G-M Obituaries
updated as of 30Nov2007

Elizabeth Anne (Betty) Garlick passed away on Friday, February 18, 2005. Born October 8, 1931 at Nyack Hospital to William J. and Elizabeth M. Dobbin. Betty graduated from Pearl River High School and attended SUNY at Oneonta, was chosen as the best 4H'er of New York in 1951 as a result of pursuing a career in Home Economics. Later in life Betty went to RCC and received an associate's degree in nursing and worked as an RN at Nyack Hospital for 20 years. She was a member of Episcopal Church Women of St. John's Church of New City, member of Parents Without Partners, Bon Aire Senior Citizens Club, Haverstraw Senior Citizens Club and Rockland Community College Senior Citizens Club. Betty is survived by her long time companion Hugh Thornton, two sons Alan Garlick and his wife Anne Marie and Thomas Garlick and his wife Joanne. She is also survived by her grandchildren Tasha Widegren and husband John, Sashene Garlick, Laura Garlick, Brooke Garlick, Matthew Bibbo, William J Garlick, Thomas Garlick and four great-grandchildren. A son Cedric John Garlick and a brother William J. Dobbin, predeceased her.

Lillian L. Griffith, longtime Pearl River resident,  more recently of Beaufort, North Carolina, died peacefully at the Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, NC on March 6th, 2003, surrounded by her loving family. Daughter of the late Lillian and Frank Kowatsch, Lillian is survived by her husband William, daughter Leigh Tuohy, and sons: Gil, Todd, and Clark. She leaves cherished grandchildren: Laura, Kimberly and Giulia Griffith, William and Ann Lillian Griffith, and newborn Aidan Tuohy. She is also survived by two sisters: former Rockland County residents Shirley Dolan and Frances Powers, now living in Destin, Florida, plus a long list of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, all part of a very loving extended family. Lillian graduated from Pearl River High School and had an Associate's degree from Rockland Community College. She first worked as a customer service rep. for New York and New Jersey Bell Telephone Companies, and, after staying home to raise her children, she joined her husband Bill at Perillo-Griffith Travel Service in Pearl River. They later founded Lillian’s Cruises and Tours Inc., also in Pearl River. She was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Pearl River.

Fred Vincent Guterl at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY , on Friday morning, from complications of an automobile accident he had ten days earlier. Mr. Guterl was born on February 18, 1924 in Pearl River, NY to Alva Thompson and Fred V. Guterl. He was the oldest boy of seven children. As a child he played baseball and football. He also began doing sundry jobs at a very early age - he delivered newspapers, caddied for golfers and set up bowling pins at the local alley, among other things. In 1943 Fred joined the U.S. Marines. He served in the South Pacific during World War II. Shortly after returning from the war, he began working at Lederle Laboratories. There he met Margaret Pasinosky, who was working at the time in the infirmary as a nurse. They were married in 1946. Mr. Guterl spent the rest of his working life at Lederle. He went to school at night for many years on the G.I. Bill, earning his Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from New York University. At Lederle, he rose through the ranks to become head of chemical production, and he served for a spell as acting plant manager. He was known at Lederle as an exceptionally fair-minded and straight talking manager. One of his favorite catchphrases at the office was “better days are coming.“ At his retirement party in 1985 he pulled an oversized cigar from his jacket pocket and declared: “And now they're here!“ In retirement he indulged a passion for gardening and landscaping. For years his neighbors were treated each summer to shopping bags full of tomatoes, cucumbers and string beans the overflow from his vegetable garden. Mr. Guterl lost his oldest son, Richard, in September 1998 and his wife, Margaret in March 2002. He is survived by three sisters, and one brother. He also leaves behind his son, Fred, his daughter-in-law, Jude and grandkids; Sophie and Benjamin.  Burial at Brick Church Cemetery in Monsey.

William W. Helmke of Pearl River NY died July 4, 2000 at Nyack Hospital. He was 70. Mr. Helmke worked as a printer for Koppel Color in New Jersey. Mr. Helmke was born June 9, 1930 in Nyack NY to John H. and Gertrude Elling Helmke. Mr. Helmke was a graduate of Pearl River High School in 1949. Mr. Helmke was a member of the Excelsior Fire Engine Co. and the Pearl River Fire Department for 31 years, he is survived by daughter Deborah Sullivan-Duquette of New Hampton NY, son William W. Helmke of Middletown NY, three grandchildren, and brothers John and Lawrence. Burial St. Anthony’s Cemetery Nanuet NY.

Margaret Ann Hickey of Pearl River passed away at home surrounded by family and friends on Friday, August 12, 2005, after a long courageous battle with breast cancer. She was 41. Margaret was born May 26, 1964 in the Bronx, NY. She is survived by her devoted parents, Kathleen and Tim Hickey, her four loving sisters; Sheila Fahy, Cathy Clancy, Bernadette Carroll and Erin Layton; her brothers-in-law Joe Fahy, Peter Clancy, Michael Carroll and Dave Layton. Margaret also leaves behind nine adoring nieces and nephews, Maureen, Katie, Joseph and Grace Fahy, Bridget, Peter and Timothy Clancy and Daniel and Emma Layton. Margaret was predeceased by her sister Maureen in 1970. Margaret was a graduate of Pearl River High School and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She was an accomplished seamstress and pattern maker. Margaret was being treated at the National Institutes of Health as part of a clinical trial for the past five months. Although Margaret lost her battle with breast cancer, her sincere hope was that her contributions would help to find a cure. Interment at St. Anthony's Cemetery in Nanuet, NY.

John M. Hiebeler of Pearl River died at his home on November 25,1999. He was 78. Mr. Hiebeler worked as a Tool and Die Maker for Dexter Folder Company in Pearl River. He was a member of the Machinistsë Union and was with the company for 38 years before retiring in 1978. Mr. Hiebeler was born on March 13, 1921 in Pearl River to John and Jeanette Hiebeler. He graduated from Pearl River High School in 1939. Mr. Hiebeler served in the U.S. Air Force from 1941 to 1946, attaining the rank of Corporal. On November 16, 1946 he married Doris Behring at Wyckoff Reformed Church in Wyckoff, NJ. He had lived in Eiestis, FL for the past 21 years. Before that he lived in Nanuet from 1951 to 1978. He was a member of Good Shepherd Luthern Church in Pearl River and was also active in the Travel Trail Club of New Jersey, where he was a past president. Mr. Hiebeler is survived by his wife, Doris of Pearl River; his daughter, Barbara Hiebeler of East Prospect, PA; a grandson, Brian Crump of York, PA; three granddaughters, Sondra Ream of York, PA, Jamie Thoman of East Prospect, PA and Stacey Thoman of East Prospect, PA; and two sisters Irene Nadeau of Pearl River and Dorothy Feeney of Pleasant Hills, CA. Interment at Germonds Cemetery.

Peter J. Hillebrand, a New City resident, formerly of Patterson, NJ, died on September 30, 2007 at Kindred Hospital in Wayne, NJ, with his family at his side. Peter was born on Orangeburg Road in Pearl River on March 30, 1931, to Peter J. and Helen Benesh Hillebrand. A veteran of of the Korean War, Mr. Hillebrand built his family home on Highland Avenue in Pearl River. He worked as a carpenter and foreman in the construction industry until his retirement in 1987. Peter is survived by his daughters Lynn Edsall and her husband Bill of Fort Montgomery and Karen Albert of New City and his son Pete Hillebrand and wife Eileen of Stony Point, his brother Robert Hillebrand of Ocalla, FL and sister Helen Scott of Ettowah, NC. Grandfather of Tara, Jack, Brett, Paul, Hannah, Sarah and Peter and great grandfather of Johnny and Michael. He is also survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Alice Ross of Fort Montgomery.

Karl G. Hoermann died October 14, 2004 at the Rockland County Infirmary in Pomona, NY, after a valiant fight against a long illness. He was born January 10, 1928 in the Bronx to Karl and Ella Hunger Hoermann and moved to Nanuet, NY when he was three years old. After Nanuet Grammar School he attended Pearl River High School, graduating in 1946. He then studied accounting and business. Karl worked for the Nanuet National Bank for 20 years. During that period he was very active in the Rotary Club. He left the bank with the title of Assistant Vice President to start his own Home Improvement Business. After a brief illness he closed the business and started to work in sales for Huffman Koos Furniture. He worked there for 27 years, retiring in 1995. During this time he also built custom homes and continued his work after his retirement. His talent for woodworking was evident in the many projects he was involved in. He was awarded The Golden Hammer from Popular Science Magazine for building a two car garage on his property. In his youth Karl was active in The Boys Scouts of America and was a lifeguard during summers at various places. He built a boat in his early 20s. Through the years he enjoyed boating on his beloved Hudson River, traveling three times through the locks on the Canal into Lake Champlain on various boats he owned. Karl was a member of the Minisceongo Yacht Club until two years ago. He was an accomplished artist but would never enter his work in shows. Karl adored his two grandchildren and some of his happiest times were attending their school and sports events. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marguerite (Marge) Bannert Hoermann, devoted son and daughter-in-law Karl G. Jr. and Claire and grandchildren Kirsten Marguerite and Erik Karl. Once the children named their grandfather "Poppy", that was what he was called by all those who loved him and were close to him. He is also survived by three sisters-in-law Helle B. Hoermann, V. Jeanne Girovasi, Alice B. Harris, one brother-in-law Patrick F. Harris and many nieces and nephews. Karl was predeceased by his mother and father and brother Edward R. Hoermann. Cremation will be private.

John D. Hohmann Sr., lifetime resident of Pearl River, died January 31, 2002 at home. He was 74. Mr. Hohmann worked as a chemical operator in Lederle Labs in Pearl River. He was with the company for 50 years before retiring in 1989. Mr. Hohmann was born August 20, 1927 in Nyack Hospital to John G. Hohmann and Ethel Clausen Hohmann. He was educated in Pearl River and graduated from Pearl River High School in 1946. Locally he was a coach for the Bears Little League team for five years and an avid bowler. He is survived by wife Joan A. (Eilhardt) Hohmann of Pearl River, son John D. Hohmann Jr. and wife Debbie of Bloomsburg, PA, son James D. of Middletown, PA, daughter Susan Petersen and husband Doug of Albuquerque, NM, daughter Barbara A. Iannucci and husband Ralph of Monroe, NY, son Robert A. and wife Leslie of Tarpon Springs, FL, daughter Betsy J. of Palisades Park, NJ, daughter Kathy Dowsett of Danville, PA, daughter Margaret M. of Pearl River, son Thomas P. and wife Jen of Valley Cottage with 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Interment at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY.

Betty A. Johnson of Mt. Ivy-Pomona, NY, died Tuesday January 28, 2003. She was 88. Mrs. Johnson worked as a shipping clerk for Lederle Laboratories in Pearl River, NY. She was with the company for 38 years before retiring in 1977. She was a member of the Lederle Union 743 in Pearl River, NY. Mrs. Johnson was born October 1, 1914 in New York City to John and Elizabeth Riese. She grew up in Pearl River and graduated from Pearl River High School. Mrs. Johnson lived in Mt. Ivy-Pomona for the past 40 years. Before that she lived in Pearl River from 1919 to 1950. Locally she was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Pearl River, NY. Mrs. Johnson will be remembered for her fondness of animals. She is survived by Ray Johnson, her husband, Barbara Johnson Brisco, her stepgrandfather and three grandchildren.  

Marion Elizabeth Johnson, a former resident of Pearl River, died September 7, 2004 in Red Bank, NJ. She was born December 3, 1909 in Pearl River, NY to George Burt Johnson and Margaret Alice Cordukes Johnson. Miss Johnson was a Pearl River resident for 67 years. She graduated from Pearl River High School, class of 1928, attended Lasell College, Lasell, MA and Packard Business College, New York City. Until her retirement, she was employed at the Pearl River First National Bank. As an active member of the Methodist Church, she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. She moved to Toms River, NJ in 1976 and in 1985 to Navesink House, Red Bank, where she was organist for Sunday services, volunteered in the library and shop and was a past member of the Resident Council. Her parents and her brother, Ralph E. preceded her in death. She is survived by two nieces: Ruth Miller of Milford, NJ and Lois Price of Richland, WA; a cousin, Margaret Lydecker of Nyack; and six grandnieces and nephews. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Nyack, NY.

Ragnar William Johnson, 68, of Vero Beach, died September 18 at the Indian River Memorial Hospital. Mr. Johnson was born September 20, 1935 in East Bridgewater, MA and had been a resident of Vero Beach since 1987 coming from Nanuet, NY. He was a graduate of Pearl River High School, Pearl River, NY and resident of Nanuet before moving to Vero Beach. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Johnson was a retired Printer, working for Lederle Labs of Pearl River, NY for over 40 years. He was predeceased by his wife, Irene Johnson. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dwain and Theresa Johnson of Nanuet, NY; daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Ken Barrett of Vero Beach. Brother, Carl Johnson of Massachusetts; five grandchildren: Keith, Kimberly, Krystal Barrett of Vero Beach; Michael and Marissa Johnson of Nanuet, NY.

Michael Patrick Joyce, a Pearl River resident, died on June 19, 2005 at the age of 21. Born October 28, 1983 in the Bronx to John and Mary Kay Wassell Joyce. A 2001 graduate of Pearl River High School, Michael went on to attend Rockland Community College. He currently worked for Liberty Lines Transit, Inc., Yonkers, NY. Beloved son of John and Mary Kay Joyce. Caring brother of Tony and Jack. Cherished grandson of Albert and Kathleen Wassell and the late Tony and Bridie Joyce. Burial Cemetery of The Ascension.

Gary D. Kant of Pearl River, NY died Sunday February 27, 2000 from injuries caused by an auto accident. Mr. Kant worked as a cable splicer for Bell Atlantic in Elmsford NY for the past 9 years and was a member of C.W.A. Mr. Kant was born August 1, 1951 in New York City to Sidney and Thelma Cohen Kant. He lived in Pearl River for the past 46 years. He was a graduate of Pearl River High School in 1969 and earned a bachelors degree from Goddard College in Vermont. On June 19, 1982 he married Karen Zahner in Stony Point, NY. He is survived by his wife Karen, daughter Jessica and son Christopher Kant of Pearl River, NY, his parents Sidney and Thelma Kant of Sebastopol CA., brother Harlan Kant of Occidental, CA. Cremation is private.

Ann F. Kapral, a lifelong resident of Pearl River died Saturday, March 30, 2002 at Nyack Hospital. She was 71. Mrs. Kapral worked as a food handler for A&P in Montvale, NJ for 24 years, retiring in 1996. Mrs. Kapral was born January 23, 1931 in Pearl River to James and Margaret Haggerty Entwistle. She was a graduate of Pearl River High School. She is survived by her children Deborah McGrath and husband George, Barbara Stevens and husband Ronald, Glenn Kapral and Michael Kapral, loving grandmother of Michael, Andrea, Joseph, Connie and Colleen, sister of Alice Meister, James Entwistle, Joan Kapeluch, Robert Entwistle, Patricia Altomare, Nancy Entwistle and Carol Byrne. She is predeceased by her husband Michael Kapral and companion Edward Vicari. Burial at Germonds Cemetery, New City, NY.

Billy Kayser of Pearl River was taken suddenly from this life on Thursday, April 3, 2003. He was born May 27, 1986 to his parents, Diane (Formato) Kayser and James Kayser. Billy lived his entire short life in Pearl River and was a parishioner of St. Margaret's Roman Catholic Church, where he was a longtime altar server and a graduate of its grammar school in 2000. Throughout his life, Billy was extremely active athletically. Baseball had become his passion and he was named a starting member of the Pearl River High School Varsity Baseball Team, as a high school Junior, for this coming season. Billy had also developed a love for golf, and was a caddy at Rockland Country Club in Sparkill. He was well-known within his family and among his friends for his light-hearted approach to life, his love of sports, his infectious smile and, most of all, for his mischievous sense of humor. Billy loved to laugh and to make those around him laugh, and his fun-loving personality left a lasting impresson on everyone his life touched. Billy is survived by his parents, his brothers: James P., Joseph and Robert; his grandparents: Louis and Alice Kayser and John and Marge Formato, and his many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas, 1985. Billy's light shown brightly in his short time here, and he will be terribly missed by his family, relatives, friends, teammates, coaches and classmates. That light will never be extinguished. Burial at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Nanuet, NY.

Eric B. Keller of Nanuet, NY died Monday June 10, 2002 at Nyack Hospital. He was 39. Mr. Keller worked as a machinist for Innovative Plastics in Orangeburg, NY for 12 years. Mr. Keller was born March 8, 1963 in Jamaica, Queens to George and Magdalene Rank Keller. He was a 1981 graduate of Pearl River High School. On September 26, 1998 he married Donna Tribuzio at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Pearl River. Mr. Keller lived in Nanuet, NY for the past 3 1/2 years. Before that he lived in Pearl River. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife Donna of Nanuet, his mother Magdalene Keller of Pearl River, brother George Keller of Slate Hill, NY, a niece Kristen and nephew Gregory Keller. Burial at St. Paul's Highview Cemetery, Nanuet, NY.

Louis Kliewe, a life long resident of Pearl River, NY, died at his home on August 29, 2007. He was 72 years old. Lou was the Athletic Director for Spring Valley High School in Spring Valley, NY. He was with the East Ramapo School for 30 years before retiring in 1995. Lou was born February 14, 1935 in Tappan, NY to Louis J. and Margaret Kliewe. He was educated in Pearl River and graduated from Pearl River High School in 1953. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Manhattan College in 1957. He also received his Master's Degree from New York University in 1958. He was Member Emeritus of The National Association of Basketball Coaches. Best known to Rocklanders as the coach of the Spring Valley High School boys' basketball team, Kliewe enjoyed an enormously successful and satisfying career as a teacher, coach, and athletic director. His career spanned from the 1950's into the 1990's, and included leading Spring Valley to the NY State boys basketball Championship in 1982. Kliewe racked up 447 victories, making him the winningest coach in Rockland scholastic boys' basketball history. He also ranks 30th all time in New York State with that total. Lou was honored by being elected several times as Rockland County Basketball Coach of the year. In 1999, he was inducted into the Spring Valley Sports Hall of Fame. At Albertus, Kliewe served as athletic director and launched that school's baseball, basketball and cross country programs. He was also inducted into the Albertus Magnus Hall of Fame. Friends will always remember Lou as a tireless leader and team player, willing to go anywhere and do anything if it would benefit a friend or family member. At home, he devoted even more energy to his wife and children then he did to his career. He was the driving force behind countless family outings, including a 6 week cross-country camping trip in 1972 that became a Kliewe Family legend. He is survived by his wife, Janice of 49 years his son, Tom of Haverstraw, NY, Bob of Falmouth, MA and John and wife, Miriam of Stamford CT, and grandsons, Ian, Sam, Harry. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Paula Kyhn of Tarrytown, and nephew, Michael and wife, Johanny of Pomona, NY. Cremation Private.

Russell E. Knapp, 77, of Woodcliff, NJ, passed away on Tuesday, September 2, 2003 at Sunrise Assisted Living Center in Woodcliff, NJ. He was the beloved husband of the late Joan A. Knapp. Together they celebrated 47 years of marriage. Russell and Joan resided at the Tamiment in Pike County, PA until recently. Born on January 16, 1926 in Nanuet, NY, he was the son of the late Harry G. and Marguerite (Mayer) Knapp. Russell was a loving husband, father and grandfather throughout his lifetime. After graduating from Pearl River High School, he worked for Lederle Laboratories of Pearl River, NY as a trucking supervisor for 40 years until retiring in 1984. Russell was Baptist by faith, a past President of the Nanuet Ambulance Corp. and a member of the Elks Lodge of Pearl River, NY. Surviving are two sons David Knapp of Rochelle Park, NJ and Jeff Knapp of Manhattan, NY; and a daughter Debra Ann Knapp of Lewisville, TX. Also surviving is a grandson, John Knapp, currently serving in the United States Marine Corp. Burial at Prospect Cemetery, East Stroudsburg, PA.

John "Jintz" Koleduk, a lifelong resident of Pearl River, died at home, in the presence of his loving wife, Margaret Frohling Koleduk, on January 8, 2004. John was born in Hastings on Hudson, NY on July 21, 1919 to Adam and Mary (Tureykovic) Koleduk. Many people knew John as "Jintz" , a nickname that he acquired as a young man. Jintz was an avid sportsman. During his attendance at the Pearl River High School, he played football, baseball and basketball. He was one of the star players of the record-breaking 1938, football team. After high school, Jintz played a semi-pro baseball in Nyack. In 1942, he joined the Army Air Force, where he became a Technical Sergeant for the 766 Bomb Squadron of the 462nd Bomb Group. During his time in the service 1942-1945, he served and flew missions in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Jintz was the Flight Engineer on the "Dinah Mite", a B-29 Bomber, stationed at Tinian Island. He also witnessed the atomic blast at Hiroshima. On October 18, 1950, Jintz married his longtime friend, neighbor, and the love of his life, Margaret "Peg" Frohling, at St.Margaret's Church in Pearl River. They were married 53 years. Jintz worked as a Chemical Operator, at Lederle Laboratories in Pearl River, NY, before retiring in 1982, after 40 plus years. He has an incredible work ethic, believing in perfect attendance and hard work. Over the years, Jintz worked closely with his brother-in-law, John Orange. Together they raised Turkeys in Bardonia, and in later years, cleared commercial building lots. Over the years, he helped out on Fridays at Tuckers Bakery in Pearl River. Jintz was known by many to be an avid walker of 6 plus miles a day and a trimmer of unique hedge shapes and landscaping. He loved to play golf and take part in the Lederle golf outings and tournaments. His family remembers, his endless hours in the pool, and his loving and playful teasing generations of nieces and nephews. For many years Jintz and Peg would travel to the Catskills with their niece and nephews for vacation. In later years, they traveled to the Woodlock Pines, and they would attend the 9th Bomb Group reunions, all over the country. They also attended "Fitness Classes", with the seniors at the P.R. High School during the 1990's. Jintz is survived by his loving wife Peggy, his devoted sister-in-law Mary Orange, his dear niece and nephews Mary Warner, William and John Orange Jr. Two loving great- nephews, and ten great-nieces survive him. His three cherished great-great-grandnieces, who brought him much joy over the past several years, also survive him.  

Joseph W. Kolka, 80, of Milford Center, NY (formerly of New City, NY) passed away peacefully on June 3, 2005 at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, NY. Born May 16, 1925 in Blauvelt, NY, to Steven and Helen Kolka, he was one of eleven children. He graduated from Pearl River High School in 1942. He enjoyed playing football in high school and later played semi-pro for the Pearl River Wildcats. He married Vera Meehan on February 1, 1948. Mr. Kolka was a lifelong dairy farmer, operating the last milk-producing dairy in Rockland County, Strawtown Dairy, New City, NY. Together with his two brothers, John and Richard, they milked bottled, and delivered milk to Rocklanders for more than 50 years. After selling the dairy farm in Rockland, he continued to farm in Ostego County, NY with his son, Robert. Mr. Kolka in his retired years enjoyed attending local auctions and gardening. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Kolka is survived by his wife, Vera, of 57 years; four children: Maureen Cifuni and her husband Robert of Congers, NY, Michael Kolka and his wife, Betty of Middletown, NY, Robert Kolka and his companion Cynthia White of Milford, NY, Colleen Richard and her husband, Keith, of New City, NY and two daughters-in-law, Margaret Kolka of Mt. Vision, NY and Amy Jacobs of New City, NY. Mr. Kolka was predeceased by his sons, Jeffrey and Timothy. Mr. Kolka is dearly loved by his 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, and will be deeply missed by all.

Doris H. Kurisko of Nanuet, NY died Monday, November 26, 2007 at Nyack Hospital. She was 77. Mrs Kurisko was born March 10, 1930 in Nyack, NY to Eugene and Alice Prouty. She was educated in Pearl River and graduated from Pearl River High School in 1947. Doris Kurisko was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. . She enjoyed entertaining, gardening, and welcomed all into her home. In addition to being a devoted wife, she worked side by side for 25 years with her husband at the family business, "The Country Deli".She was a long-time parishioner at St. Anthony's Church and a past supporter for the Black and Gold Club at Nanuet High School. She is survived by her husband of 58 years Leonard R. Kurisko of Nanuet and her children Mary Kurisko, John and Charmaine Kurisko, Jeanne and Robert Redmond, Michael Kurisko, Trisha and Donnell Hire, Lenny and Marcia Kurisko, James and Darlene Kurisko, Mark and Kara Kurisko, and Billy and Mary Knoll Kurisko and 18 grandchildren. She is predeceased by her sister Barbara Van Orden. Burial at Germonds Cemetery, New City, NY.


Michael C. Loughran Jr. of Pearl River, NY died suddenly in an auto accident Sunday, August 21, 2005 in Kinderhook, NY. Mr. Loughran worked as a firefighter for Engine 43 in New York City. Mr. Loughran was born September 2, 1961 in The Bronx, NY to Michael and Alice Meehan Loughran. Michael was educated in Pearl River and graduated from Pearl River High School in 1979. On May 20, 1989 he married Suzanne Atchison at St. Margaret's R.C. Church, Pearl River, NY. Mr. Loughran lived in Pearl River for the past 41 years, before that he lived in the Bronx, NY from 1961 to 1964. Locally he was a member of St. Margaret's R. C. Church, Ancient Order of Hibernians Div 3, and the FDNY - UFA, Emerald Society. He is survived by his wife Suzanne, children Brielle, Noelle, Bridget, Michael III, Kaitlyn, Colleen, and Thomas, his parents Alice and Michael Loughran, siblings John Loughran, Kevin Loughran, Terrence Loughran, Ann Mueller, and Christa Loughran. He is predeceased by his sister Mary Loughran. Burial at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Nanuet, NY.

Michael J. Maggio of Pearl River died of heart failure Friday, January 12, 2001 at St. Lukes Hospital in New York City. He was 38. Michael was born February 2, 1962 in Bronxville, NY to Arthur J. Maggio, Jr. and Mary Ann Bessman Maggio. He graduated from Pearl River High School in 1980. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Binghamton and was continuing his education. He is survived by his mother, Mary Ann of Pearl River, sisters, Ann Marie Judge and Teresa Maggio of Pearl River and brother, John of Bedford.

James A. Mason of Richmondville, formerly of Pearl River, NY, died Friday, July 18, 2003. He was 40. Mr. Mason worked as an Operations Technician for Mirant Energy in Haverstraw, NY for 13 years. Mr. Mason was born July 15, 1963 in the Bronx, NY to Alexander and Beatrice Mason. He was educated in Pearl River and graduated from Pearl River High School in 1981. Mr. Mason served in the United States Navy from 1984-1990, attaining the rank of Naval Guided Missile Technician, Second Class. Mr. Mason lived in Richmondville for the past 10 years. Before that, he lived in Otisville, NY from 1990-1993 and prior to that, he was stationed around the world while serving in the US Navy. Locally, Jimmy was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed both hunting and fishing; however, bow hunting was his true passion. Mr. Mason will be remembered for his generous, good-hearted and compassionate personality. His trademark smile was contagious and his sentimental nature is one that has made a lasting impression on all those who knew him. He is survived by his wife Denise and daughter Samantha of Richmondville, NY; his daughter Nicole and son James of Otisville, NY; his mother and father Beatrice and Alexander, currently residing in Pearl River, and his extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews who will forever remember and miss Jimmy. He is predeceased by his sister, Theresa Lavecchia, October 2, 1990. Burial at St. Anthony's Cemetery.

Christopher McCarthy a 41 years resident of Pearl River, NY, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at Nyack Hospital. He was 44. Chris worked as a mail clerk at the Robert Yeager Health Complex in Pomona, NY for 23 years. Mr. McCarthy was born December 9, 1956 in New York City to Dennis C. and Rose Marie McShane McCarthy. He graduated from St. Margaret's Elementary School in 1971 and graduated from Pearl River High School in 1975. Locally he was a member of St. Aedan's R.C. Church, Epilepsy Society of Southern NY, and an avid Mets fan. He is survived by his mother Rose Marie McCarthy of Pearl River, his sister Colleen Shannon and her husband Bill of Monroe, CT., Noreen Morano and her husband Michael of New City, Regina Moore and husband Stephen of Bardonia, NY, brother Timothy of West Nyack and 4 nieces and 2 nephews. He is predeceased by his father Dennis C. McCarthy, 1990. Burial at the Cemetery of the Ascension, Monsey, NY.


Joseph P. McClelland of Warwick, NY, died Sunday, September 22, 2002, at home. He was 89. Mr. McClelland was born April 9, 1913, in Newburgh, NY. On December 19, 1934, he married Leola W. Sweet of Fort Covington, NY. He attended Pearl River High School. He continued his education and worked as a purchasing manager and consultant for Robert Gair Co. in Bogota, NJ, and Uncasville, CT; he resided in Waterford, CT, from 1954-1962. Robert Gair Co. became Continental Can Co., which later became Federal Paperboard Co. He transferred to Nanuet, NY, from Waterford in 1962, and retired from Federal Paperboard in 1982. He worked as a buyer when Woody Allen produced "The Purple Rose of Cairo" using the abandoned Federal Paperboard building where he worked. He moved to Warwick in April of 2002. Joe and Lee were both members of the Nanuet II Seniors Club. Joe was an avid bowler. He, along with other prominent bowlers, opened the former Holiday Lanes in New London, CT. He also bowled for many years in the Merchants League at King Pin Lanes, West Nyack, NY. He is survived by two sons, Joseph T. McClelland of Niantic, CT, and J. Michael McClelland of Warwick; and by a sister, Elizabeth Kuder of Nanuet. He had six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Lee; two brothers Jack and Scotty; and a sister Mary. Interment at the Woodlawn Cemetery in New Windsor, NY.


Pamela McDonald of Pearl River, NY, a longtime resident, died suddenly on February 10, 2006 at Sebastian, FL. She was 58. Pam was born July 23, 1947 in Manhattan, NY to Mike Lawler and Julia Maher. She was educated in Pearl River and graduated from Pearl River High School in 1965. She earned a degree in Interior Design from the New York School of Interior Design in 1985. On February 10, 1967 she married Frank McDonald at St. Margaret's R.C. Church in Pearl River. She is survived by her loving husband Frank; daughters Laura Zangrilli and son-in-law Louis of Airmont, NY and Patrice Brophy of Pearl River; grandchildren Michael, Danny, Julia and Jacqueline; her mother Julia Ann Bepler and her brother Clem Lawler of Haverstraw, NY. She is predeceased by her father Michael Lawler in 2005. Burial at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Nanuet, NY.

Eleanore L. Mills, age 78, Middletown, NY died Saturday, January 6, 2007 at Park Manor Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Middletown. Mrs. Mills was born October 25, 1928 in Pearl River, NY the daughter of the late Alfred and Lucy (Holman) Blei. She was employed as a Registered Nurse by Nyack Hospital, Nyack, NY. She is survived by daughter, Jeannie Mills of Middletown; sons, John Mills of Middletown, Stuart Mills and his wife Maralyn of Manchester, NH; five grandchildren, Richie, Katie, Elena, Carl and Shannon. Predeceased 27 years earlier by the love of her life, Richard Mills. Mom had a wonderful life growing up in Pearl River. In High School she took flying lessons at the age of 16, where she was the first female to solo at Christies Airport in New City, NY. She went on to graduate Pearl River High School Class of 1946, Englewood Nursing School, Class of 1949. Elie worked at the Nyack Hospital Maternity Ward for over 30 years before her retirement in 1980. Interment private and at the convenience of the family.

Michael J. Murphy of Pearl River, NY, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 20, 2003, at home with his family, after a short illness, age age 34. Michael was the son of Patricia and Charles Murphy of Pearl River. He was employed as a sergeant with the New York City Police Department. Prior to that he worked at the Shop-Rite in Pearl River. Michael was a graduate of Pearl River High School in 1986, and a graduate of Manhattan College. He was a member of the N.Y.C. P.B.A., Emerald Society, Rockland County Shields, and the Suffern Volunteer Fire Department. Michael will be remembered as a courteous, quiet and easy going young man. He lived in Pearl River for the past 32 years. He is survived by his parents, his two sisters Suzann and Mary Elizabeth, two brothers Chuck (N.Y.P.D.) and Brian (F.D.N.Y.). Burial at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Nanuet, NY.