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Ron Anderson

Ron Anderson, 81, of Greenville, S.C., passed away on Aug. 22, after a short illness. He was born in Worcester, Mass., on Aug. 12, 1933 to Howard and Evelyn Anderson.

Ron attended Worcester public schools, graduated from Wilbraham-Munson Academy (Mass.) where he was an outstanding athlete. He was awarded scholarships for three sports by Middlebury College (Vt.) from which he graduated in 1959. Ron served two years in the U.S. Army and later earned an MBA degree from Michigan State University on a fellowship from his employer. Ron and his wife lived in Bedford for 43 years prior to moving to Greenville in 2013.

Ron’s business career was in sales and marketing and he rose to the top executive positions at Cadbury Schweppes Co., Tetley Tea Co., Penn Mutual Insurance Co., and Chock Full ‘O Nuts Co. Before retirement he was co-owner of DeBole’s Pasta Company, now part of The Hain Celestial Group. Ron loved sports both as a participant and spectator.

He enjoyed sharing his knowledge with young people and coached several youth basketball and baseball teams. He spent countless hours with friends playing tennis. Ron was also a very proud and supportive alumnus of Middlebury College and closely followed their academic programs and sports teams until his death.

In the last decade Ron was faced with several major health issues but always worked courageously to try to overcome them. Ron was a long time member of the Bedford Presbyterian Church, Bedford Golf and Tennis Club, Bedford Chowder and Marching Society, and Chestnut Ridge Racquet Club.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, JoAnn, as well as a son, Dr. David G. Anderson (Tracy) of Greenville, a daughter, Carol A. Hess (Peter) of Danvers, Mass., and five beloved grandchildren: Luke and Natalie Anderson, and Christian, Catlin, and Melina Hess. Ron was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather and a friend to many.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Bedford Presbyterian Church, Bedford, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ron’s memory to the Middlebury College Alumni Fund, 5 Court St., Middlebury, VT 05753 or to the Bedford Presbyterian Church, Village Green, Bedford, NY 10506.


Louis D. Fontana, 56, Bedford Hills native

On Thursday, Aug. 14, Louis D. Fontana, 56, died of a heart attack in Las Vegas, Nev., where he made his home. Mr. Fontana was born and raised in Bedford Hills.

He was the deeply loved son of Dionisio (Danny) Fontana and the late Phyllis (Porcano) Fontana; the cherished father of Louis and R.J. Fontana, both of Florida; and the beloved brother of Teresa Dorman of Arizona and Danny Fontana of New York City. Mr. Fontana was survived by one niece, Holly DeRoche of Arizona.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, Aug. 23, at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 117 Valley Road, Katonah. Entombment followed at Ferncliff Mausoleum in Hartsdale.


Gerard V. Batti, former Bedford resident

Gerard V. Batti, 73, of Naples, Fla. and Austerlitz, formerly of Bedford, passed away suddenly on Aug. 22. Mr. Batti was born in the Bronx to Nancy Leto and James Batti.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Phyllis, his three children, Lisa Muoio and her husband Frank; Dr. James Batti and his wife Holly; and Alaina Pratley and her husband Preston; and his six grandchildren, Michael, Kevin, Noelle, Julia, Jack and Luke. He is also survived by a brother, James Batti Jr. and his wife Rosemary of Wyckoff, N.J.

Mr. Batti worked for UMEX Company in Greenwich, Conn., a division of Unilever, for 27 years, with the last 17 years serving as president. During his retirement, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and spending time with his family and friends.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Cancer and Wellness Center, Northern Westchester Hospital, 400 East Main St., Mount Kisco 10549.


Jeff Aarts remembered as consummate family man and teacher

By MARY LEGRAND
PHOTO COURTESY AARTS FAMILY

Jeffrey Aarts

 

Fond remembrances continue pouring in as friends and family respond to the Thursday, Aug. 7, death of Pound Ridge and Bradenton, Fla., resident Jeffrey Aarts, who collapsed and died suddenly while playing golf with his wife, Karen, and older son, Michael.

Mr. Aarts, who was 59 and had lived in Pound Ridge since he was a youngster, attended Bedford Village Elementary School, as did others who lived in the Long Ridge section of town at that time; Fox Lane Middle School; and Fox Lane High School, Class of 1971.

He was born Dec. 3, 1954, in Guantanamo, Cuba, to Jerry Aarts, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Prue Aarts, of Madison, Conn. In addition to his parents and his wife, who he married in 1976, and older son, Mr. Aarts is also survived by his younger son, Peter; siblings Christine, Carol and Tommy; father-in-law Victor Jacoby, formerly of Pound Ridge; sister- and brother-in-law, Susan and Kevin Marks; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Mr. Aarts was well known in the New York metropolitan region and in Florida as a seasoned and respected tennis professional. At the time of his death he had been director of tennis at Wee Burn Country Club in Darien, Conn., for 14 years, and had served in similar capacities for many years at Chestnut Ridge Racquet Club in Bedford Corners and Bedford Golf and Tennis Club in Bedford Village.

“Jeff was a public parks player who was introduced to tennis at the Madison Beach Club, where he worked at age 14 in the snack bar,” Mrs. Aarts said in her eulogy during funeral services on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the Pound Ridge Community Church, where more than 300 of Mr. Aarts’s friends, associates and relatives paid their respects. “He was intrigued by tennis and started hitting against the backboard. Soon he began hitting with some of the members until he beat one important member. He was then asked not to use the courts anymore!”

Having had no formal training, Mr. Aarts honed his skills at the Pound Ridge Tennis Club and Chestnut Ridge, where he did chores in exchange for using the courts. His friendship and eventual romance with Mrs. Aarts began on the tennis courts as well, where during their teenage years they played in friendly and competitive matches.

After high school, Mr. Aarts attended Franklin & Marshall College and the University of New Hampshire. He played the European and United States tennis circuits and was ranked in doubles on the ATP world doubles circuit.

He taught at Chestnut Ridge during the summer from 1971 to 1976, during the winter from 1971 to 2011, and full-time from 1976 to 1984. He ran the tennis program at Bedford Golf & Tennis from 1984 to 2000 before his employment at Wee Burn. Mr. Aarts was also recently affiliated with the Cedars Tennis Resort in Longboat Key, Fla.

During his career he was president of the Northern Westchester Junior Tennis League and was ranked in the Eastern Tennis Association men’s division in singles and doubles for many years. He was chairman of the Church Cup of the Eastern Tennis Association for many years and a member of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association at P-1, which is a certification of teaching credentials, the highest level as a professional tennis instructor, and signifies skill not only in playing and teaching tennis but also in running a shop and tennis business, which Mr. and Mrs. Aarts did for many years at Chestnut Ridge and Wee Burn.

The ventures also included their sons, who learned many aspects of running a business from their father and mother. Mrs. Aarts’s father, Victor Jacoby, was involved as well, bringing his accounting acumen and computer skills to the fore.

A career highlight of Mr. Aarts was that he was a national 35-and-over grass court finalist with his partner Peter Bromley in 1991. An all-around athlete, he also played in the father-son U.S.T.A. national tournament with his son Peter and in the father-son Metropolitan Golf Association tournament with his son Michael.

Mr. Aarts took great pride in his family, much of whose leisure time was spent playing tennis or golf or skiing. “We had so many family tennis matches with the four of us,” Mrs. Aarts said earlier this week, “and the teams would change as everyone got better and older. After a golf or tennis match was over we talked about different shots, and most dinner conversations involved lessons or matches experienced during the day. Sports and family were Jeff’s life.”

An excellent golfer, Mr. Aarts had three hole-in-ones, all of which his son Michael witnessed, and he was on the course when Michael had a hole-in-one as well. In addition, Mr. and Mrs. Aarts won the husband-wife golf tournament twice at Salem Golf Club in North Salem.

A number of Mr. Aarts’s friends and associates spoke at the funeral, including fellow tennis professional Tom Carey, who remembered that Mr. Aarts “really wanted to help young people get into the tennis business. Whether you were an intern or teaching pro, you learned the right way when you worked for Jeff. Many of Jeff’s assistants went on to become head pros or directors at other clubs. Parents of kids who worked for Jeff thanked him for teaching their kids to be polite and courteous as well as to be able to think on their feet.”

Wee Burn Country Club manager Warren Burdock also spoke, noting it had been a privilege to work with Mr. Aarts, who led by example and demonstrated what it took to be the best at one’s profession.

“Jeff was always on his A game, whether having the courts prepared for opening day, which, by the way, they always were prior to anyone else’s regardless of whether we had a hurricane a few months earlier or not,” Mr. Burdock said. At the time of his death, Mr. Aarts ran a junior program at Wee Burn that included close to 150 players a day.

“Everyone who ever had a meeting with Jeff knows his last question before the meeting ended was always, ‘is there anything else I can do for you?’” Mr. Burdock said. “No, Jeff, there isn’t, and on behalf of all of us at Wee Burn, thank you for all you did for us.”

“Jeff always said that his job was to put smiles on people’s faces,” Mrs. Aarts said. “At the wake and funeral the people we were speaking to were smiling while they were sharing their experiences. Jeff certainly accomplished making people happy.”

Arrangements were handled by Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah, and burial was at the Pound Ridge Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be sent to Danbury Grassroots Tennis and Enrichment, P.O. Box 2912, Danbury, CT 06813.

“Dad loved teaching kids, and this is a high-quality, low-overhead program run by a husband and wife our family knows,” said Peter Aarts. “He would be very proud to know that future generations of children will grow to enjoy playing tennis the way he did.”


Jerold Soling, Pound Ridge resident

Jerold Soling, 86, a longtime resident of Pound Ridge, died Aug. 2. Mr. Soling was a retired graphic artist and an avid gardener who graduated from the University of Illinois. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Carol, and is survived by one daughter, Lora. Mr. Soling requested no service. Donations in his memory may be made to the Stamford Hospital Foundation, 1351 Washington Blvd., Suite  202, Stamford, CT, 06902


Karen Walter Goodwin, 66, former Bedford resident and Broadway producer

Karen Walter Goodwin, a former Bedford resident and Broadway producer whose credits include “Les Miserables” and “Phantom of the Opera,” died on June 30 in Annapolis, Md. She was 66.

Ms. Goodwin moved with her family to Bedford in 1990 and lived there until 1998. “They lived at 69 Pound Ridge Road, one of the wonderful historic properties right off the Village Green,” said her friend Celia Carroll, who said that she and Ms. Goodwin were among the “moms’ band Too Much Fun that inspired Wendy Ross’s original John Jay Homestead Barn Dance.”

Friends and family noted that Ms. Goodwin’s “unconventional journey through the theatrical world always had a spiritual aspect,” and she spoke about truth in theater being an agent of renewal that could perhaps even inspire a change of heart in a lecture given to the International Arts Movement in 2007.

Ms. Goodwin’s theater credits also included “Miss Saigon,” “Gospel at Colonus,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Oliver,” “Annie Warbucks,” “The Ark” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Into The Woods.” More recently, her production work included “Children of Eden” with Stephen Schwartz; “Berlin”; and a collaboration with Dave Carlson on the development of “The Illumination of Matt Rizzo” at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago.

Ms. Goodwin often described herself as “an accidental producer.” After studying at the Jung Institute in Zurich and receiving an M.A. in psychology from Northeastern University, she was hired in 1979 by Mutual Benefit Life Insurance as an industrial psychologist to head a division that trained and tested employees. In 1980 she moved into the financial services division of the company to identify and develop investment opportunities. By 1983, Ms. Goodwin advised Mutual Benefit to invest in art and entertainment ventures, among them the formation of a syndicate to purchase Art & Antiques magazine.

She then began syndicating limited partnerships to accredited investors to finance theatrical productions. Working with Elizabeth Williams, a friend from her Southern Methodist University college years, Ms. Goodwin raised money for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1983 New York production of “All’s Well That Ends Well.” That led to an introduction to Cameron Mackintosh, who was seeking funding for the London production of “Les Miserables,” for which she and her friend agreed to raise roughly one-third of the total production cost.

Family and friends said that Ms. Goodwin’s deep spirituality drew her to projects she described as “artistic expressions that intuitively show us dimensions of redemptive longing. They are the ones that touch the depths of the soul and often surprise cynics in New York and Hollywood.” Nor was her faith at odds with commercial production or success. Ms. Goodwin often cited the influence of Lewis Hyde, making the case that a work of art is a gift and not a commodity.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996, Ms. Goodwin scaled back her production activities and focused more on writing, mentoring and teaching. From 2004 to 2008 she was the executive director of the Writers Center in Bethesda, Md., and in 2011 she became a member of the adjunct faculty at Catholic University, where she taught “The Business of Music” in the School of Business and Economics. She had also become a literary agent representing a number of authors.

Ms. Goodwin is survived by her son, Nicholas Reid Goodwin of New York City, who is a former Rippowam Cisqua School student; her father, Richard S. Walter of Annapolis; a sister, Donna Walter; and two brothers, Richard S. (Rick) and Michael S. Walter.

Donations may be made to Broadway Cares and Covenant House.


Edward S. Lucas, 90, lifelong area resident

Edward S. Lucas, 90, a lifelong resident of the Pound Ridge / Old Long Ridge Road, Stamford, Conn., area, died Thursday, July 17.

Mr. Lucas was born Nov. 3, 1923, in New York City, to Joseph and Mary (Hykll) Lucas. He graduated from John Jay High School in 1940.

According to family members, Mr. Lucas was devoted to his family, friends and country. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and served in World War II. He served his community proudly for 72 years as a member of the Long Ridge Fire Company in Stamford, Conn.

Mr. Lucas worked for Biagiarelli & Son and the Long Ridge Fire Company. He belonged to the VFW Post 9617 as well as the Long Ridge Congregational Church, also in Stamford. He was an active associate of the Long Ridge Union Cemetery and an avid enthusiast of antique tractors.

“He loved his animals, camping, tinkering with tractors, mentoring and all his cherished friendships,” said family members.

Mr. Lucas was predeceased by Mafalda M. Lucas, the love of his life and wife of 66 years, and his son-in-law Robert L. Bennett Jr.

He is survived by his 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.

Services will be private.


Claire Tow, former Pound Ridger, dies at 83

Claire Tow, 83, died on July 7 at Norwalk Hospital with her family by her side after a 14-year struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). Born Aug. 29, 1930, in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Sigmund and Sadie Schneider. Mrs. Tow and her husband Leonard have been New Canaan, Conn., residents for the past 30 years and lived in nearby Pound Ridge for 15 years prior to that.

Mrs. Tow brought joy and friendship to countless people during her lifetime. She was known for her fun-loving spirit, optimistic outlook, caring advice, good companionship and deep love of her friends and family. Mrs. Tow’s relationships were not casual and many lasted a lifetime. Despite the challenges of ALS, she continued to regularly attend concerts and theater events in Connecticut and New York, luncheons with her friends in the “Pound Ridge Dozen” and was present at milestone events in the lives of all of her children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Tow was born in challenging circumstances to immigrant parents on the eve of the Great Depression. She attended New York City public schools and Brooklyn College and became an elementary school teacher. She met Leonard at Brooklyn College in 1949, and they enjoyed a wonderful lifelong romance and partnership of 65 years. Through good times and bad, they pursued their ambitions and followed their spirit of adventure, which led them on journeys to all corners the globe and later to successful business ventures and careers devoted to deep and impactful philanthropy.

Mrs. Tow was a co-founder, with her husband, of the cable television company Century Communications Corporation and the cellular telephone company Centennial Cellular Corporation. She served as a director and active executive of both companies, at which she also had a long and successful career developing a human resources department with the emphasis on ‘human.’ Valued as a fair and caring employer, she was known for her problem-solving skills and wise counsel. She created a unique work environment, the memory of which longtime employees still treasure.

In addition to her professional career, Mrs. Tow was a generous philanthropist. She devoted much of her time and skills to the many institutions that were dear to her. She was the president of the Tow Foundation, the charitable foundation she and her husband founded in 1988. Through grants from the foundation, Mrs. Tow offered opportunities for personal success and joy and helped to alleviate pain and suffering for countless individuals. Mrs. Tow guided the family’s philanthropy to address the needs of the disadvantaged, medical research, treatment and care, the cultural arts, and higher education.

Mrs. Tow is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 62 years, Leonard; her three children and their spouses, Frank Tow and Ronnie Klein, Andrew and Kathleen Tow, and Emily Tow Jackson and Dean Jackson; as well as eight grandchildren, Cameron Tow, Molly Tow, Olivia Tow, Celia Tow, Grace Tow, James Jackson, Benjamin Jackson and Hope Jackson.

Family members said that Claire will be remembered as a beloved friend, confidant, colleague, tennis partner, party planner extraordinaire, and most of all for her generous heart and beautiful smile. A memorial service and celebration of Claire’s life will be held at a later date to be announced.

Contributions in Claire’s name may be made to the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter. The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease.


Former Bedford Village fire chief ‘Joe Pro’ dies at age 87

By R.J. MARX

Joseph F. Progreske, 87, of Bedford, died Friday, June 20, at Waterview Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Purdys. On Monday, June 23, volunteer firefighters gathered after a service at St. Patrick’s Church to pay homage to Mr. Progreske, known by the nickname “Joe Pro.”

Monday’s service featured a symbolic “last call” ceremony with Bedford firefighters, who gathered in front of the firehouse in memory of Mr. Progreske.

“Ex-chief Progreske of the fire department passed away last week, and as befitting all ex-chiefs is having an ex-chief’s funeral,” said firefighter and president David Menken on Monday. “On the ground were his boots and his uniform for the symbolic last call.”

Lifelong Bedford resident George Genovesi said he had known Mr. Progreske at Bedford Hills High School, when both attended the school in the 1940s. “He was just a good friend,” he said. “He was a few months ahead of me. He was 87, and I’ll be 87 in July. I’m the second oldest. Ernie Henker is the oldest.”

“We just knew him as ‘Joe,’” said longtime firefighter Joe Palmer. “He was a good guy all around. Always around, always did things for people.”

Mr. Progreske was born Oct. 1, 1926, in Mount Kisco, the son of the late Joseph and Margaret Artwick Progreske. At the time of his graduation in 1944, he and the three other members of the Bedford Hills High School graduating class — the entire class — all joined the Navy. They were Don Stroffolino, Walter Ragonese, Billy Ferris and Mr. Progreske. Mr. Progreske served in World War II from 1944 to 1946 on the USS Passaic.

According to first assistant Fire Chief Lazaro, “Joe could always be found wearing his baseball cap with the ship’s name and insignia. He was proud of his service and loved to tell of his time served. He was employed by Bedford Fire Department for 35 years and proud of his experience as serving as an ex-fire chief during that time.”

“I was in Admiral Halsey’s Third Fleet in the South Pacific, and we spent the entire time desalinating the seawater for drinking water for the troops,” said Mr. Progreske in a 2006 interview with the Record-Review’s Michael Millius. “And it was work: It took 600,000 gallons of seawater to make 120,000 gallons of water you could drink. Our guys would have been in trouble without drinking water out there.”

Mr. Progreske was fire chief from 1961 to 1963. An avid Yankees and NASCAR fan, Mr. Progreske was well known to generations of Bedford residents as the longtime ticket taker at the Bedford Playhouse.

Mr. Progreske left the Navy not long after the war ended, when the Bedford Playhouse was being built. He and his wife of now 57 years, Monica, moved into an apartment above the movie theater.

“If the experience of ‘living it’ confers the greatest authenticity on a historian, then there’s no greater authority on the Bedford Playhouse movie theater than Joseph Progreske, who’s been tearing your tickets there for more than 50 years and is still on the job,” wrote Mr. Millius. “A fellow named Mr. J. Stearns owned the theater then, including the building, and my wife and I had our first apartment there, so I took a part-time job as the ticket taker,” said Mr. Progreske. “It cost 25 cents then, and the movies were great. We had the serials on Saturday mornings. All the kids were there. Mr. Stearns was a nice guy.”

The first movie he recalled playing at the Playhouse, at its opening, was “Boomerang,” starring Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt and Lee J. Cobb. “I think Elia Kazan directed it,” said Mr. Progreske in 2006. “Great movie. It was about a true murder story that happened in Connecticut and they filmed it in Stamford.”

Mr. Progreske was no stranger to celebrities, on and off the screen. “You meet a lot of nice people there,” Mr. Progreske told The Record-Review. “I remember Fred Gwynne coming in all the time; Margaret Truman was always here. Wonderful people. It was funny, but one of the companies that I won’t mention who previously owned the theater didn’t have a sense of the community and how the theater worked, so they were changing all the schedules around and they gave you the feeling that they were going to be difficult people to work for. So I gave them my resignation, and with just a few days to go, Glenn Close comes in and she’s just one of the nicest ladies you’ll ever meet. Ms. Close asks me how I’m doing, and I tell her that I’m quitting and why, and she said, ‘That’s not right. Do you want me to speak to someone or write them a letter?’ So I tell her, ‘No, don’t worry about it, it’ll be OK.’ And I’ll never know what happened, but the next thing I know is the company completely changed their mind and told me I could make my own schedule.”

Mr. Progreske is survived by his wife Monica (Joaquim) Progreske. The couple had been married 65 years as of June 18. He is also survived by his sons, Lawrence Progreske and Brian Progreske, his daughter Joanne (Joe) LaPorta, and his two grandsons, Joey and Mike. Also surviving is his sister Helen Henker and sister-in-law Felice Joaquim.

The family would like to thank Roberta and Steve Velichko of Always an Angel and Nanci Ferraro and Eirsha Charles for their compassionate care of Mr. Progreske at home.

Interment took place Monday at Union Cemetery in Bedford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bedford Fire Department.


Historian, firefighter Steve O’Brien dies at 52

By DON HEPPNER AND R.J. MARX

Stephen T. O’Brien, town historian and vice chairman of the Pound Ridge Landmarks Committee, died Friday, June 13, at his home in Pound Ridge, at the age of 52. Mr. O’Brien had been battling a rare form of cancer for two years. A devoted husband and father of four, his family was by his side at his death.

As Mr. O’Brien was about to turn 50, he successfully trained to become a volunteer fireman in Pound Ridge. His illness cut his time in the department short, as he was diagnosed soon after joining.

“He had a great sense of humor and was always smiling,” said town supervisor Dick Lyman on Wednesday.

According to his brother Dennis, Steve loved Pound Ridge, with its close-knit community, historic homes and idyllic geography. He combined his love of history and of Pound Ridge to serve as the town historian and vice chairman of the landmarks committee.

“As Pound Ridgers, we can all be especially proud of our history, as Pound Ridge residents have served our country from the very beginning, when the so-called ‘shot heard around the world’ was fired in Lexington, Mass., on April 19, 1775,” Mr. O’Brien said in a speech he delivered at the town’s 2012 Memorial Day observance. “I think we sometimes forget about the meaning of Memorial Day, and I hope I can get people to remember its meaning and give them a sense of the number of people who have served.”

Mr. O’Brien was born April 19, 1962, in New York City, to Gisela and Robert O’Brien. His brother Dennis described him as an energetic child whose adventures were a constant challenge to his parents; practically from birth, he was in perpetual motion.

“Throughout his life, Steve became expert at anything he put his mind to,” said Dennis O’Brien. “Faced as a teenager with total renal failure, Steve was forced to adhere to a restricted diet while undergoing grueling dialysis treatments. Turning this challenge into an opportunity, Steve became an accomplished and creative cook.”

Dennis said that Mr. O’Brien did not allow his medical challenges to define him. “Many of his friends didn’t even know about his health issues,” said Dennis. “Steve combined an intense intellectual curiosity — he would read voraciously about everything from science to history to politics — with a raucous, and bawdy, sense of humor. Steve was loud, opinionated and sometimes politically incorrect. He also was extremely open-minded, loyal and affectionate.”

Mr. O’Brien graduated from Trinity College, where he was active in the Delta Phi Fraternity, and began a career on Wall Street. He quickly decided to follow his passion, however, and launched a contracting business called Eclectic Builders. Many of his clients and subcontractors mistook the name for “Electric” Builders, to Mr. O’Brien’s great amusement, his brother said.

Mr. O’Brien took up skiing in his 20s, traveling nearly every winter weekend to Mad River Glen with his wife, Lissie, his best friends and his brothers. According to Dennis, Mr. O’Brien was an extraordinary skier. “He loved the ‘bumps’ and the woods. He blazed new trails through the trees, coming up with colorful names for the new routes, many not suitable for publication,” said Dennis.

Mr. O’Brien also was an instrument-rated private pilot and loved to fly family and friends on weekend jaunts.

Mr. O’Brien went back to school in his 30s, earning a master’s degree in real estate development at MIT, and worked for several years at a major real estate development company planning, building and managing residential and mixed-use developments.

His greatest love was his family, said Dennis. Stephen met Lissie (nee Ryan) in 1986, they were married in 1993, and they had four children, Pearse, 12, twins Evan and Will, 10, and Elizabeth (Ellie), 8. Mr. O’Brien remained intensely close to his parents, brothers, cousins and extended family throughout his life.

In 2010, Mr. O’Brien, who lived with his family in a landmarked home, joined the landmarks and historical district commission.

We met Steve when he brought his own landmarked home before us in 2009 for work he wanted to do on it since his wife had given birth to twins and he suddenly had a family of six,” said commission chairwoman Carol Cioppa on Tuesday. “With his background in development and work in New York City he was used to going before historical societies and landmark commissions,” she said.

Former town supervisor Gary Warshauer appointed Mr. O’Brien to the post of town historian in 2011. “I could tell he had a real interest in history, and he landmarked his own home,” Mr. Warshauer said this week. “He was very bright and very energetic and was always a pleasure to be around. He will be missed.”

“Steve immediately started working on his first project, which was to get photos of all the landmarked homes on the town website,” said Ms. Cioppa. “He started with sending out letters to all those homeowners mentioning that he would be taking photos of their homes. He got about two-thirds of the photos taken before he was taken ill. His presence will be missed.”

“When we talked about renovating the museum, he was always helpful,” said Joyce Butterfield, president of the Pound Ridge Historical Society. “I gave him a key to the building and he often did his research in our building. He really enjoyed doing the history of our town.”

Mr. O’Brien was an organizer and member of the Pound Ridge Harvest Festival committee in 2011. At the time he described the autumn tradition of gathering townsfolk together for good food and fun as one that stems back to as early as 1886, when the Pound Ridge Farmer’s Picnic was first held on the eastern shore of Trinity Lake.

Mr. O’Brien not only researched long-ago history but conducted extensive interviews with notable Pound Ridgers, among them Carl Breuninger, the lifelong Pound Ridger who made it his mission to remember the town’s historic past, including the origins of the fire department, and to lead the restoration of the town’s cemeteries.

In his 2012 Memorial Day speech, Mr. O’Brien quoted the words of President John F. Kennedy: “‘Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.’”

In addition to Lissie and his children, Stephen is survived by his parents, of Pleasantville, and two brothers, Christopher, of Saratoga Springs, and Dennis, of Pleasantville, as well as three nephews and a niece.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 28, at 11 a.m., at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bedford. A reception will follow at Waccabuc Country Club in Waccabuc. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. O’Brien’s honor to the Stephen T. O’Brien Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 129, 80 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge 10576, to help provide affordable local housing to the Pound Ridge Fire Department’s volunteers.


Arthur Wesley Cable dies at 92

Arthur Wesley Cable Sr., 92, of Katonah, died on Friday, June 20. Mr. Cable was a World War II veteran serving in the Army Air Corps in the 8th Air Force as the pilot of a B-24 bomber. He worked for International Paper in New York City for 45 years.

Mr. Cable is survived by his beloved wife, Margaret Winter Cable, and his loving children, Wesley and his wife Carol Cable; Douglas Cable; John and his wife Deborah Cable; and Margaret Suzanne Cable and her husband David. He was the devoted “papa” of Bill, Emily, Ashley, Chelsea and Trevor.

The graveside service was held on June 25 at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla. In lieu of flowers, please hug your family and do something nice for someone else.


David Beattie, longtime Bedford resident

David Beattie, 78, of Watertown, Wis., died Tuesday, June 9. Mr. Beattie was born to Louise and Alan Beattie on June 9, 1936, in Westchester County. He graduated from Mercersburg Academy in 1954 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Dartmouth College in 1958. He joined the Army and continued his education at the Army Language School at Fort Ord in California, where he became fluent in Arabic. He married the late Joan Andrews Vroome in 1964. They built their first house in Bedford, where they raised four children: Ann, William, James and Elizabeth.

Following the death of his wife in 1981, Mr. Beattie continued to work as an expert in insurance risk analysis. He served on the board of Westmoreland Sanctuary for eight years and was its president from 1990-93. He was a member of St. Matthew’s Church as well.

Mr. Beattie always enjoyed farming, and he loved horses. While visiting Wisconsin and recognizing the opportunity to both farm and raise horses, he acquired land in Watertown and built a horse farm. Over several years Mr. Beattie turned the farm into a substantial business known as KD Trakehners, LLC, owning and training show horses from California to Germany. He became a prominent member of the horse community and was elected president of the American Trakehner Foundation, for which he served on the board for several years.

Mr. Beattie loved swimming, orienteering and skiing with his family. Undeterred after a broken leg and knee surgery, he continued to ski, swim and keep up his active lifestyle on the farm. Despite failing health, he enjoyed the daily management of the farm with his business partner Kevin and their assistants Nancy, Silvia and a dedicated staff.

Family members say Mr. Beattie’s pursuit of his goals and high expectations became apparent to his employees and others close to him. He had an unfettered sense of right and wrong. He lived as a man of his word and always followed through. He would always go to great lengths to help others when in need. The legacy of Mr. Beattie’s integrity, loyalty, generosity and kindness will live on through his children, grandchildren and those closest to him. He is survived by three children, Ann Paul, James Beattie and Elizabeth Benson; six grandchildren; and his brother Stuart Beattie.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the American Trakehners Foundation or to Westmoreland Sanctuary.


Lee Capazola Burgess, longtime Pound Ridger

Lee Capazola Burgess, 91, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Pound Ridge and Bedford, died April 20. She was born in Stamford, Conn., on Jan. 23, 1923, and with her family as a little girl lived in the Worl Hyde Estate on Long Ridge Road. She attended the one-room schoolhouse just down the hill and graduated from Bedford Hills High School.

Mrs. Burgess lived in Pound Ridge and worked for Poundridge Nurseries. During World War II, she worked in New York City and, afterward, at Reader’s Digest. She also lived for many years in St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, where she worked in the hotel industry. When she returned to Pound Ridge, she worked in the music department at Fox Lane High School and also owned and operated a retail store in Mount Kisco.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Survivors include her son, Nicholas Burgess, of Washington, D.C.; daughter, Melody Martin, of Bradenton, Fla.; stepchildren, John Burgess of Los Gatos, Calif.; Mary Augustin of Campbell, Calif.; Michelle Moore of St. Croix; Gem Burgess-King of Norristown, Pa.; brother, Joseph Capazola, of Sarasota, and sister, Grace Adler, of Albany, both formerly of Bedford; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Interment take place on June 26 in Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in her name to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Fla. 34238.


Sue Herbert, longtime Katonah resident

Mary Suzanne (Sue) Herbert, 87, a Katonah resident for over 40 years, died Tuesday, May 6, in Bridgeport Hospital, Conn., with her family at her side.

Mrs. Herbert was born June 25, 1927, in Detroit, Mich., to the late Ross Connelly and Gertrude Ferguson Connelly. In 1936, she moved to Briarcliff Manor, where she met the love of her life, William P. Herbert. They were married in 1948, and on April 24, they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.

The couple moved to Katonah in 1972. Mrs. Herbert was a devoted full-time wife and mother who enjoyed the arts, reading, bridge, puzzles, gardening, making congo bars for her grandchildren and traveling. She was an active member of the Women’s Civic Club of Katonah until 2013, when she and her husband moved to Wilton, Conn. Mrs. Herbert will be remembered for her boundless energy and optimism.

Mrs. Herbert was the devoted mother of William and his wife Anne of Ludlow, Vt.; Stephen and his wife Suzanne of Pound Ridge; Sally Sorel and her husband Daniel of Vingt-Hanaps, France; and Peter and his wife Cindy of New Canaan, Conn. She was adored by her grandchildren Adam, Jeremy, Celine, Guillaume, Jeannette, Ross, John, Dylan and Sabrina, and her great-grandchildren Tali, Asher, Eli and Gabriel, with another due in August.

Mrs. Herbert was predeceased by her brothers Tom and Roband and is survived by sisters Mary (Monea), Carol (Davis) and Sharon (Weber).

A funeral mass was held May 9 in the Church of St. Mary of the Assumption in Katonah, which was followed by a Celebration of Life at Clark Associates Funeral Home, Katonah. Donations in her memory can be made to the Women’s Civic Club of Katonah, P.O. Box 122, Katonah 10536.


Margaret R. LaMare, formerly of Bedford Village

Margaret R. La Mare, 65, of Ambler, Penn., formerly of Bedford Village, died on May 6, at Abington Memorial Hospital. She was the beloved wife of John B. La Mare. Mrs. LaMare was born Nov. 29, 1948, in the Bronx, to the late Joseph L. and Rose (Peveri) Rinaldi. She worked for Orchard Books leading production of children’s books. Mrs. LaMare was an accomplished cook who regularly provided wonderful meals to her family. She loved spending time with her family, especially on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Mrs. LaMare enjoyed shopping at Marshalls and HomeGoods and was an avid Yankees fan. Along with her husband, she is survived by her children, Emily Bueti and Michael La Mare, J.D.; her grandchildren, Dina, Nicholas and Christopher Bueti; and her brothers, Edward Rinaldi, J.D., and Paul Rinaldi. Mrs. LaMare’s funeral took place May 9 at the Emil J. Ciavarelli Family Funeral Homes in Ambler. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Mrs. LaMare’s name be made to Abington Health Foundation Office of Philanthropy, 1200 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001. Condolences may be made at ciavarellifuneralhomes.com.


Longtime Pound Ridger Rose Krapowicz, 104, dies

By MARY LEGRAND
DON HEPPNER PHOTO

Rose Krapowicz in 2010, at her 100th birthday party in Pound Ridge.

 

Rose Krapowicz, who grew up on a working farm on Barnegat Road in Pound Ridge, died Friday, April 11. She was 104 and had remained independent in her Pound Ridge home until the age of 102, when she moved to Brighton Gardens in Stamford, Conn. This year the City of Stamford proclaimed Feb. 6 Rose Krapowicz Day in honor of her 104th birthday.

Born Feb. 6, 1910, Ms. Krapowicz was the daughter of Anthony and Stephania Fenick. As a young woman she worked as a governess in Washington, D.C., and Greenwich, Conn. Later, she and her husband, the late Jacob “Jack” R. Krapowicz, owned and managed Pioneer Tree Experts, a nursery and landscaping business. For many years Ms. Krapowicz sold fresh vegetables and canned goods from her stand in Pound Ridge and also delivered them to clients in the Ridgefield and New Canaan, Conn., area.

“She was the rock of our family, basically the matriarch,” said John Krapowicz of Connecticut, one of Ms. Krapowicz’s grandchildren. “We spent most of our time outdoors with her; she was always farming, always improving the house and property. There was never a moment when she and we weren’t doing something around the place.”

Mr. Krapowicz said his grandmother “could pretty much grow anything” and was ahead of her time in selling locally grown produce to restaurants and other buyers. “We would see the huge amounts of vegetables that she would have ready to sell out of her garage,” he said. “She would pack them up and take them into town, turn a bit of a profit by walking around downtown Ridgefield and peddling them out of the truck.”

When asked what legacy Ms. Krapowicz left for her family, her grandson cited the “strength and background to keep on surviving. My grandfather and she, they had their own style from old teachings but were very progressive as far as giving my father the tools to be an artist in his own day. It was pretty much unheard of to have a farming-background mother who had 12 brothers and sisters and go ahead and be an artist,” the younger Mr. Krapowicz said of his father, the late Jacob C. Krapowicz. “That helped me more than him, I think; gave me the freedom to think outside the box rather than taking the usual way in life.”

Pound Ridge reporter Don Heppner interviewed Ms. Krapowicz in early 2010, when she celebrated her 100th birthday with a party sponsored by the Pound Ridge Recreation Department at the Town House. When asked the secret to her long life, she cited hard work and trying to avoid getting sick.

Born in a cabin on Banksville Road on property that became Troy’s Nursery, Ms. Krapowicz was the eldest of the 12 Fenick children. She recounted walking to and from school — 4 or 5 miles each way, by her estimation — and “got there before the teacher got there and we started the fire to warm the room,” Ms. Krapowicz said in 2010. The one-room schoolhouse’s privy was outdoors, she added.

In 2010 Ms. Krapowicz said that walking to school would often provide opportunities for pranks; she and her friends would often dupe a local peach grower. “He rode in his wagon loaded with really good-tasting peaches,” she said. “We would tease him until he got so mad at us he would throw those delicious peaches at us. We’d catch them and eat them. That’s what we wanted to have happen anyway.”

When she turned 20, she took a job as a governess — “not a nanny” — in the District of Columbia, then in Greenwich and finally in Pound Ridge.

Hard work was the only way of life for Ms. Krapowicz. She painted her barn at age 98 and was mowing her lawn until the late 2000’s. “She is amazing,” said head of Neighbor-to-Neighbor Felice Joaquim in 2010.

Ms. Krapowicz credited her green thumb to the years she spent on her father’s farm, which she said was located where the Dann Farm development off Barnegat Road is now. “There was no dancing for us,” Ms. Krapowicz said. “We had to come home and pick weeds out of the vegetable garden.” When the corn was ripe, she and her siblings would put 100 ears into each bag and sell them to local residents who passed by the farm.

Ms. Krapowicz was no stranger to pain and adversity, having lost her father and brother, her closest sibling in age, to pneumonia in the early 1920s. In spite of those and other difficulties and losses, Ms. Krapowicz told The Record-Review in 2010 that she and her husband, Pound Ridge’s first police chief, “had a good life.”

A parishioner of St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in New Canaan, Ms. Krapowicz was predeceased by her parents, her husband and her children, Marion A. Safford of Lagrangeville and Jacob C. Krapowicz of Danbury, Conn. She was also predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Elna Krapowicz.

Survivors include her son-in-law, Richard Safford; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Calling hours are today, Friday, April 25, 4 to 8 p.m., at the Hoyt Funeral Home, 199 Main St. in New Canaan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated tomorrow, Saturday, April 26, at 10 a.m., at St. Aloysius Church, with interment to follow at Lakeview Cemetery, also in New Canaan


Raymond F. Hickey, longtime Bedford resident

Raymond F. Hickey, 81, of Bedford, died April 23. Mr. Hickey was born Aug. 1, 1932, in Brooklyn and resided in Bedford for the past 47 years.

Mr. Hickey started his own insurance business, Hickey and Hickey in New York City, in 1957, relocating the business to Bedford in 1968. He retired after 50 years in 2001, leaving the business to two of his sons, who continue running it today.

An avid golfer, Mr. Hickey shared countless rounds of golf with his sons and friends at Mount Kisco Country Club. An enthusiastic history lover, he spent hours discussing historic facts, sharing memories of his childhood in Brooklyn and telling stories about his travels.

Mr. Hickey was a devoted husband, loving father and kindhearted grandfather. His warmth, charm and smile will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth (Kilcourse) Hickey, and five children: son Raymond Jr., his wife Pamela and their children Kaitlyn, Megan and Ryan; daughter Mary H. Palmerton, her husband Larry and their sons Jack and Tom; son Brian, his wife Maureen and their children Caroline, Michaela, Nolan and Deirdre; son Michael, his wife Jacqueline and their children Brigit, Maeve and Liam; and son Peter, his wife Allyson and their children Madeline, Lily, Claire and Colin.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, April 20, at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Bedford Village. Interment followed in Oakwood Cemetery in Mount Kisco.


Freda Mae Collins, longtime Bedford Hills resident

Freda Mae Collins, 91, a 62-year resident of Bedford Hills, died Sunday, April 13, with her daughter Janice and son-in-law-Eric by her side.

MRs. Collins was born Sept. 27, 1922, in Washington, D.C. She was the daughter of the late Frederick and the late Carrie Mae Johnson. She was educated in Baltimore at Douglas High School.

Mrs. Collins was a corrections officer for Westfield State Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills from 1954 to 1979 and an active, longtime member of the St. Francis Ame Zion Church in Mount Kisco.

Mrs. Collins loved to bake, especially for the church bake sales. Every year her family looked forward to her delicious pumpkin-nut bread. Besides being a wonderful cook, Mrs. Collins had a great sense of style and humor and was known for her loyalty and love for her family and friends.

She was pre-deceased by her parents and her sister, Willette White, her brother, Robert Midgett, and her daughters, Barbara Jones and Jackie Richardson.

She leaves behind her daughters, Janice Ownes (Eric Stiffler) and Robin Smith (Eddie Smith), and her son, Daryl Collins (Judith Collins). She is also survived by eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, her best friend, Inez Jones, and a host of family and friends.

The family will receive friends today, Friday, April 18, 10 to 11 a.m., at St. Francis Ame Zion Church, 3 Hillside Ave., Mount Kisco. The funeral will follow at 11 a.m. at the church with Rev. Earl Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mount Kisco. Arrangements are through Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Rd., Katonah.


Eric Emory, 88, Katonah resident

Eric Steuer Emory, 88, of Katonah, son of the late Henry and Ethel (Steuer) Epstein, died April 12. Mr. Emory was a graduate of Amherst College and Columbia University School of Business and the author of “When To Sell Stocks.

Mr. Emory is survived by his wife of 30 years, Linda (nee Rodgers); his children, David, Victoria and Ellen (Michael) Hoffman; and his granddaughter, Elizabeth Hoffman.

Funeral services took place April 17 at Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El, 2 Odgen Road, Scarsdale. Private interment followed the service.


Dorothy V. Twidy, former Pound Ridger

Dorothy V. Twidy, age 91, of Danbury, Conn., formerly of Pound Ridge, died on April 2 in New Milford, Conn. Ms. Twidy was born in Pound Ridge in 1922, the daughter of the late Orison and Lyada (Scofield) Bouton. She was a graduate of Katonah High School, Class of 1940. Following graduation, she worked at Woolworth’s 5 and 10 in New Canaan, Conn., until her marriage to G. Richard Twidy. She later worked at Reader’s Digest in Pleasantville until the end of World War II.

Following World War II, Dorothy and her husband resided and raised their children in Pound Ridge until the 1970s, when Dorothy moved to Danbury. She worked as a bookkeeper for the Pound Ridge Dairy and at L.B. Richards in Mount Kisco for many years before working for Dent Electric Co. in Danbury until the time of her retirement.

Dorothy is survived by her three children, Jackie Cregier, Phyllis Hatfield and Brenda Straub; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and former husband, Dorothy was predeceased by her three brothers, Arthur, Carl and Ralph Bouton, and her two sisters, Mae Volland and Clara Piatt.

There are no calling hours. Services and interment in Pound Ridge Cemetery will be private. The Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury, Conn., is in charge of arrangements.


Mary Perrotty Berol, art show founder, dies at 98

By R.J. MARX
Mary Berol, center, with Terry Elsberry and La Verle Jessup at Art Show: Bedford in 1996.
 

Mary Perrotty Berol, known to all as “Honey,” died at her home in Memphis, Tenn., on March 31. Ms. Berol was the founder of Art Show: Bedford, which in January celebrated its 41st year in Bedford. The show, sponsored by the Women of St. Matthew’s Church, focused on contemporary and affordable art, including original paintings, sculpture and photography created by predominantly local artists.

Mrs. Berol was also a longtime supporter of local arts and historic organizations, including Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts and the John Jay Homestead, of which she was a founding trustee.

“I met Mary Berol when I first moved to Bedford 40 years ago, and she became a treasured personal friend,” said Bedford’s Laura Blau. “She was truly an inspiration for me. Her dedication and energy set the bar high, and I know that she really appreciated my involvement with Art Show Bedford. When we celebrated the 40th anniversary last year, I asked if she would travel from Memphis for the celebration and, despite the fact that the event was in January and she was already 96 years old, she agreed. She was an incredible lady and I cherish all the memories we shared together.”

Art Show: Bedford had its origins back in the 1970s as an adjunct to the Christmas Fair at St. Matthew’s Church. “I designed it to be something different that hadn’t been done before,” said Mrs. Berol, the show’s founder and honorary chairwoman, in an interview with The Record-Review’s Jeremy Brown in 2005.

With the help of local artist Amy Jones, Mrs. Berol was able to get the show off the ground, although on a much smaller scale. “It was at first just a weekend function that accompanied the fair,” she said. “But then there was so much work to be done, the artists were so enthusiastic, and we were doing so well in terms of selling paintings, that we thought if we continued longer and gave it a week, it would do much better.”

As the show grew, so did its scope. Before long, instead of merely selling paintings, lunches, teas and other special events were offered, a tradition that still continues today. “We added the lunches because it was sort of a nice, social festivity,” said Mrs. Berol prior to the 2005 show, “and it brought people in and sold paintings!”

Mrs. Berol was born in Coxsackie, N.Y., on Aug. 20, 1916. A lifelong New Yorker, she dedicated her amazing energies to numerous civic and philanthropic causes, including the Kips Bay Boys Club in New York City and the Caramoor Center in Katonah. Her circle of friends in the New York area was deep and wide, spanning multiple generations and geographies.

“She was a dear friend to me and so many others at St. Matthew’s and in the community,” the Rev. Terence Elsberry of St. Matthew’s Church in Bedford said on Monday. “With charm, persistence and a light touch she led the way in making good things happen. Mary showed us ‘how it’s done.’”

“So glad the 40th anniversary had the opportunity to honor her,” said Susan Grissom, Art Show: Bedford co-curator and director of Pound Ridge’s Lionheart Gallery. “She was such an elegant lady, one that we would all want to aspire to.”

The Homestead’s executive director Wendy Ross recalled that Ms. Berol had worked closely with Palmer Leroy in the early years of the Friends of John Jay homestead.

“She was an elegant and kind person with a great sense of fun,” said Ms. Ross on Tuesday. “She loved the community.”

Mrs. Berol moved to Memphis in 2006, at the age of 90, to begin a new chapter in her life, surrounded by children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family members described her life in Memphis as rich and active. She instantly immersed herself in the Memphis community, becoming involved in the city’s civic and cultural life and amassing many new friends. Mrs. Berol loved traveling, playing bridge, parties, and she deeply loved her new home, “Heartland.”

She is survived by her daughter, Dina Smith, her son, Michael Del Balso, her grandchildren, Barbara Hyde, Jenny Achuthan, Michael Rosser, Ian Del Balso and Eric Del Balso, and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services took place Friday, April 4, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Memphis. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Arts Memphis, 575 South Mendenhall, Memphis, TN 38117; artsmemphis.org; or Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 139 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah 10536; caramoor.org.


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.


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