March 9, 2004
Killian C. Manto
Infant, 4 mos.
Killian Cain Manto, the four-month-old son of Kevin and Lynnette Hairie Manto of Wurtsboro, died Wednesday, March 3, 2004, at the Horton campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown.
Known as "Mr. Magoo" or "Pumpkin," he was born at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris on October 27, 2003.
In a family statement, it was said, "Killian's family would like to extend their gratitude for the outpouring of love they have received at this time."
He is survived by his parents, a brother, Kevin, and a sister, Katelynn, all at home; his grandparents, Mark and Katherine Hairie of Yankee Lake and Marilyn Weber of Bloomingburg; four uncles and their wives, Leon and Regina Hairie of Wayne, N.J., Jeffrey Hairie of Long Island, George and Michelle Simpson of Woodridge and Omaar and Joce Haidar and their family in Holland; an aunt, Aderinne Hairie of Colorado; the entire Seamen extended family; his godmother, Nanci Squitieri; and countless close family friends.
A Funeral Mass was offered Monday at St. Joseph's Church in Wurtsboro with the Rev. Peter Madori officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Church, 180 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro, N.Y. 12790.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro.
Phyllis M. Schaefer
Phyllis M. Schaefer of Jeffersonville, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, March 5, 2004, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 70 years of age.
The daughter of Mary Emerick Oestrich and the late Walter Oestrich, she was born November 21, 1933, in the Town of Fremont. She was the widow of Clarence E . Schaefer.
Mrs. Schaefer was a member of the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Trina and Wayne Kloss of Bethel; a son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Ann Schaefer of Jeffersonville; her mother, who resides at the Achieve Nursing Center in Liberty; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Ethel and John Miller of Jeffersonville, Linda and Ted Kutschera of Callicoon and Alice and Pat Fredo of Fremont Center; four grandchildren, Eric Mattison, Brooke Kloss, Michaela Schaefer and Edward P. Schaefer; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Sunday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville with Pastor Richard Hewitt officiating.
Burial was made in the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Cemetery in Jeffersonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Nursing Assistant, 50
Evelyn Parker-Robinson of South Fallsburg, a nursing assistant for the former Hamilton Avenue Hospital in Monticello and the Orange County Infirmary in Goshen, died Wednesday, March 3, 2004, at the Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City. She was 50 years of age.
The daughter of Gilbert and Lillian Robinson of South Fallsburg, she was born September 21, 1953, in Jamaica, West Indies.
Mrs. Parker-Robinson was a member of the Cross of Calvary Church in Monticello.
She is survived by her parents of South Fallsburg; a son, Michael Robinson of South Fallsburg; a daughter, Sharissa Parker of Hershey, Pa.; her former husband, Dennis Parker; a brother, Kenneth Robinson of Jamaica; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Cynthia and Bill Jackson of Monticello and Shirlene and Rick Robinson of Jacksonville, Fla.; two cousins, Joyce George of Monticello and Jasmine Robinson of Jamaica; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.
Friends may call at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 195 Broadway, Monticello, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Cross of Calvary Church, 60 Lawrence Ave., Monticello, with Bishop Derrick Simms officiating.
Burial will be made in the Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assoc., P.O. Box 628, Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Donald Dewitt, 57
Donald Dewitt of Livingston Manor died Thursday, March 4, 2004, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 57 years of age.
The son of the late Francis and Marjorie Dewitt, he was born October 1, 1946, in Liberty.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine Dewitt, at home; two daughters, Brenda Dewitt at home, and Jadine Roser and her husband, Dan, of Livingston Manor. He was predeceased by a sister, Marie Dewitt.
Services were held Sunday at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor with the Rev. Stewart Pohlman officiating.
Interment was made in the Lew Beach Cemetery.
Daytop Spl. Asst., 82
Bernard Blank of Liberty, New York City and South Palm Beach Fla, a special assistant to Monsignor O'Brien at Daytop Village Corporate Headquarters in New York City who was in charge of several facilities throughout the tri-state region in the construction department, died in New York University Tisch Hospital in New York City on Thursday, March 4, 2004. He was 82 years of age.
The son of the late Meyer and Anna Evans Blank, he was born June 11, 1921, in New York City.
He was raised in Swan Lake and graduated from the Liberty School System.
A World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps, he was a member of the Commander's Club of the Clarence Hoyt Post No. 9217, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Liberty and a member of the Liberty Elks Club. He was a Little League coach and manager for the VFW where he guided the team to an All-Star Little League Championship.
Mr. Blank was vice president of Sullivan County Building Material, president of Roosa Construction Co., president of Sullivan Export Corp. and was a consultant for Turner International Corp. where he traveled worldwide to supervise construction projects. He was a member of the American Arbitration Board. Mr. Blank built the Howard Johnson's Motel and Restaurant in Liberty and was the builder and former owner of the Ferndale Post Office building and the original NY State Troopers' barracks in Liberty. He also built the Levittown shopping center in Puerto Rico and 450 single family homes at Tree Top Estates in Jacksonville, Fla., among other projects.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Harriet Grell Blank, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Charlene and Glenn Jacobi of Bedford; a son and daughter-in-law, Howard and Giovanna Blank of Brussels, Belgium; three grandchildren, Ian and Brandon Jacobi and Jessica Blank; a brother, Robert Blank of Liberty; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Shelly Carol, a sister, Gertrude Senreich, and a brother, Leo Blank.
Services were held Sunday at the Ahavath Israel Synagogue in Liberty with Rabbi Marvin Goldman officiating.
Burial was made in Ahavath Israel Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Foundation, 200 White Plains Rd., Suite 523, Tarrytown, N.Y. 10591.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Pierre Carter, 53
Formerly of Falls'bg PD
Pierre Carter of Spring Valley, Calif., a former resident of South Fallsburg and a former member of the Fallsburg Police Department, died Monday, March 21, 2004. He was 53 years of age.
The son of the late Nathan and Kadie Carter, he was born in Effingham, S.C., on August 1, 1950.
Mr. Carter was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy.
In a family statement, it was said, "He will be missed by all who knew him."
He is survived by his companion, Vivian Marie of Spring Valley, Calif.; three daughters, Kisha and Sharone and their mother, Alice, all of Syracuse, and Frances of Spring Valley, Calif.; two granddaughters; two grandsons; four brothers, Rodney, Charles, Nathaniel and Kenneth, all of South Fallsburg; four sisters, Deborah Carter, Lenora Findling, and Lucille Harris of South Fallsburg, and Audrey Julien of Middletown; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Services were held at St. Michael's Church in San Diego, Calif., on Friday. A military service with high honors was held on Saturday.
Cremation was private.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Church of God, Route 42, in Fallsburg.
Robert M. Potter
Tire/Trucking Emply., 52
Robert "Bob" M. Potter of Montrose, Pa., a 25-year employee of Universal Tire and Barjo Trucking, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 3, 2004, at his home. He was 52 years of age.
He was the son of the late Lawrence and Mabel Gardner Potter.
In a family statement, it was said, "Bob was a wonderful and loving father, grandfather, brother and friend. He will be dearly missed."
Mr. Potter is survived by four daughters, Kristal and her husband, Steve Button, and their son, Austin Martin Button, of Selma, N.C., and Kimberly, Kaime and Katrina Potter, all of Binghamton; three sisters, Mary Ellen Parsons of Binghamton, Bernice and her husband, James Queen, of Lawsville, Pa., and Marie Cottrell of Binghamton; a brother, Lawrence and his wife, Penny Potter, of Harpursville; several nieces and nephews, including Sullivan County Democrat Sports Editor Rob Potter of Callicoon, cousins, and friends; and his companion and dear friend, Alice Creech.
Memorial services were held Saturday at the Wm. R. Chase & Son Funeral Home in Port Dickinson.
Ret. NYC TA, 70
James Thomas Corcoran of Narrowsburg, a retired employee of the NYC Transit Authority, died Monday, March 1, 2004. He was 70 years of age.
He was born in February of 1934 in the Bronx.
He attended PS 4 and then served in the Korean War.
Mr. Corcoran moved to Long Island in 1967 and worked at Central Islip State Hospital where he developed bonds and a special sense of humor. He retired from the Transit Authority in 1990 and traveled across the United States and Canada.
In a family statement, it was said, "His gift of kindness, laughter and gab will be greatly missed. . . He fell in love with Narrowsburg and settled in to enjoy hunting, fishing and socializing with friends."
Mr. Corcoran is survived by five children; seven grandchildren; and two sisters.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
M. Andrew Lysiak Sr.
Conrail Retiree, 79
M. Andrew "Andy" Lysiak Sr. of Port Jervis, a lifelong area resident and a 1988 retiree of Conrail where he worked as a yardmaster and chief clerk to the trainmaster for 45 years, died Friday, March 5, 2004, at the Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 79 years of age.
The son of the late George Edward and Mary Holod Lysiak, immigrants of Ukraine, he was born November 17, 1924, in Port Jervis. He was the widower of Betty Lysiak who died February 5, 2000, after 52 years of marriage.
Mr. Lysiak was a 1938 graduate of St. Mary's Parochial School in Port Jervis and a 1942 graduate of Port Jervis High School.
A World War II veteran of the 101st Airborne Division, HQ Signal Company message center, he parachuted into France during the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944, and was captured the same day. He was held a prisoner of war in Germany for one year.
Mr. Lysiak was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Port Jervis; a life member of the Roosa-Fleming Post #161, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Port Jervis; a member of the 101st Airborne Division Association; and a member of the Ex-Prisoner of War Association, Hudson Valley Chapter.
He is survived by two daughters, Diane M. Thiele of Port Jervis and Helen E. Lysiak of Monticello; a brother, George N. Lysiak of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; a granddaughter, Michelle Thiele Conklin, and her husband, Michael, of Port Jervis; a grandson, Brian Lysiak of Monticello; two great-grandsons, Michael Andrew and Matthew Joseph Conklin, both of Port Jervis; a sister-in-law, Marjorie Lysiak of Poughkeepsie; a brother-in-law, Gary Lynn Wakeman and his wife, Yvonne, of Middletown; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Michael A. Lysiak Jr., who died May 26, 1994, and a brother, Walter P. Lysiak, who died November 8, 2001.
A prayer service will be held at 11:45 a.m. at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church at 12:30 p.m.
Burial, with military honors, will be made in St. Mary's Cemetery in Port Jervis.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Ex-Prisoners of War, Hudson Valley Chapter, P.O. Box 13, West Point, N.Y. 10996.
Herbert G. Spielman
Ret. From BCI, 65
Herbert G. Spielman of Latham, a 1982 retired BCI investigator, died Sunday, March 7, 2004, at his home. He was 65 years of age.
The son of the late Herbert Irving and Evelyn Marie Norris Spielman, he was born and educated in Liberty.
Mr. Spielman was a veteran of the United States Air Force, stationed in Japan from 1957 to 1961. He attended Hudson Valley Community College in Troy where he studied criminal justice. He became a New York State Trooper in 1962 and served on the Governors' detail for Governors Rockefeller, Wilson and Carey until his retirement as a BCI Investigator.
While a trooper, he received many commendations for excellence in service to the State of New York. He later worked as a mail carrier for the Rensselaer Postal Service and Mohawk Dental in Menands as a delivery person. He was employed as a driver for Roberts Body Shop in Colonie.
Mr. Spielman was a member of the Panther Mountain Hunting Lodge for many years. He was a member of the Al Tech Golf League since 1987 and served as president for two terms. He was also a member of the S.E.A.R.L. Golf League from 2000 to 2003 and served as vice president, resigning due to illness.
He is survived by a sister, Virginia Lee "Ginger" Spielman of Latham; and his companion of 12 years, Sandra A. Doty of Latham.
Friends may call at the Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home, 149 Old Loudon Rd., Latham,. on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Services with State Police honors will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home with NYS Police Chaplain Brother Gregory officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, N.Y. 12205.
Frm. Camp Caretaker, 55
Geraldine "Gerry" Stanton of Narrowsburg, a former caretaker for Camp Sternberg and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, March 5, 2004, at her home. She was 55 years of age.
The daughter of the late Gerard E. and Doris L. Farrelly Fenton, she was born January 24, 1949, in Hoboken, N.J.
She is survived by two sons, Jody Stanton of Honesdale, Pa., and Charles Stanton of Narrowsburg; a daughter, Cynthia Dauch of Virginia; two sisters, Diane Borer of Ridgefield Park, N.J., and Marge Green of Rochester; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday evening at the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg with the Rev. Steven Knutsen officiating.
Cremation was made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Ret. Auto Mech., 65
Herbert Newman of Obernburg, a retired auto mechanic for the New York City Sanitation Department, died Thursday, March 4, 2004, at his home. He was 65 years of age.
The son of the late Henry J. and Ida M. Baker Newman, he was born September 6, 1938, in Manhattan.
A U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Newman was a member of St. Mary's Church in Obernburg and the National Rifle Association.
He is survived by two sons, Joseph and his wife, Maria Newman, of Londonderry, N.H., and John Newman of Huntington; a brother, Raymond Newman of Roy, Wash.; a sister, Audrey Brousseau of Richmond, Calif.; two grandchildren, Nicole and Thomas Newman; two nephews, William H. Newman, serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq, and Paul Brousseau; and a niece, Tracey Brousseau.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday at St. Mary's Church in Obernburg with Father John Richardson, O.F.M., officiating.
Burial with military honors was held at St. Mary's Cemetery in Obernburg.
Ret. Detective, 61
Forrest "Woody" Nelson Pearsall of Beach Lake, Pa., a former motorcycle policeman who was promoted to detective in the auto squad of the Suffolk County Police Department and a 10-year area resident, died Thursday, March 4, 2004, in Daytona Beach, Fla. He was 61 years of age.
The son of the late Forrest and Mary L. Stubbolo Pearsall, he was born March 11, 1942, in Huntington, L.I.
Mr. Pearsall was a member and trustee of the Damascus United Methodist Church as well as a Boy Scout representative to the church.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret "Peggy" Pearsall, at home; six children, Kathleen Pearce of South Setauket, Mark Pearsall of Shoreham,. Marie Brito of Miller Place, Kim Erickson of Honesdale, Pa., John Erickson of Seattle, Wash., and Kris Erickson of Sunbury, Pa; a sister, Gwen McCarthy of Melbourne Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. George Gallandorn officiating.
Burial will be made in the Calkins Cemetery in Milanville, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Dr., Kingston, N.Y. 12401 or to the American Diabetes Association, New York State-Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 31160, Hartford, Conn. 06150-1160.
Morris Lessin, a 4-year resident of Poughkeepsie and a working pharmacist for more than 60 years, formerly of Monticello, died Saturday, March 5, 2004, at his home. He was 87 years of age.
The son of the late Samuel and Hinda Okun Lashinsky, he was born January 31, 1917, in the Bronx.
Mr. Lessin owned the Monticello Pharmacy and Spector's Pharmacy in Monticello, stores that filled over 1 million prescriptions. He was a graduate of James Monroe High School and Brooklyn School of Pharmacy.
Mr. Lessin was a member of the Jewish Community Center and the Jesse Brams Post No. 206, Jewish War Veterans, both in Monticello, the Mid-Hudson Bridge Club, B'nai B'rith, and a member of Vassar Temple in Poughkeepsie. A World War II veteran, he served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ann Lashinsky Lessin, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Herschel and Betty Lessin of Poughkeepsie and Paul and Teresa Lessin of Boston, Mass.; a sister, Helen Miller of Queens; five grandchildren, Kayla, Zachary, Samuel, Joshua and Sarah Lessin; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Louis Lashinsky.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Vassar Temple 140, Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, with Rabbi Paul Golomb officiating.
Burial will be made in the family plot in the Vassar Temple Cemetery.
Friends are invited to the home of Dr. Herschel Lessin following the burial. Shiva will be held the evenings of Wednesday and Thursday at Ann Lessin's residence.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vassar Temple, 140 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601 or to the Jewish Community Center, 110 South Grand Ave., Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12603.
Clayton H. Knoll
Ret. Testboard Oper., 94
Clayton H. Knoll of Jeffersonville and Livingston Manor, a retired testboard operator for the New York Telephone Co. in Monticello and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, March 6, 2004, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 94 years of age.
The son of the late Henry J. and Mae Myers Knoll, he was born June 24, 1909, in Livingston Manor.
A World War II veteran, he served from 1943-1945. He was a member of the New York Telephone Pioneers.
Mr. Knoll is survived by his wife of 53 years, Evelyn Reynolds Knoll, at home; a son, Carl W. Fredd and his wife, Jan, of Liberty; a daughter, Norma Cucci and her husband, Ronald, of Callicoon; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Edith and Geneva.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty, on Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m.
Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Hoag officiating.
Burial, with full military honors, will be made at the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Ret. Business Agt., 85
Rocco Yanoti of Liberty, a retired business agent for Union Local 831 in New York City, died Monday, March 8, 2004, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 85 years of age.
The son of the late Frank and Antonia Ianuzzi, he was born June 1, 1918, in Luzerne, Pa. He was the widower of Enes Yanoti who died December 22, 1993.
Mr. Yanoti was also retired from his position as executive secretary for the Harness Horseman's Association in Monticello and was a member of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Liberty.
He is survived by a son, Frank Yanoti Sr. of Liberty; two brothers, Dominick Yanity of Albany and Nicholas Yanity of Queens; a sister, Anna Smorto of Flushing; and three grandchildren, Frank Yanoti Jr. and his wife, Jennifer of Poughkeepsie, Lisa Ann Yanoti and Tara Marie Yanoti, both of New York City.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty on Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Peter's Church in Liberty on Thursday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Ivan Csete officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Peter's Cemetery in Liberty.
John J. Boyd
Ret. A&P Mgr., 87
John J. Boyd of Liberty, a retired A & P Tea Company manager and a 52-year area resident, died Sunday, March 7, 2004, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. He was 87 years of age.
The son of the late Myles J. and Mary F. O'Grady Boyd, he was born August 1, 1916, in Scranton, Pa.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, he served as a sergeant in the 425th Army Air Force Base Unit, and was a former employee of the Monticello Raceway where he worked in the money room.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Rita Marie Casey Boyd, at home; three sons, Kevin Boyd and his wife, Jill, of Pennsylvania, Brian Boyd and his wife, Anne, of Liberty, and Terry Boyd and his companion, Sindy, of California; two daughters and sons-in-law, Candy and Jim Perkins of Texas and Mary and Dale Kortright of Liberty; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerome and Marie Boyd of Hershey, Pa., Thomas and Lorraine Boyd of Harrison, N.J., and Myles and Rita Boyd of Scranton, Pa.; a sister and brother-in-law, Rita and Frank Flannelly of West Lafayette, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, James, and three sisters, Marion, Margaret and Betty.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, West Street at Buckley, Liberty, on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, 264 N. Main St., Liberty with Monsignor Edward Straub officiating.
Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's School, 264 North Main St., Liberty, N.Y. 12754.