New York State Funeral Directors Association

Paul Cutrupi, 68, passed away on December 15, 2013. Paul attended the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service and for nearly 40 years served countless families as a Licensed Funeral Director at McElroy-Flynn Funeral Home in Elmsford and Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home in Mount Kisco.

Donald L. McCabe, 96, passed away on December 10, 2013. Donald served NYSFDA well during his 1962-1963 and 1963-1964 terms as president. He was the owner and president of the Yar Mar Group and also the Weeks Funeral Home in Warsaw for 30 years.

William J. Dengler, 86, passed away on November 22, 2013 in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a short illness. Mr. Dengler, an Amherst resident, started the Dengler Funeral Homes and previously served as president of the Erie Niagara Funeral Directors Association.

Elizabeth D. Simonson passed way on November 15, 2013. Elizabeth was the mother of Bill Simonson of Simonson Funeral Home.

Austin Francis Cassidy passed away after a long struggle with cancer on November 1, 2013, at Rosary Hill Home. He was 64 years old. Austin was born in the Bronx, to the late Theresa "Terry" Cassidy and Edward Cassidy, founders of Cassidy Funeral Home in Mt. Kisco.

Theresa "Terry" Cassidy, 94, of Carmel, passed away on October 31st 2013. Terry and and her late husband Edward began the Cassidy Funeral Home in Mt. Kisco.

Louis J. "Lou" DelSignore, Sr., 76, of Clifton Park, passed away on November 8, 2013. Lou was the brother of Maria McGinniss of NYSFDA/Directors Choice Credit Union.

Catherine M. Dziuba passed away on November 8, 2013. Catherine was the mother of Stephen J. Dziuba of the Leahy-McDonald Funeral Home in Richmond Hill.

Marlene A. Sorce, 74, of West Nyack, passed away on October 30, 2013. Marlene was the co-owner with her husband of the Joseph W. Sorce Funeral Home, Inc. in West Nyack.

Bernice S. Wischerth, of Amityville, passed away on October 8, 2013. Bernice was the wife of George Wischerth of D'Andrea Bros. Funeral Home in Copiague.

Matthew F. Carlone, 73, of Cortlandt Manor, died at his home on October 6, 2013. In 1984, he joined the J.J. Dorsey Funeral Home, Peekskill, where he worked with his father-in-law, William J. Dorsey. Matthew was the proud owner of Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home from 1991 until his death.

It is with deep regret and sadness that we inform you of the death of Lydia DeLuca Feaster. Lydia was the mother of Peter C. DeLuca, owner of Greenwich Village Funeral Home in Manhattan and Vice-President of the Metropolitan Funeral Directors Association.

Eugene F. "Chuck" Keegan, 87, passed away on October 3, 2013 at home following a long illness. Chuck was a 1949 graduate of the Simmons School of Mortuary Science, he founded the Magin and Keegan Funeral Home with his partner Fred Magin in 1956. With the love and partnership of his high school sweetheart, Chuck successfully raised nine kids who carry on his humanitarian ideals as nurses, teachers, law guardians for children, funeral directors and social workers.

Joseph D. Falardeau, 47, of Baldwinsville, passed away unexpectedly on October 2, 2013. Joe was a graduate of Simmons Institute of Funeral Service. In 1990, he joined his father Don in the family funeral business, becoming the third generation to own and operate the Falardeau Funeral Home.

William J. "Bill" Alexander, 81, of Davenport passed away on September 26, 2013 in Oneonta. William served NYSFDA well during his 1987-1988 term as President of the Association. He was the owner of Hall Funeral Home in Stamford. Along with his funeral business, he was proprietor of the Stamford Monument Company, and Guidelines Publications, a company supplying helpful literature to those experiencing loss. A leader in service to his profession, Bill was also a member of the former Ninth District Funeral Directors Association, and was a past Regional Governor of NYSFDA.

Dorothy Dean Finch Smolak, of Auburn, passed away on September 14, 2013. Dorothy was the mother of the Hon. Gary D. Finch (126th Assembly District) owner of Brew-Finch Funeral Homes, Inc., in Auburn.

Arthur Bryant passed away on September 10, 2013. Mr. Bryant was the founder of Bryant Funeral Home, Inc., in East Setauket, and was the father of Fred Bryant of Bryant Funeral Home.

Hilda Alexander of Florida passed away on August 31, 2013. Hilda was the mother of Kathleen (Joel) Dolci of the Metropolitan Funeral Directors Association.

Eugene R. Rinaldi of Montgomery, NY, a retired Funeral Director, graduate of McAllister School of Mortuary Science, and a lifetime resident of the area passed away on September 1, 2013, in Middletown. He was 79.

Kathleen M. Borzello, 56, of Sayville, passed way on August 12, 2013. Kathleen was the sister of Kevin R. Mack of David Funeral Home in Long Island City.

Marion Russell Pine died at her home in New Paltz, on July 8, 2013 at the age of 105. In the early 1930s, Marion was a cabaret singer/dancer and was part of several Vaudeville touring companies across the country, along with her husband, Gordon, who was an aspiring stage actor. The Pines eventually settled in New Paltz where they raised their two sons and where Gordon joined the family funeral home business, Pine Funeral Home. When Gordon died unexpectedly at the age of 48, Marion and their son Vanderlyn became licensed and assumed the operation and management of the funeral home. In later years, Van became a nationally-known business consultant in funeral service.

Philip J. D'Angelo, 87, formerly of Syosset and Woodbury, passed away on August 4, 2013. Mr. D'Angelo is the father of Bethany Cecere and father-in-law of Michael J. Cerere, III, of Cecere Family Funeral Home in Baldwin.

Lillian S. Brueggemann, 89, passed away on July 25, 2013. Lillian was the mother of NYSFDA Region 9 Director, Douglas R. Brueggemann of Brueggemann Funeral Home of East Northport, Inc.

Katharine N. Bruzzo, 85, of Oceanside, LI, passed away on July 20, 2013. She was the loving mother of Kathy Towers and her husband, Robert E. Towers of Towers Funeral Home Inc.

William E. Butler, 74, passed away on July 13, 2013 after a courageous battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis which he contracted during his recovery efforts at the World Trade Center after the attacks of September 11, 2001. William was the father of NSFDA Immediate Past President Bill Butler.

Gerry Carey passed away on July 12, 2013. He was with Clair S Bartholomew & Son Inc. in Bellmore.

Robert Jenks passed away on July 8, 2013. Before his retirement, Robert was a funeral director at Jenks Funeral Home in Mount Vernon. Condolences can be sent to his wife: Lynn Jenks, 1800 SW 157th Place Rd, Ocala, FL 34473.

Dorothy “Dottie” H. Bush, 75, formerly of Camillus, passed away on June 29, 2013 with her family by her side on the Eastern Shore of MD where she had been living for the past five years. She served as the secretary for B.L. Bush and Sons Funeral Homes for over forty years.

Selden E. Tubbs, a native of Manlius, passed away on June 23, 2013. Selden was the owner of Eaton-Tubbs Funeral Home in Fayetteville. He joined Chet, his father-in-law, in 1946 shortly after returning from service in World War II. After many years of faithful service to the community, Selden retired in 1986.

Louis T. Jennings, 83, of Rome passed away on June 21, 2013, with his loving family at his side. Louis was the father of NYSFDA member Jeffrey A. Jenning, CFSP of Jennings, Nulton, & Mattle Funeral Home.

Sandra Elster, 70, passed away on May 29, 2013. Sandra was the mother of Brian Elster of Bryant Funeral Home, Inc., in East Setauket.

Joel F. Morris passed away on May 30, 2013. Joel is the former owner of I.J. Morris Funeral Homes and was a long-time member of the NYSFDA Government Affairs Committee, and a Board member of the NYS Tribute Foundation.

Jason M. Simone, 37, of Saratoga Springs passed away on May 17, 2013. Jason was the son of funeral director Thomas E. Simone of William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes in Saratoga Springs.

William M. Doyle, 77, passed away on May 9, 2013. William was the father of NYSFDA President, Timothy P. Doyle, CFSP, of Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home in Poughkeepsie.

Frank Davi, passed away on April 13, 2013. Frank was the father of Vincenzo Davi, a funeral director with Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home.

Clarice Millspaugh, 91, of Athens, passed away on April 6, 2013. Clarice was the mother of the late Mary Millspaugh Hoyt and wife of the late Henry J. Millspaugh of Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home in Catskill.

Hugh L. Norris, 74, passed away on March 7, 2013. A native of Marcellus, Hugh completed his studies at the Simmons School of Mortuary Science, and joined Norris Funeral Home in Marcellus and later became owner and manager, retiring in 2003. He was a member of the NYSFDA, NFDA, and was a past president and member of the board of directors of the Onondaga Oswego County Funeral Directors Association.

Donald B. "Mr. Mac" McLagan, 95, of Waycross, passed away on February 20, 2013. He was the father of Donna Hazzard and father-in-law of NYSFDA past president Richard T. Hazzard of Patterson.
Annette Wolfe, a dedicated leader in the funeral industry for over five decades passed away on January 31, 2013. Annette raised funds for the MetFDA, the NFDA PAC, and NYSFDA. Her hardworking hands are now at rest. She will be deeply missed.

H. Seymour Weinstein passed away on September 9, 2012 after 60 years in the funeral industry. He owned Weinstein, Garlick, Kirschenbaum Chapels in Brooklyn (West End) and Weinstein Memorial Chapel in Yonkers, NY. Past President of the JFDA. With his wife, Martha owned Sun Casket Company for 25 years. He is missed daily by his family, his employees and all those blessed to have known him.

Dorothea M. DeVine, of Oyster Bay, passed away on December 2, 2012. She was the mother of NSFDA Secretary, Karen DeVine-Taglia of Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home Inc.