|Frances M. Berggren
Frances M. Berggren of Pelham died on Nov. 27, 1998. Wife of the late
Robert O. Berggren, she is survived by her children, Joanne, Debbie, Robert
and Chris Berggren; and two grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister,
Anthony J. Camardella, 68
Anthony J. Camardella, a long-time resident of Pelham Manor, died on
Nov. 30, 1998. He was 68.
He attended schools in New York City, served in the U.S. Marines from
1947 to 1950 and was employed by the New York Central Railroad, Cirillo
Bros. Petroleum Company and Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts.
Survivors include his wife, Linda; a daughter, Catherine Vallarelli;
two sons, Joseph Camardella and Anthony J. Camardella Jr; two sisters,
Constance Semenza and Roseanne Hanson; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Dr. Nicholas A. Derrico
Dr. Nicholas A. Derrico, a resident of Pelham Manor for 35 years, died
on Nov. 29, 1998 at Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, NY. Dr. Derrico had
his office in the Bronx for 40 years and had recently retired.
Survivors include his wife, Sylvia, three sons, Michael Derrico of
Manhattan, Thomas Derrico of New Rochelle and Nicholas Derrico Jr. of Pelham
Manor. Also surviving are four sisters, Mary Petraglia of Eastchester,
Frances Marino and Vincenza Sudano of Pelham and Anna Derrico of Manhattan.
Memorial donations are being made to Lawrence Hospital, 55 Palmer Ave.,
Bronxville, NY 10708.
Mary A. Schapanick
Mary A. Schapanick of Pelham died on Jan. 12, 1999, at the Dumont Masonic
Nursing Home in New Rochelle.
Mrs. Schapanick was born in Middle Port, PA, to Charles and Agnes Begansky.
She was married to Joseph Schapanick in 1940 in Maryland.
A longtime employee of the T.M.C. Electrical Company in Mamaroneck
and a member of Local Union 1783, she retired in 1978. She was a a 26-year
resident of Pelham and previously lived in Larchmont.
Her family said Mrs. Schapanick enjoyed spending time caring for her
She is survived by her sons, Charles Bergansky of Los Angeles, CA;
Bernard Shaw of Ridgefield, CT; and a daughter, Barbara Carroll of Pelham.
She is also survived by six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Schapanick was predeceased by her husband, Joseph, in 1982, and her
brother, John, in 1984.
A Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled at Blessed Sacrament Church.
Contributions in Mrs. Schapanick's memory may be made to the Dumont
Masonic Nursing Home, 676 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, NY, 10805.
Albert F. Zuzulo, 77
Albert F. Zuzulo, a former Village of North Pelham trustee who worked
for the merger with the Village of Pelham in 1975 and continued as a trustee
for the merged village, died on April 1, 1999 at Sound Shore Medical Center
of Westchester in New Rochelle. He was 77.
The mayor of Pelham ordered U.S. flags to fly at half staff in his
honor and black and purple bunting was hung at Village Hall and the Fire
House in Zuzulo's honor.
A resident of Pelham for 37 years, Mr. Zuzulo was active in several
Pelham organizations. He was a founder of the Pelham Booster Club and the
Pelham Pop Warner Football League. He was also a member of Liberty Engine
Company (volunteer firefighters) and was a Westchester County football
official. He was a sales supervisor for Keebler Biscuit in Mt. Vernon at
the time of his retirement in 1983. He was associated with the company
for 35 years.
Mr. Zuzulo grew up in Mt. Vernon, where he attended Sacred Heart School
and A.B. Davis High School. He served in World War II. On May 19, 1946,
he married S. Margaret Curley. She died in 1993. A son, Sandy, and four
brothers, Tony, Nicky, Frank and Martin, also died earlier.
Survivors include a son, Todd Zuzulo of Pelham; a daughter, Cheryl
Coniglio of Garrison; two sisters, Constance Egan of Pelham and Helen Engel
of Manhasset, Long Island; and three grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was said at St. Catharine's Church on Monday.
The family has suggested that memorial donations may be sent to the
Alzheimer's Association, 785 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
or the American Cancer Society, 2 Lyon Place, White Plains, NY 10601 or
to any other charity.
Jeanne M. Matteo
Jeanne M. Matteo of Pelham died on April 2, 1999.
Survivors include a son, Frank Matteo; two daughters, Margaret Clinchy
and Annamarie O'Hara; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was said at St. Catharine's Church on Monday.
Gertrude Alexander, 83
Gertrude Alexander of Somers, a resident of Pelham from 1939 to 1990,
died on March 26, 1999, at Putnam Medical Center.
Mrs. Alexander is survived by a son, Archie V. Alexander; two daughters,
Irene Alexander-Lutz and Roberta B. Haseler; and two grandchildren.
Memorial donations are being made to the American Heart Association
and the American Cancer Association.
Christopher H. Martland
Christopher H. Martland of Knoxville, TN, a former resident of Pelham
Manor, died on March 27, 1999.
A Special Investigator with the U.S. Department of State, he is survived
by his wife, Diana P. Martland, two sons, Christopher and Andrew Martland;
his mother, Adrienne Christopher Martland of East Hampton, CT, two brothers;
and nieces and nephews.
The family received friends at Pelham Funeral Home on April 3 before
a graveside service was held in Hacken-sack, NJ.
James M. Cahill, 89
James M. Cahill, a former long time resident of Pelham Manor, died
on April 25, 1999 at the Glen Arden Health Center in Goshen, NY. He was
89. Mr. Cahill was a leader in social justice causes and the peace movement.
He was very active with the former Social Ministry Committee at Our Lady
of Perpetual Help Church which resulted in the founding of the HOPE soup
kitchen in New Rochelle where he served as a volunteer.
Born in New York City, Mr. Cahill graduated from Manhattan College
and earned a Masters in Economics at Columbia University. He was a professor
of economics at Manhattan College for 45 years. During his career, he was
head of the Economics Department and founder and president of the Manhattan
College Credit Union. He was a fellow of the Eco-nomics-in-Action Program
at Case Institute in Cleveland and was a visiting professor in the Case
Method Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1962. He also
lectured at City College of NY, Fordham University and Iona College.
A Pelham Manor resident for over 50 years, he was a member of the Democratic
Committee and the Citizens Nominating Committee.
His wife of 50 years, Rita Cahill, and a son, Christopher, died earlier.
He is survived by his daughter, Phoebe Shields of Westford, MA, and
two sons, Peter Cahill of El Dorado, CA; and Warren Cahill of Newburgh,
NY; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visiting hours are scheduled from 7-9pm on Thursday (April 29) at Pelham
Funeral Home. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10am on Friday, April
30, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Memorial contributions are being
made by friends and family to the Alzheimer's Association, 285 Mamaroneck
Ave-nue, White Plains, NY 10605.
Leona Matteo, 53
Leona J. Matteo, a secretary at the Pelham Middle School from 1980-1998,
died on April 23, 1999 after a long battle with cancer. She was 53.
A graduate of A.B. Davis High School in Mt. Vernon, she attended Barbizon
School of Modeling in New York City and the Westchester Business School.
She is survived by her husband, Frank Matteo; a son, John Matteo of
Hopewell Junction; a daughter, Michele McElligott of Pelham; a sister,
Dorothea Osterwinter of Crest-wood; two granddaughters; and four nieces
A funeral Mass was said at St. Catharine's Church on April 26.
George William Donahue, 75
George William Donahue, a Pelham resident for over 40 years, died on
April 22, 1999. He was 75. Born in Brookfield, MA, he attended St. John's
Preparatory School in Danvers, MA. He served as a Serge-ant in the OSS
during World War II with assignments in France and Germany.
Mr. Donahue graduated in 1948 from Fordham University and attended
Boston University School of Business. He was a sales executive with Byron
Weston Company, later Crane Papers, until his retirement in 1989.
He was a member of Pelham Country Club, Huguenot Yacht Club and Echo
Bay Beach Club. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.
Survivors include his wife, Eunice Jean Donahue; two sons, Mark F.
Donahue of Laguna Hills, CA, and David E. Donahue of Pelham; two daughters,
Deborah D. Hallett of South Londonderry, VT, and Lisa J. Chizmar of Pelham;
a sister,Julia Learnard of Brockton, MA; and ten grandchildren. His sister,
Mary Philippa Donahue of Brockton, MA, died earlier.
Memorial donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 60
E. 42nd St., Suite 1563, New York, NY 101065.
Shelby V. Timberlake Jr., 80
Shelby V. Timberlake Jr., a long time resident of Pelham Manor and
a former Village Trustee, died on Nov. 11, 1999 at his home. He was 80.
At the time of his death, Mr. Timberlake was a Vice President at Murray,
Shoen and Homer in New Rochelle, NY. Previously, he had been a Vice President
at Johnson and Higgins for 35 years. As an insurance broker, Mr. Timberlake
specialized in animal insurance including coverage for breeding livestock,
laboratory animals, zoo specimens and thoroughbred racehorses. His two
favorite clients were two racehorses, Secre-tariat and Riva Ridge.
Mr. Timberlake was born on July 31, 1919 in New York City to Shelby
V. Timberlake and Muriel Bliss Timberlake and raised in Rye, NY. He graduated
from Philips Exeter Academy in 1938 and from Williams College in 1942.
He was a veteran of the Marine Corps during World War II, serving as
a captain in the South Pacific.
Mr. Timberlake was a former chairperson of the Pelham Manor Planning
Board as well as a trustee of the Village of Pelham Manor.
He was past president of the Williams College Alumni Association, the
Williams Club in New York City, the John Street Club in New York City,
the Animal Air Transportation Association, the Pelham Manor Association
and the Shenorock Shore Club in Rye, NY. He was also a board member of
the Thoroughbred Retire-ment Foundation, President of the International
Embryo Transfer Society and committee chairperson of the United States
Animal Health Association.
He was a member of the Huguenot Memorial Church and served as a ruling
elder and trustee of the church.
He married Mary Boyd Carreau of Pelham Manor on May 29, 1944. He is
survived by his wife; three daughters, Lauren Brady of Rye, NY, Pamela
Steudler of Falmouth, MA, and Elizabeth Timberlake of Harrison, NY; and
three grandchildren, Kirstin, Tim and Tommy. His sister, Betty Timberlake
Garritt, died earlier.
A memorial service is scheduled at Huguenot Memorial Church on Wednesday,
Nov. 17, at 5pm.
Memorial donations may be made to the Williams College Alumni Class
of 1942, Williamstown, MA, Huguenot Memorial Church or to the Thoroughbred
Retirement Found-ation, 1050 State Highway 35, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702.
Willamina Brennan Hampton
Willamina Brennan Hampton, a former Pelham resident active in the state
and local Republican Party, died on Nov. 4, 1999 in Stamford, CT of natural
While living in Pelham, she was a member of the Pelham Recreation Commission.
She was also active in the International Red Cross. She was married to
Survivors include her daughters, Sue Ann of Rowaton, CT and Jane Robinson
of Palos Verdes, CA; a son, John Hampton of Dallas, TX; and six grandchildren.
Mrs. Hampton will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery next Friday,
Memorial donations are being made to the International Red Cross.
Eugene J. Hofmann, 67
Eugene J. Hofmann, a 34-year resident of Pelham and a long-time volunteer
fireman, died Nov. 2, 1999. He was 67.
Born on October 14, 1932 to Lud-wig and Marie Kniesch Hofmann in New
Rochelle, he married Catherine Cananvan on April 21, 1956.
Mr. Hofmann was in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was president
of Technical Material Corp. of Mamaroneck, NY and retired in 1986 after
34 years. He was president-proprietor of Allied Cool Expertise of Pelham
for five years.
Mr. Hofmann's service as a volunteer fireman was with Pelham Fire Department
Engine Co. #1. He was also a member of the Board of the Benevolent Association.
Mr. Hofmann was a parishioner of St. Catharine's Church.
Survivors include his wife Catherine and two cousins, Carl Kniesch
and Arthur Summo.
Memorial contributions are being made to St. Catharine's Church.
Ernestine Auer, 100
Ernestine Auer, widow of Joseph L. Auer and a former Pelham resident,
died in Woodland Hills, CA on Oct. 22, 1999. Mrs. Auer celebrated her 100th
birthday this past July.
She is survived by a daughter, Joan Kelly, and a son, Edmund, both
of California; 12 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.
Charles H. Sneed, 82
Charles H. Sneed (Bob), a retired letter carrier with the U.S. Post
Office, died Oct. 30, 1999 at the Regency Nursing Home in Yonkers. He was
Mr. Sneed was a resident of Pelham since 1950. He worked as a letter
carrier at the Wakefield Post Office in the Bronx until his retirement.
He also trained himself as a locksmith and had that business until his
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara White of Mt. Vernon and Shirley
Walker of Yonkers; one son, Raymond C. Sneed of Tucson, AZ; one brother,
Joseph Sneed of New York City; one sister, Marjorie Clark of New Rochelle;
26 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Sneed is predeceased by his brother, Lewis Sneed and two wives,
Louise Sneed and Virginia Sneed.
Jacqueline Ann Snyder Harris, 64
Jacqueline Ann Snyder Harris of Pelham died on Oct. 30, 1999. She was
Mrs. Harris worked for the Ardsley schools until her retirement in
Born on Oct. 17, 1935, she was raised in Mt. Vernon. She graduated
from Mt. Vernon High School and attended business school.
Survivors include her husband, James I. Harris; her five children:
Wendy Kappel Cuba, Gary Kappel, Richard Kappel, Randy Kappel and Heidi
Kappel; four stepchildren, Mary Washington, Ralph Harris, James 1. Harris
Jr. and Cheryl Mills; and 11 grandchildren. Also surviving is her first
husband, Stephen D. Kappel, and five sisters and brothers: Georgene Dooley,
Evelyn Tehan, Linda Hall, Carol Beggin and Douglas Snyder.
Memorial donations are being made to the American Cancer Society. -
Gilda Ferraro of Pelham died Nov. 3, 1999. She was wife of the late
Antonio Ferraro, sister of Angela Tribelli, aunt of Angela, Leonardo, Elizabeth,
Anthony and Joseph Tribelli all of Pelham. A funeral Mass was celebrated
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Lilliam F. Keller
Lillian F. Keller, a long time resident of Pelham and wife of the late
Charles F. Keller Sr., died on Oct. 29, 1999 in Norwalk,CT.
She was a long time employee of Exxon when it had offices in Pelham.
She is survived by a son, Charles F. Keller of Melbourne, FL; a daughter,
Patricia A. Guerrieri of Pelham; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a son, Robert C. Keller, and a brother, Lt. Col.
John T. Winn.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Catharine's Church.
Memorial contributions are being made to Notre Dame Convalescent Home,
76 West Rocks Rd., Norwalk CT 06851. --
B. Ray McConnon Jr.
B. Ray McConnon Jr., formerly of Pelham and a retired intelligence
officer and congressional investigator, died Nov. 1, 1999 at Reston Hospital
in Virginia. He was 76 years old.
He went to Washington, D.C., in 1951 to join the Central Intelligence
Agency, where he worked for more than 13 years in several countries. He
then became an investigator for the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
A 1942 graduate of Pelham Memorial High School, Mr. McConnon served
three years in World War II with the U.S. Naval Aviation. He later attended
Johns Hopkins University and was graduated from the University of Notre
Dame in 1951.
He was a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers
and a past member of the Notre Dame Club, Catholic War Veterans and the
Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife Caron, four children and two grandchildren.
Karin E. Mayer, 74
Karin E. Mayer of Pelham Manor died Nov. 2, 1999. She was 74.
Mrs. Mayer was born in Hamburg, Germany. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa
from Columbia University with a dual major in Economics and Statistics.
She married Theodore R. Mayer on Oct. 18, 1959 in New York City, who survives.
Also surviving is her daughter, Kathyrn.
Virginia Gentile, 94
Virginia Gentile, a 56-year resident of Pelham, died on Feb. 23, 2000.
She was 94.
Born in Italy, she was a seamstress with C&B Dress Co. in Mt. Vernon
before retirement. A member of the Pelham Senior Citizens group, she was
also a parishioner of St. Catharine's Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Leighton of Pelham, and Ida
Sugrue of Shirley, Long Island; a son, Salvatore Gentile of Hyannis, MA;
seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived
by a sister, Rose Corrado. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at
St. Catharine's Church. Memorial donations are being made to St. Cath-arine's
Church, 25 Second Avenue, Pelham, or to Maryknoll Fathers, Price Building,
P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0302.
Genevieve Tynan Daly, 99
Genevieve Tynan Daly, a former 65-year resident of the town of Pelham,
died on Feb. 26, 2000 in Charleston, SC. She was 99.
She came to Pelham in 1929 as a bride. She and her husband, Thomas
F. Daly Jr. raised five children here and all attended Pelham schools.
After the death of her husband in 1964, Mrs. Daly became president
of the family business, City News Publishing Company, which publishes Vital
Speeches of the Day. She was an active member of Our Lady of Perpetual
Help Rosary Altar Society, the Ladies of Charity, the Manor Club and the
She is survived by five of her children: Thomas F. Daly III and his
wife, Joyce, of Charleston, SC; Dr. Robert M. Daly of Darien, CT; Genevieve
D. McGrath of Pelham Manor; and David M. Daly and his wife, Marilyn, of
Pelham; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was pre-deceased
by a son, Donald Tynan Daly.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated this week at St. Patrick's
Church in Southold, NY. Friends and family are making memorial donations
to their favorite charities in her name.
Pauline Antonini, 83
Pauline Antonini, a lifelong Pelham resident, died on April 5, 2000.
She was 83.
She was born on February 14, 1917 to Florence Policastro and Dominick
Caruso in Pelham. She graduated from Pelham Memorial High School. Mrs.
Antonini was a member of the Pelham Senior Citizens and she belonged to
a weekly card group with good friends.
She married the late Romolo Antonini on April 21, 1951 in Italy. Surviving
are her two sons, Gino Antonini and Stephen Antonini; two sisters, Florence
Caruso and Rose Cignilia; a brother, Jack Caruso; 10 nieces and nephews
and 13 grand-nieces and nephews.
A Mass was celebrated in her memory at St. Catharine's Church. Memorial
donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2 Lyon Place, White
Plains, NY, 10601.
Memorial Service for Dr. Bagg
A memorial service for Dr. James Francis Bagg will be held on Saturday,
April 15, at 2pm at Huguenot Memorial Church in Pelham. Dr. Bagg died on
November 29, 1999, in Naples, FL. at the age of 90. He was Chief of Surgery
at Mt. Vernon Hospital for many years and was a long-time resident of Pelham
George Leonard Kearns, 72
George Leonard Kearns, a 46-year resident of Pelham, died on June 7,
2000. He was 72.
He was born October 26, 1927 in Greenwich, CT to John and Adele Zemba
Kearns. He graduated from high school in Greenwich, CT.
He married Veronica Tulick on November 14, 1954 in New Rochelle. He
was parishioner of St. Catharine's Church and a member of the Men's Club.
Mr. Kearns was a baker for Arnold's Bakery, Green-wich, CT and retired
in 1993 after 35 years. He was a member of the Polish Roman Catholic Union
of America, the Westchester Pulaski Association, Inc., the Pulaski Society
#425, Port Chester, the Pulaski Society #398, Yonkers, the United Slovanian
League of America, Inc., the Yonkers Polish Community Center, and the Baker's
and Confectionery Union of America. He conducted a parcel service to Poland
after his retirement and he participated in all Polish American activities
He is survived by his wife; two aunts, Anna Kristoph and Sophie Augustine
of Greenwich, CT; a niece, Veronica Tulick Orosz of Yonkers, and numerous
nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday,
June 10, 2000.
Ruth A. Meisenzahl, 78
Ruth A. Meisenzahl, a former helper at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Church Rectory, died on June 8, 2000 at the United Hebrew Geriatric Center
in New Rochelle. She was 78.
Born May 9, 1922 in New York City to Ellen O'Brien and Frederick Meisenzahl,
she worked for many years taking care of young children in Cardinal McCloskey
Home in White Plains and St. Joseph's Home for children in Brooklyn. After
St. Joseph's closed, she worked at the rectory of OLPH Church. She retired
in 1992 and lived in an apartment on Pelham Road until July 1999 when she
entered the geriatric center.
She is survived by her brother, William, and his wife Dorothy (O'Brien),
and their children: Bill, Mary and Brian. Also surviving are close friends
Marion and Harold Puerchner, Fran DiFabbio and her family, Elaine Ludwig
and Audrey Murray. She was predeceased by her parents, her sisters, Winifred
and Florence, and two brothers, George and Fred.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual
Help Church, Pelham Manor on June 10.
Joseph E. Durnin, Sr., 84
Joseph E. Durnin, Sr, a retired airline and travel industry executive
and father of Pelham Village Mayor Joseph E. Durnin Jr., died at his home
in Pelham on Aug. 11, 2000. He was 84.
He was born Aug. 31, 1915 in Mauch Chunk, PA to the late Bernard C.
and Emily (Reed) Durnin. He graduated summa cum laude from St. Francis
College, Loretto, PA. He served during World War II as a U.S. Naval Aviator.
He was employed for 28 years by Trans World Airlines as Director of Military
and Government Sales. Upon retirement from TWA, he was Director of Industry
Affairs for the American Society of Travel Agents.
A parishioner of St Catharine's Church in Pelham, he was a member of
the Holy Name Society, a life member of the Knights of Columbus and a member
of the Westchester County Genealogical Society.
On July 10, 1943 he married Catherine Boyle, who survives along with
their six children: Michael, Joseph Jr, Kathleen Navilio, Patricia Pierce,
Maureen Williams, and Peter; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St Catharine's Church
on Aug. 15. Donations may be made in his memory to The Danny Fund, P.O.
Box 271, Pelham, NY, 10803.
Joan R. Ragosta, 60
Joan R. Ragosta, a longtime Pel-ham Manor resident, died peacefully
on Aug. 12, 2000 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. She
Born on December 14, 1939 in New York City to the late Bruno and Helen
Pennoni, she married Joseph M. Ragosta, D.D.S. on May 27, 1962.
Survivors, in addition to her husband, include two daughters Anne-marie
Rossi of Yonkers and Joanne De Stasio of the Bronx, and a sister, Carole
D'Angelica of Armonk, NY.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
this week in Pelham Manor.
Memorial contributions are being made by family and friends to the
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, International Headquar-ters, 5005
LBJ. Freeway, Suite 250 Dallas, TX 75244.
Josephine M. Oberhardt, 94
Josephine M. Oberhardt, a resident of Pelham for 73 years, died August
7, 2000 at her Pelham home. She was 94.
Mrs. Oberhardt was born June 20, 1906 in Munich, Germany to Maximilian
and Therese Sonnleitner. She was educated in Munich, Germany and graduated
from The Riemerschmidt, Munich.
On Aug. 18, 1927, she married William Oberhardt in Munich. They came
to Pelham as newlyweds in 1927.
Family members said Mrs. Ober-hardt will be remembered for her high
standards of integrity, her kindness to and consideration of others, her
love and devotion to family, her wide diversity of interests in politics,
finance, and literature.
She is survived by her son, Rolland B. Oberhardt of Tallahassee, FL;
her daughter, Lorianne Kelly of Allendale, NJ; two granddaughters, Heather
Woodhurn of Olney, MD and Kristi Thomas of Panacea, FL; four great grandchildren;
and her sister, Thea-Reder of Munich, Germany.
Her husband, William Oberhardt, a noted portraitist and illustrator,
died in July of 1958.
A funeral gathering was held at her home on August 10. Internment was
Laila Irmeli Piesco
Laila Irmeli Piesco, a resident of Pelham Manor for many years, died
on Oct. 8, 2000.
She was born in Varkaus, Finland to Arvo and Elli Uotinen Heiskanen.
She was active for several years in many civic organizations, including
the Pelham Art Center, Pelham Junior Skating Club, Project Childd. She
also volunteered for many activities at the Episcopal Parish of Christ
Survivors include her husband, Michael; three children, Christopher,
Gregory and Danielle; and two sisters, Ritva and Tuula, of Finland.
A memorial service was held at Christ Church. Donations in her memory
may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, 280 Bedford Road, Mt. Kisco,
Guy Conforti, 87
Guy Conforti, a 45 year resident of Pelham, died on October 14, 2000.
He was 87.
He was born on June 4, 1913 in New York City to Arturo and Josephine
Ravizza Conforti. On July 1, 1952 he married the late Genevieve Spillane
in St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. He was the owner of Stillwell
Supply Corporation, distributors of construction equipment, for 50 years.
He was a member of the Queens Chamber of Commerce and numerous professional
organizations. He served in the U.S. Army as a captain, from 1941 to 1945
in campaigns in Italy, France and Germany. He received the Bronze Star,
Combat Badge, Purple Heart and Theater Ribbons.
He is survived by his four children, Vincent, Christina, Robert and
William Conforti; eight grandchildren, Brian, Kevin, Carl, Layla, Monica,
Sarah, Peter and Katherine; one great grandchild, Brianna. He is the brother
of Beatrice Bratone and the late Ray Conforti.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Catharine's Church.
William Armstrong Smith Jr., 78
William Armstrong Smith, Jr., died at his home in Pelham Manor on Oct.
15, 2000 after a long battle withprostate cancer. He was 78.
A longtime resident of Pelham Manor, he had retired as Vice Presi-dent
and head of sales at Silberline Manufacturing Co. He was educated at the
Choate School and Brown University. He served in World War II with the
Tank Destroyers. A member of Huguenot Memorial Church, he was associated
with Cub Scouts for many years. He was a member of Shenorock Shore Club.
Survivors include his wife, Sylvia; three sons, Elliott Armstrong,
Kevin Roebling and Christopher Bennet; and six grandchildren.
A Memorial Service is scheduled at 3:30pm on Friday, Oct. 20 at Huguenot
Memorial Church. Memorial donations are being made to Huguenot Church or
to the Hospice of Westchester
Jim Lansing, 81
Jim Lansing, a 1938 graduate of Pelham Memorial High School and Fordham
University's last consensus football All-American, died Dec. 9, 2000. He
Mr. Lansing, a resident of Mt. Vernon, was an All-American selection
at tackle in 1941, the season the Fordham Rams beat Missouri 2-0. He also
played in the Cotton Bowl in 1940.
After serving as a Navy dive bomber and fighter pilot in World War
II, he returned to Fordham and coached Fordham's team from 1965-69, leading
the Rams to national titles in 1965 and 1968. He retired from coaching
Mr. Lansing was inducted into Fordham's athletic Hall of Fame in 1976.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for him at the Fordham University
Erica Hotchkiss Smith, 60
Erica Hotchkiss Smith died on Jan. 21, 2001 at her home in Sonora,
CA, after a short illness. She was 60.
She grew up in Pelham and graduated from Pelham Memorial High School
and the University of Michigan and received a Master's degree from Columbia
She was predeceased by her husband, Howard Smith, and leaves no children.
Survivors include a brother, Sherman Hotchkiss of Greenwich, CT, and his
wife, Barbara and their children, Brooke and Bradford; and Peggy Boylin,
a sister-in-law who lives in Sonora.
Mrs. Smith was the daughter of the late Dr. Robert S. Hotchkiss, who
was a surgeon and head of urology at New York University School of Medicine,
and his wife, Olivia.
Virginia Agnes Cresenzi, 80
Virginia Agnes Cresenzi, a resident of Pelham Manor for 42 years, died
Jan. 26, 2001. She was 80.
She was born May 9, 1920 in Brooklyn, NY to Michael and Hazel (McKenzie)
Bukowski. She was educated in Brooklyn. In 1940, she married Dominick Cresenzi.
She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.
Survivors include her husband, Dominick; a son, Salvatore Cresenzi
of Rye Brook; a brother, Thomas Bukowski of Arizona; and two grand-children.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual
Help Church. Donations may be made in her memory to Our Lady of Perpetual
Help Church, 559 Pelham Manor Road, Pelham Manor, NY.
Helen Markey Murphy, 73
Helen Markey Murphy, 73, a retired U.S. Information Agency minority
affairs specialist who had done volunteer work in the archaeological preservation
department of the Fairfax County Park Authority, died March 11 at her home
in Springfield, VA. She had lung cancer.
Mrs. Murphy, a New York native, was raised in Pelham and graduated
from the College of New Rochelle in 1949. The following year, she married
Charles F. Murphy, a Foreign Service officer, and accompanied him to posts
in Austria, West Germany and Ethiopia, where she was a broadcaster for
the Voice of America.
In 1969, the Murphys settled in the Washington area and Mrs Mur-phy
joined USIA as a Foreign Service officer. She worked for the agency as
a minority affairs specialist for 24 years before retiring in the early
1990s. She was predeceased by her husband in 1994.
Survivors include six children, Annie Morrison of Falls Church,VA,
Charlie Murphy of Herndon, Maggie Murphy of New York, Nellie Murphy of
Appleton, Wis. and Kate Crackel and Mollie Murphy, both of Princeton, N.J.;
a brother and 14 grandchildren. Mrs. Murphy's cousin, Joan (Tully) Darcy,
wife of former County legislator Robert Darcy, died at her home in New
Rochelle on March 10.
June Smith Magistrate, 66
Judith Smith Magistrate of Abington, PA, died on March 20, 2001. She
She formerly lived in New York and taught third grade in East Meadow,
L.I., and at the Scarsdale Elementary School. She moved to Pennsylvania
in the mid 1970s and was a Realtor with Quinn and Wilson.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth C. Magistrate, a son and her
Robert W. Marshlow, 78
Robert W. Marshlow, former Commander of the American Legion Pelham
Post #50 and a former mayor of the Village of Pelham, died on July 28,
2001 at Mt. Vernon Hospital. He was 78.
Born in Buffalo, NY, he graduated from Harvard University and received
a law degree from the University of Michigan. During World War II, he served
in the Pacific Command as a Military Intelligence Officer during the occupation
of Japan and later served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He started a law practice
in Buffalo, was elected Town Justice of Tonowanda, NY, later working in
the New York State Executive Department as Counsel to the Office for Local
He moved to Pelham in 1965 and he became a partner in the New York
law firm of Willkie, Farr and Gallagher, specializing in municipal finance.
He retired from full-time practice in 1987.
Long active in civic affairs, he served as Village Attorney, Trustee
and then Mayor of the Village of Pelham. He was active in the American
Legion Pelham Post #50, holding several positions including Commander.
He coordinated Pelham's Memorial Day Parade for several years and this
past May was the parade's Grand Marshal.
Mr. Marshlow was a past President of the Project Family Soup Kitchen
in Mt. Vernon. He was a member of Huguenot Memorial Church where he served
as an elder.
He is survived by three daughters, Melinda Mooney, Robin Marshlow and
Melanie Minella, all of Westport, CT; a sister, Carole Tassie of Sarasota,
FL; and five grandchildren, Maura, Walt, Gerard, Claire and Heather.
A memorial service was held at Huguenot Memorial Church in Pelham on
Tuesday. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Project Family
Soup Kitchen. Checks made out to Community Service Associates may be mailed
to 115 Sharp Blvd. So., Mt Vernon, NY 10550.
Joan Tracy, 63
Joan Tracy of Robinson, IL, daughter of Diana Acocella of Pelham, died
on July 22, 2001. She was 63.
Surviving in addition to her mother are Kathleen and Scott Connolly,
her daughter and son-in-law of Illinois; Gene and Julie Tracy, her son
and daughter-in-law of Texas; Jim and Susan Tracy, her son and daughter-in-law
of Illinois; and seven grandchildren. Also surviving are her brother John
Cerra of Chatham, NY, and her sister Elizabeth De Stasio of Pelham, NY.
Dorothy V. LaCava. 77
Dorothy V. LaCava, a resident of Pelham Manor for 20 years, died on
Oct. 21, 2001 at Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle. She was 77.
She worked as a saleswoman for Honigs Parkway in the Bronx, NY. Mrs.
LaCava was born on Aug. 20, 1924 in Massachusetts to Jack and Majorie Bourque
Hickey. She married Alfonso LaCava in the Bronx.
A member of Blessed Sacrament Church in New Rochelle, she is survived
by her husband Alfonso La-Cava; a son, Richard LaCava of Pel-ham Manor;
a daughter, Patricia Schneeberger of Ghert, NY; five grandchildren; six
great-grandchildren; and a brother.
A funeral mass was celebrated on Wednesday at Blessed Sacrament Church
in New Rochelle.
Victoria Rosenthal, 83
Victoria Rosenthal, mother of Laura McGarry, a physician who lives
in Pelham Manor, died at her home in New York City on Nov. 18, 2001. She
was 83 years old.
Born Nov. 11, 1918, in Chicago, she graduated from the University of
Chicago in 1940 and received an M.S.W. from the same institution. Her career
included work as a psychiatric social worker at Rockland County Community
Mental Health Center from 1969 to 1980.
She married her husband, writer and poetry critic M.L. Rosenthal, in
1939. He died in 1996. They lived in Suffern, NY until she moved to NYC
Survivors, in addition to her daughter, include a son, Alan Rosenthal
of New York City, a composer and jazz pianist; her daughter-in-law Susan
Rosenthal; her son-in-law Terence McGarry; her brother Julius Hemmelstein
and her niece Marcy Mervis; and four grandchildren--Daniel Rosenthal, Margaret
McGarry, James McGarry and Julia McGarry. Her eldest son, David, died in
A memorial will be held at 4pm on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Riverside Chapel
on 76th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in New York City.
Michael A. DiGesu
Michael A. DiGesu, formerly of Henderson, NV and Pelham Manor, died
on Nov. 11, 2001 after a brief illness.
He was predeceased by his wife of 41 years, Rosemarie, and 11 brothers
and sisters. He served with the US Army from 1946 until 1949 and then was
recalled to active duty and saw action in Korea from 1950 until 1952.
Mr. DiGesu was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers and worked as an electrician in the street lighting division of
local union #3 until his retirement in 1991.
He is survived by his sister, Josephine, and his three sons Frank DiGesu
of New Rochelle and Vincent DiGesu and Michael DiGesu of Ft. Lauderdale,
A memorial service was held at Pelham Funeral Home.
Joseph A. Cerce, 91
Joseph A. Cerce, a resident of Pelham for 53 years, died on Jan. 21,
2002. He was 91.
Born on June 21, 1911 in Bronx, he was best known for his piano playing.
He had his own band and played at numerous jazz clubs and weddings throughout
the tri-state area. He also played the piano at the Pelham Country Club
and for the Senior Citizens organization of Pelham.
He was predeceased by his wife, Jessie. He is survived by his daughter
Carole O'Dowd of Pelham, his son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Gail Cerce
of Mahopac; five grandchildren, Christine and Patsy Moretti of Patterson,
NY, William O'Dowd of Pelham and Susan and Frank Babuska of Pelham; and
six great-grandchildren: Nicholas, Kira, Christopher, Katie, Matthew and
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Catharine's Church.
John W. Balet, 98
John W. Balet, a longtime resident of Pelham, former School Board President
and active parishioner of St. Catharine's Church, died on Mon-day, June
9, 2003. He was 98.
Mr. Balet was born November 13, 1904. He graduated from Columbia College
in 1925 and from Columbia's School of Engineering in 1927. He retired from
Con Edison, after 35 years, in 1969.
Mr. Balet joined the Pelham Board of Education in February 1972 and
served until October of 1976. He served as president of the School Board
In 1996 at the PMHS graduation ceremonies, both Mr. Balet and his classmate,
Tom Fenlon, were honored as members of the Pelham Class of 1921. They attended
high school in what is now Siwanoy Elementary School.
Mr. Balet's community service also included membership in the Village
of Pelham Volunteer Fire Department.
He joined the Rotary Club of the Pelhams in 1972, served as president
of the service organization from 1978-79 and was an active member of the
group until recently. Rotarians honored him for his community service by
planting a tree with a plaque in downtown Pelham, in front of LaFontanella
Restaurant. Mr. Balet was also a member of the University Club of New York.
He is survived by his four children: William Balet of Guilder-land,
NY; Kath-leen Hill of Manhattan; Mary Safrai of Manhattan; and Jane Kuniholm
of Katonah, NY; his brother Jim Balet of Boulder, CO; 12 grandchildren;
and five great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his wife, the former
Kathleen Giblin, his brother, Joe, his three sisters, Jean, Marguerite
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 12 at St. Catharine's
Church in Pelham.
Contributions may be made in his memory to the Church of the Holy Name,
207 West 96th St., New York, NY for its work with the poor. Memorial donations
may also be made to St. Catharine's Church, 25 Second Avenue, Pelham, NY
Emily (Lily) Elizabeth Hanna, 91
Emily (Lily) Elizabeth Hanna, a former resident of Pelham, died on
June 12, 2003 at Calvary Hospital after a brief illness. She was 91.
Mrs. Hanna worked at the Pelham Children's Center for the past 20 years,
where she was affectionately known as "Grandma." She will be missed by
her colleagues and the many children she cared for at the center over the
Born Nov. 9, 1911 in Belfast, Northern Ireland to the late James and
Emily Fallows Johnston, she was the eldest of four children. She married
Rupert Hanna in the First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Vernon on June 21,
She was predeceased by her husband, two brothers, Frederick and John,
and sister, Roberta.
She is survived by her daughter, Sheila, and son-in-law, Edmond Fitzgerald;
her son Johnston Hanna and his wife, Laura; grandchildren Vincent Fusco,
Diane McCann, Christian and Jonathan Hanna and Mark Fitzgerald; great-grandchildren
Thomas, Andrew and Juliette Fusco, Lily and Wylie McCann and Marilyn Fitzgerald.
A memorial service will be held June 26 at The Manor Club. In lieu
of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Pelham Children's
Center, 20 Fifth Avenue, Pelham, NY 10803 or to the Calvary Hospital Fund.
Marjorie D. Heins, 74
Marjorie D. Heins (nee Crampton) died on Saturday, June 7, 2003 . She
Mrs. Heins was born on Aug. 19, 1928 to A.B. and Helen Crampton in
Philadelphia, PA. She also lived in Brookfield, IL before settling in Eastchester
where she spent most of her life. She was predeceased by her husband, John
M. Heins Jr.
She is survived by her sons, John Heins of Pelham Manor; Kenneth Heins
of Eastchester and Richard Heins of Winterville, NC. She is also survived
by four grandchildren: Beverly, Richard, T.J. and Daniel.
Mrs. Heins worked for a number of employers both before and after motherhood,
eventually building a career at and retiring from Mobil Oil. During her
time with Mobil she worked at its Scarsdale and Valley Forge offices before
being transferred to corporate headquarters in Fairfax. After her retirement,
she lived in Lake of the Woods, VA and traveled extensively. She recently
moved to the Biltmore in Pelham Manor to be closer to family.
A memorial service will be held at the Village Lutheran Church in Bronxville
tomorrow, June 21 at 11am.