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Gennaro Colabatistto (01/21/15)

Gennaro Colabatistto age 68 of Cortlandt Manor, NY passed away on January 21, 2015. Visitation, Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 7 to 9 pm at the funeral home. Cremation Services "private". 

Kenneth W. Gonsalves (01/16/15)

Kenneth W. Gonsalves of Garrison passed away at home on January 16, 2015. He was 69 years old. Mr. Gonsalves worked for IBM in Armonk retiring after 36 years in Human Resources.

He was born on February 14, 1945 in the Bronx to Joseph W. and Frieda Bernaudo Gonsalves. Kenneth graduated from Peekskill HS in 1963 and earned a Bachelors Degree from Pace University in 1970. On September 3, 1966 he married Anne Martin at the Assumption Church in Peekskill. A resident of Continental Village for 46 years, he was active in the Continental Property Owners Assoc. Kenneth was also a very active member of the Road Knights.

He is survived by his wife Anne Gonsalves of Garrison, and four children; Keith (Sandra) Gonsalves of Ft. Mill, SC, Teresa (Richard) Hollander of Basking Ridge, NJ, Deannemarie Gonsalves of New York City, and Joseph (Caren) Gonsalves, II of San Francisco. Seven Grandchildren; Kyle, Ashleigh and Cameron Gonsalves, Arica and Parker Zentner and Elliot and Eric Hollander. Also survived by a sister, Diane (Theodore) Follis of Cold Spring and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Sunday, January 18th and Monday, January 19th  2-4 & 7-9pm at the Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home, Peekskill, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, 11:30am at the Assumption Church. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Kenneth’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 or at www.alz.org.

William H. Dawson (01/05/14)

William H. Dawson of Cortlandt Manor, NY passed away on January 5, 2015. He was 77 years old. He was born on February 27, 1937 in Dobbs Ferry, NY to Samuel J. and Helen Cmar Dawson. William received a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Pratt Institute. He served in US Army Reserves for two years attaining the rank of Sergeant. On July 7, 1962 he married Frances Berardi at St. Ann’s Church in Yonkers. William was a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), ASAI and NYSR.

He is survived by his wife Frances Dawson of Cortlandt Manor, three children; William H. Dawson, Jr. of Hyde Park, NY, Elizabeth A. (William) Dawson Vaculik of Wappingers Falls, NY and Jonathan P. (Melissa) Dawson  of Hopewell Jct., NY. Nine grandchildren; Michael, Nicole, Lourdes and Adam Dawson, Anna and Grace Vaculik, Julia, Samantha and Katelyn Dawson. Also surviving is a sister, Mary Jane (Calvin) Murray of Rye Brook, NY.

Visitation is Thursday January 8, 2015 from 2-4pm & 7-9pm at the Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home, Peekskill, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday January 9, 2015, 11am at Church of the Holy Spirit, Cortlandt Manor. 

Fred J. "Jay" Bianco, Jr. (01/10/15)

Fred J. Bianco, Jr., known as “Jay”, age 84, a life-long resident of Peekskill, NY passed away on January 10, 2015. He was born on October 11, 1930 to Fred J. and Florence (Belford) Bianco. He graduated from Peekskill High School in 1948, St. Bonaventure University with a BS in Chemistry and from Boston University Law School with a JD. He served in the US Army as a First Lieutenant during the Korean War Era. He married Priscilla Walsh on September 30, 1961 in Ossining, NY.

A retired Peekskill area Attorney, Mr. Bianco was the former President of the Peekskill Bar Assoc., a Former member of the NYS Bar Assoc., Westchester Co. Bar Assoc.; and the NYS Trial Lawyers Assoc. He was admitted to practice in the US Supreme Court.

Mr. Bianco was the former Democratic Mayor of the City of Peekskill, serving three terms from 1976 to 1981. He deeply believed public service was his obligation to serve the City that had given him so much. During his tenure Riverfront Green was dedicated as a Public Park, allowing all the citizens of Peekskill to share in the magnificent Waterfront of the City he loved so dearly. He thought it was the most beautiful view in the world.

In addition, the current Peekskill Police, Courthouse and Library, and the Centennial Hose Firehouse were constructed during his administration. As Mayor, Jay was instrumental in bringing the Resource Recovery Plant and Industrial Park to Charles Point, as well as saving the Paramount Theater from demolition. His administration also undertook a major downtown revitalization program, including construction of the Division Street Gazebo, and a neighborhood home rehabilitation program. The Mercy College Extension also came to Peekskill under his tenure.

Having grown up in a household of limited means during the Great Depression, he always had a great empathy for the disadvantaged, and fought tirelessly to make Peekskill a better place for its citizens.

He was an inspiring orator, giving an unforgettable introductory speech for President Carter during his 1975 campaign at Tinker Hall. Amazingly, most of his speeches were improvised at the podium, with passion, intelligence and his unique sense of humor.

Jay was very active in sports, playing both high school and semi-pro baseball; He was an avid golfer, having won the Westchester Co. Bar Assoc. low gross twice at Westchester Hills. He also loved traveling, discussing political events, and an occasional good cigar. He was also a member of the Peekskill Elks Lodge 744, the Christopher Columbus Club and a parishioner of the Assumption Church.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Priscilla Walsh Bianco; two children, Fred, III and Amy (James) Margiotta, one grandchild, Melissa Margiotta and a sister, Gloria Ward.

Visitation is Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 2-4 & 7-9pm at the Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home, Peekskill, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, January 15, 2015, 10:00am at the Assumption Church. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery.  

Robert G. "WEO" Hron (01/04/15)

Robert Gerard “WEO” Hron of Peekskill, NY, passed away January 4, 2015. He was 60 years old. He was born September 28, 1954 in New York, New York. He was raised in the Bronx, and Cortlandt Manor, New York. He is survived by his mother Rita Hron, brother Bernard D. Kelly and sister-in-law Maryellen Kelly, sister Barbara Wheeler and brother-in-law Robert Wheeler, sister Patricia Hron, brother Christopher Hron, and sister Christine Hron Schettler and brother-in-law William Schettler. He is also survived by 3 nephews and 4 nieces. He was predeceased by his fathers Bernard D. Kelly and Walter H. Hron. He graduated from Walter Panas High School and worked as a bus driver for the Lakeland School District for many years. He also worked for the New York Power Authority and most recently drove for a car service company in Peekskill, New York. Bob was a fun loving guy with a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Visitation is Wednesday, January 7, 2015 from 4pm to 8pm at the Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home, Peekskill, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, January 8, 2015 10am at St. Columbanus Church, Cortlandt Manor. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery.

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