October 16, 2001
Ret. Dir. of Payroll, 92
Joseph Levine of Wurtsboro, a retired director of payroll for the New York City Transit Authority, died Friday, October 12, 2001, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. He was 92 years of age.
The son of the late Barnet and Rose Milowitz Levine, he was born December 28, 1908, in Brooklyn.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree from City College of New York in 1929.
Mr. Levine was a devoted and longtime member of the Wurtsboro Hebrew Synagogue, serving as secretary for many years and holding the office of president from 1988 through 2000. A World War II veteran, he received the Legion of Merit Award for his work on the Link Trainer and was a 50-year member of the Mamakating Post 1266, American Legion, serving 17 years as finance officer.
He was a 60-year member of Fallsburg Lodge #1122, Free and Accepted Masons, a member of the Mamakating Senior Citizens and was a volunteer at Mulberry House during tax season. He was also treasurer of the Michael Diamond Memorial Fund and was a former member of the Wurtsboro Zoning Board.
In a family statement, it was said, "He was a kind, gentle, philanthropic man who loved his family above all and was similarly loved by them. He was devoted to his community, his country and his synagogue. He was a scholarly, quiet man, who always saw the good in people and will be missed by all who knew him."
Mr. Levine is survived by his wife of 58 years, Esther Diamond Levine, at home; two sons, Dr. Sherman Levine and his wife, Dr. Rhoda Levine of Rye, and Dr. Jay Levine and his wife, Risa, of Richmond, Va.; and five grandchildren, Stuart Levine and his wife Jeri, Rebecca, Howard, Victoria Levine Green and her husband John, and Daniel. He was predeceased by a sister, Helen, and a brother, Milton.
Funeral services were held Sunday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello with Rabbi Isaac Gottlieb officiating.
Shiva will be observed at the family residence in Wurtsboro.
Burial was made in the Wurtsboro Hebrew Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Ret. Electrician, 79
Mike Mednick of Woodridge, a retired electrician, died Thursday, October 11, 2001, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 79 years of age.
The son of the late Louis and Celia Zabrowsky Mednick, he was born January 7, 1922, in Brooklyn.
Mr. Mednick was a member of Temple Sholom in Monticello, American Legion Post #1053 in Fallsburg and a member and past Commander of the Woodridge-Mountaindale Memorial Post 6294, VFW, in Woodridge. He was also a member of the IBEW 363 Electricians Union.
A World War II veteran, he earned the Victory Medal and Ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal and Ribbon and a Bronze Star.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Gail McElree Mednick, at home; his first wife, Navis Mednick of Woodridge; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Jerry Levner of South Fallsburg; a step-daughter, Alicja Sexton of Ohio; four brothers, Paul Schwartz of Las Vegas, Nev., Al Mednick of East Meadow, Phillip Mednick of San Diego, Calif., and Hy Mednick of California; three sisters, Shirley Kantrowitz of Woodridge, Dorothy Wilson of South Fallsburg and Toby Schneider of the state of Florida; five grandchildren, Cherl Morikado, David Edelman, Veronica O'Keefe, Jessica and Kyle Sexton; a great-grandchild, Dawn Edelman; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was predeceased by a son, David; two brothers, Sol and Harry Mednick; and a step-daughter, Vanessa O'Keefe.
Graveside services and burial were held Sunday at the Temple Sholom Cemetery in Monticello with Rabbi Irwin Tanenbaum officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7E, East Syracuse, N.Y. 13057.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Colonial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Ethel Sinowitz of Liberty, a longtime area resident, died Thursday, October 11, 2001, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 91 years of age.
The widow of Henry Sinowitz, who died in July of this year, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Dine Bromberg Sinowitz of New York City; a daughter and son-in-law, Erma and Philip Gibber of Alexandria, Va.; four grandchildren; Jere, Eric and Joel Gibber and Gordon Sinowitz; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Meyer Mills, and two sisters, Ruth Seide and Eileen Mills.
Funeral services were held Sunday at the Congregation Ahavath Israel Synagogue in Liberty with Rabbi Marvin Goldman officiating.
Burial was made in the Congregation Ahavath Israel Cemetery in Liberty.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Mary B. Eckert
Mary Bailey Eckert of Alachua, Fla., a former resident of Mountaindale, died Sunday, October 7, 2001, in the North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was 86 years of age.
The daughter of the late Albert David and Cornealiva Genevieve Lane Bailey, she was born June 22, 1915, in Kiamesha. She was the widow of John Eckert.
Mrs. Eckert is survived by three daughters, Joan Furphy of Micco, Fla., and Dorothea Stemen and Mary E. Eckert, both of Alachua, Fla.; a brother, John Bailey of Bradenton, Fla.; a sister, Jean Smith of Woodbourne; nine grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday at the Loucks Funeral Home in Ellenville with the Rev. Betty Johnson officiating.
Burial was made in the Poplar Grove Cemetery in Phillipsport.
Joan Genoski of Grahamsville, a housekeeper and an 11-year area resident, died Saturday, October 13, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 58 years of age.
The daughter of the late William and Rita McDermott Von Toussaint, she was born March 18, 1943, in Brooklyn.
Mrs. Genoski was a communicant of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Woodbourne.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Genoski, at home; two sons, Joseph Genoski of Monticello and Rick Genoski of Seaford; a sister and brother-in-law, Ann and John Powers of Grahamsville; a brother and sister-in-law, William and Sara Von Toussaint of Levittown; ten grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, West Street at Buckley, in Liberty, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
Burial will be made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the World Trade Center Firemen and Police Relief Fund, c/o Harris Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
William Morrissey II
Ret. Stationary Engr., 83
William J. Morrissey II of Middletown, a retired stationary engineer for the Horton Medical Center, died Saturday, October 13, 2001, in Middletown. He was 83 years of age.
The son of the late William J. and Amelia Cronin Morrissey, he was born February 6, 1918, in Yonkers.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Margaret M. Stallone Morrissey, at home; six sons, Clint Morrissey of Middletown, Richard Morrissey of New Jersey, Phillip Morrissey of White Plains, Salvatore Morrissey of the state of Florida, Dennis Morrissey of Bloomingburg and James Morrissey of the Hamlet of Wallkill; a daughter, Margaret Morrissey of Bloomingburg; 14 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, William J. Morrissey III who died January 10, 1993.
Following cremation, a private memorial service will be held.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 419 East Main St., Middletown, N.Y. 10940.
Ret. Waitress, 59
Carolyn J. Fairweather of Otisville, a lifelong area resident, a former waitress at the Concord Hotel in Kiamesha Lake and for Ben's Diner in Wurtsboro, and more recently a retail clerk at Wessels' Farm in Otisville, died Thursday, October 11, 2001, at her home. She was 59 years of age.
The daughter of Helen Youngs Crotty and the late Gordon Crotty, she was born September 2, 1942, in Middletown. She was the widow of Edward F. Fairweather who died June 6, 2001.
Mrs. Fairweather attended the Bullville United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her mother of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Edward A. and Linda Fairweather of Middletown, Robert P. and Linda Fairweather of Westbrookville, and David M. Fairweather and his companion, Josephine, of Port Jervis; four grandchildren, Robert Fairweather, Melinda Fairweather, Bonnie McGarr and Jennifer Hulcher; four great-grandchildren, Jeffrey, Austin, Brittany and Courtney McGarr; two brothers, Arthur Crotty of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and Gordon Thomas Crotty of Kerhonkson; two sisters, Virginia Crotty Smith of Bloomingburg and Catherine Crotty Mitchell of Bloomingburg; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Donald Crotty and Raymond Crotty.
Services were held Sunday at the Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home in Middletown with the Revs. Kenneth and Susan Faye Wonderland officiating.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange in Hudson Valley Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Donald R. Sicher
Ret. Custodian, 78
Donald Ralph Sicher of Monticello, a 31-year area resident and a retired custodian for the Monticello Central School District, died Thursday, October 11, 2001, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 78 years of age.
The son of the late Ralph and Kathleen Goodman Sicher, he was born October 3, 1923, in Detroit, Mich.
A veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army as a corporal.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Arline McKnight Sicher, at home; a son, Kenneth Harry Wurtenberg of Miami, Fla.; three daughters, Susan Pelak of Lake George, Donna Egeland of Forestburgh and Pamela Moore of Westtown; two brothers, Richard Sicher of Phoenix, Ariz., and James Sicher of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a sister, Phyliss Cinco of Nevada; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Monday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Monticello with the Rev. Gene Smith officiating.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Burial of the cremains was made at the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty with military honors.
Hosp. Employee, 33
Douglas Paul Smolenski of Wurtsboro, an employee of St. Luke's Hospital in Newburgh, died Saturday, October 13, 2001. He was 33 years of age.
He is survived by a daughter, Nicole Marie Smolenski of Newburgh; his mother and step-father, Laura and John Lagomarsino of Westbrookville; his father, Gerald Smolenski of Bel Air, Md.; his maternal grandmother, Anna Stoll Brophy of Stony Point; two sisters, Michele Connors of Pine Island and Danielle Anderson of Dingmans Ferry, Pa.; two brothers, Gerald Smolenski Jr. of Minden, La., and Michael Lagomarsino of Port Jervis; a niece; four nephews; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and his beloved friends and co-workers at St. Luke's Hospital.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Trinity United Methodist Church, East Main St., Stony Point.
Cremation will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke's Hospital, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550 or to Miracle House of New York City.
Mary M. Homenick
Mary M. Homenick of Wolf Lake, a homemaker, died Monday, October 15, 2001, at the Ellis Nursing Center in Schenectady. She was 93 years of age.
The daughter of the late Stephen and Maria Wasserman, she was born August 14, 1908, in Perryopolis, Pa. She was the widow of Michael Homenick.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Carol Homenick of Schenectady; a sister, Helen Bumbaugh of Volant, Pa.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Dorothy Labincki.
Friends may call at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 195 Broadway, Monticello on Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at St. Peter's Church, Broadway and Liberty St. in Monticello, with Fr. Robert Ginel officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Peter's Cemetery in Monticello.
Melissa J. Krull, 2
Melissa Jane Krull of Honesdale, Pa., died unexpectedly at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville on Friday, October 12, 2001. She was 2 years of age.
She is survived by her parents, Charles A. and Allison Kellam Krull, at home; and her maternal grandparents, Allen and Miriam Kellam of Mileses.
Services were held Monday at the Honesdale Gospel Tabernacle.
A complete obituary will appear in the next issue of the Sullivan County Democrat.