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February 27, 2004

Jack Miller Jr.
Wall Finisher, 44

Jack Miller Jr. of Bloomingburg, a 35-year area resident and a wall finisher for the Painters and Allied Trades Union in Poughkeepsie, died Tuesday, February 24, 2004, at the Horton campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. He was 44 years of age.
The son of Dorothy L. Martinez Miller and the late Jack Miller, he was born February 10, 1960, in Brooklyn.
Mr. Miller was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Middletown.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen McKeown Miller, a daughter, Amber M. Miller and a son, Jack Miller III, all at home; his mother of Middletown; four brothers, Anthony Miller of Los Angeles, Calif., Henry Miller and his wife, Yolanda, of Canyon Lake, Tex., Harry Miller of Middletown and Robert Miller of Otisville; a sister, Ida Miller of Bloomingburg; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Cornelius, Dodd and Connell Funeral Home, 26 Grove St., Middletown, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Euclid Avenue Ext., Middletown with Father Frank Dixon, O. Carm., officiating.
Interment will be made in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Middletown.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assoc., 419 East Main St., Suite 309, Middletown, N.Y. 10940.

Irwin C. Price
Yellow Freight Wkr., 72

Irwin C. "Pete" Price of Otisville, a lifelong area resident and a worker for Yellow Freight in Maybrook, died Monday, February 23, 2004, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern. He was 72 years of age.
The son of the late Charles and Olive VanKueran Price, he was born August 26, 1931, in Monticello.
Mr. Price was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Floyd Carter American Legion Post #1079 in Otisville and a member of the Mount Hope Seniors.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sharon Goldfin Price, at home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Bess and David Skellenger of Port Jervis, Cathy and Robert Bartram of Lancaster, Calif., and Susan and Garry VanDermolen of Hanford, Calif.; a brother and sister-in-law, John Edward and Ruth Price of Monticello; four sisters, Eleanor Hill and her husband, Bill, of Ridgeville, S. C., Betty Horton of Livingston Manor, Marie Young of Long Eddy and Grace Davis and her husband, Willie, of Swan Lake; seven grandchildren, Amy-Jo, Julie, Benjamin, Cheryl, Elizabeth, Melissa and George; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Evelyn Bivens.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis with Eileen Perreault officiating.
Burial with military honors will be made at Mt. Hope Plains Cemetery in Otisville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Floyd Carter American Legion Post #1079, P.O. Box 173, or the Mt. Hope Seniors, P.O. Box 165, both at Otisville, N.Y. 10963.

Joan B. Enger
Social Svc. Wkr., 74

Joan Barbara Enger of Lock Haven, Pa., a former childhood resident of Kenoza Lake, died Friday, February 20, 2004, at the Lock Haven Hospital. She was 74 years of age.
The daughter of the late George and Louise Puerschner, she was born August 28,1929, in New York City.
Mrs. Enger graduated from Weehawken High School in 1946 and devoted her life to community building, social services and mental health, begun during high school. She taught Sunday School and reading at the True Light Lutheran Church in Chinatown, New York City in her youth.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology in 1951 from Wagner College in Staten Island and during college summers worked as a camp counselor for emotionally disturbed children. She graduated from Boston University's School of Social Work in 1954 with a master's in social work. Mrs. Enger worked with adolescent girls and with adoptive and foster parents for Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin from 1955 to 1965.
During the early 1960s she served as a psychiatric social worker in Waukegan, Ill. Mrs. Enger devoted her energies to various social service organizations in the Lock Haven area, including advisory board member of the Family Planning Clinic at Lock Haven Hospital, chairman of the Clinton County Literary Council, tutor to adult non-readers, a charter and active member of the Lock Haven American Association of University Women and was named the AAUW Lock Haven Woman of the Year in 1984. She was also an advisory board member of Child Welfare of Clinton County and with Renuka Biswas was a co-founder and coordinator of the Clinton County Children and Youth Festival. She has been a "Friend of the Ross Library" and has served on various committees at the United Lutheran Church and the Upper Susquehanna Lutheran Synod.
Mrs. Enger worked for Tressler Lutheran Service Associates in Williamsport, Lock Haven and Renovo (now named Family Life Services), from 1976 to 1991, providing therapy to individuals, couples and families.
During her retirement, she was active in the Cosmopolitan Club, the Garden Club and the Young at Heart Group of United Lutheran. She helped to create the butterfly garden at Bald Eagle State Park and was known for expeditions for finding wildflowers in the natural world and grace in friendships.
She is survived by her former husband, Theodore Enger of Roswell, N. Mex.; a daughter, Serena Enger of Boston, Mass.; a son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Jane Enger of Springfield, Va.; two grandchildren, Micaela and Max; and a brother, Harold Puerschner of Kenoza Lake. She was predeceased by two brothers, Edmund and John Puerschner, and a sister, Marie Becker.
A memorial service was held Monday at the United Lutheran Church in Lock Haven with the Rev. Robert Kitchen officiating.
Burial was made in the Kenoza Lake Methodist Cemetery with the Rev. Kristen Anderson, of the First Lutheran Church in Jeffersonville, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Family Life Services, 435 West Fourth St., Williamsport, Pa. 17701 or to Ross Library, 232 W. Main St., Lock Haven, Pa. 17745.

Laureen A. Stewart
Radiologist, 48

Laureen A. Stewart of Middletown, a lifelong area resident and an employee of Orange Radiology in Monroe, died at her home on Monday, February 23, 2004. She was 48 years of age.
The daughter of Muriel Koch Hamilton and the late Leon Hamilton, she was born July 9, 1955, in New York City.
She is survived by her husband, James E. Stewart, at home; her mother of Middletown; four sisters, Beverly Conkling and Lorraine Bellino, both of Middletown, Rosemarie Supan of Bloomingburg and Wandalee McLaughlin of Middletown; a brother, Dennis C. Hamilton of Middletown; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons, Christopher and Brian, and a nephew, Tyler Kirk.
Services were held Thursday at the Cornelius, Dodd and Connell Funeral Home in Middletown with Monsignor George Valastro officiating.
Burial was made in the Ridgebury Cemetery in the Town of Wawayanda.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.

Louise E. Jaekel
Former Tel Oper., 91

Louise Eleanor Jaekel of Wurtsboro, a former operator for AT&T in Brooklyn, died Sunday, February 22, 2004, at the Horton campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. She was 91 years of age.
The daughter of the late George and Elsa Kaiser Jaeger, she was born August 22, 1912, in Maspeth, L.I. She was the widow of John Jaekel.
Mrs. Jaekel was an avid gardener, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Westbrookville Fire Department and a member of both the Mamakating and Westbrookville Senior Citizens.
She is survived by two nieces, Daisy Jaekel of Wurtsboro and Charlotte Peterson and her husband, Lou, of Brooklyn; a nephew, Charles Jaekel of Wurtsboro; and a cousin, Dorothy McAuley of El Cajon, Calif. She was predeceased by a son, Edward Jaekel and a brother, George Jaeger.
Services were held Wednesday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Dorothy L. Bogert
Homemaker, 79

Dorothy L. Thompson Bogert of Houston, Tex., died at her home on Sunday, February 22, 2004, after a brief illness. She was 79 years of age.
Born in Union, N.J., she resided in Boonton for 13 years before moving to Texas in 1988. She was the widow of Ralph F. Bogert who died in March of 1991.
Mrs. Bogert is survived by six children, Bruce F. Bogert of Ocean Grove, N.J., Elizabeth A. Whitehead of Liberty, Sandra B. Coleman of Wantage, N.J., Dr. Thompson "Tod" Bogert and and James V. Bogert, both of Houston, Tex., and Cynthia L. Brown of North Wales, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Private graveside services and burial were held at the George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus.

Charles Sprague, 52
Dir. of Research Develop.

Charles Paul Sprague of Washington Square Village, a director of research development at the Steinhardt School of Education of New York University until he became incapacitated, died Wednesday, February 4, 2004, at the Achieve Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility in Liberty, following a long battle with cancer. He was 52 years of age.
The son of Francis and Carolyn Heidt Sprague, he was born October 24, 1951, in Albany.
A 1969 graduate and valedictorian of his class at Liberty Central High School, he attended Haverford College in Pennsylvania where he studied Ancient History and Chinese. He lived in Taiwan for two years where he studied the culture and taught English, one of his greatest joys being his work with the children. Upon his return home, he moved to Washington, D. C. and was employed by the government at the Youth Watch Group, which was ended under the Reagan Administration. He was hired by New York University (NYU) as a proposal writer for grants to bring funding to NYU and spent the next 17 years there, where he became the director of research development. He made many contributions to NYU and did much to help individuals and the school.
In a family statement, it was said, "Charles enjoyed classical music, the arts and the company of his many friends and family. He will be mourned and missed by all that knew him."
He is survived by his mother of Ponce Inlet, Fla.; his father of Chazy; three brothers, Steven and Jerry Sprague, both of Liberty, and Paul Sprague of Port Orange, Fla.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Gene Sprague.
Burial was made in the Liberty Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held later at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church Restoration Fund, 26 Chestnut St., Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Local arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.

Vincent Dubas
Ret. Carpenter, 42

Vincent Dubas of Rhinebeck, a retired carpenter for Local #255 in Middletown and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, February 25, 2004, at Thompson House in Rhinebeck. He was 42 years of age.
The son of Richard Sr. and Josephine Davonzo Dubas, he was born July 1, 1961, in Copiague.
A 1980 graduate of Tri-Valley Central School, he was an avid hunter, fisherman, motorcycle rider and race car driver. Everyone who knew him loved his sense of humor and practical jokes.
He is survived by his parents of Grahamsville; his former wife, Shelly Curry of Claryville; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Debbie Dubas of Neversink and Ronald and Terry Dubas of Bethel; a sister and brother-in-law, Chris and Peter Cully of Mountaindale; a niece, Anita Grace Dubas; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Cremation was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Thompson House, 6525 Spring Brook Ave., Rhinebeck, N.Y. 12572.

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