2005-10-12 / Obituaries

Fred Santivenere, Sr.

Fred Santivenere, Sr., 93, a life long resident of Cold Spring, passed away peacefully on October 9, 2005. He was born in Cold Spring, NY on November 26, 1911, the son of the late Donato and Philomena Santivenere. He attended local schools and was proud to be a native resident of Cold Spring.

Fred was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend to the community. He is survived by his loving wife Lucy (Rocano of Ossining) of 55 years and their four children, Donna Lord of Highland Falls, Nancy King of Brandon, FL, Fred Santivenere, Jr. of Beacon, and Donato Santivenere also of Beacon. He is also survived by his brother, Albert, of Lancaster, PA and is predeceased by his three brothers and two sisters. Additionally, Fred was the grandfather of 8 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Santivenere served his country with pride and courage during World War II in the European theatre with the United States Army Air Corps. After his honorable discharge, he was employed by the Beacon Dye Works. In the mid 1950’s, Fred joined the Sonotone/Marathon Battery Company and was employed there for over 20 years until retirement. After retiring, he took a position with Butterfield Library where he was employed as a custodian for 27 years until 1997. As an active community member, Fred was a lifelong parishioner of Our Lady of Loretto Roman Catholic Church where he also served as an usher for many years. In 2003 Cold Spring Fire Company No.1 awarded Fred his 50-year service pin. Additionally, he was a 57-year member of the Knights of Columbus and in 2002 was issued a Certificate of Appreciation by John Seak, Adjunct General of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Fred was a compassionate, genuine, and humble man who touched the lives of many. His sense of humor always provided a smile and laugh to those who knew and loved him. His gentleness and unassuming mannerisms served as an example for all who knew him. Fred was known to all as a diehard NY Yankees fan who bragged about his meeting Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig at West Point. His Yankees loyalty is only surpassed by that of his loyal friends and family. He was truly a gentleman.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00am, Thursday, October 13 at the Clinton Funeral Home, Corner of Parrott and Pine Streets, Cold Spring, followed by interment at Cold Spring Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, October 12 from 5-8 pm.

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