February 12, 2002
John A. McGill Jr.
Ret. Hardwareman, 67
John Allen McGill Jr. of Grahamsville, a lifelong area resident, a retired hardware store owner and a former employee of Avon Products in New York City, died Monday, January 28, 2002, at his home, after a long battle with cancer. He was 67 years of age.
The son of the late John Allen Sr. and Evelyn Brooks McGill, he was born June 24, 1934, in Nyack. He was the grandson of the late Helen Howard and William Edward Brooks and Patrick and Mary Edith Bowden McGill and was a ninth generation American.
Mr. McGill was a 3-year veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Far East Asia in both the U.S. Army Map Service and Army Intelligence. He was an exempt member of the W.S. Johnson Fire Department in Garnerville.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Marion Bissert McGill, at home; a brother-in-law, Fred Bissert of Las Vegas, Nev.; two nephews, John Bissert of Colorado and Michael John McGill of Florida; two nieces, Nancy Bissert of Long Island and Valerie Ann McGill of Florida; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Dirk John McGill and a sister, Linda Evelyn McGill.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mr. McGill donated his body to the Albany Medical College.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, Center St., Ellenville, N.Y. 12428; the Garnerville Methodist Church, Bridge St., Garnerville, N.Y. 10923 or to Hospice, Inc., 34 Broadway, Kingston, N.Y. 12401.
Franklyn Smith of Cochecton died Monday, February 11, 2002, at his home.
Funeral arrangements are being made by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville and were incomplete at press time.
Ret. Businessman, 78
Frank "Sonny" Leslie Sherwood of Liberty, a lifelong area resident and the retired owner of the 4 Corners Inn in Liberty, died Wednesday, February 6, 2002, at his home. He was 78 years of age.
The son of the late R. Leslie and Eva Norris Sherwood, he was born May 24, 1923, in Swan Lake.
A World War II veteran, serving in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945, he was a member of the Clarence Hoyt Post No. 9217, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a charter member of the Catskill Chapter 583, International Order of Old Bastards, both in Liberty.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Hilda Somers of Liberty; a son, Richard Sherwood of Chicago, Ill; a stepson, Randy Somers of Anchorage, Alaska; two stepdaughters, Karen Ottino of Liberty and Kristeen Murtagh of Downington, Pa.; a brother-in-law, Jay Cross of Clearwater, Fla.; three sisters, Jennie Nolan of Deerfield Beach, Fla., Emmogene Travis of Liberty and Isabelle Freer of Delhi; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a daughter, Jean C. Sherwood, and a granddaughter, Dawn Marie Roy.
Services were held Saturday at Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty with the Rev. Donna Lepsky officiating.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Erna Juergensen of Damascus, Pa., a retired housekeeper at the Grover M. Hermann Division of Community General Hospital in Callicoon, died Friday, February 8, 2002, at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. She was 88 years of age.
The daughter of August and Sophie Preis Petersen, she was born September 6, 1913, in Plon, Germany. She was the widow of Gustav Juergensen.
Mrs. Juergensen was a member of the United Methodist Church of Hankins and a member of the Delaware Valley Senior Citizens.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Gerd A. and Hilda Juergensen of Damascus, Pa.; a daughter, Marita Villicane of Asheville, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Orgenia Bremen of Germany; seven grandchildren; three great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Tuesday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Steve Knutsen officiating.
Burial will be made in Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hankins United Methodist Church, Hankins, N.Y. 12741.
Marion E. Reynolds
Marion E. Reynolds of Roscoe, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, who moved to Florida after retirement and then returned to Roscoe four years ago, died Wednesday, February 6, 2002, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 82 years of age.
The daughter of the late Charles and Alice Dorman Metcalf, she was born April 14, 1919, in Middletown. She was the widow of Edward Reynolds.
Mrs. Reynolds was a past member of the Hurleyville United Methodist Church.
She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Clive and Joyce Metcalf of High Falls; a sister-in-law, Doris Reynolds of Livingston Manor; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Eleanor Sharon.
Cremation was private.
A committal service will be held at the Hurleyville Cemetery in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 102, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601-4027.
Arrangements were made by the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor.
Donald Prowler of Philadelphia, Pa., the son-in-law of Helen Kutsher and the late Milton Kutsher, an award-winning architect, consultant and member of the architectural faculty at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania, died Friday, February 8, 2002, at his home following a bout with kidney cancer. He was 51 years of age.
The son of Millard and Gloria Prowler, he was born November 10, 1950, in the Bronx and grew up in East Meadow, L.I.
His specialty was creating ecologically sound and energy-efficient building designs, passive solar designs and affordable housing. He was a visiting faculty member at Cornell University, and the universities of Virginia, Chicago and Washington. Mr. Prowler had received the prestigious Progressive Architecture Research Award and also an award from Architecture magazine as a co-developer of the publication, "Designing Low-energy Buildings." He won a number of national design awards in his private practice and in 1992 was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Mr. Prowler served as board chairman of the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council from 1994-2000. He met his wife when he was a waiter at Kutsher's Country Club in Monticello. She is the assistant director of communications at the National Adoption Center in Philadelphia.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Mady Kutsher Prowler, at home; two children, Matthew and Rachel Prowler; his parents of Haverford, Pa.; a sister and brother-in-law, Melissa and David Levy of Wynnewood, Pa.; his mother-in-law of Monticello; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mark and Carla Kutsher of Monticello; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Karen and Jeffrey Wilson of Bryn Mawr, Pa.; and seven nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello with Rabbi Ben Zion Chanowitz officiating.
Burial was made in the family plot at the Landfield Avenue Synagogue Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Foundation for Cancer Research in Washington, D.C. or the National Adoption Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
Sally A.R. Kidney
Sally Anne Rombousek Kidney of Wurtsboro, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, February 8, 2002, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. She was 54 years of age.
The daughter of the late Michael Francis and Stella M. Dombrowski Rombousek, she was born November 30, 1947, in Goshen.
Mrs. Kidney was a member of St. John's R.C. Church in Goshen.
She is survived by a son, Thomas J. Kidney of Pine Bush; a brother, Frank J. Rombousek of Fair Oaks; an aunt, an uncle and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Johns R.C. Church, 71 Murray Ave., Goshen.
Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tara Bean Fund-University of Massachusetts/Memorial Medical Center for Bio-Tech, Suite 315, 377 Plantation St., Worcester, Mass. 01605.
Gladys G. Kent
Gladys G. Kent of Monroe, a homemaker and an 8-year area resident, formerly of Greenlawn, died Thursday, February 7, 2002, at her home. She was 83 years of age.
The daughter of the late John Joyce and Mary MacInnis Forand, she was born February 5, 1919, in West Roxbury, Mass. She was the widow of Charles J. Kent.
Mrs. Kent is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Patrick Carsley of Monroe and Marilyn and Tom Bowring of Eldred; a sister, Rita Brady of Medway, Mass.; a granddaughter, Colleen; seven grandsons, Robert, James, Stephen, William, Craig, Daniel and Kevin; and eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Eleanor Williams.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 26 Still Road, Monroe, with the Rev. George Pulparayil officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Huntington.
Ret. Switchman, 89
Vincent L. Theysohn of Callicoon, a retired switchman for the New York Telephone Company in New York City, died Sunday, February 10, 2002, at the Walnut Mountain Care Center in Liberty. He was 89 years of age.
The son of the late Arthur and Anna Keegan Theysohn, he was born January 3, 1913, in New York City.
Mr. Theysohn was a member of Holy Cross Church in Callicoon and the New York Telephone Pioneers of America.
He is survived by his wife, Grace Maguire Theysohn, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Margaret R. and Major General John R. Wood of Alexandria, Va., and Anne M. and Lieutenant General William J. Lennox Jr. of West Point; five grandchildren, Captain Matthew J. Lennox, Lieutenant Andrew J. Lennox, Jonathan W. Lennox, Anne Marie Wood and Margaret Lee Wood.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon with Father Ignatius Smith, OFM, officiating.
Burial will be made in the Holy Cross Section of the Callicoon Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Rex Walter, 69
Ret. Corrections Offc.
Rex Walter of Wawarsing, a retired correctional officer at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility in Napanoch and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, February 10, 2002, at the Ellenville Regional Hospital. He was 69 years of age.
The son of the late Earl and Geraldine Carr Walter, he was born March 15, 1932, in Phoenicia.
Mr. Walter was a member of the Napanoch Fire Company, the Ellenville Elks Lodge #1971 and Wawarsing Lodge #582, Free and Accepted Masons.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force.
Mr. Walter is survived by his wife, Debra Hofsommer Walter, at home; a stepdaughter, Shawna Kelly of Westport, Conn.; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
There will be no visitation.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Loucks Funeral Home with the Rev. Alan Miller officiating.
Cremation will be private with burial of the cremains at a later date.