March 5, 2004
Nellie B. Dulaff, 73
Ret. Hospital Employee
Nellie B . Dulaff of Liberty, a retired employee of 41 years at Maimonides/Community General Hospital and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, March 1, 2004, at the home of her niece in Claryville. She was 73 years of age.
The daughter of the late George and Fannie VanWagner Dulaff, she was born October 2, 1930, in Claryville.
She was also an X-ray technician for 13 years at the Sullivan County Internal Medicine in Monticello.
In a family statement, it was said, "Nellie was a person who cared more about her family than herself. Watching over her family is what she did best. Now her pedestal has been raised a little higher."
She is survived by her longtime companion, Harry Frier; a sister, Eleanor Ahrens; a brother-in-law, Fred Ahrens; two nieces, Judy Ahrens and Jane Witthorn; a grand-niece, Nikki Witthorn; a grand-nephew, Casey Witthorn; a great-grand-niece Dakota Witthorn; and several step-nieces, step-nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Johnny Dulaff, and two step-brothers, Carl Slater and Richard Slater.
Final respects may be paid at 4 p.m. on Friday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty.
Burial will be made in the spring at the Claryville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to an education fund she set up for her grand-niece, Dakota Witthorn and mailed to Dakota Fund, c/o Nikki Witthorn, P.O. Box 60, Claryville, N.Y. 12725.
Evelyn Schwartz, 86
Frm. Owner of Diner
Evelyn O. Schwartz of Lew Beach, who, with her late husband, was one of the original owners of the Roscoe Diner, died Wednesday, March 3, 2004, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. She was 86 years of age.
The daughter of the late Francis and Elizabeth Harvey O'Keefe, she was born August 18, 1917, in Parksville. She was the widow of Sam "Pay" Schwartz.
She is survived by a sister, Irene Barnhart of Lew Beach; a daughter, Judith Hedgelon of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; two sons, Michael Schwartz of Middletown and Kevin Schwartz of Navarre, Fla.; five grandchildren, David Defelici of Miami, Fla., René Carlson of Livingston Manor, Jeremy and Samantha Schwartz of Middletown and Dina Schwartz of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, F. Allen O'Keefe, and a sister, Jeanne O. Sturdevant.
A private memorial service was held for the family.
Memorial contributions for Breast Cancer Research may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7E, East Syracuse, N.Y. 13057.
Ret. Waitress, 88
Kathryn Krom of Grahamsville, a retired waitress at Finch's in Grahamsville, died Monday, March 1, 2004, at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 88 years of age.
The daughter of the late Joseph and Ida Brooks Sheeley, she was born May 10, 1915, in Pautaukunk. She was the widow of George Krom.
Mrs. Krom was a member of the Grahamsville Reformed Church and the Ladies Aid of the church.
She is survived by a sister, Effie Everett of Neversink; three children and their spouses, Helen Mickelson and William Mahnken of Grahamsville, John and Iva Krom of Neversink and Robert and Patty Krom of Grahamsville; a daughter-in-law, Ann Krom of Grahamsville; her grandchildren, Cathy Mickelson, Michael and Lori Mickelson, Robert and Beth Mickelson, Ronald and Alexa Mickelson, Lisa Krom, Steven Krom, Colleen Krom, Amanda Krom, Eileen Krom, David Krom, Lynn and Joe Moore and Kevin Krom; 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and her church family and friends. She was predeceased by a son, Richard Krom, four sisters and three brothers.
Friends may call at the Loucks Funeral Home, Route 209, Ellenville, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Grahamsville Reformed Church, Route 55, with the Rev. Paul Z. Ruter officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grahamsville Reformed Church, Route 55, Grahamsville, N.Y. 12740.
Gerald Gilbert, a three-year resident of Poinciana, Fla., formerly of White Lake and a carpenter, died Monday, March 1, 2004. He was 65 years of age.
He was born June 18, 1938, in Manhattan.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a member of the American Legion, BPOE (Elks) Lodge #1544 in Monticello and the Eagles in Brattleboro, Vt. Mr. Gilbert loved to fish and bowl.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Gilbert at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Jeffrey Page of Orlando, Fla., and Tina and James Anderson of Kissimmee, Fla.; a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Jack Washburn of Gardiner; five grandchildren; a niece; and a nephew.
A memorial service with military honors by the Sumter County Honor Guard was held at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Carolyn Kleiman, 67
Carolyn Kleiman of Harris, a resident at the Hamilton House at The Center for Discovery in Harris for the past nine years, died Saturday, February 28, 2004. She was 67 years of age.
The daughter of the late Morris and Tillie Kleiman, she was born August 6, 1936, in the Bronx.
In a family statement, it was said, "Carolyn was an elegant and gracious woman whose beautiful and expressive eyes made an impact on all who met her. Her gentle nature and intelligence impressed the many friends she made throughout her life. She will be remembered by all she touched."
She is survived by a sister, Phyllis Stellman of Marco Island, Fla.; and her many friends at The Center for Discovery and Sullivan ARC.
Services were held Tuesday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Burial was made in the Hebrew Aid Cemetery in Harris.
Dora B. Michaels
Ret. Teacher, 92
Dora Bragman Michaels, a former resident of South Fallsburg and a retired first grade teacher at the Fallsburg Central School for more than 30 years, died Monday, March 1, 2004, in Great Neck, L.I. She was 92 years of age.
The daughter of the late Max and Ida Bragman, she was born April 29, 1911, in the Bronx. She was the widow of Mortimer Michaels to whom she was married for 53 years.
Mrs. Michaels was a graduate of Hunter College in New York City. In a family statement, it was said, "Throughout her life, she emphasized the importance of getting an education. Her hobbies included reading, playing bridge, golf, cooking and playing the piano. But most of all, she loved life and spending time with friends and family. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother."
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Martin Hermann of Roslyn; a son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Jennifer Michaels of Liberty; four grandsons, Matthew Hermann and his wife, Lisa, of St. Louis, Mo., Philip Hermann of New York City, Sean Michaels of London, England, and Andrew Michaels of Lake Tahoe, Calif.; two great-granddaughters, Marley and Samantha Hermann of St. Louis, Mo.; a brother, Ben Bragman and his wife, Miki, of Boca Raton, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services and burial were private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sam Beytin Scholarship Fund, c/o Fallsburg Central School, 115 Brickman Rd., Fallsburg, N.Y. 12733; Literacy Volunteers of American-Sullivan Chapter, 33 Lakewood Ave., Monticello, N.Y. 12701 or to Sullivan County Head Start, Woodbourne, N.Y. 12788.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Accounting Clerk, 56
Barbara A. McCombs of Middletown, a lifelong area resident and a 15-year accounting clerk for Minolta Advanced Technology in Goshen, died Saturday, February 28, 2004, at a private residence in Goshen. She was 56 years of age.
The daughter of the late George and Virginia Collins Blednick, she was born July 26, 1947, in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Mrs. McCombs was a member of St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church in Goshen.
In a family statement, it was said, "Barbara was a devoted wife, caring mother, loving grandmother and a great friend. She loved crafts, shopping, candles, holidays, gardening, baking, her home and family. Barbara remained strong and courageous during her fight against cancer, always looking at the bright side of life. Barbara will be sadly missed by her family and friends, but her memory will live with them forever. Barbara's family expressed their gratitude to Dr. Jeffery Steward, Dr. Thomas R. Eanelli, Dr. Douglas R. Fletcher, Dr. Daniel Spizer and longtime friend, Dr. John Carey. They would also like to thank all the wonderful nurses. Special thanks to Hospice, Visiting Angels and especially Curdell Fuller who made Barbara's final weeks so comforting."
She is survived by her husband, Thomas McCombs, at home; two sons, Thomas McCombs Jr. and his son, Ian, and daughter, Alessandra, all of Charlettsville, Pa, and Scott McCombs of Dallas, Tex.; a daughter and son-in-law, Katie and Greg Depuy and their daughter, Collins, all of Johnson; two brothers, George Blednick and his wife, Joan, of Melville, and Thomas Blednick of Woodridge; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Marylynn Blednick and Thomas Dunn of Albany and Leslie and Robert Nanninie of Cornwall; two sisters-in-law, Patricia Sanders and her husband, Warren, of New Hampton, and Donna Dominick of Middletown.
Friends may call at the Donovan Funeral Home, 82 S. Church St., Goshen on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 on Saturday at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church, 71 Murray Ave., Goshen, with the Rev. Trevor Nichols officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Ave., Kingston, N.Y. 12401 or to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan County, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Ret. PO Worker, 79
Margaret A. O'Niel of Cody, Wyo., a former longtime resident of Hurleyville and a retired postal worker, died Monday, March 1, 2004, at her home. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late Frank and Irene Donegan Smith, she was born February 24, 1925, in New York City. She was the widow of Richard O'Niel who died April 1, 1981.
Mrs. O'Niel was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Clarence Hoyt Post No. 9217, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Liberty and the APWU.
In a family statement, it was said, "Marge was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and friend to all that knew her. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her."
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Ken McShea of Hopewell Junction; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Denise Tully of Los Angeles, Calif., and John and Marilee Tully of Cody, Wyo.; seven grandchildren, Amber and Scott Tully, Heather Welles and her husband, Roger, Matthew Tully and Kerri, Shawn and Cory McShea; three great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many loving friends. She was predeceased by a sister, Irene "Pat" Smith O'Neil.
Friends may call at the Colonial Memorial Home, 396 Main St., Woodbourne, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
Interment will be made in the Hurleyville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Clarence Hoyt Post No. 9217, VFW, Route 52W, Liberty, N.Y. 12754 or to Spirit Mt. Hospice at West Park Hospital, Cody, Wyo. 82414.