Miscellaneous Westchester County, New York Obituaries


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Fanny Watford: Ossining resident

Fanny P. Watford, a resident of Ossining, died November 26 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx.

She was 63.

She was born November 4, 1939 in Ossining to Sarah and John D. White.

She worked as a technician at Harrick Scientic in Ossining.

She is survived by two daughters, Laura Jordan and Sarah King; one brother, James King; and six grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Claude Watford in 1966.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Dorsey Funeral Home in Ossining. Interment was private.


Bertha M. Cheatham: Ossining High grad

Bertha M. Cheatham, an Ossining native, died peacefully on November 30.

She was 70.

She was born in Ossining in 1932 to James and Olive Cheatham, and was a graduate of Ossining High School, Hunter College, and Pratt Institute Graduate School of Library and Information Services.

She continued her specialization in communications and media by obtaining an M.A. at the University of Hawaii.

She began her career as a Children’s Librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library, then became a School Library Media Specialist for the Greenburgh Central School District for 14 years, where she served as secretary and president of the Hartsdale Teacher’s Association.

From 1973 to 1990, Miss Cheatham was Associate and Managing Editor for School Library Journal in New York City, where she acquired and edited manuscripts, magazine columns, generated feature ideas, and represented SLJ at national and state conventions.

Before retiring, she was a Visiting Professor at the Palmer School of Library and Information Services at C.W. Post College in Brookville. For the past 10 years, Miss Cheatham has been employed at local Libraries in Chappaqua and Greenburgh, and was part-time reference Librarian at Mt. Kisco Public Library.

She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the American Library Association, the American Association of School Librarians, and the New York Library Association.

She is survived by four sisters, Geraldine Scott of Bedford Hills, Doris Cheatham of Ossining, Clarice Cheatham Imriano and wife, Helena; and 10 grandnieces and grandnephews.

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


Harold K. Travis: Yorktown resident

Harold K. Travis, a resident of Yorktown, died November 24 at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco.

He was 69.

He worked as a Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds for Lakeland Schools in Shrub Oak. He was with the company for 30 years before retiring in 1991.

Mr. Travis was born April 29, 1933 in Cortlandt to Sucor Travis and Margaret Smith Travis.

He was educated in Peekskill and the University of Illinois.

He served in the Air Force in Korea.

He married Janice Travis in Yorktown.

Mr. Travis lived in Yorktown for the past 28 years. Before that he lived in Peekskill.

He is survived by his wife, Janice Travis; two daughters, Darla DiDonato and Dawn Lorola; and one granddaughter, Jacquelyn Lorola.

He was predeceased by his mother, father and two brothers.


Irene P. Cookson: Peekskill resident

Irene P. Cookson, a longtime resident of Peekskill, died November 30.

She was 93.

She was born November 26, 1909 in Lawrence, Massachusetts to Adelard and Dina Beaudet Poisson.

She graduated from the Punchard High School (1925) and the Mac Intoch Business School (1927) in Lawrence.

After graduation she was employed as a secretary-accountant for the Norwood Insurance Company in Lawrence.

She was married to Edmund L. Cookson, was a communicant of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Peekskill and was a past Regent and member of the Catholic Daughters of the American Court Trinity 241 in Peekskill.

She was also past president of St. Joseph’s Auxiliary of Mount St. Francis in Peekskill and served as a Den Mother to the Parish Cub Scouts.

Over the years she became very proficient at sewing and specialized to children’s clothing.

She is survived by three sons, John of Woodstock, Maryland, Dr. Peter of Sharon Springs, New York, and Rev. Edmund MM of Puno, Peru; three daughters, Julianne O’Connor of Scituate, Massachusetts, Elise Dallemagne of Cherry Valley, New York, and Irene Burke of Saithersburg, Maryland; one sister, Sr. Cecile Poisson SS of Los Angeles, California; 16 grandchildren; 15 great- grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by one brother, Leo Poisson, two sisters Marcelle McCormack and Bernadette White, and twin sister Estelle Poisson.

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


Michael Rogonia: Peekskill resident

Michael Rogonia, a resident of Peekskill, died November 30 at Westledge Health Care Facility.

He was 94.

He was born May 5, 1908 in Peekskill to Cosimo and Clara Ciera Rogonia.

He worked as a mechanic for the City of Peekskill for many years and formerly worked for New York Central.

He, his parents, brothers and sisters were longtime residents of the Lent House, the oldest house in Peekskill.

Mr. Rogonia was a member of the Church of the Assumption in Peekskill.

He is survived by two daughters, Emily M. Hatzmann of Cortlandt and Clare Bennett Dittenhoefer of California; three sisters, Rose Segnit of Ossining, Theresa Forsman of Poughkeepsie and Josephine Righi of Vermont; three granddaughters, Christine Hatzmann, Amy Hatzmann Rodriguez and Alison Case; and one great- granddaughter, Kayleigh Case.

He was predeceased by his wife, Amelia Otivich Rogonia, who died July 15, 1990.

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


Roland J. Mocerino: resident of Punta Gorda, Florida

Roland J. Mocerino resident of Punta Gorda, Florida died Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at Charlotte Regional Medical Center, Punta Gorda.

He was 74.

He was born August 25, 1928 in Bronx, New York and moved to Punta Gorda in 1989 from Westchester, New York. He was a retired sales manager for the Eastern Region of Miller Brewing Co. of New Jersey. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Punta Gorda and served as a volunteer at the Cooper Street Recreation Center in Punta Gorda. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, Danele Mocerino of Punta Gorda; two daughters, Regina Suarez of Lake Mary, Florida and Renee Mocerino of Lake Mary, Florida; three sons, Richard S. Mocerino of Cocoa Beach, Florida, Russell Mocerino of Boynton Beach and Roland A. Mocerino of Punta Gorda; three sisters, Margaret Carlone of Plantation, Florida, Mary Marchisano of Syracuse, New York, and Irene Wright of Mahopac, New York; a brother, Joseph A. Mocerino of Tamarac, Florida; 7 grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and his companion, Myrna Eusepi of Port Charlotte, Florida.

Daveline Mongson: former Shenorock resident

Daveline A. Mongson, a former Shenorock resident, died December 7.

She was 69.

She was born January 6, 1933 in Mount Kisco to David F. and Mary E. (Mead) Mongson.

She worked for 37 years at the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company.

She was predeceased by her parents and sister Vicki Ogden.

She is survived by two brothers, John Mongson of Brewster and David (Nancy) Mongson of Lansing, Michigan; two sisters, Elaine McDonald of Naples, Florida and Rosemary Vinberg of Shenorock; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Estes-Leadley Funeral Home in Lansing, Michigan.


Frances Bonanno: Somers resident

Frances Bonanno, a resident of Somers and longtime resident of Ossining, died November 25.

She was 82.

She was born in Manhattan and spent many years as a pattern designer in the garment district.

On April 27, 1947, she married James Bonanno in New York City. The couple lived in Little Neck, New York for many years. They built their dream house in 1976 in the Town of Cortlandt, where they lived for more than 20 years. During that time, she was a member of Holy Name of Mary Parish.

She is survived by her husband, James, the former Town Assessor of the Town of Ossining; one daughter, Barbara Scodfidio of Groton, Massachusetts; one son, James Bonanno of Eastchester; and three grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Oelker & Cox Funeral Home in Mount Kisco.


John A. O’Shaughnessy: Montrose resident

John A. O’Shaughnessy died Sunday at the New York State Veteran’s Home in Montrose.

He was 84.

He was a retired Foreman for the New York City Sanitation Department.

Mr. O’Shaughnessy was born in New York City on February 10, 1918 to Joseph and Mae Keating O’Shaughnessy. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was very active in the VFW #375 in Yonkers.

He is survived by two sons, Lawrence of New Jersey and Brian of Jupiter, Florida; two daughters, Eileen Adams of Verplanck and Mary Stauber of Cortlandt; one sister Gloria Tunney of Florida; and seven grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Dolores (O’Brien) in 1986, one son, John O’Shaughnessy, Jr., and one brother, Lawrence.

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


Peter Paul Scott: Buchanan resident

Peter Paul Scott, a resident of Buchanan, died December 6.

He was 59.

He worked as a bus driver for Chappaqua.

Mr. Scott was born December 23, 1942 in Tarrytown to Donald and Helen Stauble Scott.

He graduated from Ossining High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964 attaining the rank of SP4.

He is survived by his mother, Helen V. Scott of Croton-on-Hudson; one daughter, Tara Sue Leonard of Austin, Texas; two brothers, Donald Scott of Rhinebeck, and Robert Scott of Croton-on-Hudson; and one sister, Joan (Charles) Cartalemi of Cortlandt.

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


Robert E. Marsik: Ossining resident

Robert E. Marsik, a resident of Ossining since 1969 died December 8.

He was 88.

He was born May 8, 1914 in Bronx to Geza and Bernardina Hubinsky Marsik.

Mr. Marsik was a member of the Slovak Catholic School for about 70 years and was a former president. He was also President of the New York/ New Jersey Chapter of the Slovak Catholic Sokol for more than 20 years.

He was a former general contractor with Parks-Seiden & Company in Floral Park in Long Island.

Mr. Marsik is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary; one son, Robert V.; two daughters, Bertha Seitz and Tanya Marsik; one sister, Vladimira Gregus; nine grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren.

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


Vito Campanella: Ossining resident

Vito Campanella, a resident of Ossining, died December 10 at Victoria Home.

He was 91.

He was born in Conversano, Italy on May 3, 1911 to Giuseppe and Maria Lorusso Campanella.

Mr. Campanella was a retired stone Mason with local #235 of LIUNA.

He loved wine making, making tomato sauce, and vegetable gardening and had a zest for life. He was a former semi-professional soccer player in Italy and was a veteran of the Italian Army.

He is survived by son Joseph of Ossining and several nieces and nephews.

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

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