Former Peekskill Mayor Michael DiBart Dies At 89

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PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – Honorable Michael J. DiBart, a longtime resident and former mayor of Peekskill, died Oct. 30. He was 89.

DiBart also owned and operated Nelson Oil Co. in Peekskill for many years before retiring in 1994. In addition to serving as the mayor of Peekskill, he was a former councilperson and member of the Peekskill Ambulance Corps and Peekskill Fire Department.

He was born Aug. 16, 1923, in Yonkers to Ralph and Angelina Canzio DiBart. He attended Manhattan College and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, attaining the rank of second lieutenant.

On April 20, 1947, he married Eleanor Castellano at St. John's Church in Yonkers. She predeceased him in 1998. DiBart was a past president, officer and member of the Christopher Columbus Society of Peekskill, life member of Elks Lodge 744, member of the Peekskill Rotary Club and a past member of the Peekskill Chamber of Commerce.

DiBart is survived by a son, Ralph (Susan Bonhomme) DiBart, of New York City; a daughter, Linda (Victor) Piediscalzo, of Hobe Sound, Fla.; two brothers, Joseph (Donata) DiBart, of Hartsdale, and Dr. Leonard DiBart, of Peekskill; his longtime companion, Lillian Henning, of Peekskill; three grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Mary Cavuoto; and two sisters-in-law, Joan DiBart and Marie DiBart.

Visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home in Peekskill. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Assumption Church in Peekskill. Burial will follow at Assumption Cemetery in Cortlandt Manor.

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