Miscellaneous Westchester County, New York Obituaries

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Carolyn La Fontaine: former Peekskill resident 

Carolyn J. La Fontaine, a former Peekskill resident, died January 1 at her home in New Windsor. She was 69. She was born August 5, 1932 in Peekskill to Russell and Irma Ross Wood. 

She is survived by one daughter, Ellinora Stanford-La Fontaine of New Windsor; one brother, Russell Travis Wood Jr. of Lake City, Florida; and two grandsons, Jimmy-Joe Roberts and Edward Stanford. She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth La Fontaine, and one grandson, Kenneth Richie Roberts. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by the E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill. Interment was held at Rose Hills Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Eugenio “John” Comilloni: co-founder 
of Somers Fire District 

Eugenio “John” Comilloni, co-founder of the Somers Fire District and fire commissioner for 35 years, died January 13. He was 90. He was born October 19, 1911 in Olive, NY. During World War II, Mr. Comilloni served in the Pacific as a Navy Seabee in the 101 Battalion. He was a 35-year employee of Peckham Industries and a member of Operating Engineers Local 137. 

A lifelong resident of Somers, Mr. Comilloni was a lifetime member of the Somers Fire Department. 

On October 25, 1942, he married Antoinette Falzerano. She died January 28, 1988. Family members said Mr. Comilloni was a wonderful father and grandfather and will be missed by all. 

He is survived by son Eugene Comilloni and his wife Barbara, son Joseph Comilloni and his wife Denise, daughter Louise Price and her husband Walter, and daughter Maryjane Covart. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Shannon and Julie Covart, Jake and Samantha Price, and Matthew, Evan and Kristen Comilloni. 

Funeral services will be held Thursday and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown. A funeral Mass will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s new church in Yorktown. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the Westchester County Burn Center. 

Evelyn Squire Culp: former Ossining 
Woman of the Year 

Evelyn Squire Culp, who was named Ossining Woman of the Year in 1970, died January 8. She was 95. Culp was born March 23, 1906 in the Squire House in Ossining to Dr. Amos Osborne Squire and Matilda Nation Squire. 

She graduated from the Ossining School for Girls in 1926. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Columbia University in 1930, and an LL.B. from Brooklyn Law School at St. Lawrence University in 1933. 

Culp worked for the Law office of Dorothy M. Hannigan in New York City and was on the faculty at Briarcliff Junior College from 1941 to 1952. She owned and directed the Squire School of Business from 1952 to 1984. She was President of the Young Women’s Republican Club of Westchester County from 1935 to 1936, President of the Ossining Garden Club from 1936 to 1938, President of Ossining Women’s Club from 1938 to 1940, First VP of the West. Co. Federation of Women’s Clubs from 1940 to 1941, President of Ossining Chapter of American Red Cross, Member of Eastern Star Chapter 242, President of Ossining Historical Society from 1967 to 1971, President of Ossining Women’s Club from 1975 to 1977, Founder of  the Ossining Business and Professional Club, member of Phi Delta Women’s Legal Fraternity and was named the Ossining Woman of the Year in 1970. 

Culp was also the author of A Century of an Ossining Family 1876-1976 and was a lifelong member of Trinity Episcopal Church, where she was very active. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Leach & Thomas, Inc. Funeral Home in Ossining. A funeral Mass was held at Trinity Episcopal Church, followed by burial at Cold Spring Cemetery. 

Gladys Hart: Peekskill resident 

Gladys M. Hart, a resident of Peekskill, died January 10 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. She was 90. She was born August 29, 1911 in Peekskill to Joseph W. and Jennie Gaudineer Hart. She was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and the Telephone Pioneers. 

She is survived by three nieces, Lorraine Hart of South Deerfield, MA, and Nancy Hart and Carol Hart both of Hartford, Connecticut; and one sister-in-law, Winifred Hart of Peekskill. 

She was predeceased by four brothers, Preston W., Stanton L., Robert K., and Reginald A. Hart. 

Funeral arrangements  were handled by the E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill. Interment was held at Hillside Cemetery. 

James Shanley: Cortlandt  resident

James Joseph Shanley, a resident of Cortlandt, died January 13 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. He was 76. He was born November 4, 1925 in New York City to James and Christine Rose Nelson Shanley. He served in the United States Navy during World War II from 1942 to 1945, attaining the rank of fire control 3rd class. 

On September 24, 1949, he married Lenore E. Schetter at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the Bronx. He worked for NYNEX for many years before retiring in 1985. 

He was an active member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Putnam Valley, a member of the Lake Mohegan Volunteer Association as a Fire Policeman, the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society, the Nor Cort Senior Citizens, the Telephone Pioneers, the Peekskill Lodge of Elks #744 and the Odd Fellows. Mr. Shanley was also a Chaplain at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. 

He is survived by his wife, Lenore of Cortlandt; two daughters,  Susan Albano of South Windsor, Connecticut and Loren Sim of Stewartsville, New Jersey; one son, James J. Shanley of Poughkeepsie; two sisters, Ruth Allen of West Palm Beach, Florida and Eleanor Maring of Hollywood, Florida; and eight grandchildren. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by the E.O.Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill. A funeral service will follow at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 67 Oscawana Lake Road, Putnam Valley, NY 10579 or to the Scleroderma Foundation – Tri State, 1182 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 17666. 

James J. Pelaccio: Peekskill resident  

James J. Pelaccio, a resident of Peekskill, died January 1 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. He was 61. He was born August 26, 1940 in Peekskill to Joseph and Mary Tripp Pelaccio. 

He is survived by his long time companion, Lillian Perez of Peekskill; one daughter, Geraldine Pelaccio of Beacon; one son, George Pelaccio of Peekskill; two sisters, Irene Mancuso and Madeline Culthberson, both of Peekskill; and four grandchildren. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by the E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill. 

Joan Costuma: former Verplanck resident 

Joan Marion Costuma, a former Verplanck resident, died January 9 at Sky View Health Care Center. She was 101. She was born April 8, 1900 in Chicago. 

She was an actress and an understudy with Helen Hayes, and personally knew Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. She was also an advisor to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and was an interior designer to the rich and famous. 

She is survived by several nieces and grand nephews and  long time friend, George Pritchard of Verplanck. She was predeceased by one brother, Thurston Hahn. 

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by the Edward F. Carter Funeral Home in Montrose. Burial was held at Ferncliff Cemetery.

Katherine Bjorklund: Croton Falls resident 

Katherine Bjorklund, a 60-year Croton Falls resident, died January 13 at Putnam Nursing Home in Holmes, NY. She was 90. She was born July 24, 1911 in Cleveland, Ohio to Kalman and Katherine Lieber. She was a graduate of Pratt Institute and taught art in the Gary, Indiana public schools. 

In 1938, she married Lorence Bjorklund and moved to Croton Falls where she lived for more than sixty years. Her husband died in 1978 after which she traveled and joined the North Salem Senior Citizens. She taught arts and crafts to the seniors for many years. 

She is survived by her daughter, Karna Hoaglund of Mahopac; two granddaughters, Kim Breidenbach of Mahopac and Kristin Jandzinski of Hopewell Junction; one grandson, Erik Hoaglund of White Plains; and three great-grandchildren, Summer Rose Breidenbach,  Keith Lorence and Karna Jonelle Jandzinski. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by Clark Associates Funeral Home. Services were held at St. Joseph’s Church, followed by burial at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. 

Lawrence Fraser: Yorktown resident 

Lawrence Andrew Fraser, a resident of Yorktown, died suddenly January 1 in Cortlandt. He was 37. He was born February 8, 1964 in Queens. 

Mr. Fraser attended the Lindenhurst Schools, as well as Westchester Community College, where he majored in graphic arts. 

On August 29, 1992, he married Melissa Lynn Gilbert in the Yorktown Presbyterian Church. 

He worked as a project manager for G.E. websites  at General Electric Financial Assurance (G.E.F.A.) in Stamford, Connecticut. Prior to his present position at G.E., he was instrumental in the development of the 6 Sigma Quality Coach CD and Intranet employee training program for General Electric Information Systems (G.E.I.S.), which earned him high praise within the company. 

In addition to his work in the graphic arts field, he was a songwriter, founder and leader of Electric Jelly, a well known local band. They have just completed a new CD. 

He shared his musical talent with many people, playing in the Yorktown schools, which his sons attend, at the Yorktown Presbyterian Church School, at family functions, indeed wherever music could be made. 

He is survived by his wife, Melissa; three sons, Dylan (14), Zachary (9) and Jacob (2); his parents, Doris and Robert Fraser of Fairfield Glade, Tennessee; one sister Kathy Roark, her husband Keith and their children, Jenna and Alex. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown. 

For those who would offer some support, gifts can be made to college funds set up for Dylan, Zachary and Jacob by sending a check to the following address made out to the boys individually. Please note the purpose of the check by referring to 529 FBO accounts set up by the boys’ uncle Tim Gilbert at 41 Horseshoe Ridge Road, Sandy Hook, CT 06482. 

Louise Croft: Putnam Valley resident 

Louise S. Croft, a resident of Putnam Valley, died January 6. She was 95. She was born May 23, 1906 in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to Charles and Emilie Urbach Sexton. She attended the Canopus Elementary School and Peekskill High School. 

On October 12, 1924, she married Blendon Travis Croft. He died May 19, 1963. 

Mrs. Croft was formerly active with the P.T.A. of the Putnam Valley Central School, Red Cross rolling bandages, worked on the rationing board during World War II, the Women’s Society of the Canopus Methodist Church, and was a court officer in Carmel for 10 years. 

She is survived by two daughters, Eve Pattie and Ruth Chapman, both of Putnam Valley; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

She was predeceased by three sisters, Elsie Watson, Caroline Tompkins and Ruth Adams. 

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by the E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill. 

Phoebe Winkelmann: Verplanck resident 

Phoebe J. Winkelmann, a resident of Verplanck, died December 31 in Eustis, Florida. She was 90. 

On September 17, 1939, she married Herbert Winkelmann at Union Valley Church in Mahopac. Mrs. Winkelmann was a member of the First Baptist Church of Peekskill. 

In addition to her husband  of Verplanck, she is survived by one son, Herbert of Montrose; one daughter, Lois Riedel of Eustis, Florida; eight  grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

She was predeceased by two brothers, Lester and Harold Booth, and two sisters, Marion Bost  and Hazel Booth. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Edward F. Carter Funeral Home in Montrose. A graveside service was held at Sunset Cemetery in Montrose. 

Robert Albert: Cortlandt resident 

Robert Albert, a resident of Cortlandt, died January 9. He was 74. He was born December 8, 1927 in White Plains and erved in the United States Navy during World War II. 

A professional race car driver, Mr. Albert owned and operated Bob’s Esso Garage in Peekskill from 1966 to 1986. He was a member of the Racing Hall of Fame in Flemington, New Jersey, a Life Member of the American Racing Driver’s Club, the Checkered Flag Fan Club and the Old Timers Racing Club. He was also a member of the Antique Clock Club of America and a past member of the Peekskill Rotary Club. 

He is survived by his son, Robert Albert of Wappingers Falls; two grandchildren, Robert and Becky; two great-grandchildren, Brian and Bryce; and his former spouse, Mary Albert of Wappingers Falls. 

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by the Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home in Peekskill. Cremation was private.


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