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October 12, 2004

Zella R. Panebaker
Retired Teacher, 104

Zella R. Panebaker of Liberty, died on Thursday, October 7, 2004 at the Achieve Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Liberty. She was 104.
She was born in Champaign, IL on September 15, 1900 to the late John R. and Helen Reynolds Reid. She was the widow of David E. Panebaker.
She was a graduate of Cornell University and worked as a schoolteacher for many years. She was a resident of Liberty since 1930 when she moved from Albion. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Monticello, the Liberty Garden Club, Sarah Wells Council of Girl Scouts, the Liberty Library Board, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Altar Guild of St. John's Episcopal Church.
She is survived by two daughters, Helen P. Farrell of Syracuse and Shirley P. Krum of Endwell, two grandsons, one great-great-grandson and one great-great-granddaughter.
There will be no visitation.
A graveside funeral service was conducted by Rev. Ninon Hutchinson at the family plot in Liberty Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to either St. John's Episcopal Church, St. John Street, Monticello, NY 12701 or The Sarah Wells Girl Scout Council, 162 Bloomingburg Road, Middletown, NY 10940.

Harold P. Kespert
Manager, 82

Harold P. Kespert was a resident of Youngsville, then Brooksville and finally Inverness, FL. He was 82.
He was born in Binghamton.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness, served in the US Army during WWII with Company I 333rd Infantry, graduated from Alfred University, was a volunteer fireman in Youngsville, was a manager at Yaun Electrical Company in Liberty, and enjoyed square dancing.
He is survived by his wife, Florence Kespert, two daughters, Laurie Trelease of Oneonta, Kathy Orr of Mossyrock, WA, a brother, Wilber Kespert of Brooksville, several cousins and five grandchildren.
A service of remembrance will be held for him on Friday, October 15, 2004 at 11 a.m. at the Inverness Chapel of Hooper Funeral Homes with Pastor Craig Davis officiating. Cremation will be under the direction of Hooper Funeral Homes.
Friends who wish to make memorial donations may do so to the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness, 206 Washington Ave., Inverness, FL 34450.

Kenneth Bowdren
Ret. Veteran, 80

Kenneth J. Bowdren of St. Augustine, FL and Cochecton died Tuesday, October 5, 2004. He was 80.
He was born in Peekskill on September 1, 1924 to the late Mary and Richard Bowdren. He resided for many years in Jeffersonville, was a 20-year military veteran and a retired teacher for Sullivan County BOCES. He was a member of St. Anastasia's R.C. Church, the VFW and the Benevolent Order of Elks.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Geraldine Stevens Bowdren at home in St. Augustine and his eight children, Patricia Malkasian and husband, Jim of Suwanee, GA; Pamela Bowdren of West Palm Beach, FL; Lynn Bernas and husband, John of Cochecton; Geraldine Orr and husband, Bill of Youngsville; Bridget Semenetz and husband, Gregg of Jeffersonville; Beth Blum and husband, Steven and Maureen Decker and husband, Alan of Asheville, NC and son Kenneth Bowdren and wife, Nancy of Sackett Lake; his 22 grandchildren, Celeste, Victoria, Jennifer, James, Timothy, Jeffrey, John, Matthew, Luke, Morgan, Melissa, Nicole, Robert, Kate, Gregg, Aileen, Sean, Ashley, Ben, Brianna, Amanda and Max; four great-grandchildren, Andrew, MacKenzie, Kaylin and Drew.
Also surviving are his three brothers, Lawrence, John and William Bowdren, He was predeceased by his brother, Richard.
A family statement: "A wonderful man whose love for and pride in his family is exceeded only by the love and devotion of his wife, children and grandchildren for him. A strength beyond measure, he has lifted the hearts of many and will continue to do so throughout our lives. We will cherish our memories and dad will continue to guide us as he always did."
Funeral Mass will be held on October 22, 2004 at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon with the Father Ignatius Smith officiating.

Nicholas Van Malden
Ret. Dairyman, 87

Nicholas Van Malden of New Durham, NH, formerly of Freehold, NJ, died early Saturday morning, October 9, 2004 at the Wentworth Douglass Hospital in Dover.
He was born August 16, 1917 in Rotterdam, Holland, the son of the late Johannas and Jacoba (Kanook) Van Malden. Raised in Patterson, NJ, he had lived on Long Island for many years and in Freehold, NJ for over 50 years. He has resided in New Durham, NH for the last four years with his son, Bill.
He was proud to serve his country in the Army under the direction of General George Patton, serving in northern France, Ardennes, Rhine-land and central Europe. He received the American Theater Medal, Silver Star Medal, Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Medal with Four Bronze Stars, and the Good Conduct Medal.
Mr. Van Malden had retired from the State of New Jersey, having worked as a dairyman and driver for the Marlboro State Hospital. He had been a dairyman most of his life having worked at various farms in northern New Jersey.
He was a life-long member of the VFW post #4374, American Legion and the Elks, all of Freehold, NJ. Mr. Van Malden was known for his great sense of humor, enjoyed spending time with family and working outdoors and smoking cigars.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years: Eleanor (Hummel) Van Malden of Kemah, TX, formerly of Freehold, NJ; two sons, William "Bill" and his wife Dolores of New Durham, NH; and Edward R. and his wife Glinda of League City, TX; one sister, Betty Brumby of Muttonville, Long Island; five grandchildren, Emily and Jacob of New Durham and Angela, Justin and Sam, all of Texas; as well as nieces, including Jacobi Campfield of Narrowsburg; nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by three brothers and five sisters.
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 15, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main Street, Narrowsburg, with a funeral service to follow at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Glen Clove Cemetery, Narrowsburg.
Funeral arangements were made by the Rasmussen Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.

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