Mary Josie Merlino of Pine Bush, an over 50-year resident of the area, died Thursday, May 24, 2007 at home. She was 87.

The daughter of the late Borlando and Maria Cino, she was born September 17, 1919 in New York, N.Y. She was the widow of John Giovanni Merlino, who predeceased her in 2001.

Survivors include her son, Philip Merlino and his wife, Rose of Pine Bush, and her five grandchildren.

She was further predeceased by her daughter, Catherine Panek.

Visitation hours will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Monday, May 28, 2007 at the DeWitt Funeral Home, 64 Center St., Pine Bush, N.Y.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29 at the Church of the Infant Saviour in Pine Bush, N.Y., with the Rev. Kevin Gallagher officiating. Burial will be at the Orange County Veterans Cemetery in Goshen, N.Y.

Arrangements are by DeWitt Funeral Home.