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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

By R.J. MARX

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.


PATRICE MATTIA PHOTO/COURTESY METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

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

By MARY LEGRAND

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

By MARY LEGRAND
FRAN COLLIN PHOTO

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 cancer.org/donate. To leave an online condolence, visit hornandthomesfuneralhome.com.


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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