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Patricia Nigey of Bedford

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

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

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

Marie Seibert, Bedford Hills resident

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Finley, longtime local resident

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Douglas J. Leonaggeo, former Bedford Hills resident

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

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

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

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

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

Victoria Kosakowski, longtime Bedford resident

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

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

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

Arthur H. Scherer Jr., longtime Bedford Village resident

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

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

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

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

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