August 22, 2003
Irma M. Glass, 87
Ret. Owner of Hotel
Irma M. Glass of Monticello, a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, August 17, 2003, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Ernest and Louise Steinle Haag, she was born November 3, 1915, in Frankfurt, Germany. She was the widow of Ernest Glass.
Mrs. Glass was the owner and operator of the Kenmore Hotel in Kauneonga Lake, a founder and past president of the White Lake PTA, a member of the Monticello School Board, the former owner of Landmark Real Estate Co., a past member of the Sullivan County Board of Realtors, a past member and officer of the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop and an avid accomplished painter.
In a family statement, it was said, "She will be missed most for her kind and gentle manner."
She is survived by three sons, Leo, Ralph and Roger Glass; six grandchildren, Lisa Bittinger, Laura Glass, Lynda Gregory, Barri-Lynn Glick and Todd Glick; eight great-grandchildren, Elan and Noah Fox, Jack and Nicholas Gregory, Anna and Shane Bittinger, Skyler and Camryn Glick; a sister, Rose Donavan; and a niece, April Donavan. She was predeceased by a daughter, Diane "Chicki" Glick, and a brother, Eugene Haag.
Services and interment were private under the direction of Ramsay's Funeral Home in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Patient Care Council of the Sullivan County Adult Care Center, P.O. Box 671, Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
William E. Ryder Jr.
Ret. Bus Driver, 72
William E. Ryder Jr. of Monticello, a 53-year area resident and a bus driver for the Monticello Central School, died Saturday, August 16, 2003, at the Achieve Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Liberty. He was 72 years of age.
The son of the late William E. and Eva Ryder, he was born January 3, 1931, in Hartford, Conn.
A U.S. Army veteran, he was a 33rd degree Mason in New York City.
Mr. Ryder is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carrie DeWalt Ryder of Monticello; four sons, Kevin Ryder of Germany, Colby Ryder of Albany, and William Clifford Ryder and Edward Michael Ryder, both of Monticello; a stepson, Jarius DeWalt and his wife, Catherine, of Montclair, N.J; two daughters, Brenda Ryder and Gwendolyn Ryder Bean and her husband, Roy, all of Monticello; a brother, Robert Ryder of Dobbs Ferry; 15 grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a daughter, Carolyn Ruth Ryder.
Services were held Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Monticello with the Rev. Willie Smith officiating.
Burial was made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Dr., Kingston, N.Y. 12401.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Monticello.
John Pelny Jr.
Ret. Crew Chief, 81
John Pelny Jr. of Spring Glen, a retired crew chief for Local 66 Laborer's Union in Long Island and a three-year area resident, died Tuesday, August 19, 2003, at his home. He was 81 years of age.
The son of the late John Sr. and Josephine Ocheski Pelny, he was born April 22, 1922, in Sag Harbor.
Mr. Pelny was a member of Cook-Taylor American Legion Post #111 in Ellenville. He served as a Private First Class in the United States Army during World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Deleski Pelny, at home; and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Lucille M. Babcock
Lucille M. Babcock of Port Jervis, a homemaker and a longtime area resident, died Tuesday, August 19, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 72 years of age.
The daughter of the late Carmine and Rosemary Menafaro Garone, she was born December 12, 1930, in Brooklyn. She was the widow of Victor Babcock.
She is survived by two daughters, Lucille Keffer of Port Jervis, and Julia McCabe and her fiance, Howard Spangenberg of Fallsburg; nine granddaughters; and four grandsons.
Services were held Thursday at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home in Port Jervis with the Rev. Joseph Iannone officiating.
Cremation was made at the HG Smith Crematory in Stroudsburg, Pa.
Doris B. Ovens
Ret. Legal Secy., 86
Doris B. Ovens of Middletown, a retired legal secretary who worked in the law offices of Attorney Stuart Greenwald in Middletown, and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, August 16, 2003, at the Horton Campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. She was 86 years of age.
The daughter of the late John and Pansy Pratt Burke Orlando, she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Grace M. Pratt Sherman and John J. Sherman Sr. from the age of 1. She was the widow of Kenneth R. Ovens.
Mrs. Ovens was a member of the Otisville-Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church in Otisville, a member of the Daughters of America, a member of the Middletown Business and Professional Women's Association, and the Women's International Bowling Hall of Fame, being one of its first inductees. She was also secretary of the Classic Women's Bowling League for 25 years and the Women's International Bowling Congress secretary for 25 years.
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Mildred "Tootie" and Michael Canonico of Middletown, and Barbara "Bunny" and Robert Stidham of Carlinville, Ill; a son, and daughter-in-law, Kenneth "Duffy" and Mara Ovens of Jacksonville, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Stacey, Kimbirly, Robert Jr. Melinda, Amy, Wendy, Jeremiah, Staci, Lindsay and Whitney; nine great-grandchildren, Gabrielle, Julianna, Taylor, Emma, Andrew, Lauren, Kevin, Kristian and Alayna; a sister, Flora DeWitt of Jeffersonville; several nieces and nephews; and several grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by four brothers and a sister.
Services were held Wednesday at the Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home in Middletown with the Rev. Jeffrey Farley officiating.
Interment was made in the Wallkill Cemetery in Phillipsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Otisville-Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 628, Otisville, N.Y. 10963 or to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105-1905.
Mary E. Malone
Mary Ellen Malone of Livingston Manor, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesay, August 20, 2003, at the Seelig Divison of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 91 years of age.
The daughter of the late William R. and Edna Knickerbocker Finnegan, she was born November 22, 1911, in Shinhopple. She was the widow of Nick Lake and Emile Malone.
Mrs. Malone was a member of the Horton Brook Free Methodist Church.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was a wonderful, loving mother, who loved all of her children so very much, and lived her life for her children. She gave her love unconditionally to all. She was a devoted grandmother and great-grandmother. God bless you, Mom, we all love you very much. Rest in peace."
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Marilyn and Joseph Adamo of Ohio, Ronald and Jill Lake of Connecticut, Mickey and Joan Lake of Monticello, Robert Malone of Livingston Manor, Dale and Sue Malone of Esperance, Judy and John Melchick of Livingston Manor, James and Shannon Malone of Attica, and Linda and Dave Young of North Carolina; a sister, Annabelle Lake of Roscoe; a sister-in-law, Evelyn "Aunt Odie" Jackson of Walton; 31 grandchidren; and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons, Ross Lake and Toby George Lake, two brothers, Ralph and Bill Finnegan, a sister, Ruth Robinson, and a daughter-in-law, Connie Lake.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe, on Friday from 7 to 8 p.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with her son, the Rev. Ronald Lake, officiating.
Burial will be made in the Cooks Falls Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 419 Main St., Room 309, Middletown, N.Y. 10940.
Ret. Night Clerk, 91
Elizabeth M. Reilly of Liberty, a retired night clerk and switchboard operator for Gibber's Hotel in Kiamesha Lake, died Wednesday, August 20, 2003 at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 91 years of age.
The daughter of the late Hugh and Ellen Lynch Reilly, she was born July 2, 1912, in New York City. She was the widow of Patrick Reilly.
Mrs. Reilly was predeceased by a son, Peter Reilly.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Ret. Caregiver, 93
Beatrice E. Coddington of Liberty, a lifelong area resident and a caregiver for various families in the area, died on her birthday, Wednesday, August 20, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 93 years of age.
The daughter of the late Clarence Wilmot and Emma Rella Freer Coddington, she was born August 20, 1910, in Divine Corners.
Mrs. Coddington was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church.
She is survived by a sister, Hazel Comfort of Liberty; and several cousins.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty, on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will be made in the Hurleyville Cemetery.
Mary A. Gilson
Ret. Assembler, 87
Mary A. Gilson of Port Jervis, a retired assembler for Kolmar Labs in Port Jervis and a longtime area resident, died Monday, August 18, 2003, at the Brunswick Community Hospital in Supply, N.C. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Fred and Pauline Foriss, she was born August 16, 1916, in Rhode Island. She was the widow of Emerson O. Gilson.
Mrs. Gilson was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church and a former member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society, both in Port Jervis.
She is survived by two daughters, Mary Ann Clune and her husband, Donald, of Sparrowbush and Jean Greatroux of Waterbury, Conn.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Beverly Gilson of North Carolina, James and Crystal Gilson of California, and John and Elsie Hamluk of Lockport; several grandchildren, including Marie Smith of Kenoza Lake; several great-grandchildren, including Christine and Samantha Hemmer of Youngsville and Stephanie Krum of Youngsville; a great-great-grandson, Timothy Krum of Youngsville; two sisters, Kathleen Sheldon of Rochester and Patricia Petito of Port Jervis; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Friday at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home in Port Jervis, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Port Jervis with Father Anthony Raja officiating.
Burial will be made in the Pine Hill Cemetery in Sparrowbush.