May 15 obituaries
Eric Harold Bjornsen
December 15, 1967 – April 15, 2020
Jersey City, New Jersey
Eric Harold Bjornsen, 52, of Jersey City passed away on April 15th, 2020.
Born December 15th, 1967 in Spring Valley, NY, to Kjell and Hjordis Bjornsen, he was a graduate of Chester High School and SUNY Oneonta, earning a B.S. Degree in Business Economics. Eric worked for Citicorp as a marketing and fulfillment specialist.
He was a lifelong Yankees fan and loved classic rock. Todd Rundgren, Cheap Trick, and the Grateful Dead were among his favorites. He loved attending games, concerts and shows with family and friends.
Eric is survived and will be deeply missed by his father, Kjell Bjornsen and his mother, Hjordis Bjornsen; brother, Ken Bjornsen and wife, Patti; brother, Terry Bjornsen and wife, Cindy; brother, Paul Bjornsen; nephews, Derek, Alex, and Andrew, and nieces, Kelsey and Katie.
Due to the current health crisis, no services are planned at this time.
February 13, 1927 – May 7, 2020
Rosanne Koziara, of Jamesville, NY died on May 7, 2020 at the age of ninety-three. Previously, she lived in Goshen, NY, her home for forty-seven years, and Waywayanda, NY where she resided for eleven years. Born in Bayonne, NJ on February 13, 1927, she was the daughter of Edward and Mary Kopchinsky and the widow of the late Alexander E. Koziara.
A former member of St. John and the Evangelist Church in Goshen, NY she also sang in the choir for thirty years. As a sixty-three year member of the Catholic Daughters of America, she served as Regent of Court Genevieve Walsh #918 for three years and was a charter member and area chairman of the Past Grand Regents chapter. An avid painter, she was also a member of the Goshen Art League.
Her musical career encompassed a thirty-two year membership with the Orange County Classic Choral Society and the former Halcyon Ensemble, performing four times at Carnegie Hall in New York City. She also sang with the Tri-State Regional Opera Company in Middletown, NY, and performed in concert with Syracuse Chorale.
After she retired from her position as administrative senior clerk for the New York State Division for Youth, she served as an election inspector for the Goshen Central School District. Other affiliations include her membership in C.S.E.A. and A.F.S.M.E, her service as chaplain for the Goshen Senior Citizens’ Club, as well memberships in the Society of the Little Flower and the Saint Labre Indian School.
She is survived by her daughter, Kristyne Koziara Singer and her husband William Singer of West Orange, NJ, her son Alexander Koziara III, and his wife Michele Fitzgerald Koziara of Syracuse, NY. Her four grandchildren are Katya Alexandra Koziara and Emma Rose Koziara, Edward Caleb Singer and Bryan Hudson Singer. She is also survived by her sister Jean Risley of Cape Cod, MA, along with many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Her family states that Rosanne was a true Renaissance woman, a classically trained musician, an oil painting artist, conversant in five languages, and a world traveler- visiting twenty-eight countries on five continents. She imparted all of her talents, including her love of classical music and opera to her children and grandchildren, leaving them a wonderful legacy.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Private burial services will be held in St. Johns Cemetery, Goshen, NY.
Arrangements by the B.L. Bush & Sons Funeral Home, Camillus, NY.
James “Jimmy” T. Tucci
June 22, 1970 – May 6, 2020
James T. Tucci of Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY entered into eternal rest on May 6, 2020 at home. He was 49 years old.
The son of Anthony J. Tucci, Jr. and Lynda A. (Lynch) Tucci of Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY, Jimmy was born on June 22, 1970 in Peekskill, NY.
After graduating from Cornwall High School, class of 1989, Jimmy earned his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Orange County Community College and went on to have a successful career as a Nuclear Security Officer at Entergy Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, NY.
Jimmy enjoyed all forms of exercise and body building and was committed to having a healthy body. He was a devoted son, brother and uncle and will be missed beyond words.
In addition to his parents, Jimmy is survived by his siblings: Anthony J. Tucci, III and his wife, Lisa of Londonderry, NH and Laura L. Tucci of Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY; his nephews: Anthony J. Tucci, IV and his wife, Emily, Michael and Dominic Tucci; his grandniece and grandnephew: Anthony J. Tucci, V and Gianna Tucci; his aunts: Mary Manna, Ann Marie Borda and Linda Jane McCloskey; his uncle: James Lynch and his wife Lisa; and many cousins and friends.
Due to the public health concerns of the Corona Virus (Covid-19), memorial services for Jimmy will be held at a later date. Please refer back to this website, www.Quigleybros.com, for further information. On behalf of the family, thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult time.
Entombment will take place at Cedar Hill Cemetery Mausoleum in Middle Hope, NY.
Memorial Contributions in Jimmy’s name may be made to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, 195 Hudson Street, Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY 12520.
August 10, 1944 – April 2, 2020
Peter Bellomo of Middletown NY, formerly of Goshen and Brooklyn NY, died April 2, 2020 at Highland Rehabilitation Center in Middletown, NY. He was 75.
The son of Nicholas Bellomo and Concetta Bellomo was born on August 10, 1944. Pete worked as a vendor of cigarette machines, and also provided their service and repair. He was the owner of Pete’s Pizza in Middletown, NY, where he implemented free delivery, and free soda with two slices for Middletown and surrounding area.
Survivors include his two daughters, Denise and Karen; two granddaughters, Ashley, and Kimberly; one brother, Philip Bellomo and his wife, Rita of Bloomingburg NY; three sisters: Concetta Pellone of Chester NY, Annette Maglio of Middletown NJ and Jeanette Mastellone and husband, Robert of Staten Island, NY. Also surviving are four nephews, three nieces, three grandnephews, and six grandnieces. He was predeceased by nephew, Philip James of Pine Bush NY.
Cremation was private.
Mary Louise Charles
June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2020
Mary Louise (Schmick) Charles died on Friday, May 8, 2020 at Valley View Nursing Home. She was born on June 10, 1928 in Westtown, NY.
Mary Lou was beloved by all who knew her. She was a retired nurse who enjoyed a long retirement volunteering and traveling. Mary Lou traveled the world and the U.S. with her husband Grant, visiting their children, family and friends.
She was a dedicated wife, mother and friend with a generous heart, a warm smile and great faith. She loved to doll up for a night out and was a meticulous dresser all her life. She was a social butterfly who loved to polka dance, go out to eat and entertain. She loved planning a party and had friends of every age.
Family came first to Mary Lou, but her joy was in being a volunteer for the veterans. She was a past president of the PLAV Ladies Auxiliary in Pine Island spending countless hours volunteering at Castle Point Veterans Facility.
She was a kind, thoughtful, generous, and fun loving gal who loved being with family, her friends, Mike and Rudy’s friends and her many nieces and nephews. A heartfelt thank you goes to niece, Dascha Molnar and special friend, Carol Dombrowski for their loving care of her and the staff and caregivers on Valley View Echo unit.
Survivors are son, Grant Michael Charles (Irene); daughter, Ruthann “Rudy” Charles; sister, Shirley Schmick; granddaughter, Maria Noel Charles; numerous nieces and nephews, and her beloved dogs, “Coco” and “Mia”.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Grant Charles; her sisters: Elsie Hipe, Patricia Wilson, Ruth Kirshner, Emma Craig, Loretta Williams, Rose Kerr, Jane Sobiech, Ginger Poloniak and brothers: Rueben, Samuel, Robert (Sonny), Eugene, Harold, John, Craig, and George “Dutch” Schmick.
Due to the health crisis, funeral services will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the PLAV Scholarship Fund, PO Box 16, Pine Island, NY 10969.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the T.S. Purta Funeral Home; to send a condolence online, please go to www.purtafuneralhome.com
January 19, 1924 – May 7, 2020
Blanche Drapun (nee Maio) passed away peacefully at home in Cornwall, from natural causes, on May 7, 2020. She was 96 years old. We were very blessed to have her in our lives.
Blanche was born and raised in Brooklyn, and owned her own beauty salon at the age of 18. She married Paul Drapun after he came home from serving his country during World War II and they later had two daughters, Blanche and Janice.
The family relocated to New Windsor in the early 1960s. Blanche then opened her own salon, made many new friends, and performed song, dance, and comedy with a group called The Unusuals. She also became the manager of the Newburgh band The Sapians.
Later in life, she went back to school and became a Cosmetology Instructor at Orange County BOCES where she worked until her retirement.
Blanche loved her NY Yankees and after establishing a friendship with Michael Kaye, she attended a spring training game and met Joe Torre and her favorite Yankee, Paul O’Neill. She was also invited to visit Mr. Kaye in the broadcast booth at Yankee Stadium. She was on cloud nine!
Blanche loved to play the slots, cards and the lottery. She also loved music and singing.
She made friends easily and had something nice to say about everyone. She was always smiling and had a way of making people feel special. Everyone was welcome in her home.
She loved animals and rescued numerous cats. She leaves behind her friends Nina the dog and Prudence the cat.
Blanche is survived by her daughter, Blanche and husband, Joseph Dellafiora; her step-grandchildren: Jennifer and husband, Nick Ferrante and their children: Nick and Mia, and Jessica and husband, Adam Kowalsky and their children: Stella, Noah, and Penelope. She is also survived by her nieces, Joann and husband, Jimmy Mastrodomenico, Patricia and husband, Don Rose, and Barbara Page, and nephews: Robert Cannarsa and wife, Maureen, Terry Zoino, Sal Cascio, Michael Coughlin, and Bob Walsh. She is also survived by many great nieces and nephews; her oldest friend, Catherine Yuknevich, and MaryAnn Colandrea, who was like another daughter to her.
Blanche was predeceased by her husband, Paul; her daughter, Janice; her four sisters: Ann, Mary, Faye and Josie and 1 brother, Vincent. She was also predeceased by her sister-in-law, Rose and her husband, Jimmy; nieces: Grace Coughlin, Karen Bogartz, and Mary Nyfield, her nephew, Donnie; and her great friends, Olga Lasini and Grace Panella.
Blanche’s family would like to thank the nurses from Hospice, the Evercare community and friends Lynn Sereta and Linda Pirchio for their help during trying times.
A very special thank you goes out to mom’s aide of six months, Dorothy Willis, whose laugh is as big as her heart. Another very special thank you goes out to mom’s friend and aide, Barbara Dellafiora, who was with her in her last days and on the day she passed. We couldn’t have taken care of mom through those times without Barbara’s help, care and love.
Memorial donations can be made in Blanche’s name to the Newburgh Animal Shelter, 645 Gidney Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Julia Ann Galdun
February 24, 1938 – May 8, 2020
Sugar Loaf, NY
Julia Ann Galdun passed away on May 8, 2020 in Paramus, NJ. Julia, also known as “Dee” was born on February 24, 1938 at the Brady Maternity Hospital in Albany NY to Thomas and Margaret (Snyder) Moran. After their brief stay in Albany, the family returned to Girardville, Schuylkill County, PA the longtime home of the Moran’s and Snyder’s. Julia spent her childhood in Girardville along with her siblings Mary (Moran) Henning, Charles Moran and Thomasine Moran. Julia was predeceased by her parents and siblings.
Upon graduating from high school in Girardville, she subsequently moved to Reading, PA entering nursing school at St. Joseph’s Hospital. It was while she was a nursing student that she met the love of her life, Frank Galdun. Apparently, on Frank’s part, it was love at first sight. Frank and Julia married in 1958 after Frank was drafted into the army and sent to Fort Jackson, SC. While in South Carolina they had two sons, Frank and David. Upon leaving the army, they returned to Pennsylvania where their sons, John and Michael were born.
After raising her children in Rockville, MD, Julia pursued her education and career as a Registered Nurse. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Maryland’s Baltimore Campus. At various times she was employed at Rogers Memorial Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington D.C. and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.
In 1979 Frank and Julia moved to their home in Sugar Loaf, NY in a beautiful location in the shadow of Sugar Loaf Mountain. They both loved the solitude and natural beauty of this house. It was while living in Sugar Loaf that Julia decided to further her career and she subsequently earned her Master of Nursing degree from Columbia University in Manhattan. While earning this degree she had worked at Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY and for the Orange County Department of Health in Goshen, NY. She subsequently became an instructor of nursing at Dominican College in Rockland County NY as well as the department head of the Home Health Care Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY. After retiring from Good Samaritan Hospital, she became a volunteer at Arden Hill Hospital in Goshen, NY.
Frank passed away in 2002. Julia took this very hard and her grief impacted the rest of her life. Her son Michael predeceased her in 2007. She is survived by her son, Frank Galdun and his wife, Laurie of Lake Hiawatha, NJ, David Galdun and his wife, Deborah of Colonie, NY and John Galdun and his wife, Julie of Middletown, NY. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Catherine, Patrick, Thomas, Geoffrey, Jaclyn, Janine and John.