Miscellaneous Westchester County, New York Obituaries

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Marie “Sandy” Kingsley: Yorktown resident
Marie “Sandy’’ Kingsley, a 50-year resident of Yorktown, died March 5 at Northern Westchester Hospital of lung failure.
She was 75.
She was born in Bultei, Sardinia, a large Island in the Mediterranean off the coast of Italy. She came to the United States when she was five, learned English in Sleepy Hollow Schools, and prided herself in speaking “perfect” English. She was also fluent in Sardinian and Italian.
Mrs. Kingsley married Donald in 1949 at the “Little Church Around the Corner” in lower Manhattan and lived in White Plains for a brief time before moving to Yorktown Heights in 1952.
After her children were grown, she worked as a proof-reader and in production for the Pennysaver in Yorktown for more than 15 years. She retired in 1985.
Mrs. Kingsley was an avid reader, and her house was filled with hundreds of books; paperbacks and hard covers. When asked if she read them all, she once replied, “Every one!” She was also a crossword puzzle expert and couldn’t wait for the Sunday New York Times.
A Memorial service will be held for Mrs. Kingsley on Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Route 6 in Mohegan Lake. Friends and family are invited.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
 

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Giuseppe Apollonio: Ossining resident
Giuseppe Apollonio died March 6 at his residence in Ossining.
He was 89.
He was born in Sassinoro, Italy on March 19, 1912 to Giovanni and Dominicangela Luliani Appollonio.
Mr. Apollonio was a retired laborer from Local #235. He was an active member of the Golden Agers Group #1 and was a communicant of St. Ann’s Church in Ossining.
He is survived by his wife, Carmela; seven children, Angela Wood, Susan Reynolds, Remo Apollonio, Maria Coutant, Silvia Farnum, Antonette Monte and Josephine Ralphs; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Dorsey Funeral Home in Ossining. A funeral Mass was held at St. Ann’s Church in Ossining, followed by burial at St. Augustine Cemetery.
Donations can be made to the Phelps Hospice, 701 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 or the American Cancer Society, 2 Lyon Place, White Plains, NY 1060
 

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Melville Levenson: Peekskill resident
Melville (Mel) Levenson, a resident of Peekskill, died February 27.
He was 87.
He was born October 2, 1914 in the Bronx to David Levenson and Gussie Caro. 
He married Eva Rosenbaum on Christmas Day in 1941. He was a resident of Peekskill for 25 years.
Mr. Levenson was a graduate of the Delahanty School of Engineering in 1946. He spent much of his working life as a consulting engineer for Otis Elevator and Litton Industries.
He served his country in an artillery division defending the Panama Canal in World War II.
Since his retirement, Mr. Levenson stayed actively involved in such programs as the Retired Senior Volunteer Program for Putnam Valley, the Putnam Valley free library and the Meals on Wheels Program for the Town of Cortlandt. He was the current President of the Cortlandt Senior Club, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the Putnam Valley Historical Society.
He was also an instructor for AARP’s “55 Alive” program and was a Commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America. In 1999, he received the Virginia Connolly Award for his outstanding service to the Community of Putnam Valley.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Gail of New York City and Lois of San Francisco, and one granddaughter, Natalie of New York City.
The family held a ceremony in the Rose Hill Memorial Park Chapel with many of Mr. Levenson’s friends. He was laid to rest in his favorite corduroy pants, square-dance shirt and bolo tie.
 

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Leland Beach: former Peekskill resident
Leland A. Beach, a former Peekskill resident, died February 27 at his home in Bloomingburg, NY.
He was 71.
He was born May 5, 1930 in Middletown to Leland and Myrtle Beach.
He married Rev. Betty A. Seaman Beach.
Mr. Beach was a founder and a retired site manager of the Jan Peek House Homeless Shelter in Peekskill.
He was a member of Bullville United Methodist Church, Bullville; Associate member of the Community Church of Bloomburg; a member of the Odd Fellows of Cortlandt Manor; a member of the Mohansic Lodge of Jeffersonville; Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of Jeffersonville; and a member of the Bloomingburg Grange.
He is survived by his wife, the Reverend Betty A. Beach; four daughters, Deborah S. Monforte of Woodbourne, Jean M. Blum of Cortlandt Manor, Alice F. Gonzalez of Liberty and Penny C. Schrier of South Fallsburg, NY; one son, Frank W. Barrett III of Jeffersonville; 10 grandchildren, Denise, Nita, Andrew, Scott, Rosalinda, Heather, Brittany, Kyle, Tommy and Jessica; and two great-grandsons.
Funeral services were held at the Bullville United Methodist Church, followed by interment at Wallkill Cemetery in Philipsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bullville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 211, Bullville, NY 10915 or Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550, or to the charity of one’s choice.
 

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Madeline Montague Leonelli: Ossining resident
Madeline Montague Leonelli, a resident of Ossining, died March 6 in Cobleskill, NY.
She was 85.
She was born in Ossining on July 4, 1916 to Angelo and Angelina DiCurcio Velardo.
She worked as an operator for the Tappan Zee Answering Service in Ossining for many years. 
Her first husband, John Montague, died in 1980. She later remarried Benny Leonelli, who died in 1994.
She is survived by her sons, John Montague of Florida and Angelo Montague of Middleburg; one daughter, Flo Lucian of Middleburg; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Leach & Thomas, Inc. Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was held at St. Ann’s Church in Ossining, followed by burial at St. Augustine’s Cemetery.
 

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Rose DeFalco: Ossining resident
Rose J. DeFalco, a resident of Ossining, died March 6 at Phelps Memorial Hospital.
She was 89.
She was born February 4, 1913 in North Tarrytown to Frank and Rosa Fillipaldi Trotti.
Mrs. DeFalco was a member of the Golden Agers Group #1. She was a parishioner of St. Augustine Church where she was a member of its Altar Guild.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Galbraith of Wappinger Falls; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter, Rose.
She was predeceased by her husband, George (Chick), who died in 1978, and her son, George Jr., who died in 1979.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Dorsey Funeral Home in Ossining. A funeral Mass was held at St. Augustine Church, followed by burial at St. Augustine Cemetery.

John J. Palmiotto: Ossining resident
John J. Palmiotto, a resident of Ossining, died March 16.
He was 70.
He was born July 22, 1931 in Peekskill to Pasquale and Philomena Palmiotto.
Mr. Palmiotto was a former Corrections Officer at Sing Sing Prison. He retired in 1980. He was also a former employee of Bethel Nursing Home.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in Korea from 1951 to 1953 with the 187th Army Airborne.
On February 4, 1956, he married Rosemary Hanrahan.
Mr. Palmiotto is survived by his wife; two sons, John Jr. (Sharon) of Buchanan and Vincent (Joanne) of Brookfield, Connecticut; one daughter, Kathleen (Kevin) Palmiotto-Lyons of St. Charles, Missouri; three brothers, Joseph, Michael and Pat; three sisters, Rose and Christine Palmiotto and Teresa Gibson; and four grandchildren, Jill, Daniel, John III and Mary Kate.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Jimmy and Nicky, and one sister, Mary Merando.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine’s Church. Interment followed at St. Augustine’s Cemetery.
Donations can be made in John’s name to the ASPCA, 590 North State Rd., Briarcliff, NY 10510.
 

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Rose Kugel: Ossining resident
Rose Kugel, a resident of Ossining, died March 12 at Victoria Home. 
She was 102.
She was born May 30, 1899 in Pforzheim-Baden Germany to Karl and Rosa Eisenhauer Lang.
She worked as a bookkeeper for a jewelry company in Germany before coming to the United States in 1925.
She married William Kugel, who died in 1986. She lived in Ossining for the past 15 years. Prior to that she lived in Croton-on-Hudson.
Mrs. Kugel is survived by one niece, Anne Krust, and one grandniece, Jean Cannavo of Ossining. 
Funeral services were private. Friends may send memorial donations to The Victoria Home. 
 

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George (Chubby) Bush: Ossining resident
George (Chubby) Eugene Bush, a resident of Ossining, died March 9 at Westchester Medical Center.
He was 52.
He was born December 2, 1949. He was a native of Ossining and attended Ossining schools.
Mr. Bush was a nurses’ aide for many agencies throughout Westchester. He was a long time member of the Star of Bethlehem Church. 
He is survived by his mother, Isabelle, of Peekskill; two brothers, Anthony of Ossining and Jeffrey of Peekskill; and one uncle, Albert Sr., of Peekskill.
He was predeceased by his uncles, William, Andrew, Eugene, Walter Sr., and Aunt Gloria, all of Ossining; three nephews, three nieces, and many cousins throughout New York.
Mr. Bush was buried at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale. 
 

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Valentin Eng: former Ossining resident
Valentin Eng, a former Ossining resident, died March 11th in Altker, Yugoslavia.
He was 68.
He was the son of the late Heinrich and Elizabeth Korell Eng.
Mr. Eng was a retired machinist who worked several years in the tool business. He was a member of the German-American Club of Ossining and had resided in Yugoslavia for the past three years after living in Ossining. 
He was predeceased by his wife, Anna Eng, who died February 1, 1994.
He is survived by one son, Walter (Mary Ann) Eng of Peekskill; one daughter, Elizabeth (James) D’Emidio of Cape Coral; one grandchild; his loving companion, Sonja Lanza of Cape Coral; and one brother, Heinrich Eng of Grossenzersdorf, Austria.
Funeral services and entombment were held at Coral Ridge Funeral Home and Cemetery in Cape Coral, Florida.
 

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Herbert Stokes: Peekskill resident
Herbert H. Stokes, a resident of Peekskill, died March 9. 
He was 59.
He was born December 17, 1942 to Pearl Stokes of Peekskill and the late Hannie Stokes.
He was currently working as a process server for various lawyers in the tri-state area. 
Mr. Stokes is survived by one son, Keith Hayes of Hampton, Virginia; four grandchildren; two brothers, Roosevelt Stokes and Sterling Stokes, both of Peekskill; and three sisters, Jane Griffen of Burlington, Vermont, and Gertie Glover and Lillian Sharpe, both of Peekskill.
He was predeceased by one brother, Henry Stokes.
A memorial service was held at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Peekskill. 
 

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Dorothy C. Morgan: Ossining resident
Dorothy C. Morgan, a resident of Ossining, died March 13 at Victoria Home.
She was 94.
She was born in Ossining on December 14, 1907 to Arthur and Margaret Heaney Casley.
Mrs. Morgan was retired from Reader’s Digest where she worked as an Executive Secretary. She was also a Communicant of St. Augustine Church. 
She is survived by her two daughters, Carol Stein and Mary DePalma; five grandchildren, Louis Stein, Carl and Kurt Hart, Maryann DePalma and Donald Daddazio; and eight great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was held at St. Augustine Church, followed by burial at St. Augustine Cemetery.
Donations to the Alzheimer’s Disease Assoc., 785 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, N.Y. 10605 would be appreciated.
 

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John J. Strang: Somers resident
John J. Strang, a resident of Somers, died March 11 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
He was 71.
He was born February 16, 1931 in West Chester, Pennsylvania to John J. and Ella (Baacke) Strang.
He worked as a Head Mechanic for Haldane Central School District in Cold Spring.
Mr. Strang served in the United States Army during the Korean War.
He is survived by his son, John Strang III of Peoria, Arizona; two brothers, Robert Strang of Hyde Park and Scott Strang of Shenorock; and two grandsons, Brian and Christopher Strang of Peoria, Arizona.
His wife Helen died in 1994.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by the Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah. Interment was held at Ivandell Cemetery.
 

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Dominick Giordano: Purdys resident
Dominick Giordano, a resident of Purdys, died March 13 at Somers Manor Nursing Home.
He was 93.
He was born October 30, 1908 in Fiore, Calabria, Italy to Antonio and Victoria (Branca) Giordano. 
In 1937, he married Frances Giordano (Wyan) in the Bronx. She died in 1987.
He attended the University of West Virginia and was president of Jordan Sign Service, Inc., which he founded in 1935 in New York City and remained active until six years ago when he permanently retired.
He was an accomplished artist specializing in oil and watercolor paintings.
He was a parishioner of St. Joseph’s RC Church in Croton Falls and a member of the Somers Council Knights of Columbus and Order of the Sons of Italy.
Mr. Giordano is survived by three children, A. Robert Giordano, Esq., of North Salem, an attorney in White Plains and a former Town Councilman and Town Justice for North Salem, Richard S. Giordano DPM of Mount Kisco, a podiatrist at Northern Westchester Hospital Center in Mount Kisco, and Virginia V. Giordano of Freehold, New Jersey; three granddaughters, Jeanine MacKay, Jennifer and Danielle Giordano; three grandsons, Robert D. Giordano, Eric and Richard Manz, and a great-granddaughter, Rachel Mackay; three brothers, Gino Giordano of Old Tappan, New Jersey, Guy Giordano of Tenafly, New Jersey, and Mario Giordano of Cresskill, New Jersey; one sister, Rita Ance of Brewster; and 39 nieces and nephews.
Three brothers, Serafino, Aldo and Luciano, and one sister, Mary Van Wart, predeceased him.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Clark Associates Funeral Home, Katonah. A funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph’s Church in Croton Falls. Interment was held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.
Contributions in his memory and the memory of Frances Giordano can be made to the ALS Association (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), 116 John St., Ste. 1304, N.Y., N.Y. 10038.


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