Obituaries 6/18/21

Peter B. Gaetano
January 18, 1931 – June 12, 2021
Newburgh, NY
Peter B. Gaetano of Newburgh, NY passed away on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Vassar Brother’s Hospital, Poughkeepsie. He was 90. Peter was born in New York City on January 18, 1931. He was the son of the late Richard and Rose Cavaliere Gaetano.
Peter was a retired Laborer for Laborers’ Local 17, Newburgh. He was a Member of the United States National Guard, a member of the Good Will Fire Department, Newburgh. Peter was an avid hunter and fisherman in the Phoenicia area where he shared a cabin with his buddies.
Survivors include his son, Richard Gaetano and wife, Donna of Highland, daughter, Cathy Gaetano of Newburgh; his brothers, Frank Gaetano and his wife, Conchetta of Florida and Robert Gaetano and wife, Vicky of Florida; grandchildren: Danielle, Richard and Peter Gaetano; seven great-grandchildren: Vin, Adriana, Rosina and Domenica Losi, Maiella, Luca and Giana Gaetano.
Peter was predeceased by his wife Pauline Gallifuco Gaetano and his brother, Richard Gaetano.
Visitation was held from 2 to 4 & 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at The DiDonato Funeral Home, 1290 Route 9W, Marlboro.
Funeral services took place at 11 on Thursday morning at the funeral home.
Entombment will follow in Cedar Hill Mausoleum, Newburgh.

Deacon Richard G. McCarthy
July 10, 1929 – June 11, 2021
Monroe, NY
Deacon Richard McCarthy, 91 of Monroe, NY, passed away on June 11th on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus surrounded by his loving wife and children at the Kaplan Hospice Center in Newburgh, NY.
Deacon McCarthy was born in Philadelphia, PA the first of six children to conservative Irish Catholic parents, James J., and Katherine Veronica McCarthy. He attended The Academy of Advance Traffic, Rutgers University, the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and St. Joseph Seminary. Deacon McCarthy began his employment at St. Regis Paper Company where he held many positions including the Corporate Fleet and Leasing Manager. He spent the final years of his working career as Circulation-Promotion Manager for the award-winning newspaper Catholic New York.
Deacon McCarthy married Rosemary Coakley, “Lord rest her soul”, and they were blessed with three children: Terrence, Colleen and Michael. He then married another wonderful woman, Aileen Bonney of Monroe and between them they have ten beautiful grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Deacon McCarthy had decided early on to serve others and so, after studying for the Diaconate, he was ordained in 1993. He became involved with the ministry in many different ways including volunteering at the Valley View Nursing Home as well as his services at Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties for many years. Deacon McCarthy quietly moves about doing the “Lord’s work” as he likes to refer to his services as a Deacon. His commitment to his parish has allowed him to partake in the many opportunities including participating in many sacramental events.
Additionally, Deacon McCarthy found a home at the Village of Monroe Zoning Board of Appeals serving for many years as a member of that important board. He has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for many years and was a Fourth Degree Knight.
In quoting Deacon McCarthy, “As a Deacon for the past 28 years, I endeavor to live my life according to my favorite theme: Omnia Pro Te Cor Jesu – All for you, o Heart of Jesus.”
Richard is survived by his wife, Aileen of Monroe; his children: Rev. Terrence and his wife, Rev. Susan McCarthy and grandson, Luke of Gettysburg, PA; Colleen Whren and her husband, George and granddaughter, Caitlin of Monroe, NY; Michael and his wife, Melissa and grandchildren, Aedan and Rosemary of Monroe, NY; his step children: Cheryl Davis and her husband, Peter Chletsos of Monroe, grandson, Kevin and his wife, Brittany and great-grandchildren, Mason and Demi of Highland Mills, NY; Kevin Watson and his wife, Donna, grandson, Scott Watson United States Navy Stationed in Virginia, grandsons, Daniel and K.J. of Highland Mills, NY; Scott Watson and his wife, Susan of Myrtle Beach, SC, granddaughter, Jocelyn and her husband, Dylan Dewey and great-grandson, Watson of South Carolina and grandson Jordan of Charlton, SC.
Dick is also survived by his sister, Joan Cave and her husband, George of Silver Springs, MD; several nieces and nephews and his beautiful Russian blue cat, “Dolly.”
A special thanks go to Deacon Angelo Cosaro for his weekly visits, who’s friendship and kind words were an inspiration. Also, to his Deacon Brothers class of 93-94.
Thank you goes to the staff at the Kaplan Hospice Center: Cherie, Rosemarie, Jessica, Jennifer and all the other staff including Chef Bob.
Dick was predeceased by his first wife, Rosemary; parents, James and Katherine; sister, Carolyn, brothers: James, William, and John; and by his granddaughter, Hope.
Dick was also the 2nd oldest active Deacon for 28 years in the Archdiocese or New York.
Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15 at Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush Funeral Home, 117 Maple Ave., Monroe, NY. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 16 at Sacred Heart Church, 26 Still Road, Monroe, NY. Interment will follow at St. Anastasia Cemetery in Harriman, NY.
Contributions may be made to Hospice or Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550.

Patricia A. Montanye
May 7, 1941 – June 10, 2021
Monroe, NY
Patricia A. Montanye of Monroe passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at The Kaplan Family Hospice Residence in Newburgh. She was 80 years old.
Daughter of the late Theodore Jackson and Lillian Brandt Jackson, she was born on May 7, 1941 in Brewster, New York.
Survivors include her loving husband, Raymond R. Montanye of Monroe, New York; sister-in-law, Clara Lemon of Monroe, North Carolina; nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 17 at Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 117 Maple Avenue, Monroe. Graveside services followed at 1:30 p.m. at Chester Cemetery in Chester.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Kaplan Family Hospice Residence, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, New York 12550.

Flora S. Terpstra
February 6, 1937 – June 11, 2021
Montgomery, NY
Flora S. Terpstra of Montgomery NY passed away Friday, June 11, 2021 in Middletown. She was 84.
The daughter of Leon Smith and Vivian Sheehan, she was born February 6, 1937 in Woodbury, NY.
Flora was a retired secretary for Orange County Social Services, Goshen, NY. She was a member of the Campbell Hall Seniors and the Warwick Valley Quilters Association.
She was the widow of Clarence Terpstra. Survivors include her daughter, Julianne Stratton and husband Brian Jr. of Walden, NY; son, Garrett Terpstra and wife Sandy of Walden, NY; grandson, Brian Stratton III; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, parents and siblings.
Memorial visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 19 at Millspaugh Funeral Home, 22 Bank St., Walden, NY 12586.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Lustgarten Foundation, Pancreatic Cancer Research, 415 Crossways Park Drive, Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797, or to your local church.

Stephen Ronald Adamo
June 28, 1958 – June 4, 2021
Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY
Stephen Ronald Adamo of Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY passed away on June 4, 2021 at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY. He was 62 years old.
The son of Ronald Anthony Adamo and Donna Fortune (DeConte) Adamo, Steve was born on June 28, 1958 in Mount Vernon, NY.
Chef Adamo graduated from Culinary School at Johnson and Wales University, Summa Cum Laude and worked at several restaurants in Sullivan County and most recently at Schlesinger’s Steak House in New Windsor, NY.
Steve will be missed by his parents in Frisco, TX; his wife, Mary Ann McGinnis-Adamo and son, Nicholas Stephen Mackey Adamo at home; his siblings, and outlaws, Karen Prusa, Richard (Linda) Adamo, David (Kris) Adamo, Michele and Paul Wallace, and Lauren Adamo, Sheila (Chris) Marhefka, Mike (Ann) McGinnis, Kitty and Gary Fiorello, and Matt (Kim) McGinnis; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was predeceased by his in-laws, Glen and Margaret McGinnis.
Based on new CDC guidelines adopted by NYS, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or be socially distanced, but unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks and be socially distanced in the funeral home. Please know that there is an occupancy limitation which may cause a wait time.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 18 at Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc., 337 Hudson St. Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 19 at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, 340 Hudson Street, Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY. Cremation will take place at Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope, NY.
Memorial Contributions in Steve’s name may be made to Storm King Fire Engine Co.#2, PO Box 333, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520 or SUNY Orange Foundation, 115 South Street, Middletown, NY 10940.

Richard H. Clark
November 26, 1950 – June 1, 2021
Newburgh, New York
Richard Hugh Clark ‘Rick’ of Reston, Virginia, passed away Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in his home surrounded by family and loved ones. He was born and raised in Newburgh, NY, where he attended Newburgh Free Academy before attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and James Madison University. Rick was a force to be reckoned with and left behind a remarkable legacy, including his life’s work creating Clark Financial Solutions. He was a devoted father dedicated to ensuring his children learned life’s most useful and valuable lessons. He was the most gracious and generous person and always wore his heart on his sleeve. Rick was an avid sports enthusiast, even after surviving stage 4 cancer in his 50s. He loved skiing, on the water or snow, ice-boating, flying, and fishing. Rick poured his heart and soul into everything he did; whether rebuilding a car or raising his children, he did it with all of his heart. If you met Rick, you fell in love with his charisma; it was contagious. He made sure his home was always full of laughter, dancing, and music. Rick was a ferocious supporter of various charities and loved all puppies he encountered. He was a pillar of our community and will be remembered with gratitude. He was greatly loved and will be sorely missed.
Rick is predeceased by his parents, John and June Clark of Newburgh, NY, along with his brothers, Michael and Mark Clark and his grandson, Jackson Tucker. Rick is survived by his brother and sister, David Clark and Gail Caldwell, and his children, Carrie Scott and her husband Jeff Scott, RJ Clark, Megan Clark and her husband James Tucker, and his grandchildren, Hudson and Colette Scott.
Rick always celebrated this life, and we will continue to celebrate his life in a memorial service to follow later in the year.
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Ronald Ruckdeschel
October 13, 1954 – April 28, 2021
Sterling Heights, Michigan
Ronald Ruckdeschel, age 66, of Sterling Heights, Michigan, died April 28, 2021 in Groveland, Florida. Ron was born in Newburgh, New York on October 13, 1954 to his late parents, Robert and Violet Ruckdeschel.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Shirley Kaczorowski. He was the loving father of David (Diana) Ruckdeschel and Stacie Ruckdeschel and the proud grandfather of Selina Ruckdeschel, Annika Ruckdeschel and Brayden Baez. He was the dearest brother of Robert, Raymond and Richard Ruckdeschel.
Ron retired from IBM in 2015 after working for 17 years in customer support. Prior to working at IBM Ron was employed by vendors companies to IBM.
Ron found his joy in golf where he and his wife, Shirley traveled to all 50 states to golf. Ron also enjoyed golfing with his church buddies and friends. For many years, Ron was a softball umpire in New York, eventually officiating at the women’s softball World Series.
In the winter months, Ron and Shirley spent their time at their home in Groveland, Florida.
Visitation was held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on June 17 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 280 East Square Lake Road, Troy, Michigan prior to the services at 11 a.m. Donations can be made to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Stephen Heffner
June 14, 1967 – May 30, 2021
Newburgh, NY
Stephen “Steve” Heffner, 53, passed away peacefully with loved ones by his side on May 30th at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City after a courageous battle with cancer. Steve was born in Newburgh, NY on June 14, 1967 to the late Stephen and June Heffner. He attended Liberty Street School, South Junior High and later Graduated from Newburgh Free Academy.
Steve studied at Dutchess Community College but soon made his way to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of working in film. As a child, Steve had an insatiable interest in movies and television and wished to be a creator. While in LA, he attended Columbia College Hollywood where he made short films and worked in a video store while trying to make connections and find his footing. It was a frustrating period for him, and he returned to New York unsure of his future but also happy to be home in his beloved Hudson Valley.
Steve soon found work at The Poughkeepsie Journal where he spent six years as a Production Associate. Though the work could be gratifying and the friendships with coworkers strong, he still felt the pull of film, and knew it was his destiny if he could find a way in.
In 2001, Steve made the brave and bold move to leave the Journal and become an editor. He attended The Edit Center in Manhattan where he was a star pupil. Then, what began as an internship with a documentary filmmaking team culminated in Steve garnering his first credits as associate editor and associate producer for his work on The Hill, a 2005 Sundance Channel docu-series.
From there Steve went on to forge tight working relationships with filmmaking colleagues, making him a sought after and valued picture and sound editor. His numerous credits include: NY 77: The Coolest Year in Hell (2008 Showtime), WWII in HD (2009 History Channel), Vietnam in HD (2011 History Channel), The American Nurse (2013 Kino Lorber), Brothers in War (2014 National Geographic Channel -EMMY nominated), Indian Point (2015, Tribeca Film Festival, Frontline Journalism Award Winner), The Dog Doc (2019 Tribeca Film Festival), and Cured (2020 ITVS).
In 2019 Steve co-directed and edited the limited series The Apollo Chronicles (CW). He was thrilled to have recently been hired to edit an HBO film, a job that would have begun Fall of 2021.
It was not only Steve’s skill as an editor that led filmmakers to work with him time and again, but his capacity for deep and abiding friendships: immense generosity: dry wit and dark humor that made him irresistible and irreplaceable. Everyone he crossed paths with would remember that generous spirit, he made an impression everywhere he went, forging bonds with all. He was passionate about music and excelled at working closely with film composers. He became a skilled sound designer and added that role to his repertoire. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of American films of the 1930s, 40s and 70s, was a horror film buff, and loved the outdoors. Steve remained close with childhood friends throughout his life and was proud of his Newburgh roots where he ran with a diverse crew, and found acceptance as a young gay man.
Steve adored and helped raise his niece, Candace L. Heffner and nephew, John L. Heffner (Newburgh, NY). He is also survived by Candace’s husband, Frankie Claudio (both of Carmel, NY); his brother, John L. Heffner (Newburgh, NY) and great niece, Cierra S. Heffner (Newburgh, NY) along with numerous dear friends whom he considered family, including Kenny Albano (New York, NY), Ivy Meeropol (Cold Spring, NY), Toby Shimin (Cold Spring, NY), and Joe Farrett (Newburgh, NY).
Steve Heffner was a shining light in the world and will be forever missed and remembered.
Visitation was held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2021 with a memorial service beginning at 3 p.m. at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave. Newburgh, NY. To send a personal condolence please visit