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Robert Blacker, Jr., longtime Bedford resident

Robert B. Blacker Jr., a longtime Bedford resident, died Wednesday, Nov. 4, in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. He was 80.

Mr. Blacker was born Sept. 20, 1935, in Ossining. He graduated Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, where he played football, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College, where he participated in the ski patrol and learned to fly small planes, earning his pilot’s license.

After college, he joined his father at Robert Blacker Interiors, growing it from a small upholstery shop into a fine furniture and interior decorating business.   

Mr. Blacker is survived by his wife, Faith, of Lynnfield, Massachusetts; his sister Beverly LePage (Fred) of Taos, New Mexico; his three children, Karyn Blacker of Pensacola, Florida; Michael Blacker of Norwalk, Connecticut and Laura McGinn (Frank) of Lynnfield; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Blacker was a longtime member of the Chowder & Marching Club and the SENSTA tennis group in Bedford. He was a long-standing usher at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bedford, serving on the property commission and taking photographs at church events for many years. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, located at 382 Cantitoe St., Bedford.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in his name to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 293, Bedford, NY 10506, or the Bedford Village Chowder & Marching Club, P.O. Box 704, Bedford, NY 10506.

Children’s librarian, Kathleen Storfer, dies at 58


Kathleen Storfer, a longtime children’s librarian and Bedford Hills resident, died at 58 after more than an 11-year fight with kidney cancer.
Ms. Storfer was known for her storytelling ability, her singing ability, her dedication to her community and her devotion to promoting the cause of religious tolerance.
“She was someone who not only did something, but by sheer force of her infectious spirit, got people in on doing it and realizing that they had permission to have fun and to really get out and enjoy it,” said her husband of 33 years, Paul Storfer.
Ms. Storfer was a resident of Bedford Hills for 28 years after moving there in December 1987. Always a fan of books, she began storytelling to children in an independent fashion throughout the county before former Bedford Hills Free Library director Rhoda Gushue hired her, in what became a 23-year stint as a storyteller and programming head of the library.

“Kathy Storfer brought her love of books to two generations of children and families of the Bedford Hills Free Library for over 20 years. She was an inspiration to all of Bedford and will not be forgotten,” Ms. Gushue said. “She added so much to the interaction with children of all ages and instilled the importance and joy of using the library. She will be missed.”

Ms. Storfer had a very lively storytelling style, singing and putting on a wide range of voices and accents. Some of her most notable events included the library’s Mardi Gras celebration, which was put on as an alternative to Valentine’s Day. Ms. Storfer would read stories detailing jazz music and life in the Louisiana bayou, pass out beads, chocolate doubloons and king cake. She went to the length of sourcing party supplies from an authentic New Orleans supplier.

Ms. Storfer also lead the Bedford Hills Halloween parade, where she would dress as Professor Minerva McGonagall from the Harry Potter series, lead children through the hamlet, and tell them “not-so-scary” stories at the library.
The Bedford Hills Free Library gave a statement upon Ms. Storfer’s passing.

“We are deeply saddened by Kathy's passing, but smile when we look back upon memories of her effervescent personality, beautiful voice, and talent for remembering lyrics and favorite books line by line. She had a genuine love for all children, and was passionate about her work and family life. Kathy will be in our hearts and minds forever.”

Mr. Storfer said that his wife loved seeing the children she met grow into adulthood. He also cited her strong community involvement, such as volunteering with the Lions Club of Bedford Hills annual Halloween pancake breakfast, which helped raise money for the library’s children’s programs.

Ms. Storfer was known for her singing voice, and sang with the Antioch Baptist Church choir for 21 years.

“She could easily have been professional, but she chose not to be,” Mr. Storfer said. “She certainly had the talent to do that. She didn’t want to do something for applause. She wanted to do it because it was a passion and it was the right thing to do. The outlets that she chose to do her music were religious outlets, where it was inappropriate to applaud, and in the library and working with children.”

Together with her husband, Ms. Storfer teamed up with Antioch, the Katonah Presbyterian Church and the Upper Westchester Muslim Society to form a nonprofit that promoted understanding about religions, particularly after the Sept. 11 attacks.

These efforts grew, and the Storfers eventually promoted religious tolerance in front of the United Nations General Assembly in a choir event.

“The U.N. is normally about diplomacy and they don’t allow the aspect of religion in there, and this was a day toward religious unity,” Mr. Storfer said. “We sang to the entire General Assembly filled full of delegates about how to promote interfaith harmony. That was Bedford Hills centered. That’s where it came from.”

The Storfers also collaborated with folk singer Pete Seeger and his Walkabout Clearwater Chorus, and also introduced Mr. Seeger to the Seeds of Peace charity, which brings together youth from conflict areas in the Middle East to promote understanding.

Ms. Storfer’s funeral was held Thursday, Nov. 12, at Antioch Baptist Church. Mr. Storfer said that attendants were encouraged to take an inflated balloon and write the cause of their choice on it. Instead of releasing the balloons into the air, Ms. Storfer wanted attendants to pop the balloons with pins, because she said in order to further a cause, one needs to make noise.

“She was a librarian and a storyteller, but what she really was, was a teacher and a person of passion who excited and made everybody else better by pushing us to think,” Mr. Storfer said. “She was always about moving forward and doing the right thing — that’s what she wanted everyone to do. She said to us she didn’t want her funeral to be mourning. She knew it would be sad, but she wanted it to be a celebration of her life and an impetus to move people forward.”
Ms. Storfer is survived by her husband and her two sons, Jonathan, 29, and Daniel, 22.

Dean C. Rohrer, former Pound Ridge resident, 75

Dean Cougill Rohrer, a Pound Ridge resident for more than 40 years, died Nov. 5. He had been suffering from three degenerative diseases, his family said, and had recently moved to New Jersey to be closer to relatives. He was 75.

Mr. Rohrer was born in Indiana in 1940. He attended high school in Bronxville, New York, and graduated from Union College in 1962, playing football and rugby at both schools. He earned a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1966.

Mr. Rohrer joined the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop and Simpson Thacher, and later served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where his work included prosecuting drug and heroin cases. He also held the position of  vice president and assistant general counsel at General Telephone & Electric in Stamford, Connecticut, before retiring at age 55.

He was an avid sailor, racer and accomplished navigator. He sailed over 30,000 miles, racing internationally at the highest levels of competition, including competing in the Admiral’s Cup. He once sailed around the tip of South America at Cape Horn.

He was predeceased by his wife, Christina Marie. Survivors include his sister, Kyle; daughter, Kirstin (Greg) of New Jersey; and two sons, Jonathan (Heather) of Los Angeles, California, and Jay (Melissa) of San Diego, California; and grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Posten's Funeral Home in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, Friday, Nov. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m., and a funeral liturgy will be offered at St. Agnes R.C. Church in Atlantic Highlands at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 21.

The family requests that donations in his memory be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, at

Elizabeth J. Claude, 79, active in community groups

Elizabeth James Claude, a longtime Bedford resident who was active in many local and regional organizations, died at home Oct. 31. She was 79.

She was born in Greenville, North Carolina, Jan. 21,1936, the daughter of Judge Dink James and Carolyn Fullilove James. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before moving to New York City. She worked briefly on Wall Street before marrying Robert D. Thorson, with whom she had four children. Mr. Thorson died in 1969. 

Ms. Claude is survived by her children Carolyn, Virginia, Martha and Robert Jr.; and six grandchildren.

Known as “Libba," she married Abram Claude Jr., in 1972. They were longtime residents of Bedford before retiring to their home in North Salem.  

For more than 20 years she served as a board member for East Side House Settlement, where she was the exhibitors chairwoman of the renowned Winter Antique Show held in the 7th Regiment Armory in New York City. She also ran the opening night gala for that event. She performed the same function for the Art Dealer's Association when it initiated a major exhibition at the 7th Regiment Armory.

Ms. Claude played major roles in numerous events at the Bedford Rippowam Cisqua School and at St. Matthew’s Church. She volunteered for more than 13 years at Northern Westchester Hospital.

She made major contributions to improving conditions for inmates at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women, the largest women’s prison in New York state. For more than 15 years she served as the liaison between prison inmates, their children, social workers, teachers and foster parents. She led fundraising efforts to build a garden and playground complex at the prison. She also designed and maintained the garden section at the prison. For her work at the correctional facility she was honored by both Catholic Charities and the Women’s Prison Association as volunteer of the year.

A memorial service will be held today, Friday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m., at St. Matthew’s Church, located at 382 Cantitoe St., Bedford.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made to Hour Children, Inc.,    36-11 12th St., Long Island City, NY 11106.

Mary Miranda, St. Patrick’s Church member

Mary Miranda, a 12-year resident of Pound Ridge who was active in many local organizations, died Nov. 2. She was 75.

She was born on June 10, 1940, in Brooklyn, to the late Maria and Saverio Esposito. She married the late Fedele Miranda in 1960.

Ms. Miranda was the sister of the late Anthony Esposito of Framingham, Massachusetts, and Fran Campagnolo of Sarasota, Florida.

She is survived by three sons, Michael (Ondine) of Port Washington, New York, Pasquale (MaryBeth) of Garden City, New York, and Fedele (Lydia) of Pound Ridge. She is also survived by six grandchildren.

Ms. Miranda was a member of the Pound Ridge Garden Club, Pound Ridge Lions Club and St. Patrick's Church in Bedford, where she also served as a Eucharistic Minister. She volunteered at many organizations in Pound Ridge and the greater Westchester area.

A mass was held in her honor, Nov. 6, at St. Patrick's Church.

James K. Bowman, avid angler

James Kinsey Bowman, a resident of Bedford since 1966, died Oct. 22. He was 81.

Mr. Bowman was born Nov. 1, 1933, in Strongsville, Ohio, and graduated from Denison University in 1956. He immediately went to work for McGraw-Hill Publishing. After a successful career as an executive at McGraw-Hill, he retired in 1990. He then assisted with his wife’s company, Judith Bowman Books, specializing in antiquarian fishing and hunting books.

He and his wife, Judith, were avid fly fishermen and traveled extensively. He was a member of the Anglers Club of New York City, the Campfire Club of Chappaqua, and an honorary member of the Slagle Trout Club in Harrietta, Michigan, where the couple maintained a summer cabin.

Mr. Bowman was a member of the Chowder & Marching Club, and a longtime member of the Pound Ridge Tennis Club.

His wife Judith predeceased him this past March. Survivors include his sons, Reed Bowman (Charlotte) and Todd Bowman Keegan); daughter, Stacy Gates (David); sister, Sue Conlin, of Whittier, North Carolina; and five grandchildren. Services are private.

The family requests that donations be made in Mr. Bowman’s memory to the Bedford Free Library or the Bedford Fire Department.

Tatiana Litchfield Lowe, 98, lifelong Bedford resident


Tatiana Litchfield Lowe, a lifelong Bedford resident who was active in many community organizations, died Oct. 20 at her home in Bedford. She was 98.

She was born in 1917, the daughter of Marguerite (Berg) and Bayard Litchfield of Katonah.  She graduated from the Bedford Rippowam School, the Ethel Walker School and Smith College.

She married James Jenkins Lowe of Bedford in 1939. They were married for 58 years until Jim died in 1997.

She is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Noble of New York City and Penelope Lowe of Danville, Vermont; and one son, James Lowe Jr. (Susan) of Vassalboro, Maine; and her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Lowe attended St. Matthew's Church in Bedford. She volunteered at the Northern Westchester Hospital, was an active member of the Bedford Garden Club and the Bedford Public Library. She was a member of the Wetland Conservancy and, with her late husband, co-founded the Road Review League at the time Interstate 684 was being routed through the township. She reviewed nursing homes in the region and published the results in a booklet made use of by the hospital social service.

“She was an amazing woman,” said Lila Cummings of Katonah, who attended school with Jennifer Lowe. “She was a firecracker, and I couldn't have loved her more."

Mrs. Lowe shared extensive reminiscences about growing up in Bedford in the town’s oral history prepared by the Bedford Historical Society. Born in Brooklyn, she moved to Bedford when she was eight. As a young student at Rippowam, she recalled, “We were kind of a wild bunch. We had a lot of fun. We used to lock the art teacher out of the room.” Small class sizes, of course, were the norm then, but Mrs. Lowe recalled the time when it was just herself and a boy named Jack Higsby. “I was the top (of the the class) and he was the bottom.” She also fondly remembered her friend and schoolmate Bobby Iselin, whose mother “ saw to it that we go there. And when it was snowing great guns, she’d get out the rag, and the sled and the horses, and we went to school.” Another memory was putting on school plays such as “The Prince and the Pauper” at the Bedford Community House. There were also dates at the movies and 25 cent sodas afterwards at the Goody Shoppe.

While her family’s house was being built in the 1920s, she remembered staying at the Bedford Green Inn, which also counted legendary New Yorker magazine editors Roger Angel and E.B. White among its guests. Her family’s first home was destroyed in a fire a year after it was built, and then a second home was built on the same property, she recalled. 

In her adult years, one of her passionate causes was fighting the construction of the new interstate proposed to run through the middle of Bedford. “The idea was to keep the road from moving in,” she said. “Actually, I started this because I was sick in bed, and I read letters in the local paper, and they all said the same thing. So I said, why don’t we get together and talk it over? So, I called up these people. I had no idea who they were and I got them to talk it over.” She enlisted more neighbors over time. “We went down to court and fought the government.” Her group even reached out to build a coalition with other towns such as Katonah in opposition to the road. “We could have protected lands that should have been protected,” she said, but the state’s interests prevailed. The group managed to win protection of a green buffer along the highway. She maintained a positive attitude throughout the fight. “It was fun,” she said, and not the only cause she took up. “I’ve started more anti-government stuff than you can believe.”

A celebration of her life was held earlier this week at St. Matthew's Church.

The family requests that donations in her memory be made to an individual’s charity of choice.

David R. Kornreich of Katonah, 80

David R. Kornreich, 80, died at his home in Katonah, Oct. 6, after a brief illness.

Born Jan. 9, 1935, in New York City, to the late Herbert and Gertrude Kornreich, he graduated from the Fieldston School and Tufts University. He served in the U.S. Army in Paris after World War II, coming home to join his father in the insurance business. He retired in 2012, after the brokerage had become Loveman, Kornreich, & Steers.

Mr. Kornreich had a great passion for music. He was active in Friends of Music Concerts, serving as president and board member for decades. He also was an active member of the Choral Arts Society (now the Hudson Chorale), and sang in countless concerts. He served for many years on the board of Copland House.
He was married in 1961 to Camille Antoinette Budarz, who predeceased him. In 2014, he married Nancy Dana Gold. He is survived by his wife and his two sons, Geremy Kornreich of Boulder, Colorado, and Christopher Kornreich (Lourdes) of Port Charlotte, Florida.

A memorial celebration will be held at the Ossining Public Library's Budarz Theater Sunday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m.

The family requests that donations in his memory be made to Phelps Hospice, 701 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, New York 10591.

Christopher Durfee, 44, was Rippowam graduate

Christopher Slade Durfee, a graduate of the Rippowam Cisqua School, died Sept. 26. He was 44.

Mr. Durfee was blue team captain of his class at Rippowam Cisqua. He was a 1990 graduate of the Salisbury School and a 1994 graduate of the University of Denver.

He is survived by his parents, Bzee and Sherman Durfee; a sister, Elizabeth Durfee (Kip Howard); and his brother, Sherman Durfee, Jr. (Katie).

A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 16, at 3 p.m., at St. Matthew’s Church in Bedford. It will be followed by a reception at the Bedford Golf and Tennis Club. 

Mr. Durfee was known for his concern for abandoned dogs, and set up a foundation to care for needy canines.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Christopher S. Durfee Private Foundation Trust, 86 Denison Ave., Mystic, Connecticut 06355.

Donald P. Devey, former community leader, 80

Donald P. Devey, a former longtime Katonah resident who held senior positions in many community organiations died Oct. 5. He was 80.

The son of George and Dorothy (Lyons) Devey, he was born in Elmhurst, Queens, in 1934. There, he met his future wife of 59 years, Ellen Brett. They had seven children. He attended Bishop Laughlin High School where he was active on the track and cross-country teams. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Manhattan College, where he majored in labor relations and was a member of Sigma Beta Kappa. He earned an MBA from New York University.

Mr. Devey started his career at Western Electric and later spent 28 years at IBM. At IBM, he led programs for the unemployed and helped to shape national privacy policies. He spoke before committees of Congress, developed the career paths of IBM executives, and championed the IBM program for Equal Opportunity.

Locally, Mr. Devey was president of the Northern Westchester Council on Equality. He was a member of the St. Mary’s Parish Council and a lector at Saint Matthias Church in Bedford Hills. He joined a prison-focused ministry, Anti-Violence Programs, leading a series of sessions.

After retirement, Mr. Devey was a consultant for the National Executive Service Corps and lent his skills to the Yonkers and White Plains school districts as well as to individual nonprofits. He was the Affordable Housing Chairman for the Town of Bedford and president of the town’s Blue Mountain Housing Corporation. He was also a founder of what is now the Community Center of Northern Westchester, where he often volunteered, bagging food for the customers. He was awarded the Schaeffer Award by the Katonah Rotary. He also received the Knights of Columbus “Man of the Year” award.

Mr. Devey is survived by his wife, Ellen; their children, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, (Barbara), of Montague, Massachusetts; Michael Rhodes-Devey, (Christine), of Delmar, New York; Peter Devey, (Jane), of Somers; MaryEllen McLaughlin, (Doug), of Katonah; Mathew Devey, (Maura), of Goldens Bridge; Lawrence Devey, (Mary Cate), of North Salem; many grandchildren and a great-grandchild. He was predeceased by his brother, Roger; his son, Christopher; and his grandson, Eric.

The Mass of Christian Burial wase celebrated at Saint Joseph’s RC Church in Somers, Thursday, Oct 8. Burial followed at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Somers.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that contributions be made to the Community Center of Northern Westchester at

Emanuela DeRosa Briccetti, 90

Emanuela DeRosa Briccetti, 90, died Aug. 20, after a short illness. She was a lifelong resident of Mount Kisco.
She was the wife of the late Angelo M. Briccetti, to whom she was married for 51 years. She is survived by her three children, Mario, Vincent and Louisa, and their spouses; eight grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Briccetti was a member and past president of the Women’s Civic Club of Katonah, a docent at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, a volunteer at Northern Westchester Hospital, and a member of Lewisboro Senior Adults.  

She was a graduate of the Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II, after which she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing education from Loyola University Chicago, and a master’s in recreation for the aging from Teachers College, Columbia University. She had an extensive career in education, nursing and recreation for senior citizens.  

Mrs. Briccetti traveled extensively throughout the world, loved opera, and was a voracious reader and avid bridge and mahjong player.  

A memorial service will be held at the Women’s Civic Club of Katonah, 71 Bedford Road, in Katonah, Sunday, Sept. 6, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Women’s Civic Club of Katonah or Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.

Gay Nilson, 80, publishing executive

Gay Nilson, a 40-year resident of Pound Ridge, died Aug. 23. She was 80 years old.

She was born in Berlin, Germany, to Dr. Gerhard Scherk and his wife, Elisabeth. Her parents came to the United States when she was one-year-old, and lived in Queens. Her parents bought a summer cottage in Pound Ridge, which ultimately became the Nilson home. 

Ms. Nilson graduated with a degree from Bard College. In the 1960s she was employed by McMillan Publishing in New York, and rose to become director of subsidiary rights. Several years after her retirement from publishing, she worked at Darien High School, in Darien, Connecticut, in the administration office. 

Ms. Nilson had a special love for animals; her English Setters were her companions for many years. For several years she volunteered at Friends of Karen. 

Ms. Nilson is survived by her husband of 49 years, Alvin; her son, Scott, and daughter-in- law, Megan Dudley, from Fort Collins, Colorado; and her grandson, Henrik.

A funeral service was held Aug. 27 at the Pound Ridge Community Church. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Friends of Karen at, or Make-a-Wish Foundation at

The family also expressed its gratitude to the Pound Ridge Police Department, the Pound Ridge Ambulance Corps, the Pound Ridge Fire Department and the Vista Fire Department for providing care.

Barbara Aldrich, former civic club leader

Barbara Aldrich, 85, a resident of Heritage Hills in Somers, died Aug. 9 after an extended illness. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Edwin Aldrich, and a sister, Phyllis B. Daignault of Henderson, North Carolina. 

A former Katonah resident, Ms. Aldrich was active in the Women’s Civic Club of Katonah and served as president.

Interment will be held at the Bedford Union Cemetery Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 11 a.m., with a graveside service.

Robert F. Curran, veteran

Robert F. Curran, 92, of Bedford, died Saturday, July 25, at Northern Westchester Hospital.

He is the son of the late Daniel and Marion (Costello) Curran. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from Northeastern University with degrees in chemical engineering and business.  
Mr. Curran served during World War II in the Army Air Corps in the China-Burma-India Theater, earning a Distinguished Flying Cross, and retiring as a major in the U.S. Air Force.

Mr. Curran was employed by Monsanto Company, and Ott Chemical; and ended his career at Ciba-Geigy Corp. as director of the corporate environmental audit program. He was recognized as a diplomate by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Virginia (Deady) Curran; daughter, Christine Williams; sons, Robert Jr. and Gregory; and seven grandchildren.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Patrick's Church, in Bedford, July 29.

Philip Farley, 95, longtime Bedford resident

Philip W. Farley, 95, died at his home in New York City July 25.

Mr. Farley lived in Bedford since 1950, where he raised his three daughters with his former wife, Anne Simpkins. He married Phyllis Farley in 1967.

In addition to his wife, He is survived by his three daughters Augusta Farley and Joanie Gillispie, both of California, and Schatzie Farley of Montana; four stepsons, Kito Peters of New Mexico, Fred Peters and Alexander Peters, both of New York City and Elliot Peters of California; and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Farley was a successful businessman in the international cargo shipping industry. He was an avid sportsman, and enjoyed playing golf at the Bedford Golf and Tennis Club, as well as fishing for trout in the Beaver Dam stream near his home.

He served as the president of the New York City Animal Medical Center from 1987 to 1990. He donated his pacemaker to the medical center’s cardiology unit so that another family’s dog could live.

Mr. Farley was a member of the second (Bruce and Sheridan) Fahnestock Expedition, which traveled to the South Seas in February 1940 with a 17-member crew. During a nine-month period, they recorded native music and collected Pacific bird specimens. The native music is now housed at the U.S. Library of Congress; flora and fauna specimens were donated to the Museum of Natural History in New York.

During World War II, Mr. Farley returned to the South Pacific as a lieutenant in the small ships unit of the Army, where he mapped and scouted the shores of Australia and New Guinea. He was awarded the Legion of Merit by Gen. Douglas MacArthur, and his unit was awarded the Presidential Unit citation. He was discharged from the Army as the rank of captain.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Animal Medical Center, 510 East 62nd street, New York, N.Y.,10065.

Joan Montross, 84, former garden club president

Joan Oliver Montross, who owned a decorating business in Bedford and was active in many local organizations, died July 25 in Redding, Connecticut, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s. She was 84.
Ms. Montross was born Aug. 21, 1930, and grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She graduated from Duke University where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa.
She had a successful decorating business in Bedford for many years called Johnson & Montross.
She was president of the Bedford Garden Club, chairwoman of St. Matthew’s Church flower committee, and chairwoman of the house committee and board member at John Jay Homestead. She was also chairwoman of the parent’s council at Rippowam School. She loved literature, gardening and cooking.
Ms. Montross is survived by her two children, Franklin Montross IV of Bedford Hills and Lee Wheeler-Shanker of London, England; and six grandchildren, Whit, Scott and Nina Montross and Perrin, Oliver and Emma Wheeler.
A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m., September 8, at St. Matthew’s Church, in Bedford.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, at

Lenore Freudenheim, 95

Lenore Freudenheim, a Katonah resident for 70 years, died at her home July 31, 17 years to the day following the death of her husband, Jay Freudenheim. She was 95.

She is survived by her three children, Lynn Cavo (John) of Farmington, Connecticut; Steve Freudenheim (Kari) of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; and Jill Lieberman (Barry) of Pawleys Island, South Carolina; four grandchildren, Melanie, John, Charles and David; and twelve great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by granddaughter Danielle Freudenheim, son-in-law John Cavo, and brothers Harold and Charles Salomon.

Mrs. Freudenheim was born in Yonkers, January 7, 1920. Her passions included her Katonah home, her gardens, her family, and her community. Additionally, she loved music, books and art, and volunteered extensively for the Mount Kisco Community Concert Series and the Katonah Museum.

The family requests that contributions be made to the Katonah Village Library, the Katonah Volunteer Fire Department, or a charity of choice. A private memorial service is planned.

Rita Barker O’Leary, active in St. Patrick’s

Rita Barker O’Leary, 86, of Mount Kisco and Bass River, Massachusetts, died July 11. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today, Friday, July 17, at St. Patrick’s Church, in Bedford, where she was very active.

Ms. O’Leary was born in Philadelphia April 26, 1929, the oldest of four daughters, to Margaret M. and Paul A. Barker. She was a gifted artist and athlete. She attended Immaculata University, majoring in home economics, and also played varsity basketball.

Ms. O’Leary was married to her husband of 47 years, Richard P. “Dick” O’Leary, who predeceased her in 2000. They had seven children, five daughters and two sons, all of whom were with her at the time of her death.

Ms. O’Leary was an accomplished amateur golfer, and played competitively as a member of both the Women’s Tri-County and Westchester/Fairfield County Golf Associations. At Winged Foot Golf Club, in Mamroneck, she was a four-time club champion runner-up.

Rita is survived by her three sisters, Joan Nieporte, Margaret Flanigan and Paula McEachen, and her seven children: Alice Kerrigan (Kevin) of Ridgefield, Connecticut; Brenda O’Leary of Bothell, Washington; Colleen Duffy of Brewster; Rita O’Shea (Timothy) of Watertown, Connecticut; Richard O’Leary, Jr. (Elizabeth) of Croton Falls; Paul O’Leary (Aran) of Sandy Hook, Connecticut and Margaret O’Leary of Madison, Connecticut. She is also survived by her 17 grandchildren.

Interment will be Saturday, July 18, at 12:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Harwich, Massachusetts.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Yarmouth Firefighter Relief Association, 96 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. 

Caitlin Birk Mullinex, Fox Lane graduate, dies at 36

Caitlin Birk Mullinix, 36, died at home, in San Francisco, on June 23 after a long battle with cancer.

She is survived by her husband, Jonathan Mullinix, and four year-old son, Nicholas. Other survivors are her parents, Wilma and David Birk; sisters Whitney, Leah (Chacon), and Kerry; and brothers-in-law Freddy Chacon, and David and Brendan Mullinix.

Ms. Mullinex was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, and  grew up in Bedford HIlls.  She attended Fox Lane High School. She channeled her natural managerial and maternal instincts into a variety of activities in the community, including Tiny Tots, Candy Striping, babysitting, acting as a dance-class leader and volunteering at a local food pantry.  She enjoyed music and the performing arts and nurtured this interest, by playing violin in the school orchestra and spending many hours at Westchester Theatre Dance Academy. She was selected to join the dance academy’s Performing Troupe, which became another meaningful part of her community service.  
Ms. Mullinex balanced her love of the community with a desire to explore the world through travel.  She spent the summers after her junior and senior years of high school abroad with American Field Service in Bolivia and Argentina,. After graduating from Fox Lane, Caitlin attended Connecticut College and focussed in Hispanic Studies.  She graduated from Connecticut College with a BA in 2001, cum laude.
After college she held positions at the Thunderbird School of Management in Phoenix, Arizona, where her family was living at the time.  Ms. Mullinex  found her calling in the hospitality industry, and enrolled  in Cornell University’s master degree program for Hotel Administration from 2005 to 2006, where she met her future husband, Jonathan.
 After graduating from Cornell, the couple moved to Dallas, both taking jobs with Omni Hotels.  A year later, they moved to San Francisco. Ms. Mullinex was hired as senior conference planning manager for ARAMARK at University of California-San Francisco. The couple became engaged and were at Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley.    
A month after the birth of their first son,  Nicholas Patrick Mullinix, Ms. Mullinex was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She became involved with the Golden Gate Mothers Group and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), serving as a patient spokesperson helping to raise research money from some of the Bay area’s largest companies.  In 2013 she was named “Honored Hero” of the San Francisco LLS chapter and delivered a speech about her personal experience to the organization’s supporters attending that year’s Light the Night Walk research fund-raiser.  Also, in reflection of her community service, the Golden Gate Mothers Group recently announced that it created a new annual award, The Caitlin Mullinix Volunteer of the Year Award, in her honor.
 Despite her disease, Ms. Mullinex maintained an optimism and unflagging spirit as she courageously underwent difficult treatment.  “All who knew Caitlin were inspired by her grace, charm, and generosity throughout her life, and by her great strength and courage throughout her battle with cancer,” the family said in a statement.

Funeral services were held July 3 at Fernwood Cemetery in Mill Valley, California. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Mary Beth Harrington, nutritionist, dies at 56

Mary Beth Harrington of Pound Ridge, New York, died Sunday, June 14, at her home. She was 56 years old.

Ms. Harrington graduated Marymount College with honors in economics and nutrition. She began her career as a nutritionist with the General Foods Corporation. In a career spanning 33 years, she rose to hold director positions of the nutrition and test kitchens at General Foods, Kraft Foods and McCormack Spice Company.

Ms. Harrington was an avid and accomplished cook and reader.

She was the daughter of the late William “B.J.” Harrington. Ms. Harrington is survived by her mother, Audrey Harrington, and her twin sister, Mary Pat McCarthy. She is also survived by two great-aunts, Mary Harrington and Jane Devlin, three brothers and sisters-in-law, Billy and Carolyn, Brian and Elizabeth and Peter and Danielle; nieces and nephews Luke, Caitlyn, Meagan, Emily, Will, Hanna, Caroline, P.J. and Jill; and grand-nephew, Ciaran.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, in Bedford,  Thursday, June 18. Interment followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, 300 Corporate Boulevard S, Yonkers, New York. For more information, visit

Loretta Brigantino, former Katonah resident, dies at 76

Loretta Brigantino, a former longtime resident of Katonah, died June 9 at the age of 76. She most recently lived in The Villages, Florida,

Ms. Brigantino was born April 22, 1939 in the Bronx, to the late Michael and Angelina (Pappalardi) Spinelli.  She was trained at the Mandl School for Medical Assistants in Manhattan.

Survivors include her husband, Gabriel Brigantino and their children, Lisa Brigantino, Lori Brigantino (Thomas Millioto.)

Ms. Brigantino was artistic and had a talent for drawing and painting, as well as decorating and antiquing.  She was active for over 30 years singing four-part barbershop harmony in Sweet Adelines International. She participated in several championship choruses and later sang with the Belle Chords in Florida.

Funeral Mass was held June 16 at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in New Rochelle. Internment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery, the Bronx.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society; the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation; and Cornerstone Hospice, The Villages Hospice House,  601 Casa Bella, The Villages, Florida.

John Childress Beck of Bedford dies at 83

John Childress Beck, a prominent Bedford resident who was active in the leadership of St. Matthew’s Church and Rippowam School in the 1970s, died at his home in Vero Beach, Florida, June 3. Mr. Beck maintained his primary residence in Bedford. He was 83.

Mr. Beck was president of the Board of Trustees of Rippowam School from 1971 to 1973, and was instrumental in the merger of that school with Cisqua School. After the merger, he served as the first board president of what was then called the Rippowam Cisqua School, from 1973 to 1975.

He also served on the Vestry of St. Matthew’s Church from 1976 to 1982, and was a founding member of the church’s investment committee, which he recommended be established after the church received a substantial gift from the Bedell family in the late 1990s. Fellow parishioner, Wilmot Kidd, called Mr. Beck, “the main intellect behind the investment process of the St. Matthew’s endowment fund.”

Mr. Beck is survived by his wife, Marilyn McClure Plumb Beck; five children from his marriage to Mary Boulton Fiske: William Fiske Beck of Chappaqua, Susanne Boulton Beck of Boston, Massachusetts, Christopher Mackay Beck of Mendham, New Jersey, Edwin Wells Beck of Darien, Connecticut, and Robert Childress Beck of New York,  who now oversees the family firm, Beck, Mack & Oliver;  a sister, Susan Beck Wasch of Middletown, Connecticut;  brother, Thaddeus Edmund Beck Jr., of Glasgow, Virginia; etc.; three step-children: Peter Cary Plumb of Barrington, Rhode Island, William Kelsey Plumb of Bedford, and Wendell Plumb Corper of Wilton, Connecticut; fourteen grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren.

Son of the late Madeline Childress and T. Edmund Mr. Beck, Mr. Beck was born in Mount Vernon, March 10, 1932. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy before graduating from the Wooster School in 1949. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Princeton University in 1953. While at Princeton, Mr. Beck was part of a nationally ranked crew team that narrowly missed capturing an Olympic berth for the 1952 games. Immediately following college, Mr. Beck served in the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of Lieutenant, junior grade.

Mr. Beck earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1958 before joining Beck, Mack & Oliver, an investment counseling firm founded by his father; Mr. Beck became a partner in 1962. He retired from Beck, Mack & Oliver in 1997.

He served on many boards including Russell Reynolds Associates, the Chubb Corporation, Colonial Williamsburg and Princeton University.

Mr. Beck became a nationally ranked platform tennis player in the 1970s, taking the national mixed doubles title with his sister in 1972, and the national men’s title with Herbert Fitzgibbon in 1974. He was also an avid fly fisherman and hunter.

Services will be held Thursday, June 25 at 11 a.m., at Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 382 Cantitoe St., Bedford.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wooster School, in Danbury, Connecticut; or the Michael J. Fox Foundation, at

Kate Merker, Bedford resident, dies at 85

Kathryn “Kate” Merker, age 85, of Bedford, died Sunday, May 31, at Westchester Medical Center.

She was born July 5, 1929 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the daughter of the late Charles and Alma (Yockisch) Deters. 

Ms. Merker is survived by her three daughters, Krista (Patrick) Reilly, Kathryn (John) O’Hanlon and Kassandra (Scott) McDowell, and nine grandchildren.

A mass was held Wednesday, June 3, at St. Patrick’s Church, in Bedford Village. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Patrick’s Church, 7 Pound Ridge Road, Bedford.

Glenn D. Hall, 55, finance executive and former Bedford resident

Glenn Dameron Hall, 55, died Saturday, May 30, in Saratoga Springs, New York. Mr. Hall is survived by his wife Amber Hall (Valone), and his two children, Henry Dameron Hall and Margaret Stuart Hall.

Mr. Hall had an long career in finance; his specialty was bond sales. He joined Dillon Read & Co. Inc. in 1983, and Lehman Brothers in 1993, serving as managing director of Corporate Bond Sales. In 2005 he  joined RBS/Greenwich Capital. He also worked for UBS Securities and Société Générale Securities, retiring from Société Générale Securities in 2014.

Mr. Hall and his wife enjoyed renovating their historic homes, including an 1860s Victorian in Bedford, a loft in Manhattan’s Flatiron district and a summer home in Silver Bay on Lake George. 

Other survivors include his mother, Sarah E. Hall; his sister, Virginia Hall Orzell; his brother, Todd W. Hall; and eight nieces and nephews.

Mr. Hall attended Eltingville Lutheran School in Staten Island, Brooklyn Technical High School, and the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1983 he received an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

Mr. Hall, known by the nickname, “The Chief,” was known as a consummate host and personal mentor to many. He was an explorer and traveled extensively. He also was an avid skier and outdoorsman, and a keen student of architecture and historic renovation. During his early years he founded a youth scholarship fund at the Andrew E. Zimmer Fish and Game Association, in Staten Island.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in New York City, Saturday, June 13 at 11 a.m. The church is located at 12 West 12th Street. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation,

Mary Ellen McKee, former Bedford teacher, dies at 93

Mary Ellen Fickling McKee died at her home in Mount Kisco, Tuesday, June 2.  She was 93. Ms. McKee was a retired teacher of Bedford Central School District.

She was a graduate of Fisk University, and obtained her master’s degree from Columbia University.

Born Feb. 21, 1922, Ms. McKee is survived by her son, Roger McKee, of San Francisco. She was predeceased by her son Michael McKee.

Ms. McKee was an active member of her church and community, Friends in Service Helping of Mount Kisco, and was a 22-year member of the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 6, at 6 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 84 East Main Street, Mount Kisco.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, or the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester.

Fred Wamsley was longtime Bedford resident

Alfred Evans Wamsley III, died Saturday, May 16, in Jacksonville, Florida. He was a longtime Bedford resident and active member of many community organizations during the 41 years he lived in the town. He was 80.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, August 22, 1934, Mr. Wamsley earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Georgia Tech in 1956, and enlisted in the Navy.

Mr. Wamsley, known to friends and family as Fred, joined General Foods in 1960. For the next 38 years, he rose through the ranks to the positions of national sales manager and director of trade relations.

Mr. Wamsley lived with his wife and three daughters in Bedford for 41 years before retiring full time to Atlantic Beach, Florida. He was an active member of  St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and Vestry; Chowder & Marching Club; Mianus River Gorge Preserve; and Bedford Golf and Tennis Club. Mr. Wamsley was an avid fisherman, often recounting stories of crabbing and shrimping. He also loved cooking and entertaining, singing, dancing and telling stories.

Mr. Wamsley is survived by his wife, Betty Ann McGowan Wamsley of Jacksonville, Florida; daughters, Mary Jane Johnson of Stoughton, Massachusetts; Sara Hickman (Bruce) of Hartfield, Virginia, and Susie Wamsley of Greenwich, Connecticut; and four grandsons: Ryan Johnson of Utah, Bobby and Luke Johnson of Stoughton, Massachusetts, and Tyler Hartnett of Hartfield, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church or the American Alzheimer’s Association. A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 31, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Victor Jacoby, longtime Pound Ridge resident, dies

By Don Heppner

Victor Jacoby, formerly of Pound Ridge, died Friday, May 8, in New Canaan, Connecticut.

He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Margaret “Miggs” Jacoby, and his son-in-law, Jeffrey Aarts. Mr. Jacoby is survived by his daughter, Karen Aarts of Pound Ridge; daughter Susan (Kevin) Marks of Darien, Connecticut; and son Jack Jacoby of Groton, Connecticut; four grandchildren, Michael and Peter Aarts, and Sarah and Justin Marks. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Former colleagues and longtime friends reminisced about the Pound Ridge resident, who made many contributions as a respected builder and community leader.

Carol Long, the former town assessor, worked with Mr. Jacoby for 18 years.

"Victor was a volunteer to be admired — a stalwart, dedicated, and valued member of the Town of Pound Ridge Board of Assessment Review," Ms. Long said. "He added much expertise based on both his experience as a builder, as well as his historical knowledge and familiarity with property development in the Town. Vic was always so attentive to property owners' assessment concerns, and worked conscientiously at fairness. I'm fortunate to have worked with him for all of the 18 years that he served on the Board of Review. He was always a gentleman, with a wonderful sense of humor."

“He was a great asset to the community,” said Pound Ridge Town Supervisor Dick Lyman, who knew Mr. Jacoby for decades. “He did a great job on the board of assessment appeals. He built a lot of homes in Pound Ridge. He was a great guy.”

Frank Sisti would often visit Mr. Jacoby to get a petition signed. “I would stop by his house and I would be there for a half-hour or more, and I would always leave with flowers,” Mr. Sisti said. “He and Miggs had a great garden.”

Mr. Sisti said Mr. Jacoby was always positive and “in my opinion, he embodied the spirit of Pound Ridge.”

“Victor and his family were great friends to Pound Ridge,” said former town supervisor Gary Warshauer. “He used his construction experience to the benefit of several town boards. He will be missed.”

Mr. Jacoby was a general contractor for more than 30 years, and many of the homes he built in Pound Ridge are a long-standing testament to his handiwork and craft.

He served as the chairman on the Board of Assessment Appeals for many years. He also served as the Fire Commissioner of Pound Ridge, and was a member of the Lions Club and the Open Space committee.

Mr. Jacoby’s love of tennis began during his time served in the Army. He become an avid tennis player, playing through his early eighties. He served as treasurer of the Pound Ridge Tennis Club, located just down the road from his home. Mr. Jacoby was an active member of the Chestnut Ridge Tennis Club, both on the court and in the tennis shop. He also loved to garden alongside his wife, who carefully minded his planting rows. 

Mr. Jacoby was born Jan. 24, 1930, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Jack and Cecilia Jacoby of Harrison.

Mr. and Mrs. Jacoby married on June 24, 1951. They resided in Pound Ridge for more than 50 years, in the house that Mr. Jacoby built with his own hands.

Mr. Jacoby loved jazz. According to his family, he was often found sneaking M&M’s, Mallomars and lollipops to indulge his sweet tooth.

Mr. Jacoby’s children and grandchildren brought him great joy, and he was always willing to lend an ear in an education decision or job venture, family members said, adding that Mr. Jacoby will be remembered as a man of few but carefully chosen words.

The Aarts and Marks families will hold a private burial. He will be interred in Pound Ridge Cemetery alongside Mrs. Jacoby and Mr. Aarts. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Community Vocational Services, 181 Boston Post Road, Waterford, Connecticut. 

Lloyd Cox, 85, was known as ‘Mr. Bedford’


Lloyd Bedford Cox Jr., 85, a former longtime resident of Bedford and retired president of insurance company Lloyd Bedford Cox Inc., died Saturday, May 2, at Meadow Ridge in Redding, Connecticut.

Mr. Cox held leadership roles in many local organizations. He served as the first president of the Bedford Hills Chamber of Commerce, as well as the president of the Lions Club of Bedford Hills and the Insurance Agents of Westchester County. He was an elder in Bedford Presbyterian Church, a founder of Northern Westchester Shelter for Domestic Violence, a member of Random Choristers II, St. Matthew’s Church, Bedford Golf and Tennis Club and Chowder & Marching Club.

In addition, he was a trustee of John Jay Homestead, and was honored to receive the Friends of John Jay Founders Award in 2008. Mr. Cox was president of the Bedford Historical Society for 10 years, from 1977 to 1988, and named director emeritus in 2001. He was chairman of the 1987 Bedford Court House Celebration, vice chairman of the 1980 Bedford tricentennial, and chairman of the Bedford board of assessment review.

“In addition to all his contributions to Bedford and to many organizations within Bedford, Lloyd was a true man of the people,” said Lynn Ryan, the executive director of the Bedford Historical Society. “When you spoke to Lloyd, he made you feel as if you were the most important person in the room. I have missed him a lot in these last years. When our offices were on the second floor of the Lounsbery Building, Lloyd would often stop by just to check in, mostly on his way to or from the post office. Like a few before him, Lloyd was often affectionately referred to as, ‘Mr. Bedford.’”

Mr. Cox was born Feb. 15, 1930, at Northern Westchester Hospital, and was the son of the late Lloyd Bedford Cox Sr. and Martha Hoyt Cox of Bedford Hills, who lived off of Burbank Avenue. He married Eleanor Jeffers Cox on Aug. 10, 1957 in Syracuse. They moved from Bedford to Redding, Connecticut in 2008.

Mr. Cox graduated from Bedford Hills High School and from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, in 1952. After college, he joined his father at Lloyd Bedford Cox Inc., now a third generation insurance brokerage firm in Bedford Hills and New York City, and retired as its president in 2000.
Before his insurance career, Mr. Cox mowed lawns for Thatcher T.P. Luquer, who founded the Bedford Historical Society in 1916. He also acted as a driver for Mr. Luquer’s sister, Eloise Luquer, and did her grocery shopping. Ms. Luquer founded the Bedford Free Library in 1903, and the nature walk at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.

Mr. Cox received an alumni citation in business from St. Lawrence University in 1978, and was elected trustee emeritus in 2000.

Mr. Cox is survived by his wife; a sister, Martha C. Wright of Basking Ridge, New Jersey; a daughter, Betsy Murphy (Paul) of Long Valley, New Jersey; two sons, Lloyd Cox III (Tori) of Katonah and J. Jeffers Cox (Mary) of Bedford; and four grandchildren: Brian and Sarah Cox of Bedford, and Dylan and Tyler Cox of Katonah.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friends of John Jay Homestead, the Bedford Historical Society, or to the Lloyd B. and Eleanor J. Cox Jr. Endowed Scholarship at St. Lawrence University, Canton.

Genovesi of Bedford Hills dies at 87


George Genovesi, 87, of Bedford Hills, died Saturday, May 2, surrounded by family. Mr. Genovesi was a Bedford volunteer firefighter for 60 years, longtime mechanic and War World II Navy veteran. 

Married for the first time at 82, he worked for the owner of White Owl Cigars, bowled nearly a perfect game, and caddied for jazz legend Benny Goodman.

Mr. Genovesi was born and raised in Bedford Hills to the late Amato and Maria Genovesi. He first lived off of Hook Road and at the age of 3 his parents settled on Harris Road. Mr. Genovesi never married until 2009, when he married Alice Retter, from Bedford Hills, at the age of 82.
Mr. Genovesi attended Bedford Hills High School, which has since become Bedford Hills Elementary School. He played varsity baseball and pitched a three-hit shutout in his last game before being shipped off for the Navy. He would remain a baseball fan throughout life, rooting for the New York Yankees. He played varsity basketball as well. In a town oral history interview, he said as a small basketball player he developed a hook shot to throw over the big men who would surround him. He also played clarinet in the school’s marching band.
Mr. Genovesi served during World War II in the U.S. Navy for 15 months, reaching the rank of seaman second class, despite not knowing how to swim.
“The funny thing about it was he couldn’t swim, and he went and served this country,” said his nephew Anthony Paganelli.
After his service ended, Mr. Genovesi worked at the Westa estate off of Harris Road for $4 a day. He said during the history interview that Ms. Westa, owner of White Owl Cigars, laid him off after saying she was bankrupt.
Mr. Genovesi then worked as an auto mechanic, first for Potter Buick in Mount Kisco for 19 years and later for Bedford Exxon and Bedford Shell for around 20 years.

“If people had issues with their cars here in Bedford over the last 30 to 40 years, everyone would call,” Mr. Paganelli said. “Everyone trusted him as a mechanic.”

He was a dedicated member of the Bedford Fire Department for 60 years, having first joined in 1955.
Bedford Fire Chief Peter Lazaro said he remembers Mr. Genovesi for marching prominently in department parades until late in life when he began to ride in the department’s antique truck.

“No matter what was going on there was a smile on his face,” Chief Lazaro said. “He was always in the front of the line when we marched. He showed up to all of our events. He was a go-to guy. I’ve known him the whole time I’ve been here.”
Mr. Genovesi enjoyed bowling and made 11 strikes in a row to score a 299 at the Bedford firehouse’s lanes in 1962, one point away from a perfect game.

“People here at the department always talk about one,” Mr. Paganelli said. “One pin stood up for him and he missed that 300 point game.”

Mr. Genovesi was also an avid golfer, and used to play at Bedford Golf and Tennis when the club used to allow volunteer firefighters to play on Mondays. Earlier in life, he once caddied for jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman, known as the “King of Swing,” at Bedford Golf and Tennis.

Mr. Genovesi was an active parishioner of St. Patrick's Church in Bedford, and he enthusiastically volunteered at the church carnival's food booth for 40 years, becoming well-known for serving up sausage and pepper wedges to carnival-goers. He had previously volunteered at the Bedford Fire Department’s carnival, before the St. Patrick's carnival became and annual event in Bedford Village.
He is survived by his wife; his sister Sue Panetta of Dover, New Jersey; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and stepchildren.

Mr. Genovesi never had children, but raised his nieces and nephews as if they were his own.

“He never had children of his own, so he treated all of his nieces and his nephews as his own children,” said his niece Diane Paganelli Pucila. “He was a surrogate father to a lot of us.”

“His family was his siblings and his nieces and nephews and their children,” Mr. Paganelli said. “He was the uncle to everyone, be it family or not.”

He was predeceased by his brother, Joe Genovesi, and his sisters, Jennie Cutri, Eleanor Burger and Ann Paganelli. A funeral service was held Wednesday. He is interned at the St. Francis Cemetery in Mount Kisco.

Michael Joseph Taft, 38

Michael Joseph Taft, 38, died on Thursday, April 2, at his home in Austin, Texas. Raised in Bedford, he was the son of Karen Brooks Taft and Stephen Morris Taft. Mr. Taft is also survived by his brothers David Taft and Scott Taft; brother-in-law Michael Murphy; and his loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 18, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Historical Hall, Bedford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Blythedale Children’s Hospital, at

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Rocco Bueti, 78, of Bedford Hills

Rocco Bueti of Bedford Hills, died peacefully surrounded by his family, April 1 at 78. Mr. Bueti was a custodian at the Chappaqua Central School District for over 30 years, until his retirement. Mr. Bueti was born on April 18, 1936 in the village Solano, in Calabria, Italy, to Domenico Bueti and Carmela Nunnari Bueti.

He was a devoted loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife, Gesualda, of Bedford Hills; his children Carmela (Michael) Ferguson of Bedford Hills and Dominic A. Bueti of Lagrangeville; grandchildren Joseph, Felicia and Jessica; sister Francesca (Antonio) Bueti of Bedford, brother Anthony (Eda) Bueti of Sleepy Hollow; and many loving brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Bueti was predeceased by his sister Josephine Pensabene of Bedford Hills, sister Polsia Tripodi of Reggio Calabria, Italy, and Pasquale Bueti of Mount Kisco.

The funeral mass was held on Wednesday, April 8 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Mount Kisco.

Gloria Geller, longtime area resident

Gloria Geller (nee Feldman) died March 26 after a lengthy illness. She was 88. Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, Oct. 15, 1926 to Albert and Irene Feldman, she lived in Bayonne, Newark and Mount Kisco before moving to North Salem, 50 years ago. Mrs. Geller was the president of 50 West 47th St. Corporation for five years. Previously, she was a bookkeeper for various companies and office manager for the interior decorating firm, Arrangements, Inc. She also produced the original musical, “Who Built the World,” at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 1866 of North Salem In the 1960s, she was the vice president of the National Council of Jewish Women, Westchester chapter.

Family members said Mrs. Gelller will be remembered for her warmth, her devotion to her family, and her superlative chicken soup with matzoh balls. She is survived by her beloved husband, Herbert F. Geller of North Salem; her devoted daughters JeriAnn M. Geller of Stratford, Connecticut, Sharon Beth (Dr. William) Zinn of Warren, New Jersey and Nisa Geller (Jeff Tannenbaum) of Katonah; her siblings Martin (Marilyn) Feldman of Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Selma Ross of Springfield, New Jersey. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren: Ariel and Grant Zinn, Benjamin Ruscoe, Isabella Zinn, Oriana, Joseph and Samuel Tannenbaum; six nieces and nephews, Mark (Robin) Ross and Karen (Gary) Kerstein both of Springfield, New Jersey, Meredyth Feldman (Howard Kelman) of Hingham, Massachusetts, Mitchell (Linda) Feldman of Haddam, Connecticut, Susan Feldman (Gregory Probst) of Seattle, Washington, and Jennifer Feldman of Katonah, as well as many grandnieces and nephews.

Marguerite Carlacci, longtime resident

Marguerite Carlacci, (Tomassi), 84, a longtime resident of Bedford Hills, died on March 14.

Mrs. Carlacci was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on July 30, 1930. She was a secretary for the Bedford Central School District for many years. Mrs. Carlacci was a dedicated homemaker, and her greatest love was her family.

Mrs. Carlacci was the wife for 48 years of Michael Carlacci Sr.; mother of Dante, Michael, Lynda, and Margie, mother-in-law of Elsy Carlacci, Shane Carlacci, Tom Stasiak and George Schrade; devoted grandmother of Brittany, Angela, Marissa, James, Michael, Thomas, Brendan, Amanda, Melanie, Brandon, Griffin and Mathew.

Renowned trumpeter Lew Soloff dies at age 71


Lew Soloff, a former Bedford resident, died Sunday at the age of 71. Mr. Soloff was a world-famous trumpeter who garnered fame as a soloist for the group “Blood, Sweat & Tears,” and followed as a leading jazz performer and educator.

Mr. Soloff, who lived in Brooklyn at the time of his death, lived in Bedford and Bedford Hills from 1992 to 2006, where he raised a family, practiced his faith at Mount Kisco Hebrew Congregation, and maintained a high profile on the community’s cultural scene, appearing as recently as Dec. 13, 2014 at a “Harvey Presents” concert at the Harvey School in Katonah.

At that event, Mr. Soloff received a standing ovation as he performed “Spinning Wheel,” the 1969 Blood, Sweat & Tears hit that was nominated for three Grammy Awards and won one, for best instrumental arrangement. It was Mr. Soloff’s searing horn lines that helped make the song such a memorable composition.

One of Mr. Soloff’s two daughters, Laura Solomon, said this week in a Facebook announcement: “Tonight I lost my dad. We flew to New York to spend the week with him and my sister, enjoyed the day together, had dinner at our favorite grub spot. On the way home, he suffered a massive heart attack and collapsed into my arms on the sidewalk in front of my husband and children. I performed CPR with the help of a passerby and continued to assist after EMT’s arrived. He died at the scene, was resuscitated, made it through an angioplasty but couldn't stabilize afterward and passed away just before 1 a.m.”

Born Feb. 20, 1944 in Brooklyn and raised in Lakewood, New Jersey, Mr. Soloff began his career as an aspiring musician in New York City. In 1997 he told The Record-Review that after playing Catskills’ gigs and receiving a degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, the trumpeter described dog days living in “a little tiny apartment. The floors were crooked, the ceilings were crooked.”

He worked for big band leader Maynard Ferguson, and then in 1967 got a call asking if he wanted to join “a new rock band.”

“At that point in time,” he said in the 1997 interview, “Everyone wanted to play jazz and no one wanted to play rock. I said, ‘No, I just want to play jazz.’ I was close-minded, I admit it.” It was only after friends — including the trumpeters Randy Brecker, Jerry Weiss and drummer Bobby Colomby — joined the band that Mr. Soloff became interested. 

“I knew Bobby Colomby from when he used to be a soda jerk and make sandwiches in the deli restaurant at Kutscher’s restaurant when I was in the show band,” Mr. Soloff said. “Then Randy quit the band to join Horace Silver and they needed a replacement. I said, ‘I’ll try it for a while.’ I don’t think anybody expected the kind of success that band had. It was amazing.”

The band had three number one hits on their first album with Mr. Soloff. “I experienced life in a way I will never forget,” he said. “When we had a hot night, everybody in the band was playing like there wasn’t going to be a tomorrow.”

Blood, Sweat & Tears was received with enthusiasm around the world.  “We made a trip to Eastern Europe, and it was one of the greatest trips of my entire life,” he said. “We were the first American rock band to play Rumania, Yugoslavia and Poland, the first to play behind the Iron Curtain. It was like nothing I have ever seen before or since. People were crying; I’ve never seen anything like it. They were starved for the music.”

Mr. Soloff decided to leave the band in 1973 because, he said, “We had become a prisoner of our own hits.” 

Mr. Soloff was to become a highly in-demand studio musician and jazz performer. He found the same satisfaction playing before smaller audiences as he had within the rock world.  “If you do something that really means something to you, it doesn’t matter if there are 100 people going crazy or 5,000 people going crazy. It’s the same feeling, the same satisfaction,” he said. Mr. Soloff found he had to prove himself from scratch once again in the jazz world.  “Making it in the pop field did not help me as far as being recognized as a jazz player,” he said. “I was thought of more as a commercial player. People love to label people. But the great musicians are always more open and more accepting and don’t lay those rules down.” Along with dates in the studio, Mr. Soloff played with jazz great Gil Evans’ band.

But he said his “real jazz life” didn’t start until 1984, when he formed a group called the Manhattan Jazz Quintet, featuring himself, the drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Charnett Moffett, saxophonist George Young and the leader, David Matthews, on piano.  “It was supposed to be a normal ‘sell 8,000’ jazz records for Japan. But we ended up selling 160,000 copies!” he said.

Mr. Soloff and then wife, Emily Mitchell, came to Bedford from New York City to raise a family at the recommendation of a friend. Mr. Soloff said, “I love living here,” but he does regret missing out on invitations to late-night Manhattan jam sessions. “I’ll ask, ‘What time do you start?’ Most of the time, it’s after 11. I think of driving home at 1:30 in the morning and being tired and getting home at 4 and then getting up with the kids at 7:30, and I just don’t do it.

“But,” he continued, “I myself would not raise a child in Manhattan. I don’t think it’s fair for a kid at 16-years-old not to be able to walk around the block and not be afraid. If I’m not in Manhattan, I can’t think of a place I’d rather be than here,” he said. “I think it’s absolutely fabulous up here.”

“I experienced what the star lifestyle was, the limousines, the hotels, the parties,” said Mr. Soloff. “But I’ve found out that what truly makes me happy is music, music that I love.” 

“I am overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from people I've known all my life, those I know more recently, and friends I've yet to meet,” Laura Solomon said on her father’s Facebook page. “My dad was amazing. He could drive me crazy, but that didn't make him any less essential to my life. He loved his grandkids. He loved my sister and me. He was one of the greatest trumpet players in the world and I'm so proud to be his daughter. I'm so happy to carry on a fraction of his musicality in the now rare moments that I pick up my violin.

Mr. Soloff is survived by his daughter, Laura Solomon, her husband Daniel, and their children Micah and Mila, who live in Houston. His younger daughter, Lena Soloff, lives in New York City. He remained close friends with his ex-wife, Emily Mitchell."

Mr. Soloff’s funeral service and burial took place, Monday, March 9 in Valhalla. Rabbi Jeremias conducted the service.

A  memorial service is planned in coming weeks; more details are forthcoming.

Lorraine Walker Powley, former Pound Ridge resident

Lorraine “Larry” Walker Powley died on Feb. 21 at the age of 82, after losing her battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Ms. Powley was born on April 21, 1932 in Albany. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from Colby College and her master’s degree in elementary education from Tufts University. She taught and lived in Pound Ridge from 1968 to 1985, and later lived in Lyme, Connecticut; Phippsburg, Maine; and Cape Coral, Florida.

Ms. Powley was married to Mark Powley for nearly 59 years. Their children include Steven Powley of Cape Coral, Florida; Lisa Powley Batzinger of North Kingstown, Rhode Island; and David Powley of Flemington, New Jersey. Ms. Powley is survived by seven grandchildren, Emily Powley, Christopher, Timothy and Kelly Batzinger and Sarah, Benjamin and Daniel Powley. She is also survived by her two brothers, Arthur and Richard Walker.

A service honoring Lorraine’s life will take place Saturday, March 14 at noon at the Newtonville United Methodist Church, 568 Loudon Road, (Route 9) Latham, followed by interment in her family mausoleum at the Albany Rural Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy can be presented through contributions in Lorraine’s memory to the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, Connecticut 06371.

Frank Kernan, former Bedford resident

Frank Kernan died at home in Boca Grande, Florida, on Feb. 13, surrounded by his family. He also resided in Bedford, and Fishers Island. He is survived by his wife, Katherine (Cassie) Sheffield Kernan, to whom he was married to for 46 years, his sons, Francis Joshua Kernan (Elizabeth) and Michael Kernan (Amanda), his daughter, Katherine Kernan Doerge (Chad), five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and his beloved dog, Charlie.

He was born May 9, 1935, in New York City, the eldest child of the late Francis Kernan and Maud Tilton Kernan. He was president of Allen-Kernan-McKown Inc., an insurance brokerage that was later purchased by Financial Guardian. He then became president of Benmarl Vineyards in Marlborough, New York, and was dubbed “Sir Vine” by New York City Mayor Ed Koch. At Benmarl, he established the Benmarl Wine Club, one of the first subscription wine clubs. Before retiring in 1998, he founded and managed Brook Investments, a private equity concern that provided capital to financial services companies.

Mr. Kernan served his country as a U.S. Marine for four years until he left for a novitiate with the St. Josephite missionaries in Newburgh, New York. On Nov. 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was shot, he won the title to a marina in Cape May, New Jersey, in a backroom poker game in Las Vegas, Nevada. While managing this marina, he began his insurance career with Marsh & McLennan. He completed a graduate degree in history at Fordham University, and undergraduate studies at New York University and Cornell University. In 1954, he graduated from Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts.

Mr. Kernan was an avid golfer and a member of the Bedford Golf and Tennis Club. He was a founder of the Harbor Open Golf charity golf tournament held every summer since 1970 at Fishers Island Club. HOG benefits the Island Health Project on Fishers Island. He was a member of the United States Seniors’ Golf Association.

He served on numerous nonprofit boards including George Junior Republic, Tabor Academy and the Urban League. His hobbies included wood carving, gardening, beekeeping and making moonshine. Above all, his family and friends remember him for his strong faith, kindness, intelligence and great humor.

A memorial Mass was said on Saturday, Feb. 21, at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Boca Grande, Florida, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to My Second Home in Mount Kisco, New York.

Louise Dente, 54, of Bedford

Bedford resident, Louise Dente, 54, died Monday, Feb. 16. Ms. Dente was the wife of Jeffrey Dente, and sister-in-law of Patti Dente and John Dente. She is survived by nieces and nephews Chelsey Dente, Tyler Dente, Jessica Peraza and Danielle White. She is also survived by her sister, Tammy, and brother, Jack Hutchins.

Ms. Dente was known for her passion and devotion to animals. Interment will be private, and the family requests no flowers. In Ms. Dente’s memory, donations may be made to the Bedford Village Fire Department.

Ursula G. Frank, of Bedford Hills

Ursula G. Frank, 95, died on Thursday, Feb. 12. She was a resident of Bedford Hills for over 50 years. Born in Berlin, Germany, to George and Gerta Seyfferth in 1919, her family emigrated to Newburgh, New York, when she was 9.

Mrs. Frank attended the local schools and graduated from the Newburgh Free Academy. In 1939, she married Emil P. Frank in Newburgh, where their son Richard was born. In 1941, they moved to the Bronx and owned and operated the Pelham Bay Bake Shop for over 20 years, later moving to Mount Kisco, where they owned and operated the Village Bake Shop from 1960 to 1971.

Mrs. Frank was a volunteer at Northern Westchester Hospital, and Friends in Service Helping. She was also a longtime member of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection.

Mrs. Frank was predeceased by her husband, Emil, in 1995, and her brother, Hans Seyfferth of Orem, Utah, in 1978.

Mrs. Frank is survived by her son Richard (Edie) of Somers; grandson Erik (Margaret) of Brooktondale; granddaughter Krista Toba (Andreas) of Bedford Hills. Great-grandsons Niko Toba, Dante Toba and Sebastian Frank, and niece Linda Ward, of Murray, Utah.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Mount Kisco.

Francis Sylvester King, Katonah resident

Francis Sylvester King, died on Feb. 8, at his home in Katonah. Born in 1920, as one of six children, he spent his childhood and young adult years in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Mr. King graduated from LaSalle Academy, where he was a New York-All City basketball player. He attended St John’s University, leaving to enlist in the Army in 1942. Mr. King was a 1st Lt. with the 929th Air Base Security Battalion, and a B-25 Pilot with the 310th Bombardment Group. Mr. King served in both World War II and the Korean War, attaining the rank of Capt. and receiving the Air Medal and 2 Bronze Stars. He graduated from NYU with a bachelor of arts degree in mechanical engineering, and Steven’s Institute of Technology with a master of science degree. After a successful career in marketing and new product development, he became a full professor at Westchester Community College. At WCC, Mr. King was appointed the marketing department chair, and taught as an adjunct professor at both Pace University and Mercy College. He received the New York State University’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellency in Teaching.

Mr. King is survived by Betty, his wife of 72 years, and his four children: Brian, Linda, Tracy and Liz and his six grandchildren: Dalin, Justin, Annabelle, Sean, Jillian and Truman. He was described as proud of his family, his military service, his teaching and a love of life, sports and music. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be sent to Hospice Care in Westchester and Putnam, 540 White Plains Road, Suite 300, Tarrytown 10591-5132.


Metropolitan Museum of Art curator and Bedford Hills resident the late Dr. Walter Liedtke shown standing in front of the Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens's “Rubens, His Wife Helena Fourment and Their Son, Frans (c. 1635).

Colleagues and family remember Dr. Walter Liedtke


Friends and professional colleagues from northern Westchester and around the world continue mourning the tragic sudden death of Walter Liedtke of Bedford Hills.

Dr. Liedtke, curator of Dutch and Flemish painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, was one of six people who died the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Metro-North accident in Valhalla.

Dr. Liedtke was the husband of Nancy Liedtke, a retired mathematics teacher. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Lois and William Klotz of Florida, and nephew, Jason Klotz of New York City.

Tributes too numerous to mention have lauded Dr. Liedtke’s scholarly work as well as his warm and witty personality. Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, said in a statement posted on the Met’s website on Feb. 5 that the revelation that Dr. Liedtke was among those who perished in the Metro-North train car “made the world feel impossibly small. For 35 years, Walter had come and gone from the Met every day, and now that would never happen again.”

Dr. Liedtke loved living in Bedford, Mrs. Liedtke said in a telephone interview with The Record-Review on Wednesday afternoon. It was a sentiment echoed by many others, including the Liedtkes’ neighbor, landlord and longtime friend, Thomas LaMotte.

“As much as Walter was an intellectual and very much a ‘New York character,’ he loved the country, loved the contrast between what he did down there in a suit versus being up here in his pickup,” Mr. LaMotte said. The Liedtkes had rented a cottage on the property owned by Mr. LaMotte and his wife, Ursula LaMotte, for about 30 years.

Plowing snow, chopping down trees and splitting firewood and, at times, keeping horses were integral parts of Dr. Liedtke’s life in Bedford. He was also generous with his time, supporting local organizations and judging at least one of the more recent “Art Show: Bedford” events.

Born Aug. 28, 1945 in Newark, New Jersey, to Walter Liedtke Sr. and Elsa Weir Liedtke, Dr. Liedtke was raised in Livingston, New Jersey. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey and his master’s degree from Brown University in Providence Rhode Island. He earned his doctorate at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, England.

In addition, Dr. Liedtke was the recipient of two Mellon scholarships, including, in 1979, to study at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mrs. Liedtke said coming to the Met was part of her late husband’s pattern of having “the best luck. Things just happened for him, and people loved him,” she said.

A prolific writer, Dr. Liedtke was the author of various Met publications in addition to about 50 articles and several books, among them “Architectural Painting in Delft” (1982); “The Royal Horse and Rider: Painting, Sculpture and Horsemanship 1500-1800 (1989); “Flemish Paintings in America” (with Guy Bauman, 1982); “A View of Delft: Vermeer and his Contemporaries” (2000); and “Vermeer: The Complete Paintings” (2008). Dr. Liedtke was named Knight of the Order of Leopold by King Albert II of Belgium in 1993 and Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in 2007.

Much of his writing took place at home in Bedford, Mr. LaMotte said, noting that he always knew when Dr. Liedtke was working on a book because he wouldn’t see him outdoors as much at those times. “He was focused very intently on what he was doing,” Mr. LaMotte said.

Mrs. Liedtke said her husband felt a sense of family among their Bedford friends, and she thanked those who have been supportive following his death. Her remembrances included the times Dr. Liedtke spent plowing neighbors’ driveways and showing friends and their children the horses and chickens on the farm. “He was so happy to come home from work to this wonderful place, this simple house,” she said.

She also wanted others to know how much her husband loved Block Island. “His family spent time there, and it’s where he met a lifelong friend who will speak at the memorial service, when they were 7,” she said. “Walter had many deep friendships, and so many people have contacted me from all around the world.”

Dr. Liedtke said in a Metropolitan Museum of Art video that he thought there was “something Dutch” about the way he lived: “To go home every day from the Upper East Side of Manhattan to the countryside is a really nice contrast. … At the essential level, what’s the most Dutch about this is the constant return to the immediate experience. I get up, I go to the barn, I clean horse stalls.”

“Our friends have been here every day and taking such good care of me,” Mrs. Liedtke said on Wednesday. “Walter was so funny and we were always laughing, so I’ve laughed and cried equally since the accident.”

Mr. Campbell of the Metropolitan Museum of Art called Dr. Liedtke “an original,” characterizing him as being “always nattily dressed, his hair just so and his mustache perfect … he seemed to have emerged from another era rather than from an office on the second floor.”

Among the world’s leading scholars of Dutch and Flemish paintings, Dr. Liedtke “was deeply devoted to his collection, which included the Met’s legendary Rembrandts and Vermeers,” Mr. Campbell continued. “He knew those pictures like old friends, and described them with an intimacy and spirit that was mesmerizing. In fact, his distinctive voice was among his unique characteristics: careful and deliberate, but somehow lyrical in its unhurried measure. And he had opinions: deep, strong, expressive opinions. Those opinions and his vigor in delivering them will be among the many things that we will miss.”

Dr. Liedtke’s opinions on art remain accessible through his writings and videos, including on the Metropolitan Museum of Art website. “When asked what my favorite painting in the Met might be, I sometimes explain that historians don’t think that way and then answer frankly that it depends on my frame of mind,” he said. “The two main alternatives are Rembrandt’s ‘Aristotle with a Bust of Homer’ and Vermeer’s ‘Young Woman with a Water Pitcher.’”

After describing those paintings’ relationships in terms of the Met’s collection, Dr. Liedtke continued with what he called a “final point” about his position: “The objects — every aspect of them — define the job. Whatever the curator’s main interests might be, it is his or her responsibility to deal with each work’s maker, style, meaning, condition, previous owners, literature, display and so on. … While some scholars would find such diverse subjects distracting, they are liberating in a great museum.”

Friends and family will gather for a celebration of Dr. Liedtke’s life at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bedford on Friday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Liedtke’s memory may be made to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York City, New York 10028-0198.

Mary Sherman Walbridge, operated Fair Acres Farm

Mary Sherman Walbridge Fulton, of Somers, and longtime Bedford resident died on Jan. 26 at Northern Westchester Hospital. Mrs. Fulton was 86.

Mrs. Fulton was a graduate of the Master’s School in Dobbs Ferry and a 1950 graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. A lifelong horsewoman, she owned and operated Fair Acres Farm on Guard Hill Road, in Bedford. Mrs. Fulton was a dedicated volunteer for VNA Hospice Care and the Alzheimer’s Association; and a former board member of the Junior League of Larchmont, Planned Parenthood of Westchester and Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Inc. 

Mrs. Fulton was born Oct. 26, 1928 in Toledo, Ohio, to the late Carlton Barnes Walbridge and Elizabeth Sherman Walbridge. She was married in 1953 to the late James F. Fulton. The marriage ended in divorce.

Mrs. Fulton is survived by her children, Martha Brozski of Katonah, James Fulton of Redway, California and Laurel Fulton of Denver, Colorado; grandchildren Lacey, Jubal, Elizabeth and Emily. She is also survived by her sister, Betsy Paul, of Cave Creek, Arizona. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Eugene Kahn, longtime local resident

Eugene Kahn, father of Leslie Gottlieb of Pound Ridge and Dr. Mitchell Kahn of New Fairfield, Connecticut, and father-in-law to Leslie’s husband, Lawrence, died on Friday, Jan. 23, at his home in South Salem. Mr. Kahn is also survived by his sister, Irene Greenberg, of West Haven, Connecticut and his grandchildren Dylan Gottlieb, Zachary Gottlieb, Renna Gottlieb, Emily Kahn and Kristopher Kahn.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Mr. Kahn was a high school math teacher for the Bellmore-Merrick School District on Long Island for most of his career. He was married for 40 years to Ruth Kahn, who died 15 years ago.

Mr. Kahn died from complications of Parkinson’s disease, one week shy of his 84th birthday. The funeral took place at Jewish Family Congregation in South Salem on Sunday. Interment was at the Pound Ridge Cemetery.

Family members said Mr. Kahn will be remembered for his great love of family and his sharp sense of humor. Donations in his memory can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the Jewish National Fund, or Jewish Family Congregation of South Salem.

George P. West, age 87, former Bedford resident

George P. West, age 87, of Ossining, son of William K. West and Grace Kleckner, died on January 31, at Northern Westchester Hospital Center in Mount Kisco, after a brief illness.

Mr. West was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, on January 21, 1928, and graduated from Tamaqua High School. He was married to Dorothy Wertz, from 1956 until her death in 1986. He married Susan Kemble

in Bedford, June 20, 1987, and they lived in Katonah, Bedford and Ossining.

Mr. West was a naval aviation cadet in Texas in 1946, and earned a degree in petroleum from Penn State in 1949, and was in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps in Dugway, Utah, from 1950-1952. He obtained an MBA from the University of Utah in 1959, and then worked for Crane Company, Honeywell, Mead Johnson, Maremont, Joy Manufacturing, Funcraft Vehicles and Holotronics Corporation, in positions which took him to many places: Salt Lake City, Utah, Chicago, Illinois, Evansville, Indiana, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, and Findlay, Ohio.

In addition to his wife Susan, he is survived by his children: son, George Jr., and daughter-in-law Teresa West, of Findlay, Ohio; daughter, Lynne Anne West, and son-in-law Mark Hugel, of Riverdale; and son Evgeny and daughter Sophia Grace, both of Ossining. He is also survived by his nieces, Janice Fullington, of Findlay, Ohio, and Kathy Maas, of North East, Pennsylvania.

A memorial service is scheduled to be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 85 E. Main Street, Mount Kisco, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, followed by a reception at the parish hall. Interment will follow at St. Matthews Church in Bedford, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory, to The Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 531313, Henderson, Neveda 89053.

Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Boone dies, longtime Pound Ridger


From “Betsy Boone: A Honey Hollow Perspective” in “Pound Ridge Past: Remembrances of Our Townsfolk,” by Bonni Brodnick.


A Pound Ridge resident for 55 years until she moved to Ohio in 2010, Elizabeth A. “Betsy” Boone died Friday, Jan. 30, peacefully in her sleep at age 95. Known as someone dedicated to conservation and gardening as well as advocating for many other environmental causes, Ms. Boone was part of the generation whose hard work made Pound Ridge a town known for its environmental conscience.

She was on the town’s Conservation Board for 14 years, serving as its chairman for four years; helped draft the Pound Ridge tree ordinance; served on the Pound Ridge Recycling Board; and throughout her life advocated for wildlife and plant preservation as well as animal protection.

Born June 17, 1919, in Binghamton to Hilda Coughtry Anderson and Carl Anderson, Mrs. Boone moved to Honey Hollow Road in 1955 with her husband, the late Clinton Cowperthwaite Boone. She was interviewed on June 12, 2003 for Bonni Brodnick’s book “Pound Ridge Past: Remembrances of Our Townsfolk.”

“Most of the people bought houses on Honey Hollow Road because of its proximity to Ward Pound Ridge Reservation,” she said. “The land was impossible for farmers, though. They never had a wealthy farmer in this part of Pound Ridge because the land is too rocky.”

Mr. and Mrs. Boone spent a lot of time hiking in the Reservation, and she was past president of the Friends of the Trailside organization at Ward Pound Ridge, serving on its board for many years. After Mr. Boone died in 1981, Mrs. Boone fought long and hard to establish a trail there in his honor. Initially spurned in her effort, she eventually succeeded.

“I’m a conservationist and some of my opinions may be controversial,” Ms. Boone said in “Pound Ridge Past.” “I consider myself to be a watchdog for the Reservation.” She also served as a trustee of the Nature Conservancy, and was an overseer for Carolin’s Grove. She was a past president of the Basket Town Garden Club, and was active in the Pound Ridge Garden Club from 1960 to 2010. 

Mrs. Boone was a nursery school teacher in Bedford Village for many years, and up to the time of her death still received cards and letters from former pupils. She served as secretary to Evangeline Booth of the Salvation Army and was active in the USO during World War II.

A memorial service was scheduled for today, Friday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m., at the Pound Ridge Community Church, with the Rev. Karen Burger officiating.

Survivors include her son, Jefferson Boone (Marianne Moore) of Allston, Massachusetts; her daughter, Deborah (Stewart) Tepper, of Chesterland, Ohio and Chatham, Massachusetts; and six grandchildren, Clinton (Katharine) Tepper, Samuel Tepper, Anderson Boone, Harrison Boone, Madison Boone and Emerson Boone.

Mrs. Boone was also known for her beauty and sense of style, which included “colorful collections of necklaces, headbands, gypsy-like skirts and sneakers,” said Ms. Tepper. “I don’t know where that came from. Her family was relatively conservative.”

Yellow was a favorite color, and for many years later in life Mrs. Boone drove a yellow Mustang convertible, offering her services to ferry non-marching participants and dignitaries down Westchester Avenue during Memorial Day parades.

“These were the kind of things that gave her a lot of joy,” Ms. Tepper said. “She loved Pound Ridge and was horribly sorry to leave. It was hard for her to realize what she was giving up, that she couldn’t finish her days at the Honey Hollow house and being active in Pound Ridge.”

Ms. Tepper said she thought her mother’s contributions to environmental causes will endure in the future, because of Mrs. Boone’s “desire to keep the town and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in a way that people would treasure.”

Mrs. Boone’s “Pound Ridge Past” interview concluded with her own hopes for the future. “Honey Hollow Road has been saved because of Ward Pound Ridge Reservation on one side and Cross River Reservation on the other. It’s still a lovely road … a road that people travel on just to see the scenery.”

She noted a “second generation” of new neighbors moving in, calling them a “group that I hope will protect the reservation. I’m not going to be here that much longer, and it is their responsibility to be good guardians of Honey Hollow Road and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.”

Pound Ridger Bert Brosmith, dies at 86

Berthold A. (“Bert”) Brosmith, longtime Pound Ridge resident and founder of Bert Brosmith Architects in Katonah, died on Jan. 23. Mr. Brosmith was 86.

A 1952 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in architecture, Mr. Brosmith earned notoriety designing many residential properties, including the home on Honey Hollow Road in which he and his family lived for more than 40 years.

Mr. Brosmith was born in Hartford, Connecticut, to parents Allan and Georgette (Comeau) Brosmith. He was a Fulbright Scholar, attending Oxford University’s University of London, and served as photographer for the U.S. Army Corps in Japan, at one time assigned to cover General Douglas MacArthur.

Brosmith worked with famed architect Paul Rudolph, overseeing  Mr. Rudolph’s office in Sarasota, Florida. With Mr. Rudolph and others, he was a founder of the Sarasota School of Architecture. Mr. Brosmith was invited to serve as a visiting architectural critic at Yale University’s School of Architecture, and was a scratch golfer who enjoyed the game well into his 70s.

Mr. Brosmith married Catharina Boman in 1961. Following his work with Mr. Rudolph, Mr. Brosmith founded his own firm in Sarasota before returning to New York, where he worked with Perkins and Will in White Plains, and founded Juster, Brosmith, Levine Architects in New York City.

In 1978, he started Bert Brosmith Architects in Katonah, focusing on residential projects for more than thirty years.

Mr. Brosmith is the father of three children, Kevin, Sean and Karina. Mr. Brosmith is survived by his wife, Catharina of Bethel, Connecticut; Kevin and Mary Brosmith of Natick, Massachusetts; Sean and Hsiu-Yen Brosmith of Beverly Hills, California, and Karina (Early) and her husband, Patrick, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Mr. Brosmith is the grandfather of Kaitlin, Kevin II, Elin, Pia, Kieran, Liam, Meghan and Mikayla.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church in Bedford, on Friday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to University of Pennsylvania Design School, or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Barbara Blankenhorn Kerst, former Katonah resident

Barbara Blankenhorn Kerst, 86, died in Tacoma, Washington, on Dec. 9. Barbara moved to Katonah when she married Richard N. Kerst in 1982, a tennis and golf partner. They were members of the Waccabuc Country Club. The Kersts lived on Mount Holly Road and spent winters in Borrego Springs, Calif. Mr. Kerst was a longtime board member of the Katonah Museum. After his death in 1997, Ms. Kerst lived in San Diego before moving to Tacoma. Ms. Kerst was born in Pasadena, California, to Kathryn and Louis “Mac” Blankenhorn. She attended Polytechnic School in Pasadena, the Katherine Branson School in Ross, California, and Annie Wright Seminary in Tacoma. Ms. Kerst came east to Vassar College and worked in New York City.

Ms. Kerst had three children from her first marriage to Russell C. Clark Jr., of Staten Island. The Clarks lived in Darien and New Canaan, Connecticut. She loved gardening, starting with her “Victory Garden” in Pasadena, and enjoyed her time with the Bedford Garden Club. She volunteered in hospitals and at her children’s schools, and loved music, travel, and following the stock market. She will be remembered for her social skills and her ability to connect people.

Ms. Kerst is survived by her three children: Catherine Obert of Chamonix, France; David Clark of Bedford, New Hampshire, William Clark of Lakewood, Washington, their spouses and seven grandchildren. Mr. Kerst’s son Duncan Kerst lives in Portland, Oregon and daughter Katrena in Connecticut.

Ms. Kerst suffered from Parkinson’s, and learned as much as she could about the disease. Despite her trials as a Parkinson’s survivor, family members said she remained strong, generous, and witty until her very last breath.

A small ceremony in Barbara’s honor was held at the Weatherly Inn in Tacoma, on Dec. 23.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to neurodegenerative disease research at University of California San Diego, specifying in memory of B.B. Kerst. For more information, contact 858-534-4493.

George L. Krause, 87, of Pound Ridge

George L. Krause, age 87, of Pound Ridge, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at Somers Manor Nursing Home of Somers. George was born on March 7, 1927 in the Bronx. He is the son of the late Lucius and Ruth (Miller) Krause. He was predeceased by his wife, Alice Krause, on March 17, 1988.

Mr. Krause was a self-employed plumber. He served as a shipfitter in the Navy during World War II, and was a member of the American Legion of Katonah.

Mr. Krause is survived by daughter Renee (Robert) Lee, of South Carolina; son Clifford (Kathleen) Krause of Pound Ridge; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Road, Katonah.

Interment will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, at Bedford Union Cemetery, Bedford.

Patricia Nigey of Bedford

Patricia Marie Bryan Nigey died at home in Bedford, on Jan. 10, after a struggle with cancer. She was 69 years old. Born June 13, 1946, in Abbeville, Louisiana, to Marguerite Wirley Bryan and Thomas Bryan, Ms. Nigey, known to friends and family as “Pat or “Patty,” was a resident of Bedford for 45 years and a member of St. Patrick’s Parish. After graduating from St. James Mercy School of Nursing in Hornell, Ms. Nigey served as a registered nurse for over four decades, spending most of her career at Northern Westchester Hospital.

In her spare time, Ms. Nigey enjoyed breeding and training dogs. Ms. Nigey is survived by her husband of 45 years, William N. Nigey, and their three sons and daughters-in-law: Kevin and Severine, children Hunter and James, of Patterson; Bryan and Toye, children Rachel and Bryan, of Frederick, Colorado; and William and Kathryn, children Isabella, Madalyn, Charlotte and Emilia, of Davenport, Iowa. Along with sister Suzanne Bryan Coates, of San Diego, and brother James T. Bryan, New York.

Family said Ms. Nigey lived her life guided by the serenity prayer, and practiced honesty and forgiveness as values of necessity. A memorial service will be held at St. Patrick Church in Bedford, on Friday Jan. 16, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Patricia asked that donations be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Marie Seibert, Bedford Hills resident

Marie Ursula (Dowdall) Seibert died after a brief illness on Jan. 6, at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco. Ms. Seibert was a lifelong resident of Westchester County and graduated from White Plains High School. She resided in Yonkers for many years where she married and raised her children.

Ms. Seibert was born on Sept. 3, 1937 in White Plains to Lorretta Conway (Glodenis) and Richard Peter Dowdall. Ms. Seibert was a longtime parishioner and choir member of Most Holy Trinity, in Yonkers. Ms. Seibert worked at the Richmond Children’s Home in Yonkers for a number of years. Ms. Seibert became a secretary at Iona College in New Rochelle and an administrative assistant at Malcolm Pirnie, Inc., in White Plains. After retiring from Malcolm Pirnie, Ms. Seibert and her husband moved to Fellowship Hall Senior Co-op in Bedford Hills in 2007.

Ms. Seibert was predeceased by her children Peter V. III, Richard Charles, Patricia and Margaret. Ms. Seibert is survived by her husband of 53 years, Peter V. Seibert, daughter Laura A. Light (David Light); two grandsons Christopher and Nicholas from Washington; son-in-law, Richard Majdanski (Lauren) and her grandson Matthew, who reside in Yorktown Heights.

Ms. Seibert was a long time member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Wieland Chapter 857, Bronx, where she served in many capacities.

Family members recall that Ms. Seibert loved knitting and crafting of all kinds, always loving to keep herself busy. Ms. Seibert also loved animals and befriended many over the years.

Ms. Seibert was described as “a gentle soul and a warm and caring heart.” Visitation was held on Jan. 8 at the Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home Inc. in Mount Kisco. Her funeral mass took place on Jan. 9 at St. Patrick’s Church in Bedford Village. Burial was in Rose Hills Memorial Park, Putnam Valley.

David Finley, longtime local resident

David Alexander Finley died Dec. 31 in Chapel Hill, N.C. following an extended illness. He was 82 years old. Mr. Finley was a longtime resident of Bedford and Pound Ridge for nearly 40 years, before retiring to Chapel Hill.

Mr. Finley was treasurer of IBM when he retired in 1989 after 30 years with the company. He was also the founder of the IBM Credit Corporation, established in 1981, serving as its chief executive through five years of profitable growth. Prior to founding IBM Credit, he served as CFO of IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa, headquartered in Paris, France.

Following IBM, Mr. Finley served as a director, CFO, chairman or consultant for a number of financial institutions and technology companies, including Thomson Reuters Elite (formerly Broadway & Seymour), Naviant Technology Solutions, Optum, Inc., Hungarian Telephone & Cable Corporation, Intelligroup, Legent Corporation, ORIX USA, Prudential Institutional Fund, Equifax eMarketing Solutions, Nakagama and Wallace Investment Management, and Cornerstone Asset Management Partners.

Mr. Finley was a trustee of Pace University and served on the boards of the IBM Credit Corporation, St. Agnes Hospital, American Hospital of Paris and Prudential Institutional Fund.

A native of Marion, North Carolina, Mr. Finley was born in 1932 to a high school math teacher and U.S. Postmaster. He held a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He served as First Lieutenant in the Air Force based in Charleston, South Carolina from 1954 to 1956 and retired as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 1960.

Mr. Finley is survived by his wife, Kathleen Finley; two daughters, Amanda Finley and Courtney Finley Grinnell; and a son, Christopher Finley.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Mr. Finley’s name to the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust and Musée Rodin in Paris. A service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Larchmont Avenue Presbyterian Church in Larchmont.

Douglas J. Leonaggeo, former Bedford Hills resident

Douglas J. Leonaggeo Sr., 58, died Friday, Dec. 19, at his home in Pawling surrounded by his family.

Formerly of Bedford Hills, he has been a resident of Pawling for 23 years. Mr. Leonaggeo was born in Mount Kisco on Jan. 15, 1956, to Angelo and Angelina (Fittipaldi) Leonaggeo; he married Cheryl Coombs, and was a truck driver for UPS in Yorktown.

Doug enjoyed playing golf and watching his sons play sports. Family members recalled “he lived for his boys.”

Mr. Leonaggeo is survived by his wife Cheryl, and his two sons, Douglas Jr. and Joseph, all at home; his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Ann Marie Leonaggeo, his sister and brother-in-law, Joann and Raymond Franklin, and his sister, Peggy Fazzinga; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Karen and Edward Bardua and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Irwin and Robin Coombs; his father-in-law, Irwin “Brud” “Coach” Coombs; and many nephews, nieces, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Doug’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, or online to To leave an online condolence, visit

Victoria Kosakowski, longtime Bedford resident

Victoria T. Kosakowski, known professionally as Victoria Kosak, a resident of Bedford Village since 1932, died on Dec. 22. Born in Kingston, Pennsylvania, to Nellie Marie Zygmunt and John Kosakowski on April 7, 1920, Victoria attended Bedford Schools and was a graduate of Bedford Hills High School. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Education and English from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and a Masters Degree in these subjects and Speech at the University of Maine. Her great interest in education for all children, led her to later pursue graduate studies at Fairfield and Harvard Universities.

Ms. Kosakowski was on the staff of the Bedford Central School District for 33 years. A former member of Catholic Daughters of America Court Newman in Mount Kisco, she was a parishioner at St. Patrick s RC Church in Bedford, where she had been a Lector and a choir member.

Victoria is the sister of Frank Kosakowski of Monroe, Connecticut; Emile Kosakowski of Bedford; and Rosemarie August of New City. She is also survived by several  nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to St. Patricks School, Bedford, would be deeply appreciated.

Arthur H. Scherer Jr., longtime Bedford Village resident

Arthur H. Scherer Jr., 85, a Bedford Village resident for 25 years, passed away on Dec. 23, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Arthur was born April 14, 1929 in White Plains to the late Arthur H. Scherer Sr., and Ida Ruth Stevens Scherer. He was the owner of Scherer Television Service. Along with being an avid fisherman and golfer, he was a huge fan of the Giants and the Knicks. Mr. Scherer was a volunteer fireman and a member of the American Legion Post 271.

Along with his parents, Mr. Scherer was preceded in death by his loving wife, Eleanor Scherer, his daughter, Suzan Scherer and his stepmother, Mary Scherer.

Mr. Scherer leaves to cherish his memory, daughters Liz Ruediger and her husband Charles, of Charlotte, North Carolina; Joann Jacobson and her husband Arnie, of South Carolina; his sons, Arthur H. Scherer III and his wife Edris, of North Salem; and William Scherer of Katonah. Mr. Scherer’s brothers, Jack Scherer and his wife, Heather; William Henry and his wife Elaine; and George Henry; his sisters, Jill Schexnayder and husband Schex; and Joan Kindy; grandchildren Ally, Meg, Brett, Tyler, Lisa, Odin, Finn, and great-grandchild, Danielle.

A memorial service and luncheon will be held on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 12:30 p.m., at the Katonah Memorial House, located at 71 Bedford Road. In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution may be made to the ALS Association.

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