August 20, 2002
David Van Ginhoven
Ret. Technician, 72
David O. Van Ginhoven of Acidalia, a retired heating repair technician and a longtime area resident, died Friday, August 16, 2002, at his home. He was 72 years of age.
The son of the late Jack and Louise Herde Van Ginhoven, he was born September 29, 1929, in East Rutherford, N.J.
A Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a member of the Allan Milk Memorial Post No. 7276, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Long Eddy.
He is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Kathleen M. and Steve Slaughter of Long Eddy, Deborah L. Carey of Long Eddy and Nancy E. and Clark Hadden of Livingston Manor; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Frank and Elva Van Ginhoven of Gibsonton, Fla., Earl Van Ginhoven of Mileses, and Robert and Doris Van Ginhoven of Lancaster, Pa.; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Cornelia Zeabrook of Wilmington, Del., and Miriam and Allen Kellam of Mileses; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Monday at the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe with the Rev. James O'Rourke officiating.
Burial was made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to Orange-Sullivan Hospice, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
John J. Burns
Ret. Truck Dr., 65
John J. Burns of Monticello, a retired truck driver for AMI Trucking in Forestburgh and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, August 17, 2002, at his home, following a long illness. He was 65 years of age.
The son of the late Leslie and Virginia Parrish Burns, he was born May 17, 1937, in Monticello.
Mr. Burns was a member of the Monticello Elks Lodge #1544 and the Monticello United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Christine Matusewski Burns, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, John A. and Kathleen Burns of Monticello and Patrick and Elise Burns of Parksville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Michele and Hank Starr of Monticello and Leslie Olstead and her husband, Rick Clemmons of North Carolina; a sister, Marica Burns of Monticello; and six grandchildren, Sean and Heather Burns, Jaycob, Matthew and Ryan Burns and Marshall Starr. He was predeceased by a brother, Roland Burns.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello, with the Rev. Gene Smith officiating.
Burial will be made in the Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Monticello United Methodist Church, 255 Broadway, or the Monticello Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 564, both at Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Anna P. Sicina
Ret. Examiner, 71
Anna P. Sicina of Florida, N.Y., a retired examiner for the Orange County Department of Social Services in Goshen, died Friday, August 16, 2002. She was 71 years of age.
The daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine Sadecki Puzon, she was born September 7, 1930, in the Town of Warwick. She was the widow of Harold Sicina.
Mrs. Sicina was a member of St. Joseph's Church, St. Joseph's Living Rosary Society and a member of the Seward Senior Citizens, all in Florida, N.Y.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Monica Sicina of Eldred and Allen and Yvonne Sicina of Grahamsville; a daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Charles Kingdon of Flower Mound, Tex.; five grandchildren, Jeffrey, Katie and Angela Sicina and Kyle and Dillon Kingdon; three sisters, Estelle Jones, Jean Kiernan and Marion Sicina; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Helen Saffer, and a brother, Anthony Puzon.
A Memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St Joseph's Church in Florida, N.Y.
Burial will be made in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Florida Fire & Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 600, or to St. Joseph's Restoration Fund, Glenmere Ave., both at Florida, N.Y. 10921.
William J. Mathis
Ret. Diesel Engr., 77
William J. Mathis of Pine Bush, a retired diesel engineer for International Diesel Electric in Middletown and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday August 14, 2002, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. He was 77 years of age.
The son of the late Hubert T. and Annie V. Edwards Mathis, he was born March 1, 1925, in Midland City, Ala.
A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, he was a life member and past commander twice of American Legion Post No. 488 in Monroe and a member of the 40/8 Society of the American Legion, Orange County Chapter.
He is survived by his wife, Jannie V. King Mathis, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sissy E. Mathis and Bill Brown of Monroe and Debbie and Peter Brush of Pine Bush; a son, William M. Mathis, and his companion, Laura, both of Bloomingburg; a brother, Lloyd P. Mathis of Scottsdale, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Jason Mathis, Scott Brush and Janna Brush; and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Bush Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Pine Bush, N.Y. 12566.
Walter Bivens Jr., 70
Ret. Hvy Equip Oper.
Walter Bivens Jr. of Downsville, a retired heavy equipment operator for the Town of Colchester Highway Department and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, August 17, 2002, at the Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton. He was 70 years of age.
The son of the late Walter and Frances Luscomb Bivens Sr., he was born September 15, 1931, in Shinhopple.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Walter II and Debra Bivens and Neil and Midge Bivens, all of Downsville; two brothers, and sisters-in-law, Raymond and Betty Bivens of Downsville and Douglas and Edna Bivens of Montgomery; five grandchildren, Walter IV, Joseph, Steven, Dillon and Ashley Bivens; a great-granddaughter, Tiffany Bivens; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Main St., Downsville, with the Rev. James Clarke officiating.
Burial will be made in Paige Cemetery in Downsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Downsville Emergency Squad, Main St., Downsville, N.Y. 13755.
Ret. Clerk, 97
Gladys I. Wakeman of Roscoe, a retired clerk for the Victory Market in Roscoe and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, August 16, 2002, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home in Roscoe. She was 97 years of age.
The daughter of the late Thomas S. and Mattie A. Prince Patterson, she was born September 24, 1904, in New York City. She was the widow of Harry G . Wakeman.
A lifelong resident of Delaware and Sullivan counties, Mrs. Wakeman was a member of the United Church of Roscoe and the Ladies Auxiliary of the church. She was a former member of the Cooks Falls United Methodist Women and a member of the Cooks Falls-Horton Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by a daughter, Martha Foster of Virginia Beach, Va.; a son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Ginger Wakeman of Roscoe; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Thomas Wakeman, a brother, Thomas Fulton Patterson, a sister-in-law, Bernice Patterson, and a son-in-law, Matthew Foster.
A memorial service will be held at a later date with interment in the Walton Cemetery in Walton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Christ, Church St., Roscoe, N.Y. 12776.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe.
Classical Pianist, 65
Faye Levine, a more than 30-year resident of Manhattan and a part-time resident of Liberty, died Saturday, August 10, 2002, in Manhattan. She was 65 years of age.
The daughter of the late Sol and Sylvia Kaplowitz Levine, she was born June 1, 1937, in the Bronx.
A graduate of Music and Art High School, Ms. Levine went on to the State University of New York at Potsdam and Manhattan School of Music where she earned a degree. After a stint in the New York City school system, she enrolled in New York Univeristy and received a Master's degree in music education. She studied at Julliard with Rosina Levine, earned an advanced certificate in piano performance and later studied jazz piano at Columbia University. Ever interested in improving her skills and technique, she also studied with Nadjia Boulanger in Paris.
Ms. Levine played classical music in concert halls in France, Israel, Colorado and New York City where she appeared in recitals at Town Hall, Steinway Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, West End Café, Up-Front Muse, as well as the Quaker Meeting House and other various churches throughout New York City.
In a family statement, it was said, "An improvised life of jazzy rythms, of unstructured intentions, Faye Levine moved through this world in time to her own free-form measures, keeping pace to her own swing-out beat. Unconventional, untethered, a friend to cats, to kids and to artists, Faye was ever true to her own sense of things, to her limitless heart and to her love of creation. Idiosyncratic and tender, Faye Levine was a singular, sweet soul who made durable friendships and who, along the way, made music that echoes still."
She is survived by two brothers and three sisters-in-law, Jeffrey Hayden and Eva Marie Saint of Los Angeles, Calif., Burt and Alice Levine of Boca Raton, Fla., and Beatrice Loren of Valhalla; and eight nieces and nephews, including Susan Keiser of Liberty.
Cremation was made at the Ferncliff Crematory in Hartsdale.
Local arrangement were made by the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor.
William H. Dirie, 73
Owned Dirie Supply
William H. "Bill" Dirie of Roscoe, a former Hortonville resident, a former supervisor of the Town of Delaware who served from 1976 to 1979 and again from 1986 to 1991, and the owner of Dirie Supply, died Sunday, August 18, 2002, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 73 years of age.
The son of the late William John and Alma Ida Werlau Dirie, he was born April 13, 1929, in Liberty.
A graduate of Delaware Valley Central School, Mr. Dirie was a past chief and a life member of the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Department, a former New York State Fire Instructor, a former Town of Delaware Highway Department employee, and a member of the Sullivan, Orange, Ulster and Delaware Highway Superintendents' Associations.
He is survived by his mother of Liberty; his companion, Joyce Bury of Roscoe; two daughters, Wendy Adams and her husband, Jim, of Callicoon Center and Wanda Weigelt of Smallwood; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Arthur and Jeannine Dirie of Saugerties, and Jay Dirie and Michael and Tonya Dirie, all of Hortonville; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, John Dirie.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Firematic services will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Cremation will be made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 71, Hortonville, N.Y. 12745.
Ret. Hvy Equip. Oper., 61
Jeffrey A. Schoonmaker of Wawarsing, a retired more than 35- year heavy equipment operator for Local #825, and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, August 18, 2002, at the Ellenville Regional Hospital. He was 61 years of age.
The son of Arthur and Eleanor Stahl Schoonmaker, he was born September 11, 1940, in Ellenville. He was the widower of Linda Mitchell Schoonmaker.
Mr. Schoonmaker was a member of Ellenville Elks Lodge #1971.
He is survived by a son, Jeffrey W. Schoonmaker of Napanoch; his fiancée Joan Irwin Young of Wawarsing; and an uncle Lester Schoonmaker of Milford, Conn.
Friends may call at the Loucks Funeral Home, Route 209, Ellenville on Tuesday from 1-3 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Jay Vogelaar officiating.
Burial will be made in the Furman Cemetery in Yeagerville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 159 Green St., or to Hospice Inc., 24 Broadway, both at Kingston, N.Y. 12401.