Obituaries – January 12, 2018

Ann Marie Aiossa

February 25, 1926-December 27, 2017


Ann Marie Aiossa, a longtime Cornwall resident, entered into eternal rest on Dec 27 at her home with her family by her side. She was 91.

The daughter of the late Joseph Lanno and Josephine (Eratico) Lanno, Ann Marie was born on Feb. 25, 1926 in Brooklyn.  She was married to the late Marco V. Aiossa, Sr.

Ann Marie was a Certified Nutritionist through Cornell and in her earlier years the co-proprietor of Mark Vincent’s Bridal Shop in Cornwall.

She was an active member of the Republican Club.   “Ann Marie was fiercely independent,” her family said,  “a strong-willed matriarch who adored her family and was abundantly generous to all around her. She loved having company and often hosted with an open door policy to family and friends for holidays and casual gatherings. Ann Marie adored her grandchildren, entertaining and spoiling them in her home every summer vacation as they grew and was overjoyed to watch her family grow as they each got married and great grandchildren arrived. She was a woman of God who enjoyed reading her bible and shared her passion for Christ.  She will be missed greatly.”

Ann Marie is survived by her adoring son: Mark V. Aiossa, Jr. and his wife Providence of Fort Montgomery; her grandchildren: Mark V. III, John P., Vincent J. and Joseph L.; her great grandchildren: John P. Jr, Natalie, Ariana, Roman, Joseph L. Jr, Nico and Victoria. Ann Marie is also survived by her sister: Rosemarie Modica.  She was predeceased by her sisters: Gloria Nastacio and Angela Sacchi: and her great-grandchild Vincent, Jr.

Her family received visitors on Jan. 5 at Quigley Brothers Funeral Home in Cornwall-on-Hudson. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Jan. 6 at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church (Cornwall-on-Hudson) and was followed by entombment at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Middle Hope.

Eileen M. Davidson

April 14, 1941- January 3, 2018


Eileen M. Davidson, of Walden, formally of Warrenton, VA and Florida, N.Y., entered into eternal rest on Jan. 3, 2018 at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY.  She was 76 years old.

The daughter of the late Thomas Murray and Ellen (O’Mahoney) Murray, Eileen was born on April 14, 1941 in Bronx, NY. On May 30, 1963 Eileen married the love of her life, Donald Davidson.

Eileen was a retired nurse with The New York Foundling in New York City.

Eileen was an active member of Most Precious Blood in Walden. She was previously the head of the Religious Education Program at St. Edwards’ Catholic Church in Florida, N.Y. Eileen was a charitable, loving mother and grandmother who loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.

In addition to her husband Donald Davidson, Eileen is survived by her sons: Michael D. Davidson and his wife Jaime, Matthew T. Davidson and his wife Sherrie; her daughters: Deborah A. Vogel and her husband Rick, Diane Burns and her husband Michael, and Doreen Brodmerkel and her husband Matt; her seven grandchildren:  Daniel, Gillian, Kaitlyn, Zachary, Nora, Olivia, and Kurt; and her sister Patricia Heffernan and her husband John.

Her family received visitors on Jan. 7 at Quigley Bros. Funeral Home, in Cornwall-on-Hudson. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Jan. 8 at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church (Cornwall-On-Hudson), followed by interment at St. Thomas Cemetery in Cornwall.

Vincent R. Dixon

August 3, 1936-January 5, 2018

Highland Falls

A lifelong resident of the area, Vincent R. Dixon, affectionately known as Bobby, passed away Friday, January 5, 2018 at Northern Riverview Health Care Center in Haverstraw.  He was 81 years old.

Son of the late John E. Dixon and the late Josephine Johnson Dixon, he was born August 3, 1936 in West Point.

Bobby was a graduate of Sacred Heart School and James I. O’Neill High School in Highland Falls. He was an avid fan of football and basketball and played on the Highland Falls High School football team. He was a retired roofer with DHPW at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point.

Survivors include his loving companion, Marion Graham and her family of Highland Falls; his brother Clifford Dixon of Boston, Mass., his sister Jean M. Pride of Boston, Mass., and several nieces and nephews.

Bobby was predeceased by his brothers Collin, Ronald, Eugene and John; and his sisters Dolores McClemons, Yvonne Dubois, Catherine Nichols and Margaret “Midge” McKnight.

In following Bobby’s wishes, there will be no visitation or public funeral.  Cremation will take place at Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope.

Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Asso-ciation, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-4060.

Funeral arrangements by William F. Hogan Funeral Home.

John Thomas Donnellan

June 26, 1940-December 27, 2017

Formerly of Cornwall-on-Hudson

John Thomas Donnellan passed away on Dec. 27 on Johns Island,  S.C., surrounded by his loving family, due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease. He was 77-years-old.

Son of the late John and Margaret Donnellan, John was born on June 26th, 1940 in Brooklyn. He was a retired New York City Police Officer and worked in the Transit Division for most of his career.

John was a longtime resident of Cornwall-on-Hudson, where he was known as “Uncle John” to many.  His many loves included taking long walks (to West Point and the Newburgh Library), being a connoisseur of all things opera, spending evenings at the Cornwall Library where he proudly started the Opera Club and enjoyed attending meetings of the Cornwall Historical Society, and spending time with his many friends and loved ones. Though John loved living in Cornwall-on-Hudson, his roots remained strong in Brooklyn and NYC. He enjoyed his frequent trips down to visit family and take in shows at Lincoln Center and Broadway.

John was a friend to all, and an incredibly selfless and generous man.
John is survived by his loving family, which includes his sister, Mary Donnellan Dean, nephews: Colm Ford, Jeremiah Dean, and Peter Donnellan, nieces: Sandy Donnellan-Possenti, Clare Ford, and Cathleen Ford Neal, brother-in-law Bill Ford, and his dear cousin, Mary Curtin. He is joined in death by his devoted sister Joan Ann Donnellan and his loving brother, Peter Donnellan. John was adored by his many cousins, friends, and the community as a whole and will be missed dearly by all who knew him.  Per John’s wishes, he was cremated and did not want any further memorial.  If you so desire, the family asks that a donation be made in John’s name to either Amnesty International or Doctors without Borders, two charities John actively supported.

Susan E. Gaetano

July 30, 1951-January 4, 2018

New Windsor

Susan E. Gaetano, of New Windsor, a retired teacher for the Wallkill School district and an area resident for 66 years, passed away on Jan. 4 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh. Susan was the daughter of the late James V. and Jane McEnery of Cornwall-on-Hudson. She was born on July 30, 1951 in Philadelphia, PA.

Susan dedicated her life to educating children for 41 years. Upon retiring Susan became the coordinator of the Wallkill Central School district mentoring program for new teachers. Susan was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed and forever remembered. She is survived by her husband Gary J. Gaetano, two sisters: Mary Anne McEnery of Cornwall-on-Hudson and Regina Kelder of Boston, and one brother James VT. McEnery of Washington State.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 12 at Hudson Valley Funeral Home, Inc. 239 Quassaick Avenue (Rt. 94) New Windsor. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation will be private at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Richard A. Kaczor

June 7, 1962-January 1, 2018


Richard A. Kaczor, of Cornwall, entered into eternal rest on Jan. 1 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh.  He was 55-years-old.

The son of the late Bernard Michael Kaczor and Evelyn Ruth (Garvin) Kaczor, Richard was born on June 7, 1962 in Amsterdam, N.Y.

Richard graduated from New York Military Academy, in Cornwall-On-Hudson,  and continued his education at Orange County Community College receiving his degree in Nursing.  He was a dedicated employee of the City of New York, where he increased the quality of life for countless New Yorkers as a registered nurse over the course of an incredibly proud 25 years of service.

Richard’s life was filled with music; he found joy in listening to music and playing guitar with his daughter, Katie. Richard was a genuine soul who strived to make everyone he loved happy. He brought joy into the lives of everyone who ever met him. His family will miss his incredible personality, his sparkling smile, and will cherish the warmth and love he left in their souls.

Richard is survived by his devoted daughter: Catherine A. Kaczor of Cornwall; his loving fiancée Debbie Reis at home; his brother: David Kaczor of Cornwall; his sisters: Nancy Kaczor, Sharon Potter and her husband John, all of Cornwall, and Linda Bloomberg of New Windsor
Memorial contributions in Richard’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or The International Cystinuria Foundation, 302 Belview Court, Longmont, CO 80501-4779.

Memorial visitation was held on Jan. 9 at Quigley Bros. Funeral Home, in Cornwall-On-Hudson. A chapel service was held immediately following at the funeral home. Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope.

Sheri LaFurge

October 21, 1974- December 11, 2017

Highland Falls

Sheri ‘Red’ LaFurge, 43, a longtime resident of Highland Falls, passed away peacefully at home on December 11, 2017, knowing she had the love and comfort of her beloved daughter, her family and her friends.

She was born in Cold Spring on October 21, 1974 and was the youngest of three children born to Levia LaFurge and the late Nelson C. LaFurge Sr.

Sheri was a fearless loving woman whose short time in this world inspired so many. Her love of life and compassion and understanding of people made everyone who met her love her. Sheri was a volunteer firefighter for the Highland Falls Fire Department, a challenge she took on in her early thirties. She was so honored and proud to be a firefighter and so proud to give back to her community of Highland Falls. She also took great pride in being an ordained minister and the passion she had when she was asked to unite friends in Holy Matrimony was like no other.

Sheri is survived by her loving daughter, her princess, Chelsea O. LaFurge, and her caring and loving mother, Levia Sather LaFurge, both of Highland Falls. She is also survived by her sister, Tammy LaFurge of Scotchtown; her brother, Nelson C. ‘Jay’, LaFurge Jr.,  of Highland Falls; her beloved niece, Mackenzie Suter of New York City, and nephew, Jayson LaFurge of Cherryville, NC; and many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.
She was predeceased by her father, Nelson C. LaFurge, Sr.

While we will mourn her passing, we will continue to celebrate her life, and cherish the way she has touched each and  every one she came in contact with. A celebration of life will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 20 at the Highland Falls Fire Department.

Frank J. O’Donnell

July 16, 1923-January 7, 2018


Frank J. O’Donnell, of Cornwall-on-Hudson, entered into rest on Jan. 7.  He was 94.

The son of the late Joseph W. and Jane Bockis O’Donnell, he was born on July 16, 1923 in Cornwall.

Frank graduated from Cornwall High School in 1941 then enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  He was a veteran of World War II, serving five years. He was an Aviation Radioman and an Air Crewman in PBY aircraft.  He also served in the Pacific area aboard the USS Kwajalein, CVE-98.

He was a retired Contracting Officer at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he was employed for over 41 years. Frank was a member and trustee of the Cornwall Historical Society and also a longtime member and Past Commander of  The American Legion Cornwall Post 353.
Survivors include his loving wife, Helen Wisner O’Donnell, at home; sister-in-law, Sister Mary Ellen Wisner, plus several cousins.  He was predeceased by his first wife, Winifred VanAmburgh Holmes.

Visitation was held on Jan.10 at James F. Lulves Funeral Home, Cornwall-on-Hudson. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 11 at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Cornwall-on-Hudson, Interment followed in St. Thomas Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Frank’s memory be made to The American Legion Post 353, P.O. Box 353, Cornwall, NY  12518.

Christopher Page

August 28, 1990-January 1, 2018


Christopher Page, of Wallkill, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018. He was 27 years old.

Christopher was born in Newburgh, on August 28, 1990. He is the son of Julie Page.

Christopher was an English teacher at James I. O’Neill High School, Highland Falls. At O’Neill he coached the junior varsity football team and assisted with the varsity football team. He also coached the girls junior varsity basketball team and assisted with the boys lacrosse team.

Survivors include his mother, Julie Page of Newburgh; his brothers Daniel and Tyriegn; and his sister Tykiesha Page.

Visitation and funeral services were held on Monday, January 8 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, 76 First St., Newburgh. A memorial was also held in the O’Neill High School auditorium on Wednesday, January 10.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Carl J. DiDonato, Jr. of the DiDonato Funeral Service, Inc. 845-236-4300.

Ann L. Steinberg

August 14, 1932-December 31, 2017

Salisbury Mills

Ann Lovejoy Steinberg, of Salisbury Mills, passed away peacefully, at her home surrounded by her loved ones, on Dec. 31, 2017. She battled Alzheimer’s for 15 years.  She was 85-years-old.

The daughter of the late James M. Robbins and Virginia (Peters) Robbins, Ann was born on Aug. 14, 1932 in Maplewood, NJ.

Ann graduated from Simons College in Boston, MA with a degree in Home Economics. She worked with her husband, John, at Schoonmaker Homes in Newburgh  until she retired in 2006.

Ann was a special person; a good listener; easily accepted by others; and full of love, warmth, and caring. She was ladylike with a wonderful sense of humor which sometimes, to our surprise, was not so ladylike.  She loved entertaining and opening her home and her heart to her friends. Ann was active in the Cornwall New Comers Club especially the bridge group and the gourmet group.  She was a member of St. John’s parish. We will all miss her greatly.

Ann is survived by her loving husband: John Steinberg, Jr.; her children: Leslie Gray and her husband Prentiss; Meredith Steinberg and her husband Larry Popino; John J. Steinberg and his wife Linda and Carrie Steinberg; her grandchildren: Matthew, Zachary, and Nathaniel Gray; her sister: Sara Mueller and her husband Dr. Gus Mueller, their children Rachel Mueller, Gretchen Mueller, Jim Mueller and his wife Tracey, and Edith and her husband Paul McDonald; her niece Arietta Slade and her husband Sam Felder.

Memorial visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Quigley Bros. Funeral Home, 337 Hudson St. Cornwall-On-Hudson.

In lieu of Flowers, please send donations in Ann’s name to: The Center for Cognitive Neurology at New York University or The Tisch MS Research Center of New York.


Editorial Staff