July 15, 2003
Richard Duquette of Monticello, a groomsman at the Monticello Raceway and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at his home. He was 57 years of age.
The son of the late Joseph and Emma Blais Duquette, he was born October 26, 1945, in Ottawa, Canada.
He is survived by two sons, Steven Duquette of Stanhope, N.J., and Shane Duquette of Jeffersonville; a stepson, Scott Hendrickson of Callicoon Center; a daughter, Shelisa Duquette of Jeffersonville; two brothers, Leo Duquette and Normand Duquette, both of Canada; three sisters, Louise Blanchette, Corinne Gilbert and Leona Coulombe, all of Canada; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Kauneonga Lake on Saturday with the Rev. Kenneth Rodgers officiating.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Maintenance Man, 74
Richard Stawarz of Huguenot, a maintenance worker for Loews Cinema in Middletown, died unexpectedly on Thursday, July 10, 2003, at the Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 74 years of age.
The son of the late Walter and Bridget McCloskey Stawarz, he was born April 1, 1929, in the Bronx. He was the widower of Rosemarie Mancuso Stawarz.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Al Cabagnaro of Otisville; two sisters, Helen Valleau and her husband, John, of Scotchtown, and Mary Cooley of California; three grandchildren, Marie Bodnar and her husband, Richard, of Otisville, Frank Cabagnaro and his wife, Christine, of Westbrookville, and Maurice Wassell of Huguenot; and five great-grandchildren, Sarina, Tyler and Richard Bodnar Jr., and Tyler and Timothy Cabagnaro.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Middletown.
Burial was made in St. Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx.
John T. Pike
Ret. Bus Driver, 69
John T. Pike of Fremont Center, a retired school bus driver with Varsity Transit in New York City and a 23-year area resident, died Friday, July 11, 2003, at his home. He was 69 years of age.
The son of the late Gilbert and Frances Mason Pike, he was born January 12, 1934, in Weymouth, Mass.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in the Korean War. Mr. Pike was a member of the Floyd Keener American Legion Post #315 and the Harold Wood Post #5911, Veterans of Foreign Wars, both in Roscoe.
He was a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Obernburg and was a volunteer driver for the Office of the Aging in Monticello. He was chosen as Senior Citizen of the Year of the Town of Fremont for 2001. Mr. Pike was a former 22-year member and a past deputy chief of the West Hamilton Beach Fire Co., and was a former member of the Ridgewood Masonic Lodge.
Mr. Pike is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Seitz Pike, at home; a son, Charles G. Pike of Palm City, Fla.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and Daniel Wilcox of Fremont Center and Deborah Pike-Thomas and her husband, Lincoln of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, William and Alice Pike of California and Roger and Madeline Pike of Rio Rancho, N. Mex.; three sisters, Ruth Williams and Alena Johnson, both of Fort Montgomery, and Johanna Hall and her husband, Jon, of Nebraska; four grandchildren, Daniel and Shawn Wilcox of Fremont Center and Megan and Caitlyn Pike of Palm City, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Obernburg with Father Gus Richardson officiating.
Burial will be made in the Fremont Center Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwank Drive, Kingston, N.Y. 12401.
Lydia A. Torres
Ret. CNA, 53
Lydia A. Torres of Monticello, a longtime area resident, a retired CNA of the Catskill Regional Medical Center and a residential counselor at the Sullivan County Diagnostic Treatment Center at Harris, died Saturday, July 12, 2003. She was 53 years of age.
The daughter of the late Julia Gonzalez and Francisco Viera, she was born October 18, 1949 in Juncos, Puerto Rico.
She moved to Sullivan County from Puerto Rico when she was nine years old.
Mrs. Torres attended St. Peter's Catholic Church in Liberty.
In a family statement, it was said, "Although Lydia was very kind, she exhibited a strong will and tough attitude it was her way or the highway. Lydia's life was all about family and she was extremely protective of them. She will be remembered for her very big heart."
She is survived by her companion, Victor Claudio of Monticello; two sons, Sixto Martinez Jr. and his fiancée, Jenny, of Rock Hill, and Dominigo Martinez and his wife, Carol, of Puerto Rico; two daughters, Carmen Santos of Monticello, and Providencia Cameron and her husband, Richie, of Bloomingburg; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe and Arely Gonzalez of New Jersey, Oswaldo and Sharon Gonzalez of Monticello, John and Nancy Gonzalez of Middletown and Luis and Nelly Viera of the state of Florida; three sisters, Geneva Gonzalez-Morris and her husband, Danny, of Delaware, Maria Viera and her husband, Pablo, of the state of Florida and Maggie Viera of Puerto Rico; five grandchildren, Kenny Crockett, Jessie and Dominick Martinez, Kamiyah Rodgers of Monticello, and Brian Martinez of Puerto Rico; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Ave., Middletown.
A Service of Remembrance will be celebrated at 8 p.m.. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Cremation will be private.
Lillian Rhinebeck of Long Eddy, a homemaker and a longtime area resident, died Friday, July 22, 2003, at LaValley's Loving Care Home in East Branch. She was 80 years of age.
The daughter of the late John and Lillian Neary Russell, she was born July 27, 1922. She was the widow of Robert Rhinebeck.
Mrs. Rhinebeck is survived by a daughter, Carole Rhinebeck of Morris; a brother, Daniel Russell of Brooklyn; three sisters-in-law, Helen Russell and Ruth Russell, both of Brooklyn, and Frances Russell of Oneonta; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, William, a sister, Emma Russell, and three brothers, John, Joseph and Francis Russell.
A prayer service was held Monday evening at the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel in Hancock with Bob Carpenter officiating.
Burial will be made at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Halsey Cemetery in Long Eddy.
John Cruz of Roscoe, an assembler for Sullivan Industries in Monticello, died Thursday, July 10, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 76 years of age.
He was born January 24, 1927, in New York City.
Mr. Cruz was a member of the Gate of Heaven R.C. Church in Roscoe.
He is survived by his special friends, William and Barbara Brown of Roscoe.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty, on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until noon.
Services will be held at the funeral home at noon on Wednesday with Father Gode Iwele officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Aloysius Cemetery in Livingston Manor.