OBITUARIES

France, Harold S.

Tappan, NY - Family Arranged Memorial Service (June 2014)

Harold Stanley France, 88, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014 at his home in Tappan, New York. Harold was born on May 25, 1925 to Alex and Mary (Bruno) France in Garfield, New Jersey. He is survived by his cousin Caroline Paparozzi and pre-deceased by his sister Elaine Schomberg and cousin Marguerite Brown.

His wife, Elinor Levey France and their beloved dog, Bella, survive him; Also Harold, Paula (Pierre), Leslie (Frank) and Caren (Kevin) children of Florence DeRosa; his stepchildren, Jonathan (Monique) and Theodore (Mei) and grandchildren, Oscar, Lyric and Samuel.

At the age of twelve Harold became an original member of The Holy Name Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps, in Garfield, his profound love for music continued throughout his life.

Harold served in the Marine Corps in WW II and the Korean War. The GI bill supported his further education and he earned degrees from Montclair State College, Columbia University, and a Doctorate from Rutgers State University.

He was Superintendent of Schools in the Maywood and Englewood Cliffs, NJ schools, and Assistant Superintendent in the Fort Lee School District.

Hal joined the Ridgewood Symphony in his retirement. His passion for music and his educational and administrative skills came together as he played the upright bass for 13 years and served as Vice President and longtime trustee on the symphony’s Board of Directors.
  
A gathering of friends and family will be held at the Hickory Hill Community House, 1 Hickory Hill Lane, Tappan, NY in late June 2014. Date and Time to be announced. Please call (917) 592-2363 or check the following website for updated information: www.cfrance13.wix.com/haroldfrance

Memorial donations may be made in Harold’s name to the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 176, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.

Armaniaco, Kathleen 'Kathy'

Cresskill, NJ - Closter Location

Kathleen Armaniaco, 61, of Cresskill, NJ was away peacefully surrounded by her family on May 16, 2014. Kathy was born in New York City on July 26, 1952, raised in Cresskill, NJ. Kathy dedicated 36 years to Verizon Phone Company.

Surviving is her loving mother Maria Armaniaco. She was the beloved daughter of the late George Armaniaco. Also survived by her brother George Armaniaco and his wife Sue and daughter Kristin of Cresskill, NJ. Victor Amaniaco and his wife Elayne and daughters Nicole and Danielle and son Victor George of Blauvelt, NY. Robert Armaniaco and his wife Michele, son Robert and daughter Kayla of Closter, NJ. Kathy also leaves behind to cherish her memories with aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate her life on Wednesday 6-9pm at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter, NJ. Funeral Mass Thursday at 11am at St. Therese Church in Cresskill, NJ.

Cosgrove, Gwendolyn

Garnerville, NY - Tappan Location

Gwendolyn Cosgrove, of Garnerville, NY passed away May, 17, 2014. Gwendolyn is predeceased by her husband Alan. Visiting hours will be Tuesday, May 20th, 4 to 7pm at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, 7pm at the funeral home.

Yezarsky - Cox , Ceil

Valley Cottage, NY - Tappan Location

Ceil Yezarsky-Cox, 61, of Valley Cottage, NY passed away on May 12th at her home in Valley Cottage.

Ceil was born in New York City to George Yezarsky and Cecilia McNulty on September 20, 1952. She went to St. Catharine’s School and Tappan Zee High School. She married Don Cox on April 27, 1984 in Nyack. Ceil had a hot dog truck business for 15 years and was a partner in Sidney’s Restaurant in Nyack for 5 years.

Ceil is survived by her husband Don Cox, her brother Robert Yezarsky, sister-in-law Cherri Yezarsky, and niece Samantha Yezarsky.


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

Moore, Thomas O'Neill

Old Tappan, NJ - Closter Location

Thomas O'Neill Moore, 96, of Old Tappan, NJ, formerly of Summit, NJ, and Beverly, MA, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 8, 2014. Born in Nutley, NJ, Tom joined the RAF as a pilot after graduating from Pawling, now Trinity Pawling, and before the USA had entered WWII. Flying missions from the English countryside, he met his wife-to-be, the late Audrey Wilson, while on R&R in Ireland. Settling in Summit, NJ, Tom and Audrey raised Hugh, Randal, Derek, and Robin (Baird) while Tom worked in the financial printing industry for Chas. P. Young & Co. After retiring, Tom and Audrey lived by the ocean in Beverly, MA. The family received friends and relatives at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter, NJ.

Day, Terrence J.

Port Jervis, NY - Tappan Location

Terrence Joseph Day, of Port Jervis, NY passed away on May 7, 2014 after a brief illness. He was born in Teaneck, NJ on April 10, 1959 to John and Anna Day. Terrence was a driver for Bucky’s Cab Company in Port Jervis. He is survived by his children, Laura, Terrence Jr., Michael and Christopher; his mother Anna; his grandchildren, Jason Babula Jr. and Joshua Day; and his brothers, Bill, John and Kevin. Visiting hours and funeral service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org).

Gray, Donald Regis

Demarest, NJ - Closter Location

Donald Regis Gray, of Demarest, NJ, passed away on Monday, May 5, 2014 surrounded by his loving family at home. Don was born January 2, 1935 to the late Aloysius and Margaret (nèe Fenian) Gray. Don was a field foreman for New York Telephone in New York City and a realtor for Coldwell Banker Resident Brokerage in Closter, NJ.

Don was a member of Closter Elks Lodge No. 2304, Knights of Columbus, Sons of the American Legion Post No. 21 in Cresskill, NJ as well as an usher, eucharist minister and lector at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Demarest.

Don was the loving husband of Evelyn. Devoted father of Joe Gray and Maryann Bandini-Anzenberger.  Loving grandfather of Connor, Jess, Devon, and Johnny. Dear brother of Peggy Fitzgerald, Maureen Lake and the late Joseph Gray and Marcella Kinsley.

Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph’s Church in Demarest. Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY.  

As Don always said, “keep the faith and spread it.”

Ferguson, John 'Jack' J.

Dowling Gardens in Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

“In My Own Words” by John ‘Jack’ James Ferguson

June 21, 1929- April 23, 2014

I was born John Ferguson to Margaret Veronica Powers and John Patrick Ferguson. I was born and raised at 3044 Albany Crescent in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx and was delivered by Dr. Henry J. Barrow. I loved my sister Catherine Ferguson Winter who is now deceased. I took the middle name of James for my confirmation and I attended St. John’s Grammar School in Kingsbridge. I also attended Power Memorial Academy in Manhattan. I met the love of my life, Esther Ann Mininni at Norcross Greeting Cards in the Bronx. We were married at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in the Bronx and she bore us three lovely children, Peggy, Jack and Janet. They were the loves of our lives and all three married wonderful partners, Pete, Margaret and Mike. Between the three children, they gave us eight grandchildren, and the story doesn’t end there….now we have nine great grandchildren!!! I proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. I worked for 22 years at R. Hoe and Company in the South Bronx until 1970 when they went into bankruptcy. Then I worked at the Catholic Guardian Society (a branch of the Archdiocese of New York) where I became the Chief Paymaster for C.G.S. They always treated me wonderful but in turn I always treated them wonderful. I retired in June of 1999.

As I said before, I have eight wonderful grandchildren: Brian, Danielle, Matthew, Lauren, Barbara, Meghan, Tara and Brianne. What a team that is!!!! And the great grandchildren: Gabriella, Adelyn, Sean, Dylan, Joseph, Liam, Milo, Samantha and Patrick. My wife Esther died January 24, 2008 after 57 years of marriage. I led a wonderful life and I am so, so proud of my whole family and I love them very much. I tried to be a good Dad all my life and I think I succeeded the way they are treating me now!

I have wanted to write this for a long time and to share with everyone when I passed. I hope to bring wonderful memories to people in my life. Esther and I spent our golden years at Dowling Gardens in Sparkill, New York where we made many wonderful friends and memories.

P.S. I was the manager of Williams Little League Team for 23 years in the Kingsbridge Little League!!! I told my son Jack to remind all that I won six little league championships during this tenure.

P.P.S. I consider myself the greatest Yankee fan that ever lived!!!!

J. F.

A Funeral Mass was held at the Sacred Heart Chapel on 175 Route 340 in Sparkill. Burial followed at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Nanuet. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Memorial contributions in Jack’s memory may be made to Dowling Gardens, 190 Kings Highway, Sparkill, NY 10976 (www.dowlinggardens.org).

Ferrantello, Christopher J.

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Christopher John Ferrantello, 26, of Orangeburg, NY, joined the Angels in Heaven on April 18, 2014. He is survived by his mother Suzanne Shelofsky, father Kenneth Ferrantello, and stepparents Cary Shelofsky and Terry Ann Ferrantello. He also leaves behind his sister and best friend Melissa, his adoring cat Angel, and his dog Buddy.

Chris was a full-time student at RCC and was a talented musician who recently gained global recognition for his accomplishments as a dubstep DJ/producer. Chris was known for his selfless nature, his contagious laughter, and his passion for animals.

Family and friends were received at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY. A Funeral Mass celebrating Chris’ life was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt, NY. Contributions in his memory may be made to Hi Tor Animal Shelter Care Center - Rebuild, PO Box 913, Nanuet, NY 10954 (www.rebuildhitor.org).

Oliva, Dr. L. Jay

Manhattan and Pearl River, NY - Tappan Location

Dr. L. Jay Oliva, 80, died on April 17, 2014 at the Visiting Nurse Service/Haven Hospice Center at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. Dr. Oliva was a President Emeritus at New York University.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine's Church in Blauvelt, NY. Burial followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Wappingers Falls, NY.

Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the "Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts”, 60 Washington Square South, Suite 503, New York, NY 10012.

The following statement was released by New York University:

Dear Friends and Family of NYU....

We share with you this evening the sad news that L. Jay Oliva -- who served NYU for 42 years as faculty member, dean, vice president, chancellor, and president -- has died.

The NYU we know today -- the NYU that attracts the finest students from all over the world, that can go head-to-head to recruit scholars at the top of their fields, that sends more students to study abroad than any other, that is a member of the University Athletic Association -- would not have been possible without Jay Oliva. He was a key engineer of the transformation of NYU.

Jay sometimes referred to himself as the person who lowered the NYU flag for the last time at the University Heights campus in the Bronx. But where others would have seen only reason for discouragement, he saw opportunity. From that difficult and humbling moment, he emerged as one of the leaders of the generation of faculty, trustees, and administrators who charted a steady upward trajectory for NYU.

He knew our future lay in joining the top ranks of national research universities. Under his leadership, NYU began recruiting top scholars and building areas of academic strength. He oversaw the expansion of student housing that allowed us to welcome students from across the country and throughout the world. He parlayed the seemingly unlikely gift of an estate in Florence into the foundation of a new approach to global learning. He knew that NYU’s vision must be matched by resources, and during his presidency, NYU completed the first $1 billion fundraising campaign in higher education. He believed that athletics had an important role in a university setting, but that the ideal of the true student-athlete was too often not embraced; so he, along with a group of like-minded presidents intent on keeping academic life front and center, formed the University Athletic Association conference.

In short, he sensed when NYU's moment had arrived, and did everything possible to achieve and sustain that success. All the while, he made everyone -- students, faculty members, administrators, and staff -- feel a part of it.

With the reflexes and instincts of the long-time classroom teacher he was, he had a strong focus on students: he believed in high academic standards, and emphasized adhering to those standards in the students we admitted and graduated. Recognizing the diversity of ways in which NYU students succeed, he also cheered on our athletes -- he was a frequent presence at sporting events -- our performing artists -- in whose company he was an occasional presence on stage -- and our student community service volunteers -- with whom he worked on service projects.

Since retiring from the presidency, he has helped keep downtown a vibrant hub for culture through his leadership of the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, which has hosted not only NYU productions but performing artists from throughout the world.

He was a wise man, a good friend to both of us, a wonderful colleague, and, in many ways, our community’s first citizen. He spent his entire professional life at NYU, part of a generation that saw the University through some of its most profound challenges and went on to take it to unprecedented heights. NYU owes Jay Oliva a debt of gratitude that cannot be repaid.

His death came too soon and too suddenly. We grieve with his family today, and on behalf of the NYU community, offer them our deepest sympathies. He helped build a great institution, and he did so with love, devotion, and energy. It is hard to think of a way a life could be better spent. The greatest way to honor him is to carry on his work -- to strive each and every day to sustain the academic momentum he did so much to help initiate.

Prentice, Laura 'Bunny'

Old Tappan, NJ - Closter Location

Laura “Bunny” Prentice, 84, of Old Tappan, NJ passed away at home on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Born in New York City to Rupert Lowe and Laura Lowe Taylor. Sister of Rupert Lowe and Louise Algeria, and the late Charles Taylor.  Beloved wife of the late Robert “Scotty”. Loving mother of Laurie and her husband Richard Carney of Tappan, NY, Robin and her husband Joe Epstein of Bergenfield, NJ, Debbie and her husband Tom Ward, of Statesville, NC, and Mary and her husband Stephen Kubilus of Hewitt, NJ. Predeceased by her son, Billy. Loving Grandmother of Robert, Wayne, Thomas, William, Laura, Rachel, Bradley, Debralynn, Scott, Philip, Casey, Curtis, Connor, Shamus, and Liam. Beloved great grandmother of Wayne Jr., Richard “RJ”, Madison, Joey, Makenzie, Sean, Aidan, Evan, Kenton, Bradley Jr., Hannah, Gavin, Travis, Riley, Charlee, Seth, Matthew, Kayla, and Logan. A founding member of Northvale Ambulance Corp and former member of the Demarest Ladies Auxiliary. A funeral service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. Interment followed at the George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ.

Dant, Dieter P.

Spring Valley, NY - Tappan Location

Dieter Paul Dant passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 6th, 2014 at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY. He was born in Germany on February 28, 1947 to Harry and Irene (née Schmidt) Dant. Dieter resided in Spring Valley. He was an avid stamp and coin collector, photographer and lottery player. Dieter was employed by CVS for several years and previously by the East Ramapo School District. He is survived by his wife Patricia Ready Dant; his son Brenden; ten nieces and nephews, ten great nieces and nephews and his cousin Jorg Schimdt of Germany. A service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hemophilia Association of NY (www.hemophilia-newyork.org) would be greatly appreciated.

Robbins, Beverly 'Babs'

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Beverly ‘Babs’ Robbins, a longtime resident of Tappan, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2014 at Nyack Hospital. She was born in Connecticut on March 26, 1937. Before retiring, Babs was an operator for NY Telephone in Nyack where she meet her future husband, Erwin L.

She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Erwin, who died on January 10, 2014. Babs is survived by her daughter Cindy Artrip and her husband Greg and her granddaughter Jamie Artrip. Babs was also predeceased by her brother Dick Bowers.

A Funeral Service will be held Friday, 3pm, at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Visiting hours will be Thursday, 1-4 and 7-9pm and Friday, 2-3pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hi-Tor Animal Care Center (www.hitor.org) would be greatly appreciated.

Lee, Liu Lei

Bardonia, NY

Mrs. Liu Lei Lee passed away peacefully on March 30th, 2014 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY. Her funeral service was held at the Rockland Chinese Alliance Church, 31 Main Street, Tappan, NY. Visitation was at the church. Burial took take place at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY.

O'Leary, Donald J. Jr.

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Donald J. O’Leary Jr., 48, a resident of Orangeburg since 2003, died on March 26, 2014 at the Weill-Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. He was born in New York City on May 2, 1965 to the late Donald Sr. and Marguerite O’Leary. Don was honorably discharged from the US Navy.
He was a 21 year veteran of the NYPD, retiring in 2013 from Transit District 11 in the Bronx. Don also worked in the 42nd Precinct in the Bronx and 7th Precinct in Manhattan. Don was well respected by his colleagues at the NYPD for his hard work and dedication. Don was a September 11th First Responder, who was present at the World Trade Center when both towers collapsed and he undoubtedly saved many lives. He spent over 600 hours at the WTC site from September 11th, 2001 to May 2002 and retired under the 9/11 Zadroga Act.

He is survived by his wife Maria (nèe Doyle); mother, Marguerite; his mother-in-law, Joan Doyle; sisters, Sharon Gallen and the late Eugene, and Joyce Cuevas; his nephews, Daniel, Christopher and the late Ryan Gallen, David Jr. and Shane Cuevas; his father-in-law, Thomas Doyle (Annette), his brother-in-law Thomas Doyle (Margaret), sister-in-law Patricia Cassano; his nieces and nephews Thomas and Mariel Doyle and Paul and Maria Cassano; his aunt Eileen Martin and uncle Richard Martin and several cousins. He is survived by his best buddies, Capone and Casey. Don was also predeceased by his his maternal grandparents, Michael and Margaret Healy.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt. Burial followed at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Nanuet. Visiting hours were held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hi-Tor Animal Care Center (www.hitor.org) would be greatly appreciated.

Dashcund, Vivian M.

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Vivian Marie Dashcund (nèe Madson) of Closter, NJ passed away Friday, March 21st, 2014 at the Christian Healthcare Center in Wyckoff, NJ.

Born September 13th, 1919 in Bode, IA, and raised in Princeton, MN she was the eldest of seven children. She received a nursing degree and served as an US Army nurse during World War II. Vivian was married in uniform to Nicholas Dashcund in 1944. They started their family together in Chicago, IL, and in 1952 moved to New Jersey where she lived for the next 61 years. Vivian was a faithful member at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Closter. She served as a Sunday School teacher, was a member of the Quilting Group, Ladies Aid, and sang in the Choir until she was 92. She worked as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for 25 years and for the Pascack / Rivervale Stroke Support group for 17 years. She never had a driver’s license and was known for walking everywhere.

Vivian was predeceased by: her beloved husband, Nicholas Dashcund, parents Rev. Norman and Elsie Madson, sister Gudrun, brother Juul. Vivian is survived by: her siblings Rev. Paul, Naomi Petersen and husband Rev. Wilhelm, Rev. Norman and wife Amanda, Andrew and wife Margaret, sister-in-law Clarice, brother-in-law Rev. John Moldstad, her loving children: Naomi McCarty, Camilla Dashcund, David and wife Nancy, Jim and Ginny Kayser, Ed and wife Susan, Anne Marie Bodnar and husband Tom, Julie Collins and husband Dave. Vivian will be missed by her cherished grandchildren: Nicole Horvath and husband Pete, Rachel McCarty, Daniel Collins, Kelly Collins, Meagan Dashcund, great-grandchild Gillian Horvath. She was also the beloved aunt to many loving nieces and nephews.

The family received relatives and friends at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. A funeral service was held at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Closter. Interment followed at Tappan Cemetery in Tappan, NY.

Donations may be made to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Stines, James H.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

James Henry Stines, retired FDNY - Engine 35, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his loving wife Tricia, his daughter Kristina, mother Frances, five siblings, three nephews and two nieces.

A Funeral Mass was held at the Transfiguration Church in Maspeth, NY.  Burial followed at St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village.  Visiting was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations to UFA Widow’s and Children’s Fund (www.ufanyc.org/funds/widows_and_children.php).

DiDomenico, Joseph

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Joseph DiDomenico, a resident of Blauvelt, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2014 at the Northern Manor Nursing Home in Nanuet. Joe was born in Brooklyn to Joseph and Josephine (nèe Mecca) DiDomenico. He graduated from Arts Students League in New York City. Joe proudly served in the US Navy aboard the APA 214 USS Natrona during WWII. Retiring in 1990, Joe was an art director for over 25 years at Prentice-Hall in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

He is survived by his wife Mary (nèe Koch); his children, Joseph DiDomenico and his wife Maureen of Blauvelt, Peter DiDomenico and his wife Lisa of Orangeburg, Christine DiDomenico of Tappan, Marianne Fairclough and her husband Bill of Tappan, Patti Graff and her husband Tom of Tappan, Janet DiDomenico of Blauvelt and Andy DiDomenico of New York City. Joe is survived by his loving grandchildren, Elizabeth and Chris McGuire, Anthony and Michael DeRobertis,, Christopher and Daniel DiDomenico, Allison, Joe and Emily DiDomenico, Tricia and Katie Fairclough, Brittney and TJ Graff, Kayla and Kristi Colby and two sweet great-granddaughters, Mia and Madison McGuire. He is also survived by his sister, Marion Mandra of Poughkeepsie and 18 nieces and nephews. Joe was predeceased by his brothers, Peter and Francis.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt, NY. A private cremation followed. Visiting hours were held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Association(www.alzfdn.org) or the Joe Raso Hospice Residence (www.hospiceofrockland.org) would be greatly appreciated.

Craw, Daniel Kevin

Emerson, NJ - Closter Location

Daniel Kevin Craw, 63, of Emerson, NJ, passed away on March 11, 2014. He was born on April 20, 1950 in the Bronx. Danny grew up in Bergenfield and Harrington Park, NJ. He was a graduate of the Class of 1968 from NVRHS in Old Tappan, NJ.

Danny was predeceased by his parents, James and Katherine. He is survived by his loving companion, Lynn Holtzbach of Closter, NJ. Survivors also include his brothers, James and his wife JoAnne (Oakland, NJ) and Glenn (NC); beloved nephews, Keith (Brooklyn, NY), Kevin (Washington DC), Kyle (Hoboken, NJ), Adam (NC), Eric and great-nephew Asher (Hendersonville, NC); niece Tara and great-niece Lilah Katherine (Arden, NC); aunts Frances Day and Margaret Esch; beloved cousin Thomas Esch, and many dear cousins. Extended family includes James A. Frattolill and wife Dorothy (Closter, NJ), Arlene Holtzbach (Closter) and Mario Rivera (Brooklyn, NY), Edward Holtzbach (Closter), James E. Frattolill and wife Melissa (Mt. Arlington, NJ); dearest friends and "brothers," Andy Howard and John Moraides.

The family received family and friends at the Moritz Funeral Home, 348 Closter Dock Road, Closter, NJ (201-768-4200). Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary’s Church in Closter. Interment followed at Westwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (mskcc.org/giving) or to a favorite charity of choice.

Giglio, Mark

Norwood, NJ - Closter Location

Mark Giglio, 59, of Norwood, NJ, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014. He was a self-employed ocularist and worked at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He was an active member of the National Rifle Association. Mark is survived by his former wife and good friend, Patricia; his devoted daughter Teresa and son Michael and sister Stephanie. Visitation was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. A Funeral Service was held at The Church of the Holy Communion in Norwood, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or the American Legion Post 272 in Norwood.

Goodwin, Alfred B.

Salem Township, PA - Closter Location

Alfred B. Goodwin, of Salem Township, PA, formerly of Closter, NJ passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Sunday, February 23, 2014.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, the former Barbara M. Walters; his daughter, Mary Hopkins of Hawley PA; his son and daughter-in-law Alfred and Margot Goodwin of Oxford CT; his grandchildren, Gary Hopkins, Samantha Hopkins and Hannah Goodwin and his great grandchildren Devon, Madeline and Nicholas. Alfred was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Gary Hopkins and his grandson, Owen Goodwin.

Al was born in Closter, the son of the late Alfred and Marjorie Hoffman Goodwin and raised by Catherine Goodwin of Closter. He wholeheartedly served the community of Closter as a Life Member of the Closter Volunteer Fire Department and as an equipment operator for the Closter Department of Public Works where he retired after 33 years of service earning the nickname “Closter’s Ironman” for never missing a day of work.

Al retired to his new home in Salem Township with his wife Barbara and beloved dogs. Together they enjoyed traveling, going on cruises, winters in Florida and boating on Lake Wallenpaupack.

Visitation was held at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. Al will be laid to rest in the Lutheran Cemetery in Honesdale, PA.

Please make any donations in Al’s name to the Closter Volunteer Fire Department, 100 Ruckman Road, Closter, NJ 07624-2107.

Rowan, Marie

Newport, NY, formerly of Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Marie (nèe Fitzpatrick) Rowan, 98, of Newport, NY, formerly of Closter, NJ, passed away comfortably at home on February 25 with her family by her side.  Marie was predeceased by her husband, Thomas P. Rowan; two sons, Hugh and Thomas; and sister, Margaret Horan.  Marie is survived by her beloved children:  Kathy Jones, Dan Rowan, Pat Abeliotis, Gina Simpson, Barbara Myers, and Sheila Fedynich.  Marie was a loving grandmother to eight and a great-grandmother to six. Marie was a member of the Altar Rosary Society at the Church of St. Mary, and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels as well as many other organizations. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary Church in Closter. Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY.  Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter.  A memorial service will be held in Newport, NY, at a date to be announced.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY  13412 (315-735-6484).    

Conklin, Georgette (Henry)

Cresskill, NJ - Closter Location

Georgette Conklin, of Cresskill, NJ, on February 23, 2014. Beloved wife of the late Joseph Henry and the late William Conklin. Mother of Maureen Campeau (Harvey), Diane Henry Burkart (John), Nadine Parsells (Glenn), Joseph Henry (Mary), James Henry. Grandmother of 10 and great grandmother of four. Visitation and service were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter.

Kelly, Rosemary

Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Rosemary Kelly passed away peacefully on February 16, 2014 surrounded by her family at the Joseph Raso Hospice Residence in New City. She was born in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan to Michael and Nellie McKenna on June 30, 1922. Rosemary graduated Cathedral High School and attended Grace Institute, both in Manhattan. Before retiring in 1984, Rosemary was a secretary for the New York City Dept of Health.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Sr. and her son, Richard Jr., who both died in 1986.

Rosemary is survived by her children, Rosanne Kiely (James), Patricia McCrodden (Mark), Michael (Mary), Eileen Breslin (John), Brian, Regina LaTourette (William), and John (Rosemarie); her 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and her sister Virginia Thompson and her brother Michael McKenna. She was also predeceased by her brother Lawrence McKenna.

A Funeral Mass was held at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Sparkill with burial following at Gate of Heaven in Hawthorne. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Adullt Care Home, 125 Sisters Servants Lane, Sloatburg, NY 10974 or United Hospice of Rockland (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Medina, Heidi

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Heidi G. Medina, 69, passed away peacefully on February 13, 2014. She was born to the late Segundo Garcia and Adela Peralta in Aklan, Phillippines on August 28, 1944. She was the oldest of four children, Teresito Garcia, Brenda Marte and Nimfa Semitara. She emigrated to the United States in 1968 as part of a nursing exchange program in Rochester, Minnesota and eventually moved to New York City in 1970 where she officially started her career as a Registered Nurse. Her nursing career spanned 39 years at Beth Israel Medical Center, NYC and she eventually retired in 2009. In her spare time, she was a dedicated and active member of the community as part of the Filipino Association of Rockland (FAR), FAR Bowling League, and St. Catharine’s Parish, Blauvelt, NY. Her favorite activities included spending time with her family and friends, which included coordinating many memorable trips, vacations, special events, and cheering at sporting events.

She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Ireneo O. Medina; her daughter, Alyssa Joy M. Tumbokon and husband, Jeremy; her son, Alan Jay Medina and wife, Theresa; her grandchildren, Jasper Jay and Jayden Marc Tumbokon.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt, NY. Burial followed at the Rockland Cemetery. Visiting hours were held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY.

Stundon, Donald

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Donald  “Buddy” Stundon, age 79, a resident of Closter, NJ for over 48 years, died February 15, 2014. Beloved husband of Hilda (nèe Garofalo) and loving father of Kenneth, Lynn, Chris and daughter-in-law Liz. He was a plumber for Local 1 NY for over 50 years and a Master Plumber for the State of NJ. Funeral Service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. Burial followed at Geo. Washington Mem. Park, Paramus, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations to ARC of Bergen and Passaic Counties, 233 Moore St., Hackensack, NJ 07601.

Edwards, Ellen

New Windsor, NY, formerly of New Windsor, NY - Tappan Location

Ellen Edwards, 64, died on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. She was born to the late Nancy Neems and Raymond Frawley in Malverne, NY in 1949. She graduated from Riverhead High School. She went on to receive her BS at the University of New Mexico and later received an MS at New York University. She married the late William Edwards in 1969. They lived for many years in Spring Valley, NY. Ellen eventually relocated to New Windsor, NY. Ellen was a statistical analyst for many different companies throughout her working life. Her last job was with J.P. Morgan Chase in Manhattan. She was well respected and admired in her working community, and had a strong work ethic.

Ellen was a humble and honest woman. She enjoyed the simple things most take for granted. She saw the beauty in the world around her. She had a witty sense of humor, and found joy in the individual personalities of all of her grandchildren. She also loved animals.

Ellen is survived by her four children: Tracie DeSpirito of Fort Montgomery, NY, Kimberly Ayuso and Jason Edwards of New Windsor, NY and Jody Edwards of Scotch Plains, NJ. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren.

Viewing was held at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY. Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery, in Sparkill, NY.

Traynor, William R.

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

William R. Traynor, a resident of Blauvelt since 1958, passed away peacefully at home on February 11, 2014 surrounded by his family. He was born in New York City on March 9, 1935. Will served in the US Army Reserves for six years. Before retiring in 1996, he was a repairman for NY Telephone for 30 years and worked with his sons at Traynor’s Plumbing and Heating for 10 years. Will enjoyed playing golf twice weekly with his golfing buddies, gardening and the company of his grandchildren.

Will is survived by his wife Martha; his children Pamela Michaelsen (Craig Salvatore), Gary (Debra), Richard (Deborah); his grandchildren, Ashley, Cassandra, Georgia, Liam, Shannon, and Kieran; and his sister Virginia Michalek. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Will was predeceased by his grandson Gregory and his parents, William J. and Josephine.

A Funeral Service was held at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Pearl River. Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 112 N. Main Street, Pearl River, NY 10965 or United Hospice of Rockland (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Haddad, Mark

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Mark Haddad, 61, of Blauvelt, NY, died Monday, February 10, 2014, following a longand courageous battle with cancer. He was born on July 10, 1952 to the late Samuel and Jeanette Haddad in Brooklyn, NY.

Mark graduated summa cum laude from St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY with a bachelor's degree in education and a concentration in special education. Markcontinued his love of learning by obtaining his master's degree. He passionately taught in the Palisades Park Public School District.

Mark married his wife, best friend, and love of his life Maureen McClain on March 15, 1986. A devoted father, he is survived by his loving son, Jesse of Philadelphia, PA, and daughter, Danielle of Blauvelt, NY. Mark believed he had two brothers, one by birth, Steven married to wife Cheryl of Brooklyn, NY, and one by marriage, Richard Kostik married to wife Eileen of Orangeburg, NY, brother-in-law Dr. Vincent and Pam McClain of Farmington, CT also survive him. Uncle to Erika Kostik Flynn and husband Darrell, Ricky Kostik and Ashley McClain.

Mark was happiest when in the company of his family and many friends. Mark was an avid golfer, and loved walking the course cigar in hand, enjoying the sunshine and companionship the game afforded.

The family received visitors at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers, the Haddad family asks donations to be sent to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (www.themmrf.org) and the Hi Tor Animal Care Center (www.hitor.org) in memory of Murphy.

Weber, Edward G.

Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Edward G. Weber, a longtime resident of Dowling Gardens in Sparkill, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2014. He was born in the Bronx to Joseph and Anna Weber on August 9, 1925. Edward served in the US Army during WWII and was dockbuilder for NYC District Council of Carpenters.

He is survived by his sister Alice Margiasso and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and great-nieces. Edward was predeceased by seven siblings.

A Funeral Mass was held at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Sparkill. Burial followed at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dowling Gardens, 190 Kings Highway, Sparkill, NY 10976 or Dominican Sisters, 175 Route 340, Sparkill, NY 10976.

Valentine, Warren

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Warren Valentine of Closter, NJ, passed away on February 4, 2014. He was 92 years old. He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Catherine; daughter Linda and son-in-law Rob Teach; son Gary, and his wife Kathleen, and granddaughter Meghan Valentine; brother Charles Valentine; and three nieces, Patricia, Lorraine and Margaret. He was a loving husband and brother, devoted father, uncle, and grandfather.

Mr. Valentine enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and proudly served his country in World War II. He was a carpenter / contractor by trade and an accomplished furniture maker. Warren was an avid outdoorsman and especially loved saltwater fishing and boating. He was a long-standing parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Closter. His great sense of humor, ability to “fix anything”, and his willingness to help family and friends no matter what it took, will be sorely missed.

Visitation for close family and friends was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter.

Cummins, Kathleen

Tuxedo, NY, formerly of Ridgewood and Woodcliff Lake, NJ - Tappan Location

Kathleen Cummins, 76, of Tuxedo, NY, formerly of Ridgewood and Woodcliff Lake, NJ, died Jan. 30, 2014, at the Buckingham Nursing Home in Norwood, NJ. She was predeceased by her ex-husband, Vincent Banning and is survived by two brothers, Richard and William Cummins and two sisters, Mary Beth Della Pella and Lisa Harrington; her son, Richard and wife Angela; daughters, Kathleen and boyfriend Todd and Linda and husband Matthew; granddaughters Madelyn and Nadine; and many nieces and nephews.  Visiting was held at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan followed by a Funeral Mass at at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, also in Tappan. 

Ippolito, Elizabeth Anne "Betty”

Demarest, NJ - Closter Location

Elizabeth Anne "Betty” Ippolito, of Demarest, NJ. Forever in our hearts, it is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Elizabeth A. Ippolito, who passed away peacefully on January 29th, 2014. Born on May 25th 1930, she was the devoted wife of Michael, proud and loving mother of Christina, Cathy, Connie, Clare, Claudia, Marc and Matthew and generous grandmother of 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandsons. She was predeceased by her son Michael in 2000.

Betty was a caring, strong willed, patient and determined teacher who shared many gifts including her artistic ability and an appreciation for life by embracing every day with a positive outlook. She also had a deep felt curiosity for life and fostered lifelong relationships. Her passions included large family gatherings, reading, daily crosswords, gardening, and her many pets over the years.  The summers she spent with her family in Montauk, NY held a special place in her heart and brought her peace and tranquility. Betty will be missed by all who loved her.

Visitation will be held Monday and Tuesday 5-9 PM at the Moritz Funeral Home, 348 Closter Dock Road, Closter, NJ.  Funeral Mass Wednesday, 11 AM, St. Therese’s Church, Cresskill, NJ with burial to follow at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill NY.  Contributions to be made to National Association for the Deaf, 814 Thayer Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910-4500 or Breast Care Center of Englewood Hospital Fund, Englewood, NJ 07631.

Heffernan, Dorothy F.

Norwood, NJ - Closter Location

Dorothy Falkenstern Heffernan, 91, of Norwood, passed away peacefully at Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, on January 26, 2014 surrounded by family.

Born in Norwood on January 31, 1922, she lived her entire life in Norwood. She was the daughter of Herbert and Elizabeth Falkenstern.  She was the last surviving sibling in her family.

Dot is survived by her children, Maureen McKay of Paramus, Patricia Gasdia of Aberdeen, Md., William Heffernan and his wife Rosemary of Bethlehem Township, George Heffernan and his wife Barbara of Ewing; nine grandchildren, Katie McKay, Chrissy McKay, William McKay, Tory Gasdia, Paul Gasdia, Andrew Gasdia, Joseph Gasdia, Kimberly Heffernan Williams, Brittany Heffernan Cerminara; four step grandchildren Patricia McNamara Smeltzer, Robin McNamara, Craig McNamara and Brian McNamara; and eight great grandchildren. As well as many loving nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband George (Murph); her sisters, Helen, Bertha, Lillian and her brothers, Herbert, Charles, John, Robert, and George.  

She graduated Valedictorian of Closter High School in 1939.  She worked at Curtiss Wright Corporation, defense contractor, during World War II providing her service for the war effort while her husband Murph was serving his country in the Army Air Force in the European theatre.  She was the Norwood Tax Collector/Borough Clerk for 20 years.  After retirement, she went back to work for H&R Block in Ridgewood, NJ for another 20 years.

She truly enjoyed traveling throughout the United States as well as Europe.  Her favorite state was the great state of Alaska but she truly loved the Jersey shore.  She loved her home in Norwood as well as her flower gardens and baking.  Every year she prepared Thanksgiving dinner for a king but "please don't bring anything".  

She spent most of her life helping others; even later in life she took elderly family and friends food shopping as well as doctor visits.  She enjoyed her weekly card game with the "girls" and also would like to drop a few bucks on the "ponies".   She enjoyed going to the McGuire Senior Center, Northvale, on a weekly basis and helped out on their news letter.  She lived a full life with many friends and she was always there for her children and grandchildren.

Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter, NJ. A Funeral Mass was held at the Immaculate Conception Church in Norwood.  Interment followed at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY.

Hoffman, Virginia

Valley Cottage, NY, formerly of Thorpe Village, Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Virginia (née Zerecker) Hoffman, a former resident of Thorpe Village in Sparkill, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2014 at Nyack Manor Nursing Home in Valley Cottage.

She was born in Pampa, TX to Thomas and Lois Payne Zerecker on August 27, 1929. Virginia was graduated Congers High School in 1946 and worked as a secretary. She was an active parishioner at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt, a member of the RICA Program and was involved in many charitable organizations.

She was predeceased by her husband Fred, who died in 1982. Virginia is survived by her brother Thomas Zerecker; her nieces, Karen Kennelty, Kathleen Proctor and Janet Coughlin; her daughters-in-law, Donna Hoffman and Peggy Kopac; and her grandchildren Theresa Kennedy, Christine Bonavito, Sandy Kaufman and Laura Kopac. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Joe who died in 1944 and John who died in 1999.

A Funeral Mass was held at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Sparkill. Burial followed at Gethsemane Cemetery in Congers. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Thorpe Senior Center, c/o Dominican Convent, 175 Route 340, Sparkill, NY 10976 (845-359-5801).

Morris, Elena K.

Palisades, NY

Beloved wife, mother, and grandmother Elena Kusa Morris died unexpectedly on Sunday, January 19, 2014. She was born in Kaunas, Lithuania and immigrated with her family to the United States in 1948, settling in Port Jefferson, New York. Elena graduated from Port Jefferson High School and St. Lawrence University, where she met the love of her life, Mark Morris, whom she married in 1963. Elena earned a master's degree in education from Columbia University. For 20 years, Elena worked for the College Board's Office of Adult Learning Services. Elena served on the Board of Advisers of the Bogliasco Foundation for the past 18 years. The foundation operates the Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities in Bogliasco, Italy. Elena is survived by her husband Mark, brother Alan, son Eric, daughter Nicole, son-in-law Keil Merrick, and three grandchildren Oliver, Charlie, and Kate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends consider making a donation to The Bogliasco Foundation, Inc., 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020 in Elena's honor. A celebration of her life will be held privately.

Villani, Carmela

Pearl River, NY - Tappan Location

Carmela Villani, a resident of Pearl River, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on January 20, 2014.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Aeden's Church in Pearl River. Entombment followed at Ferncliff Mausoleum in Hartsdale, NY.

Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Felton, Charles P.

Palisades, NY - Tappan Location

Charles Peter Felton, M.D., 87, of Palisades, NY died Thursday, January 16. 

Chuck was born to Ruby and Eulalie Felton, May 6, 1926 in New Orleans, LA. He graduated from St. Augustine’s Seminary in 1944, received a B.S. from Xavier University in 1949, and earned a Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Geneva, Switzerland in 1956. He and Hiroko (“Susie”) Felton married in 1958, building a home together in Palisades, NY, where they raised their three sons, Chucky, Koji and Mark. 

Chuck was an esteemed Clinical Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and Chief of Pulmonary Medicine at Harlem Hospital Center. He spent his career fighting against the spread of tuberculosis in America’s urban communities, Haiti and beyond.

He traveled extensively around the world but loved most to spend time at home with family, gardening and cultivating his bonsai.

He is survived by his wife, his sister Ramona, his three sons and his six grandchildren—Peter, Lena, Simone, Giulia, Nicholas and Ella.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the American Lung Association in New York or to the Charles P. Felton National Tuberculosis Clinic at Harlem Hospital Center. 

A Funeral Service and visitation was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Carlson,  Lloyd E.

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Lloyd E. Carlson, 82, died after a long illness on Friday, January 17, 2014.

He was born in Brooklyn to Gunvilde (née Mortensen) and Andrew Carlson. After graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School, he enlisted in the US Navy and served during the Korean War. He attended Brooklyn College on the G.I. Bill and graduated with a Degree in Math and Physics.

He headed the New York pension department of a large insurance company before starting his own consulting business. He had an office in Closter for many years before illness forced him to retire.

Lloyd coached in the Closter recreation program for many years and served as a town councilman. He was an avid tennis player, loved to fish and watch his beloved NY Giants and Mets. Reading was also a great interest, he enjoyed military and political histories and biographies and his favorite author, Charles Dickens.

Lloyd is survived by his wife Ann Marie, his daughter Katherine Crimmins and her husband Lawrence, his son Evan Carlson and his wife Jennifer and his granddaughters; Kirsten, Alexandra and Samantha. He will be missed.

A Funeral Service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to the Closter Animal Welfare Society, PO Box 172, Closter, NJ 07624-0172 (www.clawsadopt.org).

Kolacia, Edward

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Edward Kolacia, 54, passed away on January 17, 2014. Son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Kolacia.  Brother to Joseph and wife Paula and James and wife Deborah. Uncle of Jaime Cerritelli, Jaclyn Annunziata, and Michael Kolacia. Longtime landscaper and fisherman. A Funeral Service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Closter Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 72 Ruckman Road, Closter, NJ 07624 (www.cvarcnj.org).

Wagner, Pauline

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Pauline Wagner, of Closter, passed peacefully at Englewood Hospital the morning after reaching her 87th birthday on January 15, 2014. She is survived by her loving husband Joseph Wagner, Jr. Born in New York City to the late John and Agnes Astl, Pauline enjoyed growing up in Yorkville until moving to Closter in 1961. She was a graduate of Julia Richman High School and worked as a secretary and assistant buyer for W.T. Grant in New York. Later she and her husband became owners of the family restaurant, Wagner's Triboro in Yorkville where three decades of patrons enjoyed their warm hospitality.

In addition to her husband, Pauline is survived by her son Robert and wife Denise, daughters Ellen and her husband Lee and Joanne and her husband Dave. She was the very proud grandmother of Christopher, Lillianna, Kathryn, Julia, Joseph, Eric, Olivia, Kevin and D.J. She was predeceased by her brother Joseph Astl.

Visiting hours will be Sunday, January 19th from 2-4 and 7-9pm at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. Family and friends may gather at 9:30am on Monday January 20th at the funeral home. Mass will follow at St. Mary's Church in Closter at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Closter Vol. Ambulance Corps, 72 Ruckman Road, Closter, NJ 07624 (www.cvarcnj.org).

Cally, Hazel

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Hazel Cally, 87, of Orangeburg passed away on Tuesday, December 24th, 2013.

Born in Huntsville, Alabama, she was the daughter of James Asa Townley and Willie Brown Townley.

Hazel was a member of St. Catharine's Church in Blauvelt, participated in Ladies Guild events, did various volunteer work with children over the years at Rockland Children's Psychiatric Center, Helen Hayes Hospital and the Orangetown School District. She modeled and was proprietor of her own shoe store (Hazel's Boutique).

Beloved wife, mother and grandmother, she is survived by her children, Beverly Stroud, Maria Harston, Robert Cally, Elizabeth Cally, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, brothers and sisters, husband, Anthony Cally, son, David Cally, and grandchild, Jordan Stroud.

Our beautiful mother will live forever in our hearts. We love you.

Robbins, Erwin L.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Erwin L. Robbins, a longtime resident of Tappan, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2014 at Nyack Hospital. He was born and raised in Adirondack, NY on September 3, 1938 to LaGrand and Hilda Robbins. Erwin served in the US Army during the 1950’s and began as a lineman for New York Telephone setting telephone poles throughout Bear Mountain. After 44 years, he retired at a safety supervisor. Erwin was the first Park Ranger for the Town of Orangetown for over 25 years, a member of the Athelstane Masonic Lodge in Pearl River and served as a Major for the Orangetown Police Department Auxiliary for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Beverly ‘Babs’; his daughter Cindy Artrip and her husband Greg; his granddaughter Jamie Artrip; his sister Barbara Mahler and her husband Don; and his brother-in-law, Robert Mooney. Erwin he was predeceased by his brother James and his sisters, Janet Mooney, and Elsie Haggerty.

A Funeral Service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hi Tor Animal Care Center in Pomona (www.hitor.org).

Donnelly, Francis Mark

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Francis Mark Donnelly of Tappan, NY, was born December 15th, 1994 and died on January 5th, 2014 at age 19.  He is survived by his loving parents, Mark and France Donnelly, his two brothers Paul and Luke Donnelly, as well as his beloved dogs Beatrix and Breadsy.  

Francis was talented musically, artistically, and gifted physically.  He enjoyed boxing through the Piermont PAL program and one of his noted accomplishments was advancing in the New York Daily News Golden Gloves Tournament thanks to the love and support of his two coaches José “Indio” Torres and John Ryan.  His greatest accomplishment never to be forgotten was his love demonstrated to his family and his friends. His loyalty and ability to make others laugh will forever exist in the hearts of all who were blessed to know him. He was a beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend.  He will be greatly missed.  

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan. The family received family and friends at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation, 543 Cary Ave., Staten Island, NY 10310 (www.dratlasfoundation.com/aboutus.html).

McGettigan, William J. Jr.

Dumont, NJ - Closter Location

William J. McGettigan, Jr., beloved husband of the late Barbara of 20 years. Son of Marilyn Garritano and the late William J. McGettigan Sr. Dear Bother to Denise and Salvatore. Brother in law to Marji, Michael, Kathy, Teresa, and Thomas. Beloved uncle of Violet, Brian, Kimberly, Katelyn, Rebecca, Kelly, Christopher, Nicole, Travis, Kristina, Rachel, and Joey. Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Theresa’s RC Church in Cresskill. Burial followed at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus.

McGuigan, Jane

Stuart, FL, formerly of Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Jane McGuigan, a long time Tappan resident, passed away on January 3, 2014 in Stuart, FL at the age of 75. She was born on March 23, 1938, the daughter of Mabel F. Lewis and the late James Tosney. Jane is predeceased by her daughter Jessica, and son, Matthew. She is survived by her loving husband, William, her mother, Mabel (97), her brother and sister-in-law, James and Judy Tosney, and sister, Patricia Tosney. She was a devoted mother to her son, Peter Simonelli and his wife Hannah of Palisades, NY. She was a loving Nana to her five grandsons, Alex and Dylan Wisnewski, Joseph, Jack and Lucas Simonelli. In addition, she leaves behind many lifelong friends.

Jane stayed at home to raise her children for over 10 years. She returned to the workplace in 1975. Among other companies, she worked for Mitsui Foods International for 17 years before retiring. Then she began to split her time between Athens, NY and Stuart, FL.

Her outside interests included reading, doing the NY Times crossword puzzle, playing tennis and golf, traveling and spending time with her family, grandsons, and friends. The family received friends at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan,. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan. Interment followed at Rockland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish, may contribute in Jane’s memory to the Wounded Worrier Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).

Quick, Eileen D.

New Windsor, NY - Tappan Location

On January 4th, 2014, after a brief battle with cancer, Eileen D. Quick, has been reunited with her mother Denise Moloney, and brother Owen Moloney. Eileen was born on September 29, 1967 in Nyack to Kevin and Denise Moloney. She resided in New Windsor and previously in Tappan.

Eileen is survived by her loving children Alysa and Christine; sister Patrice Rose; her brothers Des and Dan Moloney; and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was held at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 120 Kings Highway, Tappan. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital (www.stjudes.org).

Endres, Harold L.

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Loving husband, father and friend, Harold Linden Endres, Jr., age 66, of Closter, NJ passed away on January 3, 2014 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his wife and children. Harold was born in Englewood, NJ.  Son of the late Harold and Ruth Endres, he was an active member of the community, serving as Closter Town Council President (1980-1982) and Chairman of the Planning Board (1983-1985). He was a volunteer for the Closter Fire Department and Life Member of the Closter Ambulance and Rescue Corps. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. Harold worked in commercial real estate for Salem Management and is the co-owner and operator of Hometown Hardware Store located on Closter Dock Road. He was an expert craftsman who designed and built the family vacation home on Long Lake in Harrison, ME and also restored a 1927 Chris Craft Cadet. An avid outdoor sportsman, Harold enjoyed fishing, hunting and was a member of the Sugarbush Ski Patrol. Harold is survived by his wife Patricia, sister Ruth Endres Conlon, daughter Cari, son Kurt and his wife Abby, grandchildren Kellam and Taylor Endres.

A Funeral Service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home, 348 Closter Dock Road, Closter (201-768-4200). Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Englewood (www.vnahg.org), Closter Volunteer Ambulance Corps (www.cvarcnj.org) and the American Brain Tumor Association (www.abta.org).

Nichols, Patricia

Harrington Park, NJ - Closter Location

Patricia (nee Butenschoen) Nichols, 72, of Harrington Park and formerly of Hillsdale, passed away January 2, 2014. Patricia worked as a nurse for the Bergen Nursing Team in Westwood. She was also past president of the Junior Women's Club of Harrington Park and also a member of Meals on Wheels. Beloved wife of 30 years to the late Christian George Nichols. Devoted mother of Jennifer Burnett and her husband Dave and Melissa Scheer and her husband Rob. Survived by Chris Nichols and wife Mari, Bill Nichols and wife Claire, and Don Nichols and wife Teri. Cherished grandmother of Christine, Steven, Kelly, Marlene, Jessica, Lauren. Beloved sister to John Butenschoen. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter.  Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Victories RC Church in Harrington Park. 

Carton, Rosemary

Congers, NY - Tappan Location

Rosemary T. Carton, 69, a resident of Congers since 1970 , died on December 26, 2013 at Nyack Hospital. She was born and raised in Maywood, NJ on January 15, 1944 to Leonard and Rose Holdridge. Rosemary graduated William Patterson College in Wayne, NJ and worked at Rockland BOCES before retiring in 2008. She was a parishioner at St. Paul’s Church in Congers.

Rosemary is survived by her husband of 48 years, William; her children, Eileen Schwartz (Bryan), William Carton (Melissa), and Kathleen Kearney (Sean); her grandchildren, Brendan, Kevin and Aidan Carton and Christopher and Matthew Kearney; her mother Rose Holdridge; and her brother Len Holdridge. She was predeceased by her father Leonard Holdridge.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Pauls’s Church in Congers. Burial to followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society or Autism Speaks.

Muller, Helen

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Helen Muller, a resident of Blauvelt since 1959, passed away peacefully on December 24, 2013 with her family at her side. She was born in Yonkers on August 20, 1939 to Edward and Mary Quinlan. Helen was a sales representative for Tuscan Dairy in Union, NJ for over 20 years. She was a parishioner of St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt and a member of the Red Hat Society,

Helen is survived by her husband, Robert D.; her sons, Robert D. Jr. of Bloomingburg and Brian of Walden; her brother John Quinlan of Tennessee; and six grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Helen was predeceased by four brothers.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt. Burial followed at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Shanahan, John James III (Updated)

Old Tappan, NJ

John James Shanahan III, 48, of Old Tappan, NJ, passed away peacefully at home, entering the arms of the Lord on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. He was born in Teaneck, NJ to John and Kathleen (nee Costello) on July 9, 1965. He was a graduate of St. Cecelia’s High School in Englewood. John was an auto mechanic for 10 years at the the family owned and operated Washington Garage in Bergenfield. He also was a bell man at the Park Meridian Hotel in Manhattan and a salesman for Paramus Chevrolet. John was fond of history, especially about the Revolutionary War and the Knights Templar. He is survived by his parents, John and Kathleen C.; his brothers Timothy and his wife Michele, Brian and his wife Barbra and Brendan; and his three nephews and a niece. A Memorial Mass was celebrated by Rev. Nicholas Callaghan for the repose of the soul of John on Sat., Dec. 28th, at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) or Boystown (www.boystown.org).

Nicholson, Peter J.

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Peter J. Nicholson of Blauvelt, New York died on December 20, 2013. He was 88. Peter worked at the Grand Union Company for 44 years. He was born on May 19, 1925 in County Sligo, Ireland. Mr. Nicholson was a Korean War Veteran. He lived in Blauvelt for 36 years and previously in the Bronx for 26 years. He was an active parishioner of St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (nee McAweeney); five daughters, Patricia Patrissi (John), Kathleen, Theresa Maciurzynski (Edward), Eileen Dupont and Bernadette Smith (Robert); two sons, Patrick and Peter; 14 grandchildren; one great grandson; a sister, Kathleen Coleman of Ireland; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt. Burial followed at the F.W. Loescher Veterans Cemetery in New Hempstead. Calling hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Tagliente, Karen J.

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Karen Jean Tagliente passed away on December 19, 2013 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. She was born in Martins Ferry, OH on October 23, 1949 to William and Alice Thomas. She is survived by her loving husband Thomas and her sons Michael and Anthony, her brother Jeffrey and wife Sherry. She was beloved by her sisters and brothers-in law as well as her nieces and nephews. Karen was a long time and active parishioner of St. John the Baptist Church in Piermont and the Catholic Daughters of America. She was known for her kindness and charity and a willingness to help in whatever way she was able despite her illness. She will be dearly missed by all.

Her Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. John the Baptist Church in Piermont. Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (ww5.komen.org) and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (www.nationalmssociety.org).

Gambino, Salvatore P.

Sparkill (Thorpe Village), NY - Tappan Location

Salvatore Peter Gambino, passed away peacefully on December 12, 2013 at the Joseph Raso Hospice Residence in New City. He was born in New York City on June 10, 1919 to Mario and Maria Gambino. Salvatore was a resident of Thorpe Village in Sparkill for 16 years and previously resided in Manhattan and Woodside, Queens. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus George W. Hudson Council No. 3701 for over 25 years.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Anna; his daughter, Patricia Zeman and her husband John; his grandchildren, Christine Poehlsen and her husband Roger and Michael Zeman and his wife Tara; his great-grandchildren, Katie, Sophia, Jack, Ryan and Brody; his sister, Josephine Gambino; and his brother, Joseph Gambino. He was predeceased by seven brothers and sisters.

A Funeral Mass was held at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Sparkill. Burial followed at Ascension Cemetery in Monsey. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to United Hospice of Rockland (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Maurer, Bridget Nancy

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Bridget Nancy Maurer, of Closter, NJ, on December 12, 2013. Beloved wife of the late Robert Maurer. Devoted mother of Maria Chaput, Michael Maurer and his wife Victoria, and Gerard and his late wife Kathleen. Loving grandmother of Jake, Adam, Ian Chaput, and Olivia Maurer, and Patrick and Shane Maurer. Bridget was a parishioner of St. Therese for many years. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 11am, at St. Therese Church in Cresskill with burial to follow at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY. Visitation was at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter.

Domenici, Louis Albert

Palisades, NY - Tappan Location

Louis Albert Domenici, a resident of Palisades for over 50 years, died on December 8, 2013.

Visiting hours were at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Friends and family gathered at the funeral home and burial took place at at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY.

Donations may be made to Hi-Tor Animal Care Center, 65 Firemen's Memorial Drive, Pomona, NY 10970 (845-354-7900 or www.hitor.org).

Isgro, Joanne

Norwood, NJ - Closter Location

Joanne Isgro, 59, died on Dec. 4, 2013. Born in Teaneck, NJ and resided in Norwood, NJ. Joanne worked as an administrative assistant at Ingersoll-Rand and Bergen Regional Medical Center.

Beloved daughter of the late Joseph Isgro and Marie Isgro. Devoted sister of the late Rosemarie Bello, Lorraine and husband Gary Dicso and brother Joseph. Loving Aunt of Timothy, Daniel and Danielle.

Visiting hours were at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary’s Church in Closter NJ.

Donations may be made to Norman A. Bleshman School, 333 East Ridgewood Ave. Paramus, NJ 07652.

Wochinger, Richard E.

Palisades, NY - Tappan Location

Richard Edward Wochinger, passed away peacefully on December 3, 2013 at the Joseph Raso Hospice Residence in New City. He was born in Queens on August 16, 1934 to Frank and Margaret Wochinger and was raised in Bayside, Queens. Richard was a Vice President and Department Manager at Merrill Lynch in New York City for 33 years before retiring in 1988. After retirement, Richard enjoyed working part time at the ‘Scoop’ in Blauvelt for 10 years. He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed golf, tennis and card playing.

He is survived by his wife Margaret; his children, Richard, Eric, James and Laurie Guglielmo and her husband Michael; his brother Robert; his grandchildren, Bradley, Craig, Stasha, Anthony and Kristin; his great-grandson Carter. He was predeceased by his brother Frank, who died in 2012.

A Funeral Service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) or United Hospice of Rockland (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Pierro, Margaret V.

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Margaret V. Pierro, 95, of Closter went home to be with her Lord on November 30th. Born in Coytesville, she lived in Cliffside Park before moving to Closter in 1952. She was an active member of the Reformed Church of Closter. Before raising her family, Margaret worked for Kayser Lingerie Co. Margaret was a devoted mother, as well as Den Mother, to her three sons; Thomas (Janice) of Closter, Robert (Anne) of Warwick, NY, and William (Linda) of Effort, PA. Also survived by eight grandchildren and six great grandsons. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Joseph and a great-granddaughter, Lillian Marie. A Funeral Service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. Burial followed at the George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus. Memorial contributions may be made to the Reformed Church of Closter, 300 West Street, Closter, NJ 07624.

Hayes, William J.

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

William Joseph Hayes, of Orangeburg, NY, peacefully passed away on November 30, 2013 with his family surrounding him at the New York State Veterans’ Home in Montrose. He was 84. 

Bill served in the 82nd Airborne Division in the United States Army, based in occupied Japan following World War II.  After his honorable discharge from the Army, he served in the Army Reserves and began his career as a New York City firefighter. After more than 30 years of service, he retired as a lieutenant in 1991.  Bill was a 4th degree knight of the Knights of Columbus and a proud lifetime parishioner of St Catharine’s Church. He will also be remembered for his peaceful demeanor, his love of boating, golfing, his fellow firemen and Irish music.  Bill loved New York City and was grateful each year when they celebrated his birthday with a huge parade.

Born in Queens to William and Catherine Hayes on March 17, 1929.  Bill worked hard all his life but would tell you that his greatest achievement was his loving family. He was the beloved husband to the late Alice Doyle Hayes and his second wife Patricia McCullough Hayes.  He is survived by his children; Rosaleen, Catherine, Mary Alice (Roy) and Bernadette (Carder); his step children, Kerry, Sheila (Robert), Maureen, Kevin, Michael and Tim (Alberto); his grandchildren, Rebecca (Peter), Lindsay (Shaun), Ryan, Haley, Nicholas, Jack, William, Matthew (Jennifer), Patricia, Kelly, Karly, John, Eliza and Connor; his great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Evan, Grace and Brynn; his siblings, Marilyn Hayes, Robert Hayes and Margie Hayes; many nieces, nephews, and numerous close friends. He was the brother of the late Joan Ciccotto and Richard Hayes.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt. Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation (www.nyffburncenter.com  or 718-379-1900).

Schaffhauser, Evelyn

Orangeburg, NY

Evelyn Schaffhauser, born on July 7, 1926, loving wife of the late Henry and mother of Amy died Wednesday morning on November 20, 2013. Born in Manhattan, she lived in the Bronx before moving to Rockland County, working as a Bookkeeper in various local companies. She considered herself blessed to live a good and long life surrounded by people she loved.

Ostrowski, Helen

Palisades, NY

Helen Ostrowski, 89, of Palisades, passed away peacefully Sunday, November 17, 2013. Helen was born March 18, 1924 in Manhattan to the late Charles and Julia Gruber.  She was predeceased by her loving husband, John, who died on November 27,1969. Helen was a retired public school teacher in the Clarkstown School District and enjoyed a long and active career educating and preparing the next generation to reach adulthood.  Helen is survived by her two sons, James and Jan; her daughter, Julie; and her two brothers, Gerald and Robert. Funeral services were private.

Platt, Judith Van der Gracht

Palisades, NY

Judith Van der Gracht Platt of Sneden's Landing, NY, who helped co-found the One to One Learning program in Rockland County and served as Head Mistress of the Lower School at The Collegiate School in Manhattan, died of a heart attack on Sunday, October 27th, 2013.  Mrs. Platt was 80. She was survived by her husband Frank Cheney Platt, her sons Roger and Arthur Platt and her daughter Sophie Pollok as well as her grandchildren Benjamin and Hilary Platt and Lucas and Esther Pollok.  She was predeceased by her sisters Elizabeth Mayer and Josephine Goodden. 

Mrs. Platt was born in Washington D.C. on November 22nd, 1932, the daughter of Esther and Arthur Van der Gracht of Little Falls, NY.  She attended Milton Academy and Radcliffe College where she graduated Magna cum Laude. She also earned a Masters Degree from Teachers College at Columbia University.

She married Frank Platt on July 21st, 1957 in Little Falls NY.

In addition to her role at One to One Learning (an English as second language program) and The Collegiate School, Mrs. Platt also worked at School Volunteers, a  New York City wide program, and at the Brearly School in Manhattan.  

A Funeral Service was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, 120 Kings Highway, Tappan, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations to One to One Learning (www.one2one-learning.org) would be greatly appreciated.

Lupardi, RoseMarie

Cresskill, NJ - Closter Location

RoseMarie Lupardi, 82, died on October 13, 2013. She was resident of Cresskill and was formerly of Northvale.

Beloved wife of John A. Lupardi Sr., sister of Charles Mauro Jr. Loving mother 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 grandmother of Steven Michael Lupardi, Eric Lupardi, Sarah Moldt and Sydney Corletta. She was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Mary Mauro.

RoseMarie was a member of St. Anthony's Church in Northvale and and took great
pride in being a member of the church choir.

RoseMarie worked as a secretary for The Bergen County Division of Special Services, Child Study Team before her retirement 15 years ago.

RoseMarie was an avid reader and loved working out at the gym and spending time
with her children and grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St Anthony's Church in Northvale, NJ. Entombment followed at Garden of Memories in Washington Township. Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter.

Prisco, Anthony, Jr.

Sparkill, NY / Thorpe Village - Tappan Location

Anthony Prisco Jr., a resident of Thorpe Village in Sparkill, died unexpectedly at home on October 8, 2013. He was born in Mt. Vernon, NY on January 7, 1940 to Anthony and Concetta Pirone Prisco. Anthony was a graduate of Grimes Elementary School, Washington Junior High School and the Edison Technical and Vocational High School in Mt. Vernon. An accomplished musician, Anthony graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and played second trumpet for the Bolshoi, Canadian and New York City Ballet Companies as well as the Metropolitan Opera House. Up until his death, Anthony taught music for over 43 years at the Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge where he was going to receive a lifetime achievement award.

Anthony was predeceased by his wife, Theresa N., who died in 2005. He is survived by his step-son Joseph; his sisters, Anna DaCosta, Margaret Prisco, Antoinette Nanna, Theresa Prisco and her husband Anthony; his brother Joseph and his wife Anne; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Anthony's name to either the National MS Society (800-344-4867), American Heart Association,(800-242-8721) or the March of Dimes (914-997-4488) to help cure polio.

Murtha, Dorothy

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Dorothy T. Murtha, a resident of Tappan for 50 years, passed away peacefully at home on October 5, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Queens to Arthur and Mary Murphy Marshall on March 8, 1927. Dorothy, a homemaker, previously resided in Rego Park, Queens. She was a parishioner of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Tappan and a member of the OLSH Altar Rosary Society. Dorothy was a loving mother, grandmother and sister and will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, William, who died in 1983. Dorothy is survived by her children, William and his wife Maureen, Kenneth, Eileen and Timothy and his wife Joanne; her sister Marjorie Tobin; her grandchildren, Philip, Susan, Nancy, Dani, Brian, Kaitlyn, Maggie, Mairead, Justin and Meg; her great-granddaughter Ryan; and her beloved dog Buster. She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law Sylvia and her sister Eleanor Hunt and brother Arthur Marshall.

A Funeral Mass was held at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan with burial to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) or the United Hospice of Rockland (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Shanley, Edmund J.

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Edmund J. Shanley age 82 of Blauvelt, NY passed away peacefully on October 1, 2013 with his family by his side. His wife, Jane Campbell Shanley, predeceased him in 2000. Edmund was born in Dromod, County Leitrim, Ireland and immigrated to the United States in 1949. Originally settling in the Bronx, Edmund proudly served as a New York City Police Officer, retiring at the rank of Sergeant after 30 years of service. He was also a veteran of the Korean War.

Edmund married the late Jane Campbell in 1957 and moved to Blauvelt. He is survived by his daughters and their husbands, Jane Anne and Colin Casey and Chrissy and John Dillon and his son, Martin Shanley and wife Marybeth. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren, Patrick, Sinead and Meghan Casey, Mairead, Siobhan and Declan Dillon, and Jacqueline and Mackenzie Shanley. Edmund was the youngest of 10 children and is survived by his sister Margaret Mannion of Nanuet and his nephew Martin Mannion and his wife Tristin and children, of Boston, MA. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews in Ireland and England.

Edmund was a pillar of the Irish-American community here in Rockland. He was a founding father of the Rockland Irish American Cultural Center. The Center was a place he loved to go for social gatherings, family parties and card games. In his youth he represented County Leitrim in the Irish GAA, and carried his love and passion for the game with him to America, where he was a part of the team that secured the land for the founding of the Rockland County GAA. He took great pride watching his grandsons play on his “field of dreams.”

He was a long time member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 5 and past President of the Rockland Gaelic Athletic Association. He was also a member and past President of the New York Leitrim Society. He was a devout and active member of the St. Catherine’s Parish. Undoubtedly his favorite day of the year was St. Patrick’s Day when he would march with Leitrim in the parade.

Edmund enjoyed golfing on the Blue Hill Golf Course as many times a week that the weather would allow. In his later years, his favorite part of his life was the time he spent with his grandchildren and their well-loved pets. His energy and love of life will be missed by those who knew him well but his legacy will be carried on in the institutions he helped build and the heritage and fidelity to Irish cultural that he instilled in his family and friends.

Visiting hours were at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt. Interment will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Nanuet.