November 20, 2001
Albert P. Hannold
Albert P. Hannold of Kerhonkson, a laborer for Old Tyme Restorations of Kerhonkson, died Thursday, November 15, 2001, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. He was 50 years of age.
The son of the late William and Marion Hannold, he was born October 5, 1951, in Kane, Pa.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Rose Hannold and a son, Cliff Hannold, both at home; nine brothers and their spouses, Billy and Margaret Hannold of Liberty, Roger and Cheryl Hannold of Kane, Pa., Duane and Nancy Hannold and Eric and May Hannold, all of Woodbourne, Donald and Rosie Hannold of Bellveilligo, Calif., Ronald and Joan Hannold of Highland, Calif., George and Erica Hannold of Merchn, Conn., Dennis and Linda Hannold of Cromwell, Conn., and Clifford Hannold and Ann Barry of Grahamsville; seven sisters, and their spouses, Brenda and John Slegona of Ulster Heights, Sandy and John Curry of Woodbourne, Cheryl Wadsworth of Dayton, Vicki and Gene Smith of Woodbourne, Nancy and Glenn Eck of Brocton, Sally and Raymond Carey of Jamestown, Barbara and Bub Gorr of Woodbourne; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his step-mother, Minnie Gorr Hannold, two brothers, Henery and Kevin Hannold, a sister, Lois Barry, a niece and a nephew.
Graveside services and burial were held Monday at the Pine Bush Cemetery in Kerhonkson with the Rev. Sara Thompson Tweedy officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cliff Hannold, c/o Wanda Hannold, P.O. Box 8, Kerhonkson, N.Y. 12446.
Ret. Restaurateur, 82
Blanche Jean Perron of Wurtsboro, the former 30-year owner of the Royal Diner in Wurtsboro, died Tuesday, November 13, 2001, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. She was 82 years of age.
The daughter of the late Josef and Rosalie Gackowska Benkofski, she was born February 23, 1919, in New York City. She was the widow of Raymond Perron who died February 6, 1989.
She was a loving friend to many and is survived by several cousins including Wanda Dombal of Wurtsboro; and several nieces.
A service in celebration of her life was held Saturday at the Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home in Middletown with Fr. Patrick McGuigan, O. Carm. officiating.
Burial was made in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wurtsboro.
James Byas, 51
Emply. of Falls Poultry
James Byas of South Fallsburg, an employee of Falls Poultry in South Fallsburg and a longtime area resident, died Monday, November 12, 2001, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, after a long illness. He was 51 years of age.
The son of the late Jacob and Eloise Byas, he was born June 5, 1940, in Chicago, Ill.
He is survived by a family of friends and co-workers.
Services were held Sunday at the First Baptist Church in South Fallsburg with the Rev. Anthony Black officiating.
Burial was made in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Monticello.
Robert B. Green
Auto Dealer, 76
Robert B. Green of Glen Wild, a well-known Sullivan County businessman and founder of Robert Green Auto Dealerships in 1968, died Friday, November 16, 2001, after a long illness at his home. He was 76 years of age.
A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he was born June 20, 1925, in Newark, N.J. Mr. Green graduated from Upsala College with a degree in business administration.
He took over a small Chevrolet-Oldsmobile dealership in Monticello and later moved the business to its present location in Bridgeville where he expanded the dealership to include Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep vehicles and a truck and fleet center. Mr. Green's dealership has gained national recognition with General Motors and Chrysler Corporation, winning numerous awards for outstanding performance.
Mr. Green was a former member and treasurer of the Monticello Kiwanis Club, a member of the Monticello Elks Lodge, Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, Moose Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and the Temple Sholom Board of Directors. He was also on the Sullivan County BOCES Advisory Council.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Selma Goodman Green, at home; three children, Barbara Elbeze of Fairfax, Va., Lawrence Green of New York City and Robert S. Green of Mongaup Valley; eight grandchildren, Susanne and Danielle Elbeze of Fairfax, Va., Martin, Harrison and Stephen Green, all of New York City, and Robert J., Katherine and Daniel Green, all of Mongaup Valley; a sister, and brother-in-law, Norma and Jack Angen of California.
Services were held Sunday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello with Rabbi Irving Goodman and Rabbi Irwin Tanenbaum officiating.
Donations may be made to the Sullivan County Alzheimer's Association, 453 Route 211E, Middletown, N.Y. 10940.
Ret. Contractor, 78
Alfonso Spadafora of Gouldsboro, Pa., a self-employed contractor until his retirement, died Friday at the VNA Hospice inpatient unit at Community Medical Center in Scranton, Pa. He was 78 years of age.
The son of the late Ralph and Lucy Longabardo Spadafora, he was born in Brooklyn. He was the widower of Carmella Santora who died June 6, 1979.
Mr. Spadafora was an Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Melita Kebler Spadafora, at home; a daughter, Lorraine Wood of Bloomingburg; two sons, Ralph Spadafora of Burlingham and Thomas Spadafora of Baldwin, L.I.; two step-daughters, Susan Griffaton of Gouldsboro, Pa., and Linda Moreno of Wyckoff, N.J.; a step-son, Eugene Huebner of Brooklyn; three sisters, Anna Viola of Ozone Park, Carmela Pecoriello of Brooklyn and Adaline Ricca of Glendale; a brother, Frank Spadafora of Brooklyn; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Tuesday at Towers Funeral Home in Oceanside, L.I., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:45 a.m. in St. Anthony's Church in Oceanside.
Interment will be made in Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury, L.I.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the VNA Hospice at Community Medical Center, 1800 Mulberry St., Scranton, Pa. 18510.
Etta I. Vannatta
Retired Farmer, 93
Etta Isabel Vannatta, a 55-year resident of Honesdale, Pa., a homemaker and retired dairy farmer, died Friday, November 16, 2001, at the Julia Ribaudo Home in Lake Ariel, Pa., following an illness. She was 93 years of age.
The daughter of the late Norman and Elisa Orr Card, she was born October 1, 1908, in Milanville, Pa. She was the last surviving sibling.
She raised her family in Milanville and later the family owned and operated a dairy farm in the Girdland area. She moved to Honesdale in 1956.
The oldest living member of the Milanville Methodist Church and its women's organization, she was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and friend.
She is survived by two daughters, Gladys Stanton of Port Orange, Fla., and Carolyn Ciccone of Hawley, Pa.; two sons, Bill Vannatta and his wife, Kathy of Milford, Pa., and Gene Vannatta of Port Orange, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Hessling Funeral Home in Honesdale, Pa., with the Rev. George Gallandorm, pastor of the Milanville Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment will be made in the Hillside Cemetery in Damascus, Pa.
Marco V. Zur
Ret. Legal Secy., 91
Marco V. Zur of Roscoe, a retired legal secretary and a longtime area resident, died Tuesday, November 13, 2001, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home in Roscoe. She was 91 years of age.
The daughter of the late Boris and Marion Schoeninger Vladimiroff, she was born March 22, 1910, in Chicago, Ill. She was the widow of John F. Zur.
She is survived by a daughter, Tobi Zur New of Roscoe; two grandsons, Michael Willis and his wife, Lauren of Charlotte, N.C., and Jordan Zur of Ohio; four great-granddaughters, Nicole and Celia Willis of Charlotte, N.C., and Nicole and Ashley Zur of Minnesota.
Memorial services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe with Pastor Allen Wachter officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Planned Parenthood, 10 Prince St., Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Sean M. Cooper
Restaurant Mgr., 22
Sean Michael Cooper of Plymouth, Mass., a restaurant manager, semi-pro football player, drummer-musician, died Sunday, October 28, 2001, in Cape Cod, Mass. He was 22 years of age.
The son of Eileen and Stephen Cooper, he was born in Harris.
Sean was highly motivated, athletic and had a passion for football. He was in his second year with the Hyannis Hurricanes, a semi-pro team that is part of the Eastern Football League. He played fullback and line-backer and was known as "Mongo" and "Caveman." Last year he won the team's Unsung Hero Award for his team spirit and devotion to the game. He was scheduled to receive this year's Team Spirit Award. His goal was to become a professional football player. The team has retired his number 40 and has renamed the Team Spirit Award the Sean "Mongo" Cooper Award for Team Spirit.
He is survived by his parents of Kiamesha Lake; his grandmother, Catherine Smyth and his grandfather, Jack Cooper, both of New York City.
Memorial donations may be used to support Sean's football team, to promote driver education and other worthwhile causes, or to the Sean Michael Cooper Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 69, Kiamesha Lake, N.Y. 12751.
Richard S. Thomas
Chief Engineer, 51
Richard "Dickie" S. Thomas of Miami, Fla., a chief engineer at the Condominium Complex, died Thursday, November 15, 2001, in Miami. He was 51 years of age.
The son of Lester and Betty LeRoy Thomas, he was born July 21, 1950, in Livingston Manor.
He was a Vietnam veteran, serving with the Marine Corps.
Mr. Thomas is survived by his spouse, Tony Martinez; four brothers, three residing in Sullivan County and one in the State of Florida; eleven sisters, ten residing in Sullivan County and one in New Jersey; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were held Monday evening at the Livingston Manor United Methodist Church with Pastor Dorothy Smith officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots, c/o Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor.
Dawn M.M. Daniels
Red Lobster Emply., 31
Dawn Marie Murphy Daniels of Middletown, an employee of Red Lobster in Middletown and a 20-year area resident, died Friday, November 16, 2001, at her home. She was 31 years of age.
The daughter of Raymond J. and Rose Daniele Murphy, she was born January 31, 1969, in Mt. Vernon.
In a family statement, it was said, "Our hearts ached at the tragic loss of our beloved daughter and sister. She will always be in our hearts and never forgotten."
She is survived by her parents of Bloomingburg; a sister, April Thomas of Bloomingburg; a brother, Raymond Murphy Jr. of Monticello; and a niece, Melissa Thomas, and a nephew, Michael Thomas, both of Bloomingburg.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Bloomingburg with Fr. James R. Sidoti, O. Carm., officiating.
Burial will be made in the Bloomingburg Cemetery in Bloomingburg.
Joshua J. Rodriguez
LCS Student, 18
Joshua J. Rodriguez of Liberty, a member of the Senior Class of the Liberty Central School and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, November 16, 2001, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 18 years of age.
The son of Ismael Jr. and Rosa Cosme Rodriguez, he was born October 13, 1983, in Harris.
He is survived by his mother of Liberty and his father of Florida; a sister, Andrea Rodriguez of Liberty; his paternal grandparents, Ismael Rodriguez Sr. and Aida Bennett Rodriguez, both of the state of Florida; his maternal grandfather, Rafael Cosme of Puerto Rico; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial services were held Monday at the White Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bridgette LeConey officiating.
Arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty.
Arthur E. Henry
Arthur Everett "Junior" Henry of Wurtsboro, a carpenter, a handyman and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, November 17, 2001, in Wurtsboro. He was 46 years of age.
The son of Arthur "Ike" Henry and the late Evelyn Henry, he was born January 1, 1955, in Middletown.
He is survived by his wife, Dawn Davidson Henry, of Wurtsboro; his father of Pine Bush; five daughters, Jessica, Teresa, Amanda, Brianna and Amber, all of Wurtsboro; seven brothers, George and Eugene Henry, both of Montgomery, Patrick, Wayne, Edmon and Philip Henry, all of Pennsylvania, and Norman Henry of Walden; five sisters, Gloria Lewis, Sharon Wart and Eileen Teeple, all of Pennsylvania, Arlene Smedes of Wallkill and Jean Doty of Slate Hill; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Walter and Robert Henry.
Friends may call at the DeWitt Funeral Home, 64 Center St., Pine Bush, on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Hewitt officiating.
Burial will be made in New Prospect Cemetery in Pine Bush.
Doris Limeburg, 76
Ret. Admission Clerk
Doris Limeburg of Woodridge, a retired admissions clerk at Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, N.J., died Saturday, November 17, 2001, at her home. She was 76 years of age.
The daughter of the late Howard and Marion Troy Limeburg, she was born April 10, 1925, in Hillside, N.J. She was the widow of John A. Zukowitz.
She is survived by two sons, Edward Zukowitz of Mountaindale and Joseph Limeburg and his wife, Sandy, of New Jersey; a daughter, Lois Zukowitz of New Jersey; seven grandchildren, Edward, Lisa, John, Jennifer, Alexandria, Jessica, Rebecca and Joshua; and a great-grandchild, Devan. She was predeceased by a son, John Zukowitz.
Friends may call at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 Main St., Woodbourne, on Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be made in the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.
Freda Stellhorn Freyberger, a 54-year resident of Ringwood, N.J., and a homemaker, died Monday, October 22, 2001, at the Chilton Memorial Hospital. She was 94 years of age.
She was born in New York and was the widow of Walter Freyberger who died in 1987.
Mrs. Freyberger was a member of the Pompton Reformed Church in Pompton Lakes, N.J.
She is survived by several cousins, including Carl Burkhardt of Toms Rivers, N.J., and Greta and Al Dehnel of Florida; a brother-in-law, Julius Freyberger of Callicoon; a niece, Beverly Mitterwager of Callicoon; and a good friend, Barbara Gilligan of Ringwood, N.J.
Services were held in Haskell, N.J., followed by burial at The Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn.
Truck Driver, 59
Robert Meyer of Hankins, a truck driver for J. Hughson Excavating in Jeffersonville and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, November 18, 2001, at the Grover Hermann Division of the Catskill Regioal Medical Center in Callicoon. He was 59 years of age.
The son of the late Charles and Catherine Herbert Meyer, he was born November 25, 1942, in Roscoe.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Relyea Meyer, at home; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Charles and Tracie Meyer of Gaston, S.C., and William Meyer, at home; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Tracy Meyer of North Branch, Lauren and Donald Glendon of Obernburg and Debora and Tim Fink of White Sulphur Springs; five grandchildren, Crystal, Brooke, Joshua, Angelica and Kylee; a brother, Martin Meyer of Obernburg; a sister, Patricia Kellam of Liberty; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
The Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Church in Obernburg with Father Gus Richardson officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Mary's Cemetery in Obernburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, New York State Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 31160, Hartford, Conn. 06150-1160.
Ret. Shop Owner, 76
Louis Newman of Liberty, the retired owner and operator of Lou Newman Nifty Gifts in Liberty and a longtime area resident, died Saturday, November 17, 2001. He was 76 years of age.
The son of the late Isidore and Ann Newman, he was born November 28, 1924, in Brooklyn. He was the widower of Thelma Cook Newman.
Mr. Newman was a member of Congregation Ahavath Israel Synagogue in Liberty; a volunteer for the Liberty Elementary School and an Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Marilee Newman and Brian O'Connell of Venice, Calif., and Amy Newman and Joe Bonomo of Illinois; two grandsons, Dexter and Preston; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Congregation Ahavath Israel Synagogue, Chestnut Street, Liberty, with Rabbi Marvin Goldman officiating.
Burial will be made in Congregation Ahavath Israel Synagogue Cemetery, Ha-San-Na Road, Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to any literacy charity of one's choice.
Rita V. Donka
Ret. Receptionist, 82
Rita Veronica Donka, 30-year resident of Hunter Lake, Parksville, and a retired receptionist at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, died Sunday, November 18, 2001, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. She was 82 years of age.
The daughter of the late Adam and Sadie Schade, she was born August 6, 1919, in New York City. Her husband died April 28, 1993.
Mrs. Donka was a longtime member of St. Peter's R.C. Church in Liberty, Court Mary Anthony Chapter Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and was a member of the Liberty Senior Citizens Club, all in Liberty. She also volunteered for a number of years at Community General Hospital in Harris.
Mrs. Donka is survived by a sister, Eileen Wege of St. Mary's, Fla.; two daughters, Carol Kaye of Riverdale and Gail Bartley of Hunter Lake (Parksville); three granddaughters; a great-granddaughter; four nieces; two grand-nephews; a grand-niece; four step-grandchildren; 5 step-great-grandchildren; and a step-great-great-granddaughter.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 South Main St., Liberty, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St Peter's RC. Church, 264 North Main Street, Liberty, at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, with Monsignor Edward Straub officiating.
Interment will be made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.