July 10 Obits
Formerly of Newburgh, NY
It is with sadness that we have to say good-bye to Evelyn. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She had a deep love for our dad, her family, friends and her commitment to patriotism.
Mom was born and raised in Colonie, NY. Before marriage, during World War II, Mom contributed as many young women did at the time, to the “war effort”. She used micrometers to calibrate the sights used in fighter planes that were flown in the war.
She and Dad married while Dad was on furlough during WWII. After living in South Carolina where Dad was stationed, they relocated to Newburgh, NY and spent their lives in the area, including Campbell Hall and Cornwall, NY.
Mom was very involved in the preservation of history as a reenactor at the New Windsor Cantonment, New Windsor, NY, helping to make history more tangible to visitors at the historic site. Evelyn was very pleased to have reached her 25th year membership in the Quassaick Chapter, DAR.
Always very modest, few knew that Mom was also a gifted “oil on canvas” artist and talented seamstress who could design and sew just about anything she wanted to create. In the kitchen, our mom was a culinary artist as well, delighting all of us especially with her baked goods. Thank you, Mom.
Our mother devoted herself to our father and to us, but most especially, to the dedication, care, and love of our “special needs” sibling. As we have all been told at some point in our lives that people “loved being in the presence of our mom”. Her kindness and sincerity was observed by all.
Evelyn was predeceased by her parents, Maud and Henry Eckert; husband, C. Raymond Catania, Sr.; daughter, Patricia (Catania) Pizzo; and grandson, Anthony Pizzo.
Evelyn is survived by her children: son, C. Raymond Catania, Jr. and wife, Galina of NY; daughter, Christine (Catania) Johnston and husband, William of SC; son, R. John Catania and wife, Linda of CO; and daughter, Carol Catania of CO; grandchildren: Louise Pizzo and husband, John Channel of NY; Raymond Pizzo and wife, Jennifer of NY; John Pizzo, Jr. of FL; Kevin Johnston and wife, Erica Sparrow of NY; Kim O’Toole and husband, Patrick of CO; Adam Cohen of MO; great-grandchildren: Brendan O’Toole of CO and Kayley O’Toole of CO; and several nieces and nephews.
A service was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 9 at the Cedar Hill Mausoleum, Newburgh, with entombment immediately following. In lieu of flowers please donate to Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. To send a personal condolence, please visit www.Brooksfh.com.
Linda A. Keenan
October 3, 1952 – July 3, 2020
Linda A. Keenan of Newburgh, NY passed away unexpectedly the evening of July 3, 2020 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh surrounded by her beloved husband and family. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Louise Liberti and was born on October 3, 1952 in Manhattan, NY.
Survivors include beloved husband, Daniel T. Keenan Sr.; son, Daniel Keenan Jr. and daughter, Laura Thomas; sister, Paula Ringwald and sister-in-law, Kathy O’Neill. She was a loving grandmother and aunt to many nieces and nephews.
Linda lived her life by the golden rule: “Treat others how you would want to be treated” and she truly lived life that way. To say she was a caring person would be an understatement. She was always there to listen to anyone’s problems and help any way she could. No matter how difficult, she would find a way.
Linda loved to travel, enjoyed eating out and spending time with her husband. Her cherished memories were enjoying laughs, reminiscing with friends, being with family during the holidays and going on cruises as well as other getaways. She was an extraordinary person who held everyone she met close to her heart.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Hudson Valley Funeral Home, Inc., 239 Quassaick Avenue (Rte. 94), New Windsor, NY. Due to the continued public health concerns of Covid-19, all attendees must wear facial covering, and there will be an attendance limitation in the building at all times. Social distancing must be practiced within the building and outside of the building.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Sacred Heart Church, Newburgh. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor, NY.
Arrangements are under the care of Hudson Valley Funeral Home, 845-562-4411.
David S. MacFarland
July 2, 1943 – July 4, 2020
Dave MacFarland, 77, passed away peacefully at his home on July 4 in Newburgh N.Y. where he was a proud and lifelong resident.
The son of Frederick R. and Martha W. MacFarland, he enjoyed a happy childhood with his parents and three brothers. He graduated Newburgh Free Academy in 1961, attended Orange County Community College, and went on to complete his professional education at the Rutgers University – Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He served proudly in the US Army National Guard from 1964 to 1970.
One of his fondest memories was playing bass guitar for the Storm Kings, a popular, local band, during which time he met his bride-to-be, Bevalie Ann Standish. They married in October of 1966 and raised two children, Sherri and Scott.
Dave began his career in banking in 1963 with Highland National Bank. He rose through the ranks holding various senior positions including Regional President of Norstar Bank, Regional President of Fleet Bank and President/CEO of Riverside Bank before retiring in July of 2011. Banking was Dave’s lifelong joy and he went to work every morning with a smile on his face. He was very proud of the work he did to help develop and improve Newburgh and particularly enjoyed helping young entrepreneurs launch new businesses. Dave made many friends over the years and was known to assign a nickname for each of them. Over the course of his career, he served on the boards of over 30 professional and charitable organizations. Most notably, he was a director at the Orange County Chamber of Commerce for 26 years, Chairman/Director of Stewart Airport Regional Alliance, Chairman Board of Trustees for St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Chairman/Director Mid-Hudson Patterns for Progress, and Director of the Educational Foundation at Orange County Community College (where he taught banking courses at the beginning of his career). Dave was the recipient of multiple awards in recognition of his leadership and community service including the Orange County Banker’s Association Banker of the Year Award, the Hudson Valley Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizens Award, Mt. St. Mary College Joseph A. Bonura Leadership Excellence Award, Hudson Valley Patterns for Progress Henry Award, and the Dutchess County Economic Development Corp. Business Excellence Award.
David was predeceased by his parents Martha and Fred; his brothers, Robert, Richard and Craig, and his niece, Terry Lynn Macfarland. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Bevalie Ann (Standish) MacFarland, his daughter, Sherri (Lawrence) Rose of Saratoga Springs, NY, his son Scott MacFarland of Lake George, NY; his grandchildren, Lauren (Andrew) Brown, Amanda Rose, Olivia Rose, Devin Belonga, and Madison MacFarland; and great grandchildren Landon (little buddy) and Rosabelle Brown; several, loving sisters and brothers in-law, nieces and nephews; and so many dear friends.
Visitation was held Thursday, July 9 at Brooks Funeral Home, Newburgh. A funeral home service will take place Friday, July 10 at 11 a.m. at Brooks Funeral Home with burial following with Military Honors at Woodlawn Cemetery. In keeping with NYS regulations, please wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. Please be advised due to occupancy limitations a wait may be necessary.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the David S. MacFarland Scholarship Fund through the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan (30 Scotts Corners Drive, Suite 203, Montgomery, NY 12549).
Donna Mae Williams
April 22, 1961 – June 28, 2020
Donna Mae Williams of Newburgh, NY passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the Montgomery Nursing Home in Montgomery, NY. She was 59 years old. The daughter of the late Leroy Sr. and Gloria (Taylor) Williams, she was born on April 22, 1961 in Newburgh, NY.
Donna worked as a food service worker for the Newburgh Enlarged City School.
She is survived by her sister, Kim Williams-Riley of New Windsor; brothers Robert A. Williams of Newburgh and Leroy E. Williams Jr. of Albany, NY; two sons and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Donna was predeceased by her sister Gayle Taylor-Faulkner.
Donna’s family would like to give a special thanks to the Montgomery Nursing Home staff for their care and services.
A memorial service was held at Brooks Funeral Home Wednesday, July 8. To send a personal condolence please visit www.Brooksfh.com.
March 21, 1938 – July 4, 2020
Edward Wtulich, a longtime resident of Goshen, NY, entered into rest Saturday, July 4, 2020. The son of the late Sigmund and the late Bella (Wojciechowicz) Wtulich, he was born March 21, 1938.
He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and earned his Bachelor’s degree from City College of New York. With his dad he worked at Sunshine Biscuit Co. before joining the New York City Housing Authority where he worked as a manager until his retirement.
Ed is survived by his wife of fifty years, Rita, as well as his loving children, Christina, Edward and his wife, Dawn. He is also survived by his brother, Rev John and was predeceased by his brothers, Joseph and Stephen. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that he cared for deeply.
We will miss him dearly.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, July 8 at St. John’s the Evangelist RC Church, 71 Murray Ave., Goshen, NY. Burial followed in St Stanislaus Cemetery, Pine Island, NY.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorial donations be made in Edwards name to the Goshen Ecumenical Food Pantry and Food for the Poor.
Arrangements under the care of Donovan Funeral Home, Inc.
Carol A. Minkus
December 11, 1938 – June 28, 2020
New Hampton, NY
Carol A. Minkus of New Hampton, New York, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 28, 2020 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.
Carol was born in Goshen, NY on December 11, 1938 to parents Frank and Mildred (Warren) Gray. Carol is the first born of three siblings, brothers, Frank, Jerry and sister, Sandra Weston who predeceased her.
Carol graduated from Goshen High School then attended Vassar Brothers Hospital, School of Nursing in Poughkeepsie, NY, graduating in 1959 and began a successful career as a registered nurse. While working at Vassar Brothers Hospital, Carol met and cared for veteran, Richard (Dick) Minkus Sr. The two married on February 12th, 1960. Carol worked at Horton Memorial Hospital in the pediatric unit for many years until her retirement. Carol was known and respected for her hard work, compassion and dedication to her family and her patients. She was the loving and caring mother to Richard (Ricky) and Lori. She will forever be remembered as a self-less and loving mom.
After retirement Carol and Dick spent their winters in Sebastian Inlet, Florida at Long Point Park & Campground. Carols greatest joy was being a grandmother to Joe, Kim, Tom, Matt and Erin. She enjoyed watching and participating in their various activities. In 2011, she was delighted to become a first-time great grandmother to Livia Dembeck, followed by four more great grandchildren. All of whom she loved and touched deeply.
Carol was a member of the Goshen United Methodist Church of Goshen, NY. She was very involved in various church activities such as meals on wheels and working at the rummage sales. She devoted countless hours to these many volunteer opportunities. In her free time Carol was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles, sewing and baking.
Carol is now peacefully reunited with her parents and sister in their heavenly home forever with the Lord. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Richard Minkus Sr.; son, Richard Minkus Jr. (Geri) of New Hampton, NY, and daughter, Lori (David) Gardner of Poestenkill, NY; grandchildren, Joseph Minkus of Slate Hill, NY, Kimberly (Dylan) Dembeck of Warwick, NY, Thomas (Brittany) Minkus of New Hampton, NY, Matthew (Stephanie) Gardner of Poestenkill, NY and Erin (Robert) Fish of East Greenbush, NY; great-grandchildren, Livia, Ethan, and Sawyer Dembeck and Nicholas and Addison Gardner. She is also survived by her brothers, Frank (Mary) Gray of Monroe, NY and Jerry (Nancy) Gray of Camden, SC as well as several nieces and nephews.
Carol’s legacy will continue to live on by giving the ultimate gift, to Mount Sinai Hospital, Bronx, NY for their “The Gift of Knowledge” program, for Alzheimer’s and brain research. Carol will be missed by her family, friends, many patients and co-workers who are blessed to have known her.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s team “Knocking out Alzheimer’s” of the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York Chapter located at 4 Pinewest Plaza Suite 405, Albany NY 12205.
The family would like to especially thank the caring staff on Glenmere 2 at Valley View Center, Dolly Weslowski and Lou Poloniak for their unwavering friendship with Carol and Dick through the many years as well as Dick’s sister, Lorraine Sisco. Finally, a special thanks to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern NY who worked tirelessly to locate an anatomical gift program during the current health crisis. Due to the COVID-19 virus, a celebration of Carol’s life will be announced at a later date.
December 23, 1985 – June 26, 2020
St. Augustine, FL – Formerly of Washingtonville, NY
Matthew Colonna, 34 of St. Augustine, Florida and formerly of Washingtonville, NY, suddenly passed away on June 26, 2020 in Newburgh, NY. He was born on December 23, 1985 in Goshen, NY.
He is survived by his loving parents, Angela and Guy Colonna of Florida; his loving brother, Paul (Julie) Colonna; his adored niece, Amelia Rose Colonna; stepparents, Joseph Revellese and Trish Rinker. He also leaves his aunt, Stella Rao and all of his fun-loving cousins of the Rao family which are too many to mention.
Matthew’s main objective was enjoyment of life and love of his family. Due to his enjoyment of travel, which commenced when he went to Italy to visit his Fiamma family, he received his CDL license and was able to pursue his dream of seeing the U.S. while getting paid as a cross country transporter. Weekly he would post photos and videos of places that we had only spoken of but of which he now was able to see in person.
Your sudden and unexplained departure has left us all shocked and heartbroken. You will truly be missed by all whose lives you have touched.
Due to COVID, Matthew will be sent home to Florida where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John Paul II RC Church in Ponte Vedra, FL and he will be interred at Ponte Vedra Valley Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will follow in the Fall 2020 (DTBA) at St. Mary’s RC Church in Washingtonville, NY.
Evelyn M. Bell
October 2, 1952 – June 25, 2020
Evelyn M. Bell passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Garnet Health Medical Center in Wallkill, NY. She was 67 years old. Daughter of the late Lewis and Sara Bement Luongo, she was born October 2, 1952 in Middletown, NY.
Evelyn was a Paralegal for Bergstein & Ullrich, LLP in New Paltz, NY. She was an avid, knowledgeable gardener of both flowers and vegetables, a creative cook and baker. She had a great knowledge of herbal and homeopathic medicines. She loved and cared for her pets as though they were her children. She was a loving, caring mother to her boys and a wonderful wife who loved with all her heart, putting family above all else. She was a former EMT with both Monroe and Chester Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Survivors include her loving husband, James Bell of Monroe, NY; her children: Brian R. Brown of Monroe, NY, Justin A. Bell and his wife Karin of Bethel, NY, and Peter J. Bell of Greenwood Lake, NY; her siblings: Michael Luongo and his wife Linda of West Palm Beach, FL, Joseph Luongo and his wife Sue of Highland Falls, NY, Anthony Luongo of Litchfield, CT, and Joanne Luongo of Doylestown, PA; her grandchildren: Kevin and Hannah, and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Christopher Brown.
Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope, NY. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to a local Animal Shelter of your choosing.