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Lowther, Charlene J.

Stony Point, NY

Charlene J. Lowther, 70, of Stony Point, NY, passed away on Thursday, August 13th with her family by her side. Charlene was born in Nyack, NY, to John and Frances Giardina. Charlene was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was a loving wife to the late Leslie L. Lowther Sr. for 40 years, beloved mother to Les (Annette), Al (MaryAnne), Charlie (Tracy), Gary (late), and Tom (Chau), and adored grandmother to Michael, Lauren, Alyssa, Ashley, AJ, Morgan, Matthew, Jessica, Frankie, Charles Jr., Jake, Samantha, and Matthew, great grandmother to Alivia,and aunt to Tammy. Her favorite moments were spent with her grandchildren. Everyone who knew Charlene will surely miss her smile. A graveside service was at Mt. Repose Cemetery in Haverstraw, NY. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made directly to Volunteer Hose Co. No. 2, PO Box 494, West Haverstraw, NY 10993. The family would like to extend their gratitude for all the support given to them.

Bennett, Frank

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Frank Bennett was born on May 28, 1930 in Liverpool, England. Frank travelled the world as a British Merchant Marine. He came to New York in 1959 and met the love of his life, Bridie Shine. They were married in 1961 and celebrated 58 cherished years. Frank's career is one of a hard-working immigrant who quickly started his own contracting company that grew over the years to a successful business thanks to his strong work ethic. He left a legacy of kindness and was a quintessential gentleman. He was a hard working, honorable and ethical man. He was gifted with a quick wit and a remarkable intelligence. Frank was predeceased by his brothers, John, Bill and Brendan. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Bridie, his sister Rose, and his four children: Margaret, John and his wife Ailish, Joseph and his wife Shannon, and Frank and his wife Joanna. His proudest role was that of a caring and loving grandfather to his 16 grandchildren: Breeda, Caroline, Ashling, Ailish, Keely, Connor, Lila, Aidan, Molly, Liam, Robert, Brendan, Clara, Belle, Maeve and Kelsey. He loved nothing more than spending time with his family. Frank was blessed with a large extended family of nieces and nephews in the U.S., Canada and Ireland. East Road neighbors, the late Jack and Gert Cotter, and The Doolan Family were among those he considered family. Similarly the Shine, Carrigan, Cunningham, Healy and Monks families were more than in-laws they were Frank's closest friends with whom there are years of the happiest memories. Frank’s compassion and sincerity touched each and every person who knew him. He will be dearly missed. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharines Church in Blauvelt with burial following at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY. Visiting hours were held at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. As per COVID guidelines, the funeral home chapel capacity is limited to 25 people at a given time and will also require face covering and social distancing.

Higgins, Donald J. Sr.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Donald J. Higgins, Sr. passed away peacefully at home on April 3, 2020. Donald was born on November 27, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY to Anna and Joseph Higgins. He married the love of his life Audrey Jones on April 4, 1959 in St. Anselm’s Church.

Don served in the US Army from 1955 to 1957. He then went to work for Lederle Labs, in Pearl River NY retiring in 1986.

Don was a member of the Volunteer Fire Association of Tappan. In his 60 plus years, Don served as President and Chief along with many other positions. In 1978 he was appointed to the RC Fire Advisory Board. In 1983 Don was appointed as a Deputy Fire Coordinator for the County of Rockland retiring in 2002. He belonged to many associations including Rockland County Firemen’s Association and the Rockland County Fire Chiefs Association. Don also belonged to the Carl A. Schelin American Legion and the Tappan Historical Society.

Don is preceded by his wife, parents, his sisters Marge and Alice and his grandson Matthew.

He is survived by his children, Linda (Frank) Pagliaroli of Tappan, Donald (Erin) Higgins Jr. of Sugar Loaf and Arthur (Lori) Higgins of Orangeburg; his grandchildren, Meaghan and Eddie Harlan, Andrew, Joseph, SPC Siobhán, Ryan, Bridget, Caitlyn and Nicole Higgins, Christopher and Grace Pagliaroli and his two great grandchildren Kellianne and Audrey Kubasek.

A Funeral Mass was held at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan followed by a burial with military honors at Tappan Cemetery. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Finn, John

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

John Robert Finn, 85, of Closter, NJ, on June 23, 2020. He is survived by his daughter Anne Margaret Finn Benninger and her husband Gregory, his son John Thomas Finn and his wife Maureen, his grandchildren Maxwell Davis, Jack Ryan, Scott Robert Benninger and Robert John and Katherine Ann Finn, and his devoted friend Judy Devine. He is predeceased by his wife Mary Frances Finn and son Robert Michael Finn. John was born in New York City raised by his mother, Anne Finn. John had fond memories of his times in the Vinegar Hill neighborhood and his involvement with the Inwood Rams. He worked his entire career at the Equitable Life Insurance Company. John moved his family to Closter in 1972, where he was a baseball coach, soccer coach, and a member of the Closter Recreation Commission. John also coached basketball for St. Mary’s Church in Closter and was a long-time member of the Closter Elks Club. John was a man who touched many lives. A graveside service was held at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY.

Boiano, Giovanni 'John'

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Giovanni (John) Boiano, 53, died July 15, 2020. He was born on January 23, 1967 in the Bronx, and was a long time resident of Rockland County. He worked as an electrician for Unity Electric for 24 years, and was a member of I.B.E.W. Local 3 in New York City for over 30 years.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 26 years, Michele Roddie Boiano; his three daughters Amanda, Emma and Melanie; his mother Maria; his three sisters Elena, Pasqualina, and Marianne; as well as his mother-in-law, brother and sister in laws, nieces and nephews, and countless dear friends.

John was a devoted husband and father and loved to spend time with his family. He will forever be remembered as a hardworking man who could always put a smile on your face.

Visiting hours were held at Moritz Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharines Church, 523 Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY on Tuesday, July 21st at 11 am.

Muller, Anne Elizabeth

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Muller, Anne Elizabeth, a 60 year resident of Closter, NJ died on March 27, 2020 at the age of 100 years. She is survived by two sons, George F. Muller Jr., John Muller and his wife Connie Heymann, and Katherine Muller, her cherished granddaughter. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, George F. Muller, Sr. Anne served in the Navy during World War II. There was no visitation due to the current health crisis, and a private burial took place on Monday, March 30, at the George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, NJ. Should anyone care to donate in her memory, please choose a favorite charity or consider supporting the Courtyard Project at the Veterans Memorial Home, 1 Veterans Way, Paramus, NJ 07652 (201-634-8200).

Alfonso, Joseph

Upper Saddle River, NJ - Tappan Location

Joseph Alfonso of Upper Saddle River, NJ passed away suddenly at home on Thursday, March 19th, 2020. He was born to the late Benjamin and Sylvia Alfonso in Jersey City, NJ. He grew up and went to school in Lyndhurst, NJ.

In 1983 he married his beloved wife Jean (O'Brien) of Blauvelt, NY. They lived in Mahwah, NJ for many years before moving to Upper Saddle River in 2000 where they raised their family. Joe is survived by his loving wife Jean and their three devoted children. Kristian Alfonso of New York City, Matthew Alfonso of Baltimore, MD and Sean Alfonso of Upper Saddle River, NJ. Also survived by his many brother and sister in laws and nephews and nieces who loved him dearly.

Joe had a long and and successful career in retail and management but would tell anyone who would listen that his real triumph in life was his children. He was a wonderful father, devoted to his children without measure. No conversation was complete without an update on his kids. He will be dearly missed by his devoted friends of many years Bill Tiner and John Vignola. Joe had an easy smile and sense of humor. He will be missed by all who loved him.

In light of the current health situation, funeral services for Joseph will be limited to family and relatives. A Memorial Mass will be held in the near future. For more information contact Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY.

Jones, Katharina

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Katharina is survived by her beloved husband Harold B. Jones. She is survived by her devoted children, Harold W. Jones and Linda M. Ferreira and her husband David; cherished grandchildren, Kevin H. Jones and Stephanie N. Jones of Tappan, Christopher A.T. Jones, of North Carolina, Jennifer Rankin, Scott Rankin, and Derek Ferrera of Connecticut; and her loving nephews Johann and Michael Scholler of Germany. She is predeceased by her sister Maria Scholler.

In light of the current health situation, visiting hours are cancelled for Sunday, March 22nd. The funeral service has been changed to a private service. A memorial service open to the public will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers in memory of Katharina Donations may be made to United Hospice of Rockland (hospiceofrockland.org).

Devine, Jimmy

New Milford, NJ - Closter Location

Jimmy Devine, 62, of New Milford, NJ, passed away on March 17, 2020.  He was born on December 19, 1957 in Stuttgart, Germany on an army base and grew up in Closter, NJ.  He loved reading, gardening, cooking (best chili ever!!), telling stories and learning about history. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family, his wife Adrienne and children Sean, Sarah and Savannah, and his mom, Judy, as well as his extended family.  He cared for all animals, especially his pets, Salem, Tiger and Roxie.  He was well liked and had a great sense of humor.  If you knew him, you knew he was a unique soul; when they made him, they broke the mold.
 
It was Jimmy’s wish to be cremated.  Services will be held at a later date.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital would be much appreciated (www.stjude.org).

Richards, Ingeborg

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Ingeborg Katharine Richards (née Gilles), 89, of Closter, NJ, passed away on February 28, 2020. She is survived by her children, David, Kimberly, Bradley and Jennifer, and her nine grandchildren. She will be missed. A service was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter, NJ.

McCarthy, Mary T.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Mary Theresa McCarthy (née Donnelly), 87, on March 9, 2020, of Springfield, MA, formerly of Tappan, NY and Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry, Ireland. Beloved wife of the late Jeremiah, mother of Dermot, Patrick and Kathryn. Loving nanna of Brianna, Madeline, Norah, Jeremiah, Jack and Alec. Dear sister to Michael and Monica and mother-in-law of Rachel and Jeremy. Predeceased by her siblings Kathleen, Johnny and Pats. A Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Tappan with burial following at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. Visiting hours were the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Miller, Edward R.

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Edward R. Miller, 63, died February 25th, 2020. He was born on August 25th, 1956 in Queens, and was a long time resident of Rockland County. He worked as an operating engineer in the Local 94 Union in New York City. 

He is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Kathleen Crimmins Miller; his daughter Kerrie (James Magliano), his son Matthew (Rachel Chester), granddaughters Brooklyn and Reese; his mother Martha, twin brother James, sisters Barbara and Arlene; as well as many sisters and brothers in law, nieces and nephews, and countless dear friends. 

Edward was a beloved member in the community, and always made everyone in his presence smile and laugh.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine's Church, 523 Western Highway, Blauvelt. Visiting hours were at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org)

Alpuche, Paul E.

Pearl River, NY formerly of Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Paul Eugene Alpuche, a resident of Blauvelt and Pearl River for 55 years, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2020. Paul was born in New York, New York on July 3, 1938. Paul was a business owner of Excelsior Stator Company, which rebuilt stators and other automotive ignition parts for major automotive companies. After his retirement in 2002, Paul pursued his love of travel, seeing the world with his wife of 58 years, Anita.

In addition to Anita, Paul is also survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Craig Dykes and their children Christopher and Andrew Dykes and Katelyn Dykes Cloonan; his son and daughter-in-law Paul Jr. and Linda Alpuche and their children Eli and Melanie Alpuche; and his son and daughter-in-law Douglas and Maripat Alpuche and their children Dominique and Douglas Alpuche Jr.

Paul was a parishioner at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt, NY. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church. Visiting hours were at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to United Hospice of Rockland or the Huntington’s Disease Society of America .

O'Boy, Michael G.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Michael Gerard O'Boy, 54, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on February 6th.

Michael was born on July 8th, 1965, in Cavan, Ireland to Christina Browne O'Boy and the late Patrick O'Boy.

He married Deirdre Tumulty on March 9, 1996, and is survived by Deirdre and his three sons, Fionntan, Emmet, and Declan, with whom he shared his love of boating and being outdoors.  He is also survived by his brother Brendan (Claire), sisters Mary (Harry), and Irene, and his many beloved nieces and nephews, and extended family and friends in Ireland and America

Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Tappan with burial to follow at Ascension Cemetery in Airmont. Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael's memory to the American Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.

Magee, Patrica

After a long hard battle with her cancer, Patricia Magee passed away while in the hospital in Hackensack, New Jersey. She has passed on to be with our Lord and Savior.

She was retired from Einstein Moomjy Carpet and Furniture Store and was a member of the Catholic Church.

She was predeceased by her grandparents, Edward and Theresa Speckman and Daniel and Loretta McCarthy and her parents Patricia and Raymond Speckman Sr and her sisters Barbara Lanier and Theresa Maher.

Survived by the love of her life and best friend of 25+ years, Patrick Lenihan.

She is survived by her daughter Lynn Freda of Newton, NJ and her son James Magee and his wife Gina of Ringwood NJ.

Her sisters Gail Lucy and her husband Curtis of Painter, Virginia, Pam Cornwall and her husband Richard of Hazlet, NJ. Her brother Raymond Speckman, Jr. and his wife Annie of Bronx, NY

Four grandchildren, Michael and Madison Freda, and Nicole and Amanda Magee

Her sister in law Anne and her husband Richard McShaffrey, Margie and her husband Nunzi LoGiudice and her brother in law John Maher.

And many nieces and nephews and many friends who loved her.

While she was at Einstein Moomjy, she was an office manager and promoted to sales manager in Paramus, NJ. She enjoyed the beach, loved going on cruises, enjoyed entertaining her family and loved to visit with family and friends. After retirement, she enjoyed doing the things that she liked and loved being at her beach house during the summers. She spoiled her grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

She adored her children and grandchildren with all her heart. Family was everything to her. The family asks that any donations be made to any cancer or alzheimers organizations.

Viewing was at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY 10983.

A Mass was held at St. Catharine’s of Alexandria Church in Blauvelt, NY with internment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY.

Noonan, Mildred Marie

Thorpe Village, Sparkill, NY - Tappan Location

Mildred Marie Noonan, 99, long time resident of Thorpe Village, Sparkill NY, passed away peacefully of natural causes on January 30th with her family by her bedside.

Born on August 7th, 1920, in Jersey City, to the late Ralph and Mae Schneider.

She married John Joseph Noonan on June 22, 1940, and was predeceased by her loving husband in 1989.

Mildred was a joyful and loving person, who was cherished by her family and friends. At an early age, her marvelous singing voice was recognized leading to her professional training and performing on RCA radio. Over the years, she appeared in numerous shows in support of church and charitable causes. Mildred shared the gift of her operatic voice for the enjoyment and pleasure of others.

Mildred is survived by her three children, Patricia M. Kip of Sparkill, John J. Noonan Jr. of Londonderry, NH and Thomas B. Noonan of Jefferson City, TN; along with her eight grandchildren, T.R., Chrissy, Jay, Stacey, Connie, Tommy, Michael and Shaun; as well as her 18 great-grandchildren.

The family received friends at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A funeral service was held at the funeral home. Burial followed at Gethsemane Cemetery at Rockland Lake (Congers), NY.

Falkenstern, Herbert III

Norwood, NJ - Closter Location

Herbert Falkenstern III, 76, of Norwood, NJ, passed away on Jan. 23, 2020. A wake was held at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter on Saturday, Feb. 1st, 3-5pm

Herbert was born on Oct. 27, 1943 in Englewood to Herbert and Eleanor Falkenstern. Herbert grew up Norwood and after graduating from Northern Valley High School in 1963, he made a career as a concessionaire at the Bergen County Courthouse - retiring after 43 years. He was a 50 year member of the New Jersey Blind Men’s Association and a member of Church of the Holy Communion in Norwood.

Survived by brothers Allan (Ruth) of Norwood and Gary (Eleanor) of Gilbert, AZ; nephews Scott and Brian; nieces Jennifer and Shannon; ten grand-nephews and grand-nieces; and many loving cousins and friends.

Lupoli, Marie

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Marie Antoinette Lupoli (nee Pefanis), 86, of Closter passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, January 19th. Loving wife to husband Peter of 49 years. Devoted mother to her son, Charlie and his wife Denise of Closter and son Paul of Mendon, VT. Beloved Grammie to her four grandchildren; Matthew, Bryan, Jennifer and Tara. Dear sister to Tina, and Bill. Lovingly remembered by family and many dear friends.

Marie was a talented singer and dancer in her youth. She worked at Revlon, Inc in Manhattan and then spent the final 25 years of her career as a successful real estate agent in Closter. She was involved in the Women’s Club, Senior Citizens Club and was active in town politics and her community.

Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter, NJ. Funeral Mass was held at St Mary’s Church in Closter.

Watkins, Clothilde 'Chloe'

Valley Cottage, NY - Tappan Location

Clothilde "Chloe" Watkins, age 74, transitioned peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, January 16, 2020.

Chloe is survived by her husband, David Rossi, her children, Daphne Marina and Dennis Watkins, Jr., her only grandson, Maximilian P. Zappellini (by Daphne Marina and Michael
Zappellini), as well as seven of her original ten siblings, Verna Moron, Carlyle Henry, Ronald Henry, Rita Gumbs, and Edris Kapchan, yet predeceased by brothers, Frank Gumbs, Eustace Henry, Montague Henry, Clive Henry and Reginald Henry, Jr.

Chloe was born in the Manhattan borough of New York City on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1945 to Reginald Henry, Sr. and Theresa Gumbs Henry.

She graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan for Interior Design in 1972 and worked for Architects and Design Houses for many years. Eventually she turned her passions to television and the stage as a Thespian, Author and Producer. Before long her singing talents fostered recognition by talent scouts and directors, landing her in television and film roles. Her genuine loving nature piqued new passion in her mid-life to assist senior citizens to strengthen their muscles and bones with body building and proper diet, and lent itself to her first ever written rap song, before she experienced a traumatic change of course for her own health.

Fiercely independent and loved by all, her 1000 watt smile, wicked sense of humor and devotion to reading, science fiction, horror and classic Hollywood movies and Glamour made her an instant "favorite person" to many. Chloe could be relied upon to "give it to you straight", ever pragmatic and never held a grudge as everything rolled off her back. She loved crosswords, playing bid whist, licorice candy, a nice glass of wine, travel and wonderful eclectic friends.

A True Dreamer and Trend Setter, Chloe is already deeply missed by those who were blessed to know her hours, days, years or decades.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine's Church on Blauvelt with burial following at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Schmidt, Richard

Demarest, NJ - Closter Location

Richard Schmidt, 65, of Demarest, lost his 25-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease on January 1, 2020. Richard grew up in Closter and was a graduate of NVRHS – Demarest. He started his career as a licensed plumber and retired as a real estate developer. He was passionate about sailing and was always available to lend a helping hand to his friends. 

He is survived by his mother, Joan Schmidt (Pearse) and his four siblings: Barry (Paula), Carl, John (Dorothy) and Lyn and by his father, Donald.  Uncle Rich to 11 nieces and nephews and 13 great nieces and nephews.  He is pre-deceased by his nephew, Seth. 

A service was held at St. Andrew’s Church in Harrington Park. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to his FULL OF SCHMIDT Parkinson’s Team at unitywalk.org.

Morales, Adolfo

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Adolfo Jamolague Morales, 77, of Orangeburg, NY, born on September 27, 1942 in the Philippines, passed away at home on January 1st, 2020 surrounded by his loving family and close relatives. Adolfo came from the Philippines to the United States on October 3, 1975. He worked as a machinist for 13 years at Chromalloy, Orangeburg, NY. He was a humble and quiet, religious man.

Son of Potenciano Morales and Felicidad Jamolague; raised by Francisco J. Morales (uncle) and Rosalia Sonalan Morales Roldan. He was predeceased by his brother, Rafael Morales. A devoted loving husband of 44 years to Pelagia (Duero); an attentive and caring father to his sons, Francis and Patrick; and daughter, Tiffany. A wonderful brother to his sister, Marcela Lerma; and half brothers and half sister; a cousin, an uncle to nieces and nephews and a friend to many.

Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine of Alexandria Church in Blauvelt. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Hanna, Carol Ann

Pomona, NY formerly of Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Carol Ann Hanna (nee Herrera), formerly of Blauvelt, NY passed away peacefully, at her home in Pomona, NY on December 30, 2019. 

Carol was born in the Bronx on December 14, 1936 to Frank and Lucy Herrera. She is survived by her loving daughters and their husbands, Lois and Michael Slevin, Susan and Christopher Toher, Jill and Joseph Stahl; her beloved grandchildren, Brian, Patrick, Owen, John, Jean-Marie, Jessica, Joseph, Jamie; her sisters Eleanor Winters and Terry and Joseph Zerilli; and many nieces and nephews.  She is predeceased by her husband John J. Hanna, her parents, and sister RoseMarie Raess.   

Carol graduated from Rockland Community College in 1975 as a Registered Nurse. Carol's dedication to helping others appeared throughout her 25-year career as a psychiatric nurse at New York Hospital-Nichols Cottage, where she cared for countless children.

As a devoted mother and grandmother, her greatest joy was spending time with family. She loved participating in all her grandchildren's sports and activities. Her interests and zest for life were boundless. She was an avid reader, sports enthusiast, & fan of Rafa Nadal.  She enjoyed crocheting and making handmade crafts. Carol's generous spirit was evident in every gift she created for family, friends and co-workers. She enjoyed cruises and vacationing with family at Ocean City, MD, the NJ Shore and traveling the US, from Daytona Bike Week to the Grand Canyon.

She will always be remembered as a generous, positive person full of love for her family and friends.

Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.  Funeral Mass was held at St. Ann's Church, 16 Jefferson St., Nyack, NY.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: United Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956 (www.hospiceofrockland.org).

LaTourette, Genevieve 'Jean'

Cresskill, NJ - Closter Location

Genevieve “Jean” LaTourette née (Ostermann), of Cresskill, 89, passed away December 29, 2019. Genevieve was a crossing guard for the town of Demarest. Predeceased by her beloved husband Gilbert. She is survived by her devoted sons Kenneth and William and his wife Regina. Cherished grandchildren, Kenneth Jr. and his wife Tracy, Robert and his wife Bethanie, and Stephen and his fiancé Lyndsay. Adored great grandchildren Braeden, Aubrey, Addison and Rowan. Also survived by her devoted nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her twin sister Gladys Muller and sister Gwen Macarone. Servcies were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter, NJ. Burial was at Westwood Cemetery in Westwood, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Genevieve may be made to Meals on Wheels North Jersey. https://mealsonwheelsnorthjersey.org

Morrow, Janet E.

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Janet E. Morrow nèe (Nelson), of Closter, 83, passed away December 30, 2019. Janet worked in customer service for PSE&G for 41 years. She was a member of Closter Improvement Commission, the Ladies Auxiliary American Legion Post 11, Closter Senior Citizens Club, Republican County Committee, Republican Organization of Closter. Predeceased by her beloved husband William. She is survived by her devoted sons, Keven and Dwight and his wife Barbara. Cherished grandchildren, Doug and Daniel. Loving sister Judy Fox and her husband Bob and brother Steve. Cherished nephews, James and Eric. Entombment with funeral service was held at G. Washington Mem. Park in Paramus. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Janet may be made to American Cancer Society. (cancer.org)

Attilio, Judith

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Judith ‘Judy’ Attilio, of Blauvelt, NY, passed away on December 21, 2019 at the age of 79. Born to Frank and Nancy Morandi on April 5, 1940, she grew up with her older sister Eileen in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, before she met and married Robert Attilio, also of NYC. The couple moved to Blauvelt in 1965, where they raised their three children and were very active in the community. Judy’s passions included sports (she was once a NY Knick and NY Jet season ticket holder, and a frequent guest at NY Ranger games), tennis, cooking (her lasagna is legendary), fast cars, a love of dogs (especially Thai and Butch) and hosting family and friends at her home and vacation home in Montauk, NY.

She is survived by her husband Robert, her three children Dawn, Gary and Jeff, her two grandchildren Daniel and Mallory, and her niece Jill.

A services was held at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. The family has designated the ASCPA for memorial contributions (https://www.aspca.org).

Licerio, Lulex G.

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

On the morning of December 29, 2019, Lulex G. Licerio, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family.

Lulex, the daughter of Filomena Diaz and Eugenio Guerrero was born in the Philippines on August 1, 1936. She and her nine siblings enjoyed a happy childhood growing up in Talisay. Lulex dreamed of pursing a life-long career in Nursing and attended the University of Philippines School of Nursing, graduating in 1960. Soon after, Lulex continued her career in the United States, where she met the love of her life, her husband, her soul mate, Eduardo J. Licerio, Sr. During their 54 years of marriage, Lulex and Ed settled into their forever home in Orangeburg, NY. They had four children of their own, later adopting two more children. Always in pursuit to further her knowledge and education, Lulex obtained her Master’s Degree as a Nurse Anesthetist as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Lulex was not only a successful nurse and entrepreneur, she was an incredibly kind, loving and amazing wife, mother, sister and friend. She always knew her purpose of giving and helped all that entered her circle. Her selfless ways influenced all who knew her, and her memory will be held in our hearts forever.

Lulex is survived by her husband, Ed, her brother, Eugenio, her sister, Norma and her children, Marie-Clare and spouse, Carmelo Soriano; Eduardo Jr. and spouse, Judy Licerio; Laurie-Joy and spouse, TJ Hart; and Christina and spouse, Brandon Cruz; Monique Licerio; and Hans Licerio; and her 12 grandchildren – Taylor, Zachary, Noah, Lexie, Janelle, Sydney, Riley, Jackson, Lilah, Evan, Isabella, Abigail.

Visitation was at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the National Kidney Foundation or American Diabetes Association in Lulex's name would be greatly appreciated.

Hinchcliffe, Marion 'Una'

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Marion “Una” Hinchcliffe, née McCrea, of Blauvelt, NY, passed away on December 20, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. 
Born February 10, 1933, in Yonkers, NY, to William and Margaret McCrea, Una grew up in Riverdale, NY, with her sisters Joan and Margaret and brother William. Una attended St. Margaret’s elementary school in Riverdale and Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers where she excelled in academia and was very active in the drama department. Following graduation, Una went to work for AT&T where she proudly received shares that she held for decades thereafter.

Una was married to the late Walter Hinchliffe for more than 60 years. She is survived by her six children — Brian (Carol), Mary Beth, John, Una (Dennis), Robert (Chloe) and Ian (Leslie) — and eight grandchildren — Max, Clara, Chloe, Patrick, Joseph, Sophia, Elena and Madeleine.

Una and Walter moved to East Northport and the parish of St. Anthony where they raised their children. While her children were young, Una helped run the Catholic Saturday program for St. Anthony’s School and held other part-time positions. The family spent numerous happy days over many decades in Montauk, NY, on family vacations and later in their well-loved vacation home. Una and Walter moved to Rockland County in 2009. Una was a caring woman always thinking about the welfare of other people as she pursued her jewelry creation and other crafts. She was an avid reader and loved sharing her time, resources and wisdom with her family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial wasccelebrated at St. John the Baptist in Piermont (895 Piermont Ave., Piermont, NY 10968). Burial was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Yonkers (209 Truman Ave., Yonkers, NY 10703). Visiting hours werr at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Leonard 'Len' Feroldi

Blauvelt, NY - Tappan Location

Leonard (Len) H. Feroldi of Blauvelt, NY, passed peacefully in his sleep in the early morning of December 21st 2019. He was 91.

Len was born to Louis and Louise Feroldi in Brooklyn, NY. He was an Army veteran, having served as a corporal in Korea.

Upon his return from over-seas he married the love of his life, Joan E. Gillen, in 1952 and they raised a wonderful family of four sons and a daughter, eleven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren, all of whom were the pride and joy of his life.

Len had a long career with AT&T and was an active member of the community in many civic organizations and St. Catherine’s church.

Len enjoyed helping people and dedicated his retirement to volunteer service at his church and community. He never let a need go unfilled.

Len is survived by his devoted wife, Joan; his five children and spouses Bob and Suzanne Feroldi, Ken and Nancy Feroldi, John and Alyssa Feroldi, Marylou Gardner, and Chris and Bolivia Feroldi; his grandchildren Eric, Brian, Lauren, Len, Jaclyn, Craig, Jean, Jill, Tayla, Jesse and Alexa; and his great-grandchildren

“You never know when your time is up, and all you can hope for is that your children, grand-children, and great grand-children live the life you want for them” -Len 8/9/2019

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lions Club would be greatly appreciated.

https://www.lionsclubs.org/en/donate

Russo, Ann M.

Nanuet, NY - Tappan Location

We lost our matriarch, Ann M. Russo, 97, on Saturday, November 23, 2019.  Ann was born in Salerno, Italy, as the oldest of six children. She and her family moved to New York City when she was 7 years old.  She met and married her husband, Joseph, and they raised four children in the Bronx. A loving sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she was loved by all who met her. She was a compassionate, sensitive soul whose strength guided her family after the loss of her husband 50 years ago. She will always be remembered as a generous, positive person full of love for her family and friends and would always have delicious meatballs, eggplant or chicken cutlets ready when needed. A source of great pride was her four children and their spouses, as well as her 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. May she rest easy in the arms of her husband with the angels in heaven. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Anthony’s (Shrine) Church in Nanuet. Burial followed at Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY. Visiting hours were at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.

Hoyle, Joan Margaret

Old Tappan NJ - Closter Location

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

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

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

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

Ochman, George Allan

Orangeburg, NY

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

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

Menezes, Thomas S.

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

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

Gilbride, Lorraine M.

Harrington Park, NJ - Closter Location

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

Cardenas, Raul R. Jr.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

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

Benning, Catherine Docherty

Haworth, NJ

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

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

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

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

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

Loniewski, Karen Ann

Tappan Location

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

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

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

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

Manalili, Zenaida

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

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

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

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

Mure, Joseph S.

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

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

Waldron, James Patrick

Palisades, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

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

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

Senger, Ruth

Tappan, NY - TappanLocation

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

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

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

Coleman, Lillian

Tappan, NY

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

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

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

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

O'Dwyer, Anne

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nafash, Richard 'Dick'

Closter Location

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zorn, Yancey E.

Closter Location

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

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

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

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

A Funeral Serive was held at the funeral home.

Giannuzzi, Lewis D. Jr.

Alpine, NJ - Closter Location

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

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

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

Clemente, Cesar S. Sr.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

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

Gardeski, Joseph J. Jr.

Closter Location

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

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

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

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

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

Barbara Ann Gill Porta Hutchinson

Tappan Location

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joyce, Patrick Edward III

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

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

Hunt, Jeremiah 'Jerry'

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

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

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

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

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