July 29, 2003
Retired Baker, 77
Albert Kleinman of Monticello, a retired union baker and a longtime area resident, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 77 years of age.
The son of the late Gershon and Dora Barr Kleinman, he was born January 22, 1926, in the Bronx.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a member of the Jesse Brams Post No. 206, Jewish War Veterans, in Monticello. Mr. Kleinman was a member of the Baker's Union.
He is survived by his wife, Karoline Smith Kleinman; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Lucille Kleinman of Oak Park, Mich.; a daughter and son-in-law, Anita and James Orsino of Greenville; four grandchildren, Shoshana, Miriam, Yosef and Jimmy; a great-granddaughter, Emma; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services and burial were held Friday at the Workman Circle #610 Cemetery in Monticello with Rabbi Ben Zion Chanowitz officiating.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Ret. Truck Driver, 83
Arthur Griffin of Westbrookville, a retired truck driver for Palmer Transport in Chester and most recently a chauffeur for veterans going to various VA Hospitals, and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, July 20, 2003, at the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was 83 years of age.
The son of the late Harry and Mildred Inez McCarter Griffin, he was born December 25, 1919, in Westbrookville. He was the widower of Eleanor Lockwood Griffin.
A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, serving as an aerial gunner flying 68 combat missions and the recipient of the Purple Heart, he was a member of the Shawanga Mountain Memorial Post No. 4947, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Bloomingburg. He was also a member of the Westbrookville United Methodist Church and the Moose Lodge in Haven. Mr. Griffin was a former member of the Westbrookville Fire Company.
He is survived by a niece, Sylvia I. Dittman of Union, N.J.; two nephews, Edward H. Griffin of Walnutport, Pa., and Ronald J. Griffin of Middletown; and several grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
VFW services will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Inc. Funeral Home, 26 Grove St., Middletown.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Steve Phillips officiating.
Interment will be made in the Westbrookville Cemetery with military honors.
John R. Koletar
Carpentry Contr., 64
John R. Koletar of Smallwood, a self-employed carpentry contractor and a 40-year area resident, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at the Bronx VA Medical Center. He was 64 years of age.
The son of the late Zoltan and Irene Beloin Koletar, he was born July 29, 1938, in Bridgeport, Conn.
Mr. Koletar was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Mongaup Valley, a member and former secretary of the Mongaup Game Preserve, and an active member of various community activities. He was a Korean War veteran, serving with the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Irene Thompson, of Smallwood; four sons, John Reeves of Mongaup Valley, Daniel Koletar and his wife, Sita, of San Diego, Calif.; Brian Mieczkowski of Goshen and Shane Mieczkowski of Rock Hill; and three grandchildren, Rasa-Lila and Chaitan Daniel Koletar and Trevor John Mieczkowski. He was predeceased by several brothers.
A Memorial Funeral Mass will be offered on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Gale Road, Mongaup Valley, with Father Tim Wiggins officiating.
Private cremation will be held at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Kauneonga Lake.
Carl M. Kern
Ret. Foreman, 76
Carl M. Kern of Ridge, a retired foreman of building repair for the New York City Police Department, a former 22-year resident of Grahamsville and former 12-year resident of Virginia Beach, Va., died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at the St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson Station. He was 76 years of age.
The son of the late Jacob and Sophia Kern, he was born June 8, 1927, in Brooklyn.
Mr. Kern was a member of the Carpenter's Union and was a Boy Scout leader.
In a family statement, it was said, "Sweet Dad, you will be forever missed and always in our hearts. No one could ever fill your shoes you are one in a million! You were our role model and the love of all our lives."
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Olga A. Kern, at home; three sons, Carl W. Kern, Steven G. Kern and Gary D. Kern; eight grandchildren, Travis Hartman, Matthew Kern, Lacey Hartman, Diane Kern-Brown, Hayle Woolsey, Danny Kern, Eric Kern and Kristi Kern. He was predeceased by a brother, George Kern.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 Main St., Woodbourne with the Rev. Joan LaLiberte officiating.
Burial will be made in the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 159 Green St., Kingston, N.Y. 12401 or to Hospice of New York, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Lillian J. Costa
Ret. Educator, 71
Lillian "Lilli" Jean Costa of Bloomingburg, a resident of Rockland and Orange counties for the past 50 years, died while visiting family in Arizona on April 18, 2003. She was 71 years of age.
The daughter of the late Raymond and Edna Sammis, she was born September 8, 1931, in Greenport, L.I.
Mrs. Costa was a 1949 graduate of Greenport High School and in 1953 received a Bachelor's degree in Education from SUNY New Paltz.
She is survived by her husband, Leo J. Costa, at home; seven children, Sharon M. Palmer of Petaluma, Calif., Richard W. Walsh and Brian M. Walsh, both of Montgomery, Lauren J. Brierley of East Hampton, L.I., Dr. Carla Walsh of Clifton Park, Christine D. Bressler of San Diego, Calif., and Lea G. Speake of Peoria, Ariz.; two sisters, Elizabeth O'Donnell and Jonalyn Sammis of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a brother, William Sammis of Long Island; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, C. Kevin Walsh.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 9, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, Route 17K, Bullville, with longtime friend Rev. Larry Gibney officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 280 N. Bedford Rd., Mt. Kisco, N.Y. 10549-2950.
Margaret "Maggie" Morrissey of Middletown died March 7, 2003, in Middletown. She was 83 years of age.
The daughter of the late Felice and Filomena Grosso Stallone, she was born June 26, 1919, in Yonkers. She was the widow of William J. Morrissey II.
Mrs. Morrissey is survived by six sons, Clint Morrissey of Middletown, Richard Morrissey of New Jersey, Phillip Morrissey of White Plains, Salvatore Morrissey of West Palm Beach, Fla., Dennis Morrissey of Bloomingburg and James Morrissey of the Hamlet of Wallkill; a daughter, Margaret Morrissey of Bloomingburg; 14 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Anna Shiavone of Yonkers; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, William J. Morrissey III, two brothers, Anthony and Salvatore Stallone, and two sisters, Dorothy Catchatore and Lena Bonnano.
A Memorial Mass was offered on Monday at St. John the Evangelist Church in Goshen.
Leon Jennings Sr.
UCCC Printer, 78
Leon Arthur Jennings Sr. of Port Jervis, a printer for the Ulster County Community College in Stone Ridge and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, July 20, 2003, doing what he loved, traveling, in Rochester. He was 78 years of age.
The son of the late Arthur and Nellie Laufersweiler Jennings, he was born April 1, 1925, in Monticello.
Serving a long time with the U.S. Navy, he was a member of the Bailey-Richman Post No. 9588, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Monticello.
Mr. Jennings is survived by his wife of 38 years, Carolyn Stokes Jennings; a son, Leon Arthur Jennings Jr. of Port Jervis; a daughter, Laura Beck, and her fiance, David Tompkins of Accord; a brother, Walter Jennings of the state of Florida; a sister, Rita DeSimone of Monticello; two grandchildren, Sarah and Hunter; and a niece, Sherry.
Services were held Saturday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello with the Rev. Robert Pinto officiating.
Burial with military honors was made in the Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Clifford A. Johnson
Ret. Watchmaker, 82
Clifford A. Johnson of Goshen, the owner of C.A. Johnson Jewelers in Goshen from 1946 to 1961, a watchmaker who also worked in jewelry stores in Lake Placid and Albany, a retiree of the Real Estate Department of Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., and a 57-year area resident, formerly of Jamestown, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at the Orange County Residential Health Care Facility in Goshen. He was 82 years of age.
The son of the late Clifford H. and Helen Jackson Johnson, he was born October 15, 1920, in Jamestown.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served during World War II in the South Pacific, Leyte, Luzon and Japan.
Mr. Johnson graduated from Jamestown High School in 1938 and SUNY at Morrisville Horology Department in 1940. That same year, he was certified as a watchmaker by the Bureau of Standards in Washington, D. C.
He was a charter member of the Goshen Lions Club; a member and past commander of Goshen Post No. 9214, Veterans of Foreign Wars; a 50-year member and past Master of Goshen Lodge #365, Free and Accepted Masons, was a past engineer of Minisink H&L Co., and a former fire commissioner of the Goshen Fire Department. He was a former chairman of the Goshen Republican Committee, a former assessor for the Town and Village of Goshen, a member of the Institute of Assessing Officers IAC, New York State Assessor's Association and a life member of the Orange County Assessors' Association.
Mr. Johnson was also a past director of the Mid-Hudson Chapter 123 Society Real Estate Appraisers, a former volunteer Red Coat at Arden Hill Hospital, a senior member of the International Right of Way Association and a Right of Way Agent, Coates Field Service, for both the Orange County Water Authority and the Wallkill Generating Company. He had also served on the Board of Assessment Review for the Town of Goshen.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Johnson, of Goshen; a daughter, Bonnie Holmberg and her husband, Richard, of Goshen; a grandson, Rick Holmberg and his wife, Randy of Gardiner; a granddaughter, Robin Holmberg of Bloomingburg; two sisters, Betty Goss of Meadville, Pa., and Lois Hawkins of Jamestown; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Saturday at the Lippincott Funeral Home in Goshen.
Burial was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Marie M. Wingert
Ret. Caregiver, 78
Marie "Mary" Malloch Wingert of Mountaindale, a lifelong resident of Long Eddy and an employee in nursing homes and at a state hospital, died Sunday, July 27, 2003, at her home. She was 78 years of age.
The daughter of the late Olin and Olga Littelle Malloch, she was born March 27, 1925, in Long Eddy. She was the widow of John Wingert Sr. who died September 9, 1989.
During war times, she worked in local factories. Her most important job was being a dedicated homemaker for her family. Her countless hours were spent singing, dancing, cooking, joking and spending time with family, which filled many pleasurable days.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, John Jr. and Linda Wingert of Mountaindale and Fred and Susan Wingert of Liberty; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Jane and Jose Alcala; a sister, Lorene Caswell of Sheridan, Oreg.; a brother, Sidney Malloch of Madison, Wisc.; a sister-in-law, Viola Fulton of Cochecton Center; a brother-in-law, Harry Wingert and his wife, Libby, of Yulan; seven grandchildren, Melissa, Kelly, Sierra, Jill, Ellyn, Justin and Adrian; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by two sisters, Olive Hay and Helen Brush.
Graveside services and burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Glen Cove Cemetery in Narrowsburg with the Rev. Robert Pinto officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Rasmsusen Sons Inc. Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.
Ret. Carpenter, 87
Joseph Bray of Liberty, a former resident of Washington Heights and the Bronx and a carpenter by trade, died Saturday, July 19, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 87 years of age.
The son of the late John and Bridget Sheerin Bray, he was born September 24, 1915, in Limerick City, Ireland.
As a young man, he was a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army.
Mr. Bray immigrated to the United States in 1953. He devoted much of his life to the advancement of the culture and language of Ireland. For many years, he was a professor of Irish language, history and culture at Sullivan County Community College and Orange County Community College. He was the recipient of the Irish American of the Year of Orange County award.
He was a co-founder, vice president and president of the Wild Geese Social Club of Washington Heights. Mr. Bray was a member of the Carpenters' Union Local 608, a longtime member of the Elks Club in Liberty and a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus. He belonged to many Irish organizations, including The Limerickmen's Association, Member of Cumann an Fainne, Daltai na Gaeilge, Clan na Gael and Sean Oglaigh na hEireann (The old volunteers of Ireland), a charter member of the Friendly Sons and Daughters of St. Patrick of Orange County, an honorary member of Friends of Irish Freedom, The Gaelic Cultural Society and the Connecticut Irish American Historical Society.
Mr. Bray is survived by five children and their spouses, Una (Bray) and Lyle Hayes of Greenwich, Aine and Marc Skyler of Booklyn, Sean and Christine Dillon Bray of Limerick, Ireland, Mairead (Bray) and Gary Musso of Hopkinton, Mass., and Patrick and June Carter Bray of Northboro, Mass; seven grandchildren, Deirdre Kornhiser, Tara Bray Keane, David Skyler, Joseph Bray, Alexandra Skyler, Molly Bray Hayes and Lelia Bray Musso; and two great-grandchildren, Dylan and Jennifer Keane.
A memorial service will be held at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday at St. Peter's Church in Liberty. It will be followed by a traditional Irish wake at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Liberty.
The cremains will be flown to Ireland and a Funeral Mass will be offered at St. John's Cathedral in Limerick City, Ireland.