Obituaries – May 2016

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Gerald Connors, 88
Gerald Martin Connors, retired New York Daily News Wall Street reporter and US Navy combat veteran of both World War II and Korea, died May 25 at his home at Sleepy Hollow.  He was 88.

Born in Manhattan, he was the youngest of nine children of John Joseph Connors and Margaret Mary O’Neill.   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  US Naval Institute and the Senior Club of Sleepy Hollow.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Flynn-Connors, and their three children, Andrew Tait Connors (Erica Quiroz), Kathryn Elizabeth Connors, and Elizabeth Margaret Connors Fogle (Mark), and his grandson, Everett Gerald Connors.  He had three children from a first marriage, Jonathan Morris Connors, Jennifer Cass Dillon, and Anthony Barnard Connors, and five more grandsons, Daniel, David, Stephen, Michael and Brian.

Mary Pastell, 104
Mary Russo Pastell, a lifelong resident of Sleepy Hollow, died May 19, 2016 at the age of 104 in the house she was born in.

She was born in North Tarrytown on October 6, 1911 to Canio and Rosa Scoca Russo. She worked at Yunger’s Bakery on Cortlandt Street for 22 years and then for the Alter Family Bakery for 50 years. She married John Pastell on October 28, 1944 at St. Teresa’s Church. He died in 1961. She was also predeceased by her brothers James, Anthony and Joseph, her sister Frances Margotta and her nephew Kenneth Russo. She was a member of the Sleepy Hollow Seniors. She will be remembered for her warm smile, her love and concern for her family and friends and her strong Catholic faith.

She is survived by her nieces Peggy Kraft of Tarrytown, Ann Cisneros of Norfolk, MA, her nephews Robert Margotta of Sleepy Hollow, John Russo of Dobbs Ferry and Raymond Margotta of Munroe, NY as well as many great-nieces and nephews.

Anne Petry, 89
Anne DeCarlo Petry, a resident of Sleepy Hollow, died peacefully on May 16. She was 89.

She was born on March 30, 1927 in North Tarrytown to Anna (Shroba) and Charles DeCarlo. She attended Pocantico Hills Central School and later graduated from Washington Irving High School in 1945. She married Grover Petry in 1956 and resided in Ossining for many years until moving back to Sleepy Hollow. She worked for over 20 years as a secretary for the Village of Ossining.
She is survived by her children: John (Maureen) Petry of Sleepy Hollow, Mary Petry (George) Gerlanc of Briarcliff Manor and Beth (Peter) Basha of Sleepy Hollow, her grandchildren Alex, Amanda, John and Emma, her great-grandson Owen, her sister Joan Sypher and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, sister and brother-in-law, Lucille and Arthur Ceconi.

Mrs. Petry had a strong sense of faith, a love of family including all her “adopted” children all over the country and was known for her cooking, especially her homemade soups and Slovak specialties.

Anne Brown, 91
Anne Serina Brown, a resident of Tarrytown, died May 11. She was 91.

She was born on February 2, 1925 in Lansford, PA to Anna and Stephen Peller Serina. She lived in the Pennybridge section of Tarrytown most of her life. She graduated from Irvington High School in 1942 and she married Robert Ray Brown in Holy Cross Church on October 31, 1943.
Mrs. Brown was an organizer, charter member and president of the Ladies Auxiliary of Riverside Hose Company #4, which was formed in 1949. She was a member of the Westchester Real Estate Board and was well known in real estate in the area. She had been an associate with the Von Holzhausen Associates until she retired.
She is survived by her sons Kim and Richard J. (Lisa) as well as her grandsons Christopher and Stephen and her sister Mary Chrapowitzky She was predeceased by her husband Robert in 2006 as well as her son Richard R. II, and her brothers Stephen and Ignatius Serina.

Dorothy Roe
Dorothy J. Roe, a Tarrytown resident since 1951, died on May 17. She was born in the Bronx to Louis E. and Angelina DeLucia Petrello where she was raised and educated. She graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School. Prior to her marriage, she was a payroll clerk for the Aeolian Piano Company in Manhattan. On May 27, 1951 she married Harvey W. Roe at the Our Lady of Mercy Church in the Bronx. Together they built a home and raised their family in the “Heights” section of Tarrytown. Her husband predeceased her in 1990. After her children were grown, she worked as a Teacher’s Aide at the Tappan Hill School in Tarrytown, retiring in 1991. She was a member of the Tarrytown Seniors. She was also a ‘Blanketeer’ for Project Linus. Her blankets would be used for hospitalized premature babies.

She is survived by her sons Kenneth of Tarrytown and Stanley and his wife Jennifer as well as her grandson Kyle all of Clayton, CA. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her daughter Sandra E. Calvarese in 2012 and her sister Irene Salese in 1978.

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