May 5, 2000
Hilda M. Woodruff
Hilda M. Woodruff of Livingston Manor, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, February 6, 2000, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 88 years of age.
Graveside services and burial will be held at noon on Saturday at the Lew Beach Cemetery with Pastor Dorothy Smith officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston Manor Ambulance Corps, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758.
Anthony R. Mealie
Ret. From IT&T, 80
Anthony R. Mealie of Roscoe, a retired employee of I.T. & T. in New York City and a longtime area resident, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 80 years of age.
The son of the late Joseph and Pauline Fucci Mealie, he was born December 14, 1919, in Cadosia.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a former member of the Italian-American Club of Sullivan County. Mr. Mealie was a communicant of Gate of Heaven Church in Roscoe and as a youth served as an altar boy for many years at St. Aloysius Church in Livingston Manor.
Mr. Mealie was employed by Arma Corp. in Long Island before working for I.T.&T.
He is survived by a daughter, Cathleen Ann Mealie of the state of Florida; a sister, Dolores Quick of Roscoe; a brother, Cosmas Patrick Mealie of Roscoe; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday at Gate of Heaven Church in Roscoe with the Rev. Alfred Croke officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Aloysius Cemetery in Livingston Manor.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Aloysius Church, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758 or to the R&R Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Roscoe, N.Y. 12776.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe.
Disabilities Advocate, 73
Elizabeth "Betty" Hamilton of Harris, a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 73 years of age.
The daughter of the late Oscar and Hazel Pine Hamilton, she was born August 14, 1926, in Monticello.
Ms. Hamilton was a resident of Thanksgiving Farm and Hamilton House (which was named after her) at SDTC - The Center for Discovery in Harris for the past 15 years. She had been a member of the Center's Board of Directors for many years and was a respected statewide advocate for people with disabilities. She was the author of a book of memoirs, "Call Me Betty."
She is survived by a sister, Ann Goldsmith of Kiamesha Lake; three nieces, several grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and a great-grand-nephew. She was predeceased by a brother, Raymond Hamilton.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Harris Funeral Home, West Street at Buckley St., Liberty, with Dr. Richard Magagna officiating.
Burial will be made in Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel.
Memorial contributions may be made to SDTC - The Center for Discovery, Box 840, Harris, N.Y. 12742.
Eva L. Smith
Eva L. Smith of Liberty, a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 96 years of age.
The daughter of the late Aaron and Lillie Beebe Stanton, she was born June 15, 1903, in Sullivan County. She was the widow of Herbert L. Smith who died June 1, 1983.
Mrs. Smith was a member of the Liberty United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women of the church. She was also a member of the Liberty Garden Club and the Sullivan County Cooperative Extension.
She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Schmidt of Monticello; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son and daughter-in-law, Nelson and Grace Smith, two brothers, Harold and Stanley Stanton, a sister, Daisy Dice, and a granddaughter, Debbie Bump.
There will be no visitation.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 South Main St., Liberty, with the Rev. Rosemary Smith officiating.
Interment will be made in the Liberty Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Family Council of the Sullivan County Adult Care Center, P.O. Box 671, Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Gourmet Chef, 49
Joseph Giglio of Monticello and Bay Ridge, a gourmet chef, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City. He was 49 years of age.
The son of the late John and Marie Sabatino Giglio, he was born August 12, 1950, in Brooklyn.
He is survived by three brothers, John Giglio of Binghamton, Louis Giglio of Seminole, Fla., and James Giglio of Rock Hill; a sister, Roseann Walter of Barrington, R.I.; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 195 Broadway, Monticello, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., and Saturday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 173 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Church in Wurtsboro with the Rev. Robert Porpora officiating.
Cremation will be made in Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Sullivan County, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550 or to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7E, East Syracuse, N.Y. 13057.
Ret. Bus Driver, 60
Doris Thorne of Callicoon, a retired bus driver for the Sullivan County Office for the Aging and a longtime area resident, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at the Grover M. Hermann Division of Community General Hospital in Callicoon. She was 60 years of age.
The daughter of the late William H. II and Eva M. Gerry Tesseyman, she was born July 4, 1939, in Long Island.
She is survived by her husband, Albert Thorne, at home; two daughters, Penny Lynch of Greenville and Deborah Everly of Fort Smith, Ark.; a sister, Linda Scott of Oceanside; two brothers, William Tesseyman III of Glen Spey and Edward Tesseyman of East Rockaway; five grandchildren, Dustin, Drew and Tyler Lynch and Kevin and Elise Everly; an uncle, Edward Tesseyman of High Falls; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon with the Rev. Jon Speed officiating.
Burial will be made in the Callicoon Cemetery in Callicoon.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Baptist Church, Callicoon, N.Y. 12723.
Jamaine D. Wyatt
Security Guard, 22
Jamaine Douglas Wyatt of Brooklyn, a security guard, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at the Brookdale Medical Center in Brooklyn. He was 22 years of age.
The son of Howard D. and Phyllis Herring Wyatt, he was born August 30, 1977, in Brooklyn.
In a family statement, it was said, "He will always be remembered and will live forever in the hearts of the ones who loved him."
He is survived by his mother and and his father, both of Brooklyn; four sisters, Yulonda Dennison of Virginia Beach, Va.; Donna Jones and Sadequa Robinson, both of Liberty, and Kimberly Wyatt of Brooklyn; a son, Shaty Wyatt, at home; his fianceé, Leticia Pabon of Brooklyn; his stepfather and mother, Jesse and Vernia Robinson of Ferndale; an uncle, Louis Herring of Brooklyn; an aunt, Rosetta Palmer of Brooklyn; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held in Brooklyn.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty.
Eleanor Potts of Accord, a homemaker, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at her home. She was 58 years of age.
The daughter of the late Harry E. and Mary M. Downer Decker, she was born July 30, 1941, in Newburgh.
She is survived by her husband, John W. Potts; a daughter, Mary Ann Potts of Bloomingburg; a son and daughter-in-law, John W. III and Mary Ann Potts of Accord; two grandsons, William and Christopher Potts; her extended family, Arthur and Susan Tompkins and children, A.J. Tompkins and Michele Tompkins, all of Wawarsing; four sisters, Mary Faguri of Plattekill, Alice Williams of Lake Placid, Fla., Anna J. Biazini of Wallkill and Margaret McQuiston of Washingtonville; two brothers, Douglas Decker of Marlboro and Edgar Decker of Worcester; two aunts, Flora Dawes and Pearl Langlity, both of Wallkill; 14 nieces and nephews; 17 grand-nieces and nephews; many cousins; and many, many friends.
Services were held Wednesday evening at the H.B. Humiston Funeral Home in Kerhonkson with the Rev. Arlene Dawber officiating.
Inurnment will be private at the Cedar Hills Cemetery in Middle Hope.
Donald Platt Sr.
Ret. HD Foreman, 72
Donald Platt Sr. of Wurtsboro, a retired foreman for the Town of Mamakating Highway Department and a lifelong area resident, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at his home. He was 72 years of age.
The son of the late Riley and Loretta Martin Platt, he was born September 12, 1927, in Ellenville.
Mr. Platt was a member of the New York State Trapper's Association and a trustee for the Sylvan Cemetery Association in Wurtsboro. Mr. Platt enjoyed the companionship of two dogs, Rusty and Abigale.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene Sarine Platt, at home; a son, Donald Platt Jr. of Wurtsboro; two daughters, Darlene Di Martino of Wurtsboro and Sheila Platt Doty of Cochecton; two brothers, Riley "Bud" Platt of Wurtsboro and Jacob Platt of Bradenton, Fla.; a sister, Bertha Huppman of Morristown, N.J.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Sharon Platt, two brothers, Edward Platt Sr. and Joseph Stedner and a sister, Ceilia Hogencamp.
Graveside services and burial will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Sylvan Cemetery, Route 209, Wurtsboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wurtsboro Fire Department, P.O. Box 457, or to the Mamakating First Aid Squad, both at Wurtsboro N.Y. 12790.
Lee Sleeper Jr.
Lyman Everett "Lee" Sleeper Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., a former resident of Lake Huntington and the Beechwoods, died Monday, April 3, 2000, in Jacksonville, Fla., after a long illness. He was 80 years of age.
The son of the late Lyman Everett and Mildred MacIntyre Sleeper, he was born August 18, 1919, in Shrewsburg, Mass.
In his youth, Mr. Sleeper was on the swim team in high school and attended trade school where he studied cabinetmaking. He worked for a time with a great-uncle, Frank Wilson, on Mr. Wilson's gladiola farm in York, Pa. He worked for the Greyhound Bus Line during and after the 1939 World's Fair.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, he was attached to motor pools in England and France.
After the war, he moved with his family to Lake Huntington and, with his father, his brother Robert and their wives, was involved in the operation of the Nutshell Hotel.
In 1950, Mr. Sleeper went into business for himself as a plumber and electrician. He installed and serviced a number of the first television sets in Sullivan County.
In 1955, he moved to Connecticut where Mr. Sleeper operated a fuel oil and propane supply business. He was active in showing dogs during this period.
Mr. Sleeper moved to Florida in 1966 where he operated a heating, ventilation and air conditioning business until he retired. He was a skilled artisan and craftsman and had many hobbies including raising hunting and show dogs, raising homing pigeons and cultivating orchids. He was a master gardener and loved working about his home and yard. He especially enjoyed the children and grandchildren of his two extended families.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Glesten Hammitt Sleeper, at home; a step-daughter, Judy Hammitt and her children, John Marcus Hammitt and Ginger Hammitt Welch and Ginger's children, Brandon and Joshua; a son, Ronald Sleeper of Cabot, Vt., Ronald's daughter, Sara Sleeper of Gorham, Me.; Ronald's sons, Ethan, Orion and Theron of Cabot, Vt., and daughter, Diane Monti of Barre, Vt., and her daughter, Sandra Reib Dysard of Stewarttown, Pa.; a sister-in-law Lorraine Snyder Sleeper (wife of his brother Robert who died in 1984) and their children, Carole, Barbara, Cheryl, Terry and Robert Sleeper Jr., all of Florida; and a good friend, Bert Schoof of Marion, N.C.
Services were held in Florida.