NY; Norris Hamilton of Bronx, NY; Erna Thompson of Lugoff, SC; (2) paternal grandparents: Sidney Beckles of Queens, NY and Ruby Wilson of Bronx, NY ; (3) brothers: Michael Jr. of Chicago, IL, A.J. and Jonathan of Poughkeepsie, NY; a best friend and cousin, Martin of Poughkeepsie, NY; (2) sisters: Sergeant Rhynishka White of Hinesville, GA and Hannah of Irvington, NJ; (14) uncles: Patrick, Horace, Lee, Calvin, Ian, Leary and Dean all of Kingston, Jamaica; Anthony of Brooklyn, NY; Sean of Hyde Park, NY; Norman Sr. of Lugoff, SC; Dean Sr. of Atlanta, GA and Ferrel Jr. of Queens, NY; (5) aunts: Claudette of Ontario, Canada; Marcia of Brooklyn, NY; Althea of Bronx, NY; Ingrid of Queens, NY and Grace of Queens, NY; 1 niece, 1 nephew, a host of cousins and a beloved dog, Bud. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 5-8 PM and Thursday, April 17, 2014, 9-11 AM at Beulah Baptist Church, 92 Catherine St. Poughkeepsie, N.Y. A Going Home Service will take place Thursday at 11 AM following the Visitation. Entombment will follow in the Community Mausoleum in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Wm. G. Miller & Son F.H., Inc., 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit www.wmgmillerfuneralhome.com . Read Obituary
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