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March 16, 2001

Memorial Service
Arlene Fredo

A memorial service for Arlene Regina Fredo will be held on Sunday, March 18, 2001, at the Fremont Center Community Church.
The celebration of her life, March 17, 1940, to November 18, 1999, will be held during regular Sunday services at 10:30 a.m.
Refreshments of cake and coffee will be served in the church hall following the service.

Memorial Service
Marguerite M. Mauer

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 25, 2001, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Chestnut Street, Liberty.
All are welcome to attend.

Winifred Luchs Mullally

Winifred Luchs Mullally, a third generation resident of Jeffersonville and a retired teacher of the Jeffersonville-Youngsville Central School, died Monday, March 12, 2001, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. She was 84 years of age.
The daughter of the late Arthur and Mary Luchs, she was also the widow of Vincent Joseph Mullally.
She is survived by a daughter, Coleen Mullally Visco of Virginia Beach, Va.; four sons, Douglas, Timothy, Brian and Michael Mullally, all of Jeffersonville; 18 grandchildren, Dr. Sean Mullally, Brendan Mullally, Josephine Mullally, Vincent Mullally, Cristina Visco, Alana Visco, Cathleen Miret, Timothy Mullally, Meaghan Mullally, Eileen Mullally, Matthew Mullally, Maura Mullally, Kevin Mullally, Kelly Mullally, Patrick Mullally, Brian Mullally, Connor Mullally and Michael Mullally; two great-grandchildren, Caitlin Miret and Leonard Miret; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Mullally graduated from New Paltz Normal School and pursued her Master's at New York University and Columbia. At New Paltz, she was a member of Theta Phi Sorority and the Lantern Night Honorary Society, captain of the women's basketball team and founder of the equestrian club. In 1937, she began her teaching career in Youngsville and taught various subjects and grade levels in Liberty and Jeffersonville until her retirement in 1979.
She was a charter member and past president of the Jeffersonville First Aid Ambulance Corps; an organizer and charter member of the H. Russell Kenyon Auxiliary No. 5808, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Callicoon, and a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville. At one time, Mrs. Mullally played French horn with the Callicoon Center Band.
In a family statement, it was said, "Mom was a caring, loving and devoted mother who lived her life in Jeffersonville. She was proud to be involved in many local organizations. She enjoyed the thousands of students she taught through the years and former students were amazed at how she could remember each of them.
"Mom lived a full life that centered around her children and grandchildren. She was a consummate storyteller, relaying various humorous experiences that occurred throughout her lifetime. A strong-willed, independent, extremely tough and persevering woman, she married Vincent Mullally before he left for a three-year tour of duty in the European campaign during World War II. Upon his return, they had five children. Vincent died unexpectedly at the age of 47. Their oldest child was 13 and the youngest was two. Mom never remarried and, instead, devoted her life to her children, students and various local community organizations. Mom will be greatly missed."
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville.
Burial will be made in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffersonville First Aid Ambulance Corps, Jeffersonville, N.Y. 12748.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville.

Dorothy E. Ackerley
Caretaker, 76

Dorothy E. Ackerley of Lew Beach, a caretaker and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, March 12, 2001, at her home. She was 76 years of age.
The daughter of the late George and Lena Edwards Wayman, she was born May 13, 1924, in Downsville. She was the widow of Harry C. Ackerley who died in 1995.
A member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Downsville, she had been a caretaker for the late Irving Berlin and his family for over fifty years.
She is survived by a sister, Jane Butts of Fairborn, Ohio; a brother, Merritt Wayman of Hamden; an aunt, Elsie Edwards of Downsville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by two sisters, Hazel Wayman and Beatrice Wayman, and two brothers, Burton Wayman and Donald Wayman.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe with the Rev. R.L. Donahue officiating.
Burial will be made in the Lew Beach Cemetery in Lew Beach.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Beaverkill Valley Fire Co. or St. Mary's Episcopal Church, both at Lew Beach, N.Y. 12753 or to the Catskill Area Hospice.

Lenore Nosenchuck, 52

Lenore Nosenchuck of Haverstraw died Monday, March 12, 2001, at the Northern Riverview Health Care Center in Haverstraw.
The daughter of the late Abraham and Belle Horowitz Nosenchuck, she was born February 4, 1949, in Monticello.
She is survived by four brothers, Norman Nosenchuck of Schenectady, David Nosenchuck of Newburgh, Jerry Nosenchuck of Mountaindale and Lionel Nosenchuck of Buffalo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services and burial were held Tuesday at the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Springfield Gardens with Rabbi Lester Polonsky officiating.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.

Gilbert S. Merritt
Ret. Executive VP, 85

Gilbert S. Merritt of Blue Bell and Damascus, Pa., died Sunday, March 11, 2001. He was 85 years of age.
After graduating from Drexel University in 1942, Mr. Merritt served in the European Theatre of War during World War II as a captain with the 94th Infantry Division. Upon his return, he joined Foster Wheeler Corporation, where he remained until his retirement as an executive vice president. He continued to serve the company as a member of the board of directors for several years thereafter.
Mr. Merritt was a member of the Damascus Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps and was a former director of the Wayne/Pike County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He also served as a member of the board of directors of Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret A. "Marge" Merritt; a son, Gilbert S. Merritt of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a daughter, Marjorie Platt of Randolph, N.J.; and four grandchildren, Gilbert S. Merritt III, Robert and Adam Platt and Danielle Evansic.
Funeral services were held at the Damascus United Methodist Church on Wednesday with the Rev. George Gallandorm officiating.
Interment was made in the Hillside Cemetery in Damascus, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps or the Damascus United Methodist Church, both at Damascus, Pa. 18415.

Wilbur E. Edwards
Ret. Carpenter, 80

Wilbur E. "Pa" Edwards of Livingston Manor, a retired carpenter and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, March 12, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 80 years of age.
The son of the late Arthur and Margaret Davis Edwards, he was born July 9, 1920, in Middletown.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
In a family statement, it was said, "Pa was known to most as a carpenter. A simple yet strong man who always did his best. Liked and respected for his nonjudgemental, unselfish and giving nature. He enjoyed life and cherished family and friends alike. The love he felt for us was unconditional as is the love we feel for him."
Mr. Edwards is survived by his wife, Kathleen Tuttle Edwards, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Maria E. and Ronald Wolcott of Livingston Manor; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Edwin E. and Carole Edwards and Dan A. Edwards, all of Livingston Manor; a brother, Andrew Edwards of Highland; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Services were held Thursday at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor with the Rev. Carl Stiglich officiating.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston Manor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 1, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758 or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 628, Monticello, N.Y. 12701.

Andrew H. Bridges
Firefighter/Paramedic, 33

Andrew Herbert "Andy" Bridges of Chesapeake, Va., a firefighter/paramedic for the Chesapeake Fire Department, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, in Virginia. He was 33 years of age.
The son of Larry Bridges Sr. and Janet Bridges Karistinos, he was born in Mount Holly, N.J.
In addition to the fire department, Mr. Bridges worked in the Maryview Medical Center Cath. Lab and served as a staff sergeant in the 203rd Red Horse Flight of the Air National Guard.
He is survived by his father of Fort Worth, Tex.; his mother of Monticello; his wife, Tina Louise Bridges and two daughters, Erica Bridges and Madison Bridges, all at home; two sisters, Tammy Lagattuta of White Sulphur Springs and Wendy Bridges of Fort Worth, Tex.; a brother, Larry Bridges Jr. of Carteret, N.J.; and his paternal grandfather, Herbert Bridges of Prosperity, S .C.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Great Bridge Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Va., with the Rev. Charles L. Moseley, Chaplain Bruce Lee and Lt. Col. Charles Smith, Chaplain USAF, officiating.
Military honors were accorded at the Chesapeake Fire Station #5 immediately following the funeral service.
Burial was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to CFD, Andy Bridges Family Memorial Fund, in care of any Towne Bank or the Chesapeake Fire Station, Chesapeake, Va. 23320.

John P. Elwood, 82
Ret. Hvy. Equip. Oper.

John P. Elwood, a 29-year resident of Monticello and a former resident of Delhi, died Sunday, March 11, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 82 years of age.
The son of the late William T. and Vida Krantz Elwood, he was born February 9, 1919, in Rockland. He was the widower of Ellen Lasher who died in 1993.
A graduate of Delaware Academy and Delhi Tech, he worked as a heavy equipment operator in the Downsville area, before relocating to Monticello in 1971.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria Grimes Elwood, at home; four sons, Walter Elwood of Oriskany Falls, David Elwood of Connecticut, George Elwood of Albany and Donald Elwood of Monticello; a step-daughter, LaTaisha Robinson; four granddaughters; a brother, Jay Paul Elwood of Albany, Ga.; and a sister, Margaret Slaghuis of Michigan.
Funeral services were held Thursday at the MacArthur Funeral Home in Delhi with Diane Wickham, lay preacher, officiating.
Burial will be made in the Woodland Cemetery in Delhi in the spring.

Gerard A. Somers
Retired Engineer, 90

Gerard A. Somers of Haledon, N.J., an Old Town Cochecton resident for over 20 years, died Tuesday, March 13, 2001, in New Jersey.
The son of the late Alphonsos and Jennie Relish Somers, he was born in Singac, N.J.
He always enjoyed returning to the area to visit boyhood friends, the Vollmer and Just families. Mr. Somers was a Gold Seal Engineer, employed by Western Electric in Kearny, N.J. and was a member of St. Pauls R.C. Church in Prospect Park, N.J.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mae Mazur Somers, at home; three daughters, Mary Jane Somers and Geraldine Somers, both of Haledon, N.J., and Karen Somers of Asbury, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews.
Prayers will be said at the Moore's Home for Funerals in Wayne, N.J., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul's R.C. Church in Prospect Park at 10 a.m. on Friday with Father Mark Mancini officiating.
Entombment will be made in the Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington., N.J.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of N.J., 1600 Route 22 East, Union, N.J. 07083; The Holy Family Academy, 239 Avenue A, Bayonne, N.J. 07002; or the St. Dominic Academy, 2572 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, N.J. 07034.

James L. Gillen Sr.
Ret. Mechanic, 70

James L. Gillen Sr. of Middletown, a retired mechanic and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. He was 70 years of age.
The son of the late Charles W. and Bessie Howlings Gillen Sr., he was born May 22, 1930, in Middletown.
A U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Gillen was a member of the American Legion Post No. 151 in Middletown; a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Middletown, the Bloomingburg Fire Department and the Bloomingburgh Restoration Foundation.
He is survived by his wife, Edith Gillen, at home; three sons and daughters-in-law, James and Lyal Gillen of Middletown, Del., John and Joann, and Jerry and Carol Gillen, all of Middletown; two daughters, Debra Fello and her husband, Anthony, and Kathi Call, all of Middletown; a son-in-law, Joseph Call Jr. of Bloomingburg; three sisters, Mary Boyce of Middletown, Jean Fisher and her husband, Elden, of California, and Gwendolyn Deserto and her husband, Anthony, of Middletown; his sister-in-law, Shirley Gillen of Middletown; nine grandchildren, Carly, Michael, Cara, Scott, Chad, Meghan, Jerry Jr., Troy and Jason; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Audrey Gillen Diffendale, and a brother, Charles W. Gillen Jr.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home in Middletown with the Rev. John Warfel officiating.
Private burial will be made in the Bloomingburg Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bloomingburg Fire Department, Bloomingburg, N.Y. 12721 or the Brittany Miller Foundation, P.O. Box 3047, Middletown, N.Y.

Katherine Filiss, 87
Owned Bungalow Colony

Katherine Filiss, a 12-year resident of Mars Hill, N.C., and a longtime Monticello resident, died Wednesday, March 14, 2001, after a brief illness. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Costas and Sofia Poriotis, she was born August 13, 1913, in New York City. She was the widow of George Filiss.
At a young age, she and her family moved to Monticello where she spent most of her life. Mrs. Filiss and her husband owned and operated a bungalow colony in Monticello which became a summer haven for many Greek families. She moved to Mars Hill, N.C., in 1988 to be with her son, Lionell, and his family. She quickly made many dear friends there.
In a family statement, it was said, "Kay was a woman of integrity and she instilled that value in her sons. She had a keen sense of humor, a quick wit, and was strong and beautiful until the day she died. Kay did whatever had to be done for her family, her friends and herself, never asking for anything in return. All who were fortunate enough to have known her, knew her as Yia Yia — a loving grandma. We will miss her."
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Lionell and Mary Filiss of Mars Hill, N.C., and Dean and Tish Filiss of Silt, Colo; 13 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, George, a grandson, Willie, and a sister, Zoie Puffer.
Services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 195 Broadway, Monticello.
Burial will be held in the Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.

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