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Obits: A Look at Those Who Recently Passed

A roundup of Westchester residents' obituaries.

Several area residents died recently, and so now we look back at their lives: 

Elaine Stern of Valhalla died on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. She was 75. She was a retired bookkeeper and had been a co-owner of several retail businesses in Westchester County. She was born on March 25, 1937, in the Bronx to Ruth and Louis Goldberg. A funeral took place Saturday at Hawthorne Funeral Home, with burial in Sharon Gardens Cemetery.

Diana Forgione of Eastchester died on Sept. 28, 2012. She was born on Nov. 25, 1931, in Guardia Lombardi, Italy, to Giovanni and Maria Sicuranza DiGianni. She married Angelo Forgione on March 16, 1955 in Italy. A Mass of Christian Burial is set for Tuesday, 10 am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Scarsdale. Entombment to follow at Ferncliff Cemetery. Arrangements by Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Homes, Scarsdale.

Ruthe Nehrin Beshears Cobb, of Yonkers / Bronxille, died on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. She was Born Dec. 9, 1918, to Frederick and Helene Nehring in New York City. She grew up and lived most of her life in Crestwood, Westchester Hills and Lawrence Park West. She lived at Meadowview at the Wartburg in Mount Vernon in her retirement. She was a 1940 graduate of Wellesley College, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Survivers include her sons John III Beshears of San Francisco and David Beshears of Brewster

Marie Beier Graziadei, a 30-year resident of Pelham, died at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital in Virginia Beach, VA, on Sept. 27, 2012. She was 88. She was an active member of Saint Catherine's parish and involved in the Ladies of Charity of Pelham. When husband, John David Graziadei, died in 1989, she relocated to Virginia Beach. A funeral service is set for Tuesday, 11 a.m., at Star of the Sea Church, Virginia Beach.

John Gallagher, June 19, 1924-Sept. 29, 2012: John Gallagher, a longtime resident of New Rochelle, died on Sept. 29, 2012. He was 88. John was born in NYC on June 19, 1924 to the late John and Margaret (Cosgrove) Gallagher; He served In the Army Air Reserve during WWII. He was past president of the Eastchester Irish American Club, was a supporter of youth sports and the Cub Scouts and was an avid golfer.

To read the rest of Gallagher’s obituary, click here.

James A. Stern, Oct. 26-Sept. 25, 2012: Born in NYC on October 26th, 1920 to Edna Jacob and H. James Stern, he was raised in New Rochelle. Jim's interest in mechanical tinkering, math and science steered him to MIT for a degree in metallurgical engineering. Immediately upon graduation in 1942 he became a 2nd lieutenant in the army. Well into his later years, he could describe the inner workings of various of the ordinance he was charged with repairing during WWII. His first career as engineer/plant manager at I. Stern and Company was followed by one as president of National Photocolor Corp, a laser optic firm. Active at Temple Israel of New Rochelle, Jim was described as a cooperative board member, striving to bring people together to improve his community.

To read the rest of Stern’s obituary, click here.

Ellen Robin Scharfman, Aug. 3-Sept. 25, 2012: Ellen was born in New York City on August 3rd, 1954, and spent her formative years growing up in the Bronx, on Gerard Avenue and 164th Street near Yankee Stadium. The family then moved to New Rochelle in the mid 1960s where she went on to Graduate High School in 1972, and remained there until her passing.

To read the rest of Scharman’s obituary, click here.

Carol A. Muccini, Feb. 12, 1937-Sept. 27, 2012: Carol A. Muccini a 48 year resident of Port Chester, NY passed away on September 27, 2012. Born in New York City on February 12, 1937, Carol was the daughter of Herman Duehne and Grace Meyerhoff Duehne. She graduated Scarsdale High School, Class of 1955. After attending Boston University and Eastern Medical School, Carol became a medical assistant and X-Ray technician working at Midtown Hospital in New York City. She was an active volunteer at Meals on Wheels, where she was honored as the 1988 Meals on Wheels Volunteer of the Year, a quilting instructor at Rye Seniors and Cub Scout den mother. 

To read the rest of Muccini’s obituary, click here.

Robert F. Klotz Jr., of White Plains died on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at age 50. Robert worked for several years at Tilcon New York, Inc, as a Quarry Worker/Operator. He later worked for Fairway Testing and was a concrete inspector during the building of the Westchester Mall in White Plains. He then was employed at Woodland Partners, LLC in Walpole, MA as a Service Representative and Service Manager. Most recently he worked for Healy Electric in White Plains. He is survived by his parents, Robert and Alice (Martin) Klotz of New City; his wife, Cynthia, of White Plains; his brother, Michael, of Fanwood, NJ; sisters Patricia Garrison of Walden, NY, Eileen Reilly of Moon Township, PA., and sister-in-law Denise Magnani of West Harrison.

To read the rest of Klotz's obituary, click here.

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