Obituaries – July 21, 2017

Susan Bunte

June 14, 1947 – July 11, 2017

Highland Falls

Susan N. Bunte passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at her home in Highland Falls.  She was 70 years old.

Daughter of the late Max and Fannie Glusman Hirschberg, she was born June 14, 1947 in Newburgh.

Susan worked in the Military Pay & Finance Department at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and was a former employee in the finance office of the Village of Highland Falls.

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Obituaries – July 14, 2017

John Arthur LaTerra

March 13, 1946 – March 14, 2017

Formerly of Cornwall

John Arthur LaTerra of Locust Grove, Va., passed away after a long illness on March 14 at age 71. Born in Brooklyn on March 13, 1946, he was the younger of two sons born to Sicilian immigrants.

John was a member of the Cornwall Jaycees and organized the youth dances on the tennis courts during the summer of 1972. He was also the driving force behind the Black Rock Fish and Game Club’s Pheasant Preserve. John was a computer programmer in the final years of his career, but he was trained as a horticulturist and it was his true passion. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Fredericksburg, Va.

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Obituaries – July 7, 2017

Judith A. Blaine

September 9, 1937-July 1, 2017


Judith A. Blaine of Cornwall passed away peacefully  on July 1.  She was 79.

The only child of the late John and Annamae Giebler Steffens, she was born on Sept. 9, 1937 in Manhattan.

Judith moved to Cornwall in 1952 and graduated from Cornwall High School.  She retired after working as an executive secretary at Cornwall Hospital.  She was also a member and past president of Highland Engine Co. Auxiliary.  Judith was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who will be deeply missed by many.

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Obituaries – June 30, 2017

Patricia Agnes (Devitt) Kavanaugh

March 19, 1931– June 23, 2017


Patricia Agnes Devitt Kavanaugh passed away on Friday morning, June 23.  She was 86.  Born on March 19, 1931 in Montgomery to Agnes Frances (Flannery) and William J Devitt, she was married to the late William M. Kavanaugh.

Patricia is survived by four sons, William (Lisa) of Loganton, PA, Timothy of Cornwall, Michael (Kelli) of Newburgh, and Patrick (Brenda) of Suwanee GA; five grandchildren, Rordan, Logan, Jorja, Philip and Veronica; her sister, Barbara Mahoney of Tarrytown; brother, F. Edward Devitt of Montgomery; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  A brother, William Devitt, also predeceased her.

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Obituaries – June 23, 2017

Shirley Komonchak

September 21, 1920 – June 14, 2017

Highland Falls

Shirley H. Komonchak passed away Wednesday, June 14, at Wingate at Beacon in Beacon.  She was 96 years old.

Daughter of the late Harold Herbert and the late Hilda Stromberg Herbert, she was born September 21, 1920 in Doodletown. Shirley was the widow of John J. (Jack) Komonchak.

She was a member of United Methodist Women of Highland Falls, 4 Paws Humane Society of Highland Falls, and a retired elementary school teacher with the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery School District, where she taught for 29 years.

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Obituaries – June 16, 2017

James Thomas Ebert

September 3, 1957-April 28, 2017

formerly of Cornwall

James Thomas Ebert, formerly of Cornwall, passed away in Long Beach, Calif. on April 28 after a brief battle with cancer.

A memorial service was held at Resurrection Church in Long Beach, and a private gravesite services is being held with the family.

Jimmy was passionate about serving his community especially being a voice for persons with disabilities. He served as Executive Director of Mid-Point Integrative Services, a non-profit dedicated to providing residency to displaced men and women.

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Obituaries – June 9, 2017

Donna Ann Colombo

July 10, 1960-June 1, 2017

formerly of Highland Mills

Donna Ann Colombo, age 56, was a longtime resident of Highland Mills before moving to Ocala, Fla. in 2006. She passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 1. Donna was born on July 10, 1960, in Queens, New York to Dorothy Ward and Malcolm McEntee. She was one of three children.

Survivors include her son, James Skoufis and his wife Hillary; and her daughter, Melissa O’Neal and her husband Cory, who recently became parents to Donna’s grandson Colton. She is also survived by her partner Brian Eppinger; sister Janet DeLuca; and brother Robert McEntee.

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Obituaries – June 2, 2017

Elsie E. Cyr

January 12, 1928 – May 23, 2017

Highland Falls

Elsie Cyr, beloved wife and mother, joined her husband of 63 years in eternal peace on May 23.  She was 89 years old.

Elsie was born at the West Point Hospital, the daughter of an Army sergeant. She was a working woman for most of her life, starting as a telephone operator in Florida and New York, and finishing with a 20-year career as a police dispatcher for Highland Falls. She helped found the Sacred Heart Church Thrift Shop, and at a time when many women did not drive, was a willing chauffeur for her many friends.

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Obituaries – May 26, 2017

Florence Louise Brooks

August 1929-May 8, 2017

Formerly of Cornwall-on-Hudson

Florence Louise Brooks was reassigned to her heavenly home of record on the 8th of May after 87 years of exemplary performance as an angel of God here on earth.  She was born in August of 1929 to the late Maude and Norman Clark of Wallkill.  Raised on a dairy farm in rural New York during the depression, she learned the value of hard work, dedication and team spirit early in life.

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Obituaries – May 19, 2017

Marcia “Lisa” Meyer

Died May 13, 2017

Formerly of Cornwall

Marcia “Lisa” Meyer (nee Chutkowski) died peacefully on May 13 in Clearwater, Fla. at the age of 63. Lisa is survived by her son Rodney, his wife Danielle, and their sons Keith and Garret of Denver, Col.; and by her son Joseph, wife Jessica, and their children Lillian and Joseph of Hudson, Fla. She is preceded in death by her husband Rodney “Rod” Meyer of Council Bluffs, Iowa and both her parents, Lois and Joseph Chutkowski of Cornwall. The funeral will be held at St. Alfred’s Episcopal Church in Palm Harbor, Fla. on May 19.

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