March 16, 2004
Carlton Fritz Sr.
Ret. Asst. Postmaster, 82
Carlton W. Fritz Sr. of Liberty, a lifelong area resident and a retired assistant postmaster in the Liberty Post Office, died on Saturday, March 13, 2004, at his home. He was 82 years of age
The son of the late William and Sadie Grant Fritz, he was born May 26, 1921, in Liberty. He was the widower of Olga Bressler Fritz who died in 1999.
A World War II veteran, he served as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1942 to 1946. Mr. Fritz was a 57-year member of Hose & Truck Co. #2 of the the Liberty Fire Department, a member of the Sullivan County Volunteer Fireman's Association, Liberty Elks Lodge #1545 and the Retired Postmaster's Association. He was also the founder of the Eastern Sullivan Volunteer Fireman's Softball League and served for many years as the secretary/treasurer of the Liberty Cemetery Association.
He is survived by two sons, Carlton W. Fritz Jr. and his wife, Sally, and Dean Fritz, all of Liberty; three daughters and sons-in-law, Carlene and Daniel Ratner of Liberty, Nadine and Jeffrey Babicz of Newburgh and Kirsten and Donald Sherwood of Swan Lake; 11 grandchildren, Michael, Deana and Kayla Fritz, Lindsay and Jaime Ratner and Daniel Ratner Jr., Krystin and Maryssa Babicz and Jeffrey Babicz Jr. and Carl and Cassandra Sherwood; and two great-grandchildren, Courtney and Michael Fritz. He was predeceased by a sister, Helen Gabriel, and a brother, Dr. Chester Fritz.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty on Tuesday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m.
Firematic services will be held at the funeral home at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Cremation will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Liberty Hose & Truck Co. #2, 256 Sprague Ave., Suite 2, Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Morris Moe Wolfer
Ret. Barber, 85
Morris "Moe" B. Wolfer of Woodridge and more recently of Sunrise, Fla., a retired barber and a longtime area resident, died on Thursday, March 11, 2004, at the Lakeview Care Center in Delray Beach, Fla. He was 85 years of age.
The son of the late Samuel and Jennie Stein Wolfer, he was born November 27, 1918, in New York City. He was the widower of Evelyn Wolfer to whom he was married for over 48 years.
A World War II Army veteran, Mr. Wolfer was a lifelong member of the Woodridge Fire Department and a member of the Woodridge Kiwanis. He also worked for many years at the Monticello Raceway.
In a family statement, it was said, "Generations of families for whom he barbered for over 70 years will remember Moe as a gentle, caring soul, with a smile; and always a kind word for and about all those he met and knew."
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Helene and Joe Schroer of Monticello and Ila and Tom Hebert of Encino, Calif.; a brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Marge Wolfer of Boynton Beach, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Nettie Wolfer of Sunrise, Fla.; three grandchildren, Dr. Rachel Schroer and Jennifer and Christopher Hebert; his close friend, Belle Paige of Mountaindale; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Abraham Wolfer.
Graveside services and burial were held Sunday at the Workman Circle #281 Cemetery in Glen Wild with Rabbi Irving Goodman officiating.
Shiva will be observed at the home of Helene and Joe Schroer in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7E, East Syracuse, N.Y. 13057.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Ethel B. Quick
Ethel B. Quick of Ellenville, a homemaker and an area resident since 1938, died Friday, March 12, 2004, at St. Theresa's Nursing Home in Middletown. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Manley and Harriet Babcock Jacobs, she was born June 3, 1916, in Montgomery. She was the widow of Leonard Quick who died in 1972.
Mrs. Quick was the oldest member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Cook-Taylor Post #111, American Legion, in Ellenville. She was also a member of the Ellenville Reformed Church, a past president of the Women's Guild and a past president of the Choir Mothers of the church. She was a life member of Pioneer Engine Co. Ladies Auxiliary and a former Girl Scout leader.
She is survived by two sons, Leonard Quick and his wife, Nancy, of Napanoch and Westley Dale Morris of Ellenville; a daughter, Iris McDole and her companion, Sam Presti, of Woodridge; a step-daughter, Nora Marl of Hernando, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Quick of Ellenville; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Frances Waznick of Burlington, Vt., Lillian Morris of Virginia, Mary VanTassel of Ulster Heights and Joan Fairchild of Loch Sheldrake; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons, George and Roy Quick and three brothers, Daniel Pitt, Levi "Buddy" Pitt Jr. and Robert Jacobs.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Ellenville Reformed Church, 188 Canal St., Ellenville, with the Rev. Jay Vogelaar officiating.
Burial will be made in the Ulster Heights Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ellenville Reformed Church, 188 Canal St., Ellenville, N.Y. 12428.
Hazel Cox of Liberty, a longtime area resident and a homemaker, died Friday, March 12, 2004, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 86 years of age.
Born July 11, 1918, in Greenwich, she was the widow of Paul Cox who died in 1997.
Mrs. Cox was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army WAC Detachment.
She is survived by two sons, Paul Cox Jr. and Michael Cox, both of Liberty; a daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Jesse Quinones of Liberty; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty, on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. at the funeral home on Tuesday with the Rev. Bridget LeConey officiating.
Burial with military honors will be held in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Robert Gargano, 58
Robert Gargano of Bloomingburg, a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, March 10, 2004, in Middletown. He was 58 years of age.
The son of the late Theodore and Helen Easterday Gargano, he was born November 1, 1945, in Philadelphia, Pa.
In a family statement, it was said, "He was a born again Bible-believing Baptist. He loved the life the Lord provided. He loved the family he built upon it. With lots of love he greeted it with a smile. So of those who have known him, they can seriously say, 'I once knew a man who always smiled.'"
He is survived by his wife, Joan Lundberg Gargano, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Theodore and Terri Gargano of Clifton Park and Robert and Katia Gargano of Queens; a daughter, Kimberly Gargano of Bloomingburg; two grandchildren, Alexa and Kaitlyn; two brothers, Theodore Gargano of Texas and Anthony Gargano of Georgia; a sister, Elena Schlademan of Ridgewood, N.J; and several nieces and nephews.
A Service of Remembrance was held at the Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home in Middletown.
Burial was private in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery.
Security Guard, 57
Ronald A. Coppersmith of Neversink, a former security guard at VAW in Ellenville, died Wednesday, March 10, 2004, at his home after a long battle with cancer. He was 57 years of age.
The son of the late James and Madeline Loesch Coppersmith, he was born July 11, 1946, in Brooklyn.
Mr. Coppersmith was a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War where he served as a corporal. He was awarded the National Defense Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, a Purple Heart, a Good Conduct Medal and the Meritorious Unit Citation.
He is survived by his fiancée, Betty Kaplan of Neversink; four sons, Robert and his girlfriend, Amanda, of Kerhonkson, Mike and his girlfriend, Lisa, of Wawarsing, Todd and his girlfriend, Dre, of Kerhonkson and Ronald Jr. of North Carolina; two daughters, Dawn of North Carolina and Tina of Neversink; a sister, Patricia Hagen of Kerhonkson; a brother, James, of the State of Florida; a granddaughter, Shayna; three grandsons, Dashoun, Devin and Cory; two nieces and three nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Lorraine Pettine and a brother-in-law, Anthony Pettine.
Friends may call and services will be held at the H.B. Humiston Funeral Home, 30 Forty Second St., Kerhonkson on Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m.
Burial will be made in the spring in the Pine Bush Cemetery.
Ret. Seamstress, 85
Hermitania Alvarez of Newburgh, a longtime area resident and a retired seamstress, died Friday, March 12, 2004, in Newburgh. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of the late Gregorio and Segunda Vega Alvarez, she was born April 22, 1918, in Puerto Rico.
Mrs. Alvarez also loved to crochet and will be remembered for her loyalty to her church.
She is survived by three children, Benjamin Casiano of Liberty, Maria Casiano of Puerto Rico and Tina Casiano of Newburgh; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a son, Israel Casiano who died in April of 2003.
Services were held Monday at the Brooks-DiDonato Funeral Home in Newburgh with the Rev. Israel Vazquez officiating.
Burial was made in Woodlawn Cemetery in New Windsor.
Charles L. Kuen
Ret. Auto Mech., 83
Charles L. "Dick" Kuen of Narrowsburg, a lifelong area resident and a retired auto mechanic, died Wednesday, March 10, 2003, at the home of his daughter in Orlando, Fla. He was 83 years of age.
The son of the late Lawrence and Emily Zimmerman Kuen, he was born April 19, 1920, in New York City. He was the widower of Babina "Bobbie" Kuen who died in 1990.
Mr. Kuen was also a school bus driver for almost 40 years for the Narrowsburg Central Schol and served also as a school bus mechanic. He also owned a taxi service.
He is survived by two children, Paul Kuen of White Sulphur Springs and Teresa Horton of Orlando, Fla.; two sisters, Leona Tyler of Narrowsburg and Luella Castor of Ohio; three brothers, Howard Kuen of Narrowsburg, Leo Kuen of the state of Florida and Robert Kuen of Narrowsburg; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg with the Rev. Thomas Jones officiating.
Burial of the cremains will be made in St. Francis Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Narrowsburg, N.Y. 12764.
Audrey R. Grimes, 79
Ret. Registration Clerk
Audrey R. Grimes of Glen Spey, a retired registration clerk for Mercy Community Hospital in Port Jervis and a 17-year area resident, died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at the Milford Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late George and Ranghild Olsen Froyland, she was born June 1, 1924, in New York City. She was the widow of Edwin T. Grimes who died September 12, 1987.
Mrs. Grimes was a member of the Pond Eddy United Methodist Church, the Lumberland Lions Club and the Lumberland Fire Department Auxiliary.
She is survived by two daughters, Susan Farnum and Jeni Berry, both of Glen Spey; a son, Christopher and his wife, Ellen Grimes, of Middle Island; four grandchildren, Sandra Waldron, Timothy Grimes, Christopher Grimes and Michael Grimes; and four great-grandchildren, James, Sara, Molly and Emma.
Memorial services and burial in the Glen Spey Cemetery were private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice St. John, 1007 Oak Street, Pittston Township, Pa. 18640.
Sub. Teacher, 55
Cathy Doreen Carmichael of Smallwood, a substitute teacher for Monticello Central Schools, died Monday, March 15, 2004, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. She was 55 years of age.
The daughter of James A. Jr. and Barbara J. Moroski Carmichael, she was born February 4, 1949, in Batavia.
Miss Carmichael was a member of the White Lake Reformed Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her parents of Albion; and two aunts, Edna Tilander of Holden, Mass., and Dorothy Mills of Michigan. She was predeceased by a brother, David Carmichael.
Friends may call at the White Lake Reformed Presbyterian Church, Route 17B, White Lake, on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. David Coon officiating.
Burial will be made in the Stewart Cemetery in Kauneonga Lake.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Kauneonga Lake.
Ret. Carpenter, 71
Lee Kehrley of Swan Lake, a retired union carpenter for Right Finishing in Monticello and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, March 14, 2003, at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. He was 71 years of age.
The son of the late Melvin and Louise Norris Kehrley, he was born February 18, 1933, in Liberty. He was the widower of Gloria Abplanalp Kehrley.
Mr. Kehrley was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the Sullivan County Radio Controlled Aircraft Club in Monticello and a member of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 0019 in Newburgh.
He is survived by a daughter, Kira Pospesel of Palenville; two sons, Kirk Kehrley of Newport News, Va., and Kerry Kehrley of Glendale, Calif.; three grandchildren, Jacob and Teresa Kehrley and Alex Pospesel; four brothers, Allan, Glen, Van and Don Kehrley, all of Sullivan County; two sisters, Betty Kohler and Joyce Rasmussen, both of Youngsville; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, John J. Kehrley.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.
Burial will be made in the Laurel Hill Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oncology Unit at the Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, N.Y. 12742.