November 28, 2003
Retired From GM, 76
Andrew Ellis of Liberty, a retired 30-year employee of General Motors Corporation and a former resident of Detroit, Mich., died Tuesday, November 25, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 76 years of age.
The son of the late Nick and Julia Chilipka Ellis, he was born May 2, 1927, in Thompson, Pa.
Mr. Ellis was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army.
He is survived by a sister, Ann Ellis of Jeffersonville; a brother, Nick Ellis of Bethel; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph and Stephen Ellis, and three sisters, Agnes Grivna, Mary Ellis and Helen Corrier.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home with Father Paul Osborne, OFM, officiating.
Burial will be made in Calvary Cemetery in Youngsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 628, Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
John Ivanick, 89
John Ivanick of Livingston Manor, a longtime area resident, died Sunday, November 23, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 89 years of age.
The son of the late William and Pauline Hawrylak Ivanick, he was born December 26, 1913, in Yonkers. He was the widower of Stella Rotko Ivanick.
A three-year World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, he participated in the battles and campaigns of the Air Offensive Japan, Luzon, New Guinea and the Southern Philippines. He received the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Philippines Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star and the WWII Victory Medal.
He is survived by two brothers, Joseph Ivanick of New City and Peter Ivanick of New Jersey; a sister, Ann Skrobola of California; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four brothers, Michael, Andrew, George and William Ivanick, and two sisters, Katherine Drain and Mary Gathy.
A Memorial Service will be held on Memorial Day, Sunday, May 30, 2004, at 1 p.m., at the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis. Tenn. 38105-1905.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor.
Joseph Kirchner III
Joseph K. Kirchner III of Burlingham, a student at Orange-Ulster BOCES in Goshen and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, November 22, 2003, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. He was 17 years of age.
The son of Joseph K. Kirchner Jr. and Carolann Pellicci, he was born October 31, 1986, in Middletown
He is survived by his mother and step-father Carolann and Richard L. Decker Sr. of Bloomingburg; his father of Burlingham; his paternal grandmother, Barbara J. Kirchner of Burlingham; his maternal grandfather, Vincent J. Pellicci of Bloomingburg; his maternal grandmother, Carol Cenname and her husband, Doug, of Bloomingburg; five brothers and sisters, Jennifer Kirchner, Jeremy DeGroat, Tiffany Decker, Richard L. Decker Jr. and Cynthia Decker, all of Bloomingburg; an aunt, Donna Soto of Stormville; his girlfriend, Stephanie Downing; many other aunts, uncles and cousins; and a multitude of loving friends.
Services were held Tuesday at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home in Pine Bush with Fr. Patrick McGuigan, O. Carm. officiating.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to Children's Hospital of Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, N.Y. 10595.
Irma V. Percaccio
Irma "Ema" Vannucci Percaccio of Smallwood, a homemaker, died Saturday, November 22, 2003, at her home. She was 98 years of age.
The daughter of the late Zabeo and Corlinda Salani Vannucci, she was born April 16, 1905, in Brooklyn. She was the widow of Michael Percaccio who died in 1977.
Mrs. Percaccio was a parishioner of St. Peter's Mission Church, St. Joseph's in Mongaup Valley, and a member of the Bethel Catholic Club.
She is survived by two sons, Louis and his wife, Erma Percaccio of Staten Island, and Michael Percaccio of Smallwood; two daughters, Millie and her husband, Warren, of Brooklyn, and Linda Frigenti of Smallwood; five grandchildren, Alison Aplin, Lynda Spencer, Michael and his wife, Lina Percaccio, Robert and his wife, Nancy Aplin, and Karen Percaccio; seven great-grandchildren, Amanda, Krysta, Caitlin, Stefanie, Jessica, Michael and Michael; many nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Felicia Yannotti of Brooklyn, and an adopted granddaughter, Tracy Novembri. She was predeceased by four brothers, Atillo, Daniel, Louis and Joseph, and two sisters, Annette Salani and Elizabeth Scuoteguazza.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Wednesday at Saints Simon and Jude Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn with Father Timothy Wiggins officiating.
Burial was made in Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn.
Clifford H. Hughes
Ret. Truck Driver, 74
Clifford H. Hughes, a 47-year resident of Valley Falls and a retired truck driver for Tobin Packing Co. of Albany, died unexpectedly on Friday, November 21, 2003, at his home. He was 74 years of age.
The son of the late Alton and Eileen Long Hughes, he was born April 15, 1929, in Callicoon. He was the widower of Marjorie Hahn Hughes who died in 2001.
A 1947 graduate of Delaware Valley Central School in Callicoon, he was an avid fisherman.
Mr. Hughes is survived by two nieces; a sister-in-law, Yvonne Misner Hughes of Jeffersonville; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Richard and Shirley Hahn Elmore of Ballston Spa.; two aunts, Frances Buddenhagen of Hortonville and Lela Traver of Poughkeepsie; and his dear friends, David and Susan DeLair. He was predeceased by a brother, Donald Hughes.
Interment was made in the Gerald B.H. Solomon National Cemetery in Saratoga.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Johnsonville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Johnsonville, N.Y. 12094.
Ret. Bank Emply., 95
Marie Wakefield, a former longtime resident of Newburgh and more recently of Grahamsville, and a former longtime employee of Newburgh Savings Bank, died Monday, November 24, 2003, at Port Jervis after a brief illness and a noble attempt to recover from a broken hip. She was 95 years of age.
The daughter of the late Samuel and Phoebe Jane Baxter Dunn, she was born January 22, 1908, in Cornwall-on-Hudson. She was the widow of Manville James Wakefield who died January 16, 1986.
Mrs. Wakefield was active in her local church.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was a great talker and loved to entertain and visit with friends and family, especially her grandchildren. After the death of her husband, she invited her dear friend, Jane Wilken, to come live with her. She and Jane were dubbed the 'go-go girls' and they lived up to that title. Following Jane's death, Marie moved to Grahamsville to live with her daughter-in-law, Barbara."
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Barbara Wakefield Purcell, of Grahamsville; three grandchildren, Deborah Wakefield-Simpson and her husband Michael of Saranac Lake, Lisa Garigliano and her husband, Michael of Grahamsville, and Andrew Wakefield and his wife, Maria, of Port Jefferson; four great-grandchildren, Anthony and Andrew Garigliano, Alexa and Annika Wakefield; and a niece, Joan Steele, and her husband, Dick, of Tucson, Ariz.
A private memorial service and burial will be held at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.