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Gross, Anthony

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Anthony Gross, 87, of Orangeburg, NY died peacefully at home on Wednesday morning, November 8, 2017. He was born on May 30, 1930 to Mary and Rudolf Gross in Northampton, PA .

Tony grew up in Gaas, Austria and returned to the USA and lived in NYC where he met his wife Lillian. They moved to Orangeburg, NY in 1957. Tony graduated from City College of NY with a degree in Chemistry. He was employed by Nabisco for more than 30 years and retired in 1989 as Director of Analytical and Microbiological Services.
During his retirement, Tony was an active parishioner at St. Catharine’s in Blauvelt, NY. He was also an active Blauvelt Lion and helped with People to People and the Low Vision Center at Dominican College. Tony was a lifelong member of the American Chemical Society and the American Wine Society. He was most happy pursuing his hobby of winemaking with his family and won many national, state, and local medals as a home winemaker.

Tony is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lillian (Wagner), his daughters, Donna Ancuta (Alex) of Advance, NC, Janet Longo (Ralph) of Blauvelt, NY, and Carolyn Victor (Jim), of Hazlet, NJ. He was predeceased by his grandson, James Victor. His grandchildren are Michael Ancuta (Karen), Erika Roach (Brad), Christina DiChino (Kenny), Stephanie Garzia (Matt), Mariel O’Donnell, (TJ), Robert Victor, and Jacqueline Victor. His great grand children are James Victor, Davis and Lily Ancuta, and Natalie Garzia.

The family received visitors at Moritz Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Catharine’s Church, Blauvelt, NY.

Tony’s final resting place is Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to United Hospice of Rockland (www.hospiceofrockland.org) or the Blauvelt Lions Club (http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/blauvelt/).

Sanchez - Solis, Cesar

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Cesar Salomon Sanchez - Solis, age 81, died on November 6th, 2017 at Northern Manor Multicare Center, where he had lived for a year.  Salomon, how we all knew him, was born in Guayaquil-Ecuador to Marcos Sanchez Melo and Mercedes Solis Solis on January 25th, 1936 (due to a typo they had all his documents with January 28). He was the fourth of six children, two half-sisters, two brothers and one adopted brother.  All his siblings except for the adopted brother are deceased.   

He was a hard working, philanthropic and kind man.  He owned his own grocery store (wholesale and retail) back at his hometown, from which he fed many people in need, everyone appreciated his kindness. He came to the U.S.A. in 1973 then returned to country for some years, then to come back to the U.S.A. in 2002 when made his permanent resident with his wife and step children.  He was very friendly, loving, kind, caring and thoughtful. He also had a sense of humor and loved to travel, he took his family to different places to visit.
 
He was married to love his life, Carmen Cordova de Sanchez for 47 years; she has predeceased him on October 29th this year. He couldn’t live without her.

He is survived his only daughter, Bolivia Sanchez Feroldi and her husband Chris; four step-daughters, Marjorie Bravo and her husband Walter, Ivonne Cordova, Gioconda Flores and her husband Gabriel; he was predeceased by his stepson Raul Cordova who battled with cancer and died on November 1st, 2012. 
 
He was a loving and caring grandfather to Alexa Feroldi, who had shared many memories since she was born. He also loved his step-grandchildren: Yessenia, Ruth, Lissette, Jimmy, Erica, Marjorie Linda, Jeancarlos, Karina, Lenny, Marjorie Kelly, Steven, Jessica and Christopher ; and his step great grand children: Joyce, Joselyn, Mateo, Natasha, Eric, Ariel, Rosalinda, Jacob, Elizabeth, Zahiara, Matthew, Kaley Ayden, Taylor,  Eliana and Logan.
 
He will be dearly missed and will live in our hearts forever. 

Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt followed by a private cremation.

deLisser, Maria C.

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Maria (Mary) C. deLisser, aged 96 of Blauvelt, died peacefully on November 6, 2017. She was born in Flushing, NY to the late Angelo Oliva and Catarina Palumbo on September 7, 1921.

Mary will be remembered as a loving mother who was passionate about her faith and the joy she received from children and nature. She was a dedicated parishioner of St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt for more than 62 years. In 1946, Mary married Denis deLisser, who preceded her in death.

Mary was a graduate of the third graduating class of Queens College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages. She worked as a translator/censor for the Armed Services in Sands Point, NY before starting her family and then going back to school to earn a teacher’s certificate. Mary began her career as a first-grade teacher in the North Rockland School District. After retiring after 20 years teaching first grade at West Haverstraw Elementary School, Mary became a children’s librarian at the Blauvelt Free Library, where she remained until only a few years ago. One of her greatest delights was her ability to continue working at the library with children.

Mary is survived by six children (Denis, Maura, Andrew, Delia, Gerard and Sheila), ten grandchildren, one great grandchild and many loving relatives and close friends.

Family and friends gathered for a wake at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church, 523 Western Highway, in Blauvelt. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mary’s name can be made to the Blauvelt Free Library, 541 Western Hwy. S., Blauvelt, NY 10913 or to the Joseph Raso Hospice Residence, 415 Buena Vista Road, New City, New York 10956.

We remember Mary in prayer as we keep her spirit and the many lessons, big and small, she taught in our hearts.

Baer, Anne

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Anne (Murphy) Baer, a long-time Blauvelt resident, passed away peacefully on October 31st after a brief illness.  Her final days were spent surrounded by loving family and friends, reminiscing about good times past and listening to all her favorite music.  She lived a rich, full life as a daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  After working for several years as an aide at St. Dominic's in Blauvelt she then spent 20 years at Prentice Hall as an Accounting Supervisor before retiring in 1995.  She devoted many years volunteering for her church, St. Catharine's in Blauvelt and worked for many years for the Board of Elections.  In her retirement years she was involved with local organizations such as the Blauvelt Free Library, the Catholic Daughters and the Morning Music Club.
 
She was born in NYC on Sept. 14, 1931 to William and Lillian (Masterson) Murphy.  In May 1954, she married the love of her life, Carl Baer who predeceased her in 1983.  She was also predeceased by her parents, her devoted and loving brother, Joseph Murphy, her sister-in-law, Sr. Bernadette Baer, her son-in-law Michael Quinn and many other beloved family and friends.  In her heyday, she loved to travel.  She had a strong intellect along with a life-long passion for reading.  She kept her mind sharp by reading the newspapers and watching Jeopardy on a daily basis. She derived her greatest joy spending time with family and friends and took great pride in her role as matriarch of the Baer family.  She could often be seen beaming as she recounted the accomplishments of any one of her nine children or 17 grandchildren.  She is survived by her children: Bill Baer, Paul Baer, Barbara and Matt Aubin, Ray and Cindy Baer, Denise and Nick Apuzzo, Chris and Megan Baer, Helen Quinn, Maureen and Bill Aitchison, Ed and Lisa Baer.  She leaves behind her greatest legacy in her 17 grandchildren; Amy Aubin, Chris and Katie Aubin, Carly Apuzzo and Danny Smith, Douglas Baer, Daniel Apuzzo, Brian Baer, Julianne Quinn,  Kimberly Apuzzo and fiancé Shaun Wright, Sarah Aitchison, Samantha Quinn, Tess Aitchison, Kellie Baer, Henry Baer, Grace Baer, Liam Aitchison, Sophie Baer, Jeanine and Joe Sparacin and her great granddaughter, Lily Apuzzo.  She is also survived by her brother-in-law Bill Baer, his wife Bernadette, their six sons and families.  Anne's family will received friends at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY.  A Mass in celebration of her life was held at St. Catharine's Church in Blauvelt.   She was interred at Ascension Cemetery in Airmont, NY.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Anne's name may be made to The Morning Music Club, attention: Bernice Rice Gerstein, 4 Baltic Court, New City, NY 10956.

Glynn, Kathleen

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Kathleen T. Glynn, 81, of Blauvelt, died peacefully in her sleep at home on October 21, 2017. Kathleen was born on October 11, 1936 in County Mayo, Ireland to Patrick and Anne Charlton. She was one of ten siblings. She left her cherished home of Ballyglass in Kiltimagh and immigrated to the United States in 1955. She married Michael Glynn on September 12, 1959 and they settled in Rockland County in 1977 to raise their family. She was a charter member of the Rockland Irish American Cultural Center, member of the Mayo Football Club, and indispensable to the Rockland GAA. Along with her husband and their friends the Fitzgeralds, they cofounded Gaelic Exhibitions, which became G & F Sports, and enabled the Irish in America to watch their Gaelic sports live for over 30 years.

Kathleen was a beloved and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She is predeceased by her brothers Paddy, Denny, Francis and Michael and her sister Bernadette. She will be deeply missed by her husband of 57 years, Michael; her son Mike and wife Kim; daughters Trish and husband Ralph; Annmarie and husband Lou; and her grandchildren Theresa, Mickey and Maggie Glynn, Jack and Brendan Iannucci, and Emily and Elizabeth Winington.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt followed by burial at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Nauet. Visiting hours were at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Donations to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital in Kathleen’s memory would be greatly appreciated (www.stjude.org).

Jurasek, Eleanor

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Eleanor Rita Jurasek, 94, of Orangeburg, passed away peacefully on October 17, 2017 at Nyack Hospital. She was born in Shenandoah, PA on June 6, 1923 to John and Della Polukis. Eleanor resided in Flushing, Queens and held several jobs. Early in her career, she was a metallurgist for Sylvania in Queens. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and The Homemakers, both in Piermont, and the Thorpe Village Seniors in Sparkill.

Her husband, John, passed away in 1994.

She is survived by her son John P. III and his wife Gale; her grandson John Robert IV; and her sisters, Marion Plant and Joan Dondero. She was predeceased by her brother Clem Polukis and sister Florence Kurkjian

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt followed by a private cremation. Donations to the Catholic Daughters of America would be greatly appreciated (www.catholicdaughters.org).

Vilbig, Charles 'Chuck'

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Charles ‘Chuck’ C. Vilbig, 59, of Blauvelt, died suddenly on October 12, 2017 at Nyack Hospital. He was born in the Bronx on October 6, 1958 to Helen and Walter ‘Chip’ Vilbig. Charles was a technician for Verizon for 27 years. He proudly served in the US Marine Corps before being honorably discharged in 1981.

Charles is survived by his wife of 34 years, Jean; his sons, Jason C. and girlfriend Jen and Andrew J.; sisters, Catherine Garbarini and Jeanne Vilbig; his brother Francis; and his many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Margaret Russo and his brothers, John and Paul Vilbig.

A Funeral Service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan with burial following at F. W. Loescher Veterans Cemetery in New Hempstead.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wounded Warriors Project would be greatly appreciated (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).

Caldwell, John 'Jack'

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

John “Jack” Caldwell, 80, died on October 10th. Jack was a lifelong Closter resident and his love for and pride in his hometown prevailed throughout his life. He graduated from Closter High School and served in the US Army and Army Reserve from 1955-61. He was deployed to Korea, where he worked as an airplane mechanic. He founded Caldwell’s Suburban Gardens and retired after over 40 years as an excavating contractor. Jack was baptized at St. Mary’s in Closter in 1938 and remained a parishioner there throughout his life. He was a member of the American Legion Leroy S. Mead Post 111 and was also a longtime member of the Closter Elks and a charter member of the Bergen County Landscape Contractors Association. He is predeceased by his parents, Hugh Caldwell and Frances Hosterman Caldwell, his brother, Hugh “Trooper” Caldwell, and his wife, Pat Brady Caldwell. He is survived by his sisters, Fran Caldwell and Cindy Ryan, his daughters, Mary Caldwell and Kathy Caldwell, and his granddaughters, Gwen Taylor and Kendall Taylor. Jack was also a cherished uncle and devoted friend to many. Visitation was held at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary’s Church in Closter with interment following at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY. In lieu of flowers donations to the American Legion Leroy S. Mead Post 111, PO Box 29, Closter, NJ 07624 or to the Paradox Lake Association (http://paradoxlake.mylaketown.com) would be appreciated.

Tom, Steven

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Steven Daniel Lee Tom, 24, died unexpectedly on October 7, 2017.

Beloved son of Mary and Kent and loving brother of Lauren and Christopher.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine's Church, 523 Western Highway in Blauvelt, NY with burial following at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral in Tappan.

Grant, Conor

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Conor N. Grant, of Blauvelt, passed away suddenly on October 1, 2017. He was born in Manhattan on October 9, 1992 to Gerard and Rita Grant. Conor graduated Tappan Zee High in Orangeburg in 2009 and attended St. Thomas Aquinas and Rockland Community College. He was also a reservist in the NY National Guard.

Conor is survived by his devoted parents, Gerard and Rita; his loving brothers, Ryan and Barry; and his extended family and friends here and in Ireland.

A Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan followed by a private cremation. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Christopher’s Inn, 21 Franciscan Way, Garrison, NY 10524 (www.stchristophersinn-graymoor.org).

Moss, Donald

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Donald Moss, 79, of Tappan, died on September 25, 2017. He was Deputy Chief in the NYPD. Donald was a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Rockland County Shields, Hudson Valley 10-13 Club and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Donald is survived by his wife Mary nee (Cunningham); his children, Thomas, Kathy, James (MaryAnn); his grandchildren, Kaitlin, Jennifer, Brianna, Kieran, and Brendan.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Tappan with burial following at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY. Donations may be made to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 120 Kings Highway, Tappan, NY 10983.

Hills, Thomas F.

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Thomas Frank Hills, on Sept. 25, 2017 at Hackensack University Medical Center. After a brave battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Joanne, sons Thomas (Megan) of Bergenfield, Eric (Fiona) of Ravena, NY. Father Frank C. Hills, sister Debbie (Vinnie), Vickie, and brother Frank (Nancy). His extended family of Jim (Louise), Joe (Toni), Marie (Jerry), Maggie (Jim), Kitty, Jackie (Randy), Peter (Doris) and many much loved nieces and nephews. He graduated NVRHS Demarest in 1973 and the Plaza School. He owned Hudson Audio Imports and enjoyed working on and driving around in his 65 Dodge. He is loved, and will be missed. Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. In lieu of flowers, donations to cancer research would be appreciated.

Luccketti, Rocco H.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Rocco H. Luccketti, 99, of Tappan, passed away on Monday, September 18, 2017 with family by his side. Rocco was a veteran of WW II, having honorably served the US Army. He is a retiree of the Rockland Psychiatric Center in Orangeburg. Rocco was a life member of the Tappan Volunteer Fire Department and proud member of The James H. Anderson American Legion Post 1199 in Orangeburg.

Beloved husband of the late Sarah Jeanne (nee Dingman). Devoted father of Ronnie, Michael Luccketti and his late wife Linda, and daughter Vickie and her husband Michael Hall. Loving grandfather of Kevin and his wife Shani, Mark, Ronnie, and Meagan Luccketti, Carrie and her husband Jason Pritchard, and Olivia Hall. Cherished great-grandmother of Shelby, Molly, and Anthony Luccketti. Dear sister-in-law Maryann Luckcketti and nephew Nick Luccketti. Predeceased brothers Nick and Louie Luccketti.

Visitation and Firematic Service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Tappan Volunteer Fire Department, 123 Washington St., Tappan, NY 10983 (www.tappanfire.com).

Schneider, Dr. Walter J.

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Dr. Walter Joseph Schneider, 61, of Blauvelt, NY, died September 15, 2017, after staging a courageous fight against kidney cancer.
 
Born in Englewood, NJ, on June 6, 1956, to the late Richard H. Schneider and Gloria Coursen Schneider, and raised in Emerson, NJ, Walter proudly graduated from Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, NJ, and received a B.S.degree in Physiological Psychology from Tulane University. He earned a Master's Degree from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from St. John’s University, and completed Post-Doctoral Studies at Harvard University.
 
Professionally, Dr. Schneider worked in academic settings as a Professor of Psychology, Dean of Students, and Vice-President of Student Affairs at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY, and taught at various universities and colleges in the area. Clinically, Dr. Schneider had worked as a psychologist in several regional hospitals and correctional facilities. He maintained a private practice specializing in Crisis Intervention, Addiction and Forensics, and regularly published research and consulted with community leaders on issues of adolescent substance abuse and suicide prevention. Additionally, he was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus in Blauvelt, NY.
 
Predeceased by his loving sister Dale, Walter is survived by five children whom he adored, Coursen, Taylor, Lee, Beau, and Luke, and his sister Dana and brother Richard.  He leaves behind an enormous number of friends with whom he shared great adventures at many Jets, Mets and Rangers games.  Friends, students, family and colleagues will remember and treasure the memory of his sound wisdom, great taste in music and sense of humor.
 
A visitation and funeral service was held at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests you donate to a charity that was close to Walter’s heart. Please visit No Kid Hungry at www.nokidhungry.org and help provide vulnerable kids in America with nutritious meals.

Plate, Fred

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Fred Plate, a longtime resident of Orangeburg, passed away peacefully on September 7, 2017 at the Buckingham at Norwood Care Center. He was born in Manhattan to Fritz and Hedwig Plate on April 28, 1929. Fred was a sea going Marine and served as a drill instructor from 1947 to 1951 before being honorably discharged. He was a police officer for the Port of Authority of NY & NJ for 20 years before retiring in 1973. After retiring, he worked at Marine Midland Bank in Nyack and Blue Cross Blue Shield in New York City. Fred was parishioner of St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt. He enjoyed managing the New York Yankees from his couch, working in his yard and vacationing on Long Beach Island with his family.

Fred was predeceased by his daughter, Carolyn, who died on June 29, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Diane; his children, Deborah Owen (Gregory), Jeanne Martin (Kevin) and David Plate (Catherine); his eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt with burial following at Tappan Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the ARC of Rockland would be greatly appreciated (845-267-2500 or www.arcofrockland.org).

Domenici, Cornelia 'Lea'

Palisades, NY - Tappan Location

Cornelia ‘Lea’ Domenici, a resident of Palisades for 55 years, passed away on September 2, 2017 at Nyack Hospital after a long illness. She was born in Manhattan on July 25, 1930 to Gabriel and Amelia Fontana. Lea previous resided in Brooklyn before moving to Rockland, working for Volvo Financial in Rockleigh, NJ before retiring in 1995. Lea, an avid swimmer, was a camp counselor for the Children’s Aide Society in Wappingers Falls where she met her future husband Louis. While Louis served in Alaska with US Army, Lea joined him and worked in the commissary. Lea was an animal lover, especially dogs.

Leas was predeceased by her husband who died in 2013 and is survived by her son Louis Jr. and her sister Erina Fanelli. She was also predeceased by her brother Victor Fontana.

A funeral was from Moritz Funeral Home with burial at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Hi-Tor Animal Care Shelter (www.hitor.org).

Casey, Mary Elizabeth

Thorpe Village, Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Mary Elizabeth Casey, a resident of Thorpe Village in Sparkill, passed away on September 1, 2017 at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was born in the Bronx on February 5, 1933 to John Joseph and Marguerite Gurnee Walsh. Mary was resident of Pearl River for 54 years and previously resided in the Bronx. For over 30 years, Mary was a legal secretary and last worked for Dranoff & Johnson in Pearl River. She was a devout and charitable Catholic and was one of original founding parishioner of St. Aeden’s Church in Pearl River.

Mary is survived by her children, Richard (Lynn), Edward (Michele), Marguerite Stokes (Brian) and Patrica Casey; her grandchildren, Sean, Shannon, Brian, Emily, Eric, Meghan and Daniel; her brother John Walsh (Josephine); her sister-in law Eileen Walsh; and many nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her granddaughter Jacqueline Fitzpatrick and her brother Robert Walsh.

Mary was loved and adored by all including all her friends at Thorpe Village and will be sorely missed.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Aeden’s Church in Pearl River with burial following at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Nanuet. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a Catholic charity of one’s choice.

Icobelli, Raymond

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Raymond George Icobelli, a resident of Blauvelt for over 50 years, passed away peacefully on August 29, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born in the Bronx to George and Helen McKenna Icobelli on August 13, 1932. Ray served in the US Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged. He obtained his law degree from Fordham University. Ray practiced law for over 50 years, he had his own practice and was the Piermont Village Attorney. He was a past president and district governor of the Blauvelt Lions Club.

Ray is survived by his wife of 61 years, Wynne; his children, Michael (Susan), Richard, and Jessica; his grandchildren, Anthony (Christa), George, Hannah, Andrew, Sophia and Logan; and his great grandchildren, Aaric and Damian; and his brother Brian.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt with a private cremation following. In lieu of flowers, Ray’s family would like donations to be made to the United Hospice of Rockland (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Gilbride, Bernard

Harrington Park, NJ - Closter Location

Bernard Gilbride, 87, of Harrington Park, NJ, passed away on August 15, 2017. He was born April 20,1930 in Swanlinbar, Co. Cavan, Ireland to Michael and Bridget Gilbride. Bernard arrived in the United States in 1954. Beloved husband of Lorraine for over 50 years. Cherished father of Bernard R. Predeceased by his siblings Bridget Agnes, Mary, Betty, Michael, Patrick, Andrew and Kathleen. Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter, NJ. Funeral Mass at St Anthony’s Church in Northvale burial following at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY.

Haitz, Edna

Harrington Park, NJ

Edna Haitz, 90, of Harrington Park, passed away on July 10th. A longtime resident of Harrington Park, Edna and her mother Anna owned the Harrington Park Delicatessen, were members of Our Lady of Victories Catholic church, and supported a number of local entrepreneurs and families throughout the years. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business from New York University, and after the family sold the store, Edna enjoyed a second career working at Fortunoff for 35 years, where she was a top seller on multiple occasions. Edna enjoyed traveling, including many trips with Club 60, was an avid bridge player, and had a love for opera that took her to the Metropolitan Opera in New York several times a year for over 55 years. She is survived by her daughter Cyndy (Steve) of Salem, Oregon; granddaughter Jessie (Joe) of Baltimore, Maryland; cousin Josephine (Phil) of Kinnelon, New Jersey; and the family dogs Duncan and Desi, whom she always loved seeing.

A Memorial Mass was held at Our Lady of Victories RC Church in Harrington Park with interment following at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Tenafly. Memorial donations may be made to Harrington Park Public Library, 10 Herring Street, Harrington Park, NJ 07640.

McCormick, Patrick

Piermont, NY - Tappan Location

Patrick McCormick, a resident of Piermont, NY, died unexpectedly on August 9, 2017. He was born in Manhattan to Patrick and Margaret O’Dwyer McCormick on July 5, 1962. Patrick previously resided in Northvale, NJ and Palisades, NY and was a member of the Ironworkers Union Local 580 in New York City for over 20 years.

He is survived by his mother, Margaret and his brother, Chris. Patrick was predeceased by his father, Patrick and brother, Kenneth. Visiting hour were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

A Memorial Funeral Mass will be scheduled in the near future.

Brown, Tonka

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Mrs. Tonka Brown, a former long-time resident of Orangeburg, died peacefully August 7, 2017, in the Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie after a brief illness. She was 97 and most recently was a resident of the retirement community of Woodland Pond in New Paltz.

She was born February 20, 1920, in Wharton, NJ, as the eldest child of Ignatius and Anna Nester. At age 4, her parents moved to Mine Hill, NJ. She attended Mine Hill Grammar School and Dover High School.

Tonka had been married for more than 51 years to James T. Brown, whom she met in a Horn & Hardart’s automat in New York City while he was on leave in the U.S. Navy. She was a stenographer for the Chemical Bank and Trust Co. in the city after being employed for a period as a secretary in the Picatinny Arsenal Engineering Department in New Jersey during World War II. She also worked for Studebaker in New York City. 

Tonka is survived by four sons: James, Jerry, Roger and Dennis; two granddaughters and two grandsons, Rachael, Alison, Michael and Christopher; and two great-granddaughters and two great-grandsons. Besides her parents and husband, Tonka also was preceded in death by her three brothers, Edward, Paul and Julius.

Viewing hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church at 523 Western Highway in Blauvelt. Burial followed at Locust Hill Cemetery at 168 N. Sussex St. in Dover, NJ. 

Formato, John V.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

John V. Formato, formerly of Tappan, NY, passed peacefully from this life on August 6, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. 
 
John was born on November 11, 1930 in the Bronx, NY.  A child of the depression, John grew up in the Bronx and attended NYC public schools. He enlisted in the United States Navy where he served for four years on the USS Wasp.
 
John joined the Fire Department of the City of New York in 1959 where he earned a Medal of Valor, before being retired early due to job-related injuries. John loved the life of a NYC firefighter and forged unbreakable bonds with his brother firefighters that lasted the rest of his life, especially within his beloved Ladder 42 ("The Elephant House") in the South Bronx.  Always looking for the next
adventure, he thoroughly enjoyed biking, swimming, skiing, scuba diving, and skydiving.
 
John is survived by his family, Diane Kayser (Jimmy) of Pearl River, Rosanne Clifford (Tommy) of Tappan, Lucille Fair (Rob) of Blauvelt, Immaculate Formato, Anthony Befi, his grandchildren James, Joseph, Robert, T.J., Anthony, Christina, and Daniella all of whom he taught to swim, ski, and live life with zest. In addition to his children and grandchildren, John is survived by his great grandchildren Max, Matilda, Calvin, and Eloise, several nieces and nephews and scores of brother firefighters. He was
predeceased by his parents, his sister Madeline, and his grandson, Billy Kayser.
 
John will be sorely missed, and forever remembered for his humor, humility, and ability to find good in everything life threw his way.
 
Friends were invited to call at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, 120 Kings Highway in Tappan.

Pane, Beverly

Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Beverly Pane, 81, of Sparkill, died unexpectedly on Friday, August 4. She was born August 8, 1935 in New York, NY to John and Helen Cioffi and grew up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and then moving to New Milford, NJ.

She is survived by husband of 60 years, Charles Pane; five children, Caren Pane, John Pane, Robin Springer and husband Ron, Jody Tompkins, and Anthony Pane and wife Silvana.

The matriarch of our family, Beverly was a devoted grandmother to five grandchildren (Amanda, Victoria, Matthew, Elizabeth and Melody) and one great grandchild (Peyton) and a beloved sister and friend to Maryann Romano and Leslie Alloro, who are also surviving.

Beverly was adventurous and full of life, fun, kind, caring, and thoughtful. She enjoyed cooking and baking-always with love, playing card games, Mahjong, reading voraciously and going to the movies. She was faithful, curious, wise, and witty. She was everyone’s friend and will certainly be missed.

The visitation was at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. The Funeral Mass was at St. John the Baptist Church in Piermont, NY. The burial followed at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY.

DiFiore, Gloria

Pearl River, NY - Tappan Location

Gloria DiFiore, a longtime resident of Pearl River passed away on August 4, 2017 after a long illness. She was born in the Bronx to Joseph and Jean Deglomini. Gloria worked in the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office for 23 years.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Richard; her daughter Diane Mayer and her husband Robert; and her grandchildren, Amanda and Christopher. Gloria was predeceased by her daughter Debra who died on July 23, 2017 and her sister Joan DeMartino. She is survived by her brother Joseph Deglomini and his wife Doreen and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was private. In lieu of flowers, donations to Gloria’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org).

Muehlboeck, Brunhilde

Closter Location

Brunhilde Muehlboeck, age 93, passed away August 2, 2017

She came to America from Austria in 1958 to work as a governess. She is survived by her beloved Alexandra Drazniowsky Curtis (Ed), Peter, and Mark, as well as nieces Elisabeth Paier (Werner), Monika Granitzer (Peter Brunner), Christa Moser, Trude Muehlboeck, and nephews Fritz Hotschnig and Lois Hotschnig (Mercedes).

Her kindness, generosity, and warm heart touched all who were fortunate to know her. 

Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. A Memorial Funeral Mass was held at Immaculate Conception Church in Norwood.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in her name to the charity of your choice. 

Mennillo, Robert T.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Robert T. Mennillo, a longtime resident of Tappan, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2017 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern. He was born in Mount Vernon, NY on October 23, 1930 to Gabriel L. and Theresa Mancuso Mennillo. Robert was a proud Marine who served in the Korean War from 1948 to 1952. He was honorably discharged and received the Korean War Service Medal for his service in combat. Robert was a member of the John M. Perry American Legion Post No. 1044, the Blauvelt Sons of Italy and a parishioner of St. Anthony’s Church in Northvale, NJ.

He a was race horse trainer for 40 years working at most of the major race tracks on the east coast.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joyce (née Tesoro); his sons, Gabriel (Amanda) and Thomas; his daughters, Dawn Mennillo and Robin Caputo (Thomas). Robert was the proud grandfather of Luke and Olivia, Jake and Miranda, and Christopher and Shelby. He was predeceased by his brother Anthony.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Anthony’s Church in Northvale, NJ with burial following at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill.

Brenner, Donald R.

Lauderdale by the Sea, FL, formerly of Alpine, NJ- Closter Location

Donald Robert Brenner, 80, of Lauderdale by the Sea, FL, formerly of Alpine, NJ, passed away peacefully on July 28, 2017 in Saddle River, NJ..

Donald is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ginette, his sons; Michael, Jerome and his wife Nicole, and Robert. Also surviving are three granddaughters; Emily, Alana and Remington.  

Donald was born on July 29, 1936 in Jersey City, NJ. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1958.

Visiting hours were at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter, NJ.

As an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, donations in Donald's memory may be made to Englewood Hospital Foundation in care of Heart and Vascular Institute. 

Davidson, Steven

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Steven J. Davidson, a longtime resident of Tappan, passed away peacefully at home on July 28, 2017 with his loving family at his side. He was born in the Bronx to David and Lillian Davidson on April 23, 1946. Steven was an accountant for over 50 years who was self-employed. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed visiting Cape Cod.

Steven was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Josephine, who died in 2015. He is survived buy his sons, John and Frank, and his daughter-in-law Michele; and his grandchildren, Zoe and Dean.

A Funeral Service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Taipan with burial following at Beth El Cemetery in Washington Township, NJ.

Tozer, Eliot F. Jr.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

March 28, 1922 – July 25, 2017

His life was beautifully written. His life-long study and deep love of the English language expressed itself in many ways. He studied English in college, taught it to students in high school, college, and in Pakistan. As a freelancer he wrote articles on a wide range of subjects for general interest magazines and a book on how to give up smoking. He produced television shows for PBS, and managed public relations and public information for CBS News and CBS Radio. And he delighted his grandchildren with his ability to instantly pronounce words backwards.

Eliot began life in East Milton, Massachusetts and studied at Bowdoin College, graduating early, in 1943, to enlist in the Navy during World War II. At Bowdoin he sang with the Meddiebempsters, an early small a capella singing group. After Bowdoin he found himself in Corpus Christie, Texas, learning to fly, where his instructor in the Link Trainer, Betty Farmer, became his beloved wife of 61 years. He continued as a flight instructor and ground school instructor until the end of the war when Eliot and Betty moved to Shanks Village. Both attended Columbia on the GI Bill while raising the first two of what, over time, became their five children.

With 31 other Shanks Village families he was a founder of the Hickory Hill Cooperative in 1951 and brought with him lessons in cooperation, community, and self-reliance first practiced in Shanks Village.

He believed that education, good government, history, care of the environment, and cooperative communities were important for a thriving life and volunteered his time to support these beliefs. He was the Deputy Supervisor of Orangetown under Thom Kleiner for 14 years, was a leader in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, was a member of the Orangetown Shade Tree Commission and was a founder of Keep Rockland Beautiful. He was a judge of History Day events, and worked to support the Tappan PTA and the Tappantown Historical Society. He was a rape victim counselor for many years.

He tragically lost his oldest son, Eliot, III, in an accident while Eliot III was flying an F8 off a carrier deck in the Pacific. He is survived by his children Raleigh, Joel, Donna, and Geoffrey and his daughter in law Joan; their spouses Catherine, Mary Ann, Steven, Sam and John; his grandchildren Matthew, Julie, Katherine, Lindsay, and Grace; their spouses and partners Commander Benjamin Martin, Lt. Col. Maynard Porter, Katie Ingersoll, and Michele Tedesco; and his great grandchildren Eliot, Lucy, Maynard, and Georgia.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in Eliot’s memory be made to the Tappan Library, Keep Rockland Beautiful, or the Hickory Hill Cooperative.

Visiting at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan was held on July 28. The funeral service was at the Tappan Reformed Church on July 29.

DiFiore, Debra

Pomona, NY - Tappan Location

Debra DiFiore, of Pomona, passed away on July 23, 2017 after a brief illness. She was born in the Bronx to Richard and Gloria DiFiore on December 10, 1960. Debra was a graduate of Pearl River High School and received her Associates Degree in Business from Rockland Community College where she was a registrar for the last 15 years.

She is survived by her parents, Richard and Gloria; her sister Diane Mayer and her husband Robert; and her niece Amanda and nephew Christopher.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Aeden’s Church in Pearl River with burial following at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Nanuet.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the LiveOnNY (www.liveonny.org).

Mandikas Sr., Nick

Weston, FL - Tappan Location

Nick Mandikas Sr., 87, of Weston, FL, passed away on July 12, 2017. He was born on March 16, 1930 in Manhattan to Anastasia Pulos and John Mandikas. He married Irene Cominetto in 1955 and moved to the Bronx where their three children were born. They later moved to Tappan, NY. They were married for 62 years.

Nick grew up on 9th Avenue in the Hell’s Kitchen section of Manhattan and graduated from Textile High School in 1948. Shortly after, he served for 18 months in the Korean Conflict. For most of his career, he worked for Xerox Corporation in both New York and New Jersey.

Nick and Irene retired to Weston, Florida in 1996. They had a very active retirement with the new friends that they made there. In addition to lots of travel, Nick loved to play bocci and poker at the Boneventure Town Center.

He is survived by his wife Irene, his son Nick Jr. and wife Jaci, and his daughters Karen Frank and Susan Felo, along with eight grandchildren, Ashley, Brielle, Bobby, Michael, Michael, Lauren, Baylee and Matthew.

Visitation will be held at Moritz Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 18, from 2-4 and 7-9pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at Wednesday, July 19, 10am, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan, NY. Burial with military honors to follow at Tappan Cemetery.

de Bary, William Theodore

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

William Theodore de Bary, acclaimed scholar of East Asian thought and a leader in the development of Asian Studies in the United States, died peacefully in his home, Hotokudo, in Tappan, New York, on July 14, 2017. John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and Provost Emeritus of Columbia University at the time of his death, de Bary continued to teach after his formal retirement in 1989. Although weakened by a heart condition, he completed grading the papers for his last course in May, 2017.

de Bary, one of five children born to Mildred and Wilhelm de Bary in Bronx, New York, in 1919, grew up in Leonia, New Jersey. Entering Columbia College as a scholarship student, he began the study of Chinese as a sophomore in 1938. In 1942, while a Master’s candidate at Harvard, he was recruited by the United States Navy for intensive training in Japanese and served as an intelligence officer during the Pacific War. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander and worked briefly for the Office of Naval Intelligence in 1946. His experiences in Okinawa, Japan, and China during the war persuaded him of the importance of continuing to learn from East Asian cultures. He always credited his wife, Fanny Brett de Bary, for inspiring him to return to do a Ph. D. at Columbia in 1947. Together with his friend Donald Keene, he studied under Ryusaku Tsunoda, who had recently been released from an interment camp for Japanese-Americans and who became a revered mentor. In 1949, he was a Fulbright fellow at Beijing University when Communist troops arrived in the city.

While still a graduate student in 1948, de Bary was made chair of a committee charged with extending the undergraduate core curriculum in Western civilizations to include Asian civilizations. He recruited gifted colleagues to join him in assembling a series of source books containing translations of major classical and modern texts of Chinese, Japanese, and Indian traditions. These have been updated and revised on several occasions and are currently used as textbooks by numerous universities throughout the world. More recently, Professor de Bary served as editor for an addition to the series covering Korean civilization and encouraged the development of a companion work on Vietnamese civilization by colleagues at Columbia. He went on to author and edited over twenty books.

His last book, The Great Civilized Conversation: Education for a World Community, was published in 2013. In it, he established concrete links among Islamic, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Western classics, emphasizing shared understandings of humanity and shared concepts of civility. Reflecting on history's great scholar-teachers and what their methods can teach us today, he reflected on the power of The Analects of Confucius, The Tale of Genji, and The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon as he experienced them in the classroom.

From 1970 to 1978, de Bary served as Provost of Columbia University, where he worked to balance the University’s new endeavors with the values that had inspired him when he first attended the University as an undergraduate. During this time, he raised the endowment for and established Columbia’s Heyman Center for the Humanities. Throughout his career, de Bary believed strongly that undergraduate education was a central mission of the university, and he saw this mission as a responsibility to be shared by all segments of the University. He also worked assiduously to promote studies of the humanities as a necessary adjunct to scientific research and professional education. He believed firmly that the classics were best read and discussed between students and faculty in small groups. Teaching pro bono through May, 2017, he learned shortly before his death that his Fall course, “Nobility and Civility,” was oversubscribed.

For his scholarship and dedication to human understanding on a global level, he had received the highest awards from the United States, Japan, and Taiwan in addition to many awards and honors at Columbia University. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama for helping to bridge differences and build trust by fostering a global conversation based on the common values and experiences shared by all cultures. He was also a member of Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun and, in 2016, was honored to be awarded the distinguished Tang Prize from the Tang Foundation in Taiwan for his work in Sinology.

Professor de Bary’s wife, Mary Fanny Brett de Bary, of Northport, New York, and his daughter, Mary Catherine de Bary Sleight, pre-deceased him. He is survived by three of his children, Brett de Bary Nee, a professor of Japanese Literature at Cornell University, Paul de Bary, an attorney and financial advisor in New York, and Mary Beatrice De Bary Heinrichs, a teacher at the Academy Hill School, his son-in-law, Victor Nee, a Professor of Sociology at Cornell University, his daughter-in-law, Stefana de Bary, and her son Alexandru Marinescu, and a son-in-law, William Sleight, of San Rafael, California. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and their spouses, William Nee, of Oakland, California, and David Nee, Ned and Katrina Chapman de Bary of Boston Massachusetts, and John de Bary and Michael Rameley, of New York City, Cynthia Sleight, of Austin Texas, Johanna and Scott Moringiello, Annaleis and Damjan DeNoble and Lydia Heinrichs and three great grandchildren, Theodore and Marco Morigiello and Adelaide DeNoble. In his last years, he was supported by a group of extraordinary caregivers and by his fellow parishioners at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan, New York.

A Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 120 Kings Highway, Tappan, NY 10983. A wake will be held between 4 and 8pm on Monday July 17th at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A memorial service for family and friends is planned for early August.

Melia, Kenneth J. Sr.

Piermont, NY - Tappan Location

Kenneth J. Melia Sr., of Piermont, passed away peacefully on July 12, 2017 after a brief illness at his daughter’s home in Middletown. Ken was born in Ozone Park, Queens to Francis and Ruth Donnelly Melia on February 8, 1926. He served in the US Navy during WW II and was honorably discharged. After his military service, Ken obtained his high school diploma through Operation Recognition. Ken was the print department supervisor at Federal Paperboard for over 40 years and a Piermont Police officer for 10 years. He was a past commander of the VFW Piermont Memorial Post, a member of the Piermont Knights of Columbus, the Piermont Fire Department Empire Hose Co., the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Pearl River, and a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Church in Piermont.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ann (DeLorenzo); his children Ken Jr. (Patricia), Robert (Tamara) and Bettyann Connor (Jeffrey); his grandchildren, Kimberly Jordan (Tim), Keith and Kelly Melia, Aislinn and Shannon Melia, Brendan Connor (Amanda) and Tara Connor; his great grandchildren, Mia, Ariana and Gianna Jordan and Aubrey Connor; and his brother Thomas and sister Catherine Caputo

A Funeral Mass was held at St. John the Baptist Church in Piermont with burial following at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Nanuet. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) or Hospice of Orange and Sullivan County (www.hospiceoforange.com).

Plate, Carolyn

Suffern, NY - Tappan Location

Carolyn Plate passed away peacefully on June 29, 2017 after a brief illness at the Joe Raso Hospice Residence in New City. Carolyn was born in Nyack on December 5, 1964 to Fred and Diane (Magnan) Plate and resided in Pomona for 15 years. She worked at Glaze (ARC Workshop) in Orangeburg and participated in ARC Recreation, the ARC Self-Advocacy Group, and Meals on Wheels. Carolyn was an avid Yankee fan and enjoyed bowling.

She is survived by her parents, Fred and Diane; her sisters, Deborah Owen (Gregory), Jeanne Martin (Kevin); her brother David Plate (Catherine); her eight nieces and nephews and eight great nieces and nephews. Carolyn also leaves behind her family at Scenic.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt with burial following at Tappan Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the ARC of Rockland would be greatly appreciated (845-267-2500 or www.arcofrockland.org).

Lupardi, John A.

Cresskill, formerly of Northvale - Closter Location

John A. Lupardi, 90, on June 21, 2017 of Cresskill, formerly of Northvale. Beloved husband of the late Rose Marie. Devoted father of Joanne Moldt and her husband Steve, John Lupardi Jr. and his wife Shirley, Steven Lupardi and his wife Kathy and Thomas Lupardi and his wife Cindy. Adored grandfather of Steven Michael Lupardi, Eric Lupardi, Sarah Moldt and Sydney Morgenstern and husband Brian. Great grandfather to Stellan Morgenstern. Loving brother of Anthony Jr., Phyl Ippolito, Ann Devenezia and the late Carmela Giangola. John was an owner of JAL Control Services. He was a WWII Army veteran and a proud member of American Legion Post 111 of Closter, VFW Post 162 of Northvale, past Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus in Closter, Closter Elks and Closter Knickerbocker Hook and Ladder Company and parishioner of St. Anthony Church of Northvale for over 50 years. Funeral Mass was held at St. Anthony’s Church in Northvale followed by entombment at Garden of Memories in Washington Township. Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. 

Duffy, Helayne G. (nèe Maher)

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Helayne G. (nèe Maher) Duffy, of Tappan, passed away peacefully on June 20, 2017 at the Joe Raso Hospice Residence in New City. She was born in Manhattan to James and Helen on August 21, 1956. Helayne attended St. Nicholas of Tolentine in the Fordham section of the Bronx and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School in Tappan, Rosary Academy and St. Thomas Aquinas College upon moving to Rockland County. Before her illness, she was a bank teller for Dime and Anchor Savings Banks and customer service for Cambridge Press and Verizon.

Helayne was predeceased by her parents, James and Helen Maher of Tappan.

She is survived by her siblings, Jay Maher (Lisa), John Maher (Denise) and Ann Koesterer (Dennis); and her nieces and nephews, Jay Maher Jr., Elizabeth Solis, Richard Maher, Christopher Maher, Jimmy Maher, Sean Maher, Shannon Koesterer, Katelyn Koesterer, Jillian Koesterer; and six great nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan with burial following at Tappan Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hi-Tor Animal Care Shelter (www.hitor.org) or United Hospice of Rockland (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Riecken, Freda

Rockleigh, formerly of Norwood and Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Freda (née Weinlader) Riecken, of Rockleigh, formerly of Norwood and Closter, passed away peacefully on June 17. Born in Fort Lee to Rev. Bernard and Frances Weinlader, she was 103 this past May. She attended Fort Lee H.S. where she met her husband, the love of her life, the late William Edward Riecken.
 
Widowed in 1961, she lived in Closter many years where she raised her five children. Church, family and friends were an important part of her life. She was a long time member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
 
She is also preceded in death by her sons, William and James Riecken. Survived by her sons, Daniel, Richard and wife Carol; daughter-in-law Janet; daughter Jeanne DiFabio and husband John; seven grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. The family received friends and relatives at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. A funeral service was held at the funeral home followed by internment at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus. Donations in Freda’s memory may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 171 Closter Dock Road, Closter, NJ 07624.

Benz, John F., Sr.

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

John Frederick Benz peacefully passed into the loving arms of Jesus on the morning of June 16, 2017, after a lifetime of being surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born to Frederick and Erma Pullem Benz on January 2, 1928 in St. Louis, MO. John resided in the Bronx before moving to Blauvelt where he built his life since 1952. He served in the US Army during WW II and the Korean War before he was honorably discharged. John was an active member of the VFW Post No. 7462 Piermont Memorial Post in Piermont and a parishioner of St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt. He was a member of the Pearl River Gun Club and life member of the NRA, and past member of the Blauvelt Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of almost 70 years, Lucia (nèe Bonanno); his children, Barbara Mencher (Seth), Lisa Graff (Charles), John Benz (Kathleen) and Anthony Benz (Lara); his grandchildren who loving knew him as ‘Papa’, Lauren Calcaterra (Justin), Matthew Mencher (Moira), Stephanie Gannon (James), Christina and Charles Graff, Nicholas, Jessica, Andrew and Jenna Benz; his great grandchildren who called him ‘Opa’, Benjamin, Caitlin, James and Kaylee; and countless nieces, nephews and friends.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt followed by a private cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the VFW Post No. 7462 Piermont Memorial Post, 562 Piermont Avenue, Piermont, NY 10968.

Braun, Oscar Henry

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Oscar Henry Braun, passed away peacefully on June 8th, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Henry was pre-deceased by his beloved wife of 60 years, Barbara W. “Betty” Braun. Henry is survived by his 5 children; Timothy, Barbara (and her husband Ron), Charles (and wife Essie), Thomas (and wife Dora) and Chris (and wife Karen). He also had 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Henry was born, at home, in Ridgewood, Queens on March 27, 1924. He attended Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn and the New York State Maritime Academy, Fort Schuyler, NY where he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy in 1944. Henry was a combat veteran serving in the Pacific Theater from 1944-45 during WW II. His ship was present in Tokyo Bay on V-J Day. After the War he pursued a degree in Electrical Engineering, graduating from Manhattan College in 1950. He worked for the New York Telephone Company for the next 38 years retiring as a District Marketing Supervisor.

Henry and Betty moved to Blauvelt in 1954. He was an active member and daily communicant at St. Catharine’s Church. Throughout the years he was involved in many civic and church activities in Blauvelt and Orangetown. Especially noteworthy was his work, with Betty, in the Rockland pro-life community.

All those who knew Henry were touched by his ever present kindness, optimism and positive spirit.

Visiting hours were held at the Moritz Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Catharine’s Church with burial following at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Nanuet.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Catharine’s Church, 523 Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY 10913 or Rockland County Right to Life, P.O. Box 9348, Bardonia, NY 10954.

Benicasa. Angelina

Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Angelina M. Benicasa passed away peacefully on June 4, 2017 at home with her family by her side.

She was born on June 29, 1920 to Pasqualina and Joseph Pesanelli, and was a lifelong resident of Sparkill.

Angelina worked as a seamstress in Nyack and Piermont. She worked for NY Telephone Co. in Sparkill, a child care aide at St. Agnes Home and School for Boys in Sparkill, and the Rockland Co. Board of Elections.

Angelina was predeceased by her husband Frank, granddaughter Gina Marie Went, her granddaughter-in-law Trisha Anne Lucas, daughter-in-law Denise Benicasa, son-in-law Walter Lucas; her sisters, Mary Fatale and Josephine Dellicono; her brothers, Thomas, Louis and Joseph Pesanelli.

She is survived by her children, Marie Lucas of Tappan, Frank Benicasa of Caroga Lake, NY, Ellen Went (Wayne) of Lake Havasu City, AZ, and Barbara Yannazzone (Michael) of Sparkill; her seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. John Roman Catholic Church in Piermont with burial following at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Hospice of Rockland (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Madeline ‘Ann’ Ventriglia

Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Madeline ‘Ann’ Ventriglia, a lifelong resident of Sparkill, passed away peacefully on June 3, 2017 at the Joe Raso Hospice Residence in New City. She was born in Piermont on March 1, 1931 to Antonio and Angelina Vitolo Ventriglia. Ann was an executive secretary for over 40 years at Maxwell House Coffee in White Plains. She was a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Church in Piermont and the Catholic Daughters of America. Ann was an independent woman who kept a meticulous home and garden.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brothers, Joseph and John.

Ann is survived by her sister Carmela Grau and brother Anthony Ventriglia; and her numerous nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. John the Baptist Church in Piermont with burial following at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ann’s name may be made to the United Hospice of Rockland (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Pollack, Michele J.

New York City, NY and Orangeburg, NY - Closter Location

Michele Julie Pollack, 61, passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2017. Michele grew up in Orangeburg, NY and was a graduate of Tappan Zee H.S. in 1973. She earned a Bachelors degree from Cortland University. Born October 10, 1955, beloved daughter of the late Joseph Pollack and is survived by her loving mother Julie Pollack, brother Kevin Pollack, sister-in-law Nancy, niece Jacqueline and nephews Trevor and Thomas, along with beloved aunts and cousins. She was a devoted daughter who helped care for her mother and father. She will be greatly missed. Michele lived in Manhattan, where she enjoyed city life and working for Bodden Partners on Madison Ave. as a Senior Account Executive. Michele was a ten year cancer survivor. Michele adored her nieces and nephews. Loved going out with friends, watching movies, and spending time with her family. She enjoyed clothing and was always dressed beautifully with the latest fashion. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt.

Ruane, James J.

Formerly of New City, NY, recently of Dowling Garden in Sparkill - Tappan Location

James J. Ruane, age 88, died peacefully on May 28, 2017 at the Joe Rasso Hospice Center. He is predeceased by his wife, Veronica Foley, survived by his children James (Moira), Veronica Switzer (Michael), Regina Giarratana, and Karen. He was born July 6, 1928 to Ellen O’Donnell and Hugh Ruane in Co. Mayo, Ireland. He is predeceased by his siblings Mary McHale, Hugh, Sarah Pratchet, Helen, Margaret McIlveen, and survived by Annie Ruane, and Agatha Hall. He enjoyed his 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict shortly after immigrating. Seamus raised his family in New City where he resided nearly 50 years, was a parishioner of St. Augustines and an active member of their Seniors group. He retired from M.A.B.S.T.O.A in 1981 and Rockland Psychiatric Center in 1991. James spent his final years delightfully residing at Dowling Gardens in Sparkill with compassionate care from Anne, Helen, Mary Jane, and Olivia. Viewing was held at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY followed by a Mass of the Christian Burial at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Tappan. Interment was St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Nanuet, NY. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimers Foundation (www.alz.org).

Stapleton, Veronica

Demarest, NJ - Closter Location

Veronica Stapleton, of Demarest, NJ, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 25, 2017.  She will be missed by many but is finally reunited with her daughter Kimberley Anne Stapleton.

She leaves behind her husband, Frank W. Stapleton and her son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Roxanne Stapleton; her granddaughters, Jennifer Markel and her husband Graham Markel, and Lauren Stapleton and James Stafford.

A visiting hours were held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter.

Donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through the following website: http://pages.teamintraining.org/nj/nyc17/CStapleton

Kirk, Francis ' Frank'

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Francis 'Frank' Kirk, originally from Tappan, NY, passed away on May 22, 2017. He was 80. Frank was born on June 3, 1936 to Franklin Kirk and Winifred Twardoks Kirk in Tappan and was raised in Nyack before moving back to Tappan after marrying Elaine Hoffman.

He worked for the Tappan Postal Service until his retirement. He was a lifetime member of the Tappan Fire Department as well as a troop leader for the Boy Scouts of America.   

Francis is predeceased by his first wife Elaine Hoffman Kirk. He is survived by his wife Helen Dezago Kirk, his daughter Dawn (Kirk) Lightfoot her husband Frank, his son Devan Kirk and his wife Gina; step-daughters Barbara Hamilton, Sharon Hujus, Susan DeZago; his sister Winnie Van Ostrand as well as five grandchildren, three step grandchildren, 1 step-great-granddaughter and three nieces.

Frank will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

A viviting hours and a firematic service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan followed by a graveside service at Tappan Cemetery.

Lynch, Margaret

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Margaret Lynch, a resident of Blauvelt, passed away peacefully on May 23, 2017 with her family at her side. She was born in New York City to Benjamin and Theresa Espy on April 17, 1921. Before retiring in 1981, Margaret was a mail and phone representative for the Nederlander Organization at the Richard Rogers Theatre in New York City.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband, Edward, who died in 1992 and her son, Stephen, who died 1974.

She is survived by her loving children, Barbara Shaw (Richard), Edward Lynch (Danielle) and Lorraine Vazquez (Manuel); her grandchildren, Karen Lorenzo, Tricia Naughton, Kerry Vlachou, Kevin, Stephen, Sean, and Noelle Lynch, Kristina, Robert, and Connor Vazquez; her great grandchildren, Colin, Brandon and Anabel Lynch, Liam Lorenzo, Redd Kinsella, Nico Vlachou, Tessa and Tristan Naughton, and her extended family of beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church followed by a private cremation. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Cudlipp, Nancy

Old Tappan, NJ - Tappan Location

Nancy Cudlipp, of Old Tappan, NJ, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2017. Before retiring, Nancy worked as a postal clerk at the Tappan Post Office for 20 years. She was an avid golfer, tennis and bridge player. Nancy was predeceased by her beloved husband Frederick J. who died in 2006. She is survived by her loving children, Steven Cudlipp and Holly Young and her dear granddaughter Danielle Young. A memorial service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations in Nancy’s name to the Trinity Reformed Church, 292 Old Tappan Road, Old Tappan, NJ 07675 (www.trinityoldtappan.com) would be greatly appreciated.

Christian, Patricia

Washingtonville, NY, formerly of Palisades and Upper Nyack, NY - Tappan Location

Patricia Mary Christian (née Geddes) entered the kingdom of heaven peacefully on May 15, 2017. She joined her beloved husband of 65 years Charles who predeceased her on February 7, 2016.

Pat was born September 20, 1924 to James and Elizabeth (O’Leary) Geddes in Cos Cob, CT. At age 8 her family moved to the Bronx. She graduated from Walton High School and shortly thereafter her family moved to Palisades, NY. She worked as a switchboard operator for NY Telephone Company in Nyack. She married Charles on April 9, 1950 after being introduced to him by her coworker and future sister-in-law Helen (Christian) Kastner. They raised seven children while living in their home on Birchwood Ave. in Upper Nyack. On July 14, 2013 they moved to Washingtonville, NY to live with their daughter Patti. Charles and Patricia were preceded in death by their daughter Lee (Christian) DeStefano. Although Patricia was saddened by the loss of her husband and daughter, she was comforted by her strong deep rooted Irish Catholic spiritual beliefs. Her love of family and her faith are part of her legacy.

She is survived by a son Paul Christian (Helen) and daughters Carol Snyder, Roberta Smith (Jacob), Janice McDonald (Kevin), May Eid and Patricia Gorman (fiancé Steve Harpst); her sister-in-law Cathleen Lear (Bill); 14 grandchildren, Diane Bardorf, Samantha Benaquista, Nicole and James Smith, Kevin Jr., Jennifer and Robert McDonald, Lee Galway and Toni Vogel, Jihan Bouraad, Abdalla and Amina Eid, Frank and Stephanie Gorman; and 19 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 120 Kings Highway, Tappan, NY. Burial followed at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Nanuet, NY.

Missale, Joseph

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Joseph Missale (b. 1926) passed away on May 15, 2017. A lifelong artist, Joe made his career in lithography, and served in World War II. He grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where he knew "everyone from 9th Street to Delancey," and was known to friends and family as Sonny. He is predeceased by his beloved wife of over 50 years, Carmela, with whom he traveled the world.
He celebrated life on a daily basis through his joy of family, art, music and food.

He is survived by his two children, Janine Canner and Joseph Missale Jr., and three grandchildren Alexandra and Nicolette Natale, and Joseph Missale III. 

Visiting and service were held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers, donations made in Joe’s memory to Hi-Tor Animal Shelter (845-354 - 7900 or www.hitor.org) would be greatly appreciated.

Palmeri, Anita

Dowling Gardens in Sparkill, NY, formerly of Yonkers, NY - Tappan Location

Anita Palmeri, a resident of Dowling Gardens in Sparkill since 2011, passed away peacefully at home on May 14, 2017. She was born in Yonkers on October 14, 1924. Anita resided in Yonkers for 87 years and was a graduate of Commerce High School and was a devoted parishioner of St. Ann’s Church.

She was predeceased by her husband, Dominick who died in 2004.

Anita is survived by her children, Michael (Sharon), Barbara (Robert) Driscoll, and Debbie (Lou) Merola; her grandchildren, Leanne, Marisa and Louis; and Lisa, Kim and Rob; her great-granddaughter Violet. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, her friend and caregiver Joanne James, and all her dear friends at Dowling Gardens.

She was also predeceased by her granddaughter Stefanie, her five sisters and five brothers.

A Funeral Mass was held at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Sparkill. Burial followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Hastings-on-Hudson. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimers Association (alz.org) or the St. Jude Children’s Hospital (stjude.org).

Her beautiful smile will be engraved in the hearts of all that knew her.

Guiney, David J.

Palisades, NY - Tappan Location

David Joseph Guiney was born on November 30, 1937, in Cork City, Ireland, to Alice (O’Neil) and Christopher Guiney. The second of five boys, Dave spent the first 11 years of his life in Ireland. In 1949, the family immigrated to the lower East Side of NYC, where Dave spent the rest of his youth. Dave joined the military in 1956 and served in the United States Army for two years. In 1962, Dave started working for Con Edison, and remained there until he retired in 1999. In 1963, Dave met Marie Nicholson at a church bazaar, and the rest is history. They were married on May 14, 1966, at St. Francis Xavier Church in the Bronx, NY, and with God’s blessings, Dave and Marie went on to have six children and 10 grandchildren. In 1973, they moved to Palisades, NY, where they raised their family.

Dave loved many things--golfing, acting, singing, and drawing. He performed in many local theater productions with the Elmwood Playhouse and the Irish Arts Forum. Over the years, his artwork was displayed at local libraries in Rockland. But what Dave loved most was spending time with his family. He is best known for his sense of humor, and his corny jokes are legendary to all those who knew and loved him.

Dave is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Marie (Nicholson) and his children: Jeannie (Tom) Irizarry, Terry (Joe) Parker, Patty (John) Joyce, Steve (Ann McCormick) Guiney, Matt (Diana Stone) Guiney, and Kevin (Mary McSheffrey) Guiney, and his greatest legacy, his 10 grandchildren: Tommy, Ally, and Matthew Irizarry; Shannon and Brenna Parker; Erin and Meghan Joyce; Molly and Shane Guiney; and Jack Guiney. He is also survived by his brother Gene (Christina) Guiney, his sisters-in-law Margaret Fenn and Helene (Jim) Lennon, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Tim and Chris. Dave was truly loved by those who were blessed to know him.

A Funeral Mass was held at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan. Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dave’s memory to the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 120 Kings Highway, Tappan, NY 10983 would be greatly appreciated.

Chamberlain, Bruce A.

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Bruce A. Chamberlain, of Sebastian, FL, formerly of Orangeburg passed away on May 2, 2017 after a sudden illness. He was born in Pearl River to Duke and Aleene Hensel Chamberlain. Before retiring, Bruce was a technician for Verizon for over 30 years. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed animals, especially horses.

Bruce was predeceased by his parents, his brother Vernon and his daughter Taylor Rose.

He is survived by daughters, Marie Cosenza (Duffy), Cresta McDaniels (Richard) and Courtney Chamberlain; his grandchildren Arianna, Crissy and Michael Cosenza, Dylan, Cassie and Sienna McDaniels; his companion Pam Habel and her family Michael and Mindy Bosco; his brother Ronald and his family; and many cousin, nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt. Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hi Tor Animal Shelter (www.hitor.org) or the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) would be greatly appreciated.

Sforza, Theresa

Tappan, NY - Closter Location

Theresa Sforza, 88, of Tappan, passed away peacefully at home on May 4, 2017. She was born and raised in the Bronx to Nicola and Elica (Genetti) Carota on May 31, 1928. Theresa was an accounts receivable clerk for Prentice-Hall in Old Tappan, NJ for 18 years. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Piermont.

She was predeceased by her husband, Potito, who died in 2004. Theresa is survived by her children, Maria Tarantino and her husband Jerry, Lisa Iachetti and Frank P. Sforza and his wife Mary; her grandchildren, Gina Recine and her husband Michael, Jaclyn Loughner and her husband Thomas, Jenna Iachetti and Josh McTernan; and great-granddaughter Sawyer Olivia Loughner. She was also predeceased by her brother Alfred Carota and her sister Jean Russolillo.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. John the Baptist Church in Piermont. Burial followed at F. W. Loescher Veterans Cemetery in New Hempstead. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7462 Piermont Memorial Post, 562 Piermont Ave., Piermont, NY 10968 would be greatly appreciated.

Intano, Alida

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Alida M. Intano, born March 29, 1925, passed away April 29, 2017 at age 92. She was a lover of books and was an avid reader. She also did crossword puzzles and loved animals. Alida also liked to paint, sing and cook.

She was a loving mother to Judy Intano Colarelli, a wonderful grandmother to Rich and Stacy Colarelli, Christopher Colarelli and Samantha Colarelli. She was also a caring great-grandmother to Roland, Madison and Riley Colarelli.

Alida loved her family.

She was predeceased by the loved her life, Frank R., her husband of 58 years who died in 1999.

She will be greatly missed.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt. Burial followed at F. W. Loescher Veterans Cemetery in New Hempstead. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Zutell, Marie

Closter, NJ - Closter, NJ

Marie J. Zutell, 81, of Closter, NJ passed away on April 26, 2017. Born in the Bronx to John and Mary (nèe Dougherty) Morgan. Loving wife of the late George C. Jr. Beloved mother of Patricia Borra, Deborah Walsh, Michael Zutell, Mary Ann Hudson, George C. Zutell III, Kathleen Murphy, and the late Kristine Zutell. Dear grandmother of nine and dear sister of Gloria Philip. Predeceased by siblings Theresa Restel, Anne Branda, Rita Celentano, Kathleen Pierro, and Patrick Morgan.
Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter, NJ. A Funeral Mass was held at Church of St. Mary in Closter with burial following at George Washington Mem. Park in Paramus. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Marie’s name to Parents Of Autistic Children (www.autismspeaks.org).

DeCristofaro, Jacob

Bergenfield, NJ - Closter, NJ

Jacob DeCristofaro, of Bergenfield, NJ, passed away on April 25, 2017.  Predeceased by loving mother Josephine, cherished grandparents Stefano and Mary Piccinich, and Joseph DeCristofaro. Survived by siblings Nadine (DeeDee), Joey, Michael Joseph II and Hope Marie. Also survived by father Michael and wife Dawn, loving and doting grandmother Lillian DeCristofaro and nonna Milena Piccinich, beloved girlfriend Jennifer Rozsa and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Jake was a carpenter with NJ Local 253 and former Cadet of the Civil Air Patrol. Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. A Funeral Mass was celebrated St. Therese Church in Cresskill.

Shanahan, Kathleen

Old Tappan, NJ

Kathleen Costello Shanahan, of Old Tappan, NJ, passed away peacefully on April 9, 2017. Born in Jersey City, NJ on November 12, 1943, she was the daughter of Thomas P. and Mary (McDonough) Costello.  She moved with her family to Mount Vernon, OH, in 1954. Kathie was a graduate of St. Vincent de Paul High School in 1961.  She completed a three year nursing program and attained her R.N. from Holy Name Hospital, Teaneck, NJ. In September of 1964, she married John J. Shanahan of Bergenfield, NJ. She is survived by her sons, Timothy (Michele), Brian (Barbra) and  Brendan (Jessica), her grandchildren, Nicole, Trevor, Thomas and James, all of NJ.  Her surviving siblings are: Mary Margaret McLernon, Claire C. Cardella, Rose Kelly, Kevin Costello and Ruthie Johnson. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son, John  Jr., and her brother Tom Costello. A Memorial Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church, 523 Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY (845-359-0542 or www.saintcatharines.org). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).

Golden, Edward W.

Blauvelt, NY

Edward William Golden, 84 of Blauvelt, NY, died peacefully in comfort at the Joe Raso Hospice Residence surrounded by family on 6 April 2017.

Edward William Golden was born 19 May 1932, in the Greenwich Village section of New York City, second son to Francis Aloysius Golden and Frances Nora McCallin. Parents and older brother, Frank Golden are predeceased.

Edward was a product of his Greenwich Village, New York City environment, working as a delivery iceman in the neighborhood, shaping the NY Times newspapers off the loading docks and a professional registered boxer, managed by Al Weill and trained by Charley Goldman. Edward served in the United States Army Reserves with the Signal Corps. Edward began a career employed by Western Electric Company (AT&T) throughout the New York metropolitan area being promoted to manager supervisor retiring from the Suffern, NY location. Edward served as the volunteer chairman of the American Red Cross, Rockland County Chapter, coordinating blood drives and corporate donations.
In 1956 Edward married the love of his life, Gloria Jean Bartolini at St. Frances De Sales Catholic Church on 96th Street in Manhattan. The Golden newlyweds resided in his Greenwich Village neighborhood. Ed and Gloria shortly relocated to the Fordham area of the Bronx providing a life for their three sons with Rockaway summers. In 1973 the Goldens relocated to New City in Rockland County. In 1986 to Blauvelt, NY as the final Golden home.

Edward was a dedicated husband and loving prodigious friend to his cherished wife Gloria. He loved to sing to her and dance with her endlessly. He was a noble virtuous father and example to his sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren, always focusing on his family. In all circumstances, he showered each of them with his smile, attention and love.

Edward W. Golden is survived by his wife Gloria, their three sons, Edward (Diane) of Monroe WA, Anthony (Joann) of Timonium, MD, Frank (Susan) of Blauvelt, NY. Grandchildren: Valerie (Garrett), Anthony, Corey (Lindsay), Jamie, Ian (Danielle), Christopher, Jason, Jaclyn, and Stefanie. Great grandchildren: Kurtis, Emmitt, and Dominic.

The Golden Family is thankful for the gentle end of life care provided by the sensitive hospice staff at the Joe Raso Hospice Residence in New City.

In lieu of flowers, the Golden family suggest donations in memory of Edward W. Golden to The Joe Raso Hospice Residence/ United Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Lane, New City NY 10956 (845-634-4974 or www.hospiceofrockland.org).

A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, April 12th, 11am at St. Catharine's Church, 523 Western Highway,Blauvelt, NY 10913
(845-359-0542 or www.saintcatharines.org).