Obituaries

Judith Ann Bolster
January 24, 1962 – February 2, 2021
Maybrook, NY
Judith Ann Bolster died at Garnet Regional Hospital on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. She was 59 years old.
She was born on January 24, 1962 in Suffern, New York to Herbert Gannon, Sr. and Judith Peterson. Judith married Neal Bolster in 1981 and had many happy years together raising their son.
She worked at the New York State Department of Corrections in Wallkill, New York as a Secretary to a deputy until her retirement four years ago.
Judith was known for her sweet, loving, kind, and genuine personality. She will undoubtedly be terribly missed by her immediate family as well as many friends. She loved making ceramics and playing Bingo at the Foxwood’s Casino.
Judith is survived by her husband, Neal Bolster; son, Neal Ryan Bolster; mother, Judith Ann Peterson; brother, Herbert John Gannon, Jr.; sister, Naomi Bullis and husband, John; nieces: Jessica, Crystal, and Hanna Bullis; nephew, Shane Aston Gannon; adored aunts, Laura Flores and Charlene Bittman and husband, John. Several more aunts, uncles, many cousins, and adored cats, Baby and Oreo survive.
Judith was predeceased by her father, Herbert John Gannon, Sr.; grandmother, Lorraine Miller, stepfather, Ceasar Serrano, and mother-in-law, Francis Eaton.
Donations in Judith’s in memory can be made to: Maybrook Volunteer Fire Dept. 204 Wallace Ave., Maybrook, NY 12543.
A Memorial Service was held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc. 130 Highland Ave., Middletown NY, with a Service of Remembrance from 2 to 3 p.m. 

Maria Patrocinia deSousa
October 12, 1931 – February 13, 2021
Newburgh, NY
Maria Patrocinia deSousa of Newburgh, a retired seamstress, and longtime resident entered into rest Saturday, February 13, 2021, at home surrounded by her family. She was 89.
The daughter of the late Manuel Lopes Mendes and Maria Dos Anjos Ventura Mendes.
Born in Portugal on October 12, 1931, Maria came to the United States on April 30, 1966 with her husband and four children. They achieved the American Dream and found happiness and stability living in the United States.
Maria Patrocinia was the heart and soul of her family. She loved spending time in her vegetable and flower gardens, which reminded her of her life in Vila Ruiva, Portugal. Being outdoors brought her tremendous joy. In addition to gardening, she loved to crochet, sing songs in Portuguese, watch the birds in her backyard, and make fried dough (filhos) with her children. Her faith in God was the center of her life and she modeled it to her family. She enjoyed reading the bible daily and talking on the phone with her relatives near and far. She loved life and always shared the kindest thoughts and words with everyone she met. She will be missed by everyone whom she touched throughout her life.
Maria is survived by her brother, Manuel Lopes of Connecticut, sister-in-law, Patricia Tomas Lopes. She is also survived by her four children: Constantino deSousa (Kathi), Ana Santos, Maria Lastowski (Ed), Manny deSousa (Diana), eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and her nephew, Antonio Lopes Jr.
She was predeceased by her husband, Joaquim and sister, Emilia Lopes and son-in-law, Marcos Santos.
All Services and Burial will be private.

Muriel Fanurakis
March 7, 1950 – February 11, 2021
New Windsor, NY
My name is Muriel {Moustakas) Fanurakis, and after 70 years of my life, my journey on earth ended on February 11, 2021.
I was born in Yonkers, NY on March 7, 1950, the eldest of four girls born to John and Clara (Pergamalis) Moustakas. I attended P.S. 19 for grade school, Hawthorne Jr. High, and graduated from the High School of Commerce, Class of 1968. I met my husband, Emanuel “Manny” Fanurakis in 1969, and we married in July, 1971.
I worked at many diverse positions: waitress, office temp, tax preparer, and a daycare provider. In 1979 I entered Mercy College to pursue a career as an educator. From a young girl, my dream was to become a teacher, and so I accomplished this endeavor, securing permanent certification in both regular and special education. I continued on to obtain a Master’s Degree from SUNY New Paltz. For 25 years, I held a position employed by the Peekskill City School District as an elementary teacher. I loved what I did and looked forward to the everyday challenges of being with my students. I retired in 2010.
I am a member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, and served as a past president of the Ladies Philoptochos Society. In addition, I am a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education, Xi Kappa Chapter.
In addition to my parents, my husband predeceased me in 2015, my sister Paula Fytros in 2000, my sister Angel Georgakopoulos in 2007, and my nephew, Evan Fytros in 2017.
I am survived by my one and only contribution to mankind, my beloved daughter, Alexis VanderEssen (Matthew). Together they blessed me with two treasures, Ethan and Maia. I am also survived by one sister, Athena Litos (Evangelos) of Buchanan, NY, as well as several nieces and nephews.
My final resting place will be with my husband at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Middlehope, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in my name may be made to St. Nicholas GOC, PO Box 2004, Newburgh, NY 12550, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 613377, Memphis, TN 38101-3377.
Visitation was held from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17 at Brooks Funeral Home, 418 Gidney Avenue, Newburgh, NY with a funeral service following at 12 p.m. at the funeral home, Father John Angel officiating.

Dr. David E. FitGerald
April 14, 1940 – February 13, 2021
Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
Dr. David E. FitzGerald of Cornwall-on-Hudson died on Saturday, February 13, 2021. He was 80. A lifelong Hudson Valley resident, he was born in Newburgh, New York, to D. Edward and M. Frances (Shinners) FitzGerald on April 14, 1940. Following his mother’s death in 1943, Dr. FitzGerald grew up alongside his six sisters, father, and stepmother Helen (Spreer) FitzGerald.
Dr. FitzGerald graduated from Newburgh Free Academy, Providence College, and Pennsylvania College of Optometry, earning honors in both college and graduate school. Afterward, he served as a Captain in the United States Army.
At the time of his death, Dr. FitzGerald was retired from the faculty and Clinical Professor Emeritus at SUNY College of Optometry, where he had taught for decades. At SUNY, he co-founded the Infant’s Vision Clinic and developed a pediatric residency program. He authored countless peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.
Prior to teaching full time at SUNY, Dr. FitzGerald practiced optometry in Newburgh for thirty years, jovially telling patients who sought reading glasses that they “needed their arms lengthened” and those who sat on their glasses that “hindsight is 20/20.”
His professional associations were numerous. He was a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate in Pediatric Optometry, as well as a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. In addition, he was a 50-year member of the American Optometric Association.
Beyond his professional life, Dr. FitzGerald selflessly served his church and community. A parishioner of Sacred Heart of Newburgh and St. Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Churches, Dr. FitzGerald coached the Sacred Heart boys’ basketball team and spearheaded fundraising for the Parish Center. Dr. FitzGerald was a life member and past president of the Newburgh Lions Club, and he served on the Cornwall Board of Education, the Cornwall Assessment Board of Review, and the Cornwall-on-Hudson Zoning Board. He was also a member of the Cornwall Historical Society and the American Legion.
Yet his most impressive accomplishments were his personal ones. In 1965, he married Marie Totonelly, the enduring love of his life, with whom he had been smitten since childhood, and together they raised three children. Dr. FitzGerald faithfully rearranged his schedule to attend his children’s numerous sporting and extracurricular events and did the same for his grandchildren in later years. He tirelessly supported their efforts, coaching Cornwall Senior and Big League baseball teams, serving as president of the Cornwall Swim Team, and minding the kitty at the Rudolph Rumble as a Dragon Lacrosse Booster.
His grandchildren referred to him as Pop and through the years he was the constant in their lives. Being a morning person served him well, as he could get the grandkids to the school bus on time each morning and maintain his title as breakfast maker extraordinaire. All will remember him for his sense of humor. He loved to tell jokes, so much so that he developed the skill of making a short joke last forever.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marie; children: David P. FitzGerald (Lynn Airasian) of West Simsbury, Connecticut, Colleen Dunning of Cornwall-on-Hudson, and Suzanne FitzGerald of Bethesda, Maryland; and grandchildren: Morgan, Noah, Kendall, and Daniel FitzGerald; Zachary, Abigail, and Molly Dunning; Jack and Joshua Pfefferkorn. Other survivors include his six sisters: Ann (William) Babcock of Mount Holly, New Jersey, Kathleen Mazzarelli of New Windsor, Eileen (Alan) McQuiston of Gardiner, Mary (Cole) Kingseed of Cornwall-on-Hudson, Beth (Richard) Fiore of New Windsor, and Peggy (John) Burley of Milton. He will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, and cousins with whom he enjoyed many happy times. Dr. FitzGerald was predeceased by his grandson, David Benjamin FitzGerald and son-in-law, David Pfefferkorn.
A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, February 17th at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 340 Hudson St., Cornwall-on-Hudson, immediately followed by a burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Cancer Research Institute, 29 Broadway, Floor 4, New York, NY 10006-3111; American SIDS Institute, 528 Raven Way, Naples, FL 34110; or Lions Clubs International, 832 Rensselaer Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10309.

Dr. David E. FitGerald
April 14, 1940 – February 13, 2021
Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
Dr. David E. FitzGerald of Cornwall-on-Hudson died on Saturday, February 13, 2021. He was 80. A lifelong Hudson Valley resident, he was born in Newburgh, New York, to D. Edward and M. Frances (Shinners) FitzGerald on April 14, 1940. Following his mother’s death in 1943, Dr. FitzGerald grew up alongside his six sisters, father, and stepmother Helen (Spreer) FitzGerald.
Dr. FitzGerald graduated from Newburgh Free Academy, Providence College, and Pennsylvania College of Optometry, earning honors in both college and graduate school. Afterward, he served as a Captain in the United States Army.
At the time of his death, Dr. FitzGerald was retired from the faculty and Clinical Professor Emeritus at SUNY College of Optometry, where he had taught for decades. At SUNY, he co-founded the Infant’s Vision Clinic and developed a pediatric residency program. He authored countless peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.
Prior to teaching full time at SUNY, Dr. FitzGerald practiced optometry in Newburgh for thirty years, jovially telling patients who sought reading glasses that they “needed their arms lengthened” and those who sat on their glasses that “hindsight is 20/20.”
His professional associations were numerous. He was a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate in Pediatric Optometry, as well as a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. In addition, he was a 50-year member of the American Optometric Association.
Beyond his professional life, Dr. FitzGerald selflessly served his church and community. A parishioner of Sacred Heart of Newburgh and St. Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Churches, Dr. FitzGerald coached the Sacred Heart boys’ basketball team and spearheaded fundraising for the Parish Center. Dr. FitzGerald was a life member and past president of the Newburgh Lions Club, and he served on the Cornwall Board of Education, the Cornwall Assessment Board of Review, and the Cornwall-on-Hudson Zoning Board. He was also a member of the Cornwall Historical Society and the American Legion.
Yet his most impressive accomplishments were his personal ones. In 1965, he married Marie Totonelly, the enduring love of his life, with whom he had been smitten since childhood, and together they raised three children. Dr. FitzGerald faithfully rearranged his schedule to attend his children’s numerous sporting and extracurricular events and did the same for his grandchildren in later years. He tirelessly supported their efforts, coaching Cornwall Senior and Big League baseball teams, serving as president of the Cornwall Swim Team, and minding the kitty at the Rudolph Rumble as a Dragon Lacrosse Booster.
His grandchildren referred to him as Pop Pop and through the years he was the constant in their lives. Being a morning person served him well, as he could get the grandkids to the school bus on time each morning and maintain his title as breakfast maker extraordinaire. All will remember him for his sense of humor. He loved to tell jokes, so much so that he developed the skill of making a short joke last forever.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marie; children: David P. FitzGerald (Lynn Airasian) of West Simsbury, Connecticut, Colleen Dunning of Cornwall-on-Hudson, and Suzanne FitzGerald of Bethesda, Maryland; and grandchildren: Morgan, Noah, Kendall, and Daniel FitzGerald; Zachary, Abigail, and Molly Dunning; Jack and Joshua Pfefferkorn. Other survivors include his six sisters: Ann (William) Babcock of Mount Holly, New Jersey, Kathleen Mazzarelli of New Windsor, Eileen (Alan) McQuiston of Gardiner, Mary (Cole) Kingseed of Cornwall-on-Hudson, Beth (Richard) Fiore of New Windsor, and Peggy (John) Burley of Milton. He will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, and cousins with whom he enjoyed many happy times. Dr. FitzGerald was predeceased by his grandson, David Benjamin FitzGerald and son-in-law, David Pfefferkorn.
A memorial Mass was held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, February 17 at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 340 Hudson St., Cornwall-on-Hudson, immediately followed by a burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Cancer Research Institute, 29 Broadway, Floor 4, New York, NY 10006-3111; American SIDS Institute, 528 Raven Way, Naples, FL 34110; or Lions Clubs International, 832 Rensselaer Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10309.

Robert L. Gillespie, Sr.
November 1, 1919 – February 11, 2021
Town of Newburgh, NY
Robert L. Gillespie, Sr. of the Town of Newburgh entered into rest on Thursday, February 11, 2021. He was 101.
The son of Perry Lee and Ethel May (Scott) Gillespie, he was born on November 1, 1919 in Blue, Missouri.
Robert was the retired owner and operator of Gillespie and Sons, Inc., Newburgh. A longtime area resident, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1941 to 1945. He was a private pilot, raised racing pigeons, and was the all-around handyman to many in need up and down the east coast during his travels.
The family would like to thank the wonderful team of caring and loving people who helped Robert follow through with his wishes.
Survivors include a son, Robert L. Gillespie, Jr. of Wallkill; four grandchildren: Jason and his wife, Jodi Gillespie, Robert Gillespie, lll, Morley Gillespie and Scott Gillespie; two great-grandchildren, Colten and Ryan; and a daughter-in-law, Bernadette Gillespie.
In addition to his parents, Robert was predeceased by his wife, Ethel (Morley) Gillespie; and two sons, William Gillespie and Gary A. Gillespie and daughter-in-law, Connie Gillespie.
Memorial Visitation took place 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at White, Venuto and Morrill Funeral and Cremation Service, 188 N. Plank Road, Newburgh, NY.
Private inurnment will take place at Cedar Hill Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

John Timothy “Tim” Komonchak
August 23, 1945 – February 3, 2021
New Windsor, NY
John Timothy Komonchak, Sr. passed on Wednesday, February 3. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth (Betsey) of New Windsor; only son, Tim of Hope Mills, NC and only grandson, Cameron of Jamison, PA. He was born on August 23, 1945 the only son to John J. and Shirley Komonchak of Highland Falls, NY.
He graduated from Highland Falls High School and Cornell University. John “Tim” was as 30+ year veteran of South Orangetown Central School District having served as Guidance Counselor and Director of Guidance for Tappan Zee High School. He retired in 2001. In retirement he has enjoyed traveling with his wife and family, as well as pursuing his major hobby of playing piano. Being a musician was his major lifelong passion. Tim played solo piano at various restaurants in the area and in the lobby of the Montefiore St. Luke’s-Cornwall Hospital. He was a member in good standing of Musician’s Union local 238-291 as well as a member of several jazz and rock oriented musical groups in the Mid-Hudson area.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to the Columbia University Irving Medical Center Transplantation program @ https://joinus.cuimc.columbia.edu/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.participant&participantID=1036 or Checks can be made out to: Trustees of Columbia University with Lung Transplant Program (on the memo line) to: Trustees of Columbia University, 622 W. 113th Street, NY, NY 10025
Services will be delayed for the foreseeable future.