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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 (www.princeofpeacenj.org).

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 (www.alz.org) 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.

Strepparava, Dina C.

Northvale, NJ - Closter Location

Dina C. Strepparava of Northvale, NJ, born April 12th, 1967, died suddenly on the morning of Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at the age of 51. She grew up a resident of Closter, NJ and graduated from Northern Valley Demarest in 1986. She had a long love for the area she grew up in - working in local banks, and companies through the Northern Valley with her last place of employment being Avalon Eyewear in Northvale, NJ. She had a great love for the Jersey shore, where she had her beach house in the Breton Woods section of Brick, New Jersey. She would spend much of her free time entertaining at the house, going on boat rides up and down the river, and sunbathing at Brick Beach 1 or at the community pool. She would attend many events at the community clubhouse, where she would show off her love of cooking.

Dina is survived by Robert Dudas of Northvale, NJ. She was also fur mommy to Archie; stepmom to Robert, Nicole, and Cheryl Dudas; nana to RJ, Donavan, and Nicholas Dudas; sister to Licia Dickerson and Richard Strepparava and sister-in-law to Donald Dickerson and Karen Seagaard. Dina was a loving aunt to Leah Dickerson Morris, Bradley Dickerson, Andrew Strepparava, Joseph Strepparava, Olivia Strepparava, and Charlie Strepparava and a long time friend of Christine, Melissa, Kathy, Susan and Emilia. Dina’s friends and family will miss her dearly.

McCluskey, Sarah 'Sadie'

Sparkill, NY, formerly of Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother. Sarah (Sadie) McCluskey was called home by God on January 12, 2019. She passed peacefully in her sleep at her home.

Born in 1936 in Emyvale, County Monaghan, Ireland. The eldest daughter of seven children, Sadie left Ireland in 1954 to join her oldest brother in New York. She soon found work as a switchboard operator for TWA, and later found her life-long love, another Monaghan native. In 1958 she married James (Jim) and lived in the Bronx and later, Orangeburg, where together they raised four sons. Sadie was predeceased by Jim in 2004, and is survived by her four children, John (Meg) of Lincoln, MA, Jimmy (Terri) of Orangeburg, Philip (Heidi) of Plainfield, IL, and Colin (Kim) of Denver, CO, as well as grandchildren Aileen, James, Deirdre, Emily, Brendan, Sarah, Russell, and Cassie. She is also survived by her sister Clare (Monaghan, Ireland), and brother Kenneth (Vancouver, Canada).

Sadie enjoyed sewing, gardening, knitting, her time driving and working at Toddler Playpen Nursery School and living in Florida. She was famous for her apple pie and taught her grandchildren how to make a fabulous Irish soda bread. Most of all she loved and enjoyed her family and her home.

Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to United Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956 (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Bouthillier, Janet

Tenafly, NJ - Closter Location

Janet (Dane) Bouthillier, 60, of Tenafly, NJ passed away on January 6, 2019 after a courageous battle against a fast moving and aggressive cancer. Beloved wife of Paul for over 31 years. Predeceased by her loving parents Robert and Vera Dane of Closter. Sister to Ken Dane and twin sister to Jean (Dane) Nonenmacher and her husband John. Paul and his family, Peter, David, Marc, Mary, Anne brother-in-laws Ray and Mark and nieces and nephew Amy, Jessie, Emily and Evan as well as lifelong friends Sharon, Pam, Amy and Lisa will cherish the time they all had with her and will keep her spirit alive in our memories. Janet was loved by all and our hearts are forever broken.

Janet was born in Hoboken, NJ and grew up in Closter, NJ. She worked for Green Mtn. Tours, Englewood Hospital and Valley Hospital for 32 years which is where she met her husband Paul. She was supportive of her family and friends in times of need over the years and she shared so much with her twin sister Jean. Janet was proud of her home/ garden and she cherished the neighborhood in which she lived. We all loved her and will be so dearly missed. Janet loved to host parties and barbeques. A glass of wine was always at the ready and she was famous for her cheese cake cupcakes.

A celebration of life was held at Moritz’s Funeral Home in Closter. In lieu of flowers a donation to Holy Name Hospice or your favorite charity in honor of Janet is suggested.

Collier, Dolores

Old Tappan, NJ - Closter Location

Loving wife of the late Thomas Charles. Cherished Mother of Mary and Noel Muniz, Dr. Thomas and Malou, Trish and Charlie Carrigan, Christopher and the late Susan and Timothy. Dear sister of Eileen and the late Andrew Collier. Beloved grandmother of Chris Collier, Matthew Muniz, Tim Greer and Emily Greer Borisenok, and John, Charlie, Tom and Patrick Carrigan.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at the Church of St. Mary in Closter. Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY.

McGillicuddy, Daniel

Thorpe Village, Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Mr. Daniel McGillcuddy, of Thorpe Village in Sparkill, passed away on January 5, 2019 after a brief illness

A Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan.

Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Rienzo, Rudolph

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Archimete Rodolfo “Rudy” Rienzo passed away at James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx on January 5, 2019, at the age of 94.

Rudy was born to Angiolina Acletina and Domenico Rienzo on April 12, 1924 in Manhattan.

He met Pasqualina “Lena” (D’Amico) Rienzo, wife of 61 years, in New York City. They married on June 23, 1951. Together they raised four children, Dominick, Rudy, Richard and Carol Ann. After living in the Bronx for nearly 20 years, the family moved to Spring Valley and later, Monsey.

Rudy served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a teletype operator and worked as a concrete mason with the Cement and Concrete Workers Union, Local 20.

Jovial, tenacious, and passionate about causes close to his heart, Rudy enjoyed strong black coffee, cooking, gardening, paddleball, handball and listening to Italian singers like Pavarotti. He also enjoyed collecting old things and giving them new life. Rudy shared his humor and zest for life with his grandchildren, Deidre, Patrick, Christopher, Samantha and Jason, and great-grandchild, Avalina.

Viewing was held at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A Mass to celebrate his life was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: James J. Peters VA Medical Center, 130 W. Kingsbridge Rd., Bronx, NY 10468.

Clarke, June

Old Tappan, NJ - Closter Location

June Clarke, of Old Tappan, passed away December 25, 2018 with her daughters by her side.

Predeceased by her parents, Kenneth and Amelia Mackey; June’s beloved husband Thomas S. Clarke; children, Cheryl and Thomas; and brother Herbert Mackey.

Devoted mother of Carol Donnelly (Bob) and Judy Clarke O’Donnell (late James). Loving grandmother of Alison Donnelly Eliasof (Ryan), Michael Cataraso (Stephanie), Christopher Cataraso (Madeline), Jefferey Cataraso (Rachel), Pam Donnelly Esterbrook (John) and Paul Donnelly (Inga) and families. Also survived by brothers Kenneth and Richard Mackey.

Longtime member of the Harrington Park Community Church.

Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter.

Funeral Service was held at the Community Church of Harrington Park with burial following at Mount Repose Cemetery in Haverstraw, NY.

Higgins, Catherine T.

Thorpe Village, Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Catherine Theresa Higgins, born on January 20, 1929 in New York City to Patrick and Sarah McHugh, passed peacefully into eternal life on December 28, 2018 at the Joe Raso Hospice Residence in New City.

Catherine married Gerard Higgins on June 10, 1950 at Guardian Angel Church in Manhattan. They later moved to New Jersey where they raised two daughters. They were married 30 years until Gerard passed on August 10, 1980.

Catherine worked in retail at various stores including Holthausen’s Department Store and Mandee’s. She also worked at McGuire Chevrolet in North Bergen, NJ. After Gerard’s death, Catherine moved to Thorpe Village in Sparkill where she lived for over 25 years participating in many activities that Thorpe Village had to offer.

Catherine is survived by her daughters, Sarah Colgan (Thomas) and Veronica Fernandez (Peter); her five grandchildren, Jennifer Myers (David), Kristi Bothe, Thomas Colgan (Diana), Brendan Colgan (Erica) and Ryan Colgan; and her four great-grandchildren, Sean Myers, Thomas, Jane and Clara Colgan. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Marilyn McHugh, and numerous devoted nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Catherine was predeceased by her great-granddaughter Breanna Frye; her siblings, Anna Dooley, Sarah Dougherty, Agnes Toltin, Veronica, John, Joseph and James McHugh.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at the Sacred Heart Chapel at Thorpe Village in Sparkill with burial following at Forest Green Cemetery in Morganville, NJ. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. In lieu of flowers Catherine’s family suggests donations to United Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956-3505 (www.hospiceofrockland.org), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 (www.stjude.org) or a charity of your choice.

Taccetta, Joseph

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Joseph (Giuseppe) Philip Taccetta passed on to eternal life on Thursday, December 27th surrounded by his family that he loved so much. Joe grew up in the Bronx where he met the love of his life, Madeline Esposito. They were wed on January 2, 1948. Joe and Madeline moved to Tappan in 1966 and became active in the community. He served as President of the South Orangetown Republican Committee and was an Election Inspector for many years. Joe had his own dental laboratory which he ran until he “retired” at the age of 84. Although retired, Joe continued his tinkering with all types of mechanical devices from lawn mowers to vacuum cleaners. He truly was a “Jack of all trades.”

Joe is survived by his wife Madeline, brother-in-law Ed Wilson, son Joseph (Teresa), daughter Diane Vogt (Steven), and daughter Christine Mercurio (Anthony). He is affectionately known as Grandpa to Nicole Taccetta, Danielle Tyson (Brett), Jessica Contino (David), Peter John Graziano, Amanda Kaplan (Stephen), Joseph Mercurio (Marissa), Anthony Mercurio (Nicole), and Jenni-Ann Mercurio. Joe relished being the Great Grandpa to Lucas Joseph and Piper Rose.

A Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan on Monday, December 31st, 10am. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY.

D'Albora, Victor

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

On December 21, 2018 Victor D'Albora died peacefully in the home that he cherished. Victor was born on November 26, 1918 in Brooklyn, NY to Annette and Thomas D'Albora. He graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in 1936. He served in the Army during World War II from 1941 thru 1944 when he was honorably discharged.

He would spend summers with his childhood friend; Ernest Ferraris picking tomatoes on Handwerg's farm in Blauvelt. It was here that he met Pearl Mariani, who he married in 1945. He is survived by his beloved daughters Virginia Carmen (William) and Pamela McClain (Vincent) and his granddaughter Ashley McClain and sister in law Irene Ferraris (Ernest). He was predeceased by his wife Pearl, sister Amelia, sister in law Edna, brothers in law Ernest and Alfred.

In 1960, after working in Manhattan as a machinist, he and Ernest bought The Scoop, a Blauvelt landmark and in the 20 years that they owned it, they made hundreds of lifelong friendships as well as having a lasting impact on the generations of children who passed through the its doors.

Victor was an avid model railroader, having been published in the Dec., 2018 issue of Model Railroader magazine. He could always be found in his basement adding to his massive train layout. His love of trains led him to mentor fellow railroad enthusiasts who became lifelong friends, especially Ken Karlewicz, John Prizzi and Allan Seebach. Victor also had a great love of animals; always finding injured wildlife and nursing them back to health.

Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Catharine's R.C. Church in Blauvelt, NYwith entombment following at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Putnam Valley, NY. In lieu of flowers a donation to Hi Tor Animal Care Center Inc. (www.hitor.org) or United Hospice of Rockland (www.hospiceofrockland.org) will be appreciated.

Reinoso, Estelie Filizardo

A Memorial Service was held at the New City United Methodist Church located at 76 Congers Road, New City, New York 10956

Rattner, Nancy Anne Strider

It is with immeasurable sadness that we inform you that our wonderful mother, Nancy Anne Rattner, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her home on Sunday December 2nd, 2018.

She is survived by her three loving children, Linda, Billy and Lisa, their spouses, Hubert, Jessica and Mark, and her three grandchildren, Lucy, Beatrice and Jean-Joseph, sister-in-law Delores, and her canine ‘grandchild’ Rufus.

She could not have been more loved by her children, grandchildren, brothers, sister, and friends, nor could she have loved us all more. She lived for our happiness and devoted her entire life to that goal. Her intellectual curiosity inspired us all. She was constantly learning, reading, and questioning the world as it changed around us. We carry this spirit with us in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to suggest donations be made in her memory to Doctors Without Borders (www.doctorswithoutborders.org).

VanSise, Maryellen

Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Maryellen Merritt VanSise, 55 years old, born in Yonkers, NY and currently lived in Sparkill, NY, died at home on December 9th, 2018 surrounded by her family and friends. She is survived by her husband Craig, daughters Stephanie and Marissa, mother Irene Merritt, sisters Kathy Merritt, Janet Gebert, Karen Grizzaffi, and her lifelong friends Pat Pisano and Iris Greenberg. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Family and friends were invited to Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan for visitation. Private cremation to follow.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Colon Cancer Coalition (https://coloncancercoalition.org/donate/) or United Hospice of Rockland (www.hsopiceofrockland.org).

Kearney, Mary K.

Thorpe Village in Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Mary K. Kearney, 94, of Sparkill, formerly of Yonkers and Cold Spring, passed away on December 9, 2018. Mary was born in Yonkers to Patrick and Margaret Treanor on August 14th, 1924. Mary Katherine is predeceased by her loving husband Patrick, her daughter Mary Patricia Just and her sister Eileen. She is survived by her daughter Margaret (John) Cafarella, her son Brian Kearney, daughter Ann Kearney, son Thomas (Debbie) Kearney, daughter Barbara (Richard) Alexander, her beloved eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren and her brother Thomas Treanor.

Visiting hours were held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Sacred Heart Chapel in Sparkill with burial following at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla.
 
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers that memorial donation be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. (www.stjude.org).

Boeni, Helen

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Called home to receive her final reward, Helen Boeni passed away Wednesday, December 6th, 2018 at the age of 85. She lived in Tappan.

Born on September 26th, 1933 in the city of New Rochelle, NY to Charles and Caroline Fuchs, Helen was the youngest of four daughters. Her three older sisters predeceased her; Madeline Romansky, Katherine Bauer and Charlotte Copas. She is survived by her husband, Josef Boeni and her step sister Nancy Rivera.

Helen was a longtime resident of Blauvelt in Rockland County. She was the mother of two children: William Caddoo (deceased) and Deborah Caddoo. For many years she worked as a server at the Clarksville Inn and later as a Deputy Sheriff in the New City Court House. She was a guest on the popular television show "What's My Line" where the panel could not guess her profession.
Helen was an active member of the local chapter of the Eastern Star. At home, after work she did dog grooming for some of her best friends. Active in genealogy, Helen traveled to Germany to meet and research relatives of her heritage origin and was surprised to find out that there were so many relatives she did not even know about. In 1998 she joined a delegation of church pilgrims to visit the Holy Land in Israel.

Viewing was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Helen's name be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (www.stjude.org).

Waffenschmidt, John G.

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

John G. Waffenschmidt passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at his home in Blauvelt, NY. Born on June 7th, 1955 in Astoria, NY, John was the only child of the late John and Katherine Waffenschmidt. He grew up in Queens, NY and received his B.S. from SUNY New Paltz, and later his M.A. from Queens College. John passionately worked his career as an Environmental Scientist and certified Ecologist, dedicated to bettering the world for generations to come. His career lead him to work for Covanta, where John was still employed at the time of his passing. One of the projects that John was most proud of was the Chester Environmental Partnership, an organization led by community and business leaders of Chester, PA focused on reducing emission and negative environmental exposures. He was an active member of the organization, and was awarded for his involvement in the community and his tireless work with the group. As a direct result of this partnership, John helped Covanta become the second publicly traded company to have an environmental justice policy.

John married his beloved wife, Patricia, in 1992. They first made their home in Flushing, NY where they had two children, Bianca and Johnny. John and Pat moved to Blauvelt in 2000, fulfilling their dream of creating a welcoming home with a large backyard for outdoor activities with their children.

John was an avid cyclist and mountaineer, which lead him to travel the world to complete his many athletic triumphs. An enthusiastic New York sports fan, John especially loved the New York Red Bulls and Brooklyn Nets. Recently he had taken up an interest in MMA fighting and traveled often to watch the fights. He was also a man of the arts, enjoying concerts that ranged from Carnegie Hall orchestras to Broadway shows. However, the anthem of John's life was rock and roll, coining him the nick name “Johnny Rock and Roll". He shared his love of these activities with his many friends and family.

Family and friends invited to Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan on Sunday, Dec. 9th, from 2-4 and 7-9pm for visitation.

A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, Dec. 10th, 10am at St. John the Baptist RC Church in Piermont, NY.

In honor of John’s dedication to the environment the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to the Chester Environmental Partnership.

Connolly, Robert L.

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

L. Robert Connolly, 94, of Closter, loving husband of his sweetheart Mary (nee Collins) for 70 years; beloved father of 14 children: Lawrence and wife Eileen Kavanagh, Karen, Mary and John McPartland, Clare and Joe Mongelli, Thomas, Patrick, Madeline and Larry Burns, Margaret and Harry Brandes, Michael, Noreen and Tom Kahn, Canice Prince, Robert and Stephanie, Bridget and Ken Taylor, Peter and Patricia; cherished Grandpa to 24 and great grandfather of five; predeceased by parents Ella and Leonard, sister Madeline Fogarty, daughter Karen and son-in-law Harry Brandes.

Born in Fort Edward, NY; grew up in the Vinegar Hill section of Manhattan; proud WW II Army Veteran serving in the European Theatre at the Battle of the Bulge; worked at Cities Service in NYC and St. Mary’s parish in Closter, NJ; Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, Council #9021; faithful supporter of Right to Life; St. Mary’s Holy Name Society; founding member and 2-term President of the NJ Gaelic League; member of American Legion Post No. 111, Closter and VFW, Post 162; originator of St. Mary’s pre-Title IX girls track program; involved in Closter Boy Scout Troop 63. He was always wiling to lend a helping hand.

Family and friends were invited to Moritz Funeral Home in Closter for visitation. A Funeral Mass was heldat St. Mary’s RC Church in Closter. Burial followed at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Wounded Warriors Project. And keep on smiling.

Ficarra, Frank

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Frank Ficarra went home peacefully to his Lord on November 27, 2018. He was born in the Bronx, NY on February 4, 1929 to John and Venera Ficarra. Frank was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was married for 58 years to Mary Ann, the love of his life. Frank enjoyed a successful career as an Insurance Broker with Fred S. James & Co. in New York. In his youth, Frank was an avid body builder who appeared in Iron Man magazine. He went to the gym several times a week well into his late 80’s earning the nickname “Pops” for his helpful bodybuilding advice. Frank served eight years in the New York State National Guard, and was an active member of the Piermont Senior Citizens and parishioner of St. Catharine’s Church and bible study group.

Family and friends were of paramount importance to Frank. He was extremely generous and would always greet you with a warm smile and a ready joke. He was a master storyteller who loved to make people laugh. In his retirement years, he became an avid baker and enjoyed life to its fullest.

He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Mary Ann, who passed away in 2013. Frank is survived by his children, Venera Ann Cocks, Benita Theresa, Toni Marie Rivera, John S. and Barbara; his grandchildren, Christopher, Diana, Danny, Melissa, George, Kolby, Kemper, Francis, Jennifer, and John Thomas; and his great-grandchildren, Jasmine, Jessica, Apollo, Leonardo and George (Robby).

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt with burial following at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Nanuet. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral in Tappan. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. (www.alz.org) or the United Hospice of Rockland (www.hospiceofrockland.org) would be greatly appreciated.

Lynch, Michele

Sparkill, Thorpe Village, NY - Tappan Location

Michele Legault Lynch, a most-loving person, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, left her earthly body on November 23, 2018 after a brave battle with breast cancer. Michele died at her home at Thorpe Village in Sparkill, NY. She was born in Montreal, Canada on June 24, 1931 and was the youngest of five children. She started her career traveling the world as a stewardess for Canadian Pacific Airlines. She met her American husband while they were both traveling in Mexico. She moved to New York in 1960 after they married. They settled in Inwood, a neighborhood of Manhattan, where they raised their family. She later worked for 30 years and retired from Frances Schervier Home and Hospital. Michele was preceded in death by her parents and siblings. She is survived by her three children Bill (Laurie), Denise, and Michael (Sheila), as well as many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, whom she loved dearly. Michele was loved by all that knew her and will be missed.

Family received friends at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY. A funeral service was held at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, Michele and her family would like donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital (www.stjude.org) and United Hospice of Rockland (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

Ruffino, Thomas

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Thomas Ruffino was born on January 24, 1933, in Bronx, NY. 

He grew up in the Bronx but ended up leaving in 1953 when he joined the army. He traveled overseas and fought in the Korean War. After three years of service, he returned home on an honorable discharge.

When he returned home he met his wife, Kathy. They quickly fell in love and established their life together. Over the years, they raised a family and watched it grow. In 2005, they moved to Congers, NY.

Thomas passed away on November 20, 2018, in his Rockland County home. He was welcomed into heaven by his son, Thomas Jr. He is survived through his wife, Kathy, his two daughters, Mary and Donna, his two sons-in-law, Robert and Anthony, and his five grandsons, Anthony, Michael, John-Thomas, Tony and Nicholas.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Frances de Chantal Church, 190 Hollywood Avenue, Bronx (Throgs Neck), NY with burial with military honors following at Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Williams, George

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

It is with deep sadness that the family of George W. Williams of Tappan, NY announces his passing on November 16, 2018, at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City after a courageous battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was the son of the late Sarah and Hugh Williams. He married Cynthia N. Williams in 1969. George graduated from Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua in 1962 and from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA in 1966. He served in the US Navy as Communications Officer aboard the USS William Wood. He retired from New York Telephone and then worked for Pearson Education. He was active in his community serving on the Rockland YMCA Board in the late 1970s and serving for 16 years as Assistant Treasurer and Vestry Member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ramsey, NJ. George is survived by wife Cynthia, son Hugh (Krista) of Atlanta, GA, son Harry (Christina) of Salem, VA, daughter Jenny of Palisades, NY and by grandchildren Lindsay, Kate, Daniel, and Caleb. He is also survived by brother Rodge Williams (Jan), brother John Williams, and sister Colette Schultz (Ron) and many nieces and nephews. George’s hope of a lung transplant did not happen, but in death he was able to help two others as an organ donor. Services were at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611 would be appreciated (www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org).

Maria Klontzaris

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Funeral Service was held on November 13th, 20118 at Saints Constantine & Helen Church in West Nyack, NY.

Burial followed at Tappan Cemetery

Visiting hours were at the Tappan location.

Brosnan, Vincent

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

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

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

Griepenburg, Charles Albert

Old Tappan, NJ - Closter Location

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

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

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

Funeral services were private.

DiMaio, Concetta 'Connie'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poloshjian, Vasgen 'Harry'

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

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

Hodge, Margaret B.

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

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

Shnipper, William A.

Haworth, NJ - Closter Location

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

D'Antonio-Krumm, Theresa

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

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

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

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

Burzi, Helene

Nyack, NY - Closter Location

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reynolds, Mary Elizabeth Jersey

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

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

Avezzano, Michael

Piermont, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gordon, Carol A.

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abate, Brian G.

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

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

O'Leary, Catherine

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

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

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine's Church in Blauvelt with burial following at F.W. Loescher Veterans Cemetery in New Hempstead. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

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

Witko, Robert J.

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

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

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

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

Strakosch, Winifred

Tappan, NY

October 30, 1921 – August 10, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kenny, Patrica M.

Riverdale, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

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

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

La Duca, James J.

Ponte Verda Beach, FL - Tappan Location

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

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

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

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

Saal, Jeanine E.

Alpine, NJ - Closter Location

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

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

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

George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, NJ.

Varca, Lelia

Harrington Park, NJ - Closter Location

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

Lennon, Rose

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

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

Farrell, Tim

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

Milani, Bruno A.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rowan, Mary

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

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

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

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

Motyka, Henry M.

Norwood, NJ - Closter Location

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

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

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

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

D'Amico, Martha

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

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

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

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

Palermo, Louisa M.

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Louisa M. Palermo will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 65 years Carmine John Palermo, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Louisa will be remembered by all that know her because she shared her belief in Jesus Christ through love, charity and patience.

Louisa belonged to the Romanesque Lodge No. 2198 and the Catholic Daughters. She was awarded numerous awards including "Women of the Year 1996". Louisa will be remembered for her charity work and contributions for the Rockland Columbus Day Parade.

Louisa's family received friends at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Catharine's Roman Catholic Church in Blauvelt followed by burial at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. In lieu of flowers to honor Louisa M. Palermo, donations to either Romanesque Lodge 2198 Son & Daughters of Italy in America, PO Box 111, Orangeburg, NY 10962 or to the Catholic Daughters St. Anne #866, PO Box 193, Piermont, NY 10968 would be greatly appreciated.

Tirado, Rosario 'Roy'

Thorpe Village, Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Funeral Mass wias held at Sacred Heart Chapel with burial immediately following at Rockland Cemetery, both in Sparkill.

Visitation was at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Knights of Columbus Council 2320, 675 Piermont Avenue, Piermont, NY 10968

would be greatly appreciated.