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Anna Vaccaro: Yorktown resident

Anna Vaccaro, a resident of Yorktown, died December 25.

She was 95.

She was born July 3, 1907 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Dominico and Catherine Faiano Venuti.

Before residing in Yorktown since 1981, she lived in the Bronx.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, William and Theresa Vaccaro of Cortlandt; four grandchildren, Valerie, Daniel, Raymond and William Vaccaro; and four great-grandchildren, Jake, Daniel, William and Jacquelyn.

Her husband, William Vaccaro, predeceased her.

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

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Clara V. Gutowski: Peekskill resident

Clara V. Gutowski, a resident of Peekskill for the past 52 years, died December 24.

She was 82.

She was born November 9, 1920 in Broadalbin, New York to Joseph and Bernice Bochenek Motyl.

She was an active parishioner at the Church of the Assumption in Peekskill, where she was a member of the Cenacle and the Respect Life Committee.

She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and was a lay associate of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters.

She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

She is survived by daughter-in-law, David A. and Susan Gutowski of Richfield Springs, New York, and son, Joseph A. Gutowski, Jr. of Peekskill; two sisters, Helen Smedley and Julia Regelski; five brothers, William, Andrew, Albert, Joseph and Leo Moryl; grandchildren, Jenny Clyman, Becky Gutowski, David Gutowski Jr., Heather McKenna, and Larry and Ryan Mullin; and dear friend, John P. Friedmann.

Her husband, Joseph A. Gutowski, predeceased her on February 28, 1981.

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

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Elenor D. Mowatt: Ossining resident

Elenor D. Mowatt, a resident of Ossining, died December 29 at Bethel Nursing Home in Ossining.

She was 92.

She was born May 10, 1910 to James and Nora Geisler White.

She attended Park School and was a graduate of Ossining High School class of 1927. She was employed as an assembler at Cambridge Instruments in Ossining for 38 years until her retirement in 1968.

On December 15, 1958, she married William J. Mowatt at St. Annís Church. He predeceased her on January 26, 2001.

Mrs. Mowatt was a founding member of the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps on December 15, 1958, a first-aid instructor and received the Phelps Memorial Hospital Lifesaver award on May 16, 1993.

Her niece Diane Incognito survives.

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

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Harry Clayton White: resident of Ossining

Harry Clayton White resident of Ossining died suddenly on Thursday, December 26, 2002 at Phelps Memorial Hospital.

He was 67.

He worked as a banker for Barclays Bank in White Plains before retiring. He was born September 30, 1935 in Brooklyn to Harry Clayton and Myrtle Foster White. He attended Archbishop Stepinac High School and graduated from Ossining High School and then attended Business School after the military. He served in the USMC from 1953 to 1956. He belonged to American Legion Post 506 in Ossining. On August 9, 1957 he married Elizabeth Stanton at St. Annís Church, Ossining.

Locally he was a 40 year life member of Steamer Co of The Ossining Fire Department where he served as Captain and most recently had been serving as a Fire Dispatcher for the OFD. He was a life member of St. Annís Church.

He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, three sons Harry C., Thomas S. and Maritn C., four daughters, Marjorie A. Schweizer, K.C. Peckham, Valerie M. White and Carol Jean Thomas, 11 grandchildren, three sisters, Margaret Freeman, Mary Jane Shaw and Virginia Hoffman. Family members who died earlier include one brother William T. White in November.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Waterbury & Kelly Funeral Home in Ossining.
 

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Joan G. Lynch: Somers resident

Joan G. Lynch, a resident of Somers, died December 25.

She is survived by her husband, Richard; three daughters, Kelly, Cindy and Britany; five sons, Richard, Timothy, Michael, Daniel, Courtney; two sisters, Jenny and Mary; one brother, Dominick; and 13 grandchildren.

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

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Kathleen M. Doke: Ossining resident

Kathleen M. Doke, a resident of Ossining, died December 22 at Phelps Memorial Hospital after a long battle with autoimmune disease.

She was 77.

She was born October 13, 1925 in Jamaica, New York to John J. and Lillian Geyer Marshall.

She graduated from Newtown High School and attended Queens College.

On July 9, 1950, she married John E. Doke at the Broadway Tabernacle in New York City. He died in 1964.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen S. Doke and her son, John E. Doke, Jr.

She was active in the Brookside School PTA and the Briarcliff Congregational Church. Mrs. Doke worked for Briarcliff College from 1964 until its closing in 1977. She then was employed as an administrative assistant at Pace University until her retirement in 1992.

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

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Leroy J. Camp: Ossining resident

Leroy J. Camp, a resident of Ossining, died December 30.

He was 80.

He was born April 21, 1922 in Ossining to Leroy and Nancy DeFalco Camp.

He was a graduate of Ossining High School class of 1940; he then enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he served as a 1st Sergeant during WWII.

Mr. Camp was employed with the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years before retiring in 1984. He was a part-time butcher at Curranís Market. He also worked at the Village Pharmacy after retirement.

He was a parishioner of St. Annís Church where he was an usher and he volunteered for many years at Bingo. He was an associate member of Monitor Hose Co. #4 of the Ossining Fire Dept.

He is survived by his wife, Alice (nee Budney); one son, Gregory (Theresa); one daughter, Rosemary; two brothers, George and Dominick; one sister, Philomena Cesa; one grandson, Gregory; and three granddaughters, Kara, Stacy, Kathryn.

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

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Mary Margaret Smith: Ossining resident

Mary Margaret Smith, resident of Ossining since 1979, died December 25 at Phelps Memorial Hospital.

She was 93.

She was born in New York City on January 8, 1909 to Michael and Mary Ann Helbert Glynn.

In 1927, she married Thomas Louis Smith in New York City. He died in 1966.

She was a parishioner of St. Annís Church in Ossining and a member of the Golden Agers Group #1 and the Ossining Senior Citizens.

She is survived by five daughters, Virgin A. Monahan of Cold Spring, Marilyn Smith of Tucson, Arizona, Patricia Masalski of Pembroke Pines, Florida, Barbara Smith of Lindenhurst, Long Island and Michele Topa of Tallahassee, Florida; one son, Thomas Smith Jr. of Washington, D.C.; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

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

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Norma Leree Cecconi: Ossining resident

Norma Leree Cecconi, a resident of Ossining, died December 27 at Mr. Sinai Hospital.

She was 58.

She was born May 25, 1944 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania to Rev. Albert George Windle and Dorothy Erma Gill.

She was a graduate of Long Beach High School, a graduate of Methodist Hospital School of Nursing and received her B.S. Degree from the Empire State College in New York City.

She was a registered nurse for 27 years with the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary in New York City. She was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Croton and was a member of the choir.

She is survived by her husband, John; one son, James Nicholls; two brothers, Rick (Pat) Windle and Eddie (Josephine) Windle; nieces and nephews, Steve and (Michele) Smith, Kerri and (Bryon) Smith, Justin and (Tina) Windle, and Christopher Windle and Darlene Windle.

Her parents and one brother, Albert George Windle Jr., predeceased her.

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

Gary R. Rich: Pennysaver employee

Gary R. Rich, a longtime employee of the Yorktown Pennysaver and Printing Corporation, died unexpectedly Monday.

He was 50.

He was born January 3, 1953 in Peekskill to Walter G. and Ann Hob Rich.

A 1971 Lakeland High School graduate, Mr. Rich earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Manhattan College in 1978.

On November 25, 1978, he married Maria Dolores Moreno at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in White Plains.

Mr. Rich began his employment with the Pennysaver in the Sales Department shortly thereafter. After about 10 years he left for a brief period to work for Peekskill Motors. He returned to the Pennysaver and worked in the pressroom before joining the Typesetting Department as a computer technician in 1988, a position he held until his death.

Yorktown Electronic Publishing Director Robert MacDonald worked with Mr. Rich for many years and recalled their mutual interest in cars.

"He had a deep appreciation for classic cars, especially Ford," said MacDonald. "He was very personable as a friend, whether we talked about cars or we talked about computers. He was good at rationalizing things. He had a way of putting things into perspective."

A NASCAR buff, Mr. Rich also enjoyed rock ní roll music, The Simpsons and working around the house.

"His hobby was also taking things apart and fixing them," MacDonald said. "He loved spending time with his son, educating him on mechanics."

In addition to his wife of Yorktown, Mr. Rich is survived by one son, Gary Jr.; one daughter, Annmarie; two sisters, Susan Rich of Yorktown and Sandra Nester of Poughkeepsie; his parents of Cortlandt; and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass is being held Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrickís Church in Yorktown. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Cortlandt.

This week our company, The Yorktown Pennysaver Media Group, was hit with a tragedy. Our co-worker of many years had passed away while still in his prime, leaving behind a family torn by sadness and questions. We are all perplexed why a man of 50 years had has life cut short and especially a kind, generous man. How do you "say a few words" about someone you have worked with for over 20 years? It wasnít the big things you noticed, but the day to day successes and failures of the work week were part of our daily lives. We all knew each other before wives, kids and husbands were in the picture. At this time Gary was part of the "Sales Department Family." We always talked about old times the way you hear parents talk about "the old days." We talked of work, or course, cars, of course, and joked and laughed a lot. Gary had a great sense of humor. There was always laughter around wherever Gary was working. If you couldnít find him all you had to do was listen for about one minute and you could locate him by his laugh. He was very dedicated. When projects came up that needed time and patience, he gave his time and worked on his patience. He enjoyed learning about new things and took them on with the same verve that he attacked life. As computers changed Gary went to school to learn the new technology. You would ask him how school was and he would roll his eyes, look up at the ceiling and sigh. Then we would all laugh. Once he brought back his knowledge to work, he couldnít wait to see how he could apply what he learned. He was impatient to get started and the projects would be almost completed before you knew it. Gary would sit and grim his infamous smile and say it was almost done. Gary was a family man. He loved his family with a passion and was fiercely protective. He was always telling us about his wife and kids with both the pride and agony of family life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family for we know what they have lost. With Garyís passing we have not only lost a co-worker, but a part of our extended family. He will be missed. 
The Chase Family
 
 

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Christina Anne Scully

Christina Anne Scully was born on December 20, 1904 in Town Kilmallok County Limerick, Ireland. Her parents were Johannah (Harrinton) and Patrick. Christina had three brothers and three sisters Mary. Christinaís family immigrated to the United States on when she was a child to Boston Massachusetts.

Christina entered Maryknoll on October 15, 1928 when she was twenty-three years old. She received the religious name Sr. Mary Clemens at Reception. (She prefers the name Christina today). Christina made her first profession of vows on January 6, 1931 and her final profession on the same date in 1934.

Christinaís first assignment was in the Seminary kitchen at the Center. She was there from 1928 to 1931. In 1932 Christina was then assigned as the Guest Mistress and helped to sew for the Sisters at the Center for two years. In 1934, Christina was again reassigned this time to Clark Summit, Pennsylvania to work in the kitchen there. She stayed there for five years.

Christina began a new mission in 1939, this time in the Los Angeles convent. She worked again as a domestic performing several duties. In 1953, Christina was moved to Stockton California to work there in the convent kitchen until 1961. That year Christina was moved to Monrovia where she worked both in the hospital and in the kitchen. She stayed there for eight years. In 1969 Christina was reassigned again, to Guadalupe, California, again as a domestic and also to do catechetic work.

In 1972 Christina left the West Coast where she had been for over 30 years. She returned to the Center to work again in the Seminary. Christina began her work as a Seminary Sacristan for thirteen years.

In 1985 Christina retired at the Center, after more than 50 years of dedicated service for Maryknoll. Christina held one of the most under-acknowledged positions as a Sister, and was proud to have it. She may not have spent the bulk of her mission life working directly with the public, but served those who did.

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

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Daniel J. Cook: Cortlandt resident

Daniel J. Cook, a resident of Cortlandt, died January 1, 2003 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

He was 51.

He was born September 4, 1951 in Poughkeepsie to George and Evelyn Wiedman Cook.

Mr. Cook was a self-employed landscaper.

On September 9, 1972, he married Mary Lynch in Flushing.

In addition to his wife of Cortlandt, Mr. Cook is survived by one son, Patrick; one sister, Claudia Selfridge of Winchester, Virginia; three brothers, George of Pleasant Valley; Gerard of Hyde Park and Bruce of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

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

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Fredric Farber: PV resident

Fredric Farber, a resident of Putnam Valley, died January 2, 2003 at Northern Westchester Hospital.

He was 71.

He was the beloved husband of Edith Farber of Putnam Valley and the cherished father of Harry Farber of South Carolina and Pamela Cosenza of Massapequa, New York.

He was also the devoted grandfather of Elizabeth, Jimmy, Brooke and Jenna.

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

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James J. Byrne: Mohegan Lake resident

James J. Byrne, a resident of Mohegan Lake and retired Lieutenant with the Westchester County Parkway Police, died January 5 at Hudson Valley Hospital.

He was 79.

He was born and raised in Yonkers and moved to Mohegan Lake in 1971. He joined the U.S. Navy as a teenager and saw combat action in the South Pacific. He served three-and-a-half years in the Navy as a Motor Machinist Mate First Class.

Mr. Byrne was a car inspector and repairman for the New York Central Railroad before joining the Westchester County Police. He served 24 years before retiring as a Lieutenant.

He was President of the Westchester County Parkway P.B.A. for four consecutive terms, giving up same when he was promoted to Sergeant. He was Sergeant for seven years and Lieutenant for seven years. He served as President of the Westchester Police Conference, which was later the Tri Federation of Police. He was President of the Westchester Police Emerald Society in 1980 and 1981.

Mr. Byrne received commendations for police work from not only his department, but also from the Governor of New York and the Connecticut Police Commission (State).

He played big league softball with the Long Island City Athletics in the Eastern Major Softball League and signed a Minor League contract with the New York Yankees. He set batting records in the Old Yonkers City League and the Westchester County Baseball Association that are still standing.

He was a Trustee in the Police Emerald Society and ran the 50/50 program.

Mr. Byrne had three children, Jim, Tom and Eileen, with his wife Edythe Burpoe. She died in 1980.

He also has five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown. A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Shrub Oak. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Hastings.
 

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John J. DeSilva: Croton resident

John J. DeSilva, a resident of Croton-on-Hudson, died January 3, 2003 at Bethel Nursing Home.

He was 67.

He was born November 9, 1935 in Norwich, Connecticut the son of Moses Silva and Antoinette Stellato.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen of Croton-on-Hudson; son John and his wife Gerri of Garrison; daughter Debbie DeSilva of Saranac, New York; and two grandchildren, Rachel and Brian.

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

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Kevin Plant: Garrison resident

Kevin Plant, a resident of Garrison, died December 29, 2002 at Hudson Valley Hospital.

He was 47.

He is survived by his sister, Maureen C. Voss; two brothers, Brian J. and Gerard S. Plant; nephews, Christopher J. Plant, Whitney J. Plant and Andrew J. Voss; and one niece, Meagan Voss.

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

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Paul R. Oliver: Ossining resident

Paul R. Oliver, a resident of Ossining, died January 1, 2003 at his residence in Tampa, Florida.

He was 91.

He was born July 8, 1911 in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Mr. Oliver was a retired master mechanic with the N.Y. Central & the Penn Central Railroads at Grand Central Station.

He is survived by his son Paul Jr. (Helen) and one granddaughter Terri.

His wife Helen predeceased him on August 8, 1989.

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

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Raymond T. Falke: former Somers resident

Raymond T. Falke, a former Somers resident, died December 21 at his home in Salters Cove.

He was 84.

He was born April 16, 1918 in the Bronx to Joseph and Theresa Fox Falke.

He was formerly of Leonardo, New Jersey and Somers. Mr. Falke was a member of St. Michaelís Catholic Church.

He was an Army master sergeant during World War II and served in the European theater. He was a loving husband and proud father who enjoyed his chosen profession of carpentry and woodwork. He also loved gardening and pigeons.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Gertrude Falke; his children, Joseph Falke of Raleigh, North Carolina, Karen OíBrien of Pensacola, Florida, Patricia Vogt of Stanfordville, New York, David Falke of Huntersville, North Carolina, Elizabeth Woods of Woodstock, Georgia, Joanne Falke-Gallo of Decatur, Georgia, Cathy Carlock of Atlanta and Mary Delzio of Mahopac, New York; 15 grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Goldfinch Funeral Home.
 

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Richard La Fountain: former Peekskill resident

 

Richard La Fountain, a former Peekskill resident, died December 27 at Allen Pavilion in New York City.

He was 81.

He was born in Peekskill on April 21, 1921 to Veva La Fountain.

He was a Veteran of the US Army WW II and worked for many years at the FDR VA Hospital as a truck driver.

Mr. La Fountain lived most of his life in Peekskill and resided the last six years in New Windsor, New York.

He was predeceased by his wife, Viola Dorothy (nee Selleck) La Fountain on November 22, 1972.

He is survived by four children, Richard La Fountain Jr. of Seaside, Long Island, Kenneth and Dorothy La Fountain, both of Peekskill. and Jane Jones of Tulsa, Oklahoma; 18 granchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

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

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Rosalie J. Weir: resident of Mahopac

Rosalie J. Weir resident of Mahopac died on Sunday, January 5, 2003 at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, New York.

She was 63.

She worked as a secretary for Kraft General Foods in White Plains. She was with the company for 22 years before retiring in 1995.

She was born June 4, 1939 in White Plains to James and Josephine Garro.

She was educated in White Plains and graduated from Good Council High School in 1957.

She earned a degree from Berkley Secretary School in 1958.

She married Thomas Weir on January 23, 1960 at Assumption in White Plains, New York.

She lived in Mahopac, New York for the past 40 years. Before that she lived in White Plains from 1939 to 1963.

She will be remembered for her loving husband Thomas of Mahopac, daughter in law Mary Weir of Yorktown Heights grandchildren Zachary, Matthew, Elizabeth, and Brian.

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

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Samuel Torelli: PV resident

Samuel Anthony Torelli, a resident of Putnam Valley, died December 29, 2002 at Hudson Valley Hospital.

He was 80.

He was born August 29, 1922 in Vineland, New Jersey and moved to New York City when he was two.

He enlisted in the Armed Forces in 1939 and served until 1941, and was drafted in 1942 and served in the Infantry Division of the Army Air Corps as a Radio Gunner until 1945. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Victory Medal and numerous commendation medals.

On January 22, 1955, he married Vincenza Donato in Italy. They lived in New York City as he worked as a radio engineer at various radio stations.

Mr. Torelli also worked in the US Merchant Marine and Exxon Tankers. In 1991, he served his country again in the Persian Gulf War/Desert Shield.

He was the beloved husband of Vivian Torelli of Putnam Valley and the cherished father of Anthony of Putnam Valley, Vivian of Peekskill and Don of Putnam Valley.

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

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Susan H. DeRonda: resident of Peekskill

Susan H. DeRonda resident of Peekskill died on Tuesday, December 31, 2002.

She was 84.

She was a homemaker.

She was born in Peekskill on January 7, 1918 to Michael and Helen Kasakawitz. She married Karl DeRonda in Peekskill in 1939.

She is survived by her children: Dolores (James) Mowbray of Putnam Valley, Monica DeRonda of Peekskill, Ronald (Geri) DeRonda of Peekskill, Kathy (Joe) Danko of Peekskill and Albert DeRonda of Poughkeepsie, Dorothy (William) Moran of Peekskill and daughter-in-law Annemarie DeRonda of Cortlandt Manor.

She is also survived by three sisters: Sophie Colao of Tampa, Florida, Ann Turner, also of Tampa, Florida and Julia Stottlar of Shrub Oak, New York; two brothers, Steve Kasakawitz of Tampa, Florida and Michael Kasakawitz of Tampa, Florida. Also survived by 28 grandchildren and several great grandchildren and several great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Karl ("Dutch") DeRonda, son Karl ("Butch") DeRonda and daughter, Linda Heady.


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