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September 24, 2004

Lilly Chandler
Assy. Line Worker, 78

Lilly May Chandler, of Liberty died on Sunday, September 19, at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 78.
The daughter of John and Marie Pate, she was born on December 3, 1925 in South Carolina.
She was an assembly line worker for a brake shoe manufacturer.
Survivors include her three brothers, Clyde, J.C. and Frank Pate, all of California; three sisters, Syble Pate of Liberty, Mary Curswell and Shirley Pate, both of North Carolina and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Ramsay's Funeral Home on 275 S. Main St. in Liberty on Friday, September 24, 2004 from 10 to 11 a.m. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. with Rev. Robert Nadelen officiating.
Cremation will take place at Cedar Hill Crematory in Newburgh.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay's Funeral Homes Liberty.

Zena LaBaugh
Homemaker, 93

Zena LaBaugh of Palm Bay, FL, died on Sunday, September 19, 2004 at her home. She was 93.
She was born in Starrucca, PA, August 18, 1911 to the late Elmer and Martha Small Lee. She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church in Palm Bay.
She was the widow of Alfred Rickard and Leo LaBaugh and also predeceased by numerous brothers and sisters.
Survivors include her daughter, Lynette Zeltwanger in Palm Bay, FL, with whom she resided; four sons, Ronald Rickard of Jacksonville, FL, Dennis Rickard of Thompson, GA, Paul LaBaugh of Winston-Salem, NC, and Bruce LaBaugh of Clio, MI. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 25, 2004, at 9 a.m. from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, Park Avenue and South Street, Wilkes-Barre, with a funeral mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Church of the Immaculate Conception, 134 South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Twp.
Friends may call at the Funeral Home on Saturday morning from 8 to 9.

Roland D. Besimer Sr.
Ret. Sergeant, 80

Roland D. Besimer Sr., of Rock Hill and a retired Correction Sergeant for NYS Dept. of Correction, and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, September 20, 2004 at Cornell Medical Center in New York. He was 80.
He was born to William Besimer and Helena Wilhelm Besimer on July 12, 1924 in Newburgh.
He served in the Navy during World War II, with the distinguished Sea Bees unit.
He was a member of Wanaksink Lake Club, and a former little league coach.
A family statement reads, "Our dad was an avid hunter and loved to fish. He had a special talent for building and fixing anything you needed. Most important to him was his family. His most enjoyable days were spent cruising Wanaksink Lake on his boat."
Survivors include his daughter, Donna Lynn Besimer and her fiance, Andrew Concors, of Monticello; a son, Roland D. Besimer Jr. and his companion, Margaret Slater of Bethel; four grandchildren, with one grandson expected in February of 2005; and five very special children, Monica, Rebecca, Jessica, Alexander, and Erica Concors.
He was predeceased by his wife, Joanne Besimer, and brother, William Besimer.
Visitation was held Thursday at Millspaugh Funeral Home, 22 Bank St., Walden.
Funeral services will be Friday, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Fr. Kenneth Loughman of Most Precious Blood Parish will officiating.
Burial will follow in Wallkill Valley Cemetery in Walden.
Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, 159 Green St., Kingston, NY 12401.

Anthony G. Plummer, 80

Anthony G. Plummer of Livingston Manor, died September 21, 2004 in his home. He was 70.
He was the son of Charles and Anna Ohsal Plummer. He was born November 20, 1934 in New York City.
He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers and was an avid fly fisherman.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia M. Green Plummer; a daughter, Annamarie Toni Plummer of Arizona and a son , Anthony Plummer Jr. and his wife, Felicia; a grandson, Alexander; a sister, Marie Philbrick and two brothers, Peter and Jerry Plummer.
A funeral service was held on Thursday evening at the funeral home. Msgr. Collins will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made in Anthony's name to St. Aloysius Church in Livingston Manor.
Arrangements were under the direction of Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home.

Florence Sharkey
Budget Officer, 82

Florence Taylor Wells Sharkey, a lifetime Monticello resident, passed away on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ. She was 82.
The daughter of William James and Jessie LeRoy Taylor, she was born on March 30, 1922 in Monticello.
She was the Chief Budget Officer and Assistant County Treasurer for Sullivan County. She was the elected treasurer of NYS Treasurers Assn. in 1980. She was active in her church, the Monticello United Methodist Church. She was a member of Wesleyan Service Guild, a member of the choir, treasurer and served on various other church committees at the Monticello United Methodist Church. She belonged to Monticello Senior Citizens and was a soloist at many weddings, funerals, community and church events.
Survivors include her companion, Ralph Feller; a son, Alfred L. Wells of Winter Park, FL; a daughter, Sandra Bolton of Eldred; a sister-in-law, Kathleen Taylor of Cortland; five grandchildren, Taylor Wells of Akron, OH, Jeffrey Bolton and his wife, Staci of Lawrenceville, NJ, Steven Bolton and his wife, Karen of Clearmont, FL, Seth Wells of Hudson, OH and Adam Wells of Houston, TX and four great-grandchildren, Julian Bolton, Cole Bolton, Stefanie Bolton and Kaylin Wells.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Alfred Wells, and by her second husband, C. Albert Sharkey; two brothers, Leonard and Oscar Taylor and a sister, Dorothy Taylor.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2004 at 1 p.m. at the Monticello United Methodist Church. Rev. Gene Smith will officiate.
Burial will be in Rock Ridge Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Monticello United Methodist Church, 445 Broadway, Monticello, NY 12701, to the Sullivan County SPCA, Rock Hill Drive, Rock Hill, NY 12775, or to the charity of one's choice.
Funeral arrangements were made by Ramsay's Funeral Homes Inc. in Monticello.

Carol A. Benjamin
Homemaker, 62

Carol A. Benjamin, a homemaker and lifelong Monticello resident, died on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris after a long illness. She was 62.
The daughter of Arnold and Marie Decker Sheeley, she was born on June 20, 1942 in Monticello.
She was a member of Rock Hill United Methodist Church.
A family statement reads "She suffered with long term renal failure, struggling for the last two years in and out of the hospital. Friends and family have shown their support and we want to thank you for all your help and concern. Please let's pray and thank God there is no more pain. We love you."
She leaves behind her husband, Donald W. Benjamin in Rock Hill; a daughter, Lisa M. Benjamin of Monticello and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a son, Donald Benjamin.
Friends may call at Ramsay's Funeral Home, 55 St. John St. in Monticello on Saturday, September 25 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at Ramsay's funeral Home on Sunday, September 26 at 2 p.m. Rev. Paul Case will officiate.
Burial will be in Messenger Cemebery in Monticello, next to her late son Donald.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Attn: Communications Department, 6931 Arlington Road., Bethesda, MD 20814.
Funeral arrangements were made by Ramsay's Funeral Homes Inc. in Monticello.

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