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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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 ( and UFA of Greater NY (

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.

McCarroll, Mary

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Mary McCarroll, 86, a longtime resident of Blauvelt, passed away peacefully at home on June 15, 2019. She was born on May 1, 1933 in Manhattan and was raised by her parents James and Catherine Daly. Mary was a devout Catholic and was active in many aspects of St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt. She was also a member of the Orangetown Seniors.

Mary was predeceased her husband Robert (2015), her son James (1990) and her sister Catherine (2018). She is survived by her daughter Eileen Ryder and her husband Jon; her loving grandsons, Jon and Michael; her daughter-in-law Lisa McCarroll, her sister Ann O’Connor; and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt 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, donations in Mary’s memory to St. Catharine’s Church, 523 Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY 10913 (

John Kalaydjian

Somerset, NJ - Tappan Location

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

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

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

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

Cerbasi, Joan Marie

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

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

Chionchio, Rose

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

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

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

Bjork, Wallace 'Wally'

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

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

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

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

Byrne, Anne

Valley Cottage, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

Sleep sweet Gamelady.

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

Kivlehan, Martin J.

West Nyack, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

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

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

Stauffer, Ronald C.

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

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

Wuscher, Frances

Old Tappan, NJ - Closter Location

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

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

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

Abrahamsen, Eileen P.

Norfolk, VA - Closter Location

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cable, Joseph John

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

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

Urban, William C.

Pearl River, NY - Tappan Location

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

Donohue, Eileen G.

May 14, 1935 – April 25, 2019

Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

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

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

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

Thompson, Kevin

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

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

Hoffman, James E. 'Skip'

May 11, 1931 – April 19, 2019

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

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