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April 23, 2004

Thomas Schick, 46
Master GM Tech.

Thomas A. Schick of Obernburg, a master GM technician at Roche's Garage in Callicoon for 26 years and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, April 18, 2004, in Obernburg as the result of injuries sustained in a vehicular accident. He was 46 years of age.
The son of Albert and Evelyn Specht Schick, he was born August 20, 1957, in Callicoon.
Mr Schick was a communicant of St. Mary's R.C. Church in Obernburg and a member of the Holy Name Society of the church. He was also a member and a fire commissioner of the North Branch Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah Metzger Schick, and three children, John, Heidi and Eric Schick, all at home; his parents of Obernburg; his father- and mother-in-law, John and Leisel Metzger of Callicoon; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Firematic services will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening at the funeral home.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Mary's Church in Obernburg, with Father Gus Richardson and Father Ignatius Smith officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Mary's Cemetery in Obernburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the North Branch Fire Department, North Branch, N.Y. 12766 or to St. Mary's Church, Obernburg, N.Y. 12767.

Christine A. Hughes
Registered Nurse, 51

Christine A. Hughes, a 15-year resident of Mahopac, a registered nurse at Lincoln Hall in Somers and a former resident of Monticello, died Monday, April 19, 2004. She was 51 years of age.
The daughter of Florence Gregory Armstrong and the late Frank Armstrong, she was born September 30, 1952, in Monticello.
A 1970 graduate of Monticello High School, she received her associates degree in nursing from Russell Sage Junior College in Troy. For many years, she was Director of Utilization Review at Flushing Hospital in Queens.
Mrs. Hughes was active for many years with Cub Scout Pack 371 and 471, serving as a den leader and assistant pack leader. All of her boys received the Arrow of Light Award in scouting. She was also a member of the PTA in the Mahopac School District.
She is survived by her husband of 16 years, Martin E. Hughes, and three children, Conor, Quinn and Erin, all of Mahopac; her mother of Monticello; a brother, Frank Armstrong of Orangeburg; two sisters, Jane Armstrong of New Fairfield, Conn., and Marianne Eidel of Neversink; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Wednesday evening at the Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home in Mahopac.
Interment was made Thursday at the Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.

Fred Albers
Ret. Mason Contr., 96

Fred Albers of Milanville, Pa, a 34-year area resident and a retired mason contractor since 1970, died Sunday, April 18, 2004, at the Wayne Woodlands Manor in Waymart, Pa. He was 96 years of age.
Born April 27, 1908, in Brauel, Germany, he emmigrated to the United States in 1928 and became a U.S. citizen soon thereafter.
Mr. Albers and his wife grew up in neighboring towns in Germany but attended the same church. They married and settled in Ridgefield, N.J., where they lived for over 30 years. She passed away in October of 2003 after 67 years of marriage. Mr. Albers was active in church and civic affairs in Ridgefield and served six years on the Board of Education.
Upon retirement, the couple built a new home in Milanville and became active in local church and civic affairs. Mr. Albers served with the Damascus Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps and was a founding member of the Damascus Township Planning Commission, being instrumental in establishing the Township's first master plan.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Ray and Susan Albers of Vienna, Va., and John and Judy Albers of Evergreen, Colo.; three grandsons and their wives, Andrew and Carmen Albers, Ben Albers and Sarah Butzen, and Greg and Kate Palmer Albers; a granddaughter, Katie; and a great-grandson, Gabriel.
Friends may call at the Rasmussen Funeral Home in Narrowsburg on Sunday from noon to 1 p.m.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.
Interment will be made in the Milanville (Pa.) Cemetery.

Evelyn A. Fippinger
Ret. Records Mgr., 68

Evelyn A. Fippinger of Livingston Manor and Hicksville, a retired records manager for Geico Insurance Co., died Sunday, April 18, 2004, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 68 years of age.
The daughter of the late Edward R. and Antonette Popielski Wagner, she was born April 19, 1935, in Carle Place.
In a family statement, it was said, "Her family meant everything to her."
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Frank F. Fippinger, at home; five children and their spouses, Gary and Karen Fippinger of Hicksville, John and Deborah of North Merrick, Lynn and Hank Gross of Hicksville, William and Virginia Fippinger of Hicksville and Susan and Allan Jones of Livingston Manor; and ten grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Frank.
Services and cremation were private.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor.

George H. Burch
Ret. Farm Laborer, 84

George H. Burch, a former resident of Grahamsville and a retired farm laborer, died Monday, April 19, 2004, at Elant at Goshen. He was 84 years of age.
The son of the late Herbert C. and Hilda Knote Burch, he was born June 12, 1919, in Grahamsville.
He is survived by a cousin, Kathryn Thomson of Delhi. He was predeceased by two brothers, Elroy and Floyd Burch.
Friends may call at the Loucks Funeral Home, Route 209, Ellenville, on Friday from 3 to 8 p.m.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Eileen Daunt officiating.
Burial will be made in the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.

Lorraine I. Geer
Ret. Assembler, 83

Lorraine I. Geer of Port Jervis, a retired assembler for Kolmar Labs, Inc. in Port Jervis and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, April 20, 2004, at the Nyack Hospital. She was 83 years of age.
The daughter of the late Ernest and Edith Fink San Pietro, she was born November 20, 1920, in Windsor, Canada. She was the widow of Howard Geer.
In a family statement, it was said, "She will be sadly missed by her family, who loved her so much."
Mrs. Geer is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Judith and Frank Wood of Monticello, Diane (Cole) and Howard Runyon of Spring Hill, Fla., and JoAnne and Edwin Rivera of Westbrookville; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Barbara Geer of Westtown, Robert Geer of Colorado Springs, Colo., and James and Karen Geer of Balmville; a sister, Lillian Dahlquist of Sarasota, Fla.; eight grandchildren, including Jessica, Genna and Casey; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a grandson, Michael Grinder.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, with the Rev. Robert Cassidy officiating.
Burial will be made in the Pine Hill Cemetery in Sparrowbush.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association,, National Office, 50 Court St., 306 A, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201-4801.

Ronald A. Hill
Ret. General Mgr., 65

Ronald A. Hill of Nags Head, N.C., a retired general manager of the Surfside Motel in Nags Head, died Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at the Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Lexington, Va. He was 65 years of age.
The son of the late Alvin Thomas and Harriett McKechnie Hill, he was born June 23, 1938, in Port Jervis.
Mr. Hill was a former town councilman and magistrate for the Town of Highland and a past president of the Highland Lions Club. He was a past president and past zone chairmen of the North Carolina Lions Club and was a 32nd degree Mason. Mr. Hill was also a past president of the Nags Head Motel/Hotel Association.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Frances Hill, at home; a foster son, Leroy G. Chandler of Nags Head, N.C.; and many extended family members.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

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