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.

She is survived by her husband William Gayton at home, sons William A. Gayton and wife Hilda (Jhill) of Jacksonville, Jeffrey Gayton of New Windsor, and Joseph Gayton and husband Bill of Middletown, and her grandchildren William J. Gayton, Heather Gorman and husband Derek, and William C. Gayton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Jacksonville.

Ann Altmann Hyde

Died November 2, 2017

Former Cornwall teacher

Ann Altmann Hyde, age 72, of Bel Air, Md. passed away on Nov. 2 at Bel Air Health and Rehabilitation.

Born in Middletown, N.Y, she was the daughter of Herman and Viola (Cotter) Altmann. She was a former resident of Cornwall, who taught in Cornwall school. She was famous for her blankets that she would pass out to friends and loved ones. A very dedicated social worker, she had her own private practice with a focus on helping women and children. She often was accompanied by her therapy dog Cricket when she did her work in the field. She was a very dedicated mother and grandmother, and her grandchildren were so important to her.

Mrs. Hyde is survived by her husband, Wesley “Chuck” Charles Hyde; two daughters, Heather Hill (Corey) and Gwendolyn Merz (Jarrett); son, Michael Hyde (Katherine); brother, Herman John Altmann; sister, Mary Lou Corea; five grandchildren, Preston Merz, Mikel Hill, Sofia Hill, Pryce Merz and Saylor Hyde; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her nephew, Herman William Altmann and niece Mary Catherine Corea.

Visitation will be held under the caring guidance of the McComas Funeral Home at Mountain Christian Church, Joppa, Md. on Friday, Nov. 10 from 1-2 p.m. with a service to follow at 2 p.m. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Harford County Humane Society, 2208 Connolly Road, Fallston, MD 21047.

Condolences may be left on the guestbook at

Daniel J. Mahoney

August 31, 1938-November 4, 2017

formerly of Cornwall-on-Hudson

Daniel J. Mahoney of Hernando, Fla., formerly of Cornwall-on-Hudson, entered into his new life on Nov. 4. He was 79. Online condolences may be sent to the family at Donations in Dan’s memory can be made to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Lecanto, Fla.

Donna M. Neary

December 7, 1931 – November 4, 2017

Formerly of Fort Montgomery

Donna M. Neary, wife of the late Gerald F. Neary, died on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the age of 85.

She was born in Elmira, on December 7, 1931, daughter of the late Edna and David Roche.

She attended St. Vincent’s School of Nursing where she later became an emergency room nurse, and dedicated her life to caring for others.

Throughout her career, she worked as a nurse in St. Vincent’s Hospital and North Rockland School District. Her energy and enthusiasm for life was felt by everyone around her. She took great pleasure in caring for those she loved and those in need.

Donna is survived by her children, Anne Lawless and husband Francis of Fort Montgomery, John Neary and wife Mary of Richmond, Va., Brian Neary and wife Lisa of Simsbury, Conn. and David Neary and wife Jill of Henderson, Nev. Donna is also survived by her five beloved grandchildren who she loved so dearly, Kristianna and Carly Lawless, Ryan Neary, and Jack and Gretchen Neary; and her brother David Roche. She also leaves many loving friends.

Donna was predeceased by her son Kevin and her sister Joanne Ryan.

As per Donna’s request, there will be no visitation. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 10 at Sacred Heart Church, 353 Main St, Highland Falls.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for memorial donations to the Sacred Heart Church. Funeral arrangements by William F. Hogan Funeral Home, 446-2868,

June M. Ruscelli

June 11, 1929 -November 4, 2017

Fort Montgomery

June M. Ruscelli passed away Saturday, Nov. 4 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, NY.  She was 88 years old.  Daughter of the late Clifford and Anna Langer Teets, she was born June 11, 1929 in Buchanan.

June was the widow of Charles Ruscelli.  She was an executive secretary with Standard Coated of Buchanan and then went to work for Fisher Body of Tarrytown.  June was a member of Sacred Heart Church of Highland Falls.

Survivors include her son, Charles “Chip” Ruscelli of New Windsor; daughter Joni Sabel of Fort Montgomery; sisters Frances Gallery of Montrose and Maryann Hatton and husband Ed of Florida; brother Clifford Teets and wife Agnes of Florida; six grandchildren, William, Jarred, Eric, Rosemarie, Patricia and Courtney; and three great grandchildren, Ariana, Viviane and Lilith.

Along with her husband Charles, June was predeceased by her son-in-law William Sabel and her sister Dorothy Gaudinier.

Funeral Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 60 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10165.

Funeral arrangements by William F. Hogan Funeral Home, (845) 446-2868.

Philip Stephan Sickler

June 5, 1947 -November 4, 2017

formerly of Highland Falls

Rev. Philip Stephan Sickler was called home to be with the Lord on Nov. 4.

Born on June 5, 1947 in Kingston, Rev. Sickler is the son of Philip and Florence Sickler of Highland Falls. He is survived by his parents, wife Beverly J. Williams Sickler, daughters Jennifer and Rebecca, granddaughter Abigail Whittington, and sisters Barbara Manzo and Cathy Siemer.

Steve graduated from Highland Falls High School in 1964 and earned a BA degree in political science and a Masters of Education from the University of Buffalo. While a student, he was president of the Wesley Foundation at Buffalo. Following graduation, he became director of the Ontario Street Youth Center and taught in the Buffalo Public Schools. During this time, he and Beverly organized “His Place,” a Christian coffee house ministry. While earning his Masters of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary he served as Minister of Youth and Evangelism at Olney Presbyterian Church. He was ordained in the Reformed Church in America and served the Hope Reformed Church in Clifton, NJ and the Arlington Reformed Church in Poughkeepsie.  For many years he operated a dry wall construction business in Ulster County.

Rev. Sickler was a lifelong student of politics and government and served as supervisor of Esopus.  At the time of his death he was an Elder at the Reformed Church of Port Ewen and the first vice president of the Klyne Esopus Museum.  Rev. and Mrs. Sickler met as college students while working in the administration building in Bear Mountain State Park and married in 1970.

The memorial service was held at the Reformed Church of Port Ewen on Thursday, Nov. 9. Inurnment followed in Riverview Cemetery, Port Ewen.

Entrusted to the care of Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, Port Ewen.

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Paul V. Suto

February 14,1935– October 30, 2017

New Windsor

Paul V. Suto, a lifelong res- ident of New Windsor, passed away at home on Monday, Oct. 30 at the age of 82.

Paul worked at Val-Ron for 25 years and retired from IBM of Fishkill after 10 years. He was a member of Empire Bowling Lanes and Bowling Time Bowling Leagues, Black Rock Fish and Game Club and was an usher at Sacred Heart Church in Newburgh. Paul is the son of the late John Suto and Mary Ference Suto. He was born on Feb. 14, 1935 in Roseton, N.Y.

Paul was a kind and gentle man with a heart of gold, he was a friend to many and he would always tell you that he had big shoulders. He enjoyed sharing his love with the world by cooking among many other ways.

Paul is survived by his wife Dorothy Clark Suto and his beloved yorkie Holly at home, their one daughter Diane M. Michaud, two grandsons, David M. Michaud of Wallkill, and Carl F. Michaud Jr. and his fiancé Brittany Stahli of New Windsor. One brother Joseph Suto of Cornwall, sister-in-law Jean Suto of Highland, six nieces and four nephews.

Paul was predeceased by his brother James Suto and his sisters Janet Compoly, Irene Drotos, Helen Kish, and Betty Schneider.

A memorial visitation and service was held. on Nov. 8, at Hudson Valley Funeral Home, Inc. in New Windsor.

Donations may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties 800 Stony Brook Court Newburgh, NY 12550.

Gordon Robens White


formerly of Cornwall-on-Hudson

A week after being evacuated from his Houston area apartment in the midst of hurricane Harvey, Gordon passed away peacefully on Sept. 8. His wife and son were by his side at his son’s home.

Gordon is survived by Wini, his wife of 65 years, his sons David Gordon of Los Angeles, Steven Richard of Hempstead, Texas, his granddaughter Caroline Meyer White and great grandsons Noah and Benjamin of Bornholm, Denmark.

Gordon was born in Mineola, N.Y.,  the eldest son of Jackson and Ethel White.  After living most of his childhood in upstate New York, he entered the U.S. Army during World War II, serving stateside until the end of the war.  Afterward, he attended Long Island University at Farmingdale earning an associate’s degree in horticulture, and then earning a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.  While at Cornell, he met and married Wini in 1951.

The family moved to Cornwall-on-Hudson in 1967 and saw their sons graduate from Cornwall Central High School.  Gordon worked in the private sector in agricultural sales.  He began a career in teaching in the Nyack public school system in the early 1960s.  During that time he earned a master’s degree in education at Columbia University.  After several years at Nyack he accepted a teaching position in Horticulture at the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (B.O.C.E.S.) in West Nyack, N.Y. where he remained until his retirement in 1981. The family moved to Houston, Texas in 1996.


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