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John Francis Welling, 58, Longtime Rye Resident

John Francis Welling
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RYE, N.Y. - John Francis Welling, a native of Westchester County and longtime resident of Rye, died Oct. 21. He was 58.

Welling was born Nov. 16, 1954, to Elizabeth "Dolly" and Oscar John Welling. He attended Rye High School, graduating in 1972 and went on to attend Fordham College, graduating with a dual degree in economics and philosophy in 1976, and Fordham Law School, graduating in 1979.

After beginning his career working for his uncle, James Maniatias, handling real estate and commercial matters, he went into the title insurance industry, an area in which he worked for over 30 years. He worked at Stewart Title Insurance Company for over 20 years and served as president of its New York subsidiary.

He is survived by his wife, Leocadie "Cadie" Robertson; daughter, Lee Welling (Ben Lim); son, John B. Welling; mother, Dolly Welling; sister, Christine Pumphrey (David); in-laws, Scott and Jill Robertson, Donna and Dr. Ray Chow, Mark Robertson and Brett Robertson; nieces and nephews; aunt, Flo Krondes; and cousins.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 and from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Graham Funeral Home . A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at the Holy Trinity Greek Church, 10 Mill Road, New Rochelle.

Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Joseph L. Chow Memorial Fund, which honors the memory of his nephew. For information about how to donate to the Memorial Fund, please visit http://

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