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Obituaries

Obituaries for current and former Rivertowns residents are published in the newspaper on Friday if submitted to the editor, Tim Lamorte, by Tuesday at noon. There is no charge for publication. Submissions must be 500 words or less and may be edited to conform with the paper's editorial style. Photos are welcome. To have an obituary published unedited, as a paid ad, contact Marilyn Petrosa.

Houses of Worship


Community

First Reformed Church
18 Farragut Ave., Hastings

478-1560


North Yonkers Community Church

95 Broadway, Hastings

478-3110

www.nycc4all.org


Episcopal

Church of St. Barnabas

15 N. Broadway, Irvington

591-8194

www.stbarnabaschurch.org


St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Revolutionary Road, Ardsley

693-3366

www.stbarnabasardsley.org


Grace Episcopal Church

78 Main St., Hastings

478-1779

www.gracehastings.dioceseny.org


Zion Episcopal Church

55 Cedar St., Dobbs Ferry

693-9320

www.ziondobbsferry.org


St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church

2172 Saw Mill River Road, White Plains

592-7163

www.stjosephofarimathea.dioceseny.org


Jewish

Greenburgh Hebrew Center (Conservative)
515 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry

693-4260

www.g-h-c.org


Chabad of the Rivertowns

303 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry

693-6100

www.chabadrt.org


Woodlands Community Temple

50 Worthington Rd (off Route 9A)
White Plains
592-7070

www.wct.org


Mishkan Ha’am (Reconstructionist)

All events at First Reformed Church

18 Farragut Ave., Hastings, unless noted

478-4996

www.mishkanhaam.org


Temple Beth Abraham

25 Leroy Ave., Tarrytown

631-1770

www.tba-ny.org


Rosh Pinah Chavurah of the Rivertowns (Egalitarian, Conservative)

591-6737

www.roshpinah.com


Lutheran

Dobbs Ferry Lutheran Church

43 Ashford Ave., Dobbs Ferry

693-0810

www.dobbsferrylutheran.org


St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

7 Farragut Ave., Hastings

478-1071

www.hastingschurch.com


Methodist

Aldersgate United Methodist Church

600 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry

693-0446


Ardsley United Methodist Church

525 Ashford Ave., Ardsley

693-4225

www.ardsleymethodist.org


Presbyterian

Irvington Presbyterian Church

25 N. Broadway, Irvington

591-8124

www.irvingtonpresbychurch.org


South Presbyterian Church

343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry

693-0473

www.southpres.org


Roman Catholic

St. Matthew’s

616 Warburton Ave., Hastings

478-2822

stmatthewny.org


Sacred Heart Church

Broadway and Ashford Avenue, Dobbs Ferry
693-0119


Our Lady of Pompeii Church

95 Palisade St., Dobbs Ferry


Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Ashford Avenue, Ardsley

693-0030

sacredheartdfny.catholicweb.com


Immaculate Conception Church

16 N. Broadway, Irvington

591-7480


Unitarian Universalist

The First Unitarian Society of Westchester

25 Old Jackson Ave., Hastings

478-2710

www.westchesteruu.org

April 21, 2017

Jay Rosenberg

Jay Rosenberg of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 21, at age 73, at the Hospice by the Sea.  

Born in New York City to Frances and Harry Rosenberg, Jay lived most of his life in New York. He was a longtime resident of Dobbs Ferry, where he raised his family.

Jay was a passionate man who worked as the owner of Hastings Podiatry in Hastings. In his spare time he enjoyed music, movies, and TV.

Jay was extremely loving and proud of his three sons, Brett, Jared, and Scott; his daughter, Jenna; and his daughters-in-law, Liz and Julie. He is also survived by his grandchildren — Ryan, Riley, and Harper — in addition to his many loving friends.

Funeral services were held April 24 at the Star of David Chapel in Fort Lauderdale.



April 6, 2017

Joseph Petruzzellis

Joseph L. Petruzzellis, of Dobbs Ferry, formerly of Manhattan, passed away on Thursday, April 6, at age 86.

Joe was born in the Bronx to the late Antonio and Marie Josephine Petruzzellis. He attended City College and became a social studies teacher at P.S. 104, Simon Baruch Junior High School, in Manhattan, the same school where he student taught.

Joe was an avid lover of Broadway theater as well as the Metropolitan Opera, attending productions almost daily after he retired in 1987. He lived in Manhattan for most of his life and moved to Dobbs Ferry in 2013 to live with his brother-in-law and childhood friend, Mario Vairo.

Joe is survived by his beloved niece, Susan; nephews Stephen and Thomas (Michele); and the beloved Schoenberger family in Allentown, Pa., and Bigley family in Port Deposit, Md. He was predeceased by his beloved sisters Viola (Mario) Vairo, Catherine (Floyd Sr.) Bigley, and Mary Kurth, and beloved nephew Matthew Vairo.

Mass of the Resurrection was April 10 at Sacred Heart Church in Dobbs Ferry. Visiting was April 9 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.



March 30, 2017

Robert Thombs

Robert J. "Bip" Thombs of Irvington passed away Sunday, March 30, at age 67.

Born in Yonkers to Wendell and Agnes Thombs, Bip had a lifelong passion for the Hudson River. Most recently he was intrigued by the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Sadly, he will not see its completion. 

Bip’s service as a "jungle grunt" for the U.S. Army’s Americal Division in Vietnam, 1969-70, molded his character. Bip was a true hero. He served many years with the Irvington Volunteer Fire Department and retired as a foreman from the Town of Greenburgh Highway Department in 2005.

Bip is survived by his father, Wendell; daughter, Lisa; partner Debbie; brothers Richard and Michael; and four nieces. He was predeceased by his mother, Agnes, and sister, Patty.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Tunnel to Towers Foundation at Tunnel2Towers.org, or by check to Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10306

Visiting was April 2 with service that evening at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.



March 25, 2017

Deann Cartwright

Deann Gromelski Cartwright, a longtime resident of Hastings, passed away on Saturday, March 25, at age 43.

Born in Yonkers to Bradford and Dorothy Gromelski, Deann graduated from Arizona State University and JFK University and focused her career on helping heal others. She became a certified polarity practitioner, a certified reiki master, and practiced her unique blend of healing techniques throughout the country for over 18 years. She was passionate about the healing arts and soul mechanics.

Deann was a loving mother to her two beautiful children, Emily and Ben. She was acting den mother to all the kids who came to play at their home on Hillside Avenue. Everyone was welcome to gather there because of her open arms. She was happy and willing to have a full house at any time.

Throughout her life Deann visited and lived in many parts of the country. Her happy places included Marin County (Calif.), Cape Cod (Mass.), Hampton Beach (N.H.), Camp Onas (Bucks County, Pa.), Sedona (Ariz.), New York City, and her attic.

Deann loved the theater. She would jump at the chance to see a show, any show. Her involvement in the arts started very young, singing show tunes with her dad, and flourished throughout her life. She was an artist, a writer, and a model.

Deann was one-of-a-kind and will be mourned by many friends and special loves. She is survived by both parents; brother, Dennis Gromelski; and children Emily and Benjamin and their father, Scott Cartwright.

Visiting was held March 27 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. Services were held March 28.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please donate to www.gofundme.com/deann-cartwright-memorial-fund.


March 20, 2017

Eileen Fleming

Eileen K. Fleming of Dobbs Ferry, a devoted wife, loving mother of seven, dedicated grandmother of 20, and loyal friend, died peacefully at her home on Monday, March 20, at age 93.

Eileen was born Feb. 10, 1924 in Yonkers, the daughter of William and Henrietta Kennedy. She married Charles "Charley" Fleming on May 30, 1952 in Yonkers. He predeceased her on Nov. 12, 1987.

Eileen graduated from Gorton High School in Yonkers and was a librarian at New York Life Insurance Co. in New York City. She met her husband while taking a course at Columbia University. Eileen enjoyed the lakes and mountains of Vermont, the Hudson River, and beaches, but most importantly, she enjoyed life. She was someone who enjoyed a good time, had a smile that brightened all around her, and saw the best in everyone.

Eileen was a Eucharistic minister at the St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in Hastings and recently a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church in Dobbs Ferry.

Eileen is survived by her children Gregory (Robin), Mary Perillo (Joseph), Loretta Chiavetta (David), Thomas (Erin), and Eileen K. Fleming; daughters-in-law Pamela Fleming and Barbara Garland Fleming; 20 loving grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Eileen was predeceased by her sons Chuck and Paul; her parents; her sister, Mary Mahoney; and her brother, William Kennedy.

Mass of the Resurrection was last Friday, March 24, at Sacred Heart Church. Visiting was March 23 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.


March 16, 2017

Maureen Kenner

Maureen Patricia Farrell Kenner of Providence, R.I., formerly of Dobbs Ferry, passed away on Thursday, March 16.

Maureen was definitely one of the lucky ones. She lived her dream. From a young age, her heart was in the classroom. For 35 years she was a special education teacher in the Providence public schools. Born and raised in Dobbs Ferry, Maureen came to Rhode Island to pursue her calling, graduating from Rhode Island College with a degree in education and later earning a master’s degree from Providence College. Maureen was a vital influence at the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School at Fox Point, working tirelessly as a mentor and active participant for the betterment of all children and their families.

Maureen’s social energy was boundless as was her commitment to her community; she was especially proud of her involvement in the PTO and Eye to Eye. Honored with many accolades throughout her career, Maureen was awarded Providence Public School Teacher of the Year in 2003. Her qualities as a special education teacher — resilience, tolerance, and empathy — mirrored her life outside the classroom. In bright colors and silver jewelry, her trusty ice water with lemon always at hand, Maureen was a fervent lover of the arts, a past president of All Children’s Theater, and invariably the loudest clapper in the room. Living with cancer, as a model patient Maureen exemplified integrity, courage, grace, and hope. For 31 years, through sickness and health, Maureen was the beloved soulmate to the late Jacob “Buddy” Kenner, her intense love recognized in 2016 as a Rhode Island Caregiver of the Year.

Maureen was a dedicated mother to sons Daniel, Jesse, and Aaron Kenner; loving daughter to Joanne Gorman Farrell and John L. Farrell Jr.; and devoted sister to John and wife Diane, Jayne and husband Bill, Dianne and husband Phil, and Michael and wife Melanie. Maureen’s talented grandchildren, Julia, Isaac, Judah, Clara, Ruby, and Alice, and her 16 blessed nieces and nephews — always “all in” — brought her infinite joy. Maureen was a loyal daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, godmother, friend, and colleague.

Her family will receive visitors tomorrow (March 25) at Church at the St. Sebastian, 67 Cole Ave., Providence, followed by Mass of Christian burial. Donations in Maureen’s memory can be made to Maureen’s Garden at Vartan Gregorian, c/o Vartan Gregorian Elementary School at Fox Point, 455 Wickenden St., Providence, RI 02903 or to the Maureen Farrell Kenner Endowed Scholarship, Providence College – OIA, 1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI 02918. Condolences may be left at www.monahandrabblesherman.com.


March 12, 2017

Armand J. Rosenberg

Armand J. Rosenberg, a resident of Dobbs Ferry for 58 years, passed away on Sunday, March 12, at age 92.

After arriving in Manhattan from Germany at age 12, Armand attended New York City schools and was involved in activities that included teaching English.

Armand served in the U.S. military during World War II and was then active with the federal Veterans Administration. He was involved with the Disabled American Veterans and served as a commander.

He was a graduate of Albany Law School and admitted to the New York State Bar Association in 1951. Armand opened his law practice in New York City.

Additionally, Armand’s contributions included being involved at the Greenburgh Hebrew Center in Dobbs Ferry, supporting causes for the State of Israel, and serving as a chancellor and deputy of the Knights of Pythias.

The Dobbs Ferry Board of Trustees proclaimed Feb. 9, 2010 as “Armand Rosenberg Day” in the village. This commendation was a result of his commitment for 30 years as a member, including his tenure as chairman, of the zoning board of appeals.

Armand enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, reading, watching movies, fixing things around home, and relaxing in his hammock and listening to music.

Armand had been married to Elaine (Ginsburg) Rosenberg. Survivors include five children as well as six grandchildren.


March 8, 2017

Giovanna Caparrotti

Giovanna “Jennie” Caparrotti, a longtime resident of Dobbs Ferry, passed away Wednesday, March 8, at age 97, after a brief illness.

Born in Torre di Ruggiero, Catanzaro, Italy, Jennie was the daughter of the late Francesco and Marianna Yozzo. In 1937, Jennie married her sweetheart, Eugenio, in Italy. In 1953, after her children were born, she returned to Dobbs Ferry, where she had grown up; her family followed the next year. In 1986, Jennie retired from St. Cabrini Nursing Home and then worked at Burlington Coat Factory for 20 years.

Jennie was known for her love of life, family, and friends. She was an excellent cook, especially known for her meatballs. She was an avid gardener and took pride in her tomato garden. She always was ready to give them out to her many friends.

Jennie was a member of the Daughters of Italy and the Association of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Toronto, Canada. She was also a parishioner of Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Dobbs Ferry.

Jennie is survived by her daughters, Marie Lockwood, Francesca (Del) LeFevre, and Antonia Reynaud; daughter-in-law Diana Caparrotti; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband in 1981; by her son, Joseph, in 2008; and by her brother, Anthony, in 2013.

Mass of the Resurrection was March 13 at Our Lady of Pompeii Church. Visiting was March 12 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Our Lady of Pompeii Church.


February 28, 2017

Priscilla Carroll

Priscilla M. Carroll, a longtime resident of Hudson House in Ardsley-on-Hudson, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28, surrounded by family. She was 91.

Born May 8, 1925 and raised in Upper Montclair, N.J., Priscilla graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1947. She lived a full and productive life filled with joy. Believing in the importance of giving back, she was generous with her time and service until her death.

Priscilla was predeceased in 1979 by her husband, William D. Carroll, a partner in the New York law firm of Shearman & Sterling. She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Gayten Carroll Bouzane and partner Dr. Ramin Parsey; her grandchildren, Callie, Christopher, and Scott Bouzane, and their father, Michael Bouzane; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Throughout her life, Priscilla enjoyed many accomplished roles: executive director of the Alumni Association of Mount Holyoke College, chair of the board for both Echo Hills Mental Health Clinic in Dobbs Ferry and Youth Consultation Services of Westchester, and an elder and chair of music and worship at the Irvington Presbyterian Church. She was also an active member of the Thursday Club for 40 years, which holds annual fundraisers supporting local charities. Priscilla was a listing agent for 20 years at Ye Village Realty in Dobbs Ferry.

As both a breast and lung cancer survivor, Priscilla was a counselor on call for others facing similar challenges.

Her devotion to family was matched only by lifelong friendships, spanning her Upper Montclair childhood and summers on Bustins Island, Maine, to Mount Holyoke College and eventual summer move to the Auburn Colony in South Harpswell, Maine, to almost 60 years as an Irvington area resident. Priscilla was a member of the Ardsley Country Club since 1960.

In addition to her love of Maine (a tradition she passed down to family and friends), Priscilla loved music. She frequented the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic throughout her adult life, sharing her passion again with family and friends.

Services will be held at the Irvington Presbyterian Church on March 18 at 12:30 p.m. with a church reception to follow. A private family internment will take place at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to Planned Parenthood or Compassion and Choices of Denver, Colorado in her name.


February 12, 2017

Polly Berends

Former Hastings resident Polly Berrien Berends, writer of children’s books and books on spirituality and parenting, died Sunday, Feb. 12, at age 77, in Putnam County.

Born in Chicago, Ill., to Curtis and Mary Reid Berrien, Polly graduated from Skidmore College and earned her master’s degree from Union Theological Seminary in psychology and religion before working in publishing at Random House. She practiced as a pastoral counselor and was a longtime member of the First Reformed Church in Hastings.

Polly wrote, “Everything that happens to you is your teacher. The secret is to learn to sit at the feet of your own life and be taught by it.”

Polly shared much of what she learned in the pages of “Gently Lead, Coming to Life,” and her best-known work, “Whole Child/Whole Parent,” which explores the opportunities for spiritual growth that parenthood provides along with sound advice on raising children. Her children’s books include “The Case of the Elevator Duck and I Heard Said the Bird.” She also wrote “Ladybug and Dog and the Night Walk,” in which she expresses the abiding love for nature she felt since her early days at Camp Marlyn in Andover, N.H..

Throughout her life, Polly found peace and spiritual fulfillment — what she called “a connection to the beyond-personal” — walking by lakes and in the woods in Hastings and Putnam Valley, and in the mountains of New Hampshire. She expressed herself artistically by carving sculptures from dead trees, bringing out — or “discovering” — the tree’s essential form beneath the decay.

Polly deeply loved her family and many wonderful friends. She is survived by her son Jan and his wife Marsha; her son Andy; her granddaughter Sylvia; her ex-husband Jan Berends; her brothers Curtis and James Berrien and their wives, Janet and Mary Jane; many nieces and nephews; and her dog Gracie. It is impossible to fathom the infinite number of lives that have been — and will continue to be — blessed by her insights.

A memorial service is being planned.


February 11, 2017

Abba Tor

Abba Tor of Hastings passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, at age 93.

Abba was born in Warsaw, Poland, on Nov. 1 1923. His father was a Zionist, who, in 1933 arrived in Palestine with his father. Abba and his mother followed in 1934. Abba graduated from the Technion, in Haifa, one of a graduating class of 10, with a degree in civil engineering. While at the Technion, he was also active in the Hagana, the Israeli underground, which later became the IDF. He met Nomi, his beloved wife, at the Technion, where she was studying architecture. They were married while she was still a student. Abba went on to serve in the IDF, in Operations, where he worked with all the key players during the War of Independence and afterwards.

The IDF sent Abba to the U.S. in 1952, to work for the Bureau of Standards, at which time he also took his master’s in engineering from Columbia. Shuli, his daughter, was born in the States. The young family returned to Israel in 1953. Abba left the military in 1955-56 to start his own engineering practice. He ended up back in New York City, by accident, not too long after. And, again, by accident, he ended up at Ammann & Whitney, one of America’s premier engineering firms at the time. There, he designed what was then known as the TWA Terminal at Kennedy Airport. as well as working on other projects with the architect Eero Saarinen. In his own practice, both in New Haven and New York City, he worked with many of the fine architects of his generation, including Louis Kahn, on the latter’s Yale Center for British Arts, and the Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. Abba also taught at Columbia University School of Architecture for many years, as well as travelled around the country doing peer reviews for the Connecticut Society of Engineering.

Abba lived in Hastings, with his family, since 1967. He was predeceased by his wife, Nomi; his son, Daniel; and his nephew Jonathan Lukin. He is survived by his daughter, Shuli Tor; his sister Judith Lukin and brother-in-law Marvin Lukin of Youngstown, Ohio; his nephew and niece, Joshua and Ann Lukin of Philadelphia; his cousin Alex of Tel Aviv; and many loving friends, old and new, in this country and around the world.

A private burial was held at Mount Hope Cemetery on Feb 14. A memorial will be held at Temple Beth Shalom in Hastings this Sunday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m.


February 6, 2017

Richard Dosin Sr.

Richard A. Dosin Sr., of Hastings, died Monday, Feb. 6, at Cabrini of Westchester in Dobbs Ferry. He was 74.

Richard leaves his wife of 53 years, Ann (Bellingham) Dosin and his children Richard Jr. (Donna), David (Sharon), and Darlene (Eddie). Richard was the loving grandfather to Jennifer, Katie, Richie III, Christopher, Brian, and Kevin.

Richard was born in Yonkers to Anthony and Catherine on May 19, 1942. He lived in Hastings his entire life and was store manager of Grand Union in Dobbs Ferry, where he worked for more than 40 years.

Richard was an active member of the Masons, Dunwoodie Lodge #863. He was a lieutenant in the auxiliary police department in Sleepy Hollow and also a member of the Hastings Auxiliary Police Department.

Richard love being outdoors, working in the yard, and decorating for the holidays, and had a great affection for his many pets.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Hastings-on-Hudson Volunteer Fire Department and Hastings-on-Hudson Police Benevolent Association.


February 3, 2017

Richard Persinger

Richard Emory Persinger, 69, a former resident of Dobbs Ferry, died Friday, Feb. 3, at age 69, in Richmond, Va., where he had lived since attending college and graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University.

In Dobbs Ferry, a group of friends was together from the time they enrolled in Community Nursery School until they graduated from Dobbs Ferry High School. In elementary school, the friends especially enjoyed the Halloween parade. Richard wanted a homemade costume that was different. Once he was an Egyptian mummy wrapped in Ace bandages.

In high school, some of the friends took great interest in building props for student plays, for which they were excused from class to do the work. They later confessed that they had a coffeemaker backstage to make theirs a popular gathering spot. Jimmy Luckett and Richard, who together published an underground dittoed paper named The Nego, were in big trouble with the school board when The Nego circulated a questionnaire asking students if they "smoked pot: never, once, every week or every day."

Richard is survived by his mother, Mildred Persinger of Dobbs Ferry; brother Philip Persinger (Emily Nomer) of New Paltz, N.Y.; sons Silver Persinger of Richmond, Va., and Labor Persinger of Gallup, N.M.; four grandchildren; niece Catherine Montgomery (Vincent) Recca of Bedford, Mass.; and nephew Philip (Jen) Montgomery of Cambridge, Mass.


February 2, 2017

Mary Lichtenberg

Mary Barbara Lichtenberg died Thursday, Feb. 2, her son's 65th birthday.

Mary was born Aug. 11, 1922 at Dobbs Ferry Hospital (now the Dobbs Ferry Pavilion of St. John’s Riverside Hospital) to the late Ursula Peciura and Casimir Butville, Lithuanian immigrants, born and raised in Lithuania, who sailed to America to settle in Hastings.

Mary married Floyd H. Lichtenberg on May 30, 1943 in Atlanta, Ga., in the chapel at Fort McPherson. They had one son, Frederick T. Lichtenberg. Floyd Lichtenberg died April 9, 2004.

Mary graduated from Hastings High School in June 1940, and first worked as an operator for the New York Telephone Co. in Yonkers. Then, after raising a family and performing civic functions, she graduated from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry in 1996, with an associate’s degree in the arts, through the college's A.W.A.R.E. program (Adults Who Are Returning to Education). Then re-entering the workforce as a mature woman, she worked for CIBA-Geigy Corp. in Ardsley.

Mary also spent two years at Fordham's School of Religion. She taught religion at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Ardsley and Immaculate Conception Church in Irvington for a total of 25 years.

Mary was a past president and charter member of the Ardsley Historical Society, where she also served as the society's newsletter editor and as the society's archives manager.

She was actively involved in Our Lady of Perpetual Help and was a member and past president of the League of the Sacred Heart; member of the Catholic Family Mission; the Altar-Rosary Society; the annual Christmas fairs and bazaars; and the annual cabaret shows held in the OLPH school auditorium.

Mary is survived by her beloved son, Frederick Lichtenberg of Hartsdale; two sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews, grand- nieces and nephews, and great-grand-nieces and nephews.

Mass of the Resurrection was yesterday (Feb. 9) at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, followed by a reception after the burial at the Ardsley Community Center. Visiting was Feb. 7-8 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.


January 25, 2017

Charles Hellman

Charles Hellman, who helped open the Bronx High School of Science physics department in 1939, taught two future Nobel Prize physics winners, and was the nation's longest continuously licensed amateur radio operator, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, at age 106. He was a Hastings resident for the past 55 years.

A product of the New York City public school system, Hellman was a pioneer in amateur radio, building his first radio sets with early electronic discards from the Lee De Forest tube factory near his childhood Bronx home. Licensed as a radio amateur at age 15, he completed his last radio contact on Aug. 31, 2015. At that time the Quarter Century Wireless Association, an international organization, gave its first-ever “90 Years of Service” award and recognized him as the longest licensed radio operator in the country.

After receiving his master's degree in 1935 from City College, he earned a physics teaching position at the original Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan through a grueling exam process. There, he was imbued with the then-popular “manual training” theory of academic education, which held that students would learn academics better if they also used their hands in the manual arts. The highly academic school was filled with metal, wood, and other shops.

In 1939, Hellman helped open the physics department at the new Bronx High School of Science, which was modeled on Stuyvesant. He continued teaching there for 41 years, retiring in 1980. He taught Nobel Prize-winners Roy Glauber (Class of 1941) and Sheldon Glashow (Class of 1950). In congratulating Hellman on the occasion of his 100th birthday, Glashow wrote to him, “I suspect that Mr. Hellman was largely responsible for me to have chosen to become a theoretical physicist.”

One of Hellman’s other top students was his nephew, Martin Hellman, who later co-developed the Diffe-Hellman cryptography key, which is the basis of most Internet security functions today.

Born May 24, 1910 in the Bronx, Charles married Florence Cohen in 1936. He is survived by his sons Arthur, Jeremy, and Walter Hellman, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Florence died in 1979.

Hellman’s strong physics background and practical electronic experience enabled him to bridge academics and technology in a most successful way. When the War Department asked Hellman to write a textbook on electronics and radio during World War II, the result was his “Elements of Radio,” which masterfully combined the academic and practical aspects of the field. It went through several editions, and years later, translated versions were still being used overseas.

Hellman was also an expert in photography and was the first test engineer for the Consumers Union organization. His tests were the basis for Consumer Union’s camera ratings in the 1950s.


January 24, 2017

Rose Aluisio

Rose Aluisio of Punta Gorda, Fla., formerly of Hastings, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 24, at age 74.

Rose was the only child of Arthur and Hedwig Cerveny, born on May 24, 1942 in Brooklyn. She worked as the office manager for Hastings Electric & Hardware Company, Inc., and as a substitute teacher before retiring in 2007. She moved from Hastings to Florida in 2007.

Rose was a member of Platinum Point Yacht Club in Punta Gorda and Fort Comfort Yacht Club in New York. She loved traveling on the seas whether on their boat called the "Sea Rose Again" or on cruise ships around the world.  

Rose will be greatly missed by her husband of 53 years, Bruce Aluisio; daughters Robin LoGiudice (Albert), Lisa Sanfilippo (Robert), and Debbie Kourakos (Sam); grandchildren Lauren, Josh, Noelle, Robert, Jillian, Christopher, Nicole, and Michael.

A memorial service to celebrate Rose's life was held Jan. 27 at Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services in Punta Gorda. Memorial donations in Rose's memory can be made to Lustgarten Foundation at www.lustgarten.org/donate. To express condolences to the family, please visit www.ltaylorfuneral.com and sign the online guest book.


January 22, 2017

Martin Jaffe

Martin Jaffe of Dobbs Ferry passed away on Sunday, Jan. 22, at age 87. Martin was a veteran, a dance host, and a husband. He leaves behind two sons — Robert of McLean, Va., and Mark of Harrison — plus grandchildren Alex, Max, Steven, and Jordan. He was buried Jan. 24 at the New Montefiore Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island.


January 21, 2017

Sandra Murphy

Sandra Lee Murphy (née Tino) of Ardsley, passed away Saturday, Jan. 21, at age 73, at St. Cabrini Nursing Home, after a long illness.

After attending SUNY Plattsburgh, Sandra dedicated her life to educating the students of Dobbs Ferry. She retired from the Dobbs Ferry School District in 2001. She was an avid traveler and loved exploring foreign destinations. She was also a devoted animal lover.

Sandra was predeceased by her parents, George and Helen Tino. She is survived by her aunt, Marie Partenza, and by many cousins.

Mass of the Resurrection was Jan. 25, at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Dobbs Ferry. Visiting was Jan. 24 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to Paws Crossed Animal Rescue, 100 Warehouse Lane South, Elmsford, NY 10523.


January 19, 2017

Fanchon Scheier

Longtime Hastings resident Fanchon Scheier died peacefully at her home on Thursday, Jan. 19, at age 87.

Fan's generous heart enriched the lives of all those fortunate enough to have known her — her loving family, wide circle of friends, and the students she inspired as a professor in the theater department at Sarah Lawrence College for more than 30 years.

Fan was born in New York City on Oct. 5, 1929 to Helen and Paul Miller. Raised in Washington Heights, she graduated from the High School of Music and Art, where she studied piano and viola, and received her B.A. in drama from Adelphi University.

As an actor, Fan appeared in theater (on and off-Broadway), film, and television. She was a member of the Robert Lewis Acting Company and Green Gate Theater and founder of the In Stage Theater Company.

In 1960, Fan met her future husband, Saul Scheier, an attorney, on a blind date at the White Horse Tavern in Greenwich Village. Three days later he proposed, and they were married that year.

Fan and Saul moved to Hastings in 1966, where they raised two children, Joanna and Josh. They were deeply engaged in the local community. Saul served on the Hastings Board of Education; Fan was active in the Creative Arts Council (now RiverArts), led drama workshops for children, and directed and performed in local and regional theater.

Fan earned her MFA in acting from Sarah Lawrence in 1976. She began teaching there in 1985 and continued through the fall of 2016, leading graduate and undergraduate courses in Dramatic Improvisation and Actors' Workshop. As an educator, Fan went far beyond simply teaching the craft of acting, becoming a counselor, mentor, and confidant to her students, and developing deep, often lifelong connections with many of them.

Whether through theater, film, music, writing or conversation, Fan had a passion for human expression in all its forms. Above all, Fan was possessed of a relentless love for, and interest in, people. She projected warmth, kindness, and generosity, never hesitating to offer acceptance, empathy, and encouragement, free of judgment. Fan's devotion to her family, friends, and students was boundless, and they will forever cherish the gift of spending time by her side.

Fan is survived by her husband of 56 years, Saul; children Joanna and Josh, both of Montclair, N.J.; and four grandchildren — Eliza and Will Jacobson, and Lia and Alma Scheier. They reflected back the love she gave them, and hold her in their hearts.

A private service for family and close friends was held Jan. 22, followed by a shiva at her home in Hastings. A memorial will be held in April at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fan's name to The Actor's Fund www.actorsfund.org.


January 16, 2017

George Haggerty Jr.

George F. Haggerty Jr. of Dobbs Ferry died Monday, Jan. 16, at age 85.

George was born April 15, 1931 in Flatbush, Brooklyn to George Haggerty Sr. and Cecelia Soden. He was the oldest of five brothers. He attended Cathedral College High School in Flatbush.

In his early 20s, George became a real estate broker in Park Slope, Brooklyn. He went on to graduate from St. Francis College in 1954 with a bachelor’s of art in philosophy. He later moved to Puerto Rico and started a computer school. That's where he met his future wife, Lorraine Penella. Together they raised three girls.

In 1980, they returned to New York and moved to Dobbs Ferry to be closer to family. There he started his own answering service company, which he operated until his retirement in 2010. In retirement, he returned to real estate and renewed his real estate broker's license.

George is survived by his daughters Branwen Ford, Karen Haggerty-DiMaggio, and Heather Haggerty; his sons-in-law Frank DiMaggio and Daniel Schwachter; and his grandchildren — Erik, Mark, and Isabella — along with extended family.

Visiting was held at Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry on Jan. 19. Mass of the Resurrection was Jan. 20 at Sacred Heart Church in Dobbs Ferry, followed by burial at Mount Hope Cemetery.


January 13, 2017

John Monteleon

John Monteleon of Hallandale, Fla., formerly of Dobbs Ferry, passed away Friday, Jan. 13, at age 56, after a long illness.

John was born on Dec. 29, 1960, to Rocco and Frances Monteleon in Yonkers. He attended Dobbs Ferry schools. He was a lifelong Mets and Jets fan.

John is survived by his wife and best friend, Lisa; daughter, Valentina; sister, Joanne (Tom); brother, Jimmy (Rosie); nieces and nephew; and grandniece and grandnephew.

John was very active in his church, St. Matthews in Hallandale. Just before his passing, he published a book called “Pray the Rosary,” about his early life, his struggle with addictions, and his unwavering faith in the Lord. A copy of “Pray the Rosary” can be purchased online at www.catholictitles.com.

A memorial mass for John will be held next Saturday, March 25, at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 95 Palisade St., Dobbs Ferry.