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Stellwag, August 'Gus'

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

5/10/31 – 7/10/19

Most of his friends called him Gus!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winters, Nancy L.

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

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

Hanson, Noreen T.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Hafermalz, Emma

New Windsor, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

Rest In Peace, sweet Oma.

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

Stefl, Jerrold

Pomona, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY.

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

Smith, Margaret Kathryn

Piermont, NY - Closter Location

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

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

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

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

Egan, Liam

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

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

Garjian, Virginia P.

Apine, NJ - Closter Location

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

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

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

Murphy, Jack

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

April 8, 1936 – June 15, 2019.

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

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

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

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

Dillon, Donald J.

Garnerville, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

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

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

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

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 (www.saintcatharines.org)

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 (www.stjude.org) or American Heart Association (www.heart.org).

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 (www.alz.org/hudsonvalley).

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 (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

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 (ww5.komen.org).

Thompson, Kevin

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

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

Hoffman, James E. 'Skip'

May 11, 1931 – April 19, 2019

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

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

Jason, Christopher

Sept. 15, 1970 – Mar. 31, 2019

Valley Cottage, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

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

Thurston, Janice

February 7, 1938 - March 23, 2019

Spring Valley, NY - Tappan Location

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

Riordan, Loretta

July 1, 1926 - March 19, 2019

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DuBois, Robert F.

Demarest NJ, - Closter Location

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

Eleanor A. Moulton

July 17, 1919 - March 13, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Viewing was at the Moritz Funeral in Tappan.

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

Race, Stephen D.

Lafayette, NJ - Tappan Location

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

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

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

Platt, Frank Cheney

November 6, 1932 – February 26, 2019

Palisades, NY

Advocate for Poetry and Poets, Dies at 86

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

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

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

Frank is survived by his three children Sophie Platt Pollok of Frankfurt, Germany, Arthur van der Gracht Platt of New York, NY and Roger Platt of Washington, DC and his grandchildren Esther Pollok, Lucas Pollok, Hilary Platt, and Benjamin Platt. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Poets House (https://poetshouse.org) and/or One-to-One Learning (http://www.one2one-learning.org) A memorial service was be held at Grace Episcopal Church, 130 First Ave, Nyack, NY, with Father Richard Gressle presiding. His remains will be laid to rest with his beloved wife in the Cheney Cemetery in Manchester, CT. The burial will be private.