Miscellaneous Westchester County, New York Obituaries - 2002

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John Kerasiotes: Peekskill resident
John D. Kerasiotes, a resident of Peekskill, 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 U.S. Army during WWII.
On January 28, 1945, he married Athena Hayes in Baltimore, Maryland.
For 35 years he was the proprietor of the Academy Bar and Grill in Peekskill until his retirement in 1968.
Kerasiotes 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.
He 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, and great-great-nieces and great- great-nephews.
Kerasiotes 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. 

Louis J. Guerci: Somers resident
Louis J. Guerci, a resident of Somers, died July 21 of cardiac arrest at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco.
He was 58.
He was born June 15, 1944 in Chicago to Louis and Santina Campagna Guerci.
He was the CFO of Sidmak Labs in East Hanover, New Jersey. He was with the company for 10 years.
Mr. Guerci earned a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pace University in 1988.
He served in the National Guard during the Vietnam War.
On June 6, 1970, he married Corina Fiore Guerci.
He lived in Somers for the past 29 years. Before that he lived in the Bronx from 1950 to 1973.
He was active in the Boy Scouts of America for 16 years.
He is survived by his wife Corina Rose and children, Louis P. Guerci of Nashua, New Hampshire, Christine Guerci Milojevic of Scarsdale and Philip J. Guerci of Somers; grandchild, Nicolina J. Guerci; brother, Peter L. Guerci of Mahopac; and one sister, Martene Pavin of Scarsdale.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown Heights. 

Augusta (Gussie) Roeder: Yorktown resident
Augusta (Gussie) Roeder died July 31 at the Field Home Holy Comforter Home in Yorktown.
She was born August 1, 1910 in Dunmore, Pennsylvania to Mary and Andrew Gdovin.
She graduated from Marywood Seminary and the Scranton State School of Nursing.
She moved to New York and worked for many years at Kings County Hospital and later at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.
She met and married the love of her life, the late Hans Roeder. They lived in Brooklyn in the early half of their marriage before moving to Mount Vernon.
She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Curry, son-in-law, John of Mount Vernon; and two grandchildren, Kathleen Curry of Mount Vernon and Christine Curry of Brewster; and many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was predeceased by her sister and brothers.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Fred H. McGrath & Son Funeral Home in Bronxville. 

Charlotte Loeblich: Yorktown resident
Charlotte Loeblich, a resident of Yorktown, died August 3 at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco.
She was 86.
She was born July 15, 1916 in Germany to Alfred and Hedwig Loeblich.
She worked as a banker for Citibank in New York City.
She was a member of Calvary Methodist Church in the Bronx.
She will be remembered for her love of animals, dedication to family and work.
She is survived by many cousins.
She was predeceased by her brother, William Loeblick.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown Heights. 

Filomena Allegra : Yorktown resident
Filomena "Mary" Allegra died July 24 peacefully at her Yorktown home.
She was 74.
She married Salvatore Allegra at Carmel Church in the Bronx and recently celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary.
Allegra performed many secretarial services and sales for J.C. Penney, the Yorktown School District and the County Home Nursing Division in Rye.
She was a longtime parishioner of Saint Patrick’s Church in Yorktown.
Allegra had no biological children but everyone knew her as "Aunt Mary." She was hailed for her famous Italian home cooking and was an extraordinary neighbor and friend.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown Heights. 

John Gilroy: Mahopac resident
John J. Gilroy, a resident of Mahopac, died July 30.
He was 59.
He was born June 16, 1943 in Brooklyn to John J. and Helen Gilroy.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Mahopac; two sons, Greg of New Fairfield, Connecticut and Garrett of Carmel; one daughter, Jennifer of Mount Kisco; one brother; and four sisters.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home, Inc. in Mahopac. 

John Goodman: Croton resident
John T. Goodman, a resident of Croton, died July 31 at Phelps Memorial Hospital.
He was 77.
He was born in Kokomo, Indiana on August 25, 1924 to John T. and Mary Brant Goodman.
He was a graduate of Indiana University at Bloomington. Mr. Goodman was a retired chemical engineer at Duracell in Tarrytown.
On August 30, 1959, he married Olive Leslie at Trinity Church in Ossining. She died in 1973.
He was a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, and also the Sons of Indiana in New York. His family said he enjoyed music, especially Jazz and Blues.
He is survived by two daughters, Mary Goodman, of Brooklyn Heights and Croton, and Lisa Goodman of North Salem; and one granddaughter, Clarissa Goodman Sauter.
Two sisters, Mary J. Goodman and Su Anne Boone, died earlier.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Edward F. Carter Funeral Home in Croton. 

Julia Pugliese: former Peekskill resident
Julia E. Pugliese, a former Peekskill resident, died July 29.
She was 90.
She was born August 8, 1911 in Peekskill to Gennaro and Clementina Laudati DeChristopher.
She attended local Peekskill schools and worked at Graymoor Press in Garrison.
On September 6, 1937, she married James V. Pugliese at Assumption Church in Peekskill. He predeceased her on April 16, 1995.
She was a communicant at Assumption Church in Peekskill and Holy Spirit Church in Lantana Florida. She was a member of the Christopher Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, Peekskill. She enjoyed bingo, bridge and other card games and was a lifetime Yankees fan.
She is survived by her son, Frank J. Pugliese of Peekskill; daughter, Marianne C. Haase of Beacon; eight grandchildren; seven great- grandchildren; two brothers, Charles DeChristopher of Peekskill and Anthony DeChristopher of Whitinsville, MA; and two sisters, Anne Picone of Peekskill and Helen Castellano of Boynton Beach.
She was predeceased by her husband, three brothers, Ted, Edward, and Fred DeChristopher, and three sisters, Gemma Prendergast, Mary Mancini and Louise Armellino.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home in Peekskill. Internment took place at Assumption Cemetery. 

Mary Rietveldt: Crompond resident
Mary Rietveldt, a resident of Crompond, died August 6 at Hudson Valley Hospital.
She was 87.
She was born April 7, 1915 in Leechburg, Virginia to Joseph and Dominica Mariden Vota.
Mrs. Rietveldt, who came to New York as a young girl and worked as a nanny, was a former underwriter for MetLife in New York City.
She also worked as a seamstress and at Lou’s Corner Store in Cortlandt. Up until the time of her death she worked at Yorktown Paper in Peekskill.
She was the widow of Peter Rietveldt, who died in 1981.
She is survived by two daughters, Bernadette Santoro of Crompond, and Josephine Toia of Cortlandt; two brothers, Peter Muse and John Musso, both of Delmont, Pennsylvania; one sister, Teresa Dudenas, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by two brothers, Robert Vota and Patrick Muse, and one sister, Marion DiBernardi.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Edward F. Carter Funeral Home in Montrose. 

Michael V. Rizzo: Yorktown resident
Michael V. Rizzo, a resident of Yorktown, died August 6.
He was 43.
Rizzo was born January 26, 1959 in Brooklyn at Coney Island Hospital to Richard and Carmella Rizzo.
Rizzo attended Yorktown High School and was an outstanding football player for Yorktown.
He is survived by his brothers, Joseph, Richard, and John.
He was a friend to all and befriended by many. He will be sorely missed.
Family and friends will gather Thursday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Coachlight Inn in Yorktown. 
Milton Bensky: prominent attorney
Milton Bensky, a former prominent attorney in Peekskill and Montrose, died August 4 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
He was 97.
Bensky was born March 30, 1905 in Peekskill to Harry and Lena Kaplan Bensky.
He graduated from Drum Hill High School and New York Law School.
In 1936, he married Rose Weinstein at Mohegan Lake.
Bensky was a prominent attorney in Peekskill, first having an office at the Bensky Building and in later years in Montrose where he practiced law into his 90’s.
He was active in local politics in the Republican Party and lived in Peekskill all of his life until moving to Chicago in 1999.
His father was a founding member of the original Peekskill Jewish Synagogue on Main Street and his brothers owned and operated the Bensky Brothers, which was a wholesale and retail stationary and candy store located on the corner of Main and Division Streets.
Bensky is survived by his grandson, Jorden H. Brok and his wife, Jana of Chicago; son-in-law, Dr. Albert Brok; brother-in-law, Edward Mashberg; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Rose Bensky, who died in 1999, his daughter, Carol Bensky Brok, who died in 1982, five brothers, Jack, Ben, Abe, Arthur and Mason Bensky, and two sisters, Gertrude Golden and Rose Kasnitz.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill. 

Nicholas Diana: resident of Venice, Florida
Nicholas Diana died at 7:10 am on August 1, 2002 at The Hospice of Southwest in Venice, Florida.
He was 92.
He was born May 22, 1910 at New Castle, Pennsylvania, a son of Andrew and Anna Diana.
Funeral services were held August 5 at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice. Burial took place at Gulf Pines Memorial Park in Englewood following mass.
Surviving is one daughter, Diana Leone; three brothers, Andrew of Venice, Carmen of Tucson, Arizona and David of Champaign, Illinois; two sisters, Lydia Therrell and Therese Mainguth of Alexandria, Virginia; three grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Mr. Diana had a long and varied working career. The majority of his career however, was spent as a machinist tool and die maker, a trade he learned as a teenager in trade school and in Detroit, Michigan during pre-depression years.
During World War II, he worked for IBM research in upstate New York as a model machinist. After retiring from IBM in 1975, he moved to Venice, Florida where he managed a large machine shop and did private tool and die work at his home shop. He was also maintenance manager for Diana Food Stores at Champaign, Illinois for several years.
Mr. Diana was a lifetime member of The Elks, a past Commodore of the Peekskill, New York Yacht Club and until his death, Vice Commodore of the South Venice Yacht Club.
Memorial donations may be made to The Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, Florida, 34238 or to The American Cancer Society. 

Robert Segnit: Buchanan resident
Robert Segnit, a resident of the Village of Buchanan, died August 1 at his home.
He was 77.
Segnit was born July 15, 1925 in Buchanan to George and Emily Stahl Segnit.
Segnit was a repair supervisor for New York Telephone in Peekskill for 34 years before retiring in 1982.
He served as 2nd Officer in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He attended Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia, and later joined the OCS Program at the Merchant Marine Academy in Brooklyn.
On June 15, 1946, Segnit married Jean Scott at the Presbyterian Church in Peekskill.
He worked at World Courier after his retirement doing domestic and international travel.
Segnit loved being with his family, both at home and traveling.
He is survived by his wife, Jean of Buchanan; one sister, Gloria Lambert of Buchanan; one daughter, Deborah Levine of New Jersey; three sons, Dr. Robert (Patricia) Segnit of San Diego, California, Brian (Mary) Segnit of Fairport, New York and Greg Segnit of Buchanan; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, Bruce, in 1986, and two brothers, William and George Segnit.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Edward F. Carter Funeral Home in Montrose.

Alma "Elizabeth" Petersen: Buchanan resident
Alma "Elizabeth" Petersen died August 11 after a long illness.
She was 86.
She was born September 23, 1915.
She was the beloved wife of the late George "Pete" Petersen; the loving mother of Richard (Claudia) and Roger (Susan) Petersen; loving grandmother of Marybeth (Petersen) Allen, Roger C. Petersen II, Dana Petersen, Sara Petersen, and Erik Petersen; loving great-grandmother of Corrine and Austin Allen; loving sister of Robert (Charlotte) Cole, the late James Cole, and the late Pauling Mahoney; loving Aunt of Ed Mahoney, Bob Mahoney, Jim Cole and Bob Cole.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Edward F. Carter Funeral Home in Montrose. 

Bertha See: former Peekskill resident
Bertha See, a former Peekskill resident, died August 9 at Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie.
She was 74.
She was born February 18, 1928 in Peekskill to Ernest and Helen Moore Gordineer.
She attended the Peekskill School District.
She married her husband Frank See on January 26, 1960 in Danbury, Connecticut. He predeceased her on October 31, 1988.
She resided in the Peekskill area until the 1970’s when the family moved to Fishkill.
She was devoted to her family, children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
She is a former member of the Trinity Boscobel Methodist Church in Buchanan and attended the Fishkill United Methodist Church in the later part of her life.
She is survived by her sons Alan and Alex of Fishkill, Robert of Hopewell, and Tony Ostrander of Wappingers Falls, her daughters, Catherine Bellino of Fishkill, Amy See of Beacon and Lisa Marie Ciulla of Poughkeepsie; 12 grandchildren; three great- grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brother, Ernest Gordineer, Jr., her sisters, Louise Snyder, Jennette Simmons, Betty Croft and Evelyn Edge, and her grandson, William See.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill. 

Diana Lee Brown: resident of Yorktown
Diana Lee Brown died on August 8, 2002 at her Yorktown residence.
She was 53.
She was born on September 13, 1948 in Mt. Kisco to Douglas and Dolores Simone Nutly.
She was employed as a Bus Driver for many years before retiring from Katonah-Lewisboro School District and she also worked formerly as a Beautician in Mt. Kisco and volunteered her services as a loving and caring babysitter.
She will be remembered for her vitality for life. Many of her friends will remember her as "Lady Di" and for her charisma. She touched so many lives, especially children that will remember her in their own special ways as "Aunt Diane" or "Nana". Most of all Diana will always be remembered as a person who cherished her family – as a daughter, as a sister, as an aunt and as one of the proudest mothers anyone could ever ask for. She kept so many and her memory will always be a part of our hearts.
She loved dancing, craft work, and camping in the outdoors, and had a special love for children and her family, especially her daughter Kelly’s dog "Casey".
She is survived by her mother, Dolores Nutly, of Yorktown, her daughter, Kelly (Robert) Walters, of Utica, New York, a sister, Dorothy (James) Luongo, of Gilboa, New York, 2 nieces, 1 nephew, and 4 great nieces.
She was predeceased by her father, Douglas Nutly and her brother, Daniel Nutly.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Edward F. Carter Funeral Home in Montrose. 

Geraldine Shurak: Peekskill resident
Geraldine A. Shurak, a resident of Peekskill, died August 12.
She was 55.
She was born in Brooklyn on January 21, 1947 to Frank and Helen O’Beirne Fischer.
She attended schools in Queens and graduated in 1964 from Delehanty High School, in Jamaica, Queens.
She married Robert M. Shurak on March 24, 1979 in Mamaroneck.
She was a communicant at Holy Spirit Church in Cortlandt.
Mrs. Shurak enjoyed arts and crafts, especially ceramics. She did volunteer work for the American Cancer Society helping with their annual fundraising activities, and also volunteered as a parent in the nursing office at Woodside Elementary School in Peekskill.
She is survived by her husband, Robert M. Shurak of Peekskill; two daughters, Kimberly of Verplanck and Heather Shurak of Peekskill; one son, Robert M. Shurak II of Peekskill; one granddaughter, Mallory of Peekskill, and stepson Steven and wife Kimberly Shurak of Elmsford; sisters Eileen (DON) Goodrich of Bethel, Connecticut, Jeanne (Anthony) Boccia of Queens, New York, Aunt Rosemary Fischer of Westbury, New York; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home in Peekskill. 

John D. Kelly Sr.: Yorktown resident
John D. Kelly Sr., a resident of Yorktown, died August 12.
He was 82.
He lived in Yorktown Heights since 1956.
He worked for Con Edison in New York City and Westchester. He was with the company for 39 years before retiring in 1985.
He was a parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown for 46 years.
Mr. Kelly served in the Army during WWII as a combat medic and was awarded the bronze star.
He was also a member of the Irish American Club in Yorktown and the Catholic War Veterans in Yorkville.
He was married to Bernice Kenney for 55 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, John; one daughter, Kathleen; one sister, Elizabeth; three grandchildren, Jennifer, Kevin, Kelley; and one great- granddaughter Mickinzy.
He will always be loved and remembered for his love of family and friends and for his cheerfulness and gentle soul.
A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, August 16 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown. 

Mildred Brown: Peekskill resident
Mildred E. Brown, a resident of Peekskill, died August 8.
She was 79.
She was born August 29, 1922 in Peekskill to Harry and Adelaide (Helen) Field Brown.
She worked for more than 40 years as a secretary in Peekskill City Hall, retiring in 1986.
She is survived by her aunt, Edith Field of Peekskill, cousin Barbara Schwab of Mahopac and her children William, Diane, Natalie, Donna Rae, Daniel and their families, as well as cousin Helen Cothren of Alachua, Florida and several other out- of-state cousins.
She is predeceased by her beloved uncle, William Field.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home in Peekskill. 

Norma Sommer: Ossining resident
Norma F. Sommer , a resident of Ossining, died of ovarian cancer August 12 at 
Calvary Hospital in the Bronx.
She was 66.
She was born July 31, 1936 in the Bronx to William and Rosa Schmidt.
She was the former owner and manager of Millwood Cleaners from 1972 to 1983 and also worked for New York Telephone in the 1950’s, Reader’s Digest and W.T. Grant in the late 1960’s and several area retailers in the 1980’s and ‘90’s, before retiring.
She moved to Germany in 1939 and was raised and educated in the small town of Hochstadt, before returning to the U.S. in 1953.
On April 7, 1956, she married John (Jack) Commer at St. Francis deChantal Church in the Bronx.
She lived in Ossining for the past 37 years. Prior to that she resided in the Bronx and Queens.
She will be remembered for her love of children, as well as her wide circle of friends. She was always up for a "coffee klatsch."
She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years; two sons, John and Matt, and daughters-in-law, Diane and Robyn; grandchildren Kendra, Leland and Amelia; one sister, Theresa and brother-in-law Hans Weindl.
She was predeceased by her beloved brother Rudy Schmidt of the Bronx in April.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown. 

Phylliss Mazurek: Putnam Valley resident
Phylliss Mazurek died August 10 at her daughter’s home in Putnam Valley.
She was 77.
She was the cherished mother of Louis and Gloria Mazurek and Stephanie Ranalli.
She is also survived by her brothers, John, Carl and Joseph Girolamo, and her sister, Nancy Seta.
She was the loving and devoted grandmother of Stacey, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Lauren and Louis.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Heritage Funeral Home in Putnam Valley. 

Wanda Faber: Somers resident
Wanda H. Faber, a resident of Somers, died August 6.
She was 94.
She was born September 20, 1907 in Jersey City to William and Janina Telkowski.
She is survived by her daughter Dolores MacCarthy of Mahopac Falls; her sons, Martin of Jamesport, New York; Gene of Mahopac; and Donald of Montclair, New Jersey; one brother; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great- grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Martin, her grandchildren, Diane MacCarthy and James Faber, and four sisters.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home, Inc. in Mahopac. 

Winifred Wright: Cortlandt resident
Winifred E. Wright died August 10 at home in Cortlandt.
She was 73.
She worked as a retail salesperson for Caldor in Cortlandt.
She was born February 20, 1929 in White Plains to Henry and Helen Collings Preble.
On May 28, 1949, she married James Wright in White Plains. She was a member of Holy Spirit Church.
She is survived by her husband, James F. Wright Sr. of Cortlandt; daughters, Barbara (John) Caraccilol of Mt. Kisco, and Gail (Nick) Criniti of Cortlandt; son James F. Wright Jr. of Cortlandt; daughters, Cheryl (Steve) Hamilton of Cortlandt and Kim (James) Cardillo of Garrison; eight grandchildren, Danielle and James F. Wright III, Nicky and Jennifer Criniti, Lauren Caracciolo, Kaitlin and Daniel Hamilton, Brianna Cardillo and grandson due in October 2002; and survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family members who died earlier include parents and nine brothers and sisters.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home in Peekskill.


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