October 15, 2002
Charles Hecker, 51
Charles G. Hecker of Rochester, a former resident of Jeffersonville, died in Virginia on Monday, October 7, 2002, after a brief illness. He was 51 years of age.
He was the son of the late Charles R. and Eleanor J. Hecker.
Mr. Hecker is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Maryellen and Terry G. McMahon of Virginia Beach, Va.; two nieces, Emily and Stephanie McMahon; an aunt and several cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Eleanor Ann Hecker.
A Mass of the Resurrection was offered on Saturday at the Church of the Holy Family in Virginia Beach, Va., with the Rev. Thomas Quinlan officiating.
Ret. Dairy Farmer, 85
Merlin Stephens of Fallsdale, Pa., a retired dairy farmer, a lifelong area resident and a worker for many years for the Damascus Township, died Thursday, October 10, 2002, at Wayne Woodlands Manor in Waymart, Pa. He was 85 years of age.
The son of the late John and Ethel Rolston Stephens, he was born October 17, 1916, in Fallsdale, Pa. He was the widower of Esther Stephens who died in 1992.
Mr. Stephens was a member of Labor Grange and a trustee of the Hillside Cemetery Association.
He is survived by a daughter, Barbara Walter of Cochecton Center; a sister, Doris Loscig of Pottstown, Pa.; a brother, Stanley Stephens of Honesdale, Pa.; three grandchildren, John Walter, Valerie Panich and Michael Walter; a dear friend and sister-in-law, Frances Card; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Lucille Griffith.
Services were held Saturday at the Damascus United Methodist Church in Damascus, Pa., with the Rev. George Gallandorn officiating.
Burial was made in the Hillside Cemetery in Damascus, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus United Methodist Church, Damascus, Pa. 18415 or to Labor Grange.
Herbert C. Heidt
Ret. Boiler Mech., 85
Herbert Crawford Heidt of Wurtsboro, a retired boiler mechanic for the Hudson River Psychiatric Center, died Wednesday, October 9, 2002, at his home. He was 85 years of age.
The son of the late Leon C. and Fern K. Heidt, he was born November 25, 1916, in Phillipsport.
Mr. Heidt was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps where he served as a pilot. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal and World War II Honorable Service lapel button. He had also logged over 15,000 hours of air time as a flight engineer with Pan Am Airlines.
He is survived by a son, James K. Heidt; a daughter, Carol J. Gill; three brothers, Howard Crawford, Harold Crawford and Walter Crawford; loving friends, Sean and Hope Cirillo and their children; and six grandchildren.
Graveside services and burial were held Saturday at the New Vernon Cemetery in New Vernon.
Ret. U.S. Army Sgt., 88
Carmine "Poppy" Moreno of Wurtsboro, a retired United States Army sergeant and a World War II veteran, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2002, at the Hudson Valley Hospital. He was 88 years of age.
The son of the late Cono and Catherine Moreno, he was born March 7, 1914, in Brooklyn. He was the widower of Eleanor Moreno.
He is survived by a daughter, Anita Moreno, and a son, Paul Mess, both of Wurtsboro; four grandchildren, Jill and Mike Harrold of Boca Raton, Fla., and Jackie and Tom Rohloff of Wurtsboro; and a great-grandchild, Elliana Harrold.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Friday at Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church.
Burial with military honors was made in the Long Island National Cemetery in Pinelawn.
Dr. Herman Marder
Pulp/Paper Tech, 71
Dr. Herman L. Marder of Titusville, N.J., died at his home on Friday, October 11, 2002. He was 71 years of age.
He was born in New York City and grew up in Monticello where he graduated from high school in 1948. He attended the State University of New York, College of Forestry at Syracuse University where he acquired his B.S. in pulp and paper technology and his Ph.D. in polymer chemistry. Dr. Marder worked in product development for several major corporations, retiring as vice president of special projects for Church and Dwight Co., Inc.
He was a member of the Trenton Cyrus Lodge #5, F.&A.M.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carol Wray Marder, at home; his mother, Ida Avruch of Aventura, Fla.; a sister, Michelle Kamhi of New York City; two daughters and sons-in-law, Suzan and William Black of Princeton, N.J., and Amy and Lee Christel of Palo Alto, Calif.; two sons, Matthew Marder of Hamilton, N.J., and William Marder of Ewing, N.J.; and four grandchildren, Andrew Black of Princeton, N.J., Benjamin and Sophia Christel of Palo Alto, Calif., and Natasha Marder of Ewing, N.J.
Services and burial were held in New Jersey.
Memorial contributions may be made to Princeton Hospice, 208 Bunn Dr., Princeton, N.J. 08540 or to the American Heart Association, 2550 U.S. Highway 1, North Brunswick, N.J. 08902.
Marion E. Batkay
Ret. Reg. Nurse, 85
Marion E. Batkay of Livingston Manor, a retired registered nurse and former resident of Daytona Beach, Fla., died Friday, October 11, 2002, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home in Roscoe. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of the late Frederick and Delia O'Keefe Vantran, she was born February 3, 1917, in Livingston Manor. She was the widow of Carl W. Batkay.
She pursued her nursing education and career in New York City and, upon retirement, moved to Florida.
Mrs. Batkay is survived by two sons, William M. Batkay of Caldwell, N.J., and Jon P. Batkay of Brooklyn; an adopted daughter, Barbara Fitzgerald of Glen Ellen, Va.; two sisters, Margaret McGeady and Jean Gottleib, both of Daytona Beach, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Irene Jurgenson of Wilton, Conn.; a grandson, Adam Batkay; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Kathleen Batkay, and a sister, Kathleen "Honey" Ellison.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday at St. Aloysius Church in Livingston Manor with the Rev. William Collins officiating.
Burial was made in St. Peter's Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, Md. 20814.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor.
Alva S. Heins
Ret. Typist/Clerk, 99
Alva S. Heins, a 35-year resident of Beach Lake, Pa., a former resident of Narrowsburg and a retired typist and clerk for AT&T, died Thursday, October 10, 2002, at the Murray Tufts Garrett Manor in Beach Lake, Pa. She was 99 years of age.
The daughter of the late George L. and Alvine Kruse Smith, she was born February 26, 1903, in Bayonne, N.J. She was the widow of Herman Heins who died in 1984.
Mrs. Heins was a member of St. Tammany Chapter No. 492, Order of the Eastern Star, in Callicoon, and a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the Tusten Senior Citizens, both in Narrowsburg.
She is survived by a sister, Dorothy Otto of Monsey; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Monday at the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg with the Rev. Phyllis Haynes and the Rev. Fred Bryant Jr. officiating.
Cremation was made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or to the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corps, both at Narrowsburg, N.Y. 12764.
John E. Rogers, 44
John E. Rogers of Downsville, a laborer and truck driver and a lifelong area resident, died Thursday, October 10, 2002, in Downsville. He was 44 years of age.
The son of Alice Donovan, he was born January 14, 1958, in Liberty.
He is survived by his mother of the state of Florida; his companion, Jennifer Watson, and her daughter, Anna, of Downsville; his maternal grandmother, Lena DuMond of Liberty; a son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Natasha Rogers of Fort Story, Va.; two daughters, Michelle Barnett and her husband, Justin, of Fort Story, Va., and Amber Rogers of Roscoe; two grandchildren, Dustin and Brooke Rogers; a sister, Melissa Delgado and her husband, Gilbert, of the state of Florida; a niece, Isabella Delgado; an aunt, Ginger Atkins; and two uncles, Dennis and Herbert Rogers; and several cousins.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 So. Main St., Liberty, on Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Francis Waite officiating.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
John D. Naugle, 80
Trading Post Employee
John David Naugle of Masten Lake, an employee of the Trading Post in Monticello, died Thursday, October 10, 2002, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 80 years of age.
The son of the late George and Ida Miller Naugle, he was born September 18, 1922, in Pearl River.
Mr. Naugle was a World War II Army veteran.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Eleanor Kent Naugle, at home; two sons, David Naugle and his wife, Annette, of Piscataway, N.J., and Glenn Naugle of South Fallsburg; a daughter and son-in-law, Gale and Edwin Price of Monticello; two brothers, George Naugle of upstate New York and Walter Naugle of Chester; a sister, Carol Eardley of Westerlo; four grandchildren, David, Tricia and her husband Mike, Shannon and Lucas; a great-granddaughter, Nicole; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Monday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello with the Rev. Robert Schwander officiating.
Burial was made in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery in Bloomingburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Mid-Hudson Chapter, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 102, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601-4027.
Rosa M. Zandt, 67
Rosa M. Zandt of Fishkill, a former Sullivan County resident, died Thursday, October 10, 2002, at St. Luke's Hospital in Newburgh. She was 67 years of age.
The daughter of the late Auguste and Hedwig Ritz Zandt, she was born November 1, 1934, in Deposit.
Mrs. Zandt was a retired social worker and attended St. Mary's Church in Fishkill.
She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Ann and George Manzi of Parksville, and Jennifer Briggs of Manhattan; six brothers; three sisters; three grandchildren, Matthew, Michelle and Katie Manzi; and her surrogate family at Wingate of Dutchess.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
A memorial service will be held at the Liberty Free Methodist Church, Route 52W, Liberty, on Sunday, October 20 at 3 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 35 Orchard St., White Plains, N.Y. 10603 or to the Extreme Faith Youth Mission, 2 Parr Rd., Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
George H. Frosch Jr.
George H. Frosch Jr. of Hancock, a former president and longtime member of the Upper Delaware Council and land rights advocate for the Upper Delaware Wild and Scenic River, died Saturday, October 12, 2002, due to cancer. He was 73 years of age.
The son of the late George H. and Lillian Prigge Frosch, he was born February 8, 1929, in Jersey City, N.J.
A graduate of William Dickinson High School in Jersey Ctiy, he had the distinction of playing on the all-star football team. An avid reader, Mr. Frosch had a long interest in history. After working several years in the metropolitan New York area, he moved from Jersey City with his family to a farm in the area known as Kilgore Switch, upriver from Lordville. He bred and trained Standard bred racehorses for years and later mined and sold stone products to many towns and businesses over a wide area. He was instrumental in the construction of the new bridge over the Delaware River in Lordville.
Mr. Frosch was a life member of the NRA and a member of the Masonic order of Free and Accepted Masons.
In a family statement, it was said, "George will surely be missed by many."
He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Beatrice L. and Grant Peckham of Oneonta; two nephews, Grant H. Peckham and his wife, Janine, and their two sons, Richard and Steven, all of Alexandria, Va., and Fred J. Peckham and his fiancée, Connie Carrington, of Front Royal, Va.; a niece, Marcia A. Peckham of Oneonta; and many cousins. He was predeceased by a nephew, Matthew J. Peckham.
A memorial service will be held at a later date with further details.
Arrangements were made by the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel in Hancock.
Nurses' Aide, 53
Cindy Contillo of Bethel, a nurses' aide at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, died Monday, October 14, 2002, at the Achieve Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Liberty. She was 53 years of age.
The daughter of the late Wiliam and Olive Calkin Burr, she was born December 21, 1948, in Monticello.
She is survived by two daughters, Connie Becker and Terry Elmenayer, both of Long Island; two sisters, Brenda Neumann of Jeffersonville and Edwina Murns of Fosterdale; a brother, Anthony Burr of Fosterdale; and two grandchildren, Casey and Samantha Becker.
Services will be private
Burial will be made in the Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville.