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Canonico, John

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 120 Kings Highway, in Tappan. Interment was private.

DiMartino, Elizabeth 'Betty'

New City, NY

On Sunday, May 31, 2015, Elizabeth “Betty” DiMartino passed peacefully and surrounded by loving family at The Joe Raso Hospice Residence in New City, NY. Born on March 7, 1928, Betty lived most of her life in the Bronx where, on Valentine’s Day weekend of 1947, she married Francis Xavier “Xie” DiMartino, who predeceased her in 1995. Betty will be remembered for creating infinite happy memories of Sunday dinners, for her unfaltering sense of humor, her love of children, puzzles, crocheting, baking, and game shows, and for her unwavering faith, even in her darkest hours. Most of all, she was the greatest mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother we could have hoped for. Betty is mourned by her devoted daughters, Linda Candela, Donna DiLoreto, and Denise Spazianto, her son, Gary DiMartino, and their spouses, as well as six grandchildren (Stacy Clapp, Jeffrey DiLoreto, Christopher Spazianto, Amanda Spazianto, Stefanie DiMartino, and Brandon DiMartino) and five great-grandchildren, who were the apple of her eye and loved her deeply. A Memorial Mass was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 120 Kings Highway, Tappan, NY. Interment followed at Calverton National Cemetery, 210 Princeton Blvd, Calverton, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations in her memory to United Hospice of Rockland, through which she received superlative and compassionate comfort care at the end of her life (https://hospiceofrockland.org/donate).

Reimer, Mary 'Edie'

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Mary ‘Edie’ Reimer, a resident of Orangeburg for over 56 years, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2015 at Good Samaritan Hospital with her family at her side. She was born in Manhattan on September 11, 1925 to Nicholas and Isabella Treanor. Up until recently, Edie was a secretary for Dominican College and an active parishioner of St. Catharine’s Church and choir in Blauvelt for over 50 years. She travelled extensively and frequently to Ireland to visit her friends and family. Edie was blessed with many great friends and will be missed by all.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jack, who died in 1996. Edie is survived by her children, Joseph Reimer (Margie) of Sinking Springs, PA, Sean Reimer (Barbara) of Middletown, NY, Mary T. Geoghegan (Frank) of Poughquag, NY; and Brian Reimer (Michelle) of Westford, MA; her grandchildren, Julie and Erin Reimer, Veronica, Holly and Max Reimer, Katie and Tom Geoghegan, and Meaghan, Billy, Danielle and Jack Reimer; and her sister, Sr. Eileen Treanor. She was also predeceased by her brother, Nicholas Treanor.

A Funeral Mass was held St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt. Burial 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 Dominican College, 470 Western Highway, Orangeburg, NY 10962.

Peine, Carole A.

Norwood, NJ - Closter Location

Carole A. Peine, of Norwood, on May 26, 2015. Retired bookkeeper of John J. Demarest of Closter.

Beloved wife of the late Frank W. Sr. Devoted mother of Frank Jr. and Angela, Jeanne Wilson, and Tracey Girardi and Sean Moynihan. Loving grandmother of Shawna Girardi, Robert Moynihan, James II, Olivia and Liam Wilson.  Loving sister of Noreen Scanlon and husband Robert Peine and Eileen Colby and husband Michael. Predeceased by her brothers, Rev. Thomas Scanlon and John Scanlon. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Homein Closter. Mass was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Hear Church, 120 Kings Highway, Tappan, NY.  

Hoey, Eileen M.

Closter, NJ - Tappan Location

Eileen Mary Hoey (née Hughes), a daughter of Dublin, Ireland and proud American, died peacefully surrounded by family on May 11, 2015. She now joins her dear departed husband Peter and her brothers Terence, Oliver and Bernard in eternal life. Eileen will forever be known for her beauty, intelligence, strong will, quick wit and love of music, books and writing letters. Eileen was the backbone of Emerald Oil, Inc. and Emerald Mechanicals, Inc. in Woodside, NY in the early years. The mother of seven and grandmother to 18, Eileen nurtured, raised and prepared two generations of highly productive and successful citizens. Later in life Eileen became an advocate for individuals who needed assistance in dealing with serious spiritual, personal and medical issues, she is credited with saving the lives and souls of many. Eileen is survived by her loving sister Theresa, best friend and sister-in-law Carmel and seven children: Kevin and wife Rita; Peter and wife Liz; Terence and wife Susanna; Brian; Eileen and husband Kevin; Stephen and wife Nanette and Kathleen and husband Bryan. Eileen’s adoring grandchildren are listed in order of birth by their parents: Peter, Alanna and Sean; Meghan and Stephen; Dylan; Emma, Lizzy and Caroline; Liam, Aidan, Kevin and Peter; Madeline, Grace, Owen and Mary; and Jack. Viewing was held at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Closter, NJ. Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY. The Hoey family greatly appreciates and is deeply moved by the outpouring of condolences.

Hildebrand, Agnes Liptak

Thorpe Village in Sparkill, NY, formerly of Sleepy Hollow, NY - Tappan Location

Agnes Liptak Hildebrand of Thorpe Village in Sparkill died at Nyack Hospital on April 29, 2015. Mrs. Hildebrand was born Dec. 18, 1917 in North Tarrytown, NY, the village now known as Sleepy Hollow, to Thomas and Elizabeth Standish Liptak.

She attended schools in North Tarrytown and later worked in the accounting department of General Motors Corporation.

During WWII she enlisted in the WAAC and later in the WAC. She was stationed at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen, MD for three years. She worked in the ballistic research laboratory as an engineer’s aide. While there she studied at the University of Pennsylvania and John Hopkins University where she majored in quality control and its usage in ballistics.

In 1950 she married Frank Hildebrand in Florida and lived there for 13 years. She then moved back to Sleepy Hollow where she lived for 28 years before moving to Sparkill.

She had one daughter, Deborah, who died in 1994. Mr. Hildebrand died in 1982. Her brother, Joseph, of New City died in 1996. Mrs. Hildebrand leaves behind one sister-in-law, Jean Liptak, of Nanuet and seven nieces and three nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was said at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Sparkill. Burial followed at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Calling hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Edwards, Albert

Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Albert Edwards P.E., of Sparkill, NY died on Saturday, April 25, 2015 with his beloved wife, Winsome, at his side. Ed, to his family (Al to his friends), was born December 15, 1926 in Manhattan to Mary and David Edwards. He grew up in the Bronx where he attended public and high schools. During WW II, Ed served in the US Navy and was honorably discharged. He earned an associates degree in mechanical engineering at the NY School of Applied Arts and Sciences (now Westchester Community College). He worked briefly for an engineering company, Sam Tour and Co., in New York where he met his future wife. He then worked for 32 years for the NYC Transit Authority in their materials inspection laboratories in Brooklyn. He was very creative and often designed and built equipment for specialized tests. He was an avid woodsman, indulging this habit in the summer, but mainly in the late fall during deer hunting season.

He is survived by his wife, Winsome, of 58 years, his sister Anne Philippon and her husband Real of Topsham, ME and their children, Timothy and Marcy.

A Funeral Service and visiting hours were held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Interment followed at Tappan Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Thursday, 2-4 and 7-9pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Albert’s memory to your favorite charity.

Spagna, Dora

River Vale, NJ, formerly of Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Theodora ‘Dora’ Spagna (née Bottari) of River Vale, NJ, passed away surrounded by her loving family on April 26, 2015. Born in Staten Island, NY on July 8, 1922, she was the beloved daughter of Joseph and Aurora Bottari. Dora graduated high school from St. John Villa Academy on Staten Island. In 1946, Dora married Charles A. Spagna Sr. and together they raised six children in the Bronx and Blauvelt, NY. In later years Dora also lived in Nyack, NY.

Dora is predeceased by her husband Charles (1988), two baby daughters, sister Grace Anselmi and brothers Carmine, Joseph and Andrea Bottari. Dora is survived by her six children: Joan Corbett (George), Carol Reagan (Richard), Janet Spagna, Charles Spagna (Catherine), MaryAnne Quirk (Robert) and Andrea Catania (Michael); grandchildren Matthew, Lauren, Kristen, Paul, Todd, Mary, Kerri, Anthony, Christian, Joseph, Jennifer, and Michael; and 10 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind many relatives and friends who will miss her dearly. Dora’s hobbies were gardening and cooking, both of which she excelled at. Her struggles are over and now lies in the bosom of her God and family.

A Funeral Mass was at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt with interment at St. Antony’s Cemetery in Nanuet, NY. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Valley Hospice (c/o Valley Home Care, 15 Essex Road, Suite 301, Paramus, NJ 07652).

Scarry, Kenneth J

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Kenneth J. Scarry died peacefully at home on April 20, 2015. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Peggy, four children, Maggie (Jim), Jim (Peggy), Tricia (Chuck) and Colleen (Curt). He was a beloved grandfather of seven grandchildren, Dea, Patrick, Conor, Meghan, Erin, Erin and James. He was the son of the late James and Rose Anne Scarry and brother to Patricia Duffy and the late Thomas Scarry.

Ken was a retired member of the New York City Police Department, having served as patrolman in Motorcycle 1 and 2, several NYC precincts, OCCB and the Auto Crime Division. He was past Grand Knight and honorary life member of the St. Dominic Council Knights of Columbus and a member of the Rockland County Shields.

Ken loved his family and times at his beach house. His sense of humor and loyalty to friends and family will be missed.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ken’s name may be made to the NYU Melanoma Research Fund, c/o Dr. Pavlick, NYU Clinical Cancer Center, 9th Floor, 160 E. 34th Street, New York, NY 10016 (212-731-5431).

Colletti, Joseph S. Sr.

Nanuet, NY - Tappan Location

Joseph S. Colletti Sr., a longtime resident of Nanuet, NY, passed away peacefully on April 16, 2015 at the Joe Raso Hospice Residence.

A Funeral Mass was at St. Anthony's Church in Nanuet. Cremation followed at Ferncliff Crematory in Hartsdale, NY.

Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to United Hospice of Rockland (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Catalanello, Elaine

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Elaine V. Catalanello, 75, of Closter, passed away April 14, 2015.  She was predeceased by her dear husband Arthur. Surviving are her two loving sons, Arthur and his wife Kim and Doug Catalanello and his wife Jenny; beloved grandchildren, Katie, Julia, Alexandra, Andrew, Angela Catalanello; devoted mother Helen; and brother Harold Hendrickson. Visiting hours Friday, 2-4 and 7-9pm at Moritz Funeral Home, 348 Closter Dock Rd., Closter (201-768-4200). Funeral Service was held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Closter. Interment followed at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Assoc. (www.lung.org or 1-800- LUNGUSA)

Hugh Leonard “Hughie” Hughes

Hugh passed away peacefully on April 7th 2015.

Hughie was a long time resident of the Bronx and Orangeburg, NY. He was a retired member of Carpenters Local Union 608 with 54 years service. He is survived by his wife Marie and his family.

The Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan, NY

Visitation were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chapel Restoration Fund, 120 Kings Highway, Tappan, NY 10983.

Dadas, John Andrew

Orangeburg, NY

John Andrew Dadas, of Orangeburg, NY, passed away peacefully at home with his loving family at his side. John was born in Greece on December 7, 1927. He owned and operated the Dyckman House Restaurant in New York City.

John is survived by his wife Gabriella (née Georgiadis); his daughters, Diana Neelman and her husband David and Andrea Dadas Broberg and her husband Karl; his grandchildren, Mark and Stephen Neelman and Lukas and Lilly Broberg; and his sister Helen Ioannidou.

Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1 Marycrest Road, W. Nyack, NY 10994 (www.saintschchurch.org).

Heise, George F.

Closter, NJ

George F. Heise, beloved Husband, Father, Granddad, and Great Granddad, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the age of 89 years.  Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he was a self-employed Civil Engineer and Surveyor, and a Closter resident since 1957.  He and his wife, Doris, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2014.  George was a WWII Navy Veteran, and a proud graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  He was a member of the Closter Lions Club for 50 years, and was the engineer and surveyor for the Belskie Museum.  George was a member of Activities Unlimited, and a long term volunteer at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.  He was also a past trustee of the Closter Nature Center, a member on the Closter Borough Environmental Commission, and volunteered for the Closter Boy Scouts.

George is survived by his wife, Doris (Johnson) Heise; three children, Beth Jones and husband Richard, Stephen Heise and wife Carrie, Lori Benevento and husband Saverio; four grandchildren, Peter Heise and wife Sabrina, Daniel Hull and wife Sarah, Kristy Hawthorne and husband Will, Russell Hull and wife Paula; and three great-grandchildren, Joseph Hawthorne, Carter Hawthorne, and Skylee Hull.  George was one of 7 children, three brothers and three sisters (deceased) and sister Jane (Heise) Denk of Parma, Ohio (surviving).

George loved and cherished his family, treasured his friends, and loved chocolate, maps and flying.  At special times he often said, “This is what it’s all about”.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Closter Nature Center, PO Box 80, Closter, NJ  07624.  A Memorial Service was held at the Church of the Atonement in Tenafly, NJ.

Clark, Mary Jane

Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Mary Jane Clark, a resident of Thorpe Village in Sparkill, passed away peacefully on March 16, 2015 at the Schervier Nursing Center in the Bronx. She was born in Jenkintown, PA on August 25, 1927 to Frank and Marion McKeon. She was an active parishioner, eucharistic minister and CCD teacher at St. John the Baptist Church in Yonkers. Before retiring, Mary Jane was teller for Chase Manhattan for 30 years.

Mary Jane was predeceased by her husband, Arthur, who died in 2006. She is survived by her children, Susan Collins and Kevin Clark and his wife Lori; her grandchildren, Timothy and his wife Jessica, Christopher and his wife Nichole and Jonathan and his wife Bridget; and her great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Ryan and Madeline.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Nyack. Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org).

Martocci, Jane

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Jane Marie Martocci, 72, of Orangeburg, passed away Saturday, March 7th. She had been ill since 2006, but lived bravely and fully throughout her illness. Jane so loved her family and friends and always put them ahead of herself. As a Registered Nurse, Jane practiced nursing at New York Presbyterian for 38 years, and had been a member of the South Orangetown Ambulance Corps. Jane is survived by her son, David Reichenthal; her devoted grandchildren, Erin, Ryan and Samuel; her beloved sister, Mary Aery; and brother, James. A Funeral Mass was held at St. John the Baptist Church in Piermont. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Hospice of Rockland (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Deltoro, Adele J.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Adele J. Deltoro, 89, of Tappan, passed away Mon., March 2nd, 2015 with her family by her side. Adele had an effect on everyone she met. She had a beautiful smile and a joyous laugh that could light up any room. She was an amazing story teller, always remembering every detail. She loved to tell stories of her family and friends. Adele is predeceased by her husband Donato (‘Dan’). She is survived by her daughter, Joan Deltoro; her devoted granddaughters, Diana McLoud (Ted) and Cristina Lettieri (Valentino); and her beloved sister, Grace Fosco. A Funeral Mass was held at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Tappan. Burial followed at Tappan Cemetery. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Our Lady of the Scared Heart Church or United Hospice of Rockland.

Bucci, Vincent

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Vincent Bucci, age 91, of Tappan passed away Monday, March 2, 2015. Vincent served in the U.S. Army during World War ll. He worked for Kiehls as a Chemist in New York York City. He is survived by his wife, Rosa of 63 years; three children MaryAnn Fitzpatrick (Stephen), Josie Spano , and Aldo Bucci. Devoted grandchildren Michael, Brian, Robert Fitzpatrick, Danielle Amoto, Christopher Spano and Stephanie Spano. Also survived by four cherished great grandchildren. A Funeral Mass was held on at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Tappan. Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma society (www.donate.lls.org) or 888-557-7177.

RChidwick, John 'Jack'

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

John M. Chidwick passed away quietly on February 27, 2015. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 3, 1936 to Eileen and John Chidwick. He is survived by his sisters, Eileen, husband Charlie Foti, Patricia White, and Kathleen Castellani. John is also survived by his daughter, Michele Riley, and grandson, Robert, and many nieces and nephews. John is predeceased by his wife, Anella and son, John. John served in the National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1957. John retired from New York Telephone, and then drove a school bus, and enjoyed the little children he met every day. John was a volunteer fireman and also the Fire Commissioner for the Orangeburg Fire Department, where he relished the comradeship of his fellow volunteer fireman. John also sang with a talented group of singers and musicians. A Funeral Mass was held at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Tappan. Burial followed at Tappan Cemetery. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Orangeburg Fire Department (www.orangeburgfd.org).

Ryan, Joseph J.

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Joseph J. Ryan, 87, of Blauvelt, passed away February 23, 2015. Joseph was born in the Bronx to Edward and Mary (James) Ryan. Joseph was a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in the Bronx. After graduating he served in the United States Navy during World War II. Joseph started his career with NYPD at the 41st Precinct (Fort Apache) and retired as Detective in the Major Case Squad in 1973. Joseph is predeceased by his wife Frances (1995). He is survived by his children, Joseph Jr., Gerald, John, Eileen, and Frances. Joseph is also survived by two grandchildren, Margaret and Colleen and two great-grandchildren, Rhylee and Paige. A Funeral Service and visiting hours was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Collins, Denis J.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Denis J. Collins, 83, of Tappan, NY, passed away February 23, 2015. Denis was born in the Bronx to John and Mary (McCarthy) Collins. Denis was a graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School. He had a BBA in Accounting from the City College of New York and an MBA in Finance from New York University. Denis worked for Chase Manhattan Bank in the Financial District for 44 years before retiring as a Vice President. After retiring Denis began a second career as a Royalty Representative at Pearson Education where he worked for a further 15 years.

Denis is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Mary (Casey). He is also survived by his children: Deirdre Collins of Hillsdale NJ, Denise Collins of Nanuet, NY and Kevin (Margaret) of Hillsdale NJ. Denis was a loving grandfather to Katie and Billy Collins. Devoted brother to James (Monica) of North Carolina, John (Dorine) of California and Lawrence (Bernadette) of Florida. Denis is also survived by his sister-in-law Bea Casey (Ed) and his nieces and nephews. Denis was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a charter member of Division 5 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He was also a member of the Irish American Cultural Society of Blauvelt and the Piermont Senior Citizens Club. Denis was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart for 47 years. Denis will be remembered for his kindness and sense of humor.

The family received friends at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (120 Kings Highway) in Tappan. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Denis’ name to the American Diabetes Assoc., PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA, 22312 (www.diabetes.org).

Nealy, Hubert J.

West Nyack, NY, formerly of Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Hubert ‘Hubie’ John Nealy, of West Nyack, formerly of Tappan, passed away peacefully at home on February 9, 2015. Born April 6th, 1935 in Tappan to Hubert and Charlotte Nealy.  Hubert is a 1954 graduate of Tappan Zee High School in Piermont.  While at TZHS, he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball, and was recognized with all-county designation for all three sports.  He was enrolled in 1994 to the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2009, as a charter inductee to the Tappan Zee High School Hall of Fame.  Hubert was a dedicated employee with the Town of Orangetown Highway Department from 1975 through 2000, and prior to that, Dexter Folder in Pearl River. In retirement, Hubert enjoyed playing golf with his friends at Blue Hill Golf Course in Orangeburg.

Hubie was a beloved husband of 54 years to Rosalie Nealy of West Nyack and a devoted father of two children, Hubert, of Williamsburg, Virginia, and Denise Zimmerman and her husband Tom. He is also survived by his dear grandchildren Thomas, Caitlyn, and Meghan, also of West Nyack. He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Benadette.   

The family received friends and family at Moritz Funeral Home.  A Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of The Sacred Heart Church.

In lieu of flowers, his family requests that memorial donations be made to either: United Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956 (www.hospiceofrockland.org) or Hackensack Hospital UMC John Theurer Cancer Center, 360 Essex Street, Suite 301, Hackensack, NJ 07601 (www.jtcancercenter.org). 

Rahilly, James F.

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

James F. Rahilly, a resident of Pearl River, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2015. He was born in the Bronx on August 14, 1948 to James and Mary Lent Rahilly. For over 30 years, James was employed by MABSTOA, a division of the MTA, retiring as a superintendent. He was formerly of the Bronx and resided in Pearl River for 32 years. James was an usher at the Sunday evening Masses at St. Aeden’s Church in Pearl River and a member of the Pearl River Elks Lodge.

He is survived by his wife Denise (nèe Horbach); his daughters, Terry Ann Rahilly and Patricia E. Rahilly; and his grandsons, Zachary Arlin and Joseph Lee Rawcliffe. James was predeceased by his brother Howard.

Funeral Mass was held at St. Aeden’s Church in Pearl River followed by a private cremation. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation (www.alz.org).

Murphy, Ruth F.

Harrington Park, NJ - Closter Location

Ruth F. Murphy, 85, of Harrington Park, NJ. Passed away on February 1, 2015. Ruth was born in Jersey City, NJ on July 23, 1929 to Edward and Ruth Martin, an American family, for hundreds of years. She was preceded in death by her husband Hugh Murphy Sr. Beloved mother of Hugh Jr. and his wife Joanne, Martha and her husband George, Kevin and his wife Chris, and Thomas Murphy. Cherished grandmother, “Gram” to Shannon and her husband Adam, Robyn and her husband Tom, Steven and his wife Tracy, Tara, Melanie, Erin, Megan, and Shea. Loving great grandmother, “Great Gram” to Isobel, Larkin, and Aiden.

Ruth was a graduate from New York University. She was a retired court administrator, for the Borough of Haworth, and worked in many of the municipalities in this area. Ruth was a women of great faith, and very active at the Community Church in Harrington Park. She also loved to garden, and was a member of the Bergen County African Violet Society. Ruth was loved by many, and will be greatly missed.

Visiting hours were at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. Funeral service was held at the Community Church in Harrington Park followed by internment at George Washington Memorial Park.

Ruth loved flowers, but donations to the Community Church in Harrington Park or the American Cancer Society would also be appreciated.

Leibesberger, Lionel Homer

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Lionel Leibesberger passed away peacefully on January 29, 2015 surrounded by family at his bedside. He was a life long resident of Rockland County, born August 16, 1928 in Pearl River to the late Homer Leibesberger and Catherine Armstrong Leibesberger Buhler.  He was married to and is survived by Diana Leibesberger, and together they raised 6 children.  He was predeceased by his brother Alan Leibesberger, and sister Betty Jo LaBombard.  He served his country in the Korean War in the Army achieving the rank of Sergeant First Class and was honorably discharged after active service in 1957, completing reserve service in 1961. He was active in the Blauvelt Volunteer Fire Department, and was elected to to serve as chief for two terms, and he was honored as a lifetime member.

He was a dedicated employee for the John E. Andrus Memorial, in Hastings-on-Hudson for over 30 years as a laundry manager and retired in 1993, living locally in Orangeburg.

Lionel is survived by his children, Neal Leibesberger, granddaughter Casey Leibesberger, Evon McGuire, grandchildren James and Agnes McGuire, Marie and Paul Lechoncinski, Wayne Leibesberger, Sandra and Andy Dorso, grandchildren Andrew and Lesley Dorso, great granchild Benjamin Dorso, Christina Dorso, Susan and Angus Urquhart, grandchildren Alex Urquhart, and Lauren Urquhart, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his oldest son Mark Leibesberger.

The family received visitors at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Firematic services will be held at the funeral home during evening hours.  Services were held at the Greenbush Presbyterian Church, 614 Western Highway, Blauvelt.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to support scholarships for firematic training may be made to the Blauvelt Volunteer Fire Department, 548 Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY 10913.

Moroney, Kathleen

Valley Cottage, NY - Tappan Location

Kathleen Moroney, 101, of Valley Cottage, NY, on January 18, 2015. Born in Co. Kerry, Ireland.

Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY.

Funeral Mass was held Saturday, 10am at St. Paul's Church in Valley Cottage, NY. Burial followed at St. Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sisters of the Presentation (www.sistersofthepresentation.org).

Budinich, John W.

Harrington Park, NJ - Closter Location

John William Budinich, 84 of Harrington Park, NJ, passed away on January 15, 2015. He was born in Teaneck, NJ on March 25, 1930 to Alma & John Budinich.  He was raised in Bogota, NJ.  

He served in the New Jersey National Guard while apprenticing as a tool pattern maker later switching to Lithography.  He retired from Sandy Alexander Inc. as the lead film stripper.  He enjoyed a long, rich retirement pursuing his many interests, wood working, handcrafting toys, target shooting but mostly spending time with his cherished family.  He was happily married 47 years to his true love Barbara Davison.  They met at an outdoor pool in Paramus NJ and became inseparable until her passing in 2008.  

They searched for the perfect home, married and settled in Harrington Park in 1961. Both would live the remainder of their lives in the same home in the community they truly loved.  Starting in 1963 they would raise five sons in Harrington Park and all five are raising their families in this cherished community as well.  Together they served in most of the organizations, clubs, troops, committees and most importantly the Community Church.  Second only to his family, he cherished the time he spent at his church.  He was especially proud of the contributions his son Craig and his daughter in-law Elizabeth and Stephanie brought to the church. He was a true gentleman, he wore a hat, he took it off when he entered a room and always tipped it when he passed a lady.  He built a family he was most proud of.  Raising five sons presented many many varied challenges.  He was simply always there, a most devoted father.  

He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara, and his brother Robert C. Budinich.  

He is survived by his son Robert C. Budinich and daughter in-law Deborah, son Thomas, son Craig and daughter in-law Elizabeth, son Richard and daughter in-law Meredith, son Paul and daughter in-law Stephanie.  His grandchildren,  Krista, Olivia, Nicole, Caitlyn, John, Colin, Holly, Cody, Ella, James & Richard.  

The family received visitors at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter, NJ.  A Funeral Service was held Wednesday, 10am at the Community Church, 1 Spring Street, Harrington Park, NJ.  Internment followed at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, NJ.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to the Harrington Park Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Barbara Budinich Scholarship Fund, 15 Kline Street, Harrington Park, NJ  07640.

Wood, Frank Jr.

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Frank Wesley Wood, Jr., 65, of Sykesville, MD, died Sunday, November 9, 2014.

Born March 27, 1949, in Nyack, New York, he was the son of the late Frank W. Wood, Sr. and Shirley Lovelace Wood. He was the husband of Diane Patricia Wood. They were married for 34 years.

Frank retired from M&T Bank, having worked as an Information Technology professional for more than 15 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the 101st Airborne during Vietnam.  He enjoyed ten pin bowling and once rolled a perfect game. He enjoyed fishing, was an avid reader, and was a fan of the Orioles and Ravens.  

In addition to his wife, Frank is survived by daughter Jennifer Rebecca Wood, son Frank W. Wood, III and his wife Lisa Dyan Wood, four brothers, three sisters and granddaughter Georgia Beth Wood. He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul.

A graveside service with military honors was held at the F.W. Loescher Veterans Cemetery in New Hempstead, NY.

Solesky, Barbara

Fort Lee, NJ - Tappan Location

Barbara Marie Teresa Solesky, of Fort Lee, NJ was born May 18, 1951. Barbara, “Baboot” to a chosen few, left us on January 13, 2015 at Villa Marie Claire. With all her strength and under the care of Dr. Charles Rudin (MSK), Barbara braved cancer for over a year, enjoying her family, friends, home and her kitten, Jake. Always the humorist, Barbara recently said, “When I was first diagnosed, I wasn’t ready to die, but if I die now, it’s not going to kill me!”

Born in Sputyen Duyvil, NYC, Barbara grew up in New Jersey. A Bogota HS and Ramapo College graduate, she earned her teaching degree and taught children in Edgewater for five years. Barbara’s longtime nursing career began at Hackensack Hospital and grew into years of home care. Whether working or socializing, Barbara invested an unstinting positive energy into her 63 years on earth.

Barbara is survived by her father John Solesky, her mother, Eileen, is deceased; brothers John, Jim and his wife, Joanne, Robert Solesky and his wife Pam, sister Janet Ricci and husband Ken, adored niece, Katie Solesky and the rest of her precious circle of beloved cousins, friends and colleagues, all for whom she lived her life and who will never forget her.

A Funeral Mass was held at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan. Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (www.mskcc.org), to Villa Marie Claire Hospice (www.villamarieclaire.org) in Saddle River or to Gilda’s Club in Hackensack (www.gildasclubnnj.org).

Esposito, Susan

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Susan Esposito was born in Jersey City, NJ on October 5, 1957 to Rose and Joseph Esposito. She passed away peacefully on January 9, 2015. She was a loving mother, wife, and friend. Sue was raised in Hoboken and later moved to Carlstadt NJ where she graduated from Becton Regional High School. She went on to complete Bergen Pines Nursing Program and later received her BSN from Dominican College. She worked as a nurse in many different capacities at Passaic General Hospital and Nyack Hospital. She also had been an adjunct professor at Rockland Community College.

Sue was very committed to giving back to her community. She was one of the first youth members of the Carlstadt Ambulance Corps and then volunteered as an instructor with South Orangetown Ambulance Corps. She was a CPR instructor for almost 40 years. She also volunteered with Rockland County Girl Scouts. She was a leader and helped to site direct at camp as well as teach others. Sue was also a board member of the Professional Nurses Association of Rockland County. She was always willing to take time to help a friend or stranger in need. She always saw the importance of giving back no matter how little she had.

Sue is survived by her husband Hank Henninger and her children Jamie and Peter. Sue leaves behind many loving family members and friends who have become more like family.

Visitors were received at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY. Mass was held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Montvale, NJ. Burial followed at Frederick W. Loescher Veterans Memorial Cemetery in New Hempstead, NY.

Donations can be made to South Orangetown Ambulance Corps at 70 Independence Avenue, Tappan, NY 10983 or to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022.

Koesterer, William D.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

William Koesterer, of Tappan, NY, passed away in his home on January 8, 2015, after a battle with cancer. He was 43.

Billy was born in Brooklyn, NY, and lived much of his childhood in County Donegal in Ireland. An 11-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department, he served with Engine 88 / Ladder 38 in the Belmont section of the Bronx. He was previously an engineer with the New York City school system with Local 94. He was a soccer coach with Orangetown Mighty Midgets and a parishioner of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Tappan.

He is survived by his wife, Patty Gloeckler of Tappan, and his beloved children, P.J. and Hope Koesterer; his sisters, Helen Connors (Joe) of Poughkeepsie, Diane Ryan (Sean) of Newburgh and Denise O’Keeffe (Daniel) of Tuckahoe; his brothers, Dennis (Ann) of Orangeburg and Michael (Stacey) of Commack; and 15 nieces and nephews and his large extended family.

A Funeral Mass was held at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan. Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations to United Hospice of Rockland (www.hospiceofrockland.org) or the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation (www.firefamilytransport.org) would be greatly appreciated.

McGee, Lillian

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Lillian McGee, a longtime resident of Tappan, passed away peacefully at home on January 5, 2015. She was born on January 27, 1931 in the Bronx to George and Lillian Bauman and was resident of Rockland County for 49 years. Lillian was a devout parishioner and secretary of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan and Dominican College in Orangeburg.

Lillian was predeceased by her husband, Jack, who died in 1997. She is survived by her children, Madonna Kelly and her husband Larry, George, Jack and his wife Heather; and her grandchildren, Brianna and Katherine Kelly, Martina and Ryan McGee, and Matthew, Michael and Kevin McGee

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

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lillian’s name to the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church (120 Kings Highway, Tappan, NY 10983) will be greatly appreciated.

Neusch, Mary

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Mary Neusch (nee O’Connell), 74, of Closter passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 31st,2014. Mary was born in West Orange, NJ in 1940 and grew up in Kearny, NJ. Mary graduated Queen of Peace High School in 1958 and St. Mary’s Nursing School of West Orange in 1961. She was a practicing nurse for more than 40 years. Mary was an active member and volunteer for St. Mary’s Church in Closter and served on the Closter Board of Health for several years.

Mary met her husband of 52 years, Anthony S. Neusch, while a senior in high school. She is survived by him and their five children, Lucy, Charles, Anthony J, John, and James, and 13 grandchildren. Mary was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Mary, and her two sisters, Dorothy Gaunt and Eileen Rauschmayer.

Viewing was at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary’s Church in Closter. Interment followed at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah. Contributions in Mary’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 20 Legion Place, Closter, NJ 07624.

Ingaglio, Carol Ann

A Funeral Mass for Carol A. Ingaglio, a resident of Thorpe Village in Sparkill, was held at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Sparkill. A private cremation folled the Mass. Visiting hours were held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers, donations to United Hospice of Rockland would be greatly appreciated.

Rooney - Koch, Catherine Anne 'Kitty'

Sparkill (Thorpe Village), NY - Tappan Location

Catherine Anne ‘Kitty’ Rooney-Koch, passed away peacefully at home on December 3, 2014. Kitty was a resident of Thorpe Village in Sparkill for 26 years and previously resided in Tappan. She was born in Manhattan on August 5, 1931 to Peter and Mary Rooney. Before retiring, Kitty was an executive secretary at Previews Inc. in New York City. She was a 35 year member of the South Orangetown Vol. Ambulance Corps, receiving many service awards and holding many positions over the years.

Kitty is survived by her husband of 46 years, Harry; her sons, David and his wife Pattie and Michael; her daughter, Jamie Nagel and her husband John; her sister, Mary Henderson; her grandchildren, John Ryan, Connor and Donovan; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral was from Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers, donations to United Hospice of Rockland (www.hospiceofrockland.org) would be greatly appreciated.

Torreggiani, Larry

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Lawrence 'Larry' Torreggiani, longtime resident of Tappan, passed away after a brief illness on Sunday, November 30, 2014. He was born in Brooklyn on September 6, 1932. Larry served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was a former co-owner of Guilio's Restaurant in Tappan.

Larry is survived by his wife Jeanette, his sons, Larry Jr. and Robert and his wife Rita, his step-daughter Katherine and step-son Ernesto.

Funeral Service was held at at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill.

Dizzine, Pauline

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Pauline (née Kopac) Dizzine, a long-time resident of Blauvelt, passed away in her home on November 30, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 92.  Pauline was born in Czechoslovakia to Peter and Josephine Kopac and came to the United States at age five, accompanied by her mother and brother, John.  She worked outside the home throughout her life.  Her most recent employer was St. Dominic's Convent in Blauvelt, NY where she retired at the age of 80 after working there for over 35 years.

Pauline is predeceased by her brothers, Thomas, John, Stephen, William and Peter Kopac; and her sisters, Anne Ventriglia, and Jean Culleto. 

Pauline has three surviving siblings, Joseph Kopac (Peggy) and George Kopac (Gert), and Florence D'Auria (Joe) and sister-in-law Janet Kopac.

Pauline is predeceased by her husband, Anthony, whom she married on November 20, 1949.  She is survived by her five children, Thomas (Catherine), William (Susan), Gary (Mary), James and Mary Ellen Dickson (Scott).

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Timothy (Celia), Michael Dizzine;  Katie, Elizabeth and Gary Dizzine, Allison Dratch (Adam) and Scott, Kimberly and Matthew Dickson; and her great-granddaughters Alex and Bella Dizzine complete the family.

Our mother was a remarkable woman who thought of everyone else but herself. She will be sadly missed. Her quiet strength, loving nature and incredible courage will remain in the hearts of her family and all who knew her. May she rest in peace in the comfort of God’s Kingdom.

Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine's RC Church, 523 Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY. Visitation was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pauline's memory may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital (www.stjude.org) or United Hospice of Rockland (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Simonelli, Joseph

Valley Cottage, NY - Tappan Location

Joseph Simonelli, a long time Rockland resident, passed away on November 18, 2014 at the age of 79. He was born on May 29, 1935, in Brooklyn, NY. Joe is predeceased by his daughter Jessica, and son, Matthew. He is survived by his loving wife, Rose and sister Marie. He was a devoted father to his son, Peter Simonelli and his wife Hannah of Palisades, NY. He was a loving Bubba to his five grandsons, Alex and Dylan Wisnewski, Joseph, Jack and Lucas Simonelli. He also leaves behind three step children, Fred and Jeanette (Michael and Hayden) Ramos of Tappan and Sesi, and Robin Ramos. In addition, he leaves behind many lifelong friends.

Joe was overseas in the Army as a telegraph operator and Morse Code specialist, where he was also his division boxing champion. After the Army, he followed in his father’s footsteps and went into the produce business. He became co-owner of S&L Fruit, a produce distributor in the Hunts Point market.

After retiring, he stayed in Rockland to be close to his children and grandchildren. Joe was an avid reader and a sports fanatic. He was a diehard Yankees, Giants, and Rangers fan.

The family received friends at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY on Saturday, November 22, 2014.

Burgos, William

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

William ‘Nelson’ Burgos, a resident of of Tappan for 48 years, passed away peacefully at home with his family on November 18, 2014. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on December 12, 1927 to Temisto and Herminia (née Marrero) Burgos. He came to the US in 1946 and served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. He was a member of the New York City printers’ union and then owned and operated the Hunt’s Point Hardware Store in the Bronx until 1989. William was a member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Old Tappan, NJ and the Eagle Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association of Rockland serving in the honor guard.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Cynthia (née Arce); his sons, Nelson, William and Peter; his grandson Armando; and many nieces and nephews. William was predeceased by three sisters and a brother.

A Funeral Service was held at Prince of Peace Church , 106 Old Orangeburgh Road, Old Tappan, NJ. Burial followed at F.W. Loescher Veteran Cemetery in New Hempstead, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Korean War Veterans Association of Rockland, PO Box 304, New City, NY 10956.

Lanzana, Frank T.

Norwood, NJ - Closter Location

Frank Thomas Lanzana, 82, of Norwood, NJ passed away surrounded by his family on Tuesday, November 18th. Frank was a lifelong resident of Norwood, living with his wife and family in the house he designed and built 53 years ago. He was a 1949 graduate of Tenafly High School and served in the US Army during the Korean War. Frank played saxophone for the 69th Division US Army Band from 1952 to 1954. He worked for ITT Avionics before retiring and beginning a second career as a Frank Sinatra tribute singer. Frank loved music and enjoyed the joy he brought to people through his singing. He performed throughout the tri-state area for many years. Frank was an avid golfer and was a member of the Old Tappan Golf Course. He is survived by his wife, Marion of 59 years, his three children Lori Ann Brodie and her fiancé Tony, Thomas Lanzana, and Michele Blackinton and her husband William. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren, Melissa, Matthew, Jessica, Rebecca, Faith, Alex, Anastasia, and John.

Lucas, Walter

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Walter Lucas, of Tappan, passed away peacefully at home on November 17, 2014. He was born in Beaverdale, PA to Andrew J. and Mildred Lucas on February 16, 1939. Walter resided in Tappan for 32 years and previously resided in Nyack. In 1994, he retired from the Town of Orangetown as a highway maintenance supervisor. Walt was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan and a member of the Empire (Goosetown) Hook and Ladder Company in Upper Nyack. He also served as vice president of the Piermont Senior Citizens for two years. Walt was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. He enjoyed the trips with the Piermont Senior Citizens and golfing as well.

Walter is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marie (née Benicasa); his children, David Lucas of Pearl River and Sandra Kopac and her husband George of Tappan; his brothers, Ed, Ted and Harold of Pennsylvania and Andrew Lucas of Piermont; his sisters, Thelma and Shirley, both of Pennsylvania.; his granddaughters, Melissa, Kelly and Nicole; his grandson Tyler; his mother-in-law Angelina Benicasa; many nieces and nephews; and his new Morkie, Little Jimmy. He was predeceased his daughter-in-law Trisha who passed away in 2011.

A Funeral Mass was at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Tappan. Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org) or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org).

Lanz, Carol D.

River Vale, NJ - Closter Location

Born on December 3, 1920 in Brooklyn, NY. She grew up in Scarsdale, NY and died peacefully at her daughter’s home on November 11, 2014. Predeceased by her husband Raymond Stanley Lanz Jr. and her two older sisters, Beatrice and Jeanne. Survived by her three daughters, Pamela Lanz and husband Chuck Frolio, Cher and husband Paul Montalbano and Patrice Bushey and partner Bryan Cloud. Beloved grandmother of Brady Connaughton, Julie Mantalbano, Michael Montalbano, and Laura Lanz–Frolio. Loving great-grandmother to Finn, Will, and Michael Connaughton. Carol was a longtime resident of Woodcliff Lake, where she raised her family.  Resided at the Jewish Home Assisted Living in River Vale and later at her daughter’s home. She attended the Julliard School of Music, graduated from William Paterson University and Columbia University. She was a reading specialist and special education teacher at Bergen County Technical High School and Juvenile Detention Center in Paramus. Carol was also a piano teacher. After retirement, she was active in the Ridgewood Choral Society, Salute to Women in the Arts and volunteered as a reading tutor. She was an active member of the Central Unitarian Church in Paramus. Carol will best be remembered for her kindness and love of children, music and playing the piano and her devotion to family and friends. She was a lifelong learner and teacher. Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. Burial was private. Donations may be made to Life Source Hospice, 230 E. Ridgewood Ave., Paramus, NJ 07652 (www.lifesourcehospice.com).

Scaccio, James P.

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

James P. Scaccio, 58, of Blauvelt, NY passed away unexpectedly on November 9, 2014.

James is survived by his siblings, Terri L. Guarino and her husband John, Jeffrey M. Scaccio and his wife Andra, Robert C. Scaccio and his wife Susanne and Christopher Goyette. He was the proud and loving uncle to John A. Guarino Jr., Nicholas M. and Alexandra M. Scaccio.

James will always be remembered for his zeal for life, his love for racing and his quest for the checkered flag.

A Funeral Service was held at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan with burial following at Tappan Cemetery.

Walsh, Edna

Northvale, NJ - Closter Location

Edna Walsh, nee Hansen, of Northvale, NJ passed away peacefully on Monday, November 3 in Hackensack Hospital at Pascack Valley. Edna was born February 13, 1913. Edna traveled with her father to Denmark for an extended visit when she was a child. Edna lost her father at age sixteen. Edna was grateful for the help her father’s company, Bell Telephone gave her after he died. Living on her own in New York City as the Great Depression fell on the country Edna became a hairdresser. Edna worked at a salon on Madison Avenue. Her shop’s specialty was coiffing the rich and famous. Edna worked in this shop from 1930 thru 1965. Edna and her husband Melville Walsh bought a home in Northvale that same year. When her husband, Mel, passed away in 1970 Edna resumed her hair dressing profession in a salon in Pearl River. She worked there until the shop closed in the year 2000. Edna was a golfer and a great cook. She also enjoyed ballroom dancing. Edna was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Closter NJ. She is survived by her niece, Lois Walsh-Gallina of Columbia County, NY, Lois’s husband Greg, a great niece Lisa Gallina and a great, great niece Iris. Lisa and Iris live in Beacon, NY. Among Edna’s many close friends were Claire and Bob Walker and their family, Irma Schmuck and her family and Ann Goldsbury. Pastor Bob Holsten conducted a memorial service for Edna at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 171 Closter Dock Road in Closter, NJ.

Matera, Ferdinand J.

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Ferdinand J. Matera, a resident of Orangeburg, NY since 1964, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Nyack Hospital in Nyack, NY. He was born March 6, 1936 to Vincenzo and Louisa (D’Andrea) Matera at Shore Road Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. Ferdinand was raised on 78th Street in Manhattan, and upon graduating from high school, he briefly attended LaSalle University. Soon after he left to enter the New York Police Department Academy, where he went on to protect and serve with the 34th Precinct for 31 years.

Ferdinand retired from the NYPD after a long and satisfying career doing what he truly loved – helping others. In addition, Ferdinand also served our nation as a reservist in the National Guard in Brooklyn where he was a mechanic working on heavy equipment, tanks, trucks, and transport vehicles.

Ferd married the love of his life, Catherine Perniciaro Matera of Clifton, NJ in 1963 and the happy couple moved to Orangeburg soon after. Ferd loved gardening, telling jokes and playing cards – but above all, what made him happy was his family.

Ferdinand is survived by his wife of 50 years Catherine; his children, Louisa Matera, Catherine Leote (Jay) and James Matera (Dawn); and the light and love of his life, his granddaughters Tyler, Emily, Julia, Sophia and Jamie. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Marie, and his two brothers Pasquale and Allesio.

A Funeral Mass was at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt, NY . Burial followed at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Nanuet, NY. Visiting hours were at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org or 877-242-4277).

Verdi, Nancy G.

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Nancy G. Verdi, of Closter, on October 30, 2014. Beloved wife of the late Joseph and mother of Joseph and Robert. Loving grandmother of three and great-grandmother of eight. Funeral Mass was held at Church of St. Mary in Closter. Burial followed at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, NJ. Visiting hours were at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter.

Schwarzler, Robert E.

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Robert E. Schwarzler, a resident of Orangeburg, NY since 1964, passed away peacefully on October 29, 2014 at Westchester Medical Center in Hawthorne, NY. He was born August 14, 1927 to Robert and Dorothy Schwarzler on 167th Street in the Bronx. Bob was raised in Yonkers and commuted to Metropolitan High School in Manhattan to study photography. Immediately after graduation, he was drafted into the US Army during WW II where he served with the 30th Engineers in the Pacific theater. After the Army, Bob worked in New York City and owned Screen Copy Inc., an advertising photography business, for over 20 years.

Bob married Helen Schiller in 1951 and lived in the Bronx until moving to Orangeburg in 1964 where they raised their children. He was a member of the American Legion, a lieutenant in the Orangetown Police Auxiliary for over 20 years, a security guard for the Iona College Orangeburg campus for 17 years, and a member of the Rockland County Band for several years. Bob loved photography, taking many wonderful pictures. He also loved playing the saxophone and clarinet, particularly jazz, and he enjoyed fishing, cruises, traveling and competitive marksman shooting.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years Helen; his children, Patricia Mitts (John), Diane Harris (Mark) and Robert Schwarzler (Meg); and the light and love of his life, his grandchildren, Mark Jr., John, Stephan, Tyler, Mary and Catherine. He was predeceased by his parents, sister Dorothy and brother-in-law Bruce Switzler; and two grandchildren.

A Funeral Service was held at Good Shepherd Church in Pearl River. Burial follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Nanuet, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org or 901-595-3300).

Maher, James

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

James Maher, 87, of Tappan, NY, passed away peacefully at home on October 23, 2014. He was a long time parishioner of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan. James was a decorated Navy war veteran who proudly served his country in World War II and the Korean War. After being discharged from the Navy, James, served in the NYPD. He retired from the NYPD after 28 years of service as a Deputy Inspector. He was commanding officer of both the 32nd and 47th Precincts among other commands. James was a member and past president of the Hudson Valley 10-13, former treasurer for the Captains Endowment Assoc., member of Rockland County Shields, and Knights of Columbus of Blauvelt, NY.

James is predeceased by his wife and his eternal love Helen. Devoted children Jay Maher and wife Lisa of Palm Coast, FL, John Maher and wife Denise of Blauvelt, NY, Ann Koesterer of Orangeburg, NY and her husband Dennis, Helayne Duffy of Tappan, NY. Cherished grandchildren, Jay Maher, Elizabeth Solis, Richard Maher, Chris Maher, Sean Maher, Jimmy Maher, Shannon Koesterer, Katelyn Koesterer, Jillian Koesterer, and predeceased by his grandson Dylan Maher. Also survived by four great grandchildren Mikayla, Jay Jr., Rafael Jr., and Annison. Also survived by his sister Ellen and brother Joe, and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Tappan. Burial followed at Tappan Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the NYC PBA Widows and Children’s Fund (www.nycpba.org/fund/).

Burden, Emelene

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Emelene Burden, of Hillsdale, NJ, formerly of Tappan, NY passed away on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at her daughter’s home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Emelene, who was born and raised in Queens, NY, married Edward Burden and together they moved to Tappan, NY in 1963. They adopted two children, Sue and Jim, and raised their family in Tappan. Emelene was an independent woman, who loved her family and family home. She was extremely proud of their Slocum Avenue home, and loved gardening and her pets. Throughout her life, the family always owned a dog and at least one, if not more, cats. Her husband Edward passed away in December 2011. Emelene is survived by her daughter, Sue Harmony, her son-in-law, Kevin Harmony, her son, James Burden, and his wife, Aileen Ryan, and their two daughters, Ceara and Alanna. She was a woman of exceptional talent and grace, and will be missed but never forgotten.

A Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 120 Kings Highway, Tappan, New York 10983.

In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org).

Nothdurft, August

Norwood, NJ - Closter Location

August Nothdurft, a resident of Norwood for 53 years, passed away October 9, 2014.  He was a decorated fighter pilot in the 357th  fighters group Army Air Corp during World War II, member of the Norwood American Legion, past member of the Norwood Ambulance Corp, Norwood Senior Citizens and the Historical Aircraft Group in Geneseo, NY.  Beloved Husband of Betty.  Devoted father of Brenda. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. A Funeral Service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home. Donations to the Norwood American Legion, 480 Broadway, Norwood, NJ 07648.

Mangum, Hon. Robert J.

JUDGE ROBERT J. MANGUM , FOUNDER AND FIRST PRESIDENT OF ONE HUNDRED BLACK MEN INC. DIES.

           The Honorable  Robert J. Mangum, a retired New York State Court of Claims judge, who served as Administrative Judge during his tenure, died on October 2, 2014 at the age of 93 in the Forest Hill Healthcare Center, from complications due to heart failure and a stroke, according to Sienna Hunter-Cuyjet, his granddaughter and Health Care Proxy.
            Judge Mangum's distinguished career included tenures as First Deputy Commissioner, Department of Hospitals New York City appointed by Mayor Robert F.Wagner with other appointments by Mayor Wagner including Deputy Police Commissioner and President of the Police Athletic League New York City; Commissioner, New York State Division of Human Rights, appointed by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller;  Northeast Regional Director, Office of Economic Opportunity, appointed by R. Sargent Shriver and approval of President Lyndon B. Johnson.
             Robert J. Mangum was born to Roy and Louise Mangum in Chesterfield, Virginia on June 15 1921. Years later the family moved to Detroit, where he and his sister lost their parents and the two came to be raised by an aunt and uncle in Harlem, New York City.  Mangum was baptized at the Abyssinian Baptist Church by Adam Clayton Powell Sr. Mangum proudly attended Townsend Harris High School during which time he declined an appointment to West Point in order to support his younger sister and joined the New York City Police Department in 1942 and founded the Guardians Association in 1943 with one hundred and twenty-five black police officers; he served as the first Guardian President and it was formally recognized as a fraternal organization within the department in 1949. In 1944 he was drafted to the United States Army and after completing his tour of duty in the Philippines he returned to the States with an Honorable discharged as a First Lieutenant October 1946; he then returned to the New York City Police Department.
             Mangum obtained a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School, a Masters in Public Administration from New York University, a Master of Science in Administrative Medicine from Columbia University , a Bachelors of Law from Brooklyn and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from the City College of New York. In addition he received an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters from St. John's University and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from City College of New York.
             His many civic and community activities included The One Hundred Black Men, Inc. founded by Robert J. Mangum in New York City in 1963 and later becoming the 100 Black Men of America Inc., which now includes 116 Chapters with more than 10,000 members; Chairman of the New York Advisory Committee, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; Chairman, Board of the Harlem Preparatory School; Chairman, Board of Directors, New York Urban League; Member, Board of Trustees, and Legal Counsel Beth Israel Medical Center, New York University Conference of Christian and Jews; and Board of Directors, Health Insurance Plan.
              Judge Mangum (also known as Bob or 'The Judge') was predeceased by his sister Josephine, first wife Gladys Scott, and his life partner of 30 years, Barbara Baxter Cuyjet. He is survived by his son Paul from his first marriage and his extended family: Step-sons, their wives and children; Aloysius B. Cuyjet and Beverly Granger, Gregory and Valerie Cuyjet, Glenn S. Cuyjet and Roberta O. Hunter and grandchildren Sienna Hunter-Cuyjet, Sequoyah Hunter-Cuyjet, Alyssa Cuyjet and Sebastian Hunter-Cuyjet; with a host of family and close friends to mourn his passing.

Services were held at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem in New York City. Interment followed at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.

Arroyo, Michele M.

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Michele M. Arroyo, 55, passed away peacefully on September 30, 2014 at Memorial Sloan-Ketting Hospital in New York City. She was born on December 12, 1958 in Nyack to Louis ‘Sonny’ and Nancy DiCasoli. Michele was raised in Piermont and graduated from Tappan Zee High School in 1977. Until recently, she worked for the South Orangetown School District as a substitute teacher’s aide.

Michele is survived by her husband of 20 years, Paul; her sons, Robert and Brian; parents, Louis ‘Sonny’ and Nancy DiCasoli; her sister Lisa White; her brother Joe and his wife Ruth; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Walter and Roberta Arroyo; her sisters-in-law, Marianne Perry and her husband George and Priscilla Marotto and her husband Jeff, her nieces, Jessica, Olivia and Stephanie and her nephews, Ryan, Adam and Alex.

A Memorial Mass was held at St. John the Baptist Church in Piermont. Visiting hours were in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital (www.mskcc.org).

Scarpinato, Patricia A.

Pearl River, NY - Tappan Location

Patricia A. Scarpinato, of Pearl River, passed away after a brief illness on September 29, 2014. She was born in the Bronx to Edna P. Clayborne on June 29, 1951. She was a graduate of Pearl River High School and graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford, NJ with a degree in Nursing. Patricia was a parishioner and eucharistic minister at. St. Margaret’s Church in Pearl River.

Patricia is survived by her husband of 35 years, Robert; her son, Steven and his wife Sheila; her daughter, Elizabeth; her grandchildren, Shannon and Shane; her brother James O’Connell; her father George Clayborne; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Margaret’s Church in Pearl River. Burial followed at F.W. Loescher Veteran Cemetery. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Quirk, Raymond G.

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Raymond George Quirk, a resident of Orangeburg for over 50 years, passed away peacefully on September 27, 2014. Ray was born in Providence, RI on February 13, 1931. He served in the US Air Force was honorably discharged in 1958. Ray retired after working as manager of advertising sales for various publishers including Conde Nast. He was a parishioner at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt and taught English as a second language as a volunteer.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia; his daughter Maripat Alpuche and her husband Douglas; his grandchildren, Allison Quirk, Dominique and Douglas Alpuche Jr. He was predeceased by his children, Annemarie and Edward.
A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church with burial following at St. Catharine’s Cemetery, both in Blauvelt. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be to the United Hospice of Rockland (845-634-4974).

Georges, William E. “Bill”

Harrington Park, NJ - Closter Location

William E. 'Bill' Georges, 82, of Harrington Park, passed away on September 26, 2014. Bill was born in the Bronx. He was a graduate of Christopher Columbus High School. He was a talented athlete and was accepted to play on the farm league baseball teams for the NY Yankees and NY Giants. Bill was an Army veteran and served two years during the Korean Conflict. After he was discharged, he studied at Westchester Community College and began his career in commercial construction. He was a field engineer for Muscarelle Inc. for 30 years. Always a hard working man, Bill also worked almost 20 years at the Tenafly Senior Center even after his retirement.

Bill met the love of his life, Peggy, in 1961 and the couple were married until her death in 2013. In 1965, Bill and Peggy moved to their home in Harrington Park, NJ, where they had a son and daughter. One of Bill’s great joy of his life was being a devoted grandfather to Tess and Maggie. He will be remembered for his good work ethic and his gentle kindness, especially to those in need. William is predeceased by wife Margaret. He is survived by his devoted son, Billy, his daughter, Susie, son-in-law Garry and his cherished granddaughters, Tessa and Maggie as well as his many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral Service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s name can be made to The Valley Hospice (877-284-4441).