July 25, 2016
ROTTERDAM – Vincent J. “Junior” Rocco, 68, of Rotterdam, passed away on Friday, July 22, 2016. Junior was born in Albany, and lived in the Capital District all his life. He was employed for many years as a swimming pool plasterer.
Junior was the devoted nephew of Frank A. Rocco, Sr. of Albany, and is also survived by his aunts Ida Rocco and Gloria Rocco of Albany, and by his longtime friends Frank Yakel and Dave DeCarlo. He is also survived by many cousins and friends.
Calling hours will be held today in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, from 3 to 5 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Services and interment will be held privately. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
July 9, 2016
WEST SAND LAKE – Kimberly Rose Rifenberick passed away on July 8, 2016 surrounded by her family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Kim was born in West Sand Lake on September 7, 1976 to George and Ruth Rose. Kim attended and later became a long time cheerleading coach in the Averill Park Central School District. She took great pride in watching her daughters cheer and quickly became a “cheer mom” to many. Kim had a kind heart and was always there for everyone in their time of need. She was generous beyond belief, giving to anyone in need without question. In true Kim fashion, right to the end, Kim was more concerned about how those closest to her were handling her illness instead of herself. Kim’s greatest passion and treasurers in life were her children. She was so proud of their accomplishments and was their biggest supporter.
Predeceased by her father George Rose, Kim is survived by her husband Craig, her daughters Jordain and Hannah and her son Craig Jr. She is survived by her best friend and mother Ruth Rose, siblings George Jr. (Stacey) and Scott (Michele). Kim is also survived my many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins
Funeral services will be held in the Salem United Methodist Church, 349 Shaver Road, West Sand Lake, Tuesday at 12:00 noon. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the church Tuesday from 9:00am to 12:00 noon. Interment will follow the service in Elmwood Cemetery, West Sand Lake. The family suggests memorial contributions to The Community Hospice, mailed to: The Community Hospice Foundation, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
June 30, 2016
ALBANY – Christine M. Carey, 50, of Albany, passed away Monday, June 27, 2016 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital. Christine was born in Lorain, OH, the daughter of the late William A. Bauer, Jr. and Pamela A. Murray Bauer. She lived most of her life in Albany, and was employed for many years by Stewarts Shops. Christine also enjoyed playing bingo and scratch-offs.
Christine is survived by her beloved partner Robert A. Rossman; her sons Matthew and Brendan Carey of Albany; her sister Rebecca Hamilton of New Paltz; and Rob’s children Kristina DeGrocco (Thomas), and Michael Rossman; and Rob’s grandson Bradley DeGrocco.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
June 13, 2016
ALBANY – Frank J. Bishop died Monday, June 13, 2016 at St. Peter’s Hospital with his family by his side.
Frank was born on May 1, 1924, a proud member of the Greatest Generation—a World War II veteran who started the war patrolling the beaches of New Jersey for U-boats and who ended his Coast Guard career as a Signalman 2nd Class aboard the LST 767, blinking out messages to alert other allied ships of danger. When his ship wrecked at the invasion of Okinawa, he rescued the 48-star American flag from the stern—only to find it and fly it again for the first time on Memorial Day 2016.
Frank’s parents Al and Margaret Bishop taught him all he would ever need to know about loyalty to family, faith in God, and strong belief in always doing the right thing. The Brothers at CBA gave him an unshakeable value system, as he graduated 1st Lieutenant 2nd Battalion in 1940.
When Frank returned from war, he went to work for New York State, eventually logging 43 years at the Transportation Department. It was there that he met the vivacious Betty Connery, whom he would always call the most beautiful girl he ever saw. They married in 1947 and began a family. Their firstborn, Michael Francis died at birth. By 1956, he and Betty were a family of six—three boys and a girl, and living the American Dream that his wartime duty had helped to preserve.
Having put off college to enlist, Frank went back to get his degree while raising four children. He worked days at the State, and went to Siena College Night School. It took a grueling seven years for him to finish his degree but he never wavered. At Christmastime, he would add a part-time job that would keep him going round the clock so that his children would have presents under the tree.
Happily, it wasn’t all work. No one was more devoted to his children than Frank Bishop, spending endless summer hours playing ball, and fishing, and swimming in Kinderhook Lake with them, or packing up the car after a long week at work and heading out in the old 1948 Dodge to Frontier Town.
Frank was also an avid bowler, who went into the record books in 1963 when he rolled a Perfect Game at the old Hoffman’s Lanes in Colonie—getting his “300” with a two-fingered ball!
In 1984, Frank bought part interest in Pepper’s Nipper whom he raced with high hopes at Saratoga Harness. He loved his horse, and he loved the experience, even though Pepper’s Nipper never came home in front.
Frank loved to travel with Betty and the kids and pet bunny Reggie to Dennisport and Duxbury. In 1985, he retired from NYS DOT and he and Betty became regulars on bus trips to Atlantic City and Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods. Even though his legs started to fail him, by the time he reached his 80’s, they were going to the Saratoga Racino every week. He became the unofficial “mayor” of the Colonie Crossings, tipping his hat and saying hello to everyone as he was wheeled through the park and the trees he loved. And he couldn’t get enough of his raspberry ice cream at Guptill’s.
He handled illness and adversity with amazing dignity and humor—and because of his health issues made some lasting friends in his health aides Mike Zee, Faith Gregory, Danielle Moshier and Bianny. Thanks to their huge hearts and love of adventure--and of “Pop” as they called him--he had the best year of his life.
Frank was predeceased by the love of his life, Betty Connery Bishop. He is survived by his children Frank J. Bishop, Jr. (Robin C.) and Peter E. Bishop (Judith Faith) both of Albany; Elizabeth Ann “Liz” of Saratoga Springs, and Paul G. Bishop (Diane) of Albany; his grandchildren Colleen Davignon (Russ), Audrey Bishop and Gregory Bishop; his great granddaughter Maya Rose Vasquez; his sister Eileen Bishop Loomis (David) and by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters Margaret Mary Bishop and Bernice B. Waterson.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Avenue, Albany, Thursday morning at 11:30 a.m., and from there to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in the old Vincentian Institute, from which all four Bishop children graduated, on Ontario and Yates Streets, Albany at 12:30 p.m.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Troy. To leave a message of condolence for the family, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .
June 12, 2016
ALBANY – Maureen McCullough Donohue, 71, of Albany, passed away Friday, June 10, 2016. Maureen was born in Chicago, IL, the daughter of the late David P. and Hedwig Kosakowski McCullough. She was raised in Woodbury, CT, was a 1966 graduate of Barnard College, and earned a Master’s Degree from Yale University in 1967. She married shortly thereafter, moved to Albany, and in 1971 earned a degree from the State University College of Library Science. She was employed by the New York State Law Library and then by the New York State Thruway Authority. She spent her last years in the good care and company of the staff at Evergreen Commons in East Greenbush, NY.
Maureen is survived by her son David McCullough Donohue (Kathleen), of San Francisco, CA; her daughter Elizabeth McKeever Donohue (Rico Valdez), of Albuquerque, NM; her former husband and dear friend Paul F. Donohue, Jr. of Albany; her sister Joan Andrews, her brother Thomas Medero and by her grandsons Ryan Román Valdez, and Milo Seamus Donohue.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday morning at 8:15 AM, and from there to All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St. (behind CVS) at 9:00 AM. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4-7 PM. Interment will be in the Woodbury Cemetery, Woodbury, CT. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association, Pine West Plaza Building 2, Suite 204, Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, New York, 12205. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
June 11, 2016
LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ – Pasquale S. “Patsy” Gaudio, 77, of Lake Havasu City, AZ, passed away peacefully at his residence after a brief illness on May 17, 2016. Patsy was born February 2, 1939 in Hudson, NY, the son of the late Michele and Ida Gaudio. Patsy was a lifelong residence of Albany. In retirement, Patsy traveled between homes in Albany and Lake Havasu City, AZ.
Patsy graduated from the Cathedral Academy and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving from July 1956 -- May 1963. In 1969 he married the love of his life, Phyllis. He was a member of the Albany Police department, and after leaving the police department he worked at Schaefer’s Brewery, then the NY State Office of General Services until retiring. Patsy loved meeting his friends to play cards and was an avid Boston Red Sox fan, and never missed watching a game.
Patsy is survived by his only child Michael (Michele) Gaudio of Albany, his brothers Angelo (Roberta) Gaudio of Albany, Michael (Donna) Gaudio of Dunnellon, FL, and his beloved granddaughter Gabrielle who misses her poppy very much. He is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Pasty was predeceased by his wife Phyllis and his parents Michele & Ida Gaudio.
Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, on Monday from 4-7 pm. Funeral services and entombment services will be held privately on Tuesday, where Patsy will be joined again with his wife Phyllis. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com. GO RED SOXS!!!!!!!!!
June 11, 2016
GUILDERLAND – Anna Comstock Garrison, 95, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Delmar. Anna was born on September 22, 1920, to the late Ralph E. Comstock and Marietta Keenholts Comstock. She grew up in Menands and Albany, graduating from Albany High School. On August 22, 1941, she married the love of her life, Thomas W.C. Garrison of New Salem. During WWII, while Tom was stationed in Georgia, Anna moved there to be near him. Following the war, they returned home to Albany, and settled in the hamlet of McKownville in the Town of Guilderland. Anna worked for the Albany News Co. and Niagara Mohawk until she and Tom adopted their beloved daughter, Gail. While caring for her family, Anna was involved with the McKownville Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary, and she was also a Girl Scout and 4-H Troop Leader. She eventually returned to working outside the home, and retired from the NYS School Boards Association, in her position of bookkeeper, in 1982. In their leisure time, Anna and Tom enjoyed bowling with friends from the McKownville Fire Department, traveling, and square dancing, for which Anna sewed both Tom’s and her costumes. Following Tom’s sudden passing in October of 1983, Anna learned the art of quilting and made many beautiful quilts until losing her sight to macular degeneration. She was a member of McKownville United Methodist Church, enjoying many long-term friendships begun there.
In addition to her parents and husband, Anna was predeceased by her brother Ralph E. Comstock, Jr., his wife Louise (Herber) and their daughter Judith, and her twin brother Donald Comstock and his wife Jessie (Dober). She is survived by her loving daughter, Gail, as well as nieces Barbara Ann Comstock Morgan (William) of Castleton and Donna Mae Comstock (William Sigalos) of Falls Church, VA, and nephew Ralph Comstock of VA. Anna is also survived by Barbara and Bill Morgan’s children, especially her beloved grandniece, Teresa (Frank Thierbecker III) and their children, Frank IV and Morgan.
Sincere appreciation is expressed to Dr. Gary Bakst and nurse, Nancy Kaiser of The Endocrine Group for their many years of compassionate care of Anna. The family also wishes to thank Good Samaritan for their care and compassion.
A visitation will be held Thursday, June 16, 2016, from 4 – 7 p.m. with a funeral service immediately following at Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Avenue, Albany. Interment will be private at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers, donations in Anna’s memory may be made to McKownville United Methodist Church, McKownville Volunteer Fire Department, or NABA (National Association for the Blind of Albany). To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
May 23, 2016
ALBANY – Michael F. Daly, 69, of Albany, passed away on Friday, May 20, 2016. Mike was born in Afton, son of David and Avelda Daly, raised in Afton and St. Pete Beach, FL, but lived most of his life in the Capital District. He was a graduate and active alumnus of the The Manlius School and Yale University. Always inquisitive and with a towering intellect, he earned a JD from Albany Law School followed by his LLM from New York University. He practiced law for many years, focusing on tax and estate law, consulted for the New York State Senate, was a lecturer at SUNY Albany, and in recent years was involved in estate planning. Mike had a deep devotion to his family and found his greatest joy in the later stages of life through the eyes of his three grandsons, Everett, Wyatt, and Logan. A life long horse racing fan, Mike never missed a summer season at Saratoga. He loved attending the Fourstardave Stakes every year and took special pride in being one of the few people who personally saw Secretariat, Affirmed and American Pharoah all lose at Saratoga.
Mike is survived by his sons Dave Daly of Portland, OR, Chris Daly (Jennifer) of Cold Spring, and Tim Daly (Amy) of Washington, DC; his former wife Ann C. Oberting Daly; his brothers Joe Daly (Sue) of Berkeley, CA, and David Daly of Oneonta; his sisters in law Kathy Coffin of La Mesa, CA, and Maria Daly of Puerto Rico; his grandchildren Everett, Wyatt, and Logan Daly; and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers George Coffin, and Thomas Daly.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Thursday evening at 7:00pm. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-7 pm. Interment will be in Afton at a later date this summer. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made in Michael’s name to Manlius Pebble Hill School, where he was class of ’63, C Company, and graduated with the school’s highest honor, The Order of the Phoenix. Giving can be made online www.mph.net/giving or sent to Manlius Pebble Hill School -- Development, 5300 Jamesville Road, Syracuse, NY 13224. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .
May 19, 2016
ALBANY – Teresa L. Beaudett of Albany, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at St. Peter’s Hospital. Teresa was born in Buffalo, but had lived in Albany since childhood. She was a graduate of Vincentian Institute, the State University at Albany, and Albany Law School. Teresa was employed by the New York State School Boards Association for several years, and was employed for many years by the New York State Dept. of Health. She was a member of the Beta Zeta sorority, and was a communicant of All Saints Catholic Church. Teresa also enjoyed flower gardening and reading.
Teresa was predeceased by her parents Edward T. Beaudett, Sr., and Rita Dugan Beaudett. She is survived by her sisters Marie Fowler (the late David) of Orchard Park, Joyce Besha (James) of Guilderland, and Carol Ferriero (Daniel) of Clifton Park; her brother Edward T. Beaudett, Jr. of Boxborough, MA; and by eight nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Saturday morning at 8:15 a.m., and from there to All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St., Albany (behind CVS) at 9:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Friday from 4-7 p.m. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
May 15, 2016
COLONIE-Gladys E. Galeo, 88, of Colonie, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning at Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Albany and was the daughter of the late Fred and Mary McNaley Lavery. Gladys had worked as a bank teller and for Nationwide Insurance years ago. She enjoyed traveling and playing bingo. Her most treasured time was caring for her adored grandchildren.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 70 years, Michael S. Galeo Sr. Gladys is the devoted mother of Michael S. (Susan) Galeo Jr., Joseph (Lisa) Galeo and the late Linda Galeo Miller. Gladys is the sister of Helen Lavery, the last of the seven Lavery siblings. She is the cherished grandmother of Paul (Diane) Miller Jr., Kelly Livingston, Cheri Van Ness, Christine (Kevin) O’Connell, Dana Galeo and Lynsey Lawson. She is the loving Nanny of Kristine and Mikey Livingston, Zach and Alex Miller, Bobby and Christopher Van Ness, Aliyah and Ashon Wright. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday evening at 6:00 at Christ Our Light Catholic Church, 1 Maria Drive, Loudonville. A celebration of life will follow the Mass.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern NY, 4 Pine West Plaza #405, Albany, NY 12205 in memory of Gladys E. Galeo.
To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .