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Abrams, Edythe  
Edythe M. Abrams New Port Richey - Edythe M. Abrams, 90, of New Port Richey, FL, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie, NY. Before moving to Florida, Edythe was a resident of New Paltz, NY. Born in Rockville Centre, NY, on May 5, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Alfred W. and the late Helen J. Schneider Smart. She married Laurin J. Abrams on June 12, 1947, at St. Joseph's Church, New Paltz, NY. Mr. Abrams passed away on July 20, 2014, in Florida. Edythe was a member of St. Joseph's Church, New Paltz, NY and Our Lady Queen of Grace Church, New Port Richey, Florida. Edythe was a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and taught for many years at Highland Elementary School. She was an avid folk dancer, square dancer, and clogger, and taught folk dancing for Stone House Day in New Paltz, as well as other community events. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Brannen-van den Berg, Post #8645, New Paltz, NY and a member of the NYS Teachers Retirement Association. Edythe taught ESL- English as a Second Language in New Port Richey, FL, this past year and was also a member of an exercise group in Florida. Edythe also enjoyed quilting, camping and water skiing. During her years in New Paltz, she was involved in Girl Scouts as a troop leader. Surviving are three daughters, Barbara & her husband Kurt Lennert of Ventura, CA, Judith Archidiacono and Lauren J. Ingrassia, both of New Paltz, NY, a son, William J. Abrams of New Port Richey, FL, and 11 grandchildren and their spouses including, Jennifer & Jacob Smith of Wasilla, AK; Jeremy Moore of Sacramento, CA; Amy & Mario Casu of Medford, MA; Kelly & Jared Cutler of Washington, DC; Cindy Abrams-Dunbar of Denver, CO; Vicki Abrams-Dunbar of Denver, CO; Philip & Autumn Ingrassia of Columbia, SC; Andrew, Dominic, Jacob and Rebecca Ingrassia all of New Paltz, NY; great grandchildren, Lewis, Noah, Maddy, Micah, Judah Smith; Giuliana, Giada & Annalisa Casu; and Rocco Joseph Cutler of DC; and one great-great grandson, Oakley Hoffman. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 10:00 am at St. Joseph's Church, 34 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY. Cremation will take place after the mass at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday, July 27, 2015, from 2 - 4 & 7 - 9 pm at Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561. Donations may be made to Kaelistrong Foundation at www.kaelistrong.org . Condolences may be made to the family at www.copelandfhnp.com .
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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on July 26, 2015
Anderson, James P.  
James P. Anderson Woodlands, TX - James P. Anderson, of The Woodlands, Texas peacefully passed away at home on July 8, 2015 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease at the age of 84. James' extensive family members were very important to him, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was born in Salisbury, Connecticut on August 18, 1930 to John and Alice Anderson of Dover Plains, New York where he grew up, and graduated from Dover Plains High School in 1947. Shortly after graduating, he joined the U.S. Army at the age of 17. While stationed at Ft. Smith, Arkansas, he married Margaret Ann March on March 5, 1949. After serving his country, he went to work for IBM on May 16, 1951 where he worked for 36 plus years until his retirement in 1988. He enjoyed many positions while employed at IBM including overseas assignments in Scotland, Paris, France, and Singapore. His business responsibilities required him to travel the world, which he enjoyed experiencing other cultures and sharing those experiences with his beautiful wife. After retirement, James and Margaret enjoyed living in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Homosassa, Florida, and The Woodlands, Texas. He enjoyed having his family visit him, and traveling the country and world seeing relatives and places of interest in our blessed country. James is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Margaret; his eldest daughter of Ohio, Linda Anderson Contessa, and husband, Edward, and their children Eddie (wife Karen), Kimberly (husband Ted); second daughter of England, Dale Anderson Macari, and her husband Lou, and their children Michael, Paul (wife Charlotte), and Jonathan, who preceded him in death in 1999; eldest son, Thomas Anderson of Texas, and his wife, Sally, and their children Lindsay (husband Caleb), and Tyler; second son, James Anderson of Georgia, and his wife, Sunnidawn, and their children August, Patrick, Zachery, and Benjamin. He is also survived by brothers, Richard of Florida and Edward of New York. James is also survived by great-grandchildren, Enzo & Gio Contessa, Kane & Lydia Conroy, Piper Stephenson, Tommy, Lewis, Joseph and Taylor Macari, and Audrey Love. James is preceded in death by his father and mother, John and Alice Anderson, brothers, John, William, Robert, Gerald, and Ronald Anderson. A Mass celebrating James' life will be at 11:00 am on Friday July 24, 2015 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, The Woodlands TX, followed by a reception at the church. Burial will be at Houston National Cemetery for Veterans at 2:30 pm. Condolences can be left on-line at McNutt Funeral Home, Conroe, TX. Contributions can be made in lieu of flowers to Fishers Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, 110 East 42nd Street, 16th floor, New York, NY 10017.
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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on July 21, 2015
Auchincloss, Robert  
Robert G. Auchincloss Pleasant Valley - Robert G. Auchincloss, 84 of Pleasant Valley, NY died July 23, 2015. He wished his obituary to be a personal statement so here are his words. I was very fortunate to have had an incredible life that included many amazing people and adventures. There were strong worldly parents and stepparents, I am survived by two wonderful wives, Sandra Opdycke and Bonnie, three beautiful daughters Robin (husband Eli and kids Emma and Ada in NYC); Brooke (kids Luci and Luna in Cape Town, South Africa), and Megan with partner Matty in San Diego. CA. plus my second wife's niece, Janet Foucher, a significant goddaughter Courtenay Lewis, a long term education addict, Karin Muller: plus two very important long term relationships: one over 40 years with Tom Smith and his family and another for some 30 years with Tree Arrington, his wife and the REAL Skills Network family that have made a huge impact on my life. My mother was a beautiful seemingly fragile woman who led me through her complex life. She was married three times. First to my father who as an Auchincloss was listed in the Social Register, but preferred to be known for the fact that he had the first hanger at Newark Airport and was the first to fly the mail in New York State in the 20's; he was behind the scenes at the stock exchange as they built the ticker system, he was General MacArthur's signal officer in the Pacific and the first to land in Japan to set up the surrender location, and later became president of Tracerlab, then of AMP, Inc. My first stepfather was president of Lockheed Corp, he helped to set up Panam Airways in South America, then was president of Cerro de Pasco Corp. of Peru. My second stepfather was a French diplomat and poet who received a Nobel Prize for poetry in 1960. That life meant that I met many famous people. At a young age I was led back to the dressing room to shake the hand of Arturo Toscanini, conductor of the NBC symphony orchestra. Around the age of 12 I was taken to Supreme court judge Felix Frankfurter's camp on the Potomac river and met Dean Acheson (Sec of State) and Francis Biddle (Attn General). In 1948 at Milton Academy I was playing with my yoyo and bounced it off the vest of T. S. Eliot then shook his hand with the yoyo string still in place to congratulate him on receiving the Nobel Prize for literature three days earlier. Invited to the inaugural ball for Eisenhower in 1953, I managed to get Pearl Bailey to autograph my program. I was at the ceremony when Jacques Chirac (then mayor of Paris, later President of France) presented my mother with the keys to Paris for her work for French poetry. My mother also received the Legion d'Honeur for contributions to French poetry. Equipped with a Harvard MBA I sold aluminum for Kaiser, then even though I had won a plaid patterned ice bucket in a sales contest I was let go for lack of funds. An interview with Thomas J. Watson, President of IBM, led to a job and started a 28 year career where the industry went from punched cards, to large computers to PC's (I travelled for them to 35 states, went to Japan three times and Europe half a dozen times). After retirement I did business as: The Great Hot Air Balloon Emporium (commercial balloonist 20 years, over 400 flights); Wind Adventures (ballooning and certified windsurfer sales, instruction and trips for 10 years), Kasual Kayaks (16 years kayak sales and trips). I served at site selection manager for local Habitat for Humanity, treasurer for a local Sierra Club Chapter and the Barrett House and as Commodore for the Hudson River Board Sailors. I was a Co-founder of Neighborhood Housing (building housing with Model Cities money in Poughkeepsie) and of REAL Skills Network Inc. (Running programs and trips for students at risk in Poughkeepsie). Education has been a passion since I spent doing five years of research into the future of education for IBM products. REAL Skills has been direct contact with learning for thousands of Poughkeepsie inner city kids and members of the community with programs and theater productions. I am very proud of what happened there. Blended in with all that; was single parenting and sharing life and growth with my three daughters. They are very different, but all vibrant, intelligent, independent, brave, loving, caring people whom I am immensely proud of. Each is unique, but all have made a great mark on the world. Interested in seeing the world, I traveled to more than 40 countries, spending two months in New Zealand and Australia to hike the Milford Track, dig sapphires in the outback, watch the USA win the America's Cup near Perth, tour Tasmania, staying in hostels. I trekked in Nepal for 22 days in the mountains where there was a revolution when I was in Kathmandu. I flew a hot air balloon as a guest at the World Championships in Saga City Japan; swam with pilot whales in the Canary Islands, windsurfed in Maui, skied in Austria, snowboarded in France and kayaked in the Galapagos and canoed in Alaska. In Peru I traveled to 16,000 feet in the Andes and toured a mine 3,000 feet underground. Motorcyles have been a passion since I was 16 and rode my Harley in Sweden when my father was part of the Marshall Plan there. I did 3,000 miles in woods riding competition motorcycle enduros and trials. Still addicted in my seventies I went to rallies in Ohio and West Virginia and a special trip to Nova Scotia. My tonsils were taken out twice, I had polio when I was nine (had to be carried from floor to floor in school, but fully recovered). Broken arm at fifteen, appendectomy in college, broken collar bone in motorcycle event in my 40's, Later prostate removal took my cancer, a knee replacement helped, then a quintuple bypass, two valves repaired and a pacemaker kept me active until cancer came to close the door. When you have a life such as I have had and felt such a connection to the world you wonder; just why was I so lucky. What was my responsibility to properly use that knowledge? I knew I would not do anything really great or notable, but just wanted to bring everything I had to each interaction, each person that I met. I guess my idea was that I would present a positive, thoughtful, caring effort to every connection, doing whatever I could to make that moment be the best that it could be. My motto was "Keep on Truckin'" and I can recommend that to you. If you get a chance to do something, try it; bring to it the best you have. It can lead you to remarkable places, connections with great people, adventures and personal satisfaction. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home 371 Hooker Ave. Poughkeepsie, New York 12603. If you would like to leave an online condolence please visit www.doylefuneralhome.com
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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from July 25 to July 27, 2015
Auchincloss, Robert  
Auchincloss, Robert G. ., of Pleasant Valley, New York died on July 23, 2015. Arrangements under the direction of the Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home 371 Hooker Ave. Poughkeepsie, New York 12603 www.doylefuneralhome.com , 845-452-0460.
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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from July 25 to July 27, 2015
Barone, C. Peter (In Memoriam)  
C. Peter Barone 7/26/2010-7/26/2015 On His 5th Year in Heaven His helping hand was always first to render any aid he could; His voice was always raised in praise, His words were wise and good. Dear father, since you've gone away, the ones you loved so true, try hard to carry on the way, we know you'd want us to. Lovingly, Wife, Children and Grandchildren
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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on July 26, 2015
Blasi, Matthew  
Matthew Ian Blasi Poughkeepsie - Matthew Ian Blasi of Poughkeepsie died peacefully at his home on June 28, 2015 at the age of 53. Born on May 31, 1962, Matthew is survived by his wife of 24 years, Ellen Jensen Blasi, Son Julian A. Blasi, Sister Leah Kennedy of Ft. Myers, Florida, 6 surviving cousins and a large extended family. A Lifetime resident of Poughkeepsie, Matthew enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, cooking, reading, listening to good music, watching old movies, and playing with his two dogs, Rufus and Fiona. Mathew was a loving husband, devoted father, and a true friend to all who knew him. His heart and his home were always open, and he will be greatly missed by friends, family, and all that knew him and whose lives he touched. Services will be held on Sunday July 26, 2015 from 10:30-12:30pm at Parmele Auchmoody & Schoonmaker Funeral Home 110 Fulton Ave, Poughkeepsie. A reception will follow at the Except Firemans Hall, Poughkeepsie from 1-5pm. www.hudsonvalleyfuneralhomes.com
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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from July 23 to July 25, 2015
Bliven Jr., Harold  
Harold Andrew Bliven, Jr East Fishkill, NY - Harold A. Bliven Jr. 73, passed away on July 21, 2015, at Putnam Hospital Center from complications due to Early-Onset Parkinson's Disease. He was born on January 7th, 1942 in Manhattan NY, "Hell's Kitchen", the son of the late Anna Fredericks and Harold Bliven Sr.. He was employed as a factory and publishing worker at Western Publishing. Harold resided locally in the Mid Hudson valley for most of his life. He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He and his daughter Doreen made and sold their own fishing lures in the Tri County area under the name DB Lures in the early 80's and he continued his fishing business after retirement. Surviving are his daughter Doreen Ostachowsky and her husband Roy, and his beloved grandsons Max and Alex Ostachowsky. Mr. Bliven was predeceased by his wife of 33 years, Marian Delbene Bliven, his second wife, Dolores Colonna, brothers John and Walter Schlierman and sister Mildred Deems. There will be a private memorial ceremony. Arrangements are under the direction of the Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., 38 Main Street, Highland, NY 12528. In lieu of flowers, Friends and family, may make a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) at www.michaeljfox.org or the Dutchess County SPCA at www.dcspca.org . For online condolences or to send the family a sympathy card, please visit our web site at www.torsonememorial.com
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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on July 26, 2015
Bliven Jr., Harold  
Bliven, Jr, Harold Andrew., 73, of East Fishkill, NY died on July 21, 2015. Arrangements under the direction of the Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., Highland, NY, 845-691-2281.
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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from July 23 to July 26, 2015
Bloomer, Barbara Saltford  
Barbara Saltford Bloomer Poughkeepsie - Born in Poughkeepsie, NY in 1931 and a resident of Daytona Beach Shores since 2003, Barbara passed peacefully on to her reward on July 16, 2015 holding hands with her husband of nearly 64 years, Milton D. Bloomer. She was predeceased by her parents, George and Helen (Polly) Saltford and by her eldest daughter, Joanne and is survived and lovingly remembered by six of her children, Connie MacMillan, Margaret Carknard, Sue Chasnov, Patty Cove, Michael Bloomer and John Bloomer, all raised in Scotia, NY, as well as seventeen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Barbara started her many careers as a nurse and while raising a family earned an undergraduate degree from Union College, and worked as a professional Girl Scout Leader while earning a Masters in Education from St. Rose. She then launched a long teaching career that ended with her retirement as Headmistress of Brown School in Schenectady, NY. Barbara was a member of the Schenectada Chapter of DAR, served as Commander of the Lake George Power Squadron and was a very active member of the Schenectady Yacht Club for over forty years. Services at the convenience of the family.
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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on July 21, 2015
Bocchino, Lucy  
Lucy M. Bocchino Rhinebeck - Lucy Marie Bocchino, 86, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Mrs. Bocchino was a lifelong resident of Brooklyn and in recent years lived in Rhinebeck to be near her daughter. She was a talented seamstress and worked for many years in Manhattan and Brooklyn sewing bridal gowns. She was a communicant of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Brooklyn and the Good Shepherd Church, Rhinebeck. Born May 19, 1929 in Brooklyn she was the daughter of Thomas and Anna (Scotti) Piro. She was predeceased by her husband Michael A. Bocchino on March 20, 2008; and her sons Firefighter Michael L. Bocchino and Thomas L. Bocchino. Mrs. Bocchino is survived by her daughter Debra Lavender and her husband Brian of Rhinebeck; three grandchildren Daniel, Deana and Damian Lavender, a sister Anna Lambardozzi and her husband Santo; and two brothers Leonard and Joseph Piro. Calling hours are Saturday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 PM at Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck; and 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 PM at Joseph A. Brizzi & Sons Funeral Home, 3921 Fort Hamilton Pkwy, Brooklyn. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, 9:45 AM, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Firefighter Michael L. Bocchino Memorial Fund c/o the Bocchino family, 12 Manor RD., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 To sign the online register please visit dapsonchestney.com
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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on July 25, 2015
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