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It's with great sadness that we announce the passing of Daniel James Baxter, 65, of New Windsor, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Newburgh on Nov. 5, 1953, to William and Edythe Baxter. He graduated from Newburgh Free Academy. On July 21, 1973, he married the love of his life, Mary Stanford, a marriage that would last 45 years. Early on he worked for Theater Techniques of Cornwall building Broadway shows such as Cats, Evita, and 42nd St. just to name a few. Later on, he began his career in the welding industry, working for Mid-Hudson Oxygen/Air Products/Airgas for 32 years before retiring in Nov. 2018. He was a past member of the New Windsor Fire Dept. He loved spending time with his family, vacations in Lake George and Eastern States Weekend at Orange County Fair Speedway.

The family would also like to thank the doctors and nurses of St. Luke’s Hospital ER and ICU, New Windsor Ambulance and New Windsor Police Dept.

Daniel is survived by his wife Mary at home; sons Chris, Scott, and Sean all of New Windsor; Brother David and his wife Jari of Crestview, Florida, and Sister in law Linda of Montgomery along with nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother Edythe and father William, brothers William and Stephen and sister RoseAnn.

Visitation will be held from 2-4p.m. and 7-9p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019, at Hudson Valley Funeral Home 239 Quassaick Ave. (Rte94) New Windsor, NY.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, at Hudson Valley Funeral Home, burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Hudson Valley Funeral Home.


September 13, 1950 - February 1, 2019
New Windsor, NY

Joseph M. Chernek, age 68 of New Windsor, NY passed away peacefully at home on February 1, 2019, with his wife Lynda and family by his side.

Joe was born on September 13, 1950, to Ann McLaughlin and Joseph Chernek in West Point, NY. His early years were spent in Vermont, then back to the Hudson Valley. Joe was drafted into the United States Army and upon his return home from the Vietnam War married his love, Lynda Terwilliger on June 4, 1972; they would have celebrated 47 years of marriage this year. Together Joe and Lynda built a life in the area and raised their daughter, Rebekah.

Joe was a master craftsman, collector of gadgets and could solve any problem. No one could keep him off the golf course on Saturday mornings and he loved spending time with his family at his condominium in Myrtle Beach, SC. He was always there to help anyone who needed him. Joe had a long and successful career at Staples Inc. in Framingham, MA. He was decent and honest, his clever sense of humor and laugh were his trademarks. He loved music and his dogs, Pippa and Louie. Joe’s happiest times were with his family, especially his grandchildren. He instilled in his family a zest for life, a commitment to family and friends and an enduring goodness that touched everyone who knew him. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend to many. His presence will be missed but his spirit and legacy will live on through those who were blessed to be a part of his life.

Joe is survived by his wife Lynda Chernek, daughter Rebekah Chernek Raimo, grandchildren Jake and Skylar Raimo, son-in-law Joseph Raimo, father-in-law, Samuel Terwilliger and brother-in-law Keith Terwilliger, and his father Joseph Chernek and siblings: Paul Chernek, Wayne Chernek and Nancy Killen Chernek; several cousins, nieces and nephews and many dear friends. Joe was predeceased by his mother Ann McLaughlin, his mother-in-law June Terwilliger and brother-in-law Bruce Terwilliger.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, February 9th at Sacred Heart Church in Newburgh, NY at 11:00 AM. To honor Joe, please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society or ASPCA.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Hudson Valley Funeral Home, Inc., 239 Quassaick Avenue New Windsor, NY 12553 845-562-4411


January 29, 1931 - January 16, 2019
Newburgh, NY
Frances Knight of the Town of Newburgh, a retired cafeteria worker for the Newburgh City School District, passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh. She was 87.
The daughter of the late William and Frances Florie, she was born on January 29, 1931, in Lodi, NJ. She was the widow of Joseph M. Knight. She is survived by her son Joseph Knight and his wife, Lisa of New Windsor and daughter Frances Becker and her husband, Robert of Wallkill, her brother Andrew Florie of Florida, her grandchildren Robert John and Eric Becker, Kristie Mazzaccari, Maggie Macri and Kate Knight and her great-grandchildren Madilyn and Alexandra Becker and several nieces and nephews. Frances was predeceased by her daughter Regina Ann Redner and her brother William Florie.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, January 21, at Hudson Valley Funeral Home, 239 Quassaick Avenue (Rte94) New Windsor, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, at St. Francis Church in Newburgh. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Newburgh.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Hudson Valley Funeral Home, 845-562-4411.


April 8, 1927 - January 1, 2019
New Windsor, NY

Florence C. Marotta of New Windsor, NY a retired teacher at St. Francis of Assisi School passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at St. Luke’s Cornwall hospital Newburgh. She was 91.

Florence is the daughter of the late Frank and Angelina D’Ambrosio. She was born on April 8, 1927, in Brooklyn, NY. She was a painter at Bethlehem Art Gallery, she enjoyed sewing, Opera, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Florence was predeceased by her husband Michael Marotta and her daughter Susan Warner.

She is survived by one daughter Michelle Marotta with Dominic D’Agosta of New Windsor, NY, one grandson Andrew Warner of Alexandria, VA

Graveside services will be held at 1 pm on Monday, January 7, 2019, at St. John’s Cemetery Middle Village Queens, NY

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Hudson Valley Funeral Home 239 Quassaick Ave, New Windsor, NY


December 16, 2018
New Windsor, NY

Edward P. Rightmeyer of New Windsor, NY passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family at the age of 60 years old.  

He was the son of the late Edward F. Rightmeyer and Genevieve Waltz. 

He married the love of his life, Heidi in 1990. Together they had two children, Alexandra, now 27 and Shane, now 23. His beloved dog Koa, never left his side. Ed was a devoted husband and father and nothing brought him more joy than spending time with his wife and children. 

Ed graduated from NFA where he played on the football, baseball, and basketball teams. He worked as a sales representative for marketing firm Johnson O’Hare. He spent his free time doing his favorite things: riding his bike, yoga, coaching his son's sports teams, and watching his daughter's theater shows. He loved music, a lifelong fan of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes whom he saw over 100 times. Ed and his childhood friend Dennis Scarry never missed a New York Yankees Opening Day. He loved spending time with his brother Fran, who admired his whole life. He will be remembered for his radiant smile that lit up every room he entered. 

A private Mass honoring Ed’s life was held on Saturday at St. Francis Church in Newburgh officiated by Father John Vandrass. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Anthony V. Cracolici of Hudson Valley Funeral Home Inc.



Frank Cantoli of New Windsor, New York, died peacefully at home on Monday, December 17th. He was 89 years old.
The son of Amalia Barone and Antonino Cantoli, he was born in Abruzzi, Italy. He immigrated to the United States in 1955 and married his hometown sweetheart Filomena D’Alessandro in 1958.

Frank worked as a presser with Vicky Clothing Company and later with Loring Coat Company until his retirement at age 65. He enjoyed many hours helping family and friends as an all-around handyman after his retirement; fixing leaky sinks, hanging lighting fixtures, tinkering with lawn mowers as well as babysitting for his grandchildren. He loved making homemade wine using the same recipe he brought from his home in Abruzzi as well as tending to his vegetable garden in the summer.

The family would like to thank the staff of 5N at St Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Advanced Kidney Care and Willcare for the extraordinary care and compassion extended to them during this difficult time. Dr. Wen, Dr. Feldman, Karene, Julee, Esther, LuAnn, Angela, Bob and the many others on the hospital staff for their kindness and support.

Frank is survived by his loving wife Filomena, one daughter Diana Fitzpatrick and her husband Frank of Cornwall, New York, and his grandchildren Kristine, Matthew and Ryan. He is also survived by his sisters Nicoletta Settimio and her husband Gusperino of Canton, Ohio, Ada Demasi and her husband Nick of New Paltz, NY, sisters- in -law Anna Cantoli of Middletown, New York, and Maria Cantoli of Abruzzi, Italy as well as 15 nieces and nephews in the US and in Italy.

He is pre-deceased by his parents Amalia Barone and Antonino Cantoli, sister Elisabetta Valentino, her husband Domenico, and two brothers, Joseph and Umberto Cantoli.

Visitation will take place from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Friday, December 21st at Hudson Valley Funeral Home, 239 Quassaick Ave., New Windsor, New York.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place on Saturday, December 22nd, 1:45 P.M. at Sacred Heart Church, 301 Ann Street, Newburgh, New York. Entombment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Route 9W North, Newburgh, New York


Death Notices


John J. Baker IV, passed away on February 7, 2019, after a brief illness. John was predeceased by his mother, Louise M. Baker and his brother, Michael J. Baker. He is survived by his father John J. Baker III, and his sister, Nancy Succoso. A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 15, 2019, at 11 am at Hudson Valley Funeral Home, 239 Quassaick Ave in New Windsor. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.


FOTI Rose M., 92 of New Windsor, NY died Friday, January 4th, 2019. MEMORIAL VISITATION: 2-6pm, Sat, Jan. 26, Hudson Valley Funeral Home, 239 Quassaick Ave., New Windsor. FULL OBITUARY: will follow at a later date.


Michael Joseph Baker passed away at home on June 29, 2018. Formerly of New Windsor, NY. Michael was predeceased by his mother Louise M. Baker. He is survived by his father John J. Baker, brother John Baker, and his sister Nancy Succoso. Private services were held with interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Michael is lovingly remembered by his family and friends. Memorial donations may be made to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1103 New York, NY10018-4541


Lloyd St. John, 91 of New Windsor, NY died January 12, 2018, at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. Services and cremation are private. 


Gary B. Knapp, 63 of Newburgh, NY died Monday, July 17, 2017.
6-8pm, Mon, Aug 7 with FUNERAL SERVICE: at 7:30 pm

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