November 30, 2001
John L. Hughes Sr.
Ret. Elec. Tech, 64
John L. Hughes Sr. of Jacksonville, Fla., a retired electronic technician with the Federal Aviation Administration and a former longtime resident of Port Jervis, died Monday, November 26, 2001, at his home. He was 64 years of age.
The son of the late William and Edna Touchton Hughes, he was born July 22, 1937, in Valdosta, Ga.
Mr. Hughes was a member of the Moose Lodge in Jacksonville, Fla., and a former member of the Wurtsboro Moose Lodge. He was a retired Master Sergeant of the U.S. Army, serving 20 years with service in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth A. Pfuderer Hughes, of Port Jervis; three sons and two daughters-in-law, John L. Jr. and Barbara Hughes of Lake Hopatcong, N.J., Mike and Tanya Hughes of Port Jervis and Davis W. Hughes of Texas; a daughter, Patricia Kobes of Port Jervis; three sisters, Becky Lewis of Jacksonville, Fla., Wanda Mickler of Jacksonville, Fla., and Leonora Chapman of Hartwell, Ga.; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, William Henry Hughes.
Friends may call from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Burial will be made in the Rural Cemetery in Cuddebackville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 330, White Plains, N.Y. 10605.
Sarah Wright, 77
Former Schrade Emply.
Sarah Wright of Sundown, a former employee of Schrade Cutlery Corp. in Ellenville and a lifetime area resident, died Sunday, November 25, 2001, at the Northern Dutchess Hospital. She was 77 years of age.
The daughter of Ralph Alyn and Flora Judson Warren, she was born March 16, 1924, in Goshen. She was the widow of Bert E. Wright.
She is survived by six children, Flora Herbke of Wappingers Falls, Judy Tuttle of Nashville, Ga., Bert E. Wright Jr. and Thomas E. Wright, both of Sundown, Robert Wright and Mikel Wright, both of Grahamsville; a sister, Laura Warden of Vermontville; a brother, John Warren of New York State; 14 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation was private.
Carol Z. Epstein
Carol Zelda Epstein of Liberty, a former teacher at the Sullivan-Ulster Hebrew Day School in Kiamesha Lake, a longtime area resident, an accomplished artist/illustrator and the author of "The Purple Pony" and other children's books, died Monday, November 26, 2001, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 56 years of age.
The daughter of the late Dr. Max and Rose Steckler Epstein, she was born March 11, 1945, in New York City.
Miss Epstein attended the Jeffersonville Central School and Sullivan County Community College and received her Bachelor of Science and Master's degree in Education from SUNY New Paltz.
She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Attorney Jacob "Jay" and Rhoda Epstein of Jeffersonville; a sister, Sondra Bauernfeind of Mongaup Valley; two nephews and three nieces. She was predeceased by a brother-in-law, John A. Bauernfeind.
Graveside services and burial were held Tuesday at the Jeffersonville Hebrew Cemetery in Jeffersonville with Rabbi Marvin Goldman officiating.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Lila J. Bott, 69
Former CRC Counselor
Lila Josefina Bott, a 15-year resident of Middletown and a former resident counselor for Community Resource Center of Monticello, died Monday, November 26, 2001, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. She was 69 years of age.
The daughter of the late Rodolfo and Anita Moreno Abaya, she was born July 19, 1932, in Cervantes, Philippines.
Mrs. Bott was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas in Forestburgh and St. Joseph's R.C. Church in Middletown.
The family has expressed their gratefulness to Dr. Robert Dinsmore and his associates for the loving care given to Mrs. Bott during her illness.
She is survived by her husband, William F. Bott of Forestburgh; three sons, Manuel "Tex" Medina and Juancho "Jacko" Medina, both of the Philippines, and Isidore "Honey" Medina of New York; two daughters, Yolanda "Lennie" Mejia of Virginia and Johanna "Honey" Medina of New York; a brother, Oscar Abaya of Philippines; two sisters, Nelia Pajar of Philippines and Lolita Ambat of Canada; ten grandchildren, John, Sarah, Steven, Gabby, Kim, Liv, Zea, Patrick, Iraj and Aiko. She was predeceased by a son, Justo "Joey" Medina who died in 1982.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Wednesday at St. Joseph's Church in Middletown.
Burial of the cremains will be made at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Forestburgh Road, Forestburgh, N.Y. 12777.
Alton C. Smith, 86
Alton C. Smith of Scranton, Pa., a former longtime resident of Monticello, died Monday, November 26, 2001, at the Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton, Pa. He was 86 years of age.
The son of the late Charles and Addie Smith, he was born November 13, 1915, in Monticello. He was the widower of Bridget Shinsky Smith.
Mr. Smith is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Susan Smith of Scranton, Pa.; a brother, Lewis B. Smith of Monticello; two sisters, Emily Bernhey of Landing, N.J., and Edith Porter of Hurleyville. He was predeceased by two brothers, Rev. Arthur J. Smith and Roy C. Smith, and a sister, Ethel F. Misner.
Funeral services will be private.
Arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Monticello.
Gail T. Fredd
Church Worker, 65
Gail Tremper Fredd, a seven-year resident of Nebo, N.C., formerly of Jeffersonville, died Monday, November 26, 2001, at Memorial Mission Hospital in Marion, N.C. She was 65 years of age.
The daughter of the late Eugene and Mabel Kratz Tremper, she was born September 19, 1936, in Liberty.
Mrs. Fredd worked at Nebo First Baptist Church and God's Little People Day Care. She was a faithful member of the Nebo Baptist Church and a member of the church choir.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Carlene and Hank Schwebe of Nebo, N.C.; a son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Wendy Fredd of Riverdale, N.J.; and six grandchildren, Krystal, Joshua, Joseph, Timothy, Titus and Lydia.
Services were held Thursday at the Nebo First Baptist Church with Pastor Joseph E. McGaha and Pastor Kevin Fredd officiating.
Burial was made in the Nebo First Baptist Church Cemetery in Nebo, N.C.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Nebo First Baptist Church, 5360 U.S. 70 East, Nebo, N.C. 28761.
George Allgeier Sr.
Ret. Bricklayer, 71
George J. Allgeier Sr. of Jefferson Township, N.J., a retired 30-yearbricklayer for Local 4 of Paterson, N.J., died Monday, November 26, 2001, at St. Clare's Hospital in Denville, N.J. He was 71 years of age.
Born in Delaware County, he was a former Hortonville resident and lived in the Lake Hopatcong section of Jefferson Township for the past 40 years.
He was a Korean War veteran, and served with the 82nd Airborne Division with the U. S. Army.
Mr. Allgeier is survived by his wife, Gertrude Allgeier, at home; five sons, Steven of Virginia, George of New Jersey, and Victor, Ken Boris and Steve Boris, all of New York; a daughter, Robin Calise of the state of Florida; and five grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Bermingham Funeral Home, 249 S. Main St., Wharton, N.J., on Friday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Interment will be made the following Monday at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Arneytown, N.J.
Ronald P. Bodens
Hvy. Equip. Oper., 64
Ronald P. "Bodie" Bodens of Narrowsburg, a lifelong area resident, a heavy equipment operator and mechanic for Van Excavating of Narrowsburg and the operator of Ron's TV and Coal Service, died Tuesday, November 27, 2001, at his home. He was 64 years of age.
The son of Agnes Smith Bodens and the late Gilbert Lewis Bodens, he was born January 1, 1937, in Lava.
Mr. Bodens was a member of St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Narrowsburg, a life member and 16-year chief of the Lava Fire Department; a member of the Beaverbrook Rod and Gun Club; and a life member and past president of the Sullivan County Volunteer Fire Fighters Association. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1957 to 1959, and a member of the National Guard from 1959 to 1965.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Reiser Bodens, at home; his mother of Narrowsburg; four step-children and their spouses, Alan and Chrislien Reiser of Otisville, Douglas and Joanne Reiser of Barryville, Wendy and Bruce Worzel of Highland Lake, and Jessica Reiser of Eldred; seven step-grandchildren, Patrick, Kate, Carley, Kendall, Joshua, Ryan and Thomas; and several cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday at the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg with the Rev. Thomas Jones officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott, followed by interment of the cremains in the Lava Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lava Fire Department or to the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corps, both at Narrowsburg, N.Y. 12764.
Vinal H. Savage
Ret. Mason, 85
Vinal H. Savage of Orleans, Mass., died recently at the Orleans Convalescent Home. He was 85 years of age.
Born in Bangor, Maine, he was a graduate of Bangor High School and Barrington College in Rhode Island.
A member of the National Guard and the Army Air Corps for 12 years, he served overseas during World War II.
Mr. Savage was a mason contractor and builder of commercial properties, private homes and many churches, including the International Church of the Nazarene in New Bedford and Erskine Church of the Nazarene in Scotland.
He was a member of Dennis Church of the Nazarene, the Gideons International and Friends of Prisoners. He was a volunteer at Songtime Radio Ministry and active in the prison ministry in Barnstable, Mass.
He is survived by his wife, Vera Lickel Plimpton-Savage, at home; a son, David Savage of Royal Oak, Mich.; two daughters, Rachel Baker of Dennisport and Rebecca Savage of Blue Hill, Me.; a stepson, Glenn Plimpton of Billerica and Cape Cod, Mass.; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Stephen Savage, and a stepson, Robert Plimpton.
Services were held at the Dennis Church of the Nazarene in South Dennis, Mass., followed by burial in the Orleans Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 919, Barnstable, Mass. 02630 or to the Dennis Church of the Nazarene, 209 Upper County Road, South Dennis, Mass. 02660.
Lena A. Cornell
Lena A. Cornell of New Windsor, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, November 27, 2001, at the Cornwall Hospital. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of the late John and Somano Compani Colle, she was born March 20, 1916, in Highland Falls. She was the widow of the late Claire Cornell.
Mrs. Cornell is survived by two daughters, Patricia R. Kozachuk of Fallsburg and Gloria Barnes of Carlisle, Pa.; a sister, Rose Navarra of New Windsor; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Services were private, followed by burial in Pennsylvania.
Ret. Businessman, 92
David Lehrer of Ferndale, a 50-year area resident and a retired prominent businessman, died Tuesday, November 27, 2001, at his home. He was 92 years of age.
The son of the late Scharje and Ruchel Lehrer, he was born March 23, 1909, in Serpce, Poland. He was the widower of Chana Lehrer, to whom he had been married 51 years.
During World War II, he managed to escape from the Nazis and was reunited with his wife, Chana. In addition to his tireless work ethic, Mr. Lehrer was very philanthropic, contributing to various charitable organizations.
He was a member of Congregation Ahavath Israel Synagogue in Liberty for many years.
Mr. Lehrer is survived by a daughter, Leah Galant of Boca Raton, Fla.; five grandchildren, Edward Musa of Neversink, Seymour Galant of Honesdale, Pa., Penelope Gozza of Delray, Fla., Maurice Galant of Boca Raton, Fla., and Monica Leizens of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Sonia Musa.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Congregation Ahavath Israel Synagogue on Chestnut Street in Liberty with Rabbi Marvin Goldman officiating.
Burial will be made in Ahavath Israel Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Congregation Ahavath Israel Synagogue, Chestnut Street, Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Eleanor Luca of Burlingham, a homemaker and a longtime area resident, died Tuesday, November 27, 2001, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. She was 58 years of age.
The daughter of the late Montford and Grace Homan Bacon, she was born February 5, 1943, in Oceanside, L.I. She was the widow of Fred H. Luca.
Mrs. Luca is survived by three sons, Fred Luca Jr., Darin A. Luca and Matthew P. Luca, all at home; a sister, Bessie Holland of Long Island; and four brothers, John Bacon and Richard Bacon, both of Long Island and Fred Bacon and Frank Bacon, both of North Carolina.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home in Pine Bush.
Burial will be made in the Bloomingburg Cemetery.
Anne M. Melnick
Anne Mary Melnick of Glen Wild, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, November 27, 2001, at her home. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late Stephen and Anna Jackiew Kostoff, she was born March 29, 1922, in Hurleyville. She was the widow of William Melnick.
Mrs. Melnick is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Betty and Bill Hertschel of Wurtsboro, Mary and John Lawson of Charleston, N.C,, and Stephanie Melnick of Glen Wild; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Services were private, followed by cremation at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
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 Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.