Obituary – December 29, 2017

Mafalda A. McKinna

January 9, 1923-December 24, 2017

Highland Falls

Mafalda A. McKinna passed away Sunday, Dec. 24 at St. Anthony’s Community Hospital, Warwick. She was 94 years old.

Daughter of the late John and Antoinetta Martinisi Pelella, she was born Jan. 9, 1923 in Walden.  Mafalda was the widow of William C. McKinna. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church of Highland Falls, and a member of the Catholic Daughter’s of America Court 201 of Highland Falls.

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Obituaries – December 22, 2017

George J. Bender

January 30, 1926 – December 14, 2017

formerly of Cornwall

George Bender, 91, of Newburgh (formerly from Cornwall) entered into eternal rest, surrounded by his family on Dec. 14.

The son of the late Frank Bender and Anna (Ellingham) Bender, George was retired from the power house at West Point.

George honorably and proudly served his country during World War II as a Fireman First Class in the United States Navy. After the war he followed with a stint in the US Coast Guard.

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Obituaries – December 8, 2017

Doris Bushell

May 12, 1925-November 22, 2017


Doris Bushell, 92, a resident of Orange County died on Nov. 22 after a long illness.  The daughter of George and Bella Bushell, she was born in New York City on May 12, 1925.

After graduation from High School in the Bronx, Doris joined the US Naval Reserve in 1945 as Seaman First Class, serving in Indiana and Tennessee.  She was also the recipient of the Seaman First Class Victory Medal several years later.

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Obituaries – November 17, 2017

Helen M. Contarino

September 24, 1939-November 12, 2017


Helen M. Contarino, of Cornwall, entered into eternal rest at home on Nov. 12 with her loving family by her side. She was 78 years old.

The daughter of the late Henry Govier and Helen (O’Regan) Govier, Helen was born on Sept. 24, 1939 in the borough of Manhattan.

Helen was retired after working as a National Credit Manager for Arrow Electronics in Purchase, N.Y.

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Obituaries – November 10, 2017

Mildred Dyseven Gayton

Died November 4, 2017

Formerly of Cornwall

Mildred Dyseven Gayton, 83 of Jacksonville, N.C. and formerly of Lake Harris Landing in Leesburg, FL. and Cornwall, N.Y., passed away Saturday evening at her home in Jacksonville.

Mildred worked for many years as a Leesburg Regional Medical Center Volunteer. She loved music, and especially enjoyed any and all musicals ranging from Broadway to local productions.

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Obituaries – November 3, 2017

Chrystle Anderson

November 25, 1940 – October 29, 2017

formerly of Highland Falls

Chrystle M. Bonebrake Anderson, 76, wife of Howard “Andy” J. Anderson, of Summerville, SC passed away Sunday, Oct. 29.

Chrystle was born Nov. 25, 1940 in Cornwall, a daughter of Daniel Bonebrake and Marion Miller Bonebrake. She was raised in Highland Falls, where she graduated in 1958 from Highland Falls High School. After holding several positions throughout the 1960s, Chrystle married CWO Howard J. Anderson while at the University of Illinois/Urbana. She spent the next decade travelling the world with her husband, ending in Summerville, SC, where she chose to spend the rest of her life.

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Obituaries – October 27, 2017

Esther Heffner

September 8, 1929 – October 19, 2017

formerly of Highland Falls

Esther Heffner, former longtime resident of Highland Falls,  passed away on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Orange Regional Medical Center in the Town of Wallkill. She was 88.

Daughter of the late Agnes Cox Woodruff and Robert Woodruff, she was born in Highland Falls on September 8, 1929. Esther was a  member of Highland Falls United Methodist Church and of O’Connor Doyle American Legion Post Ladies’ Auxiliary, both in Highland Falls.

She is survived by her daughter Gloria Bradham of Mebane, NC; two grandchildren, James Kuhn and Angela Carriero; and five great-grandchildren, Destiny, Liesl, Esther, Landon and Elinor.

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