Anneliese Jowitt died August 8  at her residence in Ossining.
She was 81.
She was born December 31, 1919 in Langerfield, Germany to August and
Elizabeth Luntius Bange.
She moved to the United States at the age of six and graduated from
Ossining High School in 1937. From high school, she was employed with the
Roberts Insurance Agency. A year later, Mrs. Jowitt joined the Westchester
Savings & Loan Association where she was employed as an executive secretary
for 35 years and opened three branches in Croton, Ossining and Thornwood.
Westchester County Savings & Loan then merged with the Peoples Westchester
Savings Bank and Mrs. Jowitt served as a vice president until her retirement.
After retiring, Mrs. Jowitt did volunteer work at the Sisters of the
Sick Poor Thrift Shop for 13 years and two years at the Trinity Church
She is survived by her husband, Norbert; one daughter, Kathleen;
one son, Richard; one brother, Frederick Bange; and three granddaughters.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by the Dorsey Funeral
Home in Ossining. Interment followed at St. Augustine’s Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O.
Box 523, Ossining, NY 10562.
Joanne Roos Minnich, a resident of Mahopac, died August 9 
after a long and courageous battle against cancer for which she was a medical
pioneer as the first woman to have and survive an autoheart transplant.
She was 58.
She was born March 21, 1943 to Alfred J. and Elizabeth Cameron Roos.
She graduated from SUNY Cortlandt and was an elementary school teacher.
She is survived by her husband, William Valentine Minnich; three children
Virginia, William and Kimberly; and her mother Elizabeth.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Cargain Funeral Home
Donations may be made to Friends of Karen, 118 Titicus Rd., Purdys,
Muriel Russell McGowan, a resident of Peekskill, died August 12
 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.
She was 83.
She was born December 26, 1917 in Farmington, Maine to Edward E. and
Annie Tarr Russell.
She was raised in Farmington and then attended and graduated from Sargent
College in Boston, Maine in 1939.
She taught at Ruston Academy in Havana, Cuba, 1939 to 1940.
On September 6, 1940, she married William Martin McGowan of Briarcliff
in Farmington, Maine.
She lived in Peekskill since 1950 where she raised four children. She
traveled extensively and enjoyed new places and people. She was a member
of the DAR, Mayflower and a long-time member of the Peekskill Presbyterian
She is survived by her husband, William M. McGowan; three daughters,
Johanna R. Koerner, Judith A. Grace, and Elizabeth J. Schneider; eight
grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and one sister, Mary Andrews.
She was predeceased by her son, William E. McGowan.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the E.O. Curry Funeral
Home in Peekskill. Services were private, followed by burial at
Dale Cemetery in Ossining.
Donations can be made to the Senior Citizen Group Center or Youth Group
of your choice.
Patricia F. Miller, longtime resident of Garrison, died August
She was 66.
She was born December 26, 1934 in New York City to John and Mary Fitzsimmons
She graduated from the Westchester School of Nursing at Grasslands
For 20 years, she worked as an RN at the former Peekskill Community
Hospital. After the hospital, she worked at several area nursing homes
until retiring in 1986.
On December 10, 1955, she married James P. Miller at St. George’s Church
in Mohegan Lake.
She was an avid reader who was well known for traveling weekly to several
Westchester County libraries for her reading pleasure.
She is survived by her husband, James; two daughters, Catherine A.
Revis of East Fishkill and Mary E. Miller of Garrison; one son, John K.
Miller of Wappingers Falls; two grandsons; two sisters, Marilyn Comer of
Fishkill, and Ann Brygider of Port Haddock, Washington;
and one brother, Thomas McGimpsey of Wappinger Falls.
One son, James P. Miller, predeceased her in 1972.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home
in Peekskill. A funeral Mass was held at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt,
followed by burial at Assumption Cemetery.
The Miller family would appreciate donations in Mrs. Miller’s name
to a heart, kidney or cancer charity of your choice.
Robert J. Smith, a resident of Cortlandt, died August 12 
at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.
He was 72.
He was born January 1, 1929 in Brooklyn to Harry J. and Helen Russell
He was a retired maintenance man at General Motors in Tarrytown for
31 years. He retired in 1990.
He is survived by his wife, Fannie: son, Steven,; son and daughter-in-law,
Robert G. and Michelle Smith; daughter, Mary Smith; daughter, Jennifer
and son-in-law, Glen Gilligan; two brothers, William and Russell Smith;
one sister, Rosemary Smith; four grandchildren, Kayla and Jessica
Golden, Samantha Smith and Austin Gilligan; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by the E.O. Curry Funeral
Home in Peekskill.
Thomas Benedict, a resident of Montrose, died August 10 
at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.
He was 75.
He served in the United States Army during World War II.
Mr. Benedict was a retired custodian in the Croton School District.
He was also a forklift operator with Montrose Concrete for more than 30
He is survived by two daughters, Shiela Mee and Karen Arrigo, both
of Montrose; three grandsons; and one great-grandson.
He was predeceased by two brothers and three sisters.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled at the Edward F. Carter
Funeral Home in Montrose. Burial was held at Rose Hills Memorial Park.
Putnam Valley resident
Thomas V. McNamara, a resident of Putnam Valley, died August 6 
at his home after fighting mesothelioma of the lung.
He was 57.
He was born in September 1943 in Manhattan to Catherine and Thomas
He attended Lakeland High School and graduated in 1961. He received
a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of the State of New York.
He joined the United States Army National Guard in 1964, serving 32
years with the 101st Signal Battalion out of Ossining and Orangeburg, NY.
He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 in 1996. He was also a member of
the Asbestos Workers Local #91 for 40 years.
Mr. McNamara is survived by his wife, Beverly; three daughters,
Tammy, Tara and Catherine; two sons, Thomas Jr. and Robert; four grandchildren,
Dylan, Deanne, Thomas and Vincent; two sisters, Abigail Raimo and Deborah
Maricevic, both of Putnam Valley; and one brother, Robert W. McNamara of
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown.
A funeral Mass was held at Assumption Church in Peekskill, and a military
burial was performed at the Assumption Cemetery in Cortlandt.
Ruth E. Faraone, a resident of Yorktown, died August 13 
at Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel.
She was 83.
She was born January 28, 1918 in the Bronx to Mathew O’Connell and
Sophie Glaser O’Connell.
On November 22, 1944, she married Jerome Faraone at St. Joseph’s Church
in the Bronx. She lived in Yorktown Heights for the past 20 years.
Locally she was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Shrub
She worked as a telephone operator for the New York Telephone Company
in New York City.
She is survived by her two children, Rev. Joseph Faraone of Carmel
and Jean Pricola of Cortlandt, and three grandchildren, Jennifer, Katie
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Cargain Funeral Home in Mahopac.
A funeral Mass was held at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, followed by
burial at St. Francis in Mount Kisco.
Friends may send memorial donations to The Chapel of Life, c/o St.
James the Apostle Church, 14-16 Oneida Avenue, Carmel, NY 10512.
former Ossining resident
Helen C. Halik, a former Ossining resident, died December 23 
at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow. She was 90. She was born
May 21, 1911 in Stubenville, Ohio to Prokop and Xenia Smalex Chowka. She
was the former registrar for the City of Yonkers Board of Education.
She is survived by her son, Joseph J. Halik and daughter-in-law Linda
Halik, and two grandchildren, Scott and Jennifer Halik, all of North Reading,
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Dorsey Funeral Home in Ossining.
A funeral Mass was held at St. Paul’s Church in Leesburg, Florida. Interment
followed at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Leeburg, Florida. Donations may
be sent to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 31160, Hartford,
Helen A. Smith
former Yorktown resident
Helen A. Smith, a former Yorktown resident, died December 26 
at Westledge Nursing Home. She was 97. She was born July 7, 1904 in New
York City to Christian and Elizabeth Beck. In February 1928, she married
Fred L. Smith in New York City. She was a member of St. Andrews Lutheran
Church in Yorktown. She had lived in the Westledge Nursing Home in Peekskill
for the past eight and a half years. Prior to that she lived in Yorktown
from 1972 to 1993.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Carol Smith
of Yorktown; grandson Don and his wife Adele Smith of Poughkeepsie;
granddaughter Kristen and her husband Mark Simon of Putnam Valley; and
five great-grandchildren, Sarah, Michael and Steven Smith and Matthew and
Alex Simon. Family members who died earlier include one son, Robert Smith,
in 1973, and her husband, Fred Smith, in 1988.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Funeral Home
in Yorktown, followed by burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.
Maria Lucia Iamiceli
Maria Lucia Iamiceli, a resident of Ossining, died December 25 .
She was 81. She was born December 3, 1920 in Sassinoro, Italy to Giambattista
Apollonio and Domenicangela Iuliani. She married Antonio Iamiceli. He died
in 1997. Mrs. Iamiceli worked for many years for Stoney Lodge Hospital.
She was a communicant of St. Ann’s Church in Ossining.
She is survived by two sons, Guido and Franco of Ossining; three daughters,
Giovanna Cannas of Sardegna, Italy, Maria Federico of LaGrangeville and
Grazia Bueti of Carmel; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and
one brother Giuseppe Apollonio.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Leach & Thomas Funeral
Home in Ossining. A funeral Mass was held at St. Ann’s Church, followed
by burial at St. Augustine’s Cemetery.
Josephine Milano, a resident of Yorktown, died December 30 
at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. She was 92. She was born April 9, 1009
in Reggio, Calabria in Italy to Andrew and Veronica Simeoli. She attended
Hunter College in the Bronx. She worked as a bookkeeper for Shanney Realty
in the Bronx. She was with the company for 10 years before retiring in
1969. On July 6, 1941, she married Andrew Milano at St. Mary’s Church in
the Bronx. She lived in Yorktown for the past 30 years. Prior to that she
lived in the Bronx.
She is survived by three sons, Vincent of Yorktown, Andrew Jr. of
Millerton and Victor Sr. of Mahopac; one daughter, JoAnn McArthur of Cortlandt;
10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Andrew Milano,
died in April 1994.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Alzheimers.
Putnam Valley resident
Nancy Loughlin, a resident of Putnam Valley, died December 28 
at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. She was 56. For 35 years, she was the
wife of Roger G. Loughlin.
She is survived by one son, Roger Patrick Loughlin; two sisters, Margaret
and her husband Tom Stephens, and Kathleen and her husband Michael Pascazi;
two brothers, George and his wife Margaret Rose Grimes, and Jimmy and his
wife Suzanne Grimes; and nephews and nieces Thomas, Susan, Rick,
Kimberly, George, Ryan, MaryKate, Mikey, Jimmy, Eric, Matthew
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Heritage Funeral Home in Putnam
Valley. A funeral Mass was held at the North American Martyrs in Putnam
Valley, followed by burial at Assumption Cemetery.
Peekskill business owner
Santo S. Alberti, a 36-year resident of Peekskill, died December
25  at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. He was 73. He was born
January 17, 1928 in Rochester to Stephano and Concetta Gentile Alberti.
He served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953.
Mr. Alberti was the owner and operator of Alberti Video Services in
Peekskill for more than 30 years. He also installed alarm systems and was
a well-known videography for special events. He is remembered for being
an outstanding tenor and sang in concerts in the USA and Europe.
He was an active member, supporter and former board member of the Paramount
Center for the Arts and a former board member of the Aaron Copland Heritage
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by the E.O. Curry Funeral
Home in Peekskill. Interment was held at Hillside Cemetery. Memorial donations
may be made to the Else Lampmann-Alberti Fund for Classical Music, c/o
the Paramount Center for the Arts, 1008 Brown St., Peekskill, NY 10566.
Stella Krameisen, a resident of Peekskill, died December 30 .
She was 78. She was born April 23, 1923 in Buchanan to Joseph and Anna
Matuszicsky Wrublieski. She was a graduate of Hendrick Hudson High School
Class of 1941. Her first employment was with the Alfred Lubinitz Company
in Peekskill. She retired from there in 1959. On October 26, 1957, she
married Harold Krameisen in Mohegan Lake. She was a communicant at Assumption
Church in Peekskill and was a member of the Hudson Valley Hospital Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband, Harold of Peekskill; one sister, Josephine
Gorman of Buchanan; sister-in-law Margaret Wrublieski of Peekskill; niece
and nephew, Mike and Patricia Chirico of Buchanan; niece Eileen McPhillips
of Valhalla; and other nieces and nephews. One sister, Helen McPhillips,
and one brother, Joseph Wrublieski, died earlier.
Funeral arrangements were held at the Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home.
A funeral Mass was held at Assumption Church, followed by burial at Ferncliff
Cemetery. Donations may be made in her memory to a charity of your choice.
Elsie A. Merritt, a resident of Peekskill, died December 31 .
She was 85. She was born March 16, 1916 in Peekskill to William and Cora
M. Spock Shaw. On August 16, 1937, she married E. Lee Merritt in Peekskill.
She worked for more than 10 years for the Peekskill School District as
Head Cook and Supervisor for all the school’s cafeteria’s. She was a member
and Past President of the Peekskill Senior Citizens and the Centennial
Hose Company Ladies Auxiliary.
In the 1970’s, she and Anita Lewis raised money to purchase bullet-proof
vests for all the members of the Peekskill Police Department and established
a fund to provide a vest for each new police officer.
She is survived by her husband; three sons, Douglas of Highland, David
of Cold Spring, and Richard of Walnut Springs, Texas; eight grandchildren;
and 17 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by three brothers
and two sisters.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled at the E.O. Curry Funeral
Home in Peekskill.
former Yorktown resident
Johanna L. Sturmer, a former Yorktown resident, died March 25 
in Clarkston, Washington.
She was 99.
She was born April 14, 1902 to Gustave Buttonhoff and Olga Penning
in Shimonken, Germany.
She came to America in 1923 and met and married Max L. Sturmer in the
Bronx on November 9, 1925.
In 1948, they moved to Yorktown Heights.
She is survived by her son, Walter (Edith); grandsons Timothy (Rebecca)
and Peter Sturmer; granddaughters, Christine Williams (Michael), Diane
Hutchenson, Joanne Anderson, Jill Wadsworth and Grace Halbert; grandsons
David (Jody) and Leon (Rovena) Sturmer; nephew, Herbert Butenhof (Erika);
and 30 grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband (1973); one son, Leon Sturmer Sr.
and one grandson, James Sturmer, both of Holden, MO; and one nephew, Wallace
Butenhoff of Neptune, New Jersey.
Interment was held at Amawalk Cemetery. A special memorial service
was held today (Wednesday) in Yorktown Heights.
Judith C. Armisto, a resident of Verplanck, died April 26 
at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow.
She was 57.
She was born August 26, 1944 to Tia Marx and Beatrice (Sniffen) Marx
in Mount Kisco.
She worked for many years as a special education teacher for the Hendrick
Hudson School District and in the past year she worked in the Learning
Center for Hendrick Hudson.
Mrs. Armisto is survived by her husband, Richard; three daughters,
Kelly (Tom) Baird of Albany, Tracy Armisto (Steven Vittolo) of Montrose
and Michelle Armisto of Yorktown; three grandchildren, Zackary, Carly and
Austin of Albany; two sisters, Lucille Lucchese and Ginny Pinel of Patterson,
NY; sister-in-law, Lorraine (Cecil) Jayne; and mother-in-law, Ida Armisto.
A Funeral Mass was held at St. Christopher Church in Buchanan. Burial
followed at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Verplanck.
Donations can be made to the Judith Armisto Scholarship Foundation,
P.O. Box 121, Verplanck, NY 10596 (for students from Hen Hud that will
pursue a career in Special Ed).
Richard E. Smith, a resident of Ossining, died April 21 .
He was 70.
He was born August 13, 1931 to Alonzo and Lillian Smith. He graduated
from Ossining High School, then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was
promoted to Staff Sergeant and was a veteran of the Korean War.
Mr. Smith worked for many movers until he suffered a stroke. He loved
baseball, golf and swimming and once swam across the Hudson River and back.
Mr. Smith is survived by his brother, LeRoy of Ossining; three sisters,
Velma Foster of California, Claire Sharrock of Texas and Lu Wayne LaCour
of Maryland; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at St. Matthew’s Church in Ossining. Interment
followed at Kensico Cemetery.
Assunta Carmela Siniscalchi, a resident of Peekskill, died April 22
She was 86.
She was born July 14, 1915 in Italy to Salvatore and Josephine Pacia
On February 10, 1936, she married Giuseppe.
She was a member of Assumption Church and enjoyed gardening. She owned
and operated “Onofrio’s” Pizzeria with her son Onofrio.
Mrs. Siniscalchi is survived by her husband of 66 years, Giuseppe Siniscalchi
of Peekskill; four sons, Biagio (Maria) and Antonio (Maria) of Peekskill,
Dominick (Jeanette) of Trout Creek, NY; Onofrio (Cathy) of Cortlandt; four
daughters, Rosario (Isadoro) Amalfitano of San Pedro, CA, Louise (Michael)
Valera of Wayne, NJ, Aurora (Roberto) Merola of Ossining, Maria (Brian)
Caccini of San Pedro, CA; three brothers Palmino, Francesco and Emilio
Esposito; one sister Giocondo Esposito; 30 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by two children, Luigi and Luigia, and one grandson,
A funeral service was held at Assumption Church. Interment followed
at Assumption Cemetery.
William A. Heady, a resident of Buchanan, died April 27 
at Cortlandt Healthcare Facility.
He was 58.
He was born March 8, 1944 to William M. and Frances Heady in Peekskill.
Mr. Heady worked for the New York Department of Transportation in Millwood
for 30 years, the last seven as supervisor.
On August 25, 1970, he married Florence Baisley in Peekskill. He enjoyed
hunting and traveling.
Mr. Heady is survived by his wife; son, Andrew (Kelly); three stepchildren,
George Stottlar of Albany, Marie Sue Friedland of Aurora, California, and
Kimberly Sanders of Whitehaven, Pennsylvania; one brother, Richard Heady
of Alabama; two sisters, Susan Staten and Marlene Conklin, both of Peekskill;
one stepbrother, Patrick McGrath of Peekskill; and eight grandchildren.
He was predeceased by one stepbrother, Fredrick McGrath.
A funeral service was held at E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill.
Interment was held at Hillside Cemetery.
Marcella A. DiCioccio, a resident of Croton, died April 28 
in Warrington, Virginia.
She was 77.
She was born February 22, 1925 in Croton to Pietro and Catherine Corea
She married Joseph DiCioccio January 29, 1950 at Holy Name of Mary
Church, where she was an active Parishioner and Choir Member.
She was retired from the Montessori School in Croton.
Mrs. DiCioccio is survived by her husband, Joseph; two sons, Joseph,
Jr. of Wappingers Falls and Peter of Conifer, Colorado; one sister, Marion
Rinaldi of Briarcliff Manor; and three grandchildren, Jason, Katherine,
A Funeral Mass will be held Friday at Holy Name of Mary Church. Burial
will be at Bethel Cemetery.
Robert F. Petrillo, a resident of Yorktown, died April 25 .
He was 73.
He was born May 2, 1929 in Mount Vernon to Frances C. and Louis Petrillo.
He was a devoted father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, cousin and
friend. He was a Clinical Psychologist, trusted teacher, educator, mentor
Mr. Petrillo was the founder of the Center for Human Options, Inc.,
a nationally recognized peer, leadership, drug education and prevention
Mr. Petrillo is survived by his daughter, Robin; two sons Damon (Christine)
and Justin; one brother, Dr. Richard (Jerilyn); and three grandchildren,
Jenna, Alexandra and Samantha Petrillo.
He was predeceased by his son Jason.
A Funeral Mass was held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Interment
followed at Amawalk Hill Cemetery.
Florence Gatto, a longtime resident of Yorktown, died April 24 
at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco.
She was 75.
She was born October 17, 1926 in White Plains to Salvatore and Josephine
Spadaccia Scataloni and was educated in White Plains.
On April 7, 1945, she married Peter Gatto in White Plains before moving
Mrs. Gatto worked as a waitress for 12 years for AMF in White Plains
before retiring in 1986.
She will be remembered for her love of children.
Mrs. Gatto is survived by three sons, Robert (Debbie) of Carmel, Richard
(Debbie) of Pleasant Valley, and Ronald of Mohegan; one daughter, Maureen
Lennon (Bob) of Yorktown; 14 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one
sister, Maggie Verano of E. White Plains; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Peter (1994), two sisters, Victoria
Rappa (1998) and Rosemarie Dillon (1999), and her mother, Josephine.
A funeral service was held at St. Patrick’s Stone Church in Yorktown.
Interment followed at Amawalk Cemetery.
Elizabeth A. O’Donnell, a resident of Yorktown, died suddenly April
She was 57.
She was born May 9, 1944 in Bronxville to Raymond and Julia Mahoney
Bell. She graduated from Eastchester High School in 1962.
On September 24, 1966, she married James O’Donnell at Immaculate Heart
of Mary in Scarsdale.
She was a member of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Yorktown
and worked as a Benefit Coordinator for Northern Westchester Hospital in
Mount Kisco for 12 years.
Mrs. O’Donnell will be remembered for her love of life and her pride
in her Irish heritage.
Mrs. O’Donnell is survived by her husband James; her children, Kelly
A. (Michael A.) Meyering of Mohegan Lake; James J. III of Abingdon, Maryland,
and Elizabeth C. (Willem) Koetse of Wake Forest, North Carolina; and grandchild
Michael J. Meyering of Mohegan Lake.
She was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Mary B. O’Leary.
A funeral service was held at St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown. Interment
followed at Gate of Heaven in Valhalla.