1999-12-22 / Obituaries


Anne Gesualdo

Anne Gesualdo, age 84, of Cold Spring, NY, died on Thursday, December 16, 1999 at Wingate at Dutchess in Fishkill, NY.

Born in Cold Spring on August 8, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Rose (Oliva) Gesualdo.

Miss Gesualdo was a retired switchboard operator for New York State, working in NYC. She retired in 1980. She was a life-long Cold Spring resident and a parishioner of Our Lady of Loretto Church in Cold Spring.

She is survived by one sister, Catherine Gesualdo of Cold Spring, and was predeceased by one brother, Peter Gesualdo, in 1997.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, December 18, 1999 at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Cold Spring. Interment followed in Cold Spring Cemetery, under the direction of the Clinton Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Thomas G. Rigney, M.D.

Thomas G. Rigney, M.D., of Garrison, died December 16, 1999 at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He was 79.

Dr. Rigney was born on March 24, 1920 in NYC to Francis and Anne Rigney. He was raised in Elmhurst, Long Island, and graduated from Bishop Loughlin High School, Brooklyn. He also graduated from Manhattan College and from the Cornell University Medical School. Dr. Rigney was a Captain with the 10th Mountain Division, US Army during WW II. After service to his country, he worked in medicine for many years. He was an emergency room physician at Hudson Valley Hospital Center for many years, and was currently a physician at the Cadet Health Care Services at the US Military Academy at West Point. He volunteered as a coach and was very active with the Army Crew at West Point.

He married his wife, Marian Thompson, on October 17, 1976 in Montrose. He was a resident of Garrison for the past 22 years.

Besides his wife, survivors include a son, T. Glenn Rigney of Tallahassee, FL; a daughter, Alison Rigney of Tenafly, NJ; his sister, Janet Rigney of Somers, and 8 grandchildren.

Memorial services were held on Tuesday, December 21 at the Old Cadet Chapel at West Point. Interment followed at the West Point Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Dr. Rigney to the Army Rowing Association, c/o AOG, USMA, West Point, NY 10996.

Bessie M. West

Mrs. Bessie M. West, 95, of Garrison, passed away peacefully in Hudson Valley Hospital on December 13, 1999 after a short illness.

She was born in Scotland on September 18, 1904 and immigrated to the USA in her twenties.

She and her husband, George West, who predeceased her in 1985, lived many years in Bayport, Long Island, moving to Garrison in 1980. Although she lived in the USA for 70 years or more, her heart was always in the Highlands of Scotland, which prompted her to make numerous trips back to visit her family.

She enjoyed reading, traveling, the theater and the art world.

Her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Patrick O’Sulli-van of Garrison, as well as her family in Scotland, survive her.

A memorial service will be held in Scotland early in the New Year.

Ernest A. Downer

Ernest A. Downer, age 85, of Cold Spring, NY, died on Friday, December 3, 1999 in Beacon, NY.

Born in North Hampton, MA on August 22, 1914, he was the son of the late Henry and Anne (Whelen) Downer.

Mr. Downer was a retired Civil Engineer and was employed at Texaco in Glenham, NY. He worked there for 35 years, and retired in 1976. He was a very active official for many sporting events in the Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess and Orange County areas; he was a NYS Rules Interpreter for new rules each year in the sports of football, basketball and baseball, sport which he also officiated at. He was a former player for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1930’s. Locally, he was an usher for many years at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Cold Spring, where he resided since 1947.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary E. (Wagner) Downer. She died April 13, 1979. He is survived by three sons, David E. Downer of Cold Spring, Gerald R. Downer of Cold Spring and Bruce D. Downer of Poughkeepsie; seven grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Downer was predeceased by one daughter, Dianne M. Demo and one brother, Gerald Downer.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, December 7, 1999 at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Cold Spring. Interment followed in Cold Spring Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the Clinton Funeral Home.

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