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March 26, 2004

Nicole Wingenter, 30

Nicole Marie Wingenter of Pleasantville died Sunday, March 21, 2004, at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow. She was 30 years of age.
The daughter of Christof and Mary Sexton Wingenter, she was born November 11, 1973, in White Plains.
In a family statement, it was said, "A gift from God, Nicole was a loving daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Innocent and kind, she touched all those she came in contact with. Always welcomed with a smile or a 'yoohoo,' she will forever be in our hearts."
She is survived by her parents of Rock Hill; a brother, Franz Wingenter of Rock Hill; a sister and brother-in-law, Kristel and Paul Halton of Carmel ; a nephew, Emmet Halton; a niece, Raina Maria Chiarella Wingenter; and her extended family and many friends at DeVito House in Pleasantville.
A Funeral Mass was offered Thursday at St. Joseph's Church in Wurtsboro with Rev. Peter Madori officiating.
Burial was made in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wurtsboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to I.A.H.D. - St. Jude's, 3625 Bainbridge Ave., Bronx, N.Y. 10467.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro.

Kenneth Gobel
Ret. County Clerk, 62

Kenneth Gobel of Monticello, a retired clerk for the Sullivan County Department of Social Services in Liberty and a longtime area resident, died at his home on Friday, March 19, 2004. He was 62 years of age.
The son of the late William and Renee Gobel, he was born October 29, 1941, in Brooklyn.
Mr. Gobel was a member of Temple Sholom in Monticello where he was active with the flea markets and taught classes. He was also active in politics helping out with both Gunther campaigns and was active with the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless in Monticello.
He is survived by Gloria Bute Gobel, the woman who he considered his mother for the last thirty years; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Peter and Dana Gobel of Randolph, Mass., and John and Nancy Bute of Weston, Fla.; a sister, Alexis Kahn of Monticello; an aunt, Ruth Silver of Arizona; six nieces and nephews, Simone Gobel, Michelle Kahn, Jessica Kahn, Alexa Bute, Abraham Gobel and Sophia Bute.
Services were held Thursday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello with Rabbi Irwin Tanenbaum officiating.
Burial was made in the Temple Sholom Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Sholom or the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless, P.O. Box 336, both at Monticello, N. Y. 12701.

Helen M. Bishop
Ret. Secretary, 80

Helen M. Bishop of Middletown, a longtime area resident and a former secretary for Clemson Brothers in Middletown, died Saturday, March 20, 2004, at the Horton campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. She was 80 years of age.
The daughter of the late William and Edna Gillmore Mainz, she was born February 25, 1924, in Flushing.
Mrs. Bishop was a member and former Sunday School teacher at the Webb Horton Memorial Presbyterian Church in Middletown.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Edward T. Bishop, at home; two sons, Robert Bishop and his wife, Donna, of Cuddebackville and Rickard "Rick" Bishop and his companion, Maria, of Forestburgh; four grandchildren, Tara Reiley, Kristy Zawasky, Ashley Bishop and Emily Bishop; two great-grandchildren, Jonathan Reiley and Alexandra Reiley; a brother-in-law, Robert Threm and his wife, Patricia, of Middletown; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her twin sister, Cora Rose Kehlenbeck.
There will be no visitation.
Graveside services and burial will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Rural Valley Cemetery in Cuddebackville with the Rev. Kenneth Wonderland of the Webb Horton Memorial Church presiding.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Attn.: Web Donation Dept., P.O. Box 96280, Washington, D.C. 20090.

Leona Doolittle, 70
Occupational Therapy Aide

Leona Doolittle of Bloomingburg, an occupational therapy aide at the Middletown Psychiatric Center and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, March 22, 2004, at the Orange County Residential Health Care Facility in Goshen. She was 70 years of age.
The daughter of the late Courtney and Loretta Dobbins Ferris, she was born March 22, 1934, in Washingtonville. She was the widow of Ronald Doolittle.
Mrs. Doolittle was a member of the Campbell Hall Fire Department Auxiliary.
She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Danna Doolittle of Bloomingburg, Robin and Diana Doolittle of Pond Eddy and Richard and Elizabeth Doolittle and her daughter, Kathy Hudson, all of Campbell Hall; seven grandchildren, Tammy, Kimberly, Gabriel, Ray, Robin Lee, David and Richard; a brother, Robert Ferris of the Town of New Windsor; a sister, Cora Elsie Decker of Campbell Hall; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the DeWitt Funeral Home, 64 Center St., Pine Bush, with the Rev. Leo Jaloszynski officiating.
Burial will be made in the Hamptonburgh Cemetery.

Thomas R. Scales V
Screenwriter, 30

Thomas Russell Scales V of Tafton, Pa., a self-employed screenwriter, died Monday, March 22, 2004, at his home. He was 30 years of age.
The son of Thomas R. IV and Julie E. Hinkley Scales, he was born June 25, 1973, in Middletown.
He designed and maintained Web sites for businesses. Although he could not write with his hands or manually use a computer, his disabilities did not stop him from publishing and copywriting three screenplays: "Checkered Flag," "Paulie" and "Wheels of Fire."
A 1992 honor graduate of Wallenpaupack High School, he graduated from Marywood University in 1998, receiving his Bachelor of Arts with honors in Communication Arts. In 2002, he earned a Master's degree with honors in Communication Arts at Marywood. Mr. Scales had a weekly 3-hour DJ show, "The Jazz Man," at the Marywood University Radio Station and wrote a regular column in the Arts and Entertainment section of the university newspaper. He interned with WNEP Channel 16 television station in Scranton and is listed in Who's Who in American Universities.
An avid NASCAR enthusiast, his favorite drivers were Kyle Petty (#45) and the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. (#3). He was a team member of the Scales Enterprises pit crew and actively researched racing technology and contributed to all pit crew meetings. He designed the team's Web site He was also a track announcer for Hamlin Speedway Go-Kart Track where he memorized all the information needed to announce the statistics, drivers' names, numbers and accomplishments and would announce the final racer to cross the finish line as "Grandly bringing up the rear is. . ." He also wrote a weekly article called "Inside Track" for the Mountain Speedway in St. John's, Pa.
In a family statement, it was said, "Russell was truly our bravest angel who deeply touched every soul fortunate enough to know him. His undying courageous spirit and can-do attitude empowered him to maximize his gifts, never once complaining or focusing on his disabilities. His brilliant mind and ceaseless fortitude enabled him to undertake his Bachelor of Arts college finals, while in an iron lung. Russell's dedicated family, particularly his mom, dad and brother Andrew, committed their lives to assist Russell with achieving his many goals. Russell will be sadly and forever missed, yet a constant reminder of true mental strength and courage. His heart lives on in all of us."
He is survived by his parents and his brother, Andrew, all at home; his paternal grandmother, Helen F. Scales of Matamoras, Pa.; five aunts, Paula Roberts and her husband, Michael, of Port Jervis, Jacalyn Duczeminski of Middletown, Georgianne Clark of Kauneonga Lake, Virginia Hemion and her husband, Roy, of Port Jervis, and Geraldine Duryea and her husband, Joseph, of Middletown; his godson, Curtis Hinnrichs; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and many close friends and extended family. He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Thomas Russell Scales II, and his maternal grandparents, John "Jack" and Loretta Hinkley.
Services were held Thursday at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at St. Mary's R.C. Church in Port Jervis with Fr. William B. Healey officiating.
Burial was made in St. Mary's Cemetery in Port Jervis.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Adam Petty Foundation (Camp Victory Junction), 311 Branson Mill Rd., Randleman, N.C . 27317 (a camp for families and their children who have life threatening illnesses or disabilities).

Marion DeGroat
Homemaker, 76

Marion DeGroat of Port Jervis, a lifelong area resident and a homemaker, died Monday, March 22, 2004, at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J. She was 76 years of age.
The daughter of the late Fred and Harriet Conklin, she was born January 17, 1928, in Port Jervis.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She will be missed very dearly."
Mrs. DeGroat is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dennis DeGroat Jr., at home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Fred and Diane DeGroat of Port Jervis, Harry and Tammy DeGroat of Hermon and Dennis and Jody DeGroat of Matamoras, Pa.; five daughters and four sons-in-law, Babe and Roger VanTuyl of Barryville, Connie Mandakis, Pat and Gene Shaw and Susan and Gerald DeMarco Sr., all of Port Jervis, and Marion and Robert Konikowski Sr. of Glen Spey; a brother, Stanley Conklin of Huguenot; 23 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 East Main St., Port Jervis, with the Rev. Robert D. Cassidy officiating.
Burial will be made in the Rural Valley Cemetery in Cuddebackville.

Pauline Bullis, 95
Ret. Keypunch Oper.

Pauline Adeline Bullis, a resident of the Thornwald Home in Carlisle, Pa., and a retired keypunch operator for the Continental Insurance Co. in Manhattan, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at the home. She was 95 years of age.
The daughter of the late Howard and Elizabeth Weber Bullis, she was born December 9, 1908, in Hankins.
Miss Bullis was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Port Jervis.
She is survived by two nieces, Mary Caden Lovelace of Carlisle, Pa., and Jane Cane Barbato of Huntington Station; two grand-nieces, Laurie Lovelace of Carlisle, Pa., and Amy Kamowski of Mt. Holly Springs; and a great-grand-nephew, Aidan Kamowski of Mt. Holly Springs. She was predeceased by a sister, Muriel Caden, a brother, Howard Bullis, and a nephew, Robert Bullis.
Graveside services and burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Callicoon Cemetery with Rev. Joan La Liberte officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the League of Animal Protection, P.O. Box 390, Huntington, N.Y. 11743 or to the Small World Adoption Foundation, 15480 Clayton Rd., Suite 300, Ballwin, Mo. 63011. Donations to the latter may be earmarked for Russia as the designated country.

Nancy L. Ward
Mailroom Super, 61

Nancy L. Ward of Livingston Manor, a mailroom supervisor for Ross Industries in Liberty, died Thursday, March 25, 2004, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. She was 61 years of age.
The daughter of the late Floyd and Lula Butler Davis, she was born February 24, 1943, in Sidney Center.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Benson Ward, at home; three sons, Anthony James Ward of Livingston Manor, Ashley Richard Ward of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Adrian Paul Ward of Green Acres, Fla.; three sisters, Dorothy Dean of Bainbridge, Blanche Tompkins of New Port Richey, Fla., and Pauline Lambrecht of Sidney Center; and a brother, Henry W. Davis of Sidney Center.
Friends may call at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, on Saturday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Stewart Pohlman officiating.
Cremation will be private.

Edward L. Oparski
Ret. Electrician, 74

Edward L. Oparski of Bloomingburg, a retired electrician for IBEW Local Union #102 in Parsippany, N.J., died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at the Horton campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. He was 74 years of age.
The son of the late Leonard and Joanna Malak Oparski, he was born July 20, 1929, in Poland.
Mr. Oparski was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Bloomingburg. He was a veteran of the Polish Army.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Marianna Jurkiewicz Oparski, at home; a son, Jerry Oparski, and a daughter, Julita Oparski, both of Bloomingburg; a brother, Ted Oparski of Jersey City, N.J.; two grandsons, Andrew and Gregory; several nieces and nephews, including Eve Godzwon and her husband, Marian, of Cliffwood Beach, N.J.; and many close family friends.
Friends may call at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, High Street, Bloomingburg, with Fr. Raymond Bagdonis, O. Carm., officiating.
Burial will be made in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Middletown, 142 Bloomingburg Road, Middletown, N.Y. 10940 or to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.

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