August 12, 2003
Helen J. Pilny
Ret. Grocer, 82
Helen J. Pilny of South Fallsburg, the retired co-owner of Eddie's Famous Foods in South Fallsburg, died Thursday, August 7, 2003, at the Achieve Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Liberty. She was 82 years of age.
The daughter of the late John and Alice Strenkowski Jaczynski, she was born October 21, 1920, in Lynch, Kentucky.
In a family statement, it was said, "Helen was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who touched the hearts of all those she encountered in her life. She will long be remembered for her goodness, humor and never ending generosity."
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Edward Pilny of South Fallsburg; a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and James Boyce of Roscoe; two grandsons, Michael J. Boyce of Shrewsbury, Mass., and John P. Boyce of San Diego, Calif.; two sisters, Jeanne Subliskey of Clark, N.J., and Wanda Tyl of Hillard, Ohio; a brother, Eugene Jaczynski of South Amboy, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Elaine Pilny, and a brother, John Jaczynski Jr.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Woodbourne with Fr. John Lynch officiating.
Interment was made in St. Peter's Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Route 42, Woodbourne, N.Y. 12789 or to the American Heart Association, 255 Greenwich Ave., Goshen, N.Y. 10924.
Eilene M. Dainack
Eilene Mae Dainack of Hurleyville, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, August 8, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, after a short illness. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late Wayne A. and Greta VanFradenburg Ramsey, she was born April 9, 1924, in Mongaup Valley.
Mrs. Dainack was a member of the Hurleyville United Methodist Church, a past president of the Hurleyville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and a charter member of the Hurleyville Emergency Relief Squad.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was a loving, caring, energetic woman who always had a kind word for anyone she met. Eilene always liked to look at the bright side of things no matter what the adversity. She will be sorely missed by anyone who knew her, loved her, or cared for her. Mere words cannot express the sorrow and loss we feel. As Ma would say, 'Things will get better, you'll see.' We mustn't dwell in the past, but look to the future."
She is survived by her husband, John Dainack, at home; four sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Lois Dainack of Liberty, and Stephen and Denise Dainack, Roger and Mary Dainack and Bruce and Sue Dainack, all of Hurleyville; a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Mark Brozik of Hurleyville; a sister, Hilda Jordan of Jacksonville, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 South Main St., Liberty on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Wednesday with the Rev. Robert Pinto officiating.
Burial will be made in the Hurleyville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hurleyville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 64, Hurleyville, N.Y. 12747.
Matthew "Joe" Freda
Real Estate Broker, 84
Matthew Joseph "Joe" Freda of Damascus, Pa., a real estate broker and owner of Matthew J. Freda Real Estate, died Thursday, August 7, 2003, in Callicoon. He was 84 years of age.
The son of the late Francis Joseph and Grace Reynolds Freda, he was born June 30, 1919, in Hammonton, N.J.
Mr. Freda was a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and had flown missions in three wars, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was awarded two presidential citations and many decorations and service medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal. During World War II, his plane was shot down in Chinese territory behind Japanese lines. After parachuting into the Himalaya Mountains, he led his flight crew on a six-week trek to the safety of Allied troops controlling the Burma Road.
He founded Matthew J. Freda Real Estate in 1971 and was named Realtor of the Year in 1994 by the Sullivan County Board of Realtors. Mr. Freda served as president of the Sullivan County Board of Realtors, as a director of the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the Society of Real Estate Appaisers as well as the Pike/Wayne Association of Realtors.
A civic leader, he had served as president of the Callicoon Kiwanis Club, master of Delaware Masonic Lodge No. 561, F.&A.M., Callicoon, and was a charter member of the Callicoon Business Association. He was appointed by two New York State governors to the Tocks Island Council and by the governor of Pennsylvania to the Upper Delaware Citizens Advisory Council. Mr. Freda also served on the Sullivan County Environmental Management Council, the Sullivan County Neversink-Delaware Study Commission, as a director of the Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin and as associate director of the Wayne County Conservation District.
Mr. Freda was awarded the 1994 Sullivan County Masonic Dedicated Service award and in that same year was awarded the Volunteer Award for the Upper Delaware Council for his contribution to the protection of the river corridor. He was also awarded a Special Congressional Award from Congressman Maurice Hinchey and Congressman Benjamin Gilman.
He was a member of the H. Russell Kenyon Post No. 5808, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Callicoon, the Delaware Valley Central School Strategic Planning Committee and the Damascus Township Improvement Association as well as being a Small Claims Assessment Review Hearing officer for Sullivan County.
At one time, he wrote a column, "River Ripples" for the Sullivan County Democrat, relating to his love of outdoor activities, especially fishing on the Delaware River and hunting in the area. A graduate of Cornell University where he studied soil science, he loved planting and tending to his fruit trees, blueberries and roses.
Mr. Freda is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty May Robbins Freda, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph Matthew and Elise Freda of Kenoza Lake and Thomas Jesse and Cathy Freda of Damascus, Pa.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Mary Helene and Daniel Bell of Alpharetta, Ga., Lynne Freda Capobianco of Valrico, Fla., and Susan Ruth and Ronald Woodcock of Westborough, Mass.; 10 grandchildren, Allison Bell Nipper, John Bell, Daniel Bell, Casey Capobianco, Whitney Woodcock, Kimberly Woodcock, Bethany Woodcock, Jesse Freda, Lauren Freda and Timothy Freda; three sisters, Peggy Freda, Patricia Willoughby and Rosemary Freda; and two brothers, Richard Freda and John David Freda. He was predeceased by a sister, Mary, and a brother, Paul, who died in childhood.
A military funeral and burial will be held on Wednesday, August 27, at 11 a.m. in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D .C.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware Youth Center, Callicoon, N.Y. 12723.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon.
John E. Evans Sr.
Correctional Officer, 47
John E. Evans Sr. of Loch Sheldrake, a correctional officer for the Sullivan Correctional Facility, died Thursday, August 7, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 47 years of age.
The son of Ruth Smith Evans and the late John Evans, he was born July 26, 1956, in Liberty.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, he was an avid golfer and gardener. He was a certified Red Cross instructor, a special weapons instructor and a range officer at the Correctional Facility.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Kathleen Evans; his mother of Fort McCoy, Fla.; his paternal grandmother, Emily Evans; two sons, John Evans Jr. of Martinsburg, W. Va. and Kevin Evans of Liberty; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Tim and Joan Evans of Woodbourne and Dan and Janet Evans of Sitka, Alaska; a sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Steven Balmos of Glen Dale, Ariz.; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne with the Rev. Bob Pinto officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, Gale Rd., Mongaup Valley, N.Y. 12762 or to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Dr., Kingston, N.Y. 12401.
Nurses' Aide, 33
Rosemary Ann Holdcroft of Logan, Ohio, a former resident of Middletown and a nurses' aide, died Monday, August 4, 2003, at the Hocking Valley Hospital in Logan, Ohio. She was 33 years of age.
The daughter of Glenn and Florence Worden Edwards, she was born December 3, 1969, in Middletown.
She is survived by her mother of Middletown; her father and stepmother of Bloomingburg; two sons, Michael and Justin Charles, both of Middletown; a brother, Glenn Worden Jr.; two sisters, Glennda Worden and June Kraiza; and several cousins, aunts and uncles.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Morse Funeral Home, 33 Railroad Ave., Middletown.
Burial will be made in the Pine Hill Cemetery.
Ret. Sales Rep., 78
Frances Katherine Henderson, a 15-year resident of Syracuse and a retired sales representative of Gimbel's in New Jersey, died at her home. She was 78 years of age.
The daughter of the late Mary Magdeline O'Hley Taylor, she was born April 12, 1925, in Spring Hill, W. Va.
Mrs. Henderson was an advocate for the Options for Independent Living Inc. for the last seven years. Her passion was for her family and reading.
She is survived by three daughters, Marie Antoinette Toth of Lake Ariel, Pa., Mary Elizabeth Wikes of Beckley, W. Va., and Tina Bobette Henderson of Albany; five sons, Elijah James Henderson Jr. of Glen Wild, George Washington Carver Dexter of Tucson, Ariz., Henry Steven Dexter of Hazelhurst, Miss., Michael Lee Henderson of Roxbury, N.J., and Timothy Patrick Henderson of Paterson, N.J.; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, John Dexter.
Services were held Saturday at the Edwin L. Cole Funeral Home in Syracuse.
Ret. Sales Clerk, 82
Celia Gips of Coral Springs, Fla., a former sales clerk for Seiken's Dress Shop in Liberty and a longtime former area resident, died Sunday, August 10, 2003, in Coral Springs, Fla. She was 82 years of age.
The daughter of the late Morris and Fannie Korn Glickstein, she was born July 5, 1921, in New York City. She was the widow of Larry Gips who died in 1978.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Kathleen Gips of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Kenneth Dinnerstein of Coral Springs, Fla.; a brother, Herbert Glickstein of Swan Lake; two sisters, Mimi Tenzer of Sunrise, Fla., and Ruth Prizer of Douglaston; four grandchildren, Laurie and Amy Dinnerstein, Jeffrey Gips and Julia Liuzzo; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at noon on Tuesday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, 186 Broadway, Monticello, with Rabbi Marvin Goldman officiating.
Burial will be made in the Ferndale Synagogue Cemetery in Parksville.
Ret. Waiter, 87
Wasyl Naum of Glen Spey, a retired banquet waiter at the Hilton Hotel in New York City and a 14-year area resident, died Saturday, August 9, 2003, at his home. He was 87 years of age.
The son of the late Kyrylo and Alexandra Naum, he was born June 10, 1916, in Ford City, Pa.
At the age of five, he went to Ukraine with his parents, where he grew up.
Mr. Naum was a member of St. Volodymyr's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Glen Spey, the Ukrainian National Association, Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and the Organization for the Defense of the Four Freedoms of Ukraine.
He is survived by his wife, Stefa Szewczyk Naum, at home; and a son, Taras Naum of Phoenix, Ariz. He was predeceased by a son, Roman Naum.
Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 East Main St., Port Jervis, on Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m.
A Panachyda Service will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Funeral services will be held with a Liturgy Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Volodymyr's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Glen Spey with the Rev. Mark Hirniak officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Andrew's Cemetery in South Bound Brook, N.J.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Tribune/Shlach Peremohy, 136 Second Ave., New York, N.Y. 10003.
Dry Cleaner Mgr., 47
Roberto Braulio Pelosi of Monticello, the manager of Ellery's Dry Cleaners and Laundry Center in Monticello, died Friday, August 8, 2003, at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 47 years of age.
The son of Clementina Margarita Rojas and Roberto Braulio Pelosi, he was born February 12, 1956, in Peru.
Mr. Pelosi was also a longtime employee of both Kutsher's Country Club and the Concord Resort Hotel, serving as a waiter. He attended St. Peter's Church in Monticello.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Dora Elizabeth Alva Pelosi, at home; his parents of Monticello; two sons, Piero Pelosi, at home, and Roberto Pelosi and his wife, Mandy, of Monticello; a brother and sister-in-law, Jorge and Mary Pelosi, and a sister and brother-in-law, Maria Esther and Willy, all of Monticello; a granddaughter, Brianna; two nephews, Antonio and Edward; two nieces, Aimee and Ursula; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He also leaves behind his dog, Candy.
A Funeral Mass was offered Monday at St. Peter's Church in Monticello with the Rev. Robert Ginel officiating.
Burial was made in St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery in Forestburgh.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello.
Christian Tyler Good of Bloomingburg, died Wednesday, August 6, 2003, at the Horton Campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center. He had been born earlier that day to April Francois and Eric W. Good.
He is survived by his parents and two sisters, Jazmine and Jaylssa; his maternal grandparents, Patricia Baggatta of Cuddebackville and Richard Francois of Middletown; his paternal grandparents, Raymond and Judith Good; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Graveside services and burial were held Monday at St. Joseph Cemetery in Middletown.
Ret. Elem. Teacher, 88
Marjorie Abt Bronner of Middletown, a former elementary school teacher at Liberty Street School in Middletown and for many years the co-operator of Rolling Knolls dairy farm in Winterton with her husband and his family, died Saturday, August 9, 2003, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center in Middletown where she resided for several years with her husband. She was 88 years of age.
The daughter of the late August and Carrie Berwin Abt, she was born in Woodridge in 1914. She was the widow of Robert J. Bronner
After graduating from New Paltz State Teachers College, she moved to Middletown and began teaching the fourth grade. In her young adulthood, she was also a Girl Scout troop leader.
She was a member of the Bloomingburg Grange and assisted her husband in his long tenure as a Justice of the Peace. Mrs. Bronner was a lifelong member of the First Congregational Church of Middletown where she was a Sunday School Superintendent, Guild chairman and held many other positions. She and her husband lived at the Southwinds Retirement Home in Middletown from 1994 to 1998.
Mrs. Bonner is survived by many nephews, grandnephews and grandnieces. She was predeceased by a brother, Kenneth B. Abt who died in 1984.
A memorial service will be held Thursday at the First Congregational Church in Middletown with Pastor Mark Alvis officiating.
Burial will be private in the Phillipsburg Cemetery in the Town of Wallkill.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church, Middletown; the Girl Scouts of America; or to the charity of one's choice.
Vera A. Newman
Vera A. Newman of Middletown, a homemaker and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, August 6, 2003, at the Middletown Park Manor. She was 94 years of age.
The daughter of the late Nelson and Hazel Kyrk Gorton, she was born May 24, 1909, in Parksville. She was the widow of James Misner and Melvin Newman.
Mrs. Newman is survived by two daughters, Emily E. Joslin of Middletown and Lorraine H. Misner of Parksville; a step-daughter, Marjorie Johnson of Middletown; a brother, Elmen Gorton of West Virginia; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, James Misner.
Services were held Saturday at the Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home in Middletown.
Burial was made in the Wallkill Cemetery in Phillipsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.