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Obituaries – July 2016

Kenneth Burke, 73

Kenneth G. Burke, a resident of Purdys
and former resident of Tarrytown, died July
13. He was 73.

He attended Transfiguration in Tarrytown,
and Stepinac in White Plains, and graduated
from Irvington High School. He served in
the U.S. Navy from October 1961 to January
1966 on board the U.S.S. William V.
Pratt as a FTM2-Fire Control Technician
Missileman Second Class. Mr. Burke graduated
from the RCA Institute in NYC, NY.
As a Sr. Electronic Technician, he worked
for Norden, United Aircraft, Timex, Union
Carbide and retired from USPS in 2007.

On April 18,1970, he married Nancy
Timmeny at St. Matthew’s Church in Hastings-
on-Hudson. Mr. Burke was an avid NY
Yankees and Giants fan. He loved fishing,
boating and camping in the Adirondacks.
He enjoyed singing in the Garrison Chorale.
A lover of the outdoors, he was in his glory
planting flowers and trees as well as working
on all sorts of household projects. More
than anything he loved his family, especially
family get-togethers when he caused lots of
laughter with his quick Irish wit.

Reynold Gheduzzi, 94

Reynold Gheduzzi, a resident of Irvington,
died peacefully, surrounded by his loving
family on July 10. He was 94.

He was born in the Bronx in 1922 to
Lawrence and Anna Gheduzzi, and grew up
during the Great Depression. He started his
own die-cutting business in high school to
help support his family and pay his college
tuition. After attending Fordham University,
he served his county in the U.S. Army for
two years. Following his service, he met the
love of his life, Vera, when he hired her as his
secretary. His journey of entrepreneurship
continued in 1955 when he founded a custom
home building business. His company,
Mar-Vera Corp., built homes throughout
Westchester County for 61 years. He never
retired, working side by side with his children
until his passing. He resided in Irvington
for 59 years, and faithfully attended Immaculate
Conception Church every Sunday.

His beloved wife of 62 years predeceased
him.

Maryrose Cirillo, 85
Maryrose “Nan” Cirillo (Mouro) died
peacefully at her home in Irvington on July
6. She was 85.

She was born in Bridgeport CT and had
lived in Irvington since 1970. She was the
first female store Manager for Finest Supermarkets.
Her and her family owned and operated
a small local grocery store in Irvington
during the 1980s before she retired. She had
a love for gardening and her annual Christmas
display.

Thomas Donegan, 87

Thomas Donegan, a resident of Irvington,
died peacefully July 15, with his family by
his side at Cabrini Nursing Home in Dobbs
Ferry. He was 87.

Born in Courtown Harbour, Co. Wexford,
Ireland on September 5, 1928, he was
the beloved husband of 59 years to Margaret
Rose Donegan, who survives him. Over
the course of a long and productive life, Mr.
Donegan worked in Ireland as a fisherman
and a brickmaker. Arriving in the United
States in 1958, he worked as a longshoreman
on the Manhattan piers and as a refrigeration
mechanic in Port Newark, New Jersey.
He was a loyal member of Local 791 of the
International Longshoreman Association.
Although he was proud to be an American
citizen, he never forgot his Irish roots

Gerald Connors, 88

Gerald Martin Connors, a retired New
York Daily News Wall Street reporter and
U.S. Navy combat veteran of both World
War II and Korea and husband of Elizabeth
Flynn-Connors, died May 25 at his home in
Sleepy Hollow. He was 88.

He was a graduate of George Washington
High School and New York University,
earning a bachelor of arts degree in 1955.

In World War II, he served on the destroyer
escort USS Naifeh, and, between 1950 and
1952, on the battleship USS New Jersey, operating
16-inch guns in the waters off Korea.

His journalistic career began with the New
York World Telegram and Sun, and he joined
the Daily News in 1965, writing the daily
Wall Street column; he was well-known for
his clever and witty leads. He was a member
of the Financial Writers of New York, and
wrote lyrics for their annual dinner spoofing
the financial and political establishment
of New York and Washington. He also belonged
to the Senior Club of Sleepy Hollow.

Peter Kraus, 50

Peter Kraus, a longtime Irvington resident,
died July 4. He was 50.

Born in Port Chester, he lived his whole life
in Irvington before moving to Manasquan,
NJ in 2007.

Mr. Kraus worked for the Borough of
Deal for the past nine years. While he lived
in Irvington, Mr. Kraus served as a volunteer
fireman, past fire chief, and dive rescue captain
in Irvington.

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