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Max Jacobowitz

Max Jacobowitz

Max Jacobowitz, 96, died July 16, 2020 with his family by his side in New York, New York. A graveside service with military honors was held Sunday in Greenwich, Connecticut at Hebrew Cemetery on Memory Lane.

Max was born May 1, 1924 in New York City to Fannie and Joseph Jacobowitz. His father was to become one of the largest purveyors of street pushcarts in New York City.

Max spent summers at the beach in Long Island and up on Saratoga Lake. After high school he joined the United States Navy and was a proud shipmate stationed on the USS Iowa and attached to the Pacific Fleet’s 4th Division where he operated the 5-inch twin gun mount #10 against attacking Japanese fighter planes. He served aboard from 1942-1946 where he traveled throughout the Pacific. He had many great stories and memories, including the time where he assisted in lifting President Roosevelt on and off the ship. Max was presented with the American Theater ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater ribbon with Star Device and the Philippine Liberation ribbon with two Star Devices.

After he left the Navy, Max went to watch-making school for two years. In 1948 he met his wife Lila on a blind date. Three months later they were married and remained married for 54 years. Besides being married they also co-owned Capital Jewelers in Port Chester, New York. Lila used to always say it was like they were married double the amount of years because they worked and were married. Max had the great insight to buy the building that his store was in. He was always very proud of that.

He was an active member of the Port Chester Elks Club and enjoyed being a member of the Doral Swim Club. His interests included family, playing poker and pool, reading the newspaper, swimming, watching the Yankees and watching Westerns.

Max is survived by his daughters, Francine Kabnick (Earl) of New Rochelle, New York; Elaine Patell (Ronald) of Tarpon Springs, Florida; granddaughters Ingrid Kabnick and Jaqueline Sherland (Mike); and great-grandchildren Andrew and Liam Sherland. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lila R. Jacobowitz.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Disabled American Veterans
Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-5447

Lucy M. Penna

Lucy M. Penna a longtime resident of Pelham, died on July 6, 2020. She was 91.
Lucy was born on November 6, 1928 in the Bronx to the late Michael and Mary (Gianninoto) Mansueto.
Lucy was the proprietor of Bob Penna Travel in the Bronx, which she established with her husband Robert. She was a member of IATA and several other travel organizations. She graduated from Hunter College.
She is survived by her son Dr. Robert Penna and his wife Elise, her daughter Gina Marie Angiulo and her husband Tony; her grandchildren: William (Laua) Carney, Capt. Dr. Matthew Carney, Sara (Joey) Lipsey, Gianni Angiulo. She is also survived by 3 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her Husband Robert M. Penna and her sons William J. Penna and Christian Penna.
Visiting hours will be Monday 4-8pm at George T. Davis Funeral Home LLC, 16 Shea Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Tuesday 10:30am at Blessed Sacrament Church. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Lewis Cohen

Lewis Cohen

“Lewis Cohen – President of I.B. Cohen Inc. of New Rochelle, N.Y. passes away at age 88”
Lewis Cohen, President of I.B. Cohen Inc. of New Rochelle N.Y., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 22nd in Hollywood, FL from Covid-19 complications. Mr. Cohen is survived by his wife, Maryce, his daughter, Lauren Dignam (Peter), his grandsons, Jack, Cole and Sam, and his son Richard. In addition, he is survived by his two sisters – Sandra Bloch and Diana Chudnoff of New Jersey, as well as a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and lifelong friends. Lewis Cohen was the son of the late Nathan and Eunice Cohen of New Rochelle, N.Y.
As the third generation to own and operate the I.B. Cohen store at 525 Main Street, one of Westchester County’s oldest family businesses – at 130 years, Mr. Cohen continued the legacy created by his grandfather, I.B. Cohen, who, with his wife, Ada, established the New Rochelle phase of his business in 1890.
Lewis Cohen was educated in New Rochelle schools and graduated from the University of Illinois where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity. Following his college years, Mr. Cohen served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force in the 1950’s and was stationed in England and Karachi, Pakistan when a collective security alliance was then in existence. Mr. Cohen’s Air Force service in Pakistan made a strong impression on him for the rest of his life.
No history of the I.B. Cohen store per se can be written without alluding to its cache as a luxurious emporium of immense size where only the finest merchandise and premier product lines were offered for sale. The wide array of clothing options attracted clientele that included- Yankee icon, Lou Gehrig, William and Page Black of the Chock Full of Nuts Coffee company and even, actor, Jimmy Stewart.
A private funeral service will be held from Mt. Eden Cemetery. A memorial and celebration of life will be announced and held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are welcome and may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association. or Donate by phone: 703.359.4440 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm) 800.272.3900 (24/7)

Solveig Bruun

Solveig Bruun

Solveig Bruun passed away peacefully on April 24, 2020. She is survived by her son Erik Bruun, sister Freyja, brother Haakon Bruun and mother Mei-Chi and is predeceased by her father Rembrandt.

All services are private.

Joan Blondell Burroughs-Stone

Joan Blondell Burroughs-Stone

Joan Blondell Burroughs-Stone sunrise was on April 18, 1940 in Sumpter, South Carolina. Her sunset was on Monday, April 20, 2020 at New York City St. Lukes Hospital. Joan was born to Henry Burroughs of Timersville, SC and Elizebeth Albert-Burroughs of Sumpter, SC. Her life succumbed to COVID 19, the disease caused by the Coronavirus during the historical pandemic that swept across the world beginning in November 2019. At the time of her sunset she resided in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Joan was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, sister in law, aunt and cousin. Her siblings are Geneva, Barbara (Tahirah), Henry (Sabor), Ronald, Audrey, Herman, Gregory (Khalief) and an Aunt Rose. Joan grew up in Harlem at the Steven Forster Housing Complex which was later renamed Martin Luther King Towers. While residing there she met her childhood sweetheart Edward Louis Stone Sr. who she later married and shared three beautiful children; Edward Louis Stone Jr., Gerrick Demetrius Stone Sr. and Tonja Motaka Stone-Deleston. Joan and Louis later moved to the Woodrow Wilson Housing Development Complex off the FDR Drive in Harlem where they raised their family.
She attended Seward Park High School in New York City and worked as a domestic engineer rearing her children full-time. After her children became of age, she served in banking for Chemical and Chase Banks. While working at the bank she successfully completed her GED in 1990.
Her first love and life’s work was her family. She enjoyed family, friends, dancing, social gatherings, music (especially Smokey Robinson), movies and a good novel. She loved family meals. Some of her favorite foods were fried and baked chicken, rice, collard greens, string beans, lima beans and oxtail, and can’t forget her hotdogs and pickles was a must. Anyone who knew her cooking requested her infamous crispy fried chicken.
Her life’s motto was “Family First.” She believed in God and wherever she went, he was in her heart. She enjoyed talk shows and documentaries. She had a friendly fun-loving spirit that loved to joke and laugh. She was charitable with her time and home. She always welcomed her family with open arms. She never passed judgment and always maintained a positive demeanor. She often allowed family members to temporarily stay with her when in need. Her generosity extended to rearing a few nieces and nephews as her own. Her house was the go-to house, a safe haven and a place of peace. She had a love for dogs and animal print clothing. If you were considering a gift from the heart to brighten her day, you could never go wrong with anything leopard. She would absolutely love it.
Joan is survived by her children; Edward Louis Stone (Kymmau), Gerrick Demetrius Stone (Mechey/Tau), and Tonja Motaka Stone-Deleston and her son-in-law, William Deleston; her grandchildren; Louie, Temetrius (Joannie), Ebanasia (April), William (Billie), Tonja (Taka), Darell, Imani, Shawanda, Juwan, Gerrick Jr., Toya, Ta-Neter, Tep-Ra; her sisters, Tahirah, Audrey; her brothers Herman and Gregory, her Aunt Rose, and a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and in laws.
She was predeceased by her mother, Elizabeth, her father Henry, her sister Geneva, her brothers Henry (Sabor) and Ronald, her ex-husband Edward and her granddaughter Shaquanna.
Words cannot describe how much she will be missed, how much she is loved, and the space that can never be filled. Joan was the epitome of what it meant to be a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and cousin, purely the best. She was a walking angel on earth who has now found her wings in heaven. The footprints she left shall forever remain in the hearts of those who known and loved her and for that she will forever be celebrated.

Services are private.

“God has plucked one of His most precious flowers from His beautiful garden. Scented with love; brightened with vivid color, the lingering joy that Joan Burroughs Stone spread throughout her family and world lives on forever and ever. Rest in Peace gentle flower.”
Love~ Peace ~ Happiness

Joan Epps

Joan Epps

Joan Frances Epps succumbed to COVID-19 at the age of 89 on April 21, 2020 at her current residence, Wartburg Assisted Living, Mount Vernon, NY.
Joan was born in New York City on August 2, 1930 to Margaret and Henry Epps. She now joins her parents and older sister Rosemary Brennan-Eddy. Joan and her family moved to New Rochelle in her early years. She attended Albert Leonard Middle School and New Rochelle High School. Upon graduation from HS, she attended Adelphi University in Garden City, NY on a full academic scholarship, and then Katherine Gibbs for courses in Travel and Conference Planning. These courses led to Joan’s employment at General Foods Corporate headquarters in White Plains, NY, as their Corporate Conference Planner. This position it gave her the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the United States. She retired in 1995 from General Foods after a major reorganization. She moved on to work at Belle Prints in Manhattan, a textile company owned and staffed by women as their Office Manager. The ladies became fast friends outside the office. She also worked part time as Office Assistant at Grace Episcopal Church in White Plains, NY assisting with all their local events.
After full retirement Joan joined the New Rochelle YMCA where she took water aerobic classes twice a week and where she built up a social network. Joan loved to cook and entertain her friends. Whenever there was a gathering, she was sure to bring a scrumptious dish, and share her famous recipes with others. She loved to travel. Whenever the opportunity arose her bags were packed. She was ready to go anywhere in the US and other countries, especially Mexico and the Caribbean. Along the way she made many lifelong friends. Joan loved the sun and being near the water. On a good day you would find her sitting down at Davenport Park in her lounge chair, reading a book or having lunch. She could not wait for the summer months to arrive. She was off on weekends to Fire Island where she shared a beach house with friends for many years. Joan was an avid fan of Downing Abbey series and would called friends to discuss each episode.
Joan lived in New Rochelle, NY for most of her life until she moved to an assisted living facility. Joan is survived by her cousins, Marilyn Mann (Dallas, Ga.), Brenda Terry
(Mount Vernon, NY), Goddaughter, Elizabeth Dayes-Dolan, (Tampa, Fla), Godson, Yshak Martinez, Stamford, (CT.) and her adopted family Dinorah, Ricardo Martinez, their sons, Sahmeb, Abidjan (New Rochelle, NY.) and Ann Pore (Mount Vernon, NY.) and a host of cousins and friends. She will be missed and always remembered and cherished as a true friend.
Rest now you are in the arms of the angels
Donations in Joan’s memory can be made to American Breast Cancer Foundation
All services are private

Minnie Pearl Perry

Minnie Pearl Perry, a longtime resident of NYC died on April 12, 2020. She was 76.
Funeral Service will be private

Joyce Anderson

Joyce Elaine Knibbs Anderson, age 85, died Friday, April 10, 2020 at the Beth Abraham Center in Bronx, New York.
Joyce was born on November 20, 1934 in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies to the late Leonard and Gladys Edwards. She worked at Sally Brassiere Factory and then at Bellevue Children’s Hospital before migrating to the United States in July of 1979. Joyce worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Memorial Sloan Kettering for sixteen years before retiring in 1996. She was called back to duty and worked for Dr. Henry Kissinger’s mother before a final retirement. She was a faithful and diligent worker throughout her years of working.
In retirement, Joyce loved travelling, especially taking cruises, and enjoying time at the casino. She was always happy to win the jackpot at the penny machines. She was often seen completing a word search puzzle using a red pen. Yes, the pen had to be red!
Joyce loved her family and was a good mother to her children. She was always available to provide good advice and support, no matter the day or hour. She believed in God and practiced her faith faithfully. She always reminded others that with God, all things were possible. She had a wonderful smile that could light up a room as her dimples seemed to twinkle.
Joyce leaves to cherish her memory, three sons, Kenneth Knibbs, Dave Knibbs (Yvonne), Tyrone Knibbs (Lourdes), two daughters, Nadine Haywood (Tyrone) and Janice Ferguson, eleven grandchildren, Tene Knibbs, Andre Knibbs, Khalilah Knibbs-Behlin, Shonari Knibbs, Nakiyah Knibbs, Jamal Knibbs, Tyrone Knibbs II, Kemar Ferguson, Kianna Ferguson, Aliyah Haywood, Janelle Wallace, six great grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her late husband, Vincent Anderson (England). Joyce was the last of five siblings to make her way home to glory.
The George T. Davis Funeral Home, LLC, has been entrusted with arrangements.

Jeanne L. Quittell

Graveside service Sunday, March 15 11:30am at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Putnam Valley, NY

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