Miscellaneous Westchester County, New York Obituaries

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Bertha L. DeLuca: Peekskill resident

Bertha L. DeLuca, a former resident of Peekskill, died March 2 at Treetops at Mohegan Lake where she resided for 10 years.

She was 91.

She had lived in Peekskill since 1931, where she worked as a seamstress at Grossman’s Factory, and other clothing manufacturers for many years.

She was born in Beacon on September 8, 1911, to Rocco and Vita (Stona) Grippo.

She was a homemaker and “Grandma” to her family and extended family and friends. She loved reading and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her daughters, Dolores D’Angelo and Margaret Harbolic, both of Peekskill, and daughter and son-in-law, Grace and Bill Grexa of Cortlandt; 12 grandchildren, John D’Angelo, Jr., Gloria Gilmartin, Mary Iaccarino, Lisa Perricelli, Michele Bolgna, Cherl Griffin, Bill Grexa, Jr., Michael Grexa, Justine Seymour, Ronald Harbolic, Jr., Wendy Fred, Philip Harbolic; and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Benjamin DeLuca, in 1962.

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

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Daniel Varella: Cortlandt resident 
Daniel T. Varella, a resident of Cortlandt, died March 1, 2003.

He was 44.

He was born September 22, 1958 in Cold Spring to Leonard and Dolores Chase Varella.

He graduated from Hendrick Hudson High School in 1977 and earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering in Sarasota, Florida.

Mr. Varella worked as a contractor.

On October 11, 1986, he married Rosa Trinanes at Assumption Church in Peekskill. She survives him, living in Cortlandt.

Mr. Varella will be deeply missed by so many. He lived his life with a tremendous love for his wife, son, family and friends. His legacy is the great circle of lives he touches in so many positive ways. He was so full of life and energy that it inspired people.

Besides his wife, Mr. Varella is survived by his son, Anthony Varella, also of Cortlandt; his parents, Leonard and Dolores Varella of Cortlandt; two brothers, Leonard (Barbara) and Michael Varella of Peekskill; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

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

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Giovanni DiMascia: Ossining resident 
Giovanni DiMascia, a resident of Ossining, died February 27. 

He was 63.

He was born in Castelmauro, Compobasso, Italy on September 18, 1939 to Antonio and Maria (DiNanno) DiMascia. 

He is survived by his wife, Guilia (Manicchio); one son, Antonio (Anitra); one grandson, Christopher; and two brothers, Vincenzo and Pepino.

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

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Jane E. Fay: resident of Buchanan 
Jane E. Fay resident of Buchanan died Tuesday, March 4, 2004 at Rosary Hill Home. 

She was 52.

She was a former Teacher’s Aide at Buchanan-Verplanck School. 

She was born in White Plains on February 20, 1951, the daughter of Hugh G. and Adorna Zorzo Sexton. 

She was very active in the 4H Club in No. Westchester/Putnam. 

She is survived by her husband, Randall Fay, of Buchanan, her mother, Adorna Sexton, of Peekskill, a daughter Wendy, a brother, Joseph Seton, of Amherst, NY, a sister, Mary Ann Piechowsicz, of Poughkeepsie, and several nieces and nephews. 

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

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Robert H. Walker: Ossining resident

Robert H. Walker, resident of Ossining and native of Scotland, died March 2.

He was an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Ossining, was very active with the Ossining Senior Citizens Nutrition Program and was a Mason in the Ossining area.

His wife, Elsie, his sister, Jessie Walker of Manhattan, and his niece, Susan of New Hampshire, survive.

A memorial service will be held April 27 at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church on South Highland Avenue in Ossining.

Donations may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church Restoration Fund, PO Box 7, Ossining, NY 10562.
 
 
 

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Vincenzo Carozza 
Vincenzo Carozza, who resided in Phoenix, Arizona for the past 10 years, died February 18, 2003 from lung cancer. 

He was 75.

He was employed as a butcher at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

He was born September 8, 1927 to Francesco Carozza and Carolina Rapa Carozza in Palena, Italy, emigrated to Venezuela and then to the United States where he settled in Yonkers, Scarsdale and Hopewell Junction for many years.

In addition to his loving wife of 45 years, Mary Carozza of Phoenix, Arizona, he is survived by his daughters Carla Whalen of Scottsdale, Arizona, Frances Ciccone of Phoenix, Arizona and Maryann Carozza of Chandler, Arizona; one son, Vincent Carozza of New Zealand; and three grandchildren, Jessica Whalen, Alexander Ciccone and Ethan Gomez.

Mr. Carozza was the beloved brother to his pre-deceased brother, Alfonso Carozza who was killed in World War II; Crestina (Mrs. Gaetano) Liberatore, Roberto Carozza and Ilmo Carozza of Yonkers; Fernando Carozza of Catskill, New York; Anna (Mrs. Giacinto) Friscioni of Queens, New York; Clara (Mrs. Pietro) Cacace of Yonkers, New York; Alfonso Carozza of Stamford, Connecticut and Anthony Carozza of Monroe, Connecticut. 

He is also survived by 24 nieces and nephews. 
 

Emil E. Brodbeck: Yorktown resident

Emil E. Brodbeck, a resident of Yorktown for 16 years, died March 7 at his home in Eustis, Florida.

Hel was Owner/President of Richard Brodbeck Pianos, a business that served customers in Westchester County for five generations, and was most recently located in Hawthorne.

Mr. Brodbeck was an artist and accomplished writer in the field of photography and motion pictures, doing most of his work from his Yorktown home.

Mr. Brodbeck resided in Westchester County for 68 years and moved to Florida in 1987.

He published five books through McGraw Hill, Fawcett, Prentice Hall, and Amphoto. His book Motion Picture Techniques is currently being used as the basis of a course for motion pictures at Keene University, New Hampshire. He also wrote for magazines featuring “how to” articles and photography techniques and is a published poet.

After “retiring” to Florida, Mr. Brodbeck became a real estate broker and was soon honored as a million dollar producer for All State Realty in Mt. Dora.

He was born in Mount Vernon and was a Signal Corps motion picture cameraman for the Army during WWII. Many of his films were viewed in motion pictures, some of them were featured in a movie with Errol Flynn. His war film shorts were also featured in movie theatres during WWII.

He was a Life Member of the China-Burma-India Veteran’s group and the Retired Officer’s Association, and had been a member of the Elks.

Mr. Brodbeck was devoutly religious and is survived by his wife of 63 years, Kathleen; daughters Donna McCusker (former long-time resident of Yorktown, and Deborah Brodbeck of Eustis, Florida (formerly of North Salem), one son, Richard Emil Brodbeck of White Plains;11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Allen J. Harden Funeral Home in Mt. Dora.
 
 

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Joseph D. Santore, Sr: former Peekskill resident 

Joseph D. Santore, Sr., a former resident of Peekskill, died March 7 at The Villages Regional Hospital in The Villages, Florida.

He was 84.

He was born September 8, 1918 in Peekskill to Dominick and Antonetta Monaco Santore and graduated from Peekskill High School in 1936. 

He served in the Army Air Force in the 90th Airborne Squadron during WWII, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was a sales clerk for the former Skolsky’s Inc. in Peekskill for 32 years before retiring in the 1970’s. 

He married Dorothy V. Smith on February 20, 1944 at St. Ann’s Church in Ossining.

He was a life member of the Centennial Hose Co. #4, where he was a former treasurer for 27 years, a member of the VFW Post #476 and the Lodge #744 of the B.P.O.E., all in Peekskill and a member of the Westchester County Volunteer Fireman’s Association. 

He lived in Peekskill most of his life before moving to Lady Lake, Florida in 1987. 

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Santore of Lady Lake, Florida; one daughter, Sharon Beisser of Leland, North Carolina; three sons, Joseph D. Santore Jr. of Wallace, North Carolina, Thomas Santore of Putnam Valley and Dominick Santore of Poughquag; 11 grandchildren; and one great- grandson. 

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

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Martha B. Fritz: Peekskill resident 
Martha B. Fritz, a resident of Peekskill, died March 9 with her family at her side at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was 70.

She was born October 26, 1932 in Hazelton, Pennsylvania to Michael and Ann Revak Voytko.

She received her teaching degree from Pace University, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and her Master’s degree in special education from Fordham University.

Mrs. Fritz was a dedicated fourth-grade teacher at Saint John the Evangelist in Mahopac for many years. She continued teaching during her retirement.

She was a communicant of Church of the Assumption in Peekskill, where she once taught CCD. Her other activities included serving as president of the Mothers Club, and Field Library Store volunteer.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ronald Fritz; and her children and their spouses: son Mark and wife Sharon, daughter Rhonda, son Christopher and wife Janet, daughter Valerie, daughter Jennifer and husband Raymond, son Philip; and her grandchildren, Harrison, Derek, Liliana, Karsten, Justin, Shannon, Nikki, Danielle, Marni, Peter, Christine, Raymond, Ian and Aaron, and her sister Paula and niece Nicole.

Mrs. Fritz will be remembered for her family devotion and her spiritual strength. Her compassion and love touched all who knew her. She and her family appreciate all the prayers and support of her relatives, friends and students. Their cards, letters, and thoughtful gestures gladdened her days.

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

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Martha B. Fritz: Peekskill resident 

Martha B. Fritz, a resident of Peekskill, died March 9 with her family at her side at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was 70.

She was born October 26, 1932 in Hazelton, Pennsylvania to Michael and Ann Revak Voytko.

She received her teaching degree from Pace University, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and her Master’s degree in special education from Fordham University.

Mrs. Fritz was a dedicated fourth-grade teacher at Saint John the Evangelist in Mahopac for many years. She continued teaching during her retirement.

She was a communicant of Church of the Assumption in Peekskill, where she once taught CCD. Her other activities included serving as president of the Mothers Club, and Field Library Store volunteer.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ronald Fritz; and her children and their spouses: son Mark and wife Sharon, daughter Rhonda, son Christopher and wife Janet, daughter Valerie, daughter Jennifer and husband Raymond, son Philip; and her grandchildren, Harrison, Derek, Liliana, Karsten, Justin, Shannon, Nikki, Danielle, Marni, Peter, Christine, Raymond, Ian and Aaron, and her sister Paula and niece Nicole.

Mrs. Fritz will be remembered for her family devotion and her spiritual strength. Her compassion and love touched all who knew her. She and her family appreciate all the prayers and support of her relatives, friends and students. Their cards, letters, and thoughtful gestures gladdened her days.

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

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Ruth Sherman: Granite Springs resident 
Ruth Sherman died March 4 in Granite Springs where she lived at the home of her daughter, Susan Smith. 

She was 85.

Starting in 1967, she was the Director of Public Relations and Information at the Sight Center for 16 years. After retiring from full-time employment, she worked part time at the Agency until moving to New York in 1990.

While in Granite Springs, she volunteered for The Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown until her death.

Born in Ironton, Ohio, she was the first woman to a Masters Degree in Speech from Ohio State University. Her husband, Morton J. Sherman, died in 1968.

She is survived by her daughter Susan, son-in-law Philip, and two grandchildren, Henry and Katy of Granite Springs.
 
 

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Teresa M. Basso Harper: Croton resident 
Teresa M. Basso Harper, a longtime resident of Croton, died March 9 at Bethel Health Center. 

She was 74.

She was a retired Real Estate Broker at Perry Kennedy in Croton.

She was born in Yonkers on May 10, 1928 to Edward and Winifred Grimshaw Devlin. 

She is survived by her husband, Herbert Harper of Croton; one son, Paul Basso, of Croton; three daughters, Sally (Rick) Leggio, of Verplanck, Kathleen Calabro (Gabe Clark), of Cortlandt and Karen (Nestor) Santos of Peekskill; also her blended family, Reuben (Linda) Abraham, of Westport, Connecticut, Bruce (Claudia) Harper, of Cortlandt, Russel (Mary) Harper, of Croton, Nancy (William) Harper-Kelly, of Croton, and Roxanne Sansevera, of Yonkers; her grandchildren, Shanon and Mikie Girodano, Jeremy and Cami Basso, Bernie, Nicole and Brian Calabro, and Jimmy and Celena Vassallo; and her blend of 13 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and her puppy, Skyler. 

She was predeceased by three brothers, John, Edward, and Neil Devlin, and three sisters, Myra Olsen, Jean Danyko, and Winifred Devlin.

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


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