2000-02-23 / Obituaries


Paul B. Rieckhoff

Paul B. Rieckhoff, age 88, died February 19, 2000 at his residence in Garrison.

He was born on January 6, 1912 in Hamburg, Germany. He had resided in Philipstown for the past 45 years, coming from the Bronx. He worked as a mechanic/repairman for the US Post Office in Manhattan for 29 years, retiring December 20, 1974. He was a WW II Army Veteran and a member of the VFW Post in Garrison.

On January 21, 1939, he married Catherine Galella in the Bronx. She survives at home.

He is also survived by a son, Paul of Garrison and two grandsons, Paul J. of Manhattan and Michael of Garrison.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, February 22 at St. Columbanus Church, followed by interment at the Assumption Cemetery, under the direction of the E.O. Curry Funeral Home, Peekskill.

Carmella "Millie" Ruzich

Carmella "Millie" Ruzich, age 75, of Cold Spring, NY died on Tuesday, February 15, 2000 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt Manor, NY.

Born in Croton on Hudson on May 16, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Pauline (Grasso) Ciccarelli.

Mrs. Ruzich was a homemaker and a resident of Cold Spring since she was 1 year old. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Loretto Church.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Ruzich of the home address; three sisters, Mary Dillon of Cold Spring, Angela Miccio of Fishkill and Marie Chicarella of Cold Spring; many neices and nephews, great-neices and nephews also survive. She was predeceased by one brother and one sister.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, February 18, 2000 at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Cold Spring. Interment followed at Cold Spring Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Ruzich’s name may be made to the Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Frederick W. Van Tassel

Frederick W. "Kicker" Van Tassel, age 71, of Cold Spring, NY died on Wednesday, February 16, 2000 at Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt Manor, NY.

Born in Cold Spring, NY on July 25, 1928, he was the son of the late Frederick and Anna (Wesley) Van Tassel.

Mr. Van Tassel was a retired pressman for Nabisco in Beacon; he retired in 1990.

He is survived by his wife, Helen (Iverson) Van Tassel of the home address; they were married August 26, 1950 in Cold Spring. Also surviving are two sons, Thomas Van Tassel and his wife Pat of Gilbert, AZ and Fred Van Tassel of Cold Spring; three daughters, Donna Van Tassel of Cold Spring, Betsey Ninnie and her husband Thomas of Beacon and Patty Pidala and her husband Joey of Cold Spring; one brother, George Van Tassel of Cold Spring; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Edge of Beacon, Matthew and Kristen Van Tassel of Arizona, Alison Ninnie of Beacon, Brandon Pidala of Cold Spring and Kyle and Brandi Van Tassel of Cold Spring. He is also survived by one great-grandson, Dylan Jason Van Tassel of Beacon and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, February 21, 2000 at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Cold Spring. Interment followed in Cold Spring Cemetery under the direction of Clinton Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Mr. Van Tasssel’s name be made to the Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Cold Spring.

Richard Thomas Paul Takacs

Richard Thomas Paul Takacs died on February 13, 2000. He was 53.

Born in the Bronx on March 28, 1946, he was the son of the late John Emery and Gizella Ann Sefsik Takacs. Mr. Takacs was a renowned antiques dealer and expert appraiser, honorably having maintained a long-standing familial tradition and endeavor.

He is survived by one brother, John and one sister, Giselle; nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

In lieu of the traditional, "extend a random act of kindness toward a stranger."

Michael J. Langevin

Michael Joseph Langevin, age 53, of Manchester Village, Vermont, formerly of Garrison, died Monday, January 31, 2000 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH following a brief illness.

He was born on May 9, 1946 in San Antonio, TX, the son of Edward and Waymeth Langevin.

Michael graduated from Joplin Senior High School, Joplin, Missouri in 1964 and attended Rockhurst College, Kansas City, MO where he graduated summa cum laude in 1968. Michael married Diane Moore of Joplin, MO on July 1, 1967.

In 1970 Michael earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana. He began his career in business at The Mellon Bank, Pittsburgh, PA as a management trainee, and then became a securities analyst for Waddell & Reed, Kansas City, MO and Auerbach, Pollack & Richardson, New York, NY. Michael then focused on mergers and acquisitions with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, New York, NY. In 1980 he created his own business and most recently was involved in the trucking and transportation industry.

In addition to Michael’s career as a businessman, he was an active member of his community. He gave personal and financial support to numerous historic preservation arts, culture and educational organizations. An avid golfer, Michael was a member of Dorset Field Club and The Manchester Country Club.

Michael served as a Board Member of the Garrison School. He was instrumental in securing a choice of high schools and introduced financial modeling in predicting future tax rates and tuition charges. Mike’s wry sense of humor and ability to quickly analyze a complex business transaction will be missed by his many friends and associates.

Michael is survived by his wife, Diane of Manchester Village; daughter Sarah Langevin Hopkins of Glenside, PA; brothers Dr. Gene Langevin and William Langevin, both of Joplin, MO; sister Jessica Cooper of Davie, FL.

For those who wish, memorial gifts may be made in memory of Michael Langevin to: The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Attention: Charmene Howard, 1785 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

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