Obituaries from the Daily Mail
February  2006

Transcribed by Deb Ashton
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf


February 1, 2006 

CHERYL ANN CONNORS   
Loved by her family

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.---Cheryl Ann Connors, 20, of Myrtle Beach, S.C. died.

Born Feb. 13, 1985 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of Virginia Joy North Connors and Michael Thomas Connors.  Miss Connors was loved very much by her family and her mother, who thanks her for the 20 years of making her smile.

In addition to her mother, of Myrtle Beach, and her father of Garden City Beach, surviving are her son, Monte Michael Smith of Myrtle Beach; sisters, Keri Ann Connors, Virginia Joy Connors, Brooke Royal North Connors and Heather Charlotte Connors all of Myrtle Beach; and her grandmother, Ruth North of New York.

Memorial services will be 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Socastee United Methodist Church in Myrtle Beach, SC with a reception following at the Island Green Country Club.


February 1, 2006

JOSEPH MICHAEL D’AGNESE
Businessman, painter

CAIRO---Joseph Michael D’Agnese, 88, of Leeds died at his residence on Jan. 30, 2006.

Born Oct. 4, 1917 in the Bronx, the son of Marie Diperseo D’Agnese and Joseph D’Agnese.

Mike and his brother operated a gas station in Yonkers until he and his family moved to Leeds where he became the owner and operator of the Shangri-La Motel in Leeds for over 41 years while running a gas station in the Village of Catskill.  He also worked for the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy having served his country during World War II.  He loved spending time with his family and had an energy for life that surpassed his years.  He was a talented painter and loved dancing having actually performed ballet in his younger years at the Metropolitan Opera House.  He enjoyed fencing and became proficient at it as a younger man.

His wife, Mary Florence D’Agnese of over 48 years predeceased him.  He was also predeceased by a brother, Gerard D’Agnese and sister, Florence Russo.

He is survived by his son, Michael A. D’Agnese and daughter-in-law, Laura D’Agnese; daughter, Rochelle Carey and son-in-law, Dan Carey and daughter Mary Collatz and son-in-law Bernie Collatz, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and his loving companion Lila Cushing.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street, Cairo.

Private cremation took place at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, New York 12414.


February 1, 2006

EDNA LANIER
Former telephone operator

SAUGERTIES---Edna Lanier, 95, of George Saile Road, died Monday, January 30, 2006 at the Benedictine Hospital in Kingston.

Born August 14, 1910 in Manhattan, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Irene Franchi Crescio.

She was employed as a telephone operator of New York Telephone and American Freightways for over 20 years.

An area resident for over 40 years, she had previously resided in Queens.

Survivors include her husband, Dave Lanier, with whom she recently celebrated her 61st wedding anniversary; one daughter, Rosemary A. Bach of Saugerties; three grandchildren, Diane, Bobby and Danny Bach, all of Saugerties; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Her funeral procession will form 9:15 a.m. Friday from the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., at the corner of John & Lafayette streets, continuing to the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Palenville, where a 10 a.m. a Mass of Christian burial will be offered.

Interment will follow in the Blue Mountain Cemetery.


February 1, 2, 2006

JOHN W. VAN WAGENEN JR.
Fishkill corrections officer 

GREENVILLE---John W. Van Wagenen Jr., 32, of Maybrook, NY (formerly of Greenville) died on Jan. 30, 2006 at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY, a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in December 2005.

He was born in Goshen, NY on June 7, 1973, son of Linda (Thorp) Van Wagenen and the late John W. “Jack” Van Wagenen Sr.

John was a graduate of Greenville Central School, class of 1993.  He was employed as a Corrections Officer with the NYS Department of Corrections at Fishkill.  John was an avid sports fan, he loved NASCAR racing, shooting pool in his pool league, football and baseball.  He also liked hunting.

John loved his family and enjoyed all the family gathering throughout the years.

Besides his father, John was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Chauncey and Linda Van Wagenen, and two aunts Shirley Manning and Bessie Van Wagenen.

Surviving are his mother Linda Van Wagenen; his sister Janine Snyder and her husband John; his brother Mark Van Wagenen and his partner Carolyn Perez; three nieces, Suzanne and Stephanie Snyder, and Deanna Van Wagenen all of Greenville; maternal grandparents, Calvin and Margaret Thorp of Maybrook; his uncle Paul Thorp (Tina) of Sacketts Harbor, NY; his aunt Kim Jordan (Randy) of Maybrook; his aunt Ginny Medley (Robert) of Walden, NY; Beldon Van Wagenen (Barbara) of Middletown; Neil Van Wagenen (Bonnie) of Gardner, NY.  Also surviving are a great-uncle Samuel Del Santo (Ruth) of Montgomery; a great-aunt Rosanne Kearney (James) of Maybrook; his godson Trevor Lawrence and many cousins and dear friends.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. from Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, 39 Orchard St., Walden, NY  12583 with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption in Maybrook, NY.

Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville, NY  12083 on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Friday at the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m.

John will be laid to rest beside his father in the Wallkill Valley Cemetery.


February 2, 2006

JANE MURRAY SHERIDAN
Loving wife and mother

WINDHAM---Jane Murray Sheridan died suddenly on Jan. 31, 2006.

Mrs. Sheridan graduated from the convent of the Sacred Heart and Manhattanville College.  She was one of 11 children of Marie Brady Murray and Thomas E. Murray, Jr., who was a member of the Atomic Energy Commission, and the great-granddaughter of Thomas E. Murray, the inventor.

She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Thomas I. Sheridan, Jr., on son, Thomas; five daughters, Jane Morales, Marie O’Connor, Sheila Sheridan, Dina Grant and Suzanne Giuffrida; and 19 grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Decker Funeral Home in Windham.

Funeral mass will be held at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Windham on Friday, Feb. 3, 2006 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Rose’s Home, 71 Jackson Street, New York, NY  10002.


February 4, 2006

SLAWOMIR WOZNY
Arrangements incomplete 

HUNTER---Slawomir (Sal) Wozny, 50, of Elka Park, died suddenly Feb. 1, 2006, after a skiing accident in Hunter.

Arrangements under the direction of the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home in Hunter are incomplete.


February 5, 2006

MARION BIEGEL
Loving wife and mother 

CATSKILL---Marion Blanche Emma Biegel, 87, formerly of Ashland, passed away Feb. 3, 2006 following a long illness at the Pavilion in Catskill, NY.

She was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on June 22, 1918, the daughter of the late James Marion Hoover and Minnie Eloise (Decker) Hoover.

She and her beloved husband Richard Roth Biegel Sr. were residents of Ashland for almost 60 years before they moved to the Pavilion.

Marion was a loving wife, mother, and devoted homemaker for over 60 years and will be deeply missed by her family.

Marion was predeceased by son Edward Trudell of Greenville, daughter Fern Partridge of Ashland, brother James Hoover of Milwaukee, Wisc., and sister Roberta Moran.

She is survived by her husband Richard Biegel Sr.; son Richard Biegel Jr. of Prescott, Ariz.; daughters Barbara (Gary) Slutzky of Hunter, Roberta (Dennis) Shea of Cambridge, Mass., Marion (Frederick) Quenzer of Red Hook, Margaret (Mike) Bush of Lexington, Kathryn Swann of Castleton, Elizabeth (Robert) Chura of Windham, and Jennifer (Robert) Scaboo of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; sons-in-law Blaine Partridge of Ashland, Tom Hotaling of Castleton, and Charles Montalbano of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; daughter-in-law Joyce Trudell of Greenville; brother Clarence Hoover of Granite Canyon, Wyo.; sisters Dorothy Nelson of Almond, Wisc., Diana Koklas of Greenfield, Wisc., Ruth Geboy of Winlake, Wisc., Kathryn Milbauer of Redgranite, Wisc., Ilene Crisp of Milwaukee, Wisc., and Delores Walls of Glendale, Ariz.; brother-in-law Charles (Mabel) Biegel of Olean; sister-in-law Mabel Robinson of Olean.  In addition, survivors include 27 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, plus many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Calling hours will be Monday, Feb. 6, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Decker Funeral Home, Main Street, Windham.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by interment at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Ashland.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ashland Rescue Squad, Ashland.


February 5, 2006

PASQUALE DI NARDO
Lived in Leeds 

CATSKILL---Pasquale Di Nardo, 77, of Leeds, died unexpectedly at his winter residence in Florida on Friday, Feb. 3, 2006.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill on Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Catskill with Rev. James E. Clark, officiating.

Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.


February 5, 2006

MEYER KUKLE
Environmentalist 

DUMONT, N.J.---Meyer Kukle, 85, of Dumont, N.J., and Platte Clove died Jan. 19, 2006.

Mr. Kukle was born in East Harlem.

He worked most of his life in the garment industry, starting in a button factory and, at retirement in 1983, was an account executive for outerwear company Weather Tamer.

He was an avid hiker, conservationist, and passionate environmentalist, including his “55-year love affair” with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.

He was also involved with the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, and in the late 1990’s was influential in successfully lobbying New York and New Jersey officials to correct neglected conditions at the park.

The Park Commission awarded him an honorary certificate of appreciation on his 80th birthday for his dedication and commitment to the park.

In 1996 Mr. Kukle dedicated 100 acres of his Plat Clove property to conservation through a preservation easement with the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development.

A demonstrative talker, he enjoyed time with friends and family at his “retreat”, a cabin on his Kaaterskill High Peak property where, sitting by the wood-burning stove, he would offer up fresh soup and critiques of world affairs.

At the International Center, in Manhattan, he also volunteered as a conversation partner, helping people learn English.

Mr. Kukle is survived by his wife Lenore; sons David, Richard, and Peter; daughter Susan; and five grandchildren, Mathew Perkins, Farris Dunn, Amanda Kukle, Rebecca Perkins, and Clarissa Perkins.

In lieu of flowers, donations to be used for environmental education may be made to the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, P.O. Box 155, Alpine, N.J.  07620, Att: Meyer’s Fund.


February 6, 2006

DEBRA A. LEGG
Nurse 

SAUGERTIES---Debra A. Legg, 48, of Ann Street, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, after a long illness.

Born Dec. 18, 1957 in Jamaica, Queens, she was the daughter of Edward and Angela Lauria Mastracchio of Saugerties.

Mrs. Legg was a graduate of St. Sylvester Catholic School in Brooklyn, St. Barnabas Catholic School in Yonkers and Mount Vernon School of Nursing.

She was employed as a registered nurse a the Riccardi Elementary School in Glasco.

In addition to her parents, survivors include her husband, Eugene R. “Gene” Legg; a son, Jason M. Legg of Saugerties; two sisters, Anne Procario of Yorktown Heights, Westchester County, and Evelyn Winter of South Salem, Westchester County; a son, Eddie Masters of Glasco; two nieces; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A funeral procession will form at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette streets, and then to St. Mary of the Snow Roman Catholic Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m.

Interment will follow in the blue Mountain Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Ulster County Hospice.


February 7, 2006

DARLEEN D. STICKEL
VA Medical Center employee 

GREENVILLE---Darlene D. Palmer Stickel, 63, of Greenville, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, at her home.

Born Oct. 31, 1942 in Catskill, she was the daughter of the late Sheldon and Allie Parks Palmer.

Mrs. Stickel was employed at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albany, dedicating 35 years to counseling and supporting troubled veterans.

Upon retirement she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and dog.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Frank and Denise Zibura and Bryan and Lisa Zibura; a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Todd Koehler; a brother, Doug Palmer; five grandchildren, Lauren, Zachary and Cody Zibura and Erich and Katie Koehler; an aunt and uncle, Walter and Margie Parks of Akron; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by a son, Scott Zibura; and a brother, Dale Palmer.

Calling hours will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.

A memorial service will follow at noon Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast USA Vietnam Veterans Reunion Association, P.O. Box 326, Freehold, NY  12431, the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson, NY  12534, or to the American Cancer Society.


February 7, 2006

PASQUALE DI NARDO
Jeweler

LEEDS---Pasquale “Pat” Di Nardo, 77, of Leeds, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2006, at his Florida winter residence.

Born April 11, 1928 in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Gaetano and Pietrina Puleo Di Nardo.

He married the former Rose Durso on June 5, 195.

Mr. Di Nardo was employed as a jeweler in the Diamond District of Manhattan until his retirement in 1991 when he and his wife moved to Leeds, their longtime summer vacation destination.

He was a parishioner of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Catskill where he often served as usher.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Pietrina and Gerald Coffee of Catskill and Josephine and Stephen Di Salvo of New Jersey; and four grandchildren, Stephen Di Salvo Jr., Joanna Di Salvo, Natalie Coffey and Daniel Coffey.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church with Rev. James E. Clark, pastor, officiating.

Interment will follow in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery.


February 7, 2006

CLIFFORD R. DUNCKLE
Marriott Corp. employee/vet 

CATSKILL---Clifford Raymond Dunckle, 64, of Bushnell Avenue, Catskill, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006, at the Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center Hospital in Albany.

Born Nov. 4, 1941 in Albany, he was the son of the late Raymond and Emma Rodman Dunckle Sr.

Mr. Dunckle served in the United States Army for 20 years, and was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict.

He was an employee of the Marriott Corporation in New Baltimore prior to his death.

He enjoyed being a volunteer at the Kaaterskill Care in Catskill.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Sally and Howard Scott of Catskill and Renee and Corey Ivery of Hudson; three brothers, Raymond C. Dunckle of Catskill and Earl Dunckle and Robert Dunckle, both of Athens; an uncle, Moe Zandt of Athens; five grandchildren, Joseph Coleman, Chanae Coleman, Amber Ivery and Rodney Ivery, all of Hudson, and Emma Jean Scot of Catskill; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A calling hour will be 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

Funeral services will follow 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Interment with full military honors will be held 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Gerald B. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.


February 7, 2006

PHILIP G. HELBIG
Accountant/local homeowner 

WYCKOFF, N.J.---Philip G. Helbig, 61, of Wyckoff, N.J. and formerly of Wood-Ridge and Windham, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J.

Mr. Helbig was a certified public accountant for Univar USA Inc. in New Jersey and a veteran of the United States Air Force Reserve.

He was a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants, the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, Financial Executives International, the Windham Country Club, Ridgewood YMCA Fitness Center and the Poor Fellows Fraternity at F.D.U.

He was a parishioner of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Wood-Ridge, N.J. and also a parishioner of the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Cairo.

Survivors include his mother, Isabel Helbig of Wood-Ridge; his wife, Linda Yohe Helbig of Wyckoff; two daughters Kymberli Porter of Silver Springs, Md. And Jennifer Riordam of St. Louis, Mo.; a son, Philip Helbig of Scott, Ark.; three sisters, Judy Bowen of Elmwood Park, N.J., Eileen Toughill of Bayville, N.J. and Patricia Sloan of Wood-Ridge; a brother, Dr. Thomas Helbig of Warren, N.J.; and four grandchildren, Brian, Victoria, Maxwell and Nathan.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Kohler Funeral Home, 280 Hackensack St., Wood-Ridge.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday at the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Wood-Ridge.

Entombment will follow at the Garden of Memories, Washington Turnpike.

A local memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Cairo, with the Rev. Victor Nelson officiating.


February 7, 2006

JOHN POLLOCK
Arrangements incomplete 

CATSKILL---John Pollock, of Wildwing Lane, Catskill, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, in Atascadero, Calif.

Funeral services under the direction of Traver and McCurry Funeral Home, Catskill, are presently incomplete.


February 7, 2006

JULIA REICHSTADTER
Former NYC model

CATSKILL---Julia Reichstadter, 92, of Bridge Street, Catskill, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, at the Kaaterskill Care Center, Catskill, after a long illness.

Born March 24, 1913 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Frances Cericola Esposito.

Prior to her retirement, she was a well-known model in New York City.

An area resident for 50 years, she enjoyed crocheting, knitting and sewing.

Survivors include a daughter, Marie L. Cassetti of Catskill; two sisters, Evelyn Schaefer and Francis Leone, both of Brooklyn; a grandson, Andrew Lauro-Lewaine of New Jersey; and two nieces.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street, Cairo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Sacred Heart Church in Cairo with the Rev. Jeremiah Nunan, pastor, the Celebrant.

Interment will follow in the family plot of the St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Catskill.


February 7, 2006

SHIRLEY J. TIANO
JLE cafeteria worker

HUDSON---Shirley J. Tiano, 80, of Hudson, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, at The Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, after a long illness.

Born Oct. 10, 1925 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late William H. and Lula Mae Hamm Miller.

She was employed at John L. Edwards Elementary School of the Hudson City School District as a cafeteria worker, food service helper, for 23 ½ years.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas J. Jr. and Sandra Tiano of Hudson and Joseph W. and Sherene Tiano of Tennessee; a daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Richard Putnam of Hudson; six grandsons, Thomas Tiano III, Robert Tiano, Joseph Tiano Jr., Jonathan Tiano, Richard Putnam, William Putnam, four great-grandsons; and two great-granddaughters.

She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, Thomas J. Tiano Sr., in 1990.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at The Valenti and Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

Funeral services will be held 9 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. David Overton, chaplain of the Community Hospice, officiating.

Interment will take place in the family plot of the Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson, beside her late husband.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenport Rescue Squad or to the Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, N.Y.  12414.


February 8, 2006

PASQUALE DI NARDO
Jeweler 

LEEDS---Pasquale “Pat” Di Nardo, 77, of Leeds, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2006, at his Florida winter residence.

Born April 11, 1928 in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Gaetano and Pietrina Puleo Di Nardo.

He married the former Rose Durso on June 5, 1954 and was employed as a jeweler in the Diamond District of Manhattan until his retirement in 1991 when he and his wife moved to Leeds, their longtime summer vacation destination.  He was faithful parishioner of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Catskill where he often served as usher.

Mr. Di Nardo is survived by his wife, Rose Di Nardo of Leeds and their two daughters; Mrs. Gerald (Pietrina) Coffey of Catskill and Mrs. Stephen (Josephine) Di Salvo of New Jersey; as well as four grandchildren:  Stephen Di Salvo, Jr., Natalie Coffey, Joanna Di Salvo, and Daniel Coffey.

Friends and relatives are invited to call at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m. with Rev. James E. Clark, pastor, officiating.

Interment will follow in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery.


February 8, 2006

WILSON P. LESTER JR.
Former postal employee, WWII veteran 

ATHENS---Wilson P. Lester, Jr. (Bill), 83, of 36 Market Street, Village of Athens, died Feb. 7, 2006, at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

Born in Kingston on April 21, 1922, he was the son of the late Wilson P. Lester, Sr. and Alice (Stokes) Lester.

Bill was a 30-year retired postal employee and worked in Albany.

He was a member of the Athens American Legion, and served in the United States Army during World War II.  He was also a lifelong Yankees fan.

His father, Wilson P. Lester, Sr., was the former owner of the Rockface Diner in Cairo.

Survivors include his wife, Ernestine M. (Delbert) Lester of Athens; three children, William E. Lester and wife Tracy of Athens, Kim Versic and husband Michael of Virginia Beach, VA, and Steven Lapina of Catskill; a brother, John K. Lester of Stoneridge; three grandchildren, Andrew Allerton of Virginia Beach, Sara Rose Lester, and William Peter Lester, both of Athens.

Besides his parents, he was pre-deceased by a son, Peter Lapina.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon Street, Athens.

Memorial services will take place 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Private cremation took place at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands.


February 8, 2006

BLANCHE A. SMULLYAN
Musician 

HUNTER---Blanche A. Smullyan, 100, died peacefully Jan. 29, at her home in Elka Park.

Born Dec. 12, 1905 in Gent, Belgium, Mrs. Smullyan was a professional pianist and teacher and headed a flourishing music school in New York City known as The Music House, where many eminent musicians taught several instruments.

Survivors include her husband Raymond M. Smullyan, whom she married June 2, 1959 in Princeton, N.J., and her son Jack Katik of Boston, Mass., six grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held for her in Boston, Mass., where most of her family reside.

Arrangements are with Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, 7742 Main St., Hunter.


February 8, 2006

DARLEEN D. (PALMER) STICKEL
VA Medical employee

GREENVILLE---Darlene (Palmer) Stickel, 63, of Greenville, died at her home on Feb. 1, 2006.

She was born in Catskill on Oct. 31, 1942, daughter of the late Sheldon and Allie (Parks) Palmer.

Darleen worked at the VA Medical Center in Albany, dedicating 35 years to counseling and supporting troubled veterans.  Upon retirement she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and dog.  Darleen loved helping others and making a difference in their lives.  She will be greatly missed and loved by all that she touched.

A devoted mother to Frank Zibura and his wife Denise, Lisa Koehler and her husband Todd, Bryan Zibura and his wife Amy, beloved grandmother to Lauren, Zachary and Cody Zibura, Erich & Katie Koehler, loving sister to Doug Palmer.  Also surviving are Uncle Walter and Aunt Margie Parks of Akron and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her son, Scott Zibura; and a brother Dale Palmer.

Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 11.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Cunningham Funeral Home.

Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Northeast USA Vietnam Veterans Reunion Association, P.O. Box 326, Freehold, NY  12431, the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson, NY  12534, or to the American Cancer Society.


February 8, 2006

ROBERT W. TRAVER
Loving husband and father 

PRATTSVILLE---Robert W. Traver, 77, died Tuesday, February 7, 2006 after a long illness.

He was born Apr. 20, 1928, the son of the late L. Raymond and Adellia Layman Traver.

He was married on Sept. 10, 1955 to Mary Ellen Hayden and they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary happily on Sept. 10, 2005. 

Robert is survived by his wife Mary Ellen; son and daughter-in-law William and Virginia Boyle Traver; daughter and son-in-law Mary Jo and Michael Bashant; grandchildren Thomas and Meredith Traver and Sara and Carly Bashant; sister and brother-in-law Josephine and Clarence Van Valkenburg, sister Marjorie Gardner, sister-in-law Sandra Traver; and many nieces and nephews. 

A funeral service will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. at the Decker Funeral Home, Main Street, Windham. 

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial contributions in Robert’s name be made to the Prattsville Rescue Squad.


February 8, 2006

WILLIAM C. YONSKY
Loving husband and father

LEXINGTON---William C. Yonsky, 76, of Route 23C, Lexington passed away February 6, 2006 after unexpected complications following his courageous battle with laryngeal cancer.

Previously a resident of Rockland County, Robert was a Korean War era veteran, a commercial fisherman, painting contractor, avid outdoorsman, and gardener.  He will be remembered with love and will be terribly missed.

He was predeceased by his wife Helen Understiller Yonsky.

He is survived by son Jim Yonsky; daughter and son-in-law Karen and Kevin Drossel; grandsons Conor and Bryan who were cherished by “Grampy”; brother and sister-in-law John and Evelyn Yonsky; sister Margaret Goetz; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Thursday, Feb. 9, from 7-9 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 10, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Decker Funeral Home, Main Street, Windham.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 10, 1 p.m. at the funeral home, with burial to follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland.

Contributions can be made to Columbia-Greene Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY  12414, or Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church, Route 81, Norton Hill, NY  12083.


February 9, 2006

MARY ANN COTICH
Born in Cementon

CATSKILL---Mary Ann Cotich, 87, of Catskill, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006 at the Kaaterskill Care Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Catskill after a long illness.  She was born April 23, 1918 in Cementon, the daughter of the late Wasyl and Julia (Krawzck) Furyck.

Mrs. Cotich was predeceased by her husband, Anthony M. Cotich Sr.; a son, Anthony M. Cotich Jr.; a daughter, Marilyn Holliday; a sister, Anna Walsh; and three brothers, Peter, Wassel (Boya), and John Furyck.

Mrs. Cotich is survived by a son, Stephen P. Cotich of Catskill; sisters, Julia Dennison of Kingston and Catherine White, Veronica Whitbeck and Carol Furyck, all of Catskill; a brother, Paul Furyck of Albany; grandchildren, Stefanie Cotich of Hudson, Jeffrey Holliday, Joel Holliday and Tara Lackie, all of Catskill; two great-granddaughters, Kaylyn Holliday and Kelsey Lackie; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at Traver and McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, on Friday from 4-8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, followed by a 9 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Bridge Street, Catskill.  The Rev. James E. Clark, pastor, will officiate.  Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.


February 9, 2006

MAURICE J. KELLIHER
Mechanic

CAIRO---Maurice J. Kelliher, 74, of Stonebridge Road, East Durham, died Feb. 7, 2006, at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

He was born in Ireland, Feb. 14, 1931 and was the son of the late John and Catherine (Flarety) Kelliher.

He retired from the MAB-STO of New York City, where he was a hydraulic mechanic.  He served with the U.S. Army during the mid-1950’s.  He also has been an area resident for 25 years.  He was a ember of the Our Lady of Knock Shrine choir.  He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Our Lady of Knock Council; this organization will hold services in his memory Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

He was also a member of T.W.U. and the Kerrymens Association.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years Mary T. (Carrigan) Kelliher of East Durham, a daughter Mary Kelliher of Yonkers, two brothers Gerald Kelliher of New Jersey, and John-Joe Kelliher of County Kerry, Ireland.  Also surviving are a sister Mary Ellen Farrel of Ireland, and a grandson Christopher of Windham.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street, Cairo, on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and also on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, at 11 a.m., at Our Lady of Knock Shrine, East Durham, with the Rev. Jeremiah Nunan, pastor, as celebrant.

Interment will take place on Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, in the family plot of the Calvary Cemetery in Queens at 11:30 a.m.


February 9, 2006

JOHN POLLOCK
Catskill Savings Bank treasurer

CATSKILL---John Pollock, 79, of Wildwing Lane, Catskill, died Sunday, February 5, 2006 at home, with his family at his side in Atascadero, Calif.

Born Feb. 11, 1926 in Glasgow, Scotland, he was the son of the late William and Jessie (Gauld) Pollock.

Jack served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Calvary Tank commander.  He was the treasurer of Catskill Savings Bank in Catskill and retired after for 30 years of service.  Jack served on the Board of Directors of Catskill Rural Cemetery.

He was also a member of the Catskill Elks Lodge 1341, Catskill Glee Club and Light Opera Group of Albany.

Jack loved to travel in his motorhome with family and friends.

Mr. Pollock was predeceased by his first wife, Shirley C. Pollock, on December 1, 1975.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Jean T. (Macera) Shufelt-Pollock of Catskill; a brother and sister-in-law, George G. and Shirley N. Pollock of Catskill; two daughters, Colleen Shufelt-Baker and husband Alan of Atascadero, CA, and Cindy Shufelt-Boyce, both of Monroe; seven grandchildren, Todd, Bruce, Corey, and Elizabeth Baker of Atascadero, CA, Patrick, and Christopher and Kayla Boyce, of Monroe; two nephews, William Pollock and wife Debbi of Kentucky and David Pollock of Lake Katrine; and many more nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends may call at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill on Monday, February 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  Deacon Paul Roemer of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church will be officiating.

Interment will follow at Catskill Rural Cemetery in Catskill.


February 10, 2006

AGNES EMMA LAMPMAN
Loving mother 

COXSACKIE---Agnes Emma Lampman, 86, of Eden Park Health Care, Catskill, formerly of 578 Old Plank Rd., Coxsackie, died Feb. 8, 2006, at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

She was born in Climax, July 22, 1919, and was the daughter of the late Manley and Clara (Tryon) VanDenburgh.

Agnes was a loving mother and housewife.  Her residence was at 578 Plank Rd., Coxsackie.

Survivors include her children, daughters Joan Walker and husband Robert of Lake Katrine, and Jane Patterson and husband Thomas of South Cairo, son Gerald Lampman of Coxsackie and sister Marie Trombley of West Palm Beach, Fla.  She is also survived by four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, Agnes is predeceased by brothers Edwin VanDenburgh, Walter VanDenburgh, John VanDenburgh and twin brother Robert VanDenburgh.  Her husband, Ralph C. Lampman of Coxsackie predeceased her on April 13, 1989. 

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie today from 6 to 8 p.m.

Interment will take place in the spring in the family plot of the Chestnut Lawn Cemetery in New Baltimore.  Graveside services will take place then.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Coxsackie Rescue Squad.  Envelopes are available at the funeral home for your convenience.


February 10, 2006

WILLIAM C. YONSKY
Loving husband and father 

LEXINGTON---William C. Yonsky, 76, of Route 23C, Lexington passed away February 6, 2006 after unexpected complications following his courageous battle with laryngeal cancer.

Previously a resident of Rockland County, Robert was a Korean War era veteran, a commercial fisherman, painting contractor, avid outdoorsman, and gardener.  He will be remembered with love and will be terribly missed.

He was predeceased by his wife Helen Understiller Yonsky.

He is survived by son Jim Yonsky; daughter and son-in-law Karen and Kevin Drossel; grandsons Conor and Bryan who were cherished by “Grampy”; brother and sister-in-law John and Evelyn Yonsky; sister Margaret Goetz; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Thursday, Feb. 9, from 79 p.m. and will be today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Decker Funeral Home, Main Street, Windham.

Funeral services will be held today, 1 p.m. at the funeral home, with interment to follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland.

Contributions can be made to Columbia-Greene Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY  12414, or Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church, Route 81, Norton Hill, NY  12083.


February 11, 2006

NATALIE GULISANE
Born in Brooklyn

CATSKILL---Natalie Gulisane, 83, of 154 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2006, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

She was born Dec. 23, 1922 in Brooklyn, the daughter of the late John and Rachel Marie (Mercaldo) Gulisane Sr.

Ms. Gulisane is survived by a brother, John Gulisane Jr. of Valatie; two nieces, Jacqueline White and husband David, both of Catskill, and Rose Marie Esemplare of Oakdale; and many other cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Ms. Gulisane was predeceased by a brother, Michael Gulisane; and three sisters, Angela Dellomo, Joanne Mackey, and Dianna Katusha.

There are no calling hours.

Funeral services will be held at noon Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, at St. Charles Cemetery Chapel, Pinelawn.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home,  Catskill.


February 13, 2006

ANTONIE BRUECKLMEIER
Born in Germany

SAUGERTIES---Antonie Bruecklmeier, 94, of Saugerties and formerly of Hudson, Florida, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006 at the Baptist Home in Rhinebeck.

Born April 4, 1911 in Tubeingen, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Hugo and Maria Freund Jestand.

Survivors include one brother, Robert H. Jestand of Saugerties; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Henry Bruecklmeier in August 1968; and a sister, Hilda Chadderdon.

Funeral services will be held 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette streets, Saugerties, with the Rev. Dr. Duane Buddle, pastor of the Saugerties United Methodist Church, officiating.

Interment will follow on Tuesday at Mount St. Mary’s Cemetery in Brooklyn.


February 13, 2006

CAROL DUNCAN ROBB
Former J.J. Newberry employee

GAINSVILLE, Fla.---Carol Duncan Robb, 83, died Feb. 11, 2006, in Gainsville, where she moved to from Catskill in 1992. 

Born Dec. 24, 1922 in South Cairo in the house she lived in until she married, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Myrtle Duncan.

Mrs. Robb attended the one room school house in South Cairo until it closed and the students were transferred to Cairo Central School.  She also attended the South Cairo Methodist Church School in South Cairo.

After graduating, she worked at J.J. Newberry in Catskill until her she married John Robb of Catskill.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Robb and Danilo Galindo; a sister, Louise Eastgate of Yucaipa, Calif.; two granddaughters, Jennifer Galindo King and Julie Galindo; two great-grandchildren; a cousin, Elizabeth Cooper of Athens; and a nephew.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Williams-Thomas Funeral Home with The Rev. Roland Julien officiating.

Burial will follow in Forest Meadows East Cemetery in Gainsville.


February 14, 2006

ANNA V. CAPOSSELA
Local homeowner

TARRYTOWN, Westchester County---Anna V. Capossela, 92, a lifelong resident of the Tarrytowns, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006.

Born March 15, 1913 in North Tarrytown, she was the daughter of Charles and Veronica Slavik Kostka.

On May 3, 1931, she married Patsy Capossela in St. Teresa of Avila Church.

During World War II she worked at Eastern Aircraft in North Tarrytown.

She enjoyed cooking and was a personal chef.  Later she worked for P.R. Mallory.

Mrs. Capossela enjoyed the outdoors and camping and her home in Haines Falls.  She was also member of the Mountain Top Golden Agers in Tannersville.

Survivors, in addition to her husband of 74 years, include two daughters, Phyllis Ann Hoft of Tarrytown and Patricia Ann Meigs of South Cairo; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her son, Raymond James Capossela in 1972; two sisters, Julia Light and Betty Navoy; and a brother, Charles Kostka.

A funeral Mass was held Feb. 6 at Transfiguration Church, followed by interment in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.


February 14, 2006

BERNADETTE CARROLL

COXSACKIE---Bernadette Theresa Carroll, 95, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, at home after a year-long illness.

Born June 6, 1910, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Walther and Theresa McGuigan Walther.

A lifelong resident of Coxsackie, Mrs. Carroll was a lifelong communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, a charter member of the Columbiaettes, Coxsackie Council #548, a member of St. Mary’s Altar-Rosary Society and Coxsackie Senior Citizens Club, and former member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Coxsackie Yacht Club.

In earlier years, she was employed by the original Curtis and Warren (Insurance Agency) as a secretary/bookkeeper.

She married her childhood sweetheart of 14 years, Edward A Carroll, on July 12, 1941.

Mrs. Carroll was a devoted, stay-at-home mother and homemaker for 20 years, and then returned to the workforce, serving as Coxsackie Village Clerk for more than 20 years.  In her retirement, she enjoyed traveling with her friends.

Survivors include her three daughters and sons-in-law, Elizabeth and Joseph A. Caputo of Earlton, Rosemary and Roland Martin of West Coxsackie, and Arlene and Michael Matthews of Coxsackie; one son and daughter-in-law, Thomas Sr. and Michelle Carroll of Athens; 11 grandchildren, Joseph E. Caputo and wife, Mary Elizabeth Caputo, Ann Marie Schonning and fiancé Peter Baskiewicz, Michael Caputo and wife Patricia, David Caputo and wife Jennifer, John Caputo; Shawn Martin and wife Gina, Darrin Martin, Thomas Carroll Jr. and wife Toni, Mark Carroll and wife Cassie and Marie Carroll; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Marlene A. Carroll; two brothers, Francis Walther and Henry Walther; and two sisters, Mary Marra and Agnes Moore.

Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion S., Coxsackie.

The funeral will be held 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Mansion Street in Coxsackie, with the Rev. Richard Clark, the celebrant.

Interment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Coxsackie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY  12414, or St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place., Memphis, TN  38105-1942.


February 14, 2006

DONALD V. HOLSCLAW
Retired brigadier general

PORTSMOUTH, Va.---Donald V. Holsclaw, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006, at Maryview Hospital in Portsmouth, Va.

Born Sept. 16, 1921 in Lovilia, Iowa, son of late Earl Vincent and Gertrude Holsclaw.

Mr. Holsclaw was bestowed the rank of brigadier general upon his retirement following 38 years of meritorious service to his country.  He served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II with Army Air Corps as a navigator with the 39th Bombardier Squadron.  His post-war service continued with the New York Army Reserve National Guard as U.S.P.F.O.

A resident of the area for mare than 30 years, he enjoyed sailing and was an avid golfer.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Richard V. and Terry Holsclaw of Fort Pierce, Fla.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Janet L. and Arthur Wardell of Chesapeake, Va., Lynn M. and LaVergue Brockett of Coxsackie, Nancy I. and Alvin McCoy of Hannacroix; a daughter-in-law, Joanne Holsclaw of Huntington, Long Island; eleven grandchildren, Danielle Borelli, Richard and Deana Holsclaw, Elizabeth Guzik, Kathryn Rowell, Margaret Diggs, Jeffrey and Alison Brockett, Scott, Kristin and Kevin McCoy; and six great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife of 43 years, Mary Louise.

The family invites all friends and family to join them for a gathering to honor Mr. Holsclaw’s life at Quarry Steak House on Route 26 in Climax 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.


February 14, 2006

MARIA ANNA KOBERTZ
Homemaker 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.---Maria Anna “Mitzi” Kobertz, 86, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, at home in Jacksonville, Fla. with her family by her side, after a battle with cancer.

She was born Oct. 18, 1919 in Pottendorf, Austria.

Mrs. Kobertz moved to New York from Germany with her family in 1951 and lived 34 years in the Greenville area until she moved to Jacksonville with her daughter three years ago.

A homemaker, she enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, sewing, dancing and spending time with her family.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed following politics.  She treasured her frequent visits to family and friends in Germany and Austria.

While living in Greenville, she was a member of the German Social Club and prior to that the German Singing Group in New York City where she performed many concerts including a performance in Washington, D.C.

Survivors include a son, Franz Josef Kobertz of Canal Winchester, Ohio; two daughters and sons-in-law, Annamaria and Daniel O’Connell of Brookville, Long Island, and Leona and David Catalano of Jacksonville;  four grandchildren, William and Frank Kobertz, Daniel O’Connell and Alexandria Catalano; two great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family members and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Josef Franz Kobertz.

Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, prior to church services at A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Interment will follow her funeral service with a processional to the Greenville Cemetery.


February 14, 2006

JAMES H. TAPPEN
Atlantic Cement Co. employee

ATHENS---James H. Tappen, 85, of 33 Third Street in Athens, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, at the Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Born June 23, 1920 in Athens, he was the son of the late John H. and Mabel Baker Tappen.

Mr. Tappen served during World War II in the United States Air Force.

He was employed by The Atlantic Cement Company and was a member of the Morton Fire Co., and the Coxsackie Yacht Club.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan LaQuire of Kentucky and Beverly Tappen of Oklahoma.

He was predeceased by his wife, Carmella Tappen, on June 4, 2005.

Graveside services will be held noon Wednesday at the New Athens Rural Cemetery, with the Rev. Retta Lykens, pastor of the Cairo United Methodist Church, officiating.

The day of graveside services, everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY  12414.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of The Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens, NY  12015.


February 14, 2006

SLAWOMIR WOZNY
Local business owner

TANNERSVILLE---Slawomir Wozny, 50, of Tannersville, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, at Hunter Mountain as a result of a tragic skiing accident.

Born May 31, 1955 in Jelenia Gora, Poland, he was the son of Eulalia and Franciszek Woxny.

He earned a Masters Degree in Tourism and Recreation at the University of Wroclaw.

Mr. Wozny owned and managed the construction company, Sal Construction on NY Inc., located in Tannersville.

Prior to establishing his residence in the United States, Mr. Wozny ran a ski school in Szklarska Poreba and volunteered in a Mountain Rescue Squad in Jeleni Gora, both located in Poland.

He was an accomplished mountaineer, member of the Polish Himalayan Climbing Team, a well-liked entertainer, guitar player and had a passion for boating.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Elizabeth Wozny, whom he married in 1990 and lived with since 1987; two sons, Marcel and Mathew; a daughter, Agata; a brother, Roman of Lodz, Poland.

Calling hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, 7742 Main St. in Hunter.

A Christian mass will be offered noon Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Church in Haines Falls with the Rev. Anthony Motta celebrant.

The family will receive friends for lunch and will offer a memorial service at Deer Mountain Inn after mass.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Slawomir Wozny Family Relief Fund, account number 324180027322, Key Bank NA, P.O. Box 897, 6320 Main St., Tannersville, NY  12485-0897.


February 15, 2006

LORRAINE BUTLER
Deaconess

ALBANY---Deaconess Lorraine Butler, 57, received her wings of Glory early Saturday morning as the Angel of the Lord received her into his arms.  She passed away peacefully as she slept in her bed at St. Peter’s Community Hospice Inn.

Lorraine was born on August 9, 1948 in Albany, the eldest of two children born to the late James “Marshall” Turpin and Mother Mary E. Turpin.

In 2003 Lorraine was blessed to retire with 38 years of service from the NYS Department of Higher Education and Office of General Services.

Lorraine began her Christian journey at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Church, where she graduated in the Class of 1967.  She joined Bethany Baptist Church in 1988.  At Bethany, she began her joy in ushering.  In 2000, Lorraine united with the Second Baptist Church in Catskill, under the pastorate of Rev. Richard D. Turpin.  She served as Usher Ministry President, Church Clerk, Trustee, Pastor’s Aide member and Sista to Sista Women’s Ministry member.  She was a regular student of Bible Class and Sunday School.  Lorraine also served as Assistant Treasurer for the HRFMBA Ushers and Nurses Auxiliary.

Lorraine leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter Dana M. Butler; grandson, Dante Butler; mother, Mary E. Turpin; one brother, Rev. Richard D. Turpin; on sister-in-law, Min. Suzette E. Turpin; three nieces, Annette Owens, Shanell and Shavete Turpin; one nephew, Jason Owens; three great-nieces, Hadiyah, Jadari and Niyahna Owens; on god-daughter, Penny Foster; on spiritual niece, Amber Harrington; on aunt, Rose White; and one uncle, Jimmy Ciccone.

She leaves a host of in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, spiritual sisters and brothers, and other friends and relatives.

Lorraine was pre-deceased by her nephew, Richard D. Turpin, Jr.

Special thanks to her sisters-in-love, Carol Pulliam (a long-time friend), Caren “Kitty” Epps, Debbie and Annie for sharing in all stage of her life.


February 15, 2006

JOHN D. MERCHANT
Greene County 4-H Club agent

SHELBURNE---John D. Merchant, 92, died peacefully in his sleep in Fletcher Allen Health Care on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, after a brief illness.

He was born in Pine Plains, NY on June 2, 1913, the son of Dr. John and Abidee (Kingman) Merchant.

Growing up in Nassau, NY, he attended Rensselaer High School and graduated in 1931.

He received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture from Cornell University in 1935 and a Master of Extension Education from the University of Vermont in 1970.  On two occasions he served as an instructor at Cornell University Extension Summer Session.

While a student at Cornell, he served as President of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and years later helped to establish a chapter of the fraternity at UVM.

On July 6, 1936 he married Eloise Ostrander of Gerry, NY.  Last year they celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.

Following 10 years as a County 4-H Club Agent in Greene County, John joined the UVM Extension Service staff in 1949 and served the next 25 years as a co-leader of the state’s 4-H program.  He was especially interested in helping young people develop citizenship and leadership skills.

At various times, John served as president of the Catskill Rotary Club; president of the Essex Junction PTA; chair of the Foster Grandparents advisory committee; chair of the Camp Hochelaga advisory committee; treasurer of the Downer 4-H Camp; trustee of the Ingalls 4-H Camp Trust; trustee of the Chittenden Country 4-H Foundation; founding member and president of the Green Mountain Audubon Society; and president of the Vermont Mental Health Association.  John and Eloise were among the six founding members of the Haunted Forest at the Audubon Center.

For several years he was a member of the Governor’s Committee on Children and Youth, and twice represented Vermont at the White House Conference on Children and Youth.

John had a lifelong interest in birds, both wild and domestic.  He was internationally known as a breeder and judge of exhibition poultry.  In 1989 the Eastern New York Poultry Association and New England Poultry Association honored him for 50 years of service as a licensed poultry judge.  In 1999 he was named an honoree of the American Poultry Association.  When the Vermont Bird Fanciers Club was organized he became the first honorary life member.  For many years he served as race secretary for the Champlain Racing Pigeon Club.

John was well-known as the “Bird Man” on the monthly “Bird Notes” program on Across the Fence, WCAX-TV.  After 10 years of relating his birding experience and sharing many photos and anecdotes contributed by viewers, he retired from the show in 2002.

He is survived by his wife, Eloise; his brother, Reuben Merchant and his wife Violet of Nevada; three children, Elizabeth Garrity and her husband Thomas of Florida, Mary M. Merchant of Vermont, and Bruce I. Merchant and his wife Martha of Pennsylvania; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his sister, Cornelia Hagenau; his son, Henry L. Merchant and his wife Sharon.

Memorial services have been held and a graveside service will take place in Nassau, NY at a later date. 

Memorial gifts may be made to Audubon Vermont, 255 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, VT  05462.


February 16, 2006

CAMILE ‘TOM’ GENTILE
Served in U.S. Coast Guard

CATSKILL---Camille “Tom” Gentile, 81, of 11 Clinton Ave., Catskill, died Tuesday, Feb. 14. 2006, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

He was born Dec. 11, 1924 in Catskill, the son of the late Camillo and Mariana (DeLuca) Gentile.

Tom served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II, and was in the Coast Guard Band for three years.  He was an employee of Spector’s Mens Apparel of Colonie prior to his disability.

Tom was a Big Band jazz percussionist, performing as the Big Band Sounds of Tommy Gentile, at numerous Greene County resorts during the 1960’s and 1970’s.  He was an avid flower gardener, landscaper and model railroad enthusiast.  He was a past member of the Knights of Columbus and Catskill Elks Lodge 1341.

Mr. Gentile is survived by his wife of over 59 years, Mrs. Rosemary “Dolly” (Mollo) Gentile of Catskill; a daughter, Andrea Gentile of Catskill; two nephews, Patrick Gentile of San Diego, CA and Stephen Gentile of Las Vegas, NV.

Mr. Gentile was predeceased by two brothers, Patrick Gentile and Stephen Gentile.

Relatives and friends may call at Traver and McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, on Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.  The Rev. Jeremiah Nunan, Pastor of Sacred Heart church of Cairo will be officiating.  Interment with full military honors will follow in the Veterans Section at the Town of Catskill Cemetery.

Memorials in Tom’s name may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY  12414.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.


February 17, 2006

ROSE KNAPP
Dressmaker

NANUET---Rose Knapp, 85, of Pearl River, NY, died Thursday, February 2, 2006 at Northern Manor Geriatric Center in Nanuet.

Mrs. Knapp was born in the Bronx on April 8, 1920.

She was a former resident of Freehold, and lived in Pearl River for the past 25 years.

Mrs. Knapp worked as a dressmaker for many years prior to retiring in 1985.

Rose will be remembered for her smile and kindness.

She was predeceased by her husband Michael in 1989, son-in-law James O’Connell III in 1981, and grandson Michael O’Connell in 1983.

She is survived by her son Raymond (Bette) Knapp of Freehold; daughter Loretta O’Connell of Pearl River; grandchildren Kelly (Carlo) Iannandrea of Manassas, Virg., Jill McWilliams of Pearl River, James (Danielle) O’Connell IV of Greenburgh, Wendy (Bryan) Blackledge of Melbourne, Fla., John (Debbie) Knapp of Freehold, and Kenny Knapp of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and great-grandchildren Jessica, Rebecca, Matthew, Rachel, Brittany, Michael, Luna, and Zoe Rose.

Funeral services took place in Pearl River.

Friends may send memorial donations to Att:  Rosalyn Hurwitz for Wandering Garden, Northern Manor Multicare Center, 199 N. Middletown Rd., Nanuet, NY  10954.


February 18, 2006

FRANCES HRESKO
Born in Poland

CAIRO---Frances Hresko, 94, of Punta Gorda, Fla., formerly of Greenville, died Feb. 16, 2006 at the Punta Gorda Elderly Care Center.

She was born in Poland, Jan. 12, 1912, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Naklicki.

She is survived by a daughter Dorothy Prevete and husband Philip; a brother, John Naklicki; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at The Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street in Cairo, on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Rev. Father Jeremiah Nunan, Pastor of the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo, will say a prayer service at the funeral home at 12 p.m. Saturday.

Interment will follow next to her late husband, Edward Hresko Sr., who pre-deceased her, in the family plot of The Round Top Cemetery.

Besides her parents and her husband, she is predeceased by her son, Edward Hresko Jr.


February 18, 2006

PETER J. TUMMINELLO SR.
Awarded Purple Heart

GREENVILLE---Peter J. Tumminello, Sr., 85, of Westerlo, and formerly of Rensselaerville, died on February 16, 2006 at the Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany.

Born on April 10, 1920 in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Joseph and Maria (Ciaccone) Tumminello.

Peter served his country during World War II in U.S. Army in the European Theater and was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds suffered at Anzio, Italy.  He was employed as a sanitation worker with the New York City Dept. of Sanitation for 25 years, until his retirement.

Peter also ran a flea market at the Fox Creek Antique and Auction Center for many years.  He was a member of the VFW on Long Island prior to moving upstate.

Survivors include his wife, Florence T. Tumminello of Westerlo; two daughters, Marianne and Tara Tumminello, both of Waterlo; two sons, Peter J. Tumminello, Jr. of Rensselaerville and Charles Tumminello and his wife Joan of Delmar; two granddaughters, Noelle and Gina Tumminello, both of Delmar; and a sister, Mary DaVanzo of Flushing.

Mr. Tumminello was predeceased by several sisters and brothers.

Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville, NY  12083 on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral service will be Monday, Feb. 20, 2006 at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville.

Spring interment will be in the Middleburgh Cemetery at the convenience of the family.


February 18, 2006

CAROL VANCURA
Psychiatric aide

MONTROSE---Carol Vancura of Durham died on Feb. 16, 2006.  She was 68.

Carol was born on Aug. 27, 1937 to Frank and Florence Moran in New York City.

She worked as a psychiatric aide at the Veterans Hospital in Montrose for many years.

Carol is survived by her beloved husband John and her brothers Bill and Danny Moran.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Edward F. Carter Funeral Home, 170 Kings Ferry Rd., Montrose.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Verplanck.

Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Verplanck.


February 19, 2006

FRANCIS J. MANGIONE
Ornamental plasterer

SAUGERTIES---Francis J. “Frank” Mangione, 72, of Old Kings Highway, and formerly of John Street, Saugerties, died suddenly on Wednesday, February 15, 2006, at the Albany Medical Center Hospital, Albany, NY.

Born Jan. 31, 1934 in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late John and Josephine Caudo Mangione.

He was a graduate of the New York School of Printing in New York City, and was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in Germany during the Berlin Airlift.

A Saugerties area resident since 1977, he previously resided in Ozone Park, Queens.

Mangione founded Frank J. Mangione, Inc. Ornamental Plastering, carrying on a craft he learned from his father.

He worked in many prominent houses and museums, including Lyndhurst, the National Trust for Historic Preservation headquarters in Tarrytown, numerous apartments in the historic Dakota building in NYC, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and was the plasterer for the motion picture set of the film “Ironweed”.

He taught plastering for years at the Eastfield Village Workshops in Historic Preservation, in East Nassau, and was featured in Old House Journal, Hudson Valley Magazine, and the New York Times.

He was an artist and an avid golfer, winning many tournaments.  He belonged to the Catskill Golf Club, in Catskill.  He was a former member of the Rip Van Winkle Country Club in Palenville, where he was the 1993 A-Flight Champion.

He was a member of the Saugerties American Legion Post #72 and the Saugerties Knights of Columbus Council #4536.

He was predeceased by son Joseph Mangione in 1968 and sister Mary Lauro in 2001.

Survivors include his wife, the former Dorothy Seissler, with whom he recently celebrated his 44th Wedding Anniversary; sons Frank and Henry Mangione of Saugerties, Steven Mangione of Rainbow City, Ala., and Andrew Mangione of Watertown; daughters Teresa Newkirk of Saugerties and Tina  Mangione of West Hurley; sisters Jean LoDico of Massapequa and Lena Dudley of Athens, Ga.; brother Angelo Mangione of Massapequa; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc, Corner of John and Lafayette Streets, Saugerties, on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 7-9 p.m., and Monday, Feb. 20, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

His funeral procession will form Tuesday, Feb. 21, 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home, thence to St. Joseph’s R.C. Church, where at 11:00 a.m. a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by the Rev. Julian Guzman.

Interment with military honors by the Saugerties American Legion Post #72 will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Barclay Heights, Saugerties.


February 19, 2006

MARGIE C.  WAGOR
Guide with Pioneer’s Girl group

SAUGERTIES---Margie C. Wagor, 76, of Saugerties Manor Road died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006 at her residence after a lengthy illness.

Born Jan. 28, 1980 in New York, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Margie Myers.

A lifetime area resident, Mrs. Wagor was a 1946 graduate of Saugerties High School.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Saugerties and had been actively involved many years ago in teaching Sunday School and Beginner’s Church.  She also served as a guide in a Pioneer Girl’s group and a member of the Missionary Society.  She and her deceased husband, Charles, had been foster parents through Ulster County Department of Social Services, caring for infants until they were adopted.  Later they were also day care providers through the County.

Predeceased by her husband Charles in 1998, survivors include a daughter, Bonnie Fish of Saugerties, four sons, Charles W. Wagor Jr. of Acra, Walter F. Wagor of Indiana, Scott E. Wagor and David C. Wagor of Saugerties; one brother, Frederick Myers of Virginia; six grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Melody Wagor; a granddaughter, Brittany Wooten; and a sister Audrey Hommel.

Funeral Services will be held 12 p.m. Sunday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets in Saugerties with the Rev. Fitzgerald, Pastor of the Saugerties Baptist Church officiating.  Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery, Saugerties.


February 21 & 23, 2006

RALPH E. RULAND
Equipment operator/constable

WEST COXSACKIE---Ralph E. Ruland, 83, of West Coxsackie, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

Born May 7, 1922 in Sunside, he was the son of the late Ralph A. and Martha Andrus Ruland.

Mr. Ruland served during World War II in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Prior to his retirement, he was an equipment operator for the town of Durham, an artificial inseminator with New York Artificial Breeders and a constable in the town of Durham.

He was a member of the Durham Valley American Legion Post No. 1416, East Durham Volunteer Fire Department and Cascade Lodge in Oak Hill.

Survivors include his wife, Gertrude Osborne Ruland of West Coxsackie; a son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Candace Ruland III of Greenville; a daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Joseph Passaretti of Hannacroix; three sisters, Marion Jamieson and Lura McCarthy of Troy, and Vivian Simpson of Sunside; four grandchildren, Travis Ruland and his wife Jennifer, Heather Ruland, Jami Passaretti and her significant other George Babcock and Cassi Passaretti and her significant other Sam Stanley; a great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Beatrice Stewart.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. March 4 at the Christ Episcopal Church in Greenville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Coxsackie Rescue Squad, 119 Mansion St., Coxsackie, NY  12051.


February 21, 2006

JOAN D. SCHMIDT
Arrangements incomplete

LEEDS---Joan Dorothy Schmidt, 73, of Pine Clift Drive, Leeds, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006.

Funeral services under the direction of Traver & McCurry Funeral Home are presently incomplete.


February 22 & 23, 2006

MARCIA G. DRUM
Teacher

WINDHAM---Marcia G. Drum, 48, of Ashland, died peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006 at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany.

Born on March 30, 1957 in Rhinebeck, she was the daughter of the late Howard and the late Mildred Chatfield Drum.

Marcia was a first grade teacher at WAJ Central School.  She was very proud of the fact that she taught first grade in the same classroom where she attended first grade when she was in school.  Marcia loved being a teacher and her love of the children she taught was so evident.  She received her teachers degree from SUNY at Oneonta.

Mrs. Drum was a member of the Ashland Community Church, the Cornell Cooperative Extension and the WAJ Building Committee.

She is survived by her brothers Howard and his wife Rosemarie Drum, George and his wife Anita Drum, sisters Barbara and her husband Robert Dodge, Susan and her husband Don Cox, Elizabeth and her husband Barry Van Steenburg and brother-in-law Hall Deats as well as her aunt Louise Cunningham.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was also predeceased by her sisters Mary Drum and Katherine Deats.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, 2006 at the Ashland Community Church with the services conducted by the Rev. Ellen Oliveto.

Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006 at the Decker Funeral Home, 5312 Main St., Windham.

Interment will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Ashland Community Church in her memory.


February 22, 2006

JOAN D. SCHMIDT
Lover of antiques

CATSKILL---Joan Dorothy Schmidt, 73, of 1 Pine Clift Drive, Leeds, died suddenly Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006.

She was born July 11, 1932 in Brooklyn, the daughter of the late Charles and Dorothy (Lewis) Stewart.

Joan loved antiques, reading and tag sales.

Mrs. Schmidt is survived by her husband Harry Schmidt of Leeds; two sons, Robert W. Schmidt of Albuquerque, N.M. and Richard C. Schmidt of Gloversville; and a granddaughter, Taylor N. Schmidt of Gloversville.

Relatives and friends may call on Thursday, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  The Rev. John Bowen will be officiating.

Interment will follow at the Town of Catskill Cemetery.


February 23, 2006

PATRICIA DECKER
Raised in Catskill

LONGVIEW, Texas---Patricia (Pat) Anne Cornelison Decker, 61, died on Feb. 21, 2006 at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans, La.  Beloved wife of Milton (Butch) Garner Decker Jr. for 43 years.  Loving mother of Milton G. Decker III, Raymond A. Decker and Kevin M. Decker. Loving grandmother to 13 grandsons and one great-grandson.  Mother-in-law of Jan Decker, Cynthia Decker and Rebecca Decker.  She is the daughter of the late Raymond and Edna Gayron Cornelison.

She was born in Brooklyn and raised in Catskill.  She had previously resided in Longview, Texas for 10 years working at Longview Regional Hospital.  For the past 16 years, she has resided in New Orleans, La.  In June 1994, she received a heart transplant at Ochsner Hospital giving her 12 more years with her family.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a viewing at Rader Funeral Home in Longview, Texas today at 7 p.m. and Funeral Mass on Friday, Feb. 24, 2006 at Noon at St. Mary’s Church in Longview, Texas.  Interment will follow at Rosewood Park Cemetery.


February 23, 2006

CARRIE E. MARTIN
Interment in Coxsackie

NEW YORK---Carrie E. Martin died on Feb. 20, 2006.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph and dear sister of Rose Buggi.

She is reposing at Greenwich Village Funeral Home, 199 Bleecker St., New York.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m., Friday, at St. Anthony of Padua Church, New York.

Friends may call 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today.

Interment will be in the Smith Family Cemetery, Coxsackie.


February 24, 2006

ELEANOR L. GUERRA
Member of the Dutch Reformed Church of Athens

HYDE PARK---Eleanor L. Guerra, 90, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006 at St. Francis Hospital.

A resident of Hyde Park, Mrs. Guerra had previously resided in Poughkeepsie.  She was a graduate of Hudson City School of Nursing class of 1932 and had worked with her husband, Michael L. Guerra in his business as a dentist in Wappingers Falls.

She was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church of Athens.

Born July 13, 1915 in Athens, she was the daughter of Emmett C. Ruth (Brady) Every.

She was predeceased by her husband Michael L. Guerra in 1993.  They were married Oct. 9, 1942 in Queens.

Mrs. Guerra is survived by a daughter Michele Tarsa of Hyde Park; a son John Guerra, and his wife LuAnn of Poughkeepsie; two grandsons David and Damian Tarsa, a granddaughter Elizabeth Ann Guerra and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by two brothers Emmett and William Every.

Calling hours are Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Staatsburg.  Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.  Father Frank Alagna will officiate.  Interment will be Monday, 10 a.m. at the Athens Rural Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dutchess County Hospice Foundation, Inc., 374 Violet Ave., Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601, or St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Staatsburg.


February 24, 2006

MARGARET R. O’LEARY
Arrangements incomplete

CATSKILL---Margaret R. O’Leary, 91, of Paul Saxe Road, Kiskatom, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006 at Eden Park Health Care Center in Catskill.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, Catskill, are incomplete.


February 25, 2006

MARGARET R. O’LEARY
Born in Manhattan

CATSKILL---Margaret R. O’Leary, 91, of Paul Saxe Road, Kiskatom, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2006 at Eden Park Health Care Center in Catskill.

She was born April 12, 1914 in Manhattan, the daughter of the late John and Mary (Schaefer) Kelly.

Mrs. O’Leary was predeceased by her husband John O’Leary on Oct. 2, 1970; a daughter, Kathleen Calcaterra on Feb. 13, 2005; a brother, John Kelly; and sisters, Rita Clark, Elizabeth Quinn and Theresa Brown.

Mrs. O’Leary is survived by two daughters, Rita O’Leary of Kiskatom and Maureen Peplow of Palenville; a son, Robert O’Leary of Saugerties; nine grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at Traver and McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, today from 6 to 9 p.m.

Spring interment will be in the Palenville Cemetery.


February 26, 2006

DORIS HANNAY
Employed at Gateway Industries

PHOENIX---Doris Patterson Hannay, 77, of Arizona and formerly of Saugerties died Wed., Feb. 1, 2006 at the John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix.

Born August 2, 1928 in West Camp, she was the daughter of the late Herschel B. and Lois T. Minkler Patterson.

A graduate of Saugerties High School, she was a former employee of Gateway Industries in Kingston.

She was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in West Camp.

Survivors include three daughters, Sheila Gabardi of Arizona, Carol Nigro of Rosendale and Diane Cavallaro of Saugerties; two sisters, Betty Ostoyic and Lois Patterson of West Camp; two stepsons, Eugene Hannay of Boston and Stephen Hannay of Connecticut; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a grandson Sean Cavallaro; three brothers, David, Edwin and Richard Patterson; and a stepdaughter, Patricia Hannay.

A service of remembrance will be held at noon Wednesday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets, with the Rev. Paul Walley, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church officiating.  Interment will follow in the Blue Mountain Cemetery, Saugerties.


February 26, 2006

CAROLYN A. INGRASSIA
Employee of Sach’s Lodge

SAUGERTIES---Carolyn A. Ingrassia, 78, of Notch View Road, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2006 at her residence after a lengthy illness.

Born July 9, 1927 in the Bronx, she was the daughter of the late George and Emily Diehl Kramer.  An area resident since 1970, she previously resided in the Bronx.

She was a former employee of Sach’s Lodge in Saugerties.

Predeceased by her husband, Ernest Ingrassia in 1990, survivors include three sons, Thomas J. of Saugerties, John E. of Connecticut and Steven E. Ingrassia of Malden-on-Hudson; one daughter, Lynn R. Sinsapaugh of Saugerties; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m. Monday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., Corner of John and Lafayette Streets, with Reverend Barry VanSteenburg, Jr. Pastor of the Wesleyan Church of Radford, Virginia officiating.  Interment will follow in the Blue Mountain Cemetery, Saugerties.


February 26, 2006

ANNA LASCO
Born in Red Hook

CATSKILL---Anna Lasco, 98, formerly of Hudson, died Thursday, Feb. 23, at Kaaterskill Care Skilled Nursing and Rehab, where she had resided since Jan. 24, 2000.

Mrs. Lasco was born in Red Hook on June 6, 1907, to the late Delbert and Ida Moore Stickle.  She is survived by two daughters, Helen Hornick of Cohoes and Grace Acuno of Norwood, Pa., and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her husband, Michael Lasco.

Interment will take place in the Town of Catskill Cemetery on Monday under the direction of the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.


February 26, 2006

LAURA H. RAPPLEYEA
Arrangements incomplete

HUNTER---Laura H. Rappleyea, 92, a lifelong resident of Westkill, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006 at the Robinson Terrace in Stamford.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home in Hunter and are incomplete at this time.


February 27, 2006

SAMUEL FAVICCHIO
C-A custodian/WWII vet

ATHENS---Samuel Michael Favicchio, 78, of Athens, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006, at home surrounded by his family.

Born May 15, 1927, he was the son of the late Ralph and Delsie Frisbee Favicchio.

Mr. Favicchio served in the United States Army during WWII.  He served as a Sergeant in the 2nd Military Government Battalion and received the Army of Occupation Medal and the World War II Victory Medal before being honorably discharged.

He was employed for 25 ½ years for Olsen Grumman, and then for ten years as a custodian for the Coxsackie-Athens Central School District.

Mr. Favicchio was an avid New York Yankees and New York Giants fan, and enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports.

He was known to everyone as “Uncle Sam” and with his wife being a child-care provider, was a father to many children growing up.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Kardum Favicchio; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Gina Favicchio and Thomas Berry, Holly Ann Favicchio and Mary Favicchio and Graham Dickson; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ralph and Rosland Favicchio, Samuel Thomas and Marybeth Favicchio; one son-in-law, Lyle Conrad; three brothers, Thomas Favicchio, James Favicchio and Zadock Favicchio; two sisters, Mary Favicchio and Beatrice Favicchio; nine grandchildren, Adam, Shawn (Petey), Samantha, Zachary, Hailee, Chelsea, Chloe, Sam and Melina Mane; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Tina Marie Favicchio.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at The Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Church in Athens.

Interment will follow in the family plot of the New Athens Rural Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Thomas Favicchio Scholarship Fund at the Coxsackie-Athens High School, Coxsackie, NY  12051.


February 27, 2006

NORMAN M. OBEDIN
Real estate developer

WOODSTOCK---Norman M. Obedin, 84, of Woodstock, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at Boca Raton Community Hospital in Palm Beach County, Fla.

Born April 3, 1921 in New York City, he was the son of Lawrence and Sarah Philips Obedin.

He was a real estate developer.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Lenore Obedin; two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Philip Warshaw of Woodstock and Anita and Loren Kashman of Tannersville; four grandchildren, Lisa Zarowitz of Woodstock, Jamie Zarowitz of Brooklyn, Daniel Kashman and his wife Amanda of Manhattan and David Kashman of Manhattan; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. today at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, 7742 Main St., Hunter, with Rabbi Johnathan Kligler officiating.

Interment will follow in the Kol-Ansche Israel Cemetery in South Jewett.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodstock Jewish Congregation Building Fund or the Tannersville Rescue Squad.


February 27, 2006

LAURA H. RAPPLEYEA
Homemaker

HUNTER---Laura H. Rappleyea, 92, a lifelong resident of Westkill, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006, at the Robinson Terrace in Stamford, Delaware County.

Born July 14, 1913 in Gardiner, Ulster County, she was the daughter of Edmund and Lilly Dunham Simmons.

She was a homemaker and employed as a telephone operator in the 1930s, stationed at the “Ballou House,: and she was also a laundress for Tumbleweed Ranch in the 1950s.

She was an avid bingo player.

Survivors include four daughters, Ann Robinson of Grand Gorge, Delaware County, Ellen Strausser of Westkill, Annette Waller of Stamford and Betty Potter of Toms River, NJ; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; on great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Tunis E. Rappleyea; her son, Tunis Rappleyea Jr.; four sisters; and six brothers.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, 7742 Main St., Hunter.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Dan Miles officiating.

Spring interment will be at the Westkill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the town of Lexington Rescue Squad.


February 28, 2006

SAMUEL FAVICCHIO
C-A custodian/WWII vet

ATHENS---Samuel Michael Favicchio, 78, of Athens, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006, at home surrounded by his family.

Born May 15, 1927, he was the son of the late Ralph and Delsie Frisbee Favicchio.

Mr. Favicchio served in the United States Army during WWII.  He served as a Sergeant in the 2nd Military Government Battalion and received the Army of Occupation Medal and the World War II Victory Medal before being honorably discharged.

He was employed for 25 ½ years for Olsen Grumman, and then for ten years as a custodian for the Coxsackie-Athens Central School District.

Mr. Favicchio was an avid New York Yankees and New York Giants fan, and enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports.

He was known to everyone as “Uncle Sam” and with his wife being a child-care provider, was a father to many children growing up.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Kardum Favicchio; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Gina Favicchio and Thomas Berry, Holly Ann Favicchio and Mary Favicchio and Graham Dickson; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ralph and Rosland Favicchio, Samuel Thomas and Marybeth Favicchio; one son-in-law, Lyle Conrad; three brothers, Thomas Favicchio, James Favicchio and Zadock Favicchio; two sisters, Mary Favicchio and Beatrice Favicchio; nine grandchildren, Adam, Shawn (Petey), Samantha, Zachary, Hailee, Chelsea, Chloe, Sam and Melina Mane; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Tina Marie Favicchio; three brothers, Thomas, James and Zadock Favicchio; and a sister, Mary Favicchio.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at The Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Church in Athens.

Interment will follow in the family plot of the New Athens Rural Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Thomas Favicchio Scholarship Fund at the Coxsackie-Athens High School, Coxsackie, NY  12051.


February 28, 2006

EDWARD C. PELTON
Occupations Inc. employee/vet

NEW BALTIMORE---Edward C. Pelton, 63, of New Baltimore, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at Albany Medical Center.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Mr. Pelton was employed by Occupations Inc. in Ravena.

Survivors include two sons, Edward C. Pelton Jr. And Curtis Pelton; two daughters, Veronica Sykorsky and Buffy Marrott; three sisters, Shirley Olmstead, Hope Beck and Alice Biel; one brother, Corneilious Pelton; and 17 grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, Cornelious and Bertha Pelton; and a sister, Linda LaPlant.

A memorial service was held today at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena.

Memorial contributions may be made to Occupations Inc., Consumer Recreation Fund, P.O. Box 70, Ravena, NY  12143.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena.


February 28, 2006

MICHAEL F. SIRIANNI
Army veteran

OKLAHOMA CITY---Michael F. Sirianni, 56, of Oklahoma City, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, in the Veterans Hospital in Oklahoma City after a long illness.

Spending 22 years in the Army, he entered in 1969 and retired in 1991.  He did two and a half tours in Vietnam.  After retiring, he had government contracts in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Somalia.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon; a daughter, Michelle; a stepson, Brian; two granddaughters, Cheyenne and Chelbi, his mother, Marion Sirianni, a sister, Patricia; two brothers, Steven and Daniel; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass will be held 8 a.m. March 8 in Sacred Heart Church in Palenville.

Burial took place in Belton, Texas.

Arrangements were with the Oklahoma City Crematory.


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