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Hoyle, Joan Margaret

Old Tappan NJ - Closter Location

Joan Margaret Hoyle, née Stafford, of Old Tappan, NJ passed away on November 5, 2019 surrounded by family at the age of 92. Born in 1927 to Walter and Pearl Stafford, she was raised in Montreal, Canada and was a graduate of McGill University. She moved to the United States after meeting her husband of 55 years, Bill, who predeceased her in 2010.

Joan was an avid lover of nature who enjoyed spending time outdoors tending her garden, boat rowing, swimming and cycling. She was also devoted to her crafts, meticulously producing handmade English smocking and unique knitted sweaters. After retiring from the Old Tappan Board of Education, she frequently knitted items for donation and for the neo-natal unit at the local hospital.

Joan is survived by children Bruce, Karen and Peter, grandchildren Christopher and Brittany and daughter-in-law Kessa. A private family gathering will be held in her memory.

Donations can be made to The Valley Hospital Foundation or Special Olympics New Jersey.

Ochman, George Allan

Orangeburg, NY

George Ochman passed away peacefully at home on October 23, 2019.  George was born in Czechoslovakia to Josef and Stanislava Ochman. George was married to his beloved Patricia for 49 years. Together they raised three sons, Joseph (Gloria), James (Liz) and Thomas.  He was the proud grandfather of Isa, Sophia, Olivia, Will and Aria.  He is also survived by his loving sister, Georgine Leibowitz, and her son, Christopher Zamel.

George worked for Citibank for many years.  His last position was Director of International Purchasing.  He was a stained-glass artist and a gourmet cook.  He loved hockey, football, reading, Coronas and the U.S.A.  According to his wishes, there will be no funeral or viewing.  Instead, in the Spring there will be a Celebration of Life. 

Menezes, Thomas S.

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Thomas S. Menezes, 62, passed away on November 7, 2019 surrounded by wife and children. Born in India, he immigrated to the US in 1981 and was a Closter resident since 1992. Survived by dear wife, Angela. Loving father to Andrew and fiancé Kaitlyn and Tina. Also survived by many brothers and sisters. Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. Funeral Mass was celebrated at the Church of St Mary in Closter with burial following at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus.

Gilbride, Lorraine M.

Harrington Park, NJ - Closter Location

Lorraine Martha Gilbride, 79, of Harrington Park passed away on November 1, 2019. She was born on February 2, 1940 in Washington Heights in New York City to Robert and Agnus Fichter. Beloved wife of Bernard for 54 years. Cherished mother of Bernard Robert. Devoted and loving aunt and great aunt. Predeceased by her siblings Barbara Lee Galdi and Thomas Fichter. Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. Funeral Mass was held at St. Anthony’s Church in Northvale. Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY.

Cardenas, Raul R. Jr.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Raul R. Cardenas, Jr., passed away peacefully on October 24, 2019 after battling cancer for over three years. He was born in Galveston, Texas to Raul R. and Clementina (Munoz) Cardenas, Sr. on February 5, 1929. Raul got his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas. He later served in the US Army during the Korean War and was discharged as a 1st Lieutenant. After the war, he came to NYC and eventually earned a Masters and PhD degrees from NYU in Environmental Engineering. He was a professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York where he taught for many years. Raul put forth tireless efforts protecting the environment including wetlands.He is predeceased by his parents, his brothers Hugo and Omar and sister Carmen. He is survived by his wife Mary and his daughters Dee Cardenas (Alan Altimont) of Austin, Texas and Patricia, son Raul (Nancy) and granddaughter Clementina Altimont. He is survived by sisters Sylvia Mitchell and Nydia Kanski of San Antonio Texas and many nieces and nephews, former students and friends. The family received friends at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Mass was held at St. Anthony’s Church 199 Walnut Street, Northvale, NJ with burial following at the Rockland Cemetery In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Hi Tor Animal Shelter (www.hitor.org) or the Valley Hospice of Bergen County (www.valleyhealth.com).

Benning, Catherine Docherty

Haworth, NJ

Catherine Docherty Benning (nee Galloway) passed into her Lord’s hands on September 30th, 2019. Born August 6th, 1926 in Hoboken New Jersey, she was a longtime resident of Haworth, NJ until relocating to Richmond, VA in 2010.

Mrs. Benning was preceded in death by her beloved husband Frank J. Benning, parents Archibald Galloway and Mary Hughes Galloway, brother John, and her daughter Susan Mary Benning Hoag.

She is survived by her daughter Janet C. Benning Bartholf (Howard) of Richmond Virginia; son Frank J. Benning Jr (Julie) of Brewster MA; grandchildren Robert, Brian, Timothy, Paul, Ryan, Carly and Matthew. She is also survived by great grandchildren Isabella, Eve and Cooper.

Mrs. Benning was active for many years in the Vestry and ECW of the Church of the Annunciation in Oradell, NJ and as a volunteer at Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood, NJ. She also worked as a bookkeeper for Schaefer’s Gardens in Haworth and for Dr. Paul A. Insolera.

A memorial service was held at the Church of the Annunciation in Oradell.

Loniewski, Karen Ann

Tappan Location

Born in Yonkers, NY, Karen Ann (Nevin) Loniewski comes from a long-time Rockland family which settled in Blauvelt and the parish of St. Catharine in 1958. Karen graduated from St. Catharine’s elementary school, Blauvelt and Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia. She is also a graduate of Rockland Community College where she received her R.N. after serving as a head nurse at Nyack hospital, she began a second career as a nurse at the New York Telephone Company.

She was the devoted wife of her late husband, John Loniewski. She was also the loving mother of her twins, John Loniewski and Jennifer (Loniewski) George. In addition to her children, Karen is survived by her father, Emmet P. Nevin; brother Msgr. Emmet R. Nevin, brother Mark and wife Theresa, brother Jeffrey and wife Maureen, son-in-law Rev. Chris George; daughter-in-law Natalie, her five grandchildren (David, Evan, Andy. Emma and Nicholas) and a large number of nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

Karen and her family were longtime residents of Suffern where they raised their children. After leaving nursing, Karen later on enjoyed a career at the Suffern Library where she had many friends. She was an avid reader and a talented cook who loved preparing meals for her family, especially cookies for her grandchildren. Following her husband John’s death, Karen moved down south with her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were coordinated by the Moritz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial was be celebrated at Saint Catherine’s Church in Blauvelt. Interment was at F.W. Loescher Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in New Hempstead.

Manalili, Zenaida

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Zenaida Manalili (aka “Tita Zeny”) passed away peacefully surrounded by her caring family on Wednesday, October 10th 2019.

Tita Zeny, the daughter of Marcelina Elisa and Eusebio Manalili was born in the Philippines on December 19, 1939. The third of six all-female children, Tita Zeny spent her childhood always very close with her family where the strong belief and faith in the one True God, education and fun abounded. Upon finishing school and becoming a Certified Public Accountant, she served in one of the important government agencies and was employed in one of the most prestigious accounting firms in Manila. She decided to move to the United States to successfully pursue the American Dream by working very hard in various companies.

Tita Zeny was predeceased by her parents and her eldest sister, Ruth. She is survived by her supportive and loving sisters, Carol, Fe, Erlinda, Myrna and Maria Paz and will be greatly missed by her cherished nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
Tita Zeny was caring and selfless, consistently thinking of other people’s welfare and comfort. She was kind-spirited, always willing to share her time, wisdom and resources. Her genuine warmth, sincerity, and enthusiasm for all of life’s moments both large and small will continue to live on in the hearts of many, as anyone who came to know her came to love her. She will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be on Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church in Tappan. Burial followed at Tappan Reformed Church.

Mure, Joseph S.

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Joseph S. Mure, 94, of Closter passed away peacefully on October 6, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Son of the late Joseph and Jennie Mure. Predeceased by Vilma his dear wife.  Loving father of Glenn (predeceased), Scott (predeceased), and Cliff along with his wife Laurie, and daughter-in-law Kate (Scott). Best grandfather ever to Cassie, Allie, Jake, Joseph and Emily. Dear uncle to nieces and nephews. Joseph was born in the Bronx where he met many of his lifelong friends, was a Navy veteran of WWII serving proudly in the Pacific, raised his family in Closter and was an employee of Verizon (NY Bell) for 41 years. Joseph was loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him and will be greatly missed. 

Waldron, James Patrick

Palisades, NY - Tappan Location

James Patrick Waldron, a resident of Palisades, NY, passed away peacefully on October 3, 2019. James was born January 23, 1946 in the Bronx to Thomas and Esther Waldron.

James was happily married for 43 years to his wife Noreen (Kelly). Together they raised three sons, Thomas (Annaliese), Brendan (Katerina), and Patrick He was the proud grandfather of Niamh, Mark, and James. James was predeceased by his sister Katherine and survived by Patrick, Ann, Marty, and by many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.

James was also a very proud retired police officer from the 41st Precinct of the NYPD and loved his country.

The family received friends at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church.

Senger, Ruth

Tappan, NY - TappanLocation

Ruth Senger, a recent resident of Pearl River, passed away peacefully on October 1, 2019 at the Joe Raso Hospice Residence in New City. She was born on January 26, 1919 in Brooklyn to Adolf and Lillian Ziegler and was raised in the Bronx. Ruth was a member of the Crawford Memorial Methodist Church in the Bronx. Ruth, a homemaker, resided in Tappan for most of her life. She loved to sew and enjoyed knitting and making clothes for her family and she was also an avid bowler.

She was predeceased by her husband Alfred, who passed away in 1997 and her daughters, Ruth Kolb and Judy Dutra and her granddaughter Barbara Kolb. She is survived by her daughter Donna Pollock; her grandchildren Kim DiMauro (Anthony), Trisha Laszlo (Arpon), Kiera Pollock, Lance Kolb (Caroline), Craig Dutra (Laura) and Brian Dutra; seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, 10am at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Visiting hours will be Friday 5-8pm. Memorial donations may be made to the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 107 Orangebugh Rd., Old Tappan, NJ 07675 (www.princeofpeacenj.org) or a charity of one’s choice.

Coleman, Lillian

Tappan, NY

Lillian I. Coleman, 78, died of respiratory failure on September 15, 2019, at her home in Tappan, NY. She was born in Boston, MA, the daughter of Ronald and Laura Carmen (MacLaughlin) Little.

Lillian graduated from Hyde Park High School, Class of 1958. Following graduation, she attended the Massachusetts General Hospital Nursing School, which she finished in 1961. She married George Coleman in 1963 and eventually settled in Tappan. Lillian enjoyed cruising, needlework, reading and baking.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, and her two brothers, James and Ronald. Surviving her are her two daughters, Kristine Coleman and her husband John Halsey of Beaverton OR and Elizabeth Coleman of Alexandria VA. Additionally, she is survived by her sister Laura Little of Arlington VA and her sister-in-law Georgeana Little of Cambridge VT.

An open house was held at her home in Tappan. Those who wish to remember Lillian in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation (https://helenhayeshospitalfoundation.com).

O'Dwyer, Anne

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Anne O’Dwyer (née Marren) passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her adoring family on Friday September 13th, 2019.

Anne, the daughter of Catherine and Bartley Marren was born in Curracunane, Curry, Co. Sligo, Ireland on August 13th, 1937. The sixth of eight children, Anne spent her childhood on the family farm where love of family, faith, education and fun abounded. Upon finishing school, she moved to London in 1955 where she met her best friend and future husband, Michael. With a desire to explore the world, Anne joined TWA (Trans World Airlines) as a flight attendant which moved her to New York in 1963 and led to many adventures around the world for years to come.
In 1965, she and Michael married, and would make New York their home, initially in New York City before moving to Blauvelt, NY in 1980 where they raised their family. Her boundless energy shone through in her devotion to her family and involvement with her community both as a longtime parishioner of St. Catharine’s Parish, Blauvelt and as a member and past president of the St. Catharine’s School PTA. With all of her world travels and accomplishments, Anne was happiest experiencing life’s simple pleasures hand in hand with her loving husband, proudly watching her children grow and sharing in their achievements, welcoming her beloved son-in-law and daughter-in-law into the family, and celebrating the arrival of her five beautiful grandchildren. An ever-loving Grandma, Anne delighted in countless sleepovers at Grandma and Grandad’s house and giving never-ending hugs and cuddles.

Anne was predeceased by her brothers Hugh Marren and John Marren, and her sisters Teresa McDonnell, and Kathleen Toolan. She is survived by her devoted husband of 54 years, Michael, her daughter Maire Houston, son-in-law John, and their children, Maeve, Jack and Emma, and son Bartley O’Dwyer, daughter-in-law Cynthia, and their daughters Eveleen and Vivienne. She is also survived by her beloved sisters, Sr. Mary Marren, Peggy O’Sullivan, and Attracta McMullin and brother-in-law, Sean McMullin, and will be greatly missed by her cherished nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

Anne, Mom, Grandma, Auntie Anne had a unique ability to relate to people. She was a gracious listener, always willing to share her time and wisdom. Her genuine warmth, sincerity, and enthusiasm for all of life’s moments both big and small will live on in the hearts of many, as anyone who came to know her came to love her. She will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 17th from 2-4pm and 7-9pm and Wednesday, September 18th from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Moritz Funeral Home, 98 Route 303 South, Tappan, NY 10983 (845-359-0890).

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Catharine of Alexandria Church, 523 Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY 10913. Burial followed at Maryrest Cemetery, 770 Darlington Ave., Mahwah, NJ 07430.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Anne O’Dwyer to The Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA): https://give.ocrahope.org/give/186942/#!/donation/checkout?c_src=OCRAWeb&c_src2=WaystoGive

Nafash, Richard 'Dick'

Closter Location

Richard 'Dick' Nafash suddenly passed away on September 6, 2019. Born March 16, 1940. Devoted son of the late Dr. Shafeek and Emma Nafash. Loving husband of the late wife Patricia Nafash (1988). Loyal brother of the late Lynne Warnke.

Proud uncle and great uncle to Craig and David Warnke and their families. Many cousins and friends mourn his passing. He is survived by his current wife, Ellie.

Richard served in the United States Army. He also served his community well, volunteering in many capacities; especially the Republican Club, where he served as County Committee Chairman.

His dedication to the Republican party stretched from his town to the county into the state. He really enjoyed socializing with the members of the Boat Jumpers on Saturdays, sharing conversation and great lunches.

He graduated from the private schools of Dwight Englewood and Dwight Morrow in Englewood, NJ. He then went on to graduate from a university in Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in addition to a Masters Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

He had a long term employment with OLIN Industries where he served as Chemical Engineer, Troubleshooter and an expert in chemistry. His career afforded him the opportunity to travel around the world.

When Dick Nafash cared about you…you had a true friend.

A funeral service at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter with burial following at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus.

Zorn, Yancey E.

Closter Location

Yansey Elizabeth Zorn passed into eternal rest September 9, 2019. She was 97 years old. Yancey was born in Richmond, Virginia to Elizabeth and Francis McLaughlin. She was predeceased by her husband Paul C. Zorn Sr.

Yancey retired from McGraw Hill in New York City. She was married to the love of her life, Paul, for 29 years at his passing. Together they raised two children, Rev. Paul Zorn Jr. and Pamela Garcia.

She was a 40 plus year member of Eastern Star, most currently Tilden Chapter, long-time member of Demarest Baptist Church and loved spending time with family and so much more. Yancey enjoyed caring for people. She had a big, giving heart. She spent the majority of her life living in the New Jersey/New York area. In 2008 she moved to South Carolina to be near her daughter. She loved living in the Greenville area.

Yancey is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Danny Garcia of Taylors, SC, and son, daughter in-law, Paul and Terry Zorn of Greenville, NY, and grandsons, James and wife Chika of Kochi, Japan, Thomas Zorn and his wife Becca of Hewitt, NJ, Jonathan Zorn of Stony Point, NY and Paul Zorn III of Greenville, NY.

A Funeral Serive was held at the funeral home.

Giannuzzi, Lewis D. Jr.

Alpine, NJ - Closter Location

Giannuzzi, Lewis D. Jr, 93 lived in Alpine, NJ his entire life. Died Wednesday morning surrounded by his loving family. Lewis is survived by his loving wife, Georgette of 65 years. Son, Lewis D. Giannuzzi III “Pete" and wife Barbara. Daughters, Linda Lise Whitford and husband Richard “Dennis” Whitford and Ellen Mary Hickey. Also six grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

A WW II Army Veteran. Founding member of the Alpine Fire Department, a Grand Master of the Freemason, and former member of the Closter Lions Club. Lewis’s pride and joy was his Lou’s Getty Service Station in Closter, NJ. He owned and operated it since establishing the station in 1972 and it is still a family run business today. Lewis loved his customers and they loved him.

Visitation was held at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to American Cancer Society in Lewis’s name (www.cancer.org)

Clemente, Cesar S. Sr.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Cesar S. Clemente Sr. was born on September 26, 1932 in Tarlac Philippines. He died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on August 18, 2019.

He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Rosita, his brother, Rudy, his children along with their spouses Cesar Edwin Jr. and Lina, Mariza and Brian, Mae and Kevin, and Mylene and Orlando. He was blessed with grandchildren, Christopher and Jessica, Christian and Christina, Curtis, Coleton, Brian, Naomi, Tyler, Alyxandra, Jessica, Pierce, Kevie, Danny and Michelle, Sabrina and Sarah as well as two great-grandchildren, Jaiden and Gabrielle. He began his accounting career in the Philippines with State Bonding Insurance Company and continued until retiring from NYS Insurance Department Liquidation Bureau at the age of 72.
He enjoyed spending time with his family who he was truly devoted to.

Family received friends at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan A Funeral Mass was held at 10am at St. Catharine of Alexandria Church in Blauvelt with burial following at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY.

Gardeski, Joseph J. Jr.

Closter Location

Joseph J. Gardeski Jr. left this world to join the love of his life in Heaven on August 15, 2019. He will be remembered and adored forever as a devoted son, brother, husband, father, and Papa and the example of a true and humble gentleman. Joe was born on September 22, 1929, to Hazel and Joseph J. GardeskiSr. of East Kingston, NY. He graduated from Kingston High School and Union College with a B.S. in Civil Engineering before joining the Army Corp of Engineers. A proud Veteran who loved his country, Joe was Honorably Discharged from the Army after serving in Korea and accepting a commission as Second Lieutenant. Joe was a business executive in the construction industry who spent more than 40 years building roads, bridges, and highways along the northeastern United States, most especially in NY, NJ, and CT. His successful career was only surpassed by the life he built with his beloved wife Jean as a husband and father. Joe was a rock of dependability, quietly and enormously strong, and always there when needed. A man of character and integrity, he provided a wonderful role model for his family. True to his Catholic faith, Joe was honest as the day is long, respectful of all, and constantly considered others before himself. Always quick to volunteer, he invested many years of community service with the Knights of Columbus, Boy Scout Troop 63, the Closter Swim Club, and St. Mary RC Church. Joe and Jean shared 65 years of marriage before her passing in May 2018. They raised 5 children who remain ever grateful and proud to call him "Dad." Surviving are Joseph J. Gardeski III, his wife Donna, and children Joseph J. Gardeski IV and fiancée Shannon, Tim O’Malley, Brian and Jade O’Malley, and granddaughter Evie; Gail O’Neill, her husband Tim, and children Ryan Mott, Allison O’Neill, and Jennifer O’Neill; Lisa Booth and Brian Booth, and children Kyle Booth and fiancée Emily, Kelly Booth, and grandson Christopher Cuomo; Carolyn MacPherson, her husband Patrick, and children Kathryn MacPherson, James MacPherson, and Alexander MacPherson; and Christina Gardeski, her husband Paul Mores, and children Paul Joseph (P.J.) and Nathaniel. 

Joe was predeceased by his wife Jean H. Gardeskiand sister Lorraine LaRocca. He is also survive by brother Raymond Gardeski and sister-in-law Fran, brother Donald Gardeski, and generations of nieces, nephews, cousins, and former colleagues, many of whom he still remembered to call on their birthdays decades into his retirement.

Visitation was at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. Funeral Mass was held at the Church of St. Mary in Closter.

We love you, Pop… a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck. Always.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Joe’s memory to: The Trustees of Columbia University Dr. Joseph Jurcic Leukemia Research, 161 Fort Washington Avenue, Garden Level, New York, NY 10032 or The American Cancer Society (https://donate3.cancer.org/).

Barbara Ann Gill Porta Hutchinson

Tappan Location

Barbara Ann Gill Porta Hutchinson, was born October 17, 1925 to Elinor Amalia (née Gern) and Harrison Williams Gill, in Manhattan, New York. She died peacefully in her home at the age of 93 on August 7, 2019.

An early environmental activist, teacher, artist and photographer, Porta Hutchinson held a BFA from The Chicago Art Institute and later earned an additional degree in Environmental Science.

After the stock market crash of 1929 the Gill family moved from Riverside Drive in Manhattan to Norwalk and Ridgefield Connecticut where Barbara’s love of the natural world and animals was nurtured and formed.

She was the primary catalyst in saving Clausland Mountain from being developed as chairwoman of “Save the Mountain” committee, which resulted in a large land donation to The Palisades Interstate Park Commission.

Porta Hutchinson served as the first Executive Director of The Rockland County Environmental Management Council for over 10 years at The Robert L. Yaeger Health Center, Pomona retiring in 1986 after the death of her first husband Vincent Anthony Porta, a WW II veteran, artist and prominent NY Textile Designer.

In the 1960’s and ‘70’s Barbara Porta Hutchinson chaired successful grass-roots organizations preventing channelization of flood plains and tributaries in the Hudson River region and serving as Chairwoman of the Sparkill Creek Watershed Protection Agency. She was the first Councilwoman elected to The Orangetown Town Council (in 1973) where she laid the groundwork for state laws protecting our local wetlands from development. Prior to this, Porta Hutchinson developed the photography program at the Rockland Country Day School in Congers, NY., and worked as a commercial photographer and illustrator. For many decades she was also an active member of the Orangetown Democratic Committee.

Barbara married Joseph Hutchinson in 1987 and moved from her Tappan, NY home to St. Petersburg, Florida, happily traveling the world, until Joseph’s death in 2007, later returning to Rockland County, NY.

She is survived by her sister Elinor G. Vandergriff of Medina Texas, daughter, Siena Gillann Porta and son-in-law Robert C. Dell, son David Malcolm Porta, grandsons Robert C. Dell, Terrence E. Dell and Malcolm V. Dell and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and visitation was held at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Flowers or a donation in Barbara Porta Hutchinson’s name to United Hospice of Rockland gratefully accepted (https://www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Joyce, Patrick Edward III

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Patrick Edward Joyce, 78, passed away peacefully on August 8, 2019 at the Veterans Home in Montrose, NY. He was born in Brooklyn to Patrick Edward II and Bridie Joyce on January 3, 1941. Eddie served in the US Navy before being honorably discharged. He was a proud member of the Lithographer’s Union in New York City. Eddie was also a member of Knights of Columbus Council of Piermont.

He is survived by his brother, Robert F. Joyce; his nephew Kevin Serpico and his niece Joyce Ann Scalzo; and many close friends. Eddie was predeceased by his sister Mary Margaret and Barbara Ann.

Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Tappan followed by a private cremation. Visiting hours were at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donation to the Vietnam Veterans of America would be greatly appreciated (https://vva.org).

Hunt, Jeremiah 'Jerry'

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Jeremiah (Jerry, Butch) Hunt, a prince among men, 50 of Tappan, NY passed away after a brave and prolonged battle with cancer on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Jerry died at his home in the loving and comforting embrace of his family. Jerry was born on January 19, 1969 in New York, NY to Jeremiah and Monica (Cannon) Hunt. He was raised and educated in the Bronx, at St. Philip Neri and Cardinal Spellman High School. Jerry also met the love of his life, Sarah Ernau in the Bronx in 1986 and they would later marry in 1994. Jerry and Sarah were fortunate to have recently renewed their wedding vows and celebrate their 25th Anniversary surrounded by family and loved ones. After high school, Jerry worked in construction, often working alongside his father. In 1994 Jerry joined the NYPD Transit Division and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2001. Jerry retired from the job he loved in 2011. Jerry later was employed as a Special Inspector for the MTA on the Select Service bus line, where he remained until his illness prevented him from continuing in 2018.

Jerry is predeceased by his beloved mother, Monica and is survived by his devoted father, Jeremiah, his loving wife, Sarah, his cherished children, daughters Miah and Julia and sons Liam and Ronan, his devoted siblings, Ann and Vinny Polimeni, Brendan and Juliet Hunt, Larry and Jennifer Hunt and Christine Arellano, as well as his dedicated in-laws, Jessica Ernau, Katey and Jim Fleig, Robby and Carolyn Ernau, Matthew Ernau and adoring mother-in-law Kathleen Carroll. Jerry was also very proud of all 18 of his wonderful nieces and nephews. Jerry will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by countless family, friends, colleagues and neighbors, who are heart stricken by the enormity of their great loss.

A Mass of Christian Burial wias held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church followed by burial at Tappan Cemetery. Visitation was held at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center for cancer research (https://www.nyp.org).

Tonhazy, Regina Broedel

Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Mrs. Regina B. Tonhazy, a longtime resident of Dowling Gardens in Sparkill, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2019.

Mrs. Tonhazy previously resided in Queens and was a secretary at St. John’s University before retiring.

She was predeceased by her husband Frank; and her three brothers and six sisters.

Mrs. Tonhazy is survived by her children, Ellen Keller, Jane Kohn, Barbara Ferguson, Frank, Peter and Kathy Kelly. She is also survived by her sister Dorothy Carnelia, 11 grandchildren, seven great granddaughters and two great grandsons.

A Funeral Mass was held Thursday, 11am, at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan.

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

Poppe, Edwin William Jr.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Edwin William Poppe Jr., a longtime resident of Tappan passed away peacefully on July 19, 2019 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern. He was born in the Bronx to Edwin Sr. and Mary (Nowicki) Poppe. He served in the US Army and afterwards Ed Jr. became a police officer for the NYPD. Ed Jr. retired from the 34th Precinct after 20 years. He was also a member of the Building Engineers Union Local 30 at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan for 20 years before retiring. Ed Jr. was a parishioner of the Our Lady Sacred Heart Church in Tappan.

Ed Jr. was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Ellen, who passed away in 2011.

He is survived by his children, Patricia Miller and her husband Steven and Edwin III and his wife Pamela; his grandchildren, Michael, Alexandra, Jack and Taryn; and his sister Barbara Goldsmith and her husband Allan.

Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Tappan with interment following at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY. Visiting hours were at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donation to the American Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated (www.cancer.org).

Stellwag, August 'Gus'

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

5/10/31 – 7/10/19

Most of his friends called him Gus!

Born in the Bronx, only child of Elizabeth (Boylan) and August (Al) Stellwag, he graduated from Our Lady of the Angels Elementary School, Fordham Prep, Fordham University, and Columbia University. He enjoyed all his educational experiences, so it was not surprising that he became a High School English Teacher and, after 20 years, he went back to Graduate School and became a School Librarian.

His teaching career began in Salesian High School in New Rochelle and, years later, Fordham Prep.

In 1961, he married the love of his life, Anna Costello Stellwag, and moved to Orangeburg in Rockland County. While in Fordham College, he participated in the ROTC Program and subsequently joined the Army as a Lieutenant in Korea (1953-55).

August loved to read, write (e.g. the History of St. Catharine’s Church), short wave radio, reminiscing with his boyhood friends Arthur and Charlie, Packanack Lake, movies and music of the Forties and Fifties.

August is survived by his wife, Anna; his nieces Mary Catherine Roche, Patti Vitarelli, Eileen Portelance; his nephews, Matthew James Costello, Kevin Costello, Steven Costello, and their families.

Visiting hours will be held at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan on Friday, July 12th, from 4-7pm, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Catharine’s Church, 523 Western Highway in Blauvelt on Saturday, July 13th, at 9:30am. Burial will follow in Rockland Cemetery, 201Kings Highway in Sparkill.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Fordham Preparatory School's Scholarship Fund, Attn: Alumni Office, 441 E. Fordham Rd., Bronx, NY 10458 (https://www.fordhamprep.org/page.cfm?p=5704).

Winters, Nancy L.

Myrtle Beach, SC, formerly of Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Nancy L. Winters (formerly of Closter, NJ), age 84, passed away on June 27, 2019 peacefully surrounded by her family. Survived by her beloved husband of 60 years Donald. Three children, Cynthia Fullman and husband Peter of Myrtle Beach, James Winters and wife Dorine of Harrington Park, NJ, and Susan Lutz of Cincinnati, OH. Five grandchildren, Keith (his fiancé Carin and her daughter Makena), Alyssa, Christine, Allyson and Lily and her latest joy, her great-granddaughter Harper. Also survived by three nieces, Barbara, Joanne & Karen Kessler.
Nancy was first and foremost a Wife, Mother and Grandmother. She served as a Brownie troop leader, belonged to Closter Woman’s Club, The Red Hat Ladies Society, involved with the Tenafly Methodist Church and later Community Church of Harrington Park and served along side her husband with Bergen-Rockland National Railway Historical Society. She loved traveling with Don during retirement and all the conventions and train rides as Don served as a National Director making so many friends along the way. Visitation Thursday, July 11, 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Moritz Funeral Home, 348 Closter Dock Rd. in Closter (201-768-4200). A Service of Remembrance Friday, July 12,10am at The Community Church of Harrington Park, 1 Spring St., Harrington Park, NJ. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Community Church of Harrington Park or Closter Volunteer Fire Department.

Hanson, Noreen T.

Orangeburg, NY, recently of Lindenhurst, NY - Tappan Location

Noreen Hanson, 56, was born in Queens, NY to the proud parents of Mary and Robert Hermansen on August 13, 1962. She was the first of six children. Noreen attended school at St. Patrick’s Catholic Academy as a child and graduated from St. Joseph Hill Academy High School.

Noreen met the love of her life, Scott Hanson, when she was just 20 years old and they were married less than two years later on September 23, 1984. They would have celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary this year. Six children resulted from their loving union.

Noreen dedicated her life to her family and her beloved pets. She enjoyed spending her time celebrating the accomplishments of others, staying up to date on current events, cruising and dancing with her life partner on their boat the Irish Viking II, walking on the beach with her dogs, and playing with and reading to her grandchildren. She was welcoming, loving, kind, and would always do anything she could to help. She touched the lives of many and will be dearly missed.

Noreen parted with this world on July 6, 2019. She is survived by her loving husband, Scott; six children, Heather, Scott, Shannon, Sean, Kristin, and Brian; son-in-law Michael and daughter-in-law Jessica; two cherished grandchildren, Kennedy and Fallon, and one on the way; her mother Mary; her five siblings: Donna, Shirley, Christine, Robert, and Timmy as well as a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

A Funeral Mass was held at the Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Hafermalz, Emma

New Windsor, NY - Tappan Location

Emma Von Spreckelson Hafermalz was born on August 25, 1919 in Osterbruch, Germany. She sailed to the U.S. with her husband, Hans Hafermalz (1993) and two young children in 1955. Emma was known for being a great cook, took pride in keeping a pristine home, and loved flowers, music and dancing.

She was the beloved mother of Helmut Meyer and Karin Adaniel and is also survived by her two granddaughters, Stephanie Zacharias and Christina Adaniel and two great-granddaughters, Paloma Zacharias and Emma Molina-Adaniel.

Rest In Peace, sweet Oma.

A service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Visiting hours will be Monday, 5-9pm.

Stefl, Jerrold

Pomona, NY - Tappan Location

A creative artist, a loving husband and father, Jerrold Stefl made his transition peacefully June 24.

Survived by his devoted wife Virginia Puzon, his daughter Sarah Madole and granddaughter Alexandria Madole of Florida and his sister-in-law Julianne Puzon of Hawaii.

Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY.

in lieu of flowers, donations to the Hi-Tor Animal Care Center would be greatly appreciated (https://www.hitor.org).

Smith, Margaret Kathryn

Piermont, NY - Closter Location

Margaret Kathryn Smith of Piermont died June 26, 2019 at the age of 90. She was born to Charles and Margaret (Brady) Smith. She was a life-long resident of Piermont and a parishioner of St John's RC Church. Kathryn, as she was known, served two tours of
duty with the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service in Europe and the Middle East, followed by a 30 year career with the IBM Corporation. Kathryn served Piermont as town councilwoman. She was instrumental in creating the Town Playground and the
Pier Little League Field.

Kathryn is survived by two brothers, William and Robert, two sisters, Jean Alfieri and Gertrude Daly, and twenty nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by another brother, Charles (Carl).

Friends and relatives gathered at the Moritz Funeral Home, 348 Closter Dock Rd, Closter, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial was said at St John's RC Church, 895 Piermont Avenue, Piermont followed by burial at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Empire Hose Co., 554 Piermont Avenue, Piermont, NY 10968

Egan, Liam

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Liam Egan, of Tappan, NY and New Port Richey, FL (formerly Yonkers, NY), passed away at home June 24, 2019. Liam was born in Birr, County Offaly, Ireland to Joseph and Mary (Walsh) Egan. Liam was a New York City firefighter for 28 years and retired from Ladder Company 39, in the Bronx. He was a proud bagpipe player with the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums.

Liam is predeceased by his beloved wife Alice Rose (Hughes) Egan. He is survived by his devoted children, Brendan (Rose Marie Viqueira), Liam, Brian and Margaret (Stanley Hayes). He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren Orla, Sorcha and Declan and his sister Nancy and brother Tony; he is predeceased by his siblings John, Lill, Joe, Jim, Mick, Mary and Joan.

Visiting hours were at the Mortiz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY. A Funeral Mass was held at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan, NY. Burial followed at Tappan Reformed Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums (https://ufanyc.org/funds/scholar.php) and UFA of Greater NY (https://ufanyc.org).

Garjian, Virginia P.

Apine, NJ - Closter Location

Virginia Panosian Garjian, of Alpine, passed away June 23, 2019. Predeceased by beloved husband George. Survived by her devoted son Paul, many cousins, close friends, and relatives. Before retirement Virginia was an educator for many years.

Funeral Service was at St. Leon Armenian Church,12-61 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn. Interment followed at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus. Visitation was at the church.

Arrangements by Moritz Funeral Home in Closter (201-768-4200).

Murphy, Jack

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

April 8, 1936 – June 15, 2019.

Jack died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Queens to Mary and James Murphy. He graduated from Power Memorial and joined the US Air Force. After his military service, he worked for IBM for 35 years as a system analyst. Upon retiring, he was devoted to his grandchildren who were the pride of his life. He was on active member of the American Legion and the Closter Elks.

Jack is survived by his wife of 59 years and the love of his life, Mary Rigney. His children; Michael (Helen), Robert, Maura (Joseph) DeCristafaro and his grandchildren; Peter, John, Julie, Katie, Annie and Ellie.

Jack was predeceased by his parents and siblings; Mary, Julia, James, Daniel and Sr. Julia Mary Murphy.

Funeral Mass was held at St. Therese in Cresskill with burial following at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter. 

Dillon, Donald J.

Garnerville, NY - Tappan Location

Donald Dillon, formerly of Garnerville , NY, passed away Friday, June 14th, age 93.

He is survived by sons, Neill Dillon of New City, NY and Tim Dillon of Middletown, NY.

Visiting hour will be at the Moritz Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 18th, from 11am-1pm.

A Funeral Mass was held Tuesday at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Sparkill.

Burial with military honors at F.W. Loescher Veteran Cemetery in New Hempstead, NY followed.