April 15, 2003
Ann C. Davidson
Ann C. Davidson of Winter Haven, Fla., and Hurleyville, a homemaker, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Tandem Health Care in Florida. She was 88 years of age.
The daughter of the late James and Bridgett McCloskey, she was born November 24, 1914, in Brooklyn. She was the widow of Ernest Neil Davidson.
Mrs. Davidson was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Janet A. Davis of Haines City, Fla.; two sons, Neil J. Davidson of Woodbourne, and Bruce P. Davidson of Hurleyville; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by four sisters, Mary, Agnes, Loretta and Rose.
Services were private.
Richard A. Knutsen
Ret. Master Mech., 82
Richard A. Knutsen of Wurtsboro, a retired master mechanic for Mobil Service in Yonkers and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at the Stratton Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albany. He was 82 years of age.
The son of the late John and Mary Meyer Knutsen, he was born May 15, 1920, in Queens.
Mr. Knutsen was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Philippines and earning the Purple Heart.
He is survived by a son, Richard A. Knutsen Jr., his wife and their three children of Wappingers Falls; and a granddaughter, Tara Lyn Sheeler of San Antonio, Tex. He was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Briskhe.
Graveside services with military honors and burial were held Monday at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Middletown.
John J. Skubon, 88
Ret. NYS DOT Laborer
John J. Skubon of Largo, Fla., a former resident of Hurleyville and a retired laborer with the NYS Department of Transportation, died Saturday, March 29, 2003, at his home. He was 88 years of age.
Born June 11, 1914, in Star Junction, Pa., he was a member of the NYS Civil Service Employees Association.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen Kinne Skubon; a son and daughter-in-law, John A . and Tina Skubon of New Providence, Pa.; four daughters, Francine Dillon of West Palm Beach, Fla., Carol Turner and her husband, Fred, of Hurleyville, Patricia Hyzer of Woodbourne and Stacey Fisher and her husband, John, of Largo, Fla.; a brother, Nick Skubon of Richmond, Va.; eight grandchildren, Mark, Craig and Glen Turner, Eric and Brian Hyzer, Lauren and Dana Skubon and Alex Fisher; three great-grandchildren, Stacey, Brandi and Jacob Turner; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers and four sisters.
A memorial service was held in Florida on April 1.
Local arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Prof. Waysl Barka
Professor Waysl Otcheret Barka of Glen Spey, a poet, writer and philosopher and a longtime area resident, died Friday, April 11, 2003, at Achieve Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Liberty. He was 94 years of age.
Professor Barka was born July 16, 1908, in Ukraine.
He was a member of St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Glen Spey. As a writer and philosopher, he wrote and published many books about Ukraine.
He is survived by a son and two granddaughters, all of England.
A Liturgy Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Glen Spey with the Very Rev. Nestor Kowal officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Andrew's Cemetery in South Bound Brook, N.J.
Ret. Businessman, 64
John "Jack" Bastian of Highland Lake, a retired co-owner of County Insulation in Massapequa, L.I., and a 15-year area resident, died Friday, April 11, 2003, at the Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 64 years of age.
The son of the late Edward and Louise Bastian, he was born June 15, 1938, in Ridgewood.
Mr. Bastian was a member of the Port Jervis Country Club and was an avid fisherman.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Schwarz Bastian, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Anne Marie and Robert Gelabert of Northport; a brother, Chris Bastian of Fort Meyers, Fla.; three grandsons, Bobby Gelabert, Christopher Gelabert and Kevin Gelabert; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Sunday at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home in Port Jervis with Deacon Albert and Eileen Perreault officiating.
Cremation was made at the H.G. Smith Crematory in Stroudsburg, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 407 East Main St., Middletown, N.Y. 10940.
Emerson L. Bouton
Ret. Engr./Surveyor, 88
Emerson L. Bouton of Livingston Manor, a retired engineer/surveyor and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, April 12, 2003, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. He was 88 years of age.
The son of the late Eugene and Anna Loudon Bouton, he was born May 25, 1914, in Livingston Manor. He was the widower of Arlene Bouton.
Mr. Bouton was the original owner of the Robin Hood Diner in Livingston Manor. A World War II Navy veteran, he attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
He was a former member of the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce, a former member of the Happy Footers Square Dance Club, a charter member of the Livingston Manor Rotary Club, a member of the Livingston Manor United Methodist Church, a member of the local Model Radio Control Club and the local Antique Gasoline Engine Club.
Mr. Bouton is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Eugene and Kim Bouton of Livingston Manor; two daughters, Janice and her husband, John O'Dell, of Castle Point and Jiyl Welch of Hurley; three grandchildren, Jennifer Roman, Dawn and her husband, Patrick McCraith, and Jessica Bouton; two great-grandchildren, Michael Reynolds McCraith, John Emerson McCraith; two nieces and their spouses, JoAnne and Paul Wheaton, and Nancy and Erich vomSteeg.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor with the Rev. Stewart Pohlman officiating.
Burial will be made in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Prattsville at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston Manor United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 361, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758.
William Tesseyman III
Ret. DPW Worker, 62
William H. Tesseyman III of Glen Spey, retired from the Nassau County Department of Public Works and a longtime area resident, died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at his home. He was 62 years of age.
The son of the late William and Eva Gerry Tesseyman, he was born August 9, 1940, in Long Island.
Mr. Tesseyman was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his wife, Priscilla Darch Tesseyman, at home; four sons and three daughters-in-law, William Jr. and Penny Tesseyman of Binghamton, Charles Tesseyman of Glen Spey, Michael and Lori Tesseyman of Callicoon and Paul and Sylvia Tesseyman of Barryville; two daughters, Kathleen Miller and her husband, Michael, of Fayetteville, N.C., and Tracey Tesseyman of Damascus, Pa.; a step-daughter, Debbie White of Glen Spey; a brother, Edward Tesseyman and a sister, Linda Scott, both of the state of Florida; and nine grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Doris Thorne.
Services were held Sunday at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home in Port Jervis with the Rev. Douglas Lee officiating.
Burial was made on Monday at the Callicoon Cemetery in Callicoon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lumberland Fire Department Ambulance Corps, Glen Spey, N.Y. 12737.
Duane DuBois of Equinunk, Pa., an electrician for a machine shop, died Sunday, April 13, 2003, in Equinunk, Pa., as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 20 years of age.
The son of Michael and Donna Lind DuBois, he was born January 22, 1983, in Midland, Texas.
Mr. DuBois attended the Hancock Central School and played football for the school. He was a member of Acts 1:8 Church in Cochecton.
He is survived by his parents of Equinunk, Pa; his grandfather, Albert Lind of Equinunk, Pa.; two brothers Christopher and his wife, Katie DuBois, and Darren DuBois and his fiancée, Gina Wisneski, all of Equinunk, Pa.; aunts and uncles including John and Sally Hunt, Patricia DuBois, Denise Fischer, Deborah DuBois and Noel Du Bois; and several cousins.
Friends may call at the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel in Hancock on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Dennis Ubertini officiating.
Burial will be made in the Pine Mill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Acts 1:8 Church, P.O. Box 327, Callicoon, N.Y. 12723; the Damascus Ambulance Corps, Damascus, Pa. 18415; the Equinunk Fire Department, Equinunk, Pa., 18417 or to the charity of one's choice.