May 4, 2004
Graveside services and burial of Alice Hess, a former longtime resident of Jeffersonville, who died in Florida on January 13, 2004, will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, May 8, at the Jeffersonville Methodist Church Cemetery in Jeffersonville.
Mrs. Hess, widow of Warren Hess, was a retired teacher of BOCES, a volunteer at the Jeffersonville Library, a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the United Methodist Church of Jeffersonville.
Ret. RN, 80
Carmen D. "Carrie" Vannatta of Narrowsburg, a retired registered nurse at the Grover M. Hermann Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center and a longtime area resident, died Friday, April 30, 2004, at the Callicoon hospital. She was 80 years of age.
The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Luis Callico, she was born February 24, 1924, in Caracas, Venezuela.
Mrs. Vannatta was an associate of the Corps of Cadet Nurses during World War II. She was also a member of the United Methodist Church and a member of the Tusten-Cochecton Library, both in Narrowsburg; and a more than 50-year member of St. Tammany Chapter No. 492, Order of the Eastern Star, in Callicoon.
She is survived by her husband, Orvis Vannatta, at home; two sons, John Vannatta of Leonardtown, Md., and Louis Vannatta of Ashburn, Va.; a daughter, Sue Ellen Franklin of Plano, Tex.; two sisters, Delores Haraka of Freeport, L.I., and Roberta Baldwin of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; two grandchildren; and a niece.
A memorial service was held Monday at the Rasmussen Funeral Home in Narrowsburg with the Rev. Steve Knutsen officiating.
Cremation was made at the H.G. Smith Crematory in Stroudsburg, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tusten Settlement Association, c/o Kathleen Johnson, 5 Grassy Swamp Rd., Narrowsburg, N.Y. 12764.
Ret. Teacher's Aide, 89
Virginia Donnelly of Cochecton, a former teacher's aide at the Jeffersonville-Youngsville Central School, died Sunday, April 25, 2004, at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. She was 89 years of age.
The daughter of the late Arthur and Wilhelmina Kagel Brandt, she was born September 24, 1914, in Callicoon. She was the widow of William Donnelly.
Mrs. Donnelly was a member of the Lake Huntington Presbyterian Church and its Ladies Aid, the Lake Huntington Senior Citizens and the Delaware Valley Senior Citizens of Callicoon.
She is survived by a son, Donald Lake Sr. of Cochecton; and two grandsons, Daniel and Donald Lake Jr.
Cremation was made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Burial of the cremains will be made in the Hortonville Cemetery at a date to be announced.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Huntington Presbyterian Church, Lake Huntington, N.Y. 12752.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon.
Ret. Nannie, 87
Julia Baniewicz of New York City, a retired child care nannie in NYC, died Friday, April 30 2004, at the Horton campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Anna Kochmaniska Fila, she was born November 20, 1916, in Yonkers. She was the widow of Victor Baniewicz who died in 1970.
Mrs. Baniewicz is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kathern and Walter "Murph" Larkin of Liberty; a brother and sister-in-law, Stephen and Emma Fila of Maryland; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside services and burial were held at St. Peter's Cemetery in Liberty on Monday.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Bertha M. Milk
Ret. Teacher, 93
Bertha M. Milk of Callicoon, a lifelong area resident and a retired elementary teacher at the Delaware Valley Central School, died Friday, April 30, 2004, at her home. She was 93 years of age.
The daughter of the late Edward and Amanda Engert McGuire, she was born August 2, 1910, in Callicoon. She was the widow of William Milk.
A 1928 graduate of Callicoon High School, she attended Delhi Training Class and New Paltz and Oneonta colleges. She received her B.S. from New Paltz and spent 40 years teaching in many local rural schools and Callicoon High School before it became Delaware Valley Central School, retiring in 1973.
She was a charter member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Tau Chapter, an honorary society for outstanding teachers, organized in Liberty in 1952, and recommended by her principal, the late Charles E. Lewis. She was loved by her hundreds of students and her co-workers.
After retirement, "Bert" and her husband enjoyed wintering in Florida. They were members of the former Happy Wanderers Trailer Club and enjoyed many fishing trips to Canada.
Mrs. Milk was a member of Holy Cross Church in Callicoon, the Delaware Valley Senior Citizens and Court Father Raphael Chapter #1542 of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, all in Callicoon. She was also a member of the Jeffersonville Senior Citizens, the Sullivan County Retired Teachers and the New York State Retired Teachers.
She is survived by three sisters, Agnes Spielmann of Youngsville, Florence Bauer of Callicoon and Dorothy Gottschalk and her husband, Philip, of Hankins; several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and a sister-in-law, Genevieve Hughs of Goulds. She was predeceased by a sister, Helen Walters
A funeral Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon with Father Ignatius Smith, O.F.M., officiating.
Burial will be made in Holy Cross Cemetery in Callicoon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Upper Delaware Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 238, Hankins, N.Y. 12741 or to Holy Cross Church, P.O. Box 246, Callicoon, N.Y. 12723.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon.
Lena F. Krum
Ret. Store Mgr., 91
Lena F. Krum of Grahamsville, a retired store manager of Grahamsville and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, April 30, 2004, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 91 years of age.
The daughter of the late Fred and Bertha Stickle Turner, she was born in Pleasant Valley, South Fallsburg, on February 10, 1913. She was the widow of Raymond C. Krum.
Trained by Ma Bell, she worked as a night telephone operator in Fallsburg and was co-owner with her husband of the Krum Family Store in Grahamsville. She was a member of the Grahamsville PTA, the Grahamsville Bridge Club, the Claryville Quilting Club and the Dutch Reformed Church in Claryville.
Mrs. Krum is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, James and Betsy Grimley Krum of Buffalo; a daughter, Barbara K. Mahnken of Grahamsville; a sister, Elizabeth M. Fraser of Monticello; five grandchildren, Lauralee Krum Sirhal, James Raymond Krum, Scott W. Mahnken, Todd J. Mahnken and Stacey M. Engels; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a grandson, Jason Krum, and two brothers, Gorton L. Turner and Harry Turner.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 Main St., Woodbourne, with the Rev. Paul Ruter officiating.
Burial will be made in the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grahamsville First Aid Squad or the Grahamsville Fire Department, both at Grahamsville, N.Y. 12740.
Hvy. Equip. Oper., 64
Raymond K. Everett of Neversink, a heavy equipment operator for the Town of Neversink Highway Department and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, May 1, 2004, at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J. He was 64 years of age.
The son of Madeleine Stickle Everett and the late George Everett, he was born March 19, 1940, in Liberty.
A veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, Mr. Everett was a member and former deacon of the Dutch Reformed Church in Grahamsville. He was also a member and former commissioner of the Neversink Fire Department and the Fire Police. Mr. Everett was a lifetime member of the NRA, a member of the Grahamsville Rod and Gun Club, Hunter Road Hunting Club, Patton Club, Wawarsing Rod and Gun Club and the Sullivan County Federation of Sportsmen's Club.
He is survived by his mother of Liberty; his wife Betty Everett, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Audra Everett of Youngsville; a daughter, Carol Sisco of Neversink; a sister, Alice McCleary of White Hall, Ohio; and three grandchildren, Kansas, Brittany and Cory Sisco.
Services will be held at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 South Main St., Liberty, on Tuesday at noon with Pastor Paul Ruter officiating.
Interment will be made in the family plot at the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Neversink First Aid Squad, Neversink, N.Y. 12765.
Golf Course Wkr.
Edwin Post, a longtime resident of Monticello and a former employee of the Bay Shore Golf Course, died Friday, April 23, 2004, at his home.
A veteran of World War II, he served three years and received several commendations for his service overseas.
In a family statement, it was said, "Eddie was a great story teller and did his crossword puzzle everyday. His passion was golf which he played until a few years ago. He was a regular visitor at the Par 3 on Miami Beach and will be missed by all his friends."
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapel, 1920 Alton Road, Miami Beach, Fla.
Claire P. Jacobs, 83
Ret. Oper. of Hotel
Claire Primard Jacobs, an eight-year resident of East Brunswick, N.J. and the retired (1985) owner/operator of the Delmar Hotel in Liberty and a longtime area resident, died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick. She was 83 years of age.
The daughter of the late Lutien and Marie Primard, she was born in Gien-sur-Cure, France. She migrated to the United States in 1946, settling in New York State.
Mrs. Jacobs was a member of Hadassah and active in many other Jewish organizations in her younger years.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Sharon Jacobs of Marion, Pa., and Howard and Cindy Jacobs of East Brunswick, N.J.; a sister, Lucette "Lulu" Gendry of France; and four grandchildren, Elizabeth, Madeleine, Benjamin and Katherine Jacobs.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday in the East Brunswick Jewish Center, 511 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick with Rabbi Chaim Rogoff officiating.
Interment will be made in Beth Moses Cemetery in Farmingdale.
Memorial contributions may be made to any chapter of Hadassah.
Edward J. Rizzo, 58
Edward J. "Eddie" Rizzo of Obernburg, died Friday, April 30, 2004 at his home after a short illness. He was 58 years of age.
The son of the late Rafael and Agnes Rizzo, he was born December 23, 1945, in the Bronx.
In a family statement it was said, "His spirit will live on in the hearts of hundreds of his friends."
He is survived by two step-children, Joe "Freedom" Poerio-Tripodi and Jen Sanchez-Campo and their spouses, both of Staten Island; and four step-grandchildren, Avery, Liam, Aidan and Gabriel.
A memorial celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, May 23, at 2 p.m. at his home, 461 Obernburg Rd., Obernburg. For more information or to make reservations, call (607) 498-5619 or 887-6111.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eddie Rizzo Fund for Wildlife Rehabilitation at Oasis Sanctuary, 130 Dyker Rd., North Branch, N.Y. 12766.
Mark Kravitz, 53
Mark Kravitz of Marietta, Ga., died unexpectedly on Friday, April 23, 2004. He was 53 years of age.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in Europe and Korea. Mr. Kravitz worked for Hewlitt-Packard for almost 25 years.
In a family statement, it was said, He was a loving husband, father and son and will be missed by many friends and extended family.
He is survived by his wife, Lynn, and a daughter, Barbara Regina, both of Marietta, Ga.; his mother, Mildred Kravitz of Monticello; an aunt and uncle, Joyce and Joseph Slayton of Monticello; and two cousins, Dr. Val W. Slayton of Massachusetts and Todd B. Slayton of California.
Burial was held April 25 at the Arlington Memorial Park Estates Cemetery in Marietta, Ga.
Thomas Wyckoff Sr.
Ret. Supervisor, 79
Thomas D. Wyckoff Sr. of Middletown, a retired head supervisor for the East Ramapo Central School District who also formerly resided in the states of New Jersey and Florida, died Wednesday, April 28, 2004, at the Horton campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. He was 79 years of age.
The son of the late Hamilton and Catherine Day Wyckoff, he was born January 28, 1925, in New York City. He was the widow of Sally Wyckoff.
He was a longtime member of the Hillcrest Fire Department before moving to the state of Florida.
Mr. Wyckoff is survived by his wife, Evelyn Wyckoff, at home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Chris Espinoza of California, Tammy and Joe Colacurcio of Monticello and Sally and Keith Williamson of Wantage, N.J; a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas D. and Pat Wyckoff of Toms River, N.J.; and 10 grandchildren.
Private cremation will be followed by a memorial service to be announced at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hillcrest Fire Department, Main St., Spring Valley, N.Y. 10977, or to the New York State Firemen's Home, 125 Howard Ave., Hudson, N.Y. 12534.
Ret. Banker, 94
Mildred Lindholm of Barryville, retired from the Richmond County Savings Bank in Staten Island and a 23-year area resident, died Tuesday, April 27, 2004, at the Schervier Pavilion in Warwick. She was 94 years of age.
The daughter of the late Olaf Bernard and Elizabeth Vessberg Dahlberg, she was born January 28, 1910, in Staten Island. She was the widow of Alfred H. Lindholm who died March 29, 1972.
Mrs. Lindholm was a member of the Yulan Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and a former member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Staten Island.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald A. and Pat Lindholm of Barryville; three grandchildren, Ronald E. Lindholm of Rock Hill, Kristian Lindholm of Queens and Beth Schaeffer of Hewitt, N.J.; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Burial will be made in the Montoza Cemetery in Eldred.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville.
Milo Mackey Sr. 73
Ret. Sanitation Wkr.
Milo B. Mackey Sr. of Florida, a former sanitation worker with Marshall Trucking in Warwick, died Wednesday, April 28, 2004, at the Arden Hill campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Goshen. He was 73 years of age.
Mr. Mackey was born November 24, 1930, in Newburgh.
In a family statement, it was said, "He was a loving and caring father, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather."
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Lybolt Mackey, at home; three sons, Milo Mackey Jr. of the village of Florida, Robert Mackey and his wife, Nancy, of Chester, and Michael Mackey of the village of Florida; six daughters, Karen O'Keeffe of Highland Falls, Cathy Castonalia of South Fallsburg, Jennifer Mackey of Rock Tavern, Sharon Mackey of Monroe, Debbie Mackey of Hancock and Jessica Mackey of Washingtonville; 23 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two sons, John E. Mackey and Jamie L. Mackey.
Funeral services were held Monday at the T .S. Purta Funeral home in Florida.
Burial was made in the Florida Cemetery.
Ret. Barber, 88
Dominick L. DeFazio of Bloomingburg, a retired barber for Nick's Barber Shop in Bloomingburg and a longtime area resident, died Friday, April 30, 2004, at the Montgomery Nursing Home. He was 88 years of age.
The son of the late Nicholas and Olga Reinert DeFazio, he was born July 20, 1915, in New Jersey.
Mr. DeFazio was the last surviving charter member of the Bloomingburg Fire Department. He was a World War II veteran of the U. S. Army and was an animal lover.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Rosemary DeFazio of Woodridge and William and Gwen DeFazio of Bloomingburg; a brother and sister-in-law, Anthony and Louise DeFazio of Middletown; six granddaughters; a great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro with the Rev. Betty Beach officiating.
Burial will be made in the Bloomingburg Rural cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bloomingburg Fire Department, P.O. Box 274, Bloomingburg, N.Y. 12721.
Truck Driver, 61
Leonard V. Caputo of Port Jervis, a truck driver for S.P. Richards Trucking Co. in Middletown and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, April 30, 2004, at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston. He was 61 years of age.
The son of the late James and Matilda Faiella Caputo, he was born April 5, 1943, in Yonkers.
Mr. Caputo was a member of the Carpenters Union in New York City.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannette Guarino Caputo, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Francine and Paul Trapani of the Bronx; a son, Michael Caputo of Bloomingburg; and a cousin, Peter Masciave and his wife, Mary.
Services were held Monday at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home in Port Jervis with Deacon Richard J. Trapani officiating.
Burial was made in the Orange County Veterans Cemetery in Goshen.
Ret. Restaurateur, 82
Nancy DePatto of Haverstraw, a retired co-owner of Gabel's Tavern in Garnerville and the Sloatsburg Inn, died Thursday, April 29, 2004, after a courageous nine-month fight with cancer. She was 82 years of age.
The daughter of the late Anna and Daniel Ferracane, she was born March 25, 1922, in New York City. She was the widow of Frank DePatto who died in 1981 after 37 years of marriage.
Mrs. DePatto was a past member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Suffern Fire Department and an active member and treasurer of the Haverstraw Senior Citizens. She was also an inspector for the board of elections for many years and worked at the community store for Letchworth Village for almost 10 years. Her hobbies included crocheting and she was a fan of the NY Yankees.
In a family statement it was said, "She was an inspiration to all who knew her."
She is survived by two daughters, Rosalie Black of Garnerville and Cathy Irwin of Bloomingburg; a sister, Anna Lewandowsky of West Haverstraw; a brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Alice Ferracane of Haverstraw; three granddaughters, Tammy Vick of Orlando, Fla., and Michelle and Kristin Irwin of Bloomingburg; a great-granddaughter, Courtney Cross of Bloomingburg (the apple of her eye); and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Louis Ferracane.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Church in Haverstraw.
Burial will be made in St. Anthony's Cemetery in Nanuet.
Memorial contributions may be made to United Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Rd., New City, N.Y. 10956.
Elise A. Wood
Ret. Secretary, 88
Elise Alma Wood of St. James City, Fla., a former longtime resident of Narrowsburg and a retired secretary for Mike Preis Insurance, Inc., died Friday, April 30, 2004, at her home in Florida. She was 88 years of age.
The daughter of the late John Henry and Flora Belle Meyer Ropke, she was born August 28, 1915, in Lava. She was the widow of Walter Wood who died April 11, 1991.
Mrs. Wood also wrote a column for The River Reporter newspaper in Narrowsburg for 25 years, under the head of "Thusnelda." She attended the Pine Island Writers Group, taking art instruction from the Pine Island Art Association. She was a member of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Pine Island Art Association.
She was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Honesdale, Pa., a member and past matron of St. Tammany Chapter No. 492, Order of the Eastern Star, in Callicoon, and a member of the Tusten Senior Citizens, where she taught art classes.
Mrs. Wood is survived by a daughter, Elise "Noni" Wood Edwards, her husband, Gary, and their daughter, Reanna, all of St. James City, Fla.; a step-grandson, Gray Bryin and his wife, Lisa, of Forty Fort, Pa; a step-granddaughter, Holly, and her husband, Greg, of Troop, Pa.; three step-great-grandchildren, Haley, Tyler and Mathew; a sister-in-law, Virginia Searles; and numerous cousins. She was predeceased by a sister, Flora Daub, and a brother-in-law, Carl Daub Sr.
A private memorial service will be followed by burial in the Lava Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Honesdale, Honesdale, Pa. 18431 or to Hope Hospice, 2430 Diplomat Parkway East, Cape Coral, Fla. 33909.
Local arrangements were made by the Rasmussen Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.
David H. Stone, 76
David H. Stone of Kiamesha Lake, a more than 30 year area resident, died Saturday, May 1, 2004, at the Achieve Rehab and Nursing Center in Liberty. He was 76 years of age.
Mr. Stone was born November 18, 1927, in the Bronx.
He was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps and a member of the Kelly-Ratner Chapter #198, Disabled American Veterans.
The only known survivors are friends and neighbors.
Graveside services and burial with military honors will be held Wednesday at the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty with the Rev. Robert Ginel officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Dr., Kinghston, N.Y. 12401 or to the Achieve Rehab and Nursing Center, 170 Lake St., Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty.
Ret. Farmer, 85
Harriet Gertrude Hornung Thea-dore, more recently of Cottekill, a retired dairy farmer and former lifelong resident of Buck Brook, died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at the Hudson Valley Nursing Center in Highland. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of the late Arthur and Gertrude Knack Hornung, she was born February 13, 1919, in Buck Brook. She was the widow of William Theadore who died January 29, 1981.
She is survived by a daughter, Nancy Tuller of Cottekill; a son, Garry Theadore of Beaver Falls, Pa; seven grandchildren, David Michael, Krista Lynn and James Ryan Tuller, and Jason, Matthew, Nathan and Elizabeth Theadore; and a great-grandson, Matthew Lee Theadore. She was predeceased by a grandson, Brian Scott Tuller.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville on Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m.
Inurnment will be made in the Lutheran Church Cemetery in North Branch at a later date.
Heidi C. Smith
Heidi Chapin Smith of Middletown and a licensed practical nurse at Arden Hill Life Care Center (now Elant) in Goshen and at Hudson Valley Pediatrics in Middetown, died at her home on Sunday, May 2, 2004, after an extended illness. She was 32 years of age.
The daughter of Rev. Gene and Terrence Chapin Smith, she was born in Janesville, Wisc. on June 1, 1971.
A graduate of Washingtonville High School and the BOCES Nursing Program, she enjoyed league bowling, designing Web pages, country music concerts, travel and playing servant to her cat, Kimiko.
She is survived by her parents of Monticello; a brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Maureen Smith of Wallkill; a niece, Terriann, and a nephew, Scott Patrick Smith; her paternal grandmother, Elsie Smith of Phoenix, Ariz.; and two uncles and four aunts.
Friends may call at Ramsay's Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at the United Methodist Church of Monticello, 445 Broadway, on Wednesday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Edward Whited and Rev. Bridgette LeConey officiating.
Burial will be made in the Hamptonburgh Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the BOCES Nursing Program, Quarry Rd., Goshen, N.Y. 10924 for the establishment of a scholarship in her name, or to the Fair Oaks Humane Society. Because Heidi was allergic to flowers, it has been requested that balloons be sent instead which will be shared with pediatric patients.