Saturday, April 25, 2015


Joseph Anastasi (04/14/ 2015)

It is with great shock and sadness that we announce the passing of Joseph Anastasi, son of (late) Anthony and Frances Anastasi, of Peekskill, NY. Joe was 77 when he died on April 14, 2015. Joe was raised in Peekskill and attended Peekskill Military Academy.

He started with the Operating Engineers Local 137 and worked as a paid fireman in the Peekskill Fire Department. He joined the New York State Police in 1966 and served until 1989. He served as a State Trooper before he became an investigator with the (BCI), State Police Manhattan and was assigned to Troop F, G and K. Then he was promoted to Captain when he was assigned to the Security Detail of Mario Cuomo the Governor of the State of New York, in NYC and Albany, until his retirement. After his retirement from the NY State Police Joe and his wife, Louise relocated to San Diego, CA, where he worked Security for Universal Studios, and Robbery Suppression for Bank of America. In 2000 Joe and Louise moved to Henderson, NV where he worked on multiple Security Details.

Joe was a kind man who was sympathetic to people’s problems and challenges, valued loyalty and friendship and will be missed by all who knew him. He had a great sense of humor and one of his many talents was playing the accordion, which when he was 12 years old he appeared as a contestant on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour. Joe loved the NY Jets, Yankees and Mets, Golf and Horseracing. Joe also had a small part in several movies including Casino and was a member of SAG. Joe was one of a kind and his last words would have been:



He is survived by; the love of life, his wife, Louise Anastasi, of Henderson, NV. A sister, Marie Strang and brother-in-law Hick Strang, a niece, Toni Confalone, sister-in-law, Liz Hinyub, sister-in-law Jeanmarie Wong, brother-in-law, Edwin St. John and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are not complete at this time. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Heart Association, online to (go to memorial + add his name).

Jeanette A. "Jeanie" Geraci (04/11/15)

Jeanette A. “Jeanie” Geraci of Peekskill, NY passed away on April 11, 2015. She was 78. Mrs. Geraci was the Personnel Director for Lehman College in the Bronx until she retired in 1999.

She was born on February 27, 1937 in the Bronx to Anthony and Vera Taranto Cicia. Jeanie earned a Bachelor’s degree from Mercy College. On October 26, 1957 she married Charles Geraci at Christ the King Church in the Bronx. Jeanie was a volunteer at Hudson Valley Hospital and at St. Christopher’s at Graymoor.

She is survived by three children; Lucille (Joe Miranda) Geraci, Charles (Joanne) Geraci and Mitch (Vickie) Geraci. Also survived by five grandchildren; Matthew (Rhianna) Geraci, Charles Geraci, Danielle Geraci, Jordan Geraci and Alex Geraci and a great granddaughter, Brianna Geraci. Predeceased by her husband Charles Geraci (July 24, 2011).

Visitation is Tuesday, April 14th, 7 to 9pm and Wednesday, April 15th, 2-4pm & 7-9pm at the Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home, Peekskill, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, April 16th, 10am at the Assumption Church in Peekskill. Interment will follow at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.

Mary V. Helander (04/07/15)

Mary V. Helander age 91 of Mohegan Lake, NY passed away at home on April 7, 2015. Funeral Mass was held on April 9, 2015 at the Assumption Church in Peekskill. Interment followed at Assumption Cemetery.

Ethel Nilsen (04/08/15)

Ethel Nilsen age 83, formerly of Cortlandt Manor, NY passed away on April 8, 2015 at the Vermont Respite House in Williston, VT. Mrs. Nilsen was a loving and devoted wife and mother. She was retired from IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY.

She was born on June 26, 1931 in New Paltz, NY to Charles and Irma Pole. On March 29, 1959 she married the late Nils C. Nilsen in Peekskill. Ethel is survived by her three loving sons; Nils C. Nilsen of New Wilmington, PA, Eric Nilsen and his wife, Chris, and Kevin Nilsen and his wife, Chris, both of East Fairfield, VT. Predeceased by, her husband, Nils C. Nilsen and a brother Carl Pole.

Ethel taught Sunday school at the church where she met her husband, Nils. Ethel was widowed at the age of 42. She dedicated her life to raising her three young boys. Ethel will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Ethel and her children would like to thank the UVM Medical Center in Burlington, VT, all the caregivers in ICU at North Western Medical Center in St. Albans, VT, as well as the entire staff at the Vermont Respite House for their care, compassion and support during her stay at these facilities.

Ethel supported many charities. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Visitation is today, Friday, April 10th from 4pm to 8pm at the Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home, Peekskill, NY. Funeral Service is Saturday, April 11th at 10am at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery.

Thomas D. Fitzgerald, Jr. (04/01/15)

Thomas D. Fitzgerald, Jr. of Buchanan, NY passed away on April 1, 2015. He was 52 years old. Mr. Fitzgerald worked for NYSDOCS for 30 years. He retired from Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in 2013 as Deputy Superintendent of Security. He then began a second career as a vendor Fitzys Famous Franks located on Washington St. in Peekskill. He was born on October 9, 1962 in Glens Falls, NY to Thomas D. and Janice Simonetta Fitzgerald. On May 14, 1988 he married Lisa Catano at St. Christophers Church in Buchanan, NY. Thomas was a member of the NYSDOCS Emerald Society. He is survived by his wife Lisa Fitzgerald, two daughters; Kylie and Tauri Shea Fitzgerald. Also survived by his mother and stepfather, Janice and Joel Nolin, a brother, Robbie (Pam) Fitzgerald and a sister, Janet Nolin all of So. Glens Falls, NY. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Predeceased by his son, Thomas D. Fitzgerald, III and his father, Thomas D. Fitzgerald, Sr.

Visitation is Monday, April 6th, 7 to 9pm and Tuesday, April 7th, 2-4 & 7-9pm at the Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home, Peekskill, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, April 8th, 10am at St. Augustine’s Church, Ossining. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

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