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September 21, 2004

Evelyn Welling
Environmentalist, 94

Evelyn Frances Atkins Welling, of Flagler Beach, Florida died on September 14, 2004 in Snellville, Georgia. She was 94.
The daughter of the late Frank Atkins and Margaret Beseth Atkins, she was born July 13, 1910 in Liberty. She was the widow of William Randolph Welling.
Long-time residents of Warwick, she and her husband retired to Flagler Beach, Florida in 1960. An avid artist, environmentalist and animal lover, she spent countless hours enjoying nature and her lovely retirement home. A long-time member of the Audubon Society and a contributing member of the Flagler County Humane Society, she found such joy in all of God's creatures. Her strength and determination provided inspiration to all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Mrs. Richard Frank Atkins of Warwick. She was the beloved aunt of Susan Atkins Davidson and her husband Alan of Woodbridge, CT, Linda Frances Atkins Oettinger and her husband William of Catskill, Frank Randolph Atkins and his wife Haydee of Monroe; great aunt of Amy Davidson, Brad Davidson, Jared Oettinger, Taice Oettinger and Richard Atkins. She is also survived by her beloved companion and best friend "Tuffy."
She was predeceased by her brother, Richard Atkins, of Sullivan County and Catskill, and two infant brothers, Louis and Robert Atkins of Liberty.
Funeral services were Saturday at the Lazear-Smith and Vander Plaat funeral home with Warwick United Methodist Church Pastor Chris Yount officiating.
Interment will follow in Warwick Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Warwick Valley Humane Society on 48 Public Works Road in Warwick, NY 10990 or a charity of your choice.

Eileen Gobiasky
Site Manager, 76

Eileen Theresa Riley Gobiasky of Billings, MT died Monday, September 13, 2004, following a long struggle with rheumatoid arthritis.
The daughter of Hugh and Mary Ann Riley, she was born on June 26, 1928 in Brooklyn. She attended St. Patrick's School and graduated from St. Joseph's High School. She moved to Lake Huntington in 1976 where she was the regional site manager of the Office for the Aging. Following her retirement she moved to Cody, WY, in 1991 to be near her son John. She has made her home in Billings since 2001.
She had been a member of Sunshine Senior Citizens and the Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Lake Huntington.
She married Edward Gobiasky on June 25, 1949. He preceeded her in death in 1979. She was also preceded in death by her faithful companion, Pepper, who passed away on Saturday, September 4th.
Survivors include her son John and his wife Shelly of Billings, MT, grandchildren Phillip T. and Jack F. Griffin, a brother John McNaboe of Huntington, and an adopted daughter Nancy LaCounte of Shepherd, MT and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Following cremation the family will arrange interment at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Help for Homeless Pets, PO Box 1282, Billings, MT 59103.

Gerald Baxter
Ret'd. Sup't., 76

Gerald Baxter, of Nelson, Pa. and St. Augustine, Fl., formerly of Stony Fork, Pa., died September 16, 2004 at the Samaritan House in Wellsboro, Pa. He was 76 years of age.
The son of the late Clyde and Geraldine Stekle Baxter, he was born December 29, 1927 in Roscoe.
A former superintendent of dry bulk for Chemical Leaman Corporation, Downington, Pa., he retired in 1983.
Survivors include his wife, Doreen Oles Baxter; a daughter, Tris Baxter Ozark and her husband Mark of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a son, Ward L. Baxter and his wife Joan of Auburn, Pa.; a granddaughter, Leigh Doreen Baxter, Hellam, Pa.; a grandson, Matthew Collins Baxter, Auburn, Pa.; a brother, Eugene Baxter, Vestal; and a sister, Lois Fontana and husband Robert of Ormand Beach, Fla.
Services will be at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to United Church of Roscoe, Roscoe, N.Y. 12776.
Funeral arrangements were made by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Wellsboro, Pa.

Mark Shimm
Location Scout, 56

Mark Shimm, a location scout, musician/songwriter, and former Liberty resident, died on Thursday, September 16, 2004 in Williamson Medical Center, Franklin, TN. He was 56.
Born in Liberty on December 25, 1947, he was the son of Morton and Rose Gottlieb Shimm.
He is survived by his two sisters, Dorrine Levy and her husband Jack of Nashville, TN, and Emily Sendler and her husband David of New York, and his nieces and nephews, Adam and Michael Levy, and Karen and Matthew Sendler.
Services were held Sunday in the Jeffersonville Hebrew Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were made by Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home Inc. in Monticello.

Elizabeth Frattarelli
Homemaker, 69

Elizabeth Frattarelli, of Jeffersonville and formerly of Livingston Manor, died on Friday, September 17, 2004 at home. She was 69.
The daughter of John and Elizabeth Hopwood Bartunek, she was born on July 3, 1935 in Bronx, New York.
She was the widow of Vincent J. Frattarelli.
She was a member of St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in Livingston Manor and St. George's in Jeffersonville.
Survivors include a son, Vincent T. Frattarelli of Livingston Manor, a daughter, Sylvia A. Davis and her husband Martin of Jeffersonville; a brother, Thomas Bartunek of South Carolina; her twin sister, Eleanor Fufidio of Bronx, NY; six grandchildren, Anthony Frattarelli of PA; Shelli and Joseph Frattarelli, both of Livingston Manor; Betha Davis of Youngsville; Gregory Davis of Long Island; Amanda Davis of Jeffersonville and her mother and father-in-law, Sam and Sylvia Frattarelli of Pearl River.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday at St. Aloysius RC Church, Livingston Manor with Msgr. Collins officiating.
Interment was made in the Laurel Hill Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements were under the direction of Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Homes.

Marlene A. Knight
Cafeteria Worker, 66

Marlene A. Knight, a cafeteria worker for the Port Jervis school system and life-long area resident, died Friday, September 17, 2004 at the Milford Senior Care Center, Milford, Pa. She was 66.
The daughter of the late Carl and Dorothy Stewart Joergle, she was born January 7, 1938 in Liberty.
She was a member of the Jeffersonville First Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include her husband James L. Knight at home; daughter Susan Brown and her husband Lenny of Glen Spey; a son Richard Knight and his wife Donna of Matamoras, Pa.; brother Warren Joergle and his wife Dolores of Port Jervis; four grandchildren Kristina Brown, Lisa Waiau, Heather Quinn and her husband Jeff, Amanda Kranik and her husband Robert; six great-grandchildren Marcus, Derek, Meagan, Steven, Colin and Brianna; and several nieces and nephews.
Private services will be held Tuesday at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis with Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiating. Interment will be private.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550 or Hospice St. John, 1007 Oak St., Pittston, Pa. 18600.

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