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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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Anne Harmon

Anne Emison Harmon, a resident of Irvington since 1962, died of lung cancer on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at age 83, with her loving family around her at her Hudson House home.

Anne is survived by her husband, Howard; son James; daughter, Julia; grandson Julian; and son-in-law Ugo. In addition, she is survived by her sister, MaryDee Emison Davis, and brother-in-law Phillip C. Davis; nephews Robert (Kim) and Bradley (Imelda); niece Sandra (Keith); and nine grand-nieces and nephews.

Born to Robert and Dorothy Emison on Jan. 3, 1933 in New York City her full name was Elizabeth Anne Emison. Anne grew up in North Tarrytown (now Sleepy Hollow) and Scarborough, and graduated from The Masters School in 1950 and DePauw University in 1954.

Anne was employed by Time magazine from 1955 until her marriage to Howard (affectionately known as Bunkie) in the fall of 1962. Anne and Bunkie shared their whole married life in Irvington while raising their two children, Jamie and Julie. Anne became an active board member and officer of Association for Mentally Ill Children of Westchester (AMIC) and sponsor of The Clear View School, where she was involved since 1968 as a parent, volunteer, and part-time staff member soon after her son was diagnosed with autism. Her other activities included, former member of The Junior League of Westchester on Hudson, member and past president of the Thursday Club, and Altar Guild member of Church of St. Joseph of Arimathea.

Anne and Bunkie enjoyed many years of traveling together overseas as well as beloved vacation spots with family and friends including Fishers Island, N.Y., Pawleys Island, S.C., and various spots in Maine. In more recent years, they spent holidays at the Thayer Hotel at West Point and the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, N.Y. They also enjoyed many trips to Southern California where their daughter and her son, Julian, resided for 17 years. 

A memorial service will be held at St. Joseph of Arimathea on April 1 at 10 a.m., with a lunch reception at noon at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club, 777 Albany Post Road, Briarcliff Manor. RSVP to Julie at: julie@unitybridges.org for attendance to the luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory would be appreciated to any of the following: The Clear View School (AMIC), 550 Albany Post Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510; Opengate (a residential program for developmentally disabled adults where Jamie resides) 29 Warren St., Somers, NY 10589; and St. Joseph of Arimathea, 2172 Saw Mill River Road, White Plains, NY 10607.

Anne will be remembered for her beautifully decorated Christmas trees that she kept up all year around for all to enjoy, her love for the Hudson River and wearing hats, her rosy cheeks and curly locks, and most especially for her deep loyalty and generosity to family and friends.


Beatrice Peck Toll

Former Dobbs Ferry resident Beatrice Peck Toll, 93, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at her home in Palm Bay, Fla., surrounded by her family.

Born and raised in beloved Lower Manhattan, Bea was married to Leslie Bruce Toll in 1955 until his passing in 1990. Bea grew up during the Depression, which left an indelible mark upon her. Throughout her life she truly appreciated everything and never had an unkind word for anyone.

Bea was a secretary and had been employed by Schrank (New York City), Montgomery Ward (New York City), Oceana Publishing Co., (Dobbs Ferry), The Children's Village (Dobbs Ferry), and Walmart (in her later years because nothing could slow this beautiful woman down).

Bea simply loved everything about life and lived by the Golden Rule. Bea loved her family. She is survived by her loving daughter, Melissa Toll Stoffa; son-in-law, Lawrence; grandsons, Michael and Jamie Stoffa; and two dogs. Her two grandsons loved her beyond measure and she was so proud of them. Bea was also the favorite aunt to numerous nieces and nephews, and beloved by cousins and friends.

Bea and her family settled in Dobbs Ferry with her husband and helped create the Dobbs Ferry Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Bea and her late husband relocated to Cornwall-on-Hudson in 1990 to be closer to her daughter. During 22-plus years in Cornwall-on-Hudson, Bea made many new and forever friends. She was an avid movie, music, and film buff. Bea was a historian in her own right. She loved animals, people, and nature and was a kind, sweet, wonderful person who will be missed.

Bea relocated to Florida two and a half years ago with her daughter's family. It is there that she lived out the rest of her wonderful life — happy and carefree.

A private cremation service will be held in Florida and a celebration of Bea's life will be held in Dobbs Ferry in the springtime.


Joseph Conti

Joseph Conti of Irvington, and formerly of Tarrytown and Rockland County, died Monday, Jan. 2, at age 92.

Born on Feb. 4, 1924 in Brooklyn, Joseph was the son of William and Jenny Sarcio Compitiello. He served proudly in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Much of his service was in Saipan and Okinawa. At the time of his discharge, he was a corporal and was serving as an acting captain. After the service, he had been a car dealer in Rockland County, operating his company A & J Auto Sales.

Joseph is survived by his daughter, Melissa Conti Winton, and his grandson, Connor Winton, both of Irvington, as well as his sisters, Louise Gargano and Camille Praetorius. He was predeceased by his brothers, Anthony and Al Conti.

Visitation was at the Coffey Funeral Home on Jan. 6. His funeral mass was Jan. 7 at Transfiguration Church, followed by interment with military honors at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital would be appreciated. To leave condolences, visit www.coffeyfuneralhome.com.


Mary Pearson

Mary Pearson of Tarrytown passed away on Christmas Day at age 87.

Mary was a former music teacher and a graduate of the music departments at Syracuse and Columbia Universities.

Mary is survived by her husband, John, and son, Parke, of Tarrytown, and by her son Jeff and grandson Ruben of Oregon. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Nate Pearson, his wife Rosemary, and their daughters, Tacy and Fran of Ocean City, Md.

Mary belonged to the Church of St. Barnabas in Irvington. A memorial is planned for the spring.


Claudia Steinberg

Former Hastings resident Claudia Steinberg passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at age 62.

Claudia was born on May 10, 1955 to Shirley and Robert Steinberg. She attended Scarsdale High School, and later graduated from Kirkland College in 1977 as a studio art major. She went on to work as a graphic designer in print and television in New York City. Claudia moved to Hastings in 1996 with her husband, George Engelbrecht, and two daughters — Cora and Lila. She became an active and valued member in the art community. For many years she taught art workshops for students in her home, and conducted residencies in schools and community centers throughout the Rivertowns.

Claudia was delighted and thrilled by life. She was for many an inspiring mentor, a compassionate listener, a strong and thoughtful confidant. As an artist and teacher, she took utmost joy in bringing people together and in helping them be most fully themselves. She taught generations of young people to find beauty in the most unexpected places, to be courageous, to grasp things naturally and confidently. She did this all without seeming to.

Even as her illness progressed, Claudia continued to live life fully. She was sustained by the countless relationships she had built and nourished throughout her life. She died peacefully at Montefiore Hospital surrounded by her devoted family. Our world pales without her light, but her heart remains, warming the people, spaces, and lives she filled forever with her magic and infectious smile.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m., at The Riverview, 1 Warburton Ave., Hastings. In lieu of flowers, the family has received many handmade cards from friends and former students with beautiful sentiments and personal memories of Claudia. Donations can be made in Claudia’s name to the Bronx Children’s Museum, P.O. Box 1381, Bronx, NY 10451 or online at bronxchildrensmuseum.org.


Agnes Sticker

Agnes Sticker of Harwich, Mass., formerly of Hastings, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 31, at the McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich, Mass.

For 40 years, Agnes worked in sales and marketing for the International Paper Co., in New York City. She resided in Hastings for 30 years and moved to Cape Cod in 1996

Agnes is survived by her sister Marion Meigs of Harwich, Mass.; her brother John Voges of Crystal River, Fla.; her niece Marjorie White and Marjorie’s son Douglas of Harwich; and many loving nieces and nephews. Agnes was predeceased by her parents, Florence and Alex Voges; brother Robert Voges; and sisters Constance Pitman and Aileen Leonard.

Services will be announced at a later date. For online condolences and service information, visit www.doanebealames.com.


Norman Mingo

Norman Carl Mingo of Irvington passed away surrounded by his loved ones on Thursday Dec. 22, at age 62.

Norman was born on April 17, 1954 to Margaret Gould and Theodore Mingo. He became a successful advertising executive at an early age with his most notable work on the U.S. Army campaign “Be All You Can Be.”

He is survived by his loving children Jason Mingo and Adrienne Kuhn (Jonathan); his brothers Brian Mingo (Tracy) and Richard Mingo (Mary); his eight grandchildren; and his nieces and nephews. He was a great father and brother, but most of all, the best and “funniest” grandpa in the world.

Mass of the Resurrection was Dec. 28 at Sacred Heart Church in Dobbs Ferry with burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Visiting was Dec. 27 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.


Donald Morrison

Donald R. (Uncle Dick) Morrison of Irvington died Saturday, Dec. 10, at age 86.

Born in Dobbs Ferry on May 29, 1930, Donald was the son of Louis F. and Alice M. Roper Morrison. He served in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1954. He went on to become a corrections officer for New York State Department of Corrections and was also a New York State Trooper.

After he retired, Donald moved to Delaware and recently moved back to Irvington. He was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church in Irvington and a member of the Knights of Columbus St. Elmo Council #318 in Tarrytown.

Donald is survived by his sons Clifford T. Morrison of Queens and Bruce Morrison of Deland, Fla., his daughter Gretchen Baisley of Irvington and his brother John Morrison of Tarrytown. He is also survived by his six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Valeska and his siblings Louis, Robert, John, Clifford, John, Douglas and Genevieve.

Visitation was at the Coffey Funeral Home in Tarrytown on Dec. 13.


Barbara Neebe Thompson

Barbara Neebe Thompson of Hastings, beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, died in the early hours of Saturday, Nov. 26, of complications after a long battle with kidney failure. She was 85.

Barbara was born on March 10, 1931 in New York City, to Henry and Florence Neebe. She attended Riverdale Country Day School, and later Vassar College, graduating with the class of 1953. During her time at Vassar, she married Ernest Clark Thompson, and together they had four daughters — Victoria, Katherine, Sarah, and Penelope. She married her second husband, Clement E. Merowit, in 1993.

Barbara worked for many years as a teacher, most recently at The Calhoun School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and was a longtime member of the Unitarian Church. She enjoyed traveling, volunteer work at the Hastings Historical Society, participation in a local literature club, and keeping up with family and old friends. She will be greatly missed.

Barbara is survived by her four daughters, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A remembrance gathering was held at the Hastings Funeral Home on Dec. 7. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Barbara’s name to the Hastings Historical Society.


George Rainer

Irvington resident George Rainer died Friday, Dec. 9, at home. He was 91.

George was born in Vienna, Austria, on Jan. 13, 1925 to Arthur and Margit Rainer. When his family fled from the Nazis, he attended boarding school in England before immigrating to New York in 1940. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific, and obtained an engineering degree from New York University.

Although stricken with multiple sclerosis at the age of 30, George was determined not to be impeded by the disease. Through sheer force of will, he walked until the day he died, helped raise and devoted himself to his family, and prospered in a long and successful career as a mechanical engineer and urban planner.

George spent much of his 40-year career as a consulting engineer with two large engineering firms in Manhattan — Jaros, Baum & Bolles and Flack & Kurtz, where he designed mechanical systems for numerous commercial and academic buildings. After obtaining a master’s degree in urban planning, George also worked as a planner for the White Plains Urban Renewal Agency, where he participated in the redevelopment of downtown White Plains, and also served on the planning board for the Village of Tarrytown.

George loved to sing, and sang the tenor part for three decades with the St. Cecelia Chorus in Manhattan, and then, after his retirement, with the Westchester Chorale and a group of Westchester singers. He was also active in his later years with the Learning in Retirement program at Iona College, where he attended and presented classes until the age of 90.

Though unable to continue the skiing and soccer he loved as a young man, George remained physically active all his life. He could regularly be found swimming at the Tarrytown YMCA, or taking Pilates or yoga classes. George and his wife, Renata, traveled the world, and he could be counted on to face every challenge that traveling presented, even if it meant climbing 100 stairs from a riverboat on the Yangtze River.

George is survived by Renata, his wife of 67 years; two children, Nina Price and Andrew Rainer; five grandchildren, Amy Murdock, Gwyneth Price, Katie Woo Rainer, Alex Woo Rainer, and Juanzi Woo Rainer; and two great-grandchildren, Madison and Johanna Murdock, all of whom felt his unconditional love.

George will be buried in a private ceremony. The family plans to hold a memorial gathering at George and Renata’s longtime home on Sunday, June 4, 2017.


Wesley Oakley

Former Hastings resident Wesley J. Oakley died peacefully at his home in Maricopa, Ariz., on Monday, Nov. 28, at age 70, after a brief battle with cancer.

Wes is survived by his mother, Mary F. Kiernan of Hastings; wife, Gail Neely Oakley; son, Wesley Oakley Jr., and daughter-in-law, Lisa; grandsons, Jackson and Aidan of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; his loving and devoted daughter, Cheryl Oakley of Maricopa; several nieces and nephews; and five great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald A Oakley of Dumont, N.J.

Wes was born in Yonkers and was a resident of Hastings until 1993 when the family moved to Arizona. He was retired from Fulton Homes and loved taking long rides with his motorcycle buddies. He also enjoyed dancing, and playing golf, pickleball, bocce ball, and water volleyball, but mostly he enjoyed spending time with his grandsons.

Visitation was Dec. 4, followed by a service, at the Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery in Chandler, Ariz. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Hospice of the Valley (www.hov.org).


Marc Warnock

Marc Warnock of Irvington passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Nov. 20, at age 48.

Marc was born and raised in Irvington, the son of S. Howard and Sunday Warnock. He graduated in 1986 from Landmark School in Vermont, and was a skilled contractor by trade who took pride in his work and enjoyed taking on remodeling projects big or small. Mark loved spending time with his children and family and anywhere that had sun and sand, including trips to Cape Cod.

Marc is survived by his three children — Olivia, Sam, and Spencer of Tarrytown; his mother, Sunday, and sister, Amy, both of Irvington; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family friends who love him very much and will miss him dearly.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association or National Kidney Foundation in Marc’s memory. Visiting was Nov. 27 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. Funeral service was Nov. 28 at the funeral home.


Melvin Mandel

Melvin Seymour Mandel of Dobbs Ferry passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, Nov. 17, at age 90.

Mel is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years, Elinor; his children Susan Conry, Paul Mandel (Joy), and Linda Gates; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mel was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Europe during World War II and the American occupation of Germany. After the war, he completed college and joined the commodities import/export firm of J. Aron & Co. as a clerk, eventually working his way up to vice president.

Mel loved sports, travel, children, singing, and tinkering. He enjoyed coaching kids' baseball teams and playing softball (first base), which he did until his late 80s. Most of all, he adored his family; there was little that he wouldn’t do for his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and mother-in-law, Pauline Forman. Now one last time Mel, “Take me out to the ballgame!”

Memorial service was Nov. 23 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mel’s honor can be made to Temple Beth Shalom, 740 N. Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706.


Henry (Hank) Walter

Former Dobbs Ferry resident Hank (Hank) Walter died Thursday, Nov. 17, after a brief illness. He was 88.

Hank was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Nov. 18, 1927 to Anton and Ida Walter. He was taught by Jesuits for much of his life — he attended St. Joseph's Preparatory High School, St. Joseph's University, served in the military, and then moved to New York where he attended Fordham University and became a journalist.

Hank worked in both print and on-air news, winning awards for many of his documentaries and editorials. He eventually moved from journalism to public service, working for the New York City Abraham Beame and for the New York City Comptroller Harrison Goldin.

Hank loved New York City, but also loved the countryside and enjoyed traveling the world. He and his wife, Mary, lived in the Bronx, in Dobbs Ferry, in Tarrytown, and most recently in Ossining. They spent many summers in Vermont and Cape Cod and traveled in Europe and the Middle East. He was a gardener, a camper and hiker, and a voracious reader of history and philosophy. His outlook on life was imbued with the joy he found in the Catholic Church.

Since 1956, Hank was an active member and past president of the Inner Circle, a City Hall reporters’ group. He delighted in acting and singing in their annual productions. He also took to the stage in five fantastic productions with the YMC Community Theater in Tarrytown.

Hank also belonged to the Society of the Silurians; the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society, where he was past president, trustee and newsletter writer; and the Newspaper Guild of New York. He volunteered at the Cabrini Nursing Home in Dobbs Ferry and was a Eucharistic minister for Sacred Heart Parish in Dobbs Ferry, a member of Transfiguration Church in Tarrytown, and a singer in both choirs.

Hank is survived by the love of his life, Mary Walter, and his eight children: Mary (Rick) Clarfeld, Paul Walter, Elizabeth (Jack Ryan) Walter, John Walter, Ann (Peter) Royston, Mark (Jez) Walter, Catherine Walter, and Ruth (Kevin McNeill) Walter. He is also survived by grandchildren Cody (Lori), Molly Rose, Nicholas, Emily, Gabriel, William, Timothy, Claire, Andrew, and Laura, and great-granddaughter Josie.

A memorial mass and celebration of his life will be held Jan. 14, 2017 at Transfiguration Church in Tarrytown. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in his name to St. Joseph's Preparatory School, 1733 West Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19130. The generous scholarship they awarded him changed his life and is the reason he became such an amazing writer, philosopher, and poet.


Judith Seixas

Former Hastings resident Judith Sartorius Seixas, generous mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, gregarious friend, and prolific author, died in Weston, Mass., on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at age 94.

Judith followed her husband, Frank Seixas, medical director of the National Council on Alcoholism, into advocacy on alcoholism issues, publishing the widely read “Children of Alcoholism: A Survivor’s Manual” (1985) and, for young readers, “Alcohol: What it is: What it does” (1977). She held a master's in psychology from Columbia University.

Judith lived most of her adult life in Hastings, where she raised her three children and volunteered in the local library and schools. She cultivated deep friendships, but also made “new best friends” after chance encounters in the grocery store or on an airplane. She particularly looked for companions who could converse in French, taking pride in her Parisian accent. She was an avid flautist, convening a biweekly amateur chamber music group in the family living room. She supported cultural exchange, opening her home to a succession of students from France, the Seychelle Islands, and Curaçao, as well as Mississippi.

Judith spent summers in the Springs, Long Island, where she pioneered the concept of shabby chic in a beach house she bought for $6,000 before the area became “The Hamptons.” She delighted in lobster dinners with houseguests and skinny-dips in Gardiners Bay whenever the coast was clear. She presided with grace and good humor as matriarch to her adult children and their families, who filled the house to overflowing for many summers.

Judith was the oldest of three children of Irving (“Chick”) and Edythe Carr Sartorius. When she was 8, her family moved from New York City to then exurban Harrison. Her father was the principal of Sartorius and Company, and had a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. She attended Fieldston in Riverdale and Carleton College in Minnesota.

Judith is survived by her children — Peter (Susan Inman) of Vancouver, Canada, Abby (Mark Horowitz) of Weston, Mass., Noah (Dana Standish) of Seattle, Wash.' six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her sister, Brenda Engel of Cambridge Mass.; her cousin, Susan Hirschman of New York City; and five half-siblings. The family thanks all her caregivers from the past several years at Sunrise of Weston.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held in early 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Accabonac Protection Committee, 956 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton, NY 11937.


Dorothy Aluisio

Dorothy A. Aluisio (née Mytych), 87, of Hastings, died at Dobbs Ferry's St. Cabrini Nursing Home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, Oct. 14, after an extended illness.

Dorothy was born on Jan. 20, 1929, to George and Mary (Carey) Mytych in Yonkers, where she was raised and graduated from Commerce High School in 1948. She worked for New York Telephone for many years. On Oct. 1, 1950, she married Thomas P. Aluisio of Hastings at Saint Joseph’s Church in Yonkers. Together they raised two daughters, Carol DeCarlo (Joseph) and Dorrie Carboni (Michael).

Dorothy was predeceased by her husband; two brothers, George Mytych and John Mulvihill; and sister, Catherine Weidner. In addition to her daughters and their spouses, she is survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation was at the Whalen & Ball Funeral Home in Yonkers on Oct. 17.  A mass of Christian Burial followed the next day at the Church of Saint Anthony in Yonkers, with interment at Mount Hope Cemetery in Hastings.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Hastings-on-Hudson Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 7 Maple Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706.


Cathleen Biegeleisen

Cathleen Maria Biegeleisen (née Ansman) died early in the morning on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at age 67.

Cathleen was born on Oct. 14, 1948, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where she lived with her parents, Cecelia Ansman (née Smyth) of County Galway, Ireland, and Joseph Ansman of New York, and her sister, Jane. They lived at 98 Milton Street while she attended St. Anthony’s Catholic Academy on Manhattan Avenue.

Cathleen finished high school at age 16, a full two years early, and graduated from Hunter College and The City University of New York at age 20 with a degree in English. She later enrolled in graduate studies at New York University, where she earned a master’s degree in Middle English literature.

Cathleen met her future husband, Ken Paul Biegeleisen of New York, in 1974. They were married on Oct. 9, 1976, and later had two sons, Timothy Joseph and Thomas Michael.

Cathleen spent the rest of her life in Westchester County, primarily in Irvington and Tarrytown. She worked intermittently as a librarian, English tutor, and real estate agent while she raised Tim and Tom. Cathleen was an avid reader and lover of words. She could recite portions of “Beowulf” in the original Middle English and was a walking dictionary. As recently as this year, she corrected one of her sons on the correct pronunciation of the word “eschew” (it’s “ess-CHOO”; he had been pronouncing it all his life “ess-SHOE”).

Cathleen also enjoyed less erudite and scholarly forms of media, especially low-budget sci-fi and horror films. She had a taste for Far Eastern art and décor, a trait she attributed to a long trip to Japan in 1986 and China in 1987. She loved cats and created a home for many throughout her lifetime.

Cathleen's parents and sister predeceased her. She is survived by her husband, Ken; her sons, Tim and Tom; her first cousin, James Smyth of North Brunswick, N.J., and his wife, Janet; her “couzzie” Veronica Lopez, of Charlotte, N.C., a lifelong friend who was like a sister to her; beloved friends Anne Souza and Michelle Patterson, of Westchester; and countless others whose lives she touched over the years. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Memorial service was held last Friday, Oct. 14, at Transfiguration Church in Tarrytown. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Rosary Hill Hospice in Hawthorne, to whom the family is eternally grateful.


Virginia Clifford

Virginia Thomas Clifford of Irvington died peacefully with her family at her side on Sunday, Oct. 16, at age 90.

Virginia was a resident of Irvington for almost 64 years and an active parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church. Through the years, she was involved with the Irvington Seniors, Irvington Historical Society, and Friends of the Irvington Library, and had a particular soft spot in her heart for animals.

Virginia was born and raised in Lynchburg, Va., the youngest of eight children of the late Joseph and Julia Thomas, who had emigrated from Lebanon after the turn of the century. In the aftermath of World War II, Virginia made her way north, first to Washington, D.C., and then to New York City, where she worked for CBS in the early years of network television. She met and then married her husband, Cliff, in New York, and then moved to Irvington to raise their family in 1953. She worked for many years as an executive secretary, first for the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) in Irvington and later at American Can Co. in White Plains.

Virginia is survived by her son, Clint Clifford and his wife, Leah; her grandchildren Luke, Casey, Jesse and Charlotte Clifford; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Clinton “Cliff” Clifford; sisters Susie, Lola, Mary, and Cecelia; and brothers John, Anthony, and Frederick.

Visiting is today (Oct. 21), from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. Mass of the Resurrection is tomorrow at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Church. In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make a memorial contribution in Virginia’s name to your favorite charity or local animal shelter.


Janice Butler Delaney

Janice Butler Delaney of Lewes, Del., formerly of Irvington, died peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 6, surrounded by her family. She was 81.

Janice was the beloved wife of the late Jack Delaney. She was a loving mother to Deborah Monroe (Duncan), Janice Koch, Suzanne Kearney, John Delaney (Jennifer), and Jennifer Delaney, and the cherished grandmother of Jared Koch, Sara Monroe, Jonathan Campbell, Caitlin Campbell, Jack Delaney, and Daniel Delaney.

Janice was preceded by her parents, John and Bessie Butler; her husband; her siblings John Butler Jr., Lawrence Butler, Robert Butler, and Kathleen Straka; and her niece Kathy Straka and nephew Robert Butler.

Janice is also survived by her sister-in-laws, June Butler and Ann Vanbergen,  and many nieces and nephews.

Janice was born in Yonkers and graduated from Roosevelt High School. She married the love of her life, Jack, in 1954. They retired to Ocean Pines, Md., in 1984. After Jack’s death, Janice returned to Irvington and resumed her job with the Irvington School District. She retired and moved to Lewes.

Janice loved her family and friends. She greatly enjoyed the annual Butler Family Reunion at Rehoboth Beach.

A visitation for family and friends will be held today (Oct. 21) from 4 to 8 p.m., at Coffey Funeral Home in Tarrytown, and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held tomorrow, at 10:30 a.m., at Transfiguration Church in Tarrytown. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Diabetes Foundation.


Laure Gottlober Levine

Laurel Gottlober Levine died in her sleep after Yom Kippur ended on Wednesday, Oct. 12. She was 90 years old.

Laurel had a 65-year marriage and romance with her husband, Sandy Levine, who predeceased her in 2012. She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth, Linda, and Amy; Amy’s husband, Ed Oliver, and Amy and Ed’s daughter, Leah Oliver.

Laurel was an avid tennis player and cellist. She was an active member of the Democratic Club and Beautification Committee in Dobbs Ferry. She proactively expressed her belief in social causes through her involvement as a child and family advocate before the Westchester County family courts.  She taught English to newcomers to Dobbs Ferry. She sang in the Westchester Choral Society, and was a member of the Hudson Valley Music Club. 

Laurel began her working career at the United Nations as one of its first secretaries. She and Sandy moved to Ardsley. They raised their family as Sandy became a lawyer. They moved to Dobbs Ferry. Laurel taught fifth grade at the Morse School for many years before joining Robert Silman Associates, Structural Engineers, as its office manager.

Laurel was an inspiration to her daughters and granddaughter, and a bright light of optimism and humor to her friends and family. She will be sorely missed.

A memorial service will be held in the spring of 2017.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Hudson Valley Music Club, 54 Clinton Ave., Dobbs Ferry, NY, 10522.


Francesca Piluso

Francesca Paula Graziano Piluso of Ardsley passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 16, at age 74, after a long battle with cancer.

Francesca is survived by her beloved husband, Robert V. Piluso; her daughter Laura Piluso-Willson and son Richard Piluso; her granddaughters Victoria and Jessica Willson; her sister Rosalie Castro and her brother Salvatore Graziano; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Francesca was born in New York City, raised in Woodlawn, graduated from the College of Mount St. Vincent, and had a successful career as a teacher and a real estate broker for over 30 years. She was loved by everyone who knew her. She always tried to help those in need. Her kindness and consideration was seen daily by her family and friends. Her beautiful smile and positive attitude radiated outward to all.

Viewing was at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry on Oct. 19. Mass of the Resurrection was the following day at Sacred Heart Church in Hartsdale.


Jeanne Bonadies

Jeanne Bonadies, a lifelong resident of Dobbs Ferry, passed away Monday, Oct. 10, at age 90.

Jeanne was the daughter to the late Alphonse and Clara Bonadies. She graduated from Dobbs Ferry High School and continued her education at Mercy College, where she received a bachelor of arts. She taught French to children at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale. She was later a library assistant at the Pace University Law Library in White Plains. She excelled in linguistics and had a keen way with words.

Jeanne was a caring woman who had a great sense of humor and wit. She was a parishioner at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Dobbs Ferry and was proud to be one of the lectors. She was also a member of the Dobbs Ferry Woman’s Club. She was loved by all who know her and will be deeply missed.

Jeanne is survived by her sister Madeline and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters Mary, Marie A., Frances, Josephine and Genevieve.

Mass of the Resurrection was Oct. 13 at Our Lady of Pompeii Church. Visiting was Oct. 12 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.


Mary Gilroy

Mary Gilroy (nee Flynn) of Irvington passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, Oct. 10, at age 95.

Mary was born May 18, 1921 in Dowra, County Leitrim, Ireland. She immigrated to Brooklyn in 1939. She married John B. Gilroy in 1944. They lived in Yorkville, N.Y. and the Bronx before moving to Irvington. Mary retired from New York Telephone after 26 years.

Mary was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, her parents Patrick and Margaret Flynn (nee McGuire), and her brother and sister-in-law John and Rose Flynn. She is survived by her sons Patrick, Michael, Brendan and John, daughter-in-laws Mary and Laura, and by her grandchildren Kate, Tim, Ryan and Alyssa. Her loving face and beautiful warm smile will be missed.

The family received friends at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry on Oct. 12. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Oct. 13 at Immaculate Conception Church in Irvington. Interment followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.


Christopher Rowell

Hastings native Christopher Rowell died peacefully on Friday, Sept. 2, at age 70, at Mount Vernon Rehabilitation Center in Alexandria, Va., after a long battle with cancer. Known as Chris to his family and friends, he will always be remembered as a man of strong character, with a gentle soul.

Chris attended Hastings schools through eighth grade then Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, Va.  After graduating, he served as a Fairfax County police officer for more than 40 years. He went over and beyond his duty in helping people, and was proud that he never fired a shot as a police officer. His fellow officers gave him a full regalia honor guard ceremony.

Chris was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Forrest Rowell and Marjorie Rowell. He is survived by his wife, Susan Wheatley Rowell; children Christopher Rowell Jr. (Rowena), Russell Rowell, and Kirsten Rowell (Evan); his nine siblings, Nancy Lewit (Peter), Forrest Rowell (Zita), Betsy Buckner (Doug), Bruce Rowell (Donatella), John Rowell, Susan Mellegard (Richard), Debbie Bushey (Allen), David Rowell, and Douglas Rowell; and his grandchildren Kevin, Ashley, Taylor, and Alexandra Rowell. He is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home in Alexandria, on Saturday, Oct. 1. In lieu of flowers, please donate to an animal welfare league of your choosing.


Betty Silverman

Mother, wife, author, world traveler, and gourmet cook, Betty Rolston Silverman closed the final chapter on her remarkable life on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at age 94, in Chicago, Ill.

Born in Conrad, Iowa, in 1922 to Nora Wiley and George Burdette Rolston, Betty grew up on the family farm with her sister and three brothers (a fourth brother, Warren, died in infancy before Betty was born). There, she was molded by the solid values and life challenges of making a living off the rich Iowa soil.

As a youth, Betty drove a tractor at the age of 12, and flew in her brother Gordon’s airplane. Much to her mother’s chagrin, she also enjoyed climbing the farm’s water tower for the thrill and to take in the view.

She saw firsthand the impact of the Great Depression and the hardships it placed on her family as they tried to survive by farming. Later, she would know the heartache and pain of World War II as she saw her brothers off to serve their country. 

Following college and the sudden death of her father, Betty set out for New York City in 1945 to begin her career in publishing. Traveling in the social circles of publishing, she soon met J. Herbert Silverman, who was working at Women’s Wear Daily, and a lifelong love affair began. 

They married in 1951 and soon thereafter moved from Greenwich Village to Ardsley and later to neighboring Dobbs Ferry, where they raised three children.

Betty was renowned as a talented cook, and dinner parties at the Silverman house were the stuff of legends, with a guest list that often included a who’s who of the New York publishing world.

Later in life, when Herb had begun his own business as a wine, spirits, and travel writer, Betty was an indispensable partner. She often accompanied him around the globe on assignments. Whether it was a vineyard in New Zealand, or the Acropolis in Athens, Betty was there, taking notes and keeping Herb in check.

Betty was predeceased by Herb, who died in 2010; brothers Gordon, Dean, Bob, and Warren; her sister, Hulda; and her son Wiley Silverman. 

She is survived by her son Braden, his spouse, Dr. Amelia Case, and their children, Isabella and Sophia Silvercase, and a daughter, Nora Silverman Kinne and her spouse, Aaron.

She also leaves behind a host of adoring nephews and nieces: Tom, David, and Dick Rolston; Deb Bartine Jones, Nancy Bartine Goodlove, Dave and Jon Bartine; Susan Rolston Friedes and Craig Rolston; and Ann Rolston. She was predeceased by two nieces, Judy Rolston Bramon and Sally Rolston Rainsbarger; and two nephews, Bill and Jim Bartine.

At her request, there will be no funeral service. After a memorial service at a later date, her ashes will be spread on the family farm in Conrad.


Edward Hanna

Former Hastings resident Edward A Hanna passed away peacefully from bladder cancer on Thursday, Sept. 8, at age 80.

Ed was born in Yonkers and grew up in Hastings where he participated in various sports during his high school years, graduating in 1955. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958.

In 1987, Hilton Head Island, S.C., became Ed's home. He was an entrepreneur, specializing as a contractor and residential home manager. He loved nature and being outdoors, enjoyed countless hours pruning, primping and perfecting his garden and property. He was also an avid New York Giants football fan, a World War II history buff, a movie enthusiast, and showed his prized 1937 Ford Phaeton in many Concours d'Elegance car shows. Ed was the consummate host. He entertained and shared time with so many friends and beloved family members. He especially enjoyed the friendships created through square dancing.

Ed is survived by his wife of 58 years, and high school sweetheart, Connie Schumm; his sons Edward Scott of Bushkill, Pa., Philip Shawn (Susan) of Churchville, Pa., Cameron Stacy (Helene) of Warwick, R.I., and Patrick Bradley (Krista) of Hilton Head Island; his grandchildren Shane (Jessica) of Doylestown, Pa., Carissa (Lawrence) D'Alessandro of Baltimore, Md., Brooke of Warwick, R.I., Chelsea of Tampa, Fla., and Keylan and Brittany of Hilton Head Island; his brother Samuel James (Brenda) of Spartanburg, S.C., and many loving cousins and friends.

Ed's family has always been the most important part of his life and the source of his greatest happiness and pride. He created life-lasting memories traveling with his wife, sons, and their families to many destinations including Bermuda, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Alaska.

Visitation is next Saturday, Sept. 24, at The Island Funeral Home in Hilton Head Island. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, P.O. Box 3827, Bluffton, SC or a charity of your choice.


Anthony Hayduk

Former Rivertowns resident Anthony Hayduk passed away on Friday, June 24, at age 93. Tony was a longtime resident of Hastings and Dobbs Ferry who moved to Casper, Wyo., in 2010, when health issues arose.

Tony was a veteran of World War II, serving the U.S. Army in communications and as a member of the Skyliners Jazz Band, entertaining troops throughout Europe. His interest in music was unwavering as his focus shifted from playing to attending performances, both professional and those of his offspring.

Tony loved his hometown, activities at the Dobbs Ferry Senior Center, and parties at the Embassy Club, but especially his lifelong friends and neighbors. With an attitude of laughter and happiness, his move to Wyoming brought him new friends, new music and dancing, and more time to share with his great-grandsons. His humor and New York accent will remain forever in their memories.

Tony was predeceased by his beloved wife, Alice. He is survived by his daughter, Andrea; son-in-law, Robert; grandson Christopher and his wife, Brandi; and great-grandsons Ian, Lochlan, and Abbott.

Graveside services will be held Nov. 21, at 10 a.m., at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale.


John Lindner

Former Hastings resident John "Jack" Lindner died Tuesday, Sept. 6, at age 84.

Jack sailed into this world as the youngest of three boys born to Anna and Frank Lindner in the Bronx. After losing his mother at 13 years old, he and his brothers were tenderly cared for by their father's sister, Lucia Comstock. The Lindner boys spent many happy summers boating on City Island at the Morris Yacht Club. Spending time sailing on Long Island Sound was the true constant in Jack's life.

At 18, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy and spent the next four years during the Korean conflict aboard the USS Robert K. Huntington DD-781. After the Navy, Jack returned to New York and worked as an ironworker, helping to erect some of New York's landmark structures such as the Verrazano and George Washington Bridges.

In 1960, Jack married his "first mate forever” Anne Callahan. They chose Hastings, the small town where Jack's mother was born, to raise their family. He made sure all his children knew how to sail and spent countless hours teaching them how to build model airplanes.

Riverview Manor Hose Co. 3 was a big part of Jack's life in Hastings. He loved playing cards on the weekend just as much as fighting fires. He earned his GED at age 50, and earned his associate's degree in civil engineering from Westchester Community College. At the age of 53, Jack started a new career as the director of engineering for the Omni Berkshire Hotel in Manhattan.

Through all this, Jack continued sailing, participating in weekly races starting from his old stomping grounds, the Morris Yacht Club, and more than once sailing with his three sons and friend, John Petas, in the Around Long Island Regatta.

In 1995, Anne and Jack both retired and moved from Hastings to Lewes, Del. Jack purchased a sailboat, the Contender, and spent his summers on the water as well as chatting with other sailors on the docks. He volunteered for years with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, inspecting boats and pitching in when needed. He also satisfied his love of history by becoming a docent at the Lewes Historical Museum and sharing local stories with museum visitors. Eventually he joined up with the Flying Aces, a model airplane group in Delaware, and really honed his model building skills during the windy winter months. Anne and Jack's house in Lewes hosted an annual family gathering that grew from year to year, ultimately including nine grandchildren and many family friends. Anne predeceased Jack in 2007.

Jack is survived by his children John (Maureen), Mary Pat (Mark) Bailey, Stephen (Alyssa), Lawrence (Patty), and Kate (Mike DeGrandpre); grandchildren Elizabeth, Margaret, Melissa, Mary Kate, Annie, Patrick, John Patrick, Ella, and Mabel; and sister-in-law Eileen (Raymond) Dowd.

Visiting is tomorrow (Sept. 17) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a service at 1 p.m., at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jack's memory to Riverview Manor Hose Co. 3, 83 Euclid Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706.


Ira Zimmerman

Ira Zimmerman, a longtime resident of Hastings, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 3, at age 83.

Born in Brooklyn on Nov. 3, 1932, Ira graduated from Midwood High School at the age of 16. He subsequently graduated from Columbia University with a combined bachelor and master of science degree in optometry.

Following a two-year stint in the U.S. Army, Ira embarked on a more than 30-year career in radio and television broadcasting, both on air and behind the scenes. His first job was as an announcer for WSTS-AM in Massena, N.Y., where he met his future wife, Edith Rossoff, whom he married in 1960.

In 1966, he was hired by ABC News in New York where he worked as a newswriter before being hired by NBC Radio News, where he spent several years producing its hourly news broadcast. He later moved to NBC’s network television news division where he spent the remainder of his career in a variety of news assignment management roles, including on the network’s domestic news desk and as deputy bureau chief of NBC’s New York Bureau. Among the many events he covered in his career were all nine of the Apollo lunar missions as well as eight Democratic and Republican national conventions.

Ira is survived by Edith, his wife of 56 years, as well as daughter Lisa, son Mark, daughter-in-law Alicia, and grandchildren Jack and Lucy.

Funeral service was held Sept. 6 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.


Ralph Addorisio

Ralph (Chippy) Addorisio, a lifelong resident of Dobbs Ferry, passed peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 20, at age 80.

Chippy was the beloved husband of Jeanette; loving “Pop” of Christopher, (Nancy), John (Denise) and Lenny, Lisa, Lorraine and Patricia (Stephen); dear “Poppy” of Ashlee, Nicolette, Christopher, Kelly, Brian, Lindsey, and Kristin; and great-grandfather of Ava. He was also the devoted brother to Antoinette Brennan.

Chippy retired from the Dobbs Ferry Department of Public Works, and was a member of Livingston Hose Co., and the Embassy Club.

Mass of the Resurrection was Aug. 24 at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Dobbs Ferry. Visiting was Aug. 23 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. Memorials to Jansen Hospice appreciated (jansenhospice.org).


Ronald DeLuca

Ronald “Cono” DeLuca of Hancock, N.Y., formerly of Ardsley, died Tuesday, Aug. 16, at age 91, from complications of a long illness. He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his passing.

Ronald was born on Oct. 28, 1924, in Reading, Pa., to Nicholas and Grace DeLuca. He was the eldest of eight children. He attended Reading High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served as a supply sergeant during World War II, from 1941 to 1944. After being discharged from the Air Corps he attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and later graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Syracuse University. Ronald went on to build a successful career in advertising that spanned more than 43 years. His campaign for the Chrysler Corp. was widely credited with rescuing the troubled automaker in the 1980s.

During his time at Syracuse, Ronald met and later married his wife of 63 years, Lois Ann Hall, settling first in Brooklyn and later in Ardsley, where they raised their family. After retiring from advertising in 1994, Ronald and Lois moved to Hancock, where they had camped with their family at Kingswood for more than 40 years. He used his passion for helping people and for education to invest in his new community by founding the Hancock Community Education Foundation. He also completed a forthcoming story collection, “Cono.”

Ronald is survived by his wife, Lois; his children Christine DeLuca Lotto, Diane DeLuca-Walker, Patricia DeLuca, Maria DeLuca, Lisa DeLuca-Downey, and Nicholas DeLuca; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Natale and Anthony DeLuca.

A memorial service for Ronald will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Emory United Methodist Church, 89 E. Main St., Hancock. Family will gather at 9 a.m.; services will follow at 11 a.m., with a reception.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hancock Community Education Foundation, P.O. Box 819, Hancock, NY 13783, (607) 637-5262 or online at www.hancockeducationfoundation.org/donate.php. Arrangements by Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock.


Vicki Lewin

Former longtime Irvington resident Vicki Lewin passed away in Ellsworth, Maine, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at age 69, from a brief illness while battling Alzheimer's disease.

Vicki is survived by her husband of almost 47 years, Dennis Lewin; her daughter, Cassidy Tewey, son-in-law Patrick Tewey. and beloved grandson Casey Tewey, all of Mahopac; son, DJ Lewin of Miami, Fla.; and father, Robert Brawn, and sister, Deborah Blake, both of Searsport, Maine.

As per her request, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation in her name.


Anna Nanna

Anna Nanna, a longtime resident of Dobbs Ferry, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 18, at age 94.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Anna was the daughter of the late Michael and Irene Canzoniero. She married her beloved John F. Nanna on Sept. 11, 1943. They settled in Dobbs Ferry in 1954.

Anna was an administrator for BOCES in Port Chester for many years. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, and adoring grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

Anna is survived by her children Carol (Robert) Swales, Terry (Gerald) Schiavo, and Angelo "Butch" (Joan) Nanna; six grandchildren; seven great- grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. She was predeceased by her husband, John, in 1999 and her great-granddaughter, Riley, in 2011.

Mass of the Resurrection was Aug. 23 at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Dobbs Ferry. Visiting was Aug. 22 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society, 12 Elm St., Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522.


Deacon Patrick Troy

Deacon Patrick Declan Troy, a longtime resident of Dobbs Ferry, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 21, at age 77.

Born to Mary and John Troy on Oct. 6, 1938, in Yonkers, Deacon Pat attended Sacred Heart grade and high schools in Yonkers, graduating from Saunders Trade and Technical High School. He joined the Navy in 1957 and traveled the seas, being honorably discharged in 1963. He followed the Navy with a long career with Con Edison, retiring in 1998.

Deacon Pat married the love of his life, Sue Cropsey, on Nov. 23, 1963, and joyfully celebrated 50 wonderful years of married life on Nov. 23, 2013, with many relatives and friends as they renewed their vows at Sacred Heart Church followed by a grand reception at the Riverview in Hastings.

He entered St. Joseph’s Seminary’s Permanent Diaconate Program in 1985 and was ordained a deacon by the late Cardinal John J. O’Connor at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on May 14, 1988. He faithfully served as a deacon at Sacred Heart Church in Dobbs Ferry, visiting the sick at Dobbs Ferry Hospital (now the Dobbs Ferry Pavilion of St. John’s Riverside Hospital), St. Cabrini Nursing Home, and in their own homes. He received such joy training his altar servers, baptizing many babies, and performing wedding ceremonies. Bringing comfort to families at wake services and graveside services through the years that he served at Gate of Heaven Cemetery were treasured moments for him.

Deacon Pat was predeceased by his beloved parents; his cherished sister Fran Troy McDonagh; little niece Colleen Troy; brother and sister-in-law John and Charlotte Troy, as well as their son Scott Troy; and beloved mother-in-law Katherine Cropsey.

In addition to his beloved Sue, he is survived by his cherished daughters and son-in-law Suzanne Troy and Anne-Marie and Dan Mertes; the absolute joy and delight of his life, grandchildren Mckenna and Madelyn Mertes and Don Anthony DiLorenzo-Troy; faithful brother and sister-in-law Bill and Pat Troy; sister-in-law Kathy Panella; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Paul and Sande Cropsey; “practice grandchild” Nicole Manera; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, as well as many treasured friends and relatives, especially his buddy Jim Farrington.

Serving many years as a chaplain of the Dobbs Ferry Fire Department, he so enjoyed serving wonderful and faithful volunteers, as well as enjoying their companionship at their many special social gatherings.

Above all, he treasured time spent with his cherished family celebrating milestones, as well as all those wonderful everyday moments. His three grandchildren brought so much joy to his life, especially as he fought his long and hard battle with cancer.

Mass of the Resurrection will be Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Visiting will be this Sunday, Aug. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m., and Monday, Aug. 29, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. Visiting will continue on Monday, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, including a vigil mass at 8.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Deacon Pat’s name can be made to Sacred Heart Church, 18 Bellewood Ave., Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522.


Jennifer Ambrozek

Jennifer Wilmina Webb Ambrozek of Hastings passed peacefully last Friday, Aug. 5, at age 66, after a brave fight against colon cancer.

Jenny was the beloved wife of Michael, caring mother of Charlotte, sorely missed sister of Geoffrey, Josephine, Christopher and Caroline, and aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Jenny was born April 13, 1950, at Moss Vale in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, which she always called home. She earned her bachelor's degree in education from Macquarie University, using it to teach students on remote farm properties throughout the state.

After moving to Westchester in 1988, she used her remote education skills to become a leader in the nascent online social media industry as bulletin board manager at Prodigy Online Services.

Jenny lived in Hastings since 1995, giving back to the community as a co-leader of Girl Scout Troop 1710 and technology mentor to the Hastings School District through the Parent Teacher Student Association.

Jenny continued working in social media as a collaboration architect with several startup organizations, and as a speaker at online media conferences in the U.S. and Europe.

Throughout her life, Jenny gave of herself to others, without expecting anything in return. She was patient, without suffering fools gladly. Any friend or family member was warmly welcomed in. She provided shelter from life's storms and cups of tea in endless supply.

A memorial service in her honor will be held at her residence tomorrow (Aug. 13), from 2 to 5 p.m., rain or shine. To RSVP, call (914) 478-0692.


Brian Paretti

Rivertowns native Brian Charles Paretti, 63, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Crompond on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at age 63.

Brian was born on May 25, 1953, in Dobbs Ferry, to the late Americo J. Paretti and Margaret Subject-Paretti. He was raised in Hastings with his sister, Arlene Paretti Defonce, and brother, Thomas J. Paretti. He attended Hastings schools and later studied forestry and wildlife conservation at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua. He returned from college and worked in a local village home workshop before joining the family business, Paretti Plumbing and Heating.

Brian met his wife Donna Ward in 1975, and after a long courtship and extensive travel, married her in the spring of 1984. They built a life together in their home in Crompond, where they raised their three beautiful daughters — Kaitlyn Margaret Paretti, now 26, and twins Alanna Nicole Paretti and Julianne Carol Paretti, 19. He lived for his wife and daughters.

Brian was a true family man; nothing made him smile brighter than being surrounded by the people he cared about. His pride and joy was spending time with his brother and sister and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins to whom he was devoted to. He was a second father to many and a mentor to all.

When Brian wasn’t working, you would find him outdoors. His many interests included fishing, photography, golfing, and hiking, as well as searching for the latest hidden waterfall. His truly happiest moments, however, were spent on his kayak, fishing rod in hand, watching the sunset over the water.

The past 45 years of serving the residents of Hastings brought Brian great joy. Most people will remember him by his red truck, smiling and waving as he drove down Main Street. Whether sitting at the firehouse, eating lunch from the local eateries, or enjoying an ice cream cone from Penny Lick with his brother, he truly loved his village. The relationships he developed throughout the years were more than friendships — Hastings was his family.

Brian adored his family, friends, and community. He will be truly missed by all he loved. His kindheartedness and his gentle, giving spirit touched each and every one of us.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Hastings-on-Hudson Volunteer Fire Department (hastingsonhudsonfd.org), as the fire department was close to his heart.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.


Anthony Rendino

Anthony Rendino of Dobbs Ferry passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 5, at age 90.

Anthony was born in Brooklyn to William and Marion Rendino. He was the patriarch of a large Italian family. He was extraordinarily proud of his heritage. He was married to Anita for 62 years, father to five daughters, grandfather to 13, and great grandfather to six. He was the most treasured son, beloved father and grandfather, and was known to his family as “Ta-Ta”. He was a soulmate to his beloved wife, known as “Tu Tu”.

Anthony served honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a successful senior executive at IBM and Irving Trust/Bank of New York. He graduated from Pratt Institute with an engineering degree and from Farleigh Dickenson University with an MBA.

Anthony is survived by his children, Claire Ryan (Jack) of Yonkers, Lynn Schiro (Tom) of Greenwich, Conn., Luann Migden (Mitchell) of Stamford, Conn., Caren Kirkpatrick of Nashville, Tenn., and Tracie Dalesandro (Billy) of Briarcliff Manor. He is also survived by his sister Betty Donofri (Andy) of Edison, N.J., grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

To honor and celebrate Anthony’s life, family and friends will gather for a memorial service on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 10 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Dobbs Ferry.


Clifford Travis

Clifford K. Travis of Hastings died Monday, Aug. 8, at age 93, surrounded by his friends and family.

Cliff was born on June 30, 1923, in New York City, and grew up in Yonkers where he graduated from Roosevelt High School. He was an avid airplane modeler and won numerous trophies for his models. He was also captain of his high school’s rifle team. In 1945, he graduated with a chemistry degree from Bowdoin College, a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity. He later married Joan Ellen Tobias of Pelham and moved to Riverdale, where they had their first daughter, Sandra.

In 1961, they moved from Riverdale to Hastings, and their second child, Victoria, was born. Cliff had many hobbies including riding his racing bike and playing tennis. He also loved to make things. There was nothing he couldn’t recreate and he passed on that creativity to his children, who grew up with an eclectic set of talents.

Cliff worked for ICI America for most of his adult life, in chemical sales. He traveled all over New England and would often take the whole family on his business trips. His love of New England extended to summers on Cape Cod with his children and grandchildren, Katy and Travis Bildahl, who, when they met with him each summer, greeted him with a special secret password: “Grandfather Sir.” The Travises were also members of South Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry.

As a retiree, Cliff and Joan traveled throughout Europe. He especially loved Switzerland, though he liked to tease that Joan cried on some of the steep, high, winding mountain roads that had no guardrails, and the Loire Valley of France where he had a fascination for the cave homes. When they were not traveling they spent time with friends and he collected cameras, eventually having one of the largest mail-order used and collectible camera businesses in the U.S., selling to Asia. His wife passed away in 2003.

In recent years, Cliff’s love of airplanes would take him to the Westchester County Airport with his daughter Sandra to watch the small planes take off. He was also an avid model railroad hobbyist. He was a member of Tri-State Z Scalers, a model train club in Wilton, Conn., whose meetings he looked forward to attending each month. Each year he and his daughter Victoria made the trek to Amherst, Mass., to the Big E Model Train Show where they showed their model train layouts to the public. This was a highlight for him and they prepared all year. His models were highlighted in Z Scale Magazine and he was well known for his talents in the Z scale community.

He is survived by his daughters Sandra Travis Bildahl of Annapolis, Md., and Victoria Travis of Hastings; grandchildren Katy and Travis Bildahl; and numerous cousins.

A memorial will be held at Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home, 64 Ashford Ave., Dobbs Ferry, tomorrow  (Aug. 13), from 3 to 7 p.m.


Louise Cioppa

Louise Devine Cioppa died peacefully at her home in Ardsley on Friday, July 29, at age 86.

Louise was born on April 9, 1930, and was raised in Pelham. She married Thomas R. Cioppa, also of Pelham, on Jan. 15, 1958. The couple moved to Ardsley in 1960. They had two children, Jeanne Marie and Thomas.

Louise had a love for education and spent four decades working for the Ardsley School District. She was loved by students and teachers alike. Her educational pursuits also included a bachelor’s degree in English from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry and a master’s degree in social work from Fordham University. She passed the licensing exam and was credentialed as a licensed social worker in the State of New York.

Louise had a deep love of the theater and was an avid patron of the arts, supporting the Metropolitan Opera, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, and Carnegie Hall. She was an avid reader and was known to complete one or two books a week. The Ardsley Public Library was one of her favorite haunts.

Louise was an active member in the Dobbs Ferry Woman’s Club and the Ardsley Garden Club. She was a longtime parishioner at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Ardsley where she was deeply involved in the Altar Guild.

Traveling was another passion of hers. Louise was fortunate to have seen much of the world, including the Amazon, the Panama Canal, the pyramids of Egypt, and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Louise was predeceased by her loving husband, who passed away in 1997, and her son-in-law Patrick Mosca. She is survived by daughter Jeanne Marie, son Thomas, daughter-in-law Stacey Abate, and grandchildren Philip, Ryan, Moorea, and Tasman.

A memorial service was held Aug. 3 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Arrangements were handled by the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.


Carmela Palumbo

Carmela Veronica Palumbo of Hastings died Thursday, July 28, at age 93, with family by her side.

Carmela was one of nine children born to the late Giacinto and Carmela Grieco (née Cacciopoli) on July 15, 1923. A Bronx native, Carmela graduated from Morris High School in 1939. She married the late Carl M. Palumbo in 1947, and they lived together in the Bronx until his passing in 1994. She worked as a secretary in the 1940s and again in the 1970s.

Carmela's life was filled with devotion to her husband, love for her family, and pride in her homemaking. Her independence and acuity in her 90s were inspiring to all who knew her.

Carmela is survived by her sons, Carl and Ron, and their wives, Phyllis and Karen; granddaughters Adrienne (Jay), Jessica, Melissa (Perry), and Vienna; great-grandson Jason; nine nieces; and two nephews.

The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her during her brief illness.

Visiting and the funeral were Aug. 1 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. She was entombed with her beloved Carl at Mount Hope Cemetery in Hastings.


Thomas Donegan

Thomas Donegan of Irvington passed away peacefully on July 15, at age 87, with his family by his side at Cabrini Nursing Home in Dobbs Ferry.

Thomas was born in Courtown Harbour, County Wexford, Ireland, on Sept. 5, 1928, to William and Mary Donegan. Over the course of a long and productive life, he worked in Ireland as a fisherman and a brickmaker. Arriving in the U.S. in 1958, he worked as a longshoreman on the Manhattan piers and as a refrigeration mechanic in Port Newark, N.J. He was a loyal member of Local 791 of the International Longshoreman Association. Although he was proud to be an American citizen, he never forgot his Irish roots.

Thomas was the beloved husband of 59 years to Margaret Rose Donegan, who survives him. He was also the devoted father of Brendan Donegan of Hudson, N.Y., Catherine Paula Kelly (Kevin Sr.) of Dobbs Ferry, and Mary Theresa Donegan of Irvington; proud and loving grandfather of Kevin Jr. and Caitlin Kelly of Dobbs Ferry; cherished brother of John, Liam, and Patrick Donegan, Molly (Jack) Beckett, and Lilly (Bill) Parkinson; and fond brother-in-law to Kathleen and Tony Rossiter, Lally Murphy, and Frances Mulligan. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Two siblings, Nancy and Peter Donegan, predeceased him.

To celebrate Thomas' life, family and friends gathered on July 18 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. Funeral mass was July 19, at Sacred Heart Church in Dobbs Ferry followed by interment at Mount Hope Cemetery in Hastings.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the American Parkinson's Association.


Frances LeFloch

Frances E. LeFloch of Hastings died Thursday, July 14, at age 90. Frances was born Feb. 13, 1926, in Whately, Mass. On June 24, 1948, she married George R. LeFloch, who predeceased her on March 17, 2007. She is survived by her daughter, Geraldine Brenia; son, George Jr.; and grandchildren Alexander Brenia, Melissa LeFloch, and Peter George LeFloch. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren and her cherished cat, Smokey. She was a member of the senior center in Hastings where she loved to play bingo. Funeral service was July 18 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. Visiting was July 17 at the funeral home. 


Diana Scaperrotta

Diana Scaperrotta, a lifelong resident of Dobbs Ferry, passed away on Sunday, July 17, at age 83.

Diana worked as a waitress at Jimmy’s Restaurant in Dobbs Ferry for many years. She had a passion for traveling, whether it was to the casino, shopping or even to Disney. Most of all, she had a deep love for her family. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, and dear grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed.

Diana is survived by her sons Raymond A. (Lori), Anthony (Cathy), and Leonard M. (Anna); son-in-law Erbele Vitti; grandchildren Anthony Vitti, Danielle Galli, Raymond M., Amanda M., Anthony J., Joseph M., and Leanna; and great-grandson Dominick Galli. She is also survived by her sister, Antoinette “Nan” Scaperrotta, and brother, Jack Matessino. Diana was predeceased by her beloved husband, Leonard D. Scaperrotta, and cherished daughter, Virginia Vitti.

Mass of the Resurrection was July 21 at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Dobbs Ferry. Visiting was July 20 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.


Lillian Yanguas

Former Ardsley resident Lillian Yanguas passed away on Thursday, July 14, at age 91.

Originally from Ansonia, Conn., Lillian received her R.N. degree from St. Francis Nursing School in Hartford, Conn., and a bachelor’s degree from Pace University in White Plains. She worked as a charge nurse at Dobbs Ferry Hospital (now Dobbs Ferry Pavilion of St. John’s Riverside Hospital) and was active in the Ardsley Garden Club, PTA, and Girl Scouts.

Most recently of Silver Spring, Md., Lillian is survived by her husband, Alfred, and two daughters, Susan and Lisa Yanguas, also of Maryland.

In addition to the funeral mass in Maryland, a viewing will be held today (July 22) at the Bennett Funeral Home, 91 N. Cliff St., Ansonia, Conn. In lieu of flowers, those who so desire are encouraged to make a donation to the charity of their choice in Lillian's name.


Maryrose Cirillo

Maryrose Cirillo (Mouro) of Irvington died peacefully at home on Wednesday, July 6, at age 85.

Maryrose was born on Oct. 5, 1930, in Bridgeport, Conn. She had lived in Irvington since 1970. She was the first female store manager for Finast Supermarkets. She and her family owned and operated a small local grocery store in Irvington during the 1980s, before she retired. She had a love for gardening and her annual Christmas display.

Maryrose was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Cirillo Sr. She is survived by her sons Joseph Jr. (Janice), formerly of Irvington, and Paul (Cathy) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; her grandchildren Melissa, Valerie, Samantha, Nicholas, and Michael; and her eight great-grandchildren, who she adored. She is also survived by her sister, Rita Rubeo.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in her name to the Dobbs Ferry Pavilion of St. John’s Riverside Hospital. Mass of Resurrection was July 11 at Sacred Heart Church in Dobbs Ferry. Visiting was July 10 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.


Reynold Gheduzzi

Reynold Gheduzzi of Irvington passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday, July 10, at age 94. His beloved wife of 62 years, Vera, predeceased him, as did his brother Louis.

Reynold was born in the Bronx in 1922 to Lawrence and Anna Gheduzzi, and grew up during the Great Depression. He started his own die-cutting business in high school to help support his family and pay his college tuition. After attending Fordham University, he served his county in the U.S. Army for two years. Following his service, he met the love of his life when he hired her as his secretary.

Reynold’s journey of entrepreneurship continued in 1955 when he founded a custom home-building business. His company, Mar-Vera Corp., built homes throughout Westchester County for 61 years. He never retired, working side by side with his children until his passing. He resided in Irvington for 59 years, and faithfully attended Immaculate Conception Church every Sunday.

Reynold is survived by his children William (Barbara Jean) Gheduzzi, Stephen Gheduzzi, Janet Graves, Barbara (Brian) Cray, and Mark (Elizabeth) Gheduzzi; his grandchildren Paul, Christina, Jennifer, Lindsey, Michael, Jason, Douglas, Rachel, Katherine, Stephanie, Daniel, Emily, Mia, Matthew and Luke; and his great-grandchildren Lily and Cora.

A mass will be celebrated today (July 15), at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Church. A reception immediately following the mass will be held at the Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill Mansion, 81 Highland Ave., Tarrytown. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Covenant House, 460 West 41st St., New York, NY 10036 (www.ny.covenanthouse.org).


Peter Kraus

Former Irvington resident Peter Kraus died Monday, July 4, at age 50.

Born in Port Chester, Peter lived his whole life in Irvington before moving to Manasquan, N.J. in 2007. He worked for the Borough of Deal for nine years. While in Irvington he served as a volunteer firefighter, past fire chief, and dive rescue captain.

Peter is survived by his wife, Heather; his son, Peter George, and daughter, Charlotte Victoria Faithe, both of Manasquan; his brother, George; his sisters Barbara Ann Meyers of Pennsylvania and Carol Kraus of Massachusetts; his mother, Barbara Kraus of Sea Girt, N.J.; his niece, Kelly Kraus-Mencke, and nephew, Christopher Kraus.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 16, at 11 a.m. at the Irvington Presbyterian Church, 25 North Broadway.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Peter Kraus Memorial Fund, PO Box 106, Irvington, NY 10533 or online at www.gofundme.com/2cqr3m4#.


Andrea Baumann Lechesne

Andrea Baumann Lechesne of Ardsley-on-Hudson passed away on Thursday, July 7, at age 94.

Born in May 1922 in Dresden, Germany, Andrea moved to New York in 1928, and it was there that she married Edouard Baumann in 1944. She modeled and sold hats, worked in her father's gallery, Van Diemen Lilienfeld on 57th Street, and then started her own business selling nutritional supplements. In 1955, she gave birth to her only daughter, Bettina. The family moved to Paris in 1960. After Edouard retired from Jergen's Paris office, they moved to Morges, along Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Andrea returned to New York in 1996, after Bettina married Tom Speyer of Hastings. For the last 10 years, she lived at Hudson House in Ardsley-on-Hudson and volunteered at Cabrini Immigration Services, which she truly enjoyed.

Andrea leaves behind a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, for she loved meeting people and interacting with them above all. She was provocative, interesting, attractive, stylish, energetic — the whole package. She was generous in the broadest sense of the word — her time, food, opinions hospitality came forth in an unending stream.

A memorial service will be held at Irvington Presbyterian Church on Saturday, July 30, at 11 a.m.


Clyde Soravilla

Clyde Soravilla of Hartsdale died suddenly in his sleep last Friday evening, July 8, at age 78. He was well known and highly respected as the original owner of Salon Chou Chou on Main Street in Hastings and was a prominent member of the local community

Born on Aug. 27, 1937, Clyde was raised in Tarrytown, graduating from North Tarrytown High School. He attended Florida Southern University. He was a longtime resident of Irvington, where he raised his family: Marie Basso of White Plains, Dan and Michael Soravilla of Irvington, Douglas Soravilla of New Jersey, and the late Clyde Soravilla.

Clyde was trained as a hairstylist personally by the revolutionary Vidal Sassoon. He was the first Westchester hairdresser to trade rollers and pin curls for design cutting and blow-drying. Clyde earned myriad awards and trophies as a runway stylist in Manhattan, and for many years he was the style director of the Westchester Hairdressers’ Guild.

Clyde opened his first salon, Clyde Michael, in Dobbs Ferry. Later, he had salons in Mamaroneck and Manhattan. Finally he returned to the Rivertowns, opening his favorite salon of all, Chou Chou in Hastings. He loved the village, where he was a very involved with the downtown community and with a variety of civic activities.

Clyde was known for his ready smile, his boundless sense of humor, and his natural ability to engage with people. He was beloved by his many friends and clients. And with his special love for children, he became a trusted friend and father-like figure to many young people.

Clyde is survived by his wife of 16 years, Irvene Brawer of Hartsdale; his nephew, Henry Brawer; his niece, Molly Brawer; and Molly’s husband, Rodrigo Garcia.

There will be a private remembrance next month.


Joseph Bugliarelli

Former Dobbs Ferry resident Joseph Bugliarelli died Tuesday, June 7, at age 51.

Joseph was born in the Bronx to Josephine and the late Joseph Bugliarelli. He graduated from Sacred Heart Elementary School, Dobbs Ferry High School, and from the University of Miami. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity at Miami. After many years, he still cherished the relationships he made with his fraternity brothers.

Joseph was in the auto sales business and had lived in California for 15 years. Prior to California he lived in Rockland County and earlier in Dobbs Ferry.

Joseph is survived by his beloved mother Josephine, his loving sons Joseph Jr. and Nicholas, and his caring brother Louis (Dawn) Bugliarelli.

Memorial mass is today (June 24) at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Dobbs Ferry. Visiting was June 23 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.


Nicola Giliberto

Nicola Giliberto, a longtime resident of Dobbs Ferry, passed away last Friday, June 10, at age 86.

Born and raised in Italy, Nicola was the son of the late Filiberto and Maria. As a young man, he played the accordion and sang in the streets of Italy, entertaining many. He was also an accomplished dancer. In 1976, Nicola settled in Dobbs Ferry and continued raising his family. He was a mason in Italy, and after emigrating worked as a groundskeeper for Sunningdale County Club in Scarsdale for many years. He was a devoted husband, loving father, adoring grandfather and great-grandfather, and caring brother.

Nicola is survived by his wife Serafina; children Maria (Enzo Aloe) Giliberto, Lalla (Egidio) Porco, and Nilda (Vincent) Scaramella; grandchildren Teresa, Nicola, Gioia, Gennarino, Sonia, Daniele, Philip, Vincent, and Nicholas; and nine great- grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings Emilio, Lina, Belinda, and Settimio.

Mass of the Resurrection was June 15 at Sacred Heart Church in Dobbs Ferry. Visiting was June 14 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.


Florence Renz

Florence Marie Lewis Renz of Hastings passed away on Sunday, June 12, at age 90.

Florence will be deeply missed by her daughters Judy (Bill) Krimmer, Jean Delhay, and Karyn (Don) Tarricone; daughter-in-law Barbara Renz; seven grandchildren; five great- grandchildren; brother John (Beverly) Muro; and sister Theresa Nasi.

She was predeceased by her “one and only” husband Arthur “Pinky” Renz; her beloved three sons Arthur, James, and William; son-in-law Ray; and two grandchildren.

Memorial was held on June 16 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.


Elizabeth Gilligan

Elizabeth A. Gilligan, a longtime Irvington resident, died Saturday, June 4, at age 77.

Born in Tarrytown on April 8, 1939, Elizabeth was the daughter of Frank W. and Elizabeth Margetjak Talley. She was a graduate of North Tarrytown High School.

Elizabeth is survived by her sons Frank (Alyson) of Highland Mills, N.Y., and James (Kim) of Irvington. She is also survived by five grandchildren, her brother Richard Talley, and her sister Marion Talley.

Visitation and services were held on June 8 at the Coffey Funeral Home in Tarrytown. Visit www.coffeyfuneralhome.com for more details.


Beverly Hennessy

Former Ardsley resident Beverly Allis (Eyth) Hennessy passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 11, at age 87, in the hospice suite at Mount Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, Vt.

Born Jan. 25, 1929, in Floral Park, Long Island, Beverly was a daughter of Bertram R. and Irma (Ray) Eyth. She lived in the Homefield section of Yonkers, where she attended elementary school, later moving to Hollis, Queens, where she graduated from Andrew Jackson High School. After high school she worked for American Cyanamid Co. in New York City as a comptometer operator.

In 1951 she met Lee W. “Wally” Hennessy of Ardsley. They were married on Feb. 9, 1952, in Elkton, Md., while Wally was in U.S. Navy Boot Camp at Bainbridge, Md. When first married and her husband was stationed at the U.S. Navy Seabee Base in Port Hueneme, Calif., they lived in Oxnard. Beverly returned to New York when her husband was stationed overseas during the Korean conflict. In 1954 they moved to her husband’s hometown of Ardsley, where they started raising their family. They lived in Ardsley for the next 25 years, moving to Canaan, N.H., in 1979.

Beverly was predeceased by her husband of 64 years on Dec. 7, 2015. Surviving are her four children — Lee Hennessy, Jr. (Carmela) of Danbury, Conn., Bertram Hennessy (Sue Ann) of Etna, N.H., Sandy Kondzielaski (Raymond Atkins) of Beacon, N.Y., and John Hennessy (Lorraine) of Canaan, N.H.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her sister, Barbra Doughty of Bristol, Tenn.; a special cousin, Jane SoRelle of St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.; a nephew David Doughty of Bristol, Tenn.; and her beloved cat Rufus.

There were no calling hours or funeral services. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to: Upper Valley Humane Society, 300 Old Route 10, Enfield, N.H. 03748. An online guest book is available to leave a message of condolence by visiting www.rickerfuneralhome.com.


Kathleen Pierpont

Kathleen Donnellon Pierpont, beloved and devoted mother of John B. Pierpont Jr. (Christine Mazzucco), David K. Pierpont (Donna), and Matthew R. Pierpont (Audrey), passed away peacefully last Friday, June 3, at age 83. 

Born in Garden City, N.Y., on April 24, 1933, to Kathleen and Pierre Donnellon, Kathy was a longtime resident of Dobbs Ferry and a fixture for almost 20 years at The Rivertowns Enterprise, where she worked as the office manager.

Kathy is survived by her sons, as well as her brother, Kenn Donnellon of Ashville, N.C.; life‐long friend Suzanne Crowley Dowling of Garden City; her 10 grandchildren — John, Robert Daniel, Rebecca, David, Nicole, Eric, Belle, Brynn and Matthew; and her two nieces, Kate D. Nail and Anne D. Burkley. She will always be loved and remembered for her selflessness, caring, and love of family.

Services were held at Edwards‐Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry on June 8, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial yesterday (June 9) at Sacred Heart Church in Dobbs Ferry.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in honor of Kathy be offered to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.


James D’Addio

Photographer James A. D'Addio of Hastings passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 1, at age 62, after a lengthy illness.

James is survived by his wife Gyongyi; son Alex; daughter Olivia; parents Anthony and Elizabeth; aunt Josephine Testa (Anthony); and many cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, 3 International Drive, Suite 200, Rye Brook, NY 10573.


Maria Salvi

Maria Salvi of Irvington died peacefully on Wednesday, June 1, at age 62.

Maria was born in Cardinale, Calabria, Italy to Nicola and Giovannia Daniel. She was the owner of Il Sorriso Restaurant in Irvington for 15 years. She and her husband, Frank, owned DiNardo’s Restaurant in Pound Ridge at the time of her death.

In addition to her husband, Maria is survived by her loving children Mary Jane and Nicky Salvi. Also surviving are her sister Rita and brothers Vincent and Alessandro.

Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated June 7 at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Dobbs Ferry. Visiting was June 6 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. Burial will take place in her hometown of Cardinale.


Lucy Wester

Lucy M. Wester of Hastings, who was known as Lea, died Wednesday, June 1, at age 93.

Lea was born in West Haverstraw and lived in Hastings since 1958. She married Victor S. Wester in March 1947. He predeceased her in 1977.

Lea graduated New Dorp High School in Staten Island and attended Hunter College for journalism. She was in charge of the audio-visual department for the Hastings School District. She was beloved by the school district and community at large.

After her retirement, Lea worked at Grace Episcopal Church for 10 years.

For many years, Lea continued to help students as a mentor for the Hastings Youth Council's Homework Help program. She was a member of the community at Grace Episcopal Church for more than five decades, an active volunteer for Project SHARE, and, for several years, volunteered for the League of Women Voters.

Lea is survived by her children, Jeanne Newman, Rick Wester (Jennifer Garvin), and Tom Wester. She was the devoted grandmother of Catie, Gabriel and Jeremy (Bridget) Newman, and Adam Wester and Ian Wester. Lea was the cherished great-grandmother of Oliver.

The funeral service was June 6 at Grace Episcopal Church in Hastings. Visiting was held June 5 at Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.

The Lucy M. Wester Memorial Scholarship has been established to provide grants to Hastings High School seniors who are accepted into and plan on attending college or vocational school immediately upon graduation. Memorial contributions may be made out to Lucy M. Wester Memorial Scholarship, c/o Business Office, Hastings-on-Hudson UFSD, 27 Farragut Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706.


Albert Tino

Albert J. Tino of Dobbs Ferry passed away on Wednesday, May 18, at age 87.

Known as “Skip,” Albert was born, raised and educated in Dobbs Ferry. After high school he was proud to serve four years in the United States Marine Corps. After his time in the Marines, he served the Scarsdale Police Department for 20 years. He retired at the rank of lieutenant. 

In 1953, Albert married Darlene Woycik of Irvington at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, where he remained a lifelong parishioner. They were married 60 years.

Albert stayed active in his retirement. He worked as a warehouse manager for Beconta Corp and Thule Corp. He later worked at Our Lady of Victory Academy in Dobbs Ferry, where he fixed and maintained the building. Dressing as Santa and spreading holiday cheer at OLV was a highlight for him. His spare time was filled with gardening and hunting with friends.

Albert was predeceased by his parents Maria and Joseph Tino, along with his brothers George, Anthony and Peter.

Surviving are his loving children Gail (Peter) Capuano, George (Ann) Tino, Carol (James) Monaghan; six cherished grandchildren Kristin (Marcello), Patrick, Anthony, Joseph, Paul and Emma; his devoted sister Marie Partenza; and many special nieces and nephews.

Mass of the Resurrection was May 23 at Our Lady of Pompeii Church. Visiting was May 22 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. Memorials to the Hastings-on-Hudson Volunteer Ambulance Corps appreciated.


David Usher

David J. Usher, a lifelong resident of Hastings, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 23, after a long battle with cancer. He was 72.

David was born Feb. 19, 1944, in Yonkers, the son of the late Edward and Margaret (Hritz) Usher. He attended Hastings schools and proudly served in the U.S. Army, 1965-1967, when he was stationed in Italy. David worked for the Hastings Department of Public Works and was a member of the Hastings Volunteer Fire Department. He served as captain of Protection Engine Co. and captain of the Hastings Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

David is survived by his brothers George (Helen) and Edwin (Lorraine); sister Lottie Ann Forshaw (Edward); and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his devoted friend and caretaker Juan Baizan. He was predeceased by his brothers Kenneth and Robert.

The family received family and friends on May 26 at Hastings Funeral Home. Services were held at the St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church on May 27. Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery.


Susan Winn

Susan J. Winn, a longtime resident of Hastings, passed away on Friday, May 27, at age 64.

Susan was the beloved wife of Marvin, most loving mother of Nicholas, and cherished sister of Marie C. Oelkers. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, godchildren and countless friends.

Visiting was May 30 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. Funeral service was May 31 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hastings Food Pantry (914-478-2380) and the Hastings Mothers’ Club (914-478-2119) would be appreciated.


William Neczesny Sr.

William Neczesny Sr. of Morris, N.Y., formerly of Hastings, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 9, at the Albany Medical Center.

Bill was born on June 24, 1947 to Michael and Catherine (Antoszyk) Neczesny. He joined the Navy in October 1969 and was honorably discharged as a Marine Medic/Corpsman in February 1973. He received three Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star and Air Medal, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and other medals and commendations. Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Diane (Gunther) Neczesny; his children — Jason (Kirsten) Neczesny, Nicole (Mike) Altieri, Rochelle Neczesny, Michael Neczesny (Kristin), and Katherine Doherty; and his adored grandchildren Nicholas Scano, Zach and Ben Altieri, and Kayla and Taylor Doherty, as well as his sister, Anna (Neczesny) Roberts, and two nephews. Bill was predeceased by his parents and an infant son, BJ (William Jr.). He leaves behind cousins and many friends to mourn his passing. 

Funeral service was May 12 St. Michael’s Ukrainian Church in Yonkers. Visiting was May 11 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to your local VA, Wounded Warriors, or other military association.


Catherine Walsh

Catherine Patricia “Patsy” Walsh of Tarrytown, formerly of Irvington, passed away Sunday, May 8, at age 81.

Born and raised in New York City, Catherine was the daughter of the late Patrick Joseph and Beatrice Munnelly. In 1960, Catherine married her love James “Big Jim” Walsh at Saints Philip and James Roman Catholic Church in the Bronx. She worked as a computer analyst for many years. Catherine loved her family and was always willing to help. She helped care for many children throughout her life and enjoyed all the times spent with them. Catherine was an avid animal lover. She was also a member of the Irvington Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Catherine was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother and aunt, and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her children Karen (Tom) Byrnes, Laureen (Jeff) Paul, and John (Michele) Walsh, and seven grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Evelyn Hannigan; brother, Patrick Munnelly; and many nieces and nephews. Catherine was predeceased by her beloved husband James in 2003.

Visiting is today (May 13) from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. Mass of the Resurrection is tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Irvington. Memorial contributions to the Irvington Volunteer Ambulance Corps appreciated.


Angelina Gagliardi

Angelina Gagliardi of Dobbs Ferry, born on Feb. 24, 1930, passed on Wednesday, April 27, at age 86, at the side of her sister Stella Caridi.

Angelina was the cherished daughter of the late Elizabetta and Lawrence, and the loving sister of the late Dominic and Larry. She is survived, and will be deeply missed, by her sister Stella and her husband, Nino; her sister-in-law Carol; eight nieces and nephews; 19 grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and five great-grand-nieces and great-grand-nephews.

Angelina worked as an accountant. She lived a full life, with a smile on her face, as a devout Catholic in Dobbs Ferry, loving and caring for everyone around her, with greatest devotion to her best friend "Mama.”

The family received friends and family on May 1 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on May 2 at Sacred Heart Church in Dobbs Ferry.


Joan Pirozek

Joan Phyllis Pirozek of Ardsley died peacefully on Monday, April 18, at age 76. Joan was born in Manhattan, the daughter of Phyllis and Jack Angles. She and her family moved to Ardsley in July of 1972. She is survived by her beloved husband Joseph Pirozek; children Mark Pirozek and Laura Hardacre; and grandchildren Scott and Christina Hardacre and Dylan and Brooke Pirozek. Visiting and funeral service was April 21 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.


Irene C. Chang

Former longtime Hastings resident Irene C. (Conley) Chang passed away peacefully on April 13, at the age of 92, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Wayland, Mass., her home for the past three years. Her three children, Nadya, Rita, and Victor, the latter both graduates of Hasting High School, and her loving caregiver, Carlos Campos, were by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Kuo-ho Chang, to whom she was married for 65 years.

Born April 20, 1923 in Columbus, Ohio, Irene was the daughter of the late Dr. John E. Conley and Helen (Inboden) Arnold of Fort Wayne, Ind. She earned a baccalaureate degree in Chinese history from the University of Chicago, where she met Kuo-ho Chang, a law student from China. They fell in love and were married in 1948.

They subsequently moved to Parkway Village in Queens, where Kuo-ho soon landed a job as a simultaneous interpreter with the U.N. He stayed there his entire career. Irene accompanied her husband to China in 1951, with Nadya, and again in 1956, after Rita was born. That same year, the family moved into a house they built in Hastings. Two years later, Victor was born. In the decades that followed, Irene and Kuo-ho traveled the world with their family, returning to China every two years. 

Irene had a passion for, and collected, books, paintings, and objệts d’art.  She loved reading, history, literature, politics, The New York Times, museums, good conversation, and a glass of white wine with dinner. In addition to cooking, sewing, and gardening, she loved to listen to Irish tenors, American folksingers, and live radio broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera House. She cherished and took joy in her family and close friends. By the time she left Hastings, she had a library of several thousand books, including many first editions.

After an illness in 2012, Irene and Kuo-ho left Hastings to move into the home of Rita and her family in Natick, Mass. There they enjoyed their family’s loving care — and their son-in-law Mark’s excellent cooking. Following Kuo-ho’s death in 2013, Irene moved to Sunrise Assisted Living, and later to its memory unit. To ensure Irene had personalized care at all times, the family hired Carlos Campos. The two became very attached to one another.

Irene is survived by her children Nadya Chang, and her husband Michael E. Clancey of Cincinnati, Ohio; Rita Chang and her husband Mark DePuy of Natick, Mass.; and Victor Chang and his wife Florence Rondeau of Shrub Oak, N.Y.; her grandchildren Sofia Chang-DePuy, Tess K. Chang, Anya Chang-DePuy, Victoria R. Clancey, Marika L. Clancey, and Trevor Chang; and dear half-sisters Sue Conley of Florida and Carolyn Taylor of California. She is also survived by her extraordinary caregiver and friend, Carlos Campos of Natick, Mass.

A private memorial celebration will be held on May 7 in New York.


Robert Scaperrotta

Robert M. Scaperrotta of Dobbs Ferry died peacefully on Sunday April 17, at age 80.

Robert was born in Dobbs Ferry, the son of Crescienzo and Marianna Scaperrotta. He was the owner of Casandra Hair Salon on Ashford Avenue in Dobbs Ferry. After he retired from the business, he became a dedicated volunteer at Dobbs Ferry Hospital (now the Dobbs Ferry Pavilion of St. John’s Riverside Hospital). He was a lifelong parishioner and Eucharistic minister at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, where every year on the last Sunday of October he was maitre d’ of the annual Spaghetti Dinner.

Robert is survived by his brother John (Nan) Scaperrotta; his sisters-in-law Frances and Marie Scaperrotta; his cousin Mary Jane Marziale; and many nieces and nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews.

Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated April 20 at Our Lady of Pompeii. Visiting was held at Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home.

Memorials to Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 95 Palisade St., Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522.


Joseph Gizzi

Joseph Angelo Gizzi of Irvington, and formerly of Ossining, died Saturday, April 9, at age 86.

Born Nov. 26, 1929 in Ossining, Joseph was the son of Giuseppe and Maria Pagliacci Gizzi. He graduated from Ossining High School and later earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortlandt. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. He had been the proprietor of York Surgical in Yonkers for many years until he retired.

Joseph was a member of the Ossining Fire Department’s Monitor Hose Co. #4 since 1952. He was also a member of the Irvington Seniors.

He is survived by his sons Joseph, Gregory, Brian, and Christopher and their wives, as well as his 10 grandchildren.

Visitation was April 13-14 at Coffey Funeral Home. The funeral mass is today (April 14) at 11 a.m. at Transfiguration Church in Tarrytown. To leave condolences, visit www.coffeyfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations to Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedearriorproject.org) would be appreciated.


Antoinette Marra Cardamone

Dobbs Ferry native Antoinette Marra Cardamone of Clearwater, Fla., passed away on Friday, March 18, after a brief illness. She was 99 years old.

Antoinette, lovingly known as “Babe,” was born on Jan. 5, 1917 in Dobbs Ferry, the daughter of the late Francesco Marra and Antoinette Belcamino Marra.

Upon graduation from Dobbs Ferry High School, Antoinette was employed as a bookkeeper by Willoughby’s Market on Main Street in Dobbs Ferry, and later by AT&T in White Plains.

Antoinette was married to George Cardamone, who passed away in 1989. They lived in Norristown, Pa., and later in Clearwater, Fla., for many years. She was an excellent bowler in her youth and an avid New York Yankees fan.

In addition to her parents and husband George, Antoinette was predeceased by her sisters Josephine Pasqua and Nora Tucci, and her brothers Anthony, Reginald, and Frank Marra. She is survived by seven nephews and one niece, as well as several great-nieces and great-nephews and several great-great-nieces and -nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on April 13 at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Dobbs Ferry. Interment was at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Children’s Leukemia Research Association, Inc., 585 Stewart Ave., Suite 18, Garden City, NY 11530.


Julie Louis

Julie Louis of Dobbs Ferry died Sunday, March 20, after a five-year battle with cancer. She was 56.

Julie was born July 26, 1959, in Metairie, La., a daughter of Thomas and Emma Lou (Sailors) Louis. After early years in Louisiana, in 1967 she moved with the family to Dobbs Ferry where she attended local schools, followed by a year at Swarthmore College and then an associate degree from Westchester Community College.

Predeceased in 1995 by her father, Julie is survived by her mother and three sisters: Susan (Eric) Eipper of Seaford, Del., Tracy Louis of New City, N.Y., and Hilarie Louis of Dobbs Ferry. She is also survived by four nieces, four nephews, and six great-nephews.

An avid reader and trivia buff, Julie’s special interests included the Star Island Unitarian Universalist conference center in New Hampshire and Heifer International.

A memorial service is planned for May 15 at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester (other arrangements pending).


Ann Ellenewich

Anna Marie LaRocca Ellenewich of Dobbs Ferry died  on Easter Sunday, March 27, at age 95, surrounded by her loving family.

“Ann” was born on Sept. 16, 1920 in South Philadelphia, Pa. She was the daughter of Andrea LaRocca and Assunta Guarnieri LaRocca, immigrants from Calabria and Naples.

During World War II, after graduating from Strayer’s Business School, she worked as a secretary for the Quartermaster in Philadelphia. While vacationing in Atlantic City she met Charles Ellenewich, an Army sergeant on postwar R&R. They fell in love and married in September 1946. Over the years they lived in Queens and Nassau counties, and finally moved to Dobbs Ferry in 1988.

Ann spent many happy years socializing with the members of her beloved Our Lady of Pompeii Church and the Dobbs Ferry Seniors.

Ann leaves behind her two daughters, Veronica Kurian and Claudia Weiner; six grandsons, Damian (Eleanor), Justin (Vanessa), Nicholas, Benjamin (Phaedra), Gregory and Adam; four great-grandchildren; her niece, Maria; and other family members and close friends.

Ann was predeceased by her husband Charles in 2004; her parents; and her siblings Victoria, Joseph, Gerard, and Gloria.

For information about services, please go to the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home website (www.edwardsanddowdle.com).

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name are requested for the Phelps Hospice at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow.



Karen Jacobs

Karen S. Jacobs of Dobbs Ferry passed away on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 at age 63.

Karen attended Dobbs Ferry Middle School and High School. She loved animals and children, and for a time worked at Abbott House in Irvington where she cared for disabled children. She would come home exhausted and happily griping about another workday and the strides and challenges those in her care experienced. It was a fundamental part of her personality that she cared for those who needed care most.

Over the years Karen raised rabbits, three generations of dogs, and many cats. She always gravitated to the most neglected and vulnerable among us. She always gave the most love and attention to the least attractive and sometimes the most ornery creatures.

Her family was always very important to her. For the last 25 years, Karen took care of her mother, Eileen C. Ryan, a brilliant woman who spent the latter part of her career fighting for the rights of women and minorities in the U.S. Navy.

Karen is survived by her mother and by a cousin, Douglas Sanders.

Visiting will be today (March 18) from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.


Winnie Hazou

Longtime Hastings resident Winnie Hazou passed away on Saturday, Feb. 27, at age 92.

Born in New York City, Winnie moved to Hastings in October 1957 with her husband, Peter, a United Nations official, and their two children, Linda and Peter Jr. Winnie was active in the Hudson Heights community and enjoyed oil painting and reading.

During summers she traveled widely with her family to Europe and the Middle East and was with her husband in the Belgian Congo in 1961 when U.N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold visited and was killed in a plane crash.

At age 50 Winnie began college, first at Westchester Community College, and subsequently earned both her masters and Ph.D. from Fordham University. She became a sociology professor at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry.

Winnie is survived by her son Peter, a Microsoft executive residing in Garrison.


Dorothy B. Sanden

Former Rivertowns resident Dorothy Marie Bouffard Sanden died Thursday, Feb. 25, at age 97, in Boca Raton, Fla.

Dorothy was born in Dobbs Ferry, to Margaret Hogan and Joseph Bouffard. She grew up and graduated from high school in Hastings. She attended the Washington School for Secretaries in New York City, and was later employed as a secretary on Wall Street. She married Theodore Marriott Sanden of Yonkers in 1940. During their marriage Dorothy moved with her husband to Portland, Ore., Seattle, Wash., Yonkers, Columbia and Norfolk, Conn., London, England (eight years), Westborough, Mass. (31 years), and finally, Boca Raton.

Dorothy was a wonderful wife and mother, and an accomplished, passionate cook and gardener. In the late 1950s she became active in the Girl Scouts of America, working her way up from district leader to leader and representative of the Eastern New England States, a post she held for several years. After returning from London, Dorothy and “Ted” took up sailing on large boats, spending summers and part of the winter cruising in New England waters and the Virgin Islands. They also traveled abroad, to China, Egypt, Russia and Europe.

While living in Massachusetts, Dorothy was active in the Westborough Garden Club, and studied painting at the Worcester Art Museum. Her works were included in many shows. Dorothy loved entertaining, had a wide circle of friends, and she and Ted were avid readers and hikers. Her beloved Ted passed away in 1991. She was a charming, generous person whose smile lit up a room, and whose sense of humor and kindness were known by all.

Dorothy is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Sutherland of Leesburg, Va; her brother, John Bouffard, of Denver, Colo.; her son, Craig, and his wife, Ruth, of Winsted, Conn.; her daughter, Diane Seely Yohe of Norwalk, Conn.; her daughter, Donna Sorenson, of Boca Raton; seven grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. Contributions to Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton are suggested by the family in lieu of flowers.


Richard Shemonoski

Richard (Shemon) Shemonoski, a lifelong resident of Hastings, died peacefully on Sunday, March 6, at age 74.

Richard was born May 6, 1941 in New York City, the son of the late Joseph and Helen Shemonoski. He was the beloved husband of Marilyn (Einsel) Shemonoski; loving father of Tracey (Maurice) Fisher, Keith (Traci) Shemonoski, and Kevin (Tara) Shemonoski; and cherished grandfather of six. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Richard was predeceased by his sister, Dianne Dean.

Friends may call today (March 11) from 4 to 8 p.m. at Hastings Funeral Home, 15 Spring St. The funeral will be this evening at 7:30, at the funeral home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hastings Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Richard’s memory.


Joseph Francis

Joseph H. Francis of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Hastings, died Saturday, Feb. 5, at age 95.

Joe was born March 24, 1920. He was a longtime resident of Hastings, where he raised his large family. He moved to St. Petersburg after his retirement.

Joe was the beloved husband of Ada and Rose (the latter passed away on Aug. 20, 1997; a former reporter for the Hastings Independent; father of Jo Francis (John Fuegi), Barb O’Neal (Keith), Judi Francis (Roy Sloane), Louise Francis (Dennis Cusack), and Paul (Joan Nielsen), Kerry Dunne (Chris); grandfather of 13; and great-grandfather of seven.

Joe received a B.S. from Fordham University in 1940, where he also studied law. He was twice decorated in World War II in the largest-ever naval battle, at Leyte Gulf, where he was a captain in charge of a 90-millimeter gun battery of over 130 men. At 23, he was personally congratulated by then-Secretary of War Henry Stimson for winning an artillery competition against the British on Cape Cod.

Joe served as a legislative tax executive at Texaco and J.C. Penney. He helped lead The First Reformed Church of Hastings consistory and was a longtime trustee. In retirement, he served as a guest editor for the St. Petersburg Times where he advocated for Zionist causes, education and the importance of taxes to our democracy.

Joe died peacefully of complications of Parkinson’s disease. His departure, though at an old age, is mourned deeply by remaining friends and family.


Pamela Strachan

Pamela S. Strachan, former director of the Irvington Public Library, died peacefully in Scarborough, Maine, on Saturday, Feb. 27, as the sun set. She lived with gratitude, generosity, courage, and love even through her final days.

Pamela lived most of her life in Irvington. In 2014, she retired as director of the library after 27 years of dedicated service. She was a talented organist and also recently retired after 35 years of faithful service as music director at Zion Episcopal Church in Dobbs Ferry. As choir director and organist, she performed devotedly at Sunday services and other celebrations of life. In 2015, Pamela moved to Maine where she enjoyed time closer to family and sang in the choir at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Yarmouth.

Pamela graduated from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., in 1974 and studied with master organist André Marchal for two years while living in Paris, France. She completed her MLS at St. John’s University and studied theology at St. John the Divine in New York. Enjoying travel and adventure whenever she could, Pamela learned to sail and climb rigging while living on the Charles P. Morgan, toured Europe and the Middle East, and participated in a variety of musical and theatrical productions.

A beloved sister, aunt, great-aunt, cousin, and friend, Pamela was predeceased by her loving parents, George and Roberta Strachan; a brother she adored, George Strachan; and a dear niece, Alissa Wiederkehr.

Pamela is survived by sisters Diana (Panos) Stathacopoulos of Greece, Vicki (Dan) Wiederkehr of Maine, Deborah Strachan (Steve Bachelder) of Maine, Alison Strachan of Nova Scotia, and Jennifer Strachan (Bryan McNeil) of Ontario; brother Bruce Strachan (Jacinta Muteshi-Strachan) of Kenya; sister-in-law Jaclyn Veneroso of New York; and many adoring nephews, nieces and great-nephews and great-nieces. All were blessed to have spent many wonderful family reunions together at Mooselookmeguntic Lake in Maine, a gathering and location especially dear to Pam’s heart.

Family was the most important aspect of Pamela’s life. Her loved ones will cherish memories of Thanksgivings and Christmases gathered around the piano with Pam leading them in family favorites. 

Pamela was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2011 and met this challenge with courage, hope, and determination. She maintained her kind and unfailing smile and whispers of gratitude even as her life drew to an end. She will always remain in the hearts of all who loved her as a kind and gentle woman of deep faith who brought much light into this world. She will be missed and remembered with tremendous love for her unfailing optimism and encouraging nature.

A celebration of Pamela’s life will take place at the Episcopal Church of St. Barnabas in Irvington tomorrow (March 5) at 4 p.m.

Contributions in Pamela’s memory may be made to the memorial funds of Zion Episcopal Church in Dobbs Ferry, Episcopal Church of St. Barnabas in Irvington or Friends of the Irvington Public Library.


Geoffrey Shlaes

Geoffrey C. Shlaes, a former longtime resident of Hastings, died suddenly from a heart attack at his San Diego home on Thursday, Jan. 14. He was 64.

Geoffrey lived in Hastings for 28 years. He was involved in community activities that included building a new playground at Hillside Elementary School in the 1990s, fundraising and restoring the waterfront park, singing with local a cappella groups, participating in the “over-40s softball league,” and playing poker with Hastings residents for 20 years.

A seasoned American theater executive, producer and director of over 40 years, Geoffrey had been working as executive director of the historic Spreckels Theatre in San Diego.  He directed the planning and execution of all aspects of the 1,500-seat house. Geoffrey’s position with the Spreckels Theatre continued a family legacy as the third generation to operate this elegant storied venue.

Across the arc of his professional career, Geoffrey served as managing director of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and managed the company’s 47th Street Off-Broadway Theatre. He later operated as the booking agent for the venue. In 1999 Geoffrey worked as executive director of Los Angeles’ El Portal Center for the Arts. He performed similar functions in Carmel, Calif., at the Pacific Repertory Theatre.

Before becoming a theater executive, he concentrated his career on stage and television directing for hundreds of productions nationwide. In 1981, Geoffrey founded the American Director’s Institute (ADI) a not-for-profit dedicated to the work of American stage directors. He oversaw this service organization for a decade. 

During his diverse career, Geoffrey was a member of the League of Historic American Theatres and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. He founded The Entertainment Wave LLC, a production and management group in New York. He was a consultant to the formation of the Marilyn Horne Foundation and a board member of Theatre Trustees of America.

Geoffrey received his MFA training at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Goodman School of Drama in directing and theater management. He earned his A.B. in English literature from Princeton University in 1973. He also attended Oxford University and graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1969.

Geoffrey was passionate about singing and was a proud member of the Princeton Footnotes, an all-male a cappella group. He continued singing with alumni throughout his life. He was a first-rate athlete, excelling at football, softball, racquetball, and fishing. His zest for life included a deep love of music, art, travel, and mentoring people from all walks of life.

Geoffrey moved from Hastings to San Diego in 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Susan LaFollette Shlaes; his daughter, Rachael Liberman; his son-in-law, Jason Liberman; and his beloved granddaughter Maya.

Funeral services were held at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles. A memorial service will follow in New York. Donations in Geoffrey Shlaes’ name may be made to the American Heart Association (donatenow.heart.org), or A.R.T.S at the Spreckels Theatre (619) 234-8397.


Judith Blackwell Konowitch

Judith Blackwell Konowitch of Irvington passed away last Friday, Jan. 29, at age 59. Judy grew up in Manhasset, Long Island. She had lived in Dobbs Ferry and Irvington for many years.

Judy held a B.A. from Duke University, where she graduated cum laude with a double major in economics and French. She received her master’s degree in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management. Judy was a passionate lifelong learner and spent more 20 years helping to improve public education locally.

Surviving are her beloved husband and best friend, Paul Konowitch; her loving children, Jeffrey and Margo Konowitch; her loving mother, Marie Blackwell Deppen; and devoted sister, Nancy Semels (Daniel).

Visiting was Jan. 31 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. Funeral service was held Feb. 1 at Temple Beth Shalom in Hastings.

Memorials to the Judith Blackwell Konowitch Scholarship Award. Checks should be made to the Dobbs Ferry Schools Foundation, JBK Award, DFSF Treasurer, 505 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522. To share personal memories and recollections please e-mail judyblackwellmemories@gmail.com or to share a public tribute please visit edwardsanddowdle.com.


Genevieve Marone

Genevieve Marone, a longtime resident of Dobbs Ferry, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 19, at age 92.

Born in Brooklyn, Genevieve was the daughter of the late Alphonse and Clara Bonadies. She married the love of her life, Joseph Marone, at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Dobbs Ferry. She was a strong-willed, independent woman who had a deep love for her family. Genevieve was a fantastic cook and especially adored spending time with her grandchildren. She was also an avid golfer. Genevieve will always be remembered for her kindness and warm smile. She will be greatly missed.

Genevieve is survived by her children Lawrence (Christine), Richard and Lisa (Doug) Marone-Schmidt; grandchildren Marissa Moussa, Erin Marone, Denine Timlin and Jennifer Napolitano; and great-grandchildren Layla, Chloe, Christopher and Timothy. She is also survived by her sisters Madeline and Jeanne. Genevieve was predeceased by her husband, Joseph, in 1984 and by her sisters Mary, Marie A., Frances and Josephine.

Mass of the Resurrection was Jan. 22 at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Dobbs Ferry. Visiting was Jan. 21 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.


Eileen Mary Donovan

Eileen M. Donovan, formerly of Dobbs Ferry, passed away at home on Monday, Jan. 3, in Richmond, Va.

Eileen was born in Brooklyn on July 16, 1923 to Helen and Lawrence Byrne and was raised in South Ozone Park, Queens, with her sister Betty and brother Tom. In 1941 she married Thomas William Donovan, brother of her lifelong friend Dorothy Hassett. Col. Donovan was buried with honors at Arlington National Cemetery in 1981 and, at a date to be determined, Eileen and Tom will be reunited there.

Eileen’s innate intelligence and strong spirit of independence literally took her around the world through her work for the U.S. Army Defense Intelligence Agency and her love of travel.

Eileen loved her daughter, Lee Dawkins, and her son-in-law Kevin. She adored her two grandchildren, Tyler Dawkins Bucalo and Trevor Dawkins. She was so proud of them and they brought immense happiness to her life. Eileen is also survived by her much-loved sister Betty Schill, her grandson-in-law Frank Bucalo, and many nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces throughout the US.

Eileen lived an exemplary life: a gracious, generous and modest woman who will be greatly missed and long remembered by her family and all who knew her.


Antoinette Lanasa

Antoinette Lanasa of Pelican Island, N.J., and formerly of Dobbs Ferry, passed away Sunday, Jan. 17, at age 82.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Antoinette was the daughter of the late Michele and Mary Castiello. On Oct. 14, 1956, she married her love Tony Lanasa at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the Bronx. They then settled in Dobbs Ferry and later moved to Pelican Island in 1980.

Antoinette delighted in cooking and baking for her family. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. She is survived by her son Joseph and his wife Meliedy, and many nieces and nephews.

Mass of the Resurrection was Jan. 21 at the Church of St. Anthony in Yonkers. Visiting was Jan. 20 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.


Raymond Ocana

Raymond Ocana of Hastings passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at age 54.

Ray was born at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in Manhattan to Luz Maria Ovalle and Rigoberto Ocana and grew up in Brooklyn. He was a graduate of LaSalle Academy in New York City and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1983 from Manhattan College in Riverdale. He also had a certificate in business management from NYU.

Ray was the loving husband of Maria Teresa Santos whom he married in 1985. Together they raised three wonderful children. He is survived by his wife; his children Melissa (Ezra Markowitz), Michael and Matthew; and his father. Ray was predeceased by his mother and his sister, Josephine Ocana.

Ray worked as a research assistant at Rockefeller University after graduating from college. He was employed in movie theater management (United Artists and Clearview) for more than 20 years. Ray loved baseball, music, politics and above all, his family. He was bright, well-rounded and determined. He was generous and never missed an opportunity to help those in need.

The family will receive visitors at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2158 Watson Ave. (corner Castle Hill Avenue) in the Bronx, tomorrow (Jan. 23) at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at 11. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ray’s name to The Amyloidosis Foundation at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/?key=amyfound.


Michael Perih

Former Hastings resident Michael Perih died suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 3, at age 51.

Michael was born in Bronxville, the son of the late Nicholas and Catherine Perih. He graduated from Hastings High School. He was a long-distance truck driver and traveled all over the U.S. for National Express, a company based in Nashville, Tenn. Michael had an affinity for driving and for old cars. He enjoyed driving his old Buick and attending car shows.

Michael is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Robert and Catrin Perih,  nephew Rhys, and niece Lili.

Mass of the Resurrection is today (Jan. 8) at 10 a.m. at the St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in Hastings. Visiting was yesterday at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.

Memorials in Michael’s name may be made to the V Foundation for Cancer Research.