The Week In Review-The Weekend Ahead




Gordon B. Groff, Jr.
October 1, 1946 – March 9, 2018
New Windsor

Gordon B. Groff, Jr. of New Windsor, entered into rest on Friday, March 9, 2018. He was 71. Son of the late Gordon B. and Eleanor (Serviss) Groff Sr., Gordon was born October 1, 1946 in Newburgh.

Gordon, a longtime resident of New Windsor, was the retired owner and operator of Rocket Drywall in New Windsor. He was also an active member of the Sons of American Legion, New Windsor Post #1796 and Saturday Night Cruisers Car Club.

Survivors include; three sons, Gordon Anthony Groff and his wife, Susan Scheible of New Windsor, Richard Gordon Groff and his wife, Dawn of Wallkill and Jesse Groff and his wife, Stephanie of TN; a stepson, Thomas Yozzo and his wife, Jennifer of the Town of Newburgh; his companion, Jill Talasco of the Town of Newburgh; two sisters: Linda Tucker of Plattekill and Deborah Rahm of FL; four grandchildren, Richard Gordon Groff Jr., Theresa Marie Groff, James Cracolici and Nicholas Cracolici; two great grandchildren, Brittnay and Ashley. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

Visitation took place on Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at White, Venuto and Morrill Funeral and Cremation Service, 188 North Plank Road (Rt. 32), Newburgh NY and funeral took place on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the funeral home at 11:00 am.

Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, New Windsor.

Memorial contributions are asked to St. Judes Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-9959 – visit

Funeral arrangements under the direction of White, Venuto and Morrill Funeral and Cremation Service, 562-6550, visit


Marissa A. Kennedy
Stockton Springs, ME, formerly of New Windsor, NY
October 29, 2007 – February 25, 2018

Marissa A. Kennedy, age 10, entered into rest on February 25, 2018. She was born October 29, 2007 in Middletown. When she lived in New Windsor she attended Windsor Academy and New Windsor School.
Marissa’s life may have been short but she was truly loved by those who knew her. She enjoyed her time in New Windsor and loved the company of family and friends. She loved to swim, read, dance, build Legos, watch movies and attend car shows. Her smile would light up a room. She was the Love of our lives.

She is survived by: Her loving Grandmother and Grandfather Roseann and Joe Kennedy, Great Grandmother Lorraine Roy of Coppell, TX, Grandmother Donna Schwenk, Grandparents Carmen and Julio Carrillo, Uncle Robert and Dana Kennedy, Uncle Steve and Tasha Kennedy, Aunt Dee Kennedy, Uncle Mike and Fran Kennedy, late Uncle James and Aunt Kathy Kennedy, Aunt Deb and Uncle Joe Ferris, Uncle Jerry and Mary Roy, Aunt B. Hanley, siblings Luis and Emmy, Aunt Jessica and Aunt Tanya Carrillo, Aunt Allison and Uncle Jessie Schwenk and many loving cousins.

Visitation was held from 4-8 pm on Friday, March 9 at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10am on Saturday, March 10 at St. Mary’s Church, 180 South St., Newburgh, NY, with Fr. Bill Scafidi officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Maine Children’s Trust, Inc., 56 Leighton Road, Augusta, MA 04330 in memory of Marissa Kennedy. Website: To send a personal condolence please visit or call 845-561-8300.


Anna Moscato Molnar
April 3, 1966 ~ March 11, 2018
Rock Tavern, NY

Anna Moscato Molnar, 51 of Rock Tavern, NY, entered into rest on Sunday, March 11, 2018. Born in Italy on April 3, 1966, shewas the daughter of the late Vincent and Maria (Grazia) Moscato.

Anna was a graduate of Newburgh Free Academy and received an Associate’s Degree from Stony Brook University. Anna was the Senior Payroll Clerk for the Town of Newburgh, was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church, a member of the Local CSEA, and a member of the Coldenham Firehouse.

Anna was a loving wife, a wonderful caring mother, and best friend to all. She was alwaysconcerned for others and looked after everyone. She enjoyed family, camping, parties and cruising. She loved to cook for an army, regardless if it was just a few people. She was full of laughter and joy and lived life to the fullest and always with a smile. She will forever be in our hearts.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Steve, her daughters Christina and her husband Alejandro Garcia, and Stephanie Molnar; her brothers, Pasquale Moscato of Newburgh andAnielloV. Moscato of Montgomery; and her nieces and nephews, Marianne and Sal Marcantonio, Michael and Kristina, Amanda, Melissa, Vincent, Camille, and Gabriella. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her mother and father-in-law, Elizabeth and SteveMolnar.

Visitation was held from 4-8 pm on Thursday, March 15 at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 am on Friday, March 16 in Sacred Heart Church, with burial following in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.

To send a personal condolence please visit or call 845-561-8300.


Nicholas Anthony Purchia
September 5, 1927 ~ March 12, 2018
Marlboro, NY

Nicholas Anthony Purchia, 90, entered into rest on Monday, March 12, 2018. The son of the late Pasqualino “Patsy” and Catherine (Alisandrelli) Purchia, he was born September 5, 1927 in Newburgh.

Nicholas was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many. He always lit up when his grandchildren and great-grandchild were around. Nicholas was a very talented man, from musician, artist, carpenter, builder, mechanic, inventor, soldier, you name it our dad could do it. He was our hero, the man who made everything right when something went wrong.

Nicholas left high school in 1943 to become a sewing machine mechanic during the war years. He worked for handbag companies and in several factories that made coats, dresses, undergarments, and aviator jackets for war work. Dad made cutting dies and heat sealing dies for handbag factories in Newburgh. He worked for Regal Bag as maintenance supervisor for many years. Before that he was a manager of Smith Glass Company, where they made the glass bubbling candles on the Christmas tree light bulbs. He was also Plant Manager of Classic Case in Middletown, NY where he manufactured and designed eyeglass cases. He left there to work at West Point and helped organize the best self-help center for Army personnel on post. Nicholas’s father played trumpet with DeAugustinos Symphonic Marching Band. By age 6 Nicholas learned to play the trumpet. He played in the South Jr. High Orchestra, Newburgh Free Academy Band and Sacred Heart Band. He loved his music and passed his talent and love for music on to his children and grandchildren. In 1947 he stopped playing the trumpet and bought a new string big bass. He took lessons from Professor Ortone and started playing with local dance bands. He played with the Johnny DeSantis Band and Frank Mekeel Orchestra from 1947-1973. He became a retired member of Local 238-291 American Federation of Musicians. In 1943 he joined the New York 56th Regiment State Guard Church Drum and Bugle Corps. Then in 1946 he transferred and enlisted in the National Guard, 170th F.A. BN Newburgh, NY. He served 23 years and retired as Sergeant 1st Class
Nicholas taught his children everything they knew and he will be greatly missed by his family. He was our patriarch, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be loved forever in our hearts for everything he taught us and the values he instilled into all of our lives forever.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Marie (Valentino) Purchia; his first daughter Catherine Grad and her husband Mark and their sons Ben and Nicholas; his second daughter Rosemarie Simmons and her children Jacqueline and Ryan and grandson Adam; his son, Patsy Purchia; and third daughter Regina Sorace and her husband Joseph III and their children Joseph IV, Steven and Victoria; his niece Vivian Peroni Cimorelli; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his sister Carmela Purchia Peroni and her husband Joseph, and his nephew Joseph Peroni Jr.

Visitation was held from 5-8 pm on Friday, March 16 at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 am on Saturday, March 17 in Sacred Heart Church. Burial with military honors will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh.

To send a personal condolence please visit or call 845-561-8300.

Ralph W. Decker
October 14, 1927 – March 13, 2018

Ralph W. Decker, 90, a lifelong resident of Orange County, entered into rest on
Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Ralph was born October 14, 1927 in Thompson Ridge, NY, the son of Alvin and
Elizabeth (Doyle) Decker. Following the death of his mother, Ralph was
fortunate to be raised from a very young age by his caring Aunt Margaret

Ralph practiced dentistry in Middletown for 33 years-Dr. Ralph W. Decker,
DDS. He was on the Board of Directors of Middletown YMCA, Foundation Board
and Board of Directors of Horton Hospital, Board of Middletown Savings Bank
and active with Orange County Land Trust. He received a BS from Springfield
College and earned his MS and Doctorate of Dental Surgery from University of

Ralph loved all sports, especially tennis and skiing, and the NY Yankees.
Along with his wife, he enjoyed playing bridge with many of their friends.
He was very proud of and was able to live out his years at High Withers, the
small horse farm he built and maintained. He always retained his great
sense of humor and willingness to help.

He is survived by his wife, Midge Decker at home; children, Nancy Decker and
husband Ken Marcellus of Brewster, Margo Tagarello and husband Michael of
Goshen, Lynn Decker-Losgar and husband Jerry of Goshen and Chris Decker and
wife Kate Fakler of Goshen; grandchildren, Ashley Grebeldinger and husband
AJ, Brittany Decker, Joshua Decker, Janessa Decker, Andrew Losgar, and
Clarissa Losgar. He was predeceased by his parents Alvin and Elizabeth, his
Aunt Margaret Doyle, and brothers, Jim and Leo Decker.

Visitation will be Monday, March 19, 2018 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Donovan
Funeral Home, Inc, 82 South Church Street, Goshen, NY.

The funeral will be held 11:00 am on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Donovan
Funeral Home, Inc, 82 South Church Street, Goshen, NY. In lieu of flowers,
please send donations to the Middletown YMCA.

Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
























































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