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Obituaries

James R. Brown

James R. Brown a self employed painter and longtime resident of the area passed away at his home on Saturday October 14, 2017. He was 70.

The son of the late William R. Brown and Isabel B. McIlroy Brown, he was born on June 19, 1947 in Bronx, NY. A Veteran of the U.S. Army, James served his country from 1966-1968. Survivors include his loving sisters, Cecilia Stewart of Middletown, Ann Roe of Washingtonville, Elaine Bay of Riverview, MI, Virginia Brown of Bradford, MA, Constance White of Pine Bush, and Marjorie Brown Conklin of Bloomingburg, brother; Robert Brown of Pine Bush and nieces and nephews. James is predeceased by his sister, Madeline Freeman.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc. 1525 Burlingham Rd, Pine Bush, NY 12566. Funeral services will be offered at 12 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment of ashes will take place in Bloomingburg Cemetery immediately following the service.

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

Salliann Teresa Carroll

Salliann Teresa Carroll passed away suddenly on October 1, 2017 at her residence in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania.

She was born on October 5, 1955, to parents Frederick and Joan Carroll in Newburgh, New York where she was born and raised. She is an NFA graduate, class of 1973.

Salliann completed CNA and medical assistant certifications and spent her career working in healthcare in many different settings, from nursing facilities, day programs, in home care and lastly, residential care as a Mental Health Tech in a therapeutic community. She deeply cared for those she served, her work was very meaningful to her. She warmed the hearts of all those around her and loved with her whole heart. She had a smile and laugh that lit up any room, like a ray of sunshine. She felt blessed being with family and friends. She spent a lot of time with her grandchildren that she loved so very much. Salliann saw the beauty in every moment in life and every moment was meaningful to her. Salliann enjoyed gardening, music, dancing and living life with a strong faith in God.

Salliann is survived by her sister Bonnie Stoddard and husband Wayne of Florida, brother Frederick Carroll Jr. and his wife Lisa of New York. Nephews Sean Crawford and fiance Katie, Timothy Crawford, Brian Carroll and wife Ashley. Grand nephews Sean Elijah, Greyson and Samson. She was previously married to Kevin Perez and leaves two children, daughter Vanessa Perez and fiance Jay Jay Audwin Davis and son Jonathan Perez and wife Marichu Perez. She leaves 5 grandchildren; Genesis Perez, Roman Perez, Yahvonna Davis, Yahlyious Davis and Amayah Davis.

A funeral Mass was held at Saint Francis Church, Newburgh NY with burial at Saint Francis Cemetery on Union Avenue, New Windsor.

Darlene Ann D’Ambrosio

Darlene Ann D’Ambrosio’s life journey ended on October 8, 2017 at the age of 61 after a long period of illness. Darlene’s battle was long and heroic and she fulfilled many lives with her kindness and love until coming to rest to join her parents in eternal peace.

Darlene was born to James and Mary Kownack of Schenectady, NY on February 14, 1956. She is survived by siblings James and his wife Mary, David and his wife Cathy, Mary and her husband Ron, and sister Sue as well as several nieces and nephews. Darlene married Charles D’Ambrosio on February 10, 1978.

Darlene and Charlie began their married life together shortly after her diagnosis with Hodgkin’s at the age of 22. Darlene joined Charlie in Ft. Campbell, KY, where he was stationed in the Army. Darlene went through a harsh regimen of Chemotherapy and radiation while in Kentucky. Her cancer went into remission but the treatment took its toll. Following Charlie’s service career, the couple moved to Louisiana and then to New Jersey where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Darlene held multiple positions as an administrative assistant before finding her niche as a pharmaceutical representative for Eli Lilly Corporation.

She was remarkably successful due to her insight into the needs of the patients and doctors. Darlene’s journey is important to remember because it is filled with hope, compassion, love, perseverance and the will to live. She loved her husband (most of the time), was a great wife, enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading, socializing and the simpler things in life. She was an avid fan of the talent shows on TV and even wrote her own rap song. She had a sense of humor that led her husband to believe she was a mix of Joan Rivers and Lucille Ball.

A special thanks to Dr. Stewart Silvers who shepherded Darlene through 40 years of health. Another special thanks to the Heart Center of Poughkeepsie, Dr. Walcyk, Dr. Fuster, and all the other wonderful doctors involved in her care. May you never forget your mission and the thought that good doctors are a truly a gift from God.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.

William “Bill” Fee

William Fee, a longtime resident of the area, passed away after a two year battle with M.D.S (a pre leukemia disease) at his home on Monday October 9, 2017. He was 79. The son of the late Joseph and Elsie Fee, he was born on September 13, 1938 in NYC.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Arlene Fee, his son Kenneth W. Fee and his wife Jeanine, daughter, Lorrie Dana and her husband Fred, daughter, Cathy Dudley and her husband Dennis, grandchildren, Matthew Dudley, Jared Dana and his wife Angie, Emily Botrous and her husband Zaher, and Danica Piselli-Fee, great-grandchildren, Harlie Dana, John Dana, and Hannah Botrous, brother, Joseph Fee and his wife Mary, niece, Donna McCarty and her husband John, niece, Dara Mullen and her husband Colin, nephew Danny Fee and his wife Pam, brother-in-law, Ronald Sauer and wife Nancy. Bill is also survived by many cousins.

After marriage Bill and Arlene moved to Montgomery when Bill joined the Coldenham Fire Dept around 1960, where he held the office of Vice President, Lieutenant, Captain, and Assistant Chief. In 1966 he started his own Building Construction business. In 1973 after moving to Crawford, he joined the Bullville Fire Co. as a Charter Member. He served as Assistant Chief for 2 years, then as Chief from 1977-1979, then served a 5 year term as Fire Commander. He was appointed to the Town of Crawford Zoning Board of Appeals in 1984 as Chairman. He was awarded the David “Allee” award for Zoning Board Chair. He was appointed to the Board of Assessors and served on the ZBA (Zoning Board of Appeals) for 31 years.

Funeral services will be offered on Monday October 16, 2017 at 11am at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home. Burial will take place in Bloomingburg Cemetery. Memorial Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society 419 East Main St. Suite 307B Middletown NY 10940 or to LaVida Missions, Inc. PO Box 3308, Farmington, NM 87499.

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

Paul Gagliardi

Paul Gagliardi, “Gags”, of New Windsor, NY passed away on October 11, 2017 at St Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was 74.

Born June 24, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Anthony and Mary Gaudino Gagliardi. He married Lois Toth, in March of 1968. They were married for 49 years. Paul was a member of Local 825 Operating Engineers. He was also a parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish in Newburgh.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife Lois, “the love of his life”, and his daughters Lori Gagliardi and Jamie O’Connell and her husband Gabriel; his beloved grandchildren, Ella, Grace, and Juliet O’Connell, who always brought a smile to his face; his brother Anthony Gagliardi and his wife Patti; his sister-in-law Beverly Juracek and her husband Steven; as well as many special nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, October 17 , in Sacred Heart Church with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, New Windsor.

Allen L. Hufcut

Allen L. Hufcut, a retried Dairy Farmer and lifelong resident of the area, passed away at his home on Tuesday October 10, 2017. He was 71.

The son of the late Charles W. Hufcut and Annie Jones Hufcut he was born on February 26, 1946 in Middletown, NY. Allen was a past member of the Circleville Fire Dept, past member of the BPOE, avid hunter, Mason, and huge NY Yankees fan.

Survivors include his children; Michael Hufcut and his wife Nancy of Middletown, Charles Hufcut and his wife Erika of Circleville, Stephen Hufcut of Circleville, Ryan Hufcut and his wife Laura of Fort Drum, Carrie Nieves and her husband Juan of Florida, Darren Hufcut and his partner Briana Stilwagen of Circleville. Grandchildren; Kelle, Mike Jr., Samantha, Charles, Daniel, Kasey, Murphy, Destiny, Tray, Jeremiah, Skyler, Isaiah, Brailyn and Brayden, 2 greatgrandchildren; Damion and Autumn, brothers; John Hufcut and his wife Kathy, and Clare Hufcut. Allen is further survived by his dear friend, Louise Phillips and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents Allen is predeceased by his sister in law, Eloise Hufcut.

A celebration of Allen’s life will be held on Sunday October 22, at 12 p.m. at The Grand Slam located at 2107 Rte 302, Circleville.

Memorial donations in Allen’s name can be made to The Orange County 4H Dairy Program cceorangecounty.org.
Arrangements entrusted to the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc.

Kim E. Kleespie

Kim E. Kleespie of Bloomingburg, a Medical Secretary for Orange Regional Medical Center and longtime resident of the area passed away on Saturday October 14, 2017 at Orange Regional Medical Center. She was 61.

The daughter of MaryAnn Gaffney McGovern and the late Charles McGovern, she was born on November 30 1955.
Survivors include her husband Ken at home, children; Melissa Arnone and her husband Tony of Virginia, and Erin Bardar also of Virginia, 4 grandchildren; Ava, Charlie, Brock and Lilly, 3 sisters; Kathy Dallendorfer, Kerry Bascio and Megan Lennon, 2 brothers; Dan McGovern and Kevin McGovern. Kim is further survived by 8 nieces and 4 nephews.

Cremation was private and at the convenience of the family. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Melanie Sue Milite

Melanie Sue Milite, 44, Passed to God , Oct. 7, 2017, at her home in Milton.

Melanie was born Feb. 5, 1973 in Newburgh, NY, to Richard Milite and Michelle Walsh Milite Card.

Melanie grew up in Highland. She attended Highland High School where she excelled in Junior cross country and earned her letter in Varsity Cross Country. She graduated in 1991.

Melanie went on to become a master hairstylist. After years of dedication and work her talent earned her the title of “ The Queen of the Updo.”

Melanie’s artistic prowess was not confined to hair. She would transform abandoned pieces of furniture into one of a kind works of art.

Melanie was a beautiful, loving, free spirited woman. Her laughter was contagious, her sense of fun a delight. She would light up a room when she entered it. Her family and children were her heart and soul.
Melanie’s legacy is kindness, bottomless love, and peace.

Melanie was predeceased by her maternal grandfather, Frank Walsh, her maternal grandmother, Evelyn Walsh, her paternal grandmother Josephine Milite Peabody, paternal grandfather Simone Milite and her Uncle Jon Walsh.

Melanie is survived by her fiancé Mark Schimdt, Her son Anthony Rocco Pavese of Highland, her daughter Tori Michelle Terwilliger of Arlington, Her mother Michelle Walsh Milite Card of Newburgh, father Richard Milite of Milton, her brother Christopher Milite of Newburgh, her uncles Terry Walsh of Newburgh and Jake Milite of Newburgh, her aunts Kathy Sanicola of Milton, Kathy Walsh of Marlboro, , great Aunts Babe Sgro of Middlehope and Linda Manzo of Warrensburgh, and many cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday Oct. 17th at Saint Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Highland, NY 9:30 a.m.

Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations made in Melanie’s name go to The Alzheimer Association North East chapter of New York or the ASPCA

A special acknowledgement to her dear cousin Missy Sanicola of Highland.

John M. Paserba

John M. Paserba, 71, of Highland, passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017. Born in the Bronx on September 28, 1946, John was the son of the late John and Helen (Romano) Paserba. On August 21, 1971, John married Carol Ann Schmidt, who predeceased him on March 11, 2001.

John was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching both the New York Yankees and New York Giants. He retired from the New York State Thruway Authority in 2001 after 21 years of service.

John is survived by his sons Mark Sr. and Todd (wife Suzanna Ellison) and four grandchildren: Mark Jr., Matthew, Abigail, and Emelia, all of Highland.

Services were held at the Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., with burial at Lloyd Cemetery.

John T. Rourke

John T. Rourke, 87 of Newburgh, retired owner of J & M Adjustments and long time area resident, entered into rest on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The son of the late John and Elizabeth (Cullen) Rourke, he was born May 23, 1930 in Cambridge, NY. He was married to the late Mary Rourke, who predeceased him.

John was a graduate of Greenwich High School and Siena College. He was a faithful parishioner of Sacred Heart Church where he served as an usher, a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and life member of Knights of Columbus in Beacon and Newburgh.

Survivors include his companion, Herta Koenig of Newburgh; son, Kevin Rourke of Lawrenceville, GA; grandchildren, Colleen Rourke and Brendan Rourke of Lawrenceville, GA; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife Mary he was predeceased by siblings, Daniel Rourke, Mary Rutledge and James Rourke.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church, Newburgh, with entombment following in Cedar Hill Mausoleum, Newburgh.

Vincent A. Russo

Vincent A. Russo of Poughkeepsie, and formerly of Milton, passed away quietly on October 10, 2017, in Poughkeepsie. He was 87.

Vincent was born on February 4, 1930 in Milton, New York. He was the son of the late James & Mary Feneck Russo.

He graduated from Marlboro School District in 1947. In 1951 he married his sweetheart Irene Mosca and served in the U.S. Army from 1952 – 54. An active member in his community and a charter member of the Town of Marlboro Volunteer Ambulance Corp., he served as president and captain for many years. He was instrumental in donating an ambulance to a small village in Mexico. Vincent was employed at Ralph C Herman as a heavy equipment mechanic and operator and worked as general manager until his retirement in 1992.
Vincent is survived by his beloved wife Irene Russo of 66 years, his children; Vincent Russo Jr, Michael Russo and daughter Nancy Desole and husband Joseph Desole, grandchildren; Charles Castrogiovanni, wife Jamie Castrogiovanni and great granddaughter Gloriana Castrogiovanni, and many other family members.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. “Papa” will be dearly missed.
There will be no calling hours. A small graveside service was be held on Friday, October 13th at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Youth Mission Outreach, Inc., P.O. Box 5116, Poughkeepsie, NY 12602.

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

Dorothy V. Rydell

Dorothy V. Rydell, of Newburgh entered into rest on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. She was 98.

Born in Walden, NY on December 19, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Alice Fulton. She was married to Warren H. Rydell who predeceased her.

Left to cherish her memory are her three sons, Warren G Rydell, of Florida, David B. Rydell of Florida and Gordon C Rydell of Troy, NY; her grandchildren Jamie Nerenberg of PA, Cheri Marvin of Walden, and Mike Rydell of Wallkill; three great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, Dorothy was predeceased by her son John P. Rydell; and her sisters Margaret McCoy, Anna Mae Thompson, Mary Courtney, and Hazel Clegg Kissam.

A Funeral Service was held Monday, October 16 at the Brooks Funeral Home, with Pastor Jeffrey Hooker presiding. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, New Windsor.

Juanita L. Testa

Juanita L. Testa of Walden, NY passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Vassar Brothers Hospital, Poughkeepsie. She was 91 years old.

The daughter of the late Hans Peter and Nettie Mae Carney Hansen, she was born on March 26, 1926 in Dybery, PA.

Juanita is survived by her daughters: Genevieve Mazzarella of Florida and Dorothy Taylor of Montgomery; son, Stanley Testa of Virginia; sister, Alice Ellison of Florida, five grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held Monday, October 16 at the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, Walden. Burial was in the Wallkill Valley Cemetery, Walden, NY.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Josephine-Louise Library, Walden

Robert E. Williams

Robert E. Williams of Montgomery, NY, passed away Thursday, October 12, 2017, in Poughkeepsie. He was 74.
The son of the late Albert F. and Alice Timberger Williams, he was born November 29, 1942 in Newburgh.
Survivors include his wife, Bridget Williams at home; sons Cory Williams of Montgomery, Richard Purdy & Margaret of Walden, James Purdy of Montgomery; Daughter Jodi Parker and Bill of Newburgh, six grandchildren Tasha, Tristan, Brooke, Tyler, Cheyanne, Brittney; one great-granddaughter Liliana Rose; one brother Silas Williams & Lillian of Catskill; sisters Judith McKnight of Platekill, Bonnie Steinhilber of Wallkill, Brenda Bisignano & Joseph of Monticello and Lisa Hedrick & Randal of Lake George; numerous nieces and nephews

Along with his parents he was predeceased by granddaughter Sasha Lee and Father-In-Law Donald Armour.
A memorial mass will take place Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Holy Name of Mary Church, 89 Union St., Montgomery, NY 12549.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Walden Humane Society, PO Box 135, Walden, NY 12586.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors/Overhiser Funeral Home.

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