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Ralph Stanley Baxter

Ralph Stanley Baxter of Milton, NY passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Wingate Nursing Home of Highland. He was 95.
Ralph was born in Marlboro, on November 27, 1921. He was the son of the late Howland & Hattie Crook Baxter. He married Ruth Adams who predeceased him on March 30, 2016.

Ralph was a United States WW II Army veteran. He was a member of the American Legion Vieby Sutton Post #124, a member of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Marlboro. Ralph was an Office Manager for Central Hudson Corp.

Survivors include his sons; David Baxter and his wife Peggy of Milton, Daniel Baxter and his wife Evelyn of Massachusetts, his daughter in law Erin Baxter of Milton, his 3 grandchildren; Melinda Baxter-Apgar, Jeffrey Baxter & Megan Baxter-Akacki.

He was predeceased by his son Jeff Baxter, his granddaughter Rebecca Baxter, brother Henry and 3 sisters Roberta, Virginia & Vivian.
Funeral services were held Sunday at the DiDonato Funeral Home with the Reverend Laurie McNeil officiating.
Graveside services will be held on Monday morning at 10 a.m. at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh.

Arthur Bloomer

Arthur Bloomer of Walden, a resident of the area passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in Walden. He was 67.

The son of the late Joseph Bloomer and Genevieve Smith Bloomer, he was born December 30, 1949 in Cornwall, NY.

He was an Army Vietnam Veteran and was a recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After retiring from serving in the military for 20 years he worked at USMA West Point for 20 years. He also drove a school bus for Valley Central Schools until 2002. He was a member of the New York State VFW and was an avid outdoorsman, loving fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed metal detecting with his friends George and Richard.

Survivors include his wife Lynn Bloomer of Walden, daughters Christy Schoonmaker and her husband Doug of Conway, SC and Amy Noble and her significant other John of Newburgh; son Joseph Bloomer and his wife Noreen of Washingtonville; grandchildren Jordan Donley and her husband Eric,Dylan and Hunter Schoonmaker, Madalyn and Olivia Noble,Michael and Owen Martinez and great-grandsons Owen and Eamon.

A funeral service was held Friday, July 21, 2017, at the Millspaugh Funeral Home, Walden, with Rev. Brian Randazzo officiating. Burial was in Orange County Veterans Cemetery in Goshen, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court Newburgh, NY 12550.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Geraldine F. Buck

Early on July 17, 2017, a woman of distinction, Geraldine F. Buck, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

She was born August 29, 1940 in East Meadow, New York to Lorette and George Fedden. She married Howard J. Buck Sr. on July 5, 1959.
“Gerry” was a mother, grandmother, sister, and dear friend.

Gerry came to New Paltz from Long Island with her husband, who landed a job as a carpenter. She soon became a waitress to help support her young family, not too long did she become the Welfare Officer in the Town of New Paltz. She was also a member of the New Paltz Republican Club and the New Paltz Chamber. She was most remembered by being a well-known and respected Real Estate Broker. She was a diligent worker, who was able to narrate the benefits of living and working in the surroundings of New Paltz and became well-known to weekenders, farmers, educators, students, and locals alike.

Gerry enjoyed entertaining at the home she and her husband Howard rejuvenated together at 46 Libertyville Road. She took great pride in her home and created a “home life” by welcoming everyone to the porch and the table. She created memories from years of Thanksgivings, Christmas’, and many, many dinner parties with friends. With a sense of humor and a quick wit, she laughed and smiled with family and friends by setting traditions we now can continue. As an avid skier and boater, she maneuvered on mountains and shores always sharing what she had.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara, and husband Michael Croce; daughter Debra Pindar; son Howard J. Buck Jr., and his companion, Roseann Sellers; granddaughters Ashley, Catherine, and Molly Croce, Heather Pindar, and her husband, AJ Feldt, and Laci Pindar.

She was pre-deceased by her loving husband Howard, her parents George and Lorette Fedden, her son-in-law, Ralph Pindar, and nephews Peter and Paul Fedden.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July, 20t at St. Joseph’s Church, 34 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz. A burial will follow where she will be put to rest next to her husband at New Paltz Rural Cemetery.

Donations can be made in her name to Donate Life America New England.

George Burrow

George Burrow passed away peacefully at Orange Regional Medical Center. He was surrounded by his loving family on July 19, 2017. George was born in Queens NY on April 15, 1939 to George and Rose Burrow.

He married Rose Marie Burrow on September 23, 1961. They were married for 51 amazing years until Rose passed away unexpectedly in 2012.

George served in the U.S. Army Core of Engineer’s from 1956 through 1964, after he began a Career in the New York City Dept. of Corrections where he retired after 20 years.

George’s memory lives on through his sister Elaine Burrow, his son John Burrow and his wife Andrea, and his grandsons John, Nick and Anthony Burrow all of Pine Bush, NY George is pre-deceased by his wife Rose Marie and their son George.

A Catholic mass service was held Monday at The Church of Infant Savior in Pine Bush.

Messages of condolences may be left at DeWittFH.com.

Traci Farrett

Traci Farrett of Marlboro, passed away suddenly at home on July 16, 2017. She was 49.

Traci was born on November 10, 1967 in Cornwall, NY to James and Elizabeth Sherwood. She lived in Marlboro her entire life where she married John Farrett and had four beautiful children. She loved animals, crafts of all sorts, cooking, gardening and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Former employee of Sherwood Tile and part owner of Rapid Sanitation.

Traci was a beloved daughter, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her father James Sherwood and step-mother Peggy Sherwood, mother Elizabeth Sherwood, brothers; Brian Sherwood and Chris Sherwood and his wife Bridgette, partner Kevin Wardrop, dearly loved children; Jordan Farrett and fiancé Johnny Ramirez, John Farrett III and girlfriend Kendra Finch, Courtney Farrett and James Farrett and precious grandsons; Jayden Loupe and Julian Ramirez.

Traci will sorely be missed and forever loved by many.

A memorial service was held on Monday afternoon at the DiDonato Funeral Home with Reverend David Ballou officiating.

Sterling David Fuquay

Sterling David Fuquay, 88 of Newburgh, entered into rest on Friday, July 21, 2017. The son of the late Cecil and Effie (Outen) Fuquay, he was born September 12, 1928 in Durham, NC. He was married to the late Philomena Fuquay, who predeceased him in 2010.

Sterling proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, and was Head Waiter at USMA at West Point. He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans.

Survivors include his three daughters, Colleen Shapiro and husband Roy of Newburgh, Jean Mottley and husband Mac of Bel Air, MD, and Kay Fuquay of Middletown; grandchildren David (Evelyn), Christine (Sean), Ryan and Douglas; great-grandchildren Devin, Cailin, Bailey and Brayden; and several nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his wife Philomena, he was predeceased by his son, David Sean Fuquay, and siblings, James, Doris, Betty Lou and Kay.

A special thanks to caregivers Oksana, Tanya, Margarita and Catherine, as well as Orlando, Jen and Dr. Kessner at Castle Point.

Visitation and prayers will be held from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26 at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. Burial with military honors will follow in Wallkill Valley Cemetery, Walden.

Joseph Augustine Gomes

Joseph Augustine Gomes, 79 of Wurtsboro (Wolf Lake) NY and formerly of New Windsor, entered into rest on Friday, July 21, 2017. The son of the late Fausto and Pauline (Maniscalco) Gomes, he was born on June 16, 1938 in Newburgh, NY.

Joe grew up in the Heights area of Newburgh. While living in the heights he met a girl named Marie Sossi who would later become his wife. They were married in Sacred Heart Church on September 23, 1962.

Joseph graduated from Newburgh Free Academy, and upon graduating he enlisted into the United State Marine Corps where he proudly served his country for the next three years. While in the United States Marines he traveled to the Mediterranean to places like Italy, Greece, Spain and Turkey. He still keeps in touch with some of his Marine Corps buddies. His first job was at Costa Beverages in Newburgh, , then his career led him to the United States Military Academy from which he retired from the Carpentry Shop as a Master Craftsman.

Joe was a loving brother, uncle and cousin. He had many friends in New Windsor and Wolf Lake as well as Newburgh. He enjoyed going on trips, especially New Hampshire and Maine. He has also traveled to Europe and Las Vegas. He especially enjoyed family gatherings.

In November of 1980, Joe (and Marie) purchased a cottage on Wolf Lake in Wurtsboro,. Being handy, Joe was able to winterize and fix the place up for his “forever” home. Joe loved Wolf Lake and immersed himself into the community. He was a longtime member of the Wolf Lake Patrol keeping the community safe and clean. There wasn’t a dog living there that did not know the “biscuit man”. Joe always stopped and gave every dog a treat. He even carried the type each dog liked. If dogs could attend funerals there would be no room for people. Joe’s gift to gab made him a favorite around the lake. Patrol trips around the lake took a long time and he made several while on duty. Joe could be seen around the clubhouse and office fixing things that needed repair such as screens and windows. Winters didn’t bother him and he always said that he loved to sit there and look at the snow and the lake. “Where can you get so lucky?” he would say. He never had a desire to move South. Joe liked to play the slots and was known to make a weekly trip up to the Racino in Monticello. Everyone heard about his winnings (guess he never lost). He was even known for his gift to gab up there.
The family would like to thank Hospice for all the care and support that was given to Joe during his illness.

Survivors include his sister Mary Keller and her husband George of Newburgh as well as several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his wife Marie Sossi Gomes in 1992 and his sisters Jeanne Lord Taylor and Laura Fayo Borner.

He will be missed by his many friends and everyone he has touched through the years.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 am on Wednesday, July 26 in Sacred Heart Church, Newburgh, with burial following in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan counties, 800 Stony Brook Ct, Newburgh, NY 12550 in Joe’s honor.

Wallace Hoag

Sorry folks, Wally has left the building. I won’t be at the funeral, but I hope to see you again many, many years from now upstairs. That is, if Saint Peter lets me in. But if I’m not there I’ll be downstairs at the barbecue.

Born in New York City, long time resident of New City and Spring Valley in Rockland County, Spring Valley High School graduate-Class of 1950. My parents predecease me, mother Helen Olsen Hoag and Sven R. Hoag. They were long residents of New City Park in Rockland County and active in the Masons and Rainbow Girls in Pearl River, NY.

We moved to the Town of Crawford in 1988 and have resided there ever since. I am survived by my loving wife of 52 years, Janet I. (LaVoie) Hoag of Pine Bush, our daughter Ingrid Pochapsky and son in law Chopps of Monroe, sister Ann Sylvia Bogusz and her husband Robert of Wolf Lake, and other numerous relatives.

You all know who you are. I am happy to say that I had many good friends. I served in a U.S Army Ordnance Unit for 2 years active duty during the Korean War and 7 years inactive duty. I was fortunate to be self-employed most of my life, starting as a kid mowing lawns and shoveling snow. As a machinist, I opened up my own machine shop, then a motorcycle dealership (Indian and Jawa), next an auto radiator repair business and finally an antique vehicle restoration shop.

The following is also a snapshot of my life- During my life I have been a member and/or officer of the following organizations: The American Defense Preparedness Association, National Rifle Association, National Federation of Independent Business, Ramapo Motorcycle Club since 1951, American Motorcycle Association, Antique Motorcycle Club of America, Ramapo Valley Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America, Antique Automobile Club of America, Model A’s of Rockland, Antique Truck Club of America, Catskill Fire-Cats, and the Society for Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America.

I had a good time folks, thank you and good-bye!

Funeral services were held on Monday July 24, 2017 at 1 a.m. at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc., Pine Bush. Burial of ashes will take place at the Orange County Veterans Cemetery in Goshen.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Catskill Fire-Cats at catskillfire-cats.org.

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

Gunnery Sgt. Mark A Hopkins

Gunnery Sgt. Mark A. Hopkins, 34, of New Windsor,passed away on Monday, July 10, 2017 in Mississippi.

Mark was born in Ypsilanti, MI, raised in Chesapeake, VA, and graduated from Great Bridge High School in 2001. In 2014 he married Patricia, 32, and they have three children, Wyatt (2),Abby (1) and Lewis (4 months). Mark and his family are active congregants at Goodwill Church in Montgomery.

Gunnery Sgt. Hopkins was part of the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452 (VMGR-452, MAG 49, 4th MAW) based out of Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh,NY. Mark joined the U.S. Marine Corps on September 4, 2001 at age 18 and most recently served as a tactical systems operator/mission specialist. He was deployed as part of Contingency Operations ISO JTF -536/Humanitarian Mission, January 2005; Operation Enduring Freedom, August 2005 to September 2005; Operation Enduring Freedom 14.1, May to June 2014; Operation Enduring Freedom 14.2, July to August 2014.

Gunnery Sgt. Hopkins received the following awards and decorations: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (5); Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (4); Humanitarian Service Medal (4); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Letter of Appreciation; Certificate of Appreciation.

Mark is survived by his mother Deborah Hopkins of Belleville, MI; siblings Freese (Buddy)Hopkins and Mischa and their children Freese (Colin) and Jordan of Belleville, MI; Deneen Wiske and her husband Luke and their children Remy Carmichael and Tobin of Middleton, WI; Robert Hopkins and his wife Meizi and their children Penelope and Samuel of Louisville, KY;grandmother Gwendolyn Statham; uncles Rick Statham, Dan Statham, Doug Statham, and Mark Statham and family; many cousins; Patricia’s parents James and Mildred Ferguson of Montgomery, NY and their family; and Patricia’s grandparents Fred and Pat Baumann and family. He was predeceased by his grandfather James Statham and uncle Alan Statham.

Mark was a man of the Bible whose faith in Christ shaped every area of his life. Mark was a genuine, creative, compassionate man who exuded happiness and brightened every room he walked into. He was an avid traveler and especially enjoyed spur-of-the-moment road trips — there was never a dull moment with him. He was a deeply spiritual man who shared his faith with others and lived his life to its fullest. He is most known for his unforgettable, radiant smile — he was always happy and had a welcoming presence about him.

We have great hope and comfort knowing that through Mark’s deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior, he is at rest in the arms of Heaven.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 26, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Goodwill Church in Montgomery, NY. The funeral will be on Thursday, July 27, at 2 p.m., also at Goodwill Church. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hopkins Family Fund via Goodwill Church (online at goodwillchurch.org/give or mail checks with the fund name in the memo payable to Goodwill Church at 2135 State Route 208, Montgomery, NY 12549) or the Semper Fi Fund at semperfifund.org.

Julian M. Kevianne

Julian M. Kevianne, 31, of New Windsor, passed away on Monday, July 10, 2017, in a military plane crash in Mississippi.

He was born in Detroit, MI, and is a graduate of the Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts and Michigan Tech. He is survived by his wife, Sherry Jennings-Kevianne; mother, Tina Albo of Detroit, MI; sisters Tiffany Terry of Detroit, MI, Julie Gray and Dawanna Byers both of Dallas, TX; brother Carlo Kevianne of Detroit, MI; grandmother Glory Albo; uncle Thomas Albo and aunt Kelly Albo; Sherry’s parents Larry Jennings, Senior Chief U.S. Navy and former Vietnam U.S. Marine, and his wife Salvacion Jennings; and many nieces and nephews. Sgt. Kevianne was part of the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452 (VMGR-452, MAG 49, 4th MAW) based out of Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, NY. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps on December 1, 2009, at age 23 and most recently served as a Fixed Wing Aircraft Crew Master KC-130.

He was deployed during Operation Enduring Freedom 12.2 from November 2012-March 2013. Sgt. Kevianne received the following awards and decorations: Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal (2); Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Letter of Appreciation (6); Certificate of Commendation (Individual Award).

Julian attended Michigan Technological University on a full-ride scholarship, graduated in 2007 with a degree in Humanities, and was a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, Young Democrats, Social Dance Club, played Broomball for the Lemmings team, and was named Student Employee of the Year. He helped countless students in his role as a resident assistant.

Julian loved God and attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Washingtonville, NY with his wife, Sherry. They volunteered regularly for the Red Cross at the United States Military Academy at West Point and together received an army volunteer’s commendation for their service. Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 1:00-5:00pm for family and close friends at Doulin Newburgh Funeral Home, 318 N Montgomery St, Newburgh, NY 12550.

The family will receive visitors on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, from 1 -5 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church at 42 Goshen Ave, Washingtonville, NY. A private funeral service and interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “Julian Kevianne Fund” to support his wife via St. Mary’s Church and mailed with that fund name in the check’s memo line to 2 St. Mary’s Church, Fr. Tierney Circle, Washingtonville, NY 10992; or in his memory to Michigan Technological University online at mtu.edu/givenow.

Mary Lee Lancaster

Mary Lee Lancaster, 74 of Newburgh, entered into rest Thursday, July 20, 2017. The daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Bonetti, she was born December 11, 1942 in Newburgh.

Mary Lee was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. The sun rose and set in her grandchildren. A piece of our hearts went with her when God called her home.

Mary Lee was a member of St. Francis Church, Club 60 Plus with whom she loved to travel, and Palm Weavers of St. Francis.
Survivors include her loving husband of 54 years, Kenneth Lancaster; her children Cheryl Terribile (John) and Kenneth Lancaster (Melissa); siblings, Jo-Ann Paden, Darlene Fagerstrom, Joseph Bonetti Jr., James Bonetti and Angelina Broughton; grandchildren Anthony and Gianna Terribile, Cheyanne Lancaster and Ryan and Tyler Durbin; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Mary Bonetti, and LeRoy and Mary Lancaster.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 am. on Tuesday, July 25 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Newburgh, with burial following in Mt. St. Francis Cemetery, New Windsor.

Frances Lydia Melick

Frances Lydia Melick of Montgomery, passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY.

The daughter of the late Alfred and Frances Dinsdale Patrono, she was born on April 7, 1925 in Mount Vernon, NY. She was 92 years old. Frances was the widow of the late Kenneth H. Melick, Jr. She was co-owner of Ken’s Service Station, Montgomery.

Frances is survived by her daughter, Lynn L. Irto and her husband, Dominic of Albany; grandchildren: Lauren Lynch and her husband, Scott; Stephanie Medellin and her husband, Xavier; Jessica Venetis and her husband, Kyle and Kirstyn Cerone and her husband, David; great grandchildren, Kyle Paul, Alana, Kevin and Clare; nieces and nephews. Along with her husband Kenneth, she was predeceased by her son, Kenneth Paul Melick and sister, Diette Hoffman.

Services will be private. Burial will be in the Wallkill Valley Cemetery, Walden, NY.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Walden Humane Society.

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

Murrelle J Osterhout

Murrelle J Osterhout of Montgomery, loving mother and grandmother, passed away, Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at home. She was 81.
The daughter of the late James and Dorothy Rodger Barefoot, she was born October 16, 1935 in York, NY.

Murrelle had worked as a secretary at Spence Engineering in Walden for many years until she retired in 2003. She loved knitting, gardening, playing her piano, and was known for her fabulous ‘mile high apple pie’. She will be missed by many.

Survivors include her son Paul Bishop and his wife Lynn of Conroe, TX; daughter Julie Bishop-Crouch and her husband Scott of Montgomery, NY; son Noel Bishop and his wife Rachel of Monticello grandchildren Cyndi, Tyna, Lyndsay, Katy, Megan, Alexander, Aaron, Kyle and Melanie; four great grandchildren; sisters Ruth Keller and Karen Cwiklinski (Fred); brothers Jonathon Barefoot (Liz) and Sidney Barefoot (Donna; many nieces and nephews and longtime friends Judy Lozier and Gail Yeaple.

She was predeceased by brother David Barefoot and longtime partner Larry Yeaple, with whom she spent many happy years.

Private services will be held on August 5, in Caledonia, NY.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Scott Anthony Parise Jr.

Scott Anthony Parise Jr. 21 of Highland, passed away suddenly on July 20, 2017. Born in Poughkeepsie, NY on January 7, 1996 he is survived by his father Scott Parise, Sr. and his fiancé Alisha Timperio; his mother Billie Jo Jenkins and her husband Henry Jenkins; his sister Nicole Marie Parise, nephew Dezmond Selby; his grandparents Joseph & Hazel Parise and Marilyn Morse as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was pre-deceased by his grandfather Lee Morse.

Scott was on both the Highland Wrestling and Highland Football teams and was an avid fisherman. Scott loved turkey hunting with his grandfather and cousin Gene. He had a great sense of humor and was the life of the party. Scott, you will live in our hearts forever.
Services were held on Tuesday, July 25, at Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., Highland.

Stephen D. Sansone

Stephen D. Sansone of Staatsburg and formerly of Milton, entered into rest on Sunday, July 16, 2017. He was 90.

Stephen was born in Manhattan on July 11, 1927. He was the son of the late Samuel & Cinzia “Jean” Oricco Sansone. He married Mary Rendine who predeceased him on May 21, 2013.

Stephen was a United States Army veteran. He was a barber for more than 60 years and the owner of Steve’s Barber Shop in Newburgh until his retirement in 2012. Stephen was a devoted husband and father. His hobbies were collecting coins, traveling and going to casinos.

Survivors include his daughters; Marie Rosa of Sevierville, TN & Rose Ann and her husband Craig Simpson of Staatsburg, NY, his sister Mary Ann Fillipi of Florida, 2 grandchildren; Tina Rosa of Marlboro and Daniel Rosa and his wife Cassie of Sevierville, TN, 3 great-grandchildren; Stephen Rosa of Sevierville, TN, Joseph Scacciaferro of Marlboro & Aleah Rosa of Sevierville, TN and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Mary Sansone, his brother Diego Sansone, his sister Patricia Sansone and son-in-law Daniel Rosa III.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at the DiDonato Funeral Home, 1290 Route 9W, Marlboro.

A mass of Christian burial was offered on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m at St. Mary’s-St. James Church, 1209 Route 9W, Marlboro. Burial was in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Thompson House (Livingston Ward) in Rhinebeck, NY.

Lillian Tortorella

Lillian was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 31, 1930, to Savino and Josephine Beni. Lillian was raised in Poughkeepsie and Hyde Park, New York, graduating from Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park, New York.

Lillian married Ralph Tortorella Jr. from Highland, New York in 1952, he predeceased her in June of 2013. The couple was married for 61 years.

Lillian began her career as a volunteer and then as an employee of St. Francis Hospital for more than 30 years. Lillian participated in numerous fundraising activities for her children, church and other philanthropic organizations for most of her life. Lillian was an avid cook and her recipes were published in the Poughkeepsie Journal at various times of her life. When Lilian retired, she moved to San Jose, California with her husband and resided at the Villages Golf & Country Club, where she served in various capacities, ultimately receiving the honor of being selected as the Grand Marshal of club’s annual 4th of July parade in 1998.

Following her husband’s death, Lillian moved to the Los Angeles area to be closer to her daughter. Lillian is survived by her daughter Donna Jo Kahl and her husband Paul Northey of El Segundo, California; Ralph and Sandy Tortorella III of Wellesley, Massachusetts; and her four grandchildren Phillip Kahl, Hailey Eileen Tortorella, Sophie Rose Tortorella and Allison Beni Tortorella. Lillian is also survived by her youngest sister Josephine Beni McEntee of San Jose, California and many nieces and nephews.

Burial services will be private at St. Peters Cemetery in Poughkeepsie. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Huntington Retirement Facility, 20920 Earl Street, Torrance, California 90503.

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