August 3, 2004
Dillie Dove Harris
Ret. Housekeeper, 96
Dillie Dove Harris of Neversink, a retired head housekeeper for Howard Johnson Motor Lodge in Liberty and a 50-year area resident, died Thursday, July 29, 2004, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 96 years of age.
The daughter of William James and Minnie Cottrell Marks, she was born March 16, 1908, in Walton, W. Va.
Mrs. Harris was a member of the Liberty Free Methodist Church.
In a family statement, it was said, "We remember Dillie for her loving and nurturing ways. She was always concerned if you were comfortable or had enough to eat. Conversing was Dillie's favorite pastime, which always made it hard to leave. ('Honey, do you want to spend the night?') If there was a child in close proximity she would have to hug them whether related or not. Dillie was a hard worker all her life and loved every minute of it. We respected her for her religious views and her strong constitution. She will be greatly missed by all those who loved her."
Mrs. Harris is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Walter and Maureene Harris of Plainfield, Ind.; a daughter-in-law, Susan Harris of neversink; a brother, Floyd Marks of the state of Florida; two sisters, Chessie Swiney of Charlotte, N.C., and Garnet Harper of Caldwell, Ohio; five grandchildren, Vicki McIntyre of Summitville, Rhonda Hough of Neversink, Linda Cowgill of Middletown, Del., Walter Harris Jr. of Danville, Ind., and Rachel Mednikoff of Cranbury, N.J.; and seven great-grandchildren, Ryan and Reece McIntyre, Emily and Bronte Hough, Blair and Reid Harris and Brian Cowgill. She was predeceased by a son, French Harris, a daughter, Thelma Marie, four brothers, Frank, James, Fred "Whitey" and Guy, and two sisters, Lessie and Mary.
Services were held Monday at Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty with the Rev. David McCarthy officiating.
Burial was made in the Rural Cemetery in Grahamsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Neversink First Aid Squad, Neversink, N.Y. 12765; the Liberty Free Methodist Church, Route 52, Liberty, N.Y. 12754; or to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Wallace W. Fisher
Wallace "Wally" Wilson Fisher of Eldred, a longtime area resident and well-known in his community for his charitable works, died Wednesday, July 28, 2004, at Bon Secours Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 88 years of age.
The son of the late Charles Wilson and Harriet Lester Fisher, he was born April 13, 1916, in Manhattan. His father served in the Spanish American War.
A World War II veteran, he served 3 1/2 years in the U.S. Army with the Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment. He was a life member of the Tusten-Highland Post No. 6427, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Barryville.
Mr. Fisher was an active member and regular volunteer at AARP, the Highland Seniors and the Lumberland Senior Citizens.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Frances Wondrak Fisher, at home; many nieces and nephews, and close and dear friends, including Patty and Bob Orlando. He was predeceased by two sons, Wallace and Kenneth.
Services were held Saturday at the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville with the Rev. Linda Bohs officiating.
Burial was made in Pine Lawn Cemetery in Farmingdale on Saturday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Ambulance Services, P.O. Box 63, Eldred, N.Y. 12732.
Ret. Beautician, 83
Charlotte B. Steenrod of Liberty, a lifelong area resident and a retired beautician, died Thursday, July 29, 2004, at the Terisian House Nursing Home in Albany. She was 83 years of age.
The daughter of the late Joseph G. and Frieda Wahl Beiling, she was born January 11, 1921, in Callicoon. She was the widow of C. Richard Steenrod who died in 1974.
Mrs. Steenrod was the former owner of Charlotte's Beauty Salon in Jeffersonville. She was a member, a choir member and a former deacon of the First Presbyterian Church of Liberty; a 47-year member of the former Lincoln Chapter #463, Order of the Eastern Star, in Jeffersonville; a member of the Sullivan County Home Extension Service and a volunteer at the former Community General Hospital.
She is survived by a son, Dale R. Steenrod of Albany; a daughter, Terry S. Leahey of St. Simon's Island, Ga.; a sister and brother-in-law, Edythe B. and Donald Hyatt of Jeffersonville; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty, with the Rev. Carol Ames officiating.
Burial will be made in the Liberty Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to National Osteoporosis Foundation, 2100 M Street N.W., Suite 602, Washington, DC 20037-1207; the Arthritis Foundation, NY Chapter, 67 Irving Place, New York, N.Y. 10003; or the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, S. Main St., Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Paul R. Gordon
Director of Sales, 72
Paul R. Gordon of Kiamesha Lake, the director of sales for the Concord Resort and Golf Club and a former resident of Kingston, died Thursday, July 29, 2004, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 72 years of age.
The son of the late John and Sylvia Robbins Gordon, he was born December 26, 1931, in Boston, Mass.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Mr. Gordon was also the owner and president of MTGS, Inc., in Monticello and was an avid golfer.
He is survived by two sisters and brothers-in-law, Priscilla and Jerry Phillips of Osterville, Mass., and Charlotte and Richard Alexander of Costa Mesa, Calif.; a brother and sister-in-law, Irwin and Thelma Gordon of Sarasota,, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Dr., Kingston, N.Y. 12401.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty.
Evelyn Edwards of Horton Brook, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, July 30, 2004, at the Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton. She was 93 years of age.
The daughter of the late Leslie and Lulu Cornell Washburn, she was born July 1, 1911, in Fishs Eddy. She was the widow of Lloyd Edwards who died in 1954.
Mrs. Edwards attended the Horton Brook Free Methodist Church and was a devoted grandmother.
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Audrey and William Shaffer of Syracuse and Sandra and Robert McAdams of East Branch; a sister, Helen Estochin of Horton Brook; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Monday at the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe.
Burial was made in the Cooks Falls Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice, 542 Main St., Oneonta, N.Y. 13820.
Teofil Lavinski Sr.
Ret. Dairy Farmer, 78
Teofil "Ted" Raymond Lavinski Sr. of Callicoon Center, a retired dairy farmer and a former farm machinery salesman for Charles Siepella in Honesdale, Pa., died Saturday, July 31, 2004, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 78 years of age.
The son of the late Frank Sr. and Julia Demback Lavinski, he was born February 28, 1926, in the village of Florida.
Mr. Lavinski was a member of the Sullivan County Farm Bureau.
In a family statement it was said, "Ted was a loving companion, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend. An avid fisherman and hunter, he also enjoyed his vegetable and flower gardens, repairing old machinery, watching and feeding the birds, talking with and helping his many friends."
He is survived by his companion, Patricia House of Callicoon Center; a son and daughter-in-law, Ted Jr. and Karen Lavinski of Warwick; two daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Rich Horton of Warwick and Loraine and Tom Drown of Middletown; a brother, James Lavinski of Naples, Fla.; five grandchildren, Richard Horton Jr., Gregory Horton, Dorinda Leeper O'Dell, Donna Lavinski Lent and Kara Lavinski; three great-grandchildren, Arron O'Dell, Devin O'Dell and Elizabeth Lent. He was predeceased by two brothers, John Lavinski and Frank Lavinski Jr., and a sister, Stella Sullivan.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Services will be held at the funeral home at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday evening.
Cremation will be made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lauren Hughson Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o The First National Bank of Jeffersonville, P.O. Box 398, Jeffersonville, N.Y. 12748.
Ret. Bookkeeper, 92
Helen Richtberg, a 13-year resident of Shandelee, formerly a 55-year resident of East Williston and a retired bookkeeper for the Diamond International Corporation, died Thursday, July 29, 2004, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 92 years of age.
The daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Besjedica Odak, she was born June 20, 1912, in Manhattan. She was the widow of Anthony F. Richtberg who died December 3, 1993, in Shandelee after 57 years of marriage.
Mrs. Richtberg was a member of St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in Livingston Manor.
In a family statement, it was said, "Mom loved reading, gardening, cooking (she was an outstanding cook) and debating politics. She loved her daughters and their husbands, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mom was known for her quick wit and excellent mind. When she cleaned she whistled and she was always cleaning. In her last 10 years of life, she was a resident of the Sullivan County Adult Care Center where she became a favorite with all who knew her. They became her extended family and guardian angels as she gradually slipped away."
Mrs. Richtberg is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Robert Konvalin of Shandelee and Joan and Thomas Conti of Guilford, Conn.; four grandchildren, Eric Konvalin of Pittsburgh, Pa., Glen Konvalin of Denver, Colo., Susan Lagueux of Salisbury, Md., and Thomas Conti of Killingworth, Conn.; seven great-grandchildren, Matthew, Steven and Ryan Konvalin, Audrey Konvalin, David Lagueux, and Rebecca and Andrew Conti; two sisters, Madeline Dorsey of Poughkeepsie, and Rita Leadbitter of Onancock, Va. a brother, Thomas Odak of Upper Red Hook; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four sisters, Mary, Martha, Victoria and Anna.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in Livingston Manor with Msgr. Collins officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Aloysius Cemetery in Livingston Manor.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Family Council of the Sullivan County Adult Care Center, P.O. Box 671, Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Paul L. Dominick,
Retired Foreman, 78
Paul L. Dominick of the village of Florida, a retired 25-year foreman for the Department of Parks in Central Park, New York City, died Saturday, July 31, 2004, at the Arden Hill campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center. He was 78 years of age.
The son of the late James and Elizabeth Wanger Dominick, he was born September 4, 1925, in Jersey City, N.J. He was the widower of both Ann Marie Dominick and Delores Dominick.
A welder in the Navy Seabees during World War II, he traveled to the South Pacific, Europe, North Sea, Shetland Island, Germany and France, working on the USS Enterprise, Franklin, Intrepid, Tigershark, LSTs, Europer and Elderfrance. Mr. Dominick was an active member of the 82nd Airborne Smokejumpers in Cafe Junction, Oreg. He also served as the quartermaster for the 82nd Airborne and was an active member of the American Legion Post #1250 in the village of Florida.
Mr. Dominick was a Judo Sixth Degree black belt, national champion and national examiner who helped establish the YMCA Judo Camp and a former captain of the Pocatello Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen R. Dominick, at home; two daughters and a son-in-law, Ann Marie and Tracey Elethorp of Ticonderoga, and Cindy Depew of Howells; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Joseph and Gayle Dominick of Monticello, and James and John Dominick, both of the state of Florida; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A Funeral mass will be offered at 10 on on Tuesday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in the village of Florida.
Burial will be made in St. John's Cemetery in Goshen.
Memorial contributions may be made to 82nd Airborne, 158 Pleasant St. Ext., Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Marcus Green Jr.
Marcus William "Bill" Green Jr. of Wurtsboro Hills, a laborer for various local organizations, died Friday, July 30, 2004, at his home. He was 65 years of age.
The son of the late Marcus Sr. and Euphemia Dunn Green, he was born July 2, 1939, in Wurtsboro.
In a family statement, it was said, "He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him."
Services were held Monday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro with the Rev. Robert Pinto officiating.
Burial was made in Sylvan Cemetery in Wurtsboro.
Ret. Therapy Aide, 91
Russell "Chubby" Foster of Middletown, a lifelong area resident and a retired therapy aide at the Middletown Psychiatric Center, died Saturday, July 31, 2004, in Middletown. He was 91 years of age.
The son of the late Charles and Lucy Brasington Foster, he was born February 12, 1913, in Livingston Manor.
A staff sergeant during World War II, Mr. Foster was also an honorary member of the Howells Fire Company.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Foster; three children, Robert Foster, Brian Foster and Joy Foster; three grandchildren, Brian, Suzanne and Christina; three great-grandchildren, Sean, Nicholas and Jenna; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home, 72 W. Main St., Middletown on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Burial will be private.
Jack T. Roque
Letter Carrier, 68
Jack Thomas Roque of Monroe, a letter carrier for the U.S. Post Office in New York City, died Saturday, July 31, 2004, in Milford, Pa. He was 68 years of age.
The son of the late Manuel and Jennie Tama Roque, he was born August 3, 1935, in New York City.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene J. Nestman Roque of Monroe; a son, Jack Thomas Roque of Norwich; three daughters, Elizabeth Roque-Gaffney of Florham Park, N.J., Christine Kincade of Monroe, and Felicia Kincade of Shohola, Pa.; two sisters, Joyce Bufano of Claryville and Jeannett Thompson of Middletown; nine grandchildren, Steven Kincade, Thomas Kincade, Myles Kincade, Eamonn Gaffney, Shannon Kincade, Kelly Gaffney, Tyler Kincade, Emily Kincade, Julian Roque; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Donovan Funeral Home, 82 S. Church St., Goshen, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church, 71 Murray Ave., Goshen, on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Burial will be made in the Cemetery of the Highlands in Highland Mills.
Tree Cutter, 47
Lawrence E. "Butch" Schatz of Middletown, a lifelong area resident and a tree cutter with Seasons Tree Service in Middletown, died Thursday, July 29, 2004, in Wurtsboro. He was 47 years of age.
The son of Lawrence O. and Elaine Fletcher Schatz, he was born August 29, 1956, in Teaneck, N.J.
He is survived by his parents; two sisters and two brothers, Janet Velie, Kevin Schatz, Keith Schatz and Judy Ostrowsky; a daughter, Lauren Schatz; his fiancée, Margie LaFleur; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were private.
John Stalter Sr.
Ret. Local 825, 70
John F. Stalter Sr. of Greenfield Park, an area resident since 1974 and retired from Local 825, died Thursday, July 29, 2004, at the Ellenville Regional Hospital. He was 70 years of age.
The son of Mary Rose Stalter and the late Gerald Stalter, he was born September 18, 1933, in Haverstraw.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Korea.
Mr. Stalter is survived by his wife, Arlene Ryan Stalter, at home; his mother of Thompkins Cove; three sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Susan Stalter of Woodbourne, Kevin and JoAnne Stalter of Napanoch and John Jr. and Diana Stalter of Greenfield Park; a daughter and son-in-law, Arlene and Raymond Baty of Greenfield Park; two brothers, Dalton Stalter of Ft. Montgomery and Melvin Stalter of Southfield; a sister, Juanita Sibley of Thompkins Cove; nine grandchildren, Jeanine, Jonathan, Kenneth Jr. and Heather Stalter, Raymond, Danielle and Kathlynn Baty, and Jennifer and William Simpson; a great-grandchild, Kyle Kucer; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Kenneth, Gerald Jr. and Loren Stalter.
Services were held Monday at the Loucks Funeral Home in Ellenville with the Rev. Robert Pinto officiating.
Burial was made in the Fantinekill Cemetery in Ellenville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ellenville First Aid & Rescue Squad, Webster St., Ellenville, N.Y. 12428.
Ret. Plumber, 80
Raymond A. Tompkins of Livingston Manor, a retired self-employed plumber and lifelong area resident, died Sunday, August 1, 2004, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. He was 80 years of age.
The son of the late Vincent and Amelia Reiner Tompkins, he was born April 22, 1924, in Sullivan County. He was the widower of Olive "Ollie" Kohler Tompkins who died in 1965.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was a member and past commander of the former Livingston Manor Memorial Post No. 6081, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Livingston Manor, and a past commander of the Sullivan County Council VFW.
He is survived by a son, Gary L. Tompkins of Vero Beach, Fla.; a step-daughter, Judy Emery of Livingson Manor; three sisters, Alice Hoos, Mary Berton and Helen Tompkins; and a brother, Harry Tompkins. He was predeceased by a step-daughter, Janet Cross, a brother, Art Tompkins, and a sister, Vivian Carlson.
Friends may call at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be made in the Orchard Street Cemetery in Livingston Manor.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Society, 139 Forestburgh Rd., Monticello, N.Y. 12701.