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January 16, 2001

Michael S. Mentnech
Ret. Dept. of Health, 52

Michael Sharon Mentnech of Morgantown, W. Va., died Thursday, December 21, 2000, at her home. She was 52 years of age.
The daughter of the late Auburn Sr. and Juanita Stover Taylor Snyder, she was born April 6, 1948, in McDowell County.
Mrs. Mentnech was a graduate of West Virginia Univeristy with a Master's degree in Microbiology. She retired from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in 1986.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Mentnech, a son, Sean Mentnech and a daughter, Katherine Mentnech, all of Morgantown, W. Va.; a sister, Patricia Furner of Lafayette, Ind.,; two brothers, Gene Snyder and Auburn Synder Jr. of Princeton, W. Va.; her mother-in-law, Betty Mentnech of Woodbourne; and a brother-in-law, Michael Mentnech of Hawaii.
Services were held December 23 with the Rev. William Metheny officiating.
Burial was made in the Forks of the Cheat Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 25, Morgantown, W. Va. 26505.

Betty M. Fulton
Homemaker, 80

Betty M. Fulton of Narrowsburg, a homemaker and a longtime area resident, died Friday, January 12, 2001, at the Community Medical Center in Scranton, Pa., following a long illness. She was 80 years of age.
The daughter of Joseph and Evelyn DeCavage, she was born December 30, 1920, in Cleveland, Ohio.
In a famiy statement, it was said that Mrs. Fulton "was a devoted wife, having enjoyed 60 years of marriage with her husband, Clinton. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was a lover of nature and enjoyed playing the accordion and harmonica."
She is survived by her husband, Clinton, at home; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Margaret and Joseph Morton of Liberty, Ann Marie Strouse of Matamoras, Pa., and Muriel and Barney Bartolini of San Diego, Calif.; a sister, Evelyn; a brother, Joseph; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Deighton.
Private services were held Sunday at the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg with the Rev. Thomas Jones officiatig.
Cremation was made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, ORS Region, 407 East Main St., 2nd floor, Middletown, N.Y. 10940.

Arlene Highhouse
School Supervisor, 58

Arlene Highhouse of Shiloh, Ill., a noon-hour supervisor for the O'Fallon School District 90 at LaVerna Evans School, died Friday, January 12, 2001, in Shiloh. She was 58 years of age.
The daughter of the late Arthur Olson and Rosemary Lind Kunze, she was born June 14, 1942, in the Bronx.
Mrs. Highhouse was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Shiloh.
She is survived by her husband, Milton D. Highhouse, at home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Kimberley and Brian Witkowski of North Grosvernordale, Conn., Lori and Jeff Schatz of Carlyle, Ill., and Kristen and Scott Shirley of Oglesby, Ill; a son, Mark Highhouse of Chicago, Ill.; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Donna Kunze of Maybrook, Matthew and Wendy Kunze of Roscoe and Edwin and Barbara Kunze of Albany; five grandchildren, Rebecca Witkowski, Matthew Witkowski, Lauren Schatz, Ben Joseph Schatz and Allison Shirley; her mother-in-law, Vera Highhouse, and a brother-in-law and his wife, Ronald and Judy Highhouse, all of Hortonville; and two sisters-in-law, Linda of Florida and Patricia of Cortland.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Shiloh with Father Carl Sherrer officiating.
Burial of the cremains was made in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Shiloh, Ill.
Memorial contributions may be made to LaVerna Evans School or the American Heart Association.

John A. Vealey
Ret. Store Mgr., 56

John Alan Vealey, a five-year resident of Avon Park, Fla., and a former manager of a grocery store, died Friday, January 5, 2001, at his home. He was 56 years of age.
The son of Marjorie Monks Vealey and the late Charles H. Vealey, he was born August 17, 1944, in Warwick.
Mr. Vealey was a member of Moose Lodge #2494 in Avon Park, Fla.
He is survived by his mother and step-father Marjorie and Claude Ryan of Avon Park, Fla.; a son, Brendon Vealey of Schenectady; three daughters, Dina Beers of Montgomery, Jennifer Collins of Ogdensberg, N.J., and Colleen Vealey of Schenectady; two brothers, Charles Vealey Jr. of Warwick and George Vealey of Troy; two step-brothers, Lloyd Ryan of Bloomingburg and Mark Ryan of Circleville; a step-sister, Karen Horton of Otisville; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services and interment will be held later at the Warwick Cemetery in Warwick.

Luella Howard, 97
Ret. Pharmacy Clerk

Luella H. Browne Howard of Binghamton died Wednesday, January 10, 2001, at the Good Shepherd Fairview Nursing Facility in Binghamton. She was 97 years of age. She was predeceased by two husbands, Lt. Col. Raymond W. Browne and Leroy Howard.
Mrs. Howard worked for many years at the Hillcrest Pharmacy and at Mel's Pharmacy. She was a former member of the Immanuel Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Barbara Moran and Connie and Harold Lee, all of Kirkwood, and Lucy and Philip Chamberlain of Deer Harbor, Wash.; a son, and daughter-in-law, Raymond W. and Linda Browne of White Lake; 20 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a step-daughter, Joyce, and her husband, Ed Tinklepaugh of Syracuse; a brother, Adelbert Gee of Kirkwood; and a niece, Reba Williams of Springfield, Oreg.
Services were held Monday at the Wm. R. Chase & Son Funeral Home in Port Dickinson with the Rev. Judy Wanck officiating.
Interment was made in the Chenango Valley Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Fairview Living Care Fund, 80 Fairview Ave., Binghamton, N.Y. 13904.

Harry Gallagher
Ret. From Yaun's, 72

Harry J. Gallagher of Callicoon Center, a retired employee of the Yaun Company in Liberty and the Gibber Poultry Farm in Kiamesha Lake, died Friday, January 12, 2001, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. He was 72 years of age.
The son of the late Harry J. and Loretta Helfrich Gallagher, he was born June 11, 1928, in Scranton, Pa.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Gallagher was a member of the Callicoon Center Fire Department and St. George's Church in Jeffersonville. He was formerly active in the Boy Scouts of America Troop #106, Barbershop Quartet and the Happy Footers Square Dance Club.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Disotell Gallagher, at home; three sons, Michael Gallagher and Harry J. Gallagher, both of Houston, Tex., and Shawn Gallagher of Staunton, Va.; a daughter, Diane Williamson of Flagstaff, Ariz.; five grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, including David and Diane Staves of Jeffersonville; and a sister, Marita Crane of Watkins Glen. He was predeceased by two sisters, Loretta Sweeney and Bernadette Gallagher, and a grandson, Christopher Kornacki.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. George's Church in Jeffersonville with Father Robert Nee, O.F.M. officiating.
Burial will be made in Calvary Cemetery in Youngsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 102, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601-4027 or the Callicoon Center Fire Department, Callicoon Center, N.Y. 12724.

Donn Kaarlsen, 61

Donn Kaarlsen of Hollywood, Fla., a longtime area resident, died Sunday, December 10, 2000, at the Memorial Regional Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 61 years of age.
The son of the late Edward G. and Elaine Masker Kaarlsen, he was born July 4, 1939, in Southfields.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Mona Fein, at home; two brothers, Edward J. Kaarlsen of Georgia and Clarke Kaarlsen of Wurtsboro; two sisters, Jean Norris of Wisconsin and Beverly Kaarlsen of Wallkill; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Wayne Kaarlsen.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 24, at the Community Bible Church Chapel in Port Ben Road, Wawarsing.
Interment of the cremains will be private.

Mary Slaver
Homemaker, 85

Mary Slaver, a homemaker and a 55-year area resident, died Sunday, January 14, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of the late Michael and Maria Lynch Molloy, she was born June 28, 1915, in Sheffield, England. She was the widow of Conrad B. Slaver whom she married in England in 1944. He died in 1982.
Mrs. Slaver is survived by a daughter, Winifred Mary Slaver of Liberty; a grandson, John Slaver and his wife, JoAnn, of Liberty; a sister, Una Austrin of Norwich, Norfolk, England; a brother, Thomas Molloy of the United Kingdom; a granddaughter, Erin Slaver; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:45 Wednesday at St. Peter's Church in Liberty with Monsignor Edward Straub officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Peter's Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, N.Y. 13220-3049 or to the Sullivan County Adult Care Center, Family Care Council, P.O. Box 671, Liberty, N.Y. 12754.

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