November 15, 2002
Ret. RN, 85
Marie Vetter of Willowemoc, a lifelong area resident and a retired registered nurse who had worked at the Community General Hospital in Liberty, died Tuesday, November 12, 2002, at her home. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of the late John and Adolphine Franke Braghirol, she was born August 4, 1917, in New York City. She was the widow of Paul Vetter who died in 1974.
Mrs. Vetter was a member of the Tri-Valley Lioness Club.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Paul J. and Kitty Vetter of Willowemoc; a daughter, Pauline Vetter of Wappingers Falls; a brother, John Braghirol of North Carolina; and two grandchildren, Danielle Cornish and Gene Paul Vetter. She was predeceased by two sisters, Adalaide and Marge Braghirol.
A Service of Remembrance was held Thursday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty with the Rev. Bridgette Le Coney officiating.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tri-Valley Lions Club, Grahamsville, N.Y. 12740 or to the Livingston Manor Ambulance Corps, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758.
Ret. Laborer, 80
Harold Skinner of Corona, Calif., a retired laborer and a former longtime resident of Sullivan County, died Friday, November 8, 2002, at the Veterans Administration Medical Ccenter in Corona, Calif. He was 80 years of age.
The son of the late Ray and Bess Owen Kelly Skinner, he was born August 5, 1922, in Lava.
A World War II veteran of the United States Army, he worked for many years in Shandelee.
He is survived by a daughter, Doris Smith of Pahrum, Nev.; a sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Robert Parks of White Sulphur Springs; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three nephews. He was predeceased by his stepmother, Katherine Johnson Skinner.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in Corona, Calif.
Burial will be private.
Local arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty.
Maintenance Man, 54
Thomas Mathew Tremblay of Middletown, a longtime maintenance man at the Arden Hill Hospital in Goshen and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, October 29, 2002, at his home. He was 54 years of age.
The son of the late Joseph and Gladys Fenner Tremblay, he was born September 21, 1948, in Goshen.
Mr. Tremblay was a member of St. John Church in Goshen.
He is survived by two sisters, Patricia Wesolowski of Middletown and Florence Bedford of Monticello; two brothers, Raymond Tremblay of Phillipsport and Michael Tremblay of Summitville; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph Tremblay Jr. and John Tremblay.
A Memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19, at St. John the Evangelist Church in Goshen.
Burial will be private.
Luba B. Stratton
Luba B. Stratton of Kiamesha Lake, a homemaker and longtime area resident, died Sunday, November 10, 2002, at the Achieve Rehab and Nursing Facility in Liberty. She was 72 years of age.
The daughter of the late Michael and Anna Maday Clemow, she was born August 25, 1930, in New York City.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Eugene Stratton, at home; two daughters, Ellen Hummel of Hurleyville and Janyne Katz and her husband, Steven, of Maryland; a sister and brother-in-law, Olga and Stanley Stulz of New Jersey; two grandsons, Brandon Hummel and Daniel Katz; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Wednesday at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne with Mother Joan LaLiberte officiating.
Burial was made in Old Falls Cemetery in Fallsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Mid-Hudson Chapter, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 102, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601.
Ret. Truck Dr., 76
Arthur Dymond of Napanoch, a retired 27-year truck driver for the County of Ulster and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, November 12, 2002, at the Ellenville Regional Hospital. He was 76 years of age.
The son of Isaac and Bertha Wright Dymond, he was born January 15, 1926, in Sundown.
Mr. Dymond worked on a dairy farm for 20 years and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
In a family statement, it was said, "He loved to bake and cook. Art, a loving husband and father, loved life to the fullest. He always had a smile and a joke. He will always be remembered for his unusual hats."
He is survived by his wife, Leona Van Etten Dymond, at home; two daughters, Jodi Dolan and her husband, Don, of Ocala, Fla., and Bonnie Linscott of Napanoch; a son, Isaac Arthur Dymond of Napanoch; a sister, Bertha Schumann of Sundown; nine grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Wednesday at the Loucks Funeral Home in Ellenville with the Rev. Lorraine Ackerman officiating.
Graveside services and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Furman Cemetery in Yeagerville.
Rose Newkirk, 76
Ret. Med. Office Wkr.
Rose Newkirk of Wurtsboro, a longtime area resident and a retired medical office worker in Middletown, died Sunday, November 10, 2002. She was 76 years of age.
The daughter of the late Esther and Joseph Piccino, she was born April 21, 1926, in Paterson, N.J.
Mrs. Newkirk had also been previously employed at the Chateau Restaurant in Monticello for many years.
In a family statement, it was said, "Rose was a warm and loving woman whose door was always open to friends and family. Rose was proud of her Italian heritage, but her American patriotism knew no bounds. . . Each year, she and her husband would host a traditional Italian Feast for all their neighbors and family. Rose was always happiest when she was surrounded by her family, especially her granddaughter, Kate. Rose's kind and generous heart will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her."
She was a founding member of the Wurtsboro Bicentennial Committee which organized parades and festivities that ran annually for ten years. She was active in the Mamakating Democratic Party and served as Sullivan County Democratic Committeeman for many years. She was also a driving force in the creation of the Monticello Central School District.
Mrs. Newkirk was a member of the New York State Board of Elections, the Mamakating Historical Society, the Westbrookville Senior Citizens and a communicant at St. Joseph's Church in Wurtsboro.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Chauncey 'Buddy" Newkirk, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte and Michael Dolan of Middletown and Toni and Jack Haley of Wurtsboro; a granddaughter, Caitlin Rose Dolan; a sister, Rita Maltesta of Totowa, N.J.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. She was predeceased by two brothers, Frank and Joseph, and two sisters, Louise and Dolores.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Thursday at St. Joseph's Church in Wurtsboro with Father Peter Madori officiating.
Burial was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mamakating First Aid and Ambulance Squad, P.O. Box 525, Wurtsboro, N.Y. 12790.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro.
Fred R. Lepke, 92
Ret. Maintenance Man
Fred R. Lepke of Ulster Heights, a retired maintenance man for the Town of Fallsburg golf course and a lifelong area resident, died November 12, 2002, at his home. He was 92 yeas of age.
The son of the late Henry and Minnie Ziehl Lepke, he was born June 1, 1910, in Elmhurst. He was the widower of Mae Falk Lepke.
Mr. Lepke is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and John Rogerson of Greenfield Park; a son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Colleen Lepke of Ulster Heights; a brother, Roy A. Lepke of Ulster Heights; a sister, Ruth Eck of Woodbourne; three grandchildren, Kimberly Wright and Tammy Lepke, both of Ulster Heights, and Brian Rogerson of Greenfield Park; a great-grandson, Christian Wright of Ulster Heights; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Clarence Lepke and Herbert Lepke Sr., and two sisters, Erna Lepke and Dorothy Lepke Whalen.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Loucks Funeral Home, Route 209, Ellenville, with the Rev. Eileen Daunt officiating.
Burial will be made in the Fantinekill Cemetery in Ellenville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ulster Heights United Methodist Church, 1264 Ulster Heights Rd., Ellenville, N.Y. 12428.
Albert Novak Jr.
Ret. Electrician, 90
Albert Novak Jr. of Newtown, Conn., a retired electrician and a former resident of Callicoon, died Tuesday, November 12, 2002, at the Ashlar of Newtown Masonic Home in Newtown, Conn. He was 90 years of age.
The son of the late Albert E. and Ottilie Brezovsky Novak, he was born June 10, 1912, in New York City.
Mr. Novak resided in Teaneck and Bergenfield, N.J., before retiring to Callicoon. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church and Delaware Lodge No. 561, F.&A.M., both of Callicoon, and a 65-year member of I.B.E.W. Local Union No. 3.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean Goldner, at home; a daughter, Barbara J. Connerty of Southbury, Conn.; a son and daughter-in-law, Albert J. and Mary Ann Novak of Pueblo, Colo; five grandchildren, Deborah Novak, Michael Novak, Barbara Navejas, Albert J. Novak Jr. and Kimberly Sanchez; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert G. Novak, and a great-grandson, Joshua Sena.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 6, at St. James Episcopal Church in Callicoon.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, Callicoon, N.Y. 12723 or the charity of one's choice.
Dorothy E. Mason
Ret. Tel Super, 92
Dorothy E. Mason of Taft, California, a resident of the westside since 1956 and a retired supervisor for Pacific Telephone with over 20 years service, died Wednesday, November 13, 2002, at a Bakersfield hospital in California. She was 92 years of age.
The widow of Hubert F. Mason, who died in 1991, she was born in Hortonville on June 14, 1910.
Mrs. Mason was a member of the Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews, including Carl Gettle of Bakersfield, Calif., Nancy and Bill Arp of Pahrump, Nev., Robert Boehmer, Philip Boehmer and Gail Lilley, all of Pennsylvania, John Boehmer of Maryland, Marlon Smith, Gaylon Smith and Marshall Smith, and their families, of Los Gatos, Calif., Jean Soto and family of Sacramento, Calif., Dell Tully and her family of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Nona Burgess of Ridgecrest, Calif.; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Boehmer. She was predeceased by a brother, Robert Boehmer, and a sister, Gertrude Gettle.
Graveside services and burial will be held Saturday at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft, Calif., with the Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God, officiating.