January 9, 2001
Marshall Miller Jr.
Equipment Oper., 35
Marshall W. Miller Jr. of Long Eddy, a lifelong area resident and a self-employed equipment operator for construction, died Thursday, January 4, 2001 in Cave Junction, Oreg. He was 35 years of age.
The son of the late Marshall Sr. and Catherine Gorham Miller, he was born February 6, 1965, in Hancock.
He is survived by a brother, Jack Miller of Long Eddy; his paternal grandfather, Sidney Miller of Long Eddy; his grandmother, Elizabeth Rhodes of Long Eddy; two uncles, Merlin Miller of O'Brien, Oreg., and William Gorham; and an aunt, Mary Rico.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel in Hancock.
Eva V. Parisella
Eva Vitina Parisella of Warwick, a homemaker, died Friday, December 29, 2000, at St. Peter's Hospice after a battle with cancer. She was 75 years of age.
Born in Brooklyn, she was a resident of Warwick most of her life before retiring to Florida.
In a family statement, it was said, "Eva enjoyed bingo, card playing, knitting, cross-stitching, cooking, spending time with her grandchildren and was always surrounded by family and friends. Sleep with the angels, Grandma and Mom."
She is survived by her husband, Alfred J. Parisella; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Adelchi J. and Linda Parisella of Valdosta, Ga., Salvatore J. Parisella and his fianceé, Vicky Boucher of Middletown, and John and Patricia Parisella of Liberty; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Linda T. and Ronald Mege of Greenville, Francine E. and Michael Kitto of Altamont and Renee L. Parisella and her special friend, Joseph Johnson, of Cornwall; 11 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Services were held in Delmar.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, N.Y. 12205.
Ret. Manicurist, 83
Shirley Seleznow of Woodridge, a retired manicurist at Renee's Beauty Shop in Woodridge and a longtime area resident, died Thursday, January 4, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 83 years of age.
The daughter of Samuel and Dora Mazlin Kirson, she was born August 12, 1917, in Brooklyn. She was the widow of Isidore Seleznow.
Mrs. Seleznow was a member of the Sisterhood of the Woodridge Synagogue and the Fallsburg/ Woodridge Senior Citizens.
She is survived by two daughters, Diane Kruk of Walden and Nancy Barnett of Camillus; a brother, Leonard Kirson of the state of Florida; five grandchildren, Merri Walls, Sherri Stephan, Beth Godlin and Scott and Randy Barnett; two great-grandchildren, Naomi and Aliza Barnett; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Evelyn Kreisberg, and two brothers, Dave and Julius Kirson.
Services were held Friday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello with Rabbi Irving Goodman officiating.
Burial was made in the Workmen's Circle #281 Cemetery in Glen Wild.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Family Council of the Adult Care Center, Infirmary Rd., Liberty, N.Y. 12754 or the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., Box 7E, East Syracuse, N.Y. 13057.
Myrna L. Clark, 85
Ret. Cafeteria Super
Myrna L. Clark of Grahamsville, a retired cafeteria supervisor/cook at the Tri-Valley Central School and a longtime area resident, died Friday, January 5, 2001 at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of the late Jesse and Lena Ballard Lloyd, she was born February 23, 1915, in Columbus, N.Y. She was the widow of Edward A. Clark.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was a loving wife, a wonderful Mom, Grandma and Grammy who will be missed very much. May her memory live on in the lives she touched throughout her life."
Mrs. Clark is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Gayle and Robert Irving of Grahamsville; a brother, Edward Elliott of Morris; two granddaughters, Tracy Irving and Jessica Irving, both of Grahamsville; a great-granddaughter, Breona Paige Irving; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four brothers and four sisters.
Services and burial were private.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charitry of one's choice.
Arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Helen H. Aldrich
Ret. Teacher, 87
Helen H. Aldrich of Grahamsville, a retired school teacher and a lifelong area resident, died January 6, 2001, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Benjamin and Mable Fuller Hill DeWitt, she was born September 25, 1913, in Eureka. She was the widow of Zophar Aldrich.
Mrs. Aldrich was a member of the Grahamsville United Methodist Church, a former editor of The Townsman, and a member and former secretary of Revonah-Lincoln Chapter No. 433, Order of the Eastern Star, in Liberty. She taught school in the Salt Point one-room schoolhouse that is now a dedicated community park named the Aldrich Park.
She is survived by a step-daughter, Marie Patten of Schenectady; a sister, Evelyn Huntsberger of Grahamsville; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by three brothers and a sister.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Loucks Funeral Home, Route 209, Ellenville, with the Rev. Lorraine Coscia Ackerman officiating.
Burial will be made in the spring at the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grahamsville First Aid Squad, Grahamsville, N.Y. 12740.
Ret. Janitor, 65
Alfred Minckler of Long Eddy, a retired janitor at the Delaware Valley School in Callicoon and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, January 6, 2001, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. He was 65 years of age.
The son of the late Sanford B. and Irma Williams Minckler, he was born May 20, 1935, in Abrahamsville, Pa.
Mr. Minckler was a member of the Long Eddy Hose Company.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Juanita Brush Minckler, at home; two daughters, Brenda Long of Callicoon and Carmela Minckler of Long Eddy; a son, Al Minckler of Beach Lake, Pa.; nine grandchildren; three sisters, Alice Johnston of Long Eddy, Bertha Swendsen of Milanville, Pa., and Wanda Sutton of North Carolina; four brothers, twins Allan and Alvin Minckler, both of the state of Florida, Gerald Minckler of Long Eddy and David Minckler of Jeffersonville; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Paquet officiating.
Burial will be made in the Halsey Cemetery in Long Eddy.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Long Eddy Hose Co., P.O. Box 75, Long Eddy, N.Y. 12760.
Walter R. Jensen
Ret. Engineer, 93
Walter R. Jensen of Monticello, a retired engineer and artist and a longtime area resident, died Friday, January 5, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 93 years of age.
The son of the late Frederick and Elizabeth Jensen, he was born October 24, 1907. He was the widower of Bernadette Jensen.
Mr. Jensen was a member of St. Peter's Church and a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council #550, both in Monticello.
In a family statement, it was said, "He was the best dad in the world."
He is survived by two sons, Walter R. Jensen of Orlando, Fla., and Richard B. Jensen of State Island; a daughter, Barbara Muldoon of Monticello; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Jack Jensen.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday at St. Peter's Church in Monticello.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope. Burial of the cremains was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Building Fund, 10 Liberty St., Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello.
James Hughes Jr.
Ret. Foreman, 61
James Hughes Jr. of Wurtsboro, a retired foreman for New York State Department of Transportation and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, January 6, 2001. He was 61 years of age.
The son of the late James and Margaret Hughes, he was born June 11, 1939, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Mr. Hughes was a charter member of the Mamakating Moose Lodge and a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Bloomingburg.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Harriet Hummel Hughes, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah and Mark Smithem of Wurtsboro and True and Russell Johnson of Bloomingburg; two sons, and a daughter-in-law, James III and Nancy Hughes, and Timothy Hughes and his girlfriend, Michele Morley, all of Wurtsboro; seven grandchildren, Marissa, Kaila and Cassi Smithem, Michael and Meghan Hughes and Susan and Tyler Johnson; three sisters, Rose Korpita of Bristol, Conn., and Ella Litzenberger and Phyllis Feddock, both of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; and two brothers, Robert Hughes of White Haven, Pa., and Ralph Sharp of Sweet Valley, Pa.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Bloomingburg.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wurtsboro Fire Department, P.O. Box 457, or to the Mamakating First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 525, both at Wurtsboro, N.Y. 12790.
File Clerk, 58
Julia Jackson of Kerhonkson, a file clerk with Pilot Industries and a part-time clerk with McDonald's, both in Ellenville, died Friday, January 5, 2001, at her home. She was 58 years of age.
The daughter of the late Alfred and Anna May Hennebe Austin, she was born November 6, 1942, in Jersey City, N.J.
Mrs. Jackson was a communicant of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, a life member of the Pioneer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, a board member of the Kerhonkson Drum and Bugle Corps and a member of the Miss Happs Bowling Team.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was an outstanding mom and mother-in-law. She will be greatly missed by us all."
She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Bertha and Troy Donohue of Napanoch, Debra and Ray VonRonn of Walker Valley and Linda and Stephen Stephens of Accord; seven sisters, Patricia May and Joel DeStefano, both of New Jersey, Joan Tohler of Wurtsboro, Judy Froehlich of Pennsylvania, Jackie MacEntee of Liberty, June Finkle of Livingston Manor and Jennifer Startup of Kerhonkson; four brothers, Lawrence Austin of White Sulphur Springs, Jerry Austin of Hawket, Alfred Austin of North Carolina and Lem Austin of Loch Sheldrake; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the H. B. Humiston Funeral Home in Kerhonkson, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with Monsignor Robert Hickey officiating.
Private burial will be made in the Pine Bush Cemetery in Kerhonkson.
Tracy Decker, 70
Tracy Decker of Eldred, a cook and deputy sheriff at the Orange County Jail and a former Washingtonville resident, died Friday, January 5, 2001, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. He was 70 years of age.
The son of the late Tracy Sr. and Alice May Henderson Decker, he was born February 11, 1930, in Johnson. He was the widower of Alma Louise Decker.
A lifetime member of Monell Engine Company in Washingtonville, he was a 40-year member of the Masons and a member of Excelsior Sportsman Club.
Mr. Decker is survived by his wife, Marion Emanueli Decker of Eldred; three sons, Roger Miller and Gary Decker, both of the Town of Newburgh, and Tracy Decker III of Fishkill; three daughters, Alice Schadt of Eldred and Brenda Decker and Mary Mann, both of New Windsor; five brothers, Charles Decker of Maine, Robert Decker of Newburgh, Jack Decker of Rock Tavern, Doughlas Decker of the state of Florida and Arthur Decker of Greenville; a sister, Faye Anson of Rock Tavern; four stepchildren, John Burkhardt of West Milford, N.J., Joseph Burkhardt of Washingtonville, Charlene Tinman of Bath, Pa., and Kathy Burkhardt of Monticello; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the David T. Ferguson Funeral Home in Washingtonville with the Rev. Ferguson officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope. Interment of the cremains will be made later.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Monell Engine Company, Washingtonville, N.Y. 10992.
Helen N. Navor
Ret. Volunteer, 78
Helen Novogrodsky Navor of Hopewell Junction, a volunteer at the Lunch Box in Poughkeepsie for many years, died Saturday, January 6, 2001, at Vassar Hospital in Poughkeepsie. She was 78 years of age.
The daughter of the late Michael and Catherine Novogrodsky, she was born April 27, 1922, in Neversink. She was the widow of Emil A. Navor who died October 22, 1998.
Mrs. Navor was a graduate of Woodridge High School and received an AAS Degree in Child Care from Dutchess Community College. She was retired from the Poughkeepsie Children's Home. While at the Lunch Box, she made soup and sandwiches for the homeless. She regularly attended a senior citizen exercise class at the Hopewell Junction Community Center.
A member of St. Columba R.C. Church, she had resided in Hopewell Junction most of her life.
She is survived by a son, Michael Navor of Hopewell Junction; a daughter and son-in-law, Rev. Nike Navor and her husband, Joseph D. Chillemi of Brooklyn; a dear family friend, Lee Tam of New York City; two sisters, Anne Baldi of the state of Florida and Frances Novogrodsky of Jeffersonville; a brother, Joseph Novogrodsky of Woodridge; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by five sisters and three brothers.
Friends may call at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 Main St., Woodbourne, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Woodbourne.
Burial will be made in the Hillside Cemetery in Woodbourne.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, Va. 22311.
Ret. Waitress, 54
Lorraine Kretzmer of Livingston Manor, a retired waitress and a 12-year area resident, died Sunday, January 7, 2001 at her home. She was 54 years of age.
The daughter of William Metje and the late Joyce Gadsen Metje, she was born January 10, 1946, at New Castle on the Tyne, England.
Mrs. Kretzmer organized Knitting For Children, a worldwide organization on the Internet with over six hundred members who work entirely for charity.
She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Kretzmer, at home; two sons, William Kretzmer at home and Darren Kretzmer of Carlstadt, N.J.; two daughters, Barbara Kretzmer of Liberty and Cassandra Kretzmer of Union, N.J.; her father of Kingston; two brothers, Geoffrey Metje of Wurtsboro and Craig Metje of Montana; a sister, Deborah Metje of Massachusetts; a granddaughter, Kaitlin Kretzmer; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no visitation.
Private cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to Knitting For Children, c/o Becky Carter, P.O. Box 352, Flagler, Colo. 80815 or to Hospice of Sullivan County, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor.
Assemly Line Wkr., 61
Sheldon Cutler, a resident at the New Hope Community in Loch Sheldrake, a former Monticello resident and an assembly line worker at the Monticello ARC plant, died Sunday, December 31, 2000, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 61 years of age.
The son of Doris Cohen Cutler and the late Paul Cutler, he was born November 26, 1939, in Brooklyn.
In a family statement, it was said, "Sheldon will be remembered for his great and playful sense of humor and his genuinely warm and friendly personality."
He is survived by his mother of Monticello; a sister, Rhoda Tlumak and her family; and his New Hope Community family.
Graveside services and burial were held last Tuesday at the Wellwood Cemetery in Pinelawn with Rabbi Lester Polonsky officiating.
Funeral arrangments were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Louise S. Mackerodt
Ret. Clerk, 101
Louise S. Mackerodt, a resident at the Pleasant View Retirement Community in Manheim, Pa., died there on Thursday, January 4, 2000. She was 101 years of age.
The daughter of the late Henry and Anna Weiss Speilmann, she was born July 25, 1899, in Youngsville. She was the widow of Albert Mackerodt who died June 29, 1969.
A member of the Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Moravian Church, Mrs. Mackerodt loved to cook and sent big boxes of cookies to her children and grandchildren at Christmas time. She also did ceramics in her later years. She was a sales clerk at the Abraham & Strauss Department Store in Brooklyn, retiring in 1971 after over 25 years of service and moving to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla..
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Doris M. and Alfred F. Johnson of Lititz, Pa., and Janet M. and Richard A. Koehler of Sun Lakes, Ariz; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, Fred Spielmann of Long Beach, Calif. Predeceased by several siblings, her sister Emma Curtis just passed away two weeks ago.
Friends may call at the Richard H. Heisey Funeral Home, 216 S. Broad St., Lititz, Pa., from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, January 12. Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday.
Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Green Hills Cemetery in Youngsville with the Rev. Robert McLeod officiating.