September 10th, 2014

Peter S. Chumas

Peter S. Chumas, a lifelong resident of Newburgh, passed away at the age of 87, on September 2, 2014.
He was born in Newburgh, NY on January 29, 1927 to the late Spero and Katherine (Kalos) Chumas.

His parents were one of the first Greek families to settle in Newburgh and were instrumental in establishing St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church of which Pete was a member. Pete was very proud of his Greek heritage. One of the highlights of his life was to be able to visit the homeland of his parents.

While a student at Newburgh Free Academy, he carried on the legacy of his older brothers by participating and excelling in many sports: football, basketball, track and baseball. After graduation he worked for Fourtunis and Chumas, the family wholesale banana business; as an ironworker; and then as a custodian in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District from which he retired.

Pete was an active member of his community. A Boy Scout in his youth, he was a lifetime member of the YMCA from age eight, where he was an avid floor hockey player until well into his eighties. He was also a member of the William Street and Washington Heights Social Clubs where he developed many close friendships and enjoyed playing cards. In his later years, he looked forward to his many trips to Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

Pete had a wonderful memory and loved telling stories about his family and himself. He was an outgoing person who loved a good joke and who didn’t have a problem speaking his mind. He never lost his zest for life and always had a song in his heart and on his lips. The family thanks the staff of Elant @ Meadow Hill for their appreciation of his unique humor and their compassionate care.

Pete is survived by his cousins Mary and Helen Beldecos; sisters-in-law Antonette Chumas (John d.) and Marie Chumas (Stanley d.); his nieces: Ann Schebesta, Karen Weyand, Cindy Werner, Kathy LaRocca, Linda Kantrowitz, Patricia Chumas, and Wendy Drosnock; nephews: Spero N. Chumas, Spero Z. Chumas, George Chumas, Stanley Chumas, Jeffrey Chumas, Michael Chumas, and Charles Chumas; and their spouses; many grandnieces and grandnephews and several great-grandnieces and great- grandnephews.

He was predeceased by his sister Anne and brothers: Harry, Nicholas, Zachary, George, Charles, John and Stanley; sisters-in-law: Florence, Athena, “Kit”, Mary and Vera.

Services were held September 5 at Brooks Funeral Home, Newburgh. Burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 19 Fullerton Ave., Newburgh, NY, 12550.

Arrangements under the care of Brooks Funeral Home.

Lee Ann Foster Elgin

Lee Ann Foster Elgin, of Kingwood, TX, formerly of Walden, passed away on July 15, 2014 at home. The daughter of the late LeRoy Foster and Claudia Owens Foster De Francesco, she was born on May 19, 1969 in Pittsburgh, PA. She was 45. A graduate of Valley Central High School and The Westminster Choir School in Princeton, NJ, Lee Ann was the choral and music teacher at Timberwood Middle School in Texas.

Survivors are her mother, Claudia Foster DeFrancesco of Newburgh; husband, Sean Elgin at home; daughter, Lindsay Elgin at home, sons, Matthew and Nathaniel Elgin at home; sisters, Ruthanne Kingston of Newburgh and Sara Conklin of Unionville and nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 13th at the Goodwill Evangelical Presbyterian Church (historic church), Rt. 208, Montgomery, NY.

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

Robert C Gaynor

Robert C. Gaynor of Pine Bush, a lifelong resident of the area, died Thursday, September 4, 2014, at home. He was 65.

The son of the late Charles Gaynor and Evelyn Sloan Carroll, he was born October 2, 1948 in Newburgh, NY.

He retired from Nepera and Pine Bush Central School system.
Robert was a Vietnam veteran.

He was an avid bowler and fisherman and was a member of the Newburgh Bowling Association.

Survivors include his wife Elaine Sattler Gaynor at home; sister Barbara Schmidt of Bradenton, FL; nephew Scott Mackay of New Windsor, nephew Matthew Mackay of NYC; mother-in-law Elizabeth Sattler of Walden; brothers-in-law Robert Sattler, Peter Sattler, sisters-in-law Elizabeth Sattler and Mary Sattler; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Monday, September 8, at the Millspaugh Funeral Home, with Pastor Robert Hewitt officiating. Burial was in Wallkill Valley Cemetery in Walden.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange, 800 Stony Brook Ct, Newburgh, NY 12550 or the Walden Humane Society, P.O. Box 135, Walden, NY 12586.

Eileen F. Hopkins

Eileen F. Hopkins, of the Town of Newburgh, a cashier for Lowe’s in Newburgh, entered into rest Thursday, September 4, 2014 at St. Luke’s/Cornwall Hospital – Newburgh Campus surrounded by her family. She was 65.
The daughter of the late Claude and Mary Abrams Aubuchon, Eileen was born August 21, 1949 in Brooklyn.

Survivors include her husband whom she married on December 30, 1972 in Brooklyn, Peter F. Hopkins at home; daughters: Heather Bishop and her husband, Doug of Rome, N.Y., Julie Woodward and her husband, Adrian of Newburgh, N.Y., and Lesley Blanton and her husband, Troy of Bowling Green, Kentucky; also survived by her grandchildren: Matthew, Jason, Cassidy, Alex, Kaden, Allison and Ashlynn; siblings Patricia and Gerard, as well as nieces and nephews.

Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Cemetery. A celebration of Eileen’s life will take place at a future date.
In lieu of flowers please make donations in Eileen’s memory to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing, 6725 Lyons Street, East Syracuse, NY 13057 or visit

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of White & Venuto Funeral Home.

Harry “Roy” Radford

Harry “Roy” Radford, a lifelong Newburgh resident, entered into rest on September 2, 2014 at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. He was 75.

The son of the late Harold and Dorothy (Coulson) Radford, Roy was born on February 1, 1939 in Derbyshire, England. He was a 1957 graduate of Newburgh Free Academy. After high school, Roy served his country in the United States Air Force from 1957 to 1960. He reached the rank of Airman Second Class and was honorably discharged. On September 12, 1965 he married Angela LaMarca in Newburgh. Until his retirement, Roy was a Crew Chief in the Gas Division of Central Hudson.

Roy was a free spirit who loved adventures of all kind. After several years of travelling with the Air Force and on his own, Roy settled back in Newburgh where he married his girl Angie and started their family. He was a father to many, not just his children. He was a hardworking, courageous man who was a lifelong employee of Central Hudson and shop steward for IBEW.

Roy is survived by his longtime companion and “lady friend” Joyce Turner; his children: Roy Radford of Newburgh, Mary Radford of Newburgh, Joseph Radford and his wife Jennifer Radford of Newburgh; his brother Dennis Radford of Englewood, FL; his grandson Connor Joseph Radford; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to his parents, Roy was predeceased by his wife Angela Radford, his brothers: Harold and Walt; and his sisters: Joyce and May.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Roy’s name to the Town of Newburgh Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 97 South Plank Road, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Arrangements under the care of Brooks Funeral Home.

Augustin Riva, Jr.

Augustin Riva, Jr., affectionately known as “Augie” of New Windsor entered into rest on August 31, 2014 at Westchester Medical Center in Vahalla. He was 58.

The son of the late Augustin and Yolanda (Astrologo) Riva, Sr., Augustin was born on October 11, 1955 in Peekskill, NY. He earned his high school diploma from Peekskill High School and his Bachelors of Science degree from Pace University. He worked as an auditor for NY Compensation Insurance Rating Board in New York City. Augustin was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Newburgh.

Augustin is survived by his wife Ann Marie, whom he married on September 5, 1982 in Yonkers, NY; his cousins: Michael, Mike, Jr., Nick, Andy, and many others; and his niece and nephew Heather and Chris. Augie loved his family and friends and his passion for cars.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 5 at Sacred Heart Parish. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Augie’s name to: the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311 or to Mid Hudson Animal Aid, 54 Simmons Lane, Beacon, NY 12508.

Arrangements under the care of Brooks Funeral Home.

Michael Steffanci

Michael Steffanci of Walden, an employee of Hoffman-LaRoche in Nutley, NJ, passed away on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at home. The son of John and Lucy Girado Steffanci, he was born on March 12, 1941 in Beacon, NY. He was 73 years old. He was a member of the Century Museum Village & Collectors Association.

Michael is survived by his wife, Nancy Scholl Steffanci at home; daughters, Helen George of Maine and Debbie Steffanci of Wappingers Falls; brother, John “Jack” Steffanci of Beacon; sisters, Marysue Kelly of Beacon and Joan Goetius of North Carolina; grandchildren, Krystle and Kaitlyn; great-grandson, Otto and nieces and nephews including William Scholl of Wappingers Falls. He was predeceased by his brothers, Joe and Ralph Staffanci.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 11th from 6-8 p.m. at the Goodwill Presbyterian Church, Route 208, Montgomery. Funeral services will follow at 8 p.m. at the church. Cremation will be in the Cedar Hill Crematory, Newburgh.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Goodwill Presbyterian Church.

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

LeRoy A. Williams III

LeRoy A. Williams III, a 25-year employee of the NYS Thruway Authority in Newburgh, passed away on Monday, September 1, 2014 at home. The son of LeRoy A. and Sally Grahn Williams, Jr., he was born on January 18, 1959 in Nyack, NY He was 55.

Survivors are his wife of 35 years, Dawn Diaz Williams at home; sons, LeRoy Williams IV and Joshua H. Williams both of Wallkill, and Michael F. Williams and his wife, Diane of Jupiter, Fl; daughter Danielle Hart and her husband, John of Wappingers Falls; brother, Roger Williams of Hawley, PA; sister, Wendy Howell of Port Jervis; granddaughter, Amanda; father-in-law, Ralph Diaz of San Antonio FL; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and his furry friends, Koda, Daisey, Charley and Mollie. He was predeceased by his sister, Deborah Weaver.

A funeral Mass was held on Saturday, September 6th at St. Columba R.C. Church.

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