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Frances L. Holderman: Cortlandt resident

Frances L. Holderman, a long time resident of Cortlandt, died May 17 at the Bethel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
She was 89.
She was born July 28, 1913 in New York City to Austin and Mabel Mitchell Leake. 
She graduated from Goshen College and taught at the Franklin Street Elementary School in Peekskill for more than 20 years.
She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Ossining, the Shepard’s Center, located at the Methodist Church in Peekskill, and the NYS Retired Teacher’s Association.
She is survived by one daughter, Martha Moore of Champagne, Illinois; five sons, Calvin (Larry) Holderman Jr. of Middlebury, Connecticut, Donald Holderman of Littleton, Colorado, Daniel Holderman of Hickory, North Carolina, David Holderman of St. Charles, MO and Jonathan Holderman of Cortlandt; one sister, Eleanor Sommerfield of Fredricksburg, Virginia; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great- grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Calvin L. Holderman, who died January 10, 1981. 
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill.
 

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Ula Henery Panas: wife of Walter Panas 

Ula Henery Panas, a longtime Shrub Oak resident, died December 4, 2002 in Wayne, New Jersey.
She was 93.
She was born March 25, 1909 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Walker L. and Margaret Ann Wagner Henery.
Mrs. Panas graduated from the Ithaca College Conservatory of Music in 1929 and was a violinist with the Harrisburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
She had also taught music and was a member of the Shrub Oak United Methodist Church.
On March 11, 1932, she married Walter Panas, a former superintendent for the Lakeland School District. He died December 27, 1998.
She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, David and Lenore Panas; two granddaughters, Susan Panas Clark of Lousville, Kentucky and Sharon Panas Mascaro of West Milford, New Jersey; three great-grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.
Her son, Michael W. Panas, died May 11, 2003.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill.
 

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Dorothy R. Pink: Peekskill resident 

Dorothy R. Pink, a lifetime resident of Peekskill, died May 15.
She was 85.
She was born September 18, 1917 to Arthur S. and Christina Turner Vizoski.
She attended Peekskill schools. She was a longtime beautician and cosmetologist in both New York City and the Peekskill/Cortlandt area, retiring in 1990. 
In 1940, she married Andrew Pink at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Peekskill. He died in 1993. 
Mrs. Pink was a communicant at St. Peter’s.
She is survived by one daughter, Andrea C. (Dr. Ronald) Sabella of Naples, Florida and two grandchildren, Drew Seifert of Peekskill and Dana D. Seifert of Florida.
She was predeceased by one grandson, Darren Seifert.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home in Peekskill.
 

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Bert Keller: Ossining resident

Bert Keller, a resident of Ossining, died May 14. 
He was born December 18, 1915 in New York City and moved to Millwood in 1948, where he lived until 1963. He then resided in Croton from 1963 until 1986 when he moved to Ossining.
Mr. Keller was the retired owner of the former Bert Keller & Son Service Station on Spring Street in Ossining.
He is survived by his son, Gary (Joan) and his grandchildren, Wendy and Donald.
His wife, Evelyn, died September 29, 2000.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Dorsey Funeral Home in Ossining.
 

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Russell Rogers: Ossining native

Russell B. Rogers, a former Ossining and Croton resident, died May 12 at his home in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
He was 78.
He was born July 26, 1924 in Ossining to Walter and Elizabeth Byington Rogers.
After graduating from Ossining High School he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in the 4th Marine Division during World War II and was part of the landing force that secured Iwo Jima for the Allies. He received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in battle.
He graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1949.
Mr. Rogers and his wife Betsy lived in Croton until 1998. For many years he was president of the Briggs-Rogers Insurance Agency in Croton.
He was an avid golfer, was active in Rotary and served in various capacities at Asbury United Methodist Church in Croton.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Carol and Mark Taylor of Wheaton, Ill., Rebecca and William Evans of Croton and Marianne and Philip Schmidt of Trumbull, Ct.; his sister and brother-in-law, Alice and Vincent Turletes of Millbrook; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Interment was held at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
 
 

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Blair Davies: Yorktown resident

Blair Hawes Davies, a resident of Yorktown, died May 17.
She was 89.
She was born May 15, 1914 in Peekskill to Harry H. Hawes and Jenny Louise Griswold.
A graduate of Vassar College, she was an active alumna and president of her graduate class. 
She served as past president of the Yorktown Teacher’s Association and was founder and past president of the Yorktown American Field Service. She was also a member and past president of the Peekskill Garden Club, served on the board of directors of the Constitution Island Association and was Chair of the Gardens for 34 years. 
In recognition of this service, Retired General Colin Powell presented her with a certificate of achievement on behalf of the Department of the Army. 
She was a lover of flowers and gardens and devoted much of her time to this pursuit.
She is survived by her husband, Hugh of Yorktown; four children, Linda Walsh of Greenwich, CT, Timothy Davies of St. Petersburg, Florida, Daphne Davies of York, Pennsylvania and Melanie Davies of Seattle, Washington; six grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill.
 

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Jessie C. Amory Moshier: Peekskill resident

Jessie C. Amory Moshier, a lifelong Peekskill resident, died May 17 at West Ledge Healthcare Facility in Peekskill.
She was 80.
She was born January 6, 1923 in Peekskill to William and Emma Browne Amory.
She attended Peekskill High School and worked for Reader’s Digest in Pleasantville for many years, retiring in the late 1970’s. 
On August 24, 1941, she married Clarence (Moe) Moshier at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, where she was a member. He died June 10, 1990.
She is survived by two daughters, Alice J. Hayes of Peekskill and Victoria Patterson of Fort Worth, Texas; two sisters, Kay Moshier of Urbana, Virginia and Helen Jackson of Louisville, Kentucky; five grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren.
She was predeceased by one sister, Mary Bowman, and three brothers, Reginald, Louis and William Amory.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill.
 

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Natalie Petriello: Yorktown resident

Natalie Estelle Petriello, a retired circulation manager of the Pennsysaver, died May 3.
She was 78.
She was a resident of Yorktown for 43 years.
She was born June 25, 1924 in the Bronx to Maxim and Anastasia Kymta.
She was the beloved wife of Joseph A. Petriello.
She is survived by her three children, Joseph, Janice and Frank; and three grandchildren, Mania, Joey, and Dana.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown Heights.
 

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Michael W. Panas: former Shrub Oak resident

Michael W. Panas, a former Shrub Oak resident, died May 11 at his home.
He was 55.
He was born April 20, 1948 in Peekskill to Walter and Ula Henery Panas.
He was raised in Shrub Oak and graduated from Lakeland High School in 1966 and White Plains Business School.
He was a tech sergeant for the 105th Air Lift Wing, located at Stewart Air Force Base for 19 years, before retiring in May 1998. 
He has resided in Wallkill for the past 20 years and was a member of the NRA. 
He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, David and Lenore Panas of Oakland, New Jersey; two nieces, Susan Panas Clark of Louisville, Kentucky and Sharon Panas Mascaro of West Milford, New Jersey; three great-nephews; and one great-niece. 
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill. 
 

First female Cortlandt supervisor dies at 81
Muriel Morabito helped secure funds for Community Center

 
Muriel Morabito 
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by Rick Pezzullo
Muriel H. Morabito, the first female supervisor in the Town of Cortlandt and a former Town Clerk, died Friday at her home in Buchanan.
She was 81.
“She was terrific. She was perfect for the job,” said former Supervisor Jack Gaffney, who was a Town Board running mate with Morabito when she was elected Cortlandt’s top chief executive in 1975, the first of two two-year terms she served.
“She was everywhere all the time,” Gaffney added. “I can’t think of anything negative to say about her.”
Former Town Clerk Harriet Boyle, who was replaced by Morabito after she gave birth to her daughter, former Councilwoman Rosemary Boyle, and then returned after Morabito was elected supervisor, said Morabito was her favorite supervisor to work with during her long tenure with the town.
“She was wonderful. There was a very high morale when Muriel was supervisor,” Harriet Boyle said. “She included everyone, especially the women.”
Current Supervisor Linda Puglisi, the only other female supervisor in Cortlandt’s history, requested a moment of silence for Morabito during Monday’s Memorial Day ceremonies at Town Hall.
“I’m so devastated,” Puglisi said earlier. “We used to have a bond since we were the only two women supervisors. I used to tease her that it was only the two of us.”
Morabito was born May 12, 1922 in Peekskill to John and Beatrice Conklin Heady but lived most of her life in the Village of Buchanan.
After graduating from Hendrick Hudson High School she landed a job with the Town of Cortlandt. A diehard Republican, she was elected Town Clerk in 1966 and remained in that position until 1975 when she was elected supervisor.
During her four years as supervisor, Morabito secured funding for the construction of the Cortlandt Community Center on Westbrook Drive, which was later named in her honor.
“She was a welcomed presence wherever she went,” Gaffney said. “With the seniors, there was even more of a special connection. She was the driving force behind that building and making improvements to it.”
Boyle, who was also a personal friend of Morabito, said Morabito also was instrumental in the construction of a park on Westchester Avenue in Verplanck and recalled many long town meetings while she was at the helm.
“Muriel was very unique when it came to the public,” Boyle said. “She would let people talk for a long time. When it was getting out of hand, she had a way of telling people they were finished in a nice way.”
After retiring as supervisor, Morabito served as president of the Buchanan Senior Citizens Club. She also enjoyed painting, baking, playing poker and writing poetry.
“She was very funny, very kind,” 
Puglisi said.
One poem Morabito penned on September 19, 1997 is cherished by Boyle on a daily basis.
“She was very talented,” Boyle said. “I saw her two or three weeks before Christmas and the last thing she said to me was when I get better I guarantee we’re going to have a lobster dinner. She loved lobster.”
On October 22, 1948, she married Edward “Dino” Morabito. He died in 1989.
Mrs. Morabito is survived by one daughter, Marcy Kelly and her husband John of Buchanan; two granddaughters, Ashlee and Bree Kelly; and one brother, William Heady, of Buchanan.
One brother, John Heady, died earlier.
Funeral services were held at the Edward F. Carter Funeral Home and the Reformed Church of Cortlandtown in Montrose. Burial took place yesterday (Tuesday) at Hillside Cemetery. 
 

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Dorothy McChain Seaboldt: former Peekskill resident

Dorothy McChain Seaboldt, a former Peekskill resident, died May 28 at her home in North Carolina.
She was 88.
A native of Yonkers, she was the daughter of Nathaniel and Aline Bennetts McChain and had lived in Reidsville, North Carolina for the past 22 years.
She was retired from the Peekskill City School District where she served in the business office and as a secretary to the High School Principal.
While in Peekskill she was a 45-year member of the Peekskill Presbyterian Church, a member of the Toddville Garden Club, a former member of the Pierre Van Cortlandt Chapter of D.A.R. and a former member of the Peekskill Education Secretaries.
She is survived by one son Ronald F. Seaboldt and wife Madeline of Stoneville, NC; one daughter, Dale S. Nilan of Reidsville, NC; two grandsons, Jeff Nilan and William Nilan of Reidsville, NC; two granddaughters, Jill Beard of Mayodan, NC and Melissa Schick of Richmond, VA; and seven great-grandchildren. 
Memorials may be made to: Speedwell Presbyterian Church c/o Mrs. Jackie Lemons, 889 Iron Works Rd. Reidsville, NC 27320 or to Hospice of Rockingham County, PO Box 281 Wentworth, NC 27375.
 

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Blair Hawes Davies: former Peekskill resident

Blair Hawes Davies, a former Peekskill resident, died May 17.
She was 89.
She was born in Peekskill on May 15, 1914 to Harry H. Hawes and Jenny Louise Griswold.
She graduated from Vassar College and was an active alumna and President of her graduating class.
She served as past President of the Yorktown Teacher’s Association and was founder of the Yorktown American Field Service. She was also a member and past President of the Peekskill Garden Club and served on the Board of Directors of the Constitution Island Association and chair of the Gardens for 34 years. In recognition of this service, Retired General Colin Powell presented her with a certificate of achievement on behalf of the Department of the Army.
She was a lover of flowers and gardens.
She is survived by her husband, Hugh of Yorktown; her children, Linda Walsh of Greenwich, CT, Timothy Davies of St. Petersburg, FL, Daphne Davies of York, PA, and Melanie Davies of Seattle, WA; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements and services 
were private.
 

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Helen Dickerson: Ossining resident

Helen Dickerson died May 25 at her home in Ossining.
She was born to Harvey and Winona Hankins and was educated and graduated in the Danville School System in Virginia.
She married Maxwell Dickerson, who died in 1986.
She was a member of the Union Baptist Church in White Plains.
Mrs. Dickerson is survived by her son, Mitchell Dickerson of San Antonio, Texas; one sister, Maurice Lee of Ossining; two nephews, Jamal R. Peterson and Michael M. Morris, both of Ossining and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Jeremiah Edwards Funeral Home, Inc. in Peekskill. Services were held at the Union Baptist Church in White Plains. Interment was at Dale Cemetery in Ossining.
 

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Sarah F. Hoffman: former Peekskill resident

Sarah F. Hoffman, a former Peekskill resident where she resided most of her life, died May 21.
She was 94.
She was born February 20, 1909 in Croton-on-Hudson to Orron and Emaline Crookstone Turner.
She was a member of the Church of the Assumption and the Catholic Daughters. She was a seamstress for Grossman’s Factory in Peekskill for approximately 50 years.
She was the wife of the late Roland Hoffman, who died July 15, 1971.
She is survived by one son, Carl G. Turner, and one granddaughter, Gwen Turner.
A graveside Funeral Service was held today (Wednesday) at Assumption Cemetery. 
 

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Piera (Petie) Hadden: Peekskill resident

Piera (Petie) Hadden, a resident of Peekskill for many years, died May 4 at Emerald Health Care Center in Port St. Lucie Florida. 
She was 69.
She worked for many years at Lou’s Corner Store in Cortlandt.
She was predeceased by her husband George in 1974 and her daughter Laurie in 1999. 
She is survived by her son, George, mother, Julie and brother Gulio of Miami, Florida; one granddaughter, Corinne Salicco of Peekskill; and one grandson, Justin of Miami, Florida.


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