Philipstown Obituaries

Denise Otto (1923-2018)

Denise V. Otto, 95, of Cold Spring and formerly of Eastchester, died Sept. 18, 2018, at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt Manor.

She was born June 13, 1923, in St. Quentin, Aisne, France to Marcel and Elise (Sturbois) Brocq. She married Arthur C. Otto, who died in 2003.

She is survived by her five children, Denise Anderson, Elise MacDonald, Arthur Otto, Glenn Otto and Jan Otto; her grandchildren Christopher Otto, Ingrid O’Sullivan, Matthew MacDonald and Tyler MacDonald; and her great-grandchildren, Bridget O’Sullivan, Denis O’Sullivan, Patrick O’Sullivan, Rown MacDonald and Kellan MacDonald.

The funeral service will be private, followed by interment in Rose Hill Memorial Park in Putnam Valley.

Rita Riehle

Rita Riehle (1956-2018)

Rita Jo Riehle, 62, of Cold Spring, died Sept. 18, 2018, surrounded by her family.

She was born on July 21, 1956, in Lafayette, Indiana, to Paul and Katherine Riehle.

Rita was a graduate of Purdue University, where she earned degrees in nursing and horticulture. She met Lew Kingsley at Stonecrop Gardens in Philipstown and they were married July 16, 1988, in Cold Spring.

She worked at Butterfield Hospital until 1992, when it closed, and soon after started a fine gardening business. Rita was a master horticulturist with an overwhelming knowledge of the natural world and a vast Latin plant vocabulary.

Besides her husband, Rita is survived by her children Forrest Kingsley and Ian Kingsley, both of Cold Spring, and her 10 siblings, Sharon Rettig, Paul Riehle, Mary Kewitt, Sarah Ledman, Anne Wells, Cathy Alexander, Edward Riehle, William Riehle, John Riehle and James Riehle.

Funeral services will be private.

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