Miscellaneous Orange County, New York Obituaries

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Richard John DeGraw, Jr.
Wurtsboro, NY

Richard John DeGraw, Jr., a retired career Air Force staff sergeant, entered into rest on October 28, 2001, at St. Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan. He was 61.

The son of Richard John DeGraw Sr. and Dorothy May Hardy, he waas born July 28, 1940 in Middletown, NY.

He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict.

He is survived by his three sons, Darren R. of Seattle, WA, Farron J. and Brett C. of Tacoma, WA; one daughter, Sharon L. of Tacoma; one brother, Kennth Witeman of Middletown; two sisters, Sandra Vernooy of Middletown and Irene Whiteman of Jacksonville, FL; five grandchildren, one niece and nephew, several aunts and uncles.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m., Thursday, at the Morse Funeral Home, Inc., 33 Railroad Ave., Middletown, NY 10940. Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 2 in the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Middletown, at 10 a.m. with Pastor Zabalecca officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the Wallkill Cemetery, Phillipsburg.

Arrangements are under the direction of Morse Funeral Home, Middletown, NY.www.morsefh.com
 
 

Ethel E. Riess
Goshen, NY

Ethel E. Reiss, of Goshen and formerly of Floral Park, entered into rest on October 25, 2001 in Arden Hill Life Care Center, Goshen. She was 94. She was the widow of Anthony J. Riess.

The daughter of William and Carolyn Frank Graebe, she was born June 17, 1907 in New York, NY.

She was a retired comptometer operator for Crescent News, Garden City Park, NY, and was a member of the Floral Park Methodist Church.

She is survived by her son Frank Riess and his wife Norma, of Redding, CT., daughter Barbara Stewart and her husband David of Middletown, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son Anton Riess.

Funeral services will be celebrated on Monday, October 29 at 10 a.m. at the Morse Funeral Home, Inc., 33 Railroad Ave., Middletown, with the Rev. Daniel Morse officiating. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Middle Village, NY.

Memorial contributions in Ethel's name may be made to the World Trade Center Victims' Fund at the Twin Towers Fund, General Post Office, PO Box 26999, New York, NY 10087-6999, or to the charity of one's choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Morse Funeral Home, Middletown, NY.www.morsefh.com
 

William Dolan
Middletown, NY

William Dolan, a retired group leader for the City of Middletown Fire Department, entered into rest on October 22, 2001 at Horton Medical Center. He was 54.

The son of the late Everett Dolan and Gladys Raymond Wilson, he was born February 2, 1947, in Monticello, NY.

He served in the Navy during the Vietnam Conflict, and was a member of Middletown Professional Firefighters Local 1027. His retirement was effective October 20, 2001. He was a memger of the Teen Board for the City of Middletown, past president of Middletown Youth Soccer League, past member of Pine Bush Colts Soccer league and the Hudson Valley Youth Soccer league. He also worked as a contractor intalling ceramic tiles.

He is survived by his wife Carol Milburn Dolan, two daughters, Kristin Dolan and Kasey Dolan, his mother, his brother-in-law Rick Milburn and his wife Shelley, all of Middletown, his sister Elaine Culver and her husband Ralph of New Hampton, nephew Rick Milburn and niece Kim Milburn, of Middletown, three step sisters, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Morse Funeral Home, Inc., 33 Railroad Ave., Middletown, NY 10940. Firematic services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 26 in Morse Funeral Home, at 10 a.m., with the Reverend Kenneth Wonderland officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to Middletown City School District, c/o Bonnie McCarthy, Middletown High Schoo,, Gardner Ave. Ext., Middletown, NY, for a scholarship to be awarded to a member of Kasey's graduating class of 2002 in Bill's name.

Arrangements are under the direction of Morse Funeral Home, Middletown, NY.www.morsefh.com
 
 

Joseph S. "Congo" Congalosi
Middletown, NY

Joseph S. "Congo" Congalosi, a lifetime resident of Middletown, entered into rest on October 13, 2001 in Orange County Residential Healthcare, Goshen. He was 78.

The son of the late Carmine and Mary Lambert Esposito, he was born March 5, 1923 in Middletown.

He was a retired cook for Middletown Psychiatric Center. He served in the Army during WWII, was a member of the Middletown Elks Lodge 1097, coached the Elks' Youth Bowling League for over 40 years and was Middletown Elk of the Year in 1973. He was also a member of McQuoid Engine & Ladder Co. #3 of Middletown.

He is survived by his son, Thomas Congalosi and his wife Marie of Queensbury, grandsone Peter Congalosi of Clifton Park, two step grandchildren, Darren Miles ane Megan Miles of Queensbury, his sister-in-law Phyllis Esposito of Goshen, numerous nieces and nephews including Carol Leibowitz and her husband David of Teaneck, NJ, steve Espotio and his wife Kathryn, and Gary Esposito and his wife Jane of Goshen. He was predeceased by his long time companion Theresa Pingotti, and his brother Thomas Esposito.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Morse Funeral Home, Inc., 33 Railroad Ave., Middletown, NY. Fire company services will be held at 7:15 p.m., Elks services will be at 7:30 p.m. and prayer services will be held at 8 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, Oct. 18 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 149 Cottage St., Middletown, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Joseph Cemetery, Middletown.

Memorial contributions may be made to Middletown Elks Lodge #1097, PO Box 148, Mideletown, NY 10940.

Arrangements are under the direction of Morse Funeral Home, Middletown, NY.

www.morsefh.com
 
 

Blanche Mellon
Liberty, TN

Blanche Mellon of Liberty, TN died Tuesday, Octobeer 2, 2001, in Centennial Medical Center, Nashville, TN. She was 71. She was born on April 10, 1920 in Newburgh, NY.

She is survived by her husband, Martin Mellon, at home.

Mrs. Mellon was the daughter of the late Clara Beebe and Lawrence Rose.

She was a retired shoe factory worker and former long time area resident.

Survivors include her husband, two daughters, Patricia Trimarchi of Binghamton, NY and Blanche Ashton of Norwich, NY; three brothers, Kenneth Rose of Newburgh, NY, Franklin Rose of Newburgh, NY and Irving Rose of Florida; one sister, Jeanette Pardington of Newburgh, NY, three grandchilden and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting will be on Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. at Perrott-Berardinelli Home for Funerals, Inc., One Grand Avenue, Newburgh, NY, where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Jack Hyatt officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Perrott-Berardinelli Home for Funerals, Inc.
 

Elizabeth "Loz" Barlow
Acworth, GA

Elizabeth "Liz" Barlow, a longtime Middletown resident, died peacefully on October 1, 2001 a her home in Acworth, GA. She was 49.

The daughter of the late Clifford Barlow and Ann Meyer, she was born October 20, 1951 in Middletown, NY.

She worked at a number of area restaurants including Mama Brava and Club 84. She was most recently employed as a paralegal in Middletown by the firm of Hayword, Parker and O'Leary and the firm of Hicks, Casey and Barber in Georgia.

She is survied by her children Corey Begeal (28), an officer with DeKalb County Police, and her daughter Breanne Barlow (21), a student.

There will be visitation with the family and a memorial service on Monday, October 8, from 5-7 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home, Inc., 33 Railroad Avenue, Middletown, NY.

Arrangements are under the direction of Morse Funerral Home, Middletown, NY.
www.morsefh.com
 
 

William T. Munderville
Montgomery, NY

William T. Munderville of Montgomery, NY died Monday, October 2, 2001, in St. Luke's Hospital, Newburgh, NY. He was 78. He was born August 5, 1923 in Stony Point, NY.

He was the son of Frances Kelly and William J. Munderville. Mr. Munderville was married to Norma Watson who survives him at home.

He was a long time area resident, a member of the Middletown Elks Lodge, a retired carpenter for Local 964 in New City, NY, a retired lather for Local 499 in Newburgh, NY, and an Army WWII veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Norma, one son, william T. Munderville, Jr. of Montgomery, NY, one granddaughter, Andrea Gilson, of Doylestown, PA, one great grandson, Justin, and one great granddaughter, Alyssa.

There will be no visitation. Services will be private.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Perrott-Berardinelli Home for funerals, Inc., One Grand Avenue, Newburgh, NY. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery.
 
 

Ruth J. Lockwood VanBenthuysen
Newburgh, NY

Ruth J. Lockwood VanBenthuysen of Newburgh, NY died Monday, September 24, 2001 in St. Luke's Hospital, Newburgh. She was 75. She was born May 9, 1926 in Newburgh, NY to Eunice Shaw and Edward Lockwood.

She was married to the late Joseph W. VanBenthuysen.

Mrs. VanBenthuysen was a lifelong resident, a retired assistant manger of operations services for New York Telephone, a graduate of NFA Class of 1944, a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and AARP.

She is survived by two brothers, Frank Lockwood of Wallkill, NY and Edward Lockwood of Avon Park, FL, many nieces and nephews.

There will be no visitation.

Services will be held at Cedar Hill Mausoleum on Thursday at 9 a.m. with the Rev. Jack Hyatt officiating. Entombment will follow.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Perrott-Berardinelli Home For Funerals, Inc., One Grand Avenue, Newburgh, NY.
 
 

Judy M. Terry
Greenville, NY

Judy M. Terry of Greenville, a homemaker and long time resident of the area, died Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at Arden Hill Hospital in Goshen. She was 82.

The daughter of the late George and Lucy Dockery Standback, she was born July 14, 1919 in Rockingham, North Carolina.

She was the widow of Lewis Terry.

Survivors include three sons, Lewis Terry and Fred Terry, both of Greenville, NY, and James Terry of Middletown, NY. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Louise.

Services will be held on Friday, September 28, 2001, at 10 a.m. at the Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home, Inc., 72 West Main St., Middletown, NY. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are by Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home, Inc., Middletown, NY. (845) 343-6023.
 

Mary Louise Warden Stewart
Newburgh, NY

Mary Louise Warden Stewart of Newburgh, wife of the late Thomas "Archie" Stewart, died Monday, September 24, 2001, at Arden Hill Life Care Center. She was 100.
Born in Newburgh on August 8, 1901, she was the daughter of the late Herbert Andrew Warden and Ella Florence Todd.
Mrs. Stewart was valedictorian of Newburgh Free Academy in 1919. She then graduated from Wellesley College in 1923, where she majored in history of art. In Newburgh, she studied voice with Ian Jackson and continued with Charles Adams White at the New England Conservatory while she was a student at the Wellesley College. She was a lyric soprano, sang in many Wellesley singing groups, and soloed with the Boston Pops. In Newburgh, she sang in concerts with Pattee Wallach as accompanist, and at radio station WGNY. She was often a guest soloist at the West Point chapel and sang in the Grace Methodist Church Coir for 30 years. After graduating from Wellesley, she married her childhood friend, Thomas A. Stewart on October 20, 1923. They had two daughters, Mary Stewart Hafer and Anne Stewart Sauls. She also has six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was delighted that one of her greate-granddaughters is now a member of the Welleskey Class of 2004. She continued her interet in art and studied painting with Colton Waugh and John gould. She became a painter of vivid loose impressionist oil paintings of scenes of the Hudson River and Powelton Golf Course. She also painted scenes of Cape Canaveral, FL, where she visited her daughter, Mary, and southern California, where she visited her daughter Anne. she joined the Pwelton Club in the late 1920s and was an avid golfter playing until the age of 94. She was a member of the Junior League of Newburgh; the Wuassaick chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; the Hudson River Mayflower; and the Officers Wives Club at Stewart Army Base Annex. Along with her late husband Archie, she took part in many activities at Stewart Field, which then became Stewart International Airport.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday, September 28 at White & Venuto Funeral Home, 188 North Plank Road, Town of Newburgh.
Graveside funeral service will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, September 29, at Woodlawn Cemetery, New Windsor.
Funeral arrangements in care of White & Venuto Funeral Home.
 

Paul J. Pikuritz
Middletown, NY

Paul J. Pukuritz, a retired stage hand for CBS TV, New York, NY, entered into rest on November 4, 2001, at Glen Arden Healthcare center, Goshen. He was 68.

the son of Frederick and Ora Powell Pikuritz, he was born October 10, 1933 in New York City.

Paul served in the United States Air force during the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Hockestein Pikuritz at home; one son, Paul Frederick Pikuritz and his wife Christine of the state of Florida; his daughter, Deborah Bianchi and her husband Paul of Middletown; his brother, Frederick Pikuritz of Bayshore, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his son Joseph Brian Pikuritz and daugher Linda Carol Pikuritz.

A visitation with the family will be held on Tuesday, November 6 from 7-9 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home, Inc., 33 Railroad Ave., Middletown, NY. Memorial services will begin at 8:15 p.m. with Rev. Peter Rustico officiating. Following cremation, his ashes will be bried in the state of Florida.

Arrangements are under the direction of Morse Funeral Home, Middletown, NY.
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Virginia K. Fraher
Hopewell Junction, NY

Virginia K. Fraher, age 80, of Hopewell Junction, NY, died on November 17, 2001 at St. Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie, NY. She previously resided in Rensselaer and Harrison.

Ms. Fraher was bornin Manhattan on April 28, 1921 to William and Katherine Bennell.

She was an administraor for NYNEX, Albany, for 20 years until retiring in 1988.

She was predeceased by her first husband, James Lindars, and her second husband, Edmond Fraher.

Survivors include her daughter, Jeanne Rudolph and her husband, John, of Somerset, KY; son Donald Lindars and his wife, Kathy, of Hopewell Junction; daughter Diane Lindars of Rennselaer, NY; and grandchildren James Lindars, Ian Lindars, John Paul Rudolph and Justine Rudolph.

Calling hours are on Tuesday beginning at 9 a.m. at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrates on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Columba Church, Route 821, Hopewell Junction. Interment will be at the Gates of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla. 

Joan M. Sperber
Wappingers Falls, NY

Joan M. Sperber, 71, of Wappingers Falls, NY, died unexpectedly on November 18, 2001 at home. She was a beloved and cherished wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mrs. Sperber was a 31 year resident of Wappingers Falls, previously residing in Mahopac. She was born on Feb. 7, 1930 in the Bronx to Raymond and Mable Ray McKernan.

She was a personnel administrator for IBM Poughkeepsie for 17 years until retiring in 1988..

She was a member of St. Columba Church, Hopewell Junction.

Mrs. Sperber is survived by her husband, Walter, whom she married on May 9, 1948 at St. Anselm's Church in the Bronz; daughters Peggy Sperber of Hyde Park; Jeanne Siniscalchi and her husband, Alan, of Sewell, NJ; Kathleen Surico and her husband, Wayne, of Poughkeepsie; Barbara Wallace and her husband, Tom, of Poughkeepsie; brother Raymond McKernan of Msez, AZ, sister Helen Muller of Devon, CT; grandchildren Danielle, Glenn and Matthew Siniscalchi; Chad, Travis and Caitlin Wallance; and Spencer Surico.

Calling hours will beon Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Comumba Church, Route 82, Hopewell Junction. Entombment will follow in Fishkill Rural Cemetery, Fishkill.
 

Margaret B. Roberts
New Paltz, NY

Margaret B. Roberts, 77, of New Paltz, NY, passed away November 18, 2001 at Vassar Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY. Mrs. Roberts was a life long area resident.

She was born in New Paltz on July 6, 1924, the daughter of Ezekiel and Rachael Cline Auchmoody. She was married to the late Francis J. Roberts. Mrs. Roberts was a member of St. Joseph's R.C. Church in New Paltz.

She is survied by a daughter, Frances Naces of Saugerties, NY, and a sister, Anna Nace of Clintondale, NY, as well as by nine grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the Sutton Funeral Home, Crescent Avenue, Clintondale, NY on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's R.C. Church in New Paltz. Burial will be in Lloyd Cemetery, Highland, NY.


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