January 7, 2003
Herbert L. Foster
Ret. Master Mech., 86
Herbert L. Foster of Livingston Manor, a retired master mechanic and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, January 4, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 86 years of age.
The son of the late Silas and Helen Neild Foster, he was born May 7, 1916, in Livingston Manor. He was the widower of Beatrice Oestrich Foster.
An Army veteran of World War II, he served as a staff sergeant and received the Bronze Star. Mr. Foster was a past member of Livingston Manor Lodge #791, F.&A.M.; and a member of Operating Engineers Union Local 825.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian Decker Foster, at home; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Linda J. and Walter Weigand of Livingston Manor, Elaine Ulbrich of Liberty and Jeanne and Bruce Abbott of Livingston Manor; a step-son, Richard Decker and his wife, Lois, of Livingston Manor; two step-daughters and their husbands, Patricia and Ronald Marks of Livingston Manor and Denise and Russell Reeves of Parksville; a brother, Bruce Foster of Blairstown, N.J.; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his twin brother, Hubert Foster, and two sisters, Mildred Kehrley and Marion Van Dusen.
Friends may call at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-8:30 p.m.
Services will be held at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Stewart Pohlman officiating.
Burial will be made in the Orchard Street Cemetery in Livingston Manor in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston Manor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 1, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758.
John C. Kemmer
Ret. Salesman, 84
John Charles Kemmer of Pisgah Forest, N.C., a retired salesman for Adams Group of New York City, died Friday, January 3, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 84 years of age.
The son of the late John Charles and Wilhelmina Luginsland Kemmer, he was born November 28, 1918, in New York City.
A World War II Army veteran, he served with the 671st Engineer Topographic Co. in the Philippines. He was a member of AARP. Upon his retirement in 1982, he moved to the hiking trails of North Carolina.
Mr. Kemmer is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jeanne Lyle Kemmer, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and John Barley of Liberty and Gayle and Douglas Bayly of Howell, N.J.; five grandchildren, Kristen Ferrero, Greg Bayly, Melissa Scheidelmann and her husband, Scott, Allison Barley and Heather Barley; and a great-grandson, Devon Ferrero.
Services were private.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Newburgh.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Ret. Businessman, 84
Irving Lefkowitz of Woodbourne and Boca Raton, Fla., a retired electronic parts business owner, died Thursday, January 2, 2003, in Hospice By The Sea in Boca Raton. He was 84 years of age.
The son of the late Leopold and Anna Landesman Lefkowitz, he was born December 15, 1918, in New York City.
He served as a pharmacist's mate in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
In a family statement, it was said, "He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather."
He is survived by his wife, Joan Lefkowitz of Woodbourne; three children and their spouses, Herman and Mary Kahn and Robert and Kathy Kahn, all of Woodbourne, and Amy and John Berndt of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; five grandchildren, Michelle, Jessica, Richard and Steven Kahn and A.J. Berndt.
Cremation was private with a private memorial service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice By The Sea, 1531 West Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton, Fla. 33486.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Anna F. Rosner
Ret. Teacher, 93
Anna F. Rosner of Port Jervis, a retired business education teacher in the Fallsburg Central School District and a longtime area resident, died Friday, January 3, 2003, at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. She was 93 years of age.
The daughter of the late Isaac and Clara L. Mehr Rosner, she was born February 15, 1909, in New York City.
Miss Rosner was a member of Temple Beth-El in Port Jervis and the New York State Retired Teachers Association.
She is survived by a sister, Sylvia Fitzpatrick of Port Jervis, and several cousins. She was predeceased by two brothers, William "Red" Rosner and Harry Rosner.
Services were held Monday at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home in Port Jervis with Cantor Barry Butensky officiating.
Burial was made in Beth-El Cemetery in Port Jervis.
Elizabeth Jensen, 86
Elizabeth C. Jensen died December 30, 2002, in Brooklyn.
She was born January 1, 1916.
Mrs. Jensen is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Bob Bliefernich of Highland Lake, and Linda and Paul Johnsen of Glen Head; five grandchildren, Matthew, Andrew, Daniel, Timothy and Susan; two brothers, Robert Barone of White Plains and Francis Barone of Waterbury, Connecticut; and two sisters, Mildred Marchiante of Hilton Head, N. C., and Marie Rode of Palisades.
No further information was available.
Dorothy L. Sommers
Cemetery Supt., 70
Dorothy L. Sommers, a superintendent for the Wallkill Valley Cemetery in Walden and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, January 4, 2003, at her home. She was 70 years of age.
The daughter of the late Charles H. and Jennie Greising Sommers, she was born November 5, 1932, in Walden.
Miss Sommers was a member of the Walden United Methodist Church and the Walden Rotary.
She is survived by a brother, Charles H. "Carl" Sommers of Newburgh; a sister-in-law, Jeanne Sommers of Bloomingburg; a nephew, Christopher Sommers of Port Jervis; three nieces, Donna Housman of Newburgh, Lori Holmes of Walden and Cindy Schneider of Slate Hill; nine grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and several cousins. She also leaves behind her dog, Toby Jay.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home in Walden.
Burial will be made in the Wallkill Valley Cemetery in Walden.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Walden United Methodist Church, Walden, N.Y. 12586.
Malcolm A. Booth
Goshen Historian, 66
Malcolm A. Booth, a more than 40-year resident of the Town of Goshen and a historian, died Tuesday, December 24, 2002, at the Orange County Residential Health Care Facility. He was 66 years of age.
The son of the late Emmett and Pauline Rice Booth, he was born April 22, 1936, in Ogdensburg.
Mr. Booth grew up in northern New York, helping with his family cottage rental and fishing guide business on Booth's Island. After graduating from St. Lawrence University, he finally settled in the Goshen area.
Mr. Booth was president of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Rural Development Advisory Corp. and assisted in the creation of hundreds of single-family first-time homeownership opportunities and over 200 senior citizen apartments in Goshen and the surrounding area. He was involved in the adaptive re-use of five historic buildings and the creation of over 80 senior apartments in Hearthstone in the Town of Goshen.
He was also a graduate of Cooperstown Master of Museum Administration program and formed the basis of his thesis on the creation, development and National Register listing of the Delaware & Hudson Canal and the Canal Park in Cuddebackville. He was a founding member and executive director of the Orange County Community of Museums and Galleries and served as a consultant to the NY State Historic Preservation Office. In cooperation with the Orange County Historian's office, he identified and documented the existence of the first canal in America, built by Cadwallader Colden in Coldenham, later obscured by the construction of Interstate Route 84. He authored "Short History of Orange County, NY" in 1975.
Mr. Booth was a principle in the firm of BTK Associates, Inc., and provided historic, archaeological and architectural resource surveys as a consultant for hundreds of development projects from the early 1970s until his death. He was also budget officer for the Town of Goshen for many years and most recently served as a member and past chairman of the Town of Goshen Zoning Board of Appeals. He was also a longtime member of the Town Republican Committee, was a life member of the Inc. Orange County Chapter of the NYS Archaeological Association and served on the executive board for over 10 years, most recently as treasurer.
Mr. Booth is survived by several cousins, including Jane Orcutt of Callicoon, Beth Gurley of Baldwinsville, Darlene Bautaw of Canton, Nancy Vredenburg of Springville and Susan Gascard of Paris, France.
There were no services.
The body was donated to N.Y. University School of Medicine in New York City.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Orange County Chapter of the NY Archeological Association, P.O. Box 527, Goshen, N.Y. 10924 or to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan in the Hudson Valley, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Gary Lee Slover
Gary Lee Slover of Montgomery, a foreman for Shortline-Coach in Mahwah, N.J., and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, January 3, 2003, in Middletown. He was 53 years of age.
The son of Josephine Baldwin Slover Sibley and the late William Slover, he was born September 3, 1949, in Middletown.
Mr. Slover was a lifetime member of the Montgomery Fire Department.
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Pamela Slover, at home; his mother and stepfather, Josephine and John Sibley of Montgomery; six brothers and sisters-in-law, William and Rosalie Slover, and John Jr. and Lisa Sibley of Palm Harbor, Fla., Jody and Betsy Sibley of St. Petersburg, Fla., David and Terry Slover of Tennessee, Jerry and Michelle Sibley of Walden and Jeff and Donna Sibley of Pine Bush; two sisters, Carol Jellema and her husband, Ken, of Walden, and Sandy Sibley of Montgomery; his former wife, May Enright of Bloomingburg and her two special children, Timothy Jr. and James Timke; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a grandson, Joshua Slover.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday at the Overhiser Funeral Home, 78 Union St., Montgomery.
Firemen services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church, Clinton St., Montgomery, with the Rev. Paul Milz officiating.
Burial will be made in the Brick Church Cemetery in Montgomery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Make-a-Wish Foundation, 280 N. Bedford Rd., Mt. Kisco, N.Y 10549-2950.
Nicholas Marshall Fahrenholz of Port Jervis, a farrier and longtime area resident, died Sunday, January 5, 2003, at his home. He was 51 years of age.
The son of Jeanne Walborn Fahrenholz and the late Charles Hollett Fahrenholz Jr., he was born January 30, 1951, in Berkeley, Calif.
He worked at the Monticello Raceway, Goshen Historical Track, Pocono Downs and the Meadowlands as well as in Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Florida and in Canada and Italy. Mr. Fahrenholz was a member of the United States Trotters Association.
He is survived by his mother of Merchantville, N.J.; a daughter, Nicole Fahrenholz of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a sister, Candy Krikorian of Port Jervis; two brothers, Charles H. Fahrenholz III of Lees Summitt, Mo., and Edward Fahrenholz of Baldwinsville; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 East Main St., on Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
Cremation will be made at the H.G. Smith Crematory in Stroudsburg, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Robert Evans Jr.
Robert B. Evans Jr. of Roscoe, a machinist with Cel-U-Dex of Newburgh and a longtime area resident, died Thursday, January 2, 2003, at the Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City. He was 49 years of age.
The son of Anita Doppler Evans and the late Robert B. Evans Sr., he was born February 9, 1953, in Washington Heights.
Mr. Evans was a member of the Readburn Assembly of God Church in Fishs Eddy.
He is survived by his wife, Mary V. Vandiver Evans, two sons, Robert E. and Samuel Evans, and two daughters, Anita and Rebekah Evans, all at home; his mother of Highland Mills; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Brinley and Liz Evans of Cornwall and John and Janet Evans of Bloomingburg; a sister, Louise Evans of Highland Mills; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Readburn Assembly of God Church in Fishs Eddy with the Rev. James Deere officiating.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe.
Mary L. Reule
Ret. Town Clerk, 53
Mary L. Reule of Livingston Manor, a retired deputy clerk for the Town of Liberty, died Monday, January 6, 2003, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. She was 53 years of age.
The daughter of Isabelle Stewart Cuddle and the late John Cuddle, she was born December 19, 1949, in Livingston Manor.
She was married to Frederick "Rick" Reule.
More information will be given in a complete obituary to be printed in the Friday, January 10, issue of the Democrat. Further details can be obtained from the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor, 439-4333.