Miscellaneous Westchester County, New York Obituaries - 2002


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Record-setting Cortlandt planner Jim Sloat dies at 73
by Rick Pezzullo
James A. Sloat III, whose 24 years of service on the Planning Board is a record for an appointed official in the Town of Cortlandt, died Friday.
He was 73.
A 40-year resident of Lafayette Avenue, Sloat first joined the Planning Board to fill a vacancy under the regime of former Supervisor Muriel Morabito in the late 1970’s.
He was subsequently reappointed four times, serving at a time when Cortlandt experienced significant development growth.
"Jim Sloat was a wonderful person who devoted much of his adult life to our community," said Supervisor Linda Puglisi. "He will be truly missed."
Gerald Malatino sat on the Planning Board with Sloat for 15 years and said he was as "honest as the day is long."
"He was a guy that I had a lot of respect for. You know where he was coming from. He didn’t have an agenda," Malatino said. "Jim was a real straight shooter. His motivation was that the applicant had a fair hearing."
Current Planning Board Chairman Steven Kessler, who served 13 years with Sloat, said the retired union carpenter had a way of making developers and his colleagues feel at ease in what sometimes can be a tense environment.
"Jim was really the voice of pragmatism on the board. I’m going to miss his even-handness and his sense of rationality in terms of the discussion," Kessler said.
"Jim was able to balance the developer’s needs versus the needs of the town very well. I think the scales were very even when it came to Jim’s deliberations," Kessler added. "He was a good guy. It is a loss for the board."
Councilman John Sloan, who served 10 years with Sloat on the Planning Board and attended the same church, Holy Spirit, said Sloat was able to adjust over the years as the mindset of town officials changed in terms of development.
"He felt the applicant needed a fair shake. He wanted to keep the scales balanced and he saw it as he saw fit," Sloan said. "He was a friendly guy, an easy going guy. You’re not going to find anyone who would say a bad thing about him."
During an interview in 1999, Sloat admitted politics sometimes seeped into many decisions on projects by certain members of the Planning Board during his early years.
He recalled one particular application concerning the approval of Cortlandt Auto Body that passed without conditions that he described as "strictly a political move."
However, when looking back at his record, Sloat said he had no regrets.
"I wouldn’t want to call any of them back," he said.
He was born January 31, 1929 in Peekskill to Frank H. and Marie C. Kiley Sloat and graduated from Peekskill High School.
Mr. Sloat served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean era. He later served in the Naval Reserves for more than 20 years.
On August 11, 1951, he married Joan McLaughlin at Assumption Church in Peekskill.
A member of the New York State Carpenters Union in Elmsford, Mr. Sloat was a life member of Elks Lodge 744 and was past president of Peekskill Carpenter Local #163.
He also was a past Scout Master for Elks Boy Scout Troop #1 and a volunteer for Blue Mountain/Springvale Partners.
In addition to his wife of Cortlandt, Mr. Sloat is survived by one daughter, Mary Alison Makarczuk of Putnam Valley; two sons, James A. Sloat IV of Peekskill and Peter F. Sloat of Wanaque, New Jersey; one sister, Mary Ellen Scaramuzza of Cambridge, NY; six grandchildren; and two nephews.
A Funeral Mass was held Monday at Holy Spirit Church. Cremation was private. 

Angela Wynn: Peekskill resident
Angela C. Wynn, a resident of Peekskill, died November 13 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.
She was 40.
She was born May 13, 1962 in Brooklyn to Robert and Yvonne Johnson Taylor.
She worked as a switchboard operator at Lincoln Hall in Lincolndale for several years, retiring two years ago.
She was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Tarrytown and attended Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church in Peekskill.
She is survived by her fiancée, Joseph Blount of Peekskill; three daughters, Natarsha M. Wynn and Syrayra D. Wynn, both of Yonkers, and Shatina S. Wynn of Peekskill; one son, Timothy (Shawn) Wynn of Birmingham, Alabama; three sisters, Phillipa Taylor and Jessica Taylor, both of Manhattan, and Simone Williams of Brooklyn; two brothers, Robert Taylor of Queens and Jay Taylor of Ossining; and three grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill. 

Arthur Perosky: PV resident
Arthur F. Perosky, a resident of Putnam Valley, died November 15 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.
He was 87.
He was born April 8, 1915 in the Bronx to Frederick and Mary Zaun Perosky.
He was a supervisor of bridges and buildings for Metro-North Railroad in Croton for more than 40 years before retiring in 1975.
He was a charter and founding member of the Putnam Valley Fire Department, a member of Grace Methodist Church, the Putnam Valley Square Club, the Cortlandt Lodge No. 34 of the Free and Accepted Masons in Peekskill, the Peekskill Sea Scouts and the Peekskill Boy Scout Troop No. 1.
He was also an avid golfer.
He married Lucy Tompkins in Goldens Bridge on June 23, 1937.
He moved to Putnam Valley in 1938 from Peekskill.
He is survived by his wife, Lucy Perosky of Putnam Valley; son and daughter-in-law, Wayne F. and Carol Perosky of Putnam Valley; two sisters, Ruth Wells of Beacon and Dorothy Hansen of Phoenix, Arizona; brother-in-law, Harry Tompkins of Putnam Valley; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by one son, Arthur F. Perosky Jr., who died December 9, 1960, and two half-brothers, Leo and Charles Kohler.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill. 

Catherine T. Murphy
Catherine T. Murphy of Hudson, Florida, died Friday, November 8, 2002 at the Tandem Health Care Center in Hudson, Florida.
She was 86.
She was born on May 28, 1916 in the Bronx to Denis J. and Catherine E. O’Neill Ryan.
She married James J. Murphy on November 21, 1934. He died on January 31, 1957.
She worked as an administrator for the Equitable Life Assurance Society in New York City.
She is survived by a daughter, Margaret McCoy of Tucson, Arizona, 2 sons, Robert T. Murphy of Peekskill and James J. Murphy Jr. of Binghamton, 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill.. 

Edward Stewart: Mohegan Lake resident
Edward M. Stewart, a resident of Mohegan Lake, died November 15 at Hudson Valley Hospital.
He was 59.
Mr. Stewart worked as a dispatcher for New York City Transit on 126th Street in Manhattan. He was with the company for more than 20 years before retiring in 1993.
He was born February 14, 1943 in Fort Jackson, South Carolina to Edward and Elizabeth Leahy Stewart.
He was educated in New York City and graduated from Automotive in 1961.
He lived in Mohegan Lake for the past 24 years.
He is survived by his daughters, Erica Lee Stewart and Denise Rahe of Peekskill; one son, Christopher Rahe of Charlottsville, Virginia; one grandson, Brendan Rahe; one granddaughter, Margot Rahe-Bourque; and one brother, Stanley Jelinek of Yonkers.
He was predeceased by his mother, Elizabeth Jelinek, and his father Edward Stewart.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown Heights. 

Harriet Janick: Ossining resident
Harriet Janick, a lifelong resident of Ossining, died November 13 at her residence.
She was 81.
She was born January 13, 1921 in Ossining to William Dingee and Anna Leggett.
She was a member of the 1st Baptist Church in Ossining, a former Deli Manager with A&P food stores and a retired Recreational Therapist at the Ruth Taylor Institute in Valhalla.
She is survived by her daughter, Harriet R. (Carl) Rietschel, one son, Robert Meighan, and one grandson, William Rietschel.
She was predeceased by her husbands-- Harry Meighan, Marshall Gartman and Carl Janick.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Dorsey Funeral Home in Ossining. 

Lillian Cerrone: Ossining resident
Lillian Cerrone, a resident of Ossining, died November 15 at Cedar Manor Nursing Home.
She was 94.
She was born May 23, 1908 in Italy to Anthony and Lucy Chairto Finizio.
On July 29, 1928, she married Dominick Cerrone at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Yonkers.
She was a parishioner of St. Ann’s Church and was a member of their Sodality Society and a member of the Ossining Golden Agers.
She was the beloved wife of the late Dominick Cerrone.
She was the devoted mother of Carmella Palmietto of Schoharie, New York and the late Christina Ward of Columbus, Georgia. She also had seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Waterbury & Kelly Funeral Home in Ossining. 

Patricia Ann Mc Bride: Ossining resident
Patricia Ann Mc Bride, a resident of Ossining, died November 14.
She was 58.
She was born February 1, 1944 in Spartenburg, South Carolina to Nathaniel P. Carter, Sr. and Marion Walker.
She moved to the area and attended local schools.
She married Thomas McBride in 1963.
She worked as a nurse’s assistant at the VA Hospital in Montrose.
She was an avid Bingo player and had made many associations.
She is survived by her son, Thomas L. McBride of Ossining; two brothers, Nathaniel P. Carter, Jr. of Manassas, Virginia and Bernard Carter of Richmond, Virginia; and one grandson, Thomas Jalen McBride.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Leach & Thomas Inc., in Ossining.

Beatrice Losee: Ossining resident
Beatrice "Bea" G. Losee, a resident of Ossining, died November 25 at her residence.
She was 94.
She was born August 12, 1908 in Napanoch, New York to Anna Cook and Cecil J. Smith.
She moved to Ossining in 1912 with her family and was a graduate of Lincoln Elementary School and Washington High School.
On June 12, 1932, she married William B. Losee at her home at 132 Spring Street.
Mrs. Losee was a lifelong member of St. Pauls on the Hill Episcopal Church where she was a member of the Altar Guild and was also a member of it’s Women’s Club, later known as the Brown Baggers. She was a charter member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, and a former member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She is surived by one son, William R., and one daughter, Beverly Vaillancourt.
Her husband died September 18, 1974. She was also predeceased by her brother, Alfred Smith, and three sisters, Frances Weeks, Anna Grace Smith and Mabel Maxwell.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Dorsey Funeral Home in Ossining. 

Donald Gage: Verplanck resident
Donald L. Gage, a resident of Verplanck, died November 23 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.
He was 64.
He was born December 13, 1937 in Peekskill to Royal R. and Clara Barger Gage.
He graduated from Peekskill High School and owned and operated the Upper Deck, a card store in Peekskill, for many years before retiring several years ago.
He resided in Verplanck for the past 20 years. Prior to that he lived in Peekskill.
He is survived by one stepson, Harold W. Gaudinier of Yonkers; one brother, Chester Gage of Maryland; his companion, Michele Koski; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Billie Carol Gaudinier, who died December 3, 1998, two brothers, Richard and Royal E. Jr., and two sisters, Wilma Boyce and Joan Francies.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill. 

Florence Grimm: PV resident
Florence Grimm, a longtime resident of Putnam Valley, died October 31.
She was the loving mother of Arlene Green of Putnam Valley, Robert Grimm of East Setaucket, New York and Ronald Grimm of East Islip, New York.
She was cherished by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Heritage Funeral Home in Putnam Valley. 

Harold K. Travis: resident of Yorktown
Harold K. Travis resident of Yorktown died on Sunday, November 24 at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco.
He was 69.
He worked as a Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds for Lakeland Schools in Shrub Oak. He was with the company for 30 years before retiring in 1991.
He was born on April 29, 1933 in Cortlandt to Sucor Travis and Margaret Smith Travis.
He was educated in Peekskill and the University of Illinois.
He served in the Air Force in Korea.
He married Janice Travis in Yorktown.
He lived in Yorktown for the past 28 years. Before that he lived in Peekskill.
He is survived by his wife Janice Travis, daughters; Darla DiDonato and Dawn Lorola and granddaughter Jacquelyn Lorola.
He was predeceased by his mother and father and two brothers. 

James "O’Toole" Barry Jr.: Yorktown resident
James Thomas "O’Toole" Barry Jr., a resident of Yorktown, died November 20 of lung cancer at White Plains Hospital Center.
He was 75.
He was known as "O’Toole" to his family and friends and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend to many.
Mr. Barry was fond of telling stories filled with colorful characters he knew from growing up in the Bronx and had a serious penchant for Irish music and Dixieland jazz. He loved his Irish heritage and culture and visited the Emerald Isle last summer.
Born at 3177 Rawlins Avenue in the Bronx on February 11, 1927, he was the son of James Thomas and Rose Scollan Barry.
In June 1957 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, he married Patricia Ann Gensch.
Mr. Barry was a retired salesman who worked for Cargill Salt, National Laboratories, Sterling Drugs, Hygrade Meats, Rodway Food Services and Beachnut Baby Foods. He was also a bartender from 1949 to 1964 at the Westchester Fraternity "Frat" House in the Bronx.
As a young man, he worked as a lifeguard at Highbridge Pool in Washington Heights, was a vendor at Yankee Stadium, where he earned his nickname, and he delivered the Bronx Home News (route number 113). After graduating from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II at the age of 17 and served as quartermaster from 1945-46 on the USS Antietam.
His love of seafaring had a great influence on his sons and three are officers in the U.S. Merchant Marines. He was a member of the National Maritime Historical Society.
He received a bachelor of science degree in business from Seton Hall University in 1951. Mr. Barry had a passion for football and was the quarterback for the Pelham Bay Rams. He was a lifelong New York Giants fan.
He is survived by his daughter, Maura Barry-Boyle, of Nairobi, Kenya; five sons, Christopher of Yorktown Heights, Gene of Thailand, Jaime of Brooklyn, Kevin of Cold Spring, and Stephen of San Francisco; two brothers, John of Nanuet and Thomas of Georgetown, Texas; three sisters, Marie Scanlon of Cape Cod, Madeline Walsh of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Bettianne McNulty of Ridge, New York; daughter-in-law, Mary Pat Gorman-Barry of Cold Spring and son-in-law Eddie Boyle of Nairobi; eight grandsons, Daniel of California, Connor, Brendan and Mitchell of Thailand, Liam and Kevin of Cold Spring; Dylan of Nairobi and Jack of Northern California; numerous nieces and nephews; and his lifetime best friend, Robert "Wags" O’Boyle.
His wife, Patty Anne, predeceased him in 1998. He is also predeceased by two brothers, Frank and Donald.
He was a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Shrub Oak.
In his house, this quote from the writer William Hodding Carter hangs on the wall: "There are only two lasting bequests that we can give our children. One is roots, the other, wings." He successfully instilled these attributes in his six children. "O’Toole’s Sandbar," his legendary basement pub, was filled with artifacts from all over the world and was the focal point of many, many happy celebrations.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown. 

John "Jack" Davies: Cortlandt resident
John L. "Jack" Davies, a resident of Cortlandt since 1955, died November 24 at the Craven Regional Medical Center in New Bern, North Carolina.
He was 87.
He was born October 2, 1915 in Northumberland, Pennsylvania to John L. and Elizabeth Allison Davies.
He was an agent for State Farm Insurance Company in Peekskill for many years. He served in the U.S. Navy with the 90th Battalion Sea Bees during WWII. He was a longtime member of the Van Cortlandtville Community Church and was very active serving on many boards and committees.
Mr. Davies was a member and Past Master (1958) of the Cortlandt Lodge No. 34 of the F&AM and a member of the Peekskill Rotary Club since 1972. In 1984 the Rotary Club honored him making him a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a Scout Master and a former Eagle Scout, also a former member of Washington Engine Co. No. 2 and the Salvation Army advisory board.
On June 19, 1937, he married Ruth E. Steinhardt in Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania. She died January 25, 1995.
He is survived by one son, Robert K. Davies of Raleigh, North Carolina; two daughters, Ruth D. Papagni of New Bern, North Carolina and Nancy E. Davies of Cary, North Carolina; six grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill. 

Joseph Fiorentino: Croton resident
Joseph Fiorentino, a resident of Croton-on-Hudson, died November 23, at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow.
He was 74.
He was born December 28, 1927 in Mount Vernon to Philip and Grace Fiorentino.
He served his country during the Korean War era in the United States Army and also was a member of the National Guard. He was retired from Stern Metals in Mount Vernon.
Mr. Fiorentino was a member and Past President of the Croton Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus in Croton and Mount Vernon and the Blinded Veterans Association.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Theresa McDonald Fiorentino; two daughters Nance (Stewart) Cohen of Croton, and Linda (Larry) Kramer of Kew Gardens, New York; one brother, Philip; one sister, Fay Sessa; and two grandsons, Sean and Joshua Cohen.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Maryann Cassaniti and Cecelia Creta.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Edward F. Carter Funeral Home in Croton-on-Hudson. 

Robert Frieder, DDS: Ossining resident
Robert Frieder, DDS, a resident of Ossining, died November 24.
He was 73.
He was born August 6, 1929 to William and Libby Weiner Frieder.
From 1956 to 1959, he served his country in the United States Army.
He was a self employed dentist, having his practice in Mamaroneck.
Mr. Frieder is survived by his loving wife Mary Ann of 48 years; one son, Mark (Gina) Frieder of Crugers; one daughter, Laura (Eric) Darnell of Campbell, California; and grandchildren, Lisa and Steven Frieder and Rex and Leah Darnell.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Edward F. Carter Funeral Home in Peekskill. 

Sister Rose Timothy Galvin: Maryknoll sister
Sister Rose Timothy Galvin died November 25 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll.
She was 88.
She was born November 21, 1914 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She was named Mary Bernardine at baptism.
She had two brothers.
On December 8, 1940, she entered Maryknoll. She took her first vows on June 30, 1943 and finals on June 30, 1946 at Maryknoll.
Her education was received at Drake Business School, Immaculate Heart College and the College of the Pacific in Stockton.
Her mission work was carried on for 43 years in Bolivia and Peru where she did social work and catechetics. In Peru she worked in a rural area promoting cultural and local communities.
Sister Rose Timothy was a zealous missioner with a kind disposition. She was a very prayerful person who has many friends. Her prayer ministry was Health Services.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Dorsey Funeral Home in Ossining.

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