Miscellaneous Westchester County, New York Obituaries

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Adolphine Rauch: Mohegan Lake resident

Adolphine N. Rauch, a resident of Mohegan Lake, died July 20 at the Cortlandt Healthcare Center.

She was 98.

She was born April 20, 1904 to Franz and Anna Nejez Luckschanderl in Vienna, Austria.

She moved to the United States in 1920 and continued her education at the Lenox Hill Hospital School of Nursing in Manhattan, receiving her RN in 1927. In that same year she married Dr. Frederick M. Rauch in New York City.

She continued working at Lenox Hill Hospital until 1930 when her husband completed his medical training and the couple moved to Mohegan Lake to start a private practice. She assisted her husband in the office until his death in 1968.

She remained active in the Lenox Hill Nurse’s Alumni Association.

She is survived by her son-in-law, Charles Marti of New Jersey; daughter and son-in-law. Peggy-Anne and Kenneth Lantelme of Dataw Island, South Carolina; three grandchildren. Charles F. Marti, Barbara Metcalf and Kim Naunton; and four great- grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughter Francis Marti in 1991.

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

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Alene Lemak: Buchanan resident

Alene M. Lemak, a resident of the Village of Buchanan, died July 22 at Hudson Valley Hospital.

She was 92.

Lemak was born in Peekskill on January 2, 1910 to Walter and Ida Clarke Gilleo.

She was the widow of William Lemak, whom she married in Peekskill in 1941. Mr. Lemak died in 1967.

Mrs. Lemak was a parishioner of St. Christopher’s Church, where she belonged to the Latar Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Buchanan Senior Citizens.

She is survived by one son, William and his wife Jane, and two grandchildren, Thomas and Anne, all of Peekskill, and one brother, Walter Gilleo, of Lancaster, Massachusetts.

Funeral arrangements and service were handled by Edward F. Carter Funeral Home in Montrose.
 

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Ben Williams: Peekskill resident

Ben Williams, a resident of Peekskill, died July 19 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

He was 93.

He was born November 18, 1908 to Ben and Mattie Malone Williams in Perkins, Georgia.

He married Beatrice Thomas in 1929 in his hometown where they resided until 1960 when they moved to the Peekskill area.

He worked many years of his life as a farmer in Georgia and a construction laborer for Local 275 in New York. His last work site before retiring in 1974 was at Indian Point.

Mr. Williams enjoyed gardening, fishing and farming.

He is survived by his wife Beatrice of 73 years; two sons, James of Cortlandt and Walter of Peekskill; three daughters, Pearl Owens of Newark, New Jersey, Ella Mae Suttle of Elizabeth, New Jersey and Sarah Lee Lawrey of Augusta, Georgia; 19 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Mattie, and two sons, Thomas and Frank.

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

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Catherine Pendell Erickson: Yorktown resident

Catherine Pendell Erickson, a resident of Yorktown, died July 15.

She was 86.

Erickson was born April 30, 1916 to Katrina and Josef Pendell in Yonkers, where she was raised and educated. She loved to tell new friends that she was the 13th child of a "bakers dozen."

She was predeceased by her sister and brothers, Margaret Furth, Josephine Ritch, Julia Bissett, Elizabeth Perry, Mary Kearns, Edward, George, Josef, John, Joseph and Katrina Pendell.

She is survived by one sister, Vera Dietrich.

Erickson worked at the Alexander Smith Carpet Mill and Burroughs Welcome. She was always quick with a laugh, and even quicker to teach her grandchildren about the subtleties of Rummy 500.

She is also survived by her son, Earl Erickson Jr. and wife Gail of Washingtonville, New York, and her daughter, Catherine Erickson Sayles and husband Andrew of Somers. She was the beloved grandmother of Catherine Trapasso Ohlandt and husband Doug of Pawling, Justin Erickson of West Palm Beach, Florida, Joseph Trapasso of Manhattan, Mark Erickson of Pine Bush, New York, Maria Trapasso of Boston, Massachusetts, Brent Erickson of Washingtonville, New York, and Christopher Detlef of Washingtonville, New York. She was also great-grandmother of Emma Catherine Ohlandt.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by David T. Ferguson Funeral Home in Washingtonville.
 

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Concetta O’Connor: Yorktown resident

Concetta A. O’Connor, a resident of Yorktown, died July 17.

She was 90.

She was a longtime parishioner of St. Mary’s in the Bronx.

She worked for Met Life and Fred Egert, Esq. in New York City.

She was born November 30, 1911 in New York City to Charles and Anna Buonanno.

She was educated at Hunter High School in Manhattan.

On September 6, 1937, she married James W. O’Connor at St. Mary’s R.C. Church in the Bronx.

Mrs. O’Connor lived in Yorktown Heights. Before that she lived in Croton-on-Hudson from 1973 to 1986.

She was an active volunteer for St. Mary’s Church. She supported numerous charities and donated much of her time performing charitable works.

Mrs. O’Connor will be remembered for her love, faith, gentleness, unselfishness, sacrifices and dedication to her family.

She is survived by James J. and Isabel O’Connor and John W. and Carol A. O’Connor of Yorktown Heights; eight grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren,

She was predeceased by her husband, James W, two brothers, Pat and Frank Buonanno, and two sisters, Jean Kibort and Madeline Ferro.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown Heights.
 

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Dr. David S. Patt: Yorktown resident

Dr. David S. Patt, a chiropractor, died suddenly July 21 at home.

He was 45.

He was born November 27, 1956 in the Bronx to Lester and Mary Kovatch Patt.

He was educated in Yorktown Heights and graduated from Lakeland High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from SUNY University at Plattsburg. He was also a graduate of Palmer Chiropractic College.

He was an active member of Temple Beth Am in Yorktown Heights.

He will be remembered for his amiable, kind personality.

He is survived by his father Lester Patt of Yorktown Heights, his brother, Adam of Folsom, California and his fiancee, Donna Cipriano of Croton-on-Hudson.

He was predeceased by his brother, Michael, who died in 1987.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown Heights.
 

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John Kerasiotes: Peekskill resident

John D. Kerasiotes died July 21 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

He was 99.

Kerasiotes was born November 14, 1902 to Demetrios and Paraskevi Stamatakos Kerasiotes in Gourari, Sparta Greece.

He moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1919 and then to Peekskill in 1935.

Kerasiotes served in the United States Army during World War II.

On January 28, 1945, he married Athena Hayes in Baltimore, Maryland.

For 35 years Kerasiotes was the proprietor of the Academy Bar and Grill in Peekskill until his retirement in 1968.

He was a member of the VFW Post 746 since 1947, a Charter member of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association in Poughkeepsie, a volunteer fireman for the Columbian Hose Co. No. 1 since 1947 and the DAV Chapter 137.

Kerasiotes is survived by his wife Athena; two daughters Georgia Tedesco of Fairfax, Virginia and Barbara Kerasiotes of Peekskill; one son, James J. Kerasiotes of Medfield, Massachusetts; five grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, great-great nieces and great- great nephews.

He was predeceased by one daughter, Patricia, four brothers and one sister.

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

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Marjorie Waite: Somers resident

Marjorie H. Waite died July16 at her home in Somers.

She was 92.

She was born July 7, 1910 in Bronxville.

Mrs. Waite was a piano teacher in Crestwood for more than 25 years.

She lived in Somers since 1987 but lived in Crestwood for the 50 years.

She was a member of St. Lukes Episcopal Church in Somers. Prior to that she was a member of St. John’s Church in Colonial Heights.

She is survived by her children, Richard S. Waite of Somers, Betsy Ann True of Cortlandt and Rupert Waite, Jr of New Hyde Park; and grandchildren Daniel and Katelin Grifferty, Stefan and Marcus Maxwell True, Nicholas True, Trevor Garnett and Michael Waite.

She was predeceased by her husband Rupert Waite, Sr. and her brother Robert Henckel.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah.
 

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Mark McDonnell: Cortlandt resident

Mark McDonnell, a longtime resident of Cortlandt, died July 22 at Westchester Medical Center.

He was 69.

He was born in Brooklyn in 1933 to Mark F. McDonnell and Catherine (Walsh) McDonnell.

Mr. McDonnell graduated from Great Neck High School and attended Hofstra and Columbia universities. He served in the Army in Korea.

He was employed by Equitable Life Assurance Society and Cigna Insurance. He was past president of the homeowners’ group Cortlandt WATCH and an avid bridge player.

Mr. McDonnell is survived by his loving wife, Susan; one daughter, Maureen; one son, Evan; daughter-in-law, Rachel Burnett McDonnell; granddaughter, Lane McDonnell; two brothers, Joseph and James; and one sister, Mary Kellond.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Edward F. Carter Funeral Homes.
 

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Pat Galati: former Peekskill resident

Pat Galati, a former Peekskill resident, died July 12.

He was longtime owner of Pat Galati Union 76 in Studio City, a past commissioner under Mayor Sam Yorti, past Mayor of Studio City, and a member and past president of the Optimist Club.

He is survived by his beloved Eva; daughters, Jean-Marie, Lisa Ann (Peter) and Antoinette; grandchildren, Scott, Kelly, Tyler, Paige, Piper and Tibor; sister, Gloria; brothers, John and Alfred; and many dear friends.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home in Peekskill.
 

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Steven M. Ashe: Lakeland High grad

Steven M. Ashe, a 1968 Lakeland High School graduate and an accomplished telescope builder, died June 25 of pancreatic cancer in Boulder, Colorado.

He was 52.

He was born May 28, 1950 in New York City to Sydney and Josephine Lipson Ashe.

At Lakeland High School, he was a student in meteorologist Jim Witt’s first Earth Science class and was an avid meteor watcher from his parents’ Crompond home.

Mr. Ashe received a bachelor’s degree in physics and music from Bennington College in 1972 and a combined Master’s and doctorate degree from Yale University in 1978.

He did post-doctoral work at Harvard University’s Center for Earth and Planetary Physics and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder.

He was a member of the American Association of Variable Star Observers and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

"He was a problem solver, an independent thinker, an inventor, a telescope builder, a musician and a gifted artist," his mother said.

Mr. Ashe worked in the software field for more than 20 years, most recently at QMS Inc. and Minolta QMS Inc. as corporate scientist and vice president of the Core Technology Lab, which he created in 1992.

For more than 20 years he lived in Boulder, Colorado, where he married Clyde Rae Jolie in January 1996.

Mr. Ashe played many instruments and also was a skilled woodworker.

In addition to his wife of Boulder and his mother of Crompond, he is survived by two stepsons, Joel Harrison of Hayward, Wisconsin and Jackson Kellogg of New York City; two stepdaughters, Kirstin Taylor of Black Hawk and Jasmine Kellogg of San Francisco; and three grandchildren.

His father, Sydney Ashe, who wrote most of the highly acclaimed environmental columns for the Cortlandt Conservation Advisory Council that were published in the North County News, died in 2000.

A memorial service for Steven Ashe is being held August 2 in Colorado.

Contributions can be made to the Nature Conservancy, 2424 Spruce Street, Boulder, Colorado 80302, or Hospice of Boulder County, 2594 Trail Ridge Drive, East Suite A, Lafayette, Colorado 80026.


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