June 15, 2001
Ret. Salesman, 72
Albert "Sonny" DeCristofalo of Wilmington, Del., a retired salesman for Brandywine Chrysler-Plymouth and a former Monticello resident, died Monday, June 21, 2001, at Christianna Hospital. He was 72 years of age.
The son of the late Amerigo and Nina DeCristofalo, he was born in Monticello. He was the widower of Joanne Hall DeCristofalo.
Mr. DeCristofalo greaduated from Monticello High School and served with the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean War. He was also involved in breeding and racing trotter race horses.
He is survived by two sisters, Frances M. Van Kleeck of Fredericksburg, Va., and Dorothy Smith of Metuchen, N.J.; his longtime companion, Pat Coxey; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held in Monticello at a later date.
Ret. Tailor, 80
John Giardina of Liberty, a retired tailor for Stern's Department Store in New York City and a 10-year area resident, died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 80 years of age.
The son of the late Michael and Lucia Giardina, he was born March 26, 1921, in Italy.
He is survived by his wife of almost 52 years, Bruna Calosso Giardina, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Wendy Giardina of Liberty; a daughter, Lucia Ognibene of Liberty; and two grandchildren, Jennifer and John Michael Ognibene.
Services were held Thursday at Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty with the Rev. Ivan Csete officiating.
Burial was made in St. Peter's Cemetery in Liberty.
Mother Florence Buck
Ret. From Care Center, 76
Mother Florence Buck of Liberty, a retired employee of the Sullivan County Adult Care Center, a 51-year area resident, and a mother and founding member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Ferndale, died Monday, June 11, 2001, at the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J. She was 76 years of age.
The daughter of the late James and Flonnie Hill Farrow, she was born July 29, 1924, in New Bern, N.C. She was the widow of Raymond L. Buck.
Mother Buck was a 45-year member of the Friendship Baptist Church and served faithfully in the Senior Choir and on the Pastor's Aide Board.
In a family statement, it was said, "Mom was the best cook in the Catskills and her lemon cakes especially will be sorely missed. She was willing to always lend a hand and would feed anyone."
She is survived by three sons, Philip Buck of Liberty, Gregory Buck and his wife, Sandra, of Syracuse, and Joe Buck of New York City; six daughters, Betty Ford and Berlie Gooden of New York City, Jackolyn and her husband, William of Edwards, N.C., Marie and her husband, Allan Bonner of Monticello, Evelyn Buck of Liberty, and Margaret and her husband, Hopeton Gallaway of Utica; a brother, Joseph Farrow of Boston, Mass.; 25 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several cousins, nieces, and nephews and a host of friends.
The family will receive friends at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty, on Friday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Homegoing Celebration will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Liberty Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Willie Smith of the Friendship Baptist Church officiating.
Burial will be made in the Liberty Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Friendship Baptist Church, Ferndale, N.Y. 12734.
Louis C. Fallar
Ret. Bus Driver, 73
Louis C. Fallar of Cochecton, a retired bus driver for the New York City Transit Authority, died Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at the Grover M. Hermann Division of Community General Hospital in Callicoon. He was 73 years of age.
The son of the late Louis and Henrietta Lynch Fallar Sr., he was born July 10, 1927, on Staten Island. He was the widower of Janice Fischer Fallar.
Mr. Fallar was a member of the Catskill Detachment of the Marine Corps League and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
He is survived by two daughters, Diana Fallar of Spotswood, N.J., and Cynthia Fallar-Garay of Brooklyn; a brother, Robert Fallar of Staten Island; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Lake Huntington with Father Tom Jones officiating.
Burial will be made in the Fosterdale Cemetery in Fosterdale.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Ret. Offc. Mgr., 93
Agnes G. Martinetti of Cochecton, a retired office manager, died Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at her home. She was 93 years of age.
The daughter of the late Ferndinand and Loretta Carchietta, she was born March 6, 1908, in the Bronx. She was the widow of Patrick Martinetti Sr.
Mrs. Martinetti was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Church in Lake Huntington.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Patrick J. Jr. and Penni Martinetti of Cochecton; two sisters, Helen Russo and Mildred Bastone, both of the Bronx; a grandson, Daniel Martinetti; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no visitation.
Graveside services and burial will be held Monday at the Moravian Cemetery on Staten Island.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps or the Lake Huntington Fire Department, both at Lake Huntington, N.Y. 12752.
Retired from ARC, 86
Robert Carcione of Liberty, a 20-year area resident and retired from the Sullivan ARC Workshop since 1997, died Sunday, June 10, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 86 years of age.
He was the son of the late Rocco and Elisa Carissa Carcione.
Mr. Carcione is survived by his many friends at the Sullivan ARC.
Services were held Thursday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Monticello.
Burial was made in the Hurleyville Cemetery in Hurleyville.
Edwin Shapiro died in his sleep after a long struggle with cancer.
A graduate of CCNY and a longtime director of Camp Sequoia in Rock Hill, he was a past president of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the United States Association of International Migration, American Camping Association (NY section) and treasurer and member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Private Camps. He was also an overseer of CARE, chairman of B'nai B'rith Hillel Commission, chairman of the Executive Committee of NY Association of New Americans and a member of the American delegation to the emergency 65-country parley on the Indochinese Refugee Crisis held in Geneva in 1979.
It was said that "he will be sorely missed by his family and friends, generations of campers and counselors at Camp Sequoia, the refugees he helped and his many colleagues in Jewish philanthropy, human rights affairs and children's camping."
He is survived by his wife, Dena Shapiro; two sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Sharon Shapiro and Len and Bilha Shapiro; five grandchildren, Ronen, Oren, Alon, Reuven and Samuel; two step-children, Alan and Renee Zellner; his former wife, Claire Zucker Shapiro; a brother, Milton; and a sister, Lillian Kushel. He was predeceased by a son, Richard.
Services were held Wednesday at the Riverside Memorial Chapel in New York City.
Shiva will be observed on Friday by Dena and family at 140 East 83rd St., N.Y.C., and by Steve and Len Saturday night, Sunday and Monday at 191 Hamilton Rd., Chappaqua.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Richard Alan Shapiro Memorial Scholarship Award, c/o HIAS, 333 Seventh Ave., 17th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10001.
Ret. Bookkeeper, 91
Minnie Burns of North Miami Beach, Fla., a retired bookkeeper for the Sullivan County Steam Laundry of Woodridge and a former resident of Woodridge, died Friday, June 8, 2001, at Aventura Hospital in North Miami Beach, Fla. She was 91 years of age.
The daughter of the late Beryl and Dora Geneson, she was born January 19, 1910, in Brooklyn. She was the widow of Mac Burns.
Mrs. Burns was a member of the Woodridge Synagogue and formerly active in the Sisterhood.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Leda Burns of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and Arthur and Dede Burns of Santa Ana, Calif.; a daughter and son-in-law, Eileen and Harvey Krieger of Woodridge; a sister, Frances of Maryland; ten grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, 186 Broadway, Monticello, with Rabbi Ben Zion Chanowitz officiating
Burial will be made in the Woodridge Synagogue Cemetery in Glen Wild.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 628, Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Ret. Salesperson, 79
Mary E. Saward-Holcomb of Middletown, a retired salesperson and waitress, died Sunday, June 10, 2001, at St. Teresa's Nursing Home in Middletown. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late George and Anna Keegan Eastman, she was born August 31, 1921, in the Bronx. She was the widow of Richard Saward and Brady Holcomb.
Known as "Mary La-Di-Da" to her friends and family, she was a good conversationalist who took over a room when she entered it.
In a family statement, it was said, "We know you are at peace now, Mary La-Di-Da, laughing and dancing forever."
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Walter "Whitey" and Christine Saward and Wayne and Nina Saward, all of Bloomingburg; and five grandsons, Wayne, Brian, Steven, Eric and Richard. She was predeceased by a daughter, Georgianna who died in 1969; and two sisters, Anna and Gerri.
Services were private.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to People For People Fund, 40 Mulberry St., or the American Cancer Society, 419 East Main St., both at Middletown, N.Y. 10940.
Madeline V. Leffer
Ret. Restaurateur, 87
Madeline V. Leffer of Delray Beach, Fla., a former resident of Monticello and former co-owner of Roark's Tavern, died May 25, 2001.
The daughter of the late William and Anna Karlberg McGuigan, she was born September 1, 1913.
The McGuigan and Leffer families were longtime Monticello residents and Mr. and Mrs. Clem Leffer were the owners of Roark's Tavern on Landfield Avenue in Monticello for many years.
She is survived by her husband, Clement Leffer, of Delray Beach, Fla.; a son Martin Leffer of Woodstock; a daughter, Jeanne Leffer Welch of Jerome, Ariz.; and two grandsons, Asa Nathan and Forrest Leffer of Athens, Ga.
Graveside services and burial were held May 30 at the Palm Beach Memorial Park in Florida.
Alice V. Smith
Alice V. Smith of Livingston Manor, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 95 years of age.
The daughter of the late Charles and Margaret McCamley Miller, she was born November 4, 1905, in New York City. She was the widow of James Smith.
Mrs. Smith was a member of the Livingston Manor Senior Citizens and St. Aloysius Church in Livingston Manor.
She is survived by three sons, William Smith and his wife, Jean, of Livingston Manor, John Smith of White Sulphur Springs and James Smith of Monticello; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Doris and Harold Roberts of Livingston Manor, Alice and "Sonny" Bose of Youngsville, and Marie Solenberger of Sacramento, Calif.; 18 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Ethel Holbert; two sisters and a brother.
Services were held Thursday at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor.
Burial was made in the Lew Beach Cemetery in Lew Beach.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston Manor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 1, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758.