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Obituaries 2011

Minturn V. “Mike” Chace, longtime president of Westmoreland Sanctuary

Minturn V. Chace, 70, of Mount Kisco died Dec. 28 of cancer.

Mr. Chace graduated from Milton Academy in 1959, Harvard College in 1963 and Harvard Business School in 1969 (MBA with distinction).

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1967 as the ASW officer on board the Destroyer Forrest Royal DD872. He was a management consultant and financial VP for several New York firms. His favorite assignment was as medical coordinator for Project Orbis, the flying eye hospital. Most recently, he was a founding director of the Bedford Management Group until retirement in 2006.

Mr. Chace was active in St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bedford, and St. Marys-by-the-Sea Northeast Harbor, Maine. He was Past Commodore of the Northeast Harbor Fleet, and for 20 years he was president of Westmoreland Sanctuary for Wildlife and Forest Conservation. His passions were skiing, sailing and choral singing.

Mr. Chace is mourned by his wife, Helen Clay; daughters Martha and Susie; son-in-law John; former son-in-law Tom; four grandchildren, three sisters and one brother. Services will be held at St. Matthew’s, Route 22, Bedford, on Monday, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Westmoreland Sanctuary, 260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Bedford Corners NY 10549, or to the Northeast Harbor Sailing School, P.O. Box 12, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662.

Marie L. Fleck, Bedford Hills resident

Marie L. Fleck of Bedford Hills, 80, died peacefully in her home on Dec. 19.

Ms. Fleck was a very active member of St. Patrick’s Church in Bedford Village.

She is survived by her children, Michael Nunno, Lynn (Nunno) Devenuto, and her six stepchildren; her grandchildren Nicholas Nunno, Sanya Lynn Gudim and 23 step-grandchildren.

Ms. Fleck is also survived by her sister, Elaine Casadei, and her husband, Joe; and her brother Vincent Groppa and his wife, Patricia.

Predeceased by her husband Thomas E. Fleck, to whom she was married for 27 years, and her son Gary Nunno.

Friends may send donations in her memory to St. Patrick’s Church, Bedford Village, or Hospice of Westchester.

John E. Dalrymple, 79, of Bedford Hills

John Eaton (Dal) Dalrymple, 79, of Bedford Hills died at home on Dec. 20 after a long illness.

Born in Worcester, Mass., on Nov. 9, 1932, he was the son of John R. and Katherine Marlow Dalrymple and the younger brother of his late sister, Nancy D. Cross, of Yarmouth Port, Mass.

Mr. Dalrymple was a graduate of Classical High School in Worcester, Middlebury College, and New York University School of Law.

He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and began his career in the trust department of the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City, where he met and married his wife of 42 years, Elizabeth Faylor Dalrymple. He later moved on to County Trust Company and then the Bank of New York in White Plains. Upon his retirement, he opened his own law practice (which became Dalrymple & Dalrymple when his son joined him) in White Plains.

Mr. Dalrymple is survived by his wife, Beth; his son, James Eaton Dalrymple, and his wife, Nathalie, of Katonah; and his daughter, Jessica Marlow Dalrymple and her husband, Gregg Kreutz, of Jersey City, N.J. He is also survived by two granddaughters, Elizabeth (Lily) and Kathryn (Kat) Dalrymple, and two nephews, Bradford and Jeffrey Cross.

Mr. Dalrymple was an active member and served on the board of directors of the White Plains YMCA. He was also a member of the Bedford Golf & Tennis Club. After the cremation, there will be a private burial on Cape Cod. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to Northern Westchester Hospital or Hospice Care of Westchester and Putnam.

James Alexander Miller Douglas, longtime Bedford resident

James Alexander Miller Douglas, a longtime resident of Bedford, died on Dec. 8.

Known to his family and many friends as Jim, Mr. Douglas was born in New York City on Nov. 29, 1933, the son of former member of the New York State Assembly Archibald Douglas Jr. and Constance Miller Douglas. Growing up in New York, Mr. Douglas attended the Buckley School and later was enrolled in St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H. Following his graduation from St. Paul’s, he attended Yale University, where he was a member of the fence club, graduating in 1956.

From 1956 to 1958 Mr. Douglas served in the U.S. Army, stationed in northern Italy. Returning to civilian life, he began a long and distinguished career as a financial adviser. He started in the investment business at U.S. Trust’s New York office, in its equity research department, later moving to Mackay Shields as a portfolio manager. In 1979 Mr. Douglas joined Guardian Advisory Services of New York as its president. In 1982 he left Guardian to form Douglas Noyes, a financial advisory firm, offering a broad range of investment services.

An accomplished bridge player, he was a member of the Regency Whist Club in New York City for more than 50 years, where he served at various times as treasurer, vice president and for 10 years as its president. In 2010 he was a member of the club’s team that won the New York City Bridge League Championship. He was also a member of the Leash Club in New York.

In 1981, Mr. Douglas and his family moved to Bedford, where he later became a member of the Bedford Golf & Tennis Club. An avid golfer, he was also a member of the Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester, Vt.

Mr. Douglas is survived by his wife, Gail K. Douglas; his three children, James A.M. Douglas Jr. and his wife, Sandy; Evelyn Douglas; and Constance Douglas; and his stepdaughter, Christie Densen Root. He was predeceased by his son Palmer Caton Douglas in 2010. He is also survived by two brothers, Archibald Douglas III and Geoffrey Douglas, and a sister, Eleanor Douglas, as well as 14 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 382 Cantitoe St. in Bedford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul’s School, 325 Pleasant St., Concord, NH 03301.

Dr. H. Omar Gutierrez, M.D., longtime Pound Ridge resident

Dr. H. Omar Gutierrez, M.D., a 22-year Pound Ridge resident, died of pulmonary fibrosis on Dec. 10, surrounded by his family.

Born in 1937 in Mompos, Colombia, Dr. Gutierrez was a graduate of the University of Cartagena Medical School and later completed his psychiatric residency at the Menningers Foundation in Topeka, Kan. He was a caring and compassionate psychiatrist for 45 years, practicing mostly in the New York metropolitan area.

A Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy and veteran of the Vietnam War, Dr. Gutierrez was proudly sworn in as a U.S. citizen in 1972.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Johansmeyer, and four children, Omar D. Gutierrez, M.D., and his wife Ana Marte; Nina Gutierrez and her husband, Francesco Quartuccio; Captain Soren Gutierrez, U.S. Army, and his wife, Cassandra Griffin; and Paloma Espinoza and her husband, Esau Espinoza-Lucas.

Private services will be held. The Gutierrez family will receive friends and neighbors at Conant Hall, 255 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge, on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 2 to 5 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in Dr. Gutierrez’s memory be made to the Pound Ridge Lions Ambulance Corps Box 237, Pound Ridge NY 10576.

Marie Worden, active church member

Marie Worden, a lifelong resident of Armonk, died peacefully at Waterview Hills Nursing Home in Purdys on Nov. 28. She was 97 years old.

For over 80 years Miss Worden was an active member of the Bedford Presbyterian Church in Bedford. She was proud to say she held every office during her long affiliation with the church. She also served from the 1970s as secretary-treasurer and honorary trustee of the Middle Patent United Methodist Church. She retired from Lloyd Bedford Cox Insurance in Bedford Hills.

Besides her many friends at Bedford Presbyterian Church, she leaves two nieces: Graceann Feher of Brewer, Maine, and Clare Horan of The Villages, Fla. She is also survived by great-nieces and -nephews Heather Cain and Harrison Horan of Wisconsin and Kimberly Feher and William Feher of Montana.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah. In lieu of flowers, contributions to either of her churches would be appreciated.

Burgess Joslyn Lawrence, Katonah High School grad

Burgess Joslyn Lawrence, 85, of Malone, died on Nov. 15 at Dirigo Pines, her assisted living residence in Orono, Maine. Born in Lewisboro on Oct. 27, 1926, she was the daughter of Charles H. and Nellie Kercher Joslyn. Her childhood was spent with her parents, her sister, Mary, and her aunt, Lilian Kercher, on Onatru Farm in Lewisboro.

Ms. Lawrence graduated from Katonah High School in 1944 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1948. After graduation, she worked as an editor for the Reader’s Digest in Pleasantville, She married John Lawrence on July 11, 1953, in South Salem. The Lawrences raised four children together.

After moving to Malone in 1972, Ms. Lawrence worked at Weed Library and later as an adjunct journalism instructor for North Country Community College. While family was always central to her focus, she pursued a lifelong avocation as a creative writer. Her work was published in poetry journals and in local newspapers. She was instrumental in establishing Malone’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity, where she served initially as president and then in other roles for over 20 years. Living with her family in Malone, she was always involved in the Adirondack Mountain Club, with which she and her family took many trips into the mountains, skiing, hiking and canoeing. She was also an active longtime member of the First Congregational Church in Malone.

Ms. Lawrence was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, John, in November of 2010. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Bruce and Maryann of Long Island; daughter and son-in-law Linda and Tim Dumont, of Brunswick, Maine; son and daughter-in-law Howard and Susan of Spokane, Wash.; and daughter and son-in-law Amy and Edward Clement of Bangor, Maine; and her sister, Mary Kellogg, of Granville, and two nieces, Nancy Wiltse and Barbara Beckley. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Friends and family may call for visitation at the First Congregational Church in Malone from 4 to 5 p.m. today, Friday, Nov. 25. The funeral will be held at the church at 7 that evening. A reception of light refreshment will follow. Interment will be at the family plot in the South Salem Cemetery overlooking her hometown neighborhood, on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 1.

Memorial contributions may be made to North Country Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 773, Malone NY 12953.

David LeRoy Gudim, longtime member of Bedford Fire Department

David LeRoy Gudim, 79, a lifelong resident of Bedford, died Monday, Nov. 7, at Westchester Medical Center.

Mr. Gudim was born Dec. 19, 1931, in Mount Kisco to Berger and Mildred (Hobby) Gudim. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a 50-year member of the Bedford Village Fire Department.

He was the head groom for a member of the 1964 U.S. equestrian team in Tokyo as well as head groom at Sunnyfield Farm in Bedford for many years. Following that he was a truck driver for the Town of Bedford Highway Department, from which he retired.

His passions were his family, community, country, golf, stock car racing and his two granddogs, Casey and Dillin.

Mr. Gudim was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Donna (Hall) Gudim, on Aug. 8, 2005.

He is survived by his children, Lauren Hayes and her husband, Mickey, of Goldens Bridge; David L. Gudim Jr., of Beacon; and Glenda Johnson of Gaylordsville, Conn. He was the grandfather of Sanya Gudim, Jedidiah and Jacob Johnson, and brother of Joan Hajjar and Mildred Barlow. He was predeceased by his brothers John T., Ralph and Berger Gudim, and his sister Helen Hunt.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bedford Fire Department.

Carmen C. Bassett, longtime Bedford Hills resident 

Carmen C. Bassett, 83, a longtime resident of Bedford Hills and formerly of Puerto Rico, died on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Northern Westchester Hospital. Mrs. Bassett was a retired employee of the Town of Bedford.

She was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved gardening, ceramics, singing and dancing, baking, reading, attending senior citizen activities and telling wonderful stories.

Mrs. Bassett is survived by two sisters, six children, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A memorial will be held in her honor at the Bedford Hills Community House at 74 Main St., Bedford Hills, on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Vincent Richard Duffield Sr., former Pound Ridge Fire Department chief

Vincent Richard Duffield Sr., 65, of South Salem, died Sunday, Nov. 6, at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco. He was the son of the late Irving and Jennie Duffield.

Mr. Duffield was employed by the Town of Pound Ridge as an employee of the highway department and lately of the fire district. A longtime member of the Pound Ridge Fire Department, he achieved the rank of chief and was currently deputy chief. He was a member of the Westchester County Parade Judges Association.

Mr. Duffield is survived by his wife, Nancy; his children, Kimberly and Vincent Jr.; his daughter-in-law, Dee; his granddaughter, Jordan; and his sister, Lorelei Floughton, of Pleasant Valley. He was predeceased by his brother, Michael Duffield.

Contributions in his memory may be made to either the Pound Ridge or Vista fire departments.

James S. Rosenthal, longtime Katonah resident

James S. Rosenthal, 52, died peacefully on Oct. 30 of appendiceal cancer.

Mr. Rosenthal attended the University of Michigan and received his master’s degree from NYU. He worked as a trader at E.F. Hutton, as head of trading at Punk Ziegel & Co., and at Ladenburg Thalmann, and more recently as a financial adviser at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

A lifelong Mets and Jets fan and a big University of Michigan supporter, he was known for his love of sports, food, wine, classical music and jazz.

A resident of Katonah for 19 years, he is survived by his wife of 18 years, Evelyn; his parents, Jerrold and Louise Rosenthal of East Meadow; his sister and brother, Linda Popper and Edward Rosenthal; as well as 11 nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Hammond Museum, P.O. Box 326, North Salem NY 10560.

Matthew “Jackie” Dunn, Katonah resident

Matthew “Jackie” Dunn, 80, of Katonah, formerly of Yorktown Heights, died Saturday, Oct. 15, at Sharon Health Care Center in Sharon, Conn.

Mr. Dunn was born July 30, 1931, in the Bronx to John A. and Nora Dunn. The family moved to Yorktown when he was 15, and he graduated from Yorktown High School. He was a former member of the Yorktown Fire Department, and served with the Marine Corps during the Korean War and retired after serving for 20 years with the Air National Guard Reserves.

Mr. Dunn joined the Westchester County Sheriff’s Department in 1970 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1975. In 1979 he transferred to the New York State Courts as a court officer and was assigned to the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains. He retired from law enforcement in 1990.

Mr. Dunn is survived by his children, John, of Somers; Timothy, of Danbury, Conn.; Matthew and his wife, Holly, of Bedford; and Helen Piebes and her husband, Arthur, of Wappingers Falls. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Amanda and Melissa Piebes and Casey and Jesse Dunn; his sister, Theresa Foca, of Pleasantville; and his former wife, Helen Baumberger, of Chappaqua.

Denise Vetere, Katonah resident, 54

Denise Vetere of Katonah died on Sept. 30. She had lived in Katonah for the past 27 years. Before that, she lived in Harrison and in Port Chester.

Ms. Vetere was born Feb. 6, 1954, in the Bronx to Peter and Mildred Guadano Gregorio.

She was educated in Harrison and graduated from Harrison High School in 1972. She earned an associate degree from Iona College in New Rochelle and began her career in the recording studio of Columbia Records City, and then worked at Palma Settimi Inc., and last as a guidance secretary for Pleasantville High School. Locally, she was past vice president of fundraising for the Katonah Elementary School PTO.

She will be remembered for her quilting, cooking and her generous, caring nature. She was a beautiful person who loved and was loved by her family and friends.

Ms. Vetere is survived by her beloved husband, Patrick; her loving children, Patrick, of Brewster, and Lindsay, of Katonah; as well as her loving mother, Mildred Gregorio, of Harrison. She is also survived by her brothers, Anthony and his wife, Jan, of Middletown, Conn.; Peter, of Harrison; her mother-in-law, Antoinette Vetere, of Harrison; brother-in-law Frank Vetere and his wife, Janet; sisters-in-law Laurie Legakis and her husband, Peter; and Marianne Zink and her husband, Tom; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father, Peter Gregorio, and father-in-law, Frank Vetere.

Friends may send memorial donations to the Muscella Foundation, 1100 Peninsula Blvd., Hewlett NY 11557.

Walter Goertz, former Pound Ridge resident

Walter Goertz, 89, of Somers, formerly of Pound Ridge, died Sunday, Oct. 2, at Waterview Hills Nursing Home in Purdys. He was the son of the late Charles and the late Helene Goertz.

Mr. Goertz was born June 13, 1922, in Passaic, N.J, and attended schools in that city. He was a World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Marine Corps. He married Elizabeth Ann Stephenson Marcus on Nov. 11, 1961. She predeceased him on Dec. 27, 1991.

Mr. Goertz is survived by four nieces: Bonnie Ann Fleming and her husband, Kevin, of Asbury, N.J.; Joan Gillis of Indian Trail, N.C.; Nancy Goertz of Spring Valley, Calif.; and Barbara Little of Spring Valley, Calif.; grand-nieces Sharon Little of Spring Valley, Calif.; and Kelsie Fleming of Asbury, N.J.; grand-nephews Josh Fleming of Asbury, N.J. and Brian Gillis of Virginia; and nephew-in-law Kevin Fleming of Asbury, N.J.

Mr. Goertz is also survived by his dear friend and companion of 23 years, Lucille Corda, of Somers.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s own choice.

Elvira Malfetano Giglio, Bedford resident

Elvira (Elvy) Malfetano Giglio of Bedford, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, mother-in-law, sister and teacher, died Saturday, Sept. 3, while in the care of her family and Hospice of Westchester.

Born Elvira Anna Malfetano to Dominic Malfetano and Teresa Indelli Malfetano of New York City, Mrs. Giglio was a standout student who earned her bachelor’s degree in art from Hunter College at age 20 and her master’s in fine arts from Teachers College, Columbia University. She was working as an art teacher in the New York City public schools when she wed Dr. John J. Giglio of New York City on Dec. 16, 1951, at St. Mary’s Church in the Bronx.

Mrs. Giglio and her husband began their family in Arlington, Va., while he was attending Georgetown Dental School. They had two more children in New York City. In 1959, they moved to White Plains, where they had their last two children and her husband started his dental practice. In 1966, they moved to Bedford.

Mrs. Giglio was a vivacious, bright, articulate, creative, loyal and strong woman whose life revolved around her family, students and friends. She loved being a mother and devoted herself to raising her five children. She equally loved being a grandmother and aunt who regularly presided over large family gatherings.

When her children grew older, she joined the Casa di Bambini preschool in 1972 as co-director, where she then became director. Its welcoming environment and unique blend of creative and learning activities attracted families from throughout the area. She also volunteered regularly at Fox Lane High School.

Mrs. Giglio is survived by her husband, John; her children Christine, Linda, John, Steven and Mark; her grandchildren Steven, Elizabeth, Jessica, Kristen, Gabriella and Madelyn; and her sister Catherine. Her brother, Biagio, and sister Marie died earlier.

Memorial donations may be sent to Friends of Karen, or P.O. Box 190, Purdys, NY 10578.

Jeanne-Marie Kenny, lifelong Katonah resident

Jeanne-Marie Kenny, 80 a lifelong resident of Katonah, died Monday, Sept. 19, at Hebrew Hospital Home of Westchester of Valhalla.

Mrs. Kenny was born July 5, 1931, in Brooklyn. She was the daughter of the late Arthur and the late Kathleen (Grubert) Hayden.

She was a secretary at John Jay High School in Cross River for 20 years.

Mrs. Kenny is survived by five daughters: Jeanne-Marie McCarthy and her husband, Jack, of Hoboken, N.J.; Diane Kenny and her husband, Robert, of Katonah; Catherine Brown and her husband, John, of North Massapequa; Marianne Kelly and her husband, Chris, of Katonah; and Ellen Meagher and her husband, Justin; and three sons: William Kenny and his wife, Lorena, of White Plains; Michael Kenny of White Plains; and Arthur Kenny and his wife, Lia, of Pelham Manor. She is also survived by 21 grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Liam Kenny, on May 8, 2009, and her brother, Arthur.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, Sept. 22, at St. Mary of the Assumption RC Church in Katonah. Burial followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.

Virginia Spencer Clark , local resident, volunteer

Virginia Spencer Clark, 67, died on Aug. 25 at her home in South Salem.

She was born on March 28, 1944, along with her twin brother, Halstead, in Charlottesville, Va., to the late Samuel S. and Emma H. Clark. She grew up in Charlottesville and graduated from St. Anne’s School, after which she attended and then graduated from Hollins College in Roanoke.

Ms. Clark’s first job after college was as a flight attendant for Pan American Airways, based out of New York City. She then worked for the brokerage firm of Smith Barney, in their Paris office, where she lived for three years. When she returned from overseas, she started a long career in the banking industry in the New York City area, where she became a loan officer and vice president. She met her future husband, James Liao, while attending night school at New York University, where she obtained her M.B.A. degree. She had employment at several banks including Marine Midland Bank, Manufacturers Hanover Trust, Citibank and Emigrant Savings, from which she retired at the end of 2010.

Ms. Clark rafted down the Mississippi and Colorado Rivers, enjoyed theater and the arts, traveled widely in Europe and the Southwest and was an avid horsewoman. She especially loved her two horses, Chaco and Butler, and her dogs, Summer, Peanut, Pebbles and Squeaky. Her volunteer activities included working with Guiding Eyes for the Blind. She adored the 1789 farmhouse she and her husband maintained in its early colonial style and could sometimes be found tending the gardens surrounding it. She had a multitude of friends and enjoyed socializing with them and family. She also had a special place in her heart for her native Charlottesville and Albemarle County, and went back to visit as often as she could.

She is survived by her husband, James Liao, of South Salem; her siblings, Samuel S. Clark III of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Halstead H. Clark of Ivy, Va., and William S. Clark of Whiteville, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

Private memorial services to celebrate her life will be held in South Salem and in Charlottesville.

Memorial gifts may be made to

Ruth T. Marsh, lifelong Bedford resident

Ruth T. Marsh, 81, a lifelong resident of Bedford, died Thursday, Sept. 1, at Ridgefield Crossings Assisted Living in Ridgefield, Conn.

Ms. Marsh was born Nov. 7, 1929, to Marie Miller Marsh and Thurborn Marsh.

She was a graduate of Bedford High School and received a B.A. degree from Wheaton College.

She was a corresponding editor for the Reader’s Digest Corporation in Chappaqua for 35 years, and was a member of the Wheaton College alumni, Smith College, Mohonk Preserve Inc., the Bedford Historical Society and St. Matthew’s Church in Bedford.

She was also an avid gardener and will be remembered as an accomplished artist. She created, designed and built wooden dollhouses and furniture.

Burial services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Bedford Union Cemetery.

Edith McCabe Sherry, former Bedford Village resident

Edith M. Sherry, a longtime resident of Bedford Village, died Aug. 13 surrounded by her family at her home in Niskayuna.

Mrs. Sherry was born Nov. 24, 1920, and raised in Bedford Village, attended Bedford Hills High School and Hakes Secretarial School. Her father, George McCabe Sr., was instrumental in establishing the Bedford Village Volunteer Fire Department.

As a child, she helped her Aunt Molly run the Bedford Village Library. Her love for reading and library work stayed with her throughout her life, and she ultimately chaired the library committee at Glen Eddy retirement facility in Niskayuna, where she had lived for the last eight years.

After raising her children and working for 10 years for General Foods/Kraft, Mrs. Sherry volunteered at organizations such as Northern Westchester Hospital, the American Cancer Society and the Somers Library. She was past president and an active member of the Katonah Women’s Club.

Mrs. Sherry was predeceased by her husband, Ralph E. Sherry, proprietor of pharmacies in Bedford Village, Pound Ridge and Vista. She is survived by four children, April Sherry of Niskayuna, William Bradford (Brad) Sherry of Mahopac, Maryann Wagner of Mohegan Lake and Mark Sherry of Schenectady, as well as three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. at the Union Cemetery in Bedford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Sherry’s memory to the American Cancer Society or the Bedford Village Fire Department at

Thomas J. Weldon, 59, of Bedford Hills

Thomas J. Weldon, age 59, a 25-year resident of Bedford Hills, died Tuesday, Aug. 30, at home.

Mr. Weldon was born Feb. 11, 1952, in Mount Kisco. He was the son of the late David J. and the late Mary (Wade) Weldon.

Mr. Weldon was an auto mechanic for many years. He was known for his love of golf and long motorcycle rides. He always had a good story or joke, and he will be remembered for the courage and strength he had facing health battles.

He is survived by his wife, Denise Weldon; his sons, Thomas Jr. and Clifford; his grandchildren, Thaddeus, Kevin, Thomas and Meagan; and his brothers, David, Eddie, Michael, Brian, George and Martin; as well as so many good friends including Ross and Dave.

Services were private.

Richard G. Webb, former Pound Ridge resident

Richard G. Webb, 79, a finance executive and antiques dealer, died of complications from cancer and pneumonia on Saturday, July 30, in Newport, R.I.

Mr. Webb was born May 11, 1932, and was raised in Tulsa, Okla. His parents were Judge William Leslie Webb and Cora Kroshus Webb. His great-grandfather was an Indian agent at the time when Oklahoma was an Indian Territory. He graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, in 1954 and then came east for the first time to attend Harvard Business School, where he received his M.B.A. in 1956. After graduating, he took a two-year commission at the Army Finance Center at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana, where he and his first wife, Pat Wagdin, started their family.

Mr. Webb’s business career commenced with McKinsey & Co in 1959, followed by Mobil Oil, ITT, and Illinois Tool Works. He was CFO for Interstate Brands, General Host, and ended his corporate business career as CFO and treasurer of Grolier Publishing. He was an avid follower of markets all his life.

Mr. Webb remarried in 1980, joining with Judith Dodge to bring together the two families from their previous marriages, settling in Pound Ridge.

He loved to travel, and his favorite trip took place in 1992, just after retirement from the corporate world. He and his wife took off on a four-month trip, exploring Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific, including Tahiti and Bora Bora, where he celebrated his 60th birthday. He credited that trip with the decision they made for him to join Antique Associates, his wife’s established fine arts and antiques business. Their business was located in Stamford, Conn., and at home in Pound Ridge.

In July 2005, after winding down their business, they moved to Newport, R.I. Every summer afternoon Mr. Webb could be found doing his half-mile swim at Second Beach, followed by a good book.

Mr. Webb was active in civic and nonprofit organizations for many years. From 1987 to 1989 he was chairman of the regional YMCA when a new Y was built under his leadership in Brookfield, Conn. Then in Newport, he was finance chairman at Channing Memorial Church while the church was undergoing a substantial historic preservation effort, and later he served as endowment chairman. Additionally, he served on the Newport Trust & Investment Commission from 2007-2011 and was a member of the advisory council for the Salve Regina University Business School.

Mr. Webb enjoyed reading and many forms of wordplay. He was a member of the East Providence Library Great Books Discussion Group for many years and took numerous literature classes at the Salve Circle of Scholars program.

A devoted Mets fan, he followed the games and players stats up to the day he died.

Mr. Webb is survived by Judy Webb, his wife of 31 years; his children from his first marriage, Catherine Anne Webb and her husband, David Dunlap; Andrea Susan Webb and her husband, Timothy Hoover; Nicholas Leslie Webb and his wife, Susan; his stepchildren Mara Dodge, Karen Dodge, Jennifer Dodge, Christopher Dodge and his wife, Hilary Berkman; and his mother-in-law, Louise Harris. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Molly, Emma, Tess, Kyle, Dmitri, Lucy, Esme and Nate. His brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Gretchen Webb of Tulsa, also survive him.

According to his wishes, his ashes will be scattered at sea and, on Saturday, Sept. 17, a memorial service celebration of his life will be held at Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St., in Newport, at 11 a.m. The public is invited and a reception will follow.

In his memory, donations may be made to Visiting Nurses of Newport & Bristol Counties or the Newport Hospital Foundation.

Frances Drake, former elementary school teacher

Announcement has been made of the recent death of Frances Bourgeois Drake of Katonah.

Born Oct 12, 1922, in Brooklyn, Ms. Drake wed Edward Stanley Drake of New Britain, Conn., on Feb. 21, 1952. They were married for 44 years until his death in May 1996.

She was a loving cousin to Adele Gollan, John Frohner and Edith Foley.

Ms. Drake “was a graduate of New York State College for Teachers, Class of 1944, and was an elementary school teacher for a number of years,” family members said. “Frances and her husband were dedicated world travelers and patrons of the Katonah Village Library, Katonah Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Northern Westchester Hospital.”

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Aug. 10 at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Malverne, L.I. Interment followed at St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village, Queens.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ms. Drake’s memory may be sent to the Katonah Museum of Art and the Katonah Village Library.

Arrangements were handled by Flinch and Bruns Funeral Home in Lynbrook, L.I.

Betty Lou Repanti, lifelong resident

Betty Lou Repanti, lifelong resident of Bedford Hills and Mount Kisco, died Monday, Aug. 8. “Betty Lou will be remembered for her love and devotion to her family,” relatives said.

Ms. Repanti is survived by her son, Albert (A.J.), and her daughter, Susan (Peter) Welch; her sister, Joyce Smith; and grandchildren John, Rebecca, Julie and Jaclyn.

A service takes place tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 13, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Mount Kisco.

Arrangements are being handled by Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home in Mount Kisco.

Florence C. Rakow, former Bedford resident

Florence C. Rakow, known as Dot or Dotsy, a former Bedford resident, died peacefully on July 29 at the age of 96.

Mrs. Rakow was born in New York City on Oct. 27, 1914, to Frank and Florence Graser Capalino. Growing up, she had an avid interest in tap dancing and piano. For a short while, she headed a small dancing school. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Long Island University, she married Otto Rakow on Oct. 12, 1938. They moved to Bedford in 1955. While raising their children, Mrs. Rakow received her Master of Science degree in elementary education from Western Connecticut State University. She was a much-loved teacher at Bedford Elementary School, where she contributed much toward the enhancement of reading and mathematics instruction. In 1978, she retired after 20 years, and remained in touch with some students throughout her life.

While a resident of Bedford, Mrs. Rakow was an active member of the Bedford Village Chowder and Marching Club and the Bedford Garden Club. In 1983, she and her husband moved to Boynton Beach, Fla., where Mrs. Rakow was an active tap dancer and performer in community musicals well into her 70s. She returned to the Northeast in 2003, residing with several of her children. Most recently, she lived in Fairfax, Va.

Mr. and Mrs. Rakow and their five children spent many summers at their cottage on Peach Lake in North Salem. She created many clever costumes for her children for the community’s annual Mardi Gras. They usually won first place. She will be remembered for her caring spirit and sense of humor.

Mrs. Rakow was predeceased by Otto Rakow, her husband of 49 years, in 1987. She later married Leo Land, who also predeceased her. She is survived by her three sons: William, and his wife, Linda, of Fairfax, Va.; Eugene of Rutland, Vt.; Donald and his wife, Chris, of Missoula, Mont.; two daughters: Marylin Leslie and her husband, Philip, of North Salem and Lois Trieb of Honeoye Falls; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick s Church in Bedford. Memorial contributions are welcome to the Parkinson Alliance, P.O. Box 308, Kingston, NJ 08528-0308.

Sam Frederick Seymour, former Pound Ridge resident

Sam Frederick Seymour, formerly of Pound Ridge, died June 9.

Born Oct. 1, 1922, the eldest of four sons of Sam Houston Seymour and Marjorie Scofield Seymour, in Chattanooga, Tenn., Mr. Seymour grew up in Pound Ridge and for the past 16 years lived in Denver with his wife, Barbara Baggs, of Wyoming.

Mr. Seymour attended a one-room schoolhouse in Pound Ridge and graduated from Katonah High School as salutatorian. He served as an ensign in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Indian Island during World War II. After the war he graduated from Union College, received an M.A. from Stanford and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago. After working a short time for the Rand Corporation, Mr. Seymour dedicated his life to teaching. He taught at several colleges including Tufts University, American University, the University of Oregon and for 28 years at Northern Illinois University, where he was, for a number of years, chairman of the sociology department.

Mr. Seymour and his wife were married for 61 years. They had no children. He is survived by two brothers, Willard, of New Canaan, Conn., and Dorin, of New York City. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Fred Baggs, of Wyoming, and a sister-in-law, Eunice Scofield, of Maryland, the wife of his late brother Houston. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Joanne Halligan of South Salem, Bill Seymour of Honesdale, Pa., Jeff Seymour of Pound Ridge and Gunnar Wheeler of Dover Plains. Services were held in Cheyenne.

Ilona Nancy Costa Pemberton, former Bedford Hills resident  

Ilona Nancy Costa Pemberton died peacefully at the age of 68 on Dec. 23, 2010, surrounded by her children.

Ms. Pemberton grew up in Bedford Hills, and lived in Ohio, Belgium, Massachusetts, Florida, Michigan and Maine. She was the daughter of Joseph A. Costa, M.D., and Helen S. Latinka Costa of Bedford Hills, South Harwich, Mass., and Lake Worth, Fla.

Ms. Pemberton is survived by her brother, John L. Costa, M.D., and his wife, Linda Ash Costa, and her sister, Concelia Costa Burton, and her husband, Peter. She is also survived by her children: John Stout; Colleen Stout Calo; Jennifer Stout Mercier and her husband, Glen; Laura Stout White and her husband, Robert; Rob Pemberton; Jennifer Pemberton; and Joseph Pemberton and his wife, Amber; along with her grandchildren Nicholas Dillon-Stout, Oliver Dillon-Stout, Justin Pemberton, Zachary White, Skye Calo, Samantha White, Cyle Pemberton, Kyle Mercier, Milo Pemberton, Abigail Pemberton and Madeline Pemberton.

A memorial service in celebration of her life was held in the Chapel at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne on June 24. Inurnment followed. There will also be a family reunion, in one of her favorite places, Cape Cod, near Skinequit Pond and Red River Beach on Nantucket Sound.

Louise Kalinowski McQuade, longtime Katonah resident

Louise Kalinowski McQuade of Katonah died Thursday, June 16, at Westchester Medical Center. She was 72 and a 22-year resident of Katonah.

Born in Manhattan on June 1, 1939, to Lillian and Ludwig “Bob” Kalinowski of Garden City, Ms. McQuade was a graduate of Garden City High School and Empire State College in Saratoga Springs in 1981. She earned her J.D. from Pace University School of Law in White Plains in 1984, passed the New York State Bar in 1985 and practiced as an attorney specializing in matrimonial law and family court practice. She maintained an active law practice in Carmel until she retired in 2000.

Ms. McQuade married John K. McQuade in 1969. They made their home in North Salem for 18 years before moving to Katonah.

Family members note that in addition to her beloved husband, Ms. McQuade is survived and will be enormously missed by her dear sister, Lorry Fitch of Hendersonville, N.C.; her loving children, Dr. Gary (Catherine) Hayes, Douglas Hayes, Cindy Sheffield and Dr. Jennifer (Timothy) McQuade. In addition, she was blessed with nine grandchildren: Kevin, Austin, Olivia, Michael, Jonathan, Matthew, Kimberly, Isabelle and Alexander.

Mrs. McQuade was preceded in death by her parents. 

“Her vivacious spirit will be missed,” family members continue. “Louise was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and loved cultivating her garden, orchids and pottery. She loved to celebrate the differences in people and cultures and enjoyed her travels to Europe, Russia and China. She was a member of the Katonah Women’s Civic Association, the Greater Westchester Orchid Society and the Clay Art Center of Port Chester. Louise will be remembered for her warm, gentle smile, her devotion and advocacy for the handicapped, and her creative, artistic approach.”

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Bedford Village on Wednesday, June 22.

Arrangements were handled by Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Liver Foundation at

Albert Louis Pellini

Albert Louis Pellini of Katonah was born in Providence, R.I., on Dec. 30, 1939. He is survived by his wife Marilyn (Romano) Pellini; his son, Michael Pellini of Shrewsbury, Mass., and his wife, Dr. Jane Molinari and grandchildren, Catherine and Elizabeth. He also leaves his daughter, Dr. Lynn Dykstra, her husband, Dr. Bennett Dykstra, and grandchildren Bennett and Ethan of Kalispell, Mont.

Mr. Pellini’s family said he “was doing what he loved best, fishing on Cuttyhunk Island off the coast of Massachusetts, when he died on June 14. He was an avid fisherman, and in 1984 caught the second-largest striped bass from shore recorded in the world for that year, weighing in at more than 62 pounds. He also had many other noteworthy catches including his second-largest fish of 48 pounds, caught last fall off Montauk.”

He attended Classical High School and was a graduate of Boston College in 1961. Mr. Pellini recently celebrated his 50th reunion at Boston College, where he saw classmates he had not seen since graduation. He was so proud to be considered a “Golden Eagle.”

After college, Mr. Pellini attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. His working career was spent with Continental Can Company and then with Advanced Monobloc, a part of CCL Industries of Canada, where he was the senior vice president of sales and marketing. At that time, his company was the largest producer of aluminum aerosol cans in North America.

In 1991, Mr. Pellini served as chairman of the board of the Chemical Specialties Manufacturing Association (now CSPA), an association of more than 500 major U.S. companies. He also served as chairman of the Aerosol Board for that same group, served on its board for many years and headed many other committees.

Mr. Pellini also leaves behind his brother, Paul Pellini of Reading, Mass., and a sister, Virginia Cristi of Millis, Mass., along with many nieces and nephews, and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law. He was predeceased by his sister Anna Vierra; his mother, Mary Pellini; and his father, Amerigo Pellini of East Greenwich, R.I.

Mr. Pellini’s community was important to him and he served on the Katonah Village Improvement Society, the citizens nominating committee, and the Friends of the Katonah Village Library. He was an active leader in the Boy Scouts Troop 1 of Katonah and a member of Rotary Club for many years.

According to family members, “Al had an infectious laugh and all who knew him delighted in his company. He was so loved and the void he leaves will never be filled.”

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Mercy Church in East Greenwich, R.I. Burial was at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Cranston, R.I.

A memorial service takes place this Monday, June 27, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Katonah.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kidney Cancer Association at would be appreciated, as Mr. Pellini was a two-time survivor of kidney cancer.

Ruthevelyn (Evelyn) Pim Zwick, former Pound Ridge resident

Ruthevelyn “Evelyn” Pim Zwick, formerly of Pound Ridge, died on May 11 in Haverford, Pa., at the age of 88.

Mrs. Zwick graduated from Vassar College in 1944. After working as an elementary school teacher at Tule Lake Relocation Center in California, she earned a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Chicago. She married Fred Zwick in 1950, and they moved to Pound Ridge in 1957. Mrs. Zwick was an active member of many local organizations, most especially the Bedford Central School District board of education, the League of Women Voters, the Pound Ridge Ambulance Corps and the volunteers of Northern Westchester Hospital. She was the recipient, with her husband, of the Pound Ridge Good Neighbor Award.

Mrs. Zwick was preceded in death by her parents, Harold E. and Ruth W. Pim, and her husband. She is survived by her children: David Zwick and his wife, Wendy; Peter Zwick and his wife, Cindy; Heidi Drake and her husband, Larry; Meg Keydel and her husband, John; Lola Goldberg and her husband, Peter; and Nancy Jendrzejczyk and her husband, Brian; and 10 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a future date. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Pound Ridge Ambulance Corps at 89 Westchester Ave., P.O. Box 237, Pound Ridge, NY 10576 or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America at

Edwin D. Brooke Jr., Bedford Hills resident

Edwin D. “Dave” Brooke Jr., 65, of Bedford Hills died Wednesday, June 1, at home.

Mr. Brooke was born April 6, 1946, in Stanford, Fla. He was the son of Dorothy Lamberton and the late Edwin D. Brooke. He served his country in the Marine Corps for 15 years.

Mr. Brooke was employed by U.S. Postal Service in White Plains as a computer programmer. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Penelope (Graves) Brooke.

Philip Joseph Palumbo Sr., local resident and volunteer

Philip Joseph Palumbo Sr., 89, of Mount Kisco, died peacefully Monday, May 30. Mr. Palumbo was born on February 18, 1922, in New York City to Peter and Mary Palumbo and raised in Brooklyn by his parents and his aunt and uncle, Minnie and Joseph Pignataro.

Mr. Palumbo was educated at Pratt Institute and graduated from Bridgeport Engineering Institute with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He worked for many years for Norden Systems, a division of United Technologies, in Norwalk, Conn.

He was involved in civic activities as a member of the parking commission in Mount Kisco, was a Eucharistic minister at his parish of St. Francis of Assisi, volunteered with the Mount Kisco Little League and Meals on Wheels and was a member and officer at the Mount Kisco Senior Center.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes Palumbo (nee Grogan); his 12 children and their spouses: Philip Jr., John, Thomas (Audrey Fort), Catherine (Windell Smythe), Joseph (Ginger Smith), Mary (John Seaboldt), Margaret (Edward Dinnen), Christine (Wayne Turnbull), Lisa (David Sanchez), Francis (Susan), Michael and Matthew (Ann Marie); and his 12 grandchildren, Andrew, Evan, Taylor, Ian, Mariah, Jonathan, Sean, Colin, Peter, Camil, Diriangen and Sandino; as well as a host of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Thomas, Francis and Anthony; his daughter-in-law Amy Rabinowitz; his nephews Robert Palumbo and Patrick Grogan, and his grandchildren Emily Smythe and Casey Michael Seaboldt.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Mount Kisco, followed by interment at St. Francis Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Church or the Mount Kisco Senior Center.

  1. J.Gordon Compton dies, formerly of Bedford

J. Gordon Compton, 88, of Menands, N.Y., formerly of Bedford, died Thursday, May 26, at Albany Memorial Hospital.

Born in Flushing, Queens, on Feb. 18, 1923, he was the son of the late Joseph Henry Compton and Julia Cosgrove Compton. He was a graduate of the McBurney School, Lehigh University with a degree in business administration, Rutgers University and the Stonier School of Banking.

Mr. Compton was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps as a pilot aboard a B-17, and the Korean War, serving with the U.S. Air Force as a pilot flying C-119s.

Mr. Compton began his career in banking with the Corn Exchange Bank and later served as president of Tappan Zee National Bank; Chemical Bank, where he was a regional president; Community State Bank, where he was president; and finally with First American Bank in Albany, where he served as president.

He was active with the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Compton was an Eagle Scout with Troop 1 in Flushing, where he was a life member and on the troop committee. He was treasurer and president of the Westchester-Putnam Council, BSA, and treasurer of Troop 97 in Manhasset.

Mr. Compton was a board member of the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society, a board member and board president of the Albany Rural Cemetery, a member of the Schuyler Meadows Club and a communicant of St. Pius X Church in Loudonville.

He was the husband of Constance “Connie” Wilder Compton and father of Susan C. Bruce and her husband, Robert, of Wilmot, N.H., formerly of Pound Ridge and New Canaan, Conn.; Willard G. Compton and his wife, Ann, of Southbury, Conn.; and David J. Compton and his wife, Peg, of Fayetteville. Survivors include eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial Mass was celebrated yesterday, June 2, at St. Pius X Church. Inurnment followed in Albany Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Friends of Albany Rural Cemetery, Cemetery Avenue, Menands, NY 12204. Arrangements are by the Bowen & Parker Bros. Funeral Home in Latham, with a condolence book at

Marylyn Rosenblum, educational technology innovator

Marylyn Rosenblum, of Katonah, and Bayside, Maine, age 65, died at Northern Westchester Hospital early Thursday morning, May 26.

Born Marylyn Berkowitz to Leon and Raynor Berkowitz on Jan. 18, 1946, she was raised in the Bronx and in Tenafly, N.J. She attended Boston University and Bard College before moving to New York City, where she worked in publishing. Ms. Rosenblum spent three decades as an executive and consultant in educational technology. She was a pioneer in educational software, electronic information resources and early Internet content at CBS, Trintex (Prodigy), Grolier, Broderbund and others. She mentored many female executives in her field. After many years away, she returned to school and completed her Bachelor of Science degree at SUNY Empire State College in 2003.

In 1969 she married Harry A. Rosenblum Jr. in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. The couple moved to Katonah in 1972 and raised their sons, Harry and Aaron, there and in Petaluma, Calif. She spent summers at the family cottage in Maine reading, knitting, picking blueberries, baking and canning.

An avid knitter, she helped found the Taconic Knitting Program, which teaches incarcerated women to knit for themselves, their communities and their loved ones.

She is survived by her husband and sons, siblings Stan Berkowitz and Barbara Kleyman, daughter-in-law Taylor Erkkinen and granddaughter Moxie. She was predeceased by her sister Joan Berkowitz.

A memorial service will be held at the covered shelter in Katonah Memorial Park on Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m. 

Donations to the Taconic Knitting Program can be made to the Westchester Knitting Guild, c/o Dorothy Freeman, 43 Morningside Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.

Bernard E. Lynch, longtime Katonah resident

Bernard E. Lynch, a longtime retail executive at major New York stores who enjoyed a second career as a college administrator and instructor, died on Friday, May 20. He was 83 and had lived in Katonah for 56 years.

Born in Hamden, Conn., in 1928, the son of Bernard and Dorothy Coffey Lynch, Mr. Lynch was a graduate of Fordham University and received an MBA from New York University. A U.S. Army veteran who served in postwar Japan, he met the former Ann-Marie Brady when she was a student at Fordham, and the two were married in the spring of 1951. Mr. Lynch began his retail career at Wallach’s, a chain of New York City men’s stores, and after 13 years as a buyer at Macy’s, moved up through the executive ranks at New York-area Macy’s, Gimbels and Alexander’s department stores. He joined Baruch College of the City University of New York in 1990 as director of business programs, continuing and professional studies, where he also taught management courses. After his retirement in 2003, he served as an adjunct instructor at Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business in the department of management until 2008. He also taught marketing at Westchester Community College. He took an active interest in his students and enjoyed helping them attain their career goals.

Mr. Lynch moved to Katonah from the Bronx in 1955. The father of six children, he was active in the community and at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where he was a lector. Well into his 70s, he continued to play ice hockey in local leagues, took up golf and held season tickets for West Point football, where he introduced many of his grandchildren to the joys and excitement of a fall afternoon at Michie Stadium. He joined his family each summer for the past 20 years in a week in Martha’s Vineyard.

He was a past president and member of the board of directors of the Katonah Memorial Park Association, and was instrumental in the building of the town swimming pool, where several of his children and grandchildren still spend summers.

Besides his wife, Ann-Marie, his survivors include his children, Thomas Lynch and his wife, Gael, of Newtown, Conn., and their children Matthew, Caitlin and Timothy; Kathleen Robinson and her husband, Brian, of San Francisco, Calif., and their son, Sean; Eileen Meyer and her husband, Peter, of Falmouth, Mass., and their children, T.C. and Annie; Patricia Moss and her husband, Brian, of North Salem, and their children Caroline, Ben and Lucy; John Lynch and his wife, Francesca, of Katonah and their children, Ryan, Kevin and Michaela; and James Lynch and his wife, Marilena, of Katonah and their children Dylan, Julia, Andrew and Liam. He is also survived by his sister Barbara Ortoleva and her husband, Guy, and his sister Carol Driscoll. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Mary’s Church, Katonah. Interment followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne.

Mary Elizabeth Keleher, mother of local resident

Mary Elizabeth Keleher, mother of Pound Ridge resident Cathy Keleher Mishkin, died Tuesday, April 5, at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. Mrs. Keleher was born May 3, 1922, to Lloyd and Eileen Kissick in Kansas City, Mo.

She attended St. Teresa’s Academy and St. Teresa’s College, where she earned a degree in music. Graduation from college was quickly followed by her marriage to William (Bill) Owen Keleher. Over their 57 years together, they raised a family of eight.

She was an avid bridge player and musician/organist. Her performance days continued throughout her life, as she served as an organist for the parishes she attended as well as at family gatherings.

Mrs. Keleher was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Eileen; her brother, Lloyd Jr.; and her husband, Bill. She is survived by her children, Mary Northcutt (Robert), Catherine Mishkin (Richard), William Keleher (Jeanette), Michael Keleher (Tarese), Patricia Davis, Barbara Marasco (George), Joan Hail (Christopher) and Thomas Keleher (Dana), along with 22 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

Contributions can be made in her memory to Pro Arte Singers, P.O. Box 4251, Stamford, CT 06907.

Albert Link Jr., Model A enthusiast

Albert Link Jr., 88, of Somers, died of cancer on Thursday, April 28, at Northern Westchester Hospital. Mr. Link was born Aug. 5, 1922, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late Anne W. (Jones) Link and the late Ernest Albert Link. He was a 1944 graduate of New York University and a World War II Navy veteran.

Mr. Link is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth M. (Dennison) Link, and two children: his daughter, Lucinda A. Rafferty, her husband, James P. Rafferty, and their two sons, Jason A. and Devin M. Rafferty; and his son, Albert D. Link, and his wife, Patricia D. Link, their son, Andrew D., and their daughter, Colleen A. Link.

Mr. Link worked as a manager for the New York Telephone Company for 38 years, retiring in 1982. He was a founding member of the Westchester Chapter of the Model A Club of America. He was a lifelong musician and played saxophone in two area bands: the Norm Hathaway Big Band and the Pleasantville Fire Department Band.

Katherine Ann Kelly Heller, longtime Bedford resident

Katherine Ann Kelly Heller died at her home on April 24, Easter Sunday, surrounded by her daughters.

Born in New York in 1931, Mrs. Heller was a resident of Bedford for more than 50 years. She attended Marymount College and married the late Frank Blanchfield Heller, her cousin’s roommate from Canterbury School.

She was a successful real estate broker in Bedford Village and in the ’80s was named the top agent in Westchester County.

For many years she was on the board of St. Vincent’s Hospital and The Lighthouse for the Blind and was a Eucharistic minister at St. Patrick’s Church. She was also actively involved with Marymount secondary school in Tarrytown and the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich.

Mrs. Heller is survived by her nine daughters: Kelly Heller of Washington, D.C.; Holly Hewitt of Fairfield, Conn.; Mary Pool of Greenwich, Conn.; Victoria Patterson of Katonah; Cecilia Glazebrook of South Salem; Elizabeth Akers of Bedford Hills; Alexandra Heller of Pound Ridge; Christine Seaman; and Sarah Heller of New York City, as well as 15 grandchildren: Catherine and Andrew Hernandez; Ann, John and David Hewitt; Heller, Harry, Field and Merriwether Pool; Tom and Henry Patterson, Larkin and Otis Glazebrook; and Frank and Andi Seaman. She was predeceased by her husband and granddaughter Margaret Hernandez.

A memorial service will be held in her honor at St. Patrick’s Church on the Village Green in Bedford on May 5 at noon. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice of Westchester.

Hobart D. Lewis, longtime Reader’s Digest exec

Hobart D. Lewis, formerly of Bedford, died on April 1. He was 101 years old.

Mr. Lewis graduated from Mercersburg Academy and Princeton University. In 1942 he began a long career working for Lila and Dewitt Wallace, founders of the Reader’s Digest. He was an executive editor for 22 years, and in 1961 he became vice president of the Digest. When the Wallaces retired in 1965, they handed the reins over to Hobart Lewis.

An article in Time Magazine dated 1/01/65 stated:

“Hobe Lewis was both the predicted and the predictable choice. When he came to the Digest in 1942, his only experience was in advertising; everything he learned about journalism he learned from the Wallaces. Lewis proved a good student and rose rapidly on the masthead. He had a thorough working knowledge of the business side of publishing, but he also became, say his colleagues, one of the best story editors in the business.”

Mr. Lewis traveled with Richard Nixon’s 1960 presidential campaign as the Wallaces’ deputy, and in 1962 they began shifting some of their administrative burdens to him. He retired from Reader’s Digest in 1976.

Mr. Lewis was predeceased by his wife, Edith, and his daughter, Heather. He is survived by his family: Paul Lewis and his wife, Jean; Linda Lewis Donn and her husband, Dr. Anthony Donn; and Timothy Lewis and his partner, Richard McKeon. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Beth Lewis Jackson, Kirsten Lewis Askildsen, Alexander Donn and Cassin Donn Duncan, and one great-grandchild, Phoebe Donn.

A memorial service was held on April 6 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bedford. Memorial contributions can be made to Downtown Music at Grace, 33 Church St., White Plains NY 10601-1902 or at

Edna (Dede) M. Persina, local resident

Edna (Dede) M. Persina, 90, died peacefully in her home March 30.

“Dede,” as she was called, was the daughter of James A. and Marie Hynes Deering. She was a graduate of the Villa Maria School and Berkeley Secretarial School in New York. She last worked at the Coldwell Banker real estate office in Bedford. She was a parishioner at St. Matthew’s Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Laura J. Sturz, and her husband, Paul Sturz, of Pound Ridge; three grandchildren, Kimberly, and her husband, Greg Gaynor, of Bedford; Christian, and his wife, Margot Sturz, of New Canaan, Conn.; and Shannon Sturz of Greenwich, Conn. Mrs. Persina had four great-grandchildren: Charlie, Lindsey, and James Gaynor and Carolena Sturz. She is also survived by her brother, Robert Deering, of Queens.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 6, at 3 p.m. at St. Matthew's Church, 382 Cantitoe St., Bedford.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthew’s Church, P.O. Box 293, Bedford NY 10576.

Robert Jackson Best, longtime Bedford resident

Robert Jackson Best, 84, died March 25, surrounded by his family, at home in Bedford, where he lived for 45 years.

He is survived by his wife, Carol, of 50 years; five children, Anne Tucker, Kate Ginnell, Robert Best Jr., Stacey Lambert, Jim Best and their spouses; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson. He is also survived by his brother, Edward Best.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, March 29, at St. Patrick’s Church, Bedford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to My Second Home, Radio Circle, Mount Kisco, or VNA Hospice, Tarrytown Road, Tarrytown.

Ellen Hyman-Browne, former area resident

Ellen Hyman-Browne, 59, died at home in Philadelphia, where she was born, on March 29, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Ms. Hyman-Browne attended school in Lower Merion, graduated from Temple University, and earned her L.L.M. and J.D. from Villanova Law School, and her M.P.H. from the Columbia University School of Public Health. She taught law at Nova Law School in Fort Lauderdale,  Fla., Pace Law School in White Plains and CUNY Law School in Queens before her career in medical research compliance at Beth Israel Medical Center, Columbia University, NYU, and most recently as the director of research compliance at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

She lived in North Salem for many years and was a member of the Jewish Family Congregation in South Salem. She had many friends in the Bedford area. Her husband, Patrick Browne, works as a realtor for Houlihan Lawrence in Katonah.

Ms. Hyman-Browne is survived by her husband; sons Aaron and AJ Browne; daughter Melanie Browne Donoghue; grandchildren Jezabelle, Willow and Reed; brother Steven Hyman; sister-in-law Susan Afriat; nephew Ari; and niece Emily Afriat Hyman; other cousins and their families; and countless friends in Philadelphia, New York and Westchester.

Louise (Schildt) Hall, former Bedford Hills resident

Louise (Schildt) Hall, 85, formerly of Bedford Hills and Cobleskill, died at the Cascades in Bethel on Sunday, Feb. 13.

Mrs. Hall was born on Feb. 6, 1926, in Oldenbrok, Germany, daughter of the late Louis and Henriette (Freels) Schildt.

Mrs. Hall graduated from Mount Kisco High School. She held many positions with the Bedford Central School District, retiring as a secretary of the AV department.

In addition to her husband of 61 years, Bertil, she is survived by her son, Glenn Hall, and his wife, Dana, of Newtown, Conn.; her four daughters, Lynn Martin and her husband, James, of New Hampshire; Dale Osborne and her husband, Bruce, of Katonah; Leslie Guest and her husband, Rodger, of Bedford Hills; and Carol Diebold and her husband, Thomas, of Brewster; along with nine grandchildren, Michaela and Mark Hall, Bradley and Erika Osborne, Kristin and Brandon Guest, Sean, Nicole, and Cameron Diebold. She is also survived by her brother, Herbert Schildt, and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 9, at 11 a.m. at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 15 South Bedford Road, Mount Kisco. Cremation and interment will take place at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, 405 Main St., Danbury, CT 06810 or to Zion St. John’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 151, Sharon Springs, NY 13459.

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Sally Chapman Ledes, Katonah resident

Sally Chapman Ledes (Sara Macgill Chapman) died in the early morning of March 25 from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease.

Born Oct. 26, 1927, in Baltimore, Md., Mrs. Ledes was a member of the Colonial Dames of America and the Mount Vernon Club. She was a longtime resident of Katonah and Manhattan but traveled extensively. She was an active volunteer in local charitable organizations, as well as an executive director of the American Friends of Blerancourt, a restoration and fundraising organization for the Musee de Blerancourt in Blerancourt, France.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, John G. Ledes; two daughters, L. Bayly Ledes-Daviau of New York City, and Sara L. Aiken of Annapolis, Md.; two sons, George M. Ledes and Richard C. Ledes, both of New York City; and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at St. Matthew’s Church in Bedford on April 2 at 3 p.m. The family requests that donations be made in Mrs. Ledes’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601 or at

Caroline Hardenbergh Ohler, of Pound Ridge

Caroline Hardenbergh Ohler, wife of the late David Ohler, died on Sunday, March 27, at her home in Pound Ridge.

Mrs. Ohler was born on Sept. 1, 1929, in New York City. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hardenbergh of Bedford Hills.

Mrs. Ohler graduated from the Rippowam School, the Emma Willard School and Briarcliff College. She lived in the Bedford area for most of her life and had worked in the real estate office of Vincent & Whittemore in Bedford Village.

Mrs. Ohler is survived by her sons, Stephen H. Ohler of Bedford Hills and Philip E. Ohler of Katonah; her daughter, Caroline W. Ohler, of South Salem; and her four grandchildren, Nicholas D. Ohler, Sophia V. Ohler, Haley C. Miller and Henry C. Ohler.

Rocco Sardanelli, Bedford Hills resident

Rocco Sardanelli, 85, of Bedford Hills, died March 26 at Salem Hills Health Care Center in Purdys.

He was born Oct. 24, 1925, in Pizzo, Calabro, Calabria, Italy, to Domenico and Concetta Montelione Sardanelli.

Mr. Sardanelli is survived by his daughters, Tina Sardanelli, Lia Hobbs, Mickey Sardanelli and Maria Swain; his grandchildren, Samantha Hobbs, Alexandra Swain and Ian Swain; and his brothers, Joseph and Anthony Sardanelli. He was predeceased by his wife, Chiata.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, March 30, at St. Mary of the Assumption R.C. Church in Katonah, followed by interment at All Souls Cemetery, Pleasantville.

Leonarda (Jackiewicz) Wielawski, longtime Bedford Hills resident

Leonarda (Jackiewicz) Wielawski, who survived a German labor camp in World War II, found her way to America and learned English partly by watching movies at the Bedford Playhouse, died on March 13 at Northern Westchester Hospital. She was 90.

Mrs. Wielawski, known to friends as Lee, worked as a real estate agent for several local companies after her husband died in 1968. Before that, she was a homemaker, raising three children and holding leadership roles in volunteer organizations, including the Fox Lane High School PTA, the League of Women Voters and the Northern Westchester Mental Health Association. She was also a Slavic languages scholar who earned two master’s degrees from Columbia University.

Born in rural eastern Poland to parents who bred horses for the Polish cavalry, Mrs. Wielawski was snatched from the streets of her hometown at age 22 by German soldiers and transported to a forced-labor camp, never to see her family again. Half a century later, she received formal reparations from the German government and the official designation of Holocaust survivor.

She met her future husband, psychiatrist Joseph L. Wielawski, after the war at a United Nations refugee camp in Germany, where she was a teacher in a makeshift school for war orphans and he was part of the international team of psychiatrists charged with evaluating the competence of accused war criminals to stand trial at Nuremberg. When they fell in love, Dr. Wielawski had silver spoons melted into wedding rings.

They emigrated to the United States, arriving with millions of other newcomers at Ellis Island. Their first home in America was in an apartment over the Bedford Playhouse in Bedford Village. Mrs. Wielawski learned English from the movies of the 1940s, making a deal with the landlord that for the price of one ticket she could see a movie as many times as she liked. Thus in her spoken English and bearing were whiffs of Bacall, Hepburn and Stanwyck.

In 1955, the couple built a house on Roosevelt Drive in Bedford Hills, where Dr. Wielawski had a medical office as well as one in New York City, and also served as a psychiatric consultant to the former Hillcrest Center for Children, now Kasho on Harris Road.

Mrs. Wielawski’s wish to remain in her home — a symbol of the life she and her husband rebuilt after the devastation of World War II — was sustained by her family, friends and neighbors. Many knew her as an avid gardener and lover of the outdoors who could be seen trimming shrubs, mowing the lawn, and undertaking new gardening projects to the very end of her life.

Mrs. Wielawski is survived by her children, Edward J. Wielawski of Boston, Irene Wielawski Mulligan of Pound Ridge and Andrew R. Wielawski of Seravezza, Italy; four grandchildren, Emily Mulligan of Boston, Andrew Mulligan of Brooklyn, Leon Wielawski and Sophia Wielawski, both of Seravezza, Italy; a son-in-law, Thomas Mulligan of Pound Ridge, and a daughter-in-law, Irena (Przybylo) Wielawska of Seravezza, Italy.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church in Bedford Village at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 18. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Women’s Civic Club of Katonah, 71 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY 10536, where Mrs. Wielawski was a member and thrift shop volunteer for many years.

May (Healy) Lowney, former Katonah resident

May (Healy) Lowney, 82, formerly of Katonah, died March 3 after a long illness.

Mrs. Lowney was born on Dec. 30, 1928, in Mount Kisco and lived in Katonah for 80 years before moving to Califon, N.J., to live with her daughter.

She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Katonah and from the Woods Business School in New York.  She worked as a teacher’s aide for 23 years at Bedford Hills Elementary School.

Mrs. Lowney is survived by her husband of 58 years, John T. Lowney, of Califon, N.J.; sons Thomas, of Rochester, and Paul and his wife, Robin, of Jeffersonville, Vt; daughters Barbara Hardt of North Branford, Conn., and Janet Matukaitis and her husband, Paul, of Califon, N.J. and seven grandchildren: Darin, Matthew, Bryon, Kasey, Christopher, Jennifer, and Nicholas.

She was predeceased by her son John and her son-in-law Edwin Hardt.

Mrs. Lowney was the sister of Margaret Helmes of Katonah and Gus Healy of Clementon, N.J., and was predeceased by her sister Claire Reynolds, of North Salem, and brother Joseph Healy, of North Branford, Conn.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary’s Church in Katonah, followed by interment at St. Francis Cemetery in Mount Kisco. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to The Little Brook Home in Califon, N.J.

Robert Wayne Manfrida, Katonah resident

Robert Wayne Manfrida, 58, of Katonah died Thursday, March 3, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

Mr. Manfrida was born in New Rochelle on Aug, 24, 1952. He was a graduate of Iona College. He was the director of financial resources at U.S. Tobacco in Greenwich, Conn.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn; his sons, Stephen, of Somerville, Mass., and Michael, of Katonah; his brothers, Edward G. and John C. of Bonaire, Ga.; and a sister, Jacqueline Lyons, of Warner Robins, Ga.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 12, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption R.C. Church, 117 Valley Road, Katonah. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, 525 East 68th St., Box 123, New York NY 10065.