Obituaries

April 8th, 2014

Philip J. Catalano

Philip J. Catalano, 75, of Milton, passed away on April 1, 2014 at Hudson Valley Rehabilitation Center, Highland, NY after a short illness. Born on February 17, 1939, he was the son of Anthony and Santa Catalano.

Philip lived all but the last 6 months of his life in the house he was born in, and worked on the family farm. He was a graduate of Marlboro High School. One of his most memorable traits was being the family comic. He loved a good joke, even a bad one. The irony of his leaving this life on April 1st did not go unnoticed.

Left to mourn his loss are his sister and brother-in-law, Josephine and Anthony Megna, Milton; sister-in-law, Louise Catalano, Hyde Park; special cousin Jimmy Catalano, Milton; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, 14 brothers and sisters, and one niece.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, April 5, at St. James Church, Milton, with Reverend Fred J. Kempfirl officiating.

Interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Marlboro.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Robert C. Engel of the Engel Funeral Home, Inc.

Rose Ann Coakley

Rose Ann Coakley died April 5, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh. She was 87.

The daughter of the late Bartolomew (Buddy) and Gaetana (Katy) Pantoliano, she was born on August 7, 1926 in New York City.

Rose Ann was a seamstress from home, an avid bowler, former member of the New Windsor Lioness Club, and an honorary member of the City of Newburgh Opti-Mrs. Club.

Mom loved watching the cooking shows and recreating countless recipes for her family. She loved and, right up to her death, bought all of the latest cooking gadgets.

Mom was most happy when she was in the company of her family. Some of our fondest memories will be those summer Saturdays when we all spent the day by her pool and ate the best spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. Mom will be sadly missed.

Rose Ann is survived by her son Dennis Coakley; daughters-in-law: Sandra Coakley and Roseann Coakley; her grandchildren: Jennifer (Josh) Meinsen, Dennis (Shannon) Coakley, Jr., Ryan and Adam Coakley, Ashley Coakley, Marissa Kyles, Richard Baxter, and Sean O’Neill; her great-grandchildren: Matt, Mark, Tori, Allie, Alex, Gemma, Jackson, Seryna, Cooper and Madelynn and one more on the way; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Rose Ann was predeceased by her husband, John W. Coakley, her son John W. Coakley, II, and her brother Pasquale Pantoliano.

A memorial visitation will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. A funeral service will be held at 6:30 p.m. during the visitation. Burial will be privately held at Orange County Veteran’s Cemetery in Goshen.

Kari Anne Richards Conklin

Kari Anne Richards Conklin entered into rest on March 28, 2014 at Kaplan Family Hospice Residence in Newburgh. She was 35.

The daughter of Anne Stearns Richards and the late John J. Richards, Jr., Kari was born in October of 1978 in Middletown, NY. Kari married Barry W. Conklin, Jr. in 2010 in Wappingers Falls, NY. She was a graduate of Elmira College in Elmira, NY. She was a Web Marketing Manager for Dow Jones Local Media Group.

Kari passed surrounded by loving family and friends. She will always be remembered and loved for her courage and her radiant smile. She will be forever in our hearts!

Kari was a volunteer for CASA, helping children in need. She also volunteered her time helping with local animal rescues.

Kari is survived by her loving husband, Barry W. Conklin, Jr., her mother, Anne Stearns Richards; her brother Jason J. Richards and her sister Jennifer M. Richards; her nieces and nephews Rebecca, Michael, Sara, Katie, Megan, Ben, Ashley, Madison and Ava Grace and many loving friends.

In addition to her father, Kari was predeceased by her mother-in-law, Therese E. (Rush) Conklin.

Services will be held privately at the convenience of Kari’s family.

Memorial donations may be made in Kari’s name to a local animal rescue of one’s choice or Kaplan Family Hospice Residence, 1 Sunrise Lane, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Arrangements under the care of Brooks Funeral Home. To send a personal condolence, please visit Brooksfh.com or call 845-561-8300.

Robert T. Cruver

Robert T. Cruver of Monticello, a machine operator for OSRAM Sylvania, and a lifelong resident of the area, died on March 30, 2014, in Honesdale. He was 65.

The son of the late Harry and Mary Jane Cruver, he was born on June 14, 1948 in Newburgh, NY.

Survivors include: his wife, Donna Manny Cruver at home; daughter, Jennifer Cruver-Plaza and her husband, Jerome Plaza V. of Hawley, PA; grandson, Jerome Plaza VI; granddaughter, Victoria-Lynn Plaza; brother-in-law, Arthur C. Pearson, Jr.; sister-in-law Portia Stewart; brothers-in-law, Ellis Manny, Jr. and Richard Manny and brother, Charles Cruver. Also, nephews: Little Artie and Billy and other nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by one brother and four sisters.

Services were held at Millspaugh Funeral Home.

Cremation took place in Cedar Hill Crematory in Newburgh.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Goshen Historic Track, 44 Park Pl., Goshen, NY 10924.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Anna L. Decker

Anna L. Decker, age 75, of Marlboro, NY died Monday, April 7, 2014 at Wingate of Ulster Nursing Home, Highland, NY. Mrs. Decker was born September 4, 1938 in Newburgh, NY. She is the daughter of the late John and the late Rhoda (Alexander) Terracina. She married George Wilson Decker, who predeceased her on January 31, 2013.

Anna was a Certified Aide working private duty care in the Marlboro area. She also was an aide at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh and was an avid bingo player.

She is survived by her two sons Carmello Decker of Ohio and Raymond Decker and his wife Veronica of Marlboro; seven grandchildren; Krista, Carl, Kayla, George, Raymond, Alexander & Andrew Decker; three great-grandchildren; Carl Decker, Jr., Tristan Vega and Tyler Decker; four brothers; John “Butch” Terracina and his wife Marlene, Frederick “Fritz” Terracina, Carmen Mohrhaus and Richard Terracina and his wife Catherine; and two sisters, Bonita Salvo and Helen “Babe” Medler.

Anna is predeceased by her husband George Wilson Decker, and her sister, Carole Collins.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday evening, April 10, from 6-9 p.m. at The DiDonato Funeral Home, 1290 Route 9W, Marlboro.

Funeral services will be held on Friday morning at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Middle Hope.

Wayne R. Donaldson

Wayne R. Donaldson, 50, a resident of Highland, passed away unexpectedly on March 29, 2014 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

On May 21, 1964, in the small district of Ginger Hill, Kingston, in the parish of Hanover, Jamaica, Pernel and Sandford Donaldson welcomed a bundle of joy they named Wayne Ricardo Donaldson, affectionately called Scotty.

Wayne received his early education at Miss Netta Jones’ and the Ginger Hill Basic Schools. He then graduated to the Riverside All Age School and then to Meadowbrook High School.

Although Wayne liked accounting, he was also artistic and liked to design and make beautiful crafts. He got an opportunity to develop his ingenuity and imagination when he went to work at Medallion Galleries. He later moved to Eurotrend, another high-end manufacturing company, where he expanded his knowledge to manufacturing and installing fine kitchen and bathroom cabinets. In 1994, Wayne migrated to the United States and worked at Crown Trophy in the Bronx. He then moved to Dutchess County, where he started working at Borabora Fruit Juices, a drink manufacturing company as plant manufacturer for nearly 13 years. As a resourceful “jack of all trades,” he found time to spend on his creative hobbies, one of which was to make fine costume jewelry, which he shared.

In Jamaica, Wayne was a member of the Silvertone Youth Club, where he participated in various projects to uplift his community. He was not only a great family man, but a great community man. Family members in Kingston remembered him in his late teens being surrounded by a host of little boys who would come to him to be taught how to make kites and other toys. The years did not change him because on his visits from the USA we remember him being surrounded by youths in the community, as they wanted to know what he brought for them. He taught us that we did not have to be rich financially to make a difference, but rich in spirit.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Paula Donaldson, and their children, Morgan Donaldson and Paige Parisella, 14, both of Highland; Ramash Donaldson, 19 of Maryland, Alexia Donaldson, 22 of Kingston, Jamaica, and their mother Ingrid Stephens of Kingston, Jamaica; Raven-Symone A. Hyman of the Bronx, Debbiesha S. Johns, 32 of New Jersey and their mother, Wayne’s first wife Joan Donaldson of Stone Mountain, Georgia; Timothy Thomas, Kingston, Jamaica; Brook-Lynn A Parker, Bronx; Ajalae R Pantry of New Jersey and Peyton H. Williams of New Jersey. He also leaves behind his mother Pernel Donaldson of Ginger Hill, Jamaica and his father Peter Hylton (wife Mary Hylton) of Oshwa, Canada. He was pre-deceased by stepfather Stanford Donaldson who raised Wayne.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, April 10, 4-8 p.m. at the Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, 218 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie. Wheelchair entrance is located in the rear of the funeral home on Vassar Street.

A funeral service will follow Friday, April 11 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by Christian Burial in the family plot at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Salt Point Turnpike, Poughkeepsie. Msgr. Gerardo Colacicco will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family at 187 Sterling Place, Highland.

Rita Figueroa

Rita Figueroa of Newburgh died Monday, March 31, 2014 at Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY. She was 78.

The daughter of Enrique Figueroa and Juana Francisco, Rita was born May 22, 1935 in the Dominican Republic.

Survivors include her son, Julio Figueroa of Plattekill, one grandchild, as well as several cousins.

Cremation took place, Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Cedar Hill Crematory.

Memorial Mass will be offered, 10 a.m., Friday, April 11, 2014 at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 1250 State, Rte. 32, Plattkill.

Fritz Max Grafe

Fritz Max Grafe of Wallkill, a retired stone mason for Benjamin Harris Realtor in Newburgh and a longtime resident of the area, died on Monday, March 31, 2014, at home. He was 93.

The son of the late Ernst and Flora Grafe, he was born on February 20, 1921 in Dresden, Germany.

Survivors include: his wife, Trudy at home; sons, Michael Grafe and his wife, Francine Lipani of Wallkill; Ronald Grafe and his wife, Suzanne of Gahanna, OH and Christopher Grafe and his wife, Laura of Middletown. Also five grandchildren: Max, Lindsey, Jason, Eric and Nikolas.

Memorial services were held at the Wallkill Funeral Home; Linnea Clark officiated.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to the Wallkill Public Library, PO Box C, Wallkill, NY 12589 in Fritz’s memory.

Arrangements were made by The Wallkill Funeral Home.

Rudolph H. “Rudi” Koeck

Rudolph H. “Rudi” Koeck of Walden, passed away on Sunday, April 6, 2014 in Middletown, NY. He was 68.

The son of Robert H. and Antonia Sauter Koeck, he was born on July 11, 1945 in New York City.

Rudi was a member of AHRC. He was in Special Olympics, a member of a bowling league and helped his father on the farm. He loved puzzles, car shows, the newspaper, magazines and wine. Rudi will be remembered for his big smile and handshake. The family would like to thank Campbell Hall AHRC, Orismill and Middletown DDSO staff for all the love, support and respect they gave to Rudi during his life.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10 a.m. from the Church of the Most Precious Blood, Walden. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Altoona, PA.

Contributions may be made to AHRC, 249 Broadway, Newburgh, NY 12550 or Camp Loyaltown, 115 E. Bethpage Rd., Plainview, NY 11803

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

Humberto ‘Bert’ I. Lens

Humberto “Bert” I. Lens, of Plattekill, owner of Restaurante Cafe 32 in Plattekill, NY, entered into rest peacefully at home with his loving family by his side on April 4, 2014. He was 82.

Son of the late Carlos and Aurelia (Delgado) Lens, he was born June 3, 1931 in Matanzas, Cuba.

Humberto proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he became a U.S. citizen. He was a member of the Oddfellows, the Masons, VFW, the American Legion in Acapulco, Mexico, and served as a volunteer for the Plattekill Fire Department. “He was the shining light of the family – A beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend to many. He will be missed deeply by many.”

Survivors include his loving wife, Lorietta Lens, whom he married on June 17, 2000 in Our Lady of Fatima Church in Plattekill; his beloved children: Carlos P. Lens and his wife, Elizabeth of Plattekill, and Estelle Lens and her husband, Nick Nikolich of Citra, FL; he was beloved grandfather to Brittney Lens and Sasha Nikolich and; loving brother to Carlos Lens, Sr. of New York City and Gloria Monter of Bronx, NY; loving uncle to nieces and nephews: Alfredo Montoto, Merna Eatmon, Carlos Vega, Michelle Lens-Leon, Carlos Lens, Jr., Aida Donohue, Lisa Aguirre, Margarita Aguirre, Raphael Aguirre Jr. He was a great-uncle of many great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Aida Montoto; and his brother, Raphael Aguirre.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, April 7 at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Plattekill, with burial following in Modena Rural Cemetery, Modena.

Memorial contributions in Bert’s memory may be sent to the Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714, for pancreatic cancer research.

Manuel Souto Longueira

Manuel Souto Longueira died on April 4th, 2014. He was born on June 7, 1931 to Manuela Longueira Miramontes and Eduardo Souto Casas in Guisamo, Spain in the province of Galicia. He was the beloved husband of Juanita Souto for nearly 54 years.

Manuel left his family in Spain at the age of 16 to join his father in New York City. Their goal was to earn money to support the family during a very difficult time in their homeland. The willingness to sacrifice for the good of his family remained Manuel’s most defining quality and he was always a loving husband and caring father who provided for his family in every way possible.

In New York, Manuel was offered the opportunity to be a butcher’s apprentice and, after learning the trade, became a partner in La Favorita, a market in the lower east side of Manhattan. He married Juanita Madariaga on April 24, 1960 and they started a family in Brooklyn, NY, where they had three children. In 1968, Manuel and his family built a home in Plattekill, where the family settled and their fourth child was born. After moving upstate, Manuel worked for Grand Union Supermarkets and retired in 1995 after 26 years.

During his retirement, Manuel enjoyed frequent trips to Spain to visit his family, celebrated fiestas and holidays and attended the many communions, confirmations, sporting events and graduations of his grandchildren. He loved Spanish music and enjoyed telling stories about his childhood in Spain and his lifelong friendships with his fellow Gallegos. He was also an active gardener spending countless hours planting, pruning and harvesting, as well as a hunter of big and small game and a devout fan of Spanish futbol, supporting his home team Real Club Deportivo de La Coruna. Manuel was a member of the Spanish-American Social Club, the Plattekill Rod and Gun Club, Sociedad Recreo y Instruccion de la Juventud de Guisamo and a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church.

Manuel will be missed by his loving family including his wife, Juanita; children: Edward and his wife, Debra, Marisa DiMeo and her husband, Domenic, John and his wife, Julie, Richard and his wife, Kristen; brother, Arturo and sister-in-law, Lucita; sister, Isabel; grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Andrew, Ryan, Steven, Christopher, Erica and Andre; nephews: Eduardo and his wife, Tinita, Miguel, David and his wife, Angela, Anthony and his wife, Rose, Angel; nieces: Luz Maria, Victoria and her husband, Lou, and many more great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and extended family members. He is predeceased by his brother, Eduardo; brother-in-law, Angel; sister-in-law, Antonita; sister-in-law, Susana Dorado; brother-in-law, Blas Dorado; and nephews: Ricardo and Jose.

A Funeral Mass was offered Tuesday, April 8th at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 1250 State Rte. 32, Plattekill, NY. Burial was at St. Charles Cemetery in Gardiner, NY.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Manuel’s memory to Our Lady of Fatima Church, PO Box 700, Plattekill, NY 12568-0700.

Valerie Lee Mousaw

Valerie Lee Mousaw, 55, died from cancer on Thursday, 3 April 2014 at her residence in New Port Richey, Florida.

Valerie is survived by her husband, Charles R. Mousaw, Jr., daughter, Michele Renee Mousaw (New Port Richey), son, Bryan Michael (Deanna) Mousaw (New Port Richey), mother, Dawn Simmons (Largo, FL), brother, Lawrence Simmons (Largo, FL), sister, Rene Teague (Dunellon, FL), brother, William D. Simmons (Kathy) (Tampa, FL), and grandson, Ethan Thomas Mousaw (New Port Richey).

She is predeceased by her granddaughter Wren Mousaw, daughter, Emily Mousaw and father, William J. Simmons.

Valerie was born in Walden, and graduated from Valley Central High School in 1976. She served in the U.S. Navy from 1976 to 1981. She and her husband were married in 1979 after meeting at U.S. Naval Facility Bermuda. She supported her husband’s 20-year Navy career serving in Adak, AK, Keflavik, Iceland, Washington, DC, and Virginia Beach, VA before retiring to Florida in 1997.

Throughout her career, Valerie excelled at a variety of demanding positions in the printing, construction, housekeeping, bowling alley operations businesses, and most recently mobile home community management of several communities in central Florida and Alabama.

Valerie enjoyed time with her family and close friends, the beach, traveling, bird watching, gardening, crafts and ceramics.

At Valerie’s request, there will not be a public service; however, her family is planning a celebration of life in her honor in the very near future.

The family requests you generously donate to your local Hospice or American Cancer Society in Valerie’s memory.

Lynn P. Perkins

Lynn P. Perkins, 72, a resident of Highland, passed away on March 31, 2014 at Hudson Valley Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center in Highland.

Mrs. Perkins was born in Mount Vernon, NY on January 10, 1942. She was the daughter of the late George Coley (Koli) and Dorthea Weigand Coley.

On February 26, 1966, she married Ronald H. Perkins in Highland. She was predeceased by her husband Ronald on October 17, 2013 and her brother Paul Coley on February 4, 1977.

Survivors include her three sons: Raymond R. Perkins of Kingston, Thomas C. Perkins of South Plainfield, NJ, Ronald H. Perkins Jr. of Pine Bush; her grandchildren Jessica and Paul of Kingston, Erika and Dylan of Pine Bush; great-grandchildren Jordan and Emma of Kingston and close friends Jake and Lillian Mertes of Highland.

She graduated from PS 46 High School class of 1959.

Lynn worked for the Highland Central School District as a bus driver for more than 30 years. Previously, she worked at the family-owned Neighbors Inn in Highland, from the late 1960s, to the early 1970s.

Lynn was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in New Paltz and the First United Methodist Church in Highland. She enjoyed travel with her friends Jake and Lillian Mertes and Paul and Marie Rhodes on trips to Hawaii, Italy and the Caribbean. She loved camping and enjoyed her weekends throughout the year at the Hideout in the Poconos.

Funeral services were held April 4 at the Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., Highland, with Rev. Arlene Dawber officiating. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.

Mary Ann Prokosch

Mary Ann Prokosch, 66, died peacefully on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at home surrounded by her loving family, after a battle with cancer.

She was born January 6, 1948 in Newburgh, NY, the daughter of Anna (Ciarlante) and Thomas Sylvester. She was the wife of John Prokosch. She was pre-deceased by her father Thomas.

Mary Ann graduated from Sacred Heart School, South Junior High School and Newburgh Free Academy. She was a member of Sacred Heart Parish and Catholic Daughters Court Patricia 195. She worked at A. Prokosch & Sons Sheet Metal as their office manager for 35 years. She was a passionate advocate for the City of Newburgh where she lived her entire life, as a member of the Democratic Committee, Zoning Board and Downing Park Committee.

Mary Ann was a mother to thousands over her beautiful life. She and John spent all of their free time shepherding and guiding children via the Boy Scouts and the Wuliso Dancers Explorer post in the 70’s; Sacred Heart Newburgh sports program for over 35 years; the Middletown BMX track in the 80’s; Newburgh Free Academy and her support of the sports program, Pep Rally floats and Proms, and always opening the door of their home to her children’s friends and family.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, John, who she referred to during her two-year battle with cancer as “not her soul mate, but her soul.” She is also survived by her mother, Anna Sylvester of Newburgh, her two daughters: Dr. Gina Cook and her husband Kevin, and their children Emily, Katie, Jacob and John all of Newburgh, Joanna Zucker and her husband Arnie, and their children Ben, Claire and Sarah of Cincinnati, OH; her son Matthew and his partner Stephanie Ploss of Newburgh; her two brothers; Tom Sylvester and his wife Sue, and Jim Sylvester; her brothers and sisters-in-law; Sue Prokosch, Steve and Gail Prokosch, Nancy and Walter D’Alfonso, Alfred and Margherita Prokosch, Roger and Brenda Ramjug, all of Newburgh. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews who all affectionately called her “Aunt Mare.”

The Prokosch family would like to thank all their friends and family for their amazing support over the past weeks, and Hospice of Orange/Sullivan counties for the aid they provided Mary Ann and her family.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, April 8th at Sacred Heart Church, Newburgh. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mary Ann’s name may be sent to Sacred Heart School, 24 South Robinson Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550 to fund a scholarship for tuition for families in need.

Clare E. Sicilian

Clare E. Sicilian, a retired Book and Record Keeper for First Citizens Bank in Glen Rock, NJ passed away at her home on Sunday April 6, 2014. She was 89.

The daughter of the late Fermo Moretti and Marie Franzi Moretti, she was born on July 14, 1924 in Woodlawn, NY. Clare was a former parishioner of Mt. Carmel Church and a parishioner of The Church of the Infant Saviour.

Survivors include her son, Michael S. Sikillian and his wife Carol of Washington; daughter, Jeanne-Marie Sikillian-Salazar and her husband Fausto of Pine Bush; 3 grandchildren: Michael Sikillian, Marco and Caterina Salazar; brother, Frank Moretti and his wife Norma of CT; 1 niece; Ellen Kushar of Colorado. Clare is predeceased by her husband George and her son, Steven.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday April 9, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc. 1525 Burlingham Rd. Pine Bush,. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday April 10, 2014 at 10 am at the Church of the Infant Saviour with Fr. Kevin Gallagher officiating. Burial will be on Friday April 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. in Mary Rest Cemetery, Mahwah , NJ.

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

Keith L. Sulley

Keith L. Sulley, 54, of Newburgh, passed away on April 2, 2014 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh. The son of Henry J. Sulley and the late Viola Buckley Sulley, he was born on March 19, 1960.

Keith was employed as a carpenter. Survivors are his son, Keith W. Sulley and his wife, Lindsay of Walden; daughter, Erin-Nora E. Sulley of Wurtsboro; his father, Henry J. Sulley of Washingtonville; three brothers, Mark Sulley of Rome, Kevin Sulley of New Windsor and Joseph Sulley of Washingtonville; a sister, Debra Skirp of Florida and three grandchildren.

Cremation and services were private.

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

John Suo

John Suo, a resident of Newburgh for over 56 years, died Saturday April 5, 2014 at St Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh. He was 87.

The son of the late Tito Suo and Anna Romano Suo, he was born April 6, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He was a WW II naval veteran who served on the USS Auburn.

John worked as a salesman of restaurant supplies and equipment until his retirement, and then part-time as a bank courier. He was a daily Communicant and active member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Newburgh. John was very devoted to his family and always brought love, laughter, understanding and compassion to all he encountered. He was a man of tremendous patience and deep faith.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Carmela (Millie) at home; his only son John Suo and his wife Barbara of Naugatuck, CT; his grandchildren, Kevin Suo and his wife Amanda of Newburgh, Kimberley Suo of Newburgh and Jessalyn Suo of Newburgh, Taylor, Samantha and Loretta Sbat of Naugatuck, CT; four great-grandchildren, Arianna Burnham of Newburgh, Jysella and Giovanni Suo of Newburgh and Eli Vinson of Newburgh: a sister, Virginia Christiano of Brooklyn NY and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Avenue, Newburgh, NY. A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m., Thursday April 10, 2014, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 145 Benkard Ave, Newburgh, NY. Interment will be in St Francis Cemetery, Union Avenue in New Windsor.

Flowers are beautiful and welcome but please consider a little smaller arrangement and having Masses offered for John; it’s what he would have preferred.

Joseph (Joey) Trapani

Joseph (Joey) Trapani, 36, of Highland, died on April 4, 2014 at home.

Joey was born July 19, 1977. He grew up and lived in Highland, where he was well known and loved by many people. After attending Highland schools, he received an Associate’s degree from Dutchess Community College and continued on to earn his Bachelor’s of Science degree from Mt. Saint Mary College.

Joey is survived by both of his parents, Joseph Trapani and Dorothy Trapani; his sister Celeste Gertner and brother-in-law Jeffrey Gertner; his brother Ross Trapani and sister-in-law Michelle Trapani; his niece Ellie Rose Trapani; his many aunts and uncles, cousins and friends; and his beloved dog Layla.

Visitation will be held Thursday, April 10 from 4 -8 p.m. at the Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., 38 Main Street, Highland. A funeral service will take place at 7:30 p.m. during the visitation. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

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