February 16, 2001
Harold W. Knapp
Ret. NY Tel, 76
Harold W. Knapp of Mongaup Valley, a lifelong area resident and a retired repairman for the New York Telephone Co. in Monticello, died Sunday, February 11, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 76 years of age.
The son of Harold D. and Clara Wizeman, he was born June 24, 1924, in Hortonville. He was the widower of Gladys York Knapp who died March 21, 1998.
Mr. Knapp was a member of the Monticello, Fallsburg and Delaware Masonic lodges of Free and Accepted Masons. He attained the rank of Grand Swordbearer in the Grand Lodge of Masons, State of New York. He was also a member of the NYS Maple Syrup Producers Assn. and the New York Telephone Pioneers.
He is survived by a good friend, Ruth Knapp of Mongaup Valley; a brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Marie Knapp of Windsor; two sisters-in-law, Ellen Knapp and Cathy Knapp, both of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Carl and Donald Knapp.
Funeral services were held Thursday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Kauneonga Lake with the Rev. Kenneth Rodgers officiating.
Burial will be made in Wallkill Cemetery in Phillipsburg.
Henry C. Lepke
Ret. NY Tel, 94
Henry Clarence Lepke of Woodbury, a retired telephone repairman for the New York Telephone Company in Manhattan, and a 70-year area resident, died Monday, February 12, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 94 years of age.
The son of the late Henry and Minnie Ziehl Lepke, he was born January 12, 1907, in Queens. He was the widower of Adela Veselsky Lepke.
Mr. Lepke was a member of the New York Telephone Pioneers.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Adele and Arnold Katz of Woodbury; three grandchildren, Jennifer Ann Katz, Stuart Joseph Katz and Michael David Katz, all of Woodbury; a sister, Ruth Eck of Woodbourne; two brothers, Fred Lepke and Roy Lepke, both of Ulster Heights; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Loucks Funeral Home in Ellenville with the Rev. Peggy Ann Sauerhoff officiating.
Burial will be made in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Flushing.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 102, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601.
Fabiola G. Bantigue
Ret. Grocer, 77
Fabiola G. Bantigue, an 18-year resident of Harris and a retired grocer in the Phillipines, died Monday, February 12, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 77 years of age.
The daughter of the late Carlos and Isabel Tuazon Bantigue, she was born March 21, 1923, in Cebu, Phillipines. She was the widow of Silvino Bantigue.
Mrs. Bantigue was a member of St. Peter's Church in Liberty.
She is survived by four daughters, Dionisia B. Casinas of General Santos City, Phillipines, Lydia B. Crowley of Monticello, Jacinta B. Patega and Ermelinda B. Sana-Ani of Zamboanga City, Phillipines; two sons, Maximo Bantigue of Zamboanga City, Phillipines and Erasmo Bantigue of Malaysia; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Petronilo and Miguel Bantigue and two daughters.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Church, 264 N. Main St., Liberty, N.Y. 12754 or to the Skilled Nursing Unit at Community General Hospital, Harris, 12742.
Irene Collins of Liberty, a homemaker and a longtime area resident, died Tuesday, February 13, 2001, at the Walnut Mountain Care Center in Liberty. She was 69 years of age.
The daughter of the late Sylvester J. and Dorothy M. Shiffer Collins, she was born June 24, 1931, in Ramsey, N.J.
She is survived by a brother, Nile Collins of Middletown.
Graveside services and burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery in Bloomingburg with the Rev. Robert Nadelen officiating.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty.
Ronald D. Jackson
Ret. Purchasing Mgr., 68
Ronald D. Jackson of Elmwood Park, N.J., a retired purchasing manager for IP Container in Paterson, N.J., and a former 45-year resident of Pearl River, died Sunday, February 11, 2001, at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J. He was 68 years of age.
The son of Blanche Kennedy Jackson and the late Jesse Jackson, he was born April 15, 1932, in Topeka, Kans.
A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, he was a member of the Pearl River Fire Department Hook and Ladder Co. #1 for 49 years. Mr. Jackson will be remembered for his songwriting and piano playing.
He is survived by his mother of Pearl River; three children, Rhonda Jackson of Oakton, Va., Michael Jackson of Pearl River and Raymond Jackson of Milford, N.H.; a grandson, Kyle Jackson of Milford, N.H.; a brother, Charles Jackson of Wolf Lake; a niece, Jessica Jackson of Schenectady; and his companion, Dianne McNamara of Paterson, N.J.
Services were held Wednesday at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.
Burial was made in Westwood Cemetery in Westwood, N.J.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society Rockland County Unit, 1 Executive Blvd., Suite 206, Suffern, N.Y. 10901.
Frank G. O'Connor
Ret. Caretaker, 63
Frank G. O'Connor of Napanoch, a retired caretaker for the Ellenville Public Library and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, February 13, 2001, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. He was 63 years of age.
The son of Lillian Irwin and the late Jerry O'Connor, he was born June 29, 1937, in Napanoch.
He is survived by his wife, Kay Wilhelm O'Connor of Napanoch; a son, Sean O'Connor of Wurtsboro; a daughter, Kelli Rafferty of Bradley; his mother of Napanoch; a brother, Robert O'Connor of Napanoch; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Loucks Funeral Home, Route 209, Ellenville, with the Rev. Peggyann Sauerhoff officiating.
Burial will be made in Fantinekill Cemetery in Ellenville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tucker Cancer Care Center, c/o Horton Medical Center, Middletown, N.Y 10940.
Joseph T. Parks, 63
Chief of Maintenance
Joseph T. Parks of Forestburgh, the chief of maintenance for the New Jersey State Police Aviation Bureau in West Trenton, N.J., and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, February 12, 2001, in Harris. He was 63 years of age.
The son of the late Thomas F. and Anna Hindley Parks, he was born August 2, 1937, in Monticello.
A U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of St. Peter's Church and the Brotherhood and Protective Order of Elk's Lodge No. 1544, both in Monticello. He was also a member of Cliff Lodge Hunting Camp, the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association and the Airborne Law International Association. Mr. Parks also served on the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Board of Assessment Review for the Town of Forestburgh.
Mr. Parks is survived by his wife of 36 years, Evelyn M. Seeley Parks, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas M. and Dana Parks of Forestburgh; a daughter, Susan L. Parks of Forestburgh; a sister, Regina Schwartz of Liberty; two grandchildren, Taylor and Maredith Parks; and two nephews, Michael and Kevin Schwartz.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Peter's Church in Monticello with the Rev. John Lynch officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Good Days & Special Times, 1332 Pittsford-Mendon Road, Mendon, N.Y. 14506 or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 628, Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello.
Douglas J. Gettel, 43
Douglas James Gettel of Sugarland, Tex., a former Kauneonga Lake resident, died of injuries sustained in an accident in Texas. He was 43 years of age.
The son of Jane Burleigh Gettle and the late Russell W. Gettel, he was born September 17, 1957.
He is survived by his wife, Andrea Basil Gettel of Sugarland, Tex.; his mother of Kauneonga Lake; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Gary and Noreen Gettel of Moravia, Robert and Donna Gettel of Alexandria, Va., William and Bette Jean "BJ" Gettel of Cochecton, and Daniel E. Gettel of Kauneonga Lake; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Monday in Sugarland, Tex.
Cremation was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.