May 28, 2002
Ret. Secretary, 80
Estelle Kellett of Bethel, a former secretary of 28 years to Joseph Maraziti and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. She was 80 years of age.
The daughter of the late Rubin and Doris Goldstein Charney, she was born October 28, 1921, in Brooklyn. She was the widow of Milton Kellett.
Mrs. Kellett was a member of the Highland Lions Club.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was to every person and animal a gentle, unassuming human being who lived to help and feed whomever she could."
She is survived by two sons, Michael Cliff Kellett of Colombia, Md., and Dr. Richard Mark Kellett of Longmeadow, Mass.; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Richard Sturgis of Bethel; six grandchildren, Bruce, Camille, Sarah, Gregg, Hillary and Olivia; two brothers, Dr. Leon Charney of Hempstead and Bernard Charney of Venice, Fla.
Graveside services and burial were held Friday at the Old Montefiore Cemetery, Springfield Gardens, Queens with Rabbi Alvin Cass officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sullivan County ASPCA, Rock Hill Ave., Rock Hill, N.Y. 12775 or the animal shelter of one's choice.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Royden A. Toaspern
Ret. Hwy. Engr., 90
Royden A. Toaspern of Barryville, a retired highway engineer with the Sullivan County Highway Department and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at the Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City. He was 90 years of age.
The son of the late Arthur C. and Emma Ruegger Toaspern, he was born November 5, 1911, in Barryville. He was the widow of Doris Boudman Toaspern who died October 2, 1995.
Mr. Toaspern was a member of the Barryville United Methodist Church and the Yulan Rod and Gun Club.
In a family statement, it was said, "A much loved resident of the area, he was a young man at heart. His opinions may have passed with him but his bonds of kinship and friendship remain."
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis A. and Patricia Myers Toaspern of Binghamton and Keith R. and G. Annette Hanwell Toaspern of Penn Yan; five grandchildren, Adam Toaspern, Jeffrey Toaspern, Kristin Toaspern, Megan Toaspern and Ryan Toaspern; two great-grandchildren, Kain Toaspern and Miah Toaspern; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many neighbors and good friends.
Services were held Saturday at the Barryville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiating.
Burial was made in Montoza Cemetery in Barryville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Barryville Old Montoza Cemetery Improvement and Restoration Fund, c/o Town of Highland, Eldred, N.Y. 12732.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville.
Mary A. Handsman
Ret. NY Tel Emply., 79
Mary A . Handsman, a 14-year resident of Lancaster, Pa., and a former resident of Monticello, died Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at the Lancaster General Hospital after a brief illness. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late Russell and Mary Cammer Archibald, she was born in Delhi.
Mrs. Handsman was employed as a telephone operator and then later as a payroll clerk with the New York Telephone Company, retiring in 1970. She enjoyed knitting, crafts, reading and her puppy, Honey.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Samuel Handsman Sr., at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Russell G. and Deborah Handsman of Saunderstown, R.I., and Samuel Jr. and Kim Handsman of Winston-Salem, N.C.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Maryann and John C. Caldwell of Lancaster, Pa., and Maribeth Handsman and William P. Bushey of Washington, D.C.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Watson, and a brother, Russell Archibald.
Services were private.
Margaret A. Stewart
Health Care Aide, 50
Margaret A. Stewart of Walden, a home health care aide, died peacefully at the home of her parents in Walden. She was 50 years of age.
The daughter of Robert and Jean Stewart, she was born November 24, 1951, in Newburgh.
She is survived by her parents, at home; two brothers, Greg Stewart of Marlboro and Robert J. Stewart and his wife, Patty, of West Park; three sisters, Kathleen Simonian and her husband, Tony, of Huntington Beach, Calif., Anne Briwa of Burlingham and Ellen Stewart and friend, Mike Sharpe, of Hyde Park; two special nephews, Taylor and Robert Briwa; two special nieces, Darcy and Sydney Stewart; an aunt, Ruth Tighe of the Town of Newburgh; an uncle, Kirk Innis; several cousins; and many loyal and devoted friends.
A private memorial service was held for the family.