July 13, 2001
Sol Okun, 84
Ret. Chemical Engr.
Sol Okun of Woodridge, a lifelong area resident and a retired head engineer for the Concord Hotel Culinary Division, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 84 years of age.
The son of the late Peter and Annie Okun, he was born October 25, 1916, in Woodbridge.
Mr. Okun graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1941 with a degree in chemical engineering. He was also the former owner of Okun's Bungalow Colony in Woodridge.
He served on the board of directors of Community General Hospital since 1957 and was its vice president from 1991 to 1999. Mr. Okun was chairman of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and a key member of the Hospital Expansion Committee which was responsible for building the current hospital facility in Harris. He was also a member of CGH Foundation.
The recipient of the Masonic DeWitt Clinton Award for Community Service, Mr. Okun was instrumental in organizing the Woodridge Mural Project and many other community projects in the Town of Fallsburg and Sullivan County.
He is survived by two sisters, Rose Gilbert of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and Ida Greenfield of Coconut Creek, Fla.; 12 nieces and nephews, Richard Penchansky of Woodridge, Abby Beytin of Reisterstown, Md., Patrice Chin of Ashland, Mass., Clark Okun of Wayne, N.J., Douglas Okun of Caton, Mass., Jay Yedvab of Toronto, Canada, Rochelle Sundack of East Brunswick, N.J., Neil Greenfield of Brooklyn, Steven Greenfield of Alpharetta, Ga., Wayne Greenfield of Highland, Md., Arthur Gilbert of Westminster, Md., and Edward Gilbert of Morganville, N.J.; 23 grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and two great-grand-nieces.
Services were held Thursday at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne with Rabbi Irving Goodman officiating.
Burial was made in Sharon Gardens in Valhalla.
Memorial contributions may be made to the CGH Foundation Memorial Fund, Harris, N.Y. 12742.
Denise C. Mootz
Certified Nurs. Asst., 45
Denise Claire Mootz of Grahamsville, a certified nursing assistant, homemaker and lifelong area resident, died Monday, July 9, 2001, at her home. She was 45 years of age.
The daughter of the late Gerald and Alice Wagner Mootz, she was born October 21, 1955, in Liberty
In a family statement, it was said, "Although we are deeply saddened at the passing of our beloved mother, we are reassured knowing that God only takes the best."
She is survived by four sons, Harvey F. Baker Jr. of Thorsby, Ala., Adam M. Baker of Vienna, W. Va., Andy L. Ross of Callicoon Center and Benjamin A. Kautz of Callicoon Center; a daughter, Jennifer M. Ross of Callicoon Center; her companion, Preston Roosa, at home; two brothers, Gerald Mootz Jr. of Poughkeepsie and John Mootz of Callicoon Center; a sister, Susan Naughton of Callicoon Center; two grandchildren, Casandra Lee and Jonathan Michael Brautigam of Callicoon Center; her maternal grandparents, Adolph and Wilma Wagner of North Branch; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Dennis R. Mootz.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave, Roscoe, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-8 p.m.
Services will be held at 8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home with the Rev. Paul Z. Ruter officiating.
Private burial will be made in the Callicoon Center Cemetery in Callicoon Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Orange-Sullivan Hospice, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Lorna E. Matthews
Registered Nurse, 40
Lorna Elouise Matthews, a one-year resident of Middletown, a registered nurse at the Orange County Residential Health Care Facility in Goshen and Beth Abraham Hospital in the Bronx, died Sunday, July 8, 2001, at her home. She was 40 years of age.
The daughter of Lawford Sygisman and Luaska M. Baker, she was born May 18, 1961, in St. Andrew, Jamaica.
She was a member of the Rock Hill Church of the Nazarene in Rock Hill and the Missions Outreach Program at the church.
Mrs. Matthews is survived by her parents; her husband, Lester Matthews, and two daughters, Lori-Ann and Lisa, all at home; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Devon and Patricia of Canada and Collin and Arlene of New York; two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Joyce and George of California and Joy of Jamaica; two brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law, Anthony and Marjorie of Buffalo and Howard of Jamaica; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and a host of friends.
Friends may call at the Church of the Nazarene, 210 Katrina Falls Rd., Rock Hill, on Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Roy Schaffer officiating.
Burial will be made in the Glen Wild Cemetery in Glen Wild.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Youth Program at the Rock Hill Church of the Nazarene, Rock Hill, N.Y. 12775.
Joseph Sikorski, 89
Ret. Hospital Emply.
Joseph Sikorski of Middletown, a former employee with the state hospital and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, July 9, 2001, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. He was 89 years of age.
The widower of Josephine Sikorski, he was born July 15, 1911, in Middletown.
He is survived by a daughter, Diane Sikorski of Arkansas; and two grandchildren, John Sikorski and his wife, Catherine, and Susan Sikorski, all of Glen Spey.
Services and burial were private.
Samuel Greene, 87
Ret. MGO Manager
Samuel Greene of Monticello, a retired manager of MGO and Big S Oil Company, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001. He was 87 years of age.
The son of the late Anna and Nathan Greene, he was born June 30, 1914, in Brooklyn.
Mr. Greene is survived by his wife, Sylvia Greene, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Mark Drutz of Staten Island; two sons, and daughters-in-law, Richard and Helene Greene of Mt. Kisco and Morton and Monica Greene of Suffern; two sisters, Mae Alport of Monticello and Bertha Goldstein of Brookline; six grandchildren, Natalie Drutz, Lynne Cubello and her husband, Joseph, Amanda and Adam Greene and Daryl and Nicole Greene.
Services were held Thursday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello with Rabbi Ben Zion Chanowitz officiating.
Burial was made in the Landfield Avenue Synagogue Cemetery in Monticello.
Shirley M. Schmidt
Shirley M. Schmidt of Jeffersonville, a homemaker and lifelong area resident, died Monday, January 9, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 61 years of age.
The daughter of the late Niel and Rose Hazaldine Nielsen, she was born January 12, 1940, in Equinunk, Pa.
She is survived by her husband, Maynard W. Schmidt, at home; four daughters and sons-in-law, Tammie and Wilson Vargas of Jeffersonville, Amy and William Bernhardt of Kenoza Lake, Sandra and Craig Boyd of Briscoe and Crystal and Sean McFarland of Jeffersonville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Maynard Jr. and Heidi Schmidt and Fred and Marlene Schmidt, all of Jeffersonville; three brothers, George Nielsen of Indiana, Harry Nielsen of Georgia and Robert Nielsen of Starlight, Pa.; 13 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Thursday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville.
Burial was made in the Jeffersonville Methodist Cemetery in Jeffersonville.
Ret. Businesswoman, 86
Rachael Saltz Weiner Botoshansky, with homes in Mountaindale, Coral Springs, Fla., and Metanya, Israel, died Monday, July 9, 2001, at the Arden Hill Hospital in Goshen, after a long illness. She was 86 years of age.
The daughter of the late Moshe and Chana Nissenbaum Saltz, she was born September 21, 1914, on the lower Eastside of Manhattan. Her first husband was the late Mannie Weiner.
Mrs. Botoshansky was a life member of Hadassah and Women's American ORT. She was a founding member of the Five Town's Music and Art Foundation and a board member of United Temple Chorus and District #5 School's PTA.
She and her first husband founded Wenmore Food Stores of the Bronx and Long Island.
Mrs. Botoshansky studied opera with Emilio Elozavic at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. A mezzo soprano, she performed in the tri-state area until her move to Coral Springs, Fla., in 1978.
She is survived by four children and their spouses, Eleanor and Marvin Newman of Monticello, Harvey and Gail Weiner of Dallas, Tex., Marjorie and Gary Abelson of Williamsville and Deborah and Evan Ross of Colt's Neck, N.J.; nine grandchildren, Jeff Newman, Lisa Alter, Steven Newman, Craig Abelson, Marcia Mankoff, Mark Weiner, Emily Ross, Joanna Ross and Benjamin Ross; 12 great-grandchildren, D.J., Joshua, Yoni and Avi Alter, Sean and Michelle Newman, Freddi, Alexa and Paul Newman, David Abelson, Sarah and Kate Mankoff; and a sister, Celia Wenig of Greensboro, N.C. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Sherri Abelson, and seven sisters.
Services were held Tuesday at Sinai Chapels in Fresh Meadows.
Shiva will be observed at 16 Osborn Rd., Monticello.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Pauline W. Petrin
Ret. Businesswoman, 87
Pauline Wischinsky Petrin of West Orange, N.J., the co-founder of Petrin Vending in West Orange, N.J., and a former Hurleyville resident, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001, at the Daughters of Israel Nursing Home in West Orange, N.J. She was 87 years of age.
Born in Brooklyn, she was the widow of Donald W. Petrin, a world class light heavyweight and heavyweight boxer.
She and her late husband started the Petrin Vending business in 1941, retiring in 1972. Mrs. Petrin was very much involved in church and community functions and was known as a wonderful giving person.
Mrs. Petrin is survived by a son, Robert E. Petrin of West Orange, N.J.; a brother, Michael Wischinsky of Las Vegas, Nev.; two sisters, Freda Levine of Hurleyville and Rebecca Kaufman; four grandchildren, Robert Petrin Jr., Catherine Rivera, Nicole Shawkey and Russell Petrin; and six great-grandchildren, Ashley, Lisa, Lauren, Jonathon, Michelle and Ryan. She was predeceased by a sister, Ceil McCarthy, and four brothers.
Graveside services and burial were held Thursday at the Prospect Hill Cemetery in Caldwell, N.J.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 299 Cherryhill Rd., Parsippany, N.J. 07054.
Letters of condolence may be sent to DANGwo@aol.com.
Francesca Heck, 69
Founded Lunch Club
Francesca M. "Fran" Heck of Montgomery, a homemaker and longtime area resident, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. She was 69 years of age.
The daughter of the late Agatino and Carmelina Ristuccia Garufi, she was born May 29, 1932, in Englewood, N.J. She was the widow of Frederick J. Heck.
Mrs. Heck was the founder of the "Let's Do Lunch Club."
She is survived by a son, Frederick J. "Rich" Heck Jr. and his fianceé, Sue Woznick, of Maybrook; two daughters, Branda Messenger and her husband, Gary, of Monticello, and Sue-Ann Heck Ponesse of Maybrook; two brothers, Tino and John Garufi, both of New Jersey; four grandchildren, Devin Heck, Jessica Heck, Malory Ponesse and Michael Ponesse; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Michael Heck.
A Memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Assumption in Maybrook.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Ret. Nurseryman, 92
James Sakelakos of Livingston Manor, a retired grower of evergreens and a 21-year area resident, died Monday, July 9, 2001, at his home. He was 92 years of age.
The son of the late Louis and Georgia Mavoides Sakelakos, he was born May 22, 1909, in Greece. He was the widower of Gondolfa Sakelakos.
He is survived by his companion, Mary DeWitt, at home; a daughter, Gloria Alfano of Belleville, N.J.; a brother, Charles Sakelakos of Whippany, N.J.; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Tuesday at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor.
Burial of the cremains will be made in the Glendale Cemetery in Bloomfield, N.J.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston Manor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 1, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758.
Ret. Waitress, 78
Dorothy Jones of Livingston Manor, a retired waitress and a 33-year area resident, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home in Roscoe. She was 78 years of age.
The daughter of the late Stanley and Helen Shata Cerklewski, she was born October 5, 1922, in Shamokin, Pa. She was the widower of Thomas Jones.
Mrs. Jones is survived by a son, Ronald Jones of South Fallsburg; two brothers, Bill Cerklewski of Middletown, Pa., and Andrew Cerklewski of San Antonio, Tex.; a sister, Clara Burkey of Livingston Manor; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no visitation.
Memorial services will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, with Pastor Dorothy Smith officiating.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Residents' Holiday Fund, c/o Roscoe Community Nursing Home, 420 Rockland Rd., Roscoe, N.Y. 12776, or to the Livingston Manor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 1, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758.
John A. Madden
John A. Madden of Lake Huntington, a 30-year area resident and a sawyer for LaBar's Sawmill in Lookout, Pa, died this week. He was 61 years of age.
The son of the late Thomas and Mary Madden, he was born May 28, 1940, in Brooklyn.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Madden, at home; a son, John Madden Jr. of Staten Island; and two grandchildren.
Cremation was made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cochecton-Lake Huntington Ambulance Corps, Lake Huntington, N.Y. 12752.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.
Bayard J. DeNoie, 81
Ret. Doctor of Dentistry
Bayard J. DeNoie of Damascus, Pa., died at his home, Treehaven, on July 4, 2001, following an illness. He was 81 years of age.
The son of the late Roland D. and Emma Elizabeth Stewart DeNoie, he was born December 24, 1919, in Lynbrook.
Dr. DeNoie grew up in Malverne, L.I. Following the completion of studies at Dickinson College and the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, he served in the U.S . Army Air Corps in Bryant, Tex., during World War II. Upon opening his dental practice in Lynbrook, he became involved in a number of community efforts from theatrical fundraisers to working on the Malverne School Board. As president of the board, his conviction and erudition championed the position of community members and others nationally up to the U. S. Supreme Court.
He was a member of the Library of Congress and authored numerous short stories, essays and poetry as well as two literary reviews: "Odds & Bookends" and "From Alpha to Enzyme." Dr. DeNoie was a lover of the arts and avidly followed developments in anthropology, archeology, astronomy and biological chemical sciences. Upon retirement, he became enthralled with the Delaware River and its environs. The DeNoie family first visited, and later built, in Damascus, Pa., in the 1920s.
He is dearly missed by family and friends who recognize his indominitable spirit is again liberated and that "The Moving Finger, Having Writ, Moves On."
Services were private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, 444 68th St., NY, NY 10021, or the Christopher Reeves Spinal Cord Injury Association.
Ret. GE Emply., 85
Josephine Hope Vitch of Annapolis, Md., a retired employee of General Electric and a former 30-year Roscoe resident, died Monday, July 9, 2001, at the Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of the late Dominick and Margaret Christie Pasquariello, she was born April 1, 1916, in Schenectady.
Mrs. Vitch was a member of St. Mary's John Neumann annex Board of Directors and the Claiborne Place tenants council, where she assisted with weekly bingo sessions. She also enjoyed sewing, crocheting and reading and had sewn costumes for Annette Funicello, Shirley Temple and the Rockettes as a professional seamstress. When she was employed by General Electric, Mrs. Vitch worked on top secret electric coils that went into Nautilus submarines.
She is survived by two sons, Raymond H. Vitch Jr. of Roscoe and Roland D. Vitch of Waynesboro, Pa; a daughter, Margaret V. Bunting of Mallacha, Fla.; three brothers, Tony Pasquariello, Steve Pasquariello and Ralph Pasquariello, all of Schenectady; three sisters, Carmella Stompski and Maria O'Rourke, both of Titusville, Fla., and Angelena Willman of Broadalbin; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe, on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m.
Graveside services and burial will be made at 11:30 a.m. at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Livingston Manor with the Rev. Alfred Croke officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Children's Cancer Society, 1015 Locust St., Suite 600, St. Louis, Mo. 63101.