N-Z Obituaries
updated as of 30Nov2007

Margaret H. Naugle of Pearl River passed away on February 16, 2002 at Nyack Hospital. She was 84. Margaret was born in Jasper, TN, on April 30, 1917 to Dillon and Letitia Bennett. Mrs. Naugle has been a Pearl River resident for 70 years and graduated from Pearl River High School in 1935. She was a member of the John H. Secore American Legion Post Ladies' Auxiliary in Pearl River, and also of the United Methodist Church of Pearl River. Margaret married her husband, Chester, in Montvale, New Jersey in 1940. He passed away in 1969. Margaret was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister and will be truly missed by her family and friends. Margaret is survived by two daughters: Christina Hamilton of Pearl River and Margaret Biagi of Tucson, AZ; two sisters: Patty Kelly and Sally Smith of Jasper, TN; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Burial at the Gary Onderdunk Veterans' Cemetery in Suffern.


Terry Lynn O'Donnell, 52, passed away on Monday, August 28, 2006 in East Orleans, Massachusetts, just up the street from her beloved Nanset Beach. A lifetime resident of Pearl River, NY, Terry is survived by her husband, Thomas Dennis O'Donnell III, daughter, Christi-Marie Lynn O'Donnell; son, Thomas Dennis O'Donnell IV; mother, Ursula Kannry; sister Kathryn Adams and nieces and nephew, Kimberly, Jennifer and Michael William Adams, in addition to countless loving in-laws, cousins and extended family members. A 1972 graduate of Pearl River High School and a 1977 graduate of Dominican College, Blauvelt, NY, Terry was passionately devoted to her family and to the study of local history and local lore. A deep and abiding love of nature was present in every aspect of her life and the legacy of Terry's enthusiastic creativity will continue to influence all of those whose lives she touched.


Herbert Peckman, a life long resident of Pearl River died Friday, March 28, 2003 at his home. He was 91. Mr. Peckman was the owner of Peckman Liquors in Pearl River for 56 years, never retiring. Mr. Peckman was born August 16, 1911 in Pearl River to Otto and Charlotte Peckman. He was educated in Pearl River and graduated from Pearl River High School in 1928. Mr. Peckman served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1947. He belonged to the American Legion John H. Secor Post 329 in Pearl River. On February 15, 1942 he married Helen Kolka at St. Anthony's Church in Nanuet, NY. Herb, as he liked to be called, was the author of Pearl River: Then and Now, giving the memories of growing up in the Town of Friendly People. He was also a co-founder and Director of Union State Bank, retiring in 2001. He served as a President of the Pearl River Democratic Club and also as a Vice President of the Young Men's Democratic Club of Orangetown. He served as the Postmaster of the New York State Senate from 1935 to 1939. He had also acted as a member and past President of the Rockland Liquor Dealers Association. Herb was a member of and past President of the Pearl River Rotary Club. He was one of the co-founders of the Pearl River Nauraushaun Swim Club and also served as its Vice President. In 1990, he was the recipient of the Pearl River Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year Award. He was also a member of the Orangetown Advisory Parking Committee and a member of the Pearl River Elks. He is survived by his two sons Arthur and wife Sharon of Colchester, VT and Donald and wife Susan of Pearl River and daughter Patricia Peckman of Pearl River. He is also survived by his grandchildren Sara, Matthew, Paige and Robert. He is predeceased by his wife Helen in 1974 and his brother Arthur in 1989. Burial at Oak Hill Cemetery, Nyack, NY. Family statement: Herb will be sorely missed and fondly remembered as a loving father and "Pop-Pop". He adored his family and always showed love and respect for all people. He was an avid gardener and he loved reminiscing about his many travels. He gave much to his community. He once said humbly, "Pearl River doesn't owe me a thing. I owe a lot to Pearl River". We love you Dad.  

James Patrick Pegley 33 of Cornwall formally of Pearl River died Sunday April 30, 2000 in a automobile accident. Mr. Pegley worked as a Carpenter for Fred L. Holt Contracting in Pearl River. Mr. Pegley was born July 23, 1966 in Bronx NY to Desmond J. and Sheila Hurley Pegley. He was educated in Pearl River and graduated from Pearl River High School in 1984. On August 27, 1999 he married Colleen McNulty at St. Aedanës R.C. Church in Pearl River NY. Locally he was a member of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 964, past member of Local 608 NYC, member of the Ancient Order of Hibernian Div. 3, also Rockland County Ancient Order of Hibernian Pipes and Drums Band. He is survived by his wife Colleen McNulty Pegley of Cornwall NY, mother Sheila Pegley of Pearl River, three brothers John, Patrick, and Desmond of Pearl River, NY sister Cathy Lungen of Bear Deleware. He is predeceased by his father Desmond Pegley April 1993. Burial to follow St. Anthony’s Cemetery Nanuet NY.

Grace Pfingst of Titusville, FL, formerly of Pearl River, NY, died January 26, 2001 at Parrish Memorial Hospital in Titusville, FL. She was 83. Mrs. Pfingst was born January 10, 1918 in Pearl River, to Carl Christophel and Emma Fuhrer. She was educated in Pearl River and graduated from Pearl River High School in 1936. Mrs. Pfingst lived in Titusville, FL for the past three years. Before that she lived in Pearl River from 1918 to 1997. She is survived by her daughter, Rita and husband Raymond Lundy of Titusville, FL; son Barry and wife Sandra Pfingst of Pearl River, NY; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her husband Henry Pfingst in 1992. Burial at Oak Hill Cemetery.  

Irene J. Pook, of Nanuet, NY, passed away on September 27, 2005. She was 75 years old. Mrs. Pook was born in Pearl River, NY to Frank and Isabelle (Porter) Janicki. She was a 1948 graduate of Pearl River High School. She married Roy T. Pook on August 6, 1949 at the Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Pearl River, NY. Irene was employed by Rockland State Hospital as a Physician's secretary from 1948 until 1953. She was predeceased by her husband Roy, sister Isabelle McGuire and brother Franklin Janicki. She is survived by her daughter Charlene and her husband Ralph J. DeLorenzo of Tappan, NY. Her sisters Ruth Barish and husband Lee of Milford, PA, Elizabeth Folguerus of New Smyrna Beach, FL and brother Brainard Janicki and wife Doreen of Saluda, NC as well as several nieces and nephews. Burial at the St. Paul's Highview Cemetery in Nanuet.

Eugenie E. Powers "Genie", a lifelong resident of Pearl River, NY, died Monday, January 8, 2007 at Nyack Hospital. She was 73. Mrs. Powers was born January 17, 1933 in Ramapo, NY to Almer and Dorothy Fleetwood. Genie worked as a Real Estate Agent in Rockland County for 20 years before retiring in 1995. She was educated in Pearl River and graduated from Pearl River High School. She is survived by her husband John V. Powers "Jack" of Pearl River, daughter Kerri Powers Schwab and husband Robert Schwab of James Port Long Island, NY, brother Howard Fleetwood of Sebring, FL. She is also survived by two granddaughters, Stephanie Eschrich and Alexandra Schwab. She is predeceased by her daughter Kathi Eschrich. Burial at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Nanuet, NY.

Marion B. Redard of Pearl River, died on January 10, 2000 at Robert Yeager Health Complex in Pomona. She was 80. Mrs. Redard worked as a medical secretary for Lederle Labs in Pearl River. She was with the company for 40 years before retiring in 1982. Mrs. Redard was born October 14, 1919 in Pearl River to Andrew and Edith Scott Bocket. She was a graduate of Pearl River High School. In November 1946 she married Dorian. Mrs. Redard was a lifelong resident of Pearl River. She is survived by her husband Dorian Redard of Pearl River and son Brian Redard of Phoenix, AZ, sister Jane Cameron of Pearl River, two brothers, Mooney Bocket of Pearl River, and Robert Bocket of Wolf Lake, NY.


Matthew D. Reilly of New City, NY died Tuesday, October 2, 2001 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, NY. He was 42. Mr. Reilly worked as a Senior Case Worker for Rockland County Social Services in Pomona, NY for 9 years. Mr. Reilly was born on February 21, 1959 in Suffern, NY to Alfred E. and Ann M. Pisano Reilly. He graduated from Pearl River High School in 1977. He earned a Bachelor Degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Mr. Reilly lived in New City for the past 7 years. Before that he lived in Pearl River. He is survived by his mother and father, Alfred E. and Ann M. Reilly of Stony Point, NY, his children, Robert and Melissa Reilly, three sisters, Cathy Jones of Georgia, Mary Ellen Loblanco of Stony Point and Carol McGrath of Pearl River, his aunt, Rosemary Rizzo of Haverstraw and uncle, Richard Reilly of Stony Point, five nephews and three nieces. Burial at Mt. Repose Cemetery, Haverstraw, NY.

Ferdinand Riehl, beloved friend of many and an avid sports fan. Lifelong resident of Rockland County. Graduate of Pearl River High School. Mr. Riehl retired as a motor equipment operator II for the Orangetown Highway Department. One daughter in Goose Creek, SC survives him. Burial in the Germonds Cemetery.

Gina Rion of Pomona, NY died Wednesday, November 17, 2004 at Nyack Hospital in Nyack, NY. She was 35 years old. Gina was born on July 21, 1969 in Nyack, NY to Bernard and Amalia Marone. She was married on November 14, 2003 to Jeffrey Rion in New City, NY. Gina worked for Verizon as a customer service operator for 15 years. She graduated from Pearl River High School, attended Mercy College and graduated from the University of Maine. Survivors include her devoted husband, Jeffrey, her son, Jack Michael, her loving parents, Bernard and Amalia and sister, Judy all of Valley Cottage, NY and brother Bernard and his wife Debra of Goshen, NY, father-in-law John Rion, mother-in-law Donna and her husband Jack Horner, sister-in-law Caryl Rion and nieces Abigal and Jocelyn. Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery.


Katherine J. Rossi, 71, of Chestnut Ridge, NY, passed away Thursday, November 2, 2006. She was born on January 5, 1935 to the late Alphonse and Ione Schroeder of Nanuet. Katherine graduated from Pearl River High School in 1952, and Cortland State with a degree in physical education. She split her time between her Chestnut Ridge home and a cabin in the Catskills. She enjoyed many hobbies, such as chair caning, stained glass, gardening, crossword puzzles and her grandchildren. Katherine is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 50 years, Kenneth; her four children and their spouses, Robert and Gina Rossi of Suffern, NY, Diane and Joe DiPrima of Mountainville, NY, Eileen and Thomas Conklin of Suffern, NY and Ronald and Melissa Rossi of Tuxedo Park, NY. She has six grandchildren, Alyssa and Alex Rossi, Christine DiPrima, Trevor and Kayla Conklin and Daniel Rossi. Katherine is also survived by two brothers, George (Kathryn) Schroeder and Richard (Helen) Schroeder; three sisters, Margaret (Allan) Spoiler, MaryLou (Paul) Roggemann and Susan (Ed) Lada and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be greatly missed by all. Burial at the Cemetery of the Ascension, Airmont, NY.


Dorothy M. Roth, 79, lifelong resident of Nanuet, New York, passed away from this world to join her Heavenly Father on February 3, 2004. Dorothy was born June 22, 1924 to Charles Robert and Anna Carolina (Stecher) Roth in Nanuet, New York. A graduate of Pearl River High School, Dot worked for serveral local proprietors before embarking on a career at the Rockland Psychiatric Center, where she served for 35 years. She retired from Rockland Psychiatric Center as a Team Leader. Dot took great pride in her career and returned to school as an adult, eventually earning her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Fairleigh Dickenson University. Dot was a passionate animal lover and was always surrounded by her pets. As an amateur historian, she wrote the histories of both the Nanuet Fire Company, Nanuet, NY and the Germonds Presbyterian Church, New City, NY, where she was a member for her entire life. Bowling was one of Dot's fassions and she participated in several leagues over many years. As an active member of the CSEA, she championed the cause of state employees. Many former students of the Highview Elementary School in Nanuet may remember her wonderful room of models trains that was lovingly set up many years, in her home, for the Christmas holidays and made available for classes to come see. She spent several years as an active member of the Black and Gold Club of the Nanuet High School. Dot was devoted to her family, taking great pride in the success of her nieces, nephew and their children. Dot was pre-deceased by her parents, an infant sister Ruth, a sister Marion (1968), a brother Harold H. (1999) and sister-in-law Matilda (1988). She is survived by longtime companion Ann Richards, niece Charlene Hicks (William), niece Suzanne Hyatt (Glenn) and nephew Michael Roth (Janelle). Also surviving are her nieces Audra and Meridith Hyatt, and nephews Jason and Jerrod Hicks and Jonathan and Thomas Roth.

Joyce Roth a 56 year resident of Nanuet, NY died April 11, 2001 at home with her family at her side. She was 66. Mrs. Roth was born October 2, 1934 in New York City to Roy and Louise Barreras Debold. She graduated from Pearl River High School. On September 25, 1954. She married RIchard Roth at St. Anthony‘s Church in Nanuet. Locally she was a member of St. Anthony‘s Roman Catholic Church. Mrs. Roth will be remembered for being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her husband Richard of Nanuet, daughters Debbie Anaya, of Nanuet, Theresa D‘Angelo of Bardonia, Susan Brizzolara of Maybrook, and a son Richard of Nanuet. A sister Dorothy Carolan of St. Petersburg, Fl., brothers Albert, sister in law Kathleen Debold of Monroe, NY, Franklin and sister in law Lynda Debold of Boca Raton, Fl., seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter. She is predeceased by her brother Roy Debold. Burial at St. Anthony‘s Cemetery.

Ellsworth R. Sandhage of Pearl River, NY died Sunday May 21, 2000 at Nyack Hospital in Nyack, NY. He was 82. Mr. Sandhage worked as a Mechanization Developer for Lederle Labs in Pearl River, NY. He was with them 44 years before retiring in 1980. Mr. Sandhage was born July 19,1917 in Pearl River, NY to Fritz and Loretta Sandhage. On September 3, 1938 he married Loretta Stryeski of Saddle River, NJ. He is survived by his daughter Joyce Harrigan of Princeton, NJ, son Douglas Sandhage of Pear River, NY, 3 grand children Linda Harrigan Wahlers, Edward Harrigan Jr., Christopher D. Sandhage. He is predeceased by his wife Loretta June 6, 1995. Burial at St. Pauls Highview Cemetery Nanuet, NY.

Mabel Schefmeyer, 90, passed away following a brief illness on August 4 at her home in South Bend, IN. Before moving to South Bend in 1978, Mrs. Schefmeyer and her family were life-long residents of Nanuet and Pearl River. On December 17, 1908, Mabel was born to Charles and Estelle (Green) Bell in Pearl River, NY. She married her childhood sweetheart, Herbert Schefmeyer, on August 19, 1933 in Pearl River. She is preceded in death by her husband, Herbert; her sister, Hilda McDonald; and a brother, Charles Ronald Bell. She was a graduate of Pearl River High School and worked as executive secretary to the president of the Asiatic Petroleum in New York City, as well as the secretary to the Rockland County Sheriff before leaving to start a family. She is survived by a son, Donald H. Schefmeyer (wife, Karen), and a grandson, Alec, all of South Bend, IN.

Mary (Merli) Schiavi a longtime resident of Pearl River, NY died Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at Nyack Manor Nursing Home in Valley Cottage, NY. She was 91. Mrs. Schiavi worked as a personal secretary for Lew Sarnoff at TV Guide in New York City. Mrs. Schiavi was born May 20, 1914 in Torrington, CT to Dominic and Rose Bertussi Merli. She was educated in Pearl River and graduated from Pearl River High School in 1931. Mrs. Schiavi lived in Pearl River for the past 83 years. Before that, she lived in Montvale, NJ from 1921 to 1922 and in Torrington, CT from 1914 to 1921. She is survived by her husband Benny of Pearl River, sons Peter of Las Vegas, NV, David and Neil of Pearl River and daughter Merle Sprankles of Vista, CA; three grandchildren Michael Sprankles of Temecula, CA and Melissa Sprankles of Big Fork, MT and Christina Sprankles of Vista, CA. She is predeceased by her brother Peter Merli (1988) and son Donald (1953). Burial at Pearl River Cemetery.

Margaret Schultzel of Pearl River, NY died Monday May 15, 2000 at her home she was 83. Mrs. Schultzel worked as a Manager for Commercial Envelope in Pearl River for many years. Margaret was born December 26, 1916 in New City, NY to William and Mathilda Giergrich Gessner. She was a graduate of Pearl River High School. ON June 6, 1937 she married Sylvester Schultzel at St. Margaretís R.C. Church Pearl River. She is survived by her three children Jean Johnson on Nanuet, NY Peggy Robbins of Pearl River, Robert Schultzel of Montgomery, NY and a sister Billee Anzalone of Smithville, NJ, also survived by grand daughters Jennifer Bishop, Christy Henry and Melissa Schultzel and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband Sylvester in 1982. Burial at St. Anthonyís Cemetery Nanuet, NY.

Peter William Sluys passed away on Sunday evening, October 20, 2002, at his home in Pearl River, New York. His death was from natural causes. A lifelong resident of Pearl River, Peter was born February 4, 1953, to William Sluys and Marion Sluys, nee Schlesinger. He attended Pearl River public schools, graduating with a Regents diploma in 1971 from Pearl River High School. He went on to earn a B.A. degree from Hamilton College (1975), a J.D. degree from Pace University School of Law (1979), a LL. M. degree from New York University School of Law (1985), and a Masters Degree in Religion from St. Joseph's (Roman Catholic) Seminary, Dunwoodie (2001). After practicing law in Pearl River for many years, he devoted much of his time to journalism, and served as Editor-in-Chief of Community Media Newspapers, Inc. (Publishers of "Our Town" and other newspapers), earning numerous awards, including the Meritorious Service Award from the Town of Orangetown, NY, and was listed in the first edition of "Who's Who in American Journalism" (1998). He later served as Editor-in-Chief of the "Rockland County Times," and more recently as Editor-in-Chief of the "Rockland County Courier." He had also served as a part-time Instructor/Lecturer at three local colleges. Other achievements included: attaining the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America; serving as an intern to Congressman Benjamin Gilman during the 1974 "Watergate" summer, and being an active volunteer firefighter with Excelsior Engine Company No. 1, Pearl River, NY. Memberships included the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Knights of Columbus. His parents pre-deceased him. He leaves behind a devoted family consisting of two sisters, Cheryl Sluys of Pearl River and Barbara Cartaya of Haverstraw; two nieces, Michelle Cartaya and Megan Cartaya; one nephew, Michael Cartaya; and a grand-niece, Penelope Lindsay; as well as many close friends. Interment at St. Paul's Highview Cemetery, Nanuet. "Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!" Hamlet, Act V, Scene 2

David T. Smellegar, a lifelong resident of Pearl River, died suddenly at his home on Saturday, August 2, 2003. He was 57. Dave worked as a Senior Mechanic for the Pearl River Schools for the past 3-1/2 years. Previously, he worked for Nyack Hospital for 10 years and Chromalloy in West Nyack, NY. Dave was born October 5, 1945 in Pearl River, NY to Thomas and Jennie Smellegar. He was a graduate of Pearl River High School. Dave served in the United States Army in Vietnam. On May 24, 1991, he married Nancy Daly at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Locally, he was Captain of the Excelsior Engine Company of the Pearl River Fire Department and a member for over 38 years. He was also a two-year member of the Nanuet Fire Engine Company. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Daly of Pearl River, sons Kenneth and his wife Lisa of Pearl River and Kevin of Pearl River; daughter Trina of Pearl River and stepdaughter Catherine Bohler of Sleepy Hollow, NY. He is also survived by his grandson David Thomas, sister Louise Amitrani and mother-in-law Rita Daly of Pearl River. The Funeral Service will be held 10:30 AM Thursday at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, No. Main St., Pearl River, NY. Burial at Fred Loescher Veteran's Cemetery, New Hempstead, NY.

Elizabeth E. Smith Wright LeFloch
, 93, died May 18, in Troy, AL. Long time resident of Pearl River. She is predeceased by husband, Edward J. Smith, Jr. (Edward J. Smith, Jr. Real Estate and Insurance Agency). They went together at Pearl River High School, graduated together, and stayed together until his death in 1965. She is survived by four children: James R. (Judy) Smith, Colorado Springs, CO; Thomas E. Smith, Sr; Patricia J. Hewitt, Fort Meyers, FL, and Barbara A. Smith, Troy, AL. Eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; sister, Margaret (Peg), brother, John (Jack). She was predeceased by husbands, Clark Wright and Albert LeFloch; one grandchild; sister, Helen; and brother, James (Jim). Burial at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Nanuet.

John Stanley Smith, 83, of Hialeah, FL, passed away January 18, 2003 after a long illness. "Stanley," as he was known in the Rockland County area, was born in 1919 in Pearl River, NY to Elizabeth and Edward J. Smith, Sr. He graduated from Pearl River High School in 1937. Stan lived in Hialeah, FL since 1946 and was employed as a Chief Mechanic for Eastern Airlines for 37 years before retiring in 1983. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps, European Theatre. Stan is survived by his wife of 56 years, Evelyn; sons George of Hawaii, Joseph and Robert of Florida, Mark of California and six grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Lawrence of Pearl River and Richard of Washingtonville, NY. Rockland County sports fans of the 1930's will remember Stan as an outstanding pitcher for the Pearl River High School Baseball Team, as well as local semi-pro teams. Burial at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery in Miami.

Ralph H. Smith, Sr., died Tuesday, February 1, 2005. He was 77 years old. Ralph was born in Nanuet on July 22, 1927. He lived in Nanuet all of his life, attending elementary school at Highview and graduating from Pearl River High School. Ralph served in the United States Army. He was a service technician for Rockland Refrigeration. Ralph will best be remembered for being one of the founding members and first president of the Nanuet Black and Gold Athletic Booster Club. His tireless work at the Nanuet Relays and attendance at various athletic events, earned him and his wife the title of “Mr. and Mrs. Nanuet“. Ralph is survived by his wife, Mary of 52 years; his children: Sue and her husband, John Vasquez of Nanuet; Ralph and his wife, Kim of New Hempstead; his sister, Miriam of Reading, PA, and his brothers: Bob of South Carolina and David of Middletown, NY. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Nicholas, Kaitlyn, Ryan and Brielle. Burial at Fred Loescher Veterans Cemetery, New Hempstead, NY.

Richard M. Smith, of Washingtonville, NY, former resident of Nanuet, NY, died Thursday, October 28, 2004 at Cornwall Hospital, Cornwall, NY. He was 81. Mr. Smith worked for Honeywell Inc. (formerly Bendix Corporation) in Teterboro, NJ for 32 years before retiring in 1982. Mr. Smith was born July 1, 1923 in Pearl River, NY to Edward J. Smith and Elizabeth McKee Smith. He was a 1942 graduate of Pearl River High School. Mr. Smith lived in Washingtonville for the past two years. Before that, he lived in Nanuet, NY from 1949 to 2002 and in Pearl River from 1923 to 1949. Locally, he was a member of the Nanuet II Senior Citizens Club and a recent member of the Washingtonville Blue and Gold Seniors. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Triune Council in Pearl River, NY and was a former Little League Coach. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Anne Lockatell Smith of Washingtonville, NY; two sons: Edward Smith and his wife, Lynn of Nanuet, NY and Richard Smith and his wife, Lois of Goshen, NY; three daughters: Joanne Snyder and husband, Gary of Manannas, VA; Catherine Smith Brown of Portland, OR, and Madeline Mulligan and husband, Matthew of Goshen, NY; eight grandchildren: Kirk, Kerry, Erin, Megan, Kevin, Patrick, Alexander and Victoria and two great-grandchildren: Mya and Zoe; as well as a brother, Lawrence V. Smith of Pearl River, NY. He is predeceased by his brothers: Gerard F. Smith, Edward J. Smith, Jr., John S. Smith and Raymond Smith. Burial at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Nanuet, NY.

J. Vincent Speechley life long resident of Pearl River, New York died on November 15, 2007 at Northern Manor Rehab Hospital In Nanuet, New York. He was 92 years old. Mr. Speechley worked for over 35 years at Dexter Folder Company in Pearl River, until that Company's close in 1980. He was employed by Materials Research Corperation (MRC) when it occupied the same building as Dexter's in Pearl River. Vincent was born August 25, 1915 in New York City to George and Margaret O'Halloran Speechley. It was at that time that George and Margaret Speechley moved from NYC to Rockland County. Vincent attended Pearl River school and graduated from Pearl River High School. He went on to become further educated as a plumber, and electrician, as well a brick mason and carpenter. Using these skills he built his own home in Pearl River, as well as helped build homes for his brothers. On May 30, 1940, Vincent married Adelaide Frank In Harrington, New Jersey and at the time of Adelaide's death had been married over 60 years. Vincent achieved his private pilot's license in 1953 and owned various personal aircraft throughout the years, keeping them at Ramapo Airport in Spring Valley, New York. He was active in the Ramapo Flying Club for many years serving as Treasurer of the Club for several terms. He always said that some of the finest friends he made in life were through his flying club and other pilots. He is survived by daughters Susan Carlsen (and Steve Carlsen) of Burlington Vermont; Kathleen Stewart (and Mark Stewart) of Marietta, Georgia, as well as his youngest twin brothers, Frank Speechley (and wife Carol) of Ormond Beach, Florida and Joseph Speechley (and wife Barbara) of Monroe, NY/Daytona Beach, Florida. He is also survived by one grandchild, Kyle Kufeldt and his wife Laura and twin great-grandchildren Caleb and Ryan Kufeldt, as well over 25 nieces and nephews scattered around the United States. Family members who died earlier include his wife Adelaide Frank Speechley; daughter Patricia Kufeldt and his brothers John, George, and William Speechley as well as his sister Margaret (Peggy) Giebner and Mary Murray. Burial at St. Anthony's Cemetery in Nanuet, New York.

William (Bill) Speechley, 76, Bill was born and raised in Pearl River, graduating from Pearl River High School in 1945. He was employed for 31 years with New Jersey Bell Telephone before retiring in November 1983. For the past 10 years, Bill resided in St. Augustine, FL, where he passed away at his home on July 16, 2004. He is survived by his wife, Ina, Annapolis, MD; son, Stephen, St. Augustine, FL; daughter, Luann, Kapolei, HI; brother, Vincent, Pearl River, NY; sister, Margaret Giebner, Pearl River, NY; brother, Francis, Ormond Beach, FL; brother, Joseph, Monroe, NY; and five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Carol Squillini of Haverstraw died Thursday at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 44. Carol was born in Spring Valley to Joseph and Providence (Manicone) Salierno. Carol graduated from Pearl River High School and worked as a Medical Technician for Dr. William Schwartz. Carol is survived by her husband Robert W. Squillini, her daughters Ashley and Andrea, her mother Providence Salierno, her brother Paul Salierno of Suffern and her sister Barbara Gardiner of Lake Tranquility, NJ, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Interment St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Nancy M. Stanton of Pearl River, NY died Sunday January 28, 2001 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, NY, she was 51. Ms. Stanton worked as a registered nurse for Sunbridge Health Corp in Oradell, NJ. Ms. Stanton was born January 3, 1950 in Suffern, NY to Marshall and Katherine Tarantino Stanton. She was educated in Pearl River and graduated from Pearl River High School in 1968. She earned her Associates Degree in Nursing from Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY in 1991. Ms. Stanton will be remembered for her exceptional dedication to the well being of her family and patients. She is survived by two daughters, Rebecca and Melissa Lentrichia of Rhode Island, one son Joseph Lentrichia of Pearl River, her mother Katherine M. Stanton of Pearl River, five brothers, Stephen and John of Colorado, Marshall, Glenn and Brian of New Jersey, two sisters Kathleen Stanton of Suffern and Patricia Brown of Malibu, CA. Burial at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY.

Fanya Utko “Snoop“, age 86, of Hockessin, Delaware went to the Angels on Friday, May 13, 2005 peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family. Snoop as she was lovingly known by her family and friends was born December 1, 1918 in New York City daughter of the late Constantine and Valita Utko. Snoop resided for more than 60 years in her family home in Pearl River, New York. Snoop graduated from Pearl River High School and attended college at CCNY. Never married, her career became her passion working in New York City as an Administrative Assistant in the Tire and Publishing business. In 1982 she moved to Columbia, Maryland and finished her career in Washington D.C. and retired in 1984. She lived with her beloved sister Marya U. Muller until her death in 1998. Once retired, Snoop enjoyed volunteering at the local hospital, playing cards, going to the movies, spending time with her family and being a kind and good friend to all that new and loved her. In October 1999 Snoop moved to Hockessin, Delaware where she resided at Coffee Run Condominiums. Her loving nieces, Sandi Goss, her husband Barney Root, Val Watkins, Fran Meler and her great-nephew Edward Caglione and her greatgreat-niece Christian Caglione and numerous friends survive her. Snoop will be laid to rest in her beloved New York. Burial at the Hempstead Cemetery in New Hempstead, New York.

Louise D. Von Holt nee Doriguzzi, a long-time resident of Pearl River, NY died Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at her home in Pearl River. She was 70. Mrs. Von Holt was born August 7, 1931 in West Carroll, PA to Amerigo and Susan Matteotti Doriguzzi. She was educated in Barnesboro, PA and graduated from Pearl River High School in 1949. She worked as a dental assistant from 1949 through 1960, then stayed at home to raise her children. She resumed work at MRC/Sony in 1983 until her retirement in 1993. On July 1, 1956, she married John H. Von Holt at St. Margaret's RC Church in Pearl River. Mrs. Von Holt lived in Pearl River for the past 52 years. Before that, she lived in Emigh, PA from 1931 to 1948 and in Pearl River from 1948 to the present. Over the years she assisted in the Board of Elections, was a member of the Pearl River Class of 1949 Reunion Committee. She was also active with her wonderful family and friends. Mrs. Von Holt will be remembered for all her wonderful qualities including her ability to refinish antique furniture, gardening, crossword puzzles, reading, bowling and cooking. She is survived by her husband John; her daughters, Cynthia Louise Cheyne of Washingtonville, NY; Lisa Marie Slavis of Pearl River; her brother Peter Doriguzzi of Pearl River; her grandchildren Colin, Dale, Lena Cheyne and Julia and Danielle Slavis; loving sister-in-law to Peppy Doriguzzi and Mabel Von Holt. She was a wonderful aunt and great friend to many. She is predeceased by her mother Susan, her father Amerigo and her brothers Amerigo ("Lefty") and Bobby. Burial at Oak Hill Cemetery, Nyack, NY.

David R. Walser, 49, formerly of Pearl River, NY, died unexpectedly at his home in Port St. Lucie, FL, on Wednesday, December 19, 2001. Mr. Walser was born in Suffern, NY, on June 18, 1952. He lived in Pearl River for over 20 years and graduated from Pearl River High School. In Florida, he worked for Armellini Express Lines, Inc., a national freight shipping firm. David is survived by his father and mother, Andrew R. and Cecile Gagnon Walser of Port St. Lucie, and his brother and sister-in-law, Andrew W. and Laurie Schneider Walser of Airmont, NY. He was well loved and will be missed.