October 14th, 2014

Suzanne ‘Sue’ C. Bower

Suzanne “Sue” C. Bower, 77, of Wappingers Falls, passed away Tuesday, October 7, 2014.

She was born May 15, 1937 in Orange, NJ, the daughter of the late W. Frank Bower and Jean Ritchie. Sue received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Mathematics, graduating from Gettysburg College in 1958. Soon after college she joined IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY as a programmer.

Sue retired in 1990, and then went to work shortly after for Stop n Shop in Wappingers as a cashier. She enjoyed her time helping the customers, who in turn felt a close relationship with her.

Sue is survived by her brother Russell Bower and wife Joan, nieces and nephew, and special friend and roommate Donna Parry.

God bless you Sue, enjoy your next journey and meet Terry on the Rainbow Bridge. A graveside service was held in the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel on Friday, October 10th at 11 a.m. followed by entombment in the community mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Sue’s name may be made to the local pet organization of your choice.

Arrangements are under the Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., 218 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

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Harold R. Brown, Sr.

Harold R. Brown, Sr. of Walden, died on October 9, 2014. He was a retired maintenance tech at Tarkett. The son of the late William and Rosalie Bayles Brown, he was born on March 10, 1927 in Wallkill, NY. He was married to the late Bernice Thorpe Brown. Harold served two years in the US Army.

Survivors include his son, Harold R. Brown, Jr. and his wife, Debbie of Walden; three daughters, Carol Weeks and her husband, Donald of Maybrook, Debra Burnett and her husband, Cortis of Newburgh and Robin Townsend and her husband, Dale of Walden; 17 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Robert, William, and Edward, daughter Barbara Score and grandson Dennis Edwards.

Funeral services were held graveside on Tuesday, October 14th at the Bruynswick Rural Cemetery, Wallkill.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meals on Wheels, PO Box 2615, Newburgh, NY.

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

John W. Carney Jr.

John W. Carney Jr. of Pine Bush, NY, a self-employed courier, and a lifelong resident of the area died Ocotber 11, 2014, at home. He was 60.

The son of the late John W. Carney Sr. and Mary Grilz Carney, he was born February 3, 1954 in Newburgh, NY.

John, like his father, was very active in the Drum and Bugle Corps world. His mother Mary was a twirler in the Queen City Drum Corps and his father was a drummer at the same time and later became a soprano player. His brothers James and Joseph were also members with him in various Drum and Bugle Corps.
John became a soprano player at the age of ten and was a member of the Goodwill Ambassadors which later became the Envoys. He was also a member of the Hudson Raiders and the Criterions.

He was very proud to be one of the original members of the 20th Century Drum and Bugle Corps and was a long time member of the Hawthorne Caballeros Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps as a mellophone player with his father.

John will be remembered as a very compassionate person. Although not being a veteran himself, for many years he played Taps each Memorial Day at seventeen local cemeteries for the American Legion and the VFW. He would also play at funerals when called upon. He felt this was an honor to be able to do this for the veterans who gave so much for him.

He loved his home at the base of the Shawangunk Mountains which he shared with his wife Ann, daughter Michelle and grandson Christopher. He loved to garden, growing every kind of vegetable and enjoyed the fire pit with his neighbor Paul Haas. John was really an easy going guy and loved everybody deeply.

Survivors include his wife, Ann M. Carney at home; daughter Enice L. Fleck and her husband Edward of New Paltz, son John W. Carney III and his wife Frances Delaunay of Milton, son Kevin M. Carney and his wife Christine of Newburgh, daughter Katherine Gardner of Clintondale, daughter Genevieve Richardson and her husband Shane of Lady Lake, FL, daughter Christine Gardner and her husband John Zauner of Wallkill, daughter Michelle Gardner of Pine Bush, 19 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, brother James A. Carney and his wife Eugina of New Windsor, brother Joseph J. Carney and his wife Terry of Lake Katrine, sister-in-law Karen Trosclair and her husband Edward who John referred to as his “best buddy” of Newburgh, nieces and nephews, uncle Donald E. Carney and his wife Madaline of Cornwall-on-Hudson, Joanne Barnhart. Mother of Enice, John and Kevin of Orange Park, FL and beloved dog Barney.

Visitation will be Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at Millspaugh Funeral Home, 22 Bank St.,Walden.Funeral services will follow visitation at 8 p.m. at the funeral home, 22 Bank St., Walden, NY.

Cremation will be in Cedar Hill Crematory in Newburgh, NY.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Barney’s name to Walden Humane Society, PO Box 135, Walden, NY 12586.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

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Elizabeth H. DePuy, RN

Elizabeth H. DePuy, RN of New Windsor, NY, a retired registered nurse at Castle Point VAMC, Beacon, passed away on Friday, October 10, 2014 in Cornwall Hospital. The daughter of the late Benjamin H. and Loyvey Corkendale DePuy, she was born on December 27, 1919 in Newburgh, NY. She was 94 years old. Elizabeth was a veteran of WWII serving as an Army nurse.

Survivors are her sister, Loyvey Noe of New Windsor and her nephew, Robert Noe of New Windsor.

Private graveside services and burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery, New Windsor, NY.

Memorial contributions may be made to the local humane society of your choice.
Arrangements are by the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, Inc, 39 Orchard St., Walden.

Pamela J. (Fry) Johnson

Pamela J. (Fry) Johnson, a lifelong resident of the area, entered into rest on October 9, 2014 in Fishkill. She was 77.

The daughter of the late Chauncey B. and Caroline M. (Schwabe) Fry, Pamela was born on November 24, 1936 in White Plains, NY. She graduated from White Plains High School and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie. Pamela was happily married to the late Robert (Bob) Johnson for 18 years, until his death in 2003. They shared a love of fishing, West Point football and hockey, travel and spending time with their children and grandchildren. She was a devoted grandmother. Pamela enjoyed a varied career, working primarily in the medical field, retiring from the West Point Cadet Health Clinic after 17 years of service. Even after her retirement, she continued to work, choosing home caregiving and volunteer roles. These included knitting and quilting for various organizations. She touched many people’s lives with her compassion for animal rescue and adoption. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the entire staff at Elant at Fishkill who cared for Pamela during her battle with cancer.

Pamela was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Newburgh and King of Kings Lutheran Church in New Windsor. Pamela was a talented member of several knitting and quilting groups that donated their time and talent to support various nonprofit organizations within the area including St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital and the Littman Cancer Center.

Survivors include her daughters Lorelei A. Pitt and her husband Gary of Central Valley, NY and Karin M. (Linger) Herbert of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; her siblings: Elisabeth (Fry) Simko of Timonium, MD, Carolyn J. (Fry) Sieber of Middletown, CT, Virginia F. (Fry) O’Dell of Pompton Plains, NJ, Wendy L. (Fry) Hughes of Henderson, NV and Cheryn F. (Fry) Kwasnik of Danbury, CT; her grandchildren: Matthew J. Herbert of Sunrise, FL, Meghan E. Kelley and her husband Michael Lofstedt of Monroe, NY, Stephanie L. Pugh of Centreville, VA and Lindsey M. Pugh of Central Valley, NY; several nieces and nephews and her beloved cats: Toby and Charlie.

In addition to her parents and her loving husband, Pamela was predeceased by her siblings: Karl E. Fry and Ronnie L. Fry.

A funeral service was held Monday, October 13 at Brooks Funeral Home, officiated by Pastor Mary Lou Baumgartner. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, New Windsor.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Newburgh SCATS, Inc. (, PO BOX 10443, Newburgh, NY, 12552.

Paul Lobdell

Paul C. “Ike” Lobdell, 82, of Marlboro, and Naples, FL, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, October 5, 2014 with his loving family by his side. Paul was born on July 17, 1932 in Newburgh, NY. He was the son of the late Paul Keith & Elizabeth Matthews Lobdell. He married Mary Ann Kane on June 30, 1954.

Paul was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. Paul was employed by and a life member of the Iron Worker Union Local 417, Newburgh, NY before his retirement in 1992.

Paul loved his family, his country and Johnny Cash, and was an avid New York Giants fan.

Paul is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Ann at home; 4 sons, Paul Patrick and his wife Donna of Milton, Brett and his wife Annmarie of Clintondale, Scott and his companion Amber of Los Angeles, CA and Gregory and his wife Anna of Milton; 3 daughters, Catherine and her husband Bob Lana of Milton, Jodi “Jace” and her husband Dave Bulson of Milton, Karen and her husband Micheal West of Milton; grandchildren, Joey & Kate, Johna, Paul, Chris & Denise, Brett, Jordan, Ali & Steve, Patrick, Kael, Sara, Audrey, Haley, Sydney, Jenna, Nicole & Joe, Brittany, Kady, Carly, Richele & Vito, David, Dina, Bubba, Jaye, Holden; 6 great-grandchildren, Hannah, Ella, Giovanni, Vito, Laurenza, Lia and many nieces and nephews.

Paul was predeceased by his son-in-law, Joseph Polumbo and 2 sisters, Gertrude Becker & Pauline Carpenter.

Paul died the same way he lived his life, surrounded by the love of his family in his home. On behalf of Paul, his family would like to thank everyone who took part in his care, among them the doctors and staff at Saint Francis, Will Care, Castle Point HV VA, Hospice, his cousin Vivian Thain and also the loving care of his niece Donna Giametta RN. He would be the first to tell you he was the happiest and luckiest man on earth.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered at St. Mary’s Church, 1209 Route 9W, Marlboro with Father Tom Dicks officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Marlboro.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to The DiDonato Funeral Service, Inc.

Donald James Maloney

Donald J. Maloney was born on May 13, 1930 to the late Raymond (Luke) and Bertha Chagnon Maloney in Manhattan, NY. He lived in the Bronx for a good portion of his life. He was known to many as “Moe” or “Whitey”. In 1978 he moved to Montgomery, NY. He was an Army Korean Veteran. He was a member of Local 7 Tile, Marble and Terrazzo NY and NJ, Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers, and a member of William St. Social Club and Washington Heights Club. He always spoke his mind and had a great sense of humor. He had a love of gambling, particularly “craps”. He enjoyed going to Atlantic City and Connecticut to play.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Alicia Lee Maloney; sons, Jesse Maloney, James Maloney and wife Rosie; daughter Maureen Vetro and companion of 30 yrs, Mario D’Amato; grandchildren, Caitlyn, Marissa and Kristine Maloney, Antoinette Oakes and husband Bob, Jason Vetro; great-grandchildren, Katie and Alex Oakes and Camren Poye-Vetro; his loving great-nephew, Joshua Rice, who was also his caregiver for the last 3 years; his beloved brother-in-law Edward Dowd and wife Madelyn; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by his sons Todd, John and Ronald Maloney and brother, Raymond Maloney.

Funeral services will be held on Wed. October 15th at 10 a.m. at the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, 39 Orchard St., Walden. Burial will be in the Wallkill Valley Cemetery, Walden, NY.

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

Donald E. Nixon

Donald E. Nixon, of New Windsor, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, October 4, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends.

He was born in the City of Newburgh on August 9, 1930 the son of the late John and Grace Nixon. Don was a Veteran of the Korean War and a member of the VFW.
His greatest joy was cooking for family and friends, fishing, playing cards and reminiscing about the years he spent cooking for his fellow soldiers while serving in the Korean War. Don owned a carpet cleaning business “Don’s Carpet Cleaning” and took great pride in his work and the service he provided for his customers for over 40 years.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Don leaves behind his two sons, Don Nixon Jr. and his fiancée Dawn Fahey of Middletown and Alan Nixon and his wife Teri of Lebanon, Connecticut; two grandchildren, Justin Nixon and his wife Melanie and Nathalie Cooney and her husband Shamus; seven great-grandchildren, Brayden, Mandi, Corbin and Ethan Nixon and Aiden, Hailey and Avery Cooney in addition to many nieces and nephews.

Don was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Emma and his siblings, Eleanor, Jack, Clarence, Ralph, Grace, Bob, Clara, Dolores and Joan.

The family would like to thank some of Don’s closest friends Bob, Shelley, Tom, Michelle and Dave for their help and support over the last couple of years.

Services were held at Brooks Funeral Home. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, in Newburgh.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Hudson Valley SPCA in New Windsor, or to help a Veteran in need at

Betty Jean Sears

Betty Jean Sears, age 82, of Highland joined her sons in heaven on Sunday, October 5, 2014.

Adored wife of Roy C. Sears, Sr. for 64 years on December 16. Beloved mother of Richard, Roy Jr., Kathy & John Halstead, Mary and David. Grandmother of Janine & David Dousharm, Jonni Grose & Justin Sears. GG of Cody Dousharm.
Betty’s most important job in life was to love and care for her family. She worked for the Highland Central School District until her retirement in 1989.
Many thanks to Rev. Arlene Dawber and Hospice Nurse, Erica, for their support and guidance.

Funeral services were held Thursday, October 9 at The First United Methodist Church of Highland.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The First United Methodist Chuch of Highland, or Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Mark A. Secreto

Mark A. “Buzzy” Secreto, a lifelong Newburgh resident, entered into rest on October 8, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh. He was 60 years old.
The son of the late Louis P. and Teresa (Fabian) Secreto, Mark was born on June 17, 1954 in Newburgh. He married Anne P. Hillery on May 12, 2001 in Plattekill, NY.

It is with a heavy and loving heart that we announce the passing of our loving husband and father, Mark. Mark was a fun-loving man who enjoyed the simple things in life: his family, his friends, a few laughs, a couple of drinks, his remote control. Most of all he enjoyed his quality time in the garage wrenching with his son Rick at his side. Mark also enjoyed spending time with his other boys: Zach, Rob, Dave, Noel and Dan. Mark gave us many great memories that will last a lifetime. So now it is time for you to party with your angels.

The family would like to thank the nurses on 4N and all of the staff at St. Luke’s Hospital as well as Mark’s team of doctors.

Mark is survived by his loving wife Anne of Newburgh; his loving son Richard T. Merring II of Newburgh, and Morgan, Frank, and Jenna Secreto all of Newburgh; his grandchildren: Tessa and Bodhi Secreto of Newburgh.
There will be no visitation and burial will be privately held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made in Mark’s name to the National Kidney Foundation, Finance, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.

Arrangements under the care of Brooks Funeral Home. To send a personal condolence, please visit or call 561-8300.

Roy D. Wynkoop

Roy D. Wynkoop of Walden passed away on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh, with this family at his side. Along with his wife, Anita, he was the owner of Flowers by Anita in Walden. The son of the late Roy and Arline Mae Cooley Wynkoop, he was born on December 5, 1939 in Wallkill, NY. He was 74 years old.

Roy was a US Navy veteran, member of the American Legion Post #158, former president of the Town of Montgomery Lions Club, former deputy mayor and trustee for the Village of Walden and a lover of all animals.

Survivors are his wife of 55 years, Anita C. Pettine Wynkoop at home; son, Todd Wynkoop of Fresno, CA; daughter, Tracey Moran and her husband, Adm. Michael Moran of Ridgecrest, CA; brother, David Wynkoop and his wife, Chris of South Carolina; sister Joan Koonce of North Carolina; grandchildren, Michael, Adam, Zachary and Tori Moran and Katie and Jacob Wynkoop; great-grandson Anthony Moran and his mother, Jessica Heins; nieces and nephews, Scott, Dean and Pam, Brett, LouAnn, Shannon and James, John and their families; and cousins. He was predeceased by his niece, Tonia Sprance.

A memorial Mass was celebrated Tuesday, October 14th at Sacred Heart Church, Newburgh. Burial of his cremains will be in the Orange County Veterans Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Walden Humane Society, Pets Alive in Middletown, NY or the Alzheimer’s Assoc.

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

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