Miscellaneous Westchester County, New York Obituaries - 2002

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Albert Esposito: Croton resident
Albert P. Esposito, a resident of Croton, died May 30.
He was 72.
He worked as a Travel Agent for St. Regis Paper Company in Nyack. He was with the company for 23 years before retiring in 1985.
Mr. Esposito served in the Army for five years, attaining the rank of Sergeant.
He is survived by his wife, Josephine; children, Marianne and James Skelley and Andrew and Margaret Esposito; grandchildren, Daniel, Katie, Meaghan, Erin and Alyssa; brother, Joseph; sister, Anne Miano; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown.

Edward Russo: former Yorktown principal
Edward J. Russo, a former Katonah resident and former principal in the Yorktown School District, died May 23 at Mary Ann Morse Nursing Center in Natick, MA.
He was 81.
He was born in Haverstraw, graduated from Haverstraw High School and went on to New Paltz College, where he graduated with a B.E. and received the Outstanding Male Graduate Award.
He served in the Air Force during World War II and was stationed in England and France. When he returned, he joined the faculty of the Robert E. Bell School in Chappaqua, where he met his future wife, Katrine Troyanovich.
The couple raised their two daughters, Ann and Kathy in Katonah, where they resided for 46 years. In 1998 they moved to Walpole, MA to be closer to their daughters.
Mr. Russo attended Columbia University where he received a Masters Degree in Education. He was an elementary school principal in Yorktown from 1953 to 1981. During that time he was given the honor and responsibility of opening four new schools in this rapidly growing community.
After retirement he started his own company, providing computer services to small businesses.
He was a competitive athlete as a student, earning four varsity letters in baseball and basketball during his college years. He was also an enthusiastic participant in golf, softball, bowling and tennis throughout his adult life. His hobbies included gardening and ballroom dancing.
He and his wife traveled extensively throughout the world, including Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan, China, Egypt, Turkey and Russia.
He is survived by his wife, Katrine T. Russo; two daughters, Ann K. Russo and Kathy R. Simon, both of Medfield, MA; four granddaughters; one brother, James Vincent Russo of Arlington, Texas; and one sister, Elvina Metz of Akron, NY.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah.

Eleanore Casucci: former Yorktown resident
Eleanore C. Casucci, a former Yorktown resident, died May 29 at Chilton Memorial Hospital in Pompton Plains, New Jersey.
She was 86.
She was born June 29, 1915 in Mount Vernon.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, John Casucci; two daughters, Jacqueline Young of Conyngham, PA, and Joy Mimberg of Mtn. Lakes, NJ; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one sister Beatrice Defendorf of Somers.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown.

Jeanne Phillip: Cortlandt resident
Jeanne C. Phillip, a resident of Cortlandt, died June 1.
She was 71.
She was born January 29, 1931 in Wilkes-Barrie, Pennsylvania to Edward and Bridget Ukleya Slavinski.
On December 10, 1961, she married Laszlo Phillip in Yorktown.
Mrs. Phillip worked as a hairdresser in Westchester and New York City.
She was a member of Assumption Church and was a loving and devoted grandmother to her grandsons.
She is survived by her husband of Cortlandt; four children, Charles Phillip of Peekskill, Leslie Lawler of Peekskill, Christina Gande of Binghamton, and Laszlo Phillip Jr. of Tampa, Florida; one sister, Elizabeth Schuppel of Forest Hills; eight grandsons, Charles Jr. Gregory, Christopher Jr., Dalton, Joshua, Dwayne, James and Jeffrey.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home.

John Page: Yorktown resident
John W. Page, a resident of Yorktown, died May 30 at the Newman Center in Yonkers.
He was 92.
He was a civic leader and retired from General Cocoa Company in Manhattan.
Mr. Page served in the Army from 1942 to 1945, attaining the rank of Sergeant in the medical corps in the Pacific Theater.
He was a long time active member of Shrub Oak Methodist Church and an active volunteer in Yorktown politics, being named 1983 Republican of the year.
Mr. Page was also selected by the Westchester Board of Legislators as a member of the Yorktown Senior Citizens "Hall of Fame" for voluntarily and graciously giving his time and effort toward helping others in need.
He is survived by his loving wife, Frances; daughter, Jane Nugent; son, Charles Rigg; three grandchildren, Kelly O’Hanlon, Tara Nugent and Charles Rigg; and two great-grandchildren, Erin and Ian O’Hanlon.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown.

Vanessa Repicky: Lake Peekskill resident
Vanessa Repicky, a resident of Lake Peekskill, died May 30 at her home.
She was 47.
She was born in Scotland on January 29, 1955.
She worked as an aide for the Lakeland School District.
She was the beloved wife of David Repicky and the cherished mother of Lisa, Jennifer and Andrea.
She was the devoted daughter of Agnes Brown and the late William "Scotty" Brown.
Mrs. Repicky is also survived by her loving brothers and sisters, William, Keith, Kenneth, Ross, Patricia and Tracy.
She will be deeply missed by the many people who were touched by her life.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Heritage Funeral Home in Putnam Valley.

Anna Farrar: Yorktown resident
Anna Farrar died July 14 at Kraus Hospital in Syracuse.
She was 79.
She worked as a Medical Lab Technician for Jefferson Valley Medical Laboratory.
She was born September 3, 1922 in Bronx to Salvatore Buffa and Mary Emanuele.
On December 21, 1947, she married Fred Farrar.
She lived in Yorktown for the past seven years. Before that she lived in Philipstown.
She is survived by one son, Frederick M. Farrar; one daughter, Beatrice Altschuler; and two grandchildren.
She is predeceased by her husband.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Cargain Funeral Homes, Inc., in Carmel.

Anthony P. Cecere: Yorktown resident
Anthony P. Cecere died on Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco.
He was 95.
Cecere was born on June 30, 1907 in Pennsylvania.
He graduated from Fordham College of Pharmacy in 1927.
Cecere opened Yorktown Pharmacy with his wife Thelma in 1930.
He lived in Yorktown for the past 72 years.
Cecere married Thelma Moccia on September 1, 1930 in Ardsley, New York.
He will be remembered for his service to community, dedication to his family, light heart and gentle spirit.
He is survived by his wife Thelma, three children, Anthony M. Cecere of Indianapolis, Indiana Patricia Mauro of Thornwood, Robert Cecere of Yorktown, and 11 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown Heights.

Antonette Mamone: Croton resident
Antonette Mamone died on July 10, 2002 at Phelps Memorial Hospital.
She was 78.
Mamone was the loving wife of Michael Mamone, with whom she would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this October.
She was also the devoted mother of Michael and Domenic Mamone, of Croton, Anna (Paul) Lattanzi, of Croton and Theresa Mamone of Chappaqua. She is survived by her beloved grandchildren, Domenic, Michael, Jacob and Michael as well as a brother, Ralph Ferraro, and sisters, Lena Gambaro, Mary Vella and Jean Milioto.
Antonette came to the United States at age 14. She became a highly skilled Dressmaker, and also co-managed the family’s business. A devout Catholic, she was a parishioner at Holy Name of Mary Parish in Croton.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Edward F. Carter Funeral Home in Croton-on-Hudson.

Daniel W. Arroyo: former Peekskill resident
Daniel W. Arroyo of Hartsdale, died on July 14, 2002 at his home.
He was 43.
Arroyo was born on July 12, 1959 in Manhattan. After leaving high school, he served in the United States Marine Corp from 1978 to 1982 in the Military Police while he was stationed in the Philippines.
He was currently working as a corrections officer for the Westchester County Correctional Facility in Valhalla where he served with distinction. He served in that position since January 1990.
He married Christine L. Mair at Graymoor in Garrison on September 30, 1995.
He was a longtime Peekskill resident until moving to Hartsdale in 1997 and he enjoyed all sports.
He is survived by his wife, Christine L. Mair-Arroyo, his twin children, Dominique Rose Arroyo and Daniel W. Arroyo Jr. all of Hartsdale, his mother, Yolanda Santiago of Manhattan, his father, Humberto M. Arroyo of the Bronx, two sisters, Debbie Arroyo of the Bronx, three sisters-in-law, Veronica Headley, Dawn Mair-McMillan and Rhonda Mair, three brothers-in-law, Emerson, Derrick and Aaron Mair and a host of aunts, uncles nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill.

Edward D. Eich: Ossining resident
Edward D. Eich died at his home in Ossining on July 13, 2002 following a long illness.
He was 78.
Eich was a high voltage cable engineer who was regarded as one of the foremost experts on underground transmission cable systems. Following 24 years with Anaconda Wire & Cable in Hastings, New York, he joined Power Technology Inc. in Schenectady. He left PTI to form his own consulting firm.
He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, rising to the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He was in the control tower on the island of Tinian on August 6, 1945 when the Enola Gay took off to drop the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.
He was born on February 16, 1924 in Rochester, New York. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in electrical engineering and also attended California Institute of Technology.
He is survived by his wife Barbara Donnelly Eich and one niece.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Waterbury & Kelly Funeral Home in Briarcliff Manor.

George Robinson: Peekskill resident
George W. Robinson, a resident of Peekskill, died July 11 at Wingate at St. Francis Nursing Home.
He was 79.
He was born February 23, 1923 in Peekskill to Robert D. and Agnes Becker Robinson.
He graduated from Peekskill High School in 1941.
Mr. Robinson served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945, attaining the rank of technician 4th grade where he received the Bronze Star Medal.
He married Lillian B. Rehschuh at the First Methodist Church in Peekskill on December 16, 1945. She died September 1, 2000.
Mr. Robinson worked for Penn Central in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a production supervisor for 27 years before retiring in 1973.
He resided in Claymont, Delaware from 1969 to 1975 before returning to Peekskill.
Mr. Robinson was a member of the United Methodist Church in Peekskill, where he was active in the altar decoration at Christmas and Easter. He was president of the Wesley Hall Tenants Association in 1983.
He is survived by two brothers, Ernest Robinson of Kent, and Richard Robinson of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; one sister, Ethel Breault; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill.

Hazel B. Regan: Croton resident
Hazel B. Regan died July 13, 2002 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.
She was 92.
Regan worked as a Chaplain for Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow for over 15 years.
She was born June 16, 1910 in Brooklyn to Edwin J. and Edna Martin Bartlett.
She lived in Croton-on-Hudson for the past 20 years.
Regan was an active member of St. Mary Episcopal Church in Scarborough.
She will be remembered for her common sense and spiritual depth, which will be deeply missed.
She is survived by one sister Edna McCollum of Chatham, New Jersey, three grandchildren Victoria Harmer, James Harmer and Courtney Harmer.
Regan was predeceased by her husband Howard and daughter Barbara Harmer.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Waterbury & Kelly Funeral Home in Ossining.

Helen Zimmerman: Somers resident
Helen Blatte Zimmerman died July 10 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
She was the loving mother of Marc Blatte and David Blatte and Lisa Blatte Ennis and grandmother of Hayley Blatte and Bryce Ennis.
Mrs. Zimmerman was an avid tennis player, lover of classical music, mysteries, travel and a devotee of the New York Times crossword puzzles.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Hawthorne Funeral Home in Hawthorne.

James Crowley: Mahopac resident
James K. Crowley died July 9 at the Somers Manor Nursing Home.
He was 78.
He was born April 15, 1924 in Boston, Massachusetts and came to New Rochelle as a child where he was raised and educated.
Mr. Crowley was a former owner of Carl’s Restaurant in Larchmont for 30 years until his retirement in 1986.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in the Philippines.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in New Rochelle and was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Mt. Vernon and St. John The Evangelist Church in Mahopac. He was also an avid sports fan.
Mr. Crowley married Charlotte VonHeyn in Mount Vernon. She died December 30, 2000.
He is survived by one son, James K. Crowley, Jr. of the Yonkers Police Department and of Mahopac and one daughter, Patricia Crowley of Yonkers. He is also survived by his two grandchildren, James K III and Katelyn.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Martin and Daniel Crowley.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Joseph Smith Funeral Home in Mahopac.

Jeffrey John Dennett Isecke: Cortlandt resident
Jeffrey John Dennett Isecke died July 13, 2002.
He was 22.
Isecke was born to John and Judith Adams Isecke.
Isecke was educated in Cortlandt Manor and graduated from Walter Panas High School, in 1998. He was presently attending college in Plattsburgh, New York.
He was in Boy Scouts Troop # 284 Cortlandt. He had worked for the Mt. Kisco Boys Club and the Town of Cortlandt Parks and Recreation and Pine Lake Cooperative.
Isecke was an active member in the Debate Club while in Walter Panas High School.
He will be remembered for his love of animals, the outdoors and cooking.
He is survived by his parents John and Judith Isecke of Cortlandt Manor, three sisters Jean Alice Isecke, of Mahopac, Janet Helene Isecke, of Cortlandt Manor and Joanne Judith Isecke of Plattsburgh.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Joseph F. Nardone in Peekskill.

Nicholas DiCola: Verplanck resident
Nicholas William "Billy" DiCola, a resident of Verplanck, died July 9 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.
He was 44.
Mr. Dicola was an Equipment Operator for Mid-Westchester Landscaping in Ossining. During the 1970’s he also worked for General Motors in Tarrytown.
He was born in Peekskill on October 26, 1957 to Nicholas and Virginia Miller DiCola.
He was educated in the Hendrick Hudson School District.
Mr. Dicola married Tracey Tobin on October 23, 1993 at St. Patrick’s Church.
His family said he enjoyed gardening and spending quality time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Tracey, of Verplanck; two daughters, Natalie and Dayna; three brothers, Michael (Joanne) of Montrose, Douglas (Denise) of Montrose, and Donald of Wilmington, Delaware; and four sisters, Victoria (Scott) Bushey of Croton, Cynthia (Bernie) Brown of Verplanck, Teresa (Chuck) Swanson of Verplanck and Deborah (Cesar) Nieves of Poughquag, New York.
He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends.
He was predeceased by his wife father, Nicholas DiCola.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Edward F. Carter Funeral Home in Montrose.

Adolphine Rauch: Mohegan Lake resident
Adolphine N. Rauch, a resident of Mohegan Lake, died July 20 at the Cortlandt Healthcare Center.
She was 98.
She was born April 20, 1904 to Franz and Anna Nejez Luckschanderl in Vienna, Austria.
She moved to the United States in 1920 and continued her education at the Lenox Hill Hospital School of Nursing in Manhattan, receiving her RN in 1927. In that same year she married Dr. Frederick M. Rauch in New York City.
She continued working at Lenox Hill Hospital until 1930 when her husband completed his medical training and the couple moved to Mohegan Lake to start a private practice. She assisted her husband in the office until his death in 1968.
She remained active in the Lenox Hill Nurse’s Alumni Association.
She is survived by her son-in-law, Charles Marti of New Jersey; daughter and son-in-law. Peggy-Anne and Kenneth Lantelme of Dataw Island, South Carolina; three grandchildren. Charles F. Marti, Barbara Metcalf and Kim Naunton; and four great- grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her daughter Francis Marti in 1991.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill. 

Alene Lemak: Buchanan resident
Alene M. Lemak, a resident of the Village of Buchanan, died July 22 at Hudson Valley Hospital.
She was 92.
Lemak was born in Peekskill on January 2, 1910 to Walter and Ida Clarke Gilleo.
She was the widow of William Lemak, whom she married in Peekskill in 1941. Mr. Lemak died in 1967.
Mrs. Lemak was a parishioner of St. Christopher’s Church, where she belonged to the Latar Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Buchanan Senior Citizens.
She is survived by one son, William and his wife Jane, and two grandchildren, Thomas and Anne, all of Peekskill, and one brother, Walter Gilleo, of Lancaster, Massachusetts.
Funeral arrangements and service were handled by Edward F. Carter Funeral Home in Montrose. 

Ben Williams: Peekskill resident
Ben Williams, a resident of Peekskill, died July 19 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.
He was 93.
He was born November 18, 1908 to Ben and Mattie Malone Williams in Perkins, Georgia.
He married Beatrice Thomas in 1929 in his hometown where they resided until 1960 when they moved to the Peekskill area.
He worked many years of his life as a farmer in Georgia and a construction laborer for Local 275 in New York. His last work site before retiring in 1974 was at Indian Point.
Mr. Williams enjoyed gardening, fishing and farming.
He is survived by his wife Beatrice of 73 years; two sons, James of Cortlandt and Walter of Peekskill; three daughters, Pearl Owens of Newark, New Jersey, Ella Mae Suttle of Elizabeth, New Jersey and Sarah Lee Lawrey of Augusta, Georgia; 19 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Mattie, and two sons, Thomas and Frank.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill. 

Catherine Pendell Erickson: Yorktown resident
Catherine Pendell Erickson, a resident of Yorktown, died July 15.
She was 86.
Erickson was born April 30, 1916 to Katrina and Josef Pendell in Yonkers, where she was raised and educated. She loved to tell new friends that she was the 13th child of a "bakers dozen."
She was predeceased by her sister and brothers, Margaret Furth, Josephine Ritch, Julia Bissett, Elizabeth Perry, Mary Kearns, Edward, George, Josef, John, Joseph and Katrina Pendell.
She is survived by one sister, Vera Dietrich.
Erickson worked at the Alexander Smith Carpet Mill and Burroughs Welcome. She was always quick with a laugh, and even quicker to teach her grandchildren about the subtleties of Rummy 500.
She is also survived by her son, Earl Erickson Jr. and wife Gail of Washingtonville, New York, and her daughter, Catherine Erickson Sayles and husband Andrew of Somers. She was the beloved grandmother of Catherine Trapasso Ohlandt and husband Doug of Pawling, Justin Erickson of West Palm Beach, Florida, Joseph Trapasso of Manhattan, Mark Erickson of Pine Bush, New York, Maria Trapasso of Boston, Massachusetts, Brent Erickson of Washingtonville, New York, and Christopher Detlef of Washingtonville, New York. She was also great-grandmother of Emma Catherine Ohlandt.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by David T. Ferguson Funeral Home in Washingtonville. 

Concetta O’Connor: Yorktown resident
Concetta A. O’Connor, a resident of Yorktown, died July 17.
She was 90.
She was a longtime parishioner of St. Mary’s in the Bronx.
She worked for Met Life and Fred Egert, Esq. in New York City.
She was born November 30, 1911 in New York City to Charles and Anna Buonanno.
She was educated at Hunter High School in Manhattan.
On September 6, 1937, she married James W. O’Connor at St. Mary’s R.C. Church in the Bronx.
Mrs. O’Connor lived in Yorktown Heights. Before that she lived in Croton-on-Hudson from 1973 to 1986.
She was an active volunteer for St. Mary’s Church. She supported numerous charities and donated much of her time performing charitable works.
Mrs. O’Connor will be remembered for her love, faith, gentleness, unselfishness, sacrifices and dedication to her family.
She is survived by James J. and Isabel O’Connor and John W. and Carol A. O’Connor of Yorktown Heights; eight grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren,
She was predeceased by her husband, James W, two brothers, Pat and Frank Buonanno, and two sisters, Jean Kibort and Madeline Ferro.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown Heights. 

Dr. David S. Patt: Yorktown resident
Dr. David S. Patt, a chiropractor, died suddenly July 21 at home.
He was 45.
He was born November 27, 1956 in the Bronx to Lester and Mary Kovatch Patt.
He was educated in Yorktown Heights and graduated from Lakeland High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from SUNY University at Plattsburg. He was also a graduate of Palmer Chiropractic College.
He was an active member of Temple Beth Am in Yorktown Heights.
He will be remembered for his amiable, kind personality.
He is survived by his father Lester Patt of Yorktown Heights, his brother, Adam of Folsom, California and his fiancee, Donna Cipriano of Croton-on-Hudson.
He was predeceased by his brother, Michael, who died in 1987.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown Heights. 

John Kerasiotes: Peekskill resident
John D. Kerasiotes died July 21 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.
He was 99.
Kerasiotes was born November 14, 1902 to Demetrios and Paraskevi Stamatakos Kerasiotes in Gourari, Sparta Greece.
He moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1919 and then to Peekskill in 1935.
Kerasiotes served in the United States Army during World War II.
On January 28, 1945, he married Athena Hayes in Baltimore, Maryland.
For 35 years Kerasiotes was the proprietor of the Academy Bar and Grill in Peekskill until his retirement in 1968.
He was a member of the VFW Post 746 since 1947, a Charter member of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association in Poughkeepsie, a volunteer fireman for the Columbian Hose Co. No. 1 since 1947 and the DAV Chapter 137.
Kerasiotes is survived by his wife Athena; two daughters Georgia Tedesco of Fairfax, Virginia and Barbara Kerasiotes of Peekskill; one son, James J. Kerasiotes of Medfield, Massachusetts; five grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, great-great nieces and great- great nephews.
He was predeceased by one daughter, Patricia, four brothers and one sister.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill. 

Marjorie Waite: Somers resident
Marjorie H. Waite died July16 at her home in Somers.
She was 92.
She was born July 7, 1910 in Bronxville.
Mrs. Waite was a piano teacher in Crestwood for more than 25 years.
She lived in Somers since 1987 but lived in Crestwood for the 50 years.
She was a member of St. Lukes Episcopal Church in Somers. Prior to that she was a member of St. John’s Church in Colonial Heights.
She is survived by her children, Richard S. Waite of Somers, Betsy Ann True of Cortlandt and Rupert Waite, Jr of New Hyde Park; and grandchildren Daniel and Katelin Grifferty, Stefan and Marcus Maxwell True, Nicholas True, Trevor Garnett and Michael Waite.
She was predeceased by her husband Rupert Waite, Sr. and her brother Robert Henckel.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah. 

Mark McDonnell: Cortlandt resident
Mark McDonnell, a longtime resident of Cortlandt, died July 22 at Westchester Medical Center.
He was 69.
He was born in Brooklyn in 1933 to Mark F. McDonnell and Catherine (Walsh) McDonnell.
Mr. McDonnell graduated from Great Neck High School and attended Hofstra and Columbia universities. He served in the Army in Korea.
He was employed by Equitable Life Assurance Society and Cigna Insurance. He was past president of the homeowners’ group Cortlandt WATCH and an avid bridge player.
Mr. McDonnell is survived by his loving wife, Susan; one daughter, Maureen; one son, Evan; daughter-in-law, Rachel Burnett McDonnell; granddaughter, Lane McDonnell; two brothers, Joseph and James; and one sister, Mary Kellond.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Edward F. Carter Funeral Homes. 

Pat Galati: former Peekskill resident
Pat Galati, a former Peekskill resident, died July 12.
He was longtime owner of Pat Galati Union 76 in Studio City, a past commissioner under Mayor Sam Yorti, past Mayor of Studio City, and a member and past president of the Optimist Club.
He is survived by his beloved Eva; daughters, Jean-Marie, Lisa Ann (Peter) and Antoinette; grandchildren, Scott, Kelly, Tyler, Paige, Piper and Tibor; sister, Gloria; brothers, John and Alfred; and many dear friends.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home in Peekskill. 

Steven M. Ashe: Lakeland High grad
Steven M. Ashe, a 1968 Lakeland High School graduate and an accomplished telescope builder, died June 25 of pancreatic cancer in Boulder, Colorado.
He was 52.
He was born May 28, 1950 in New York City to Sydney and Josephine Lipson Ashe.
At Lakeland High School, he was a student in meteorologist Jim Witt’s first Earth Science class and was an avid meteor watcher from his parents’ Crompond home.
Mr. Ashe received a bachelor’s degree in physics and music from Bennington College in 1972 and a combined Master’s and doctorate degree from Yale University in 1978.
He did post-doctoral work at Harvard University’s Center for Earth and Planetary Physics and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder.
He was a member of the American Association of Variable Star Observers and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
"He was a problem solver, an independent thinker, an inventor, a telescope builder, a musician and a gifted artist," his mother said.
Mr. Ashe worked in the software field for more than 20 years, most recently at QMS Inc. and Minolta QMS Inc. as corporate scientist and vice president of the Core Technology Lab, which he created in 1992.
For more than 20 years he lived in Boulder, Colorado, where he married Clyde Rae Jolie in January 1996.
Mr. Ashe played many instruments and also was a skilled woodworker.
In addition to his wife of Boulder and his mother of Crompond, he is survived by two stepsons, Joel Harrison of Hayward, Wisconsin and Jackson Kellogg of New York City; two stepdaughters, Kirstin Taylor of Black Hawk and Jasmine Kellogg of San Francisco; and three grandchildren.
His father, Sydney Ashe, who wrote most of the highly acclaimed environmental columns for the Cortlandt Conservation Advisory Council that were published in the North County News, died in 2000.
A memorial service for Steven Ashe is being held August 2 in Colorado.
Contributions can be made to the Nature Conservancy, 2424 Spruce Street, Boulder, Colorado 80302, or Hospice of Boulder County, 2594 Trail Ridge Drive, East Suite A, Lafayette, Colorado 80026.


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