August 13th, 2014

Thomas Apuzzo

Thomas Apuzzo, age 68, a long-time resident of Ulster County, died of heart complications in Marlborough on July 31, 2014. Tommy was a graduate of Wallkill Central High School, and his 100-yard dash record there went unmatched for many years. He served a tour in Viet Nam in the late ‘60s with the US Army, and returned home with numerous life-long health complications linked to Agent Orange exposure.

Those who knew Tommy will remember him for his remarkable stories. His tales were funny, outlandish, and often just close enough to the realm of possibility to make the listener waver in their belief (or disbelief) for years afterwards.

Tommy joins his father, mother, and younger brother Gregory, and is survived by his sister Eleanor as well as his niece and nephew. Rest in Peace, Tommy.

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

James P. Bloomer

James P. Bloomer, age 78, of the town of Newburgh, died Sunday, August 10, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh, NY. Mr. Bloomer was born November 4, 1935 in Newburgh, NY. He is the son of the late Roland and the late Gertrude (Mansfield) Bloomer. He married Marcella Del Villano.

James was a United States Navy Veteran. He worked for IBM in Fishkill as a Quality Control Technician before his retirement.

He is survived by his wife Marcella at home, his daughters Marcellina and her husband John Eng, Sr. of New Windsor and Jody Ann and her husband Paul Makara of Garnerville, his brother John Bloomer of Texas, sisters, Elizabeth Maher of California and Claire Flannery of Newburgh, sisters-in-law Angie Bloomer of Newburgh and Josephine Bloomer of Newburgh, 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

James is predeceased by his son Angelo “Jack” Bloomer, his grandson John Eng, Jr., brothers, Richard, Roland and William Bloomer, his sister Eleanor Havens.

A traditional funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at the DiDonato Funeral Home, 1290 Route 9W, Marlboro. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Christ the King Catholic Church, 209 Takora Trail, Ridgefield, CT 06877.

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

John ‘Jack’ Carlstrom

John “Jack” Carlstrom, a life-long resident of Newburgh, died on August 6, 2014 at Elant at Fishkill. He was 86 .
The son of the late Walter and Helen (McNulty) Carlstrom, Jack was born on February 9, 1928 in Newburgh.

Jack was a retired professional firefighter of the Newburgh Fire Department and member of Local 589 of the International Firefighters Association. Many years after his retirement in 1975 he became the department Chaplain and served the department until his passing. He held the honorary rank of Deputy Chief, a position he felt so honored and privileged to serve his brothers in that capacity.

Jack proudly served his country in World War II in the U.S. Army Air Force A.A.C.S. Unit 139th Squadron in the China Burma India (CBI) Field of Operations. Jack was a life member of V.F.W. Post 973 and served as commander from 1990 to 1991. Jack belonged to the American Legion Post 152 and served as commander from 1989 to 1990. He was also a proud member of the D.A.V., all Newburgh and New Windsor units. Prior to the military, Jack served in the New York Guard Company E of the 156th Field Artillery in Newburgh, NY.

Jack was a lifetime member of St. Patrick’s Church in Newburgh. He attended and graduated from St. Patrick’s schools, was a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and Board Member. He served on many committees and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Jack was the husband of Marie Jachmann of Monroe, NY and were married in St. Patrick’s Church on October 1, 1950. She pre-deceased him in October 1994. They had three children: Daniel, Theresa, and Joseph. Marie was a registered nurse and graduate of St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1950.

Jack in his lifetime supported many organizations with his love, time, and money, especially local soup kitchens, military organizations and the American Indians Education and Survival Groups. Jack was a very special man who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include their daughter Theresa Cramer and her husband Rick and her children Ryan and Kathryn of Newburgh; Joseph Carlstrom and his daughter: Kristen and Keilani of Shalimar FL., Karen Buttafuoco Carlstrom wife of Daniel of Middletown and their children: Captain Gregory Carlstrom of Ft. Riley and Michael of Middletown. Daniel passed away on August 24, 2012; one brother-in-law Phillip Valenti of Latham; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Jack was a member of a large Newburgh Family and was predeceased by his parents Walter and Helen Carlstrom; his brothers: Walter Jr., James and his wife Ann Komar, Francis and his wife Cecilia Corrado, William and his wife Jean Engles; his sisters: Hilda and her husband George Friedle, Marion and her husband Thomas Greco, Helen and her husband Russell Paden, Eileen and her husband E. Graham Conover, Eleanor Valenti.

Jack wishes to sincerely thank the Shapiro Family of Doctors, the late David and Stephen and all of their staff for over 60 years of health care advice, compassion, understanding and friendship to his family. Your service and kindness will always be remembered and appreciated by the Carlstrom Family.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, 55 Grand St., Newburgh. Burial with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jack’s name to The St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen, 55 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Arrangements under the care of Brooks Funeral Home.

Nicholas J. Cerone, Sr.

Nicholas J. Cerone, Sr. of New Windsor died August 9, 2014 at Vassar Bros. Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. He was 68.

The son of the late Frank and Santi Arbore Cerone, Nicholas was born on September 19, 1945 in Cornwall, NY. After graduating high school, Nicholas proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. After his honorable service, Nicholas worked as an engineer for IBM in Fishkill.

Nicholas was a member of the Black Rock Fish and Game Club, the New Windsor Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the Quarter Century Club at IBM.

Nicholas is survived by his sons: Nicholas, Jr., of Missouri, Paul and his wife Celina of Texas, and Ryan and his companion Omaira Isaac of Milton, NY; his brothers: Anthony and his wife Anne of North Carolina, Frank and his wife Wynne of Connecticut; his loving sister, Joan Carl of Poughkeepsie, NY; his grandchildren: Grace, Sophie and Cooper Cerone; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

A memorial service will be held August 12 at Brooks Funeral Home. Burial will be private.

Mildred K. Cerra

Mildred K. Cerra, 83, a resident of Highland since 1973 and a previous resident of the Bronx, passed away on August 6, 2014. Mrs. Cerra was born in the Bronx, NY on October 29, 1930. She was the daughter of the late Rudolph and Emily Lengefeld. On April 19, 1951 at the Bronx Blessed Sacrament Church she married Joseph Peter Cerra. Mr. Cerra predeceased her on February 27, 2007.

Survivors include her daughter, Patti Hemmen and her husband Hank of Highland; her son, Thomas Cerra and his wife Andrea of Pawling, NY; her grandchildren, Joseph, Kathryn and Stephanie. Additional survivors include several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her sisters: Margaret Schindlar, Valerie Porrello and her brothers: Rudolph and Emil Lengefeld.

Mildred was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday August 11 at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Highland. Entombment was at Cedar Hill Cemetery Mausoleum in Middlehope.

Lottie D’Egidio

Lottie D’Egidio, a longtime resident of the Town of Newburgh passed away on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh, surrounded by her beloved family. Lottie recently became ill from Babesia, a tick-borne disease while working in her gardens. She was 91.
Lottie was born on February 2, 1923 in Germany.

A family statement reads: “Mom loved nature, and animals, especially hummingbirds. She loved cooking for her family, traveling, shopping, and life as a whole.”

Lottie is survived by her son, Dominick D’Egidio and his wife, Diane of Wallkill; daughters: Anna Marie Antonelli of Newburgh, as well as Mary Ann Carter and her husband, Michael, also of Newburgh; granddaughter, Maia D’Egidio and her husband, Gabe of Brooklyn; grandsons: Anthony Antonelli of Middletown and Nicholas D’Egidio of Wallkill, as well as her two great-granddaughters: Henrietta and Kayla. Lottie is further survived by her sister-in-law, Helen D’Egidio of New Windsor. Lottie was predeceased by her husband, Anthony D’Egidio in 1997.
Funeral services will be held privately and at the convenience of the family.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of White & Venuto Funeral Home, 562-6550 or visit

Michael Paul Hannigan

Michael Paul Hannigan, a lifelong Newburgh area resident, entered into rest on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan, New York of throat cancer. He was 63 years old.

The son of the late James A. and Elizabeth (Rotchford) Hannigan and brother to late Dennis and Daniel Hannigan, Michael was the first baby born at St. Luke’s Hospital on January 1, 1951.

Michael: God saw you getting tired, when a cure was not to be. So He wrapped HIS arms around you and whispered “Come to ME.” You didn’t deserve what you went thru, so he took you home ~ God’s Garden must be beautiful as he only takes the best.

Michael is survived by his two sons: Michael P. Hannigan of California and David Hannigan of Pennsylvania; 3 grandchildren; one brother: James A. and Mimi and family of New Windsor, NY; two sisters: Elizabeth (Betty) M. Hannigan of Germantown, Maryland and Mrs. Ellen (John) Antonelli and family of New Windsor, NY; his Aunt Jenny Hannigan and family of Newburgh; his two favorite nieces: Mrs. Tracy Manderson and Mrs. Lillian Antonelli-Twal both of New Windsor; two very special great-nephews: Anthony Antonelli and Sami Twal who loved their Uncle Mikey; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Michael is also survived by a very special friend from Andover Sub Acute Facility, Miss Kitty, who loved Michael, and will miss him.

A Memorial Mass was held on Saturday, August 9 at Sacred Heart Parish, Newburgh. Burial will follow in the family plot at Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.

Arrangements under the care of Brooks Funeral Home.

Frederick W. Herzog

Frederick W. Herzog of Montgomery, former owner/operator of White Birch Manor, Walden died Friday, August 8, 2014, at home. He was 86.

The son of the late Frederick C. and Marie Herzog, he was born February 29, 1928 in Oyster Bay, NY.
He served in the Marine Corps from 1946 to 1947. He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Fred traveled all over the world and supported many disadvantaged children and the missions. He was an avid card player.

Survivors include his wife Victoria Brander Herzog at home; son Frederick W. Herzog Jr. of Victor, CO, son Curtis E. Herzog of Henderson, NV; sister Marie of Roosevelt Island, NY and sister Elizabeth of VA.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange, 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Michael E. Hoppe

Michael E. Hoppe I, of Buffalo, NY and formerly of Pine Bush, died Thursday, August 7, 2014.

He was the devoted and fun-loving father of Anne Hoppe (Germar Bernhard), Bernadette Hoppe (Mary Vanvolkenburg), Michael II (Donna) Hoppe, and Timothy (Anita) Hoppe; cherished grandfather of Taylor Faurot, Kristen, Michael, and Ellie Hoppe; loving son of the late John and Eugenia (nee Kosak) Hoppe.

A family statement: “He was always eager to make us smile. ‘I am now a thousand winds that blow; I am the diamond glints on snow; I am the sunlight on ripened grain; I am the gentle autumn rain; when you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night; do not cry, I am here to make you smile.’”

Michael Hoppe was an Army veteran, a talented photographer, and a long-time member of the Pine Bush chapter of the Knights of Columbus.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 16th at the Church of the Infant Saviour, 22 Holland Ave., Pine Bush, NY. There will be a Memorial Gathering at noon on August 16 at the Bullville Fire Hall, Rte. 17K, Bullville NY. All are welcome.

Samuel E. “Sambo” Palmer, Jr.
Samuel E. “Sambo” Palmer, Jr., of Glen Lyon, PA formerly of Walden, NY, a blacktopper for Ron DeGroodt Paving, Walden, passed away on Sunday, August 10, 2014 in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

The son of the late Samuel E. Sr. and Mary Hall Palmer, he was born on February 24, 1964 in Cornwall, NY. He was 50 years old.

Samuel was the husband of Michelle DeGroat Palmer, who survives him at home. He is also survived by his sons, Chad Dunn of Freeland, PA, Shawn Palmer of North Carolina, Sam Palmer III and Steven Palmer both of Wurtsboro; daughter, Cassandra DeGroat of Hopewell Jct.; brother, Manny Sebesta of Florida; sisters, Carmen Sebesta of Florida and Phyllis Merced of Campbell Hall; half-sisters Debbie and Dianne; and grandchildren, Destinee, Serenity and Kayleigh; Uncle George, cousins and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a half-sister, Dorothy and his furry best friend, Gizmo.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 15, 2014 from 4-6 p.m. at the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, 39 Orchard St., Walden, NY. A repast will follow at the Walden Firehouse Social Hall.

Contributions may be made to the family to be used at their discretion. Being a J-E-T-S fan, the family would like to have everyone wearing something Jets or the Jets colors.

Arrangements are by the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home Inc.

Diane Pauli

Diane Pauli, 82, of Clintondale passed peacefully at home on Saturday, August 9, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She was blessed to enjoy three years of happiness, creating memories and living life to the fullest after her diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Daughter of the late Quinto and Aida Rofi, Diane was born on August 11, 1931 in New York City. She moved to Highland at the age of thirteen and became the first in her family to attend college, studying chemistry at Plattsburgh.

Together with her husband Roy, Diane raised four children, Lynn Cauger (husband Bill), Patti Brooks (husband Rick), Steven Pauli, and Henry Pauli (wife Lauren). She is also survived by grandchildren Chrissy Menkins, Jim Trenholm, Jessica Caserto, Elizabeth Brooks, Hannah Pauli, and Jessie Pauli, and great-grandchildren Eamon Menkins, and AnnaMaria, Lorenzo, Santino, and Angelo Caserto, as well as two special cousins Joan Wimmer and Rena Ermirio who were like sisters to her. She was predeceased by one grandson, Joseph.

After raising her children, Diane re-entered the work force, packing apples at Minard Farms which she thoroughly enjoyed. She then became a bookkeeper for many years at Hudson Valley Propane Company. In her retirement, Diane loved to travel and enjoyed trips to many places, including Spain, Australia, China, and her seat at the nickel slots in Las Vegas, but her most favorite trips were the past two summers, enjoying her entire family together at Wildwood on the Jersey shore.

Diane was a charter member and strong supporter of the Clintondale Fire Department Auxiliary, serving for over fifty years, and a charter member of the New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors Auxiliary. Donations may be made to the Clintondale Fire Department, PO Box 181, Clintondale, in memory of Diane.

The family would like to thank Drs. Morrissey and Timmins of Women’s Cancer Care Associates, Dr. Kerinann Gray of Dutchess Hematology Oncology, and the staff at the Dyson Infusion Center for their care and compassion in providing Mom with a wonderful quality of life.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, August 13, from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., 38 Main Street, Highland, NY 12528. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Thursday, August 14th 10:00 am at St. James Church, Milton NY followed by burial in Highland Cemetery, Highland, NY. For directions or online condolences, please visit our web site at

Dawn Murphy Smith

Dawn Murphy Smith of Gardiner, a former purchasing agent for Wallkill Central Schools, and a longtime resident of the area died Aug. 7, 2014, in Poughkeepsie. She was 49.

The daughter of Tonie Murphy and the late Kevin Murphy, she was born July 7, 1965 in Astoria, Queens.
Dawn was a devoted, loving mother who lived for her boys. She made everybody’s day brighter with just a smile. She was one of the strongest women her boys have ever known.

Survivors include her mother of Warwick, sons Adam and David Smith at home; sister Lisa Miller and her husband Richard of Montgomery; sister Tara LeDuc and her husband Paul of Warwick; six nephews and 1 niece:Daniel, Sean and Caroline Rowland of Highland, Kyle and Andrew LeDuc of Warwick, Jacob and Joshua Miller of Montgomery.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 12, at Millspaugh Funeral Home, Walden. Burial was in Bruynswick Rural Cemetery in Wallkill.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 440 Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205.

Dwight H. Warrington, Sr.

Dwight H. Warrington Sr. of Wallkill, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2014. He was 70.

The son of Clearance Hollis Warrington and Izora Ellis, he was born on Aug. 7, 1943 in Seattle, WA.

Dwight grew up in the Albany and the North Creek area of New York State and Salina, Kansas. The majority of his life was spent in Orange County.

He was a certified master mechanic and worked in the automotive trades for many years. Lastly, he worked as a construction worker for his son’s business, Camp Builders.

He loved the Lord with his whole heart and chose as his goal: Joshua 24:15, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” He was an active member of the churches he belonged to and served as a youth leader at Trinity Lutheran Church, Walden, NY and as a media leader at Our Savior’s Lutheran church, Abany, NY.

Dwight was a man of many interests and talents, which included: hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, canoeing, leather tooling, photography and stamp, coin and book collecting. He loved to work on computers and was always willing and available to help anyone with their computer problems. Next to the Lord, Dwight loved and adored his family. He was very proud of them all and enjoyed spending time with them.

Survivors include: the love of his life, his wife of 51 years, Barbara Arm Warrington; his three children: Denise Denman and her husband Dan, Dwight Warrington, Jr. and his wife Terri and Christine Fredell and her husbnad Gary, all of Walden; his grandchildren: Michael Wilson and his wife Nadine, Angela Anderson and her husband Dave, Samantha Fredell, Joshua Denman and his wife Sabrina, Joanna Rude and her husband John, Daniel Denman, Nicole Warrington, Robert Denman and his wife Missy, Christine Denman, Jay Ofelt and his wife Jamie, William Wilcox and four great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his brother-in-law, William J. Arm Jr. and his wife Linda of Carmel, NY; sisters-in-law, Georgiana Warner and Patricia Warrington of Talladega, AL; his aunt, Marjorie Nolte of Cortland, NY; several cousins, nieces and nephews and his oldest and best friend, Russell Miller and his wife Doris of Windom, KS.

Dwight was predeceased by both his parents and all his siblings: William Robert Warrington, Harold Warner, Jr., Kathlyn Wright, Edward Warner, Howard Warner, Virgil Warrington, Dwayne Warrington, Edward Warrington, Eugene Warrington, Howard Warrington and Aluba Warrington.

Memorial donations may be made to: Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD), Radnor Station Bldg. 2, 290 King of Prussia Rd., Radnor PA 19087 or Trinity Lutheran Church, 2520 Route 208, Walden, NY, 12586 or Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 63 Mountain View Ave., Albany, NY 12205 or Capital City Rescue Mission, 259 S. Pearl St., Albany, NY 12202.

Funeral services were held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Walden, NY.

Burial took place at Wallkill Valley Cemetery in Walden, NY.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

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