Thomas Hoose Smith

RENSSELAERVILLE — Thomas Hoose Smith, a veteran from Rensselaerville, died peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at Berkshire Rehabilitation Center in Sandisfield, Massachusetts. He was 69.

He is survived by his daughter Chasity McGivern and her husband, John, of Knox; his son, Che Smith of Berne; and his former wife, Cheryl Schmidt. He also leaves five grandchildren, John Todd McGivern from Knox, Thomas Che, Amanda, Patrick, and Meaghan Smith from Herkimer; and his siblings, Laurie Lee Pearson and Jamie Smith.

His brother, Roland Smith, died before him.

The family gives its heartfelt thanks to the staff at Berkshire Rehabilitation Center especially Carla and Shelby. “You meant the world to him,” the family wrote.

Burial with military honors will be held on Friday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery at 200 Duell Road in Schuylerville, New York.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Patriot Riders in Altamont through Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230, which is handling arrangements. Mourners may leave condolences online at

More Obituaries

  • Frank Edward Luksa

    DELANSON — Frank Edward Luksa, a World War II veteran who was on the Allies’ lead ship for the invasion of Normandy, could fix anything broken, his family said.

    He died peacefully at his daughter’s home in Altamont on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. He was 98.

  • Richard William Bradt 

    Richard William Bradt, a decorated Korean War veteran, was a devoted family man who served his church and community. He was also a gifted athlete who played semi-pro baseball.

    He died on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, with his family at his side. He was 84.

  • Eleonore and Visvaldis Puzulis

    EAST BERNE — Eleonore Puzulis was a hardworking restaurant manager who loved her family deeply. She died on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, at St. Peter’s Hospice. She was 84.

The Altamont Enterprise is focused on hyper-local, high-quality journalism. We produce free election guides, curate readers' opinion pieces, and engage with important local issues. Subscriptions open full access to our work and make it possible.