April 3, 2001
Ret. NY Tel Oper., 79
Gwen Allen, a 27-year resident of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., a retired New York Telephone Co. operator and a former South Fallsburg resident, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, in Ft. Lauderdale. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late Jacob and Dorothy Skinner, she was born September 23, 1921, in Pittstown, N.J.
Mrs. Allen is survived by her husband, Cliff Allen, at home; two sons, Bob Allen of Syracuse and Bill Allen of North Carolina; two daughters, Patti Kessler and Jane Allen, both of the southern part of the state of Florida; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mildred Keegan of Kenoza Lake and Marjory Ducket of the state of Delaware; and a brother, Jacob Skinner Jr. of Livingston Manor.
Services were held March 23 at the Fred Hunter Funeral Home in Davie, Fla.
Cremation was followed by burial of the cremains in Florida.
Lucy Spivack of Smallwood, a homemaker, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late Monroe and Winnie Raymond Pack, she was born June 25, 1922, in Tennessee.
She was a member and volunteer at Stepping Stones in Monticello.
She is survived by two daughters, Toni Kate of New Jersey and Dorothy Underwood of Tennessee; a son, Kenneth Hester of Long Island; 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a dear friend, Duddley Watson of Monticello. She was predeceased by a son, Woodrow Hester.
Services were held Sunday at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne with the Rev. David Jolly officiating.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Paula B. Houston
Paula Blum Houston of Mountaindale, a secretary for the Sullivan County Department of Community Services in Liberty and a lifelong area resident, died at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 60 years of age.
The daughter of the late Al and Minnie Ziskind Blum, she was born October 7, 1940, in Monticello.
She is survived by her husband, John Robert Houston, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jason and Mary Houston of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Ben and Kim Houston of Miami, Fla.; a granddaughter, Nicole Houston; a sister, Selby Feldman of Woodridge; two uncles, Zelick Blum of Mountaindale and Hyman Blum of Miami, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Sunday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Burial was made in the Mountaindale Synagogue Cemetery in Glen Wild.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 200 White Plains Rd., Suite 523, Tarrytown, N.Y. 10591.
John H. Hyzer
Ret. Blacksmith, 86
John H. Hyzer of Liberty, a lifelong area resident and a blacksmith by trade, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. He was 86 years of age.
The son of the late John Harvey and Flora Corcoran Hyzer, he was born March 8, 1915, in Livingston Manor.
Mr. Hyzer operated Hyzer's Blacksmith Shop in Liberty and was the last blacksmith in the village. He was a 50-year member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Sullivan County and a past president of the Liberty Cemetery Association.
He is survived by his wife, Lena Hyzer, at home; three sons, Allen Hyzer of Livingston Manor, and Donald Hyzer and John Hyzer Jr., both of Andover, N.J.; two step-sons, Daniel Hurley of Grahamsville and Michael Aziz of New York City; a daughter, Janet Fredrick of Derry, Pa.; a sister, Sarah Welton of Livingston Manor; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Saturday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty with the Rev. Donna Lepsky officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Fund of CGH Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 280, Bushville Rd., Harris, N.Y. 12742-9986.
Josephine R. Reis
Ret. Med. Secy., 84
Josephine R. Reis of Claryville, a retired medical secretary and a longtime area resident, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 84 years of age.
The daughter of the late Louis and Victoria Gorlik Zawislak, she was born November 20, 1916, in Gowanda. She was the widow of Woodrow W. Reis.
A former resident of Middletown and Newburgh, she had been a 21-year employee of Highland Hospital in Beacon before retiring.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Bill Bruning of Claryville; and a grandson, Patrick Cunningham of Morristown, N.J. She was predeceased by a son, Roger Reis, a brother, Edward Zawislak and a sister, Victoria Rutkowski.
Graveside services and burial were held Saturday at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Newburgh with the Rev. William Scafidi officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Claryville Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 146, Claryville, N.Y. 12725.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty.
Frank Feller, 86
Ret. Bus Dispatcher
Frank Feller of Bethel, a retired bus dispatcher for the Manhattan, Bronx Surface Transit Co. and a longtime area resident, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at the Columbia Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 86 years of age.
The son of the late Hyman and Gertrude Weinstein Feller, he was born February 25, 1915, in the Bronx.
Mr. Feller was a member of the Fallsburg Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, the Shriners Lodge and the International Order of Odd Fellows.
He is survived by his wife, Reene Kleinberg Feller, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Alice and Howard Sionsky of Garnerville; a son and daughter-in-law, Howard and Anna Feller of North Carolina; a brother, Rubin Feller of White Lake; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two daughters, Rosalyn Weissler and Trudy Thompson.
Services will be held at noon on Tuesday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello with Rabbi Irwin Tanenbaum officiating.
Masonic services will also be held at noon on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be made in the Temple Beth-El Cemetery in Bethel.
Shiva will be observed at the family home in Garnerville through Friday
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fallsburg Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, South Fallsburg, N.Y. 12779.
Howard W. LaPolt
Howard W. LaPolt of Monticello, a routeman for Miller Automatic for 30 years and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at his home. He was 54 years of age.
The son of the late Elmer and Nina Fisher LaPolt, he was born February 8, 1942, in Monticello.
Mr. LaPolt was a member of Our Lady of Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Bloomingburg, the Liberty Chapter of the International Order of Old Bastards, the Bloomingburg Grange and was a longtime league bowler at Kiamesha Lanes.
He is survived by his wife, Eda LaPolt, at home; a sister, Wanda Castro of Liberty; a brother, Ronald LaPolt of Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 3534 Route 55, Kauneonga Lake, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Assumption R.C. Church, High St., Bloomingburg, with Father James Sidoti, O.Carm., officiating.
Burial will be made in Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel.