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John Kalaydjian

Somerset, NJ - Tappan Location

On June 10, 2019, John Kalaydjian, age 87, passed peacefully at his daughter’s home in Palisades, NY surrounded by his loving family.
He is predeceased by his parents Antoinne and Seranoush (Dakessian). He is survived by his wife Margaret (Hogan), his four daughters: Catherine Kalaydjian (Perzan) and her husband Marc, Mary (Mandelbaum) and her husband David, Diane Kalaydjian (Crane) and Nancy (Donohue) and her husband Mark and his seven grandchildren, Andrew Mandelbaum, his wife Marissa and great granddaughters Caitlin and Claire, Sarah and Jenna Mandelbaum, Ross and Jake Crane, Ryan and Kevin Donohue.

John was born and raised in the Bronx, graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School where he was an accomplished track sprinter and later attended Dominican Weekend College where he received his Bachelors degree. He joined the Navy in 1951 where he served on the U.S.S. Lloyd Thomas as a Radioman Second Class, stationed in Dharan, Saudi Arabia. He was honorably discharged with several service medals in 1954. Upon discharge from the Navy John joined United Airlines where he met his wife Margaret. John spent over 38 years at UAL where he worked as a Reservations Supervisor in New York and managed the construction of the Rockleigh, NJ reservation center.

John was an exceptional man, colleague and friend but he truly excelled as a husband, father and grandfather. His family was his greatest joy and he will be forever remembered for the many wonderful trips with the family, painting and wallpapering his daughter’s homes and taking pride in his property in Palisades, NY.

Visitation and service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill.

Cerbasi, Joan Marie

Westwood, NJ, formerly of Norwood, NJ - Closter Location

Joan Marie Cerbasi (nèe Bardell), 79, of Westwood, formerly of Norwood. Survived by loving husband of 59 years George R. Sr. Cherished mother of Bernice (Michael), George Jr. (Marie), Michele (Kevin), Gary (Marily), and Daryl (JeanMarie). Loving grandmother (Gizma) of Thomas Jr., Trista, Brianna, Danielle, Lily, and Jessica. Great grandmother to Nicoletta. Dear sister of John Bardell Sr. She will be missed by many nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation was at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. Mass was held at Immaculate Conception in Norwood with burial following at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Tenafly. Donations may be made in Joan’s name to St. Jude Children's Research ( or American Heart Association (

Chionchio, Rose

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Rose Chionchio of Blauvelt, NY joined her loving husband Joseph in heaven on May 29, 2019.

Rose was born and raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. She attended PS 200 and graduated from Lafayette High School.

She is survived by her brothers Anthony and Danny Pino and her sister Joan. Rose was the mother of Joseph, Daniel, Michael and Maria Kiely.

Rose was the proud grandmother of eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Rose was the heart of her family and will be greatly missed by all.

Bjork, Wallace 'Wally'

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

On May 17, 2019, the Heavens opened and accepted another Angel.  Wallace “Wally” Bjork, 87, of Blauvelt, NY passed calmly and peacefully surrounded by his family.

He was predeceased by his wife Margaret “Peggy”, his son David, his parents Edward and Margaret (Kerrigan), his brothers Roy and Alfred. He is survived by his son Willy and his wife Judy, his daughter Liz (Canara) and her husband Mike, his daughter Bernadette (Dimino) and her husband Steve and his grandchildren Stephanie (Mak), Ashley, Austin, Chelsea, Julianne, John, Jillian (Bautista) and Brian.

He was born in the Bronx and raised in St Agatha’s in Nanuet and St. Agnes in Sparkill.  At the age of 16 he left St. Agnes to begin his 41 year career working as a carpenter in NYC.  He was a lifelong member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenter’s Local Union 488 in the Bronx. During these years he served as both a skilled tradesman and a Union Official.
Wally was an exceptional person whose kindness and compassion left an impact on anyone he met. He lifted your spirits and could always put a smile on your face.  He was a generous man who was committed to the charities that made an impact on his life.

We will be forever thankful for the compassionate staff at Sunrise Assisted Living in Old Tappan, NJ and Valley Hospice for the wonderful care our Dad received. 

Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan on .  A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt.

Byrne, Anne

Valley Cottage, NY - Tappan Location

Anne Byrne, resident of Valley Cottage, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 18, 2019 after a long series of illnesses and just four days past her 67th birthday. She grew up in Richmond Hill, Queens with her parents Ed and Mary Coulter, her grandmother Margaret Lamneck and her 14 siblings. She attended school at Holy Child Jesus Catholic Academy and THE Mary Lewis Academy in Queens. She was a longtime employee of Halcyon Capital Management in New York City until her retirement in 2008.

She will be greatly missed by her husband Brian and daughter Christine along with her many sisters, brothers, in-laws, nieces and nephews. Anne was, and continues to be a positive force in the lives of everyone she loved, and she loved you all.

Sleep sweet Gamelady.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine Church in Blauvelt with burial following at Ascension Cemetery in Airmont. Visiting hours were at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Kivlehan, Martin J.

West Nyack, NY - Tappan Location

Martin J. Kivlehan, 88, of West Nyack, NY died peacefully on Monday, May 6, 2019 after battling Alzheimer’s Disease and pneumonia. Beloved husband to Alice, and stepfather to Elizabeth (Frank) Holland, Patricia (Kevin) Meehan, and Colleen (Paul) Surlis, and grandfather to Dylan, Aidan, Teresa, Kelly, and Marie.
Martin was the beloved brother of Denis (Della) Kivlehan, Michael (Anne) Kivlehan, John Kivlehan, Teresa (Denis) Davey, Margaret (Patrick) Kelly, and Mary (Mike) Keany. Martin has numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, great great nieces, and great great nephews. Martin was blessed with many friends who he enjoyed spending time with especially at the Blauvelt Irish Center.

Martin was born in Branchfield, County Sligo, Ireland. He emigrated to the United States in 1957. He worked for many years and then retired from the New York Telephone Company. Martin was a family man who enjoyed golf, playing cards, dancing, going on cruises, and spending time in Florida. Martin will be dearly missed by all of his family and friends.

Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt on with internment following at the Ascension Cemetery in Airmont, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be sent to the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association (

Stauffer, Ronald C.

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Ronald C. Stauffer, age 58, passed away in his home Wednesday, May 1, 2019. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol, parents, and four children; Ronald, Samantha, Jesse, and Jason. He was an exceptional individual whose kind, caring, and intelligent nature would leave an impact on anyone he met. Originally from Howard Beach, Queens, he was one of three amazing children of Robert and Laurel Stauffer. He loved giving anything he could to those in need ranging from coaching numerous local sports to his ample charity work. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt. Visiting hours were at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to The American Heart Association or Make a Wish Foundation. 

Wuscher, Frances

Old Tappan, NJ - Closter Location

Frances Wuscher (nee Eretz), 88, of Old Tappan on April 30, 2019. She was a NVOT Crossing Guard and an active member of St. Pius X R.C. Church. Beloved wife of the late Carl J. Devoted mother of Barbara and Jeffrey Siegmann, Joseph and Kris Wuscher and Karl Wuscher. Loving grandmother of B. Stephanie Siegmann and Daniel King, Melissa Gruber, Kimberly Eichler, Kristina and T.J. Griffenkranz and Joseph Wuscher. Adoring great-grandmother of Nicholas, Joshua, Ashley, Julia, Thomas, Hannah and Allison. Dear aunt of Mary Jo, Kevin, John and Thomas.

A Funeral Mass was held at Church of St. Mary in Closter followed by burial at the Tappan Cemetery.

Donation maybe made to the Old Tappan Ambulance Corps or Old Tappan Fire Dept.

Abrahamsen, Eileen P.

Norfolk, VA - Closter Location

Eileen Patricia Abrahamsen of Norfolk died Tuesday 23, 2019 after her battle with cancer. She was 72.

A recognized scholar of Speech Therapy at Old Dominion University and twice a Fullbright Scholar, Abrahamsen was born in Teaneck, New Jersey the third of five children. From birth, she was afflicted with neurofibromatosis which she overcame with a distinguished academic career.

Abrahamsen attended Elmira College and, after practicing speech therapy at Helen Hayes Rehabilitation Hospital in Haverstraw, New York she earned her doctoral degree in Speech from Columbia University in New York City.

Eileen was hired by Old Dominium University in 1979 in the speech–language program. She received tenure and was promoted to the rank of associate professor. In recognition of her professional contributions during her career she was granted faculty emeritus status upon retirement.

During the course of her career she taught courses for graduates and undergraduates in speech - language pathology and engaged in scholarly research. She also advised students and performed community and university service and supervised graduate research papers. In addition to introductory courses and preclinical preparation courses, she taught courses in the area of child language development, child language disorders, and adult neurological disorders . She was diligent in maintaining the currency of her course work by annually replacing text books and altering course content. Her research covered a wide range of topics including language development disorders, autism and sensory integration.

She provided maximum support for her students with extensive and flexible office hours and ongoing study sessions scheduled to meet student needs but she was also rigorous and uncompromising as a teacher. She expected her students to provide the necessary effort to master course material.

Abrahamsen was published in a variety of professional journals and presented at national and state conventions. She was awarded two Fullbright Fellowships during the course of her distinguished career: one in Malta and another in Slovakia. She was a crucial driving force of the speech-language program as it sought national accreditation by the American Speech – Language and Hearing Association. Her contributions helped the program gain accreditation in 1989 and maintain its status since that time.

She is survived by her loving brother Harry Abrahamsen, and his wife Roseann, her niece Lucille and nephew Harry and grand nieces and nephews: Lexa, Harry, Adara, Connor and Cordelia. She is also survived by her loving brother Thomas Abrahamsen, and his wife Kathleen, and her niece Jennifer and by her loving brother Richard Abrahamsen, and his wife Phoebe, and her niece Olivia and nephews Richard and Peter.

She is also survived by her loving brother-in-law James Walsh, husband of her sister Karen who predeceased her, and by her nephew Craig and nieces Terry and Kelly and by grand nephews and nieces: Amanda, Emily, Edward, Jackie, Jordan and Briana.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary’s RC Church in Closter with burial following at Brookside Cemetery in Englewood. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter.

Cable, Joseph John

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Joseph J. Cable, 72, passed away on Saturday April 27, 2019. He was born in Nyack on March 18, 1947. He spent most of his life in Blauvelt. He was proud Vietnam War Veteran. He will be remembered by many family and friends from all over for his humor, dancing and giving nature. His family is thankful for your support and thoughts at this time. A memorial service was held in his honor at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Urban, William C.

Pearl River, NY - Tappan Location

William 'Bill' C. Urban, of Pearl River, passed away peacefully on April 28th, 2019. Born in Brooklyn, Bill proudly served in the US Air Force from 1951 to 1955.  He married Josephine Coppola on April 26, 1958, and celebrated their 61st anniversary.  Bill was the wonderful father of five boys, William, Michael, Christopher, Robert and Richard.  He was the beloved grandfather (Pepa) of 14 grandchildren. Bill was a Manhattan College graduate and an employee of IBM for 35 years. Calling hours will be at Moritz Funeral Home on Wednesday May, 1st, 2-4 and 7-9pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan with burial with military honors following at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Nanuet. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be sent to the Joe Raso Hospice Residence c/o United Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956 (

Donohue, Eileen G.

May 14, 1935 – April 25, 2019

Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Eileen Gabriel Donohue née McDonnell was born on May 14, 1935 in Monakill, County Leitrim, Ireland to Eileen McDonnell (Nolan) and Francis McDonnell. Eileen immigrated to the United States in 1956 and lived in Brooklyn until 1973. On December 4, 1971, she wed David Donohue at Holy Innocents Church, Flatbush, Brooklyn. Two years later Eileen and David moved to her forever home in a Sparkill.

Eileen loved the various jobs she had, wether it was the friendships she made or the people she helped, while working at Chemical Bank and then as a home health aid. In between those jobs she took time off to raise her family.

Eileen was a meek, kindhearted, gentle soul. She loved to take part in family functions both near and far and would frequently reminisce about the fond memories she made along the way.

Eileen is survived by her husband of 47 years David, her daughter Karen (Shawn) of Washingtonville NY, her son David (Elizabeth) of Norman, OK, grandchildren: Bridget, Connor, Eileen, Ella, and Seán, sisters Mary, Lily, Breege, and Teresa, brothers Francis, James, Patrick, and Seán, along with many nieces and nephews. Eileen is predeceased by her parents: Eileen and Francis and her brother: Desmond.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. John the Baptist Church in Piermont with burial following at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation (

Thompson, Kevin

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Kevin Thompson, age 59, passed away on April 19, 2019. Kevin was a life long resident of Closter. He had a long career in food service and was the manager at the Closter Burger King for many years. Kevin is survived by his beloved sister Robin Thompson, nephew Travis Thompson, and a great niece Kayla Thompson. Kevin dealt with his many medical issues with courage and grace. He will be missed dearly by his loved ones and many friends and acquaintances. Visiting hours and service was at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter, NJ.

Hoffman, James E. 'Skip'

May 11, 1931 – April 19, 2019

Greenwich, CT - formerly of Orangeburg and Pearl River, NY - Tappan Location

James E. (“Skip” or “Jim”) Hoffman of Greenwich, CT, previously of Orangeburg and Pearl River NY, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2019. Until very recently a lifelong resident of Rockland County, Skip was born at home in Orangeburg to James F. and Agnes Hoffman on May 11, 1931. After graduating from Congers High School, Skip joined the Air Force, where he was principally stationed in Germany. After his Air Force service, Skip returned to Rockland County and in 1957 married Grace McManus, who survives him. They bought and lived in the Orangeburg home in which he had been born, which had also served as a military facility during the time of Camp Shanks. Skip spent most of his professional life at what was then the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company, first as a telephone installer and later an installation foreman. In addition to his wife, Skip is survived by his daughters Susan (husband Brian Curry and children Tara and Brian Jr.), Cathy (husband David Gersch and children Ben and Max), Carolyn (husband Tom Irwin and children Matthew, Allison, and Darcy), Maureen (husband Jimmy Donohue and children Connor and Kelly), and son Jim (partner Doron Sabag). He is also survived by brothers Edwyn, Charles, Raymond, and Thomas Hoffman and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Helen Hoffman Scott. Calling hours were held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Catharine’s Church, 523 Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY.

Jason, Christopher

Sept. 15, 1970 – Mar. 31, 2019

Valley Cottage, NY - Tappan Location

Christopher Jason passed away at the age of 48, on March 31, 2019 at Nyack Hospital. He was born in Manhattan to Ronald and Marie Jason. He lived most of his life within Rockland County. Christopher graduated Clarkstown South High School in 1988, where he was a permanent fixture behind home plate. He went on to attend Seton Hall and SUNY Oneonta.
Christopher obtained many different job skills over the past 30 years. He was especially proud of becoming an inspector for National Field Service and working with Orange and Rockland. Christopher had a deep love for the game of baseball. If he wasn’t playing it he could be found watching a NY Mets game. He also loved watching NASCAR and football. He most enjoyed getting together with his friends and having a great time.

Christopher is survived by his parents Ronald and Marie Jason, his loving partner Tracy Merrill, his sister Jennifer Colli, her husband Frank and their three kids Jackie, Christopher and Frankie.

Christopher wished to be cremated and had his visitation at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A Memorial Mass was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan.

Thurston, Janice

February 7, 1938 - March 23, 2019

Spring Valley, NY - Tappan Location

Janice Thurston of Spring Valley, NY passed away on March 23, 2019 at the age of 81. She was a resident of Tanglewood Acres Adult Home and then Camp Venture for many years. She was predeceased by her loving parents Esther Sloan Thurston and Virgil A. Thurston and her brother Albert. She is survived by her loving sister Barbara Shilkret of Langhorne, PA., her niece Tracy Shilkret Capecci (Christopher), her nephew Todd Shilkret (Eva), her great nieces Isabella and Sophia Capecci and Elle Shilkret and her great nephew Nathaniel Shilkret. She was a very classy lady who could put a smile on anyone's face and leaves many people with very special memories. She loved cats and arts and crafts. She will be missed dearly by all especially her Tanglewood family. Visitation will be held on Thursday March 28, 2109 at the Tappan Reformed Church, 32 Old Tappan Road, Tappan, NY from 10am to 12pm with the service immediately following.

Riordan, Loretta

July 1, 1926 - March 19, 2019

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Loretta Riordan, age 92, passed away on March 19th and will be sadly missed. Daughter of the late Dan and Loretta Jenks, she was born on July 1, 1926. She was a graduate of Brooklyn’s Bishop McDonald High School and grew up in Queens, NY rooting for the Brooklyn Dodgers. She was a huge fan of Big Band Music and loved to sing and dance to it.

Loretta married Joe Riordan and they moved to Blauvelt where they raised four children and instilled a strong work ethic in each of them. Together they shared 54 years of marriage. Loretta took pride in being a devoted wife, a loving mother, and homemaker. Family and friends were at the center of her life. She was a gifted storyteller who found great joy in sharing stories of her experiences and childhood. Loretta was a giving person who always lent a hand to anyone who asked.

Her cooking and baking talents were the delight of family and friends who looked forward to tasting her culinary accomplishments. Just a few of her specialties were Swedish meatballs, crumb cake, grasshopper pie, and tea-time tassies. She loved family vacations in Vermont, and her Friday fish fries for the “weekly catch” were memorable events.

Loretta was known for her generosity of services. She was a long time volunteer as Bingo Coordinator at St. Catharine’s in Blauvelt, and for her help to the CYO. Loretta was President of the school PTA and joined the Ladies Guild. Later in life she tapped into her long neglected artistic side and learned to crochet and create decorative craft pieces. She frequently donated her craft pieces to add a touch of class to a wedding or other social event.

Loretta had an active social life and adventurous spirit. She loved getting together every week with a wonderful group of ladies at Hogan’s Diner in Orangeburg. For many years she helped organize West Point Tailgate Parties for a group of people from the Blauvelt-Orangeburg area. She helped organize trips to plays down in NYC. Loretta loved attending Joan Dunn’s Super Bowl Party every year as well as going on the Williams Lake trips with neighbors. On her beloved trips to Metcalf Pond, Vermont, she was frequently accompanied by relatives and friends. After retiring, she started to travel and visited Switzerland, Hawaii, Ireland, France, and the Grand Canyon/American West area.

After raising her children , she worked as a purchasing agent for Schwartz BioResearch, St. Dominic’s Home, and St. Agatha’s Home. Later Loretta worked in the tax receiver’s office at Orangetown Town Hall.

Loretta was predeceased by her husband Joe Riordan, brothers Jack Jenks and Dan Jenks, and sister, Virginia Jacques. She is survived by her loving children, Loretta Maloney and husband, Joe; son, Dan Riordan and partner, Tess Miranda; son, Joe Riordan and wife, Maryann of Austin, Texas; daughter, Eileen Riordan; four grandchildren, Michael, Megan (Evan), Brian, and John; three great-grandchildren, Liam, Leah, and Norah; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

A special thanks to the staffs at both New Windsor Country Inn and Braemar Living at Wallkill who provided her with much love and care and who were so kind and considerate. She greatly enjoyed her stay at both places.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt with burial following at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In memory of Loretta donations to the Alzheimer’s Association would be greatly appreciated (

DuBois, Robert F.

Demarest NJ, - Closter Location

Robert F. DuBois, 86, of Demarest, NJ passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019 after a lengthy illness. Beloved husband of Jacqueline. He is also survived by his loving daughters, Dawn Ann DuBois and Doreen Lynn Lupardi and husband, Mark Lupardi. Treasured granddaughters, Lisa Ann Lupardi and Amy Lynn DiBartolomeo and husband, Matthew DiBartolomeo. Predeceased by brothers Edward and Howard DuBois. Loved his family, enjoyed gardening and his daily walking. Married 63 years, retired 34 years, National Guard Service 1950-1958. Trustee of the Van Pelt Foundation for over 30 years. Many medical, religious, and educational facilities benefitted from the many donations. Visitation will be at Moritz Funeral Home, 348 Closter Dock Road, Closter, NJ from 2-4pm and 7-9pm on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Funeral service was held at the funeral home followed by burial at George Washington Memorial in Paramus. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Methodist Church of Demarest, or Hospice Care of Hackensack, an Amedisys Company.

Eleanor A. Moulton

July 17, 1919 - March 13, 2019

It is with sorrow we announce the passing of Eleanor Moulton.

Beloved mother of Rolf Moulton (Diana) and Marsha Lamadrid (the late Ed). Predeceased by her daughter Gale (Matt Leili). Survived by her seven grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Mom worked as a medical record director at Physicians Hospital in Queens. After retirement, she continued her education auditing classes at Hunter College in New York City for many years. She was devoted to her family and her faith.

We are saddened that she did not survive until her 100th birthday as we always told her she would have to take the whole family on a cruise. She said OK as long as it was the Stain Island Ferry!. However, od had a different plan for her.

We are happy she is resting in peace. We thank the wonderful staff at Sunrise Assisted Living in Old Tappan, NJ and Lifer Source Hospice for the wonderful care they took of Mon during her last two years.

Viewing was at the Moritz Funeral in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 106 Orangeburgh Road, Old Tappan, NJ 07675 or a charity of your choice.

Race, Stephen D.

Lafayette, NJ - Tappan Location

Stephen D. Race, loved and respected by countless friends and community members, passed away Sunday near his home in Lafayette. An avid motorcycle enthusiast, community volunteer, and family man, Steve will be remembered for his contagious smile, infectious laughter, and unique sense of humor (who knew?).

He is survived by his beloved wife, Donna; his children, Jessica and her husband Christopher, Jordan, Katelyn and her husband Andrew, Holliann and her husband Robert, Shannon, George and Amelya; his grandchildren, Brayden and Kliona, as well as one grandchild on the way. He is also survived by his parents, Donald and Beverly Race; sister, Karen Cassidy; and many adoring aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother Donald Jr.

A Celebration of Life was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, we request donations be made to Amelya Race’s 529 College Funding Account at Muriel Siebert & Company (Attn: Gus Langford, (800) 545-7773 x3823).

Platt, Frank Cheney

November 6, 1932 – February 26, 2019

Palisades, NY

Advocate for Poetry and Poets, Dies at 86

Frank Cheney Platt, advocate for poetry, poets, literature and writers, dedicated husband and father, died on February 26, in Rockleigh, NJ. Following its founding in 1985, he helped to build Poets House, now headquartered in Battery Park City, into a national poetry library and literary center with a 70,000-volume collection. Frank loved poetry that “communicate[s] before it is understood” (T.S. Eliot) and captures what is “lost in translation.” (Robert Frost). In addition, he was committed to arts and culture as a means of protecting and cultivating principles of free speech and an open society.

He was born in New York City on November 6, 1932 and raised by his father Roger Platt, a teacher at St. Bernard’s School, his mother Frances Cheney, and his grandfather Frank Cheney Jr. of Manchester, CT. Frank was educated at St. Bernard’s, Dalton, Eaglebrook, Governor’s Academy (formerly Governor Dummer), and Harvard College. He worked in publishing before becoming president of the Farfield Foundation, and later an assistant Dean for Columbia’s School of the Arts.

In 2013, Frank was predeceased by his wife of 55 years Judy van der Gracht. She was the love of his life. His poignant dedication to her (including during her time with Alzheimer’s) inspired respect and admiration from all who knew them. Frank was also passionate about his extended family – the Platts, Cheneys and, on Judy’s side of the family, the Gilberts and van der Grachts as well as his dozen godchildren. His many longstanding and deeply-felt friendships were legion. Most involved a common love of music, poetry, literature and epicurean delights, not necessarily in that order.

Frank is survived by his three children Sophie Platt Pollok of Frankfurt, Germany, Arthur van der Gracht Platt of New York, NY and Roger Platt of Washington, DC and his grandchildren Esther Pollok, Lucas Pollok, Hilary Platt, and Benjamin Platt. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Poets House ( and/or One-to-One Learning ( A memorial service was be held at Grace Episcopal Church, 130 First Ave, Nyack, NY, with Father Richard Gressle presiding. His remains will be laid to rest with his beloved wife in the Cheney Cemetery in Manchester, CT. The burial will be private.

Nickoloff, Dr. Edward

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Dr. Nickoloff, from Orangeburg, passed away on March 11, 2019 after a long illness. He was born in Harrisburg, PA and attended Central Dauphin High School, Carnegie Tech, Lebanon Valley College, the University of New Hampshire, where he received a Master’s of Science degree and the John Hopkins School of Public Health where he received a Doctor of Science degree with Distinction in 1977. Dr. Nickoloff was an Emeritus Professor of Radiology at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and Chief Hospital Physicist at the Columbia University Medical Center for 33 years. He had lectured extensively at scientific conferences across the country, wrote two books on the subject of Radiation Physics; a book used extensively in Radiology Residency programs across the USA, published 150 journal articles, 57 peer reviewed journal articles, 87 abstracts and held 24 offices in professional organizations. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Diane (Zambetti);daughter, Andrea; son Edward Jr.,and daughter-in-law, Katarina. He was an avid reader, Jack of all trades, and outdoorsman. Arrangements were handled by Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Burial was private in Harrisburg, PA. In lieu of flowers, please send donations In his memory, to a charity that is meaningful to you.

Hartnett, John F.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

John Francis Hartnett, a resident of Tappan, NY since 1979, passed away peacefully at home on March 9, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Winnie (nee Burke) of 53 years; his children Maureen (Kevin), John (Mary) and David. He will be sadly m missed by his grandchildren, Laura, John, Jillian, Caitlin, Kevin and Colleen; his sister Elizabeth Roche and brothers, Patrick (Sheila) and Edmund (Grace); and many nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his parents David and Margaret. May he rest in peace.

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

Hansen, Charlotte

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Charlotte Hansen (née Moreis), 93, of Closter, passed away on March 2, 2019. She was predeceased by her first husband, John Luther Weber and by second husband, Robert Boysen Hansen. Also her sisters the late Johanna, Martha and Theresa. She is survived by a nephew, John Brainard and his wife, Marie. Also survived by step-son Henry R. Hansen and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Charlotte was born in North Bergen in Hudson County where her late parents, Hans and Martha Moreis, owned a bakery. She worked for many years at National Bank in Hudson County and retired upon her marriage to Robert. She was a past president of the Women’s Club of Englewood, the Women’s Club of Harrington Park and the Demarest Garden Club. She was an Elder and served on the Consistory of the Reformed Church of Closter and chaired committees on worship and missions. Funeral service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. Donations may be made to the Women’s Club of Englewood Philanthropy Fund (

Krumm, Ronald C. Sr.

May 9, 1944 – March 8, 2019

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Ronald Charles Krumm Sr., a longtime resident of Tappan passed away peacefully on March 8, 2019 in the Bronx. He was born in the Bronx on May 9, 1944 to Frederick and Agnes (Rauch) Krumm. In 2004, Ron retired as a Master Sergeant from the US Army where he work as a procurement officer for over 20 years. Ron started his military career when he entered into the US Navy serving as a Navy Seal during the Bay of Pigs and the Vietnam War before he transferred to the US Army. He was a member of the American Legion John M. Perry Post No. 1044 in Sparkill. Ronald was an avid outdoorsman and sportsman.

He was predeceased by his wife, Theresa D’Antonio Krumm, who passed away in 2018. Ron is survived by his children, Ronald Charles Krumm Jr. and Kristen A. Kalafala and her husband Kerim; nephew Lou Liggio; sister Susan Krumm; grandchildren Adrianna Krumm, Alexis and Addison Kalafala; and many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was also predeceased his sister Catherine Liggio.

A Funeral Mass was held at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan with burial following at F. W. Loescher Veterans Cemetery in New Hempstead. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donation to the Disabled American Veterans in Ron’s memory would be great appreciated (

Galligan, Mary T.

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Mary T. Galligan (née Heneghan) passed into the hands of the Lord.

Loving wife to ‘her Valentine’, the late Edward Paul. Cherished Mother of Robert Galligan, Brian Galligan and Michael Galligan and the late Donna Galligan and Barbara Galligan. Beloved ‘Nana’ to Sean Galligan (Torey) and Ryan Galligan and Great
Grandmother to Alexa, Tori and Quade. She will be missed, but her faith, kindness,generosity and funny stories will be remembered always.

Mary was a long time resident of Closter, NJ. She received a Bachelor degree from Pace University and was employed at the Church of St. Mary (RC) for many years as a secretary in the rectory. She was fiercely devoted to her family, her church and to her community.

The Moritz Funeral Home in Closter were entrusted with funeral arrangements. A Funeral Mass was held at the Church of St. Mary, Closter.

O'Sullivan, Agnes

January 16, 1916 - March 4, 2019

Thorpe Village in Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Agnes O’Sullivan, 103, of Thorpe Village, Sparkill, New York passed away peacefully on March 4th with family by her side.

Agnes was born January 16, 1916 in Derrymore, Co. Kerry, Ireland to John Sullivan and Mary (Driscoll) Sullivan. She married her love Timothy O’Sullivan in February of 1944. After having twin girls, they made the move to America to join family and work hard for a better life.

Agnes is predeceased by her loving husband Timothy, daughter Maureen (Ken Sarvis), brothers Patrick, Michael and sisters, Mae, Helen and Josephine.

She is survived by daughters Eileen Fertig and Patricia (John) McAndrew; grandchildren, Cara Rice, Jill (John) Donovan, Timothy (April) Sarvis, Kristofer Fertig, Sean McAndrew and Patricia Fertig; great grandchildren, Michael, Chad, Maureen, Camryn, Ryan, Gabrielle and Eric. Along with so many nieces and nephews and those she considered extended family.

She was loved for kindness and generosity to so many and will be greatly missed.

Visiting took place at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers donations to the So. Orangetown Ambulance Corps, 70 Independence Ave., Tappan, NY 10983 would be appreciated (

Ungar, Gertrude Helen

July 23, 1928 – February 22, 2019

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Gertrude Helen Ungar of Closter, New Jersey passed away on February 22, 2019. The daughter of Elfrieda and Frederick Low, Gertrude was born July 23, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. They soon moved to Dumont, New Jersey, along with her older brothers Frederick Jr. and Edward. They were later joined by younger brother Robert and sister Elaine.

Gertrude grew up in Dumont and belonged to the Campfire Girls. She graduated from Dumont High School, where she performed in a school play and made friends with whom she kept in touch in her adult life.

Gertrude met Daniel Ungar Jr. of Bergenfield in a sweet shop. They married in 1949 and had two children, Daniel Edward Ungar and Donna Ungar Stubin. In 1956, they had a home built in Closter, where they lived the rest of their lives.

Gertrude was a loving, engaged wife and mother, counseling her children through their childhood triumphs and challenges. She came from a very close family and kept in close touch with her siblings and many of her cousins throughout her life. With Dan and their children, she went on long-treasured road trips to visit family, friends, and historic places. At home they hosted family at what Dan dubbed their "peasant picnics."
After high school, Gertrude worked as a bookkeeper in New York City and New Jersey. Known to her family as “Gert,” she became “Trudy” when she embarked on her working life. After taking time to see her children through middle school, she took a new career path as a medical assistant for over 30 years.

On cross-country tours as far as Michigan, Trudy and Dan took turns in the driver’s seat of several vintage automobiles, including the 1933 Pontiac in which her father had taught her to drive. They were active in a number of antique auto clubs and formed lasting friendships on tours, parades, and picnics.

Gertrude was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, where she served in several capacities and with Dan frequently ushered.

A friend to everyone she met, Gertrude always took pleasure in helping others. She would frequently invite friends over for holidays who might have otherwise spent the day home alone, and she never tired of bringing a meal to someone in need. The example that she set for her family will be fondly remembered and treasured always.

Gertrude was predeceased by her parents, husband, brothers Frederick and Edward, and sister Elaine. She is survived by her brother Robert (Margaret), her son Daniel E. (Eloise) Ungar, and her daughter Donna (Jeffrey) Stubin; by grandsons Michael (Georgette) Stubin, Gregory Stubin, Daniel Hugh Ungar, and granddaughter Melanie Ungar (Kevin Banda); by two great-grandsons and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation will be private; a memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Cabrera, Shirley M.

March 24, 1928 – February 14, 2019

Orangeburg and Cornwall, NY - Tappan Location

     Shirley M. Cabrera passed away at Nyack Hospital on February 14th surrounded by beloved family. She was the oldest daughter of Hilda and Louis Krebs. She grew up in Orangeburg, NY, and raised her family there. Later in life, she moved to Cornwall, NY where she enjoyed living on the shore of Beaver Dam Lake. She graduated from Haverstraw High School and worked for more than 20 years as a purchasing agent for Becton Dickinson Corp. Her 91 years were filled with stories and adventures.

     Shirley was predeceased by her first husband Donald Derfuss, second husband Paul Cabrera, and long-time companion Dr. Frederick Hoffman. She was also predeceased by her son Gregory Derfuss. Shirley is survived by her son Mark Derfuss, grandchildren Corey Derfuss, Jason Derfuss, and Emily Derfuss, and daughter-in-law Denise Derfuss, as well as her siblings Ronald Krebs, Nancy Fox, and nephews Timothy Krebs and Alfred Fox, and niece Kristin Jensen.

      A fiercely independent and feisty woman, Shirley had a zest for life. She loved to travel and visited many of her bucket list locations, including Australia, China, and Italy. She loved a good meal, her favorite was any meal she didn’t have to cook for herself. Shirley was an avid gardener who loved flowers and planting her garden each spring. She passed many pleasant hours reading a good book on the deck overlooking the lake. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and other family members whom she loved dearly. She was well-known for having a “to-do” list at the ready for anyone who stopped by. Shirley lived a full and interesting life on her own terms.

     A celebration of Shirley’s life was held at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Donations in Shirley’s name may be made to the Humane Society of Blooming Grove, 2741 Route 94, Washingtonville, NY 10992.

Mariano, Maureen

December 31, 1931 – February 19, 2019

Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of our Mom, Maureen Mariano, a resident of Thorpe Village in Sparkill who passed away peacefully on February 19, 2019 surrounded by her loved ones. She was born in Haverstraw on December 31, 1931 to Mary (née Kotulak) and Michael Anderson. She was predeceased by her husband Raphael C. Mariano, her sister Claire Bicknell (née Anderson) and her parents. She is survived by her children, Beth Ann Mariano of Raleigh, NC, Ellen Wedemeier (Shawn) of Blauvelt, Raphael M. of Mooresville, NC and her pretty princess Vero.; her grandchildren, Philip, Michelle, Andrea, Lauren, Ralph and Sammy; great-grandchild Jace; her brother Michael of Vero Beach, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

Born and raised in Haverstraw, Maureen worked for American Tobacco Co. in NYC as a stenographer before meeting the love of her life Raphael C. Mariano who owned Ralph’s Garage in Blauvelt. Maureen resided in sunny Florida for 12 wonderful years before moving back to NY to be near family. She loved traveling to her favorite spot, Aruba, and was a passionate Atlantic City traveler as well. Slots, numbers and bingo - those were her guilty pleasures. Maureen lived a quiet life surrounded by her family and loved ones.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt with burial following at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Haverstraw. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers donations to United Hospice of Rockland are appreciated (

Fedele, Concetta 'Connie'

Orangeburg, NY, formerly of Cliffside Park, NJ - Tappan Location

Concetta ‘Connie’ Fedele of Orangeburg, NY, formerly of Cliffside Park, NJ died peacefully on February 5, 2019. Born in Calabria, Italy to Gaetano Mangione and Giuseppina Macri. She came to the United States at the age of 16. She then began her lifetime career as an excellent seamstress.

She is predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Vincent Fedele and her grandson Rocco Parisi.

She is survived by her beloved daughter Domenica ‘Mickie’ and her son-in-law Frank Parisi, her grandson Vincent Parisi and his wife Janice, Christina Parisi (wife of the late Rocco Parisi) - all of Emerson, NJ, her great-grandchildren Frank Vincent and Bianca Parisi, her sisters Frances Cotroneo of Fort Lee, NJ and Domenica Zens of California, her nephews Vincent and Tom Cotroneo, her nieces Josephine Meftari, Concetta Giustra, Rose Lee and Donna Zagari, her many loving friends from Thorpe Senior Center in Sparkill, NY and the McGuire Senior Center of Northvale, NJ and Atria of Norwood, NJ.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt, NY. Entombment followed at Madonna Cemetery in Fort Lee, NJ. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY.

Lamadrid, Edward Eusebio

In Loving Memory

Edward Eusebio Lamadrid

January 13, 1933 - January 28, 2019

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Edward Lamadrid passed away January 28, 2019 in Rockleigh, New Jersey at 86 years of age.

He is survived by his wife of over 48 years, Marsha Lamadrid, his four sons, Edward, Lorenzo (Rouss), David (Carolyn) and Daniel (Veronica), his daughter, Gardenia (Thomas), his twelve grandchildren, Gelene, Jarryd, Jorgen, Jocelyn, Gianessa, Lorenzo, Maximilian, Paige, Isabella, Emma, Christopher and Havannah, his four great-grandchildren, Grant, Nadia, Jarryd Jr. and Knox Mila, his two brothers Victor and Ernesto, his three sisters, Evangelina, Elisa and Maria Elena, numerous nephews and nieces, and extended family members. Edward is predeceased by his brother, Enrique, and his sisters, Emma and Eva.

Edward was born in Jaguey Grande, Cuba, on January 13, 1933. After his father’s death in Cuba he immigrated to the United States and joined the U.S. Air Force where he achieved the rank of Airman First Class and was stationed in Greenland and Spain. He married Marsha in 1970. Throughout his professional career he focused on the accounting and financial service industry. He started or was a partner in multiple entrepreneurial businesses including accounting practices, international travel, wholesale coffee, and real estate businesses. He enjoyed staying active and working full time until the age of 85, and in his personal life was an avid gardener, enjoyed traveling, and spending time with his cherished family at home and across the country.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Edward’s names may be made to the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 106 Orangeburgh Road, Old Tappan, NY 07675 (

Sullivan, William A. Sr.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

William 'Bill' Sullivan passed away on Saturday, 1/26 suddenly but peacefully in the caring hands of the wonderful staff of the VA Community Living Centre, American Lake, Tacoma, Washington.

Bill was born to Timothy and Elizabeth Sullivan from County Cork Ireland, on September 24, 1923 on Manhattan’s West side.

Bill was a WWII D-Day Veteran and jumped into Normandy with the Army’s 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division on June  6, 1944. He was the A-Co. Radio Operator. He was awarded a Purple Heart during the war and presented with the French Legion d’Honor in Paris in June 2008.

Upon his return from the War, Bill married his wife, Lorraine (Ray) Sullivan and had five children – Lynne, who sadly passed in her sleep in 1969; William Jr. (Billy) Sullivan; Carol Clifford, Jean (Rench) Sullivan and Steven Sullivan. Bill was the proud Grandfather of Daniel (Rench) and Jack (son of Carol and Robert Clifford). Lorraine passed away in August of 1981 and continues to be missed.

Bill (Sully) worked as a cameraman for ABC, the American Broadcasting Company, for 40 years which led him to travel all over the world. He operated the camera for Broadcasts of the Olympic Games in places like London, Rome, Innsbruck, Tokyo, Grenoble and Calgary. Bill covered critical historic events for ABC, working as the cameraman at the White House, covering the activities of President John F. Kennedy’s family after his assassination in 1963. He also covered the Martin Luther King Jr march to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

Bill proudly received seven Emmy awards for his camera work at ABC.
In 1988, Bill met his second wife, Elizabeth, of more than 26 years at the media village in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1988. They were married in Ireland on November 26, 1992 surrounded by Elizabeth’s children Siobhan (Vipond) and Michael (Pettigrew). He was the proud Grandfather of Mariead (daughter of Siobhan and Todd Vipond), and beloved Uncle to Denise Anderson.

Bill led a full and eventful life, from founding and leading the Lawrence KS St Patrick’s Day Parade that raised more than $800,000 for local children’s charities, to returning to Normandy every year for more than 40 years to acknowledge and celebrate D-Day with his comrades and friends, especially (predeceased) Bob Murphy.

Viewing were held at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A Mass to celebrate Bill’s life was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt with burial following at Rockland Cemetery where he was laid to rest with his daughter, Lynne and first wife, Lorraine.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Society ( or a charity of your choice.

Lyrintzis, Theodore 'Teddy'

Formerly of Orangeburg and Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Theodore “Teddy” Lyrintzis passed into the hands of the Lord on January 24, 2019 at the young age of 46. Loving father to his three daughters, Anastasia, Paraskevi, and Angeliki. Eldest and dear son of Konstantinos and Fotini. Big brother and best friend to his only sibling Kristos. Proud papou of Konstantina and Diana. Uncle “Tiko” to his his niece Cascadia. Loved by Erini Fotopoulos (Thea). Dearest friend to Phil Griffo. Former husband and cherished friend of Kimberly Lyrintzis. Further survived by all friends and family. “Teddy”, “Ted”, “Theo”, what ever anyone knew him by, knew him as a great guy. Teddy was funny and loved to joke around. Even friends became family. His heart was so big, he openly welcomed everyone. Teddy was generous and kind His family and daughters meant the world to him. He had such a big personality. Everyone who knew Teddy loved him. He was a faithful and religious man He will forever be in all our hearts and missed each and every day. Teddy was a one of a kind man. May God keep him and bless always. A Funeral Service was held at the Saints and Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in West Nyack with burial following at Tappan Cemetery in Tappan. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.