January 22, 2002
Emma Amy Propst
Retired RN, 79
Emma Margaret "Amy" Arbes Propst, R.N., of Honesdale, Pa., died unexpectedly Thursday, January 17, 2002, at the Wayne Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, following a long illness. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late John and Emma Krebber Arbes, she was born May 11, 1922, in Dortmund, Germany. She was the widow of Harry D. Propst, MD, who died October 10, 2001, after 52 years of marriage.
Mrs. Propst's family came to the United States in 1925, when she was 3 years of age.
She was a graduate of Mount Lebanon High School and graduated with high honors with a Registered Nursing Degree from Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Mrs. Propst was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army Air Corps as a First Lieutenant with the Nursing Corps in the Pacific Theatre. She met her husband in Fort Dix, N.J., and they were married July 9, 1949. They moved to Honesdale in 1954 after he completed his surgical residency in Sayre and Blossburg, Pa. Mrs. Propst used her nursing skills in the Wayne Memorial Hospital Emergency Room for many years.
Mrs. Propst was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Honesdale, Pa. She enjoyed her family and grandchildren, was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling internationally. She and her friends had a Canasta Club for many years.
She is survived by a daughter, Sandra Propst-Proctor, M.D.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Peter M. and Janice Propst, Michael J. and Nancy Propst and Harry Deaver and Hayley Propst, Jr., all of Lake Estemerwalt; two brothers, Richard Arbes and Albert Arbes, both of Pittsburgh, Pa.; seven granddaughters, Wyley, Hawley, Ashley and Grace Proctor, Allaina, Kristin and Seneca Propst; seven grandsons, M. Scott and Charles Proctor, Steven, Andrew, Harry Deaver III, Levi and Parker Propst; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, Church St., Honesdale, Pa., with the Rev. Albert A. Chaffee, pastor, officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Maple Hill at Salem Crematory in Archbald, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wayne Memorial Hospital, Harry D. Propst Hospital Family Relief Fund, 601 Park St., Honesdale, Pa. 18431.
Mary R. Elliott
Mary R. Elliott, a nine-year resident of Liberty, formerly of Elmira, and a homemaker, died Thursday, January 17, 2002, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 86 years of age.
The daughter of the late Roy Duffee and Mary Myers Rumbaugh, she was born May 29, 1915, in Clarksburg, W.Va. She was the widow of John Earle Elliott Jr. who died in 1993.
Mrs. Elliott was a member of the Liberty Presbyterian Church, a former treasurer of the Chemung County Meals on Wheels, a member of the Chemung County Red Cross, a member of the Elmira Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a former elder of the Frist Presbyterian Church of Elmira, and a member of various other civic organizations.
She is survived by a son, John "Jack" R. Elliott of St. Charles, Ill; a daughter, Kathryn "Kitty" Fosler of Liberty; a brother, Barton M. Rumbaugh of Pittsburgh, Pa. five grandchildren, J. Eric Fosler-Lossier, Peter E. Fosler, Jessica Fosler, J. Michael Elliott and Jeremy R. Elliott. She was predeceased by a sister, Kathryn Wheeler.
Services were held Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church of Elmira with the Rev. Betsey Crimmins officiating.
Interment was made at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, Gale Rd., Mongaup Valley, N.Y. 12762.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
John C. Pavese
Ret. Businessman, 84
John C. Pavese, a 35-year resident of Monticello and a retired supermarket owner in Emerson, N.J., died Thursday, January 17, 2002, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, after a long illness. He was 84 years of age.
The son of the late Rocco and Concetta Urgo Pavese, he was born January 5, 1918, in Teaneck, N.J. He was the widower of Helen Piela Pavese who died in 1996.
Mr. Pavese is survived by two sons, Charles Pavese and John Pavese, both of Monticello; five grandchildren, Brendan, John Jr., Elizabeth, Maria and Paulina Pavese; two great-grandchildren, Taylor Pavese and Brendan Pavese Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services and burial were held Monday at the Saint Thomas of Aquinas Cemetery in Forestburgh.
Funeral arrangements were made by Ramsay's Funeral Home in Monticello.
Retired RN, 94
Ila Taylor of Liberty, a 15-year area resident and a retired registered nurse, died Friday, January 18, 2002, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 94 years of age.
The daughter of the late Charles and Dessie McCray Pertelle, she was born September 2, 1907, in Conway, S.C . She was the widow of Arthur Hughes and John Taylor.
Mrs. Taylor was a communicant of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Liberty and a member of its Rosary Society; and a member of Friendly Widows of Philadelphia, Pa. She enjoyed cooking, traveling and crocheting.
She is survived by two grandsons and their wives, Anthony and Helen Dais of Greenbelt, Md., and Alistair and Barbara Dais of Baltimore, Md.; two granddaughters, Alyssa Solis and her husband, Faoron, of Landover, Md., and Alana Dais of Shandelee; six great-grandchildren, Alyson, Abigail, Antoinette, Cameron, Alixx and Trey; and many dear friends and neighbors. She was predeceased by two daughters and sons-in-law, Helen and Simmie Bellamy and Azalee and Alfred Dais.
Funeral services were private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Day Care Program at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center, Sunset Lake Rd., Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty.
Mae E. Titmas
Ret. Wirewoman, 79
Mae E. Titmas of Swan Lake, a retired wirewoman with AT&T, Western Electric of Fairlawn, N.J., and a longtime area resident, died Friday, January 18, 2002, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late Frank and Fannie Andelora Nies, she was born April 11, 1922, in Paterson, N.J.
She is survived by her husband, Gordon J. Titmas, at home.
Funeral services were private.
Burial was made in the Laurel Grove Cemetery in New Jersey.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty.
Alyn B. Morgans
Alyn B. Morgans of Liberty, a homemaker and lifelong area resident, died Sunday, January 20, 2002, at the Seelig Division of Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, after a long illness. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Otto and Frieda Ulrich Bitjeman, she was born October 10, 1914, in Brooklyn. She was the widow of Pierson Morgans who died in 1994.
Mrs. Morgan was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, St. Paul's Ladies Aid, the Altar Guild and St. Paul's Choir, all in Liberty. She was also a longtime member of the Town of Liberty Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the Family Care Council at the Sulllivan County Adult Care Center, both in Liberty.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Lynn and Peg Morgans of Liberty; three grandchildren, Christopher Morgans and his wife, Linda Argentati, Shawn Morgans and his wife, Mary, and Laurie Morgans; two great-grandchildren, Kevin and Kelsey Morgans. She was predeceased by a daughter, Reneé Morgans and a brother, Wilbert Bitjeman.
Friends may call on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 South Main St., Liberty.
Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Chestnut St., Liberty, with the Rev. Audrey Petersen officiating.
Burial will be made in the Liberty Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Chestnut St., or the Family Care Council at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center, both at Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Irene B. Martine
Ret. Seamstress, 90
Irene B. Martine of Middletown, a retired seamstress at the Manhattan Shirt Factory and a longtime area resident, died Sunday, January 20, 2002, at the Middletown Park Manor Nursing Home in Middletown. She was 90 years of age.
The daughter of the late Clarence and Jeanette LaForge Montanya, she was born October 8, 1911, in Wallkill. She was the widow of Joseph Martine who died in April of 1998.
In a family statement, it was said, "Her love of family and her compassion for others will never be forgotten. She was instrumental in founding the signing services for the deaf at Trinity Assembly of God Church where she was an active member."
She is survived by five sons, Joseph Martine and Walter Martine, both of the state of Florida, and Richard Martine, Harry Martine and Earl Martine, all of Middletown; and a daughter, Betty Knight of Bloomingburg. She was predeceased by a son, David Martine who died in October of 1995, two sisters and a brother.
Friends may call at the Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Ave., Middletown, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 8 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Jerry Bricker of the Trinity Assembly of God Church, officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Burial of the cremains will be made at a later date in the family plot in Athens, N.Y.
David T. Clark
Social Adm. Rep., 40
David T. Clark of New Windsor, a grievance representative of Social Administration of the State of New York, died Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at the Cortland Memorial Hospital. He was 40 years of age.
The son of Olive Sastram Clark and the late Joseph Clark, he was born April 13, 1961, in Connecticut.
He is survived by his mother of the state of Florida; two sons, Bryan Clark of Cuddebackville and Erik Clark of Walden; two brothers, Thomas Clark and Joseph Clark Jr.; three sisters, JoAnn Nannini of Newburgh, Virginia Clark of South Fallsburg and Theresa Muilligan of Ellenville; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services and burial were held Monday at Calvary Cemetery in New Windsor with Msgr. John Budwick officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick's Church, 55 Grand St., Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Denis J. Leap, 71
Ret. NYC Police Officer
Denis J. Leap of Otisville, a retired New York City Police Officer and a 30-year area resident, died Saturday, January 19, 2002, at his home. He was 71 years of age.
The son of the late Denis V. and Margaret M. Carroll Leap, he was born September 6, 1930, in New York City.
Mr. Leap was a member of Holy Name R. C. Church in Otisville; American Legion Post No. 151 in Middletown; Knights of Columbus Council #212 in Astoria, Queens; Emerald Society of the New York City Police Department; and the New York City PBA. He was a hockey team coach for the Mid-Orange Flyers and a former Boy Scout Master of Troop 160, St. Francis Parish in Astoria, Queens. He was like a "Big Brother."
A veteran of the Army, he served in the Japan Occupation, had been a steam fitter with Local No. 638 in New York City and was a former volunteer with the Hospice Program in Los Angeles, Calif.
Mr. Leap is survived by his wife, Jean Ward Charbonneau Leap, at home; four sons, Denis V. Leap of Otisville, Kevin M. Leap of Huddleston, Va., Timothy P. Leap of Otisville, and Patrick J. Leap of Forestburgh; a daughter, Jean P. Beairsto of Wawayanda; nine grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Leap, and two sisters, Rose Veronica Mekeel and Margaret Matousek.
A Mass of the Resurrection was offered Monday in Holy Name R.C . Church in Otisville with the Rev. Peter Tran Van Phat officiating.
Burial was made in Holy Name Cemetery in Otisville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Ruth Kellam Hess of Callicoon, a homemaker and lifelong area resident, died Sunday, January 20, 2002, in Kenoza Lake. She was 96 years of age.
The daughter of the late William and Rose Baker Kellam, she was born November 14, 1905, in Abrahamsville, Pa. She was the widow of Elmer Hess.
Mrs. Hess was a member of the Hortonville Presbyterian Church and its Ladies Aid and the Sullivan County Farm and Garden Association in Liberty. She was a longtime member and officer of the the former Hortonville Grange, Patrons of Husbandry.
She is survived by two sons, Roger Hess of Callicoon and Lloyd Hess of Pluckerman, N.J.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Marjorie Doetsch; a daughter-in-law, Norma Hess; eight brothers; a sister and two grandchildren.
There will be no visitation.
Graveside services and burial will be private in the Hortonville Cemetery in Hortonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hortonville Presbyterian Church, c/o Gloria Buddenhagen, P.O. Box 43, Callicoon, N.Y. 12723.
Leah Lenk, 78
Ret. Owner of Market
Leah Lenk, a former resident of Monticello and the former owner and operator of Lenk's Kosher Meat Market in Monticello, died Tuesday, January 15, 2002, in Walnut Creek, Calif. She was 78 years of age.
The daughter of the late Rachel and Marcus Rothenbach, she was born in Minsk, Russia and emigrated to the United States after World War II. She was the widow of Joseph Lenk.
Mrs. Lenk was also a seamstress and worked part-time at the upholstery shop of the Concord Hotel and at the Monticello Laundry. She was a member of the Landfield Avenue Synagogue in Monticello, Hadassah and the Workmen's Circle.
She is survived by two sons, Morris and Marc Lenk; a daughter, Rae Lenk-Eckholm; four granddaughters, Sara and Alison Eckholm, and Monica and Rebecca Lenk, all of northern California; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Temple Beth Hillel, with Cantor Marc Dink officiating.
Burial was made in the Tel Shalom Cemetery in Richmond, California.
Bernadene V. Kellam of Damascus, Pa., died unexpectedly on Thursday, January 17, 2002, in the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa., of natural causes. She was 86 years of age.
The daughter of the late William and Ada Hull Smith, she was born in Tyler Hill. She was the widow of George Kellam who died in 1990.
Mrs. Kellam was a member of the Damascus Methodist Church.
In a family statement, it was said, "Bernadene was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed cooking and caring for her family."
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Murial and Lloyd Eldred of Auburn and Linda and James Metzger of Damascus, Pa.; four grandsons, Douglas Eldred and his wife Linda of Auburn, Randall Eldred and his wife, Lisa, of Skaneateles, Michael Metzger and William Metzger, both of Damascus, Pa.; eight great-grandchildren, Peter, Justin, Jessica, Weston, Jennifer, Kevin, Joshua and Jonathan; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Leo, Vincent, Harry and William Smith, and two sisters, Virginia Welsh and Nina Lilholt.
Private funeral services were held Monday at the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home in Honesdale, Pa., with the Rev. Mark Heiner of the First Baptist Church of Honesdale, officiating.
Burial was made in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Damascus, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Damascus, Damascus, Pa. 18415.
Paul E. Powell
Ret. Farm Worker, 94
Paul E. Powell, a 50-year resident of Monticello and a retired farm worker at the William Rubin Farm in Monticello, died Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty, after a long illness. He was 94 years of age.
The son of the late William D. and Augusta Clauson Powell, he was born July 2, 1907, in Fly Creek.
He is survived by several dear friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello with the Rev. Gene Smith officiating.
Burial will be made in the Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.