December 19, 2003
Mary T. Shelton
Health Caregiver, 62
Mary Theresa Ellis Roundy Shelton, a 14-year resident of Monticello and a self-employed health care worker, died Saturday, December 13, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 62 years of age.
The daughter of the late Frank and Mary Vanuga Ellis, she was born January 6, 1941, in Binghamton. She was the widow of Ruben Shelton Jr.
Mrs. Shelton was a member of St. Peter's Church in Monticello.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, William and Joy Roundy of San Marcus, Tex.; two brothers, Frank Ellis of Florida and Charles Ellis of Endwell; three sisters, Martha Rosati of Binghamton, Barbara Gorik of Arizona, and Marie Houseman of Monticello, while not a sister, was treated as one by Mrs. Shelton; two granddaughters, Michelle and Melissa of Texas; a great-granddaughter; a goddaughter, Tamin Casten; and a caring niece, Cheryl Rosati. She was predeceased by a brother and sister-in-law, John and Jean Ellis.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Peter's Church in Monticello with Father Robert Ginel officiating.
Burial will be made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Monticello.
Betty Lee Emden
Registered Nurse, 68
Betty Lee Emden, a 17-year resident of Clearwater, Fla., formerly of White Sulphur Springs and a retired registered nurse at the former Community General Hospital in Harris, died Tuesday, December 16, 2003, at the Mease Dunedin Hospital.
She is survived by a son, Philip Kent Emden of The Woodlands, Tex.; a daughter, Kathleen Lindblad of Palm Harbor, Fla.; a sister, Aileen Halchak of Woodbourne and Boca Raton, Fla.; and three grandchildren.
No further information was given pertaining to services and burial.
Robert W. Sarles
Ret. of Postal Svc., 66
Robert W. "Bob" Sarles of Livingston Manor, a retiree of the U.S. Postal Service, died Sunday, December 14, 2003, in Oxnard, Calif., after a valiant battle with cancer. He was 66 years of age.
The son of the late Bill and Jessie Loucks Sarles, he was born June 15, 1937, in Livingston Manor.
Mr. Sarles was a 23-year veteran of the United States Army and did three tours in Vietnam. He was one of the founding members and current president of the Regan Ridge Hunting Club.
In a family statement, it was said, "One of his greatest joys was when he was hunting, fishing and being in the wilderness he loved so much."
He is survived by a daughter, Alice Sarles; two sons, Billy and Bobby Sarles; a daughter-in-law, Tammy Sarles; three grandchildren, Teri Lyn Sarles, Rochelle Renee Sarles-Hanks and Bobby Sarles III, all of Oxnard, Calif.; two sisters, Harriette Hoag of Livingston Manor and Barbara Pinckney and her husband, Daniel, of Round Lake; numerous nephews; a niece; and many other family members. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Rebecca Rose Sarles-Hanks.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Livingston Manor United Methodist Church, Pearl St., Livingston Manor, with the Rev. Stewart Pohlman officiating.
Burial, with military honors, will be held at the Lew Beach Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Dr., Kingston, N.Y. 12401.
Silas O. Freiermuth
Retired Logger, 84
Silas O. Freiermuth of Beach Lake, Pa., a retired logger and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, December 16, 2003, at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. He was 84 years of age.
The son of the late Otto and Victoria Dexter Freiermuth, he was born November 24, 1919, in Beach Lake, Pa. He was the widower of Gladys Wood Freiermuth who died in 1992.
He is survived by four children, Marjorie Maree of Milanville, Pa., Marvin Freiermuth of Beach Lake, Pa., and Marlene Duda and Marilyn Dailey, both of Beach Lake, Pa.; a sister, Ruth Szcus of Montague, N.J.; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. at the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg with the Rev. William Rushik officiating.
Burial will be made in the Glen Cove Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Welcome Lake Fire Department, Beach Lake, Pa. 18504.
Roxanne D. Krug
Roxanne D. Krug of Milanville, who served as a Chief Petty Officer for the U.S. Navy for 12 years, a homemaker and a six-year area resident, died Wednesday, December 10, 2003, at her home. She was 48 years of age.
The daughter of the late Gerald and Hazel Knapp Brockway, she was born January 1, 1955, in Corning.
Mrs. Krug was a member of Our Lady of the Lake R.C. Church in Lake Huntington.
She is survived by her husband, Chief Petty Officer William Krug III, at home; eight children, Bonie Bonneville of Worcester, Mass., Heather Krug, Ethan Krug, Jessica Krug, Phillip Krug, Justen Krug, Joseph Krug and Jacob Krug, all at home; and a grandson, John Hycner.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday at noon at Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Church in Lake Huntington with the Rev. Thomas Jones officiating.
Burial of the cremains, with full military honors, will be made in the Calkins (Pa.) Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Dr., Kingston, N.Y. 12401 or to Hospice St. John, 1007 Oak St., Pittston Twp., Pa. 18640.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.
Mattie Fields, a 45-year resident of Liberty, a former longtime employee of Grossinger's Hotel and a homemaker, died Saturday, December 13, 2003, at her home. She was 77 years of age.
The daughter of the late Charles and Georgia Jones Oakley, she was born September 5, 1926, in Dunneville, Va. She was the widow of Rev. Horace Fields.
She was formally educated in the Virginia School System. She met her husband and married him in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1954.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend. Mattie was well loved and respected by all who knew her. God elevated her to become the First Lady of St. Marks Baptist Church in Highland Falls. She was a dedicated Christian and mother to all and a great Godly community servant with her heart and mind open to all who were in need."
She is survived by her adopted son, Rick Santiago; three sisters, Bessie Davis of Philadelphia, Pa., Lucille Johnson of Tennisonville, N.J., and Alice Easton of Tapahanick, Va.; a sister-in-law, Annie Edmonds of Liberty; a brother-in-law, Fred Davis; four grandchildren, Lee, Kevin, Mattie and Derrick; several great-grandchildren; two special godchildren, Cassondra Bickham and Dale Knapp of Liberty; her second family, Tina and Jack Tompkins and children, Krista, Brendan and Trevor, all of Liberty; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by a son, Leo Fields, a daughter, Evonne VanHendricks and a sister, Anna Davis.
Friends may call at the Friendship Baptist Church in Ferndale on Friday from 9 to 11 a.m.
Services will be held at the church at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Willie Smith officiating.
Burial will be made in the Liberty Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Dr. Jacob Katz
Ret. Podiatrist, 87
Dr. Jacob Katz of Middletown, a longtime area resident and a self-employed podiatrist for 45 years in Liberty and Middletown, died Sunday, December 14, 2003, at the Horton Campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. He was 87 years of age.
The son of the late Hyman and Elsie Renert Katz, he was born October 6, 1916, in New York City.
Dr. Katz was a graduate of NYU and Long Island University. He was actively involved with the Monticello Riding Club, the Elks (BPOE), the Northeastern Appaloosa Society and served as president of the New York State Podiatric Association.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Frances Sisselman Katz, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Christine Katz of Walden; two daughters and sons-in-law, Suellen and Lawrence Werner of Middletown and Diane and Michael Lukacs of New Jersey; two brothers, Leonard Katz of Liberty and Seymour Katz of New Windsor; two grandsons, Alec and Ryan Valenzuela; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Alan Katz.
Graveside services were held Tuesday at the Parksville Synagogue Cemetery in Parksville with Rabbi Marvin Goldman officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Norma L.G. DeGraw
Ret. Music Teacher, 75
Norma Lillian Gosling DeGraw of Glen Spey, a retired music teacher in the Newburgh City School System, died Sunday, December 14, 2003, at the Horton Campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. She was 75 years of age.
The daughter of the late Leonard W. and Lillian Margaret Collins Gosling, she was born October 4, 1928, in Langhorne, Pa.
Mrs. DeGraw also taught at the Washingtonville Central Schools and Otisville Training School for Boys. She attended Juilliard School of Music and graduated from Adelphi University and Teachers College, Columbia University. She was a former organist at the Scotchtown Presbyterian Church and substitute organist at North Congregational Church.
She was a member of the Pond Eddy United Methodist Church, longtime treasurer of the Mohican Lake Taxpayers' Association, a member of Queen Esther Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star (OES), in Middletown, and a past matron of Ajamoor Chapter, OES, in Goshen.
In a family statement, it was said, "Norma's wisdom, sense of humor and love of life will live in our hearts forever."
She is survived by her husband Herbert Andrew DeGraw, at home; several cousins, and devoted friends, Lewis and Allison Powell of Glen Spey, Millie Ellmauer of Scotchtown and Marion Oltmann of Mauricetown.
Services were held Thursday at the Lippincott Funeral Chapel in Goshen.
Burial was made in the Scotchtown Cemetery in Middletown.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pond Eddy United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 145, Pond Eddy, N.Y. 12779.
Georgia-Ann S. Rys
Former PJD Emply., 54
Georgia-Ann "Little Temper" Seymour Rys of Middletown, a lifelong area resident and a former employee of PJD Contractors Inc., and Heritage Motel, both in Fair Oaks, died Sunday, December 14, 2003, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. She was 54 years of age.
The daughter of Joan Mary Stickney Seymour and the late Terry Everett Seymour, she was born November 2, 1949, in Goshen.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was outgoing, funny, compassionate as she touched many lives. 'Mommy,' known for her smile, was loved by all who knew her. She was naturally talented in leather crafts as well as being known as 'The Driver,' holding her commercial license, allowing her to have little limitations to what she most enjoyed: to drive. Sadly missed, she will remain in our hearts with loving memories forever."
She is survived by her mother of Goshen; two daughters, April Lynn Baggatta and Rickie Lee Francis; a son; Christopher Allen Bellia of Bloomingburg; five grandchildren, Jessica Lynn Francis; Tiffany Marie Francis, Rickie Lee Francis Jr., all of Fair Oaks, Samantha Rys and Mark Barber Sr.; two great-grandchildren, Mark Edgar Barber Jr. and Alex Michelle Barber of Middletown; a sister and brother-in-law, Jane Elizabeth (Seymour) and Joseph Michael Porubek; nephews, Joseph Michael LoFrese, Terry Jason LoFrese of Coldenham; a niece and godchild, Jennifer Jane Lane and her family of Mississippi; an uncle, Edward George Stickney of Goshen; an aunt, Laura Porubek of Bullville; and a host of wonderful and caring friends.
Friends may call at the Morse Funeral Home, 33 Railroad Ave., Middletown, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held Saturday at the Bullville United Methodist Church, Route 17M, at 9:30 a.m. with Pastor Robert Hewitt officiating.
Burial will be made in the family plot in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Westchester Medical Neurosurgery, Valhalla, N.Y. 10595.
Helen T. Scardino
Helen T. Scardino of Narrowsburg, a homemaker and a 20-year area resident, died Wednesday, December 17, 2003, at her home. She was 81 years of age.
The daughter of the late Harold and Theresa Perocheau. she was born March 25, 1922, in Brooklyn. She was the widow of Bernard Scardino who died in 1998.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Josephine and Salvatore Rubino of Manorville; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Peter and Christine Scardino of East Rockaway, Ronald Scardino of Hampton, Va., Thomas and Georgina Scardino of Hankins and Michael and Lori Scardino of Narrowsburg; two sisters, Patricia Vanhansywk of South Carolina and Joan Dickson of New York State; a brother, Harold Perocheau of New York State; 11 grandchildren; a great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Saturday 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 American Heart Association, ORS Region, 4077 East Main St., 2nd Floor, Middletown, N.Y. 10940.
Barbara Mantia-Dubas of Bloomingburg, a 22-year area resident and a homemaker, died Monday, December 15, 2003, at the Horton Campus of the Orange Regional.Medical Center in Middletown. She was 57 years of age.
The daughter of the late Charles and Edna Mallance Kaleda, she was born July 5, 1946, in Brooklyn.
Mrs. Mantia-Dubas is survived by her husband, Raymond W. Dubas, at home; three daughters, Lisa M. Mantia and her fiance, Vincent Soukup of Middletown, Cherl L. Ringleben and her husband, Ronald, of Rochester, and Mary T. Mantia and her companion, Andrzej Wardaszka of Fishkill; two brothers, Eddie Kaleda of New York City and Philip DiGiore and his wife, Janet, of Pennsylvania; three grandchildren, Ashley, Larissa and Tyler; two nieces; and a nephew. She was predeceased by a brother, William Kaleda. She also leaves behind her pets, Chrissy and Myra.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at the Cornelius, Dodd and Connell Funeral Home, 26 Grove St., Middletown with the Rev. Daniel Morse officiating.
Interment will be made in the Pinelawn Memorial Park.
Ret. Postal Wkr., 97
Minnie "Mae" Brennan of Eldred, a 30-year area resident and a retired employee of the Newark, N.J. Post Office, died Tuesday, December 16, 2003, at the Milford Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center in Milford, Pa. She was 97 years of age.
The daughter of the late August and Paula Brookman Stephan, she was born July 11. 1906, in Newark, N.J. She was the widow of Thomas Brennan who died October 16, 2003.
Mrs. Brennan was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Michael A. Kelly Post No. 2433, VFW, of Union, N.J., and the AARP.
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Jane Ann and Chris Koeck of Lake Kitatinny, N.J., and Doris and Jim Kneeling of White Lake; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles J. and Carol Brauner of Vancouver, B.C. Canada; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Thursday at the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville with the Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Highland Senior Center, Eldred, N.Y. 12732.
Ret. Businesswoman, 77
Pearl Perlmutter of Albany and Boca Raton, Fla., a former longtime resident of Monticello and the retired co-owner and operator of Perlmutter's Plumbing and Building Supply Company in Monticello from 1950 to 1980, died Wednesday, December 17, 2003, at the Teresian House Care Center in Albany. She was 77 years of age.
The daughter of the late Jacob and Anna Sussman, she was born November 12, 1926, in Liberty. She was the widow of Nathan Perlmutter who died in 1978.
Mrs. Perlmutter was a member of the Landfield Avenue Synagogue in Monticello and Hadassah.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Rochelle Perlmutter of Baltimore, Md.; a daughter and son-in-law, Toby and Marvin Presser of Loudonville; a brother, Harold Busman of Liberty; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Yeti Abramason and Becky, and a brother, Moe Busman.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Joseph N. Garlick Fu neral Home in Monticello with Rabbi Ben Zion Chanowitz officiating.
Burial will be made in the Landfield Avenue Synagogue Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association NENY Chapter 85, Watervliet Ave., Albany, N.Y. 12206.
Ramon Bennett Sr.
Villa Laborer, 55
Ramon George Bennett Sr. of Lake Huntington, a laborer at the Villa Roma Country Club in Callicoon and a longtime area resident, died Saturday, December 13, 2003, at his home. He was 55 years of age.
The son of the late Raymond G. and Florence Bennett, he was born March 20, 1948, in Walton.
In a family statement, it was said, "His family remembers him as a 'no-frills' person, who loved the outdoors."
He is survived by his wife, Sarah Ann Kelly Bennett of Newburgh; three sons, Ramon Bennett Jr. and his wife, Marcia of Sidney, Billy Jack Bennett and his girlfriend, Keri of Loch Sheldrake, and Jerry Bennett of Newburgh; a daughter, Sharon Louise Bennett of Newburgh; a brother, Charles Bennett of Pennsylvania; a sister, Joan Howard of Walton; several grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 195 Broadway, Monticello, on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Pinto officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family at P.O. Box 273, Jeffersonville, N.Y. 12748.
Dolores J. Morton
Ret. Nurs. Asst., 59
Dolores J. Morton, a 22-year resident of Las Vegas, Nev., and a retired nursing assistant, died Friday, December 12, 2003, at the Desert Springs Hospital. She was 59 years of age.
She was born December 9, 1944, in Walton.
Mrs. Morton is survived by her husband, Lee Morton of Las Vegas, Nev.; five sons, Elias David-Ortiz, John Jones, Tom Morton, Larry Morton and Michael Morton, all of Las Vegas, Nev.; three daughters, Aleta Davidson of San Antonio, Tex., Orabelle Pulsipher and Myrna Morton, both of Las Vegas, Nev.; three sisters, Barbara Zayas and Elizabeth Jones, both of Livingston Manor, and Alfreda Ackerly of Harris; two brothers, Carl Jones of White Sulphur Springs and Robert Jones of Cochecton; 21 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held in Nevada.
Mildred Fisher, 99
Ret. Telephone Oper.
Mildred Wahl Fisher of Hortonville, a retired telephone operator for the New York Telephone Company and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, December 17, 2003, just five days before her 100th birthday, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. She was 99 years of age.
The daughter of the late Frederick and Marie Wahl, she was born December 22, 1903, in Callicoon. She was the widow of Charles Fisher who died February 3, 1990.
Mrs. Fisher was a member of the Hortonville Presbyterian Church and Prayers Sunday Group, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the H. Russell Kenyon Post No. 5808, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday.
Services will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Cremation will be made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott with interment of the cremains to be made in the Hortonville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Etta Mae Crenshaw
Etta Mae Crenshaw, a resident of Monticello and Harris, died Wednesday, December 17, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 92 years of age.
The daughter of the late John and Kelly Crenshaw, she was born January 27, 1911, in North Carolina.
In a family statement, it was said, "Everyone who has ever met or come in contact with Etta couldn't help but love her. Etta was a beautiful person who would make everyone smile. . . A special thanks to all the people at Catskill Regional Medical Center who have taken wonderful care of Etta."
She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Hazel Williams of Monticello; two grandsons, Dennis and Christopher Williams of Monticello; three granddaughters, Carolyn Williams and Pamela Jackson, both of Monticello, and Beverly Valle of Middletown; four great-grandsons, Carl, Shawn and Shaquille Williams and Christopher Williams Jr.; four great-granddaughters, Rashonda, Adrianna, Jazmine Williams and Jacqlene Valle; two great-great-granddaughters, Yanayisa Ross and Kyra Bonner; a special nephew, Johnny Murcherson; three special cousins, Ida Bell Thomas, Emma Jean Lewis and Leroy Larkins; a very special adopted daughter, Lorraine Comfort; and a host of cousins and friends. She was predeceased by two sons, Charles Williams and Albert Crenshaw; two sisters, Mary Johnny Murcherson and Kelly B. Crenshaw; and a brother, Ruben Crenshaw.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello, on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at the Little Grove Holiness Church, 9 Highland Ave., Woodridge, on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., with Bishop Thomas E. Ward Sr. officiating.
Interment will be made in the Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to Little Grove Holiness Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 321, Woodridge, N.Y. 12789.