December 1, 2000
Carl V. Nearing
Ret. DPW Carpenter, 91
Carl Vernon Nearing of Lake Huntington, a retired bridge carpenter for the Sullivan County Department of Public Works and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, November 27, 2000, at the Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, Fla. He was 91 years of age.
The son of the late Theodore and Emma Kirchofer Nearing, he was born on May 19, 1909, in Cochecton Center.
Mr. Nearing was a member of the Red Fox Hunting Club in Lake Huntington. He was an avid bowler and hunter and he loved nature.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Nearing, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Don and Linda Nearing of Dunedin, Fla., and Jack and Anne Nearing of Greenwich, Conn.; a sister, Alma Bischoff of Lake Huntington; a brother, Roland Nearing of Lake Huntington; six grandchildren; four 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.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Jacob Wielhouwer officiating.
Interment will be made in the Fosterdale Cemetery in Fosterdale.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Lake Huntington, N.Y. 12752.
Cecelia D. Gutkaiss
Ret. Assembler, 92
Cecelia Downer Gutkaiss of Montgomery, a retired assembler for Alpack in Montgomery and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, November 26, 2000, at the Orange County Residential Health Care Facility in Goshen. She was 92 years of age.
The daughter of the late Robert Nye and Anna Flynn Downer, she was born February 18, 1908, in Newburgh. She was the widow of Harry Gutkaiss.
Mrs. Gutkaiss was a member of St. Mary's Parish in Montgomery.
In a family statement, it was said, "She exemplified hard work, self-determination and loyalty to her family and community."
She is survived by two nephews, Dr. Robert Downer of Dayton, Ohio, and Kerry E. Downer of Mooresville, N.C.; three nieces, Patricia Lisi of Orlando, Fla., Kim Dubois of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Jamie A. Godfrey of Bloomingburg; grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and great-grand-nieces and great-grand nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, John, Joseph and James Downer.
Friends may call at the Overhiser Funeral Home, 78 Union St., Montgomery, on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Mary's Church in Montgomery with Father Joseph D. Sullivan officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Mary's Cemetery in Montgomery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church, 89 Union St., Montgomery, N.Y. 12549 or the Montgomery Food Pantry.
Henry J. O'Hagan
Henry Joseph "Hank" O'Hagan, a resident of Manhattan and Lake Huntington, died November 23, 2000, following a brief illness.
Mr. O'Hagan became a resident of Lake Huntington in 1985 and spent weekends enjoying the quiet rural life that "life in the country" afforded him. He took up many new activities, such as rafting on the Delaware River, bird watching and gardening, and renewed his interest in astronomy. He also participated in many of the community activities that Lake Huntington had to offer, particularly the Fourth of July celebrations.
He was the son of Marguerite O'Hagan, brother of Stephen O'Hagan, Peggy (Jeffrey) Stabile and Rosemary (Denis) Nugent, uncle of Jeffrey Stabile Jr., Elizabeth Cantwell, Michael, Kristen and Colleen O'Hagan and Denis, Sean and Patrick Nugent, and dear friend of Judith Harlan.
A Memorial Mass will be offered on Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Andrew's R.C. Church in Manhattan.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, Va. 22203.
Bus Monitor, 24
Susan Almodovar of Liberty, a bus monitor for Gershowitz Bus Co. in Liberty and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, November 27, 2000, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, after a long illness. She was 24 years of age.
The daughter of Ralph Almodovar and the late Charlotte Jones Almodovar, she was born December 2, 1975, in Harris.
She is survived by her father of Liberty; a daughter, Alexeea Charlotte Almodovar of Liberty; four brothers, Jeffery Quick of Swan Lake, Peter Quick of South Fallsburg, Greig Quick of Liberty and Ralph Almodovar of Liberty; a sister, Annette Casiano of Liberty; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Thursday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Interment was made in the Huson Cemetery in Neversink.
James A. Baker
Ret. Farmer, 81
James A. Baker of Damascus, a resident of Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale, Pa., died on Wednesday, November 29, 2000, at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, after an illness. He was 81 years of age.
The son of the late William and Oressa Bush Baker, he was born March 9, 1919, in Damascus, Pa. He was the widower of Wilma M. "Peggy" Moran who died December 26, 1999.
He ran the family farm until his retirement when he enjoyed the winters in Florida. Mr. Baker was a World War II veteran of the United States Air Force.
He is survived by a brother, Richard Baker of Equinunk, Pa.; two sisters, Katherine Adams of Hawley, Pa., and Vera Duke of Kingston; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Walter Baker, and a sister, Bertha Highhouse.
Memorial services will be held at the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, 1228 North Main St., Honesdale, at 2 p.m. on Saturday with the Rev. George Gallandorm, pastor of the Damascus United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment will be made in the Hillside Cemetery in Damascus, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Tyler Hill, Pa. 18469.