March 30, 2004
William Heisler Sr.
Ret. Mechanic, 81
William A. Heisler Jr. of Liberty, a retired truck mechanic for Ed's Garage in Liberty and a more than 55-year area resident, died Thursday, March 25, 2004, at his home. He was 81 years of age.
The son of the late William A. and Mary Hesley Heisler, he was born August 19, 1922, in Wyckoff, N.J.
Mr. Heisler was a World War II veteran of the U. S. Army, serving in the 4th Infantry. During his service he was awarded the Purple Heart, the Oak Leaf Cluster to the Purple Heart and four bronze service stars. He was a life member of the Clarence Hoyt Post No. 9217, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Liberty and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of Liberty Hose & Truck Co. #2 where he had served as engineer from 1965 to 1976, lieutenant from 1977 to 1979 and first lieutenant from 1980-82. Mr. Heisler attended the Liberty United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Mabel E. Johansen Heisler, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, William J. and Pat Heisler of Newport News, Va., and Timothy J. and Marisa Heisler of Liberty; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Barbara and Arthur Shapiro of White Sulphur Springs, Linda Goetz and her companion, Gordon Frost, of Grahamsville, Sharon and Charles Fletcher of Newport News, Va., and Susan and John Bromm of Sandown, N.H.; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Edward Heisler, and two sisters, Ann Burnham and Mary Heisler.
Funeral services were held Monday at the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty with the Rev. Bridgette LeConey, pastor of the White Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Francis Waite, pastor of the Liberty United Methodist Church, officiating.
Burial was made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty with military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Hose & Truck Co. #2, Sprague Avenue, N.Y. 12754 or to Orange-Sullivan Hospice, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Arthur J. Lemmo
Ret. Gen. Contractor, 86
Arthur J. Lemmo of Callicoon Center, a retired general contractor and a longtime area resident, died Friday, March 26, 2004, at the Grover Hermann Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Callicoon. He was 86 years of age.
The son of the late Anthony and Joanna De Vita Lemmo, he was born June 5, 1917, in Brooklyn. He was the widower of Katherine E. Bohl Lemmo who died May 15, 2001.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Lemmo was a former member of the Emmet Turner Post No. 276, American Legion, in Jeffersonville and of the Callicoon Center Fire Company.
He is survived by a niece and two nephews.
Services were held Monday at the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe with the Rev. Robert Parkay officiating.
Burial was made in the Callicoon Center Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mid-Hudson Chapter of Alzheimer's Assoc., 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 102, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601-4027.
Ret. Sales Clerk, 74
Lena Monaco of Howells, a retired sales clerk for the W.T. Grant Store in Middletown and a retired machine operator for Miss Swank and LoRay garment companies, died Friday, March 27, 2004, at the Horton campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. She was 74 years of age.
The daughter of the late Angelo and Lena Cimino Torre, she was born October 6, 1929, in Tompkins Cove. She was the widow of Frank J. Monaco.
In a family statement, it was said, "Lena was not only a mother and grandmother, but a best friend, who would see a need and fulfill it from her heart. She loved all of her family, wanting them all to stay close knit. She was always there for everyone." Her best friend, Sylvia Christensen remembered "Every year on my birthday, Lena composed a lovely poem relating all that went on during the year. She was my best loving friend."
Mrs. Monaco is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Angelo and Anna Monaco of Montgomery; a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and William Traver of Cuddebackville; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Albert and Mary Startari of Lakehurst, N.J., and Frank and Natalie Startari of Whitestone; five grandchildren, Jean Youngman and her husband, Ron, of Port Richey, Fla., Frank A. Monaco of Wurtsboro, Carrie Monaco and Jeremy Monaco, both of Bloomingburg, and Carla Monaco of Montgomery; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Frank A. Monaco, a brother, Bruno Startari, and a sister, Mary Capuano.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Holy Name Catholic Church, Highland Ave., Otisville, with Father Peter Van Tan Phat officiating.
Burial will be made in Holy Name Cemetery in Otisville.
Nancy L. Ward
Mailroom Super, 61
Nancy L. Ward of Livingston Manor, a mailroom supervisor for Ross Industries in Liberty, died Wednesday, March 24, 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.
Services were held at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor on Saturday with the Rev. Stewart Pohlman officiating.
Cremation was private.
Ret. Bookkeeper, 84
Dorothy Garelick of Hurleyville, a lifelong area resident and a retired bookkeeper for the Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, died Thursday, March 25, 2004, at the Achieve Rehab and Nursing Facility in Liberty. She was 84 years of age.
The daughter of the late Jacob and Anna Osdoby, she was born August 2, 1919, in Hurleyville.
Mrs. Garelick was a longtime member of the Hurleyville Synagogue and the Sisterhood of the Synagogue.
She is survived by her husband, Nelson Garelick, at home; a daughter, Jacqueline Herman of Goshen; two brothers, Henry Osdoby of the state of Florida and Benjamin Osdoby of Woodridge; a sister, Sara Burstein of Hurleyville and the state of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held Sunday at the Hurleyville Synagogue with Rabbi Irving Goodman officiating.
Burial was made in the Hurleyville Synagogue Cemetery in Hurleyville.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Edward Theodore, 72
Ret. From Quilting Co.
Edward Theodore of Port Jervis, retired from Barbara Quilting and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at his home. He was 72 years of age.
The son of the late Louis and Myrtle Hill Theodore, he was born December 17, 1931, in Port Jervis. He was the widower of Erika A. Jaensch Theodore who died July 5, 1989.
A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, he served in Germany. Mr. Theodore was a former member of Excelsior Engine Co. No. 5 of the Port Jervis Fire Department.
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Frank A. and Nancy Theodore of Port Jervis; a daughter and son-in-law, Mildred and John Launt of Pond Eddy; a brother, William Theodore of Port Jervis; a sister, Rose Teller, and her husband, Tom of Port Jervis; five grandchildren, Frank Theodore Jr., Shawn Theodore, Edward Theodore, Daniel Spradling and Erika Spradling; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, June Brietfeller.
Services were held Saturday at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home in Port Jervis with Pastor Ronald G. Clark officiating.
Burial was made in the Pine Hill Cemetery in Sparrowsbush.
Medical Doctor, 60
Anthony Forte, M.D., of Wurtsboro, died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at the Horton campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. He was 60 years of age.
The son of the late Anthony and Josephine Theodore Forte, he was born November 30, 1943, in New York City.
A graduate of the New York Military Academy in Cornwall, he earned his doctorate from Howard University.
Dr. Forte was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Wurtsboro, a member of the American Medical Society and the Italian Center in Poughkeepsie.
In a family statement, it was said, "He was a dedicated doctor and loving husband who was cherished by his family and friends."
He is survived by his wife, Carole A. Wolfe Forte, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Gabrielle and Jason Shirdon of Littlestown, Pa.; a step-son, Shayne Childress and his wife, Mayra, of Tucson, Ariz., and their children, Antonio and Marisol; several cousins, including Dr. Francis Forte and his wife, Marie, of Englewood Cliffs, N.J. He was predeceased by a son, Andre.
Friends may call at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Thursday at St. Joseph's Church, Sullivan Street, Wurtsboro, with the Rev. Peter Madori officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Joseph P. deBree Sr.
Ret. Groundskeeper, 81
Joseph P. deBree Sr. of Montgomery, a retired head groundskeeper and maintenance man at the Pearl River School District and former owner of deBree Garbage & Disposal in Rockland County, died Friday, March 26, 2004, at his home. He was 81 years of age.
The son of the late Peter and Marie Elizabeth Delme deBree, he was born July 5, 1922, in Arcola, N.J. He was the widower of Margaret Wilson deBree.
Mr. deBree attended the Monsey schools and served as a volunteer fireman with the Hugh Guessner Fire Department in Spring Valley. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army.
He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Patrick and Mary deBree of Montgomery, Joseph Jr. and Linda deBree of Sebring, Fla., and David and Linda deBree of Woodbourne; a daughter, Mariann Morgan of Mongaup Valley; a sister, Mary Dykstra of Ohio; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his dog, Charlie. Mr. deBree was predeceased by four brothers, John, Peter, Charles and Gustav deBree, and a sister, Wilhelmina Pitt.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home in Walden.
Burial will be made in the Brick Church Cemetery in Spring Valley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7E, East Syracuse, N.Y. 13057 or to Hospice of Orange, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Betsy Reed Dill
Ret. Legal Secy.
Betsy Reed Dill of Waltham, Mass., a retired legal secretary, died at her home on Thursday, March 25, 2004, after a long illness.
Born in Liberty, she was a resident of Waltham and Metro-West Boston for the past 20 years. She was a volunteer at the Holliston Library for many years and in her spare time, she enjoyed the Symphony, knitting and spending time with her grandchildren and family.
She is survived by her husband, Robert F. Dill, at home; five children, Terry Dill of Brooklyn, Chris Dill of Portland, Oreg., Peter Dill of Newton, Mass., Cathy Dill of Sudbury, Mass., and Mary Lombardo of North Attleboro, Mass.; and eight grandchildren.
A Celebration of her Life was offered at the First Parish of Waltham, Unitarian in Waltham on Saturday with the Rev. Peter Hart officiating.
Interment was private.
Memorial services were held Monday at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Lymphoma Research, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Attn.: Contribution Service, Brookline, Mass. 02445.
Charlotte R. Hunt
Ret. Assembler, 85
Charlotte R. Hunt of Tucson, Ariz., a retired assembler for Kolmar Labs, Inc., in Port Jervis and a lifelong area resident, died Thursday, March 25, 2004, at the Handmaker Health Care Facility in Tucson. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of the late William and Clementine Chase Eckert, she was born August 3, 1918, in Port Jervis.
Mrs. Hunt was a member of the Desert Skies United Methodist Church in Tucson, Ariz.
In a family statement, it was said, "Charlotte was the matriarch of the Best Western Inn at Hunt's Landing, Matamoras, Pa."
She is survived by her husband, Edward Hunt Sr., at home; two sons, Michael A. Hunt and his wife, Ann, of Milford, Pa., and Charles Edward Hunt Jr. of Tucson, Ariz.; a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and William Morgan of Port Jervis; seven grandchildren, Michael Hunt Jr., Michele Schellinger, Melissa Schultz, Kimberly Stasa, Kelly Murphy, Kyle Aschoff and Coral Hunt; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Monday at the Pond Eddy United Methodist Church with the Rev. Nancy VonderHorst officiating.
Interment was made in the Pine Hill Cemetery in Sparrowsbush.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan County, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Rosemarie D. Winters
Former Deli Mgr., 66
Rosemarie Dorothea Winters of Damascus, Pa., a former resident of Deer Park, L.I., and a former deli manager, died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. She was 66 years of age.
The daughter of the late Ludwig and Catharina Boetjer Stubbe, she was born July 27, 1937, in Germany.
Mrs. Winters was a member of Valley Stream Chapter #840, Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Winters, at home; two daughters, Carola Myer and Silke Myer, both of Long Island; three grandchildren, Daniel and Timmy Britio and Jason Myer; a sister, Karin Ehmer of Hendersonville, N.C.; a brother, Ludwig Stubbe in Germany; three step-children, Michael Winters and his wife, Debbie, and their children, Justina and Michelle, Robin Jones and her husband, Bob, and their children, Ashley, Katherine and Emily, and Lance Winters and his fiancée Michelle. She also leaves behind her special pet cat, Snowball.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Stuart Hunt officiating.
Burial will be made in Hillcrest Cemetery in Damascus, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Township Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 63, Damascus, Pa. 18415.