November 13, 2001
Ret. Sales Engr., 81
Dominick Francis Lepore of Wurtsboro, formerly of Yonkers, died Saturday, November 10, 2001, at his home, after a valiant battle with cancer. He was 81 years of age.
The son of the late Nicola and Anna Lepore, he was born November 6, 1920, in Harlem.
A World War II veteran of the U.S Coast Guard, he worked for 29 years as a sales engineer for Cummins Diesel Corp. He retired at age 62 and spent the summers in Wurtsboro and the winters in Florida.
Mr. Lepore was mandated a Eucharistic Minister for the past 31 years at St. Joseph's Church in Wurtsboro and at Holy Cross Church in Palmetto, Fla.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Norma Lepore, at home; four children Joseph and Dominick Lepore Jr., Anna Quattrochi and Nicole Lepore Bicknese, along with their respective spouses, Patricia Lepore, Andrea Lepore, Anthony Quattrochi and Eric Bicknese; and eight grandchildren, Danielle, Anthony, Michael, Troy, Damon, Derek, Avery and Dylana. He was predeceased by five brothers.
Friends may call at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Church in Wurtsboro with the Rev. Peter Madori officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wurtsboro.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tucker Cancer Unit at Horton Medical Center, Middletown, N.Y. 10940 or to Hospice of Sullivan County, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
George Van Vleet
Ret. Farm Mgr., 88
George H. Van Vleet of Woodbourne, a retired farm manager for Woodbourne Correctional Facility, died Monday, November 5, 2001, in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 88.
The son of Jay S. and Lillian Nicholson Van Vleet, he was born July 13, 1913, in Ovid. He was the widower of Mary Van Vleet.
Mr. Van Vleet was a past member of the Fallsburg Central School Board of Education; secretary, treasurer and life member of the Woodbourne Fire Department, and a longtime member of Masonic Lodge #532 in Monticello.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Gretchen and Irv Carpenter of Poughkeepsie; two sons, Martin Van Vleet and his wife, Lyal, of Bradenton, Fla., and Bruce Van Vleet of Woodbourne; a daughter-in-law, Jean Stafford of Ballston Spa; two sisters, Gladys Farnum of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Jessie Guyer of Rome, N.Y.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Olive and Jean Van Vleet of Zephyrhills, Fla., and Arthur and Doris Van Vleet of Richmond, Ind.; eight grandchildren, Peter Van Vleet of Troy, Pamela Sedlack of Valrico, Fla., Kelly Cavaliere of Katonah, Wayne Van Vleet of Lockport, Scott Van Vleet of Phoenix, Ariz., Walter Van Vleet of Napanaoch, Jon Van Vleet of Appalachin, and Jared Van Vleet of Woodbourne; 11 great-grandchildren; and a longtime friend, Rosemarie Nitschke of Grahamsville. He was predeceased by a son, Peter Jay Van Vleet.
Private cremation was made in Florida.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Dutch Reformed Church in Woodbourne with Rev. Barbara Claypool officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodbourne First Aid Squad, Woodbourne, N.Y. 12788.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Naomi C. Heitmann of Loch Sheldrake, a homemaker, died Saturday, November 10, 2001, at the Barnwell Nursing Home in Valatie. She was 83 years of age.
The daughter of the late Hubert Mead and Christiana Henrietta Muller Foster, she was also the widow of Walter Heitmann.
Mrs. Heitmann was a member of the Grandmother Program at Woodbourne.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Mary Geiger of Kinderhook; two sisters, Dorothy Gozza of Liberty and Charlotte Hawkins of Middletown; five grandchildren, Heidi Bowers, Chris Geiger, Eric Geiger, Gregory Heitmann and Cheryl Ciurciu; five great-grandchildren, Allyson, Katarzynk, Amanda, Chase and Alyssa. She was predeceased by a daughter, Anna Heitmann, a stepson Walter Heitmann, two brothers, James Foster and Hubert Foster Jr., four sisters, Evelyn Duncanson, Marjorie Western, Eileen Roberts and Ruth Kerr.
Friends may call on Tuesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be made in the Woodbourne Reformed Cemetery in Woodbourne.
Donald Boyles Sr.
Ret. Carpenter, 63
Donald R. Boyles Sr. of Fallsburg, a retired carpenter and lifelong area resident, died Thursday, November 8, 2001, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 63 years of age.
The son of the late Raymond and Izetta Rogers Boyles, he was born March 18, 1938, in Livingston Manor.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Helen Happy Dutcher, at home; five sons, Donald R. Boyles Jr. of Middleburg, Fla., Wayne A. Boyles and Ed M. Boyles, both of Salina, Kans., James R. Burger and Kenneth R. Burger, both of Monticello; four daughters, Cheryl Diaz of Melbourne, Fla., Jennifer Boyles of Liberty, Mary-Alice Stephenson of Swan Lake and Christine Dutcher of South Fallsburg; a brother, Larry Boyles of Livingston Manor; three sisters, Leatha Houghtaling of Cody, Wyo., Thelma Conklin and Ethel Roser, both of Livingston Manor; 18 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. He was predeceased by a son, Dwight Boyles and a brother, Paul Boyles.
Services were held Monday at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor with Pastor Roy Shaffer officiating.
Burial was made in the Orchard Street Cemetery in Livingston Manor.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family c/o Jennifer Boyles, 77 Yaun Ave., Liberty, N.Y. 12654.
Eleanor I. Pukas
Eleanor I. "Nana" Pukas of Westbrookville, a 50-year area resident and a homemaker, died Thursday, November 8, 2001, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. She was 74 years of age.
The daughter of the late Gustave and Anna Hicko Edel, she was born September 12, 1927, in Jersey City, N.J.
She was a member of Holy Name R.C. Church in Otisville.
In a family statement, it was said, "Mom was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was called Mom, Grandma or Nana. She loved everyone and cherished time with loved ones. She was our best friend and a friend to everyone."
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, John Pukas, at home; two daughters, Barbara Morgan and her companion, Richard Steiger, of Westbrookville, and Diane Ajanovic and her husband, Abdulah "Dado" of Spring Glen; a sister, Patricia A. Hain of Westbrookville; nine grandchildren, Mahir Ajanovic, Alija Ajanovic, Michelle Ajanovic, Martin Morgan, Peggy and John Bariletti, Christine and Bo Tunno and Milessa Steiger Monroe; four great-grandchildren, Miranda and Michael Ajanovic and Samantha and Alexandra Bariletti; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Monday at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home in Port Jervis with Rev. Peter Tran Van Phat officiating.
Burial was made in the Westbrookville Cemetery in Westbrookville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Westbrookville Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, Westbrookville, N.Y. 12786.
Ret. Restaurateur, 95
Elizabeth "Betty" Bollenbach, a longtime resident of Mileses and the former proprietor of Phil's Corner Bar and Restaurant in Mileses, died Monday, November 12, 2001, at the Wayne Woodland Manor Personal Care Center in Waymart, Pa. She was 95 years of age.
The daughter of the late Henry and Julia Wertzler Hermann, she was born in Austria on November 10, 1906.
Mrs. Bollenbach was a member of the Fremont Center Methodist Church.
She is survived by three nieces, Cindy Jordan of San Anselmo, Calif., Judy Crockwell of Buena Park, Calif., and Pamela Bonner of Sacramento, Calif.; and three nephews, Donald Weber of Darien, Conn., William Filter of Amherst, N.H., and Gus Filter of Ivins, Utah.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon on Tuesday, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. James O'Rourke officiating.
Burial will be made in the Fremont Center Cemetery in Fremont Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Upper Delaware Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 238, Hankins, N.Y. 12741.