March 27, 2001
Malcolm Back Jr., 61
Owned Sanitation Co.
Malcolm L. Back Jr. of Jeffersonville, the owner of Malcolm Back Jr. Sanitation Company in Jeffersonville and a longtime area resident, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. He was 61 years of age.
The son of the late Malcolm L. and Margaret Weissinger Back Sr., he was born March 6, 1940, in Hackensack N.J.
Mr. Back was a member of the Bucktail Hunting Club and the National Rifle Association.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Scardefield Back, at home; a daughter, Alyssa Back of Jeffersonville; a brother, Paul Back of Groton, Mass.; his mother-in-law, Helen Scardefield of Jeffersonville; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Saturday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville with the Rev. Kristen Anderson officiating.
Cremation was made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffersonville Fire Department, P.O. Box 156X, Jeffersonville, N.Y. 12748.
Walter Warner of Jeffersonville, a mechanic, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at his home. He was 69 years of age.
The son of the late Estella Warner, he was born October 11, 1931, in St. Vincent, West Indies.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria Gonzalez Warner of Jeffersonville; a son, Walter Warner of Jeffersonville; many brothers and sisters; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Sunday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville with Father Robert Nee officiating.
Cremation was made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Edward C. Bisland
Ret. Engineer, 70
Edward C. Bisland of McCandless, Pa., a former Glen Spey resident and a retired engineer for Westinghouse Corp., Dravo and Blawnox Corp., where he worked in software for satellite tracking, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, in McCandless, Pa. He was 70 years of age.
The son of the late Edward and Marion Stearns Bisland, he was born May 8, 1930, in Sparrowbush.
A veteran of the Korean War, he served as a captain with the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member and past master of Avalon Lodge #675, Free and Accepted Masons, in Avalon, Pa. Mr. Bisland received his undergraduate degree from the American University in Washington, D.C., and his engineering degree from Carnegie Tech, now CMU. He was pursuing a degree in computer science from Point Park College. An avid hunter and sportsman, he was a member of the North Boroughs Sportsmen's Club and the Allegheny County Rifle Club. He was a Christian Scientist by faith and had been active in the Avalon Church until its closing.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Alston Bisland, at home; two daughters, Cynthia B. Kinney and her husband, Thomas, and Marcia Bisland, all of Bellevue, Pa.; two brothers, Roger Bisland of Glen Spey and Alfred Bisland of Lynnhaven, Fla.; a granddaughter, Stephanie L. Kinney; a cousin, Lillian Angelakos of Glen Spey; and an aunt, Ethel Wachter of Long Island.
Services were held in Avalon, Pa.
Marguerite "Midge" Washburn of Unadilla, a homemaker, died Saturday, March 24, 2001, at the Fox Hospital in Oneonta. She was 75 years of age.
The daughter of the late Fred and Elizabeth Fuller Cornell, she was born July 3, 1925, in the Town of Colchester. She was the widow of Wilfred Washburn.
Mrs. Washburn was a member of the Unadilla Baptist Church and a member of the Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, in Unadilla.
She is survived by two sons, Wilfred Washburn Jr. and David Washburn, and two daughters, Mary VanFalkenberg and Louise Sites, all of Unadilla; seven grandchildren; a great-grandchild; two sisters, Helen Bishop and Barbara Dirig, both of Hancock; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two children, Louella Wright and William Washburn, and a sister, Charlotte Comfort.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Unadilla Baptist Church in Unadilla.
Burial will be made in the Unadilla Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware Unit of Hospice, Delhi, N.Y. 13735.
Louise Knecht of Narrowsburg, a homemaker and lifelong area resident, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at her home. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Louis and Wilhelmina Scheidel Harder, she was born August 2, 1913, in New London, Conn. She was the widow of Francis "Red" Knecht.
Mrs. Knecht was a member of the United Methodist Church in Narrowsburg.
She is survived by two daughters, Emily Hallock and Dorothy Foster, and a son, Francis Knecht, all of Narrowsburg; two sisters, Emily LaBarr of Sussex, N.J., and Lillian Jaycox of Gig Harbor, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Pauline Glackin and Wilhelmina Blakelock, and a brother, Alfred Tyler.
Services were held Saturday at the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg with the Rev. Steven Knutsen officiating.
Interment was made in the Lava Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Narrowsburg United Methodist Church, Narrowsburg, N.Y. 12754.
Ret. Real Estate Oper., 82
Dorothy Silverman of Liberty, a retired operator of Valued Properties Real Estate Agency and a lifelong area resident, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at her home. She was 82 years of age.
The daughter the late Louis and Rose Rozofsky, she was born April 21, 1918, in Liberty.
Mrs. Silverman was a member of Ahavath Israel Synagogue. She was one of the founders of the Shandelee Music Festival, a graduate of Beaver College and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, David A. Silverman, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Karla Silverman of Potomac, Md., and Dean Silverman and Elizabeth Akers of McLean, Va.; and three grandchildren, Chloe Akers-Silverman, and Joshua and Amanda Silverman.
Services were held Sunday at the Ahavath Israel Synagogue in Liberty with Rabbi Marvin Goldman officiating.
Burial was made in the Ahavath Israel Synagogue Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan County, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550, or Ahavath Israel Synagogue, Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Clara Sis White
Ret. Beautician, 79
Clara "Sis" White of Eldred, a retired beautician and owner of Clara's Beauty Shop in Eldred, and a lifelong area resident, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at her home. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late Carl and Frieda Kloss Wolff, she was born December 6, 1921, in Barryville. She was the widow of Gordon White.
Mrs. White was a past president of the Tri-State Hairdressers Association in Port Jervis.
She is survived by two brothers, Robert Wolff Sr. and Herbert Wolff and his wife, Margaret, all of Barryville; several nieces and nephews, including a special niece Lauren Wolff, whom she loved and considered as a daughter.
Services were held Monday at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home in Port Jervis with Charles Myers officiating.
Burial was made in Montoza Cemetery in Barryville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eldred American Legion Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Box 63, Eldred, N.Y. 12732.
Harriet F.S. Randall
Harriet F. Smith Randall of Charlotte, N.C., formerly of Chenango Bridge, died Tuesday, March 20, 2001, in Charlotte, N.C. She was 84 years of age.
Born in Neversink on July 27, 1916, she was raised in Liberty.
She attended Syracuse University where she met and married Dr. Robert W. Smith. While he served on a hospital ship in the South Pacific, she cared for his daughter, Ann, and their daughter, June. Following World War II, she, Dr. Bob and his sister, Dr. Jean Smith, and other doctors began the Chenango Bridge Medical Group in the basement of the Smith home. It still thrives on Chenango Bridge Road, only a few steps from the original home.
After the passing of Dr. Bob, she married Ivan Randall and moved to Charlotte, N.C. She loved to travel and was famous for her gracious hospitality.
Mrs. Randall is survived by her husband, Ivan Randall of Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter, Susan Taylor of Spring, Tex.; a son, Robert Smith Jr. of Colville, Wash; a sister, June Muthig of Middletown; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and her Randall step-family.
Services were held Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Chenango Bridge with the Rev. Judith Wanck officiating.
Burial was made in the Knox Cemetery in Ouaquaga.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Robert W. Smith Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 75, Chenango Bridge, N.Y. 13745.
Ret. RR Brakeman, 87
Stanley Roucken of Port Jervis, a retired brakeman for the Erie Railroad in Port Jervis and a lifelong area resident, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at the Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 87 years of age.
The son of the late Joseph and Julia Simons Roucken, he was born in Vandling, Pa., Lackawanna County. He was the widower of Evelyn Hyatt Roucken.
Mr. Roucken was a member of Drew United Methodist Church in Port Jervis, a member of Brother of Railroad Trainmen, and the National Rifle Association. He was an expert filer for Colt Mfg. Co., in Hartford, Conn., which consisted of filing trigger mechanisms for machine guns and rifles manufactured by Colt Rifle. He was also a retired laborer for the New York State Highway Department in Port Jervis.
He is survived by two sons, Walter Roucken and his wife, Lynn, of Port Jervis, and Wayne Roucken of Westbrookville; a sister, Stella Lipko of Middletown; two grandchildren, Michelle and Joseph Roucken; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held later with the Rev. Robert Cassidy officiating.
Burial will be made in Rural Valley Cemetery in Cuddebackville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Drew United Methodist Church, Sussex St., Port Jervis, NY 12771.
Lillian R. Jacobs
Ret. Bookkeeper, 82
Lillian R. Jacobs of Mountaindale, a retired bookkeeper for A. Jacobs & Sons Plumbing & Heating and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, March 24, 2001, at the Slycox Health Care Facility in Newburgh. She was 82 years of age.
The daughter of the late Samuel and Shifra Ratner, she was born May 28, 1918, in Mountaindale. She was the widow of Abe Jacobs.
Mrs. Jacobs was a member of the Mountaindale Hadassah and the Mountaindale Synagogue.
She is survived by three sons, Stephen Jacobs of Woodbourne, and Edward and Howard Jacobs, both of Mountaindale; a daughter, Susan Jacobs of Key West, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Bessie Ratner of Rochester and Hattie Jacobs-Scharff of North Woodmere; a brother-in-law, Nathan Jacobs of Maryland; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held Sunday at the Mountaindale Synagogue in Mountaindale with Rabbi Irving Goodman officiating.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Donald Williams III, 25
Donald E. Williams III of Port Jervis, died Friday, March 23, 2001, at the Bon Secours Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 25 years of age.
The son of Julie and Donald Williams Jr., he was born June 23, 1975, in Goshen.
His family remembers his love of horses and his involvement with the Junior ROTC at Middletown High School.
He is survived by his mother and step-father, Allen Kelly, of Middletown; his father of Minnesota; a brother, Peter Williams and his wife, Jennifer of Campbell Hall; a sister, Lynn Battle and her husband, Anthony of Middletown; two step-brothers, Brad and Christopher Kelly, both of Bloomingburg; his grandparents, Dorothy and Bernie Kilbourn, Peter and Lydia Bibeau, Sherri and Donald Williams Sr. and Mildred and Walter Kelly; two aunts, Lynn Ritchel and Linda Williams-Simmons; an uncle, Thomas Williams; and several nieces and nephews.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown.
Interment will be made in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery in Bloomingburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Place at Bon Secours, 160 East Main St., Port Jervis, N.Y. 12771.
Ret. Nurse, 52
Pamella Sue Bair Godfrey of Goshen, a retired nurse and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, March 21, 2001, at her home. She was 52 years of age.
The daughter of Myrtle Brumbaugh Bair and the late Francis C. Bair Sr., she was born October 19, 1948, in Sharon, Pa.
She is survived by her mother of Goshen; two sons, Scott Charles Malinowski of Goshen and Sgt. Palmer "Kenny" Malinowski of Jacksonville, N.C.; a sister, Alice Nuzzolese of Goshen; a brother, Frank Bair of Youngsville; four grandchildren, Scottie, Sarah, Tori and Noah; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, William James Bair and Gerald "Jerry" Bair.
Services were held Saturday at the Lippincott Funeral Chapel in Goshen with the Rev. Virginia Hoch officiating.
Burial was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetic Association, 7 Washington Square, Albany, N.Y. 12205.
Retired RN, 93
Olga Pethick of Damascus, Pa., a retired registered nurse and operating room nurse for The Hospital in Sidney, who also had practiced in the former Callicoon Hospital, and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, March 23, 2001, at the Wayne Woodlands Manor in Waymart, Pa. She was 93 years of age.
The daughter of the late Raymond and Susie Tyler Pethick, she was born July 20, 1907, in Damascus, Pa.
Miss Pethick was the oldest living member of the Damascus United Methodist Church in Damascus, Pa., and was an avid bowler.
She is survived by two nieces, Grace Streagle of Seaford, Va., and Ester Bogert of Muskegon, Minn., as well as several grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Graveside services and burial will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Hillside Cemetery in Damascus, Pa., with the Rev. George Gallandorm officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance Corps, or the Damascus United Methodist Church, both at Damascus, Pa. 18415.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.
Eugenia F. Mullally
Ret. Reg. Nurse, 82
Eugenia F. Mullally, a 10-year resident of Phoenix, Ariz., a former 41-year White Sulphur Springs resident and a retired registered nurse, died Tuesday, March 20, 2001, in Arizona. She was 82 years of age.
The daughter of the late James and Mary Fallon, she was born in Rutherford, N.J.
Mrs. Mullally was a graduate of the Hackensack (N.J.) School of Nursing.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, John A. Mullally, at home; four children, Wayne Mullally of Pattaya, Thailand, Kevin Mullally of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mary Margaret Mullally of Phoenix, Ariz., and Peter Mullally of Waterford, Va.; two sisters, Mary DePan of Gibsonia, Pa., and Lucille Fallon of Woodridge, N.J.; a brother, L. Joseph Fallon of Rutherford, N.J.; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation was private.
A Memorial Mass will be announced at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Mullally's memory to any Catholic charity.
Edith Y. Irwin
Retired Nurse, 86
Edith Yonker Irwin, a 50-year resident of Selkirk, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2001, after a brief illness. She was 86 years of age.
The daughter of the late Frank Michael and Ellen Vernooy Yonker, she was born May 15, 1914, in Woodridge.
A graduate of Woodridge High School and Misericordia School of Nursing in Manhattan, Mrs. Irwin had worked at the former Liberty Hospital and Monticello Memorial Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, George Irwin of Selkirk; a son, Frank George Irwin and a granddaughter, Sonya Anne, both of Anchorage, Alaska; a brother, Kenneth Yonker and his wife, Julia, of Hermitage, Pa.; six nieces and nephews; 10 grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and many loving relatives, friends and neighbors. She was predeceased by a sister and brother-in-law, Marion (Yonker) and Joseph Muscarella.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Babcock Funeral Home in Ravena with the Rev. Richard Chatterton officiating.
Burial will be made in Grove Cemetery in Coeymans at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ravena Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 144, Ravena, N.Y. 12143.
Mabel L. Wood, 79
Ret. Machine Operator
Mabel L. Wood of Lookout, Pa., a retired sewing machine operator for the former Callicoon Dress Factory and a longtime area resident, died Friday, March 23, 2001, at Mercy Hospital in Scranton, Pa. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late William and Pearl Ferguson James, she was born January 19, 1922, in Port Jervis.
Mrs. Wood was a member of the Ladies Garment Union.
She is survived by her companion of 55 years, Charles Wilcox, at home; a daughter, Viola Robb of Cooley; four sisters, Mildred Olden of Sparrowbush, Nora Vandermark of Port Jervis, Marie Gray of Arizona and Barbara Jean Dugan of the state of Florida; a brother, William James; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held Monday at the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg with the Rev. George Gallandorm officiating.
Interment was made in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Galilee, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Damascus, Pa. 18415.