Obituaries – Dec 2018 + Jan 2019
Angelo Jurcic, 80
Angelo Jurcic, a longtime resident of Tarrytown and North Tarrytown (now Sleepy Hollow), died in his native country of Croatia January 3. He was 80.
Born in the city of Senj, Croatia, he came to the United States in the early 1960s, married and started his family shortly afterwards. Mr. Jurcic was an active member of Phoenix Hose and an employee of the Village of Tarrytown’s Highway, Sanitation and Police departments. Shortly after retiring, he returned to Croatia and proudly served in its Army in their fight for independence in the 1990s.
John Kamke, 92
John Richard Kamke, a longtime resident of Dobbs Ferry, died peacefully at home January 25 surrounded by family after a brief illness. He was 92.
Mr. Kamke proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. After his return, he graduated from Paul Smith College in 1949 and married his beloved Miriam in 1950. He continued his passion for sailing and enjoyed his time on the open seas. He was a devoted husband, loving father and adoring grandfather and great-grandfather who will be deeply missed.
Mary Byrnes, 88
Mary Kucich Byrnes, a longtime resident of Tarrytown, New York, died peacefully January 23 in Zephyrhills, Florida. She was three days shy of celebrating her 89th birthday.
She was born in Yugoslavia. In early August 1930, she and her parents arrived in America, and shortly thereafter, moved to North Tarrytown. She graduated from North Tarrytown High School in 1948.
In October 1958, she married Andrew Patrick Byrnes and they built a life and family together in Tarrytown. Mrs. Byrnes enjoyed being an active member of her community and was a long-time parishioner of Transfiguration Church. She was a former commissioner of the Tarrytown Housing Authority, a member of the Architectural Review Board for the Village of Tarrytown, and also a member of the Tarrytown Seniors. She retired in 1992 after working for IBM for many years.
Eliseo “Lee” Carrozzi, 83
Eliseo “Lee” Vincent Carrozzi, a resident of Irvington, died December 22, 2018 at Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow with his loving family at his side. He was 83.
Born in North Tarrytown, he spent his childhood in Irvington, where his family subsequently resided.
Following his graduation from Irvington High School, he served as the Chaplain’s assistant in the U.S. Navy aboard the destroyer tender, USS Arcadia. Upon discharge, he attended Iona College earning a BA in Business Administration. He enjoyed a successful business career; retiring in 2000 as VP of Sales and Marketing for Clearvision, Inc. London, England. Following retirement from secular work Mr. Carrozzi attended Union Theological Seminary and Drew University and had a fulfilling second career in Christian ministry. He was also a member and past officer of the White Plains Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International and member and past Chaplain of the American Legion Post No. 1048 in Dobbs Ferry.
At a very early age, he met the love of his life, Barbara, and they spent most of the rest of their lives together. A talented artist and inventor, he will be deeply missed by his beloved family and many friends.
Reverend Lee Thompson, 68
Reverend Lee Albert Thompson, a former small business owner in Tarrytown, died January 1. He was 68.
Raised Baptist, he graduated from Rosewald High School in Fairmont, North Carolina. Upon graduating high school he moved to Tarrytown. He worked for Goldberg Hardware. He later joined the teamsters Local 456 as a truck driver and mover of heavy equipment. He had a love for fast cars and motorcycles. He was proud of his Harley Davidson Full Dress motorcycle which he owned and rode for several years. During this time in 1978, he met his wife Shirley, who on their first date and took her on a motorcycle ride down Main Street in Tarrytown. Lee and Shirley married on May 20, 1979. At that time, he was not in ministry. In 1980, he acknowledged his call to ministry and preached his trial sermon at Foster Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church. He was ordained Elder by Bishop William Smith.
His first pastoral appointment was to Woodside A.M.E. Zion in Stamford, Connecticut under Bishop William Smith. His second Church was the A.M.E. Zion Church of Kingston (at that time the church was referred to as Franklin Street A.M.E. Zion). His third and last church was Park Street A.M.E. Zion Church in Peekskill, where he pastored over 23 years.
Reverend Lee Thompson became a small business owner opening a radiator repair business on Hudson Street in Tarrytown. Later, he became a licensed contractor and purchased two trucks, a 10-wheeler and an 18- wheeler, which he drove himself, and then LAT Trucking and contracting. He was called on to assist or oversee several building and repair projects.
Of all the things he did in his lifetime he loved pastoring, visiting the sick and shut in, helping members with small home repairs or seeking out someone to do whatever project needed to be done. He would meet his members and sometimes non-members who would be undergoing surgery at the hospital to pray for them, most of the time arriving before they did.
Alice Bohuniek, 89
Alice Bohuniek, a resident of Sleepy Hollow, died peacefully at home January 8. She was 89.
Born in Luxembourg, she came to the United States in 1951 and married Charles Bohuniek in Holy Cross Church on December 23, 1951. She had been a parishioner of Holy Cross Church and then St. Teresa of Avila Church. She was a member of the Sleepy Hollow Seniors, the Leisure Club and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aeries 1042 where she was Past Madame President. She also volunteered for the Hudson Valley Blood Bank.
Marion (Ronnie) Cerbone, 86
Marion (Ronnie) Cerbone, a resident of Irvington, died January 12. She was 86.
She joined the NY telephone company while in high school and worked there for many years until moving to Irvington in 1962. She spent countless hours on lunch duty and the PTA at Immaculate Conception School while her children were in attendance there. She was also a tremendous supporter of the Special Olympics and her athlete son, Ray. Many in the area may even remember her as having been their Cub Scout Den Mother.
She worked for more than 30 years for several food service companies (most recently Flik International) located in what is now the Siemens building in Tarrytown, where she was very well-known and loved. She retired in 2012 on her 80th birthday, which she celebrated as a dual occasion with a wonderful party on the riverfront. Always a young woman at heart, she loved to see everyone smile.
Deborah McDermott-Savino, 69
Deborah June McDermott -Savino, a resident of Dobbs Ferry, died January 16. She was 69.
She graduated from Dobbs Ferry High School in 1968. She worked at Pharmaceutical Sales until she retired in September 2018. She was also a professional hairstylist and Certified Medical Assistant. Her interests included painting, traveling, music and dancing.
She lived every day with laughter and unconditional love. Her smile and laughter will be deeply missed, and her children will miss her daily phone call.
Bradley Bolke, 93
Bradley Bolke a resident of Dobbs Ferry, died January 15. He was 93.
He graduated from A.B. Davis High School in Mt. Vernon in 1943, where he was active in performing and varsity basketball and baseball. He graduated from NYU in 1945 at the age of 19, where he majored in radio. Mr. Bolke pursued a career in broadcasting and performing for the next 50 years. He performed in hundreds of TV and radio commercials and with his vocal versatility was the voice of many cartoon characters. Among his noted characters was the voice of Chumley the Walrus in Tennessee Tuxedo and Jangle Bell the Christmas Elf in The Year Without A Santa Claus. In recent years, he has been involved in local committees and local politics. He had been a Democratic district leader for almost 20 years. He is also the sponsor of the Bradley and Katherine C. Bolke Humor Award, which is bestowed upon a Dobbs Ferry High School graduating senior.
Bradley was predeceased by his beloved wife Katherine C. Bolke in 2013 and brother Dayton Bolke, known professionally as Dayton Allen, who was the cartoon voices of Deputy Dawg and Heckel and Jeckel.
Mary Walker, 92
Mary Rita Walter, a resident of Dobbs Ferry, died peacefully at home January 13. She was 92.
Born in Boston, after graduation from Regis College in 1948, she worked at a local newspaper as a writer and clerk. In 1951, she was awarded an assistantship in Fordham University’s English Department. She met her husband, Henry (Hank) Walter, at Fordham.
Mary and Hank had three sons and five daughters. For 26 years, Mrs. Walker worked in the home while becoming active in many local clubs and charities in Dobbs Ferry. In 1978, she worked as an accounting clerk and then back to her first love, teaching, earning a Master of Science in Education from Lehman College. She taught kindergarten and first grade in the Bronx for 10 years.