Miscellaneous Westchester County, New York Obituaries

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Sirphin Rolando: Yorktown resident

Sirphin A. Rolando, a resident of Yorktown for more than 45 years, died February 11 after a short battle with lung cancer.

He was 84.

He was born February 16, 1917 in Hartford, Connecticut to Felice and Teresa Rolando.

On August 9, 1947, he married Anne Rasulo.

Mr. Rolando was a World War II veteran fighting battles in Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland from January 1942 through October 1945. He was a Staff Sargeant with Company C, 386 MP SV Battalion. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal and the European-African Middle Eastern Service Medal for his leadership and bravery as a leader of a heavy artillery gun crew.

Mr. Rolando worked for Westchester Street Transportation for 32 years before retiring in 1980. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church, the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus, and was also a Boy Scout leader for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Anne; two sons, Stephen (wife Jean) of Somers and Thomas (wife Debra) of Ellicott City, Maryland; one daughter, Barbara (husband William) Geslain of Wappingers Falls; one sister Alice Botta, of Chicago, Illinois; and five grandchildren, ages four to 25.

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

Donations can be made to the American Lung Association of Hudson Valley, 35 Orchard St. White Plains, NY 10603-3347 or nationally to the American Lung Association at 1-800-586-4872.
 

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Phyllis Artus: former Shrub Oak resident

Phyllis C. Artus, a former Shrub Oak resident, died February 15.

She was 74.

She was born January 13, 1928 to John and Carmen Kniffen Archer in Jefferson Valley.

She graduated from Shrub Oak High School in 1945 and married Alfred Artus at the Shrub Oak Methodist Church on May 30, 1948.
She was a former member of the Shrub Oak Garden Club and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Mohegan Fire Department.

On December 12, 1974, her husband Alfred died.

Mrs. Artus is survived by her children and their spouses, Raymond and Grace Artus of Tarrytown and Sharon and Robert Anderson of Mahopac; her sister, Doris Guerin, formerly of Shrub Oak; and grandson, Kyle Anderson.

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

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Irene Bowman: Peekskill resident

Irene Bowman, a resident of Peekskill, died February 14 at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow.

She was 84.

She was born July 8, 1917 in New Jersey.

Miss Bowman was a housekeeper for Mount St. Florence in Peekskill. She was a Peekskill resident for more than 65 years.

Miss Bowman is survived by three nephews, Alfred A. Bentley III, Kurt E. Bentley and Keith D. Bentley, and one niece, Barbara M. Gaffney.

She was predeceased by one niece, Ruth Ann Baron, one brother Alfred A. Bentley II, and three sisters, Cena Trailor and Elmira and Ochie Bentley.

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

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Joseph Cannistra: Somers resident

Joseph E. Cannistra, a resident of Somers, died February 11.
He attended Penn State University and graduated from New York University with a degree in accounting.

In 1960, he married Jean Pauline Calderino.

He became a CPA in 1964. In 1976, he formed a CPA practice in Mount Kisco and became partners with his son Victor J. Cannistra in 1988.

Mr. Cannistra is survived by his wife, Jean; three sons, Victor, Andrew and Edmund; his mother, Letty; four sisters, Mary, Patricia, Thelma and Theresa; and one grandson, Tyler Joseph.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph’s Church in Croton Falls. Interment followed at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Donations to the Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla would be appreciated.
 

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Wallace Stevenson: Ossining resident

Wallace I. Stevenson died February 17 at his residence in Ossining.

He was 88.

He was born in New Haven, Connecticut on September 11, 1913 to William E. and Anna O’Connell Stevenson.

Mr. Stevenson was a retired engineer at Otis Elevator in Yonkers and was an active working member of the Shattemuc Yacht Club in Ossining. He was instrumental in obtaining the former clubhouse, the “Circle Liner.”

He is survived by his son, Donald L of Charlestown, MA, and one niece, Jean Mercaldi of White Plains.

Funeral arrangements and services were held at the Dorsey Funeral Home in Ossining. Interment was held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Hospice of Westchester, 95 South Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601.
 

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Carmine Fabiano: Putnam Valley resident

Carmine J. Fabiano, a resident of Putnam Valley, died February 13 in Port Richey, Florida.

He was 67.

He is survived by his wife Rosemarie; his children, Robert, Daniel and Denise Fabiano; daughter-in-law Jennifer Fabiano; and siblings, Mary Vanderrot, Dolores Pantaleo, Anthony Fabiano, Rev. Philip Fabiano and Lucy Enright.
Funeral arrangements were handled at the Heritage Funeral Home in Putnam Valley. A funeral Mass was held at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt, followed by burial at Rose Hills Cemetery.

The family requests memorial donations be made to Fisher House, 113 Holland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208.
 

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Wilbur Gaska: Peekskill resident

Wilbur T. Gaska, a resident of Peekskill, died February 11.

He was 62.

He was born March 26, 1939 to Thomas and Emily Zebrowski Gaska. He attended local schools.

Mr. Gaska worked for Lightron Residential Light Local 1783. He was a volunteer Fireman at the Columbian Hose Company in Peekskill for more than 40 years. He also belonged to the Polish American Club and was a communicant at Assumption Church.

He is survived by three brothers, Walter, Harold and George Gaska; and several nephews and nieces.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home in Peekskill. A funeral Mass was held at Assumption Church, followed by burial at Assumption Cemetery.
 

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Elizabeth Cox: Mohegan Lake resident

Elizabeth E. Cox, a resident of Mohegan Lake, died February 13 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

She was 70.

She was born April 1, 1931 in Brooklyn.

Mrs. Cox is survived by her husband, William J. Cox of Mohegan Lake.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the E.O. Curry Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was held at Assumption Church, followed by burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla.

Alfred Morey: Somers resident
Alfred Morey, a resident of Somers, died March 2.
Mr. Morey was a lifetime resident of Westchester County and a 1966 graduate of Somers High School.
He was the Commander of the Wilson Marasco VFW Post #8213 in Somers.
Mr. Morey served with the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 (HMH-463), Marine Air Group – 16 (MAG16). First Marine Aircraft Wing (First MAW) in Vietnam as a combat Air Crew Chief from 6 Oct 68-10 Oct 70 and as a Marine Aviator with Naval Intelligence, MAG 16, First MAW in Laos from 12 Oct 71- 8 Aug 72.
He was the recipient of some of this nations highest decorations, including The Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with V-device, Three Purple Hearts, 44 Strike Air Medals, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with V-device, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, 2 Good Conduct Medals, Combat Action Ribbon National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 10 Battle Stars, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2) Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Vietnamese Civil Action Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Air Crew Insignia, Naval Aviator Wings and the Korean Medal of Honor (2nd class).
He is survived by his wife, Diane; one son, Andrew; one daughter, Kristine Fila; son-in-law, Michael; four grandchildren, Michael Jr., Ashley, Gina, and Brianna; one brother, Louis; two sisters, Jean Schraff and Florence Santavy; and his mother Frances.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled at the Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah. Burial was held at White Plains Rural Cemetery.
 

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Anna Boyle Fuller: former Ossining resident
Anna Alphonsus Boyle Fuller, a former Ossining resident, died February 28 at Charleston Nursing Home in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
She was 101.
She was born October 19, 1900 to James and Rose Farrell Boyle. She had been a resident of Charleston since 1990.
She was a graduate of St. Augustine School in Ossining and a founding member of St. Ann’s Church in Ossining. She was also formerly employed with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. in New York City.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Jane Heft and her son-in-law Norman of Charleston, South Carolina; four step-grandchildren, Wendy Kuhn, Peter and Eric Haft and Amy Stubbs; 10 step great-grandchildren; three nephews, Thomas and Joseph Darby and Donald Fuller; two grand-nieces, Barbara Ladd and Bette Scorsone; and one great-nephew, Steven Buckley.
Her husband, Ambrose Joseph, died on December 3, 1990.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Dorsey Funeral Home in Ossining. A funeral Mass was held at Christ the King in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Interment was held at St. Augustine’s Church in Ossining.
Donations to St. Ann’s Church, 25 Eastern Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562 are requested.
 

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Preston Adams Sr.: former Ossining resident
Preston A. Adams, a former Ossining resident, died February 27.
He was 86.
He was born April 7, 1915 to Alonzo and Mabel Smith Adams.
He was a veteran of World War II and was attached to the 16th Coast Artillery Harbor Defense at Pearl Harbor. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor and served in the Saipan and Midway. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
Mr. Adams was the president and owner/operator of P.A. Adams Moving & Storage in Ossining. He was a member of the VFW Post 1041 and a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors.
He is survived by two sons, Preston Jr. and Thomas; two daughters, Elizabeth Obenauer and Marsha Evans; one sister, Betty Tompkins; one brother Delmar; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by the Dorsey Funeral Home in Ossining. Interment was held at Dale Cemetery.
Donations may be made to Crosslands Community Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 81, Mohegan Lake, NY 10547.
 

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Beatrice Tompkins: Ossining resident
Beatrice O. Tompkins died February 23 at her home in Ossining.
She was 96.
She was born in Oneonta, NY to Louis and Lizzie McDonough Osterhout.
She was a teacher in the Ossining School System from 1935 to 1963. She was a member of the Ossining Women’s Club, Shattemuc Yacht Club and was a volunteer at Phelps Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Tompkins and her husband, John F. Tompkins, founded Tompkins Real Estate & Insurance. Mr. Tompkins died in 1988. A nephew ran the business until his death in 1998. A great-nephew now runs the business.
Mrs. Tompkins’ husband served on both the Ossining Village and Town boards and was the town assessor for two years.
She is survived by one niece, Elaine Tompkins Nolan, great nephews, Craig and Scott, and a great niece, Lynn
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Dorsey Funeral Home. Services and interment were held privately.
 

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Frances June: former Peekskill resident
Frances Marie June, a former Peekskill resident, died March 1 at Vassar Brothers Hospital.
She was 74.
She was born March 22, 1927 in Peekskill to Alfred and Minnie Gaudineer Neidhardt.
On December 27, 1946, she married Robert G. June in Peekskill. He died September 8, 1995.
She was a member of the Peekskill Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. June is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela June and Duane Decker of Poughkeepsie, Frances M. and Gordon Dayton of Alexandria, Virginia and Barbara A. and Terry Paxton of Poughkeepsie; grandson, Alexander Ferguson Jr. of Poughkeepsie; brother-in-law Henry Roake; nephew Hank Roake; and her dog Sadie.
She was predeceased by her daughter, Dorothy June, one sister, Dorothy Roake, and four brothers, Frederick, Charles, Alfred and Frank Neidhardt.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by the E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill. Burial was held at Hillside Cemetery.
 

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Lorraine Merritt: Peekskill resident
Lorraine Merritt, a resident of Peekskill, died February 24 at the Taylor Care Center in Valhalla.
She was 70.
She was born December 8, 1931 in Peekskill to Robert William and Ethel Lillian Gilbon Parkinson.
She worked as a stock person in Caldor’s in Cortlandt for seven years before retiring in the 1980’s.
Mrs. Merritt is survived by her son, Jeffrey S. Parkinson of Peekskill, and two sisters, Ruth Burns of Lake Peekskill and Joan Pucher of Fishkill.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill.


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