March 14, 2003
Bette Ann Kurthy
Bank Manager, 60
Bette Ann Kurthy of Kiamesha Lake, a branch manager for Key Bank in Monticello and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, March 10, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris after a sudden illness. She was 60 years of age.
The daughter of the late Carl and Norma Greenfield Schock, she was born May 14, 1942, in Monticello.
Mrs. Kurthy graduated from Monticello High School in 1960. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and was always active in organizing Monticello school reunions. She was also a member of the Shady Brook Hunting Camp.
In a family statement, it was said, "Bette Ann loved and adored her grandchildren, Kristin, Andrea, Michael, Justin, Allison and Dana. She dedicated her life to being a universal 'grandma' to countless children and always helping those around her. She was the wind beneath all of our wings."
She is survived by her husband of over 39 years, Thomas Robert Kurthy, at home; one daughter, Karen Ann DeFeo of Voorheesville, and her daughters, Kristin and Andrea and her companion Ty Moore; two sons, Kevin Carl Kurthy and his wife, Ann Marie, and their daughters, Allison and Dana, and Keith Thomas Kurthy and his fiancée Priscilla Serrano, and their sons, Michael and Justin; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert Norman and Susan Schock of Livermore, Calif.; several nieces and nephews; an extended family and an extraordinary family of close friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Church, Broadway and Liberty St., Monticello, with Fr. Timothy Wiggins officiating.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Church, 10 Liberty St., Monticello, N.Y. 12701 or to the Monticello Fire Department, 8-10 Pleasant St., Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello.
Robert E. Quinn
Ret. Teacher, 70
Robert E. Quinn of Montague, N.J., a longtime area resident and a retired English teacher for the Sparta (N.J.) School District, died Monday, March 10, 2003, at his home. He was 70 years of age.
The son of the late William B. and Evelyn Duff Quinn, he was born February 9, 1933 in Jersey City, N.J.
Mr. Quinn earned his undergraduate degree from St. Peter's College in Jersey City and his master's degree from Fordham University in New York City.
As an Eagle Scout, he had achieved the Order of the Arrow and recently published a book, "On My Honor," about his scouting experiences at Camp Henry Kohl at High Point State Park, N.J. His first book was "In the Shadow of the Phoenix."
He was a member and an Eucharistic Minister of St. James The Greater R.C. Church in Montague, N.J.; served nine years on the Montague Township Board of Education and three years on the Montague Township Committee. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War.
Mr. Quinn is survived by his wife of 44 years, Regina Miller, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, J. R. and Michelle Quinn of Voorhees, N.J.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kate and Bill Sutton of Campbell Hall and Mary and Frank Giorgianni of Wurtsboro; three brothers and sisters-in-law, William B. and Amelia Quinn and Thomas A. and Connie Quinn, all of Montague, N.J., and John P. and Marilyn Quinn of Toms River, N.J.; a grandson, Dylan Nicholas Quinn; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. James the Greater R.C. Church in Montague, N.J. on Thursday with the Rev. A. Richard Carton officiating.
Burial was made in the Minisink Reformed Church Cemetery in Montague, N.J.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105 or to St. James The Greater R.C. Church, 75 River Rd., Montague, N.J. 07827.
Rose Gibber, 80
Rose Gibber of Monticello died Thursday, March 6, 2003, at the Beth Israel Hospital in New York City after a six-month illness. She was 80 years of age.
The daughter of the late Rabbi Shmuel and Genendel Mowshowitz Yaakov, she was born May 21, 1922, in Kovel, Poland. She was the widow of Morris Gibber.
At the age of 7, the family moved to America and after a brief stay in New York City, moved to Albany where her father was chief Rabbi of the city. She and her twin sister graduated from Albany High School as salutatorian and valedictorian, respectively.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Phi Beta Kappa, she majored in languages and subsequently held teaching positions in the Yeshiva of Hartford, Conn., and the Manhattan Day School.
Upon her marriage to Morris Gibber, she and her husband made their home in Monticello where they remained for the rest of their lives.
Mrs. Gibber taught in and later became principal of the Hebrew Day School of Sullivan and Ulster Counties for 28 years. She and her husband both served on its board of directors and Mrs. Gibber was president of its Women's Council. Together with her husband, she was an active member of the Landfield Avenue Synagogue, serving on its board and the Jewish Burial Society, helping countless people receive their final honor.
In a family statement, it was said, "Rose Gibber was a loving, warm-hearted, vibrant and witty person who brought good cheer to the heartbroken and gave assistance to anyone in need. Her neighbors, friends, relatives and all who came in contact with her loved her, as she loved everyone else. Her loving memory will never be forgotten."
She is survived by her twin sister, Frieda Pusin of New Jersey; three sons, Rabbi Eliezer Gibber of Providence, R.I., Rabbi Chaim Gibber of Minneapolis, Minn., and Rabbi David Gibber of Brooklyn; a daughter, Malka Paretzky of Monsey; more than 36 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
Burial was made in the Landfield Avenue Synagogue Cemetery in Monticello on March 6.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hebrew Day School, Route 42, Kiamesha Lake, N.Y. 12751.
Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Malka Paretzky, 9 Blueberry Hill Road, Spring Valley, N.Y. 10977.
Funeral arrangements were made by Shomrei Hadas Chevra Kadisha and the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Cornelia J. Case, 100
Ret. Nurse Teacher
Cornelia J. Case of Cuddebackville, a retired school nurse teacher for the Monticello School District and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, March 10, 2003, at the Middletown Park Manor Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. She was 100 years of age.
The daughter of the late Stoll and Daisy Bensley Jagger, she was born January 8, 1903, in Dingman's Ferry, Pa. She was the widow of Bassett Case who died November 23, 1936.
Mrs. Case was a graduate of the former Deerpark Hospital in Port Jervis and received her registered nursing degree.
She was a member of the Cuddebackville Reformed Church, NYS Retired Teachers Association, Forestburgh Senior Citizens, a life member and founding member of the Neversink Valley Grange No. 1530, Patrons of Husbandry, in Huguenot, and a member of the River Valley Chapter No. 33, Order of the Eastern Star, in Port Jervis.
She is survived by two daughters-in-law, Billie Mae Case and Marie Case, both of Cuddebackville; six grandchildren, Jody Case-Kennedy of Montague, N.J., Marilyn Lounsbury of Kerhonkson, Lorelei Case of Cuddebackville, and Belinda Kowal, Tammy Olenick and Charles Case, all of Port Jervis; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons, Joseph Bassett Case and Harold "Jake" Case; five brothers, Russell, Richard "Stoney," Ralph, Stoll Jr. and Warren Jagger; and five sisters, Bonnie DiBiase, Edna Lutz, Flora Smith, Daisy Jagger and Hazel Myck.
A memorial service will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Friday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Port Jervis with the Rev. Betsy Diver officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cuddebackville Reformed Church, Route 209, Cuddebackville, N.Y. 12729.
Ret. Stone Mason, 77
Joseph Washousky, a 60-year resident of Liberty and a retired stone mason for Local 5 in Poughkeepsie, died suddenly on Tuesday, March 11, 2003, in South Fallsburg. He was 77 years of age.
The son of the late Michael and Anna Macharsky Washousky, he was born April 5, 1925, in Coaldale, Pa. He was the widower of Angela "Nellie" Washousky who died in May of 1993.
A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he served from 1943 to 1946. Mr. Washousky was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in South Fallsburg and a 50-year member of the American Legion in Pennsylvania.
In a family statement, it was said, "He was a loving father, grandfather and friend. He will always be remembered for his love and dedication to his family, his faithful following of Christ, his witty sense of humor and his love of children."
He is survived by two daughters, Nancy Jordan of Jeffersonville and Susan Mootz of Hurleyville; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Peter and Ann Washousky of the Bronx and Russell and Connie Washousky of Landsford, Pa.; two sisters, Helen Machay of Coaldale, Pa., and Mary Smith of Bethlehem, Pa.; three grandchildren, Justin and Kristina Mootz and Kristi Kern; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Michael Washousky who died in September of 2002.
Services will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Rt. 42, South Fallsburg on Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Joan LaLiberte and Rev. Ninon Hutchinson officiating.
Burial will be made with full military honors in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Rt. 42, South Fallsburg, N.Y. 12779.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Donald Smith, 59
Donald Smith of Neversink, a self-employed plumber and electrician, died Tuesday, March 11, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 59 years of age.
The son of Everett and Dorothy Kaeter Smith, he was born March 16, 1943, in Kingston.
Mr. Smith was a former member of the Claryville Fire Department. An avid hunter and fisherman, he loved children and animals.
He is survived by his father, Everett Smith, and his friend, Marie Ward, of Grahamsville; his mother of Claryville; his longtime companion, Sharon Kelly of Neversink; two sons, Kevin Smith and his wife, Paula, of Claryville, and Gregory Smith of the state of Florida; a daughter, Penny, of Connecticut; a brother and sister-in-law, Dwayne and Susan Smith of Claryville; a stepson, Preston Kelly and his wife, Patricia, of Grahamsville; a stepdaughter, April Kockas, and her husband, Robert, of Neversink; seven grandchildren; a niece; a grand-nephew; two aunts, an uncle; and several cousins.
The family will receive friends at a memorial service at the Claryville Firehouse on Sunday, March 16, at 1 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Claryville Fire Department, Claryville, N.Y. 12725.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
John P. Ampf
John Peter Ampf, a longtime resident of Port Jervis and an assembler for Occupations Inc., in Newburgh, died Tuesday, March 11, 2003, at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He was 61 years of age.
The son of Minnie Flor Ampf and the late William Ampf, he was born November 7, 1941, in Jersey City, N.J.
He is survived by his mother of Port Jervis; two sisters, Barbara Maillet and her husband, Gary, of Port Jervis, and Susan Bloom and her companion, Gerald Talmage, of Barryville; a nephew; and three nieces.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Burial was made in the George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, N.J.
Memorial contributions may be made to Occupations Inc., 6 Karen Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Admin. Asst., 69
Dorothy Moss of Las Vegas, Nev., an administrative assistant for the Clark County (Nevada) District Attorney's Office, died Tuesday, March 11, 2003, at the Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev. She was 69 years of age.
The daughter of the late David and Sarah Banner Shostak, she was born August 1, 1933, in Brooklyn. She was the widow of Norman Moss who died June 1, 1986.
Mrs. Moss was a member of the Landfield Avenue Synagogue in Monticello.
In a family statement, it was said, "Dorothy spent her whole life loving her family and friends. She gave her soul and heart to all around her. Her caring presence will always be remembered."
She is survived by three sons, Stuart Moss and his wife, Lori, of Oneonta, and Mitchell Moss and David Moss, both of Las Vegas, Nev.; three daughters, Diane Moss of Monticello, Roberta Conde and her husband, Jack, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Pamela Villegas and her husband, Gilberto, of Albany; a brother, Jerome Shostak of Staten Island; a sister, Selma Rosenbaum of Lawrence; five grandchildren, Melissa, Daniel, Joshua, Jennifer and Victoria; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Miriam Krasner.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, 186 Broadway, Monticello, with Rabbi Ben Zion Chanowitz officiating.
The family will observe shiva at the home of Diane Moss, 99 Park Ave., #10, Monticello, starting Saturday night.
Burial will be made in the Landfield Avenue Synagogue Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hebrew Day School, Kiamesha Lake, N.Y. 12751 or to the Landfield Avenue Synagogue, Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Joseph R. Vik
Ret. Bldg. Supt., 94
Joseph R. Vik of Forestburgh, a 30-year area resident and a retired building superintendent for Local 32B in New York City, died Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at the Newton Memorial Hospital in Newton, N.J. He was 94 years of age.
The widower of Borghild Katherine Vik who died October 12, 1991, after 58 years of marriage, he was born in Grimstad, Norway on January 23, 1909.
After living in New York City for 50 years, Mr. Vik moved to Sullivan County where he worked at the Concord Hotel and the Forestburgh Country Store. A volunteer with voting, he was an active participant in the Forestburgh Senior Citizens Club, a past president of the Sons of Norway and a member of the Superintendents Building Guild.
Mr. Vik is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Mary Vik of Landing, N.J., and Lester and Anne Vik of North Bellmore; a daughter, Eleanor Caine of Wantage, N.J.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.
Services will be held at noon at the funeral home on Saturday with the Rev. Ivan Csete officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Esther E. Gockel
Esther Ellen Gockel of Lew Beach, a homemaker, licensed practical nurse, a beautician, and a lifetime area resident, died Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at her home. She was 77 years of age.
The daughter of the late Mason and Nellie Deyoe Banks, she was born February 12, 1926, in Lew Beach. She was the widow of Francis Gockel who died March 2, 1972.
Mrs. Gockel was a member of the former Ladies Auxiliary of the Livingston Manor Memorial Post #6081, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Beaverkill Valley Fire Department, the Lew Beach Community Church and the Livingston Manor Senior Citizens.
She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Maxine and Rick Porter of Prattsville, Nancy Marks of Liberty and Bonnie and Sidney Westcott of Sherburne; a brother, Edward Banks of Lew Beach; a sister-in-law, Maggie Banks of White Sulphur Springs; and five grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Flora Jersey, and a brother, Pete Banks.
Friends may call at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Craig Saunders officiating.
Burial will be made in the Lew Beach Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Beaverkill Valley Fire Department, 1524 Beaverkill Rd., Lew Beach, N.Y. 12758.
Ret. Teacher, 73
Murray Sisselman of Miami, Fla., a former resident of Parksville and a retired president of the United Teachers of Dade Union in Florida, died Tuesday, March 11, 2003, in Aventura, Fla., after a battle with cancer. He was 73 years of age.
The son of the late Fred and Sadie Korman Sisselman, he was born January 10, 1930, in New York City.
He grew up in Parksville where he was a member of the Parksville Synagogue. He moved to South Florida after serving in the United States Army in Japan during the Korean War. Mr. Sisselman started his teaching career in 1956 at the Westview Middle School. He was active in county affairs, served on the zoning appeals board for 14 years and was a past chairman of the board. His vision of building a complex for teachers was finally realized through his tireless work and perseverance in November of 2001. The complex has an auditorium, offices, and a Montessori lab school run by Barry University School of Education for children of teachers, UTD employees and school district personnel.
Mr. Sisselman was a graduate of Liberty High School. He was a member of the Liberty Elks Lodge, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and the Free and Accepted Masons.
He is survived by his wife, Ludmila Sisselman, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Elisabet Sisselman of Miami, Fla., and Jagger and Angela Hardy of Denver, Colo.; a daughter, Helen Sisselman of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; a sister, Frances Katz, and her husband, Jack, of Middletown; a brother, Irving Sisselman and his wife, Gladys of Rockaway, N.J; two grandchildren, Sarah and Lina; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Graveside services and burial will be held Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the Parksville Synagogue Cemetery in Parksville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sullivan County SPCA, 25 Rock Hill Drive, Rock Hill, N.Y. 12775.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral home in Monticello.