September 24, 2002
for Robert Kinne
A memorial service in celebration of the life of Robert "Bob" Kinne, who died June 27 in Tennessee, will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 13, at the Rockland Fire Hall, prior to the Kinne family reunion. Family members and close friends are invited to attend.
Edward L. Gerwer
Ret. Businessman, 68
Edward Lee Gerwer of Liberty, a 22-year area resident and the retired owner/operator of E&J Leasing Co., died Wednesday, September 18, 2002, at his home. He was 68 years of age.
The son of the late William and JoAnn Farmer Gerwer, he was born July 1, 1934, in Jersey City, N.J.
Mr. Gerwer is survived by his wife of 45 years, Nira Clark Gerwer, at home; five children and their spouses, Janet and John Striffler of Tampa, Fla., Cheryl Britten of Tampa Fla., Edward Gerwer of Liberty, David and Linda Gerwer of Liberty, and Jeannie and Michael Houghtaling of White Sulphur Springs; 16 grandchildren, Brandy Orfanides, Katie Kaufman, Lisa, Lori and Michael Britten, Eddie, Jessica, Tricia, Philly and Nira Gerwer, Danielle Conley, Britani, Lea and Troy Houghtaling, Susan and Robert Talmadge; three great-grandchildren, Cameron and Stephen Orfanides and Katie Kaufman; two brothers, Richard Gerwer of Tennessee and James Gerwer of Woodbridge, N.J.; and a sister, Ginger Townsend of Staten Island.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 South Main St., Liberty, on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Services will be held at noon at the funeral home.
Cremation will be private at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
for Edwin Chardavoyne
Graveside services and burial of Edwin Samuel Chardavoyne, a former resident of Liberty, will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Warwick Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to attend.
Leona M. Williams
Leona Mae Williams of Fredericksburg, Tex., a homemaker, died Wednesday, September 18, 2002, at the Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg, Tex. She was 71 years of age.
The daughter of the late Arthur and Helen Demarest Rogers, she was born September 24, 1930, in Harris.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Charles E. Williams, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Debra L. and Anthony Kasper of the state of Florida and Donna L. and Scott Stewart of Burleson, Tex.; and a granddaughter, Amanda Stewart of Burleson, Tex.
Services will be held at a later date.
Elaine B. Handy
Ret. Art Director, 71
Elaine B. Handy of Rock Hill, a former art director and a longtime area resident, died Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at her home. She was 71 years of age.
The daughter of the late Benjamin and Eugenia Kante Rubinstein, she was born May 23, 1931, in New York City. She was the widow of George Handy who died January 8, 1997.
Graveside services and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Anthony Deserto, 72
Anthony F. Deserto of Middletown, a retired butcher/manager of the former Lloyd's Department Store in Middletown and a lifelong area resident, died Thursday, September 19, 2002, at the Westchester County Medical Center in Valhalla. He was 72 years of age.
The son of the late Antonio and Anna Dina Deserto, he was born May 2, 1930, in the Town of Wallkill.
A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, he was stationed in Iceland with Battery B 191st Artillery. He was a member of the American Legion Post #151 in Middletown and a member of UFCW Union Local 464A.
Mr. Deserto is survived by his wife, Gwen Deserto, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony C. and Alice Orrio Deserto of Sundown and Andrew P. and Carmella DiSapio Deserto of Middletown; a daughter, Diane and Royce Duane Golden of Lebanon, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, Danielle Deserto Keller and her husband, Ed, Jamie Lee Deserto, Gina Marie Deserto, Michael Mehling, Daniel Deserto, Marie Deserto, Andrew Deserto, Mia Deserto and Whitney and Caylon Golden; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank and Nancy Deserto, Joseph and Jean Deserto, Vito and Joan Deserto and Peter and Janet Deserto; three sisters, Mary Lancieri and her husband, Frank, of the state of Florida, Ann Deserto Henderson of Middletown and Angie Hovencamp and her husband, Russell, of Maine; a sister-in-law, Bernie Brennan Deserto; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by two brothers, Andrew Deserto and Paul Deserto, a sister, Nancy Cosco, and two brothers-in-law, Calvin Henderson and Peter Cosco.
A Funeral Mass was offered Monday at Grace Episcopal Church in Middletown.
Burial was made in the Bloomingburg Cemetery in Bloomingburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
James W. Bennett
Ret. Adv. Exec., 63
James W. Bennett, a retired advertising executive, died Saturday, September 14, 2002, after a long illness. He was 63 years of age.
The son of the late Ruth and Robert Bennett, he was born in Lockport. He was the widower of Robin Resnick Bennett.
After graduating from the Lockport Senior High School, he entered the Army Reserve. Mr. Bennett began his career with Sibley's in Rochester and moved to Manhattan where he spent the majority of his life. He worked as creative director for Macy's, BBD&O, Pluzinski and Associates, and Resnick Advertising before moving to Monroe where he established O'Neill and Bennett, an advertising agency in Middletown.
Mr. Bennett was an avid reader and collector who appreciated and enjoyed the writings of Mark Twain, collecting several first editions of his work. A Civil War aficionado, he collected rare memorabilia from that era. He was an accomplished Dobro guitar player and performed throughout the years at various venues in New York City. A follower of the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals throughout his life, he was also a former midget league pitcher.
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Molly and Phil Kelahan of Hooksett, N.J., and Kerry and Chris Fox of Snyder; a son, Tom Bennett of Lockport; a grandson, Thomas Kelahan; a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Jack Hanna of Pike; his former wife, Donna Lamont Bennett of Lockport; a nephew and several other relatives and close friends.
Services were private.
Harold A. Reynolds
Ret. Businessman, 95
Harold A. Reynolds of Monticello, the retired owner of A.T. Reynolds & Sons Inc. in Kiamesha Lake and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, September 20, 2002, at his home. He was 95 years of age
The son of the late Atson T. and Katherine Leahy Reynolds, he was born May 30, 1907, in Monticello. He was the widower of Dorothy Carpenter Reynolds who died July 5, 1982.
A 1925 graduate of Monticello High School, Mr. Reynolds graduated from Cornell University School of Mechanical Engineering in 1931 and worked for York Refrigeration from 1932 to 1934 when his father bought an ice plant from York Refrigeration. Mr. Reynolds came back to Monticello to install the plant, stayed on to run the company and in 1956 founded HRS Vending Inc.
Mr. Reynolds is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Ice Association, serving from 1975 to 1978, and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1984. He was also a past member of the Mid-Atlantic Ice Association and a past member of the New England Ice Association and the recipient of their Warren Pierce Award in 1982.
He retired as president of A.T. Reynolds & Sons Inc., (established in 1884) in March of 1998 and became chairman of the board. He stopped working actively in the business in April 2002. Mr. Reynolds is also a past director of Leisure Time Ice and Nupac.
Mr. Reynolds was a founding director and member of the executive committee of the Monticello Raceway from 1957 to 1977. He was a past board member and vice president of the National Union Bank of Monticello and was on the advisory board of Key Bank. He served as a trustee of the Village of Monticello from March 1955 to April 1957 and served as a member of the Holiday Mountain Park Commission from 1957 to 1979. Mr. Reynolds was a lifelong member of the Monticello Fire Department, was a 44-year member of the Monticello Elks Lodge No. 1544, a past member of the Rotary Club of Monticello and was a member and past deacon of the First Church of Monticello, Presbyterian.
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Loreli Reynolds of Liberty; two daughters, Lois Reynolds Myruski and her husband, Ray, of Goshen, and Carol Reynolds Leitao of Enfield, Conn.; a sister, Madeline Heath Casky of Boca Raton, Fla.; four grandchildren, Chet Williams Jr., Donald Leitao, and Laura and Loreli Reynolds; a great-granddaughter, Stephanie Leitao; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 195 Broadway, Monticello with the Rev. Alex McLean officiating.
Burial will be made in Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of Monticello, Presbyterian, 11 Jones St., Monticello, N.Y. 12701 or to the charity of one's choice.
Mark Arlotta, 41
Inventory Control Agt.
Mark Arlotta of Pine Bush, an inventory control purchasing agent for Woodard's Concrete, died Thursday, September 19, 2002, at the Horton Medical Center after a long illness. He was 41 years of age.
The son of the late Frances and Salvatore Arlotta, he was born January 14, 1961, in Paterson, N.J.
Mr. Arlotta served the community as a member of the Bullville Fire Department and the Orange County Firefighter's Association.
In a family statement, it was said, "Mark was a loving husband, father, brother and friend who was a devoted family man. Some of the qualities that made Mark such a special person were his great sense of humor and his ability to be a good listener. He was a caring and selfless person. Mark had been an athlete and an avid hunter. He endured his illness with great courage and perseverance."
He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Frances Arlotta, and two daughters, Jessica Lyn and Elizabeth Arlotta, all at home; two brothers, Carmine Arlotta of Pine Bush and Patrick Arlotta of Bloomingburg; a sister, Angela Kent of Tampa, Fla; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Salvatore Arlotta.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Thursday at the Infant Savior Church in Pine Bush.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mark Arlotta Children's Trust Fund, Attention Kristen or Sandi, c/o Walden Savings Bank, P.O. Box 240, Pine Bush, N.Y. 12566.
Frederick L. Stage
Ret. Mech./Welder, 70
Frederick L. Stage of Middletown, a 39-year employee of the Orange County Department of Public Works, retired as a mechanic and welder, and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, September 20, 2002, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. He was 70 years of age.
The son of the late John R. Sr. and Isabelle Kisshour Stage, he was born August 1, 1932, in Goshen.
Mr. Stage was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, a member of VFW Post #1161 of the Town of Newburgh and a member of the Middletown American Legion Post #151 in Middletown. He was also a member of the C.S.E.A., the Otisville Lions Club, a former member of the Otisville Fire Company and a former ambulance driver for the Otisville- Mt. Hope Volunteer Ambulance corps.
He is survived by his wife, Florence Jones Stage, at home; a son, Richard L. Stage of Middletown; two daughters, Kathleen M. Kahn and her husband, Fred, of Liberty, and Edith M. Stage of Middletown; two grandchildren, James M. Philips and his wife, Sarah, of White Sulphur Springs, and Lisa M. Phillips of Liberty; two great-grandchildren, Skyler and Jared Phillips of White Sulphur Springs; a brother John R. Stage Jr. of Newburgh; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Ross Stage.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Inc. Funeral Home, 26 Grove St., Middletown with the Rev. Bill Wolf officiating.
Interment will be made in the Wallkill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 255 Lafayette Ave., Suffern, N.Y. 10901.
Ret. Town Clerk, 83
Mae VanAken of Livingston Manor, a lifelong area resident and a former Town of Rockland Clerk for 26 years, died Monday, September 23, 2002, at the Montgomery Nursing Home in Montgomery. She was 83 years of age.
The daughter of the late E. Wiley and Lillian Barnhart Lacey, she was born August 20, 1919, in Livingston Manor. She was the widow of Harold VanAken.
Mrs. VanAken was a 45-year member and past matron, serving in 1967 and 1990, of Sullivan Chapter #298, Order of the Eastern Star. She was appointed Grand Representative near the Grand Chapter of Virginia and served 1989 to 1991. She was also a member, former financial secretary and former trustee of the Livingston Manor United Methodist Church and a past member of the United Methodist Women. Mrs. VanAken was a member of the Livingston Manor Senior Citizens and a past member of Star Rebekah Lodge #78 of Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Harold R. and MaryLou VanAken of Wallkill; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara R. and Lee Ellmauer Sr. of Youngsville; a brother, Harold Lacey of Monticello; three sisters, Clara Tremper of North Branch, Eda Knoff of Middletown and Eva Terwilliger of Livingston Manor; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers and four sisters, George Lacey, Clifford Lacey, Wiley Lacey, Margaret Smith, Gladys Martin, Vera Dagion and Lillian Lacey.
Friends may call at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Sullivan Chapter No. 298, Order of the Eastern Star, will conduct services at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Stewart F. Pohlman officiating.
Burial will be made in the Beaverkill Cemetery in Beaverkill.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston Manor United Methodist Church or Sullivan Chapter #298, Order of the Eastern Star, both at Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758.