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May 23, 2003

Isidore Gerber, 79
Former Liberty Trustee

Isidore Gerber of Providence, R.I., a former longtime Liberty resident, died Thursday, April 24, 2003. He was 79 years of age.
The son of the late Joseph and Nettie Gerber, he was born June 11, 1922, and moved to Liberty with his family in 1932.
Following graduation from the Liberty High School in 1940, he joined the family business, Gerber Dry Cleaners. He entered the U.S. Army in 1942, serving in Iceland, England and Germany and was a highly decorated veteran of World War II.
Mr. Gerber was involved in civics and politics throughout his life. He held the office of Liberty Village Trustee and served on numerous village boards and committees. He was a member of C.A.C.H.E.. and the Housing Committee, was a past president of the Liberty Taxpayers Association and was appointed as a member of the joint Village and Town Amelioration of Services Committee. Mr. Gerber helped to establish a senior center nutrition site in 1984 and received a Certificate of Recognition from the Supervisor and the Town Board of Liberty for his outstanding service as a citizen advocate.
Moving to Providence, R.I., in 1999, Mr. Gerber continued his involvement in city government and was cited by the mayor for his outstanding ideas and vision. He was a member of both Congregation Mishkon Tefiloh and the Chabad House of Providence.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Irene Gerber, at home; a daughter, Estelle of New York, a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Leonard E. and Dr. Cynthia Gerber of Sharon, Mass.; a son, Joel Gerber, at home; three grandchildren, Svi, Meir and Tova of Sharon, Mass; a sister and brother-in-law, Lillian and Abe Davidoff of Monticello and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Morris Gerber and Herman Gerber.
Graveside services were held at Sharon Memorial Park in Providence, R.I., with Rosh Yeshiva Eliezer Gibber officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Landfield Avenue Synagogue, Landfield Ave., Monticello, N.Y. 12701.

Committal Service
for French J. Harris

A graveside and burial service for French J. Harris, formerly of Neversink, will be held on Saturday at the Rural Cemetery in Grahamsville at 2 p.m. The Rev. Alan Wachter will officiate.
Arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.

Beatrice Koberlein
Homemaker, 82

Beatrice E. Koberlein of Beach Lake, Pa., a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, May 19, 2003, at her home. She was 82 years of age.
The daughter of the late David Edward and Margaret Schuman Slater, she was born June 23, 1920, in Kenoza Lake.
Mrs. Koberlein was a member of the Beach Lake (Pa.) United Methodist Church and a member of the Welcome Lake (Pa.) Ladies Aid.
She is survived by her husband, Arthur B. Koberlein Sr., at home; five children, Margaret Cowger of Lake Ariel, Pa., Arthur Koberlein Jr. of Beach Lake, Harold Koberlein of Telford, Pa., David Koberlein of Califon, N.J. and Karen Miller of Beach Lake, Pa.; a sister, Martha Terwilliger of Fosterdale; a sister-in-law, Gladys Slater of Kenoza Lake; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., on Friday, at the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg with the Rev. Dr. Gordon Weightman officiating.
Burial will be made in the Glen Cove Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice St. John, 1007 Oak St., Pittston Township, Pa. 18640 or to the Beach Lake United Methodist Church, Beach Lake, Pa. 18405.

Robert W. Ferber
Ret. Correc. Offc., 70

Robert W. Ferber of Zephyrhills, Fla., a retired captain of the New York State Corrections Department, died Sunday, May 18, 2003, at his home following a long illness. He was 70 years of age.
The son of the late Edwin and Laura Ferber, he was born February 24, 1933 in Callicoon.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Ferber, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Sharon Ferber of Callicoon Center; two daughters, Karla and her husband, Clinton Ackerley of Brown's Mills, N.J., and Laura Ferber of Zephyrhills, Fla.; two step-daughters and their spouses, Joyce and David Mitchell of Orem, Utah, and Jayne and Glenn Teeter of West Sacramento, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Colin and Chloe Ackerley of Brown's Mills, N.J., David, Katie, Marcie and Annette Mitchell of Orem, Utah, and George and Anna Teeter of West Sacramento, Calif.; a brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Linda Ferber of Callicoon; a sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Paul Stewart of Pine City; an aunt; and several cousins, nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Leonard and Bruce Ferber.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 31, at 10 a.m. at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon.
Burial of the cremains will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Edward G. Loeffel
Ret. Electroplater, 85

Edward G. Loeffel of Pleasant Valley, a retired electroplater for IBM in Poughkeepsie, died Saturday, May 3, 2003, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. He was 85 years of age.
The son of the late Henry G. and Madeline Leslie Loeffel, he was born June 17, 1917, in Jersey City, N.J.
Mr. Loeffel worked at Dupont Remington Arms Co. in Bridgeport, Conn., and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving with the Seabees during World War II.
He had his own electroplating business in Liberty before moving to Poughkeepsie in 1951.
Mr. Loeffel was a member of the Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Kinne Loeffel, at home; two daughters and a son-in-law, Barbara and Jack Zeagler of Suffolk, Va., and Patricia Grady of Hyde Park; a son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Elizabeth Loeffel of Stony Brook, L.I.; a brother, Norman Loeffel of the State of Florida and Kenoza Lake; 13 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a niece, Leslie.
Services were held at the Allen Funeral Home in Pleasant Valley.
Burial was made in the LaGrange Rural Cemetery.

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