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August 25, 2000

John J. Daus
Ret. Accountant, 76

John J. Daus of Forestburgh, a retired accountant for Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City and longtime resident of the area, died Sunday, August 20, 2000, at home. He was 76.
The son of the late John and Emma Helder Daus, he was born Sept. 22, 1923, in Manhattan.
He was the widower of Cathleen P. Halpin Daus.
Mr. Daus was a U.S. Army Veteran, having served during WWII. He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas R.C. Church, Forestburgh; and Forestburgh Senior Citizens.
Survivors include three sons, John Daus and his wife, Virginia, of Forestburgh, Thomas Daus of Middletown and Michael Daus of Albuquerque, N.M.; five grandchildren, Lori, Tommy, Lisa, Cathleen and Rachel; two great-grandsons, Ryan and Dylan; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday in St. Peter's R.C. Church, Broadway, Monticello. The Rev. Robert Ginel officiated.
Burial was in St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery, Forestburgh.
Funeral arrangements were made by VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, Monticello.

Audrey J. Duncan
Ret. Office Manager, 85

Audrey J. Duncan of Forestburgh, a retired office manager for Associates in Anesthesiology in Binghamton and former resident of Binghamton, died Monday, August 21, 2000, in the Skilled Nursing Unit of Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 85.
The daughter of the late Ivan and Edna Jones, she was born Oct. 23, 1914, in Endicott.
She was the widow of Thomas J. Duncan, who died in 1987.
Mrs. Duncan was active in the Ogden-Hillcrest Methodist Church; was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution; and was an active gardener, reader, golfer and traveler.
Survivors include a son, Bruce Duncan and his wife, Gay Tucker-Duncan of Norwalk, Conn.; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy D. and Anthony T. Kane of Forestburgh; a sister, Thelma Beach and her husband, Foster of Port Dickinson; a son-in-law, Ralph Jensen of Rumson, N.J.; six grandsons, Dr. Scott Jensen, Mathew and Timothy Kane and Bradford, Christopher and Alexander Duncan; one niece and one nephew.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Sally D. Jensen.
Funeral services were held Thursday in the Monticello United Methodist Church, 255 Broadway, Monticello. The Rev. Rosemary Smith officiated.
Interment was in Kattelville Cemetery, Chenango Bridge.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Mid-Hudson Chapter, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 102, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601-4027 or the Skilled Nursing Unit of Community General Hospital, Bushville Rd., Harris, N.Y. 12742.
Funeral arrangements were made by Ramsay's Funeral Homes, Monticello.

George "Butch" VanAken
Taxi Driver, 46

George "Butch" VanAken of Liberty, a driver for Ace Taxi in Liberty and lifetime resident of the area, died Monday, August 21, 2000, in Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, N.J. He was 46.
The son of George and Agnes King VanAken, he was born July 23, 1954, in Monticello.
Survivors include his mother of South Fallsburg; his loving wife, Shirley Ackerley VanAken, whom he married April 9, 1977, in Liberty, at home; five sons, Allan and Jason Jones, George VanAken Jr. and William and Daniel VanAken, all of Liberty; three daughters, Mary DeGraw and Loretta VanAken of Monticello and Michelle VanAken of Liberty; his mother-in-law, Evelyn Bivins of Liberty; two brothers, Terry VanAken of South Fallsburg and James VanAken of Monticello; four sisters, Evelyn Davis of Swan Lake, Rita Edwards of Neversink, Bonnie Gildersleeve of Woodridge and Shari DiSanto of Narrowsburg; ten grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday at Ramsay's Funeral Homes, 275 South Main St., Liberty.
Cremation was in Cedar Hill Crematory, Newburgh.

Floyd C. Sheard
Ret. Postmaster, 90

Floyd C. Sheard of Milanville, Pa., a retired postmaster and owner of the former Boyds Mills General Store, and a lifetime resident of the area, died Tuesday, August 22, 2000 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. He was 90.
The son of George W. and Blanche Crocker Sheard, he was born on August 15, 1910 in Calkins, Pa. He was married to the late Anna Sheard, who passed away in 1999.
He was a member of the Calkins Labor Grange; the Postmasters Association; the Calkins Baptist Church; a founding member of the Boyds Mills Hunting Club; a member of NRA; Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE); and past treasurer and member of Calkins Cemetery Association.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Grant and Pat Sheard of Boyds Mills and Garry and Irma Sheard of Calkins; a sister, Louisa Gossman of Boyds Mills; six grandchildren; four step grandchilden; 14 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, William and Frank, and two sisters, Florence and Sylvia.
Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rasmussen Sons Inc. Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Lane Jones will officiate.
Interment will be in the Calkins Cemetery in Milanville, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Ambulance, the Calkins Cemetery Association or the Calkins Baptist Church.

Marie R. Schalck
Retired Teacher, 88

Marie R. Schalck, a retired elementary teacher for Narrowsburg Central School and a lifetime resident of the area, died Wednesday, August 23, 2000. She was 88.
The daughter of Chester and Mary Powell Robert, she was born on May 16, 1912 in Beaver Brook, NY. She was married to the late Henry Schalck, who passed away in 1967.
She was a member of St. Francis Roman Catholic Church and its Rosary Society and a member of the Tusten Senior Citizens, both of Narrowsburg.
Survivors include two daughters; Theresa and her husband Bill Neiger of Latham; and Marian Trautwein of Narrowsburg; five grandchildren, six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, August 25, 2000 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Roman Catholic Church in Narrowsburg. The Rev. Thomas Jones will officiate. There will be no visitation.
Interment will be in St. Francis Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corps or to St. Francis Roman Catholic Church, both of Narrowsburg, 12764.
Funeral arrangements by Rasmussen Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, Narrowsburg.

Inez Mae Zwisler
Retired Mail Carrier, 66

Inez Mae Zwisler, a former resident of Glen Spey, died Thursday, August 17, 2000 at the Baptist DeKalb Hospital in Smithville, Tn. She was 66 years of age.
She was a retired mail carrier and relocated to Sparta, Tn. with her husband, Robert A. Zwisler, who survives her.
She was born May 5, 1934 to the late Philip and Mildred (White) Hocker of Glen Spey.
Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Teresa J. Vandermark of Rock Hill; four sons, Patrick S. Meehan of Poughkeepsie; Thomas E. Meehan of Spencer, Tn.; and Kirk D. Meehan and David G. Meehan, both of Glen Spey.
Also, one sister, Phylis Englehart of Port Jervis; one sister-in-law, Sheila Hocker of Glen Spey and several nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
The family has chosen direct cremation. There will be no visitation or funeral.

Nicholas Lycholaj
Machine and Tool Designer, 86

Nicholas Lycholaj of Glen Spey, a machine and tool designer and 20-year resident of the area, died Tuesday, August 22, 2000 at Horton Medical Center. He was 86 years of age.
The son of the late Gregory and Paraskewa Masciuak Lycholaj, he was born May 22, 1914 in Hungary.
He was a member of the American Engineering Society, Ukrainian Congress Committee; and the Organization for the Four Freedoms of Ukraine.
A family statement read, “A hardworking family man and inventor, devoted to his career and family. Nicholas was the District Chancellor of Schools during the German occupation of his native Ukraine. After enduring the hardships of several immigrations, he became an American and established himself as an innovator of new processes in engineering at the top of his field.”
Survivors include his wife, Tamara Lycholaj, at home; two sons, Dan Lycholaj and his wife Cathy of Clarks Summit, Pa. and George Lycholaj; and two grandchildren, Larissa and William Lycholaj.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Peter and Vladimir Lycholaj.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, August 25 at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 East Main St., Port Jervis. The Panachyda Service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
A Liturgy Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 26 at St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Glen Spey. The Rev. Nestor Kowal will officiate.
Burial will be in Glen Spey Cemetery, Glen Spey.
Arrangements are under the direction of Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis.

Gabrielle Struna,
Retired Chef, 74

Gabrielle Struna of Swan Lake, a retired chef at the Sullivan County Infirmary in Liberty and a 32-year area resident, died Tuesday, August 22, 2000 at her home. She was 74.
The daughter of the late Joseph and Maria Zvonar Dovseck, she was born January 3, 1926 in Aloace-Lorraine, France.
Mrs. Struna was a Communicant of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Liberty, NY; and a member of the Liberty Senior Citizens and the White Lake Senior Citizens.
Survivors include her loving daughter, Monika G. Struna of Swan Lake; loving son, Curtis Struna of West Sand Lake; three sisters, Sophia Zaye, Grette Patranelle and Anne Bresnick all of Slovenia; a brother, Henry Dovseck of Beaumont, CA and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Henry Struna. She will be remembered as a loving and unselfish person to those who knew her.
Å memorial mass will be held at St. Peter's Church, Liberty.
Mon. Edward Straub will officiate.
Burial will be private in the Evergreen Cemetery, Bethel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Peter's Church, 264 No. Main Street, Liberty, NY 12754.
Arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home of Liberty.

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