September 29th, 2015

Wilfred C. ‘Bill’ Bell

Wilfred C. “Bill” Bell of Marlboro passed away on Monday, September 21, 2015 at Wingate of Ulster in Highland. He was 94.

Bill was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 4, 1921.He is the son of the late William A. and Edna (Purdy) Bell. Bill married Christine Elizabeth “Bette” Hall Bell who predeceased him on July 12, 2015 after 72 years of marriage.

Bill grew up in Newburgh and attended local schools. He was known locally as a gymnast, swimmer and diver for Newburgh Free Academy which he graduated from in 1939. He attended New York University but his education was interrupted October 26, 1942 when he entered the United States Army. Bill became a Sergeant for the Army and returned February 6, 1946. He worked for Bard Chevrolet in Newburgh, NY for 32 years as the General Manager. Bill, along with Bette, owned and operated Bette & Bill’s Gift Shop in Marlboro, and before fully retiring he was a local Real Estate Property Appraiser.

Bill is survived by his sons, Steven Bell and his wife Susan, Peter Bell and his wife Georgette and Douglas Bell and his fiancé Merilee, his daughters, Sharon Reynolds and husband James and Carol Glider, his brother Ralph Bell and his wife Jeanne and sister-in-law Christine Bell, 9 grandchildren, Christine Mackey and husband Edward, James Reynolds and wife Jennifer, Christopher Bell and wife Angela, Kevin Bell and wife Sarah, Amanda Vigneault and husband Steven, Kelsey Bell, Kayley Bell, Braeden Bell & Hailey Hult, eight great-grandchildren, Nicholas & Sarah Mackey, Kyle Bell, Jack & Carly Bell, Conner Vigneault, Brian & Jacob Reynolds, several nieces and nephews.

Bill is predeceased by his brothers, Kenneth Bell and Edwin Bell, his sister Marion Foster, his brother-in-law William Foster & sister-in-law Mary Bell.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 26 at the DiDonato Funeral Home, Marlboro, with Pastor Jody Spiak officiating. Cremation will be at the convenience of the family.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to The DiDonato Funeral Service, Inc.

James A. Carney

James A. “Jim” Carney of New Windsor, a Warehouse worker for Hilton, Gibson & Miller, New Windsor and a lifetime resident of the area died Thursday, September 24, 2015, in Valhalla.
He was 58.

The son of the late John W. Carney, Sr and Mary Grilz Carney, he was born July 02, 1957 in Newburgh, New York.
He was a former member of various Drum & Bugle Corps in the area. Jim was also a worker for American Felt and Filter in his earlier years. Jim was a lover of cats and often rescued them.

He was married to his wife Gina 36 years. Survivors include his wife, Eugena “Gina” Carney at home; brother Joseph Carney, Sr and his wife Terry of Lake Katrine; sister-in-law, Ann Carney of Pine Bush; brother-in-law Larry Cornell of Newburgh; niece, Enice Fleck and her husband Ed of New Paltz; nephews, John Carney III and his companion Frances Delaunay of Milton, and Kevin Carney and his wife Christene of Newburgh, Joseph Carney and his wife Belinda of Kerhonkson, Phillip Carney and his companion Bethany Malin of North Carolina, Justin Carney and his companion Carly Woosley of Kingston and Kyle Carney of Lake Katrine; many grandnieces and nephews Theresa, Hulse companion of the late John Carney Sr ; Aunt Madline and uncle Donald Carney from Cornwall; Aunt Ruth Lamb from Brooklyn as well as many cousins who love him.

He is also survived by his beloved canine companion, Tabatha for the last 16 years.
He was predeceased by brother John Carney, Jr.

Visitation will be Friday, October 2, 2015 from 4-6 p.m. at the Millspaugh Funeral Home, 22 Bank St., Walden. Cremation will be private.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to the Walden Humane Society in Jim’s memory.

Luis Cintron

Luis Cintron, a resident of Plattekill for 32 years, pased away on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh. He was born September 23, 1937 in Puerto Rico.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Cintron; daughter, Maria Mujica; son, Jose Cintron; son-in-law, Joseph Mujica; daughter-in-law, Tyfani Johnson; granddaughters, Amanda Newton, Kassandra Mujica, Victoria Cintron; grandson-in-law, James Newton and great-granddaughter, Aaliyah Newton.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Rt. 32, Plattekill, NY.

Following the Mass, friends and family were invited to the family residence for a time of sharing.

Arrangements are under the direction of Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561.

Angelo DiGeronimo

Angelo DiGeronimo, 64, a resident of Highland, since 2009 and a previous resident of Hyde Park, NY passed away on September 24, 2015 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

Mr. DiGeronimo was a professional musician. He played in various clubs throughout the area including New York City. He was also an avid Yankee fan.

Mr. DiGeronimo was born in New York City on November 18, 1950. He was the son of Vincent and Lena DiPiazza DiGeronimo.

On September 15, 1973 in Yonkers, NY, he married Carol Pecoraro. Mrs. DiGeronimo survives at home.

Additional survivors include his daughters, Carrie DiGeronimo of Highland, Lana DiGeronimo; his son, Vincent DiGeronimo of the Bronx; his grandson, Anthony; his sons-in-law, Steven Alves of the Bronx, Dan McDonough of Cornwall, NY; his sisters, Kathy Ward of the Bronx, Jeanette Figueroa of the Bronx, Paula Scott of Hyde Park, NY and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services were held Sunday September 27th at the Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., Highland, with Reverend Arlene Dawber officiating. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dutchess County SPCA, 636 Violet Ave., Hyde Park, NY 12538.

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Byron G. Hulse Sr.

Byron G. Hulse Sr., of Newburgh, entered into rest on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at home. He was 73.
Son of the late George and Helen (Jennings) Hulse, he was born February 27, 1942 in Newburgh. He married Mary (Thompson) Hulse on May 31, 1970 in St. Francis Church in Newburgh. Mary survives at home.

Byron proudly served his country in the US Marines, serving two tours in Vietnam. While serving he earned several medal and commendations including the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Rifle Marksman Badge and Pistol Marksman Badge, among others. Byron recently retired, and prided himself spending time with family.

In addition to his devoted wife Mary, he is survived by his son, Byron G. Hulse Jr. and his wife Regina; his daughter Sandra Muller and her husband Michael; three brothers, Robert, William and Warren Hulse; and six grandchildren, Mikey Muller Jr., Kayla Hulse, Amanda Muller, Alyssa Muller, Jessica Muller and Vanessa Muller. He was predeceased by two brothers, George Hulse III and Noel Hulse, and a sister, Florence Madonia.

Services were held Friday, September 25 at Brooks Funeral Home, Newburgh.

John G. Knapp, Jr

John G. Knapp, Jr., age 63, of Highland, died Monday, September 21, 2015 at his residence. John was born December 6, 1951 in Poughkeepsie, NY, the son of the late John G. and Antoinette (DeBello) Knapp, Sr.

He was a graduate of Marist College where he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering. He was employed as a Chemical Engineer by IBM in Fishkill.

He was preceded in death by his brother Thomas, and sister Nancy.

He is survived by his daughter Andrea, her son Cordell, his daughter Kelly, and son-in-law Tim, and their three daughters Morgan, Brooklyn and Fallon, his brother Edward, and his sister Francis and brother-in -law Jack.
Services will be private.

Peter C. LeRose

Peter C. LeRose, a retired Manager for IBM and lifetime area resident, entered into rest on Thursday, September 24, 2015. He was 96.

Son of the late Constantine and Desolina (Bedetti) LeRose, he was born March 10, 1919 in Newburgh. He was married to the late Anna LeRose and the late Frances (Raszcewski) LeRose.

Peter proudly served his country as a Sergeant in the US Army during WWII, serving in the South Pacific theatre in Sipan, Guam and the Philippines. He was a parishioner and served as usher in Sacred Heart Church, served as Jr. Vice Commander for VFW Post 1161, was a charter member and officer for the Catholic War Veterans Post 386, was a member of New Windsor Senior Citizens, and a cherished member of the Friday Morning Breakfast Club of Catholic War Veterans. He was a great teacher, gardener, cook, and loved to dance and golf. He was a loving father, grandfather, and uncle, and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his children, Peter F. LeRose and Jean A. LeRose of Wallkill; his grandchildren, Peter A. LeRose and Christine LeRose; nieces and nephews Alex, Jean, Anthony and John Angelo and their children and grandchildren, Delores, Scott, Donald and LeeAnn Wilkinson and their children and grandchildren, Francis, Margo, Barney, Christopher, Alexander, Steven and Keith Bedetti and their children and grandchildren, William and Linda Hudig and their children and grandchildren, William, Robert and Henry and their spouses and children, Edward and Marianne Mitchell and their spouses, and special friend Freda Close.

In addition to his spouses Anna and Frances, he was predeceased by his siblings, Mary Angelo, Louise Donahue, Clara (Hudig) Messina, Isabel Rapp, and Frank Bedetti and his wife Mary.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, September 29 in Sacred Heart Church, Newburgh. Burial with military honors was in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations on Peter’s behalf may be sent to Catholic War Veterans Post 386, PO Box 4602, New Windsor, NY 12553.

Thomas Lyons McHugh

Thomas Lyons McHugh entered into rest on September 24, 2015. He was the son of the late Jesse and Harriette McHugh of Wallkill, New York. Thomas was predeceased by his brother, Jesse McHugh. He is survived by his brother, Chris and wife Marilyn McHugh of Wallkill; his sister-in-law, Elizabeth McHugh of Gardiner; his cousin Dale Thompson of Wallkill; in addition to a niece and nephews.

Thomas, formerly of New York City, was graduated from the Parsons School of Design and New York University. Even though a childhood illness caused his deafness, he went on to become a classical pianist. As a painter and designer, Thomas’ work was internationally represented, and he had associations with Bergdorf Goodman; Henri Bendel; Tiffany and Co.; Joseph Aronson, architect; Anne Klein, fashion designer; William Baldwin, interior designer; J. Walter Thompson, advertising; CBS Television; The Hearst Corporation; Sheraton Hotels; Rheem Manufacturing; Columbia Pictures Industries; among others.

Thomas advocated the classical philosophy of simplicity, suitability, and proportion.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. In keeping with Thomas’ love for dogs, especially for his pug Elmer, donations can be made to the Walden Humane Society, PO Box 135, Walden, NY 12586.

Arrangements were made by Wallkill Funeral Home.

William A. Scafidi, Sr.

William A. Scafidi, Sr., 90, of Alda Drive, St. Remy, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 at Ten Broeck Commons in Lake Katrine.

Born in Kingston Sept. 3, 1925, he was a son of the late Nunzio and Jane (Smith) Scafidi. A veteran of World War II, Bill served in The United States Navy as a radio operator on a Naval Bomber. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with two gold stars and Air Crewman with three stars.

After his honorable discharge, he was a member of the charter class of Paul Smith College, graduated from Oswego, and received his master’s degree in education from Albany State Teachers College. He was employed for The Kingston School District for more than 30 years, retiring as Vice Principal of Kingston High School. He taught mathematics, and drivers education.

He was a life member of Joyce Schirick Post 1386 VFW, and Kingston Post 150 American Legion. He was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church and current member of The Kingston and New York State Teachers Federation.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Frances (Witkowski) Scafidi of Kingston; his son, Reverend William A. Scafidi, Jr., Pastor of Saint Peter’s Church, Liberty, N.Y. and formerly of St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart Churches of Newburgh.; his daughters, Frances J. Scafidi and Mary S. Scafidi both of St. Remy; his grandchildren Heather Houghtaling and Erika Senglaub and her husband Matthew. Mr. Scafidi’s daughter, Martha A. Scafidi Houghtaling, his brother, Charlie Hoehing and sister, Anna Deyo all died previously.

Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc., 27 Smith Avenue, Kingston. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. A funeral procession will form 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of contributions to the Martha Scafidi Houghtaling Scholarship Fund, C/O John A. Coleman High School, 430 Hurley Avenue, Hurley, N.Y. 12443.

Paul Sebesta

Paul Sebesta, age 50, of Highland, passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at home after a prolonged illness.
Paul was born on April 29, 1965, in Newburgh. He married Marlene R. Besaw in 1999 in Montgomery.

At the time of his passing, he was a member of Union Local # 17, Newburgh, NY, employed by Gemini Contracting, Newburgh, NY. Quite simply, Paul liked to work. He loved heavy metal music, his truck, animals and enjoyed cold beer.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Marlene, are his daughter, Samantha Sebesta, his son, Tylor Sebesta, his mother, Louise Ann Sebesta, two sisters, Mary & Louise Post, three brothers, Wayne & Michael Sebesta, and Joseph Post.

Services were held September 25, at Copeland Funeral Home, New Paltz. Cremation was at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery on Saturday.

Contributions may be made to Ulster County SPCA, 20 Wiedy Road, Kingston, NY 12401.

Jules E. Shayo

Jules E. Shayo, age 87, of Highland, died Saturday, September 26, 2015 at home. Jules was born February 22, 1928 in Yonkers, NY. He is the son of the late Harry and Helen (Weiss) Shayo. He married Raylene Kahn on June 29, 1952 in Albany, New York.

Jules was a local accountant. He was former President of the Kiwanis Club and Past Master of Poughkeepsie Masonic Lodge and Triune-Obed Lodge. Jules was also Past District Deputy of the Dutchess Masonic District, Monarch of Tri Po Bed Grotto and Past State President of the Empire State Grotto Association.

Jules has been a local resident since 1938. He was a Graduate of St. John’s University, Class of 1950. Jules was a private pilot who loved to fly. He was an avid NY Giants (baseball) and Mets fan.

He is survived by his wife: Raylene, of Highland, son, Allen Shayo, of Phoenix, AZ; daughter, Roberta Shayo, of Cold Spring, NY; daughter in-law, Deborah Shayo; son in-law, Joseph Barbaro, and grandchildren Erin Eisen and Christopher Gilbert.

The funeral will be held Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, South Grand Ave., Poughkeepsie. Burial will follow at the Temple Beth El Cemetery, Poughkeepsie.

In lieu of flowers memorial donation can be made to 51 Blossom St., Boston, Mass. 02114 or Temple Beth-El, 118 South Grand Ave., Poughkeepsie, New York 12603.

Helen Margaret Barr Singleman

Helen Margaret Barr Singleman, a 60-year resident of Newburgh entered into rest on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at St. Luke’s Hospital. She was 94. She passed away 7 months and 1 day after losing her oldest son Edwin Barr to cancer, from which she never fully recovered.

Helen was born in New Jersey on April 27, 1921 to William J. and Irene Waters. Helen’s young husband was killed in the war while serving in General George Patton’s Third Army on February 12, 1945. Clarence E. Barr, her husband, was only 25 years old and in Foreign Service only 2 months, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, when he lost his life. Helen’s second husband, William C. Singleman was best friends with Clarence and a pact was made between the two as they both went off to war that if anything would happen to Clarence serving his country in the war, Bill would look after Helen and their two young sons. That lasted over 40 years. William C. Singleman was a very popular teacher at South Jr. High for many years who predeceased her in 1985. Helen was an accomplished bowler and participated in many leagues before being stricken with M.S.

Survivors include her only remaining son, Robert Barr and his wife, Pat of Newburgh; her grandchildren, Tracey Finch (Wes), Robert W. Barr (Suzanne), Brian Barr, Scott Barr (Jessica), Kim Lemmon (Roy); Eddie Barr and partner (Polly) and Stephanie Pellegrini (Carlo); daughter-in-law, Priscilla Barr; and 17 great- grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, husbands and son, she was predeceased by her two sisters and their husbands; Ruth and Thomas Mulligan, Rita and Dr. Robert Lewis and brother, William J. Waters Jr. and Mildred.

Mom was a gentle, deep loving woman and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Visitation took place Friday, September 25th from 6 to 8 p.m. at White & Venuto Funeral Home, 188 North Plank Rd. (Rte. 32), Newburgh.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 26th at the White & Venuto Funeral Home, with Father John Vondras officiating. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in New Windsor.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society 733, Third Ave., 3rd Floor, NY, NY 10017.

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

Justyn Torre

Justyn Torre, a former resident of Wurtsboro passed away on Monday, September 7, 2015 in Sarasota, Florida. He was 35.

The son of Karen Buckley Hills and Joseph Torre, he was born on November 15, 1979 in Middletown.

Justyn was a creative and talented hairstylist. His passion was to make others feel beautiful. Justyn loved to read, he could get lost in a book, he loved all animals, especially dogs, loved nature, and his friends, and was loved by all.

Survivors include his mother Karen Hills and her husband Kayne of Sarasota, FL, his father Joseph Torre of Pine Bush, sisters, Vanessa Lupo and her husband Scott of Pine Bush, and Lindsey Sullivan and her husband Michael of Mohnton, PA, niece, Sophia Lupo and nephew Jackson Lupo. Justyn is further survived by his many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Justyn was predeceased by his beloved grandparents Frank and Barbara Buckley.

Cremation was private and at the family’s convenience.

Arrangements entrusted to the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc., Pine Bush.

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