December 7, 2001
Wilma G. Comfort
Ret. Machine Oper., 82
Wilma G. Comfort of Bloomingburg, a retired machine operator for Imperial Schrade in Ellenville and a longtime area resident, died Sunday, December 2, 2001, at the Middletown Park Manor. She was 82 years of age.
The daughter of the late Roscoe Sr. and Rose Mullican, she was born February 1, 1919, in Hillside, N.J. She was the widow of Robert Comfort Sr.
Mrs. Comfort also worked for 12 years with Shared Textile in Middletown.
She is survived by seven children and their spouses, Henry and Ginny Smith of Bloomingburg, Sue and Donnie Malcolm of Oviedo, Fla., Rose and Gary Hand of Bloomingburg, Betsy and Gene Kehoe of Greene, Dorothy Henry of Ellenville, Charles and Gloria Comfort of Mount Hope, and Floyd Comfort of Middletown; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Leroy and Mary Mullican, Roscoe and Hilda Mullican and William and Kay Mullican, all of New Jersey; 19 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Community Church of Wurtsboro, Sullivan Street, with the Rev. Robert Schwander officiating.
Burial will be made in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery in Bloomingburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 159 Green St., Kingston, N.Y. 12401.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro.
Josephine Diescher, 60
Jovic Enterprises Partner
Josephine "Jo" L. Diescher of Livingston Manor, a partner with her husband in Jovic Enterprises, the program director for the Livingston Manor Community Center, and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, December 2, 2001, at the Health Park Medical Center in Fort Meyers, Fla. She was 60 years of age.
The daughter of the late Luther and Alice Wilber Kirby, she was born April 11, 1941, in White Sulphur Springs.
She graduated from Sullivan County Community College at the age of 40. A member of the Livingston Manor United Methodist Church, Mrs. Diescher was also the treasurer of CACHE in Liberty, a board member of the Kaplan Foundation and a dynamic leader in community activities.
She is survived by her husband, Victor H. Diescher Jr., at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Daryl Debetta of Rock Hill; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Victor H. III and Tammy Diescher, Michael and Tracy Diescher and Mark Diescher, all of Livingston Manor; four grandchildren; a niece and a nephew.
There will be no visitation.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston Manor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 1, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor.
Donald J. Eidel
Ret. Rural Carrier, 79
Donald J. Eidel of Woodbourne, a retired rural mail carrier and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, December 3, 2001, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. He was 79 years of age.
The son of the late John A. and Cecilia Stangel Eidel, he was born February 27, 1922, in Woodbourne.
An Army veteran of World War II, he served as a surgical technician. He was a life member of the Stangel-Bernstein Post No. 8086, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Woodbourne, and the American Legion.
Mr. Eidel was a member, past secretary and treasurer of the Woodbourne Hunting Club, a member of the Rural Carriers Association and a member of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Woodbourne.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mildred "Midge" Eidel at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Sheryl Eidel of Woodbourne; a brother, Clarence "Sonny" Eidel, and two sisters, C. Ruth Eidel and Mildred Woodward, all of Woodbourne; a grandson, Dylan Eidel of Woodbourne; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Deborah.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Thursday at the Immaculate Conception Church in Woodbourne with Fr. John Lynch officiating.
Burial will be made in the Hillside Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Catskill Dialysis Renal Disease Center, Port Jervis Rd., Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Mac Ingber, 81
Mac Ingber of South Fallsburg, the retired owner and president of Service Scaffold Company in South Fallsburg, died Monday, December 3, 2001. He was 81 years of age.
One of nine children of the late Morris and Fannie Kaufman Ingber, he was born May 25, 1920, in Poland. He was the widower of Rose Cohen Ingber.
Mr. Ingber was a member and past president of the South Fallsburg Hebrew Association, a member of the Fallsburg Fire Department and was a past commissioner for the Fallsburg Fire District. He was also a member of the Town of Fallsburg Lions Club, a past board member of the Monticello Hospital and a former member of the American Arbitration Board.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Howard and Fern Ingber and Daniel and Mona Ingber, all of South Fallsburg; two daughters and a son-in-law, Ilene Ingber and her companion, Wayne Hilmer of Stevensville, Md., and Gina and Scott Mirskin of New York City; a daughter-in-law, Linda Ingber of South Fallsburg; three brothers, Ben and Lou Ingber, both of New York, and Jack Ingber of South Fallsburg; four sisters, Pauline Resnick of Akron, Ohio., Bessie Greenberg of Brooklyn, Mimi Leff and Shirley Moskowitz, both of New York; 11 grandchildren, Melissa and her husband, Bradley Zimmerman, Matthew and his wife, Michele Ingber, Adam, Noah, Zachary, Sara, Cory, Joshua and Sam Ingber, Ross Ingber Mirskin and Benjamin Ingber Hilmer. He was predeceased by two sons, Mark and Brian Ingber.
Services were held Tuesday at the South Fallsburg Hebrew Association Synagogue in South Fallsburg with Rabbi Isaac Gottlieb officiating.
Burial was made in the South Fallsburg Hebrew Association Cemetery in Glen Wild.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Brian Ingber Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 888, South Fallsburg, N.Y., 12779 or to the South Fallsburg Hebrew Association Synagogue, Lake St., South Fallsburg, N.Y. 12779.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Terry Lisa Keeler
Registered Nurse, 50
Terry Lisa Keeler of Oneonta, and formerly of Cooperstown, died unexpectedly Monday, November 26, 2001, at her home. She was 50 years of age.
The daughter of Evelyn Keeler DeMyer and the late George Keeler, she was born May 10, 1951, in Liberty.
A graduate of Jeffersonville-Youngsville Central School, she earned her degree in nursing from Orange County Community College. Ms. Keeler previously worked at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown and did private nursing duty in the areas of Cooperstown and Oneonta.
Ms. Keeler is survived by her longtime partner, Dale Cougear of Cooperstown; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ryland Cougear, and Brendon and Robin Slater of Albany; her mother and step-father Evelyn and Wilson DeMyer of Grahamsville; a daughter and son-in-law, Courtney and Andrew Radoste of Philadelphia, Pa.; a granddaughter, Anneke Slater of Albany; a brother, Randy Keeler of Indiana; three sisters and two sons-in-law, Bonnie and George O'Neill of Scotia, Kelly Graham of Neversink and Tanya and Jim McLean of Boston, Mass.; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Private memorial services and burial were held in Cooperstown.
In remembrance of her daughter, Terry's mother submitted the following:
"If I Knew. . ."
Hold your loved one close today,
Whisper in their ear,
Tell them that you love them
And you'll always hold them dear,
For tomorrow is promised no one,
Young and old alike
And today may be your last chance
To hold your loved one tight.
Iris C. Lucille, 65
Iris C. Lucille of Monticello, a longtime area resident, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 20, 2001, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. She was 65 years of age.
The daughter of the late Robert and Helen Kovacs Lucille, she was born January 20, 1936, in the Bronx.
She is survived by a sister, Diane Lucille of Monticello; three aunts; an uncle; and several cousins.
Private services were arranged by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello.
Burial was made in St. John the Evangelist Cemetery in Lambertville, N.J.
Agnes Arthur of Fallsburg, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, November 28, 2001, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 81 years of age.
The daughter of the late William J. and Anna V. Paulowsky Hallenbeck, she was born July 13, 1920, in Livingston Manor.
Mrs. Arthur was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Clarence Hoyt Post No. 9217, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Liberty.
She is survived by her husband, Robert C. Arthur, at home; a daughter, Joyce Ratner of Loch Sheldrake; a grandson, Robert Arthur Ratner of Swan Lake; a granddaughter, Melissa Ratner of Rochester; two brothers; three sisters; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Monday at the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Ret. Sanitation Driver, 53
James J. Fitzpatrick of Wallkill, a retired driver for the New York City Department of Sanitation and a 15-year area resident, died Wednesday, December 5, 2001, at his home. He was 53 years of age.
The son of the late Edward and Mary Burns Fitzpatrick, he was born October 13, 1948, in Manhattan.
Mr. Fitzpatrick was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He attended Most Precious Blood Church.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Schneider Fitzpatrick, three daughters, Regina, Jill and Mary Fitzpatrick, and two sons, James and Hugh Fitzpatrick, all at home; two sisters, Mary Deegan of Bloomingburg and Bernadette Wittschen of Wantagh, L.I.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Gerard and Edward Fitzpatrick.
Friends may call at the Millspaugh Funeral Home, 22 Bank St., Walden, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at Most Precious Blood Church, Walnut St., Walden with Father Kenneth Loughman officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 30 Lawrence Ave., New Windsor, N.Y. 12553.
Ret. ARC Emply., 80
Harry Reingold of Livingston Manor, a 2 1/2-year resident of the Roscoe Community Nursing Home and a retired employee of Sullivan ARC Day Care Program until his retirement on May 25, 1999, died Friday, November 30, 2001, at the Seelig Division of Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 80 years of age.
The son of the late Max and Katie Reingold, he was born in Ukraine on June 16, 1921.
He is survived by many fellow friends and employees at the Sullivan ARC. He was predeceased by four sisters.
Graveside services and burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Ahavath Israel Cemetery in Liberty with Rabbi Marvin Goldman officiating.
Funeral arrangements were made by Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Fay M. Heisler
Fay M. Heisler of Kerhonkson, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, December 3, 2001, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home in Roscoe. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late John O. and Eva L. Brown Sherwood, she was born April 24, 1922, in Parksville.
In a family statement, it was said, "Her memory will be cherished by the many she helped and loved."
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, William John and Patricia Heisler of Newport News, Va.; a grandson, John Heisler of Hilton Head, S.C.; a granddaughter, Jamie Heisler of Charlottesville, Va., to whom she committed her loving life; a devoted niece, Judy Van Wagner of Roscoe; and friends and neighbors who both looked after her and were the recipients of her love and generosity.
There will be no visitation.
Graveside services and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Liberty Cemetery, Cold Spring Rd., Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ulster County SPCA, Kingston, N.Y. 12401.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty.