July 2, 2002
Retired Butcher, 85
Vincent Sgueglia of Damascus, Pa., a retired butcher, died Friday, June 28, 2002, at his home. He was 85 years of age.
The son of the late Antonio and Anna Porta Sgueglia, he was born June 19, 1917, in the Bronx.
Mr. Sgueglia was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Elsie Gilbert Sgueglia, at home; two daughters, Mary Ann Serra of New Jersey and Lorraine Ronchi of Pennsylvania; a son, William Sgueglia of Honesdale, Pa.; five stepchildren, Carol Mixon of Swan Lake, Pamela Pfeil of Jeffersonville, Robert Roemer of Jeffersonville, Donna Gilbert of Damascus, Pa., and Timothy Gilbert of Damascus, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Monday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home with Father Ignatius Smith, OFM, officiating.
Burial was made in the Hillside Cemetery in Damascus, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. John, 1007 Oak St., Pittston, Pa., 18640 or to the Grover M. Hermann Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center, Callicoon, N.Y. 12723.
Memorial Service for
Walter L. Bock
A memorial service for Walter L. Bock of Canisteo, a former longtime resident of Roscoe, who died December 17, 2001, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home, was held Monday at the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe with the Rev. Donald Baker officiating. He was 81 years of age.
The son of the late Leo H. and Lillie Haas Bock, he was born August 17, 1907, in Lynbrook.
A retired teacher, Mr. Bock owned and operated The Little Store in Roscoe from 1945 to 1975. He was a past president and the last surviving member of the original BeaMoc Rod and Gun Club and a former member of the Rockland Hose Co. #1.
Memorial contributions may be made to the BeaMoc Chapter of Trout Unlimited of the Catskill Flyfishing Center, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758.
Susan W. Tomson
Social Worker, 58
Susan W. Tomson of Bloomingburg, a social worker for The Recovery Center in Monticello, died Saturday, June 29, 2002, at the New York University Medical Center in New York City. She was 58 years of age.
The daughter of the late Bernard and Rose Lynne Tomson, she was born May 19, 1944, in New York City.
Ms. Tomson was a member of the National Association of Social Workers and was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recovery Center in Monticello.
She is survived by a daughter, Victoria Tomson and a close friend, Marie Thomson, both of Bloomingburg; a sister, Elizabeth C. Tomson of Bloomingburg; a brother, Louis C. Tomson of Voorheesville; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7E, East Syracuse, N.Y. 13057.
George W. Elflein
Ret. NYC Fireman, 78
George W. Elflein of Callicoon, a 35-year area resident and a retired, decorated lieutenant with the New York City Fire Department, died Saturday, June 29, 2002, after a short illness. He was 78 years of age.
The son of the late John and Catherine Kohler Elflein, he was born February 8, 1924, in Woodhaven.
Mr. Elflein was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the European Theatre of Operations. He was a very active and enthusiastic member of the Delaware Valley Senior Citizens.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Doris Baker Elflein, at home; a sister, Clarice Herrmann of Grahamsville; a brother, John Elflein of Murchison, Tex.; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon.
Burial will be made in the Rock Valley Cemetery in Rock Valley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware Youth Center, Callicoon, N.Y. 12723.
Ret. NYSEG, 82
Robert "Bob" Ralph Kinne, a seven-year resident of Cleveland, Tenn., a retiree of the New York State Electric and Gas Corp. and former 43-year resident of Bradley, died Thursday, June 27, 2002, in a Chattanooga, Tenn. hospital after a short illness. He was 82 years of age.
A World War II veteran, serving as an MP in the U.S. Army in Savannah, Ga., he was born in Cooks Falls on November 4, 1919.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Alice Edwards Kinne, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Kevin R. and Marilyn Kinne of Cleveland, Tenn.; three sisters-in-law, Shirley Bunt of Houston, Tex., Mary Rogers of Gaffney, S.C . and Frances Bowers of Binghamton; a sister-in-law and her husband, Joan and Lawrence Barry of Thayer, Mo.; a brother-in-law and his wife, John and Lillian Edwards of Blountville, Tenn.; and several nephews and nieces.
A memorial service will be held in New York at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cleveland Friends of the Library Association, 795 Church St. N.E., Cleveland, Tenn. 37311.
Music Teacher, 55
Walter "The Piano Man" Brown of Tucson, Ariz., a music teacher in Livingston Manor from 1969 to 1972, died Friday, June 26, 2002. He was 55 years of age.
The son of Walt and Jeanne Brown, he was born in Middletown on August 24, 1946, and attended Orange County Community College for one year. He then transferred to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff where he graduated with a Bachelor in Music Education degree in 1969. He taught for three years in Livingston Manor while attending Columbia University in New York City for piano tuning and repair.
Mr. Brown established Walt's Piano Service in Tucson, Ariz. in 1972 and for the last 30 years has had the reputation of personal loving care for each piano he tuned, rebuilt and restored. His many activities through the years have touched many lives. He was a past president of the Piano Tuners Guild, an active member of St. Francis in the Foothills Church, Divorce Recovery and a mentor to many people and a friend to all.
He is survived by his wife, Maria Eva Brown; his parents of Tucson, Ariz.; a daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and David Lesneski of Tucson, Ariz.; a son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Lesa Brown of Edwards, Calif.; two stepsons, Gerardo and Oliverio of Durango, Mexico; a brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Justine Brown of Middletown; a sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Terry Jernigan of Tucson, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Stephen and Rabakkah of Tucson, Ariz.; two nieces, Lindsey Brown of Middletown and Rebecca Jernigan of Tucson, Ariz.; and a nephew, Christian Brown of Middletown.
Services were held Monday at St. Francis in the Foothills Church in Tucson, Ariz.
Ret. Window Washer, 89
Mitrofan "Mike" Kosenkov of Glen Spey, a longtime area resident and a retired window washer with Local #2 in New York City, died Thursday, June 27, 2002, at the Nyack Hospital in Nyack. He was 89 years of age.
The son of the late Ivan and Basilia Reshilkova Kosenkov, he was born August 6, 1912, in Valuiki, Russia.
Mr. Kosenkov was a member of St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Glen Spey.
He is survived by his wife, Emilia Herbko Kosenkov, at home; a son, Valentino Kosenkov of Milford, Pa.; and three grandchildren, Mikhail, Kristine and Marya.
The Divine Liturgy was offered Monday at St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Glen Spey with the Rev. Nester Kovel officiating.
Burial was made in the Glen Spey Cemetery in Glen Spey.
Dee White, 78
Ret. Reading Specialist
Dee White of Palm Coast, Fla., a former resident of New City and Bloomingburg, died Saturday, June 15, 2002, following cardiac surgery. She was 78 years of age.
Mrs. White retired from the North Rockland School District where she was an elementary school reading specialist and had been active, with her husband, with the Literacy Volunteers of America in Middletown.
In a family statement, it was said, "Her grandchildren were her pride and joy, and their achievements thrilled her endlessly."
She is survived by her husband, John White, and a son, Chris White, both of Palm Coast, Fla.; dear friends, Barbara and Aldo Zappa; a daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Elliot Weiner of Blooming Grove; a granddaughter and her husband, Kandis Weiner and Lewis Branden of Canada; and a grandson, Benjamin Weiner, and his companion, Jessica Fitch, both of Troy.
Memorial services will be held on her natal day in August.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA), Middletown, N.Y. 10940 or to Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 1856, Merrifield, Va. 22116.
Frank Young, 75
Frank Young of New York City died Wednesday, June 26, 2002, at the New York Harbor Veterans Hospital in New York after a brief illness. He was 75 years of age.
The son of the late Frank Boyd and Bessie Young, he was born February 15, 1927, in High Point, N. C.
Mr. Young received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1947. He was a dedicated member of the Radio Church of God in New York City and an adopted member and faithful worker of the First Church of God in South Fallsburg.
He is survived by his wife, Bethsheba Young, at home; six children, Myra Young Armstead, Vanessa Young, Roxanne Williams, Letise Buckner, Larin Young and Cosby Young; a sister, Mary Reid; six grandchildren, Justin Buckner, Matthew Armstead, Nathan Armstead, Darius Buckner, Daisiree Young and Loren Young; two first cousins, Hazel Alexander and Grace Duman; two daughters-in-law, Roselynn Young and Wanda Young; two sons-in-law, LeRoi Armstead and Donald Buckner Jr.; four sisters-in-law, Mary Searles, Naomi Haywood, Rachel Graham and Orpha Battle; a brother-in-law, Edward Graham; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services were held Saturday at the First Church of God in South Fallsburg with Pastor Leander Hall officiating.
Burial was made in Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Robert J. Bronner
Ret. Farmer, 92
Robert J. Bronner of Middletown, the last member of his family to own and operate the Rolling Knolls Dairy Farm in Winterton and a former 20-year Town of Mamakating Justice of the Peace, died Wednesday, June 26, 2002, at the Middletown Park Manor Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Middletown. He was 92 years of age.
The son of the late Daniel J. and Anna Ennis Bronner, he was the last survivor of ten brothers and sisters.
A 1929 graduate of Middletown High School, he worked as a farmer and town justice and also served on the Town Council of the Town of Mamakating from 1951-1956. Rolling Knolls Dairy Farm was designated as a Century Farm (owned continuously for 100 years by the Bronner family) in 1986.
Mr. Bronner was a member and chairman of the Sullivan County Republican Club. He was also a member of Bloomingburg Grange, Hoffman Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in Middletown, and was a 52-year member of the First Congregational Church in Middletown.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marjorie Abt Bronner, also a resident at Middletown Park Manor in Middletown; 12 nephews; and numerous grandnephews and grandnieces and their children.
Funeral services were held Saturday at the First Congregational Church of Middletown with the Rev. Peter A. Rustico officiating.
Interment was made at the Wallkill Cemetery in Phillipsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of Middletown, Middletown, N.Y. 10940 or to the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, both of whom had campsites on the Rolling Knolls Farm in past years.
Ret. Teacher/Coach, 81
William Muker Desmond of Claryville, a retired 31-year teacher and coach at the Nyack High School, died Sunday, June 30, 2002, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 81 years of age.
The son of the late Harold and Ann Desmond, he was born August 4, 1920, in New York City.
A graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English degree and earned his Master's degree from Columbia Univeristy in New York City. Mr. Desmond loved sports, nature and people. In his coaching and teaching he touched many lives. An accomplished athlete in his day, he lettered in three sports in high school and two in college. He played semi-pro baseball for many years.
He met his wife while attending college. They taught together at the Nyack High School until retiring to their mountain home where they enjoyed hiking, skiing, reading and communing with nature.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carolyn DeLong Desmond, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Lynn C. and Yoo Mi Desmond of Glen Spey; a daughter, Holly Desmond Debes of Voorheesville; four granddaughters, Karen Anne Desmond of Middletown, Sara E. Desmond of Glen Spey, Blair N. Debes of Albany and Kelly D. Debes of Voorheesville. He was predeceased by a daughter, Karen May Desmond.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, at the Claryville Reformed Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to SPCA or Whiskers, P.O. Box 11190, Albany, N.Y.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Fred A. Moore
Retired Laborer, 75
Fred A. Moore of Neversink, a retired 29-year laborer for the Department of Water Resources for the City of New York in Grahamsville, died Sunday, June 30, 2002, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. He was 75 years of age.
The son of the late Bruce and Ella Moore, he was born August 13, 1926, in Woodbourne.
An Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of Liberty Lodge #521, Free and Accepted Masons, a more than 30-year member of the Neversink Fire Department, and a member of the Ulster Heights United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Joan Smith Moore, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Fred A. Jr. and Susan Moore, and their children, Lacey and Fred A. Moore III, and William and Kim Moore and their children, Joshua, Brittney and Bruce; a daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Allen Wachter and their two children, Greg and Michelle; three sisters, Ruth Kortright of Parksville, Nora Stewart of Beach Lake, Pa., and Janette Smith of Woodbourne; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Helen Hartman in 1990.
Friends may call at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 Main St., Woodbourne, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Firematic services will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, followed by Masonic services at 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Allen Wachter officiating.
Interment will be made in the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery in Grahamsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Neversink Ambulance Corps, Route 55, Neversink, N.Y. 12765 or to the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Retired Sawyer, 80
Frank Thomas of Livingston Manor, a retired sawyer for DeGraw Lumber in Woodbourne and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, June 30, 2002, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 80 years of age.
The son of the late Leon and Blanche Young Thomas, he was born June 15, 1922, in French Woods.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Lester White Post #566, American Legion, in Livingston Manor.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Sherri L. and Wayne Chabot and a son, Douglas Thomas, all of Mechanic Falls, Me.; three step-sons and their spouses, Howard and Sharon LeRoy of Livingston Manor, Peter LeRoy of the State of Florida, and Stephen and Billie Jean Zeininger of Lewiston, Me.; a sister, Claire Brush; fourteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his companion, Esther Conklin Leroy, and a step-son, Charles LeRoy.
Friends may call at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Stewart Pohlman officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 628, Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Frieda B. Rampe
Frieda B. Rampe of Parksville, a former Liberty resident, died Sunday, June 30, 2002, at St. Theresa's Nursing Home in Middletown. She was 93 years of age.
The daughter of the late Ludwig and Clara Berringer Bauer, she was born July 2, 1908, in Germany. She was the widow of William J. Rampe who died in 1963.
Mrs. Rampe was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Liberty, the Ladies Aid Society and the senior citizens of the church.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, William L. and Linda Rampe of Parksville; and four grandchildren, William, James, Jennifer and Hilary. She was predeceased by two brothers, George and Paul Bauer.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 South Main St., Liberty, on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 26 Chestnut St., Liberty, with the Rev. Audrey Pedersen officiating.
Interment will be made in the Liberty Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 26 Chestnut St., Liberty, N.Y. 12754 or to the Town of Liberty Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Mill St., Liberty, N.Y. 12754.