May 22, 2001
Rev. Robert W. Caskey
Served White Lake, 95
Rev. Robert Wyley Caskey of Pittsburgh, Pa., a former pastor of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in White Lake, died April 17, 2001. He was 95 years of age.
The son of Robert George and Elizabeth Blair Caskey, he was born December 20, 1905, in Clarinda, Iowa.
Both of his parents died by the time he was 12 years of age, and he lived with an aunt until he was in college. He graduated from Tarkio College in 1928 and entered the Reformed Presbyterian Seminary in Pittsburgh where he graduated in 1933. He was installed as pastor of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in White Lake in October of the same year and served there until October of 1948.
During his pastorate at White Lake, he was very active in the development of the White Lake Camp Grounds during which time the dining hall, seven cabins and two wash houses were built.
Rev. Caskey was installed as pastor of the Winchester, Kans., congregation on December 11, 1948. He served as editor of "The Covenanter Witness" from 1958 to 1963. In May of 1968 he moved to Superior where he served as pastor of the Reformed Presbyterian Church until August 1973, when he moved to Pittsburgh, Pa., and became administrative secretary of the National Reform Association and editor of "The Christian Statesman."
Rev. Caskey served as stated supply of the Allegheny Congregation from 1973-1976 and was elected moderator of synod in 1976. He was given an honorary D.D. from Geneva College in 1960.
Because of failing health, Rev. and Mrs. Caskey, the former Mary Grace Allen, moved to the Reformed Presbyterian Home in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1995, where they lived until his death.
Gerald S. Bush
Ret. Dairy Farmer, 79
Gerald S. Bush of Abrahamsville, Pa., a retired dairy farmer and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, May 19, 2001, at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. He was 79 years of age.
The son of the late Corwin E. and Julia Kellam Bush, he was born on June 23, 1921, in Abrahamsville, Pa.
Mr. Bush was a 50-year member of the Odd Fellows, a member of the United Methodist Church of Abrahamsville, and a school board director for Manchester, Damascus and Wayne Highlands school districts.
He is survived by his wife, Marian Scott Bush, at home; a son, Scott Bush of Abrahamsville; three daughters, Sandy Kraft of North Carolina, Jerrilynn Coblentz of Sterling, Va., and Billie Showers of Williamsport, Pa.; two brothers, Harold Bush and Lawrence Bush, both of Abrahamsville; four grandchildren, Marrianne and Stephanie Kraft, Caleb Coblentz and Martina Showers; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services and burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Galilee, Pa., with the Rev. George Gallandorm officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Abrahamsville United Methodist Church, Damascus, Pa. 18415.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.
Bettylou "B-Ma" Kortright of Napanoch, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. She was 55 years of age.
The daughter of the late Ivan and Jeanette Ida Clark Kortright, she was born May 15, 1946, in Ellenville.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, James and Melanie Contrys of Monticello; a sister and brother-in-law, Jean Anne and James Kelly of Ferndale; a brother and sister-in-law, Blake and Carol Ann Kortright of Napanoch; four grandchildren, James, Mercedes, Nichole and Jasmine Contrys; two nephews, Michael Kortright and Robert Kelly; and three nieces, Krysta Kelly, Heather Krom and Tamy Krom.
Funeral services were held Sunday at the Loucks Funeral Home in Ellenville with the Rev. Jay Vogelaar officiating.
Cremation was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of one's choice.
Alfred T. Dreher
Alfred T. Dreher of Roscoe, a self-employed carpenter, farmer and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home in Roscoe. He was 80 years of age.
The son of the late Henry C. and Barbara E. Specht Dreher, he was born July 21, 1920, in Roscoe.
Mr. Dreher was a member of the Roscoe Presbyterian Church and the Sullivan County Co-op Extension.
He is survived by two daughters, April McArthur of Livingston Manor and Julie Mustavs of Roscoe; a son, Stephen Dreher of Roscoe; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday at the Roscoe Presbyterian Church in Roscoe with the Rev. Gerald Wondra and the Rev. Jacob Wielhouwer officiating.
Burial was made in the Riverview Cemetery in Roscoe.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Roscoe Presbyterian Church, Roscoe, N.Y. 12776.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Rosoce.
Belle S. Goldenberg
Ret. Teacher, 92
Belle S. Goldenberg of Del Ray Beach, Fla., a retired high school teacher in Eastern District High School in Brooklyn and a summer resident of Kiamesha Lake for 50 years, died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at the Manor Care Health Services Center in Boynton Beach, Fla. She was 92 years of age.
The daughter of the late Harry and Anna Solomon, she was born July 5, 1908, in Romania. She was the widow of Milton E. Goldenberg.
Mrs. Goldenberg was a member of Temple Sholom in Monticello.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Maureen and Bob Velten of Monticello; and a granddaughter, Julie Velten of Boca Raton, Fla.
Graveside services and burial were held Sunday at the Temple Sholom Cemetery in Monticello with Rabbi Irwin Tanenbaum officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 1250 Hylan Blvd., Suite 48, Staten Island, N.Y. 10305.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Ret. Stone Mason, 77
William March of Glen Spey, a retired stone mason and a 30-year area resident, died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at the Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 77 years of age.
The son of the late Peter and Evokia Litnanski March, he was born August 26, 1923, in Ukraine.
Mr. March was a member of St. Volodymyr's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Glen Spey.
He is survived by his wife, Evokia Dolgech March, at home; two daughters, Maria Babanskyj of the state of Indiana and Lillian Kornienko of Lafayette, N.J.; two sisters in Ukraine; and four grandchildren, Eric Babanskyj, Valentina Babanskyj, Zori Korienko and Christopher Korienko.
Services were held Saturday at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home in Port Jervis followed by a Liturgy Mass in St. Volodymyr's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Glen Spey with the Rev. Olesksa Kostyk officiating.
Burial was made in the Glen Spey Cemetery in Glen Spey.
Diane M. Clarke
Prevention Educator, 40
Diane M. Clarke of Porter Corners, a prevention educator for the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council of Saratoga County, Inc., in Saratoga Springs, died Friday, May 18, 2001, at the Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs. She was 40 years of age.
The daughter of John D. and Dolores A. Wanczyk McGloin, she was born May 4, 1961, in Warwick.
Mrs. Clarke was a graduate of Warwick Valley Central School and received her B.S. and Master's degree in Elementary Education from Plattsburgh State University.
She was employed as a substitute teacher in Saratoga Springs, Corinth and the Hadley-Luzerne school districts for several years. Mrs. Clarke enjoyed gardening, cross country skiing and her many activities in school functions.
In a family statement, it was said, "Diane enjoyed spending time with her family, which she truly loved. Her love and compassion transformed their house into a home."
She is survived by her parents of Warwick; her husband of nearly 20 years, Bill Clarke, at home; two daughters, Bria Amity Clarke and Avis Lenore Clarke, both of Porter Corners; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Suzanne and Robert Meier of Bloomingburg and Dr. Lisa and Edwin Adeson of Queensbury; and a brother and sister-in-law, John A. and Jennifer McGloin of Warwick.
A celebration of her life was held at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church in Saratoga Springs on Saturday with the Rev. John Ekman officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bria and Avis Clarke Scholarship Fund, c/o Saratoga Community Credit Union, 23 Division St., Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 12866.
Owned Nutshell, 57
David Danchak of Pompano Beach, Fla., the former owner of The Nutshell in Lake Huntington, died Sunday, May 20, 2001, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Miami, Fla. He was 57 years of age.
Funeral arrangements are being made by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville and are incomplete at press time.
Eric W. Johnson, 16
Eric William Johnson of Fort Myers, Fla., died Thursday, May 17, 2001, in Ft. Myers, Fla. He was 16 years of age.
The son of Lee Iarusso Johnson and the late Paul Johnson, he was born May 6, 1985, in Long Island.
He is survived by his mother of Fort Myers, Fla.; a brother, Sean; a sister, Brittany; his paternal grandparents, Bill and Mary Johnson of Wurtsboro; and his maternal grandparents, Laurie Iarusso of Wurtsboro Hills and Jerry Iarusso of Mount Vernon.
A Memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Bloomingburg with Fr. James Sidoti, O. Carm. officiating.
Interment of the cremains will be private in Sylvan Cemetery in Wurtsboro, where Eric will be buried with his father.
His organs were donated so that others may live. Twelve lives were changed forever.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro.
Robert J. Gilligan
Security Guard, 60
Robert J. Gilligan of Napanoch, a chief security guard for the former Concord Hotel in Kiamesha Lake and a 33-year area resident, died Sunday, May 20, 2001, at his home. He was 60 years of age.
The son of the late Francis and Iva Evans Gilligan, he was born December 24, 1940, in the Town of Ossining. He was the widower of Roberta Saroli Gilligan.
Mr. Gilligan served as a medic in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He was a member of the Bartenders & Restaurant Union Local 76, in Monticello.
He is survived by two daughters, Paula Gilligan of Westbrookville and Sharon Countryman of Napanoch; a grandson, Michael Gilligan; a sister, Patricia Scheubensky of Napanoch; three sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Smith and Margaret Saroli, both of Scotland, and Marcella Gilligan of Ossining; two brothers-in-law, Peter Smith and John Saroli, both of Scotland; his father-in-law, Dominic Saroli; and several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Friends may call at the Loucks Funeral Home, Route 209, Ellenville, on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Burial will be made in the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.