September 7, 2001
James Jay Braddock
Ret. Sheriff Emply., 70
James "Jay" Braddock, a 31-year resident of Saddle Brook, N.J. and a lifelong summer resident of North Branch, died Wednesday, August 22, 2001. He was 70 years of age.
The son of the late James J. and Mae Fox Braddock, he was born in North Bergen, N.J.
His father was a renowned former world heavyweight boxing champion.
Mr. Braddock attended St. Joseph's High School and played basketball at Seton Hall. He worked for and retired from the Bergen County Sheriff's Office and had also worked as an operating engineer for Operating Engineers Local 825.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of Saddle Brook Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 3484, and American Legion Post 415.
An active charter member of the New Jersey Kiwanis Foundation, he held the post of Kiwanis Lt. Governor of New Jersey from 1997 to 2000, was president of the local club from 1991 to 1996 and served as secretary from 1996 to 1997.
A member of St. Philip the Apostle Church and of the Holy Name Society in Saddle Brook, he was also a member of Taejon Chapter #70.
In a family statement, it was said, "He most enjoyed being with his family and vacationing at their family home in North Branch. 'Grieve not . . . nor speak of me with tears. . . but laugh and talk of me as though I were beside you. I loved you so. T'was Heaven here with you'."
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Jane Mountain Braddock; a son, James Braddock Jr. of Saddle Brook; a daughter, Cathleen Braddock of Little Egg Harbor; and a brother, Howard Braddock of Forked River, N.J. He was predeceased by a sister, Rosemary DeWitt.
Funeral services were held Monday at the Kugler Community Home in Saddle Brook, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Philip's R.C. Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to N.J. Kiwanis Foundation, P.O. Box 367, Phillipsburg, N.J. 08865.
James E. McNutt
Ret. Sheriff Sgt., 71
James E. McNutt of Monticello, a retired sergeant and 20-year employee of the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department, a security officer for Granite Associates in Liberty, and a longtime area resident, died Sunday, September 2, 2001, in St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City after a short illness. He was 71 years of age.
The son of Charles McNutt and the late Rhoda Wadsworth McNutt, he was born in Lemont Furnace, Penna., on May 13, 1930.
A U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. McNutt was a member of the American Legion Post in Liberty and The Tin Can Sailors. He was also a past president of the Sheriff's Unit and County Local CSEA, a retiree of CSEA, and a member of Sullivan County Shields, N.Y. Retired Police Association, the International Association for Identification, the Sullivan County Sheriff's PBA, the Liberty Elks Lodge #1545, Sons of Norway, AARP and NRA.
He is survived by his father of Canton, Ohio; his wife, Carola Andersen Porter McNutt, at home; two sons, James Ronald McNutt of Texas and Michael McNutt and his fianceé, Jackie, of Kenoza Lake; three daughters, Jan Koester and her husband, Chris, of Parksville, Mary Beth McNutt and her fiance, Jody, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Ann-Marie Porter Foss and her husband, Brian, of Monticello; three sisters, Geraldine Means, Marion Grimes and Luicinda Mayhew, all of Canton, Ohio; five grandchildren, Robert Coleman, Jaymi, Michelle and Steven McNutt and Kyle Foss; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Dale, George William and Harry McNutt, and a sister, Shirley Lemon.
Services were held Wednesday at the Monticello United Methodist Church in Monticello with the Rev. Gene Smith officiating.
Burial was made in Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sullivan/Orange Hospice, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12559 or the Sullivan County SPCA, Rock Hill, N.Y. 12775.
Arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello.
Frances S. Becraft
Ret. Realtor, 78
Frances B. Spielman Becraft of Port Charlotte, Fla., a retired realtor and former resident of White Sulphur Springs, died Tuesday, August 28, 2001. She was 78 years of age.
The daughter of the late Earl and Eva Bivins, she was born July 20, 1923, in Liberty.
Mrs. Becraft was a charter member of the White Sulphur Springs Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, a charter member of the Catskill Bastardettes and a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Becraft, at home; two sons, James Quinn of Connecticut and Leslie Chapman and his wife, Georgia, of Slidell, La.; two daughtes, Linda Kinne and her husband, Jack, of Brighton, Colo., and Lorraine Barrett and her husband, Harry, of Loch Sheldrake; two brothers, Earl Bivins of Liberty and Winfred Bivins of Parksville; four sisters, Eva Barry of Liberty, Charlotte Hewlitt of Monticello, Clara Ross of Livingston Manor and Eleanor Edwards of Parksville; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty Thursday evening.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Sanitation Egr., 62
Edward Branch of Monticello, a sanitation engineer for the Town of Hempstead and a longtime area resident, died Friday, August 31, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 62 years of age.
The son of the late Wally Branch Sr., and Rye Williams, he was born July 4, 1932, in Lewisburg, N.C.
Mr. Branch was a U.S. Army veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita Waller Branch, at home; six sons, Jeff, Edward Jr. and Mark Branch, all of Monticello, Mack Williams of New Jersey and Vincent and Michael Silver of Hempstead; a daughter, Regina Lewis of Hempstead; two sisters, Josephine Elaine and Betty Sue Kroeger; 17 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Phemus and Wally Branch Jr.
Services were held Thursday at the Bethlehem Temple Church in Monticello with Elder Mervin Armstead officiating.
Burial was made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello.
Ret. Mason, 76
Antonio Marchini of Wurtsboro, a retired mason for Napoli Construction Company in Brooklyn and a five-year area resident, died Saturday, September 1, 2001, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. He was 76 years of age.
The son of the late Bartolo and Rosa Marccui Marchini, he was born August 1, 1925, in France.
In a family statement, it was said, "Tony was a loving husband, father and grandfather who worked hard all of his life to take care of his family. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved Sullivan County. He was a good neighbor who will be greatly missed by all."
He is survived by his wife, Anna Rosa Fontana Marchini, at home; a daughter Edvige "Mimi" Davi of Wurtsboro; a brother, Enrico Marchini of Italy; a grandson, Vincenzo "Vinny" Davi Jr.; a cousin, Michael Marchini of New York City; and many other relatives in Europe.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Tuesday at St. Joseph's R.C. Church in Wurtsboro with Father Peter Madori officiating.
Burial was made in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wurtsboro.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro.
Ret. Buyer/Mgr., 74
Jean Schmidt of Bloomingburg, a retired buyer/manager at the former Sullivan's Department Store in Liberty, and a lifetime area resident, formerly of Callicoon Center, died Saturday, September 1, 2001, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. She was 74 years of age.
She was born February 13, 1927, in Callicoon.
She is survived by six children, Gail Constable, April Sheperd, Terrell Jones, David Jones, Todd Jones and Thomas Schmidt; and seven grandchildren.
Graveside services and burial were held Wednesday at the Callicoon Cemetery in Callicoon.
Marjorie E. Turner
Marjorie E. Turner of Woodbourne, a homemaker, a child care worker and a lifetime area resident, died Sunday, September 2, 2001, at her home. She was 75 years of age.
The daughter of the late Lewis and Carrie Cypert Muthig, she was born September 28, 1925, in Divine Corners.
Mrs. Turner was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Woodbourne.
She is survived by her husband, Milton Turner, at home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Lewis and Linda Turner of Plattsburgh, Dewayne and Peggy Turner of Woodbourne, and Jan and Mildred Turner of State College, Pa.; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Marjorie Coelho of Strasburg, Pa., Carol and Fred Shaver of Lew Beach, Bertha and Andrew O'Toole of Texas and Bernice Barrett of Salisbury, Mass.; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and her mother-in-law, Hazel Turner of Liberty.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Church in Woodbourne with Father John Lynch officiating.
Burial was made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan County, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550 or to the charity of one's choice.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Alice M. King
Alice M. King of Highland, a homemaker and lifelong area resident, died Sunday, September 2, 2001, at her home. She was 61 years of age.
She is survived by her husband, Dennis R. King of Highland; four sons, Gerald Piscopo of North Carolina, Francis Piscopo of Highland, Michael Piscopo of Long Island and Sean Piscopo of Plattekill; a step-son, Dennis King Jr. of New Paltz; three step-daughters, Jessica King of Highland, Malissa Janda of South Carolina and Mary King of Highland; a sister, Joyce Fitzgerald of Swan Lake; 17 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Wednesday at the DiDonato Funeral Home in Marlboro with Pastor Thomas Johnson of the New Life Church officiating.
Burial was made in the Pine Bush Cemetery in Kerhonkson.
Walter R. Saward
Walter R. "Whitey" Saward of Bloomingburg, a self-employed carpenter/owner of W.R. Saward Carpentry and American Lifestyles Fine Home Building, and a salesman for Viking Building Products, died Saturday, September 1, 2001, at his home. He was 53 years of age.
The son of the late Richard and Mary Eastman Saward, he was born November 9, 1947, in the Bronx.
Mr. Saward was a member of the Middletown Lions Club, the Tri-State Car Club, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Bloomingburgh Restoration Foundation. His interests included antique/classic cars, street rods, motorcycles and sailing. He was very artistically talented and a fine craftsman.
He is survived by his wife, Christine Nelson Saward; two sons, Brian Nolte and Wayne Saward; a brother, Wayne Saward and his wife, Nina; four nephews, Richard Ray, Eric Saward and Stephen Saward, all of Bloomingburg, and Lance Nelson of Rome, N.Y.; and a niece, Stacy Nelson of Rome, N.Y.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Wednesday at St. Paul's R.C. Church in Bullville.
Burial was made in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery in Bloomingburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 419 East Main St., Middletown, N.Y. 10940 or to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Ret. Head Cook, 97
Mary Rimar of Mesa, Ariz., a former 57-year resident of Tuxedo and head cook at the Tuxedo Memorial Hospital for 33 years before her retirement, died Wednesday, August 29, 2001. She was 97 years of age.
The widow of John Rimar, she was born in Sorksville, Pa., on October 11, 1903.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mary H. and Ludwig Sajec of Mesa, Ariz.; three granddaughters, Yvonne Gisselbrecht of Chester, Jo-Ann Schaper of Gilbert, Ariz., and Mary Jean Sheahen of Phoenix, Ariz.; six great-grandchildren, Rick Fenical, Mindy Boniface and Candice Fenical, all of New York State, Jacob and Christine Schaper and Jennifer Senatore, all of Arizona; and five great-great-grandchildren, Jake, Justin and Joshua Fenical of Slate Hill and Kylie and Jessica Boniface of Rock Hill.
A memorial service was held Wednesday at All Saints Catholic Church in Mesa, Ariz.
Burial was made in Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Mesa, Ariz.
Gussie Schwartz of Liberty, an 85-year area resident, died Friday, August 31, 2001, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 91 years of age.
The daughter of the late Samuel and Ida Rome Madnick, she was born August 15, 1910, in Springfield, Ill. She was the widow of Max Schwartz who died in 1981.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Peggy Schwartz of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; two daughters, Diane Leunissen of Loch Sheldrake and Elinor and her husband, Al Pock of Massapequa; a son-in-law, Helmut Leunissen of South Fallsburg; a brother, Nathan Madnick of Lake Worth, Fla.; two sisters, Celia Lowe of Tappan and Shandie Paul of Cherry Hill, N.J.; seven grandchildren, Heidi Leunissen-Rivera, Dena Divori, Vicky Uretsky, Lauren Lake, Tracey Jolly, Ilyse Valdivia and Eric Schwartz; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held Sunday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello with Rabbi Marvin Goldman officiating.
Burial was made in New Montefiore Cemetery in Pinelawn.
Shiva will be observed at the home of Heidi and Joe Rivera in Jeffersonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sullivan County Adult Care Center Family Council, Sullivan County Adult Care Center, Infirmary Road, Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Louie Connie Norris
Ret. AT&T Super, 76
Louie Constance "Connie" Norris of Monticello and New Port Richey, Fla., a 54-year area resident and a retired supervisor and trainer of new operators for 30 years with AT&T in Monticello, died Wednesday, September 5, 2001, at her home. She was 76 years of age.
The daughter of the late Oliver H. and Jessie Davis Mearns, she was born June 6, 1925, in Nelson, Neb.
She was raised on her parents' farm in Bostwick, Neb., and later attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She relocated to Sullivan County after her marriage in 1947. More recently she and her husband have maintained a winter home in New Port Richey, Fla.
Mrs. Norris was a lifelong member of the Covenanter Church in Beulah, Neb., and a longtime member of the White Lake Reformed Presbyterian (Covenanter) Church. She was a 50-year member of the Women's Missionary Society. Mrs. Norris was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Bailey-Richman Post No. 9588, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Monticello.
She is survived by her husband, Paull E. Norris of Monticello and New Port Richey, Fla.; a son, Robert D. Norris of Forestburgh; a daughter, Carol P. Furchak and her husband, Edward J. Furchak Jr. of Monticello; two grandchildren, Jennifer S. Shamah and her husband, Al, of Rock Hill, and Jason P. Furchak and his fianceé, January Blaisdell of Benton, Me; a niece, Elsie Norris Eltz; a nephew, Eugene Norris; four grand-nieces; two grand-nephews; several cousins; and many dear friends and her church family. She was predeceased by a brother, Alfred Mearns.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m on Friday.
A celebration of Connie's life will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the White Lake Reformed Presbyterian Church, Route 17B, White Lake, with the Rev. David Coon officiating.
Burial will be made in Stewart Cemetery in Kauneonga Lake.
Memorial contributions may be made to the White Lake Reformed Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 208, White Lake, N.Y. 12786 or to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Harlan Sarvis Sr.
Ret. DPW Emply., 68
Harlan W. "Baldy" Sarvis Sr. of Walden, a retired employee for the Department of Public Works in the City of Newburgh, and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, September 2, 2001, at his home. He was 68 years of age.
The son of the late Ellsworth J. Sr. and Mary Donahue Sarvis, he was born December 19, 1932, in Newburgh.
In a family statement, special thanks was given to Hospice of Orange County, especially Steve, Eva and Sister Ann for their understanding, compassion and patience.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Post Sarvis, at home; a son, Harlan W. Sarvis Jr. of New Windsor; three daughters, Wendy Hlavacek of Michigan, Darlene Sarvis of Bloomingburg, and Melanie Sarvis of Walden; two sisters, Marion Blason of Binghamton and Joan DeMarco of New Windsor; three brothers, William Sarvis of Pine Bush, Ellsworth Sarvis Jr. of the State of Florida, and George Sarvis of Walden; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Private services were followed by interment at the Wallkill Cemetery in Walden.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Julianna C. Porter
Julianna Celestria Porter of White Sulphur Springs, a lifelong area resident and a homemaker, died Thursday, September 6, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late William and Emma Mager Lawless, she was born January 13, 1922, in White Sulphur Springs. She was the widow of Walter L. Porter who died November 24, 1992, after 52 years of marriage.
She is survived by a son, Duane Porter of White Sulphur Springs; five daughters, Joyce Leschorn of Bath, Cheryl Brasington and Elaine Rosengrant, both of Woodstock, Va., Sharon Porter of Hasbrouck and Dianna Cron of Youngsville; 23 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Robert C. Nadelen officiating.
Burial will be made in the Laurel Hill Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs.