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Current Obituaries

Sylvia Fistel

Sylvia Fistel

Sylvia Fistel, 102 of New Rochelle

Funeral Services will be private

Leo Harju

Leo Harju

Leo Harju, a lifelong resident of New Rochelle, passed away on June 28, 2021. He was 91.

Leo was born on October 9, 1929 to the late William and Sanna Elizabeth (Jenstrom)

Leo served in the US Army during the Korean war from 1951 – 1953

Leo was a member of United Food & Commercial Workers International Union Local 1500

Leo delivered for Gristedes Markets in Pelham, NY & Bridgeport, CT

Beloved father, Grandfather, & Great Grandfather

Leo was an easy-going, happy spirit who cherished family. Loved by all who knew him, he had the moniker “the mayor” at United Hebrew Geriatric Center as Leo would travel the facility greeting everyone he encountered. Leo always had a smile and was an avid, or should I say rabid, New York Yankee fanatic. He faced many major medical issues in his life, including COVID beating them all.

Leo was affectionately known as Pop to family members

On June 28, 2021 Pop was called home

Leo is predeceased by his mother and father, William and Sanna Elizabeth Harju (Jenstrom),

Wife, Barbara Strazza Galletta Harju & stepdaughter Barbara Galletta Marino

Leo is survived by Anthony Galletta (stepson) & wife Jo-Ann (Candrea), Ronald Marino (son-in-law), Grandchildren, Megan, Michael & Mathew (Marino) / Anthony Galletta, Jr. and wife Caralyn (Bollag), Joseph Galletta and spouse Noel Cromb and Greatgrandchildren, Nicole & Anthony Joseph (Galletta)

So, the next time we have a beer or glass of wine while watching the Yankees let’s toast Pop who is surely watching over his family while cheering for the Yankees from above…” Gin Don”

Visitation will be on Thursday 4-8pm at 16 Shea Pl. New Rochelle, NY. A funeral service is scheduled for Friday at 10am at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Beechwoods Cemetery.

Tomasina Salzarulo

Tomasina Salzarulo, a longtime resident of City Island, Died on June 7, 2021. She was 88. Tomasina (Mazie) was born on March 30, 1933 in the Bronx to the late Frank and Anna Brescia. She married her High School sweetheart, Joseph Salzarulo (of blessed memory) in 1956 and moved to City Island in 1964. She enjoyed her days spending time with her sister, Catherine (Ambrosini )and her family, working at Hild Sails and Ratsey’s, raising her two children, Valerie and Joseph and making lifetime friends. Her favorite days were spent baking delicious cakes and cookies and preparing a big gravy for eggplant parmigiana. Her heart was open to all —always willing to lend a hand to others and caring for stray animals in need. Before her illness, Mazie spent the last few decades of her life doing what gave her the most joy and fulfillment, helping to raise her beloved grandchildren.
She is survived by her son Joseph Salzarulo, daughter Valerie Korzec her son-in-law Arthur Korzec and her grandchildren Sarah Korzec and Henry Korzec .

Visiting hours will be Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at George T. Davis Funeral Home, 16 Shea Pl., New Rochelle , NY, 914-632-0324. Funeral Mass is scheduled for Friday, June 11, 2021 10 am at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, City Island Avenue, Bronx. Internment will follow at Pelham Cemetery, City Island, NY In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association )


Francesco Amodio

Visiting Monday 4-8pm

Service Tuesday 10:30am at Funeral Home

Entombment Ferncliff Cemetery

John Russell Owen Jr

John Russell Owen Jr

John Russell Owen Jr., born May 22, 1948 in Providence, Rhode Island, passed peacefully on Sunday, May 30, 2021.  John was the second of three sons of Kathryn and Dwight H. Owen. He graduated from Moses Brown High School in 1966 and attended Harvard and Columbia Universities, earning his MBA in 1972.  John grew up spending summers working on his grandfather’s cattle ranch in South Dakota riding his favorite horse, Cactus. He later traveled across Europe on a motorcycle before settling down in New Rochelle with his wife Ellen (“Treacy”) Galway Owen, who he married in 1979. John built a successful career in finance, spending several years at Price Waterhouse before serving as CFO for a number of NY-area companies. He was an avid reader and history buff who enjoyed visiting famous civil war-era battlefield sites and tracing his family’s lineage. While happy to share stories of his own many adventures, John’s greatest pride was his two sons, Dwight and Andrew.

John was a warm, gentle-hearted man with a quick wit and a fondness for terrible puns. He is survived by his wife, his sons and their wives Ashley and Melissa, his brother Rob Owen, and his beloved dog Tynan. He is preceded in death by his brother, Dwight Hall Owen Jr. (“Dee”).

The Owens invite their family and friends to celebrate John’s life and share stories at their home on Saturday, June 5, 2021, from 2-5pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider making a donation to one of the many organizations working to improve the lives of patients with cancer, such as Pelotonia, an organization that funds cancer research at Ohio State University’s James Comprehensive Cancer Center (


Marianne O. Parker

Marianne O. Parker

Marianne O. Parker passed away on May 27th surrounded by family.

She was known for her kind heart, her faith in God, her contagious laugh and her love for family and friends. Known to many as Nan or MA, everyone who knew her loved her – and she loved them.

Born on May 13, 1937 in New Rochelle, to Edna (nee Lyell) and Francis J. Ouellette, she was a proud graduate of Dominican Academy, the College of New Rochelle and Iona College. She was a lifelong learner,  earning a Masters degree in English literature at age 60.

She is survived by her son, Edward Dixon; daughter, Lyell Parker Lewis; son-in-law Matthew Lewis; and cherished granddaughter, Elizabeth; as well as many other family members who she loved.  She is predeceased by her parents, her husbands Thomas Dixon and George Parker, and her brother Anthony Ouellette.

Visitation will be held at the George T. Davis Funeral Home, 16 Shea Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805 (914-632-0324) on Tuesday 6/1 from 4-8 pm. Marianne’s Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, 6/2 at 10 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Fowler Avenue, Pelham Manor, NY 10803.In lieu of flowers, please make gifts to Dominican Academy Scholarship Fund in Marianne’s memory: Dominican Academy44 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065Or at (please include Marianne’s name)

Miguel H. Ayala

Miguel H. Ayala

Visiting Saturday May 29th, 2021 from 1-5pm

Burial 11am Tuesday June 1st, 2021 at Greenwood union cemetery.

Taleste Fontal

Visiting Thursday 8:30am -9:30am

Mass Thursday 10:00am at St. Gabriel’s Church

Interment Beechwoods Cemetery

Anne Jeanette Miano

Anne Jeanette Miano

Anne Jeanette Miano fell asleep to be with the Lord and left us on Saturday, February 13, 2021.  She was the fourth of eight children born to Frank “Hank” Pallett and Marie Orsino Pallett on November 24, 1944 in Pelham, NY.  She was with us for 76 years.

Anne attended public schools in Eastchester, Mount Vernon and Pelham.  An entrepreneur at the early age of 17, she left Pelham Memorial High School (she later earned her GED in the 1970s) to start her own beauty and hair salon in Dobbs Ferry, NY.   There she began her loyal following.  She continued to work in Pelham and New Rochelle well into the 1970s.  During the early 1960s she met who would be the man she would fall and stand in love with, Costantino “Dino” Miano.  They were married in 1965 and were anticipating celebrating 56 years of marriage this April 25.  Together they built a life that was filled with great family and friendships but included great obstacles to overcome.   Anne and Dino raised two sons, Anthony and Frank (Blanka).  She was blessed to have had the opportunity to share her love with two beautiful grandchildren, Julianna and Lucas.  Anne is survived not only by her loving family including her brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws but also by all of her friends.  Her community of family and friends, and the years of shared experiences enjoyed, can never be more important to acknowledge and appreciate more than now.

To know Anne was to love Anne.  She was always preoccupied with the well-being of others, even when the end came.  She had the amazing ability to make you feel her love at the instant you were with her.  She was always ready to lend an ear, a hand, a figurative arm or to share a moment in prayer when strength was needed.  When challenged by life’s hardships or the multiple – and sometimes debilitating ailments rooted in her struggle with diabetes – she always pressed forward with strength and purpose of determination.   Her undeniable character was deeply rooted in her unwavering faith.  Her “rock” – perhaps it is more apt to say her mountain – was God’s Word and her knowing that through Jesus Christ we are all saved and that “they might have life, and have it more abundantly”.

In lieu of flowers, family and friends are encouraged to honor Anne Jeanette Miano by giving what they can to either the American Diabetics Association ( or the American Cancer Society (

Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday 3:00-7:00pm at George T Davis Funeral home LLC., 16 Shea Place, New Rochelle, NY.   New York State COVID-19 mandated social distancing rules apply.  To honor her life, a service consistent with her wishes is scheduled at George T Davis beginning at 7:00pm that same day for an hour.  The next day, Wednesday, February 17, a motorcade will leave George T Davis at 10:00am.   Interment will be held at Greenwood Union Cemetery, 215 North Street, Rye, NY at 10:30am.  Note: Because of the unpredictable weather, please check this page for updates on visitation.

Donald C. Watt

Donald C. Watt

Donald C. Watt, aged 75,  was a lifelong resident of New Rochelle.  He is predeceased by his mother Anne M. Watt (nee Beisgen) and his brother Kenneth Watt.  Don is survived by his brother and sister-in-law George & Eleanor Watt, sister-in-law Ginger Watt and his daughter Katherine Watt (Christopher Smith).  He also leaves behind nieces and nephew Stacey LaSorsa, Christine Geertgens, Amy Markowitz, Allyson Watt and Andrew Watt as well as his grand-dogs Molly and Murphy.  Don will also be missed by his amazing friends who were a second family to him.

Don grew up in the Holy Name of Jesus parish and he married Karen Uckermark there.  When their daughter was born, he was reconfirmed at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where he served on the Council for several years, was active in the choir and remained an active member for the remainder of his life.

After high school, Don joined the Navy and was honorably discharged.  He then entered the workforce as a bank teller, then a truck driver for Joyce Beverages until his back could no longer take the stress and then as a driver for Excel Limousine followed by James Limousine Service until his retirement.  Before Mapquest and Google maps were a “thing”, if someone needed directions, they asked Don!  He continued to enjoy driving in retirement…he would often drive an hour or more up 22 or 84, have lunch, then turn around to come home.  But only if he didn’t have a good parking spot!
Don was a kind, generous and gentle man; a loyal friend who loved with his whole heart.  In his younger years he enjoyed playing softball, riding roller coasters and bowling.  He was an avid reader and in the spring and summer, enjoyed spending hours at Davenport Park reading underneath “his tree”.

A memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in the Spring, date to be determined.  To honor Don, please practice random acts of kindness, make a donation to your favorite charity, enjoy a bowl of ice cream and call someone you love at 10:00am on Saturday morning.

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