October 10, 2003
Jonathan Edwin Pettway of Ellenville died Wednesday, September 24, 2003. He was 10 weeks of age.
The infant son of Jennifer Schoonmaker, he was born July 17, 2003, at the Horton Campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown.
Jonathan is survived by his mother and a brother, Sean Pettway, both at home; his maternal grandparents, George and Carrie Schoonmaker of Ellenville; his paternal grandparents, Keith and Brenda Sullivan of Loch Sheldrake; his great-grandmother, Eleanor Williams of Daytona, Fla.; his paternal great-grandfather, Attri Pettway of Baltimore, Md.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services were private.
Ret. Bookkeeper, 90
Helen Schleider of Bethel, a longtime area resident and a retired bookkeeper for Cooke & Davis in Monticello, died Monday, October 6, 2003, at the Silvercrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Briarwood. She was 90 years of age.
The daughter of the late Reuben and Anna Fishman, she was born August 16, 1913, in Newark, N.J. She was the widow of Irving Schleider who died in 1990.
Mrs. Schleider was a life member of Hadassah, B'nai B'rith, a member of Mothers of Bethel, the Sisterhood of Temple Beth-El and the Bethel Senior Citizens.
She is survived by a daughter, Anita L. Schleider; a grandson, Royce B. Cetlin; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four sisters, Sophie Greenberg, Bella Kaplan, Ruth Glazner and Gussie Schwartz, a brother, Sidney Fishman, and a daughter, Renee Cetlin.
Services were held Wednesday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello with Rabbi Irwin Tanenbaum officiating.
Burial was made in the Temple Beth-El Cemetery in Bethel.
Alberta E. Beiling
Ret. Postal Clerk, 87
Alberta Elaine Beiling of Liberty, a retired postal clerk for Grossinger's Resort in Liberty, died Tuesday, October 7, 2003, at the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Winfield and Arminda Williams Robinson, she was born October 12, 1915, in Maplewood. She was the widow of Bernard W. Beiling.
Mrs. Beiling was a member of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Liberty and had been a volunteer at the former Walnut Mountain Care Center in Liberty.
She is survived by a son, Gerald R. Beiling of Monticello; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Beiling of Woodbourne; four grandchildren, Patricia Elliott, Rachel La Forge, Michael Beiling and Arminda Donnelly; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, James Bernard Beiling.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 375 South Main St., Liberty, on Friday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, 264 North Main St., Liberty, on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Interment will be made in St. Peter's Cemetery in Liberty.
Janine C. Edwards
Hotel Clerk, 22
Janine C. Edwards, a 10-year resident of Henderson, Nev., and a hotel front desk clerk, died Wednesday, September 17, 2003, in Henderson. She was 22 years of age.
The daughter of David and Brenda Zieres Edwards, she was born February 26, 1981, in Liberty.
Miss Edwards was a 1999 graduate of Advanced Technology Academy.
She is survived by her mother of Henderson, Nev.; her father and his wife, Roseann, of Bolivia, N.C.; a daughter, Destiny Poulter of Las Vegas, Nev.; a sister, Sara Simpson of Las Vegas, Nev.; two half-sisters, Alissa and Beth Edwards; a half-brother, Andrew of Bolivia N.C.; her grandmother, Carol Zieres of North Branch; her grandfather, Andrew Edwards of Highland; step-grandparents, Vincent and Pat Augustine of White Sulphur Springs; and aunts, uncles and cousins in Sullivan County.
A memorial service was held at the Metropolitan Community Church on September 24.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Metropolitan Community Church, 1140 Almond Tree Lane, Las Vegas, Nev. 89104.
Ruth Orr Byrd, 91
Ret. Bank Supervisor
Ruth Orr Byrd, a 12-year resident of Nashua, N.H., a native of Milanville, Pa., and a retired bank supervisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, died Saturday, October 4, 2003, in Nashua after a brief illness. She was 91 years of age.
The daughter of the late Edmund J. and Margaret Ida Calkins Orr, she was born January 25, 1912, in Milanville, Pa. She was the widow of James L. Byrd, a retired Chief Gunner's Mate in the United States Navy with 30 years of service.
She attended a one-room schoolhouse in Milanville. In 1930 her parents sold their farm and the family moved to Brooklyn where Mrs. Byrd spent most of her life.
She worked as a salesperson for 10 years for the F.W. Woolworth Company and during World War II made binoculars for the Universal Camera Co. After that, she worked for 33 years for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where she rose to the level of section supervisor, managing nearly 400 employees.
She enjoyed traveling and had visited Scandinavia, Russia (when it was still part of the Soviet Union), China, Alaska and on the mainland had spent time in California, Arizona and Wyoming.
When she moved to Nashua, N.H., she took up residence at the Hunt Retirement Community and spent winters in Naples, Fla., with family members.
Unable to enjoy her favorite pastime of reading because of failing eyesight, Mrs. Byrd came to rely upon her other senses, including her impressive memory. She took part in a program sponsored by Riviera College of Nashua in which residents of the retirement community were asked to write down the stories of their lives. Assisted by staff members, Mrs. Byrd impressed everyone with her recollection of events in Milanville and the surrounding area that had occurred more than 80 years ago.
She is survived by a brother-in-law, Andrew Fraser; a sister-in-law, Lucille Byrd Ragan; five nieces, Madge Fraser, Jeanne Keisling, Zillah Lohr, Mary Murphy and Joyce Stevens; four nephews, Wayne Byrd, Charles Lohr, Larry Mauer and George Uhlman; and many grand-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four sisters, Florence who died in infancy, Zillah Orr Uhlman, who died in 1968, Margaret Orr Lohr, 1978, and Leila Orr Fraser, 1995, and a brother who died at birth.
Friends may call at the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will be made in the Milanville (Pa.) Cemetery.
Joseph J. Brachocki
Stock Associate, 59
Joseph J. Brachocki, a 18-year resident of Kearny, N.J., and a stock associate for JCPenney in Jersey City for many years, died Tuesday, October 7, 2003, at the West Hudson Hospital. He was 59 years of age.
The son of Irene Brachocki and the late Joseph B. Brachocki, he was born May 12, 1944, in Brooklyn.
A volunteer for the Lyndhurst Chapter of Special Olympics, he was a member of the Tuesday Night Mixed Bowling League in North Arlington.
Mr. Brachocki is survived by his wife, Beverly Hansen Brachocki, at home; and a son, Joseph M. Brachocki.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor.
Interment will be made at the Lew Beach Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics through the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home at the above address. The zip code is 12758.
Hilda H. Werner
Ret. Lederle Labs, 80
Hilda H. Werner of Napanoch, a former employee for Lederle Labs in Pearl River and a 19-year area resident, died Tuesday, October 7, 2003. She was 80 years of age.
The daughter of the late Joseph and Nellie Buhler Quick, she was born February 14, 1923, in Nyack. She was the widow of Ralph J. Werner who died in 1997.
Mrs. Werner was a life member of the Central Nyack Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the Rockland County Volunteer Fire Fighters Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the Ellenville Lionesses, a member of the Rebekahs, and the Town of Denning and Shawangunk Senior Citizens.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Joanne Werner of Woodbourne; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Ken Wannamaker of Nyack; a stepson, Ralph G. Werner and his wife, Dianne of Tappan; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Adele and Andy Bederka of Upper Grand View; two sisters-in-law, Sigred and Muriel Wessman of New Windsor; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at noon on Friday at the Loucks Funeral Home with the Rev. Lorraine Coscia Ackerman officiating.
Burial will be made in the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Town of Denning or Shawangunk Senior Citizens.
Margaret Ann Rutherford of Barryville, a 53-year area resident, died Monday, October 6, 2003, at her home. She was 96 years of age.
The daughter of the late William and Mary Ann Irvine, she was born February 12, 1907, in Jersey City, N.J. She was the widow of Joseph Rutherford who died January 23, 1988.
Mrs. Rutherford was a member of St. Ann's R .C. Church in Shohola, Pa.
In a family statement, it was said, "Ann was an amazing woman who will be deeply missed by many people whose lives she touched. Her love for everyone was boundless. A mentor to all! She was born on Lincoln's birthday and enjoyed her daily visits of wildlife."
She is survived by a close friend, Gina Marie Schaefer and her family; a niece, Alice Fraser of Rahway, N.J.; a special friend, Danny Baumgardner of Barryville; and a longtime friend, John Rooney of Yulan.
Services were held Wednesday at the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville.
Burial was made in Montoza Cemetery in Barryville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark, 202 Route 209, Port Jervis, N.Y. 12771 or to Hospice of Orange-Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Leon Bub McGar
Ret. Truck Driver, 65
Leon "Bub" McGar of Livingston Manor, a retired truck driver, died Saturday, October 4, 2003, at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. He was 65 years of age.
The son of Leon C. Sr. and Mabel Slawson McGar, he was born July 12, 1938, in Liberty.
Mr. McGar was a member of the Hunter Road Hunting Club.
He is survived by his parents of Livingston Manor; his long-time companion Dixie Lee of Egg Harbor, N.J.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Glenda and Arturio Amador of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., and Cleta and Miles Magyar of Royal Palm Beach, Fla.; a brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Anne McGar of Livingston Manor; two sisters, Joan Robinson of Livingston Manor and Virginia Gartland and her husband, Richard, of White Sulphur Springs; and four grandchildren, Ryan, Carla, Cole and Alana.
Friends may call at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, on Saturday at 9 a.m.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Bridgette LeConey officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to SCACC Family Council, P.O. Box 671, Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Court Attendant, 74
Frederick R. Simpson of Monticello, a court attendant for the Sullivan County Court System and a 32-year area resident, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, October 5, 2003. He was 74 years of age.
He was born January 23, 1929, in Milwaukee, Wisc.
A retired staff sergeant with the U.S. Air Force, he served during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was a member of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Monticello, the Monticello Elks Lodge #1544 and the PBA.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Chako Simpson, at home; a son, Anthony Simpson Sr. and his companion, Maureen Ricco of Rinegold, Ga.; a daughter, Tracie Fudal of Endicott; four grandchildren, Anthony Simpson Jr., Sherry Maginness, Jessica Simpson and Matthew Simpson; and three great-grandchildren, Amy Maginness, Kayla Newman and Damien Simpson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Broadway and Liberty St., Monticello, with the Rev. Robert Ginel officiating.
Burial will be made with military honors in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Monticello.
John Cooper, 56
John Cooper of Middletown, a carpenter and painter and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, October 6, 2003, at his home. He was 56 years of age.
The son of the late Raymond Sr. and Mary Granger Cooper, he was born August 19, 1947, in Middletown.
Mr. Cooper attended St. Joseph's Church in Middletown. He was a member and participant with the R.E.C.A.P and in his spare time did woodworking and taught others how to use various woodworking tools.
He is survived by a son, John Cooper Jr. of Riverdale, Fla.; two grandchildren, Alissia and Julian Cooper of Liberty; five sisters, Kate Damms of Napanoch, Grace North of Ellenville, Ethel Cooper of Middletown, Linda Travis of Ellenville and Pat Margarum of Columbus, Ga.; five brothers, Emmette Force of Columbus, Ga., Raymond Cooper Jr. and Timothy Cooper, both of Columbus, Ga., and Michael Cooper and Anthony Cooper, both of Middletown; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. on Friday at St. Joseph's Church in Middletown.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Interment of the cremains will be made in Hillside Cemetery in Middletown.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Roberta "Birdie" Eherts, a homemaker, died Tuesday, October 7, 2003, at her home. She was 48 years of age.
The daughter of Donald and Charlotte Dolby Carr, she was born April 24, 1955, in Middletown. She was the widow of Daniel Eherts who died in 2002 after 25 years of marriage.
In a family statement, it was said, "Birdie loved nature and her home was filled with wonderful plants, special pets and lots of family. An avid car fan, she enjoyed driving her white Corvette."
Mrs. Eherts is survived by her parents; four children, Daniel E. and his wife, Robyn Eherts, of Middletown, and Deitra B., Erica C. and Jeremy W. Eherts, all at home; two grandchildren, Jason and McKayla; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Denise and Sal Grasso of Pine Bush, Shirley and Phil Morse and Donna Gladstone, all of Middletown; five brothers and three sisters-in-law, Edwin Dolby, Keith Carr and his wife, Elaine, all of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Douglas and Debbie Carr of Middletown, John Carr of Bloomingburg, and Donald and Laurie Carr Jr. of Middletown; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roy Eherts and Madeline Corbine; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday at the Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Ave., Middletown, with the Rev. Betty Beach officiating.
Burial will be made in the family plot in the Wallkill Cemetery in Phillipsburg.
Paul Levine, 84
Ret. Bungalow Colonist
Paul Levine of Sunrise, Fla., and South Fallsburg, the former owner of Brookside Bungalow Colony in South Fallsburg, died at his home in Florida on Thursday, October 2, 2003. He was 84 years of age.
The son of the late Lena and Samuel Levine, he was born October 18, 1918, in South Fallsburg.
Mr. Levine graduated from high school at the age of 15 1/2 and was awarded the History and French prize at graduation.
He served in Europe during World War II, landing at Omaha Beach on D-Day. With the victory in Europe, he participated in the liberation of concentration camps and was in the victory march under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris with General DeGaulle. He also served as a military policeman guarding Nazi prisoners in Berlin.
In a family statement, it was said, "Paul's family remembers him as a very strong-willed person, with a wry sense of humor, who loved his family very much, and had many interesting stories to tell."
He is survived by his wife, Rhoda Levine; a daughter, Sharon Cohen, and her two sons, Nathan and Jeffrey; a son and daughter-in-law, Stuart and Sara Levine and their two daughters, Lori and Sandra; three nieces, Janie Malman, Judy Feder and Roberta Lovenheim, and a nephew, Gary Malman, and their families. He was predeceased by a brother, Ben Levine, and two sisters, Lillian Kaplan and Beatrice Malman.
Services were held Friday at Menorah Gardens in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the American Heart Association.