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John F. “Jack” Bernard Sr.

John F. “Jack” Bernard Sr. of Walden, NY passed away on March 14, 2018 at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. He was 87.

The son of the late Fred and Ada Edwards Bernard, he was born on January 8, 1931 in Wallkill. Jack leaves behind his loving wife, Esther Haun Bernard, at home.

Jack worked as a Toll Collector for the NYS Bridge Authority on the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge for 37 years. He was a Life Member of the Enterprise Steamer Co. of the Walden Fire Department and served as an Officer in the Walden Fire Police.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his son, John F. Bernard Jr. of Walden; daughters, Jacqueline Rose and her husband, Daniel, of Pine Bush, Joann Franz of Wallkill, Janice Kennedy and her husband, Frank, of Walden; sister, Alice Gillotti of Walden; grandchildren, Toby, Tabitha, Shannon, Suzette, John III, Jeniffer, Patrick, Jeremy, Matthew, Frankie and Emilee; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by his son, James Bernard, daughter, Debora Call, brother, Fred, and sister, Edith.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, March 18th at the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, Walden.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jack’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are by Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, Inc.

Fred Clark

Fred Clark, 62, formerly of Newburgh, died on Monday March 12 of cardiac arrest. Born in Cornwall, NY he was the son of the late Fred and Barbara Clark.

Fred loved to cook and eat his creations. He loved to cook breakfast for his nieces and nephew.

He is survived by his daughter, Melissa Fiore, her husband Andrew and their children, Alexa and Nicholas of Spring Texas and his son, Freddie Clark; his sister Bev and her companion Gary; nieces, nephews, cousins and many great friends. In addition to his parents and grandparents, he was predeceased by his sister Kathy and brother Michael.

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, March 17 at Brooks Funeral Home, Newburgh, Burial will be private.

Barbara Baxter DiDio

Barbara Baxter DiDio, longtime resident of Montgomery died on Sunday, March 11, 2018. She was 79.

Daughter of the late Vito and Lucille DiDio, Barbara was born in Bronx, NY on October 14, 1938.

Barbara was a waitress for the 84 Diner in Fishkill for over 25 years, where she greeted everyone with a smile and a song. She cared for all God’s creatures, loved nature, gardening and fishing. Barbara was greatly loved by family and will be missed every day.

Survivors include two sons, William (Lucy Clark) Baxter of Cape Coral, FL and Anthony (Debbie) Baxter of Gardiner, NY; two daughters, Linda Livingstone of Newburgh and Margo Schisano of Cornwall; two sisters, Theresa Giancaspro of FL and Maria Laske of NM; six grandchildren, Michelle Lynch, Michael Livingstone, Daniel Lynch, Stephen Livingstone, Daniel Baxter and Anthony Baxter, Jr. and five great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Barbara is predeceased by her longtime companion, Gary Kniffin.

A funeral services was held on Wednesday, March 14, at White, Venuto and Morrill Funeral and Cremation Service, Newburgh, NY Private cremation was at Cedar Hill Crematory.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550, hospiceoforange.com

Michael A. Gamma Sr.

Michael “Old Iron Pants” Gamma Sr. died on March 13, 2018, he was 79.
The son of the late Alexander and Eve (Kukla) Gamma, he was born in Newburgh, NY on April 19, 1938, where he attended high school at Newburgh Free Academy. Michael served in the US Marine Corps from 1958 until 1964 when he was honorably discharged. Michael was a devout parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi, a member of American Legion and the Walden Sportsmen’s Club.

Michael was as stubborn as they come but he had a heart of gold. His motto was “Something Attempted, Something Done”, which he demonstrated by raising three young boys on his own. These three boys grew into extraordinary men with all the best characteristics of their father. May God relieve you of your duty, Marine. Rest now in His hands and hope he doesn’t let go after you tell him the same joke for the millionth time.

Michael is survived by his honey of 35 years Barbara Monte; his beloved children Taras Gamma of Baltimore MD, Michael Gamma of Middletown, Matthew Gamma and girlfriend Kerry O’Hara of Middletown, Rick Monte of Orlando FL, Christine Monte of South Carolina and Pamela Monte of Stuart FL; siblings Peter Gamma and wife Marian of Delaware, Alex Gamma of Newburgh, Catherine Bowden of Newburgh, Patricia Durante of Newburgh, Carolyn Crisci and husband Richard of DE and Robert Kukla of Albany; grandchildren Brittany Gamma of AZ, Alyssa Gamma of VA, Logan and Owen Gamma and their mother Leslie Gamma, all of VA, and Gracie Gamma of Middletown; nieces and nephews Jennifer Durante of FL, Fallon Skelding of MI, Peter Gamma of CT, Brett Gamma of MD, Suzanna Muschio of NY, Richard Crisci, David Crisci, Alex Gamma III of FL, Kayla Chanowitz of NY and Eddie Muschio of NY.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother in-law Walter Bowden Jr.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday March 17 at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Burial was in Orange County Veterans Cemetery, Goshen, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.

Gordon B. Groff, Jr.

Gordon B. Groff, Jr. of New Windsor, entered into rest on Friday, March 9, 2018. He was 71.

Son of the late Gordon B. and Eleanor (Serviss) Groff Sr., Gordon was born October 1, 1946 in Newburgh.

Gordon, a longtime resident of New Windsor, was the retired owner and operator of Rocket Drywall in New Windsor. He was also an active member of the Sons of American Legion, New Windsor Post #1796 and Saturday Night Cruisers Car Club.

Survivors include; three sons, Gordon Anthony Groff and his wife, Susan Scheible of New Windsor, Richard Gordon Groff and his wife, Dawn of Wallkill and Jesse Groff and his wife, Stephanie of TN; a stepson, Thomas Yozzo and his wife, Jennifer of the Town of Newburgh; his companion, Jill Talasco of the Town of Newburgh; two sisters: Linda Tucker of Plattekill and Deborah Rahm of FL; four grandchildren: Richard Gordon Groff Jr., Theresa Marie Groff, James Cracolici and Nicholas Cracolici; two great grandchildren, Brittnay and Ashley. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

A funeral services was held on Friday, March 16, at White, Venuto and Morrill Funeral and Cremation Service, Newburgh.

Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, New Windsor.

Memorial contributions are asked to St. Judes Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-9959 – stjude.org/memorial.

Stephen Valent Juracek, Jr.

Stephen Valent Juracek, Jr., of the Town of Newburgh, a retired manager for IBM died on Thursday, March 16, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Newburgh. He was 78.

The son of the late Stephen Valent Juracek, Sr. and Edna Mae (Wright) Juracek, Stephen was born on April 26, 1939 in Newburgh. He was the beloved husband of Beverley Jean Toth Juracek, who survives at home. Stephen was proud to serve our country in as an electronic technician in the US Navy.

Stephen was an exceptional Baseball Pitcher, a great drummer, a member of the NRA and a member of the Wawarsing and Mid-Hudson Rod & Gun Clubs. He shared a selfless love for his family-always above and beyond!

In addition to his beloved wife, Beverley, Stephen has left to cherish his memory his children, Alicia Ann Juracek of the Town of Newburgh and his son, Stephen Valent Juracek III, also of the Town of Newburgh grandchildren, Ryan Juracek, Kaylee Juracek and Tasha Juracek; great-grandchildren, Jaelynn Juracek and Miranda Juracek; a sister, Patricia Ann Fitzgerald and numerous very special nieces and nephews.

Services were held on Tuesday, March 20 at Brooks Funeral Home, Newburgh. Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh.

Tammy Lynn Koehler

Tammy Lynn Koehler of Woodridge, passed away on March 6, 2018 at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. She was 48.

The daughter of Lowell Mullins and Kathi DeSousa, she was born on December 15, 1969 in Newburgh. Tammy leaves behind her loving husband, Kirk K. Koehler, at home.

Survivors include her father, Lowell Mullins of Bloomingburg; mother, Kathi DeSousa of Newburgh; sons, Jeremiah DeGraw of Walden and Joshua DeGraw of Bloomingburg; daughter, Amber Mullins of Monticello; brothers, Joaquin DeSousa of Newburgh, Constantino DeSousa Jr. of Newburgh, Michael Olsen of Marlboro; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Tammy was predeceased by her son, Brian DeGraw as well as her brothers, Mark Mullins, Lonnie Mullins and Ronald Smith.

A memorial visitation was held Friday, March 16 at the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, Walden.

Arrangements are by Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, Inc.

Anthony W. Kondelka

Anthony W. Kondelka, a carpenter and longtime resident of the area passed away on Wednesday March 14, 2018 at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. He was 82.

The son of the late Anthony Kondelka and Elizabeth Pitman Kondelka, he was born on September 30, 1935 in Westwood, NJ.

A Veteran, Anthony served his country from 1958-1960 in the US Army. Anthony was a leader of Boy Scout Troop 13 in Spring Valley, he started the Spring Hill Ambulance Corps, was a parishioner of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Bullville, member of the Town of Crawford Grievance Board, and also played Santa for over 20 years at Stonehenge Farm Market in Bullville.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth at home, 3 children, Karen Seekamp and her husband William of Circleville, Kevin Kondelka and his wife Lisa of Bullville, and Kim Conti and her husband Joe of Bullville. 8 grandchildren, Jenna Menetti and her husband Anthony, Casey Carroll and her husband James, Evan Seekamp and his fiancé Nicole Hurley, Erin Seekamp, Shelby Kondelka, Nickolett Kondelka, Joseph Conti and Jared Conti, 1 great granddaughter, Peyton Menetti, one brother, Arthur Kern of California and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday March 17, 2018 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Bullville. Burial will take place in Bloomingburg Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc.

Winifred Lucille Malora

Winifred Lucille Malora, of Boynton Beach, Florida, born on July 30, 1937 in Marlboro, to Cornelia Atkins and Ralph Partington Sr., passed away at age 80 on March 13, 2018.

She was a hairstylist before retiring to Boynton Beach with her husband Paul Malora in 2008.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Mildred Bartula Eckert and Cornelia DeFabio Becker.

In addition to her husband, Winnie is survived by her son, Eric Malora; daughter Elizabeth Shook and her husband, Bob; brother, Ralph Partington Jr and his wife, Joan; and sister, Velda Preston.

Edward A. Melville

Edward A. Melville of Walden, entered into rest on Sunday, March 18, 2018 surrounded by many of his loved ones. He was 84.

The son of the late Edward Francis and Apolonia Pearl (Kaczor) Melville, Edward was born on August 31, 1933 in Attica, NY.

Upon an intriguing, chance meeting at a wedding, followed by an unexpected blind date, he fell in love with Lilli Clement. They were married on February 15, 1958 and recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. They settled on Berea Road in Walden and there raised four children.

A loving, devoted father who always put his family first, he later welcomed eight grandchildren, and presently, three great-grandchildren, becoming a wonderful “Opa” to them all. He richly loved each, gladly attending many events, sports games, concerts, recitals, parades and other school functions. An avid bird lover, he shared his extensive knowledge to others. Also, a sports fan, he could discuss games, careers, or any other sports related trivia at length.

Edward was a retired electrician employed at Central Hudson for 35 years. He was a Korean War Veteran who just had the tremendous opportunity to participate in the Honor Flight #15. He was a member of the American Legion in Montgomery, the Mended Hearts, and the Marlboro Senior Citizens Club.

Survivors include his wife, Lilli; daughters, Barbara (Bruce) Arwe, Dolores (Shawn) O’Brien, Lisa (James) McIver; son, Edward (Kristin) Melville; grandchildren, Kristine (Jay), Veronica, Kathryn (Yovany), Shawn, Aubrey, Eddie (Regina), Emily and Adeline; great-grandchildren, Aaliyah, Yovany and Savannah; a loving sister, Maryann, as well as many nieces and nephews. Edward was predeceased by brothers, John and Patrick, and sisters, Colleen, Joan and Bernice.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 22nd from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, 39 Orchard St. Walden, NY 12586. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 23rd at the Church of the Most Precious Blood, 42 Walnut St., Walden. Burial will follow at Wallkill Valley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Edward’s name to Hudson Valley Honor Flight or Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Arrangements are by Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, Inc.

Tom Murphy

Thomas A. Murphy, 94, of Highland, died Friday, March 16, 2018 at Woodland Pond in New Paltz, surrounded by his loving family.

Tom was born on July 26, 1923 in New York. He was the fourth youngest child of Irish immigrants, Patrick and Mary Foley Murphy. He graduated from Highland High School in 1942.

Tom served his beloved country and entered the U.S. Army on January 13, 1943 and was honorably discharged on November 17, 1945 as a Corporal, Company C, 373D Engineering General Services Regiment. During his tour in World War II, he received the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. Upon returning, he was employed at the Railroad and in 1950, he joined IBM as an analyst, retiring in 1988.

On October 19, 1963 at St Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Highland, he married Amelia Mandy, the love of his life who passed away in April 2008 who he will now be re-united. Survivors include his daughter, Mary Jo Cipollini of Highland, son-in-law, Joe Cipollini of Highland, and two beloved grandchildren, Ally and Tommy; in-laws, Louise Mandy, Elaine Murphy, Norma Murphy, Betty Murphy, Joan Mandy and Janet & John Mandy, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, six brothers Dave, Denny, Russell, Arthur, Timmy, Matt, and two sisters, Kitty and Bina.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He truly adored his grandchildren. He lived for them along with the NY Giants and NY Rangers!

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, March 21 at 10 a.m. at St Augustine R.C. Church in Highland. Burial will follow at St Peter’s Cemetery, Poughkeepsie.

Betty A. Reese

Betty A. Reese of New Windsor formerly of Marlboro died Friday, March 16, 2018. She was 89.

Daughter of the late Lawton F. and Susan (Conn) Clark, she was born December 21, 1928 in Newburgh.

Betty was the retired executive secretary for the Greater Newburgh Area Chamber of Commerce in Newburgh. She always had a smile and was a huge animal lover. “She was the best mother ever.”

Survivors include her devoted and beloved daughter; Alana S. Gervais of New Windsor, brother-in-law, Stan Conormon, nephew, Todd Conormon. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Jean Conormon and son-in-law Guy Gervais.

At Betty’s request, a private interment will take place in the family plot at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Betty’s memory to Hudson Valley Hospice –.hvhospice.org or to Union Presbyterian Church, 44 Balmville Rd., Newburgh, NY 12550.

Funeral arrangements are in care of White, Venuto & Morrill Funeral and Cremation Service, Newburgh.

Willie “Tony” Reid

Willie “Tony” Reid 46, of Newburgh, died at home, on Monday, March 12, 2018. Son of Charles Reid and Cathy Brown, Willie was a lifelong resident of the area, he was born in Newburgh, on July 11, 1971.

Willie attended Newburgh schools, and was a graduate of Newburgh Free Academy. He worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant. He was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend to all who knew him. He will be missed.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Cathy Brown, his stepfather, Arthur Haymer; his brother Previn Haymer of Newburgh, his sister Kimberly Haymer of Newburgh;; nieces and nephews, Tanzania, previn jr, prevnesha, sany, mylove Dynasty, dae’arie, deja’nique, Domani and dea-shawn. He was predeceased by his father Charles Reid.
Visitation was held on Monday, March 19 at Brooks Funeral, Newburgh.

Jean Seaman Roumelis

Jean Seaman Roumelis passed one month short of her 93rd birthday in Kirkland, WA.

Born March 30, 1925 she was the daughter of Walter R. Seaman and Anna Terpening both of Highland. She attended schools in Highland, graduated from Dean Academy in Franklin, MA, Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in NYC and attended Russell Sage College in Troy NY. Jean left Russell Sage to become an airplane spotter during the end of WWII. The war ended and she married the love of her life in 1945, Peter Roumelis! Lifelong residents of Highland, (wintering in Hilton Head, SC from the 1980’s), Jean moved to Kenmore WA in 2012 to be with her son and grandsons until her death.

She was a founding volunteer for the Ulster County Cancer society and established the yearly tennis tournament fund raiser. An active member in the Episcopal Churches of Holy Trinity, Highland and Ascension, West Park, she was instrumental in the book-fair booths for the annual August fund raiser. Jean also owned and operated Crum Elbow Realty in Highland, while working as a part time travel agent for Duso Travel in Poughkeepsie.

Predeceased by her husband Peter Roumelis of Highland and Hilton Head, SC, she is survived by a daughter Ande and son-in-law Peter E. Rooney of Ulster Park, NY, a son Richard Theodore Roumelis of Kenmore, WA, grandsons Andrew and Peter also of Kenmore WA, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m. at the Church of the Ascension, 1585 Route 9W, West Park. Interment will be in the Highland Cemetery immediately following the Mass.

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