March 29, 2002
Ret. Church Secy., 90
Elizabeth Wintermuth of Ossining, a former resident of Callicoon, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at the Bethel Home in Ossining, where she resided the past three years. She was 90 years of age.
The daughter of the late Albert and Emma Mitchell, she was born August 22, 1911, in Brooklyn. She was the widow of George Wintermuth who died in June of 1999.
Mrs. Wintermuth was raised in Callicoon. She moved back to Brooklyn and attended the Wilfred Beauty Academy to become a hair stylist. She won first prize in the New York State styling competition. She also attended night school secretarial courses. After her marriage in 1935, she lived as a homemaker in Brooklyn.
She was Worthy High Priestess of Jerusalem Chapter #19, Order of the White Shrine, in White Plains in 1951. Mrs. Wintermuth was secretary at St. Bartholomew's Church in White Plains for 20 years.
The Wintermuths moved to Callicoon to her parents' former residence in 1970 and two years later they purchased a winter home in Ocala, Fla.
Mrs. Wintermuth was Worthy Matron of St. Tammany Chapter #492, Order of the Eastern Star in 1974, and was a communicant of St. James Episcopal Church in Callicoon.
She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Elsbeth Wintermuth of Mill Creek, Wash., George A. and Judy Wintermuth of Chappaqua, and Kenneth and Mary Wintermuth of White Plains; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church in Callicoon on Saturday, June 22, at 11 a.m.
Brian G. Hetzel
SPCA Employee, 55
Brian Guy Hetzel of Rock Hill, an employee at the Sullivan County SPCA in Rock Hill, died Monday, March 25, 2002, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, after a brief illness. He was 55 years of age.
The son of the late Herman and Frances Gibson Hetzel, he was born January 29, 1947, in Englewood, N.J.
He attended Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood.
In a family statement, it was said, "Brian will be remembered for his kind and generous spirit, his big-heartedness towards others and his enormous love for animals. He especially enjoyed caring for animals that were homeless and in need of the love he had to share. Many of his friends in the Sullivan County area became his 'family.' He will be terribly missed by his family and numerous friends."
He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Ellen and Thomas Nolan of Mahopac; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Bruce and Ellen Hetzel of Ringwood, N.J., Andrew and Bobbie Jean Hetzel of Milton, Fla., and Alan and Mary Hetzel of Barnegat, N.J.; five nieces, including his godchild Kristen Nolan-Winsko, and Erin Nolan, Lauren Nolan Maguire, Kim Hetzel and Danielle Hetzel Struble; and five nephews, Andrew Hetzel Jr., Scott Hetzel, Thomas Nolan, Alan C. Hetzel and Joshua Hetzel.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello, on Friday from noon to 2 p.m.
Services will be held at the funeral home at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Robert Nadelen officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sullivan County SPCA, 104 Rock Hill Dr., Rock Hill, N.Y. 12775.
Ret. Railroad Clerk, 95
Margaret Anna Jung Edwards of Liberty, a retired railroad clerk for the Long Island Railroad and a retired bookkeeper for several local businesses, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at the Walnut Mountain Care Center in Liberty. She was 95 years of age.
The daughter of the late August and Ida Stegman Jung, she was born March 18, 1907, in Lynbrook. She was the widow of Bryon Edwards.
She is survived by a son, John Edwards of Blountville, Tenn.; three daughters, Alice Kinne of Cleveland, Tenn., Joan Barry of Thayer, Md., and Frances Bowers of Binghamton; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Services were held at the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty on Thursday with Mary Gray, branch president of the Liberty Division of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, officiating.
Burial was made in Laurel Hill Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs.
Ret. Bellhop, 80
Edward Erving Fishler of Monticello, a former bellhop at the Concord Hotel in Kiamesha Lake and a longtime area resident, died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at the Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie. He was 80 years of age.
The son of the late Joseph and Esther Osofsky Fishler, he was born February 4, 1922, in New York City.
Mr. Fishler was a World War II veteran and a member of the Knights of Pythias.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Miriam Kuller Fishler of New Windsor; a son and daughter-in-law, Mitchell and Flower Fishler of Kiamesha Lake; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jill and Mark Eckerling of Indianapolis, Ind., and Fawn and Joe Accettura of New Windsor; and four grandchildren, Alexa, Vincent, David and Tracy.
Services were held Tuesday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, 186 Broadway, Monticello with Cantor Endre Stamler officiating.
Burial will be made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Ret. Truck Driver, 62
Donald L. Roberts of Middletown, a 5-year area resident and a former truck driver for J.B. Hunt Transport Company Inc., in Ossining, died Friday, March 22, 2002, in New Windsor. He was 62 years of age.
The son of the late Carroll Austin and June Carolyn Peasley Roberts, he was born November 22, 1939, in Northfield, Maine.
Mr. Roberts attended and graduated from Washington Academy in East Machias, Maine, and was a retired Chief Petty Officer of the United States Navy, serving from 1959 to 1979.
He is survived by his wife, Sheila Sahr Roberts, at home; three daughters, Misty Blanchard of Schenevus, N.C., Christy Canane of Machias, Me., and Dorothy Riley of Highland Falls; ten grandchildren; a twin brother, Richard Roberts of Maine; a sister, Marie Gross of Bloomingburg; and other relatives and friends.
There were no services.
Cremation was private.
Ret. Van Driver, 50
George Schnakenberg of Barryville, a lifelong area resident and a former van driver for Veritas Inc. in Barryville, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at his home. He was 50 years of age.
The son of Georgette VanInwegen Schnakenberg St. John and the late Melvin Schnakenberg, he was born June 24, 1951, in Ellenville.
In a family statement, it was said, "George was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed classic cars, but most of all loved spending time with his family."
He is survived by his wife, Tammy Donahue Schnakenberg, at home; three daughters, Tina Didrich of Virginia, and Brandi Jo Schnakenberg and Kylie Schnakenberg, both at home; his mother and step-father, Charles St. John of Dunedin, Fla.; a granddaughter, Katlyn Didrich; his mother-in-law and step-father-in-law, Jo and Ray Ingold of Glen Spey; and his father-in-law, John Donahue of Narrowsburg.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the Sparrowbush United Methodist Church in Sparrowbush with the Rev. Daniel Kantenwein officiating.
Burial will be made in the Glen Spey Cemetery in Glen Spey.
George Davidson Jr., 78
George R. Davidson Jr. of Old Town, Fla., a former resident of Jeffersonville and Fort Montgomery, died Saturday, March 23, 2002, at his home. He was 78 years of age.
The son of the late George R. Sr. and Susie McCafferty Davidson, he was born April 29, 1923, in Rome, N.Y. He was the widower of Catherine T. Donnery Davidson who died in 1981.
A U.S. Marine veteran of World War II, he was engaged in the Pacific Campaign.
Mr. Davidson is survived by his wife, Sharon Jordan Davidson of Florida; six children, Susan Holbert of Lackawaxen, Pa., George R. Davidson III of Jeffersonville, Theresa Curtis of Texas, Robert Davidson of Hollister, Calif., Erich Davidson and Cathy Davidson, both of Quakertown, Pa.; nine grandchildren; a great-grandchild, Madeleine Walter of Yulan; a brother, Robert Davidson of Hacks Point, Md.; two sisters, Mary Keene and Janet Caldwell of Havre de Grace, Md.; two sisters-in-law, Mary H. Donnery and Dorothy Donnery, both of Highland Falls; and several nephews and nieces in Maryland and Highland Falls.
A memorial service will be held at the Lackawaxen House in Lackawaxen, Pa., on Saturday, April 6, at 1 p.m.
Local arrangements were made by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville.