Sandy: Services set for Jack Baumler, Michael Robson, killed in hurricane

North Salem Police Officer Michael Castellano hugs a North Salem Police Officer Michael Castellano hugs a neighbor, who did not want to be identified, after two boys were killed the prior evening by a tree that fell on a home on Bonniview St. in North Salem. (Oct. 30, 2012) Photo Credit: Xavier MascareƱas

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Funeral arrangements have been set for the two North Salem boys killed in Hurricane Sandy when a 100-foot tree crashed down on the younger boy's home Monday night.

Eleven-year-old Jack Baumler's wake is scheduled for Thursday at Beecher Funeral Home in Brewster from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Croton Falls with burial to follow at South Salem Cemetery in South Salem, the funeral home said.

Similar arrangements have been made for Michael Robson, 13, the younger boy's friend and neighbor who was killed instantly when the tree hit the Baumlers' home at 19 Bonnieview St. about 7:20 p.m. Monday as Sandy howled ashore.

The two boys' wakes will be held simultaneously at Beecher Funeral Home. Robson's funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph's, followed by burial at Peach Pond Cemetery in North Salem, the funeral home said.

Baumler's family could not be reached Thursday.

The Baumler boys' mother, Valerie Baumler, was not hurt but was "in tough shape emotionally" on Tuesday, family friend Hugo Salinas said.

"You can imagine how she feels," Salinas said Tuesday.

The boys were among five people in the Hudson Valley killed by fallen trees or flying debris caused by the storm Monday.

Funeral arrangements for the three other victims -- Jeffrey Chanin, 51, of Pearl River; Tiago Neto, 54, of Yonkers; and Doreen Richardson, 69, of Kerhonkson -- could not be determined Wednesday.

Chanin died under circumstances similar to the two North Salem boys. He was watching TV with his family about 6 p.m. Monday when, police say, a tree in the backyard split and crashed down on his Pearl River home, pinning him underneath.

Neto was killed about 8 p.m. when his car hit a tree that had fallen on the Sprain Brook Parkway in the Town of Greenburgh.

Another death occurred on Monday at 6:13 p.m. in Kerhonkson in Ulster County. Doreen Richardson, 69, was driving alone through the trailer park where she lived when a large section of roof blew into the windshield of her car, shattered it and killed her. The car continued moving and struck an unoccupied mobile home, state police said.

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