October 17, 2003
Julia J. Kearney
Julia J. Kearney of Monticello, a homemaker, died Monday, October 13, 2003. She was 89 years of age.
The daughter of the late William and Carrie Barlow Murns, she was born June 23, 1914, in Pond Eddy, Pa. She was the widow of William Henry Kearney who died in 1985.
Mrs. Kearney attended St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Bailey-Richman Post No. 9588, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Monticello Senior Citizens, all in Monticello.
She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, William and Margaret Kearney of Monticello, Richard and Joan Kearney of Glen Spey, Henry and Gail Kearney of Tampa, Fla., and John and Retha Kearney of Lakeland, Fla.; a daughter and son-in-law, Bridget and James Maher of Lakeland, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Eva Murns of Monticello; 27 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three sons, George Murns, Francis Kearney and Arthur Kearney; a daughter, Anna Laufersweiler; two brothers, Edward and Arthur Murns; and two sisters, Gladys Schroeder and Mildred Murns.
Graveside services and burial were held at the family plot in St. Peter's Cemetery in Monticello on Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Monticello.
Charles Watson Sr.
Ret. Route Salesman, 78
Charles A. Watson Sr. of Liberty, a retired route salesman for Mountain News Company and a 74-year area resident, died Sunday, October 12, 2003, at his home. He was 78 years of age.
The son of the late Ross and Sophia Yager Watson, he was born September 13, 1925, in Hancock.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, he received his high school diploma under the Operation Recognition Program on June 12, 2001. Mr. Watson was a member and past Grand Knight of the Father Cronin Council, Knights of Columbus; a member of the Russel Sprague American Legion Post #109; and a communicant of St. Peter's Catholic Church, all in Liberty; and a communicant of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Livingston Manor.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann Larkin Watson, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Denise Watson of Liberty; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Jim Dinnerstein of Liberty and Joanne and William Friedman; a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Catherine Watson of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Theresa Delemarre of Hawthorne and Anne Gabrielson and her husband, Robert, of Liberty; three sisters-in-law, Ida Watson, Betty Watson and Beverly Watson, all of Liberty; four grandchildren, Sean, Meagan and Jessie Dinnerstein and Todd Kurpil; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Charles A. Watson Jr.; three brothers, George, Donald and Ross Watson; and two sisters, Carolyn and Marion.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Thursday at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Liberty with Father Thomas Mullen and Father William Collins officiating.
Burial was made in St. Peter's Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to Orange-Sullivan Hospice, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty.
Irene S. La Polt
Ret. Cafeteria Wkr., 88
Irene S. La Polt of White Lake, a longtime cafeteria employee at Monticello Central Schools, died Tuesday, October 14, 2003, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 88 years of age.
The daughter of the late Albert and Eva Sullivan Dauch, she was born September 17, 1915, in Black Lake. She was the widow of Andrew V. La Polt Jr., who died January 29, 1980.
Mrs. La Polt was a member of the Community United Methodist Church in Kauneonga Lake, a charter member of the White Lake Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, a past matron of Kiamesha Chapter #309, Order of the Eastern Star in Monticello, the Sullivan County Cooperative Extension Bethelites and the Bethel Senior Citizens.
She is survived by a son, Andrew V. La Polt III; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Ken Brucher of White Lake; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Bruce L. La Polt Sr.; five brothers, Albert Dauch Jr., Troy Dauch, Cranston Dauch, Louis Dauch and Clinton Dauch; two sisters, Beatrice Stephenson and Mildred Middaugh; and a great-grandchild, Cory La Polt.
Services will be held at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 3534 Route 55, Kauneonga Lake, on Friday at 1 p.m.
Interment will be made in the family plot in the Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Community United Methodist Church, Horseshoe Lake Rd., Kauneonga Lake, N.Y. 12749.
Anna S. Albers
Anna Steffens Albers of Milanville, Pa., a 32-year area resident and a former volunteer at the Grover M. Hermann Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Callicoon, died Thursday, October 9, 2003, at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. She was 95 years of age.
Born April 17, 1908, in Hesslingen, a small town in northern Germany, she immigrated to the United States in 1927 and attained citizenship as soon as the law allowed. She was the widow of Fred Albers, a mason contractor.
While living in Ridgefield, N.J., she was active in the local Lutheran Church and in particular as director of its Altar Guild. Upon retirement in 1970, the Alberses moved to Milanville where they built a new home and made new friends.
Mrs. Albers was active in St. John's Lutheran Church in Honesdale, Pa., the United Methodist Women of Milanville, Pa., and the Beach Lake Methodist Church.
In a family statement, it was said, "Mrs. Albers was an avid gardener, accomplished cook, homemaker and community volunteer. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother."
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Ray and Susan Albers and John and Judy Albers; three grandsons and their spouses, Andrew and Carmen Albers, Ben and Sarah Butzen; and Greg and Kate Palmer Albers; a granddaughter, Katie; and a great-grandson, Gabriel.
Funeral services were held Thursday at the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.
Interment was made in the Milanville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 63, Damascus, Pa. 18415 or to the Grover Hermann Hospital Auxiliary, Route 97, Callicoon, N.Y. 12723.
V. Burton Bremenstuhl
Ret. Elec. Engr., 98
V. Burton Bremenstuhl of Wurtsboro, an electrical engineer, career teacher and longtime area resident, died August 18, 2003, in Bethesda, Md. He was 98 years of age.
The son of the late Daniel and Loretta Weber Bremenstuhl, he was born June 16, 1905, in Watervliet. He was the widower of Elsie M. Dutcher Bremenstuhl to whom he was married for 52 years.
Mr. Bremenstuhl was a member of the New York State Teacher's Association, past president of the NYS Science Teacher's Association, past Sullivan County Commissioner and former contributor of the local Sullivan County Boy Scouts Council.
He is survived by two sons, Philip Bremenstuhl of Riverside, Calif., and David Bremenstuhl of Gaithersburg, Md.; a daughter, Betsy of Bethesda, Md.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Community Church in Wurtsboro with the Rev. Robert Schwander officiating.
Burial will be made in Sylvan Cemetery in Wurtsboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Elsie M. and V. Burton Bremenstuhl Campers Fund, c/o Community Church of Wurtsboro, Wurtsboro, N.Y. 12790.
James A. Connors
Hotel Worker, 71
James A. Connors of Monticello, a longtime area resident, died on Friday, October 10, 2003, at his home. He was 71 years of age.
The son of the late James and Beatrice Sonia Connors, he was born December 20, 1932, in Lowell, Mass.
Mr. Connors held several positions in the area at various locations, including Kutsher's Country Club, The Raleigh Hotel and Monticello Manor.
He is survived by several local friends and co-workers.
Funeral services were held Thursday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello with the Rev. Gene Smith officiating.
Dorothy L. Brown
Dorothy L. Brown, a 27-year resident of Eldred and a homemaker, died Saturday, October 4, 2003, in Charlotte, N.C.
Born in Auburn, she was the daughter of the late Henry J. and Veronica E. Gilbert. She was the widow of Leroy V. Brown.
Mrs. Brown lived in several places throughout New York and more recently for two years in Hopewell, N.J.
She is survived by a son, John A. Brown; three daughters, Joanne E. Brown, Jeanne M. Messer and Joyce A. Brown; a sister, Vera Masters; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Cremation services were held in Charlotte, N.C.
A committal service will be held in Port Bryon in the near future.
Memorial contributions may be made to E.W.T.N., 5817 Old Leeds Rd., Irondale, Ala. 35210 or to the Boy Scouts of America, 4315 U.S. 1 South, Monmouth Junction, N.J. 08852.
Gertrude F. Meyer
Ret. Eucharistic Minister, 88
Gertrude F. Meyer of Liberty died Sunday, October 12, 2003, at the Albany Medical Center from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on September 29, 2003, in Liberty.
The daughter of the late William and Annie Lloyd Campbell, she was born in Cumberland and lived in New York State most of her life. She was the widow of Harold P. Meyer.
Mrs. Meyer was a Eucharistic Minister and taught religious education at St. Gertrude's Church in Bayville.
She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Meyer of Lee, Mass.; two sons, Harold Meyer of Livingston Manor and Robert Meyer of Liberty; a sister, Florence Barrette of Pawtucket; a brother, William "Red" Campbell of Central Falls; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday at the Karol A. Romenski & Sons Funeral Home in Central Falls, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Heart Church, Park St., Pawtucket at 10 a.m.
Burial will be made in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cumberland.
George W. Polisano
Ret. Airplane Mech., 74
George W. Polisano of Lake Huntington, a retired airplane mechanic for US Air and an eight-month area resident, died Wednesday, October 15, 2003, at Achieve Rehab and Nursing Facility in Liberty. He was 74 years of age.
The son of the late Vito Polisano, he was born February 22, 1929, in New York City.
A World War II veteran he served in the US Army Air Corps.
Mr. Polisano is survived by a sister, Ann; a nephew, Dan; and longtime friends, Linda and George Blaso of Lake Huntington.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Narrowsburg with the Rev. Thomas Jones officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Francis Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Town of Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Lake Huntington, N.Y. 12752.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.
Donna Roberts of Monticello, a homemaker, died Wednesday, October 15, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 58 years of age.
The daughter of the late Warren and Catherine DeGroat Powell, she was born February 2, 1945, in Suffern.
She is survived by her husband, Donald Roberts, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Tanya and Chester Wickberg of Woodbourne; two brothers, Milton and Timothy Powell; two sisters, Emma Powell and Karen DeGroat; and two grandsons, Christopher Thompson and Nicholas Golemboski.
Friends may call at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Services will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.