April 1, 2003
Ruth C. Decker
Ret. Cafeteria Mgr., 85
Ruth C. Decker of Livingston Manor, a longtime area resident, a retired cafeteria manager and a retired clerk for the Motor Vehicle Department in Monticello, died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at her home. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of the late Henry and Josephine Boxberger Graff, she was born May 15, 1917, in Callicoon Center. She was the widow of Gilbert Joseph Decker who died in October of 1989 after 52 years of marriage.
Mrs. Decker was the cafeteria manager at St. Aloysius Parochial School for many years until it closed. She then worked for 18 years as a clerk for the Motor Vehicle Department in Monticello until her retirement.
A longtime parishioner of St. Aloysius Church in Livingston Manor, she was also a member and former officer of the Court Mary Anthony, Catholic Daughters of the Americas in Liberty, for many years.
She is survived by a daughter, Linda Jane Decker Roche and her husband, James "Mickey," of Callicoon; a son, Michael Henry Decker and his wife, Nuha, of South Plainfield, N.J.; five grandchildren, Shawn James Roche and Kristi Lynn Roche, both of Manhattan, Kelly Leigh Decker Maren and her husband, Pete, Taryn Jayne Decker and Ryan Decker, all of South Plainfield, N.J.; a sister-in-law, Audrey Decker of Liberty; a brother-in-law, Ralph Eggler of White Sulphur Springs; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Lorie Graff Reum of Callicoon and Louise Graff Eggler of White Sulphur Springs.
Friends may call at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday at St. Aloysius Church in Livingston Manor with Monsignor William Colins officiating.
Burial will be in St. Aloysius Cemetery in Livingston Manor.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Aloysius Church, Church St., Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758 or to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Ret. Clerk, 77
Dorothy Marshall of Glen Spey, a retired clerk for the Helen Hayes Rehabilitation Center in West Haverstraw and a longtime area resident, died Saturday, March 29, 2003, at the Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. She was 77 years of age.
The daughter of the late James and Rose McAloon Dean, she was born March 16, 1926, in New York City.
Mrs. Marshall was a member of the Lumberland Seniors and the Lumberland Fire Department Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph R. Marshall, at home; three daughters, Kathleen Lent and her partner, Donna Pollucci of Monroe, Ellen Huslinger and her husband, Stephen, of the Town of Greenville, and Dorothy Siegel of New Hampton; a son, Joseph R. Marshall and his wife, Catherine, of Nyack; seven grandchildren, Tammy, Keriann, Bryan, Shoix, Stephen, Katrina and Christopher S.; and five great-grandchildren, Keith, Alyson, Damion, Elizabeth and Amelia.
Services were held Monday evening at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home in Port Jervis with the Rev. Bernard MacDonald officiating.
Burial was made in the Pinelawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lumberland Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Glen Spey, N.Y. 12737.
Walter W. Metzger
Ret. From DPW, 98
Walter W. Metzger of Yulan, retired from the Sullivan County Department of Public Works, and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, March 28, 2003, at his home while in the care of Mary Ellen Walton. He was 98 years of age.
The son of the late Fred and Mary Cole Metzger, he was born February 16, 1905, in Yulan. He was the widower of Dorothea Metzger.
In his early years he was a runner for the New York Stock Exchange and later took a job with the Department of Public Works. He and his wife built the house he lived in. It was originally a log cabin with logs taken from his own land.
Mr. Metzger was a life member of the Yulan Rod and Gun Club and a life member of the Tusten Senior Citizens. He loved to hunt and fish. At the age of 95, he was forbidden to go ice fishing by his niece and nephew. With many stories to tell and things to teach about wildlife, flowers and nature, he was a joy to listen to and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He contributed much to the history of Yulan.
He is survived by his niece, Dorothy Waltemath of Kerville, Tex.; a nephew, Frederick Honkohl of Woodstock, Ga.; and six grandnieces and grandnephews.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville with the Rev. Eddie Nilsen officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 63, Eldred, N.Y. 12732 or to the Yulan Fire Department, Yulan, N.Y. 12792.
Louise Becker of Bloomingburg, a homemaker and a longtime area resident, died Thursday, March 27, 2003, at her home. She was 74 years of age.
The daughter of the late Luca and Assunta Castelli Nacca, she was born June 10, 1928, in North Bergen, N.J.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Raymond Becker Sr. of Bloomingburg; four sons, Raymond Becker Jr. and his wife, Debbie, of Ridgefield, N.J., Joseph Becker and James Becker and his partner, Jim Brandon, all of Staten Island, and Michael Becker of North Bergen, N.J.; two daughters, Lois Tompkins of Bloomingburg and Ellen Berg and her husband, Stuart, of Wallkill; seven grandchildren, Charlie, Bryan, Rena, Victoria, William, Erika and Luke; and a sister, Pondi Vasilik and her husband, John, of Bergenfield, N.J. She was predeceased by 12 brothers and sisters.
Services were held Monday at the Cornelius, Dodd and Connell Funeral Home in Middletown with the Rev. Betty Beach officiating.
Interment was made in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery.
Warehouse Man, 59
Angel Cruz of Middletown, a warehouse man for Wakefern of Middletown and a 40-year area resident, died Thursday, March 27, 2003, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. He was 59 years of age.
The son of the late Alphonso and Otilia Martinez Cruz, he was born March 7, 1944, in Puerto Rico.
Mr. Cruz was a member of the United States Army Reserve.
He is survived by his former wife, Elba Cruz of Ellenville, and their five children, Peter Aponte of Napanoch, Victor Aponte of Warwick, Angelo Cruz of Miami, Fla., Wanda Cruz of Monticello, and Alphonso Cruz of Ellenville; his former wife, Lourdes Cruz, and their two children, Edward Cruz and David Cruz, all of Wurtsboro; a brother, Alphonso Cruz of Puerto Rico; and several grandchildren.
Services were held Monday at the Loucks Funeral Home in Ellenville.
Burial was made in the Fantinekill Cemetery in Ellenville.
Charles B. Snyder
Ret. Businessman, 82
Charles "Charlie" B. Snyder of Montgomery, a longtime resident of and a former local business owner in the Village of Montgomery, died Thursday, March 27, 2003. He was 82 years of age.
The son of the late Charles A. and Ethel Stevens Snyder, he was born May 28, 1920, in Newburgh. He was the widower of Catherine Lynn Snyder to whom he was married nearly 50 years.
Mr. Snyder was a World War II Army veteran and had received a Purple Heart. He was a 52-year member of the Wallkill Hook, Ladder and Hose Company, the Montgomery Fire Department and a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Montgomery.
In a family statement, it was said, "He was a devoted family man who truly loved the Village of Montgomery."
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Peter C. and Deborah Snyder of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Steven F. and Nina Snyder of Bloomingburg; four grandchildren, Joshua and Kari Snyder of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Derek and Taryn Snyder of Boston, Mass., and Bloomingburg respectively; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Harrison and Edward, and a sister, Charolette.
Services and burial were private at the Riverside Cemetery with the Rev. Paul Milz officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pipe and Pillar Fund, c/o First Presbyterian Church, Clinton St., Montgomery, N.Y. 12549.
James E. LaPolt
Ret. Iron Wkr., 89
James E. LaPolt of Woodbourne, a retired iron worker, died Saturday, March 29, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 89 years of age.
The son of the late James E. Sr. and Catherine Earts LaPolt, he was born March 10, 1914, in Woodbourne. He was the widower of Jean LaPolt who died January 19, 1999.
Mr. LaPolt was a member and lecturer in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Woodbourne; a former member of the Knights of Columbus and the Liberty Elks Lodge #1545.
He is survived by a daughter, Linda Toppert and a son, Donald LaPolt and his wife, Patricia, all of Richmond, Va.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Steven, three brothers and two sisters.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Woodbourne with Fr. John Lynch officiating.
Burial was made in the Hillside Cemetery in Woodbourne.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodbourne First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 45, Woodbourne, N.Y. 12788.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Evelyn B. Grabowy
Ret. Bookkeeper, 87
Evelyn Bronte Grabowy of Nanuet, a more than 50-year resident of Rockland County and a retired 20-year bookkeeper for Lederle, died Friday, March 28, 2003, at the Nyack Hospital. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Nicholas and Virginia Speroni Mazzochi, she was born October 21, 1915, in Manhattan. She was the widow of Jeff Bronte who died in 1959 and Walter Grabowy who died in 2002.
She was a member of the Nanuet Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
In a family statement, it was said, "She enjoyed sewing, gardening, Bible study, cooking and entertaining. Evelyn loved to have pool parties. Her favorite time was with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren."
She is survived by a son, Jeff Bronte of Nanuet; four daughters, Judy Russo of Montvale, N.J., Adriene McCullough of Little Egg Harbor, N.J., Carol Bronte of Westbrookville, and Nancy Bronte-Caldwell of Pearle City, Ill; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
A service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Grace Baptist Church in Nanuet, followed by burial in the Fred Loescher Veterans Cemetery in Monsey.
Luella Mae Carroll
Ret. Bank Offc., 85
Luella "Mae" Carroll of Middletown and longtime summer resident of Cochecton, a retired trust operations officers with the Bank of New York (retiring in 1986) and then an employee of the Orange County Trust Company in Middletown, died Friday, March 28, 2003, at the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of the late William M. and Cynthia Tyler Porr, she was born September 13, 1917, in Cochecton. She was the widow of William Carroll.
She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Carroll of Middletown; and two nieces, Linda Guinan and her family of Callicoon, and Janet Topolewski and her family of Maine. She was predeceased by two sisters, Elizabeth Tegeler and Bernice Kieseler.
Friends may call at the Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home in Middletown on Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be made in Hillside Cemetery in Damascus, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cochecton Preservation Society, Cochecton, N.Y. 12726 or to the charity of one's choice.