The earthly life of Joyce E. Chapman of Plain View, VA came to an end on April 27, 2022 in New Rochelle, NY and her spirit took a place around the throne of God with all the saints who went before her. Joyce was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late Charles and Eva Davidson on December 8, 1937. She accepted Jesus the Christ as Lord and Savior and was baptized at The Miller Memorial Baptist Church. Her love for the Lord led her to a life of service, kindness and helping those in difficult situations. Joyce was educated in the Public School system and graduated from The Philadelphia High School for Girls. Her commitment to service led her to The Mercy-Douglas Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia where upon graduation she was certified as a Registered Nurse. Later she attended Brooklyn College in New York City and earned a BA degree with highest honors. Joyce married the Rev. Wm. Leonard Chapman on April 9, 1960. Three sons were born of this union, William, Jr., and twins Mark and Michael. Joyce interrupted her professional career to be at home with her sons until they were well into Elementary School and again to support her husband in ministry in New York City. Joyce interrupted her career a third time to be the caregiver for her father when his health began to fail. Her last position as a Registered Nurse was at Saunders Assisted Living Inn, in Gloucester, VA. Joyce believed in service. She was an active member of Morning Glory Baptist Church, in Gloucester, VA. served as President of the Deaconess Board, and supported her husband in ministry for fifteen years. She was a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, past President of the New York City Alumnae Chapter, and active in the Williamsburg Alumnae Chapter until her health failed. Service and fellowship were key to Joyce. Her song of life was, “If I can help somebody as I pass along than my living is not in vain” Joyce enjoyed time with the Gloucester Red Hat Ladies who met for lunch and fun, and a friendly group of sisters known as “The Lunch Bunch A service of thanksgiving for her life of service was held on Friday, April 29th in New Rochelle, NY. Tributes were given by son, Michael and niece, Dr. Lynne Holden. Husband and son Mark served as clergy to say the last words and send her spirit to the care and keeping of Almighty God. Jovce leaves to cherish and honor her memory her husband of 62 years, Rev. Dr. W Leonard Chapman; her sons William L Chapman Jr. (Denise); Rev. Dr. Mark L. Chapman (Rafaella) and Michael L. Chapman (Sea’ven); her granddaughters; Ms. Christina L. Chapman and Ms. Quincey Kai Martin-Chapman; one sister, Mrs. Phyllis Holden; two sister-in-laws Mrs. Dolores Davidson and Mrs. Joyce Butts; a brother-in-law Dr. Robert L Chapman (Rose); and a host of nieces , nephews, cousins and friends.
Gloria Chotiner Kay a former longtime resident of New Rochelle, died on May 9, 2022. She was 97.
A graveside service will take place on Friday May 13th at 2pm at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Hastings on Hudson
The indomitable Jeanne J. Rose, long time resident of Co-op City died on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. She was 95 years old. Jeanne Rose was the wife of 69 years to George N. Rose, mother of Patricia and Christopher Rose, and “mima” to her grandsons, Stephen, Evan and Jason and great granddaughter Josephine. Mrs. Rose was born and raised in New York City and worked as a legal executive secretary for the vast majority of her adult life. She was an avid lover of plants and in the early 1970s, founded the first garden club for building 17. We are very sad to lose her, but we know firsthand what a rich and long life she led. She will remain in our hearts forever. If you wish to honor her life in some way, you may send a donation in her name (Jeanne J. Rose) to the ACLU. Jeanne J. Rose was a fierce fighter on behalf of justice for all and always defended the most vulnerable.
Cyril C. Catedrilla joined his Creator on February 23, 2022 at 2:20 AM in Mt. Sinai, New York City.
Funeral services will be held on March 04 (Friday) and March 05 (Saturday), from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. A mass will be held to celebrate his life on Saturday, March 05 at 3:00 pm at George T. Davis Funeral Home. The viewing and visitation will be at the same venue at 16 Shea PI , New Rochelle, NY 10805.
Cyril was born on July 15, 1975 and raised in the Philippines. He was the third child of Edwin and Josefina Catedrilla. He graduated from the University of Sto. Tomas, Philippines. He worked for a while in the Philippines as a Physical Therapist before moving to California in 2002 and worked with a nursing home in San Pedro, California. He then joined our parents in New York in 2010 and worked at Theradynamics in Bronx. He had a 2-year stint at Burke Outpatient Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy before he transferred to Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) until 2021. During his stay in VNSNY, even while confined in the hospital, he was awarded the VNSNY ESPRIT Awards last November 2020.
Everyone is fond of calling Cyril “Tabz”, due to how cute and chubby he was. He was the firstborn son in our family; thus, he was spoiled and beloved by those around him.
An avid gourmand and cook, he would indulge both sides of the culinary spectrum, enjoying good food and drink, while making the same with his mother, Josefina, on the weekends. Cyril was also a man of many hobbies and pleasures, from collecting figures of his wide spectrum of interests, attending comicons, to diving deep into entertainment such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, and even Spongebob Squarepants. He had a childlike sincerity in sharing his light and life to others; he’d give of his time, his likes, his blessings, and his love.
Cyril is survived by his loving parents, Edwin and Josefina Catedrilla, his siblings, Grace, Jurizz and Ge
rard, nephews and nieces – Kalvin, Kassandra, Mika and Kyle.
Edmund John Di Bianco, 106, of Palm Coast, Florida, died on February 10 at his home.
Born in New York City on February 1, 1916, he grew up in New Rochelle, NY. He earned his BA
and JD from New York University, and served in the US Army as a Private First Class from 1942 to
- He was a combat veteran in the Normandy Theatre of operations, and earned two Bronze Star
He later settled in Hicksville, NY, where he had a private law practice for over two decades. He then
served as an officer and counselor for the Nassau County Probation Department. He retired to Palm
Coast, Florida in 1987, where he served as a court ad litum guardian for two decades. He was an avid
tennis player into his 90s, and followed current events closely. He was repeatedly honored by local US
Veteran groups, particularly at his February 1 gala birthday celebration this year at the Palm Coast VFW.
He also participated in many other Veteran activities and programs.
Edmund was predeceased by his beloved wife Katherine, her daughter Joan DiBianco, and by his parents
and seven siblings. He is survived by two of his children, Marie (Paul) Eik of Flagler Beach FL and Benito
Di Bianco of Muncie, IN. His daughter, Donna Di Bianco, predeceased him. He is also survived by his
grandchildren Kitty Eik White and Bianca Salazar, and by Diana Bielman of Austin, TX. Nieces and
nephews include Bianca (Philip) Carter of Albany, NY, William (Margaret) Banham of Crown Point,
IN, Daniel Scaparotti of Ormond Beach, FL, and Leslie DeMarco, along with friend and Long Island neighbor
Karen Erwin of Rochester, NY.
Special thanks go to his caregivers the late Richard and his widow Sherry Gaisford, their daughter
Amanda, and grandchildren Alex, Jayden, Leanna and Rosalia, plus other long-time neighbors and friends.
Calling hours will be held at the Clymer Funeral Home in Palm Coast, Florida on February 24 and 25
1pm to 7pm both days, with VFW memorial ceremony at 3pm Friday. Hours will be held at the George T. Davis
Funeral Home, New Rochelle, NY, on March 1 from 9:30 to 11:30 am, including religious service and military
honors. Interment will follow in the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in New Rochelle. Due to military honors protocols,
flowers sent to New Rochelle should be basket arrangements only. Memorial donations to Veteran charities of
choice are encouraged.
Visiting Wednesday 3-8pm
Mass Thursday 10:00 am OLPH Church Pelham Manor
Burial Gate of Heaven Cemetery
full obituary to follow shortly
Saturday 1/22 at 11am Burial Greenwood Union Cemetery
Cecilia Pompeii Ortiz was reunited with Christ on December 15, 2021. She passed away at home surrounded by her husband and children.
Cecilia led a vibrant life, and is lovingly known for her unbreakable spirit and joy of life. After graduating with her Bachelors from Columbia University, Cecilia set forth on an exciting career in the fashion industry. She travelled extensively, lived in different cities, and eventually taught Spanish at Nightingale Bamford School in New York. Cecilia’s life was full of love: she married, had four children, and remained close with her own siblings and parents. She was a devoted family member and dear friend to many. Cecilia’s love of life and faith in god inspired so many, and she will be sorely missed.
She is survived by her husband Orlando, children Alexander, Maria, Raquel, and Esteban, her father Antonio Sacoto, and her siblings Maria Somers, Luis Sacoto, and Elizabeth Lazaro. She joins in heaven her mother, Isabel, her brothers Tommy and Jimmy, and her sister Martha.
The funeral mass is scheduled for 10:30AM Thursday December 30th. Please join us in celebrating Cecilia’s full life.
Saverio (Sam) Porcelli passed away peacefully in his home in New Rochelle on Sunday, December 5 at the age of 98. He was born in Manhattan to Rosina and Tomaso Porcelli the sixth of seven children. He enlisted in the Navy during World War II after which he ran his grocery store, followed by a career as a carpenter. He and his wife of 65 years, Rita, traveled extensively and were very active in the Elks. Sam is survived by his wife Rita, his three children: Susan, Ellen and her husband John D’Amato, Robert and his husband Christopher Chronis; his sister Agnes Murphy and nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Visiting Thursday 9:30-11am
Mass Thursday 11:30am Holy Name Of Jesus Church