Funeral services held for Metro-North train wreck victim Saturday

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (WABC) -- There will be a funeral service for Joseph Nadol III Saturday at the First Congregational Church in Chappaqua.

Nadol, 42, of Ossining was a JPMorgan Chase executive, a managing director and analyst who covered the aerospace and defense industries. He joined JPMorgan in 2001 after five years at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette.

On Friday, friends and family gathered to bid a final farewell to Ellen Brody and Eric Vandercar, who both died when a Metro-North trains slammed into an SUV in Valhalla.

The driver involved in the train wreck that claimed six lives was "a beautiful soul" who always took a genuine interest in others, her rabbi said Friday outside her funeral.

Many young adults were among the mourners at the Dobbs Ferry funeral for Ellen Brody, a 49-year-old mother of three daughters in their teens and 20s.

Ellen Brody via LinkedIn


(Ellen Brody via LinkedIn)
"I was looking through our archives last night," Rabbi Benjy Silverman said before the service. "We have dozens of pictures of Ellen. And in each one, without fail, she has a huge smile, a warm smile. We call it the Ellen smile."

She was "a beautiful soul" who found the beauty in others, Silverman said. "She adored her daughters and husband. She was their biggest fan and supporter."

Brody's husband, daughters and brother spoke at the "sad and moving" service, said Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, a family friend.

The service was "a celebration of her life," he said. "Everyone said she was upbeat. There was a universal description of her life as a very warm, caring, compassionate, kind, giving person."

Brody worked at a suburban jewelry store and was married to Alan Brody, an author and journalist. She was active in Chabad of the Rivertowns throughout the synagogue's 12 years.

"She was a warm, vivacious and dynamic presence in our lives, and the most loving and nurturing mother, wife, daughter and sister," Ellen Brody's family said in a statement.

Another funeral was held Friday in Mount Kisco for 53-year-old Eric Vandercar, one of the five train passengers killed. It was a private service at Temple Shaaray Tefila.

The 53-year-old father of two worked for a financial services firm, Mesirow Financial.
eric vandercar

Eric Vandercar

Vandercar was senior managing director for institutional sales and trading in the firm's New York office. In a statement, the company said: "Eric was not only a pillar in our industry, he was a great partner and friend to many. Losing him is a huge loss, personally and professionally. Our entire Mesirow family is hurting and our deepest sympathies are extended to his wife, Jill, and their family."

Funeral arrangements for the other four victims have not been released. CLICK HERE to read more about them.

Metro-North has set up a family assistance center for those affected by the crash at the Mount Pleasant Town Hall in Valhalla. The agency also has established a hotline for information about Tuesday's deadly crash at 1-800-638-7646.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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