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October 13, 2000

Richard VanGinhoven
Ret. Truck Driver, 53

Richard VanGinhoven, a 14-year resident of Mammoth Springs, Ark., a retired truck driver and a former resident of Fremont Center and Obernburg, died Wednesday, October 4, 2000, at the Baxter County Regional Hospital in Mountain Home, Ark., after a long bout with juvenile diabetes. He was 53 years of age.
He was born in Callicoon.
He graduated from Delaware Valley Central School in 1953 and was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War.
Mr. VanGinhoven is survived by his wife, Joan VanGinhoven, at home; three daughters, Lynette Mills of Thayer, Mo., Jeanette Beach of Kansas City, Mo., and Billie Jo VanGinhoven of Mammoth Springs, Ark.; a; son, Richard VanGinhoven II of Mammoth Springs, Ark.; his parents, Frank and Elva Gillette VanGinhoven of Gibsonton, Fla.; three sisters, Racheal Gustina of Corning, Eileen Bernitt of French Woods, and Kristen Hall of Gibsonton, Fla.; two brothers, Paul VanGinhoven of Charlotteville and Frank "Sam" VanGinhoven of Gibsonton, Fla.; six grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Memorial services were held October 6 at the Clary Chapel in Mammoth Springs, Ark.

Kevin J. Lake, 42

Kevin J. Lake of Beacon and native of Roscoe, died Wednesday, October 11, 2000, at the Albany Medical Center. He was 42.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe on Friday, 7-9 p.m.
Services at 10 a.m. Saturday in the United Church of Roscoe.
More details in Tuesday's paper.

Helen M. Lawrence
Ret. Nurses Aide, 69

Helen M. Lawrence of Lew Beach, a retired nurses aide at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home in Roscoe and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, October 8, 2000, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 69 years of age.
The daughter of the late Arthur Sr. and Lilly Barry Bowers, she was born March 30, 1931, in Roscoe.
Mrs. Lawrence was secretary of the Rockland Development Corporation.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was a beloved wife and a loving mother and grandmother."
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Robert H. Lawrence Sr., at home; a daughter, Lillian Buck of Roscoe; a son, Robert H. Lawrence Jr. of Goshen; two sisters, Etta Bartschi of Roscoe and Vivian Merrill of Horton Brook; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Arthur Bowers Jr., Otto Bowers and Francis Bowers.
Services were held Thursday at the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe with the Rev. Bridgette LeConey officiating.
Burial was made in the Riverview Cemetery in Roscoe.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston Manor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758, the Roscoe-Rockland Volunteer Ambulance Corps or to the Patient Activities Fund of the Roscoe Community Nursing Home, both at Roscoe, N.Y. 12776.

Darren M. Foss
Owned Constr., Co., 35

Darren M. Foss of Rock Hill, the owner of D&L Quality Construction and a lifelong area resident, died unexpectedly Sunday, October 8, 2000, in Tabernacle Township, N.J. He was 35 years of age.
The son of Linda Smith and Darrel Foss, he was born March 22, 1965, in Monticello.
A graduate of Monticello High School Class of 1983, Mr. Foss was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force. He was a member of the American Motocross Association and Ridgerunners Hunting Camp.
He is survived by his wife, Laura Bialo Foss, a son, Dustin Foss and a daughter, Deara Lin Foss, all at home; his mother of Liberty; his father of Hernando, Fla.; two brothers, Brian Foss of Monticello and Brendan Pavese of Woodbourne; his maternal grandmother, Claire Smith of Monticello; and his paternal grandparents, Gerry and Gil Foss of Zephyrhills, Fla.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church of Monticello, 255 Broadway, Monticello.
Burial will be made in the Laurel Hill Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs.

Joan Williamson
Ret. Switchboard Oper., 64

Joan Laura Williamson of Slate Hill, a retired switchboard operator for the Orange County Infirmary, Orange County BOCES and Rupp Southern Tier Trucking in Middletown, entered into rest, Tuesday, October 10, 2000, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown after a long illness. She was 64 years of age.
The daughter of Tracy Coddington and Estelle Conklin Featherman, she was born February 25, 1936, in Goshen.
Mrs. Williamson was a member of the American Legion Post 151 Ladies Auxiliary and Webb Horton Presbyterian Church in Middletown.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Ann Williamson of Wurtsboro; two daughters and a son-in-law, Cheryl and Rick Matuszewski of Bloomingburg and Nancy Baker of Middletown; a step-son and his wife, Gary and Laurie Williamson of Middletown; and nine grandchildren, Melissa, Shawn and his fianceé Lulu Keirstin, Tarlyn, Todd, Kaela, Tracie, Zachary and Joshua.
No information was submitted as to the time of services and burial.

Richard B. Downs,
Ret. Collision Expert, 79

Richard B. Downs of Liberty, a retired self-employed collision expert in Queens and a 12-year area resident, died Tuesday, October 10, 2000, at the Walnut Mountain Care Center in Liberty. He was 79 years of age.
The son of the late Samuel and Agnes O'Brian Downs, he was born November 17, 1920, in Trenton, N.J.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, he served from 1939 to 1945. Mr. Downs was a member of Liberty Elks Lodge #1545 and an assistant scoutmaster for Troops 95 and 96 in Liberty.
In a family statement, it was said, "He was a loving father, husband and grandfather and will be missed by all."
He is survived by his wife, Mary Mitchell Downs, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard B. Jr. and Marilyn Downs of Equinunk, Pa., and Thomas M. and Rose Downs of Grahamsville; a daughter, Patricia Downs, at home; a sister, Marion Hearn of New York City; and two grandsons, Mitchell Downs and Gregory Allen U.S.A.F. He was predeceased by 13 brothers and sisters.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home with the Rev. Francis Waite officiating.
Burial will be made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.

Arthur Rodgers Sr., 53
Holiness Church Deacon

Arthur Lewis Rodgers Sr. of Monticello, a member and and ordained deacon of the Little Grove Holiness Church in Woodridge, died Sunday, October 8, 2000. He was 53 years of age.
The son of the late Boley and Nancy Rodgers, he was born August 11, 1947, in Beaufort County, N.C.
Mr. Rodgers attended Williamston High School and was employed by the Monticello School District for many years.
In a family statement, it was said, "He was a faithful, willing worker for Christ. During his time of sickness, he was always encouraging and spreading the good news about Jesus. He kept true to the scripture 'Be thou faithful until death.' Arthur, as most people knew him, let his work speak for him. Whether he was offering a helping hand to fix your car or just had a friendly wave and smile, all who knew him loved him."
He is survived by his wife, Hazel Godley Rodgers, at home; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, James Arthur and Phyllis Rodgers, Asa and Betty Rodgers, and his twin brother, Robert Rodgers; two sisters, and brothers-in-law, Della and Samuel Spell and Anna and Jesse Little all of Washington, N.C.; five sons, Arthur Rodgers Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, and Derrick Rodgers, all of Monticello, and Andre, Tommy and Kirk Meredith all of Brooklyn; three daughters, Shawnette Meredith, Gina Martinez and her husband, Ismael, and LaVette Meredith of Brooklyn; five granddaughters and a grandson; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends "to cherish what he gave us all —Love."
Services were held Thursday at King's Chapel in Monticello with Bishop T.E. Ward officiating.
Interment was made in Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Funeral arrangements were made by Ramsay's Funeral Home in Monticello.

Antonio Esposito
Ret. Mechanic, 69

Antonio "Tony" Esposito of Callicoon, a retired mechanic and a 21-year area resident, died Wednesday, October 11, 2000, at the Grover M. Hermann Division of Community General Hospital in Callicoon. He was 69 years of age.
The son of the late Sebastiano and Margaret Liberti Esposito, he was born June 17, 1931, in Italy.
He was a member of Holy Cross Church and the Delaware Council #4478, Knights of Columbus, both in Callicoon.
Mr. Esposito is survived by his wife, Alfonsina "Frances" Bernadino Esposito at home; two daughters, Margaret Porter and Cindy Esposito, both of Callicoon; two sons, Antonio Esposito Jr. of Bear, Del., and Samuel Esposito of Littleton, Colo.; a sister, Maria Marrotta of New Jersey; and eight grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon with the Rev. Ignatius Smith, OFM, officiating.
Burial will be made in Calvary Cemetery in Youngsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Frances Esposito, 153 Gabel Rd., Callicoon, N.Y. 12723.

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