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Palermo, Louisa M.

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Louisa M. Palermo will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 65 years Carmine John Palermo, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Louisa will be remembered by all that know her because she shared her belief in Jesus Christ through love, charity and patience.

Louisa belonged to the Romanesque Lodge No. 2198 and the Catholic Daughters. She was awarded numerous awards including "Women of the Year 1996". Louisa will be remembered for her charity work and contributions for the Rockland Columbus Day Parade.

Louisa's family received friends at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Catharine's Roman Catholic Church in Blauvelt followed by burial at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. In lieu of flowers to honor Louisa M. Palermo, donations to either Romanesque Lodge 2198 Son & Daughters of Italy in America, PO Box 111, Orangeburg, NY 10962 or to the Catholic Daughters St. Anne #866, PO Box 193, Piermont, NY 10968 would be greatly appreciated.

Tirado, Rosario 'Roy'

Thorpe Village, Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Funeral Mass wias held at Sacred Heart Chapel with burial immediately following at Rockland Cemetery, both in Sparkill.

Visitation was at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Knights of Columbus Council 2320, 675 Piermont Avenue, Piermont, NY 10968

would be greatly appreciated.

Desmond, Jane

Harrington Park, NJ - Closter Location

Jane Desmond, 90, Harrington Park, NJ passed away at home on June 22, 2018. Born on February 28, 1928 in Englewood, NJ to Charles V. Denning and Catharine B. Petrie. Jane was a devoted mother and grandmother. She retired as a Parish Administrator from Our Lady of Victories of Harrington Park. Jane was an avid reader and gardener, was a member of the Parish Council and Social Concerns committee, Shade Tree Commission, and volunteered at the homeless shelter and the library. Jane was pre-deceased by her beloved husband William Desmond and her sister Muriel Dunne. Jane is survived by her eight children; Bill (Marie), David (Joan), Gerard (Ellen), Tim (Marge), Robert (Kathy), Jeanne (Tom Lane), Tom, and Steven (Donna Mark). Jane was blessed with 15 grandchildren; Ryan D., Matthew, Molly, Brian, Glenn, Kevin, Shannon, Elyse, Lauren, Tim, Scott, Michael, Keegan, Aiden, Ryan W. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home, 348 Closter Dock Road, Closter, NJ. Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Victories RC Church, Harrington Park, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the American Diabetes Association.

Gibbs, Horace 'Harry'

Piermont, NY - Tappan Location

Horace John “Harry” Gibbs, 87 years old of Piermont, NY, passed away on June 17th, 2018. He was born to Glenn and Gabriella Gibbs on September 25th, 1930 in the Bronx. He graduated from All Hallows’ High School and Iona College, where he played for the Men’s Basketball team. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea during the Korean War. Because of his passion for protecting others, Harry became a United States Secret Service Agent in 1955. He was assigned to the White House detail and during his time there he protected President Eisenhower, President Kennedy and President Nixon.

During his time with the United States Secret Service, Harry ran many field operations and was in charge of the San Francisco Office when Sarah Jane Moore attempted to assassinate President Ford. He was on the scene and the first to interview her.

Harry retired in 1980 and became Head of Security for Major League Baseball. He was also in charge of security for American Brands and Revlon. Harry, also lovingly known as Honey, was a kind and thoughtful man who truly loved his family and his country. He was well-loved by his community and church. He always had a great story to tell and was willing to lend a helping hand. He enjoyed keeping up on current events, reading and doing the daily Jumble.

Harry is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Carol Gibbs. He is also survived by his cherished sister, Dolly Noto of Mamaroneck, NY. Harry was a wonderful father to his two beloved daughters, Suzanne (Lester) Jacobsen of Alexandria, VA and Jennifer Crandall of Vienna, VA. He also had three stepchildren, Glenn (Patricia) Zachar of NYC, Erik Zachar of Pearl River, NY and Laura (Matthew) Miller of Montvale, NJ. He was a loving pop-pop to ten grandchildren - Tyler and Timothy Moore, and Christopher Jacobsen; Amanda and Caroline Crandall; Samantha, Jenna and Cole Miller; and Willa and Ryan Zachar.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. John the Baptist Church in Piermont, NY with burial following at F. W. Loescher Veterans Cemetery in New Hempstead, NY. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY.

Harry will be missed by all who loved and cared for him. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).

Kim, Se Jung

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Se Jung Kim of Orangeburg, NY passed away on June 16, 2018 at the age of 87.

Born in Seoul, Korea on February 28, 1931, Se Jung grew up as the second oldest of seven. Within months after entering Seoul National University, the Korean War started and he left to serve in the South Korean Army, achieving the rank of Captain. After earning his civil engineering degree from Seoul National University in 1957, he worked for the U.S. Government to support the reconstruction efforts in South Korea. In 1965, he and his family moved to Ghana, where he managed the construction of the first water reservoir in the country. He immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1968 and went on to work for two engineering consulting firms in New York City.

Se Jung was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather, always ready with a joke and kind smile. He loved to read, play golf and spend time with his friends and family. Most of all, he loved to travel the world with his wife of 57 years. He is survived by his devoted wife, Yong Ok Son, daughter Dohi Kim Shin, son-in-law David Shin, daughter Ginny Kim, son-in-law Chang Yol Kim, and seven grandchildren, Sam, Stephanie and Stacy Shin, and Adam, Julia, Lucas and Morgan Kim. Se Jung will be missed by all.

Visiting hours were held at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Funeral Services were held at the funeral home.

Giarratano, Angela

Dowling Gardens, Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Angela Giarratano (nèe Mazzeo), passed away peacefully at the age of 99 at home on Monday, June 11, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Joseph Giarratano for 51 years, she lived in Dowling Gardens in Sparkill for the last 12 years. She previously resided in Nanuet and Brooklyn. A loving mother and grandmother, she will be missed by her son Vincent and partner Lucille and her daughter Beverly and husband Jim, three grandchildren Debra, Lynn and Barbara and six great grandchildren.

Angela attended business college and became a civil service employee working as a personnel interviewer for the US government during World War II. Later she worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers as a secretary. She spent her personal time volunteering with the USO and singing and dancing in amateur groups.

Funeral Mass was held at St. Anthony’s Church in Nanuet with burial immediately following at St. Anthony’s Cemetery. Visitation was at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the United Hospice of Rockland would be appreciated (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Pollack, Julie

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Julie Pollack, 91, a long time Orangeburg resident, passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2018. Born on September 12, 1926, in Seredne, Czechoslovakia; she was the daughter of the late Michael and Elizabeth Skakandi.

Julie (Doris) was the epitome of a Mom devoted to her family. She is predeceased by her loving husband Joe, whom she was married to for 66 years, her devoted daughter Michele, her sister Mary, and her brother Charlie. She is survived by her son, Kevin, daughter-in law, Nancy, and beloved grandchildren: Jacqueline, Trevor, and Thomas. She is also survived by her sisters Elizabeth and Justine (Richard) and many nieces and nephews.

Julie was a warm person who helped take care of her grandchildren for many years. She also had a strong work ethic and for several years worked at Solatron Electronics in Rockleigh, NJ. Her most important role was as a wife and Mother. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and had a unique gift of always making people feel better after they spoke to her. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt with burial following at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. Wake services was held at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Clapsaddle, Richard E. 'Rick'

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Richard E. Clapsaddle, a resident of Tappan since 1966, passed away peacefully on May 28, 2018 with his loving family by his side. He was born in the Bronx on May 29, 1932 to Albert and Gladys Clapsaddle. Starting as a file clerk, Rick was in the banking industry for over 40 years retiring as senior vice president of Apple Savings Bank in Manhattan. He was a member of the local Kiwanis Club in the Bronx which helped support the local community.

Rick is survived by his wife of 63 years, Yolanda (née Romano); his children, Richard A. (Donna J.), Doreen Sadik (Emad), Gary (Barbara) Clapsaddle; and his seven grandchildren, Richie, Danny and Dana Clapsaddle, Sophia Sadik, Gary (Alice), Cassandra and Philip Clapsaddle. He was recently predeceased by his brother Albert and Althea Clapsaddle.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Anthony’s Church with burial following at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, both in Nanuet. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral in Tappan. Memorial donations in Rick’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org).

Desmond, Margaret 'Peggy'

Kitty Hawk, NC - Tappan Location

Margaret Desmond was called to her eternal rest on May 24, 2018. "Peggy”, as she was known, was born on January 22, 1931 in Yonkers, NY, the daughter of the late William and Claire Carnegie. In 1956 she married the late Frank Desmond in Yonkers. Mr. Desmond predeceased Peggy while proudly serving in the US Navy in the 1950's. After living in New York State and working in the dry cleaning business for many years, Peggy retired to Flagler Beach, FL in the 1980's. She moved to Kitty Hawk, NC in the 1990's to care for her sister, Joan Barbey, and lived there until Joan passed away in 2010. For the past eight years Peggy has lived and been lovingly cared for by her nephew, Peter Barbey and his wife, Maureen, in Rockland County, NY.

In addition to Joan, Peggy also survived her twin sister, Reenie, and her older sister, Claire. She is survived by her younger sister, Barbara and her family of West Ghent, NY. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews from NY to California.

To know Peggy was to love Peggy. She was a loving and caring soul who treated everyone she met as a friend. Her incredibly unselfish and giving nature made everyone feel as thou they were family. In a word Peggy could be described as a " caregiver.” She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Visiting hours and service was at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations to the United Hospice of Rockland would be greatly appreciated (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Pandich, Lorene

Demarest, NJ - Closter Location

Lorene R. Pandich (nèe Chilson), 81, of Demarest, formerly of Vestal, NY, on May 24, 2018. She was a wife and mother and former executive secretary at Endicott Johnson Shoe Corp. in Endicott, NY. Beloved mother of Jeffrey. Also survived by many cousins and friends. Predeceased by her husband Robert G. Pandich and her parents Russell and Lois (Bowen) Chilson. Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. Burial was at Nichols Cemetery in Nichols, NY.

Hudson, Gregory

Bergenfield, NJ - Closter Location

Gregory John Hudson, of Bergenfield, passed away on May 9th 2018. Predeceased by parents, George and Bridget Hudson. Survived by beloved wife, MaryAnn. Brother of William and wife Carmen Hudson. Uncle to Joseph and Kristen. Visitation Thursday May 17th, 2-4 and 7-9pm at Moritz Funeral Home Closter. Funeral Mass was celebrated at Church of St. Mary in Closter. Burial followed at George Washington Mem. Park in Paramus.

Zarski, August

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

August 'Augie' Zarski, of Closter on May 11, 2018. Beloved husband of Barbara. Devoted father of Christine and husband Patrick Martino, Colleen Zarski and Brian Zarski. Loving grandfather of Kevin, Michael, Nicole and Christopher Martino. Dear brother of Nicholas and wife Karen. Augie was a Navy Veteran, past Grand Knight of the Closter Knights of Columbus, past Exalted Ruler of the Closter Elks, past District Deputy of the East District Elks, past Commander of American Legion Post 21 in Cresskill and member of the Closter American Legion Post 111. Visitation was at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. Funeral Mass was held at Church of St. Mary in Closter. Burial followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Westchester.

Vyskocil, Kay

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Kay Vyskocil (née Murphy), 88, longtime resident of Orangeburg, has completed her journey, and on May 11, 2018, went home to be with Jesus and her beloved Jerry. She was surrounded by her loving family. Kay was born on April 29, 1930 in New York City and grew up in Inwood, NY. She was a graduate of Fordham University, where she earned a degree in Education. Kay was an active parishioner of St. Catharine of Alexandria Roman Catholic Church in Blauvelt for the past 58 years. She was a beautiful, caring, strong, and faith filled woman dedicated to her family and beloved by all she met, including her students of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School in Tappan, NY. She leaves behind her six children, Rod (Joanne), Helen Huffman, Mary Kay, Jane Muise (Rick), Bill (Sara), and Bob (Ann). She was adored by her nine grandchildren Jenny Sorondo (Marc), Kelly Ann Dalton (Ryan), Brian, Matthew, and Thomas Bauer (Sonja), Josh Muise, and Julia and Tim Vyskocil and joins her beautiful granddaughter Catharine who has been waiting for her in Heaven. Her seven great-grandchildren, Kayla, Aidan, Maddie, and Sophie Sorondo, Kevin and Adam Bauer, and Evan Dalton will desperately miss their GiGi. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10am at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt with burial following at Ascension Cemetery in Airmont. Visiting hours were at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations in Kay’s memory may be made to St. Catharine’s Church, 523 Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY 10913.

Tracey, Matthew

Recently of Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Matthew Tracey, passed away on May 7th, was born August 3, 1931 in Ballydaly, Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland. He came to this country in 1955, following the love of his life, Anne. They married in 1956 and raised five children in the Inwood section of Manhattan. Matt was a lover of bluegrass and Irish music and an avid animal lover. He liked to take his children fishing down by the Hudson River when they were young. Matt was a loving father and doting grandfather. He retired from Mutual of New York where was the supervisor of the security department. He became a ham radio operator a hobby he enthusiastically enjoyed. Matt was predeceased by his loving wife, Anne. He leaves behind five children Anne (Don), Sean, Mary (Michael), Matthew (JoAnn), Theresa (Kevin) and 17 grandchildren, Christopher, Kelly, Mary, Michael, Jackie, Kristen, Patrick, Michael, Kelly, Matthew Ryan, Christine, James, Tara, Kieran, Sean, Liam and Brendan, and 9 great grandchildren, Kylie, Sean, Jack, Shealyn, Jameson, Sage, Noelani, Penelope, and Sadie. He was pre-deceased by two grandchildren Kevin and Brian.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt followed by a private cremation. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Donations may be made to the Humane Society of Walden (www.waldenhumane.org).

Gardeski, Jean

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Jean Hendricks Gardeski, 86 years young, passed away on May 6th, surrounded by her loving family. A resident of Closter, NJ, since 1960, Jean is survived by her husband of 65 years, Joseph Gardeski Jr.; son Joseph III and Donna Gardeski, children Joseph Gardeski IV, Tim, Brian and Jade O’Malley and granddaughter Evie O’Malley; daughters Gail and Tim O’Neill, children Ryan Mott, Alli and Jenni O’Neill; Lisa Booth and Brian Booth, children Kyle and Kelly Booth and grandson Christopher Cuomo; Carolyn and Patrick MacPherson, children Katie, James, and Alex MacPherson; Christina Gardeski and Paul Mores, children P.J. and Nate Mores; and siblings Donald Hendricks (deceased) and Gail Mottola, Wendy Crispell, and Allen Hendricks. She also leaves behind many special nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Jean was the beloved Gardeski family matriarch known as “Nana”. She was fiercely dedicated to her children and grandchildren, and especially to her Kingston High School sweetheart, Joe. A Nurse Educator, Jean was committed to the education of generations of nurses and taught at many local colleges such as Felician College, Farleigh Dickinson, William Paterson, and Bergen Community College. Her standards were high for her students, and even higher for her children and grandchildren! Over the years it was not unusual to meet someone who had been her student or who shared a story of mom helping them through childbirth or the care of their newborn baby.

Jean’s capacity to give and to love knew no bounds. She leaves behind strong-minded and highly principled individuals who are very grateful and fortunate to have had her as a role model and more importantly to have been recipients of her unconditional love. They will continue her legacy.

As family past and present was the center of her life, she was a an avid genealogist and member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Wiltwyck Chapter, Kingston, NY.

Jean was a parishioner of St. Mary RC Church in Closter and was a woman of great faith. God saw she was tired and called her home to heaven. While we will miss her terribly here on earth, its likely God needed her more, perhaps to tend to broken wings or to guide some wayward angels.

Rest in peace Nana. We will love you and miss you every day for the rest of our lives.

Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Mary RC Church in Closter. Burial followed at St Mary Cemetery in Kingston, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Jean’s memory to:

The Trustees of Columbia University
Dr. Joseph Jurcic Leukemia Research
161 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032

Fatale, Anthony

Nyack, NY - Tappan Location

Anthony ‘Tony’ Fatale, a lifelong resident of Nyack, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 3rd. He was 70 years old.

Tony was born in Nyack on March 20, 1948 to Anthony W. and Mary Pesanelli Fatale. In 1968, he enlisted in the US Air Force before being honorably discharged in 1972 from McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. He was decorated with the National Defense Service Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksman Ribbon and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal. He was employed by IBM in Palisades. Tony was a member of the American Legion John M. Perry Post in Sparkill, a member of the Haverstraw Elks, and a life member of the Empire Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1 in Nyack for over 50 years. He joined in May of 1967 and served as Sergeant at Arms from February 1975 until January 1976 and as an active Tillerman from 1969 until his passing. He was involved in many committees and a mentor to every generation of Empire member.

He is survived by several cousins and many close friends. His unique smile and lively personality will be missed by all who knew him. Tony was the life of the party and will be remembered as a friend to all. He was always willing to lend a hand when needed, advice when necessary a share a laugh anytime.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church with burial following at Oak Hill Cemetery, both in Nyack. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Empire Hook & Ladder Co., 330 N. Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960 or the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org).

McGurk, Joseph J.

Pearl River, NY - Tappan Location

Joseph James McGurk, a long time resident of Pearl River, was called by God, peacefully while at home on May 4, 2018. Joseph was born in Jackson Heights, Queens to the late Joseph and Bridget (Smith) McGurk. He was a graduate of Manhattan College and New York University where he earned a BBA and MBA respectively. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1951-1953. He was a certified public accountant who worked at Haskins & Sells, Ethyl Corporation and ITT Corporation. Joseph was a loyal, faithful and caring man who devoted his life to his family. He was a wonderful husband to Catherine (Dugan) McGurk for 59 years; the adored father of Mary-Elizabeth McGurk, Jean McGurk, John McGurk and Barbara (McGurk) Silverman and her husband Steven; and the proud Granddaddy of Carolyn, Danielle and Austin Silverman. He was the dear brother of the late Sister Mary Theresa McGurk of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Aedan's R.C. Church in Pearl River. Family received relatives and friends on at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Nothdurft, Betty

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Betty H. Nothdurft left this earth on May 3, 2018 to join her husband, August Nothdurft Jr., in heaven. Leaving behind to remember her is daughter Brenda and niece Linda Calicchio and family. Norwood resident of 57 years. Senior group participant and Ladies Auxiliary. Retired customer service representative for Hausmann Industries in Northvale. Her love, laugh, and kindness will be missed but never forgotten. Visitation and a service was at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter.

Boorjian, Irene

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Irene R. Boorjian, a proud resident of Closter, passed away on April 29, 2018. Predeceased by sister Vivian and parents Helen and Harry Boorjian. Survived by her cousin Robert and wife Joyce Boas and their children; Robert, Susan, Thomas and Gregory. Also Irene’s cousin Peter and wife Barbara Boorjian and children; Stephen and Jeffrey. Miss Boorjian worked as an executive secretary for the Westinghouse Corporation in New York City and for the Burlington Industries in New Jersey. Irene was a member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Closter Fire Department and a devout parishioner of the Reformed Church of Closter. Funeral service was at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. Burial followed at the Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY.

Pane, Charles

Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Charles Pane, 87 of Sparkill, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. He was born October 20, 1930 in Bronx, NY to Antonio and Rose Pane. He was the youngest of nine children, all of whom precede him in death.

He now joins Beverly, his wife of 60 years in heaven.

Missing him dearly are his five children, Caren, John, Robin Springer and husband Ron, Jody Tompkins, and Anthony and wife Silvana, grandchildren, Amanda, Victoria, Matthew, Elizabeth and Melody, one great grandchild, Peyton and an extended family who respected and adored him.

Charlie was a family man, always generous and kind, fun and funny. At his prime, he was a good softball player, the family’s bocce aficionado and coordinator of family sports pools. He was an avid Yankees fan, loved to dance and enjoyed pasta and sweets. He made a mean meatball, too.

Charlie served in Korea with the 17th Regimental Combat Team of the 7th Infantry Division during the Korean War. He retired as a Sergeant from the NY Police Department and served his community as a school bus driver, volunteer fireman and selfless citizen.

Everyone that knew him considered Charlie a friend.

The visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. The Funeral Mass was held at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Piermont with the burial immediately following at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill.

Janicki, John E.

Pearl River, NY - Tappan Location

John E. Janicki passed away peacefully on April 24, 2018 at Nyack Hospital. John was was born in Pearl River on October 15, 1947 and was a graduate of Pearl River High School. He was a refrigerator and heating-air conditioning specialist for Leisuretime Ice in Orange Co. and Abbey Ice in Spring Valley before retiring in 2005.

John will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

A funeral service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan with burial following at Brick Church Cemetery in New Hempstead. Donations in John’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org)

Mercer, Charles and Maureen

Dowling Gardens in Sparkill,formerly of Pearl River and Tappan - Tappan Location

Charles E. Mercer and Maureen B. Mercer, 44 year residents of Pearl River, now of Tappan, NY died on April 24th and April 23rd respectively. Charles was 89, and Maureen was 87. Having spent 53 years together as beloved husband and wife, both passed peacefully after comforting each other during long illness. Charles was a 37 year veteran of the NYC Police Department, having retired in 1990. He had previously served in the United States Army. Maureen was a homemaker and his partner in all things. Charles is predeceased by a sister, Marilyn O’Brien. Maureen is predeceased by two brothers, John and William Fahey. They are survived by three children; their daughter, Maureen Henry of Sparkill and her husband Dan, their son James of Sparkill and his wife Maureen Blake, and their son Chris, of Basking Ridge, NJ and his wife Elizabeth. They are also survived by nine grandchildren; Brenna, Patrick, Brendan, Sean, Tara, AJ, Ronan, Jane, and Kate. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church in Tappan. Visiting hours were at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

McGowan, Shirley

Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Shirley Lovett McGowan, a native of Sparkill and a longtime Rockland resident, died unexpectedly on April 18, 2018 at Nyack Hospital. She was 89 years old.

A graduate of Nyack High School, Shirley attended Wesley Junior College and then went on to receive a Bachelor's degree from the University of Bridgeport. Upon graduation, Shirley moved to New York City where she embarked on a long career in public relations, most of it being with the well known firm, Josephs Public Relations.

In 1967, Shirley married the love of her life, Jack McGowan and they made their home in Rockland County. Jack predeceased her in 1998.
Shirley was many things to many people. A longtime resident of Thorpe Village, she was the Treasurer of the Thorpe Social Club where she planned and organized countless social events and monthly gatherings for the residents. Additionally, she was the President of the Sparkill Senior Citizens Club where she again planned the social calendar with outings for members in the tri-state area. Shirley enjoyed and treasured her many friends at Thorpe Village.

To her numerous nieces and nephews, Shirley was everyone's favorite aunt. She lit up the room with her bigger than life personality, yet she was a great listener who was always interested in the lives of those she loved. To show her approval or satisfaction, Shirley would pause, smile and end the conversation with one word. Fabulous! An avid bridge player, Shirley honed her skills at the game at her beloved Jersey Shore where she spent many a summer.

No matter what challenges life brought her, Shirley held onto her eternal optimism. She will be sorely missed by her large, extended family but especially so by her sister Mary Frey (Wayne).

In addition to her husband, Shirley was predeceased by her sisters, Elizabeth Lovett, Marjorie McGrath and brothers, Jack and Charles Lovett.

Visitation was at the Moritz Funeral Home. A Mass of the Christian Burial followed at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Tappan, NY. 

Romano, Beatrice

Tappan Location

Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine's Church in Blauvelt.

Final resting place is Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.

D'Amico, Nancy

Northvale, NJ - Closter Location

Nancy D’Amico, loving wife, mother and aunt, age 62, of Northvale, NJ, passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Born in Queens, NY. Daughter of Richard and Virginia Jones. Nancy worked as a teacher’s aid in Norwood School District, for 20 years. Nancy is survived by her husband Daniel; daughters, Cheryl and longtime companion Jason Yuppa, and Lisa, and husband William Leo. She was a loving sister to Kenneth, Peter, Robert, Irene, Susan, Richard and Andrew; brothers-in-law, James and Keith. In addition, she was a beloved aunt to her many nieces and nephews. Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. Funeral Mass was held at St. Anthony Parish in Northvale, NJ.

Vitale, Dolores

Pearl River, NY, formerly of Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Dolores Vitale, a resident of Pearl River, passed away suddenly on April 15, 2018 at Nyack Hospital with her family at her side.

She was born in Brooklyn on January 5, 1946 to Joseph and Frances McGonigle Mayrose. Previously residing in Tappan, Dolores was a customer service representative for Opteal Eyeware in Norwood, NJ before retiring in 2002. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Sacred Heart in Tappan.

Dolores was predeceased by her husband, Anthony, who passed away in 1986.

She is survived by children, Christine Sarvis and her husband Joseph, Denise Hurban and Anthony Vitale an his wife Gloria; her grandchildren, Bryanna, Taylor, Amanda, James, Toniann and Anthony; her sisters, Linda Lombardo, Barbara Casazza and her brother Thomas Mayrose. Dolores was also predeceased by her sister Florence McMahon.

A Funeral Mass was at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan with burial following at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Adams, Helen

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Helen Adams, age 93, and a long-time resident of Blauvelt since 1955, passed away April 13, 2018 with her loving family by her side. Helen worked as a secretary for St. Dominic’s Home in Blauvelt until she retired in 1992. She was a parishioner of St. Catharine’s Church and a long-standing member of the Orangetown Senior Citizens Club. She truly loved her family and friends and enjoyed life to the fullest. Helen was a frequent visitor to Empire City Casino and a daily lotto player.

Helen is predeceased by her beloved husband Bernard and survived by her three devoted children, Barry (Laura), Charles (Annette), Martha ( Michael Dratch); six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Catharine's Church in Blauvelt with entombment following at St. Anthony's Cemetery in Nanuet.

Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home.

Ramsthaler, John

Harrington Park, NJ - Closter Location

John Ramsthaler, 82, of Harrington Park, NJ died on Monday April 9, 2018 at home. John was born on November 6, 1935 at St. Mary's Hospital in Orange, NJ to the late Margaret and John Ramsthaler. He was the husband of Joanne Ramsthaler. John was brother to Robert Ramsthaler (Barbara) and the late Charles (Susan) Ramsthaler. John spent six years serving in the United States Army Reserve. John was a career employee of Prudential Insurance Company of America as a Group Health Claims Adjuster. Father to John Ramsthaler, Stephen Ramsthaler (Treesh) and James Ramsthaler. Stepfather to Joanne Hills (Tom), James Thompson (Louise), Joseph Thompson (Toni), Lulu Werkheiser (Jerry), Maggie Bolen (Tim), Kitty Shanahan, Jackie Calvert (Randy), Peter Thompson (Doris) and the late John Thompson, twenty-two grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter from 2-4 and 7-9pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Harrington Park Volunteer Ambulance Corps (http://harringtonparkvac.org).

Rankin, Thomas J.

Glen Rock, NJ - Closter Location

Thomas J. Rankin, of Glen Rock, passed away on April 4, 2018. SUrvived by his daughters, Tara Hoppe and her husband Steven and Meridith Edmonds and her husband Nick. Four grandsons, Stephen Jr., Travis James, William and Charlie. As well as his brothers, Bill and wife Cherrie, Donald and wife Michele, and James Rankin. Also survived by three nephews and a niece.


Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter, NJ.

Weischowsky, Luise

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Luise (Lu) Weischowsky, devoted community volunteer, artist and lifetime Rockland County resident, passed away peacefully at home on March 26, 2018.

Born in Worchester, MA on February 13, 1932 to Gertrude and Jerry Guglielmello, the family moved back to Piermont, NY when she was an infant. Raised in Piermont, she graduated from Tappan Zee High School making many lifelong, treasured friends. Lu worked at Nyack Hospital where she met her future husband, Joe. They were married on October 12, 1953 at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Piermont. Married 50 years, Joe died in 2002.

Lu is survived by her loving son, Jeffrey, daughter Lynda, grandson Guy, great-granddaughter Maya, her beloved siblings Rose Armston, Carmella Smith, Geraldine Leote, Josephine Lynch, Marie Jarowitz, Katherine Scolaro, Rocco Guglielmello, and Thomas Guglielmello along with numerous nieces and nephews and predeceased by siblings AnnaJameson, Louis Guglielmello and Jerry Guglielmello.

Most proud of her volunteer work in the Rockland County Community, Lu served on the Board of the Rockland County Women's Bowling Association for 50 years. Lu participated in many tournament fund raisers benefiting the Rockland County Heart Association eventually serving on the Heart Association Board. Lu received Volunteer of the Year awards from United Hospice of Rockland, the Rockland Center of the Arts and the Mental Health Association of Rockland County. She was a charter member and past vice-chair of the Orangetown Museum and Archives.

Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations to the United Hospice of Rockland would be greatly appreciated (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Mounier, Jesus

Piermont, NY - Tappan Location

Jesus Mounier ,69, formerly of Piermont, NY, died peacefully at home on March 26, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Jesus was born on January 31, 1949 to Hijinio Mounier and Adela Munoz in Isabela, Puerto Rico.

Jesus is survived by his wife of 47 years, Cyndi (Pagnozzi); sons, Jesus (Papo), Jr. of Piermont, John (Tiffaney) of Colorado Springs, CO, and Jason (Adra) of Tappan; daughter, Jennifer (Henry) of Rocky Point, NC., five grandchildren, Jesse, Gage, Harleigh, Christopher and Maya as well as many loving nieces and nephews. He is also survived by seven sisters, two brothers and was predeceased by three brothers and three sisters.

Jesus worked 15 years at Federal Paper Board in Piermont and after as assistant mechanic for Orangetown Highway Dept. until his retirement in 2004 before moving to Port Orange, FL.

Jesus was known for his mechanical skills and infamous backyard pig roasts. He would repair vehicles for family and friends as he had a reputation for being the best mechanic around! He loved to ride his Trike and Harley and cruise in his yellow 1929 Model A Ford, MOMIE.

A funeral service was held at the funeral home in Tappan with burial following at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill.

Donations can be made to Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956 (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

A special thanks to Jesus' aide, Carline, who took such great care of him, his nurse, Barbara G., Mary Lynne, Dr. David and all the other wonderful nurses and people associated with Hospice who have made our journey much easier!

Murphy, Helen G.

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Helen G. Murphy, a longtime resident of Orangeburg, passed away peacefully on March 20, 2018. She was born in Brooklyn on February 4, 1920 to Daniel and Marie Loftus McWeeney. Helen was a clerk at the FBI office in Manhattan where she met her future husband John. They were married on June 8, 1946 in Brooklyn. She previously resided in the Bronx for over 50 years before moving to Rockland County where she was parishioner of St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt.

She was predeceased by John, her husband of 57 years, who died in 2003.

Helen is survived by her sons Stephen and his wife Dale, Terrence and his wife Marge; daughters Maureen Warner and her husband John, and Peggy Servello and her husband Michael; and her grandchildren, Heather Murphy and Jessica Murphy-Pyle, Michael and Timothy Murphy, Kevin, Daniel, Brian and Thomas Warner, and Meghan, Lauren and Matthew Servello; and her great children, Crosby and Erika Belisle and Ethan Pyle.

Helen was also predeceased by seven brothers and sisters.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine's Church in Blauvelt with burial following at F. W. Loescher Veterans Cemetery in New Hempstead. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations to United Hospice of Rockland would be greatly appreciated (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Greer, Miles W.

Harrington Park, NJ - Closter Location

Born April 21, 1925 in the Bronx, NY. The son of Dupuy and Marie Louise Geer. He attended De Witt Clinton High School in New York City and graduated from Long Island University in 1950 after returning from Navel Service.

During the Second World War, Miles went into the U.S. Navy, and emerged after 3 ½ years as a Pharmacist’s Mate Second Class. He married Joyce Braunwirth in 1966 and moved to Harrington Park, NJ. Where he resided for 44 years. He was a long term member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and the American Legion. Miles proudly participated in the annual Memorial Day Parade with his association.

His business career included employment with several Wall Street brokerage houses, and culminated with his retirement from the US Securities and Exchange Commission in 1987.

Miles passed March 9, 2018. His wife, Joyce, predeceased him as well as his brother, Ward Elliot. His first cousins, Robert and James Ross also predeceased him. He is predeceased by his friend, Claire Goetze, and is survived by his second cousin, Jean Ross.

Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter, NJ. Celebration of life was held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Harrington Park with burial following at the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 31 Lynn Street, Harrington Park, NJ 07640-0819 would be greatly appreciated.

Conway, Teresa

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Teresa Conway of Tappan, NY, passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018, age 83.  She is the beloved wife of John J. Conway, Sr., mother of daughter, Ellen Drown and husband, Stephen of North Easton, MA, son John Conway, Jr. and wife, Kathy of Sparkill, NY, son Patrick Conway and wife, Eileen of New City, NY and son Peter Conway and partner, Brian Mageja of Pomona, NY  She is daughter of deceased parents Thomas Mangan, Sr. and Theresa O'Brien Mangan and sister to deceased brothers Patrick J. Mangan and Thomas Mangan, Jr.

She is grandmother of John Thomas, Christopher, Kevin, Kaitlyn, Brenden and Erin Conway and Bryon and Patrick Drown. She is a dear sister-in-law and aunt to her husband's many siblings and their children.  She is the niece of the deceased Margaret Flanagan, and was beloved by the Flanagan family. She will be missed by many neighbors and friends.  

Teresa retired from St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY after many years as the office administrator of the Pathways Program, working previously in the audio visual department and library.  She also worked as an aide at the Tappan Zee High School and the Tappan Zee Elementary School.

Visiting hours were held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.  A Funeral Mass was held at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan.  

Brizzolara, Gertrude

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Gertrude Anna Brizzolara (nèe Hauser), 90, of Orangeburg, NY passed away peacefully on March 6 surrounded by loved ones. She was born on September 4, 1927 to Edward and Anna (nee Lenahan) Hauser on Kings Highway in Tappan, NY. She was married for 55 years to her husband Charles who died on August 10, 2009. She is survived by her three children: Thomas (Nancy) of Norwood, NJ; Kathy (Paul) Saporito of New Milford, NJ; Dennis (Peggy) of Montvale, NJ. She is also survived by her seven loving grandchildren David, Michael, Alicia, Paul Joseph, Kristi, Jennifer, and Jonathan, her loving brother James Hauser of Blauvelt, NY, and many nieces and nephews. "Trudy", as she was known to many, was predeceased by her eight brothers and sisters: Etta Stevenson, May Bradford, Helen Knapp, Lillian Kemmer, Charles Hauser, Joseph Hauser, Anna Isaksen, and Edward Hauser. Trudy grew up in Tappan, NY and was a 1945 graduate of Haverstraw High School. She was an employee of Zenith Labs in the 1980s. She was also a long time member of the Tappan Senior Citizens Club and the McGuire Center Crochet Club of Northvale, two places where she had many treasured friends. She took great pleasure and pride in her grandchildren's athletic and artistic endeavors and successes in their chosen careers. A Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 120 Kings Highway in Tappan with burial following at Tappan Cemetery. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home , 98 Route 303 South in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations to the South Orangetown Ambulance Corps, 70 Independence Avenue, Tappan, NY 10983 would be greatly appreciated (www.soacems.org).

Campanelli, William

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

William J. Campanelli, a resident of Blauvelt, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2018 at the age of 98.

He was born on May 22, 1919 in Brooklyn to Leonardo and Antonia (Campanella) Campanelli. He graduated from Mechanics Institute in New York and was employed as an audio engineer at Atlas Sound in Parsippany, NJ for 45 years.

Bill developed a passion for ham radio operating (W2LRU) and Morse Code at a young age, a hobby he maintained for his entire life. He served as a radio operator during WW II with the Third Fleet aboard the USS LaPrade.

He is preceded in death by Helene - his wife of 40 years; his parents; his brothers, Peter, Richard and Louis; and his sister Mary.

He is survived by his sons, Robert of Washington, DC and Gregory of Stony Point; his daughter-in-law Maureen; and his grandchildren, Sondra, Julia and Jonathan.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt with burial following at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, NJ. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Donations to United Hospice of Rockland (www.hospiceofrockland.org) in Bill’s name would be greatly appreciated.

Shelley-Rafferty, Mary

HarringtonPark, NJ - Tappan Location

It is with our loving hearts we are sad to announce the passing of Mary Fitzpatrick Shelley-Rafferty on March 5th 2018, at the age of 83 surrounded by her family at her home in Harrington Park, NJ. Daughter of Bridget (nèe Brannigan) of County Kilkenny, Ireland and Daniel Fitzpatrick of County Kerry, Ireland. Mary grew up in the Bronx where she met and married Robby Shelley. Robby and Mary raised their four children, Anne, John, Kevin and Kathleen in the Bronx and then in  Yonkers, New York. 

After Robby’s passing in 1988, Mary continued to work as an executive assistant for MetLife in downtown Manhattan. In 1998, she married Joe Rafferty and moved to Highland Falls, NY where they spent their time with family and traveling together. In 2004, after Joe’s passing, Mary settled in Harrington Park, NJ.   

Mary will be remembered for her sense of humor, love of dancing and music and devotion to family. 

Mary leaves behind her sister, Kathleen O’Connor; and her four children, Anne (Chris), John (Liz), Kevin and Kathleen (Gary), as well as, 9 grandchildren, Erin, Connor, William (Rebecca), Tara, Kara, Trevor, Brianne, Katelyn and Aidan, and one great-grandson, August.  

Funeral Mass was held at St. Pius X in Old Tappan, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation 
(www.parkinson.org).

Kuhn, Alfred

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Alfred G. Kuhn, 89, of Closter, passed away on March 1, 2018 with his family by his side. He served during the Korean War in the U.S. Army. Beloved husband of Marjory June Gruben. Devoted father of Brian (Nancy), Barbara O’Bryan, Laury Lieb (Kenneth), Janet Westenhiser (John). Cherished grandfather of 11 – Ashley, Brian Jr., Meghan, Shane, Bethany, Jason, Danae, Jesse, Katelyn, Delaney and Madison and four loving great grandchildren. Visiting hours were held at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. A funeral service was held at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Closter followed by burial at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Alfred’s name to St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Memorial Fund, 171 Closter Dock Rd., Closter, NJ 07624 or to a charity on one’s choice.

Sozzo, Ann

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

It is with sad hearts that we announce the passing of Ann Sozzo, a resident of Tappan, on February 24th, 2018 at the age of 92. Ann was born April 30th, 1925 in Brooklyn, NY to Pasquale and Concetta Luongo.   She met and married the love of her life Mike Sozzo on April 17, 1954. Before moving to Tappan they lived in the Bronx. Ann is survived by her daughter Debra and husband Anthony Magnone of Manhattan and son Michael and wife Theresa of Pearl River; grandchildren Michael (Amanda), Joseph (Kara Thomas and her daughter Logan), Nicole Sozzo and Devon Magnone; her brothers Pat (Theresa), Ralph (Rosemarie) and sister Carmela Luongo; sisters-in-law Marion, Theresa and Kay and a host of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Mike (1989), sister Marie and brothers Joseph and Anthony. Ann worked for Allan and Bacon in Rockleigh, NJ. She was a member of the Red Hats, the Tappan Seniors and a parishioner of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan. A special thanks to her care givers Paulette and Ann Marie.  A Mass of Christian Burial was heldat Our Lady Of the Sacred Heart Church with entombment following at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Donations in Ann’s memory to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 120 Kings Highway, Tappan, NY 10983 would be greatly appreciated.

Davin, Stephen

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Blauvelt resident Stephen Davin died at the age of 57 on February 23, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.

Son of John and Rosetta, Stephen was born on June 3, 1960 in Suffern. He attended St. Catharine’s grade school and graduated from Albertus Magnus High School in 1978. Stephen proudly served in the United States Navy from 1982 to 1985 as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate. He served two years in the Philippines where he met Adora Davin, the mother of his children. He worked at Ricoh Corp most of his career. He was a member of the St. Dominic’s Knights of Columbus of Blauvelt.

Steve is survived by a devoted family: his mother Rosetta Davin, his four beloved children, Alex (Rae), John (Lam), Chris (Jill), Jacklyn, and Adora Davin, and his siblings, John, James, MaryBeth Carley, and Michael. He was devoted Grandpa to Denise, Kathleen, and Jackie Rose. Steve is predeceased by his father John.

Steve’s greatest joy was spending time with his kids and grandchildren, cheering them on at sports and playing late night games of Uno. He enjoyed golfing and spending time with good friends at K of C.

Calling hours were held at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A Mass of Christian Burial took place at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt, followed by burial at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill.

Stephen will be remembered for his wit, humor, and devotion to his family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hi Tor Animal Care Center of Rockland (www.hitor.org).

Stadnick, Kevin Albert

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Kevin Albert Stadnick suddenly passed away February 16th, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born January 11th, 1983. He was 35 years old.

He is survived by his mother Bernadette; his sisters Renee and husband Darrin, Donna and husband Mike, Denise and husband Jason; his brother Richard and wife Clarissa. He is also survived by his ten nieces and nephews. Kevin was predeceased by his father, Richard. He was loved and will be missed.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine's Church in Blauvelt with burial following at St. Anthony's Cemetery in Nanuet.