The Record-Review – The official newspaper of Bedford and Pound Ridge, New York

 

Obituaries

Obituaries for current and former Bedford and Pound Ridge residents are posted online as they are received as a courtesy to family and friends who want to attend services. Obituaries are also printed in the newspaper on Friday if submitted to the newsroom, by Tuesday at 5 p.m. There is no charge for publication. Submissions must be 500 words or less and may be edited to conform with the paper's editorial style. To have an obituary published unedited, as a paid ad, contact the Advertising Department

HOME     |     SUBSCRIBE     |     ADVERTISE     |     NEWSROOM     |     CONTACT

The official newspaper of the towns of Bedford and Pound Ridge, New York

Stephen Fletcher Lent

Stephen Fletcher Lent, 65, of Cohoes, died Wednesday, March 5, at his residence. He was born in Mount Kisco on Aug. 18, 1948, to the late Sheldon and Anina “Nina” Maria (Bernardo) Lent. He was raised in Katonah and was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church, also in Katonah.

Mr. Lent attended Katonah Elementary School and John Jay High School. He graduated from the University at Albany in 1971 with a B.S. in mathematics. He also attended Union College, in their graduate studies program, and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Rotterdam. In 2005, he earned a master’s degree in biblical studies from Golden State School of Theology. He was hired out of the University at Albany as a programmer/analyst by General Electric Co. in Schenectady, where he worked for 23 years, at locations that included Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, GE Global Research Center and the Schenectady GE plant. He also worked as a consultant for Albany-area computer consulting companies and was an employee for the state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities in Schenectady and the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in Albany, from which he retired in 2013.

Mr. Lent coached baseball with the Scotia-Glenville Little League, Babe Ruth and Senior Babe Ruth; varsity baseball with Schenectady Christian High School; softball with the Schenectady Jaycees; and JV softball with Scotia-Glenville High School. His other interests included jogging; leading Bible studies at his home, church, local county jails and offices where he was an employee or consultant; and refereeing four high school sports.

Mr. Lent was a member of the Schenectady Church of Christ in Niskayuna from 1984-2004 and Grace Fellowship in Latham from 2007 until his death, subsequent to having been born again on March 1, 1977. He was also involved with the local chapter of the Christian Business Men’s Committee, of which he was chairman for a number of years.

Mr. Lent is survived by his wife, Vicky (Perry) Lent; two children, Yancy Lent (Johanna) of Rowley, Mass., and Jessica Turner of Cohoes; five grandchildren, Kateri and Cheyenne Turner and Emma, Ethan and Eliot Lent; his sisters, Nina Marie Kellogg of Katonah and Judith Pitura of Patterson; and by cousins in West Palm Beach, Fla., Selkirk, Charleston, S.C., and Oklahoma City, Okla.

A memorial service was held Sunday, March 9, at Wolfert’s Roost Country Club in Albany. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to ALS Regional Center, St. Peter’s Hospital, at sphcs.org/alsregionalcenter.


Richard ‘Poppy’ Fitzgerald dies at 82

Richard “Poppy” Fitzgerald, 82, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Feb. 28.

Mr. Fitzgerald was born to James and Barbara Fitzgerald on March 25, 1931, in Mount Kisco. He attended St. Mary’s High School in Katonah, where he was a standout athlete. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War, receiving a Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of the American Legion and served as its vice commander. Mr. Fitzgerald worked for New York Telephone for 35 years before his retirement.

Mr. Fitzgerald is remembered as a devoted father and loving grandfather with a great, everlasting sense of humor. He is survived by his siblings Donald Fitzgerald and Joan McLaughlin; his four children, Terrence, Denise (Joe), Gail (John) and Jennifer (Jeffery); and his four grandchildren, Andrew, Sarah, Clare and Joseph. He was pre-deceased by his brother Robert.

A church service is planned for Friday, March 7, 10 a.m., at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Mount Kisco. In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Burn Care Foundation, Inc., 283 Tarrytown Road, White Plains 10607.


George C. Johnston, former Pound Ridge fire chief

George Cameron Johnston, 93, husband of the late Mary Irving Johnston, passed away peacefully on Feb. 22 at Maplewood in Newtown, Conn. Mr. Johnston was born in Pound Ridge to the late John and Mary (Cameron) Johnston on March 5, 1920. He lived in Pound Ridge until his retirement in 1993, at which time he moved to Pittsfield, Maine. Mr. Johnston attended Pound Ridge schools.

Mr. Johnston served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, enlisting in 1942 and serving in Tewkesbury, England, until his honorable discharge in 1945. He served in the National Guard and Organized Reserve Corps from 1945 until his honorable discharge in 1952. He was called to active duty during the Korean War and was stationed in Yokohama, Japan, from October 1950 until September 1951.

Mr. Johnston worked as a carpenter and painter for over 30 years with George R. Platts & Associates, of New Canaan, Conn. He was a longtime member of the Pound Ridge Fire Department and served as its chief and commissioner.

Mr. Johnston is survived by his son George and his wife Robin Kahn of Bethel, Conn.; by his daughter Cynde Glencross and her husband Michael of Pittsfield, Maine; by his daughter Lois Johnston and her partner George Filsinger of Norwalk, Conn.; by his beloved grandchildren Alex Kahn-Johnston, Brandon Glencross, Mallory Kahn-Johnston and Brittney Glencross; and by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, William, John, Robert and Barbara.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m., in Pound Ridge Community Church, 3 Pound Ridge Road, Pound Ridge.

Mr. Johnston’s family wishes to thank Kendra Hartsgrove, staff members of Maplewood at Newtown and Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut for the care and comfort they provided George during the final months of his life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in George’s memory to the Pound Ridge Fire Dept., P.O. Box 129, 80 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge 10576 or to Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, 39 Old Ridgebury Road, Danbury, CT 06810.

Hull Funeral Service of Danbury is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be given at Hullfuneralservice.com.


Craig Howard Sakin, former Pound Ridge resident

Private equity investor and turnaround specialist Craig Howard Sakin, 52, formerly of Pound Ridge, died suddenly Feb. 11 in Denver, following complications from a heart procedure.

Mr. Sakin was born in Baltimore, Md., on April 24, 1961. He graduated with a B.S. in biology from Saint Lawrence University with the idea of becoming a doctor. Instead, he went into sales and began his financial career at Merrill Lynch, where he soon saw the promise of private equity. He later went to work for Crimson Capital and then helped to found the Nantucket Holding Company investment firm before becoming one of the founders of Catterton Partners in 1989. One of his successes was the revitalization of Restoration Hardware. The Sakin family moved to Pound Ridge in 1991, followed by a move to Katonah. The family left the region in 2009.

When he left the firm, Mr. Sakin fulfilled a lifelong dream by moving with his family to Emma, Colo., and pursuing personal interests revolving around horses and the outdoors as well as philanthropic commitments to nonprofits for those with physical disabilities.

Mr. Sakin Served on the board of Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation and many other nonprofit boards. As a philanthropist, the reach of Mr. Sakin and his wife extended to Windwalkers, an equine-based therapeutic center in the Roaring Fork Valley, and Challenge Aspen, dedicated to making mountains accessible to the disabled. In Beaver Creek, the Sakins established AXS Vail Valley to improve and support recreational programs for those with physical disabilities.

In addition, Mr. Sakin took a serious interest in horses, owning Sugar Frosted Cat, a horse ranked by the National Reined Cow Horse Association, and Idocus, a Dutch Warmblood that traveled to the Olympic Summer Games. He was also an avid and skilled hunter and skier.

After moving to Colorado, Mr. Sakin served on the board of Millennium Bancorp, Inc. during the recession and became its chairman and chief executive officer, ultimately engineering a successful merger with CIC Bankshares Inc., the holding company of Centennial Bank, based in Denver. The combined entity in now known as Centennial Bank.

Mr. Sakin is survived by his wife, Sally Beneman Sakin, of Emma, and his two daughters, Arden, 20, also of Emma, and Lauren, 22, of Aspen.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Mr. Sakin’s name to Challenge Aspen, the Shining Stars Foundations in Aspen and the Aspen Hospital Foundation.


Rita G. Murphy, 83, of Pound Ridge

Rita G. Murphy, age 83, formerly of Pound Ridge, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Somers Manor Nursing Home. Mrs. Murphy was born March 19, 1930, in New York, to the late Richard and Grace (Strobach) Guthy. She was employed as a secretary by GTE Corporation in Stamford, Conn.

Ms. Murphy is survived by a sister, Grace Gallagher; a daughter, Mary Beth Murphy; three sons, Richard, Thomas and Christopher Murphy; and a granddaughter, Grace Lurcott.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, Feb. 17, at 10 a.m., at St. Joseph’s RC Church, 95 Plum Brook Road in Somers. Interment will follow at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah, N.J.


Alexander Antoniuk, former highway department worker

Alexander Antoniuk, 93, passed away on Feb. 10 surrounded by his loved ones. Mr. Antoniuk was a veteran and served in the Army in World War II. He worked for the town of Bedford Highway Department for over 30 years. Mr. Antoniuk is survived by his wife of 55 years Tania, their son Alan and his wife Bonnie, his grandchildren Krystal and Alex, and his extended family of grandchildren, Lainie, Ricky and his wife Alexandra, and six great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah on Friday, Feb. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. Internment will follow at St. Francis Cemetery in Mount Kisco.


Leo H. Kalkbrenner, longtime resident

Leo H. Kalkbrenner, 85, of Katonah, died on Feb. 5 after a long illness. He was the husband of the late Paula D’Angelo and the late Marilyn Harmon. He was the father of Karl and wife Clara, John and wife Amy, Donna Gold and husband Fred, Daria Rocco and her husband Joseph, Diane D’Angelo, and was pre-deceased by his son Eric. He was the brother of William, the grandfather of 11, the great-grandfather of three and the uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at Clark Associates Funeral Home at 4 Woods Bridge Road in Katonah today, Friday, Feb. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Katonah on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11:15 a.m. Internment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Greenburg. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice in Mr. Kalkbrenner’s name.


Joseph Fuchs, lifelong Katonah resident

Joseph Fuchs, 67, a lifelong resident of Katonah, died Saturday, Feb. 8. Mr. Fuchs served in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. He was a retired police officer for the town of Bedford and also worked for Arroway Tractor in Katonah for over 20 years.

Joe is survived by his wife, Karen, and his children, Robert Fox and wife Cynthia of Brewster and Leslie Nuzzo and husband Peter of Brewster. Joe was the grandfather of Christian and Serena Fox and Riley Nuzzo. He was the brother-in-law of Donna and Jeff Carpenter, Patricia and Mike Cattuti, and Barbara and Brian Prato. He is also survived by six nieces and one nephew.

The funeral service will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org.


John Palmesi, life member of Bedford Hills Fire Department

John Palmesi, 86, died Feb. 3 in Bradenton, Fla. Born Oct. 7, 1927, in Frosinone, Italy, he came to the U.S. as a toddler and lived in Bedford Hills. He served his country proudly in the Marine Corps during World War II.

As a life member, former captain and chairman of the board of commissioners of the Bedford Hills Volunteer Fire Department, Mr. Palmesi was very involved in his community, serving on the planning board and recreation commission. He was also a member of the Republican committee and the Lions Club. A design engineer for Singer Aerospace division, he and his wife Rosalie spent their retired years dividing their time between New York and Florida.

Mr. Palmesi is survived by his wife of 65 years; his son Richard and his wife Sheila; his grandson, Douglas; and his granddaughters, Katelyn, Christa and Jessica along with many adoring nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his son Robert; his brothers, Al, Mickey, Che, Ettore and Tony; and his sisters, Polly Carpenter and Mary Dew.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mr. Palmesi’s name to the American Diabetes Association at diabetes.org.


William Antoniuk Jr., member of Katonah Fire Department

William Antoniuk Jr., 73, of Goldens Bridge, died Saturday, Feb. 8, at home.

Mr. Antoniuk was born Aug. 20, 1940, in Mount Kisco. He is the son of the late William Sr. and the late Mae Bryson Antoniuk.

Mr. Antoniuk was employed by the Katonah Fire Department as a dispatcher and in maintenance. He will be remembered as a longtime member of the community and an avid cook. He was a dedicated member of his family.

Mr. Antoniuk is survived by his brothers, Andrew Antoniuk of Maine and Paul Antoniuk and his wife Jean of Katonah, and and his sister, Judy Byrne of Goldens Bridge. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Tuesday, Feb. 11, at St. Joseph’s RC Church, 95 Plum Brook Road, Somers. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.


Irving Eskenazi, co-founder of SavATree

Irving Eskenazi, 83, died on Jan. 23 after a long battle with prostate cancer. Mr. Eskenazi, a longtime Bedford resident, was a founding partner in many business enterprises, most especially his co-ownership of SavATree and SavaLawn. According to colleagues, Mr. Eskenazi will be remembered for his immeasurable contribution to the business, particularly for his instilling of discipline and prudence while providing coaching and wisdom that flowed from his extensive life experience as a successful entrepreneur in several industries.

Mr. Eskenazi is survived by his wife, Marilyn Glass; his two daughters, Loren and Diane; his stepson Peter and wife Becky; and his granddaughters, Sheera, Katie and Claire. The family is planning a private service.


2013

Jean Arra, director of the Mount Kisco senior nutrition program

Jean Arra, 82, senior nutrition program director for the village of Mount Kisco and longtime Katonah resident died after a short illness on Dec. 28, while visiting Juneau, Alaska.

Jean Ellen Massie was born in Mount Kisco to Bertha Knapp Massie and Reginald Massie I. She graduated from Mount Kisco High School and Plattsburgh State Teacher’s College, then taught elementary school on the Onondaga Reservation near Syracuse. In 1955 she married Michael Philip Arra (deceased) and moved to Washington, D.C., where she continued teaching in Morningside, Va. The couple then moved to New York City, where she worked for the Brooklyn Union Gas Company and gave birth to her two daughters Amanda, who was born in 1962, and Melissa, born in 1964. In 1965 the family moved first to Tripoli, Libya, and then Geneva, Switzerland, before returning to Katonah in 1971. Upon her return, Ms. Arra completed her master’s degree in nutrition at Lehman College in New York and, shortly thereafter, began her 38-year career with the village of Mount Kisco, first working as a volunteer planning menus for the senior nutrition program and then quickly rising to program director, where she took great pride in serving her community as a strong advocate for the aged.

Ms. Arra enjoyed skiing, camping, performing and bird watching and was an avid reader. She was a lifelong conservationist thanks to the influence of her grandfather, Alfred Knapp, with whom she shared many walks throughout the woods and hills of northern Westchester while growing up. She was a supporter of the arts and of Native American culture and gave numerous homeless animals a loving home throughout her life. Ms. Arra traveled throughout the world with her husband, bringing back a trove of memories as well as recipes, earning her the prestige of an “excellent cook.” But ultimately, Ms. Arra returned home to serve the community she grew up in and cared deeply about, and her greatest love was her family. Ms. Arra’s quiet generosity, love of learning and unassumingly adventurous spirit will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her two daughters, Melissa Arra of Brooklyn and Amanda Arra of Juneau; her son-in-law, Nathan Bishop, and grandson, Adam Arra Bishop, also residing in Juneau; her brother, Reginald Massie II; her niece, Trisha Massie Wigginton, and nephews, David and Reginald Massie III, all residing in Denver, Colo.; her nephew, Robert Dennett, of Mount Kisco; and her niece, Barbara Dennett Mackey, and nephew, George Dennett, both residing in Cape Carteret, N.C.

A memorial service will be held at tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 18, at St. Mark’s Church in Mount Kisco, with a reception to follow at 3:30 p.m. at Fox Center, 198 Carpenter Ave., Mount Kisco.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to adirondackcouncil.org or sierraclub.org


Charles H. Edmonston, longtime Bedford resident

Charles H. Edmonston, retired Riegel Textile Corp. executive, died Monday, 2 Dec., at Danbury Hospital. He was just shy of 100. A longtime resident of Bedford, he had lived at Meadow Ridge in Redding, Conn., for the last 12 years.

Mr. Edmonston was born in Baltimore on Dec. 29, 1913. His family was prominent in Washington, D.C., and Maryland, where they had lived since the late 1600s.

Mr. Edmonston graduated from Princeton University in 1935 and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1937. While at Princeton he was in ROTC; upon graduation he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery, U.S. Army Reserve.

In April 1941, after working for a few years in investment banking on Wall Street, he began active military duty. During World War II he worked in military intelligence at the Pentagon as an executive administrative officer and intelligence staff officer. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of colonial. He was awarded a War Department Staff Citation for his “meritorious service in the military intelligence division,” and with it the Army commendation ribbon.

He then joined Riegel Textile Corp., a cotton textile company, where he worked for over 30 years. He served as company secretary and treasurer until he retired in 1978.

Mr. Edmonston was a longtime resident of Chappaqua and Bedford, where he lived for nearly 40 years. He was active with the Cisqua School in the mid-1950s, and in the 1960s served on the board of trustees of North Country School in Lake Placid. He was a loyal supporter of Princeton and active in his class alumnae association. He was a member of the Bedford Golf and Tennis Club and the Princeton Club. For over 50 years he was an active member of St. Matthew’s Church in Bedford.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 72 years, Elmina Tilden; his daughter, Elmina Placek of Austin Texas; two sons, Charles of Poughquag and Tilden of Santa Fe, N.M.; and a granddaughter, Elspeth.

A memorial service officiated by the Rev. Terry Elsberry of St. Matthew’s Church was held at Meadow Ridge.

Donations in Mr. Edmonston’s memory may be made to the Dutchess County SPCA, 636 Violet Ave., Hyde Park 12538; networkforgood.org; or the Friends of PPLD (Poughkeepsie Library District), 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie 12601.


Sheilah Waters, longtime Bedford resident

Longtime Bedford resident Sheilah Ross Waters, born April 25, 1928, died serenely at home on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Ms. Waters was a successful fashion model from her late teens into her 30s, appearing on the covers of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. While living in the city, she devoted herself to her two daughters’ academic and cultural education, and she was much a part of the New York City political scene of the 1960s.

She was proud of her work as a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and of teaching art in the New York public schools. A trained and talented artist, Ms. Waters enjoyed sharing her knowledge with young people, particularly in presenting art programs for the Mount Kisco Day Care Center and at the Bedford Library. She entertained at home with artistic flair, and her wide group of nearby friends always looked forward to her lively and glamorous parties.

She is survived by her husband, William Waters, her daughters, Amanda Cross and Lisa Pownall-Gray (husband Dickon), and her three granddaughters, Lindsay, Ella and Saskia.

A memorial service wil be held at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. Donations in Ms. Waters’ memory may be made to the Bedford Free Library or to a charity of choice.


Peter Van Nuys, 74, longtime Bedford resident

Peter Van Nuys, 74, a 23-year resident of Bedford, died at home on Dec. 13. Peter Van Nuys was born June 19, 1939, in New York City, to Francis Van Nuys and Anne Georgina Chute. He was a graduate of the Hill School in Pottstown, Penn.; Harvard University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree; and Harvard Law School.

Mr. Van Nuys was an attorney on Park Avenue with the firm of Becker, Glynn, Muffly, Chassin and Hosinski LLP, and was a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. He will be remembered for his love of life, sense of humor and his devotion to his family and others.

Mr. Van Nuys is survived by his wife Helena Van Nuys; his daughters, Alexandra Van Nuys of Yorktown Heights and Kristina Van Nuys and her husband Ricky Rodriguez, of Austin, Texas; his grandsons, Hudson Van Nuys and Quinn Peter Van Nuys, both of Austin; his brother, Francis Van Nuys and his wife Betty of Fairfax, Va.; his niece, Susan Van Nuys of Reston, Va.; and his nephew, Peter Van Nuys of Irving, Texas.

A memorial service will be held this Sunday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m., at the Bedford Presbyterian Church. Following the service, the family will receive friends in the church’s Fellowship Hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled and Alone Life Services for the Handicapped, Inc.; 1440 Broadway, 23rd Floor, NY, NY 10018-2326.


Kyra Hawkins Leroy, former Bedfordite

Kyra Hawkins Leroy, 80, of Dover, Mass. and Nantucket, Mass., died in Dover on Dec 10.

Ms. Hawkins and her husband George Palmer LeRoy considered Bedford home, living across from the Rippowam Cisqua school for years. They were both very involved in the community and were known and loved by many. The LeRoys moved to Boston about eight years ago to be closer to family. Mrs. Leroy is survived by her three daughters, Kyra L. Haydock of Boston, Nina L. Hunnewell of Chestnut Hill, Mass., and Pamela L. Keenan of Kensington, Calif., and her three grandsons, Bradley, Nicholas and William Hunnewell. A small family service is planned. Donations in her memory may be made to the Nantucket Safe Harbor Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 2844, Nantucket, MA 02584 or nantucketsafeharborforanimals.org. Arrangements by the Eaton Funeral Home in Needham, Mass.


Jane Nye Burditt, former Bedford resident, teacher

Jane Nye Burditt, 94, of Manchester, Vt., died Dec. 9. She was the beloved wife of John F. Burditt for 60 years until his death in 2007.

Ms. Burditt was born in Orange, N.J., on Dec. 20, 1918, to Ernest and Mary Nye. A graduate of Wells College, Ms. Burditt had fascinating and varied careers. She worked as an editor at Curtis Publishing and then Readers Digest in New York. When she was raising her five children, she taught at Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford. She later co-founded Educator’s Ally, a successful teacher placement firm that is still thriving today. After she and Jack retired to Vermont, she ventured into two new careers: one as a farmer raising polled Herefords at Rolling Meadow Farm and the other as a featured writer for Vermont Life and other regional magazines. She was also involved in her local community in many ways, including serving as a board member of the Long Trail School.

Ms. Burditt loved Vermont, including its mountains, her bluebirds, the birches and the wildflowers. She was a swimmer, golfer, hiker, skier and rejoiced in nature. In her quiet moments, she was an avid reader, thinker, writer and friend. Her greatest love of all was for her husband Jack and her family. She will be sorely missed.

She is survived by her children, Faraday Burditt de la Camara and her husband, Manuel; Frederic Burditt and his wife, Jean; John Burditt and his wife, Terri; Tim Burditt and his wife, Lisa; and Benjamin Burditt and his wife, Lisa. She was blessed with 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, who will fondly remember her as “Mamoo.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to The Community Food Cupboard, P.O. Box 864, Manchester VT 05255; Zion Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 771, Manchester Center, VT 05255; or Long Trail School Scholarship Fund, 1045 Kirby Hollow Road, Dorset, VT 05255.

There will be a celebratory reception today, Friday, Dec. 20, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at the Equinox Village in Manchester.


Donald J. Christesen, 80

Donald J. Christesen, 80, of New Fairfield, Conn., a longtime resident of Katonah, died Monday, Nov. 25, at Westchester Medical Center.

Mr. Christensen was born Nov. 21, 1933, in the Bronx. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Fordham University, his MBA from NYU and was the proprietor of Danny’s Cycles in Scarsdale for many years. Mr. Christensen was an avid sailor and world traveler.

He was the beloved husband of Ermine for 55 years and the devoted father of Carolyn (Jerry), Danny, and Paul (Cecelia). He is also survived by his loving grandchildren Jennifer, Christina, Elizabeth, Michael and Donald, and was the brother of Carl, John, Joan and Rosalie.

The family will receive friends today, Friday, Nov. 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Road, Katonah. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Nov. 30, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 117 Valley Road, Katonah. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, the Bronx.


Mary Jane Hampton, longtime resident of Katonah

Mary Jane Hampton, 87, of Harwich, Mass., died Sunday, Dec. 1, of natural causes.

Mrs. Hampton was born May 14, 1926, in Manhattan. She was a graduate of Scarsdale High School and the College of Saint Elizabeth in Convent Station, N.J. She was a 50-year resident of Katonah, from 1954-2004. She was an active member of the Katonah Women’s Civic Club and St. Mary’s Church as well as was a Girl Scout leader and a Cub Scout den mother.

Ms. Hampton is survived by her husband of 63 years, Robert R. Hampton, of Harwich; her children Victoria Hampton of Katonah, Cynthia Hampton of Falls Church, Va., and Russell Hampton of Pound Ridge; her granddaughter Katherine Hampton; and her brother Phillip J. Neumann of Englewood, Fla.

A funeral mass for Mrs. Hampton was celebrated on Dec. 6 at Holy Trinity Church in Harwich. Donations honoring Mrs. Hampton’s life may be sent to Hope Health of Cape Cod, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601.


Patricia O’Brien Parsons, former Bedford resident

Patricia O’Brien, 83, of Redding, Conn., and Essex, and formerly of Burlington, Vt., and Bedford Hills, passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, following a brief illness.

Born May 26, 1930, in Albany, to Isabel (Munroe) and John Larkin O’Brien, Ms. Parsons attended St. Agnes School in Albany and graduated from Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Conn., and Vassar College.

Ms. Parsons and her husband Jim moved to Bedford in 1959, where they raised their two daughters, Laurie and Amy. In the early 1970s, Ms. Parsons opened a contemporary art gallery, Webb & Parsons, in Bedford Village. In 1972, after being shown drawings by Inez Nathaniel Walker, an inmate at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, Ms. Parsons started exhibiting Mr. Walker’s work in her gallery. Since then, Mr. Walker’s drawings have been featured in major exhibitions of self-taught artists around the country, including the seminal show “Black Folk Art in America, 1930-1980” at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington and the Brooklyn Museum in 1982. In 1996, Ms. Parsons and her partners Bill and Carol Webb donated over 400 drawings and archival works by Mr. Walker to the American Folk Art Museum in New York City.

Ms. Parsons continued exhibiting and collecting the work of contemporary and self-taught artists after leaving Bedford for Burlington in the 1980s. She shared her love of art passionately, insistently and generously, donating many other works to museums, including the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar, where her collection was the subject of an exhibition, “Faith and Fantasy in Outsider Art, in 2009.

Ms. Parsons kept strong ties to Bedford after her move to Burlington, returning frequently to visit friends and family. Her daughter Amy, son-in-law Paul Bird and their two children still live in the historic millhouse on Mathew’s Mill Road that Ms. and Mr. Parsons acquired when they first moved to Bedford in 1959.

An artist herself, Ms. Parsons saw beauty everywhere she looked. Her extraordinary enthusiasm for life, art, people and martinis will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends of all ages.

Ms. Parsons was predeceased by her brothers, Jerry and Duncan O’Brien, and her former husband, James O. Parsons, Jr. She is survived by her daughters, Laurie of Hoboken, N.J., and Amy of Bedford Hills, along with Amy’s husband Paul and their children Isabel and Henry. A service will be held at St. Matthew’s Church in Bedford on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m.


Heather R. Varley, 75, Bedford resident

Heather Varley, 75, a resident of Bedford for 45 years, died Tuesday, Nov. 26.

Heather R. Varley was born Nov. 17, 1938. A graduate of Brown University, she was a manager for Lakeover Country Club in Bedford.

Heather is survived by her husband, Martin F. Varley, and her daughters, Elizabeth Joseph of Hopkinton, Mass.; Alison Vallabhaneni of Pomona and Pamela Molino. She is the grandmother of Emma and Matthew Joseph of Hopkinton and Lauren Vallabhaneni of Pomona.

Services and interment were private.


Samuel ‘Ernie’ Fisher, Katonah resident

Samuel “Ernie” Ernest Fisher, 83, a longtime resident of Katonah, died suddenly on Thursday, Nov. 7, in Lauder Hill, Fla. A memorial service will be held at Saturday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m., at Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Road, Katonah. Burial will follow in Bedford Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Katonah Fire Department or the Bedford Hills Antioch Baptist Church scholarship fund.


William E. Bandon, Jr., local attorney

William E. Bandon, Jr., 84, of Somers, died peacefully at home Thursday, Nov. 14, of natural causes.

Mr. Bandon was born Feb. 1, 1929, in New York City, to the late William E. and Mary Sheehan Bandon. He grew up in the Bronx and graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in 1946, from Iona College in 1953 and from St. John’s Law School in 1958, serving two tours of duty in the U.S. Army between schooling. Mr. Bandon married Lila Arida in Brooklyn in 1960, and in 1965, the family settled in south Somers.

Mr. Bandon served for many years as secretary, and then as counsel, to the State Liquor Authority, and had an accomplished 35-year private practice in family law and alcoholic beverage control law in White Plains and Somers, with many clients from Katonah and Bedford. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a past chairman of the family law section of the Westchester County Bar Association. Mr. Bandon was also active in state and local politics, coordinating regional campaign offices in the Hudson Valley for the reelection of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller in 1966 and 1970, and served for many years as a Republican committeeman and local civic leader in Somers.

He is survived by his wife Lila; his children William E. Bandon, III of Katonah, Victoria Noonan of Potomac Falls, Va., and Alexandra Bandon of New York City; his grandchildren Matthew and Christian Noonan, and John and Isabel Bandon; and his sister Margaret Kohler of New Port Richey, Fla.

A funeral mass for Mr. Bandon was celebrated Nov. 18 at St. Patrick’s Old Stone Church in Yorktown Heights.


Willard B. Seymour, former Pound Ridger

Willard B. Seymour, 87, of New Canaan, Conn., died Saturday Nov. 9, in the Greenwich Woods Health Care Center in Greenwich, Conn.

Mr. Seymour was born April 13, 1926, in Chattanooga, Tenn., to the late Samuel and Marjorie Scofield Seymour, and lived most of his life in Pound Ridge. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, working most of his life in the auto body repair business, and a member of the New Canaan VFW and the Coast Guard Auxiliary

Mr. Seymour loved his family, friends and canine friends. His hobbies were metal detecting, local history, antiques and car restoration.

Mr. Seymour is survived by four children: Jeffrey Seymour of Pound Ridge; Willard B. Seymour, Jr. of Honesdale, Penn.; Gunnar Wheeler of Dover Plains; and Joanne Halligan of South Salem. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a brother, Dorin Seymour of New York City.

A funeral service for Mr. Seymour was held Nov. 13 in the Hoyt Funeral Home and Cremation Service in New Canaan.


Mark of ‘Mark’s Time’ dies at 63

by NANCY McLOUGHLIN

Time in Bedford is moving more slowly after the loss of Mark Reichbach, who died on Nov. 5 Westchester Medical Center. Members of his immediate family surrounded the man who was nicknamed “Lucky” back in Lincoln High School. He was best known locally for “Mark’s Time,” the shop he owned and operated for more than 20 years with the last fifteen at the Bedford Hills Train Station. Sadly, the store will soon close without his personal expertise and knowledge. Mark’s business was so specialized,” said Anne Reid, his longtime friend. “He did much more than repair watches, clocks, barometers, and music boxes. He was a walking history lesson, and he loved to explain characteristics of every item in the store, particularly information about the evolution of time pieces.”  He was also a numismatist  (expert in coins), GIA gemologist, and an American history buff.

Born on March 11, 1950 in the Bronx, Mark moved to Bedford in the early 1990’s, spending most of his life in Westchester. Mechanically inclined at an early age, he was offered very specialized training as a member of the naval reserves but his great interest was in timepieces and American antiques. Mark earned a certification as a master watchmaker from Bulova Watchmaking School in Flushing, Queens. “With this high level of training, he actually made some of his own parts, rather than purchasing them as most watch repair places do.  When you think that a watch can have over two hundred internal pieces, that is really special,” said Anne Reid, adding, “He was a dying breed. Almost anyone with his skills either speaks Chinese or Russian exclusively, lives and works in the city jewelers’ district, or is retired.”

His son, Rich, who worked with Mark at Mark’s Time from 2004 to 2009, is eternally grateful to his father.  “Dad was unfailingly generous with his time, knowledge, contacts, and influence and I totally credit him with the success of my own watch business”, said Rich.  Rich remembered that anyone who knew his Dad well knew that a deal would not be made until Mark uttered the phrase “it has a look”.

 Anne Reid also explained that Mark was unique in that he made house calls for tall case clocks. Moving in and out of many of the fine homes of Bedford, he consulted, repaired, wound and cared for elegant timepieces. He made many friends with the perpetual sparkle in his eyes and ready smile and his passion for animals led him to feed the sparrows outside his store. He was always slipping dogs treats under the dinner table.

Mark enjoyed some amazing “finds” in his career.

“He frequently got his most valuable things when someone came in with what they thought was just junk,” said Anne. A rare and unusual tall case clock arrived at the shop in Bedford Hills this fall in the back of a pick-up truck. The driver had been helping someone move and was on his way to the dump to dispose of the clock as instructed. He’d decided to drive past Mark, and say hello first. Mark discovered that the ancient clock was exceedingly rare as it had actually been made in New York City — a rarity as almost no tall case clocks were made in the City due to the scarcity of the hard woods there. 

A memorial service will be held at Temple Shaaray Tefila on Monday, Nov. 11 at 10:30.  Besides his son Rich, Mark is also survived by his mother, Marilyn G. Reichbach, of Del Ray Beach, and his brother in law, Angelo Gencarelli, and nephew Stephen Gencarelli, both of Bedford.


Katy Uhry Darr, former Pound Ridger

Katherine Uhry Darr, 79, of Alpharetta, Ga., died on Oct. 25.

The eldest of three children of Robert and Helen Uhry, Ms. Darr was raised in Pound Ridge. She attended the New Canaan Country Day School in Connecticut, the New Lincoln School in New York City and Bard College. In 1954 she married Earl Anthony Darr of Rye and subsequently had two children. Sarah Katherine Darr was born in 1955 and passed away in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 2007. Ms. Darr’s son, Thomas Gregory Darr, and his wife, Anne-Marie, live in Alpharetta. They have two daughters, Elizabeth Abt and Mary Rose Darr.

Ms. Darr moved to Fort Lauderdale in the early 1960s following her divorce. She raised her children there, owned the Bookmark (an independent bookstore on Las Olas Boulevard), worked at the Museum of Art of Fort Lauderdale and was associate curator of education at the Boca Museum of Art in Boca Raton. While in this position she introduced children from Carver Estates to the arts. Additionally, she established educational connections between the Old Dillard Museum and a local magnet school. Ms. Darr became a volunteer at the Fort Lauderdale Beaux Arts Festival and served as its chairwoman in 1976, the year the festival returned to Las Olas Boulevard.

Always an eager traveler and keen observer, Ms. Darr’s ability to focus on details and her extraordinary memory made her an unusually interesting person. She was an excellent cook and loved her family and her cat.

In addition to her son and his family, Ms. Darr is survived by her younger brother Peter, his wife Sydney, and their two daughters, Kate Uhry and Jennifer Yost. She was pre-deceased by her other brother, Tom Uhry, and his wife, Lani. Their two children, Matthew and Amanda, live on the West Coast.

Donations honoring Ms. Darr’s life may be sent to Friends of Secret Woods, 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach, FL 33312.


Anne Witherspoon Kuhn

Anne Witherspoon Kuhn, 90, died Friday, Oct. 18, at the Osborn Pavillion in Rye.

Anne Kuhn was born Nov. 3, 1922, in New York City. She was a longtime resident of the area. She lived for several years on Hickory Kingdom road and opened a business, 222 Interiors, in the 1990s after working for several years at Bedford Green Antiques.

She is survived by her three sons, H. Bartow Farr III, Preston W. Farr and Christopher B. Farr; three grandchildren, Blair Farr Underwood, Eleanor Putnam Farr and Ashley MarieAnne Farr; and four great-grandchildren, Wagner Walton Underwood, Taylor Farr Underwood, Theodore Putnam Nelson and Alexandra Witherspoon Nelson.

Services will be private.


Stephen Duffy of Bedford

Stephen Duffy, 73, of Bedford, died peacefully at home on October 23 after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Stephen Duffy was born May 29, 1940, in Mount Vernon, to John and Alice (Curry) Duffy of Amawalk, one of six children. He was a graduate of Fordham University and was the owner of Mill Road Wines & Liquors in Eastchester.

Mr. Duffy is survived by his wife of 49 years, Elizabeth; his three children, Stephanie (John) Small of Waccabuc, Danielle (Christopher) Egan of San Diego, and Craig (Alicia Ho) Duffy of Hong Kong; and his eight grandchildren, Jackson, Griffin, Sadie and Scarlett Small, Cecelia, Finn and Josie Egan and Lily Duffy, who all adored him. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Frances Campanaro; sister-in-law Christina Campanaro Juarez (Nathan Ploener) and niece Sofia Juarez.

The family received friends and held a service on Saturday, October 26, at Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah. The funeral will be private.


Elizabeth “Jackie” Rodney, longtime Pound Ridge resident

Elizabeth “Jackie” Rodney passed away on Oct. 22, at age 92.

Elizabeth Jacqueline Lehn Rodney and her fraternal twin sister Dorothy were born Sept. 30, 1921, in the Bronx. Ms. Rodney developed a lifelong passion for the New York Yankees early in life, witnessing Babe Ruth hit a home run at the first game she ever attended.

Both sisters attended Mount Holyoke College (class of 1943), and in 1944, Ms. Rodney married Frederick Holloway Rodney. During World War II, Fred was stationed abroad and Ms. Rodney worked at the Morgan Guaranty Trust in New York. After the war, the couple briefly lived in Jackson Heights before moving to Pound Ridge, where they raised their children Scott, Layne and Kim, along with an Irish setter named Rocky.

In addition to her role as mother and eventually grandmother, Ms. Rodney worked over the years at three different area schools: Pound Ridge Elementary and Fox Lane middle and high schools. She was also an active member of the Pound Ridge community, as a regular parishioner at the Pound Ridge Community Church, a member of the League of Women Voters and a volunteer at the Hiram Halle Memorial Library, and a recipient of the Good Neighbor Award.

In 2009, Ms. Rodney moved from Pound Ridge to live with family in Connecticut, where she spent the remainder of her years, visiting Pound Ridge from time to time.

She is survived by her sister Dorothy, son Layne and daughter Kim, all three of her children’s spouses, five grandchildren, two grandsons-in-law and two (soon to be four) great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at the Pound Ridge Community Church on Oct. 26. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Pound Ridge Community Church at poundridgecommunitychurch.org.


‘Jack’ Scollay, former Pound Ridger, dies at 88

John Joseph “Jack” Scollay, age 88, of Westerville, Mass., died on Monday, Oct. 14.

Jack was born and raised in Brooklyn, the only child of the late John and Agnes Scollay. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in World War II and the Korean War, earning the rank of captain. He was a Pound Ridge resident from 1979 to 1987.

As a Marine, he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Colgate University, where he honed his skills as a writer. Years later, advertising copywriters would experience firsthand his passion for precise language and his expectations of the same from them. Jack retired as senior vice president of marketing for the J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency. While there, he continued his service to the Corps by authoring the advertising campaign “The Few. The Proud. The Marines.” Following his JWT retirement, Jack taught at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School.

An avid Anglophile, he enjoyed travels to the United Kingdom with family and friends. Jack’s colorful personality and quick, dry wit left a lasting impression on his extended family, colleagues, and friends.

Jack will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 57 years, Ann Scollay; daughters, Mary Ward and her husband Jim; and Joan Dooley and her husband Bill; and cousin, Sister Constance Brennan.

Graveside memorial services will be held at Friday, Oct. 25, at 1 p.m., at Walnut Grove Cemetery, 5561 Milton Ave., Worthington, Mass. Arrangements by Schoedinger Worthington Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Semper Fi Fund; semperfifund.org. To share memories or condolences, visit schoedinger.com.


Donald M. Stroffolino, of Bedford Hills

Donald M. Stroffolino, 87, a lifelong resident of Bedford Hills, died Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Mr. Stroffolino was born June 26, 1926, to George and Edith (Vogler) Stroffolino. He was a graduate of Bedford Hills High School and a U.S. Navy veteran who served during World War II. Mr. Stroffolino worked for many years as a teamster and was a member of the Bedford Hills Volunteer Fire Department and the American Legion. He was also an avid motorcyclist.

Mr. Stroffolino is the beloved father of Janet Roswell, Marcia Coogan, Randy, Nancy Mazza and Donald P. He has nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his wife of 42 years, Barbara Ruth Noe, and his son Gary.

The family will receive friends Friday, Oct. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Road, Katonah.

The funeral will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m., at Katonah United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Bedford Union Cemetery. Please remember the Bedford Fire Department.


Dr. Arnold M. Wald, 30-year Bedford resident

Arnold M. Wald, M.D., age 89, a 30-year resident of Bedford, died on Oct. 21.

Dr. Wald was a graduate of the Townsend Harris High School in New York City, and he received his B.A. and M.D. from the New York University College of Medicine. He served in both the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 and the U.S. Navy from 1949 to 1951. While in the Navy he attained the rank of Lieutenant, and for one year he was the senior medical officer on a destroyer. He served one year in the U.S. Naval Hospital in St. Albans, Queens.

Dr. Wald was a radiation oncologist and the co-founder of Rye Radiology, as well its director for over 30 years. He was also the chairman emeritus of the Cancer Support Team of Westchester, which he co-founded in 1978, and was a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight of New England.

Dr. Wald is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Elizabeth (O’Connor) Wald. He is the loving father of Catherine, Adrienne, Richard, Lois, Dan, David and Elizabeth and is the stepfather of MaryBeth, Kathleen, Richard and Thomas. He is the grandfather of eight and step-grandfather of eight. He is the brother of Franklin Wald, M.D., and he is also survived by three nieces.

The graveside service was held Thursday at the Middle Patent Cemetery in Banksville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Support Team at cancersupportteam.com.


Ilona Cariello of Pound Ridge

Ilona Suhajda Cariello, of 38 Saddle Ridge Road in Pound Ridge, died on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Brighton Gardens of Stamford in Stamford, Conn.

Ilona Cariello was born March 5, 1921, to the late George Suhajda and Ilona Sajben. She was raised in Bekescsaba, Hungary, by her grandparents, the Sajbens. In 1939, she came to New York to visit her mother, Ilona Suhajda, and the 1939 World’s Fair. During her stay in New York, World War II broke out and she was unable to return home because the Hungarian borders were closed. She married the late Ralph Mario Cariello on Jan. 30, 1949, and they moved from Aberdeen, N.J., to Pound Ridge in 1983. Mr. Cariello died in 1981.

A memorial Mass was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Bedford on Thursday, Oct. 10. Interment followed at the Saint Francis of Assisi Cemetery in Mount Kisco. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Neighbor to Neighbor, P.O Box 22, Pound Ridge 10576.


Margaret Dyer Pierce (1925-2013)

Margaret “Margie” D. Pierce, a former longtime Bedford resident, lifelong teacher and gardener, died at her home on Sept. 30, at age 87.

Margaret Dyer Pierce was born Oct. 6, 1925, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, to C. Dickey Dyer, Jr. and Mabel K. Dyer. She grew up in Cleveland and graduated from the Laurel School in 1944, where she was president of the student council her senior year. She went to Vassar College, graduating with a degree in music in 1947. She was married to the late James R. Pierce from 1949 until his death in 1993.

Mrs. Pierce taught at the Bedford Rippowam School (later Rippowam-Cisqua) for more than 20 years, where she was recognized as a master teacher in 1991. She was a member of the Bedford Garden Club for nearly 30 years, serving as its president from 1983 to 1985. In addition, she served on and led several committees, received numerous awards and was the Zone III’s conservation representative to the Garden Club of America from 1985 to 1987. She was an active worshipper and volunteer at St. Matthew’s Church in Bedford for nearly 40 years. She was the second woman elected to the vestry, serving from 1972 to 1976.

After her teaching years, Mrs. Pierce turned her habit of visiting older folks in the community into a second career and was also a lay reader at All Saint’s Church in Harrison. She had been a resident of Sterling Park at the Osborn in Rye for the past dozen years.

Mrs. Pierce was preceded in death by two of her sons, Robinson D. Pierce and Marvin Pierce II, and by her older brothers, Marshall K. Dyer and C. Dickey Dyer III. Mrs. Pierce is survived by her children Margaret P. Peters (Jonathan) of Rye and James R. Pierce, Jr. (Dabney) and Scott Pierce III (Stephanie), both of Houston, Texas, and by 12 grandchildren: Jill, Molly, Keenan, Shevlin, Jonathan, Dyer, Miller, Clemmie, Walt, Robby, Charlie and Bar.

A memorial for Mrs. Pierce will be held Oct. 24, at 11 a.m., at Christ’s Church in Rye. Following the memorial, the family will be hosting a reception at the American Yacht Club in Rye.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Mrs. Pierce’s memory to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 382 Cantitoe St., Bedford 10506; stmatthewsbedford.org.


Hermine Swierenga Dawson

Hermine S. Dawson, 105, of New Canaan, Conn., died July 16.

Hermine Swierenga Dawson was born in Chicago and moved to Westchester County from New York City in the 1950s. She lived in Bedford Hills and later moved to Katonah. Her career in book publishing began at Lyons and Carnahan in Chicago and continued at Harper & Bros. and McGraw Hill Book Co. in New York. She took a sabbatical in 1944 to work for the Republican National Committee on Thomas Dewey’s first presidential campaign. In 1948, after marrying Leslie L. Dawson, she retired from publishing and took up life in the suburbs. Mr. Dawson died in 1990.

Family members described Ms. Dawson as “insatiably curious.” She was said to have lived life simply, but pursued her many interests with passion. She was a sophisticated woman with Midwestern values who was held in respect and great affection by her family and many friends.

There will be a celebration of life on Oct. 20. For details, call 203-966-9211.

Memorials may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Inc., 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights 10598 or to a charity of your choice.


Donald Everett Naylor, longtime Bedford resident

Donald Everett Naylor died Sept. 29, at his home in Gilbertsville.

He was born March 28, 1929, in Stamford, Conn. After attending the University of Connecticut, he joined the Marine Corps, serving in Korea from 1950 to 1953. For several years, he owned and operated Bedford Pest Control. For 25 years, until retiring, he was an operating engineer as a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 137. While a Bedford resident, he was a member of the St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church as well the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department.

In 1995, Mr. Naylor and his wife retired to Gilbertsville. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Sidney and a volunteer at the local food pantry in Unadilla.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joan (Mooney), as well as his six children: Patricia (Naylor) and John Cottrell of Stratford, Conn.; Karen (Naylor) Bird of Mt. Laurel, N.J.; Linda Naylor of South Salem; John Naylor and Lisa Aiken of South Carolina; Catherine (Naylor) and Kerry Lombard of Madison, Conn.; and James Naylor and JoAnna of Vestal. Nine grandchildren, a brother and many nieces and nephews will miss him as well.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m., at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Bedford, and internment will follow at Bedford Union Cemetery. Donations in Mr. Naylor’s name may be made to Catskill Area Hospice, 542 Main St., Oneonta 13820; Delaware Valley Humane Society, 101 East Main St., Sidney 13838; American Heart Association, heart.org; or the charity of your choice. The Westcott Funeral Home Inc. of Unadilla assisted the family.


Margaret F. Jacoby, longtime Pound Ridge resident

Margaret F. Jacoby died Sunday, Sept. 22.

Margaret “Miggs” F. Jacoby was born May 10, 1929, in Port Chester. She was the daughter of the late Philomena and Peter Fanella of Harrison.

Ms. Jacoby married Victor Jacoby on June 24, 1951. They resided in Pound Ridge for over 50 years in the house that Victor built.

Ms. Jacoby was a member of the Pound Ridge Community Church for more than 40 years and served on the board of trustees for over 10. She sat as chairman of the Altar Guild, ensuring the weekly flower arrangements and holiday decorating was done to perfection.

Ms. Jacoby was an active member of the Pound Ridge Garden Club, heading many civic improvement projects that aided in the beautification of the town. She began planting daffodils in the triangles in town and along the bicycle paths 20 years ago.

Ms. Jacoby was inspired by her parents and grandparents to garden. She planted and nurtured a rose garden with over 50 rose bushes that repeatedly won her blue ribbons from the garden club. Her perennial garden expanded over the years and also won awards and respect from fellow club members.

Pound Ridge was a special place for Ms. Jacoby. According to family members, her pride in Pound Ridge and its appearance was only surpassed by the joys that her family brought to her. One of her greatest joys was spending time with her grandchildren and watching them grow up.

Ms. Jacoby is survived by her husband of 62 years; three children, Karen and Jeffrey Aarts of Pound Ridge, Susan and Kevin Marks of Darien, Conn., and Jack Jacoby of Groton, Conn.; and four grandchildren, Michael, Peter, Sarah and Justin.

A service was held Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Pound Ridge Community Church, with burial at the Pound Ridge Cemetery. Arrangements were by Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pound Ridge Community Church, 3 Pound Ridge Road, Pound Ridge 10576 or the Pound Ridge Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 237, Pound Ridge 10576.


James A. Howarth, 85, former Katonah resident

James A. Howarth, 85, of Barnstable, Mass., died in his home Saturday, Sept. 14, surrounded by his family.

He was the beloved husband of Claire L. (Abbott) Haworth for 57 years.

Born in New York, Mr. Haworth was raised on Long Island and in New York City. He attended Rice Institute, City College of New York and the New York Institute of Finance. After his marriage, he lived in Yonkers and then moved to Katonah.

Mr. Haworth spent 40 years as a marketing professional for Newsweek, Popular Science, Forbes and Guideposts magazines. He was also a consultant for over 100 other publications.

A man of strong faith and extremely high ethics, Mr. Haworth’s top priority was taking care of his family and addressing the needs of his community. His mantra was to “make love visible” by serving others. He shared his remarkable spirit in many ways, including teaching Sunday school, singing in the church choir, leading a men’s breakfast, and participating as an ordained deacon and elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Katonah. His other passions included youth mentoring, counseling the unemployed, feeding the homeless and visiting the elderly.

Mr. Haworth retired in 1997 and moved to Barnstable, where he became a member of the Osterville United Methodist Church and the Barnstable Historical Society. He led investment clubs and was active in Civil War roundtables. He also served on the board of directors for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks (Mets) of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

Jim loved playing the baritone ukulele, singing with the Cape Cod Surftones, tutoring high school students, and casting and painting military miniatures.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Haworth is survived by four daughters, Pamela, Jennifer, Melissa, and Amy; seven grandchildren, Tiffany, Emily, Noah, Katie, Amy, Jessica and Elizabeth; and one great-grandson, Lachlann.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m., in the Osterville United Methodist Church, 57 Pond St., Osterville, Mass.


Richard L. Bartels Sr., Katonah resident

Richard L. Bartels Sr. of Katonah died Friday, Sept. 13, at his home.

Richard was born Sept. 17, 1932, in New Rochelle, to the late Henry and Isabella (Einberger) Bartels. Richard was a U.S. Navy veteran and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Ithaca College. He taught earth science at Ossining High School and retired in 1994.

Richard is survived by Virginia, his loving wife of 57 years; his children, Denise, Gretchen, Kathy, Richard, Dale, Kyle and Patricia; and 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah today, Friday, Sept. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass will be celebrated tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church, 117 Valley Road in Katonah. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, 501 E 233rd St. in the Bronx. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.


Paul R. Lovejoy

Paul Robert Lovejoy, 58, of Wakefield, R.I., and Chicago and formerly of Bedford Corners, died suddenly on August 26 after a brief illness.

A lawyer, most recently with Kirkland & Ellis and previously as general counsel of United Airlines, Mr. Lovejoy relished the practice of corporate law. His long, distinguished career included partnerships in the firms Squire, Sanders and Weil and Gotshal and Manges, and nine years as assistant general counsel of Texaco.

Mr. Lovejoy served many nonprofits as a board member and volunteer, including his college, New England College, from which he graduated summa cum laude in 1977, and his law school, Case Western Reserve University, where he earned the distinction of Order of the Coif and served as an editor of the law review.

He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Susan Seyfarth Lovejoy; his daughter, Kate Lovejoy Anderson and her husband Peter; two sisters, Maryann Lovejoy Alfano and Linda Lovejoy Jukes; and seven nieces and nephews. Mr. Lovejoy was predeceased by his parents, Jean and V. Paul Lovejoy of Mentor, Ohio.

A private celebration of Mr. Lovejoy’s life will be held over the weekend. Donations in his name can be made to the South Kingstown Land Trust in Wakefield, R.I.


Emmett J. Heerdt Jr. dies at 101

Emmett J. Heerdt Jr., of Aiken, S.C., formerly of New Canaan, Conn., died Aug. 21, at the age of 101. He was pre-deceased by his wife Nancy and is survived by his current wife Sally, sons Douglas (Margaret) of Aiken, S.C., and David of New York, brother Bruce of Pound Ridge, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. No services are planned.


Raymond Paul Swartz, 64

Raymond Swartz of Coarsegold, Calif., died on Aug. 3, at age 64, after a brief bout with an exceedingly aggressive cancer.

Mr. Swartz spent his entire childhood in Katonah, his family’s home, graduating from John Jay High School and Akron University in Ohio. He became an expert in electronics, automotive and electrical engineering. He worked for IBM locally and was given the opportunity to transfer to Northern California to the tech sector known as Silicon Valley. This move brought him back to the Sierra Mountains, which he loved from family camping experiences throughout his youth.

Once retired, Mr. Swartz worked as a seasonal fire lookout at Shuteye Peak in the Sierra National Forest. From this lookout, he viewed the entire valley, including his own home across the valley. He and his wife Hilary bought their retirement home in 2006.

The spirit of volunteerism had been honed by his family through its association with the Scouts, the Methodist Church and other organizations. Mr. Swartz introduced city youth to the joys of backpacking and taught them an appreciation of nature. In later years, he shared his love of hiking with the senior hikers of his valley. He was known for his willingness to tackle any home problems and to share that skill with others.

Mr. Swartz was preceded in death by his father, Robert W. Swartz. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Hilary, of Coarsegold, Calif.; his mother, Elois Swartz of Katonah; his brother Walter, Walter’s wife Janet, their daughter Becky and her husband, Justin Rogers, of Illinois; and his sister Ellen, her husband Geoffrey Reeder and their daughter Paula, of Texas.

There will be a memorial service at a later date. Donations are welcome to the American Cancer Society.


John Easton Sayre, Bedford Hills resident

John Easton Sayre, 84, of Bedford Hills, died Saturday, July 6, at Northern Westchester Hospital following a short illness.

Mr. Sayre was born in Geneva, N.Y., to Elizabeth Baker Sayre and Frank Easton Sayre. He graduated from Hobart College and earned an M.A. at Teachers College Columbia University and doctoral credits at Harvard, Adelphi and Rutgers universities.

He taught junior high and high school social studies at Stanforth and Sewanhaka in Long Island and at Fox Lane High School in Bedford, retiring in 1990. Mr. Sayre’s army years were in Germany, where he specialized in radio communications and teaching fellow soldiers.

Under a United States Department of Education grant, Mr. Sayres spent two summers in a program of studies about the U.S.S.R. The first took place at the Russian Institute in Seattle and was followed by two months of study and travel from one end of the Soviet Union to the other. Americans were suspect by Russian authorities in those years, he reported, and his photograph of a church with broken rubble on the ground caused his arrest and a Russian police investigation.

Mr. Sayre is mourned by his wife, Ebba, and his family, Lisa Sayre and her husband Rick Rosenthal of Katonah, John Matthew Sayre of Los Angeles and his grandson Easton. They will especially remember Mr. Sayre’s “wonderfully imaginative stories and good nature.”

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m., at Bedford Presbyterian Church in Bedford Village.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or to radio stations WMNR or WQXR.


Herbert Shank Chase Jr., father of local residents

Herbert Shank Chase Jr. of Santa Monica, Calif., died on July 6 at the age of 90 following a brief illness, family members said. Among his survivors are Ashley and Vincent Andrews of North Salem. They are members of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bedford and the Bedford Golf and Tennis Club. Their children, Chesley, 30, and Matthew Chase Andrews, 28, both graduated from Rippowam Cisqua School.

Born to Herbert S. Chase Sr. and Hazel Noera Chase, with sister Virginia Chase Howard, Herbert Shank Chase Jr. grew up in Elizabeth, N.J., where he attended Pingry School. He finished at Governor prep school and later attended Hamilton College and Colgate University. From 1943-45 he enlisted in officer training in the Marines and was stationed at Camp Pendleton. He served in the Pacific.

While in Camp Pendleton, Mr. Chase developed a love of California. He married Elise Kirkland, also of Elizabeth, and left the East Coast to settle in Malibu. He moved to Santa Monica and purchased the Santa Monica Independent Journal Newspaper from Henry Luce.

Through his newspaper Mr. Chase led many crusades, including opposition to oil drilling in the Santa Monica Bay and against corruption and development schemes that would have compromised the natural beauty of public beaches.

Mr. Chase married Marjorie Zickler of Holland, Mich., in 1970, through a shared love of horses. He devoted himself to a career as editor and publisher of various publications, including Good Life. He gave up his office late last year but continued to write for local papers. Mr. Chase was a longtime Booster of Santa Monica and, in his final years, launched an online publication called Santa Monica Boosters.

Mr. Chase is survived by seven children: Anne Chase-Stapleton of Samish Island, Wash.; Ashley Andrews and husband Vincent of North Salem; Herb Chase III of Pacific Palisades, Calif.; Frances Workman and husband Henry Workman of Newbury Park, Calif.; Carole Elliott and husband Glen of Palo Alto, Calif.; stepdaughter Lory Bierschenk and husband Kurt of Pacific Palisades; and Paige Chase of Santa Monica. He had 15 beloved and beautiful grandchildren: Chesley, Matt, Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth, Michael, Katherine, Hank, Jack, Brinson, Mason, Alyssa, Jessica, Andrew and Bailey, to whom he was simply and lovingly known as “Granman.” A gathering was held Aug. 2 in Santa Monica to celebrate his life.


Ret. Army Staff Sgt. Frederick Farrel

Retired SSG Frederick Farrel, 60, of Fayetteville, N.C., died Saturday, June 29.

He is predeceased by his father, Robert Edison Farrel, of Sugar Hill, N.H.; and his sister, June Farrel, of Roundup, Mont. Mr. Farrel is survived by his wife, Michele Farrel; his daughter, Tammy Farrel, of Fayetteville; his mother, Arline Dahlman, of Katonah; his aunt and uncle, Janis and Mario Petta, of Phoenixville, Pa.; and his lifelong friend, John Helwig, of Fayetteville.

Mr. Farrel served 21 years in the U.S. Army with the HHC 4th BN 325th, 82nd Airborne Division, receiving many medals and commendations, including the Bronze Star, Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Master Parachutist Badge, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Expert Infantryman Badge, Army Good Conduct Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Scottish Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal and Bronze Service Star for Parachutist Badge.

A funeral was held July 3, at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home Chapel in Fayetteville with Major U.S. Army Ret. Archie Barringer, Chaplain, officiating. Interment followed at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project at support.woundedwarriorproject.org.


Barbara Hoffman of Bedford Hills

Barbara R. Hoffman (nee Schmitt), age 70, of Bedford Hills, died Thursday, July 11, at Westchester Medical Center.

Ms. Hoffman was born Sept. 12, 1942, in Mount Kisco. She is the daughter of the late William J. and Helen Ruth (Dingee) Schmitt. She graduated from John Jay High School in 1960.

Ms. Hoffman is survived by three sons, Robert, George and Douglas; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard and Robert Schmitt; and her cousin, Martha Luhman.

The funeral took place Tuesday, July 16, at the First Presbyterian Church of Katonah.


Ellen Flood Cloherty, longtime area resident

Ellen Flood Cloherty of Lincolndale, age 96, died Saturday, July 6, at Putnam Ridge Health Care Facility in Brewster.

Mrs. Cloherty was born Aug. 21, 1916, to Thomas and Margaret (Shay) Flood, both deceased. She was a lifetime resident of Lincolndale.

A graduate of Good Counsel College, Ms. Cloherty was previously employed as a substitute teacher in the Somers School District.

Ellen is survived by two sons, H. Joseph (Anita Jones) Cloherty of Brewster and Michael (Donna) Cloherty of Inverness, Ill., eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry “Harpy” Cloherty, her sister, Mary Harty, and her brothers, Thomas Flood and Donald Flood.

Her family will receive friends on Saturday, July 13, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah. At 11:30 a.m., a Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Church, 10 Croton Falls Road. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Blue and White Fund at Kennedy High School, 54 Route 138, Somers 10589.


Cornelius J. “Neal” Pronay, 87, Katonah firefighter

Cornelius J. “Neal” Pronay, 87, a lifelong resident of Katonah, died Monday, July 1, at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco.

Cornelius J. Pronay, Jr. was born April 26, 1926, in Mount Kisco. He was a schoolteacher in Granby, Colo., and the Herricks School District, New Hyde Park before his retirement. Neal was a dedicated member of the Katonah Fire Department for over 60 years and its former president. He was an avid sports fan.

Neal is the uncle of Janet Winthers (Dennis) of Katonah and Judy Weller (Thomas) of Patterson. He is the cousin of Barbara Gullen (J. Waldie) of Waccabuc and Lowell Becker of Maryland and is survived by five grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth Muckler.

The family will receive friends on Friday, July 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Road, Katonah. The funeral service will be at 8 p.m. The interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mount Kisco on Saturday, July 6, at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Neal Pronay Scholarship Fund at the Katonah Fire Dept, 65 Bedford Road, Katonah 10536.


Grace G. Marwell

race G. Marwell, beloved mother, grandmother and a guiding force behind Curtis Instruments died June 19 in her home in Mount Kisco.

Born on Feb. 26, 1924 in Brooklyn to Joseph and Bessie Gerber Glass, she was a resident of Mount Kisco for more than 80 years. She graduated from Horace Greely High School in Chappaqua where she was salutatorian and class president in 1940. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College, Columbia University.

She was married to Edward M. Marwell in 1943 until his death in 2010. Edward M. Marwell, an international business leader, was a founder of Curtis Instruments, Inc. in Mount Kisco. He served as president of Curtis Instruments from 1960 to 2001, and as chairman until 2003. Grace G. Marwell was a founding board member of the company and was instrumental in the company’s global success. She traveled worldwide with her beloved husband and particularly enjoyed meeting the people of Curtis. After her retirement from the board in 2000, she remained a valued advisor to the company until her death.

Grace G. Marwell was also active throughout her life in service to the community. She was a founding member of the Mount Kisco Child Care Center and supported a multitude of other civic and community organizations, such as the Boys & Girls Club, the Red Cross, the PTA and UNICEF, She was also an active contributor to the efforts in the 1950’s to establish the Bedford Central school system.

She was cherished as the core of a loving and generous family, and she took great pride in raising a family that embodied the values she held  dear.

She is survived by her children Stuart (Vicki), Emily, David (Judy), and Josh (Chitra), and eight grandchildren Nick (Margret), Elizabeth, Nathan (Haley), Gabe, Tao, Jen, Toby and Anjali.

She will be mourned and missed by her beloved family, many friends, and thousands of Curtis employees and family members worldwide.


Arthur T. Houlihan Jr., founder of A.T. Houlihan, Inc.

Arthur T. Houlihan Jr., a longtime resident of Westchester County, died on June 18 in Bonita Springs, Fla., after a long illness.

He was president of the Westchester County Board of Realtors and director of the New York State Board of Realtors. He was one of the founding members of the Pound Ridge Tennis Club, where he developed his love of platform tennis. He was a director of the American Platform Tennis Association and became a senior national champion in 1996. Mr. Houlihan spent part of his childhood in Chappaqua. He always loved northern Westchester and lived in Waccabuc, Bedford, Bedford Hills, Pound Ridge and Mount Kisco. His children graduated from John Jay High School.

Ebie Wood, longtime resident of Pound Ridge and South Salem, and the office manager of the Houlihan Pound Ridge office for more than 20 years, said this week, “Art had an unforgettable sense of humor that inspired everyone who worked for him. His motto was: ‘Let’s work hard, have fun, make money, and always be honest. Your reputation is the only thing you can bank on.’”

He graduated from Admiral Farragut Academy in 1947 and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1951. He earned the rank of First Lieutenant and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-53.

A wizard with words and marketing ideas, Mr. Houlihan had a successful career in advertising sales with ALCOA, Family Circle magazine, Sports Illustrated and J. Walter Thompson, where he was the international representative in Brazil from 1960-63. He was an avid traveler whose favorite destinations included New Zealand, the Outer Hebrides and the Himalayas. He excelled at developing property in remote places, including Whitefish, Mont., and waterfront areas of Maine, including Moosehead Lake, Islesboro and Whiting.

In 1963, he began to develop A.T. Houlihan, Inc., a residential real estate brokerage firm in northern Westchester County. During this period he expanded the company from a single office in Pound Ridge that his father, Arthur T. Houlihan Sr., had started to a network of offices and became the largest real estate firm in Westchester. The first three offices were in Pound Ridge, Chappaqua and Katonah.

In addition to the real estate company, he added an insurance agency, land development firm, construction firm and travel agency. Most operations merged with Lawrence Management of Bronxville in 1982 to form Houlihan/Lawrence Inc.

He was predeceased by his wife, Joyce Hopes Houlihan, and is survived by his three children, Joy (and Richard) of Bonita Springs, Fla.; Tom (and Myla) of Boulder, Colo.; and Christina (and Bill) of Savannah, Ga. In addition, he leaves behind his sister, Gerri Houlihan (of Tallahassee, Fla.), four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many friends. His children recalled this week: “Our father will long be remembered for his extraordinary sense of humor and adventurous spirit.”

A family service will take place in Maine.


Carmen Carrozza, 91, survived by local family members

Carmen Carrozza was one of the most accomplished and acclaimed concert accordionists to grace concert halls throughout the world. He was born in 1921, in the village of Solano Reggio di Calabria in Calabria, Italy, and emigrated from there to America at age 9 with his family. They settled in Thornwood, where he lived until his death at age 91. Family members live in Bedford.

Much has been written about his unique artistry, but one critic established Mr. Carrozza’s position in the world of classical accordion when he wrote, “the violin had its Paganini, the piano its Chopin, the accordion its Carrozza.”

Mr. Carrozza is survived by his wife, Jean; brothers, Patrick and Anthony; sister, Jean; children, Marianne and Carmen; and grandchildren, Joseph, Sofia, Derek and Lucas.

Visitation was held at Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home in Mount Kisco and the funeral mass took place June 20 at Holy Rosary Church in Hawthorne.


Mafalda Mae Lucas, 86, of Pound Ridge

Mafalda Mae Lucas died on June 11 at home in Pound Ridge with family surrounding her. She was 86.

Ms. Lucas was a lifelong resident of Stamford, Conn., and Pound Ridge. She was born in Stamford on May 1, 1927, to Alfredo and Madeline (Preli) Biagiarelli. She graduated from Stamford High School in l945. She was devoted to her family and friends and was a great cook, gardener, seamstress and camper.

Ms. Lucas is survived by her husband of 66 years, Edward S. Lucas; two daughters, Linda Bennett and Cynthia (Allen) Reyen; two grandchildren, Kristi (Tom) Rosati and Brad (Diane) Bennett; and five great-grandchildren, Jessica, Jordyn, Lucas, Alayna and Ella; as well as her best friend of over 80 years, Evelyn Clark Biagiarelli (Evie). She was predeceased by her brother, Albert Biagiarelli; sisters, Louise Froehlich and Marie Gorenflo; and son-in-law, Robert Bennett, Jr.

As per her request, there will be no services, and internment will be private.


Louise Winn Seifert

Louise Winn Seifert, a 52-year resident of Pound Ridge, died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, June 1, in Virginia Beach, Va. She was 97 years old.

She was married for 61 years to Randolph J. “Randy” Seifert, who predeceased her in 2002. Shortly following her husband’s death, she moved from Pound Ridge to Virginia, where she resided until her death.

Mrs. Seifert was known for her commitment to her family, faith and community. She will be remembered fondly for her gentle manner and gracious Southern hospitality. A librarian, she had a passion for reading and literature.

Mrs. Seifert was born Jan. 4, 1916, in Skipwith, Va., and raised in nearby Clarksville. She graduated from Randolph Macon Women’s College in Virginia and Columbia Library School in New York City. Before attending library school, she taught English in Boydton High School, Va., for two years. After graduating from library school, she worked for the New York Public Library for several years and was especially recognized there for her storytelling to children.

Mrs. Seifert married Mr. Seifert, an attorney who practiced law in New York City, on May 31, 1941, in her hometown of Clarksville. They moved to Pound Ridge in 1951, where they both resided for over 50 years. Like her husband, she was very active in church and community affairs. After raising her two sons, Louise resumed her career as a children’s librarian with the Ferguson Library in Stamford, Conn. After her retirement, she was known for her volunteer work at the Northern Westchester Hospital Center as well as with other community and church organizations.

Survivors include her two sons, Randolph Winn Seifert of Huntington and Bruce Mason Seifert of Chesapeake, Va.; five grandchildren, Ashley Seifert, Ryan Seifert, Amanda Seifert, Karen Clune and Brian Seifert; and two great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Andrew Seifert.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 7. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Pound Ridge Community Church, 3 Pound Ridge Road, Pound Ridge, 10576, Northern Westchester Hospital Center, 400 East Main St., Mount Kisco, 10549 or Habitat for Humanity, 524 Main Street, New Rochelle, 10801.


Florence Stanek Horodyski, 81, a Bedford native

Florence Stanek Horodyski of Kennesaw, Ga., passed away at Cobb General Hospital on May 18 at age 81.

Ms. Horodyski was born in Bedford on May 22, 1931. She was the daughter of the late Karol and Sophia (Luszczak) Stanek and a resident of Stamford, Conn., for 50 years. She was predeceased by one sister, Marion (Chairet) Pisano of Brooklyn, and three brothers, John Chairet of Portland, Ore., Joseph Chairet of Greenwich, Conn., and Frank Chairet of Bedford, and her husband, Joseph Horodyski.

Florence was a homemaker until her husband passed in 1966. She worked in the Stamford public school cafeterias for about 15 years, followed by working in several corporate cafeterias prior to her retirement. She was very fond of her pets and loved gardening. Florence was a very devoted mother and caring friend.

Florence is survived by her two children, Joseph Horodyski and his wife Sharon of Cleveland, Ohio, and Carolene Stanek of Kennesaw, Ga., and her three grandchildren, Mark A. Chimblo, Jr. of Greenwich, Conn., and Ashley W. Douglas and Stefan P. Douglas of Kennesaw, Ga.

The family will hold a private memorial. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York 10001; alzfdn.org.


Catherine Mary Faughnan, former Katonah resident

Catherine Mary Faughnan, a former Katonah resident, died Friday, June 7. She was 84.

Kate Mary Delaney was born Oct. 22, 1928, in Macroom, County Cork, Ireland, to the late John and Mary Delaney.

She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Vincent J. Faughnan of Katonah; her children, Mary and Robert Kehoe of Katonah and Vincent and Suzanne Claire Faughnan of Piedmont, Calif.; her grandchildren, Jacqueline and Brian Kehoe of Katonah, Robert Kehoe of New Orleans, La., and Elizabeth and John Faughnan of Piedmont, Calif.; and her sister, Ella Murphy of Cork, Ireland. She was predeceased by her sister, Ann Conway, formerly of Uxbridge, England.

Ms. Faughnan immigrated to America in 1950 and worked for General Electric until she married on Sept. 15, 1956. After raising her family, she worked for the U.S. government as a customs officer. She was at work in 4 World Trade Center in 1993 the day of the first bombing. Kay volunteered as a CCD coordinator for several years at Our Lady of Angels School in Brooklyn and always found time to visit with the elderly who were confined to their homes. She had a true devotion to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and made many visits to her shrine in Emmitsburg, Md.

A funeral mass was held Monday, June 10, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Mount Kisco. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Charity, Development Office, Mount St. Vincent on Hudson, 6301 Riverdale Ave., Bronx 10471-1093 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2900 Westchester Ave Suite 306, Purchase 10577.


Liliane De Cock Morgan, photographer
Photographic portrait of Liliane De Cock Morgan by Ansel Adams
 

Liliane De Cock Morgan, a child of World War II Belgium who later became a vital part of the West Coast fine art photography world and photographic assistant to Ansel Adams before continuing her career in the New York area, died quietly in her home in Wiscasset, Maine, on May 25 due to complications from cancer. She was 73. Ms. Morgan had moved to Maine from Ridgefield, Conn., in 2010.

From 1978-97 Ms. Morgan lived on Old Stone Hill Road in Pound Ridge. She and her family were active in Pound Ridge and Bedford. She was a den mother for Pound Ridge Cub Scouts and contributed much to the town.

In Ms. Morgan’s 1973 monograph, Ansel Adams described her photography in the introduction: “De Cock presents to us a personal, private world. It is a world of individualistic beauty and intensity. She communicates to all who will respond; she relates to no particular pattern of concept or execution. Hers is fine photography — and what more can one say.”

Their association had begun a decade earlier when photographer Brett Weston recommended Ms. Morgan for a short-term position spotting prints for his Portfolio IV. Adams wrote, “I was quite impressed with her work from the start and with her perseverance in finishing off some 4,000 prints. She stayed on with me for a little more than nine years…” Ms. Morgan was a full-time photographic assistant to Adams from 1963-72 and lived nearby the Adams home in Carmel, Calif.

Born Sept. 11, 1939, in a suburb of Antwerp, the daughter of a milkman and a mother she never met, Ms. Morgan lived with the rigors of wartime northern Europe. During the war she and other children were sent to orphanages in the south of Belgium to be safe from potential bombing. These separations left a lasting impact on her. After the war she grew up amidst hunger, family strife and a succession of stepmothers. At age 14 she left home and never returned. She finished secondary school through her own perseverance, but was unable to fulfill her dream of achieving a university education. Instead, she worked factory jobs, including time in the darkroom at Gevaert, a company that made photographic materials and is now part of AGFA, saving money until at age 21 she could legally leave the country without parental consent. In 1960, within two months of her birthday, she was aboard a ship to New York to begin a new life, a vision she had held since age 12.

Ms. Morgan left Carmel in 1972 after marrying Douglas Morgan, publisher of Ansel Adams’ early technical photography books, whom she met during a workshop in Yosemite Valley. She moved to Dobbs Ferry and later to Pound Ridge, where she started a family and became enmeshed in the Morgan family businesses. Working with Douglas and her brother-in-law Lloyd Morgan, at Morgan & Morgan publishers and Morgan Press, she edited over a dozen monographs of prominent photographers, edited the Photo Lab Index, and contributed to many other fine photography titles. At the same time she became master printer for her mother-in-law, famed dance photographer Barbara Morgan, who, along with her deceased husband Willard Morgan, had been a colleague and friend of Ansel Adams for over 40 years.

After her divorce in 1997, Liliane moved to Ridgefield, Conn., where she remained connected to photography as a technician in a custom photo lab and transitioned from black-and-white darkroom work to the new technology of digital printing, learning full-color techniques as well. In 2002 Ms. Morgan attended the Ansel Adams Centennial in Yosemite Valley, where she spoke as part of a panel of all his living former photographic assistants. She was one of only two women who held that role (the other was Ms. Morgan’s close friend Gerry Sharpe).

In 2010, Ms. Morgan retired from full-time work and moved to Wiscasset, Maine, where she enjoyed being near family and the big sky vistas of the ocean. She is survived by her son, Willard Morgan, his wife, Jenn Barton, and her granddaughters Sierra Morgan (age 6) and Zella Morgan (6 months), of Alna, Maine. In addition, she is survived by five stepchildren, Adele Morgan, Eric Morgan, Lael Morgan, Seth Morgan and Jennifer Morgan, and their families. A private service will be held this summer.

Thomas D. Cunningham, 90, longtime Bedford resident

Thomas D. Cunningham Jr. died peacefully in his sleep at age of 90 at Meadow Ridge in Redding, Conn. on Wednesday, May 22.

He was born in Denver in 1922 to Dr. T. Donald Cunningham and Isabel Coolidge Cunningham, a descendant of the Coolidge family, one of America’s oldest families. His grandparents were Mary Shepley Coolidge and renowned Boston architect Charles Algernon Coolidge.

Mr. Cunningham was a graduate of St. George’s School in Newport, R.I., and Harvard College, class of 1944. During World War II, he was a second lieutenant and a bombardier in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

He began his finance career at Loomis Sayles and worked for 20 years as vice president of trust and investments at Manufacturer’s Hanover Trust Company. An avid fly fisherman since the age of 9, Mr. Cunningham fished throughout the Americas, Australia, New Zealand and Scotland.

He was active throughout his life in the Episcopal Church, serving on the National Council’s Investment Committee and the New York Diocesan Trust Funds Committee. Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham were longtime residents of Bedford, where he served at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church as senior warden of the vestry, a member of the long-range planning committee, and Eucharistic lay reader for over 45 years. Mr. Cunningham was a member of the Bedford Golf and Tennis Club, the Church Club and the Pilgrims.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Louise Mills Cunningham, his three sons, Tod, Seth and Dudley, and his grandchildren, John, Julia and Michael.

A memorial service was held Thursday, May 30, at St. Matthew’s Church in Bedford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meadowridge Scholarship Fund, Fairfield County Foundation, 383 Main Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851.


Walter A. Ullrich, 78, of Katonah

Walter A. Ullrich, Jr., 78, of Katonah died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Sunday, May 26.

Mr. Ullrich was born Feb. 25, 1935, in Danbury, Conn., to Walter and Suzanna Ullrich. He was a graduate of Iona Preparatory School and Villanova University and a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1955 to 1958. After graduation, he worked in the electronics industry and, in1972, founded Multiplier Industries Corp., which he owned until his retirement in 2006.

Mr. Ullrich was a member of Winged Foot Golf Club since 1964.

He is survived by his beloved wife Elaine, daughter Suzanne (Jason) Gardiner of Marietta, Ga., and grandchildren Jennifer, Stephanie and Julian.

Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, c/o Jane Weyl, 633 Third Avenue, 28th floor, New York 10017.


John B. Curra Sr., Bedford Hills firefighter

John B. Curra Sr. died on May 16. He was born Dec. 12, 1929, to Bernard and Rosina Curra in Reggio Calabria, Italy. John has been a resident of Bedford Hills for over 60 years. He was a foreman at the Bedford Bus Company and a member of the Bedford Hills Fire Department for over 50 years.

John is survived by his children Tina Curra, Linda Hanrahan and John Curra. Also surviving are his brother Sal Curra, his sister Domenica Scalamandre and two sisters in Italy. John is predeceased by his loving wife Carmelina and cherished daughter Rosie.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Mary’s Church in Katonah. He was buried in St. Francis Cemetery.


Carl Magnone, 64, of Pound Ridge

Carl Magnone, 64, died on May 5. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 25 years, Jennifer, and their son, Peter, of Pound Ridge, his sister Tina Magnone of Sarasota, Fla., and his brother Stephen Magnone of Chicago. Carl had a successful career as an executive at RCA Records and production manager of NBC Sports. Carl was described as the epitome of a loving husband, father, brother and uncle, with a larger-than-life personality and loved by all.


Bea Goodrich, 76, of Ossining

Beatrice Goodrich of Ossining died on May 5. She was 76. Beatrice “Bea” M. Goodrich was born Jan. 10, 1937, in Norwalk, Conn., to Albert R. and the late Hazel (McLaughlin) Fancher of Bedford.

She graduated from Bedford Hills High School in 1954, attended New Paltz Teachers College and received a professional certificate from Berkeley Secretarial School in White Plains. Ms. Goodrich began to devote her life to caring for and helping others while nurturing her three toy poodles. She possessed a heart of gold and a wonderful sense of humor that enabled her to transcend any adversity that came her way. She will be greatly missed by her friends and neighbors and her devoted family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Philip Goodrich, in 1990.

Ms. Goodrich is survived by her stepchildren, Susan Goodrich of Florida and David Goodrich; her brother Russell Fancher (Jean) of Katonah; her sister Linda Hopkins (Leonard Wallace) of Westbrookville; two nieces, Christine Fancher (Dan Ducibella) of South Salem and Alison Sahm (Edward) of Katonah; one nephew, Christopher Hopkins of Westbrookville; one grandniece, Kiya; and two grandnephews, Shawn and Callisto.

The funeral service was held on Wednesday, May 8, at the Bedford Presbyterian Church in Bedford Village. Internment will follow at the Bedford Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to PetsAlive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown 10940; www.petsalive.org.


Susan Fenimore Cooper Weil, nature lover, philanthropist

Susan Fenimore Cooper Weil, a lifelong watercolorist, died after a short illness at the age of 90, surrounded by her family, in her home in Cooperstown. She was also a resident of Mount Kisco.

A graduate of the Chapin School in New York and of Smith College, she worked for a decade in the photography and preparations departments at the American Museum of Natural History, where exhibitions were designed, many of which persist to this day. She worked under Margaret Mead for a time at the museum.

During World War II, Ms. Weil volunteered in the war effort, both in New York City and Cooperstown. An early American women’s ski racer, she commuted every weekend from New York City to Stowe, Vt., during winter while in her 20s. She raced in giant slalom and downhill events, placing well in both the easterns and nationals, and ultimately declining an invitation to race in Europe on a three-woman U.S. team. She suffered a devastating leg break in the early 1950s and stopped skiing competitively.

In 1953, after a long courtship, she married Peter Weil. They raised three children while making several moves around the Northeast due to his work at IBM. Peter died in 1980, and Susan continued living in Cooperstown and Mount Kisco, switching between the two.

Ms. Weil had a lifelong love of nature and the outdoors and supported numerous conservation groups in Otsego County and beyond. She often rehabilitated wounded or orphaned animals and birds and adopted feral cats. She walked with her dog daily until a few months prior to her death.

In her 80s, to her surprise, Ms. Weil was named by local philanthropist Hannah Lee Stokes as the Cooperstown representative for her posthumous charitable trust. She took great care in helping disseminate Ms. Lee’s extraordinary gift to the Cooperstown community, providing grants to Bassett Hospital, Hyde Hall, the Otsego Land Trust and the Smithy, in order to enhance life for area residents.

Through those years until her last days, Ms. Weil continued to paint watercolors, usually landscapes centering on barns or farmhouses. The paintings were often deceptively representational but possessed an underlying complexity and feeling of mystery that many people admired. She was an active member of the Katonah Gallery in the 1970s and ’80s. She showed her work in several galleries and one-person shows in Westchester County, Otsego County and Mount Desert Island, Maine. Her line drawings were frequently published in the New Yorker. She was board president of the Cooperstown Art Association for many years and of the Smithy-Pioneer Gallery in Cooperstown for over two decades.

Ms. Weil was a lover of reading, practical jokes, and hot fudge sauce.

She is survived by three children, Susan Delancey Weil, Sara Weil and Henry F.C. Weil, and five grandchildren, Dean, Peter and Glenn Weil, and Samantha and Benjamin Pious.

A funeral will be held at Christ Church in Cooperstown on Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Smithy Center for the Arts or the Susquehanna SPCA, both in Cooperstown.


Vera Griggs, 92, of Katonah

Vera J. Griggs of Katonah died Monday, April 22, at the Westchester Medical Center following injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 92. She is survived by her husband, George E. Griggs Jr.; two sons, George E. Griggs III, of Old Lyme, Conn., and Peter Griggs of Katonah; her daughter, Christine Griggs Narcisse of Southborough, Mass.; and four grandchildren, Anna, Ian and Daisy Griggs, and Lizzi Narcisse.

Born to Herbert and Ida Johnson, Vera Griggs was raised in Brooklyn and attended Erasmus High School. After graduation she worked for the London Insurance Company in Manhattan, where she was one of the company’s first female underwriters. There she met her future husband George, having their first date on V-J Day, 1945. They married in 1947, moved to Manhattan, and she became a full-time homemaker. They settled in Katonah in 1955.

Ms. Griggs was active in the Katonah community as a longtime member of the Katonah United Methodist Church and the Women’s Civic Club of Katonah, where she held several different positions of leadership over the years. Most of all she loved spending time at her cottage on the coast of Maine and sharing holiday celebrations with her extended family.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 10, at 2 p.m., at the Katonah United Methodist Church at 5 Bedford Road in Katonah. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Katonah United Methodist Church.


Margaret Mary Murphy of Somers, age 90

Margaret Mary (Goodwin) Murphy of Somers died in her home on April 19, 2013, at age 90. She was born on Nov. 5, 1922, in New York City to Margaret Doyle and Francis X. Goodwin.

Ms. Murphy attended the Academy of Mount Saint Ursula, the College of New Rochelle and Fordham University School of Social Work. She was a certified social worker, and worked at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and Catholic Charities.

She married Col. John DeSales Murphy at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City in 1945. He predeceased her in 1998.

She is survived by her beloved sons John DeSales, Jr. of Reseda, Calif., and Francis X. of Ossining, her four grandchildren, Maureen Murphy Carollo of Tuttle, Okla., Ryan and Shane Murphy of Reseda, Calif., and Kaeley Murphy of Lake Peekskill, and two great-grandchildren, Katherine and Spencer Carollo of Tuttle, Okla. Funeral arrangements by Oekler-Cox Sinatra in Mt. Kisco; mass at St. Patrick’s in Bedford; internment at West Point.


J. Paul Kennedy, longtime Bedford resident

J. Paul Kennedy, 87, of Ridgefield, Conn., died peacefully at his home on April 29, with his beloved wife of 56 years, Mary Helen, at his side. The Kennedys were longtime residents of Bedford and raised their family there. For the better part of 35 years, Paul could reliably be found on the golf course each Saturday and in St. Patrick’s each Sunday.

Paul was the second of five children born to Mary and Gerald “Spike” Kennedy, who served as chairman of General Mills. His older brother Gerald died in childhood and his youngest brother David died serving his country as a pilot in the United States Air Force in 1955. He and his younger brother Thomas, who died last year, remained close throughout their lives as traveling companions and conflicting storytellers. He is survived by his younger sister Kathleen, his wife Mary Helen, his three children, Mary, Ellen and J.P., and his three grandchildren, Andrew, Helena and Patrick, the last of whom he was pleased to have named after his own grandfather.

Paul served his country faithfully in the Navy in World War II and again in Korea in the Army. He cherished the friendships he made in Korea and traveled to Minnesota to attend reunions of his unit, the 461st Ordinance Company.

A proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame, he spent his entire career at insurance brokerage Marsh & McLennan, serving the needs of his clients wherever they might be, traveling to six continents.

A quiet man of faith and integrity, he was devoted to his family and friends. He will be missed by many and always remembered as one of the greats. Donations in Paul’s memory may be made to the scholarship established in his brother’s memory: The David Francis Kennedy Memorial Scholarship Fund, University of Notre Dame, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556.


Ingrid Climis, longtime Pound Ridger

Ingrid D. Climis, 80, longtime resident of Pound Ridge, died in her home on April 18.

Ingrid Nilsen was born July 11, 1932, in Teaneck N.J. She married Ted Climis in 1955 in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.

She was a faithful member of St. Patrick’s R.C. Church in Bedford for more than 46 years, where she served as liturgical and Eucharistic minister and was a member of the choir. She was a devoted student of the Catholic church and received her master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University in January of this year.

She was a member of the Pound Ridge Lions Club, the Sons of Norway and the Cursillo Community.

Ingrid was predeceased by her husband, Ted E. Climis, and her sister, Peg Russell. She is the beloved mother of Melanie Climis of West Virginia, Kevin Climis of South Dakota, Buzz Climis of Connecticut and Alyson Bolton of Pound Ridge. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and many relatives in the U.S., Norway and Germany.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Birthright of Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties, 12 Fair St., Carmel 10512, and Right to Life Committee, 99 Valley Road, Katonah 10536.


Lynn T. Ayers, Pound Ridger, dies at 86

Lynn T. Ayers of Pound Ridge, 86, died at home on Friday, Jan 4. Mrs. Ayers was born June 29, 1926, in Rumson, N.J. She is the daughter of the late Phillip and late Marcia (Prieth) Townley. She married Donald C. Ayers on June 17, 1950, in Westfield, N.J. Ms. Ayers graduated from Miss Beard’s Academy in West Orange, N.J., and Westfield High School. Lynn volunteered for the Pound Ridge Library and was a charter member of the Pound Ridge Tennis Club, working with the children’s program to teach children tennis and bring them to meets throughout the county. She was employed for many years by Sunburst Films in Chappaqua.

Lynn is survived by her husband of 62 years, Donald C. Ayers; their four children, Katherine Ayers, Donald C. Ayers Jr., Patricia Ayers and Scott T. Ayers; four grandchildren and one great-grandson. Lynn’s older sister, Cynthia Reid, lives in Hawaii. A private cremation was held. The interment of cremains will take place soon at the Pound Ridge Cemetery.


Edward J. Gallagher, former Katonah resident

Edward J. Gallagher of Milbridge, Maine, formerly of Katonah, passed away after a brief illness on March 5.

Mr. Gallagher was born on July 4, 1940, the first son of Dr. Edward J. Gallagher and Irene M. Gallagher. He attended St. Mary’s Elementary School in Katonah, Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains and Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass. In 1966 he married Anne Sellers, who survives him at home. For many years they lived in New Jersey, and Mr. Gallagher worked in financial services in New York City and New Jersey. He retired as a certified financial planner and, during his retirement, he and Anne ran a Bed & Breakfast in Milbridge.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his daughter Lynne Lakomy and her husband Carlos; grandson Sean Lakomy and granddaughter Shannon Lakomy; brother Kevin Gallagher and his wife Christine; brother Richard Gallagher; sister Marie Cosentino and her husband Thomas; brother Paul Gallagher and his wife Isabelle; and sister-in-law Noreen Gallagher-Smith. He was pre-deceased by brothers John Gallagher and Philip Gallagher.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated by Fr. Eugene Gaffey and Deacon Jim Gillen of St. Peter the Fisherman Parish. The Mass was held at St. Michael Church in Cherryfield, Maine. Burial will take place at a later date.


Frances Greene Halpin, former Bedford Village resident

Frances Greene Halpin of Flagler Beach, Fla., died at home surrounded by her family on April 2. She was born March 10, 1930, to James F. and Ellen Mackey Greene (predeceased), and survived by her sister Maryellen White of Ormond Beach, Fla. She married Kenneth J. Halpin on May 24, 1952. Living in Bedford Village, together they raised seven children, Kerry (Wayne) Crandall, Susan Piercey, Maureen (Dick) Keys, Patricia (John) Dente, James (Elissa) Halpin, Timothy Halpin, and Matthew Halpin. She is additionally survived by 15 grandchildren, Courtney, Stephanie, Ashley, Evan, Rebecca, Jeffrey, Jeremy, Brenda, Thomas, Corrine, Tim, Sara, Trevor, Tyler and Chelsey, and two great-grandchildren, Caitlyn and Gavin.

She graduated from Good Counsel College, and retired from Reader’s Digest after having raised her family. She was a devout Catholic, sharing her gift and love of music as organist and choir director at St. Patrick’s in Bedford, St. Mary’s in Korona, Fla., and Santa Maria del Mar in Flagler Beach. She was active in her community as a member of the Bedford Chowder and Marching Club and the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Flagler Beach. She enjoyed gardening, crosswords, golf and playing cards with “the girls.”

Donations in her memory may be made to Santa Maria del Mar Church, P.O. Box 130, Flagler Beach, Fla. 32136 or Camp Challenge, 31600 Camp Challenge Road, Sorrento, Fla. 32776.

A Memorial Mass will held on Thursday, April 18, at 11 a.m., at St. Patrick’s Church in Bedford, with internment immediately following at St. Francis Assisi Cemetery in Mount Kisco. A memorial mass will be held at Santa Maria del Mar at a later date.


Edward P. Kalaydjian, former Pontiac Dealer, long time Bedford Hills Resident

Edward P. Kalaydjian, 82, of Bedford Hills, New  York, passed peacefully at his home on March 17, 2013, surrounded by his  loving family. Born of Armenian descent in Hamadan, Iran, his family settled  into Great Neck, New York when he was 8 years old. In 1954 he graduated from  Bucknell University, with a degree in Commerce and Finance. He was inducted  into the Bucknell Wrestling Hall of Achievement in 1997 in recognition of  his success in life and contributions to society. During his Bucknell days,  he was a two-time letterman, wrestling at 130 pounds, finishing third at the  Middle Atlantic Wrestling League his senior season. He also played varsity  soccer, worked on the Student Handbook, and held memberships in the Kappa  Delta Rho fraternity, the  Christian Association, the Intrafraternity  Council and Intramural Council.

Eddie was awarded an exclusive Pontiac  Dealership in 1975 where he served as the president of Kalaydjian Pontiac in  Bedford Hills until 1998. During his days as a dealer, he was president of  the Chamber of Commerce, on the Pontiac National Dealer Council Advisory  Board, and member of the National Automobile Dealers Association. Among his  many honors, he was awarded and recognized as a Pontiac "Master Dealer". He  also received the prestigious General Motors 5 Star Sales and Service  Excellence Award and Pontiac "Dealer Achievers" Award. 

Eddie is survived by his wife Alice of 54 years and  daughters Leslie and Lisa. A lover of nature, he enjoyed being outdoors more  than anything, especially in his backyard where he could golf while being  serenaded by his favorite birds. He had a lifelong passion for sports,  particularly college basketball, and was a faithful fan of his alma mater to  the end.

Online memorial:  http://www.ballarddurand.com/obituaries/Edward-Kalaydjian/


Thomas Marotta dies at age 68

Katonah native Thomas B. Marotta died March 28, at the age of 68. Mr. Marotta was born April 17, 1944, in Mount Kisco, to Beatrice (Christian) and Carlo J. Marotta.

Mr. Marotta worked as a lineman/installer for New York Telephone in Mount Kisco. He loved to fish and was a fan of the New York Giants and New York Yankees. He will be greatly missed by his friends at the Fiddler’s Green pub in Carmel.

Mr. Marotta is survived by his brother Carlo Marotta of Carmel, cousins Jackie Christian, Betty Gadman and Marie Blaney of Brewster, and many cousins in Connecticut, Mississippi, Long Island, Vermont and Texas.

A funeral service took place on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory are asked to be made to a charity of your choice.


Alexander J. Vigliotti Sr., 89

Alexander J. Vigliotti Sr. of Mount Kisco died on March 23 at the age of 89. Mr. Vigliotti was a custodian for the Chappaqua School District. He was born on March 30, 1923, in White Plains to Joseph and Santa (Bernardi) Vigliotti. Locally he was involved in the fire and police departments in Mount Kisco. Mr. Vigliotti will be remembered for his love of his family, good food and his garden.

He is survived by his wife Philomina, his children Joseph and Alex (Gena), his grandchildren Brian (Tara), Michael (Debbie), his great grandchildren Ava, Tavano and Lorenzo, and his sister Angelina Lena. He is predeceased by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.


John R. Citro, 87, longtime Bedford resident

John R. Citro, a Bedford resident for 48 years, died on March 14. He was born Sept. 18, 1925, in New York City, to the late Frank and Guiseppina (Grimaldi) Citro. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and was honorably discharged in 1946. He was proud to be an American and loved his country.

John married the love of his life, Dorothy (Frusciante) Citro on April 8, 1951. He graduated from New York University in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree. After working for the New York Telephone Company for 40 years, his passion for educating led him to become a substitute teacher at the Fox Lane Middle School, where he was admired by students and teachers alike. John enjoyed gardening, U.S. history, reading, photography and spending time with his family.

John is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Citro of Bedford; his son Michael Citro and his wife Laura Blau of Bedford; his daughter Dorothy Citro Speidell and her husband Peter of Katonah; his son Thomas Citro of New York City; his daughter Marianne Citro Flayhan and her husband Chad of Waccabuc; his sister Diane Citro of Deer Park, his daughter-in-law Cassandra Conrad Citro of Pacific Palisades, Calif., and his five grandchildren John William and Marika Citro of Pacific Palisades, Calif., Lindsay Speidell of Katonah, and Chad and Amanda Flayhan of Waccabuc. John was predeceased by his son John R. Citro, Jr. and his brothers Frank, Joseph, Carmine and Louis Citro.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, March 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 18, at 10 a.m., at St. Patrick’s Church in Bedford. John will be laid to rest immediately following the Mass at St. Francis Cemetery in Mount Kisco. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Patrick’s Church, Village Green, Bedford 10506.


Eugene C. “Poppy” Borrelli, 92

Eugene C. “Poppy” Borrelli, 92, of Katonah, died Saturday, March 2. Mr. Borrelli was born Aug. 4, 1920, in the Bronx to the late Tranquillo and Antoinetta (Mammarella) Borrelli.

A veteran of World War II, he is survived by his devoted wife Jean Findley Borrelli, who he married on Sept. 24, 1944. He is also survived by his caring and loving twin daughters, Pat Johannessen, married to Richie, of Southbury, Conn., and Joyce Kehoe, married to Dave, of South Salem. In 1995 he was predeceased by his only son, Eugene C. Borrelli (Chuck). Mr. Borrelli has five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild, with another great-grandchild expected in August.

Mr. Borrelli had a lifelong career in men’s clothing sales and worked for Rogers Peet in New York City, Brooks Brothers in Scarsdale and Harry Ketchel in Mount Kisco. He was active in the local community, ushering for St. Mary’s Church in Katonah, volunteering in the Katonah Fire department, and later belonging to the Lewisboro Senior Citizens.

Mr. Borrelli was happy, friendly, funny and always entertaining. He loved music, both singing and dancing. He enjoyed playing cards and bocci ball, and watching football. He will be strongly missed.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.



Evelyn Frances DuBois, age 99

Evelyn Frances DuBois, age 99, died peacefully at Waterview Hills Nursing Home in Purdys on Thursday, March 7.

Evelyn was born July 17, 1913, in the Town of Gardiner, to the late Frank and Grace (Wilklow) DuBois. She attended school in Gardiner and New Paltz and received a teaching degree from the New Paltz Normal School in 1934. Evelyn enjoyed a long and rewarding teaching career in New Paltz, Walden and Somers. She began teaching at the two-room schoolhouse in Gardiner, where she instructed children of all ages in reading, writing and arithmetic in one room while her younger sister Marion taught music, choir and art in the other room.

Children were a very important part of Evelyn’s life. Over the course of a teaching career that spanned nearly forty years, she touched the lives of many children and was very fond of recalling her students. After retiring from the Somers school district in 1973, Evelyn and several of her closest friends traveled the world.

Evelyn was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church in Gardiner and was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church in Katonah. She also belonged to the Presbyterian Women’s Group, the Katonah Women’s Civic Club and the Retired Teachers Association of Somers and Northern Westchester. In addition to being an accomplished seamstress and knitter, Evelyn had a passion for card games and was known for her skill at bridge.

Evelyn was proud to have grown up on a dairy farm in rural New York. Throughout her life she extolled humility and grace and placed great importance on the simple things in life.

Evelyn is survived by her nephew and his wife, Dwight and Joan Mossman of Brewster; her nephew, Garrett Mossman of North Salem; her niece and her partner, Marion Mossman and Gerianne Carillo of Milford; and five great-nieces and -nephews, Lauren, Sean, Ryan and David Mossman of Brewster and Carly Mossman-Carillo of Milford.

Funeral services for Evelyn DuBois took place on Wednesday, March 13, at the First Presbyterian Church in Katonah. A graveside service followed the funeral service at the New Paltz Rural Cemetery in New Paltz.



Fred deWysocki Jr., longtime Pound Ridge resident

Frederick William deWysocki Jr., a 30-year Pound Ridge resident, died from complications of leukemia on Tuesday evening at age 79. Fred was born in Cranford, N.J., on Sept. 12, 1933. He was afflicted with polio when he was in college at Davis & Elkins in West Virginia, which prompted him to take an active role in helping to raise awareness of the newly developed polio vaccine. Polio never slowed Fred down. He would still play all-out games of baseball in the street with his seven children, drive to New York City to sit in to play saxophone with the big bands, and he even built a 17th-century wooden barn over their family in-ground pool at their prior residence in Norwood, Mass.

After working for Wilkinson Sword, Fred joined Polaroid as a purchasing manager, working directly with company founder Edwin Land to research and buy the leather that once adorned the SX-70 camera. In 1982 he moved his family to Pound Ridge, where he took a job as materials manager with Carl Zeiss in Thornwood. In the 1990s, Fred followed his entrepreneurial spirit and started his own telecommunications company, WED Associates.

As the grandson of a Polish count, Fred was very creative. Family members say he was an avid saxophone player and has passed that passion down through two generations. He was also a very creative and talented woodworker; he loved to build birdhouses, furniture and even a playhouse for his grandchildren in his front yard. He painted murals, loved gardening and enjoyed working with stained glass. He volunteered for school PTAs and Girl Scout clubs, where he initiated field trips to local factories. Fred also served a term as president of the Pound Ridge Lions Club.

Fred was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Kelly deWysocki of Pound Ridge; seven children, Kathleen Fahle of Dennis, Mass., Frederick deWysocki III of Los Angeles, Calif., Mary Anne deWysocki of New York City, Elizabeth Barrette of Acton, Mass., John deWysocki of New York City, Jacqueline McCarthy of Chappaqua, and Rebecca Woolley of Yorktown Heights. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at St. Patrick’s Church in Bedford on Saturday, March 16. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fred’s name to the Special Olympics New York.


Spencer Dvorkin of Katonah, former school board member

Spencer Dvorkin, 88, after being ill for an extended period of time, died on Friday, March 1, at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center with his wife and daughters at his side. Mr. Dvorkin was born on Dec. 22, 1924, in New York City. He was predeceased by his parents, Meyer and Etta Weissberg Dvorkin, and by his sister, Judith Dvorkin. He is survived by his wife, Nancy L. Taddiken, his four daughters, Elizabeth Botwin (Michael), Constance, Kate (Charles Kutler), and Julia Mastnak (Tomaz), his five grandsons, Elliott and Nathan Goldbaum, Elijan and Martin Mastnak, and Dorje Kutler, and by his devoted caregivers, Christine, Yvonne, Jill, Janette and Norma.

Mr. Dvorkin had a long career in real-estate management, and he was always an interested and involved member of the communities in which he resided. He was a member of the Edgemont Board of Education for 13 years, resigning during his last term to serve the Edgemont school community as capital project supervisor. When he resided in Edgemont he served on the zoning board in the Town of Greenburgh, was a volunteer firefighter in the Greenville Fire Department, and was president of local civic associations.

Mr. Dvorkin was also a member of the Katonah-Lewisboro Board of Education for six years, and he was a volunteer at Meadow Pond Elementary School. He worked to ensure quality education for all students at the same time that he fought to maintain costs for taxpayers.

A memorial service will be held at Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. Visiting from 9 to 11 a.m. will precede the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Edgemont Scholarship Council, Tay-Bandz, the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, the Vijay Nibhanipudi Scholarship Fund or the Edgemont School Foundation would be appreciated.


Charles Lewis Forberg, architect and designer

Charles Lewis Forberg died after a car accident on Feb. 4 at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla.

Mr. Forberg was born Aug. 23, 1919, in Minneapolis. He became a longtime resident of Pound Ridge in 1979, where he designed his own home.

Mr. Forberg attended Black Mountain College in North Carolina, where he was an integral member of the community and helped design and construct campus buildings. He was a life-long personal friend of Theodore Dreier, co-founder of the college.

Mr. Forberg was a conscientious objector in World War II and served four years in the civilian public service building roads and national parks, as well as working in a mental hospital.

After marrying Ati Gropius in 1947, daughter of Bauhaus founder and first Harvard Graduate School of Design director Walter Gropius, they moved to Cambridge, Mass. Mr. Forberg received a degree in architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1948 and was awarded the Appleton Traveling Fellowship for 12 months of travel/study in Europe from 1948 to 49.

He was assistant professor of architecture at the Institute of Design of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago from 1952-1956 and associate of architect Edward Larrabee Barnes in New York City from 1956-1960. He designed Pan Am airlines ticket offices, aircraft interiors, personnel uniforms and, most importantly, its famous blue globe logo. Mr. Forberg also detailed controversial illuminated logo signs on the Pan Am building. In 1960 Charles started his own architectural office in New York City with associate Don Davidson, where they designed many memorable projects, including installations of American artwork for the Smithsonian Art Project at the Tredicesima Triennale di Milano, which won Grand Prize for Exhibit Technique, and at the IX Bienal de Sao Paolo in 1967.

Among his many accomplishments, he designed an award-winning children’s playground in Brooklyn for a joint project between MOMA and the New York City Parks Department in 1970; he built a fully automated model of Walter Gropius’ (never built) “Total Theater” for a Fogg Museum exhibit at Harvard in 1972; he co-designed the Beth Hatefutsoth Museum of the Diaspora in Tel Aviv, Israel, from 1974 to 1978, and he maintained a 40-year design collaboration with textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen.

After moving his office to Pound Ridge, he continued to produce significant works, including his own residence and studio in Pound Ridge in 1978; a major South Asian sculpture installation at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo.; and the “LongHouse” in East Hampton for Jack Lenor Larsen, featured on “Best of American Design” on HGTV. He completed his final project, a private residence in Rhinebeck, in 2010.

Mr. Forberg was an avid and skilled photographer, filmmaker, craftsman of furniture, sculptor, jeweler, ultralight pilot, tennis and table tennis player, astronomer and philosopher. Mr. Forberg was predeceased by his daughter Sarina Forberg in 1975. He is survived by his second wife Elizabeth Kennedy Forberg; his daughter Erika Forberg Markou; stepchildren Brenda Golden, Deborah Doucette, Katherine Kennedy, Laurence Kennedy and Michael Kennedy; and his two grandsons and nine step-grandchildren.


George Richard Russell, longtime resident of Katonah

George Richard Russell died on Feb. 5. George was born in Newark, N.J., on Jan. 19, 1931, to George C. Russell and Mildred (Stiegler) Russell. He was on active duty in the Army during the Korean War, where he was a radio operator. He was honorably discharged in 1956. In 1960 he married Shirley Griffith. They moved to Katonah and raised three sons.

George graduated from NYU and the Parsons School of Design and had a successful career as an art director in the field of advertising for many years. He created advertising and marketing campaigns for residential and commercial real estate developments at the Baker Companies from 1967 to 1999. After his retirement in 1999, George continued to sketch and paint, much to the delight of his family and fellow artists at the Heritage Hills art group. George created scores of beautiful pencil sketches and still life oil paintings. In addition to his wife of 53 years, George is survived by his sons Andrew (Carolyn), David (Laureen) and Ian, and two cherished grandsons, Duncan and Charlie.

Friends may visit on Friday, Feb. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Road in Katonah. The funeral service will begin at 7:30 p.m.


John DiRago dies at 71, helped develop Bedford Hills Little League

By R.J. MARX
Front row, Brendan DiRago, John DiRago, Annie DiRago and John DiRago; back, Ricky DiRago, Billy DiRago.
 

A key figure in the lives of hundreds of Bedford Hills Little Leaguers, John DiRago died surrounded by his family on Jan. 22 after a six-month battle with cancer. Mr. DiRago, 71, was a longtime vice president and treasurer of the league.

“He was a baseball lover, but what he loved most was his kids,” said Mr. DiRago’s son Bill, who is now president of the league. “He was all about his family. To coach his sons and family and helping the community, that was something.”

Mr. DiRago was born in Brooklyn and spent most of his life in Bedford Hills. He was heavily involved in the community for over 20 years as vice president of the Bedford Hills/Katonah Little League.

Bill said that his dad got involved in the Little League in the mid-1970s. “I was 8. He signed us up and started coaching my team with my brother, and coached until we were 15 years old.

In 1983 and 1984 the field was completely renovated. According to Jaap Ketting in his “History of Bedford Hills,” lighting was installed and fencing positioned that completely surrounded the field. A real score board appeared. Fundraising collected $100,000 for materials, but the labor was all done by volunteers.

“It was a small 200-foot baseball field that these guys would expand to what it is today, just as volunteers,” Bill said this week. “He inspired me, because I would go there as a kid and rake the field with him. We’d help him cut down trees to expand the field. He was there every single weekend.”

During those years, Bill said, Mr. DiRago was not only a volunteer during the field’s renovations, but worked in the snack bar and helped with registration before becoming vice president and treasurer. When Bill went to college, he said, his father stepped back a bit. But in years to come, when Bill became more involved and his own son began playing in the league, Mr. DiRago stepped back into the league as coach.

“He loved watching my son play baseball,” Bill said. “It’s handing the tradition from generation to generation.”

Mr. DiRago was elected to the league’s Hall of Fame in 1991, an honor that was the highlight of his Little League involvement. “Getting inducted into our Hall of Fame in 1991, which finally showed all the years of volunteering down there, and helping with the league — he was proud of it,” Bill said. “He’s such a humble guy, he felt like he didn’t even deserve it.”

Bill DiRago now serves as league president, and Bill’s wife Cindy serves as vice president.

Bill said that his father’s example inspired him. “As a kid, watching what my father did, I thought, ‘Why does he spend so much time down there?’ Now I realize what he was doing down there, how great it was for the community.”

He said that even in his last years, Mr. DiRago was able to serve as an assistant coach, coaching his grandson. Bill said he regretted that his father would not be able to coach this year, which would have featured three generations of the DiRago family.

“Everybody loved my father,” Bill said. “I don’t think he ever had any enemies. He stayed away from controversy. There’s always people who want to do politics; he stayed away from that. He was the most honest guy you’ll ever find and made sure everything was run right. He knew that I knew how proud he was. He said, ‘You’re doing a good job down there, keep it up.’ It made him proud.’’

Mr. DiRago worked as payroll manager at Mutual of America and retired in 2010. Along with his Little League activities, during his free time he enjoyed traveling with his wife, Lynne, to places like Las Vegas and Atlantic City. He and his wife also enjoyed cruising to the Caribbean. His hobbies included collecting shot glasses from each of their vacation spots and collecting coins. Mr. DiRago loved the holidays, particularly Christmas Eve, when he got to play the role of “Santa” and hand out the presents. He was a big fan of the New York Giants, the New York Rangers and the New York Mets.

Along with his son Bill and Bill’s wife Cindy, Mr. DiRago leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Lynne, and four other children and their spouses: Diane and Doug, John and Colleen, Christine and Tim, and Matthew and Debbie. Mr. DiRago was also the proud father of 14 grandchildren: Stephanie, Billy, Ricky, Sammy, Rachael, Katie, Brendan, Zach, John, Annie, Mandy, Nick, Daniel and Abigail.


Raymond ‘Red’ Marschke, 85, former local resident

Raymond ‘‘Red’’ Marschke, 85, of Kingston, died Sunday, Jan. 27, at Kingston Hospital. He was born Oct. 12, 1927, in Mount Kisco to the late Henry and Mary (Lassen) Marschke.

He was married to his loving wife Cindy (Fitzgerald) Marschke; they wed on April 19, 1986. Raymond served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II before his honorable discharge in 1948. He was a self-employed builder and contractor. Raymond loved golfing and was a longtime member of the Osiris Country Club in Walden; he also golfed for over 40 years at James Baird State Park Golf Course.

In addition to his wife, Raymond is survived by his daughter Christiane Schell, and Mike Chebitar, of Katonah, grandchildren Spencer and Jilli Schell of Katonah, brother Robert L. Marschke of Wilton, Conn., and many nieces and nephews.

Raymond was predeceased by his parents as well as his son Robert Marschke, brothers Fred, Richard, Henry, Norman, Donald and Charles Marschke, and his sisters Edith Darboven, Florence Romanowicz, Lillian Ferguson and Janet Peoples.

Friends may call at A. Carr & Son Funeral Home, 65 Lucas Ave. in Kingston today, Feb. 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral service will take place tomorrow, Feb. 2, at noon, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 382 Cantitoe St. in Bedford. Burial will follow in St. Matthew’s Churchyard.

Donations in Raymond’s memory may be sent to Ulster County Office for the Aging, 1003 Development Court, Kingston, NY 12401 or Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.


Lorna Marotta, former Katonah resident

Lorna A. Marotta, a resident of Carmel for 28 years, died on Jan. 11, 2013. She was born on Nov. 19, 1942, in Teaneck, N.J., to Laura and Allan Komula and married Katonah resident Carlo Marotta Jr. on July 13, 1968, at St. Mary’s Church in Katonah. Lorna loved bowling and was a member of the New York State Women’s 600 Bowling Club as well as the inspections coordinator for the Westchester Bowling Association. She worked as a quality assurance manager at Curtis Instruments in Mount Kisco, and was proud of her Finnish heritage. Lorna is survived by her loving husband Carlo Jr. An entombment ceremony will take place in the future at Rose Hill Memorial Park.


Kate Sullivan Foster, 62, formerly of Bedford

Kate (Sullivan) Foster, a residential architect and designer with a lively curiosity that ranged from classical art to Eastern philosophy, died on Jan. 18 at Northern Westchester Hospital from complications of breast cancer treatment.

Ms. Foster, 62, who was professionally active in Westchester County for nearly 30 years, delighted architecture clients with solutions that maximized living space and displayed a deep understanding of how people move in their homes.

Born Mary Kathleen Sullivan in Cincinnati, Ms. Foster was the youngest of six children of William and Florence Sullivan. After graduating high school in Cincinnati, she attended Rosemont College near Philadelphia and the University of Cincinnati School of Design, where she earned a degree in interior design. During a 1977 internship with the international architecture firm of HOK in New York, Ms. Foster decided to stay in New York and become an architect.

It was that year that she met and married food-industry entrepreneur Alain Foster. The couple lived in a loft in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood while Ms. Foster obtained her architecture degree at Pratt Institute and launched her professional career.

In 1983, while expecting the first of their two daughters, the couple moved to Bedford, renovating an antique farmhouse on Route 22 near Fox Lane. Ms. Foster worked with partners in White Plains and Bronxville, and then founded her own firm, Kate Foster Architect, working from home as she raised her young daughters. She had a love of such classical forms as Greek columns and porticos, but also embraced tenets of feng shui, the ancient Chinese system of determining the most auspicious site for a building.

The Fosters spent three years in Belgium in the early 1990s, where Ms. Foster indulged her love of painting and participated in international service organizations. Throughout her life, she continued painting, traveling and entertaining her legions of friends. She was also a spirited tennis player and member of the Pound Ridge Tennis Club. In 2010, the Fosters moved from Bedford to Pawling.

Besides her husband, Alain, and daughters, Celine and Julia, Ms. Foster is survived by a brother, William Sullivan, four sisters, Nancy Beck, Carolyn Braham, Emily Dietz and Ruth Tart, and several nieces and nephews. Visitation was at Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah on Tuesday, Jan 22. Interment will be private.


Ralph Metzler, longtime Bedford resident

Ralph Metzler of Bedford, age 75, died on Jan. 14 after being unconscious for nearly nine months since a car accident on April 28.

Ralph Thomas Metzler was born on June 30, 1937, in Hamilton, Ohio, the eldest of five children. He was raised on a farm in Brookville, Ind., graduated from nearby Miami of Ohio University, and received a masters degree in physics education from Colombia University and then a second masters degree in math education from Stanford University in California.

His teaching career included positions at a private school in France, the Walden School in New York City and 24 years in the math department at Yorktown High School in Yorktown Heights. Mr. Metzler retired in 1992 to continue a tutoring practice.

Mr. Metzler was a fitness club enthusiast and tennis player at the Saw Mill Club in Mount Kisco. He ran 10K races and skied on Bromley and Stratton Mountains in Vermont. In his later years he became an avid gardener as well as a showcase ballroom dancer with the New York Dance Center in Dobbs Ferry. It was on the way to a salsa showcase in Bridgeport, Conn., that he had the automobile accident leading to his death.

He will be remembered for his infectious laugh, his entrepreneurial spirit, his wide range of cultural interests and friendships, and his love for and commitment to his family.

He leaves behind his daughter Michelle E. Metzler of Bedford; sisters Jane Goble of Sarasota and Phyllis King of Bradenton, Fla.; brother Edward Metzler of Murrieta, Calif., and sister Mary Kay Sandman of Rockford, Mich.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Patrick’s RC Church at 7 Pound Ridge Road in Bedford on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m. Interment will be private.


Obituaries 2011 >      Obituaries 2012 >