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Benedettini, Ferrante*  
Benedettini, Ferrante Born April 4, 1926 Died December 25, 2014 Ferrante Pasquale Marino Benedettini, suspender-wearer, electric razor-user, light-and-sweet coffee drinker, dark chocolate eater, Jeopardy watcher, opera lover, excellent waiter, and accomplished gardener, died at his home on Christmas morning, December 25, 2014, of complications from several strokes. He was 88 years old. "Frank" kept an impressive vegetable garden, and grew all his produce from his own saved seeds each year. He excelled at growing tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, string beans, zucchini, Swiss chard, asparagus, basil, parsley, rosemary, arugula, cardoons and radicchio. He rarely went vegetable shopping in the summer. His pesto sauce was exceptionally delicious. His enormous fig tree continues to bear fruit each year. Frank was most famous for his giant pumpkins. In 2004, he and his pumpkins were profiled in The Journal News newspaper and on Channel 9 news. From age 13 until retirement, Frank worked in the Hospitality and Restaurant industry. He excelled at each job, including bell hop, bus boy, elevator operator, telephone operator, waiter, and Maître d'. In 1956, he and his wife, Anna, settled in Mt. Vernon, NY, and Frank commuted by train every night. He worked in several restaurants - Vesuvio, Danny's Hideaway, Asti and Crist Cella - advancing from waiter to Maître d' throughout his career. Born on Easter Sunday, April 4, 1926, in Serravalle, Republic of San Marino, Frank is predeceased by his parents, Alessandro and Benedetta (Fabbri) Benedettini, and his sister, Silvana Benedettini Weisser. Frank is survived by his wife, Anna, of 60 years; children Alexander, Robert, Barbara, and Elizabeth; and 9 grandchildren, Robert, Jillian, Nicholas, Samantha, Michael, Emily, William, Nicolette and James. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, 12/28/2014, at Yannantuono Burr Davis Sharpe Funeral Home, 584 Gramatan Ave., Mt. Vernon, NY. Mass of Christian burial 10:00am at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Mt. Vernon, NY on Monday, 12/29/2014. Entombment at Ferncliff Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Stroke Association.
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Published in the The Journal News on Dec. 27, 2014
Blackwell, Charles L.  
Charles L. Blackwell, 70, Haverstraw, died 12-23-2014. Arrangements: George M. Holt Funeral Home.
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Published in the The Journal News on Dec. 27, 2014
Bligen, Maria D.  
Maria D. Bligen, 83, Bronx, died 12-24-2014. Arrangements: George T. Davis Funeral Home.
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Published in the The Journal News on Dec. 27, 2014

Yesterday's Obituaries

Brown, Anne Kailukaitis*  
Brown, Anne Kailukaitis Longtime Rye Town Resident, Anne Kailukaitis Brown, born in Simanelis, Lithuania, passed away on December 16 at the Port Chester Nursing Home. She was 103. Anne, wife of the late Edward J. Brown, and mother of the late Dorothy Marino. She is survived by daughters, Maryann Pennella and husband, Rock Pennella, Elizabeth Federici and husband, Dr. Vito (Bill) Federici and son, John (Christopher) Brown; 3 grandchildren, Christine, Michael and Nicholas and one great-grandchild, Zane Pennella; a sister and two brothers and numerous nephews and nieces. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on December 27 at Corpus Christi Church, Port Chester, NY. Funeral arrangements by Joseph Tutera Funeral Home. No calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Anne can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Westchester, 311 North St., White Plains, NY 10605.
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Published in the The Journal News on Dec. 26, 2014

Obituaries from Two Days Ago

Blalock, Mattie B. (In Memoriam)  
Mattie B. Blalock Happy 97th Birthday Mom, Grandmother & Great Grandmother You are truly missed by all. We love you. All The Family
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Published in the The Journal News on Dec. 25, 2014
Bouchard, Buster (In Memoriam)  
1st Christmas in Heaven "Buster" Bouchard Pops, Not a day goes by that we don't think of you. You are missed so much, especially today, your favorite holiday. Keep watching over us! Love you today, tomorrow and Always! Linda, Children and Grandchildren P.S. Keep sending the dimes
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Published in the The Journal News on Dec. 25, 2014

Obituaries from the Past Three Days

Boemio, Peter S.*  
Boemio, Peter S. Peter S. Boemio on December 21, 2014 of Scarsdale, NY formerly of the Villa Avenue section of the Bronx. Husband of previously deceased, Ann Dane Boemio (2006-2014) and Catherine Giannuzzi Boemio (1952-2003). Loving father of: Peter (Barbara), Frank (Donna), Michael (Fran), Mark (Linda), and John. Dear grandfather of Kristin, Jason, Christopher, Kathryn, and Nicholas and dear great-grandfather of Chase and Avery. Peter worked for Gristede's Supermarkets for over 40 years. He was active in the Mt. Carmel Bowling League, Coyne Senior Center and was recently honored as a veteran for his military service. Family will receive friends at Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Home- 824 Scarsdale Avenue, Scarsdale, NY 10583~ (914) 725-1137 on Friday, Dec. 26th from 2-5 and 7-9 pm. Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, Dec. 27th at Our Lady of Fatima in Scarsdale, 5 Strathmore Road, Scarsdale NY at 10 am. See more at http://obits.lohud.com/obituaries/lohud . The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Providence Rest Nursing Home, Calvary Hospital, or the American Cancer Society.
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Published in the The Journal News on Dec. 24, 2014
Braziller, Estelle*  
Braziller, Estelle Estelle (Steckler) Braziller, 91, loving mother, grandmother, friend, died 12/15/14 in Delray Beach, FL. Born in White Plains 3/27/23, she was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Jerry (2012). Survived by sons Stephen (Devra), Lee, ME; Edward (Lollie), Fort Smith, AR; grandchildren Leanne, Ian, Samantha, David.
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Published in the The Journal News on Dec. 24, 2014
Brown, Robert L. (Bobby) (In Memoriam)  
Robert L. (Bobby) Brown 11/27/1938 - 12/24/2006 Our Father who art in heaven. Hallowed be thy name. Our Father who art in heaven. Things just aren't the same. Our Father who art in heaven. So sad you had to go. Our Father who art in heaven. Oh how we miss you so. Our Father who art in heaven. You are our King, you see Our Father who art in Heaven. Today we honor Thee! Love you and miss you every day, Your Loving Wife And Children
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Published in the The Journal News on Dec. 24, 2014
Byrne, Susan*  
Byrne, Susan Susan Byrne, 57, of Yonkers, NY passed away December 21, 2014, peacefully with her family by her side after a brave and fearless battle with cancer. Susan was born to Vincent Falco and the late Ruth Falco. Susan is survived by her devoted husband and friend, Thomas Byrne, her cherished son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Cristina LeMire, her grandchildren, T.J. and Nikolas LeMire, her stepchildren, Garrett Byrne, Derek Byrne, his wife Marcella Byrne and their son Dominic Byrne, brother Steven Falco, sister-in-law Lori, and many dear friends. Susan was a dedicated, supportive, and generous wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She had a contagious zest for life. Susan will be remembered for her unparalleled strength, her caring nature, fighting spirit, and her incredible sense of humor. Susan lived every moment of her life to the fullest and always did it her way. She was forever grateful for the army of friends and family that surrounded and supported her throughout her journey. She truly believed that: "No One Fights Alone" Susan's memory will forever live in our hearts and will be sorely missed by everyone who came to know her and love her. Her family will honor her wishes to forgo services and ask everyone to remember and celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Susan's memory to: Memorial Sloan Kettering Center, Attn: Jane Weyl, 633 3rd Ave., 28th Floor, NY, NY 10017. Those donations will allow her spirit to keep touching the lives of others. If you would like to send the family condolences, you can do so at the funeral home web site. Flynn Memorial Home, Inc. 914-963-5178 www.flynnmemorialhome.com
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Published in the The Journal News from Dec. 23 to Dec. 24, 2014
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