Obituaries 7/23/21

Susan Faye Stewart
January 11, 1954 – July 5, 2020
Goshen, NY
Susan Faye Stewart passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on July 5, 2020 after a nine-month battle with cancer. She was 66 years old. Born in Goshen on January 11, 1954.
A family only funeral was held in the funeral home on July 9, 2020.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of Susan’s Life will be held on July 24, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 33 Park Place, Goshen. A reception will follow the service in Fellowship Hall.

Patricia Shaub Butler
April 30, 1939 – July 25, 2020
Washingtonville, NY
Patricia Ann Shaub Butler of Washingtonville, NY died on July 25, 2020 in Chipley, Florida. She was 81 years old. The daughter of Frank Shaub and Lillian Wilson Herbert, she was born on April 30th, in Detroit, Michigan. She was predeceased by her first and second husbands, John Hoffer and Michael Butler and longtime companion, Martin “Marty” Toback and son, Christopher Butler.
As a young woman, Pat attended the Art Students League of New York and worked as a textile designer in NYC. There she met her first husband, John Hoffer. In the 1960s, she exhibited her work at a small cooperative art gallery located on Elizabeth Street in NYC. Later, with her second husband Michael, she started a business making dolls and wooden toys. In the mid-1960s they moved to Washingtonville, NY where they opened up a toy store on Main Street. The wooden handmade painted toys became puzzle pieces, that eventually became interconnecting wood sculptures. One of her wooden sculptures called “Rainbow Skaters with Zebra, Tree and Rainbow”, was sold at the Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer gallery of NY.
Pat also used a combination of ink drawing and batik to create art quilts, which sold at craft fairs in the area. Later on, Pat became involved in selling secondhand merchandise and opened up a shop in Washingtonville, NY. She also ran an auction in Marlboro, NY with her longtime companion, Marty Toback. Pat and Marty also sold at a flea market in NYC located on Grand Street.
Pat loved primitive folk and tramp art, antique primitive wooden boxes, vintage textiles and 1930s cottage style collectibles.
A family statement read: Pat was an artist and is remembered for her love of beauty. She was carefree and enjoyed what life had to offer. She loved color and used it freely in her art. She was the life of the party and was a generous, loud, opinionated woman who was an idealist and a feminist. She loved life, she loved people and she enjoyed living life to the fullest.
She is survived by her daughter, Heideli Hoffer and Henry Crawford of New York; her brother, David R. Shaub of California; her granddaughters, Samantha Lilly Krunfol and Emma Henrietta Patricia Crawford of New York; her dear friend, Petrea White of Connecticut and current companion, Woody MacBain of Chipley, Florida.
Mom, Grandma Pat, we love you!

Shirley M. Dobias
March 24, 1931 – July 10, 2021
Cornwall, NY
Shirley M. Dobias, of Cornwall, NY entered into eternal rest on July 10, 2021 at Park Manor Rehabilitation & Health Center, Wallkill, NY. She was 90 years old.
The daughter of the late Raymond Halvorsen and Isabelle (Clark) Halvorsen Swain, Shirley was born on March 24, 1931 in Newburgh, NY.
Shirley earned her Associate’s Degree and was a retired Librarian at NYMA in Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY. She was well-respected as a member of the staff at New York Military Academy and had a long standing relationship with the Alumni.
Shirley was an active Member of St. Thomas of Canterbury Church in Cornwall-On-Hudson. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She will be greatly missed.
Shirley was predeceased by her loving husband of 66 years, Theodore R. Dobias, in 2016. She is survived by her son, Ted M. Dobias and his wife Lorri of Wallkill, NY; her daughter, Linda A. (Dobias) Dombroski and her husband, Gregory of the Town of Newburgh; two grandchildren: Kara and Bryan; and her great-grandchildren: Bryan Jr, Shaelyn and Madison.
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.
Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21 at Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc., 337 Hudson Street, Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 22 at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, 340 Hudson Street, Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY. Interment followed the Mass at St. Thomas Cemetery, Cornwall, NY.
Memorial Contributions in Shirley’s name may be made to Meals on Wheels, Greater Newburgh, P.O. Box 2615, Newburgh, NY 12550 or Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, 70 Dubois Street, Newburgh, NY 12550.

John Pierre Donovan
July 7, 1928 – December 30, 2020
Charlotte, NC – Formerly of Goshen, NY
Our father, John P. Donovan, a.k.a. “Jack”, left this world at home in Charlotte, NC on December 30, 2020. Dad was born on July 7, 1928 in Goshen, NY. His three sisters and two brothers were raised with strong Irish Catholic values by their parents, Joseph C. Donovan and Margaret Curtin Donovan.
Jack excelled in school, graduating valedictorian from Saint John’s High School class of ’46 . . . #1 out of a class of 6!
No flash in the pan, he then excelled at Villanova University (go Wildcats!), graduating in 1950 with an English degree. After serving three years as a Naval Officer during the Korean War, he earned an MBA in 1955 from the University of Michigan. While in Ann Arbor, he met Nancy C. Anderson, who became his inspiration, his muse and love of his life. They married on October 6, 1956 and had five boys.
Dad was a steel man his whole career and he excelled at all levels, including corporate executive and wildcat entrepreneur.
Mom and Dad taught us compassion, environmental stewardship, equality, and self-sufficiency. They opened our home to foreign exchange students, employed adults with special needs, welcomed in less fortunate youngsters, grew much of our food, and really knew how to stretch a dollar. Wherever we lived, they were active in the local Catholic Church.
The product of an old school liberal arts background, Dad never lacked for confidence. He was quick witted, a voracious reader, and always eager to discuss (and, of course to debate) literature, politics, sports or business.
An excellent cribbage and card player, he also appreciated a nice cigar, martinis (not too dry), and good food.
Dad traveled extensively for work and he also enjoyed roaming near and far with Mom and his family. Growing up, we had memorable summer road trips visiting family in Florida and back in Goshen…. all of us in the van, Dad subjecting us to miles of second-hand cigar smoke.
Mom died way too young and her passing was devastating. It was his grace and optimism that buoyed and sustained him (and by extension us) then, and in countless other challenging times. This was his hallmark and legacy to us. Jack Donovan opted for life and for living, for acting and for doing, and not sulking or sitting still.
Dad will be missed greatly by his sons and all those who were lucky enough to have known him.
He is survived by his five sons and seven grandchildren: John and Kristi of Sedona, AZ; Andrew and his partner Belinda of Houston, TX., and his daughter Natalie (Thomas Dixon) of Atlanta, GA; Thomas, his daughter Jacqueline and son Neil of Oakland, CA; James and Cam and their daughters Samantha and Anne of Charlotte, NC; Patrick and Kimberly and their daughter Margaret and son John of Zionsville, IN and; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Nancy, his brothers Joseph R. Donovan and J. Robert Donovan and his sisters Marilee Dardenne, Suzanne Donovan and Carole Regal.
Dad’s core group of friends in Charlotte, including Marlene Waller, Chris Materazzo, Frank Espinoso, Belle Radenbaugh, Christine Fritts and Kathleen Wood, will always have a place in our hearts.
A special thank you goes to the caregivers of Visiting Angels, especially Jackie Rice, and Novant Health Hospice in Charlotte for their loving care and support during his final years. Also, the family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to Hankins and Whittington Funeral Home in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Donovan Funeral Home in Goshen, New York for their care during this time.
A funeral service was held in Charlotte, NC on January 2, 2021. Wake will be 6 to 8 p.m., July 23 at Donovan Funeral Home in Goshen, NY. Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of life will be the following day, 10 a.m., at St. John the Evangelist Church in Goshen, NY. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Novant Health Hospice in Charlotte, NC.

Patrick Alphonsus Gallagher
August 13, 1939 – December 9, 2020
Chester, NY and Wilmington, NC
Patrick Alphonsus Gallagher, 81, originally from Spring Valley, NY, and a resident of Chester, NY and Wilmington, NC for 50 years, passed away peacefully on December 9, 2020.
Pat was born in NY, NY and graduated from Don Bosco Preparatory High School, Ramsey, NJ, class of 1957. After graduation he enlisted in the Navy and served honorably on the USS Wallace L. Lind (DD-703).
Pat and Barbara Mae Gallagher had a life-long love affair that began when they met in middle school. They married on February 11, 1961 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, in Spring Valley and shared fifty-nine years of marriage prior to her passing.
Before retiring, Pat worked for more than 30 years at Federal Paper and continuing with International Paper.
A devout Catholic, Pat was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church in Wilmington where he was a Eucharistic Minister and devoted volunteer. He was a proud member of the AOH chapter in Chester, NY.
Pat was happiest during visits to see his children and grandchildren and was a great host for family and friends’ visits to his home in Wilmington, NC.
Pat was the devoted father to Patrick Gallagher of Albany, NY; Edward Gallagher (Rose) of Chester, NY; and Jeanne Beard (Robin) of Alexandria, VA. He was the beloved grandfather to Amanda Alavez, Chelsea Hackett, and Halie and Robin Beard and the great-grandfather to four. Pat was very close to his younger brother, James Gallagher; and a fun-loving uncle (and God Father) to numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Alphonsus Gallagher and Rose Ann (McConnell) Gallagher, and the love of his life, Barbara Mae Gallagher.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Avenue, Warwick, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. on July 22, 2021 at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 75 Sanfordville Road, Warwick, NY, with burial in Warwick Cemetery following the Mass.

Mary Elizabeth Hopper
July 15, 2021
Florida, NY
Mary Elizabeth Hopper of Florida, NY entered into rest on Thursday July 15, 2021, she was 77.
A beautiful person inside and out, she had an amazing heart and cared deeply for others. She was tough at times but loved with all her heart and would do her best to go above and beyond for others. Mary was a huge animal lover and made sure any stray or injured animal that crossed her path was taken care of and given a good home; sometimes it was her home. She was also the life of the party. Her smile and humor would light up the room and made people feel loved and welcome. Mary was the heart of the family who made others feel safe, secure and loved.
She was a school nurse for many years for junior high and elementary school children. She truly put her heart and soul into helping those children whether it was a scraped knee or buying winter clothes for children whose parents couldn’t afford them. That’s who she was, someone who cared and loved others, it was just her nature.
She is survived by her husband, James Hopper Sr.; son, James Hopper Jr. and his wife Blanca and their sons: Landon, Jayden, and Noah; daughter, Jamie Hopper; son, Gary Smay and his wife Kelly and their sons, Caiden and Keegan; nephew, Joe Barrett; and niece, Karen Graviano.
Mary’s family would like to extend a special thanks to Maureen Dyer who cared for Mary.
Visitation was on Tuesday July 20 at T.S. Purta Funeral Home, 22 Glenmere Ave., Florida, NY.

Walter “Walt” Ernest Mitton, Sr.
October 11, 1937 – July 12, 2021
Port St. Lucie, FL – Formerly of Goshen, NY
Walt passed on to be with God on Monday, July 12, 2021. He died at St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, FL. Walt was from Goshen, NY and moved to Port St. Lucie in 1980. He was the son of Arnold Ernest Mitton and Susan May Carroll Mitton. He was born at St. Luke’s Hospital, Newburgh, NY on Monday, October 11, 1937.
He was retired from a 36-year employment with the USPS and a 12+ year employment with Publix Store #855, where he loved both his co-workers and customers. Walt was a veteran of the Army National Guard. He is preceded in death by his parents and three sisters: Florence, Catherine, and Audrey and his brother, Benjamin. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Carol Ann Howell Mitton; daughter, Bonnie Ann Dombroski and husband Ron of Poughkeepsie, NY; son, Walter E. Mitton, Jr. and partner Tom of Jensen Beach, FL; daughter, Kelly Sue Sneddon and husband Michael of Woodbury, MN; brother, Rodney “Rod” W. Mitton of Bloomingburg, NY and his wife Catherine Depew-Mitton; four grandsons: Corey McCuen and wife Michelle; Cole Wicklund, Reed Wicklund, and Andrew Spencer; four granddaughters: Christa Wicklund, Alyssa Spencer, Alison Wenzel, and Abbey Wicklund; great-grandsons, Bennett Zadow and John Zabriskie, Jr.; several nieces and nephews as well as his best friends, Richard “Dick” Holmberg and Bonnie Johnson-Holmberg. In Goshen, NY.
Walt was a graduate of GHS, Class of ’57 – excelling in track, baseball, basketball, soccer, and football, and a volunteer fireman of Goshen’s Cataract Engine and Hose Company. In Florida, Walt was a member of the St. Lucie Catholic Church and volunteer with the church’s soup kitchen. Walt will be remembered for his love of country music, any food you placed before him, “that’s the best I ever had…and I’m not kidding!” Lastly, he will always be remembered for being the Green Bay Packer’s #1 fan outside of Wisconsin!
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 23 at St. Lucie Catholic Church in Port St. Lucie. Internment will immediately follow at White City Cemetery in Ft. Pierce, FL.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of the following organizations: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital (Portland, OR), Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida, DSAHV.

Joan V. Nagle
March 15, 1932 – July 10, 2021
Newburgh, NY
Joan V. Nagle, 89 of Newburgh, NY passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021. The daughter of the late Carl and Genevieve (Mackenzie) Brinkman, she was born in Brooklyn, NY on March 15, 1932.
Joan was loved by all. She cherished her family, daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Joan is survived by her children: Cynthia Fisher of New Jersey, Doreen Koczak of Middletown and Carrie Quinn of Newburgh; grandchildren: Dean Scala, Meghan Longfield, Ralph Fisher IV, Ryan Fisher, Rachel Quinn, Thomas Quinn Jr. and Makenzie Quinn; and great-grandchild, Grace Longfield.
In addition to her parents, Joan is predeceased by her brother Roy Dalquist and sister Miriam Showruck.
In keeping with the family’s wishes, services will be private.
To send a personal condolence please visit www.Brooksfh.com or call (845) 561-8300.

Edward Francis Patterson
May 17, 1929, – March 13th, 2020
Cornwall, NY
Edward Francis Patterson of Cornwall, New York, a retired New York City Police Officer, and a United States Marine, died March 13th, 2020, at home with his loving family by his side. He was 90 years old.
The son of the late John and Margaret (O’Leary) Patterson, Edward was born on May 17, 1929, in New York, NY.
Edward was a devoted husband to Katie during her illness with Alzheimer’s disease. He was a fierce advocate throughout her illness and kept his promise to “love, honor and cherish” all the days of her life. His sense of humor and his love of a great story whether at his own expense or that of others knew no boundaries.
Edward is predeceased by his devoted wife, Catherine (Katie) O’Connell; parents, John and Margaret Patterson; sisters, Mary Geoghegan (Pete) and Margaret (Peggy) Patterson; brother, Matthew Patterson; son-in-law, Perry Roy; and grandson, Dustin Hendrickson.
Edward is survived by his children: Edward Patterson Jr. (Caren) of Plano, TX, Denis Patterson of Rockwall, TX, Terry Patterson (Anne) of Fairfax VT, Margie Flynn (Tommy) of Monroe, NY, Jeanne Kassis (Art) of Bethlehem, PA and Cathryn Roy of Washingtonville, NY. Edward is also survived by his grandchildren: Kimberly, Aaron, Conor, John, Matthew, Andrew, Kaitlyn, Brendan, Patrick, Ryan, Shannon, Riley, Colin, Liam and John, 13 great-grandchildren, and his special niece, Peggy Hughes (Steve), along with numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held during the hours of 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 23, 2021, at Flynn Funeral & Cremation Memorial Centers, located at 139 Stage Road, Monroe, NY. A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, 2021, in St. Columba R.C. Church located at 27 High Street, Chester, New York 10918, the Rev. John Bonnici will officiate. (The family would like to thank Fr. John for the care and support you rendered to your parishioner and friend) Burial will be in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Edward’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association of the Hudson Valley, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-4060 would be appreciated by the family.

Shirley M. Dobias

March 24, 1931 – July 10, 2021

Cornwall, NY

Shirley M. Dobias, of Cornwall, NY entered into eternal rest on July 10, 2021 at Park Manor Rehabilitation & Health Center, Wallkill, NY. She was 90 years old.

The daughter of the late Raymond Halvorsen and Isabelle (Clark) Halvorsen Swain, Shirley was born on March 24, 1931 in Newburgh, NY.  

Shirley earned her Associate’s Degree and was a retired Librarian at NYMA in Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY.  She was a well-respected as a member of the staff at New York Military Academy and had a long standing relationship with the Alumni.

Shirley was an active Member of St. Thomas of Canterbury Church in Cornwall-On-Hudson.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She will be greatly missed.

Shirley was predeceased by her loving husband of 66 years, Theodore R. Dobias, in 2016.  She is survived by her son, Ted M. Dobias and his wife Lorri of Wallkill, NY; her daughter, Linda A. (Dobias) Dombroski and her husband, Gregory of the Town of Newburgh; two grandchildren: Kara and Bryan; and her great-grandchildren:  Bryan Jr, Shaelyn and Madison.

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.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21st at Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc., 337 Hudson Street, Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 22nd at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, 340 Hudson Street, Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY.  Interment will follow the Mass at St. Thomas Cemetery, Cornwall, NY.

Memorial Contributions in Shirley’s name may be made to Meals on Wheels, Greater Newburgh, P.O. Box 2615, Newburgh, NY  12550 or Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, 70 Dubois Street, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Arrangements are entrusted to Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc.; to send condolences or to get directions to the funeral home, please go to www.Quigleybros.com

Fernando Mejias, III
October 26, 1964 – July 18, 2021

Fernando Mejias, III, of the Town of Newburgh, entered into rest on Sunday, July 18, 2021. He was 56.

Son of Fernando and Norma (DeVictoria) Mejias, he was born on October 26, 1964, in New York, NY.

A longtime area resident, Fernando was a driver for Amazon, New Windsor.

He also worked as a food service director in the area for many years. He was a huge Yankee’s fan, and was fond of cats.

In addition to his parents, Fernando is survived by his wife Dawn (Orlando) Mejias; a son, Fernando Mejias, IV of New Windsor; a daughter, Ashley Mejias of New Windsor; his former wife and mother of his children, Elizabeth Perez of New Windsor; two stepsons, Michael Hanna of Newburgh and Christopher Hanna of Walden; three brothers, Adam Mejias of Middletown, Samuel Mejias, and Daniel Mejias, both of Newburgh; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was Thursday, July 22, 2021 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Crossroads of Assembly of God, 7 D’Alfonso Road, Newburgh, NY 12550.

A Funeral Service followed at 6:00 pm at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Fernando’s name can be made to the Newburgh, Animal Shelter, 645 Gidney Avenue, Newburgh, NY, 12550.

Jack Debrusin
August 22, 1943 – July 20, 2021

Jack Dabrusin, owner of Dabrusin Auto Parts and a life-long resident of Newburgh, NY passed away at home surrounded by family after a long illness.

Jack is survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Margaret; his daughter, Dana Saintmire; grandchildren, Parker Saintmire and Marissa Saintmire; sisters, Donna Carbone of Murrells Inlet, SC and Wendy Lewis (Michael) of Melbourne, FL; uncle, Jack Gruberg; cousins Robin Licker (Steven) and Jay Wayne (Gerry), as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter, Susan and sister, Gail Gallagher.

Jack was born in Newburgh on August 22, 1943 to Elizabeth (Betty) and Harry Dabrusin. 

Jack married his best friend Margaret on February 7, 1970.  They celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary this year. The couple had 2 beautiful daughters, Dana and Susan.  Susan was tragically killed in an accident at the Orange County Speedway in 1988.

Jack began his career with IBM in East Fishkill.  After a tour of duty in Vietnam while serving in the U. S. Army, Jack relocated to Houston, TX where he worked with IBM on the NASA space program. In 1970 he and Margaret returned to the Newburgh area to work in his father’s business, Dabrusin Auto Parts.  Jack eventually took over the business until retiring in 2014. Jack enjoyed stamp and coin collecting from an early age and had J & J Stamp and Coins with his cousin, Jay Wayne for years.

Jack was an avid car enthusiast and owned a number of street rods, classic and muscle cars, as well as several Model A’s over the years.  He was a member of the Model A Restorers Club and enjoyed many Model A runs throughout the Hudson Valley. He also participated in and traveled to numerous car shows. He was also a member of the Vietnam Veterans and was involved in many of their activities. He especially liked the spaghetti dinners.

Jack loved time with his family and spent his Sunday mornings making his famous pancakes for family, friends, and grandpuppies.

Jack was a spiritual man and was an active member of the Congregation Agudas Israel where he served several terms as President.

Jack will be deeply missed by family, friends and all who knew him.

Jack’s service was held at the Congregation Agudas Israel, 290 North Street Newburgh on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 10am with burial following  at Congregation Agudas Israel Cemetery, 140 Erie Avenue, New Windsor, NY 12553.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Susan Abby Dabrusin Memorial fund at Congregation Agudas Israel.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Hudson Valley Funeral Home, Inc