December 21, 2001
Robert Dale Calkin
Ret. Contractor, 90
Robert "Dale" Calkin of White Sulphur Springs, a lifelong area resident and a retired self-employed contractor, died Tuesday, December 18, 2001, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. He was 90 years of age.
The son of the late Burt and Lydia Austin Calkin, he was born August 20, 1911, in Bethel.
Mr. Calkin was a member of the White Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church, the Liberty Elks Lodge #1545 and the White Sulphur Springs Fire Department. He was also a former fire commissioner of the White Sulphur Springs Fire District.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Nellie Hill Calkin, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Teddy Calkin of Cody, Wyo. and Neal and Lucilla Calkin of Youngsville; a daughter and son-in-law, Katherine and William Traxler of Stony Brook; a sister, Dorothy Hale of Sidney; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a grandson, Michael Calkin.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home with the Rev. Bridgette LeConey officiating.
Burial will be made in the Laurel Hill Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs.
Walter L. Bock, 81
Ret. Phys. Ed. Teacher
Walter L. Bock of Canisteo, a former longtime Roscoe resident, died Monday, December 17, 2001, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home in Roscoe. He was 81 years of age.
The son of the late Leo H. and Lillie Haas Bock, he was born August 17, 1907, in Lynbook. He was the widower of Mildred Brower Bock and Lela Warren Bock.
Mr. Bock graduated from Lynbrook High School and Cortland State Teachers College. He taught physical education in Owego and Woodmere.
A charter boat owner and captain out of Freeport, L.I., he was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. During World War II, he worked for Columbia Aircraft and owned and operated The Little Store in Roscoe from 1945 to 1975.
He was a former member of the Sullivan County Sportsman Association, a past president and the last surviving member of the original Beamoc Rod and Gun Club and an avid hunter and fisherman. The recipient of many civic awards, he was a former member of the Rockland Hose Co. #1.
Mr. Bock is survived by two sons, Robert and his wife, Rose Mary Bock, and John Bock, all of Roscoe; a daughter, Marilyn Bock of Louisiana; a sister, Marie Bock Boll of Rhode Island; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a niece and a nephew.
Memorial services and burial will be held in the spring at Bon Air Cemetery in Roscoe.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Beamoc Chapter of Trout Unlimited, c/o Carol Adolph, Beaverkill Rd., Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758 or the Catskill Flyfishing Center, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758.
Helen M. Leser
Helen M. Leser, a 10-year resident of Las Vegas, Nev., and a homemaker, died Thursday, December 13, 2001, at the Sunrise Hospital. She was 79 years of age.
The widow of Frederick Leser, she was born June 25, 1922.
Mrs. Leser is survived by a son, Christian Leser of Burlingham; three daughters, Marie Skwarlo of Pine Bush, Susan Leser of Wurtsboro and Helen Leser Jr. of Las Vegas, Nev.; a brother, Arthur Phar of Wurtsboro; a sister, Christine Cordts of Chicago, Ill; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were made in Nevada.
James H. Gannon
James H. Gannon of Narrowsburg, a former resident of Ramsey, N.J., and a plumber for Wiersma Plumbing and Heating in Ramsey, died Saturday, December 15, 2001. He was 36 years of age.
He was the son of the late Arthur and Marion Brentnall Gannon.
Mr. Gannon was the owner and driver of stock car #876 at the Kauneonga Speedway in White Lake.
He is survived by his wife, Michelle Kubat Gannon, and a two-year-old son, James W. Gannon, both at home; five sisters, Shirley Magnuson of Kingston, Okla., Patricia Hartig and Elsie Gannon, both of Ramsey, N.J., Ruth De'Leon of Oakland, N.J., and Barbara Chartier of Norman, Okla.; his mother-in-law, Carol Beggs of Narrowsburg; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by a sister, Marion Wilcox, who died in 1982, and a brother, Arthur W. Gannon Jr., who died in 1993.
Funeral services were held Thursday at the Van Emburgh-Sneider Funeral Home in Ramsey, N.J.
Interment was made at Redeemer Cemetery in Mahwah, N.J.
A fund has been set up for the education of his son and may be made to the James W. Gannon Education Fund, 6325 State Route 97, Narrowsburg, N.Y.
Elfriede Slopianka Woloszczak of Hurleyville, a homemaker and a longtime area resident, died Monday, December 10, 2001. She was 81 years of age.
The daughter of the late August and Anna Slopianka, she was born December 2, 1920. She was the widow of the late Wasyl Woloszczak.
She is survived by a daughter, Karin Meyer; a son and daughter-in-law, Bernd and Bunny Woloszczak; and three grandchildren, Karen, Bernie and Heidi.
A Mass of the Resurrection was offered at St. Peter's R.C. Church in Liberty followed by interment in St. Peter's Cemetery in Liberty.
Martha A. Hynan
Martha A. Hynan of Wurtsboro, a homemaker and a longtime area resident, died Sunday, December 16, 2001, at her home. She was 80 years of age.
The daughter of the late George and Emily Arden Chicester, she was born November 2, 1921, in Mt. Morris. She was the widow of William F. Hynan.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews, including Douglas Chicester, Morgan Chichester Jr. and Louise Welsh. She was predeceased by a brother, Morgan E. Chichester Sr.
Services were held Thursday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro.
Burial was made in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery in Bloomingburg.
Elmo L.S. Hilton
Elmo L.S. Hilton of Chester, a landscaper and longtime area resident, died Saturday, December 15, 2001, at the Arden Hill Hospital in Goshen. He was 57 years of age.
The son of Margaret Clark Hilton and the late Charles Hilton, he was born February 5, 1944, in Bristol, England.
He is survived by his wife, Maria Hilton, at home; four children, Patience Budine of Bainbridge, Janny Hilton of Rock Hill, Elmo Hilton II of Highland Mills and Erin Hilton, at home; his mother of New Zealand; a brother, George Hilton of California; a sister and brother-in-law, Marge and Jasper of Montgomery; four step-children, Jim, Mike, Justine and Chris; several grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Thursday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Tuxedo.
Burial was made in St. Mary's Cemetery in Tuxedo Park.
William E. Kanoff
William E. Kanoff of Middletown, a lifelong area resident and a weightmaster for waste management, died Monday, December 17, 2001, at the Albany Medical Center. He was 60 years of age.
The son of the late Herbert and Emma Splatter Kanoff, he was born June 22, 1941, in the Town of Wallkill.
Mr. Kanoff was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a member of American Legion Post #151 in Middletown and a member of the Laborer's Union Local 108.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Van Kleeck Kanoff, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, William E. II and Bobbi-Ann Kanoff of Wurtsboro; a daughter, Betty Jane Kanoff of Middletown; two brothers, Herbert Kanoff of Port Jervis and Lawrence Kanoff of Middletown; a sister, Gwendolyn of the State of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. He was devoted to his dog, Rocky. Mr. Kanoff was predeceased by a brother, Burton Kanoff.
Friends may call at the Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home, 72 West Main St., Middletown, on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
Burial will be made in the Wallkill Cemetery in Phillipsburg.
William H. Peters
House Renovator, 55
William H. Peters of New Paltz, a stone house renovator who was self-employed and a 25-year New Paltz area resident, died Tuesday, December 18, 2001, at the White Duck Farm in New Paltz. He was 55 years of age.
The son of Wilma Finkenstadt Peters and the late William Peters, he was born September 19, 1946, on Long Island.
Mr. Peters was a member of the SCCA (Sport Car Club of America) and VSCCA (Vintage Sport Car Club of America), and TKE (Tau Kappa Epsolon). He left 30 years of corporate employment to pursue his love and passion of renovating stone houses. An avid boater, he loved to vacation in Mexico.
He is survived by his mother of Cary, Ill; a son, Dennis Peters of Bronxville; two daughters, Tiffany Lopes of Grantham, N.H., and Caroline Campbell of Rock Hill; a sister, Noel Cook of Cary, Ill.; six grandchildren; and two nieces.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Copeland Funeral Home in New Paltz with the Rev. Ralph Fogg officiating.
Burial will be private.
Harriet C. Weber, 85
Harriet C. Weber of High Falls, the retired owner of High Falls Press, which she ran until 1996, and a developer of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) systems throughout Ulster County, died Wednesday, December 19, 2001, at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of the late Thomas and Caroline Garner Walsh, she was born April 12, 1916, in Brooklyn. She was the widow of William Weber who died in 1965.
When she called for an ambulance for her mother in 1958 and a hearse arrived to take them to the hospital, Mrs. Weber vowed to remedy the situation and began devoting her life to developing EMS systems throughout Ulster County. She was instrumental in the formation of Rondout Valley First Aid and Rescue Squad in 1961, the forerunner of the Marbletown First Aid Unit in which she held many offices, including president. She was one of the first certified Medical Emergency Technicians (now known as EMT) and became the first New York State MET instructor in Ulster County. She also was an instructor for the American Red Cross Advanced First Aid and Emergency Care course in addition to cardiopulmonary resuscitation. She was president for 31 years of the Ulster County Ambulance Association, established in 1966.
She attended Dutchess Community College, taking a course in the care of the sick and injured, and in 1971 attended CW Post College to become a New York Department of Health Instructor Coordinator, the first such course offered by New York State.
Mrs. Weber has served as Disaster Coordinator, chairman of the Basic EMT Protocol Committee, Public Relations Chairman, as well as chairman of training. She was a delegate to the Ulster County Medical Advisory Committee and the Hudson Valley Regional EMS Council, and served as an alternate up until her death. She was a past president, treasurer and a charter member of Horizon's Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team and Ulster County EMS Coordinator. Over the years, she has received numerous awards for her dedicated service including the 1990 and 2000 Pride of Ulster County Award from the Ulster County Legislature. A dinner in 1990 honored Mrs. Weber and at that time the High Falls Training Center Building was renamed the Harriet Weber High Falls Training Center.
Mrs. Weber was a member of Christ the King Episcopal Church, a member of the High Falls Fire Company and a member of the Socially Correct Club.
In a family statement, it was said, "Harriet Weber was the leader of many. "Mom," as her students and colleagues will always know her, was the role model that so many aspire to be."
She is survived by two daughters, Jeri Weber of High Falls and Caroline Harrow of Livingston Manor; two sons, William Weber of Santa Domingo, Calif., and Frederick Weber of Charlotte, N.C.; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The Burial Office and Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Church of Christ the King in Stone Ridge with the Rev. Robert Magliula officiating.
Interment will be made in the Fairview Cemetery in Stone Ridge.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ulster County Ambulance Association Harriet Weber Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 231, High Falls, N.Y. 12440.
John R. Will, 72
Ret. Hardware Merchant
John R. Will of Livingston Manor, a retired partner of Will Bros. Hardware in Livingston Manor and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, December 19, 2001, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home in Roscoe. He was 72 years of age.
The son of the late John and Eunice Soules Will, he was born May 20, 1929, in Livingston Manor.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Lester White Post #566 of the American Legion in Livingston Manor. He was also a member of the Livingston Manor Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Will is survived by his wife, Dorothy "Chris" Will, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, John D. and Sandra Will and Robert V. and Leslie Will, all of Livingston Manor; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Charles Frees of Glenville; a brother and sister-in-law, George I. and Rena Will of Livingston Manor; two sisters, Doris Rudick of Livingston Manor and Frances Lake of Monticello; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Livingston Manor Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Gerald Wondra officiating.
Burial will be made in the Beaverkill Cemetery in Beaverkill.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Mid-Hudson Alzheimer's Chapter, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 102, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601-4027.
Melinda S. Schulte
School Nurse, 47
Melinda Sue "Mindy" Schulte of Roscoe, the school nurse for the Roscoe Central School and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, December 19, 2001, at her home. She was 47 years of age.
The daughter of Bonnie Rose Frank Fulton and the late Cornelius Fulton Jr., she was born July 4, 1954, in Baltimore, Md.
Mrs. Schulte was the substitute coordinator for the Roscoe Central School and was active in many of the school's activities.
In a family statement, it was said, "She held in her heart, the children, nursing and her work at the nursing home. She was a mom to everyone. She will be missed by her loving family."
Mrs. Schulte is survived by two sons, Ronald N. Schulte and his wife, Kelly, of Derby, Conn., and Brian J. Schulte of Roscoe; the father of her children, Ronald E. Schulte of Roscoe; her mother of Roscoe; two sisters, Lynne Hayden and her husband, Brian, of Rehoboth, Mass., and Gail Anderson of Warwick, R.I.; three nieces; and several cousins.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the United Church of Roscoe with the Rev. Theo Lynne Hoffman officiating.
Burial will be made in the Riverview Cemetery in Roscoe.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mindy Schulte Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Fleet Bank, Stewart Ave., Roscoe, N.Y. 12776.
Louis A. Hensz
Ret. Supervisor, 75
Louis A. Hensz of Narrowsburg, a retired supervisor for Brevard County in Titusville, Fla., and a longtime area resident, died Thursday, December 20, 2001, at his home. He was 75 years of age.
The son of the late John Adam and Julletta Flood Hensz, he was born April 12, 1926, in Tusten. He was the widower of Meta Lass Hensz who died in 1976.
Mr. Hensz was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by five daughters, Kathleen Suchinski of West Simsbury, Conn., Susan Tabor of Maryville, Tenn., Theresa Wilson of Narrowsburg, Lu-Anne Stevens and Veronica Sluder, both of Titusville, Fla.; two sons, Joseph Hensz and Timmy Hensz, both of Narrowsburg; two sisters, Irene McCooey of Cape Cod, Mass., and Theresa Tebo of Narrowsburg; a brother, George Hensz of Matamoras, Pa.; ten grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a grandson.
Friends may call at the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Narrowsburg with the Rev. Thomas Jones officiating.
Interment will be made in St. Francis Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7E, East Syracuse, N.Y. 13057.
Selma G. Field
Selma G. Kreisberg Field, of Monticello, died Wednesday, December 19, 2001, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 76 years of age.
The daughter of the late Samuel and Pauline Kreisberg, she lived in Monticello since childhood.
Mrs. Field was a co-founder and president of Field Associates, a public relations, marketing and management consulting organization, and was Director of Public Relations, Marketing, Fundraising and Development for the former Community General Hospital and the CGH Foundation. In these roles, she served since 1960 as the hospital spokesman. Mrs. Field is credited with envisioning and promoting the development of the rural geriatric continuum of care, the development of the Health Promotion and Wellness Department, the Complementary Medicine Department, the Century Club and the CGH Foundation.
Active in serving her community, Mrs. Field served on the Monticello Central School Board of Education for ten years and was chairman of the State University of New York at New Paltz College council for 13 years. She was a founding board member and president of the Sullivan County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children), a founding member and vice president of the Sullivan County Literacy Volunteers, board member of Nana's House Day Care Center, a member of the Friends of the Library, regional board member of the Anti-Defamation League and a member of the Board of the Community General Hospital Auxiliary. She was also a charter member of the steering committee and secretary of the Sullivan Wawarsing REAP.
Mrs. Field was a prolific writer, co-authoring with her husband of 55 years, Edwin, seven books on fund raising, public relations and crafts. She was also the author over a span of many years of weekly columns for local newspapers: Dear Betsy Lambe, advice to the lovelorn; Speaking Of. . ., a column on human interest; and Splendidly Vegetarian.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate of the New York State College for Teachers at Albany, Selma was honored for her service by many organizations. In May 2001, she received the Outstanding Service Award from the CGH Auxiliary. She received the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Achievement Award in 2000, the SYDA Foundation Community Service Award in 1997, the Community General Hospital and CGH Foundation Board's Twice Chair Tribute and the Sullivan County Garden Club Woodland Wildlings Tribute Planting in 1997. In 1996, she was the recipient of the Friend of the College Award and the Inaugural Presidential Medal, both from the State University of New York at New Paltz.
She is survived by her husband, Edwin Field, at home; three daughters and a son-in-law, Jessica and Norman Cohen of Norwich, Shelly Field of Monticello and Deborah Field of Syracuse; a grandson and a daughter-in-law, Geoff Cohen and Susan Timberlake, both of Brookline, Mass.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, 186 Broadway, Monticello, with Rabbi Ben-Zion Chanowitz officiating.
Burial will be made in the Workman's Circle Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sullivan County CASA, 100 North St., Monticello, N.Y. 12701, Sullivan County Literacy Volunteers, 33 Lakewood Ave., Monticello, N.Y. 12701; or to the Community General Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 280, Harris, N.Y. 12742.
Sarah Sennett of Livingston Manor, a homemaker and lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, December 19, 2001, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. She was 46 years of age.
The daughter of the late Jesse and Bertha Stickle Edwards, she was born September 20, 1955, in Liberty.
She is survived by her companion, Howard Davis, at home; a son, Richard D. Sennett Jr. of Valdosta, Ga.; a step-son, Scott Davis of Livingston Manor; two daughters, Susan Sennett and Mindy Sennett, both of Livingston Manor; a step-daughter, Devon Davis of Livingston Manor; five brothers, Douglas Edwards of Fallsburg, Roger Edwards of Bradley, Robert Edwards of Middletown, Donald Edwards of Briscoe and Nial Edwards of Neversink; three sisters, Doris Painter of Livingston Manor, Bertha Ann Apple of Bradenton, Fla., and Sandra Van Aken of Neversink; and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Loretta Noren.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 South Main St., Liberty, on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. at the funeral home on Saturday with the Rev. Robert C. Nadelen officiating.
Interment will be made in Rural Cemetery in Grahamsville.