Obituaries

February 25th, 2015

Burton R. Barclay

Burton R. Barclay of the Town of Newburgh, a retired mechanic for the Broadway Buick Garage in Newburgh, entered into rest Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the St. Luke’s/Cornwall Hospital-Newburgh Campus. He was 88.

The son of the late Richard S. and Nora Rappleyea Barclay, he was born February 12, 1927 in Ardonia, NY.

Burton proudly served his country during WWII in the US Army.

He is survived by his wife, Genevieve Patton Barclay at home, daughter, Judy O’Neill and her husband, Michael J. of Rhinebeck, NY, sisters Jeanie Fox of Rochester, NY and Frances Dowling of Denver, Colorado. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Wayne Barclay, brothers George, Richard, Clayton and Leon Barclay, sisters Marion Barclay and Norma Brown, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Cedar Hill Mausoleum.
Please make memorial contributions to the Gardnertown United Methodist Church, 1191 Union Ave., Newburgh, NY 12550.

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

Elsie C. Bardin

Elsie C. Bardin of Town of Newburgh, a retired Records Management Officer for City of Newburgh and a longtime resident of the area, died Friday, February 20, at home. She was 76.

The daughter of the late Charles and Elsie Filander Sibley, she was born September 14, 1938 in New York City.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Newburgh, and was a beloved mother of three children.

Survivors include her husband, Richard at home; daughter, Janice Bardin of Brighton, CO; daughter, Debra Bardin of Boulder, CO; son, John Bardin and his wife Susan of Boulder, CO; brother Charles Sibley, Jr. and his wife Harriet of Butler, PA and sister, Catherine Simmons of Yuma, AZ.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Thomas Sibley and John Sibley, formerly of Walden and Montgomery.

Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Thursday, February 26, at Overhiser Funeral Home 78 Union St, Montgomery.

A Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m., Friday, February 27 at Sacred Heart Church, 301 Ann St., Newburgh. Reverend William Scafidi will officiate.

Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Newburgh, NY following the funeral Mass.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Kenneth M. Crumley

Kenneth M. Crumley of Middletown, NY, a Secure Hospital Treatment Assistant at Mid Hudson Psychiatric Center, Middletown, NY died Sunday, February 15, 2015. He was 45.

The son of Kenneth and Catherine Crumley, he was born August 4, 1969 in Yonkers, NY.

He was part of Studio Ayo Fitness, Middletown.

Survivors include his parents of Port Richey, FL; sister Kerri Ann Cherry and her husband David of Myrtle Beach, SC; nephews Devyn Fennell of Washington, Cameron Cherry and Ryan Cherry, both of SC; several cousins, uncle Ray Crumley and his wife Wendy of New Port Richey, FL.

A celebration of his life was held Sunday, February 22 at Overhiser Funeral Home, Montgomery. Cremation was in Cedar Hill Crematory in Newburgh.

Arrangements were made by Overhiser Funeral Home/Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Lori J. Depalma

Lori J. Depalma of Wallkill died Monday, February 16, 2015 at the age of 55.

Lori was born on September 3, 1959 to Jerry A. Minutolo and the late Ella G. Burger Minutolo.

She was a waitress at Lakeview House Restaurant on Orange Lake in Newburgh.

Lori is survived by her husband, Rick Depalma at home, one daughter, Krystie Depalma at home, her father, Jerry Minutolo of Wallkill, two brothers, Jerry Minutolo and his wife Jannett of Wallkill, Scott Minutolo of AZ, two sisters, Lisa and her husband Scott Cummings of FL, Lynne and her husband Kevin Royster of Newburgh and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, February 21 at the Doulin Newburgh Funeral Home.

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

Eugene E. DiLorenzo

Eugene E. DiLorenzo, 62, passed away peacefully in his home on February 21, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 12,1952 in Poughkeepsie, NY. A lifelong resident of Highland, he graduated from Highland High School in 1970, and went on to graduate from Delhi University. Since 1974, Eugene was the founder and president of Eugene DiLorenzo Inc.

Eugene is survived by his wife, Nancy, of 39 years, son Michael and his wife Tracy DiLorenzo, daughter Joanne and her husband Kevin Barletta, three grandchildren: Nicholas, Alexis and Ryan, sister Patricia Ogden and her husband Bill, brother Vincent and his wife Frances, brother-in-law Gary Dohrman and nephew Russell Passante. Eugene’s family will be forever grateful to a special family of caregivers for their loving, devoted attention they gave him these past several months.

Eugene is preceded in death by his parents, Celeste and Frank DiLorenzo, and his sister, RoseEmma DiLorenzo.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Augustine’s Church, 55 Main St., Highland, N.Y. 12528. Burial will follow in the family plot in Lloyd Cemetery.

John T. Duffy

John T. Duffy of Walden, a retired Supervisor for NYS DEP in Valhalla, NY and a longtime resident of the area, passed away on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, in Newburgh. He was 74.

The son of the late John and Jane Taggart Duffy, he was born August 4, 1940 in the Bronx.

He was a member of the New York Police Chiefs Benevolent Association.

Survivors include his wife Janet at home; daughter Lisa Korpics and her husband Jason of Walden; daughter Margaret O’Connell-Duffy of Walden; daughter, Janet H. Duffy of Walden; brother-in-law, Gary Kacanich of Walden; three grandchildren, Charles, Emma and Jasmine and John’s canine companions, Spunkie, Symba and Luckie. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, and sisters Alice, Annie & Sarah.
Cremation was in Cedar Hill Crematory in Newburgh.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 in John’s memory.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Sophie Faller

We are sad to announce the passing of our mother Sophie Faller, aged 83, on Saturday, February 14, 2015. She passed away peacefully at her home with her family present.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph. Sophie is survived by her loving children Lisa Madson of Whitehouse Station, NJ, Joe Faller of Ringwood, NJ, and Ellen Heaney of Montgomery, NY along with their spouses and her five grand children. Per mom’s last wishes, there will be no service or Mass.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550 or a charity of your choosing.

Gary L. Keesler

Gary L. Keesler of New Paltz, a self-employed electrician and an avid NASCAR fan, died Sunday, February 8, 2015. He was 59.

The son of the late Thomas and Olive Urbin Keesler, and a lifelong resident of the area, he was born July 9, 1955 in Newburgh.

Survivors include his daughter Ashley at home; brother Charlie Keesler and his wife Janet of Wallkill; sister Jeanne Connor and her husband Tom of Wallkill; step-mother Audrey Keesler of Wallkill, and nieces and nephews He was predeceased by his wife Chery and brother Robert Keesler.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate Gary’s life at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Wallkill Reformed Church, 45 Bridge St., Wallkill. Cremation will be in Cedar Hill Crematory.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family c/o Charlie Keesler, P.O. Box 120 Wallkill.

Arrangements were made by Wallkill Funeral Home.

Elvira “Vera” Marie Lince

Elvira “Vera” Marie Lince, a longtime area resident of Newburgh, entered into rest on February 19, 2015 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was 79.

The daughter of the late Salvatore and Rosaria (Franciamore) Ciccarello, Vera was born on January 5, 1936 in Santo Stefano Di Quisquina, Sicily, Italy.

Vera was a devoted, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who loved spending time with her family, always putting everyone else’s needs before her own. She was a beautiful, strong, hard-working woman with a great sense of humor. Vera was an outstanding cook and loved preparing meals for her family and anyone lucky enough to come into her home. There was always room for one more at her table and she always had something cooking on the stove or in the oven. She also enjoyed shopping, watching her favorite shows on television and going to the movies, but most of all, spending time with her family. She will be dearly missed by all those fortunate enough to have known and loved her.

Vera married her loving husband, the late Clyde O. Lince, on July 15, 1956 at Sacred Heart Church in Newburgh, NY.
She is survived by her loving children: Debra Capicotto and her companion, Stephen Cioffi of New Windsor, Jennifer Pignataro and husband Vincent of Montgomery and sons Clyde Lince and David Lince both of Newburgh; her siblings: sister Nina LoPresti of Milton, sister and brother-in-law Lillian and her husband Joseph Monte of New Windsor, her sister-in-law Theresa Ciccarello of Mt. Ephram, NJ, brother and sister-in-law Albert and Mary Ciccarello of Edgewater, FL, and brother James Ciccarello of Newburgh, sister-in-laws Juanita Hunt of Wappingers Falls and Laura Lee Bligh of Lima, NY; her grandchildren: Mark Capicotto Jr. of New Windsor, Michelle Capicotto of Pasadena, CA, Michael Lince of Ocean City, NJ and Jacob Pignataro of Montgomery; along with several nieces and nephews.
Vera is predeceased by sisters and brothers-in-law Angelina and Joseph Smolinski, Rita and Kenneth Weatherly, brother and sister-in-law Andrew and Ella Mae Ciccarello, brother Philip Ciccarello and brother-in-law James LoPresti.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Vera’s name to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Penn Plaza, Suite 1710, New York, NY 10122. To donate please visit OCRF.org or call 212-268-1002.

A Mass of Christian burial was held at Sacred Heart Church on Tuesday, February 24. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.

Doreen Mae Montgomery

Doreen Mae Montgomery of Clintondale, an area resident for 48 years, passed away peacefully at Catskill Regional Medical Center on February 19 surrounded by her loving family. The daughter of Alice Lynch and the late Arthur Caston, she was 48.

She is survived by her loving husband, Donald Montgomery at home, her mother Alice Lynch and her three children Kiesha, Randy, Kenny of NY. She is also survived by three granddaughters Shanya, Neveah, & Cherish of NY.

She is also survived by her loving sisters and brothers Dave Bugiada of Tenn., Diane Crudele of Tenn, Arty of NY, Richy of NY, Kimmy of NY, Tammy of NY and her loving sister Darlene Conklin of Swan Lake, brother-in-law George Conklin of NY and one god-daughter Chantelle, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Cremation will be private.

Contributions may be made to a scholarship for Shanya Montgomery, c/o Bank of America, New Paltz Plaza, New Paltz 12561.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Walter R. Mueller

Walter R. Mueller passed away peacefully at his home in Montgomery on February 19, 2015. He was 99.
He was born on July 1, 1915 to the late Walter R. and Margarethe Beger Mueller in Montgomery, NY. Walter was married to Dorothy Grusczynski Mueller.

Walter served his country in the United States Army during WWII. He was a production supervisor for several years at Schmid Inc., Little Falls, NJ. Walter was a member of the American Legion in Montgomery and the Walden Senior Citizens. He was a Freemason belonging to the Little Falls Masonic Lodge, NJ. Walter was a man who expressed his opinion but never held a grudge. He was loved by his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy, at home; daughters, Noreen G. Saganski and husband Anthony of Springfield, NJ, Jayne Fiero and husband William of Walden, NY.; brother, Dr. Herbert Mueller of Walden; sister, Elizabeth LaVena of Endwell, NY.; grandchildren, Greg, Denise, Ashley and Dana; great-grandchildren, Sean and Owen; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews.

Walter was predeceased by his brother Fritz Mueller.

Cremation was in Cedar Hill Crematory.

Friends may make contributions in Walter’s memory the Walden Humane Society, 2489 Albany Post Road, Walden, NY 12586 or VA Hudson Valley Health Care System, 41 Castle Pt. Rd., Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 Attn: Vol. Service-in Memory of Walter-General Purpose.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, Walden.

Helen S. Palkovic

Helen S. Palkovic, a longtime area resident of New Windsor, entered into rest on February 17, 2015 at Elant in Newburgh. She was 85.

The daughter of the late Christian and Katherine Palkovic, Helen was born on January 23, 1930 in Newburgh.

Helen graduated from Newburgh Free Academy. She was an aspiring artist, a member of St. Francis Church and she was involved with Girl Scouting. She was a dedicated AT&T long distance telephone operator, assisting many customers with complicated overseas phone calls.

Helen is survived by her brothers Richard J. Palkovic of New Windsor and Robert A. Palkovic. Along with her parents, Helen was predeceased by her brother Bernard.

Nancy Riegen

Nancy Riegen died in her home near Walker Valley on February 14. She was 100.

Born Nancy Lucy Farrand in 1914, she spent her youth in England, with periods on the continent, where she worked in the libraries of the British Council. After the Second World War, she came to the United States to join her fiancé, the late Deric Riegen, whom she had met in his native Amsterdam. They married in Connecticut and spent most of their adult life in New York City, Deric working as a playwright and historian, and Nancy for many years as the librarian at the Spence School, and later a faithful volunteer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They bought their country property in Sullivan County in the 50s and moved permanently to this area when they both retired.

Their years together were marked by journeys throughout Europe, the Near East, Russia, and especially to Nancy’s beloved British Isles. Nancy loved hiking and the outdoors, and she loved books, especially poetry. While the Riegens pursued an extraordinary range of interests, they lived largely apart from the modern world.

They have placed their woodlands in the care of the Orange County Land Trust, so that they will remain undeveloped. Nancy and Deric are missed by family in Holland, by their neighbors, by the loving caregivers who remained with them for many years—Rene Bedford, Dorothy Bedford, Wanda Leach, and Gina Call—and by their daughter, Ava Jaunzems.

A memorial service was held Feb. 24 at the DeWitt Funeral Home, Pine Bush.

Harriet Richards

Harriet Richards, a resident of Beacon, NY formerly of Newburgh, entered into rest on February 18, 2015 at St. Luke’s Hospital. She was 88.

The daughter of the late Warren and Ida May (Smith) Roe, Harriet was born on November 30, 1926 in Newburgh. She was married in June of 1946 in Newburgh to the late Lewis Richards.

Harriet is survived by her loving daughters Mary Cullingham of Marlboro and Kathleen and her husband Karl Blohm of Inverness, FL; her siblings: Thelma Quick of Cohoes, NY and Willard Roe of Newburgh; her grandchildren: Lisa and her husband John Repke of Marlboro and Robert Laubenheimer of FL; her great-grandchildren: Jacob and Emma Repke of Marlboro along with Erika and Cody Laubenheimer of FL; her goddaughter Judy Quick Harris and several nieces and nephews.

Harriet was predeceased by her brother Wesley Roe.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 25; a funeral service will be held at 6:30 p.m. that evening at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh, NY 12550.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Harriet to the American Heart Association, 301 Manchester Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603, or call 485-4703.

Barbara A. Shepard

Barbara A. Shepard, 72, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

Barbara was born November 29, 1942 on Long Island, New York to Marguerite and Henry Thieleman.

Barbara married the love of her life, the late Robert J. Shepard, Jr. on July 28, 1962 and settled down in Highland, where they raised 2 sons, Robert and Gary.

Barbara began her teaching career as a substitute for the Highland Central School District. 14 years into this adventure, she was offered a full-time position as 4th grade teacher and served in this position for an additional 20 years. Although she received many accolades through the years, she preferred the looks on student’s faces when they would master a task in her classroom.

Barbara had many hobbies, but seemed to truly enjoy scrapbooking and making custom greeting cards for family and friends! She also loved spending time near the ocean and participating in Whale Watches.

Barbara was a tireless supporter of the Bob Shepard Highland Landing Park, visiting this “labor of love” as often as she could. She later joined the hard-working souls of the Highland Public Library Board, where she served until her passing.

Barbara was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Robert J. Shepard, Jr. She is survived by her brother, William “Bill” Thieleman, son Robert O. Shepard, his wife Deborah, grand-daughters Samantha and Ashley, her husband Dennis and two great-grand daughters Jazlynn and Daisy, grand-son Robert Douglas, son Gary W. Shepard, his wife Judy and grand sons Adam and Ryan.

The Shepard family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff of Hudson Valley Hospice for their helpful and caring manner during a very difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the Highland Public Library or the Bob Shepard Highland Landing Park in Barbara’s name.

Calling were held Friday, February 20 at the Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., Highland.
Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

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