Miscellaneous Westchester County, New York Obituaries

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Albert “Oley” Roberts: Peekskill resident 

Albert F. “Oley’’ Roberts died January 22 at his home in Peekskill. He was 76. He was born October 13, 1925 in Peekskill to John and Elizabeth Harbolic Roberts. He served in the United States Army during World War II, during which he spent several months as a prisoner of war in Germany. 

Mr. Roberts was the retired proprietor of the Rainbow Grill in Peekskill. He was also a retired employee of the New York State Department of Transportation. Prior to buying the Rainbow he also worked for Brass Bowl, the Lido, and Academy, all local bars in Peekskill. He was a member of the Peekskill Lodge #744 Elks, the Catholic War Veterans of Peekskill, and was a former member of Washington Engine Co. #2 in the Peekskill Fire Department. On September 18, 1948, he married Mary Simone at the Church of the Assumption in Peekskill. Mrs. Roberts died in 1999. 

Mr. Roberts is survived by one son, Chuck (Paula) Roberts of Buchanan; one daughter, Donna Klarer of Cortlandt; four brothers, Edward of Buchanan, Henry and James of Peekskill and Francis of Fishkill; and three grandchildren. Besides his wife, he is predeceased by six brothers, John, Anthony “Pants,” Joseph, Lenny, Stanley and Charles Roberts, and two sisters, Elizabeth Murphy and Marie Roberts. 

Funeral arrangements and services were handled at the Edward F. Carter Funeral Home in Montrose. Memorial donations may be made to Hudson Valley Hospital Center or the Peekskill Volunteer Ambulance Corps. 

Cheryl L. Higgins: Peekskill resident 

Cheryl L. Higgins, a resident of Peekskill, died January 18 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. She was 47. She was the wife of Matthew Higgins and mother of Shannon and Abby Higgins of Lake Peekskill. 

Mrs. Higgins is also survived by her father, Robert Volk of East Meadow, Long Island and one brother, Robert Volk of Meridan, Connecticut. 

Funeral arrangements were handled at the Heritage House in Putnam Valley. A funeral Mass was held at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt. Interment followed at Assumption Cemetery. 

Clarence Hughes: former Putnam Valley resident 

Clarence N. Hughes, a former Putnam Valley resident, died January 20 at his home in Fishkill. He was 68. He was born August 23, 1933 in Mount Kisco to William J. and Mabel Delong Hughes. On September 11, 1960, he married Carole R. Linder at the Church of the Assumption in Peekskill. 

He served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. Mr. Hughes had resided in Fishkill for the past four years. Before that he lived in Putnam Valley for 34 years. He worked as a yardman for Lakeland Lumber in Shrub Oak for more than 40 years, before retiring in 1995. Mr. Hughes was a Scout Master for Troop 41 in Putnam Valley for 18 years and he received the silver beaver award from the Boys Scouts of America. 

He is survived by his wife Carole of Fishkill; daughter and son-in-law Wendy M. and David Hollis of Hopewell Junction; three sons and daughters-in-law, Lawrence J. and Laurie Hughes of Clifton Park, Kevin M. and Dami Hughes of Arvada, Colorado, and Keith J. and Debra Hughes of Buffalo; two sisters, Marion Alexander of LaGrange and Helen Kasper of Yorktown; and five grandchildren, Matthew, Daniel and Andrew Hollis and Phoebe and Veda Hughes and a step-grandson, Daniel Crisafulli. He was predeceased by two sisters and three brothers. 

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by the E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill. Interment followed at Assumption Cemetery. 

Dudley David Kelley: Somers resident 

Dudley David Kelley, a resident of Somers, died January 16 at Westledge Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Peekskill after a brief illness. He was 93. He was born in Yonkers to David John and Annie (Conley) Kelley and attended Yonkers public schools. 

In 1936, he married Agnes (Kolb). She died in 1997. Mr. Kelley worked as a Union Electrician for IBEW, in White Plains. During his career, he oversaw electrical work on the Tappan Zee Bridge, Indian Point Nuclear Facility and the General Motors Plant in North Tarrytown. During World War II, he served as a Civilian Engineer in Africa, Saudia Arabia and India. He was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in Croton Falls. 

He is survived by three daughters, Virginia Laoretti of Greeley, Colorado, Kathleen Wright of Somers, and Abbey Macreery of Granite Springs; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah. A funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph’s Church, followed by burial at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Somers. 

Edward Forester: former Somers resident 

Edward H. Forester, a former Somers resident, died January 2, at Morristown Hospital in New Jersey. He was 74. He was born October 21, 1927 in New Canaan, Connecticut to Hamilton G. Forester and Ann Downey Forester. He served in the United States Navy as a Navy Corpsman during World War II and the Korean War. Mr. Forester worked as a Vice President of Advertising Sales for Concert Music in Manhattan. 

He lived in Franklin Park, New Jersey for the past four years. 

He is survived by four sons, Richard Forester of Old Greenwich, Connecticut, William Forester of New Fairfield, Connecticut, Peter Forester of Succasunna, New Jersey and Andrew Forester of Brooklyn; and four daughters, Elizabeth Bergin of Danbury, Connecticut, Jeanne Marie Briganshaw of Germerswang, Germany, Mary Carol Davis of Maribel, Wisconsin and Margaret McLucas of Red Hook. His wife, Mary Elizabeth Forester, died December 27, 1997 and one son, Edward Forester, died in 1954. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah. A funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph’s Church in Croton Falls, followed by burial at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Contributions may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society. 

Frank Fallacaro: Ossining resident 

Frank Fallacaro, a resident of Ossining, died January 1, at Phelps Memorial Hospital. He was 80. He was born in North Tarrytown to Thomas and Teresa Rambaldi Fallacaro. 

Mr. Fallacaro was a retired postal worker at the Tarrytown Post Office. He was a communicant at St. Ann’s Church in Ossining. 

He is survived by his wife, Frances; one son, Thomas; one brother, Richard; three sisters, Filomena Fallacaro, Sarah Ceconi and Lee Verdi; and two grandchildren, Jennifer and Jodi. One brother, Nicholas, died during World War II. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Dorsey Funeral Home, Inc. in Ossining. A funeral Mass was held at St. Ann’s Church in Ossining, followed by burial at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. 

Joseph Schnorrbusch: Amawalk resident 

Joseph C. Schnorrbusch, a resident of Amawalk, died January 14 at Westchester Medical Center following a short illness. He was 72. He was born in Paterson, New Jersey to Joseph and Emily (Wedlake) Schnorrbusch. He graduated from Passaic Valley High School in Little Falls, New Jersey and graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology. 

He was the owner of Mount Pleasant Ice Cream in Thornwood until it was destroyed by fire. He then became the owner of Jem Sales. He was later employed by Mohansic Golf Course in Yorktown as a ranger. Mr. Schnorrbusch served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. In 1958, he married Jacqueline Bergmann. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Emily and (Peter) Meyers of New Market, Maryland and Maribeth and (Christopher) Abrenica of Yorktown; and five grandchildren, Maria, Joseph, Sarah, Mary Katherine and Christina. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Clark Funeral Home in Katonah. A funeral Mass was held at the New St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown, followed by burial at Amawalk Hill Cemetery. 

William Otto Druschel: former Somers resident 

William Otto Druschel, a former Somers resident, died January 21 after a long illness. He was 71. He was born September 26, 1930 in Reading, Pennsylvania to William and Emma Druschel from Germany. He attended the Exeter Township School,  graduating from Mt. Penn High School in 1948. 

While still in high school, Mr. Druschel operated an electrical contracting business. After graduation, he built several houses before attending State College, PA, from which he graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in 1952. He worked for a short time for Sanders and Thomas of Pottstown, PA on the design of steam catapults for the United States Navy. In 1955, he married Anita Ludtke of Baltimore . They resided in Somers for 27 years before moving to Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1987. 

In 1954, he began a career in the Plant Engineering Dept. at IBM in Poughkeepsie. He was promoted to Project Manager in 1955 and was successfully reassigned to IBM plants in Kingston, Lexington, Kentucky and the IBM Mohansic Laboratory in NY where he was promoted to Development Engineer for Manufacturing process. He retired from IBM as a Senior Engineer in 1987. 

He was an avid sailing enthusiast and built several water craft. He also acquired a love for flying, rebuilt three damaged aircraft and completed the requirements for an aircraft and engine license. As a member of the Carlisle Gun Club, he redesigned their indoor handgun firing facility. He also joined the Elks Club and was Project Manager and Designer of a new renovation. He became involved in videography and produced commemorative videos for local Carlisle schools and the Downtown Carlisle Association, which won awards. He was an engineer extraordinaire during his professional life. He was also an advisor to the Civic Club of Carlisle. 

Mr. Druschel is survived by his wife, Anita; two sons,  Richard of White Plains and Thomas of Northampton, MA; one daughter, Linda of Berkeley, California; one brother, Edward of Spokane, Washington; three nieces, Carol Marino, Anna-Marie Westfall and Heidi Hughart; one nephew, William Druschel; and nine grandnieces and nephews. 

A memorial service will be held January 27 at the Second Presbyterian Church of Carlisle at 1:30 p.m. in the rotunda. For directions, call 243-4571. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in his memory to the Second Presbyterian Church of Carlisle, PA, your local Hospice services or a charity of your choice. 

A Tribute to Larry Hughes 

A man passed on Sunday last, January 20, 2002. He will be missed by many. He wasn’t a big man in height or stature. If you walked in a room his presence wouldn’t demand your attention. This man touched, molded and shaped more lives than anyone could imagine. He was there if you needed him and there if you didn’t. He would listen, laugh and talk, never belittle and always support you.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and yes, he was something else, a Scoutmaster not everyone knows what that means. At times it’s a selfless thankless job, giving of yourself to so many and only paid by a smile or the look of gratitude in a boy'’ eyes. There is no way to thank Larry Hughes, Troop 41 for his service to his community and all the lives he touched, accept to say, 
    Thank you. 

A Scout, 
      A Friend


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