September 28, 2001
Stella Abruzzese, a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, died Sunday, September 16, 2001.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, William Abruzzese, at home; four children, Dominick Abruzzese of Warwick, Angela Daley and Susan Muller, both of Narrowsburg, and William Abruzzese of Slate Hill; nine grandchildren; a sister, Jean Salmeni, and a brother, Dominick Santamaria; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Robert Abruzzese.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Mid-Hudson Chapter, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 102, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601-4027.
Helen C. Foos
Retired LPN, 87
Helen C. Foos of Wurtsboro, a retired LPN for various area hospitals, died Monday, September 24, 2001, at the Middletown Park Manor in Middletown. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Louis and Helen Murray Miller, she was born January 6, 1914, in New York City. She was the widow of Robert V. Foos Sr.
Mrs. Foos is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert F. Jr. and Nancy Foos of Pine Bush and Ross and Susan Foos of Tampa, Fla.; a daughter, Linda Muhlig of Tampa, Fla.; a sister, Gloria McGonigle of Queens; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 195 Broadway, Monticello with the Rev. Paul Rosa officiating.
Burial will be made in Glen Spey Cemetery in Glen Spey.
Memorial contributions may be made to Middletown Park Manor, Dunning Road, Middletown, N.Y. 10940 or to the charity of one's choice.
Richard A. Cocks
Richard A. Cocks of Las Vegas, Nev., a retired member of the NYS Bricklayers Union, died Sunday, September 23, 2001, at the Mountain Vista Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev., He was 61 years of age.
The widower of Joann Cocks, he was born July 2, 1940.
He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Mr. Cocks is survived by a sister, Marie Sherman of Cincinnati, Ohio; a brother Charles Cocks of Eugene, Oreg.; three daughters, Susan Wade and Bonnie Verson, both of Las Vegas, Nev., and Jennifer Plummer of Bloomingburg; two sons, Frank Donovan of New Paltz and Clifford Donovan of Middletown; several nieces and nephews; and seven grandchildren.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be offered at 10 a.m. on Monday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 240 Route 45 North, Spring Valley.
Burial will be in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spring Valley.
John W. Sarine Sr.
John W. Sarine Sr. of Pinellas Park, Fla., died Friday, August 24, 2001, at St. Petersburg General Hospital in Florida. He was 73 years of age.
Born in Goshen, he moved to the State of Florida 22 years ago from Highland Mills.
Mr. Sarine was a carpenter/craftsman all his adult life. He was an Army and Air Force veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine A. Sarine, at home; three sons, John W. Sarine Jr. of Denver, Colo., Steven Sarine of Littleton, Colo., and Jeffrey Sarine of Norfolk, Va.; two step-sons, Scott Hadley of Gulfport, Fla., and Bruce Hadley of Clearwater, Fla.; a daughter, Pamela L. Baker of Bloomingburg; a step-daughter, Janet Leyden of Port Orange, Fla.; a son-in-law; four daughters-in-law; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Ann Saxton of Middletown and Jane Brownsey of Venice, Fla., and Wolf Lake.
Services and burial were held in Florida.
Ret. Hair Stylist, 90
Edward Boyajian of Loch Sheldrake, a retired hair stylist and former resident of Ft. Lee, N.J., died Sunday, September 23, 2001. He was 90 years of age.
Born in Turkey, the son of the late Rachel and Krikor (George) Boyajian, he emigrated to the United States with his family in 1918 and grew up in the Bronx and Washington Heights area. He was the widower of Anne Abroyan Boyajian who died in 1988.
Mr. Boyajian had an operatic voice and extraordinary sense of humor from which he drew much success as a singer and comedian with his own band under the name of Chick Boyajian, during the 1930s and 1940s.
In the late 1940s, Mr. Boyajian became a hair stylist at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City and later opened three salons in Englewood, Ft. Lee and Manhattan. He continued to work until he was 85 and could count as his past clientele many celebrities including Pola Negri and Ginger Rogers.
Mr. Boyajian received citations from the Mayor and City Council of Ft. Lee for his volunteer work at the Fort Lee Senior Center and the VFW where he played cards, a favorite pastime.
He moved to the Catskills in 2000. He loved the beauty of the mountains and lakes and the good company of his feline and canine companions, Smokey and Willy.
In the last year of his life, he was lovingly cared for by Loretta Singh and her family, Christina, Destiny and Damion Lopez, Shirley Dean, Lorraine Drake and Loretta's friend, Becky Roberts, as well as Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties.
In a family statment, it was said, "Edward Boyajian's wisdom, sharp wit, kind heart and ebullient spirit will be missed by all who loved him."
He is survived by four nieces, Tina Hazarian of New York City and the Catskills, Gloria Misserian of Westchester, Kay Safford of Massachusetts, and Grace Brown of Ballston Lake and the Adirondacks; a nephew, Clement Boyajian of Florida and Cape Cod, Mass.; and their children and grandchildren. He was predeceased by two sisters, Victoria and Lucy, and a brother Levon (Leon).
Burial was made at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale with Rev. Robert Hoag presiding.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Ret. Deli Manager, 67
Georgianna A. Decker of Mill Rift, Pa., a retired deli manager for A&P Food in Port Jervis and Vernon, N.J., and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, September 24, 2001, at her home. She was 67 years of age.
The daughter of the late George and Lillian Smeek Carlock, she was born April 5, 1934, in Hackensack, N.J.
Mrs. Decker was a member of the Matamoras (Pa.) United Methodist Church, The Catskill Cruisers Car Club in Monticello and the Country Cruisers in Dingmans Ferry, Pa.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth E. Decker, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Karen Decker of Shohola, Pa.; a grandson, Matthew Decker; and a nephew and his wife, Gary and Diana VanHook.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 East Main St., Port Jervis, with the Rev. Emil Winkelspecht officiating.
Burial will be made in Pine Grove Cemetery in Matamoras, Pa.
Mary H. Post
Ret. Nurses' Aide, 88
Mary Helen Post of Wurtsboro, a retired nurses' aide for Manhattan Methodist Home in the Bronx, died Wednesday, September 26, 2001, at her home. She was 88 years of age.
The daughter of the late John and Margaret Cotrell Denny, she was born October 16, 1912, in the Bronx. She was the widow of William R. Post.
Mrs. Post was a member of St. Joseph's R.C. Church in Wurtsboro.
She is survived by a son, William Post of New Windsor; two daughters, Rita Reilly and Arlene Forte, both of Wurtsboro; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday at St. Joseph's Church in Wurtsboro with the Rev. Peter Madori officiating.
Burial will be made in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.
John W. Bennett
Corrections Offc., 56
John Walter Bennett of Middletown, a corrections officer of Eastern New York Correctional Facility in Napanoch and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, September 23, 2001, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. He was 56 years of age.
The son of Evelyn E. Hubert Bennett and the late Walter L. "Wick" Bennett, he was born January 30, 1945, in Middletown.
Mr. Bennett was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Middletown, a member of NYSCOPBA, and a member of the Silver Lake Fire Department of which he had been twice named as Fireman of the Year. He was also a member of the Middletown Fire Police, Orange County Volunteer Fire Police Association, FASNY, SPANFA (Antique Fire Apparatus Association) and Catksill Fire-Cats, a member of the Veteran Firemen's Association, the Town of Wallkill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, a member of the Greenville Lions Club, a member of the National Rifle Association and a member of Ontario and Western Railway Historical Society, Inc.
Mr. Bennett is survived by his mother and step-father, Evelyn E. and Edwin Baisel of Middletown; a sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen B. and Bohdan Fediuk of Middletown; a niece and her husband, Kristin and Dean Ochsner of Weddington, N.C.; a nephew and his wife, Michael and Brenda Fediuk of Hilton; a grand-niece, Isabella Paige Ochsner of Weddington, N.C. and many friends.
Services were held Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Middletown with Rev. Peter Rustico officiating.
Interment was made in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery in Bloomingburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church Building Fund, 391 Mt. Hope Rd., Middletown, N.Y. 10940 or to the Silver Lake Fire Department, 26 Maltese Dr., Middletown, N.Y. 10940.
Ret. Caregiver, 76
Brigitta Dnistrian of Callicoon, a retired Sullivan County Home Health Aide and a 34-year area resident, died Thursday, September 27, 2001, at the Catskills Assisted Living Center in White Sulphur Springs. She was 76 years of age.
The daughter of the late Gustav and Sophia Hopf Misof, she was born November 9, 1924, in Marienbad, Czechoslovakia. She was the widow of Peter Dnistrian.
Mrs. Dnistrian is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Peter and Rhonda Dnistrian of Monroe and Philip and Mary Dnistrian of Hortonville; a daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Tracy Principio of Merrimack, N.H.; four grandchildren; two brothers, Erich Misof and Gustav Misof, and a sister, Anna Mortl, all of Germany; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Thomas Dnistrian, and by three siblings.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Cremation will be made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Burial of the cremains will be made in the Hortonville Cemetery in Hortonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 71, Hortonville, N.Y. 12745.
Ret. Plumbing Contr., 84
Anthony Ruggiero, a 46-year resident of Monticello and a retired plumbing contractor at the Belfiore Hotel in South Fallsburg, died Monday, September 24, 2001, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Castle Point. He was 84 years of age.
The son of the late Giuseppe and Rosario Cuccorullo DeRuggiero, he was born July 8, 1917, in New York City. He was the widower of Ruth Manney Ruggiero who died in 1979.
Mr. Ruggiero was a member of the Rock Hill United Methodist Church.
He is survived by a son, Paul DeRuggiero of Canoga Park, Calif.; two brothers, Frank DeRuggiero and Raynard DeRuggiero, both of New York City; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.
Services will be held at noon on Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. David Jolly officiating.
Interment will be made in St. Peter's Cemetery in Liberty.