April 15th, 2015

Pearl E. Bader

Pearl E. Bader of Circleville, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY surrounded by four generations of her family members. She was 81.

Pearl was born on January 17, 1934 to the late Edward Emmett Martin and Carolyn Mae York Martin in the Town of Wallkill. Pearl was an active family woman who worked at Rosenberg’s Hotel and retired from Circleville Elementary cafeteria management. She volunteered as a 4-H leader, and was especially proud of her involvement with the Town of Wallkill Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Pearl accessorized both herself and her home with impeccable holiday style. She was a warm and welcoming hostess who would never let anyone leave hungry. She will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered.

Survivors include her son John W. Bader (Major USAF Ret.) and his wife Joyce, Pennsylvania; daughter Linda J. Bader and her husband Michael Greene, Ohio; son Donald A. Bader and his wife Patricia, New York; grandchildren: Heather, Ashley, Sara and Emily; great grandchildren: Dylan and Nicholas; sister Carol; brothers John and Edward Martin as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, and the love of her life, John E. Bader, grandson Scott Christopher Bader, sisters Gloria, Ruth, Jeanette and brothers Walter, Harry and Paul.

Pearl’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the healthcare providers at Crystal Run, Valley View, Middletown Park Manor, and Orange Regional Medical Center. A special appreciation is extended to Pearl’s private healthcare aide, Nadine, who supported and cared for Pearl graciously. The compassionate care all of you provided to Pearl will never be forgotten and is truly appreciated.

Services were held April 12 at Millspaugh Funeral Home, Walden. Cremation will be privately held at Cedar Hill Crematory in Newburgh.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: PO Box 1000 Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908

Rolande Benedict

Rolande Benedict of Milton passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at home. Rolande was born on July 7, 1944 in Montreal, Canada. Rolande married Thomas L. Benedict.

Rolande was the Manager for Loring Coat in Newburgh, NY before her retirement in 1998.

Survivors include her husband Thomas at home, 2 sons Joseph Janeiro III and his wife Kimberly of Milton, Philip Janeiro and his wife Jeannette of Milton, 4 grandchildren; Joseph Janeiro IV, Philip Janeiro, Jr., Michael Janeiro and Elizabeth Janeiro.

Funeral services will be private.

Memorial donations can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association online at or by mail to Dutchess/Ulster Regional Office, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-4060.

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

Martha Brescia

Martha Therrien Brescia, 97, of Brookeville, Maryland, formerly a resident of Leisure World in Silver Spring, died on April 3, 2015 at her home at Marian Assisted Living. Born October 24, 1917 in Highgate, Vermont, she was one of the seven children of Leopold P. Therrien and Marie Leda (Tremblay) Therrien. The family lived on a farm in Swanton, Vermont, where they survived the Depression through their self-sufficiency.

Martha entered the convent of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit after her completion of high school, and as a novitiate was sent with 21 other young nuns to finish her training in France on the very eve of the German occupation of France. In September of 1942 the novitiates were taken prisoner and removed from the town of Vittel, to a hotel compound then used as a holding camp for other civilian prisoners including scores of European Jews waiting for removal to extermination camps. While held at the Vittel camp, Martha took care of young Jewish children, most of whom were later sent to Auschwitz. She and her colleagues were released in early 1944, pursuant to a prisoner exchange between the U.S. and Germany. Upon her return, Martha remained with the Order until 1969, when she left to teach math and physics in various high schools and colleges in the northeast. She had by then acquired a Bachelor’s degree from Annhurst College, and two Master’s degrees, one from the Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and the other from Brown University in Providence, R.I. After her departure from the Order, Martha married Dr. John Citandino in June 1978. After his death in 1982, she met Dr. James S. Brescia, a widower and retired family physician, and they married and lived in Deerfield Beach, Florida until Dr. Brescia’s death in November of 1995. After losing her beloved “Jim”, Martha moved to Maryland where she continued to live until her death. She was a devoted Catholic, a generous supporter of Catholic causes, an avid reader, and the author of several books, at least one of which was published.

Martha’s sisters Veronica, Clementina, Teresa, and Elizabeth, and her brother Patrick predeceased her. She is survived by her sister Priscilla T. Demers, of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; her brother John Oliver Therrien, a resident of Columbia, CT; and scores of nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. She is also survived by Dr. Brescia’s nephews and nieces, Dr. Cyrus Bacchi of Long Island, Stephen Brescia of Montgomery, Stacy Brescia-Spreer, of Montgomery, James Bacchi, and Rosemarie Bacchi.

A funeral was held at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church on the grounds of Leisure World, Silver Spring, MD on Friday, April 10 and internment was beside the grave of the late Dr. Brescia in Montgomery at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Ralph R. Canino

Ralph R. Canino, 91, of Highland entered eternal rest peacefully on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Wingate at Ulster in Highland.

He was born May 26, 1923 in Highland to Ralph and Rosa (Lupia) Canino. He was a lifelong resident of Highland, graduating from Highland High School. Prior to retirement he worked as a machinist for the Now Corporation, later joining the IBEW Local 363 as a journeyman electrician. Ralph was a WWII veteran, serving in the ArmyAir Corps. He was a member of the American Legion Post 193 in Highland, NY. On June 5, 1949, Ralph married the love of his life, Janet Amodeo, who survives him at home.

In addition to his loving wife he is survived by his sons David of Marlboro, Stephen of Highland and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He is predeceased by his son, Ralph Jr., brothers Dominick, Anthony, Gabriel, Joseph, Louis, Frank and sister, Jennie.

He enjoyed tending his vast garden and liked to provide his neighbors with vegetables. He and Janet traveled all over the world by sea and air during their many years together. Ralph’s family will be forever grateful to the staff at Wingate for the care they provided him during his stay there.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the school for autistic children, The Center for Spectrum Services, 70 Kukuk Ln., Kingston NY 12401.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, April 13 at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Highland. Burial was in Highland Cemetery with Military Honors.

Marvin L. Evans

Marvin L. Evans of Maybrook passed away on April 5, 2015 at his home. He was 75.

He was born on September 15, 1939 to Carl and Francis Moore Evans in Taylors, SC. Upon finishing high school in Taylors, he joined the US Air Force and eventually landed at Stewart Air Force Base in Newburgh. It was here he met and married his wife of 55 years, Marguerite N. Citriniti Evans.

Marvin loved this great community and got involved in it wholeheartedly, and this wonderful community took him in as one of their own. He loved traveling in his RV, golfing, fishing and trips with his senior citizens group. Marvin was a member of the Church of the Assumption in Maybrook, President of the Golden Links Senior Citizen Club in Maybrook, Past President of the Montgomery Kiwanis, Coach and President of the Maybrook Athletic Association including Little League. Marvin was a Utility Repairman for Ford Motor Co. in Mahwah, N.J. for over 21 yrs. He was Superintendent of Highways and Parks for the Village of Maybrook for over 20 years. He was also a Tractor Trailer Driving Instructor for BOCES Adult Education for over 19 years. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Marvin is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marguerite Evans at home; son, Michael J. Evans (Kathleen Henry) of Rock Hill; mother and father, Francis and Carl Evans of Williston, SC; father-in-law George Gillespie of Maybrook; brothers, Kenneth Evans of Williston, SC, Ron Evans of Sylmar, CA; sisters, Martha Greene of Easely SC, Linda Holland of Woodstock, GA; sister-in-law, Norma Manning of Montgomery; sister-in-law, Cheryl Evans of Easely S.C, brother-in-law, Warren Sanders of Middletown N.Y.; aunts, Frieda, Faye and Gladys; uncle, Joe all of Greenville S.C. and several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his brother Sam Evans.

A funeral service was held on Friday, April 10, at the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Montgomery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Maybrook Fire Department in Marvin’s name.

Giuseppina Pizzuto-Antinoro Favata

Giuseppina Pizzuto-Antinoro Favata, a 57-year resident of the Hudson Valley, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 7, 2015. She was 95.

Giuseppina was born in S. Stefano Quesquina, Sicily to Salvatore and Roselia Pizzuto-Antinoro. Zia Pina, as she was known to many, worked as a seamstress at V.S.D. Clothing Company in Newburgh.

She is survived by her children: Frances Little of Kerhonkson, N.Y., Alfredo Favata of Newburgh, and Alfonso Favata of Kerhonkson, N.Y.; her grandchildren: Peter Presti and his wife, Patty of Mastic, N.Y., Douglas Horton of Dallas, Texas, Lisa Clansey and her husband, Tom of Minisink, N.Y., BuffeyMaria Favata, Angelo Presti of Newburgh, Christian Favata and his wife, Kimberly of Kerhonkson, N.Y., Jonathan Favata and his wife, Hollie of Albany, N.Y.; her great-grandchildren: Peter and Teresa Presti, Dominique Gonzalez, Daniel, Sean, Colin Clancey, and her namesake, Josie Favata. Giuseppina was predeceased by her husband, Pietro and her children Salvatore and Teresa.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, 301 Ann Street, Newburgh, N.Y. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.

John Thomas Kennedy

Engineer, naval officer, inventor, public servant, swimming coach, philatelist, bridge aficionado, and devoted family historian, John T. (Jack) Kennedy, (92) formerly of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., died peacefully in his Fort Lauderdale home surrounded by loved ones on March 29, 2015.

Kennedy was born on June 11th 1922 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and grew up in Grafton, Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Michigan as an engineer and was a Navy Lieutenant in the Pacific Arena during WWII.

Jack Kennedy was the plant manager of Wire-O Corporation in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. for over 30 years. There he was also active in public service and politics, serving as alderman, mayor and the Sealer of Weights & Measures.
Additionally, he was well known for his years of volunteer service coaching, helping hundreds of young people participate in the sport of swimming and while doing so, learning essential life skills, grounded in kindness and teamwork. In all these endeavors and many others he was highly respected as a man of integrity.

Jack Kennedy was married to his wife, Mary E. O’Connor, of Yonkers, N.Y. for 52 years and they had eight children – Patricia, Margaret, Elizabeth, Barbara, John, Carol, Edward, and Robert. After his wife’s death he later married Mary E. (Hmielewski) Kennedy, of Fort Lauderdale, adding her seven grown children to his loving family.

His wife, Mary, a brother, David Kennedy of Centreville, Massachusetts and a sister, Genevieve O’Connor, of Fort Collins, Colorado, as well as eight children, seven stepchildren, 10 grandchildren, 18 step-grandchildren, and nineteen great-grandchildren survive Kennedy. Locally, he is survived by his son Coach Ed Kennedy, his daughter-in-law Debbie Kennedy, and his grandchildren, Kyle Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, and Johnny Kennedy.

There will be a viewing at Torsone Funeral Home, 218 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie, on April 17 from 4 – 7 p.m. There will be a service at Torsone Funeral Home on Saturday, April 18th, from 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The burial will be at the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, 342 South Avenue, Poughkeepsie from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. A luncheon will follow from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Italian Center, 227 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie. Flowers or plants may be sent to Torsone’s; or donations may be made in memory of Jack Kennedy to Hospice, at

Francis H. LeFort

Francis H. LeFort of Marlboro, a Foreman for Ira Conklin & Son, and a resident of the area died Sunday, April 12, 2015, in Marlboro. He was 86.

The son of the late Francis and Julie LeFort, he was born September 14, 1928 in LeHavre, France.

He served in the US Army as a Sergeant.

He was a member of Post 521 American Legion, Montgomery and the Coldenham Fire Dept.

Survivors include his wife, Jean, at home, daughter Debby Puchalski and her husband Brian of Marlboro; daughter Donna DeGraw McGill of Molena, GA; son Frank LeFort and his wife Joy of Walden; daughter Yvette Sullivan and her husband James of Marlboro; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister Evelyn Black.

A family statement: “Frank was a selfless man who always put others before himself. He truly enjoyed the simple things in life. First and foremost, he loved spending time with his family and friends. He took great pride in his woodworking ability, creating so many beautiful replicas and models. His love for nature and the outdoors kept him busy tending to his garden and reveling in all that nature has to offer. Frank was not a man of many words, he allowed his actions to give voice to his being. He believed that by showing others respect that all of one’s needs would be met. His insatiable love of learning was inspiring. He infused his knowledge and good humor into the various stories he shared with so many, making him such great company.”

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Millspaugh Funeral Home, 22 Bank St., Walden. Burial will be in St Mary’s Cemetery in Montgomery.

Robert A. McGraw Sr

Robert A. McGraw Sr. of Pine Bush, a retired Automotive Painter with Ford Motor Company and a longtime resident of the area, passed away at his home on Tuesday April 7, 2015. He was 74.

The son of the late Anthony F. McGraw and Geraldine C. Crabb McGraw, he was born on December 3, 1940 in Dallas, Texas. A Veteran of the Vietnam War, Robert served his country in the United States Marine Corps. Survivors include his sons, Lawrence McGraw and his wife Bernadette of Pine Bush, Robert A. McGraw Jr. and his wife Dana of Pine Bush, and Lance A. McGraw and wife Nancy of Walker Valley; grandchildren, Nichole Torchio, Justin McGraw, Tyler McGraw, Ariel McGraw, and Meagan McGraw; and one great-grandchild, Aria McGraw.

Interment of ashes will take place at Wallkill Cemetery at the convenience of the family with full military honors. Arrangements entrusted to the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc.

Frank H Shearer

Frank H. Shearer of Walden died Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Newburgh, following a short illness. He was 94.

The son of the late Frank and Angela Manzer Shearer, he was born August 22, 1920 in Newburgh. Along with his father, Frank Shearer, Sr., he owned and operated Shearer’s Nursery in Walden for more than 50 years. Frank was also a proud Marine Corps veteran who served in WWII, and was a member of the Walden United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Theresa Reynolds Shearer; two daughters, Terry Fuller of New Paltz and Susan Wren of Beaufort, SC; six grandchildren, Robert, Jennifer and Kimberly Fuller, and Jim, Andrew and Caitlin Knapp; and four great-grandchildren, Allie, Ella, Alexis and Elizabeth.

A graveside service was held, April 11 at the Wallkill Valley Cemetery, with Rev. James Van Houten officiating
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to The Salvation Army ( or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66657.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Christine Pickett

Christine Pickett of Newburgh entered into rest on April 6, 2015 at the age of 90.

Christine was the beloved daughter of the late Heinrich and Maria Meier Schneider, born on July 6, 1924 in Germany. She was the widow of the late William Pickett.

Christine was a loving foster mother and touched the lives of many children.

She is survived by two sons, Kurt Schneider of Germany, Steven Pickett of Albany, two daughters, Shirley Pickett of Newburgh and Doris Venzke of Albany, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Friday, April 10, at Crossroads Assembly of God Church, 7 D’Alfonso Road, Newburgh.
Arrangements are under the care of Doulin Newburgh Funeral Home Inc.

Marlene N. Sloboda

Marlene N. Sloboda, a lifelong resident of Newburgh, died at home surrounded by her loving family, on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. She was 73.

The daughter of the late Julius and Alice (Rahemba) Toth, she was born on December 11, 1941.

Marlene was a graduate of NFA in 1959. She was a lifelong member of Moulton Memorial Baptist Church where she was married on September 17, 1960 to the late Edward F. Sloboda, the love of her life. She was always speaking of the love she had for the Lord, as her grandfather, a Baptist Minister, did (whom she admired dearly).
Marlene was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, who will be missed by all.

Marlene is survived by her children: Sheri Sloboda, Debra and her husband Dwayne Handley; her siblings: Beverly and her husband Steve Juracek, Lois and her husband Paul Gagliardi; her grandchildren: Meghan and her husband Christopher Esposito, Jillian Handley, Nichole Handley and her fiance Thomas Joyce and James Handley; her great-grandchild Paul A. Esposito; her nieces and nephews: Alicia Juracek, Stephen Juracek, Lori Gagliardi, Jamie and her husband Gabe O’Connell; her great-nieces and nephews: Kaylee Juracek, Ryan and his wife Tasha Juracek, Ella, Grace and Juliet O’Connell, along with many friends.

Private services were held at Brooks Funeral Home, Newburgh, with a private burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh, NY with immediate family and friends.

Walter Staples

Walter Staples of Newburgh entered into rest on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the age of 75. Walter was born on June 2, 1939 to the late John and Edith Palmitier Staples. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving from 1963 to 1965. Walter retired from Clegg Brothers Overhead Doors.

Walter is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Monday, April 13, at Orange County Veterans Cemetery, Goshen.

Maria L. Suazo

Maria L. Suazo of Walden entered into rest Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the age of 85.

Maria was born on August 11, 1929 in Honduras, CA to the late Santos and Maria Zeron.

She is survived by two daughters, Olga Velez and Yadira Suazo of Walden, three grandchildren, Angel, Jason, and Cristina, five great-grandchildren, Alexis, Anthony, Jason Jr., Rocco, and Mare’a. She was pre-deceased by her husband Mariano Suazo and a son, Jorge.

A Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, April 14, in St. Patrick’s Church, Grand Street, Newburgh. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.

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

Charlotte Werber

Charlotte Werber of New Windsor entered into rest on Tuesday, April 7 at the age of 86.

Charlotte was the beloved daughter of the late Albert and Fanny Siegler Laroff. She was born on September 10, 1928 in Newburgh. Charlotte was the widow of the late Philip Werber who pre-deceased her in 1978.

She was a retired supervisor for the N.Y.S. Department of Motor Vehicles, Newburgh Office.

Charlotte is survived by two daughters, Barbara Schneiderman of Long Island and Bev Bates and her husband Ed of Walden, three grandchildren, Jessica, Teri and Aryn, five great-grandchildren, Isabelle, A.J., Jacob, Sage and Desmond.

A funeral service was held Friday, April 10, at Doulin Newburgh Funeral Home Inc. Cremation was in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

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

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