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Rita Barker O’Leary, active in St. Patrick’s

Rita Barker O’Leary, 86, of Mount Kisco and Bass River, Massachusetts, died July 11. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today, Friday, July 17, at St. Patrick’s Church, in Bedford, where she was very active.

Ms. O’Leary was born in Philadelphia April 26, 1929, the oldest of four daughters, to Margaret M. and Paul A. Barker. She was a gifted artist and athlete. She attended Immaculata University, majoring in home economics, and also played varsity basketball.

Ms. O’Leary was married to her husband of 47 years, Richard P. “Dick” O’Leary, who predeceased her in 2000. They had seven children, five daughters and two sons, all of whom were with her at the time of her death.

Ms. O’Leary was an accomplished amateur golfer, and played competitively as a member of both the Women’s Tri-County and Westchester/Fairfield County Golf Associations. At Winged Foot Golf Club, in Mamroneck, she was a four-time club champion runner-up.

Rita is survived by her three sisters, Joan Nieporte, Margaret Flanigan and Paula McEachen, and her seven children: Alice Kerrigan (Kevin) of Ridgefield, Connecticut; Brenda O’Leary of Bothell, Washington; Colleen Duffy of Brewster; Rita O’Shea (Timothy) of Watertown, Connecticut; Richard O’Leary, Jr. (Elizabeth) of Croton Falls; Paul O’Leary (Aran) of Sandy Hook, Connecticut and Margaret O’Leary of Madison, Connecticut. She is also survived by her 17 grandchildren.

Interment will be Saturday, July 18, at 12:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Harwich, Massachusetts.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Yarmouth Firefighter Relief Association, 96 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. 


Caitlin Birk Mullinex, Fox Lane graduate, dies at 36

Caitlin Birk Mullinix, 36, died at home, in San Francisco, on June 23 after a long battle with cancer.

She is survived by her husband, Jonathan Mullinix, and four year-old son, Nicholas. Other survivors are her parents, Wilma and David Birk; sisters Whitney, Leah (Chacon), and Kerry; and brothers-in-law Freddy Chacon, and David and Brendan Mullinix.

Ms. Mullinex was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, and  grew up in Bedford HIlls.  She attended Fox Lane High School. She channeled her natural managerial and maternal instincts into a variety of activities in the community, including Tiny Tots, Candy Striping, babysitting, acting as a dance-class leader and volunteering at a local food pantry.  She enjoyed music and the performing arts and nurtured this interest, by playing violin in the school orchestra and spending many hours at Westchester Theatre Dance Academy. She was selected to join the dance academy’s Performing Troupe, which became another meaningful part of her community service.  
Ms. Mullinex balanced her love of the community with a desire to explore the world through travel.  She spent the summers after her junior and senior years of high school abroad with American Field Service in Bolivia and Argentina,. After graduating from Fox Lane, Caitlin attended Connecticut College and focussed in Hispanic Studies.  She graduated from Connecticut College with a BA in 2001, cum laude.
After college she held positions at the Thunderbird School of Management in Phoenix, Arizona, where her family was living at the time.  Ms. Mullinex  found her calling in the hospitality industry, and enrolled  in Cornell University’s master degree program for Hotel Administration from 2005 to 2006, where she met her future husband, Jonathan.
 After graduating from Cornell, the couple moved to Dallas, both taking jobs with Omni Hotels.  A year later, they moved to San Francisco. Ms. Mullinex was hired as senior conference planning manager for ARAMARK at University of California-San Francisco. The couple became engaged and were at Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley.    
A month after the birth of their first son,  Nicholas Patrick Mullinix, Ms. Mullinex was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She became involved with the Golden Gate Mothers Group and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), serving as a patient spokesperson helping to raise research money from some of the Bay area’s largest companies.  In 2013 she was named “Honored Hero” of the San Francisco LLS chapter and delivered a speech about her personal experience to the organization’s supporters attending that year’s Light the Night Walk research fund-raiser.  Also, in reflection of her community service, the Golden Gate Mothers Group recently announced that it created a new annual award, The Caitlin Mullinix Volunteer of the Year Award, in her honor.
 Despite her disease, Ms. Mullinex maintained an optimism and unflagging spirit as she courageously underwent difficult treatment.  “All who knew Caitlin were inspired by her grace, charm, and generosity throughout her life, and by her great strength and courage throughout her battle with cancer,” the family said in a statement.

Funeral services were held July 3 at Fernwood Cemetery in Mill Valley, California. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


Mary Beth Harrington, nutritionist, dies at 56

Mary Beth Harrington of Pound Ridge, New York, died Sunday, June 14, at her home. She was 56 years old.

Ms. Harrington graduated Marymount College with honors in economics and nutrition. She began her career as a nutritionist with the General Foods Corporation. In a career spanning 33 years, she rose to hold director positions of the nutrition and test kitchens at General Foods, Kraft Foods and McCormack Spice Company.

Ms. Harrington was an avid and accomplished cook and reader.

She was the daughter of the late William “B.J.” Harrington. Ms. Harrington is survived by her mother, Audrey Harrington, and her twin sister, Mary Pat McCarthy. She is also survived by two great-aunts, Mary Harrington and Jane Devlin, three brothers and sisters-in-law, Billy and Carolyn, Brian and Elizabeth and Peter and Danielle; nieces and nephews Luke, Caitlyn, Meagan, Emily, Will, Hanna, Caroline, P.J. and Jill; and grand-nephew, Ciaran.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, in Bedford,  Thursday, June 18. Interment followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, 300 Corporate Boulevard S, Yonkers, New York. For more information, visit setonpediatric.org.


Loretta Brigantino, former Katonah resident, dies at 76

Loretta Brigantino, a former longtime resident of Katonah, died June 9 at the age of 76. She most recently lived in The Villages, Florida,

Ms. Brigantino was born April 22, 1939 in the Bronx, to the late Michael and Angelina (Pappalardi) Spinelli.  She was trained at the Mandl School for Medical Assistants in Manhattan.

Survivors include her husband, Gabriel Brigantino and their children, Lisa Brigantino, Lori Brigantino (Thomas Millioto.)

Ms. Brigantino was artistic and had a talent for drawing and painting, as well as decorating and antiquing.  She was active for over 30 years singing four-part barbershop harmony in Sweet Adelines International. She participated in several championship choruses and later sang with the Belle Chords in Florida.

Funeral Mass was held June 16 at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in New Rochelle. Internment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery, the Bronx.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society; the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation; and Cornerstone Hospice, The Villages Hospice House,  601 Casa Bella, The Villages, Florida.


John Childress Beck of Bedford dies at 83

John Childress Beck, a prominent Bedford resident who was active in the leadership of St. Matthew’s Church and Rippowam School in the 1970s, died at his home in Vero Beach, Florida, June 3. Mr. Beck maintained his primary residence in Bedford. He was 83.

Mr. Beck was president of the Board of Trustees of Rippowam School from 1971 to 1973, and was instrumental in the merger of that school with Cisqua School. After the merger, he served as the first board president of what was then called the Rippowam Cisqua School, from 1973 to 1975.

He also served on the Vestry of St. Matthew’s Church from 1976 to 1982, and was a founding member of the church’s investment committee, which he recommended be established after the church received a substantial gift from the Bedell family in the late 1990s. Fellow parishioner, Wilmot Kidd, called Mr. Beck, “the main intellect behind the investment process of the St. Matthew’s endowment fund.”

Mr. Beck is survived by his wife, Marilyn McClure Plumb Beck; five children from his marriage to Mary Boulton Fiske: William Fiske Beck of Chappaqua, Susanne Boulton Beck of Boston, Massachusetts, Christopher Mackay Beck of Mendham, New Jersey, Edwin Wells Beck of Darien, Connecticut, and Robert Childress Beck of New York,  who now oversees the family firm, Beck, Mack & Oliver;  a sister, Susan Beck Wasch of Middletown, Connecticut;  brother, Thaddeus Edmund Beck Jr., of Glasgow, Virginia; etc.; three step-children: Peter Cary Plumb of Barrington, Rhode Island, William Kelsey Plumb of Bedford, and Wendell Plumb Corper of Wilton, Connecticut; fourteen grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren.

Son of the late Madeline Childress and T. Edmund Mr. Beck, Mr. Beck was born in Mount Vernon, March 10, 1932. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy before graduating from the Wooster School in 1949. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Princeton University in 1953. While at Princeton, Mr. Beck was part of a nationally ranked crew team that narrowly missed capturing an Olympic berth for the 1952 games. Immediately following college, Mr. Beck served in the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of Lieutenant, junior grade.

Mr. Beck earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1958 before joining Beck, Mack & Oliver, an investment counseling firm founded by his father; Mr. Beck became a partner in 1962. He retired from Beck, Mack & Oliver in 1997.

He served on many boards including Russell Reynolds Associates, the Chubb Corporation, Colonial Williamsburg and Princeton University.

Mr. Beck became a nationally ranked platform tennis player in the 1970s, taking the national mixed doubles title with his sister in 1972, and the national men’s title with Herbert Fitzgibbon in 1974. He was also an avid fly fisherman and hunter.

Services will be held Thursday, June 25 at 11 a.m., at Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 382 Cantitoe St., Bedford.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wooster School, in Danbury, Connecticut; or the Michael J. Fox Foundation, at michaeljfox.org.


Kate Merker, Bedford resident, dies at 85

Kathryn “Kate” Merker, age 85, of Bedford, died Sunday, May 31, at Westchester Medical Center.

She was born July 5, 1929 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the daughter of the late Charles and Alma (Yockisch) Deters. 

Ms. Merker is survived by her three daughters, Krista (Patrick) Reilly, Kathryn (John) O’Hanlon and Kassandra (Scott) McDowell, and nine grandchildren.

A mass was held Wednesday, June 3, at St. Patrick’s Church, in Bedford Village. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Patrick’s Church, 7 Pound Ridge Road, Bedford.


Glenn D. Hall, 55, finance executive and former Bedford resident

Glenn Dameron Hall, 55, died Saturday, May 30, in Saratoga Springs, New York. Mr. Hall is survived by his wife Amber Hall (Valone), and his two children, Henry Dameron Hall and Margaret Stuart Hall.

Mr. Hall had an long career in finance; his specialty was bond sales. He joined Dillon Read & Co. Inc. in 1983, and Lehman Brothers in 1993, serving as managing director of Corporate Bond Sales. In 2005 he  joined RBS/Greenwich Capital. He also worked for UBS Securities and Société Générale Securities, retiring from Société Générale Securities in 2014.

Mr. Hall and his wife enjoyed renovating their historic homes, including an 1860s Victorian in Bedford, a loft in Manhattan’s Flatiron district and a summer home in Silver Bay on Lake George. 

Other survivors include his mother, Sarah E. Hall; his sister, Virginia Hall Orzell; his brother, Todd W. Hall; and eight nieces and nephews.

Mr. Hall attended Eltingville Lutheran School in Staten Island, Brooklyn Technical High School, and the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1983 he received an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

Mr. Hall, known by the nickname, “The Chief,” was known as a consummate host and personal mentor to many. He was an explorer and traveled extensively. He also was an avid skier and outdoorsman, and a keen student of architecture and historic renovation. During his early years he founded a youth scholarship fund at the Andrew E. Zimmer Fish and Game Association, in Staten Island.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in New York City, Saturday, June 13 at 11 a.m. The church is located at 12 West 12th Street. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation, melanoma.org.


Mary Ellen McKee, former Bedford teacher, dies at 93

Mary Ellen Fickling McKee died at her home in Mount Kisco, Tuesday, June 2.  She was 93. Ms. McKee was a retired teacher of Bedford Central School District.

She was a graduate of Fisk University, and obtained her master’s degree from Columbia University.

Born Feb. 21, 1922, Ms. McKee is survived by her son, Roger McKee, of San Francisco. She was predeceased by her son Michael McKee.

Ms. McKee was an active member of her church and community, Friends in Service Helping of Mount Kisco, and was a 22-year member of the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 6, at 6 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 84 East Main Street, Mount Kisco.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, or the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester.


Fred Wamsley was longtime Bedford resident

Alfred Evans Wamsley III, died Saturday, May 16, in Jacksonville, Florida. He was a longtime Bedford resident and active member of many community organizations during the 41 years he lived in the town. He was 80.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, August 22, 1934, Mr. Wamsley earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Georgia Tech in 1956, and enlisted in the Navy.

Mr. Wamsley, known to friends and family as Fred, joined General Foods in 1960. For the next 38 years, he rose through the ranks to the positions of national sales manager and director of trade relations.

Mr. Wamsley lived with his wife and three daughters in Bedford for 41 years before retiring full time to Atlantic Beach, Florida. He was an active member of  St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and Vestry; Chowder & Marching Club; Mianus River Gorge Preserve; and Bedford Golf and Tennis Club. Mr. Wamsley was an avid fisherman, often recounting stories of crabbing and shrimping. He also loved cooking and entertaining, singing, dancing and telling stories.

Mr. Wamsley is survived by his wife, Betty Ann McGowan Wamsley of Jacksonville, Florida; daughters, Mary Jane Johnson of Stoughton, Massachusetts; Sara Hickman (Bruce) of Hartfield, Virginia, and Susie Wamsley of Greenwich, Connecticut; and four grandsons: Ryan Johnson of Utah, Bobby and Luke Johnson of Stoughton, Massachusetts, and Tyler Hartnett of Hartfield, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church or the American Alzheimer’s Association. A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 31, in Jacksonville, Florida.


Victor Jacoby, longtime Pound Ridge resident, dies

By Don Heppner

Victor Jacoby, formerly of Pound Ridge, died Friday, May 8, in New Canaan, Connecticut.

He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Margaret “Miggs” Jacoby, and his son-in-law, Jeffrey Aarts. Mr. Jacoby is survived by his daughter, Karen Aarts of Pound Ridge; daughter Susan (Kevin) Marks of Darien, Connecticut; and son Jack Jacoby of Groton, Connecticut; four grandchildren, Michael and Peter Aarts, and Sarah and Justin Marks. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Former colleagues and longtime friends reminisced about the Pound Ridge resident, who made many contributions as a respected builder and community leader.

Carol Long, the former town assessor, worked with Mr. Jacoby for 18 years.

"Victor was a volunteer to be admired — a stalwart, dedicated, and valued member of the Town of Pound Ridge Board of Assessment Review," Ms. Long said. "He added much expertise based on both his experience as a builder, as well as his historical knowledge and familiarity with property development in the Town. Vic was always so attentive to property owners' assessment concerns, and worked conscientiously at fairness. I'm fortunate to have worked with him for all of the 18 years that he served on the Board of Review. He was always a gentleman, with a wonderful sense of humor."

“He was a great asset to the community,” said Pound Ridge Town Supervisor Dick Lyman, who knew Mr. Jacoby for decades. “He did a great job on the board of assessment appeals. He built a lot of homes in Pound Ridge. He was a great guy.”

Frank Sisti would often visit Mr. Jacoby to get a petition signed. “I would stop by his house and I would be there for a half-hour or more, and I would always leave with flowers,” Mr. Sisti said. “He and Miggs had a great garden.”

Mr. Sisti said Mr. Jacoby was always positive and “in my opinion, he embodied the spirit of Pound Ridge.”

“Victor and his family were great friends to Pound Ridge,” said former town supervisor Gary Warshauer. “He used his construction experience to the benefit of several town boards. He will be missed.”

Mr. Jacoby was a general contractor for more than 30 years, and many of the homes he built in Pound Ridge are a long-standing testament to his handiwork and craft.

He served as the chairman on the Board of Assessment Appeals for many years. He also served as the Fire Commissioner of Pound Ridge, and was a member of the Lions Club and the Open Space committee.

Mr. Jacoby’s love of tennis began during his time served in the Army. He become an avid tennis player, playing through his early eighties. He served as treasurer of the Pound Ridge Tennis Club, located just down the road from his home. Mr. Jacoby was an active member of the Chestnut Ridge Tennis Club, both on the court and in the tennis shop. He also loved to garden alongside his wife, who carefully minded his planting rows. 

Mr. Jacoby was born Jan. 24, 1930, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Jack and Cecilia Jacoby of Harrison.

Mr. and Mrs. Jacoby married on June 24, 1951. They resided in Pound Ridge for more than 50 years, in the house that Mr. Jacoby built with his own hands.

Mr. Jacoby loved jazz. According to his family, he was often found sneaking M&M’s, Mallomars and lollipops to indulge his sweet tooth.

Mr. Jacoby’s children and grandchildren brought him great joy, and he was always willing to lend an ear in an education decision or job venture, family members said, adding that Mr. Jacoby will be remembered as a man of few but carefully chosen words.

The Aarts and Marks families will hold a private burial. He will be interred in Pound Ridge Cemetery alongside Mrs. Jacoby and Mr. Aarts. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Community Vocational Services, 181 Boston Post Road, Waterford, Connecticut. 


Lloyd Cox, 85, was known as ‘Mr. Bedford’

By ANTHONY R. MANCINI


Lloyd Bedford Cox Jr., 85, a former longtime resident of Bedford and retired president of insurance company Lloyd Bedford Cox Inc., died Saturday, May 2, at Meadow Ridge in Redding, Connecticut.

Mr. Cox held leadership roles in many local organizations. He served as the first president of the Bedford Hills Chamber of Commerce, as well as the president of the Lions Club of Bedford Hills and the Insurance Agents of Westchester County. He was an elder in Bedford Presbyterian Church, a founder of Northern Westchester Shelter for Domestic Violence, a member of Random Choristers II, St. Matthew’s Church, Bedford Golf and Tennis Club and Chowder & Marching Club.

In addition, he was a trustee of John Jay Homestead, and was honored to receive the Friends of John Jay Founders Award in 2008. Mr. Cox was president of the Bedford Historical Society for 10 years, from 1977 to 1988, and named director emeritus in 2001. He was chairman of the 1987 Bedford Court House Celebration, vice chairman of the 1980 Bedford tricentennial, and chairman of the Bedford board of assessment review.

“In addition to all his contributions to Bedford and to many organizations within Bedford, Lloyd was a true man of the people,” said Lynn Ryan, the executive director of the Bedford Historical Society. “When you spoke to Lloyd, he made you feel as if you were the most important person in the room. I have missed him a lot in these last years. When our offices were on the second floor of the Lounsbery Building, Lloyd would often stop by just to check in, mostly on his way to or from the post office. Like a few before him, Lloyd was often affectionately referred to as, ‘Mr. Bedford.’”

Mr. Cox was born Feb. 15, 1930, at Northern Westchester Hospital, and was the son of the late Lloyd Bedford Cox Sr. and Martha Hoyt Cox of Bedford Hills, who lived off of Burbank Avenue. He married Eleanor Jeffers Cox on Aug. 10, 1957 in Syracuse. They moved from Bedford to Redding, Connecticut in 2008.

Mr. Cox graduated from Bedford Hills High School and from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, in 1952. After college, he joined his father at Lloyd Bedford Cox Inc., now a third generation insurance brokerage firm in Bedford Hills and New York City, and retired as its president in 2000.
Before his insurance career, Mr. Cox mowed lawns for Thatcher T.P. Luquer, who founded the Bedford Historical Society in 1916. He also acted as a driver for Mr. Luquer’s sister, Eloise Luquer, and did her grocery shopping. Ms. Luquer founded the Bedford Free Library in 1903, and the nature walk at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.

Mr. Cox received an alumni citation in business from St. Lawrence University in 1978, and was elected trustee emeritus in 2000.

Mr. Cox is survived by his wife; a sister, Martha C. Wright of Basking Ridge, New Jersey; a daughter, Betsy Murphy (Paul) of Long Valley, New Jersey; two sons, Lloyd Cox III (Tori) of Katonah and J. Jeffers Cox (Mary) of Bedford; and four grandchildren: Brian and Sarah Cox of Bedford, and Dylan and Tyler Cox of Katonah.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friends of John Jay Homestead, the Bedford Historical Society, or to the Lloyd B. and Eleanor J. Cox Jr. Endowed Scholarship at St. Lawrence University, Canton.


Genovesi of Bedford Hills dies at 87

By ANTHONY R. MANCINI

George Genovesi, 87, of Bedford Hills, died Saturday, May 2, surrounded by family. Mr. Genovesi was a Bedford volunteer firefighter for 60 years, longtime mechanic and War World II Navy veteran. 

Married for the first time at 82, he worked for the owner of White Owl Cigars, bowled nearly a perfect game, and caddied for jazz legend Benny Goodman.

Mr. Genovesi was born and raised in Bedford Hills to the late Amato and Maria Genovesi. He first lived off of Hook Road and at the age of 3 his parents settled on Harris Road. Mr. Genovesi never married until 2009, when he married Alice Retter, from Bedford Hills, at the age of 82.
Mr. Genovesi attended Bedford Hills High School, which has since become Bedford Hills Elementary School. He played varsity baseball and pitched a three-hit shutout in his last game before being shipped off for the Navy. He would remain a baseball fan throughout life, rooting for the New York Yankees. He played varsity basketball as well. In a town oral history interview, he said as a small basketball player he developed a hook shot to throw over the big men who would surround him. He also played clarinet in the school’s marching band.
Mr. Genovesi served during World War II in the U.S. Navy for 15 months, reaching the rank of seaman second class, despite not knowing how to swim.
“The funny thing about it was he couldn’t swim, and he went and served this country,” said his nephew Anthony Paganelli.
After his service ended, Mr. Genovesi worked at the Westa estate off of Harris Road for $4 a day. He said during the history interview that Ms. Westa, owner of White Owl Cigars, laid him off after saying she was bankrupt.
Mr. Genovesi then worked as an auto mechanic, first for Potter Buick in Mount Kisco for 19 years and later for Bedford Exxon and Bedford Shell for around 20 years.

“If people had issues with their cars here in Bedford over the last 30 to 40 years, everyone would call,” Mr. Paganelli said. “Everyone trusted him as a mechanic.”

He was a dedicated member of the Bedford Fire Department for 60 years, having first joined in 1955.
Bedford Fire Chief Peter Lazaro said he remembers Mr. Genovesi for marching prominently in department parades until late in life when he began to ride in the department’s antique truck.

“No matter what was going on there was a smile on his face,” Chief Lazaro said. “He was always in the front of the line when we marched. He showed up to all of our events. He was a go-to guy. I’ve known him the whole time I’ve been here.”
Mr. Genovesi enjoyed bowling and made 11 strikes in a row to score a 299 at the Bedford firehouse’s lanes in 1962, one point away from a perfect game.

“People here at the department always talk about one,” Mr. Paganelli said. “One pin stood up for him and he missed that 300 point game.”

Mr. Genovesi was also an avid golfer, and used to play at Bedford Golf and Tennis when the club used to allow volunteer firefighters to play on Mondays. Earlier in life, he once caddied for jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman, known as the “King of Swing,” at Bedford Golf and Tennis.

Mr. Genovesi was an active parishioner of St. Patrick's Church in Bedford, and he enthusiastically volunteered at the church carnival's food booth for 40 years, becoming well-known for serving up sausage and pepper wedges to carnival-goers. He had previously volunteered at the Bedford Fire Department’s carnival, before the St. Patrick's carnival became and annual event in Bedford Village.
He is survived by his wife; his sister Sue Panetta of Dover, New Jersey; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and stepchildren.

Mr. Genovesi never had children, but raised his nieces and nephews as if they were his own.

“He never had children of his own, so he treated all of his nieces and his nephews as his own children,” said his niece Diane Paganelli Pucila. “He was a surrogate father to a lot of us.”

“His family was his siblings and his nieces and nephews and their children,” Mr. Paganelli said. “He was the uncle to everyone, be it family or not.”

He was predeceased by his brother, Joe Genovesi, and his sisters, Jennie Cutri, Eleanor Burger and Ann Paganelli. A funeral service was held Wednesday. He is interned at the St. Francis Cemetery in Mount Kisco.



Michael Joseph Taft, 38

Michael Joseph Taft, 38, died on Thursday, April 2, at his home in Austin, Texas. Raised in Bedford, he was the son of Karen Brooks Taft and Stephen Morris Taft. Mr. Taft is also survived by his brothers David Taft and Scott Taft; brother-in-law Michael Murphy; and his loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 18, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Historical Hall, Bedford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Blythedale Children’s Hospital, at blythedale.org.

For online condolences and memorial donations, visit mchoulfuneralhome.com.


Rocco Bueti, 78, of Bedford Hills

Rocco Bueti of Bedford Hills, died peacefully surrounded by his family, April 1 at 78. Mr. Bueti was a custodian at the Chappaqua Central School District for over 30 years, until his retirement. Mr. Bueti was born on April 18, 1936 in the village Solano, in Calabria, Italy, to Domenico Bueti and Carmela Nunnari Bueti.

He was a devoted loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife, Gesualda, of Bedford Hills; his children Carmela (Michael) Ferguson of Bedford Hills and Dominic A. Bueti of Lagrangeville; grandchildren Joseph, Felicia and Jessica; sister Francesca (Antonio) Bueti of Bedford, brother Anthony (Eda) Bueti of Sleepy Hollow; and many loving brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Bueti was predeceased by his sister Josephine Pensabene of Bedford Hills, sister Polsia Tripodi of Reggio Calabria, Italy, and Pasquale Bueti of Mount Kisco.

The funeral mass was held on Wednesday, April 8 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Mount Kisco.


Gloria Geller, longtime area resident

Gloria Geller (nee Feldman) died March 26 after a lengthy illness. She was 88. Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, Oct. 15, 1926 to Albert and Irene Feldman, she lived in Bayonne, Newark and Mount Kisco before moving to North Salem, 50 years ago. Mrs. Geller was the president of 50 West 47th St. Corporation for five years. Previously, she was a bookkeeper for various companies and office manager for the interior decorating firm, Arrangements, Inc. She also produced the original musical, “Who Built the World,” at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 1866 of North Salem In the 1960s, she was the vice president of the National Council of Jewish Women, Westchester chapter.

Family members said Mrs. Gelller will be remembered for her warmth, her devotion to her family, and her superlative chicken soup with matzoh balls. She is survived by her beloved husband, Herbert F. Geller of North Salem; her devoted daughters JeriAnn M. Geller of Stratford, Connecticut, Sharon Beth (Dr. William) Zinn of Warren, New Jersey and Nisa Geller (Jeff Tannenbaum) of Katonah; her siblings Martin (Marilyn) Feldman of Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Selma Ross of Springfield, New Jersey. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren: Ariel and Grant Zinn, Benjamin Ruscoe, Isabella Zinn, Oriana, Joseph and Samuel Tannenbaum; six nieces and nephews, Mark (Robin) Ross and Karen (Gary) Kerstein both of Springfield, New Jersey, Meredyth Feldman (Howard Kelman) of Hingham, Massachusetts, Mitchell (Linda) Feldman of Haddam, Connecticut, Susan Feldman (Gregory Probst) of Seattle, Washington, and Jennifer Feldman of Katonah, as well as many grandnieces and nephews.


Marguerite Carlacci, longtime resident

Marguerite Carlacci, (Tomassi), 84, a longtime resident of Bedford Hills, died on March 14.

Mrs. Carlacci was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on July 30, 1930. She was a secretary for the Bedford Central School District for many years. Mrs. Carlacci was a dedicated homemaker, and her greatest love was her family.

Mrs. Carlacci was the wife for 48 years of Michael Carlacci Sr.; mother of Dante, Michael, Lynda, and Margie, mother-in-law of Elsy Carlacci, Shane Carlacci, Tom Stasiak and George Schrade; devoted grandmother of Brittany, Angela, Marissa, James, Michael, Thomas, Brendan, Amanda, Melanie, Brandon, Griffin and Mathew.


Renowned trumpeter Lew Soloff dies at age 71

By R.J. MARX

Lew Soloff, a former Bedford resident, died Sunday at the age of 71. Mr. Soloff was a world-famous trumpeter who garnered fame as a soloist for the group “Blood, Sweat & Tears,” and followed as a leading jazz performer and educator.

Mr. Soloff, who lived in Brooklyn at the time of his death, lived in Bedford and Bedford Hills from 1992 to 2006, where he raised a family, practiced his faith at Mount Kisco Hebrew Congregation, and maintained a high profile on the community’s cultural scene, appearing as recently as Dec. 13, 2014 at a “Harvey Presents” concert at the Harvey School in Katonah.

At that event, Mr. Soloff received a standing ovation as he performed “Spinning Wheel,” the 1969 Blood, Sweat & Tears hit that was nominated for three Grammy Awards and won one, for best instrumental arrangement. It was Mr. Soloff’s searing horn lines that helped make the song such a memorable composition.

One of Mr. Soloff’s two daughters, Laura Solomon, said this week in a Facebook announcement: “Tonight I lost my dad. We flew to New York to spend the week with him and my sister, enjoyed the day together, had dinner at our favorite grub spot. On the way home, he suffered a massive heart attack and collapsed into my arms on the sidewalk in front of my husband and children. I performed CPR with the help of a passerby and continued to assist after EMT’s arrived. He died at the scene, was resuscitated, made it through an angioplasty but couldn't stabilize afterward and passed away just before 1 a.m.”

Born Feb. 20, 1944 in Brooklyn and raised in Lakewood, New Jersey, Mr. Soloff began his career as an aspiring musician in New York City. In 1997 he told The Record-Review that after playing Catskills’ gigs and receiving a degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, the trumpeter described dog days living in “a little tiny apartment. The floors were crooked, the ceilings were crooked.”

He worked for big band leader Maynard Ferguson, and then in 1967 got a call asking if he wanted to join “a new rock band.”

“At that point in time,” he said in the 1997 interview, “Everyone wanted to play jazz and no one wanted to play rock. I said, ‘No, I just want to play jazz.’ I was close-minded, I admit it.” It was only after friends — including the trumpeters Randy Brecker, Jerry Weiss and drummer Bobby Colomby — joined the band that Mr. Soloff became interested. 

“I knew Bobby Colomby from when he used to be a soda jerk and make sandwiches in the deli restaurant at Kutscher’s restaurant when I was in the show band,” Mr. Soloff said. “Then Randy quit the band to join Horace Silver and they needed a replacement. I said, ‘I’ll try it for a while.’ I don’t think anybody expected the kind of success that band had. It was amazing.”

The band had three number one hits on their first album with Mr. Soloff. “I experienced life in a way I will never forget,” he said. “When we had a hot night, everybody in the band was playing like there wasn’t going to be a tomorrow.”

Blood, Sweat & Tears was received with enthusiasm around the world.  “We made a trip to Eastern Europe, and it was one of the greatest trips of my entire life,” he said. “We were the first American rock band to play Rumania, Yugoslavia and Poland, the first to play behind the Iron Curtain. It was like nothing I have ever seen before or since. People were crying; I’ve never seen anything like it. They were starved for the music.”

Mr. Soloff decided to leave the band in 1973 because, he said, “We had become a prisoner of our own hits.” 

Mr. Soloff was to become a highly in-demand studio musician and jazz performer. He found the same satisfaction playing before smaller audiences as he had within the rock world.  “If you do something that really means something to you, it doesn’t matter if there are 100 people going crazy or 5,000 people going crazy. It’s the same feeling, the same satisfaction,” he said. Mr. Soloff found he had to prove himself from scratch once again in the jazz world.  “Making it in the pop field did not help me as far as being recognized as a jazz player,” he said. “I was thought of more as a commercial player. People love to label people. But the great musicians are always more open and more accepting and don’t lay those rules down.” Along with dates in the studio, Mr. Soloff played with jazz great Gil Evans’ band.

But he said his “real jazz life” didn’t start until 1984, when he formed a group called the Manhattan Jazz Quintet, featuring himself, the drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Charnett Moffett, saxophonist George Young and the leader, David Matthews, on piano.  “It was supposed to be a normal ‘sell 8,000’ jazz records for Japan. But we ended up selling 160,000 copies!” he said.

Mr. Soloff and then wife, Emily Mitchell, came to Bedford from New York City to raise a family at the recommendation of a friend. Mr. Soloff said, “I love living here,” but he does regret missing out on invitations to late-night Manhattan jam sessions. “I’ll ask, ‘What time do you start?’ Most of the time, it’s after 11. I think of driving home at 1:30 in the morning and being tired and getting home at 4 and then getting up with the kids at 7:30, and I just don’t do it.

“But,” he continued, “I myself would not raise a child in Manhattan. I don’t think it’s fair for a kid at 16-years-old not to be able to walk around the block and not be afraid. If I’m not in Manhattan, I can’t think of a place I’d rather be than here,” he said. “I think it’s absolutely fabulous up here.”

“I experienced what the star lifestyle was, the limousines, the hotels, the parties,” said Mr. Soloff. “But I’ve found out that what truly makes me happy is music, music that I love.” 

“I am overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from people I've known all my life, those I know more recently, and friends I've yet to meet,” Laura Solomon said on her father’s Facebook page. “My dad was amazing. He could drive me crazy, but that didn't make him any less essential to my life. He loved his grandkids. He loved my sister and me. He was one of the greatest trumpet players in the world and I'm so proud to be his daughter. I'm so happy to carry on a fraction of his musicality in the now rare moments that I pick up my violin.

Mr. Soloff is survived by his daughter, Laura Solomon, her husband Daniel, and their children Micah and Mila, who live in Houston. His younger daughter, Lena Soloff, lives in New York City. He remained close friends with his ex-wife, Emily Mitchell."

Mr. Soloff’s funeral service and burial took place, Monday, March 9 in Valhalla. Rabbi Jeremias conducted the service.

A  memorial service is planned in coming weeks; more details are forthcoming.


Lorraine Walker Powley, former Pound Ridge resident

Lorraine “Larry” Walker Powley died on Feb. 21 at the age of 82, after losing her battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Ms. Powley was born on April 21, 1932 in Albany. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from Colby College and her master’s degree in elementary education from Tufts University. She taught and lived in Pound Ridge from 1968 to 1985, and later lived in Lyme, Connecticut; Phippsburg, Maine; and Cape Coral, Florida.

Ms. Powley was married to Mark Powley for nearly 59 years. Their children include Steven Powley of Cape Coral, Florida; Lisa Powley Batzinger of North Kingstown, Rhode Island; and David Powley of Flemington, New Jersey. Ms. Powley is survived by seven grandchildren, Emily Powley, Christopher, Timothy and Kelly Batzinger and Sarah, Benjamin and Daniel Powley. She is also survived by her two brothers, Arthur and Richard Walker.

A service honoring Lorraine’s life will take place Saturday, March 14 at noon at the Newtonville United Methodist Church, 568 Loudon Road, (Route 9) Latham, followed by interment in her family mausoleum at the Albany Rural Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy can be presented through contributions in Lorraine’s memory to the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, Connecticut 06371.



Frank Kernan, former Bedford resident

Frank Kernan died at home in Boca Grande, Florida, on Feb. 13, surrounded by his family. He also resided in Bedford, and Fishers Island. He is survived by his wife, Katherine (Cassie) Sheffield Kernan, to whom he was married to for 46 years, his sons, Francis Joshua Kernan (Elizabeth) and Michael Kernan (Amanda), his daughter, Katherine Kernan Doerge (Chad), five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and his beloved dog, Charlie.

He was born May 9, 1935, in New York City, the eldest child of the late Francis Kernan and Maud Tilton Kernan. He was president of Allen-Kernan-McKown Inc., an insurance brokerage that was later purchased by Financial Guardian. He then became president of Benmarl Vineyards in Marlborough, New York, and was dubbed “Sir Vine” by New York City Mayor Ed Koch. At Benmarl, he established the Benmarl Wine Club, one of the first subscription wine clubs. Before retiring in 1998, he founded and managed Brook Investments, a private equity concern that provided capital to financial services companies.

Mr. Kernan served his country as a U.S. Marine for four years until he left for a novitiate with the St. Josephite missionaries in Newburgh, New York. On Nov. 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was shot, he won the title to a marina in Cape May, New Jersey, in a backroom poker game in Las Vegas, Nevada. While managing this marina, he began his insurance career with Marsh & McLennan. He completed a graduate degree in history at Fordham University, and undergraduate studies at New York University and Cornell University. In 1954, he graduated from Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts.

Mr. Kernan was an avid golfer and a member of the Bedford Golf and Tennis Club. He was a founder of the Harbor Open Golf charity golf tournament held every summer since 1970 at Fishers Island Club. HOG benefits the Island Health Project on Fishers Island. He was a member of the United States Seniors’ Golf Association.

He served on numerous nonprofit boards including George Junior Republic, Tabor Academy and the Urban League. His hobbies included wood carving, gardening, beekeeping and making moonshine. Above all, his family and friends remember him for his strong faith, kindness, intelligence and great humor.

A memorial Mass was said on Saturday, Feb. 21, at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Boca Grande, Florida, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to My Second Home in Mount Kisco, New York.


Louise Dente, 54, of Bedford

Bedford resident, Louise Dente, 54, died Monday, Feb. 16. Ms. Dente was the wife of Jeffrey Dente, and sister-in-law of Patti Dente and John Dente. She is survived by nieces and nephews Chelsey Dente, Tyler Dente, Jessica Peraza and Danielle White. She is also survived by her sister, Tammy, and brother, Jack Hutchins.

Ms. Dente was known for her passion and devotion to animals. Interment will be private, and the family requests no flowers. In Ms. Dente’s memory, donations may be made to the Bedford Village Fire Department.


Ursula G. Frank, of Bedford Hills

Ursula G. Frank, 95, died on Thursday, Feb. 12. She was a resident of Bedford Hills for over 50 years. Born in Berlin, Germany, to George and Gerta Seyfferth in 1919, her family emigrated to Newburgh, New York, when she was 9.

Mrs. Frank attended the local schools and graduated from the Newburgh Free Academy. In 1939, she married Emil P. Frank in Newburgh, where their son Richard was born. In 1941, they moved to the Bronx and owned and operated the Pelham Bay Bake Shop for over 20 years, later moving to Mount Kisco, where they owned and operated the Village Bake Shop from 1960 to 1971.

Mrs. Frank was a volunteer at Northern Westchester Hospital, and Friends in Service Helping. She was also a longtime member of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection.

Mrs. Frank was predeceased by her husband, Emil, in 1995, and her brother, Hans Seyfferth of Orem, Utah, in 1978.

Mrs. Frank is survived by her son Richard (Edie) of Somers; grandson Erik (Margaret) of Brooktondale; granddaughter Krista Toba (Andreas) of Bedford Hills. Great-grandsons Niko Toba, Dante Toba and Sebastian Frank, and niece Linda Ward, of Murray, Utah.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Mount Kisco.


Francis Sylvester King, Katonah resident

Francis Sylvester King, died on Feb. 8, at his home in Katonah. Born in 1920, as one of six children, he spent his childhood and young adult years in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Mr. King graduated from LaSalle Academy, where he was a New York-All City basketball player. He attended St John’s University, leaving to enlist in the Army in 1942. Mr. King was a 1st Lt. with the 929th Air Base Security Battalion, and a B-25 Pilot with the 310th Bombardment Group. Mr. King served in both World War II and the Korean War, attaining the rank of Capt. and receiving the Air Medal and 2 Bronze Stars. He graduated from NYU with a bachelor of arts degree in mechanical engineering, and Steven’s Institute of Technology with a master of science degree. After a successful career in marketing and new product development, he became a full professor at Westchester Community College. At WCC, Mr. King was appointed the marketing department chair, and taught as an adjunct professor at both Pace University and Mercy College. He received the New York State University’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellency in Teaching.

Mr. King is survived by Betty, his wife of 72 years, and his four children: Brian, Linda, Tracy and Liz and his six grandchildren: Dalin, Justin, Annabelle, Sean, Jillian and Truman. He was described as proud of his family, his military service, his teaching and a love of life, sports and music. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be sent to Hospice Care in Westchester and Putnam, 540 White Plains Road, Suite 300, Tarrytown 10591-5132.


PATRICE MATTIA PHOTO/COURTESY METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

Metropolitan Museum of Art curator and Bedford Hills resident the late Dr. Walter Liedtke shown standing in front of the Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens's “Rubens, His Wife Helena Fourment and Their Son, Frans (c. 1635).

 
Colleagues and family remember Dr. Walter Liedtke

By MARY LEGRAND

Friends and professional colleagues from northern Westchester and around the world continue mourning the tragic sudden death of Walter Liedtke of Bedford Hills.

Dr. Liedtke, curator of Dutch and Flemish painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, was one of six people who died the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Metro-North accident in Valhalla.

Dr. Liedtke was the husband of Nancy Liedtke, a retired mathematics teacher. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Lois and William Klotz of Florida, and nephew, Jason Klotz of New York City.

Tributes too numerous to mention have lauded Dr. Liedtke’s scholarly work as well as his warm and witty personality. Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, said in a statement posted on the Met’s website on Feb. 5 that the revelation that Dr. Liedtke was among those who perished in the Metro-North train car “made the world feel impossibly small. For 35 years, Walter had come and gone from the Met every day, and now that would never happen again.”

Dr. Liedtke loved living in Bedford, Mrs. Liedtke said in a telephone interview with The Record-Review on Wednesday afternoon. It was a sentiment echoed by many others, including the Liedtkes’ neighbor, landlord and longtime friend, Thomas LaMotte.

“As much as Walter was an intellectual and very much a ‘New York character,’ he loved the country, loved the contrast between what he did down there in a suit versus being up here in his pickup,” Mr. LaMotte said. The Liedtkes had rented a cottage on the property owned by Mr. LaMotte and his wife, Ursula LaMotte, for about 30 years.

Plowing snow, chopping down trees and splitting firewood and, at times, keeping horses were integral parts of Dr. Liedtke’s life in Bedford. He was also generous with his time, supporting local organizations and judging at least one of the more recent “Art Show: Bedford” events.

Born Aug. 28, 1945 in Newark, New Jersey, to Walter Liedtke Sr. and Elsa Weir Liedtke, Dr. Liedtke was raised in Livingston, New Jersey. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey and his master’s degree from Brown University in Providence Rhode Island. He earned his doctorate at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, England.

In addition, Dr. Liedtke was the recipient of two Mellon scholarships, including, in 1979, to study at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mrs. Liedtke said coming to the Met was part of her late husband’s pattern of having “the best luck. Things just happened for him, and people loved him,” she said.

A prolific writer, Dr. Liedtke was the author of various Met publications in addition to about 50 articles and several books, among them “Architectural Painting in Delft” (1982); “The Royal Horse and Rider: Painting, Sculpture and Horsemanship 1500-1800 (1989); “Flemish Paintings in America” (with Guy Bauman, 1982); “A View of Delft: Vermeer and his Contemporaries” (2000); and “Vermeer: The Complete Paintings” (2008). Dr. Liedtke was named Knight of the Order of Leopold by King Albert II of Belgium in 1993 and Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in 2007.

Much of his writing took place at home in Bedford, Mr. LaMotte said, noting that he always knew when Dr. Liedtke was working on a book because he wouldn’t see him outdoors as much at those times. “He was focused very intently on what he was doing,” Mr. LaMotte said.

Mrs. Liedtke said her husband felt a sense of family among their Bedford friends, and she thanked those who have been supportive following his death. Her remembrances included the times Dr. Liedtke spent plowing neighbors’ driveways and showing friends and their children the horses and chickens on the farm. “He was so happy to come home from work to this wonderful place, this simple house,” she said.

She also wanted others to know how much her husband loved Block Island. “His family spent time there, and it’s where he met a lifelong friend who will speak at the memorial service, when they were 7,” she said. “Walter had many deep friendships, and so many people have contacted me from all around the world.”

Dr. Liedtke said in a Metropolitan Museum of Art video that he thought there was “something Dutch” about the way he lived: “To go home every day from the Upper East Side of Manhattan to the countryside is a really nice contrast. … At the essential level, what’s the most Dutch about this is the constant return to the immediate experience. I get up, I go to the barn, I clean horse stalls.”

“Our friends have been here every day and taking such good care of me,” Mrs. Liedtke said on Wednesday. “Walter was so funny and we were always laughing, so I’ve laughed and cried equally since the accident.”

Mr. Campbell of the Metropolitan Museum of Art called Dr. Liedtke “an original,” characterizing him as being “always nattily dressed, his hair just so and his mustache perfect … he seemed to have emerged from another era rather than from an office on the second floor.”

Among the world’s leading scholars of Dutch and Flemish paintings, Dr. Liedtke “was deeply devoted to his collection, which included the Met’s legendary Rembrandts and Vermeers,” Mr. Campbell continued. “He knew those pictures like old friends, and described them with an intimacy and spirit that was mesmerizing. In fact, his distinctive voice was among his unique characteristics: careful and deliberate, but somehow lyrical in its unhurried measure. And he had opinions: deep, strong, expressive opinions. Those opinions and his vigor in delivering them will be among the many things that we will miss.”

Dr. Liedtke’s opinions on art remain accessible through his writings and videos, including on the Metropolitan Museum of Art website. “When asked what my favorite painting in the Met might be, I sometimes explain that historians don’t think that way and then answer frankly that it depends on my frame of mind,” he said. “The two main alternatives are Rembrandt’s ‘Aristotle with a Bust of Homer’ and Vermeer’s ‘Young Woman with a Water Pitcher.’”

After describing those paintings’ relationships in terms of the Met’s collection, Dr. Liedtke continued with what he called a “final point” about his position: “The objects — every aspect of them — define the job. Whatever the curator’s main interests might be, it is his or her responsibility to deal with each work’s maker, style, meaning, condition, previous owners, literature, display and so on. … While some scholars would find such diverse subjects distracting, they are liberating in a great museum.”

Friends and family will gather for a celebration of Dr. Liedtke’s life at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bedford on Friday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Liedtke’s memory may be made to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York City, New York 10028-0198.


Mary Sherman Walbridge, operated Fair Acres Farm

Mary Sherman Walbridge Fulton, of Somers, and longtime Bedford resident died on Jan. 26 at Northern Westchester Hospital. Mrs. Fulton was 86.

Mrs. Fulton was a graduate of the Master’s School in Dobbs Ferry and a 1950 graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. A lifelong horsewoman, she owned and operated Fair Acres Farm on Guard Hill Road, in Bedford. Mrs. Fulton was a dedicated volunteer for VNA Hospice Care and the Alzheimer’s Association; and a former board member of the Junior League of Larchmont, Planned Parenthood of Westchester and Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Inc. 

Mrs. Fulton was born Oct. 26, 1928 in Toledo, Ohio, to the late Carlton Barnes Walbridge and Elizabeth Sherman Walbridge. She was married in 1953 to the late James F. Fulton. The marriage ended in divorce.

Mrs. Fulton is survived by her children, Martha Brozski of Katonah, James Fulton of Redway, California and Laurel Fulton of Denver, Colorado; grandchildren Lacey, Jubal, Elizabeth and Emily. She is also survived by her sister, Betsy Paul, of Cave Creek, Arizona. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.


Eugene Kahn, longtime local resident

Eugene Kahn, father of Leslie Gottlieb of Pound Ridge and Dr. Mitchell Kahn of New Fairfield, Connecticut, and father-in-law to Leslie’s husband, Lawrence, died on Friday, Jan. 23, at his home in South Salem. Mr. Kahn is also survived by his sister, Irene Greenberg, of West Haven, Connecticut and his grandchildren Dylan Gottlieb, Zachary Gottlieb, Renna Gottlieb, Emily Kahn and Kristopher Kahn.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Mr. Kahn was a high school math teacher for the Bellmore-Merrick School District on Long Island for most of his career. He was married for 40 years to Ruth Kahn, who died 15 years ago.

Mr. Kahn died from complications of Parkinson’s disease, one week shy of his 84th birthday. The funeral took place at Jewish Family Congregation in South Salem on Sunday. Interment was at the Pound Ridge Cemetery.

Family members said Mr. Kahn will be remembered for his great love of family and his sharp sense of humor. Donations in his memory can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the Jewish National Fund, or Jewish Family Congregation of South Salem.


George P. West, age 87, former Bedford resident

George P. West, age 87, of Ossining, son of William K. West and Grace Kleckner, died on January 31, at Northern Westchester Hospital Center in Mount Kisco, after a brief illness.

Mr. West was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, on January 21, 1928, and graduated from Tamaqua High School. He was married to Dorothy Wertz, from 1956 until her death in 1986. He married Susan Kemble

in Bedford, June 20, 1987, and they lived in Katonah, Bedford and Ossining.

Mr. West was a naval aviation cadet in Texas in 1946, and earned a degree in petroleum from Penn State in 1949, and was in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps in Dugway, Utah, from 1950-1952. He obtained an MBA from the University of Utah in 1959, and then worked for Crane Company, Honeywell, Mead Johnson, Maremont, Joy Manufacturing, Funcraft Vehicles and Holotronics Corporation, in positions which took him to many places: Salt Lake City, Utah, Chicago, Illinois, Evansville, Indiana, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, and Findlay, Ohio.

In addition to his wife Susan, he is survived by his children: son, George Jr., and daughter-in-law Teresa West, of Findlay, Ohio; daughter, Lynne Anne West, and son-in-law Mark Hugel, of Riverdale; and son Evgeny and daughter Sophia Grace, both of Ossining. He is also survived by his nieces, Janice Fullington, of Findlay, Ohio, and Kathy Maas, of North East, Pennsylvania.

A memorial service is scheduled to be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 85 E. Main Street, Mount Kisco, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, followed by a reception at the parish hall. Interment will follow at St. Matthews Church in Bedford, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory, to The Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 531313, Henderson, Neveda 89053.


Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Boone dies, longtime Pound Ridger

By MARY LEGRAND
FRAN COLLIN PHOTO

From “Betsy Boone: A Honey Hollow Perspective” in “Pound Ridge Past: Remembrances of Our Townsfolk,” by Bonni Brodnick.

 

A Pound Ridge resident for 55 years until she moved to Ohio in 2010, Elizabeth A. “Betsy” Boone died Friday, Jan. 30, peacefully in her sleep at age 95. Known as someone dedicated to conservation and gardening as well as advocating for many other environmental causes, Ms. Boone was part of the generation whose hard work made Pound Ridge a town known for its environmental conscience.

She was on the town’s Conservation Board for 14 years, serving as its chairman for four years; helped draft the Pound Ridge tree ordinance; served on the Pound Ridge Recycling Board; and throughout her life advocated for wildlife and plant preservation as well as animal protection.

Born June 17, 1919, in Binghamton to Hilda Coughtry Anderson and Carl Anderson, Mrs. Boone moved to Honey Hollow Road in 1955 with her husband, the late Clinton Cowperthwaite Boone. She was interviewed on June 12, 2003 for Bonni Brodnick’s book “Pound Ridge Past: Remembrances of Our Townsfolk.”

“Most of the people bought houses on Honey Hollow Road because of its proximity to Ward Pound Ridge Reservation,” she said. “The land was impossible for farmers, though. They never had a wealthy farmer in this part of Pound Ridge because the land is too rocky.”

Mr. and Mrs. Boone spent a lot of time hiking in the Reservation, and she was past president of the Friends of the Trailside organization at Ward Pound Ridge, serving on its board for many years. After Mr. Boone died in 1981, Mrs. Boone fought long and hard to establish a trail there in his honor. Initially spurned in her effort, she eventually succeeded.

“I’m a conservationist and some of my opinions may be controversial,” Ms. Boone said in “Pound Ridge Past.” “I consider myself to be a watchdog for the Reservation.” She also served as a trustee of the Nature Conservancy, and was an overseer for Carolin’s Grove. She was a past president of the Basket Town Garden Club, and was active in the Pound Ridge Garden Club from 1960 to 2010. 

Mrs. Boone was a nursery school teacher in Bedford Village for many years, and up to the time of her death still received cards and letters from former pupils. She served as secretary to Evangeline Booth of the Salvation Army and was active in the USO during World War II.

A memorial service was scheduled for today, Friday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m., at the Pound Ridge Community Church, with the Rev. Karen Burger officiating.

Survivors include her son, Jefferson Boone (Marianne Moore) of Allston, Massachusetts; her daughter, Deborah (Stewart) Tepper, of Chesterland, Ohio and Chatham, Massachusetts; and six grandchildren, Clinton (Katharine) Tepper, Samuel Tepper, Anderson Boone, Harrison Boone, Madison Boone and Emerson Boone.

Mrs. Boone was also known for her beauty and sense of style, which included “colorful collections of necklaces, headbands, gypsy-like skirts and sneakers,” said Ms. Tepper. “I don’t know where that came from. Her family was relatively conservative.”

Yellow was a favorite color, and for many years later in life Mrs. Boone drove a yellow Mustang convertible, offering her services to ferry non-marching participants and dignitaries down Westchester Avenue during Memorial Day parades.

“These were the kind of things that gave her a lot of joy,” Ms. Tepper said. “She loved Pound Ridge and was horribly sorry to leave. It was hard for her to realize what she was giving up, that she couldn’t finish her days at the Honey Hollow house and being active in Pound Ridge.”

Ms. Tepper said she thought her mother’s contributions to environmental causes will endure in the future, because of Mrs. Boone’s “desire to keep the town and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in a way that people would treasure.”

Mrs. Boone’s “Pound Ridge Past” interview concluded with her own hopes for the future. “Honey Hollow Road has been saved because of Ward Pound Ridge Reservation on one side and Cross River Reservation on the other. It’s still a lovely road … a road that people travel on just to see the scenery.”

She noted a “second generation” of new neighbors moving in, calling them a “group that I hope will protect the reservation. I’m not going to be here that much longer, and it is their responsibility to be good guardians of Honey Hollow Road and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.”



Pound Ridger Bert Brosmith, dies at 86

Berthold A. (“Bert”) Brosmith, longtime Pound Ridge resident and founder of Bert Brosmith Architects in Katonah, died on Jan. 23. Mr. Brosmith was 86.

A 1952 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in architecture, Mr. Brosmith earned notoriety designing many residential properties, including the home on Honey Hollow Road in which he and his family lived for more than 40 years.

Mr. Brosmith was born in Hartford, Connecticut, to parents Allan and Georgette (Comeau) Brosmith. He was a Fulbright Scholar, attending Oxford University’s University of London, and served as photographer for the U.S. Army Corps in Japan, at one time assigned to cover General Douglas MacArthur.

Brosmith worked with famed architect Paul Rudolph, overseeing  Mr. Rudolph’s office in Sarasota, Florida. With Mr. Rudolph and others, he was a founder of the Sarasota School of Architecture. Mr. Brosmith was invited to serve as a visiting architectural critic at Yale University’s School of Architecture, and was a scratch golfer who enjoyed the game well into his 70s.

Mr. Brosmith married Catharina Boman in 1961. Following his work with Mr. Rudolph, Mr. Brosmith founded his own firm in Sarasota before returning to New York, where he worked with Perkins and Will in White Plains, and founded Juster, Brosmith, Levine Architects in New York City.

In 1978, he started Bert Brosmith Architects in Katonah, focusing on residential projects for more than thirty years.

Mr. Brosmith is the father of three children, Kevin, Sean and Karina. Mr. Brosmith is survived by his wife, Catharina of Bethel, Connecticut; Kevin and Mary Brosmith of Natick, Massachusetts; Sean and Hsiu-Yen Brosmith of Beverly Hills, California, and Karina (Early) and her husband, Patrick, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Mr. Brosmith is the grandfather of Kaitlin, Kevin II, Elin, Pia, Kieran, Liam, Meghan and Mikayla.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church in Bedford, on Friday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to University of Pennsylvania Design School, or to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Barbara Blankenhorn Kerst, former Katonah resident

Barbara Blankenhorn Kerst, 86, died in Tacoma, Washington, on Dec. 9. Barbara moved to Katonah when she married Richard N. Kerst in 1982, a tennis and golf partner. They were members of the Waccabuc Country Club. The Kersts lived on Mount Holly Road and spent winters in Borrego Springs, Calif. Mr. Kerst was a longtime board member of the Katonah Museum. After his death in 1997, Ms. Kerst lived in San Diego before moving to Tacoma. Ms. Kerst was born in Pasadena, California, to Kathryn and Louis “Mac” Blankenhorn. She attended Polytechnic School in Pasadena, the Katherine Branson School in Ross, California, and Annie Wright Seminary in Tacoma. Ms. Kerst came east to Vassar College and worked in New York City.

Ms. Kerst had three children from her first marriage to Russell C. Clark Jr., of Staten Island. The Clarks lived in Darien and New Canaan, Connecticut. She loved gardening, starting with her “Victory Garden” in Pasadena, and enjoyed her time with the Bedford Garden Club. She volunteered in hospitals and at her children’s schools, and loved music, travel, and following the stock market. She will be remembered for her social skills and her ability to connect people.

Ms. Kerst is survived by her three children: Catherine Obert of Chamonix, France; David Clark of Bedford, New Hampshire, William Clark of Lakewood, Washington, their spouses and seven grandchildren. Mr. Kerst’s son Duncan Kerst lives in Portland, Oregon and daughter Katrena in Connecticut.

Ms. Kerst suffered from Parkinson’s, and learned as much as she could about the disease. Despite her trials as a Parkinson’s survivor, family members said she remained strong, generous, and witty until her very last breath.

A small ceremony in Barbara’s honor was held at the Weatherly Inn in Tacoma, on Dec. 23.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to neurodegenerative disease research at University of California San Diego, specifying in memory of B.B. Kerst. For more information, contact 858-534-4493.


George L. Krause, 87, of Pound Ridge

George L. Krause, age 87, of Pound Ridge, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at Somers Manor Nursing Home of Somers. George was born on March 7, 1927 in the Bronx. He is the son of the late Lucius and Ruth (Miller) Krause. He was predeceased by his wife, Alice Krause, on March 17, 1988.

Mr. Krause was a self-employed plumber. He served as a shipfitter in the Navy during World War II, and was a member of the American Legion of Katonah.

Mr. Krause is survived by daughter Renee (Robert) Lee, of South Carolina; son Clifford (Kathleen) Krause of Pound Ridge; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Road, Katonah.

Interment will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, at Bedford Union Cemetery, Bedford.


Patricia Nigey of Bedford

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

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

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


Marie Seibert, Bedford Hills resident

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

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

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

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

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

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


David Finley, longtime local resident

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Douglas J. Leonaggeo, former Bedford Hills resident

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

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

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

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

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


Victoria Kosakowski, longtime Bedford resident

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

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

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


Arthur H. Scherer Jr., longtime Bedford Village resident

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

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

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

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




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