March 30, 2001
Edna J. Soller
Edna Jessie Soller of Narrowsburg, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at her home. She was 86 years of age.
The daughter of the late Charles and Jessie Tyler Eggler, she was born July 27, 1914, in Tyler Hill, Pa. She was the widow of Charles Nicolas who died in 1966 and George Soller who died in 2000.
Mrs. Soller was a member of St. Tammany Chapter No. 492, Order of the Eastern Star, in Callicoon; St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Narrowsburg and a charter member of the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Narrowsburg. She formerly served on both the Town of Tusten and the Narrowsburg Central School election boards.
She is survived by three children and their spouses, Grace and Jack Estes of Hemet, Calif., Charles and Peggy Nicolas of Danville, Ind., and Arthur and Betty Nicolas of Elizabeth, N.J.; a sister, June DeMauro of Narrowsburg; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg with the Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiating.
Burial will be made in the Glen Cove Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corps or to St. Paul's Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, both at Narrowsburg, N.Y. 12764.
Shirley Evlyn Laskowitz Graubard of St. Augustine, Fla., a former 10-year resident of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and formerly of Wurtsboro, died suddenly Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at her home. She was 75 years of age.
The daughter of the late Abraham and Beatrice Laskowitz, she was born January 26, 1926, in Woodridge. She was the widow of Gerald L. Graubard who died in May 1990.
Retiring to Florida in 1989, she moved from Pembroke Pines, Fla., to St. Augustine, Fla., to be near her family.
In a family statement, it was said, "Shirley's life's work was her family and she will be deeply missed by all. She devoted her life to being a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, cousin and friend and her passing will leave a void in the lives she deeply touched."
She is survived by three sons, Robert Graubard of St. Augustine, Fla., David Graubard of Jacksonville, Fla. and Mitchell Graubard of East Hartford, Conn.; two granddaughters, Allison Graubard of San Diego, Calif. and Lyndsay Graubard of Berkeley, Calif; a daughter, Chris Williams of Wurtsboro; cousins including special cousins, Gloria Mann of Montvale, N.J., and Herbie Reich of Suffern; and many friends, including Frances Friedland of Hollywood, Fla. She was predeceased by a son, Marc Graubard (twin of Mitchell) and a cousin, Sylvia Reich Wile.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Burial will be made in the Congregation Sons of Israel Cemetery in Monsey.
Shiva will be observed at the home of Margaret Stacklum and Thomas Helms, 12 Grand St., Wurtsboro, beginning on the evening of March 30 and ending Monday evening, April 2.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 5851 St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville, Fla. 32207.
Ret. Teacher, 98
Dorothy "Dot" Candee of Nashville, Tenn., a teacher in the Jeffersonville and White Sulphur Springs school districts who retired in 1971, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. She was 98 years of age.
The widow of Allen Henry Candee who died in 1969, she was born in Franklin Township, Pa.
She spent most of her life in Liberty.
Mrs. Candee is survived by a daughter, Pat Candee of Nashville, Tenn.; a nephew, Dennis Howard of Girard, Pa., and two nieces, Jean Groves and Edith Konnerth, both of Erie, Pa.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at a later time in Erie, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, Tenn. 38105.
Maria E. Gandulla
Ret. Laundry Wkr., 72
Maria Elisa Gandulla of Woodridge, a retired Oceanside laundry worker and a 42-year area resident, died Monday, March 26, 2001, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. She was 72 years of age.
The daughter of the late Ramon and Martina Gandulla, she was born January 1, 1929, in Puerto Rico.
She is survived by her husband, Ernesto Gandulla, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Rafael and Helen Gandulla of Monticello and Ramon and Lucy Gandulla of Woodridge; two sisters, Inocents Balesa of Long Island and Maximina Gandulla of Puerto Rico; a brother, Hipolito Gandulla of Massachusetts; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Thursday at the Church of Immaculate Conception in Woodbourne with Father Lynch officiating.
Interment was made in the Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Edgar L. Owens
Ret. Constr. Wkr., 71
Edgar L. Owens of Liberty, a retired construction worker of water tunnels for the New York City Board of Water Supply and a 28-year area resident, died Saturday, March 24, 2001, at his home. He was 71 years of age.
The son of the late Dallas and Leanna Tatum Owens, he was born April 17, 1929, in Roseboro, N.C.
Mr. Owens was a member of Local 147 Laborers International Union of North America.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Pinckney Owens, at home; four sons, Randy Owens of Port Jervis, Gordon Owens and his wife, Dana, of the state of Florida, Anthony Owens of Liberty and Anthony Wallace of Brooklyn; four daughters, Marsha Owens Jackson and Maureen Owens, both of Monticello, Kim Stafford of Jersey City, N.J., and Tanya Wallace of Liberty; three sisters, Anne L. Owens of New York City, and Luray Davis and Minnie Bell Freeman, both of Fayetteville, N.C.; two brothers-in-law, Leroy Pinckney of Loris, S.C., and Sam Davis of Fayetteville, N.C.; 13 grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by three sisters, twins Elnora Owens and Eldora Gans and Queen Esther Frederick.
Services were held Wednesday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty with the Rev. Ruth Sellers officiating.
Additional services will be held Saturday at the Sams Springs A.M.E. Zion Church in Roseboro, N.C., followed by burial in the Roseboro Cemetery in Roseboro.
Francis I. Griffin
Ret. Mechanic, 70
Francis I. "Frank" Griffin of Tillson, a retired NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 3, mechanic, and a longtime area resident, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at the Benedictine Hospital in Kingston. He was 70 years of age.
The son of the late Francis I. Sr. and Dora L. Barnes Griffin, he was born November 26, 1930, in Poughkeepsie.
A U.S. Coast Guard veteran of the Korean War, he was a life member of the National Rifle Association and a life member of the North American Hunting Club.
Mr. Griffin is survived by a daughter, Debbie Savoie of Opelousas, La.; two sisters, Helen Scott of Tillson and Dora Williams of Wurtsboro; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and dear friends, Tom Smith of Tillson, Frank Weist of Esopus and Robert Demier of Arizona. He was predeceased by a brother and two sisters.
Graveside services and burial will be held at noon on Tuesday at the Rosendale Plains Cemetery with the Rev. Ralph Fogg officiating.
LeRoy J. Griggs
Ret. AHRC Driver, 64
LeRoy John "Jack" Griggs of Wurtsboro, a retired driver for AHRC of Ellenville, died Monday, March 26, 2001, at his home. He was 64 years of age.
The son of Lois Levy Griggs and the late LeRoy Martin Griggs, he was born January 10, 1937, in Newark, N.J.
Mr. Griggs was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Community Church of Wurtsboro.
He is survived by his wife, Johanna Griggs, at home; two sons, LeRoy J. Griggs Jr. of Texas and Michael J. Griggs of Monticello; two daughters and sons-in-law, Robyn and Clifford Collins of Ellenville and Christine and Michael Stanton of Auburn; two grandchildren, Stephanie and Clifford Collins Jr., both of Ellenville; his mother of New Jersey; a sister, Alice Pecoraro of New Jersey; and a brother, Raymond Griggs of Middletown.
Services were held Thursday at the Community Church of Wurtsboro with the Rev. Robert Hoag officiating.
Burial was made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12559.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Ellenville.
Ora Mae Hadley
Ret. Nurses' Aide, 79
Ora Mae Hadley of Ellenville, a retired nurses' aide at the Ellenville Hospital, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at the Kingston City Hospital following a long illness. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late William and Harriet Sherman Clark, she was born February 1, 1922, in Kerhonkson. She was the widow of George Hadley Sr.
Mrs. Hadley was a member of the Ellenville United Methodist Church.
In a family statement, it was said, "Mom was a very caring individual, always looking out for others. She loved her family and friends unconditionally and always looked for the good in everyone. Mom suffered a stroke at an early age which left her disabled for many years. She had a steadfast faith in God. Mom enjoyed watching church on television and listening to Christian music. Her predeceased son, George Hadley Jr., was a 1976 graduate of Multnomah School of the Bible and wrote in one of his papers, 'The believer can stand before the hostility of the world and know that he shall see no death for the Lord has gone before him and cleared the way, even to taste death Himself.' Mom has just begun her eternal life."
She is survived by four daughters, Bonnie Estela Hadley and Goldie Hadley, both of Ellenville, and Melody Hadley and Georgianna Lepke, both of Neversink; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two cousins, David Hadley of Massachusetts and Edward Hadley.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Ellenville United Methodist Church, Canal Street, Ellenville, with the Rev. Walter Steinard officiating.
Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Multnomah School of the Bible, 8435 N.E. Glisan St., Portland, Oreg. 97220 in memory of Mrs. Hadley or her son, George.
Everett Kleingardner, 55
Everett E. "Cody" Kleingardner of Kauneonga Lake, a lifelong area resident, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at the Kingston Hospital in Kingston. He was 55 years of age.
The son of the late Everett Kleingardner and Irene Kleingardner Inman, he was born March 24, 1946, in Livingston Manor.
He is survived by three brothers, Elzie Inman of Kauneonga Lake, Joseph Inman of Mission, Tex., and Albert Inman of Ellenville; two sisters, Elaine Vandermark of White Lake and Cathy Kimble of Liberty; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his step-father Elzie W. Inman.
Friends may call at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, on Sunday from 4-7 p.m.
Services will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Monday with Pastor Dorothy Smith officiaitng.
Burial will be made in the Beaverkill Cemetery in Beaverkill.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston Manor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 1, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758.
Retired Porter, 78
William King of Liberty, formerly of Narrowsburg, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 78 years of age.
The son of the late Joseph James and Marion McLoughlin King, he was born July 13, 1922, in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Mr. King had worked as a porter and groundskeeper at various Sullivan County resorts. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by the staff of the Sullivan County Adult Care Center where he had lived for the last several years.
Services were private.
Burial will be made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Wesley H. Brandin
Ret. Svc. Mgr., 75
Wesley H. Brandin of Wurtsboro, a retired service manager, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. He was 75 years of age.
He was born December 26, 1925, in Brooklyn.
Mr. Brandin was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Wurtsboro, the Holy Name Society of the church and the Mamakating Senior Citizens. An Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Brandin was also a member of the Mamakating American Legion Post #1266 in Wurtsboro.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Carmela Nicosia Brandin, at home; three sons, Joseph Brandin, Salvatore Brandin and Gabriel Brandin; and three grandsons, Anthony, Michael and Matthew.
Friends may call at the the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro on Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:45 a.m. on Monday at St. Joseph's Church, Sullivan Street, Wurtsboro, with the Rev. Peter Madori officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wurtsboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mamakating First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 525, Wurtsboro, N.Y. 12790 or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 628, Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Margaret Kiessling of Smallwood, a homemaker, died Saturday, March 24, 2001, at her home. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Frederick and Elizabeth Nichter Zittel, she was born January 29, 1914, in the Bronx. She was the widow of Herman Kiessling who died June 6, 1975.
Very active in her community, Mrs. Kiessling was a member of the Mothers of Bethel, the Bethel Senior Citizens, the Smallwood-Mongaup Valley Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, AARP and was a Sullivan Country Nutrition Site member.
She is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Swinarski of Raleigh, N.C.; three nieces; three nephews; a cousin and a sister-in-law.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 3534 Route 55, Kauneonga Lake, on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. at the funeral home on Saturday with the Rev. Audrey Pedersen officiating.
Burial will be made in the family plot at the Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Town of Bethel Volunteer Ambulance Corps, White Lake, N.Y. 12786.