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Brosnan, Vincent

Cape Canaveral, FL, formerly of Pearl River, NY - Tappan Location

Vincent Brosnan, of Cape Canaveral, FL, formerly of Pearl River and New Hyde Park, NY, died peacefully on Saturday, October 20, 2018 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 86. Vincent was born on August 26, 1932 in Coom, Gneeveguilla, County Kerry, Ireland and was one of ten children of Michael and Mary (nee O’Keefe) Brosnan.

Vincent immigrated to New York City as a young man and was employed by AT&T as a Stationary Engineer for 35 years before retiring in 1998.  He moved to Florida in 2000.
 
Vincent is survived by his twin brother Joseph (Margaret) of Blauvelt, NY, his brother Timothy (Nora) of Connecticut and his sister Joan of County Kerry, Ireland along with many beloved nieces and nephews and their children.   Vincent is predeceased by his wife Maura, his parents, his sister Mary Kennedy and by his brothers John,  Patrick, Dennis, Michael and William  Vincent was a devout Catholic and he loved his extended family as well as his adopted and native countries. 
 
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Anthony’s R.C. Church in Nanuet, NY.  Interment followed at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Nanuet, NY.   Visitation was at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Griepenburg, Charles Albert

Old Tappan, NJ - Closter Location

Charles Albert Griepenburg, of Old Tappan, NJ, formerly of Dumont, NJ.

Beloved husband of the late Barbara. Loving father of Heidi Issa and Christian Griepenburg. Cherished grandfather of Brandon and Corinne.

Visitation for family and friends was at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter, NJ.

Funeral services were private.

DiMaio, Concetta 'Connie'

Piermont, NY, formerly of Thorpe Village in Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Concetta ‘Connie’ DiMaio, 87, passed away peacefully on October 15, 2018 at The Buckingham in Norwood, NJ. She was born in the Bronx on October 4, 1931 to the late Louis and Dora Petruolo. She is preceded in death by her two brothers, Ralph and James Petrulo. She was married in the Bronx in 1952 to her late strong, burly husband Andimo (Andy) DiMaio. She has missed him since 1987 when he passed away.

Connie worked as a bookkeeper in New York City from the age of 18 until her retirement at 60 years of age. She was a devoted daughter to her mother Dora whom she lived with and took care of. Connie enjoyed her independent living in the Thorpe community where she had a wonderful circle of friends. She loved participating and being part of all the activities. Most of all Connie loved her family and enjoyed sharing time with them.

Connie was the loving Mother to her son and daughter-in-law Nicholas and Laura DiMaio. She was especially devoted to her grandchildren, Julianne and Nicholas DiMaio, Danielle and Christopher Quagliata and of course, her favorite companion, Carmine the bichon! Connie was loved by her extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Connie will be remembered as a caring, kind person who never forgot a birthday. Throughout her life, she was a good friend to all who knew her. Connie's family is most grateful for her caregivers and "family" at The Buckingham for all they did.

Connie's tiny presence will be missed in a large way.

A Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan with burial following at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations in Connie’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital would be greatly appreciated (www.stjude.org).

Poloshjian, Vasgen 'Harry'

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Vasgen ‘Harry’ Poloshjian, a resident of Tappan, NY passed away peacefully on October 6, 2018 at the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Emerson, NJ. Harry was born in Manhattan on August 5, 1935 to Harabed and Rose Poloshjian. At the time Harry was born his father died unexpectedly. Harry was raised by his mother and paternal grandparents. By the age of 10, Harry was publishing his own neighborhood newspaper. After the death of mother and grandparents, he was drafted into the US Army and was sent to Germany after basic training. Harry served in the Judge Advocate Division before being honorably discharged. When he returned home, he worked at the New York Times. After the New York Times, he wrote for Charles Osgood at CBS. Harry is survived by many cousins, friends and relatives. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Funeral services were private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 70 Main St. Emerson, NJ 07630.

Hodge, Margaret B.

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Margaret ‘Peggy’ B. Hodge, age 85, of Blauvelt passed away peacefully on October 1st, 2018. Peggy was born on March 4, 1933 and grew up in Tappan. Peggy was an avid traveler and had been all over Europe, Central and North America. She was a former Rainbow Girl and enjoyed bowling, reading, her senior group and being with her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Christine Hodge Whitney and Carolyn J. Hodge. Peggy was predeceased by her husband, Peter J., her brother Harrison ‘Hank’ Bryant and her parents, Ed and Nina Bryant.

A Funeral Service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan with burial following at Tappan Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to United Hospice of Rockland (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Shnipper, William A.

Haworth, NJ - Closter Location

William Anthony Shnipper, age 87, passed away surrounded by his family on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. He was born on April 17, 1931 in North Bergen, NJ to Nathan and Margaret (Henry) Shnipper. William attended St. Joseph’s High School in West New York from which he graduated. From there he went on to attend Seton Hall University. On January 5, 1963, he married Dolores Rush. Together, they had two sons - Bill and Brian. William was the President/Owner of Classic Fragrances in New York City. He was a devoted husband, father and avid golfer.  He served as President of the Foragers of America (1979-1980), a member of the Coast Guard Reserve and was a proud member of the Young Men’s Club of America. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Dolores, and his sons Bill and Brian (Russell). Funeral Mass was at Sacred Heart Church in Haworth, NJ.

D'Antonio-Krumm, Theresa

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Dr. Theresa (D'Antonio) Krumm passed away peacefully on Sept. 25th, 2018 at the age of 71.

She was born May 27th, 1947 to Julian and Josephine (Noyes) D'Antonio in Brooklyn, NY.

Theresa worked for the Town of Orangetown for 35 years.  She was also an active member of the National Guard retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel.  During that time she received her RN nursing degree and went on to receive her Doctorate in Physiology.  She was also an adjunct Professor at Mercy College. She also received a Woman of the year award on 2002 from the Sons of Italy.

Theresa is survived by her husband Ronald Sr., brother John, stepdaughter Kristen Kalafala and stepson Ronald Krumm Jr., three grandchildren Adrianna Krumm and Alexis and Addison Kalafala and several nieces and nephews. Her sister Dorothy predeceased her.

The Krumm Family received family and friends at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.  Funeral was at Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church in Tappan with burial with military honors followed at F.W. Loescher Veterans Cemetery in New Hempstead.

Burzi, Helene

Nyack, NY - Closter Location

Helene, beloved mother, daughter, sister, teacher, and friend, passed away peacefully at Memorial Sloane Kettering hospital on Wednesday evening, surrounded by her devoted family.

Helene was born, the second of four children, to Margaret (Dolly) and Patrick (PJ) O'Reilly. She attended primary and secondary schools in the Bronx and graduated from Manhattan College with her teaching degree in 1978. She earned her Master in Education from the College of New Rochelle while teaching full time at Aquinas HS in the Bronx. As she raised her children, she lived in Yonkers, NY, and Harrington Park, NJ. In recent years, she moved to the charming village of Nyack, NY, and from her porch enjoyed watching the sun rise above the river as the tugboats headed off to work each day.

Helene was especially noted for being a great teacher, cherished by her students and colleagues. The capstone of her teaching career was attained as a Professor of English at Monroe College in the Bronx, where she taught until shortly before her death. She was especially dedicated to her students, and always spoke with the utmost of affection for her extended Monroe family.

Helene was predeceased by her mother and her cherished sister, Suzann Warden. She is survived by her sons, Thomas and Michael Burzi, whom she utterly adored, and who, in turn, provided gentle and loving care as she faced her final battle with cancer. She is also survived by her good friend and former spouse Steve Burzi, her father PJ, her brother Patrick & spouse Karen O’Reilly, her sister Bernadette O’Reilly & spouse John Powers, her brother in law Steve Warden, and ten nieces and nephews who filled her heart with joy. All who knew her were touched by her generosity and compassion. Those who knew her best were aware of her just soul, full of the wisdom to make peace, and the ferocity to keep it. She will be forever in our hearts.

A wake was held at the Moritz Funeral Home, 348 Closter Dock Road, Closter, NJ 07624. A funeral mass was heldat Our Lady of Victories RC Church, 150 Harriot Ave, Harrington Park, NJ 07640.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering, whose staff earned a special debt of gratitude from the family for their extraordinarily compassionate care.

Reynolds, Mary Elizabeth Jersey

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Mary E. Reynolds, age 87, of Blauvelt, passed away peacefully at home with her loving family by her side on September 22, 2018. Mary was born on June 16, 1931 in Pearl River. Mary was a Loving Housewife, Mother and Grandmother, and married 54 years to John J. (Jack) Reynolds. Mary enjoyed taking care of her family, gardening and cooking for all and watching her Grandchildren grow. Mary will be deeply missed by all who loved her. She is survived by her beloved children Peter, John (Jeanne), Barbara (Kenny) Russell. Devoted Grandchildren Deirdre, Daniel, Patrick and Christina predeceased Jacklyn Mary. Loving Brother and Sisters, Cathy Kersey, Martha Keene and Frank Jersey, predeceased Donald Jersey, Ronald Jersey, Peter Jersey, Parents - Charles E. and Johanna (Wildner) Jersey. Numerous Brothers and Sister-in-Laws of the Reynolds Family, and many Nieces and Nephews. Visitation hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church Blauvelt. Interment followed in the Frederick W. Loescher Veterans Cemetery, New Hempstead. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association-Rockland County Chapter, New City, NY (www.alz.org) and United Hospice of Rockland, New City, NY (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Avezzano, Michael

Piermont, NY - Tappan Location

Michael Avezzano, 71, of Piermont, NY passed away on September 20, 2018 at the Joe Raso Hospice Residence.

He was born on February 7,1947, in the Bronx to Michael and Carmela (nèe Brancaccio) Avezzano.

His passion for automobiles led him to a career as a foreign car salesman/manager. He loved spending time with his wife boating, sailing and kayaking on the Hudson River.

He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Laura Rose.

He is survived by his devoted wife Carla (nee Jaye) of 46 wonderful years. He was the beloved uncle, grand uncle, godfather, cousin and friend to so many. He will truly be missed by all.

Special thanks to the wonderful care and love he received from the nurses, aides, volunteers and staff while he was at the Joe Raso Residence.

Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A graveside service was held at Tappan Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Michael’s name to either the Joe Raso Hospice Residence, 415 Buena Vista Rd., New City, NY 10956 (www.hospiceofrockland.org) or Alzheimer Association, 301 Main St., New City, NY 10956 (www.alz.org).

Gordon, Carol A.

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Carol Anne Gordon of Closter; beautiful, loving, caring wife, mother, sister, and mother-in-law, died on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. She was 73 years old.

Carol was born in Englewood, NJ on March 18, 1945. She met James T. Gordon, the love of her life, when she was age 12. They were married at St. Mary’s Church in Closter on October 7, 1967. She and James raised two wonderful children in Closter, and they enjoyed vacationing each summer at the Jersey shore.

It would be difficult to find someone with a heart as big as Carol’s. Her caring and compassion had no limits, as she always put others in front of herself. She was as devoted to her family as she was to her Catholic faith, continually praying for the well being of both family and friends. Quite simply, Carol was and always will be the ‘glue’ to the Gordon family.

Carol is survived by her loving, devoted husband of 50 years, James; her son, James and his wife Alma; her daughter, Kimberley and her husband Mark; her father, George Griepenburg; her sister, Linda Aballi and her son Matt; and her sisters-in-law Patricia and Helen Gordon.

She is predeceased by her beloved mother, Anne Griepenburg, as well as her beloved in-laws James and Helen Gordon.

Visitation was held at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter, NJ. Funeral Mass was celebrated Church of St. Mary in Closter. Burial followed at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Tenafly. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to The Closter Fire Department (www.closterfd.org), The Closter Ambulance Corps (https://cvarcnj.org) or Companions of Saint Anthony (www..companionsofstanthony.org).

Abate, Brian G.

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Brian G. Abate, aged 56, passed away on September 11, 2018. He was a loving partner, brother, uncle and friend to many. He fought a courageous battle with cancer while maintaining his grace, generosity and sense of humor.

Born May 9, 1962, he was the son of John and Peggy Abate and was raised in Blauvelt, NY. He is survived by his partner, Rosemarie Vitolo, brothers, Sean and Tom Abate, sister, Joan deLisser and many loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations to United Hospice of Rockland in Brian’s name would be greatly appreciated (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

O'Leary, Catherine

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Catherine O'Leary, 89, passed away on September 6,2018. She is survived by her children Catherine DeFlumere, Michael, Charles (Kim), her grandchildren Ryan and Travis DeFlumere and Nichole Ventura (Joseph) and many dear nieces and nephews and friends. Catherine is predeceased by her husband Joseph, her son-in-law Foxie DeFlumere and grandson Matthew DeFlumere, her parents, brothers and dear twin sister Edna Clayborne.

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 the family asks for donations to The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (www.firehero.org) or Alzheimers Association (www.alz.org) or American Lung Association (www.lung.org).

Witko, Robert J.

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Robert J. Witko passed away on Sept. 2, 2018.

A Memorial Service was held at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter.

In lieu of flowers. donations to Closter Vol. Ambulance Corp. in Robert’s name would be greatly appreciated (www.cvarcnj.org).

Strakosch, Winifred

Tappan, NY

October 30, 1921 – August 10, 2018

“Horticultural Goddess,” long time resident of Hickory Hill Cooperative in Tappan, NY

Winifred “Winnie” Haddock Strakosch, 96, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, August 10, 2018. A memorial service was held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockland in Pomona.

Winifred was born in Coronado, CA and grew up in San Diego where her family was active in the Welsh Society and First Baptist Church. She spent her summers at Yosemite National Park where her uncle was a park ranger. She attended Redlands University from 1939 – 1944 with a one-year hiatus to help refurbish airplane parts in Long Beach for the war effort. She graduated from Redlands with a B.S. in Botany and went on to get her M.A. in Education at the University of California at Berkeley. After graduate school she worked for several years with wounded and disabled veterans at Camp Flint in Auburn, CA. She moved to the east coast to work as Assistant Curator of Instruction at the Children’s Garden of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden from 1948 - 1954. She attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst from 1954 – 1955 to study Landscape Architecture. She met her beloved, Larry Strakosch, at the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn Heights in 1954 and they were married in July 1955.

After living in Brooklyn Heights Winnie and Larry moved to Tappan, NY in 1956, joining the Hickory Hill Cooperative in 1967, where they led a rich life as parents and community members for over 60 years. Winnie worked as an independent landscape designer in Rockland County; Mikhail Baryshnikov was her most famous client. She designed the Memorial Garden for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockland in Pomona. Winnie worked as the horticultural agent for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County from 1975 - 1987; colleagues still refer to her as a “Horticultural Goddess.” As a Master Gardener, she taught floral arranging and many other gardening classes. She authored a chapter entitled “Children Like to Garden” in the New York Times Garden Book edited by Joan Lee Faust.

Winnie was an active community member of the Hickory Hill Cooperative and the Tappantown Historical Society and was a founding member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockland County. She and Larry shared a passion for the Hudson River, enjoyed fine cuisines, classical music, and theater productions in New York City, and traveled extensively in the US and abroad. Larry passed away in December 2016.

Winifred was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, always treasuring family gatherings. She is survived by her daughter Kathleen Strakosch Walz and husband John of Mount Tabor, NJ; daughter Suzanne E. Ferenczy and husband Ted of Coxsackie, NY; 11 grandchildren [Caroline Walz; Ted, Liz, Dan (Allie), Hannah, Jesse, Julie, Katie, James, John, and Naomi Ferenczy] and 3 great-grandchildren (Eleanor, Hank and Brom Ferenczy). She is also survived by her loving caregivers. Her generosity, creativity, intelligence, kindness and grace will be missed by all.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to United Hospice of Rockland (www.hospiceofrockland.org) or to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden (www.bbg.org).

Kenny, Patrica M.

Riverdale, NY - Tappan Location

Patricia M. Kenny, 78, of the Bronx (Riverdale), NY passed away August 18, 2018. Patt was born on November 5, 1939 in the Bronx to John and Mary (nee Gannon) Kenny. She was a graduate of St. John Grammar School in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx, Cathedral High School in New York City, and St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill (1962) with a B.S. in Education. Patt served as a Dominican Sister for 13 years, teaching at various schools in the Archdiocese of New York. She subsequently worked in multiple positions focused on fund raising (Our Lady of Mercy Medical) and service to senior citizens (Encore and Thorpe Village), while remaining active with the Dominican community as an Associate until her death.

Patt is survived by her sister Kathleen Ronner of Naples, FL, formerly of New City, NY. She is predeceased by her twin brother John (Friar Kevin Kenny, OFM Conv.), her sister Maureen O’Brien, and her brothers-in-law Charles O’Brien and William Ronner. “Aunt Patt” considered herself blessed to have had 12 nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly and unconditionally. She was an inspiration and a role model to her entire extended family. All who were fortunate to know Patt appreciated her sense of humor, keen Irish wit, candor, unfailing sincerity and commitment to helping others.

Visiting hours were at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in the Dominican Convent, 175 Route 340, Sparkill, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Dominican Convent of Sparkill (www.sparkill.org).

La Duca, James J.

Ponte Verda Beach, FL - Tappan Location

James J. La Duca, 57, of Ponte Vedra, FL passed away August 9, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Jacksonville, FL. James was born in the Bronx, NY to John and Modestina La Duca on December 26, 1960. James was a graduate of Tappan Zee High School, class of ’78 and achieved his baccalaureate from the University of Phoenix. His passion for the automotive industry lead to his tenure career as a Senior Staff Engineer with Mercedes Benz of North America for 23 years and Maserati USA for the last five years.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Aprilann, proud and adoring children, Kathryn and Alexandra, whom were the light of his life. James is also survived by his loving mother, Modestina and loving brother, John Peter. His legacy will continue through them and carried with them throughout their lives.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Anthony's Church in Nanuet with burial following at St. Anthony's Cemetery. Visitation was at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Family requests that donations be made in memory of Jim to the National Marrow Donor Registry.

Saal, Jeanine E.

Alpine, NJ - Closter Location

Jeanine Elise Saal, 68, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday August  2, 2018. She was a parishioner at St. Mary's RC. Church in Closter, NJ.  She taught students at the Alpine Public School for the past 22 years and before that she was employed for nine years by the Internal Revenue Service as a manager in the Examination Division located in Hackensack.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 41 years, Robert, her loving children Christian (Trish), Jonathan (Claire) and Robert Michael.  Treasured grandmother of the three lights of her life, Jack, Susan and Jamie Elise Saal.  Dear sister of siblings Gail Mooney-Kelly (Tom Kelly), John E. Mooney Jr. (Carrie), and Brian Mooney, and many nieces and nephews.

Family received friends at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter.  Funeral Mass was held St. Mary's R.C. Church in Closter. Interment

George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, NJ.

Varca, Lelia

Harrington Park, NJ - Closter Location

Lelia Varca, age 98, of Harrington Park, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her beloved friends. Lelia was predeceased by her beloved husband Ernest, her brother Edward Farraris and her parents Mossimo and Catherine Ferraris. She is survived by her niece Eileen Ismailoff and her husband Anthony, goddaughter Anita seiler and her husband Richard; her beloved friends Mike and Darlene Bellizzi, Cathy Barreto, Ronald and Adele Filippone, Robert and Natalie Caminiti; her aides Georgiana and Beverly; and the brightest lights of her life AJ, Mikey, Rocco and Lily. Visiting hours was at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Victories Church in Harrington Park with burial following at Fairview Cemetery in Fairview. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org).

Lennon, Rose

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Rose Lennon, a  long time Blauvelt resident, passed away peacefully on August 1st.  She is survived by her husband John; sons John (Pat), Donald (Jean), Andrew (Randi), and her daughter Veronica (Paul Rogers). She was the proud grandmother of Kathryn, Patrick, Jaclyn, Thomas, Julianne, Allison, Terence, Matthew, Karly, James, Kevin, Finn, and Madison.  She is also survived by her devoted sister Mary Theresa Cramsie, Ellen O'Connor, Anne Mullane and brothers Patrick and Edward in Ireland.  She was predeceased by her parents Edward and Ellen and her brother Austin.
 
Visiting hours were held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Catharine's Church on with burial following at Ascension Cemetery in Airmont.
 
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers that memorial donation be made to Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt, 496 Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY 10913 (www.opblauvelt.org).

Farrell, Tim

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Onward. Celebrating Tim Farrell: Friend to so many and loving husband of Sue Farrell, has passed away at age 61. A 38-year photojournalist and fierce proponent of the first amendment and freedom of the press, Tim was as talented with writing as he was with a camera and documented his four-year illness online to hundreds of friends and supporters with his “Cancerboy Chronicles.” Known for his clever wit, love of music, excellent culinary skills, flourishing rose garden and mean golf swing, Tim was a familiar face around Nyack, New York, where he was a longtime resident. Tim is survived by as his wife Sue (nee Pollack), mother Jean Rynack, sister Patty Reinhold and nieces and nephews. Man’s best friend to every dog he ever met (and some he hadn’t) Tim is also survived by Jonesy, his faithful goldendoodle. A send off of Tim, an aviation enthusiast, on his last journey was done with a service at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the South Orangetown Ambulance Corp (https://www.soacems.org/donate.html) or United Hospice of Rockland,Inc. (https://hospiceofrockland.org).

Milani, Bruno A.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Bruno Anthony Milani, longtime resident of Tappan, NY, died on July 20, 2018 at age 65.

He was born on August 21, 1952 in New York City to Margherita and Angiolino Milani and was the eldest of three children. 

Bruno and his wife Patricia moved to Tappanw here they created a beautiful life together and had three sons: Michael, Nicholas, and Thomas John. He is survived by his beloved wife Patricia; brother Michael Milani and his wife Martha; sister Janet Bierfeldt; son Michael J. Milani and his wife Felice; son Nicholas Milani and his wife Michelle and son TJ. He loved and was beloved by his four blessed grandchildren, Olivia, Nicholas, Ava and Giavanna.  

His two Maltese dogs, Bonnie and Clyde will forever miss watching their favorite TV shows together and their bedtime hugs.

A Funeral Mass was held at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan with burial following at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org) or the American Heart Association (www.heart.org).

Rowan, Mary

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Mary Rowan, formerly of Closter, passed away on July 11th.  She is survived by son Laurence Duffy of Oradell and grandson TJ Duffy. Also survived by sisters Patricia Merritts, Kathryn Melville and Irene Sheehan. Predeceased by sister Ann Breheny. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  

Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary’s RC Church in Closter. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org).

Motyka, Henry M.

Norwood, NJ - Closter Location

Henry Michael Motyka, age 64, died at Hackensack Hospital on Sunday, July 15, 2018.

Born July 31, 1953 in Bayside, Queens, he grew up in New Hyde Park on Long Island in New York, and lived most recently for many years in Norwood, NJ. He worked at Coopers and Lybrand as a manager and IT specialist. He was active in the community, especially with Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Bergen County. Henry gladly lent his expertise to countless people in need of advice and consultation. He had a big heart and a fine mind. He was a devout parishioner at Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church in Harrington Park.

His immediate survivors include his siblings: John Motyka, Mary Jo Motyka, Robert Motyka,and Madelyn Robbins. Henry will also be remembered by his sister-in-law, Susan Motyka, his brother-in-law Kirk Robbins, his two nieces, and many cousins.

A wake was held at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church in Harrington Park. Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY.

D'Amico, Martha

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Martha Rosetta D’Amico (nee Borghi), 95, of Closter, died on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.  Daughter of Rosetta and Amos Borghi, she was raised in Old Tappan and was a Closter resident for 72 years.  She was a WWII Marine Corps Veteran.  She was the owner of D’Amico’s of Closter and active in the Closter Woman’s Club for over 30 years. During that time, she collected and distributed the food and toys for holidays. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Dominick, her twin sister Rosetta Lowry and brother Arthur.   She is survived by her children Anna, Martha and her husband Robert Kuhnert, John, Thomas and his wife Patsy, Joseph and his wife Dawn, 10 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild, sisters Helen Zihalla and Henrietta Meyers.  

Visiting was at Moritz Funeral Home. A Mass was held at St. Mary's RC Church in Closter with burial following at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Tenafly. Donations to Closter Volunteer Ambulance Corps in her name would be appreciated.  

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).