Obituaries

October 29th, 2014

Maurice Ashley

Maurice Annis Ashley of Walden, passed away on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 in Montgomery. He was 94.

Maurice was affectionately known as Ash by his friends and colleagues. His great sense of humor never left him, staying with him until his death.

Ash was a skilled machinist and was employed for many years as an auto mechanic and spent time maintaining machinery at a paper mill. Whenever there was a problem or a machine that no one else could handle, someone would always call out for Ashley and the next thing you knew it was running smoothly. He later went on to work at Yellow Freight before retiring.

Unbeknownst to many, Ashley housed a Vietnamese family and helped them settle into our community. He did this out of the generosity of his heart.

Ashley was a lifelong member of the VFW and spent his war years in some exotic locations including Iceland. He was with the 9th Air Force as a counter radar operator. He spent D-day off the shore of Normandy aboard a ship doing his duty.

Although no known relatives survive him, Ash will be greatly missed by the many neighbors, friends and acquaintances he touched emotionally.

He was the widower of Margaret Ashley and Mary Ida Ashley.

He was predeceased by three brothers, Herman, Calvin and Warren.

Graveside services will be held at a later date at Wallkill Valley Cemetery in Walden, NY.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shrines Hospitals for Children Burn Unit, Office of Development, RPoint Dr. Tampa, FL 33607.

Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Claire M. Bivona

Claire M. Bivona, affectionately known as Dolly, a lifelong Newburgh resident, went home to be with the Lord on October 27, 2014 at Elant at Meadow Hill in Newburgh. She was 95.

The daughter of the late Enoch and Roberta (Topping) Butler, Dolly was born on August 13, 1919 in Montrose, NY. She was a graduate of NFA in 1938. On March 20, 1942 she married Peter J. Bivona.

Dolly was a strong, dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who was always there for her family. She loved spending time with her 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Over the years, she worked as a sales associate at Woolworth’s, at Sikorsky Aircraft during World War II, Bivona’s Enterprises on Route 207 and at the luncheonette, that she owned with her husband at the Bank of America in Newburgh.

Dolly belonged to the Osiris Country Club and Tarsio Bowling League. She enjoyed camping, her favorite pastime, however, was family time. Her selfless love and devotion has touched each of our lives. She will be greatly missed by all.

Dolly is survived by her loving children: Andrew P. Bivona and his wife Carol of Newburgh, Carol Nocilla and her husband Frank of South Carolina, Nancy Maddux and her husband Fred of Pennsylvania, and Pamela Burns and her husband Royce of Pine Bush, NY; her grandchildren: Cheryl Conero, Janice Fanning, Laura Tucker, Bryan Pritchard, Michael Nocilla, Thomas Nocilla, Peter Burns, Russell Burns, Clifford Burns and Royce Burns; 23 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to her parents, Dolly was predeceased by her loving husband Peter J. Bivona in 1985.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30 at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 12 p.m. on Friday, October 31 at Sacred Heart Parish, Newburgh. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Dolly’s name to the Hudson Valley SPCA, 940 Little Britain Rd, New Windsor, NY 12553.

Arrangements under the care of Brooks Funeral Home.

Florence (Hurd) Boersma

Florence (Hurd) Boersma peacefully entered into rest on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014, a few days shy of her 90th birthday. The youngest of nine children, Florence was born to Clarence Hurd and Sarah G. Odell on October 26, 1924 in a home located in a section of New Windsor affectionately referred to as the “back hill” by family and long-time residents. Like her brothers and sisters, Florence was baptized at St. Thomas Episcopal Church (New Windsor), and remained a lifelong member.

Family statement: Generous of heart, and always ready with a friendly smile, Florence loved, and was loved by, her large and extended family, her church and the many friends she made over the years. Many a Saturday night were spent with family playing rounds of ‘penny’ card games – poker a particular favorite of hers. Florence also enjoyed taking bus trips to Atlantic City, for a day of fun and – with a little luck – good fortune.

Florence is survived by nieces, Betty (Hurd) Scott, Catherine (Hurd) Horton, Mary Ellen (Hurd) Collins, Barbara (Hurd) Nucifore, Deborah Hurd, Diane (Williams) Opdyke, April Hurd; nephews Bruce Williams, David Hurd, Terry Hurd, Timothy Hurd; and step-daughter Jeanette Moon, as well as several grandnieces and nephews and great-grandnieces and nephews.

She was pre-deceased by husbands, Joseph R. Maruello and Hendrik Boersma; brothers, Francis, Kenneth, Robert, Charles, Raymond; sisters, Carolyn (Grey/Dahl), Marie (Williams); and close cousin Minnie Baker, as well as niece Judy (Hurd) Dail and nephew Richard Hurd.

The family would like to thank the New Windsor Country Inn and the Montgomery Nursing Home for their kind and compassionate care during Florence’s time with them.

Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, New Windsor, with funeral services immediately to follow at 11 a.m. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery, New Windsor.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made in memory of Florence to St. Thomas Episcopal Church (PO Box 4221, New Windsor, NY 12553) or any organization of your choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Anthony V. Cracolici of the Hudson Valley Funeral Home, Inc., 239 Quassaick Avenue, New Windsor, NY 12553.

Helen Rose Bouchard

Helen Rose Bouchard, loving wife and mother, a lifelong resident of Newburgh, entered into rest on October 23, 2014 at home. She was 80.

Daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Palought) Danko, she was born December 30, 1933 in Newburgh. She married Norman Bouchard on May 16, 1954 in St. Francis of Assisi Church in Newburgh; Norman predeceased her in 2007.
Helen attended Newburgh schools and was a lifelong member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Newburgh, as well as the Town of Newburgh Golden Age, RSVP Sewing Club, past member of TNT Tappers, and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Town of Newburgh Post #1161 where she held several positions. Mom always thought of others before herself with either a phone call or by sending cards. She had a passion for sewing which was passed down from her mother. Helen loved spending time with family traveling, seeing shows, camping, casinos, and playing bingo. When that was not enough, you could find her dancing and singing, especially karaoke, with family and friends.

Survivors include her children, Christina Way and husband Jack of Newburgh, Linda Duval and husband Gary of Kingston, Gary Bouchard and wife Victoria of Huntington, NY; siblings, Margaret Downer of WA, Stephen Danko of TN and Agnes Campilli of Newburgh; grandchildren, Jack, Joseph and Chrystal Way, Michelle Capalbo, Stacey Duval and Valerie Bouchard; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Nella, Gabriele, Ryan, Mason and Dakota. In addition to her husband Norman, she was predeceased by siblings, William, Rose, Veronica, Elizabeth, Mary and Anna.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, October 27 in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Newburgh, with burial following in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, New Windsor.

Arrangements under the care of Brooks Funeral Home.

Theresa M. Caserto

Theresa M. (Polizzi) Caserto, 69, passed peacefully at home on Monday, September 29, with her caregivers Mici Simonofsky, and Lorna McDougall by her side. She was born in Baltimore, MD, to the late Thomas V., and Bernadette C. (O’Connor) Polizzi, and was raised in Marlboro, NY.

A graduate of Marlboro Central High School, she met her husband, Joseph V. Caserto in the seventh grade. He predeceased her in 1999. She went on to graduate from Vassar Brothers Hospital School of Nursing, and proudly worked as a Registered Nurse. A natural caregiver, Terri worked for most of her career as an Obstetrics and Gynecology nurse in the practices of Drs. Dreisphoon, Stall, and Cohen; Drs. Stall and Cohen; and Drs. Silverio and Yoon, all in Poughkeepsie, NY. Her colleagues there were her second family, and she helped countless families bring children into the world.

She was a proud and loving mother to her equally proud and loving sons, Joseph Caserto of Brooklyn, NY, and Thomas Caserto of Tampa, FL; sister to Patricia Polizzi of Danbury, CT, Mici Simonofsky and husband Brian, of Marlboro, NY, Susan Colesanti and husband Carlo, of Park Ridge, NJ, and Charles Polizzi of Simsbury, CT; sister-in-law to the late Michael Caserto, Jr. and his wife, Joan, of Debary, FL, Vincent and Sheila Caserto of Highland, NY, Patricia Caserto of Milton, NY; aunt to several nieces and nephews, niece and cousin to several, and friend to many, many people, several of whom she knew from childhood.

Services were entrusted to DiDonato Funeral Service, Inc., 1290 Rt. 9W, Marlboro, NY, didonatofuneralservice.com, A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. James R.C. church at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 3, followed by a service at Cedar Hill Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hudson Valley Hospice, hvhospice.org, or Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, milesofhope.org/poughkeepsie-breast-cancer-dutchess.

Robert O. ‘Bob’ Coy

With sadness and heavy hearts, we mourn and are at peace with the passing of Robert O. “Bob” Coy of Clintondale, NY. He was 88 years old. Bob left us to rejoin his wife Irene, in their deep, continual, long-lasting bond of love and friendship. He was also known and loved by many as “Pop”. Bob loved God, his country, his family, and lunches at the diner, but above all else he really loved his life as an apple farmer. Born February 2, 1926 on the family farm in Ardonia, NY, he was the son of Eber H. and Ruth (Cook) Coy. He married Irene Fowler on June 8, 1947, at the Clintondale Methodist Church. Irene passed away on December 13, 1998. Bob served in the 272nd Infantry Division United States Army during World War II. An apple grower since 1950, he owned and operated Robert Coy Farms, in Ardonia, NY. He retired in 1997. Bob was a member of the Memorial United Methodist Church, Modena, NY, Modena Fire Department and the New York Farm Bureau. In addition he served on the Board of Directors for the New York/New England Apple Institute, the Ulster County Cooperative Extension, and the Ulster County Water and Soil Conservation District. In 1956, Bob was part of a group that advocated for having the one-room schoolhouse in Ardonia, NY become part of the Wallkill Central School District.

Surviving are his daughters, Ruth and husband Bruce Jantzi and Lynn Felten of Clintondale, NY; son, Robert B. Coy of Eugene, OR; brother, Eugene R. and wife Anita Coy of Clintondale, NY; brother-in-law, Fred Fowler of Modena, NY; granddaughters, Kelly Wright of Orleans, MA, Stephanie and husband Eli Dortort of Clintondale,NY, and Melinda and husband Shane Quinlan of Locust Grove, VA; grandson, Thomas and wife Aimee Felten of Pine Bush, NY; great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Ethan Dortort, Stiles Felten, and Abigail, Seamus and Catriona Quinlan. He is also survived by a cousin; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and his boxer, Dolly. In addition to his wife, Irene, he was predeceased by his son-in-law and business partner, Thomas Felten in 1994. The family would also like to thank his caregivers who provided him with dedicated and loving care.

Bob’s family will honor and commemorate his life by inviting you to join them for his funeral service which will be held at Copeland Funeral Home on Saturday, November 1 at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Chris Yount, Pastor, New Life United Methodist Church, New Fairfield, CT, officiating. Friends and relatives may call from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, October 31 and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, prior to the service at the funeral home. The procession to his interment will be led by a tractor from the family farm and will end at the family plot in Modena Rural Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, 255-1212. Tributes may be made to the family at www.copelandfhnp.co. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations be made to Modena Fire & Rescue, PO Box 73, Modena, NY 12548.

Vincent J. Guariglia

Vincent J. Guariglia, of New Windsor, N.Y. in his 100th year, was welcomed into the arms of our Lord on Thursday, October 23, 2014.

The son of the late Costable and Philomena Guariglia he was born on December 6, 1914 in Newburgh, N.Y. He was a World War II Army Veteran and was employed by Ro-Tarr Fashions in Newburgh NY. He was also a member of Sacred Heart Church.

Known as Jimmy G by his many friends, and Pop by his family, he was one of the founding members of the Past Time Athletic Club in Newburgh NY. He was a skilled athlete competing in basketball, softball, boxing, and football where he contributed to many championship wins.

What mattered most to Pop was his family. He cherished most the time spent visiting with his family and sharing stories of his life with us around the dinner table. His stories were always fascinating to us. During his life span he has seen the rise of the horse and buggy to the invention of the computer and cell phone.

His passion from an early age was thoroughbred racing. He made many friends in the racing world at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida where he spent many winters with his wife Louise.

He was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Vincent is survived by his daughter Philomena Mahood; his son Vincent A. Guariglia and his partner Donna Filomio; his son-in-law Clifford Mahood; his grandchildren: Susan Benedict and her husband Duane, Michael Mahood and his wife Joan; four great-grandsons: Dillon and Dustin Benedict, Matthew Mahood and Michael Appler; his sister Teresa and her husband Emil Valentine; as well as many other loving family members.

In addition to his parents and his loving wife Louise, Vincent was predeceased by his sisters: Rita Palkovic, Lucy Tallarico, Rose Calcagno, Mary Dubaldi, and his sister-in-law Micky Jannoti.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, October 27 at Sacred Heart Parish, Newburgh. Entombment was in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements under the care of Brooks Funeral Home.

William T. Johnson

William T. Johnson of Walden, NY passed away on Monday, October 27, 2014 at Montgomery Nursing Home. The son of the late William S. and Myrtle B. Tappen Johnson, he was born on November 17, 1927 in Newburgh, NY. He was a corporate secretary and accountant for Spence Engineering, Walden, NY.

Bill was a WWII Navy veteran. He was also a member of the Orange Lake Fish & Game Assoc., the Shawangunk Reformed Church, DAV & National Human Rights Committee of POW-MIA’s and the American Legion.

Survivors are his wife, Gertrude “Trudy” Sievert McCord Johnson at home; daughters, Linda Draughn and her husband, Darrell of Middletown; Penny Bellarosa and her husband, John of Walden; Rebecca McCord and her companion Jamie Rinehimer of Wapallopen, PA; Julie Santiamagro and her husband, Sal of Walden; and Cindy Cavallucci and her husband, Thomas of Walden; nine grandchildren, Steven, Rachel, Michael, Kelly, Christopher, Kimberly, Corey, Nicholas and Katie; thirteen great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret Lucas Johnson and his sisters, Myrtle Ryder and Dorothy Colvin.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 29th from 7-9 p.m. at the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, 39 Orchard St., Walden, NY. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 30th at the Shawangunk Reformed Church, Wallkill, NY. Burial will be in the Wallkill Valley Cemetery, Walden.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shawangunk Reformed Church.

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

Lawrence “Larry” Veasy Mason Jr.

Lawrence “Larry” Veasy Mason Jr. 71, a beloved brother, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, October 23, 2014, at his home at the Woodcrest Community in Rifton, NY. Larry was born on April 28, 1943 in Washington, D.C., the son of Lawrence Veasy Sr. and Anne Theresa Mason, and grew up in New York City with his sister. He is survived by his daughters Denise Mason and Donna Cook.

At the age of 24, Larry was drafted into the United States Army in 1967. He served three combat tours in Vietnam and received honorable discharge in 1974. Larry was awarded a CIB (Combat Infantryman Badge), two bronze stars, one silver star, and two air medals for his service in the U.S. Army.

In 1984, Larry found a strong faith in Jesus Christ at the Bowery Mission in New York City where he worked for seven years as the operations manager before coming to the Bruderhof in 1991. Larry was a vibrant participant and dedicated member of the Bruderhof. He took part in various missionary efforts including to Nigeria and visit of reconciliation to Vietnam. Larry lived his last years at the Woodcrest Community working in the Rifton Equipment factory, spending time with neighborhood children, mentoring young people, and being a wonderful source of encouragement. Larry will be fondly remembered for his shillelagh, humor, honesty, faith, and generous friendship.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV)

The wake and funeral service are being held privately.

Patricia R. Pirog

Patricia R. Pirog, a homemaker and longtime resident of the area, passed away on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. She was 87. The son of the late George Coffin and Ruth Wober Coffin, she was born on October 12, 1927 in Denver, Colorado.

Patricia was a 27-year member of the Pine Bush Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and a 14-year member on the Town of Shawangunk Zoning Board of Appeals. Patricia was an avid reader and bowler and enjoyed hunting. Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Fred Pirog Sr. at home; her children, Ruth Ann Proper and her husband James of North Carolina, Fred Pirog Jr. of Walker Valley, Lynn Veety and her husband Mark of North Carolina, Robert Pirog of Washington, and Mark Pirog of Pine Bush. Patricia is further survived by her 9 grand- children, 5 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews She is predeceased by her son Joseph Pirog, her brother, George Coffin Jr. and her sister Naomi Pirog.

Services were held on Tuesday October 28, at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home in Pine Bush. Cremation will be private and take place at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Newburgh.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Patricia’s name to: The American Cancer Society Hudson Valley Region – New Windsor, 121 Executive Dr., New Windsor, New York 12553 or online at www.cancer.org.

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

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