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Phyllis Johnson: Yorktown resident
Phyllis Johnson resident of Yorktown died March 26 at New York Presbyterian Hospital due to complications from major surgery.
She was 68.
She was born March 17, 1934 in Manhattan to Josephine and Antonio Capotosto, immigrants from Itri, Italy. She graduated with honors from Bay Ridge High School in Brooklyn in 1952 and attained a Bachelor of Arts in history from St. Joseph’s College in 1955 and a Master’s from Hunter College in 1957.
Mrs. Johnson taught history at William Cullen Bryant High School in Queens, in the Peekskill school system and for more than 21 years in the Lakeland School District at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.
Her pursuit of education, her profound love of children, her patriotism and love of God were always evident in and outside of the classroom. Along with her husband, she enjoyed international travel, the opera and other cultural activities.
She participated in many volunteer and civic activities and was the President of the Northern Westchester Retired Teachers Association, Board Member of the Lincoln Society in Peekskill, co-chair of the Auxiliary Annual Ball from 1995 to 2001, a major fundraiser for the Hudson Valley Hospital Center and was Secretary to the Yorktown Republican Committee.
She was a parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown.
She is survived by her husband, Bernard L. Johnson; one daughter, Joann (Peter) Johnson Prygocki of Ossining; one son, Paul (Andrea) P. Johnson of Southeast; four grandchildren Sara, Peter Bernard and James Prygocki, and Alexandra Johnson; one sister, Mary (Joseph) Garafola of Oceanside, Long Island.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be appreciated to: The Phyllis Johnson Scholarship Fund for Education c/o Northern Westchester Retired Teachers’ Association, 494 E. Heritage Hills Drive, Somers, New York 10589.
A funeral Mass was held Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Augustine Church in Ossining. Interment followed at St. Augustine Cemetery.
 

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Elizabeth Hoffman: Yorktown resident
Elizabeth (Betty) Hoffman, a resident of Yorktown, died March 23 at Holy Comforter of natural causes.
She was 92.
Mrs. Hoffman was born December 5, 1909 in New York City.
She will be remembered for her loving nature and she enjoyed being surrounded by her loving family.
Mrs. Hoffman is survived by her son, Joe Hoffman of East Orleans, MA; two daughters, nine grandchildren and four great- grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Clark Funeral Home. Interment followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Donations may be sent to Hospice or Friends of Karen.
 

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Anthony Decrenza: former Ossining resident

Anthony Decrenza, a former resident of Ossining, died March 21 at Florida Hospital in DeLand, Florida.
He was 71.
Mr. Decrenza was born in Ossining. He was a fleet manager for the U.S. Post Office and a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War.
He was a member of St. Peter’s Church.
He is survived by his sons Mark and John, both of DeLand; two sisters, Adeline Sisson and Ann Lorenz, both of Ossining; three brothers, Carmen, Frank and John, all of Ossining; and four grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Lankford Funeral Home in DeLand, Florida.
 

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James Karales: Croton resident
James H. Karales, a longtime Croton resident, died Monday at Rosary Hill Home in Hawthorne. 
He was 71.
Mr. Karales was born in Canton, Ohio on July 15, 1930.
He was a self-employed Photojournalist, and a Parishioner of Greek Orthodox Church of Our Savior in Rye.
He is survived by his wife, the former Monica Peoltera of Croton; four sons, Joseph of Cortlandt, James of Cold Spring, and Alexandros and Andreas, both of Croton; one brother, Nick Karales of Canton; and three grandchildren.
A funeral will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Greek Orthodox Church of Our Savior, followed by burial at Bethel Cemetery. There are no calling hours.

John Czinke: Yorktown resident

John J. Czinke, a resident of Yorktown and former resident of Peekskill, died April 8 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.
He was 87.
He was born May 15, 1914 in Croton-on-Hudson to Frank and Elizabeth Kiraly Czinke.
Mr. Czinke worked as a yeast maker at Standard Brands in Peekskill and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was also a member of the Church of the Assumption, the Washington Engine Company, the Catholic War Veterans and the Quarter Century Club at Standard Brands.
Mr. Czinke is survived by two daughters, Mary Ann Cody of Danbury, Connecticut and Jo Ellen Gorman of Cortlandt; three grandchildren, Raymond Cody, Darlene Martone and Christina Gorman; and one great - grandson, Anthony Martone.
His first wife, Mary (nee Kiley) died in October 1980 and his second wife, Matilda “Sonny” (nee Sonneman), died in January 1994. 
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Church of the Assumption. Interment followed at Assumption Cemetery.
 

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Vincent Ricci: ex-Cold Springs resident

Vincent Ricci, a former resident of Cold Springs, died March 31 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Palm Beach.
He was 64.
He was a native of Brooklyn and head custodian for Pierre Van Cortlandt School in Croton for 20 years before retiring to Port Saint Lucie, Florida.
He served in the Army and was a practicing Catholic.
Mr. Ricci is survived by his wife of 33 years, Judith of Port St. Lucie; two daughters, Gelsomino (John) Heffernan of E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and Kathren Ricci of Port St. Lucie; three sons, Vincent (Ann Marie) Ricci III of Port Chester, John (Rosalie) Ricci of Cortlandt, and Edward Ricci of Cold Springs; four brothers, Carmine of Cold Springs, Francesco of Peekskill, Salvatore of Port St. Lucie and Edward of Riverview, Florida; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 27 at St. Columbanus Church in Peekskill at noon.
Donations may be made to First Union National Bank, V. Ricci Memorial Trust Fund, Account #3000041446196, 9520 U.S. 1, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952.
 

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Jeanne Baisley: Peekskill resident

Jeanne Baisley, a resident of Peekskill since 1960, died April 1 at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center. 
She was 69.
She was born March 25, 1933 in Olean, NY to Guy and Clara Gladys Schenfield Tinker.
Mrs. Baisley was a court secretary for the City of Peekskill where she has been working for the past several years.
On May 26, 1956, she married Robert F. Baisley in Boston, Massachusetts. He died April 28, 1980.
She was an active member at the Church of the Holy Spirit and an active member and past president of the Garden Club of Peekskill.
Mrs. Baisley is survived by her daughter, Kelley A. Baisley of Peekskill, a son and daughter-in-law, Robert F. and Peggy Baisley of Waldoboro, ME; one sister, Thurley Driscoll of Olean, NY; and two grandchildren, Kathleen and Sean Baisley, both of Waldoboro, ME.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at the Church of the Holy Spirit.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Garden Club of Peekskill Scholarship Fund c/o Mrs. Lillian Stein, 216 Craft Lane, Buchanan, NY, 10511.
 

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Lewis Booth: Cortlandt resident

Lewis H. Booth, a resident of Cortlandt, died April 5 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.
He was 82.
He was born January 24, 1920 in Peekskill to Cyrus and Caroline Olive Travis Booth.
Mr. Booth worked as a sheet metal worker for Local #38 in Brewster. He also served in the U.S. Army during WWII, attaining the rank of sergeant.
Mr. Booth is survived by his wife, Helen Shaw Booth; three sons, Lewis W. of New Paltz, Robert H. of Austin, Texas and Gary B. of Cortlandt; one brother, Eugene of Carmel; three sisters Evelyn Holburge of Peekskill, and Ruth Dale and Myrtle Booth, both of Florida; seven grandchildren; and one great- grandchild.
Services were private at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill.
 

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Kenneth Gilleo: former Peekskill resident

Kenneth E. Gilleo, a former Peekskill resident, died April 18 in his home in Sarasota, Florida.
He was 81.
He was born March 23, 1921 in Peekskill.
Mr. Gilleo retired in 1984 from Con Edison and was a member of the Peekskill Fire & Police Patrol.
Mr. Gilleo is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marion Engle Gilleo; his son, Kenneth (Maureen) of White Plains; his daughter, Donna (Tom) Gilberti of Sarasota, Florida; four grandchildren, Tom (Danelle) Gilberti of Sarasota, Karen (Mike) Mercurio of Nokomis, Florida, Kenneth (Angela) of Hopewell Junction, and Michelle (Joe) DePilato of White Plains; his sister, Virginia Langer of Buchanan; six great-grandchilden; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Donations can be made to Hospice Southwest FL0, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
 

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Sara (Peggy) Prins-Teibloom:
Yorktown High grad

Sara (Peggy) Prins-Teibloom died of complications from a lung transplant April 14 at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.
She was 49.
Ms. Teilbloom grew up in Yorktown and graduated from Yorktown High School in 1970.
While she studied psychology at San Francisco State, she took acting classes and found acting to be her true passion. She played the Marilyn Monroe role in a production of Bus Stop in San Francisco and later headed to Los Angeles. It was her voice that TV and radio producers sought. During the 1970’s and mid-1980’s, she did many TV and radio commercials.
In the early 1980’s, she married Gene Teibloom, moved to Chicago and had two children. She later divorced her husband.
Peggy is survived by one son, Zack; one daughter, Suzy; her parents, Betty & Evert Prins; five sisters, Joan Prins, Judy Raftery, her twin, Suzanne Koeing, Deborah Prins and Jacqueline Dijkstra; and one brother, Kenneth Prins.
Services and Burial took place in Wilmette, Illinois.
 

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William Bartmann: Yorktown resident

William Adam Bartmann, resident of Yorktown, died April 4 at New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital due to cardiac arrest.
He was 20.
He was born on October 25, 1981 in Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco to Evelyn and Siegmund Bartmann.
On July 3, 2001, he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia after discovering two impacted wisdom teeth. After four months of intensive chemotherapy and radiation, he needed a bone marrow transplant, which he got in November. His older sister Christina Bartmann was the bone marrow donor.
Mr. Bartmann was baptized at St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx and confirmed and taught Sunday school at Grace Lutheran Church in Yorktown.
He showed his artistic and woodworking talents by building and painting the stage sets in many Lakeland Wig’ n Whiskers productions. He also enjoyed participating as part of the stage crew and in his role as the flying monkey in the production “The Wiz.” He enjoyed playing the trumpet and was honored when the band was selected to play in Orlando, Florida.
After graduating high school, he worked at BJ’s Wholesale Club in the tire center and at Curry Ford in Yorktown. His girlfriend, Alison DeMilio, brightened his life before and during his illness, and he never complained when she was with him even until the very end.
Mr. Bartmann is survived by his parents; his sisters, Christina (21), Elizabeth (16), and Kathrine (11); his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Hentschel; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Arrangements were made by Clark Funeral Home and a service was held at Grace Lutheran Church, followed by burial at Rose Hills Memorial Cemetery in Putnam Valley. Rev. Dr. Timothy Kennedy officiated.
The family would like to thank his many friends and acquaintances who paid their final respects and for the musical tribute to William by the Lakeland Chorus and his former teacher, Ms. Annette Vaccaro.
Donations may be sent to St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at 1722 Adams St., Bronx, N.Y. 10460.
 

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Frank Lepore Jr.: former Peekskill resident

Frank S. Lepore, Jr., a former Peekskill resident, died suddenly April 18 at New York State Volunteer Firemen’s Home in Hudson, NY.
He was 48.
He was born May 10, 1953 in Peekskill to Frank S. Lepore and Marian J. Montesano Pearson.
Mr. Lepore was an Environmental Services Worker at Hudson Valley Hospital Center and a Crossing Guard in Peekskill before moving to the Firemen’s Home in 1990.
He was a member of Centennial Hose Co. and the Knights of Columbus Council #462, both in Peekskill.
Mr. Lepore is survived by his mother and stepfather, Marian and Richard Pearson of Hudson; three sisters, Marie (Brian) Foster of Warrington, PA, Frances (Michael) Herling of Cortlandt, and Donna (Thomas) Giglio of Croton; three brothers, Michael (Lucy) Lepore of Peekskill, Vincent Lepore of Croton and Richard (Diane) Pearson Jr. of Cortlandt; his nieces and nephews, Tracey and Brian Foster, David and Amanda Lepore, Michael and Lisa Herling, and Samnathe Lamoreux; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was predeceased by his father in 1971 and one brother, David J. Lepore, in 1960.
A Funeral Mass was held at Church of Assumption. 
The family requests memorial donations to NYS Volunteer Firemen’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, NY 12534.
 

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Thomas Conklin: former Montrose resident

Thomas G. Conklin, a former Montrose resident, died April 17 at Warren General Hospital in Pennsylvania.
He was 67.
He was born July 24, 1934 in Peekskill to Edward Conklin and Marion (Rushforth) Conklin.
One June 6, 1954, he married Jean (Weir) Conklin of Ossining.
Mr. Conklin retired from the International Sheet Workers Local #38 in Yorktown. He was a member of the Cortlandt Engine Company, where he served as Chief and on the Board of Commissioners for 25 years. He was also a member of the Westchester County Parade Judges Assoc., Ludlow VFD, Sheffield Rod & Gun and Ambulance Service, Peekskill Elks, and coached Pee-Wee Football in Montrose.
Mr. Conklin is survived by four children, Patricia (Michael) Chechak of Meadville; Marianne (Edward) Rutkoski of Peekskill; Deborah (Robert) Wisker of Montrose, and Elizabeth (Kenneth) Gilleo of Peekskill; one sister, Martha (George) Kall of Ocala, Florida; two brothers, Arthur of W. Haven, Connecticut, and Walter of Ossining; nine grandchildren; and five nieces.
He was predeceased by his wife in 1989, his parents, stepmother and one brother, Edward.
A funeral service was held Monday at the Edward F. Carter Funeral Home in Montrose.
Memorial donations can be made to NYS Volunteer Firemen’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, NY 12534 or to the Cortlandt Engine Company in Montrose.
 

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Rosalia Caras: Yorktown resident

Rosalia D. Caras of Yorktown died April 22 in her home.
She was 86.
She was born September 4, 1915 in Iloilo, Philipines to Candido and Clara King Porras.
She worked as a Barangay Captain for La Paz in Iloilo. She will be remembered for her tireless work with “Handicapped Encounter Christ” and her gentleness, faith and quiet work. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. 
Mrs. Caras is survived by her children, Lolita Luz and Marylou Mercurio (Iloilo), Susan Caras (Yorktown), Caesar and Benny (Philipines), Cynthia Talavera (NYC), Alex (Manila), and Evelyn Quiao (Lake Mohegan).
She was predeceased by her husband, Cirilo, two sons, Reynold and Cirilo, Jr., and one daughter, Rosel.
A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Shrub Oak. Interment will follow at St. Denis Cemetery in Hopewell Junction.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Handicapped Encounter Christ, 2455 Hunterbrook Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.
 

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Kenneth Brown: Shrub Oak resident

Kenneth J. Brown, a resident of Shrub Oak, died April 23 at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Tarrytown.
He was 81.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Patricia (Mastro) Brown; six children, Kenneth, Dennis, Jerome, Stephen, Douglas, Therese and their spouses; one brother, Phillip; 29 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.
Two brothers, Joseph and Roger Brown, died earlier.
The family will receive friends today (Wednesday) from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Heritage Funeral Home in Putnam Valley. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Shrub Oak. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.


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