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July 18, 2003

Karl Petersen
Ret. Truck Driver, 79

Karl Petersen of Grahamsville, a retired truck driver for Schmidt's Wholesale, Inc., in Monticello and an area resident since 1969, died Monday, July 14, 2003, at the Vassar Hospital in Poughkeepsie. He was 79 years of age.
The son of the late August Oswald and Alma Svenson Petersen, he was born May 10, 1924, in Brooklyn. He was the widower of Daisy Harrison Petersen.
Mr. Petersen was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Philip and Kristine Petersen of Poughkeepsie and Mark and Margaret Petersen of Potsdam; two grandchildren, Christina and Michele; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Loucks Funeral Home, Route 209, Ellenville, with the Rev. Lorraine Coscia Ackerman officiating.
Burial will be made in the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hudson Valley Nursing Center, 260 Vineyard Ave., Highland, N.Y. 12528.

Mildred Dean
Care Giver, 69

Mildred Dean of Creamton, Pa., died Tuesday, July 15, 2003 in Prompton, Pa., as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 69 years of age.
The daughter of the late Harry and Matilda Merkenschlager Deighton, she was born October 31, 1933, at Conklin Hill, Pa.
She was a 1951 graduate of the Damascus High School and had worked for over 25 years as a care giver in the Wayne County area. Mrs. Dean attended the Honesdale Gospel Tabernacle of Honesdale, Pa.
She is survived by three sons, Ralph Neer of Kentucky, James Dean of the state of Florida and Jeffrey Dean of California; a daughter, Kathy Murray of Honesdale, Pa.; two brothers, Arthur Deighton of Honesdale, Pa., and Donald Deighton of Narrowsburg; three sisters, Rose Chapman of Lake Ariel, Pa., Clara Rea of Honesdale, Pa., and Luella Bachota of Bethel; eight grandchildren, Cindy LaVigne of Greentown, Pa., Connie LaVigne of Honesdale, Pa., Christina Sutterfield of Waymart, Pa., Scott and Kari Blaine, both of Honesdale, Sophia and Breanna Dean of California, and Marisa Cook of Arizona, (who was with her grandmother at the time of the accident and is recovering in the Scranton Medical Center); 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Jennifer, two half brothers, Richard Deighton and Charles Deighton, and a half sister, Irene Finerty.
Friends may call at the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, 1228 North Main Street, Honesdale, Pa., on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Paul Williamson officiating.
Interment will be made in the Conklin Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon International for the purchase and distribution of Bibles, c/o Donald Thompson, 234 Terrace St., Honesdale, Pa. 18431.

Stanley Hopper
Line Mechanic, 66

Stanley Hopper of Wurtsboro, a 33-year line mechanic for Avon and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, July 13, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 66 years of age.
The son of the late Raymond and Clara Rose Hopper, he was born June 29, 1937, in Tallman.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in 1960. Mr. Hopper was a lover of all animals but his true love was his horses.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Joan Bryan Hopper, at home; three sons, Keith Hopper and Kenneth Hopper, both at home, and Bryan Hopper of Winter Park, Fla.; a daughter, Josephine Hopper of Paterson, N.J., and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Raymond Hopper Jr., and a sister, Josephine Lyndsell.
Services were held Thursday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro with the Rev. Robert Schwander officiating.
Burial was made with military honors in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Evelyn C. Boswell
Homemaker, 81

Evelyn C. Boswell of Port Jervis, a homemaker and a four-year area resident, died Monday, July 14, 2003, at the Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. She was 81 years of age.
The daughter of the late Oliver and Johannah Helmky Griggs, she was born in Valley Stream, L.I. She was the widow of James P. Boswell.
Mrs. Boswell attended the Drew United Methodist Church in Port Jervis.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Maureen and Mark Hylas of Rio; two sons, Daniel Griggs of Port Jervis and Charles Barrett of Monticello; a brother, Charles Griggs of Massapequa, L.I.; and a grandson, Mark R. Hylas. She was predeceased by a son, Roger, and a sister, Nellie Mikulka.
Services were held Thursday evening at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home in Port Jervis with the Rev. Betsy Diver officiating.
Interment was private.

Minna Sims, 86
Ret. Businesswoman

Minna Sims of Monticello and Kerhonkson, a retired jewelry shop owner and operator at the Fallsview and Brookside Hotel, died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at the home of her daughter. She was 86 years of age.
The daughter of the late Isidore and Lena Konigsberg, she was born March 30, 1917, in Bayonne, N.J. She was the widow of Morris Sims.
Mrs. Sims was a member and past president of the Sisterhood of the Kerhonkson Synagogue, a member of Hadassah and a member of the Town of Rochester Board of Elections.
In a family statement, it was said, "She will always be remembered as a devoted, loving mother, grandmother and wife. She only saw the good in everyone and everything."
Mrs. Sims is survived by four children and their spouses, Dr. Lewis and Rita Sims of Poughkeepsie, Martin and Jennie Sims of Columbus, Ohio, Judy and Dr. Marc Hudes of Monticello, and Dr. David and Cindy Sims of Randolph, N.J.; 11 grandchildren, Todd and his wife, Beth Sims, Gregory Sims and his wife, Kristin, Jedd Sims and his fiancée, Shannon Roddy, Erik Sims, Jeffery Sims and his wife, Jennifer, Jason Sims, Marshall Hudes and his fiancée, Angela Williams, Gayle Greenstein and her husband, Jeff, Lance Hudes, Lauren Sims and Jennifer Sims; two great-grandchildren, Caleb Sims and Jack Sims; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held Wednesday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Burial was made in the Kerhonkson Synagogue Cemetery.
Shiva will be observed at the home of Judy and Marc Hudes in Monticello through Monday and at the home of Dr. Lewis Sims in Poughkeepsie Sunday and Monday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kerhonkson Synagogue, Kerhonkson, N.Y. 12446.

Martin Solomon
Ret. Teacher, 79

Martin Solomon of Kiamesha Lake, a retired chairman of Business Education and a teacher at the Monticello High School, Sullivan County Community College and Daytop Village, died Tuesday, July 15, 2003. He was 79 years of age.
The son of the late Joseph and Rose Lubinsky Solomon, he was born June 27, 1924, in Fall River, Mass.
Mr. Solomon was a World War II veteran, serving in the 76th Infantry Division under General Patton in many campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge.
He began teaching at Elmont Memorial High School on Long Island, and loved his teaching career and the many students he came to know. Upon retirement, he developed his talent for oil painting, leading to many shows in the area. He was named Sullivan County Senior Artist of the Year in 1999. His many paintings will be a fond memory of his talent.
Mr. Solomon is survived by his wife of 54 years, Laura Solomon, at home; two sons, Abbot Solomon of New York City and Larry Solomon and his wife, Barbara, of Trumbull, Conn.; and two grandsons, Joshua and Zachary Solomon.
Services were held Thursday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Burial was made in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 628, Monticello, N.Y. 12701 or to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan County, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.

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