December 15, 2000
Helen I. Mungeer
Ret. Secretary, 71
Helen I. Mungeer of Liberty, a retired secretary for the Guidance Department at Liberty Central School in Liberty and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, December 11, 2000, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 71 years of age.
The daughter of the late William and Helen Spannknebel Kirk, she was born September 7, 1929, in Liberty.
She is survived by her husband, Frederick C. "Fritz" Mungeer, at home; a stepson, Steven Mungeer of Palm Bay, Fla.; a brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Jeanette Kirk of Holiday, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Louise Kirk, of Liberty; two grandchildren; and two favorite nieces, Diane Kirk of Largo, Fla., and Donna Kirk of Wilder, Vt. She was predeceased by a brother, William Kirk.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 South Main St., Liberty, with the Rev. Francis Waite officiating.
Burial will be made in the Liberty Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sullivan County ASPCA, Rock Hill Dr., Rock Hill, N.Y. 12775.
Sophie K. Philips,
Ret. NY Tel Oper., 77
Sophie Katherine Philips of Hurleyville, a retired New York Telephone operator and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, December 12, 2000, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 77 years of age.
The daughter of the late Stephen and Anna Jackiew Kostoff, she was born December 4, 1923, in Hurleyville.
She is survived by a sister, Anne Kostoff Melnick; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grand-nephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Joseph, John and William Kostoff.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:45 a.m. Friday at St. Peter's Church in Liberty.
Interment will be made in St. Peter's Cemetery in Liberty.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Doris L. Langer
Doris Lillian Trachtenberg Langer of Tamarac, Fla., a former Monticello and Woodridge resident, died Friday, December 1, 2000.
She was an avid reader, golfer and bridge player and was active in many organizations such as Hadassah, B'nai B'rith and Guardian Ad Litem Program of Dade County, Fla.
She is survived by two children, a son and daughter-in-law, Lester and Sharon Langer; a daughter, Sandra; a sister, Brayna Barrett; three grandchildren, Deborah and her husband Matthew, Stephanie and Jonathan; a great-grandson, Max; and her companion, Ralph Meyer, the former Supervisor of the Town of Thompson.
Services were held Monday, December 4, followed by burial at the Mt. Nebo Kendall Cemetery in Miami, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice or to Guardian Ad Litem Program of Dade County, Fla.
Sylvia M. Feldman
Sylvia Malman Feldman of South Fallsburg, a homemaker and a longtime area resident, died Monday, December 11, 2000, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 92 years of age.
The daughter of the late Joseph and Sarah Faltz Malman, she was born October 26, 1908, in Brooklyn. She was the widow of both Max Levine and Frank Feldman.
Mrs. Feldman was a member of South Fallsburg Hebrew Association and Hadassah.
In a family statement, it was said, "Sylvia was a devoted sister, wife, aunt and woman of the Jewish community. Her love of family, her sense of humor and her candid opinions will be greatly missed."
She is survived by two step-sons, Kenneth Feldman and Melvin Feldman, both of Fallsburg; a step-daughter, Miriam Zausner of Muncey; eight step-grandchildren; a brother, Murray Malman of Woodridge; a sister, Ruth Ruderman of Woodridge; six nieces, Selma Pellinger, Sharon Miller, Sue Kasofsky, Madeline Sherman, Janie Malman and Sara Bennett; and six nephews, Myles Malman, Steven Ruderman, Carl Wilkenfeld, Larry and Gary Malman and Alan Sloane. She was predeceased by two sisters, Frieda Wilkenfeld and Dorothy Schnabel; two brothers, Harold and Louis Malman; and a step-brother, Eugene Sloane.
Services were held Tuesday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello with Rabbi Isaac Gottlieb officiating.
Burial was made in the South Fallsburg Hebrew Association Cemetery in Glen Wild.
Memorial contributions may be made to the South Fallsburg-Woodbourne Chapter of Hadassah, P.O. Box 546, South Fallsburg, N.Y. 12779.
Kenneth Bernitt Sr.
Hvy. Equip. Mech., 50
Kenneth R. Bernitt Sr. of Long Eddy, a heavy equipment mechanic for Liberty Scrap Metal in Liberty and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, December 11, 2000, in Long Eddy as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 50 years of age.
The son of the late Willis and Agnes Lennon Bernitt, he was born December 27, 1949, in Callicoon.
A Vietnam War veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a member of the French Woods Golf and Country Club and a member of the Tuesday Night Bowling League at the Callicoon Lanes.
He is survived by his wife, Eileen VanGinhoven Bernitt, and a son, Kenneth R. Bernitt Jr., both at home; twin daughters, Jennifer and Rebecca Bernitt, both of Queens; a sister, Barbara Hahl of Roscoe; two brothers, Dennis Bernitt of Hankins and Michael Bernitt of North Branch; and several nieces and nephews.
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 at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon with the Rev. Ignatius Smith, O.F.M., officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Long Eddy Hose Co., Long Eddy, N.Y. 12760 or to the National Hydrocephalus Association, 870 Market St., Suite 705, San Francisco, Calif. 94012.
Melvin Pete Meachum
Ret. Gen. Contr., 83
Melvin "Pete" Meachum of Liberty, a self-employed general contractor in Liberty, died Tuesday, December 12, 2000, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. He was 83 years of age.
The son of the late Melvin Sr. and Dora Kelly Meachum, he was born August 9, 1917, in Hartford, Mich.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Clarence Hoyt Post No. 9217, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of St. Peter's Church, both in Liberty.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Beatrice Jensen Meachum; a son, Peter C. Meachum of White Sulphur Springs; four daughters, Kathleen Wilkerson of Liberty, Maureen Barber and her husband, Clarence of Liberty, Nancy Meachum of Liberty and Linda Brewer of Herkimer; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by 13 brothers and sisters.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 South Main St., Liberty, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
The Clarence Hoyt VFW Post #9217 will conduct services at 7:30 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter's Church, 264 North Main St., Liberty, with Monsignor Edward Straub officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sullivan County Adult Care Family Council, P.O. Box 671, Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Owner/Dir. Preschool, 60
Catherine M. Harrington of Wurtsboro, the owner and director of the Land of the Little People Preschool in Wurtsboro and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, December 13, 2000, at her home. She was 60 years of age.
The daughter of the late Stephen and Eva Wormsbecker Axtman, she was born January 25, 1940, in Yakima, Wash. She was the widow of Francis P. Harrington who died July 7, 2000.
Mrs. Harrington was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Wurtsboro and was active in the Girl Scouts for many years.
In a family statement, it was said, "In addition to being a loving mother and grandmother, she also took pride in enriching the lives of hundreds of children. She will be missed by many."
She is survived by three sons, Stephen Harrington and Thomas Harrington, both of Wurtsboro, and Michael Harrington of Benton City, Wash.; two daughters, Teresa Pinto of Wurtsboro and Catherine Marks of Newburgh; a brother, Daniel Axtman of Reading, Calif.; a sister, Florence Ellwein of Great Falls, Mont.; seven grandchildren, Karen, Jennifer, Melissa, Matthew, Michael, Martin and Robert; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Church in Wurtsboro.
Burial will be made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mamakating First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 525, Wurtsboro, N.Y. 12790.
Henry F. Wagner
Ret. Auto Mech., 78
Henry F. "Hank" Wagner of Port Jervis, a retired auto mechanic for Bernie Carrol Autos in Sparrowbush and Murphy Buick in Port Jervis, and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, December 11, 2000, at the Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 78 years of age.
The son of the late Henry L. and Beatrice Elson Wagner, he was born September 22, 1922, in Port Jervis. He was the widower of Helen Hazen Wagner.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served with the 290th Engineer Combat Battalion and saw action at the Battle of the Bulge, the Battle of Colmar and the Battle of Rhineland. He was a member of the Roosa-Fleming Post #161, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Port Jervis. Mr. Wagner was a constable for the Town of Deerpark, appointed to police sergeant for the Town of Deerpark and retired with the rank of Police Commissioner. He was a founding member of the Huguenot Fire Department and was a past New York State Fire Warden.
Mr. Wagner is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Greg L. and Beverly Wagner and Dane and Patricia Wagner, all of Glen Spey; a grandson, Greg J. Wagner; a granddaughter, Meghann Collins; a brother, Warren Wagner of Port Jervis; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Thursday at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home with the Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiating.
Burial was made in Pine Hill Cemetery in Sparrowbush.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Gertrude Klaw, 90
Gertrude Klaw of Liberty, the retired owner/operator of a children's clothing store in Liberty and a longtime area resident, died Tuesday, December 12, 2000, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 90 years of age.
The daughter of the late Morris and Sadie Singer, she was born February 8, 1910, in New York City. She was the widow of Alexander Klaw.
Mrs. Klaw was a member of Ahavath Israel Congregation in Liberty.
She is survived by a granddaughter, Lisa Belden of Orange, Calif.; a grandson, Alan Buren of California; two great-grandsons, Mathew and Joseph Belden of California; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Graveside services and burial were held Thursday at the Ahavath Israel Cemetery in Liberty with Rabbi Marvin Goldman officiating.
Ret. Bus Driver, 80
Cyde Johnson of Woodbourne, a retired bus driver, died Thursday, December 14, 2000, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 80 years of age.
The son of the late Orval and Cora Harding Johnson, he was born June 3, 1920, in Johnson City, Tenn.
Mr. Johnson was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and earned a Purple Heart. He was also the recipient of the EAME Theater Ribbon with six bronze stars, the American Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Ribbon.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ann Gus Johnson, at home; a daughter, Darlene Carroll of Woodbourne; a sister, Helen Wampler, and a brother, Roy Johnson, both of Tennessee; two grandsons, David and Brian; and two great-grandchildren, Rebecca and Brian.
Friends may call at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 Main St., Woodbourne, on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Burial will be made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.