March 2, 2004
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 Robert Sr. and Josephine Davanzo 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.
Anna H. Washburn
Ret. Receptionist, 77
Anna H. Morton Washburn of Liberty, a lifelong area resident and a retired receptionist for Dr. Joseph Grund, died Wednesday, February 25, 2004, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. She was 77 years of age.
The daughter of the late Graham and Anna Pearl McKay Morton, she was born July 8, 1926, in Swan Lake. She was the widow of Alfred Washburn who died in 1978.
Mrs. Washburn was formerly employed at the New York Telephone Company both in White Lake and in Troy.
She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Sgt. Dennis Akerley Memorial Post No. 8648, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Neversink and a member of the Disabled American Veterans in Monticello.
Mrs. Washburn is survived by three daughters, MaryAnn Honaker of Lebanon, Va., Amber Cole and her husband, Julian, of New York City and Ann McAbier of Abingdon, Va.; three sons, Allen "Blitz" Washburn of Cooley, Arthur "Deek" Washburn and his wife, Lynn, of Phillipsport, and Albert "Bert" Washburn of White Sulphur Springs; 23 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; many cousins and friends.
A celebration of her life was held Monday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home.
Burial was made in the Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel.
Retiree of SCCC Lab, 76
Rosemarie Nitschke, a 45-year resident of Grahamsville and a retired more than 20 years biology laboratory teacher at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, died Saturday, February 14, 2004, at Hope Hospice House in Fort Myers, Fla., where she had volunteered for many years. She was 76 years of age.
The daughter of the late Ernst and Lena Lieblich, she was born March 2, 1927, in Vienna, Austria. She was the widow of Jacques "Jack" Nitschke.
She moved to the United States at the age of 11 with her family. Mrs. Nitschke earned a BS degree in Science from St. Lawrence University in Canton and used that education to affect the lives of many. She and her husband raised their family in Hasbrouck and moved to Grahamsville in 1959 where she finally felt she had planted permanent roots and always called home.
Mrs. Nitschke was a member of the United Methodist Church and the choir in Grahamsville.
In a family statement, it was said," Rosemarie will be greatly missed by all who knew her gentle and caring spirit. She was an extremely giving person who always thought of those around her first. She loved her family and friends, going to the theatre, traveling near and far and working practically any medium with her hand. . . Her church provided a great source of strength and fellowship for her."
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Michelle Nitschke of Clayton; a daughter Julie and her partner, Pierre, of Stowe, Vt.; two granddaughters, Corinne of Long Island and Jaime of Webster; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial remembrance will be conducted at the United Methodist Church in Grahamsville this spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, Grahamsville, N.Y. 12740.
Mary Kwartler, 86
Mary Kwartler of South Fallsburg, the retired proprietor of Sidney's Service Station in South Fallsburg, died Thursday, February 26, 2004, at the Sullivan County Adult Center in Liberty. She was 86 years of age.
The daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Bobish Veniscofsky, she was born June 23, 1917, in Scranton, Pa. She was the widow of Sidney Kwartler.
Mrs. Kwartler was a member of the South Fallsburg Hebrew Association, B'nai B'rith and Hadassah.
In a family statement, it was said, "Peace is yours, Memories are ours."
She is survived by two daughters, Sandra Moffett of Middletown and Barbara Mc Cullough of Orlando, Fla.; two sons, Mark Kwartler and David Kwartler, both of South Fallsburg; two sisters, Judy Stratton of South Fallsburg and Helen Rygacski of Philadelphia, Pa.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Grave services and burial were held Friday at the South Fallsburg Hebrew Cemetery in Glen Wild with Rabbi Gottlieb officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Edna H. Flynn, 95
Ret. Gertz Employee
Edna Hess Flynn of Long Island died Monday, February 2, 2004. She was 95 years of age.
The daughter of the late Philip and Katherine Golchek Hess, she was born in Callicoon on February 17, 1908. She was the widow of John T. Flynn who she married in 1968.
When her parents gave up their dairy farm, they opened a tavern and bowling alley in North Branch. Mrs. Flynn went to New York City at the young age of 15 where she lived with a roommate and worked as a bookkeeper. She became the head hostess at Schraff's and held that position for over 30 years. Not ready for retirement, she took another position at Gertz Department Store in Jamaica, retiring after 25 years of service.
She is survived by 19 nieces and nephews, including Donald Hess and his wife, Marge, of Auburn, Eleanor Hess Smith of New Jersey and Robert Peterson and his wife, Millie, of Oceanside; 25 grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and 16 great-grand-nieces and great-grand-nephews.
Interment was made on February 4 at the Hortonville Cemetery where her parents, brothers and husband are all buried in the Hess family plot.
Ret. Bookkeeper, 76
Doris Miller of Mountaindale, a retired bookkeeper for New Hope in Loch Sheldrake and a longtime area resident, died Saturday, February 28, 2004, at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton, Fla. She was 76 years of age.
The daughter of the late Meyer and Dinah Soloff Handler, she was born May 17, 1927, in Brooklyn.
Mrs. Miller was a member of the Mountaindale Synagogue.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Melvin Miller, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Harry Bernstein of Longwood, Fla., and Ellen and Kenneth Herfield of Sullivan County; a sister and brother-in-law, Florence and Nathan Siegler of Pompano Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren, Shari and Jerry Riddell, Marnie Bernstein, and Ryan, Todd and Adam Herfield; a great-granddaughter, Alexa Drew Riddell; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held Monday at the Mountaindale Synagogue.
Burial was made in the Mountaindale Synagogue Cemetery in Glen Wild.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Jerome Gittleman, 72
Ret. Dir. of Library Svcs.
Jerome Gittleman of Monticello, a retired Professor and Director of Library Services at Sullivan County Community College, and a longtime area resident, died Friday, February 27, 2004, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. He was 72 years of age.
The son of the late Solomon and Evelyn Geist Gittleman, he was born May 8, 1931, in New York City.
Mr. Gittleman graduated Magna Cum Laude of Columbia University with a Master's degree and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the New School of Social Research with a Ph.D in Sociology/Philosophy with academic membership. He was also a member of MENSA and he was a U.S. Army veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Roslyn Snyder Gittleman, at home; two sons, Aubrey Gittleman and his girlfriend, Barbara Harrison of Monticello, and Dylan Gittleman and his wife, Michelle, of Clayton, Calif.; three grandchildren, Ayre J. Gittleman, Evan J. Gittleman and Rachel K. Gittleman; and two cousins, Carol Goldstein and her family and Gerald Geist and his family.
Services were held Sunday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello with Rabbi Irwin Tanenbaum officiating.
Burial was made in the Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Margaret Modesto of Goshen, a six-year area resident and a homemaker, died Wednesday, February 25, 2004, at the Orange County Residential Health Care Facility in Goshen. She was 92 years of age.
The daughter of the late Frank and Rose Grispo Salerno, she was born July 19, 1911, in Brooklyn.
She is survived by three daughters, Dolores Modesto of Monroe, Rosemarie Coppa of Staten Island and Theresa Scheriff of Bethel; a son, Dominic Modesto of Buckeye, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday at St. Anastasia Shrine Church in Harriman.
Burial was made in St. John's Cemetery in Middle Village.
Nial V. Lindsley
Ret. Barber, 90
Nial V. Lindsley of Jeffersonville, a retired barber, a musician, an antique car enthusiast and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, February 27, 2004, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 90 years of age.
The son of the late J. Bruce and Lillian Ryder Lindsley, he was born August 29, 1913, in White Sulphur Springs.
Mr. Lindsley was a former councilman for the Town of Callicoon, a founding member of the Catskill Region Automobile Club of America and a member of the Liberty Elks Lodge.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Virginia Baum Lindsley, at home; a brother and sister-in-law, Milton and Ann Lindsley of Jeffersonville; a sister, Irene Hofmann of Naples, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Jesse R. Lindsley, Horton Lindsley and Feldon Lindsley.
Services were held Monday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville.
Burial was made in the Jeffersonville Methodist Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 103, Jeffersonville, N.Y. 12748.
Ret. Engineer, 72
Wallace J. McCullough of Wurtsboro, a retired stationary engineer at Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove, N.J., and a 25-year resident of the area, formerly of Huguenot, died Friday, February 27, 2004, at the Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 72 years of age.
The son of the late Archibald and Alice Berrier Mc Cullough, he was born June 18, 1931, in Belleville, N.J. He was the widower of Gladys E. Doland McCullough who died November 26, 1999.
A Korean War veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he was a member of the Chosen Few and a recipient of the Purple Heart.
Mr. McCullough is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Linda E. and Edward B. Porter of Wurtsboro; three sisters, Gladys McArdle of Burnham, Pa., Ruth Ann Leth of Port Jervis and Mae Dandrea of Burnham, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.
Private services were followed by cremation at the H.G. Smith Crematory in Stroudsburg, Pa.
Nancy R. Mandell
Ret. Spl. Ed. Teacher, 62
Nancy R. Mandell of Perkasie, Pa., a former resident of Monticello and a retired special education teacher, died Sunday, February 29, 2004, at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa., after a brief illness. She was 62 years of age.
The daughter of the late David William and Rose Mandell, she was born April 30, 1941, in Brooklyn.
She and her then-husband, the late Lionel Youngfrau, and their young son, Matthew, moved to Monticello in 1972. After her marriage ended, she returned to school and earned her Master's degree in special education from SUNY at New Paltz in 1980. She worked as a special education teacher and counselor in many Sullivan County agencies, including Sullivan BOCES, Sullivan ARC and HASC. She moved to Perkasie six years ago to be closer to her brother.
She is survived by a son, Matthew A. Youngfrau of Monticello; a brother and sister-in-law, Sheldon and Charna Mandell of Newtown, Pa.; a nephew, Eric Mandell and his wife, Debbi of Boiling Springs, Pa.; a niece, Lisa Beeler, her daughter, Sydney Beeler and Lisa's fiance, Steve Paris; and several cousins and good friends.
Burial will be made at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the family plot at the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens.
Dominick Manza, 80
Ret. NYPD Detective
Dominick J. Manza of Montgomery, a retired New York Police Department detective, retiring in the 1970s, died at his home on February 26, 2004. He was 80 years of age.
The son of the late Salvatore and Viola Kolyer Manza, he was born August 9, 1923, in Brooklyn.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Merchant Marines, he went to Russia twice and traveled around the world, gaining a wealth of life experience. Mr. Manza was a machinist with Sperry-Rand and also worked for the New York Times before joining the police department.
Mr. Manza founded the Farm Outlet in Sloatsburg in 1973, operating the business with his family. He was a breeder and owner of standardbred race horses with his sons. He bought the Manza Family Farm in 1979 and operated it with his family for over 20 years. He also founded and operated Advance Bag Company which supplied area road stands and supermarkets with customized shopping bags and produce bags.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Brooklyn, WWII Merchant Marine and National Association of NY City Police Dept. 10-13 Organization, Inc. in Tompkins Cove.
In a family statement, it was said, "Dominick was an intelligent, enterprising, hard working and generous man, who was devoted to his family and will be missed by all who loved and knew him. . . He died with grace and dignity. He was a loving, gentle man to the end. Our grief is lined with joy."
He is survived by his wife, Mary Yanello Manza, at home; a son, Paul Manza of Warwick; a daughter, Joanne Miller of Ellsworth, Me.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Maryann Manza of Rock Hill; and Michael and Judy Manza of Cornwall; a daughter-in-law, Heidi Amell of Bloomingburg; 21 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Patricia Weliky, Helen Massaro and Barbara Kemp, of the state of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Mary and Connie.
Services were held Monday at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Walden with Pastor Raymond Cummings officiating.
Burial was made in the Orange County Veterans Cemetery in Goshen.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Renee McGee of Monticello, a housekeeper for the Raleigh Hotel and the Resnick and Smalls families, died Thursday, February 26, 2004, She was 55 years of age.
The daughter of the late Diane and Leon Fisher, she was born September 30, 1948, in Charleston, S. C.
In a family statement, it was said, "Renee fought a very brave battle with her illness. She touched everyone's life who knew her and if you knew her you had to love her. Renee loved to spend her Saturday nights playing cards. She had a wonderfully unique way with crafts and she was the most talented gift wrapper, putting her whole heart along with a special personal touch into each gift when wrapped. She also wrapped all of our lives with her special love and caring."
She is survived by her special extended family, Neil Foley, Ed Talmadge, Steve and Miss Drobysh, Sherman and Robin Kimmons, Hartley and Ronnie Talmadge, Laura and Bo Gray, Helen and Marshall Brown, Jerry and Josephine Chack, Reginald Horace and Joel Savins; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 195 Broadway, Monticello, on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the First Baptist Church, Liberty Street, Monticello, with the Rev. James Matthews officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Liberty Street, Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Hedwig Katz, 89
Hedwig Katz of West Palm Beach, Fla., a former Sullivan County resident, died Saturday, February 28, 2004, at her home. She was 89 years of age.
The daughter of the late Adolph and Rosalie Marx, she was born February 16, 1915, in Rachtig, Germany. She was the widow of Fritz Katz who died in 1984.
She came to the United States in 1936 after fleeing Nazi Germany. Mrs. Katz was the retired owner, along with her late husband, of K&R SprayCraft and Manon Pearls of New York City and also Hey-Ru Trout Fishing Park in Mountaindale.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother."
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Solomon Cohen of Woodridge and Lake Worth, Fla.; three granddaughters, Julie Cohen Lonstein and her husband, Herbert, of Ellenville, Amy Carchietta and her husband, Robert of Goshen, and Dawn Cohen and her fiance, Joe Stieglitz of Boston, Mass; and five great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Amanda Carchietta and Alex, David and Jason Lonstein. She was predeceased by a sister, Martha.
Services were held at Gutterman-Musicant in Hackensack, N.J.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County in Florida.
Parts Manager, 65
Edward R. Kruseck of Pine Bush, a parts manager for Amthors International of Walden and a lifelong area resident, died Thursday, February 26, 2004, at the Horton campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. He was 65 years of age.
The son of Charles and Pearl Gockel Kruseck, he was born March 10, 1938, in Walden.
Mr. Kruseck was a member of the Walker Valley Sportsman's Association, an honorary member of the Fallsburg Fishing and Boating Club and a former member of the UCT. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Eckman Kruseck, at home; two children, Donald E. Kruseck of Hurleyville and Pamela L. Kruseck of Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Dorothy Hansen of Pine Bush and Alice Amthor of Wallkill; a brother-in-law, Donald Eckman of Pine Bush; his father-in-law, Douglas Eckman of Montgomery; several nieces, nephews and godchildren. He was predeceased by two brothers, Robert and Richard Kruseck.
Memorial services were held at the First Presbyterian Church in Montgomery on Sunday with the Rev. Paul Milz officiating.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Assoc., 35 Orchard St., White Plains, N.Y. 10603 or to the Pine Bush Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 407, Pine Bush, N.Y 12566.