May 11, 2004
Clara E. Atkins
Ret. Secretary, 82
Clara E. Atkins of Liberty, a retired secretary for the Barbuti Appliance and Furniture Store in Liberty and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 82 years of age.
The daughter of the late William J. and Elsie Henry Theadore, she was born March 12, 1922, in Buck Brook. She was the widow of George "Shorty" Atkins, who died in 1977.
She was a member of the North Branch Dutch Reformed Church.
Mrs. Atkins is survived by a sister, Eleanor Atkins of Liberty; several nieces and nephews; several sisters-in-law, including Anna Theadore of Callicoon and Evelyn Theadore of Buck Brook; and a brother-in-law, Fred Brustman of Obernburg. She was predeceased by a sister, Evelyn Brustman, and three brothers, William, John and George Theadore. A sister-in-law, Harriet Theadore, died May 2.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Wednesday with the Rev. Robert Pinto officiating.
Burial will be made in the Heavenly Rest Cemetery in North Branch.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Mid-Hudson Chapter, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 102, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601-4027 or to the charity of one's choice.
Celia Fabrizio, 96
Celia May Fabrizio of Ellenville, a former resident of South Fallsburg and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, May 7, 2004, at the Ten Brouck Commons in Lake Katrine. She was 96 years of age.
The daughter of the late Joseph and Daise Gardner Mullins, she was born December 24, 1907, in Fallsburg.
It was said that "May loved her cats and dogs."
She is survived by many dear friends.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Loucks Funeral Home, Route 209, Ellenville with the Rev. Jay Vogelaar officiating.
Burial will be made in the Fantinekill Cemetery in Ellenville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ulster County SPCA, 20 Weidy Rd., Kingston, N.Y. 12401.
Ret. AT&T Super
Gary R. Terwilliger of Roscoe and Everglades City, Fla., a retired supervisor for AT&T and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris.
The son of the late George A. and Henrietta Goldsmith Terwilliger, he was born in Walden.
A graduate of Wallkill High School, Mr. Terwilliger was a former member of the Wallkill Lions Club and had been active in the leadership of Boy Scout Troop #27 in Newburgh. He was an avid fisherman.
He is survived by his wife, Beach K. Baywood Terwilliger at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Linda Terwilliger of Roscoe; a sister, Janice Day of Wallkill; a brother and sister-in-law, Neil and Hazel Terwilliger of Wallkill; two grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A gathering of friends was held at the field near Gary's home on Saturday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gary Terwilliger Memorial Fund, c/o Fleet Bank, Stewart Ave., Roscoe, N.Y. 12776.
Arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe.
Ret. Customer Rep., 79
Sylvia Natelson of Woodridge, a longtime area resident, a retired customer service representative for the First National Bank of Woodridge for over 20 years, and a former longtime bookkeeper, died Friday, May 7, 2004, at the Horton campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late Clinton DeWitt and Rose Matthews, she was born February 11, 1925, in Brooklyn.
Mrs. Natelson was a member of the Woodridge Kiwanis Club and a lifetime member of Hadassah. She was an avid supporter and contributor to many animal rescue organizations.
In a family statement, it was said, "Sylvia was a gentle soul with a heart of gold. Her family and friends knew her as a grand and elegant woman, the epitome of a true lady. She was exceptionally artistic; her award-winning needlework and paintings graced the walls of all who loved her. She was an accomplished equestrian who passed her love of horses onto her two children. She was the soul of her family and her kindness and generosity touched everyone she came in contact with. Her sense of humor was sometimes shocking and completely unparalleled."
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Arthur Natelson, at home; a daughter, Barbara Sue Natelson and her companion, Kevin Colston, of Bethel; and two nieces. She was predeceased by a son, Louis Clinton Natelson, a brother David, and a sister Edna.
Services were held Monday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello with Rabbi Irving Goodman officiating.
Burial was made in the Workman Circle #281 Cemetery in Glen Wild.
The family will observe Shiva all day on Tuesday at the home of Shirley and Jerry Rudolph in Woodridge.
Memorial contributions may be made to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kauab, Utah 84741.
Edward "Eddie" Keefer of Cragsmoor, a country icon and an entertainer, died Friday, May 7, 2004. He was 75 years of age.
The son of the late Ellis and Pearl Carbaugh Keefer, he was born May 9, 1928, in Little Cove Tannery, Pa. He was the widower of Sarah Keefer who died June 14, 2000.
In a family statement, it was said, "When you first met Eddie it was a smile, a handshake and 'Hi, I'm Eddie Keefer,' an entertainer that greeted you during his almost 76 years. Eddie has brought smiles and enjoyment to thousands of friends from New York to the Panama Canal where he not only entertained our troops during the Korean War, but proudly served as a medic in the United States Army. Upon his return from the Army, he was the opening act for such famous country singers as Hank Williams Sr., Kitty Wells, Hank Snow and Little Jimmy Dickens and many more. For many years, Eddie Keefer and the Orange Co. Playboys were 'the' acts in Orange County. Eddie entertained on 21 radio stations and many television stations. When he wasn't entertaining he was working for the Highland Telephone Co. from which he retired many years ago. He also enjoyed spending time at the VFW or the American Legion. He was proud of these affiliations. In later years, he donated his music to the nursing homes throughout the Hudson Valley area."
Mr. Keefer is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Diane Keefer of Otisville and Glen and Jodie Keefer of Simsburg, N.C.; a daughter, Lorraine McCloud of Middletown; a step-daughter, Susan Allen of Brook County, W. Va.; a brother and sister-in-law, Woodrow and Doris Keefer of McCollensburg, Pa.; two sisters, Margaret Morris of McCollensburg, Pa., and Lillian Barbarick of South Fallsburg; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Ellsworth Keefer and a sister, Dorothy Secrist.
Services were held Sunday at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Ellenville with the Rev. Carl Caskey officiating.
Private burial of the cremains will be made in the Airmont Lutheran Cemetery.
Ret. Garageman, 88
Harold Lonstein of Ellenville and Plantation, Fla., the retired owner and operator of Lonstein's Service Station in Wurtsboro and a longtime area resident, died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at the Springtree Assisted Living and Retirement Community in Sunrise, Fla. He was 88 years of age.
The son of the late Sam and Lena Lonstein, he was born April 25, 1916, in Brooklyn.
Mr. Lonstein is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Kurt Settle of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Judi and Julian Schoenbach of Cream Ridge, N.J; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services were held Monday at Congregation Anshe Tzaydik Synagogue in Ellenville with Rabbi Moshe Frank officiating.
Burial was made in Congregation Anshe Tzaydik Cemetery in Wawarsing.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Ellenville.
James Evan Steichel of Sacramento, Calif., a craftsman and field operations coordinator at the Davis campus of the University of California, died as the result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in the Napa Valley on April 8, 2004. He was 41 years of age.
A former resident of the Hudson Valley, he mentored hundreds of students at The Experimental Farm at UCDavis.
He is survived by his wife, Nina Steichel, at home; two daughters, Sage Steichel and Leslie Eck, both of Davis, Calif.; his mother, Sondra Macdonald of Ellenville; his father, Morris Steichel of Phillipsport; three sisters, Diane Steichel of Wurtsboro, Joanne Karow of Stamford, Conn., and Cheryl Wright of Bexley, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
No further information was available.
Ret. Teacher, 101
Eleanor A. O'Donnell of Syracuse, a retired school teacher of the Monticello Central Schools and a former longtime resident of Monticello, died Saturday, May 1, 2004, at the St. Camillus Care Center in Syracuse. She was 101 years of age.
The daughter of the late John E. and Jane Loretta Campbell Toohey, she was born December 30, 1902, in Brooklyn. She was the widow of John O'Donnell who died September 29, 1980.
Coming to Monticello in 1906 following the death of her mother, she was raised by her maternal grandparents, Martin and Ellen Toohey until they died in 1916. She was then enrolled in the Sacred Heart Boarding School in New York City and upon graduation went to live with her father on Long Island. She married in 1933 and she and her husband returned to Monticello where they purchased the old Norris Farm at Sackett Lake.
Mrs. O'Donnell retired from teaching in May of 1966 after 36 years of service. She lived in Sackett Lake until about 1985 when she moved to her son's home in Syracuse.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, John and Carol O'Donnell of Syracuse; seven grandchildren, Cara, John, Larry Jr., Gary, Jerry, Audrey and Tammy; four great-grandchildren, Daniel Robert, Sarah, Ashley and Shelby; and a great-great grandson, Patrick. She was predeceased by a son, Lawrence.
Private graveside services and burial will be held at St. Peter's Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the volunteer ambulance corps of one's choice.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello.
Angelo A. Sisco
Ret. Serviceman, 84
Angelo A. Sisco of Bloomingburg, a retired gas serviceman for the Orange & Rockland Utilities, and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at the Horton campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. He was 84 years of age.
The son of the late Angelo A . and Theresa Marino Sisco, he was born December 10, 1919, in Middletown.
Mr. Sisco was a member of Mt. Carmel Church and a past president of the Parent's Guild of Mt. Carmel. He was a member and trustee of the Knights of Columbus #486 and active in Little League and the Babe Ruth League. Mr. Sisco was also an avid fan of the New York Yankees.
He is survived by his wife, Eileen Somers Sisco, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Susan Sisco and Michael and Karen Sisco, all of Middletown; four grandsons, Garry Sisco, Scott Sisco, Bryan Sisco and Christopher Sisco; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Alan and Helen Sisco of Sebastian, Fla., and Anthony and Lorraine Sisco and Louis Sisco, all of Middletown; a sister, Ann Lesando of Bridgeport, Conn.; a sister-in-law, Barbara Olekna of East Brunswick, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Josephine Pento.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Middletown.
Burial will be made in St. Joseph Cemetery in Middletown.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Carmelite Dr., Middletown, N.Y. 10940 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, Tenn. 38105.
Ret. Bookkeeper, 80
Madeline Levine of Woodbourne, a retired bookkeeper and a longtime area resident, died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 80 years of age.
The daughter of the late Abraham and Pauline Goodman Peltch, she was born February 7, 1924, in New York City.
Mrs. Levine and her husband owned Resort Printing in Woodbourne. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Woodbourne Fire Company, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a member of Congregation B'nai Israel.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Irving Levine, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Paula and Laurence Jaffe of Massachusetts and Roberta and Michael Reid of Albany; a son, Sheldon Levine of Harriman; a sister, Evelyn Haber of New York City; and three grandchildren, Michelle Elias, Alan Jaffe and Daniel Jaffe.
Services were held Sunday at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Interment was made in the Congregation B'nai Israel Cemetery in Glen Wild.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodbourne Fire Co., P.O. Box #45, Woodbourne, N.Y. 12788.
Robert Franklin, 79
Robert P. Franklin of Bloomingburg and New York City, died Friday, May 7, 2004, at the Castle Point Veterans Administration Medical Center. He was 79 years of age.
The son of the late Thomas H. Jr. and Catherine M. Halley Franklin, he was born July 12, 1924, in Brooklyn.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, he served at the Battle of the Bulge in Europe.
In a family statement, it was said, "Dear Robert. . . I don't know if you realize it or not, but you leave all of your brothers and sisters 'back in the dust' when it comes to having 'lots of smarts.' You have enhanced our lives with your humor, knowledge, intelligence and sensitivity, and we thank you and Almighty God for that."
He is survived by two brothers, Charles J. Franklin of Biloxi, Miss., and Joseph P. Franklin of Bloomingburg; three sisters, Loretta Franklin of Bloomingburg, Sister M. Aimee Franklin, VHM, of Brooklyn, and Sister Kathleen M. Franklin, BVM, of Elmont; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his twin sister, Dorothy E. Alandes, and two brothers, Edward G. Franklin and Thomas J. Franklin.
A Funeral Mass was offered Monday at St. Joseph's Church in Wurtsboro with Father Peter Madori officiating.
Burial was made in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery.
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 VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro.
Joseph McGuinness Jr.
Ret. Pressman, 66
Joseph McGuinness, a 32-year resident of Cornwall and a retired pressman, died Thursday, May 6, 2004, in Oswego. He was 66 years of age.
The son of the late Joseph T. Sr. and Catherine McGuinness, he was born April 1. 1938, in Teaneck, N.J.
Mr. McGuinness was formerly employed at the Federal Paper Corp. in Piermont and at the West Point Elementary School. He was a member of St. Thomas of Canterbury R.C. Church in Cornwall for 32 years, a member of Orange Squares of Newburgh, the D&H Dancers of Middletown and a 15-year volunteer at the Cornwall Hospital.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Patricia A. McGuinness of Cornwall; a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Robyn McGuinness of New Windsor; two daughters, Maureen McGuinness of Clay and Marianne Falkenburg and her husband, Titus, of Kirkville; a brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Joanne McGuinness of Bloomingburg; a sister-in-law, Rebecca McGuinness of Sparkill; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Thomas McGuinness.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church in Cornwall.
Burial will be made in St. Thomas Cemetery in Cornwall.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 628, Monticello, N.Y. 12701.