Obituaries

December 10th, 2014

Maria T. Alvarez Campos

Maria T. Alvarez Campos of Newburgh entered into rest on November 3, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh. She was 82.

A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. on Friday, December 5 at Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.
Arrangements under the care of Brooks Funeral Home.

Jodi H. Churneftsky

Jodi H. Churneftsky, a longtime resident of the Town of Newburgh, and a customer service agent for Federal Express in Newburgh, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the Kaplan Family Hospice Residence in Newburgh. She was 44 years old. The daughter of Irving Hazan and the late Andrea Hazan, Jodi was born on November 26, 1970 in the Bronx.

In addition to her father and his wife, Thea of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Jodi is survived by her husband, Raymond at home, sister, Lori Sperling and husband, Donald of Marietta, GA, brother, Mitchell Hazan and his wife, Donna of Orefield, PA, nieces; Haley, Alexa, Andrea, and nephew, Anthony.

A funeral was held on Thursday, December 4, at the White & Venuto Funeral Home, with Cantor Endre Stamler officiating. Burial was in the family plot at Cedar Park Cemetery in Paramus, NJ.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in Jodi’s memory to Debbie’s Dream Foundation (Curing Stomach Cancer) 9110 W. State Road 84, Davie, Florida 33324, www.debbiesdream.org.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of White & Venuto Funeral Home, 562-6550, visit WhiteandVenutoFuneralHome.com.

Margaret ‘Peg’ Cosman

Margaret “Peg” Cosman of Newburgh entered into rest with her family by her side at Vassar Bros. Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY from complications from major surgery. She was 66.
The daughter of Bernadette DiNitto and the late Anthony Tudico, she was born in Newburgh on August 11, 1948. Peg was a graduate of NFA in 1967 and attended Mt. St. Mary College in Newburgh. She was in business as an antique dealer with her mother Bernadette. For several years she owned a store at 486 Broadway named Bernadette & Co.

Peg loved the Jersey Shore and often took her three little sisters there for a week or two of great fun. She always seemed to return the following week to take her mom after entertaining us younger girls.

Peg was a true family person who was a great sister to Joan, Monica, and Andrea and a dedicated mother to her only child Anthony Cosman. A wonderful aunt to Angelo Canallo, Jr., Victoria DiViesti, and Daniel Babcock. She was close with her favorite cousins Kathy and Carol and she loved her 2 cats, Pumpkin and Peanut, as if they were people.

A funeral service was held December 8 at Brooks Funeral Home, Newburgh, officiated by Deacon Peter Haight. Burial will be private.

Arrangements under the care of Brooks Funeral Home.

Gertrude Cromwell

Gertrude Cromwell of Walden, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away peacefully with her loving family at her side, on Friday, December 5, 2014, at home. She was 72.

The daughter of the late Charles and Gertrude McCloud Jones, she was born on March 5, 1942 in Warwick.

Survivors include: her husband, William, at home; daughters, Nancy Mitchell and her husband, Darrel Olson of Minot, ND; Susan Beer and her husband, Eric of Goodyear, AZ; Laura Cromwell and her husband, Steven of West Milford, NJ; Mary Cable Davis and her husband, Rob of Walden; Melissa Cromwell of Newburgh; and Amy VanTassel and her husband Glendon of Flinton, PA; grandchildren: Chrisanna and Daryl Mitchell, Kevin Smith, Jr., Brian Smith, Robert and Jessica Cable, Bethany and Amber Blankenship, Hope Ransom, Catherine, Dylan, Savanna, Gavin and Adam VanTassel. Also great-grandchildren, Evan and Giavanni and sister Marcella Owen of Newburgh.

Services are private and at the convenience of the family.

Cremation took place in Cedar Hill Crematory in Newburgh.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Ronald M. Gannello, Sr.

Ronald M. Gannello, Sr., a self employed handyman, of Bronx, NY passed away on Friday, December 5, 2014 at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, NY. The son of the late Joseph Gannello and Margaret Fortunato Gannello, he was born on June 3, 1951 in Bronx, NY. He was 63.

Ronald is survived by his wife, Bernadette Gannello of Middletown; mother, Margaret Gannello of Bronx, NY; son, Ronald Gannello, Jr. and his wife, Alicia of Walden; daughter, Jeanine Gannello of Middletown; brothers, Robert Gannello and Philip Gannello of Bronx and Steven Gannello and Joseph Gannello of New Jersey; sister, Joann Allis of Bronx; and nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, December 11th from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, 39 Orchard Street, Walden. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 2:30 p.m. following the visitation. Burial will be in the Wallkill Valley Cemetery, Walden.

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

Bertha A. Green

Bertha A. Green of Montgomery, died Wednesday, December 3, 2014. The daughter of the late Stewart and Beatrice Bowering Samson, she was born on October 28, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY. She was 79.

She was employed as a church secretary at the Leptondale Bible Church. She was the widow of the late Floyd Green.

Bertha is survived by her son, Floyd S. Green and his wife, Janet of Forked River, NJ; daughters: Sharon Stevens of Montgomery; Karrin Weeden and her husband, Howard of Walden; and Kristan Burlingame of Cuthogue, NY; foster child, Cynthia McAnulty of South Carolina; twelve grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Kenneth Samson and sister, Ann Samson.

The family wishes to thank the staff at the Valley View Nursing Home for their loving care.
A visitation will be held on Friday, December 12, from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, 39 Orchard St., Walden. Funeral services will be held at 12 noon at the funeral home following the visitation. Burial will be in the Wallkill Valley Cemetery, Walden.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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

Garry Hepworth

Garry Hepworth, recently of Roanoke, VA, passed away on Dec. 4, 2014. He was born on Jan. 12, 1933, to Claude and Doris Hepworth of Milton, NY. Garry graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in pomology and was a lifelong farmer. After moving away from his family farm in Milton, he lived and farmed in California, Washington, Idaho, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. In retirement, to take it easy, he was a contractor in Lake Worth, FL. He traveled to all 50 states in his RV and enjoyed the beauty of the US.

His legacy of farming lives on with his family, the seventh generation, to farm the same land.
He was predeceased by his son Charles Hepworth, stepson Steve Dessureault, brother Jack Hepworth, second wife Rose Dessureault, and third wife Col. Sue Porter.

He is survived by his daughters, Arlene Hueholt of Afton, VA, Amy and Gail Hepworth of Milton, NY, and Rae Butler of Syracuse, NY; high school sweetheart and first wife Lois Hepworth; stepsons Rock Dessureault of Roanoke, VA, and Guy Dessureault of Louisville, KY; seven grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held in Marlboro at a time to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Hudson Valley Research Laboratory, PO Box 727, Highland, NY 12528, to further the knowledge of farming, his lifelong endeavor.

Margaret McVeigh

Margaret McVeigh, of Wallkill, passed away at her daughter’s residence in Yonkers, on November 27, 2014. She was 73.

She was born in Newburgh to the late Patrick and Johanna Ryan Miggins and was the beloved wife of the late Bernard McVeigh who predeceased her in 2001. She was the loving mother of Eileen (John G.) McAleer and the late Maureen McVeigh Carey and the adored grandmother of Brendan Carey.

Margaret was a cafeteria worker for the Wallkill Central School District, a member of The St. Benedict Rosary Altar Society and the Wallkill Firehouse Ladies Auxiliary.

Donations preferred to NYC Commission for the Blind, 80 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038. A Mass of Christian burial was at St. Benedict’s Chapel, Wallkill. She was buried in St. Charles Cemetery, Gardiner.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Margaret J. Napolitano

Margaret J. Napolitano of Pine Bush and Orlando, Fla., passed away at her daughter’s home in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday December 3, 2014. She was 90.

The daughter of the late Angelo Riccardi and Filomena Vena Riccardi, she was born on September 28, 1924 in Harrisburg, PA. Marge was very active in her life and held several jobs throughout the years. She was a seamstress, a bus driver and at the age of 50, she earned her Nursing Degree and worked at the Middletown Psych Center for 20 years. During Election time, Marge worked for the Town of Crawford Board of Elections and was very active within the community.
Marge was a founding member of the Pine Bush Ambulance Corps, a First Aid Teacher, Member of the Pine Bush Fire Dept. Ladies Aux., American Legion Aux, VFW Aux, Walker Valley Catholic Society, PEF Union, a Lector and Lay Minister with the Church of the Infant Saviour and Our Lady of the Valley and she also read every Sunday at Mass.

Survivors include her daughter, Sally Lorenz of Orlando, Florida; son Michael Napolitano and his wife Susan of Surprise, NY; granddaughter Nikki Napolitano of Pine Bush; sisters Anna Napolitano and Natalie Saft. Marge is also survived by many nieces and nephews and is predeceased by her husband, Saverio Napolitano, brothers Gabriel, Victor, Albert, Paul, August, and sisters; Sophie and Angelina.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Monday December 8, at the Church of the Infant Saviour. Burial will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Middletown NY. Arrangements entrusted to the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc., 1525 Burlingham Road, Pine Bush.

David Clinton Ostrander

David Clinton Ostrander of New Windsor, a plumber for ABM Plumbing at West Point Hospital, entered into rest, Friday, November 28, 2014 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital-Newburgh Campus. He was 36.

The son of the late James and Kimberly Bonnett Ostrander, he was born February 25, 1978 in Newburgh.

Survivors include his brother, Michael J. Ostrander and his wife Kiamesha of New Windsor, grandmother, Doris Crispell Bonnett of New Windsor, uncle, Clinton Bonnett and wife, Suzen of Milford, PA and nephew, Chase, as well as cousins and many close friends. In addition to his parents, David was predeceased by his grandfather, Harry C. Bonnett.
Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory, Newburgh.

In David’s memory please make donations to the SPCA, 940 Little Britain Rd., New Windsor, NY 12553.

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

Gloria L. Reed

Gloria L. Reed of Ellenville, a certified nursing assistant at the Orange County Home & Infirmary in Goshen, NY, passed away on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at home. The daughter of the late Roland and Minnie Mann Jennings, she was born on September 15, 1935 in Hackensack, NJ. She was a member of the Bread of Life Assembly of God Church, Bullville.

Gloria is survived by her husband, Bruce E. Reed at home; daughter, Sandra Poucher of Pine Bush; brothers, Eddie Jennings, Keith Jennings, Roger Jennings, Randolph Jennings, Glenn Jennings, Alan Jennings and Earl Jennings; sisters, Sheila Frierson, Dorothy Mann, and Louise Mann; grandchildren, John, Jamie and Stephanie; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers and sisters.

Services were held December 6 at the Bread of Life Assembly of God Church, Route 17K, Bullville. Burial was in the Wallkill Valley Cemetery, Walden.

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

Thomas (Octavia) Peter Rizzo

Thomas (Octavia) Peter Rizzo, 95, a lifelong resident of Highland passed away at his home on December 2, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Rizzo was a Superintendent for the Town of Lloyd Water & Sewer Departments. He initiated all the projects and the infrastructure that provides the town its water which is still in place today, and because of his accomplishments and dedication they named a road after him called Thomas Rizzo Blvd. in Highland.

He was a true American icon- a perfect family man.

Mr. Rizzo was a decorated WWII Army Veteran. He was honorably discharged after serving our country between the years of 1942-1945. He was an Army champion boxer. He was awarded from the Secretary of the Army The Army Commendation Medal for saving a tug boat caught in the worst storm in the Pacific in 40 years. Yes he was in the Army on a tug boat as a radio man- he said the waves were 30 ft. over the bow for 3 days. He received this Commendation Medal for his courageous performance of duty on December 9, 1943, while assigned as radio operator on the tug LT-20. Though you had been suffering from seasickness for two days, you remained at your post for six hours during the rescue operation, notwithstanding the fact you required the assistance of two men to maintain your position. Your conduct reflects great credit upon yourself, the 35th Transportation Corps Composite Group, and the Army of the United States.
Mr. Rizzo was a Commander for the American Legion Post 193 for 13 years. He was also a member of the VFW Post 6534, was a life member of the Highland Hose Company #1 in Highland, and was a member of the Italian Center in Poughkeepsie.

Mr. Rizzo was an avid bowler and hunter. He loved camping and his cookies. He was also an avid card player and skibo player.

He was also a member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Esopus and St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Highland.

Mr. Rizzo was born in Highland. He was the son of Guiseppe and Maria Belvedere Rizzo.
On December 1, 1946 at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Highland he married Eleanor Casabura. Mrs. Rizzo survives at home in Highland. Additional survivors include his children; Tommy Rizzo, Donna Rizzo, and Riva Vanas-Nelson. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Rizzo was predeceased by his brothers: Gus, Leo, Peppy; his sisters: Mary Grasso, Josephine LaSusa, Anne DallVechia, Rosalie Bragg; his daughter-in-law, Candy Rizzo and his grandson Shane Iorlano.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, December 6 at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Esopus. Burial was in Highland Cemetery with military honors.

Arrangements were by the Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., 38 Main St., Highland.

John Simihtis

John Simihtis of Montgomery, a longtime resident of the area, died Tuesday, December 2, 2014, in Montgomery NY. He was 93.

The son of the late Polychronis and Maria Blames Simihtis of Greece, he was born May 26, 1921 in “Hell’s Kitchen” NYC.

He graduated from Loom Straubenmuller Textile High School in 1940 and served in the US Merchant Marines for over 35 years. He later loved his summers cooking for the Boys Brotherhood Republic camp in Harriman State Park, NY.

He married Elena Pelli Simihtis, the love of his life, in Rome, Italy, September 24, 1946.
Survivors include his son, Paul Simihtis and his wife Elizabeth of Rock Tavern and nieces Zoe Menge of East Meredith, NY, and Angela Reese of Weaverville, NC.

He was predeceased by his wife Elena, brothers Thomas and Ted and sister Sophie.

Services will be Saturday, December 13, at 11:30 a.m. at Orange County Veterans’ Cemetery 111 Craigville Rd., Goshen.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Virginia L. Steinhilber

Virginia L. Steinhilber, a homemaker, of Pine Bush passed away on Friday, December 5, 2014 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Town of Wallkill, NY. The daughter of LeRoy and Ruth Dunn Merring, she was born on November 29, 1940 in Cornwall, NY. She was 74.

Virginia was the widow of the late Norman T. Steinhilber. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and the Ladies Scotts Corners Golf League.

Virginia is survived by her son, Kevin Steinhilber and his wife, Patricia of Wallkill; daughter, Tammie Eisloeffel of Bloomingburg; brothers, Clifton Jones of Little Falls, NY, Donald Merring of North Carolina, Les Barkley of Florida; sisters, Donna Coulter of Walden, Irene Rearick of Pine Bush, and Nancy Schofield of Wallkill; grandchildren, Mark, Matthew, Anthony, Nathan, Christopher and Alexandria; great grandchildren, Caleb and Emma, nieces, nephews and her cat, Nubby. She was predeceased by her sister Louise Davis.

Memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, December 11 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Route 208, Walden, NY. A memorial service will be held at the church on Thursday at 7 p.m. following the visitation. Cremation was in the Cedar Hill Crematory, Newburgh.

Contributions may be made to the family to be used at their discretion.
Arrangements are by the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, Inc., Walden.

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