May 8, 2001
Lyman A. Holmes
Retired Banker, 83
Lyman A. Holmes of Wurtsboro, a retired banker for the Bank of New York and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, May 5, 2001, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. He was 83 years of age.
The son of the late Lyman O.R. and Ethel Wolfe Holmes, he was born March 20, 1918, in Wurtsboro.
An Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Holmes was involved with many community organizations including the Wurtsboro Fire Department and Mamakating Post #1266 of the American Legion, each of which he served for over 60 years. Since his retirement, he was actively involved in his family business, The Canal Towne Emporium, also in Wurtsboro.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Doris Holland Holmes, at home; two sons, Gary L. Holmes of Rock Hill and Lyman R. Holmes and his wife, Linda, of Wurtsboro; a brother, Joseph O. Holmes, and his wife Betty, of Boynton Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren, Jennifer, Matthew, Carolyn and Kevin; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Community Church of Wurtsboro, Sullivan Street, Wurtsboro, with the Rev. Robert Hoag officiating.
Burial will be made in Sylvan Cemetery in Wurtsboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro.
Mario M. Russo, 87
Ret. Customs Officer
Mario Michael Russo of Narrowsburg, a retired customs officer for the U.S. Customs and a 14-year area resident, died Friday, May 4, 2001, at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. He was 87 years of age.
The son of the late Vincenzo and Accursio Colletti Russo, he was born February 18, 1915, in New York City. He was the widower of Josephine Mauriello Russo.
A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, Mr. Russo was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Narrowsburg and the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by a son, Vincent Russo, and a step-son, Joseph Santarella, both of the state of Florida; a daughter, Linda Smith of Narrowsburg; a brother, William Russo of Staten Island; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers.
Cremation was made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
A Memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Narrowsburg with the Rev. Thomas Jones officiating.
A Mass will also be held in Staten Island at a time and place to be announced followed by burial of the cremains in Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp, S.I.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Narrowsburg, N.Y. 12764.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.
Ralph W. Dexter, 90
Ret. RR Maintenance Man
Ralph W. Dexter of Narrowsburg, a retired right of way maintenance man for the Erie Railroad, working from 1928 until his retirement in 1972, and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, May 7, 2001, at his home. He was 90 years of age.
The son of the late Charles L. and Barbara Bebous Dexter, he was born December 20, 1910, in the Town of Cochecton in the same house where he lived his entire life and where he died.
Always involved in the affairs of his community, Mr. Dexter was a member, elder and trustee of the Lake Huntington Presbyterian Church. He was a former president and a longtime treasurer of the Lava Fire Department, a former longtime committeeman for the Sullivan County Extension Service, and a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad-Maintenance of Right of Way. He was also a member of the Cochecton Democratic Club, a member of the Cochecton Preservation Society and the treasurer and trustee of the Dexter Family Cemetery. Mr. Dexter also owned and operated a Christmas tree farm for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Wilburta Cornwell Dexter, at home; four children, James Dexter of Herkimer, Barbara Myer and her husband, Clifford, of Milford, Pa., William Dexter and his wife, Jennie, of Narrowsburg, and Doris Roda and her husband, Warren, of Otisville; a brother-in-law, Eugene Thalman of the state of Texas; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Elsie; a granddaughter, Eileen; three brothers; and two sisters.
Friends may call at the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Lake Huntington Presbyterian Church in Lake Huntington with the Rev. Jacob Wielhouwer officiating.
Interment will be made in Overlook Cemetery in Damascus, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Huntington Presbyterian Church, Lake Huntington, N.Y. 12752.
Rev. Dr. R. Magagna
Ret. Minister, 71
Rev. Dr. Richard Magagna of Grahamsville, a 37-year area resident and a retired Methodist minister, died Sunday, May 6, 2001, at his home. He was 71 years of age.
The son of the late Rudolf and Marcella Presson Magagna, he was born May 21, 1929, in Brooklyn.
Dr. Magagna served the Monticello United Methodist Church from 1964 to 1966 and also other churches in the area. He joined the staff at Sullivan County Community College at Loch Sheldrake in 1966 where he served for 25 years as Doctor of Philosophy until his retirement in 1991. He has also served as chaplain for the Hurleyville Volunteer Fire Department since 1967.
He is survived by his wife, Sally De Sheano Magagna, at home; and a daughter and son-in-law, Roxanne and Bill Whitney of San Rafael, Calif. He was predeceased by a son, Raymond Magagna, and a brother, Rudolf Magagna.
There will be no visitation or service.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.