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Yolanda Bellacicco

Yolanda Bellacicco, 92, of Highland passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on September 8th, 2017. Born on September 30th, 1924 in Brooklyn, NY, Yolanda was the seventh of nine children born to Settimo and Calogera (Randazzo) Giannone.

Yolanda grew up in Brooklyn where she worked in her family owned bakery. On October 17th, 1948 she married Leonard Bellacicco of Highland, NY at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn.

Yolanda is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Leonard, her son John Bellacicco and wife Kathy of Milton, her daughter CarolAnn Maybaum and husband Harold of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, her daughter Noreen Centonze and Husband Leonard of Highland, and son Robert Bellacicco and wife Anna of Claverack, NY. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren Eric Maybaum, Alyssa (and husband Benedetto) D’Alto , John Centonze, Christopher and Andrew Bellacicco, and Michael and Daniel Bellacicco, as well as three great-grandchildren Jack, Ella, and Aurora. Yolanda is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Yolanda was predeceased by her parents, Settimo and Calogera, her siblings Francesco, Joseph, John, Hugo, and Victor Giannone, and her sisters Concetta Newsome, Rosalie Sparacio, and Olga Buongiovanni.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, September 12th at 10am at St. Augustine’s Church in Highland.

Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Kim Caramatti

Kim Caramatti of the Town of Montgomery and a lifelong area resident, passed away peacefully on September 5, 2017 at home with her family by her side. She was 54.

She was born Kim Cheri Ruscitti in Cornwall to the former Patricia LeClair and the late Aaron Ruscitti.

Kim was a graduate of Newburgh Free Academy, Orange County Community College and the Berkeley School of Business. She worked for many years in medical administration for the business office of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital and Crystal Run Healthcare.

Kim enjoyed good books, fine restaurants, sunny vacations, shopping for clothes and cosmetics, a good glass of wine and lots of nice shoes. She thoroughly enjoyed the company of friends and family and of her loyal cats Shadow and Buddy. The last several years Kim also volunteered with a Relay for Life team to raise money for the fight against cancer.

Survivors include her husband Mark Caramatti at home; her mother Patricia Chiocchi and stepfather Charles Chiocchi of The Villages, FL; her sister Kelly Cary and brother-in-law Jess Cary of Allendale NJ and their children Rachel Cary, Emma Cary and Brad Cary, also of Allendale, NJ. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins as well as numerous friends.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Kim’s favorite charity: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

Dorothy May DuBois Cooper

Dorothy May DuBois Cooper of Montgomery, a housewife and retired owner of E. Cooper and Sons Septic, died September 8, 2017. She was 89.

Dorothy was born April 4, 1928. She was the daughter of Earl Thomas & Ethel May DuBois of Walden N.Y., where she grew up with brother Dick Welsh and sister Mabel Turner.

Dorothy was a lifetime resident of 2251 Scotts Corners in Montgomery. She is now reunited with husband of 71 years Elisha Cooper. She was predeceased by her son Richard E. Cooper, grandson James A. Cooper, son-in-laws Dennis Sprague & Gary Cooper.

Dorothy is survived by her children Geraldine Sprague, Pastor Elisha T. Cooper (Whitey), wife Gale, Charlotte Stanley, husband Arthur, Linda Cooper, James A. Cooper, wife Loretta, Morris H.S. Cooper, wife Chrissy, Debra Hicks, husband Samuel, Thomas E. Cooper, wife Denise, Mary Tabasco, husband Arthur, Gizelle Harrison, husband Buckie; nephew James R. Cooper Jr, wife Margaret; sister- in-laws Charlotte and Barbara Cooper; her fostered children Clifford Smith, John Martin, & Phyllis Ebling; her 31 grandchildren and numerous great & great-great -grandchildren; nieces Cathy & Carol and many other nieces & nephews.

A family statement: “Dorothy was a virtuous, God fearing woman with many God given talents. …Dorothy was a devoted wife and mother. She was our hero. She loved to cook, sew & do yard work but her passion was taking care of her husband, children & family. She was a charter member of Amazing Grace Fellowship Church of Pine Bush NY and an Eastern Star of Chapter 560. The love we had for her is indescribable and she will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at the church. Her son, Pastor Elisha T. Cooper, will officiate.

Burial will be in Wallkill Valley Cemetery in Walden.In lieu of flowers all donations may be made to Amazing Grace Fellowship Church.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Nelson I. Dina

Nelson I. Dina, a lifelong resident of Marlboro, passed away on September 10, 2017 at the Kaplan Family Hospice Residence, Newburgh, NY. He was 89.

Nelson was the son of the late Onofrio & Angelina Volpe Dina. He was born in Marlboro, NY on January 11, 1928. He married Phyllis Cosman with whom he celebrated 66 years of marriage.

Nelson was a graduate of Marlboro High School and the State University of NY at Morrisville.

He was a United States Army veteran serving in the Korean War. He was a Lab Technician at Texaco Research before starting his own business, Dina’s Power Center of Milton, with sons Edward & Geoffrey until his retirement in 1991.
Nelson was elected to the Ulster County Legislature, was chairman of the Ulster County IDA Board and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Marlboro Library. He served as Vice Commodore of the Marlboro Yacht Club and President of the Beach Hill Sportsman Club.

Survivors include his wife Phyllis, sons: Edward and fiancé Kymbra, Geoffrey and wife Karen, grandchildren: Matthew Dina and wife Melanie, Lisa DeMarco and husband Robert, Kimberly Hawley and husband Tim, great grandchildren: Kaylie & Zachary Dina and Jackson & Brayden DeMarco, brother Louis Dina and wife Margaret and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his sister Ann Jackson.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

At Nelson’s request funeral services are private and at the convenience of the family.

Louis Everett

Louis Everett, a 56-year resident of Newburgh and wrangler at the Pinegrove Dude Ranch, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Newburgh.

The son of the late Louis and Myrtis (Pickett) Everett, Louis was born June 1, 1950 in Delco, North Carolina. He graduated from Newburgh Free Academy in 1969 and on September 18, 1977. He married his beloved Rhonda (Harvin) Everett in Orangeburg, NY.

Rhonda survives at home.

Louis attended Solid Rock Church, was part of the Orange County Horse Council and was part of the Newburgh Auxiliary Police.

Louis loved to ride horses, fish, and in his earlier years, he played basketball & softball.

In addition to his beloved Rhonda, Louis is survived by his two sons, Jason & Quiana Everett of Marietta, GA and Ethan & Thomasa Everett of Newburgh; grandchildren, Jayda, Joshua, Zoe, Eva; two sisters, Jannice and Curtis May of Banning, CA; and Angela & Taylor Hooks of Marietta, GA; nieces and nephews, Angela Williams, Bradley May, Ruth Harvin, David Harvin, Jr., Jordan Harvin, Jared Harvin.

In addition to his parents, Louis was predeceased by his aunt, Doreen Pickett.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, September 12, at Solid Rock Church, 20 Holloran Road, New Windsor, NY 12553.

A Memorial Service will celebrate Louis’ life from 7-8:30 p.m. The Rev. Thomas F. Stimpson will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Louis’ memory will be collected at the church or may be mailed to Solid Rock Church, 20 Holloran Road, New Windsor, NY 12553.

James M. Fairbairn

James M. Fairbairn, a retired Truck Driver for Dairylea and Yellow Freight passed away on September 7, 2017 at St. Lukes Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh. He was 79.

The son of the late Melvin and Vita Fairbairn, he was born on December 24, 1937 in Delhi, NY.

A Veteran, James served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-1958, a 35+ Member of the Bullville Fire Department and a member of the Faith Baptist Church in Montgomery.

Survivors include his wife Bonnie at home, his children, Donna Hessinger and her husband Kenneth of White Sulphur Springs, Walter Breckheimer and his significant other, Jennifer Mack of Montgomery, and Timothy Breckheimer and his wife Lorie of Phoenix, NY, brothers, Anthony Fairbairn and his significant other, Patty McDermott, John Fairbairn and his wife Donna, and Melvin Fairbairn and his wife Shelly, sisters, Joan Gray and her husband Ronald, and Gail Fairbairn, brother-in-law, Edward Breckheimer. James is further survived by many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and is predeceased by his daughter, Rhonda Rhyne and sister in law, Jeanne Passino.

Services were held on Tuesday September 12, at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc., Pine Bush. Cremation will take place at Cedar Hill Crematory in Newburgh.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the Bullville Fire Department, PO Box 225, Bullville, NY 10915.

Garry R. Fowler

Garry R. Fowler of New Windsor passed away Friday, September 1, 2017 in New Windsor. He was 62.

The son of DonnaJo Fowler and Richard J. Fowler, he was born May 5, 1955 in Syracuse.

Garry served in the Navy and worked as a computer network administrator for C.A. in White Plains.

Survivors include his wife, Diane T Fowler; 
mother DonnaJo Fowler; daughter Emily-Kate Fowler; son Josiah D Fowler; daughter; Sarah E Fowler, daughter Bethann Fowler ; brother Ernest Fowler; sister Elaine Dejohn and husband Sydney C.; sister Sharon Fowler-Pini and husband Harold and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Sunday, September 10, at Goodwill Presbyterian Church, Rt. 208, Montgomery with Rev. John Torres officiating.

Burial will be private in Orange County Veterans Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Robert “Bob” Gruner

Robert “Bob” Gruner, 71, of Highland, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on September 7, 2017 at Vassar Hospital.

Bob was born August 26, 1946. He is the son of the late Joseph & Marion (Post) Gruner. Bob married his high school sweetheart, Cathryn “Kitty” Brault on April 23, 1966 in Highland, , who survives at home.

Bob is also survived by his daughter Suzanne Davis of Wallkill, and daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Mark McPeck of Highland, along with his adored grandchildren Katelin and Zackary McPeck, a sister, Joanne Komenda of Red Hook, sisters and brothers-in-law and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bob was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Gruner.

The family wishes to make a special thanks to the staff in the ICU at Vassar Hospital for their dedication and support. And also thank the staff at Dutchess Dialysis for the years of care during his dialysis treatments.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Highland Public Library Capital Fund 30 Church Street Highland, NY 12528.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday September 11 at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Highland.

Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Rita R. Mann-Simons

Rita R. Mann-Simons, of the Town of Newburgh, born on November 23, 1954 in Port Chester to Joan & John Mann where she lived and worked until 1978 when she married Roger Simons.

They lived in Wappinger Falls for a short time, then settled in Newburgh, NY. She worked for General Re Insurance as a secretary and then as an actuarial assistant for 17 years. She then became a homemaker to take care of her two children. Rita also did part time work up until 2008. She then went to work for Hudson Valley Rehab as a cleaner and then as an Activities Specialist for 6 years before retiring in 2014.

Rita loved horticulture, reading books and the art of coloring.

She is predeceased by her mother and father, Joan & Jack Mann and also by her younger brother, Reed G. Mann.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Roger Simons, Jennifer Lankpoop her oldest daughter, her husband , Christopher Lankpoop and 2 grandchildren, Ava and Olivia Lankpoop all of North Carolina. Her youngest daughter, Terese Simons of Virginia; her sisters, Jackie Walker, Rhoda Jefferies and Kathy Pride; and older brother John Mann and a host of nephews and nieces.

Services will be held privately at a later date at the discretion of the family.

James A Miller Jr.

James A. “Jim” Miller Jr. of Walden, passed away Sunday, September 10, 2017, at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh. He was 52.

The son of James Miller and Amolia Colantuono Miller, he was born December 2, 1964 in Middletown.

Jim was a millwork fabricator and woodwork refinisher for The Keck Group, Middletown, NY. He was also the owner and operator of Country Landscape Design for many years and was dedicated to his craft and his customers.

Survivors include his life partner and love of his life Dawn Boone; son Jimmy Miller III; daughter Jamie Miller and Jason; daughter Becky Maher and Brian; son Wayne Magill and MaryJane; grandchildren Mia Maher, Ryan and Alaina Ofeldt, Emily and Serena Magill; Parents Molly and Jim Miller, Sr.; brother Derek Miller and June; sister Lisa DiStefano and John brother-in-law Craig Campbell and Stephanie Nephew and godson Nicholas Miller, Niece Alexis Campbell and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 4-8 p.m. at Millspaugh Funeral Home, 22 Bank St. Walden. Funeral services will be Friday, September 15, 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Wallkill Valley Cemetery in Walden.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, Illinois 60611, pulmonaryfibrosis.org.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

For directions or condolences please visit millspaughfuneralhome.com.

Darlene B. Motter

Darlene B. Motter of Montgomery passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017, in Middletown. She was 57.

The daughter of Robert Will and Eileen Harkins Will, she was born September 5, 1960 in Brooklyn.

A family statement: “Darlene Motter was a beautiful, loving mother and devoted wife. Everything she did in her life was to better her family. As a member of Holy Name of Mary Church in Montgomery, she contributed to her religious beliefs. Prior to moving to Montgomery, she worked as a stationary engineer for Lederle Labs in Pearl River.”

Survivors include her husband Robert Motter; son Darrell Motter and his wife, Alisia of Washingtonville; daughters Corinne Motter of New Windsor and Caitlyn Motter of New Windsor; stepson Robert, Jr. of Orangeburg; grandchildren Gia, Cole, Julia, Haley; brothers Tommy and Billy and sisters Eilene, Mary Denise, Barbara.

She was predeceased by brothers Robbie, Eddie, and Hughie and sister Janet.

A mass of Christian burial was held Monday, September 11, 2017, at Holy Name of Mary Church, 89 Union St., Montgomery, NY. Burial was in St Mary’s Cemetery in Montgomery. Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Deacon John T. Repke

Deacon John T. Repke, 80, of Marlboro, passed away Friday Sept. 8, 2017. He was born on Dec. 27, 1936. in Brooklyn, NY. He was the son of the late Francis and Dorothy Repke of Wallkill.

He was ordained Permanent Deacon on May 1, 1982.

John was predeceased by his wife, Maria Grimm Repke. He is survived by his five children: Karen Corrado and her husband Joe of Marlboro, Joan Repke and her partner Michael of Florida, John Repke and his wife Lisa of Marlboro, Sharon Repke of Milton, and Maria Repke of California. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Angela, Jessica and Joe Corrado, Jake and Emma Repke, Gavin Petilli and Raymond, Ross, and Robert Bianco. He is survived by his brothers: Francis and his wife Barbara of Florida and Robert and his wife Catherine of Florida, and several loved nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Wednesday Sept. 13 at St. Mary’s Church, 1209 Route 9W, Marlboro from 3 to 8 p.m.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday at St. Mary’s Church at 10:30am with the burial immediately following at St. Mary’s Cemetery, 510 Lattintown Road, Marlboro.

A reception will be held after at St. Mary’s Parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Church, P.O. Box 730, Marlboro, or to Take Me Home Pet Rescue, 706 Milton Tnpk., Highland,

Joan A. Roerden-Wille

Joan A. Roerden-Wille of Montgomery, passed away on Monday, September 4, 2017 in Simpsonville, SC.

The daughter of the late George O. and Gwendolyn Hawkins Amos, she was born on January 22, 1932 in Flushing. She was the widow of the late Charles E. Wille and Herbert Roerden.

Joan was retired from the Orange County Health Dept. after 30 years of service as a Registered Nurse. She was a Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church, Montgomery, and a volunteer at the Montgomery Food Pantry and Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties. She was also a member of the Montgomery Historical Society, Silverados Senior Dance Group, and the Red Hat Society.

She is survived by her sons: Robert (Kass) of Mt Pleasant, SC; Michael (Alice) of Copiague, NY; Kevin (Toni) of Folly Beach, SC; Gary Roerden of Montgomery, NY; daughters: Gayle Baloga (Thomas) of Belmont, NC; Gwen Roerden-Rettoun (Adi) of Simpsonville, SC; daughter-in-law Marlene Roerden of Warwick, NY; step daughter, Susanne Wasson (Randy) of Montgomery, NY; brother, Peter Amos (Rose) of Hudson,FL; brother -in-law, Chris Roerden (Hilda) of New Hyde Park, NY; sisters-in-law, Agnes Amos of St. Petersburg, FL and Marret Salg (Bob) of Huntington Station, NY ; 14 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Richard Amos.

A family statement: “She was loving and generous, an inspiration and a true friend. She loved food, dance, travel, and her family most of all.”

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 17 at the First Presbyterian Church, Clinton Street, Montgomery.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Road, Newburgh, NY 12550 or the First Presbyterian Church, Montgomery, NY.

Arrangements are by the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, Inc. 39 Orchard St., Walden,

Joseph “Joe” Valenti

Joseph “Joe” Valenti , 81 of Plattekill, died Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

The son of the late Alfred and Bessie (Mazza) Valenti, Joseph was born July 11, 1936 in New York, New York. He is survived by his adoring wife of 58 years Frances (Noa) Valenti.

Joe. as he was known to family and friends, spent his earlier years living in the Bronx where he was a maintenance man with the City of New York Housing Authority for 33 years, retiring in 1986.

In 1976 he moved his family to Plattekill and later went on to work for the Wallkill School District and Star Expansion.
One of Joe’s favorites was his beloved Yankees but more important to him was his devotion to his wife and the care of his family. A man of many talents, Joe always had a smile for everyone he met.

Survivors in addition to his wife, Frances, include his son, Alfred L. Valenti and his wife, Jennifer of the Town of Newburgh, daughters: Anna Nazario and husband, Victor of Plattekill; Yvette Rodriques and husband, Roberto of Milton ; grandchildren: Michael, Madison, Megan, Matthew, Victor and Arianna; great-grandson, Jaxson. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a grandson, Brandon.

Services were held Monday, September 11 at White, Venuto & Morrill Funeral and Cremation Service, Town of Newburgh. Entombment was at Cedar Hill Mausoleum.

Jane Elizabeth West

Jane Elizabeth West, 87 peacefully passed away Tuesday morning September 5, 2017. She was born May 4, 1930 to Ira and Ada Baisley, lived in her hometown of Stony Point, NY until 1962 when her family moved to New Paltz.

Jane worked for the Town of New Paltz from 1966 until her retirement in 1985. During that time, she served as Deputy Town Clerk, Town Clerk, Tax Collector and issued marriage licenses. Upon retirement, she lived in Florida and Kentucky before returning to her home state of New York.

Jane is survived by her four children, Gail( Carmen) Messina of Marlboro, NY, Carol (Bruce) Keeping of Gardiner, Nancy (Bill) Blackford of Creede, CO and Jon (Sailene) Ossman of Venice, CA; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, and her sister Barbara (Bob) Ewell of Saratoga Springs, NY and Naples, FL, one niece and one nephew and many friends, especially Bill Sheeley and Nancy Whelan. She was predeceased in death by her parents and dear aunt, Margaret Bedford.

The funeral, presided over by Reverend David L. Mason, was in Union Presbyterian Church, Balmville, on Friday, September 8. Interment was at Mount Repose Cemetery in Haverstraw.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to a favorite charity is suggested.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Carl J. DiDonato, Jr of The DiDonato Funeral Service, Inc.

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