November 21, 2003
Neal W. Lester
Ret. Caretaker, 94
Neal W. Lester of Equinunk, Pa., a retired camp caretaker and an electrician, died Tuesday, November 18, 2003, at the Roscoe Nursing Center after an illness. He was 94 years of age.
The son of the late Frank and Julia Varcoe Lester, he was born in Lookout, Pa. He was the widower of Mae Canfield Lester who died in 2002.
Mr. Lester was a former member of the Lookout United Methodist Church.
He is survived by a daughter, Rita Banuat of Obernburg; two granddaughters, Linda DiMarzio of Monticello and Joan Banuat of Obernburg; a brother, Clyde Lester of Hobbs, N. Mex.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by two brothers, Harold and Frank Lester.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, 1228 North Main St., Honesdale, Pa., with the Rev. James O'Rourke officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Maple Hill at Salem Crematory in Archbald, Pa.
Private interment of the cremains will be made in the Hillside Cemetery in Damascus, Pa.
Regina Jean Bernhardt
Regina Marilyn "Jean" Bernhardt of Youngsville, a homemaker and lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, November 18, 2003, following surgery at the Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J. She was 73 years of age.
The daughter of the late John and Jean Veronica Leonard Menges, she was born February 18, 1930, in Youngsville.
Mrs. Bernhardt was a member of St. Francis Roman Catholic Church and the Youngsville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, both in Youngsville.
In a family statement, it was said, "Jean was a woman noted for giving of herself to others. Jean was a faithful loving wife and mother who will be sorely missed by her soulmate and children. . . Family, friends, community, these are the legacy of Regina Bernhardt."
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Robert Bernhardt Sr., at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Gloria and Les Bryan and Rose and Phil Fanning; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Robert Bernhardt Jr., John and Jo Bernhardt, Ron and Cindy Bernhardt and Tim Bernhardt; 12 grandchildren, Jodi, Michael, Amber, Jenna, Jordan, Jesse, Ross, Erin, Derek, Elizabeth, Jon and Kaitlyn; a brother, John Menges of Youngsville; and a sister, Doris Sweeny of Silver Spring, Md.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville on Friday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m.
A Funeral Mass will be offered on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Roman Catholic Church in Youngsville with the Rev. Paul Osborne, OFM, officiating.
Burial will be made in the Calvary Cemetery in Youngsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Roman Catholic Church, Youngsville, N.Y. 12791.
Patrick Conklin of White Sulphur Springs, a custodian for the Ellenville Community Hospital, died Friday, November 14, 2003, at the Arden Hill Campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Goshen. He was 50 years of age.
The son of the late Kenneth and Rose Ellen Hogencamp Conklin, he was born March 25, 1953, in Suffern.
Mr. Conklin was a retired staff sergeant with the Army Reserve.
He is survived by four brothers, Terrance Conklin and Allan Conklin, both of Roscoe, Richard Conklin of Watertown and Joseph Conklin of Walton; four sisters, Susan Cole of Holbart, Sharon Conklin of Roscoe, Wendy Conklin of Shelby, Tenn., and Darlene Conklin of Walton; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services were held Wednesday at the Morse Funeral Home in Middletown with the Rev. Ross Licata officiating.
Burial with military honors was made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Cornelius DePuy Jr.
Ret. Master Sgt., 67
Cornelius 'Sonny" DePuy Jr. of San Antonio, Tex., a retired master sergeant with the United States Air Force, died Thursday, November 13, 2003 after a lengthy illness He was 67 years of age.
The son of the late Cornelius and Mildred DePuy, he was born July 8, 1936, in South Fallsburg.
Mr. DePuy enlisted in the Air Force in 1954 and went on to serve in the USAF Special Services for many years with assignments in Japan, Italy, the Philippine Islands, Vietnam, Okinawa and at Kelly AFB. He was a First Sergeant at Taegu AFB and Bergstrom AFB until retiring from the USAF in 1980.
In a family statement, it was said, "A kind and loving father, the welfare of his family remained foremost in his thoughts and actions throughout his life. He will be deeply missed."
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Jeff Kinard and Lori and Michael Brazzill; four grandchildren, Chris and Brent Frysinger and Alyna and Brenna Brazzill; three sisters, Dorothy Fisher, Irene Johnson and Florence Stewart; a brother, Douglas DePuy; three aunts, Marian Stackhouse, Edith Kracht and Gertrude Miller.
Graveside services and burial were held at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in Texas with full military honors on Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice-Vista Care (210) 738-8141.
Isabell C. Joerger
Ret. Bookkeeper, 85
Isabell C. Joerger of Springhill, Fla., a retired bookkeeper with JCPenney in New York City and a longtime resident of Eldred, died Friday, November 14, 2003, in Springhill, Fla. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of the late Edward and Blanche Ambrose, she was born October 4, 1918, in Brooklyn.
She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Yulan and a member of the now defunct Ladies Auxiliary to the Tusten/Highland Post No. 6427, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, L. Michael and Genevieve Joerger of Springhill, Fla.; two sisters, Catherine Teoffler and Mildred Santos, both of New Jersey; six grandchildren. 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Yulan on Wednesday with the Rev. Anthony Moore officiating.
Burial was made in the Montoza Cemetery in Eldred.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville.
Elizabeth Kimmes of White Sulphur Springs, a homemaker and lifelong area resident, died Sunday, November 16, 2003, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. She was 86 years of age
The daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Temple, she was born March 2, 1917, in Roscoe. She was the widow of Nick Kimmes.
Mrs. Kimmes was a member of the White Sulphur Springs Senior Citizens and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Home Bureau.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, John and Lori Kimmes, of Livingston Manor; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Florence Calkin of Cody, Wyo., Mary Ellen and Michael Tidaback of Lafayette, N.J., and Barbara and Larry Burgess of Palm Bay, Fla.; a sister, Madeline Will of Poughkeepsie; 10 grandchildren, including Jaclyn and Jessica Kimmes of Livingston Manor; 10 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three sisters, Sophie Skelly, Anna Kinne and Catherine Chapman, and a brother, Nicholas Temple.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville with Pastor Bridgette LeConey officiating.
Burial will be made in the Laurel Hill Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7E, East Syracuse, N.Y. 13057
Elsie B. Kelly, 79
Elsie A. Bressler Kelly of Long Beach, a former resident of Ridgewood, Queens, died Saturday, November 8, 2003, at the North Shore Hospital on Long Island, following a short illness. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late Herman and Elsa Bressler, she was born May 25, 1924, in Liberty, the oldest of 10 children. She was the widow of William Kelly.
Mrs. Kelly is survived by three children and their spouses, Peggy and Frank Leone of Island Park, Colleen and Ken Stigner of Monroe Twp., N.J., and William and Trish Kelly of Levittown; seven siblings and their spouses, Herman and Mildred Bressler of White Lake, Alma Curran, Edna and Wayne York and Otto Bressler, all of Liberty, Helen and Jack Sherwood of Livingston Manor, Irmgard and Henry Starr and Gretel McCausland, all of Sebring, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Olga Fritz and Marguerite Rupert.
A Funeral Mass was offered at St. Ignatius Martyr Church of Long Beach.
Burial was made in Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury.