January 28th, 2015

John Vincent Allessandro

John Vincent Allessandro of the Town of Newburgh, a retired butcher and 50-year resident of the area, peacefully entered into rest on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at home with his adoring family by his side. He was 64.

Son of the late Michael and Gertrude (Sorice) Allessandro, he was born July 31, 1950 in Queens, NY. He married his loving wife Patricia on May 20, 1973. Patricia survives at home.

John was a beloved and dedicated family man and a great friend to many. He was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed coaching baseball and watching the New York Rangers. He was an avid bass fisherman and proud long-time member of the Orange Lake Fish & Game Association. His most precious moments were shared with his wife, children, and especially his grandchildren. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia, at home; his daughter, Michele Walsh and her husband Adam, and his son, Michael Allessandro and his wife Alyssa, all of the Town of Newburgh; his sister, Felice Gambino and her husband Robert of New Windsor; grandchildren, Maya and Gianna Allessandro and AJ Walsh; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, January 29 at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 30 at Brooks Funeral Home, with Father William Scafidi officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.

Memorial donations in honor of John may be sent to American Brain Tumor Assn., 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Ste 550, Chicago, IL 60631, or online at

Valentino L. Arcuri

Valentino L. Arcuri of the Town of Newburgh, the retired owner of Floors Unlimited in Mahopac, New York entered into rest Thursday, January 22, 2015. He was 91.

Valentino was born December 10, 1923 in Mt. Vernon, NY.

He proudly served his country during World War II in the Army Air Corps. Valentino was a member of Union Presbyterian Church, the chaplain of VFW Post 1161 and the Newburgh Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 70 years, Doris Briggs Arcuri at home, sons: Dr. Michael Arcuri of California, Wayne Arcuri and his wife, Denise of North Carolina, Gerald Arcuri and his companion, Audrey West of Maryland, David Arcuri and his wife, Rosemarie of the Town of Newburgh; brother, Mauro Magliocchino and his wife, Pat of Thornwood, NY; nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitation for family and friends will take place from 10 to 11 a.m., Thursday, January 29 at Union Presbyterian Church, 44 Balmville Road, Newburgh, NY. Funeral service will commence 11 a.m. at the church. Rev. Dave Mason will officiate. Cremation will follow the service at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Valentino’s memory to VA Hudson Valley Health Care, Volunteer Dept., 41 Castle Point Rd., Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 or to Union Presbyterian Church, 44 Balmville Rd., Newburgh, NY 12550.

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

Henry Betancourt

On January 21, 2015, Henry Betancourt was reunited with his devoted wife, Anna in Heaven. Henry was born in Marti Matanzas, Cuba on July 15, 1926, to Diego and Matilda Betancourt. He was 88.

He is predeceased by his parents, eight brothers and one sister, Caridad Cano, and favorite sister-in-law, Elsie Louzao. His wife, Anna, passed in 2012.

Henry is survived by his daughter, Joyce and her husband, Lee Zawistowski and son, John Betancourt, of Newburgh, NY. Included in his extended family are Bonnie Noyes of Contoocook, NH and Sandy and Perry Fisher of Newburgh, NY who were loved as if they were his own children. Henry had numerous nieces and nephews. He loved his dogs, BaileyBelle and DarbyGrace who brought him much comfort.

He was always proud of his Cuban heritage, but was grateful to be an American citizen. He intrigued many with his undistinguishable accent. Henry was very involved in The First Baptist Church of Newburgh, as treasurer and deacon for many years.

He was employed by Duvernoy Bakery in Mount Vernon, Lloyds Bakery in Newburgh and ended his career as a baker at West Point Academy. He was known for the wonderful treats that came from his own kitchen, especially his flan.
Henry loved people and was known for his gift of gab. Everyone who visited with him walked away with a smile. It always gave him great joy to be able to help others. He was our go-to-guy!

Funeral services were held January 24th at the Leptondale Bible Church, with Rev. Bruce Baker officiating. Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Many thanks go to the staff at Elant of Meadow Hill for the tender care given to Henry these last few weeks.

Henry appreciated the care given to his wife, Anna, by Hospice. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in Anna and Henry’s memory to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, New York 12550.

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

Muriel R. Buchalter

Muriel R. Buchalter of Pompano Beach, FL, formerly of Walden, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on January 23, 2015, at home. She was 84.

The daughter of the late Dominic and Maria Spadoni, she was born November 20, 1930 in Jamaica, Queens.

Muriel was a loving, caring mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great- grandmother and friend. She shared a very special bond with her twin sister Margie. She was the matriarch of the family, knowing at all times what each family member was up to. She was fondly referred to as “Aunt Bunny” by her nieces and nephews. She showed her love by making handmade gifts such as scarves and pocketbooks. She loved to travel, often going to Colorado to visit her son and his family in Colorado Springs and spending the summers in NY with her son, daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.

Muriel is survived by her former husband, David Buchalter of Walden, her daughter Maurene Dobens and her husband Jeffrey of Maybrook, her son Dr. Gregory Buchalter and his wife Connie of Colorado Springs, CO, and her son Scott and his wife Dori of Wallkill; eight grandchildren, Jessica Ronaldson and her husband Al who she affectionately referred to as “Baby Jesus”, Brian Dobens, Jennifer Dobens, Allison, Ryan and Cameron Buchalter and Benjamin and Bryce Buchalter and three great-grandchildren, AJ, Ava and Luke. Her beloved twin Margie Vanek and sister Hesperia Rabetsky of Light House Pt., FL, several nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents and sister Harriette Barbuto.

A Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, Rt. 17K, Bullville, NY.

Burial will be in St Mary’s Cemetery in Montgomery, NY.

A Celebration of Life will follow at Goodwill Church in Montgomery at 1 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange, 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Margaret “Margie” Cardella

Margaret “Margie” Cardella, a lifelong resident of Newburgh, NY, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, January 24, 2015. She was 91.

The daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Durso) Cardella, she was born on April 28, 1923.

Margie was a retired Seamstress for Tovacs. She belonged to the Town of Newburgh Rec Senior Center, and loved to play lotto and spend time with family. Her homemade cookies were a loved family tradition that will live on.

Margie is survived by her sisters Ann Vernooy and Victoria Brandgaccio; her niece Barbara Figurski; her great-niece and caregiver Allison Davenport; her special friends Josanne Golden and Susan Lepski; and many other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Margaret was predeceased by her siblings Anthony Cardella, Pauline Clinton, Josephine Amoroso and Philamena Ciccarelli; her brothers-in-law Kenneth Vernooy, Donald Clinton, Nick Ciccarelli, John Brandgaccio and Michael Amoroso; and her nephew Jeffrey Vernooy.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28 at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. A service will be held at Brooks Funeral Home on Thursday, January 29 at 10 a.m., with burial following in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.

Robert Carr

Robert Carr, (Bob, Bobby, Uncle Tommy) a retired Truck Driver for the Wakefern Food Corporation and longtime resident of the area, passed away on Friday, January 16, 2015. He was 71 years old. The son of the late Frank and Lillian Carr, Bob was born on November 21, 1943 in the Hamlet of Wallkill, on the Borden Farm.

He is survived by: his daughters Dottie Spears and son-in- law LeRoy of Wallkill, and Michele Scholl and son-in-law John of Thompson Ridge, grandsons LeRoy II and his wife Jackie, Robert and Christopher Spears and Luke Scholl, great- grandchildren LeRoy III and Patsy Spears, sisters Sarah Elliott and brother-in-law Jim of Pine Bush and Mary O’Donnell of Pine Bush, 6 nieces, 13 nephews, 14 great-nieces, 11 great-nephews, 4 great-great-nieces, 9 great-great-nephews, and his companion Johnny, a black Lab.

Bob was predeceased by his wife, Patsy J. Carr in August of 2010, brothers John, Clarence, Ervin (Eddie), and Everett (Jack), sister Elizabeth (Betty) Doviak, brothers-in-law Greg O’Donnell and Andy Doviak, sisters-in-law Ruth (Layton), Lynn (Coykendall) and Catherine (Croke), nephews Michael and Dennis Carr, and niece Jacqueline Carr.

Bob’s family wishes to thank Jeanine from Hospice for the care and compassion she showed to him during his time of need.

Funeral services were held Saturday January 23, at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc., with Pastor Howie Dalton officiating. Burial will follow beside his wife at the North Hardyston Cemetery in Hamburg, NJ.

Memorial contributions can be made in Robert’s name to Hollywood Dog Rescue, 11 Stella Lane, Pine Bush, NY 12566.

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

Madlyn Chessari

Madlyn Chessari, 84, of Pine Bush, passed away on Friday, January 23, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. She was 84.

Madlyn was born in Newburgh, on January 7, 1931 to Violetta and Louis Oliva and was married to Joseph Chessari in 1950. Maddie, as she was always called, worked as a homemaker, taking great pride in caring for her family. Everyone will remember her famous cheesecake, her great passion for the New York Giants and watching her granddaughter play softball, for the Pine Bush Women’s Softball League. Her love for her animals was never ending!

Madlyn is survived by her daughter, Joann Brosnan, at home, granddaughter Toni Lynn Brosnan and her wife Lexi, of Pine Bush, grandson, Michael Brosnan of Portland, Oregon, nieces and nephews, John Chessari and Ellen Vandermark of Pine Bush; Anthony Chessari of Barryville, Michael Chessari of Paoli, Kansas, Joseph Chessari of Kingston, Amy Shaver of Florida, Rita McGuckin, of Myrtle Beach, and Mark Oliva of Cornwall. Also, many great-nieces, nephews, cousins and her beloved cat Skippy and dogs, Saddie, Colby and Penny.

Madlyn is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Chessari, her parents, Violetta and Louis Oliva and her brother, Louis Oliva Jr.

A special thank you to Pauline from Mid Hudson Managed Care and Carrie Averill for taking such good care of Maddie, your love and kindness will never be forgotten.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday January 28, 2015 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc. Burlingham Road, Pine Bush. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 8:30 pm. Cremation will be private and at the convenience of the family. Burial of ashes will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Montgomery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Hospice of Orange County and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh 12550.

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

Marian E. Davis

Marian E. Davis of Marlboro passed away at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie on Monday, January 19, 2015 after a lifetime of fun. She was born in the Bronx on January 14, 1929, the daughter of the late Ernst & Emma von Holten. Marian was 86.

Survivors include her only daughter Barbara E. Haywood and her husband Lewis of Highland, her only grandson Matthew Haywood and his wife Heidi of Las Vegas, NV, and her great-grandson Tucker Haywood. Also survived by nieces Penny Whalen and her husband George, Sherry Hawley and her husband Bob, Jill Williams and her husband Frank and Jacqueline Seale. One nephew Timothy Hawley and his wife Mary Lou. Also many great-and great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband David H. Davis, her only brother Herman von Holten and sister-in-law Betty, and her beloved sister Anna Hawley and brother in-law Roy.

Calling hours will be held on Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the DiDonato Funeral Home, 1290 Route 9W, Marlboro.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Middle Hope.

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

John Kedzie Jacobs

John Kedzie Jacobs of Highland died peacefully at home on January 15, 2015. He was 96.

John Jacobs was born in New Paltz, New York, on Huguenot Street, April 5, 1918. The youngest of three children, he lived on the farm in Highland with his parents Edward Clarence Jacobs and Bertha Deyo Jacobs, his brother Edward Deyo and his sister Elizabeth (Dedi). He attended the one-room schoolhouse in Highland and Highland High School and went to Antioch College in 1936. After Antioch, John lived on 57th St. in Manhattan and briefly joined the William Esty Advertising Agency where he worked on the infamous “More Doctors Smoke Camels” campaign. He traveled the country for Gallup in 1940, polling for the Roosevelt/Wilkie election. When World War II came he enlisted initially as a conscientious objector, but after Pearl Harbor decided to join the Army Air Corps. He was stationed in the Pacific and was responsible for setting up air fields as the Allied forces fought their way from island to island. He was discharged in 1944 as a Captain and returned to civilian life in New York.

After the war John lived in Greenwich Village, attended Columbia Law School for one year, and then wrote political commentary for the Voice of America. In 1952 he married Katia Altschuller and they lived in the Rhinelander Apartments on 11th Street in the Village. In 1954 John Kedzie Jr. was born, and they moved to Washington D.C., where John Sr. edited AMERIKA magazine, a United States Information Agency publication with wide distribution in the Soviet Union. In 1959 Jacobs was Press Officer for the American National Exhibition in Moscow, and was present at the Kitchen Debate between President Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. In 1967 he published his first book, “Against All Odds,” a collection of some of the greatest escapes in history.

Nell, Lucia and Kate were born in Alexandria, Virginia where the family lived (in the community of Tauxemont) until moving to Vienna, Austria, In 1970. In Vienna, John headed the USIA Regional Projects Office, sending American artists and exhibitions throughout the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The family returned to Tauxemont in 1976 and John continued as Director of the Arts America program for the USIA, sending exhibitions all around the world. During the course of his career John traveled widely in Russia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

After retiring in 1983, John and Katia moved back to the farm he had grown up on, in Highland. He served on the Planning Board for the Town of Lloyd, on the Wallkill Valley Land Trust, and helped establish the Phillies Bridge Farm Project in Gardiner. He spent many years researching and writing a book about his brother Edward Deyo, an artist who fought and died in the Spanish Civil War as a member of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. “Stranger in the Attic: Finding a Lost Brother through His Letters Home” was published in 2013. John loved horses, dogs and cars. He was a revered editor and a masterful writer — memoir, stories, speeches, eulogies, letters (both personal and editorial), and emails. He loved opera, Wagner in particular.

John was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will be missed by his family — wife Katia of Highland; son John K. Jacobs Jr. and his wife Mary Jacobs of Silver Spring, MD; daughter Nell Imperial and her husband Bill Imperial of Highland; daughter Lucia Jacobs of Berkeley, CA; daughter Kate Jacobs and her husband Tom Horan of Hoboken, NJ; grandchildren Eliza Jacobs, Corrina Jacobs, Kameko Jacobs, Nicholas Imperial, Katherine Imperial, Edward Horan, and Thomas Horan.

Donations in John’s name can be made to the American Friends Service Committee

Howard R. Johnsen, Jr.

Howard R. Johnsen, Jr. of Staten Island, NY, a retired NYC Sanitation worker, passed away on January 19, 2015 at Staten Island Hospital. He was 67.

The son of the late Howard R. Sr. and Sylvia Swanson Johnsen, he was born on July 27, 1947 on Staten Island. He was of Norwegian descent.

Howard served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He was an avid outdoorsman, who loved to hunt, fish and canoe. Animals were a big part of Howard’s life and he loved them all.

Survivors include: sisters, Lois Barringer and her husband, Cliff of Walden and Cynthia Marlow and her husband, Peter of Staatsburg; brothers, Robert Johnsen and his wife, Sharon of Cornwall and Kenneth Johnsen and his wife, Ellen of Parsippany, NJ; nieces and nephews: Dominic, Melissa, Kenneth, Michael, David, Katie, Chris, Jake, Kelsey, Samantha, Elyse and Bryan. Also great-nieces and nephews: Daemon, Michael, Madison, Dominic, Nicholas, Isabella, Gianna, Alivia, Kevin and Ava.

He was predeceased by his sister, Anne Bonasio and nephew, Kenneth, Jr.

Funeral services were held at Casey McCallum-Rice South Shore Funeral Home in Staten Island, NY.

Interment took place in Wallkill Valley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be made to the Walden Humane Society, PO box 135, Walden, NY 12586 in Howard’s memory.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Louis Molfese

Louis Molfese, a long-time resident of New Windsor, New York, passed away on January 24, 2015 at the age of 88.

Louis was a World War II Navy Veteran and retired American Airlines employee. He is survived by his sons John Molfese (wife Doreen Molfese) of Newburgh and Joseph Molfese of the Bronx; and granddaughter Karen Molfese (fiancé Daniel Otto) of Newburgh. Louis is predeceased by his wife Lucy Molfese.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28 at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 29 in St. Joseph’s Church, New Windsor, with burial following in St. Raymond’s Cemetery, Bronx, NY.

James A. Moss

James A. Moss of Newburgh, retired publisher of the Times Herald-Record, died Jan 20 after a lengthy battle with throat cancer. He was 72.

Mr. Moss was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia and graduated from The American University in Washington, D.C. in 1967 with majors in government and public administration.. He was director of advertising for Black Enterprise magazine in New York City. He then moved to Knight-Ridder Newspaper Sales as vice president and classified advertising director. He served as publisher of the Times Herald-Record from 1996 to 2006 and was among the first African Americans to run a major daily newspaper. He also served as Chairman of the Times Herald-Record and Chief Franchise Officer for Ottaway Media Group, Inc.

Following retirement from Ottaway, he launched and operated Christine’s Restaurant on Broadway, Newburgh.

Mr. Moss has served on the boards of Orange County United Way, New York State United Way, Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress, Habitat for Humanity, Orange County Citizens Foundation and was a founding member of the Community Foundation of Orange County. More recently, he served on the boards of Safe Harbors on the Hudson, Gateway to Entreprenurial Tomorrows and as a founding board member of the Newburgh Business and Professional Association.
He is survived by his former wife, Anne Palmer, by his three children, Kelsey, Brad, and Gregory Moss Whitehead, and his brother, Reginald Moss.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 31 at Safe Harbors, 111 Broadway, Newburgh.

Michael ‘Mickey’ J. Presutti Sr

Michael “Mickey” J. Presutti Sr., of Newburgh, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, entered into rest on Thursday, January 22, 2015. He was 77.

Son of the late Vincent J. and Rose (Mancuso) Presutti, he was born April 11, 1937 in Newburgh. He married Teresa (D’Angelo) Presutti on April 25, 1959 in Sacred Heart Church, Newburgh. Teresa survives at home.

Michael proudly served his country in the US Army and the National Guard. He was a member of Catholic War Veterans, AFSCME, The Order of United Commercial Travelers of America, former member of Black Rock Fish & Game Club and S.O.U.R.S. Flying Club.

Michael had multiple talents and interests, from his mechanical abilities to his keen creative musical talents. He was also a tremendous cook and host, and an avid hunter and camper. He left us with priceless memories of family events, from the famous “New Year’s Day” homemade pasta gatherings, 4th of July events, and super “Super Bowl Parties”. He had a unique knack to make everyone feel at home with his hospitality. We will miss those times, but treasure the memories and only hope that we can keep the traditions going.

Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Teresa; his children, Michael Presutti and wife Paula of Marlboro and their son Nicholas, Michelle Cirigliano and husband John of Newburgh and their children Angelia, Elizabeth, Tara, Danny and Kari, Mark Presutti and fiance Tammy Popowick of Wallkill and Mark’s children Kevin and Jarrett; his brothers, Vincent and wife Deanna of Florida, Felix of Wallkill, and Donald and his wife Doris of Newburgh; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. He was predeceased by his sister, Rose Moresco and his brother, Joseph Presutti.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, January 26 in Sacred Heart Church, Newburgh, with burial following in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.

Grace Truncale Rappa

Grace Truncale Rappa entered into rest on January 20, 2015 at Kaplan Family Hospice Residence with her family by her side. She was 88.

The daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine (Sala) Truncale, she was born on March 12, 1926 in Marlboro, NY. She married Anthony Rappa in St. Mary’s Church in Marlboro on October 27, 1946.

Grace is survived by her loving husband Anthony; her children: Mary Ellen Cowles and her husband Donald of Pleasant Valley, NY, Peter Rappa and wife Kathleen of Newburgh, NY; her siblings: Lillian Porco, Vito Truncale, brother-in-law Joseph Rappa and his wife Judy, sister-in-Law Ann Desmond and her husband Leo, and sister-in-law Adrian Rappa; her grandchildren: Rachel Ferrana and her husband Lucas, Lisa Rappa, Gina Rappa, and Lauren Correa and her husband Victor; and her great grandchildren: Abrielle, Alana, Sienna, and Victor; and many nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, Grace, was predeceased by her sisters Mary Truncali, Josephine Truncale, and Rose Buttafiori.

Grace was a loving wife and mother and loved to cook and bake for her family. She was devoted to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and was a blessing to all who knew her. She was a founding member of Beautiful Gate Fellowship which became Hudson Valley Christian Church in Newburgh. She was very active in the church for 40 years and hosted many Bible Study and prayer meetings at her home

A service was held at Brooks Funeral Home on Friday, January, with burial following in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh.

Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to Hudson Valley Christian Church 100 Grand Street Newburgh, NY.

Stewart Homer Stephens

Stewart H Stephens, 88, of Emerson Rd, Durham,NH, formerly of Walden, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 at Portsmouth Hospital after an illness of three weeks, surrounded by his family.

Stewart was born in Goshen on Dec. 13, 1926, the son of Dr. Homer and Mrs. Alida Stephens of Walden. He grew up in Walden, attending Walden schools and graduating from Walden High School in 1944. Stewart was a proud member of the Walden High football team. He was active in Scouting, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, and was later involved in Scout leadership, where he really liked passing on life skills to the boys in his circle.

Stewart enlisted in the Navy in December of 1944. After the war, following the family tradition, he attended Union College in Schenectady, NY, and graduated in the class of 1950 with a B.S. degree. (He had some pretty funny stories about fruit-fly genetic research in the 1940s.) While attending Union College, he became a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity, developed life-long friendships and always spoke well of the influence of the fraternity on his life.

Stewart worked in several fields before settling on business computer systems in the 1960s. He was employed in that field with Orange County government in Goshen, NY in the early 70s, and later by Empire National Bank in Newburgh. Upon moving to New Hampshire in 1980, he finished his computer career with Liberty Mutual in Portsmouth, retiring in 1992.

Stewart was a long–time member of the Iroquois Hunting and Fishing Club, and enjoyed many happy times at the Stephens family ‘camp’ in Sullivan County, NY, even after the move to NH.

Stewart was interested in many things, especially history, and was a charter member of the Walden Historical Society. He loved stone walls, working in his basement wood shop and sailing in Maine. He enjoyed travel (his immediate response was always “I’ll go”), and after retirement lived for 3 years in Europe, where he collected his baguette each morning and helped the shop owners who wanted to practice their English.

After retirement, he discovered collecting and restoring antique electric fans with his buddy Dennis, and they enjoyed many excursions to yard sales and auctions hunting forgotten brass-bladed fans.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Havrilla Stephens of Durham; stepsons (of whom he was very proud) Josh Terrell and his wife Kaija Jones of Seattle, WA, and Adam Terrell of Newmarket, NH; by his sister Lucile Stephens Jones of Wappingers Falls, NY, niece Susan Wynn of New Paltz, and nephew Joel Kling, his wife Genell and grand-nephew Dylan of Lake Mary, FL.

The family will receive well-wishers at home in Durham, NH on Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 from 1 to 4 p.m. Visitation from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Millspaugh Funeral Home, 22 Bank St., Walden, NY 12586. Remembrances from family and friends will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the New Paltz Rural Cemetery, New Paltz.

Flowers are acceptable; alternatively, contributions in Stewart’s memory may be made to the Walden Historical Society, PO Box 48, Walden, NY 12586.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Robert Sullivan

Robert Sullivan, 51, of Newburgh, Philadelphia, PA, and Sevierville TN, passed away on January 23, 2015, after a 9-month battle with cerebral lymphoma.

Robert is the loving son of Patricia and William (deceased 1992), and brother of Paul, Brian (deceased 1986), Timothy and Jeanne Mignola. Robert’s adoring niece and nephews include Owen Mignola; Analiya, Liam and Brian Sullivan.

Robert was an outgoing, insanely personable and witty individual who shined a light on everyone he knew. Growing up in NY as Robbie, Robert played guitar in punk band US Distress in the mid 1980’s. Robert moved to Philadelphia, PA, with gal pal Lisa Metzger in 1986 where he lived for the most part of 25 years. Well known as Robert in restaurant, nightclub and property management industries, he made countless friends who can tell tales of their antics together in Center City, Philadelphia. Robert moved to Sevierville TN in 2009 where he worked for the Hilton and Westgate travel and tourism businesses.

Robert’s exuberant, magnetic personality garnered an abundance of friends in many places throughout the years. Robert was a true music and reality television lover who loved movies, fitness, writing, laughing, and fawning over his niece and nephews, as well as many loving cousins, and as the ever-loving Uncle Bebop to Declan and Zoe Zisser of Philadelphia.

Friends and family are encouraged to remember, laugh, smile and share stories about this dear, wonderful man, whose life was cut far too short. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, January 29 at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 30 in St. Patrick’s Church, Newburgh, with burial following in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations sent in Robert’s honor to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (NY, NY) or the Matthew Shepard Foundation (

David J. Tarshis

David J. Tarshis of Montgomery, a retired Logistics Manager for American Specialties, Inc., Yonkers and a 40-year resident of the area, died January 22, 2015, at Westchester Medical Center. He was 69.

The son of the late Henry and Hilda Tarshis, he was born October 1, 1945 in Featherstone, England.

David emigrated to the U.S. by sea on the Queen Mary via Ellis Island in April of 1946, grew up in New York City and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather who loved fishing, bowling and collecting coins.

Survivors include his wife Stephanie at home; daughter Denise Greer and her husband Allen of Walker Valley; son Michael Tarshis and his wife Laura of Walker Valley; daughter Leah Tarshis of Covington, Louisiana; six grandchildren Dustin, Dylan, Tyler, Cody, Tanner and Brooke; brother Jessie Tarshis of Montrose, Colorado; sister Leah Hartman and her husband Bruce of Miami, FL.

Services will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 418 Broadway, 1st Floor, Albany, NY 12207.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Dorothy Williams

Dorothy Williams of Wallkill, formerly of South Fallsburg, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, January 23, 2015. She was 75.

The daughter of the late Rocco and Mary C. Pecella Viviano, she was born July 14, 1939 in Tarrytown, NY.

Dorothy was the owner/operator of the Village Inn Restaurant in South Fallsburg. She was a member of the Fallsburg Fire Department as a volunteer Fire Police.

She loved spending time with her family, her beloved cat Samantha and her horse Thunder. On warm sunny days she enjoyed sitting on her bench feeding the birds while watching the deer in the nearby fields. She always wore a smile and enjoyed talking and sharing a laugh with anyone who stopped by.

Survivors include her daughters Debra L. Davidson and her husband Charles of Walden, Deidre Kuhl of Montgomery and Donna Kuhl of Walden, grandchildren Anamarie Davidson and Charles Davidson II.
She was predeceased by her son Karl Henry Kuhl.

As per Dorothy’s wishes, services will be held privately by the family.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

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