October 15, 2004
Ret. Asst. Manager, 71
Eileen McGinn of Grahamsville died on October 10, 2004 at Catskill Regional Medical Center. She was 71.
The daughter of John and Mary Tooman, she was born on November 12, 1932 in the Bronx.
She moved to Grahamsville in the late 1960s to assist her aging aunt. She was the wife of the late Edward McGinn and worked as an assistant manager and purchaser at Sullivan's Retail Store in Liberty for 27 years. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, was very civic minded, particularly in her support of the ASPCA and the Daniel Pierce Library, and enjoyed participating in the United Methodist Church Bible Study and was also a member of the AARP.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Sharon McGinn, and granddaughters, Emily and Erin McGinn of Williston Park; her niece Susan Marchesiello of Great Neck; and her grandniece, Kristin Marchesiello.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, October 13, 2004 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Woodbourne. Fr. John Lynch officiated.
Interment will be in the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grahamsville Fire Department at PO Box 331, Grahamsville, NY 12740 or the Daniel Pierce Library, PO Box 268, Grahamsville, NY 12740.
Ret. Bookkeeper, 96
Augusta "Gussie" Seargent of Wilmington, NC and formerly a lifelong resident of Monticello, died on Friday, September 17, 2004 at the Mariner Health Care Center in Wilmington. She was 96.
Gussie was born in Hortonville on July 16, 1908 to the late Jacob and Caroline Gale Kautz Endress. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry H. Seargent and a twin brother Fred Endress of Long Island.
She was the oldest living member of the First Church of Monticello Presbyterian.
She was a bookkeeper for Charles Seargent and Son Plumbing and Heating, the business she and her husband ran in Monticello for forty years.
She is survived by two sons, Charles F. Seargent of Monticello and Harry Seargent and wife, Terri of Wilmington, NC; six grandchildren Florence Seargent, Elizabeth Anne Fontanes, Charles F. Seargent Jr., Shallon Endress Seargent, Jorge Howard and Brian Howard; four great-grandchildren, Dominick Seargent, Timothy Culligan, Ashley and Nicole Fontanes.
A memorial service will be held at Ramsay's Funeral Homes, Inc. on 55 St. John Street in Monticello on Saturday, October 16, 2004 at 2 p.m. Rev. Dr. Alex McLean will officiate.
Interment of ashes will follow the service at the Evergreen Cemetery on Route 17B in Bethel.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the charity of one's choice.
Rita Mary Cuddy
Ret. Con Edison, 80
Rita Mary Cuddy died on October 18, 2004 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. She was 80.
A native of Liberty, she was the daughter of Frank and Florence O'Keefe Cuddy. She was a graduate of St. Peter's School, Liberty High School and Mt. St. Vincent's College. She was retired from Con Edison.
She is survived by several cousins in Sullivan County.
A memorial mass will be celebrated for her on Saturday, October 16, 2004 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Church on 264 N. Main St. in Liberty.
Angelo A. Alcencio
Ret. Truck Driver, 70
Angelo A. Alcencio of Roscoe, a retired truck driver, and a five-year area resident died Monday, October 11, 2004 in Roscoe. He was 70.
He was born on June 3, 1934 in Brooklyn.
He was a veteran of the US Navy.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Ann Conklin Alcencio at home; three daughters: Tina Conklin and her husband, Robert of Jefferson; Angela Hanretty and her husband, James of Roscoe and Theresa Simonetti and her husband, Peter of Deer Park; one son, Angelo Alcencio and his wife, Cindy of Middletown; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Thursday, October 14, 2004 at the Gate of Heaven Church on Highland Ave in Roscoe. The Rev. William Collins officiated.
Burial will be in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Ret. Post Master, 86
Nathan Raskin of Ellenville, a Post Master for the United States Postal Service in Ellenville, and a life long area resident died Sunday, October 10, 2004. He was 86.
The son of Jacob Raskin and Jenny Freeman, he was born January 27, 1918 in Ellenville.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Raskin and a daughter, Jacqueling Gioia.
There are no calling hours.
Burial and services will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ellenville First Aid and Rescue.
Stefa Naum of Glen Spey and 15-year resident of the area died Sunday, October 10, 2004 at home. She was 84.
She was born on August 16, 1920 in Sianyk, Ukraine, the daughter of the late Josef and the late Rosalia Szewczyk. Stefa came to the United States at the age of 29. She was predeceased by her husband, Wasyl Naum.
She was a member of St. Volodymyr's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Glen Spey and the Women's Organization for the Defense of the Four Freedoms of Ukraine.
A family statement reads, "Stefa was a woman of extraordinary strength, determination and perseverance. She faced all of life's adversities with faith, grace and a smile. She leaves a legacy of fond memories and love for the people whose lives she touched."
Surviving are her son, Taras Kyrylo Naum of Phoenix, AZ, niece, Eva Michaliszyn and her husband Irenej of Ontario, Canada.
She was predeceased by her son, Roman Wasyl Naum.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 14 with a Mass of the Resurrection in St. Volodymyr's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Glen Spey with the Rev. Mark Hirniak officiating.
Burial will be at St. Andrew's Cemetery in So. Bound Brook, NJ.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ukrainian Studies Fund-Columbia Project, 1583 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138.
Melvin E. Roach
Golf Course Worker, 47
Melvin E. "Ernie" Roach, a maintenance worker at the Villa Roma Golf Course in Callicoon, died Monday, October 11, 2004 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris after a long illness. He was 47.
The son of Barbara Range Burk and the late Victor Haskell Roach, he was born November 12, 1957 in Knoxville, TN.
Survivors include his mother, Barbara Burk of Roscoe; his longtime partner, Debbie Aquero of Roscoe; five brothers, Robert Wesley and his wife, Rhonda of Jeffersonville, Anthony Steven and his wife, Penny of Bethel, Arthur Burk and his wife, Tonya of Bethel, Wallace Burk of Orlando, FL and Calvin Burk of NC; 13 nieces and nephews; and six great-nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, Victor H. Roach Jr.
Services were held Thursday in the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Jeffersonville Methodist Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Ret. Nursery Teacher, 81
Laura Spiro, beloved wife and mother, former nursery school teacher and charter member of the Catskills Arts Society, died Sunday, October 10, 2004. She was 81.
Born February 10, 1923 to Herman Chester and Anne Rivkin Chester, Laura grew up in Woodbourne and Brooklyn as part of a large, loving extended family.
She was a nursery school teacher at The Tiny Tots Nursery School of Sullivan County where she taught for the next 20 plus years. She ended her career teaching the children of her first students. This was one of her greatest joys.
She had a lifelong gift for the arts both teaching and working in a variety of media including enamel, fabric, soft sculpture, and mixed media. Encouraged by noted art educator, Charles Beck, she joined him and others to create the Catskills Arts Society.
She will be remembered as a quintessential "people person" who used her gifts to help other cancer survivors understand and cope with their feelings and emotions. She, also, used these selfsame gifts to enrich the lives of those who came even in casual contact with her. If anything, surviving cancer in the early '60s gave her an appreciation and a zest for life that showed through in everything she did. She was blessed with friends whom she honored and loved as if they were family, and in truth they were.
She is survived by her husband, Michael Spiro, her sister Joan Lefkowitz and her children, Elizabeth Spiro of Binghamton, Chet Spiro of Schenectady, Walter Spiro of Albany and David Spiro of Boulder, CO, grandchildren, Adam Law- rence, Kara Spiro, Trystram Spiro-Costello, Anna Wilson-Spiro, Koren Spiro, Luke Wilson-Spiro and Max Spiro and great-grandchild Samuel Kramnick.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 13, 2004.
The family requests that anyone wanting to honor her life make donations in her name to the Catskill Art Society of Hurleyville, NY 12747 rather than send flowers.
John K. Kallajian III
John K. Kallajian III, an ironworker for Hi-Tek Erectors in Monticello, died Sunday, October 10, 2004 at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. He was 35.
The son of Lynne Ellard and John Kallajian, he was born July 30, 1969 in Hartford, CT. In addition to being a Mamakating Little League Coach, He was an extremely devoted father with a heart of gold. His family was his entire life.
Survivors include his fiancee, Barbara B. Walch and their two sons, John K. Kallajian IV and Michael Stone Kallajian, all at home.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 15, at noon at the funeral home. The Rev. Betty Beach will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a trust fund that has been established for his two children. These contributions can be addressed to Barbara Walch, In Trust for John K. Kallajian IV, Bank of America, PO Box 788, Wurtsboro, NY 12790.
Grace Edington Kautz
Grace Edington Kautz, a Housekeeper for Villa Roma Timeshare in Callicoon, died Friday, October 8, 2004 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 42.
The daughter of Robert and Ouida Thompson Edington, she was born April 1, 1962 in New York City.
Survivors include her parents, Robert and Ouida Thompson Edington of Callicoon Center; her husband, Douglas Kautz at home; four children, Steven, Terry, Christina and Robin Kautz, all at home; and a brother, Mark Edington of IL.
A memorial Mass will be held at St. George's Church in Jeffersonville on Friday, October 15, 2004 at 11 a.m. Reverend Ignatius Vu will officiate.
Cremation will take place at Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sullivan County Tobacco Free Coalition, 10 Hamilton St., Monticello, NY 12701.
Beaulah Luckey Eichenauer, a former Liberty resident, died Saturday, October 9, at the Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood, NJ after a long illness.
She was the only child of Leroy Lester Luckey and Clara B. Cross. She was a retired employee of the New York Telephone Co., and had been a secretary at the Ramsdall Wells Ins. Agency until moving to Bergen County in 1965. She was a member at Revonah Chapter of the Eastern Star and the Liberty Flower and Garden Club and also a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Liberty and Advent Lutheran Church in Wyckoff, NJ.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Richard E. Eichenauer.
Arrangements which were made by the Becker Funeral Home will be private, with the cremains placed in the family plot at the Liberty Cemetery. Friends may contribute to St. Paul's Lutheran Church Restoration fund or a charity of one's choice.
Ret. Egg Candler, 88
Sophie Waryha of Ferndale died Tuesday, October 12, 2004 at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center. She was 88.
She was born in New York City on January 30, 1916 to the late Steven and Anna Lamatsky Dworetsky. She was the widow of Joseph Waryha.
Sophie worked many years as an egg candler for Brender Farms in Ferndale. She was a lifelong resident and member of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Liberty.
She is survived by a daughter-in- law, Gilda Waryha of Ferndale, two sisters, Kathryn Sawyer of Ferndale, and Vera Sarokwash of Oradell, NJ, a sister-in-law, Laura Dworetsky of Ferndale and three grandchildren, Jason, Edward and Christine Waryha. She was predeceased by two sons, Stanley and Thomas Waryha.
Friends may call at Ramsay's Funeral Homes, Inc. on 275 South Main Street in Liberty on Friday, October 15, 2004 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church on 264 North Main Street in Liberty on Saturday, October 16, 2004 at 10 a.m. Rev. Ivan Csete will officiate.
Interment will be in the family plot at St. Peter's Cemetery on Cold Springs Road in Liberty.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church Building Fund, 264 North Main Street, Liberty, NY 12754.