April 13, 2001
Mary E. Belofski
Mary E. Belofski of Bloomingburg, a homemaker and longtime area resident, died Monday, April 9, 2001, at the Middletown Park Manor in Middletown. She was 80 years of age.
The daughter of the late Anthony and Catherine Conroy Houst, she was born May 23, 1920. She was the widow of Donald W. Belofski.
Mrs. Belofski was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Bloomingburg where she served as a lector and Eucharistic Minister, and was active in the Third Order and Craft Club. Mrs. Belofski was also a talented seamstress.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was a devoted mother and grandmother, deeply religious and loved by all."
She is survived by two sons, Donald G. Belofski of Concord, N.C., and Michael W. Belofski of Pine Bush; two daughters, Donna M. Benjamin of Newburgh and Maryann V. Malamas of Bloomingburg; 13 grandchildren, Michelle, Steven, Kevin, Gabor, Veronica, Michael, James, Corrina, Sara, Daniel, Christina, Kimberly and Kathleen; and six great-grandchildren, Brandon, Kyle, Alex, Kendall, Melia and Kelsie.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Wednesday at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Bloomingburg with Father James Sidoti, O. Carm., officiating.
Burial was made in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery in Bloomingburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Assumption Church, P.O. Box 216, Bloomingburg, N.Y. 12721.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro
Helen L. Grant
Retired Teacher, 84
Helen L. Grant of Roscoe, a retired teacher and a longtime area resident, died Sunday, April 8, 2001, at her home. She was 84 years of age.
The daughter of the late William S. and Ida H. Meier Young, she was born April 4, 1917, in Syracuse.
A 1939 graduate of Syracuse University, she taught Home Economics in the Downsville Central School from 1969 until her retirement in 1979. Mrs. Grant was a member of the United Church of Roscoe in Roscoe.
She is survived by her husband, Robert D. Grant, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, David E. and Laurie Grant of Cooks Falls and Douglas A. and Willa Grant of Asheville, N.C.; three grandsons; two granddaughters; a great-granddaughter; a niece and a nephew.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, in the United Church of Roscoe with the Rev. Bridgette LeConey officiating.
Burial will be made at a later date in the Riverview Cemetery in Roscoe.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Orange-Sullivan Hospice, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe.
Nicholas W. Houman
Ret. Maintenance Man, 76
Nicholas "Nick" W. Houman of Monticello, a former maintenance man for Kutsher's Country Club in Monticello and a longtime area resident, died Monday, April 9, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 76 years of age.
The son of Jacob and Adelaid Rynerson Houman, he was born May 25, 1924, in Forest City, Pa.
Mr. Houman was a member of the Monticello Fire Department and the Exempt Firemen's Association. A World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and the Korean War, he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Victory Medal in the latter conflict. He was a member of the Bailey-Richman Post No. 9588, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Monticello.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Rumsey Houman, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Sue Houman of Monticello; two daughters and sons-in-law, June and Edward Brown of Woodbourne and Sue and Pat Curtis of Rock Hill; four grandchildren, Kelly Soller and her husband, Brian, Heather Brown, Kristopher Curtis and Jennifer Houman; two sisters, Elsie Guszick and Rosemarie Degma, both of Forest City, Pa.; three brothers, William Houman of the state of Florida and Jacob and Ronald Houman, both of Monticello; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Edward Houman, and two sisters, Barbara Ann and Theresa.
Services were held Thursday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello with the Rev. Robert Hoag officiating.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550 or to the Monticello Fire Department, 8-10 Pleasant St., Monticello, N.Y. 12701.He was a member of the Sgt. Andrew Brucher Post No. 5499, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in White Lake.
Florence T. Sundstrom of Liberty, a homemaker and longtime area resident, formerly of Roscoe, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at her home. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late John and Mary T. Marlik Vargo, she was born December 14, 1921, in Franklin, Va. She was the widow of Charles H. Sundstrom who died in 1982.
Mrs. Sundstrom and her late husband had operated a farm in Roscoe for many years. She was a communicant of St. Peter's Church in Liberty and had been a volunteer at the Community General Hospital in Harris with the RSVP.
She is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Sundstrom of Yardley, Pa.; two sons, George Sundstrom of Silver Springs, Md., and Randy Sundstrom.
Services were private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community General Hospital Volunteer Program, Harris, N.Y. 12742.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe.
Joseph Vuono, 86
Ret. Corrections Off.
Joseph Vuono of Liberty, a retired corrections officer and a two-year area resident, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 86 years of age.
The son of the late Mariano and Rosina Pigniataro Vuono, he was born March 23, 1915, in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
Mr. Vuono served in the U. S. Army during World War II and was stationed at Ft. Custer in Michigan, Ft. Sam Houston in Texas and Camp Ataberry in Indiana with the 82nd Airborne as a Private First Class. He was a Disabled American Veteran and a member of the Sullivan County Senior Citizens.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Kurpil Vuono of Liberty; a son, Joseph J. Vuono of Liberty; a brother, Frank Vuono of Florida and a sister, Susan Vuono of New Jersey.
Services and burial were private.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty.
Mildred E. Stauffer
Retired Teacher, 92
Mildred E. Stauffer of Pittston, Pa., a retired teacher in the Scranton Public Schools and former resident of West Scranton, Pa., died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at the Welsley Village Nursing Home in Pittston, Pa. She was 92 years of age.
The daughter of the late William E. and Alice M. Harris Phillips, she was born in Taylor, Pa. She was the widow of Amos Stauffer who died in 1984 and Richard D. Powell who died in 1947.
Mrs. Stauffer had also taught in LaPlume, Pa., and was a first grade teacher at the John Marshall #41 School. Following her retirement, she volunteered at St. Joseph's Center and was a broadcaster for the Association for the Blind Radio. She was a member of Trinity Congregational Church and was an active member of the Women's Fellowship and a Sunday School teacher for many years.
She is survived by a daughter, Margaret Powell Burke of Liberty; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two nieces. She was predeceased by a grandson, Michael R. Burke and a great-grandson, Brian M. Maier.
Services were held Wednesday at the Davies & Jones Funeral Chapel in Scranton, Pa., with the Rev. Dr. Frank Andrews, pastor of Trinity Congregational United Church of Christ in Scranton, Pa., officiating.
Interment was made in the Valley View Cemetery in Montdale, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Avenue, Scranton, Pa. 18509 or to Trinity Congregational UCC, 229 South Main Ave., Scranton, Pa. 18504.
T. Anita Frankell
Ret. Bookkeeper, 84
Theresa Anita Frankell, a 24-year resident of Wurtsboro and a retired bookkeeper for Marion Femen Tours in Middletown, died in Los Angeles, Calif., on Monday, April 9, 2001. She was 84 years of age.
The daughter of the late Carlo and Grazielle DeRose Santantonio, she was born August 8, 1916, in New York. She was the widow of Allen Frankell.
In a family statement, it was said, "Anita was a beautiful person both inside and out. She looked at the world with kind and compassionate eyes and chose to see the goodness and beauty around her."
Active all her life in civic and charitable affairs, Mrs. Frankell was a senior liaison for congressman Benjamin Gilman. She was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Wurtsboro, a member of the church choir and the Ave Maria Guild; a member of RSVP and a reader for the blind for Ramapo Library.
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Ellen and Roy Mohrman of Central Valley and Pamela and David Healey of Los Angeles; a sister, Francine Santantonio of Queens; a grandson, Scott Gillespie of Las Vegas; three granddaughters, Danielle and Megan Henley of Los Angeles and Kristie Hodas of Barryville; three great-grandchildren, Connor and Corbin Gillespie and Rachel Hodas; a godchild, Michele Ames of Bellport; and several nieces and a nephew. She was predeceased; by two brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services were held Thursday at the Morse Funeral Home in Middletown.
Burial was made in St. Joseph Cemetery in Middletown.
Florence M. LaBarr
Ret. Seamstress, 95
Florence M. LaBarr of Matamoras, Pa., a retired seamstress with Little Tots in Port Jervis and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, April 9, 2001, at St. Joseph's Place in Port Jervis. She was 95 years of age.
The daughter of the late Herman and Christine Kuhn Hipsman, she was born September 25, 1905, in Eldred. She was the widow of Louis H. LaBarr.
Mrs. LaBarr was a member of the Matamoras United Methodist Church.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was a loving mother and grandmother who's greatest joy in life was having her family around her."
She is survived by a daughter, Emogene Bloomer of Matamoras, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Karen Brophy of Newport News, Va., William Bloomer and Janet Hendrick, both of Port Jervis, Russell Bloomer of Matamoras, Pa., Robert Bloomer of Chicago, Ill., Richard Bloomer of Queens and Louise Factou of St. Augustine, Fla.; eight great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Louis A. LaBarr.
Services were held Thursday at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home in Port Jervis with the Rev. Emil Winkelspecht officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Place Activities Fund, 160 E. Main St., Port Jervis, N.Y. 12771.
Ruth W. Bachrach
Ruth Wapnick Bachrach of Monticello, the co-founder and co-operator with her late husband, Ike Wapnick, of Ike's Auto Parks in Monticello and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, April 22, 2001, at her home. She was 68 years of age.
She and Mr. Wapnick were also the founders and operators of the former Resort Motors in Monticello.
Mrs. Bachrach was a member of the Landfield Avenue Synagogue and the Sisterhood of the Synagogue, a member of Temple Shalom and a member of the Business and Professional Women's Association.
She is survived by her husband, Norman Bachrach, at home; two sons, Michael and his wife, Roni Wapnick, of Goshen, and Mark Bachrach of White Sulphur Springs; two daughters, Debra Ulrich and her husband, Robert, of Maryland and Vikki Bosley of Tucson, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Amanda, Ilyssa Wapnick, Jaime, Jason Ulrich and Chance Bosley; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, 186 Broadway, Monticello, with Rabbi Ben Zion Chanowitz and Gary Loeb officiating.
Burial will be made in the Landfield Avenue Synagogue Cemetery in Monticello.
Shiva will be observed Friday until sundown at the family home in Monticello and on Monday, after 4 p.m., at 16 Sayers Peak Dr., Goshen.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Catherine Cartuccio of Monticello, a homemaker and a longtime area resident, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, in Atlantic, City, N.J. She was 76 years of age.
The daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Massello LaVista, she was born June 25, 1924, in Yonkers.
She is survived by her husband, Salvatore "Sam" Cartuccio, at home; a son, Salvatore Cartuccio of Monticello; six grandchildren, Catherine Belanchia, Mary Ann Thomas, Christine Marie Shea, Joshua Belanchia, Danielle Cartuccio and Jake Cartuccio; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Sylvester LaVista of Yonkers and Anthony LaVista of Norwalk, Conn.; two sisters, Anna Marie McCauley of Yonkers and Virginia Pasciucco of Mahopac; a son-in-law, Rudy Belanchia; and a daughter-in-law, Danielle Cartuccio. She was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Ann Belanchia, a sister, Angela Matero and a brother, Frank LaVista.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Colonial Memorial. Funeral Home, 396 Main St., Woodbourne.
Burial will be made in the Liberty Cemetery.
Fred Rustmann, 85
Ret. Master Builder
Fred Rustmann, a 20-year resident of Florida, and more recently of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and a former resident of Callicoon Center, died Monday, April 9, 2001, at his Florida home following a struggle with a very rare form of lymphoma. He was 85 years of age.
In later years, he maintained a summer residence at Lake Anawanda, just outside of Callicoon Center.
A U.S. Army World War II veteran, he served in the Pacific Theatre of War. He was a pioneer in the housing development industry following World War II and built large developments of single-family homes throughout Long Island, Nanuet and Washingtonville.
Following his move to Florida, he built a large apartment complex in Cocoa Beach and completed a golf course project in the Bahamas. He also dabbled in investments and speculated in real estate until, at the age of 82, he came out of retirement to manage a major home renovation project in Palm Beach, Fla., and then to build another home from scratch in Jupiter Farms.
He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Rustmann, at home; two sons, Frederic, Rustmann Jr. of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Gary Rustmann of Plano, Tex.; two daughters, Susan Monaco of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Cindy Martin-Keskiner of Clearwater, Fla.; six grandchildren, Frederick Rustmann III and Clayton Rustmann, Gabrielle Vernon, Gregory and Perry Monaco, and Sean and Timothy Martin; and a great-grandson, Gage Vernon.
A memorial service was held at the Rustmann home on Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to any Hospice of the donor's choice.
Maria D. Prastaro
Retired Cook, 71
Maria D. Prastaro, a longtime Bridgeville resident, formerly of North Bellmore, L.I., died Tuesday, April 10, 2001. She was 71 years of age.
The daughter of the late Fortunato and Josephine Righi Bruschi, she was born January 10, 1930, in San Marino, Italy.
In a family statement, it was said, "Maria was a loving, devoted and caring wife and mother who always had a shoulder for you to cry on, arms to hold and comfort you, a smile to warm your heart and a heart that carried much love. She will be dearly missed."
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Clyde T. Prastaro, at home; two daughters, Valerie Caruso of Monticello and Maria Fenin and her husband, Richard, of Spring Hill, Fla.; three sons, Rinaldo Prastaro and his wife, Margaret, of Oneonta, Clyde Prastaro of Livingston Manor, and Vincent Prastaro and his wife, Nancy, of Lake Worth, Fla.; a sister, Emilia Zorn of Frieze, Italy; two brothers, Dominic and Henry Bruschi, both of Republic of San Marino, Italy; five grandsons, Timothy Maher of Bellmore, Robert Caruso of White Plains, Joseph Caruso of Monticello, Anthony and Kevin Prastaro, both of Oneonta, and Vincent Prastaro Jr. of Lake Worth, Fla.; four granddaughters, Angela Jakaitis and her husband, Robert, of Bridgeville, Noel Prastaro of Missouri, Katherine Prastaro of Lake Worth, Fla., and Nicole Andrews of Spring Hill, Fla.; and two great-granddaughters, Shelby Jakaitis and Kimber Lee Prastaro; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello, on Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and on Sunday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Peter's R.C. Church, Monticello, with the Rev. John Lynch officiating.
Burial will be made in the Glen Wild Cemetery in Glen Wild.