January 2, 2001
Ret. School Aide, 87
Helen Brinkerhoff of Liberty, a retired school aide at Liberty High School and a resident of the area since 1939, died Monday, December 25, 2000, in Millbrook. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Clifford and Anna E. Parnell Moule, she was born March 27, 1913, in Riga. She was the widow of Walter C. Brinkerhoff who died in 1996.
Mrs. Brinkerhoff was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Women, the Revonah-Lincoln Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Liberty Belles Home Extension, all in Liberty.
She is survived by two sons, A. James Brinkerhoff and his wife, Carol, of Charlottesville, Va., and David Brinkerhoff and his wife, Barbara, of Millbrook; a sister-in-law, Mae Stone of Canandaigua; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church in Liberty.
Burial will be made in Woodlawn Cemetery in Canandaigua.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Liberty, N.Y. 12754, or to the Order of Easter Star, c/o Mae Nidds, P.O. Box 415, Loch Sheldrake, N.Y. 12759.
Robert Merton Sr.
MR Track Supt. 67
Robert Merton Sr. of Smallwood, a track superintendent for the Monticello Raceway and a longtime area resident, died Sunday, December 23, 2000, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 67 years of age.
Born August 6, 1933, in Brooklyn, he was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge #561, F.&A.M.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Veronica Vetter Merton, at home; four sons, Robert Merton Jr., Thomas Merton, Michael Merton and Gregory Merton, all of Monticello; a daughter, Veronica Merton of Smallwood; five grandchildren; and many friends.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 195 Broadway, Monticello.
Burial will be made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Ret. Truck Driver, 82
Tony Dworetsky of Ferndale, a lifelong area resident and a retired truck driver for the Sullivan County Department of Public Works, died Tuesday, December 26, 2000, at Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 82 years of age.
The son of the late Steven and Anna Lamatsky Dworetsky, he was born January 18, 1918, in Brooklyn.
A World War II Army veteran, he was a member of St. Peter's Church in Liberty.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Laura Loughrey Dworetsky, at home; two sons, Steven Dworetsky of Ferndale and Anthony Dworetsky and his wife, Gina, of Danbury, Conn.; a daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Art Mapledoram of Monticello; three sisters, Kathryn Sawyer and Sophie Waryha, both of Ferndale, and Vera Sarakwash of Oradell, N.J.; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, James Dworetsky.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Friday at St. Peter's Church in Liberty with Monsignor Edward Straub officiating.
Burial was made in St. Peter's Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethel Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 31, White Lake, N.Y. 12786; the Monticello Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Jefferson St., Monticello, N.Y. 12701; or to the Liberty Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 105, Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Michael L. Ciago
Ret. Custodian, 70
Michael L. Ciago of Livingston Manor, a retired custodian of Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn and an 11-year area resident, died Friday, December 22, 2000, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 70 years of age.
The son of the late Michael and Catherine Loporachar Ciago, he was born September 10, 1930, in New York City. He was the widower of Mary S. Ciago.
Mr. Ciago was a 36-year member of the Knights of Columbus Lodge #5522 and was a former usher at Regina Pagas Church, both in Brooklyn. He was president of the Residential Council at Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty.
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Neal D. and Heidi Caputo of Livingston Manor; two brothers, Donald Ciago and Peter Ciago, both of Staten Island; a granddaughter, Heidi Caputo; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, January 13, 2001, at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, with Pastor Darcy Smith officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston Manor United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 361, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758 or to Family Council, c/o Sullivan County Adult Care Center, P.O. Box 671, Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Angela Hewitt, 63
Church on The Rock Pastor
Angela Hewitt of Jeffersonville, a 10-year area resident, the co-pastor of the Church on The Rock and former pastor of the Fosterdale United Methodist Church, died Friday, December 22, 2000, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. She was 63 years of age.
The daughter of the late Philip and Constance Anna Maria Acito Borreggine, she was born July 11, 1937, in the Bronx.
She and her husband also owned the Solid Rock Bookstore on Route 52 between Jeffersonville and Youngsville.
Mrs. Hewitt is survived by her husband, Pastor Richard Hewitt, at home; two sons, Philip Gentile of Washington, N.J., and Steven Gentile of Teaneck, N.J.; a daughter, Suzanne Murphy of Millbrook; two step-children, Dakotah and Matthew Hewitt, both of Warwick; three sisters, Anne Borreggine of Bangor, Me., Geraldine Rugani of Marathon, Fla., and Margaret Yousif of Bayonne, N.J.; three grandchildren, Coner Murphy of Millbrook and Robert and Andy Cedeno, both of Washington, N.J; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Wednesday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville with elders of The Church on The Rock officiating.
Burial was made in the Fosterdale Cemetery in Fosterdale.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Church on The Rock, P.O. Box 820, Jeffersonville, N.Y. 12748.
James R. Burpoe Sr.
Ret. Night Mgr., 74
James R. Burpoe Sr.,a four-year resident of Glen Spey, a retired night manager of the A&P in Sussex, N.J., and former resident of Middletown and South Centerville, died Saturday, December 23, 2000, at his home. He was 74 years of age.
The son of the late Raymond H. and Audrey Oatis Burpoe, he was born September 24, 1926, in Yonkers. He was the widower of Mary A. Melvin Burpoe.
Mr. Burpoe was an honorary member of the Slate Hill Fire Company, a former member of the Middletown Elks Lodge, and a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 464.
He is survived by five daughters, Margaret Avery of Illion, Marcella Bruning of Glen Spey, Ellen Melendez of Pine Bush, Kathleen Donatello of Utica and Margaret Simpson of Middletown; four sons, James Burpoe of Pine Bush, Michael Burpoe of California, Benno Larsen of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and Patrick Burpoe of Middletown; a brother, Raymond L. Burpoe of South Centerville; 13 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two daughters, Maryann Burpoe and Georgeann Burpoe, a grandson, Howard Avery, and a sister, Edith Byrns.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home in Middletown with Father John Warfel officiating.
Burial was made in the Ridgebury Cemetery in the Town of Wawayanda.
Memorial contributions may be made to the People for People Fund, c/o First Federal Savings of Middletown, P.O. Box 2023, Middletown, N.Y. 10940.
Julie M. Kongslie
Julie Mathea Kongslie of Warwick and West Palm Beach, Fla., died Tuesday, December 19, 2000, at St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick following a septic shock from infection following hip replacement surgery. She was 81 years of age.
The daughter of the late Alf and Inga Andersen Kongslie, she was born August 17, 1919, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
She was an alumni of Empire State College; a 67-year member of Bethany Lutheran Church's confirmation class "Mission Circle" and was a parishioner of Our Savior Lutheran Church in West Palm Beach, Fla., for nearly 50 years. During World War II she worked as a civilian in the U.S. Army in New York City which was followed by many years on Wall Street. Ms. Kongslie was a member of the National and State Grange, the Bloomingburgh Restoration Foundation, the Warwick Historical Society and a 37-year member of St. Anthony Community Hospital Auxiliary.
In a statement by her daughter, Leslie, it was said, "Mother was unconventional and unconditional in her love of country, her Viking heritage and every living thing."
Ms. Kongslie is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Leslie and James Farney of Warwick and Mathea and Gerald Howard of Annapolis, Md.; a sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Franklin McCray of Agawam, Mass.; a brother and sister-in-law, Alf and Millie Kongslie of Staten Island; three grandchildren; four nieces; a nephew; cousins and dear friends. She was predeceased by a brother, Parkman Kongslie.
Cremation was private at the Oxford Hills Crematory in Chester.
Memorial services and interment will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Nader 2000 General Committee, P.O. Box 18002, Washington, D.C. 20036.
Frank G. Krafve, 70
Ret. Industrial Engr.
Frank G. Krafve, a 48-year resident of Middletown and a retired industrial engineer, died Monday, December 18, 2000, in Goshen. He was 70 years of age.
The son of the late Gustave and Nellie Krafve, he was born and raised in Worcester, Mass.
A U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, he was stationed in Hawaii as a meteorologist. Mr. Krafve was a member of the one of the first classes to graduate from OCCC and earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Farleigh Dickenson University. He was employed for nearly 30 years at the Ford Motor Co. in Mahwah, N.J., where he was senior industrial engineer and plant manager when the plant closed in 1980.
Mr. Krafve was involved in many community activities. He played ball for Bob Maxwell, was a volunteer firefighter for the Silver Lake Fire District and was on duty when a fire burned down Lloyd's Supermarket and Department Store. He was also a member of the Middletown Elks Lodge.
He loved taking part in his daughter Susan's shop, The Catskill Hiking Shack in Wurtsboro. He loved helping out, talking with customers and observing small-town Wurtsboro, loved to fish, read, shop, watch the Yankees and spend time with his family.
Mr. Krafve is survived by four children and their spouses, Sherry and Michael Svec of Middletown, Susan and John Lavelle of Wurtsboro, Todd and Bonnie Krafve of Arlington, Tex., and Pamela Ann and Bill Mantis of Peoria, Ariz.; six grandchildren, Adam and Laura Svec, Danielle and Autumn Leigh Brown and Kelly and Katy Krafve; a sister, Helen Lindquist of Northboro; a brother and sister-in-law, Richie and Marie Krafve of Clinton, Mass; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Bob and Jack Krafve, and a sister, Betty.
Private burial was made in Hillside Cemetery in Middletown.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange in the Hudson Valley, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Ruth Mary Coursen
Ruth Mary Coursen of Shohola, Pa., died Saturday, December 23, 2000, at the Milford Valley Convalescent Home in Milford, Pa. She was 92 years of age.
The daughter of the late Norman and Barbara Bridge Sutherland, she was born November 5, 1908, in Shohola Township, Pa. She was the widow of Walter A. Coursen who died in 1978.
Mrs. Coursen was a member of St. Jacobi's Lutheran Church in Shohola, Pa.; the Town of Highland (Sullivan County) AARP; and for most of her life was active with the Shohola Volunteer Fire Company.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Daniel Allen of Shohola, Pa.; two granddaughters, Tauni Butterfield of Stratford, Conn., and Nicole Allen-Hickey of Churchville; a great-grandson, Conner Butterfield; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services at St. Jacobi's Lutheran Church and interment services at German Hill Cemetery in Shohola, Pa., will be announced in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jacobi's Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 37, Shohola, Pa. 18458.
Evelyn M. Barnes
Ret. ER Nurse, 85
Evelyn Marjorie Barnes of Middletown, a retired emergency room head nurse and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, December 22, 2000, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown where she had worked for 40 years. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of the late Ralph and Nellie VanWert, she was born January 12, 1915, in White Lake. She was the widow of Harry Barnes.
She is survived by two nieces, Marie VanWert of Monticello and Susan Lutz of Springfield, Va.; a grand-niece, Tracy Kaylor of Monticello; and several great-grand-nieces and great-grand-nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, John VanWert.
Graveside services and burial were held Friday at the Wallkill Cemetery in Phillipsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Horton Medical Center Cardiac I.C.U., Middletown, N.Y. 10940.
Lucille E. Phillips, 86
Ret. Owner of Resort
Lucille Elston Phillips of Lake Minnewaska, the retired owner of Lake Minnewaska Resort in Lake Minnewaska and a 66-year area resident, formerly of New York City, died Tuesday, December 26, 2000, at the A.G. Rhodes Wesley Woods Nursing Home in Atlanta, Ga. She was 86 years of age.
The daughter of the late Anthony and Lily Eberth Elston, she was born October 4, 1914, in Brooklyn.
Mrs. Phillips came to Lake Minnewaska in 1934 where she met her future husband. They purchased the Lake Minnewaska property in 1955 and upgraded the hotels adding a golf course, cross-country and downhill ski facilities and other amenities to make it a popular year-round resort.
She was a member of numerous local clubs and service organizations including the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, The New Paltz Study Club and New Paltz Garden Club. One of her greatest joys was the maintenance and perpetuation of the 19th century hiking and carriage trails on the original 10,000-acre Lake Minnewaska estate.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth B. Phillips Sr., at home; a son, Kenneth B. Phillips Jr. of St. Augustine, Fla.; a daughter, Susanne Elston Phillps of Atlanta, Ga.; a sister, Alva Virginia Kearney of Lexington, Kty.; numerous grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held Saturday at the Reformed Church of New Paltz in New Paltz.
Burial was made in the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery in Grahamsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Minnewaska Historical Society, c/o Kenneth B. Phillips, P.O. Box 908, New Paltz, N.Y. 12561. Part of the fund will be used to preserve the history of Lake Minnewaska as "One of America's Most Beautiful Resorts," and some will be used to republish the Minnewaska hiking map for which Mrs. Phillips wrote the introduction in the 1950s version, so others may enjoy and frequent the places so special to Mrs. Phillips and her family
Charles W. Avery Jr.
Short Order Cook, 19
Charles W. Avery Jr. of Beach Lake, Pa., died unexpectedly Wednesday, December 27, 2000, from injuries received in an auto accident on Route 652 in Wayne County. He was 19 years of age.
The son of Charles W. and Karen Dalesky Avery Sr., he was born May 6, 1981, in Honesdale, Pa.
He attended the Wayne Highland High School in Honesdale where he was on the wrestling team and football team. He had played baseball when he was younger on the Printery Pirates of the Wayne County Teeners League.
Mr. Avery attended the Beach Lake United Methodist Church, was a member of the Boyds Mills Hunting Club and worked part-time as a short-order cook at the Halfway House Restaurant in Honesdale, Pa.
He is survived by his parents of Beach Lake, Pa.; a sister, Melissa Avery of Beach Lake, Pa. (a student at Cedarcrest College); his paternal grandparents, Millard and Jean Avery of Beach Lake; his maternal grandmother, Rosa Dalesky of Honesdale, Pa.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Edward Avery, and his maternal grandfather, Joseph Dalesky.
Funeral services were held Saturday at the Beach Lake United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Gordon E. Weightman, pastor, officiating.
Interment was made in the Beach Lake Cemetery in Berlin Township.
Marion Probst of Grahamsville, died Friday, December 22, 2000, at her home. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of the late Benjamin H. and Marion A. Grant Davis, she was born July 1, 1915, in Cadosia.
Mrs. Probst was a charter member of the Grahamsville First Aid Squad and a former member and past Matron (1976) of Revonah Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, in Liberty.
She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Herman Probst, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Thomas Osterhout of Hurleyville; three grandchildren, Jenifer Oles of Liberty and Benjamin and Andrew Osterhout of Hurleyville; and a great-grandchild, Sebastian Michael Oles.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Grahamsville First Aid Squad, Grahamsville, N.Y. 12740.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Josephine M. Guzzo
Ret. Businesswoman, 73
Josephine M. Guzzo of Roscoe, a retired owner of the Fairway Inn in Roscoe and a 25-year area resident, died Thursday, December 21, 2000, at the Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton. She was 73 years of age.
The daughter of the late Ralph and Nancy Spataro Grella, she was born May 19, 1927, in Queens.
Mrs. Guzzo was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of BPOE in Montvale, N.J., the Women of the Moose in St. James City, Fla., and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Rockland Hose Co. #1 in Roscoe.
She is survived by her husband, Edward J. Guzzo, at home; two sons, Michael Guzzo of Las Vegas, Nev., and Philip Guzzo of Roscoe; three daughters, Stephanie Guzzo of Greensboro, N.C., Julie Streng of East Meadow and Giniene Mojica of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a brother, Ralph Grella of Brooklyn; two sisters, Elizabeth Grella of Ozone Park and Patricia Hulsmann of Deer Park; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Saturday in the United Church of Roscoe with the Rev. Bridgette LeConey officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Roscoe-Rockland Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Roscoe, N.Y. 12776.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe.