Miscellaneous Westchester County, New York Obituaries

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John Kerasiotes: Peekskill resident

John D. Kerasiotes, a resident of Peekskill, 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 U.S. Army during WWII.

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

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

Kerasiotes 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.

He 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, and great-great-nieces and great- great-nephews.

Kerasiotes 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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Louis J. Guerci: Somers resident

Louis J. Guerci, a resident of Somers, died July 21 of cardiac arrest at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco.

He was 58.

He was born June 15, 1944 in Chicago to Louis and Santina Campagna Guerci.

He was the CFO of Sidmak Labs in East Hanover, New Jersey. He was with the company for 10 years.

Mr. Guerci earned a Bachelorís degree in accounting from Pace University in 1988.

He served in the National Guard during the Vietnam War.

On June 6, 1970, he married Corina Fiore Guerci.

He lived in Somers for the past 29 years. Before that he lived in the Bronx from 1950 to 1973.

He was active in the Boy Scouts of America for 16 years.

He is survived by his wife Corina Rose and children, Louis P. Guerci of Nashua, New Hampshire, Christine Guerci Milojevic of Scarsdale and Philip J. Guerci of Somers; grandchild, Nicolina J. Guerci; brother, Peter L. Guerci of Mahopac; and one sister, Martene Pavin of Scarsdale.

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

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Augusta (Gussie) Roeder: Yorktown resident

Augusta (Gussie) Roeder died July 31 at the Field Home Holy Comforter Home in Yorktown.

She was born August 1, 1910 in Dunmore, Pennsylvania to Mary and Andrew Gdovin.

She graduated from Marywood Seminary and the Scranton State School of Nursing.

She moved to New York and worked for many years at Kings County Hospital and later at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.

She met and married the love of her life, the late Hans Roeder. They lived in Brooklyn in the early half of their marriage before moving to Mount Vernon.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Curry, son-in-law, John of Mount Vernon; and two grandchildren, Kathleen Curry of Mount Vernon and Christine Curry of Brewster; and many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was predeceased by her sister and brothers.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Fred H. McGrath & Son Funeral Home in Bronxville.
 

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Charlotte Loeblich: Yorktown resident

Charlotte Loeblich, a resident of Yorktown, died August 3 at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco.

She was 86.

She was born July 15, 1916 in Germany to Alfred and Hedwig Loeblich.

She worked as a banker for Citibank in New York City.

She was a member of Calvary Methodist Church in the Bronx.

She will be remembered for her love of animals, dedication to family and work.

She is survived by many cousins.

She was predeceased by her brother, William Loeblick.

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

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Filomena Allegra : Yorktown resident

Filomena "Mary" Allegra died July 24 peacefully at her Yorktown home.

She was 74.

She married Salvatore Allegra at Carmel Church in the Bronx and recently celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary.

Allegra performed many secretarial services and sales for J.C. Penney, the Yorktown School District and the County Home Nursing Division in Rye.

She was a longtime parishioner of Saint Patrickís Church in Yorktown.

Allegra had no biological children but everyone knew her as "Aunt Mary." She was hailed for her famous Italian home cooking and was an extraordinary neighbor and friend.

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

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John Gilroy: Mahopac resident

John J. Gilroy, a resident of Mahopac, died July 30.

He was 59.

He was born June 16, 1943 in Brooklyn to John J. and Helen Gilroy.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Mahopac; two sons, Greg of New Fairfield, Connecticut and Garrett of Carmel; one daughter, Jennifer of Mount Kisco; one brother; and four sisters.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home, Inc. in Mahopac.
 

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John Goodman: Croton resident

John T. Goodman, a resident of Croton, died July 31 at Phelps Memorial Hospital.

He was 77.

He was born in Kokomo, Indiana on August 25, 1924 to John T. and Mary Brant Goodman.

He was a graduate of Indiana University at Bloomington. Mr. Goodman was a retired chemical engineer at Duracell in Tarrytown.

On August 30, 1959, he married Olive Leslie at Trinity Church in Ossining. She died in 1973.

He was a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, and also the Sons of Indiana in New York. His family said he enjoyed music, especially Jazz and Blues.

He is survived by two daughters, Mary Goodman, of Brooklyn Heights and Croton, and Lisa Goodman of North Salem; and one granddaughter, Clarissa Goodman Sauter.

Two sisters, Mary J. Goodman and Su Anne Boone, died earlier.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Edward F. Carter Funeral Home in Croton.
 

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Julia Pugliese: former Peekskill resident

Julia E. Pugliese, a former Peekskill resident, died July 29.

She was 90.

She was born August 8, 1911 in Peekskill to Gennaro and Clementina Laudati DeChristopher.

She attended local Peekskill schools and worked at Graymoor Press in Garrison.

On September 6, 1937, she married James V. Pugliese at Assumption Church in Peekskill. He predeceased her on April 16, 1995.

She was a communicant at Assumption Church in Peekskill and Holy Spirit Church in Lantana Florida. She was a member of the Christopher Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, Peekskill. She enjoyed bingo, bridge and other card games and was a lifetime Yankees fan.

She is survived by her son, Frank J. Pugliese of Peekskill; daughter, Marianne C. Haase of Beacon; eight grandchildren; seven great- grandchildren; two brothers, Charles DeChristopher of Peekskill and Anthony DeChristopher of Whitinsville, MA; and two sisters, Anne Picone of Peekskill and Helen Castellano of Boynton Beach.

She was predeceased by her husband, three brothers, Ted, Edward, and Fred DeChristopher, and three sisters, Gemma Prendergast, Mary Mancini and Louise Armellino.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home in Peekskill. Internment took place at Assumption Cemetery.
 

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Mary Rietveldt: Crompond resident

Mary Rietveldt, a resident of Crompond, died August 6 at Hudson Valley Hospital.

She was 87.

She was born April 7, 1915 in Leechburg, Virginia to Joseph and Dominica Mariden Vota.

Mrs. Rietveldt, who came to New York as a young girl and worked as a nanny, was a former underwriter for MetLife in New York City.

She also worked as a seamstress and at Louís Corner Store in Cortlandt. Up until the time of her death she worked at Yorktown Paper in Peekskill.

She was the widow of Peter Rietveldt, who died in 1981.

She is survived by two daughters, Bernadette Santoro of Crompond, and Josephine Toia of Cortlandt; two brothers, Peter Muse and John Musso, both of Delmont, Pennsylvania; one sister, Teresa Dudenas, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Robert Vota and Patrick Muse, and one sister, Marion DiBernardi.

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

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Michael V. Rizzo: Yorktown resident

Michael V. Rizzo, a resident of Yorktown, died August 6.

He was 43.

Rizzo was born January 26, 1959 in Brooklyn at Coney Island Hospital to Richard and Carmella Rizzo.

Rizzo attended Yorktown High School and was an outstanding football player for Yorktown.

He is survived by his brothers, Joseph, Richard, and John.

He was a friend to all and befriended by many. He will be sorely missed.

Family and friends will gather Thursday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Coachlight Inn in Yorktown.
 

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Milton Bensky: prominent attorney

Milton Bensky, a former prominent attorney in Peekskill and Montrose, died August 4 at St. Josephís Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

He was 97.

Bensky was born March 30, 1905 in Peekskill to Harry and Lena Kaplan Bensky.

He graduated from Drum Hill High School and New York Law School.

In 1936, he married Rose Weinstein at Mohegan Lake.

Bensky was a prominent attorney in Peekskill, first having an office at the Bensky Building and in later years in Montrose where he practiced law into his 90ís.

He was active in local politics in the Republican Party and lived in Peekskill all of his life until moving to Chicago in 1999.

His father was a founding member of the original Peekskill Jewish Synagogue on Main Street and his brothers owned and operated the Bensky Brothers, which was a wholesale and retail stationary and candy store located on the corner of Main and Division Streets.

Bensky is survived by his grandson, Jorden H. Brok and his wife, Jana of Chicago; son-in-law, Dr. Albert Brok; brother-in-law, Edward Mashberg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Rose Bensky, who died in 1999, his daughter, Carol Bensky Brok, who died in 1982, five brothers, Jack, Ben, Abe, Arthur and Mason Bensky, and two sisters, Gertrude Golden and Rose Kasnitz.

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

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Nicholas Diana: resident of Venice, Florida

Nicholas Diana died at 7:10 am on August 1, 2002 at The Hospice of Southwest in Venice, Florida.

He was 92.

He was born May 22, 1910 at New Castle, Pennsylvania, a son of Andrew and Anna Diana.

Funeral services were held August 5 at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice. Burial took place at Gulf Pines Memorial Park in Englewood following mass.

Surviving is one daughter, Diana Leone; three brothers, Andrew of Venice, Carmen of Tucson, Arizona and David of Champaign, Illinois; two sisters, Lydia Therrell and Therese Mainguth of Alexandria, Virginia; three grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Diana had a long and varied working career. The majority of his career however, was spent as a machinist tool and die maker, a trade he learned as a teenager in trade school and in Detroit, Michigan during pre-depression years.

During World War II, he worked for IBM research in upstate New York as a model machinist. After retiring from IBM in 1975, he moved to Venice, Florida where he managed a large machine shop and did private tool and die work at his home shop. He was also maintenance manager for Diana Food Stores at Champaign, Illinois for several years.

Mr. Diana was a lifetime member of The Elks, a past Commodore of the Peekskill, New York Yacht Club and until his death, Vice Commodore of the South Venice Yacht Club.

Memorial donations may be made to The Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, Florida, 34238 or to The American Cancer Society.
 

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Robert Segnit: Buchanan resident

Robert Segnit, a resident of the Village of Buchanan, died August 1 at his home.

He was 77.

Segnit was born July 15, 1925 in Buchanan to George and Emily Stahl Segnit.

Segnit was a repair supervisor for New York Telephone in Peekskill for 34 years before retiring in 1982.

He served as 2nd Officer in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He attended Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia, and later joined the OCS Program at the Merchant Marine Academy in Brooklyn.

On June 15, 1946, Segnit married Jean Scott at the Presbyterian Church in Peekskill.

He worked at World Courier after his retirement doing domestic and international travel.

Segnit loved being with his family, both at home and traveling.

He is survived by his wife, Jean of Buchanan; one sister, Gloria Lambert of Buchanan; one daughter, Deborah Levine of New Jersey; three sons, Dr. Robert (Patricia) Segnit of San Diego, California, Brian (Mary) Segnit of Fairport, New York and Greg Segnit of Buchanan; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son, Bruce, in 1986, and two brothers, William and George Segnit.

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


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