February 11, 2003
Gail M. Hanft
Bus Escort, 58
Gail M. Hanft of Westbrookville, a 31-year area resident and a school bus escort for Orange County Limo Service in Pine Bush, died unexpectedly Wednesday, February 5, 2003, at the Orange Regional Medical center, Horton Campus, in Middletown. She was 58 years of age.
The daughter of the late Holger and Edna Mae Settgast Hansen, she was born March 24, 1944, in Ridgewood, Queens.
She was previously employed for 11 years at Kolmar Labs in Port Jervis.
In a family statement, it was said, "Gail will be greatly missed by her family and her many close friends."
She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Thomas J. Hanft, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Gail T. and Sean Quick of Winter Haven, Fla.; two sisters, Edna Willis of Titusville, Fla., and Joan Orlando of Alameda, Calif.; three nieces, Lisa Willis of Manorville, Teri Willis of West Babylon and Linda Jacino and her husband, Bill, of Manorville; a nephew, Ed Orlando of Aurora, Colo.; three brothers-in-law, William Hanft and his wife, Margaret, of Queens, Edward Hanft of Atlanta, Ga., and John Hanft and his wife, Mary Ann, of Queens; and a sister-in-law, Florence Reagen and her husband, John, of Old Lyme, Conn. She was predeceased by a sister, Joyce Hansen.
Services were held Saturday at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home in Port Jervis with the Rev. Peter Tran Van Phat, of Holy Name Roman Catholic Church in Otisville, officiating.
Burial will be made in the spring in the family plot in St. John's Cemetery in Brooklyn.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 733 Third Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017 or to the American Heart Association, 419 East Main St., Suite 202, Middletown, N.Y. 10940.
Ret. Mach. Oper., 75
Emanuel Edwards of Liberty, a lifelong area resident and a retired machine operator for Dairylea of Goshen, died Thursday, February 6, 2003, at his home. He was 75 years of age.
The son of the late George and Alice Hunt Edwards, he was born January 6, 1928, in Parksville.
In a family statement, it was said, "He will be missed!"
Mr. Edwards is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Zweck Edwards, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Brian Shoot of New York City and Sharman and Eric Erickson of Beach Lake, Pa.; two step-daughters, Trudy Crozzoli of Liberty and Karen Johnson of Georgia; three step-sons, Wayne, Steve and Donald Prince, all of Liberty; two brothers, Virgil Edwards of Grahamsville and John Edwards of Parksville; three sisters, Dory Edwards and Marie Edwards, both of Liberty, and Bertha Blair of Utah; four grandchildren, Rebecca Shoot, Jonathan and Adam Erickson and Jamie Crozzoli; and several nieces, nephews and Mrs. Debra Lynker of Roscoe. He was predeceased by two brothers, Ted and Vernon Edwards.
Services were held Monday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty with the Rev. David McCarthy officiating.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Karen R. Schwab
Karen Roloson Schwab of Equinunk, Pa., a nine-year teacher at Sullivan County BOCES and a lifelong area resident, died Thursday, February 6, 2003, at her home following a long illness. She was 41 years of age.
The daughter of Berton and Wilma Hubert Roloson, she was born September 9, 1961, in Callicoon.
Mrs. Schwab was a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Marywood University. She enjoyed teaching all crafts, sewing, making friends and shopping. She previously taught Sunday School and Bible School and had been a Girl Scout leader.
She is survived by her mother of Jessup, Pa.; her father of Equinunk, Pa.; her husband, James Schwab, and two daughters, Natasha and Nicole Schwab, all at home; two brothers, Michael and Wayne Roloson, both of Equinunk, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call on Tuesday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held Wednesday, at 2 p.m. in the Braman Methodist Church in Braman, Pa., with the Rev. Kathy Grecco officiating.
Interment will be made in the Braman Cemetery in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Robert V. Boyd, 81
Ret. Hvy. Equip. Oper.
Robert Vincent Boyd, a 22-year-resident of Fort Pierce, Fla., a former longtime resident of White Sulphur Springs and a retired heavy equipment operator for a construction company, died Saturday, February 8, 2003, at his home. He was 81 years of age.
The eldest son of the late Lodie and Josephine Boyd, he was born in White Sulphur Springs.
Mr. Boyd was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He received the American Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal with one star, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one star, Victory Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge.
His hobbies included hunting, traveling and taking cruises.
He is survived by his wife, Norma Boyd, at home; three daughters, Barbara Ricci of Hyde Park, Ruth Lindsley of Port St. Lucie, Fla. and Margaret Gallagher of Rhinebeck; three brothers, Louis Boyd of Jeffersonville, John Boyd of White Sulphur Springs and Raymond Boyd of Callicoon; three sisters, Arlene Stoddard of Cornwall, Betty Eschenberg of Callicoon and Eleanor Huggler of Nanuet; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Services and burial will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Catholic Church, Route 52, Youngsville, N.Y. 12791.
Ret. Truck Drv., 71
Joseph McCaffrey of Swan Lake, a retired truck driver, died Saturday, February 8, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 71 years of age.
The son of the late Thomas and Josephine Aqae McCaffrey, he was born April 22, 1931, in Hackensack, N.J. He was the widower of Marion Ernshaw McCaffrey.
Mr. McCaffrey was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
He is survived by a cousin and many friends and neighbors.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. George's Church in Jeffersonville with Father Paul Osborne, O.F.M., officiating.
Burial will be made in Calvary Cemetery in Youngsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville.
Eric Zielinski, 8
Eric J. Zielinski of Pine Bush, a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, February 9, 2003, at the Orange Regional Medical Center, Horton Campus, in Middletown. He was eight years of age.
The son of Timothy and Christine M. McNamara Zielinski, he was born January 28, 1995, in New York City.
In a family statement, it was said, "Eric was a very special child. He was unique. He was loved by all who came in contact with him. He loved NASCAR racing and watching TV all day. He will be deeply missed by all."
He is survived by his parents and a sister, Nicole, all at home; his grandparents, William and Barbara McNamara of Chester and Frank and Margaret Zielinski of Bloomingburg; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends may call on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7- 9 p.m. at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home, 1525 Burlingham Rd., Pine Bush.
A vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Church of the Infant Savior in Pine Bush with Father William Young officiating.
Burial will be made in the New Prospect Cemetery in Pine Bush.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Brittney Miller Foundation, 11 Stivers Place, Middletown, N.Y. 10940 or to INSPIRE, 2 Fletcher St., Goshen, N.Y. 10924.
Ret. Craftsman, 93
William "Bud" Emanuel of Youngsville, a retired craftsman, died Saturday, February 8, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 93 years of age.
The son of the late Charles and Mary Lauf Emanuel, he was born April 12, 1909, in Hackensack, N.J.
Mr. Emanuel attended schools in Hackensack and was employed as a carpenter for many years. In the 1920s, he was hired by P&J Die Company in New York City and worked there as a skilled steel rule die maker for over 40 years until his retirement in 1974.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army Signal Corps in New Guinea and the Philippine Islands.
After living in Brooklyn and Teaneck, N.J., he spent several years in Rumford, Maine and then returned to Youngsville where he had retired in 1974. He has resided the last three years at the former Walnut Mountain Nursing Facility (now Achieve Rehab and Nursing Facility) in Liberty.
Mr. Emanuel was a communicant of St. Francis Roman Catholic Church in Youngsville. He was an avid fisherman and was a talented amateur musician who played the drums in several bands when he was younger. Until he developed Alzheimer's, he played his harmonica and sang on senior citizen trips and outings.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dora Desjardins Emanuel; a daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Don Kehrley of Youngsville; and three grandchildren, Terri of Troy, Scott of Rock Hill and Shane of Youngsville.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Francis Church in Youngsville with Father Paul Osborne, O.F.M., officiating.
Burial will be made in Greenhill Cemetery in Youngsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffersonville Volunteer First Aid Squad, Jeffersonville, N.Y. 12748 or to the Sullivan County SPCA, Rock Hill, N.Y. 12775.
Doris M. Call
Doris "Pudge" M. Call of Greenville, a homemaker and lifelong area resident, died Saturday, February 8, 2003, at her home. She was 68 years of age.
The daughter of the late Albert and Doris Clune Stone Nesbitt, she was born January 30, 1935, in Endicott.
At the age of 64, Mrs. Call went to BOCES and earned her GED. She was a past member of the Pine Island Volunteer Ambulance Corps with CPR and EMT training.
In a family statement, it was said, "The family wishes to thank all those who helped care for our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, especially the wonderful staff and doctors at Goshen Medical Associates, the caring staff at St. Anthony Hospital and also Arden Hill Hospital; the wonderful staff and friends at the Department of Health and also Hospice. She will be remembered as a very loving and caring, wife, mother, grandmother and friend."
She is survived by her husband, John M. Call of Greenville; her stepfather, Ken Conrad of Vestal; her stepmother, Roseann Nesbitt of Hollywood, Fla.; a son, Mark Rifenbury of Wayne, N.J.; five daughters, Terry Rifenbury Rudy and her husband, John, of Warwick, Vicky Rifenbury Standish and her friend, Wayne Wilson of Otisville, Michelle Kless and her husband, Gregory of Wurtsboro, and Sherrie Tremblay and her husband, Raymond, of Phillipsport; nine grandchildren, Sarah and Krysten Rifenbury, Jacklyn Rudy, Brandy and Mark Kennedy, Brandon and Brittany Kless, Shelby Van Strander and Sheldron Tremblay; a step-daughter, Dawn Call Duran and her husband, Daniel, and their children, Deanna, Dalton and Daniel Jr., all of the state of Georgia; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the T.S. Purta Funeral Home, 690 Co. Rt. #1, Pine Island, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pine Island with the Rev. Elwood Mather officiating.
Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 174, Pine Island, N.Y. 10969 or to Hospice of Orange in Hudson Valley, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Real Estate Assoc., 82
James A.S. "J.B." Baskett of Damascus, Pa., a real estate sales associate and an area resident since 1983, died Friday, February 7, 2003, at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. He was 82 years of age.
The son of the late Arthur and Evelyn Harris Baskett, he was born November 28, 1920, in China. He was the widower of Dorothy Burman Baskett.
Mr. Baskett is survived by two children, Keith Baskett of Closter, N.J., and Sheila Baskett of Houston, Tex.; a sister, Shirley Moss of England; and a friend, Dianna Rieger, and her three children of Damascus, Pa.
A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Narrowsburg with the Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Ambulance Corps, Damascus, Pa. 18415 or to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Narrowsburg, N.Y. 12764.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.