October 4, 2002
Irene M. Burday
Ret. Teacher, 78
Irene Meiskin Burday of East Falmouth, Mass., a retired school teacher and one-time assistant principal of the religious school at Temple Sholom in Monticello, died Sunday, September 29, 2002, in Falmouth Hospital after a long illness. She was 78 years of age.
The daughter of Aaron and Frieda Meiskin, she was born April 20, 1924, in Poland. When five years of age, she immigrated to the United States.
Mrs. Burday graduated from Moravian College in Pennsylvania and received her Master's degree in Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She taught elementary school in Rockland County for many years. She was very active in Jewish education and, as well as her time in Monticello, she also taught classes at the Falmouth Jewish Congregation.
She was a regional vice president for Hadassah and was active in Brandeis Women.
Mrs. Burday is survived by her husband, Dr. Seymour Burday, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Lawrence and Madeline Burday, of Poughkeepsie and Irving and Claire Burday of Middletown; four grandchildren, Rachel and Alex Burday of Poughkeepsie and Jaclyn and Rebecca Burday of Middletown; a sister, Anne Holzman of Reading, Pa.; and a brother and sister-in-law, Morton and Muriel Meiskin of Freehold, N.J.
Services were held Tuesday at the Falmouth Jewish Congregation.
Burial was made in the Falmouth Jewish Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Falmouth Jewish Congregation or to Hadassah.
Jacob Skinner Jr.
Ret. Businessman, 75
Jacob "Jake" Skinner Jr. of Liberty, a former resident of Pulaski and Volney, died Sunday, September 29, 2002, He was 75 years of age.
The son of the late Dorothy and Jacob Skinner Sr., he was born August 24, 1927, in Ellenville.
A World War II veteran of the United States Army, he served under Gen. George S. Patton and served at the Nuremberg Trials in Germany in the Military Police. He was a friend of the Hamlin-Weldon Post of the American Legion and a friend of the Oswego Valley Railroad Association, both in New Haven.
Mr. Skinner worked for the New York Ontario and Western Railroad as an assistant station agent and also for Fuelane in Liberty. He formerly owned Skinner's Meter and Regulator Repair shop in Liberty.
He was a life member of Ontario Hose #3 Fire Company and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, both in Liberty. He was active with the Boy Scouts and served as a scoutmaster for many years.
Mr. Skinner is survived by his wife, Ruth Hyzer Skinner of Liberty; three daughters and sons-in-law, Carole and Frank McCoy of Liberty, Debra and Martin Fisher of Pulaski and Nancy and Charles Gabriel of Liberty; a daughter-in-law, Roni Skinner Evans of Neversink; two sisters, Marge Boxberger of Delaware and Mildred Keegan of Kenoza Lake; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, John T. Skinner Sr., who died in 1975; a sister, Gwendolyn Allen and two brothers, Frederick Skinner and Robert Skinner.
Cremation was private.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 170 North Main St., Liberty, with the Rev. Francis Waite officiating.
Burial will be made in the Sullivan County Veterans' Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Volunteer Fire Department, Sprague St., Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Kevin J. Carlson
Ret. SC DPW, 47
Kevin J. Carlson of Livingston Manor, retired from the Sullivan County Department of Public Works and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, September 30, 2002, He was 47 years of age.
The son of Erma Knack Carlson and the late David A. Carlson, he was born March 10, 1955, in Liberty.
Mr. Carlson was a member and past Parish Council member of St. Aloysius Church and a member of the Livingston Manor Lions Club, both in Livingston Manor. He was also a Meals on Wheels volunteer since 1999.
He is survived by his mother, at home; two brothers, Gary D. Carlson and his wife, Susan, and Glen T. Carlson, all of Livingston Manor; a sister, Patricia A. Crane and her companion, Norman J. Meyer of South Fallsburg; seven nieces and nephews, Andrew D. Carlson, Christina C. Marchese, Stewart K. Crane, Mary L. Crane, Ryan T. Carlson, Jesse L. Carson and Brandon G. Carlson; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services were held at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor on Thursday with the Rev. William Collins officiating.
Burial was made in the Beaverkill Cemetery in Beaverkill.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Aloysius Church, Church St., or the Livingston Manor Lions Club, P.O. Box 151, both at Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758.
Ret. Chief Engr., 79
Eugene Lifshitz of Greenfield Park, a former chief engineer at Tamarack Lodge in Greenfield Park and a 37-year area resident, died Tuesday, October 1, 2002, at his home. He was 79 years of age.
The son of Harry and Sarah Levine Lifshitz, he was born January 1, 1923, in the Town of Bethel. He was the widower of Alberta Lesofsky Lifshitz who died May 7, 1998.
Mr. Lifshitz was a World War II veteran of the United States Coast Guard and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a benefactor of the National Rifle Association, a member of the Ulster Heights Rod and Gun Club and a member of the Shawangunk Senior Citizens.
He is survived by a son, Morgan Ross of New York City; a granddaughter, Laura Lawrence of Bowling Green, Kty.; and several nieces and nephews.
There were no calling hours. Cremation was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ellenville First Aid & Rescue Squad, Webster St., Ellenville, N.Y. 12438 or to the charity of one's choice.
Ret. Chef, 79
Angelo Pollos of Harris, a retired chef, died suddenly Tuesday, October 1, 2002, at his home. He was 79 years of age.
The son of the late Vlases and Anna Yoskovski Pollos, he was born May 17, 1923, in New York City.
A World War II veteran of the United States Army, he was a member of the Bailey-Richman Post No. 9588, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Monticello. Mr. Pollos was a 10-year volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program, and had been employed at the Landfill & Recycle Center in Monticello for the past three months.
He is survived by three daughters, Cynthia Pollos of Loch Sheldrake, and Connie and Andrea; a step-daughter, Kayla LaPolt; eight grandchildren, including Tatyanna and Lamont Pollos of Loch Sheldrake; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his longtime companion, Darlene Wickberg.
Services were held Thursday at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne with the Rev. Robert Pinto officiating.
Interment was made in Pinelawn Cemetery in Pinelawn.
Wilma P. Wagner
Wilma Poley Wagner of North Branch, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, October 1, 2002, at the home of her daughter in Bogota, N.J. She was 95 years of age.
The daughter of the late John and Bertha Ballard Poley, she was born August 29, 1907, in North Branch. She was the widow of Adolph C. Wagner Jr. who died in January of 2002, after 78 years of marriage.
Mrs. Wagner was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Obernburg. She was a former longtime member of the Callicoon Center Band and the Callicoon Center Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
In a family statement, it was said that "Mom was an accomplished saxophone player and performed for many years with the Callicoon Center Band. She was an avid gardener and was known for her collection of rare flowers at both her North Branch and Largo, Fla., homes. She drove an egg delivery truck for the family business. During the early part of her marriage, she and her late husband worked for popular songwriter Harry Woods, who had a residence in Calicoon. She was physically challenged by a spinal problem for over 50 years but overcame her disability to remain a hands-on wife, mother and grandmother and an active member of her community."
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Joy and John Klemm of Bogota, N.J.; four grandchildren, Gerald Mootz Jr. of Poughkeepsie, Susan Naughton and Jack Mootz, both of Callicoon Center, and April Dawn Shinske of Mt. Laurel, N.J.; 12 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Earle Poley of North Branch and John Poley of Narrowsburg; and a sister, Mildred Muir of Fishkill. She was predeceased by a daughter, Alice Mootz, and two grandchildren, Dennis and Denise Mootz.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Church in Obernburg with the Rev. John Richardson, O.F.M., officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Mary's Cemetery in Obernburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church, Obernburg, N.Y. 12767; The Alzheimer's Association, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 203, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601; or to the Callicoon Center Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Callicoon Center, N.Y. 12724.
Dorothy Kenney, 93
Ret. Domestic Wkr.
Dorothy Kenny of Narrowsburg, a retired domestic worker, died Tuesday, October 1, 2002, at Achieve Rehab & Nursing Facility in Liberty. She was 93 years of age.
The daughter of the late John and Margaret Mozee Kenney, she was born May 13, 1909, in Lousia, Va.
She is survived by a niece, Margaret Kenny of Elizabeth, N.J.; and a nephew, William Kenney of New Canton, Va.
Graveside services and burial will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Glen Cove Cemetery in Narrowsburg with the Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiating.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.
Catherine Carr, a homemaker and a 43-year area resident, died Tuesday, October 1, 2002, in Goshen. She was 64 years of age.
The daughter of Denis and Mary Ryan Croke, she was born July 20, 1938, in Trenton, N.J.
Mrs. Carr was a member of St. Mary's Church in Montgomery.
She is survived by her husband, Everett "Jack" Carr, at home; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Betty and William Kilian of Montgomery, Catherine and Douglas McVicker of Mt. Hope, Peggy and Dan Farganis of Wallkill, and Sarah A. Carr, at home; four sons, John Carr, at home, Daniel Carr of Middletown, Everett Carr Jr. and his companion, Michelle Dandreno of Bloomingburg and Frank Carr and his wife, Sarah Maye, of Rock Tavern; several grandchildren including, Billy and Jessica Kilian of Montgomery, Melissa and Douglas McVicker of Mt. Hope, Ryan and Brett Farganis of Wallkill, Amanda and Ashley Carr of Circleville, Brandon Carr of Bloomingburg and Patrick Carr of Rock Tavern; a sister, Helen Smalley of Louisville, Kty.; two brothers, Denis Croke of Trenton, N.J., and John Croke of Trenton, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Jacklyn Carr, a son, Denis Carr, three sisters and a brother.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Church, 89 Union St., Montgomery, with Fr. Joseph D. Sullivan officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Mary's Cemetery in Montgomery.
Ret. Motel Owner, 91
Lillian Benmosche of Monticello, once the owner and operator of the Patio Motel, died Tuesday, October 1, 2002, after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. She was 91 years of age.
The daughter of the late Isidore and Fanny Cohen, she was born February 18, 1911, in New York City. A widow, Mrs. Benmosche was one of eight children.
Mrs. Benmosche built a life and a family of her own in the Monticello area, running the motel after the death of her husband in 1954.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was a warm and loving mother and a kind soul to all who knew her. Every community she touched felt her presence as she took long walks each day and collected 'momentos' from her journeys. Her light in the world has been a blessing to all of her family and we will always remember her."
She is survived by four children, Judith, Robert, Jayne and Michael; a brother, Julius; two sisters, Frieda and Eleanor; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held Thursday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lillian Benmosche Recovery Center, 196 Broadway, Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Evelyn Grace Faughnan of Wurtsboro and Miami, Fla., a homemaker and lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, October 1, 2002, at her home in Miami. She was 82 years of age.
The daughter of the late Berthold and Elizabeth Margaret Sammler Raschke, she was born June 27, 1920, in New York City. She was the widow of Gerald John Faughnan who died April 17, 1995.
Mrs. Faughnan was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Wurtsboro.
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia Ann and John LaBelle of Miami, Fla., and Eileen and Rick Stilwagen of Deltaville, Va.; a brother and sister-in-law, Bert and Gladys Raschke of California; three grandchildren, Richard, Elizabeth and Nicole; seven great-grandchildren, Matthew, Samantha, Kiera, Christian, Damien, TJ and Sissy; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro, on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Sullivan St., Wurtsboro, with the Rev. Peter Madori officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wurtsboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice, 12515 N. Kendall Dr., Suite 210, Miami, Fla. 33186.
Jennie E. Decker, 84
Ret. Sr. Acct. Clerk
Jennie Elizabeth Decker of Willowemoc, a longtime bookkeeper for Tom Quick Lumber Mill in Livingston Manor and a retired Senior Account Clerk for Sullivan County Department of Social Services and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, October 2, 2002, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 84 years of age.
The daughter of the late William Henry and Delilah Catherine Weist Decker, she was born March 14, 1918, in Willowemoc.
Miss Decker was a member and treasurer of the Willowemoc Baptist Church.
In a family statement, it was said, "Jennie touched everyone who knew her and she will be eternally loved and missed by all."
She is survived by a nephew, Robert Decker of Willowemoc; five nieces, Bonnie Hein of Poquag, Nancy Tuccello of Carthage, Flora Bivens of Liberty, Violet Knight and Betty Knight, both of Mt. Vision; and several grand-, great-grand and great-great-grandnieces and nephews. She was predeceased by five brothers and two sisters, Oswald William Decker, Ernest Richard Decker, Alon Monroe Decker, Jay Knight, Burr Knight, Wanda Burda Fagan and Edith Delilah Knight Chapman.
Friends may call at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Carl Caskey officiating.
Burial will be made in the Claryville Cemetery in Claryville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Willowemoc Baptist Church, c/o Gary Bivens, RD 1, Church Rd., Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758.
Edith R. Burns
Edith R. "Dede" Burns of Santa Ana, Calif., a former resident of South Fallsburg, died on September 15, 2002, in Orange, Calif. She was 66 years of age.
The daughter of Marion Sakofsky and the late Judge Herbert Sakofsky, she was born October 12, 1935, in South Fallsburg.
A graduate of Fallsburg Central High School and the University of Michigan, she was an accomplished musician. She was a member of the Irvine Valley College Choir with whom she performed John Rutter's "Requiem," conducted by the composer at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Mrs. Burns also sang with the chorus which performed at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, and more recently as a member of the University Synagogue Choir in Orange, Calif.
An avid supporter of the arts and public televison, Dede was also associated with the Martin Lawrence Gallery in Santa Ana. She also served as career center counselor at Foot Hills High School and as an eligibility advisor at the Orange County Social Services Division, all in California.
She is survived by her husband, Arthur Burns, at home; four children and their spouses, Linda and Gene Campana, Marianne and Peter Hauser, Jennifer and Nick Hartog and David and Rosa Burns; 11 grandchildren; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Ellen and Guy Carrier and Elaine and Jerry Alexander; an aunt, Lila Hillman of Florida, formerly of Hurleyville; an uncle, Harold Shapiro of Denver, Colo.; two sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Eileen and Harvey Krieger of Woodridge and Leda and Richard Burns of Florida; several nieces, nephews, cousins; and a host of friends.
Services and burial were held at the Pacific View Memorial Park in Newport Beach, Fla., with Rabbi Arnold Rachlis officiating.