August 17, 2004
Daniel Johnson, 56
Tree Service Worker
Daniel Francis Johnson of Northampton, Mass., a former resident of Narrowsburg, died Monday, July 26, 2004, at the North Hampton VA Medical Center in Leeds, Mass. He was 56 years of age.
The son of Carl E. Johnson Sr., and the late Mary Elizabeth Werneke Johnson, he was born September 23, 1947, in Callicoon.
Mr. Johnson worked for his father who owned Johnson Tree Service. He graduated from Cortland State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education.
A U.S. Army veteran, he served during the Vietnam era with the 25th Division as a Chaparral Crewman. He was a supporter of the Disabled American Veterans.
He is survived by his father of Narrowsburg; a brother Carl E. Johnson Jr.; a sister, Ellen E. Flynn; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Narrowsburg with the Rev. Thomas Jones, OFM, officiating.
Burial of the cremains will be made in St. Francis Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301.
Local arrangements are under the direction of the Rasmussen Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.
Beth Ann Mungoven
Beth Ann Mungoven of Wantage, N.J., a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, August 10, 2004 at her home. She was 50 years of age.
The daughter of the late Donald J. and Beverly Duffy Mongoven, she was born January 18, 1954 in Port Jervis. Ms. Mungoven lived briefly in Tucson, Ariz. as a young adult.
She is survived by her husband, Mark Stauble, at home; one son, Jason Schaffer of Manhattan; two sisters, Cindy Mungoven-Mikiten of Port Jervis and Lynn Mungoven of Glen Spey; two brothers, Michael Mungoven of Homer, Alaska, and Thomas Mungoven of Manhattan; and Jonie, Damian and Jay Joseph, to whom she was an aunt.
In a family statement it was said, "We all wish her Godspeed on her journey and may she arrive at her desitination in peace. Beth was a beloved daughter, mother, wife, sister, niece, aunt, and friend to many and her life will continue to be cherished as long as her memory persists in the thought os those that knew her."
Memorial services will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Port Jervis Humane Society, 202 Route 209, Port Jervis, N.Y. 12771 (www.pjhumane.org).
Funeral arrangements were made under the direction of the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis.
Richard A. Helms Jr.
Richard A. Helms Jr. of Livingston Manor died Saturday, August 14, 2004 at home with his family by his side. He was 64 years of age.
The son of the late Richard A. and Charlotte Hendrickson Helms, he was born March 5, 1940 in Livingston Manor.
In a family statement it was said, "A tree fell in the forest, the birds surrounding flew high, the dew on the grass spewed forward and slowly drained into a stream neraby. Yet life sprung from the wreckage, and forged a new beginning. The young woodland creatures were playing and the tiny 'junior' was finaly winning. As time let on in the clearing, a curious face appeared, a deer. He'd heard about the fallen tree and came to give comfort. This buck had infinite wisdom, his eyes shown wide and bright. He bowed his head and whispered, 'Truly, my children, you'll be alright.'"
Mr. Helms was the widower of Pauline G. Helms who died December 25, 2001.
He is survived by three daughters, Susan O'Dell of Cape Coral, Fla., Linda Helms of Parksville, and Tina Whipple and her husband George of Bradley; four grandchildren, Johnny O'Dell, Jamie Shampine, Brian O'Dell, and Freddy DuMond, and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Denner; and his stepmother, Sarah Hobart Helms.
Visitation was held Monday at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl Street, Livingston Manor with the Rev. James Persons officiating.
Burial will be made in Orchard Street Cemetery, Livingston Manor.
Esther C. Lunney, 97
Esther C. Lunney, a homemaker and lifelong area resident, died Saturday, August 14, 2004 at the Middletown Park Manor. She was 97 years of age.
The daughter of the late Dubois F. and Ida Mae Shorter Collins, she was born July 29, 1907 in Bloomingburg.
She was the widow of Walter F. Lunney who died on December 3, 1997.
She is survived by two daughters, Helen Carmody and her husband John of Lords Valley, Pa. and Patricia Harrison of New Paltz; four grandchildren, Erin, Sean, Lisa, and Jennifer; eight great-grandchildren, Kim, Steven, Micahel, Kaitlyn, Kiara, Megan, R.J. and Mikayla; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, August 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Assumption Church, High Street, Bloomingburg with Father Raymond Bagdonis, O.C. officiating.
Burial will be made in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Our Lady of the Assumption Church, P.O. Box 216, Bloomingburg, N.Y. 12721.
Arrangements were made under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, Inc.
Alice Reggero, 77
Former Mgr. of Lloyd's
Alice Reggero of DeLand, Fla. and a former resident of Newburgh, died Friday, August 13, 2004 in Florida. She was 77 years of age.
The daughter of the late Alex and Mary Coute Cabral, she was born June 21, 1927 in Fall River, Mass. She was the widow of John Reggero Sr.
Mrs. Reggero was a former manager of the Millenery Dept. of Lloyd's Supermarket, and worked for Rich's Store in Newburgh for 10 years.
She is survived by two sons, John A. Reggero Jr. and his wife Juliet of Lake Huntington, and Rich Reggero and his wife Leslie of the Town of Newburgh; four grandchildren: Lauren Toledano and her husband Juan, Richard Reggero Jr. and his wife Becky, Dayna Reggero, and Juliann Reggero; two sisters, Jean Negri, and Laura Rynkiewicz; one brother, Alex Cabral; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, August 19 in the Sacred Heart Church in Newburgh.
Burial will follow in the St. Francis Cemetery in New Windsor.
Funeral arrangements were made under the direction of the Brooks-DiDonato Funeral Home (Brooks-DiDonato.com).
Kathryn Benson, 97
Kathryn Stratton Benson, a homemaker and lifelong area resident, died Thursday, August 12, 2004 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Seelig campus of Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 97 years of age.
The daughter of the late Fred and Edith Stratton, she was born January 31, 1907 in Franklin Township, Pa. She was the widow of Robert N. Benson who died on March 7, 1993.
Mrs. Benson was a lifelong member of St. John's Episcopal Church of Monticello, where she was treasurer of the Altar Guild.
In a family statement, it was said, "Kay cherished her family, home and faith. Her exampe of grace, dignity and strength will guide us. Her unconditional love will sustain us. Her sense of humor comes back to us again and again. We feel forever blessed by the warm and wonderful memories that will remain deep in our hearts."
She is survived by a son, Alan Benson and his wife Betty of Queensbury; two daughters, Marie Buckstad and her husband Carl of Forestburgh, and Bett Rappaport of Bedminster, N.J.; six grandchildren, Neal Beson, Christia Benson, Chad Rappaport, Stacey Rappaport, Tristin Buckstad, and Tara Buckstad Russo; five great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Edith Benson; a son, Wayne Benson; and a brother, Clyde Stratton.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Newburgh.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 22 at 3 p.m. at the St. John's Episcopal Church, 15 St. John Street, Monticello with the Rev. Ninon Hutchinson officiating.
Interment of the cremains will be made in the St. John Street Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John's Episcopal Church, 15 St. John St., Monticello, N.Y. 12701 or to the Skilled Nursing Unit (Resident Fund), Seelig Division, Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, N.Y. 12742.
Funeral arrangements were made under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, Inc. Additional service information may be found at the Web site www.kenny funeralhome.com.