April 16, 2002
Grace E. Vogler
Grace Ellen Vogler of North Branch, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Thursday, April 11, 2002, at her home. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Martin and Christina Busch Sommer, she was born March 8, 1915, in North Branch. She was the widow of Walter Vogler.
Mrs. Vogler was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in North Branch and the Frauen Verein of the Church, the Jeffersonville Senior Citizens and the Delaware Valley Senior Citizens in Callicoon.
She is survived by two sons, Richard Vogler of North Branch and William Vogler of Phoenix, Ariz.; three daughters, Elise Evans of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Joan Tibbetts of North Plainfield, N.J., and Barbara Hess of Raleigh, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be set at a date to be announced.
Burial of the cremains will be in the North Branch Lutheran Cemetery in North Branch.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, North Branch, N.Y. 12766 or to the Upper Delaware Ambulance Corps, Box 238, Hankins, N.Y. 12741.
Rita W. Borofsky
Ret. Admin., 71
Rita White Borofsky of Woodbourne and Loch Sheldrake and a 53-year area resident, died Thursday, April 11, 2002, at her home. She was 71 years of age.
The daughter of the late Nathan and Eva Belitsky White, she was born January 17, 1931, in the Bronx.
Mrs. Borofsky was a retired administrator of the Faculty Student Association of Sullivan County Community College, Advisory Council of the RSVP, Fallsburg Chapter and vice president of the Loch Sheldrake Senior Citizens. She was also a member of the Women's Democratic Committee of Fallsburg, Fallsburg/Woodbourne Chapter of Hadassah, a member of B'nai B'rith, a volunteer at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris and a volunteer for the Fallsburg Library.
She is survived by her husband, Simon Borofsky, at home; a son, Donald Borofsky of Woodland, Calif.; a daughter and son-in-law, Sheri and Jeffrey Skeahan of Greensboro, N.C.; a sister and brother-in-law, Lillian and Bob Fischer of Suffern and Boynton Beach, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Eva Borofsky of Queens and Bertha Borofsky of Sacramento, Calif.; five nieces; 12 nephews; a grandniece; and a cousin, Dr. Abraham George White and Evelyn of Queens; and many friends.
Services were Sunday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello with Rabbi Marvin Goldman officiating.
Burial was made in the Anshe Tzaydik Cemetery in Wawarsing.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Catskill Regional Medical Center Oncology Fund, Bushville Rd., Harris, N.Y. 12742.
May K. Aldag
May K. Aldag of Hurleyville, a homemaker and a longtime area resident, died at her home on Thursday, April 11, 2002, after a long illness. She was 95 years of age.
The daughter of the late Henry and Annie Roesch, she was born September 7, 1906, in New York City.
Mrs. Aldag was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Liberty.
She is survived by two daughters, Dr. May A. Weber, PhD of New York City and Roberta A. Kelly of Hurleyville; a sister, Anne Habersberger of Freeport; four grandchildren, Roberta May Kelly, Kim Moorehead, Dean Webber and Troy Webber; and a great-grandchild, Richard Moorehead.
Services were held Saturday evening at the 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 the First Presbyterian Church of Liberty, South Main St., Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Mary Ms. Mary Peck
School Bus Dr., 68
Mary "Ms. Mary" Peck of Monticello, a school bus driver for the Monticello Central School and a lifelong area resident, died Thursday, April 11, 2002, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown.
She was born June 8, 1933, in Newburgh, one of many children to the Sansavieri family.
She is survived by her husband, George P. Peck, at home; two sons, Richard Gatto of Buffalo Creek, Colo., and Michael Gatto of Marlboro; three daughters, Donna Virga of Naples, Fla., Debra Sansavieri of Marietta, Ga., and Angel Graziano of Salisbury Mills; a stepdaughter, Kimberly Peck of Bloomingburg; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons, Robert and Salvatore.
Services were held Monday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello.
Burial was made in St. Peter's Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tucker Center for Cancer Care, c/o Horton Healthcare Foundation, 60 Prospect Ave., Middletown, N.Y. 10940.
John Lauenstein, 87
Ret. Purchasing Agt.
John W. Lauenstein of Lafayette, a retired purchasing agent for the Benjamin Moore Paint Co. in Montvale, N.J., and a former local resident, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at the VanDuyn Nursing Home in Syracuse. He was 87 years of age.
The son of the late John W. and Berta Forthmann Lauenstein, he was born April 10, 1914, in Brooklyn.
Mr. Lauenstein was a former member of the Community Church of Wurtsboro.
He is survived by his wife, Emmie Louise Lyons Lauenstein, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, John P. and Susan Gilmore Lauenstein of Minneapolis, Minn.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Karla and Warren Miller of Lafayette and Linda and Robert Amorsen of San Diego, Calif.
Services were held Saturday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro with the Rev. Robert Schwander officiating.
Burial was made in the Sylvan Cemetery in Wurtsboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Church of Wurtsboro, P.O. Box 487, Wurtsboro, N.Y. 12790.
Miguel Torres, 28
Miguel A. Torres of South Fallsburg, a longtime area resident, died Friday, April 12, 2002, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 28 years of age.
The son of Primitivo and Olga Iris Santiago Torres, he was born December 29, 1973, in Puerto Rico.
He is survived by his father of South Fallsburg; his mother of Brooklyn; a daughter, Elizabeth Torres of Pennsylvania; four sisters, Mariluz Torres and Maria Torres, both of South Fallsburg, Jacqueline Torres of Ridgewood, N.J. and Janniet Torres of Brooklyn; two brothers, Hector Torres of South Fallsburg and Antonio Torres of Ellenville; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Harris Funeral Home, West Street at Buckley, Liberty, with the Rev. Anthony Black officiating.
Burial will be made in the Old Falls Cemetery in South Fallsburg.
Martha "Mabel" Bernhardt of Kenoza Lake, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, April 12, 2002, at her home. She was 90 years of age.
The daughter of the late Ethel Bauer, she was born April 10, 1912, in Kenoza Lake. She was the widow of Frank Bernhardt who died in 1964.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was known as 'Grandma Mabel' to many families in Kenoza Lake."
Mrs. Bernhardt was a member of the Kenoza Lake United Methodist Church.
She is survived by a cousin, Elizabeth Hohn of Lakewood, Fla.; and many dear friends and neighbors in Kenoza Lake.
Services were held Sunday afternoon at the Kenoza Lake United Methodist Church with Eileen Brey and Pastor Bill Hagerty officiating.
Burial was made in the Kenoza Lake Cemetery in Kenoza Lake.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550 or to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7E, East Syracuse, N.Y. 13057.
Leonard H. Welch
Field Super, 56
Leonard H. Welch of Livingston Manor, a field supervisor for Morgan Contracting Corp. in New York City and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, April 10, 2002, in Queens. He was 56 years of age.
The son of Avery "Toot" and Florence Helms Welch, he was born December 17, 1945, in Livingston Manor.
He is survived by his mother, at home; a sister, Florence Dalby of Livingston Manor; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, John Welch of Livingston Manor, Alfred and Joan Welch of Tampa, Fla., and Richard and Lorraine Welch of Livingston Manor; an aunt, Genevieve Ward of Livingston Manor; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, William Welch.
Services were held Monday at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor with the Rev. Stewart F. Pohlman officiating.
Burial was made in the Lew Beach Cemetery in Lew Beach.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Robert F. Mikulski of Middletown, a former mechanic for Rupp-Southern Tier for 23 years, died Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. He was 54 years of age.
The son of Helen E. Gancarcik Mikulski and the late Andrew F. Gancarcik, he was born July 27, 1947, in Warwick.
Mr. Mikulski was presently working as a senior heavy-duty diesel mechanic at the Orange County Department of Public Works in Goshen. He was on the zoning board in Middletown and served for many years as a winning coach for the Middletown Little League. He was also an active volunteer fireman for 35 years, starting with the Monhagen Hose Co. in Middletown and presently with the Silver Lake Fire Company.
In a family statement, it was said, "To know Bob was to love him, he was that special. Anyone who met him walked away a different person, and he touched so many lives. His love and dedication to being a fireman made him our very own special hero. Our grief at this time is tremendous. Losing him so soon is such a heartache, but we know that grief cannot take away the memories of the happiness and love we shared. He will never be far away because that love remains forever in our hearts."
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Mikulski, and two daughters, Amanda and Kristy, all at home; his mother of Middletown; a brother and sister-in-law, Andrew Jr. and Anne Mikulski of Westbrookville; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Catherine Ann and Vincent Panaro and Deborah and Arthur Fowler, all of Middletown; and several in-laws, nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Middletown.
Burial was made in the Bloomingburg Cemetery in Bloomingburg.