October 6, 2000
Rita A. Garde
Home Health Aide, 73
Rita Agnes Garde of Narrowsburg, a homemaker, home health care aide and 35-year area resident, died Tuesday, October 3, 2000, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 73 years of age.
The daughter of the late Nicholas and Josephine Sullivan Walsh, she was born June 24, 1927, in New York City. She was the widow of Thomas Garde, who died in 1998.
Mrs. Garde was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and its Rosary Society and the Tusten Senior Citizens, all in Narrowsburg.
She is survived by ten children, Theresa Fuchs of Charlotte, N. C., Peter Grieco of Alden, Doreen Dial of El Cajon, Calif., Robert Garde of Austin, Texas, Tommy Mattimore of Sebring, Fla., Dona Garde of Highland, Jeanmarie Taninies of Hawley, Pa., Michelle Rembish of Cochecton, Christine Garde of San Diego, Calif., and Pauline Klusmeyer of Charlotte, N.C.; a sister, Josephine Gerrity of Narrowsburg; a brother, Richard Walsh of New Port Richey, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A wake service will be held Friday evening.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Narrowsburg with the Rev. Thomas Jones officiating.
Interment will be made in St. Francis Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance or to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, both at Narrowsburg, N.Y. 12764.
Paul Boehm Jr., 74
Ret. TWA Bldg. Mech.
Paul H. Boehm Jr. of Harris, a retired building mechanic for TWA in New York City and a 10-year area resident, died Wednesday, October 4, 2000, at the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. He was 74 years of age.
The son of the late Paul and Irene Hornbeck Boehm, he was born December 23, 1925, in New York City.
In a family statement, it was said, "He was a wonderful husband and father."
A World War II Army veteran, he was a recipient of the Purple Heart. Mr. Boehm was a member of the Bailey-Richman Post No. 9588, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Sullivan County Disabled American Veterans and the Sullivan County Conservation Club, all in Monticello. He was a life member of the US Power Squadron in Long Island, a life member of the NYS Rifle and Pistol Association, a member of the Sullivan County Historical Society in Hurleyville and a member of the Tri-Valley AARP in Grahamsville.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Holman Boehm, at home; two sons, Paul Boehm III of Dix Hills and Scott Boehm of Queens; three grandchildren, Melissa Boehm, Matthew Boehm and Charles Reyes. He was predeceased by a daughter, Diana Boehm.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, West Street at Buckley, Liberty, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Donald Baker officiating.
Burial will be made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sullivan County Conservation Club, Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Harold J. Beck,
Ret. Businessman, 78
Harold J. Beck of Roscoe, a retired owner of Beck's Meat Market in North Branch, died Tuesday, October 3, 2000, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 78 years of age.
The son of the late Jacob and Ann Gossweyler Beck, he was born August 2, 1922, in Buck Brook.
Mr. Beck was a member of the North Branch Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Hemmer Beck, at home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Mickey Sazoff of Liberty, Gail and Robert Ludwig of Parksville and Cindy and Guy DeLuca of Hortonville; and two grandsons, Jason and Tim Sazoff.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon with the Rev. Audrey Pedersen officiating.
Burial will be made in the North Branch Lutheran Cemetery in North Branch.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Upper Delaware Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 228, Hankins, N.Y. 12741 or to the North Branch Fire Department, North Branch, N.Y. 12766.
Chester R. Kanin
Chester R. Kanin of Monticello, a painter and longtime area resident, died Saturday, September 23, 2000, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 80 years of age.
The son of the late Stanley and Ida Perkala Kanin, he was born August 20, 1920, in Scranton, Pa. He was the widower of Helen C. Kanin.
He is survived by a brother, Emil K. Kanin of Mount Holly, N.J.; and several nephews.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Newburgh.
Graveside services and burial of the cremains will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Peter's Cemetery in Monticello.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello.
Jeremy M. Lewis
Infant, 20 Days
Jeremy M. Lewis, the 20-day-old son of Christina Sweatt of Liberty and Branden M. Lewis Sr. of White Sulphur Springs, and twin brother of Branden M. Lewis Jr., died Friday, September 29, 2000.
He was born September 9, 2000, in Harris.
Jeremy is also survived by his grandparents, Teresa Connolly, Joan McGurrin and Theodore Lewis; great-grandparents, aunts, including Mallory Connolly and Danielle Lewis, grand-aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services were private.
Howard L. Osterhout
Ret. Businessman, 74
Howard L. Osterhout of Loch Sheldrake, the retired owner of Osterhout Excavation, died Monday, October 2, 2000, at his home. He was 74 years of age.
The son of the late Eugene W. and Alva Krum Osterhout, he was born Octrober 26, 1926, in Bittersweet.
A U. S. Army veteran of World War II, with service in the Phillipines, Mr. Osterhout was a life member of the Loch Sheldrake Fire Department and a former member of the Loch Sheldrake and Hurleyville Rod and Gun Club.
In a family statement, it was said, "He was a very sweet, loving man. He will be greatly missed by all whom he loved."
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Dorothy Osterhout, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn and Paula Osterhout and Earl and Suellen Osterhout, all of Loch Sheldrake; two daughters and sons-in-law, Ellen and Mike Ward of Loch Sheldrake and Marlene and C. Alton "Al" Dauch of Greensburg, Kty.; a sister, Amy Garber of Bradley; four grandchildren, Timothy and Casey Ward and Samantha and Brittney Osterhout; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Pauline Osterhout; three sisters, Florence Conklin, Marguerite Hotchkin and Dorothy Slater; and two brothers, Eugene and Vernon Osterhout.
Funeral services were held Thursday at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Interment was made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Loch Sheldrake Fire Department, P.O. Box 1005, Loch Sheldrake, N.Y. 12759 or to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Gerald E. Bair
Gerald E. Bair of Thompsonville, a welder and lifelong area resident, died Sunday, October 1, 2000, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 42 years of age.
The son of Myrtle L. Brumbaugh Bair and the late Francis C. Bair Sr., he was born May 27, 1958, in Newburgh.
Mr. Bair attended Goshen High School and served in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1975. He was a big fan of NASCAR and auto racing.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia A. Jorewicz Bair and a son, Christopher J. Bair, both at home; his mother of Goshen; a brother, Francis C. Bair Jr. of Youngsville; two sisters, Pamella Bair-Godfrey of Goshen and Alice Nuzzolese and her husband, Michael, of Goshen; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, William J. Bair.
Services were held Thursday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello with the Rev. Robert Pinto officiating.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Burial of the cremains will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 35 Orchard St., White Plains, N.Y. 10603.
Ethel F. Misner
Ret. SCCC Sec., 71
Ethel F. Misner of Neversink, a retired faculty secretary at Sullivan County Community College, died Monday, October 2, 2000, at the home of her sister. She was 71 years of age.
The daughter of the late Charles C. and Addie Wright Smith, she was born May 6, 1929, in Monticello.
Mrs. Misner was a member of Revonah-Lincoln Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, in Liberty.
In a family statement, it was said, "Ethel will be sadly missed by all who knew her for she was a great person who loved all and had a very special place in her heart for animals."
She is survived by two sisters, Emily Bernhey of Landing, N.J., and her twin sister, Edith S. Porter of Hurleyville; two brothers, Alton Smith of Scranton, Pa., and Lewis B. Smith of Monticello; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Rev. Arthur Judson Smith and Roy C. Smith.
A memorial service was held Thursday at the Hurleyville Methodist Church with the Rev. Doris Tietjen officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dr. Wachter, Old Route 17, Ferndale, N.Y. 12734.
Retired Baker, 91
Mathilde "Tillie" Gerber of Smallwood, a 45-year area resident and a winter resident of Jensen Beach, Fla., died Monday, October 2, 2000, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 91 years of age.
The daughter of the late August and Margaret Steinbach Baumgratz, she was born April 20, 1909, in Mannheim, Germany. She was the widow of George Gerber who died August 14, 1999, after 69 years of marriage.
She came to the U.S. in 1928 where she met and married her husband in 1930. Together they owned Gerber's Bakery in Cambria Heights for many years until they retired and moved to Sullivan County.
Mrs. Gerber was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Liberty; the Bethel Republican Club; AARP; Ladies Auxiliary of the Smallwood-Mongaup Valley Fire Department and was a volunteer at Hamilton Avenue Hospital for many years.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and Joseph Serba of Jensen Beach, Fla.; two grandchildren, Lynne Dunmire of Elkins, W.Va., and Joseph Serba Jr. of East Meadow; and a great-granddaughter, Lacey Dunmire.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 3534 Route 55, Kauneonga Lake, with the Rev. Audrey Pedersen officiating.
Burial will be made in the Evergreen Cemetery, Route 17B, Bethel.
Irene F. Stephens
Irene F. Stephens of Yeagerville, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, October 2, 2000, at the Ellenville Community Hospital. She was 69 years of age.
The daughter of the late Albert and Helen VanDermark Elliott, she was born April 5, 1931, in Middletown.
Mrs. Stephens was a member of North Congregational Church in Middletown and was the Drum Corps mother for the William Deakin American Legion Post #158 Drum and Bugle Corps in Walden.
She is survived by her husband, Robert J. Stephens Sr., at home; five sons and three daughters-in-law, Robert J. Jr. and Lynn Stephens of Walden, Stephen and Linda Stephens and David and Lori Stephens, all of Accord, Timothy Stephens of Yeagerville and Daniel Stephens of Ellenville; a daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Andre Hamon of Petaluma, Calif.; three brothers, James Elliott of Bloomingburg and Albert Elliott and Richard Elliott, both of Middletown; two sisters, Ann Spath of Florida and Margaret Knauff of Middletown; 23 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ellenville First Aid Squad, Webster St., Ellenville, N.Y. 12428.