January 30, 2001
John P. D'Agata, 56
Ret. Owner of Sport Shop
John P. D'Agata of Boca Raton, Fla., a former resident of White Sulphur Springs and the retired owner of the Sportingway Sport Shop in Jeffersonville, died Tuesday, January 23, 2001, in the Boca Raton Community Hospital. He was 56 years of age.
The son of Rita Mulvahill D'Agata and the late Peter D'Agata, he was born April 24, 1944, in New York City.
Mr. D'Agata was a member of the Sullivan County Bassmasters Assn.
He is survived by his mother of Boca Raton, Fla.,; his wife, Brenda McArthur D'Agata, at home; two daughters, SueAnn R. Boyd of Jeffersonville and Mechelle E. Fuchs of Clovis, Calif.; a son, John S. D'Agata of Cape Coral, Fla.; two brothers, Peter D'Agata of New Port Richey, Fla., and Stephen D'Agata of Kauneonga Lake; a sister, Ida Antonelle of Watchung, N.J.; two granddaughters, Megan and Madison D'Agata; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. at St. Peter's R.C. Church in Liberty.
Burial will be made in Laurel Hill Cemetery, White Sulphur Springs.
Ann P. Meskimen
Ann Phyllis Meskimen of Titusville, Fla., died Wednesday, December 27, 2000, at her home.
The daughter of the late Arthur and Lillian Roden, she was born in New York.
She is survived by her husband, James H. Meskimen of Titusville, Fla.; a son, James J. Meskimen of Topeka, Ill; two daughters, Patricia A. Walker and Barbara J. Arrowsmith, both of Pekin, Ill; two brothers, Arthur A. Roden of Beverly Hills, Fla., and James J. Roden of Monticello; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Paul Roden, and a sister, Aileen Marie Regan.
Services were held on Sunday at the North Brevard Funeral Home in Titusville, Fla.
Lartha Sides of New York City, a homemaker, died Wednesday, January 24, 2001, at North General Hospital in New York City. She was 74 years of age.
The daughter of the late James and Daisy Windley Warren, she was born January 26, 1926, in Bath, N.C. She was the widow of Willie Gasken Sides.
Mrs. Sides was a 22-year member of Excelsior Chapter #82, Order of the Eastern Star, in Norfolk, Va.
She is survived by a son, Gasken Ray Sides of Mt. Gale, N.C.; a daughter, Hazel Ward of New York City; three sisters, Annie Bell of Bath, N. C., Verdie Warren of Orlando, Fla., and Ollie Newby of Portsmouth, Va.; 15 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, James Howard of Wilmington, N.C. and Rev. Thomas Ellis Ward and his wife, Mary, of Monticello. She was predeceased by a son, Albert Howard, a daughter, Melva Wollard, two brothers, James and Haywood Warren, and two sisters, Frances McWillis and Pearly Ward.
Private services and burial were arranged by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Monticello.
Ret. Waiter, 78
Leo Willensky of Monticello, a retired waiter and a longtime area resident, died Friday, January 26, 2001, at his home. He was 78 years of age.
The son of the late Jack and Frieda Shotten Willensky, he was born June 21, 1922, in Brooklyn.
He is survived by his wife, Leila "Bobbi" Willensky, at home; a daughter, Kerri Willensky of Kew Gardens; two sons, Sheldon Willensky of New York City and Jeffrey Willensky of Monticello; a granddaughter, Samantha; and several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Solomon Valinsky.
Services were held Sunday at Sinai Chapels in Fresh Meadows.
Burial was made in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in Glendale.
Joseph F. Smith
Ret. Penn DOT, 64
Joseph F. Smith of Callicoon, a former worker for Collingdale Boro Pennsylvania Highway Department, died Wednesday, January 24, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 64 years of age.
The son of the late Joseph and Rose Allgeier Smith, he was born March 24, 1936, in New York City.
He is survived by his wife, Marguerite Doran Smith, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Alma Smith of Callicoon; two daughters and sons-in-law, Stephanie and Kevin Verrill of Mifflinburg, Pa., and Jennifer and Paul Pitz of Narrowsburg; six grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; and several cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Rose Marie Smith, and a brother, Robert E. Smith, a retired New York City policeman.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday at St. George's Church in Jeffersonville, with Father Robert Nee, O.F.M., officiating.
Burial was made in St. Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, c/o NYS Memorial Processing Center, PO Box 31160, Hartford, Conn. 06150-1160.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville.
Marlyn A. Cole
Marlyn A. Cole of Ferndale, a homemaker and a licensed practical nurse, died Friday, January 26, 2001, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. She was 68 years of age.
The daughter of the late Robert A. and Anna May Beseth Cox, she was born December 23, 1932, in Liberty.
Mrs. Cole was a member of the White Sulphur Springs Senior Citizens.
She is survived by her husband, Lee Cole, at home; two sons, Martin Cole of Ferndale and Rodney Cole and his wife, Judy, of Virginia Beach, Va.; a daughter, Barbara Sarles of Liberty; a brother, Donald Cox, and his wife, Dorothy, of White Sulphur Springs; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Harris Funeral Home, West Street at Buckley, Liberty, with the Rev. Donald Baker officiating.
Burial will be made in the Laurel Hill Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7E, East Syracuse, N.Y. 13057.
Edward C. Paden
Owner Mom/Pop's, 71
Edward C. Paden of Wurtsboro, the owner of Mom & Pop's Wurtsboro Variety Store, died Friday, January 26, 2001, at the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J.He was 71 years of age.
The son of the late Clarence and Marie Maduro Paden, he was born May 30, 1929, in Haverstraw.
Mr. Paden was a former 36-year maintenance manager at Lederle Laboratories in Pearl River. A member of the Mamakating Moose Lodge, he was involved in the Rockland County Boy Scouts, served in the Merchant Marines and was a former volunteer fireman in West Haverstraw.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Margaret Brestolli Paden, at home; three sons, Charles Paden and Thomas Paden, both of Wurtsboro, and Edward Paden Jr. of California; three daughters, Diane Johnson of the Florida Keys, Fla., Susanne Paden of Wurtsboro and Helena Rodriguez of Suffern; a sister, Elizabeth Cantido of Haverstraw; four grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Robert Paden.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Church in Wurtsboro with the Rev. Peter J. Madori officiating.
Burial will be made in Sylvan Cemetery in Wurtsboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bob Paden Cabin Memorial Fund, 94 South Congers Ave., Congers, N.Y. 10920.
Funeral arrangements were made by The VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro.
Michael E. Senkiew
Ret. RR Repairman, 76
Michael E. Senkiew of Port Jervis, a retired car repairman for Conrail Railroad in Port Jervis, a retired laborer for Local 17 in Newburgh and a lifelong area resident, died Thursday, January 25, 2001, at his home. He was 76 years of age.
The son of the late John and Sophie Surdrick Senkiew, he was born November 23, 1924, in Port Jervis.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the U.S.S. Obannon, he was a member of Tri-States Naval Ship Post #7241, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Port Jervis. He was also a member and usher of St. Mary's R.C. Church and a member of the Port Jervis Knights of Columbus Council #471.
In a family statement, it was said, "He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and was an avid horseshoe player."
He is survived by his wife, Frances Winters Senkiew, at home; two sons, Randall Senkiew and his wife, Sharon, and Gary Senkiew, all of Port Jervis; two daughters and sons-in-law, Michelle and Luke Van Horn of Huguenot and Denise and Steve Geiger of Pond Eddy; a brother, Russell Senkiew of Port Jervis; a sister, Mary Nemeth of Elmwood Park, N.J.; six grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Randi Beth, Kristin and Kurt Senkiew and Steven and Jon Ross Geiger; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday at St. Mary's R.C. Church in Port Jervis with the Rev. Dennis Dinan officiating.
Burial was made in St. Mary's Cemetery in Port Jervis.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Henry M. Bosch
Ret. U.S. Army, 83
Henry M. Bosch of Highland Lake, a retired Chief Warrant Officer of the U.S. Army and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, January 28, 2001, at his home. He was 83 years of age.
The son of the late Charles W. and Helen Miller Bosch, he was born October 21, 1917, in Highland Lake.
A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he was stationed on Governor's Island. He retired in 1963.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth W. Gunstone Bosch, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Sandra Bosch of Highland Lake and Russell and Christine Bosch of Bath; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Gerald Rumsey of Yulan; six grandchildren, Brian and Rachel Rumsey and Gregg, Henry, Kyle and Andy Bosch; three great-grandchildren, Stephanie Lee and Victoria and Alexandra Rumsey; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home, Route 97, Barryville, on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be made in Montoza Cemetery in Eldred.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Highland Lake Fire Department, Highland Lake, N.Y. 12743 or to the Highland Lions Club.
Margaret Ruppert of Kenoza Lake, more recently a resident of Walnut Mountain Care Center in Liberty and a former longtime resident of Fern Manor in Kenoza Lake, died Saturday, January 27, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of the late Conrad and Anna Kohler Ruppert, she was born June 30, 1915, in Middletown.
While living at Fern Manor and at Walnut Mountain Care Center, Miss Ruppert was a very active member of the resident groups.
She is survived by three brothers, Conrad Ruppert of Yarmouth, Mass., Warren Ruppert of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Arthur Ruppert of Georgetown, Tex.; a sister-in-law, Clara Ruppert of Kenoza Lake; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Robert Ruppert.
There will be no visitation.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville with the Rev. William Hagerty officiating.
Burial will be made in the Kenoza Lake Cemetery in Kenoza Lake.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffersonville First Aid Squad, Jeffersonville, N.Y. 12748 or to the Kenoza Lake Fire Department, Kenoza Lake, N.Y. 12750.
Dr. Jaroslav Sturm
Ret. Attorney, 93
Dr. Jaroslav Sturm of Damascus Township, Beach Lake, Pa., died Sunday, January 28, 2001, at his home. He was 93 years of age.
He was born on May 29, 1907, in Bohemia, which, at that time, belonged to the Austro Hungarian Empire. He got his doctorate in law at Charles University in Prague and became an attorney in his native country.
As an attorney, he always helped the people who were somehow discriminated against, not only by other people, but by the regime. Throughout his practice, he had to live under Nazi Germany who, from 1939 through 1945, occupied his native country, then under communist dictatorship since 1948 until his escape in 1957. By helping the dissidents, he was in danger of persecution and finally, when he escaped to freedom, leaving all his belongings behind, he was sentenced in absentia to 14 years in prison. When this happened, he was already with his family in a refugee camp in Vienna.
In 1960, he came to America and tried to make a living for himself and his family in different odd jobs and ventures, working very hard sometimes successfully, sometimes not. Finally, after all his efforts, he was left with the chicken farm where he was living until the day he died.
Even though his American dream did not come true, he loved America and never wanted to go back to his native land. His American dream of success was not fulfilled, but at the end of his life he found very good friends who understood him and treated him as the hero that he was. They understood him and gave him spiritual and physical help.
The family is especially grateful to Hospice St. John and especially Laurel and Kathy.
He is survived by his wife, Ludmila Podhradsky Sturm, at home; two sons, Milan George Sturm and Jaroslav O. Sturm, both of New York City; a daughter, Eva Novak of Manhasset, N.J.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
There will be no services.
Private cremation was made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements were made by the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.