August 24, 2015
ALBANY – William W. Ostrander, 75, of Albany, passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at St. Peter’s Hospital. Bill was born in Albany, and lived here all his life. He was a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, and served in the U.S. Army. He was employed for many years as a printer by the New York State Dept. of Education. Bill also enjoyed polka dancing, and collecting Polish music. He and his wife traveled several times to Hawaii with the Happy Louie polka band. He also enjoyed other travels including Nashville, TN, and numerous other bus trips, and he enjoyed walking and reading.
Bill is survived by his beloved wife Theresa Dietz Ostrander; his sister in law and her husband Josephine and Ronald Przybylowski of Schenectady; as well as other extended family and friends.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday morning at 8:15, and from there to All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St. (behind CVS), Albany. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
August 20, 2015
SLINGERLANDS – Doris Meineker Beberwyck, 91, of the Beverwyck in Slingerlands, died at St. Peter’s Hospital on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. Doris was the daughter of Otto and Eleanora Meineker. She was a graduate of Rensselaer High School, attended nursing school, and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy WAVES, serving during World War II. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and later St. Stephen’s of Delmar. Doris worked as a laboratory technician at GAF in Rensselaer, where she met her husband, Arnold. They were happily married for 57 years, engaged mostly in the joy of raising their large family. Later, she retired from Winthrop Laboratories. Doris enjoyed reading, sewing, traveling, discussing current affairs, but most of all, interacting with her family.
Doris is survived by her children Brian Beberwyck and his wife Dory of East Greenbush, Linda Peavy of Albany, Barbara O’Toole and her husband William of Latham, Lisa Armbruster and her husband John of Albany, Alan Beberwyck and his wife Laurie of Delmar, Jeffry Beberwyck and his wife Tracy of Mechanicville; her daughters-in-law Regina Beberwyck of Washington State and Nancy Beberwyck of California; a sister-in-law Audrey Meineker; her grandchildren Eric, Ryan and Brandon Beberwyck, Alexander O’Toole, Val and Adam Beberwyck, Amanda and Kyle Beberwyck and Rose Beberwyck. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and several cousins. Doris was predeceased by her parents, her sister Clara McCoy, her brother Richard Meineker, her husband Arnold Beberwyck, her eldest son Mark Beberwyck, an infant son, her son Lorin Beberwyck, and her infant granddaughter Jenna Beberwyck.
The family would like to thank the nurses of St. Peter’s Hospital 6 Pavilion, the nurses of the Hospice Inn, Dr. Robert M. Kelleher, Dr. Malik, and Dr. Dalfino for their excellent care and compassionate support.
Funeral services will be held in St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 16 Elsmere Ave, Delmar, Tuesday morning at 11:00am. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday from 4-7 pm. Interment will be in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Inn, Community Hospice, 315 S Manning Blvd, Albany, NY 12208. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
August 14, 2015
GUILDERLAND – Elizabeth A. Riedy, 91, of Guilderland, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at her home. She was born in Hollywood, the daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth Shellenback. She was raised in California and Boston, but lived most of her life in Albany. Betty devoted herself to her family. She enjoyed skiing in the Adirondacks; traveling in New England; summers at Lake George; as well as current events; baseball; cooking; shopping and most of all, her grandchildren.
Betty was predeceased by her husband Thomas F. Riedy, Jr, M.D.. She is survived by her children Thomas Riedy (Nancy), Francis Riedy (Victory), Michael Riedy, Rory Riedy (Kathy Griggs), Lisa Gay (Robert), Patricia Riedy, Nadine Little (Mark), and Antoinette O’Donnell (Paul); her son in law Thomas DellaRocco; her brother Richard Shellenback (Claire); her sisters Frances Murphy and Margaret Hennessey (Gerry); her sister in law Lucette Shellenback; her brother in law John Milligan; and by 25 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son Christopher Riedy, her daughter Margaret DellaRocco, her brother Frank Shellenback, and her sister Barbara Milligan.
The family would like to thank Dr. Roberta Miller, Robin Connelly,NP, Jenny Lyman and the Hospice staff for their outstanding care and compassion.
Funeral services will be held at Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave, Albany, Monday at 10:00am, and from there to Christ the King Church, Sumpter Ave, Guilderland, at 11:00am. Relatives and friends are invited to Hans Funeral Home Sunday from 4-8 pm. The parish family of Christ the King Church will gather in the funeral home at 4:30 pm Sunday for a service of prayer and remembrance, all are welcome. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. Memorial contributions may be to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, 965 Albany Shaker Rd, Latham, NY 12110. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
August 7, 2015
ALBANY -- Walter S. Pogoda Jr., 80, of Albany passed away at his home on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. To his friends and family he was simply known as “Shiney”. He worked as a baker in the family business, Broadway Bakery for more than 40 years. He made the best rye bread and hard rolls in the Albany area. An avid outdoorsman, he loved fishing, hunting, and trapping; and was a lifetime member of the Polish American Citizens Club of Albany. He was quick with a joke or a light of a smoke and always made time for a friend. Shiney worked hard, played hard and made life play by his rules even until the end.
Husband of Constance Della Cioppa-Pogoda. Father of Nina (Bob) Hilmeyer, Monique Hollner, Joseph (Virginia) Pogoda Sr., Theresa (Clifton) Mayfield of Houston Texas, Ann Malone, Katrina Pogoda, and Susan (Joseph) Bianchini. Preceding him in death are his parents, Walter and Rose Pogoda; brothers, Theodore and Stanley Pogoda; and sister, Helen Iwanos, as well as a son, James Michael Pogoda. Brother of Edward (Barbara) Pogoda and Irene VanFonda. He is survived by many grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services, Saturday, August 8, at 8:15 a.m. at Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, followed at 9 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at All Saints Catholic Church, Homestead St., Albany. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, August 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery. The family has asked for donations to be made to Community Hospice, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 in lieu of flowers. To leave a message of condolence for the family or to obtain direction to the funeral home, please visit HansFuneralHome.com .
August 4, 2015
ALBANY -- Josephine Ann Tozzi, 86, of Albany, passed away Sunday, August 2, 2015, at Albany Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. She was born in Ravena and was the daughter of the late Salvatore and Mary Pomellitto. Josephine has been an Albany resident since 1951. She had worked for the Albany School District for several years. Josephine was a talented seamstress, creating beautiful Christening outfits for babies baptisms. She enjoyed playing bingo, sewing, baking and knitting. Josephine was a member of the Granny Squares at All Saints Church. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren, the lights of her life.
Josephine was predeceased in 2001 by her husband, Enio Tozzi. She is the cherished mother of Michael, Lawrence, Darlene, Anthony Tozzi (Barbara Murray), and John (Chuck) Tozzi. She is the sister of Frances (Don) Weidenbacker, Frank (Joan) Pomellitto, Carmella DiBella and the late Carmen and Salvatore (Ann) Pomellitto. Josephine is also survived by four grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Thursday, August 6, 2015, at 9:15 a.m. at Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, then to St. Francis of Assisi Church (formerly St. James) at 10 a.m. where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are encouraged to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Leukemia Society in memory of Josephine A. Tozzi.
August 2, 2015
ALBANY -- Rosaria “Sara” Schepisi, 87, died after a brief illness at Hospice Inn on Saturday, August 1, 2015. Rosaria was born in San Piero Patti, Sicily, on November, 18, 1927. She was the daughter of the late Giuseppe and Giuseppina Marrello. Family was most important to Rosaria. Her granddaughter and her great- granddaughters were the flowers of her garden and the lights of her life. Rosaria was a homemaker and for a brief time a seamstress. She always filled her home with love and food. You never left her home hungry. She loved her family and friends.
Rosaria was predeceased by her husband, Antonino, who died in 2007. She is survived by her children, John Schepisi and his wife MaryAnn, and Concetta Keane and her husband Sean; her granddaughter, Jennifer Dahlberg and her husband Chris and their children, Maci Nicole and Kaylin Michelle ; her step-grandson, Michael Tremblay Sr. and his children, Alaina M. and Michael R. Jr.; her siblings, the late Dominick, survived by Anthony and Delores Marrello, Tindaro (Danny) and Cathy Marrello, Maria LoPresti and Giuseppina DiSanto. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and couins here and in Italy.
Funeral services Tuesday, August 4, at 8:15 a.m. at Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, followed at 9 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at All Saints Catholic Church, Homestead St., Albany. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Monday, August 3, from 4- 7 p.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Rosaria be made to the Community Hospice Inn of Albany, 315 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208. Rosaria’s family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the Hospice Inn nurses and staff for their kindness, help and support during this special time.
July 24, 2015
COLONIE – Patrick E. Renaghan, 79, of Colonie, passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at the Hospice Inn in St. Peter’s Hospital. Pat was born in Bayside, Queens, the son of the late Patrick F. Renaghan, and Helen R. McNamara Renaghan. He was raised in the Bronx and lived there until relocating his family to Roanoke, VA. The family then moved to Clifton Park where he resided for over 30 years. He and his wife recently moved to Colonie. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955-1957 and was employed by Metropolitan Life Insurance for his entire career. Pat was a member of the Knights of Columbus, was an avid sports fan, and enjoyed participating in sports such as baseball, bowling and basketball. Pat was a devoted Yankees fan, and as a youth he worked for and was later recruited and attended tryouts with the Yankees. Throughout challenging times Pat maintained his positive attitude and dry sense of humor.
Pat is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Rita J. DiDomenico Renaghan; his children Robert P. Renaghan (Cheryl D.) of Charlottesville, VA, Patricia A. Page (Thomas J.) of Wilton, Mike E. Renaghan of Latham, Kevin G. Renaghan of Albany, and Kathleen T. Westlake (Michael A.) of Auburn; his brother Robert B. Renaghan (Patricia A.) of Milford, MA; his sister in law Dolores M. Renz of Bayshore; his grandchildren Meghan R., Holly A., and Michael J. Page; and by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 8:30 am, and from there to the Historic Church of St. Mary on Capitol Hill, Pine & Lodge Streets, Albany, at 9:30 am. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 3-7 pm. Interment will be in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery Tuesday at 12:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Community Hospice for Hospice Inn, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144; or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
July 21, 2015
GUILDERLAND – Jacob F. “Jack” Nowak, Jr., 73, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Saturday, July 18, 2015 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital. Jack was born in Albany, the son of the late Jacob F. Nowak, Sr. and Anne Romanowski Nowak. He served in the U.S. Army for three years, and was employed by the State University of New York for many years, retiring as Director of Network Services, New York Network. Jack loved hunting and fly fishing, especially on the Ausable River. He also tied fishing flies, which he would share with others. In addition, he enjoyed calligraphy and wood carving. He carved many walking sticks for family and friends. He also carved walking sticks which were sold and the funds donated to veterans causes. He also was a master at flower and vegetable gardening, and his spectacular home garden was well known in his neighborhood.
Jack is survived by his beloved wife Anne P. Liotta Nowak; his daughters Debbie Carey (Rex) of Voorheesville, Dawn Nowak of Guilderland, and Dena Ackerman (Michael) of East Greenbush; his sister Dr. Judith Nowak (Esra Bennathan) of Washington, DC; his brother Richard Nowak (Linda) of Watkins Glen; his mother in law Ermina “Willy” Liotta; his grandchildren Samantha and Janel Carey, and Courtney and Kyle Ackerman; and by several nieces and nephews.
The Nowak family wishes to thank the staff of Community Hospice, the Hospice Inn, and Dr. Richard Lavigne and his staff for the wonderful care they provided to Jack.
A mass in celebration of Jack’s life will be held Friday morning at 11:00 am in Christ the King Church, Sumpter Ave., Guilderland. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers and mass cards, donations may be made to The Community Hospice for Hospice Inn, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
July 10, 2015
GUILDERLAND – Herman William Wyld, 82, of Guilderland, passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, surrounded by his family, at the Hospice Inn of St. Peters Hospital. Son of the late Herman and Ann Scully Wyld, he was born in Albany on December 14, 1932 and was a graduate of the former Vincentian Institute, class of 1951. After graduation he was drafted into the Army and proudly served two years as a carrier and repeaterman with the 50th Signal Corps Battalion in Sendai, Japan during the Korean War. After being discharged from the Army, Mr. Wyld returned to home, to attend SUNY Cortland, where he earned a Bachelors degree in Health and Physical Education. While attending Cortland, his many activities, achievements, and accomplishments included being selected to play on the GEM Bowl East-West All-Star Football Team, receiving the Red Letter Award for outstanding achievement and leadership in football, earning a Directorship in Physical Education, and being an active member of the Beta Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He later went on to attend SUNY Albany, where he earned a Master Degree in Secondary School Supervision.
Mr. Wyld (or Coach Wyld, to many) quickly went on to find a position teaching Health and Physical Education with the Guilderland Central School System. In addition to his normal teaching duties, Coach Wyld was well known for his activities on the sporting fields, where he served as a Varsity Line Coach for 11 years and Varsity Wrestling Coach for 20 years, as well as earning the reputation for being “The coach who never yelled”. This dedication to his work did not stop at the end of at the school day. Summers and weekends Coach Wyld could be found in the gym or volunteering with local sports teams. Above all, Coach Wyld believed in the heart and inner strength of his athletes, and by taking a vested interest in their lives, he was able to motivate his students to succeed in all areas, not only sports. Coach Wyld retired from teaching in 1988, but maintained strong ties to education.
After retirement, Mr. Wyld maintained a very active life. He was an avid volunteer, worked closely with the Elks Club, and was a member of the Italian American Community Center. He regularly enjoyed traveling with his wife and family, loved to spend time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, golfing, and was a regular bowler.
Mr. Wyld is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Alice Ann Marinelli Wyld; his much loved children Richard F. (Susan) Wyld of Cohoes, Thomas W. (Mary) Wyld of Westmere, and Kathleen M. Bond of Waterford; his grandchildren Daniel Francis Wyld, Samuel W. Wyld, Joseph Allen (Kelsey) Wyld, and Sarah Ann Bond; his great granddaughter Ryleigh Mae Wyld; and by several cousins and some special friends. He was predeceased by his grandson Tommy Christopher Wyld.
The family of Mr. Wyld would like to thank the staff of the 3 High Rise unit at the Albany County Nursing Home for the excellent care that was provided.
Funeral services will be held at Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday morning. Services will begin at 9:00am and will begin at Christ the King Church, Sumpter Ave., Guilderland at 10:00am. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Sunday from 3-7pm. The parish family of Christ the King Church will gather in the funeral home at 3:30 pm, Sunday for a service of prayer and remembrance. All are welcome. Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie. The family suggests memorial contributions to Guilderland Central High School Wrestling Booster Club or Christ the King Church, general Building Fund. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .
July 3, 2015
ALBANY – Anthony J. Mirabile, 88, of Albany, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Albany Medical Center. Tony, a lifelong resident of Albany, was born in Glens Falls in the summer of 1926, the son of the late Joseph and Santa (DePasquale) Mirabile. He graduated in 1944 from Vincentian Institute and attended Siena College, Albany Business College and Navy Communications School. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He was employed by the Veterans Administration until entering the business of Lake Electronic Service in 1954 as co-owner, serving as President from 1973 until his retirement in 1994. Tony was also a communicant of All Saints Catholic Church (the former St. Margaret Mary’s) and a member of the Parish Seniors. He was also an active member and Past President of the Italian American Community Center, a member of the American Italian Heritage Foundation, a board member of the Albany Columbus Day Parade Committee, a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus and Past Grand Knight of the Colonie Council 3394. Tony was an avid fan of both the Yankees and Giants. He enjoyed bocce at the Club, bowling, big band music, dancing, Saturday night dinner with Andy and Joe, lunch with the “Birthday Boys,” a good drink, a good cigar, a good joke, and most of all, getting together with his loving family and friends.
Tony was predeceased by his wife Helen M. (Triolo) Mirabile in 2010. He is survived by his children Andrew Mirabile, Joanne DiFrancesco (Robert), Julie Miller (Louis), and Joseph Mirabile; his grandchildren Jennifer Biski (Joseph), Gregory and Nicholas Miller, and Nicole and Sarah DiFrancesco; his great-grandchildren, Hunter and Isabella Biski; his sisters-in-law Sarina Nagi and Cecilia Rigosu (Vincent); his-brother-in law Joseph Triolo and by many nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Dominick S. Mirabile, his brother-in-law Vincent Triolo and his sister-in-law Vera Rappazzo.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday morning at 8:15 a.m., and from there to All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St. (behind CVS), Albany at 9:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Sunday from 4-8 p.m. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Tony’s memory to All Saints Catholic Church, 12 Rosemont St, Albany, NY 12203; or to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.