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Mary A. Rutzky
Ret., NY Telephone Company, 88

Mary A. Rutzky died Thursday, June 14, 2012, at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was 88.
Mary was born in Narrowsburg, New York, the daughter of Charles and Vivian (Sullivan) Carey.
After graduating from high school, Mary worked for the New York Telephone Company in Monticello, New York, where she met the love of her life, Victor Rutzky. Mary was a parishioner at St. Pius X Church where she was a member of the Altar Rosary Society and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and served as Grand Regent. She was a volunteer at Memorial Hospital and a foster parent, with her husband, through Community Maternity Service. Mary was an avid sports fan; her favorite teams were the Siena Saints and the Yankees.
She is survived by her daughters, Marianne (Alan) Williams, Peggy (Gene) Stryjek, and Rosanne (Tom) McKee; her grandchildren, Morgan, Allison, John, James, Michael, Conor, Sean and Gillian; and her great-grandchildren, Peyton, Collin, and Dawson; several nieces and nephews; and her special friend Dorothy.
The family would especially like to thank Hopie from Accent Health and the Hospice team: Rebecca, Shirley, Deanne, Beth, Dr. Sharma, Roger, and Eileen. Thank you to Dr. Miller and Robin Connolly from Homedical Associates, and Fr. Farano and Jack Egan from St. Pius X Pastoral Care.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 or to the Northeast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at New Comer Cannon Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Road, Albany.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Pius X Church, Loudonville.
Interment will be at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie.
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David William Fulton, 30
March 16, 1982 - June 13, 2012

David Fulton “Brother Dave” of Woodridge, NY, passed away June 13, 2012 in Paramus, NJ. He succumbed to injuries from a motor vehicle accident at the age of 30 years. He leaves behind a grieving family and friends who love him very much.
He is survived by his father, David Fulton, and stepmother, Kim Fulton, of Kenoza Lake; his mother, MaryAnn Alvarez of Brooklyn, NY; sister, Angelica Crawson, and fiance Diego and nephew Logan; brother, Matthew, and wife Christine Fulton; step-siblings, Jason and Kristina Thalmann; paternal grandparents, Jane and the late William Fulton of Kenoza Lake; maternal grandparents, Anthony and Helen Alvarez of Myrtle Beach, SC; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, and his three beloved dogs, Diesel, Angel and Skya.
David was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a sandhogger for Local 147 in New York City. He was a charismatic and loving man who lit up the room with his million dollar smile. He was an avid dog lover who rescued dogs and dreamed of opening a kennel. He loved working on his Christmas Tree Farm, and could be found happily mowing every weekend, and also enjoyed riding his motorcycle.
Donations in his name can be made to the SPCA.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home Inc., Jeffersonville, NY.

Robin Dawes Ducey, 66
February 27, 1946 - June 16, 2012

Robin Dawes Ducey of Callicoon, NY, died Saturday, June 16, 2012 at home, surrounded by her family. She was 66.
She was born in Albany, NY, on February 27, 1946, the daughter of the late Robert and Nancy Dawes. She attended Albany State University and moved to Callicoon in 1965, where she met her husband Michael Ducey. She was employed at The Family Foundation School as Principal for many years, and was instrumental in establishing their charter as a NY State Private School. She devoted her life to helping others in difficulty through spirituality and the arts.
In addition to being an accomplished guitar and banjo player, quilter and seamstress, gardener, choir and play director, Robin became a prolific watercolor artist. Her love of the Catskill Mountains and the Delaware River can be seen in her beautiful work.
Survivors include her loving husband, Michael Ducey, whom she married on November 27, 1965. They have four children, Thomas Ducey of Hankins, NY, Kevin Ducey of Hankins, John Ducey and wife Jennifer of Callicoon, NY, and Anne Garnish and husband, Matthew, of Hankins. She also leaves her six beloved grandchildren, Brian Ducey, Joseph Ducey, Sarah Ducey, Zachary Ducey, Ava Garnish and Emily Ducey; her mother-in-law, Ann Ducey, of Naples, Fla.; and a sister-in-law, Ginny Redington, of New York, NY.
A Liturgy of Christian burial will take place Tuesday, June 19 at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon.
She was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Webster Dawes.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stonybrook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Callicoon, NY, 887-4900.

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