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Farewell to Some Somers Neighbors

SOMERS, N.Y. - It is always sad at the end of the year to take account of those who are no longer with us. All of them were loved and admired by their families and friends. Here are just a few of the Somers notables to whom we said farewell since our site launched in June, 2011.

William Barlow, 48, died suddenly on November 6. He was a popular volunteer fireman and active in Boy Scouts. 

Madison Bookall, 7, was killed in a tragic traffic accident on Mahopac Avenue on November 19. She was a second grader at Primrose School.

Salvatore Cafiero, 85, a World War II veteran and tireless activist, served on the boards of the National Society for Autistic Children and the Group Residences of Westchester. 

Howard Dunstan, 70, was an artist and cartoonist who designed the Official Seal of the Town of Yorktown, on display at Yorktown Town Hall and on all Yorktown police vehicles.

Frank Kolack, founder of Frank Kolack Plumbing & Heating, served on the Somers Planning Board for 14 years and was active in the Amawalk-Shenorock Water District.

Margaret Morris, 93, was an artist and gardener, specializing in edible wild plants and mushrooms. She was an executive officer of the New York Mycological Society.

Nancy Phethean, 75, taught first grade at Primrose School for over 25 years and was admired for remembering many of her students, even after they had grown to adulthood.

Dr. George Sirignano, 92, was a World War II veteran, winner of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Medical Board of Mt. Vernon Hospital.

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