August 31, 2004
Louis Jacobson, 94
Ret. From Perk's Market
Louis B. "Perk" Jacobson of Hurleyville, the retired owner and operator of Perk's Market in Hurleyville for 35 years and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, August 28, 2004, in Georgia. He was 94 years of age.
The son of the late Max and Bessie Deutsch Jacobson, he was born November 14, 1909, in Divine Corners.
A World War II veteran, he was a 70-year member of the Hurleyville Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Jacobson was also an avid bowler, bridge player and an inveterate punster all his life. He also enjoyed his retirement years traveling the United States and the world.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Florence Jacobson, at home; two daughters, Myrna J. Coffey and Bette J. Godfrey; a son-in-law, E. Drexel Godfrey; three grandchildren, Heather and her husband, Doug Wren, Eleanor Godfey and Lydia Kate and her husband, Colin Evans; two great-grandchildren, Everett Scott Wren and Naomi Alexandra Wren; three sisters, Pearl Kollender, Gail Makofsky and Helen Carlson and her husband, Bill, all of Hurleyville; and a large number of nieces, nephews and an extended family; and friends. He was predeceased by two brothers, Julius and Abe Jacobson, and two sisters, Rose Cohen and Ann Jacobson.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Congregation Anshe Hurleyvile Synagogue with Rabbi Marvin Goldman officiating.
Burial will be made in Anshe Hurleyvile Cemetery, followed by a gathering of the family at the synagogue to receive friends.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Ret. Correc. Offc., 78
Rudolph J. "Rudy" Herrmann of Grahamsville, a retired corrections officers and a lifelong area resident, died Thursday, August 26, 2004, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 78 years of age.
The son of the late Richard and Katherine Hurachek Herrmann, he was born July 11, 1926, in Fremont Center.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he worked for the New York State Department of Corrections and was a retired union electrician. He was a proprietor of the former Bluebird Inn in Fremont Center. Mr. Herrmann was a life member of the H. Russell Kenyon Post No. 5808, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Callicoon and an active member of the Grahamsville Volunteer Fire Department, always manning their sausage and peppers stand at the Grahamsville Fair.
He is survived by his wife, Clarice M. Elflein Herrmann, at home; three daughters, Kathryn E. Herrmann and her companion, Warren Tierney of Woodbourne, Patricia A. Herrmann and her companion, Jack Donahue of Miami, Fla., and Marcia J. Fink and her husband, John, of Callicoon; four brothers, Richard J. Herrmann and his wife, Jeanne, of Delmar, Raymond J. Herrmann and Ronald J. Herrmann , both of Roscoe, and Robert J. Herrmann and his wife, Pauline, of Santa Maria, Calif.; a sister, Sylvia Sheridan of Tamarac, Fla.; a son-in-law, Larry Mann of West Hurley; a grandson, Joseph Mann; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Diane M. Mann, and a sister, Adela Kalankiewicz.
Services were held Monday at the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty with the Rev. Allan Wachter officiating.
Burial was made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grahamsville Volunteer Fire Department, Grahamsville, N.Y. 12740.
Ella R. Ort
Ret. Chef, 80
Ella R. Ort of Eldred, a lifelong resident and a retired chef who worked in the restaurant business all her life, died Sunday, August 22, 2004, in Ocklawaha, Fla. She was 80 years of age.
The daughter of the late Ami and Violet Hulse, she was born July 3, 1924, in Sussex, N.J. She was the widow of John J. Ort.
Mrs. Ort is survived by three sons, James Ort and his wife, Judy, of Ocklawaha, Fla., John Ort of Bethel, and Davis Ort and his wife, Susan, of Yulan; six grandchildren, Brittney Ort of Livingston Manor and Darrin, Christina, Kimerly, Brian and Lindsey Ort.
Private services and cremation were held in Florida.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Mid-Hudson Chapter, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 102, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601-4027.
Alfred W.J. Kursa
Alfred W.J. Kursa of Roscoe, a self-employed contractor and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, August 25, 2004, at his home. He was 82 years of age.
The son of the late Alfred F. and Madeline Lulu Euker Kurza, he was born December 13, 1921, in New York City. He was the widower of Mildred M. Kursa.
A U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, he was a talented craftsman. Mr. Kursa built and repaired clocks and was known as "the clockman."
He is survived by a daughter, Linda Curtis of Sacramento, Calif. two sisters, Marjorie M. Figgis of Honolulu, Hawaii and Paula A. Schamber and her husband, David, of Fairlawn, N.J; a brother, Donald W. Kurza and his wife, Catherine, of Bergenfield, N.J.; two grandchildren, Peter B. Curtis of Sacramento, Calif., and Matthew B. Curtis of Santa Clara, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Geraldine Marie Sandrom.
Private funeral services were followed by burial in the Bon Air Cemetery in Roscoe.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice, 542 Main St., Oneonta, N.Y. 13820.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe.
Timothy M. Nutt, 31
Timothy M. Nutt of Circleville, a lifelong area resident who attended the Open Vistas Day Program, died Wednesday, August 25, 2004, at the Horton campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middetown. He was 31 years of age.
The son of Jeffrey and Kay Middlemiss Nutt, he was born September 18, 1972, in Newburgh.
He is survived by his parents, at home; seven brothers, Charles Nutt of Port Jervis, and Andrew, Jason, Joseph, Michael, Kevin and Chris, all of Circleville; five sisters, Karen Thomas of Bloomingburg, Marcy Kessler of Pine Bush, Sarah Sanchez and Carreasa Roser, both of Middletown, Jennifer Nutt of Circleville and Elizabeth Barton of Pennsylvania; his maternal grandmother, Nellie Middlemiss; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services were held Saturday at the Circleville Presbyterian Church.
Burial was made in Hillside Cemetery in Middletown.
Memorial contributions may be made to Inspire, The CP Center, 2 Fletcher St., Goshen, N.Y. 10924.
Blanche Gerson, 84
Ret. Telephone Oper.
Blanche Gerson of Woodridge and Boca Raton, Fla., a retired New York Telephone Operator, died Wednesday, August 25, 2004. She was 84 years of age.
She is survived by two daughters, Rana Gerson of Delray Beach, Fla., and June Tisser and her husband, Barry of Fairlawn, N.J.; two sisters, Betty Cohen of Rockleigh, N.J., and Naomi Krieger of Woodridge; a brother, Dave Levitz of Staten Island; a grandson, Michael Tisser of Fairlawn, N.J.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Services were held Friday at the Woodridge Ohav Sholem.
Interment was made in the Glen Wild Cemetery.
Eileen P. Martin
Eileen P. Martin of Tampa, Fla., a former resident of Middletown and a homemaker, died Sunday, August 15, 2004, in Tampa, Fla. She was 69 years of age.
The daughter of the late Oscar and Birdie Greene, she was born December 28, 1934, in Oceanside.
In a family statement, it was said, "Eileen was a strong and hardworking mother who raised seven children by herself. She was a kind soul who befriended everyone. Eileen also loved animals."
She is survived by two sons, Brian Martin and his companion, Diane, of Ellenville, and Mark Martin and his wife, Beth, of Middletown; five daughters, Jill Martin and her companion, Harry, of Wurtsboro, Susan Hansford and her companion, Ralph, of Cornwall, Lisa Martin of Tampa, Fla., Robin Martin and her companion, Arthur , of Middletown, Shari Strzalka and her husband, Marty, of Middletown; nine grandchildren, Jennifer, Matthew, Eric, Krista, Michelle, Ralphie, Ashley, Nicholas and Arthur. She also leaves behind her cat, Sonny.
Private cremation was made in Tampa Fla.
A memorial services will be held on Sunday, September 5, at 2 p.m. at the Applebee-McPhilips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Ave., Middletown with the Rev. Kenneth Wonderland officiatng.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Goshen Humane Society, P.O. Box 37, Goshen, N.Y. 10924.
Robert E. Litts
Licensed Engr., 63
Robert E. Litts of Allentown, Pa., a former resident of Bethlehem, Pa. and a licensed professional engineer, died Saturday, August 21, 2004, at the VNA Hospice at St. Luke's Hospital. He was 63 years of age.
The son of Robert C. and Jane A. Murch Litts, he was born in Susquehanna and raised in Matamoras, Pa.
Over a period of 37 years, Mr. Litts held various engineering and management positions at Ingersoll-Rand and Ingersoll-Dresser Pump Company, including most recentlyserving as Director of Customer Service for the Asia Pacific area while living in Singapore. He served as president of the Phillispburg Chamber of Commerce. He was a 1962 graduate of Lehigh University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Mr. Litts was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem and a member of Masonic Lodge #344 in Milford, Pa.
He is survived by his parents; his wife, Barbara J. Litts, at home; two children, Robert G. Litts of San Francisco, Calif., and Kristin M. Litts of Allentown, Pa.; a grandson, John Paul; a brother, Richard A. Litts of Downingtown, Pa.; and two sisters, Nancy Farr of Matamoras, Pa., and Susan Kozykowski of Barryville; He was predeceased by a sister, Joan Litts Monaco.
Funeral services were held Thursday at the Schantz Funeral Home in Emmaus, Pa.
Burial was made in Western Salisbury Cemetery in Allentown, Pa.
Beverly M. Connell
Ret. Administration, 77
Beverly M. Connell of Pine Bush, a retired assistant administrator with the Orange County Department of Social Services in Goshen and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, August 28, 2004, at her home, following a long illness. She was 77 years of age.
The daughter of the late Wilson and Alberta Pulver Mack, she was born August 2, 1927, in Walden.
Mrs. Connell was a member of the First Baptist Church in Middletown, Queen Esther Chapter No. 163, Order of the Eastern Star, in Middletown, and the CSEA. and AARP.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Delford C. Connell, at home; four children, Dale D. Connell and his wife, Loretta, of Piedmont, S.C., Dean W. Connell of Middletown, Donna L. Kleister and her husband, Richard, of Wurtsboro, and Daryl L. Connell of Oxon Hill, Md. and Pine Bush; five grandchildren, Rachel Bray and her husband, Glen, Aaron D. Connell and his wife, Kimberly, Joanna M. Rich and her husband, Jason, Heidi L. Kleister and Darren L. Connell; 10 great-grandchildren, Megan, Katlyn, Bailey, Austin, Dakota, Shauna, Rebecca, Sara, Ashley and Jason; and a niece, Rene Jones. She was predeceased by a sister, Joyce Corbett.
Friends may call at the Cornelius, Dodd and Connell Funeral Home, 26 Grove St., Middletown on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the First Baptist Church, 11 Mulberry St., Middletown, with Rev. John M. Marr and Rev. Betty Beach officiating.
Interment will be made in the Wallkill Cemetery in Phillipsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 11 Mulberry St., Middetown, N.Y. 10940; Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550 or to the Alzheimer's Association, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 102, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601.
Daniel J. Coleman
Ret. Photographer, 81
Daniel J. Coleman of Youngsville, a former longtime resident of Kenoza Lake and a retired photographer, died Sunday, August 29, 2004, after a long illness. He was 81 years of age.
He was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps. Following his time in service, Mr. Coleman worked as a photographer, primarily in the industrial and commercial fields.
In a family statement, it was said, "Dan was a talented painter who worked mostly with watercolors."
He is survived by his wife, Sheila Coleman, at home; five sons and four daughters and their spouses: David and Maureen Spence, Harold and Lynn Spence, Donald and Cheryl Spence, Sheila Spence Sheppard and her husband, Don, Wendy Spence Gaebel and her husband, Tom, Joseph Coleman, Stephen Coleman, Mary Coleman and Anne Coleman Johnson and her husband, Steve; eight grandchildlren and their spouses, Tom and Kim Gaebel, Cory and Tanya Gaebel, Dina Gaebel, Todd Sheppard, Robin Sheppard, Eric Johnson, Troy Johnson and Katie Spence; a great-granddaughter, Samantha Gaebel; a brother, Eugene Coleman; a sister, Marjorie Knack; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a grandson, Milton Gaebel, and two brothers, Dennis and Kenneth Coleman.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
A Requiem Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Francis Church in Youngsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffersonville Ambulance Corps, Jeffersonville, N.Y. 12748 or to the charity of one's choice.
Stephen R. Casey
Stephen Robert Casey of Monticello, a former executive in the real estate business in New York City, died Thursday, August 26, 2004, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. He was 57 years of age.
He was born July 18, 1947, in Rockville Centre.
Mr. Casey was a United States Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War during which he was awarded a Purple Heart.
He is survived by a son; a sister, Helen Taylor of New Jersey; and many friends. He leaves behind his dog, Sammy.
Friends may call at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 401 Broadway Monticello, on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. at the funeral home on Friday with the Rev. Gene Smith officiating.
Burial with military honors will be held at the Sullivan County
Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to a veterans' charity of one's choice.