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August 1, 2003

Robert Vogt Jr., 32
Rec. Vehicle Mechanic

Robert P. "Bobby" Vogt Jr. of Middletown, a recreational vehicle mechanic at Snow Cat Country in Westtown and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, July 27, 2003, in Middletown. He was 32 years of age.
The son of Robert R. Vogt and Wendy Wilcox, he was born November 10, 1970, in Middletown.
He is survived by his father of Westtown; his mother of Loch Sheldrake; his stepmother, Laurie Vogt of Newburgh; four brothers, Michael Vogt of Loch Sheldrake, Justin Wilcox of Ellenville, William Vogt of Westtown and Joseph Wilcox of Loch Sheldrake; three sisters, Mardette Wilcox of White Lake, Lisa Vogt of Westtown and Rebekha Wilcox of Loch Sheldrake; his grandmother, Mary Wilson of Middletown; 12 aunts and uncles, Karen Attaway and her husband, Tracy, of Otisville, Richard Vogt and his wife, Susanne, of Westtown, Roxanne Wilson and Steve and Carol Wilson, all of Middletown, Donna and Gary Sheikowitz of Otisville, Rodney Wilson and David Wilson, both of Middletown, Linda Covey of Arizona, Carl Vogt of Courtlandt, Ralph Vogt of New York and Kathy Wilson of Fair Oaks; and many cousins.
Services were held Thursday at the Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home in Middletown.
Burial will be made at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Mount Hope Plains Cemetery in Otisville.

John Marz
Ret. Comm. Artist, 86

John Marz of Liberty, a retired commercial artist and a 28-year area resident, died Sunday, July 27, 2003, at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J. He was 86 years of age.
The son of the late John and Cecelia Weinrauce Marz, he was born August 21, 1916, in Austria.
He was a member of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and had displayed many of his art pieces at the Sullivan County Government Center.
Mr. Marz is survived by his wife of 40 years, Candida "Candy" DelToro Marz, at home; a daughter, Carolee Sheftel of Newton, Pa.; a son, Jonathan Marz of Ft. Lee, N.J.; a brother, Emil Marz of Melvern Park; a step-daughter, Hilda Duffy and her husband, James, of the Bronx; and two grandchildren, Lisa and James.
Services were private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of ones' choice or to the Arts for Children.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty.

Joseph Bray
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. He was the widower of Mary O'Dwyer Bray who died January 15, 2002.
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.

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