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May 12, 2006

Memorial Service For Gail Beemer

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at the Lake Huntington Presbyterian Church for Gail Beemer who died Sunday, May 7, 2006.
A memorial visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 15 at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton, N.J.
Arrangements are under the direction of Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Callicoon.

John F. Boyle
Ret. Det. Sergeant, 71

John F. Boyle of Hilton Head Island died Friday, April 28, 2006 at Coastal Carolina Medical Center in Hardeeville. He was 71.
He was born July 3, 1934 in New York City and was the son of Alice McGovern and John Patrick Boyle.
He graduated from Iona College and received a Master’s degree from City College of New York. He served on the New York City Police Department in the Bronx and Manhattan for 30 years, retiring as a detective sergeant of homicide. He served in the New York Army National Guard for 30 years, retiring as a colonel. At one point he was commander of the 187th Battalion in Brooklyn.
Mr. Boyle and his wife of 47 years, Diane, moved to Hilton Head in 1995. He attended St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church. He was an extraordinary minister, a volunteer at the St. Francis Thrift Shop and the membership recruiter for the Knights of Columbus, Thomas C. Reilley Council.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a brother, Edward Benedict Boyle of the Irish Christian Brother Order; a daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Daniel Mecca of Wappingers Falls; a son and daughter-in-law, John Christopher and Laura Boyle of Yorktown Heights; and three grandchildren, Daniel, Mallory and Samuel Mecca.
A wake will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, followed by inurnment in the church columbarium.
Memorials may be made to the John Boyle Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Francis Thrift Shop, 6 Southwood Park Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.
The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Note: John’s grandparents were Edward and Libbie Long Boyle. John and brother Ed spent many summers on the Boyle homestead in the Beechwoods “stomping down hay.” He devoted his life to helping all who needed it. “An extraordinary guy” his priest said. Rest in peace, John. This note was from Eva Boyle, his aunt.

Mario Matri
Ret. Engineer, 85

Mario Michael Matri, longtime resident of Lake Anawanda, Callicoon Center, Sullivan County, formerly of Upper Saddle River, NJ, joined his beloved wife, Eda of 62 years in Heaven, on May 7, 2008. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary April 10, 2005. He was 85.
The son of the late Henry and Rafael Matrisciani, he was born Nov. 9, 1918 in Westchester.
Mario attended Columbia University where he received his education in architecture and civil engineering. Mario served from Nov. 28, 1943 to Jan. 26, 1946 in the US Navy aboard a minesweeper in the Pacific Theater during WW II. Mario started his career at Timber Structures Inc. in 1948 as engineer and advanced to division engineer and then in 1955 to division manager. Mario opened his own engineering company, M. Matri & Sons Inc. He retired at age 72.
He will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Mario truly embraced honesty, love of family and friends and peace. His love and generosity were neverending.
He was especially devoted to his grandchildren as they were the center of his life, along with his beloved wife. He will be sadly missed and forever loved. He will be forever remembered for his great love of family and friends. His integrity, honesty and love of cooking will always be treasured memories for those he loved.
He was a huge NY Yankees fan and saw Don Larson pitch a perfect game in the 1958 World Series.
He was a member of St. Francis of Roma and Our Lady of Grace in New York City, the Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River, NJ and Saint Mary’s RC Church in Obernburg. He was a member of the American Legion.
Survivors include his three loving sons, Hank Matri and wife, Marie of Upper Saddle River, NJ, Stephen Matri and wife, Ann of Mahwah, NJ, Richard Matri and his wife, Karen of Upper Saddle River, NJ; two beloved daughters, Marilyn Matri Verderame and husband, Lance of Livingston Manor and Carolyn Matri of Lake Anawanda, Callicoon Center; thirteen loving grandchildren, Dawn Sykes, Michael, Amy, Mark, Stephen Jr., Jessica, Paul and Charlotte Matri, Matthew and Kimberly Vanderame, Alexandra Raymond and Michael Aiello; two great grandchildren, Jack Sykes and Molly Matri; siblings, Aurora Ceollo of Pheonix, AZ, Alba Valentino of LaJolla, CA and Arthur Matrisciani of Pearl River.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Alexander Matrisciani, John Matrisciani and Mario Matrisciani.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday, May 11 at St. Mary’s RC Church in Obernburg. Father John Richardson officiated.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Children International, 39 Cider Hill Rd., Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458.

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