September 10, 2002
George Kent Sr.
Ret. Wire Lather, 83
George F. Kent Sr. of Lava, a retired wire lather for Local Union 46, working for the New York City School System, died August 14, 2002, at North Shore Hospital in Long Island after a short illness. He was 83 years of age.
The son of the late George F. and Isabella McKenna Kent, he was born August 24, 1918, in Astoria.
Mr. Kent was a World War II veteran of the United States Navy.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille Kent, at home; three children, G. Robert Kent of Narrowsburg, Kathleen Caraccia and her husband, Joseph, of Long Island, Gregory Kent and his wife, Rebecca, of Cochecton, and Chris Kent and his wife, Lisa, of Arizona; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, Charles Kent.
Services were held at the Martin A. Gleason Funeral Home in Whitestone with cremation at Middle Village.
Burial was made in Cochecton.
A memorial service by the family will be held later in Lava.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sullivan County Humane Society, Rock Hill, N.Y. 12775 or to a Humane Society of one's choice.
Ret. Contractor, 80
Michael Washousky of Liberty, a longtime area resident and a retired self-employed contractor, died Friday, September 6, 2002, at the Albany Medical Center after a long illness. He was 80 years of age.
The son of the late Michael and Anna Marcharski Washousky, he was born January 24, 1922, in Coaldale, Pa. He was the widower of Elsie Washousky who died in 1990.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, he served as a staff sergeant from 1943 to 1946 in Central Europe. He was the recipient of a Purple Heart.
Mr. Washousky was a member of St. Peter's R.C. Church in Liberty.
He is survived by two sons, Richard Washousky of Clarence and Michael Washousky of Troy; a daughter, Beth Menikhiem of Cicero; three brothers, Peter Washousky of the Bronx, Joseph Washousky of Liberty and Russell Washousky of Lansford, Pa.; two sisters, Mary Smith of Bethlehem, Pa., and Helen Mackey of Coaldale, Pa.; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Peter's Church in Liberty on Monday with Monsignor Edward Straub officiating.
Burial, with military honors, was made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Church, 264 N. Main St., Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Michael Belofski Sr.
Service Mgr., 47
Michael W. Belofski Sr. of Pine Bush, a former resident of Bloomingburg and a service manager for 21 years at Jim Smith Chevrolet in Walden, died Saturday, September 7, 2002. He was 47 years of age.
The son of the late Donald and Mary Houst Belofski, he was born May 22, 1955, in the Bronx.
Mr. Belofski was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Bloomingburg; a member of the BPOE Lodge No. 1097 in Middletown and a past president of the service managers "Only the Best" Club.
In a family statement, it was said, "Michael was a loving husband. He loved his sons and was very proud of them. His family and friends were very important to him, as was his job that he was also very devoted to. Michael will be missed by all."
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Ruth Boyle Belofski, at home; two sons, Michael Jr. and James Belofski, at home; James' fiancée, Maria Cavazzini of Maybrook; a brother, and sister-in-law, Donald and Linda Belofski of Concord, N.C.; two sisters, and brothers-in-law, Donna and Walter Benjamin of Newburgh and Maryann and Harry Malamas of Bloomingburg; 20 nieces and nephews, Michelle, Steven, Kevin, Gabe, Veronica, Carrina, Sara, Daniel, Christina, Billy, Maureen, Alyson, Brian, Bobby, Tony, Ruben, Ricky, Jennifer, Jessica and Nicole; and 14-grandnieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Bloomingburg with Father Raymond Bagdonis, O. Carm. officiating.
Burial will be made in Bloomingburg Rural cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange County, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro.
Ret. Importer, 93
Mihaly "Mike" Kovacs of Monticello, a longtime area resident, died at an assisted-living facility in Queens on August 17, 2002, as a result of circulatory and kidney failure. He was 93 years of age.
The son of the late Henrik and Etelka Kovacs, he was born February 14, 1909, in Hungary. He was the widower of Amalia Kovacs.
He experienced turbulent times under the Nazis and Communists and emigrated to New York City in 1963 from Hungary where he originally owned an import business with over 100 employees. Moving to Monticello in the 1970s, Mr. Kovacs ended his career at the age of 90, working in a Route 42 liquor store.
He is survived by a daughter, Agnes Holzer of Middle Village; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
No further information was provided.
Rose Mary Mabee
Rose Mary Mabee of New Hampton, a homemaker, died after a long illness on Sunday, September 8, 2002, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. She was 50 years of age.
The daughter of Marvalean McGrady Conklin and the late Wilbur Roger Conklin, she was born October 22, 1951, in Tuxedo.
She is survived by her husband, Eugene Mabee, at home; three daughters, Lynda and Christina Mabee and Karey Ausborn, all at home; a son, Eugene Mabee Jr. of Slate Hill; her mother of Montgomery; four sisters, Betty Ann Reker and Barbara Mae Conklin, both of Bloomingburg, Diana Wilkins of Howells and Beverly Conklin of Daytona, Fla.; two brothers, Wilbur Conklin Jr. of New Hampton and Victor Lester Conklin of Monticello; three grandsons, Thomas and Timothy Mabee and Nicholas Ausborn; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, William Roger Conklin.
Friends may call at the Morse Funeral Home, 33 Railroad Ave., Middletown, on Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m.
A memorial service will be held at the funeral home at 3 p.m.
Cremation was private.
Lee Ola Edwards
Former Waitress, 73
Lee Ola Edwards of Downsville, a former waitress and a longtime area resident, died Saturday, September 7, 2002, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. She was 73 years of age.
The daughter of the late Theodore and Bessie Cole Babcock, she was born July 22, 1929, in Bethel. She was the widow of Edward B. Edwards who died in 1990.
Mrs. Edwards was a waitress and cook and last worked for the Hamden Butcher Restaurant in Hamden. She was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, the Downsville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and the Ladies Auxiliary of the James S. Moore Post No. 167, American Legion, all in Downsville.
She is survived by a son, Terry Edwards of Downsville; and a brother, Theodore Babcock Jr. of Reading, Pa. She was predeceased by a brother, Robert Babcock, and two sisters, Olivia Rothchild and Charlotte Walker.
There were no services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7E, East Syracuse, N.Y. 13057.