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May 4, 2001

Alice Donnelly
Homemaker, 80

Alice Donnelly of Woodridge, a homemaker and lifelong area resident, died Sunday, April 29, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital. She was 80 years of age.
The daughter of the late Frank and Theresa Stangle Damms, she was born June 22, 1920 in Ellenville. She was the widow of Robert Donnelly.
Mrs. Donnelly was a member of the Woodridge United Methodist Church and its Ladies Aid, and the Ladies Auxiliary to the Clarence Hoyt Post No. 9217, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Liberty.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Robert Terwilliger of Grahamsville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Edward and Linda Donnelly of Lackawack and Robert and Bonnie Donnelly of Woodridge; three brothers, Francis Damms of Garland, Tex., Edward Damms of Bradenton, Fla., and Harold Damms of Summerville; ten grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Purvis and Robert Damms.
Services were held Wednesday at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne with the Rev. Robert Pinto officiating.
Interment was made in the Phillipsport Cemetery.

Arlene G. Sidle
Homemaker, 66

Arlene Gettle Sidle, of North Branford, Conn., a homemaker and native of Callicoon, died April 30, 2001. She was 66 years of age.
The daughter of the late Walter H. and Gertrude Boehmer Gettle, she was born March 9, 1935, in Callicoon.
Mrs. Sidle was a member of the Fleet Reserve Auxiliary and the Navy Enlisted Retired Association Auxiliary. She attended and was a friend of the North Branford Congregational Church in North Branford, Conn.
She is survived by her husband, Leonard B. Sidle, at home; two sons, Warren M. Sidle of North Stonington, Conn., and Gary G. Sidle of North Branford, Conn.; a brother, Carl Gettle of Bakersfield, Calif.; a sister, Nancy Arp of Taft, Calif.; four grandchildren and a step-grandson.
Private graveside services and burial were held at the Hortonville Cemetery on Thursday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Connecticut Hospice, Inc., 61 Burban Dr., North Branford, Conn. 06471.
Cards of condolence will reach Mr. Sidle at 10 Calvin Dr., North Branford, Conn. 06471.

Thomas J. Kilroy, 89
Ret. School Principal

Thomas J. Kilroy, an educator, humanitarian and a retired school principal of South Oceanside Elementary School #4, died Wednesday, April 25, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital in Flushing. He was 89 years of age.
The son of the late Thomas and Salinda Roemer Kilroy, he was born July 25, 1911, in Maspeth. He was the widower of Ada Kilroy.
Mr. Kilroy graduated from Callicoon High School in 1932 and pursued his higher education at the State University at Delhi, State University at Cortland and the State University at Plattsburg. He received his B.S. from New York University and his M.A. from Adelphi University. His graduate work was done at I.I.U. and Adelphi University.
Beginning in 1933, he served five years in a one-room schoolhouse at Acidalia, then taught one year in North Branch and moved to the "new" central school in Jeffersonville the following year. He accepted a position at the Oceanside High School in 1942 and retired in 1972 from South Oceanside Elementary School #4 as principal. A self-taught musician, he started another career after retiring, providing volunteer entertainment for the sick and elderly. It was common knowledge that he spent most of his time giving of himself to those less fortunate.
Mr. Kilroy authored many published educational articles. He was a past supervisor of the Oceanside Youth Center, active in the Association for the Help of Retarded Children and and a past Scoutmaster of Troop 230 in Oceanside and Troop 112 in Jeffersonville.
He was selected Oceanside's Citizen of the Year in 1983 and in 1989 received the Distinguished Alumnus Award at Delhi. He was a charter member of the Oceanside Rotary who honored him as a Paul Harris Fellow. A daily communicant and usher at St. Christopher's in Baldwin, he was also an active member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society.
Mr. Kilroy is survived by two nieces, Constance Poley of Cody, Wyo., and Ellen Hogencamp of White Sulphur Springs; and a dear friend, Ann T. Mallon. He was predeceased by a sister, Mildred Kautz, and a niece, Norma Kehrley.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Saturday at St. Christopher's Church in Baldwin.
Burial was made in Greenfield Cemetery in Hempstead.

Mary A.W. Cooke
Ret. Reg. Nurse, 70

Mary Anne Williams Cooke, an on-and-off lifelong resident of Sundown, a registered nurse and a retired Herkimer County Public Health Nurse, died Tuesday, May 1, 2001, at the Ellenville Regional Hospital. She was 70 years of age.
The daughter of the late Martin Joiner and Mary Magdeline Tschudy Williams, she was born June 5, 1930, in Chatham N.J.
A graduate of St. Luke's School of Nursing, she was a member of Purity Chapter #252, Order of the Eastern Star, in Wharton, N.J., treasurer of the Town of Denning Taxpayers Association and a member of the St. Luke's Alumni Association.
She is survived by her husband, James Cooke of Sundown; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Paul and Cathy Conant and Jeffrey Conant, all of Mohawk, and Steven and Sheila Conant of Rotterdam, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Paul Conant and his wife, Jennifer, of Guilderland, Matthew Conant, and Heather, Joshua and Jeremy Conant, all of Mohawk; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Martin Joiner and Doris Williams of Weslaco, Tex., and Robert Brunner and Anna Williams of Oakton, Va.; several aunts, uncles; the Tschudy family and the Lock family; several cousins, nieces and nephews; and her best friend, Joan Wainman of Hancock. She was predeceased by a son, Andrew Conant.
Friends may call at the Loucks Funeral Home, Route 209, Ellenville, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at the Grahamsville Reformed Church, Route 55, Grahamsville, on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Paul Ruter officiating.
Burial will be made in the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery in Grahamsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sundown United Methodist Church, Sundown, N.Y. 12782.

Wira Bosak
Homemaker, 75

Wira Bosak, a 15-year resident of Glen Spey and a homemaker, died Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at her home. She was 75 years of age.
The daughter of the late Gregory and Katherine Pidhirna Sapadasz, she was born October 2, 1925, in Ukraine.
Mrs. Bosak was a member of St. Volodymyr's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Glen Spey.
She is survived by her husband, Wasyl Bosak, at home; and two nephews, Donald Pilczak of Glen Spey and Walter Pilczak of East Stroudsburg, Pa.
Services will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home in Port Jervis, followed by a Liturgy Mass at St. Volodymyr's Ukrainian Catholic Church with the Rev. Olesksa Kostyk officiating.
Burial will be made in Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery in Hamptonburg.

Robert W. Walsh, 66

Robert William Walsh of Ocean Pines, Md., died January 29, 2001, in Maryland. He was 66 years of age.
The son of the late Jack and Anna Walsh, he was born January 5, 1935, in New York City.
In a family statement, it was said, "Bob loved his family, riding his motorcycle and the great outdoors. We will think of him at every sunset."
He is survived by his wife, Helen V. Walsh of Ocean Pines, Md.; two sons, Scott F. MacIver of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Gregg W. Walsh of Fresno, Calif.; a daughter, Colleen L. Loughrey of Berlin, Md.; a grandson, Zachary; and cousins, Lorraine Blades of Summitville, Harold Blades Jr. of Kingston, Jarrid Blades of Ellenville, Linda and Kevin Northrup of Wurtsboro and William Northrop of Saranac Lake.
Services were held in January in Towson, Md.
A graveside service and burial will be held Saturday at the Walsh family plot in Pine Hill Cemetery in New Hampton with the Rev. Kenneth Wonderland officiating.

William Ripley, 65

William "Bill" R. Ripley of Middletown, died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 1, 2001, at his home. He was 65 years of age.
The son of the late William and Gladys Cole Ripley, he was born February 24, 1936, in Middletown.
A 1954 graduate of Middletown High School, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1958.
In a family statement, it was said, "Bill enjoyed working on his lawn and cooking; was an avid Yankees and Giants fan; adored his grandchildren; and was a longtime collector of Jim Beam bottles. He will be missed by all who knew him; he was a great man."
He is survived by his wife, Catherine Morrison Ripley, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and John Rivera of Bullville; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Karen Ripley of Bloomingburg; three grandchildren, Nicholas and Kelcie Rivera and Andrew Ripley; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Lois, who died May 20, 2000.
Friends may call at the Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Ave., Middletown, on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Timothy Woodard officiating.
Interment will be made in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery.

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