April 16, 2004
Anna DiCaprio of Wurtsboro Hills, a 53-year area resident, died Friday, April 9, 2004, at her home. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Biaggio and Rosa Dilliso Castaldo, she was born February 27, 1917, in the Bronx.
In a family statement, it was said, "Her greatest joy in life was her family. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Anna expressed her love for people by preparing a feast fit for a king within minutes to whomever entered her home. She not only filled your body, but also your spirit with her love, laughter and generosity. She was an inspiration to her family and is a light that will shine in their hearts forever. . . We are forever grateful for the support and help given by Martha Johnson, Diane, Gail, Pat, Cheryl and Dawn of Hospice. We are eternally thankful to Kim Pennington who lovingly and tenderly cared for Anna. We couldn't have done it without her."
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, John DiCaprio, at home; three daughters, Tina McCready of Pembroke Pines, Fla., Rose Morris of Monroe and JoAnn Goddard of Mountaindale; two sons, Cosmo DiCaprio of Coral Springs, Fla., and John DiCaprio of Crawford; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass was offered Thursday at Sacred Heart Church in Monroe with the Rev. Carl D. Johnson officiating.
Burial was made in the Seamanville Cemetery in Monroe.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Philip R. Blaum
Ret. NYC PD, 57
Philip R. Blaum of Eldred, a retired New York City police officer and a 22-year area resident, died Sunday, April 11, 2004, at the VA Medical Center in Manhattan. He was 57 years of age.
The son of the late Philip F. and Catherine Mood Blaum, he was born February 11, 1947, in Queens.
A U.S. Marines veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a member of the Tusten-Highland Memorial Post No. 6427, Veterans of Foreign Wars. in Narrowsburg; a member of the Beaver Brook Rod and Gun Club and a member of the Eldred Mountain Stream Rod and Gun Club.
He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Roberta Blaum of Carmel; a nephew, Matthew; and a niece, Elizabeth.
Services were held Thursday at the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville with the Rev. Anthony Moore officiating.
Burial was made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the NYC Police Dept. Widows & Children's Fund, 204 E. 23rd St., 5th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10010.
Ruth K. Bredo
Ruth Katz Bredo of Monticello died Saturday, April 10, 2004. She was 94 years of age.
The daughter of the late Samuel and Regina Spitz Katz, she was born November 13, 1909, in Brooklyn, together with her twin, Morris Katz.
Mrs. Bredo is survived by two daughters, Barbara Sanders of Cape Cod, Mass., and Jackie DeSimone and her husband, John, of Monticello; eight grandchildren, Regina Butler of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Randy Lipscomb of Davie, Fla., George Lipscomb of Monument Beach, Mass., Lori Nixon of Kauneonga Lake, John DeSimone Jr. of Slate Hill, Nicky DeSimone of Monticello, Andrea Oldfield of Harris and Daniel DeSimone of West Patterson, N.J.; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Wednesday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello with Rabbi Ben Zion Chanowitz officiating
Burial was made in the Landfield Avenue Synagogue Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sullivan County Adult Care Center, Sunset Lake Rd., Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Joseph Costa, 74
Ret. Maintenance Wrk.
Joseph Costa of Woodbourne, a retired maintenance worker for the Fallsburg Central School District, died Sunday, April 11, 2004, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. He was 74 years of age.
The son of the late Louis and Madeline Lavazolli Costa, he was born May 2, 1929, in Brooklyn.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Helen Costa, at home; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Lawrence Costa of Middletown, and John and Eileen Costa and Joe and Debbie Costa, all of Woodbourne; a daughter, Victoria Costa of Woodbourne; five grandchildren, Stephanie Costa of North Carolina, Allison Costa of Monticello, Erica and Lisa Costa of Woodbourne and Joseph L. Costa of Middletown; and a brother, John Costa of Roscoe.
Services were held Tuesday evening at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Cremation was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Assoc., Mid-Hudson Chapter, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 102, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601.
Beatrice Clapper of Livingston Manor, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, April 11, 2004, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Irving and Pearl Wood Houck, she was born September 27, 1916 in Walton.
Mrs. Clapper was a member of the Livingston Manor United Methodist Church and a former member of the now defunct Ladies Auxiliary to the Livingston Manor Memorial Post No. 6081, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Judith and Paul Seeley of Livingston Manor; a granddaughter, Tammy Jo Seeley of Staten Island; a great-grandson, Gunnar Thomas Gerpestad; four sisters, Florence Sarles of Liberty, and Irene Miller, Marjorie Simpson and Josephine Hobart, all of Livingston Manor.
Services were held at the Livingston Manor United Methodist Church on Wednesday with the Rev. Stewart Pohlman officiating.
Interment was made in the Orchard Street Cemetery in Livingston Manor.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston Manor United Methodist Church, 89 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor.
Marie M. Houston
Marie M. Houston of Harris, a homemaker, died Monday, April 12, 2004, at her home. She was 76 years of age.
The daughter of the late Preston and Matilda Leiber Whipple, she was born February 15, 1928, in Liberty.
In a family statement, it was said, "Our mom was a great inspiration to us all. Her strength and her love endured the test of time. Her love and faith in God gave her all of that. Her journey was hard and long, but she never gave up. She always had her children close by her to enjoy fun times of fishing, Bingo (she'll be missed by all her friends there), always enjoyed a poker game, auctions, and Yahtzee with us all. Mom never felt tired to enjoy these moments. In the end, she could feel your prayers and love to all that were a part of the end of her journey. Thank you all."
A memorial service was held Wednesday at the Calvary Baptist Church in Loch Sheldrake with Carl Caskey officiating.
Cremation was private
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Helen J. Gantz
Ret. Presser, 85
Helen J. Gantz of Wurtsboro, a retired lining presser for the Calvert Coat Company, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at the Arden Hill campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Goshen. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of the late Albert Alvin and Sadie Ann McDavitt Cooper, she was born October 21, 1918, in Andover, N.J. She was the widow of Frank Gantz Sr.
Mrs. Gantz was a member of the International Garment Workers Local.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Frank Jr. and Carol Gantz, and a daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Robert E. Seeley Sr., all of Circleville; two sisters, Doris Steiger of Branchville, N.J., and Erma Spargo of Wurtsboro Hills; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Alvin, Harold and Roland, and two sisters, Violet and Freda.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Morse Funeral Home, 33 Railroad Ave., Middletown.
Burial will be made at the Circleville Cemetery.
Henry Bud Umnik
Master Electrician, 59
Henry A. "Bud" Umnik of Cochecton Center, a master electrician who took over his father's plumbing, heating and electrical contracting business which began in the 1940s, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at his home, following a battle with cancer. He was 59 years of age.
The son of the late Henry and Ethel Heinle Umnik, he was born April 3, 1945, in Callicoon.
Mr. Umnik was a 1963 graduate of Narrowsburg Central School and a 1965 graduate with an associates' degree from Williamsport Area Community College. He was a member of the U. S. Army Reserves, a founding and former member of the Town of Cochecton Ambulance Corps, a member of Heinle's Generals softball team, a member of the Cochecton Center Community Center and a trustee of Laurel Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Dunn Umnik, at home; a sister, Elizabeth Farrell of Stafford, Va.; a brother, Howard Umnik and his wife, Suzanne, of Cochecton Center; a niece, Elizabeth M. Umnik of Landsville, Pa.; and many cousins.
Friends may call at the Cochecton Center Community Center on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.
Services will be conducted by the Rev. Thomas Jones at the Cochecton Center Community Center at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Burial will be made in the Laurel Cemetery in Cochecton Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cochecton Center Community Center, Inc., c/o George Walters, 300 Tyler Rd., Narrowsburg, N.Y. 12764; to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550; or to the Henry A. Umnik (trade) Scholarship with Class of 1963, P.O. Box 133, Cochecton Center, N.Y. 12727.
Ret. Sales Exec., 70
Conrad S. Morgiewicz, a lifelong resident of Pine Island and a retired sales executive, died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, after a two-year battle with brain cancer. He was 70 years of age.
The son of the late Floyd and Mary Felczak Morgiewicz, he was born November 12, 1933, in Warwick.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Morgiewicz was a past vice commander of the Polish Legion of American Veterans. He was a member, director and past president of the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce and was the emcee of the 1983 and 1989 Orange County Onion Harvest Festivals. Mr. Morgiewicz was named Pine Island Citizen of the Year 1988. He was also a member and past president of the Pulaski Fire Company, a member of the Pine Island Fire Department and Fire Police, a member and past president of St. Stanislaus Holy Name Society and a former chairman of the St. Stanislaus Parish council.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 43 years, Barbara Morgiewicz, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Conrad and Cyndy Morgiewicz of Groton, Mass., and Louis and Joan Morgiewicz of New Paltz; two daughters and sons-in-law, Frances and K.C. O'Hara of Medford, Mass., and Susan and Joseph Giza of Wurtsboro; two brothers and sisters-in-law Floyd and Evelyn Morley of Trumbull Conn., and Vincent and Sophia Morgiewicz of Pine Island; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Delores and Leon Piasecki of Goshen and Isabelle and Stanley Dudlo of Pine Island; nine grandchildren, Brittany Morgiewicz, Colin, Brogan and Grace O'Hara, Jennifer and Heather Giza, Louis J., Celina and Adelaine Morgiewicz; his mother-in-law, Catherine Poloniak; two brothers-in-law, Louis Poloniak and Vincent and his wife, Joan Poloniak; three sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law, Connie and George Gurda, Joan and Raymond Sullivan, and Bernice Poloniak; four godchildren, Kathleen Missett, James Piasecki, Stanley Morgiewicz and Joyce Schloicka; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Daniel J. Morgiewicz, Ret. Capt. U.S. Navy, and his wife, Margaret Quinn Morgiewicz.
Friends may call at the T.S. Purta Funeral Home, 600 County Rt. 1 Pine Island, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Pine Island.
Burial will be made in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Pine Island.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550 or to the Pine Island Fire Department,. Pine Island, N.Y. 10969.
Stacey S. Majors, 60
Stacey Smedley Majors, an eight-year resident of the Halifax-Danville, Va., area, and a former 40-year resident of New York state, including Middletown, died March 7, 2004. She was 60 years of age.
The daughter of the late Booker T. and Ruth Shelton Smedley, she was born April 29, 1943, in Kimball, W. Va. She was the widow of Artie Benjamin Majors.
Mrs. Majors was a member of St. Paul Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and had been a member of Second Baptist Church in Middletown.
In a family statement, it was said, "She touched many lives being loved by all near and far, and she will be greatly missed."
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free. I'm following a path God made for me. I took His hand when I heard Him call, I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way, I've found that peace at the close of day. If my departing has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy, a friendship smile, a laugh, a kiss, ah yes, these things I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life has been full; I've savored much; good friends, good times and loved one's touch. Perhaps my time seems all too brief, don't lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free.
She is survived by two sons, Timothy Smedley of Port Jervis and Warren Harris Sr. of Bloomingburg; a sister, Alice Clark of Charlotte, N.C.; five grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Bessie Smedley; four brothers-in-law and four sisters-in-law; a step-son, Tony Majors; three step-daughters, Delores, Shirley and Barbara; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by a brother, Ronald Smedley.
No information was submitted about services.
Interment will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday at the Oakland Cemetery in Yonkers.