Miscellaneous Westchester County, New York Obituaries

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David Bogdanoff
David Bogdanoff, who constructed more than 5,800 affordable homes in Westchester County, including Jefferson Village and Jefferson Woods in Yorktown, died January 5 [2001].
He was 88.
He was born in New York City and graduated from Evander Childs High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and English Literature from City College of New York.
Mr. Bogdanoff moved to Westchester County in 1930 and was a vanguard, providing affordable housing opportunities for people of Westchester County and throughout New York State.
Through his various Yorktown based companies, including Montrose Construction Company, Inc., Montrose Management Associates, Inc. and Jefferson Village Corporation, he effectively built more than 5,800 affordable units.
His warmth and compassion for people led to his founding of not-for-profit housing agencies, including Community , Inc. and to his public service.
Mr. Bogdanoff served as Chairman of the Westchester Housing Implementation Commission, and was a member of the Westchester Housing Forum, the Regional Plan Association and the Advisory Board of the Bank of New York, County Trust Region. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Builders Institute of Westchester and the Mid-Hudson Region.
He resided in Briarcliff Manor.
Funeral arrangements were conducted privately.
Donations may be made in his memory to “Friends of Osborn’’ c/o Mr. Mark Zwerger CEO, The Osborn, 101 Theal Road, Rye, NY 10580.

Sister Maria Pia Remmes
Sister Maria Pia Remmes died January 6 [2001] at the Maryknoll Residential Care Facility in Ossining.
She was 85.
She was born November 3, 1915 to Frank Augustus and Gertrude Cecilia Taylor Remmes.
She attended St. Patrick High School and graduated in 1933 at the age of 17. She attended business school for a while but ended up taking odd jobs to help support her family during the Depression.
She entered Maryknoll on June 10, 1939 and took her vows on January 6, 1945. Maria Pia Remmes (which is the name she used), started her mission work by being assigned to work in Ancan, Panama. Maria Pia was sent there to teach, but found herself being attracted to the love the people had for themselves and each other. She was then assigned to work in Balboa, Panama, where she was a regional Supervisor from 1949 to 1956. She then was the Motherhouse Superior from 1961 to 1966.
Maria Pia went to St. John’s University to study for her BA in Sociology. She then went on to receive her MSW from Boston College. Then Maria Pia was assigned to Bolivia-Peru (Juli, Peru) to do Community Social Service. She took on a new position in 1971 on the Lima Regional Board. She then did community service in Lima, Peru until 1995, when she retired.
Between 1995 and 1997 Maria Pia lived in Monrovia. In 1998 she returned to the center, where she remained due to her illness.

Dawn Marie Beldotti
Dawn Marie Beldotti, a resident of Ossining, died January 8 [2001].
She was 32.
She was born November 4, 1968 to Anthony P. and Joan C. Dunajski Beldotti at Phelps Memorial Hosptial.
She was a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School where she was a member of the field hockey team. She also played AYSO soccer in Ossining and was a first string defensive player on an all boys team.
She was a graduate of Sienna College in Loudenville, NY where she majored in Psychology and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She then attended Russell Sage College and received her Masters Degree in Psychology. She was attending Pace University in White Plains and was one course with her thesis away from her second Masters Degree in Psychiatric Hospital Administration.
She is survived by her parents, Anthony and Joan; her Maternal Grandmother Wanda Dunajski; her Paternal Grandmother Catherine Beldotti; one brother, Anthony E. (Doreen); one sister, Stephanie (Adam) ; along with several aunts, uncles, cousins and her companion and dog (Jake).
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Dorsey Funeral Home, Inc. in Ossining. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Augustine’s Church on Thursday, January 11 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Augustine’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the SPCA, 590 North State Rd. Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510.

George E. Smith
George E. Smith, a resident of Peekskill, died December 29 [2001] at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.
He was 92.
Mr. Smith was born June 21, 1908 in Buchanan to Joseph and Anna Zach Smith.
On January 10, 1932, he married Anna LaBoda at Saints Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church. She died September 4, 2000.
Mr. Smith was employed at Fleishmanns Standard Brands in Peekskill in the yeast production department for 40 years, retiring in 1973. He was a member of their Quarter Century Club.
He was a communicant of the Assumption Church, and a member of Council 462, Knights of Columbus. He was also a volunteer fireman at Centennial Hose Co. #4 for over 66 years and a Peekskill Auxiliary Police officer.
Mr. Smith enjoyed playing Santa Claus for the Fire Patrol at the Beach Shopping Center, Ossining Day Care Center for children and at the Assumption School.
He is survived by three sons, George E. Jr. of Peekskill, Richard J. of Cortlandt, and Edward G. of Huntington, Connecticut; two daughters, Ann Esrey of Eldorado, California and Mary Ellen Bedrossian of Little Neck, NY; 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He is predeceased by four brothers, John, Joseph, Andrew, Michael, and one sister, Mary Beck.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home in Peekskill. A funeral Mass was held at the Church of the Assumption, followed by burial at Assumption Cemetery.

Lawrence R. “Duff’’’ Duffy Jr
Lawrence R. “Duff’’’ Duffy Jr., a longtime Verplanck resident, died April 3 [2001] at Phelps Memorial Hospital.
He was 58.
He was born September 29, 1942 in White Plains.
Mr. Duffy served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
A sales trainer, Mr. Duffy was employed by Carvel Corporation in Yonkers, retiring in 1987.
His wife, the former Helen “Jo-Jo” Letteri Duffy, said he enjoyed playing golf.
He was also widely known for the Christmas displays he and his wife would create each year in front of their Verplanck home that attracted thousands of admirers.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his adoptive son, Jonathan Letteri Dufffy; one brother, James of Fishkill; four sisters, Kathy Duffy of Cortlandt, Maureen Duffy of Yonkers, Carol Costanzo of Glens Falls, and Pat DeMicco of Arizona; six nieces and nephews; and three great-nephews.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Edward F. Carter Funeral Home in Montrose. Friends may call tomorrow (Thursday) from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 6 at 10 a.m. at the Funeral Home, followed by burial at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

Rosario Forte
Rosario Forte, a resident of Ossining, died March 30 [2001] in a car accident on Route 134 in Yorktown.
She was 42.
She was born May 28, 1958 in Uruguay to Arguimedez Burguez and Maria Elena Ferreira.
She was a communicant of St. Ann’s Church in Ossining.
Mrs. Forte is survived by her husband Biagio and daughter Daniela of Ossining.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Leach & Thomas, Inc. Funeral Home in Ossining. A funeral Mass was held at St. Ann’s Church in Ossining, followed by burial at Dale Cemetery.

James P. Gunter
James P. Gunter, a resident of Putnam Valley, died March 28 [2001] at Cortlandt Nursing Care Center.
He was 92.
Mr. Gunter worked as a parts inspector for Wright Aeronautical Corporation from 1928 to 1944, when he entered the United States Army. He served in the Army from February 1945 until November 1946. He saw duty in the Philippines and Japan, and he attained the rank of Technical Sergeant.
In early 1947, he returned to his position at Cimarron Ranch in Putnam Valley, where he was a co-owner.
He was a charter member of the Putnam Valley Volunteer Ambulance Corps and a Life Associate member of the Putnam Valley Volunteer Fire Department.
Mr. Gunter is survived by his sister Bernadette and sister-in-law Mary Gunter, both of Florida, and nephew Donald Gunter of New Hampshire.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Heritage Funeral Home in Putnam Valley.
Donations may be sent to the Putnam Valley Ambulance Corps.

Dorothy Anna Burns
Dorothy Anna Burns, a resident of Peekskill, died March 29 [2001] .
She was 74.
She was born February 11, 1927 to Ernest and Anna Mikulak DeBroske.
On January 26, 1952, she married John E. Burns at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Peekskill.
She was a graduate of Peekskill High School, class of 1945, and the Berkeley School.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Burns is survived by her children, Amy Carlin, Eileen, Martha and Paul Burns; and one grandson, William J. Carlin III.
Funeral arrangements were handled by The Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home in Peekskill. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at Pilgrim Hall at Graymoor in Garrison on Saturday, April 7 at 11 a.m.
Donations in Mrs. Burns memory may be made to Field Library, 4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill, NY 10566 or to The Keon Center, 200 N. Water St. Peekskill, 10566.

Melbourne W. Bohlig
Melbourne W. Bohlig, a resident of Cortlandt, died March 31 [2001] at the Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida.
He was 73.
He was born July 10. 1927 in Ossining to Melbourne A. and Adelaide (Barger) Bohlig.
Mr. Bohlig was a retired heavy equipment operator for the Operating Engineers Local #137 in Briarcliff Manor.
He was a parishioner of St. Columbanus Church, a member of the Ossining Hose Company and a Navy veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Diane A. (Possenti) Bohlig; one son, Melbourne W. Bohlig, Jr. of Londonberry, New Hampshire; one daughter, Lori DeAngelis of Cortlandt; one brother, Harold Bohlig of Ossining; and four grandchildren.
Two brothers, Frederic and Donald Bohlig, and one sister, Dorothy Powers, predeceased him.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by The Clinton Funeral Home in Peekskill. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt on Friday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery.
Contributions can be made to The American Heart Association or The American Diabetes Association.

May Sophie Conklin
May Sophie Conklin, a resident of Cortlandt, died April 2 [2001].
She was 74.
She was born September 6, 1926 in Mill Valley, California to Henry and Elva Victorino Hanff. She attended schools in California and was employed at the Bank of America.
In 1944, she married George Conklin, Sr. in Carson City, Nevada. They then moved to Peekskill where Mrs. Conklin worked for Sonotone Corporation as a production line worker, retiring in the early 1970’s.
Mrs. Conklin is survived by her husband, George, Sr. of Cortlandt; two sons, George Conklin, Jr. of North Creek, NY and Randy G. of Cortlandt; one daughter, May-Rita Condon of Beacon; and 12 grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are being handled at The Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home in Peekskill. Services will be held there at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 6, followed by burial at Hillside Cemetery.

Florie John Caporuscio
Florie John Caporuscio died March 30 [2001] at his home in Cortlandt.
He was 80.
He was born June 10, 1920 in Utica to Salvatore and Rose Turchetti Caporuscio.
Mr. Caporuscio served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945 during World War II.
On October 12, 1940, he married Phyllis A. Summo in Utica. She died on April 3, 1994.
He lived in Utica until moving to the Peekskill/Cortlandt area in 1964.
Mr. Caporuscio worked for the Gates Rubber Company of Denver, Colorado as a district manager for more than 30 years before retiring in 1996.
He was an avid tennis player since he was a young child until his mid-70’s. He worked as a volunteer custodian at the tennis courts at Depew Park in Peekskill where he also played.
He was also a member of the Church of the Assumption.
Mr. Caporuscio is survived by two sons, Gary S. Caporuscio of Wappingers Falls and Dr. Florie A. Caporuscio of Santa Fe, New Mexico; two daughters, Florine Zane of Utica and Rose Marie Caporuscio of New York City; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Dominick and Tony Caporuscio.
Funeral arrangements were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill. A funeral Mass was held at Church of the Assumption, followed by burial at Assumption Cemetery.

Pasquale J. Pisanello
Pasquale J. Pisanello, a resident of Peekskill, died April 1 [2001].
He was 87.
Mr. Pisanello was born February 13, 1914 in Jersey City, New Jersey.
On April 11, 1944, he married Caroline Hartman.
He is survived by his wife, Caroline Pisanello; one daughter, Marie Winters of Peekskill; one son, Patrick Pisanello, Jr. of Beacon; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and one brother, Anthony Pisanello of Poughkeepsie.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home in Peekskill. A funeral Mass was held at Assumption Church. Interment followed at Assumption Cemetery.

Sister Teresa Marie Lawrie
Sister Teresa Marie Lawrie of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Peekskill died March 27 [2001].
She was 90.
Sr. Teresa Marie was born in New York City on December 20. 1910.
She entered the Congregation on December 8, 1930 and pronounced final vows in 1937.
Until 1963 she taught in nursery school and first grade in various schools in New York and New Jersey. For many years she served as Sacristan in the Mt. St. Francis Chapel in Peekskill until her retirement in 1998.
Sister Teresa Marie is survived by a niece and grand nephews.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home in Peekskill. A funeral Mass was held followed by burial at Sister’s Cemetery.

Dawn Greenstein
retired Lakeland teacher
Dawn Greenstein, a longtime science teacher in the Lakeland School District, died June 12 at her home in Mohegan Lake.
She was 63.
She was born March 2, 1938 in Gouverneur, NY to Morris and Mildred Day.
She was educated at Elmira College and graduated in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She received her Masters degree from Bridgeport University.
On March 29, 1961, she married Walter Greenstein in Mohegan Lake, where they lived for the past 11 years. Prior to that they lived in Cortlandt from 1970 to 1990.
“It was a real love match,” said Cortlandt resident Ruth Iberman. “I remember when she came to Lakeland and fell in love with Walter.”
On her gravestone is inscribed, “We are two, our love is one.”
Mrs. Greenstein worked as a science teacher for 36 years in Lakeland and was a member of the Lakeland Federation of Teachers.
“She was truly this kind and gentle and wonderful person who had this way of making everyone feel special,” said Sara Gaffney Mahoney, a former student and family friend who had Greenstein for biology in seventh-grade at Lakeland Middle School.
“She never forgot a date in her life. When I was in college she used to send me a bag of candy for Halloween. She was so thoughtful,” Gaffney Mahoney said. “She loved children.”
She was Lakeland High School’s first Baton Twirling Coach.
She is survived by her husband, a former Walter Panas High School teacher.
“They used to sign all their cards DWG. They were like one entity,” Gaffney Mahoney said.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown.
Donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Mary Matuskovic
Yorktown resident
Mary Matuskovic, a resident of Yorktown, died June 11 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center following a long illness.
She was 85.
She was born August 28, 1915 in Lansford, Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Matuskovic was a parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown.
She is survived by two sons and their families, John Matuskovic and Betty of Amawalk, and Gregory Matuskovic and Annette of Carmel; her grandchildren, Linda Danko of Hopewell Junction, John III of Fishkill, Jodi Morrow of Mantorville, Minnesota, Joseph Matuskovic of Charleston, South Carolina, Michael Matuskovic of Wappingers Falls, Gregory Matuskovic, Jr. of Cardiff, California and Kelli Matuskovic of Amawalk; and four great-grandchildren, Kimberly, Shane, Casey and Taylor.
Her husband, John, died in 1985 after 52 years of marriage.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown. A funeral Mass was held at St. Patrick’s Church, followed by burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla.

Mary McMahon
Croton resident
Mary A. McMahon, a resident of Croton, died June 10 at Phelps Memorial Hospital.
She was 94.
She was born April 23, 1907. She worked as a mail reader for Readers Digest in Pleasantville.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas F. McMahon Sr. of Croton; one son, Thomas F. McMahon, Jr. of Croton; one daughter, Mary Agnes Biron of Baltimore, Maryland; one sister, Rose Tully of Carmel, California; three grandchildren, Brian, Scott and Greer.
Funeral arrangements were handled at the Edward F. Carter Funeral Home in Croton. A funeral mass was held at Holy Name of Mary Church, followed by cremation.

Patrick O’Mara
Ossining resident
Patrick J. O’Mara, a resident of Ossining, died June 13.
He was 80.
He was born March 11, 1921 in Manhattan.
He was a veteran of World War II and served with the Army in the South Pacific. As a Maryknoll brother, he served for 10 years in Altiplano, Peru. He was also a Eucharistic Minister at St. Ann’s Parish.
Mr. O’Mara is survived by his wife, Mary Jane (Feldman); one son, Patrick J. (Mary Ellen); one daughter, Anne Joy; three sisters, Sr. Marie Terence, OP, Catherine and Theresa; and two brothers, Thomas and Joseph.
His brother, Terence, predeceased him.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Dorsey Funeral Home in Ossining. A funeral Mass was held at St. Ann’s Church. Interment followed at St. Augustine’s Cemetery.
Donations can be made to the Maryknoll Brothers, Maryknoll, NY 10545 or St. Ann Church, 25 Eastern Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562.

Thomas Sokerka Jr.
Mahopac resident
Thomas A. Sokerka Jr. died June 16 at his home in Mahopac.
He was 57.
He was born November 2, 1943 to Jenny and Thomas A. Sokerka Sr. in Yonkers.
On October 29, 1983, he married Vita Glaviano in Putnam Valley.
Mr. Sokerka lived in Mahopac for the past 40 years. Prior to that he lived in Yonkers.
He was employed by DeRosa Tennis in Mamaroneck.
Mr. Sokerka was a gifted craftsman who enjoyed helping his daughter and son-in-law restore their Victorian home.
He also enjoyed deep sea fishing and crabbing on the Hudson River, gourmet cooking, restoring vintage automobiles and furniture making.
Mr. Sokerka is survived by his parents of Beacon; his wife, Vita, of Mahopac; two stepchildren, Matthew and Heather O’Neill; one daughter, Karen Shaffer and her husband Stanley of Oneonta; two brothers, Gregory and Mark; two grandchildren, Cole Eric Shaffer and Kayla Daisy Shaffer; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by the Cargain Funeral Home, Inc. in Mahopac. Burial was held at Rose Hills Cemetery in Putnam Valley.

Sterling Pugh Jr.
father-in-law of Yorktown councilman
Sterling B. Pugh Jr., father-in-law of Yorktown Councilman Gregory Bernard, died June 14 at Field Home Holy Comforter Nursing Home.
He was 72.
He was born February 18, 1929 to Sterling B. Pugh Sr. and Carrie Arnold Pugh.
“Slim” Sterling called and taught American square dancing and allied subject matter since 1948.
Upon graduation from high school, he started in the entertainment field with RCA Victor recording artist Texas Jim Robertson. In February of 1949, Slim formed his own country pop music group “The Saddle Serenaders,” which he continued to front for 10 years.
With square dance and show dates constantly increasing for Slim and the band, he enrolled in NYU School of Education, from which he holds both Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees.
Since 1952, Slim had been a square and folk dance specialist for the Westchester County (New York State) Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. He was a member of the Westchester Recreation and Parks Society and was a featured caller at four national square dance conventions in St. Louis, Missouri, Louisville, Kentucky, Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Des Moines, Iowa.
In addition, his professional appearances, both as caller and entertainer, took him from Maine to Florida. He presented cultural and leisure time programs for organizations under Federal, State and Municipal sponsorship, as well as curriculum enhancement on all academic levels in public and private schools throughout the northeast. Television appearances in the New York area included Channels 5, 7, 9 and 13 on both educational and entertainment shows, while his radio credits encompassed more than a dozen stations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Mr. Pugh is survived by his son Robert (a/k/a Bob Sterling) and daughter-in-law, Gina of Lockport, NY.; son, Daniel and daughter-in-law Barbara of Glens Falls, NY, son, Richard of White Plains; daughter, Elizabeth, and son-in-law Greg Bernard of Yorktown; sister-in-law Hazel Pugh of Baldwinsville; ex-wife Terry Pugh of Ft. Ann, NY; one granddaughter, Montana Bernard of Yorktown; grandsons, Robert Pugh, Jr. of Lockport, NY, Joseph, Timothy and Orin Pugh of Glens Falls, NY, Nicholas Bernard of Yorktown Heights; and several nieces and nephews.
Family members who died earlier include his brother Arnold Pugh who died in 1989.
Funeral arrangements were handled at the Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown. Interment was held at Woodgate, NY.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Northern Westchester, Mount Kisco, NY 10549.

Victoria Powers
Yorktown resident
Victoria J. Powers, a resident of Yorktown, died June 14.
She was 85.
She was born May 9, 1916 to Domit and Mary Simriani Jolany.
She lived a life of service. She was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Patrick’s Church, a former president of the Women’s Institute in Yonkers, a life-long member of the Helvetian Acres, a volunteer of the Guiding Eyes For the Blind and worked for BOCES for 25 years from its inception.
She is survived by her children, Lois Powers-Adler of Chestnut Ridge, NY, Kathy Upham of Kent Cliffs, NY and Dr. Jim Powers of Hillsboro, New Hampshire; her grandchildren, Gable Erenzo, Sandi Powers-Adler and Jared Olivia, and Mariah Powers; and one sister, Gloria Barlow, of Hawthorne.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown. A funeral mass was held at St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown with interment following at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Yonkers.


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