February 18, 2003
David O. Oliveras
Ret. Baker, 74
David Olivo Oliveras of Puerto Rico, a longtime Liberty resident and a retired baker and business owner in Puerto Rico, died Wednesday, February 12, 2003, in Puerto Rico. He was 74 years of age.
The son of the late Francisco Olivo and Carmen Oliveras, he was born November 29, 1928, in Ciales, Puerto Rico. He was the widower of Anna Oliveras.
While living in Liberty, Mr. Oliveras was a baker for Katz's Bakery and was the owner of Phil's Market in Liberty.
He was a member of the First Pentecostal Church in Liberty and the American Legion in Puerto Rico. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Oliveras is survived by four sons, David Olivo of Puerto Rico, Willis Olivo of Parksville, Ivan Olivo of Miami, Fla., and Alexis Olivo of Puerto Rico; two daughters, Nancy Lopez of Ferndale and Anna LaGattuta of Swan Lake; 18 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; several brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, George Olivo.
Burial will be made in the spring in the Liberty Cemetery in Liberty.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Floyd A. Wingert
Ret. Laborer, 72
Floyd Albert Wingert of New Port Richey, Fla., a longtime resident of Bethel and a retired laborer for Laborer's Union Local 17 in Newburgh, died at the Hernando-Pasco Hospice in New Port Richey, Fla., on Thursday, February 13, 2003. He was 72 years of age.
The son of the late Henry and Katherine Gaissert Wingert, he was born March 20, 1930, in Queens.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of New Port Richey and a member of the Men's Club of the church. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, he served from 1951 to 1953.
Mr. Wingert was an avid player of horseshoes, winning many tournaments for the Elks Club, and was in the N.H.P.A. Class Championship World Horseshoe Pitching, traveling around the United States and Canada to participate in tournaments. He won many trophies and patches for all classes. He was a past member of the Elks in New Port Richey.
He is survived by his wife, Pearl Urda Wingert, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Alan F. and Cindy Wingert of Monticello and Dale R. and Kathy Wingert of Bethel; a daughter and son-in-law, Carla and Jack Shafer of Glen Spey; several step-children and step-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mary Wingert of Mountaindale; a brother, Harry, and his wife, Libby Wingert of Yulan; a sister, Viola Fulton of Cochecton Center; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, John Wingert, and a sister, Marie Gibbons.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 3534 State Rt. 55, Kauneonga Lake, with the Rev. William Hagerty officiating.
Burial will be made in the Fosterdale Cemetery in Fosterdale.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Viola Huggins of Livingston Manor, a homemaker and lifelong area resident, died Thursday, February 13, 2003, at the Countryside Care Center in Delhi. She was 93 years of age.
The daughter of the late James and Mary Berry Inman, she was born October 5, 1909, in Burnwood. She was the widow of Leland Huggins to whom she was married 68 years.
Mrs. Huggins was a member of the Livingston Manor Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by a brother, George H. Inman of Walton; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services and burial will be made in the spring at the Orchard Street Cemetery in Livingston Manor.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston Manor Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 3342, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758 or to the Livingston Manor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 1, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758.
Ret. Monti Treas., 82
Felix "Phil" Giustra of Monticello, a retired 20-year treasurer for the Village of Monticello, died Wednesday, February 12, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, after a long illness. He was 82 years of age.
The son of the late John and Joan Marabito Giustra, he was born February 16, 1920, in Brooklyn.
A World War II veteran of the Army, Mr. Giustra was a member of the Ruddick-Trowbridge American Legion Post #73 in Monticello and a member of the World-Wide Church of God in Middletown.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Ida Demarest Giustra, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Anita Giustra of Hempstead; a step-son, Jeffrey Lawracy of Liberty; a daughter, Jessica Giustra of Jamaica Hills; a step-daughter, Jean Enzman of Sussex, N.J.; a brother, Charles Giustra, and his wife, Millie, of Ronkonkoma; two grandchildren, Jennifer and Paul Giustra; and two nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Pauline.
Services were held Sunday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Monticello with Pastor Jeffrey Broadnax officiating.
Burial was made in the Pine Hill Cemetery in Sparrowbush.
Louis DeVillio, 89
Louis DeVillio of Middletown, a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, February 12, 2003, at the Middletown Park Manor. He was 89 years of age.
The son of the late Joseph and Angelina Fiore DeVillio, he was born August 31, 1913, in New York City.
He is survived by his many friends at the Middletown Park Manor where he resided.
A Service of Remembrance was held at the Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home in Middletown on Friday with Fr. Patrick McQuigan officiating.
Burial was made in the Bloomingburg Cemetery in Bloomingburg.
Artist/Art Teacher, 77
Stanley Schwartz of West Palm Beach, Fla., a community artist for various ad agencies in New York City and an art teacher in his latter years, died Wednesday, February 12, 2003, at Hospice of Palm Beach County in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 77 years of age.
The son of Rose Pantel Schwartz and the late Louis Schwartz, he was born April 23, 1925, in Brooklyn.
He is survived by his mother of South Fallsburg; his companion, Phyllis Mate at home in Florida; two daughters and sons-in-law, Janna and Richard Visconti of Setauket and Sandy and William Gelnaw of Fullerton, Calif.; a brother, Dr. Daniel Schwartz of South Fallsburg; five grandchildren, Cassandra, Andrew, William, Michael and Amie; and several nephews.
Graveside services and burial were held at the Temple Sholom Cemetery in Monticello on Friday with Rabbi Irwin Tanenbaum officiating.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Jean L. Deluca
Jean Louise Long Deluca of Seffner, Fla., a homemaker and former resident of Newburgh, died February 9, 2003, at University Community Hospital in Tampa, Fla. She was 75 years of age.
The daughter of the late Reed C. and Ester T. Murray Long, she was born May 1, 1927, in Newburgh.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was the best sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, wife and friend and will be missed by all she loved and those who loved her."
She is survived by her husband, Bruno Anthony Deluca of Seffner, Fla.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Toni Jean and Michael Kowalik of Spring Hill, Fla., and Jennie and Lee Slaughter of Newburgh; six grandchildren, Lewis Short of Juneau, Alaska, Melissa Short of Liberty, Airman Marcia Vega of Spengalem AB, Germany, Heather Irolano, Lee Slaughter Jr., Jacklyn Slaughter and George Slaughter, all of Newburgh; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Raymond Long and his wife, Fanny, of Wurtsboro, and Donald Long of New Windsor; four sisters, Marion Murphy of Newburgh, Doris Gallager and her husband, John, of Red Hook, Dolly Demar of Watertown and Barbara Sigler and her husband, Jim, of Poughkeepsie; her very best and lifetime close friend, Gladys McPeak and her husband, Melvin, of Mango, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Reed Long, and five sisters, Adlaid Long, Marie Backenovic, Irita Kern, Shirley Chiamonte and Margaret "Peggy" Mott.
Private memorial services will be held at the Hudson Valley Christian Church in Newburgh with Mary Krol officiating.
Cremation was made in Florida.
Hvy. Equip. Oper., 28
Jeremy Harty of Wurtsboro, a heavy equipment operator at Orange County Excavating in Otisville and a four-year resident of Wurtsboro, formerly of Middletown, died Thursday, February 13, 2003, at his home. He was 28 years of age.
The son of Willard and Lorraine Zeszutek Harty, he was born November 27, 1974, in Middletown.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Stackhouse Harty, at home; two daughters, Nicole Harty, at home, and Natasha Phillips of Dingmans Ferry, Pa.; a brother, Robby Harty of Slate Hill; his mother of Slate Hill; his father of Dingmans Ferry, Pa.; his maternal grandmother, Cecilia Zeszutek of New Hampton; and his paternal grandfather, Vincent Harty of Westbrookville.
Friends may call at the Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home, 72 West Main St., Middletown on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at noon on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be made in the Bloomingburg Cemetery in Bloomingburg.
Ret. of A&W Prod., 65
Shirley Diana DePaola of Westbrookville, a longtime area resident and retired from A&W Products in Port Jervis, died Thursday, February 13, 2003, at the Orange Regional Medical Center, Horton Campus, in Middletown. She was 65 years of age.
The daughter of the late Charles and Charlotte Gordon Conklin, she was born June 7, 1937, in Otisville.
In a family statement, it was said, "Shirley was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Everyone knew her as having a large heart of gold and always having an extra place for you to sit and have dinner with the family. She was also very proud of her Irish heritage."
She is survived by her husband, Charles J. DePaola, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Wendy and Thomas Goellner, and their son, Timothy Goellner, all of Westbrookville; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Sunday at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home in Port Jervis. Cremation was made at the H. G . Smith Crematory in Stroudsburg, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Westbrookville Fire Department, Westbrookville, N.Y. 12785.
Richard W. Tompkins
Ret. IBM Emply., 67
Richard W. Tompkins of Newburgh, a retired employee of IBM and Howard Johnson's, died Friday, February 14, 2003, at his home. He was 67 years of age.
The son of the late William and Fannie Groben Tompkins, he was born November 25, 1935, in Newburgh.
He is survived by two sons, Richard Tompkins of Kerhonkson and Darryl Tompkins of Burlingham; a daughter, Melanie Tompkins of Plattekill; a sister, Mary Jo Barger of Montgomery; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the White and Venuto Funeral Home, 188 North Plank Rd., Newburgh, with the Rev. Dave Mason officiating.
Burial will be made in the Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720.
Marie Ihrig of Hortonville, a homemaker, a former assembler for Western Electric and a longtime area resident, died unexpectedly on Friday, February 14, 2003, at her home. She was 99 years of age.
The daughter of the late Herman and Elizabeth Engle Glock, she was born January 13, 1904, in Darmstadt, Germany. She was the widow of John Ihrig.
Mrs. Ihrig was a member of the former Hortonville Grange and a member of the Delaware Valley Senior Citizens in Callicoon and the Jeffersonville Senior Citizens. She enjoyed playing bingo and attended whenever she could.
She is survived by two sons, Karl Heinz Ihrig of Milwaukee, Wisc., and Sigfried W. "Walt" Ihrig, at home; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Lieselotte "Lee" Nystrom.
There will be no visitation.
Services will be held at a later date.
Cremation was made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware Community Center, P.O. Box 354, Callicoon, N.Y. 12723.
Anthony G. Lizotte
Ret. Bldg. Supt., 68
Anthony G. Lizotte, a two-year resident of State Route 17B, Callicoon and a retired building superintendent for New York University, died Friday, February 14, 2003, at the Grover Hermann Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Callicoon. He was 68 years of age.
The son of the late George and Yolanda Pipitone Lizotte, he was born June 6, 1934, in New York City.
Mr. Lizotte was a member of CSEA #32 AFL-CIO BJ Union and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his wife, Irma Yolanda Lizotte, at home; two daughters, Karen Lizotte Watson and Debbie Lizotte; two grandchildren, Pamela and Christopher Lizotte; a sister, Denise Whalen; and two brothers, Joe and John Lizotte. He was predeceased by three brothers, Andrew, Michael and Frank Lizotte.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon on Tuesday at St. George's Church in Jeffersonville with Father Paul Osbourne, O.F.M., officiating.
Burial will be made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Robert T. McCabe
Ret. Postal Carrier, 85
Robert T. McCabe of Damascus, Pa., a 26-year area resident, a retired letter carrier for the US Postal System and a former resident of Fremont, died Sunday, February 16, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 85 years of age.
The son of the late James and Rose Ramiezel McCabe, he was born June 22, 1917, in Manhattan. He was the widower of Mary M. Lane McCabe who died May 22, 1993.
Mr. McCabe was a member of St. Mary's R.C. Church in Obernburg. He was a member of the Delaware Valley Senior Citizens and Jeffersonville Senior Citizens. Even though he played pinochle, he was the designated caller for bingo when it was played in conjunction with card parties at Callicoon, Jeffersonville and Hancock. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Mr. McCabe is survived by three daughters, Marilyn Field of Preston, Conn., Susan Foldi of Stuart, Fla., and Denyce and her husband, Daniel Sambrato, of Nanuet; a son, Robert Jr. and his wife, Marie McCabe, of Fairlawn, N.J.; a sister, Florence Jakobsen and her husband, Carl, of Bergenfield, N.J.; ten grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 p.m. on Thursday at St. George's Roman Catholic Church in Jeffersonville.
Burial will be made at St. Mary's Cemetery in Obernburg.
Ret. Waitress, 79
Amelia Vogel of Liberty, a retired waitress for Kutsher's Hotel in Kiamesha Lake and a 47-year area resident, died at her home on Sunday, February 16, 2003. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late Manuel and Adelina Castro, she was born July 10, 1923, in Lima, Peru. She was the widow of Karel Vogel.
Mrs. Vogel was a communicant of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Liberty.
She is survived by a daughter, Jessica Melchick of Liberty; a grandson, Justin Melchick, and a granddaughter, Brittany Melchick, both of Parksville; five sisters, Anita Tremalada of San Francisco, Calif., and Angeleca, Chiappe, Esperanza and Forsight, all of Lima, Peru. She was predeceased by a son, Dennis Vogel.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, West Street at Buckley, Liberty, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, 264 North Main St., Liberty, with Monsignor Edward Straub officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Peter's Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Church, 264 North Main St., Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
John L. LaPolt Sr.
Ret. Dairy Barn Mgr., 93
John Lincoln LaPolt Sr. of Liberty, the retired manager of the Dairy Barn ice cream store in Liberty, died Sunday, February 16, 2003, four days after his 93rd birthday at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty, following a valiant battle with cancer.
The son of the late Arthur and Florence Bull LaPolt, he was born on Lincoln's birthday, February 12, 1910, and was given Lincoln as his middle name. He often prided himself that his picture was on every $5 bill.
Mr. LaPolt was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and was the oldest surviving member of Ontario Hose Volunteer Fire Co. #3 of the Liberty Fire Department.
He was a previous truck driver for the Dairymen's League and after that for Krum's Feed Mills. He also drove bus for the Liberty School District and finally settled into a business that he taught himself and came to love, that of picture framing.
At the age of 92, he decided to attend writing workshops and began work on his autobiography. He realized how difficult and time consuming that undertaking was and decided to opt for writing short stories about episodes of his life instead.
He is survived by two sisters, Evelyn Crumley of Alaska and Elsie Felske of Roscoe; a daughter-in-law, Vicky LaPolt and her two children, Elizabeth and J.C. (John Christopher); two daughters, Mary Gibson and Florence "Cissy " Rogers; two sons, William Carl "Bill" LaPolt and Charles LaPolt; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, John LaPolt.
Friends may call at Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty, on Wednesday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m.
The Liberty Fire Department will hold firematic services at the funeral home Wednesday evening at 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Richard Bierwas officiating.
Burial will be made in the Laurel Hill Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Women's Association of the First Presbyterian Church, S. Main St., or to the Liberty Ontario Hose Volunteer Fire Co. #3, Sprague Ave., both at Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
James Bonnell Jr.
Ret. Correc. Offc., 63
James M. Bonnell Jr. of Grahamsville, a lifelong area resident and a retired lieutenant for the New York State Department of Corrections at the Sullivan Correctional Facility in Woodbourne, with 36 years of service, died Sunday, February 16, 2003, at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston. He was 63 years of age.
The son of the late James M. Sr. and Retha Edwards Bonnell, he was born March 1, 1939, in Bradley.
A U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1961 to 1963, he was a member of the Grahamville Reformed Church and Liberty Elks Lodge #1545.
In a family statement, it was said, "Jim was an avid camper and outdoorsman. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and we will all miss him."
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Sally Lyons Bonnell, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Patricia Bonnell of Divine Corners; a daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Donovan Krzyzak of Bloomingburg; three brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law; four grandchildren, Ashlyn, Noah, Wade and Hope; a niece, a nephew and several cousins.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Paul Ruter officiating.
Burial will be made in the spring at the Rural Cemetery in Grahamsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Reformed Church of Grahamsville, Grahamsville, N.Y. 12740 or to the Hospice Foundation, 34 Broadway, Kingston, N.Y. 12401.