August 28, 2001
Dr. Seymour Bessen
Dr. Seymour Bessen of Sarasota, Fla., a former Liberty resident, died on August 16, 2001. He was 75 years of age.
An Army veteran of World War II, he was born in Brooklyn.
Dr. Bessen graduated from New York University and Chicago Medical School. He was a Board Certified General Surgeon and lived and practiced medicine in Sullivan County.
He was a member of the Palm Aire Country Club, the Bradenton Yacht Club and Temple Beth Shalom in Sarasota, Fla.
He is survived by his wife, Rita, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Matthew and Ellana Bessen of Louisville, Kty.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Hon. Diane Bessen and Steve Weiner of Atlanta, Ga., and Jane and Michael Weiss of Marietta, Ga.; a brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Herbert and Elaine Bessen; a sister, Doris Zemel; and seven grandchidren.
Services were held in Florida.
Ret. Office Mgr., 84
Jeanne Hagan of Hurleyville, a retired self-employed office manager in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a 10-year area resident, died at her home on Friday, August 24, 2001. She was 84 years of age.
The daughter of the late Joseph and Julia Wolf Vevera, she was born January 16, 1917, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mrs. Hagan is survived by a son, Carl Hagan of Amsterdam, Netherlands; a daughter and son-in-law, Julie and David Samuel Bloch of Hurleyville; and her longtime companion, Douglas Frederick Bloch.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Private funeral services were arranged by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Ret. Businessman, 82
Joseph Klein, a 16-year resident of Hudson, Fla. and the retired owner of Allgas Welding Supply Co. in South Fallsburg, died Friday, August 24, 2001, at the Regional Medical Center, Bayonet Point, Hudson, Fla. He was 82 years of age.
The son of the late Bernath and Molly Bennet Klein, he was born November 21, 1918, in Forestburgh.
Mr. Klein was a former 18-year Justice of the Peace for the Town of Forestburgh, a former fire chief and charter member of the Forestburgh Fire Company, and a member of St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Hudson, Fla. A World War II Army veteran and an ex-prisoner of war, he was a past commander of the Florida State Chapter #1 of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, a past state commander for the Department of Florida Ex-Prisoners of War, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Hudson, Fla., and a charter and life member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge # 1544 in Monticello.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Doris M. Klein, at home; two sons, Cmdr. Jeffrey M. Klein, U.S. Navy, Chesapeake, Va., and Kenneth C. Klein of Forestburgh; a sister, Mildred Drutt of Folsom, Calif.; and five grandchildren, Joshua D. Klein and Kellye L. Klein, both of Chesapeake, Va., and Sara M. Klein, Rachel A. Klein and Joseph G. Klein, all of Forestburgh.
Services will be held Tuesday at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Hudson, Fla.
Burial with military rites will be held at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Service Officers of the Florida State Chapter #1 of the American Ex-POWs, c/o Nick Hionedes, 1147 King Arthur Court, Dunedin, Fla. 34698.
Ret. Salesman, 81
Joseph Sabloff of Liberty, a retired salesman for Sabloff's Department Store in Liberty for 45 years and a longtime area resident, died Sunday, August 26, 2001, at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Fla. He was 81 years of age.
The son of the late Julius and Brina Moritz Sabloff, he was born January 19, 1920, in Manhattan.
Mr. Sabloff was a member and past treasurer of Congregation Ahavath Israel Synagogue in Liberty and a member of Knights of Pythias. A World War II Army veteran, he was also a member of the 7th Armored Division Association of Farminghill, Mich.
He is survived by his wife, Rose Kaminer Sabloff, at home; two daughters, Sharon Chapman of Boca Raton, Fla., and Celia Wurster of Ballston Spa; a sister, Pauline Altbach of Liberty; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Sally Friend, and three brothers, Ben, Philip and Rubin Sabloff.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Congregation Ahavath Israel Synagogue in Liberty with Rabbi Irving Goodman officiating.
Burial will be made in the Ahavath Israel Cemetery in Liberty.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Patricia E. Eisele
Patricia E. Eisele of Grahamsville, a homemaker, died Thursday, August 23, 2001, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. She was 62 years of age.
The daughter of Kathleen B. Bridge Levy and the late Frederick N. Levy, she was born March 3, 1939, in New York City.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth John Eisele of Grahamsville; two sons, Kenneth Scott Eisele of Danbury, Conn., and John Robert Eisele and his wife, Susan, of Grahamsville; her mother of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and three grandchildren, Jonathan, Christopher and Nicole.
Private funeral services were arranged by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Elizabeth Roberts of Monticello, a homemaker, died Wednesday, August 22, 2001, at her home, after a long illness. She was 40 years of age.
The daughter of Gregorio Garay and Irma Lopez Benitez, she was born October 31, 1960, in New York City.
She is survived by her parents; three daughters, Jillian Rivera of Alabama, and Jasmine Rivera and Jennifer Rivera, both of Monticello; two brothers, Antonio Garay of Puerto Rico and Gregorio Garay Jr. of Monticello; three sisters, Alma Guerrero of Massachusetts, Julia Daniel of Woodridge and Edna Carpenter of Monticello; her lifetime companion, Luis Rivera of Monticello; two grandchildren, E.J. Ellis and Katherine Ellis; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Services were held Sunday at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Edward Van Loan
Retired Cook, 86
Edward Duane "Ed" Van Loan of Middletown, a retired 40-year cook for the Middletown Psychiatric Center in Middletown, died Friday, August 24, 2001, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. He was 86 years of age.
The son of the late George and Clara Carey Van Loan, he was born April 28, 1915, in Gilboa. He was the widower of Mary C. Brennan.
Mr. Brennan attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel R.C. Church in Middletown. A decorated World War II Army veteran, he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was a member of the American Legion in Middletown.
In a family statement, it was said, "He possessed exceptional mechanical abilities and was skilled at gardening and landscaping, but we will especially remember the pleasure he derived from sharing his talents with us. We will miss you Grandpa!"
He is survived by a daughter, Mary C. Napolitano of New Hampton; a grandson, Lee Napolitano; a son-in-law, Nicholas Napolitano of Middletown; three sisters-in-law, Ellen Van Loan of East Hanover, N.J., Anna Brennan of Pond Eddy and Josephine Brennan of Barryville; and several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be offered on Friday, September 14, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel R.C. Church, Middletown, with the Rev. Lucian Beltzner officiating.
Burial will be made in the Glen Spey Cemetery in Glen Spey.
Child Care Super, 53
Olga Truglio of Barryville, a child care supervisor at New Hope Manor in Barryville and a 13-year area resident, died Friday, August 24, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 53 years of age.
The daughter of the late John and Lydia Skrypiatowa Kolosiej, she was born October 21, 1947, in Germany.
Mrs. Truglio was a member of St. Anthony's R.C. Church in Yulan and the Eldred School PTA.
In a family statement, it was said, "Olga was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a talented artist and was known for her beautiful crocheting and knitting. She also enjoyed gardening."
She is survived by her husband, John Truglio, and a daughter, Lydia Truglio, both at home; a son, Joseph Truglio of Greenville Township; a sister, Doris Garcia of Cape Cod, Mass; five brothers, Michael Kolosiej of Brownsville, Tex., Peter Kolosiej of Apple Valley, Calif., Eugene Kolosiej of Jacksonville, Fla., John Kolosiej of Las Vegas, Nev., and Terry Kolosiej of the Bronx; three grandchildren, Nicholas, Christopher and Jonathan Truglio; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of the Resurrection was offered Monday at St. Anthony's R.C. Church in Yulan with the Rev. Evan Greco officiating.
Burial was made in St. Anthony's Cemetery in Eldred.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony's R.C. Church, Yulan, N.Y. 12792.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville.
William J. "Sully" Sullivan
GM of Monticello Raceway, 51
William J. "Sully" Sullivan of Masten Lake, the general manager of the Monticello Raceway and an 11-year area resident, died Friday, August 24, 2001, at the Seelig Division of the Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 51 years of age.
The son of the late Joseph S. and Mildred Bradis Sullivan, he was born September 2, 1949, in Nashua, N.H.
Before coming to the Sullivan County oval on Memorial Day, 1990, Mr. Sullivan was the general manager of Buddy Bereson's dog tracks at Belmont, N.H., and Key West, Fla.
Under his leadership, Monticello Raceway established a new wagering mark when fans, both on and off track, bet $1,080,033 on the December 24, 1993, racing program. He learned about the stardardbred sport at famed New England horseman Mel Beckwirth's training farm as a youngster. Later he enjoyed harness racing at Rockingham Park and throughout New England. In recent years, he served as a director for the United States Trotting Association from District 8.
Mr. Sullivan began working in the mutuel department of the Seabrook Greyhound track in 1973.
He is survived by three aunts, Helyn Malay, Mary Sullivan and Bernice Zis, and an uncle, Leopold Sedlewicz, all of New Hampshire; several cousins; and his many colleagues and dear friends from the racing world.
Friends may call at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 195 Broadway, Monticello, on Wednesday from 5 to 8:15 p.m.
Services will be held at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Another service will be held at the Zis-Sweeney Funeral Home in Nashua, N.H., later in the week.
Burial will be made in the Lithuanian Co-Op. Cemetery in Nashua, N.H.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 200 White Plains Rd., Tarrytown, N.Y. 10591 or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 628, Monticello, N.Y. 12701.