January 17, 2003
Ret. Businessman, 89
Vinton G. "Tuffy" Meddaugh of Kauneonga Lake, a lifelong area resident and the retired owner and operator of Vinton Meddaugh & Sons, an ice and milk hauler, died Sunday, January 12, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 89 years of age.
The son of the late Jay W. and Mary Phillips Meddaugh, he was born August 11, 1913, in the Town of Bethel.
Mr. Meddaugh was a member of Community United Methodist Church in Kauneonga Lake and a 60-year member of the Kauneonga Lake Fire Department. He was a former commissioner of the Kauneonga Lake Fire District, a Town of Bethel Republican Committeeman and a former chairman of the town of Bethel Republican Committee.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Rose Sauchuck Meddaugh, at home; two sons, Jay F. Meddaugh Sr. and his wife, Dorothy, of Kauneonga Lake, and Glenn S. Meddaugh of California, Md.; four daughters, Carol Menck and her husband, Robert, of Brattleboro, Vt., Mary Stratton of Monticello, Terry Epstein and her husband, Dr. Edward Epstein, of Wanaksink Lake and Marjorie Rosen of Coconut Creek, Fla.; two sisters, Elnora Hall of Stamford and Jean Schmidt and her husband, Bill, of Montgomery; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Judy Meddaugh, and six brothers.
Services were held Wednesday at the Community United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Rodgers officiating.
Burial was made in the Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Community United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 891, Kauneonga Lake, N.Y. 12749.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Kauneonga Lake.
Ret. Machinist, 90
Milton Czak of Ferndale, a retired machinist with Neptune Meter Co. in Long Island City and a former resident of Willowemoc, died Sunday, January 12, 2003, at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City. He was 90 years of age.
The son of the late John and Lottie Targonski Czak, he was born September 19, 1912, in Queens.
During the construction of the New York reservoir system, Mr. Czak worked in the tunnels in the Willowemoc area.
Mr. Czak was a communicant of St. Peter's Church in Monticello.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Paczkowska Czak, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Dennis Froehlich of Ferndale; two sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond and Marcella Czak of Dayton, Mont., and John and Kim Czak of Springwater; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Thursday at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Monticello.
Burial was made in St. Aloysius Cemetery in Livingston Manor.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty.
Lillian Samide, 76
Lillian Samide of Loch Sheldrake died Sunday, January 12, 2003, at her home. She was 76 years of age.
The daughter of Austrian immigrants and sibling to four sisters, she was born May 11, 1926, in Brooklyn.
She is survived by a dear friend, Grace Martin of Loch Sheldrake, and an extended family in New Hope Community where she lived for 26 years.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Wednesday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Woodbourne with Fr. John Lynch officiating.
Burial was made in the Woodbourne Reform Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Ret. Bookkeeper, 84
Lucille Engert of Callicoon, a retired bookkeeper for Engert's Appliances in Callicoon and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, January 13, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 84 years of age.
The daughter of the late Walter and Amanda Bauernfeind Stewart, she was born February 19, 1918, in North Branch. She was the widow of Henry "Sonny" Engert.
Mrs. Engert was a former 4-H leader, a Sunday School teacher and former member of the North Branch Methodist Church.
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Ronald Highhouse of Hortonville and Nancy and James Gross of Oceanside; three sisters, Ellen Mae Poley and her husband, Earle, and Wilda Priebe and her husband, Al, all of North Branch, and Catherine Jean McCoach of Fosterdale; a sister-in-law, Freda Robisch of Callicoon; 6 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Sharon Cross, and a brother, Howard Stewart and his wife, Harriet, and three brothers-in-law, Thomas McCoach, Edward Robisch and Charles Engert.
Services were held Thursday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon with Rev. Lauren Hertzler officiating.
Cremation was made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Baptist Church, P.O. Box 158, or to the Delaware Community Center, P.O. Box 304, both at Callicoon, N.Y. 12723.
Mildred E. Nestel
Ret. Sales Clerk, 68
Mildred E. Nestel of Liberty, a 25-year area resident and a sales clerk for the former Sullivan's Department Store in Liberty, died Monday, January 13, 2003, at her home. She was 68 years of age.
The daughter of Mildred Morano Adams and the late Neil Adams, she was born April 23, 1934, in the Bronx.
She is survived by her husband of 22 years, John Nestel, at home; her mother of the Bronx; a daughter, Diane McAuley of Yonkers; a brother, Robert Adams of Middletown, Conn.; and four grandchildren, Russell, Crystal, Christopher and Kaitlyn.
Services were held at the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty on Thursday with the Rev. Ivan Csete officiating.
Burial was made in the Hurleyville Cemetery in Hurleyville.
Mildred C. Olson
Mildred Constance Petersen Olson of Damascus, Pa., a homemaker and a former resident of Huntington, died Wednesday, January 8, 2003, after a long battle with cancer.
She was the widow of Wesley H. Olson.
Mrs. Olson is survived by two sons and their spouses, Dr. Peter and Donna Olson and Donald and Jeannie Olson; five grandchildren, Jessica, Jacqueline, Stephanie, Erica and Timothy Olson; a brother, Henry "Pete" and his wife, Wilma Petersen; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Whitting Funeral Home, 300 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Glen Cove.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus United Methodist Charge, P.O. Box 221, Damascus, Pa. 18415.
Lillian Z. Hector
Ret. Teacher, 80
Lillian Z. Hector of Myrtle Beach, S.C., a former Beach Lake, Pa., resident and former teacher at the Narrowsburg Central School, died Monday, January 13, 2003, at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C. She was 80 years of age.
The daughter of the late Hugh and Hilda Little Zimmer, she was born March 20, 1922, in Omar.
Mrs. Hector was a member of St. Philip Lutheran Church. She retired from the New York State Teacher's Association after 35 and 1/2 years of teaching and was a life member of the PTA of the Narrowsburg Central School. She was also a member of the Grand Strand Senior Center in Myrtle Beach.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Claude J. Hector of Myrtle Beach, S.C .; a brother, Edward Zimmer of Westernville; three sisters, Shirley McCormick of Geneva, Jean Morrow of Sun City, Ariz., and Evelyn Cooke of Evans Mills.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday at St. Philip Lutheran Church in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with Pastor Dennis Stetzer officiating.
Inurnment will follow the service in the church's columbarium.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Philip Lutheran Church, 6200 North Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29572.
Cards of condolence will reach Mr. Hector at 20th Ave. North, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29572.
Robert C. Walsh
Ret. Guidance Cnsl., 72
Robert C. Walsh of Fairfield Glade, Tenn., a retired guidance counselor who served at Monticello High School for 26 years, died suddenly on Tuesday, January 7, 2003, at his home. He was 72 years of age.
The son of the late Joseph P. and Vera Elizabeth Schoenberger Walsh, he was born October 17, 1930, in New York City.
Mr. Walsh received his BA from Fordham University and a MA from Purdue University. He was a veteran of the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lynn A. Walsh of Fairfield Glade, Tenn.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Kathleen Mary and Tracy Bryant of Holden, Md., Mary Elizabeth and Jeffrey Goldstein of Monticello and Eileen Mary and Joseph Kolaitis of Wurtsboro; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert Carlton Walsh Jr. and Constance Shean of Hartford, Conn., and Christopher B. and Isabelle Walsh of White Plains; a sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and George Brooks of Cromwell, Conn.; two brothers, Frank Mahoney of Dover Plains and Bill Mahoney of Hicksville; and 16 grandchildren, Bobby, Jessica, Sean, Bronwyn, Sara, Jared, Maeve, Malorie, Shoshana, Trevor, Jimmy, Meghan, Zachary, Ian, Quinn and Fiona. He was predeceased by a sister, Joan.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, at the Robert J. Kaiser Middle School cafeteria in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box E, East Syracuse, N.Y. 13057.
Victor DeFreese Sr., 48
Victor E. DeFreese Sr. of South Fallsburg died Friday, January 10, 2003, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. He was 48 years of age.
The son of William E. DeFreese and the late Anna Mann DeFreese, he was born January 27, 1954, in Paterson, N.J.
He is survived by his father of Liberty; his wife, Audrey DeFreese of Sanford, Fla.; two sons, Joel DeFreese and Victor DeFreese Jr., both of the state of Florida; two daughters, Victoria DeFreese of Monticello and Joy DeFreese of Middletown; two sisters, Charlotte Gannon of Pine Island and Barbara Henderson of Liberty; a grandson, Dante; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Gloria Jean DeFreese.
Services were held Monday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello with the Rev. Robert Pinto officiating.
Burial was made in the Warwick Cemetery in Warwick.
Donna C. Gibson
Blue Cross Emply., 50
Donna Marie Theresa Cerveny Gibson of Wurtsboro Hills, a former employee of Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Middletown and a longtime area resident, died Monday, January 13, 2003, at her home. She was 50 years of age.
The daughter of Kenneth and Dorothy Hogan Cerveny, she was born October 3, 1952, in the Bronx.
Mrs. Gibson was an active member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Wurtsboro where she assisted with the Religious Education Program.
She is survived by her husband, Douglas P. Gibson, and a son, Zachary Gibson, both at home; her father of Wurtsboro; her mother of Queens; two sisters, Denise Ann Cerveny and Kathryn Jean Fleming, both of Queens; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Alice Jane Ricchiuti.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Thursday at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Wurtsboro with the Rev. Peter Madori officiating.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Newburgh.
Interment of the cremains will be private in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wurtsboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Church, P.O. Box 277, Wurtsboro, N.Y. 12790.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro.
Amelia J. Ulmer
Ret. Supervisor, 84
Amelia J. Ulmer of Livingston Manor, a retired supervisor for Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City and a 22-year area resident, died Friday, January 10, 2003, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 84 years of age.
The daughter of the late Louis and Jessie Hall Lake, she was born May 3, 1918, in New York City. She was the widow of John Ulmer
Mrs. Ulmer was a past member of the Jeffersonville Senior Citizens.
A spring burial will be held at the Beaverkill Cemetery in Beaverkill.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Family Council, Sullivan County Adult Care Center, Sunset Lake Rd., Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor.
City Employee, 53
Hank Schwebe of Nebo, N.C., employed by the City of Marion and Wal-Mart in North Carolina, died as the result of injuries sustained in a vehicular accident on January 15, 2003, on Highway 70 East of Nebo. He was 53 years of age.
The son of the late Clive and Lucy Hart Schwebe, he was born May 13, 1948, in Cazenovia.
Mr. Schwebe was an Air Force veteran. A graduate of Pensacola Bible Institute, he was a member of New Manna Baptist Church and a minister to many and loved by all.
He is survived by his wife, Carlene Fredd Schwebe, and a daughter, Krystal Dawn Schwebe, both at home; four brothers, Herb Schwebe of Montrose, Colo., Dudley Schwebe and Philip Schwebe, both of Canastota, and Joe Parker of Nashville, Tenn.; a sister, Sue Brown of Cazenovia; his father- and mother-in-law, Carl and Jan Fredd of Livingston Manor; and his grandparents-in-law, Evelyn and Clayton Knoll of Livingston Manor.
Friends may call at the New Manna Baptist Church on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the New Manna Baptist Church with the Rev. Harry Nix officiating.
Burial will be made in the Nebo First Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors performed by the U.S. Air Force.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Krystal Schwebe Education Fund, c/o Box 1085, Marion, N.C. 28752.