January 15, 2002
Edwin V. Snarski Jr.
Equip. Operator, 48
Edwin V. Snarski Jr. of Roscoe, an equipment operator for Local #825 Operating Engineers in Middletown and a 15-year area resident, died Thursday, January 10, 2002, at his home. He was 48 years of age.
The son of Edwin Snarski Sr. and the late Josephine Shellow Snarski, he was born December 2, 1953, in Port Jefferson.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Burke Snarski, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Stacy and John Evans of Roscoe and Jessie and Bradley France of England; a son, Edwin "Eddie" Snarski III, at home; his father of Long Island; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Linda and Larry Zimmerman of Long Island, Debra and Randall Rogan of Johnson City, and Maryann Putman and Patricia Snarski, both of the state of Florida; four grandchildren, Cortney and Joshua Evans and Tyler and Emily France; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Sunday at the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe with Margaret Tremper officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit, Albany Medical Center, 43 New Scotland Ave., Albany, N.Y. 12208.
John W. Newell
John W. Newell of Kauneonga Lake, a self-employed painter and a three-year area resident, died Monday, January 7, 2002, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 69 years of age.
The son of the late John and Catherine Dua Newell, he was born April 18, 1932, in Maspeth.
He was a veteran of the Korean War.
Mr. Newell is survived by two brothers, Lester Newell of Rock Hill and Robert Newell of Marbletown; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Murial Santeramo.
Services were held Saturday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Kauneonga Lake with the Rev. Kenneth Rodgers officiating.
Burial was made with full military honors in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Esther M. Flanagan
Esther Mintz Flanagan of Westport, Conn., died Thursday, January 10, 2002, at her home. She was 91 years of age.
The daughter of the late Isadore and Sarah Jadkow Mintz, she was born November 7, 1910, in South Fallsburg.
Mrs. Flanagan was a graduate of New York University and spent several years traveling abroad. She was a life member of Israel Technology Society, a life member of Brandeis University Women's Association, and a life member of the National Council of Jewish Women.
She is survived by her husband, Charles F. Flanagan, at home; a niece, Nathana Mintz Rosen, and a nephew, Ward Mintz, both of New York City.
Graveside services and burial were held Sunday at the Beth El Memorial Park in Norwalk, Conn., with Rabbi William Marder of Adat Torah Congregation in Wilton, Conn., officiating.
Raymond E. Trottnow
Ret. Accountant, 85
Raymond E. Trottnow of Grahamsville, a former Claryville resident and a retired accountant for Trottnow Machine Co. in Tonawanda, died Thursday, January 10, 2002, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, after a long illness. He was 85 years of age.
The son of the late Clarence and Amy Burgess Trottnow, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mr. Trottnow was a member and former treasurer of the Claryville Fire District; a member, former elder and treasurer of The Reformed Church of Claryville, and member of the Cemetery Committee; and also a member of the Tri-Valley Grahamsville Chapter of AARP.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ruth Meissner Trottnow, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Raymond Jr. and Bonnie Trottnow of Poughkeepsie; a daughter, Ruth E. Trottnow of Amherst; a grandson, Lee M. Trottnow of Poughkeepsie; a niece, Ellen Trottnow Williamson of Lakeland, Fla.; and a special friend, Gary Ferguson of Napanoch. He was predeceased by a brother, Earl B. Trottnow.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Cremation was held at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Claryville Reformed Church or the Claryville Fire Department, both at Claryville, N.Y. 12725.
Anne Laxer, 91
Ret. Clothing Mgr.
Anne Laxer of Palm Springs, Calif., a former longtime Monticello resident and a 20-year clerk at the former Marcia's (in the 1950s and 1960s) died Monday, December 24, 2001, in Palm Springs. She was 91 years of age.
The daughter of the late Louis and Mary Berkowitz Forman, she was born January 1, 1910, in New York City. She was the widow of Frank Laxer, a former 21-year steward at the Concord Hotel in Kiamesha Lake.
Mrs. Laxer worked as a manager in ladies clothing retail for 21 years.
She is survived by a daughter, Phyllis Rappaport of Palm Springs, Calif.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services and inurnment were held at the Palm Springs Mausoleum in Cathedral City, Calif.
Memorial contributions may be made to any Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Kenneth Sherwood, 63
Kenneth R. Sherwood of Bloomingburg, a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, January 12, 2002, at his home. He was 63 years of age.
He was the son of the late Leona Graham.
Mr. Sherwood is survived by his fianceé Jane Reynolds, at home; five children, Pennie Stubbs and her husband, James, of Bloomingburg, Darlene Green and her husband, Greg, of Zephyrhills, Fla., Keith and his wife, Amy Sherwood, of Rock Hill, Frank Sherwood of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Merideth Sherwood of Minisink Valley; a step-son, Rev. Timothy Reynolds and his fianceé Sharon Garcia, of Central Valley; and nine grandchildren, Matthew, Heather, Jason, Brandon, Tanya, Ashley, Kimberly, Ethan and Christy. He was predeceased by a son, Kenneth R. Sherwood Jr.
Friends may call at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home, 1525 Burlingham Rd., Pine Bush, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home with Pastor Robert Hewitt officiating.
Burial will be made in the Bullville Cemetery in Bullville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Sullivan County, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Dominick A. Marra
Ret. Bus Driver, 56
Dominick A. Marra of Mountaindale, a retired bus driver for Liberty Lines in Westchester County, died Saturday, January 12, 2002 at the Seelig Division of Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris.
Mr. Marra was a member of the National Rifle Association.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Patricia Gremier Marra, at home; two sons, Dominick Marra of Kingston and Nicholas Marra of Mountaindale; a daughter, Gina Marra of Mountaindale; a sister, Kathy Mattesi of Pelham; six grandchildren, Vincent, Alexis, Giovanna, Gabriella, Christopher and Linette; and several nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass was offered Monday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro with Fr. Peter Madori officiating.
Burial was made in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wurtsboro.
Rafael Diaz, 66
Rafael Diaz of Loch Sheldrake, an avid listener of Latin music and former resident of Long Island, died Friday, January 11, 2002, at his home. He was 66 years of age.
He was born August 1, 1935, in Puerto Rico.
Mr. Diaz was predeceased by two brothers.
Friends may call at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, Main St., Woodbourne, on Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Woodbourne with Father John Lynch officiating.
Elizabeth A. Rudy
Elizabeth A. Rudy of Warwick, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, January 12, 2002, at St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick. She was 58 years of age.
The daughter of the late Julius and Elizabeth Kleveno Lust, she was born June 5, 1943, in Warwick.
Mrs. Rudy was a member of Amity Presbyterian Church in Warwick.
She is survived by her husband, Brian O. Rudy Sr. of Warwick; five daughters, Kelley Flanagan of Greenville, Sharon Palmer of Goshen, Catherine Miller of Middletown, Christy Rudy of Port Jervis, and Rachael Todman of Surprise, Ariz.; two sons, Brian Rudy Jr. of Westtown and Kenneth Rudy of Warwick; two sisters, Gloria Nowicki of Florida, N.Y., and Wilma Hoag of Middlesex, N.C .; a brother, Walter Lust of Glen Spey; six granddaughters; five grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends and family will gather at the family home in Warwick at noon on Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 35 Orchard St., White Plains, N.Y. 10600.
Ret. Hotel Mgr., 57
Theodore E. Rutherford of Pine Bush, a former hotel manager who worked at the Nevele, Fallsview, Raleigh and Tamarack hotels, and a 20-year area resident, died Saturday, January 12, 2002, at his home. He was 57 years of age.
The son of the late Theodore Allen and Dorothy Hallman Rutherford, he was born January 23, 1944, in Altoona, Pa.
Mr. Rutherford was a member of Infant Saviour Church in Pine Bush, the Lions Club of Ellenville and the Moose Lodge in Wurtsboro. He was the former owner of Pappa Teddy's in Ellenville and Teddy's Dixie-Pig in Walden.
He is survived by four sons, Theodore E. "Ted" Rutherford Jr. and Curtis Rutherford, both of Maryland, Danny Rutherford of Pueblo, Colo., and Paul Rutherford of Delaware; two daughters, Karen of Maryland and Jenny of Pine Bush; five step-children, John Lough and Jessica Smith, both of Pine Bush, David Silva with the armed forces in Italy, and Luciana Silva and Esdras Silva, both of Tampa, Fla.; three brothers, Carl Rutherford of Panama City Beach, Fla., Allen Rutherford of Golden, Colo., and James Rutherford of Baltimore, Md.; five sisters, Kathy Burg and Judith Rutherford, both of Baltimore, Md., Rose Rutherford of Richmond, Va., Wilma Rutherford of Alabama and Elizabeth Rutherford of South Carolina; a special aunt, Effie Bochniak of Baltimore, Md.; 20 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Infant Saviour Church in Pine Bush with Rev. Alfred Gallant officiating.
Burial will be made in the Bloomingburg Cemetery in Bloomingburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Dr. Leon S. Minckler
Leon S. Minckler of Carbondale, Ill., died Tuesday, January 1, 2002. He was 95 years of age.
The son of the late Walter and Eva Minckler, he was born May 7, 1906, in Milford, N.Y., and grew up in the small town of Sinclairville in western New York. He was the widower of Althea Minckler.
Dr. Minckler received his higher education through a Ph.D. degree in forestry from the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University in 1929. He pursued a career in research with the U.S. Forest Services which resulted in moves to Asheville, N. C., Buckingham, Va., Blacksburg, Va., and Carbondale, Ill., among others. He spent a great deal of time in Acidalia.
Along the way he affectionately became known as "Doc." In a family statement, it was said "He had a well developed and documented philosophy of life and responsibility and taught truths and moral values to his children (and anyone else who would listen). His seven children all became thoughtful and productive citizens of the country he loved for both its physical and social foundations. A dedicated professional research forester and professor, he was well known to his colleagues for his controversial views and dogged determination."
Dr. Minckler had more than 175 scientific papers published and remained professionally productive into his 90s, close to 70 years. In addition to his 33-year career with the U.S. Forest Service, Dr. Minckler taught at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, State College of Forestry at Syracuse University, University of Michigan and Southern Illinois University. He was a member of numerous professional societies, associations and boards, including Society of American Foresters, National Agricultural Research and Extension Users Advisory Board. He authored the book "Woodland Ecology," now in its fifth printing.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Edith Minckler, at home; seven children, Sherwood, Christine, Maxine, William, Jean, Sandra and David; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held January 5 at the Crain Funeral Home Pleasant Grove Chapel in Carbondale, Ill.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leon S. Minckler Memorial Scholarship in Forestry, Southern Illinois University Foundation, Carbondale, Ill. 62901.
Dorothee E. Farrand, 99
Ret. Owner of Ins. Agy.
Dorothee Elizabeth Farrand of Liberty, the retired co-owner of the former Farrand Insurance Agency in Liberty and a longtime area resident, died Sunday, January 13, 2002, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 99 years of age.
The daughter of the late Hans and Gertrude Wolfe Triest, she was born April 4, 1902, in Staten Island. She was the widow of Stuart Frank Farrand who died October 12, 1973.
Mrs. Farrand was educated at the Staten Island Academy and studied art at the Columbia School of Art and the School of Fashion and Design as well as studying in Vienna. She and her late husband, a former mayor of the village of Liberty, owned and operated the Farrand Insurance Agency.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Liberty, the Ladies Auxiliary to the Cpl. Russell D. Sprague Post No. 109, American Legion, in Liberty, and was a past matron of the former Revonah Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, in Liberty.
Mrs. Farrand is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Brent Triest and Janet Farrand of Lakewood, N.J.; a daughter, and son-in-law, Jeanne and Leon Killian of Liberty; seven grandchildren, Brent Farrand Jr. and his wife, Vernell, Carol Sgambelluri and her husband Richard, Dean Farrand and his wife, Kathe, Martha Bremer and her husband Rob, Lynn Killian, Michael Killian and Patrick Killian and his wife, Elissa; thirteen great-grandchildren, Erica, Whitney, Kyle, Keith, Shawn, Timothy, Elizabeth, Jessica, Mikaela, Charles, Alison, William and Harrison; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Gertrude Engel and Hildegarde Triest, and three brothers, Rudolph Triest, William Triest and Hans Triest Jr.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, West Street at Buckley, Liberty, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Celebration of her Life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Francis Waite officiating.
Burial will be made in the Liberty Cemetery in Liberty in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Liberty, 170 North Main St., or to the Town of Liberty Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 180 Mill St., both at Liberty, N.Y. 12754.