January 31, 2003
For Robert C. Walsh
A memorial service will be held at the Monticello High School Cafeteria on Saturday, February 1, 2003, at 1:30 p.m.
A former guidance counselor for the Monticello High School, Mr. Walsh died recently in Tennessee.
Jean R. Bant
Ret. Lab Tech., 76
Jean Rose Bant of Naples, Fla., a former Sullivan County resident, died Saturday, January 4, 2003, at Manor Care Lelay Palms in Naples, Fla. She was 76 years of age.
The daughter of the late Daniel and Margaret Rose, she was born May 16, 1926, in Liberty. She was the widow of Irving Bant who died November 11, 1999.
Mrs. Bant was a lab technician at the former Hamilton Avenue Hospital in Monticello and also worked at the office of Dr. J. Arthur Riesenberg in Liberty.
She is survived by a brother, Robert Rose; four cousins, Elfriede and Hilde Koch, both of Liberty, John Rose and his family of Bloomfield, N.J., and Lois Rose and her family of Vestal.
Cremation was made in Florida.
A memorial service will be scheduled in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 1063, Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Elfriede Schneider of Narrowsburg, a homemaker and a 52-year area resident, died Monday, January 27, 2003, at Wayne Woodlands Manor in Waymart, Pa. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Klaus and Berta Lund Maithias, she was born December 30, 1915, in Germany. She was the widow of Alfred Schneider who died in 1997.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Walter and Penny Schneider of Fairfield, Conn., and Alfred and Kay Schneider of Elk Grove, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Lillian Schneider of Narrowsburg; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Narrowsburg, N.Y. 12764.
Elnore L. Blume
Elnore L. Blume of Ferndale, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, January 26, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 80 years of age. She was the widow of William Blume who died in 1982.
The daughter of the late Chester and Lulu Luckey McKay, she was born September 2, 1922, in Liberty.
Mrs. Blume was a member of the White Sulphur Springs Senior Citizens.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, William Jr. and Viola Blume of Kenoza Lake and Edwin and Penny Blume of Liberty; two daughters and sons-in-law, Wilda and Wayne Bradley of White Sulphur Springs and LuAnn and Terry Davis of Ferndale; a brother, Leon McKay of Parksville; an aunt, Vera Reilly of Jeffersonville; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at the White Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church, Route 52, White Sulphur Springs, with the Rev. Bridgette LeConey officiating.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Newburgh.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Catskill Dialysis Center, P.O. Box 855, Monticello, N.Y. 12701 or to the charity of one's choice.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Jacqueline O. Torres
Jacqueline Odessa Torres, a four-year resident of Monticello and a homemaker, died Saturday, January 25, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 78 years of age.
The daughter of the late Charles and Ivelene Slappey Britt, she was born September 16, 1924, in Douglas, Ga.
Mrs. Torres was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Georgia.
She is survived by four sons, Derek Torres and Rory Torres, both of Monticello, Artis Torres of Far Rockaway, and Dwan Torres of Brooklyn; three daughters, Sharlena Darden of Cambria Heights, Queens, Miriam Johnson of Columbia, S.C., and Dana Angela Torres of Far Rockaway; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Monticello.
Walter Gerow Jr., 80
Walter H. Gerow Jr. of Liberty, a member of Local 825 Operating Engineers Union in Newburgh and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, January 28, 2003, at the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. He was 80 years of age.
The son of the late Walter H. Sr. and Easter S. French Gerow, he was born January 24, 1923, in White Lake.
A World War II veteran of the Army, he served in the European Theatre of War where he met and married his wife in Belgium. He was a member of the Clarence Hoyt Post No. 9217, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Liberty.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Therese Henry Gerow, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Maurice W. and Luciann Gerow of Daytona, Fla., and Albert W. and Judi Gerow of Woodbourne; four brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Peggy Gerow of Mongaup Valley, Carl and Carol Gerow of Jeffersonville, Harold and Dolores Gerow of White Lake and Frank Sr. and Ruth Gerow of White Lake; two sisters, Sylvia Mattison of Rock Hill and Thelma Stachow of Austin, Tex.; five grandchildren, Jodi Kanatzar, Jeffrey, Jenni, Nicole and Michael Gerow; and two great-grandsons, Jacob and Jesse Kanatzar. He was predeceased by a daughter, Denise Gerow.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Robert C. Nadelen officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Peter's Cemetery in Liberty.
Civic Leader, 63
Elsa Greenwald of Greenville, a longtime area resident and a civic leader in the village of Wurtsboro, died unexpectedly on Friday, January 24, 2003 in the Town of Wawayanda. She was 63 years of age.
The daughter of the late Rose and Zelig Konigsberg, she was born January 18, 1940, in Bayonne, N.J.
Mrs. Greenwald was a member of the Wurtsboro Synagogue and a past president of the Women's Auxiliary. She was a member of Temple Sinai in Middletown, a past president of the Jewish Family Services, Mamakating First Aid Squad and Emma Chase School PTA. She was a founding member of the People for People Fund, a former member of the Monticello Board of Education, and an executive director for Aliton's LTC Pharmacy.
She is survived by her husband, Dennis Greenwald, at home; four daughters, Secna, Ellen, Julie and her husband, Lewis Largent, and Jodi and her husband, Jerry Chalmers; three grandchildren, Tallulah, Jordan and Zachary; a brother, Harold Konigsberg; two sisters, Bea Sprung and Florence Grossman; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Shimon Konigsberg.
Services were held Sunday at Temple Sinai in Middletown with Rabbi Joel Schwab officiating.
Burial was made in the Wurtsboro Synagogue Cemetery in Wurtsboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Family Services, 92 Seward Ave., Middletown, N.Y. 10940.
James Driscoll, 76
James Thomas Driscoll of Middletown, a retired custodian for the New York City Board of Education and a former resident of Brooklyn, died Monday, January 27, 2003 at the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. He was 76 years of age.
The son of the late Richard and Elizabeth McGuire Driscoll, he was born December 28, 1926, in Brooklyn.
Mr. Driscoll was a member of Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Brooklyn.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Arlene Smith Driscoll of Livingston Manor; two sons, Dennis Driscoll of Livingston Manor and Gerard Driscoll and his wife, Lori; four grandchildren, Dennis Driscoll Jr. and Elizabeth Driscoll, both of Brooklyn, and Justin Driscoll and Danielle Driscoll, both of Middletown. He was predeceased by two sons, Donald and James Driscoll.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 149 Cottage St., Middletown.
Burial will be made in St. Joseph Cemetery in Middletown.
Ret. Offc. Mgr., 96
Anna Josten, a 62-year summer resident of Livingston Manor and a resident of Gig Harbor, Wash., a retired office manager in New York City for an electrical contracting firm, died Sunday, January 26, 2003, in Tacoma, Wash. She was 96 years of age.
The daughter of the late Vincent and Anna Hlina Unger, she was born April 5, 1906, in New York City. She was the widow of George Josten.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, June and John Mercer, and their son, Matthew, all of Gig Harbor, Wash.; a niece, Diana Veryioglou, and two nephews, Donald McKeen and Walter McKeen.
Friends may call at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered in the state of Washington.
Graveside services and burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday in St. Michaels Cemetery, Queens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Catholic Community Services, 1229 W. Smith St., Kent, Wash. 98032.
Kenneth Johnson, 52
Kenneth W. Johnson of Boring, Oreg., a former resident of Neversink, died Friday, January 17, 2003, at Providence-St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, Oreg. He was 52 years of age.
The son of Vera and Roe Johnson, he was born December 25, 1950, in Liberty.
Mr. Johnson was a 1968 graduate of Tri-Valley Central School in Grahamsville. He attended Cobleskill Ag and Tech College and then enlisted in the U. S. Navy, serving from 1970 to 1975. After his tour of duty, he relocated to the state of Oregon.
He is survived by his 13-year-old son, Forrest W., at home; his parents of Neversink; two brothers, Stephen Johnson of Oneida and Robert Johnson of Brewerton; two sisters, Nancy Allison of Ashland, Mass., and Dusseldorf, Germany, and Roberta of the state of Florida; eight nieces and a nephew.
He was cremated.
Local arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Ret. Bank Auditor, 94
Dorothy E. Leonard of Los Alamos, N. Mex., a former Winterton resident, died Tuesday, January 21, 2003, in Los Alamos, N. Mex. She was 94 years of age.
The daughter of the late William and Dorcas Foster King, she was born June 14, 1908, in Mountaindale. She was the widow of Leroy E. Leonard to whom she was married for 32 years.
Mrs. Leonard was retired in 1972 as a bank auditor after having worked for County National Bank in Middletown which later became The Bank of New York.
A member of Webb Horton Memorial Presbyterian Church in Middletown, she remained an active member and volunteer in her church community for over 57 years, serving as Deacon, Elder, chairman of the Prayer Committee and treasurer of the Women's Association. Mrs. Leonard was an active member of the Bloomingburg Grange and an over 50-year member of the National Grange. She was a past officer of Rebekah Lodge in Middletown.
In a family statement, it was said, "Dorothy was always known for her positive attitude and her willingness to help."
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Leroy E. Jr. and Shelby Leonard of Los Alamos, N. Mex.; three grandchildren, Zachary Leonard of Valencia, Venezuela, Sarah Leonard of San Diego, Calif., and Daniel Leonard of Davis, Calif; a sister, Ruth K. Baxter of Mountaindale; six nephews, William, Timothy, Terence, Michael and Kevin Baxter and Herbert Cauthers; three nieces, Nancy Shea, Virginia Helvig and Marion Jusaites of Middletown; a grand-niece, Linda Fairweather of Middletown; a grand-nephew, George Jusaites of Clayton, N.C. and several great-great and great-great-great grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Raymond King, and a sister, Vera Cauthers.
There will be no visitation.
Services will be held at the Webb Horton Memorial Presbyterian Church in Middletown on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Revs. Susan F. and Kenneth B. Wonderland officiating.
A reception will be held in the church parlors following the services.
Burial will be made in the Howell's Cemetery when the weather permits.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Women's Association of Webb Horton Presbyterian Church, Middletown, N.Y. 10940.
Ret. Mail Carrier, 78
Herman M. Ropke of Narrowsburg, a retired rural mail carrier for 32 years with the U.S. Postal Service and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, January 27, 2003, at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. He was 78 years of age.
The son of the late Oscar and Emily Metzger Ropke, he was born December 3, 1924, in Lava.
Mr. Ropke was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Narrowsburg and its Church Council; a member of the Lions Club in Narrowsburg for which he was named Lion of the Year in 1992 and Knight of the Blind in 1997. He was also a founding member of the Tusten Ambulance Corps and very instrumental in building the present ambulance building. Mr. Ropke was a member of the Tusten Senior Citizens, a former member of the Tusten Zoning Board of Appeals and the Tusten Planning Board and a member of the Grievance Board, all in Narrowsburg. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of the American Legion, a member of the R.L.C.A. of New York State, a volunteer for the Bloodmobile, a member of AARP and a member of the Lava Fire Department. Mr. Ropke was also a member of the Tusten History Association, an over 50-year member of the Narrowsburg Fire Department and a member and secretary of the Glen Cove Cemetery Association, all in Narrowsburg.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dorothy Schork Ropke, at home; three daughters, Dianne Robertson of Bloomington, Ind., Nancy Rome of Prairieville, La., and Carol Wingert of Narrowsburg; two sisters, Edna Sperr of Washingtonville, and Lydia Bashoor of Accokeek, Md.; three brothers, Oscar Ropke of Beach Lake, Pa., Christian Ropke of Narrowsburg and Charles Ropke of Petaluma, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Kenneth Ropke, and a sister, Margaret Rose.
Friends may call at the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Narrowsburg with the Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiating.
Burial will be made in Glen Cove Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church Stained Glass Window Fund, or to the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corps, both at Narrowsburg, N.Y. 12764.
Ret. Bldg. Super., 72
Robert Joseph Phillips of Monticello, a retired building superintendent for Local 32 BJ SEIU, died Wednesday, January 29, 2003, at the Hudson Valley Hospital in Peekskill. He was 72 years of age.
The son of the late Harold C. and Loretta McGuire Phillips, he was born March 26, 1930, in Brooklyn.
A Korean War veteran of the United States Army, he served as a combat medic. Mr. Phillips was a Past Master of the Masonic Lodge in Sheepshead Bay.
He is survived by two sons, Wayne Phillips of Manhattan and Paul Phillips of Warwick; two sisters, Virginia Newcombe of Somersworth, N.H., and Dorothy McLaughlin of Port St. Lucie, Fla; two grandchildren, Dana Phillips of Kauneonga Lake and Adrienne Phillips of Monticello; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Karen Phillips and a sister, Eleanor McLaughlin.
Friends may call at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 195 Broadway, Monticello, on Monday from 9 to 11 a.m.
Services will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Monday.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Private interment of the cremains will be held at the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale.
Oscar F. Geib
Ret. Poultry Farmer, 92
Oscar F . Geib of Jeffersonville, a retired poultry farmer and lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, January 29, 2003, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home in Roscoe.
The son of the late Charles and Freda Schaefer Geib, he was born July 9, 1910, in the Beechwoods section of Callicoon. He was the widower of Mildred Miller Geib to whom he was married 62 years when she passed away in November of 1993.
Mr. Geib is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Michael Brown of Monroe; a son-in-law, Eugene Doetsch of Jeffersonville; five grandchildren, Linda Hubert, Louise Popolillo, David Brown, Timothy Brown and Peter Brown; ten great-grandchildren; a brother, Elmer Geib of Newport; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Shirley Doetsch, and a granddaughter, Tami Doetsch.
There will be no visitation.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville with Pastor Robert McLeod officiating.
Burial will be made in the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Cemetery in Jeffersonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.