July 28th, 2015

Edythe M. Abrams

Edythe M. Abrams, 90, of New Port Richey, FL, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie, NY. Before moving to Florida, Edythe was a resident of New Paltz, NY.

Born in Rockville Centre, NY, on May 5, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Alfred W. and the late Helen J. Schneider Smart. She married Laurin J. Abrams on June 12, 1947, at St. Joseph’s Church, New Paltz, NY. Mr. Abrams passed away on July 20, 2014, in Florida.

Edythe was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, New Paltz, NY and Our Lady Queen of Grace Church, New Port Richey, Florida. Edythe was a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and taught for many years at Highland Elementary School. She was an avid folk dancer, square dancer, and clogger, and taught folk dancing for Stone House Day in New Paltz, as well as other community events. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Brannen-van den Berg, Post #8645, New Paltz, NY and a member of the NYS Teachers Retirement Association. Edythe taught ESL- English as a Second Language in New Port Richey, FL, this past year and was also a member of an exercise group in Florida.

Edythe also enjoyed quilting, camping and water skiing. During her years in New Paltz, she was involved in Girl Scouts as a troop leader.

Surviving are three daughters, Barbara & her husband Kurt Lennert of Ventura, CA, Judith Archidiacono and Lauren J. Ingrassia, both of New Paltz, NY, a son, William J. Abrams of New Port Richey, FL, and 11 grandchildren and their spouses including, Jennifer & Jacob Smith of Wasilla, AK; Jeremy Moore of Sacramento, CA; Amy & Mario Casu of Medford, MA; Kelly & Jared Cutler of Washington, DC; Cindy Abrams-Dunbar of Denver, CO; Vicki Abrams-Dunbar of Denver, CO; Philip & Autumn Ingrassia of Columbia, SC; Andrew, Dominic, Jacob and Rebecca Ingrassia all of New Paltz, NY; great-grandchildren, Lewis, Noah, Maddy, Micah, Judah Smith, Giuliana, Giada & Annalisa Casu, and Rocco Joseph Cutler of DC; and one great-great-grandson, Oakley Hoffman.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Church, New Paltz, NY.

Donations may be made to Kaelistrong Foundation at Condolences may be made to the family at

James M. Bordi

James M. Bordi, 53, a resident of Highland, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday July 23. Mr. Bordi was a self-employed small contractor. He was an avid golfer and dart player. James was born in Poughkeepsie, NY on August 31, 1961.

He was the son of John A. Bordi, Jr. and Pearl Ruger. Survivors include his father, John A. Bordi, Jr. of Highland, his stepmother; Joan M. Bordi of Highland, his brother, John A. Bordi III and his wife Sarah of Pleasant Valley, one nephew, two nieces and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his mother Pearl M. Bordi.

A gathering for family and friends was held Monday, July 27th at the Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., Highland.

Anthony J. Borkowski, Sr.

Anthony J. Borkowski, Sr. of Coldenham, an automotive technician for Jim Smith Chevrolet, Walden, NY passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Northern Manor Multicare Center, Nanuet, NY. The son of the late Anthony John and Josephine Balinski Borkowski, he was born on February 6, 1938 in Manhattan, NY. He was 77.

Anthony is survived by his wife, Elaine Melville Borkowski at home; son, Anthony J. Borkowski, Jr. and his wife Joyce of Montgomery; sisters: Loretta Borkowski and Barbara Borkowski of Maspeth, Queens, NY; grandchildren, Alexander and Katie Ann; niece, Donna Joyce; great-nieces: Jessica Joyce , Dr. Christine Joyce and her husband Dr. Andrew Winer, and Elizabeth Joyce; great-nephew, Brian Joyce and his wife, Marissa; brother-in-law, Kenneth Melville and his wife, Jane. He was predeceased by his son Stephen.

The family would like to thank Dr. Edgard Quinones and the staff at ORMC, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Northern Manor Multicare Center.

A visitation will be on Wednesday, July 29th from 4-7 p.m. at the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, 39 Orchard St., Walden, NY. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Most Precious Blood, Walden on Thursday, July 30th. Burial will be St Mary’s Cemetery, Montgomery, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000- Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38101.

Funeral arrangements are by the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, Inc.

Edward Bowen

Edward A. Bowen of New Paltz passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Vassar Brothers Hospital, Poughkeepsie. He was 80. Edward was born in Campbell Hall, NY on May 26, 1935. He is the son of the late William H. and Mary Robbins Bowen. He married L. Audrey Ronk on June 27, 1955 in Walden.

Ed was the owner of Ed Bowen’s Auto Body in Highland, NY for 40 years before retiring in 2002.

He was a member of the New Paltz Elks #2568 and the Loyal Order of Moose #2259 in Sebring, FL.

He enjoyed spending his winters in Florida. He loved deer hunting, the NY Mets, NASCAR and stock car racing. Ed drove stock cars in his younger days.

He is survived by his wife Audrey at home, his son Edward Bowen, Jr. and his wife Tracy of Highland, his daughters Debbie Gloster and her husband Bill of Middletown, Brenda Coppola and her husband Jay of Milton, Rhonda DeSantis and her husband John of New Paltz, Carla Bardhi and her husband Zeke of Tallahassee, FL and Jeanine Rhodes and her husband Al of Tallahassee, FL, his sister Jean Scalfari of New Paltz, 15 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Ed was a devoted and proud husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Ed was predeceased by his son Michael Bowen and his brothers William & James Bowen.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, July 30th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at the DiDonato Funeral Home, 1290 Route 9W, Marlboro. Funeral services will take place on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor David Ballou officiating. Burial will follow in Lloyd Cemetery, Highland, NY.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Lung Association, 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, Illinois 60601or online at

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

Margaret Hopper Donahue

Margaret Hopper Donahue of the Town of Newburgh, entered into rest on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Fred P. and Mable Millspaugh Hopper. Born on April 29, 1918 in Newburgh.
Margaret was pre-deceased in 2003 by her late husband Bob Donahue.

She was an active member of the Civic Theater.

Margaret is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Doulin Newburgh Funeral Home Inc. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at noon at Sacred Heart Church; burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.

Donations in Margaret’s name may be made to Scatz or your local cat sanctuary.

Arrangements are under the care of Doulin Newburgh Funeral Home Inc. at 562-0068, or to sign an online guest book, visit

Diane Eckert-Amantea

Diane Eckert-Amantea, a Managing Editor for King Features Syndicate in New York City, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous 5-year battle with cancer on Sunday, July 26, 2015. She was 60.

The daughter of the late George Rapp and Ida Merla-Martin, she was born on September 26, 1954 in Bronx, NY. Diane was a moderator for the online chat group, “Dark Shadows”.

Along with being a professional singer, Diane was avid in Off Broadway Theater performances and starred in multiple plays such as “The Sound of Music” from 1977-1978 at Lincoln Center where she commanded the lead role. She also acted in plays for many Senior Citizen Centers, volunteered in hospitals, and was a voice in “Cannon Towel” radio commercials in the 1970’s. Diane also worked in Crispell Middle School as a Cafeteria Worker.

Survivors include her husband John at home, stepchildren, John Amantea and his wife Crystal of Richmond, VA, and Michael Amantea and his longtime companion Melissa of Centerville, VA, sister, Maryanne Garofalo and her husband George of FL, godchild, Alexis Garofalo also of FL, stepsister, Cheryl Fendell and husband Mark of Bensalem, PA, brother-in-law, Robert Amantea and his companion Nancy of Atlanta, GA, sisters-in-law, Lorraine Storck and her companion Glenn Miller, and Mary-Ann Pistritto and her husband Robert of Congers. Diane is further survived by many other nieces and nephews

A funeral Mass will be offered on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Infant Saviour. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Diane’s name to the a local ASPCA or Humane Society. Entombment will take place at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Putnam Valley.

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

Patricia E. Leonette

Patricia Elizabeth Leonette, age 70, died July 25, 2015 at The Valley Hospital. Pat’s final days were spent with her family and friends surrounded by her side. Pat lost her battle to cancer. Pat was a loving and devoted mother, sister, aunt and grandmother.

Pat was born in Newburgh, on May 26, 1945. She was the beloved daughter of Victoria Brangaccio and the late John Brangaccio. She is remembered with love by her daughter, Kim Leonette of Newburgh, son, John Leonette and wife Jeanine Leonette of Newburgh, four grandchildren, Cora, Chandler, Chase and Jordyn, former spouse John Leonette, brother, John Brangaccio of Rhode Island, as well as many loved nieces and nephews. She had a loving and generous heart and always was giving to others.

A celebration of the life of Patricia Leonette will be held on Saturday, August 22nd at LaCabanna, her “Happy Place”, on Glen Lake, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, PO Box 1000 Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Marguerite ‘Peg’ Harris McDermott

Marguerite “Peg” Harris McDermott of the Town of Newburgh entered into rest Monday, July 27, 2015 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital-Newburgh Campus. She was 98 years old.

The daughter of the late Clinton and Ruth Klyne Harris, Marguerite was born June 29, 1917 in the Town of Newburgh.
Marguerite was active in 4H growing up, and won many awards at the county and state level. She was a lifelong member of the Gardnertown United Methodist Church. Peg graduated from Newburgh Free Academy and St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing and was valedictorian of her class. She worked many years as an OB/GYN nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital and was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 1420.

She was well known in antique and collecting circles for collecting Heisey glassware and local history memorabilia.
Family was the center of Mom’s and Dad’s world. Mom enjoyed cooking, baking and sewing for family and for church fairs and PTA fundraisers. She was a Girl Scout leader for her girls and the girls of Orange Lake. Mom welcomed her sons-in-law into the family as if they were her own sons. When she was blessed with grandchildren, they became her treasures as well. She kept track of each of them and loved having all of them all together at Cape May or camping. Each great-grandchild was an added blessing to her already full treasure trove.

Survivors include her children: Beverly Mennerich and husband, Ken of the Town of Newburgh, Eileen Paul and husband, Ben of Seattle, WA and Barbara Johnson, and husband, Ed of New Windsor; grandchildren, Brian Mennerich and wife, Dana, Carrie Burns and husband, Tom, Kelly Johnson, Keith Johnson and wife, Desiree, Justin Paul and wife, Emily, Jared Paul, and great-grandchildren, Thomas, James, Andrew Burns, Branden, Emily Johnson, Kaci Kuhn and Felicity Paul; sister, Evelyn Anderson, as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. Marguerite was predeceased in 2002 by her husband, Frank C. McDermott, whom she married on September 21, 1940, and by her siblings; Bernice Harris and Robert Harris.

Visitation for family and friends will take place Wednesday, July 29th from 3 to 7 p.m. at White & Venuto Funeral Home, 188 North Plank Rd., (Rt. 32) Newburgh, NY. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, July 30th at the Gardnertown United Methodist Church, 1191 Union Ave., Newburgh. Burial will follow at Gardnertown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in Marguerite’s memory to Gardnertown United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or the Hudson Valley Food Pantry.

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

James A. Ryan

James A. Ryan of Walden, NY, a retired field service engineer for The Burrough’s Corporation in NYC and owner of the former Mid Hudson Office Supply of Walden passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Newburgh. He was 80.
The son of James and Grace Reilly Ryan, he was born October 11, 1934 in Brooklyn New York.

He was a member of Most Precious Blood Parish;
Life member of Colonel Bradley Hose Company of Walden;
Former Chief of Walden Fire Co. in 1982 and 1983;
Past President of the Orange County Volunteer Firemans Association;
Past President of the Orange County Fire Chiefs Association;
Past Financial secretary for the Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemans Assoc.;
Past member of the Board of Directors of FASNY, from 1999 to 2009;
First Head Fire Commisioner for the Walden Fire District;
Past President of the Red Vest Club;

Honorary member of the Lake George Fire Dept.

He organized the first Fire Dept. in Town of Essex Junction in Vermont and was the first Deputy Chief in 1972-75.

He was a founding member of the Walden Ambulance Corps.

Past Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus of Most Precious Blood Council 9254. Also a member of the 4th Degree.

Past member of the Benevolent Order of the Elks, New Paltz;

Past member of the Walden Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife Elayne C. Ryan at home; daughter Maureen Ryan at home; sons, Jay Ryan and wife Lori, Chris Ryan and wife Diane all of Walden, John Ryan of Modena; grandchildren, Justin Ryan and wife Lisa, Tyler Ryan, Keegan Ryan, John Ryan, Mackenzie Ryan, Keela Ryan, Aodhan Ryan, and great-grandson Aiden Filmanski.

He was predeceased by a sister Jacqueline Ryan McCann.

A funeral Mass will be Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 10 a.m. at Most Precious Blood Church, 42 Walnut St., Walden, NY. Fr. Thomas Roslak will officiate.

Burial will be in Wallkill Valley Cemetery in Walden, NY.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Most Precious Blood School, or Most Precious Blood Basketball Program, 180 Ulster Ave Walden, 12586.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Marian S. ‘Sally’ Storch

Marian S. “Sally” Storch, 91, of New Paltz, passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at her home in New Paltz. Her husband Joe, was at her bedside when she passed.

Born in Highland on March 15, 1924, she was the daughter of Marion Lounsbery and Grace Hacksteiner Lounsbery. She married Joseph S. Storch on October 25, 1954, at St. Joseph’s Church, New Paltz, NY. She lived most of her life in the Hudson Valley Region of New York. She previously lived in Rochester, NY, Chandler, Arizona, and Bermuda.

Sally was an avid gardener and reader. She enjoyed swimming and hiking in the Shawangunks, and exploring antique shops, and had a weak spot for vanilla ice cream. For many years she was a ‘lifeguard’ for her children, nieces and nephews, and the neighborhood children.

A graduate of the University of Arizona, she earned her BS and MS in Chemistry. Prior to her decision to be a stay-at-home mother, she was a chemist at Eastman Kodak, Rochester, NY, and later at Colgate Palmolive in Jersey City, NY. Professional memberships included the American Chemical Society.

She spent countless hours volunteering at St. Joseph’s Church, where she was a member of the Altar Guild, the Elting Memorial Library and also volunteering at the Huguenot Historical Society, and was a Girl Scout Leader. She was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church, New Paltz, NY.

In addition to her husband, Joseph, of 61 years, she is survived by her daughter, Marian S. Storch of Tolland, CT, a son and daughter-in-law, Mark & Barbara Storch of Jeffersonville, VT and a cousin, Carol Carrado of Poughkeepsie, NY, along with a host of many friends, especially her good friend Sylvia Hopgood, who spent the last years of Sally’s life helping Sally’s husband, Joe, to care for her.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 34 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz. Burial was in the family plot at Fairview Cemetery, Stone Ridge, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be sent to Elting Memorial Library, 93 Main Street, New Paltz, NY 12561 or St. Joseph’s Church, 34 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY 12561.

Doris Jean ‘DJ’ Terpening

Doris Jean “DJ” Terpening, formerly of the Town of Newburgh, entered into rest on Friday, July 24, 2015 in Naples, FL. With her family by her side, she fought a 10- year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Doris was the beloved daughter of the late Winston and Christine Zonner Crawford. Born on March 30, 1933.

She was the widow of the late Clarence H. Terpening Jr. after 57 years of marriage; he pre-deceased her in 2011.

Doris was a former member of Our Lady of the Lake Church and former Sunday School teacher.

She is survived by 2 sons: Keith Terpening and his wife, Mickey of Newburgh, NY, and Craig Terpening and his wife, Isbely of Naples, FL; 2 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Pre-deceased by brothers Winston Crawford Jr. and Donald Crawford and sisters, Patricia Crawford and Loraine Glover.

May she rest in peace with the love of her life “Terp”.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Doulin Newburgh Funeral Home Inc. followed by a 1 p.m. funeral service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor, NY.
Arrangements are under the care of Doulin Newburgh Funeral Home Inc.

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