Miscellaneous Westchester County, New York Obituaries


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Charles David Dobbs: ex-Shrub Oak resident

Charles David Dobbs, a former Shrub Oak resident, died October 7 in Rockville, Maryland.

He was 71.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Josephine; two sons, Michael and his wife Barbara and Brian; one daughter, Denise DiFalco and her husband Frank; one brother, James Dobbs; and four grandchildren, Brandon, Jacqueline, Alexandra and Kelly.

Funeral services will be held Thursday in Rockville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at St. Patrickís Church in Rockville. Entombment will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Memorial and Honor Program, PO Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720.


Eleanor V. Bronzo: Montrose resident

Eleanor V. Bronzo, a longtime Montrose resident died October 4 at her home.

She was 75.

She was born in Berlin, Germany on October 20, 1926 to Bruno and Marianne Ploenttner Von Hagen.

She was co-founder of the Mount Airy Nursery School in 1987 and she worked there until her retirement in 2000.

On June 1, 1957, she married Alexander Bronzo in Long Island. He died last month.

Mrs. Bronzo is survived by her mother, Marianne Von Hagen of Croton; one son, Alex (Debra) Bronzo of Cortlandt; one daughter, Michelle (John) Barricelli of Ridgefield, Connecticut; and three grandchildren, Alex and Kyle Bronzo and Nola Barricelli.

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


George E. Costello: Somers resident

George E. Costello, a resident of Somers, died October 6, 2002 at his home.

He was 83.

He was born March 27, 1919 in the Bronx to Harry Paul Costello and Alice Phannee Costello.

Mr. Costello worked as an Engineer and Union Representative for Metro North Railroad. He was with the company for more than 40 years before retiring in 1977. He was vice president of Brotherhood Locomotive Engineers from 1968 to 1977.

He was a member of the Elks in Brewster and Highland Country Club in Garrison.

He was educated in New York City. He earned an associate degree in labor relations from Cornell University. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1946 attaining the rank of Counter Intelligence Officer.

He is survived by his wife Peg Logan Costello of Somers; two daughters, Alice Costello Goossen of Littleton, Colorado and Helena Logan Hilpert of Chappaqua; one son, George Costello Jr.; three grandchildren, Gregory Goossen of Draper, Utah, Heather Goossen Hoysick of Littleton, Colorado and Shannon Logan Hilpert of Chappaqua; and four great- grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Theresa Bondati Costello, who died in 1971.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home in Mount Kisco.


Julia W. McCormack: Peekskill resident

Julia W. McCormack, a resident of Peekskill, died October, 1.

She was 92.

She was born July 11, 1910 in Katonah to Patrick J. and Ellen Walsh McGinnis.

She graduated from Peekskill High School and Peekskill Business School.

On November 29, 1934, she married Charles McCormack, Sr. at Assumption Church in Peekskill. He predeceased her in 1987.

She worked at Readerís Digest in Pleasantville, and Stuartís Clothing Store in Peekskill.

Mrs. McCormack was a communicant at Assumption Church, and enjoyed playing bridge with her friends and baking.

She is survived by two sons, Charles J. McCormack, Jr. of New Milford, Connecticut and Robert P. McCormack of Millersville, Maryland; one daughter, Mary Ellen Scherer of Wappingers Falls; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her brother, Col. (Ret). Bernard W. McGinnis.

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


Katherine De Maria: Cortlandt farm owner

Katherine De Maria, a resident of Cortlandt, died October 4 at her home on Hemlock Hill Farm.

She was 93.

She was born April 16, 1909 in Yorktown to Augustino and Carmella Siriani Guss.

She attended Yorktown schools and the Peekskill Business School.

She and her husband, the late Nicholas J. De Maria, owned and operated Hemlock Hill Farm since 1937.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, John N. and Rita De Maria; eight grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Dolores Gernhardt, three brothers, Ferdinand, Joseph and Connie, and five sisters, Marie Squires, Dorothy Dunning, Sadie Autch, Elizabeth Custance and Anna Schooner.

She will be remembered by family and friends as a charismatic woman with a strong spirit. So many lives were touched by her patient mentoring and inspirational zest for life.

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


Lyman S. Lockwood: Peekskill/Cortlandt resident

Lyman S. Lockwood, a lifelong resident of Peekskill/Cortlandt, died October 2 at the Cortlandt Healthcare Center.

He was 88.

He was born January 29, 1914 in Peekskill to Edwin J. and Hattie M. Seger Lockwood.

He was an engineer for the Borden Company in New York City for 35 years before retiring in 1967.

Mr. Lockwood also worked for the Peekskill Community Hospital as the chief engineer from the early 1970ís until 1982.

He was a member and Past Master of the Cortlandt Lodge F & AM #34 in Peekskill, a life member of the Cortlandt Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1 in Peekskill, a member and Past Commodore of the Hudson Valley Yacht Club and the Garrison Yacht Club and a former member of the Peekskill Yacht Club.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elvira I. (nee Ambrosini) Lockwood; two sons, John L. Lockwood of Hopewell Junction and David L. Lockwood of Cypress, Texas; four grandchildren, Brenda Bishop, Dara Pfeil, Jennifer Lockwood and David Lockwood Jr.; and four great- grandchildren, Karl, Graham, Gregory and Brooke.

He was predeceased by one brother, Edwin J. Lockwood Jr.

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


Margaret E. Mair: Peekskill resident

Margaret E. Mair, a resident of Peekskill, died October 4 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

She was 73.

She was born April 26, 1929 in Spartanburg, South Carolina to John Paul and Rosie Mae Ballanger McKenzie.

She moved to Peekskill in the 1940ís from Spartanburg and was a member of the Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church.

She was an excellent cook and enjoyed playing board and card games at family gatherings.

She is survived by her husband, Arnold G. Mair of Peekskill; three sons, Derreck Patterson of Beacon, Emerson Mair of Peekskill and Aaron Mair of Albany; four daughters, Veronica Headley of Pleasant Valley, Dawn Mair-McMillian of Elmsford, and Rhonda Mair and Christine Mair-Arroyo, both of Hartsdale; three brothers, Roy L., George and Benjamin McKenzie; one sister, Ann Deering; 24 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by one daughter, Esther Prentice, one son, Fred Patterson Jr., one son-in-law, Daniel Arroyo, three brothers, Walter, Warren and Richard McKenzie, and one sister, Fannie Mae Blackett.

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


Mary Elizabeth Lyon: Buchanan resident

Mary Elizabeth Lyon, a resident of Buchanan, died October 5 at Hudson Valley Hospital.

She was 92.

She was born March 5, 1910 in Peekskill to John and Mary Mitchell Connolly.

She was a graduate of Hendrick Hudson High School, and was a parishioner of St. Patrickís Church.

Mrs. Lyon was a retired yeastmaker for Stanford Brands, Inc. in Peekskill, where she was a member of the Quarter Century Club.

Her husband, Henry Lyon, died in 1989.

She is survived by one sister, Julia MaManus of Montrose; one brother, James Connolly, of Perth Amboy, New Jersey; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Loretta Van Tassell and Edna McManus, and two brothers, John and William Connolly.

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


William H. Brown: deputy Ossining fire chief

William H. Brown, a former Ossining Village Trustee, Town Councilman and Chief of the Ossining Fire Department, died October 2 after a long illness.

He was 77.

He was born in Ossining on December 17, 1924 to William H. Sr. and Hazel Caroline Ganung Brown.

He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and Korea as a Captain.

He was a 55-year member of the Ossining Fire Department, Cataract Hose Co., the Ossining Historical Society, Sons of the American Revolution, Ossining Elks Lodge and the Ossining VFW.

Mr. Brown was a retired sales manager with New York Telephone Company and recently retired from the Village of Ossining as a Fire Inspector.

He is survived by his wife, the former Hannah Lucy; two sons, William (Buster) Brown III and Michael; one daughter, Patricia Anfiteatro; one sister, Hazel Vail; one brother, Harold; and four grandchildren, Jennifer Laemmel, Susan, Sean and Daniel Brown.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Dorsey Funeral Home in Ossining.


William Shirk: former Yorktown postmaster

William Shirk, a former Yorktown postmaster, died September 26 at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey as the result of a motor vehicle accident September 15 in Holiday City.

He was 83.

He was born in Clifton, Arizona and was a resident of Holiday City South Berkeley since 1985.

Mr. Shirk was postmaster for the United States Postal Service in Yorktown for 40 years before retiring in 1984.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

He is survived by one son, Robert W. of Yorktown Heights; one daughter, Theresa Davidson of Mahopac; and two grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Rose.

Private services were held.

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