November 7, 2003
Ret. Secretary, 65
Francine Altamura of Monticello, a secretary for Lighting Limo in Kew Gardens, Queens, and a nine-year area resident, died Sunday, November 2, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 65 years of age.
The daughter of the late Salvatore and Mildred Pierro, she was born January 30, 1938, in the Bronx. She was the widow of Peter R . Altamura.
Mrs. Altamura is survived by two sons, Peter Altamura of Westtown and Gino Altamura of Greenville; a daughter, Michelle Heffernan of Elmhurst; a brother, Armond Pierro of New York City; and eight grandchildren.
Services were held in Goshen.
Henry Penchansky, 88
Henry "Hank" Penchansky of Miami, Fla., a former resident of Woodridge, died Sunday, November 2, 2003. He was 88 years of age.
The son of the late William and Anna Kantrowitz Penchansky, he was born in Woodridge. He was the widower of Ruth Penchansky to whom he was married for 58 years.
He and his wife were active in the formative years of the Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy in Miami Beach. Mr. Penchansky was also active in many Jewish causes, particularly Jewish education, and was a strong supporter of the State of Israel.
Mr. Penchansky is survived by three children and their spouses, Heidi and John Crigor, of Hawaii, Michael and Sue Penchansky of Jupiter, Fla., and Laurie and Rabbi Edwin Farber; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Rosalie Kaplan Provda of South Fallsburg.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Morris and Mitch Penchansky.
Shiva will be held at the Kaplan/ Provda home in South Fallsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy in Miami Beach.
Scott Willmarth Sr.
Ret. Corr. Offc., 49
Scott D. Willmarth Sr. of Monticello, a 30-year area resident and a retired corrections officer at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility, died Monday, November 3, 2003, at his home. He was 49 years of age.
The son of Gladys Bell Willmarth and the late David Willmarth, he was born December 16, 1954, in the Bronx.
Mr. Willmarth was a member of St. Peter's R.C. Church and the Knights of Columbus Fr. Justin Lyons Council, both in Monticello; the Fraternal Order of Police; a member of the Retired and Disabled Police of America; and a member of the Sullivan County Shields.
He is survived by his wife of almost 26 years, Rosemary Daly Willmarth, at home; his mother, Gladys Smith of Johnstown; two sons, Scott D. Willmarth Jr. and Michael J. Willmarth, both at home; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Maria Willmarth of Jensen Beach, Fla; and several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Susan Willmarth Dubell.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Monticello with the Rev. Robert Ginel officiating
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Church Building Fund, 10 Liberty St., Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Monticello.
Robert F. Brooks, 67
Ret. Dept. of Hwy. Wkr.
Robert F. Brooks of Jeffersonville, a former resident of West Haverstraw, died at his home on November 2, 2003. He was 67 years of age.
The son of the late William and Helen Howard Brooks, he was born May 16, 1936, in Garnerville.
A 1954 graduate of Haverstraw High School, he retired in 1997 from the Town of Haverstraw Highway Department. Mr. Brooks was an exempt member of the S.W. Johnson S.F.E. Co. #1 and also one of the first members of the David B. Roche Fire Co. in Thiells.
In a family statement, it was said, "Robert had a passion for trucks, cars and racing. Robert will be sadly missed by his loving family and friends."
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Virginia Brooks, at home; three children, Alene Ann Ritz and her husband, Thomas, of Lake Huntington, Robert Brooks of Lansing, Mich., and Clifford and his wife, Kathleen Brooks, of Thiells; seven grandchildren, Chris and James Rodriguez, Elizabeth Brooks, Candace and Charles Harding, and Jennifer and Sarah Brooks; a great-granddaughter, Trista Lynn Rodriguez; two sisters, Ruth Thiell and Helen Cusano and her husband, James; three brothers, Howard Brooks, Richard and his wife, Elizabeth Brooks, of Garnerville, and William and his wife, Mildred Brooks, of Florida; his mother-in-law, Gertrude Raab; two sisters-in-law, Eleanor Garrabrant and Tina Sloat; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Evelyn McGill and Catherine Brooks; a sister-in-law, Helen Brooks; a brother, Edward Brooks; and two brothers-in-law, Edward Thiell and John McGill.
Services were held Thursday at the George M. Holt Funeral Home in Haverstraw.
Interment was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Garnerville United Methodist Church, 69 Bridge St. Garnerville, N.Y. 10923.
Richard J. Hartigan
Richard James Hartigan of Glen Wild, a self-employed and skilled wood carver, whose skills he attributed as being a gift from a guardian angel, and a 22-year area resident, died Sunday, November 2, 2003, at his home. He was 56 years of age.
An Army veteran, he served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne. He was a former member of the Rock Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps and a former leader of the Rock Hill Webelo and Boy Scout Troops.
In a family statement, it was said, "Richard was an avid outdoorsman. He introduced his beloved wife, Olga of 34 years, to the country life. Somehow he could never get lost, and he will long be remembered for the belief that there is no such word as 'can't'".
He is survived by his wife, Olga Katherine Sywan Hartigan, at home; two sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Rose Marie and Mike Pawluk and Jennie and Michael Czarny, and his mother-in-law, Katherine Sywan, all of Bayside, Queens; two nephews, Michael and John Pawluk; and two nieces, Katherine Ann Czarny and Ann Marie Pawluk.
A Funeral Mass was offered Wednesday at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Monticello with the Rev. Robert Ginel officiating.
Burial, with military honors, was made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y 12550.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello.
Inez E. Marks
Ret. Teacher, 95
Inez E. Marks of Woodbourne, a retired teacher and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, November 5, 2003, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 95 years of age.
The daughter of the late Edward and Leona Van Wagner Cutler, she was born December 3, 1907, in Livingston Manor. Mrs. Marks had been a teacher at the Shin Creek School and later worked at a family boarding house in Grooville.
She is survived by her husband, Donald A. Marks, at home; two daughters, Rachel Koons of Woodbourne, and Nancy Marks of Liberty; a nephew, James Hitt of the state of Florida; and several grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Ralph Cutler, and a sister, Honorene Adams.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, West Street at Buckley, Liberty, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. David McCarthy officiating. Burial will be made in Sunset Hill Cemetery in Guilford.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodbourne Fire Company, Firehouse Rd., Woodbourne, N.Y. 12788.
Robert F. Bruns
Ret. Land Surveyor, 86
Robert F. Bruns, a former 51-year resident of Liberty and a self-employed land surveyor, died at the Ocean Breeze Adult Family Home in Seattle, Wash., on Thursday, October 23, 2003. He was 86 years of age.
The widower of Dorothy Bruns, he was born January 30, 1917, in New York City.
Mr. Bruns was a 50-year member and past captain of the Liberty Fire Department Hose Co. 2 and a past president of the Sullivan County Firemen's Association. He was also a former member of the Town of Liberty Board, a charter member of the Covered Bridge Hunting Club and a member of the Liberty Elks.
In a family statement, it was said, "Many fellow firemen from Sullivan County will remember Bob as a New York State Fire Instructor for over 20 years. He taught fire school in most of the towns of Sullivan County."
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Colleen Bruns of Anchorage, Alaska; a granddaughter, Pamela Racicot and a great-granddaughter, Carrissa Racicot, both of Forks, Wash.; three sisters-in-law, Gertrude Bussone of Philadelphia, Pa., Gail and her husband, Col. James Bulken of Evans, Ga., and Barbara and her husband, Larry Katz, of Liberty; 11 nieces and nephews, including Barbara and her husband, Bob Smith of Audubon, Pa., and Marjorie and Charlie Bush of the state of Delaware. He was predeceased by a brother, William Bruns.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty, on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.
A firematic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Services celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Audrey Pedersen officiating.
Interment of the cremains will be made in the Liberty Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Fire Department, Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Amelia Margetanski of Burlingham died November 5, 2003, after a long and arduous battle with cancer. She was 77 years of age.
She was born March 31, 1926, in New York City.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was a wonderful mother, a loving and devoted wife, a generous and caring grandmother. She was always hospitable and kind to family, friends and strangers alike. She was a devoted parishioner of the Church of the Infant Saviour in Pine Bush. It was her faith in God that especially helped her through the side-effects of cancer treatments over these past few months. She was an optimistic person with a smile on her face, laughter in her heart and a kind word for everyone she met. The world is a poorer place without her. Her family will always remember her witty sayings and her good advice. She often said to us all, 'Count your blessings.' She was our number one blessing and she will always live in our minds and hearts."
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Andrew Margetanski, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Andrea M. and Harry York of Middletown and Amelia M. and Tore Nilsen of Holmestrand, Norway; three granddaughters, Jennifer York, Melissa York and Monica M. Nilsen; a sister, Mary Engel; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home, 1525 Burlingham Road, Pine Bush.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Church of the Infant Saviour in Pine Bush with Father William Young officiating.
Interment will be made in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Hudson Valley, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Abraham Jentis, 85
Ret. Maintenance Worker
Abraham Jentis of Woodbourne, a retired maintenance worker for the New York City Housing Authority and a longtime Woodbourne resident, died Thursday, November 6, 2003, at the Albany VA Medical Center. He was 85 years of age.
The son of the late Samuel and Lena Jentis, he was born January 2, 1918, in Brooklyn.
Mr. Jentis was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps and was a member of the Jewish War Veterans.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille Yahia Jentis, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Sim and Sam Grosshandler of Rockaway; a son, Richard Jentis of Brooklyn; a sister, Rona Kovner of Brooklyn; and two granddaughters, Jordan and Amy Grosshandler.
Graveside services and burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Woodbourne Synagogue Cemetery in Glen Wild with Rabbi Irving Goodman officiating.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Retired Chef, 70
Giovanni "John" Iengo of Monticello, a retired chef and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, November 5, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 70 years of age.
The widower of Philomena I. Iengo, who died in 2000, Mr. Iengo was born January 21, 1933, in Italy.
He worked as a chef at Alberto's in Brooklyn before moving to Sullivan County. He was a communicant of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Liberty.
Mr. Iengo is survived by a son, Louie Iengo, and his fiancée, Teresa Ferrarese, both of Monticello; a brother, Gaetano Iengo of France; and several brothers- and sisters-in-law.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, West Street at Buckley, Liberty, on Monday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will offered at 11:45 a.m. Monday at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Liberty, with Monsignor Edward Straub officiating.
Private burial will be made in St. Peter's Cemetery in Liberty.