May 25, 2004
Felice "Lee" Englert
Ret. Seamstress, 88
Felice "Lee" Englert of Callicoon Rd., Damascus, Pa., a retired seamstress for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and the former manager of the Royal Furniture Store when it was located in Callicoon, died Saturday, May 22, 2004, at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. She was 88 years of age.
The daughter of the late Lawrence and Marie Louise Mucci Cocozello, she was born November 20, 1915, in Staten Island. She was the widow of Raymond Englert.
Mrs. Englert was a member of Holy Cross Church and the Delaware Valley Senior Citizens, both in Callicoon.
She is survived by a son, Robert Englert of Damascus, Pa; and several nieces and nephews in Staten Island. She was predeceased by her companion, Robert McCabe.
There will be no visitation.
Services will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware Valley Senior Citizens, P.O. Box 85, Callicoon, N.Y. 12723.
Arrangements were made by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon.
Ret. LPN, 97
Madeline Kinney of Liberty, a former resident of Monticello and a retired LPN at the former Hamilton Avenue Hospital in Monticello, died Friday, May 21, 2004, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 97 years of age.
The daughter of the late George and Sophie Fritchie Schneble, she was born November 13, 1906, in Hoboken, N.J.
Mrs. Kinney was a member of St. Peter's R.C. Church in Monticello.
She is survived her son-in-law, Charles Seargent of Monticello; three grandchildren, Charles Seargent Jr. of Monticello, Florence "Flossie" Seargent of Wurtsboro and Elizabeth "Betty" Fontanes of Monticello; three great-grandchildren, Timothy P. Culligan, Ashley Fontanes, and Nicole Fontanes; and three great-great-grandchildren, Taylor, Alexis and Allison Culligan; and a sister, Ella Link of Arizona. She was predeceased by a daughter, Elizabeth "Betty" Seargent who died January 20, 2001.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello.
Interment will be made in St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery in Forestburgh.
Sally A. Curtis
Retired Nurse, 87
Sally Abplanalp Curtis, a longtime Sullivan County resident and a former nurse at area hospitals, died Thursday, May 20, 2004, in Cary, N.C. She was 87 years of age.
The widow of John Russel Curtis who died January 3, 1979, she was born November 10, 1916, in Liberty.
Mrs. Curtis is survived by two sisters, Shirley Hutchinson of Monticello and Evelyn Nannby of Goutier, Miss.; a brother, Stanley Abplanalp of Hurleyville; three sons and daughters-in-law, John and Barbara Curtis of Boca Raton, Fla., Thomas and Joyce Curtis of Newburgh and Daniel and Jennifer Curtis of Gordonsville, Va.; a daughter-in-law, Karen Curtis of Palm City, Fla; 17 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a son, Edward Curtis; a daughter, Patricia Croitz; a granddaughter, Lorie Ann Curtis; three sisters, Lena May Day, Elen Bishop and Grace Suslosky; and four brothers, Jacob, Alfred, Fred and Edward Abplanalp.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church in Apex, N.C.
Interment of the cremains will be made at a later date in St. Peter's Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Marguerite Veser Newman, a lifelong resident of Smallwood and Mt. Vernon and an artist who studied at New York School of Applied Design for Women and Traphagen School of Fashion, died Sunday, May 9, 2004, at her home in Smallwood. She was 91 years of age.
The daughter of Lucius Otto and Elizabeth Parker Veser, she was born April 29, 1913, in Youngstown, Ohio. She was the widow of Hugo R.B. Newman, a Swedish born mural and portrait artist.
Mrs. Newman was the founder of the Smallwood Garden Club, served for many years as director of the Smallwood Civic Association and was a member of the Catskill Art Society.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middletown.
Her cremains will be buried next to her husband in the Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethel Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 31, White Lake, N.Y. 12786.
Arrangements were made by Ramsay's Funeral Home in Kauneonga Lake.
Perry N. Totten
Cohen's Baker, 64
Perry N. Totten, a 22-year resident of Ellenville and a baker for Cohen's Bakery in Ellenville, died Thursday, May 20, 2004, in St. Peter's Hospital in Albany. He was 64 years of age.
The son of the late Roy and Frances Moore Totten, he was born November 15, 1939, in Oklahoma City, Okla.
He is survived by his wife, Carmen Fernandez Totten, at home; two daughters, Rochelle Gallo and her husband, Christopher of Wurtsboro, and Lisa Ruiz of Newburgh; a brother, Charles Totten of California; nine grandchildren, Louie, Michael, Nakisha, Jason, Rhiannon, Joseph, Danny, Brennin and Christopher; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Services were held Monday at the Loucks Funeral Home in Ellenville with the Rev. Eileen Daunt officiating.
Burial was made in the Fantinekill Cemetery in Ellenville.
Memorial contributions may be sent in the name of Mr. Totten to the Loucks Funeral Home, Inc., P.O. Box 226, Ellenville, N.Y. 12428.
Joyce Kaleita of New Hampton, a homemaker, died Friday, May 21, 2004, at her home. She was 75 years of age.
The daughter of the late Gabriel Warren and Elsa Misner, she was born January 20, 1929, in Middletown. She was the widow of Frank Kaleita.
In a family statement, it was said, "If you're not smoking, please don't start. If you are, for the sake of your family, please stop."
Mrs. Kaleita is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Elaine (Kaleita) and Peter Matthews; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael F. and Doris Kaleita of Woodbourne; four granddaughters, Amanda and Megan Kaleita, and Katharine and Margaret Matthews; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Wesley Warren Misner.
A Funeral Mass was offered Monday at St. Joseph's Church in Florida, N.Y.
Interment was private.
Ret. Mechanic, 78
Donald Orr of Beach Lake, Pa., a 1988 retired mechanic for Floyd Swartz's Corners Garage, died at his home on Thursday, May 20, 2004, following a lengthy illness. He was 78 years of age.
The son of the late Frank and Margaret Farr Orr, he was born in Calkins, Pa.
Mr. Orr graduated from Damascus High School in 1944 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was a member of the Beach Lake United Methodist Church and a past member of the Cricket Hill Golf Course. He was a talented athlete who enjoyed golf, bowling, baseball and softball, and was inducted into the Wayne County Sportsman Hall of Fame in 1998.
In a family statement, it was said, "Donald was a loving husband, father and grandfather."
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Janet Moore Orr, at home; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Steven Orr of Virginia Beach, Va., John and Mary Lou Orr of Imperial, Pa., Michael and Claudia Orr of New Tripoli, Pa., and Joseph and Susan Orr of Ballwyn, Mo.; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Leon King of White Lake; seven brothers, Vincent Orr of Hendersonville, Tenn., David Orr of Port Charlotte, Fla., Paul Orr of Beach Lake, Pa., Ronald Orr of Morris Plains, N.J., Kenneth Orr of New Port Richey, Fla., Byron Orr of Honesdale, Pa., and Keith Orr of Groton; two sisters, Beverly Pronko of Olyphant, Pa., and Jeannie Metzger of Riverview, Fla; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Frank Jr., Richard and Allan Orr, and two sisters, Doris and Lois Orr.
Services were held at the Beach Lake United Methodist Church in Beach Lake, Pa., on Monday.
Interment was made in the Beach Lake Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice, 1007 Oak St., Pittston, Pa. 18640 or to the Beach Lake United Methodist Church, Beach Lake, Pa. 18405.
Helen Doughty of Liberty, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, May 22, 2004, at her home. She was 82 years of age.
The daughter of the late Albert F. and Laura A. Wilson Husch, she was born January 11, 1922, in Livingston Manor. She was the widow of Clarence I. Doughty.
Mrs. Doughty was a member of the Hoos Truck Auxiliary.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was a loving and devoted Mother."
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-aw, Thomas and Janice Doughty of Livingston Manor; a grandson and his wife, Chad and Floreme Doughty of South Carolina; two great-grandchildren, Brandon and Jessa; a brother, Cliff Husch of Missouri; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four brothers and three sisters.
Services will be held at the Herbert C . Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, at noon on Tuesday with Pastor Bridgette LeConey officiating.
Burial will be made in the Lew Beach Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston Manor Ambulance Corps, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758.
Daytop Director, 40
Krishell Yvette Ross Benjamin of Monticello, a director of one of the largest facilities in the Daytop organization, died Friday, May 21, 2004, at the Horton campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. She was 40 years of age.
She was born March 14, 1964 in Brooklyn.
Mrs. Benjamin attended Sarah J. Hale High School and later attained her GED. After graduating from Royal Business School in Manhattan, Mrs. Benjamin was hired by the Kinney Corporation as an administrative assistant and earned several promotions during her years of employment with the company.
After losing her direction in life, she found her grounding upon entering Daytop Village, graduated from the program, interned and became a staff member. Her compassion and abilities allowed her to shine and she earned several promotions, ultimately becoming a director.
In a family statement, it was said, "Growing up, Krishell became the 'big sister' and took care of her four brothers. She adored flowers and had a flair for decorating. Krishell loved to design things and always wanted to have her own clothing line. She would marvel as her mother would create fashions on the sewing machine. Most of all, Krishell loved doing hair. Her creative genius would shine as she made intricate, ornate and unique braid designs and hairstyles for the young women around the way. . . Krishell always wanted to live a productive live and strove to improve herself constantly. Krishell had movie star appeal and charisma, although she was a very private individual. . . After being diagnosed with inoperable cancer on her 40th birthday, she opted to fight to gain more time to spend with her family. She leaves a legacy of hard work, perseverance, integrity and love."
She was a member of Little Zion Baptist Church in Brooklyn.
Mrs. Benjamin is survived by her husband of 10 years, Allan Benjamin, and a five-year-old son, Joshwa, both at home in Monticello; her mother, Shirley Ross of Brooklyn; her grandmother, Annie Washington of Shipman, Va.; four brothers, Rondell Ross of Manhattan, Murrell Ross of Brooklyn, Darrell Ross of Queens and Glen Ross of Brooklyn; four nieces, Iyana, Dominique, Amina and Nyla Ross, the latter of whom she was godmother; three nephews, Ameer, Omari and Murrell; and three other godchildren, T.J., Nivea and Anthony.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty, with the Rev. Norman Graves officiating.
Private burial will be made in the Liberty Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Ave., Kingston, N.Y. 12401.
Louise E. Russell
Ret. Breyer Emply., 86
Louise E. Clarius Russell of Glen Spey, retired from Breyers Corp. and Trans-World Airlines and a longtime area resident, died Friday, May 21, 2004, in Goshen. She was 86 years of age.
The daughter of the late Bernhart and Louise Bell Clarius, she was born July 14, 1917, in Brooklyn. She was the widow of George W. Rice and Charles W. Russell.
Mrs. Russell was an honors graduate of Franklin K. Lane High School in Queens. She was a member of the Lumberland Lions Club. The Sullivan County Office for the Aging had previously named her Senior of the Year for the Town of Lumberland in recognition of her outstanding contributions toward improving the quality of life for the people of the Town of Lumberland and Sullivan County.
She is survived by five sons, Robert G. Rice of Irvington/Glen Spey, Dr. Richard C. Rice of Tamiment, Pa., George H. Rice of Willmantic, Conn., Ronald R. Rice of Saratoga Springs and Dr. Fran Russell of Scranton, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two step-sons, Michael and Charles Russell.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis with the Rev. Richard Hotzler officiating.
Burial will be made in Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Garden.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Mid-Hudson Chapter, Freedom Executive Park, 22 Freedom Plains Rd., Suite 102, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12603.