Miscellaneous Westchester County, New York Obituaries

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Alma "Elizabeth" Petersen: Buchanan resident

Alma "Elizabeth" Petersen died August 11 after a long illness.

She was 86.

She was born September 23, 1915.

She was the beloved wife of the late George "Pete" Petersen; the loving mother of Richard (Claudia) and Roger (Susan) Petersen; loving grandmother of Marybeth (Petersen) Allen, Roger C. Petersen II, Dana Petersen, Sara Petersen, and Erik Petersen; loving great-grandmother of Corrine and Austin Allen; loving sister of Robert (Charlotte) Cole, the late James Cole, and the late Pauling Mahoney; loving Aunt of Ed Mahoney, Bob Mahoney, Jim Cole and Bob Cole.

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

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Bertha See: former Peekskill resident

Bertha See, a former Peekskill resident, died August 9 at Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie.

She was 74.

She was born February 18, 1928 in Peekskill to Ernest and Helen Moore Gordineer.

She attended the Peekskill School District.

She married her husband Frank See on January 26, 1960 in Danbury, Connecticut. He predeceased her on October 31, 1988.

She resided in the Peekskill area until the 1970’s when the family moved to Fishkill.

She was devoted to her family, children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
She is a former member of the Trinity Boscobel Methodist Church in Buchanan and attended the Fishkill United Methodist Church in the later part of her life.

She is survived by her sons Alan and Alex of Fishkill, Robert of Hopewell, and Tony Ostrander of Wappingers Falls, her daughters, Catherine Bellino of Fishkill, Amy See of Beacon and Lisa Marie Ciulla of Poughkeepsie; 12 grandchildren; three great- grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother, Ernest Gordineer, Jr., her sisters, Louise Snyder, Jennette Simmons, Betty Croft and Evelyn Edge, and her grandson, William See.

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

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Diana Lee Brown: resident of Yorktown

Diana Lee Brown died on August 8, 2002 at her Yorktown residence.

She was 53.

She was born on September 13, 1948 in Mt. Kisco to Douglas and Dolores Simone Nutly.

She was employed as a Bus Driver for many years before retiring from Katonah-Lewisboro School District and she also worked formerly as a Beautician in Mt. Kisco and volunteered her services as a loving and caring babysitter.

She will be remembered for her vitality for life. Many of her friends will remember her as "Lady Di" and for her charisma. She touched so many lives, especially children that will remember her in their own special ways as "Aunt Diane" or "Nana". Most of all Diana will always be remembered as a person who cherished her family – as a daughter, as a sister, as an aunt and as one of the proudest mothers anyone could ever ask for. She kept so many and her memory will always be a part of our hearts.

She loved dancing, craft work, and camping in the outdoors, and had a special love for children and her family, especially her daughter Kelly’s dog "Casey".

She is survived by her mother, Dolores Nutly, of Yorktown, her daughter, Kelly (Robert) Walters, of Utica, New York, a sister, Dorothy (James) Luongo, of Gilboa, New York, 2 nieces, 1 nephew, and 4 great nieces.

She was predeceased by her father, Douglas Nutly and her brother, Daniel Nutly.

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

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Geraldine Shurak: Peekskill resident

Geraldine A. Shurak, a resident of Peekskill, died August 12.

She was 55.

She was born in Brooklyn on January 21, 1947 to Frank and Helen O’Beirne Fischer.

She attended schools in Queens and graduated in 1964 from Delehanty High School, in Jamaica, Queens.

She married Robert M. Shurak on March 24, 1979 in Mamaroneck.

She was a communicant at Holy Spirit Church in Cortlandt.

Mrs. Shurak enjoyed arts and crafts, especially ceramics. She did volunteer work for the American Cancer Society helping with their annual fundraising activities, and also volunteered as a parent in the nursing office at Woodside Elementary School in Peekskill.

She is survived by her husband, Robert M. Shurak of Peekskill; two daughters, Kimberly of Verplanck and Heather Shurak of Peekskill; one son, Robert M. Shurak II of Peekskill; one granddaughter, Mallory of Peekskill, and stepson Steven and wife Kimberly Shurak of Elmsford; sisters Eileen (DON) Goodrich of Bethel, Connecticut, Jeanne (Anthony) Boccia of Queens, New York, Aunt Rosemary Fischer of Westbury, New York; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home in Peekskill.
 

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John D. Kelly Sr.: Yorktown resident

John D. Kelly Sr., a resident of Yorktown, died August 12.

He was 82.

He lived in Yorktown Heights since 1956.

He worked for Con Edison in New York City and Westchester. He was with the company for 39 years before retiring in 1985.

He was a parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown for 46 years.

Mr. Kelly served in the Army during WWII as a combat medic and was awarded the bronze star.

He was also a member of the Irish American Club in Yorktown and the Catholic War Veterans in Yorkville.

He was married to Bernice Kenney for 55 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, John; one daughter, Kathleen; one sister, Elizabeth; three grandchildren, Jennifer, Kevin, Kelley; and one great- granddaughter Mickinzy.

He will always be loved and remembered for his love of family and friends and for his cheerfulness and gentle soul.

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, August 16 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown.
 

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Mildred Brown: Peekskill resident

Mildred E. Brown, a resident of Peekskill, died August 8.

She was 79.

She was born August 29, 1922 in Peekskill to Harry and Adelaide (Helen) Field Brown.

She worked for more than 40 years as a secretary in Peekskill City Hall, retiring in 1986.

She is survived by her aunt, Edith Field of Peekskill, cousin Barbara Schwab of Mahopac and her children William, Diane, Natalie, Donna Rae, Daniel and their families, as well as cousin Helen Cothren of Alachua, Florida and several other out- of-state cousins.

She is predeceased by her beloved uncle, William Field.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home in Peekskill.
 

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Norma Sommer: Ossining resident

Norma F. Sommer , a resident of Ossining, died of ovarian cancer August 12 at 
Calvary Hospital in the Bronx.

She was 66.

She was born July 31, 1936 in the Bronx to William and Rosa Schmidt.

She was the former owner and manager of Millwood Cleaners from 1972 to 1983 and also worked for New York Telephone in the 1950’s, Reader’s Digest and W.T. Grant in the late 1960’s and several area retailers in the 1980’s and ‘90’s, before retiring.

She moved to Germany in 1939 and was raised and educated in the small town of Hochstadt, before returning to the U.S. in 1953.

On April 7, 1956, she married John (Jack) Commer at St. Francis deChantal Church in the Bronx.

She lived in Ossining for the past 37 years. Prior to that she resided in the Bronx and Queens.

She will be remembered for her love of children, as well as her wide circle of friends. She was always up for a "coffee klatsch."

She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years; two sons, John and Matt, and daughters-in-law, Diane and Robyn; grandchildren Kendra, Leland and Amelia; one sister, Theresa and brother-in-law Hans Weindl.

She was predeceased by her beloved brother Rudy Schmidt of the Bronx in April.

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

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Phylliss Mazurek: Putnam Valley resident

Phylliss Mazurek died August 10 at her daughter’s home in Putnam Valley.

She was 77.

She was the cherished mother of Louis and Gloria Mazurek and Stephanie Ranalli.

She is also survived by her brothers, John, Carl and Joseph Girolamo, and her sister, Nancy Seta.

She was the loving and devoted grandmother of Stacey, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Lauren and Louis.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Heritage Funeral Home in Putnam Valley.
 

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Wanda Faber: Somers resident

Wanda H. Faber, a resident of Somers, died August 6.

She was 94.

She was born September 20, 1907 in Jersey City to William and Janina Telkowski.

She is survived by her daughter Dolores MacCarthy of Mahopac Falls; her sons, Martin of Jamesport, New York; Gene of Mahopac; and Donald of Montclair, New Jersey; one brother; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great- grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Martin, her grandchildren, Diane MacCarthy and James Faber, and four sisters.

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

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Winifred Wright: Cortlandt resident

Winifred E. Wright died August 10 at home in Cortlandt.

She was 73.

She worked as a retail salesperson for Caldor in Cortlandt.

She was born February 20, 1929 in White Plains to Henry and Helen Collings Preble.

On May 28, 1949, she married James Wright in White Plains. She was a member of Holy Spirit Church.

She is survived by her husband, James F. Wright Sr. of Cortlandt; daughters, Barbara (John) Caraccilol of Mt. Kisco, and Gail (Nick) Criniti of Cortlandt; son James F. Wright Jr. of Cortlandt; daughters, Cheryl (Steve) Hamilton of Cortlandt and Kim (James) Cardillo of Garrison; eight grandchildren, Danielle and James F. Wright III, Nicky and Jennifer Criniti, Lauren Caracciolo, Kaitlin and Daniel Hamilton, Brianna Cardillo and grandson due in October 2002; and survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family members who died earlier include parents and nine brothers and sisters.

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


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