Miscellaneous Westchester County, New York Obituaries

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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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