Mary Jane Carlson-Johnston
Mary Jane Carlson-Johnston of Newburgh entered into eternal rest on November 22, 2013 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh. She was 79. The daughter of the late Daniel and Frances (Atkins) Shea, Mary Jane was born on August 13, 1934 in Napanoch, NY. She was raised by her grandparents James and Oda Atkins, and started her life together with David Edward Johnston in 1973. Mary Jane was a school nurse practitioner for the Newburgh School District. It was there that she was instrumental in implementing the teen parenting program.
Survivors include her husband David E. Johnston at home; her sons: James and his wife Mercedes Carlson of Merritt Island , FL and Gregory and Janet Carlson of New Paltz, NY; her daughter Betsy and her husband Arthur Buchanan of Matamoras, PA; her sister Dana Whitney of Texas; Eight grandchildren; her brothers-in-law: Jack (Doris) Johnston, James (Barbara) Johnston; her sisters-in-law: Joan (Al) Ruger, Edith O’Malley, Betty Johnston; her god daughter Tyresha Parker; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; and her very dear life long friend Anne Eggers.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made in Mary Jane’s name to the American Lung Association, 237 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10605.
Frederick LeRoy Earl
Frederick LeRoy Earl, 84, formerly of Walden, died in Oceanside, CA on Thursday, November 14, 2013.
The son of Cecelia and George Earl, he was born on August 25, 1929 in Newburgh, and raised in Plattekill.
In addition to Fred’s devoted wife, Guadalupe of 28 years, he will be held forever in the hearts of his son, Larry & his wife Corinne, daughter, Marylyn & her husband Robbie, son, Richard and step-son, Moe, as well as grandchildren: Jennifer, Rheann, Gavin, Marissa, Alysse, Evan, Brent and Megan and great grandchildren, Danny, Gavin, Porter, Corbin, Nicolette, Layla and Meyer. Fred will be missed by his sister, Jane and brother, Larry and his nieces, nephews, great nieces and grand nephews. He was predeceased by former late wife, Frances of 28 years and his brother, George and sister, June.
Fred joined the Army Air Corps at age 17 on August 28, 1946 and honorably separated on August 31, 1951 as Staff Sargeant, USAF, a Meteorologist. He raised his children in Walden, and actively participated in the community serving as Walden Village Trustee, member of the Walden Fire Dept Fearless Hook & Ladder Co. #1, Chairman of the PAL Board, Assistant Scout Master Boyscout Troop 32 of St. Andrews Episcopal Church of Walden. Retired Heavy Equipment Operator of 35 years from the Operating Engineers. Fred enjoyed exercising and reading the comic strips daily, taking his boat out in the Pacific Ocean, R.V. camping in the desert and walks with his wife and their Doberman, Lady.
A family memorial will take place in his home in Oceanside, CA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions designated to Veterans Service Program, may be made to VFW, State Headquarters, 9136 Elk Grove Blvd., Ste. 100, Elk Grove, CA 95624 or www.vfwca.org.
Andrew Hagar, 91, of Newburgh died November 21 at Elant Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Fishkill, with his family surrounding him.
“Andy” was born in Bishop, PA, November 8, 1922, the son of Mary (Logan) and Steven Hagar. As a child, his family moved around the country for his father’s job, finally settling in Marlboro, where he graduated from Marlboro High School.
After high school and during the war years, Andy worked on the building of the Aqueduct in the Hudson Valley that would supply water to New York City, and got his start as an electrician working at the shipbuilding yards in Wilmington, DE. He married “Dot” during this time, and shortly thereafter they settled in the Town of Newburgh, where they raised their family of five.
Andy was a journeyman electrician for many years, working for C.J. Olsen Electrical, and eventually starting his own business, Hagar Electric. In the 1970s, he and his brother, Ben started Hagar Homes, building single-family homes throughout Orange, Ulster and Dutchess Counties. During this time, Andy was active with the Town of Newburgh Lions Club, and various professional organizations, including the Building Association of the Hudson Valley.
Outside of work, his great interests were RV motorhome travel and antique cars. Before they became common sights on the roads, Andy built his first travel motorhome from a passenger bus he purchased from West Point. This would be the first of a series of motorhomes. After that, summer weekends were often spent taking his family to various places throughout New York and New England in the motorhome. Andy also loved to restore and work on antique cars, and attend antique car shows throughout the Northeast. He was active in the Hudson Valley Model A Restorers Club, and the Hudson River Valley Antique Auto Association, helping to organize a major car show in Rhinebeck each year.
Andy was an avid reader, especially of mysteries, and read two or three books a week right up until his death. He also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles, and regularly did the New York Times Sunday puzzle. His family will also remember him for his habit of having one highball cocktail each day before dinner.
In addition to his wife Dorothy, of 69 years, Andy is survived by his children, Stephanie Siegel and her partner Richard Luria of Cornwall, Sandra Jones and her partner Edward Jones of Newburgh, Steve Hagar and his wife Kathy Sult of Montgomery, Anne-Marie Matthews and her husband Edward, of Colts Neck, NJ, and Laurie Hagar of Gloucester, MA. He is also survived by five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Andy was predeceased by his brothers—Frank, Benjamin and Stephen Hagar.
Funeral mass was held Tuesday, November 26th at St. Mary’s Church, Marlboro, NY. Burial to follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh.
If desired, please make donations in Andy’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Ste. 103, Poughkeepsie.
Jo-an Byron Haluska
Jo-an Byron Haluska, a resident of Eddy Village Green in Cohoes, and a former teacher in the Marlboro School District, died November 24, 2013. She was 95
Jo-an is predeceased by her husband John Michael Haluska.
She was born on July 12, 1918 and married John at St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church in Cohoes, NY on October 12, 1943.
From this long and loving marriage came four sons, John Byron Haluska (Sherry) of Guilderland, NY, James Daniel Haluska (Helene) of Chesapeake, Virginia, Robert Thomas Haluska (Kate) of Fort Wayne , Indiana and David William Haluska of Newton, Massachusetts. Jo-an is also survived by numerous grand-children and great-grand-children.
John and Jo-an were teachers in the Marlboro Central School District. John taught the sciences and Jo-an taught second grade as well as reading. They were long time communicants of the St. James Roman Catholic Church in Milton.
After retiring their passion was travel. They visited all the continents except Antarctica. They were able to visit all of the states in the United States as well. They set a wonderful example in their personal loves for their children and their children’s children.
Jo-an spent her last years in cottage three in the Eddy Village Green complex in Cohoes. The family would like to thank the many, many staffers who gave great care, not only to Mom, but to all the other elders in cottage three.
Please, in lieu of flowers, be kind enough to make a donation to the Sarah Hull Hallock Free Library, PO Box 802, Milton, NY 12547.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 4-8pm at the DiDonato Funeral Home, 1290 Route 9W, Marlboro, NY 12542.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at St. James Church, Milton, with the Father Fred Kempfirl officiating.
Entombment will follow in Cedar Hill Mausoleum, Middle Hope.
George W. Stier
George W. Stier, of the Town of Plattekill, a retired retail manager entered into rest, Thursday, November 21, 2013 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital/Newburgh Campus. He was 67.
The son of the late August and Eleanor Gilmartin Stier, George was born August 28, 1946 in Jersey City, NJ.
George was a U.S. Army veteran, proudly serving in the Vietnam War. He as an avid bowler and pool player. George was a true gentleman, a gentle soul, and a very generous friend to many. George leaves a very large void in our lives.
Survivors include his close friends, Hank and Filomena Goranson, Julie Tryon and Dolly Sidoti, his adopted nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many cousins, a sister-in-law, Anna Stier of Florida. George was predeceased by a brother, Augie Stier.
Funeral services were held, Sunday, November 24 at White & Venuto Funeral Home, , Newburgh, with Father John Vondras officiating. Cremation was at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh.
If desired, please make donations in George’s memory to Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
Michael Mazzarelli, of Newburgh, died peacefully at Elant, Meadow Hill surrounded by the love of his family on November 22, 2013.
The family is grateful for the compassion and care shown to him by the staff at Elant. He was predeceased by his parents, Salvatore and Mary (Cimorelli) Mazzarelli, and his brothers, Victor, Samuel and Frank. Mike leaves behind many wonderful memories to be cherished by his loving, devoted wife of 67 years, Wini, whom he married on July 28, 1946 in Cornwall Presbyterian Church. He is also survived by his daughters, Linda Walker and Shirley (James) Abrams, both of Brockport, NY; grandchildren, Laura (Vincent)Acciaio, Carla (Michael) Heise, Jamie (Jason) Abrams Pletcher, Brian (Brittany)Abrams, Michael (Lacy) Walker, Lisa Walker and Jeffrey Walker; great-grandchildren, Michael, Mallory, Vincent, Avery, Morgan, Gavin, Michael, Lily and Grace; brothers-in-law, Eric (Jean) Smith, Lawrence (Faye) Smith; sister-in-law Ida May Mazzarelli; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was born in Newburgh and graduated from NFA in 1939. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and proudly served his country during WWII as a Sergeant earning several medals including the Purple Heart in the Battle of the Bulge. Along with his brother he owned and operated F&M Trim & Body Shop and the Newburgh Country Club. Mike was a member of the Elks Club #247 for 62 years, and the American Legion for 58 years, a lifetime member. He enjoyed the fellowship of the Powelton Duffers, his dinner group, both of which he was the last surviving Charter Member. As a former owner and breeder of thoroughbred horses, he still enjoyed the “ponies”.
A funeral service and military honors were held Sunday at the Brooks Funeral Home. Entombment will be private in Cedar Hill Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Michael may be made to Grace United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 468 Broadway, Newburgh, NY 12550; or Meals on Wheels, PO Box 2615, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Carl Muller Jr.
Carl Muller Jr. of Wallkill, a former Highway Maintenance Supervisor for the New York State Department of Transportation, and a driver for Coach USA (formerly Shortline Bus), died on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 at home. He was 67.
The son of Carl Sr. and Violet Brown Muller, he was born on August 21, 1946 in Cornwall, NY.
Carl was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a driver for Bill and Hillary Clinton and Al and Tipper Gore during their campaign tout. He was the type of man who helped everybody and loved fishing, cooking and baking.
Survivors include: his wife, Ada Ruiz Muller at home; three sons, Carl Muller, III of Plattekill, Chad Muller and his wife, Tara of Milford PA, and Erick Grajales of Wallkill; two daughters, Connie Wolf and her husband, Mike of Marlboro and Christine Muller of Newburgh; grandchildren: Cassidy, Cheyenne, Cody, Shane, Raven, Sydney, Corileye, Gina and Layla Rose and great-grandchild, Cailynn. Also brother, Bary Muller of Tenn., sister, Peggy Badami of Fort Montgomery, and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister, Carol Shaver.
Memorial services were held at the Walden Baptist Church in Walden.
Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory in Newburgh and his cremains were buried in the Orange County Veteran’s Cemetery in Goshen.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were made by the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home in Walden.
Gloria P. Palchus
Gloria P. Palchus died peacefully on Friday, November 22, 2013, at her home in Herndon, VA. She was born in the Bronx NY on November 5, 1924 and was a long time resident of New Windsor NY.
Beloved wife of the late Leonard S. Palchus; loving mother of George (Robin) Palchus of Herndon, VA and Tom (Debbie) Palchus of Charlotte, NC; devoted grandmother of Michael, Brandon, Jamie, Dana, Blake and Olivia. Loving Aunt to the late Patty Gillen, Donna Scarpelli of Ohio, Philip and Dave Gioia of California, Georgine Sinkus and Stephanie Oshman of Shenendoah PA, and Ann Maria Mantia of Long Island, NY.
Gloria graduated from Jane Addams HS in the Bronx where she was Sr. Class President. She will be sadly missed by her longest friend Constance Nista of Connecticut who was the Sr. Class Treasurer.
Gloria was a wonderful homemaker, accomplished cook and seamstress and found great delight in her role as a Mother, Grandmother and Aunt. The family will receive friends from 10am -1pm on Saturday, November 30 at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh, with a service at 1 pm at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.
Lester J. Skinner
Lester J. Skinner of Newburgh, a Corrections Officer for NYSDOC, Fishkill Upstate, died on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at St. Lukes in Newburgh, with his family by his side. He was 69.
The son of the late Lester and Charlene Goodwin Skinner, he was born on January 27, 1944 in Patterson, N.J.
Lester served in the Marine Corp, with Company “G”. He was a former member of Blue Knights, Walden and an avid motorcyclist.
At work, he was formerly a member of the Correctional Emergency Response Team and Assistant Fire Chief for Fishkill Correctional Facility.
Survivors include: his wife of 41 years, Anne Skinner, at home; son, Lester “Butch” Skinner and his wife, Donna, of McDonough, NY; daughters, Elizabeth Skinner of Walden and Allison Skinner (and Larry Crisci) of Maybrook; sister, Shiela Liotard of Maybrook; brother, Charles Skinner of Newburgh; grandchildren: Lisa (and James), Lester Jr. (and Deborah), Danny (and Megan), Ryan, Kayla and Nicholas. Also, great-grandchildren: Joseph, Lianna, Laila, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by son, Brian Skinner and sister, Heather Skinner.
Referred to as” Uncle Bu” or “Pop”, he will be missed by many friends who will remember Lester’s thoughtfulness. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for his family and many he considered to be family, including his cat Toby.
Funeral services were held at Millspaugh Funeral Home in Walden. Burial followed the services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Town of Newburgh Volunteer Ambulance Corps., 97 S. Plank Rd., Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.
Jeannette Gillespie Stollar
Jeannette Gillespie Stollar of Montgomery and New York, died on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at home in Manhattan. She was 72.
The daughter of Fred and Margaret Watson Gillespie, she was born on September 20, 1941, in Montgomery, NY.
She leaves behind a family deeply saddened by her death!
Survivors include: stepson, Mark and his wife, Sandra of Manhattan; daughter, Jessica Keizer and her husband, Quentin, of Kingsport, TN; grandchildren, Brittany and Cailin Stollar, Elizabeth, Kasey ad Joey Keizer and Stacey Keizer Andis and great-grandson, Cameron. Also brothers, Carl of Montgomery, and Richard of Booneville, NY.
Jeannette was always a strong supporter of education, as evidenced by her lengthy career as Membership Director for the College Board in New York City. She was also an enthusiastic traveler to lands near and far, where she captured her experiences through stunning photographs.
Funeral services were held at Millspaugh Funeral Home in Walden.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to the Lou Stollar Scholarship Fund at FIT, call (212) 217- 3370.
Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.
Peter Henry Van Erp, Sr
Peter Henry Van Erp, Sr., age 87, of Marlboro died peacefully at his home on Monday, November 18, 2013.
Peter was born May 9, 1926 in s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. He is the son of the late Maria Josephina van Dijk and the late Wilhelmus van Erp.
Peter was an international chef starting as an apprentice in Europe during WW II. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1947 and continued working as a chef for several prestigious hotels and restaurants including the Metropolitan Opera House, Waldorf Astoria & Luchows. He was also an instructor at the Culinary Institute of America. Cooking was not just a job for him, but a lifelong passion.
He was predeceased by a son, William, his parents and two brothers Bert and Wim.
Survivors include three sons, Peter, Jr. and wife Angela of Mississippi, and John and wife Brandy of Coxsackie, and Edward “Mark” and wife Krissy of Marlboro, 9 Grandchildren; Alex, David, Kimberly, Summer, Maverick, Devyn, Peter III, Christopher and Wyatt, one brother Anthony and wife Rita, one sister in law Gre Van Erp and several nieces and nephews.
Donations in memory of Peter Henry Van Erp, Sr. can be made to the Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550
Mary M. Williams
Mary M. Williams, of New Windsor, a retired worker for the Honeywell Corporation, and a long-time resident of the area, died Saturday, November 23, 2013 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh. She was 90.
The daughter of the late Felix and Julia (Wentz) Gucwa, Mary was born on June 20, 1923 in Minersville, PA. On November 17, 1940, she married the late Kenneth Williams in Minersville, PA. Mary was an avid seamstress, a great knitter and a crotchetier. She had many hobbies including stained glass decorating. She loved to read, and loved all animals and was a supporter of animal rights. Mary moved from Minersville, PA to Philadelphia in 1940. There she worked as a crane operator during WWII. She loaded live ammunition in a munitions plant. After the war, she worked in the textile industry, then later went on to work for Honeywell. She retired in 1980 and moved to Brodheadsville, PA, then moved to New Windsor in 1991, where she was a member of the New Windsor Senior Club.
She is survived by her daughter, Marianne Paige and her husband, Clifford, of New Windsor; grandchildren, Jeffrey Paige of Wallkill, NY, Jason Paige, of Norwalk, CT and Jillian Paige of New Windsor; great-grandchildren, Anne Eliese Paige, Alexander Paige, Gavin Paige and Nathan Paige; and a brother, Chester Gucwa, of PA. In addition to her husband and her parents, Mary was predeceased by her granddaughter, Jennifer Paige and her brothers, Stanley, Teddy, Edward & Louis.
Visitation will be held on Friday, November 29 from 6 to 8 pm at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 am on Saturday, November 30 at St. Joseph’s Church, New Windsor. Burial will follow in Buena Vista Cemetery, Brodheadsville, PA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mary’s name to the Hudson Valley SPCA, 940 Little Britain Rd, New Windsor 12553.