January 25, 2002
Rosary Service for
Mary O'Dwyer Bray
A Rosary Service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2002, for Mary O'Dwyer Bray who died Tuesday, January 15, in Massachusetts at the age of 85. Following the service, an Irish Wake will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Aden Road in Liberty.
A Memorial Mass for Mrs. Bray will be offered at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, 26 North Main St., Liberty.
John T. Evans Jr.
Ret. Treasurer, 81
John T. Evans Jr. of Forestburgh, a retired treasurer of the VanEtten Oil Co. in Monticello and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, January 23, 2002, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 81 years of age.
The son of the late Agnes M. and John T. Evans Sr., he was born January 3, 1921, in Forestburgh.
A World War II Army veteran, Mr. Evans was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Monticello.
He is survived by a niece, Evelyn M. Parks, a grand-niece, Susan L. Parks, a grand-nephew and his wife, Thomas M. and Dana Parks, and their children, Taylor and Meredith, all of Forestburgh. He was predeceased by a sister, Bee E. Cross.
Friends may call at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 195 Broadway, Monticello, on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Ninon Hutchinson officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Private burial of the cremains will be made in the Forestburgh Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, 15 St. John St., Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Clinton F. Long
Ret. Dairy Farmer, 78
Clinton F. "Red" Long of Hortonville, a retired dairy farmer and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, January 22, 2002, at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. He was 78 years of age.
The son of the late Alfred and Harriet Schaeffer Long, he was born March 15, 1923, in the Long family farmhouse in Callicoon.
A member of the first graduating class of the Delaware Valley Central School in Callicoon in 1940, he was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving with the SEABEEs. While in school, he participated on the baseball, track, football and basketball teams and was instrumental in their capture of all of the league championships of 1938 and 1939.
Mr. Long was a member of the Sullivan County Extension Service, the Sullivan County Farm Bureau, Farm and Home Administration and a member of the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Grace Weiss Long, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Edward Sipple of Minnesota; two sons and daughters-in-law, Chris and Betty Long and Philip and Brenda Long, all of Callicoon; five grandchildren, Brian Sipple and Garrett Sipple and his wife, Elizabeth, all of Minnesota, Ian Long and Erica Long, both serving in the U.S. Army, and Kellie Long of Callicoon; three step-grandchildren, Rebecca Sykes of Cortland, James Sykes of Ohio and Jason Sykes, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard in Philadelphia, Pa.; a brother, Robert Long of Hagamen; two sisters, Edna Wagner of Youngsville and Betty Kulakosky of Oxford; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Alan Wachter officiating.
Burial will be made in the Hortonville Cemetery in Hortonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Eibertje Rapp, 56
Eibertje "Ellie" Rapp of Monticello, an administrative secretary at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris for 23 years, died Wednesday, January 23, 2002, at her home. She was 56 years of age.
The daughter of Aaltje Busser and the late Willem Busser, she was born June 15, 1945, in Garderen, Holland.
Mrs. Rapp was an active member of the First Church of Monticello, Presbyterian, and a member of the Monticello Grange.
She is survived by her husband, John W. Rapp, at home; a daughter, Karen, and a son and daughter-in-law, John and Emily Rapp, all of Monticello; two grandchildren, Lianna and Gillian; her mother and a sister and brother-in-law, Gerda and Chuck Krogslund, all of Middletown; several nephews; a host of relatives in the United States and in Holland; and many close friends.
There will be no visitation.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the First Church of Monticello, Presbyterian, Broadway and Jones St., Monticello, with the Rev. Alex McLean officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of Monticello, Broadway & Jones St., Monticello, N.Y. 12701 or to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello.
Thomas A. Sprague
Thomas A. Sprague of Liberty, an electrician at the Sullivan Correctional Facility in Woodbourne and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, January 22, 2002, at his home. He was 39 years of age.
The son of Donald H. Sprague and the late Beverly Genedlis Sprague, he was born October 8, 1962, in Liberty.
Mr. Sprague was a member and a past president of Liberty Hose and Truck Company #2.
He is survived by his father and stepmother, Donald H. and Gloria Sprague of Livingston Manor; his wife, Sara Dermer Sprague, a daughter, Elizabeth and a son, Jonathan, all at home; two sisters, Maxine Pedro and Rose Sprague of Liberty; two brothers, Michael Sprague of Livingston Manor and Robert Sprague of Hurleyville; a stepbrother, Philip Sprague of N.D.; a stepsister, Victoria Sprague of North Carolina; and several nephews and a niece.
A memorial service was held Thursday at the Joseph H. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello with Rabbi Irwin Tanenbaum officiating.
Ronald F. Girourd
Ret. Hotelman, 63
Ronald F. Girourd of Monticello, retired from the hotel business and an active volunteer at TOM's Soup Kitchen in Monticello, died Saturday, January 19, 2002, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 63 years of age.
Mr. Girourd attended the Church of the Nazarene in Rock Hill.
In a family statement, it was said, "He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. His 'family' has the 'Blessed Assurance' that we meet again one day."
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Nazarene, Katrina Falls Rd., Rock Hill, with the Rev. Roy Shaffer officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Monticello.
Marilyn A. Kaempfe
Bank Employee, 60
Marilyn A. Kaempfe of Monticello, an employee of various banks in the area and a longtime area resident, died Tuesday, January 22, 2002, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 60 years of age.
The daughter of the late John and Ina Hickey Geran, she was born August 3, 1941, in New York City.
Mrs. Kaempfe attended St. Peter's Church in Monticello.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Ronald Kaempfe, at home; two sons, Scott and his wife, Amy Kaempfe of Townsend, Mass., and Craig Kaempfe and his girlfriend, Christine DeSimone of Chesapeake, Va.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Dennis and Lee Geran of Hockessin Hunt, Del., and John and Pat Geran of Clarkston, Mich.; a sister-in-law, Carol Geran of Kansas City, Mo.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 195 Broadway, Monticello on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday at St. Peter's Church, Broadway and Liberty Streets, Monticello.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 35 Orchard St., White Plains, N.Y. 10603.
Robert McKeon Sr.
Utilities Plant Oper., 55
Robert J. McKeon Sr. of South Fallsburg, a utilities plant operator for the Town of Fallsburg and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, January 22, 2002, at his home. He was 55 years of age.
The son of the late Edward and Dorothy Wirth McKeon, he was born May 23, 1946, in New Rochelle.
Mr. McKeon was a former member of the Rock Hill Fire Department, the Makindo Hunting Camp and the True Sportsmen Hunting Camp. He was also a member of the Nugget Dart League, Dutch's Dart League and the Woods Pond Trap League.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Ann Marie McKeon, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert J. Jr. and Hope McKeon of Woodridge; a daughter, Donna McGee of Melbourne Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Dorothy Jackson of Rock Hill and Linda Smith of Monticello; two grandchildren, Corey and Ryan; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 195 Broadway, Monticello.
Burial will be made in the Fallsburg Cemetery in Fallsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Sullivan County, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Nancy F. Wilson, 51
Nancy F. Wilson of Narrowsburg, an insurance broker and manager for the Narrowsburg office of Mike Pries, Inc., and a 26-year area resident, died Tuesday, January 22, 2002, at the Marian Community Hospital in Carbondale, Pa. She was 51 years of age.
The daughter of James Earl Wilson and the late Elva Brown Wilson, she was born May 23, 1950, in McKeesport, Pa.
She is survived by her father of West Newton, Pa.; a daughter, Christine Casey of Fallsdale, Pa.; a son, David Casey of Narrowsburg; three sisters, Karen Davis of Trafford, Pa., Ellen Pawlowski of Cranberry Twp., Pa., and Elsie Wilson of Glenshaw, Pa.; three nephews; and a niece.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg with the Rev. Steven Knutsen officiating.
Interment will be made in the Glen Cove Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Narrowsburg Fire Department or to the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corps, both at Narrowsburg, N.Y. 12764.
Dr. of Psychology
Dr. Norma L. Newmark of Boca Raton, Fla., a resident of Bloomingburg from 1972 to 1995, died Saturday, December 29, 2001, at her home in Florida.
The daughter of the late Samuel and Etta Lippman, she was born in New York City.
Dr. Newmark attended Hunter High School and Hunter (Lehmann) College. She held a Ph.D in Psychology from New York University. Her teaching career included professional and department head positions at City University of New York and Fordham University. She co-authored a college text on housing and lectured and led study groups worldwide, including pioneering visits to China and the Middle East. She founded and was a partner in the non-profit Association for Family Improvement in Middletown.
Throughout her life, Dr. Newmark was a leader in civic, cultural and political affairs and in the promotion of improved interfaith and interracial relations. She was the founding president of the Bronx County Society for Mental Health.
In a family statement, it was said, "Norma lived life to the fullest, and was devoted to enriching the lives of her family, friends, students and clients."
She is survived by a daughter, Marian Parker of Brookline, Mass.; a son and daughter-in-law, Alexander and Jessica Newmark of Lynchburg; three grandchildren, Rachel and Jim Paul of Chesterfield, Mo., Daniel Parker of San Diego, Calif., and Randolph and his wife, Laura Parker, of Encino, Calif.; three great-grandchildren, Sophia Paul and David and Lewis Parker.
Services were held in Florida.
Memorial contributions may be made to a hospice or community health care facility of one's choice.
Ret. Legal Secy., 73
Gertrude "Gert" Mae Horton Parsons of Salisbury Mills, a retired legal secretary for the Jane Gilman Law Office and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, January 21, 2002, at the Cornwall Hospital in Cornwall. She was 73 years of age.
The daughter of the late Stephen and Catherine Walsh Horton, she was born September 10, 1928, in Goshen. She was the widow of Frank C. Parsons.
Mrs. Parsons was a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Newburgh and St. Mary's in Washingtonville. She graduated from the Katharine Gibbs School.
In a family statement, it was said, "We were so often told by those who met our Mom what a nice lady she was. Nice just begins to describe her. She was a lady of enormous faith, never-ending love and incredible strength. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Our sadness and grief is indescribable but the memories we've formed while living life together will carry with us eternally. We celebrate a life lived, not the heartbreak of a life lost and look forward to our reunion with her in heaven."
Mrs. Parsons is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Christy and John Bolsenbroek of Salisbury Mills, Mary and James Ness, currently stationed in Germany, Roseanne and Mark Thorn of Pennsylvania and Beth and Paul of Montgomery; two sisters-in-law, Claire Cirone and Rhoda Nacrelli; eight grandchildren, Christopher and Stephen Bolsenbroek, Marielle and Jonathan Ness, Matthew and Catherine-Rose Thorn and Rebekah and James Haug; two nieces, Jill Chant Schular of Port Jervis and Cathy Chant Walker of Scottsville; and two nephews, Joseph Cirone of Wurtsboro and Jerry Horton of North Carolina. She was predeceased by a brother, James, a sister, Loretta, and three grandchildren, Gabriel Ness and Elizabeth and Louise Haug.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Newburgh with the Rev. John Vondras officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wurtsboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Church, 145 Benkard Ave., Newburgh, N.Y. 12550; St. Mary's Church, 2 Tierney Circle, Washingtonville, N.Y. 10992; or the Cornwall Hospital, Attn.: Community Relations, 9 Laurel Ave., Cornwall, N.Y. 12518.
James Nichols Jr., 53
Owned SuperValu Foods
James Nichols Jr. of Voorheesville, a former Callicoon resident and former 17-year employee of Peck's Market in Callicoon, died in a swimming accident on Saturday, January 19, 2002, while vacationing in Grand Cayman Island. The vacation was in celebration of his wife's 50th birthday. He was 53 years of age.
The son of the late James and Nora Nichols, he was born October 1, 1948, in Newark, N.J.
A graduate of Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, he was involved in the grocery business all of his life, starting at the age of 16 in his local A&P. While employed at Peck's, he helped organize an employee purchase of the chain stores when the owner retired. He served as Peck's president and CEO for a period of time. Moving to Voorheesville, Jim and his wife, Elaine, realized a dream come true when they opened SuperValu Foods there in 1995. The success of the store was a direct result of Jim's friendly ways and strong sense of citizenship.
An avid baseball fan who rooted for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he was also the player/manager of Peck's Penguins softball team, leading them to many trophies at area tournaments during a ten-year period from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.
Mr. Nichols also enjoyed the outdoors, especially canoeing and hiking to the tops of the highest mountains. He was a member of the Voorheesville United Methodist Church, the New Scotland Kiwanis Club, the Sons of the American Legion and the Voorheesville Rod and Gun Club.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine Dell' Armo Nichols, at home; two daughters, Kjersti Nichols of Brooklyn and Kelsey Nichols of Voorheesville; three sons, Jaret, Jordan and Tyler Nichols, all of Voorheesville; four sisters, Penny Fields of Illinois, Vicki Beam of Pennsylvania, Shirley Richa of Maryland and Susan Best of the state of New York; two brothers, William Nichols of North Carolina and John Nichols of Utah; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at St. Matthew's Church, Mountainview St., Voorheesville, on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Services will be held at the church at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jim Nichols Memorial Fund (to be used for community needs), P.O. Box 557, Voorheesville, N.Y. 12186.
Dorothy Nadler, 101
Dorothy "Dot" Nadler of Jeffersonville, a retired interior decorator and more recently a resident at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home in Roscoe, died Friday, January 18, 2002, at the nursing home. She was 101 years of age.
The daughter of the late Manuel and Bascia Hamburg Luria, she was born in New Haven, Conn., in May of 1900.
She was educated at Washington Irving High School and New York University in Manhattan. She was employed as an artist for a leading greeting card manufacturer right out of high school. As early as the 1920s she had a needlework shop.
A longtime resident of Tenafly, N.J., she moved to Jeffersonville after the death of her husband, Harry, in 1969. Known for her quick wit and eagerness for a good fight, she wrote a controversial column, "Dot's Corner," for the Sullivan County Democrat about 15 years ago. She also had opened a variety store in Jeffersonville where she taught arts and crafts to senior citizens.
She also authored "Reflections of Our Times," which sold out in three months, and Mrs. Nadler is listed in the 1986 edition of "Who's Who of Authors and Poets." In 1985 she had 50 poems in the American Anthology of Poems with John Frost, grandson of Robert Frost. Mrs. Nadler was named Senior Artist of Sullivan County several times. She was a member of the National American and International Poet Libraries.
In New Jersey, Mrs. Nadler was associated with an orphanage that gave scholarships to children that were above average in high school. In 18 years, close to 50 children were subsidized and the only requirement was that, when earning money, they would take on other orphans for free.
After retiring from the retail business, she continued working for the community as a volunteer for the Sullivan County Office of the Aging where she taught art until well into her nineties. Many members of the family had lived and worked in this area and the Nadlers always considered Jeffersonville their second home.
Mrs. Nadler was a charter member of the Albert College of Medicine and president for seven years of the women's division of the University of New York. She was a past vice president of the Engelwood (NJ) Chapter of B'nai B'rith and served as a fund-raising chairman. She was twice a million dollar fund-raiser for the bonds in the 1940s for the Fifth Avenue Mercantile League. In the 1970s, Mrs. Nadler had a lending library for children until a bookmobile was organized.
She was a member of Achvah Shalom Synagogue in Jeffersonville and a member of Temple Sinai in New Jersey where there will be services and the unveiling of a memorial plaque on the Temple Wall. Her body was donated to science at the Syracuse University School of Medicine, with the remains to be cremated.
Mrs. Nadler is survived by a son Morton Nadler of Blacksburg, Va. and a daughter, Geraldine "Gerry" Gould of Fair Lawn, N.J. and their respective spouses Isabel Berney and Kenneth Ayres; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sullivan County Office of the Aging, 400 North St., Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
James P. Allen, 87
Ret. Auto Shop Emply.
James Poindexter "Ponny" Allen of Monticello, a longtime area resident, died Sunday, January 20, 2002, at the Seelig Division of Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 87 years of age.
The son of the late James and Alberta Allen, he was born September 21, 1914, in Battles Walf, Ala. He was the widower of Sallie Sibley Allen who died July 31, 1992.
Mr. Allen, known affectionately in his community as "Ponny," worked for many years for Ralph Kerr Buick Motors in Monticello where he washed and detailed new and used automobiles before delivery to customers.
He was a member of the Bethlehem Temple Church in Monticello and the Medgar Evers Craftsman's Club Masonic Lodge, in South Fallsburg.
Mr. Allen is survived by four sons, Cecil and Oswald "Buddy" Allen, both of Monticello, Wayne Rochelle Allen of Boston, Mass., and Ernest Johnson of Cleveland, Ohio; three daughters, Virginia Allen, Leona Allen and Annie Bolden, all of Monticello; a sister, Annie Mae Allen of Battles Walf, Ala.; 39 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and a host of friends.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Bethlehem Temple Church, Fairground Rd., Monticello, with Pastor Mervin Armstead officiating.
Burial will be made in Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Sullivan County Division, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, N.Y. 13220-3049.
Margit Szenes, a resident of New York City and Cochecton, died Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City. She was 72 years of age.
The daughter of the late Gozsef and Rosaria Halipi, she was born December 24, 1929, in Hungary.
Mrs. Szenes is survived by her husband, George Szenes, at home; a son, Laslow Szenes of California; and a grandson, Jason Szenes.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon at 11 a.m. on Saturday with Father Ignatius Smith officiating.
Burial will be made in the East Cochecton Cemetery in Cochecton.