June 18, 2002
Mary Alkes of Liberty, a homemaker and 55-year area resident and a four-year resident of Florida, died at Northwest Medical Center in Margate, Fla. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Eugene and Malvina Gottlieb, she was born December 11, 1914, in New York City. She was the widow of Mack Alkes who died in 1990.
Mrs. Alkes is survived by two daughters, Rhea Loughrey of White Sulphur Springs and Jeanne Childs and her husband, Michael, of Fort Worth, Tex.; five grandchildren, Bradford Loughrey and his wife, Shelli, of Liberty, Lisa Ireland and her husband, Gary, of Ocala, Fla., Patricia Reeves of Fort Worth, Tex., Daniel Childs and his wife, Cissy, of Fort Worth, Tex., and Deborah Crouse and her husband, Christopher, of Burlingame, Calif.; and eight great-grandchildren, Alexis Loughrey, Jesse, Brittany, Holly and Trevor Ireland, Nicole and Megan Childs and Michael Waller.
Graveside services and burial will be held at Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Flushing on Tuesday at 1 p.m.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Navy Veteran, 58
Douglas G. Hussner of Wurtsboro, a longtime area resident and veteran of the United States Navy, died Saturday, June 15, 2002, at his home. He was 58 years of age.
The son of Gilbert C. and Louise Bendler Hussner, he was born January 24, 1944, in Mineola.
He is survived by his mother of Wurtsboro; his father of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; two sons, Timothy Hussner and Jayson Hussner, both of Liberty; two daughters, Kristine Zeh and her husband, Danny, of Wurtsboro Hills, and Jacquelyn Hussner of Liberty; two grandchildren, John and Maria Zeh; his companion, Denise Vessio of Liberty; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Alan Hussner.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Community Church of Wurtsboro, Sullivan St., Wurtsboro, with the Rev. Robert Schwander officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope. Burial of the cremains will be private at the Sylvan Cemetery in Wurtsboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550 or to the American Cancer Society, 159 Green St., Kingston, N.Y. 12401.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro.
Artist/Ret. Clerk, 79
Ella Popolillo of Callicoon, an artist, a clerk at the former Band Box in Callicoon and a nurses' aide at the former Callicoon Hospital, died Friday, June 14, 2002, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Pottfay, she was born August 2, 1922, in Czechoslovakia. She was the widow of Frank Popolillo.
Mrs. Popolillo was a volunteer librarian at the Delaware Free Library in Callicoon. She had attended Cooper Union Art Institute in New York City.
She is survived by four daughters, Kaaren Fanti of Boynton Beach, Fla., Donna Weed of Rock Hill, Joyce Sykes of Callicoon and Linda Grossman of Milford, Pa.; a sister, Josephine Kurutz of Trenton, N.J.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a nephew and two nieces.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon with Father Ignatius Smith, OFM, officiating.
Burial will be made in the Callicoon Cemetery in Callicoon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Callicoon Fire Department, P.O. Box 806, Callicoon, N.Y. 12723 or to the Upper Delaware Ambulance Corps, Box 238, Hankins, N.Y. 12741.
Ret. Secretary, 73
Helen Ida Montanya of Bloomingburg, a retired secretary for the Orange County Department of Social Services and a 39-year area resident, died Friday, June 14, 2002, at her home. She was 73 years of age.
The daughter of the late Joseph and Ida Szantay, she was born February 10, 1929, in Perth Amboy, N.J.
She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Raymond C. Montanya, at home; a son, Chris Czvik of Otisville; three stepchildren, Raymond Montanya of Walden, Darlene Montanya of the Town of Newburgh and Ronald Montanya of the Town of Plattekill; two brothers, William Szantay of Texas and Zoltan Szantay of Connecticut; eight step-grandchildren; a step-great-grandchild; and several cousins and aunts.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope. Private burial of the cremains will be made in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 159 Green St., Kingston, N.Y. 12401.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro.
Ret. Seamstress, 83
Concetta Bellomo of Staten Island, a homemaker, a former resident of Washingtonville and Brooklyn and a seamstress in New York City, died Thursday, June 13, 2002, at her home. She was 83 years of age.
The daughter of the late Pietro and Anna DiFresico Dolcimasclo, she was born March 14, 1919, in Italy. She was the widow of Nicholas Bellomo who died in 1974.
She is survived by two sons, Philip N. and his wife, Rita Bellomo, and Peter Bellomo, all of Bloomingburg; three daughters, Concetta Pellone of Chester, Annette Maglio of Staten Island and Jeanette Mastellone and her husband, Robert, of Staten Island; a brother, Salvatore Dolcimasclo; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Carmella, a brother, Domenico and a grandson, Philip James Bellomo.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday at the Church of the Infant Saviour in Pine Bush with the Rev. Alfred Gallant officiating.
Burial was made in St. Mary's Cemetery in Washingtonville.
Edward H. Smith
Ret. Bus Super, 83
Edward H. Smith, a four-year resident of Wurtsboro, a former 15-year resident of Norwich, and a retired bus and inventory supervisor at the Ellenville Central School, died Friday, June 14, 2002. He was 83 years of age.
The son of the late Edward H. and Frances O'Dell Smith, he was born in Ellenville on September 24, 1918. He was the widower of Mildred R. "Joy" Nelson Smith who died May 14, 1998, after 52 years of marriage.
Mr. Smith was a member of St. John's Memorial Episcopal Church and a former member of Scoresby Hose, Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1 in Ellenville.
He is survived by a daughter, Joyanne Sears of Norwich; a son, James E. Smith of Spring Glen; a daughter-in-law, Hilda Gentry of Spring Glen; seven grandchildren, Richard A. Sears of Boston, Mass., James E. Smith of Kerhonkson, Benjamin J. Smith of Rock Hill, and Scott Gentry, Jay Gentry, Bo Gentry and Meagan Gentry, all of Spring Glen; a sister, Mary Gilday of Denver, Colo.; a brother, Richard Smith of Lafayette, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at St. John's Memorial Episcopal Church, Market St., Ellenville, with the Rev. Greg Wood officiating.
Burial will be made in the Fantinekill Cemetery in Ellenville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mamakating First Aid Squad, Wurtsboro, N.Y. 12790 or to Feed the Children.
Brandon Arnold Martin of Kerhonkson, a member of the freshman class at Rondout Valley High School, died Wednesday, June 12, 2002, at his home. He was 16 years of age.
The son of Perry Ellis and Susan Croce Martin, he was born December 19, 1985, in St. Louis, Mo.
An avid writer, he was a member of the Christian Faith Fellowship Church in Middletown and a member of the Chosen Generation Youth Group of the church.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Lance McGrath, of Kerhonkson; his father and stepmother, Kim Martin, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two brothers, Anthony Joseph Martin of Kerhonkson and Jason B. Martin of Mason City, Iowa; two sisters, Karen Ann Martin and Aleta Eva Martin, both of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; his maternal grandparents, Arnold and Bernadette Croce of Circleville and Raymond and Sharon Seekamp of Livingston Manor; and several aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Eva Lou and T. Wayne Martin.
Graveside services and burial were held Saturday at the Pine Bush Cemetery.
The Rev. Michael McKelvey officiated at memorial services at the family residence afterwards.
Ret. Head Nurse, 74
Sophia M. Flannigan of Goshen, a retired head nurse at the Middletown Psychiatric Center and the Goshen Jail and a lifelong area resident, died Thursday, June 13, 2002, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. She was 74 years of age.
The daughter of the late Frank and Sabina Karpinisky Orzeck, she was born September 13, 1927, on Pellets Island. She was the widow of Kenneth Flannigan.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, serving as a flight nurse and an officer during the Korean War, Mrs. Flannigan was a member of the American Legion Post #151 in Middletown.
Mrs. Flannigan is survived by a son, Ken Flannigan of Burbank, Calif; three daughters, Karen DiCaprio of Bloomingburg, Sharon Quackenbush of Goshen and Katherine Petrozak of Connecticut; two brothers, Eugene Orzeck of Ellenville and Richard Orzeck of New Berlin; three sisters, Helen Petrozak of the state of Florida, Phylise Durland of Middletown and Patricia Greco of Rockland County; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday at St. John's R.C. Church in Goshen.
Burial was made in the Wallkill Cemetery in Phillipsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew Bobola Church.