Chiara Kimmel-Preuss (08/03/17)

Beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend, Chiara Kimmel-Preuss (Sestito), passed away peacefully on August 3rd in Peekskill, NY at the age of 66.

Chiara is survived by her loving husband of 23 years, Peter (Preuss), her two sons Michael (wife Jayne and daughter Kaitlyn) and Marland (wife Julia and daughter Claire), her three brothers, Sal (Maria), Pete (Linda) and Vito, her sister Rosie (Joey) and many nieces and nephews.

Chiara was born on November 18th in Calabria, Italy to Frank and Antoinette Sestito. Upon immigrating to the United States, Chiara and her family lived on Battle Hill in White Plains. Chiara graduated from White Plains High School in 1969. Chiara worked at Westchester Medical College for over 20 years as a program coordinator in the Department of Pharmacology.

Married in 1994, Chiara and Peter share a full life together in Lake Peekskill, NY, where they loved each other unconditionally. Chiara was an avid gardener and could often be found tending to the garden at their home. She was also a devoted animal lover, and her late Chihuahuas, Chester and Elvis, were like children to her. Chiara cared deeply for her family and her greatest priority in her life was their happiness. Chiara often said the birth of her grandchildren, Kaitlyn (10 years old) and Claire (5 months) made her life complete.

While ill, Chiara was lovingly cared for by her husband, Peter, and his sister Frieda Crawford-Preuss, making it possible for her to remain in her beloved home up until her passing.

Memorial visitation will be held on August 10th at the Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home located at 414 Washington St, Peekskill, NY 10566 (4:30pm – 6pm), with a reception to follow at Cortlandt Colonial Restaurant located at 714 Old Albany Post Rd, Cortlandt, NY 10567 (6:30pm – 8pm). All are welcome to attend and celebrate Chiara’s beautiful life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Putnam County SPCA (http://spcaputnam.org/ or 68 Old Rte 6, Carmel Hamlet, NY 10512).

Donald Allen "Donnie" Lancaster (07/28/17)


Donald Allen Lancaster, 97, a lifelong resident of Peekskill, NY passed away peacefully on July 28th at the FDR V.A. Montrose. He was born on November 19, 1919 to John and Mabel Lancaster and was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Theresa (Letteri) Lancaster.  Donnie & Tessy owned and operated Tessy's Deli in Peekskill for over 30 years.  He was predeceased by his four brothers: John, Raymond, Richard and Frank. Donnie, a decorated paratrooper in the 101st Air Borne Division jumped into Normandy on D Day, survived the Battle of the Bulge, and stationed in Germany when victory was declared. Donnie was given the opportunity by the Hudson Valley Honor Flight to visit the WWII memorial in Washington D.C. being greeted by Senator Dole.  Donnie retired from the Peekskill Fire Patrol and was recognized for 60 years of dedicated service. He was a lifetime member of the Peekskill Elks & Peekskill Fish and Game Association. He loved hunting, traveling and golfing though his boxers and bulldogs was who he spent most of his time with. Donnie is survived by his daughter & caregiver Marie McKenzie, granddaughter Maria Robillard & fiancee’ Richard Yeaple, grandson Phil (Joanne) Luciani, great grandchildren: Jamie, Jake, Isabella, & Brandon, nephews Jeffrey (Jackie) Lancaster, Rocky Garbellano, Michael Gizzarelli, nieces Tina Pomarico  and Janet Tasetano, Megan and good friend John Bracero. Visitation will be held on August 9th from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home in Peekskill, New York. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home at 1pm. Interment will immediately follow at Hillside Cemetery. Donations can be made to Long Island Bulldog Rescue, P.O. Box 239, Stony Brook, N.Y. 11790.   


George R. Basciani (07/26/17)


George R. Basciani, age 70, of Croton-on-Hudson, NY died on July 26, 2017, after a struggle with Leukemia. 


George was born in the Bronx on June 5, 1947 to George J. and Mary Saccomano Basciani. George received a BS in Business from NYIT. After college graduation, he spent two years in the U.S. Army. After returning from overseas, he took graduate studies in economics at St. John’s University and also pursued courses and experience necessary to secure his MAI designation, as a real estate appraiser, which he worked as during his entire career.  During his career, he was a partner in the appraisal firm McGrath, Basciani and Assoc. George was married to Sue Thomas in 1971, the mother of their children. Although divorced, they remained friends. Early in life George enjoyed hiking, fishing and tennis, and later in life enjoyed golf and was an avid reader. He said some of his best and most cherishing times were often spent with his son and daughter and his grandchildren.


George was predeceased by his father. George is survived by his life-long loving partner Rosemary Sharpe. He is survived by his mother Mary Basciani, his son James Basciani, daughter Lauren Basciani (Jaye Kutka) and his grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Thomas Basciani (Linda), and sister Margaret Galuppo (Mike Aquilino). After cremation, honoring George’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral. A Celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.


Arrangements entrusted to the Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home, 414 Washington Street, Peekskill, NY 10566 (914) 737-1363.



Ryan Timothy Burns (07/26/17)

Ryan Timothy Burns passed away at his place of residence in Westchester County early morning on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at the age of 23.  He is survived by his loving mother Fran Dolan and her significant other Steve Travis, brothers Jay Dolan and Neil Burns, and father Timothy Burns.  He also leaves his maternal grandparents, Frances and James Kiernan along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Ryan was born in Peekskill, New York in March of 1994.  He attended the Hendrick Hudson School District and was an active member of the community.  He enjoyed sports, especially baseball, as well as movies, music, outdoor adventures and spending time with his family.
The wake will be held at Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home on July 28th from 4:00PM until 8:00PM.  A funeral mass will be offered from Church of the Assumption, 920 1st Street, Peekskill, New York on July 29th at 10:00AM.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that service donations be made to the Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home, 414 Washington Street, Peekskill, New York.  A collection box will be available at the funeral home and contributions may also be made by contacting the facility by phone.


Robert Byrnes (07/20/17)

Robert Byrnes, age 78 of Peekskill, NY passed away on July 20, 2017. Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home.

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