Obituaries for the July 28, 2017 issue

Joan Gouvernale, 83 | Pawling

Joan B. Governale (83) of Pawling, NY, passed away peacefully on May 16, 2017, in Fort Myers FL.

Joan was born in New York, NY, to Marshall W. Bexley and Anna Ragiel Bexley on August 3, 1933. She married her beloved husband, Joseph A. Governale, on May 24, 1959, at Sacred Heart Church in New York, NY. She loved spending her many summers on Whaley Lake (Holmes, NY) before making it her permanent residence in 1965. Joan and Joe purchased a home in Pawling in 1969, where she raised her four children. In 2002, they purchased a permanent home in Fort Myers, where they spent their winters.

Joan is survived by her brother, Robert J. Bexley, and his wife, Joan, of Holmes, her loving children Lois J. Rimany and her husband, Robert, of Cape Coral, FL; Janice L. Maerling and her husband, Robert, of Pawling; Joseph R. Governale and his wife, Edna, of Pawling; Thomas M. Governale of Pawling; ten grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

Joan is preceded in death by her loving husband, Joseph A. Governale; her parents, Marshall and Anna Ragiel Bexley; her sister, Dorothy Bexley Arena; and her nephew, Stephen J. Arena.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, Joan loved spending time with family and friends, all of which loved her quick wit and sense of humor. Joan also enjoyed playing golf, reading, and relaxing outside while doing her many crossword puzzles. She will be greatly missed by all.

Stanley Mersand, 70 | Pawling

Stanley Howard Mersand, 70, passed away peacefully on the evening of Friday, May 26, at Regional Hospice in Danbury, CT.

Stan was a lifelong political enthusiast, often involved with the Village of Pawling at various levels. His last position was on the Village Board, and as Deputy Mayor. He also ran the Thomas E. Dewey Center in Pawling, dedicated to the life and career of his political mentor, and served as Dutchess County Historian for many years.

Stan spent more than 30 years as a history teacher at Carmel High School in Carmel, NY, before retiring and teaching at various area colleges. As the titular head of “The Heart Gang” – a band of patients from the Health Quest Heart Center in Poughkeepsie – Stan loved to plan social events for the group.

As a young man, Stan proudly served in the United States Army as a forward observer and intelligence analyst in Vietnam. The second son of Julius (d.) and Hilda Mersand (née Liffland) (d.) of Pawling, Stan was predeceased by his sister, Jennise, of Burbank, CA, and his beloved dogs King, Bootsie, Captain, Tootsie, Mollie, and Boo. He is survived by his wife, Christine (née Baresich), his son, Michael, daughter, Rebecca, and dog, Scout, all of Pawling; his brother, Barry, nephew Alex, and niece Jenny, of Poughquag; Aunt Mary “Dolly” Liffland of Pawling, and numerous cousins throughout the area.

He is finally at rest . . . which would really annoy him, since he always liked to be busy.

Anthony Joseph Boula, 53 | Pawling

Anthony Joseph Boula, 53, a lifetime resident of Pawling and Stormville, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Stormville. Born in the Bronx on January 20, 1964, he was one of four children born to William C. and Frances (LaGrotta) Boula, who moved to Pawling in 1967. Anthony attended Pawling schools and graduated in 1982. Anthony worked with his family and was an integral part of his family’s fence-building business, Pawling Fence Company.

He was a loving son, father, husband, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, godfather, and friend to his family and extended family. He loved football, especially the Giants, and baseball, especially the Mets. He loved boating, cooking for his family, his friends, and many outdoor activities. He was a member of the Brewster Elks for many years, and sponsored a Pawling softball team.

He is survived by his three children, Travis, Aubrey, and Trey Boula of Stormville; his parents, William and Frances Boula of Pawling; his wife, Nancy Lindstrom Boula of Pawling; two brothers, William Boula, Jr., and his wife, Celesterose, of Poughquag and Frank Boula and his significant other, Kristin Frisina, of Red Hook; his sister Debra Ciccone and her husband, Rocco, of Brewster; his loving sisters-in-law, Dr. Jennifer E. Lindstrom and Anna M. Lindstrom, and Michele Boula of Myrtle Beach, SC; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Burke Lindstrom of Pawling; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He is predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Frank and Eleanor LaGrotta, and by his brother-in-law Frank E. Lindstrom and sister-in-law Christina Lindstrom. A funeral service was conducted on July 2 at the Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home, 83 East Main Street, Pawling. Burial took place on July 3 at Quaker Hill Cemetery, Pawling, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Anna Marie Maillet, 65 | Pawling

Anna Marie Maillet, also known as “Peanut,” passed away Monday, June 26, 2017, at Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT, at the age of 65. Born in Mahopac, NY, on June 19, 1952, she was the daughter of William Barrett of Patterson, NY, and the late Frances (Mill) Barrett, and the wife of the late Edward Maillet. In addition to her father, she is survived by her son, Edward Maillet, and his wife, Melissa, of Stuyvesant, NY, and her daughter, Tara Izzo, and her husband, Dominick, of Pawling; five grandchildren, Elias Maillet and Dustine, Mystique, Michela, and Ezekiel Izzo; her brother Gary Barrett of Rhinebeck, NY, and two sisters, Kimberly McDonough of Brewster and Tina Turturici of Holmes; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and mother, she is predeceased by her brother William Barrett, Jr. A funeral service was conducted on June 29 at the Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home, 83 East Main Street, Pawling. Burial took place on June 30 at Union Cemetery, Carmel-Kent Cliffs Road, NYS Route 301, Kent, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mrs. Maillet may be made to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, 269 Hanover Street, Building 3, Hanover, MA 02339 or, online, to

Mary Mulkins, 93 | Pawling

Mary G. Mulkins, 93, of Pawling, NY, passed away Monday, July 24, 2017, at her home in Pawling. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell P. Mulkins, Sr., in 1998. She is survived by five children, seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a host of others she loved as her own.

Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home, 83 East Main Street, Pawling, NY. To leave an online condolence, please visit

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Hudson Valley Hospice, 374 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

Christine Weinstein, 76 | Pawling

Christine Weinstein, 76, a long-time resident of Pawling, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017. Born in Glen Cove, NY, on February 19, 1941, to David and Helen (Hendry). Christine and her husband, Sam, moved to Pawling in 2000 from North Salem, NY, and made Pawling her home for the last 17 years. Christine was involved in civic affairs for the town of North Salem where she was co-president of the North Salem Improvement Society and served on committees for the North Salem Free Library and Parent Teacher Organization. Christine was an avid horticulturist who never hesitated to offer friends and strangers seeds from her garden. Christine is predeceased by her husband, Sam, and is survived by her son, Adam, and his wife, Mariana, of New York City.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home, 83 East Main Street, Pawling, NY.