Peter Coakley Van de Water was born on October 13, 1926 to John Walker (Jack) Van de Water and Ruth Langmuir Van de Water in New York City. Jack and Ruth Van de Water were renowned for their love of hiking and mountain climbing, and were active participants in the Appalachian Mountain Club. Jack was an engineer at Bell Laboratories.
Pete moved with his family to Omaha, Nebraska in high school, and he and his future wife Betty Meyer Van de Water met there at Benson High. They both attended the University of Iowa, marrying November 24, 1948. He cared for Betty with love and devotion for 62 years of loving marriage.
Pete enlisted in the United States Army at the end of World War II and remained stateside as the war was coming to a close, finishing as a Corporal. He then attended college at the University of Iowa, earning a Bachelor of Science in Commerce in 1949. Pete went on to earn a Masters of Science in Business at Columbia University in New York City in 1950.
In 1950 he returned to the US Army, this time in the Reserve, and also took a job with The New York Telephone Company. He had many interesting jobs during his 38 years with the company, including Fleet Manager of the New York Telephone fleet of cars and trucks, District Manager, and finally Director of Corporate Services at NYNEX, one of the new "Baby Bells" created by the breakup of AT&T, and later known as Verizon.
Pete and Betty's first daughter was born in 1953 and second daughter in 1955. The family lived in Closter, New Jersey, and then Armonk, New York, both an hour's train ride away from New York City, where Pete was back again with New York Telephone. One of his posts was at 140 West Street, which was later damaged severely when the Twin Towers came down.
He continued with a US Army Reserve unit in Manhattan, the 301st Logistical Command. In 1961 Pete was recalled to active duty during the Berlin Crisis, and the family moved to Fort Bragg for a year. Back in Armonk after Ft. Bragg, Pete returned to his job at New York Telephone and also became very involved in local town government and volunteer work. He was a member of the Town of North Castle Planning Board from 1965-1987, holding the position of Chairman from 1970-87.
In 1986, Peter accomplished the first of many retirements, this time from the US Army Reserve as a Major. When the time came to retire from NYNEX, Pete's 25 years of planning experience provided a great opportunity for a second career as Director of Planning for the Village of Scarsdale, New York, from 1988 to 2000. As if that wasn't enough, he had many other volunteer positions, accumulating many awards of appreciation: President, United Way of Northern Westchester 1965-66 Recipient, Harold Marshall Award, United Way of Northern Westchester 1971 Westchester Municipal Planning Federation 1982-83 New York Planning Federation, Albany, New York 1983-85 30+ Year Member National Association of Fleet Administrators, and Treasurer 1980-89 Member of Society of Automotive Engineers 1986-88 Member Land Use Advisory Committee, Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, Albany, New York 1991-2000 Board of Directors, Westchester County Soil and Water Conservation District 1990-2003 Member American Planning Association, Vice President of NY Metro Chapter 1993-96, 30+ Year Member Armonk Lions Club—President 1965-66, Pat Bresha Award recipient 1997 and 2000, Melvin Jones Fellow 2003 Founders Lions Club of San Antonio, Texas 2005-2010—Director 2005-07, Appalachian Mountain Club 1960-2010—Vice Chairman and Chairman, New York and Northern New Jersey Chapter 1986-89 and Board of Directors and Vice President 1991-97, Appalachian Trail Conference, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, Lifetime Member Telephone Pioneers of America, recognized for many years of service by the dedication of the Peter C. Van de Water Appreciation Day of Westchester County, NY 11/20/1987, and of the Catskill Mountains which required hiking above 3,500 feet, and then do it again on snowshoes.
Pete and Betty loved to travel, and they became tour leaders. They researched trips and destinations on their own, and then led groups on great adventures down canals in France and to the Galapagos Islands and Bali, among others. They would probably be enjoying that endeavor to this day if not for Pete discovering he had a spinal tumor that robbed him of the use of his legs.
In 2004 Peter and Betty moved to Air Force Village II in San Antonio, TX, and gained a wonderful new family of friends. Even in the relatively short time since then, their new friends came to know the most important thing about Peter C. Van de Water - in the face of almost inconceivable adversity, he could always find joy in life.
He showed his wife and children that joy for 62 years. He led them by the excellent example of always doing the right thing and always following through. He never wavered. And to paraphrase Winston Churchill, he "never never never gave up". We will always remember his cheerful, upbeat and optimistic outlook. His family is truly touched by the outpouring of affection for Pete and the many warm remembrances of how he inspired so many of you to find the joy, and to never give up.
Peter is survived by his wife, Betty; his daughter, Dr. Susan Van de Water; his daughter, Sally and husband Kent Ernsberger; and his granddaughter Angela Ernsberger. He is also survived by his brother David and wife Jeanne; their children, Mark and wife Melinda; Nancy McPherson and husband Chris; Eric and wife Diane; and Dave’s grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Peter Van de Water will be interred in a family plot in New York. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Air Force Village II Protestant Church or The Appalachian Mountain Club. Tondre‐Guinn Funeral Home, 502 Lafayette, Castroville, Texas 78009, 830‐931‐2221.
Durwood C. Milone 1927 - 2016
Durwood (Woody) Milone died on August 11, 2016 after a battle with Meslothelioma. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 13, 1927. He was the middle son of John and Norma Milone, and brother to Phyllis Keller and Gloria Miller. A World War II veteran, IBM executive, and avid golfer, Woody loved life, family and friends. His longstanding membership at the Whippoorwill Country Club and his many golfing friends were an important part of his life. He was a long time resident of Armonk, NY, and former President of the Windmill Club.
Milone resided in Westport, CT. He is survived by his loving wife Elaine Milone and children; Michael Milone (wife Julia), Sandra Bologna, Sharon Murdoch (husband Todd Murdoch), and his grandchildren; John Milone (wife Gail Milone), James Milone (wife Leighanna Milone), Samantha Murdoch, Hannah Bologna, and Alyssa Murdoch. He was pre-deceased by his first wife Marlene E. Milone on April, 19, 2005.
Milone will be buried in the mausoleum at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield, CT. His family will receive relatives and friends for a life celebration on Saturday August 20 at the Whippoorwill Country Club, 150 Whippoorwill Road, Armonk, NY, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m..
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (www.curemeso.org, tribute wall).
Marjorie Erf 1928 - 2016
Marjorie L. Erf died Tuesday June 19, 2016, at age 88. Marjorie Grace Luketich was born in Henderson, IL, April 19, 1928, the daughter of Croatian immigrants George and Barbara Luketich. She had eight older brothers and sisters, and was named after a then-current song, “Margie”. Marion, her only younger sibling, died as a baby.
Marge attended a two-room elementary school. After high school she took her first job folding tent tops during World War II. She was always grateful to her older siblings who made it possible for her to attend Blackburn College, where she graduated in 1947. Marge worked variously as an accountant, personnel manager, and researcher.
She married Herbert A. Erf Jr. in Japan on March 20, 1954. After an epic honeymoon half way around the world in New Jersey, Indonesia, Ohio and Connecticut, they eventually settled in Armonk to raise their children, Herbert and Hillary. Her husband Herb died in 1973.
Marjorie worked to help at the Byram Hills School District, as well as to grow the North Castle Public Library. She continued as an avid watercolor artist, regularly present at the Armonk Outdoor Art Show and other community events. She also enjoyed skiing, tennis, and swimming. A great Nana, Marge will be remembered for living adventurously and generously helping others whenever she saw a need.
Marjorie is survived by her children, her grandchildren Barbara, Valerie and Taylor, her son-in-law Dusty, and numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
There will be a memorial service Sunday July 31 at 1:30 p.m. at her home at 2 Elm Place, Armonk.
Maureen Finney Way Dedicated to Lifelong Nethermont Resident
October 1, 2016 Maureen Finney lived her entire live on Nethermont Avenue of North White Plains in three different homes. She passed away on June 6, at the age of 80. On Saturday October 1, a dedication ceremony was held in memory of Finney.
The Nethermont Avenue turnaround has been named Maureen Finney Way. Finney, her children, and her grandchildren cleared the over growth in the wooded. They planted flowers and a garden with a pond that was stocked with goldfish.
The beautiful setting was created by the Finney family and became a community effort for all to enjoy, said Gail Lombardi Norris, who was Finney’s neighbor at one point, and is also a life long North White Plains resident. “Maureen was a talented artist, she loved animals and owned Maine Coon cats,” said Lombardi Norris.
Family, friends, and neighbors attended the October 1 dedication ceremony at Maureen Finney Way. Assemblyman David Buchwald also attended the dedication. He said, “Maureen Finney cared about her community and making it more beautiful. Her true legacy will be in the continued beauty of Nethermont Avenue, so it is fitting that part of the street has been designated in her honor.”
Town Board member, Barbara Digiacinto said, "This gathering, the sharing of memories, and the unveiling of the "Maureen Finney Way” sign was one of those wonderful small town America moments celebrating the life of Maureen S. Finney. A very special thank you to North Castle Highway Foreman Jamie Norris and his staff for their assistance in honoring Maureen Finney.”
David Lawrence Grove 1918-2016
David Grove passed away in his home in Armonk, NY on July 21, 2016 at the age of 98, surrounded by those who loved him.
Born and raised in the Boston area, he earned a BA and doctorate in economics from Harvard University. He served in the OSS during WWII and later as an economist for the Federal Reserve, traveling throughout Latin America and SE Asia.
He was chief economist and VP of Bank America from 1952-1964 and the same for IBM (corp. in NY) from 1966-1978. Advising five US Presidents, he also served on Time magazine’s Board of Economists and was a director on the boards of Aetna, Internorth,Inc. and the NY Medical College. He authored many books on central banking and international economics.
David’s long-time love of growing orchids started in the 1960s and he was active in the American Orchid Society until his death.He was one of the most respected judges in the American Orchid Society and was the author of a major volume on the orchid genera vanda.
David’s wife of 66 years, Lois Pawlowski Grove, died in 2008. He is survived by his second wife Elzbieta Buzek-Grove and his daughter Carolyn Grove Nuzzi.
A memorial service will be held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on Sunday July 31 at 12:30 p.m. The burial is private.