December 23, 2003
Dorothy E. Koski
Ret. Bookkeeper, 81
Dorothy Egan Koski of Sparkill, a former resident of Wurtsboro and a retired bookeeper for Shell Oil in New York City, died Thursday, December 18, 2003. She was 81 years of age.
The daughter of the late Dick and Loretta Layden Egan, she was born February 13, 1922, in New York City. She was the widow of Fred Koski.
Mrs. Koski was a past president of the Columbiettes of the Knights of Columbus Council 326 on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx; a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Summitville Fire Department in Wurtsboro; treasurer of the Sparkill Senior Club; and president of the Thorpe Village Social Club in Sparkill. She loved to play cards.
She is survived by a sister, Margaret Corcoran of the Bronx; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Susan Koski of Central Valley, and their children, Ian and Christopher; a daughter, Eileen, of Manhattan, and her son and his wife, Richard and Bernadette of Washington Township, N.J., and their children, Alison, Anne and Richard.
A Funeral Mass was offered at Sacred Heart Chapel in Sparkill on Saturday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rosary Hill Home, 600 Linda Avenue, Hawthorne, N.Y. 10532.
A Memorial Service for Thelma Herbert, a longtime resident of Fremont Center who died November 9, 2003, has been rescheduled because of inclement weather.
The service is planned for 11:40 a.m. on Sunday, December 28 at the Fremont Community Church with the Rev. James O'Rourke officiating. A reception will follow at the church hall.
Irene V. Williams
Irene VanHorn Williams of Elmwood, N.J., a former resident of Port Jervis and a homemaker, died Thursday, December 18, 2003, at Beth Israel Hospital in Passaic, N.J. She was 74 years of age.
The daughter of the late Luke and Dorothy Maillett VanHorn, she was born November 1, 1929, in Port Jervis. She was the widow of Merlin "Dick" Williams.
Mrs. Williams attended the Deerpark Reformed Church in Port Jervis.
She is survived by two sons, Kenneth Williams and Richard Williams, both of Elmwood Park, N.J.; two grandchildren, Kellie and Kenneth Williams Jr.; two sisters, Linda VanHorn of Port Jervis and Maryanne Bloom and her husband, Ed, of Westbrookville; five brothers, James VanHorn of Sparrowbush; Luke VanHorn and his wife, Michele of Huguenot, Russell VanHorn of Port Jervis, William VanHorn of Huguenot and Roger VanHorn of Port Jervis; two sisters-in-law, Alta Williams Wehnert of Totowa, N.J., and Harriett Clarkson of Whitting, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Joyce Linda Williams, and a brother, Ed VanHorn.
Services were held Monday at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home in Port Jervis with the Rev. Ann Rost officiating.
Burial was made in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Matamoras, Pa.
Mary E. McKee
Ret. Caregiver, 97
Mary E. Blauvelt McKee, a retired caregiver of 50 foster children and a former 31-year resident of Sullivan County, died Monday, December 15, 2003, in Rockland County. She was 97 years of age.
The daughter of the late Irving and Emma Brooks Blauvelt, she was born August 26, 1906, in Garnerville. She was the widow of James McKee Sr.
She is survived by a daughter, Mary Zarcone; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; as well as a large foster family. She was predeceased by a son, James McKee Jr.; a grandson, Steven McKee; three sisters, Blanche Buschicchi, Alice Young and Elsie Albright; her companion of 15 years, Harold Nystrom; and many of her foster children.
Services were held Friday at the Higgins Funeral Home in Stony Point.
Burial was made in the Brick Church Cemetery in Spring Valley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Foundation, c/o NYS Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 31160, Hartford, Conn. 06150-1160.
Home Restorer, 40
Daniel Graham of Long Eddy, a self-employed home restorer, died Thursday, December 11, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 40 years of age.
He was born in Pennsylvania on April 18, 1963.
Mr. Graham was involved with local theatrical groups. He enjoyed collecting cookbooks and was a very giving person.
He is survived by many friends in the Long Eddy area. He also leaves behind his dog, Paco.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
Cremation was made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Arrangements were made by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon.
Ret. Deputy Sheriff, 77
Blanche Keesler of Cloverport, Kty., a retired Sullivan County Deputy Sheriff in Monticello, died Saturday, December 20, 2003, at her home. She was 77 years of age.
The daughter of the late Henry and Mabel Rogers Starkweather, she was born May 8, 1926, in Briscoe.
Mrs. Keesler was a member of the Cloverport United Methodist Church.
She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Dora Bivins of Cloverport, Kty., Hope and Roger Brey of Jeffersonville and Sharon and Larry McIntosh of Millington, Tenn.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Danny "Yank" and Lois Bivins of Cloverport, Kty., Wilbur and Mary Ann Bivins of Monticello and Glen and Joyce Merklin of Bowling Green, Kty; a sister, DeLoyce Jones of Savonia; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Diane Cast; a son, Dale Merklin; two brothers, Henry Starkweather Jr. and Mickie Starkweather; and a sister, Loretta Woodward.
Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wallace Funeral Home in Cloverport, Kty.
Burial will be made at a later date in Galilee, Pa.
Duane R. Wayman
Ret. Truck Driver, 63
Duane R. Wayman of Swan Lake, a retired truck driver and a 40-year area resident, died Friday, December 12, 2003, in Monticello as the result of an automobile accident. He was 63 years of age.
The son of the late Harvey and Ethel Warner Wayman, he was born April 13, 1940, in Susquehanna, Pa.
In a family statement, it was said, "Duane was a beloved husband, loving father and dear friend."
He is survived by his wife, Diane M. Malara Wayman, at home; three sons; three daughters; two brothers; two sisters; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, West Street at Buckley, Liberty, on Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. David McCarthy officiating.
Burial will be made in the Laurel Hill Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs.
William McNair Sr.
Ret. Ford Motor, 68
William Arthur McNair Sr. of Raeford, N.C., a retired employee of the Ford Motor Company, died Saturday, December 6, 2003, at his home. He was 68 years of age.
The son of the late Tracy and Lessie Richardson McNair, he was born February 14, 1935, in Carthage, N.C.
A graduate of APEX Technical School in refrigeration and air conditioning, he was employed by Fridg-Air Inc.
Mr. McNair was a member of Nimrod Masonic Lodge #82, King Solomon, of Newburgh and the American Society of Notaries. He was a Sunday School superintendent at Beulah Baptist Church in Beacon and a trustee and usher at the Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. McNair was a member of Hoke County NAACP, a participant in the Guardian Adlitem Program and an ombudsman for local nursing homes. He also sponsored youth through the Children's Christian Fund.
He is survived by a daughter, Theresa Burns and her husband, Luther, of Fayetteville, N.C.; two sons, William McNair Jr. of Beacon and Tracy C. McNair and his wife, Samantha, of Philadelphia, Pa.; a sister, Shirley Thompson of Charlotte, N.C.; four brothers, Tracy McNair of Auburn, Robert McNair of Beacon, Luther McNair and his wife, Willie Mae, of Wappingers Falls, and Leonard McNair and his wife, Deotha, of Newburgh; nine grandchildren, William III, Micol, Chrishana, Medina, Jan, Lavonne, Lakesha, Edward Jr. and Christopher; eight great-grandchildren, Denzel, Tiarra, Arron Jr., Tradesha, Jalen, Jacobie, Cassandra and Cherrell; a host of nieces and nephews; and wonderful neighbors and friends. He was predeceased by two children, James McNair and Edward McNair and his wife, Yvonne, and two sisters, Amy Pruitt and Anna Mae Blue.
Services were held December 12 at the Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Gene King officiating.
Burial was made in the Rock Hill Cemetery.
Local arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
William Backman, 42
William D. Backman of Lew Beach died Thursday, December 18, 2003, at his home. He was 42 years of age.
The son of William J. and Carolann Fleury Backman, he was born July 20, 1961, in Lew Beach.
A graduate of the Livingston Manor High School, he was a past member of the Beaverkill Valley Fire Department.
Mr. Backman is survived by his parents of Lew Beach; a daughter, Caroline Backman, and a son, Andrew Backman, both of Livingston Manor; a sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Herb Holmes of Farmingville; two nephews; and a niece.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Beaverkill Valley Fire Department, 1524 Beaverkill Rd., Lew Beach, N.Y. 12758.
Arrangements were made by the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor.
Dorothy A. Shackley
Dorothy A. Shackley, a 26-year resident of Callicoon and a homemaker, died Thursday, December 18, 2003, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home, following a long illness. She was 70 years of age.
The daughter of Loretta Rapp Wittenburg and the late William Wittenburg, she was born July 21, 1933, in Englewood, N.J.
She is survived by her mother of Lakewood, N.J.; her husband of 51 years, George Shackley, at home; two sons, George Jr. and his wife, Joanne Shackley, of Utah, and Tom Shackley of Pennsylvania; a stepson, Willis Kratz and his wife, Kimberly of Callicoon Center; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Karen and Dennis Gingras and Patricia and Vincent Bongiardino, all of New Jersey, Linda Noren of Highland and Ann and James Edwards of Callicoon; four brothers, Conrad, Robert, William and Gerald Wittenburg, all of New Jersey; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Richard Wittenburg, and a sister, Patricia New-schafer.
Services were private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Father Flanagan's Boys Home, Boys Town, Neb. 68010.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon.
Ralph J. Casalino, 80
Ret. School Custodian
Ralph J. Casalino, a 7-year resident of Wurtsboro and a retired school custodian for the Monroe-Woodbury School District, died Wednesday, December 17, 2003, at the Bronx VA Medical Center. He was 80 years of age.
The son of the late Biagio "Joe" and Carmela Friscone Casalino, he was born February 24, 1923, in Italy.
A World War II veteran, he spent time serving in Germany. He spent much of his life in Brooklyn and loved old movies, especially anything with John Wayne in it.
In a family statement, it was said, "He was the biggest-hearted person you ever met. Never pretentious, what you saw was what you got. Although his biggest concerns were children and fellow veterans, he was always trying to help others, no matter what the situation was. He was like sandpaper with fluff inside."
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, John and Lisa Casalino of Portland, Oreg.; a daughter and son-in-law, Regina and Barry Stephens of Wurtsboro; four brothers, Vally, Tommy, Andrea and John Casalino; three sisters, Cathren Maestrallis, Josephine Martelli and Mary Sardina; and four grandchildren, Joshua and Jeremy Stephens and Ava and John "Jack" Casalino. He was predeceased by a brother.
Services were held Monday at the Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home in Middletown with Fr. Pat McGuigan officiating.
Burial, with military honors, was made in the Orange County Veterans Cemetery in Goshen.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.
Vietnam Veteran, 59
Dominick James Costello of Youngsville, a veteran of the Vietnam War and a longtime area resident, died Friday, December 19, 2003, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 59 years of age.
The son of Dominick Costello and the late Margaret Gaglio Costello, he was born February 6, 1944, in the Bronx.
He is survived by his father and step-mother, Mary Costello of Brigantine, N.J.; his wife, Georgetta DeSio Costello, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dominick and Montse Costello of Paramus, N.J., and Michael and Marybeth Costello of Oakland, N.J.; a daughter and son-in-law, Michele and Carmelo Scaglione of Las Vegas, Nev.; three brothers, Anthony Costello of Warwick, Michael Marzullo of Naples, Fla., and Robert Costello of Somers Point, N.J.; a sister, Margaret White of Denver, Colo.; 15 grandchildren, Alexandra, Lucas, Michael, Tyler, Nikolas, Justina, Christina, Stephanie, Nicole, Kristianna, Samantha, Richie Jr., Sabrina, Marissa and Jenna; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Frank.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday at St. Joseph's Church in Wurtsboro with the Rev. Peter Madori officiating.
Burial was made in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wurtsboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Dr., Kingston, N.Y. 12401.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro.
James J. Dise, 14
James Joseph Dise of Kenoza Lake passed away on Thursday, December 18, 2003. He was 14 years of age.
The son of John T. and Jane Dillman Dise, he was born September 27, 1989, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.
For the past year, he has valiantly fought AML and has been hospitalized, receiving intensive chemotherapy. He received a bone marrow transplant from his 9-year-old brother, Travis, in March and in September he and his family made a Make-a-Wish trip to Hawaii for which they will be forever grateful.
In a family statement, it was said, "The family would especially like to thank the wonderful nurses and doctors at Westchester Medical Center for the kind, loving care Jimmy received."
He is survived by his parents, a brother, Travis, and a sister, Autumn, 6, all at home; his maternal grandmother, Patricia Dillman; two aunts, Lisa, and his beloved "Aunt Dedee" Denise Dillman; his paternal grandparents, John P. and Judith L. Dise; two uncles, Robert Dillman and William Dise; and a cousin, Billy. He was predeceased by his grandfather, Joseph Dillman; and a Great Nana Dorothy Lutz.
Services were held Monday at the Smith-Seaman & Quackenbush Funeral Home in Monroe with the Rev. Bruce Younkin officiating.
Interment was made in the Seamanville Cemetery in Monroe.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Jimmy Dise Fund, at 49 Oreco Terrace, Monroe, N.Y. 10950 which will become a fund to be used to help other families.
Janet H. Moore
School Custodian, 68
Janet H. Moore of Milton, a school custodian at the Marlboro School System, died Friday, December 19, 2003, at her home. She was 68 years of age.
The daughter of the late John and Mildred May Horton, she was born June 30, 1935, in Elmira.
Mrs. Moore was a member of the Ladies Auxilairy to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Newburgh.
She is survived by her husband, Robert L. Moore, at home; five sons, Alan Moore of Marlboro, Robert Moore of Virginia, Mark Moore of Monticello, John Moore of Colorado and Joel Moore of New Hampshire; a sister, Lois Wargelin of Ohio; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday at the DiDonato Funeral Home in Marlboro with Pastor David Ballou officiating.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Robert Cutler Sr.
Ret. Plumber, 77
Robert E. Cutler Sr. of Middletown, a retired plumber for Orange County Plumbing in Middletown, died Friday, December 19, 2003, at the Horton Campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. He was 77 years of age.
The son of the late Oliver Martin and Ella Williams Cutler, he was born May 16, 1926, in Sussex, N.J.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he was a past member and past chief of the Howells Fire Department.
He is survived by four children, Robert E. Cutler Jr. of New Vernon, Kathleen Buckmaster of Howells, Oliver Cutler of Westbrookville and Kenneth Cutler of Huguenot; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a grandson, James Buckmaster Jr.
Services were held Monday at the Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home in Middletown
Burial was made in the Howells Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the New Vernon United Church of Christ.