Nicholas A. D'Ottavio:
Nicholas A. D'Ottavio, 82, formerly of Port Chester, died July 6, 2014 in The Woodlands, Texas.
He was born May 15, 1932 in Port Chester to Valentino and Elvira D'Ottavio.
He attended Port Chester High School and remained in Port Chester until 1995 before relocating to The Woodlands.
Mr. D'Ottavio honored his country by serving in the United States Navy during the Korean War era.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son Nicholas Alexander; his brothers Emilio "Mead" and Mario and his sister Yola.
He is survived by his brother Val; wife Virginia "Ginny" D'Ottavio; son Michael; Ginny's children Scott, Maureen and Mark and his grandchildren Michael Val D'Ottavio, Jr., Joseph Paul D'Ottavio, Isabella Rose D'Ottavio, Sean Merritt, Samantha Merritt and Sarah Merritt.
The family would like to especially thank Memorial Hermann Hospital, Regent Care Facility, Dr. Asi, Dr. Coleman and Dr. Mock for the care they provided to Nick and his family.
In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible contributions may be sent to the BAC Disaster Relief Fund, 620 F Street, N. W., Washington, DC 20004, an independent 501(c)(3) organization assisting BAC members in the aftermath of natural disasters.
The family is considering holding a memorial service in his honor in the coming month and will have more information soon.
John M. Vaccaro:
John M. Vaccaro, 92, a resident of Rye Brook, died July 14, 2014.
He was born Feb. 16, 1922 in Port Chester to Canio and Maria Summa Vaccaro who predeceased him.
He was raised and educated in Port Chester, graduating from Port Chester High School in 1940, and was a drummer in the band.
He joined the New York National Guard in 1940, serving with the 102 Medical Regiment until 1945, and received the American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
He attended the Academy of Aeronautics.
Mr. Vaccaro married Aramita Licea Sept. 28, 1947.
He became a draftsman, moving to New Mexico to work for Sandia National Lab on the Atomic Project.
After moving back to Rye Town, he worked at Technicon for 20 years and also worked at Westchester County Airport as an airplane mechanic, took flying lessons and soloed.
Mr. Vaccaro was a member of the Elks, VFW, Dixie Dandies Band and Rye Brook Seniors and was a parishioner of Corpus Christi Church in Port Chester.
He was an avid traveler and his hobby was designing home additions.
He is survived by his wife Aramita Vaccaro of Rye Brook, sons John M. Vaccaro, Jr. of Carmel, N. Y. and Thomas J. Vaccaro of Schenectady, N. Y.; grandchildren Kristin Judith Rejack, Brian Thomas Vaccaro and Daniel John Howard Vaccaro, all of Schenectady; sisters Carrie Catalano and Trudy Latella, both of Port Chester, and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Vaccaro was predeceased by his sister Mae Vaccaro and brothers Salvatore, Anthony and William Vaccaro.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9 a. m. on Fri., July 18 at Corpus Christi Church, 136 South Regent St., Port Chester with interment to follow at Saint Mary's Cemetery in Rye Brook.
George Tanaka, 97, a resident of Rye Brook, died July 14, 2014.
He was born Apr. 27, 1917 in Tacoma, Wash. to Sanzo and Kiku Tanaka who predeceased him.
He served in the U. S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater.
Mr. Tanaka was a landscaper and gardener and an avid bowler.
He is survived by his wife Yaeko Arita Tanaka, daughters Irene Mendicino and husband Tony and Carol Tanaka, all of Rye Brook; granddaughter Jennifer Mendicino of Massachusetts and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother Soji Tanaka.
The funeral service will be at 10 a. m. on Fri., July 18 at Craft Memorial Home, 40 Leicester St., Port Chester. Interment will follow at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to America's Vet Dogs, 371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787.
Ann Masi, 69, of Rye Brook, died July 13, 2014.
She was born July 26, 1944 to Philip and Rose Masi of Port Chester who predeceased her.
She was a graduate of Resurrection School in Rye.
Ann was preceded in death by her sister, Theresa Capeci.
She is survived by her brother, Joseph Masi of Washington, D. C., nephews Michael Capeci of Southern California and Ronald Capeci of Stamford, Conn. and brother-in-law Ronald Capeci of Rye Brook.
Ann grew up in Port Chester. Her parents owned and operated the Westmore Day Nursery until the mid-1970s.
Throughout most of her adult life, she resided at Avon Circle in Rye Brook.
Ann will always be remembered for her generous heart, her quick wit and her love and dedication to her family and friends.
She was passionate about Broadway musicals, singing, animals and travel.
She will be missed tremendously.
A funeral mass will be held at Corpus Christi Church, 136 South Regent St., Port Chester on Fri., July 18 at 10:30 a. m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the following organizations: Pets Alive of Westchester, 100 S. Warehouse La., Elmsford, NY 10523 or World Wildlife Fund (Bronx Zoo) www.worldwildlife.org.
Jorge E. Alvarado, 58, of Port Chester, died July 7, 2014.
George Joseph Atkinson, Jr., 71, of Oxford, Conn., formerly of North Salem, N. Y., brother of a Rye Brook woman and husband of Donna Atkinson, died peacefully July 12, 2014 at Yale-New Haven Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Atkinson was born in Bronxville to Muriel (Gomes) and George Atkinson, Sr. who predeceased him.
He received a B. A. from Manhattan College and an M. B. A. from Baruch College.
He worked for 43 years at I. B. M. as a Financial Systems Analyst.
Mr. Atkinson is survived by his wife of 49 years, Donna Atkinson; his children Christine Carpenter, Genenne Atkinson and Amy Emanuel.
He leaves behind four grandchildren: Samantha and Kathryn Carpenter and Hailey and Brayden Emanuel and two sisters, Mary Lou Connelly and Kathleen Cecere, the latter of Rye Brook.
His joys in life included playing golf, traveling and technology.
He was known for his never-ending love of his family, his humor and his strength of character.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Closer to Free, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital, P. O. Box 7611, New Haven, CT 06519-0611.
Paraskevi "Patty" Valiantis, 55, of Rye Brook, died July 12, 2014.