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Classmates Whose Memories Rock On!
Memories are loving things, they last the longest day, they can never be lent, never be spent, and never be taken away. While over time our friends may change and some may drift away, our memories of them will never die and never fade away. Celebrate our friends and classmates who have gone before us...light a candle commemorating their lives...whisper a prayer to heaven.
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Note: The classmates below have been referred to us by other members of the student body and are current through SEPTEMBER 14th, 2018.  If you know of someone else's passing, please let us know so that we can honor their memory.

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In Memory Of...

Dennis Beadle

Charles Bletsch III 

Kathleen Bristol                      

Kathleen Bristol, of New City, lost her battle with multiple medical problems on October 17, 2007 at the age of 60. She was a retired elementary school teacher from the South Orangetown School District, where she had been a teacher for many years. Ms. Bristol is survived by her sister Patricia Hisz, her nieces and nephews, and a large group of devoted friends whom she had adopted as family. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Augustine's in New City on November 17, 2007 at 11:30 am. A gathering of friends and family will follow the service.

Dennis Bruck                          

Dennis G. Bruck of West Nyack died suddenly on February 7, 2001. He was 54. Born on October 31, 1946 in Mt. Vernon, NY to Edward and Rita Bruck. Dennis lived most of his life in West Nyack, graduating from the Clarkstown High School. He served as a Marine during the Vietnam War. For the past 26 years he was employed by the Clarkstown Highway Department. He enjoyed playing golf and enjoyed bowling in several leagues throughout the country. He is survived by his parents, his wife Kathryn MacDonnell Bruck, two daughters Jacqueline Bruck Murray and Michelle Bruck. A brother Edward, four sisters Lynn, Sharon, Anita and Beth. A graveside service will be held at 1PM on Monday at the Rockland County Veteran‘s Cemetery Brick Church Road, New Hempstead, NY. Visiting hours will be held at the Hannemann Funeral Home, Inc. from 2-4 and 6-8PM on Friday. Donations to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 560 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632.HANNEMANN FUNERAL HOME, INC. 88 South Broadway Nyack, NY (845) 358-0573.


Gregory Burke

Marion Dann

Sandra Daniels



Laura Fishberg

Ithaca: Laura Lee Chacona, age 66, of Ithaca, NY, passed away peacefully on December 18th, 2012 in Lunenburg, MA surrounded by her family after a heroic battle with kidney cancer. Laura was born in 1946 in the borough of the Bronx in New York City to parents, the late Max and Sylvia Fishberg. She received a B.A. in special education from SUNY Cortland and Masters degrees from City College and SUNY Cortland. For over 25 years Laura served the Ithaca City School District as a special education administrator and support teacher. She retired in June 2012 from the Lehman Alternative Community School, where she was beloved by students and faculty alike. Laura enjoyed running, knitting, cooking, classical music, visual art, zumba, singing with the Mostly Motown group, walking her dogs, motorcycle rides, and just spending time with friends. She was regarded as quite the "fashionista" by all who knew her, and had a creative gift for artfully assembling outfits with an effortless elegance that ranged in style from the classic Ithaca flax chic to funky rocker. Laura had a very special relationship with her twin sister Barbara's grandchildren, and when she visited them in Massachusetts, they only wanted to spend time with her. Laura held a special affinity for Cape Cod and looked forward to the family vacation there every summer. Laura was the widow of the late George S. Chacona and is survived by her son Nickolas Chacona his wife Shanan, twin sister Barbara Hoos & her husband Gunther, younger sister Mary Ann Kock, sister-in-law Maria Schirmer, nieces Tanya Crowley, Vanessa Andris, Venetia Kanellos, nephews Keyan Hoos, Marcus Chacona, Mark, Peter, & Leon Zaharis, and Michael Opolicky close friends Kathy Dusinberre-Carvel, Joseph Hartnett Hughes, Adelaide Gomer, and Rolfe Sokol, and her dogs Chewey & Hoover.

A Memorial Service will be held in her honor at a later date at the Lehman Alternative Community School in Ithaca, NY. In Lieu of flowers please send all charitable donations to the Lehman Alternative Community School (111 Chestnut Street, Ithaca, NY 14850), or the Cancer Resource Center of the Fingerlakes (612 W State St Ithaca, NY 14850).


Published in Ithaca Journal on December 24, 2012

David Forsberg
C. David Forsberg, age 70, of Waupaca, WI passed away suddenly on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at his residence. Dave was born in Rochester, New York on April 4, 1946, the son of the late Charles and Genevieve (Donaldson) Forsberg. Dave was a highly decorated 3-sport athlete at Clarkstown High School in New York and was inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame. While attending UW-Madison on a football scholarship (following in the footsteps of his father & grandfather) he met Laura Seton. They were married on September 13, 1969 in Dodgeville, WI. Dave was a sociology major, and also served a few years in VISTA and spent his entire career as a social worker, the majority in child protective services. He is an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, serving for many years on the church council and recently on the personal committee as chairman. In retirement, Dave loved traveling, especially to visit his family, watching his beloved Packers and playing golf. 
Dave is survived by his children: Jennifer (Bill Pendleton) Forsberg, Palmer, Alaska and James (Adriane Fang) Forsberg, Silver Spring, Maryland; his grandchildren: Laura Rui Forsberg, Christi, Jan & Bobbye Pendleton; his siblings: Dean Forsberg, Waupaca, WI; Dale (Nancy) Forsberg, Congers, NY; Darrel Forsberg, Bowie, TX; Lynn Forsberg, Royersford, PA and Lahna Bland-Forsberg, Spruce Pine, NC and his very special friend: Sandy Akey, Waupaca, WI. Dave is also survived by many other loving family members and friends around the country. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Laura. 
The Memorial Service will be on Monday, December 19 at 3 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, Waupaca with Reverend Andy Behrendt, officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Eastside Cemetery, Dodgeville, WI next to his wife, Laura. Visitation will be held on Monday afternoon from 1 PM to 3 PM at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials are great appreciated to a project Dave was very involved with, the Trinity Building Fund. Holly Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Nancy Gaetjens
Nancy Gaetjens Shiroma -- March 28, 2015. Age 69, of Falls Church, Virginia. Born and raised in Brooklyn Heights, New York. Wife of Maurice Shiroma, Maj, USA Ret.; beloved mother of David, Kirsten, and Alex; aunt to many loved Gaetjens and Shiroma nieces and nephews. Nancy is survived by a brother, Arthur "Gerry" Gaetjens. Daughter of the late Arthur and Anne Gaetjens. State University of New York at Cortland '68. Master's in Education, Regent University '00. Devoted her time to teaching for Department of Defense Schools and Fairfax County Public Schools until retirement in 2009. Passed away peacefully at Capital Care in Aldie, Virginia on March 28, 2015. Graveside service and interment will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Capital Care
Published in The Washington Post on May 17, 2015

David Gardineer
David (“Dave”) Louis Gardineer of Walden, New York, passed away at the age of 71 on Sunday September 30, 2018.

Dave was born on October 3rd, 1946, to Everett and Ruth Gardineer, in Nyack, New York. Dave attended Clarkstown North High School and received an Associate’s Degree from Rockland Community College in 1967. Dave was a proud veteran of the United States Navy and served in the Vietnam War. Dave co-owned and operated a heating and cooling business until retiring in 2011. On July 16, 2006, Dave married the love of his life, Gina Hayes. 

Dave had many hobbies and interests. He was a voracious reader and enjoyed fishing, woodworking, camping and his BMW motorcycle. He was a licensed pilot and scuba diver. Most of all, Dave loved traveling with Gina. 

Dave was a loving husband, brother, stepfather, uncle and grandfather. He was always there for those who needed him and best exemplified what it is to be a kind, caring and thoughtful person. He is survived by his wife, Gina; his stepchildren, Robert (Paulina) Hayes, Lance Hayes, Katelyn (Josh) Aprea; and Cassie (Jimmie) Marsh; his grandchildren (who affectionately referred to him as “Papa Dave”) Alaina, Brianne; Lincoln, Sienna and Jackson; his sisters Christine (Peter) McGroddy, and her children Kelly (David Press) McGroddy, Michael (Mollie) McGroddy and Chase McGroddy, and Jacquelin McCree, and her children Reid (Jami) McCree and Grant (Michelle) McCree; and his extended family, including his many nieces, nephews and cousins. Dave was predeceased by his father, Everett, and his mother, Ruth.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 at Scarr Funeral Home in Suffern, New York. Visitors are invited to come between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held Thursday, October 11th, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Ascension Cemetery in Airmont, New York. Memorial contributions in memory of Dave may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America on their website at

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Alfred Garrido                         


Alfred Gary Garrido was born on November 1, 1944 in the Bronx, son of the late Alfred and America Garrido. After a courageous battle with cancer Al passed away peacefully on July 8, 2011 at Montgomery Nursing Home with his son and daughter by his side. Al was born in the Bronx and attended St. Nicholas of Tolentine Elementary School. At the age of 12 he moved with his family to Pomona. Al graduated from Clarkstown High School in 1964 and attended Rockland Community College. He moved in 1973 to Middletown, NY where he resided for 38 years. Al was an electrician and part of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He is survived by his two devoted children Jeremiah and Elizabeth, their loving spouses Jennifer and Daniel, his sister Cindy, and treasured grandaughter Cameron. Al touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity, and maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end. He found the greatest satisfaction out of the most simple pleasures - a visit with his children, chatting over some diet pepsi with friends, or sharing a meal. He will forever be remembered.Friends and family are invited to attend a special memorial service on Monday July 11, 2011 at 5pm taking place at the house of worship he held most dear to his heart, the Unitarian Universalist Church located at 6 Orchard Street Middletown, NY 10940. The family requests all donations be sent to the dedicated people who gave such wonderful care for Al in his time of need at Montgomery Nursing Home Attn: North Wing P.O. Box 158 Albany Post Road Montgomery, NY 12549 (845) 457-5033 and Hospice of Orange& Sullivan Counties, Inc 800 Stony Brook Court Newburgh, NY 12550 1-800-924-0157.

Donna Gibson

Erich Goerditz

James Hammer
Jesse Hampson
Jesse C. Hampson, age 67, a resident of Plainfield, IL since 1981, formerly of New City, NY, died Friday, August 16, 2013 at Rush Copley Medical Center, Aurora, IL. He was born May 6, 1946 in Kent County, Rhode Island.
Beloved husband of Carol (nee Pfeifer) Hampson, whom he married April 2, 1987, loving father of Paulette Ollie of West Chicago, IL, Stephen Konieczka of Boulder, CO and Deborah (Jason) Westcott of Plainfield, IL, adored grandfather of Jason and Allison; Dillan and Payton, devoted son of the late Harold and Inez Hampson, dear brother of nineteen, fond uncle of many.
Jesse grew up in New City, NY, was a 1964 graduate of Clarkstown High School and served two years in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. He was employed for 42 years with Rockwell International (now Goss Graphics), retiring in 2009. Jesse enjoyed playing golf and traveling.
Funeral Information
Memorial Visitation Saturday, October 5, 1:30-3:30 P.M. at Overman-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 15219 S. Joliet Rd., Plainfield, IL.  A celebration of Jesse’s life will follow Saturday, 3:30 P.M. in the funeral home.
Future Inurnment: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL
Donations Information
In lieu of flowers, memorials to: American Lung Association in Illinois - Greater Chicago, 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite #800, Chicago, IL, 60601, (312) 781-1100,
Donations Link:

Anne-Marie Heskestad

Sandra Hoffman

Thomas Kay
Mary Madden
Eavens, Mary Elizabeth, (Marybeth) 71, of West Haverstraw, entered the Heavenly Kingdom on November 19, 2017. Mary was born on March 23, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Timothy and Mary(Curry) Madden. Mary was a graduate from the Clarkstown Central School District. She raised her family in West Haverstraw, N.Y. Where she worked for many years as a school bus driver. Upon, leaving the bus company she went to work for the North Rockland School District. Mary is predeceased by her husband Frank and her son Edward J. Katt as well as her parents. Mary is survived by her daughter Kristine Thomas, her children Peter and...
Eavens, Mary Elizabeth, (Marybeth) 71, of West Haverstraw, entered the Heavenly Kingdom on November 19, 2017. Mary was born on March 23, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Timothy and Mary(Curry) Madden.

Mary was a graduate from the Clarkstown Central School District. She raised her family in West Haverstraw, N.Y. Where she worked for many years as a school bus driver. Upon, leaving the bus company she went to work for the North Rockland School District.

Mary is predeceased by her husband Frank and her son Edward J. Katt as well as her parents. Mary is survived by her daughter Kristine Thomas, her children Peter and Deanna (Robert Bottomley), Daughter Margaret(Louis) Paride their children John, Elizabeth, James, Dominick. Her son Bryan Eavens (Sandra) their children Diandra, Trey, Jayden, Isabella. Son Timothy and daughter Hannah. Step daughter Brenda Eavens(Stan) and children Leah and Andrew and 3 great grandchildren. Mary is also survived by her Uncle John Downing of New City his daughters Patricia Downing and Beth Francis, as well as other cousins, nieces and nephews. But, the family can not forget her love for her Four Fur Babies: Bella, Molly, Reese, and Tiny.

Mary loved to attend the Meals on Wheels senior program of West Haverstraw with her many friends she had there. She enjoyed her trips to Atlantic City, and Bingo.

Visitation will be Friday November 24, 2017 2-4 & 7-9 at Michael J. Higgins, 73 North Liberty Drive.Stony Point, N.Y. A Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:00 am Saturday November 25,2017 at St. Peters Roman Catholic Church on Broadway in Haverstraw. Burial will follow at St. Peters Cemetery on Route 9w, Haverstraw, N.Y

Mary's family request in lieu of Flowers a donation be made to Meals on Wheels, North Rockland Senior Center. 130 Samsondale Ave. West Haverstraw, N.Y. 10993

John McCabe

Dennis McCarthy
Dennis E. McCarthy, a longtime Bardonia resident, passed away at home with his loving family by his side after fighting a long illness. Dennis was born in Astoria, NY on July 26, 1946 to John and Eleanore Smith McCarthy.  Dennis graduated from Clarkstown Central High School (now Clarkstown High School North) in 1964.  Dennis proudly served his country as a lance corporal with the United States Marine Corps and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries received in battle during the Vietnam War.  Mr. McCarthy was a network manager with the telephone company for over 35 years and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. 
Dennis is curvived by his wife, Christine and his two sons, Mathew and Ryan all of Bardonia. The family will receive friends on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Higgins Funeral Home, 321 S. Main St., New City, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday at 11:00 AM at St. Francis Church in West Nyack, NY.  Dennis will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetary in Arlington, VA.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. McCarthy's memory to the West Nyack Little League, PO Box 193, West Nyack, NY 10994.

Jacqueline Mishkel
MISHKEL, Jacqueline "Jackie" Mary, 65, of Chesterfield, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 19, 2012. She is survived by her mother, Genevieve Mishkel; sons and daughter-in-law, Raymond McGlynn and Christian McGlynn and his wife, Rachel; sisters, Jill Mishkel and Michele Eddy; sons, Bill Mishkel and his wife, Denise, and Mark Mishkel and his wife, Sissy; and nieces and nephews. Jackie was a retired math teacher who taught in New Kent and Chesterfield counties. She was a beloved mother, daughter and sister. The family will receive friends 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, August 23, 2012 at Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service, 6500 Iron Bridge Road (Rte. 10). Her memorial service of remembrance will follow at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment is private.

Mary Munzing

Jim Nelson
James A. Nelson III, 64, formerly of New City, died 08-11-2011. If you have a complete obituary for Jim, please send it to us for posting at Thank you.

Tom Olsen
Tom Olsen died in Irvine, California, in May, 1983, at the age of 37.  

Mary Anne Podgradski

Ralph Sherry

Ralph Harmon Sherry, 65 of Henrietta Blvd., passed away Monday morning August 8, 2011 in Asheville, N.C. following a lengthy illness. Ralph was born on June 24, 1946 in New London, Conn. He was the son of Rear Admiral Harmon Sherry and Mildred Saunders Sherry. Ralph served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service as a petty officer (sonar operations) during the Vietnam War era. An accomplished musician, Ralph played bass guitar in many Capitol District bands including The Motions, Fox, and The Cosmic Messengers. In 1973 Ralph co-founded, with his friend Terry Lester, "This is a Recording," a new sound studio in Schenectady, N.Y. This studio evolved, in 1975, into Cathedral Sound Studio. Cathedral Sound became the premier recording studio in the Capitol District. As an audio engineer, Ralph worked with every major department in New York state government, all the major advertising agencies, and on political campaigns (including that of Congressman Sam Stratton). He was a precise and intuitive audio engineer, highly sought-after and respected by countless musicians. His clients included Dizzie Gillespie, Benny Goodman, The Byrds, The Empire State Youth Orchestra and the Newport Jazz Festival. In 1991, Ralph recorded "Hearts of Fire," the work of Amsterdam composer Maria Riccio Bryce. As they worked together on the project, Ralph became a dear friend and, eventually, her brother-in-law. A decade later, Ralph recorded "The Amsterdam Oratorio," generously donating his time and expertise to masterfully preserve Maria's music for future generations. Ralph was a kind, intelligent man who loved reading and the study of science and philosophy. He was a great admirer of the work of Joseph Campbell. He was an avid gardener, cook and astronomer. Throughout his life, Ralph owned many dogs. He valued their companionship and mourned the loss of each. Ralph is survived by his wife, Constance Riccio of Amsterdam; his four children, Kendall Sherry of Charleston, S.C., Zachary Sherry (Beth) of El Cerrito, Calif., and Caleb and John Sherry, both of Amsterdam. He is also survived by three brothers, Robert, John and Arthur Sherry; and by three grandsons, Benjamin, Nathan and Jack Harmon Sherry. He leaves five sisters-in-law; Flo and Jessica Sherry, Maria Riccio Bryce, Michela Riccio and Sophie (Kevin) Kozak; many nieces and nephews; dear friends, Darlene Downing, Otto Suwara, Greg Barrier, John Allen and Robert von Hasseln. Ralph's wife Constance would like to thank Dr. John Ruiz and Community Hospice of Amsterdam for the tender and compassionate care shown to Ralph in the last year of his life. Calling hours are Sunday August 21 from 4-6 p.m. at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Avenue. A memorial service will take place at 5 p.m. Contributions may be made in Ralph's memory to The Amsterdam Marching Rams in care of the funeral home. Please sign the family's online guestbook at

Michael Trubow

Frank Tucek

Jim Wilson
Stephanie Lisa Winkelmann

Stephanie Lisa Winkelmann, 64, Orlando, FL, died Feb. 18, 2010.  Dove Funeral Home, Orlando, FL.