November 25th, 2015

Col. John J. Barbero

USAF retired
John J. Barbero, of Balmville, died peacefully on Sunday, November 15, 2015, following a short illness. His loving family was by his side; he was 95.

Born June 20, 1920 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., he moved to Newburgh in 1925 and has lived there ever since. He was the son of James Barbero and Pierina Marcellino Barbero, and the husband of Gloria Katheryn DiPaul Barbero to whom he was married for 65 years.

He graduated from NFA in 1939 and from RPI with a Civil Engineering Degree in 1949. He worked for Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation as an Engineer for 36 years.

John enlisted in the Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet in 1942 and was transferred to India after graduating from Navigation School. He completed 92 missions flying through the Himalaya Mountains into China. For this service he was awarded The Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, a Presidential Citation, two battle stars for the China Campaign and the Burma-India Campaign. He was awarded the Chinese National Government’s highest Meritorious Service Medal, as well as many other awards.

Upon return home, he was assigned to the Ferry Command which delivered various aircraft such as the B-29 to various overseas warfronts. The necessity of refueling in the Azores made this one of the most dangerous assignments of the war. His last assignment was to fly a scheduled military airline from New York to Paris. After the war, he was assigned to the Air Force Reserve at Stewart Field where he served for 35 years. During this time he was called up for service during the Korean War.

Following his retirement from Central Hudson and the Air Force, John and his wife Gloria traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa. He embraced the qualities of “The Greatest Generation”, love of family, church, and country. He attended church daily after his retirement and was involved regularly with the day-to-day workings of the parish which he loved so much. He also studied language for a number of years after retirement which was very useful in his travels through Europe with his wife, his family, and his friends. John was a self-taught musician, playing by ear. He carried a harmonica wherever he went. He shared with his wife his love of Art, Architecture, History, and Natural Science which they enjoyed together. This aside, nothing was more precious to him than spending time with family. He celebrated every birth, every success, every achievement of his immediate and extended family, with the sweetness and understanding of a loving father, grandfather, uncle, friend. Spending time with family and friends was his consistent goal. John was a loving, caring, supportive and attentive spouse, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. A true officer and gentleman, he was adored by all. He will be sorely missed and eternally loved.

Survivors include his loving wife Gloria Barbero at home, daughter Linda Barbero and her husband Charlie of Mystic, Ct., son Paul Barbero and his wife Edie, of Charlottesville, Va., daughter Cynthia Behan and her husband John of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., son Mark Barbero and his fiancé Heather, son Michael Barbero and his wife Norma of Silverdale, WA. He is survived by two sisters, Margaret Filiberti of Middlehope and Gloria Crisci of Newburgh. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by two lifelong friends, Dave Lustig Jr. of Walden, N.Y. and Dr. Arthur O’Leary of Thompson Ridge, N.Y.

John was predeceased by three brothers, Harold Barbero, Fred Barbero Sr., and Joseph Barbero and by two sisters, Ida Terracino and Rita Boyd, as well as several nephews and nieces.

John was a member of Sacred Heart Church Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus, Fatima Retreat Group, Catholic War Veterans, Reserve Officers Association, Military Officers of America, Disabled Veterans Association, and the National Association of Uniformed Services.

A Mass was held on Friday, November 20 in Sacred Heart Church, Newburgh. Burial with military honors was in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.

Eleanor M. ‘Babe’ Bell

Eleanor M. “Babe” Bell, of Newburgh, entered into rest on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. She was 89.

Daughter of the late Elias and Elizabeth (Riley) Bell, she was born July 5, 1926 in Newburgh. Babe attended Newburgh schools. She enjoyed porcelain dolls, outdoor life, going to day care and visiting the staff and clients, as well as watching old movies, shopping and going out to eat. She was a beloved person to many and will be sadly missed.

She is survived by her nephews, Roy and Jerry Judson; several great-nieces and nephews; and dear friend Robin Auguste. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her sister, Rose Judson. Services were held November 20, at Brooks Funeral Home. Burial was in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh.

Marlene Louise Dorner

Marlene Louise Dorner, formerly of Walden, passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2015 in Ocala, FL. She was 84.

The daughter of the late Stanley and Velma Evans, she was born on July 14, 1931. She was a teacher’s aide, a member of the Eastern Star in NY and a member of Beta Sigma Phi of Walden. She loved to travel, play Bingo, crochet, knit, and was an avid reader of romance novels. She lived in Walden until 2003, when she moved to Ocala full-time.

Marlene is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Drew Dorner; daughters: Darlene (Mike) Ciardullo of Walden, NY and Denise (Paul) Kotwas of Penfield, NY; sister, Janice Decker of Sun City Center, FL; sister-in-law, Lila Mailman of Enfield, CT.; grandchildren, Kevin (Laura) Geiger, Melissa Geiger, Alicia (Jeff) Fina, Michael Jon (Karen), Ciardullo, Vincent (Jamie) Ciardullo; four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 28th at the First Reformed Church, Scofield St., Walden.
Arrangements are by the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, Inc.

William L. (Bill) Eckhardt

William L. (Bill) Eckhardt, a 14-year resident of Wallkill, and former long-time Monroe-Woodbury resident, entered into eternal rest on November 16, 2015 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was 83.

The son of the late Bart and Helen Loos Eckhardt, Bill was born on October 9, 1932 in Staten Island, NY.

Bill was a Cable Splicer for Frontier Communications in Monroe. He was also a self employed contractor for 10 years, retiring in 2003.

Bill honorably and proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.

Bill was a former member and EMT of the Woodbury Community Ambulance Corps for 22 years where he taught CPR and EMT classes for the Corps. Bill proudly served the Board of Trustees of the Cemetery of the Highlands in Highland Mills for the past 18 years and was the current Vice-President.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Anita J. Terrell Eckhardt, whom he married on July 27, 1957. He is also survived by his daughters; Judy (Paul) Rau of Pine Bush, NY, Julie (Roland) Wagner of Florida, NY and Jill Shea of Wallkill, NY. Bill leaves behind his grandchildren; Megan, William and his fiancée Sherri and Patrick Grabowski, Joseph and Matthew Rau, and Jake and Kyle Shea. Bill enjoyed attending all of the events his grandchildren participated in. Bill is also survived by his sister, Helen Ruffalo of Monroe, NY, sister-in-law Ilse Eckhardt of Whiting, NJ and many nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by a brother, Bartley Eckhardt.

Memorial Visitation was held on Saturday, November 21 in the Community Room of the Cemetery of the Highlands. Inurnment with full Military Honors was at the Columbarium located on the grounds of the cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements are by Richard J. Sullivan and Kevin Quigley of Quigley Bros. Funeral Home.

Joseph A. Hannigan III

August 23, 1947 – September 10, 2015

Joe was born in Newburgh, served as a Medic in Japan in Viet Nam War, retired from West Point. A loving Husband, Father, Grandfather & Christian.

Survived by his wife Vivian & sons Joseph IV & wife Laurel, Shayne & Christina, daughters Maria & Bridgette, Grandchildren Joseph, Rachel, Kayla & Derek, Mirabella, Kirsten, Alyssa, Kaleb, Ailis & Brielle, nephews Steven & Daniel Sparaco, niece Maria Sparaco & sons.

He is pre-deceased by parents Joseph & Norma, brother Patrick Bulson, sister Sandra, Richard & son Richard Sparaco in-laws Juan, Elba & Daniel Rios.

We thank our family & friends for their prayers & their gifts. Special thanks to Billy & Noreen Davis & his life-long friends Vivian Peroni & Charles Rodeno, Fred Handley, Candelerio Gonzales & cousins Tom & Barbara Turner, Jerry Bell, Ellen, John, Lillian Antonelli, Jim & Meme, Betty & Aunt Jenny Hannigan, Aunt Grace Livingston, Uncle Jim Alexander & in-laws John Rios, Linda Laxton, Miriam Browne & their families. Special thanks to Jule Rathjen & family, Cassie, Stacie, Paige, Melanie, Kelly, Danielle, our neighbors the Nelsons. Thanks to all who loved Joe.

Rev. Carey will have a memorial service at Valley Bible Baptist Church, past 365 Carter Ave., on 28 Nov 2015 at 11 a.m.

Arrangements are under the care of Doulin Newburgh Funeral Home Inc.

Stephen T. Kotlowski

Stephen T. Kotlowski of the Town of Newburgh and Sedona, Arizona, a self-employed Gemologist, sole proprietor of Uniquely K Custom Gem’s (1982 to the present) and collaborator of Phenomenal Facets (October 2010 to the present) entered into rest October 20, 2015 in Arizona. He was 62.

The son of the late Thomas Kotlowski and Elizabeth Mae (Dabrowski) Kotlowski, Stephen was born January 5, 1953 in Jersey City, NJ and grew up in Keansburg, NJ.

Stephen is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Liz Massoni) Kotlowski at home, whom he married August 28, 1982 at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, Croton-on-Hudson, NY; his children Thomas Kotlowski of San Francisco, CA and Catherine Kotlowski of Beacon, NY; his brother Christopher Kotlowski and partner, Jaime Schaeffer of Keansburg, New Jersey; his sister Marie Kotlowski of Howell, NJ and her daughter Rose. He is also survived by his additional close family: Elizabeth Massoni, Deb and Glenn Carlson and their children Erik, Kirsten and Jennifer, Michele and Larry Diulio and their children Gabrielle and Vincent, Elyse and Peter Kretz and their children Bradley and Dylan, and Dan Massoni along with numerous close friends that he considered family. In addition to his parents, Stephen was predeceased by a sister, Eve Kotlowski.
Stephen earned a BS in Geology from Stockton University in NJ (1982) and received a Graduate Gemologist Certification from GIA (1984). He was a member of the GIA Alumni Association, and a charter member of the American Society of Gem Cutters. Due to his exceptional talent as a master cutter he earned many awards: ASG ‘’Gemmy” (1988), ASG Certified “Supreme Master Gem Cutter (1989), AGTA “Cutting Edge” (1992, 1995, 2008, 2009, and 2010), AGTA “Classic Gem Stones” (2013), AGTA “Phenomenal Gem Stones” (2013), and AGTA “Cutters Choice” (2015). Stephen loved faceting stones, especially the challenge of rare and unusual specimens. He particularly enjoyed sharing his wealth of knowledge and talking “gems” with colleagues at the annual Tucson trade show. He was always willing to educate anyone who wanted to learn about the art of lapidary.

Stephen was a volunteer coach for several of Catherine and Thomas’ Town of Newburgh soccer teams, as well as a volunteer Scout Leader for Thomas’ Boy Scout Troop 327. He had many hobbies over the years beginning with hang gliding, parachuting and long-distance bicycling. He faithfully followed INDY and Formula One racing. Stephen was a long-time avid fly fisherman, a true outdoorsman who loved nature. He loved taking his kids on outdoor adventures searching for rocks and reptiles, many of which became family pets.

Stephen was a big man with an even bigger heart along with a gentle and loving personality. He was always willing to lend a helping hand along with a big smile and a kind word. Stephen’s children and his family were his pride and joy! Stephen touched many and will truly be missed by his loved ones.

A Memorial Mass will take place 11 a.m., Friday, November 27th at Sacred Heart Church, Robinson Ave., Newburgh.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Stephen’s memory to the Sierra Club, ICO.

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

Frank C. Meli

Frank C. Meli passed away peacefully at his home on November 20, 2015. He was 71.

He was born to the late Frank and Mary Lupo Meli in The Bronx, NY on September 30, 1944.

Frank was a civil service worker for the Department of Sanitation NYC for many years. He loved hunting, tennis and singing doo wop. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Frank is survived by Deborah at home; son, Frank M. Meli of Coral Springs, FL; daughter, Dawn Marie Pavia and husband Joseph of Boynton Beach, FL; sisters, Marie Meli and husband Victor Harris of The Bronx, Linda Bukowiecki of the Bronx; grandson, Michael; nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on Monday, November 23, at the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home. Cremation will be private
In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations to Orange and Sullivan Hospice.

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

Joseph Monti

Joseph Monti, of New Windsor, a retiree of the US Post Office in Newburgh and lifetime area resident, entered into rest on November 18, 2015. He was 94.

The son of the late Joseph and Lucia (Costagliola) Monti, Joseph was born on April 30, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY. Joseph graduated high school in 1938. He worked for many years on the family farm, and enjoyed growing tomatoes, pumpkins and raspberries to share with his family and friends. Joseph was quiet, but had a quick wit and often shared humorous comments.

Joseph is survived by his beloved sister and caregiver Carmela Monti, and several nieces and nephews, along with their children and grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Joseph was predeceased by his brothers and sisters, Louise Monti, Frank Monti, Anthony (Vera) Monti, Mary (Salvatore) DeCerbo, Ann (Joseph) Nameth and Vincent (Anne) Monti.

Services were held November 20 at Brooks Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.

Shandi Weed Parisi

Shandi Weed Parisi of Gardiner passed away on November 21, 2015. She was 30.

She was born to Howard J. and Kathleen J. Pierce Weed in Middletown, NY on June 19, 1985.

Shandi is survived by her father Howard and his wife Carole of Gardiner; mother, Kathleen Weed of El Paso, Texas; husband, Nicholas Parisi of Maybrook; son, Nicholas Parisi; daughter, Giana Parisi; sisters, Kristin Cook of Utah, Erica Weed of Utah, Cheyenne Weed of Gardiner; grandmother, Janet Weed of New Windsor; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother Howard James Weed III; grandfather, Howard Weed Sr.; grandmother, Lucille K. King.
Visitation will be held on Friday, November 27, 2015 from 6-8 pm at Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, Inc. 39 Orchard St., Walden, NY 12586.

Cremation will be private.

In lieu of flowers, friends may make contributions to the family to be used at their discretion.

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

Herbert Robert Resnick

Herbert Robert Resnick, age 91, beloved father, grandfather, friend and benefactor, died peacefully at his home in New Windsor.

He was the son of Max Resnick and Mary Miller Resnick and the loving husband for 62 years to Shirley Carlin Resnick, who predeceased him. Survivors include three sons: Jeffrey Resnick and his wife Brenda and their son Adam of Foster City, CA; Mitchel Resnick and his wife Elyn and their daughters Avery Max and Lilly Tess of Santa Monica, CA; and Seth Resnick and his wife Jamie and children Paige, Karalyn, Luci and Zachary of West Palm Beach Gardens, FL. He is also survived by his brother Ben Resnick and sister Beth Resnick Meyer as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he graduated Erasmus High School and helped his parents in Resro Paint Store, the family business. He attended Brooklyn Polytechnic where he studied aeronautical engineering. World War II interrupted his education and, after serving for three years in the US Army Air Corps (USAAC), he returned to finish his degree. While he was stationed in Syracuse, New York, he met and married Shirley Carlin, the love of his life. Theirs was an incredible marriage always filled with so much respect and support and love that they were an inspiration to others.

Since there were very few jobs for an aeronautical engineer, Herb became a civil engineer. He began as a lowly foreman who carried cement but left to start a business, first with a partner and then on his own. HRResnick Construction Company began by building homes, Windsor Estates, and then went into commercial building. As a leader with excellent business skills, he developed a company that built most of the schools in Orange County, many banks, the Mint at West Point, and structures at Greenhaven Prison. He was active in the New York State Contractors Association where he also served as President.

After retiring from his business, Herb continued to consult for many years. He also became an active volunteer donating a great deal of time to the building of the Nora Cronin Presentation Academy and the new Temple Beth Jacob, both in Newburgh.

Herb Resnick was a man who was always there for his family, putting his wife and children first. He was honest and honorable in business and in life in all his dealings with others. His most repeated advice was that everyone should be happy at whatever they do, and not to choose a career for money or other reasons.

Seemingly indefatigable, Herb lived life independently on his own terms. A cancer survivor, he never stopped being involved with his family, especially his grandchildren, and in the people around him. Always loving, accepting and giving to his wife, his children and to the world, he will be missed as a parent, a grandfather and a friend and benefactor.

Funeral services were held Sunday November 22 at Temple Beth Jacob in the Kol Ysrael Center, . Interment was at the Big Rock Cemetery on Underhill Place in Newburgh. Arrangements have been made by Doulin Funeral Home at 318 North Montgomery Street, Newbrugh.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Marlene Jane (Stevens) Riccio

Marlene Jane (Stevens) Riccio peacefully passed away on 17 November 2015 at St. Luke’s Hospital with her children Charlien, Mark and Lisa at her bedside.

A life long resident of Newburgh she was the daughter of Edna (Gibson) and William C. Stevens.

She was predeceased in death by her parents, sister Joan Stevens, brother Allen Stevens, husband Charles G. Riccio, a WWII Navy Veteran, and her son Gary J. Riccio, a Vietnam Army Veteran. She is survived by her sister Beverly McEwen, sister in-law Jennie Stevens, daughter Charlien Riccio, son Colonel Mark Riccio U.S. Army retired and wife Marlene, and daughter Lisa (Riccio) and husband Gene Piaquadio as well as six grandsons: Mathew Riccio, Alexander Riccio, Taylor Riccio, Marcus Riccio, Nicholas Piaquadio and Michael Piaquadio as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Marlene worked for many years in jewelry sales at Cornell’s Jewelers, Hannoush Jewelers and Sears; she deeply enjoyed the friendship of her co-workers. She liked art with several of her still life paintings of fruit and flowers decorating her home. She thoroughly enjoyed weekend vacations to Lake George during the different seasons of the year with her daughters and grandchildren.

The family expresses deep gratitude to Marlene’s cousin Louis (Miller) Bates who in addition to being a life-long friend was a source of comfort frequently visiting Mom as her health declined. The family also thanks the staff at Elant Meadow Hill for the care she received in her final year. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to fight Alzheimer’s disease.

Funeral Services were held November 21 at Doulin Funeral Home in Newburgh.

Leopoldine ‘Polly’ Walsh

Leopoldine “Polly” Walsh of Walden passed away at Orange Regional Medical Center with her family by her side on Friday, November 20, 2015. She was 90.

The daughter of the late Yohon and Firdiricke Smalcl, she was born May 25, 1925 in Vienna, Austria.

She was the widow of David St John Walsh Jr. who passed away December 29, 1989.

Survivors include her son Ludwig Wickle Robinson of Vienna, Austria; son Gerald Walsh and his wife Barbara of Walden; daughter-in-law Helga Walsh of Wallkill; 7 grandchildren: Lisa, Richard Jr., David, Kimberly, Sheri, Danielle and Justin; and 14 great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her son, Richard Walsh.
Services were held Tuesday, November 23, at Millspaugh Funeral Home, 22 Bank St. Walden. Burial was in the Wallkill Valley Cemetery in Walden.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

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