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Jane Saracelli, 94
Jane Saracelli, a lifelong resident of Sleepy Hollow, died December 13. She was 94.

Born in North Tarrytown, she graduated from North Tarrytown High School in 1939. She married Anthony Saracelli in St. Teresa’s Church and the couple settled in North Tarrytown. Mr. Saracelli predeceased her on June 4, 1998.

Mrs. Saracelli was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church and had been a member of the Sleepy Hollow Seniors. She is survived by her brother Francis X. Galgano of Tarrytown and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.


Dominick Favilla, 78
Dominick C. Favilla, a resident of Sleepy Hollow, died December 1, on his 78th birthday.

Born in Scilla, Calabria, Italy, he came to the United States in 1948. In 1951, he married Agatha Mortelliti in Scilla. Mr. Favilla worked for General Motors for 37 years. He was a member of UAW Local 664 and was an active member of the Sleepy Hollow Seniors. He loved gardening and was always seen working on various projects around the house.

He is survived by his loving sons Santo (Christina) of Wilton, CT and Robert of Sleepy Hollow. He is also survived by his grandchildren Dominick and Agatha; and loving siblings Josephine (Steve) Cangelosi of Yorktown Heights, Armando (Margaret) Favilla of Mahopac and Mary (Mike) Della Posta of White Plains, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife in 1998.


Mary Patten, 92
Mary Patten - Sleepy Hollow, NYMary (Janos) Patten, a lifelong resident of Sleepy Hollow, died December 5. She was 92.

She graduated from North Tarrytown High School and worked at General Motors during World War II. She married William Patten on February 8, 1948. Mrs. Patten worked at Union Carbide in Eastview, NY after raising her family. She loved children and animals and walked with her dogs every day in Eagle Mountain.

She is survived by her brother, William Janos; three children, William Patten of Calabash, NC, Patricia Maceyak of Tarrytown, and Maureen Patten of Danbury, CT; five grandchildren, Christopher and Tara Maceyak, Alison Giampa, Katy Chung and Amanda Patten; and three great-grandchildren, Zoe and Dylan Giampa and Riley Petruzzelli. She was predeceased by her husband in 1991.


Doris Morin, 64
Doris Kulinicz Morin, a resident of Irvington, died December 12, following a 17-year battle with breast cancer. She was 64.

She attended Sleepy Hollow High School and graduated from Connecticut College in 1973. She moved to Irvington in 1976 and graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 1978. Following law school, she worked at the New York Life Insurance Company. She then founded the Irvington firm of Blancato & Morin and later owned and operated the Irvington Realty Company. In 1997, Mrs. Morin was appointed as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York at the Consumer Fraud Division in White Plains. A committed advocate for consumer rights, she obtained settlements in a number of high-profile cases involving deceptive advertising before her retirement earlier this year.

Her children, Louis Morin III of Los Angeles, CA and Andrea Morin of Irvington, were the true joys of her life, and she considered her herself a mother, first and foremost. In addition to her children, she is survived by her mother, Lidia Kulinicz of Tarrytown, her separated husband and devoted friend, Lou Morin, and her sisters Lilia Snyder and Regina Maschler.


George Raymond, 96
George M. Raymond, a resident of Irvington, died December 3 at his home. He was 96.

Born in Odessa, Ukraine, he served proudly in the U.S. Army in WW II. Among many accomplishments, he co-founded the city planning firms of Raymond & May and Raymond, Parish, Pine & Weiner; chaired the planning department at Pratt Institute; co-founded the Westchester Friends of Music; and chaired the Westchester Housing Opportunity Commission.


Tibor Mermelstein, 89
Tibor Mermelstein, a resident of Tarrytown, died December 5 at his home, after a long illness. He was 89.

He was born in Svylava, Czechoslovakia in 1926. He was the second of four children born to Ida and Samuel Mermelstein, a prosperous businessman who owned lumber mills and spas throughout the region. An excellent student, he studied at the best schools in the cultural haven of Munkacs (alternately part of Czechoslovakia and Hungary during the early 1900s) and was fluent in Hungarian, Czech, German, and Hebrew (he later learned both Portuguese and English). This life was violently disrupted during the Nazi regime, when the family was forced onto cattle trains leading to Auschwitz. It was the last time he saw his mother and younger sister, Judit, both of whom perished there. Mr. Mermelstein, his brother Otto (d. 2005), and father (d. 1946), survived by sticking together and volunteering for extra work, which led to their slave labor removing bricks from the Warsaw ghetto, digging trenches near Dachau and toiling similarly at Lansberg and the various Kaufering satellite camps until their release by U.S. Armed Forces in 1945.

After the war, he immigrated to the United States with his brother and set down roots in New York City, where he married Magda Pollak in 1954. After several odd jobs, he became an upholster, later owning “Home Fashions,” an interior decorating store in Great Neck, Long Island. The couple moved to Tarrytown from Jamaica Estates, Queens, in 2011, reveling in the diversity of cultural and culinary offerings nearby. In recent years, he took great pleasure in continued study and discussion of the Torah, participating at the Tarrytown Senior Center, and debating politics, religion and the virtues of dark chocolate.

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