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Vivian U. Bennett

Vivian Bennett, wife of the late LeRoy Bennett of Highland, was born in New York City, NY on November 11, 1922. Vivian worked in the data processing group of IBM for 33 years in Poughkeepsie, NY. While at IBM, she served as Senior Vice President of the IBM Quarter Century Club. She also served as President of St. Peter’s School Mothers’ Club in Poughkeepsie, NY while he children attended school there.

Vivian is survived by two sons and a daughter: Lloyd Bennett of San Jose, CA, Gail Bennett Vona (Bob) of DeLand, FL and Kenneth Bennett (Denise) of Gainesville, FL. She is also survived by four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are by Forest Lawn Funeral Home of Ocala, FL. No services are planned. A private gather of family and friends will take place in the coming weeks.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Marion County, P.O. Box 4860, Ocala, FL 34478.

Phyllis Lorane Bonner Byrd

Phyllis Lorane Bonner Byrd of Maybrook, died Friday, November 10, 2017 in Port Jervis. She was 76.

The daughter of the late Arval and Cleo Simmons Bonner, she was born November 26, 1940 in Monterville, WV.
Phyllis often visited the Promenade in New Windsor and the Sunshine Senior Center in Newburgh, to enjoy classes and activities and visit with the residents. She also worked as a home health aide for many years.

Survivors include her daughters Julie Pickering & Bill of Connecticut, Joy Payne-Lari and Dean of Pennsylvania and Jill Holme and Neil of Connecticut; son Jeff Payne & Marie of Warwick; seven grandchildren; companion James Jennings; sisters Junie Davidson and Faye Gum; dear friend Charles Reighn and several nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents she was predeceased by her son Timothy Payne and sister Allene Ware.

Visitation will be Thursday, November 16, from 4-7 p.m. at Millspaugh Funeral Home, 22 Bank St.Walden. A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m..

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

For directions or condolences please visit millspaughfuneralhome.com.

Loring “Gant” Gantner

Loring Joseph Gantner, a loving father, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on November 11, 2017 at his residence in Pine Bush. He was 80.

Loring was born to Leonie Dessimoz Gantner and Otto Gantner on June 16, 1937 and spent his early childhood in Yonkers. His family later moved to Walker Valley where they owned the Lakeside Rest.

Loring was proud of his Swiss heritage and visited Switzerland in 1997, where he met relatives of his mother and father with whom he stayed in touch for many years. Loring retired as a manager of Washingtonville Agway after a long career with the company. In his retirement he enjoyed spending time with friends, fishing, reading, gardening, and painting. He was a member of the Middletown Elks Lodge and was a charter member of the Hudson Valley Striped Bass Association.

Loring leaves behind his daughter Linda and her husband Mark Doty of Pine Bush, granddaughter Casey and her husband Ryan Bannon of Montgomery, and granddaughter Amy Doty of Boston, MA. He is also survived by son Richard Gantner and his wife Carla, granddaughter Amber and her husband Mackenzie Kilkeary, and granddaughter Chelsea Gantner. Additionally, he leaves behind sister Heidi and her husband Francis Kallfelz of Ithaca, NY and Heidi and Fran’s children and their families. Loring was predeceased by his parents, Leonie and Otto Gantner.

A memorial service will be offered on Wednesday, November 15, at 11am at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home, 1525 Burlingham Road, Pine Bush. Burial will follow at New Prospect Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Pine Bush Area Public Library or to Orange & Sullivan Hospice. For more information visit www.wmgaganfuneralhome.com or call (845) 744-6008. Arrangements entrusted to the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc.

Rodney T. di Girolamo

Rodney T. di Girolamo, 88, and formerly of Marlboro, Chestertown Md, Bay Shore NY, died November 8, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Queens, NY on November 11, 1929, he was the son of the late Vincent and Celestine (Valla) di Girolamo. Rodney graduated from John Adams HS in Queens, NY. Rodney proudly served our country in the US Navy on the USS Shenandoah and was retired from Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY after 35 years. He co-founded Mainland Marine in Bay Shore NY with his friend of many years, Jim Zanetti. He was a founder of The Steel Network with his son Edward, where he worked for 20 yrs retiring at age 83.

On September 5, 1953 in Brooklyn, NY Rodney married the love of his life Marjorie Gahn who survives at home. He is also survived by his children and their spouses, Katherine and Gordon Hamilton of Highland, Vincent di Girolamo, Salt Lake City, UT, Charles and Kathy di Girolamo, Hockessin, DE, Edward di Girolamo and Crystal Hamm, Raleigh NC and Eileen and David Shaw of Glastonbury, CT; his son Thomas who pre-deceased him, his son in law: Michael J. Scoba, Jr (Denise) . Grandchildren: Celestine Milanese (Alessandro), Steven Scoba (Mia), Julie Ann Kulaga (Joseph), David di Girolamo (Amy), Chad di Girolamo (Amy) , Vincent di Girolamo (Destiny), Tallie Kennedy (Kurtis), Aliana Beecher (Brandon); Nikki & Cami di Girolamo, Kevin, Margaret and Quinn di Girolamo, Edward di Girolamo (Kelsey), Christopher di Girolamo, Lauren di Girolamo, Olivia di Girolamo, Grace Shaw and Tess Shaw, and 11 great-grandchildren with the 12th due this week.

Rod’s passions were many. He loved deeply and was a devoted family man and friend. He always had a listening ear and was good for hours of heart to heart conversations in his at home offices. He was a dedicated volunteer as a charter member and Chief of the Bay Shore Brightwaters Volunteer Ambulance Corps where he served for 25 years and was among the first group of EMT’s certified in NY State. Rod worked with youth as a Commander in the US Sea Cadet Corps: USS Franklin Division for 10 years. He was a communicant at St Augustine’s Church, a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and on the Emergency Response Team for the American Red Cross in Chestertown, Md.

He was involved in his Catholic church as a Eucharistic Minister and Catechist throughout the years. Rod was ahead of his time as a techy, learned to program computers in his 60’s and endeared to all with his pocket protector collection and clasp with 50 keys on his belt.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday November 13 at Saint Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Highland. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rodney’s name to the US Sea Cadet Corps: USS Franklin Division or the Bay Shore Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance. Center.

Lucy Ann (Moriello)Hokanson

Lucy Ann (Moriello) Hokanson of Newburgh, passed away on Monday, October 30, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Rockville Center, after a long illness.

She was born on November 7,1954, in Newburgh, daughter of the late Louis and Erna “Ann” (Witchard) Moriello.

Lucy Ann had one brother, the late Michael Moriello. She is survived by her beloved husband Jerry Hokanson and numerous relatives.

Lucy Ann had a masters in Social Science and was a Social Worker for the New York State Prison System for many years. She was many things to many people. She was a wife, genealogist, counselor, and a jewelry maker.

Burial of Cremains was held on Tuesday, November 14, in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Humane Society at .humanesociety.org.

Ronald “Mac” Maglione

Ronald “Mac” Maglione of Middletown passed away Monday, November 13, 2017, in Newburgh. He was 85.
The son of the late Joseph and Stella Debellas Maglione, he was born June 3, 1932 in New York City.

Mac served in the Army during Korean Conflict having attained the rank of Cpl. He had been part owner of Ralph’s Autoparts in Middletown, worked for Grumman Aircraft and drove the bus for AHRC in Middletown. He was an avid bowler, was involved with Parents without Partners and loved his cats and animals. Mac always had a warm smile and a witty sense of humor.

Survivors include his nephew Robert Maglione & his wife Janie of Montgomery; four children, Ronald, Robert, Robin, Diana; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 16 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Overhiser Funeral Home, 78 Union St., Montgomery.

Funeral services will be Thursday, November 16, 2017, 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Orange County Veterans Cemetery in Goshen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Walden Humane Society, P.O. Box 135, Walden, NY 12586 or Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Ct, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Thomas W. McDermott

Thomas W. McDermott, of Woodstock, Georgia formerly of Newburgh passed away, on November 7 at his daughter’s home following an extended illness. He was 92.

Thomas was born September 12, 1925 in Newburgh, New York to the late Thomas J. and Clara M. Fluss McDermott. Mr. McDermott was employed with the Crowley Food Company for 37 years as a salesman and proudly served in country in the United States Marines. He was instrumental in the renovation and beatification of Our Lady of the Lake Chapel.

Thomas was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Breitenbach McDermott; two sons in law; Richard Douglass and Brian Brennan, and two grandsons, Seth McDermott and Colin Brennan.

Survivors include four daughters; Mary Ann Marcantonio (Kim) of Middletown, MD, Patricia Douglass of Orlando, Florida, Barbara Brennan, and Jane Csubak (John) both of Woodstock, Georgia; three sons; Thomas McDermott, Jr. (Lynn) of Melbourne, Florida, Robert McDermott (Joanne) of the Town of Newburgh, and John McDermott (Julie) of Colorado; one sister, Eva McDowell; one brother, John Maney; 19 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered, Monday, November 13, at Our Lady of The Lake Chapel, Rte. 52 (Orange Lake), Town of Newburgh. Burial was at Mt. Saint Francis Cemetery in New Windsor with military honors.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of White, Venuto and Morrill Funeral and Cremation Service.

Pauline D. “Pat” Moran

Pauline D. “Pat” Moran, 88, of Modena, died on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie, surrounded by her family.

Born at home on November 14, 1928 in New Paltz, she was the daughter of the late John H. and Lillian B. Sauer Jansen. She married Edward L. Moran, Sr. on September 9, 1950, at St. Joseph’s Church, New Paltz. Her husband died on September 2, 2003.

Pat owned and operated the Little Flower Shop, Highland for more than 30 year,s where she enjoyed working and visiting with customers. She enjoyed collecting antiques, trips to Monticello with her friends, and annual trips to Lake George, NY with family. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are two daughters, Marilyn A. Moran of Modena, and Karen E. Riggins of Wallkill; two sons, Michael J. and his wife Sharon Moran of Wallkill, and Edward L. and his wife Dorinda Moran, Jr. of Wallkill, one brother, Martin “Bud” Jansen of Plantsville, CT, grandchildren include Nathan & Bradley Crossett; Kelsey & Maggie Moran; Emily & her husband Cory Conca; Carol Moran; Edward L. Moran III; Megan Riggins; Katie Riggins; Sara Riggins. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Pat is predeceased by her brother, Albert Jansen, and sisters, Evelyn Hughes, Marian McClellan, and Jean Moran.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, November 13, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Church, 34 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz. Interment will be at St. Charles Cemetery, Gardiner, on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 at 11 am. Donations may be made to St. Jude Children`s Research Hospital, PO Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101-9950 or online at stjude.org.

Anthony “Tony” Pezzo

Anthony “Tony” Pezzo, lifelong resident of Highland, passed away at his home on November 7, 2017. He was 78.

The youngest son of Joseph Pezzo and Eleanor Rosito, he was born on July 30, 1939, the year The Wizard of Oz was released. Tony married Linda Mangold Pezzo in 1960, and spent his life working as a banker and owned many businesses in the Town of Lloyd. Some of his greatest pleasures include the time he spent owning and racing harness horses, frequenting Saratoga Race Course every summer, and going to casinos. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother, and always knew how to put a smile on the faces of his sons and grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Linda, his son Jimmy, and his siblings Maurice Pezzo, Lena Cifone, and Millie Lupo. Survivors include his son John Pezzo and wife Cathyrose, and his beloved grandchildren Leslie, Tonirose, Joey, Rosemarisa, and Nicole, and his sisters Mary Greenstone, Rose Miniaci, Francis Saitta, and Jean Suto.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday November 11 at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Highland. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.

Carol A. Pforte

Carol A. Pforte, 73 of Newburgh, a retired Teacher’s Aide for Orange County Boces, died Monday, November 13, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving family

The daughter of the late Thomas and Jean Lanza, she was born December 19, 1943 in Passaic, NJ.

Carol is survived by her husband of 52 years, Fred Pforte, at home; her daughters, Denise Prekas and her husband George, and Dianne Bruschetti and her husband James; her brother, Guy Lanza and his wife Kathy; sister-in-law, Joyce Lanza; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Barbara Snyder and Thomas Lanza Jr.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 pm on Wednesday, November 15 at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Thursday, November 16 at Sacred Heart Church, Newburgh.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Carol’s memory may be sent to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550.

Tracy Lee (Boyle) Roberts

Tracy Lee (Boyle) Roberts passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Tracy was born July 8, 1983. She married Evan Roberts on May 29, 2011.

Tracy is preceded in death by her father and her grandparents, and is survived by her husband Evan, her mother Angela, many loving family members, and many devoted friends.

Tracy loved to fish, spend weekends at the lake house, and watch Phillies baseball and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Being an avid animal lover, please consider a donation in her memory to the greater SPCA.

Carole Sasso

Carole Sasso of Newburgh died on November 9, 2017 at home.

Visitation will take place on Thursday Nov. 16 from 10-11, Mass of Christian Burial to follow at Our Lady of Mercy at Roseton at 11:30. Burial at Cedar Hill to follow.

Barbara A. Stillman

Barbara A. Stillman, of Plattekill and formerly of the Town of Newburgh, a retired secretary at Stewart Air Force Base at Stewart Field, died at home with family at her side on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the age of 82.

The daughter of the late Gumersindo and Rose (Delarede) Nunez, Barbara was born on December 29, 1934 in Newburgh. She was married to Paul G. Stillman, who predeceased her in 2008.

She was a life-long member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Walden and along with her husband, Paul, they were integral participants in the formation of the Town of Newburgh Little League.

Barbara is survived by her children, Andrea Rose Overton and her husband, Daniel of Plattekill, Mark George Stillman and his wife, Tracey of Palm Beach Gardens, Fl, Carl Dean Stillman and his wife, Kathleen of Pine Bush and David Paul Stillman and his wife, Debra of Newburgh; grandchildren, Matthew, Tamara, Talia, Timothy, Lindsay, Kristen, Zachary, Samantha, Erica and Greg; great-grandchildren, Chloe and Abigail; her sister, Dolores Nunez Labrenz and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to either Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Ct, Newburgh, NY 12550 or to Trinity Lutheran Church, 2520 Rt. 208, Walden, NY 12586.

Thomas R. Troncillito

Thomas R. Troncillito of Marlboro, passed away on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Elant @ Fishkill. He was 95. Thomas was the son of the late Frank Troncillito and Julia Salzano Troncillito.

He was born in Marlboro, NY on January 25, 1922. He married Joan Cosman Troncillito who predeceased him on February 9, 2012.

Thomas was a fruit farmer and the owner of Troncillito Bros. Fruit Farm in Marlboro.

Survivors include his daughters; Noreen Dall Vechia of Marlboro and Deborah Troncillito of Marlboro, his daughter in law Gale Troncillito of Marlboro, 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Thomas was predeceased by his wife Joan and his son Bruce Troncillito who died on March 7, 2015.

Myron “Mort” Tompkins

Myron “Mort” Tompkins, a U.S. Navy Veteran and long-time resident of Highland, passed away at Vassar Brothers Medical Center on November 10, 2017. He was 80. The youngest of five children, he was born to Victor Bennett Tompkins and Eugenia Loungsbury on July 30, 1937. Myron married Dolores “Dee” Meyer in the summer of 1958. During his time in the U.S. Navy from 1956-1960, Myron served aboard the USS McCaffery (DD-860).

He was predeceased by his three brothers, Richard, Victor, and Walter “Jack” Tompkins; and his sister, Cassie Orlando. Myron is survived by his wife of 59 years of marriage, Dolores Tompkins of Highland; two sons, Jesse Tompkins of Marlboro and Joseph Tompkins of Newburgh; and daughter, Mary Jonietz of Clintondale; his eight grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; brother and sisters in law; and his loving cat companion, Lilly Belle.

At Standard Gage Company, Inc. in Poughkeepsie, NY, Myron stared in the stock room and proceeded to work his way up to Plant Manager, but retiring with a supervisory role after 37 years. Devoted, Myron’s greatest achievement in life however was his family-from his siblings and grandchildren to those he called family on Tuckers Corners Rd.

Myron mostly enjoyed working on projects around the house, riding his motorcycle, bowling, and visiting with his fellow U.S Navy veterans. He also loved playing cards, softball, camping, and spending time with his family and friends.

Service were held Tuesday November 14 at the Torsone Funeral Home with Pastor Tobias Anderson officiating.

Burial with Military Honors will take place in Highland Cemetery.

Ronald R. VanWagenen

Ronald R. VanWagenen, of Wallkill passed away on November 6, 2017 at Phelps Memorial Hospital, Sleepy Hollow. He was 64.

The son of the late Beldon “Mike” and Bessie Babb VanWagenen, he was born January 11, 1953 in Middletown.
Ronald was a self-employed mechanic in Middletown.

Survivors include: sons, Chris VanWagenen, Ronald VanWagenen Jr., Darren VanWagenen, and Devan VanWagenen; daughter, Miya VanWagenen; sister, Cindy Curran; niece and nephew, Jessica and Ryan; numerous cousins. Ronald was predeceased by brother, Chris.

Graveside services were held November 9 at the Wallkill Valley Cemetery,. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice Residence, 1 Sunrise Lane, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Arrangements are by the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, Inc.

Cynthia May (Ackley) Warner

Cynthia May (Ackley) Warner passed away on Monday, November 6, 2017 in her home in Bloomingburg, at the age of 60 due to an acute heart attack.

Cynthia was born in Syracuse, NY on May 30, 1957 to Jeannette and the late Bruce Ackley. She was the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Patsos and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ackley.

Cynthia attended the Marcellus High School and Auburn Community College. She spent her post-graduation years in New York City leading an active social life and later settled into the art community in Cragsmoor, with her family and led a rich country life. Cynthia was a respected member of her professional community taking on numerous leadership roles and frequently volunteering her time for worthy causes. She was a trusted colleague, whom everyone went to for knowledge and advice.

She served on many boards and committees, including Chairperson of the MLS Board of Directors in the late 1990s and the Chairwoman of the Cultural Committee at Keller Williams Realty in the late 2000s. For the last six years, she had selflessly devoted herself to helping others as the Red Day Chairwoman.

Cynthia was a proud mother who tirelessly supported Ross in his athletic pursuit attending countless track meets and in his many hobbies. She was a devoted friend, loved by everyone for her bold and vibrant personality, sense of humor, and infectious laughter. She was creative in her many artistic endeavors, which included gardening, and jewelry making.

Cynthia is preceded by her father Bruce Earle Ackley and sister Lynnette Ackley. She is survived by her son Ross and husband Stephen, her loving mother Jeannette and stepfather George Beck, as well as her brother Donald Ackley Perot. She is also survived by her loving Weimaraner Shadow and cat Romeo.

A celebration of Cynthia’s life was held on Monday November 13, at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc. with Pastor Robert B. Hewitt officiating. A Memorial Service and Interment of ashes will be held in Syracuse at a later date.

Mary E. White

On November 7, 2017, Mary Ella White passed away at the age of 74.

She was born October 7, 1943, the middle child of the late Albert and Marian Baldwin Schofield.Mary was the proud daughter of farmers and as a result always had a great work ethic and a true love for animals. She liked to fish, especially when she was in Florida or while at her daughter Shari’s pond. Mary loved to golf, bowl and hunt and her many years of successful hunting included a 10-point buck last November.

Mary started her career as a Secretary for Inter-County Savings Bank in New Paltz, and was proud of her fast shorthand and typing skills.

She then worked for IBM, moved onto the Wallkill Central School District, and then worked as a Postal Clerk for the US Post Office for over 30 years.

Mary retired & spent the last several winters in Englewood, Florida where she enjoyed her close friends & the warm weather.

Her surviving family includes husband David White, daughter Wendy Troncone and her husband William, daughter Shari Nichols & her husband Abram, and daughter Kristina White. Her loving granddaughters Logan Stockhofer and Mariah Nichols, grandsons Todd Stockhofer, Rudolph and Charles Troncone, and Zachary Nichols. Brother Gary Schofield, brother-in-law Alan White & his wife Maria White, brother-in-law and close friends Steven and Karen Watkins and sister-in-law Alma McCormick. Mary was predeceased by her brother Reverend Albert Schofield.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 11 at Millspaugh Funeral Home, Walden with Pastor Steve Simon officiating. Burial was in New Hurley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to her late brother’s church Binnewater Union Free Chapel in Kingston, or donate to other causes Mary loved, PetsAlive.org or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

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