May 7, 2004
Wilma J. Wilson
Aquashade Pres., 85
Wilma "Billie" Janette Wilson of Eldred, a longtime area resident and the president and CEO of Aqua-shade, Inc., in Eldred, died Saturday, May 1, 2004, at her home. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of the late Harold Thomas and Marie Dorothy Laufenburg Lake, she was born April 18, 1919, in South Bend, Ind. She was the widow of Robert Goodrich Wilson who died March 28, 1977, after 34 years of marriage.
While living in Dobbs Ferry, Mrs. Wilson was an active member of the League of Women Voters, the Welcome Wagon and the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society.
She was a member and trustee of the Eldred United Methodist Church, a past treasurer of the Highland Chamber of Commerce, and an active participant in the Highland Senior Citizens. She was an avid bridge player with the Milford Bridge Club and was a volunteer for the USO during World War II.
A founding member of the Highland Beautification Committee (now known as the Sullivan County Renaissance Community Improvement Organization), she took great pride in helping out her local community. She supported the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, Alzheimer's Foundation, Parkinson's Foundation, and local churches, police departments and fire departments as well as being active in her community and active in life.
In a family statement, it was said, "Our Mom had a wonderful zest for life, and left her family a legacy of appreciation for all that is good. As our Dad said, 'they fought the good fight, they finished the race, and they kept the faith.' Billie loved her children greatly and had many friends."
She is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Kathleen and Don Starbard of Kings Beach, Calif., Carolyn "Lucky" Jean Haslam and John Boyd, of Craig, Colo., Deanna Gail and Clay Halliday of Davis, Calif., and Janette Marie and Robert Hawkins of Washington, D.C.; a son, Thomas "Bud" Jeffrey Wilson of Eldred; eight grandchildren, Maggie and Bobby Starbard, Christina, Amy and Rebecca Rintoul, Scott Halliday, Connor and Abby Hawkins; a brother and sister-in-law, Thomas "Bud" and Nancy Lake of New Carlisle, Ind.; a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy Marie and Jack Kerver of Houston, Tex.; a brother- and sister-in-law, Charles and Marion Wilson of Milwaukee, Wisc.; and her companion and fiance, Louis Maudsley of Eldred. She was predeceased by a son, Robert "Bobby" Charles Wilson who was killed on January 8, 1968, while serving in the Vietnam War, and three sisters, Carolyn Goss, Charlotte Esmay and Helen Marie Lake.
Friends may call at the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home, Route 97, Barryville, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Eldred United Methodist Church, 60 Airport Rd., with the Rev. Linda Bohs officiating.
Burial will be made in the Eldred Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 63, Eldred, N.Y. 12732 or to the Eldred United Methodist Church, 60 Airport Rd., Eldred, N.Y. 12732.
Michael J. Terruso
Security Guard, 50
Michael J. Terruso of Monticello, a security guard in New York City, died Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 50 years of age.
He was born July 14, 1953, in Brooklyn.
He is survived by a son, Michael Terruso of Kingston; and several friends and loved ones.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday.
Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 7:15 p.m. with the Rev. Ivan Csete officiating.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
William Many Jr., 26
William H. "Billy" Many Jr. of Hurleyville died Saturday, May 1, 2004.
The son of Cindijo and William Many, he was born August 16, 1977, in Harris.
He is survived by his mother and step-father, Cindijo and Maurice Miller, of Hurleyville; his father and step-mother, William and Joanne Many of Poughkeepsie; a son, Sean Many, who lives with his mother, Nicole Ewings of Huguenot; a sister, Theresa Miller of Hurleyville; two brothers, Michael Miller of Hurleyville and Clayton Many of Poughkeepsie; his maternal grandfather, Joseph D. Murry Jr. of Monticello; and many aunts and uncles.
His favorite hobby was golf, which he enjoyed playing with his friend, James.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 401 Broadway, Monticello, with the Rev. Robert Pinto officiating.
Burial will be made in the Hurleyville Cemetery
Memorial contributions may be made to the family, c/o of the funeral home.
Ret. Packaging Wrk., 71
Georgianna Van Dyke Decker, a 30-year resident of Warwick, a retired packaging working for Greater Display in Warwick, and a former resident of West Milford, N.J., died Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at St. Anthony's Hospital in Warwick. She was 71 years of age.
The daughter of the late Stanley and Lillian Rodda Van Dyke, she was born February 22, 1933, in Paterson, N.J. She was the widow of John L. Decker who died in 1996.
Mrs. Decker is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, John R. and Lorraine Decker of Hurleyville, Raymond and Shirley Decker of Balston Spa, and Kenny and Lisa Decker of Monticello; five daughters, Sharon Heaton of Greenwood Lake, Diane Krasco and Eileen Seastrand and her husband, Pete, all of Warwick, Edna Mae Freeland and her husband, Ken, of Loch Sheldrake, and Kathy Decker of Warwick; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Preston and Harriet Van Dyke of Pompton Lakes, N.J., and John and Rosey Van Dyke of Moscow, Pa.; a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Robert Utter of West Milford, N.J.; 24 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at the Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Rd., West Milford, N.J., with the Rev. Dr. Janet Macgregor-Williams of the West Milford Presbyterian Church officiating.
Burial will be made in the Cedar Heights Cemetery in West Milford, N.J.
Ret. Highway Wkr., 70
Lawrence H. "Larry" Comfort of Kila, Mont., a former resident of Matamoras, Pa., and an employee of the Town of Lumberland Highland Department until 1991, died Sunday, January 11, 2004, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell, Mont. He was 70 years of age.
The son of the late Miles and Lottie Smith Comfort, he was born November 16, 1933, in Honesdale, Pa. He was the widower of Mary L. Deterick Comfort who died in 1974.
Mr. Comfort was a past member of the Mahogamack Hook and Ladder Company of the Port Jervis Volunteer Fire Department. He was a police officer in Westfall Township, Pa., until 1974 when he went to work for the Town of Lumberland Highway Department, and was a member of the Lumberland Fire Department.
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Troy and Robin Comfort of Walton; four daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn and Richard Hallock of Sparrowbush, Lottie Comfort and and her husband, Daniel, of Tampa, Fla., Nikki Jo and Chris DiPalma of Glen Spey, and Zoette and Mac McMickle of Kila, Mont.; a brother, Clarence Comfort of Matamoras, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Ronald Comfort, who died in 1992.
There will be no visitation.
Graveside services and burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Matamoras, Pa., with the Rev. Emil Winkelspecht officiating.
Charlotte A. Manahan of Rock Hill, a homemaker and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at the Montgomery Nursing Home. She was 92 years of age.
The daughter of the late Frank and Charlotte Roosa Coleman, she was born February 5, 1912, in Nyack. She was the widow of George J. Manahan.
While living in the area, Mrs. Manahan and her husband had been active members of the Nyack Volunteer Ambulance Corps
In a family statement, it was said, "Charlotte was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister whose family was her life. Her family would like to especially thank her caregiver, Ruth, and the Montgomery Nursing Home for the special care given to her."
She is survived by two daughters, Carole Pfeister and her husband, George, of Rock Hill, and Lois Wolf of Milan, Ohio; two brothers, William Coleman of Cuddebackville and Robert Coleman of Upper Nyack; six grandchildren, Susan Gottlieb and her husband, Steven, George Pfeister and his wife, Lorraine, James Pfeister and his wife, Jennifer, Thomas Pfeister and Ronnie, Amanda Wolf and Margaret Wolf. three great-grandchildren, Matthew, Kelly and Eric; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro, on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at St. John's Episcopal Church, 15 St. John St., Monticello with the Rev. Ninon Hutchinson officiating.
Burial will be made in Mount Repose Cemetery in Haverstraw.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rock Hill Fire Department, P.O. Box 116, or to the Rock Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 1, both at Rock Hill, N.Y. 12775 or to the Alzheimer's Assoc., 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 102, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601-4027
Peter Zygnerski of Lenoxville, Pa., a retired technician for the Staley Elevator Company of Long Island, died Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at the Marian Community Hospital in Carbondale, Pa.
The son of the late Joseph Jadwiga Serowicka Zygnerski, he was born in Poland.
Mr. Zygnerski was a member of the Catholic faith.
He is survived by three daughters, Alice Olexsky of Salisbury, N.C., Elizabeth Ginantsis of Queens and Hady Kaminski of Monticello; two sons, Andy Zygnerski of Charlotte, N.C., and Jerry Zygnerski of Queens; a brother, John Zygnerski of New Britain, Conn.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Brennan and Brennan Funeral Home, 55 Lincoln Ave., Carbondale, Pa.
Services will be held Saturday at the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church in Carbondale.
Interment will be made later in Poland.
Richard L. Allison
Operating Engr., 51
Richard L. Allison of Albany, an operating engineer with Union Local #12 of Lancaster, Calif., and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany. He was 51 years of age.
The son of Robert F. and Bernice Stephenson Allison, he was born October 10, 1952, in Liberty. He was the widower of Shelma Allison.
Mr. Allison was a veteran of the U.S. Force. He was also a fishing guide on the White River in Arkansas.
He is survived by his parents of Albany; two sisters, Joan Marshall of Smallwood, and Patricia Bielby of Blossvale; a brother, Robert M. Allison of Central Bridge; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Graveside services and burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, at the Kenoza Lake Cemetery with Pastor Bill Hagerty officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Albany Community Hospice, 315 Manning Blvd., Albany, N.Y. 12208.