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June 1, 2004

Gertrude Curtis
Homemaker, 92

Gertrude Curtis, a 52-year resident of Monticello and a homemaker, died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 92 years of age.
The daughter of the late Jerry and Celia Hawkins, she was born September 21, 1911, in Bay Minette, Ala. She was the widow of Elizea Curtis.
In a family statement, it was said, "Gertrude was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Monticello and lived a Christian life every day by caring for her friends and family."
She is survived by three nieces, Claretha York of New York City, Elizabeth Woodard and her husband, Artrice, of Monticello, and Margaret York of Buffalo; four nephews, Jesse York and his wife, Sandy, and Melvin York, all of Monticello, Steven York of New York City and George York of Albany; and many grand-nieces and grand-nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a sister, Elvira York, a cousin, Ernestine Lymon, and a niece, Ruth Ann York.
Services will be held on Tuesday at St. Mary's Baptist Church in Hurricane, Ala., with the Rev. Bruce Armstead officiating.
Burial will be made in the Crossroads Cemetery in Hurricane, Ala.
Memorial contributions may be made to Baldwin Community Chapel, Highway 138, Hurricane Road, Bay Minette, Ala. 36507.
Local arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Monticello.

Bohdan Hirniak
Ret. Chemist, 88

Bohdan Hirniak of Glen Spey, a retired chemist for Hoffman-La Roache in Nutley, N.J., and a longtime area resident, died Sunday, May 23, 2004, at his home. He was 88 years of age.
The son of the late Nikephor and Maria Stebnycky Hirniak, he was born June 2, 1915, in Ukraine.
Mr. Hirniak was a member of St. Volodymyr's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Glen Spey and was active in the Ukrainian community. For 60 years, he entertained many by adapting Ukrainian folk music to his beloved tangos and led a popular orchestra whose members included his wife, brother and son. He shared his love of music and life.
He is survived by his wife, Herta Pautsch Hirniak, at home; two daughters, Tetiana Cymbal and her husband, Victor, of Kerhonkson, and Ulana Semeniuk of Glen Spey; a son and daughter-in-law, Jurij and Joann Hirniak of Franklin, N.J.; a god-daughter, Zirka Hirniak Cronin; a sister, Luba Cholhan of Passaic, N.J.; a brother, Alexander Hirniak of Clifton, N.J; a nephew, Dr. George Saj and his wife, Martha; and six grandchildren, Romana, Melanie, Jurij Jr., Jayde, Victoria and Andrew.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Tuesday at St. Volodymyr's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Glen Spey with the Rev. Mark Hirniak officiating.
Burial was made in the Glen Spey Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.

Michael Freiser
MR Blacksmith, 55

Michael Freiser of Liberty, a self-employed blacksmith at the Monticello Raceway and a longtime area resident, died Thursday, May 20, 2004, at the Achieve Nursing and Rehab Center in Liberty. He was 55 years of age.
The son of Marion Goldstein Freiser and the late Charles Freiser, he was born March 16, 1949, in the Bronx.
Mr. Freiser is survived by his mother of Liberty; a sister, Leslie Moses of Wantagh; his companion, Judy Rosenberg of Liberty; five nieces and nephews, Robert Moses, Shari Stalter, Eileen Contino and her husband, Jeffrey, and Charlie Freiser; and several grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
A memorial service was held Sunday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello with Rabbi Irwin Tanenbaum officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Liver Foundation.

Catherine Evanski
Homemaker, 80

Catherine Geiszler Evanski of Equinunk, Pa., a former resident of Jersey City, N.J., and a homemaker, died Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at the home of her son, following a lengthy illness. She was 80 years of age.
The daughter of the late Michael and Barbara Hantz Geiszler, she was born October 22, 1923, in the Bronx.
Mrs. Evanski is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, with whom she lived, Dennis G. and Arlene Evanski of Equinunk, Pa.; a granddaughter, Lisa Marie Evanski; and a great-granddaughter, Monica. She was predeceased by two sons, Michael and Joseph Evanski.
Graveside services and burial will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale with the Rev. Thomas McCarthy officiating.

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