Obituaries

Robert F.  Macfarland

December 10, 1931 – March 4, 2020

Glens Falls, New York formerly of Newburgh, New York

Robert F. Macfarland, 88, entered into rest on Wednesday March 4, 2020 surrounded by his loved ones following a long illness.  The son of Frederick R. and Martha Macfarland, Robert was born in Newburgh.

Robert graduated Newburgh Free Academy in 1949.  There he received the 50th annual World War Memorial Scholarship and was President of Bach Chorus as well as member of the NFA Music Council, A Cappella and Boy’s Glee Club.  After graduating NFA, Robert attended Trinity College and completed his professional education in banking at the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Robert began his career in banking in 1950 when he joined the Highland National Bank of Newburgh.  In 1956 Robert was appointed Manager of the bank’s first branch in Vails Gate, New York.  In 1963 Robert was promoted to Vice President of Highland National Bank’s new main office at 385 Broadway and by 1971 Robert was President of Highland National Bank.

Furthering his banking career Robert became Chairman and CEO of Norstar’s Mid-Hudson Banking Group, Chairman and CEO of Norstar Long Island Group and Chairman and CEO of the largest of the New York State Banking Group, Norstar Bank of Upstate New York.

Community leadership roles included: President of the State University of New York Albany Foundation; Director of the Center for Economic Growth; Chairman for the International Trade Development Council; member of the “50 Group” the Capital District Area’s 50 leading businessmen; member of the Governor’s World Trade Council; and Board Member of Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Robert was predeceased by his parents Martha and Fred, his brother’s Richard and Craig, and his youngest daughter Terry Lynn Macfarland.  Left to cherish Robert’s memory are his loving wife of 70 years Nancy Lee (Henderson) Macfarland;  his daughter Sharon (Macfarland) Henderson of Glens Falls, NY; his grandchildren, Courtney (Nial) Goodwin of Saratoga Springs, NY and Jason (Christina) Henderson of Glens Falls, NY; three great-grandchildren, Ryland and Arden Henderson and Fiona Goodwin; as well as a brother David (Bevalie) MacFarland of Newburgh, NY.

Visitation will be on Monday, March 9 from 5-8 p.m. at the Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Avenue, Newburgh.  Funeral Services will be celebrated Tuesday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. at Union Church, 44 Balmville Road, Newburgh.  Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, 93 Union Avenue, New Windsor.

To send a personal condolence, please visit www.Brooksfh.com or call 845-561-8300.

 

Israel Benitez, a lifelong resident of Newburgh, entered into rest on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at N.Y. Presbyterian Columbia Hospital in New York, NY.

He was the son of Agustin Benitez and Maria A. Lopez, and was born October 20, 1993 in Newburgh. He was a member of the graduating class of 2011 at Newburgh Free Academy, and was a member of the Green Knights Biker’s Club.

Israel proudly served his country in the Army National Guard. During his service he was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait. After his discharge, he was a sales associate for the Home Depot, Newburgh.

Survivors include his mother, Maria A. Lopez of Newburgh; his father, Agustin Benitez and step-mother Dulce Benitez of Wallkill; paternal grandparents, Thomas & Maria Eva Benitez of Mexico; three brothers, Rafael Benitez of Cornwall, Marco A. Aguilar of Marlboro, and Ivan Aguilar of Wallkill; one sister, Idaly Cruz of Newburgh; a half brother, Christopher Schweitzer of Walden, and one niece, Jordan Aguilar.

Visitation for family and friends, will take place on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at White, Venuto and Morrill Funeral and Cremation Service, 188 N. Plank Rd., Newburgh. A Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 9:30 a.m., at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at the Orange County Veteran’s Cemetery, 111 Craigville Road, Goshen.

Thomas F. Frey, Jr.
July 28, 1933 – March 10, 2020
Goshen, NY
Thomas F. Frey, Jr., 86 of Goshen entered into rest on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 in Goshen, NY. Thomas was born July 28, 1933, in Yonkers, NY. He is the son of the late Thomas F. and the late Berta (Fisher) Frey. He was the widower of Pauline Frey,
He retired from Graves and Rodgers, Albany, NY as Regional Sales Manager. He also retired from Humicon Cigar District, Long Island, NY. He was a Tech Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corp, Fifty plus year’s member and Dept. Chaplin of the Cataract Engine and Hose Company, Goshen, NY. Member of the Board of Goshen Fire Commissioners; the Elks Lodge 1097, Middletown, NY; Knights of Columbus, Goshen, NY; Past Lion’s Club President, Goshen, NY and an Adjunct Professor at Sullivan County Community College.
He is survived by his son, Robert Frey and wife Sonya; daughter, Diane Griffin and husband, Wes; grandchildren: Sarah and husband Justin, Devin, Michael and Susie; one brother, three sisters and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation was Thursday, March 12 at Donovan Funeral Home, Inc, 82 South Church St., Goshen. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m., Friday, March 13 at St. John The Evangelist RC Church, 71 Murray Ave., Goshen, NY. Burial will follow in St Mary’s Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in Tom’s name to a charity of one’s choice.

Audrey M. Kirkpatrick
June 14, 1930 – March 9, 2020
Goshen, NY
Audrey M. Kirkpatrick, formerly of Washingtonville, NY passed away on Monday, March 9, 2020 at Valley View Center for Nursing Care and Rehab in Goshen, NY. She was 89 years old. Daughter of the late George and Dorothy Miller Cutler, she was born on June 14, 1930 in Cornwall, NY.
Audrey was a devoted housewife who dedicated her time to her loving family. She loved spending hours working on all kinds of crafts, and spending time with her grandchildren and friends. She loved animals, especially horses, which she rode in her youth. All who knew and loved her will miss her dearly.
Audrey was predeceased by her husband, Leroy G. Kirkpatrick, Sr. and her two sisters, Barbara Litchler and Jeanne Martin. She is survived by her two sons, Leroy G. Kirkpatrick Jr. of New Windsor, NY, Stephen Kirkpartick and his wife, Cheryl of Rembert, SC; two daughters, Linda Kirkpatrick of Wedgefield, SC, and Dorothy Lawrence and her husband John of New Windsor, NY; five grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 13 at Smith, Seaman, and Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 117 Maple Avenue, Monroe, NY. A Graveside Service will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 14 at Washingtonville Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Washingtonville, NY 10992.
Memorial Contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or online www.alz.org/donate

 

March 13 Obits

Christel W. Brooks
12/16/1933 – 02/22/2020
Newburgh, NY

Christel W. Brooks, 86, of Newburgh, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2020 in the beautiful Hudson Valley that she loved.
Christel was born on December 16, 1933 in Germany, the daughter of Heinrich and Luise (Pietsch) Plogsties. On January 5, 1955 she married John R. Brooks of Poland, and she came to the U.S. in March of 1956.
Christel was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, John R. Brooks.
She was a devoted wife, supporting her husband as he served his country for over 40 years. She was a dedicated mother, raising five sons.
Christel will be always remembered for her love of God and Jesus. She was active at her church throughout the years and she often sang hymns as she cared for her home, crocheted, sewed, or cooked a meal.
She had many talents; her love of music was displayed not only through her voice, but also on the accordion and piano. She had a green thumb–all flowers and vegetables flourished under her care. She always had a smile on her face, and many commented that she provided a calming presence to talk to.
She will be dearly missed by her family. Christel is survived by her sons, Walter Brooks and wife Debra, Daniel Brooks and wife Debra, Roy Brooks and wife Anita, Brian Brooks and wife Linda, and Kevin Brooks and wife Celeste, as well as 11 grandchildren.
Funeral Services were private with the family.

 

Daniel Thomas Mooney
November 2, 1982 – February 11, 2020
Bluffton, SC formerly of Salisbury Mills, NY
Daniel Thomas Mooney, age 37 of Bluffton, passed away on February 11, 2020.
Dan was born in Queens, New York on November 2, 1982 to father, Thomas Joseph Mooney and mother, Maria Nieves Mooney. He was raised in Salisbury Mills, New York before moving to Bluffton, South Carolina in 2006.
In addition to his parents, Dan is survived by his wife, Michelle (Balshem) Mooney of Bluffton; brother, Joseph Mooney and his wife, Raquel (Avarca) Mooney of Merritt Island, Florida; sister, Kaitlin Mooney and her husband, Steven Labrecque of Salisbury Mills, New York; and several loving aunts, cousins and extended family members.
“A beautiful life that came to an end, he died as he lived, everyone’s friend. In our hearts a memory will always be kept, of one we loved, and will never forget.”
Memorial services were held on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Sauls Funeral Home, 90 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton.
Masses of Remembrance will be held at St. Mary’s Church, Washingtonville on March 15, 2020 at 7:30 a.m. and at St. Joseph Church, New Paltz on April 18, 2020 at 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Melanoma Research Foundation, melanoma.org.

Dolores R. Wanamaker
March 9, 2020
Newburgh, NY
Dolores R. Wanamaker has gone to be with the Lord on March 9, 2020 at the age of 84.
Born in Suffern, NY, she was the daughter of Mildred Conklin Reed and Roger Reed.
She was predeceased by her brother Roger Reed, sister Eleanor Reed Clawson, her son Carlyle E. Wanamaker, Jr., and brother Irving Reed.
She is survived by her five daughters: Peggy and her husband John Messmer, Karol Faasee, Beverly and her husband Lee Cooper, Barbara Lazicki and Valerie and her husband Ken Finch; also ten grandchildren, five great-grandsons, four great-granddaughters, along with several nieces and nephews.
A lifetime member of the Order of Eastern Star, Dolores served as Matron in 1975 and 1987; she also joined the Leptondale Bible Church in 1988. Dolores was a born again believer in Christ. In 1990, she became an auxiliary member of the Gideon’s International Mid-Hudson Camp, 31255 serving a term as President and zone leader.
Visitation was held on Thursday, March 12 at Wanamaker & Carlough Funeral Home, 177 Route 59, Suffern, NY. A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. at the funeral home followed by interment at Airmont Cemetery on South Airmont Road, Suffern, NY.
In lieu of flowers, all memorial contributions can be made to the Gideon’s International Memorial Bible Fund, PO Box 655, Walden, NY 12586.

 

Helen L. Bacon
November 10, 1934 – March 5, 2020
Goshen, NY
Helen L. Bacon of Goshen, NY, retired from the housekeeping Department at Arden Hill Hospital in Goshen, and a lifelong resident of the area, passed away on March 5, 2020 in Goshen, NY. She was 85.
The daughter of the late Edward and Pauline Hunter McGill, she was born on November 10, 1934 in the Town of Blooming Grove.
She was the widow of Samuel Bacon.
Survivors include her children: Edward Gill of Montgomery, Howard McGill of Virginia, Lynette Jackson of Middletown, Thomas Bacon of Scranton, PA, Adella Bacon, Carolyn Bacon and Wanda Bacon, all of Middletown; her sisters, Pauline Burch and Vera Green. She is also survived by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her son, Jeffrey Bacon; her brother, Howard Freeman and her sisters, Adella Johnson and Ida Williams.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday March 14 at the Lippincott Funeral Chapel, Inc. 107 Murray Ave. Goshen, NY. A Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m. following visitation at the Funeral Home. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family

 

Robert F. Macfarland
December 10, 1931 – March 4, 2020
Glens Falls, NY formerly of Newburgh, NY
Robert F. Macfarland, 88, entered into rest on Wednesday March 4, 2020 surrounded by his loved ones following a long illness. The son of Frederick R. and Martha Macfarland, Robert was born in Newburgh.
Robert graduated Newburgh Free Academy in 1949. There he received the 50th annual World War Memorial Scholarship and was President of Bach Chorus as well as member of the NFA Music Council, A Cappella and Boy’s Glee Club. After graduating NFA, Robert attended Trinity College and completed his professional education in banking at the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
Robert began his career in banking in 1950 when he joined the Highland National Bank of Newburgh. In 1956 Robert was appointed Manager of the bank’s first branch in Vails Gate, New York. In 1963 Robert was promoted to Vice President of Highland National Bank’s new main office at 385 Broadway and by 1971 Robert was President of Highland National Bank.
Furthering his banking career Robert became Chairman and CEO of Norstar’s Mid-Hudson Banking Group, Chairman and CEO of Norstar Long Island Group and Chairman and CEO of the largest of the New York State Banking Group, Norstar Bank of Upstate New York.
Community leadership roles included: President of the State University of New York Albany Foundation; Director of the Center for Economic Growth; Chairman for the International Trade Development Council; member of the “50 Group” the Capital District Area’s 50 leading businessmen; member of the Governor’s World Trade Council; and Board Member of Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Robert was predeceased by his parents Martha and Fred; his brothers, Richard and Craig, and his youngest daughter, Terry Lynn Macfarland. Left to cherish Robert’s memory are his loving wife of 70 years, Nancy Lee (Henderson) Macfarland; his daughter, Sharon (Macfarland) Henderson of Glens Falls, NY; his grandchildren, Courtney (Nial) Goodwin of Saratoga Springs, NY and Jason (Christina) Henderson of Glens Falls, NY; three great-grandchildren, Ryland and Arden Henderson and Fiona Goodwin; as well as a brother, David (Bevalie) MacFarland of Newburgh, NY.
Visitation was on Monday, March 9 at the Brooks Funeral Home in Newburgh. Funeral Services were celebrated Tuesday, March 10 at Union Church, 44 Balmville Road, Newburgh. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery, 93 Union Avenue, New Windsor.

 

Rita R. Welch
September 23, 1932 – March 4, 2020
New Windsor, NY
Rita Welch, 87, a lifelong resident of the Newburgh area, entered into rest on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Born in Newburgh, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Lena (Sylvester) Venuti. Rita was married to the late Charles A. “Gus” Welch, who predeceased her in 2016.
Rita was a 1950 graduate of Newburgh Free Academy, where she was known for her active participation in many sports and clubs. Retired, she was part Owner, then Bookkeeper for GWC Automotive Warehouse in Newburgh
Survivors include her sons: Christopher C. Welch and his wife Colleen of New Paltz, NY, and Ernest C. Welch and his partner Thomas Versella of Poughkeepsie, NY; granddaughters: Nicole Welch of New Paltz and Shannon DiValentino of Poughkeepsie; great-grandchildren: Ben and Audrey DiValentino; nieces: Mary Ann Connolly, Kathy Lewis, and Barta Conn; and nephews: Carmen Dubaldi, Michael Williams, and Bart Welch. In addition to her husband Gus, she was predeceased by her sisters, Louise Dubaldi and Joan Villa.
Visitation was held on Monday, March 9 at Brooks Funeral Home in Newburgh. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church, Newburgh, with burial following in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.

 

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