May 14, 2002
Evergreens Dealer, 78
Richard William Edwards of Parksville, a lifelong area resident and a self-employed evergreens dealer, died at his home on Friday, May 10, 2002. He was 78 years of age.
The son of the late Vernon L. and Anna Conklin Edwards, he was born May 23, 1923, in Parksville.
Mr. Edwards was a Korean War veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Koferl Edwards, at home; five sons, Leslie Edwards and his companion, Elizabeth Jones, of Livingston Manor, Allan Edwards and his companion, Lori Conklin of Callicoon, Zane, Ira and Ivan Edwards, all of Parksville; two daughters, Louise Ann Edwards and her companion, Larry Wilson, of Liberty, and Nancy Brookeroff of Narrowsburg; a daughter-in-law, Danielle Edwards of Livingston Manor; a brother, Elmer Edwards of Parksville; 14 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Leonard Edwards, five brothers, two granddaughters and a grandson.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty.
Burial will be made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
John G. Kyprianou of Monticello, the owner of the Blue Horizon Diner in Monticello, died Friday, May 10, 2002, at his home. He was 40 years of age.
The son of George and Anastasia Orountiodi Kyprianou, he was born February 9, 1962, in Famagusta, Cyprus.
Mr. Kyprianou was a member and past president of the Pangregorian Association and a member of the Monticello Kiwanis Club.
He is survived by his wife, Maria E. Niforatos Kyprianou, and a daughter, Elli K. Kyprianou, both at home; his parents; three brothers, Kypro Kyprianou and his family of New Milford, Conn., Christos Kyprianou and his family of Cyprus, and Peter Kyprianou and his family of Rock Hill; two aunts, Androula Andreou and her family of West Orange, N.J., and Loula Soteriou and her family of Australia; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Steve and Elli Niforatos of Roscoe; a brother-in-law, Tasse Niforatos and his family of Roscoe; and many friends and a caring community.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Gerasimos Greek Orthodox Church in Roscoe with Fathers Peter Karloutsos, John Spilios and Chris Talleos officiating.
Burial will be made in Riverview Cemetery in Roscoe.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Rd., Des Plaines, Ill. 60018 or to the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty.
Tyrone Jackson of Liberty, a student at Liberty Central High School and a student of the Vo-Tech program at Sullivan County BOCES, died suddenly on Thursday, May 9, 2002, at the Seelig Division of Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris as the result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was 18 years of age.
The son of Henry Jackson Sr. and Linda Rodriquez, he was born March 29, 1984 in Harris.
In a family statement, it was said, "Words cannot describe our deep loss. Tyrone was truly loved by everyone and will be deeply missed."
He is survived by his father at home; his mother of Fallsburg; six brothers, Keith Penn of Rock Hill, Gerald Penn of North Carolina, Henry Jackson Jr. of Newburgh, Charles Mack of Liberty, Matthew Rodriquez of Monticello and Elijah Fitts of Fallsburg; six sisters, Jayneen Mills and her husband, Mark, of Liberty, Maryanne Jackson and June Jackson, both at home, Felice Matthews and Dominique Rodriquez, both of Monticello, and Gladys Reeves of Liberty; four aunts, Cindy Burger and Virginia Burger, both of Fallsburg, Rosemary Burger of Kiamesha, and Lillian Vandermark of Livingston Manor; three uncles, Mike Burger and Roy Burger, both of Monticello, and Ralph Burger of Hurleyville; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at noon at the First Presbyterian Church, South Main St., Liberty, with the Rev. James Matthews, pastor of The First Baptist Church in Monticello, officiating.
Burial will be made in the Liberty Cemetery.
Ret. RR Engineer, 83
Robert H. Merring of Titusville, Fla., a retired locomotive engineer for the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad and a former longtime resident of Walden, died Friday, May 10, 2002, in Rockledge, Fla. He was 83 years of age.
The son of the late Harry and Viola Brown Merring, he was born December 15, 1918, in Maybrook.
A World War II Navy veteran, he was a life member of the Maybrook Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association. He was also a member of the Wallkill Rod and Gun Club, the NRA, the Wallkill Lodge No. 627, Free and Accepted Masons, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.
Mr. Merring is survived by his wife of 62 years, Doris E. Cosman Merring of Titusville, Fla.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Olive Merring and Mark and Sara Merring, all of Walden; two daughters, Gail Thurman of Bryan, Tex., and Lee Serwan of Titusville, Fla.; two brothers, Fred Merring of Claryville and LeRoy Merring of Walker Valley; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Ralph Merring, and a sister, Gladys O'Banks.
Memorial services will be held Monday, June 3, at 7 p.m. in the Walden United Methodist Church, 125 West Main St., Walden.
Cremation was made in Florida.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Ret. Food Inspector, 75
Victor Warhaftig of Monticello, a longtime area resident and a retired food inspector for the USFDA, died Friday, May 10, 2002, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. He was 75 years of age.
The son of Gertrude Dorfman Warhaftig and the late Jacob Warhaftig, he was born April 11, 1927, in Elizabeth, N.J.
He is survived by his 103-year-old mother, of Hackensack, N.J.; his wife, Dolores "Dolly" Arnold Warhaftig, at home; a son, Jacob Warhaftig of Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter, Chareise of Oswego; two sisters, Adeline Grossman and Florence Burgum, both of Hackensack, N.J.
Graveside services and burial were held Monday at the Beth-El Cemetery in Westwood, N.J.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
E. Kathryn Pelton
E. (Edna) Kathryn Pelton of Monticello, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, May 10, 2002, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of the late Howard P. and Edna Olmstead Thompson, she was born June 2, 1916, in Monticello. She was the widow of Donald W. Pelton (owner of the Pelton Farms Dairy).
Mrs. Pelton was a life member of the United Methodist Church in Monticello. A musician who played piano with various area dance bands, she and her husband also had an active interest in the Indian Fields Association in Bethel.
She is survived by a son, Walter D. Pelton of Albany; and several nieces and nephews, including Kay Masiello of Burlington Flats. She was predeceased by three sisters, Doris, Ruth and Alice.
Graveside services and burial were held Monday at the Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello with the Rev. Bridgette LeConey officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Monticello, or the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless, both at Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello.
Susie Edwards of Middletown, died Friday, May 10, 2002, at the Park Manor Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Middletown. She was 89 years of age.
The daughter of the late Ralph and Susan Cutler Eck, she was born January 23, 1913, in Lackawack. She was the widow of Amos W. Edwards who died September 9, 1967.
In a family statement, it was said, "Susie was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother as well as a wonderful cook and baker."
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Irene and Frank Garcea of Middletown; a granddaughter and her husband, Deborah and Russell Creeden of Middletown; two great-grandchildren, Amy and Daniel Creeden of Middletown; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Grahamsville United Methodist Church in Grahamsville with the Rev. Lorraine Coscia-Ackerman officiating.
Burial will be made in the family plot in the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery in Grahamsville.
Grace S. Hexter
Ret. Businesswoman, 81
Grace Sher Hexter of Pompano Beach, Fla., died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, in Pompano Beach. She was 81 years of age.
The daughter of the late David and Sadie Jaffa Sher, she was born March 4, 1921, in New York City.
With her family, she moved to Monticello in 1932 and graduated from the Monticello High School. She moved to Middletown in 1939 and assisted her father in his drug store, The Rialto, located on North St. Later she lived in Beloit, Wisc., and then moved to Pompano Beach, Fla., many years ago.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Robert Hexter, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Louise and Ronald Nelson of Lake St. Louise, Mo.; a granddaughter, Lauren Nelson; a grandson, David Hexter of Florida; a sister, Evelyn Sher Isseks of Middletown; and two nephews, Fred and Robert Isseks, both of Middletown. She was predeceased by a son, Edward Hexter, and a grandson, Richard Hexter.
Wayne Fridley Jr.
Wayne Fridley Jr. of Crofton, Md., died April 24, 2002, while on a golf trip to Ireland. He was 51 years of age.
The son of Wayne B. Sr. and Emily Fridley, he was born June 25, 1950, in Seneca Falls.
A graduate of Liberty Central School, Mr. Fridley was a former 17-year mortgage banker with B.F. Saul and has owned and operated Fridley and Associates Mortgage in Annapolis since 1999.
He was a member of the National Association of Mortgage Brokers and the Maryland Association of Mortgage Brokers. He was also president of the Seton Woods Community Association.
An avid golfer, he enjoyed fishing in Canada and was a cigar aficianado.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Mary C. Fridley, at home; his parents of Ft. Pierce, Fla.; two sons, Erik W. and Patrick A. Fridley, both of West River, Md.; a daughter, Angela C. Shellem of Cape St. Claire, Md.; three sisters, Kathleen Tompkins of Saratoga Springs, Diane Turano of Arvada, Colo., and Cynthia McGibbon of Highland, Calif.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Crofton, Md.
Burial was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Ret. Businessman, 79
Leslie Akers of Goshen, a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, May 5, 2002, at the Albert Einstein Hospital in the Bronx. He was 79 years of age.
The son of the late Dwight and Emily Simmons Akers, he was born February 1, 1923, in Fredonia. He was the widower of Catherine Tuthill Akers.
Mr. Akers was a graduate of Washingtonville High School and Cornell University College of Agriculture and worked in the field service for New York Artificial Breeders Cooperative at Cornell. He owned and operated Goshen Electric Co. and was a co-owner of Coles of Washingtonville Inc., retiring in 1989.
Mr. Akers was chairman of the Town of Goshen Zoning Board of Appeals; a council member of the State of New York Department of Health Continuing Care Retirement Community; a member and past master of Goshen Masonic Lodge No. 325; a past committee member of HUB II - Building Retirement Community in Washingtonville; a past chairman of Glen Arden Residents Association and a member of the Glen Arden Resident Delegation. He was also a trustee of Arden Hill Foundation, a member of the National Association Watch and Clock Collectors, a volunteer at the Neversink Valley Area Museum, a past member of the Blooming Grove-Washingtonville Rotary, a member of the University Club in Middletown and a member of Theta Chi Fraternity Lambda Chapter. He was one of the top cattle judges in New York State and judged cattle shows at the NYS fairs. He was also a former Boy Scout Troop leader.
He was active in various groups at Glen Arden, did woodworking and made bluebird houses for the grounds. His hobbies included beekeeping, making and repairing clocks and bird watching.
Mr. Akers is survived by his wife, Agnes Palmer Akers, at home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Eugene and Linda Akers of Rochester, Christopher and Kathy Akers of Rock Hill and Roderick and Laurel Cole of Washingtonville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Robert Carter of Granby, Conn., and Connie and Peter Antona of Goshen; a son-in-law, Peter Gowdey of Washington, D. C.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Annabelle Gowdey.
Services and burial were private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Orange County Land Trust, P.O. Box 2442, Middletown, N.Y. 10940.
Edward G. Hinkley
Ret. RR Conductor, 84
Edward G. "Red" Hinkley of Wurtsboro, a retired conductor for the Penn Central Railroad and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, May 10, 2002, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 84 years of age.
The son of the late Grant and Mary Barker Hinkley, he was born December 27, 1917, in West New York, N.J. He was the widower of Gladys Burlingame Hinkley.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was a member and past commander of American Legion Post #1266 in Wurtsboro and a member of the Lester White Post #566, American Legion, in Livingston Manor. He was also a member of Liberty Lodge No. 1545, BPOE.
He is survived by a daughter, Betty Peters of Callicoon; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Harry and Teri Hinkley of Lowville, James and Linda Hinkley and Roy and Diane Hinkley, all of Sterling Heights, Mich., and Bruce Hinkley of Bradley; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
There will be no visitation.
Graveside services and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty with the Rev. James O'Rourke officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fremont Center Community Church, c/o Rev. James O'Rourke, 12 Perry Rd., Bethel, N.Y. 12720.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor.
Marion F. Sardonia
Ret. Tel Oper., 78
Marion Frances Verdi Sardonia of Alexander City, Ala., a former resident of Kauneonga Lake and a former telephone operator for AT&T, died Friday, May 10, 2002, at Chapman's Healthcare in Alabama. She was 78 years of age.
The daughter of the late Luigi and Maria Savina Catrinella Verdi, she was born January 15, 1924, in Brooklyn. She was the widow of Milton J. Sardonia who died August 23, 1994.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ellen and Larry Workman of Alexander City, Ala.; a son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Lucy Sardonia of Farmingdale, N.J.; two grandchildren, Jason Workman and Mariana Sardonia; a brother and sister-in-law, Vito and Giselle Verdi of Middletown, N.J.; and two sisters, Louise Catalano Collins and Teresa Kenney, both of Monticello.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 3534 State Route 55, Kauneonga Lake, on Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m.
Graveside services and burial will be held at the VanKeuren Cemetery, Route 55, Kauneonga Lake on Wednesday at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Robert Ginel officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 454 N. Central Ave., Alexander City, Ala. 35010.