Richard V Christiana

Richard V Christiana, 89, of North Hillsdale NY passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 27th, 2020 after a short illness. He was born in Hudson, NY in 1930 to Margaret and Joseph Christiana of Craryville.

He milked cows on the family farm while growing up, and played football at the Roeliff Jansen school where he graduated from in 1949. He later worked in the excavation business as the founder of Christiana Brothers located in Craryville.

“Richie” loved all animals, and enjoyed hunting activities. He was quite an accomplished target shooter, and took part in many competitive target shooting events. He was a life member of the NRA, Oxbow club of Hillsdale, and the Grand Lodge of Masons for 50yrs.

Richie also had a unique memory for historical events and places including the surrounding towns in Columbia County. Richie is survived by his wife of 50 years Geraldine “Che-Che” (Hunt) Christiana, as well as many good friends and relatives. Besides his parents he was pre-deceased by a sister Rosalie Christiana.

There will be a memorial gathering at the Hillsdale Fire House on Saturday, March 7th, 2020 at 11 AM where friends can come to call and share memories. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Richie’s name to the Hillsdale Fire Company 9387 NY 22, Hillsdale, NY 12529 or the Community Rescue Squad PO Box 327, Copake, NY 12516. Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home of Copake, NY. To send an online condolence please visit

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