Obituaries – March & April 2018

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“Jacy” Joan Dobson, 87

Jacy” Joan Catherine Dobson, a devoted community resident (60 years) of Tarrytown, and loving wife of Chauncey Dobson, M.D. (66 years), died peacefully March 20, surrounded by her four daughters, Stephanie, Cynthia, Valerie and Deirdre, at Westchester Medical Center. She had a tear in her thoracic aorta that was inoperable. She was 87.

She graduated from Berkeley in California with a Registered Nursing degree and met Chauncey who was studying medicine at the University of Southern California.  She convinced him to come live up in the Northeast where there were four seasons and winter was her favorite.

She was most proud of her volunteering in the community and gave over 20 years of her expertise to the Tarrytown Volunteer Ambulance Corps.  She was President of the Corp for two years (1986 – 1988) and was Chairman of the Board of Directors for 19 years (1993 – 2012).  If you stopped in the family home, many times you could hear her beeper sounding off, and she was on her way to help someone.  She was also an excellent bowler and was in a league for many years rising up to the top and even bowling 300 games.  She also played tennis and was a devoted follower of all the professional tournaments.

Mrs. Dobson was a lifelong member of Transfiguration Church and was also in Rotary International.

Nicholas Turturro, 98

Nicholas James Turturro, a resident of Irvington, died March 31, at N.Y.S Veterans Home in Montrose. He was 98.

He was born March 20, 1920 in Croton, and graduated from Croton Harmon High School in 1939. He proudly served in the United States Navy See Bees in World War II from 1943-1946. He was a member of the American Legion. He worked as a machinist for the New York Central Penn Railroad from 1939-1981. He was an avid gardener and Mets fan, as well as a devoted parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Church in Irvington. He will forever be remembered for his great kindness, generosity, warmth and smile.

Ruth Hughes, 96

Ruth Chicachee Hughes, a native of Tarrytown, died March 30. She was 96.

She was a longtime resident of Tarrytown and a parishioner of the Carmelite Church of the Transfiguration. She was active in fund raising to build the school and the addition and the present church. She was a former lifetime member of the choir. She was also a member of the Tarrytowners and proud of it.

She was educated at F.R. Pierson Elementary School and Washington Irving High School, graduating in 1938 at the age of 16. She was a hard-working member of the Class of 1938 Reunion Committee. She attended the American Institute of Banking and was a graduate of the New York State Bankers School Estate and Trust Division Binghamton, New York. She was Secretary to Ernest F. Griffin, a Tarrytown lawyer-historian and former Village President and was employed at the County Trust Company in Tarrytown before transferring to White Plains Trust Department, The Bank of New York as an Estate Administrator, retiring after 31 years. After retirement from the bank, Mrs. Hughes became personal secretary to Dr. Joseph Hughes, President of the County Trust Company for several years and was also secretary to General Council at the Olivetti Corporation in Tarrytown and several other prominent law firms.

Clementine Scogna, 95

Clementine L. “Dixie” Scogna, a longtime resident of Tarrytown, died April 6. She was 95.

She was a graduate of Dobbs Ferry High School. She married Vincent R. (James) Scogna and the couple settled in Tarrytown. She was very active throughout her life. She worked at Eastern Aircraft during the war. She had also worked at Reader’s Digest and then went to work for the family contracting business, Scogna & Raffa. She was an active parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church. She was a member of the Tarrytown Seniors, and she had belonged to a bowling league in her younger years. She will always be remembered as a woman who loved her family and friends and being a wonderful cook; she loved to entertain them. She could also be found singing and dancing at every event.

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