November 19, 2002
Raffaele Sorrentino of Liberty, a 30-year resident and the owner of Ralph's Custom Tailoring Shop in Liberty, died Thursday, November 14, 2002, at his home. He was 75 years of age.
The son of the late Pasqual and Liberina Bonercoua Sorrentino, he was born November 3, 1927, in Iscaia, Italy.
Mr. Sorrentino was a member of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Liberty.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Marie Volo Sorrentino, at home; six sons, Pasquale Sorrentino of New York City, Archie Sorrentino of Liberty, and Luciano Sorrentino and his wife, Maria, Paul Sorrentino, Valentino Sorrentino and his wife, Michelle, and Marco Sorrentino and his wife, Fran, all of New York City; three daughters, Rita Sorrentino and Maria Hernandez and her husband, Steve, all of New York City, and Savanna Young and her husband, Douglas, of the state of Florida.; a brother, Enzo Sorrentino and his wife, Maria, of Rome, Italy; and 11 grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Liberina Sorrentino.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Liberty on Monday with Monsignor Edward Straub officiating.
Burial was made in St. Peter's Cemetery in Liberty.
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.
Earl Anthony Vega
Earl Anthony Vega of Liberty, the newborn infant son of William Vega and Alice Cox, died Tuesday, November 12, 2002, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris.
He is survived by his parents of Liberty; his maternal grandfather, Robert Cox of Youngsville, his paternal grandfather, William Vega of Harris; his paternal grandmother, Beverly Heffelfinger of Harris; five brothers, Brandon Cox, Anthony DaLeo, Christopher Cox, Daniel Cox and Jeremy Cox, all of Liberty; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services were held Saturday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Ret. Saleswoman, 91
Patricia Bonnell of Liberty, a lifelong area resident and a retired saleswoman for Steven's Gift Shop at the Grossinger's Hotel and for Marcia's Dress Shop in Liberty, died Saturday, November 16, 2002, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 91 years of age.
The daughter of the late Anthony and Maryann Spokas Prescott, she was born October 20, 1911, in Albany. She was the widow of Victor Bonnell who died in 1996.
Mrs. Bonnell was a member of St. Peter's Church in Liberty.
She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Gladys Devany and Viola Wood, both of Hurleyville; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services and burial were held at the Hurleyville Cemetery on Monday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Family Care Council of the Sullivan County Adult Care Center, P.O. Box 671, Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Walter F. Kennedy
Ret. From Gas Co., 77
Walter F. Kennedy of Jeffersonville, a retired street crew member of the Brooklyn Union Gas Company, died Saturday, November 16, 2002, at his home. He was 77 years of age.
The son of the late William and Sara Feis Kennedy, he was born September 20, 1925, in Brooklyn. He was the widower of Kathryn Sanchez Kennedy.
Mr. Kennedy was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by a daughter, Kathleen Reynolds, of Rome, N.Y.; two sons, Ed Redmond of Centereach and Kevin Redmond of Jeffersonville; a brother, William Kennedy of Islip Terrace; a sister, Mary Mintzer of Blue Point; and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, George Kennedy.
Cremation was made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
A Memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Holy Cross Church in Callicoon with Father Ignatius Smith, O.F.M. officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550 or the Jeffersonville First Aid Squad, Jeffersonville, N.Y. 12748.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville.
Constr. Mechanic, 49
George "Randy" Scott of Barnegat, N.J., a self-employed mechanic in construction, died Tuesday, November 12, 2002, at his home. He was 49 years of age.
The son of Ann and Robert Scott, he was born in Morristown, N.J.
He is survived by his parents; a dear friend, Dawn Towle; his stepchildren, Nicole and Danielle, both at home, and Jeffrey and Corrine Scott, both of Mendocino, Calif.; brothers and sisters, Brenda and Ralph Downs of Parksville, Brian and Nancy Scott of Jeffersonville, and Wayne and Ellen Scott and Keith and Noreen Scott, all of Parksville; and 13 nieces and nephews.
Services were held Friday evening at the Thomas L. Shinn Funeral Home in Manahawkin, N.J.
Cremation was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope, Marlboro, N.J. 07746.
Virginia E. Ellison
Ret. Administrator, 86
Virginia E. Ellison of Tyler Hill, Pa., a retired administrator of the Methodist Home in Beach Lake, Pa., a homemaker and an 80-year area resident, died Tuesday, November 12, 2002, in Vestal. She was 86 years of age.
The daughter of the late Fred and Ilah Irish Dennis, she was born June 18, 1916, in Boulder, Colo. She was the widow of Alonzo Ellison who died in 1990.
Mrs. Ellison was a member of the Damascus United Methodist Church and had held various offices in the church.
She is survived by two children and their spouses, Janet and Ronald Linfoot of Vestal and Wayne and Marge Ellison of Canton; two sisters, Ilah Thompson of California and Martha Dennis of Indiana; a brother, Victor Dennis of Easton, Pa.; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Claire Ellison.
Friends may call at the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at noon at the Damascus Methodist Church in Damascus, Pa., with the Rev. George Gallandorn officiating.
Cremation was made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Interment of the cremains will be made in the Hillside Cemetery in Damascus, Pa., at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus United Methodist Church, Damascus, Pa. 18415.
Frances E. Lake
Ret. Teacher, 86
Frances E. Lake of Monticello, a retired teacher, a homemaker and a longtime area resident, died Friday, November 15, 2002, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 86 years of age.
The daughter of the late John and Eunice Soules Will, she was born January 7, 1916, in Grooville. She was the widow of Vincent M. Lake, a former teacher and principal in the Livingston Manor, Argyle and Monticello School Districts.
A graduate of Livingston Manor School and Oneonta Normal School, she had taught in Willowemoc, Liberty, Livingston Manor and Argyle.
Mrs. Lake was a member of First Church of Monticello Presbyterian and a member of the Retired Teachers of Sullivan County Association.
She is survived by a daughter, Carol E. Lake of Monticello; a brother and sister-in-law, George I. and Rena Will of Livingston Manor; a sister, Doris Rudick of Livingston Manor; an aunt, Ruth Soules Germond; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Will of Livingston Manor and Joyce Hoffman of Syracuse; many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, John R. Will.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, with the Rev. Alex McLean officiating.
Burial will be made in the Orchard Street Cemetery in Livingston Manor.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Church of Monticello Presbyterian, Jones St., Monticello, N.Y. 12701 or to the charity of one's choice.
Joseph W. Curtin
Ret. Labor Chief, 66
Joseph W. Curtin of Bloomingburg, a retired labor chief with Local 6 of the New York Hotel Trades Council of Manhattan, died Thursday, November 14, 2002, at the Orange County Regional Care Center in Goshen. He was 66 years of age.
The son of the late Martin Sr. and Anna McNamara Curtin, he was born December 15, 1935, in Manhattan.
Mr. Curtin was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, William and Rina Curtin of the state of Florida and Sean and Regina Curtin of Bloomingburg; a daughter and son-in-law, Tara and Philip of Middletown; a sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Jose of the state of Florida; three grandchildren, Andrew and Alyssa Curtin and Adam Clarke; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Martin Curtin Jr., and a niece, Maureen Carton.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday at St. Joseph's Church in Middletown.
Burial was made in the family plot in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla.
Ret. LPN, 72
Georgia Iu of Ellenton, Fla., and a former resident of Mountaindale, died Thursday, November 14, 2002, at her home. She was 72 years of age.
The daughter of the late Arthur and Maynie Spencer Cobun, she was born August 8, 1930, in Morgantown, W. Va.
In a family statement, it was said, "Georgia was a devoted mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother. To know her was to love her. She will be dearly missed by her loving family and all those who were fortunate enough to know her."
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Lynn (Conlon) and Bill Covington of Ellenton, Fla.; a son, Craig Schomberger of Middletown; a sister, Vera Cobun of New Jersey; six grandchildren, Daniel and David Crean, Jason Conlon, Kelly Decker, Sarah and Samantha Schomberger; and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Arthur "Buddy" Cobun, and a sister, Margaret Ridell.
Services were held Monday at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne with the Rev. Robert Pinto officiating.
Interment was made in the Rock Hill Cemetery in Rock Hill.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lighthouse, 170 Hamilton Ave., White Plains, N.Y. 10601.
Ret. Hotel Oper., 98
Jennie "Nanny" Weinstein of Parksville and Pembroke Pines, Fla., died Thursday, November 7, 2002, in Hollywood, Fla. She was 98 years of age.
The daughter of the late Frank and Anna Kanfer, she was born April 4, 1904, in New York City. She was the widow of Morris Weinstein.
For 50 years, she and her husband operated the Sunrise Hotel and later the Weinstein's Bungalow Colony in Parksville.
Mrs. Weinstein was a member of Congregation Teferes Israel Synagogue in Parksville, a life member of the Pythian Sisters Catskill Mountain Temple No. 238, the Liberty Hadassah and the Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary.
She is survived by a daughter, Ruth Goldberg of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Herbert and Rita Weinstein of Liberty and Fred and Sylvia White of Las Vegas, Nev.; seven grandchildren, Joel Goldberg of Liberty, Anlee Mashburn of Miramar, Fla., Lois Weinstein of Liberty, Mindy Weinstein of Union, N.J., Shelley Faigenblat of Chatsworth, Calif., Robin Loehr of Moorpark, Calif., and Steven Weinstein of Simi Valley, Calif.; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two brothers, Isidore Kanfer and Bennie Kanfer, a sister, Ida Forman, and a grandson, Bruce Weinstein.
Graveside services and burial were held at the Teferes Israel Cemetery in Parksville on November 15 with Rabbi Marvin Goldman officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Teferes Israel Synagogue, Main St., Parksville, N.Y. 12768 or to the charity of one's choice.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Ret. Dress Maker, 78
Lydia Paula Niedhammer of Barryville, a retired dress maker for Grove Manufacturing in Freeport and a longtime area resident, died Thursday, November 14, 2002, at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. She was 78 years of age.
The daughter of the late Otto Herman and Maria Krieg Gruber, she was born November 28, 1923, in Germany. She was the widow of Emil Niedhammer who died November 2, 1979.
In a family statement, it was said, "Lydia was a devoted wife to her late husband. She enjoyed gardening, baking and was a creative seamstress. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Lydia was determined in her beliefs. As a dear and loyal friend to many, she was always helpful, accepting nothing in return."
She is survived by a brother, Ewald Gruber and a sister, Ida Verst, both of Germany; a nephew, Robert Gruber, and his wife, Rose, of East Patchogue; two nieces and their husbands, Sandra and Steve Barker of Manorville and Darlene and Kenneth Mudrack of East Patchogue; two grandnieces; a grand-nephew; and four good friends, Sue and Arthur "Farmer" Barnes of Barryville and Janet and Joseph Merk of Belle Mead, N.J.
Graveside services and burial were held Friday at the Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, L.I.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville.
Richard H. Deighton
Ret. Carpenter, 89
Richard H. Deighton of Swago Lake, Damascus Township, Pa., a lifelong area resident and a retired carpenter, died Friday, November 15, 2002, at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa., following an illness. He was 89 years of age.
The son of the late Harry and Beatrice Dexter Deighton, he was born December 4, 1912, in Milanville, Pa. He was the widower of Virginia E. Keesler Deighton who died October 26, 2001, after 65 years of marriage. Because of the kind, loving care of his daughter, son and daughter-in-law, he was able to remain in his home until his recent hospitalization.
A retired union carpenter, he was a former member of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and was a member of the Delaware Valley Senior Citizens in Callicoon.
He was the last surviving grandson of Wayne County Civil War veteran Charlie Dexter. Some of his favorite pastimes included socializing and playing cards with his senior citizen friends. He enjoyed reading and reminiscing about local historical feats of engineering, such as the construction of the D & H Canal and the Roebling Bridge at Lackawaxen. He and Virginia also enjoyed putting jigsaw puzzles together and always had one set up on a table in their home.
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Melvin R. and Elizabeth Deighton, at home; a daughter, Shirley E. Deighton of New Bloomfield, Pa.; two brothers, Donald Deighton of Narrowsburg and Arthur Deighton of Honesdale, Pa.; four sisters, Mildred Dean of Creamton, Pa., Luella Bachota of White Lake, Rose Chapman of Lake Ariel, Pa., and Clara Rea of Honesdale, Pa.; two grandchildren, Richard and Virginia Deighton, both of the state of Florida; eight great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Mary Sherwood of Galilee, Pa., and Doris Mitchell of Damascus, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Irene Finerty, and a brother, Charles Deighton.
Friends may call at the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, 1228 North Main St., Honesdale, Pa., with the Rev. Matthew Wolfe of the Canaan Bible Chapel in Varden, Pa., officiating.
Burial will be made in the Hillside Cemetery in Damascus, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 63, Damascus, Pa.
Ret. Tel Specialist, 68
Stanley W. "Bucky" VanInwegen of Monticello, a retired installation and repair specialist with over 33 years of service in the telephone company and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, November 3, 2002, in the Cape Coral Hospital in Florida. He was 68 years of age.
The son of the late Stanley G. and Beatrice Evelyn VanInwegen, he was born February 22, 1934, in Bloomingburg.
Mr. VanInwegen was a past assistant leader of Boy Scouts of America Troop 181 in Forestburgh. He was a member of the American Legion, a life member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the American Corvette Association.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Judith McKenzie VanInwegen, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael A. and Lynette VanInwegen of Arvilla, N.D.; and his mother of Monticello.
Services were held November 8 at the Coral Ridge Funeral Home in Cape Coral, Fla.
A memorial service will be held in New York in the spring.
Local arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello.