Xavier Whalen, 59
Xavier Whalen, a native of Tarrytown, died on May 27, surrounded by his family at Coming Home Hospice in San Francisco, CA after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 59.
He was born in Tarrytown, on June 8, 1954 and spent his childhood in North Tarrytown (Sleepy Hollow). He graduated from Robert Louis Stevenson High School in New York City. He attended San Francisco Art Institute and California State University at San Francisco. An avid reader and lover of art, music and culture, he pursued his passions with joy.
He was predeceased by his parents, Judge John and Gertrude Whalen, and an infant brother, Peter. He is survived by his nine siblings, Judy Whalen of Park Ridge, IL, Dennis Whalen (Taiko) of Portland, OR, John Whalen Jr. (Susan Weeks) of Cos Cob, CT, Michael Whalen of Shohola, PA, Elizabeth Forsyth (Roger) of Estero, FL, Patrick Whalen of New York City, NY, Suzanne Whalen of Cambridge, MA, Christine McDermott (Bill) of El Cerrito, CA, and Luisa Grant (Bill) of Ashburn, VA, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and nephews.
Irene DeLuca, 84
Irene DeLuca, a resident of Irvington, died on June 4. She was 84.
Born and raised in the Bronx, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Ambrosi. In the late 1940s, she worked as a secretary for a New York City magazine. In 1950, she married the love of her life, Raymond DeLuca, at St. Mary's Church in the Bronx. In 1954, they moved to Irvington and continued raising their family. She enjoyed life and liked going out dancing and listening to music, especially to one of the many Frank Sinatra songs. She later returned to work as a medical records secretary for St. Cabrini Nursing Home in Dobbs Ferry. She loved spending time with her family and always looked forward to cooking Sunday dinners. She was a beloved wife, loving mother and cherished grandmother and will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her husband Raymond, children Bob (Rosemary) DeLuca and Ivy (Doug) Morgan and grandchildren Michael, Christine, David and Kent.
Gabriel J. "Gabe" Indrieri, 73
Gabriel J. "Gabe" Indrieri, a resident of Irvington, died peacefully on June 8. He was 73.
Born and raised in the Bronx, he was the son of the late Joseph and Josephine Indrieri. He graduated from Fordham University. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1959 to 1962. Mr. Indrieri worked as an Insurance salesman for many years until his retirement. He married his one true love Marie Ambrosi on May 23, 1964 in the Bronx. They moved to Irvington in 1975 and continued raising their family. He was an avid NY Yankees fan. He was also a Mason for many years. He loved spending time with his family but he especially adored his two grandsons. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years Marie, children Joseph, Marisa (Andrew) Mercatante and Michael and grandsons Andrew and John. He is also survived by his sister Marie Schuchman and many nieces and nephews.
Anthony J. Russo, 90
Anthony J. Russo, a 65-year resident of Irvington, died on June 13. He was 90.
Born and raised in White Plains, he was the son of the late Olerio and Elvira Russo. He served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946. On April 11, 1948, he married his beloved Mary L. at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Irvington. He was a supervisor for the NY Telephone Company for 35 years. He was an avid NY Yankees fan and enjoyed bowling at Scappy's for many years. He also enjoyed golf, fishing and gardening. On April 20, 2013, he took part in the Hudson Valley Honor Flight from Stewart Air Force Base to Washington. He will always be remembered for his keen sense of witty humor. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be missed.
Mr. Russo is survived by his daughters Cynthia and Dianne, granddaughter Caitlin, brothers Rudolph and Rocco and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Mary in 2012.
Barb Burg, 50
Barb Burg, a resident of Irvington, a leading book publishing publicity executive for nearly a quarter-century, and most recently Vice President and Global Head of Communications-Reuters at Thomson Reuters Corporation, died on April 29. She was 50.
During her book publishing career, in which she began as an assistant in the Publicity Department of Bantam Books in 1986, rising to become Senior Vice President, Director of Publicity and Public Relations for the Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group division of Random House, Inc., she was responsible for directing, creating, and executing hundreds of publicity campaigns. Many of them were for some of the most popular authors of our time, among them Dean Koontz, Louis L’Amour, Lee Child, Sophie Kinsella, Tom Robbins, and Rita Mae Brown. She also was instrumental in developing the marketing strategies for major New York Times bestselling titles by Stephen Hawking and Sting, and landmark works like “Emotional Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman; “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause” by Dr. Christiane Northrup; and “Flags of Our Fathers” by James Bradley. Upon leaving Random House, Inc. in 2009, she formed her own successful media firm, barb burg ink, consulting for numerous book publishers, literary agencies, authors, and entrepreneurs. In late 2011, she was named Vice President, Director of Global Communications, Reuters News, for the Thomson Reuters Communications and Editorial groups.
She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Steven Schieffelin and their children Celia, 18 and Drew 17, among other family members.
Veronica Herguth Campbell, 94
Veronica Herguth Campbell a resident of Ossining and formerly of Tarrytown, died May 3. She was 94.
She was educated in the Tarrytown Public Schools and graduated from Washington Irving High School in 1937 and Butler Business School the following year. She married 2nd Lt. Joseph F. Campbell of North Tarrytown on June 12, 1942, and they raised seven children.
Mrs. Campbell worked for General Motors for a time and upon moving to Ossining in 1955 she worked for the Maryknoll Fathers, retiring in 1982, and five years later she returned to work again at the Maryknoll Fathers part-time for another 20 years until 2007 when again she retired at the age of 87.
Jose “Pepe” Montiel, 88
Jose “ Pepe” Montiel, a resident of Pocantico Hills, died peacefully May 4 at Phelps Memorial Hospital with his family by his side. He was 88.
He immigrated to the U.S. from Cuba in 1960 with his wife and children. He worked at Rosedale Nursery, Fisher Body, Dobbs Ferry Bank & Berlitz School of Languages (teaching Spanish). Finally, he opened his own Barber Shop on Main Street in Tarrytown and along with his wife started Montiel Sportswear. He also helped his son Jose Jr start Proftech Corp.
Catherine Riverso, 100
Catherine Riverso, a longtime Tarrytown resident, died peacefully on May 7. She was 100.
She was born in White Plains and was the loving wife of Joseph Riverso to whom she had been married for over 50 years. She was a member of the Fairview Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and a member of the Rosary Society of Mt. Carmel Church.
Martin “Bus” Schaffner, 85
Martin D. “Bus” Schaffner, a lifelong resident of Tarrytown, died May 16. He was 85.
After graduating from Washington Irving High School, he served in the United States Army. He then went on to have a long career at General Motors. He was a member of the UAW Local 664 and the Sleepy Hollow Rod and Gun Club.
Arthur Ceconi, 83
Arthur B. Ceconi died peacefully on May 20. He was 83.
He graduated from St. Teresa’s School and North Tarrytown High School. He served overseas in the U.S. Army and worked in the textile industry, including as a principal in the firm of Ceconi & Straub. He was an active member and Eucharistic Minister of The Church of the Magdalene in Pocantico Hills.
Mr. Ceconi served on the North Tarrytown Village Board of Trustees and was a member of Rescue Hose Fire Company since 1950. An avid sports fan, he rooted for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team.
Maryanne K. Moore, 83
Maryanne K. Moore, who grew up in North Tarrytown, died peacefully May 24 at Big Bend Hospice House in Tallahassee. She was 83.
She attended Pocantico Hills School and was a graduate of Washington Irving High School, Class of ‘49 where she was class vice president, year book editor and was listed on the class honor roll. She loved all kinds of nature and used her artistic abilities to design her garden in their backyard in Tallahassee. She was the wife of retired United States Air Force test pilot, Lt. Col. John Moore, and they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Lorraine Brunken, 60
Lorraine Brunken, a lifelong resident of Tarrytown, died May 14. She was 60.
Born in Tarrytown, she worked for many years in the administrative offices of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns.